Cambridge Commercial Property Demolition Unearths Surprise for Charity

Posted on 11 January, 2013 by Neil Bird

The demolition of a former industrial building in Cambridge has unearthed a surprise which could spell good news for a local charity.

Workers pulling down an 80 year old cement works, that closed five years ago, discovered an old briefcase containing documents relating to the firm’s now defunct social club.

Among these papers were details of the clubs bank account and it has subsequently been discovered that it contains nearly £2,500.

A former employee at the cement works, John Drayton, now works as a caretaker on the site. He confirmed that the bank account belonged to the old Eastwoods Social Club.

He told the Cambridge News that he had discussed the briefcase with the club’s president, who is now in his 80s, and they were hoping to track down more former committee members so they can decide what do with the money.

“The club no longer meets of course,” he said. “So it will be good to put the money to some use and one of the ideas I had was that it could go to a local charity as a donation.”

Mr Drayton suggested that the children’s hospice at Milton or the East Anglian Air Ambulance would both be deserving beneficiaries of the windfall.

A spokeswoman for Cemex, the company that owns the cement works, said it was ‘splendid news’ that the recovered documents could be used to benefit a good cause. In terms of the land itself she had this to say;

“It was mothballed in 2008 when the recession started to bite and last April it was decommissioned because of the slow prospect of recovery in the construction industry.

“At present we’re looking at updating the rail infrastructure on the site to bring consignments of clay that can be used as part of the restoration of the quarry there.”

She continued to explain that the company would talk to local residents about possible long term uses for the land but she said that, whatever the future of the site might hold, she hoped it would provide employment in the Cambridge area.

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