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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