Villagers set to turn back years with hall

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A COMMUNITY is pulling together to restore a village hall to its glory days.

People in Hastoe have been raising thousands of pounds to give the building – which was built by Lady Emma Rothschild in 1898 – a makeover.

Mike Colling, from the Hastoe Village Hall Trust, said: “Hastoe was at the centre of their estate.

“They were really very good social employers, growing housing they built for their employees and Emma Rothschild effectively created a mini welfare state.

“The hall was the focal point. She built it partially as a social centre, but also as a recreational and sports centre.

“Emma Rothschild died in 1935 and all the land was sold off, but this hall was endowed to the village and surrounding area in perpetuity.”

Read the full story in this week’s Gazette, out on Wednesday (April 6).