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Mackworth Estate Community Association (MECA) was set up by two close friends Terry Kelsall and Paul Pegg in June 2002 who where disillusioned by the way in which Mackworth Estate was being neglected by Derby City Council and the various agencies working in the area.

Terry and Paul had attended a meeting and when it came to questions they were told that they could not ask any questions as they were infact owner occupiers and not Council Tenants.

When that meeting closed they stood outside of the building for over an hour discussing the way forward for all of the residents of Mackworth Estate. The following day they started speaking to various residents both council tenants and owner occupiers and between them they formed a steering committee of like minded people and so Mackworth Estate Community Association (MECA) was born and held it’s inaugural Annual General Meeting 3rd September 2003.

Terry was unable to attend the meeting and see his and Paul’s vision come to fruition as he had been diagnosed with cancer and was terminally ill in the Derby City Hospital. Sadly, Terry passed away on the 4th October 2003 but thanks to the hard work carried out by Terry prior to his admission into hospital MECA received charitable status within three months of their first AGM.

The Geographical area covered by MECA is the area situated to the North West of Derby City and referred to as “Mackworth Estate”, and is bordered by the A38 Trunk Road (Kingsway), A52 Derby to Ashbourne Road (from its junction with Kingsway to Radbourne Lane), Radbourne Lane (from its junction with Ashbourne Road to the junction of Station Road), Station Road (from its junction of Radbourne Lane to the disused Great Northern Railway Line), and the now disused Great Northern Railway Line in an easterly direction.

In 2004 MECA reformed the Mackworth St, Francis Football Club with the aid of funding from Derbyshire Community Foundation, the club now as 9 teams ranging in age from 5 years to 13 years playing in the various leagues in Derby City and Burton. The club required a football pitch and so MECA raised £30,000 to get the drainage installed on the local park.

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MECA have commissioned three surveys one was a general survey involving all aspects of life on the estate, the second one was targeted at the young people and carried out by Derby CVS, the third survey was specifically for the adult residents of Mackworth Estate and again carried out by Derby CVS.

The surveys proved what was already known that there where no outdoor facilities for the young people to use other than a couple of swings and a slide and so a further £22, 500 was raised through various funders to provide a multi-use sports wall. While grants were being sort for that project fund raising was still taking place to aid other groups on the estate as well as the continuing efforts to put on a pay for half term activities.

In 2005 Mackworth Estate Community Association received a donation of £3,200 from Rolls Royce in appreciation of the work that they MECA do on the estate. In 2007 Father John Phillips and Peter Roberts the Church administrator offered MECA a disused room at the side of St, Francis Church as an office. The donation from Rolls Royce enabled an IT and security systems to be installed along with furniture etc. 2007 saw MECA successfully apply to the Children in Need for £18,350 to purchase and install two youth shelters on the Estate.

Since the formation of the Mackworth Estate Community Association in 2002/03 we have raised over £200,000 for good causes on Mackworth Estate. In 2008 MECA became a company limited by guarantee in England and recently become VAT registered.

In 2007 MECA approached Derby City Councils Estates Department to see if it would be able to rent a disused shop on Drayton Avenue and bring it back into life as a Charity shop selling cloths and the usuak bric-a-brac for the Estate with all of the profits being returned back into the Community. A rent was agreed for a trial period of twelve months and in August 2009 the shop opened its doors thanks to the hard work of the committee members and a few volunteers one of those volunteers lives close by and as now taken on the roll as unpaid manager. To-date the shop as been successful and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 4 pm.
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