Teversal Manor Room is taken over by community group

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TEVERSAL Manor Room is to be handed over to the community group which has been running it on behalf of Ashfield District Council.

The tourist attraction and exhibition space is to be put under the direct control of the Friends of Teversal Manor.

Friends chairman Richard Goad said the attraction had gone from strength-to-strength since a group of Teversal residents teamed up with Ashfield District Council to bring it back to life following its closure in 2001 because of health and safety concerns.

A lottery grant was secured to help make the building safe again, and now it has been redecorated in an 18th Century-style and kitted out with overhead projectors and underfloor heating.

Said Richard: “The building was very dilapidated and a lot of work went into bringing it back into use.

“We set up the Friends of Teversal group to improve the social side of the village - and to preserve the manor room.”

It follows a succesful pilot period of two years, during which time the group have increased bookings and income by attracting more visitors.

The group has also obtained outside funding from the Awards for All scheme allowing it to put on free events for visitors and local people.

Recent events have included a successful Royal Wedding celebration.

Under the asset transfer agreement the Friends group will become responsible for the maintanence of the buildings, although they will be given a support grant over the next five years.

Ashfield District Council’s cabinet agreed the transfer at their meeting on Thursday night.