LEZAYRE PARISH COMMISSIONERS CREATES WEEKLY WARM SPACE FOR NORTHERN COMMUNITY
Lezayre Parish Commissioners has received a grant of £600 from the Manx Lottery Trust to host a Wednesday social club for the northern community.
Following the success of a Monday social club operated by the Friends of St Stephen’s Church at the Sulby Community Hall, doors will also be opened each Wednesday from 2pm until 4pm for members of the community to gather, and keep warm during the winter.
Taking place at the Community Hall, the Wednesday social club will be free of charge and will consist of a range of activities including a book club and games such as Mahjong and cards, along with hot refreshments and biscuits.
The grant, which has been awarded from the Trust’s Community Warm Spaces Fund, will be used to cover the cost of venue hire, food, and drink.
Maureen Rimmer, Parish Clerk for Lezayre Parish Commissioners, said: ‘The Commissioners wanted to create a safe and warm space where local residents could come together to socialise, enjoy hot refreshments, and engage in social activities that promote overall wellbeing.
‘The well-established Monday social club attracts in excess of 30 people, so we are confident that the warm space offering will be well attended, particularly throughout the colder months. The costs to run the warm space are substantial and we couldn’t possibly have provided the service without the valuable support from Manx Lottery Trust, and of course the dedicated volunteers from the local church, who are kindly running the session on our behalf.’
Stephen Turner, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, said: ‘The social clubs and various events that Lezayre Parish Commissioners host are so important to many in the northern community, and they will support residents at a time when demand for warm spaces and community unity is very much needed.’
This grant is from the Manx Lottery Trust’s Community Warm Spaces Fund, which is funded by the Isle of Man Government. To find out more, head to: www.mlt.org.im/grant-programmes/