Cash boost for Birstwith hall

The Mums and Tots group in St James's Church Hall, Birstwith.  (130130M1b)
The Mums and Tots group in St James's Church Hall, Birstwith. (130130M1b)

Birstwith’s church hall has received a £600 boost to help it serve the village community for the next 12 months.

Phone and broadband provider TalkTalk has agreed to sponsor the hall at St James’s Church for the next year.

The £600 grant will be used to buy equipment like notice boards, white boards and flip charts to be used in meetings at the church hall.

Chairman of the church hall committee Geoffrey Raspin said:

“We are delighted that TalkTalk has chosen to support Birstwith Village Church Hall over the next twelve months. The donation will be used to buy new equipment, which will make a big difference to many people using the hall”.

The hall is home to community groups, including a weekly Mums and Toddlers group, as well as the parish council.

Talktalk has begun a £50,000 programme of investment around Birstwith, Darley, Felliscliffe, Hampsthwaite,Burnt Yates, Bishops Thornton, Ripley and Nidd.

The company installed its Next Generation Network in the area in July 2012, which they said should see improved internet speeds – up to 50percent faster – for customers on the new network.

TalkTalk’s Commercial; Director Tristia Clarke said:

“TalkTalk is at the forefront of developing new services for our customers and by investing in the exchange in Birstwith we will be able to bring our great value offers to even more families in the area as well as access to our fantastic security service HomeSafe.

“The hall plays an important role in the lives of many local residents and TalkTalk are delighted to be supporting them over the coming months.”