A popular community centre is looking to the future following the completion of more than £200,000 of essential maintenance.
Charnwood Borough Council has invested the funding into Fearon Hall in Rectory Road, Loughborough to ensure the building is in great shape for many years to come.
The hall, run by the Fearon Hall Community Association and owned by the parish church of All Saints with Holy Trinity, is used to host a range of community events and groups.
Work has been carried out earlier this year on the building’s roof, foundations and on the electrical and fire safety systems.
Cllr Tom Barkley, lead member for finance at the borough council, said: “The whole project has been about carrying out some essential work to this historic building that sets it in good stead for the future.
“We know how popular the centre is and therefore we wanted to make sure it can be enjoyed and appreciated for many years to come.
“The community association remains one of the Council’s key strategic partners and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship with them and the church who together will ensure the hall is maintained as an important part of the local community.”
Nichole Browne, a Fearon Community Association director, said: “We are proud to have been serving the Loughborough community for almost 40 years.
“People talk with great warmth of Fearon Hall and the events they have attended here. More than 1,300 people a year take part in activities at Fearon Hall.
“The investment that Charnwood Borough Council have made in improving the building will have a direct impact in enabling us to continue to be a welcoming place making a positive difference to all.”
The Revd Wendy Dalrymple, Rector of the church, said: “We are delighted that a building that has served this parish for over 100 years is now in a good place to continue being a blessing to the local community.
“We look forward to working in partnership with the community association as they develop the work and sustainability of Fearon Hall.”
Fearon Hall was built in 1889 and extended in 1910 in memory of the Archdeacon Henry Fearon, principally remembered for bringing clean water to Loughborough. It served originally as a Parochial Sunday School and entertainment venue.
It has been run by the community association since 1980.
Fearon Community Association is home to the Café in the Hall, a daily community café selling cakes and meals all cooked fresh on the premises, and the hall hosts a range of activities including skills training, exercise classes, gardening, soft play and arts and crafts.
The centre is home for 20 long-term users including the 1st Loughborough Scouts, Leggo Youth club for young people aged 10-19 years with physical, mild learning and social interaction difficulties, The Shaw Trust and Smart training, St John’s Ambulance, Age UK Leicestershire and Equality Action.
The hall is available to hire for parties and community celebrations and for local businesses and organisations as an off-site meeting space. To find out more about events and activities in the hall please visit our website www.fearonhall.org.uk or contact the hall on 01509 230629.