Scalby calendars to save local loo

The launch of the new Sweet Peas calendar.'With the new calendars are,from left Mavis Wild,Lois Staveley,Doreen Smith,Pete Afford,Kaet(correct) Newton and Liz Gridley.'Picture by Neil Silk  114510
The launch of the new Sweet Peas calendar.'With the new calendars are,from left Mavis Wild,Lois Staveley,Doreen Smith,Pete Afford,Kaet(correct) Newton and Liz Gridley.'Picture by Neil Silk 114510

A LOCAL campaign group is hoping to save some pennies to keep their village toilets open.

After this year’s calendar was a sell-out success, the Sweet Pea group has now launched its 2012 version with proceeds going towards running costs of the public conveniences in Main Street, Scalby.

The calendars plus a Christmas card pack with Scalby scenes at £3 and £1.99 respectively are now available at outlets in Scalby and Newby including the village shops and cafes along Scalby Road which are backing the scheme.

Sweat Pea member Mavis Wild said the calendars were a significant source of income for the cause.

She said: “It costs £5,000 or £6,000 a year to keep the toilets open so donations and the calendar are vital.

“This is our second calendar. Last year we sold out so we’re hoping to do as well if not better this year.

“We’ve got 1,000 calendars and we really need the cash; without selling the calendars we would have to close.”

The toilets were shut for around two years, but through the group’s fundraising efforts they reopened about three years ago and members hope this will continue.

Mrs Wild added: “When the toilets were shut the village died; the garage closed, the gatehouse closed, the post office closed and the hairdresser at the time all closed.

“We couldn’t do it without the village’s support, the nearest toilets otherwise is Peasholm.

“It makes a big difference; people come for walks and use it, there’s a lot of elderly in Scalby and young families and tradesmen who need to use it and it helps to keep the village alive.”

Donations can also be given at the donation box outside the toilets.