April 5, 2011 | Brenkley News
Members of a Northumberland village group are getting into hot water – and they’re all very happy about it.
For, Cramlington Village Community Association now has a new boiler at its East Farm Terrace community centre thanks to a £5,729 grant given by local firm the Banks Group, via its Banks Community Fund.
The new boiler has replaced one that was installed almost 50 years ago that had become prone to breaking down on a regular basis, thus putting the community centre out of use until it was restarted.
But now, the association’s committee believes that, as well as making existing community centre users more comfortable, the new boiler will encourage even more local people to make use of the facilities that are available to them.
Cramlington Village Community Association was founded in the mid 1960s and is responsible for the management and upkeep of the local community centre.
The centre is used seven days a week and plays host to a wide variety of groups and activities, ranging from line dancing, tai chi and an over 50s group through to a karate club, toddler group and a variety group that puts on shows and pantomimes in the centre.
Committee chairman Anthony Livesey says: “The old boiler was getting more and more unreliable, and there were only a few of us that knew how to start it up again if it went out, which meant that, if we weren’t contactable for any reason, the community centre was too cold to use unless we provided alternative heaters, which then cost us extra money to run.
“The new boiler system has really been a godsend – it gets the centre warmed up much more quickly, which is already helping us make savings on our heating bills, and it’s also taken the pressure off the few of us that could restart the old boiler, since we know we don’t need to be on call anymore.
“Whilst we’ve known that this job has needed doing for a while, raising the funds needed to do it has been a challenge in the current climate – the money that Banks has given us a hit a real need and we’re extremely grateful for their support.”
Banks Mining has operated several surface mines in south east Northumberland since the 1980s, and currently operates the Shotton and Brenkley Lane sites on the Blagdon Estate near Seaton Burn.
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group adds: “After the last couple of winters that Northumberland has endured, the last thing that anyone wants is to be unsure whether their heating system is going to work, so we’re pleased to have helped take that worry away from everyone who uses the community centre.”
Projects, community groups, or organisations looking for funding in the vicinity of a Banks Group development should contact Clare Johnson at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342.