You may be aware that we have grand plans to renovate and extend Penistone Leisure Centre to make it accessible and useful to everyone! We’ve been busy drawing up plans for a new and wonderful Leisure Centre, and applying for funding from various grant providers to make this dream a reality.
We were delighted to receive funding from Blackstone Edge Community Wind Farm Fund to make repairs to our old and leaking pitched roof, to re-roof a flat roof at the back of the centre, to install new A-Rated Windows in the front of the building, and to install LED lighting in the main hall. It felt GREAT to see the scaffolding going up, and work beginning on this first stage of works.
The scaffolding went up, but yesterday we were dealt the blow that the damage to the roof is MUCH worse than expected and than we had been quoted to repair. In the centre of the pitched roof, there is a massive roof-light. Nearly all the glass panels in this roof-light are cracked or broken and the wooden frame that holds the glass is badly decayed and fragile. This repair is vital and urgent to safeguard the centre, and prevent further damage to the floor in the hall. We have been quoted £7,080 to make the roof safe and watertight, and now URGENTLY need to raise this amount, as it isn’t covered by the grant.
We had been planning on launching ‘Penistone Leisure Centre’s Big Build Fund’ soon, with the aim to raise around £50k overall. But as it turns out, ‘soon’ isn’t soon enough! We are heading towards a critical cash flow problem, so without help from the community, the project could stall, or worse- go under! As you can appreciate, this would be utterly heartbreaking for the many volunteers and centre users who have put their time and effort into the Leisure Centre for the last 7 years. This is just the start of the fundraising…
Perhaps you remember coming here as a child? Perhaps you bring your children here now? Can you imagine a Penistone without ‘the drill hall’? We can’t!
Please support us in providing sports facilities for everyone, and a community place for Penistone. Please consider donating what you can afford (ANY amount is appreciated!) to help us through this problem, and towards our end goal!
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If you would prefer to donate to us directly (or even monthly to help us in the longer term), please email us for our bank details!