Guildhouse cuts ribbon on revamped lounge - The Rugby Observer

Guildhouse cuts ribbon on revamped lounge

Rugby Editorial 10th Apr, 2024   0

THE RIBBON has been cut on a newly refurbished lounge at an adult education centre in Rugby.

The Percival Guildhouse officially opened the revamped lounge, a meeting hub for its students, which was beginning to show its age ahead of the centre’s centenary next year.

Volunteers were inspired into action after the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society awarded a £3,000 for the work.

They set to work ripping out old benches, hanging feature wallpaper, repainting walls, building bookcases, buying new furniture and creating ports for iPads and laptops so that students could relax before or in between classes.

Carin Jackson, the retiring chair of trustees of the Guildhouse, said: “The grant from the building society was the spur we needed to get cracking.

“Then, thanks chiefly to trustee Steve Becker, we set to work on a DIY project which has been achieved within budget.

“It’s made a fantastic change to the room, a place where we now aim to showcase art produced by students attending the many art classes held here.”

Simon Terry, Rugby branch manager for Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, said: “We believe in supporting the communities in which we operate and encouraging those organisations that themselves help to build communities.

“The Percival Guildhouse is a great example of this, providing a warm and inviting base for continuing education not just for the people of Rugby but to students from all neighbouring counties.”

The Percival Guildhouse is the only independent centre for adult education and the arts in Warwickshire, and is a self-supporting charity.

Its Summer Term programme of full-term courses, day schools and summer schools begins immediately after Easter. Visit for more information.


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