£200,000 needed to save historic Barlow community centre

Cllr Colin Rigby, treasurer of The Barlow, Edgworth, left, and Mike King, volunteer outside The Barlow

Cllr Colin Rigby, treasurer of The Barlow, Edgworth, left, and Mike King, volunteer outside The Barlow

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN ambitious fundraising scheme has been launched to save a historic building.

Volunteers running The Barlow in Edgworth hope villagers will pledge “less than the price of a pint a week” — £5 a month — to raise the £200,000 needed to renovate the crumbling 105-year-old community hub.

In order to safeguard the building for future generations the volunteers have started sending out 3,000 flyers to households in the village and beyond, inviting people to join a Friend of The Barlow scheme.

Money is needed for a range of improvements, crucially replacing clay tiled roofs which are currently leaking.

Organiser Mike King says the response so far has been encouraging.

He is hoping that working families with an affinity for The Barlow, but who don’t have time to volunteer to help out themselves, will be prepared to support it financially.

Mr King said: “It is less than a pint of beer a week.

“By making a donation they can make sure it is here for their kids and themselves in due course.”

Problems came to light following a inspection last year which revealed the flashings were failing and gutters had perished, allowing rain to get into the building.

Tenders are currently being sought from builders to renovate the five roofs and tower.

The planned repairs are part of scheme to update the building over the next five to seven years and ensure it remains useable by local people, who currently include a wide range of local groups from craft clubs to scouting organisations.

The volunteers are heartened by a recent survey which showed that local people put it top of list of facilities they want to keep and revealed it is the second most visited building in the area after the pubs.

Mr King added: “Most people say we should do everything we can to preserve it.

“The positive feedback we are getting suggests we will succeed.”

Anyone who wants to become a Friend of the Barlow or wants to volunteer can ring 01204 852216 or visit thebarlow.co.uk.

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10:09am Wed 27 Aug 14

Terry McC says...

Sorry council are skint can only do bus stations nobody wants and town hall nobody wants now if you were a minority group who knew a few people on the council maybe but no so sorry
Sorry council are skint can only do bus stations nobody wants and town hall nobody wants now if you were a minority group who knew a few people on the council maybe but no so sorry Terry McC
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10:23am Wed 27 Aug 14

LoveBolton says...

the big dog wrote:
If you tell them it's a mosque the council will pay for it.
You just a muppet. Council dont pay for building mosques. The muslim community pay for them with there own money. Come on all you BN heritage lovers here's your chance to make a difference and save british heritage. Instead of making silly comments and blaming everyone else and the council do something positive and put your money where your mouth is. Why make them wait 5 to 7 years to complete works when clearly with so many people who want save buildings this project can be completed in a year or less.
[quote][p][bold]the big dog[/bold] wrote: If you tell them it's a mosque the council will pay for it.[/p][/quote]You just a muppet. Council dont pay for building mosques. The muslim community pay for them with there own money. Come on all you BN heritage lovers here's your chance to make a difference and save british heritage. Instead of making silly comments and blaming everyone else and the council do something positive and put your money where your mouth is. Why make them wait 5 to 7 years to complete works when clearly with so many people who want save buildings this project can be completed in a year or less. LoveBolton
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9:05pm Wed 27 Aug 14

renewablejohn says...

Why should the residents of Edgworth have to subsidise the incompetence of Blackburn Council in failing to properly maintain the Barlow for decades and yet have profited from the development of the Crowthorn estate.
Why should the residents of Edgworth have to subsidise the incompetence of Blackburn Council in failing to properly maintain the Barlow for decades and yet have profited from the development of the Crowthorn estate. renewablejohn
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