After being well used over the last 23 years, the Management Committee have decided that it is not economic to bring the hall up to the standard required to enable its annual licence, issued by Chorley Borough Council, to be renewed.
With a decision imminent in respect of major funding for a new building on the current site in Water Street, Brindle members of the Management Committee felt it was not worth spending money on something that may be pulled down in less than 8 weeks. With over £105,000 already raised or pledged, the hall was recently awarded a further £50,000 grant towards a new brick and slate building. With the cost of the new hall being £178,000 they are still some £23,000 short to enable building to start in October.
Meg Burford Chairman of Brindle Community Hall said “Quite simply we have to raise the amount by the end of July or lose the £50,000 grant. We are awaiting decisions in the next two weeks on the rest of the funding required, but we have no guarantees we will get it.” An urgent appeal has gone out to the local community to make up the shortfall and they have less than three weeks to raise the money or the hall closes for good. So far some £1,400 has come in from various sources, and hopes are high that the money will be raised.
Steve Williams, Chairman of Brindle Parish Council said “The hall is at a crucial stage. There has never been a greater opportunity for a new building to be built. It could be open in the Spring if everyone in the community makes a contribution, large or small.” He went on to say, “The hall is the focal point of the village and is the last remaining facility open to all, young and old, seven days a week. If it goes the same way as the shop and the Post Office we will have nothing left in the village. The Parish Council is monitoring the situation closely and will meet with the Management Committee before the end of the month, hopefully it will be good news by then.”
The Hall Management Committee is meeting on Tuesday evening (12th July) to finalise closure plans and get an up-date on fundraising. Meg Burford says “This is make or break time, not only for us but the whole community.” Further information can be obtained by calling Mrs. Burford on 01254 852944 or cheques made payable to ‘Brindle Community Hall’ can be sent to Mrs. J. Clough, 27 Smithy Close, Brindle, Chorley PR6 8NW.