Cadbury Hall calls time out on cold after securing funding for new heating system
Frampton Community Association in Gloucester has secured a £46,937 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.
Built in 1936 for employees of Cadbury Limited, the Association now runs Cadbury Hall as a facility for the whole community. The hall is home to user group activities and private bookings, however recent consultation confirmed the community felt that the hall’s heating system was in need of substantial refurbishment. Thanks to the tireless work of the Association and extensive improvement works the building is now in good condition: well-insulated, mainly double-glazed, re-decorated by volunteers, and it has new toilets. However, the current central heating system is obsolete, expensive to run and ineffective.
The Cadbury Hall heating upgrade project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will see the installation of an efficient low energy and eco-friendly heating system using electric and air-to-water heat pumps. A solar thermal system will be fitted to heat water, and the nine remaining windows will be fitted with double-glazed units. The Association hopes that the new installation will lead to reduced energy usage, costs and carbon footprint. Following the completion of the works, the Association looks forward to opening up the use of the hall to a more varied activity programme for the whole community.
Nigel Wills, Vice Chairman, Frampton Community Association, said:
“The lack of effective heating in winter in the hall has been a severe problem for users for many years, and a major worry for the committee. The hall is used by many groups - from toddlers and youngsters to those in their 'middle years' and many older people - some of whom are disabled.
“Performances and concerts from the amateur dramatic group, our local community choir and the village Silver Band brings in several hundred children and adults every year. Sports based activities such as table tennis, tennis coaching and Zumba are also ‘regulars’.
“By funding a new heating system, this grant will transform the Cadbury Hall into a truly ‘all year round’ venue. With solar thermal panels and air source heat pumps included in the project, I am delighted that the majority of this new system will be environmentally friendly, and it will all be far more cost-effective.
“We are all very excited about the improvements, and are extremely grateful to Biffa Award for their help in achieving this long-held aspiration of ours.”
Val Lord, regular hall user, said:
“A new heating system in the Hall would mean everything to me. We’ve needed one for years.”
Maureen Griffith, organiser of the weekly Sunnyside OAP Lunch Club, said:
“As our weekly group consists of many very old people, a reliable and constant source of heating is essential to our activities.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”
Image shows Trustees Peter Broomfield, Daphne Gardner, Jim Ball and Nigel Wills