The village of Creswell grew from a small farming community to its present size as a result of the mining industry, and it thrived until a disastrous accident took place in 1950, in which nearly every household in the village lost a member of their immediate or extended family. This terrible event was followed by the closure of the mine in the 1991, and these two tragedies lead to the community dropping into despair. Shops closed, and the area was declared one of the most deprived in the country.
Then, in 2002, residents in Creswell and neighbouring Elmton decided to try to improve the situation and, with the support of Derbyshire County Council, Bolsover District Council and the Elmton with Creswell Parish Council, obtained a grant to purchase the former Nat. West Bank premises on Elmton Rd, Creswell, which became the Creswell Resource Point. The Elmton and Creswell Village Company (ECVC) was formed to start the regeneration work, Chesterfield College ran computer and other training courses in the Resource Point, office space was available for hire, a small Charity shop was opened, and facilities were provided for Advisory Services to come in once a week. It soon became clear that the needs of the Community were great, and a much bigger building was required, and two old burnt out shops on Elmton Rd. and an adjoining shop were purchased with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many other funders. Limestone House was built and opened in July 2004 as a place to restore a ‘pride of place’ for the community and encourage residents to look forward to a better future. It provided a cheerful focus for people to meet, learn, get help, take up opportunities and enjoy excellent coffee and food, as the pages on this web site show.
Whereas most other Village Companies set up at this time have now closed, the Elmton & Creswell Village Company (now Limestone House) continues to thrive, with the tireless dedication of local volunteers, part time staff, advisers and supporting organisations. Its aims are shown in the mission statement, and while many people have been helped through its activities, new challenges demand a continuing effort by the local community.
Come and volunteer and enjoy maintaining this valuable resource!