Community centre campaign gets £900 boost from ceilidh
A CAMPAIGN to rescue a 180-year-old building has been given another big boost.
Poynton Youth and Community Centre was forced to close last year after health and safety concerns.
It prompted an urgent fundraising campaign to find the £25,000 need for repairs to the building, including the bell tower, as well as fund new electrics and fire safety.
The centre, which is based in the historic village school and dates back to 1838, was able to partially re-open but more cash is needed to get it full operational.
The latest financial boost came from Alison Hargreaves and Suzy Whitehead, who organised a charity ceilidh.
Featuring the Kellyoddy Ceilidh Band it raised a staggering £990 for the centre, which is home to 16 groups, clubs and organisations.
Forthcoming events which also support fundraising include a show by Monkey Harris, supported by up-andcoming band Cracked Vinyl at Poynton Civic Hall on February 5.
Geoff King, parish councillor and chairman of Poynton Youth and Community Centre, said: “Our sincere thanks go to Ali, Suzy and the band plus all those who supported the event, which really was a fabulous night.
“While we have re-opened, we still have a mountain to climb to ensure the building is secure for future generations.
“As many will know, we have submitted a bid to WREN which will, if successful, enable us to repair the gable end wall of the big hall and associated roof repairs and if any surplus remains we plan to replace six windows and refurbish the north room.
“We are expecting to hear if we were successful on March 2.
“The team are currently looking at ideas to improve and enhance the centre to provide a more modern environment for the future. This will form part of a five year plan.
“We are still searching for people to join the team here at the centre. Please let us know if you have an interest in ensuring that our oldest public building, held in trust for all the residents of Poynton, continues to be available for future generations.”
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.
To book call 01625 875555.
●● Poynton Community Centre chairman Geoff King with Suzy Whitehead