Westruther hall now fit for 21st century

Westruther Village Hall now has solar panels, double-glazed windowns, and energy efficient heating and lighting
Westruther Village Hall now has solar panels, double-glazed windowns, and energy efficient heating and lighting

Westruther Village Hall’s £11,500 makeover is now complete thanks to grants from the Fallago Environment Fund and National Lottery Awards for All.

Improvements that have been made include the installation of solar photovoltaic panels to improve its environmental footprint and make the hall more efficient to run, leaking double-glazed window units have been replaced, draught-proofing improved, energy efficient lighting installed and the heating system checked for efficiency.

To complete the project, external repainting was carried out thanks to a grant from Berwickshire Federation of Village Halls of £1,228.

The improvement project was made possible by a grant from a local wind farm fund, Fallago Environment Fund - comprising Roxburgh Estates and EDF Energy Renewables and administered through Tweed Forum - who provided 50% of the grants at £5,763.

The hall was then able to obtain match-funding from the National Lottery’s Awards For All fund who funded the remaining 50%.

Although the original plan was for a commercial installation of 40 photovoltaic panels on the roof to generate income through the FIT scheme, this unfortunately did not prove feasible due to lack of line capacity in the village, and the final installation is 16 panels. These should, however, reduce the hall’s electricity costs as well as generate Feed-in Tariff income by exporting excess electricity into the National Grid.

The hall committee is now confident that it’s now in good shape.