The church hall is the only community building in the village and is used extensively by local organisations, including Gilstead Village Society, table tennis teams, a mother and toddlers group, Pilates class, boxercise class, craft class, Gilstead Ladies group, a local big band and also as a polling station.
Penny Beaumont, grant manager for Wren, said: “The £26,984 funding for the Gilstead St Wilfrid community hall, which has been awarded by Wren, will create a real hub for the local community to come together. “FCC, the donor organisation, is all about helping people to improve their communities in a sustainable way and this facility is a great example. “We hope many people in Bingley and Gilstead will enjoy it for years to come.”
The work was done by local contractors, including Eldwick Joinery, C F Jones decorators and M T Electrical and we thank members of the parish, especially Alan Glave, Ken Duckworth, Avis Jones and others, who organised and directed the work, cleared the hall in preparation for the work to start and then out everything back together again.
St Wilfrid's Hall new sound system (autumn 2014)
The hall now also has a new sound system, which was installed just in time for the 15th November grand opening as a separate project to the main refurbishment. This 4 speaker system has 2 handheld radio microphones, and a media player capable of playing CD/MP3 and even DVD files from disc, plus media files from a USB memory stick device, with track information display. External input leads are also provided for 3.5mm stereo jack and stereo phono, for those wishing to bring and use an external sound source, where there is additional room to accomodate this in the operator's console.
The system has a separate mixer with 2 mono (1 in use) and 2 stereo channels (1 in use) driving a separate stereo power amplifier which can deliver 2 x 120 watts into 4 speakers or (by switch selection) 2 x 75 watts into just the front speakers, this latter option being seen to be useful for a stage based performance, the 4 speaker option being particularly useful if a low level of sound reinforcement is required all over the hall, or for that matter for discos.
Readers may note that the above description means that the system can also do "Karaoke" since the sound from the media player (or other external audio source) can be mixed with that from the 2 mono microphones (this can be positioned from left to right across the sound stage).
For the hard of hearing this system also includes a generously specified induction loop system. (The amplifier was bought second hand).
To play standard definition DVD's to an audience, an additional standard definition composite video monitor and lead would be required. This has not been included, but the sound is already channelled to this new audio system.
The custodians of this system are your normal church officials - for further technical information or operational advice please contact your webmaster - DB
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