The 185-year-old town hall in Lutterworth is certainly heading in the right direction as it gears up to reopen – after getting a new lift.
The Grade II-listed building in the town’s Market Square has replaced the old lift after getting an £18,000 donation from Tarmac’s Landfill Communities Fund.
The new boost will make the hall more accessible for people using use wheelchairs or struggle to get up the stairs.
Stephen Walkley, of Lutterworth Town Hall committee, said: “The old lift was installed in 1989 and was so unreliable that people didn’t want to risk using it.
“We are very grateful to Tarmac for their support.
“Without the new lift the town hall would not be able to continue to offer a superb venue for weddings and the many community groups which use the building.”
Jamie Prpa, manager at the nearby Tarmac Cotesbach landfill site, said: “We are really pleased that the company was able to make such a significant contribution through its Landfill Community Fund.
“Venues like Lutterworth Town Hall are vital community hubs and it’s important that everyone can access its rooms and events in comfort.”
He added: “We look forward to hearing how well used the lift is and how busy the hall is once social events are properly restarted.”
The new lift will improve access to the main room (the Hansom Room) which is upstairs.
This room is used for weddings and civil ceremonies as well as community groups - including Age UK and U3A.
The historic building, stretching all the way back to 1836, is also used for Keep Fit, Pilates and Citizens Advice Bureau sessions.