A NEW set of stage curtains and blackout curtains for all the windows of a village hall have been installed thanks to a £7,500 grant.
The new drapes have replaced a number of ageing sets at Stannington Village Hall, thanks to the grant from The Banks Group, via its Brenkley Lane Surface Coal Mine Community Fund.
The hall plays host to a wide range of activities organised by members of the local community.
The funding for the curtains is the latest in a long series of donations given by Banks to the hall.
Tom Worswick, chairman of the hall’s management committee, said: “The state of the curtains had become especially noticeable during events where we needed to keep the light out, such as stage shows or film shows, and it was having a real impact on the functions we were holding.
“The new curtains have made a great difference to how the hall looks, and in terms of both its appearance and the facilities we can offer, we really think it’s the best village hall in the county.”
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at Banks Group, added: “Stannington can be proud to not only have such a fantastic community facility, but to also have so many people who do so much to make it what it is, and as a company that has long-standing links with the area, we’re very pleased to be part of this.”