NUTLEY War Memorial Hall, High Street will soon see the start of a £12,000 improvement project to transform it into a warm and comfortable community space, especially in winter.
Built in 1972, the hall is poorly insulated.
This means heating is overworked in winter while inefficiently heating the hall.
About 60% of the heat currently emitted by radiators escapes through the roof and is most noticeable in extreme weather. Last winter users were left cold.
From August 2 a new ceiling will be installed above the main hall and stage to increase energy-efficiency.
The ceiling will be suspended beneath the existing roof and in keeping with the hall’s character.
Two extra heaters will also be installed on either side of the stage.
A £10,000 grant has been awarded by The Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund towards improvements. Extra funds have been raised by the hall’s users and committee.
Nutley Memorial Hall provides a venue for a wide range of local community activities hosting groups such as the local playgroup, short mat bowls, WI, fine art, horticultural and historical societies. Other popular activities held at the hall include fitness classes and the annual band concert.
Chairman of Nutley War Memorial Trust Committee, Barrie Sidwell says, “The new ceiling should make a huge difference to the hall. It will enable our pre-school and groups with more elderly members, to run their activities in comfort throughout even the coldest days in winter.”