About us

The Peel Centre Charitable Trust, a registered charity, was formed in 1993 to accept a generous gift of this well-known and prominent town centre building from Dronfield Free Church Trustees. It is situated on the High Street by the monument to Sir Robert Peel whose prominent role in the repeal of the corn laws contributed so much to the prosperity of Dronfield.

The Trust Deed stipulates that the centre shall be available for use without prejudice to all citizens irrespective of origin, creed or political persuasion.

The late Canon Derek Palmer provided the drive and inspiration needed to move on with a £150,000+ refurbishment project. Then Rector of Dronfield and a Rotarian, he engaged many other local professionals who voluntarily provided expertise in finance, planning, building and management.

The inside was completely re-planned to provide two large halls, several smaller meeting rooms and a counselling suite now named after Canon Palmer. Each room takes the name of Dronfield citizens who have made a major contribution to the development and welfare of the town and its people ­ Edward Lucas, Thomas Taylor, John Rotherham and Dr Fletcher.

An appeal was launched for funds and substantial amounts were provided by generous individuals and organisations including:-

A Management Committee of volunteers oversees the running of the centre and Dronfield Town Council provides invaluable assistance with administration and bookings. Ultimate responsibility rests with the local Trustees and volunteers are welcome for both groups. Telephone Mike on 01246-413157 if you would like to be involved.

The Peel Centre encourages Individual and Corporate Patrons who, in return for an annual payment, enjoy advantageous hire rates. Telephone Town Council Offfice 01246 418573 for further details.