A NEW refreshments room is set to open in the community centre in Tim Parry Recreation Ground in Great Sankey.

Friends of Tim Parry Park are a group of volunteers who, with the guidance of Warrington head gardener Alan Nugent, decided to open a refreshments room in the park.

All proceeds made by the project will be reinvested in the park in the hopes of improving the space for the community.

“We just wanted somewhere for the community to come together and help us look after our shared space and enjoy the park, said Karen Schofield, one of the volunteers running the project.

“Our main thing is to encourage social awareness, especially with children – planting flowers and helping tidy up – that encourages them from a young age to be protective of their surroundings.”

The non-profit project has been supported by Great Sankey Parish Council and will open for the first time on Saturday, March 30.

The grand opening will start at 10am and run until 4pm, with their own Easter Bunny arriving at 1pm with plenty of Easter eggs for children.

The group of ten volunteers are hoping for more people to get involved with the project so that the refreshments room can be open every weekend and on school holidays.

They have received generous help from Lime Solutions and Jo Co Design, who helped print posters and create flags for the project for free.

“It really lifts your spirit and that’s what we’re trying to do for other people,” Karen said.

“It would make a glass eye cry!”

The refreshments room will be serving tea, coffee and hot chocolate – as well as offering crisps, chocolates and biscuits.

More information about the project can be found on their Facebook page, which you can also message to find out how to volunteer.