Leaky roof soaks up grant support

The Area Training and Activity Centre (ATAC) in Widdrington Station has received a grant for roof repairs.'Pictured (L-R) Richard and Carolynn Lillico, from ATAC, with Banks Group Development Relations Co-ordinator Barry Grimes and Brenda Fordy-Scott of ATAC.
The Area Training and Activity Centre (ATAC) in Widdrington Station has received a grant for roof repairs.'Pictured (L-R) Richard and Carolynn Lillico, from ATAC, with Banks Group Development Relations Co-ordinator Barry Grimes and Brenda Fordy-Scott of ATAC.
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A RAINY day fund was in urgent need at a village community hub – and thanks to a regional mining company that’s just what turned up.

The Area Training and Activity Centre (ATAC) in Widdrington Station was facing a substantial bill after heavy rain revealed a leak in its flat roof.

But now users can look forward to years of winters in the warm and dry after the Banks Group provided a £9,000 grant to repair the damage.

The grant, which was awarded through the Banks Community Fund, has been used to employ local business Jar Roofing to repair the leak, with a 20-year guarantee on the work.

In addition, new wooden cladding has been fitted to spruce up the building’s appearance, and environmentally efficient lighting systems have been installed.

Extra funding for the improvements was provided by UK Coal, Warkworth and Amble Rotary Club, Jar Roofing, Infinis and Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith.

ATAC Management Committee Chairman Richard Lillico said: “Even back when we installed the felt roof we knew that it wouldn’t last forever, but when the full extent of the leak was revealed during a torrential rainstorm, we knew it would be a very costly undertaking to get things repaired.

“The funding we have received is absolutely invaluable, and it’s a huge boost in our ongoing efforts to build up better facilities at the centre so that more and more people from across our community will make use of what’s available to them. We’ve already had lots of positive comments from our current users.”

The centre offers youth and adult activities, advice and training, drop-in sessions, a film club, book and CD exchange, walking group and litter-pickers club, as well as hosting various events.

Groups interested in more information about the Banks Community Fund should call James Eaglesham on 0191 378 6342.