Recently the Playhouse received a grant of £5,000 to help with the purchase and installation of new, revolutionary far infra-red heaters to sufficiently heat the audiences during the colder months.

Originally the theatre was heated by expensive convector heaters. Often the theatre would take up to and sometimes more than 4 hours to heat the auditorium and the buildings Ancaster stone walls would run with condensation.

The new UFO looking, ceiling mounted dishes have come from a Newark company and emit heat at a relatively low temperature, targeting surfaces within the room and can bring up the temperature within an hour.

The power required will be significantly less, vastly reducing energy bills and minimising condensation. The technology is fairly new and is specifically used for heating large areas such as warehouses and churches.

Representatives of the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant community liaison panel visited the Playhouse to see the completed project, which they awarded a grant of £5,000 towards the overall £8,000 cost. The remaining cost was raised by the Amateur Dramatics Society, Sleaford Little Theatre, whom own and maintain the theatre.

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