Heat is on as Huddersfield church is shortlisted for national award

A church in Golcar, Huddersfield, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2013 Biffa Awards, a ceremony which recognises the people who transform their communities through Biffa-award funded projects.

The project ‘Open Doors; Open Hearts; Thriving Communities’ at St John the Evangelist Church will now compete against three other projects from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Community Buildings’ category, and receive a £2,000 prize.

The church at the heart of the Pennine Hill village originally received £48,738 in funding from Biffa Award to replace the existing gas heating system with a new, efficient, double condensing, zoned system, to allow each area of the building to be heated independently to an acceptable temperature quickly and effectively.

This project has made it possible for the smaller meeting rooms to be used whatever the weather, which the church hopes will  encourage increased usage of the building throughout the year by providing a warm and welcoming environment which is cost effective to heat.

With the project completing in the last financial year, it was invited to enter this year’s Biffa Awards in the Community Buildings category.

Competition was fierce, with more than 240 projects eligible to enter the Awards under five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.

The Biffa Awards ceremony 2013 will be held on September 24 at ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum, where the winners will be announced. Category winners will each receive a trophy and prize money of £2,000, which can be used to further develop their project. Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2013, receiving a further £1,000 prize.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:

“Every year Biffa Award organises a special celebration to recognise and reward the people behind the outstanding projects we fund.  All of our projects are run by people who work hard to bring communities together and make a lasting difference to their local areas and the environment, so to be shortlisted for an Award is a tremendous achievement.

“Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”

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