Memorable makeover for a village landmark

Bovingdon Memorial Hall
Bovingdon Memorial Hall

MAJOR works costing almost £70,000 are under way on a community landmark.

Hundreds of people who use the Memorial Hall in High Street, Bovingdon, will benefit from a revamp that began on Monday.

Hopes are high that it will encourage more groups to use the hall, including a boost in the number of parties and wedding receptions.

The works, which are the second – and final – stage of refurbishment for the hall, will see the kitchen overhauled, two sets of toilets revamped and the main hall space redecorated and modernised.

Chair of the Memorial Hall management committee Julie Steer said: “The Memorial Hall is the biggest place to hold meetings and public forums, but it costs in excess of £20,000 to run each year.

“It currently looks very dated, and the kitchen is not functional at all. Hopefully the works will encourage more people to use the hall.

“Already a number of groups use the hall such as zumba classes, art classes, over 60s groups and the regular pre-school.

“The works have been in planning for two to three years and are based on what we thought was feasible to make the hall more useable and accessible to people.”

The first stage of the works was carried out last year when the main toilets, which are open to the general public, were refurbished.

Bovingdon Parish Council clerk Mike Kember said: “I think the works will make a huge difference.

“The entire building, except for the parish office, will be closed during the works which will be completed before the pre-school returns on September 4.”

Anyone with suggestions for groups they would like to see in the hall, or who is a member of a group that would like to make use of the refreshed facilities, can email