Trustees want more tenants

John Hayes MP and his wife Susan (second left) attend Fenland Ladies' harvest supper' at Holbeach Reading Rooms whose trustees are appealing for more groups to use the building.

John Hayes MP and his wife Susan (second left) attend Fenland Ladies' harvest supper' at Holbeach Reading Rooms whose trustees are appealing for more groups to use the building.

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Managers of Holbeach Reading Rooms hope plans for the foodbank will encourage more community groups to use the building which dates back to 1870.

It was given to the town in 1901 by ironmonger William Snarey who saw the rooms as a way of diverting younger men away from drinking to other interests such as reading.

Chris Penney, chairman of the William Snarey Trust, said: “We’re pleased to help the foodbank by offering them the Reading Rooms at a rent that we feel is reasonable for what they are doing to help them along.

“Other people use the building so we can’t give it to them for free but we feel the foodbank is a good use of the facility which is sadly underused by the community.”

Mr Penney revealed that the building was refurbished ten years ago with funds secured through a National Lottery grant but he added that it costs as much as £8,000 a year to run.

“We’re becoming concerned that groups aren’t coming to use it and we need more people to use Holbeach Reading Rooms to make it viable,” Mr Penney said.

“It costs £7,000 to £8,000 a year to run and that’s without anyone coming to use it.

“So we’re very pleased to have the foodbank coming in to use it on a once-a-week basis and it fits very squarely with our purpose to serve the people of Holbeach.”