£27,000 lift boost to Parish Rooms’ community users

The new lift at St Annes Parish Rooms. Vicar Fr David Lyon (second left) with members of the Project Committee, from left: Craig Harris, Caroline Bird, Margaret Singleton, Josie Wilkinson.
The new lift at St Annes Parish Rooms. Vicar Fr David Lyon (second left) with members of the Project Committee, from left: Craig Harris, Caroline Bird, Margaret Singleton, Josie Wilkinson.
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A £27,000 fund-raising drive will comes to fruition when a lift at St Annes’ Parish Rooms is officially opened.

Tom Westall, the 90-year-old president of Fylde District Scouts, will perform the ceremony.

Fund-raising for the lift, which has been installed by Warden Construction of Kirkham, has been underway since the summer of 2011 and £10,000 of the cost has been covered by the lottery funding, with the West Lancashire Masons donating a further £3,000.

But the remainder has been generated by a variety of events, including a fashion show and a murder-mystery play along with a monthly market in church and Caroline Bird, chairman of the fund-raising committee, said:

“The lift will be a tremendous asset to the Parish Rooms, not only for the disabled but we also have a parent and toddler group and mums with prams will now be able to gain access to the the Hall upstairs.”

Vicar David Lyon added: “Caroline and the fund-raising team have done a brilliant job. The Parish Rooms are just over 100 years old, and we have more than 1,500 people using them every week.

“We expect the improved facilities will open the upper hall to a whole new group of users. This is just one of the ways in which our church seeks to enrich the life of the local community.”