New funding boost for historic hall

Bill Aron at Horncastle's Stanhope Hall EMN-140508-083238001
Bill Aron at Horncastle's Stanhope Hall EMN-140508-083238001

Additional improvements are being planned at Stanhope Hall in Horncastle after officials secured more grant funding.

The money will pay for the hall floor to be stripped, re-sealed and re-polished.

It follows recent work to improve the hall’s outdated heating and lighting system

New soundproofing will also be installed on the walls.

Coun Bill Aron, who is chairman of the hall’s trustees and management committee, said the improvements were part of an on-going programme designed to secure the hall’s future as one of the town’s premier venues.

He said: “The new boilers are already working very efficiently

“The building is a lot warmer and, at the same time, the new boilers are a lot more economical to run.”

Coun Aron was speaking at a meeting of the Town Council.

Town councillors Sandra Campbell-Wardman and Fiona Martin attend meetings of the hall’s management committee as observers.

They both said the hall appeared to be flourishing and praised the recent improvements.

Meanwhile, councillors discussed plans for the town’s Christmas Lights.

Coun Matthew Wilkinson promised there would be an impressive display.

However, he ruled out extra lights being placed on trees in Jubilee Way following a comment by Coun Linda Baker.

Coun Baker said as Jubilee Way was the main route through Horncastle, more lights would be an excellent way to promote the town.

Councillors went on to discuss on-going efforts to replace damaged sections of pavement in the Market Place.

A site meeting had recently taken place involving town councillors and representatives of East Lindsey District Council and the County Council. It appeared the repair work is the responsibility of ELDC and the Town Council will write a follow-up letter.