Edgworth's Barlow Institute to be handed to volunteers next month

Edgworth's Barlow Institute to be handed to volunteers next month

Edgworth's Barlow Institute to be handed to volunteers next month

First published in North Turton Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A DATE has been set for the handover of the Barlow Institute from Blackburn with Darwen Council to a committee of volunteers.

The historic community facility, in Bolton Road, Edgworth, was dealt a blow when the council announced it was to withdraw its annual funding of £42,000 and pull out all paid staff.

Now, the council has set the date of December 5 for its full handover of the building, after effectively removing staff yesterday.

But Coun Colin Rigby, who represents Edgworth, said the committee may not be prepared to accept the building in its current state.

He said: “I’ve handed a three-page list of defects with the building to the council.”

Coun Damian Talbot, executive member for leisure and culture, said: “We have received the list of issues and will work with the committee and endeavour to address them as soon as possible.

“The council is offering the same arrangement for taking over the Barlow Institute as other groups taking over community centres because we want to give everyone a fair deal.”

Coun Rigby said plans for the asset transfer were going well, but they could do with more volunteers.

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Coun Stephen Simpson, chairman of North Turton Parish Council, said the institute was vital to the community.

He said: “It’s the heart of our community, and it has been for 100 years. Without it, there’s very little social infrastructure in the village.

“The handover will be a traumatic time for us, with all the work that has to go into running the building.”

Anyone who can help should call Miss Dowle on 01204 852522.

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2:41pm Fri 18 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

FLSO
Vacancy (from Jobcentreplus)

Job No: BCK/43172
Employer Reference: BD122
SOC Code: 2319
Wage: £18453 TO £20859 PER ANNUM
Hours: 37
Location: BLACKBURN BB2
Duration: Permanent
Date posted: 18 November 2011
Closing date: 25 November 2011
Pension details: No details held
Description: Family Liaison and Support Officer for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities. The Bungalow, Beardwood Humanities College, Blackburn, BB2 7AD.Based in the Support for Ethnic Minority Achievement Service, this exciting and challenging post will seek to raise achievement of GRT children and disseminate successful strategies across the LA.You will support families, teachers and community participants in their efforts to assist GRT pupils in achieving educational excellence and bridge the gap between home, school and community.Applicatio
n forms are available from 01254 273816 between the office hours of 9am-5pm or via jobs@blackburn.gov.u
k. Enhanced CRB will be requested. Employer to meet costs.
How to apply
You can apply for this job by telephoning 01254 585606 and asking for Recruitment Line.
Employer
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
FLSO Vacancy (from Jobcentreplus)  Job No: BCK/43172 Employer Reference: BD122 SOC Code: 2319 Wage: £18453 TO £20859 PER ANNUM Hours: 37 Location: BLACKBURN BB2 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 18 November 2011 Closing date: 25 November 2011 Pension details: No details held Description: Family Liaison and Support Officer for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities. The Bungalow, Beardwood Humanities College, Blackburn, BB2 7AD.Based in the Support for Ethnic Minority Achievement Service, this exciting and challenging post will seek to raise achievement of GRT children and disseminate successful strategies across the LA.You will support families, teachers and community participants in their efforts to assist GRT pupils in achieving educational excellence and bridge the gap between home, school and community.Applicatio n forms are available from 01254 273816 between the office hours of 9am-5pm or via jobs@blackburn.gov.u k. Enhanced CRB will be requested. Employer to meet costs. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 01254 585606 and asking for Recruitment Line. Employer Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council happycyclist
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3:49pm Fri 18 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

The above post is to show that BwDBC are prepared to spend £20,000 on a 'community' that doesn't want to be part of the wider community and seems to cause nothing but trouble, yet doesn't seem to want to support the council tax-paying community of Edgworth.
The above post is to show that BwDBC are prepared to spend £20,000 on a 'community' that doesn't want to be part of the wider community and seems to cause nothing but trouble, yet doesn't seem to want to support the council tax-paying community of Edgworth. happycyclist
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