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Funding approved for renovation project


APPLETON Parish Council are set to get a much-improved Parish Hall facility thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body WREN.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to improve and renovate Appleton Parish Hall on Dudlow Green Road in Appleton.

Councillor Sandra Benger, Chairman of Appleton Parish Council believes that renovation will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

Sandra said: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Appleton and surrounding villages. It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us the money and we’re really looking forward to improving the hall for community use.

Appleton Parish Hall is used by many Community Groups and Clubs serving local people of all ages and interests. There is a Toddlers group on Friday mornings, a coffee morning run by Aim Christian Fellowship and a library on a Tuesday morning, several WI groups meet at the Parish Hall along with two flower clubs and a Keep Fit session on Thursday mornings.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for Warrington, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the improvements at Appleton Parish Hall and pleased our funding will make such a difference to so many community groups in Appleton. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon.”

Appleton Parish Council has provided funds for the renovation project and the Parish Council was also successful in being awarded £1,500 from the Community Initiative Fund from Warrington Borough Council.

Further information about the Wren grant work and Appleton Parish Hall can be obtained by the clerk, Mrs J Monks on telephone 01925 268153 or Email clerk@appletonpc.org.uk. To hire Appleton Parish Hall for an event or for a children’s party please contact the Booking Secretary, Mrs C Middleton on telephone 01925 604589.

The picture above shows, Councillor Sandra Benger, Chairman of Appeton Parish Council receiving a cheque of £1,500 from Councillor Tony Higgins and Diane White from Families and Wellbeing Directorate of Warrington Borough Council.


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  1. I think it would have been a better idea to knock that shed down and sell the land for use as a medical centre/shops. Then build a decent community centre on Bridge Lane- one that people from a wider area could access. If they are intent about renovating it then at least get some public transport put on. Wider ‘Appleton’ gets neglected again! 30 years on and still waiting for renovation of the playground area! Swings etc fell into disrepair, were removed and never seen again!

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