Trawden race night held as villagers take over community centre

RACE NIGHT: Residents pull together to enjoy a race night at Trawden Forest Community Centre (S)
RACE NIGHT: Residents pull together to enjoy a race night at Trawden Forest Community Centre (S)

Villagers who fought to save a community hub from closure have galloped into action to begin their fund-raising efforts.

Last week, Pendle Council officially handed over Trawden Forest Community Centre to a new management committee, who formed in April to prevent the facility from shutting its doors.

It had faced being given the axe at the end of June as part of a council cost-saving exercise.

To mark the occasion and to get some money in the pot for the centre’s running costs, a race night was held over the weekend at the Church Street site.

Organised by the committee’s vice-chairman Steve Smart and his wife Sandra, the event was attended by around 80 residents and raised approximately £1,200.

Mr Smart said: “It was spectacular, and went far better than expected.

“Everybody really got into the swing of it, with the ladies wearing hats and the fellas wearing their suits - it was really good.

“I think we are going to aim to hold four to five events a year.”

With bets being taken by Mr Smart and Denise Caffrey, there was also a bar set up by John Bowes and a pie and peas supper organised by Mrs Smart.

Organisers would like to thank everybody who helped make the event a success, and have said they are now feeling optimistic about their take-over of the community centre.

Chairman of the committee Steve Wilcock said: “Everybody is feeling really positive, especially after Saturday night.

“We started with a zero bank balance, so initially money raised is being put towards running costs. Pendle Council has granted us £2,000, and the town council have given us a small grant of £500, Eventually we will start looking at refurbishment.

“It was an ultimatum we were faced with, as it was going to close at the end of June. There was a lot of enthusiasm and Pendle Council gave us until the end of September.

“Through the power of social media and gossip around the village, a meeting was called on the day of the announcement and 100 people turned up. We are all really pleased with how people have pulled together.”

To show your interest in volunteering a few hours of your time to Trawden Forest Community Centre, or to make a booking email amanda.cunningham@trawdenforest.com

Alternatively ring Amanda on 863463 or 07762912806.