CHESTERFIELD: Share your memories of ‘The Chicken Run’

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RESIDENTS are being asked to share their stories and memories of the Newland Dale Path, popularly known as ‘The Chicken Run’.

Artists Sally Lemsford and Sally Newham will be gathering stories from the local communities who walk and live along the path.

They have been commissioned to turn the community’s stories into an ‘ideas file’ with the aim of creating a memorial to former Chesterfield Borough Councillor, Trevor Reynolds, who died in May 2012.

A colourful spectacle will take place on Monday between 3pm and 5pm on the path at Newland Dale and the artists hope to see lots of people on their way home from school and work, or on their way to walk in Abercrombie Park.

Sally Lemsford said: “The ideas can be very imaginative.

“So far, suggestions are for wildlife sculptures, a wild flower meadow and an annual community fun event in Abercrombie Park – all things that interested Councillor Reynolds”.

The creative consultation is funded by a small arts grant from Derbyshire County Council.

It is hoped that further funding will be raised to create the memorial, which will be placed on the path at Newland Dale and will be renamed Reynolds Way.

Cllr Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism added: “Trevor was a well known and well-respected borough councillor.

“There is no better place to do this in the area that will bear his name and which he campaigned to improve over many years before and after he became a councillor.

“I’d like to encourage residents to come along and take part in the event.”

The two artists - known as 2SALLY4TH - were seen at Chesterfield Community Arts Festival as The Sweet Sisters encouraging people to dress up as their favourite sweets. They span the breadth of the county from the Peak District to ex-coalmining communities and set up creative situations that intrigue people – in the street, at festivals, in public places.