Current projects.



Stand-Up Paddle boards (SUPs)

Following the initial purchase of 9 Stand-up paddle boards, (SUPs), we can now confirm that we have raised enough money for the purchase of the first giant SUP, and it is already in use at the Centre. (see pictures).
These extra-large SUPs are big and strong enough for several participants to ride at once. The activity is an excellent opportunity for the development of teamwork, coordination and confidence building and the board can also be more readily adapted for wheelchair users.

SUPs are inflatable but robust. They are therefore easier to transport than canoes and kayaks.
They are easier to get on and off, especially after capsizing and this can be of significant benefit to those lacking in confidence and those with poor mobility. They can be paddled from a sitting or standing position and can also be used by multiple occupants. The Centre’s staff already have the appropriate skills and training to support SUP users and their purchase will enable the Centre to have more groups on the water at any one time.

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Crate-stacking Activity

Thanks to a generous grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund the crate-stack activity is now up and running at White Hall.

Here’s what some of the children thought of it,

“That was so much fun, the anticipation of the crates falling made my heart race with excitement and nerves.”

“I loved that, the higher we went the higher I wanted to go.”

“Now that is something I've never done before, but I've always wanted to after seeing it on YouTube.”

“It was really scary but I'm proud of how high I got the crates.”

And here is what their teacher thinks about it,

“WOW! What can I say, the children loved it.

From a teacher/staff/school point of view; we loved it and thought it was a really valuable activity as it involved all of the group all of the time., nobody was stood watching. It was a great activity for encouraging teamwork, as the task depended on all aspects of the activity being completed for it to be successful. It developed communication skills like no other activity the children have participated in as everyone was suddenly talking to each other whilst they planned their task and roles. The children developed their confidence with heights at a good pace, a pace that allowed them to become confident with the new height before they climbed even higher. The activity was exceptional in allowing children to direct and lead their groups learning - children appeared to respond really well to their peers - which was great for developing the children's confidence in leadership skills. Respect was also evident throughout this activity as all children were responding to each other and a passion for adventure was clearly evident as there was so much laughter within the group. The only negative was that the children did not want to finish the activity.”

(Jo Lenthall, Primary teacher)

Thanks again to the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.


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Storage space

The purchase of the SUPs and the crate-stacking activity caused problems of storage. Thanks again to the grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund the Centre has been able to purchase ‘flat pack’ storage space to accommodate all the extra equipment.

Wet Suits

The purchase of the SUPs has resulted in more water-based activities being offered. Wet suits were therefore in short supply.

We are happy to report that the Centre has been able to purchase more wet suits thanks to a grant of £500 from the Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Initiative Fund, courtesy of councillor Jean Wharmby.

The White Hall Wiggle 2024

The ‘Wiggle’ multi-terrain race was held on Sunday 28th April, starting and finishing at White Hall Centre. The Friends of White Hall Centre and the Thomas Theyer Trust jointly organized the event.
The race was run over 6.5 miles, with 1364 ft of ascent, or, for the Europhiles among us, 10.46 Km and 416m, respectively.
The event was a great success, with 44 runners on the day. Entrants were of all ages and came from far and wide.

Post race refreshments were provided and greatly appreciated.


The winners were as follows:

Jean Fearn  18 to 39

Paul King  v40

Colin Houghton  v50

Nick Ham  v60 +

Steph Curtis 1st Woman



Thanks go to the following, in no particular order,

  • The team and recruits from the Thomas Theyer Trust.

  • The team and recruits from Friends of White Hall Centre.

  • The staff of White Hall Centre

  • Howdens Kitchens of Buxton, for funding the prizes, and last but not least…… The runners themselves:


Wiggle Runner 2024     Wiggle Runner 2024     Wiggle Runner 2024


 Wiggle Runner 2024     Wiggle Runner 2024

The event raised £1,006 which was split between the two charities.

Considering its success, we intend to make this an annual event.


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