Garthorpe Village Hall, located between Scunthorpe and Goole, secured a £5,000 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 project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, has enabled the installation of much-needed acoustic panels, to improve the ambience of the hall, and internal redecoration. The project is part of a larger programme of works to modernise the hall, including an electrical upgrade, a new kitchen and new furnishings and furniture, which have been funded by the SSE Keadby Wind Farm Community Fund.
Historically, the hall has been a base for community activities, including fitness classes, live music, clinics and family celebrations. Following completion of the project, the committee hopes the hall will attract a wider range of activities and private hirers.
Tina Martin, Chief Instructor of Yorkshire and Humber Tang Soo Do, said:
“The improved acoustics at Garthorpe Village Hall has made a major difference to both me and my students. With the new acoustic panels the echo has now gone and my students can hear me clearly. These improvements will make both the village hall and my classes more accessible to people with hearing difficulties.”
Jiggy Lloyd, Secretary and Treasurer at the hall, said:
”We knew that users of the hall found it hard to hear and that live music or theatre performances did not sound as good as they should. The new panels, followed by redecoration, have changed all that and we are looking forward to more and more enjoyable events as a result.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“The project at Garthorpe Village Hall is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”