South West Peak Spotlight: Re-Roofing the South West Peak
Tue 13 Apr 2021
Launched in 2017, the South West Peak Landscape Partnership is a group of organisations working together and with volunteers to restore, protect, and improve the landscape of the South West Peak area.
With the Peak District National Park as lead partner and the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund this 5-year partnership (with benefits reaching far beyond that time) works with local communities to build stronger connections with the landscape and with each other.
As one of the key partners, Support Staffordshire leads the ‘Engaging Communities Project’ (one of 18 projects which make up the Scheme) which focuses on engaging all people who love the South West Peak; those who live or work in the area or folk who are just visiting.
So far, through our outstanding volunteers who make up our Community Grants Panel, 81 community grant applications have been reviewed, and 68 community grants awarded for 68 different community projects all delivered by passionate and committed volunteers and community groups.
Over the coming months we will be highlighting and celebrating as many of these projects as we can.
In this fourth ‘spotlight’ we are highlighting projects which see replacement roofs of some significant buildings the South West Peak area.
St Luke’s Church, Onecote: Roof Replacement
Onecote lies in the Hamps Valley in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District National Park. St Luke’s is a Georgian parish church built in 1753-1755 and is a Grade II listed building with special features including historic windows. It is also notable for the very large ‘Commandments’ board with painted figures of Moses, Aaron and Joshua.
“The building is now fully waterproof and the church will be protected from the weather for future generations. The repairs to the roof will benefit not only the local community but also visitors as the church is open during the day for people to visit. ”
Hazel Critchlow, Church warden.
Hartington Village Hall: Replacement of Main Village Hall Roof
Built in 1924, close to the centre of Hartington Village, set within the stunning Peak District National Park, Hartington Village Hall is owned by the community and managed by volunteer Trustees. Volunteers first came together in January 2018 to start discussions about the need to restore the leaky, asbestos roof tiles, work started in 2019 and the job completed in 2020.
“The benefits have been considerable. Not only does the Village Hall now have a robust roof but the underlying insulation will significantly reduce heat loss. The project has served to bring the community together and show the initiative, creativity and resilience needed to make things happen.”
Keith Quine, Chair of Trustees
For more information go here
Errwood Sailing Club: Re-roofing the Club House
Based in the beautiful Goyt Valley, within the Peak District National Park, Errwood Sailing Club was founded in November 1968 shortly after the construction of Errwood reservoir and the current club house was built in the early 1970’s. One of the Club’s aims is to to provide facilities within the Goyt Valley to benefit the local and wider community and it is used by a wide range of organisations. The provision of the new roof will secure the building for at least a further 50 years allowing the Club’s activities to continue and flourish.
This project has only just started so look out for the ‘work in progress’ if you are visiting the Goyt Valley in the coming weeks!
For more information about Errwood Sailing Club visit the website.
To learn more about the South West Peak Landscape Partnership visit here.