The Legacy of Telford 50 – refurbishing buildings at the heart of the community

Dozens of groups across the borough are to keep a vast range of community buildings and facilities in use, thanks to the £2 million Telford 50 Legacy Fund

The list of groups and a brief description of their projects is on Telford 50 website.

Here are two more stories about two such groups and the impact the Telford 50 Legacy Fund is having in the community (previous stories were published here )

Horsehay Village Hall received funding to refurbish its kitchen. The hall is used by the community for a wide range of activities, from family parties, receptions, drama performances to dance and other indoor activities.  

John Newnes, Project Manager said: “Our village hall is over 100 years old and we are a small committee who look after maintaining it at the heart of the community.

“We’ve been really pleased to benefit from a £15,403 Telford 50 Legacy grant from the Council. This has helped us to significantly refurbish our kitchen. The work includes plastering work, installation of a new flooring and decoration, fitting of a new door, frame and replacement of roof light and much more. 

“As such, we are now in the position to offer a more attractive facility for hirers as well as provide generations in our community with a modernised venue to use. “

Priorslee Pre-school is another group who successfully bid for a Telford 50 Legacy grant.

Chairperson John Barker said: “With the help of the £1,854 Telford 50 Legacy grant we’ve managed to replace the boiler in the centre and to make further improvements to the heating system – such changes help to provide our children with a stimulating, comfortable and modern environment.

“Our Pre-School has been successfully running in the local community since 1987 and we do hope to keep it in use and modernise it for many years to come – as a true legacy of Telford 50.” 

As part of Telford 50 celebration in 2018, the Legacy Fund scheme was open to bids 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.

Telford and Wrekin Mayor Cllr Raj Mehta said:  “These are great examples of how the Telford 50 Legacy Fund is helping community groups and facilities all across the borough, by modernising them and keeping them in use.

“We would like to thank all the groups for their involvement in the refurbishment projects and we hope our residents will enjoy the facilities for many years to come.”

News on these schemes is published on   

Pictured (left to right): Cllr Raj Mehta (Telford and Wrekin Mayor), Alan Payne (Village Hall Chairman), BerylOnions (Vicechair), John Newnes (Project Manager), Pat Farren (Lettings Officer), Lynn Newnes (Committee Member), Sue Norry (Treasurer).

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