Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 13°C


Risby: Village-owned hall and grounds set for significant revamp

14:50 01 June 2014


A village hall described as “the heart of the community” could be transformed with cladding, new play areas and gardens.


Risby Village Hall, which is owned by the people of Risby and administered on their behalf by Risby Village Hall Charity Trust, was originally built in 1923 by Sir John Wood and bequeathed to the people of the village in 1952.

It was followed by an adjacent larger hall in the 1970s, which was built with the help of loans from the villagers.

The charity trust, which has been carrying out improvement and maintenance work on both sites for the last 15 years now hopes to modernise the exterior of the more recent hall and replace a window with French doors that will lead onto a remodelled outside space.

In a statement to St Edmundsbury Borough Council planners, a spokeswoman for the trust said: “The new hall, built in the 1970s, was undertaken with minimal resources and hence the external wall are of breezeblocks, simply painted cream.

“The external appearance of the new hall is almost like an agricultural building, (and) is now in sharp contrast to the traditional appearance of the old hall and more modern appearance of the new pre-school.

Additionally the new hall is a single skin in places and hence has little insulation.”

Documents state the use of Fibre Cement Weatherboard on the hall – which holds some 70 events for about 1,500 people per month – will “substantially” improve the look of the building.

In addition, a grassed area to the immediate east of the new hall will be turned into a garden with picnic benches.

Although no theme for the garden has yet been decided, suggestions include a
memorial to the First World War.

The trust has also applied to change part of the playing fields to a hard surface play area with fencing to enable people to play tennis, five-a-side football and basketball.

A spokeswoman said: “The area chosen is such that it is adjacent to the current play area for younger children, but also at a distance from any houses such that there will be no noise nuisance to houses in the area.”

The area would be used by any local people and the primary school.


1 comment

  • I like Risby it is has a quite nice Church. One of my hobbies is photographing Suffolk Churches (I am up to 460+) and have nearly completed them all. I had a strange experience here with a rude lady. I had to park my car half on the path there due to the way cars speed through here. A lady came by and said it was wrong that I had parked like this, I admitted it was not the best but have left a note in my screen stating that I was only in the Church and that I would gladly move said car if a pedestrian should wish too pass. All of a sudden she flipped out and started threatening me with the line my husband is a policeman you know, I was gob smacked. I duly left my car there and proceeded to snap away. How rude.

    Report this comment

    richie w

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Mr Kathirithamby, the premises licence holder and director of KVS Food and Wine Ltd, in Bramford Road, was fined £803 and had his personal licence revoked after pleading guilty to selling alcohol to  children

An Ipswich man has pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to children from his shop.

The homeless in Ipswich tuck in to a hot meal at the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter. Photograph Simon Parker

The Ipswich Winter Night Shelter has launched a drive for volunteers ahead of opening its doors on December 2.

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central

A major conference aimed at pushing ahead with dramatic changes to Ipswich town centre is to be held at the end of this month.

The Northgate High School team competing at a regional heat in Ford Dunton

Northgate High School pupils are preparing for a grand prix experience as they compete in the finals of the Greenpower International Kit Car competition.

Work is being stepped up at hospitals in Suffolk and north Essex to deal with “bed blocking” after new figures revealed more than 38,000 “bed days” have been lost because of the issue since 2012.

The area in Clarkson Street where two gangs fought on September 23

An Ipswich mother-of-two has told of how she was left terrified after getting caught up in the middle of fighting between groups of young men wielding bricks, lumps of wood and an axe.

Sharon Halls and Daniel Compton's baby, Evie

The mother of a premature baby born 12 weeks early in the Dominican Republic has said they are not expecting to travel home before December.

Nick Alston, Essex Police & Crime Commissioner.

Up to 15 police stations in Essex could be axed as the county’s force admits its property estate is “haemorrhaging money”.

Motorists were sent on a diversion nearly 30miles (47.7km) long

We all bemoan the diversions which close the highways and byways of Suffolk when roadworks are set up.

The Orwell Bridge

There have been a number of crashes on the county’s roads this morning.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages