We originally formed the charitable trust in 2010 with the following initial projects:
- To create a new community centre in the former “Church of the Ascension” building on Cuttholme Road (click here for news article) which closed in September 2010;
- To run an annual community “fun day” to bring together the community;
- To perform significant planting of fruit and wildlife trees within the Loundsley Green area.
March 2011: Community Woodland Planted
Thirty-five members of the community joined us to plant over 400 trees in the centre of the Loundsley Green area. This will form the start of a new woodland area for all to walk in and appreciate.
The trees for the project were kindly donated by the Woodland Trust. They are native UK species selected for their value to our wildlife, including rowan, hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn, silver birch & oak trees.
We’d like to thank all those members of our community who came along on the day and we’ll hopefully be planting another stage of the project soon!
June 2011: Community Centre Opened
Loundsley Green Community Trust and the Church of England completed discussions regarding a 35 year “peppercorn” lease on the former Church of the Ascension building on Cuttholme Road.
This building is now a new community centre from 1st June 2011, open to all. We hope that it will gradually become a “hub” for the community; a space where local people can meet and do things together. The rooms within the centre will be available for rental for community clubs and activities and the Community Trust will be actively working to get new activities started. Organisations currently operating in the centre will now be able to continue & grow without worrying about their future.
We would like to extend thanks to the Church of England for helping to create this new centre, and would like to invite all members of the community to join us in shaping the uses for this new centre.
May 2013: Community Centre Main Hall Refurbished
Thanks to Derbyshire County Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Young Potential, Ray Russell and our tireless fundraisers in the community, we raised enough funding to replace the windows, ceiling and lights in the main hall as well as the toilets in the entrance hall. Although it look a little longer to get the windows fitted than we would have liked, the main hall is now modern and warm.
July 2013: New schemes and a prestigious national award
Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, we were presented the Big Society Award 2013 from the office of the Prime Minister (click here for news article). This recognises that in just two years, we have renovated the former church building into a thriving community centre with a wide variety of new services, activities and events, benefitting the local community. It was also in this month that we started our free IT courses for both beginner and intermediate computer users, as well as start running a weekly foodbank to help those in need who live in our area.
October 2013: Local innovation award
We were very honoured to recieve the Most Innovative Project Award from the Chesterfield Volunteer Centre annual awards (click here for news article) for our work in creating and running the Loundsley Green Olympic Gala event in the summer. This was a truly community event in terms of volunteers running the sports events and local attendees. Trust chairman Simon Redding (far left) is pictured accepting the award: