A fundraising campaign to raise £500,000 to give Snettisham Memorial Pavilion a major upgrade has been launched.
It is hoped the “wonderful community asset” can be modernised and expanded, yet still be the focus of remembrance.
Planning permission has been granted to create a second floor and balcony space with a new kitchen and social area for meetings.
The pavilion, which was built in 1949, will be redeveloped to make it accessible for disabled people, with new changing rooms, toilet and shower facilities.
A committee overseeing the redevelopment has a target to raise £500,000 and for the project to be completed in time for its 75th anniversary in 2025.
The committee’s fundraising manager, Stuart Dark, who lives in the village and is leader of West Norfolk Council, said: “I think the key thing we have found really impressive is how the community got together to build this wonderful pavilion after the Second World War.
“But over the years, like anything, the weather ages things and we would like to redevelop it to a fit-for-purpose building for people to use for years to come. It would be great for people to have a look at the website and donate whatever they can.”
The Lady Dannatt, Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk, the Queen’s personal representative in Norfolk, is patron of the project.
The pavilion is one of only 63 UK war memorials out of over 90,000 on the Imperial War Museum’s Register. It was built on the field as a memorial to the fallen of the village. The cost of the raw materials was raised by residents and men, many of them returning veterans, gave their labour for free.
The fundraising campaign was officially launched at a Remembrance Service held in the village last Thursday, see page 6 for pictures.
To make a donation visit https://www.snettisham.org.uk
Snettisham honours the fallen