An interesting article in the Western Morning News last week details how a determined band of local residents are deep into a campaign to preserve the local village hall for community use.

Built over 70 years ago with funds raised by the Kelly Bray Women’s Institute, the village hall has been a feature of community life in the area for all this time.   When the KBWI  branch went into suspension due to low membership, residents formed a committee and agreed to take over the running of the hall in the organisation’s absence.

But in 2013, the Charity Commission intervened, arguing that the KBWI members did not have the authority to make such an arrangement as they were no longer the hall’s trustees.

Over the last year, the village hall committee has been in consultations with a solicitor, that Vital Venues put them in touch with, to help it challenge the commission’s ruling and keep the hall for the village.

Read the full article at the Western Morning News website.

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