WORK is taking place to transform a former primary school into the greenest village hall in Lancashire.

Everything from the roof space to the toilets will be environmentally-friendly at Higham Village Hall in future.

More than £23,500 is being spent on upgrading the Higham Hall Road venue thanks to an environmental grant and hard-working villagers.

Higham’s scarecrow festival, held last weekend, was just the latest fundraiser for the ambitious project.

An award of £18,865 from the Veolia Environmental Trust has helped fund insulation for the hall’s suspended ceiling.

And the toilets all now flush using the least amount of water possible.

Graham Fitton, village hall treasurer, said: “We are extremely grateful for the financial support received from the trust.

"We would not be able to carry out the improvements that will reduce our running costs and improve the environment for all users of the hall.”

New radiators and a combi-boiler have been installed and double-glazing has also cut down on energy bills.

Before the end of this month, three energy-efficient air pumps will be in service and low-energy lighting fitted.

Margaret Cobbold, the environmental trust’s executive director, added: “It is always great to see community and environmental projects we have supported such as this, progressing well.”

The village hall, bought by the community in 1987 and formerly housed the National School, is home to a host of clubs and associations.