Co-Op gets the community singing

In the spotlight: Phil Kendall, Chair of the Preservation Trust shows the new lighting equipment to Raj Modi from The Co-operative Area Committee. Photo contributed.
In the spotlight: Phil Kendall, Chair of the Preservation Trust shows the new lighting equipment to Raj Modi from The Co-operative Area Committee. Photo contributed.
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New Mills’ St James the Less Preservation Trust has received £1,500 from The Co-operative’s Community Fund.

The money will be used to install a lighting and sound system at the community arts centre, to help stage a variety of workshops, performances and exhibitions.

Sound check: Members of the St James the Less Preservation Trust sing along with their new sound equipment, courtesy of The Co-operative's Community Fund. Photo contributed.

Sound check: Members of the St James the Less Preservation Trust sing along with their new sound equipment, courtesy of The Co-operative's Community Fund. Photo contributed.

Phil Kendall, chair of the trust, said: “Over the past few years, the church has developed a second identity as an important community space with a programme of evening concerts, plays and recitals performed throughout the year.

“This generous grant from The Co-operative will make a big different to the many groups and organisations that use the space at St James’ as they now have technical equipment that will really help bring their performances to life.”

Raj Modi from The Co-operative Group’s Stockport and Macclesfield Area Membership Committee said: “There is around £200,000 available in this region, each year, from the Community Fund, and we welcome applications from local groups and projects for £100 to £2,000.”

For application forms visit www.co-operative.coop/communityfund