New cycle parking installed by the entrance to Littleworth Community Centre. This popular venue has been hosting community events and activities since 1953.
Littleworth Community Centre - the name says it all! This building and the people who run it have long been at the heart of the community in the Littleworth area. Situated just off the main A518 to the east of Stafford town centre, it plays host to a wide variety of local groups and activities, ranging from art classes, yoga, and Scottish dancing to bridge, with much more in between. On Sundays it is the venue for Littleworth Church.
'We Love Littleworth'
The building contains two halls, one large and one small, which can be hired for one-off events, such as parties. There is a modern kitchen plus a dressing room, stock room and office, and the main hall has a stage. Recently the Centre, which dates from 1953, has benefitted from energy advice as a result of the We Love Littleworth project, which has led to the installation of a new central heating boiler, and other improvements to the heating system.
Geoff Biggin, Honorary Secretary, shows off the Centre's new central heating boiler,
which should save up to £1600 per year on heating bills.
The 28-year-old gas heating boiler has been replaced with a new more efficient model, and the Centre's Honorary Secretary, Geoff Biggin, is very pleased with the outcome. "The new boiler cost around £4500 to install, of which Stafford Borough Council made a contribution of £2000, for which we are very grateful. We made up the difference from our own funds, and look forward to lower heating bills in future."
According to the energy audit undertaken as part of We Love Littleworth, the new boiler is likely to be 90% efficient, compared to the much lower performance of the old boiler, and could give immediate savings of around £1600 a year. Thus, it should pay for itself in just 2-3 years.
Insulating board behind the new radiators will help to heat the main hall more efficiently.
In the main hall, some of the old radiators against the exterior wall have also been replaced. These were simple panel units and lost much of their heat to the outside through the single brick wall panels under the windows. The new radiators are of a more efficient double panel-double fin design, and have been positioned in front of insulated plasterboard to direct more of their heat into the hall space. These were paid for by a grant of £2000 from Staffordshire County Council.
The Centre has also hosted a display about 'We Love Littleworth', and users of the hall took part in a quiz about aspects of the local environment. Geoff remarked that the involvement of the project has prompted them to take forward plans to refurbish and insulate the roof. "After all", he said, "if we've got a more efficient heating system, shouldn't we be keeping more of that heat inside?"
The 'We Love Littleworth' display at Littleworth Community Centre, with Geoff Biggin (left) and Robert Hine of Sustainability Matters. Besides information about the project, there were tips on saving energy, conserving water, home safety, health and other issues. See 'We Love Littleworth' for more information.
To enquire about hiring the halls or for more information about Littleworth Community Centre contact the Honorary Secretary, Geoff Biggin, on (01785) 253074; or email firstname.lastname@example.org