Preston Patrick memorial hall draws on Banks Group to fund new curtains

March 11, 2014 | Armistead News

It’s curtains for the users of a South Lakeland village hall – and they couldn’t be happier about it.

New sets of custom-made, fireproofed curtains have been fitted to the stage and all the windows at Preston Patrick Memorial Hall near Crooklands, replacing their old and increasingly-ragged predecessors to help create a warmer, more insulated environment within the 90 year-old building.

The project, which has also included the redecoration of the Hall, has been funded through a £1,700 grant from renewable energy firm Banks Renewables, via the Armistead Wind Farm Community Fund, which is linked to Banks’ nearby Armistead Wind Farm.

And the members of the Memorial Hall committee have shown off their practical skills by making and lining the curtains themselves.

It’s the second time that Banks has supported the Memorial Hall committee’s ongoing campaign to improve the facilities they can offer, with a £12,000 grant given in 2012 towards the re-roofing and insulation of the building.

Preston Patrick Memorial Hall is used for a wide variety of community functions, ranging from dog shows, band practices and Scottish dancing to meetings of the local flower club, Women’s Institute and ferret club.

Located close to Junction 36 of the M6, it is also a popular venue for events which draw visitors from the wider South Lakeland and north Lancashire areas.

Keith Richardson, chairman of the Memorial Hall Committee, says: “We’d had the previous curtains in place for a long time, and they were really starting to show their age, which had a negative impact on the Hall’s environment as a whole and made it less welcoming than we would have liked.

“The feedback we’ve had from users on the impact of the Hall’s redecoration has been really positive, and it’s very nice to see our own members’ handiwork adorning the room to such good effect.

“Banks has been a very generous supporter of our continuing efforts to improve the facilities that we can offer our users, and without their involvement, we wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere near the position that we’ve now reached.”

The Armistead Wind Farm Community Fund will provide up to £307,500 of community funding from the revenue of the Armistead Wind Farm over its 25-year lifespan to help make a positive, long-term difference to local voluntary groups, environmental projects and community facilities in the area.

Banks Renewables is also the company behind Killington wind farm, which would be situated on land between the A684 Sedbergh Road and Junction 37 of the M6, and the overall development package for the Killington project, which was approved by South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee in January, also includes up to £1.25m of funding for local community and environmental improvements.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, adds: “The Armistead Wind Farm Community Fund is specifically designed to help local community organisations improve what they can offer to people in the area, and it’s great to see how this objective is being realised through the dedication of the Memorial Hall committee.”

Projects, community groups, or voluntary organisations in the vicinity of Banks’ Armistead Wind Farm that are looking for funding should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342.

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