A FACELIFT for Woodford and Bramhall Royal British Legion is underway thanks to support from a housebuilder creating new homes in the area.
Based at Moor Lane, close to Redrow’s flagship Woodford Garden Village scheme, the Legion successfully applied for a grant from a community fund set up by the builder.
Les Clitheroe, the Legion’s secretary, said: “We do a lot of work with veterans of the Second World War and later conflicts, including the organisation of the Remembrance Services every year in Bramhall and Woodford, which are attended by hundreds of people.
“Some of our members used to work at Woodford Aerodrome, on the site where Redrow is now building new homes, so when we heard they were looking for local projects to support we applied for funding.
“Redrow gave us £2,000, which we’re using towards the cost of maintenance and refurbishment works at the club so that we can continue our activities.”
The old aerodrome site where Redrow is creating a 205 hectare new neighbourhood had a long history of aircraft manufacturing by Avro, including production of many British aviation wonders like the Lancaster Bomber, Vulcan Bomber and Nimrod.
The Avro Heritage Museum, an important visitor attraction, now sits within the development.
Redrow’s Woodford Garden village will eventually feature more than 900 new homes and a host of new amenities, including a school, sports facilities, a dedicated health centre, its own shops and 19 area of play, parks or public open space.
The housebuilder says its voluntary Woodford Garden Village Community Fund has so far gifted more than £15,000 to local projects.
Anna Evans-Kerr, area sales manager, said: “Groups like Woodford and Bramhall Royal British Legion have long been part of the wider community that surrounds our Woodford Garden Village development and are very much a part of what makes the area a great place to live.”
Decorator and RBL chairman Don Hodgkinson is pictured here with Redrow’s Katherine Whalley.