Edgworth community hub’s £200,000 repairs shocker

Blackburn Citizen: The leaking roof at the Barlow needs work urgently The leaking roof at the Barlow needs work urgently

A COMMUNITY hub is in need of urgent repairs costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The Barlow, in Bolton Road, Edgworth, needs around £200,000 for roof repairs over the next five years, a building survey has revealed.

However, trustees hope to temporarily secure the 108-year-old Edwardian building from leaks, with works costing £12,000.

And the fundraising pot will be boosted thanks to a charity auction tomorrow.

Trustee Colin Rigby said that despite the task ahead, they were confident they could secure the building with temporary work. He said: “There is a lot of fundraising to do over the next few years. However, raising about £12,000 will give us the breathing space to do the rest a bit later on.

“It is very much a centre of the community so I hope everyone will back us as we try to raise the funds we need.”

The building, which houses local history groups, bridge groups and other community activities, is open on a day-to-day basis with rooms for hire, community events and a Saturday library and café which is popular with locals and visitors.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council withdrew its funding due to cuts in 2011, handing it back to local community responsibility.

The running of the community centre has been headed up by volunteers who use room hire and events to cover operating costs.

Tomorrow’s grand charity auction will kick-start the fundraising with a guest appearance from entertainer ‘Henry VIII’.

Tickets cost £5 and include a glass of wine, cheese and nibbles plus one entry into a roof fund raffle.

For tickets or further details, contact Sandra on 01204 852103 or Diane on 01204 852032. Donations for the auction and raffle are also being accepted.

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11:05am Sat 15 Feb 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Maybe if blackburn council had paid rent for the office space it used for years the building and community could have paid for the repairs. Blackburn council sucks the life out of every business and community it's been involved in to use for ethnic minority projects in blackburn.
Maybe if blackburn council had paid rent for the office space it used for years the building and community could have paid for the repairs. Blackburn council sucks the life out of every business and community it's been involved in to use for ethnic minority projects in blackburn. Richard Pembrook

8:47pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Unhappycyclist says...

Blackburn with Darwen Council are not a charity, nor are they thick. They chose to divest themselves of a liability. Good business practice, and showing fiscal regard for their electorate.

If some naive local group choose to take this liability on without survey, having done their sums on their fingers, and counting up to twelve. It's on their heads. Caveat Emptor.

Richard Pembrook. Why, and to whom, would a council pay rent for office space in a building in their portfolio at the time?

also, please drop the racist "ethnic minority" comments. Mosque, madrassa or community centre, are projects that are taken on by committees with good business acumen who know how to make projects pay. Look to them for inspiration.

Just saying
Blackburn with Darwen Council are not a charity, nor are they thick. They chose to divest themselves of a liability. Good business practice, and showing fiscal regard for their electorate. If some naive local group choose to take this liability on without survey, having done their sums on their fingers, and counting up to twelve. It's on their heads. Caveat Emptor. Richard Pembrook. Why, and to whom, would a council pay rent for office space in a building in their portfolio at the time? also, please drop the racist "ethnic minority" comments. Mosque, madrassa or community centre, are projects that are taken on by committees with good business acumen who know how to make projects pay. Look to them for inspiration. Just saying Unhappycyclist

9:19pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Unhappycyclist says...

Having said that, Bridge clubs, local history societies and cheese and wine evenings tend not to bring in a large income.

Some suggestions:

Charge the above more subs/room hire.

Any government/EU grants available

Northern Soul Night?

£200,000 for a roof job? It's not Buckingham Palace, it's the Barlow. I don't think it's a listed building (I may be wrong!), so shop round for quotes.

Trying to be constructive now.
Having said that, Bridge clubs, local history societies and cheese and wine evenings tend not to bring in a large income. Some suggestions: Charge the above more subs/room hire. Any government/EU grants available Northern Soul Night? £200,000 for a roof job? It's not Buckingham Palace, it's the Barlow. I don't think it's a listed building (I may be wrong!), so shop round for quotes. Trying to be constructive now. Unhappycyclist

10:15am Fri 21 Feb 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Unhappycyclist wrote:
Blackburn with Darwen Council are not a charity, nor are they thick. They chose to divest themselves of a liability. Good business practice, and showing fiscal regard for their electorate.

If some naive local group choose to take this liability on without survey, having done their sums on their fingers, and counting up to twelve. It's on their heads. Caveat Emptor.

Richard Pembrook. Why, and to whom, would a council pay rent for office space in a building in their portfolio at the time?

also, please drop the racist "ethnic minority" comments. Mosque, madrassa or community centre, are projects that are taken on by committees with good business acumen who know how to make projects pay. Look to them for inspiration.

Just saying
Having been involved with this building over the past 20 years I know a thing or two about whats been going on in it & around it & what you said above is wrong. Blackburn council have no idea how to run anything, they abuse the trust in them.
[quote][p][bold]Unhappycyclist[/bold] wrote: Blackburn with Darwen Council are not a charity, nor are they thick. They chose to divest themselves of a liability. Good business practice, and showing fiscal regard for their electorate. If some naive local group choose to take this liability on without survey, having done their sums on their fingers, and counting up to twelve. It's on their heads. Caveat Emptor. Richard Pembrook. Why, and to whom, would a council pay rent for office space in a building in their portfolio at the time? also, please drop the racist "ethnic minority" comments. Mosque, madrassa or community centre, are projects that are taken on by committees with good business acumen who know how to make projects pay. Look to them for inspiration. Just saying[/p][/quote]Having been involved with this building over the past 20 years I know a thing or two about whats been going on in it & around it & what you said above is wrong. Blackburn council have no idea how to run anything, they abuse the trust in them. Richard Pembrook

10:15am Fri 21 Feb 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Unhappycyclist wrote:
Blackburn with Darwen Council are not a charity, nor are they thick. They chose to divest themselves of a liability. Good business practice, and showing fiscal regard for their electorate.

If some naive local group choose to take this liability on without survey, having done their sums on their fingers, and counting up to twelve. It's on their heads. Caveat Emptor.

Richard Pembrook. Why, and to whom, would a council pay rent for office space in a building in their portfolio at the time?

also, please drop the racist "ethnic minority" comments. Mosque, madrassa or community centre, are projects that are taken on by committees with good business acumen who know how to make projects pay. Look to them for inspiration.

Just saying
Having been involved with this building over the past 20 years I know a thing or two about whats been going on in it & around it & what you said above is wrong. Blackburn council have no idea how to run anything, they abuse the trust in them.
[quote][p][bold]Unhappycyclist[/bold] wrote: Blackburn with Darwen Council are not a charity, nor are they thick. They chose to divest themselves of a liability. Good business practice, and showing fiscal regard for their electorate. If some naive local group choose to take this liability on without survey, having done their sums on their fingers, and counting up to twelve. It's on their heads. Caveat Emptor. Richard Pembrook. Why, and to whom, would a council pay rent for office space in a building in their portfolio at the time? also, please drop the racist "ethnic minority" comments. Mosque, madrassa or community centre, are projects that are taken on by committees with good business acumen who know how to make projects pay. Look to them for inspiration. Just saying[/p][/quote]Having been involved with this building over the past 20 years I know a thing or two about whats been going on in it & around it & what you said above is wrong. Blackburn council have no idea how to run anything, they abuse the trust in them. Richard Pembrook

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