Com­mu­nity cen­tre re­opens but more to do to en­sure its fu­ture

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

FUNDRAIS­ING ef­forts have saved a his­toric build­ing in Poyn­ton.

Poyn­ton Youth and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was forced to close in May af­ter a health and safety con­cerns.

It needed ur­gent re­pairs to its bell tower, had dan­ger­ous electrics and sub­stan­dard fire safety.

A cam­paign was launched to res­cue the 180-year-old build­ing which was home to 16 com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing a ‘Men in Sheds’ group which was set up to tackle lone­li­ness.

Fundrais­ing events helped the com­mit­tee to raise £1,883 to sup­port es­sen­tial ren­o­va­tion work, a to­tal which was match funded by Equi­lib­rium As­set Man­age­ment.

Money raised by do­na­tions from res­i­dents and a grant ap­pli­ca­tion to Cheshire East Coun­cil also helped to pro­vide much-needed funds for the restora­tion work.

Deb­bie Jukes, part­ner at Equi­lib­rium, said: “It’s clear the cen­tre pro­vides a fan­tas­tic space for peo­ple to come to­gether and that al­low­ing it to fall into per­ma­nent dis­re­pair would have been a great loss for the com­mu­nity.

“We’re in a for­tu­nate po­si­tion where we are able to give back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity through the Equi­lib­rium Foun­da­tion.

“It’s some­thing we take great pride in, so it was a plea­sure to be able to make a do­na­tion to the team making such a huge ef­fort to en­sure that the com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to ben­e­fit from the cen­tre.”

Ge­off King, chair­man of Poyn­ton Youth and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre said more needs to be done, in­clud­ing a new roof and work on the ex­te­rior and in­te­rior, adding: “While we have re-opened, we still have a moun­tain to climb to en­sure the build­ing is se­cure for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

●● Al­most £2,000 has been raised to re­open Poyn­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre but much more work is needed to se­cure the build­ing’s con­tin­ued use

●● David Rut­ley and David Kitch­ing ready to ex­plore Poyn­ton’s her­itage

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