It is with great pleasure, and an immense sigh of relief, that we can now officially announce that the Barnsley Road access ramp and gate; and the new gate and pathway from Holy Trinity Church side, are now complete and open for use.
A tremendous amount of work and effort has gone into the design, re-design, and construction of the ramp and pathway. Most of this has been done on a purely voluntary basis, and our thanks go to Billy Jewitt for the amount of time and expertise he has dedicated to the task. We should also mention Ryan Barton, a Friend of Churchfield, and one of Billy’s most regular volunteers, who has contributed a lion’s share of lifting, carrying, mixing, and digging. Without them the task would still be up in the air somewhere.
Whilst the bulk of the funding for materials came from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, we are also grateful for the support of the directors of Z. Hinchliffe & Sons, who donated a quantity of local stone with which to build the ramp walls. During the preparation work, a re-design of the ramp meant an added cost with more sub structure being needed than originally anticipated. The Denby Dale Parish Environment Trust (DDPET), were able to assist us with a grant to cover this extra cost. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the Trust, and to Messrs. Hinchliffe & Sons, for their generosity at this time.
The new ramp and access gates mean that everyone has access to Churchfield. Whether you have mobility issues and use a wheelchair, or are a parent with a pushchair or buggy, you can now access Churchfield in a much easier and safer manner.