Work to install replacement windows and doors at Admaston House has been completed this week, thanks to a grant of £50,652 from Telford & Wrekin Council’s Community Pride Fund.
These before and after photos sent in by Admaston House Community Centre Trust show what a difference they make to the appearance of the building.
The history of Admaston House
Admaston house was originally a private residence built for merchant traders in 1841, with stables, coach house and servants quarters. In 1961 Wellington District Council acquired the property for community use and Admaston House Community Centre Trust, which was established in 2001 as a registered charity, is responsible for the management and running of the house.
Who uses the facility
The house is the only sizeable community facility in the area and attracts users from as far as Wellington. Over 500 people of all ages use the facility for meetings, classes and courses, toddler groups, youth groups, parties and seasonal fayres and celebrations.
What was needed
Trust chair Barry Tillotson said that although the old house was popular, it had started losing users due to its poor heating, poor ventilation and increasingly sorry demeanour. The Trust has been working hard to secure funding to address these issues over the past few years, including its bid to the Community Pride Fund.
Barry said: “A lot of work has been done to make the house more user-friendly and welcoming. The new windows have had a transformational effect on the appearance of the house. Everyone who we have spoken to in the local community has been impressed by the visual improvement to the building, which was considered an eyesore within Admaston. The money from the Community Pride Fund really has made a massive difference.”
In February 2015 the Community Pride Fund team went out to speak to Barry about their plans to replace the windows and what the Pride money meant to them. Watch the short film again here.