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Just finished updating the Virtual Bricks on the web site - we have now sold over 590 bricks,  a great achievement and it just goes to show how important the building of the new tearooms is to the people and visitors to Belper. To check out your virtual brick go to Virtual Bricks

If you are still searching for an unusual gift for someone, why not buy them a brick  
Fundraising Auction with Charles Hanson
Friends of Belper River Gardens will be holding  a fund raising auction with Charles Hanson to raise money for the Belper Tearooms Project.
Friday 3 November 2017 7.30pm - 9.30pm 
The Strutts Centre
Derby Road 
Admission £3.00 on door
Larks in the Parks at Belper River Gardens

The Larks in the Park events will start on Sunday 4 June 2017 and Friends of the Belper River Gardens will be serving teas and cakes at the following Larks in the Park events.

Sunday 4 June
Sunday 18 June
Sunday 25 June
Sunday 2 July
Sunday 16 July
Sunday 23 July
Sunday 6 August
Sunday 20 August
Sunday 27 August
Sunday 3 September

Tea and cakes will be served from the Boat House between 2-4 pm and you will be able to find out more  about progress of the new tearooms and "Buy Your Own Brick"

Tearoom Deign Passes Pre Planning Process

The new design for the Tearooms has proved very popular and has now successfully passed through the pre-planning process of the Borough Council where authorities that have to be consulted are able to propose changes or indicate objections. The council’s response was, “It is considered that the proposal as indicated, if submitted with all the appropriate supporting information, would be likely to receive favourable consideration.” On this basis we are now going ahead 
with a formal planning application. 
Trevor Griffin, one of the Directors of Belper Community Enterprise, said, “It is important to make a success of building the new Tearooms, ensuring that they are sustainable, meet public aspirations and the needs of official organisations. We will only get one chance and we need to get it right. This means that it can be a slow process but we appreciate the support and patience of local people who have helped us get the project so far. The strong backing that we receive from the two local Councils is also vitally important. 
We still intend to be serving the first customers in 2018!” 

Latest news

River Gardens Tearoom Successes

We have now sold “brick” number 500 of our “Buy-a-Brick” scheme by which members of the public donate to the Community Interest Company established last year to replace 
Belper’s derelict riverside tearooms. Each brick costs £25, so that is £12,500 raised by this means alone, showing how much the people of Belper and surroundings want to see the 
return of these much needed facilities. However the 500th brick was purchased by a supporter in Upper Hutt, New Zealand!  
In addition the company has raised a further £2,000 from fund raising events, sales and donations, including a very generous one of £500 from the Belper branch of Specsavers. 
£200,000 of the £450,000 or so required to build the new Tearooms has been promised by Amber Valley Borough Council and Belper Town Council. Negotiations continue 
with the Borough Council, who own the Gardens and the site, and a local solicitor has just been instructed to help us complete the lease. The cost of this and other preliminary work is being met from the “Buy-a-Brick” money raised. The company is applying for grants to cover the outstanding capital costs. 
 The design that we have proposed for the new Tearooms is a modern building that reflects the scale and character of the original, providing additional facilities that will enhance 
the existing Gardens. They will add value to the promenade, play area, boats and other relaxation amenities and provide out-of-hours community facilities and make a popular event 
Support Belper Tearooms Association

Come and join us and 'Belcanto', the male voice chorus for an evening concert on Saturday 14th January at 7.30pm at St Peter's Church, Belper.
All profits are being donated to help fund our new tearooms.

Please spread the word and we look forward to seeing you there.

Our 'Buy a brick' campaign

At last, something that YOU can do to make sure that the River Gardens Tearooms reopen!

Our project now has a sound basis and we have substantial funding promised towards the construction of the new Tearooms, however, we need help from as many people as possible to get it through the planning phase.  
So, we are offering you the opportunity to really get involved and to own part of the Tearooms through our 'Buy a brick" campaign. You can purchase a 'brick' for just £25 and thank to your donation, help to make sure that the Tearooms project really happens

Go to our 'Buy a brick' page to find out how you can help.

Our Community Meeting

Following the community meeting at Number 28 on the !6th of June, Trevor Griffin, who chairs the Friends of Belper River Gardens and is a member of the Tearooms Association and a director of the CIC said: “A lot of people have been working very hard for the best part of two years to reach this point, and we hope the public will like what we have planned. “The new tea rooms are very much in a style which is sympathetic to what George Herbert Strutt wanted from the original building, so they won’t look out of place in this Listed Edwardian Water Garden. “Some very clever design has ensured that there will be more seating than the original, which failed to cope with numbers even on its opening day in 1906, but also a centre space which can be adapted for multiple community uses outside opening hours, such as for meetings or talks, or as a classroom. “It’s a very exciting time, which has been a long time coming, and we hope the public will support us in securing the funding and getting the building in place before the end of 2017.” 
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Fundraising Auction

To help raise funds for the new tearooms project we are 
holding a fund raising auction on

Friday November 3 2017 at the Strutts Centre Belper
Hosted by Charles Hanson

Have you got any items you could donate? 

Also looking for non perishable food or toiletries to make up hampers. We are grateful for your help or just come along and enjoy the evening.

or call 01773 821920
Belper Tearooms Association presentation June 16th

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Address: Belper Community Enterprise CIC
St John's Chapel, The Butts,
Belper DE56 1HX

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Get involved

We are always looking for other members of the community to get involved, in particular if you have skills, experience or funding that you think would be useful to help move this exciting project forward.  To get in touch, please email us at
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