ARUNDEL and South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited Ashurst to see the new village hall as it nears completion.
He returned to find out about progress since he had struck the first blow in the demolition of the old building back in July 2012.
Villagers have raised almost £360,000 for the new building, replacing the old hall, which was more than a century old and in a poor state of repair.
Mr Herbert said: “Having struck the first blow to demolish the old village hall it was a real pleasure to return and see its very smart replacement.
“The committee have done incredibly well to raise a large sum of money for their new village hall, and I hope that they will now be able to find the remaining sum so that the building can be completed and opened as soon as possible.”
The new flint and brick building includes a stage, meeting room and catering facilities but it still needs flooring, decoration and a ramp for wheelchair access and £45,000 is needed to complete the work.
Chris Jesse, chairman of the Ashurst Village Hall committee, said: “We were delighted to show Nick Herbert what we have achieved since his last visit.
“We still need more money to complete and actually open the hall, so we are embarking on one final push to try to make this a reality as soon as possible. We hope to open the doors by September at the latest.”