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Members of Chesterfield & North -East Derbyshire Pensioners Association met for lunch at the Cock & Magpie Inn, at Old Whittington.
After lunch there was an opportunity to visit the Revolution House where a forebear of the Duke of Devonshire and others plotted the Glorious Revolution of 1688 which brought about the overthrow of King James II.
The association meets in North-East Derbyshire Council chamber on the last Thursday of the month at 2pm (excluding December). All welcome.
Further details can be obtained by calling 01246 235 998 (between 6pm and 7pm).


There were six entries in the annual holiday film competition when Chesterfield Film Makers met at Walton Village Centre.
Competing members were Larry Hall, Bob and Doreen Williamson, Cliff Paulson, Colin Guest, David Oldale and John Fox. As is the tradition with this competition, the previous year’s winner acts as judge and Les Lewis made constructive comments about the films.

Les awarded the L and R Johnson Trophy to David Oldale for his film TOPIE (The Only Place Is Essex). 
The club welcomes anyone interested in making short films to their meetings on Tuesday evenings.


Chairman Richard Robinson welcomed 38 members of the Scarsdale Probus Club to the October meeting at the Olde House, Newbold.
In recognition of his 25 years as a club member, Frank Clifford was made an honorary member and presented with a framed certificate by the chairman. He was congratulated by members.

The guest speaker was Dr Jeremy Brewer who entertained members with tales from his years as a family GP. Dr Jeremy said that, whilst he must respect the privacy of his patients, he would try to provide a not too serious account of his working life beginning with his experiences as a medical student in the teaching hospitals in those early years which caused much amusement.

Dr Brewer He said that he was about 12 years old when the idea of becoming a doctor first came into his head, and he then went on to recall his first appointment when he became a GP in Clay Cross in 1962, during which time he eventually visited his patients in a bright coloured Mini which became well known in the area. 
Medical terminology was also a difficult area, he explained, and this could be a problem to those not in the profession. This was due to the fact that certain meanings depending entirely on the circumstances at that time. The vote of thanks was given by David Oldale and Dr Brewer received a certificate of appreciation from the chairman.
Ian Potter commented on the coffee morning at his home which raised £421 for MacMillan Nurses appeal.
The meeting was followed by the 37th Annual General Meeting.


A brass band concert, featuring the Maltby Miners Welfare Band, will be held at the Holy Trinity Church, Newbold Road, Chesterfield, on Saturday, November 23.
Admission £7 and £6 (concessions) with interval refreshments. Tickets from the Tourist Information Centre, Chesterfield, or call (01246) 220860. Remainder tickets sold on the door.


St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, 187 Newbold Road, Chesterfield, holds its Christmas Fair at 2pm on Saturday, November 23. Come along for home made cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, books, tombola, raffle and more. Santa will be in his grotto with presents for the children. Teas with delicious sandwiches and cakes will be served in the church.

Health Walk

On Sunday, November 17, Chesterfield Take Heart Cardiac Support held a walk on the Five Pits Trail starting from the community centre at Holmewood. As usual two walks were provided to allow for different abilities. There were 7 members on the longer walk and 8 people on the shorter one. Afterwards 7 people had Sunday lunch at the Double Top pub at Inkersal.

We are a forward looking group who cater for people of all ages who have any sort of heart complaint. If you are able to walk short distances with your Doctors permission and would like to join a group of like minded people we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact 01246 470718 or see our web page at There will be a meeting of our group at the Community Centre on Tontine Road, Chesterfield on Thursday, November 28 and anyone interested in joining us will be made most welcome, the meeting will start at 7pm. The next health walk will be on Sunday, December 8, and will be at Poolsbrook Country Park. This walk will start at 10.30am which is slightly later than our normal time. Anyone with heart problems who can walk short distances with their GPs permission will be made most welcome.


President Mike-Cudzich Madry presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on November 15.

Boards circulated included: the club calendar of future events and duties, including news of Chesterfield Inner Wheel Club’s Christmas Fayre being held at St Thomas’ Parish Centre all day on November 21, a chance to volunteer for rotared duty on Santa’s fund-raising Sleigh which will be visiting local supermarkets during December, and details of the joint carol service being organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale at St Johns Church, Walton on December 10.

Past president Alan Clarke reported that the club had progressed to the second round of the Rotary District Ten-Pin Bowling Competition after a comprehensive victory over the Rotary Club of Derby Mercia. In the next round Chesterfield will play Bakewell Rotary Club.

The club agreed to fund the costs of a Young Chefs Cookery competition which will take place in the new year with entrants from local schools in the Chesterfield area.

The club also agreed to the emergency provision of funds in support of Rotary’s deployment of life-saving ShelterBoxes and Aquaboxes to the Philippines Typhoon Disaster zone.

The after-lunch speakers were Jeremy Revill and his colleague Lee Hutton of Revellations Ltd, a celebrity agency based in Chesterfield, who spoke about ‘The World of Hiring Celebs’. After the president proposed a vote of thanks, the closing toast was proposed by past president Ian Gaunt.

There is no lunchtime club meeting tomorrow (Friday) as members will be attending the club’s 91st Charter Anniversary Dinner in the evening at the Ringwood Hall Hotel, 6.30pm for 7pm. At the next club meeting on Friday, November 29 the guest speaker is Professor Suzanne Mason on ‘The NHS’. Speaker host is David Windle and duty rotarian is Garth Rendle.


President Andy Matthews chaired the weekly meeting of The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale held at Proact stadium on November 14, with 38 members present.

He welcomed past member Peter Gray and Malcolm Cowper the speaker and his subject is Chesterfield Samaritans. Andy reminded the club of the tragic and devastating effect in the Philippines from typhoon Haiyan. Aquabox based in Wirksworth believes that working with its Rotary partners at District level in the Philippines its aid will be best delivered to those needing it.

Club members agreed a donation of £1000 to Aquabox.

Rtn David Hays reported that the club had been successful in the District 10 Pin bowling competition beating Heanor Rotary Club to progress to the next round and Ron Enock and Paul Berresford made a substantial contribution to a team effort.

Rtn George Caldicott introduced Malcolm Cowper a past director of Chesterfield Samaritans and he gave a presentation and a summary included - People contact them when things are getting to them. They are there round the clock every single day of the year. Provide everyone a safe place to talk whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life’s done to them. As volunteers, they are ordinary people, and keep all conversations private. Receive almost no Government funding - as a charity, it’s the public kind donations that keep their helpline open. There are 201 branches in the country.

President Andy on behalf of the club made a donation of £1000 to Chesterfield Samaritans and Malcolm thanked the club for their support.

Malcolm was thanked for an excellent presentation by Paul Berresford.


Members and friends of the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution are celebrating after a very successful coffee morning and craft fair at Eastwood Memorial Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield, last Saturday morning. As well as the branch’s Souvenir Stall, manned by souvenir secretary Tony Dale and family, there were seven stalls to be enjoyed, including arts and craft, decoupage, clock and pens, fabric craft, jewellery, and jams and preserves. Home made scones, prepared by member Claire Ashmore and served with jam and cream, home made cake prepared by Joanne Dale, and tea and coffee were served by members of the branch, and quiz sheets, prepared by Mavis Broom, and a guess the number of stitches (in a lifeboat picture) competition organised by Meryl Ashton, as well as a raffle for a Christmas hamper, prepared by Muriel Haslam and run by Ruth Bailey, completed the line-up. An added attraction was the presence of the R.N.L.I.’s Stormy Stan mascot, who ‘entertained’ local people around town with his antics! Thanks go to everyone involved with the branch who gave their time and helped during the event, and especially to Mark Dale for his efforts; and a special thank you also to the very kind lady who walked into the hall and donated some fantastic knitware for sale, but did not leave any details – if you do read this, thank you very much. Proceeds from the event reached a fantastic £530! The Chesterfield branch committee would like to thank Jonathan Francis of Chesterfield Studios Ltd for making the premises available, and the caretaker for preparing the hall on the day.

There will be another chance to buy Lifeboat souvenirs, including Christmas cards, diaries and calendars, when the sales stall is once again in action on Thursday, November 28 in Vicar Lane Shopping – so do come along and support this extremely worthwhile charity.


“Tales out of School” had Chesterfield Evening Townswomen laughing hilariously at their November meeting. Former Headmaster, Don Bullock, entertained members with his stories, poems and reminiscences about life as a teacher and in retirement.

An early festive air was introduced at the meeting as members bought seasonal crafts from the Sales Table. To continue the Christmas theme - a visit to Lincoln Markets, a celebratory luncheon, local and national Carol Services and the annual party, with entertainment by ShowBitz, are all planned for December.


After all the recent rain, David Selkirk and his group of 11 Sunday walkers were blessed with a perfect autumn day, enjoying blue sky and sunshine with remarkably clear views. They walked from Youlgreave, along the Limestone Way, to Cales Dale, dropping down across fields to Fern Dale, a National Trust nature reserve and onto the top of magnificent Lathkill Dale. After following the river down Lathkill Dale, they climbed up into Over Haddon, unfortunately too late to enter a 12km fell race from the Lathkill Hotel, making their way across fields and down to the hamlet of Alport, finally walking up Bradford Dale to return to Youlgreave after completing a walk of 12 miles.

Monday’s walk was led by David Coomber who took seven ramblers and one dog on a walk of 6 miles commencing from the car park at Renishaw old station and onto Cuckoo Way and the Trans Pennine Trail, zigzagging between the two and finishing in Rother Valley Country Park. The group stopped for lunch at the Visitors Centre, after which they completed the lake circuit and walked back onto the Trans Pennine Trail for the return to the car park.

David Blackburn had 26 walkers join him for his Tuesday morning walk of 5 miles, commencing from Dronfield with the opportunity to have coffee and toasted teacakes at St Andrew’s Community Church before setting out. The group walk from Dronfield Woodhouse to Bradway, Woodthorpe Hall and Holmesfield.

Mel Hardy was leader for the Wednesday longer car walk taking 16 members, including a visitor from Mansfield, setting out from Nether Chanderhill, to follow an 11-mile circular local route. Bathed in brilliant late autumn sunshine the walkers headed north, to Old Brampton where the 63-minute clock sits on the spire of the Church and from here, the route skirted the Linacre reservoirs, Cutthorpe and Barlow Common, before turning west towards the hamlet of Rumbling Street. The return journey south provided breathtaking views from One Ash Farm where the group stopped for lunch, then onto Grange Hill and Upper Loads.

John Collins and his party of 18 left the car park at Coal Aston village hall for a walk of 8 miles. Walking over to Povey Farm then up to Carter Hall and Lightwood, before dropping down into Hazel Barrow and Long Wood, prior to returning via Owler Carr Lane to the car park.

Leader for the short car walk, Yvonne Lowe, had 17 members join her for a walk of 6-miles when after leaving the Barley Mow at Wingerworth, the group walked through Hardwick Wood to Bole Hill, down to Salem Chapel, passing the Great Lake at Stubbing Court. They then made their way through fields, stopping for lunch at the rear of Stubbing Court, before walking over fields to Swathick Lane and back to the car park.

Mel Cheetham had 18 members join him for the longer bus ramble, starting from the Young Vanish car park in Glapwell for a linear walk of 9 miles. The group made their way to Hardwick, stopping at the Visitors Centre for coffee before making their way through fields to Hardstoft, Pilsley and the Five Pits Trail, ending their walk in Corbriggs.

Jill Hemper was leader for the short Sunday circular walk, taking 10 ramblers and 3 dogs and starting from Youlgreave. The walk followed the river Bradford through to Lathkill Dale, where the group climbed up to the lunch spot overlooking Meadow Grange farm. They then proceeded through fields and wooded paths prior to returning to the car park. Mel Schofield had 16 members join him for the longer Sunday walk of 10.5 miles starting from Monsal Head walking to Little Longstone and over fields to join the Monsal Trail before heading towards Headstone, Cressbrook, Litton Tunnel and Millers Dale. The group then climbed to Priestcliffe and over to Taddington, lunching in the churchyard, then on to Deep Dale and White Lodge walking along to the bottom of Monsal Dale back to Monsal Head.


The chesterfield and District of the Fellowship of the Services produced it’s 36th annual Festival of Remembrance on November 7 at The Winding Wheel Theatre, Chesterfield, when over 700 people gathered to pay their respects to the fallen. The standards were paraded, followed by representatives of various service and civilian organisations. The Muster included the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Stone and Mrs Barbara Wallace, the leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Cllr John Burrows accompanied by Mrs Lorna Burrows, the MP for Chesterfield, The Hon. Toby Perkins, MP accompanied by Mrs Susan Perkins; and Miss Hazel Greaves proudly wearing her father’s Victoria Cross. They were followed by National, Area and District officials of the Fellowship of the Services.

Once again the music was provided throughout the evening by the superb Long Eaton Silver Prize Band, under the baton of Sharon Stansfield and included and excellent euphonium solo “Grandfather’s Clock” by Carl Ramplin.

Staveley Ex-servicemen’s Choir performed a selection of pieces. John Willis recited the monologue “Freedom’s Horror” written in 2006 by James T. Clark whilst on service in Iraq. Toby Perkins read a poem written in the First World War by his Great Grandfather.

The stars of the evening ATC cadets, Georgia and Olivia Hill who sang “You Raise ME Up2, accompanied on piano by their mother Mrs Joanne Hill, closely followed by another ATC Cadet Ross McCreery who played a superb piano solo, “I Giorni”, by Ludovico Einaudi.

After the interval, Revnd William Butt former Chaplain to the Duke of Wellington Regiment, conducted the Remembrance Service in which The Staveley & District Churches United Choir also took part with two anthems.

The service concluded with a sincere and spectacular ceremony as poppies fell during the Act of Homage, “The Last Post”, two minutes silence, The Kohima Epitaph and “Reveille”. The buglers were Mr Ken Truswell and Mr Mick Bridge. The standards were lowered by members of the service Cadet organisations, followed by March Off.

The M<aster of Ceremonies for the evening was Bill Deakin.

Out thanks go to our honoured guests and particularly to the Cadet forces of Chesterfield.

Comments made at the conclusion indicated that this was the “best ever” of the 36 years that the Festival has been held.

Tree Festival

St Thomas’ Church, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, will be holding its’ Christmas Tree Festival on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, 10am-8pm and Sunday, December 8, 1pm-5pm. Free admission. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds to charity.



President Pat Presland welcomed members of Old Brampton WI and visitors to the November meeting at the branch’s new venue, Loundsley Green Church.

The reading group will meeting on November 21 and the craft group on November 22.

Members decided to hold a Christmas party next month.
The president welcomed speaker Simon Davidson from The Cheese Factor in Chesterfield. He gave an account of cheesemaking and said that he had joined a group of cheesemakers to open the old Hartington Dairy making Peakland White (Stilton) and Peakland Blue using traditional methods.

The vote of thanks was given by O. Hoddle.

Tea was served by A. Crossley and I. Savidge. Flowers were by C. Gilthorpe.
The branch has vacancies for new members.



Thirty-nine members attended the Brimington Bowling Club annual presentation evening at the Lockoford Inn, Tapton.

Chairman Peter Cawthorne introduced the guests Carl and Bev Broadhead.

The club competition winners were presented with their trophies by Chesterfield Borough

Council groundsman Carl Broadhead. Winners were: A. Barnett Trophy - Mary Slinn, W.H. Bedford Cup winner - Paul Kelly, Harvey Challenge

Cup - John Yates, Walter Everett OBE Trophy - Janet Heath

and Peter Wright, M. Watterson Cup - Graham Heath and David Greaves, Brimington Parish Council Cup - Pamela Wright, Peter Wright and Robert Pashley, Kenmar Shield for Saturday “A” Team averages - Robert Pashley, J. Taylor Shield for Saturday “B” Team averages - Jeremy Wright.

Mrs Broadhead presented gifts to Ladies Captain Pamela Clarke, Ladies Vice-Captain Mary Hancock and Phyllis Blakemore, the “A” Team chief tea maker.

Club secretary Pamela Wright presented a gift to Mrs Broadhead and thanked her and Carl for attending.

During the evening a four course meal was enjoyed.

Raffle winners were Joy Harris and Joshua Heaton.

The cryptology quiz was won by Malc and the Mind Benders Team.



Cllr Martin Thacker chaired the November meeting of Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council at Holymoorside village hall.
Members considered the recommendations from the

Various committee meetings. These included footpath matters and the council’s agreement to spend their minor maintenance budget of £495 for the laying of limestone on various paths in the parish,

Working in conjunction with the North-East Derbyshire Ramblers group. Councillors also noted the planning for the forthcoming community event at Christmas was progressing well and the distribution of tickets and health and safety at the event were resolved. 
The council resolved to donate £50 to Holymoorside Band for their attendance at the Remembrance service.

Other matters dealt with included volunteers agreeing to help with the Christmas decorations in the hall, members noting the improvement in the postal service run from the hall and that the tender work for the re-painting of the tennis courts had been completed.

It was reported that all the grit bins in the parish had been filled and a bin, believed to be

Vandalised, on The Pinfold had been replaced. The usual agreement with Derbyshire County Council remained the same where they supplied the grit and the parish council refills both parish and county council bins with this supply. In the event of grit not being available from the county council due to low supplies,

Members resolved that the bins must remain empty.

Reports from members included bowling club issues, the recent allotment inspection and the success of the re Halloween disco, which had been very well attended.

Correspondence included a request to place a tipi tent on the recreation ground for a forthcoming wedding, parking issues outside the local school and a consultation document in relation to switching off lighting columns during nighttime. Members also considered a donation request from Holymoorside Angling Club and resolved £100 payment. 
It was resolved to allow a Christmas carol event on the play area on Christmas Eve. Correspondence from NEDDC in relation to dog fouling

issues and their request for a payment of £100 towards the purchase of ‘dog poop scoop bags’ was dismissed.

The clerk was instructed to prepare figures for a proposed 3% increase for future discussion.
The next meeting of the parish council will be held on Tuesday, December 3, at 7.30pm in

Holymoorside village hall.



Cllr T. Moon chaired the October meeting of Pilsley Parish Council.
Members were informed that a planning application for houses on Green Lane had been approved.

It was resolved that the request for a grit bin on Padley Wood Lane be approved.
Cllr A. Cooper agreed to speak to Rykneld Homes about an overgrown privet hedge on Crow Croft Road.
The council supported a proposal to hold a village fete next year in Pilsley. A committee is to be established to report back to the council with an estimation of costs to the council.
It was resolved that work to plaster the walls of the bar area in the village hall is authorised.
The clerk is to send a letter expressing disappointment that youth club sessions in the village hall are frequently cancelled.
The clerk was instructed to verify ownership of the pathway between the churchyard and the lawn cemetery after members discussed the condition of it.
It was resolved that the council provide a skatepark on the former tennis courts and seek external funding to significantly contribute towards the likely costs.
Under planning matters, no objections were raised to applications to construct a two-storey detached house with integral garage on land to the east of 3 Granby Close, Pilsley, and the change of land to equestrian use and erection of a stable block and feed room with associated hardstanding on land to the rear of 1 to 41 The Acres and south of Locko Road, Lower Pilsley.
Architects are to be requested to draw up plans for the renovation of the sports ground pavilion.
Members agreed that the Allotment Association would provide plants and carry out the winter planting.
Members raised the problem with a tree in the churchyard blocking light from an adjacent property and expressed concerns that despite improvements undertaken to the outside of the property at 10 Morton Road that the property was still unoccupied after a number of years and would like to see the property put back into use. 
Expenditure was approved to repair a loose seat at a bus shelter on Rupert Street.
These minutes are subject to ratification by the parish council at their meeting this month.



The Memory Cafe in Limestone House is open from 9am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday and is also open from 9am to 12noon on Saturdays and from 11am to 3pm on Sundays. The name of the café has prompted two Creswell residents to share their memories and photographs as the current Memory Lane feature displays their memories of 1989 when the Berlin Wall (The Iron Curtain) came down. The display also includes some chippings taken from the Berlin Wall.

Derbyshire County Council Adult Education are providing a free ‘Roll on-Roll off’ computer course for people out of work at Limestone House. The students will learn basic computer skills, also how to use the internet and e- mail and they will gain a qualification. Contact 01909 724061 to book your place on the course.

The ‘free’ drop in Job Club continues on Tuesdays in Limestone House from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The Elmton with Creswell Local History Group have changed their displays in the Limestone House Heritage Centre which includes photographs of Creswell Grips and Creswell Crags. The Local History Group’s 2014 calendar, which remembers the war years, is now available in Limestone House and the colourful book, ‘A Century of Creswell Junior School, is also available.

After school activities for junior school children are ongoing until December 16, funded by the Limestone Journeys project ‘Past Present and Future’.

The children are researching the local Heritage, Landscape and Environment and giving their views on what they want for the future. Their findings will go back to their school, and to the Limestone Journeys project and will also be displayed in the Limestone House Heritage Centre so that others can find out much more, through this research, about this locality.



President Andrew Perry chaired a meeting of Warsop and Shirebrook Rotary Club in the Hostess Restaurant. 
A number of visitors and groups were present to mark the first in a series of awards from the Warsop Community Chest. This is a joint venture between Rotary and Big Lottery fund, the first in the UK. Awards of £500 each were given to Hetts Lane Holiday Club (represented by Val Fowler and Jane Daniels), Infotec (represented by Mike Johnson and Simon Wragg), Meden Vale the Future (represented by Richard Dalton), Warsop in Bloom (represented by Lynn Goff), 1st Warsop Guides (represented by Zoe Pickering and Ms Saxton) and Welbeck Welfare FC (represented by Graham Hall). Warsop Wheelies were also funded but were unable to be present. 
Michael Smith, chairman of Big Warsop - the local lottery partnership, was also present along with board members Halina Kochanowski and Stuart Whittle and advisor Bill Badham.

The Mr and Mrs event at the Oaklands raised £500 for the centre.

It was announced that 15 local organisations have entered the Rotary Christmas Prize Draw which will soon have raised over £100,000 for Warsop and Shirebrook charities.

The Rotary Club will support an event at the newly-opened Stubbinwood School by providing prizes for a boccia day or something similar.

At another meeting of the club in the Hostess Restaurant, there were 24 members present and one guest, Rob Bower.

Over 60 guests attended the bonfire at Auckland Farm, Ompton, home of Rtn John Benison.



Bakewell Choral Society concert on Saturday, November 23, will take the audience from 15th century up to the 20th - all in one evening under the baton of Alan East!
The society will welcome soprano Andrea Ryder, an experience oratorio and concert soloist, and Andrew Kirk who makes a welcome return to accompany on the organ and perform pieces by Gibbons, Froberger and Purcell. The full choir and a semi-chorus will perform Renaissance pieces by Hassler, de Victoria, Palestrina, Viadana, Byrd, Gibbons, Batten and Tye.

There is a leap forward to Le Fleming’s Five Psalms published in 1947 including the well known Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd, which will be performed by the soloist Andrea Ryder. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna was written for and premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 1997. The five movements contain references to Light and are beautifully crafted.

Tickets are £10. Students and accompanied children free.

Tickets are available from Bakewell Bookshop, choir members and on the door. They can be purchased by post by contacting Mrs E. Butcher, The Gabled House, South Church Street, Bakewell, 01629 810205. Send SAE and a cheque made payable to Bakewell Choral Society.


Danny Bryden a semi-finalist in series three of the Great British Bake Off, will be holding a festive baking masterclass at Hartington’s School of Food in Bakewell on November 26, showing bakers how they can create some stunning festive bakes to impress family and friends.

Danny will be helping people create, Panettone tea cakes, savoury walnut choux éclairs with cream cheese and olives and show-stopping Christmas scones.

Danny who is a medical consultant has agreed to donate her fee to the charity Fareshare.

For more details of this and other courses visit


What a start to the season the Bakewell Mannerians under 12’s have had. They have lost two coaches who had worked with the boys for a number of years so it wasn’t looking good.

After three weeks of searching, begging and leaving no stone unturned the team has now found two new enthusiastic and experienced coaches: Zac Dann for the backs and Robert Adlington for the forwards. With the help of Phil

Barrett, the team is now ready to take on the best!

People to sponsor the numbered shirts that the boys need to play in the junior league next season, have also come forward

The aim is now to bring in more boys to strengthen the squad as next season the team plays with 15 players.

If you are a seven-year-old and year old and want to have a go at rugby or play at school and would like to join a club the team trains and plays on the showground on Sunday mornings at 10.30 am. More information is available from Teresa Law on 07974960209.

HOBS held its October meeting at the Wheatsheaf Hotel Bakewell when 36 members enjoyed a three-course meal and were treated to a choral evening by Darley Hillside Singers.

The evening was an enormous success with requests for repeat performances. Jan Smith the choir’s leader has agreed to return and entertain us in the future.

A reminder was given that the coffee morning in the Town Hall was on November 25.
Members meet in the Wheatsheaf on the third Wednesday of the month at 6.15pm. New members welcome.

High season

Former Lady Manners pupil and event rider Bert Bolton finished third in an incredibly strong field at the CC12 National Under 21 Championships at Werston Park International Horse Trials.

This was the culmination of a couple of years of hard work and determination, featuring a mix of success and disappointment, inevitable in this sport as horses are often injured and out of action for extended periods.

Bert has been challenging for a spot in the National Team over recent years and regularly competes at the local Chatsworth event. He is intent on making a career of riding professionally and will soon be moving from his current base above Curbar to become a working pupil with the current British national champion, Oliver Townsend who runs a yard of 50 horses over in Shropshire.

After gaining invaluable experience Bert hopes to start his own competition yard locally.



Janet Chambers, joint president, opened the November meeting of Cromford WI by welcoming a new member and a visitor.

During the month the group had held a fund raising Soup and Swishing day at the Methodist Church Hall in Cromford and also an excellent outing to JCB with a cream tea, accompanied by husbands and friends. Some members had attended the Derbyshire Federation Dabble Day and had tried out new crafts. At the last Knit and Natter meeting members had prepared Christmas Shoe Boxes.

The month of December will be very busy, starting with a Knit and Natter afternoon, followed by a visit to the Polyanna Pickering exhibition and lunch at a local pub.

Some members will be attending an evening at the Dethick Lea and Holloway WI Fashion Show on November 30.

During December a Christmas meal has been arranged at the Market Place, Cromford, and a sherry and mince pies morning with a bring and buy sale at a members house.

The advance programme includes entertaining speakers and several events for the New Year.

This year has been very busy year for the group with visits to Heage Windmill and JCB. There has been a picnic in the summer, members have taken part in WI quizzes and other WI events including a cookery demonstration, Sudbury Hall, and federation meeting held in Derby. There have also been walks, knit and natter meetings, visits to see films and a host of excellent speakers on a wide range of topics. The highlight of the year was the celebration of the branch’s 80th birthday at a party held at the Methodist Church Hall, Cromford.

The president thanked everyone for their support and hoped we would have another successful year.

Nominations were then requested for the post of president and Christine Levasseur was elected for the forthcoming year. Nominations for committee were received and the new committee was appointed.

The next meeting will be on December 4 when Chris and Mike Wild will talk about Burgh Island. There will be refreshments and mulled wine and a lucky dip for Christmas presents.

The branch meets on the first Wednesday of every month except August. New members welcome. Enquiries to 01629 824198



Ann Pearman, president of Wingerworth Morning WI, welcomed members, Liz Mangle WI advisor and Sheila Barry, trainee advisor to the November meeting and annual meeting. 
Business included arrangements for the visit to Boundary Mill on November 27 and the Christmas lunch on December 4 at the Rising Sun, Bamford. The Eastwood Group New Year lunch will be held on January 30, 2014, at the White Hart Inn, Moorwood Moor, South Wingfield. 
Ann Pearman informed members that further to the branch’s last month’s report in the Derbyshire Times relating to the proposed closing of membership, it is now pointed out that the branch will continue to accept new members within the constraints applied by the health and safety regulations applicable to the parish hall.

Cheryl Bell presented the financial statement, concluding that the institute’s finances are in a healthy position.

Mavis Layton read the committee’s annual report.

Ann Pearman gave the president’s address, thanking committee members for their help and support. She also thanked all members who had brought the many knitted items for the Shoebox Appeal.

Liz Mangle, WI advisor, introduced Sheila Barry who gave us an insight into her role within the WI and her WI advisor training. 
Ann Pearman was re-elected president and all committee members agreed to stand for a further year in their current positions.
Raffle winners were Janet Edwards and Mavis Layton.
The president thanked both Liz and Sheila for attending the meeting and the members for their help and support during the year.
The speaker at the December meeting will be Joan Ward talking on the subject Kill or Cure.


The Missionary Weekend commenced on Saturday evening at Salem Methodist Independent Chapel, Wingerworth, with music by John Pickering and continued at the Sunday morning service when, Mr and Mrs Richard Odell of Ashbourne led the service and spoke about their work as missionaries in Nepal. The collection amounted to £192 for the work of the International Nepal Fellowship.



‘The children and staff of All Saints CE Infant School, Dimple Road are currently taking part in a week of activities for National Anti-Bullying Week. They will be creating chants, whole school displays and launching buddy stops in the playground.

On the morning of Friday 22nd November they will be celebrating the week by making a human chain around the playground and singing some anti-bullying chants. We will also be setting up ‘Buddy Stops’ in the playground.


Matlock Lions have donated £300 to disaster relief in the Philippines.


Matlock Rotary Club president Cynthia Machent presented a cheque for £3000 to Marianne Burchell who was representing Cerebral Palsy Sports. (CP Sport).
Making the presentation, Cynthia said that the club was so impressed with the work being done by CP Sports that the club had decided to allocate the proceeds of their annual Dovedale Dipper Challenge to this worthy cause.

CP Sports held an event at the Arc in June of this year, their first time in Matlock. Eighteen children from six schools in the Derbyshire Dales attended an activity and fun day which included table cricket, boccia, polybat and new age curling and everyone received a medal and certificate. Marianne expressed thanks to Janice Price from Anthony Gell School for her assistance in planning and organising the day, the staff at Arc Leisure Centre for helping to make the event a great success and Matlock Rotary for their help on the day and the cheque.



President Jackie Makinson welcomed 17 members of Clay Cross Inner Wheel to the November meeting of the club, held at Higham Farm.
Plans were made for the Christmas dinner in December at Batemans Mill, the carol service at Trent College and the New Year walk with lunch at the Hardwick Inn.

After dinner, members were entertained by Gill Brown from the Matlock Flower Club who demonstrated how to make Christmas decorations, including festive wreaths. Gill was thanked by member Sonia Worthy.


Over the last two weeks members of Clay Cross Photographic Society have enjoyed two excellent print lectures.

On Monday 4th November Ian Pinn from Bingham presented an illustrated talk showing many varied subjects and locations.

The following week the well known photographer, Bob Moore from Solihull entertained with A2 size prints of exceptional quality, again covering many subjects including several visits to Georgia.

Further details of the Society can be found at



An autumn bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 23, at 11am in Staveley Church Community Centre, Church Street, Staveley.

There will be stalls including tombola, games, cakes, gifts , bric-a-brac, home made jams and preserves. Refreshments will be available.

There is free parking in the grounds of Staveley Hall behind the church. There is level or ramped access to the Community Centre.


Santa’s arrival

There will be great excitement on Saturday, November 23, when Santa is due to arrive at The Gospel Mission Church (near Serpent Motors) , on Old Road, Brampton, at 2.45am.

He will visit the Christmas Fayre at the church , which opens at 2pm and stay to give away presents to all the children.

There will be a Christmas stall with something for all the family.

Social Group

The Brampton Social & Activities Group met on Wednesday morning at St Thomas’ Church Centre, Chatsworth Road, for their weekly get-together. 
Games winners were: prize raffle – Sheila Cooke and Edith Payton; prize bingo – Jack Lee, Edith Payton, Jean Dickinson, Ann Wilson, Ann Clark and Diane Judges; quiz – Bill Yates, Eileen Bonsall and Betty Hewitt; ‘true or false’ – Edith Payton; dominoes – Rene Wiltshire, Ann Wilson, Jack Lee and Eileen Hopkinson; 5’s & 3’s – June Yates and Betty Wilkinson; Scrabble – Edna Barrett.

Refreshments were served by Sheila Cook and Pat Godfrey.


The 2nd Chesterfield Boys Brigade held the annual enrolment evening on Monday at Storrs Road Methodist Church. Many parents, friends and members of the church supported the officers and young people as they renewed their promises to the Boys’ Brigade. The company chaplain, Sister Mavis Plater, led the short service.

Also present was guide dog, Victoria, a black Labrador, with her partner Irene and Gabbie Patterson a fund raiser for the local group. They received a presentation cheque for £756.09 which was the amount raised through the Boys’ Brigade company during the previous session. The young people were shown the photographs of the puppies that the money will sponsor during their training and a chart for the photos they will receive during this time.


Chesterfield Jazz Club meet on the third Thursday of the month in the top room at Club Chesterfield, Chester Street.

The next gig will be on November 21 when saxophonist Rod Mason will be playing.

Tickets can be obtained online via the club’s website or on the door (higher price). 
The December gig will be a Christmas Jazz Spectacular on 20th December. There will also be a Sunday brunch on December 22 when the artists playing will be Gary Grace with the Wendy Kirkland Trio.


The Gospel Mission would like to thank all those who supported the Shoebox Campaign this year. The response to Shoebox Sunday was tremendous and in addition to shoeboxes packed by church members, local residents and friends of the church, a magnificent total of seventeen local shops and businesses were involved in this year’s campaign.

In all 148 shoeboxes were received during the Shoebox Sunday Service on November 17. During the Service £137 was collected to help with the cost of the transportation of the shoeboxes to Africa and Eastern Europe. The boxes packed with love and containing, amongst other things, toys, games, sweets, writing equipment, woolly hats, gloves and toothbrushes and toothpaste, will bring joy to the many children in those parts of the world who otherwise would get very little this Christmas.


Santa’s grotto

Father Christmas will be visiting his magical grotto at the Parish Centre, 91 Sheffield Road, on Saturday, November 23 and again on November 30 and December 7.

Entry to the grotto will be £3 and every child will receive a present from Santa.

Opening times are 2pm and 4pm on November 23 and 1pm to 4pm on the other two occasions.


Christ Church, Stonegravels, will be holding its Christmas Fayre on Saturday, November 23, from 2pm to 4pm at the Parish Centre, 91 Sheffield Road, Stonegravels. Admission is free.

There will be all the usual stalls plus home made cakes, sweets and rum truffles. Santa will be in his grotto at the fayre.



Bolsover district residents are urged to join the ‘SAVE SHERWOOD GREEN’ campaigners to share the findings of an investigation by the local government ombudsman into a complaint against Bolsover District Council, and what it means for you.

We shall discuss how Bolsover District Councils ‘maladministration, causing injustice’ could impact the outcome of the Morrisons application. The meeting shall be held at the North Star Bolsover, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, December 4.


Once again Father Christmas found time in his very busy schedule to make his annual early stop at the Bolsover Parish Rooms on Saturday, November 16 to join the Parish of St Mary and St Laurence’s Annual Christmas Market.

Visitors enjoyed the range of seasonally decorated stalls, packed with a range of fabulous items, including hand made goods, freshly baked cakes, home made jams and pickles together with activities for young and old alike. Delicious home made soup, the renowned Bolsover Bacon cobs, as well as Bolsover big scones were available in the Christmas cafe.


The tickets for the annual Christmas raffle will continue to be available until the Parish Church’s Winter Open Day with seasonal stalls and refreshments to be held on Saturday, November 30 as part of the Bolsover community’s annual Christmas Festival and Lantern Parade. Further details available from churchwarden, Sue Abbott on 01246 824762.

Past Lives

The Past Lives Project Team will be sharing nostalgic film of home movie footage, together with the Lantern Parade footage from Junction Arts, accompanied by live music at 7pm, on Friday, November 29 in the Bolsover Parish Church. This event is free and all who are interested are welcome.

Everyone is invited to join the Past Lives Team on Saturday, November 30 between 10am and 2pm, to share their memories of Bolsover, Carr Vale, Hillstown and Shuttlewood and the people who lived there. Everyone can sway their memories for tea and cake in the vintage cafe to be set up for this event in the Bolsover Parish Rooms on Hornscroft. Further details by email from Debbie


Members of the Bolsover Civic Society spent an exciting, but also a very scary time exploring Bolsover Castle by night. After their encounter with ghosts, medieval music and spine-chilling stories from the past, members enjoyed a most welcome pie and pea supper in the Castle Visitor Centre.


The Civic Society will be running a winter warming soup station as part of the Bolsover Christmas Festival 2013.



The Miners Arms Charity Circle would like to invite you to its yearly charity auction to bid on hundreds of items and grab yourself a bargain at the same time. The auction will help raise funds for the three charities being supported this year which are Edale Mountain Rescue Team, Dronfield First Responders and Wish Upon a star Foundation.

There are hundreds of fantastic items up for auction including:: A signed Joe Root England hat and ball, a Shane Watson signed Australia shirt, a Real Madrid Champions League shirt with 19 signatures, Lionel Messi away shirt, 66 CDs of every No 1 from 1953-2013, Makita lawn mower, Hugo Boss polo shirts, ladies jewellery, Beanie babies, a sheep skin coat, lots of whiskeys from around the world, over 20 tools and garden equipment, kitchen wear, coffee machine, digital camera, whisky and beer glasses, food hampers, meat vouchers, Ted Baker hand bags, cheese board, kids toys, radio controlled helicopter and a Steiff teddy bear!

The auction takes place on Saturday, November 30, at the Miners Arms Pub on Carr Lane, Dronfield Woodhouse, S18 8XF, at 8.30pm. The auction will be followed by a cheese and wine night.

The charity will also have all of its whiskeys available to try which now number over 30! These cost £2.50 per 25ml and all the funds raised go directly back into the charity pot.

The Miners Arms Charity Circle has risen just over £5000 this year and hopes the auction will help boost this amount.

The charity would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their continued support as these amounts would not be possible, especially in this economic climate.

The charity also holds a quiz and raffle night every Sunday evening at the Miners Arms, Dronfield Woodhouse, Carr Lane from 9.40pm onwards and its whiskeys can purchased every night of the week from the bar.

The charity group are always on the lookout for gifts for their raffle and auction prizes. If anyone has any items they would like to donate, large or small, they can be handed in (or collected if necessary) at the Miners Arms.


The Chairman Jean Jackson welcomed everyone to the November meeting of Dronfield Afternoon Townswomen Guild, and stated that this month, the meeting would commence with the speaker, followed by the tea break and then the formal business of the meeting.

She introduced Val Duke, who would show the ladies how to make beautiful floral displays, at the same time explaining how the arrangements got their names. Her three arrangements were called “the Naughty Ladies”, based on well known ladies from history - Bess of Hardwick Hall, Nell Gwynne and Josephine Bonaparte.

Val was both a flower arranger and a historian having worked as Custodian of Hardwick Hall wing and as Deputy Head Custodian at Bolsover Castle. She had worked for English Heritage for 9 years and had looked after Wingfield Manor, Hardwick Hall and the Old Hall at Hardwick where Bess was born. Whilst building her flower arrangements, Val gave a comprehensive insight into the lives of each lady – at the same time informing the guild members which flowers/plants she was using to create an arrangement fitting of the period.

The flowers chosen for Bess of Hardwick ranged from cotoneaster horizontalis, ivy and ferns, small leaved hebes to dark pink carnations. Dark purple heuchera leaves, sedum and large begonia leaves were also included, with red roses providing the finishing touch.

The flowers chosen for Nell Gwynne’s arrangement were red cotoneaster berries, euonymus seedheads, variegated ivy and orange gerberas. Another heuchera – crème brulee was used, together with small golden yellow chrysanthemums. To complete the arrangements, small clementines were put on thin sticks and dotted throughout. Her red hair was her trade mark and she was well loved by the London crowd.

The final arrangement was named after Josephine Bonaparte who married Napoleon Bonaparte. She had been an aristocrat whose husband was guillotined but she managed to escape with her children. This floral arrangement was the most modern looking of the three, both horizontal and vertical. Red and yellow carnations were used to create this look, with euphorbia filling in the gaps. Variegated arum leaves and weigela were also used to create this stunning arrangement.

At the end of Val’s talk, all three arrangements were raffled off, with three lucky ladies taking home some beautiful flowers.

The chairman thanked Val for a most interesting, informative and enjoyable afternoon and felt sure she had inspired Guild members to try their hand at floral decoration.

After the tea break, the chairman continued with the formal side of the meeting. There were 36 members plus one visitor to the November meeting.

The minutes were read by Anne Holmes in the absence of the secretary and the treasurer read the statement of the finances of the guild.

The 10-pin bowling at Chesterfield would be on November 19, and those who just wanted to come along for a coffee would be most welcome.

A coffee and chat morning had been arranged for Tuesday, November 12 – everyone interested should meet at Greendale at 10am before going on to the WORKS on Ringinglow Road (previously a guild charity) where Christmas items would be on sale. All welcome.

The outing to go behind the scenes at the Crucible and Lyceum had proved a great success – members reporting what a fantastic time they had had.

Members were reminded that the Autumn Fair was to be held at Eastwood Hall, Chesterfield on November 22, from 10am to 12 noon. The chairman gave a big ‘thank you’ to Anne Holmes for organising the food hamper of Marks & Spencer goodies which would be raffled off.

Also, the chairman reported that as the current treasurer would be giving up the post next year, Myrtle Smith had volunteered to take over this role.

Closing the meeting, the chairman announced that the next meeting of the Guild when there would be a sales table, would be at 2pm on Wednesday,

December 4 at the Gladys Buxton Centre – all visitors welcome.



There will be a Beetle Drive in Codnor Methodist Church Hall on Mill Lane on November 22 starting at 7pm. In aid of Monthly Messages it costs £1 per person to play.


Usborne Books will be on offer at the Toddlers Inc meeting to be held at Codnor Methodist Church Hall on November 28 between 10am and 11.30am.


St James Church will be holding a Christmas tree festival on November 23 and 24.


Plans concerning the proposed development in the Ripley and Codnor area can be viewed at the Codnor Sports and Community Facility on Goose Lane between 3pm and 7pm on November 21.



Mr Ian Morgan kept Heath & District Heritage Society well entertained with his talk on the History of Bolsover with a record attendance on the night.

Speakers up to the Christmas break will be:

November 25 - AGM followed by Mr Frank Booth and his talk In the mountains of Crete; December 2 - Mr Andrew Rafferty The National Health Service, Now & Then (Humorous); December 9 - Christmas meeting. Mrs Susan Goodier, A Light Hearted Musical Evening.

Enquiries 01246 827141 or 01246 850314.


The energise group for those in year groups 7 to 11 will meet at St Albans centre, Holmewood on November 23, from 5.30pm until 7pm. It will be led by Diana Yates the Lets Connect project worker with a theme titled ‘Knowing me knowing you’ and includes tea and games.


On Tuesday evening the Heath village hall annual meeting was held to hear reports, elect new officers and enjoy a glass of wine together


On Sunday evening two candidates Abigail Whiting and Geoffrey Hewitt from Heath church were presented to the Bishop on Derby, along with thirteen other people, at the Crooked Spire church in Chesterfield for their Confirmation into the Church of England.


On Friday, November 29 at 2pm, the annual Christmas Fayre will be held in St Albans. There will be food, stalls and a raffle.



Baslow WI will be holding a jumble sale on November 22. We also need rags for rag rugging with Rosemary Beney.

The pie and pea supper with an antiques talk and valuation with James Lewis was a “sell out” with funds raised going to our local heroes Edale Mountain Rescue.

Team Baslow took up the cycling challenge, seven of us - Pat Bown, Sue Ayres, Liz McDonald, Ann McPhie, Kate Treves, Jane Walker and Andrew Treves (sub for Lesley Johnstone). So impressed were our sports advisors that we’re invited to join the Regular Monday Cycling Group.

Lorna Wilson was the winner of the Baslow Community Orchard apple pie competition.

Future WI events are: December 4 - Devonshire Group Christmas Event, Curbar Church, 2pm; December 6 - Walk, meeting at 10.30am car park opposite Grouse and Claret. Lunch at Massarellas around 12.30pm-1pm with leader Angela Swindells; December 11 - Buffet lunch at 12.30pm, Baslow Village Hall; December 18 - Chatsworth Walk. Meet at Baslow Village Hall at 11am. Lunch at The Stables Restaurant with leader Vikki Watson.

No December W.I.S.A. January 8 - Fin Cop Hillfort, Solving a Derbyshire Mystery with A. Hall at Baslow V.H, at 2pm.



Members of All Saints Church will again stage a special Posada (the word means inn) celebration, an old Mexican Advent tradition in which people dress as nativity figures and stay at a different house each night to tell the story of Christ’s imminent birth and then seek shelter for the new-born baby.

The Ashover version of the celebration sees small wooden figures of Joseph, Mary and the donkey used to reinforce the Christian message.

Sets of miniature figures will be delivered to a different house each night and next morning the hosts will pass them to another family, along with material explaining how the figures can be used.

Each Sunday, the figures will be taken to church to help light the Advent candles and on Christmas Eve they will be placed around the crib ready for the arrival of Jesus.

“Posada makes the Advent period leading up to Christmas more meaningful and it is always enjoyed by those who take part,” said church member Janet Bonsall.


The Bishop of Derby, the Right Revnd Dr Alastair Redfern, has sent a message of thanks to members of All Saints Church for donating £360 to help fund a new clinic, school and church in the slums of Chiclayo in Peru. Church members raised the money at harvest events and through other donations.

The Bishop recently said that the shanty towns around the big cities of Peru were home to hundreds of thousands of people who lived in extreme poverty and lacked the basic necessities of running water, medical care and a balance diet.

Church treasurer Peter Lord said this week: “Church members felt that the appeal to help the people of Chiclayo was a very deserving cause.”


Special offerings from two Sunday morning services at All Saints Church during November will be donated to the aid appeal for victims of the typhoon disaster in the Philippines.


Big Local

The Grassland Hasmoor Big Local Hotpot Event was held in Grassmoor Community Centre recently. Stephen Wright, chairman of the Interim Steering Committee, welcomed everyone to the event, and mapped out the programme for the evening. Dave Brennan, the Big Local representative who is helping and advising the Steering Committee in these early stages, gave a powerpoint presentation about the purpose of Big Local and its seven steps or stages. Diane Sheppard, a freelance worker with CVS, then spoke to the meeting about ‘What has been achieved to date – setting up the Interim Steering Committee, organising a fun day to advertise Big Local, the competition to name the Big Local event to make it specific to Grassmoor and Hasland (the competition winner was Philip Arrandale who came up with ‘Grassland Hasmoor’) and the questionnaires and why they were carried out. Dave Brennan, along with Steve Lee, the Strategic Partnership Co-ordinator for North East Derbyshire District Council then shared with the meeting the findings of the questionnaires, and the common themes which will be a key part of areas which it is hoped the working groups will start to take on board. The key areas were named as: People (children and young people, working age families, senior citizens); Place (green and open spaces); living environment, community facilities, communication and engagement. Everyone present was then invited to enjoy a hotpot supper, provided by Kates Pantry of Hasland, and served by Janice Bedford and Alan Bird. People were then asked to sign up for their particular interest groups, which will be called together for the first meeting to establish the groups. Thanks go to Rob Whitehead, official photographer for the evening, and to all who attended, completed the questionnaires and signed up to participate in the working groups. A very special thank you to Steve Lee and his team for all their input in designing and printing posters and other publicity, presenting the information from the questionnaires, and for their support and help in getting Grassland Hasmoor this far.



On Saturday, November 23, St Paul’s Church, Hasland, will once again be holding its very popular Christmas Fair in the Village Hall 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 throughout the event. Admission costs 20 pence, with accompanied children free.



Churchwarden Barbara Marshall organised a Beetle Drive in St James Church, Temple Normanton last Friday evening. The highest scorer was Estelle Buxton, who won a bottle of wine, and the lowest score was achieved by Roy Evans who received a box of chocolates for his efforts! A very enjoyable evening was held by all who attended.


On Remembrance Sunday morning there was a service and wreath laying at the Parish Cenotaph in Temple Normanton Cemetery, to remember the fallen of two World Wars. The service was led by the Vicar of Temple Normanton, Father Malcolm Ainscough, and the wreath was laid by Parish Cllr Brian Neal. The Last Post and Reveille was played by Jill Smithurst. Pupils from Temple Normanton Primary School attended, and read some very moving poems which they had written showing their perspective of war.

After this, Fr Malcolm Ainscough led a short service at the newly refurbished War Memorial in St James Churchyard, which commemorates the fallen from Temple Normanton. Malcolm Bradshaw laid a cross of poppies on behalf of the congregation of St James Church, and Fr Malcolm led a special prayer to re-dedicate the War Memorial. The congregation, children and staff took part in a short service in church, led by the children from Temple Normanton Primary School. They recited poems, and gave a brief history of the Royal British Legion which does so much for those injured as a result of war, and they sang songs including ‘Peace, perfect Peace.’ The children and staff must be congratulated for their moving and inspiring performance – a great credit to the school.

All Souls

A special Mass was held at St James Church, Temple Normanton last week to commemorate All Souls Day. The service was conducted by the Vicar of Temple Normanton, Fr Malcolm Ainscough, lesson readers were Julie Marshall and Stephen Wright. Prayers were led by Stephen Wright, and Churchwarden Barbara Marshall read out the names of those from the parish who had died during the year, and other loved ones from the parish.



The Christian Mens Choir (Alan Amith) will be singing at the Barrow Hill Methodist Church on Sunday, November 24 at 3pm. Tea and biscuits to follow.



After losing their first match, the Fox and Goose Inn, Wigley, have now made it five consecutive wins in the Buxton Brewery Sunday Peak Quiz League, with an emphatic victory by 61 points to 34 playing away at the White Hart Inn, Bradwell. The team comprised Sue Colls, Penny Fairs (captain), Frank Gorman, David Marsh and Carole Slater. This Sunday they are at home to the Bull’s Head, Youlgreave, with the match starting at 8.30pm.



Throughout the month of November visitors to Barlborough Heritage Centre can view our World War One Exhibition and also view the short film we have produced on the men who are named on Barlborough WW1 Memorial. We have also produced a 2014 Calendar titled Flanders Fields Poppies which can be purchased.

Opening times are: Tues, Wed, Thurs, 8.30am to 2pm plus Saturdays 9am till 1pm. Access to our family history archives etc will also be available at these times.

Telephone 01246 810100. Find us on Facebook.


Bingo formed the centrepiece of the Ripley Tuesday Club meeting with George Eyre doing the calling and Roland Emmas-Williams on checking duty.

Tony Fearn drew the raffle.

Although they were at home, it was not such a good week for the Sir Barnes Wallis as they lost 4-3 at darts and 3-2 at dominoes to the George and

Dragon A.

David Hill opened the Ripley Greenhillocks Fellowship meeting with Vern Vahta playing the piano.

Reader for the day was Elizabeth Clark with “Packing For My Holiday”.

Bingo was played with Doug Fake MBE doing the calling and Betty Todd doing the checking.

Ann and David Hill organised the drawing of the free raffle.


The latest results in the Ripley Soccer Sixes are as follows:

Borussia T 0 Royal Aztecs 5, FC Gash 6 Kilburn 0, Royal Aztecs 4 FC Gash 3.


Ian Kayes and Andrew Skidmore were the North/South winners at a Ripley Bridge Club tournament with the East/West honours going to Dorothy and David Knowles.

Three days later Dove and Dianna Fletcher won on North/South with Colin Butt and Jean Pick winning playing East/West.

On a week from that tournament and Peter George and Andrew Skidmore were the North/South winners with Julie Weremczuk and Viv Suttle winning on the East/West circuit.


Week six of the Ripley Elite Darts Singles league and Daz Brown had the best average at 28.65.


Ripley Rangers Football Club U10s lost out 4-nil to Manor FC(Bayern). The U7s beat Quarrydale 4-2 with goals from Thomas Rankin (2) and Ciaran Gillespie (2). The U8s had a 5-1 win over Southwell City Whites with Brendon Harbon scoring two goals and Alfie Mitchell, Leon Youlton and Brandrick scoring the others.

Despite a battling performance Ripley Rangers Football Club U16s went down a 2-1 defeat playing Chester Green Cobras. Josh Mason scored the Ripley goal.


Two teams shared the honour of winning the quiz at the Ripley Friendship Circle. One team consisted of Hazel Breedon, Sheila Salt and Doreen Taylor while the other team comprised Joan Gras, Pat Chitty and John Chitty.

The surprise gifts went to Winnie Betterton, Joan Glossop and Ron Radford.

A slightly reduced attendance but still plenty of chat and the taking of refreshments before the saying of grace closed the meeting.


Ripley Town Football Club made it four wins on the trot when they beat Punjab United 5-3. This win, however, came in a cup tie with goals from Joe Crossley (2) and one each from Darren Chatterton, Sam Chambers and Ian Randall carrying them to victory.



Carpet bowls are played every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm in St Margaret’s Village Hall. Anyone wishing to join should call Michelle on 07752 492 503.


Plans concerning the proposed development in the Ripley and Codnor area may be viewed at Ripley Leisure Centre between 3pm and 7pm on November 22.



The Festival of Light went well and was the first held at Shirland Village Hall. 
Everyone was given a lantern to carry, then the lantern walk set off, led by fire performer Crimson Black carrying a flaming baton. 
The procession walked along the A61 and went down Church Lane where participants saw luminous eyes etc in the bushes. The turnaround point was illuminated by lit-up pumpkin balloons and the procession walked back to the village hall where the lanterns were hung on a specially made tree and campfire singing ensued around it. There were stalls, tombola, a raffle and hot food.

Crimson gave a fire performance outside, followed by a firework display. The lanterns were then taken off the tree for everyone to take home as a keepsake. 
Thanks have been expressed to everyone who organised the event and to all the people who came along and sang so well.



Magic will be in the air at Alfreton’s St Martin’s Parish Church Christmas Fair.

Local magician ‘Y-Not’ will be demonstrating his skills during the event at the Alfreton Community Hall on Mansfield Road, Alfreton. Which runs from 2pm until 4pm on Saturday, November 23.

Mince pies will be available as well as a raffle and tombolas. A wide variety of stalls will be there to browse through, selling cakes, Christmas gifts, groceries, Made in Alfreton, greeting cards, white elephant, games, books and sweets.

Admission is free for children and 50p for adults which will be refundable at most stalls. All proceeds in aid of the Parish Church.


The members of Soroptimist International of Amber Valley are again preparing to build a Pyramid of Shoes in Severn Square, Alfreton, on Saturday, December 7, from 10am to 2pm.

This is part of a nationwide effort by Handicap International to raise awareness of the victims of landmines and cluster bombs. Children and adults continue to be killed and maimed by landmines hidden off the beaten path. Old conflicts are soon forgotten by the rest of the world, but the detritus still wreaks a grim harvest.

People are urged to build their unwanted shoes along on December 7 or give them to a Soroptimist beforehand. For further information, contact 01773 832 349 or 745 082 for your nearest Soroptimist.

The Amber Valley S.I. Club meet monthly, usually at Firs House, Alfreton.

Prospective members interested in joining the world’s largest international service organisation for women are invited to phone 01246 277 782 or 01773 832 349 for more information.


Alfreton & District Mens Probus Club held their monthly meeting at the Hilcote Country Club. Chairman, Tony Hopkins, paid welcome to all the members present.

Joe Cleary reported on members he had visited and who for various reasons had been unable to attend. The members then had an enjoyable lunch after which the secretary, Raymond Sunderland read the minutes of the previous meeting. The chairman proceeded to introduce and welcome the speaker for the meeting, Mr Stan Smith, a member of the club whose talk was entitled “A Visit to a National Park”. Mr Smith illustrated his talk with the many Slides he had taken of his holidays in one of the most beautiful National Parks - the Lake District.

He spoke of the many well known characters associated with this area and of the many historical figures and events which had occurred there. His illustrations included villages, lakes, buildings and many areas of national interest connected with this area. Mr Chris Wass gave the vote of thanks.


A musical based on John Bunyan’s Christian allegory “Pilgrim’s Progress” was presented by Valerie Cogar and Arthur Stinton at a meeting on Tuesday of the Ladies’ Fellowship of Alfreton Wesley Church. The pair sang solos, and fellowship members joined in choruses. Mrs Cogar, who wrote the musical, was also the accompanist. Thanks were extended by Muriel Kellington.


Special services were held at Alfreton Wesley Church on Sunday to celebrate the men’s anniversary.

Preacher for the day was the Revnd Dermot Thornberry of Blackwell, superintendent minister of the Borders Mission Methodist Circuit, who was accompanied by his wife Charlene.

Readings were given by the Rev Derek Kellington and David Hopkinson, and taking part in sketches were Alan Greenway, Glen Robins, John Turner and Arthur Stinton. Organist was Valerie Cogar.


Rehearsals have begun at Alfreton Wesley Church for “A Celebration of Christmas”, an evening of festive music and drama to be presented on Friday, December 6.

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 seasonal refreshments.

Admission will be free and there will be a charity collection.


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 Revnd Adrian Smith.


An 80th birthday was celebrated at Leabrooks Christian Centre with many friends from other denominations. A group from Mapperly (who put music to verse from the Bible) led the worship.

Money was donated in lieu of presents including a donation from Cotes Park Inn. £220 was raised which was divided for Mcmillan Trust and Dunndonell Mountain Rescue Team. Many thanks to everyone who gave and accepted my invitation.


The Alfreton Singers will be presenting a Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 4, at 7.15pm at Swanwick Methodist Church on Derby Road. The conductor is Jennifer Howe. Admission, including seasonal refreshments is £5, payable on the door. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy a pleasant evening out.



Take-Note Choir from Tibshelf gave another impressive charity concert in the parish church last Friday.
Their efforts and an appreciative audience helped raise over £280 for some schoolchildren who are going out to Namibia next year to help build a school playground. Jamie, one of these pupils, sang in several items featured in the programme and also gave the vote of thanks afterwards.

Their next concert in Tibshelf Church will have a Christmas theme and will be held on December 12. It will help raise much needed funds for the parish church and the local Enable Housing Association in Tibshelf.


The annual Service of Remembrance was held in Tibshelf Parish Church.

The service was taken by the Rev Gill Manley and Rev Derrick Hesketh, the roll of honour was read by Mr Ivan Brentnall.

Linby Brass Band led a parade through the village and also played during the service which included representatives from the services, Guides, Brownies and Parish Council.

As usual the whole of the church collection was donated to the Royal British Legion. This year it amounted to £245



The Pye Hill and District Male Voice Choir will be presenting a musical soiree at St Luke’s Church, Loscoe, on Saturday, November 23, at 7.30 p.m.

The choir is one of the oldest male voice choirs in the country, dating back to 1903. The concert is part of a busy year of performances, including a successful tour to Croydon, Surrey, in May and local concerts, which have helped to raise money for a number of charities and good causes.

The concert starts the church’s Christmas celebrations and will include songs from the musicals, Christmas carols and solos by Collin Dutton, Bill Walker, Dave Briathwaite and Rosemary Jones (mezzo soprano and pianist).

Christmas carols in the first half ‘Every Time I Feel the Spirit’, ‘You Raise Me Up’, ‘A Portrait of My Love’, ‘Jamaica Farewell’, ‘Creation’s Hymn’, ‘My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose’, ‘Pedro the Fisherman’ and songs from ‘Oliver’ by Lionel Bart.

A number of solos will also be performed during the evening including ‘Autumn Leaves’ by Collin Dutton, ‘Reviewing the Situation’ by Bill Walker, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ by Dave Braithwaite and ‘Mary Did You Know’ by Rosemary Jones (Mezzo Soprano and Pianist).

Entry is by payment on the door. If you require any further information please contact Malcolm Hill on 07706036946 or 01773 602743.



Amber Valley Hornets Ladies Hockey Club went down to the only goal of the game playing Staveley.



Saturday, November 30, is the date for the Christmas Tree Festival at Waingroves Methodist Church.

The trees will be set up between 10.30am and 12 noon with soup lunches served between 12 noon and 2pm. Between 2pm and 4pm there will be Christmas craft activities and it all finishes at 4pm with carol singing.



Stalls and refreshments are promised at the Christmas craft evening to be held at Marehay Methodist Church on November 22.



Blackwell Residents’ Action Group got the festive season off to a flying start with a Christmas Fair held at Blackwell Community Centre. Over £820 was raised with a variety of stalls included a tombola, cakes, bric-a-brac, refreshments, toys and books, bottle tombola and a raffle. Santa also made an appearance in his grotto, assisted by his elves.

The first prize of a luxury hamper was won by Keeley Johnson, second prize of a fruit and wine basket was won by Julie Harris, and third prize of a Christmas box of goodies was won by Carol Walke. A full list of winners is available on the group’s website at The person who correctly guessed the weight of the Christmas cake was Barbara Needham. BRAG would like to thank local businesses who supported the event, including South Normanton Co-Op, Hilcote Country Club, Nisa, Woolley Moor Nursery, Hidden Gemz, South Normanton Post Office, Terry Sargood’s Wooden Gifts and Iza’s Home Made Produce.

BRAG’s next event will feature Chapeltown Silver Prize Band, who will be giving a Christmas Brass concert on Saturday, November 30, at 7.30pm in Blackwell Community Centre. Tickets priced at £5 each are on sale now for what promises to be a wonderful village event. Prior to this, there will be carols around Blackwell’s Christmas tree on the corner of Primrose Hill and Woburn Close at 6.30pm and all are welcome.


A talk on the Mansfield Street Pastors was given by co-ordinator Tim Bates at a meeting on Wednesday of Blackwell Methodist Wesley Guild, held in Blackwell Community Centre. Mr Bates, who also showed a video on the work of the project, was introduced and thanked by Sue Stamenkovic, who presided. Margaret Iball was pianist.



A close run match for the darts players of the Horse and Jockey but they still managed to beat the Thorn Tree B 10-9.



South Normanton Gardeners Association held their Presentation Buffet on Monday, November 11, at The Postmill Centre. After two challenging quiz’s from Coleen and Gill, refreshments were served in the form of a cold buffet assembled by Jean and Pauline and accompanied by sweets made by ladies from the club.

The trophies and prizes were awarded to the winners from the show held in September. A new trophy has been donated this year in memory of Isabella Randle.

The evening concluded with a short bingo session run by Nev Hardy.

Next month’s meeting will be the AGM, which will be preceded by a DVD presentation about the flowers of the British Isles, at 7.30pm at the Postmill on December 9. All welcome.


Fund-raisers won’t be lost for words at a charity evening at a South Normanton church tomorrow (Friday). The event, at the Zion Methodist Church, will be a Scrabble evening in aid of the child-care charity Action for Children. There will also be a fish-and-chip supper. The effort is being organised by the charity’s South Normanton support group.


Come and join us at the Post Mill community centre on Friday, November 29 at 6pm for the switching on of the Christmas lights by Dennis Skinner MP.



A well-attended mini-market and gift day was held at Town Street Methodist Church at Pinxton on Saturday. A bangers-and-mash lunch was also served and there was a raffle.



Week five results in the Swanwick Winter 5s and 3s League results were:

Division A - Beehive A 7 Beehive B 2, New Inn 5 George 4, Codnor Park SC 2 Queens Head 7, Palmer Morewood A 6 Kings Arms 3.

Division B - Somercotes SC 6 Eclipse 2, Horse and Jockey 6 Queen Bees 3, Steam Packet 4 Crown B 5.

Divsion C - Palmer Morewood B 5 Victoria 2, Seven Stars 2 White Lion 7, Carnfield Club 5 Jacksdale SC 4, Sunnyside Club 3 Anvil Club 6.