A new heating system has been installed at Bolton Village Hall in a project costing £13,400.
The village hall committee secured a £10,000 donation from the National Lottery’s Awards For All to go towards the scheme. The balance was met from village hall funds.
The LPG heating scheme replaces the out-dated, overhead electric heaters which were very expensive to run and not very efficient.
The new system comprises four wall-mounted gas heaters which blow heat out at floor level and are fed by LPG stored in an outside tank.
In the first few days of operation, the users of the hall have commented on how quickly the hall now warms up compared to the old system.
The new heaters are so effective they can be turned off much more quickly and are helping to reduce energy costs from the outset.
The new heaters are Temcana Kestrel 250S and were manufactured and installed by Vulcana Ltd, a firm based in East Sussex. The gas tank has been supplied by Calor and is sited on land adjacent to the hall kindly permitted by Major D Burrell.
The hall is situated in Bolton village and is available to hire on a regular basis or one off bookings.
Regular users include dance groups, keep fit, band practice and a meeting hall for various organisations.
The committee organises a variety of events to raise funds for the upkeep of the building.
Committee chairman Richard Gee said that the new system has become an immediate success and will ensure greater comfort for the users of the hall and reduce energy bills.
It is hoped that the next phase of improvements at the hall will be the installation of additional floor and ceiling insulation to increase the energy efficiency of the building even further.