Christmas coffee morning to celebrate Burnley hall improvements

This Saturday (29 November 2014) will see Greenbrook Methodist Church & Community Centre’s annual Christmas coffee morning being held in the community centre on Greenbrook Road, Lowerhouse.

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The event will start at 9.45am and will run until 11.30am. Those going along will be able to enjoy a hot drink and a slice of cake or a mince pie.

What will make the event a little bit special this year is that guests will be able to enjoy the benefits of a warmer hall thanks to a recently completed project to improve the space’s energy efficiency.

The £12,500 scheme involved lowering the hall’s ceiling, installing insulation, replacing single glazed windows with double glazed ones, and repairing some of the stonework.

“The popular hall is used throughout the week, day and night, for a variety of activities and events," said Burnley MP, Gordon Birtwistle, "It plays a vital role in our community and I am pleased that the energy efficiency project has meant that we can now enjoy the use of the hall in winter comfortably.

“I am looking forward to joining Burnley residents for a drink and cake on Saturday following the improvements.”

Many users had complained about the hall being cold in the winter and the church’s heating bills were making a big dent in its budgets, threatening the future of the low rental fees it offers users.

Realising something had to be done, the church took advice from the Circuit Property Inspector, who recommended the project. The team behind the work also visited other churches to see what a difference double glazed windows and lowered ceilings made.

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “This work shows what a difference improvements like these can make to community buildings and the comfort of those using them. I hope they mean that many more people will be able to enjoy this important facility for many years to come.”


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