Com­mu­nity cen­tre cam­paign gets £900 boost from ceilidh

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

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

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