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Grant secured for village hall upgrade

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Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Communities and also in Housing

Measuring up for the first improvements Measuring up for the first improvements

Blakeney villagers are celebrating once again after securing funds to further strengthen the heart of their community.

Hot on the heels of projects to improve the village playground, create a woodland walk, open a community café and build a Forest path to link with neighbouring Soudley, another grant is on its way to the village.

This time it has secured £22,500 from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust to deliver a major facelift and internal improvements to the village hall. Windows will be replaced, the kitchen extended, toilet facilities upgraded and a new boiler installed, giving a huge boost to the variety of local groups that use the building now, and in the future.

This is the latest success for Blakeney Community Green and Two Rivers Housing, which have been working together for several years to bid for funds to improve village amenities.

Projects like these have a natural fit with the not-for-profit housing association’s philosophy of building communities and neighbourhoods. Two Rivers has 52 properties in Blakeney and many of its tenants are either on the village hall committee or make use of the facilities.

Jane Cordier, Community Projects Co-ordinator at Two Rivers said: “I wish I could bottle the Blakeney community spirit! It’s a real pleasure to work with a group of people that gets behind every project with such enthusiasm, and it pays off with fantastic results like these.

“The hall is booked all week with a wide variety of activities for people of all ages and interests, and it’s a real lifeline for the whole community – a community that includes a great many Two Rivers tenants.”

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