Community centre’s £50k boost
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