Hartington is raising the roof as village hall project is completed

Residents in Hartington are celebrating the completion of work to repair the roof of a much-loved local building.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 4:04 pm

Volunteers first came together in January 2018 to start discussions about the need to restore the leaky, asbestos roof tiles on the 90-year-old village hall.

More than £30,000 was raised to fund the project, £14,000 of which came from residents in just 18 months, through a number of fundraising initiatives, including a lottery .

This was added to grants totalling £22,200 from South West Peak Landscape Partnership supported by the Heritage Fund, the Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust, the Bingham Trust and the Alstonefield Leaden Boot Challenge.

The hall's old crumbling roof tiles have been replaced with brand new ones

However, a business interruption grant of £10,000 plus all the reserves had to be committed, to meet the final cost of £44,800

The work, carried out by Ashbrook Roofing and Supplies, was completed last month.

Keith Quine, chairman of trustees, said: “Not only does the village hall now have a robust roof, but also the community has come together so closely to support the huge project, helping with cleaning, painting and decorating.

"Fundraising events were exceptionally well attended and without the match funding raised by the community we could not have secured the grant awards that we did.

‘The project has served to bring the community together and show the initiative, creativity and resilience needed to make things happen.

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