We caught up with Sally Scales, chair of Whixley Village Hall, to hear about the hall's green project to transform their old heating system.

Whixley Village Hall looked to turn their inefficient hall into a green friendly community building. They turned to Community First Yorkshire for support with their energy project.
Sally, why was the green initiative so important to your community?

“Our village hall truly is the hub of our community, with regular social events taking place including badminton sessions, dance classes, pantomimes and festive parties. The hall is regularly used by visitors of all ages, so preserving it for years to come is hugely important to us all.

“Our green project is truly a team effort, with many of the committee members getting involved in different aspects of managing the project.”

How did Community First Yorkshire help?

“We knew we’d need funding to undertake our green initiatives, so we contacted Community First Yorkshire and with their help we were able to gain support and advice about funding applications, which proved pivotal in gaining funding for the project.

“Using the available grants, we’ve been able to install cavity wall insulation and will soon be implementing air source heat humps, installing solar panels on the roof and upgrading our radiators.”

What’s your top piece of advice for village halls looking to make a green change?

“Just like our village hall, many others were built decades ago, and over the years better technology has become available and it’s important to make a change to help preserve our halls for future generations. It may be difficult to know where to start, so be sure to ask for help and enquire about readily available grants.”

About the organisation

Built in 1935, Whixley Village Hall is a community hub in North Yorkshire which hosts dances, parties, quiz nights and sporting events. With a well equipped kitchen, a cosy supper room, a stage and a main hall, the village hall is regularly used for both village and private functions.

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