Between ‘The Didsbury’ and ‘Ye Olde Cock’ pub, guarded by its stone eagle gate, lays the Parsonage, one of Didsbury’s oldest and much loved buildings. The Didsbury Parsonage Trust (born from the Didsbury Civic Society) is on a fundraising drive to raise a final £40,000 to turn the building which currently lies empty, into a thriving community hub for all to enjoy. You can find out more on March 10th when supporters of the trust will be outside the Co-operative supermarket on Didsbury high street. So do stop by and say hello.
The Parsonage was once an art gallery enjoyed by many in Manchester, but sadly closed in 1978. Now, the Parsonage Trust wants to bring this listed building back to life. By re-opening the building, a permanent meeting space for community groups of all ages will be created. From hosting art classes to a Zumba workout, the list for potential future use is endless! After a successful grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Trust is looking to raise the final £40,000 to complete a vital refurbishment programme.
Steve Parle, who’s heading up the scheme said “This is a fantastic, one-off opportunity to restore life to a much loved building. It will be a great community asset and we hope all the people of Didsbury can support us with this project and contribute to its success in any way they can."
A packed programme of fundraising events has been planned for March, including a night of live music and a family open day. You can find out when and where at the Parsonage Trust’s stall on March 10th. Before then you can visit didsburyparsonagetrust.org.uk, and follow fundraising progress through their Facebook and twitter pages. For a chat please contact Steve Parle on 0161 434 4682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.