Facilities in a village church hall has been upgraded thanks to a district council grant.
The outdated kitchen which was installed 25 years ago in Brompton Methodist Church Hall has been replaced with help from the authority’s Making a Difference grant scheme.
“Although we have an excellent hall our kitchen and water heating system was letting us down and not fit for purpose,” said Christine Martin, Church Secretary.
“The members of the church were keen to make the kitchen environmental friendly as it is already a Fairtrade church– and we are grateful for the help from the district council which has enabled us to do that.”
Hambleton District Council provided £5000 of the £12000 scheme with the rest of the funding coming from village hall funds. The funding has been used to purchase a more efficient boiler, a dishwasher that will reduce water use, blinds to reduce the amount of heat escaping through the window and recycling bins.
District Councillor and Ward Member for Northallerton North and Brompton, Councillor Isobel Sanderson who supported the application, added: “It is always good to see that our small grants can make a real difference to communities across Hambleton. This project is typical of that – the committee had the match funding to be able to install the new kitchen and it is already proving popular with users.”