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Villagers celebrate official opening of finished new hall

By Faversham Times  |  Posted: September 16, 2011

Heart of the community: Villagers gather at the official unveiling of Dunkirk village hall SBEM150811dunkirkvh-1

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LIFE was breathed into Dunkirk, with the official opening of its new village hall.

The culmination of seven years of hard work and fundraising were rewarded with villagers being given the chance to see the finished building, opened by chairman of the parish council Vaughan Howland last month.

The hall has been hailed as a much-needed central point for the village, which has no shops, schools or churches.

It is hoped the new hall will be the hub of village activity, running a youth club, lunches for the elderly, exercise classes, art groups, a children's centre and an adult education centre.

A new embroidery group is also planning to start in October.

The village hall fundraising committee looked into replacing the previous building when it began suffering from subsidence.

The overall target of £230, 000 for a replacement was raised through more than 20 grants and fundraising events, including summer fairs, Christmas fetes and coffee mornings.

It was used for the first time when it became a polling station on election day, May 5, but the official unveiling was celebrated with a buffet and the ceremonial cutting of the cake.

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