Plans for hall on display
The opportunity to enjoy a first glimpse of renovation works to Mylor Bridge's Tremayne Hall attracted a hugh amount of interest.
Residents of the village and other people interested to see how the historic building was being transformed attended an open day, where they were able to see waht work had already taken place and view plans of what the end result would hopefully look like.
They were also given the chance to register their interest in a number of proposed clubs and societies that could be held in the revamped hall, and could even have their say on what soft furnishings should be used, with potential curtain and seat cover material on display.
The hall is currently midway into a £550,000 renovation project, which is designed to update the facilities and turn the building into a community focal point for the village.
Christopher Perkins, chairman of the Tremayne Hall management committee, siad: "!The aim behind today is to let local people have a look, to see how thier community centre is coming on and how it might look when it's finished. It's a marvellous, historic building, which is in the process of being extended to create a really special community centre of the village of Mylor."
Fundraising to cover the cost of the project is still ongoing. The Heritage Lotery fund has given a grant of £293,000 and a further £93,000 has been received from the rural Renaissance Initiative, which is administered by Cornwall enterprise. Around £20,000 has yet to be raised, to cover the full cost of the planned project.
Mr Perkins explained that renovation could be carried out to a lower specification if the money could not be found, but added that the committee would rather find the extra money and "do it to the standard we feel the people of Mylor deserve."
He praised the management committee members for working "incredibly hard" over the last five years, to get the project to its current stage.
"It will be a venue for people to come and use for social events, for education and for entertainment. Being in the centre of the village it's a marvellous position to be the vibrant centre of the community," he concluded.
Tremayne Hall started life as a workhouse for the poor in the middle 1800s, before becoming a school. Later, it became a church hall, before its final transformation into a village hall.
It is hoped that the refurbishment work will be completed in time for the hall to "open for business" again on September 18, to be followed by a grand opening by Lady Mary Holborow, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, on October 6.
(Falmouth Packet,6 June 2007)