If there is one thing we have all learned over recent difficult times, it is that community matters.  In Gawsworth village there are 17 people who personify this, who have been celebrated for their dedication to a unique venture which has cheerfully served a community for over ten years.

10 years service

Shirley Campbell,   Linda Dolan,  Brian & Pauline Fawcett,  Louise Hamer,  Carole Hulme,  Christine Lockitt,  Brenda Mouchet,  Geoff Parkin,   Margaret Parkin,  Neil Phillips (Chair),  Ray & Val Shaw,  Richard Sinton,  Jan Tetlow,  Janet Trueman,  Joyce Venables.

Gawsworth Community Hub has grown from a pop – up shop in 2011, to a well-loved community – owned resource, managed by volunteers, now open seven days per week.

The shop, which continued to provide an essential lifeline for locals throughout lockdown, has expanded thanks to the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund into a Community Hub comprising Shop, Café and Meeting Place.  The grant has also allowed for adaptations to allow wider access to all. Friends and neighbours meet there, take part in community activities, or those working at home can take a break and have a chat over a pot of tea. Ever popular with families, hikers, cyclists, and dog walkers, Gawsworth Hub has become a destination for a wide range of visitors at the heart of this picturesque village.

All this takes huge effort to deliver: On 2nd April 2022, the Hub directors raised a glass to seventeen of this remarkable 50 – strong band, including three married couples, who have given a combined total of over 26,500 hours of their time to make Gawsworth Hub what it is today: a thriving community resource, run by volunteers who clearly enjoy their commitment to neighbourliness and goodwill. 

Chairperson of the Society Neil Phillips, (also a long serving 10-year achiever), presented the group with Certificates of Achievement and gifts of specially commissioned ’10 years a Volunteer’ coaster, crafted by local ceramicists Moorlands Pottery, to commemorate a Decade of Service to their community endeavour.