Just one of a package of eco-friendly measures installed thanks to funding from Stafford Borough Council, the new cycle parking at Stafford's Arthur Findlay Centre is admired by Centre Manager, Seamus Davies.
The Arthur Findlay Centre, located just off the Stone Road in Stafford, is the home to the local Spritualist Church. The Centre is named after a prominent figure in the history of Spiritualism, an Essex stockbroker whose former home, Stansted Hall, is now the Arthur Findlay College.
The Stafford Church maintains strong links to the College, and has seen membership flourish in recent years. During this time the building has undergone considerable renovation and improvement, and besides a church seating 180 it now also contains two conference/function rooms, meeting rooms, and a new cafeteria area.
Programme of works
In 2012 a programme of work began to improve the building's energy efficiency as part of the Warmer Holmcroft project to enhance the sustainability of community buildings in the Holmcroft area of the county town. The work was part funded by Stafford Borough Council and arranged via the Council's Partnerships Coordinator, Karen Davies, in conjunction with Sustainability Matters. Following an energy audit, a package of priority measures was identified:
- New boilers (funded by the Centre)
- Insulation of most exterior wall cavities (funded by Borough Council)
- Lighting upgrade for the Gordon Higginson Conference Room (funded by Borough Council)
- Cycle parking (courtesy of Borough Council)
- Energy Exhibition at the Centre's Open Day
New energy-efficient lighting has made "a huge difference" to the ambience in the Centre's main conference/function room.
To upgrade the heating, the Centre duly replaced three old gas boilers with new more efficient models. And following installation of the lighting upgrade, Chair of the Management Committee, Julia Almond, remarked: "The new lights in our main conference room have made a huge difference... It is much brighter, as well as reducing the electricity usage."
Members of Sustainability Matters set up an information stall to promote energy efficiency at the very popular Open Day in November 2013, and reported keen interest from visitors attending the demonstrations of mediumship, and other attractions.
"All in all, we have seen a reduction in our energy bills, helped by the new measures and by adjustments to our tariff by the energy supplier, Scottish and Southern," commented Centre Manager, Seamus Davies.
Available for hire
The conference and meeting rooms are available for hire, and catering can be provided. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org