Village hall gets new lease of life

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A village hall in South Yorkshire is to be made more energy efficient thanks to a grant of £18,700.

Harthill Village Hall in Winney Hill, Harthill, near Sheffield, received funding for the latest phase of its refurbishment from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

Work began in 2012 to refurbish the former Miners’ Welfare building, which dates back to 1920.

The latest phase includes insulation, LED lighting and redecoration of the main hall.

The venue is used by groups including a modern jive dance club, parent and toddler group, youth club and an over-60s group.

It is hoped the refurbishments will attract new users with a suspended ceiling making it suitable for indoor sports.

Other funding for the £23,450 project has come from Harthill with Woodall Parish Council.

Work is due to begin in June and expected to take around four weeks.

Village Hall chairman Brian Shutt said: “We are looking forward to the next stage of improvements to the hall getting under way.

“This phase will reduce both carbon emissions and running costs of the hall, and extend the potential to offer indoor sports that would be accessible to all including people with disabilities.

“When the work is complete, the hall will be a modern, comfortable and attractive building that is a true centre of community activity.”

The Veolia Environmental Trust awarded £18,700 to the project through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Executive director Paul Taylor said: “Facilities like this one play a vital role in our communities, providing a welcoming and accessible space where the whole community can meet up.”