Millom judo and railway clubs may be floored by building sale
Last updated at 16:26, Monday, 19 August 2013
DISABLED people and youngsters could be left with nowhere to practice their hobbies after a decision to sell off a Millom church building.
The Diocese of Carlisle, which owns St George’s Hall on Lapstone Road, has written to Millom Railway and Scale Modellers Club and Millom Mackwai Judo Club giving them three months’ notice to vacate the premises.
The building has fallen into disrepair over recent years and last month a gable-end wall collapsed.
Peter Chesher, 48, from Haverigg, chairman of the modelling club said: “A lot of our members are elderly and I am registered disabled, and this club is a lifeline for us. The church has been really good with us over the past few years but there is no funding to repair the building.”
Mr Chesher, who earned an MBE in 2010 for his community work, suffers from constant pain caused by a car accident, and says he will eventually be confined to a wheelchair.
“It keeps you busy and you need that. I’m dreading what we will do if we can’t find new premises.”
The club also hosts the Biennial Model Railway Exhibition, a show attended by model enthusiasts across the region.
Mr Chesher said: “It would be a great shame if the town was to lose yet another club which has gained such a good reputation in the north-west.”
The club’s youngest member, 15-year-old Rowan Dust-Ambler, said: “I have been coming here since 2006, and I have loved trains since I was two. I will be really disappointed if it has to fold.”
The judo club also has around 50 young members.
Bill Pennington, president of the club said: “If we can’t find anywhere we are just going to have to fold.”
A spokesman from the Diocese of Carlisle said: “We can confirm that preliminary moves have been made to look into the sale of St George’s Hall in Millom.
“The PCC, locally, has written to both bodies informing them of the intention to sell on the hall.”
If anyone knows of any suitable premises for the modellers please call Mr Chesher on 01229 774930
First published at 16:24, Monday, 19 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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