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Keys are exchanged for centre

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-140618-154535001

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-140618-154535001

Volunteers in Alford have been celebrating after the Corn Exchange was formally handed over to the community.

Fearing the building was under threat of closure, the Alford Corn Exchange Community Group (ACECG) was formed more than a year 
ago.

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

“It is fair to say that the hall needed freshening up, but the work that has been carried out has made all the difference,” said Harry Dewick-Eisele, chairman of ACECG.

“This is reflected in enquiries we are now receiving to hire the hall for wedding receptions.”

Volunteers from the community have worked hard to decorate the building and the wooden floor has been sanded.

In addition there are plans in place to refurbish the kitchen area and in the fullness of time it is hoped that sufficient funds can be raised to renovate the historic ceiling.

Groups including Slimming World, Zumba dancing, a ballroom dance group, the craft market and under-fives soft play already use the hall regularly and a tea dance and theatre event have also been booked for later in the year.

East Lindsey District Council will continue to use the office on the ground floor as a customer access 
point.

The community group would particularly like to thank Rupert Houltby at Wilkin Chapman Grange Solicitors, who gave his time to complete the paperwork which ensured the handover could be finalised.

ELDC had a lease on the premises with the town council, which they surrendered. The new group acquired the freehold from the district council. The surrender of the lease and granting of the freehold were simultaneous

 

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