Access to the Speedwell Hall’s walled garden will become disabled friendly, thanks to a £1,000 grant from Ecclesiastical in their Movement for Good awards. The specialist insurer is giving £1 million to charities this summer and trustees at The Speedwell are delighted to announce that the hall in Abbey Street, is one of 500 winners who will receive a grant.

The delightful garden at the rear of the hall normally hosts many annual events, including Music in the Garden and the Summer Fete. It is also available for members of the public to hire for parties or small receptions, although remains closed at present, due to Covid-19 safety and hygiene precautions. The Speedwell Hall does not have disabled access to the garden but the award will enable the trustees to install a ramp, to ensure safe disabled access for those with mobility problems and wheelchair users, so that everyone can enjoy the garden in the future.

Members of the public were invited to nominate a charity close to their hearts, and an amazing 253,879 people took part with 13,695 individual charities receiving nominations. Chairperson of the Speedwell Hall Trustees, Christine Rawe said: “The Speedwell has been an integral part of Crewkerne for nearly 100 years and provides a venue for numerous groups and organisations. Thanks are due to those who nominated us for this financial award, which highlights the great work the charity does.”

Group chief executive of Ecclesiastical, Mark Hews said: “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause as part of our Movement for Good awards. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business. We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”


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