New community hub for Stannington

Stannington First School Headteacher Helen Stokoe and Lord Ridley at the opening of the Stannington Community Room. Picture by Keith Taylor.
Stannington First School Headteacher Helen Stokoe and Lord Ridley at the opening of the Stannington Community Room. Picture by Keith Taylor.

A fantastic fund-raising drive has led to a new £60,000 hub for villagers.

Residents in Stannington have spent the last year working on a project to create a new community room.

A committee was set up in early 2014 to look at the financial and logistical challenges.

And after a village-wide campaign to raise funds, coupled with a £10,000 donation from The Banks Group and £5,000 from Lord Ridley, the facility has been built at Stannington First School.

It will be available to pupils, but will also provide extra capacity from the well-used Village Hall.

Already it is being used by scout and cub groups, and there are plans for it to host a variety of community functions, school events and lessons.

Project committee member Dave Hepton said: “We’re lucky to have a fantastic Village Hall in Stannington, but we felt that with it being so busy we needed some extra capacity for community events and organisations.

“The whole village backed the fund-raising drive from the off with great enthusiasm and dedication, and to see the community room in place is a fantastic reward for everyone’s hard work.”

Banks’ support came from the company’s Brenkley Lane Surface Mine Community Fund.

Environment and Community Director Mark Dowdall said: “This is a fantastic community project.”