SGCA 6th Birthday thanks partners and celebrates a harvest of great projects

Residents, families, staff and the community came together  to support the 6th birthday celebrations of Stanley Grange Community Association on Friday, 1 October 2021. VIP guests included residents and families, Cllr Barrie Yates, Chair of Lancashire County Council and Mohammed Valli from EG Foundation, with the team of Future Directions including Managing Director, Paula Braynion.

The occasion also marked the reopening of the community hall and kitchen which had been closed during lockdown. During that time, both the hall and kitchen have been transformed with generous support from

Oliver Ford Foundation
Boshier Hinton Foundation
Green Hall Foundation
Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
National Lottery Awards for All
National Lottery Community Foundation
Leeds Building Society Foundation 
Stanley Grange Families and Friends 

Other activities on the day included a scarecrow trail created in workshops with Action Factory Arts and a short harvest message and prayers led by Rev Hannah Boyd from Holy Trinity Church, Hoghton and All Saints Church, Higher Walton. Guests enjoyed a video recording of the children of St Joseph’s RC School, Brindle singing Happy Birthday.

In his speech, Acting Chair of SGCA, David Wilks thanked the funders of the new kitchen and the team of volunteers including Pat Bell and Marie Wilson. He paid tribute to the dedication and support of families, the community, local councillors and Future Direction for helping the fight to save Stanley Grange 6 years ago. David is pictured, centre with Lorraine Chapman-Linnett, Operational Network Manager (left) and Paula Braynion, Managing Director (right), from Future Directions.