From the Ashes
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The Donnison School Building was bought in 2001 for a princely sum of £2,400. This was raised by a handful of committed individuals who were willing to contribute a few hundred pounds to secure the site. This was a huge risk, buying a grade II listed property, on the at-risk register and in major need of a restoration plan
This was the beginning of the restoration campaign. An initial £10,000 from the local authority was secured to bring on board an architect and a surveyor. It also secure the site and make it wind and water tight. Vandalism was the real problem in the early days. We were very ambitious and we were convinced we could bring this derelict shell back to life.
BUT it wasn't without its trials and tribulations.....