Save The Whitworth Centre

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Project by The Whitworth Centre

We did it
On 29th May 2020 we successfully raised £20,487 ( + est. £4147.25 Gift Aid ) with 486 supporters in 56 days

The Whitworth Centre is under threat of permanent closure. We need your help to keep this wonderful community facility open.

New stretch target

If we can raise more money we will use it to increase our resilience and improve the facilities. For example we have been offered the opportunity of a 40% grant to reduce our carbon emissions, save running costs and make the Whitworth more sustainable. Extra money raised could allow us to access this grant to change lighting to efficient LED lighting and improve heating in the building as well as other building improvement works.

Darley Dale may lose its most cherished community facility.

Due to COVID-19 the Whitworth Centre has been forced to close for the foreseeable future. This means that the Centre will not make any money from the cafe, events and room hire and could struggle to survive.

The Whitworth Centre is a Charitable Trust dependent on the support of local people. Every penny that comes from room hire, the sale of an ice cream, a coffee in the cafe and parking tickets is reinvested in the building and park. Being an old, listed heritage building with large beautiful park, it costs a lot of money to run.

Without any income the centre could go bankrupt before the Centre is permitted to reopen. If this happens, this community asset could be lost forever, including

  • Playground facilities and skate park
  • Football pitches 
  • Croquet and bowls 
  • Open spaces to walk the dog, take a picnic or meet friends.
  • Whitworth Thread, Children's clubs, cycle training
  • Cafe
  • Community events
  • Lots of local clubs
  • Table tennis, snooker or badminton 
  • Parties, weddings and much more...

Have you and your family enjoyed using these facilities and would you like to see them stay as a community asset for future generations?

If every resident in Darley Dale gifted £5 this would help the Centre survive for the future. How about making a family gift? 

Please give generously.

Charity Registration No: 1122436

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£270 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Ashton & Coleman Coffee Table

A hand crafted coffee table. Ashton and Colemen are makers and retailers of beautifully handmade, modern rustic, solid wood furniture. made on site at Ladygroove Mills, Darley Dale. Table size L1200mm x W600mm x H470mm. Photos to be posted on the Whitworth Centre Facebook page.

£15 or more

Chance to win a week in a villa in Costa del Sol

Enter a prize draw for your chance to win a week in a Spanish villa. Set in the beautiful hills between Fuengirola and Mijas, this 3 bedroomed Villa is light and spacious providing ample accommodation for up to 6 people. An idyllic tranquil location, within easy reach of bustling Fuengirola and Torremelinos or the picturesque white housed village of Mijas, with its many restaurants and lively central square.

£15 or more

Prize draw case of Special Edition Whitworth Wines

Enter a prize draw for your chance to win this case of wine donated by Weavers Independant Wine Merchants This is a Case of Special Edition wines (3 x Whitworth Sauvignon Blanc and 3 x Whitworth Merlot) specially branded by Weavers to support the Save Whitworth Campaign. Details will follow on our Facebook page

£50 or more

Have your name on the walls of the Whitworth

Spend any amount over £50 and your name will be included on a plaque of Whitworth donors.

£500 or more

3 of 6 claimed

Private 3 course dinner for 10 people

Private dinner for up to 10 guests in the Lady Whitworth Room. Includes coffee.

£20 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Nordic Walking lesson with

A two hour session with professional coach Nicky Parsons. Nicky has been a tutor for Nordic Walking UK since 2010. Individual sessions or groups up to four people. An ideal way to support the campaign with a great coach and hone your skills in your favourite park.

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£30 each - 2 Prints by local artist Sarah Parkin

2 x Fine art inks on acid free paper. Prints by local artist Sarah Parkin £30 each (will be loaded onto the following link shortly)

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

6 Snooker lessons with Jim McCann

6 Snooker lessons with former UK billiards Champion. The Whitworth has a Billiards and Snooker Club that boasts two of the best tables in the country and is one of the oldest, original billiards rooms in the world?

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

6 snooker lessons with Rob Low

Rob is one of the top coaches at the centre with both the young and old. This would make a lovely present for anyone who enjoys their snooker in one of the best halls in Britain. First pledge wins...

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

An earthenware dish hand crafted by local artist.

This is a lovely blue earthenware dish, diameter 35cm. It was made by the local artist Pete Singer who lives near to the Whitworth Centre. A photo of the dish will be posted on the Whitworth Centre Facebook page shortly. Thanks Pete for the lovely donation.

£50 or more

6 of 6 claimed

gas boiler services by Chatsworth Plumbing&Heating

For the first 6 people who donate £50 to the fund. The services would be offered to local residents only.

£100 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Tour of building including basement

Tour of Whitworth Centre and grounds for up to 6 people, including basement vault and old kitchen followed by a drink in the cafe.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Rapid Horizans rafting trip

Team up for a rafting trip for up to 6 people hosted by local rafting business Rapid Horizans. Great opportunity to support the Whitworth centre and park and get a raft trip down the River Derwent.

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Week holiday in 6 bed Scottish Cottage

A week in a lovely cottage nestled in Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway. It is Scotland’s book town and has a literary festival every autumn. A wide variety of things to see and do, inc; beaches, gardens, National Trust properties, ancient monuments, walking (forest, coastal and hill), cycling (including excellent mountain biking in the Galloway Forest (7 Stains). See Whitworth Facebook for full

£1,500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tastetastic 5 course Whitworth tasting menu

Enjoy a five course Whitworth tasting menu for up to 25 guests in the Ballroom. Includes bubbles on arrival.

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