Thirty-six Hobs members attended the first meeting at the Wheatsheaf Hotel after the summer break enjoying a three-course meal.
The chairman reported that the annual outing to Whitby in July was a huge success, which was enjoyed by everyone, had glorious sunshine all day.
Members were then entertained by Mr Magic, Brian Varley, leaving them amazed by the magic tricks he performed and left them wondering how these had been accomplished.
The evening ended with the usual game of bingo.
Thanks have been expressed to everyone who supported the MacMillan Coffee Morning on September 27. A total of £308.49 was raised from donations and the selling of raffle tickets.
The raffle prize was a cake baked and donated by Sally Gregory and the lucky winner was Roz Gibbard from Bakewell. Roz took the cake to share with her mother and the residents of Brooklands Residential Home.
Thanks have also been extended to John Devereaux for the use of his office, and to Age Concern for loaning the tables and chairs and to Helen from The Bakewell Pudding Parlour who provided Bakewell puddings and Marion at Bloomers for the tray of sausage rolls.
The event was staged by the Peak Advertiser whose staff all baked cakes. People dropped in for coffee and also donated homemade cakes.
Bakewell Rotary Club held its 18th aanual Charity Golf Competition at Bakewell Golf Club on September 6.
The 56 golfers who took part confronted the worst weather encountered since 2008 (when the competition had to be postponed for two weeks). This year they met continuous, unrelenting heavy rain which lasted all day and soaked to the skin all taking part. Clothes, clubs and bags were all drenched.
Consequently, it was decided to compact the competition to nine holes which proved to offer a reasonable challenge. Only two teams coming from afar decided not to make the effort but they still expressed their wish to take part next year.
Surprisingly, the scores returned were quite impressive with seven teams scoring 40 or more points.
The winners who received the Robinson Trophy were the team from Sickleholme of James Bradshaw, Simon Walters, Mick Thorp and John Biggin with 45 points.
Second came the team from Hallows of Adam Ellis, Andrew Ward, Michael Hinch and Clarke Hemstark with 43 points and in third place were the Matlock team of Andrew Tork, Pauline Bramley, Ian Annable and Raili Turk.
The competition raised around £1,700 which will be divided between the Whizz Kids charity and other deserving Rotary charities.
Bakewell Young Farmers has had a good history of tug of war teams and very frequently competed at the national finals and also winning the national title in 2011,
Alex Birch, Sam Bolton, Charlie Village and Joe Birch progressed from the Young Farmers to pull in tug of war association for local team Two Dales who compete at a very high standard.
Through this they were scouted by Mr D. Knott, the England u23s coach. The u23s squad is a selected squad from around the country therefore training is as far south as Sandhurst in Berkshire and as far north as York, The Dales contingent have been training locally since March and with the other team members since June.
The world championships were held last month where the u23s squad competed in two competitions pulling against European countries from Germany, Belgium and Sweden and as far away as South Africa and China! There were 11 teams altogether in the competition and both times the u23s team made the cross over finishing in the top four but both times losing out on the bronze pull off, first to South Africa and then to Sweden.
Team members have expressed thanks to Cllr Mrs Judith Twigg for the financial support from her Derbyshire County Council Community Leadership Scheme which enabled travel to these events.
Ashover Parish Council held its October meeting in The Sports Pavilion, Milken Lane, Ashover. Cllr E Willmot chaired the meeting.
In the public participation section a request was put forward for a grit bin to be sited at Westedge Close, Kelstedge, near to the garages. A grit bin would be provided, installed and first filled by DCC and sited near to the garages on Westedge Close, Kelstedge.
A request was also put forward for a bus shelter at Kelstedge and this would be placed on the agenda for November 2013.
Derbyshire County Council’s Highways Officer would again be informed of the parish council’s concern regarding running water on Hillside and Far Hill, especially with the onset of winter.
A meeting had been arranged with all interested parties for the Christmas event 2013.
With regards to health and safety, two cradle swing seats would be replaced on the playground. The clerk had attended playground inspection training and a certificate would be issued. New step ladders would be purchased for the parish lengthman and risk assessments had been undertaken for the volunteer project at the public conveniences.
A petition had been received for a youth play area and this would be placed on the agenda for November 2013.
Refurbishment of the public conveniences was ongoing, a stage 1 payment had been made and a grant claim put forward to Viridor Credits. There had been liaison with Eastwood Grange volunteers undertaking external decoration (fascia painting). Artwork, supplied by DCC, for the interpretation board in the new Information Point would be submitted to the printers.
A donation of £50 each was made to Ashover OAP Association, Ashover Toddler Group, Ashover Lunch Club, Ashover Brass Band, Ashover Acorns, Ashover Church Choir and to Uppertown Social Centre towards the cost of a new printer.
The parish council computer would be upgraded to operate a new programme following computerisation of the burial records.
The volunteer tree warden had submitted his resignation and the post would be advertised on the website, notice board and in newsletters. NEDDC would be notified of the resignation and requested to actively encourage the tree warden scheme.
The war memorial account would be closed and the balance transferred to the village of the year account. The parish council resolved to maintain the war memorial under its powers.
A public consultation statement on the proposed precept for 2014/2015 in the sum of £60,960.00 would be placed on the main notice board on Moor Road and on the parish council’s website.
Staff at BHS, Vicar Lane, Chesterfield will be dressing up in Halloween costumes and raising funds for the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children on Thursday, October 31.
There will be face painting for children and cupcakes for sale inside the store and proceeds will go to the charity.
BHS operations manager Hazel Hancock said: “We are combining the fun of Halloween with fund-raising for a worthy cause. We have just opened a children’s dining and play area in the restaurant and the focus is very much on families at BHS.”
BHS has already raised over £1m for the NSPCC.
If you wish to make a donation you can also call into the store on the day, between 09am and 5.30pm.
Twelve members of Chesterfield Film Makers travelled to Sheffield to compete in the annual contest against Sheffield Movie Makers and the Doncaster club.
Chesterfield presented films made by John Fox and David Oldale but it was the Sheffield club who ran out as clear winners.
The Film Makers return home now for Tuesday evening meetings at Walton Village Centre. Anyone interested in coming along to their meetings can phone 01246 272333.
Club president, Mick Inger, welcomed members of the Chesterfield Philatelic Society to a meeting at the Bonsall Court common room, Newbold.
This meeting saw the welcome return of Chris Tennat from the Nottingham Society. Chris had entitled his presentation A General Hotch-Potch or, in other words, a display of some of his many varied interests. This began with several sheets showing tax stamps used to recover the cost of transporting newspapers by various, now defunct, railway companies. Tax stamps for parcels and other similar items followed which proved to be of great interest, and in particular to those members with an interest in the railways of the past. Examples of early carriage licences, Hackney licences and licences for vehicle of private hire also created much interest.
After the break for refreshments, the evening continued with licensing stamps used on playing cards, medicine duty and a myriad of others.
The vote of thanks was given by Bill Towle, himself an ardent railway enthusiast who congratulated Chris on his presentation and narrative. Chris received a certificate of appreciation from the president.
The society’s next meeting is on Tuesday, November 12, when Derrick Wain will be showing Slogan Post Marks of Great Britain and Bert Orwin will be completing the evening with Postcards from Yesteryear - part 1. All meetings start about 7pm. Visitors and potential members welcome.
President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday, October 25. He welcomed past president Jack Minshull and Rtn Alexis Diouf from the Rotary Club of Scarsdale, and regular guest Frank Clifford.
Club secretary John Hare introduced new recruit Trevor Sharpe, a retired retailer from Hollingwood, who he was sponsoring for membership. The president then conducted the official induction ceremony and welcomed the new Rotarian into membership, not only of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, but also into the greater fellowship of Rotary throughout the world.
Past president David Windle reported on the staging of the club’s 26th annual Chesterfield Junior School’s Poetry-Reading Competition which had been hosted by Calow Primary School. There had been a record 15 entries from five local schools and the winner had been 10-year-old Christopher Chiad with his reading of the Roald Dahl poem The Centipede Song. David Windle thanked vocational service chairman Ian Gordon, along with president Ann Elliott and past president Margaret Mitchell from the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield who had been the three judges on the night.
Past president Alan Clarke reported that the club was competing in the Rotary district ten-pin bowling competition and had been drawn at home in the first round against the Rotary Club of Derby Mercia.
Rtn Mike Hyman, who is founder of the Chesterfield based charity Kids ‘N’ Cancer UK, presented past president David Windle with a special Hands of Friendship award for so far raising over £2,600 for the charity from his recent swimathon. For more details, and to make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/KidsNCancerSwim
The after-lunch speaker was Lucy Nickson, the new chief executive of Ashgate Hospice, who gave members an interesting status report on current priorities at the hospice.
Past president David Windle proposed the closing toast.
The next meeting tomorrow (Friday) is an extended meeting with guest speaker Tony Hallam whose subject will be A Twist in the Tail. Speaker host is the Rev T Doherty and the duty Rotarian is Noel Miller.
Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is holding a craft fair and coffee morning at Eastwood Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield on Saturday, November 16, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
There will be a variety of craft stalls offering their wares in time for Christmas, the R.N.L.I. souvenir stall will be selling Christmas cards, calendars, diaries and a range of Lifeboat products suitable for Christmas presents.
Light refreshments including home-made scones will be on sale throughout the event.
As an additional attraction, Stormy Stan, the R.N.L.I.’s mascot, will be at the event.
For more information, contact John and Peggy Grubb on 01246 272460.
At the October meeting of the Ramblers’ Group footpath committee the attendees reviewed the work undertaken in the last financial year.
In addition to monitoring 102 planning applications within the vicinity of public paths, and conducting routine parish surveys, the volunteers had undertaken considerable practical work to maintain and improve the public rights of way in the area.
The year had been one of consolidation with a lot of time spent on assisting Countryside Service in maintaining paths because the early year weather conditions created ideal conditions for vegetation up-growth.
Seventeen of the 24 parish councils in NE Derbyshire are eligible for grants of up to £675 each from Derbyshire County Council but, surprisingly, few actually claim what is available to them for basic path maintenance such as strimming. If they had done so the volunteers would have been able to devote more time to improvements.
Despite this, flights of steps, finger posts, way mark posts, board walks, revetments, and guard fences for stock control purposes had been installed. Gates, fences, bridge boards had been repaired or replaced and wicket gates and metal kissing gates fitted. The latter items replace stiles which many find difficult to use. The surface condition of some paths has been improved and fallen trees removed.
This work has taken place throughout Chesterfield borough and NE Derbyshire from where the group membership is drawn. In total 993 hours of volunteer labour had been provided.
Further details of the work completed and enquiries as to joining the volunteers may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transpire, the Chesterfield Bus Society, held its Annual General Meeting. The committee of the society was re-elected ‘en bloc’ – chairman, Paul Beardsley; secretary and editor, Chris Corroy; treasurer and rally officer, Dennis Vickers; librarian, Neville Whitmore; events officer, Shayne Howarth; news editor, David Kelly; research officer, Greg Lilleker; records officer, Phil Groocock; webmaster, Oliver Foreman; publicity officer, John Grubb; society adviser, Ian Holdsworth; honorary president, William Coupar; honorary vice-presidents, Paul Lynch, Gary Nolan, Tim Watts and Malcolm Watts.
After the business of the meeting, Shayne Howarth gave members a presentation of bus photographs that he had taken over recent years, primarily of Stagecoach vehicles in Chesterfield and South Yorkshire, including some up to the minute shots of two Optare Solo vehicles transferred to Chesterfield from Scotland a couple of days prior to the meeting. Shayne will also be the speaker at the society’s next meeting at Rose Hill United Reformed Church, Chesterfield on Tuesday, November 26, at 7.15 pm and future meetings include Tuesday, January 28, 2014, when one of the founder members, Greg Lilleker will give his annual illustrated presentation; and Tuesday, March 25, when Roy Wilson will give a presentation on the service buses of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and other bus companies from the late 1970s to the present day.
Members of the society have continued to enjoy outings to various bus rallies throughout the summer, with destinations including the Bus and Coach Preservation Magazine Show at Newbury Showground; a weekend trip organised by Neville Whitmore to the Alton Bus Rally; an evening tour to the depot of D.W. Coaches at Clay Cross; the Sandtoft Gathering at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft; the Potteries Connection Running Day at Gladstone Pottery, Longstone, Stoke on Trent; the Bristol Vintage Bus Group Rally and Open Day at Brislington, Bristol; an evening tour to the Steeple Grange Light Railway at Wirksworth; the Trans-Lancs Transport Show at Heaton Park, Manchester; the Leicester Bus Running Day; and the Merseyside Transport Trust Running Day at Liverpool; the Wirral Bus and Tram Show at Birkenhead; the Yorkshire Dales Vintage Bus and Coach Running Day at Skipton; and the Heart of the Pennines Nocturnal Event at Halifax.
Future outing plans include visits to the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum Open Day and Running Day at Lincoln; the Dewsbury Bus Museum Open Day and Transport Fair; and the Christmas Cracker Event at the Manchester Museum of Transport. New members are always made welcome, contact the secretary, Chris Corroy on 01246-205317 for more information.
The communities of Grassmoor and Hasland will be receiving at least £1m of Big Lottery Funds over the next ten years, to support residents to make the areas an even better place to live.
Local residents have already started to raise their issues and concerns, as well as the good things about the area, and there will be an opportunity to do so at a ‘Hotpot Event’ in Grassmoor Community Centre, New Street, Grassmoor, on Friday, November 8, from 6.30pm to 8.30 pm.
The aim of this meeting, and another to be held at Hasland, is to share what local people have said is important to them, to agree a number of key priorities and seek support, to collect and share ideas on how to improve the area, and to get more local people involved with the Big Local. All local residents are invited to this ‘Hotpot Event’, and over food they can hear about what is happening, share ideas for the future, and see how they can get involved.
To register your intention to attend, e-mail email@example.com, or leave a message on 01246 217606, advising of any access or dietary requirements. This is your chance to make a difference to the community where you live!
On Saturday, November 9, from noon to 3pm, Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, Hasland, will be the venue for the Hasland and Grassmoor Guides and Scouts Christmas fair. Attractions will include a cake stall, raffle and tombola and refreshments will be available throughout the event.
A fortnight later, on Saturday, November 23, St Paul’s Church, Hasland, will once again be holding its very popular Christmas fair in the village hall. The event will be open from 2pm to 3.30pm. There will be an extensive selection of stalls, with gift stalls, fancy goods, festive food, cakes, tombola, games, bowls of spring bulbs, lucky bags, a raffle, and light refreshments on sale. Admission costs 20p, with accompanied children free.
The communities of Hasland and Grassmoor will be receiving at least £1m of Big Lottery Funds over the next ten years, to support residents to make the areas an even better place to live.
Local residents have already started to raise their issues and concerns, as well as the good things about the area, and there will be an opportunity to do so at a ‘Hotpot Event’ in Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, Hasland, on Friday, November 15, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The aim of this meeting, and another to be held at Grassmoor, is to share what local people have said is important to them, to agree a number of key priorities and seek support, to collect and share ideas on how to improve the area, and to get more local people involved with the Big Local. All local residents are invited to this ‘Hotpot Event’, and over food they can hear about what is happening, share ideas for the future, and see how they can get involved. To register your intention to attend, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message on 01246 217606, advising of any access or dietary requirements.
A soup and pudding lunch was held at the home of churchwarden Stephen Wright, of St James Church, Temple Normanton.
The event was very well supported, with visitors enjoying a selection of soups including parsnip and pear, chicken and vegetable, mushroom, and potato and leek, all of them home-made. Puddings included apple pie, trifle, bread and butter pudding, pavlova and apple crumble, followed by tea and coffee.
Thanks go to everyone who supported the event, and to the members of St James Church who made, prepared and served the food – Barbara and Julie Marshall, Maureen Raybold, Estelle Buxton, Margaret Sheikh and Mary Thompson.
Raffle winners were Pat Littlewood, Maggie Locke, Margaret Sheikh, Malcolm Bradshaw, Rowena Belfield, Ruth Bailey, Stephen Wright, Maureen Wild, Margaret Rydal, Barbara Marshall, Maureen Raybold, Janet Dowsett and Jill Booker.
The event raised a total of £285 for church funds.
At a recent Parish Mass at St James Church, Temple Normanton, the vicar of Temple Normanton, Fr Malcolm Ainscough, dedicated the new nylon candles for the altar, in memory of Betty White, who was a much loved member of St James Church.
The 2013 season of harvest events for the Parish Church of St Mary and St Laurence ended with a very enjoyable, well attended barn dance held in the Parish Rooms on Saturday, October 26.
Music and calling was provided by Pete The Plonker, who had returned to Bolsover by popular request, after successfully entertaining, with the help of Beryl, members of the Bolsover Mothers Union, other parishioners and guests at the harvest supper earlier in the month.
On this occasion he was accompanied by the Rev Rachel Gouldthorpe on the guitar.
A pea and pie supper cooked by Diane Whyld was enjoyed by all. This month’s harvest events have raised funds for the Bolsover Parish Church.
The Rotary Club of Bolsover has now completed its programme of supplying high visibility jackets to all primary schools in the area.
The jackets are personalised for each school, proudly bearing the school badge and the Rotary Club of Bolsover logo on the front.
The club hopes that the jackets will contribute to making children safer during the dark winter months.
Thanks have been expressed to everyone who helped achieve this.
The harvest collection of food by Bolsover parishioners will be donated to the Bolsover Food Bank run by Mark North at the Freedom Cafe at the Hill Top Methodist Church in Bolsover.
The Annual General Meeting of Starkholmes WI saw Mrs Gibbs again elected president, Mrs Tomlinson secretary and Mrs Smith treasurer, the latter commended on the presentation of the annual audit details. The committee was re-elected en bloc.
Mrs Gibbs said that the WI was the largest volunteer organisation in the UK.
Mrs Tomlinson gave a precis of the Autumn Council Meeting at the Assembley Rooms, Derby. The High Sheriff, complete in full regalia, opened the proceedings. The main speaker was Prue Leith, who said modern mothers were better cooks than their mothers.
Mrs Smith gave a talk on the opening of the Institute in 1950 in the club room at the Duke William.
Raffle winner was Mrs Dodds, competition winners were: 1. Rosser, 2. Mrs Smith, 3. Mrs Rowe.
The next meeting will be held on November 13 at 7pm at the Scouts and Guides hut, Matlock Green. Speaker will be Robert Falconeron “Four Seasons of Derbyshire” Part 2.
HEATH AND HOLMEWOOD
Heath & District Heritage Society have had excellent speakers in the first half term.
Mr Barry Ling gave members an interesting talk on Derbyshire’s oddities last week.
Meetings continue at 7.30pm on: November 4, Mrs Jean Groom, whose talk will be entitled My spinning wheels; November 11, Mr Ian Morgan, Bolsover - The hidden History; November 18, Mr Malcolm Walpole - Autumn in the Rockies.
Anyone wishing to find out more should call 01246 827141 or 01246850314.
A total of 55 filled and decorated shoe boxes were brought to the services on Sunday and the congregations were told by Ian McCloud that the boxes would be going to children in Libya and Albania.
If you have a shoebox there is still time to drop it off at St Albans.
If you would prefer not to be bothered by children knocking on your door this week asking for Trick or Treat, pop in to St Albans for a poster to display on your front door asking them not to knock.
Everyone in church was given a copy of the Lets Connect project report about what has taken place during the past year.
Along with that was the annual Gift Day appeal envelope as well as an invitation to the All Saints Festival service which takes place on Sunday, November 3 , at 6.30pm. Crich
Although Mark Bennett hit a 151 check-out for the Kings Arms that was the summit of their darts success playing the Welcome A as they lost 6-1.
No joy at dominoes either which they lost 3-2.
The annual bazaar featuring a variety of stalls will take place on November 2 at Coal Aston Village Hall from 2.30pm. All welcome.
Walton WI president Sheila Todd welcomed 40 members and one visitor to the October meeting.
Sheila and Debbie were welcomed back after their operations
Members were reminded to make sure they had paid and completed a menu choice for the November meal at the Proact Stadium. They were also reminded to sign up for the lunch on Wednesday, November 27, which will be followed by the AGM.
Information was given regarding the annual committee meeting March 4, 2014, at the Winding Wheel, the Derbyshire Federation Holiday, and the coffee morning at Hilton on November 9 in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The AGM will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Leeds.
Nominations of charities to benefit from the Christmas Concert were requested.
Birthday posies were presented.
The speaker was Dr Jill Bethel, a retired GP from Dronfield, whose daughter, a vet, and son-in-law, an agriculturalist, and their family are based in Apolo, a minimum 12-hour drive north from La Paz in Bolivia, where they use their skills in agriculture and veterinary work to help people become more self-sufficient and improve their quality of life. They have also helped to begin a Christian nursery as a service and outreach to local families.
Tea was served and the meeting was closed to allow for purchase of goods in aid of the Apolo Project.
The ladies of Inkersall Women’s Club visited the Chesterfield Astronomy Society at the Chesterfield Observatory. They watched A Journey through the Solar System, given by Mark, and later visited the Dome where Sue and Mario showed the ladies the night sky through the telescope.
Another illustrated talk was seen showing the enormity of space.
Rob also had an outdoor telescope focused on stars in the clear night sky.
Wendy Payne gave the vote of thanks for a very interesting evening to members of the society.
A coffee morning was held at St Columba church, Inkersall, on October 26, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Bluebell Wood children’s hospice.
A total of £720.50 was raised to be shared between these two worthy causes.
Thanks have been expressed to Dorothy, Maureen, Ruth, Betty, Winnie, Susan and Grace for all their hard work. Thanks also to all who supported this event.
The next event at St Columba Church is a bazaar on Saturday, November 9, at 11am.
The Pilsley Art Group held their sixth annual exhibition in St Mary’s centre, which was well supported with 101 people attending.
There were 160 paintings and drawings on display to vote for plus a selection of previously shown work.
The first placed picture was Scene of a Bay by Keith Pinfold, second place was a black and white study of a tiger by Sheila, and third place went to a piece of work exhibited by Ann Foster and Phil.
The children’s competition of the drawing of a dinosaur was won by Seth Adams.
The prize draw was won by 1. Daniel Caldon, 2. Callum, 3. Des.
There was also a general raffle with several people winning prizes.
Members provided refreshments throughout the day with a selection of home made cakes and buns.
The art group meets in St Mary’s Centre on Mondays at 1.30 pm. New members are always welcome.
Mrs Enid Hodson welcomed members to the October meeting which was also the AGM for Woodthorpe WI. Jean Rawlins was in attendance as County Advisor to oversee the AGM.
Olive Milnes gave her account of her attendance at the Federation Autumn Council meeting. Five members had won bursaries to attend Denman College provided by a collection for the Denman Dip becoming a popular way of funding bursaries at the annual council.
The competition for the Strangest Kitchen Utensil was won by Mary Ravey followed by Mary Davison and Joan Turner.
Following the general meeting,
Mrs Rawlins took over for the AGM. She gave a short address before the reports given by Lois Newton, secretary, Mary
Denman, treasurer and Enid Hodson, president.
All committee members were returned to office and Enid Hodson was retained as president for the coming year.
Two bursaries were given for visits to Denman College, this was decided by raffle and the winners were Elaine Roper and Olive Milnes.
The overall competition winner for the annual prize of £15 was Shirley Hawkes.
Olive Milnes then gave a vote of thanks to the committee and to Mrs Rawlins for her attendance.
After refreshments, Audrey Marsden made up some flower arrangements which were used as raffle prizes.
At a church meeting of The Gospel Mission, Old Road, Brampton, it was decided to hold a Christmas fayre on Saturday, November 23, from 2pm.
The colour theme is to be the traditional red and green and anyone coming along is invited to dress in red and green as well.
Santa will arrive in Brampton that day and present gifts to the children from 2.45pm.
A Christmas café will be open throughout the afternoon and there is to be a special Christmas stall as well as stalls selling cakes, gifts, books and groceries.
The first prize in a lucky draw will be a Christmas hamper.
In game ten of the Chesterfield & Nottinghamshire Floodlit League Division 1, the score was Britannia 151 Oxcroft MW 124.
Britannia came through this tricky away fixture with a useful points total. Six winners were led by Andrew Spragg and Steve Beddoe, both 21-9, with other victories from Dave Sutton, Jamie Hardy, Gary Marshall and Craig Galley.
Game 11 was a top of the league table clash with Britannia just getting the victory by scoring 144 over Eastwood Park’s 122. Steve Hardy top scored 21-3 and the other winners were Paul Milburn, Andrew Spragg, Jamie Hardy and Steve Beddoe.
With just one game to go, Britannia lead the table by 40 shots after winning ten out of 11 matches.
On the evening of Friday, October 25, Shirebrook Miners Welfare UNISON band played a charity concert in the auditorium of the Sports Direct complex at Shirebrook.
This concert was in aid of Bolsover District Council chairman Mr. K. F. Walker’s chosen charities which this year are Prostate Cancer and Shirebrook Medical Group Practice Fund, with both charities benefitting from the proceeds of the event.
The concert was attended by a host of dignitaries from county, district and local councils
as well as a large and appreciative audience.
The band, led by musical director Mark Wilcockson, played a mixed programme of traditional and popular brass band music.
There were solo contributions from band members Glenn Birks (cornet), Mark Brimble (soprano cornet) and Nick Stokes (bass trombone).
The horn section players namely Hannah Brimble, Kathy Brimble, Janeen Burrows, Neil Emson, Dave Marson and Marcel Renshaw, played an item made famous by The Beatles entitled
A euphonium duet entitled
Me And My Shadow was played by Jayne Jones and Mick Cartlidge and the trombone section consisting of players Natalie Tyrell, Pauline Hayes and Nick Stokes played an item from the film Sister Act entitled I Will Follow Him.
No Shirebrook band concert would be complete without a novelty item and the one ‘doing the rounds’ at present is ‘The Sandpaper Ballet’ which was performed on improvised instruments, namely blocks of wood and sheets of sandpaper, by a trio of band members Nick Stokes, Mick Cartlidge and the band’s resident comedian, a tutu-wearing John Hood, accompanied by the remainder of the band.
To find out more about the band, contact www.shirebrookmwuband.co.uk
After a faltering start the Fox and Goose Inn, Wigley, made it two consecutive wins in the Buxton Brewery Sunday Peak Quiz League with a resounding away victory by 72 points to 43 against the Druid’s Inn, Birchover.
The team comprised Sue Colls, Penny Fairs (captain). Frank Gorman, Lou Matthews and Carole Slater, with Martin Fairs as scorer.
This Sunday the Fox and Goose quiz team are at home in the first round of the Mike Gregory Knockout Cup playing the White Hart, Bradwell, with the match starting at 8.30pm.
The evening of Sunday, October 27, was the time for the annual fancy dress Halloween party at Tupton Village Hall, presented by Tupton Events Committee, and attended by 2013 Carnival Queen Miss Amber Wilbourn.
Tickets for the event were completely sold out and the decorated hall resounded to disco music and the voices of very excited children with their parents.
Most had gone to great lengths to ensure their outfits and face-painting were suitably ghoulish, ghostly games alternated with devilish disco-dancing, and many prizes were handed out to lucky games and raffle winners.
Many thanks are due to the organisers from the committee for entertaining everyone, to the disco for working with the various games and for providing all the ghostly music, and to the village hall committee for hire and use of the hall and bar.
During the evening, tickets went on sale for the children’s Christmas party on Saturday, December 21, at the village hall. This party is extremely popular, so if you would like your child to be there, to also see Santa Claus, and receive a special present, contact Michelle on 07948 625179 for tickets, £6 per child, £4 per adult, giving your child’s name, age, and indicating whether boy or girl so that a suitable present can be made available. To ensure everyone enjoys the party, the events committee requests that each adult brings no more than three children.
On November 9 a Motown and Northern Soul night has been arranged at the village hall with a disco. Tickets £4, contact Michelle on the above number.
Tupton’s Christmas Market is on Sunday, December 1, in and around the village hall. Santa will be in his grotto, then later there will be the tree-lighting ceremony with carols around the tree and the carnival queen in attendance again.
A barn dance was held at Barrow Hill Methodist Community Church.
The dancing caller was Pam Lowe and Pauline who guided a lot of unprofessional dancers to a reasonable standard. Refreshments were prepared by Mick and Sandra Bridge.
All of the events this year have been organised by Tony Wainwright who believes this was another progressive step towards bringing together both the people in the community and uniting some of the church community.
The next event is a bible quiz on Sunday, November 10, at 3pm.
Rotary Club of Ripley welcomed special guest Audrey Ashton to their club at their meeting in the Lumb Farm, Marehay. During the evening president Paul Rose made a very special announcement that the club was to award Audrey with an honorary membership.
The prestigious award is awarded to selected people in the community, who have done outstanding things either in the community or abroad, to which the Rotary Club decides who should warrant this accolade.
For the past 14 years Audrey has been a keen supporter of the Rotary Club of Ripley, helping at many of the fund raising events of the club.
During this time she has also been involved with the international side of Rotary by knitting baby clothes, (jumpers, cardigans and hats) which have gone to various parts of the world wherever there has been a disaster supported by Rotary. She has been helped in this project by many of the Rotarians and wives who have kept her supplied with knitting wool. At the present time she has knitted over 1,500 garments.
Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Russia was the title of the illustrated talk which Colin Hobday gave to the Ripley Tuesday Club.
George Eyre presided and Eileen Towndrow read the minutes.
Birthdays were celebrated by Mrs Fowler and Mrs Parkham.
George Eyre conducted the drawing of the raffle before refreshments were served.
On their travels the Sir Barnes Wallis teams suffered two defeats. The darts being lost 5-2 to the Thorn Tree and the dominoes 3-2.
Alex Bellfield treated the Ripley Greenhillocks Fellowship to the music of the 60s at their meeting. Sheila Cooton moved the vote of thanks.
David Hill opened the meeting and was later joined by Ann Hill to organise the drawing of the free raffle.
Vernon Vahta was the pianist for the meeting with Brenda Elliott reading the report.
Marion Slack led the birthday celebrations for Peter Clarke while Una Naylor was the reader for the day.
Refreshments were served.
Ash Spencer took the week three honours in the Winter season Ripley Elite Darts Singles with an average of 28.40.
Based in Ripley on Park Road, the Derbyshire Coalition for Inclusive Living (DCIL) is an organisation of disabled people which provides confidential information to disabled people and anyone concerned with disabled people issues. The offices are open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. An answering service is available at other times on 01773 740246.
The Sir Barnes Wallis pub will host a Halloween party on November 1 on behalf of the Ripley and District branch of The Royal British Legion.
It starts at 4pm and the fun includes a fancy dress and carved pumpkins contests.
Food will be available plus there will be games. Children, if accompanied by an adult are welcome.
Ripley Morris Men meet at Fritchley Village Hall every Thursday from 8pm.
Derbyshire Police have issued a reminder that allotment sheds are being targeted by thieves in Ripley.
John and Kathryn Shaw won playing North/South at the Ripley Bridge Club Monday evening tournament. Dorothy and David Knowles being the East/West winners.
On Thursday evening Janusz Adamowicz and Roman Gembicki were the North/South winners with Jeff Calladine and Bill Hamilton winning playing the East/West circuit.
Although the attendance was down at the Ripley Friendship Circle, members enjoyed a visit from Ann from the Nottingham Salvation Army headquarters.
Joint winners of the quiz were Doris Warren and Marion Annable who shared the honour with Doris Hardwick, Hazel Breedon and Sheila Salt.
The surprise gifts went to Doris Warren, Hazel Breedon and Margaret.
Refreshments were served.
Ripley Rangers Football Club Under 16s made it four wins on the trot when they beat Mackworth St Francis 6-0 with goals from Jordan Smith (2), Mitchell Harris (2) Connor Walton and Jack Godwin.
5’s & 3’s
Swanwick Winter 5s and 3s League Knockout Cup first round results were:
New Inn 7 Kings Arms 2, Seven Stars 3 Queens Head 6, Beehive B 3 Palmer Morewood A 6, Poet and Castle 4 Beehive A 5, Palmer Morewood B 5 Palmer Morewood Ladies 4, Jokers 2 Jacksdale SC 7, Crown 6 White Lion 3, Codnor Park SC 7 Sunnyside Club 2, Carnfield Club 4 Victoria 5, Eclipse 3 Steam Packet 6, Queen Bees 2 Somercotes SC 7.
After a week without a match the Horse and Jockey returned to darts action with a 15-4 win over the Duke Wellington.
Looking to develop a feasibility plan to create a village hall and shop, the Wessington Village Hall committee is set to receive a grant of £26,099 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities scheme to help with the project.
Pentrich WI held its annual meeting at which the guest advisor was Nancy Hawksworth who was welcomed by joint president Julie Waterfall.
The business meeting took place first, where the minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Sue Bonsall gave the treasurer’s report and Ann Wall read out relevant correspondence.
Details of outings booked were noted.
The spring council meeting will be on March 4 at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, cost £9.50.
A suitable venue has been found for the group Christmas lunch.
Sue Bonsall was the branch delegate at the autumn council eeting held at the Assembly Rooms Derby, and gave the report on that meeting, where Prue Leith and Peter Leon were the speakers. Pentrich WI was very fortunate on that day to win three bursaries for Denman College.
The business meeting closed and the annual meeting opened.
The minutes of the previous annual meeting were read and approved.
Sue Bonsall gave the financial report and the budget for 2014. Ann Wall gave the secretary’s report for 2013.
Julie Waterfall gave the president’s address and thanked all members and committee for their help and support during the last year. Julie also read a report from Doreen Station – joint president who was not able to be at the meeting due to illness. Members sent good wishes to Doreen for a very speedy recovery.
Nancy Hawksworth, advisor, commended Pentrich WI for giving two bursaries, and during her talk gave lots of information on tools to use via the computer. She gave details on the resolutions for 2014. She will be offering cookery courses next year at Derbyshire House.
Julie Waterfall and Doreen Station were once again voted joint presidents for 2014, and the existing committee had agreed to stand again, with the addition of one new member.
Julie thanked Nancy for her help, and the remainder of the evening was spent enjoying cheese and wine.
The next meeting will be on November 12 when the activity will be the game of Kurling.
Heage Windmill, shut from November to March, will open on five dates during this period for the sale of ground flour.This is dependent upon favourable winds.
The dates are November 9, December 7, January 11, February 8 and March 8.
The open time each day will be from 10am to 1pm with all proceeds going to the mill maintenance funds.
There will be a coffee shop and book stall at Codnor Methodist Church on Mill Lane on November 2, between 10am and 12 noon. This is part of the 33rd anniversary of the church which continues on November 3 with a 9am communion service led by Rev Judi Smart,a Together @10 informal celebration at 10am and an evening worship led by Rev Marian Crawford at 6pm. On Monday, November 4, at 3pm there will be a songs of praise, followed by anniversary tea.
The anniversary celebrations close on November 5 with tea and toast between 10am and 12noon.
Codnor Boys Football Club Under 15s beat FC Redwood 2-1 with goals from Webster and Wood.
The Amber Valley Hornets ladies hockey team goes from strength to strength.
Opposed by Belper 3rds they won 5-2 through goals from Ellesha Garner and Sarah Joyce, who scored two apiece, and Vicki Wain.
South Wingfied Social Club is to host a bonfire party on November 2, starting at 6.30pm.
All the usual attractions are promised along with one or two surprises.
The rededication of the memorial for soldiers who died during the two world wars will take place at Sawmills Village Hall on November 7, the plaque having been moved from St Mary’s Mission.
The Bullbridge and Sawmills
Area Civic Society are behind the new installation.
Light refreshments will be served and a raffle held on the day.
At the October meeting of the Derbyshire group of the Hardy Plant Society, held in Shirland Village Hall, more than 100 members met to hear an illustrated talk by Mr John Page on Tulips in the wild and in cultivation.
Mr Page is an experienced traveller and plantsman who has visited many of the regions such as Turkey, Kazakhstan and China where the species tulips grow in the wild, many under very harsh but suitable conditions. He then talked about the introduction of tulips to cultivation and hybridisation particularly in Holland and Lincolnshire. He illustrated the many different varieties available to gardeners including species and then offered advice on planting, maintenance and preservation.
Mr Bates was thanked by the acting chairman, Martin Brown, for his excellent talk.
He then outlined plans for the summer of 2014 and trips to gardens in Dumfries and Galloway and Herefordshire.
St Michael’s wives group met on Friday in the Church Hall. Maureen Bentley led the meeting and prayers were by Joan Guy.
The ladies enjoyed a demonstration on painting with acrylics by Susan Prail.
Refreshments were by Judith Wainwright and Pat Flint.
Pinxton ladies section held their monthly meeting on Wednesday in the Village Hall.
Guest speaker was Hannah who gave a talk on the struggle of female authors to publish in their own name in past times.
Raffle winners were Sylvia Page, Jean Duffin and Rita Johnson
The group’s new time for meeting is 2pm every third Wednesday. New members welcome.
Since the start of the new term the Scouts have been doing a variety of activities.
These included tie-dyeing T-shirts using natural materials such as blackberries, tea bags and leaves. The Scouts then decorated them with fabric pens.
They have also done
pyrography, decoratively burning pieces of wood to use for coasters.
Some of the members have helped with the tidying up of the pond area at the campsite. Some are taking part in the animal magic music project, rehearsals are going well in preparation for the final performance on November 16.
On Sunday some of the members did bag packing at Tesco in Alfreton.
They will be carving pumpkins for Halloween on Thursday.
The group has had to say
goodbye to two of its leaders, Chris and Helen Hartley, who are moving away and go with the group’s best wishes. Another Cub leader has been recruited so hopefully the Cub pack will continue to thrive.
The group is always on the lookout for new members - Scouts aged 10–14 years, Cubs aged 8-10 and desperately needs Beavers 6–8; there are no waiting lists for any of the groups.
On Thursday, October 31, the group is holding a prize bingo evening at St Helen’s Church Hall, starting at 7pm. All funds raised will go to St Helen’s Church.
Results in the Swanwick Winter League 5s and 3s Swanwick Winter 5s and 3s League for week three were as follows:
Division A - Queens Head 5 Kings Arms 4, Palmer Morewood A 6 George 3, Beehive A 6 Nags Head 3, Codnor Park SC 2 Beehive B 7.
Division B - Steam Packet 5 Palmer Morewood Ladies 4, Horse and Jockey 5 Crown 4, Eclipse 6 Crown B 3, Somercotes SC 6 Queen Bees 3.
Division C - Anvil Club 7 Palmer Morewood B 2, Victoria 4 Jacksdale SC 5, Sunnyside Club 4 Poet and Castle 5, Carnfield Club 2 White Lion 7.
The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time saw the welcome return of Fr William Butt who celebrated a Sung Mass helped at the altar by Sonny Ledger who acted as MC.
Granville Stone was the crucifer, David Bradley and Peter Burnham the acolytes.
Angela Cope played the organ. Michael Woods read from the book of Ecclesiasticus chapter 35, verses 12-14 and 16-19; he then read the Responsorial Psalm 33 ‘This poor man called; the Lord heard him’.
Beverley Peach read from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy, chapter 4 verses 6 - 8 and 16 - 18. In his homily Fr Bill reminded how in the day’s Gospel reading St Luke stressed the importance of personal as well as liturgical
prayer. This should include an adoration of God, acts of contrition whereby people should confess their wrongdoings, thanksgiving to God for all their blessings such as for being born where and when they were and acts of supplication by asking for the needs of others. Too many people only pray when they are in some form of need.
A coffee and cakes morning will take place on Saturday, November 2, from 10am until 12noon in the village hall, Nottingham Road, Somercotes, next to the church.
There will be nearly new goods, ornaments and trinkets, books, jumble and home made cakes.
Refreshments will be on sale and a raffle will take place. Admission is free and proceeds will be for the parish church running costs.
More details from churchwarden Rachel Watson on  607131.
A Requiem Mass will be held at St Thomas’s on Nottingham Road in Somercotes at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 2, All Souls’ Day.
New vestments and new acolytes’ candles will be dedicated.
Anybody wanting the names of their relatives or friends remembered in prayer and to be put on lamps on the High Altar should see Rachel Watson or Michael Woods.
Raffle tickets for the Christmas fair are now on sale and can be bought from any church member.
A Christmas concert will be held in St Thomas’s Parish Church on Nottingham Road in Somercotes on December 14 at 7.30 pm. Singers are needed for this and anybody interested should see Angela Cope.
St Thomas’s hosts services at the following times: Sunday morning at 9.30am, Solemn Eucharist (Holy Communion); Sunday School, 9 30am in the Village Hall next to the church; Wednesday at 10am, Said Eucharist (Holy Communion) with tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards. On the last Sunday of every month a BCP Evensong is held at 6pm.
Everybody is welcome to any of these services.