Fashion boost for community centre project

Thornley School
Thornley School

An interesting and highly entertaining evening was enjoyed by a full house at Ferrari’s Country House Hotel at the Thornley Community Space Fashion Show.

Those attending enjoyed a two-course meal prior to being entertained by Hilary Cookson and staff from 
Maureen Cookson’s ladieswear shop at Whalley with spring fashions and tales of Hilary’s experiences in the retail world.

More than £1,400 was raised towards the restoration of the former Thornley School and thanks go to all who helped support the evening, including the Sainsbury’s store at Longridge, So Plants at Spout Farm, Benedict’s Cafe Bar, Bistro 197 and G and E Robinson.

Fundraising by Thornley Community Space to turn the derelict former school into a community centre started last year and the 
total now stands at just over £50,000 after successful grant applications and fundraising.

The sponsor-a-slate campaign is proving very successful, with slates being purchased in memory of loved ones, and all supporters of the scheme will be recorded and logged in a commemorative book for future generations.

The first phase will be to restore the original fabric of the building, including a permanent fix to the roof, new windows, insulation, structural repairs and security measures to make it weatherproof and secure.

Work is expected to begin within weeks once the official handover of the lease has been completed.

Another fundraising event being planned is a repeat of the Great Thornley Bake Off in June. This was a great success last year.

Anyone wishing to help or get involved can find out more at