The ambitions of the St Norbert’s Parish Hall committee to reach out to the community of Crowle were celebrated by the opening of the refurbished building by Andrew Percy MP.
The committee was aware that the ageing building needed urgent remedial work and was not comfortable for its users, they were also anxious to improve the buildings carbon footprint. In practice this meant renewing the insulation properties of the floor and ceiling by replacing them and providing better lighting and a more efficient heating system.
The ambitions were made possible by cash boosts from two funding providers: the first grant of £15,000 was awarded by WREN (Landfill) in 2013, the second grant of £15,130.20 was awarded by SSE (Wind farm) in 2014.
The projects completion is seen as complementary to other provision in the town and hopefully will serve surrounding village communities.
Committee chairman Bill Flanagan said: “It is fantastic that the funds have been made available and we are very pleased that our project was selected.
“We are grateful to the funders, town council and the numerous community organisations that have supported our applications. We can now offer existing users a warmer and more comfortable environment in which to meet and hopefully this will attract new users from community groups in future.”
Mr Percy said: “It was a pleasure to attend the recent re-opening of the hall and to receive the two plaques from the funding sources.
“The renovated facilities look fantastic and have been a long time in coming.
“Credit must go to the fundraiser committee who have been hoping to renovate the hall for many years and have finally achieved it.”