CHESTERFIELD: Scarsdale Probus Club welcomes David Sidden for a talk on Brampton potteries

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The chairman of Scarsdale Probus Club, Richard Robinson welcomed 37 members to the July meeting which was held at the Olde House, Newbold. There was one visitor, Michael Whetton, who was introduced by David Oldale.

Guest speaker was local expert, David Sidden, who gave a fascinating account of the ‘The Brampton Potteries’. It is well documented, said David, that the art of pot making in and around the Chesterfield area has a proven history since Roman times. The Alma Pottery in Brampton was opened in about 1850 and this was the start of the commercial side of pottery. The closure of the last pottery is recorded about 1980s.

David, with the aid of slides and some samples of the items manufactured in the Brampton area, began his ‘journey’ from the site currently occupied by Wickes – Builder’s Merchants and then meandering along Chatsworth Road, stopping off at the various locations to describe the pottery that was manufactured at these works. Chesterfield, said David, had the three main essentials for the manufacture of pottery, an ample amount of local coal and clay and a ready supply of salt for the glazing process.

The vote of thanks was given by Ian Potter, who began by saying that, although he was named Potter, he had no knowledge of any family connection with this profession. In his response, David said that in the dim distant past it was most likely there would be a connection. Ian continued by saying that he was very impressed by David’s expertise and impressive knowledge of his chosen subject, and he congratulated him on his excellent presentation.

David received a certificate of appreciation from the chairman and a cheque which David immediately donated to the Ashgate Hospice. Members expressed their appreciation for his presentation and his kind generosity.

In other business the chairman reminded members that there was still time to sign up for the visit to Stoke on Thursday, August 22.

Bowls Club Team Captain, Brian Down said that the club did not win any trophies this year at the Inter-Probus singles competition. However, Geoff Nichols got to the semi final, losing out to the winner, Ron Presswood of the Hardwick Probus Club.

A Macmillan coffee morning is to be held on Friday, September 27, from 9.30am onwards. Ian and Anne Potter will be holding the coffee morning at their home, ‘Littlebeck’ Pocknedge Lane, Holymoorside. All are welcome.

Guest speaker John Robinson’s described the trip of a lifetime when he gave a talk on‘Robinson’s Trip to the Albert Hall’, at the August 13 meeting.