Radcliffe on Trent Grange has welcomed over £25,000 of investment in refurbishments including a new wooden gazebo in the heart of the community which has been praised as another safe and social space for local people to meet.
The Grange and its Hall have received the improvements co-funded by Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Growth Board for the village and Radcliffe on Trent Parish Council which contributed the funds to also upgrade and update noticeboards, seating and planters.
The gazebo was created to provide shelter for local people meeting at the venue and a picturesque spot for those celebrating special occasions.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change Cllr Abby Brennan said: “This is a fantastic addition for the village centre and I’m delighted to see the positive impact the gazebo is having for the local community.
“The improvements to the grounds enhance the appearance of the centre and create a sense of place and character, increasing consumer dwell time and contributing to the economic prosperity of the village.
“The new facility is widely-used by residents of all ages as a safe, sheltered and clean space for relaxing and socialising.”
Parish Council Chairman Cllr Jo Spencer added: “These grounds have always been a place to meet with family and friends, eat your lunch and for the local kids to hang out.
“It became all the more important during the pandemic as a safe open space in which friends and relatives could come together to chat and keep in touch. People were gathering in the rain, wind and cold, so we recognised the need to create some shelter.
“We designed the gazebo with the support of the Rushcliffe Growth Board who provided a £12,500 grant that enabled us to move forward and build it for the community.
“We’re really happy with the new addition and it’s now a staple part of our village. Prior to switching on the Christmas lights in 2021 we had a brass band playing in the gazebo with the snow swirling round and it created quite a sight!”