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Fears over future of hall

Vice chairman of Carleton Community Association, Tom Burrows (left) and chairman Peter Munro in front of the Carleton Memorial Hall.

Vice chairman of Carleton Community Association, Tom Burrows (left) and chairman Peter Munro in front of the Carleton Memorial Hall.

A group of stalwart volunteers today warned a village hall could be closed down for good unless new blood is found to run it.

Members of Carleton Community Association (CCA) say Carleton Memorial Hall, which hosts around a dozen different community groups each week, is in danger of shutting its doors in March unless people come forward to help take on responsibility for its day-to-day upkeep.

Now, a public meeting is being held on Friday at the 70-year-old hall to raise awareness of the problem in the hope it will encourage willing volunteers to come forward.

Peter Munro, CCA chairman, said current committee members need help to keep the facility going.

“We’re all getting into our 70s now and we’ve been trying for some time to get some more local interest and people to take it over,” he added.

“Various other avenues have been tried and we’ve written to all hirers most likely to be affected by the closure.

“We’re looking for volunteers from the community to keep it going.”

Around a dozen different groups use the hall on a weekly basis for about 20 different meetings and events.

Mr Munro says the hall has taken on an even greater significance as a community meeting place since the closure of St Chad’s Church Hall, in nearby Poulton.

St Chad’s closed in October after the Parochial Parish Council voted that it could not afford the £100,000 repair bill to keep the building running.

He added: “It’s more critical as far as Poulton’s concerned because of the situation at St Chad’s and there’s been a lot of talk about what’s possibly going to happen to that.

“If our hall were to shut for any reason too it wouldn’t be a good thing to happen.

“It’s a well-used hall and we’ve got funds, but it’s just the volunteers that are the problem.

“It’s something that would be missed.”

The meeting will be held on Friday at the hall, on Moorland Avenue, from 7.30pm.

All members of the public are invited to attend.

Anyone wanting further information should call Mr Munro on 07989 193657.

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