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HATHERLEIGH COMMUNITY ON TIME!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

March 20, 2006: It doesn’t seem that long ago that Staceys were clearing the site to start building the Community Centre. In fact it was December 2005. In my last article in The Pump I listed the various organisations and agencies who had given us the money to build the Centre. This means that by September this year the Centre will be finished, the multi-games area will be completed and the landscaping will also be complete. Inside the building eberything will be functional. The bleacher seating (pull out seating for 180) will be in place, sound systems installed, security fully functioning, electrics and heating up and running and all decoration inside and out completed. The Centre will be handed over to us by Staceys, who will have competed their remit. Noel Cartwright, whose work on behalf of the the Centre has been fantastic and who has largely been responsible for the position it is in today, is still approaching various organisations for additional funds for a variety of causes. However will still need to raise money for various things in the centre. We will need more furniture, as the tables and chairs in the Town Hall will need to be increased. Curtains will be needed for the windows; sports equipment for the multi use games area (MUGA!); equipment for the kitchen and all the extras needed to run the centre. Whenever one moves into a new home, as most of us have done at one time or another, it is always alarming to find all the extra things one has to purchase! We are therefore appealing locally to raise money to be able to deal with these extras. The Walruses very generously presented us with £2,500, but this is specifically for the Children’s Play Area. A handful of local people have already very generously contributed money to the Centre, for which we are very grateful. If local people, clubs or organisations would please like to give money to the Centre, it would be more than welcome, as it is much needed. Money can be given as Gift Aid, which means we can claim a tax rebate on it. Brian Abell (810478) as Treasurer holds the Gift Aid Forms and can fully explain their workings and advantages. Finally, in September we will have a Community Centre of which we can all be very proud. Michael Whiteley

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