Legion’s stalwarts cut opening ribbon

New Beginnings: Barry Paine and George Genders, the longest serving members  officially re-open the Brassington, Bradbourne and Hognaston Royal British Legion headquarters, with Chairman Mike Rose.
New Beginnings: Barry Paine and George Genders, the longest serving members officially re-open the Brassington, Bradbourne and Hognaston Royal British Legion headquarters, with Chairman Mike Rose.

A COMMUNITY building has been brought back to life thanks to funding help.

The headquarters for Brassington, Bradbourne and Hognaston Royal British Legion (RBL), in Meadow Rise, Brassington, was officially reopened by two of the organisation’s longest serving members.

Following months of work, the building is now safe and dry and available for hire for community events and activities once more.

The six-month long renovation cost £42,000, funded by the fund-raising efforts of the branch members, donations from individuals and Brassington Parish Council, and grants of £10,000 from the Exon Trust, and £13,600 from The Veolia Environmental Trust awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The venue was closed in October last to enable major renovation work to be carried out.

It had suffered considerable damage over the past seven years caused by reoccurring damp.

The continued problem caused the building’s interior floor-joists and floorboards to rot and become unsafe – putting the future of the RBL’s headquarters in jeopardy.

The building’s entire floor was pulled up, and a major excavation of the foundations and improved ventilation work was carried out.

Mike Rose, chairman of Brassington, Bradbourne and Hognaston Royal British Legion, said: “It is brilliant that we have finally reached the position where we can reopen again to the public.

“The past six months has seen a dramatic renovation of the building, but its temporary closure has enabled us to put an end once and for all to all damp issues.

“It is a delight knowing that our fantastic new British Legion Headquarters will stay open for the whole community to use for many more years to come.

“Our thanks go to all those involved in achieving such a marvellous result.”

Oliver Blackburn, from The Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “It is clear to see that all those who have been involved in this project have put in a great deal of hard-work and dedication on behalf of the whole community.”