The launch of the restoration of the schools rooms took place last night, with over 60 guests in attendance. Canapes and mulled wine hit the spot on a cold winter night setting the tone for a convivial evening.
The proceedings were opened by Mr. Warren Marshall of the Greater Manchester Building Preservation Trust, who gave a warm welcome to everyone and an overview of the evening program. Our architects, Lisa Mcfarlane and Simon Green of Seven Architects gave a presentation explaining what was necessary in order to bring the schools rooms up to a modern standard for both commercial and community use. This will include the repair or replacement of 73 leaded windows.
Mrs. Christine Grime gave a presentation on the complimentary initiatives of the Townscape Heritage Initiative program over the last several years, showing community support for the THI project. Mr. Malcolm Allan the chairman of the THI board followed, with thanks especially to RMB, Conservation Officer Sue Oakley for all her hard work to complete the THI project. The THI board have had the responsibility for the £2 million lottery grant to improve the Edgar Wood property in the town centre.
The Mayor Councillor Ian Duckworth formally launched the appeal for sponsorship of the window repairs and gave his support.
Also in attendance was the Mayoress, Councillor June West chair of Middleton township, John Miller the Chief Exec of HTNW and representatives of Stone Edge the contractors.
A final thank you to Maureen Glynn, secretary of the Edgar Wood Society, for providing the mulled wine and helpers Elaine and Sharon.