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The upstairs meeting room is now available for hire. It can accommodate up to 12 people at tables. Hiring fee is £10 per hour, or £8 if you're someone who hires the main Hall regularly.
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REFURBISHMENT OF THE HALL
This valuable work was completed in autumn 2014, in time for the centenary of the start of the first world war. Using a grant from the Biffa Award Scheme )see right hand column), the toilets and kitchen were completely refurbished, the hall floor and ceiling tiles were replaced and the building was rewired.
The opening ceremony was attended by the City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, and by Jon Ashworth MP. The occasion was dignified by an excellent exhibition of historic material about South Knighton's involvement in the war (and several members of SKCE played key roles in preparing the exhibition).
The exbibition revealed that the Hall was almost certainly designed by Stockdale Harrison, architect of St Guthlac's Church.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE REFURBISHMENT:
Holbrook Memorial Hall is situated at the southern end of Holbrook Road, Knighton, south Leicester, adjacent to St Guthlac's church. It is owned by the Church of England PCC of St Mary with St Guthlac, Knighton, Leicester. It was built in 1922 to commemorate the fallen of WWI, following a call for local public subscription. The memorial plaque is on the west wall facing Holbrook Road.
Work to make the building watertight was carried out by the owners of the Hall in 2009, and local volunteers from the community (i.e. SKCE!) carried out internal redecoration of some of the areas in Easter of the same year.
The building is not statutorily listed, but along with the neighbouring St Guthlac's church does form part of a group which has been designated as 'buildings of local interest' by Leicester City Council.
Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
Since 1997, the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) has been awarding grants to environmental and community projects under the fund name Biffa Award. The fund administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd, a leading integrated waste management business.
Biffa Group Ltd
Under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996, landfill operators like Biffa Group Ltd are liable for taxes on waste deposited in landfill sites. The Landfill Communities Fund allows them to donate a small percentage of their tax liability to projects working to improve communities living within the vicinity of landfill sites. To date, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £145 million to thousands of worthwhile projects. www.biffa-award.org
Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund
Any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage Landfill site Operators (LOs) to re-use, recycle, recover more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill.
LOs are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs).
Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax.