Donations needed for village rooms

Darrington reading rooms are undergoing a revamp but the committee is �6k short of finishing the building work. They are hoping businesses will come forward and donate the cash.
Darrington reading rooms are undergoing a revamp but the committee is �6k short of finishing the building work. They are hoping businesses will come forward and donate the cash.

Businesses are being urged to donate thousands of pounds to help refurbish a much-loved community facility.

Darrington Reading Rooms have undergone a major restoration project thanks to a £50,000 grant and community donations.

But the committee now needs a further £6,000 to help finish the project.

Michael Britton, parish council chairman, said: “We are about £6,000 short of completing phase one of the project. We have no real way of raising that money apart from organising events in the place itself.

“So if local businesses could make a donation we would be delighted by that.”

Last year a committee was organised to restore and improve the building after it fell into disrepair.

The group has so far made improvements to the roof, installed central heating and carried out re-wiring and plumbing works.

Steps leading to the door have been made more accessible but more money is needed to create a ramp on the other side of the building.

Mr Britton added: “The building is used by a lot of people but the steps made it very difficult for people who were unsteady on their feet to get in and out as they were very steep.

“We now hope the people who had stopped using the place because it was inaccessible will come back.”

WREN has donated £50,000 to the project and extra cash has been given by Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Police, Darrington Parochial Church Council and Darrington Parish Council.

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community, environmental and heritage projects. We’re delighted to support the Darrington restoration project and their valuable work.”