Centrica Storage Limited (CSL) has awarded just under £1,000 to the Parish Council of Boynton to fund a new boiler for the hall. The donation was made as part of the 2016 Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental Support Fund.
Every year, the Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental Support Fund invites applications in the East Riding parishes of Boynton, Burton Agnes and Rudston for funding towards projects which will make a real difference to the community. Boynton Village Hall was one of four projects selected as the most deserving of the funding.
Boynton is a small community close to the coastal town of Bridlington. Boyton Village Hall is increasingly becoming a focus for new village activities. It was built on land belonging to the Mary Warner Trustees by Mr Ernest Johnson in 1904. It was sold on 3rd June 1953 to the Boyton Parochial Church Council for £300.
Since the early 1990s, a series of works have been undertaken to repair and improve the hall, which has suffered due to damp, vandalism and dilapidation. The building is a hub for the community, hosting a nursery school, sports and children’s games, functions including council meetings, wedding receptions and coffee mornings, and a wide range of activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Therefore, the donation from CSL will be important in helping the hall to remain fully functional in serving the residents of Boynton.
A spokesperson from Boynton Parish Council said: “The donation we received from the 2016 Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental Support Fund will enable us to maintain the full range of functions currently supported by the village hall.
“It is easy to underestimate the role a village hall plays in a community such as Boynton, as well as the money required for its upkeep. This funding will be very well received and I would like to thank CSL on behalf of the Parish Council.”
A total of £5,000 of funding was made available for the four chosen projects this year. The three other projects to receive funding this year are ‘The Corner Garden’ for Rudston Parish Council, the Environmental Garden at Burton Agnes Primary School, and a number of energy efficiency improvements for Rudston Playing Field Pavilion.
Ian Livingston, terminal manager at CSL, said: “It is wonderful to be able to support such fantastic community projects across East Yorkshire. We received funding applications for a variety of exciting projects, all of which will benefit the communities they serve, and it has been a tough task selecting the schemes to support.
“The judges were extremely impressed with the hard work that has gone into all the applications and we are confident that the funding has been allocated to some hugely worthwhile causes.”
CSL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centrica plc. It operates the Rough gas storage facility in the southern North Sea and the Easington onshore gas processing terminal. CSL will manage the Caythorpe Gas Storage site through construction and later when it becomes operational.
Centrica plc acquired the Caythorpe Gas Storage project from Warwick Energy and owns the onshore Caythorpe gas producing field, which is a substantially depleted onshore gas field located close to the National Transmission System. Caythorpe has planning permission for conversion to an onshore gas storage facility with a capacity of up to 7.5 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas.