ASHOVER: John Wardle’s painting won at carnival

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One particularly happy man at Ashover’s May Day carnival was former colliery manager, Jim Ferreday of Arkwright Town in Chesterfield. He won a much-admired painting of the village centre by local artist John Wardle, who was persuaded to donate it for a worthy cause by his fund-raising specialist wife, Mary. Together with the sale of seven limited edition prints of the same painting, Mary raised over £400 which will help kick-start a fund for much-needed renovations to the village Bassett Rooms.

“I’d like everyone to know how grateful I am for their support,” said Mary later.

John also donated an original cuddly toy dog as prize in a ‘name-the-dog’ competition which was won by Milltown resident Brenda Shaw. Her suggested name of ‘Luke’ was the one drawn. John, a member of the Ashover Patient Participation Group, said that the £126 raised would be used to supply new blood pressure monitors with any surplus going to Ashgate Hospice.