Saturday, 28 July 2012

Save the Castleton Carnegie Building

TODAY supporters of the old Carnegie Library building in Castleton, Rochdale, were at Tesco's in Sudden trying to rally support for the building which is now derelict.  The library service was moved some years ago by the Council to another building near the Castleton swimming baths.  The Carnegie building was sold but has not been put to any use since.

Now a group of 22 residents have formed a Friends group and want to restore the building and open a Heritage Centre, and small Museum to Andrew Carnegie, hoping in the process to give the structure back to the people of Castleton in Rochdale.  This group of Friends is asking for local people to come out and support this proposal to 'acquire the building and sympathetically renovate it in order to make it the centrepiece in the regeneration of Castleton'

This Friends Group say:  'We would like to create a Heritage Centre with a small museum to Andrew Carnegie who gave the money for the library to be built in 1904.'  It was closed as a library in 2006 and the service was moved.  Membership of the Friends of the Carnegie (Castleton) costs £2 per year for adults, and 50p per year for children.  Membershiop fees to be sent to Friends of the Carnegie (Castleton), c/o Mrs. M. Williams, Treasurer, 20, Crescent Road, Rochdale OL11 3LF.

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