DESPITE the quiet holiday period, cash is still coming in for our Aspire Appeal to save the Accrington Pals Memorial Chapel housed in the beautiful and historic St John’s Church.

Accrington Motorcycle Club’s ninth annual show, held behind the Arndale Centre at the weekend, raised an excellent £195 and a garden party at the home of churchwarden Frank Whitehead and his wife Marion, including a raffle, games, quiz and barbecue, brought in £92.

Swimming sponsorship of £32 and an anonymous donation of £12 have taken the current total to £39,442.

That’s over three quarters of the way to our target of £50,000 which would allow the re-opening of the church.

Tonight (Friday) all eyes will be on Accrington Cricket Club where a charity match between an Accrington XI and the Castle pub is being held for the appeal.

Gates open at 5.30pm and the game starts at 6.30pm. There is no entrance fee but a donation is requested.

There will be a barbecue and a raffle with prizes including £100 cash, Rovers and Stanley tickets, Lancashire Cricket Club tickets and four pool cues. Castle landlord Jon White is also giving two barrels of beer, with proceeds from their sale going to the appeal.

So go along and have a pint for a good cause!

On Thursday 18 September the Nags Head Volunteers are holding a fund-raising evening for the appeal at Willow Mount Working Men’s Club. Tickets cost £3 including supper.

Also in September, Edward Wearing is taking part in the Staples to Naples Banger Rally when he is hoping to recreate the classic film The Italian Job to raise money for the appeal.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Edward and his team can ring 0784 949 3536 or for further information visit

Edward and his girlfriend Georgina Haworth both attended St John’s School and have a dream to one day get married in the church.