The project is a continuation of other upgrades, funded separately, such as the improvement of toilet facilities. It is all part of a programme of work to keep the building in good order so it can be used for many years to come. The Longdon Club & Institute is a Social Enterprise located in Longdon, Staffordshire. They are the residents of the Memorial Hall, built in 1919 as a memorial to those who fell in the First World War and to serve the local community.
Two funds, with a combined total of £40million, are available to local communities and businesses that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway between London and the West Midlands. This funding has come from the Community and Environment Fund, which is for projects that benefit the community and have a positive environmental outcome.
“I am pleased to see the village of Longdon benefit from the Funds, extending the access and improving the provision of a vital local community space so it can be maintained for current and future local residents.
“The Funds are available to support local communities and businesses that are impacted by the construction of HS2 and I encourage other organisations near to the line of route to apply and gain the tangible benefits of these Funds.”
Alan Rowe of the Longdon Club and Institute said:
“2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, the contribution from HS2 to renovate the Memorial Hall has lifted peoples spirits. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the finished article and we are being constantly asked when we will be open. We are very grateful for the generous financial help from the HS2 fund. We are honoured to be able to carry on the original wishes of Sir Villiers & Lady Forster, who had the Hall built for the benefit of local people, in memory of those fallen or served in the first world war.”
As construction of HS2 gets underway, applications for the funds are still being welcomed. The Funds for Phase One, independently administered by community charity Groundwork UK, support urban and rural, community, environmental and business projects. Community and business groups in Staffordshire will also be eligible to apply for a share of the £5million funding announced for Phase 2a of the HS2 route, between the West Midlands and Crewe, when the funding is available.