MP cuts ribbon on hall facelift

MP Stephen Phillips officially opens the new look hall with committee chairman Carole Shephard. EMN-141127-125637001
MP Stephen Phillips officially opens the new look hall with committee chairman Carole Shephard. EMN-141127-125637001

A refurbished community centre in Sleaford in the town has been officially opened by the town’s MP Stephen Phillips.

A sum of £39,000 has been spent on revamping St Botolph’s Community Centre, in Grantham Road.

Built in 1932, chairman of the management committee Carole Shephard explained that the venue was in desperate need of improvement.

She said: “We have been trying to update the hall for several years and eventually got a grant last May.”

A sum of £36,669 was awarded to the committee by the WREN landfill tax scheme, with the rest of the money needed coming from Lincolnshire County Council and savings.

Mrs Shephard said it has paid for an efficient air conditioning and heating system to make it warmer for young children who attend the Quarrington Pre-school sessions.

Aging wiring has also been replaced and new meters added - previously coin-operated meters were being used.

“There was only one socket in the main hall before,” added Mrs Shephard. “The lighting is new too. It is much brighter and environmentally friendly.”

The kitchen has also been refitted and the hall floor re-polished.

The committee hope to attract more organisations to use the hall.

Mrs Shephard said: “It has always been popular with children’s parties but should now be more attractive to adults.”

Mr Phillips said: “I am enormously grateful for all the hard work that goes into these projects.”

For information on the hall, call 07522 055567 or visit: www.stbotolphscommunitycentre.webplus.net