Big Lottery – Awards for All

Great news!

We have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from Awards for All. The money is in support of our application for funds towards installing a new kitchen and associated equipment. Minshall Construction from Market Drayton will build the new units and these will be installed later in the year.
Thank you Big Lottery

Lottery Funding

Lottery Funded

Fantastic news for the Birks, Awards for All funded by the Big Lottery Fund have awarded the project £9,700. The money is to be used as part of the ongoing improvements to the building.

Some of the grant will provide new chairs and tables in the lounge to replace the current ones which have given good service but were bought second hand from the closing Matlock Youth Hostel some years ago

Additional fire doors will be fitted in the building between the kitchen/lobby and lounge/staff bedroom.

New chopping boards will be purchased for the kitchen.

The bulk of the money will go towards the installation of an improved water supply. The present system has worked fine for many years as, relying on a gravity feed from the beck on Harter Fell. Unfortunately, the pipe now has numerous repairs and lying on the ground has repeatedly frozen up during the harsh winters we have experienced recently. The new pipe will be buried and brought underground into the house in the Drying room, technical specification are still be discussed!

The funding received from Awards for All shows their faith and support in the project and recognises the importance of the Birks to the Grove school and community. Our ambition is that the building will be used all year round, by as many people as possible.

The grant application was submitted by volunteer Dorothy Jones who got fed up with winter time working parties and no running water!


Spring Ball 2012 – The event

The spring Ball was once again a fabulous evening of wining, dining and entertainment – initial (unconfirmed) reports have mentioned a fundraising figure of around £3,000! Many thanks to all who supported the event and an even bigger thanks to all involved behind the scenes.

More details and photos will be here soon.

Joules Brewery Tour


at The Red Lion/Joules Brewery in Market Drayton
Thursday 15th September 2011 – 7.00pm
Tickets £10.00

To include brewery tour/pork bap and beer tasting!!!!!

For tickets/information
please contact Colette Bourne 01630 674280

Strawberry Fair

Strawberry FairSunshine blessed a wonderful afternoon of musical entertainment, childrens activities and afternoon tea with strawberries and fizz.

Over one hundred people turned out on a scorcher of an afternoon to laze around in the sunshine and listen to a variety of musical entertainment. Face painting, clay modelling and decorated icing biscuits occupied the younger at heart whilst a rounders match was organised for anyone feeling more energetic.

I would like to extend thanks to all involved. The musicians – Jonnie & Matt; Heidi & Colin; Lizzie, Pete, Steve, Lynn &  Beryl; Wick, Sam, Stew & Jon. The ‘entertainers’ – Buffy, Nell and Val and all the hard work put in by the committe members.