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Local community welcomes improvements to Beare Green Village Hall
14 November 2014

Beare Green Community Association in Dorking has secured a £50,000 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. 


Project OverHall, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will include the installation of a modern and efficient under-floor heating system and sprung flooring in the main hall.  Old and ineffective heaters will be replaced with a new boiler and an under-floor water heating system, before the new durable flooring is installed. The project will enable the association to provide a modern and efficient heating system that will allow the facilities to be used more effectively throughout the year. 


The hall is currently host to 12 community groups, attracting around 300 people each week, but once the project works have been completed the association hopes that more groups will be encouraged to use the space for activities and events.


Pam Marsh, Chairman, Beare Green Community Association, said:


“The Biffa Award grant is going to make such a difference to the hall, allowing us to update an antiquated and inefficient heating system, and provide new flooring.  This will enable us to offer many more activities to the community, such as film nights and as a wedding venue.  Existing hirers will enjoy a much more comfortable environment.” 


Lyne Ford, Volunteer said:


“As a member of the knitting club, the bridge club and a volunteer in the library, I appreciate the funding from Biffa Award.  The new heating and flooring will make a wonderful difference and enable the village hall to be used for even more activities.” 


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“This work is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve facilities for the benefit of the local community.  For more than 16 years community buildings across the UK have benefited from the scheme and the organisations that award grants through the fund look forward to supporting more in the future.”