The Tool House Project
The Friends of Spital Cemetery are raising funds to renovate the Tool House.
The Tool House is a small building near the chapels in the middle of Spital Cemetery, built at the same time as the Chapels and entrance Lodge in 1857. It was used to store the tools of the grave diggers (Sextons) and gardeners. It has a water supply but no electricity. It has been derelict and boarded up for some years now.
Bereavement Service (Chesterﬁeld Borough Council) have given the Friends of Spital Cemetery permission to seek funds to renovate the Tool House so that they can use it as a hub for our activities, promoting, researching and recording, celebrating Spital Cemetery and where we can:
– advertise our work with a notice board
– display information boards about the cemetery
– store gardening tools/materials for events
– have facilities from which to serve refreshments at events/workshops
In October 2018 the Co-op selected this as one of their local causes so until Oct 2019 when members
select us we will receive 1% of their spend on Co-op own brand produce – every little helps
How we are serving the community.
Many individuals know and feel deeply attached to the cemetery from an emotional family connection to loving this green space where they can walk the dog.
Our varied programme (events, workshops, tours) gives local people opportunities to meet others with like minds and help promote the cemetery and assure its place as an important heritage asset and green space in Chesterﬁeld. A hub of our own will help us in carrying out this work.
We ran a workshop with local children to help ﬁll our bug hotel.