Community news from towns and villages



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

Three weight awards was presented. Slimmer of the week was Sharron Yates.

At the Wednesday morning group which is held at the same venue, two weight awards was presented and slimmer of the week was Kathryn Mann.

Total weight loss for both groups was 6st 7lbs.


At the November meeting of Alfreton U3A members and visitors enjoyed an entertaining talk by Roger Purseglove entitled ‘A Step in the Dark’. Roger was accompanied by his wife, Kathleen and his assistance dog Zola.

When Roger became blind in October 2003, after years of gradually failing sight, he had to be trained first in the heightened awareness of the immediate surroundings needed by a blind person. When he was confident of his way round his neighbourhood, then he was introduced to his first dog, Parker, and given very intensive training away from home. Roger had many amusing tales of the pitfalls encountered by man and dog. Cul-de-sacs and unfenced road works are particularly treacherous. Even the best trained dogs can be diverted from the proper path by the knowledge of titbits available on, and off, route. Man, and dog, made unexpected friends with former strangers. Roger was thanked by Janis Allen, chairman of Alfreton U3A.

Jill Armitage, local author, brought her new book, ‘Alfreton Through Time’ to show to fellow members of Alfreton U3A. The book is available at Alfreton Heritage Centre, open on Sunday afternoons, 2pm-4pm. In the New Year it is hoped that Jill will lead a Writing Group. A number of people expressed interest in joining that group.

The new Discussion Group met for the first time and has booked Firs House for future meetings. The Reading Group, Rambling Group, gardening, and lunch, trips and Theatre Groups, have all been very active. The new Family History Group had met for the first time in November.

The next main meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2pm at Christ the King Church Hall, Nottingham Road, Alfreton, will be the Christmas party. New and prospective members are always welcome to join us on the second Thursday in the month. Contact the Membership Secretary on 01773 602147.


Harry Smith of South Normanton was the speaker at a meeting on Tuesday of the Ladies’ Fellowship of Alfreton Wesley Church.

At the previous week’s meeting, a musical based on John Bunyan’s Christian allegory “Pilgrim’s Progress” was presented by Valerie Cogar and Arthur Stinton. 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 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 Revnd 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, at 7pm. The evening will include a sketch by the church drama group, singing of well-known Christmas songs by a mixed choir and congregational carols. There will also be individual items and seasonal refreshments. Admission will be free and there will be a 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.


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


Members of Alfreton Wesley Church conducted their monthly service on Wednesday at The Meadows nursing home in Mansfield Road, Alfreton. The service was led by the Revnd Derek Kellington and his wife Muriel, and Valerie Cogar accompanied hymn singing.



Mrs Rowland celebrated a birthday at the Ripley Tuesday Club meeting at which bingo was played with George Eyre doing the calling and Tony Fearn on checking duty. Eileen Towndrow read the minutes and Tony Fearn was in charge of drawing the raffle. Refreshments were served before the meeting closed.


Exit for the Sir Barnes Wallis at the second round stag of the Dominoes Knockout Cup as they were beaten by the George and Dragon A.


The Allen Randle Ladies Choir provided songs and monologues in spirited fashion when they entertained the Ripley Geenhillocks Fellowship. Sheila Cotton moving the vote of thanks.

David Hill opened the meeting for which Vernon Vahta played the piano and Brenda Elliott read the report. Marion Slack led the birthday celebrations for Vera Simnett,Beryl Patton and Laura Dyke. Ann and David Hill conducted the drawing of the free raffle before refreshments were served and the meeting closed.


Ian Richardson with 27.83 had the top average of week seven of the Ripley Elite Winter Darts League.


The Monday evening bridge tournament at Ripley Bridge Club saw Ian Kayes and Andrew Skidmore win playing North/South while the East/West winners were John Shaw and Tim Hanson.

The Thursday evening tournament produced winners in Gary Watson and David Ford on North/South and Kevin Holmes and Bernard Cullen on East/West.


The latest results from the Ripley Soccer Sixes are:

Borussia T 1 FC Gash 1, Royal Aztecs 6 Kilburn 0.

There are still two places left in the competition and now is the time to enter with a promotion on offering free entry and free kit. Ring Mark on 07969 182 484 to get onboard.


A draw for Ripley Rangers Football Club U8s as they finished all square at one-all with Alfreton Town. Ben Gutteridge scoring the Rangers goal.

The U7s trounced Welbeck Welfare 9-1 with Thomas Rankin (5), Ciaran Gillespie (3) and Daniel Wilson hitting the goals.

The U12s won 6-2 playing Coal Aston. Two goals apiece for Jack Hounslow and Reece Askew and one each for Callum Warman and Dylan Goodall.

Ripley Rangers Football Club U16s bounced back to winning ways by defeating Mackworth St Francis 3-1, with two goals From Mitchell Harris and one from Reegan McNeil.


Ripley Town Football Club stretched their winning streak to five matches when they beat hitherto top of the League Rowsley 86 Reserves 4-1 with two goals from Sam Chambers and one each from Darren Chatterton and Ben Hart.


“Proposal 11” is to merge the fire station services at Crich, Heanor, Ripley and Alfreton into one at Ripley on the A610. This station will house two fire engines, 28 full-time fire fighters and 17 on-call fire fighters. The consultation period ends on December 23.


The Methodist Church Choir will be singing at Sainsbury’s in Ripley on December 7, from 10am to 12noon. All proceeds will go to Methodist Homes.


A Christmas Bazaar will be held at Ripley Wood Street Methodist Church on November 30 between 10am and 1pm. Admission is free for the stalls and games.


Joint winners again, of the quiz at the Ripley Friendship Circle with Joan Gras, Pat Chitty and John Chitty sharing the honour with Joe and Rosemary Radford. The surprise gifts went to “Dennis”, Pam Dwawn and Pam Jenkinson.

The meeting celebrated the birthday of Liam Dwawn as chat and refreshments to took the meeting to it’s saying of grace close.



Tupton Hall School is celebrating after winning the Anti-Bullying Ambassador Dragon’s Den pitch in London on Monday, November 18.

The competition was setup as part of the National Anti-Bullying Week conference to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week and provide the opportunity for school ambassadors to explore the issues of bullying through creative workshops.

The seven Anti-Bullying Ambassador students; Josh, James, Josh, Sarah, Jess, Brogan and Ellie from Y8, 9 and 10, put together a pitch for the competition. Through hard work, dedication and excellent teamwork the students got down to the final three and presented to the Dragons including actor Will Poulter, singer Tich and Dame Sal Brinton.

The pitch was to produce a keyring with a built-in microchip which connects to the Text Someone system. If a student is being bullied, they press the keyring and a message alerts an anti-bullying councillor that the sender requires support.

Teacher Margaret Roberts said: “The team presented in a professional and confident manner and had put together a very thorough business plan for the Dragons which included a budget and even distribution of the product.”

The students won a £200 cash prize to turn their pitch into a reality. They also attended workshops including graffiti, dance, singing and poetry. Y10 student Josh said: “I attended the Twist and Pulse workshop and sang in front of an audience of 500 people. I never thought I could sing, it was fun and helped boost your self-esteem.”

Y12 student Callie said: “I am so proud to be on the Youth board and very proud of Tupton Hall’s ambassadors, They worked so hard and I have every faith in them to go on and do more great work.”



Keith and Shirley Thomas were the speakers at the November meeting of Tupton WI. They have a keen interest in Derbyshire Well Dressings, showing photographs taken over 30 years. Some of them are real works of art, fashioned by creative and talented volunteers from local communities across the County. Jane Smith thanked Keith and Shirley at the end of their talk.

In line with the current resurgence in WI membership, three new members joined, and we would like to welcome them.


At the start of the meeting the Council observed a minute’s silence in memory of the four people who lost their lives in the house fire at North Wingfield

The Council was extremely pleased with the response they had received to requests for articles for inclusion in the new Community Magazine, to be published early in December. It will be distributed to all households.

Following the success of the recent speed awareness initiative the Council will be inviting residents to display a poster on their wheelie bins encouraging drivers to slow down and to park considerately particularly around the village shops and schools. The posters would be available early in the New Year.

The gates to the Ford Street play area are being replaced at considerable cost following vandal damage.

The Christmas Market will take place on Sunday, December 1, starting at 1pm in the Village Hall. There would be over 20 festive street stalls, Santa’s Grotto, hot food and drink together with children’s ride and entertainment including a choir, music and carol singing. The Christmas tree lights will be switched on in the Community Garden.

The next meeting is on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 7pm in the Village Hall.



Chesterfield Breathe Easy Group would like to thank Katharine Wilson of AGE UK for her presentation on Monday, November 11, at our new venue at Burns Close Community Rooms.

On November 12 our Breathe Easy Group/British Lung Foundation held a fundraiser at the Royal Hospital Calow and raised £261. Thanks to all who helped on the day.

Finally our last meeting of 2013 is actually our Christmas meal at the Ringwood Hall on Monday, December 9, at 12 noon, for 12.30pm sit down. Anyone not already booked can join us by contacting Diana Hinchcliffe.


Members of Chesterfield Film Makers welcomed a professional film maker to their meeting at Walton Village Centre. Barrie Campbell of Point Blank Films showed a film he had made recently when he joined a road train travelling up the west coast of Australia from Perth and back. Barrie answered questions about his production and he was thanked by chairman, Colin Guest.

Forthcoming Tuesday evening events include a competition of films up to 15 minutes in length and the result of members’ efforts in editing a short film from raw footage. Contact 01246 272333.


Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra’s concert The Light Programme featuring popular classics from the mid 20th century, is on Sunday, December 1, at The Winding Wheel. Tickets from the Pomegranate & Winding Wheel box office are £8 in advance or £10 on the door.

The orchestra will be having an open rehearsal at The Winding Wheel between 2.30pm and 4pm. Members of the public are welcome, free of charge, to see preparations for the evening concert.

50+ Forum

Chesterfield 50+ Inspired Forum held its end of year meeting attended by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Stone, the leader of Chesterfield Borough Council John Burrows, from Age UK environmental services Cathy Wilson, 78 members and eight guests.

Subjects discussed included the proposal for the new sports centre in Queens Park, the new Market Hall, the need for a pedestrian access to The Range shopping complex and concern over the possible closing of the town centre Post Office.

Charlie Hall, the forum’s chairman, thanked Cllr Burrows for the events and festivals which took place in the town centre. He also discussed the way forward on the social future of Chesterfield 50+.

The January meeting in 2014 will be on local issues, the speaker will be Carol Grew on recycling and there will be information on bee keeping.

The March meeting’s speaker will by Andy Botham from Derbyshire County Council talking about public transport. Contact Charlie Hall on 01246 559463.


A reindeer carousel ride is coming to the Arena at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre from Monday, November 25, to Saturday, December 14, 2013, bringing festive cheer.

The ride is suitable for children of all ages, but under threes must be accompanied by an adult. It is £1.50 per ride.

This is the first time a reindeer carousel ride has come to Vicar Lane and Santa will also make an appearance between 1pm and 3pm at weekends during the three week period, giving out sweets to children.

Amanda Thomas, administrator at the centre, said: “We are sure the reindeer carousel will prove to be a hit.”


Chesterfield Theatre Friends would like to thank those who supported us and Lynne Patrick for her presentation on ‘A Lifetime Spent Scratching a Living with a Pen’. It covered the many ways in which she and other writers try and make a living and also highlighted how it is only a very small minority who actually make big money. An interesting morning was enjoyed by all. The next ‘In Conversation’ is January 30, 2014. The next event for the friends is the Christmas raffle during the pantomime season.


Club President Mike Inger welcomed members of the Chesterfield Philatelic Society to our second meeting in November, held at the Bonsall Court, common room, Newbold. Mike introduced our first speaker, club member Derrick Wain. Derrick’s subject was ‘Slogan Post Marks of the World’, starting with Great Britain with issues from the First World War. Members attention was drawn to a local issue ‘Chesterfield for Industry’ issued during the 1960s and designed by a member of the club at that time, Reg Walker.

Reg was employed by the Post Office in Chesterfield. It was agreed that Derrick had provided us with excellent entertainment and was very informative.

After refreshments, club member Bert Orwin concluded the evening with Part 1 of ‘Post Cards of Yester-Year’. On October 1, 1869, the first ‘PostKarte’ were issued and they proved to be very popular. After the British Postal Authorities had initially rejecting the idea, our own version was put on sale just one year later and the first UK issue was made on the October 1, 1870. During the first year of operation, 76 million cards were posted in the UK. The President gave the vote of thanks and both members received a Certificate of Appreciation.

Please note, the club and its members do not give valuations, buy or sell material outside the confines of the club.


25 members and friends of the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution were involved in a very successful three day collection at the Morrisons’ Superstore at Halfway last week. Over the three days an outstanding total of £1680.25 was raised.Thanks go to all the collectors, management and staff at Morrisons, but above all, customers for their superb generosity.

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.


The Rotary Club of Chesterfield celebrated its 91st Charter Anniversary at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on Friday, November 22, with a special celebratory dinner.

More than 100 people were in attendance when president Mike Cudzich-Madry welcomed principal guests District Governor Peter Moralee and his wife honorary rotarian Carol Moralee, Chesterfield Inner Wheel president Ann Elliott, assistant district-governor Peak Group John Shipman, along with members and guests from local Rotary Clubs and Inner Wheel. Guest speaker was local raconteur John Roberts, joint president-elect of the Chesterfield Rotary Club.

MC was past-president Mike Hadfield, OBE, JP, and main organiser of the evening was joint president-elect Rob Wadd. Musical entertainment was provided by classical pianist Mark Briggs.

At the next club meeting tomorrow (Friday) the guest speaker is Professor Suzanne Mason on ‘The NHS’. Speaker host is David Windle and duty rotarian is Garth Rendle.


This year sees Chesterfield and it’s Namibian twin town, Tsumeb, celebrate twenty years of twinning.

The friendship link began officially in 1993 and has flourished since then with many activities having taken place ranging from knowledge exchange to supporting an old people’s home.

The Chesterfield Tsumeb Association recently held a fundraising Namibian meal at Chesterfield College, deliciously prepared by the college students. The evening was a great success and over £250 was raised for charitable purposes in Tsumeb.


On November 23, Chesterfield branch of the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion hosted the 90th anniversary of Derbyshire County Women’s Section at Wallis Barracks, Chesterfield with the Mayor and Mayoress and other dignitaries present. Members from several branches attended. The food table would have been a chef’s delight and we cannot thank Flight Lieutenant Simon Beal and his air cadets enough for all their hard work, support and cheerful attitude. Entertainment was enjoyed by all.


After the overnight rain, Wednesday morning was quite overcast but brightened up mid-morning which was very fortunate for the Ramblers.

John Hemingway had a party of nine join him for a walk of 5.5 miles starting from the Bridge Inn at Ford. They made their way to Plumbly Farm, then to Mosborough and onto Eckington, stopping for lunch in the churchyard and returning along the Moss Valley.

Elizabeth Picken commenced her walk of 5.5 miles from Baslow Church taking 11 of the short bus ramblers to Pilsley, onto Endsor and back to Baslow through Chatsworth Park. David Sanderson had 13 of the medium car walkers join him for a seven mile circular walk beginning and ending at the Minninglow car park on the High Peak trail. The route took in Royston Grange, went through Balidon Quarry and Lowmoor Farm back to the High Peak trail. John Freeman was leader for the long bus ramble taking a group of 12 walkers on a nine mile walk from Temple Normanton down Postmans Lane and across some muddy fields to Sutton Scarsdale for coffee and mince pies. Then it was over the M1 to the Stockley Trail and up through Palterton for lunch. The walk then headed for Scarcliffe and Roseland Woods to briefly join the Archaeological Trail to Stony Houghton and Glapwell for the Pronto bus from the Young Vanish back to Chesterfield.

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Bakewell is all set to host its third Christmas weekend where more than 150 stalls will be offering seasonal gifts and produce.

For the first time this year, all the food and drink stalls will be in one place, in the market square, where senses will be tantalised with a mix of specialist produce including hot chestnuts, mulled wine, a hog roast and barbecue.

There will be cookery events and demonstrations over the weekend including artisan Italian biscuit and chocolate making.

Bakewell’s mix of independent shops and cafes will also be open for trade as usual.

This all happens over the weekend of Saturday, November 30, from 9am with the central Christmas tree lights being lit at 4.45pm on the Saturday.

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The members of Amber Valley (Ashover) Women’s Institute listened avidly to a talk about bees given by Mr Len Canziani on Thursday, November 14, in the Bassett Rooms, Ashover. Mr Canziani explained how a beehive works, the development of a queen, the roles of different bees, how to capture a swarm and how honey is collected. We looked at a honeycomb and beeswax and learned how to deal with a sting.

The meeting continued with reports of recent events and advance notice of events to come. Romy Rylance had collected and compiled favourite recipes into a book. Romy was thanked for her very hard work; the books were greatly admired and many were sold. An oral history project is underway; Barbara Archer is researching the W I’s involvement with Ashover village. She asked for information for this topic.

The WI resolution for 2014 is to be chosen from a shortlist of four topics. It was suggested that donations be collected for Ashgate Hospice in lieu of exchanging Christmas cards amongst members.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, December 12, at 7.30pm in the Bassett Rooms, Ashover.


Hero of the hour among Ashover’s current pantomime cast is 37-year-old Robert Taylor who has vowed to carry on with his key role in this year’s production despite a serious accident which left him with four severed tendons in his wrist and hand.

Tree surgeon Robert of Malthouse Lane, Ashover, underwent emergency micro-surgery for injuries caused when the saw he was using slipped on to his hand. His left arm is now in a rigid support from his fingers to his elbow and he is undergoing regular physiotherapy to try and restore feeling.

But in the best traditions of the theatre, Robert has made it clear he will continue rehearsing his role as ‘Sillysid’ in the church production of Jack and the Beanstalk which opens at the Parish Hall on Friday, January 10.

“I can’t let everybody down. The show must go on,” said Robert.

There are, he admits, some compensations for having to struggle with his injury.

When the strain of rehearsing begins to take its toll, cast members like pantomime principal Jack (Victoria Gilthorpe), Fairy Greengage (Amber Guy) and Jill (Summer Guy), are quick to step in to mop his fevered brow.

“Down the years, we’ve had to face all kinds of challenges while preparing for the annual panto,” said writer and director Rosemary Early. “Winter sickness among the cast is not at all unusual but we’ve never had to cope with anything as dramatic as Robert’s accident. Nobody would have blamed him for pulling out.”

All the signs are that this year’s pantomime will be another triumph for Rosemary. Her husband, Nigel, and his team will again be responsible for scenery and special effects.

The production will feature over 20 children, the youngest only three years old, a Simon Cowell look-alike, four scatterbrained milkmaids, two questionable health and safety officials and a very curious cow.

The first performance will be on Friday, January 10, at 7.30pm. “Everybody’s welcome and it’s all free,” says Rosemary.

The following day will see the ever-popular parish party when, in addition to the pantomime, the 2014 May Queen and King and their attendants will be chosen during a programme of traditional party games and other activities. It begins at 6pm and includes a buffet tea.

The Queen and King will be crowned during the village May Day celebrations by Town Crier Merrick Bull and his wife, Sandy.


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 presentation about the 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.

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.


Grassmoor’s Christmas Bazaar will be held in Grassmoor Community Centre on Saturday, December 7, from 10am to 2pm. Charity stalls include Arthritis UK, Chesterfield Animal Rescue, The Friendship Cub, Little Learners, Rowan Lodge and Derby Mountain Rescue. Santa Claus will be there with gifts and children can write their letters to Santa and post them. Refreshments will be on sale. Everyone is welcome.


22 prizes are there to be won in the raffle for Derby Mountain Rescue Team, with tickets costing £1 for five. Prizes include a Christmas hamper, remote control candles, brandy and a chocolate tree.

The event is organised each year by Margaret and Graham Hardy, and tickets will be on sale at the Christmas Bazaar in Grassmoor Community Centre on Saturday, December 7, with the winning tickets being drawn at that event. Contact Margaret Hardy on 01246 850884.



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, Fr 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.

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 Father Malcolm led a special prayer to re-dedicate the War Memorial. 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.


Big Local

The Grassland Hasmoor Big Local Hotpot Event was held in Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, Hasland recently. Stephen Wright, Chairman of the Interim Steering Committee, welcomed everyone. Dave Brennan, the Big Local representative who is helping and advising the Steering Committee, gave a presentation about the purpose of Big Local. People were 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 joined in. A special thank you to Steve Lee and his team for designing and printing posters and other publicity, and for their support and help in getting Grassland Hasmoor this far. Thanks also go to duty caretaker David Lapping.


Hasland Methodist Church held a very successful Christmas Market recently, which proved a great community day thanks to team work from the members of the church and the visiting commercial stalls. Thanks go especially to Ann Brittain who co-ordinated the event, to the team of helpers on the stalls, to the people on refreshments, and to Maureen Fidler and the team who served the very welcome lunches.

The most popular attraction, apart from the home-made cake stall, was Santa’s Grotto, and the visit of Santa, with the support of Sandria Mather, Siam Taylor and 1st Hasland Guides. A welcome visit was made by St Paul’s Community Singing Group, accompanied on guitar and piano by Geoff Link and Jane Pemberton, who added to the day’s event by singing Christmas songs in church while people were enjoying their refreshments. Themed hampers formed the main raffle prizes, won by Lorna Jarvis, Trish Wood and Christine Bennett.


St Paul’s Church, Hasland, held their Christmas Fayre in Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, Hasland, last Saturday afternoon. Stalls and games included a Christmas stall, tombola, name the teddy bears, cake stall, plants and bulbs, fancy goods, football tiddlywinks, bottle stall, Christmas food stall, Christmas gift bags, Christmas hamper raffle, a grand raffle, children’s tombola, nail competition, and, of course, light refreshments were on sale throughout the afternoon. The name the bear competition was won by Barry Doar, the tiddlywinks game by Stuart Bailey and Jenny Buck won the Christmas hamper.

Raffle prize winners included Marie Elliott, Sheila Leverton, Malcolm Littlewood, Janet Harvey, Mavis Harrison, Pam Cooke and Kenneth Webb.

The Village Hall was packed for the occasion, and thanks go to the stall holders for all their hard work, to everyone who donated items for the stalls, and to everyone who attended and spent so generously, enabling the church funds to benefit by over £1,000. Thanks also go to the caretaker of the Village Hall for all his help.


Fr Malcolm Ainscough, the Rector of Hasland, is appealing for items of historical interest which can be included in an exhibition of church history next year. Fr Malcolm and a group of the church members are planning the exhibition, which will be held between September 19 to 21, 2014. Although it seems a long way off at present, the Rector would be grateful for items now, or at least the promise now that he can borrow them later. Contact Fr Malcolm Ainscough on 01245 232486 or email, Particularly sought after are items associated with St Paul’s Church at Hasland, or with the Church of the Holy Name at Grassmoor, which no longer exists. Suggested items include old photographs, old church magazines, old baptism, wedding or confirmation certificates or dresses, Sunday School, Mothers’ Union, Scouts and Choir memorabilia and photographs.


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


St Paul’s Church, Hasland, will be holding its very popular Stable Lunch, the last fund raising event of 2013, in Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, Hasland on Saturday, December 7, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. The menu will be home made soups, fresh turkey cobs, home made mince pies, tea and coffee, and there will be a variety of stalls. Everyone is invited.



The Kings Arms won through the second round of the Dominoes Knockout Cup by defeating the Welcome B.



Woodthorpe WI met on November 18 and were welcomed by the president Enid Hodson. Also in attendance as a guest was Mrs Barbara Parkinson who had been County Chairman but had links with Woodthorpe when she had been a member 54 years ago.

The minutes were read with an amendment as the previous competition winners had been entered incorrectly. These should have read as winner Mrs Enid Hodson followed by Mrs Joan Turner and Mary Ravey. Winners of this competition for an old school photograph were Kath Barker followed by Shirley Hawkes and Enid Hodson. A financial report was given by Mary Denman.

Members were reminded about the annual Christmas lunch which will be held at the church on December 16. The list for the food arrangements was sent round and reminders given to take in the resolution forms which had been issued in this month’s WI Life.

Dates for coming events were read out.

Speaker was Mrs Sally Barclay-Smith who had caused intrigue by the title of her talk which was ‘Can we have a real donkey>’ This turned out to be a reference to her years of working with children with special needs in regard to the Christmas shows put on and the involvement of all children in these. She obviously had to work very hard to involve all children and work round their own particular handicap. She was given a vote of thanks by Mrs Joan Turner.

Holder of the lucky ticket was Mrs Lois Pearman. After refreshments the meeting was closed.



The children and staff at Matlock All Saints’ CE Infant School, Dimple Road, became superheroes all in the name of Children in Need.

The fun day raised £336.22 and saw everyone dressing as a superhero and donating a pound, making a Pudsey on the playground using the money raised and the children turned into super-chefs making cakes for a sale in the school hall in the afternoon The children also designed their own superheroes and six winners received Pudsey key rings.


When John Simmons, vice-chairman of the local Charity First Taste, came to speak to Matlock Rotary, members were so impressed that they decided they would like to help. We heard that the charity was started in 1997 by six local people who had experienced of older relatives in care. Their vision was to bring into homes qualified arts tutors to conduct interactive creative sessions and to encourage the development of the holistic skills of homes and day centres care staff. 

Matlock Rotarians decided that a share of the proceeds of the Ashover Car Rally would be allocated to them. As a result John was invited back to receive a cheque for £1,250 from Matlock Rotary President, Cynthia Machent.

When making the presentation President Cynthia said that most people have experienced friends and relatives in a care environment and it was wonderful to hear that First Taste was brightening people’s lives by introducing new activities such as computers, photography, armchair exercise, hand massage and gardening. 

First Taste promotes arts, educational and stimulating activities for frail older people in nursing, residential care homes and day centres mainly located in Derbyshire.

When accepting the donation, Mr Simmons explained that the money is being used to produce a DVD for use by care staff working with older people with dementia and features well known songs and tunes performed by First Taste’s music tutors with the voice over by a physiotherapist, leading the simple chair based exercises.



Dronfield Probus Club invites retired gentlemen who are looking for a new interest to come to our meetings. Our members meet on Wednesdays at 9.45am for a 10am start at the Contact Club, Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield. We meet on the first and third Wednesdays each month.

The fellowship of the club is very strong and our members enjoy a cup of coffee and listen to a professional speaker.

The programme for December is:

December 4 - Dr George Clark and his talk “Nepal -history customs& mountains”. December 11 - Christmas buffet at the Contact Club Dronfield.

We organise trips and various visits and our members do make various ideas for the future programmes.

Contact Geoff Cuffling on 01246 417996 or visit



Tracy Oldfield from Image and Colour Emporium gave a talk on “Colour and Body Shape” to the ladies of Inkersall Womens’ Club. Vote of thanks was given by Kate Fisher.

Minutes of the club were read by Wendy Payne who also won the raffle.

Tea ladies for the evening were Gwen Cadywould and Hazel Butler. Jean Baker read out the minutes of the recent North Derbyshire meeting.



Carolare Choir are singing a selection of songs from musicals and Christmas carols at Doe Lea Centre on Saturday, November 30, 7pm – 9pm. Admission free, so please come along. Call 01246 850209.



Baslow WI members were shown the craft of rag rugging by Rosemary Beney in readiness for their jumble sale on February 22. Members are now appealing for rags which they will wash, cut and hook in a bid to ensure that every house in Baslow has a rag rug welcome for visitors.

Cycling instructor Marie Widermann and coach Rebecca Bryan from Derbyshire Dales District Council took members Pat Bown, Sue Ayres, Liz McDonald, Ann McPhie, Kate Treves, Jane Walker and Andrew Treves (sub for Lesley Johnstone) on a bike ride. Lorna Wilson won the Baslow community orchard apple pie competition.

Forthcoming events are: December 4, at 2pm - Devonshire Group Christmas Even in Curbar Church; December 6 at 10.30am - meet in car park opposite Grouse and Claret for walk, followed by lunch at Massarellas around 12.30pm; December 11 at 12.30pm - buffet lunch at Baslow Village Hll; December 18 at 11am - meet at Baslow village hall for walk at Chatsworth, followed by lunch at the Stables restaurant; January 8 at 2pm - A Hall will give a talk on Fin Cop Hillfort - Solving a Derbyshire Mystery at Baslow Village Hall.



A Christmas night market will be held on New Road, Eyam, on Saturday from 4pm until 9.30pm.

There’s the chance to start shopping early for Christmas, sample hot homemade food and drink and listen to Tideswell Band play Christmas carols.

There will be a stall raising money for Help for Heroes, others selling cakes and a raffle with lots of prizes. Spongebob and Peppa Pig will also be in attendance.

This year’s Christmas lights will be switched on by Ruth Nuttall and Santa will be giving out sweets to the children before taking up residence in his grotto.



Codnor Methodist Church is to host a Christmas fuddle and Fellowship Christmas family lunch on December 8, at 12.30pm. The price is £10 for adults and £5 for accompanied children (age 11 and under). To book a place please ring Sue Colclough on 01773 743751.



Every Wednesday is the day that members of the Brampton Social Activities Group meet for their weekly get together for various games, fellowship. Refreshments are served by Shiela Cook and Pat Godfrey.

There wasn’t much time for games at our last meeting as the group was going out for lunch to Chesters fish and chip restaurant. Games that was played the winners were: Quiz - Bill Yates, raffle - Pauline Chaplin, Edith Payton, Ruth Barson, Eileen Hopkinson and Ann Faulkes.


On Sunday, December 1, The Gospel Mission, Old Road, Brampton, is holding a Christingle Day to raise funds for The Children’s Society. There will be coffee and Christmas cake served from 2pm and everyone is invited to make the Christingles to represent Jesus the Light of the World.

The Christingle Service led by Chris Townsend follows at 3.30pm and the service ends in darkness when the Christingles are lit. This is a beautiful spectacle worth witnessing. There will be further refreshments at the end of the Service. Everyone welcome to all or part of the day.

Tree Lighting

This year’s Old Road Christmas Tree will be lit at 7.30pm on Thursday, December 12. The tree will be sited at Serpent Motors on Old Road. There will be carols around the tree accompanied by The Ashover Band and Santa will appear with a present for each child. After the singing of carols, there will be coffee and mince pies inside The Gospel Mission Church at about 8pm. The whole of the Old Road community and anyone else interested is invited to attend.



A coffee morning in aid of Ashgate Hospice held in the Foyer, Parish Rooms, Wingerworth, on Saturday, November 23, raised £440 for Ashgate Hospice.

Many thanks to helpers B. Dowson, M. Halford, M. Hindley, J. Logan, S. Makin and Cara, R. Smart, D. Tilley and L. Yarnall, and to all who generously supported us.



Some gems from British Transport films, including a tour in the Derbyshire Peak District in the mid 1950s, will be among films shown to Brimington and Tapton Local History Group roday (Thursday). Starting at 7.30pm in Brimington Church Hall, Nick Wheat will be revealing how the now vanished film unit chronicled and helped to promote transport. The Peak District film was one of a number of popular films, made in colour, with soundtrack. Other films demonstrating how the railways and other transport modes served Britain, many with a local theme, will also be shown. All are welcome, with doors opening at 7pm at the Church Street premises.

October’s meeting heard Philip Cousins give another instalment of Fred Wood’s Staveley. This time Fred’s slides took in the town centre along High Street, the Market Place and out towards Ringwood. Views included many now vanished scenes.

The contents of the next edition of Brimington and Tapton Miscellany are being worked out. The 2014 edition should contain a tribute to the work done by villagers in fund raising towards the Ashgate Hospice, along with an account of George Stephenson’s third wife. Cliff Lea has also contributed an article on Brimington’s oilwell.



The energise group for young people in Years 7 to 11 met at St Albans on Saturday evening. The theme of the evening was knowing me knowing you and was organised by Diana Yates the Lets Connect worker.


The First Sunday service at 10.30am at St Albans on Sunday, December 1, is organised by the Lets Connect team. All children attending will receive a free chocolate advent calendar. Families and children especially welcome. Both buildings will be decorated ready for Christmas with trees and lights in place


On Friday at St Albans the Christmas fayre will take place between 2pm and 5pm in St Albans. Lots of stalls and food will be on sale.

Knit & Natter

Knit and Knatter will take place at St Albans, Holmewood. Having completed our last project of vests and tiny beanie hats for babies with aids in Africa, we are now working with Harrogate Borough Council to create knitted bunting in a simple jersey shape in the colours of the Tour de France, to be displayed across the Harrogate district. If you have any wool in bright yellow, lime green or white please feel free to join us on Tuesdays, 1.30pm – 4pm. If you are willing to get busy with your needles we would love to hear from you.



The Fox and Goose Inn, Wigley, made it six consecutive win in the Buxton Brewery Sunday Peak Quiz League with a comfortable home victory by 62 points to 50 against the Bull’s Head, Youlgreave. The team comprised Simon Brown, Sue Colls, Penny Fairs (captain), Lou Matthews and Carole Slater, with Frank Gorman as question master.

This Sunday they are away playing at the Manners Hotel, Bakewell, starting at 8.30pm.



Holymoorside WI met in the R.U.C. Rooms on November 12, Mrs Copley presided.

Members were welcomed by Mrs M. Copley who thanked the social committee for providing the delicious lunch in October.

Arrangements for the carol service on December 2, the Christmas meeting on December 12 and the visit to Chesterfield College for lunch on December 5 were discussed.

The speaker, Mr Andrew Firth, told us about the history of Hully’s busses and we greatly enjoyed the slides of Derbyshire scenes.

Andrew was warmly thanked by Mrs B. Turner.

Refreshments were serve by Mrs B.Audus, Mrs A.White and Mrs M. Yates.