New technology and new look for village hall

ruth Ashley, Morgam Elder, Poppy Draper, Ellen Grady and Ruth Hall enjoying the new kitchen facilities at Sneaton Village Hall''w110418 Picture: Ceri Oakes
ruth Ashley, Morgam Elder, Poppy Draper, Ellen Grady and Ruth Hall enjoying the new kitchen facilities at Sneaton Village Hall''w110418 Picture: Ceri Oakes
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SNEATON Village Hall may be almost 50 years old but is benefiting from some of the most modern techniques in building.

It is just at the end of a three year renovation programme which has seen a new kitchen being installed, showers and a lick of paint.

But in order to make these changes better for the environment and more sustainable they are all being protected by sheep wool insulation.

It is natural, sustainable and environmentally friendly and much nicer to handle than fibre glass.

The hall benefited from grants from North Yorkshire County Council and the National Parks as well as raising their own funds to cover the £10, 000 renovation costs.

Rose Stainthorpe, chair of the village hall committee, said: “Just from going to meetings of the parish council we found out we could get all this funding and because of the environmental issues we managed to get a sustainable development fund grant.

“We had to use sheep wool and sourced that through the internet. It was the first time the contractors had used it.”

Naturally while the works were going on some groups changed locations for their meetings and now the committee hopes to attract those and new groups back to the new look village hall.

It is already well used by the 3rd Whitby Girl Guides and for coffee mornings and table top sales.

Mrs Stainthorpe added: “We were getting put out of the market for hire. People were wanting better kitchen facilities, better catering and showers for weekend stop overs. It was a case of keeping up with other village halls.”