Kedington Parish Council has a newly built office and meeting room thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses in the community.
It was officially opened on Tuesday, September 3 by Lady Berridge and parish council chairman Simon McGuire.
The new building, designed by parish councillor Peter Donoghue, was commissioned because the rented office accommodation in the village used by the parish council since 2003 did not comply with at work regulations and had to be closed down.
The council, which already had plans passed for the new building, rented a temporary portable building for the parish clerk to work from while building work took place.
The council used its reserves to fund the project but also received a grant of £7,500 from St Edmundsbury Council’s Rural Initiatives Grant Scheme and other smaller grants from Suffolk County Councillors Anne Gower and Tony Brown’s locality budgets.
Dilip Visana from the NISA supermarket in Kedington also helped towards building and furnishing costs.
Local companies were used to carry out the work and Cllr McGuire acknowledged their input, saying: “Kedington Parish Council is extremely grateful to all those who helped with the project, it is good to be able to use local resources to provide not only a permanent office and meeting room for the parish council, but an asset for the village.”
Mr McGuire also thanked Kedington Community Association for allowing the building to be sited at the front of the community centre.
The council also thanked PBM Buildbase, Clerkin Civils, Paul Trinder, C F Electrical, Les Barker (Plastering), Quality Decorating Services, David Southgate, Advantage Windows, Roy Fisher, Metcraft Engineering, STP Stationery, Wigmore Skips, Tyson Luckin, Matthew Bramwell, Richard Pound and Stuart Cowl.