Fundraisers come together in bid to save historic hall

Members of Vicarage Park Community Centre at the cake stall raising funds to help resore St Chad's Church Hall.

Members of Vicarage Park Community Centre at the cake stall raising funds to help resore St Chad's Church Hall.

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Hundreds of people rallied to support a group that has set out to save an historic Poulton building.

Around 500 people turned up to the town’s Vicarage Park on Bank Holiday Monday as efforts to re-open the dilapidated St Chad’s Church Hall reached a major milestone.

Amelia Sumner, three, enjoys an ice cream at the Vicarage Park Community Centre fund-raising day.

Amelia Sumner, three, enjoys an ice cream at the Vicarage Park Community Centre fund-raising day.

Vicarage Park Community Centre held the fund-raising event to mark the end of months of work behind the scenes as they finally got the keys to the building, which first opened 90 years ago.

The group, which became a registered charity last year, hopes to raise the cash to repair the hall and bring it back into use after it closed in 2013.

Trustee Chris Gannon said: “Throughout the day there were probably more than 500 people that came through the gate – it was fantastic.

“Everyone remarked how much they enjoyed it. It was a very relaxing day.”

Singleton Cloggers entertain the visitors at the Vicarage Park Community Centre fund-raising day held to celebrate the signing pf the lease for St Chad's Church Hall.

Singleton Cloggers entertain the visitors at the Vicarage Park Community Centre fund-raising day held to celebrate the signing pf the lease for St Chad's Church Hall.

And a special commemorative beer, brewed for the occasion, proved popular, as both barrels sold out.

On the day, Mr Gannon offered people the chance to see inside the hall to learn more about its rich history and the group’s plans to restore it.

He added: “Everyone was very interested.”

He also thanked entertainer Syd Little for offering his time to support the event.

For more pictures from the event, see today’s Gazette.