Peak Dale villagers are looking forward to seeing their social club take on a new lease of life as a community hub, thanks to a substantial national grant.
Following a successful application to a national Tarmac fund, the team behind Great Rocks Social Club is busy progressing its plans to upgrade and improve the facilities at the club.
Whilst Tarmac operates several sites locally including Tunstead, Hindlow and Ballidon, it is thanks to the company’s UK-wide Landfill Communities Fund* that Peak Dale has received this boost – over £40,000.
This major grant will enable the kitchen to be modernised, the bar area upgraded and made more secure, and the whole building more suitable for a wide range of community events including children’s parties and village celebrations.
Chair of the Club Malc Rowland comments: “The Club has always been available to the community, but the limited facilities have prevented many people from using it. In particular, the dated set up of the bar has deterred people with young children from using the club.
“We are delighted that this donation will enable us to give the club a makeover and really make the most of this venue as a focal point for the village.”
Tarmac’s Commercial Manager David Wilson adds: “The village of Peak Dale grew up around the quarrying industry in the area, so it is fitting that Tarmac has been able to give the social club such a boost. Now the funds are in place, we look forward to hearing how the improvements progress and to seeing the revitalised community club re-launched in the near future.“
*The Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund (or Landfill Tax Credit Scheme as it was formerly known) enables landfill operators like Tarmac, to donate part of their annual tax liability to enrolled Environmental Bodies for a variety of approved community and environmental projects. Landfill operators can reclaim 90% of their contribution as a tax credit which means the remaining 10% must be provided either by them or an independent third party. Through the fund Tarmac donates around £1 million each year to community projects throughout the UK. The fund is open to applicants who meet the strict criteria for projects delivering community benefit. For more information please go to www.entrust.org.uk.
Picture caption: David Wilson, Tarmac’s commercial manager for its Energy Recovery business, Sapphire (centre) congratulates Great Rocks Social Club chairman Malc Rowland (right) on the Landfill Community Trust grant awarded to the club to upgrade facilities there. Also pictured is the Club vice chair Will Woolley (left) .