A number of volunteers got involved in a refurbishment project at Bradwell Memorial Hall.
The project has been made possible by grant funding and work has now started on the community building to divert rainwater away from it using new rainpipes.
The roof is quite large and inadequate drainage has seen it suffer the effects of damp.
Sponsors have included members of the community, in the form of a Buy a Brick campaign, Bradwell Parish Council, MK Council and a number of fundraising projects through the year.
The MK Community Foundation gave third party financial support which enabled the project to secure a £50,000 grant from WREN, a not for profit business
that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund. Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK. We’re delighted to support Bradwell Memorial Hall and their valuable work.”
The Hall has served the local community since the 1920s, offering a home to users including pre-school children and families, chatterbox tots group, Bradwell Church sunday school, Scottish Country Dancing, Scottish Highland Dancing, Weight Watchers, Tang Soo Do martial arts, as well as a valuable local venue for private function hire by families & organisations around Milton Keynes.
Andy Jowitt, Secretary for the voluntary board of trustees, said: “It is important to note that the hall was built as a memorial to those local people who lost their lives in the Great War. This project means that the memory of those lost will live on in a very practical way for many years to come. The refurbishment will be sympathetic to the original build and materials and at the same time will benefit from the very latest innovations in carbon neutral