Community centre improvements thanks to Western CEF

Councillor Chris Pearson and members of the Burton Salmon Village Hall Trust stood outside the village hall

Villagers using a community centre in Burton Salmon are warming up thanks to funding from their local Community Engagement Forum.

The Burton Salmon Village Hall Trust won the £4,400 funding last year from the Western CEF, that covers the parishes of Birkin; Brotherton; Burton Salmon; Byram cum Sutton; Fairburn: Hillam; Monk Fryston; Huddleston with Newthorpe; Sherburn in Elmet; and South Milford.

Sarah Foster, from the Trust, explained, “We’ve needed a reliable heating system for some time. In 2017 we had a cancel a number of events due to the inadequate heating.

“The new heating system has meant that the hall is now well used by the wider community for things like exercise classes, arts and craft groups and social events. It has made the village hall a greater part of the community. It is a vibrant community asset used by lots of different age groups.”

A community dog show last summer also helped raise funding for the heating improvements.

Sarah said that following the heating installation no events have had to be cancelled this winter due to the cold. “We’ve seen an increase in hours booked at the village hall beyond our most optimistic plans.

“We’ve been able to offer far more community events, including our first free learning experiences for all members of the community – a first aid training class. This was such as success we plan to hold this again.”

The Western CEF also agreed to fund further improvement works to the toilet facilities with a grant for £3,700. A disabled toilet will be provided, the existing toilet refurbished and baby changing facilities provided.

Chair of the Western CEF, Andy Pound, said, ““This project provides a clear benefit to the local community by providing a comfortable space for everyone to come together and take part in a variety of events and activities. This helps to tackle loneliness issues that are common in many of our more rural villages.

“A main aim of the CEF is to assist and support local communities to improve their facilities and increase the events and experiences they can offer. The improvements at Burton Salmon Village Hall have made a huge difference to the way it can be used by the local community. ”