Thursday, 03 September 2015

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Cumbrian chess club saved

A games club threatened with closure after thieves stole their equipment has been saved.

Penrith Chess Club had £1,000 worth of boards, clocks and other items taken in the raid 18 months ago.

But after battling to survive, it has found a new home and has secured £1,639 of support from Eden Community Fund, through Eden Council, to buy new kit.

Its members are now playing again in the Cumbria Chess League and cup competition, with the Crown Hotel at Eamont Bridge being their new base.

Club chairman Andy McAtear said: “Up until now we’ve begged and borrowed a few sets and relied on the generosity of other clubs.

“The Eden Community Fund Grant makes a tremendous difference to a small voluntary organisation like our own, and we are very grateful for it.”

Penrith is one of Cumbria’s fastest-growing chess clubs. It has four teams and, working with Cumbria Chess Association and Ullswater Community College, also supports Penrith Chess 8/18 – a chess club for children and young adults run during school term times.

Secretary Steve Murdoch said: “The council support has ensured the survival of opportunities to play both social and competitive chess in our area.”

Eden Council chairman John Thompson was delighted at the impact the community fund cash has had.

He said: “The club’s members deserve a great deal of credit for their perseverance in overcoming a horrendous situation after their equipment was stolen, they have turned this set of circumstances into a real opportunity to attract new members.

Penrith Chess Club meets on Wednesday nights at the Crown Hotel from 7pm.

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