THE MINERS COMMUNITY ARTS & MUSIC CENTRE
Most people don’t realise that The Miners Community Arts and Music Club was originally the Moston Colliery Pit Head Baths, where the Coal Miners from Moston Colliery would scrub themselves clean after a shift working down the Moston Pit. It eventually became known as The Miners Club where the Pit Men would meet after work for a couple of pints, a game of cards and a chat.
After the Pit was closed down, houses were built for the pit crews and their families and it became known as the Miners Estate and the Miners Club stayed at the heart of the community until the back end of the 1990’s when it was boarded up and left to rot.
But in 2010 local artist Louis Beckett had a vision to bring The Miners club back to life as a Community Arts and Music Centre and thanks to a lot of hard work and determination from Lou, his family and a band of willing helpers the Miners Community Arts and Music Centre rose up like a Phoenix from the ashes of its predecessor to once again become the heart of the Local Community.
The Miners now offers a bit more than a pint and a game of cards for the local community. There’s a Recording studio, Rehearsal space for local bands, An Art Gallery for local Artists to exhibit their work, An 80 seater Small Cinema, An internet radio station, A Cafe, a Charity Shop and a Function room for hire. Volunteers run a food bank, School holiday dinner clubs, Xmas parties for local kids with a full festive dinner served and all the trimmings. Santa has promised to attend and will be giving every kid a present to open at the party and one to take home to open on Xmas Day.
If you didn’t know about Coal, Art and Music in Moston then you probably don’t know The Miners Community Arts and Music centre relies solely on the income from the cafe, charity shop, room hire fees, the bar take from functions and fundraising events. They managed to get through the first lockdown but this second one has been a real struggle and a massive fundraising event has become an absolute necessity.
The Miners are absolutely determined to battle on, raise some cash and re-open the cafe on December 4th so they can continue to run the food bank, the school holiday dinner project and the kids Xmas party. Then they’ll take a deep breath, put 2020 behind them and march into 2021 with renewed optimism.
THE MINERS ONLINE MUSIC & COMEDY FUNDRAISER
FREE TO WATCH LIVE ON FRIDAY 27TH NOVEMBER AT 8PM
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The Slow Readers. John Thompson. Rowetta. Clint Boon. Justin Moorhouse.
King Kartel. Smug Roberts. Last Race Home. Josh Wilkinson. Harry Heart.
Davey Johns. Tape Face. Nina Gilligan. Chloe Barlow. Big Lou Jones. Paul Owen.
Steve Evets. Lucy Burke. Johnny Prenton.