A COMMUNITY centre in Whitchurch has received a share of £140,000 aimed at boosting recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Brownlow Community Centre has received £14,300 from Shropshire Council to install automatic doors at both entrances to help improve accessibility.

The grants of up to £15,000 have been handed out to 14 groups across the county as part of the authority's government-funded ARG programme which aims to help those impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism and transport, said: "This is a huge boost for communities across the county as we emerge from the pandemic.


"The pandemic has affected everyone in one way or another and among the impacts are the challenges for community-owned assets. Some had to stay closed for a time, some lost income due to reduced community activity or bookings, others may have faced challenges with changes in volunteer support and investment.

"The impact of coronavirus has prompted concerns over the sustainability of some community assets. These community services and buildings are vitally important in achieving post-pandemic recovery, rebuilding local social networks, and maintaining strong rural communities.

"I am delighted to be announcing such heartening news that will have a positive impact on so many communities across Shropshire," she added.

Among those receiving grants were Lower Bush Farm Community Interest Company near Ludlow which received £15,000 to allow building improvements and improve the site for a range of visitors including adults with learning disabilities, children with special educational needs and disabilities and those benefitting from short breaks holiday clubs; and £15,000 to The Church Barn in Bishop’s Castle to repair internal damage due to damp and to install an electric vehicle charge point in the car park.

Meanwhile, nearly £3,000 was awarded to Loppington Village Hall and Recreation Ground, also in north Shropshire.