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Community to benefit from £88k contributions from housebuilder

A Gloucester-based housebuilder is giving £88,000 to improve facilities and education provision within the village of Willersey, near Broadway.

The sum, provided by Newland Homes, comprises of £60,000 to fund improvements to the village hall, £20,000 for the recreation area and £8,000 to Willersey Church of England Primary School.

It is being provided as part of community contributions thanks to Newland Homes' Willow Green development of 50 homes in the village, including three and four-bedroom houses and bungalows.

In addition to part-funding current plans to alter and refurbish the existing main building of the village hall, the money will be spent on the recreation ground to refurbish some of the existing fences and install additional fencing, as well as replace trees and add adult exercise equipment.

Brian Lawrence, chairman of Willersey Parish Council, said: "The contribution will provide a significant part of the funds necessary for the refurbishment of our village hall, which requires major repairs and work to bring it up to a modern standard.

"The Hall is the focal point of our village life hosting numerous societies, groups and classes and it is essential for our community that it is able to provide a welcoming environment."

Willersey Church of England Primary School plans to use their contribution to purchase touchscreen tablets for pupils to use across a range of subjects, as well as new equipment for the early years and key stage one outdoor area, including an outdoor kitchen, a cottage play house, a new picnic bench and a selection of toys and games.

The school is also planning to restock the school library and to start a gardening club.

Mark Jackson, head teacher at the school, said: "The contribution from Newland Homes will help us improve the facilities at the school for our pupils.

"Many pupils have expressed a keen interest in taking part in a gardening club and so we'll be able to offer this, as well as refresh the books and authors in our library and increase our ICT provision.

"It will also be great to improve the outdoor space for the pupils in the early years by introducing new equipment made of natural materials that they can use to play and learn together."

Andrew Billings, Land Director at Newland Homes, said: "We're very pleased to be able to support the community of Willersey to fund projects that they have been planning for a long time, especially for the improvement of village facilities and to support the education of the village's youngsters.

"We always work to deliver new housing that will add to the existing community and that also meets the needs of the local population too."

For more information on Willow Green, visit www.newlandhomes.co.uk/willersey or call 01386 244377.

The show home and marketing suite at Willow Green is open daily from 11am until 5pm and can be found on Collin Lane, Willersey WR12 7PE.

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