A Zumba instructor is appealing for memories from the community of their time at a much-valued venue where she normally holds her classes. Maura Frith is making the appeal as part if a fund-raising drive to help pay towards the cost of repairing the roof of the Guild Hall in tape Street, Cheadle.
A Zumba instructor is appealing for memories from the community of their time at a much-valued venue where she normally holds her classes.
Maura Frith is making the appeal as part if a fund-raising drive to help pay towards the cost of repairing the roof of the Guild Hall in Tape Street, Cheadle.
Maura is asking people to take a look back in time to remember their times at the community run venue and also to donate towards the revamp initiative.
The team at the Guild Hall need £20,000 to complete the £100,000 project.
A total of £30,000 has been raised so far, which includes three grants from St Giles’ Church, Allchurches Trust Ltd and the Sir Harold Hood’s Charitable Trust; while the Hall Committee have also taken out a loan for £50,000, leaving £20,000 still to be raised.
Maura, who has many memories from over the years herself of the Guild Hall, said: “We need to realise a £20,000 deficit so that the Guild Hall can continue to serve our community.
“These photos are of myself and my two older sisters Anna and Michelle in our Tape Street garden.
“The black and white photo is of my dad Milo, centre of picture who looked after the hall alongside my mum for many years.
“It’s a very special place for me, lots of fantastic memories, playing in there as a child, going to discos and many functions through the years and then being able to host my classes there.
“It would be nice to have people’s memories of the place.
“My dad passed in 2012 and we have just lost our mum a month ago. They both would passionately be fundraising for this.”
Maura added: “Fundraising this year has been difficult, I just love a ‘dress up’ fundraiser but we’ve been unable to do anything.
“In the first lockdown, my supporters were immense, donating to North Staffs Mind with a little dress up challenge.
“This time it’s different – I need to save ‘my home’ – the Guild Hall.
“The roof needed to be replaced as it is a very old building and would not have survived another winter.
“Work has now started during the second lockdown, enabling it to reopen in 2021, but it leaves us with a huge £20,000 debt.
“The hall has had no income due to the pandemic, so we need help.
“The Guild Hall means so much more to me than a base for my classes.
“It’s where I grew up. We lived in the house next door and my mum and dad looked after it for many years, my dad being the caretaker.
“As children we played in there, it was a fabulous playground. This hall is a massive link to my parents, who loved this hall so much.
“The Guild Hall, with its unique, spectacular, sprung dance floor has been used for many functions over the years, dinner dances, weddings, football presentations – the Stoke City players even bought the league Cup to the Guild Hall in 1972.
“Today it is used by the U3A, the Food bank, Slimming World, ballroom dancing classes, evening functions and of course, Zumba.
“I know that times are hard at the moment but if people can help in any way, I for one, would be eternally grateful.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the Guild Hall Roof project can do so by contacting Treasurer Peter on 07971 643478, or donations can be made via the venue’s website at www.stgilescheadle.org.uk/guild-hall.
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