Ward End school pupils to get insight into church’s transformation

by Liam Byrne | 24.02.14 | in: Communities, Constituency news, Hodge Hill, Local News, Schools, Uncategorized, Ward End


Ward End school pupils to get insight into church’s transformation


Next Thursday (27 February 2014) pupils from Sladefield Infants School in Ward End will get an insight into the £1m project transforming the previously tired and little-used St Margaret’s Church, St Margaret’s Road, Ward End, into a fantastic community hub and a heritage & community space.


There will be two visits to the church. The first will start at 9.40am and the second at 12.50pm. Both groups will first tour the site and get to see how far the construction team have progressed since the start of the project in November (2013).


They will then get hands-on opportunities to learn a variety of construction skills, including plumbing and making stained glass. These sessions will start at approximately 10.15am and 1.15pm respectively.


The interior of St Margaret’s is currently being remodelled and converted to create two multi-purpose facilities that will better serve the needs of residents of all ages and backgrounds.


One half will be turned into a community hall for events and celebrations. It will also be a local history space where people of all ages can learn about and engage with the social traditions and the history of the neighbourhood and its former residents.


The other half is being turned into Cre8 A Link, which will be the base for the provision of neighbourhood services and support. It will include office space that will be available for drop-in advice surgeries, as well for rent by social enterprises.


Funding for the first section is coming in the form of a grant of £700,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund. Funding for ‘Cre8 A Link’ is coming from The Veolia Environmental Trust who awarded a grant of £300,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund as part of its Veolia Cre8 funding programme.


Chair of the St Margaret’s Community Trust, Tim Evans, says, “St Margaret’s Community Trust is delighted to have the local school coming on site to see the progress of the building’s redevelopment. In an area of high youth unemployment we want to open our young people’s eyes to a range of professional skills and raise their aspirations as to what might be possible for them, in a creative and engaging way.”


The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “This is a great idea, as it will give local children an insight into the building of this great new centre in the heart of their community. Hopefully it will also inspire some of them to become the plumbers, builders, civil engineers and architects of the future.”



press information issued by Oliver Blackburn

tel: 01902 794669

email: oliver.blackburn@veolia.com

project number: 3343


Editors notes:


St Margaret’s Church Located on St Margaret’s Road, St Margaret’s Church is at the centre of Ward End. Opened in 1835, if has many important features including stained-glass windows by Edward Burne Jones, a Royal crest for William the IVth and a memorial to William Hutton, the first historian of Birmingham, who lived in Ward End Hall in the 18th Century.


The creation of the heritage space and Cre8 A Link will be part of a scheme to breathe new life back into the church, transforming it and bringing it back into the heart of the community.


Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund Any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage Landfill site Operators (LOs) to re-use, recycle, recover more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill.


LOs are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs).


Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax


The Veolia Environmental Trust has been supporting community and environmental projects for over 16 years. Since we were established in 1997, Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc has supported us by contributions of over £55 million to 1698 projects.


We have helped fund a diverse range of projects, including the repair of woodland footpaths, the renovation of community halls and the installation of playgrounds and play areas. For more information, or to find out how to apply for funding, visit our website www.veoliatrust.org.


Veolia Cre8 Our Board introduced the Veolia Cre8 Funding Challenge in 2010 as a stand-alone grant for four creative, adventurous, exciting and ambitious ideas that will make a difference to people’s lives and best meet the following eight objectives:


●  Involve volunteers             ●   Leave a legacy

●  Bring generations together  ●   Benefit all sectors of society

●  Involve the community       ●   Allow those involved to develop new skills

●  Help improve health and     ●   Be fun!



The other successful Veolia Cre8 applicants are:


  • Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre Ltd – an all terrain trail for all abilities, including wheelchair users
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – A barn on a Huddersfield farm run by the Wildlife Trust has been converted into the base for a community food project

·             Weston Longville Village Hall – a new community building has been created to be shared by everyone living in and near this Norfolk village


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