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Hadfield club donates to local causes before closure
Monday 14th November 2016 @ 08:48 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

A club which started 50 years ago to help new tenants get started with gardening has closed down.

But, before holding its winding up meeting, it’s given more than £2,000 to Glossopdale good causes.

Hadfield Gardening Club has operated out of a concrete shed in Chapel Lane since it started in 1964.

It never held competitions or shows…its role was selling garden supplies cheap and giving advice.

But now the field where the hut stands has permission for 20 homes and there’s nowhere to go.

Member Bevan Atherton said: “The club was started to help overspill families moving onto the (Chapel
Lane) estate with their gardens.

“It bought fertiliser, compost and other gardening supplies in bulk and sold them at a low cost.”

Members would take it in turns to sell from the shed for a couple of hours on spring and summer
Sundays.

A shortage of volunteers, however, led to the club, which once had 500 members, deciding not to look for a new home.

It also decided to split its £2,000 bank balance amongst community groups.

High Peak Women’s Aid and Glossop Mountain Rescue each received £500.

Willow Wood, St Christopher’s Trust (Redcourt), Heads Together, Friends of Hadfield Hall, Friends of Hadfield Station and Reuben’s Retreat  £150 each and Hadfield Conservative Club got £50.

Joy Atherton, vice-chairman of Heads Together, which supports people who have suffered a head injury or a stroke, said: “The £150 is a fantastic amount and will enable us to maybe have a trip out or a meal together which will be fantastic for our group members as having a head injury can leave them very isolated.

“Our members thanked the club  by giving them a thank you card.”

 

By David Jones