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Thornham's Parish Hall Refurbishment

Richard Jannaway

Thornhams Parish Hall, completed in 1924, has served the twin villages of Thornham Magna and Parva well for nearly 100 years. It is now in need of a thorough upgrade. This is so that our hall can continue to serve its original purpose of being: “an assembly place for the purpose of recreation and social intercourse, promoting good fellowship and destroying any feeling of isolation in life.” With more people retired, living alone and working from home, this is as important as ever.

Working with local architect Roger Balmer, the Hall Trustees have produced an outline plan for updating the hall with greatly improved facilities, whilst keeping its charming atmosphere. The proposed facilities will include a new entrance, a second meeting room which can be used as a bar and a store for equipment. The insulation, heating and toilets will also be upgraded. The plans will be displayed in the hall for the next two months. The proposed plans will be posted on the website as soon as possible. With these new facilities, we will be able to offer a wider range of events and uses. We now need to know what you, the residents of the Thornhams and surrounding parishes need from your hall. What kind of activities would you be interested in attending at the hall? Residents of the Thornhams will have received a survey form through the door. Others will also have had the opportunity to fill it in at hall events. If you have not already done so, you still have time to complete and return the survey by 13th April. You can view and complete the survey on-line at www.thornhams.org . Provided we can show we have local support, Mid Suffolk District Council are considering giving us some funding, but more will need to be raised. We especially welcome people who can help us bring this project to fruition. If you would like to get involved, please put your contact details on the survey. Alternatively, you may email or telephone me. We are working with Fit Villages (Suffolk Sport) to encourage people to be more active locally. They are carrying out a survey to find out which activities people would like. Please fill in the survey at www.suffolksport.com/forms/view/thornhammagna by 20th April. Most residents of The Thornhams will get a paper form in with this Messenger.