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Glossopdale Furniture Project – a timeline

1997: Derbyshire County Council offered the Project use of a redundant primary school and gave a grant for running costs. Grants from The Community Fund enabled the purchase of a transit van; High Peak Borough Council gave a start-up grant supported also with a grant from The Tudor Trust. A part-time Manager was employed who, with the help of volunteers, ran the Project over three days a week covering just the Glossop area.

1998: A grant from Yorkshire Environmental Trust allowed extended opening to four days a week. Requests for furniture and people wishing to donate furniture were coming from other parts of the High Peak, particularly the New Mills and Buxton areas.

1999: A three-year Community Fund grant allowed employment of two full-time drivers with an extension of the operation to the whole of the High Peak over five days a week.

2003: A grant from The Children’s Fund for the purchase of tools and machinery with salaries for one year for two part-time furniture restorers and set up a workshop for placements to young offenders from the Derbyshire Youth Offending Service.

2004: In recognition of the training being offered by the Project, particularly to young offenders, a grant from the Peak National Park Authority Sustainability Fund continued to fund the furniture restorers.

2006: Successful fundraising for a new portacabin gave much needed extra storage space.

 2007: Additional funding allowed employment of a part-time Warehouse Supervisor with other successful fundraising to purchase a replacement van.

2008: A ten year lease was negotiated with Derbyshire County Council for the premises on Pikes Lane.

2009: Specific fundraising allowed the provision of free starter packs of essential items of furniture and other household items for referrals setting up home.

2010: The Project’s shop opens on Hentry Street in Glossop centre selling good quality furniture to the public giving a presence in the town and assisting the funding of the Project.

2012: New workshop built by the Project’s three furniture restorers. 

2013: Fundraising continues for the provision free furniture packs.

2015: Fundraising begins in November for a new transit van.

2016: Took delivery of the new van in August. Set up a Painted Furniture Workshop.

2017: Shop moves to new premises in George Street, Glossop

2018: Renewed lease on Pikes Lane  premises for a further ten years

2019: Following the retirement at the end of 2018 of Joan Cook, founding Manager of the Project, Paul Marsh took over in the role at the start of the year.