Celebrating the grand opening of Edgmond Village Hall’s new extension

A lot of fun was had by all at the opening of the new extension on 14 May 2017.

Edgmond Village Hall is a community facility that is run as a charity for the benefit of villagers and those living in the surrounding areas.

The brand new extension has a spacious function room, meeting room, kitchen and WCs – providing a greater mix of rooms for parties, receptions, meetings and events.

Money for the extension came for a £95,000 Community Pride Fund grant from Telford & Wrekin Council and funds raised by Edmond Village Hall volunteer committee.

Cllr Shaun Davies praised the hard work of all those who helped raise funds for the project, which he said would make a massive difference to the community and safeguard it for generations to come.

View the video of the opening here

The full gallery of photos is here

 

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Edgmond Village Hall expansion nears completion

A message of thanks from village hall committee chair Jeremy Bowman

Edgmond Village Hall committee, with the help of many people and organisations, is in the closing stages of adding 150 square metres of new accommodation to the existing hall.

The extension comprises a new vaulted ceiling function room with feature beams, new meeting room, new kitchen and new WCs.

The structure is completely new, bright, spacious, comfortable and economical to run, and more importantly enables different parts of the village hall be to let out and accessed at the same time – greatly improving flexibility to our user groups and individual hirers.

Edgmond Village Hall is a community facility that is run as a charity for the benefit of villagers, with those living in the surrounding area also welcome. A variety of community groups hold regular meetings and the hall facilities are increasingly being used to hold parties, celebrations, wedding receptions and christenings.

The committee runs the hall voluntarily and is assisted by the valued help of our caretaker David and our cleaner Teresa.  However, this is only half the story.  Our gardening volunteers have created and maintain a nature trail around the grounds perimeter in association with Edgmond Owls.

Our Events Team has generated a steady stream of funds which has been essential in topping up funds for the extension and will enable the renewal of existing facilities going forward.

Telford & Wrekin Council provided around 80% of the money required with a £95,000 Community Pride Fund grant.  This project simply could not have been started in this decade without this grant. There has also been some very dedicated community fund raising to make up the £25,000 balance – involving cakes, fish and chips, quizzes, fetes and table top sales.  Well done our fabulous events team for an immense amount of hard work.

We have also benefitted from individual and group donations and local charity auctions at the Lion P.H. and our own 200 Club lottery.

Conscious of the privileged position we are in to have been in receipt of these funds, the build has been achieved at a very impressive cost per square metre. This has been achieved partly by employing a very skilled, thoughtful and efficient builder in Otto Blank but also by organising volunteer labour and assistance in the closing stages.

Groups of volunteers have fitted doors, skirting and architrave, and have applied over 90 litres of paint to the walls and woodwork!

We are very proud of the quality of the new facilities and are expecting the new flexible spaces to appeal to fitness and skills groups as well as an even greater number of individual hirers for parties and celebrations.

All in all this project has involved research, discussion, expertise, loaned equipment, grants, donations and self-generated funds and last but not least a whole heap of volunteer time and dedication. Thank you everybody, no matter how small or large your involvement.

We are grateful to Telford & Wrekin Council and everyone who has had anything to do with supporting Edgmond Village Hall and its events during the past three years.Our particular thanks go to:Harper Adams University – various departments and especially the grounds team

  • Harper Adams University – Students Union
  • The Edgmond Lion – Sam & Laura
  • Anne Green
  • Derek Longstaff
  • Otto Blank – Otto, Joe and Peter
  • Acorn Electrical
  • Ashley Bishop, Andrew Bishop, David Blinkhorne
  • John Hill, BEW
  • Carpetloom
  • Alan and his Grounds Team
  • Our events team

There will be a grand opening for the new extension on Sunday 14 May at 12pm during a community celebration event that is open to all.

 

 

 

 

 

Work starts on extension to Dawley Brook Scout Group building

Workmen are preparing the way for the new extension which will create improved kitchen and toilet facilities.  In this short video, project leader Roger Oakley tells us what’s happening

 

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This will be a new disabled toilet

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Laying the foundations for storage facilities

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Once cleared, this area will be used for outdoor cooking

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The shed will be moved so the building to the left can be extended

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Tim at work

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This is where the kitchen extension will be

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Exposing the old drainage system

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Another pic of Tim clearing the ground

What a difference new doors and windows make!

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.

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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.

 

People love Dawley Park outdoor gym

The outdoor gym equipment continues to be a hit with locals in Dawley. Earlier this year we featured a post about the newly installed equipment, but it is great to see that the outdoor gym is being used despite the dip in temperature.

Sanctuary Housing’s Hartshorne Court retirement living scheme worked with the council to set up the project and organises trips so residents can enjoy the fresh air and work out on the equipment.

Scheme Manager Viv Chalmers, who led on Hartshorne Court’s involvement, said: “I regularly use the park and always see someone on the equipment. It’s open to everyone, which means residents from other local schemes are welcome to use it – one resident from Morton Court goes every morning – and it’s nice to see teenagers using the equipment too.”

Telford & Wrekin Council’s Parks and Open Space Officer Derek Owen said: “The project has been an enormous success. I visit the park often as part of my duties and have noticed many adults using and enjoying the gym equipment. In fact I have noticed an increase in the number of people using the park which is great.”

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Daphne and Sue using the equipment during a health promotion week in October

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A great photo of Zibi also taken in October

Telford & The Wrekin Citizens Advice Bureau

Awarded £23,513 for computer equipment and an IT upgrade

About the service

Telford & The Wrekin Citizens Advice Bureau covers the whole of Telford and Wrekin and offers a general advice service for walk-in clients and appointments. The service offers free independent and confidential advice on a wide range of problems, including benefits, debt and money management, housing and the law.

What was needed

It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to manage their lives without access to the Internet, but many people don’t have Internet access or are not computer literate. As more public services become digital by default, the effects of digital exclusion will increase on some of the most vulnerable members of our community. For most CAB clients there is a need to use the Internet to resolve their issues and safeguard their household income. Online applications take time to complete – an online application for a Personal Independence Payment averages two hours. The service’s IT infrastructure was unable to cope with the increasing demand, which was restricting its ability to respond to client needs.

The service aims to help clients do as much as they can for themselves by using the online facilities it has available on site. Extra computers with furniture and monitors suitable for people with disabilities were needed.

What the Pride funding has meant to them

The service has increased the number of accessible computers which are available to the public every weekday and one evening a week. It has also added capacity on its IT server to accommodate increased public use and installed WiFi, which benefits customers as well as visiting solicitors who provide pro bono services.

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There are now more computers for people to use

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Helping clients help themselves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyn Brayne, Service Director, said: “Our direct work with clients gives the clearest indication of the need for this project. Whilst we always aim to empower clients to do as much as possible for themselves, most of our clients tell us that they don’t have the skills and confidence to use their own or other publicly available online facilities. The equipment has made it much easier and quicker for us to help clients and support them in doing the digital activities needed to manage their lives.”

Telford & The Wrekin Citizens Advice Bureau’s main office is at 40 Tan Bank, Wellington (opposite Wellington Police Station), TF1 1HW. Opening times are Monday 9.30am to 4pm, Tuesday 9.30am to 7.30pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 4pm, Thursday 9.30am to 12.30pm and Friday 9.30am to 4pm. It also operates a telephone advice service on 0845 146 1554.

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Pride money also paid for the monitor which screens clips on money management and promotes local services