AS part of the Otley warm spaces initiative Beech Hill Church offered residents the opportunity to improve their home energy efficiency by making a draught excluder with volunteers from the Otley sewing collective.

Richard Hughes, leader of Otley town council and church elder said: “The warm spaces initiative has been very successful across the town as a whole providing welcoming spaces where people can: work, play, have a chat or learn a new skill.

"We are fortunate to have many organisations and charities taking part. Otley sewing collective, is one of those partner organisations providing six sessions for people to come and learn sewing skills, have a chat, and reduce their heating costs."

Andi Petch Chair of the sewing collective said: “We were delighted to be involved in such an important initiative in the town. Contributing to the community and spreading the joy of sewing is what we are all about. It was nice to meet new people and to be able to share our skills.”

Richard added: “The final warm space sessions are taking place this week, but it is something we will look to continue next winter.”