Cam­paign gets a gar­den boost

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

VOL­UN­TEERS rolled up their sleeves to do their bit for the Poyn­ton Youth and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre cam­paign.

Bar­clays Bank pro­vided a team of 20 peo­ple who worked over two days to build a large raised bed, in­stall paths, a com­post fa­cil­ity and bench.

The bank also funded the ma­te­ri­als for the pro­ject.

The work was part of an on­go­ing cam­paign to save the build­ing, which is based in the his­toric vil­lage school and dates back to 1838.

It ur­gently needs £25,000 for re­pairs so it can re­main a func­tion­ing home to a range of groups, clubs, or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses to hold meet­ings and host events.

The new re­vamped out­door area will now be main­tained by Poyn­ton Men In Sheds, a pro­ject based at the cen­tre which gives older men a place to get to­gether and share and learn new skills.

Parish coun­cil­lor Ge­off King who is in­volved in the cam­paign, praised the vol­un­teers.

He said: “The work they have done is bril­liant. It has given our cam­paign a real boost.

“One of our old­est and best-loved build­ings was in des­per­ate need of help. Poyn­ton res­i­dents have re­sponded mag­nif­i­cently.”

Since launch­ing the cam­paign the team have re­moved a derelict build­ing at the rear which con­tained as­bestos; given the cen­tre an elec­tri­cal re­wire; a new mod­ern fire safety sys­tem; new gut­ter­ing and sof­fits; re­paired the bell tower and re-dec­o­rated the small hall.

The cam­paign was also given a boost with a char­ity con­cert at Poyn­ton Bri­tish Le­gion club on Ge­orge’s Road West, fea­tur­ing a per­for­mance from Desert Wind, an Amer­i­cana trio fea­tur­ing Poyn­ton’s Andy Liddi, and Rad­nor Band, led by Joe Beard, also a Poyn­ton res­i­dent, who is a for­mer mem­ber of the 1960s group The Pur­ple Gang.

The team are hop­ing to hold a re-open­ing event at the end of Oc­to­ber.

Coun­cil­lor King said: “There is still a lot to do but we have made a re­ally pos­i­tive start.”

Do­na­tions by cheque can be handed in at Mates DIY, at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre or posted to Poyn­ton Cen­tre Ap­peal, 107 Park Lane, Poyn­ton, SK12 1RB.

●● Vol­un­teers from Bar­clays Bank re­vamp­ing Poyn­ton Youth and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Inset: some of the im­prove­ments

●● St Ge­orge’s Singers are to per­form at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic

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