Can you help win cash to restore Rathmore Youth Club’s mosaic benches?

Rathmore Youth Club benches
The benches have been in place since 1980, when a mural was also painted

Neighbours of Rathmore Youth Club’s distinctive mosaic benches can vote for them to get funding to be restored to their former glory under a Greenwich Council scheme.

The benches were installed in 1980 along with a mural along the Rathmore Road side of the building. The mural has long gone but the benches remain, albeit showing their age through wear, tear and vandalism.

Rathmore Road benches
Greenwich Mural Workshop wants to restore the benches to their former glory

Greenwich Mural Workshop, which created the benches, is hoping for £16,518 from the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund, a scheme created from a levy placed on developers in the area.

The borough is divided up into four areas for the scheme – residents who live near the youth club in Peninsula ward, as well as across Blackheath and Greenwich, can vote for the benches to be restored. Other schemes in that area hoping for money include a summer fair in Greenwich Millennium Village, a drinking fountain in East Greenwich Pleasaunce and an autism support centre at the Montessori centre on Westcombe Hill. There is a total of £227,761 available.

Rathmore Road benches
Residents in Peninsula ward can vote for them to be restored

Residents in the rest of Charlton (Charlton, Woolwich Riverside and Kidbrooke with Hornfair wards) are placed in the Charlton and Woolwich area and have a different choice of projects, with £109,029 available.

Champions 4 Change – the boxing project at St Thomas’ Church on Woodland Terrace – is looking for £13,858 to help young people at risk of joining gangs and young carers. The Charlton Champion featured its work last year.

Champions 4 Change
The Charlton Champion visited Champions 4 Change last year (photo: Neil Clasper)

The Friends of Maryon and Maryon Wilson Parks are looking for £17,350 to help improve facilities in the animal enclosures; while on the Cherry Orchard Estate the New Leaf Food Cabin is hoping for £7,500. Charlton Park rugby club, based on Broad Walk, Kidbrooke, is looking for £9,750 to improve its rugby training schemes for young people.

The other projects hoping for money from the Charlton & Woolwich pot are the creche at the Clock House community centre on the Woolwich Dockyard Estate and a community hub at the Stir Cafe in Woolwich.

Read the full shortlist before voting on the Greenwich Council website (you may need to register first).


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