Progress is being made on a scheme to replace a community venue in Beadnell, after plans received a £6,500 lottery funding boost.
Routine repair work on Beadnell Women’s Institute hut carried out in August found that the frame of the building is deteriorating and was it was beyond repair.
The WI took professional advice and was told that the building would eventually have to come down and be rebuilt, although it was said to be safe and secure for the time being and should be okay for about two years.
Now, plans to replace the well-used hall have made progress in the right direction with the award of £6,500 for a feasibility study from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All scheme.
The Hut, as it is known in the village, was built in 1925 and, when the building was first ‘condemned’, Beadnell WI president Lynne Angus said the rebuild offers a chance to get what’s required.
“It’s a great opportunity to get something in the village that meets the needs of this century, thinking that the current hall is appropriate for the past century,” she said.
“The WI, which owns the hall and the land, is keen that it looks much the same outside, because there are very few traditional WI halls left in Northumberland and in the country, but we can be quite creative with the space inside.”