The Fielden Acre Project

The Fielden Acre: community, affordable housing, heritage.

The CVCLT was gifted the Grade II listed Fielden Hall in 2016. The Hall is managed by the Fielden Centre Association (FCA) as a thriving community centre used by some 2000 people each year for everything from tai chi to weddings.
In 2020 an opportunity arose to buy the acre of land and buildings abutting the hall. Nearly 120 people bought into our vision for the Fielden Acre investing £270,000 in community shares for the purchase. 
In addition to securing two new affordable homes, community ownership of the whole plot of land enabled us to protect a community future for the historic Fielden Hall and brought potential to connect the Hall to Centre Vale Park.
With the help of community share investors, a grant from Homes England and a loan from the Community Foundation for Calderdale, we completed the purchase on 01 March 2021. You can download a short report on our experience of running the share issue here.
Calder Valley CLT Fielden Acre Community Shares

The Fielden Acre Community Share Issue 2020

You will find the online resources and documentation that we used during our successful community share issue on the offer page, now archived.

Fielden Hall COMMUNITY Centre

The beautiful Fielden Hall is a thriving community centre used by Todmorden people for food distribution, art classes, voting – and everything in between. The whole site is owned and managed by the community, for the community.

Affordable Homes

The CVCLT bought the two houses which bookend the historic Fielden Hall in 2021, ensuring that they stay as affordable homes for the long term as well as securing the whole site a community resource, preventing unsympathetic development on the land.

FIELDEN ACRE HERITAGE

Pioneering philanthropist and educator Sarah Fielden helped make Todmorden the town it is today when she established a school on the site in 1871. In the 2020s, we used community shares for a very modern kind of philanthropy, making our contribution to the town’s future.

What’s next?

Community

Together with the FCA we are working up ideas on how to make the community centre more accessible.  This includes the potential to make an accessible meeting room.

Affordable homes

The CVCLT is commissioning refurbishment work on the two houses to ensure that they are kept in a good state of repair.  The Connect Housing Assocation is managing these homes for the CVCLT.

Heritage

Whilst it is a fine, historic asset, the buildings in the Fielden Acre are energy inefficient.  We are working with the FCA to develop a project to make the community centre an exemplar of how an historic building can be upgraded to modern standards of energy efficiency and comfort whilst respecting its history.