MAJOR improvement works at Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall are set to pick up pace next week thanks to almost £500,000 in funding the second time in as many years the site has been refurbished.

The village hall and the library, which are located in the same building, will undergo major improvements over the next few months with preliminary works to start next week.

The £350,000 programme, funded by the council’s Principal Towns programme, includes updating all the lighting to LED lighting inside and out, replacing the main boiler and heating system and making improvements to sewerage, as well as to the foyer and other key areas of the building.

The £100,000 transformation of the community library, which will be temporarily closed from March 28, includes layout improvements, new carpets and redecoration, new shelving and furniture and an enhanced children’s library.

Manager of the hall, Nick Hibberd, said: “Over the years, we have worked hard to be accepted as a key central hub, offering much more than a traditional village hall in what we try to attract to the area for the benefit the whole community.

“For this reason, this is seen as much more than a financial investment.

“It recognises the dedication and commitment of the Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall charity and all of their efforts to make a real difference to the people of Mapplewell, Staincross and the surrounding community.”

He added that he remains confident the hall will remain open and operational throughout the works, albeit through the use of different entrances and exits.

Tenants such as the nursery and the rifle club will be able to continue to operate as normal, as well as day-to-day activities, most of which operate at weekends and evenings.

Local firm O and P Construction Services, will begin preparing the site today and they’re hoping to complete the scheme within 20 weeks.

Coun Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “This investment is fantastic news for Mapplewell, Staincross and the surrounding area.

“The village hall is a vital hub for social and cultural activities, and these works will help to enhance its role and appeal, as the hall will be future-proofed and become more energy-efficient.

“The village hall committee have shown great vision and passion for making the hall a welcoming place for everyone.

“The council is committed to ensuring our communities are connected and thriving, and I’m sure this project will make a positive difference to the lives of many people in Mapplewell and beyond.”

It’s the second time in as many years the hall has benefited from funding, following a £205,000 refurbishment which was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Coun Franklin added: “Together with the investment in 2023, this fresh programme of works will ensure that the village hall will continue to be a thriving hub offering a diverse range of activities for all ages, bringing people together, supporting community cohesion and wellbeing and enhancing the identity of Mapplewell as a special place.”