Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Monastery Lesson Is One for Us, Say Hall Crusaders ; Volunteers Get Tips in Rebuilding Manor House

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Monastery Lesson Is One for Us, Say Hall Crusaders ; Volunteers Get Tips in Rebuilding Manor House

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VOLUNTEERS renovating an historic manor house have recruited the help of Gorton Monastery chiefs. Friends of Clayton Park reopened the 15th century building on Ashton New Road as a Victorian museum one day a week in 2010. The group has been working on a step-by step renovation ever since.

'It's an part the. As a result the building's moat could be refilled early next year for the first time since the 1970s. But as well as restoring the hall to its former glory, volunteers are now hoping to mirror the success of Gorton Monastery - now called The Monastery Manchester. They want to take on the council-owned hall and use it for community projects.

Business coach Jim Symcox, 57, started the project with his Claytonborn wife Kay, 46 and says the group hopes to set itself up as an official charity to make the dream a reality. He said: "It's such an important part of the area and the thinking behind us reopening it and starting to renovate it in 2010 was just to make sure it was being used and it wouldn't be torn down. …

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