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Sevenoaks village hall receives grant for refurbishment
07 October 2013

A village hall in Sevenoaks, Kent, received a £7,754 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.

The village hall external refurbishment project at the Hodsoll Street & Ridley Village Hall, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, has transform the comfort and energy efficiency of the building so that it once again becomes the centre of community life.

Improvements included the installation of 11 double glazed windows, double glazed exit doors and new double glazed fire exit along with the replacement of the external cladding with Cellotex wall insulation – to improve energy efficiency. An additional fire exit, new exit ramps and a replacement porch were also included in the work as well as the replacement of the exterior cladding.

These external refurbishments have improved the hall’s visual fit within the conservation area in which it stands and a grand reopening is planned for Saturday 12th October at 12 noon.

Mike West, Project Manager, Hodsoll Street & Ridley Village Hall, said:

“The increased interest of the community in the refurbishment at the hall has been much greater than anticipated and without help from Biffa Award this revitalisation would not have been possible.”

Lynne Wincott, Chair, Acorns Craft Club, said:

“The hall is an important part of local life, giving opportunities for various events and activities to take place in the heart of the community. Being in the middle of the village it appeals to everyone and is easily accessible to everyone.”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:

“The refurbishment project at Hodsoll Street & Ridley Village Hall has created an energy efficient facility that the local community can be proud of and we’re pleased to support it.”