ONE hundred years of a parish hall being at the centre of village life was celebrated with a makeover.
Rowlands Castle Parish Hall celebrated its centenary with a new floor.
The well-used building has been a part of village life since 1914 and residents marked the anniversary with an afternoon tea.
And the hall looked better than ever after its wooden floor was sanded and re-lacquered and new tables and chairs were bought in time for the celebrations.
East Hampshire District Council contributed £500 towards the refurbishments.
Regular users of the parish hall include a Montessori nursery, the parish council, two badminton clubs, a historical society, the women’s institute and many others.
Jonathan Law, on behalf of the management committee, said: ‘The hall is used by a wide range of local community groups and has been an important part of village life here for 100 years.
‘It’s fantastic to see some of the building’s former glory returned with the new floor, in time for the centenary.’
Rowlands Castle councillor Marge Harvey contributed to the refurbishment of the hall through local planning contributions from the Oaklands housing development and a grant to pay for new crockery.
She said: ‘We always try to support projects that benefit the community as a whole and there is no doubt that Rowland Castle Parish Hall is a vital hub for local residents.
‘It was lovely to take part in the centenary celebrations and the new floor looked amazing.’