Hub gets welcome boost as it stays

CARRBROOK’S Community Hub has received a welcome funding boost from the owners of Buckton Vale Quarry.

And it has been told it is here to stay – as long as people want to run it – after passing its initial trial with flying colours.

Diane Shepley-Newton, Roy Taylor of Buckton Vale Quarry and Cllr Jan Jackson at Carrbrook Community Hub

Roy Taylor, from quarry owners W Maher and Son, presented the money, which will go towards Christmas parties for both adult and junior users, and heard about the work the Hub, based on the corner of Broadbent Close and Crowswood Drive, does for the community.

He also hinted there is a chance they could get involved with more projects after being impressed at the work done.

Maher’s £100 donation follows a similar handout from businessman Mick Cassanelli, who grew up yards from the Hub’s location.

That boost will go towards new materials for the popular kids’ craft club that sees dozens of children take part.

Carrbrook Community Hub agreed the adults Christmas party will take place on Friday, December 6 from 4pm until 7pm and the children’s one on Saturday, December 7 from 2pm until 4pm.

It is also organising a trip out for members in November that will see users head to Notcutts Garden Centre in Ashton before enjoying a carvery lunch at the nearby Ash Tree Farm pub.

And the efforts of its committee in bringing new life to the building which used to be the Carrbrook Co-op offices have been recognised in that owners Mosscare St Vincent’s have given them the go ahead to stay.

However, it was warned it is now up to them to make sure it thrives and succeeds.

Cath Coombe, from MSV, explained at a meeting of members: “We gave the space for nine months as there was a lot of talk at the time about it going back to being a two-bedroom flat.

“However, the community projects department fought for the right to put it back to the community and the Hub was given nine months to prove it was something that was needed.

“Now, as long as it has still got volunteers to help run it, there’s no reason I can see why it won’t ever be taken from the community.

“But if you haven’t got anybody to run it, MSV won’t put anyone in to run it.”

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