Charlton celebrates community hall revamp

 A village hall has been given a major revamp thanks to funding from Wychavon.

Joseph Baker Workman, the charitable trust which runs The Old Schoolroom in Charlton, received more than £113,300 from Wychavon's Community Legacy Grant scheme.

The funding was used to add a new extension and improve access to the building. A new, larger kitchen with modern equipment has been built, along with larger accessible disabled and parent and baby toilets. The upgrade will provide residents with an improved, sustainable environment and will reduce energy consumption within the building.

Improvements have also been made to the driveway access to the building and parking areas. The preschool has also created a brand-new garden to help support insects and wildlife.

The new-look hall was officially opened on Saturday, 15 October by Cllr Alex Sinton, Chairman of Wychavon District Council.

Cllr Rob Adams, Executive Board Member for Stronger Communities, Culture and Sport, said: "We created our Community Legacy Grant scheme to make projects like this a reality. This project will have real and lasting benefits for the community."

Julian Hawley, Trustee and Treasurer of Joseph Baker Workman Trust, said: "The future of the Old Schoolroom in Charlton, our village hall, had looked bleak for some time. Its facilities were antiquated and limited, its environmental footprint was poor and access for the disabled and elderly was very difficult. The generosity of Wychavon District Council in giving us a substantial Community Legacy Grant has now enabled us to provide an inclusive offering for all users, in a larger, safer, modern and sustainable facility of which the village can be proud and which will serve its needs long into the future. We are very grateful."

Wychavon's Community Legacy Grant is accessible for innovative and ambitious projects that will create a community legacy. Since 2018, Wychavon has committed almost £3 million to projects across the district. 

Pictured at the Charlton Village Hall reopening on Saturday 15 October 2022: (left to right) Nigel Cates, Chairman of Joseph Baker Charity; Eleanor Sinton; Alex Sinton, Chairman of Wychavon District Council; Tracy Perkins, Communities and Engagement Officer at Wychavon District Council; Cllr Tony Rowley, Executive Board Member for Climate Change, Environmental Policy and Regulatory Services at Wychavon District Council; Vic Allison, Chief Executive of Wychavon District Council.
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