Telford 50 Legacy fund helps temple and church to make a difference in community life

Dozens of groups across the borough are improving a vast range of community buildings and facilities, thanks to the £2 million Telford 50 Legacy Fund.

The list of groups and a brief description of their projects is on Telford 50 website.

Here is how another group is using the Telford 50 Legacy Funding and the impact this is having in the community (previous stories were published in our newsroom and on the Telford 50 website).

The Hindu Cultural Resource Centre in Dawley has been awarded a grant of £19,250 to completely refurbish the first floor of its centre and make it a functional space for the community to use for various activities.

Mr Bhupendra Gohil said:  ""Our Temple is the only Hindu Temple for Telford and Wrekin and as such, we serve quite a large community.

"The space at the first floor has been unused for a while – but recently, with the help of a grant from the Telford 50 Legacy Fund, we’ve been able to make tremendous improvements, with significant refurbishments underway.
"Once the refurbishments are completed, we will be able to use our centre for various activities and classes – this is very much welcomed by our community and indeed a true legacy of Telford 50.”

On a visit to the Hindu centre, Cllr Shaun Davies commented: ""It’s very important that communities all across Telford and Wrekin feel welcome in our borough and have the facilities to come together.

"The Hindu Temple in Dawley is another great example of how Telford 50 Legacy Fund helps local community centres to extend their space and accommodate a wider range of activities, which positively impacts the whole community for many years to come.”

Dawley Baptist Church has also been awarded a £20,000 grant from the Telford 50 Legacy fund to go towards the building of an extension for community facilities, as part of the Church.

Ian Olliver, Minister of the Church said: "We’ve always recognised the need for a larger community space in Dawley Bank that would enable more people to come together as a community and enjoy a wider range of activities.

"This grant from Telford 50 Legacy fund means that this can now happen – we can build an annex to the Church that will create three rooms and a proper kitchen for the community to use long into the future.”

On a visit to Dawley Baptist Church to see the plans for the extension, Cllr Leader Shaun Davis commented: "Dawley Bank is a fantastic and strong community and the Baptist Church plays a critical role in the community life.

"The Telford 50 Legacy grant will help ensure the Church can grow into a real community hub, with community space and facilities for the whole community – not only for those who come to Church but also for all people living in Dawley Bank who want to come together and enjoy different activities. 
"What a great legacy of Telford 50 – helping a strong community facility like Dawley Baptist Church and making it even stronger and better for generations to come!”

Dozens of groups put forward bids for a share of the £240,000 grant to go towards improving a range of community buildings and facilities within Telford and Wrekin and helping create new facilities. Successful bidders must also contribute an extra 20% in match funding.

As such, the Telford 50 Legacy Fund supports a variety of projects including replacement of roofs, installation of solar panels, replacement of kitchen facilities, new lifts, refurbishment of toilets and many others.
News on these schemes is published on   

Pictured at the Hindu Cultural Resource Centre in Dawley (left to right): Mr Raj Sharma, Mr Subash Chander Sharma (from Hindu Cultural Centre), Cllr Shaun Davies (Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council), Mr Bhupendra Gohil, Mr Manu Sudra (from Hindu Cultural Centre), Cllr Raj Mehta

Date: 15 March 2019 | Source: Telford Council

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