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Work starts on workhouse project

Llanfyllin workhouse (picture: Y Dolydd Building Preservation Trust)
Y Dolydd is one of the last good examples of a Victorian workhouse

Work is finally set to start on a long-running project in Powys to convert a Grade II-listed Victorian workhouse into a community arts centre.

The group behind the plans in Llanfyllin has been awarded a 24,374 grant to help fund phase one of the conversion.

The project was hanging in the balance, but a loan to repay 340,000, used to buy it in 2005, was secured in January.

Work to convert a single storey section into workshops will start soon.

The Ecology Building Society came to the rescue of the Y Dolydd Building Preservation Trust earlier this year, when it had to repay a loan used to buy the workhouse.

The trust bought the workhouse three years ago after it featured on the BBC Restoration series in 2004.

'Eclectic mix'

The project is now being co-ordinated by Llanfyllin Workhouse group.

A spokeswoman said the 24,000 grant, which had to be match funded, came from the Enterprising Community Buildings Grants Scheme.

"This grant will enable the workhouse to begin phase one of its development as a community enterprise for the arts and education," she added.

"A single storey building will be converted into workshops which will then be available to let.

"The old dining hall will be transformed into a venue and performance space and a track way will be installed to improve the field access.

"The venue will be used to host an eclectic mix of music and arts events and will be available for local community groups to hire.

"This grant funding will help the Llanfyllin Workhouse truly get off the ground and start putting the building into use."

Last October, the workhouse was named one of the top 10 most endangered buildings in England and Wales by the Victorian Society.

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