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Popular community centre in Thornbury renovated thanks to £25,000 grant

A project to renovate the dilapidated windows of a Grade II listed building in Thornbury has been completed, following a £25,000 grant from Enovert Community Trust. 

The Chantry Community Centre was established in 1966 in a Grade II listed building dating back to Tudor times. With many rooms in a range of sizes, a conservatory and a beautiful walled garden, the community centre hosts a wide variety of clubs, courses, activities and events, both indoors and outdoors. 

Dave Derham, Chairman and Treasurer at the Thornbury and District Community Association, which owns and manages The Chantry, said: “The Chantry is used daily by a wide range of organisations from the local community. The restoration of the windows was extremely urgent if the building was to remain suitable for community use. This project has not only preserved the structure of the windows, but it has transformed the look of the building and has dramatically reduced heat loss through draughts. 

“We are extremely grateful to Enovert Community Trust for its generous grant, without which the project would not have been possible.” 

Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust, said: "The Trustees were delighted to provide a grant towards the renovation project. The Chantry Community Centre serves an important function in the local community where individuals and groups can meet to enjoy educational, social and recreational activities.”