Users of a popular community centre can look forward to a warm and dry winter after a grant helped to pay for the repair of its leaking roof and other building improvements.
The Area Training and Activity Centre (ATAC) Community Hall in Widdrington Station was facing a major bill after a rainstorm revealed a leak in the flat roof.
A grant of £9,000 from The Banks Group’s Community Fund, has meant repairs to the roof have now been completed, with new wooden cladding added to the exterior of the building to improve the appearance of the exterior walls, and new environmentally efficient lighting systems to two other rooms in the centre.
Additional funding for the improvements was provided by UK Coal, The Warkworth and Amble Rotary Club, Jar Roofing, Infinis and Sir Alan Beith MP.
Richard Lillico, chairman of the community centre’s management committee, said: “The funding that we have received is absolutely invaluable, and it’s a huge boost in our ongoing efforts to build up better facilities at the centre, so that more and more people from across our community will make use of what’s available to them.”
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at Banks Group, added: “The ATAC Community Hall has a central place in the Widdrington Station community, so as a local employer with long-terms links to south east Northumberland, we’re very pleased to be able to provide this support.”