Opening date set for village events pavilion following £150k make over

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Sep 2017

The date has been decided for when New Waltham's village pavilion will open to the public for the first time following a huge £150,000 make over.

The community pavilion is set to triple in size thanks to the massive revamp - which will mean locals will have a "fantastic" venue to make the most of.

For years now New Waltham villagers have been without a purpose built facility for events, to host parties or even wedding receptions, but all that is about to change.

Back in July, work will began on a large expansion at the village pavilion, in St Clement's Way.

Work is well underway on the £150,000 extension to the New Waltham community pavilion, in St. Clements Way

And following the completion of a four month construction period the pavilion will be open for the public to see in all its glory on Saturday, November 21.

That's when an open day will be held, between 11am and 3pm, where villagers will have a chance to take a look around the new facility.

However, the very first function at the new pavilion is booked in for November 18.

At present the building has has small function room, capable of catering for only 20 people, but a huge extension is well underway and once complete will mean up to 100 guests can be catered for at any one time in the future.

Not only that, the redeveloped pavilion will feature a large new kitchen and extra tall roof, meaning that large bouncy castles - ideal for children's birthday parties - can fit inside.

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The work is being undertaken by Louth-based builders, Dennis and Marwood.

The injection of cash to breathe new life into the village's community engagement comes after New Waltham Parish Council were granted planning permission to carry out the works by North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee, in April.

And New Waltham Parish Council chairman, Grahame Williams, explains how the extension is exactly what the village needs.

Work is well underway on the £150,000 extension to the New Waltham community pavilion, in St. Clements Way (Image: Rick Byrne)

He explained how the decision to put so much money into the scheme followed a public consultation in which residents outlined a "growing need" for a purpose built facility.

He said: "It's a very exciting time for us because we are providing the community with what they asked for.

"It will be fit for all sorts of occasions, from weddings and wakes to birthday parties. There will be everything people need to have a good time.

A £150,000 expansion of New Waltham Pavillion is well underway. Parish councillor, Grahame Williams, chairman of the New Waltham Parish Council can't wait for the transformation to be finalised (Image: Jon Corken)

"The investment is worth every penny. Once people see inside it when it's finished they will be amazed."

The parish council has been running the pavilion since the beginning of 2015, after North East Lincolnshire Council announced its plans to close the facility for good.

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Ever since then its small function room has been under subscribed because it isn't "fit for purpose".

The huge £150,000 cost to redevelop the facility has been funded partly by council reserves and partly by funding from central government.

Once up and running, the Parish Council will look in to hosting regular race and quiz nights for villagers to enjoy.

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