AFTER a fundraising programme, the trustees of Greatham village hall now have the £100,000 plus they need to improve the heating and install up-to-date lighting in the main hall.

Built mainly of wood in 1972, the exterior of the hall, in Petersfield Road, has always been on the chilly side because of a lack of proper insulation. Now the trustees can go ahead with the work after they raised £60,000 of the total cost and then received a £25,000 grant from East Hampshire District Council, £7,500 from the Garfield Weston Foundation and a grant from their county councillor Russell Oppenheimer (Petersfield Hangers), from his devolved budget fund.

It is hoped that work will start in July with a grand opening in September.