The fight to save Bolster Moor Chapel and Playgroup has been won.

Members of the community are now celebrating after Bolster Moor Farm Shop owners Simon Haigh and Andrew Whitwam bought the beleaguered building and site on Bolster Moor Road, which lies in front of their business.

Both the playgroup, which had rented the space, and the village’s playground had been at threat after the building’s former owner, the Baptist Association, decided to put it up for sale through Walker Singleton in May this year.

The sale means that not only will the playground stay but that Bolster Moor Playgroup will be able to continue to rent the space and renovate so it can look after more children.

The first floor of Bolster Moor Chapel, which is in the process of renovation

Nicola Mottram, chair of the playgroup, said: “It’s fantastic news for the community.

“We were really panicking, especially because we had tried to find other sites to run the playgroup but none were suitable.

“If it had been sold to an outside buyer and we had to close it would have led to the lack of an important service for parents and also the loss of 11 jobs.

“The community association had rallied around to try raise the money to buy it but Simon and Andrew taking it on was the only way we could ensure it could be saved.

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“The playground is really important and will be able to be used by the farm shop customers, while I hope to begin to offer full time day care when the renovation of the upstairs and other parts of the building such as the roof and windows are complete.

“This will help parents who work full time in addition to those we already support through the two three hour groups we run during the working week.”

Bolster Moor Baptist Church and Bolster Moor Farm Shop, Bolster Moor.

Simon Haigh, explained why he and his partner decided to buy the building.

“We realised that the playgroup had been running for 40 years and wanted to save it for the community along with the playground which we used to play on when we were children.

“We didn’t want to someone to come along and change it because of this and the fact that the site goes right up to our boundary.

“We can’t say how much we bought it for but are glad to keep it in community hands.”