THE completion of refurbishment work to a 19th Century village school to provide a 21st Century village hall was marked by a civic visit.
Having dug the first sod at Hargrave Village Hall in November last year, Cllr Mike Jones, accompanied by lady mayoress Suzanne Jones, celebrated the completion of the project by unveiling a plaque.
Chairman of The Sir Thomas Moulson Trust, which owns the building, the Ven Donald Allister, Archdeacon of Chester, gave a short welcome speech.
The hall is the official church hall of St Peter, Hargrave.
Originally built as the village school, it opened in 1838 and continued until 1954 when Hargrave children were moved to the nearby school in Huxley.
The building began to be used as a village and church hall in the early 1970s.
Disabled toilets have now been provided, original roof trusses have been exposed and the walls and ceiling insulated.
New lighting, decorations and a full sound system have also been installed.
The trust says it is indebted to Landfill Tax credit funding of £40,000 from the Waste Recycling Group Ltd, administered by WREN.
WREN's regional project manager Richard Smith said:'I am delighted this vital community building has been given a fresh lease of life.'