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New lease of life for Corn Exchange

Alford Mayor Richard Quantrell hands the keys of the Corn Exchange to Harry Dewick-Eisele, watched by Richard Houltby and volunteers from the community group EMN-140619-102455001

Alford Mayor Richard Quantrell hands the keys of the Corn Exchange to Harry Dewick-Eisele, watched by Richard Houltby and volunteers from the community group EMN-140619-102455001

After more than a year of work, Alford Corn Exchange has been formally handed over to the community group that has taken on its running.

The building was under threat of closure when the Alford Corn Exchange Community Group (ACECG) was formed.

Financial pledges from businesses and individuals, along with a comprehensive business plan for increasing its usage, have ensured it now has a bright future.

Volunteers from the community have worked hard to decorate the building and the wooden floor has been sanded and now looks as good as new. In addition there are plans in place to refurbish the kitchen area and in time it is hoped that sufficient funds can be raised to renovate the historic ceiling.

“It is fair to say that the hall needed freshening up,” said Harry Dewick-Eisele, chairman, ACECG, “but the work that has been carried out has made all the difference. This is reflected in enquiries we are now receiving to hire the hall for wedding receptions.”

Pictured is Alford’s Mayor Richard Quantrell and Harry Dewick-Eisele, watched by Richard Houltby and volunteers from the group

 

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