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A community hall in the west of the Island is being refurbished and modernised, thanks to a grant from the Manx Lottery Trust.

The funding of £20,000 will be used to install heating throughout St Johns Church Community Hall (including a lobby to ensure the main hall is effectively heated), refurbish the kitchen, create ramp access and new doors and provide a disabled toilet and baby change unit.

Access for people with limited mobility and disabilities will also be provided during the renovation of the building, alongside the creation of extra cupboard space, a link between meeting rooms and a sound proof screen.

Youth groups and local bodies including the Women’s Institute, Brownies, and Pensioners’ Club regularly hire the facility, which is also used on occasions such as Tynwald Day, Remembrance Sunday and for events like Lenten lunches.

Revd. Canon Margaret Burrow, from St Johns Church Community Hall, said: ‘We are so pleased that the refurbishment is progressing, and we are looking forward to seeing the works come into fruition and welcoming new and old friends back to the facility. This project couldn’t go ahead without Manx Lottery Trust, and our other partners and we are so grateful for the support.’

Sarah Kelly, Chairman of the Manx Lottery Trust, said: ‘St Johns Church Hall plays an important role in the community, particularly in the west of the Island and the village itself. These improvements will mean that even more people can benefit from the facility.

‘The team at St Johns have worked hard and we’re very pleased to ensure such a worthwhile renovation can now go ahead.’

St Johns Church Community Hall has also received support from the Elizabeth Clucas Charitable Trust, Peel Charity Shop and the R.B.M. Quayle Trust.