Willow Works 2006

The Old Willow Works Phase Two...

Over the next four years from 2006 to 2010 much hard work went on behind the scenes by the Willow Works Steering Group, trying to carry out the next stage. This included setting up a company limited by guarantee and of charitable status called The Old Willow Works Ltd, made up of members of the Steering Group and Beckingham cum Saundby Parish Council. The aim was to ensure use of part of the building for the community as a heritage centre, free of any charges, as well as renting to businesses and other organisations. The company worked with Trent Vale Landscape Partnership to help provide funding, management and running costs for the project.
Extra land obtained west side of building
Efforts were made to obtain a lease from the Environment Agency who owned the land. In the meantime the building remained under licence agreement. Some land next to the Willow Works was acquired after negotiation with Environment Agency, originally to create an entrance off the Oil Road. In 2010 water was connected and Nottinghamshire County Council provided 5,500 enabling electricity to be installed into the building.
Car park block paving

Early in 2010 some funds were also obtained from the Environment Agency allowing the erection of boundary fencing and construction of the car park and entrance road into the site. This work was carried out by local contractors and a dedicated group of volunteers. Since then the Environment Agency has withdrawn from being the lead partner to the project, creating the problem of who would take over this role. The Old Willow Works Co and Beckingham cum Saundby Parish Council were approached, but after making lengthy enquiries and seeking legal advice it was decided that it was not possible to proceed in the role. Further enquiries to partners within Trent Vale Landscape Partnership identified Groundwork. Groundwork Creswell then agreed to take on the responsibility for the redevelopment and having obtained freehold from the Environment Agency, commenced work on site from 1st October 2010, with Crestra the trading arm of Groundworks carrying out the work.
The construction of a new outside toilet block is almost complete with grateful thanks to Star Energy for grant of 20,000. Sewage works, surface water disposal is now complete. The block paving of the car park has also been completed and this area will be landscaped. The internal renovation is ongoing and should be completed by early July 2011. It is now a firm agreement that Beckingham cum Saundby History Group is to have exclusive use of a room within the building where all artefacts will be housed.

Outside Seating Area
It is expected that this will be available to members anytime, free to carry out archiving, research and display preparation. Displays will be created in the entrance foyer and in the open area on the first floor. The group may also have use of other display areasThe buildings lettable and outside space will be available for hire by members within the community by arrangement at preferential rates.
Function Room
A group, called The Old Willow Works Beckingham Community Group, which will be a sub group of the Parish Council, has been formed to liaise with Groundwork on behalf of the community. The Community Group will be expected to open and close the building for local lettings and do some promotion of the facilities of the Willow Works. The Old Willow Works Ltd has now been terminated as the company is no longer required.

Willow Works and car park
The area of land between the Willow Works and Star Energy road is to be landscaped as part of the restoration project with suggestions and ideas being sought from the community. Click on Willow Works Community Field link below to find out more.

A Willow Works Community Open Day was held on 10th September to enable anyone from the local community and area to go along and view this unique building and its facilities. The day included various activities, a willow working demonstration along with displays by TVLP, RSPB and the local History Group. Refreshments were available including a free BBQ. 350 people attended with many positive comments.

The Official Open Day (by invitation only) took place on Wednesday 5th October. Please click here to see more.

Click here for Willow Works Gallery Phase Two ...
Please click here to go to Willow Works Community Field page ...

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