Miners Welfare Hall benefits from renovation grant
Press Releases - 11/12/2015
A well-loved community venue in Cinderford has had a facelift thanks to a grant from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.
The Miners Welfare Hall on Wesley Road received a grant of over £21,000 to provide new double-glazed door and windows, replace worn-out guttering and provide the building with a new lick of paint.
The centre is used by 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.
Steve 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 Sleeping Beauty, their annual pantomime at the Hall on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 - 23 January 2016.
The Miners Welfare Hall was built in 1929 to 'provide facilities for the inhabitants of the town of Cinderford without distinction of political, religious or other opinions, for recreation or other leisure-time occupation in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants'.
The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust provides grants from funds generated by the Landfill Communities Fund provided by Cory Environmental (Gloucestershire) Ltd, which owns and manages wastemanagement operations in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester.
To enquire about booking the Miners Welfare Hall, call 07551 032480.