Residents of Much Hoole have launched a mammoth fundraising campaign for a new village hall.
Action group fundraisers and council grants have so far secured £100,150, but a total of £600,000 is needed for work to replace the 1952 structure which was only ever meant to be temporary.
A poor damp proofing system, out-of-date roof and inadequate space for functions has driven the need for a new building which can be self-financing.
Tom Brown, a trustee of the village hall, said: “Sixty three years on, following a recent re-fit by local volunteers, our temporary Village Hall is still in use and doing fine.
“However, the trustees recognise the fact we need to cater for a new and more sophisticated market, so plans have now been submitted for an attractive new hall to be built alongside the bowling green. The existing building will be demolished on completion.”
The new facility will increase floor space close to 80 per cent and provide kitchen facilities, bar and hall space suitable to cater for 100 guests.
It will also feature a stage, meeting rooms and bar lounge for hire, as well as space for youth activities and sports and car parking space for visitors.
To kick start the next phase of the fundraising efforts, the Much Hoole Spring Fair will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, with all proceeds going to the hall fund.
A scale model of the new building will also be on display and residents can ‘buy a brick’, which will go into the structure, as well as leave their thoughts and suggestions.
The Fair takes place between 11am and 4pm and will feature a range of stalls, refreshments and activities, including a dog show, wall climbing, a bouncy castle, a birds of prey display, a tractor, fire engine and motorbike display and guess the mileage on the Morris Minor competition.