Campaign gets a garden boost
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