Belmont Community Hall cooking up a Telford 50 treat
Thanks to Telford 50 Legacy Fund, dozens of groups across the borough have received funding to keep a vast range of community buildings and facilities in use
A wide range of communities have secured grants of up to £20,000 from the £2 million Telford 50 Legacy Fund, for projects that will help them regenerate or buy community buildings and facilities.
The list of groups and a brief description of their projects is on Telford 50 website.
One such group, Belmont Community Hall in Wellington has received funding to replace its kitchen.
The hall hosts a wide range of clubs and is at the heart of the community for the many residents who use it.
Mrs Maureen Powell, President of the Community Hall said: “Our £2,000 Telford 50 Legacy grant has helped us bring our kitchen facilities up to date which means we can continue with the Lunch Club and Tuesday Coffee Morning
“This is particularly important as our lunch club provides catering service to around 40 people each week (many of them live alone and if it hadn’t been for our club, they wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet others and enjoy some entertainment)”
Two other groups now have a much warmer outlook thanks to the Telford 50 Legacy Fund, small buildings grant.
Wellington Methodist Church is another group who successfully bid for a Telford 50 Legacy grant.
Dewi Evans from the Church said: “The £2000 Telford 50 Legacy grant went towards replacing the heating system. This has significantly improved the facility for the many groups that use our hall and made it a more enjoyable environment, for years to come – a true legacy of Telford 50.”
Cllr Graham Cook, Ward member for Haygate said: “I’ve supported from the very beginning the projects bids of Belmont Community Hall and Wellington Methodist Church – they do make a difference for the community life and keep these vital community buildings in use.”
Arleston Community Centre has secured a £3,916 grant to update the heating system at the centre including the installation of a new boiler and radiators.
Joan Gorse, Secretary of Arleston Trustees Group said: “Ensuring the comfort of our users has always been our priority. With the support of the Telford 50 Legacy grant, we are now providing them with modern heating facilities and our users really start to see the improvements.
“Our venue is much used for birthday parties, training, club meetings- every improvement we make helps us sustain the centre and continue to support our community long into the future.”
Cllr Angela McClements, Ward Member for Arleston said: “Arleston Community Centre has always served our community in the best way possible – I’ve been delighted to support their application for Telford 50 Legacy fund, it has definitely proved successful in maintaining the centre at high standards for its users.”
As part of Telford 50 celebration, the Legacy Fund scheme was open to bids earlier in 2018 from community groups, charities, social enterprises, town and parish councils, schools or faith groups.
They could put forward their ideas for a share of the £240,000 grant to go towards improving a range of community buildings and facilities within Telford and Wrekin and helping create new facilities.
Successful bidders also contributed an extra 20% cash in match funding.
As such, the Telford 50 Legacy Fund supports a variety of projects including replacement of roofs, installation of solar panels, replacement of kitchen facilities, new lifts, refurbishment of toilets and many others.
Cllr Lee Carter, Cabinet Member for Finance, Commercial Services & Economic Development said: “These are great examples of how the Telford 50 Legacy Fund is helping community groups and facilities all across the borough that play an important part in daily life and make a real difference for their users.
"These three organisations are a great example of exactly that in Wellington where they all make an invaluable contribution to the life of the Wellington community and have done so for many, many years.
“We are working with the groups to ensure these projects are completed by spring this year – we would like to thank them for their work and commitment in managing them and hope our residents will enjoy the improvements made for many years to come.”
News on these schemes is published on www.telford50.co.uk/legacy
Pictured: Belmont Community Hall in Wellington receiving a Telford 50 plaque to mark the completion of work replacing kitchen facilities. Left to right: Councillor Lee Carter (Cabinet Member for Finance, Commercial Services & Economic Development), Maureen Powell (President of the Community Hall) and Dewi Evans (Treasurer Community Hall)