Villagers in Boynton will now be able to benefit from a refurbished village hall – after funding was made available from Centrica Storage Limited.
The much-needed improvements to the community building have now been finished.
A £36,793.95 grant to Boynton Parish Council – made through the Caythorpe Community Support Fund – meant a brand new floor could be fitted in the village hall, along with a solar-panel scheme to the roof.
It is hoped the solar panels will pay for all future utility bills and generate a modest income through the sale of surplus electricity back to the National Grid.
The development of the website www.boyntonvillage.co.uk was also part of the project, with a portion of the funding used to create a resource to provide information about the parish, the history of the area and upcoming activities at the village hall and in the community.
Trevor field, chairman of the Village Hall, said: “We are incredibly luckily to have received this funding, particularly in these economic times. The new floor in the village hall is absolutely beautiful and will be a great benefit to the local community.
“It is a credit to Centrica Storage Limited that they have shown commitment to giving something back to the local community – it is certainly refreshing to see companies like this giving something back.
“We hope the new facilities will become a hive of activity for the community.”
Martin Scargill, from Centrica Storage, said: “We are delighted to have been able to provide funding for the village of Boynton. The project will have a positive impact on the village hall and the wider community.
“We really hope the residents of Boynton will take advantage of the tremendous new facilities the parish council and village hall committee have created. It’s a great addition to the local community and with the development of the website, we hope our commitment will support the community for years to come.”
The refurbished village hall was officially opened by Martin Scargill at 12.30am on Wednesday, February 25.
Centrica Storage Limited acquired the Caythorpe Gas Storage site, near Bridlington, in 2008 with plans to convert the site into an onshore gas storage facility.