HIMLEY Hall Sailing Club has received a boost from Taylor Wimpey as it looks to rebuild after an arson attack.

The housebuilder has donated a new bench to replace the original seating space which, alongside the club's hut and decking, was destroyed in a fire in December 2023.

As well as replacing the bench, Taylor Wimpey has also funded a new commemorative plaque to replace the original sign which was dedicated to the memory of David and Mary Harris, two dedicated members of the sailing club.

Dudley News: Sailing on the lake at Himley ParkSailing on the lake at Himley Park (Image: Taylor Wimpey)

Alan Dean, club member and commodore at Himley Hall Sailing Club, said: “We were delighted when Taylor Wimpey approached us to help with our rebuild.

"It’s been a tough few months after being forced to start from near enough scratch, but their contribution has enabled us to take one step closer to reopening the hut again for our members.

Dudley News: Members at Himley Hall Sailing Club try out the new bench courtesy of Taylor WimpeyMembers at Himley Hall Sailing Club try out the new bench courtesy of Taylor Wimpey (Image: Taylor Wimpey)

"On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to thank them for their kind support.”

Sarah Pasco, interim sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey North Midlands which is building new homes at waterside Titan Wharf in Stourbridge, said: “Himley Hall Sailing Club is a pillar of the local Dudley and Stourbridge communities and the group has shown great determination to reconstruct itself following real adversity.

"We’re delighted to see the rebuild underway and are all too happy to have contributed.”