Villagers win funds to spend on their hall


A project to make Steppingley village hall a warmer, more welcoming and energy efficient venue for events and activities can go ahead.

The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded Steppingley Village Association a grant of £17,620 to fund the installation of internal insulation to the hall’s walls and ceiling, and secondary glazing on its windows.

Draught-proofing of internal and external doors will also be improved and new lined curtains will be put up.

The hall is used for a wide range of activities including children’s birthday parties, wedding receptions, quiz nights, a beer festival, yoga, parish council meetings and a community café.

Committee member Julia Pankhurst said: “This grant is great news for Steppingley and the hall’s users.

“The work it will help fund will allow us to both provide users with a better hall and save money, which will mean we can allocate more funds to future improvements.”

The grant was one of 36 recently awarded to community and environmental projects across the UK, with the grants totalling over £1.4m.

The trust awards grants through the Landfill Communities Fund and since 2008 has awarded more than £235,000 to 11 projects in Bedfordshire.

Trust executive director Paul Taylor, said: “We are pleased to be helping the village association make this project happen and I look forward to seeing the work start.”

The trust has been supporting community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund for over 17 years.

Veolia has supported the trust with contributions of over £63 million to 1,923 projects.