An appeal to safeguard the future of a 500 year old Tudor community building in Stourport is off to a great start thanks to a £2,000 grant from Wyre Forest District Council.

Trustees of Church House in Areley Kings have been given almost half the amount needed to carry out essential repairs to drains, building repairs and an electrical upgrade to ensure the building remains open for future generations.

The building is home to a host of community groups and activities, from drama to yoga, fitness classes to art exhibitions and is run by a team of trustees and an army of volunteers.

The grant has been made from Wyre Forest District Council’s Community Localism Fund which supports grass roots services maintain and improve services, in their areas.

The Community Localism Fund can also provide financial support to community groups and town and parish councils to enable take over the running of local services and assets.

Council Leader Councillor Marcus Hart, who leads on Localism in Wyre Forest, said: “This lovely historic building is a much-used and much-loved hub for the local community.

“I’m very happy that we support the trustees, volunteers and local residents by contributing to these essential works so its future can be safeguarded for many more years to come.”

Trustee William Wood said: “We very much appreciate the generous grant from the Community Localism Fund.

“Church House is used by many local people of all ages and all walks of life. Like any building of this age, it needs constant attention and maintenance so the money will be put to very good use. This historic building plays a vital role in the district’s heritage, cultural and social life.”

Caption: The trustees are from left to right – Alan Stanyer, Councillor Ken Henderson, Bill Wood, Wyre Forest District Council Leader Councillor Marcus Hart, Jacqueline Greenway, Janet Smith and Ian Gwillam.