Stuart Memorial Hall in Tempsford has secured a £10,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The hall, which was built by the Stuart family to commemorate the loss of their son during WW1, was given to the village and has since remained at the heart of village life. The hall houses the village museum, which is well used by the local community as well as visitors to the area. Weekly activities include a lindy-hop, the Kingfisher Players drama group, a fitness class, spiritualist church and dog training. The hall also hosts the annual flower and vegetable show as well as a series of other community and private functions throughout the year.
The project, awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, is currently underway to replace the windows to the main hall. On completion, the committee hopes that the hall will be a warmer, more welcoming space, both in the summer and during the colder winter months.
Meryl Besant, Chair, Stuart Memorial Hall, said:
“The new windows should greatly improve the hall, making it look more like it was when it was originally built. We will be able to open the windows, so ventilation will be improved, making dances and weddings much more comfortable. It will be warmer, with no draughts!”
John Woodhall, Volunteer, Stuart Memorial Hall, said:
“The windows will enhance the look of the hall. The hall should be much warmer, which is beneficial to all hirers and it will cost a lot less to heat.
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project at Stuart Memorial Hall is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”