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Bewdley bank staff brush up on DIY skills
GENEROUS bank workers have swapped their cheque books for paintbrushes to help refurbish Wribbenhall Parish Rooms and save its committee more than £2,000.
Bosses from Bewdley’s HSBC branch in Load Street had contacted the parish rooms committee’s secretary Anthony Trick to see if staff could help with voluntary work, after a recommendation from town clerk Stephen Inman.
It led to14 HSBC managerial colleagues meeting at the Kidderminster Road building to complete the lower-level painting of the building’s exterior and touch up the interior.
Mr Trick said: “That was money to us, that is a saving of more than £2,000 we would have had to pay a contractor.
“It is the perfect example of the community spirit that exists in our town. The members of the committee are extremely grateful to all those people at HSBC who have made this day possible.”
The gesture comes after a £10,000 donation from LEADER, a Worcestershire County Council-administered grant, which helped pay for the facility’s outdoor courtyard.
The insulation of the building’s roof and ceiling has been completed with a grant of £8,500 from Welcome to our Future and the move is likely to help cut the parish rooms’ heating bills.
Other recent donations have been given by Bewdley Civic Society, £1,000 and Bewdley Town Council, also £1,000.
The renovation so far has lasted about 18 months and cost £100,000. The next phase will see organisers concentrate on the outside of the building and its grounds.
Mr Trick added: “This is a social centre for the whole of Wribbenhall. This place is visited by the Brownies, a karate club and used every day. If it fell apart where would these groups go?”
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