Barton Bendish village hall undergoes total renovation after it became ‘very tired’

A West Norfolk village hall is getting a massive revamp after ongoing issues included the floor starting to collapse.

Barton Bendish village hall is in the midst of building work as they spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on a total renovation, with support from a grant from the Freebridge Community Fund as well.

Chris Parsons, a trustee of the charity, said: “The village hall is really well used in this community and we suffered from a lack of capacity and also fairly poor performance of the building itself.

Barton Bendish Village Hall is being revamped. Picture: Freebridge
Barton Bendish Village Hall is being revamped. Picture: Freebridge

“There was no insulation, the heating caused a lot of problems, the floor itself started to collapse. It was getting very tired.”

Mr Parsons is an architect and designed the extension following a public consultation in which 100 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of work being carried out.

The trustee added: “People really wanted to keep the character of the existing building so we reused a lot of the original materials. We showed them two schemes – contemporary and traditional and the traditional option was chosen.”

The biggest change has been an extension to the side of the building which, as well as increasing the size of the hall, has also made the kitchen bigger. Improvements have been made to the disabled access as well.

Mr Parsons continued: “This is a very rural community and there are a lot of problems associated with rural isolation and loneliness – cultural isolation and social isolation in particular. And the trustees feel that the hall should be something that could help with these issues.

“There are lots of events that have used the hall in the past and we needed to ensure that those could continue, and if we could, offer

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Two rival concrete contractors fight over past debts: Bay Village Police Blotter

Bay Village, Ohio

Found dog

On Sept. 21 a dog owner reported that when he went into a local coffee shop, his nine-month-old, black and tan Belgian Malinois, jumped out of the window of his parked car and took off running. Bay Village Animal Control was called to assist. Luckily, an employee at a nearby retirement home came across the dog and was able to capture it unharmed. The dog was returned to a grateful owner.

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Spring is in the air, so Bay Village police find they have to remind residents of the city’s regulations regarding pets.

Altercation, Knickerbocker Road

On Sept. 25 a physical altercation was reported. Officers arrived and found that two rival concrete contractors, working just a few houses away from each other, had gotten into a physical altercation. Officers spoke with the men and found that there was bad blood between the 51-year-old Cleveland man and the 42-year-old Parma man over past debts. Officers also received conflicting stories about who started the fight, which left one of the men bloodied. Possible charges are pending.

Distracted driver, Lake Road

On Sept. 26 officers received multiple phone calls regarding a car that was being operated erratically. The car was travelling at slow speeds, was weaving and had crossed the double yellow line numerous times. Officers were able to stop the driver near Cahoon Road. They spoke with the elderly driver who told officers that she was receiving multiple phone calls on her phone and through her bluetooth and she was unsure how to terminate the calls. She was strongly advised to not drive while distracted and to maintain full time and attention to the road.


Bay Village Police continue to seek help from residents regarding car thefts and theft from auto reports. During the past week, 17

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These West Village Public Bathrooms Are Open Despite The Pandemic

WEST VILLAGE, NY — Among the many small inconveniences imposed by the coronavirus pandemic has been the temporary closure of public facilities we once depended on for comfort — or a bathroom break.

Thankfully, some public restrooms remain open, and a new report by the Manhattan Borough President’s office compiled more than 100 of them across the borough, including their hours and wheelchair accessibility.

Discussion around access to public bathrooms has increased with a rise in people experiencing homelessness in the city and an aligning decrease in the available indoor bathrooms.

Patch put together the four restrooms that remain open in Midtown — here they are, ordered, roughly, from furthest north to furthest south. Scroll to the bottom to click through the interactive map from the Borough President’s office.

Bleecker Playground:

Corporal John A. Servalli Playground:

Downing Street Playground:

  • Downing to Carmine Streets, Avenue of the Americas

  • 8 a.m. to dusk

  • Not wheelchair accessible

Washington Square Park

Know of any open public restroom not listed here? Let us know in the comments.

Patch reporter Nick Garber contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on the West Village Patch

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