As residents of Chorlton will know only too well, the glorious Hough End Hall has fallen on hard times and is under threat. Currently owned by Royal Bank of Scotland, the bank has been looking to sell the Hall to the highest bidder.
There is an alternative. Local residents have clubbed together to form the Friends of Hough End Hall, aiming to raise the funds to buy the Hall from RBS and run it as a project to benefit the wider community.
So far, the group has made encouraging progress. The project has managed to persuade Manchester City Council to register Hough End Hall as an asset of community value, delaying any possible sale. The Council has also offered their full backing to their bid to secure Heritage Lottery Funds to purchase the hall, on the strength of the business case set out by the group.
Yet despite these welcome steps in the right direction, the moratorium governing the sale of the building is approaching its end and the decision regarding the allocation of the Heritage Lottery Grant is still a considerable time away. This means that the project, now more than ever, is in real need of our support.
The Friends of Hough End Hall are currently planning the first few heritage activities regarding the Hall. There are plans to publish a book about the Hall written by local historian Andrew Simpson and illustrated by Peter Topping, as well as to establish an informative historical walk around the former Manorial estate, and a mobile exhibition about the Hall to share its history with others further afield.
The group has less than 3 months to crowdsource the resources for these activities. They are already well on their way to meeting the target, but they need your support to achieve their goal.
Please share these links with friends and family and donate if you can, so that we can make this project a reality and save Hough End Hall for our community and future generations.