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Funding for Hall scheme

PUBLISHED: 15:54 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 07:32 01 August 2010

A VILLAGE hall in Suffolk will get a £92,000 “green” refurb-ishment - thanks to two environmental grants.

Wenhaston Energy Support Group applied for money from the East of England Development Agency's (Eeda) Cut Your Carbon fund to update their village hall in an energy efficient way.

A VILLAGE hall in Suffolk will get a £92,000 “green” refurb-ishment - thanks to two environmental grants.

Wenhaston Energy Support Group applied for money from the East of England Development Agency's (Eeda) Cut Your Carbon fund to update their village hall in an energy efficient way.

It received £70,000 from Eeda and that was topped-up by Suffolk County Council who awarded the group £22,000 from its Green Suffolk

Fund.

Solar panels and a biomass system, which uses wood pellets, will be installed in the village hall to replace its 20- year-old boiler.

Villagers have worked hard to cut their carbon footprint over the past two years, including organising bulk buying deals on solar hot water panels.

Janet Dillaway, chairman of the Energy Support Group, said: “Our award is in recognition of the outstanding progress that the village of Wenhaston has made towards becoming a sustainable 21st century community.

“It is a testimony to the teamwork of the Energy Support Group and the

whole village, working together to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Eddy Alcock, Suffolk County Council's portfolio holder for environment and waste management, said he was impressed with Wenhaston's environmental efforts.

The Green Suffolk Fund awards communities in the county who are trying to tackle climate change.

Mr Alcock said: “This is only the first round of the funding, so I would like to encourage other communities who continue to work together

to tackle the environmental issues in Suffolk to enter the next round in the competition later on in the year.”

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