Solar energy for Tilney St Lawrence village hall

Norfolk hall goes green to help cut energy bills

A Fenland village hall is officially green after a �50,000 refurbishment included solar power.

Tilney St Lawrence hall had 16 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, a new heating cylinder and roof insulation fitted thanks to funding from various sources.

Keith Bodimeade, chairman of the hall's committee, put the 18-month project together by securing grants from not-for-profit organisation Wren and West Norfolk Council.

Mr Bodimeade has secured more than �226,000 of funding over six years and was described as a 'bulldozer' for his contribution.

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'We wanted to keep costs down and keep it green. We've been told it will make a 60pc difference to our energy bills,' he said.

Barry Ayres, St Lawrence Ward councillor said: 'Keith is like a bulldozer. His contribution is laudable. The green aspect is fantastic. Everyone's impressed with it. For community cohesion this is the last word.'

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'Just all credit to the hall and the contribution they make to the community. It shows what can be done when everyone pulls together.'

Norfolk and Cambridgeshire not-for-profit organisation Wren provided �36,000 of the �50,000 refurbishment.

Sarah Gosling, the grant manager, said: 'It's a great success story; a complete environmental refurb.'

Lucinda Leonard, development officer for the charity Norfolk Rural Community Council said: 'This excellent project shows that can-do communities can get capital projects off the ground for their communities.'

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