Firm packs down with players

Left to right: John Moseley (Lafarge/Furness Brothers); players Matthew Eyre, Dominic Hunter, Drew Samson; Joe Furness of Furness Brothers; Steve Richardson (chairman of Hope Valley Rugby Club); player Martin Spencer, Steve Kearsey (of Lafarge Cement Hope Works); and player Alan Baskerville.
Left to right: John Moseley (Lafarge/Furness Brothers); players Matthew Eyre, Dominic Hunter, Drew Samson; Joe Furness of Furness Brothers; Steve Richardson (chairman of Hope Valley Rugby Club); player Martin Spencer, Steve Kearsey (of Lafarge Cement Hope Works); and player Alan Baskerville.

Two hundred tonnes of crushed stone, the loan of some specialist machinery and a significant amount of manpower has helped Hope Valley Rugby Club transform its car park and improve access to a children’s play area.

The crushed stone has turned the quagmire car park into a good quality hardstanding area, improving facilities for rugby players and visitors, for the emergency services (should they need to attend for injuries) and for Castleton children as the car park is located next to the play area.

Local company Lafarge Cement donated the stone from its quarry at Hope Works. Working with its neighbour Furness Brothers, the two companies co-ordinated the delivery of the stone through several lorry trips, with the use of the lorry and specialist driver.

The final part of the project came through local equipment hire company Robert Atkin which provided their JCB to prepare the ground and lay the stone.

Hope Valley Rugby Club chairman, Steve Richardson commented: “For a local sporting club like ours, it was great to be able to secure the support of these local companies.

“Our club has gone from strength to strength, getting promoted each year. With this success comes more traffic in and out of the club grounds and the car park was not of a good enough standard. This fantastic team effort between three local companies has culminated in the biggest single donation of support we have had so far.

“Thanks to Lafarge for donating the stone and to Furness Brothers and Robert Atkins for transporting the stone here and installing it.”