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No more shivering in Coxhoe Village Hall
14 August 2015
No more shivering in Coxhoe Village Hall

Coxhoe Village Hall Association in Durham has secured a £31,760 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, will replace an old and ineffective heating system.

Coxhoe Village Hall (CVH) was constructed in 1932 and is located in the village centre.  It has always been owned, managed and financed by the community and is a valued part village life.  The building offers a large auditorium, dressing rooms, bar, kitchen, two ground floor rooms and two first floor rooms with a small kitchenette. The centre hosts weekly slimming groups, fitness groups, a dance school, martial arts and a toddler group.  Some building improvements are needed to ensure it caters for the needs of the whole community.  The heating system has been identified as being ineffective.  Current pipe work and radiators were installed in 1932 when the hall was built and heating engineers have identified that its single boiler is ineffective.  The system has one control panel and the radiators have no thermostats, resulting in lukewarm radiators generating no warmth.  A new system will include four separate heating zones, radiator valves and thermostats to ensure that it can be operated according to need and usage.

Paul Dodsworth, Chairperson said:
'Coxhoe Village Hall is delighted to have secured funding from Biffa Award for the installation of a new heating system for our hall.  The running costs and lack of controls of our old system were year on year our biggest expenditure.  As a grant support from Durham County Council has recently been withdrawn it is essential to the ongoing viability of our community hub that we have an efficient environmentally friendly heating system. This funding from Biffa Award has secured this and forms the major part of our aspiration for delivering a greener building fit for the 21st century'.

Mrs Rita Brown, Tuesday Tea Dance Leader said:
'We have lost many members over the years because of the cold temperature in the Hall.  It will be lovely to come in the winter to a warm, cosy atmosphere and be able to dance without our coats on'.

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.”