Much-loved Victorian Hucclecote building has obtained a grant for refurbushment
Press Releases - 12/03/2017
The Thomas Gaze Memorial Hall in Hucclecote is to undergo a welcome refurbishment and update at a cost of £45,000. Work is to be funded with the help of Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and will include the provision of toilet facilities for the disabled, new heating and replacement windows, bringing the building into the 21st Century.
Dawn Pearman, one of the Managing Trustees said: "We are extremely grateful to Gloucestershire Environmental Trust for their generosity, the grant of £33,000 will enable the much-needed work to be completed."
Work is due to start at the end of the summer, and hopefully, will be completed by the autumn.
The hall was built in 1888 by Edwin Gaze, in memory of his brother Thomas, who had been a Sunday School Superintendent in Hucclecote.
Under the terms of the Trust, the building should be used for the benefit of the young people of Hucclecote, and in line with this, many local children's and youth organisations and groups including playgroups, nurseries, and youth clubs have made good use of the building. Also in its long history it has been used by the community as a school annexe, library, health clinic and Sunday school.
The funds raised from using the hall have also been used for the benefit of young people and grants made to many local organisations, such as the Boys Brigade, The Guides, Junior Church and Youth Clubs. Individual grants have also been made to young people undertaking their World Challenge.
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 also on into the future.