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Old 25-06-2012, 07:46   #46
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Re: Chaigley Manor Trust

I had one holiday there, My memories are of the freezing cold swimming pool, rubbing bread paper on the slide to make it faster( the wrappers used to be waxed!) sleeping in that room with all those other lads and the midnight feats of sweets you had bought in the tuck shop. I recall there was a snooker table but it took forever to wait for your turn to play. A lovely old house and great memories, shame its still not going.

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Old 23-08-2020, 09:53   #47
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Re: Chaigley Manor Trust

Originally Posted by gynn View Post
Further to previous questions about the future of Chaigley Trust, I spotted the following on the LET website:-

MAJOR changes have been announced by a Hyndburn charity which now plans to spend its legacy providing mountain biking and archery activites for children.
The Chaigley Manor Trust came under fire earlier this year over the spending of a 625,000 fund left for children in the borough.
The trustees have now changed the name of the charity to To Inspire, severing links to Chaigley Manor, which was a grand house in the Ribble Valley owned by the people of Hyndburn and used as a holiday home for deprived youngsters of the borough.
Trustee Nicole Cook said the new charity is days away from signing a deal to take over the lease at the Stephen Park Training and Activity Complex in Gisburn Forest and it should be open early in the New Year.
Officials said the project would see facilities for children including mountain bike tracks, archery, woodcraft workshops and den building available.
Mrs Cook said: We had hoped that it would be up and running by now but there have been some delays.
It will primarily be for the children of Hyndburn and will be free for those who cannot afford to go away on holidays.
We also want to involve the schools in the borough.
The lease will cost an initial 100,000 for the site, which is currently being managed by Knowsley CVS. The group will continue to work alongside To Inspire, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley CVS and the Forestry Commission to develop various projects for children.
She said residential facilities for 35 people would be available at the site and at least eight jobs will be created. There will also be facilities for day visitors.
Mrs Cook added: It will operate in a very similar way to Chaigley Manor and Im sure it will be popular.
It will get children out of the towns and into the countryside having fun but also learning about nature. As soon as we sign the lease we will begin to take bookings.
Chaigley Manor was sold in 2001 for 625,000 in 2001 and the fund was put into the care of the Chaigley Manor Trust.
A ruling was made that the interest - around 25,000 per year - should be spent on worthy causes annually.

I like the idea - Hyndburn kids have missed out since Chaigley Manor closed.
None of this ever happened!
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