Lancaster mayor June Ashworth officially opened the new village hall in Ellel on Friday.
The new building, on an attractive open site, offers the highest modern standards as a facility for the whole community, with a catering kitchen, licensed bar and ample space for social, educational and cultural activities for public and private occasions.
Guests at the ceremony included representatives of the major funders, including the Big Lottery Fund, Lancashire Environmental Fund, Village SOS, Entrust, Garfield Weston, and Ellel Parish Council.
Also present were Mason Gillibrand Architects, the main building contractors VMC Developments Ltd, Chris Welsby Quantity Surveyor, Community Futures and CVS Lancaster, the county and city councils, and MP Eric Ollerenshaw.
Helen Helme, the Ellel Village Hall Trust chairman, said: “This is a proud moment for Galgate and we believe that the new hall is a fitting successor to the much loved Ellel War Memorial Institute which had served the community so well since 1919.
“The project has taken ten years to achieve, in a difficult economic climate, and I pay tribute to the trustees who have worked so hard together all this time.
“Great credit is specially due to the many local donors and volunteers who have been so generous in their support and have made this a community effort from the start.
“We are arranging a social evening in November to celebrate their contribution.
“But the official opening is mainly an opportunity to express our gratitude to the funding bodies, professional advisers and contractors who have brought it all to life, as well as to the local authorities for their valuable support.
“Ellel Parish Council deserve a special mention not only for leasing the site to the trust but for saving the day at the end of the process with a vital capital grant to get the building work started.”