After four years of work and a £400,000 overhaul the historic Ley Hall at Lealholm has been officially re-opened.
At a ceremony last Wednesday, Countryfile presenter Tom Heap did the honours by cutting a ribbon to declare it open to local residents.
There is now a spacious new hall providing the village with a modernised, comfortable, creative community space. Works, thanks to a Big Lotteries Reaching Communities funded project, included a new kitchen and toilet facilities, improved lighting, heating and disabled access.
Tom told the locals looking on: “I’m delighted to be here today to meet local residents who are passionate about country life, its traditions and maintaining such a strong sense of community.”
Bridget Boissier, a direct descendent of the Ley family who founded the original hall, unveiled the new memorial stone. She said: “The new hall is a beautiful space that retains the foundations and charm of the original building, and it’s wonderful to see so many people already enjoying it together.”
Former county councillor Herbert Tindall, who has represented Lealholm for several years was also invited to join the celebrations. He added: “I congratulate your committee on its vision and dedication to a much needed improvement to your community hall. I look forward to seeing it create a vital community hub for village life and the wide-ranging events held here.”
After the opening ceremony local residents celebrated the hall opening with what will be the first of many tea parties.