New funding is set to boost Stanhope Hall

Councillor Bill Aron examines the new-look ceiling at Stanhope Hall
Councillor Bill Aron examines the new-look ceiling at Stanhope Hall

Business is booming at Horncastle’s historic Stanhope Hall where officials have secured £17,000 in grants to pay for on-going improvements.

The funding has come from Awards For All, Lincolnshire County Council’s Community Fund and Horncastle’s Healthcare Fund.

Councillor Bill Aron, chairman of the hall’s trustees, said the money would help bring forward planned improvements.

Coun Aron said: “New energy efficient LED lighting panels have just been fitted to the main hall, including thermal ceiling tiles.

“We have also been able to install two new boilers, again for the main hall. Work on the hall floor and soundproofing will begin this month. It’s very positive.”

At the recent hall’s recent AGM, Coun Aron highlighted the progress made during the last 12 months.

He mentioned the number of organisations now based at the hall, including the Community Cinema.

He praised the contributions made by several people, including John Novik, a leading figure in the cinema project.

Treasurer Maria Pell reported the investment in maintaining and improving the hall had paid off.

Letting agent Colin Low revealed all the tenanted accommodation was taken while booking agent Rose Williams described 2014 as “another good year” and said advance bookings were encouraging.