Boost for rugby club’s facilities

Left to right: John Moseley (Lafarge/Furness Brothers); players Matthew Eyre, Dominic Hunter, Drew Samson; Joe Furness of Furness Brothers; Steve Richardson (chairman of Hope Valley Rugby Club); player Martin Spencer, Steve Kearsey (of Lafarge Cement Hope Works); and player Alan Baskerville.
Left to right: John Moseley (Lafarge/Furness Brothers); players Matthew Eyre, Dominic Hunter, Drew Samson; Joe Furness of Furness Brothers; Steve Richardson (chairman of Hope Valley Rugby Club); player Martin Spencer, Steve Kearsey (of Lafarge Cement Hope Works); and player Alan Baskerville.
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TWO HUNDRED tonnes of crushed stone, the loan of specialist machinery and a significant amount of manpower has helped Hope Valley Rugby Club transform its car park and, at the same time, improve access to a children’s play area.

The crushed stone, donated by Lafarge Cement from its supply of rejects at its quarry at Hope Works, has turned the quagmire car park into a good quality hardstanding area, improving facilities for rugby players and visitors, as well as for Castleton children as the car park is located next to the play area.

Working with neighbouring firm Furness Brothers, the two companies coordinated the delivery of the stone through several lorry trips. The final part of the project came through local equipment hire company Robert Atkin, who used their JCB to prepare the ground and lay the stone.

Hope Valley Rugby Club Chairman Steve Richardson said: “For a local sporting club like ours, it was great to be able to secure the support of these local companies. This fantastic team effort between three local companies has culminated in the biggest single donation of support we have had so far as a club.”

Lafarge Cement Hope Works’ manager Ashley Bryan added: “We hope the revamped car park proves useful for this successful community club.”