Colne Valley Lodge managed to gain a Minor Grant for The Peter Brook Centre.
Peter Brook was a teacher at Colne Valley High School who died whilst climbing in the Alps in the early 70’s. Colne Valley High School then purchased a cottage in North Wales in 1974 through the fundraising efforts of pupils, staff and the people of the Colne Valley to commemorate Peter Brook. Within a year the lovely cottage was up and running allowing the school to take groups of children to North Wales. The cottage is situated close to the Snowdonia National Park.
Over recent years the centre has suffered a lack of use and lack of funding to remain viable. The Peter Brook Centre was owned in trust for the benefit of pupils of the school and young people of the Colne Valley. Sadly the original Trustees had to shut down the centre 3 years ago due to Health and Safety issues and unfortunately had no will to raise the money to refurbish or run the centre.
Then four ex teachers of Colne Valley High School formed the Friends of The Peter Brook Centre and became trustees for the centre on 23rd March 2018 and are now started the renovation process. They needed to raise a minimum of £20,000 pounds for the repairs, but the goodwill of ex pupils, staff and parents means that most of the labour will be given freely.
Many of the ex-pupils who have their own construction companies or are local tradesman with the skills to help in the refurbishment.
The minor grant gained by the Colne Valley Lodge of £500 pounds was going to assist in the upgrade of the kitchen.
The photo shows W. B Geoff Haigh (oldest member of Colne Valley Lodge) presenting the cheque to Paul Webley (secretary of the friends of the The Peter Brook Centre), the other people to the outside are Andrew Coulson (Charity Steward of Colne Valley Lodge) and Alan Marchington (Treasurer of the Friends of The Peter Brook Centre).