EFFORTS are under way to get rid of an old boiler making life miserable for Combe Martin villagers. It powers heating at the Village Hall, a popular venue for community events which would be even more popular if users could take off their scarves and Ar

EFFORTS are under way to get rid of an old boiler making life miserable for Combe Martin villagers.It powers "heating" at the Village Hall, a popular venue for community events which would be even more popular if users could take off their scarves and Arctic jackets!The Village Hall Committee has been working hard to raise the £20,000 needed to replace the antiquated and sorely inefficient boiler. They are seeking money from every possible source and appealing to villagers and users of the hall to help them reach their target."There's been a lot of complaints because it's so cold," said committee chairman Wendy Druce. "We really need a new boiler."She added that local county councillor Andrea Davis had given a very welcome grant of £1,500 towards curtains."But we can't really heat the hall at the moment becauseExpensiveit is so inefficient and I think perhaps people don't realise how expensive replacing it all will be."Fund raising events held at the hall before Christmas included a festive show and the screening of Shrek 3.On February 20, (half term week), there's a showing of Disney family movie Ratatouille at 7pm. People can just turn up, or get tickets from (01271) 882915.On Friday, February 29, the "Wag of Widecombe", Tony Beard, will give one of his famous talks."We really need the support of the village to make these events a success," said Parish Councillor Nicky Tossell."If we had a decent heating system a lot more village associations would come here and we would see more functions such as weddings too."Once a boiler can be secured, the next project will be to raise £6,000 to replaster the hall. A good way to help is supporting forthcoming events, but anyone who would like to make a donation, no matter how small, can leave it at the parish office in the Village Hall, 10am-1pm, Monday to Wednesday and Fridays, or post (cheques payable to Village Hall Management Committee) to Combe Martin Village Hall, High Street, Combe Martin, EX34 0HR.