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:-
The Trust Deed and the CIO's constitution stipulates that the centre shall be available for use without prejudice to all citizens irrespective of origin, creed or political persuasion.
Members of the CIO oversee the running of the centre and Dronfield Town Council administers the bookings.