Work on Painswick youth pavilion to go ahead after £15,000 of public donations
A MAJOR project to refurbish youth facilities in Painswick will go ahead after villagers raised the final £15,000 needed to hit their target.
The Painswick Pavilion Project - which needed to raise a total of £120,000 - has been orchestrated by the charity PSALMS to give the recreation ground in Lower Washwell Lane a much needed overhaul.
Gloucestershire County Council has awarded £45,000, Painswick Parish Council and the Garfield Weston Foundation have both promised £20,000 and a £15,000 grant has been received from the Environmental Trust Grant.
During the summer, Psalms launched an appeal to raise the remaining money and at a parish council meeting on Wednesday, September 18 it was announced that the final £15,000 had been raised by public donations.
During the meeting councillors also voted to award the contract for the building work to Gloucester-based Carter Construction.
Painswick parish clerk Roy Balgobin said: “It is really great news that after all the hard work put into planning this project we now have everything in place for it go ahead.
“The parish council would like to thank architect Richard Falconer, who has given his time voluntarily as the project manager, and his wife Virginia as well as quantity surveyors DCS Consultants, which has handled the preliminary work on the contract.
“We would never have got this far without Painswick resident Charles Perkins who gave up his time to fill in all the application forms for the various grants and the help and support of PSALMS workers Ian Marsh and Andy Harding.”
Andy Harding, a PSALMS youth minister who has worked in Painswick for five years, said: “On behalf of the charity, Painswick Youth Football Club and the Painswick Parish Council I would like to thank all in the village for their overwhelming support to help us get to this stage.
“The donations given have exceeded our expectations and goals and have been testament to the generosity and warm-heartedness of the local community.”
Work on the pavilion is expected to start in October with the intention of finishing it by spring next year.
A model of the new youth pavilion is on show in Painswick library.