Bike ride brings in the cash

Cyclists set off from Greetland Community Centre
Cyclists set off from Greetland Community Centre

A family bike ride is expected to have raised £500 towards Greetland Community Centre’s extension fund.

Young and old set off from the centre on two routes - one covering more than 30 miles and the other 10 miles.

Centre chairman Phil Beverley said the longer route covered Sowerby Bridge, Triangle, Ripponden, Denshaw, Delf, Marsden Moor, Scapegoat Hill and Outlane.

The shorter route returned via Ripponden Bank.

“Afterwards we went back to the centre for live music from `My Brother Jake` which was well attended,” said Mr Beverley.

Funding is ongoing for the extension and the base is down and the next stage will involve building the shell.

“We are trying to raise the money before we do phases of the work,” said Mr Beverley.

The extension will provide the centre with a function room.

Scores of sportsmen and women use the centre but presentation nights have to be held at other venues due to the lack of accommodation.

“Everyone, and the centre, will benefit once it is built,” said Mr Beverley.

It is likely to cost £15,000 to put the shell up and then more money is needed to equip the inside.

The money has to be raised by the centre as its attempt at attracting grant aid have drawn blanks.

“We have a lot of pledges but we are not at that stage yet,” said Mr Beverley.

“There is no deadline and our fundraising efforts all help. A race night three weeks ago raised £750 and we are chipping away at what we need.

“We will get there eventually and we appreciate all the help we are getting.”

The intention is to now make the bike ride an annual event on the first Sunday in August.