RIVER NETWORK HAVE HAD a celebration Picnic with the Mayor of Chesterfield supporting and in attendance with a Ribbon cutting ceremony & cake cutting ceremony.

This was held on Wednesday 3rd August 7pm. Also a special Community picnic bring and share at the summerhouse on the allotments was enjoyed by representatives of the Charity, allotment’s & community. .

One of Derbyshires leading and growing Charities are continuing to pioneer this new project and continuing to grow across Derbyshire ! Pun intended.

CEO Terry Eckersley enthuses “ it’s such a joy to celebrate and continue to build strategic partnerships that are really helping individuals find a sense of community, purpose and achieving all within the wider Derbyshire strategy. We have seen an amazing therapeutic community grow in the last couple of months and looking forward to celebrating this with a celebration picnic and grand opening by local Mayor.”

The partnership with The Rufford Close Allotments in Rufford Close, Chesterfield, S40 2PB.
The Charity have already prepared and filled one of the raised beds with Carrots, Lettuce, Spring Onions, and Coloured Beetroot. They have another for raised beds prepared, planted, and water weekly with community engagement sessions and meet together and tend the allotment and produce.

Many people are feeling lonely and isolated so this Community project will help bring community and cohesion. River Network then also seek to build with the community. In fact people came to the opening from the local estate, met the Charity and Mayor and are now getting involved.

River Network, are celebrating new staff , growing, developing families, people and communities. A local Charity reaching out, offering guidance, support and information , helping the community through Christian concern via:


  • Helping Community
  • Marginalised
  • Homeless
  • Needy
  • Feeding, Foodbank & delivery
  • Social
  • Children and Families
  • Youth
  • Media, Arts and Training
  • Through practical and holistic development

Councillor Tony Rogers, the Mayor of Chesterfield, said: “I’m delighted to have opened this new therapeutic community allotment. The River Network Charity have worked hard to create an excellent facility where members of the community can come together.”