AN entertainment venue in South Somerset is set to be repaired thanks to several grants from various organisations.

The David Hall in South Petherton is now able to repair the damage caused by severe water leaks.

Chris Latham, joint vice-chairman of the Petherton Arts Trust (PAT), said the work would stop the leaks, secure the dormer windows and replace all leaking gutters and pipes.

“Essentially, by implementing these repairs we are drying out The David Hall and securing it for the future,” Mr. Latham said.

Grants included: £15,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation; £10,000 from South Somerset District Council; £5,000 from South Petherton Community Enhancement Fund and £4,000 from South Petherton Parish Council.

The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths has donated £748.00 to refurbish the weathervane.

PAT has added to the overall income by running such events as a Christmas raffle and a Facebook auction.

Bradford’s and Alumasc have assisted PAT by providing building materials at a reduced cost.

“The Board of Trustees is immensely grateful to all concerned for the funds which have allowed us to go ahead with this work,” added Mr Latham.

“The David Hall contributes to the attractive environment of South Petherton but as with any old building, the cost of maintenance is considerable.

“To say that we are grateful for the generosity we experience is a massive understatement.”

The repair work is set to be finished by the end of June.

It will not affect the events scheduled to take place at The David Hall during the month.

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