Historic Burnley hall given £300,000 revamp

The Mayor and Mayoress of Burlney along with others at the re-opening of the Canalside Community Association ofices.'Photo Ben Parsons
The Mayor and Mayoress of Burlney along with others at the re-opening of the Canalside Community Association ofices.'Photo Ben Parsons

ONE of Burnley’s most historic buildings has been given a revamp – as the home of a community group.

Canalside Community Association sought funding from a variety of sources to transform the former Ancient Order of the Foresters hall, in Lindsay Street. Around £300,000 was spent on the Grade II listed building, which Mayor of Burnley Coun. David Heginbotham officially reopened.

Canalside chairman Mrs Brenda Rochester said: “It has been a long time coming, but that’s to be expected when dealing with such an old building. We are really pleased with our new home, it is lovely, and easier for everyone to access. We have new toilets and disabled access, and the bottom room has been divided. The upstairs hall has been renamed Foresters Hall, in a nod to its past.”

Funding came from Heritage Lottery, the Tudor Trust, Lancashire Environment Fund, the Duchy of Lancaster, landfill tax trust WREN, Accent Housing and from Burnley councillors’ ward funds.

Ward Coun. Gary Frayling said: “The building looks fantastic and I’m really pleased for everybody that uses the centre. It is now a great local facility.”