Community news from towns and villages


Film makers

Chesterfield Film Makers have celebrated winning three trophies in a national competition with a film called ‘Revolution’ made by member Larry Hall. It took him three years in the making but was well worthwhile as it won the Vic Williams trophy amongst northern video clubs and then beat the south’s winner to receive the John Wright trophy in the North versus South competition held this year in Altrincham. In addition Larry’s film was voted best in a vote by all those attending the event. The trophies were displayed to members of the Chesterfield Club at their recent meeting. This was followed by a programme of ‘vintage’ cine films made over 30 years ago by the club and transferred to DVDs by equipment officer John Fox.

The club meets on Tuesday evenings at Walton Village Centre and welcomes anyone interested in making films.


President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House on Friday, November 29. He thanked joint senior vice-presidents Rob Wadd and John Roberts for their organisation of the club’s successful 91st Charter celebrations at Ringwood Hall Hotel on November 22.

Past president Alan Clarke requested help with the sleigh in readiness for the forthcoming Christmas collections at Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco over the three weekends in the run up to Christmas.

The club was reminded of the senior citizens party which took place on Wednesday, December 4. Approximately 150 senior citizens were due to attend the supper and the entertainment included popular artiste, Lorraine Swan.

Past president Ian Gaunt informed all present that immediate past president Jim Haggarty is in the Northern General hospital recovering from an operation.

The speaker at the meeting was Professor Suzanne Mason, daughter of rotarian Roger Mason. She gave a very interesting talk on her career working for the NHS as an emergency consultant and also researching into ways to improve services to the public. She emphasised the continual growth in demand for the services alongside the reducing manpower, a trend which exists here and other countries too. Past president David Windle gave a vote of thanks to Professor Mason.

The date of the next council meeting was given and the closing toast was in the hands of past president John Moss.

The next meeting tomorrow (Friday) will be the Christmas dinner with carols.


The Chesterfield and District Branch of the MS Society is offering places at their weekly swim club to persons with multiple sclerosis and their friends and families. Our challenge can sometimes be to reach out and let sufferers know that we have these types of opportunity available.

The club meets at Ashgate Croft Special School pool. Sports officer Sarah Menzies states: “The pool is nice and private, fully accessible, and maintained at a nice warm temperature. We also have specialists on hand to offer support and guidance if needed, I would like to encourage anyone with MS to come along. They can swim at their level, do hydrotherapy exercise or just float around and socialise. We actively encourage carers or friends and family to come along and join in.

“It is vitally important for individuals with MS, no matter what their level of ability, to maintain and improve their level of fitness. We have been running this club for a number of years and have seen some fantastic improvements both in ability but more importantly in morale.”

The club meets on Tuesdays at 11.45am at a cost of £4 per session and carers can attend for free.

If you are interested then in the first instance contact sports@chesterfield-and–district.net or ring Sarah on 07902 016072.

This is just one of the many activities that the volunteers at the local Chesterfield and District branch of the MS Society provide. If you would like to volunteer or for further details about this or future branch events please call the branch helpline on 0330 030 5200, email info@chesterfield-and-district.net or see the branch website at www.mssociety.org.uk/chesterfield


26 members attended the last Hardwick Probus Club meeting of the year at the Olde House, Loundsley Green, on Tuesday, November 26. New chairman John Windle welcomed those present before introducing Peter Cordery, a fellow Probean, who presented an illustrated quiz using photographs he had taken on his numerous trips in the UK and abroad. John Glasby and Jim Savage were the clear winners and received a small prize from the chairman for their outstanding knowledge of international places of interest.

In the formal part of the meeting chairman John gave the dates of events in 2014 - The Inter-Probus Quiz will be held on Wednesday, February 19 and hosted by Nightingale Probus. The Hardwick team will be John Glasby, Jim Savage, Bill Goddard and John Young with reserve, John Windle; the Hardwick Bowls competition will be on Tuesday, May 13, at Club Chesterfield; the Hardwick Probus Annual Dinner will be on Friday, February 4, at Chesterfield Golf Club.

Other events for which dates have to be arranged are the Chairman’s Outing in June, a pie and peas supper with quiz, and several outings to local places of interest.

In closing the meeting John announced that the next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 28, when the talk, “Up the Cut - The Sheffield Canal, past and present” will be given by Mike Spick and that any non-members who may be interested would be very welcome. He also wished all the members an early Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year as the next meeting is in January.


President Andy Matthews chaired the weekly meeting of The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale held at Proact stadium on November 28, with members and guests totalling 46.

Andy welcomed District Governor Peter Moralee and his wife Rtn Carol Moralee and Rtn Graham Rose all from Rotary Club of Bretby. DG Peter presented Andy with the ‘Theme Banner’ which for current Rotary Year has ‘Engage Rotary - Change Lives’ as its theme.

Rtn David Cromwell advised that the Young Chef project commenced at Hasland Hall School on December 3. Past President Rodger Heathcote reported that 180 tickets had been booked for the Club Charity Tribute Concert on January, 18, 2014, which should produce a successful fundraising evening.

PP George Ling held the monthly foundation draw and winners were Paul Berresford, Alan Beasley and David Cromwell.

President Andy introduced DG Peter and he highlighted the need for all Rotarians to engage in club projects and the ownership of those projects.

There is continued success in the elimination of Polio and hoped further success in near future with the immunisation programme in place.

There is a need to engage future membership at club level especially relating to a younger generation.

District governor Peter was thanked for an excellent presentation by president Andy who promised to take forward his recommendations with club support.



The Rotary Club of Warsop Shirebrook and District Young Chef competition for 13 to 15 year olds took place at the Shirebrook Academy on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

A total of 10 entrants were selected (five from Meden Academy and five from Shirebrook Academy) to take part. The criteria was as follows: two meals were to be prepared (one main and one dessert) in two hours, with 30 minutes preparation allowed. A total of £10 was allowed for each competitor to purchase food, of which the Rotary Club contributed £5.

The contestants were as follows: Shirebrook Academy: McKinley Burdett, Adam Wardle, Abbie Topham, Destiny Evans and Tony Askew; Meden Academy: Oliver Bates, Jack O’Donnell, Angel Bamford, Joe Morrell and Cerys Ball.

The three judges were: Lynne Goff (former restaurant owner and Goff’s Butchers), Judy Elliott (Cordon Bleu cook and former quarter finalist in BBC Masterchef) and Rob Pasierb (Rick Stein trained amateur chef).

Richard Goad, the competition Rotary Club lead, said: “Following an extremely close competition, during which all contestants produced excellent results, the judges came to a unanimous decision.”

The person chosen as Club Young Chef of the year was Joe Morrell, who was awarded a prize of £50 and will go forward to the District 1220 competition. Worthy runners up were Abbie Topham who came second and was awarded £30, and Adam Wardle who came third and was awarded £20.

All contestants received a well justified certificate to recognise their achievement, which were presented by Rotarian David Adsetts and the judges.



Following Father Christmas’ successful visit to his grotto at the Parish Centre on November 23 and 30, he will again be visiting his grotto at the centre at 91 Sheffield Road on Saturday, December 7, between 1pm and 4pm.

In addition to visiting Santa, children will be able to participate in making a number of delightful Christmas crafts.

The cost of visiting Santa, which includes a gift is £3 and the cost of participating in the Christmas crafts, is £1.25.

Refreshments available.



They will be ringing out the old year and ringing in the new in style at Ashover’s ancient All Saints Church this year.

The ringing chamber now boasts a new set of blue and gold bell ropes which were installed this week and replace ropes which are around 20 years old and, says Tower Captain Barry Watts, “could no longer be patched up”.

The ropes were ordered over a year ago and have cost £1,750. Church ringers are planning several fundraising events which could include a musical marathon and craft fair, to help pay for them.

“There are only two or three companies in the country making bell ropes and so you have no option but to wait,” said Barry.

“The blue and gold sallies on all 10 ropes are a great improvement from the variety of colours that existed before.”

Some of the old ropes will be retained as spares. Others will be donated to any local churches in need.

The ropes were installed by ringing stalwarts Jim Heading of Ashover and Sean Jones of North Wingfield while Barry Watts and David Boffy assisted with operations in the ringing chamber.



The November meeting began with a minute’s silence in memory of May Hall who died recently. May was a member of the Guild for 60 years and will be greatly missed.

Chairman Margaret Kirby said that the outing to Boundary Mill, with members of Wingerworth Guild, had been an enjoyable shopping trip.

The speaker was Mike Kelley who gave an illustrated talk, ‘Yemen, Behind Closed Doors’ based on his experiences whilst working in the oil industry there. These included a dramatic evacuation in 1994 when war was raging between North and South Yemen.

He explained some of the geographical, historical and cultural differences between the North and the South and gave us a fascinating insight into a country few of us will have the chance to experience.

There was an extra meeting on November 27, when the drama group entertained members with poetry, sketches and dance. The group may only be small but it raised a lot of laughter. Everyone joined in some early carol singing and worked up an appetite for the pie and pea lunch which followed.

Anyone interested in joining a friendly group for interesting talks, discussions and outings, is welcome at the Baptist Church, Market Street on the third Thursday in the month at 1.30pm.



Outseats Parish Council met on Monday, November 25, chaired by Councillor Jane Marsden.

Derbyshire Police reported a recent series of thefts of property from within vehicles parked near Stanage.

The parish’s grit-salt bins have all now been filled, ready for the coming winter.

Sue Smith, from the Peak District National Park Authority, described how the transition between Derbyshire County Council’s current Traffic Regulation Order on Long Causeway and PDNPA’s intended replacement TRO is expected to be managed. She also described possible future enforcement strategies regarding motorists who ignore the order.

Derbyshire County Council intend to fell some trees on Jaggers Lane (east of the junction with Coggers Lane). It was felt that this would please some residents whose light is being blocked by the trees, while disappointing others.

A planning application for an extension to a house in Park Edge was discussed, and was recommended to be granted.

The council’s budget for 2014/15 was agreed; it will result in a one per cent rise in the parish’s precept shown on Council Tax bills – a much smaller rise than last year.

Councillors continued to have concerns about Derbyshire Fire and Rescue’s proposed reorganisation in the Hope Valley. There would be a public meeting in the Memorial Hall on this on December 10.

Approximately 50 per cent of the required number of Outseats signatures had now been collected for the parish petition to the District Council for a Community Governance Review; councillors will continue to seek signatures from other residents.

The dates, locations, agendas and minutes of all meetings of Outseats Parish Council can be found on the village website www.hathersage-outseats.org.uk. They can also be found on the parish noticeboard. Residents are reminded that they are welcome to attend meetings and to take part in the open forum of the meetings, where they can highlight any issues.



Vice-chairman Lily Flint welcomed John Lower from Chesterfield Canal Trust, who gave and interesting insight and a update on all local schemes such as Staveley Canal Basin, as well as the HS2 high speed rail link from Birmingham to Leeds which will greatly affect the Chesterfield Canal. A lively question and answer section on other aspects of the canal took place before a most enjoyable evening concluded.

The following week chairman Christine Brown welcomed 20 members from NAWC Calow for an inter club social evening which included a buffet (thanks to caterers Ann Roddy and Pat Turnham and tea lady Sheila Hoult). A quiz evening concluded the evening and Christine thanked Brimington members for all their help in making this evening a huge success.



St Andrew’s Church at Barrow Hill will be opening its doors again next week for visitors to their annual Festival of Christmas Trees. This is a very popular event and one which is very much enjoyed by visitors of all ages who delight in seeing lighted trees which range from the elegant to the quirky.

For the fourth year running, the church will be turned into a glittering grotto by the community and amongst the trees on display this year will be contributions from Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield Canal Trust, Street Pastors, Hollingwood Residents Association, Staveley Town Council and the office of Natascha Engels MP as well as schools, businesses, churches and organisations. Anyone who would like to decorate a tree to be included in this year’s festival can contact the organisers at www.barrowhillvillage.org.uk with their details.

The church will be open to visitors on Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14, from 10am to 4pm and will conclude with carols and cocoa at 3pm on Sunday, December 15, when the music will be provided by the Ireland Colliery Band.

Admission is free throughout the festival and refreshments will be available.



Steve Ward, estates project manager based at Newholme Hospital Bakewell, found himself in the spotlight when he was named as Behind the Scenes Hero 2013 in the Extra Mile Awards of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

Former electrician Steve was nominated for his 24-hour commitment to ensuring the trust’s buildings and infrastructure are in good working order for the delivery of patient care.

The award was presented to Steve during an awards ceremony at Derby’s Roundhouse by the trust’s director of strategy Simon Griffiths.

Steve was nominated by his colleague Valerie Moores who said: “His working week is not a nine to five post, but a combination of evenings and weekends. Even when on annual leave his phone is never far from his side. His response to emergency situations, or any other difficulties is never an issue and he is always there to support.”

Speaking after receiving his award Steve said: “I’m really grateful – this award is not just for me, it’s for all the estates team. It’s a great team.”

Steve’s breadth of knowledge about the trust’s sites is described as “encyclopaedic”. Valerie Moores added: “He has a calm, understanding and patient nature, and is always ready to listen and discuss things at length to reach the best possible solution.”

The Extra Mile Awards, now in the second year, are open to the 4,500 staff of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust. There were 226 entries this year and 47 finalists. These are individuals and teams who have been nominated by others for their dedication and caring.

More information about all the award winners is available on the Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust’s website, at Extra Mile Awards 2013 Results.


The Mixed Open competition that was held on September 1, attracted 48 competitors all striving to win one of the excellent prizes provided by organisers Sue and Peter Atkinson.

First prize went to Katie and Peter Brice from Abbeydale Golf Club with a score of 43.

Second were Babs and Ian Coldwell from Beauchief Golf Club and third were Steve and Mary Hadley from Hallamshire and Beauchief. Fourth were Mick and Pat Cannon from Leek and Westwood and fifth were Frank and Judith from Bakewell and Sickleholme.

On Thursday, September 12, a beautiful sunny September morning the Bakewell Golf Club held their Ladies Open event. There was a full field with players coming from as far away as Southwell and Stanton Edwalton in Nottinghamshire and Sitwell Park in Doncaster together with ladies from more local clubs. The weather stayed lovely all day and with the attractive course in excellent condition an enjoyable round of golf was had by all.

The winning team were Brenda Northin of Bakewell Golf Club and Judy Gascoigne from Matlock. Second were the girl wonder Emily Hudson from Bakewell and Jean Brock, previously junior organiser of Bakewell and now from Sickleholme Golf Club.

Third were past captain Sue Youdan from Bakewell and Sue Meggitt from Abbeydale.

The day was rounded off by an excellent meal enjoyed by all players, arranged and provided by Justine and Tim Galley, club steward and chef.


Now retired from Channel 5, David Harrison travelled up to the delightful Monsal Head Hotel from deepest Devonshire to speak to the Bakewell and District Probus Club for the third time in five years and to talk about the same subject, current television.

Speaking without notes David offered his condolences on the recent death of Dr George Yule, whom he had known for many years. In his talk he described the predicament of the BBC in relation to sports presentation in competition with Sky and commercial TV and also answered many questions from his very interested audience. David was again introduced to the club by his father and club member Derek.

It is also of interest that the next speaker to the club will be a father and son relationship with Robbie Jones introducing his son Richard who is pro vice chancellor for research and innovation at Sheffield University.



Kate Fisher introduced Martin Dawes to the members of Inkersall Women’s Club. Martin writes a column in Sheffield newspaper The Star every Wednesday on Food and Drink. He told the ladies about his experiences in eating out and how he accessed the places he visited. The vote of thanks was also given by Kate.

The minutes were read by Wendy Payne. Refreshments were served by Val Crookes and Sue Commons.

The Christmas goodies raffle were won by Margaret Wilbourn, Jean Baker, Wendy Payne and Lynda Kujawa.



St Lawrence Church together with 1st north Wingfield Scouts and Hoult’s Funeral Directors are hosting a carol service at North Wingfield Resource Centre commencing at 7pm.

The evening will start with a lantern procession for young children leaving Hoult’s at 6.45pm and prizes will be awarded for the best lanterns.

Carols will be played by Cresswell Colliery Brass Band and local trade persons have donated mince pies, tea, coffee and soft drinks which will be served by 1st north Wingfield Scouts.

Collection boxes for breast and prostate cancer charities will be available for people to make a donation.

For further information contact Revnd Colin Cooper on 01246 851181 or Doug Kaye on 01246 856829.



Back to Hockey sessions for females aged over 14 years take place every Monday from 6pm to7pm at The Bolsover School. Why not get back into the sport or try the sport for the first time, all abilities welcome. Bring your friends, family members and work colleagues too. Your first session is free, then £3 per session. For further information call 01246 242364.


The manager, staff and residents of Fulleylove Court, Bolsover, have been working very hard throughout 2013 to raise funds for Macmillan Nurses, the Housing 21 charity of the year. The FulleyloveTeam has raised a total of £1,125 to be donated to the work of the charity.

Mothers Union

On Sunday, December 1, Bolsover MU members, old and new, enjoyed a splendid Christmas lunch at The Hostess at Sookholme.

On Monday, December 2 at 7pm, the Bolsover MU will be holding their AGM in the Bolsover Parish Rooms, and on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7pm, the MU annual new year celebration: a ‘bring and share meal’ will be held in Fulleylove Court, Bolsover. Further details from the chairman Mary Revill on 01246 824017.


Everyone is welcome to attend the Bolsover and Staveley Deanery Advent Service of hope and expectation to be held at the Bolsover Parish Church of St Mary and St Laurence on Sunday, December 8, at 6pm. The preacher will be Bishop Jack Nicholls and it will be followed by refreshments.

Film Makers

On Friday evening, November 29, students from The Bolsover School and the Freedom Cafe Open Week were applauded by the audience in the parish church for their films on views of life in Bolsover, which opened the Past Lives programme of amateur films about Derbyshire, accompanied by live modern jazz. Everyone particularly enjoyed the film celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Bolsover Annual Lantern Parade.

On Saturday, November 30, as part of the Bolsover Christmas Festival, the Past Lives Team collected local memories in exchange for coffee and cakes in the Vintage Cafe in the Parish Rooms.


On Wednesday, December 11, the Salvation Army Band will be playing favourite Christmas carols at the Blue Bell Pub on the High Street, Bolsover. All are welcome.



An audience of more than 200 was at Highfields School in Matlock on November 23, to listen to the music of the Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band. What a great night it turned out to be. Full of wonderful music by a group of very talented young people aged between 13 and 21.

The music performed by the 47 musicians and conducted by Jon Malaxetxebarria was of the highest standard and the performance contained pieces including traditional wind band repertoire, light classical music, modern and pop classics.

At intervals between the music members of the band recited some serious but mostly amusing stories about their experiences from their recent tour in Japan. Matlock Rotary was very fortunate to host the band who was celebrating a very successful tour of Toyota.

Rotarian Geoff Stevens MBE thanked Highfields School for the use of the facilities there, the band for a fantastic performance and the organising team from Rotary headed by Rotarian Philip Pegg.

Proceeds from the evening of over £1,000 will be divided between the children’s hospices, Rainbow and Blue Bell Woods.



Walkers are always welcome at the Heritage Centre, Barlborough. Many walks commence there where you can pick up a trail leaflet. We have four free walk leaflets to choose from - Fox and Magpie Heritage Trail, Millennium Walk, The Chaffinch Trail and the Miners Way.

The Heritage Centre with free admission is the ideal place to find out about he places and buildings you see along the way and maybe rest your tired feet. Our opening times are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays 8.30am till 2pm plus Saturdays 8.30am till 1pm.

Pop into our gift shop for ideas. Our 2014 Calendar is now on sale along with jigsaws of local views, postcards and handmade birthday cards etc.

Telephone 01246 810100, check out our Facebook page and website www.barlboroughrc.co.uk



Staveley Church autumn bazaar, held on November 23 was a great success. The name of the Guess the Bear competition was Barnaby. Thank you to the stall holders and the people who prepared and served the refreshments, together with all who attended the event.

Victorian Market

The church was open from 3pm til 8pm on November 27, as part of the Victorian Market organised by Staveley Town Council and Staveley Hall Garden Centre. Once again the event was very successful with lots of people visiting the church.

Woodthorpe CofE Primary School pupils sang carols in the church which created a wonderful atmosphere. Refreshments were served throughout the afternoon and evening with visitors enjoying homemade cakes made by members of the church.

There was an excellent art exhibition by Inkersall Art Group and a display of photographs depicting Staveley in Victorian times mounted by Staveley Local History Society.

There were various stalls including jams, books, home made cakes and pastries, and the ever popular bric-a-brac.

The Rector Fr Stephen Jones said Mass at 7pm in the historic Frecheville Chapel and a good number of people attended.

Once again a big thank you to all involved in making the afternoon and evening such a splendid event.



All the hard work and planning co-ordinated by the Eckington Town Team over the last few months will be put to the test on Friday, December 6, when Eckington Town Centre will be reopened to the public and to traffic after 10 months of flood prevention work by Yorkshire Water.

Eckington Town Team with the support of NEDDC and Eckington Parish Council has built a superb Santa’s grotto in a shop unit in the town centre along with a heritage sitting room. Celebrations commence at 5pm with children from local schools singing their own well rehearsed programme of songs followed by the release of a new Christmas song specially written for the occasion by Carol White of Renishaw. Carol along with her family and the children’s choirs will sing It Ain’t Going To Be No Silent Night. The song has been professionally recorded and copies will be for sale on the night with proceeds being shared by a charity of Carol’s choice and the Eckington Town Team. The Town Team have encouraged the whole town to light up their homes and gardens and support local shopkeepers and businesses after a difficult summer.

A Snowman Trail will lead children and adults into most of the shops in the town centre with the promise of a small prize for the completion of a sentence made up of letters on each snowman. Children have also been invited to enter a Christmas themed fancy dress competition for excellent prizes and judged by Peppa Pig who will switch on the lights throughout the town at 5.30pm. Santa and his elves will be receiving visitors in his magical grotto at 5.30pm.

To celebrate the reopening of the roads MP Natascha Engel and the longest serving Eckington town centre shopkeeper Roger French will cut the ribbon at approximately 5.45pm.

The Christmas Shop and the Heritage Centre will be open on several days each week and the grotto will be open on Friday’s and Saturdays up to Christmas. A special advent calendar is on display. This has involved art work provided by school children and on each day up to Christmas Eve a child’s drawing will be revealed. Alongside the calendar will be a video screen provided by eckingtonparish.tv depicting local scenes, old photographs and videos of village life past and present including histories of Eckington, Renishaw and Killamarsh. Adding to the festivities many of the shops will remain open until 7pm as they are competing for the best dressed shop window.

There will be market stalls, music, children’s rides, games, a model fairground and the Chesterfield Canal Exhibition Unit. Months of planning should ensure that this will be a special night for Eckington as the townsfolk have already shown their support for this event by offering goods and services for which the Town Team are extremely grateful.

For further information on times and events please contact Eckington Business Centre 01246 439010.



Wingerworth SCC recently held a fundraising quiz. It was well attended with seven teams participating. The event ended in a draw with two teams, The Golden Ducks and The Coppice Close Gang sharing the first prize.

Andy Stopps was thanked for his hard work in organising the evening. Andy Bennett did a great job as quizmaster. Debbie and Josh Stanley organised the raffle and Laura Stopps was thanked for helping with the refreshments.

The club is grateful to all those who attended what was an enjoyable evening.


Christmas celebrations began at Salem Methodist Independent Chapel on Sunday when the Ashover All Saints Celebration Choir led the service with a range of music, drama and readings on the theme of Lost and Found.

The collection for The Clay Cross Food Bank amounted to £221.

The carol service will be held on December 22, at 2.30pm.



On Saturday evening of November 30, Shirebrook Miners Welfare UNISON band performed a concert of traditional and popular brass band music including items from well known West End musicals at St John The Evangelist Church, Kirkby Woodhouse.

The band were led by musical director Mark Wilcockson and the programme included solo performances by Glenn Birks (cornet) who played A Swedish Hymn and Jayne Jones (euphonium) who played Carrickfergus. Jayne Jones and Mick Cartlidge performed a euphonium duet entitled Me And My Shadow and another duet featured Jayne Jones (euphonium) and Glenn Birks (cornet) playing All I Ask Of You from the ever popular musical Phantom Of The Opera. A further feature of the band’s performance was the horn section, comprising Hannah Brimble, Janeen Burrows, Neil Emson, Dave Marson and Marcel Renshaw playing The Beatles classic Hey Jude.

The band are about to embark on a very busy Christmas programme and details of their forthcoming engagements can be found on the website shirebrookmwuband.net and click on engagements.



A team of folk worked through most of Saturday put up lights, moving pews, setting out nativity figures and dusting down the lanterns in time for the Advent services on Sunday. All the children who attended church were given an Advent calendar with chocolates behind each window telling the nativity story


St Albans Centre was heaving with people on Friday afternoon who had come to enjoy the stalls which were laden with goods for sale. A total of £663 was raised for church funds as well as money for other charities represented.


The team has been getting ready for the Christingle service at All Saints, Heath on Sunday, December 8, at 4pm, when each child will receive their own Christingle to take home having enjoyed a live nativity drama. A real donkey will be coming along and making a special appearance in the stable alongside members of the congregation dressed in nativity clothes.

Big Breakfast

The monthly Big Breakfast at St Albans cooked by the Lets Connect project team will be held on Saturday, December 7, at 9am. It is entitled Advent Countdown. All are welcome for this free community event.

The group for seven to 11 year olds that meets on a Wednesday at St Albans learnt about the meaning of Advent through a Godly play interactive session. Children hung the clay ornaments they had made on the Christmas tree and decorated the church ready for Christmas.



Following The Gospel Mission’s well attended Christingle Day on Sunday, December 1, £113.28 was raised for The Children’s Society. Adults and children worked together to make 60 Christingles to represent the light of Christ and these were used in The Christingle Service that followed. The focus of the Children’s Society’s Christmas appeal this year is the child poverty that affects the well being of many children in the UK. The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, wishes to thank all concerned and said: “Every pound raised does help to transform a child’s life.”

Santa Returns

On Thursday, December 12, for the second time in a few weeks, there could be a sighting of Santa in Brampton. The occasion is the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree for Old Road in the grounds of Serpent Motors. The tree lighting begins at 7.30pm, includes carols accompanied by The Ashover Band and finishes with coffee and mince pies at about 8pm. While the time of Santa’s appearance isn’t entirely predictable (after all he is busy at this time of year!), he is expected to be around to give gifts to all the children attending at about 7.45pm. Everyone welcome.


The Christmas fair organised by the Westfield School Parents and Friends Association was very well attended with many stalls and attractions. The highlight of the fair was the special guest – Santa - who young and old were able to meet.

A grand total of £1,300 was raised and is intended to be used towards the Christmas play, party and books for the 200 children who attend the school.

A Christmas stocking shopping night (from 6pm til 8pm at the school) is arranged for December 12, which will be a great opportunity to enjoy some festive treats and organise those last minute stocking fillers. Stalls will include jewellery, handmade fabric gifts, original artwork, cards, family fingerprint kits, clay figures, books photography and lots more.


The Chesterfield 50+Inspired Forum held their end of the year meeting.

In attendance at the meeting were the Mayor and his consort, council head John Burrows; Cathy Wilson from Age UK Environmental Services, 78 members with eight guests.

The subjects discussed were; the proposal for the new sports centre in Queens Park, the new market hall, the need for a pedestrian access to the Range shopping complex. A big concern of the possible closing of the Town Centre Post Office.

Charlie Hall, chairman, thanked Cllr Borrows for the events and festivals that took place in the town centre. Also discussed with the members was the way forward on the social future of Chesterfield 50+.

The January meeting (2014) will be on local issues with speaker Carol Grew on recycling also information on bee keeping.

The March meeting will have Andy Botham from the DCC re Public Transport.

Following the former part of the meeting the members went on to enjoy music and songs with minces pies and coffee.


Brampton Living History Group held its final meeting of the year at St Thomas’ Church Parish Centre with an attendance of 39.

The chairman, John Lilley, drew attention to the new programme for next year which was now available. He then welcomed the speaker, Janet Murphey, making her third visit to the group, who gave a well-researched talk on the history of Spital cemetery with detailed accounts of gravestones of wartime servicemen. A vote of thanks was given by Marjorie Dunn.

The next meeting is on January 27 when the speaker will be Pat Ashcroft who will give a talk on Calke Abbey 1924 onwards. Admission is £2.



Father Malcolm Ainscough, the Rector of Hasland, is appealing for items of historical interest which can be included in an exhibition of church history next year. Fr Malcolm and a group of the church members are planning the exhibition, which will be held from September 19 to 21, 2014. Although it seems a long way off at present the Rector would be grateful for items now, or at least the promise now that he can borrow them later. If you do have anything to lend, or know of anyone who may be able to help, please contact Far Malcolm Ainscough, 01245 232486; email malcolmainscough@yahoo.com - particularly sought after are items associated with St Paul’s Church at Hasland, or with the Church of the Holy Name at Grassmoor, a church building which no longer exists. Suggested items include old photographs, old church magazines, old baptism, wedding or confirmation certificates or dresses, Sunday School memorabilia including stamp books and prizes, Mothers’ Union, Scouts and Choir memorabilia, photographs of outings and special occasions – in fact, anything and everything to do with church life.


As part of their Christmas programme of community events Chesterfield Borough Council is once again hosting its very popular carols and mince pies concerts, with a concert in Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, Hasland, on Saturday, December 7, starting at 7.30pm. The music will be provided by the Phoenix Band, which meets weekly in Hasland Methodist Church. Tickets cost £3 each, and can be obtained from the Chesterfield Theatre Box Office in the Pomegranate Theatre, or from the Visitor Information Centre in Chesterfield.


St Paul’s Church, Hasland, will be holding its very popular Stable Lunch, the last fundraising event of 2013, in Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, Hasland, on Saturday, December 7, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

The menu will be homemade soups, fresh turkey cobs, homemade mince pies, tea and coffee. There will be a variety of stalls offering an opportunity to hunt out that last minute Christmas gift. Everyone is invited to come along and help make this a very enjoyable and successful event.

The following Saturday (14), Hasland Methodist Church will be serving Christmas lunch from 12 noon to 1.30pm, comprising homemade soups with bread, turkey, ham and cheese rolls with accompaniments, followed by fruit pie with cream or custard, all washed down with tea or coffee. The price is £4.40 for adults, £2 for children. Please come along with family or friends to enjoy this Christmas Lunch in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


Fr Malcolm Ainscough, Rector of Hasland, celebrated the Family Mass at St Paul’s Church, Hasland, last Sunday morning on Advent Sunday. The Old Testament lesson and prayers were led by the young people who also presented a sketch ‘Are you prepared for Christmas?’ showing that our Christmas preparations involve a lot of rushing around, shopping, present wrapping, cleaning and preparing the house, putting up decorations and the like – but are we prepared for the coming of Jesus into our hearts and lives? The young people taking part were Lauren and Alyssa Ward, Sally Ann Mather and Sarah Musk.

At the start of the service the first candle of Advent was lit, with special readings and prayers, by Chris and Ruth Mather.

Messy Church

A joint event was held at Hasland Junior School last Saturday afternoon, co-ordinated by members of St Paul’s Church, Hasland, and Hasland Methodist Church, and well attended by families from the Hasland community. Invitations had been given out through the schools and two churches. This was the first session of a Messy Church, based on the theme of Light. All the children, parents and grandparents who attended were given a warm welcome and shown to the various craft activities, all linked to the theme of light and the message of the Christingle.

Some of the crafts were more messy than others, with plenty of snipping, sticking, pasting and creating, not forgetting lots of glitter!

Everyone then joined together for a short friendly family service led by the Methodist Minister, Revnd Andrew Checkley, with singing accompanied by Clive Ellis on the keyboard and Margaret Rees on guitar. Afterwards all shared a light meal together, prepared by the team of helpers from the churches.

A great atmosphere and a fun afternoon concluded with the children taking home their craft work. The Messy Church would not have been a success without the funding received by St Paul’s Church; Hasland Junior School offering the use of classrooms which gave the perfect venue for this community event, but most importantly the hard work of the volunteers from both churches who made this all possible.



The Fox and Goose Inn, Wigley, have now made it seven consecutive wins in the Buxton Brewery Sunday Peak Quiz League.

After a hesitant start, being behind at the halfway stage, they finally secured victory by 58 points to 50 away at the Manners Hotel, Bakewell. The team comprised Sue Colls, Penny Fairs (captain), Frank Gorman, Lou Matthews and Carole Slater.

This Sunday they are at home to the Star Inn B, Tideswell, with the match starting at 8.30pm.



On Tuesday, December 3, The Salt Pot Cafe on The Green, Swanwick, will open from 7.30pm for chat, drinks and cake. Why not come along and find out what’s happening.

5s and 3s

Swanwick Winter 5s and 3s League week 6 results were:

Division A - Beehive B 5 New Inn 4, Queens Head 7 Palmer Morewood A 2, Kings Arms 5 Beehive A 4, George 5 Nags Head 4.

Division B - Queen Bees 5 Jokers 4, Crown B 6 Horse and Jockey 3, Eclipse 4 Steam Packet 5, Palmer Morewood Ladies 5 Crown 4.

Division C - Jacksdale SC 4 Sunnyside Club 5, Victoria 7 Carnfield Club 2, White Lion 4 Poet and Castle 5, Anvil Club 3 Seven Stars 6.



Alfreton Slimming World Group was held on Monday night at 6pm at Firs House with consultant Betty Oldknow.

Two weight awards was presented. Slimmer of the week was Rose Hill. Slimmer of the month was Lesley Barker.

At the Wednesday morning group two weight awards was presented. Slimmer of the week was Stephen Meakin and slimmer of the month was John Hanbury.

Total weight loss was 4st 7lbs.


Minister the Revnd Adrian Smith of Tansley was the speaker at a meeting on Tuesday of the Ladies’ Fellowship of Alfreton Wesley Church. Valerie Cogar was organist.


A Celebration of Christmas, an evening of festive music and drama, is to be presented at Alfreton Wesley Church tomorrow (Friday) at 7pm.

The evening will include a sketch by the church drama group, singing of well-known Christmas songs by a mixed choir and congregational carols. There will also be individual items and seasonal refreshments.

Admission will be free and there will be a collection for the Meningitis Trust.


The Bible study group at Alfreton Wesley Church met on Monday to continue studying The Acts of the Apostles. The meeting was led by minister the Rev Adrian Smith.


Members and friends of the drama group of Alfreton Wesley Church enjoyed a two-day outing to Bath.

Visits were made to the Christmas market, Bath Abbey and the Royal Crescent, and members of the party enjoyed theatre visits to see the musical Fiddler on the Roof and the Noel Coward comedy Hay Fever.



A switch of venue due to refurbishment at the normal one meant a reduction in numbers attending the Ripley Friendship Circle meeting - but there was still plenty of chat.


A solo winner in the quiz with Nancy Blackburn doing it all on her own. The surprise gifts went to Hazel Breedon, Dennis Hyde and David Swift. The saying of grace closed the meeting.


Another home defeat for the Sir Barnes Wallis as they went down 5-2 at darts and 3-2 at dominoes to the Welcome A.


Christmas raffle time at the Ripley Greenhillocks Fellowship with members donating more than 100 prizes.

David Hill opened the meeting with Brenda Elliott reading the report. Marion Slack led birthday celebrations for Colin Cresswell and Maureen Fox before reporting that Albert Eley and Vernon Vahta were absent because of illness.

Refreshments were served before the meeting closed.


The Ripley Tuesday Club were 30-strong as they journeyed to Stratford-Upon-Avon for a visit which included taking in the Christmas lights.

Eileen Towndrow organised the on-coach raffle with Roland Emmas-Williams distributing the prizes. A total of £42.50 being raised for club funds.


Rotary Club Ripley is holding their annual Christmas carol concert at the Wood Street Methodist Chapel, Ripley, on Saturday, December 14 commencing at 7pm. This year’s guest performers are, children from the Saint John’s Church of England Primary School Choir, The Brian Scott Sound, organist Tony Wright and Rotarian Marie Jackson.

Light refreshments will be available at a small charge with the proceeds from this going to the church fund, and a raffle in aid of local charities. Entrance is free.


Forget about Black Friday it was a Golden Saturday for Ripley Christmas shoppers with a Christmas fair at St Joseph’s and the Salvation Army and if you could not get into Ripley itself there was another at Marehay.


One draw and three wins for Ripley Rangers Football Club.

The draw was gained 3-all by the U8s against Robin Hood Colts with two goals from Thomas Rankin and one from Ciaran Gillespie. The U8s lost 3-1 to leaders Blidworth. Brandon Harbon scoring the goal.

The U12s beat Coal Aston 5-nil with Dylan Goodall bagging a hat-trick. Wesley Hardstaff and Jack Hounslow scored the others. The U12s also faced top of the table opposition in Leabrooks but won 3-1 with two goals from Jack Hounslow and one from Dylan Goodall.

The U10s defeated Mansfield Warriors 5-2. Alfie Quinn with two led the goal scoring here with Luke Bradshaw, Ben Morris and Charlie Willows all contributing one to the total.

The U8s shaded Beaufort 3-2 with goals from Brandon Harbon, Leon Youlton and Josh Brandrick.

Ripley Rangers Football Club Girls U16s lost 2-1 to Matlock with Player of the Match Saran Carmen scoring their goal.

Ripley Rangers Football Club Boys U16s beat Duffield Dynamo Tigers 5-3 with Jack Burdell netting his first ever goal for the club.



The Church Family Christmas Lunch “Christmas Fuddle and Fellowship” is set for December 8, at 12.30pm in Codnor Methodist Church Hall on Mill Lane.



A 12-7 defeat for the darts players of the Horse and Jockey playing the Kings Head at Bonsall.


Wessington Primary School will hold its Christmas Fayre from 2pm on December 6. There will be gifts, cards, games, tombola and refreshments.




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