Community news from towns and villages



Members and friends of St Matthew’s Church raised the sum of £648.58 through a sponsored walk and harvest festival donations. The money will be used towards purchasing hose pipes and fertiliser to enable the people of a poor community in Madagascar to increase their crops.


An Advent fair will be held at St Matthew’s Church community room on Saturday, November 16, from 11am.

There will be a raffle, home-made cakes, jewellery, cards, gift tombola, chocolate tombola, bric-a-brac and refreshments.



Dronfield Woodhouse Evening Townswomen’s Guild celebrated their 50th anniversary at Van Dyk Hotel, near Barlborough.

Sylvia Smith, chairman, welcomed all who attended, especially founder member, Noreen Lem, who no longer lives in this area.

Sylvia gave a resume of notable occasions over 50 years as a guild. One of the present chairman’s personal achievements was having a mandate regarding “Empty Houses” accepted at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting at Birmingham in 2012. This has resulted in charities and government having now brought in a new scheme to bring these empty houses back into use.

The president, Sue Turner, said grace before the meal.

After the meal everyone was presented with an engraved champagne flute which contained five gold almonds, which in the guild’s eyes represented health, wealth, happiness, long life and friendship. All the members unable to attend will be presented with their flutes at a later date.

Fifteen long service badges were presented, two to women who had been guild members for 40 years and 13 for over ten years.

Sandra Brown, vice-chairman, proposed the vote of thanks to all who had been involved in the preparation and arrangements for the evening.



Christmas presents that could save the lives of local car drivers and motorcyclists of all ages are now available throughout the Matlock area and the Hope Valley,

For just £20, Matlock (Derwent and Hope Valleys) group of Advanced Motorists will carry out a driving or riding assessment and offer up to four hours’ advice and one-to-one training on the road to improve a candidate’s ability and safety.

All training is done in the candidate’s own car in two or three separate sessions at convenient times.

“With winter approaching and driving conditions becoming more hazardous, the Drive Check scheme would make an ideal Christmas present for anyone using the roads. It’s a cheap but a very effective way of improving road safety for any motorist,” said former police driver and now group chief observer Bill Storey.

There are extra benefits for anyone living in the Derbyshire Dales. Thanks to the district council, Dales residents who are 26 years and under will have the fee paid for them.

Last year the group offered a similar scheme specifically for older drivers, and over 70 took up the offer.

“Everyone told us how helpful the programme was,” said Bill. “For many, it simply confirmed they were still capable of driving safely on our roads but with the advice and updated skills they acquired, their confidence increased no end.”

Anyone who subsequently decides to take the full advanced driving course will have the £20 refunded. The full course is being offered at a special price of £125 in the run-up to Christmas which includes 12 months membership of the Institute, the test fee and training manual.

Further information on the two schemes is available from Bill on 01629 812732 or by email to



Members of All Saints Church of all ages will be hard at work on the morning of Saturday, November 9, carrying out their annual clean-up of the churchyard.

Volunteers are asked by organisers Tom and Annette Fisher to bring along a rake and spade. Work begins at 10am and is expected to take about two hours.

“Sweeping up the leaves in readiness for the Remembrance Day service at the war memorial the following day is actually quite fun,” said Annette.

Hot drinks and cakes will be provided during the morning.


Visitors from 23 overseas countries called in at All Saints Church, Ashover, in the six-year period to the end of October 2013.

The latest Visitors’ Book to be filled shows 23 visitors from America, 22 from Australia and 19 from Canada. The book was signed by other visitors from Peru, Tasmania, Chile and Japan as well as most countries in Europe. Church officials recogniss that not every visitor from abroad will have signed the book.

Many comments applaud the fact that the church is kept open throughout the day and describe the sense of peace and tranquility they found in the building. Most frequently used observation was ‘beautiful’. Several visitors were engaged on family history projects.

The list of countries would have been 24 but churchwardens were not convinced that Bob Marley had actually made it to All Saints (especially as the Jamaican singer-songwriter died in 1981).



An enlightening talk by Mike Fowler, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Sheffield University, describing the development of drugs through the ages entertained Bakewell and District Probus Club at their new Monsal Head headquarters.

Introduced by Alan Pigott on the fourth Tuesday in the month, Mike spoke brilliantly on a subject obviously close to his heart and was warmly applauded at the finish. A vote of thanks was given by Ken Fleming.

There are still a few vacancies for membership, all enquiries to secretary Ainsley Kelly on 01246 582933.

The Probus Club once again invited their ladies to the annual luncheon at Hassop Hall. Guest of honour and speaker was Mrs Jackie Newbury who talked about and described the workings of the Derby Soup Run, an innovative scheme to assist the homeless in the city.


Businesses and organisations are being signed up for the Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints Church in Bakewell.

This year any donations received will be for the church roof appeal.

Organisers are hoping to have 100 trees in church for the festival which will run from December 12 to 22, from 10am to 5pm (from 12 noon on Sundays) and on Tuesday 17 and Thursday 19 will remain open until 9pm with mulled wine served.

For further information call Sue Marsh on 01629 812979


Two important local charities are joining together to raise funds and awarenesss in the local community.

Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport and Helen’s Trust are working together to put on a Winter Lantern Walk with a difference.

This walk along the Monsal Trail will start at 5pm on November 28, setting off from Bakewell Showground and ending with refreshments at Thornbridge Hall. Entertainment will be provided along the way by storytellers, The Babbling Vagabonds, and there will be surprises and special guests.

“We want as many people as possible to join us for this special evening, bringing two important local charities together” said BECT CEO Edwina Edwards. “We’d love it if everyone made a lantern and brought it along. It will be a really magical evening.”

Tickets are £5 for adults or £2 for children/concessions and are available from Helen’s Trust, BECT or the Bakewell Showground Office. More details are available at


Bakewell Town Guild met for their July meeting in Bakewell Town Hall. The speaker was Joy Bramley, a representative from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. She gave an excellent talk about the hospice and the work that they do. She also read a very moving letter from a parent.

Members saw the lovely gardens, now completed, around the hospice for the children and parents to enjoy.

In August. the guild went out and about by Bakewell Community bus to Little Moreton Hall and Biddolph Grange Gardens, National Trust properties in Staffordshire. This very successful trip included lunch and tea at the properties.

At the September meeting, members were treated to a talk by representatives Dan and Julia Zamoyski of Bakewell Gardening Association, gaining information about Bakewell in Bloom and the new allotments. They also saw pictures showing the amount of work and planning that went into this successful and productive project.

Guild members and friends gathered at the Rutland Arms Hotel for the second annual tea.

As Christmas approaches the November meeting will be a demonstration, Getting Ready for Christmas, on how to decorate the Christmas lunch table.

In December the meeting brings all the members together for a Christmas lunch at the Rutland Arms Hotel.

Planning is now taking place with speakers and outings for 2014 to be arranged.

The first meeting of 2014 will be in January, from 10am until 12noon, in Bakewell Town Hall where the guild meets every month. New members welcome.



Clay Cross Parish Council invites all residents of the parish to the Remembrance Day parade and service of remembrance on Sunday, November 10.

Led by the Clay Cross Squadron Air Cadets Band, the parade will meet up in the former Co-operative car park on Market Street at 9.30am and march off at 9.45am to St Bartholomew’s Church on High Street for the service of remembrance which will include the laying of the wreaths on the cenotaph.

Inner Wheel

Twenty-eight Inner Wheel clubs, represented by 175 members, attended the District 22 Overseas Service Rally held at The Derbyshire Hotel, South Normanton.

Members were welcomed by district chairman Carole O’Conner who handed over the meeting to Barbara Marshall MBE, the District Overseas Service Committee chairman and member of Clay Cross Inner Wheel Club.

After lunch Barbara introduced the top table guests including Pam McConnell who is an international board director.

The guest speaker was Clay Cross Rotarian Dr Cheryle Berry who spoke about her work as member of The Hope Connunity Village in India. She visits there every year and gave a moving account of the wonderful work done housing homeless children. The children live 10 to a house with a young housemother. The charity hope to build more houses so that more children can benefit and be cared for in such a happy atmosphere. Dr Berry showed a film taken at the home. She thanked the Inner Wheel and Rotary clubs for their support, and for a donation of £450 which was raised by the raffle.

Barbara thanked everyone for attending the successful meeting.


Clay Cross Photographic Society met in St Mary’s Centre, Pilsley, for the second Novices competition of the season.

The subject was open and the judge was club member Robert Falconer.

The results were: top image - Robert Smith, highly commended - Robert Smith (2) and Ann Walters, commended - Ann Walters, Fran Muldoon(2), Les Unwin and Robert Smith.

Further details of the society can be found at



Chapel Players will present Rock-A-Bye Sailor, by Philip King and Falkland L. Cary, at Tupton Methodist Church from November 12 t0 17 at 7.15pm. 
This is the third play in the Sailor trilogy and Chapel Players will have performed all three by the end of the run of Rock-A-Bye-Sailor.
One of the players, Colin Sorrell, has performed in all three, playing a different role in each.


Prue Leith, inspiring cook, author and businesswoman had been the main speaker at the Autumn Council meeting of the Derbyshire Federation of Women’s Institutes in Derby in early October. Pat Walton, Tupton’s delegate at that meeting, gave a report on her experiences of the day at the branch’s October meeting.

Tupton members celebrated the harvest season with a pie and pea supper prepared by Mr David Bown of Ashover. There was a bring and buy stall and another stall where one of the members, Annie Fraser-Smith, showed and sold some of her craftwork.



The completion of an ambitious project to refurbish Eckington Parish Church Hall, Church Street, will be celebrated on Sunday, November 10, after the church’s Remembrance service.

The service will start at 10am, and it will be followed by two minutes’ silence at 11am.

After the service, all are welcome to join army scouts, air cadets, people belonging to the fellowship of the services and other members of the community, to go into the hall where the improvements will be celebrated and refreshments will be available.

The project has upgraded the church’s electrical system by fitting new lights, including much-needed outside security lights, sockets and circuits. The old fuse box has been replaced, and the kitchen, which has been refurbished as part of a separate Lottery-funded project, has been rewired. The hall is now more energy-efficient, which will reduce its running costs and enable the church to continue to provide community activities at little or no cost.

As part of the wider refurbishment of the church, an access ramp has also been installed.

The church hall hosts many events and activities including an art group, a history group and a mother and toddler group. It is also available for private hire. It is hoped that the improvements will encourage more people to use the hall, particularly older people and those with disabilities.

Funding for the project came in the form of a £10,000 grant from The National Lottery and a £5,000 grant from The Veolia Environmental Trust that was awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The need for the project was identified through questionnaires completed by existing and potential users of the hall, as well as general feedback and observations.

Rev Hilary Savage from the church said: “We are delighted that work is now complete and we are looking forward to next week’s event. The refurbishment has made the hall a more pleasant, attractive and safe space where the whole community can meet up and attend a variety of events and activities.”

Paul Taylor, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “Halls like this one play a vital role in our communities and we are pleased to have supported these improvements. I hope that the revamped hall is enjoyed by the community of Eckington for many years to come.”


Plans are being made for a Christmas celebration in Eckington town centre on Friday, December 6, between 5 pm and 7 pm. Many of the shops and businesses will be staying open. Yorkshire Water will have finished all the work in the town centre at the end of November and the Town Team is planning a grand reopening of the precinct and High Street.

There are plans for a Snowman Trail for children around the shops looking for clues to a phrase made up of letters that each Snowman will display. There will be a fancy dress competition for the best dressed snowman, along with music, carol singing and the switching on of Christmas tree lights. Various other attractions are in the process of being arranged.

Local charities only are encouraged to take up the offer of free stalls on the evening. The townsfolk are urged to get into the spirit by decorating their homes and gardens with snowmen.

There is a shop unit on the edge of Southgate that will have a Santa’s Grotto. This will be open on the evening of Friday, December 6, and then on 7, 14 and 21. In the main window of the shop there will be a large Advent calendar with a drawing for each day up to Christmas Eve of artwork by children from local schools. Eckington will have a monitor with archive photographs and videos of Eckington for all to see. Other details will be announced over the next few weeks.

For further information contact The Eckington Business Centre on 01246 439010.



Following the atrocious weather over the last couple of weeks, Wednesday was a glorious walking day. Leader for the Wednesday short car ramble, Reg Millward, had

eight members join him for a walk of around 5.5 miles. Starting from Alsop-en-le-Dale, the party walked onto the Tissington Trail, with conditions not too bad under foot.

Leaders for the medium car walk, Barbara and Ken

Hadfield, had 22 members join them for a walk of eight miles starting from Alport and walking to Youlgreave. From here, the group headed onto the Limestone Way and on reaching Cales Dale took the steps down into Lathkill Dale - here disaster struck, with the group realising that the path ahead was completely flooded. The decision was made to walk through the water, which eventually became knee high, as the intrepid group made their way to dry ground. On making their way out of the Dale, they discovered a sign that warned that the path was closed due to flooding; no sign had warned them at the start of their walk through Lathkill.

Jean Ashworth led the long bus ramble taking public transport to Hartington Station for a linear walk of 8.5 miles. Jean set off with 17 ramblers leaving the station to walk along the trail to Newhaven, down into Long Dale, then Middleton Top and Bradford Dale before making their way to Alport for the return journey.

Leaders for the longer car ramble, Andrew Tomlin and Bob Dyke, took 27 members on an 11-mile circular walk. Commencing in Eyam, they made their way to Stoke Ford, onto Abney Moor, Great Hucklow and Foolow, prior to returning to Eyam.

Michael Fenton took 21 of the short bus ramblers by public transport to Ogston Reservoir for a six-mile walk to Kelstedge. The day was fine and sunny, although the ground was quite wet and muddy in places, with the walk taking the group past the derelict ruins of Trinity Chapel and a wooded area called Ravensnest. The party enjoyed the wide-ranging views, especially from the Highordish picnic site where the group had lunch.

For anyone interested in the Ramblers walks details can be found at or e-mail


The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Stone, and Mayoress Mrs Barbara Wallace switched on the pathway lighting to Eyre Chapel. This will benefit all those who use the building and is another recent improvement to the chapel which is available for hire for varied events.

The mayor gave thanks to Virridor community fund and Biffa, Cllr J. Burrows of Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council members Cllrs M. Higginbottom, R. Russell, K. Morgan and T. Rogers who funded the project.

Eyre Chapel is Chesterfield’s oldest building dating back to the 13th century.


It was a busy evening when Chesterfield Film Makers met at Walton Village Centre to show members’ films. Eleven films of widely varying type and subject matter were shown. Those contributing were Larry Hall, Garry Haydon, Doreen Williamson, Trevor Boyce, Les and Sue Lewis, Cliff Paulson, David Oldale, Elin Smith, Bob Williamson, Mahes Kirby and Adam Widdowson.

Colin Guest chaired the meeting and thanked all who had taken part.

Refreshments were provided by Gordon Duncan.

The Film Makers meet on Tuesdays at 7.30pm for 7.45pm and welcome anyone interested in making films.


Twenty-six members attended the 32nd AGM of the Hardwick Probus Club at the Olde House, Loundsley Green.

After welcoming those present, chairman Brian Worthy introduced the speaker, Ian Morgan, who gave an illustrated talk on Bolsover’s Hidden History.

Ian gave an account of the first building on the castle site and the immediate area around the castle dating back to 1033 attributed to Leofric and the development of the site first by William Peveril and then by the Cavendish family. The talk concluded with photographs

past and present showing the way in which some buildings have disappeared and others have changed dramatically from their original appearance.

Chairman Brian recorded the absence of Roy Nelson and wished him well on behalf of the members. He also congratulated David Windle for his “marathon swim” over five days in aid of Kids ‘N’ Cancer UK which raised over £2500. After thanking the members

for their support in 2013 he then passed the chain of office to new chairman, John Windle.

John thanked the members for their support and indicated that his priority would be to provide them with meeting content and outings of interest as well as trying to increase the membership.

Secretary Paul Broadhead announced that with the recent

resignation of Tony Willacy the membership is now 40. He then thanked Derek Grindell for his efforts in arranging the speakers programme for 2014, copies of which were distributed.

Although treasurer John Young indicated that there was a small excess in expenditure over income in 2013, it was agreed by the members that the subscription should remain at £20 and that the present meeting room was suitable for the numbers attending.

Chairman John announced that there would be a committee meeting before the next general meeting on Tuesday, November 26.


President Andy Matthews chaired the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale, held at Proact stadium on October 30 with 33 members present.

The club held a “Scatter Week” in the previous week and past president George Ling reported that ten club members attended the Rotary Club of Clay Cross.

Past president Derrick Willmot and two members attended the Rotary Club of Bakewell and past president Jack Minshull and Alexis Diouf visited the Rotary Club of Chesterfield. The visiting Rotarians received a warm welcome from those clubs visited.

Rtn David Hays advised the club that Chesterfield has drawn Rotary Club of Heanor in the district ten-pin bowling competition to be held on Tuesday, November 12.

Rtn Maurice Poole has organised many Autumn Club walks and on this occasion a good number of club members enjoyed the North Yorkshire scene, based in Hawes with excellent accomodation and food. Maurice was thanked for a most enjoyable weekend.

Rtn John Bown introduced the speaker, Sian Best, whose expertise was on the subject of Inheritance Tax and gave a most informative talk on the many aspects and changes that have occurred in recent years. The interest in her subject was highlighted by the number of questions submitted by club members and she was thanked for her very good presentation by Rtn Neil Swanwick.


Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield met for their monthly meeting on Friday, November 1, when the guest speaker was Rtn Mike Hyman, founder of Chesterfield Based Kids ‘N’ Cancer UK, a charity which assists families and their sick children, who have been diagnosed with life-threatening tumours and have been accepted for potentially life-saving Proton Therapy Treatment at Florida Proton Institute. Mike thanked members for their support.

Immediate past president Adrienne Handley gave a vote of thanks to the speaker. Rtn David Windle also thanked members for their donations in helping him raise £2,845 for Kids ‘N’ CAncer with a marathon swim of 26 miles 385 yards, the equivalent of 3,516 lengths of the pool.

President Ann reported she had a very busy schedule which included a visit to Chesterfield Scarsdale meeting when the guest speaker was novelist Ann Zouroudi, judging the Junior Verse Speaking Competition, a guest at the District Overseas meeting at The Derbyshire Hotel where the guest speaker was Rtn Dr Mrs Cheryl Berry MBE, trustee of Hope Community Village in India and attended Retford club charter at Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor.

Overseas Officer Cath Bradley reported members had packed 13 baby bundles, 30 Joy bags (ladies) and 20 Roy bags (gentlemen) plus many other bags of items bound for Rwanda where they will be conveyed by the National Police Convoy, Rwanda.

Readers are reminded that the Inner Wheel Christmas market will be held at St Thomas’ Church, Chatsworth Road, on Thursday, November 21, from 10am onwards.

For the Inner Wheel “Wheels” project members will purchase a specialised chair which enables patients to be wheeled directly into the shower.

Committee members gave their reports and were told The Duchess of Devonshire, an honorary member of the club, has donated two signed Chatsworth calendars for the Christmas market raffle.


President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday, October 25. He brought greetings from the Rotary Club of Clay Cross after attending their charter anniversary along with regular guest Frank Clifford, past president of the Bolsover Rotary Club.

The president reported that the club’s 91st charter anniversary celebration would be held at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Friday, November 22 (6.30pm for 7pm) and this most important event in the club’s calendar was open to all members and their guests. In anticipation of a full attendance from all available members there will be no lunchtime club meeting on that date.

He also reminded members that the club was supporting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by providing sellers for rota duty at Tesco Extra all day on Sunday, November 3.

The after-lunch speaker was retired head-teacher Tony Hallam who, as an expert on the history of Chesterfield Parish Church, gave a fascinating talk which revealed many little-known historical facts about the town’s famous landmark. He explained that as the shape of the Spire was probably a design feature, it could have been called ‘The Twisted Spire’ (there are 82 twisted spires in Europe) but its additional unique and unplanned 9ft lean, probably explains why it is more famously known as The Crooked Spire.

After a question and answer session, a vote of thanks was proposed by the president.

Past president Bryan White proposed the closing toast.

The next meeting tomorrow (Friday) is the club’s monthly business meeting which includes a SGM to agree the accounts for year ending June 30, 2013, and appoint club officers for the next Rotary year.

If you are interested in joining the Chesterfield Rotary Club contact Alan Clarke on 01246 811616.


Chairman Derrick Willmot presided at the 60th anniversary celebration meeting of the 41 Club in the Hardwick Inn.

He welcomed 46 members and guest speaker Mr Andrew Raftery FRCS who gave an interesting and humorous talk on his career in the NHS.

The club held its first meeting on October 15, 1953, at the Hardwick Inn and at last month’s meeting members were pleased that the current landlord Peter Batty was also able to join the celebrations. Members have enjoyed the hospitality given by the Batty family throughout the 60 years and are looking forward to many more enjoyable evenings at the Hardwick Inn.


Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is holding a craft fair and coffee morning at Eastwood Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield, on Saturday, November 16, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

There will be a variety of craft stalls offering their wares in time for Christmas, the R.N.L.I. souvenir stall will be selling Christmas cards, calendars, diaries and a range of Lifeboat products suitable for Christmas presents. Light refreshments including home-made scones will be on sale throughout the event.

As an additional attraction, Stormy Stan, the R.N.L.I.’s mascot, will be at the event.

For more information, contact John and Peggy Grubb on 01246 272460.



Barlborough Heritage Centre will have a special opening this Sunday when it will host a screening of a short film to honour the men from Barlborough who did not return from the First World War.

On view will be a special exhibition all about the First World War and its Barlborough heroes.

On sale will be the centre’s special First World War commemorative calendar - Flanders Poppy Fields which incorporates photos of the Barlborough men that made the ultimate sacrifice.

This special Sunday opening will run from 10am until 2pm.

The centre is hoping local people will come forward with information about their local ancestors who fought in the war so that they and their story can be included in a book that is being produced for next year’s centenary. There is to be a leather bound, gold leaf book with information of all the men that died plus another book which will include every man that has been brought to the centre’s attention that served this country in the First World War.

If you have information and cannot call in at the centre Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 8.30 till 2pm plus Saturdays 8.30 till 1pm, you can call the heritage manager Tony on 01246810100



This Friday, November 8, at 7pm, St James Church, Temple Normanton, is holding a beetle drive in church.


On Remembrance Sunday morning there will be a service and wreath laying at the parish cenotaph in Temple Normanton cemetery, starting at 11am and led by the vicar of Temple Normanton, Father Malcolm Ainscough, This service will be followed by a wreath laying at the newly refurbished war memorial in St James Churchyard, and a short service in church, with the children from Temple Normanton Primary School taking part. The parish Mass will follow immediately afterwards. Everyone will be made most welcome at these services.


Big breakfast

The monthly big breakfast was well supported at St Albans, cooked by Diana Yates, the Let’s Connect project worker and her team. The theme was saints come in all shapes and sizes and a quiz was made on the theme of saints.


Lynda and Mick, who are relative newcomers to Heath Village, took on the task of hosting the November coffee morning in Laurel Hall on Saturday.

Mick produced sausage and bacon cobs from his frying pan, followed by homemade banana cake.


Poppies have been on sale in church in readiness for the Remembrance Day service this Sunday.

Participants should meet in St Albans, Holmewood, for a short service at 10.30am and then walk across the road to the war memorial for a short service beginning at 10.50am when the wreaths will be laid and two minutes’ silence observed.

All members of the community are invited to attend.


The Tuesday Chat group, who meet in the vicarage, enjoyed the homemade apple crumble, cups of tea and warm mulled wine that were provided.

Conversation flowed as did the answers to the quiz that had been prepared on the identities of some of the saints.

All Saints

As part of the annual celebrations for All Saints Day, the church at Heath held its evening service, followed by hot chocolate and sparklers.

Members of the congregation were interviewed about their faith and work as very modern day saints today.

A special Gift Day appeal was held to support the work of the Let’s Connect project with families and young people in Holmewood and Heath.

Big Local

The communities of Grassmoor and Hasland will be receiving at least £1m of Big Lottery funds over the next ten years, to support residents to make the areas an even better place to live.

Local residents have already started to raise their issues and concerns, as well as the good things about the area, and there will be an opportunity to do so at a ‘Hotpot Event’ in Grassmoor Community Centre, New Street, Grassmoor, on Friday, November 8, from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. The aim of this meeting, and another to be held at Hasland, is to share what local people have said is important to them, to agree a number of key priorities and seek support, to collect and share ideas on how to improve the area, and to get more local people involved with the Big Local.

All local residents are invited to this ‘Hotpot Event’, and over food they can hear about what is happening, share ideas for the future, and see how they can get involved.

To register your intention to attend, e-mail, or leave a message on 01246 217606, advising of any access or dietary requirements. 



Outseats Parish Council’s October meeting was chaired by Cllr Jane Marsden.

The death of Cllr Simon Taylor was marked by a period of silence, recognising the many good things Simon had contributed to the life of the village.

It was pleasing to note that an Outseats resident’s garden had won second in the district council’s recent Blooming Dales! competition.

It was decided to invite a representative from the Peak Park Authority to the council’s November meeting to discuss how the forthcoming permanent Traffic Restriction Order on Long Causeway will be


Councillors had some concerns about Derbyshire Fire & Rescue’s proposed reorganisation in the Hope Valley, whereby Hathersage’s fire station would move to a site near the former Marquis of Granby at

Bamford. It was agreed that it would be helpful for the Hope Valley parish councils to have a joint meeting with DF&R, to obtain the detailed thinking behind their proposals.

The dates, locations, agendas and minutes of all meetings of Outseats Parish Council can be found on the village website ( 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.

The launch of a new website - - coincides with this year’s armistice commemorations and next year’s centennial of the start of the First World War.

After years of research into the village war memorial, Sally and Stuart Mullins of Brimington, published a memorial book dedicated to the 120 men whose names appear on the village memorial gates and copies of the book have been donated to surviving descendants of the soldiers, local libraries, county archives, and Brimington Parish Council. Now the new website will enable many others to read and learn of Brimington’s part in the First World War.



On Saturday, November 9, from noon to 3pm, Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, Hasland, will be the venue for the Hasland and Grassmoor Guides and Scouts Christmas Fair.

Attractions will include a cake stall, raffle and tombola, and refreshments will be available throughout the event.

A fortnight later, on Saturday, November 23, St Paul’s Church, Hasland, will once again be holding its Christmas fair in the village hall. The event will be open from 2pm to 3.30pm. There will be an extensive selection of stalls, with gift stalls, fancy goods, festive food, cakes, tombola, games, bowls of spring bulbs, lucky bags, a raffle, and light refreshments on sale.

Admission costs 20p, with accompanied children free.

Big Local

The communities of Hasland and Grassmoor will be receiving at least £1m of Big Lottery funds over the next ten years, to support residents to make the areas an even better place to live.

Local residents have already started to raise their issues and concerns, as well as the good things about the area, and there will be an opportunity to do so at a ‘Hotpot Event’ in Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, Hasland, on Friday, November 15, from 6.30pm to 8.30 pm.

The aim of this meeting, and another to be held at Grassmoor, is to share what local people have said is important to them, to agree a number of key priorities and seek support, to collect and share ideas on how to improve the area, and to get more local people involved with the Big Local.

All local residents are invited to this ‘Hotpot Event’, and over food they can hear about what is happening, share ideas for the future, and see how they can get involved.

To register your intention to attend, e-mail, or leave a message on 01246 217606, advising of any access or dietary requirements.


Hasland Methodist Church on Hampton Street at Hasland will be holding a Christmas market on Saturday, November 16, from 10am to 3pm. You are invited to make an early start for your Christmas shopping, visiting the commercial stalls and charity stalls, with gifts on offer, not forgetting the home-made cake stall, and fun for the children at Santa’s Grotto! Refreshments will be served throughout the day, with light lunches available between noon and 1.30pm.

Entry to the event is free.


St Paul’s Church, Hasland, held its November family service on Sunday morning, celebrating the Feast of All Saints.

The service was conducted by the Rector of Hasland, Father Malcolm Ainscough, and the children and young people of the church read the Old Testament lesson, the responsorial psalm, the prayers, and presented a sketch discovering what makes a saint, and who are the role models for those who wish to follow Jesus. Those taking part were Alexia Arnold, Lauren and Alyssa Ward, Helena and Charlotte Bond, Sarah Musk, Natalie Edwards and Sally Ann Mather. After the service, members of the congregation enjoyed a slice of birthday cake to celebrate Kathleen Andrews’ 80th birthday.

A flower quiz was won by the Edwards family.


Eighteen members of Hasland Church Walking Group, along with Bengy, Kenny and Steve, their four legged members, met at Monyash in good weather (despite heavy rain the previous day which caused a few muddy footpaths).

They left Monyash through the churchyard and joined the Limestone Way, heading west towards Cales Dale. Just before Cales Dale, the walkers entered One Ash Grange Farm, which dates back to medieval times and was originally an outpost of Roche Abbey. According to tradition, Cistercian monks who had misbehaved were sent here! The farm’s pig sties are Grade 2 listed buildings, and a small cave alongside them is believed to have been the monks’ cold store.

On leaving the farm the group carefully negotiated a steep and slippery slope into Cales Dale. Heading down the dale, a coffee stop was enjoyed where Cales Dale meets Lathkill Dale. Suitably refreshed, the walkers crossed the River Lathkill and took a very steep footpath to climb up the side of the dale towards Haddon Grove Farm.

Lunch was taken just past Haddon Grove Farm, and after crossing numerous stiles and fields the footpath again entered Lathkill Dale via Ricklow Dale. The route then crossed the road south of Monyash and passed through Bradshaw Dale to emerge just to the east of Monyash, leaving just a short walk back to the village. This proved to be an enjoyable six mile autumnal walk in mild bright weather.


This Sunday, November 10, Remembrance Day will be celebrated at the parish Mass at St Paul’s Church, Hasland, with the service starting at the earlier time of 9.15am.

At the end of the service a wreath will be laid at the war memorial in the church. A short act of remembrance will be held at the village war memorial in Eastwood Park, Hasland at 10.30 am, followed by a service of remembrance in Hasland Methodist Church.



Bolsover Allotment Association would like to remind plot holders that The Shed is now closed until the new year. However, the shop will re-open later in the year for the distribution of potatoes and onions, and members will be informed when they will be available for collection.



An interesting way to allow learning of the Bible is through a quiz, but, when you put in the ingredient of six churches to compete the event becomes exciting.

The six Methodist Churches of

Barrow Hill, Barlborough, Staveley, Brimington Common, Inkersall and Hall Road have two members to help their team to answer questions on the Bible. A certificate is awarded to the team with most points.

The event takes place on Sunday, November 10, at 3pm in Barrow Hill Methodist Church. The church is situated over the bridge on the main road in Barrow Hill. S43 2NB There is plenty of car parking. All welcome.



Thirteen members of Ichthus Canoe Club Chesterfield (known as ICCC) went up to Keswick the first weekend of half term, through horrendous traffic, for their annual Lakes weekend ‘getaway’ to paddle different rivers and lakes.

The previous week had been particularly wet which is what paddlers like best to bring up the river levels but unfortunately for their weekend there was too much water by Sunday morning!

The paddlers stayed at Denton House in Keswick.

On the Saturday, the kayakers ‘did’ the Greta river whilst the canoeists went to Ouse Bridge on Bassenthwaite lake for a trip on the Cumbrian Derwent river to Cockermouth.

As Sunday dawned the intrepid paddlers were confounded to find the canoeist group were ‘rained off’ when attempting to do a trip from Grasmere to Waterhead on Windermere.

They had to abort due to unsafe water levels and tree blockages. This was the first time in the last few years that the levels were so high as to prevent paddling.

During the weekend the group also got the opportunity to visit Cockermouth Mountain Rescue station which has a swift water capability which members found particularly interesting.


At the first monthly meeting of the session for the Storrs Road Methodist Church Wesley Guild, Dr Jill Bethell spoke about the fabrics created in Bolivia by the communities around Apolo. She explained how the fabrics are made and their many uses. Jill brought samples of the fabrics and other crafts to sell. Proceeds will go the Apolo Project which her daughter and son-in-law work alongside.

The Wesley Guild meets at 7.30pm on the last Monday of the month at Storrs Road Methodist Church. New members are welcome to attend.


Brampton Living History Group held their Annual General Meeting at St Thomas Church Parish Centre which was attended by 28 members.

The chairman, John Lilley, reported that the next Chesterfield Murder Walk would take place on Sunday, November 24, starting from the Rutland Arms on Stephenson Place at 7pm. Tickets available from Chesterfield Visitors Centre, price £4.

Copies of the 2014 programme of speakers are now available.

Officers elected were: chairman, John Lilley; secretary, Sonia Preece; treasurer, Rex Bryan; commitee member, Trisha Law.

The chairman reported another successful year with some good talks and an average attendance of 29. This drop in attendance is of some concern to the committee and the chairman asked for ideas on how to improve attendance.

The chairman welcomed the speaker, Mike Kelley, from Alfreton, who gave a talk on The myth of 1066, highlighting the battles between the forces of King Harold and the Norman Duke William. A vote of thanks was given by Sonia Preece.

The next meeting will be on November 25 when Janet Murphy will give a talk on the history of Spital cemetery.


With Eastwood Park picking up 166 points in their final game of the season, Britannia needed to score 127 points away to Bolsover Colliery to secure the Chesterfield & Nottinghamshire Floodlit Division One title.

The first four ends saw a good start with Steve Beddoe 21-10, Gary Marshall 21-19 plus 15-21 and 11-21 losers giving a total of 68 at the halfway stage.

The back four saw Craig Galley win 21-10 and Matt Singlehurst triumph 21-15, but with a 7-21 loser it was down to last man Ian James to score the necessary points. At one stage Ian was 1-8 behind but came back strongly to record a 21-13 victory and ensure Britannia won the league by 12 points.

Final result Bolsover Colliery 130 Britannia 138. Leading averages were Steve Beddoe played 12 won 12 plus 126, Jamie Hardy played 10 won 10 +98, Andrew Spragg played 6 won 6 +65, Craig Galley played 10 won 7 +54 and Dave Sutton played 8 won 6 +32.

Britannia joined the Floodlit League in 2010, winning Division 3 at the first attempt, Division 2 was won in 2011, and after consolidating with fourth place in Division 1 last year, this season secured the third floodlit title in four seasons.



The Fox and Goose Inn, Wigley, made it three consecutive wins in the Buxton Brewery Sunday Peak Quiz League with a comfortable victory by 61 points to 53 in the Mike Gregory Knockout Cup against the White Hart, Bradwell. The team comprised Simon Brown, Martin Fairs, Penny Fairs (captain), Lou Matthews and Carole Slater, with Frank Gorman as question master.

This Sunday the quiz team are again at home playing the Bridge Inn, Calver, with the match starting at 8.30pm.



In last week’s paper we carried a photo with the headline “Putting on the Ritz as WI hosts retro fashion show”. The report should have been attributed to Barlow WI and not Baslow WI. We apologise for this error.



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


The monthly Friday lunch at Alfreton Wesley Church was served by June Dellow and helpers.


A sum of £67 was raised for the Bible Society by a coffee morning at Alfreton Wesley Church.

The effort, which was organised by the society’s Alfreton Action Group, also included a bring-and-buy stall.


The 1950s musical “The Glenn Miller Story”, starring James Stewart and June Allyson, was shown at Alfreton Wesley Church film club on Saturday.
The movie, which traced the life of the American band leader from his early career to his death over the English Channel in 1944, was introduced by Caroline Dellow.
Caroline said that the film to be shown in December, starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, centred around a good-hearted church minister whose marriage hits a rocky patch thanks to the time he spends caring for his deprived neighbourhood.
Refreshments were served by June Dellow.

Godfrey Patrick of Blackwell was the speaker at a meeting on Tuesday of the ladies fellowship of Alfreton Wesley Church, and his wife Hilary gave a reading.
They were introduced and thanked by Dorothy Howell, and Valerie Cogar was organist.
The previous week’s meeting took the form of a fellowship afternoon, with a charity sales table.


The Rev Adrian Smith of Tansley was the speaker at a meeting on Wednesday of Blackwell Methodist Wesley Guild, held in Blackwell Community Centre. Sandra Bennett presided and Margaret Iball was pianist.

At the previous week’s meeting, Gill and Alan Clifton of Two Dales presented a programme of slides with a devotional commentary. Brenda Smith presided.

Inner Wheel

President Sue Curley welcomed members and the speaker to the October meeting of Alfreton Inner Wheel.

Birthday greetings were given to members with birthdays in October.

After dinner Sue introduced the speaker, Andrew Tucker, cultural manager at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield, who gave a very interesting talk on the old picture houses and theatres of Mansfield.

Clair Nightingale gave a vote of thanks.

The business meeting followed. President Sue reported that the ‘bucket’ collection at Sainsburys in aid of Arthritis Research raised £273 and she thanked all members who had collected.

Sue reported on members and family who have illness.

Correspondence was read and officers gave their reports.

A reminder was given about the Christmas fair on Saturday, November 30, at Firs House, Alfreton, from 10am to 1pm when there will be many interesting stalls.

Last month, Alfreton hosted an inter-club overseas lunch. Members worked very hard preparing and serving the lunch.

Rtn Adrian Brewer, from the Isle of Wight, gave an interesting presentation on the charity he started up called ‘Roll out the Barrel’. The charity raises money to supply water barrels (as in Aquarolls used by caravanners) to Africa

so that women and children no longer have to carry water in containers on their back or head, instead they can roll it along with ease.

Clair Nightingale, club overseas organiser, who had arranged the lunch, presented Adrian with a cheque to buy barrels. Member Margaret Day gave a vote of thanks.


Alfreton WI members celebrated the branch’s 21st birthday at Firs House, Alfreton.

Helping the process were Marjorie Ashford and Jill Stevenson from DFWI.

Marjorie handed over some notes made at the inaugural meeting in Cressy Fields, for the branch archives. At the time of the branch’s formation, formalities were observed with ladies addressed as Mrs and Christian names not in use.

Prior to the launch of the celebrations, Diane McHarg from DFWI led members through the AGM. Retiring president Ann Minshull addressed the Institute, and Jean Sunderland, a past president, thanked the committee for their work throughout the year. A committee for the coming year was formed and Linda Singleton was elected president.

Linda presented flowers, exquisitely arranged by past president Judith Osborne, to Diane, Marjorie, Jill and Ann. Beryl Finney, who was secretary for many years, and a committee member since soon after the founding of the Institute, was also thanked and presented with flowers.

The evening ended with feasting and merriment.

The Alfreton WI meets monthly at Firs House Community Centre and welcome prospective members and visitors. For more information, call 01773 832 349 or 01773 520 243.


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

Two weight awards were presented. Slimmer of the week was Ruth Biddulph and slimmer of the month was Genna Shotton.

At the Wednesday morning meeting, which is held at the same venue, Lisa Raynor reached her target weight. Slimmer of the week was Michaela Zupa and slimmer of the week was Linda Tristan.

Total weight loss was 4st 7lbs.



Ripley Town Football Club secured their second league win on the trot when they beat Derby Rolls Royce Leisure Reserves 1-0 with a goal from James Dennis. 


Chris King had them dancing in the aisles when the guitarist and singer played the Ripley Greenhillocks Fellowship.Sheila Cooton moved the vote of thanks.

David Hill opened the meeting and then, assisted by Ann Hill, conducted the drawing of the free raffle.

Brenda Elliott read the report before Marion Slack led the birthday congratulations for John Litchfield and Sheila Cresswell.Reader for the day was Keith Naylor with “Mozart”.

Refreshments were served.


A new season of Ripley Soccer Sixes got under way with the following matches:

FC Gash 2 Royal Aztecs 3, Borussia T 11 Kilburn FC 0, Miners Arms-Alfreton 0 FC Madrid 2.

There are still two places available in this Thursday evening league. Teams wishing to join should ring Mark on 07969 182 484.


Bingo featured at the Ripley Tuesday Club meeting with George Eyre calling the numbers and Roland Emmas-Williams in charge of checking.Eileen Towndrow read the minutes and Tony Fearn was in charge of the raffle.

The meeting celebrated the birthday of Mrs Marshall before the ladies served refreshments.


Daz Brown with a top average of 28.46 took the honours in week four of the Ripley Elite Darts Singles League.


Ripley Wood Street Methodist Church will hold its Christmas bazaar on November 30, between 10am and 1pm. Admission is free and it offers stalls, games and refreshments.


Ripley Sainsbury’s has donated £200 to the Friends of St John’s C of E Primary School to help buy a new minibus.


The Wood Street Toddler Group meets on Tuesdays -term time only - from

9.30am to 11.15am.It is for 0 to 5 years but parents and carers will be made most welcome with a coffee and a chat.


Don Witton talked about hardy plants and a winter survival kit when he was the guest speaker at the Ripley Gardening Club.

Hazel Kay will give a talk on Scented Plants at the Field Terrace Community Centre on November 21 between 3pm and 5pm.

Town mayor Cllr Alwyn Bridge will switch on the Ripley Christmas Lights on Friday, November 29, at 6.30pm.


The Ripley Friendship Circle was graced by an attendance of close on 40 people with the quiz being won by Marina and Friends.

The surprise gifts went to “Monica”, Vi Jerome and Doris Hardwick.


The Qube in Ripley is the venue on November 15 for a charity concert designed to raise monies for PSTD-soldiers who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.


Malcolm Walpole with an illustrated talk on A Tour of the Yangstse was the November guest at the Ripley Ladies Group November meeting.

The December meeting will feature Bob Neil with his Bits and Pieces quiz along with a Christmas buffet.

In January the club will take a trip to the Marquis of Ormonde for lunch.


Ripley Rangers Football Club Under 10s lost 3-1 to Sherwood Colliery Colts with man of the match Ben Morris scoring their goal.



An early exit from the Knockout Cup for the darts team of the Horse and Jockey as they lost 10-8 to the Thorn Tree A.



Amber Valley Hornets Ladies Hockey Club maintained their winning nning streak by defeating Matlock Baileans 3rds 4-1 with two goals each from Sarah Joyce and Charlotte Welsby.

Amber Valley’s second team, the Bees, were also in winning form as they trounced Rolls Royce 2nds 8-0.



Codnor Methodist Church,along with many others,will be celebrating White

Ribbon Day on November 25. This is the International Day for the Elimination

of Violence against Women and is part of White Ribbon Week which on November 24.


The Macmillan Coffee Morning held at Codnor Methodist Church raised £271 for the charity and £30 for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund.


The Lighthouse by Alison Moore is the book under discussion at the Codnor Book Club meeting to be held at 8pm on November 6 in Codnor Methodist Church Hall on Mill Lane.

Mini market

St James Church is to stage a “mini-market” on November 9 between 10am and 2pm. On offer will be many stalls, home made produce, cards and a raffle. Refreshments including lunch will be available at reasonable prices.


There will be a circuit quiz night at Codnor Methodist Church Hall on November 8 when the Bible round will be on the Good News version of 1 Samuel chapters 13-17 inclusive.


The Machine Knitting Club meets on November 19, between 7.15pm and 9.15pm, in Codnor Methodist Church Hall.



A Christmas craft fair will take place on November 16 between 10am and 2pm in Waingroves Methodist Church on Church Street.

Attractions will include hand crafted items,wooden plaques, cards,jewellery,

chutneys,cakes and refreshments.Admission is free.



Somercotes Salvation Army Corps on Sleetmoor Lane, Somercotes, holds the following weekly gatherings: Sunday- 3pm, worship; Monday - 3pm, Friends and Fellowship; Tuesday - 9.30am to 11am, Care and Share coffee morning.

On Sunday, November 10, at 3pm, there will be a Remembrance service with exhibition of related postcards and corps memorabilia.

On Saturday, November 16, from 2pm to 4pm, there will be a Christmas fayre, featuring stalls, home-made cakes, tea and coffee.

On Sunday, November 17, at 3pm, there will be a meeting led by Pastor Carol Vincent from Centre Point Community Church, Jacksdale.
On Monday, November 18, at 3pm, Friends and Fellowship will be led by Clay Cross corps secretary Angela and accompanied by singer/guitarist Mick Bonsal.

On Sunday, November 24, from 7pm to 9pm, the Cafe Church will include light-hearted fun and Christian fellowship.
On Friday, November 29, from 5pm to 7pm, there will be Messy Church for children.

On Friday, December 6, from 2pm to 4pm, there will be craft, cake and refreshments. On the same day, from 12.30pm to 4pm, there will be a street collection at Matlock Victorian weekend.

On Saturday, December 7, at 7.30pm, there will be a Christmas concert by the Pye Hill and District Male Voice Choir. Tickets £5, £3 for children up to age 16, available from Terry Carpenter or at the Corps Hall .

On Friday, December 13, from 5pm to 7pm, the Messy Church Christmas party for children will be held.

On Sunday, December 15, from 7pm to 9pm wil be the cafe church.

On Sunday, December 22, at 2.30pm, there will be the carol service with tea and coffee and home-made mince pieces. There will also be a carols by candlelight event on Tuesday, December 24.

A watch night service is to be held on Tuesday, December 31.

The Somercotes Corps are continually appealing for tins of food. These are redistributed in emergency food parcels for individuals and families suffering severe poverty and distress referred by Social Services and other agencies. All donations appreciated.

For further information, contact Terry Carpenter on 01773 606945 or 07948998507 or call into the Somercotes Corps Hall on Sleetmoor Lane. Everyone is always welcome.