Joy as popular Pendle Heritage Centre set to reopen
Centre manager Angela White said: “With so many people wanting to be outside with their families and social bubbles, we decided to begin with a limited takeaway service of picnic bags, sandwiches, snacks, sweets, drinks and ice creams.
“We’ll be open, in the first instance, from 11am until 3pm and we ask that if you want to order a picnic bag – an absolute bargain at £6.95 – that it is ordered in advance, via Facebook Messenger, or e-mail: [email protected].
"We really hope the sun shines on us, so we can all enjoy a wonderful summer, after what has been a worrying period for us all.”
The Heritage Centre, a local charity that receives no public money in terms of support, has been badly hit by the coronavirus crisis.
All its events were cancelled or postponed at a stroke when Lockdown began and the team believes that its turnover could be halved.
Angela continued: “We hope we can make up lost ground this summer, because we maintain some great Listed buildings locally, run a museum and an archive of artefacts, as well as having all the usual concerns, like ensuring we can maintain jobs
“We plan to re-open our tearoom for shortened hours, 11am until 3pm initially, and have spaced our tables out dramatically, but we will be offering lots of outside seating.
"Our museum and shop will open just at the weekends, 10.30am until 2-30pm, with booking via Facebook and e-mail as before.
“With all our outside space on the gateway to Barrowford Park, we offer something that no other venue in the village can match”, said Sarah Cockburn-Price, chairman of trustees, “and that’s space."
"We are also handily placed in a network of really lovely walks along our canal network and out to the surrounding countryside, so you could easily make a family day of it with a visit to us.”