Victoria Gray cuts the first turf watched by committee members, villagers and construction staff. Picture: Paul Tibbs

A turf-cutting ceremony was held to mark the start of the building of the new Wereham Village Hall.

The event last Friday saw the beginning of work after five years of planning.

Victoria Gray, chairman of the Wereham Village Hall management committee, said: “It felt amazing. It’s the culmination of five years of hard work.”

Work is expected to be completed by April, 2018 and the hall will become the UK’s first accredited Passivhaus building.

Buildings with Passivhaus certification provide a high level of comfort while using very little energy for heating or cooling.

The £1m project was awarded a £621,000 lottery grant, along with funding from a number of other sources. Supporters are being offered the chance to ‘buy a brick’ to help raise the final £10,000 needed.

The new building will accommodate up to 200 people  and will include a kitchen, meeting room and community cinema.

It will host a wide range of activities including a youth group, craft group, adult education classes, an upcycling craft group and heritage group.

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