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What a Difference a Grant Makes


I can remember thinking some months back that wouldn’t it be lovely if we could turn round the years of decline that our Community Centre has suffered and begin to build something that residents (who really own the Centre) could be proud of and want to use.

Over the past 15 month the Community has rallied round and we managed to do some long overdue work on electrics, fire alarm system and other urgent work under Phase One of the programme. But the awarding of a near £50,000 grant from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund has really kick started Phase Two and I am pleased to say that that this part of the programme is well under way. 6 new large windows have been installed by Alexander Windows of Hazel Grove that have really made a difference to both the appearance of the building, the amount of natural light inside, the opportunity to have secure ventilation and improvements to insulation of the building.

Work is well underway with the complete refurbishment of the North Room and work continues apace to secure the roof and gable end brickwork which will give the building a strong and long term future for our community.

Commenting of the work, Geoff King, Chair of the Trustees said he was both extremely grateful to WREN because without their support this phase of the project would be impossible and excited that after months of hard work by the Trustees and others we can at last begin to see some tangible results.

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

Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for Cheshire, says: “It’s always nice to see our funding make a difference and the works completed on the centre to date look fantastic. We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to it benefitting young people and community groups across Poynton.”

Poynton Community Centre dates from 1838 and is Poynton’s oldest public building.  It is held in trust for the residents of Poynton and it is managed by a team of volunteer trustees.  It houses two assmbly halls and several classrooms/meeting rooms, all of which can be hired for community events, classes or private parties.