Posted on 29th November 2016 / 570
Site Type : Preservation Hub / Campaign
Category : Mining / Head Gear / Mining
Industry Type : Mining - (Metalliferous) Iron, Copper, Tin etc

Groverake Mine has the last remaining headgear in the North Pennines and it needs your help!

WE NEED TO RAISE £18,000 URGENTLY OR THE HEADGEAR WILL BE DEMOLISHED

On Friday, 25th November 2016, five members of the Friends of Groverake committee met with the land agents. They reached an agreement to take on a 25 year lease to conserve the headgear in situ. However there are conditions: timeframe and cost. They want an agreement signed this week, but before they can do this, we need to secure a large sum of money to cover the costs – £18k!

Otherwise the headgear will be demolished!

A website has been set up to receive the donations, but be assured, in the event that this fundraising attempt is unsuccessful and the headframe is taken down, all donations will be returned to the donors.

Donate at the website (securely) – HERE!

As the last head gear in the County, it has immense importance, not just an impressive landmark but as a reminder of our history, not merely to us but to our children, grandchildren and the generations to follow.

“When a place loses its heritage, it loses its soul.”
– John Grundy

 

Bit of background (from their website):

“The last mining headframe in County Durham was due to be demolished in September 2016. A public meeting was called early in the year. Lots of people did not want to see this happen. A committee ‘The Friends of Groverake’ was set up to try to save the headgear. After months of getting nowhere, the land agents finally agreed to give us four weeks to submit a proposal to them. A strong business plan was produced, with the backing of the registered charity ‘The Friends of Killhope’, and sent to the agents in September. The response we got was that the Coal Authority needed it to be taken down so it was going to be demolished imminently. When questioned about this, the Environment Agency and Coal Authority decided to issue a joint statement clarifying their position. it stated they did not need the headgear to to be removed and that they would try to work around if they used the site for water treatment in future. We also went to the press in a final attempt to halt the demolition.”

So much effort has been put in so far, let’s not let this fail and go to waste now!

Donate at the website (securely) – HERE!

 

Updates:

March 2017 – Complete success! The headstocks are saved and the donations will be returned because the owner has agreed to maintain them! Read the news article – HERE!

Dig Deep for Groverake Head Gear

Groverake Mine has the last remaining headgear in the North Pennines and it needs your help!

WE NEED TO RAISE £18,000 URGENTLY OR THE HEADGEAR WILL BE DEMOLISHED

On Friday, 25th November 2016, five members of the Friends of Groverake committee met with the land agents. They reached an agreement to take on a 25 year lease to conserve the headgear in situ. However there are conditions: timeframe and cost. They want an agreement signed this week, but before they can do this, we need to secure a large sum of money to cover the costs – £18k!

Otherwise the headgear will be demolished!

A website has been set up to receive the donations, but be assured, in the event that this fundraising attempt is unsuccessful and the headframe is taken down, all donations will be returned to the donors.

Donate at the website (securely) – HERE!

As the last head gear in the County, it has immense importance, not just an impressive landmark but as a reminder of our history, not merely to us but to our children, grandchildren and the generations to follow.

“When a place loses its heritage, it loses its soul.”
– John Grundy

 

Bit of background (from their website):

“The last mining headframe in County Durham was due to be demolished in September 2016. A public meeting was called early in the year. Lots of people did not want to see this happen. A committee ‘The Friends of Groverake’ was set up to try to save the headgear. After months of getting nowhere, the land agents finally agreed to give us four weeks to submit a proposal to them. A strong business plan was produced, with the backing of the registered charity ‘The Friends of Killhope’, and sent to the agents in September. The response we got was that the Coal Authority needed it to be taken down so it was going to be demolished imminently. When questioned about this, the Environment Agency and Coal Authority decided to issue a joint statement clarifying their position. it stated they did not need the headgear to to be removed and that they would try to work around if they used the site for water treatment in future. We also went to the press in a final attempt to halt the demolition.”

So much effort has been put in so far, let’s not let this fail and go to waste now!

Donate at the website (securely) – HERE!

 

Updates:

March 2017 – Complete success! The headstocks are saved and the donations will be returned because the owner has agreed to maintain them! Read the news article – HERE!

Dig Deep for Groverake Head Gear
Site Type : Preservation Hub / Campaign
Category : Mining / Head Gear / Mining
Industry Type : Mining - (Metalliferous) Iron, Copper, Tin etc
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