MARIANSLEIGH is the latest rural community to benefit from a council grant to improve its village hall. North Devon Council has awarded £3,835 to Mariansleigh Village Hall towards the cost of a new floor, heating system and new ventilated windows. The

MARIANSLEIGH is the latest rural community to benefit from a council grant to improve its village hall.North Devon Council has awarded £3,835 to Mariansleigh Village Hall towards the cost of a new floor, heating system and new ventilated windows.The improvements will help keep this important community facility running in a rural parish where there are few services or meeting places.Last year, members of the council's Executive and local ward members visited various parish buildings to see which ones would benefit most from a grant. Ward member for Mariansleigh Cllr Eric Ley says: "The village hall supports the very hub of the community. This grant money will be used alongside funds from its own resources and an application that has been made to the Community Council of Devon to upgrade the existing facility". Cllr Des Brailey, Lead Member for Community and Spatial Planning says: "Village halls are at the heart of rural communities. The council recognises how important it is to help keep village halls alive and support these buildings and communities. By offering grants we can help to maintain these facilities for areas that may otherwise have limited access to services."In the last year, North Devon Council has awarded more than £72,000 to similar projects in the local community including Lee and George Nympton village halls and the church halls at Atherington and East Anstey.