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Access to important building improved thanks to Active Together grant


The well used Tewkesbury Boys' Brigade community hall in Newtown has had a disability ramp installed to offer more people access to the much loved community hall.

The ramp, which was paid for and installed by a grant from Cllr Vernon Smith's Active Together fund, was completed after many years of locals calling for better access for elderly and disabled users of the centre.

The hall is used by a wide range of community groups, including the local women's institute, U3A groups, exercise classes and Slimming World. It is also used by locals for celebrations such as birthday parties.

As part of the package of improvements paid for by the active together grant a defibrillator and cabinet has also been purchased along with training for community groups and individuals in how to use the defibrillator, which will be taking place during April.

The community building has a large main hall, a meeting room with space for 25 people, a fully equipped kitchen, off road parking, a projection screen with Wi-Fi and chair and tables for 100 people.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding and county councillor for Tewkesbury, said: "I am really pleased to be able to provide a grant to help make this vital community hub accessible for more people.

"There are loads of groups at Tewkesbury Boys' Brigade and I would encourage residents to check them out and join.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said: "The Active Together grants have been used all across the county and have provided many community groups from sports clubs to scout groups and to parish and town councils and schools with funds to grow sports and physical activity."

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