The future is looking bright for Tarbock Village Hall after volunteers running the centre pledged to secure its future for the local community.
Barbara and Michael Hoban have been using the village hall, on Netherley Road near Prescot, for four years, holding classes for their martial arts school. But when the centre’s future became uncertain earlier in the year they decided to take over the running of the hall and have committed to retaining it as an important meeting place for community groups and venue for celebrations.
A new chapter
In the weeks since they took over the number of regular bookings at the centre has gone from just one to seven and groups are returning to the hall offering a varied range of activities including dog training, craft session, dance groups, jujitsu and adult and family martial arts classes.
Michael, from Huyton, says they are determined that the centre has a positive future.
“For a while there have been fears in the community that the hall will have to close, but we don’t want to let that happen, and we’re determined that it won’t,” he said.
“We know there are some repairs which need to be done to the hall and we don’t have a huge budget for this, but we have had some great support from the community and we’re hoping that people will be willing to volunteer to help out – whether for a day or just an hour – to get some of those essential jobs done.”
Get involved with the hall
Tarbock Village Hall is run entirely by volunteers but thanks to their dedication it is once more a valuable local space for birthday parties, charity functions and regular classes.
And Barbara and Michael are interested in hearing from anyone willing to spare some time to help with some of the maintenance jobs that need doing.
“If you can give a little of your time to help us with some of the jobs that need to be done in the hall, like cleaning, painting and stocktaking we would really appreciate your help,” says Barbara.
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