The Grade 2 listed Mechanics Hall is arguably Marsden’s most precious physical asset in the full ownership of the community itself. Ownership comes laden with responsibilities and liabilities that require funds well in excess of income that can be generated by hiring out space. Fund-raising is consequently a constant challenge for the Trust that acts on the community’s behalf.
Marsden Community Trust took over the ownership and management of the Mechanics Hall from Kirklees Council in the Asset Transfer under the localism Act (2011) in 2017. Since the transfer the Trust has embarked on a significant programme of capital improvements. In doing so we have sought the support of a range of funding sources, including the people of Marsden, local charities and companies and large Charitable Trusts. We have listed our main funders below and the achievements they have made possible. On behalf of the Trust and all the users of the Mechanics we would like to record our thanks to all of them. We also hope we can rely on the continuing support of Marsden people in the never-ending quest.
We also receive ongoing, much valued, support from our Friends of Marsden Mechanics.
Full information on how to join this lovely group of people is available on our ‘Friends’ page.
Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund (September 2020), has helped us to cover our running costs from mid October to the end of March 2021, which will enable us to continue to support Marsden Help and start to reopen the building to our users. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.
Funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by Key Fund (August 2020), has helped us to refurbish our lift. Thanks to National Lottery players for making this possible.
Power to change, from the National Lottery Community Fund (April 2020) – for Covid19 mitigations and work to improve the building and stand it in good stead for re-opening after Covid19
Yorkshire Avalanche Dodgers (Spring 2020) – for general purposes.
Kirklees One Community Fund (Feb 2020) – for interior refurbishment of our small meeting room, and upgrade of the hall overhead lighting to LEDs.
Friends of Marsden Library – Keep Marsden Library open (January 2020) – towards the costs of keeping the library open within the building.
Individual supporters, Kirklees Ward Councillor Funding and Cuckoo’s Nest, Marsden (Jan 2020) – towards emergency appeal to repair our boiler.
Cuckoo’s Nest, Marsden (Oct 2019) – to re-glaze the door in our small meeting room.
Kirklees Ward Councillor Funding (March 2019) – for refurbishment of our reception and conservatory areas.
Yorkshire Avalanche Dodgers (Spring 2019) – for general purposes.
Kirklees One Community Fund (Spring 2019) – To set up and support our Fun & Games sessions.
Cuckoo’s Nest, Marsden (Spring 2019) – to top up the accessible toilet fund to enable completion, and towards a replacement fridge.
Friends of Marsden Library – Keep Marsden Library open (January 2019) – towards the costs of keeping the library open within the building.
Cooperative Local Causes Fund (2018) – to totally refurbish our accessible toilet and bring it up to date.
Cuckoo’s Nest, Marsden (Autumn 2018) – to install a push pad on our conservatory door, and mood lighting for library events.
Kirklees One Community Fund (Spring 2018) – To install a CCTV system, and fitting the kitchenette we had donated to us.
Yorkshire Avalanche Dodgers (Spring 2018) – for general purposes
Cuckoo’s Nest, Marsden (Autumn 2017) – to upgrade the floor in our backstage area.
Kirklees One Community Fund (August 2017) – To set up and support advice sessions.
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (March 2017) – to fully redevelop the library and office spaces.
Yorkshire Avalanche Dodgers (Spring 2017) – for general purposes.
Cuckoo’s Nest, Marsden (Spring 2017) – automation of lighting in the stairwells and toilet facilities.
Cuckoo’s Nest, Marsden (Autumn 2016) – to replace the uplighters in our main hall.
Cuckoo’s Nest, Marsden (Spring 2016) – new hand driers for the toilets, and evacuation chair.