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Gateway to HardwickVisitors to the world famous Hardwick Hall in North Eastern Derbyshire will be greeted by a new environmentally friendly Visitor Centre thanks to a grant of £100,000 from the Bolsover North East Derbyshire LEADER Approach.Opened by His Grace, the Duke of Devonshire, the new Visitor Centre is part of the National Trust’s project to refurbish the Old Stableyard to provide a new café, restaurant, garden shop and a souvenir outlet.

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Hardwick Hall Opens New Visitor Welcome CentreNew Visitor Centre at Hardwick Hall

Visitors to the world famous Hardwick Hall in North Eastern Derbyshire will be greeted by a new environmentally friendly Visitor Centre thanks to a grant of £100,000 from the Bolsover North East Derbyshire LEADER Approach.

Opened by His Grace, the Duke of Devonshire, the new Visitor Centre is part of the National Trust’s project to refurbish the Old Stableyard to provide a new café, restaurant, garden shop and a souvenir outlet.

Councillor Ken Savidge, Chair of BNED LEADER said at the opening event “The new Visitor Centre is a beautiful building and will provide the perfect welcome to visitors to Hardwick Hall. I am delighted that the funding that LEADER has been able to provide will help attract visitors from far and wide to this remarkable area of North East Derbyshire.”

The project aims to attract an additional 16,000 visitors per year and has already created 5 new jobs.

The buildings date back to the 16th-century and were built and altered over 400 years by the Dukes of Devonshire according to the needs of the estate. The buildings were crucial to the running of the Estate in a number of ways and over time have been a great source of employment in the local area.

 

LEADER funded project's CEO meets the QueenRt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Paul Davies, Mark Prisk MP

Paul Davies of Clowne Enterprise, a LEADER funded project, has received the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion 2011 from the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Paul, the volunteer chief executive and enterprise coach of Clowne Enterprise located at the Station Business Centre on Station Road, was proud to learn he has been named among an elite group in the UK to receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion 2011.

On hearing of the award Paul said: "There are only ten of these being awarded this year so I'm delighted to have been included. This award is a credit to our volunteer board and the existing businesses who continue to help others get started."

Mr Davies' success was announced on the Queen's Birthday and he was presented with the award on July 14 at a ceremony at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, in London. After the award ceremony, Paul was a guest at a Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen.

The award recognises his work at the centre which provides free coaching and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs hoping to start businesses.

 

 

£1million boost for the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire economyBarlborough Resource Centre

More than £1million worth of European funding has been injected into Bolsover and North East Derbyshire as part of a scheme to boost the rural economy.

From luxury hotels and holiday lets, to boarding kennels and woodland walking trails, dozens of local businesses and projects have received a share of cash from the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire LEADER Approach over the last year.

Almost 60 local jobs have also been created thanks to grants from the funding kitty, which is designed to create employment, help small businesses start up and grow, and pull more tourists into the area.

Wes Lumley, Joint Chief Executive of Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District Councils, said: “This funding has been welcome news for new and existing businesses across the area, at a time when so many are struggling in the current economic climate.

“Grants have been awarded to a range of worthwhile projects which will all contribute greatly to the rural economies of Bolsover and North East Derbyshire – bringing more jobs, attracting visitors and helping to bolster the area’s reputation.”

The Bolsover North East Derbyshire LEADER Approach programme began in 2007 and forms part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

Projects which received funding between April 2010 and March 2011 include:

  • A ‘Marketing the Markets’ campaign to promote the markets in Clay Cross, Eckington and Killamarsh – awarded £120,700
  • The creation of a 27-room boutique hotel at the Red Lion in Stone Edge – awarded £430,800
  • ‘Hidden Gems,’ a project to create 16 audio trails across North East Derbyshire - awarded £52,500
  • A project to open up the William Cavendish Riding House within Bolsover Castle - awarded £65,000
  • The creation of a new visitor centre at Hardwick Hall - awarded £100,000
  • Refurbishment of the Twin Oaks Hotel to upgrade it to three-star standard - awarded £198,000
  • The creation of a heritage centre in Barlborough – awarded £39,000
  • Conversion of the Old Coach House in Scarcliffe to create a holiday let – awarded £27,900

 

Signing the TownImage of Welcome to Bolsover sign

 

New signs have been springing up on approach roads into Bolsover as a result of LEADER funding.

‘Bolsover, Signing the Town’ is a project aimed at encouraging visitors to Bolsover Castle to visit the town and offering to them and local people alike a visible statement of the historical, sociological and architectural importance of the town. The ‘signing’ statement will be demonstrated in a number of ways, creating a visible and audio record of the town’s development from its earliest days as a Saxon and Medieval settlement to its proud history as a coal mining town and as an attractive place to live and work.
‘Welcome to Bolsover’ signs built in local magnesian limestone with cast signs have been installed at the seven approach roads to the town, creating a positive first impression, igniting community pride and interest and attracting visitors into the town; acting in effect as economic gateways.
Later this year we will see the erection of blue plaques around the town. Watch this space!!

 

 

The start of a new welcome at HardwickHardwick Visitor Centre

Construction work has begun on Hardwick Hall’s new Visitor Building, which is set to welcome even more visitors to Derbyshire when it is completed in Spring 2012.

The National Trust’s historic hall, in Bolsover district, is undergoing a transformation of its Stableyard buildings to provide catering and shopping to visitors all year round. And now the project has seen the start of something new – the construction of the visitor building thanks to funding from the Bolsover North East Derbyshire LEADER programme.

Situated next to the Stableyard, the building will provide a starting point for all visitors to Hardwick. The building will include information about the grand Elizabethan Hall, and how to make the most of a visit to Hardwick, its gardens and parkland.

The new building has been carefully designed to incorporate sustainable and environmentally friendly measures. These include a wood burning stove to provide a warm welcome to visitors even in the depths of winter.

Julie Allsop, Senior Visitor Reception Assistant, said: “We are delighted that the Stableyard project will enable us to provide such a welcome to Hardwick. The funding from LEADER has ensured the creation of a superb building that will act as a ‘gateway’ for exploring Hardwick.”

Together with the visitor building, the Stableyard area will form a central hub and will enable 364 day opening of the visitor facilities. The development works will allow visitors to see the South Range of Stableyard buildings and learn about the traditional techniques used in the restoration works.

There will be tours of the development, which will explain the work and explore the uses of the buildings from when it was built by the famed Bess of Hardwick to the current day. For details about tours, check out www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick or call 01246 850430.

 

Clowne Enterprise's Business CoachingImage of Clowne Business Centre

The Clowne Enterprise Business Support project supports a dedicated, part-time business coach who provides one-to-one business coaching to prospective and existing micro-businesses in the North Derbyshire area.

The Coach provides direct assistance to rural and market-town businesses, assisting them to navigate the difficult pre-start period and growth phases. Providing help such as marketing and promotion support, coaching in business skills, guidance in expansion or diversification, and personal assistance in such activities as negotiating leases, discussing loans with banks, presenting to customers, dealing with local authority rating or planning departments etc.

The Coach provides direct assistance to rural and market-town businesses, assisting them to navigate the difficult pre-start period and growth phases. Providing help such as marketing and promotion support, coaching in business skills, guidance in expansion or diversification, and personal assistance in such activities as negotiating leases, discussing loans with banks, presenting to customers, dealing with local authority rating or planning departments etc.

The service is available to new or existing businesses. Specific promotion for the service is targeted at producers of food and drink products and tourism related businesses but is available to any business within the target area.

 

Beans Coffee/Art HouseImage of Beans Coffee Shop

This project is the creation of a coffee shop and arts and crafts gallery with evening and weekend arts and craft classes. The classes would be for approximately 12 students. The evening classes are to be in 10 week blocks. The Sunday classes are to be six hour classes plus lunch, with a professional artist – learning tricks of the trade, using the materials provided and creating a finished piece to take home at the end of the day. Classes include batik, silver ring making, embroidery, textiles, and more. Work is also displayed for sale on the walls of the coffee shop.
The building is not large and has seating for approximately 25 patrons. Coffees and sandwiches are also available to take away. There are also plan to run occasional evening events (ticket only) to provide a meal and 'entertainment' - a speaker, local musician, or author.

 

Home of the Ice Age HunterImage of rock art platform

Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago.  LEADER funding has part funded a purpose built stainless steel platform which gives access to view Britain's only known Rock Art, which was discovered by archaeologists in 2003. The world famous engravings were carved in to the walls and ceiling of the cave about 13,000 years ago by Britain's first artists.

 

 

 

Old Coach HouseImage of Old Coach House

LEADER funding has assisted in the conversion of a rundown coach house to provide self contained holiday accommodation. It is expected to generate at least 560 overnights stays during the lifetime of the LEADER project alone.

 

 

 

LEADER funding for Bolsover CastleImage of Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle is undergoing exciting changes as a result of funding from LEADER who provide grants to develop the rural economy.

A new family friendly exhibition opened in the stables in April, which gives visitors the opportunity to dress in cavalier clothes, sit in a copy of a 17th-century saddle and experience the atmosphere of a banquet held in 1634. A giant zoetrope forms the centrepiece of the exhibition and brings to life illustrations of the horses that once trained in the great riding house.

Further funding from LEADER will go towards a new film due to open in the stables in 2012. The dramatic and beautiful film will show horses performing manege, a precursor to the modern sport of classical dressage.

 

Details of other LEADER projects in North East Derbyshire can be found at www.bned-leader.co.uk/projects

 

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