THE village of Frithelstock, near Bideford, has received £4,000 from Devon County Council to help pay for improvements at their village hall. The money has been allocated from proceeds of the sale of Exeter International Airport. New toilets, including a

THE village of Frithelstock, near Bideford, has received £4,000 from Devon County Council to help pay for improvements at their village hall. The money has been allocated from proceeds of the sale of Exeter International Airport.New toilets, including a facility for people with disabilities, are to be provided and the former women's toilet is to be converted into a bar area. A new committee room will be created in a former store room, and a ramp and wider doors will improve access for people with disabilities. Work will also be carried out to improve the hall's insulation, damp proofing and electrics.The total cost of the project is £45,000 with other funding coming from Devon Waste (SWEET), the Balsden Trust the Bridge Trust, the Community Council for Devon and Torridge District Council plus money raised by the villagers themselves.The £4,000 was allocated by Bideford East County Councillor Hugo Barton from his local projects fund.Councillor Barton said: "I'm really pleased to be able to support such a project, as Frithelstock is a really vibrant community, and a fit-for-purpose village hall with disabled access, sustainable energy etcetera is a vital component of such a community. There should also be recognition for those in the village that have worked so hard to achieve this.".Melanie Goldman, chairman of Frithelstock Village Hall committee, said: "The refurbishment of the hall means a lot to the village and we were delighted to receive this money. On behalf of all the residents I would like to thank Devon County Council and all the other funders. Phase one is well underway and is on target to be completed by the end of March. Our fundraising efforts will continue and we hope to complete the final phase of the project in the next two years." The village hall is used by residents from Frithelstock and the surrounding area. The improvements will provide a meeting, entertainment, fitness and learning centre.