Village hall near Shrewsbury gets makeover

Work has been completed on a village hall near Shrewsbury after it won a competition for a makeover.

Ford Village Hall was the winner of the SWG Community Building Award organised by SWG Construction, which has offices in Welshpool and Shrewsbury, and the Shropshire Rural Communities Charity.

The competition was run to find a community building in need of some improvements, with the winner receiving £1,000 in the form of materials and professional expertise from SWG.

Work has now been completed with Ford Village Hall benefiting from new toilet facilities and an upgraded meeting room.

Nigel Stephens, of SWG Construction, said: “This project was the first to benefit from the SWG Community Building Award and we are delighted with the results, improvements which can now be enjoyed by the whole community.

“We invited applications from all over Shropshire asking custodians of community buildings to tell us why they should receive the award. We had an excellent response and Ford Village Hall came out on top.

“SWG has close ties to the community and we are always ready to help out where we can - this award is an extension of that and a way of helping those who have supported us by using our services for more than 20 years.

“The project was delayed a little by the coronavirus pandemic but we were able to get it completed as soon as we possibly could, improving the toilets and refurbishing the meeting room which included a new ceiling and redecoration to really brighten it up and make it more welcoming.

“We want to say a big thank you to AGS Projects who also helped with some key elements of the project.” 

On behalf of the Ford Village Hall Committee, chair Katharine Robinson, said: “We are really grateful to SWG for the work - the improvements look fantastic and will hopefully encourage more members of the community to come and use the hall.

“We have concentrated on the hall’s meeting room, known as the Urwick Room, and the toilets which were in desperate need of attention.

“The Urwick Room is an ideal space for activities and meetings but hasn’t been used much in recent times because of its appearance.”

Julia Baron, chief executive of Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (RCC), said: 

“We were delighted to get involved with the SWG Community Building Award and it’s great to see these improvements, which will make a big difference to everyone who uses the hall. 

“Buildings like Ford Village Hall are a vital resource to the community and are maintained and run by hard-working volunteers who often don’t have the budget or resources to carry out improvement work themselves. Improving buildings like this makes them more viable for the future.”

 

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