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Elsing Memorial Village Hall shortlisted for National Prize
18 August 2015
A village hall in Elsing, near Dereham, Norfolk has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2015 Biffa Awards. A ceremony which recognises the people who build communities and transform lives through Biffa Award funded projects.

Elsing Memorial Village Hall will now compete against three other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Small Grants’ category and receive a £1,500 prize!

The hall’s renovation project received a small grant of £8,263.20 in funding from Biffa Award to install a new kitchen with windows, roller shutter, cupboards, worktops, sinks, cooker, and fridge freezer. The new kitchen has been designed to cope with the needs of the growing community, as well as providing a safer, more comfortable ergonomic food preparation and cooking space; enabling the hall to comply with modern health and safety standards and increase cooking capability by 50 per cent. 

The Biffa Awards 2015 will be held on October 1 at the Coventry Transport Museum. All the finalists will be invited to attend a day of celebrating the passion and commitment of those who dedicate their lives to building communities and transforming lives; benefiting those around them, as well as the environment.

Competition has been fierce from the start, with more than 240 projects eligible to enter the awards under five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.

Category winners at the Awards will receive a trophy and prize money of £1,500, which can be used to further develop their project.  Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2015, receiving a further £1,000 prize.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
 “The Biffa Awards have been held for over 10 years and each year they create a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate and recognise the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. A great deal of the projects we support have a huge and lasting impact on their local community and environment, so to be shortlisted for an award is a wonderful achievement in itself.  Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”