Village gets a new community facility

Stannington First School head teacher Helen Stokoe and Lord Ridley at the official opening of the community room.
Stannington First School head teacher Helen Stokoe and Lord Ridley at the official opening of the community room.
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Residents in a Northumberland village can now enjoy new facilities after a successful campaign to build a community room.

Villagers in Stannington have been working for more than a year to raise the £60,000 needed for the room to make facilities available to local children and provide additional space alongside the village hall for community events.

To see the community room in place is a fantastic reward for everyone’s hard work

Dave Hepton

The campaign received a significant boost through a £10,000 grant from local employer The Banks Group, via the Community Fund linked to its nearby Brenkley Lane Surface Mine, alongside a personal £5,000 donation from Lord Ridley.

Now having passed the £60,000 target the new facility is in place.

The community room is a wood-clad, pre-fabricated building which has its own kitchen and bathroom facilities, as well as decking and a ramp to ensure it is fully accessible to all.

It is now being used as the new home of the local scouts and cubs groups, and will also host a wide range of community functions, school event and lessons.

Dave Hepton, a member of the project committee, said: “We’re lucky to have a fantastic village hall in Stannington, but we felt that, with it being so busy, we needed to find some extra capacity for community events and organisations.

“The whole village backed the fundraising drive from the off with great enthusiasm and dedication, and to see the community room in place is a fantastic reward for everyone’s hard work.”

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at Banks Group, added: “This is a fantastic community project that will provide real long-term opportunities and benefits to people of all ages in Stannington.

“We’re extremely happy to continue our support for the Stannington community and to help them to realise their ambitions.”