A CHURCH community is fund-raising to make sure its parish hall stays open.
Although the social facilities at Twelve Apostles Roman Catholic Church, in Leigh, are not in danger of closing any time soon, committee members are trying to generate funds to make it self-financing so it will remain open.
The parish centre’s bar shut in May, cutting its main source of income and John Thompson, 58, who volunteers on the fund-raising committee, said: “People think that since the bar closed we are shutting down, but that is not the case.
“The parish hall will not close imminently but if we don’t make it self-financing, it may have to close eventually.
“A lot of groups use the hall, such as youth groups, Brownies, Guides, Scouts, morris dancing and it would be a shame to close.
“But now we have no bar, we are unable to use it as a function room. We can bring a bar in, but people would have to pay for that extra.
“Luckily, we don’t have to pay rent as the building belongs to the church and volunteers help to run things, so we save money there.
“Once a month we will organise fund-raising events to generate additional funds for repairs.
“At the moment if anything major was to go wrong, we could not afford to pay for it.”
A strawberry fair was held over the summer and the next event is a hobby and craft fair on October 7, from 11am until 3pm.
A stall at £8 can be booked by sending a cheque payable to Twelve Apostles Church, posted to Twelve Apostles Parish Centre, Westleigh Lane, Leigh WN7 5NJ or £15 on the day.
Also payments can be made at the Centre, any Wednesday between 8 and 10.30pm or Thursday between 7pm and 9pm in the community room.
A small admission charge will apply for visitors.