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Official opening of Lightwoods House following £5.2million restoration

The official opening of Lightwoods House in Bearwood will be celebrated this week.

The Mayor of Sandwell will open the Grade II-listed building following a major restoration project funding by Sandwell Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery to turn the historic property into a fantastic community space.

The late 18th century house has been sympathetically restored to its former glory and is now a venue for weddings, events and community groups.

Councillors will join representatives from HLF, the Friends group and the contractors who worked on the property for the celebration on Wednesday 24 January.

The Mayor, Councillor Ahmadul Haque, will also present a plaque to the owner of Jonathans in the Park – the house’s tearoom – to celebrate their 30 years in business.

Leader of Sandwell Council Councillor Steve Eling said: “This is the culmination of a huge amount of work to bring this fantastic building back into use for the whole community.

“People who visited the park over the past thirty years will have wondered how the inside of the house looked – it’s been practically derelict for decades. Now it’s a landmark with so much to offer.

“Not only are we using the house to host weddings, we have a stunning tearoom and community rooms, offices and local businesses based here.

“Since Sandwell Council took over the park in 2010 we have worked tirelessly to improve both the house and the park itself.

“The restoration of the house has really made Lightwoods Park a jewel in Bearwood’s crown.”

The house, which was built in 1780 by Jonathan Grundy, and park had been maintained Birmingham City Council since 1902 – despite it being within the Sandwell boundary.

Sandwell Council took over the park in 2010 and immediately began the process of securing funding for major restoration work to both the building and the park itself.

Along with the improvements to the house, the park has a new play area, sports courts, water fountains, pathways and more.

The council’s Urban Design and Building Services team will receive a conservation award from the Civic Trust in March in recognition of the house’s restoration.

To find out more about Lightwoods House, go to the website, search Lightwoods House on Facebook and Twitter. For enquiries about events, call 0121 569 4740 or email lightwoods_house@sandwell.gov.uk

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