Result for Brunswick Club Funding

Greg Hands MP for Chelsea and Fulham reporting back

Greg Hands MP at the Brunswick Club, where he has been a Trustee for over 20 years
Greg Hands MP at the Brunswick Club, where he has been a Trustee for over 20 years

September 18, 2023

Dear Resident,

I hope you all had wonderful summer and have enjoyed the recent spell of warm weather.

After a busy summer recess, it was great to return to Parliament this month and I look forward to the session ahead.

I am writing to you with an important update on the Brunswick Club for Young People. I am delighted to announce that the funding for the Brunswick Club has been officially confirmed - this is a fantastic result!

On 4 September, the Cabinet of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (LBHF) officially agreed to re-instate the funding for this popular youth club in Fulham.

As many of you will be aware, earlier this year, Labour-run Hammersmith & Fulham Council abruptly cut the club’s funding. The loss of the Council’s financial support for the Brunswick Club’s youth provision for 11 to 19 year-olds would have affected the 100 to 150 young people who attend the senior youth club sessions each week.

The Brunswick Club plays a vital role in the community, and with a membership of over 1,000 young people, it is the most populated youth club in the borough. The Club offers a range of brilliant activities for young people, from chess to football, with the aim of providing a safe environment where young people can develop their physical, creative, mental, and social skills through leisure time activities.

The Club also has a long and storied history. It was founded in 1949 by former British prisoners of war who were held in Brunswick, Germany during the Second World War. The strong traditions and values of the Club continue to thrive this day. Families across generations have been members, and I am proud to have served as Trustee of the club for over 20 years.

With local Conservative Councillors, I have campaigned to have this vital funding re-instated and urged residents to sign my petition, calling on the Labour-run London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Council to reinstate funding for the 11 to 19-year-olds provision at the Brunswick Club in Fulham.

This has kept the pressure on the LBHF Council. 2837 residents signed my petition and the Council have listened to this local protest, and officially re-instated the funding!

It is great news for our community that the youth club can continue to offer its provision for local young people.

I would like to thank all the residents who took the time to sign my petition, as well as Fulham Councillor Jose Afonso and the other Opposition Conservative Councillors of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham for their tireless work on this issue.

Together we have achieved a great result!

Many thanks for all your support.

Best wishes,

Greg Hands

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The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham

You can follow Greg on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for @GregHands


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