Campaigners leading the fight for a new community hub in their village are celebrating after they were given a £28,000 Lottery grant.
The money will be used to develop the £920,000 project for Wereham, which officials hope will include a range of community groups and a village cinema scheme.
And plans for the project will go on display at a consultation session to be held later this month.
Victoria Gray, chairman of the village hall committee and the project’s outcomes manager, said they were “thrilled” by the award from the Big Lottery Fund.
She said: “This is a great achievement by the project team and as a result of the support from the management committee, volunteers and the wider community.
“The development funding will be used to progress the project with the design of a new community hub plus all the associated professional costs required to submit for full planning approval.”
A consultation event, where plans for the new hall will be displayed, will take place at the current villlage hall on Monday, January 18, between 3 and 7pm.
The committee is now beginning work on a third stage application to secure funding for the project itself, which has to be submitted by April 27.
The committee is seeking £650,000 of investment from the fund, with the remainder coming from other grant applications and its own fundraising.
And Mrs Gray has appealed for villagers to keep backing the project over the coming months.
She said: “We’ll continue to need support whether it be through attending events, supporting focus groups, becoming a volunteer or fund-raising. Everyone is able to contribute to the success of this project.”
For more information about the project, visit www.facebook.com/werehamvillagehall.