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Lancashire Life - - INTERVIEW - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: Kirsty Thomp­son

Poul­ton peo­ple came to­gether to give an his­toric church hall a ma­jor over­haul, as STEPHEN SPENCER re­ports

Built in 1925 in the Arts and Crafts style, Poul­ton’s St Chad’s Church Hall is right in the heart of the con­ser­va­tion area. Bounded by a longestab­lished ten­nis club and the man­i­cured green­ery of Vicarage Park, it’s hard to imag­ine a more time­less piece of Poul­ton-le-fylde.

But the building looked doomed in 2013. A damn­ing sur­veyor’s re­port listed ma­jor

struc­tural prob­lems and St Chad’s church coun­cil mem­bers felt un­able to meet the re­pair costs. The cracks were truly be­gin­ning to show and de­mo­li­tion was on the cards.

Fast for­ward to July 2018 and a re-in­vig­o­rated, re-chris­tened ‘VPCC Com­mu­nity Hall’ is bounc­ing to a trop­i­cal beach party. Poul­ton Peo­ple’s Choir is cel­e­brat­ing another successful mu­si­cal year, re­freshed by rum punch and lo­cal ‘Rock Solid’ craft ale. Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor

Tony Brindle-wills is singing the praises of the ‘fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity re­source’; a far cry from the som­bre, tee­to­tal early days when the hall was first opened by Dr Wil­liam Temple, Bishop of Manch­ester, on Ar­mistice Day, 1925.

In Fe­bru­ary of that year, mem­bers of St Chad’s Church had formed a com­mit­tee of

ABOVE: Mem­bers of Vicarage Park Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

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