Plans go on show for new Dersingham Village Hall

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Residents will be able to have their say on exciting £900,000 plans for a new village hall later this month.

Dersingham Parish Council and St Nicholas Church are working together to create a new “centre” for the village.

The new hall, which is hoped to cater for 200 people, is planned to be built on the site of the current 103-year-old church hall. Work is hoped to be completed in 2016.

A council working party is currently preparing an application for a Big Lottery grant.

Plans for the building will be going on display in the church hall, in Manor Road, on Saturday, October 25, from 10am to 4pm.

Chris Davey, a parish councillor and chairman of the working party, said: “We feel the village doesn’t have a centre. We are going to create a building where people feel happy to drop in and we are hoping to create a central hub.

“We feel we are creating a building which will offer more facilities and where people can hold functions such as cinema nights.”

Plans to create a new hall for the village have been discussed for 30 to 40 years.

A large hall along with a drop-in “hub”, two meeting halls along with storage and a kitchen will be included in the plans.

The parish council is also hoping to move its offices from Post Office Road to the new hall.

Along with the lottery grant application, the working party is also looking at fundraising to pay for the new build.

A charitable trust is hoped to set up to run the hall after it has been built.

The current church hall, which was built on land donated by the monarchy, is very well used but has been outgrown by the village.

When the building was constructed in 1911, Dersingham’s population was 1,500, now it is closer to 5,000.

The Rev Michael Brock said he was excited by the plans.

He said: “The village has tripled in size and the hall is not big enough to accommodate all of the community activities that we would like to have take place in the hall.

“It makes a lot of sense to build something more flexible and larger.

“I would encourage people to come along and see what is being proposed. A lot of people have been excited by the design.”

The plans will remain on show in the church for two weeks.