Historic Anstice Memorial Hall to re-open this weekend
The refurbishment of the historic and iconic Anstice Memorial Hall in Madeley is now complete and the building will officially re-open this weekend.
The project is the result of a partnership between Madeley Town Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and the Anstice Community Trust. The refurbishment works have been carried out by contractor Paveaways.
The Town Council secured £618,109 funding and secured most of the rest of the money from a Public Works loan. The £1.2m project has also benefited from a grant from Telford & Wrekin Council’s Telford 50 Legacy fund.
On Saturday there will be a special community day packed full of performances, demonstrations, workshops and activities for all the family.
This will include storytelling, craft workshops, music hall performances, belly dancing, a history exhibition and an art installation. This will be followed by an evening of live music from the Rock and Roll Jukebox Band.
During the half term week, there will be a Community Partners Day on Monday 17 February, circus workshops on Tuesday 18 February, a disco on Wednesday 19 February and a tea dance on Thursday 20 February.
As part of the refurbishment, Madeley Library will move into the ground floor of the Anstice and opens for the first time on Saturday 15 February. This will also feature a First Point helpdesk, adaptable multi use space and a café with toilets and a cloakroom.
In a ground breaking development for the historic building, a new lift will be unveiled as part of the refurbishment providing access for everyone.
Councillor Rae Evans, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Customer Services, Partnerships, Culture and Leisure, said: “This has been a fantastic partnership project to bring a much-loved building back into community use.
“Renovating the Anstice is very much something that the community in Madeley wanted us to do and I am delighted that the project is now completed.
“This coming week promises to be a celebration of all the hard work that has been put in to raise the necessary funds to complete the renovation and the hard work done by the contractor to make our beautiful building fit for purpose.
“I can’t wait for everyone in Madeley to see what has been achieved and to enjoy our wonderful Anstice Memorial Hall. This really is a credit to the spirit of partnership in our borough and everyone involved.”