Residents in Cossall are celebrating the news that work can begin on restoring the Old School Room on Church Lane - thanks to a £50,000 grant from waste management company, Biffa.
Despite collecting £30,000 through fundraising events, the residents were still facing many more years before their project could become a reality.
However, as a result of being awarded the grant, work on the restoration can begin straight away.
Cossall resident Gillian Thornhill said: “The project has really generated a wonderful sense of community spirit and we’re incredibly thankful to Biffa Award for this grant. It’s going to make such a huge difference to the community.”
Another described the grant as ‘like having all your Christmases come at once’.
The Old School Room is a single room building which was built in 1816.
Since its closure as a school it has been used for a wide range of community events, until its condition made it unsuitable for most purposes.
It is the only community building in Cossall and residents felt it was vital to do everything possible to ensure it could continue to serve the community for generations to come.
The combined funding will mean an extension can be built at the rear of the building to house a modern kitchen and disabled toilet, while the existing room will be sympathetically restored in keeping with the character and age of the building, exposing its beamed ceiling, and leaded windows.
If everything goes to plan, Cossall residents can look forward to enjoying the building in the spring.
Gillian French, head of grants for Biffa Award, said: “This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can be used to benefit communities across the UK.
“The improved facilities will have a massive impact on Cossall residents for generations to come.”