A VILLAGE hall in desperate need of refurbishment has received a major grant.

The Alice Marshall Hall in Middle Barton has been awarded a £15,000 community facilities grant from West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC).

The hall needs a new heating system, toilets, kitchen and disabled access.

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Organisers launched a £60,000 fundraising campaign which is now almost complete following the grant from WODC.

Kate Carter-Windle, chairman of the trustees at the hall, said: “There is a lot to do and we are also trying to achieve it in the most environmentally friendly way with better insulation and LED lighting.

“The council grant means work can start very quickly and we are looking to finished by the middle of September.”