CHESTERFIELD: Hardwick Probus Club learns about the railways of the Upper Derwent Valley

Chairman Brian Worthy welcomed 37 members at the July meeting of the Hardwick Probus Club held at the Olde House, Loundsley Green on Tuesday, July 23. #

He introduced the speaker, Ted Hancock, who gave an illustrated talk on the Railways of the Upper Derwent Valley. These railways were built in order to supply the materials required for the construction of the Howden and Derwent dams in the first decade of the 20th century. Some sidings and signal boxes are now all that remain of the railway, the majority of which is submerged in the Ladybower reservoir.

The construction of the dams was a massive undertaking, the infrastructure of which included whole villages for workers but was almost all dismantled after completion of the work. Any remains are underwater and only visible when water levels are low.

After the presentation and the questions which followed, Ted was thanked by the chairman.

The chairman then thanked all those who attended the recent outing to Ripon and the races for their support.

A report was given by Ron Presswood on a recent inter-Probus meeting held to discuss the future of the bowls competitions. Ron explained that a new format for the competitions had been agreed which he will organise.

John Windle gave a report on the results of a recent questionnaire to members designed to establish their expectations of membership of the Ccub. However, because some members had not received his summary of the findings by email, it was agreed that the issue would be raised at the next meeting by which time the committee will have presented suggestions for discussion.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 27 when a talk on UK birds of prey will be given by Richard Ashbee.