Schools given fundraising boost

The first of several local schools to be given a big hand with their fundraising efforts were presented with a voucher by Keighley Mayor, Councillor Javaid Akhtar on behalf of a local events venue during their official re-opening on Monday 18 April.

Roland’s of Utley is offering ten local schools, over the next year a fundraising voucher to assist them. The idea is the brainchild of owner Roland Embleton who plans to work more closely with businesses and schools.

Mr Embleton explained: “We’ve made some big changes to Roland’s and to mark our regeneration, we felt we should do something that would help the local community. To celebrate our opening we were delighted The Mayor and local companies were able to join us, as well as representatives from Stanbury Village School, the very first school in our scheme.”

Each school chosen will be able to host an event at Roland’s, where sixty, three course meals will be donated. Schools can then sell tickets at whatever cost, to help boost funds, potentially significantly. As part of the new changes to Roland’s, the restaurant which hosts events and celebrations, has installed high specification video conferencing equipment, installed by specialist Keighley firm Immineo, enabling local companies and organisations to connect worldwide.

The Mayor, who officially re-opened Roland’s by cutting the ribbon, was given a tour along with representatives from local companies to view meeting and training space. Joined by Cllr Shabir Ahmed, Cllr Akhtar then handed over the fundraising voucher to Headteacher Graham Swinbourne and year two pupil Max Embleton from Stanbury Village School.

Mr Swinbourne commented: “I was delighted by the fundraising opportunity gifted to Stanbury Village School by Rolands. The PTA and I are very grateful and will be taking up the offer before the end of the year! We wish Roland’s every success with their new facilities.”

Speaking about his visit, the Mayor said:”I congratulate Roland on the reopening of their business and in particular the innovative diversification venture they have embarked on. They have introduced state of the art video conferencing as well as training facilities for businesses to further develop their trade and skills.

“I am also very happy to see local business helping local schools in providing a venue facility for the schools to hold their fundraising events.” Cllr Akhtar Concluded: “I would urge businesses to use the facilities on offer at Roland’s and help each other in a difficult trading climate”

To find out more about the fundraising scheme or about the facilities at Roland’s contact 01535 958001 or email

Written on 13th May 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News