Activity centre has visit from minister

Justice Minister Chris Grayling, centre, at the Anderton Centre with, from left, Coun Mark Perks, Lynda Myles, chief officer for Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative, Jenny England, marketing co-ordinator for the Anderton Centre, and Rob Loughenbury,Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Chorley
Justice Minister Chris Grayling, centre, at the Anderton Centre with, from left, Coun Mark Perks, Lynda Myles, chief officer for Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative, Jenny England, marketing co-ordinator for the Anderton Centre, and Rob Loughenbury,Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Chorley

A charity-run outdoor activity centre on the shores of Rivington Reservoir has been praised by a Government minister.

Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice, visited the Anderton Centre on Wednesday to find out about the work done there with young people and schools.

He was given a tour of the centre, which offers both water and land-based activities, by Jenny England, marketing co-ordinator for the Anderton Centre, and Lynda Myles, chief officer of Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative (LOAI).

He was joined by Coun Mark Perks, leader of Chorley Conservatives and a trustee of LOAI, and Rob Loughenbury, the Conservatives’ candidate for Chorley in next year’s general election.

Mr Grayling was told about the types of activities run by LOAI, including residentials for the National Citizenship Service.

The Challenge Network has also had nine groups of 60 young people from London stay there over the summer.

Mr Grayling said: “The Anderton Centre is clearly an excellent facility for the National Citizenship Service and the other programmes the Government is trying to get young people involved in when it comes to outdoor activities.

“I think Chorley has a real asset on its doorstep.”

Mrs Myles added: “The facilities we have here are like no other in Chorley.

“We have access to water-based activities such as raft-building, canoeing and sailing, alongside land-based activities such as climbing, archery and mountain biking.”