Group looks ahead to build on success

Cornholme Community Project's Mount Zion action group
Cornholme Community Project's Mount Zion action group

A COMMUNITY group is looking to the future after carrying out a diverse range of activities over the past 12 months.

Cornholme Community Project (CCP), a volunteer-led organisation, has delivered various activities and events to benefit people living in the villages of Cornholme and Portsmouth.

These include calendar competitions, community celebrations, graveyard preservation and playground transformations.

With monthly open meetings at The Staff of Life Pub, CCP heartily welcomes all and has successfully supported initiatives and individuals to make a difference in the area.

Over the last five years CCP has formalised its work, successfully raising thousands of pounds of funding for its projects as well as developing its profile and volunteer strength to put Cornholme on the map.

Earlier in the summer, CCP held its annual general meeting and it was with heavy hearts that chairwoman Rachel Johns, secretary Liz Hinchliffe and treasurer Barbara Smith stood down from their positions.

It was agreed by all in attendance that the departing management committee have served above and beyond the call of duty in recent years and enabled CCP to establish itself as a well-managed community initiative of which people could be proud.

Members thanked them for their time, skills and enthusiasm but also agreed that it is healthy for the roles of responsibility to pass on and for the group to move forward in new directions with renewed energy.

Rachel said: “I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that’s been involved in CCP over the last five years.

“We started out small with lots of ideas and dreams and I am overwhelmed when I think of what we’ve achieved.

“The need to find a new committee creates a wonderful opportunity for different people to get involved and share their skills or develop new ones.

“I look forward to what the future holds for the group.”

CCP would like to invite individuals who are interested in community work and the future of the group to a special voting meeting at Vale Baptist Church, Burnley Road, Cornholme, on Monday September 24 at 7.30pm.

The group warmly welcomes new members, curious passers-by, people from the Cliviger Valley or beyond.

Volunteer Sonya Moorhead said: “This is an opportunity to revitalise the group, plan for the coming year and present ideas.

“We are particularly keen to meet individuals who have an interest in the three management roles or are keen to nominate themselves to the new management committee.”

CCP will provide advice and training for new members as it embarks on this transitional period.

For more information, visit www.cornholme.org or email cornholmeproject@hotmail.co.uk