The Derbyshire-based firm of housebuilders has presented a cheque for £5,000 to boost ambitious plans to create a modern venue and community hub to serve Hurst Farm, which is the Derbyshire Dales' largest housing estate, and the wider Matlock area.
Over the past two years the new directors of the Social Club and the Hurst Farm community have worked together with partners Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service and Platform Housing Group to create a new vision for the building.
A planning application for the revamp was granted in February this year and the £540,000 funding target has already been reduced thanks to £100,000 from Sport England.
Chevin Homes director Dan Stack said:
"Being involved in various commercial and residential projects in the Matlock area, we are delighted to be able to help the Hurst Farm Social Club group with funding to refurbish their facilities and continue to be a key part of the community for many years to come."The District Council's Director of Housing Rob Cogings said:
"This is a great gesture from Chevin Homes and as a Council we are delighted with the way the overall Hurst Farm Regeneration Project is already making a real difference to the residents of Hurst Farm. It really is a success story.
"The District Council and partners have received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Hurst Farm Heritage Trail project, and a £25,000 government grant has funded the first phase of improvements to the Spider Park playground.
"£100,000 District Council funding has already transformed a number of non-traditional homes on Hurst Farm and in recent months we have successfully bid for government green energy funding of a near-£1-million that will mean an energy revamp for more homes on the estate and in the wider Dales.
"The Social Club has been at the heart of the community since it was built by local people at the end of the 1950s. The building has much to offer but is now in urgent need of refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards and to make it into a true community hub."
The vision is for the Social Club's pub, with its professional pool tables, to be modernised and extended with a new pitched roof, a big sun terrace and new panoramic windows looking out to Riber Castle. The pub will be renamed ‘The Farmer’s View’ as a nod to the farming history of Hurst Farm.
The large multi-function room at the back of the building will have a new stage, a café and bar area and French windows that open out on to a landscaped attractive back terrace.
A social farm shop and cafe will be created named the ‘Milkchurn’ and featuring a new external counter that will be set into the outside of the building serving ice-creams, snacks, cakes, teas and coffees.