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Press Release – Restoration Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Poynton Youth & Community Centre Restoration.

Poynton says ‘ THANK YOU WREN’

Hello everyone and it gives me great pleasure to tell you that the WREN funded refurbishment of your Community Centre is complete.

With the support of WREN (FCC Community Action Fund) who awarded The Centre more than £49000.00, we have rebuilt 3 gable ends, refurbished the roof which in places dated back to 1838, replaced 5 windows, installed a new window above the bar and refurbished the 1838 timber window in the small hall, we have redecorated the main hall and refurbished the North Room. This work has ensured that the building is sound and provides a great platform to go forward to the next stage of the refurbishment.

To say thank you to the team at WREN seems an inadequate response but without their support the refurbishment would not have happened. Their support of community projects in the UK in invaluable to so many organisations and the Trustees at the Poynton Community Centre would like to place on record their sincere thanks for the support of the WREN team along with their patience in answering questions and offering advice throughout the project. Additionally, the support of John Albutt of PzVi Architects & Designers Limited of Poynton and Trevor Mottershaw, who is a local structural engineer, both of who gave their time and expertise freely, proved to be an invaluable resource and we offer them our sincere thanks. To our contactors, Cheshire Building Projects of Gawsworth, Bernard Tuke of Poynton, Alexander Windows of Hazel Grove and Ben Wheatley Decorating of Hyde we thank you for your contribution to this project.

Thanks also go to our user groups who have stayed with us throughout the work which has at times caused much in convenience.

Geoff King

Chairman of the Trustees.

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 assembly halls and several classrooms/meeting rooms, all of which can be hired for community events, classes or private parties.


Media information:

For further press information please contact Geoff King (pyccchairman@btinternet.com, 01625 876966)

Notes to editors:

  • Poynton Community Centre is a registered charity (number 520098). The management trustees are all volunteers and they administer the building on behalf of the residents of Poynton.  The building is home to numerous local groups including art classes, a music school, Men in Sheds, Poynton Ladies Jemmers Morris Dancing group, a choir, baby sensory sessions, little professors, tai chi, yoga, line dancing, bridge club, philately group and regular ceilidhs. In addition it is a regular venue for children’s birthday parties etc. Trials are underway to revive Poynton Folk Club, which made the Centre famous in the 1970s.  For more information please visit poyntoncommunitycentre.org.uk
  • WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, WREN has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site. For more information please visit wren.org.uk
  • FCC Environment is the leading UK waste and resource management company and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Its vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. It employs 2,400 people and operates more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales. FCC Environment donates the LCF tax credits that are generated by its operations to WREN, in order to add value to the environmental and social infrastructure of the communities around landfill sites. fccenvironment.co.uk
  • The Landfill Communities Fund – any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage the re-use, recycle and recovery of more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill. Landfill Operators (LOs) are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs). Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax