Community Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy Historic Halfway House on The Wrekin
It is hoped that the recently released Halfway House on The Wrekin will become a community hub for people to enjoy.
Halfway House has provided refreshments to thousands of walkers over its 150 year history as a cafe and has undergone a major transformation by current owner Sean Saward with a newly restored kiosk and café pavilion, seating area exterior and gardens on a site which commands stunning views.
The business is gradually reopening after being closed due to the pandemic, offering take-out service and the use of its garden for customers, and has again started supporting fundraising events such as walks sponsored up to The Wrekin.
Activists are determined that the building maintains its important role in serving residents and visitors with refreshments and would like to see the site developed as a visitor center, providing new opportunities for events, camping, camping, outdoor activities and nature talks.
They say it could provide a range of courses from art to orienteering with additional accommodation.
Campaign organizers want to see a return to the pole dancing, Victorian swings and dance events for which the halfway house was famous at the turn of the 20th century.
Jenny Joy, who has run the cafe and helped restore the pavilion for the past three years, assembled a team of supporters including former Wellington Mayor Anthony Lowe, local GP Caroline Freeman, Borough Councilor Jacqui Seymour, Pauline Kesek and Kim Bennett, who are both regular visitors to Wrekin and members of Wrekin Road Runners.
They created a Community Benefit Corporation (CIC) to run this nonprofit campaign over the next few years.
“The Wrekin is one of the most iconic places in Shropshire and the Halfway House has been a favorite spot for locals and visitors for many generations,” said Jenny, who took over management of the café kiosk after the locking.
Dr Freeman added: “The surrounding area is one of Shropshire’s most important conservation sites with its ancient forests, unusual birds, butterflies, moorland, owl life and much more.
“Thousands of people have walked past the halfway house to get to the top of The Wrekin for many years.
“From the 1,355-foot (407 m) summit, they enjoyed spectacular views of the Shropshire countryside. “
Pauline, President of Wrekin Road Runners, said, “We don’t want to lose this wonderful asset.
“That is why we are launching this crowdfunding campaign today to purchase this beautiful and historic site for the benefit of the community and future generations.”
With the halfway house already on the open market, activists say it’s important to act quickly.
Donations can be made through the ‘Secure the Halfway House for the community’ page via the Go Fund Me platform at gofund.me/ec1cdd60.
Fundraisers are also keen to involve as many community members as possible in their campaign.
They encourage anyone interested in organizing their own fundraising events to support the cause to contact the team at [email protected]