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Snitterfield marks Platinum Jubilee with tree planting

Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire leads village hall ceremony

Residents of Snitterfield gathered together on 13 February to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee with a tree planting ceremony at the Village Hall.

Special guest for the day was Tim Cox, Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, who led the ceremony. The planting of a Cherry tree and a Mountain Ash tree was supervised by Ed Holmes of Snitterfield Tree Action Group (STAG).

The planting ceremony was the highlight of an Open Day at the hall when visitors were able to see the latest results of an ongoing major refurbishment programme. For the final stage of the project, the hall committee is now seeking funds to replace a dilapidated wooden meeting room. When this is achieved, the project will be complete and the community will be able to enjoy a modern social centre at the heart of the village.

Speaking at the event, Tim Cox said how delighted he was that the celebrations to mark Her Majesty’s Jubilee year were ‘kicking off’ in such fine style in Snitterfield. He thanked Ed Holmes for the work of STAG in energising tree plantings in the community and as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.

Tim went on to congratulate the local volunteers who have achieved so much in getting the village hall refurbishment project to the halfway stage. He hoped that the whole community would redouble their efforts to raise the balance of the funds - another £90,000 - to build the new backstage / meeting room and finish the ambitious project.

The new room will provide proper backstage facilities for plays and concerts in the main hall, together with a sociable meeting venue for small groups, particularly the elderly. It will also be an ideal venue for local businesses to hold off-site management meetings and training courses.

Thanks to previous generous grants and local support, the hall, which was built in 1931, has undergone significant renovation over the last four years including extensive redecorations, new storerooms, toilet facilities and a new annex, with an easy access toilet.

“Once further funds have been raised and the final element of the project is in place, it will see the culmination of a long-held plan to revitalise the cultural hub of our community,” says Tony Moon, Chairman Snitterfield Village Hall Committee. “The distinguished building will, once again, be a highly-valued sustainable asset for the village for many years to come.”

Over 50 visitors enjoyed the memorable tree planting ceremony and were able to admire the latest refurbishments to the new-look hall. Refreshments were hosted by the Village Hall Committee and the local Women’s Institute.

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