Local community invited to view new-look Hucclecote hall
Press Releases - 13/12/2017
Local people living in Hucclecote are invited to see improvements made to a well-loved community venue, at an open day on 16 December from 10am - 2pm.
Work has been completed to update and refurbish the Thomas Gaze Memorial Hall, with the aid of a grant from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.
The changes include disabled toilets, a new heating system and easy-clean floor coverings, bringing the building into the 21st Century.
The hall was built in 1888 by Edwin Gaze, in memory of his brother Thomas, especially for the use of the young people of Hucclecote. In line with these wishes, the building, which is one of the oldest publicly accessible buildings in Hucclecote, is used by many organisations and groups, including playgroups, nurseries and youth clubs.
In its long history, it has also been used by the community as a school annexe, library, health clinic and Sunday School.
Dawn Pearman, one of the Managing Trustees said: "We are extremely grateful to Gloucestershire Environmental Trust for their generosity, which has enabled the much-needed work to be completed.
"Edwin Gaze, was a man with great foresight and a true philanthropist. When he bequeathed the land and building for the benefit of the young people of Hucclecote, it offered many opportunities to them and it continues to do this to the present day and hopefully for many years to come."
The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust has funded over 800 projects since it was established in 1997 and more than Â£14 million has been distributed to worthwhile projects. These include the maintenance and repair of public amenities, the provision of open spaces, the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment and the restoration, preservation and repair of buildings of historical importance or architectural value.