Blackwater gets the go ahead for a Passmore Edwards restoration project
A community group in Blackwater have been given the go ahead to restore the first building commissioned by a famous Cornish philanthropist thanks to a final funding boost.
Blackwater Village trust was last week given the final £30,000 needed for restoration works to the village’s 123 year-old Passmore Edwards building.
The building, which was the first of 21 commissioned by Passmore Edwards in Cornwall, fell in to disrepair during the 1980s.
But after more than five years of fundraising and campaigning the village trust has managed to secure the full £157,000 needed to rebuild the Passmore Edwards Literary Institute.
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Alongside money raised from local fetes, jumble sales and coffee mornings, grants were gained from institutes including CORI Environment Trust, SITA Cornwall Trust, the Tanner Trust and both Chacewater and St Agnes Parish Councils amongst others.
Dean Evans, secretary of the Blackwater Village Trust, said: “Well it’s taken a lot of time. There have been times when I have doubted whether it would happen. But it’s wonderful to see the money in place and the support of the village community behind the trust has been great and it’s been fantastic working with them.”
The literary institute was originally commissioned in 1890 by Passmore Edwards to provide a place for people in his hometown to meet socialise.
The building also provided a reading room and a snooker table for villagers.
Once restored, the Passmore Edwards Literary Institute will become a village hall for community groups and locals to use.
Mr Evans added: “The building will become the hub of the community, so in effect we will be regenerating the community as well as the building.”
Restoration work is predicted to start early next year.