Layer-de-la-Haye hall opens with new £500k annexe

New community hall opened in Layer-de-la-Haye.
MP Priti Patel cuts the ribbon.

New community hall opened in Layer-de-la-Haye. MP Priti Patel cuts the ribbon. - Credit: Archant

A community hall which underwent a £0.5million revamp has been officially opened for villagers to use.

A new annexe was built at the well-used Layer-de-la-Haye Community Hall to replace the older part of the building.

Built in the 1920s and heavily used the old section of hallm in New Cut, was in drastic need of refurbishment.

Work started in January on the annexe, which has a community room, meeting room and modern changing and showering facilities.

Funding came from a number of groups including the Abberton Community Fund, the Veolia Environmental Trust and the Cory Environmental Trust, as well as Layer Parish Council, Essex County Council and Layer Sports Association.

The hall trust raised £12,000 itself through an appeal and events such as concerts and quiz nights.

Mike Strain, village hall chairman, said: “We have had tremendous support from our residents and also received generous donations from many organisations.

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“Our opening is the end of a long project for us, but it also marks the beginning of a new chapter – we are sure this wonderful new hall will support our existing village organisations and create opportunities for new activities for many years to come.

“Its extra flexibility will offer opportunities for business and leisure use from within the village and surrounding areas.

“The committee would like to thank all involved with the project.”

The ribbon on the annexe was cut by local MP Priti Patel and borough and county councillor Kevin Bentley.

A wide range of groups use the hall including Scouts and Guides and a pre-school.

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