Horncastle Stanhope Hall trustees celebrate cash boost

Bill Aron (chairman of trustees), Rose Williams (booking agent) and Wendy Moore (Lincolnshire County Council's Community Grants Manager) looking at the new boilers at Stanhope Hall..
Bill Aron (chairman of trustees), Rose Williams (booking agent) and Wendy Moore (Lincolnshire County Council's Community Grants Manager) looking at the new boilers at Stanhope Hall..

Trustees at Stanhope Hall are celebrating after being awarded a £7,820 grant towards a series of energy saving measures.

The money has come from Lincolnshire County Council and will help pay for a number of improvements in the main hall, including new boilers.

Officials says the improvements will benefit the many organisations which use the hall - and help save money on day-to-day running costs.

The grant is open for all communities to apply for and covers a number of improvements and additions - up to 50% of the costs.

Bill Aron chairman of the Hall’s trustees, said: “The money will go towards the new gas boilers, energy saving lighting and thermal ceiling tiles.

“Work has already started.”

Rose Williams, who organises bookings at the hall, added: “The new boilers will be a benefit to all the groups that hire the hall.

“It is a large area and the old boilers were unreliable and always breaking down.”

Maria Pell, the hall’s treasurer, said: “The running costs should be greatly reduced as further work is carried out to enhance the building.”

The hall is used by many different town-based organisations and recently staged two major events - a walking festival and a World War One exhibition.

It is also an increasingly popular venue for weddings and other social events.

The hall also hosts the always popular Robert Bell 
auctions.