Banks Group grant helping Endmoor Village Hall keep out the worst of the weather

March 20, 2013 | Armistead News

A village hall in south Lakeland is ready for the British weather to do its worst after a four-figure grant from a renewable energy firm paid for a range of much-needed repairs.

The Village Hall in Endmoor near Kendal was facing structural issues due to the decay suffered over the years by its window frames, fascias and external guttering. 

But after receiving a £5,400 grant from Banks Renewables, via its Banks Community Fund, a range of repairs have been carried out to the building by locally-based firm Cumbria Fascias which will help keep everyone using the building warm and dry.

The large windows at the front of the Hall on which the waterproofed seals had gone have been replaced with new double glazed units, and rotten fascias and soffits have been taken out and replaced with low maintenance UPVC equivalents.  New guttering and downpipes have also been fitted around the building where required.

Originally built in the mid-1980s, Endmoor Village Hall is a central part of the local community, and is very well used by people from both across and outside the local area.

Events held there range from keep fit and dance classes, OAP groups and jumble sales through to wedding receptions and parties, and it is also home to the local Post Office.

The village hall committee has been refurbishing the building on a piecemeal basis over the last five years, and brought a new heating system last year, but until now, they haven’t had the funds available to carry out all the work that was increasingly urgently needed.

Margaret Daunt, booking clerk and committee member for the Hall, says: “Living in this part of the world, the building fabric is always under attack from the elements, and while we’ve always kept up with maintenance as much as budgets and fundraising would allow, this was a big job that’s been hanging over us for some considerable time.

“As well as the work needing to be done in itself, the damage that the building had suffered was also having an impact on the amount of energy we used and therefore leaving us facing higher bills for heating.

“Lots of our users have already commented on the difference that the new windows have made to the hall, and the whole place looks a lot tidier and more attractive.

“We don’t know when or how we’d have been able to afford to get these repairs carried out, and are extremely grateful to Banks for their support in helping us get it done so quickly.”

Banks Renewables is the company behind the Armistead wind farm that has been built on land near to Old Hutton, to the east of the M6 between junctions 36 and 37, and it is also looking to develop the proposed Killington scheme, which would be situated on land between the A684 Sedbergh Road and Junction 37 of the M6.

The Armistead Wind Farm Community Fund will make around £12,300 available every year to support environmental and community improvements in the surrounding area, and the company will be working in partnership with local people to help ensure their priorities are reflected in the initiatives that are supported by this fund.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, adds: “Venues such as Endmoor Village Hall provide a great deal of community cohesion in villages right across the country, but finding the funds required to maintain them to the right standards is always a challenge, and especially so in the current climate.

“We’re very pleased to help provide a more welcoming environment for the users of the hall, and look forward to being able to offer further funding for community and environmental improvements from the revenues generated by our Armistead wind farm.”

Projects, community groups, or organisations looking for funding in the vicinity of a Banks Group development should contact the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342 or click here for more information.

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