Sleaford Playhouse has just seen the installation of new, revolutionary infra-red heaters to warm its audiences, helped by a £5,000 grant.
The auditorium of the Playhouse, on Westgate, was heated by inefficient and expensive convector heaters. George Shields, who planned the project with Tony Gordon, said it could take up to four hours to warm the room and the building’s Ancaster stone walls would run with condensation.
With only electricity available they came across Far-Infrared heaters. These ceiling-mounted saucer-like ceramic dishes from a Newark company emit heat at a relatively low temperature, targeting surfaces within the room that can bring it up to temperature within an hour. Mr Shields said the power required would be significantly less, vastly reducing energy bills and minimising condensation. He said: “It is fairly new technology and is specifically used for space heating of large areas such as stables and churches.”
Representatives of the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant community liaison panel visited the Playhouse on Thursday to see the project to which they awarded a grant of £5,000 towards the overall £8,000 cost. The rest was raised by the Sleaford Little Theatre group which owns the Playhouse. Rob Hipworth, chairman of the plant’s Community Liaison Panel said: “If the money is spent locally it benefits local inhabitants.”