Community Fund


St. James Community Hall  renovation  project  celebrates after receiving £100,000 from the National Lottery for Phase 3 of PROJECT  200 +   

Silsden is today celebrating after being awarded almost £100,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work to renovate the Community Hall. The cash will be used for the 3rd phase of work to the hall installing new toilets, new wheel-chair access main door and foyer.

Phase 1 was the installation of a new heating system, phase 2 was new bi-fold doors and wheel-chair ramp – £100,000 has been spent so far with another 2 phases of work to complete the project in 2023.

Another charity, that wishes to remain anonymous, has given another £30,000 to the project. This means that £130,000 has been received for PROJECT 200+ and will be spent in this area, using local companies and thus helping greatly the local economy to recover and flourish!

The St. James Community Hall has been serving the community of Silsden for 200 years in the field of children’s education and community service and intends to carry on doing so for the next 200 years!

The Community Hall hosts Uniformed organisations – Guides, Brownies, Rainbows; Scouts, Beavers, Cubs; Pied Piper Pre-School; community, charity and social events, a crafting group and meetings of all sorts.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will help to secure the future of the building and the events and groups that it hosts. The last major investment in the building was in the mid 1980’s and wear, tear and age mean it is time for renovation and modernisation. This renovation of the Community Hall has already brought and will bring improvements through – increased  energy efficiency [ double glazing ], free flow play inside to outside, improved access for the less able, classic architectural features recaptured, Wi-Fi, reduced operating costs and more!

Jenna Smith – leader of The Pied Piper Pre-School says: “We are delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund has been able to help this great project. This will enable us to provide a much nicer environment for our children and their families. We are a community-based preschool that has been providing care for Local children for over 20 years. These changes will help us provide better opportunities for our children and will help them to become more independent learners, the hall is used every weekday by us and the money that has been given will be a great asset and will help to modernize the hall and enhance the preschool environment”.  

The Community Hall helped serve Silsden in 2018 when the gas supply to the town was cut off.             Mr. Mark Horsley, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Gas Networks wrote; “Without use of St James’ Community Hall facilities we would have been left without a customer centre as we worked to get Silsden back on gas. With 3,500 properties off gas and 8,000 customers affected, your warmth and welcoming attitude allowed us to be at the heart of the town offering help and support at a very difficult time. Once again, a BIG thank you.”



Rev. David Griffiths        Tel. 01535 652204          

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Sincerely David Griffiths

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About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.  

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.