People living in the village of Furness Vale are to see their dreams for transforming a village green space come true, with the award of a grant from local company Tarmac.
Furness Community Organising Green Spaces (COGS) has been awarded £50,000 from Tarmac’s national Landfill Communities Fund – this grant enables the charity to reach its fundraising goal of £200,000 to build a new community pavilion on the village field. Other funders include High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Football Foundation, Whaley Bridge Town Council and a local resident.
Terry Watson, chair of Furness COGS said: “We are delighted that we’re now in a position to provide this facility for our village. We’re very grateful to all our funders and so pleased that Tarmac have stepped in with the final piece of the jigsaw to allow us to begin work”.
Work is due to start on the pavilion in July. It will include two changing rooms, disabled access, a community meeting space, toilets and showers, a small kitchen, and space to store sports and other equipment. The original £150,000 raised will cover the cost of building the shell of the pavilion; the final £50,000 from Tarmac will enable the interior fitting out.
The facility will be open to the whole community and will be used by a range of groups including art, nature and sports clubs. The pavilion project is the second phase of the green spaces project. The first phase involved raising £180,000 to level, drain and landscape the field which had been gifted to the village by a philanthropic local family. In addition, a football surface, perimeter paths, flower beds, picnic tables and a table tennis table were installed.