Many of you must be wondering why the Village Hall has been closed for such a long period of time. Council has struggled to find a contractor to take on the work. Despite contacting and meeting numbers of building contractors, a large proportion failed to come back to us with estimates for the work, or only expressed interest in undertaking part of the commission – clearly, the preferred option would be for a contractor to undertake the restoration as a whole to provide continuity and avoid delays. Council have again contacted the various contractors and issued a deadline of the end of September to provide formal estimates for the work and progress on this has been made with the required number of estimates expected to be received ahead of the deadline date. The previously reported repair work to the drains has been completed and it would appear that this has dealt with the water ingress and the interior of the building is now drying out.