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A parish hall in the north of the Island is to receive a major facelift, with grant funding from the Manx Lottery Trust. 

Built in 1939, Andreas Parish Hall is the venue for a number of community activities including badminton, bowls, birthday parties, WI meetings, exhibitions and is also home to a local youth club. 

However, it is in desperate need of refurbishment with the much-used building deteriorating and affected by both wet and dry rot. 

The Trust has pledged £10,000 towards the overall cost of the renovation which will ensure the hall remains fit for purpose.

John Quayle from Andreas Parish Commissioners, which owns the hall, explained: ‘The support from the Manx Lottery Trust is wonderful news. For decades this building has played an integral role right at the heart of the village but recently parts of the floor have started to give way due to the rot, creating a health and safety issue.

‘This generosity means it can continue to host a range of events from church gatherings, youth clubs and family parties to entertainment shows and various clubs.’

The Trust’s funding will be used towards the cost of reflooring the main hall, plastering works and plumbing.

Sarah Kelly, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, added: ‘Andreas Parish Hall is a facility which so many members of the community benefit from and the trustees were pleased to assist with funding of the renovation project. We look forward to seeing the hall when the work is completed.