A Baptist church in Hertfordshire, is celebrating success after scooping a prestigious environmental and community award at the Biffa Awards 2014.
Markyate Baptist Church was today named as winner of the ‘Community Buildings’ category for their ‘Markyate Baptist Church Building Extension’ project and received £2,000 in prize money, which they can use to further develop their project. The project has enabled youth training to take place on site and works pro-actively to bring the community together for celebrations and events. This coupled with the dedication of the volunteers leading the project impressed the independent Biffa Award judge and saw them edge ahead of their competitors.
Administered by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Biffa Award distributes grants to environmental and community projects, using landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Group Ltd. Each year, the people transforming their communities and improving the environment through Biffa Award projects are recognised at the Biffa Awards ceremony. This year more than 260 completed projects competed to win a prize in one of five categories – Community Buildings, Recreation, Small Grants, Cultural Facilities and Rebuilding Biodiversity.
The church received £50,000 in funding from Biffa Award to enlarge the church hall. The money was spent on creating more space, via a new extension which now houses a large kitchen - with improved facilities and hygiene – along with a new level floor and improved thermal insulation.
This year’s Awards were held today at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The theme for the Awards was ‘creating positive change’ and sought to celebrate the people behind the projects that are helping to build and rebuild their local communities in these difficult economic times.
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“The Biffa Awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. All of our projects deserve recognition for the work they do, but we are delighted for Markyate Baptist Church on their success at this year’s Awards. They should be commended on the extent to which their project has gone on to have a positive impact in all areas of the community, facilitating training for young people and creating a hub where the elderly can come together with other members of the community for celebrations and events.”
The Biffa Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme: www.rsaaccreditation.org