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Grants secure warm future for Horringer Community Centre




Cllr Terry Clements; Cllr Angela Rushen, chairman of St Edmundsbury's Grants Working Party, and Wendy Cullingworth, chairman of Horringer-cum-Ickworth Community Council ANL-150310-102805001
Cllr Terry Clements; Cllr Angela Rushen, chairman of St Edmundsbury's Grants Working Party, and Wendy Cullingworth, chairman of Horringer-cum-Ickworth Community Council ANL-150310-102805001

High electricity bills at a popular village hall are a thing of the past after a raft of £37,500 upgrades thanks to a number of grants.

The work at Horringer Community Centre including new thermal insulation, wiring and LED lighting will knock 20 to 25 per cent off the electricity bills.

The new additions have been welcomed by the Horringer-cum-Ickworth Community Council which has faced high utility costs.

Chairman Wendy Cullingworth said: “The centre was built in the 1970s. The electrics were outdated, we had no thermal insulation and we had to rely on electric storage heaters.

“Our centre is popular but even with that regular income we weren’t bringing in enough to pay the bills and had to resort to fund-raising.

“Even then many of the people who use the hall would often say they were cold.”

The community council raised £17,000 towards the features, which also include sound proofing, with £7,800 from St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Rural Initiatives Grant scheme.

There was also £5,000 each from Suffolk County Council and Havebury Housing Partnership as well as £2,000 provided by Horringer Parish Council.

Cllr Terry Clements, who represents the ward and gave £788 from his locality budget last year, said: “This community centre is used by people of all ages.

“It provides a regular meeting for the Hedgehogs baby and toddler group through to the Good Neighbour scheme catering for the elderly.

“Horringer has such a fantastic community with a thriving calendar of events - and now it has a warm and brilliant community centre to match.”



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