Community centre reopens but more to do to ensure its future
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