Dronfield Heritage Trust would like to congratulate our team of garden volunteers for receiving a prestigious John Robert Clough award at Dronfield Civic Society’s AGM last night.

The awards, which are named after a former chairman of the Society, recognise those who make a significant contribution to improving aspects of the town. First introduced in 2012, the Barn received a special award in 2017 for its “exceptional contribution to Dronfield’s heritage”. This year, the gardens team were nominated and awarded “for year round dedication”.

Photo Credit: www.dronfieldcivicsociety.org.uk

Maureen Taylor, trustee for the gardens at the Barn, and several of the volunteers were there last night. Maureen said “It’s fantastic to have been recognised for the truly remarkable work our team have put in. When we opened in 2016, the gardens were just an unkempt mud bath, and the transformation you see today wouldn’t have been possible without our volunteers.”

“We’d also like to pay tribute to our former gardens manager Alex Styan, who also played a significant role over previous years, and thank local residents for always answering our call whenever we’ve needed equipment or material to develop different areas of the gardens. We’ve still got much more planned for the future – stay tuned over the coming weeks and months!”

Dronfield Civic Society donation for new sign

A big thank you must also go to our friends at the Civic Society for their very generous donation of £500, which has allowed us to install a brand new sign at the front of the Barn on the High Street. The old signs were getting somewhat dilapidated with age, and the new sign is a much needed improvement to the street scene.

To find out more about the Dronfield Civic Society, and to read more about the John Robert Clough Awards, please head to their recently revamped website: www.dronfieldcivicsociety.org.uk