Com­mu­nity cen­tre’s £50k boost

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A PRO­JECT to breathe new life into Poyn­ton’s old­est pub­lic build­ing has been given a mas­sive fund­ing boost.

Poyn­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, which dates back to 1838, has been handed a £49,900 grant from fund­ing body WREN.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Fund, will be used to carry out re­pairs to the roof and gable end of the main hall and to re­place the boarded-up win­dows of the build­ing on Park Lane.

The work is the se­cond phase of the cen­tre’s restora­tion and re­fur­bish­ment pro­ject which was launched last year.

Ge­off King, chair­man of Poyn­ton Youth and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, said the im­prove­ments will make a huge dif­fer­ence to the lives of peo­ple liv­ing in the area.

He said: “This pro­ject will pro­vide a real boost to the peo­ple of Poyn­ton.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to com­plet­ing the build­ing work, which will en­sure that the build­ing re­mains avail­able to Poyn­ton’s res­i­dents well into the fu­ture.

“We are aim­ing to com­plete all the work be­fore next win­ter.”

WREN is a not-for­profit busi­ness that awards grants for com­mu­nity, bio­di­ver­sity and her­itage projects from funds do­nated by FCC En­vi­ron­ment through the Land­fill Com­mu­ni­ties Fund.

Richard Smith, grant man­ager for Cheshire, said: “We’re de­lighted to be sup­port­ing the Poyn­ton Youth and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre pro­ject and pleased our fund­ing will pro­vide such a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity for chil­dren and young fam­i­lies across Poyn­ton.

“WREN is al­ways happy to con­sider grant ap­pli­ca­tions for projects that make a dif­fer­ence to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

●● Staff from Speedy Dox are among those rais­ing funds for Ol­lie’s Army to help brother and sis­ter Ol­lie and Amelia Car­roll

●● A grant has been awarded to com­plete the restora­tion of Poyn­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

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