Whitchurch: Center gets boost as part of government Covid-19 fund

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A COMMUNITY center in Whitchurch has received a £140,000 share aimed at boosting recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Brownlow Community Center has received £14,300 from Shropshire Council to install automatic gates at both entrances to improve accessibility.

The grants of up to £15,000 have been distributed to 14 groups across the county as part of the authority’s government-funded ARG scheme which aims to help those affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure, tourism and transport, said: “This is a huge boost for communities across the county as we come out of the pandemic.

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“The pandemic has affected everyone in one way or another and among the impacts are challenges for community owned assets. Some have had to remain closed for a period of time, some have lost income due to reduced community activity or bookings, others may have struggled with changes in volunteer support and engagement.

“The impact of the coronavirus has raised concerns about the sustainability of some community assets. These community services and buildings are vitally important to achieving post-pandemic recovery, rebuilding local social networks and maintaining strong rural communities. .

“I am delighted to report such encouraging news which will have a positive impact on so many communities across Shropshire,” she added.

Among those who have received grants include the Lower Bush Farm Community Interest Company near Ludlow which received £15,000 to enable improvements to the building and improve the site for a range of visitors, including adults with learning disabilities learning, children with special educational needs and disabilities and those on short vacations. club; and £15,000 to The Church Barn in Bishop’s Castle to repair internal moisture damage and install an electric vehicle charging station in the car park.

Meanwhile, nearly £3,000 has been awarded to Loppington Village Hall and Recreation Ground, also in North Shropshire.

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