North Norfolk village hall awarded energy fund cash

Thornham village hall on opening night. Pictures Paul Murrell

Thornham village hall on opening night. Pictures Paul Murrell - Credit: Archant

The trustees of Thornham village hall can now add to their eco-credentials after being awarded £12,500 in a national energy fund competition.

They entered the competition to secure funding for the installation of solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint and become energy self-sufficient, and called on people to vote for them online.

The Marks and Spencer competition, now in its second year, received 78,837 votes, with Thornham one of only 26 projects nationwide to be awarded a grant.

The village hall, which was officially opened by the Queen in 2014, already has eco-friendly credentials, and boasts ground-source heating and grey-water recycling.

Paul Murrell, the hall's communications and events manager, said: 'Thornham village hall has to be one of the best event venues in the county.

'It boasts amazing facilities with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

'The hall regularly shows live satellite productions of ballet and opera and incorporates the village cinema, together with live theatre on the adjoining playing field in the summer.'

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The venue hosts regular weekly events, with winter warmers, featuring guest speakers and soup and sandwich lunches, always in high demand at this time of year.

New for 2017 there will be a plant, rural craft and family day featuring the best of Norfolk nurseries and crafts with family entertainment.

'We also plan to introduce a food and drink event encapsulating the very best in speciality foods and drinks produced in Norfolk,' Mr Murrell added.

The hall has nine trustees who work alongside a team of volunteers to maintain the building and run events.

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