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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-
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-
2003: A grant from The Children’s Fund for the purchase of tools and machinery with salaries for one year for two part-
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-
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.