Partners celebrate another Hurst Farm boost

Partners are celebrating after winning a £250,000 government grant for the continuing redevelopment of Matlock's Hurst Farm Social Club.

The cash will see refurbishment completed for most of the building, which serves the Derbyshire Dales' largest estate and the wider Matlock community.

New windows, a new flat roof and terrace, plus business start-up office space and a resurfaced car park will create a modern multi-functional community hub.

It's part of the wider Hurst Farm Regeneration Project, created by Derbyshire Dales District Council and operated with partners including Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), Platform Housing Group and the Friends of Hurst Farm.

Work was already underway at the Social Club using £165,000 funding secured previously by the Regeneration Project, including £100,000 from Sport England and £5,000 from Chevin Homes. The Club is funding £25,000 itself.

Now the Social Club has been announced as one of just 14 Estate Regeneration Fund beneficiaries in England and only two in the East Midlands. The additional funding from the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities will help towards the creation of a pub (Farmers View), community café (Milkchurn) and social farm shop (Community Pantry).

Sports activities and classes will be run there by the District Council's sports development team, together with community events. The venue will be available for hire by the community for weddings and parties.

District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
"The Regeneration Project is a continuing success story and I want to pay tribute to our own officers and Derbyshire Dales CVS for their excellent work in attracting external funding, which is a major task.
"The overall Project was originally set up with government funding and, away from the Social Club, partners have also won National Lottery Heritage Funding for the Hurst Farm Heritage Trail project, government funding to improve Spider Park and further funding to re-clad non-traditional homes on the estate.
“This is exceptional partnership working in action."
Neil Moulden, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Dales CVS, said:
"This is great news, and will give the Estate Regeneration Project on Hurst Farm a real boost. It is testimony to the hard work that has gone into making the Project a success, and will really help to progress one of the key elements of the work."
The Club financed an internal redecoration of the front bar area in this summer and the additional funding will bring in new windows and doors and a new entrance area, unifying the whole building.

Separately, partners have secured funding for a community pantry to be created in the Club basement from Platform Housing's Community Chest, Derbyshire County Council and Feeding Derbyshire. The pantry is a food club for Hurst Farm and the wider Matlock community, offering affordable food and choice.

Chris Holmes from the Hurst Farm Social Club Community Interest Company said:
"As a Community we are absolutely overjoyed at this news. We are looking forward to a brighter future. Community is what matters."
More information about the Regeneration Project is available at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/hurstfarmproject
Partners are celebrating after winning a £250,000 government grant for the continuing redevelopment of Matlock

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