Grant for hall, Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Review
Press Coverage - 16/12/2015
A popular community landmark in Cinderford has received a £21,000 facelift.
The Miners Welfare Hall, in Wesley Road, has undergone new double-glazed door and windows, new guttering and a lick of paint thanks to a grant from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.
The centre accommodates a local boxing club, the kung fu academy, and hosts a range of activities including zumba classes, old-time dancing and weekly bingo sessions. Community radio station Triangle FM is also based in the building.
Committee member Steve Halifax, who helps to manage the hall, was involved in raising funds for the renovations.
He said: "The building was looking very tired, and there was a real need for investment to keep it open and ensure it's inviting for the local community. My mum uses it twice a week and she's 91, and I've been going there since I was a kid.
"The hall is the main hub for the people of Cinderford and the surrounding areas to enjoy learning activities, as well as social and leisure events and is also open to members of the public to hire for weddings, parties and family celebrations."
The centre provides support for people with learning difficulties by offering them the chance to work alongside the committee doing day-to-day chores and enable them to learn new skills and build confidence.
Cinderford's Wesley Players will be performing their annual pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, at the hall on Friday and Saturday nights from January 8 to January 23 2016.
The Miners Welfare Hall was built in 1929.