07895 386433 - Registered Charity Number 1173163 enquiries@chellastonca.org

Hello and welcome to our April newsletter.

First, we would like to wish our readers a Happy Easter for later this month and let’s hope we see an improving picture with the weather conditions. All Covid restrictions have now been removed at the Centre and we are relying on our hirer groups to adopt whatever precautions they deem necessary.

Late Spring and early Summer are around the corner and the ideal time to plan a child’s or family celebration. The Centre including our secure garden remains available all day on a Saturday and Sunday between 1 and 5.30pm for private hire.  Our calendar is starting to fill for May, June and July, so if you would like to consider the Centre for an event, please visit our website www.chellastonca.org/hiring-a-room and take a video tour of the premises. We also have a diary on the website where you can view available dates or alternatively you can give us a call on 07895386433.

The West End Annexe expansion project is continuing with the building design virtually finalised. Completion will allow us to move to the next stage of establishing a firm building cost through a competitive tendering exercise. The Trustees continue to look for grant providers to assist with funding towards this project and we were recently disappointed to be advised that we do not qualify for the Derbyshire Grants Programme. We had hoped to raise £50k towards our target however organisations which come within the Derby City Council authority are not allowed to apply.

So, we would welcome residents’ ideas as to what other fundraising initiatives we could consider to assist us on the road to reaching our target.  We can now report that after 3 years of hard work we have managed to secure £400k towards the planned annexe cost of £550k. In addition, we have financed through our reserves all the costs to date associated with the building design, planning, legal fees totalling £70k. A further £20k is provisioned towards the Project Management fees for overseeing the building phase.

We believe securing a further £150k will be a difficult task in the current economic climate, nevertheless we shall continue to do our best in attracting the funds needed. If you have any ideas or would like to become involved in our fundraising campaign, please get in touch by e mail enquiries@chellastonca.org or call us on the number above.

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