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Sicklinghall Village Hall shortlisted for National Prize
18 August 2015
A Village Hall in Wetherby 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.

Sicklinghall Village Hall will now compete against three other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Community Buildings’ category and receive a £1,500 prize.

The hall’s refurbishment project received £49,980 in funding from Biffa Award to upgrade and extend the village hall to current standards, to protect the future of the only bookable community facility in the village. The project has allowed the hall to install thermal insulation to the roof, walls and floor; new double-glazed units to all windows to replace existing single-glazed metal frames; the creation of an improved entrance; and much improved larger toilet facilities with heating and water efficient taps and toilet cisterns. The new look and size of the hall has encouraged wider activities and participation from residents.


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.”