RESIDENTS in Headington could soon see a £70,000 extension at their 82-year-old village hall.

Trustees of the Headington Quarry Village Hall have had plans to redecorate and extend the hall to include disabled toilet facilities approved by Oxford City Council.

Chairwoman of the board of trustees, Roz Smith, said: “The hall hasn’t had any TLC for a number of years and we want to develop the facilities so we can be as inclusive as possible.

“We need the disabled toilets for potential users and also for the pack-away nursery. There might be children who need to use those and we need to get up to standard with that.”

The Kiddies Korner nursery has been running in the hall for 41 years.

For the last seven former Marston resident Trish Andrews has been managing the nursery.

The mother-of-two said: “It will be good for families who use the nursery, but also the other hall users as well.“There are lots of people who use the hall and it should improve things.”

But supporters still have the task of raising the £70,000 to pay for the hall.

Although the board of trustees will apply for Government grants to complete the work, they are also looking to fundraise most of the money themselves.

Mrs Smith, who is also a Lib Dem county councillor for Headington and Quarry, said: “We do have plans for fundraising events. There’ll be a concert in the winter with the Oxford Fiddle Group, as they use the hall to practice.

“We will also be organising table top sales over the next year,” she said.

In the meantime the councillor is calling on the people of Headington Quarry to help spruce up the hall by clearing it out. Bushes in the grounds need to be trimmed and the fences around the perimeter also need to be sanded and repainted.

Those using the hall and trustees will be carrying out the work from tomorrow until next Saturday, August 29.

But volunteers from the community are needed to finish the decorating on time.

Mrs Smith added: “This is very much the community’s hall and we want to see as many people as possible helping out.

“If you live in this area, this is your hall. It’s owned by the parish council and it is there for people to use.”

If you are willing to help contact Mrs Smith on