Grant of £45,000 awarded for Red House Village Hall improvements
An award of £45,000 has recently been made to Albrighton Village Hall Trust to help to match fund a total project of £250,000 for improvements to the Red House Village Hall under the Shropshire Council’s Market Towns Revitalisation Programme (MTRP).
The aim of the project was to provide a long-term legacy to the people of the village of Albrighton, which would enable local businesses to flourish and cultural activities to prosper.
Work has now been completed on the improvements to the current main hall and small hall, and a redesign of the interior of the hall so that it will accommodate a higher number of seated occupants.
The extension to the hall also allowed for an improved frontage to be developed, making the appearance of the Red House more in keeping with the area. The bar has been relocated to a more appropriate area, which has allowed the current bar space to be used as a further community room/meeting room. There has also been some minor refurbishment to the entrance of the kitchen allowing the space to be utilised more fully.
The application was made by the Albrighton Village Hall Trust, who will also be using receipts from the sale of the Old School House, which they owned, to significantly fund the project.
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Grant of £31,300 awarded under Shropshire Council’s Rural Challenge Fund
Under the Rural Challenge Fund element of Shropshire Council’s Market Towns Initiative, Albrighton’s Traders’ Association was also successful in being awarded a significant grant of £31,300. This, together with other grants awarded from the Albrighton Parish Council and Donington with Boscobel Parish Council, make a total project award of £42,000.
This project is to manufacture and install a range of strategic and directional interpretive signs in and around Albrighton. A range of signs are being developed to include welcome / interpretation signs at key entrances, interpretation panels in the town centre and additional direction/interpretation signs at the exits of David Austin Roses, Boscobel House, Albrighton Railway Station and RAF Cosford Museum.
Albrighton is a quaint market town with a lovely High Street and some quality local independent shops. However, its proximity to Telford and the Black Country has resulted in a situation where the town has been bypassed by several major roads and is now off the beaten track. This project should help to alleviate the problems of reduced tourism and general footfall in the town.
This project was identified in a package of improvements (signage, new business, promotional leaflets, website development, Christmas Fayre) in order to bring more visitors, both tourists and shoppers, into the town.