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Bakewell Community Pantomime Group, The Shoestring Players, will be producing its 2015 pantomime Dick Whittington in Bakewell Town Hall from January 21 to 24, 2015.

Auditions are on Tuesday, September 16, at 7.30pm and Sunday, September 21, at 2.30pm, in the Newark Room at Bakewell Parish Church. Rehearsals start at the end of September. Would you like to join the cast? Would you like to organise props? Would you like to help construct and paint scenery? Would you like to join the costume team? Do you have any other skills or interests that could help us?

If you are interested to find out more contact Pat Bryant on 01629 815225 or email


Do you want retail experience, cash handling, dealing with stock and talking to customers and love books? We need someone with good communication skills, literate and numerate, someone who is reliable and works well in a team. Full training will be given.

Book End which is situated just before you leave Bakewell by the bridge is a social enterprise, dedicated to raising money to buy new bus for Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport. The shop is open Thursday-Monday, 11am – 4pm. We are especially seeking someone who is able to work on a Sunday although any time you can give would be appreciated. If you have a few hours to spare please get in touch with Margaret on 07740 535743 or email or pop in and have a chat. Volunteer drivers are also wanted by Bakewell & Eyam Community Transport for the bus and car service. Full driving licence needed plus access to a car if interested in the car scheme.

These are flexible positions with hours to suit – training is offered and a minibus driving qualification gained. Expenses are available and Car Scheme drivers are reimbursed for every mile they drive on the behalf of BECT. These volunteering opportunities enable us to continue to provide services to the community and help those who struggle with mainstream forms of transport. The efforts of our volunteers are valued immensely by the organisation but much more importantly by the passengers themselves who would otherwise be unable to access vital services. Contact B & ECT on 01629 641920 or email


Darley Dale resident Kevin Rowney, a guide dog trainer, accompanied by his dog Zorro, visited a recent meeting of Bakewell and District Probus Club at their headquarters at the Monsal Head Hotel. Kevin delivered an inspiring talk about the intricacies of training a guide dog for a blind person, in particular, David Blunkett MP. The organisation started as the Tailwaggers Club in 1930 and by 2014 there are a million guiders. Kevin told the story of one guider who always proclaimed: “You can insult my wife, but you can’t insult my dog.” Other vital statistics imparted included the average guide dog can deal with 24 different words and that collies are reckoned to be the most intelligent breed. Kevin was introduced by Brain Barry and thanked by Ray Smith.

Clay Cross


June Irvine welcomed 25 members to the June meeting of Clay Cross Townswomen’s Guild on Thursday, June 19, at 7pm, in the Baptist Church, Market Street, Clay Cross. The visit to Stockport had been very enjoyable - the Air Raid Shelter and the Hat Museum were particularly interesting.

Four members had attended the Townswomen’s AGM at Cardiff on June 18, and a brief resume of the event was given. Plans were finalised for the outing to Trentham Gardens on June 26, and to Scarborough on August 14. The meeting was very ably entertained by Mike Spriggs of Peak Performance who gave a brief history of the lives of Gilbert and Sullivan whilst singing various songs from their operettas. As Mike sang the most well known and popular songs, there was much foot tapping and laughter. He was ably accompanied on the piano by John. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 17. New members always welcome.



Pilsley Parish Council held its June meeting in Pilsley Village Hall at 6.30pm. Councillors present were: T. Moon – (in the chair), Cllr. M. Ball, A. Holmes, G.McNeice, M. Shaw, P. Stevenson, B.Timmons. also in attendance was Andrew Tristram (Clerk), Cllr Kevin Gillott and three members of the Public. Apologies were received from cllrs Gary Bartram, Andrew Cooper, Laurieanne Ellis and Lisa Ellis.

A member of the public raised concerns about the proposal for a skate park on the sports ground and questioned the need and demand for the facility and potential for causing anti-social behaviour. The Council were asked to consider providing tennis courts.

Members suggested the MUGA on Sampsons Field could be used for tennis and asked that this is added to the Wish List and investigated further. There was no police representative at the meeting. Apologies had been received from PCSO Laura McLuckie. A report of crime and nuisance incidents in May 2014 was provided by the chairman.

Cllr Kevin Gillott updated members on County Council matters. Members were informed about the second phase of the consultation on the mobile library service.

A decision had recently been taken on street lighting. The existing policy of turning off some lights from 12pm until 6am was to continue. Lamps which had been traditionally replaced on a routine basis were now to be replaced when they failed generating a saving of between £600,000 and £700,000 across the county.

Members suggested that the County Council investigate the time lights are switched off in the morning as it was noticed that they were still illuminated in the morning when it was daylight. The Parish Council would be consulted on identifying which lights should be left on. The chairman was asked to check distribution of the newsletter on Dale View Road following a report from a resident. Concern was raised regarding the standard of grass cutting on the verges and suggested that the council contact Rykneld Homes to inform them of the concerns and also make Steve Brunt aware of the problem. It was also raised that part of Sampsons Field was very wet. Members were aware that a drainage scheme had been implemented in the past and asked the clerk to contact the company who carried out the scheme to ask them if there is maintenance work that can be done to alleviate the problem.

The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on May 19, 2014, were agreed as a true and correct record. The chairman informed members that he had visited all the open areas managed by the council to review the grass cutting following complaints from residents. Problems were due to the fast growth rate of the grass caused by the current weather conditions and felt that most areas were satisfactory. A letter had been received from the quick responders looking for new recruits. The group had been provided with a car by East Midlands Ambulance Service to provide the service to the local community and need to increase their activities. Flyers had been provided to be displayed on the notice boards.

Members received copies of the notes from a meeting held on May 21, 2014, with representatives from CISWO in respect of the former Miners Welfare site and car park and considered the options suggested at the meeting. It was resolved that the preferred option would be for the whole site to be transferred to the Council on the understanding that the capital receipt from any future sale of part of the site would be reinvested into improving the sporting facilities on the sports ground to further the stated aims of the Pilsley Miners Welfare Trust and CISWO. Concern was raised regarding two properties on Morton Road, it was resloved that the clerk raises the councils concerns about the ongoing derelict condition of 10 Morton Road and public health concerns relating to 16 Morton Road with North East Derbyshire District Council.

Lawn Cemetery. The chairman agreed to discuss the issues we were encountering with grass cutting resulting from the recent placement of some memorial urns at the cemetery with the owners. Members were made aware that Severn Trent had contacted the Clerk querying the unusual volume of water being used at Barlow Hill allotments. The Allotment Association were not aware of any leaks or substantial increase in usage and informed the clerk that a recent bill had been received for their usage. The clerk would discuss the query further with Severn Trent. Concerns were raised in respect of safety issues through the use of land yachts and flying of model planes on the sports ground. The following planning applications were considered at the meeting: Summer Diversionary Activities – the Council approved a request for £1200 for activities for young people during the school summer holidays. Pilsley Community Football Club – A request was made for funding towards start up costs for a Community Football Club for young people from 7-8 upwards. Resolved: that the Council approve a contribution of £500 towards the start up costs of the club. Approval wasgiven for the Clerk to set up an online banking facility with NatWest solely for the purpose of viewing account transaction information. Pilsley Bowls Clubs letter was received thanking the Council for the donation of £50 and comments regarding increases in rent raised at their members meeting. A list of payments made for May 2014 was presented. It was resolved that the payments totalling £5,557.04 as shown were approved.


Mothers Union

The Bolsover Mother’s Union Branch Leader, Mary Revill welcomed everyone to the June meeting held in the Bolsover Parish Rooms. Following a short business meeting, Val Duke gave an interesting and informative talk on the Six Wives of Henry VIII, each one illustrated by a doll dressed in period costume. A vote of thanks was given by Ruth Brookes. The Annual Diocesan Mothers’ Union Festival June 2014 for the Northern Archdeaconry was held in the Bolsover Parish Church of St Mary and St Laurence. Following the traditional parade of Mothers’ Union banners, the Service, a sung Holy Eucharist was celebrated by the Reverend Rachel Gouldthorpe. The preacher was the Rev Canon Dr Esther Elliott, Diocesan Lay Ministry Officer and Warden of Readers. Readings were given by Georgine Lewis and Diocesan MU President, Agnes Garrett. Intercessions were led by Diocesan Secretary, Wendy Fitch. Organist was Andrew Yeomans, also taking part were Bolsover Church Choir members and Servers led by MU member Barbara Slatcher. Among those present were the Rural Dean for Bolsover and Staveley, the Rev Canon Helen Guest, the Lay Chaiman, Christine Holmes-Elener, cllr Tracy Reader, representative for Clay Cross North and chairman of the N.E. Derbyshire District Council and her consort Andrew Reader, also cllr Rita Turner, representative for Elmton with Creswell, representing the Bolsover District Council. The collection was divided between two Mothers Union projects: The Relief Fund and the Britain and Ireland Fund.

Several Bolsover MU Members attended a Strawberry Tea held at St Columba Church, Inkersall and hosted by Staveley and Barrow Hill Branch. Everyone enjoyed participating in the challenging quiz devised by Frank Revill. Deanery President, Mary Revill thanked the host branch for an excellent tea and raffle, with proceeds going to Mothers Union Projects: the A.F.I.A. Fund and Wheels Appeal.

The next branch meeting will be held in the Parish Rooms on Monday, September 1, at 7pm. A talk will be given on the work of the Derbyshire and East Midlands Ambulance Service. Visitors are welcome to attend.


Well Dressing

This year’s Well Dressings will be available for viewing on July 4, 5 and 6.

Barrow Hill


Inside Barrow Hill Methodist Church on Sunday, July 6, at 3pm, we shall be decorating it to represent different gardens. The service will include a mini quiz, solos, hymns, videos and poems. Our speaker will be Anna Mallender and refresments will be served after the service.


The Palm Court Trio once again come along to perform at the Barrow Hill Methodist Church, on Saturday, July 12, at 3pm. Entrance is by the door or tickets can be bought in advance on 07967 582288. Admission is £7.50 and includes a sit-down tea after the show. The Palm Court along with guest singer have long been coming to Barrow Hill and are always well supported and always very popular. The music covers a golden era of music and content is wide often with music of Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, Novello and Elgar to name just a few. The Palm Court Trio consists of Hugh Finnigan on the piano and the maestro himself, Robin Johnson on the violin with guest singer Gwen Knight. Everyone will be made welcome and is ensured of a great afternoon. Note that we are over the bridge at S43 2NB.



On Wednesday of last week, with a lot of people on holiday as well as an early start, there were just 6 participants on Basil Merry’s historic walk, heading out on a 19th century history trail from Sheffield to the Porter Valley via Pomona, General Cemetery, Botanical Gardens, and Endcliffe Park. They picked up the pace to Ringinglow and down the Limb Valley to Dore, in lovely sunshine - a total distance of about nine miles. Alan Green led a compact group of walkers on a five mile walk from Eckington, walking through the delightful Foxtone Wood the party had a coffee break at the peaceful Foxtone Dam, after which they carried on through The Handleys. In the afternoon, although the sun was hot, they still had to negotiate and perform several balancing acts to get through the mud, with one member almost overbalancing into the stream. The walk through Stubbing Wood finally brought them back to the starting point. Colin and Pat Pick’s walk started at Alsop le Dale with 14 members walking on a lovely sunny day over fields to Mill Dale then along the River Dove to Biggin Dale where they climbed up the dale to Biggin village. They then continued over fields to finish back at the car park after walking along the High Peak Trail. On Sunday Ros and David Jackson were joined by 13 members for a 12 mile walk starting in Thorpe near Dovedale, passing through Ilam and then following the Manifold and the Limestone Way before dropping down to Middle and Upper Mayfield. A short deviation from the planned route onto a rarely used footpath resulted in several members having to control a herd of curious heifers whilst the walkers passed through and on the way back a visit was made to the pub in Mapleton for refreshments. This week, Mel Hardy had a group of 18 of the Wednesday long car ramblers join him, setting out from Beeley Village for something of an historic walk, in that the route included crossing Fallinge Edge, an area only recently made accessible to the public under the open access rules. The group first passed Chatsworth House to climb to the Hunting Tower for a coffee break; moving on and after visiting Hell Bank Plantation, lunch was taken in brilliant sunshine near Raven Tor on Fallinge Edge. From here the route dropped to the Derwent Riverside via Northwood, then followed the Derwent Valley Way to Rowsley before returning to Beeley Village. The long bus ramble led by Godfrey Holmes had 7 members taking the bus to Calver, hiking to Grindleford, catching a train to Hathersage, hiking to Bamford, boarding another train to Hope, hiking to Edale, and then the train back to Chesterfield. The medium car walk was led by Jean and Terry Powell who had a group of 19 walkers join them on a perfect walking day for a shortened route of 7 miles setting out to climb from Padley Gorge to Millstone Edge, then on to Little Moor, Whin Wood, Hathersage, Leadmill, Harper Lees, Padley Chapel (which was open, and enjoyed by most of the walkers) before returning to the car park. On Wednesday, June 13, the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire short bus ramblers set out from Chesterfield coach station for their annual trip to the coast. 51 members boarded the coach, all looking forward to a choice of walks and taking in the coastal air of Bridlington. The coach arrived at Flamborough Head and those who had chosen either the short 5 or the 6.5 mile walks waved good-bye to the longer walkers who were being driven to North Landing ready for the start of the eight mile walk. Barry Cutts and his group who were walking the five miles left Flamborough village and took the steps down into Danes Dyke, then climbed back up a second set of steps onto the coastal path, with a detour around the golf course, finally making their way to Sowerby and the Ship Inn where they stopped for a drink before heading to the harbour in Bridlington, a walk of around 5.5 miles. Cath Collins and her group departed Flamborough taking the coastal path to South Landing before returning via Danes Dyke, with spectacular views of Bridlington Bay, onto Sowerby and Bridlington after covering a distances of 6.5 miles. John Collins and his party left North Landing making their way to Flamborough Head and onto South Landing, Danes Dyke, Sowerby finishing at the harbour in Bridlington but with John having lost various members of his group to Pubs and Cafes on reaching Bridlington. An assortment of restaurants were chosen by the members for an early dinner with those featuring fish and chips on the menu proving very popular. Then it was a return to the coach station for the journey back to Chesterfield.


Chesterfield Take Heart Cardiac Support Group held a health walk on Sunday, June 29, at Sherwood Forest country park. This was a rearranged walk as the original was to be at Thoresby Hall.

As usual two walks were provided according to ability, 9 members took the shorter walk and 5 people took the longer one. Afterwards 8 members enjoyed Sunday lunch in a local pub.

The next walk will be on Sunday, July 13, and will be along the Chesterfield canal, this walk is also a rearranged walk instead of the one at Poolsbrook Country Park. For this walk we will meet at Morrisons Staveley Car park at 9.30am for a 10am start.

For more information regarding these walks please contact 01246 470718 or see


The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution had a very busy weekend. On Saturday evening a concert by Peak Performance at Whittington Moor Methodist Church, featuring Music from the Musicals. This proved to be a very lively evening, with Peak Performance giving one of their best concert performances ever, under their musical director Nick Stacey, with Joanna Rynott at the piano. As well as a wide variety of music, the concert included monologues and readings, loosely related to lifeboats! Thanks go to Whittington Moor Methodist Church for allowing the use of their premises, and for the refreshments, and to Mike Spriggs for organising it all. On Sunday afternoon there was an Open Gardens event at the Temple Normanton homes of Janet and Peter Wright and Stephen Wright, to whom the branch is very grateful. The two events raised well over £500, and this sum will go to the branch’s efforts to raise funds for a new tractor and launching system for the new Shannon Class All Weather Lifeboat to be stationed at Ilfracombe in North Devon next year, replacing the existing Mersey class boat, Spirit of Derbyshire currently stationed there. The Spirit of Derbyshire was paid for largely as a result of the generosity of the residents of the county some 24 years ago.


President Mike Cudzich-Madry presided at his last meeting of the Rotary year held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday, June 27. Treasurer Martin Eyre, reported that he had recently participated in a charity golf event organised by the Rotary Club of St Andrews at the famous golf course and was congratulated by members for being winner of the Foursomes Cup. Winners of the club’s monthly draw were: John Heath, Roger Peck and Mike Cudzich-Madry. As his last official act, president Mike Cudzich-Madry made a special presentation by awarding a Paul Harris Fellowship to past-president David Windle for his excellent efforts over many years of Rotary service. His latest highlight this year was a Swimathon which raised over £3,000 for the Kid’sNCancer charity.

The meeting was the official handover ceremony when retiring president Mike installed his successor, president-elects John Roberts and Rob Wadd, as the club’s 91st joint presidents for the new Rotary Year 2014-15. Retiring president Mike Cudzich-Madry spoke of his year in office and thanked members for their support. Formal thanks to the retiring president was proposed by past-president John Keeton. The newly installed joint presidents, John Roberts and Rob Wadd, set out their priorities for the new Rotary Year which included continuing the varied programme of help for communities at home and abroad, support for local charities, and renewed efforts in partnership with existing members to recruit new members. On behalf of the club, past-president Geoff Mitchell, welcomed the new joint presidents and offered them best wishes for a successful and rewarding presidential year. The closing toast was proposed by immediate past-president Mike Cudzich-Madry. The next club meeting is being held at the Olde House, Newbold, this Friday, July 4, when the guest speaker is John Lower with an Update on the Chesterfield Canal. Speaker host is Roger Peck and duty rotarian is Cyril Bates.



Carol Cooper welcomed Pat Hall to the ladies of Inkersall Womens Club. Pat has been to visit the club many times and she entertained us with more of her amusing stories. Vote of thanks from the ladies was also given by Carol.

Tea ladies this week were Diane Clifton and Lynda Kujawa. Club business was read by Jean Baker, minutes were read by Joan Bramley, and raffle winner was Lynne Keller.

A knitted doll made by Beryl Collis and donated to the club was won by Joan Bramley.



On Sunday, July 6 at 10.45am, John Pickering is visiting Mount Tabor Methodist Church on Victoria Street, New Brimington. John is a singer who writes many of his own songs. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. All are welcome.

Heath &

Lets Connect

Superkids had an enjoyable time on Wednesday baking savoury biscuits with an animal theme relating to their current topic on creation. They enjoyed pizza and chips served by the teenage helpers and even had rabbit shaped mousse served by teenage helpers. Local residents are welcome to attend the community coffee morning held each Wednesday at St Albans from 10.30am to 12 noon. It is a chance to enjoy chatting over a cuppa and donations are currently being collected for the forthcoming Heath vicarage garden party on Saturday, July 19.



Brampton Ladies Club, who meet at Storrs Road Methodist Church on a Wednesday evening, have once again had a varied programme during recent weeks. Brian Dennis entertained the ladies as The King of Singalong with songs from different eras. The ladies thoroughly enjoyed participating in the singing. Brian was thanked by Ann Dilkes. Teas were served by Pam Jackson and Jean Wheatcroft. Chairman Jackie Henson introduced members to new secretary Joan Green who will be assisted by Mavis Clark. At the next meeting, an interesting talk was given by member Ann Dilkes on ‘My Embroidery, then and now’. The vote of thanks was given by Eileen Batteson. The ladies serving refreshments were Christine Dennis and Ethel Johnson.

At the first meeting in June, Mr Len Canziani, accompanied by his wife, gave an informative talk on Dad’s Bees, a business that he runs with his son. Members had the opportunity to purchase honey from the sales table and a basket of honey was won by Jean Wilde. Len was thanked by Diana Drury. Refreshments were served by Mavis Clark and Christine Cory. The next meeting was a social when the ladies provided a lovely buffet supper. At the start of the meeting, chairman Jackie Henson, announced the sad passing of a dear friend and excellent member, Margaret Edwards, and a minute’s silence was held. Until very recently Margaret had been the Club’s programme secretary, minute secretary and press reporter and will be sorely missed.

Ann Dilkes provided materials for the ladies to make colourful lavender bags, a craft activity enjoyed by all. Drinks were served by Ruth Ludford and June Partington. The following week, Barbara Daykin from Derby, gave a hilarious talk covering her life from childhood to present day entitled, ‘Oh Mum, what have you done?’, and was thanked by Diana Drury. Refreshments were served by Carol Green and Edna Roberts. At the last meeting in June, Sally Mosley gave an illustrated talk covering a 30 miles Anniversary Walk around Bakewell taking in various local villages and landmarks. Eileen Batteson thanked Sally for a very interesting talk with excellent photography. Tea ladies for the evening were Sheila Unwin and Jean Wilde. Chairman, Jackie Henson, was pleased to announce that Pat Weston-Taylor had volunteered to be the new programme Ssecretary. For further information about the club contact Pam Oldale on 01246 272333.

Treasure Hunt

Following a successful Sunday School Anniversary last week on the theme of Learning from Jesus, members and friends of The Gospel Mission Congregational Church, Old Road, travelled to Ashford in the Water for a picnic, a game of rounders and a treasure hunt quiz around the village. Twenty people took part in the quiz and the winners were Katie, Jim and Nicola Livsey from Rose Hill URC. For the first time a trophy was presented in the form of a model pirate galleon which provided a link with the idea of a treasure hunt.


The organisers of the Brampton Potteries Festival to be held on July 12 and 13, on Old Road and in The Gospel Mission Church, are pleased with this year’s record number of entries for the Festival. The theme chosen for 2014 is Television and displays will range from the children’s series Fireman Sam, entered by The Britannia Inn, to Robot Wars entered by Old Road residents Mr and Mrs Mellor who were once involved in the programme. The organisers are delighted to welcome, for the first time, an entry from the restaurant and wine bar Maison Mes Amis. Their choice of programme, appropriately enough, is the BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo’. The festival will be opened by The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield at 12 noon on the Saturday near Serpent Motors. If anyone wants further information or wishes to make a late entry please contact


Youngsters from the 2nd Chesterfield Boys’ Brigade attended the annual Sheffield BB joint company camp at the Polish Scout Campsite, Torksey, in Lincolnshire. With just the right weather the conditions were ideal. Juniors were sleeping in the dormitories whilst the company Section were outside in tents. All the young people were able to enjoy games and sports on the field. On Saturday afternoon the Junior Section visited Whitepost Farm, travelling by double decker bus. The older boys and girls of the Company Section went to Laser Tag near Lincoln. The Saturday evening activities were singing around a campfire and collecting fallen sticks, cones, leaves etc from the woodland floor and making an imaginative representative collage or structure for the World Cup on the grass. Sunday morning was the Torksey’s Got Talent show, with many of the boys and girls showing off their many talents of singing, dancing, playing instruments, comedy and ‘spoon balancing’. The weekend concluded with a short act of worship when parents arrived to collect the tired youngsters.


John Pickering a popular local guitarist and singer gave a concert at Storrs Road Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon. After the musical entertainment everyone enjoyed an afternoon tea with cakes, strawberries and scones. Over £200 was raised for church funds.



President Andy Matthews chaired the weekly meeting of The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale held at Proact stadium on June 26, with 37 members present. The club held a silence in respect of past Rotarian Bill Crowther who served the club for in excess of 15 years during the 1980s and 1990s. Rotarian Maurice Poole held the Club Foundation Draw and winners were: Annual-Peter Beardsley, Monthly Draw: 1, John Hawkins; 2, David Melton; 3, Brian Ashall. President elect Neil Baker reported that the final of the Rotary District Young Designer competition was held at Proact stadium. The theme was to ‘Design a new piece of Domestic Furniture’ for Children. Competing were students from Hasland Hall and Tupton Hall Schools.

The joint winners were: Jess Emmingham (Tupton Hall) who designed a jungle bed and Joshua Benton (Hasland Hall) who designed a floating chair. Sidonie Wells (Tupton Hall) with her self lowering cot was the runner-up. A small buffet was enjoyed by all who attended and thanks were expressed to school staff who supported the event. President Andy introduced the speaker the clubs very own past President Arnold Fear, whose subject was A Scarsdale Hagiography. Hagiography is a biography of a Saint and in his own inimitable style Arnold gave an entertaining presentation on those club members have the name of Saints. He was thanked for an enjoyable presentation by Rotarian Philip Round.

Temple Normanton


Temple Normanton Parish Council held an open meeting in St James Church, Temple Normanton recently to give people living in the parish an opportunity to air their concerns about the proposed residential development outline planning application to build houses on land between 205 and 235 Chesterfield Road, Temple Normanton. The meeting was well attended by Chesterfield Road residents. Thanks go to cllr Julie Hill, Derbyshire County Council; cllrs Betty Hill and Pam Helmsley, North East Derbyshire District Council and Grassmoor Parish Council; and cllr Trish Williams, North East Derbyshire District Council and Holmewood Parish Council, whose input to the meeting was helpful and constructive. Residents were encouraged to write to North East Derbyshire District Council Planning Department to express their comcerns.


St James Church, Temple Normanton, is holding its very popular Party in the Park with the Shirebrook Band, in Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, Hasland, on Saturday, July 26, starting at 7pm, featuring music from the 1940s and 1950s. Bring your own supper and drinks. Tickets are available, price £8 each, from Barbara Marshall 01246 236113 or Stephen Wright 01246 850210.



Residents, families, staff and members of the public connected during the course of the day on Friday, June 20, when Anchor’s Heather Vale Care Home opened its doors to members of the public to celebrate National Care Home Open Day. Home Manager, Debbie Clayton would like to thank everybody who made this event so successful, in particular staff and children of Hasland Junior School who visited in the morning, helping residents during a flower arranging session, and taking part in the Mexican wave. Later in the afternoon, people were able to enjoy an afternoon buffet tea and sit in the newly designed garden. Call 01246 221569 or visit


Fr Malcolm Ainscough, Rector of Hasland, Stephen Wright, reader, and Derrick Hancock, organist of St Paul’s Church, Hasland, attended Staveley Parish Church to celebrate with their congregation the Nativity of John the Baptist, with a Sung Mass and Confirmation. The Mass and Confirmation were celebrated by the The Right Rev Jonothan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet. Staveley church choir sang the Mass beautifully, ending with an anthem in honour of St John the Baptist, with music by Orlando Gibbons. The service was followed by a buffet and wine in the Parish Rooms.

Thanks go to Fr Stephen Jones and Fr David Teasdel and the Staveley congregation for making them so welcome.


Armed Forces

I would like reassure readers, and visitors, that the two day SAFVA Armed Forces Event scheduled for July 12 and 13, is not only taking place but promising to be a credit to Chesterfield once again. H.M. the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire accompanied by the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, MPs Toby Perkins and Natascha Engel will support it with their attendance. Many Derbyshire wide and local councillors will also have a presence. SAFVA also fund raises for services charities and carries out practical support to Chesterfield’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. Please view to witness how.



At the end of a successful year as president of the Rotary Club of Wirksworth, Mel Askew passed the chain of office to the incoming president Tony Wheeler, who will serve for the Rotary Year 2014-2015. Colin Lloyd and Roger Cassidy will serve as president elect and vice-president respectively. Paul Harris fellowships, the most prestigious award in Rotary, were presented to past president Martin Cruttenden and Rotarian David Haspel for outstanding service within the Club and the local community.

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to past president Chris Bunting to mark 30 year’s service as a member.



An open day will be held at Boythorpe Allotments, Boythorpe Crescent, Chesterfield on Sunday, between 11am and 3pm. Visitors will be able to check out the gardening plots, have a go on the tombola stall and quench their thirst with tea or coffee. Admission is free. For further informational, call Mr Richardson on 07934023570.



Tigers, elephants, zebras and even owls abounded at the June meeting of Starkholmes WI. Fortunately not real ones, but all depicted on the beautiful drawings portrayed by Linda Wain, wild life artist. Linda, with husband Kevin, described how they had visited India and Kenya, photographing the animals they had seen, also Cuba and Iceland.

Having started work at Royal Crown, Derby, Linda had learnt all about paints and painting and had eventually started her own business. In Africa they had been charged by an elephant and whilst in India, searching for tigers, had met Ian Botham. Diane McHarg, advisor to many WIs in the area, was a guest, and Mrs Smith received the buttonhole for her birthday. Discussions were held about the outing to Renishaw Hall on August 13. An invitation had been received from Matlock WI to their garden party at Paxton Place on August 16. Mrs Gallon then gave a detailed report of the AGM held in Leeds, which she had attended along with Mrs Flint. The resolution about organ donations was carried as one donor can save as many as nine lives. Andre Motion, former Poet Laureate, then spoke, followed by George McGovan, the Bugman from BBC’s One show. the final speaker was Bill Turnbull of the Breakfast Show, who is an avid apiarist. The competition for a picture of a wild animal was won by Mrs Chadburn, Mrs Bullar and Mrs Cauldwell. Raffle winner was Mrs Cauldwell. Out next meeting is on July 9, at the Scout and Guide HG on Matlock Green. Everyone welcome.



The Old Taptonians Association (OTA) held its summer reunion at Tapton House on Saturday, June 21, when ex-Taptonians enjoyed looking round the house, gardens and grounds. Some OTAs had travelled from as far afield as Hull and Surrey to attend the event. The reunion concluded with a picnic on the sunken lawn in glorious summer weather. Old friendships were renewed and reminiscences exchanged. The next OTA reunion will be at the Winding Wheel on Friday, November 7, at 8pm. For more details contact the secretary, Mike Stanford, at or on 01246 568181.

Amber Valley


A charity clay pigeon shoot organised by Amber Valley Shooting Club raised £155 for Ashgate Hospice. The winning team were clearly aiming high.



Slimming World Group was held on Monday night with consultant Betty Oldknow at Firs House, Alfreton, 6pm. Six weight awards was presented and the slimmer of the week was Michelle Webb. At the Wednesday morning group which is held in the same venue at 10am, six weight awards was presented and two new members were welcomed. Slimmer of the week was Christa Williams and slimmer of the month was Linzi Dables. Total weight loss for both groups was 9st 7lbs.


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


A meeting on Tuesday of the Ladies’ Fellowship of Alfreton Wesley Church took the form of a quiz organised by Valerie Cogar, who was also organist. A reading was given by Dorothy Howell.


It’s back to the 1940s on Saturday when the film club at Alfreton Wesley Church screens a musical comedy starring Bing Crosby, which won seven Academy Awards. The film starts at 2pm and admission is free.


A rehearsal took place on Wednesday for Hero, a new comedy to be staged at Alfreton Wesley Church on Thursday and Friday, July 24 and 25, at 7pm. The three-act play, which has a cast of ten, is set in the 1960s as a family’s plans to honour a First World War veteran come unstuck. Admission is free, but there will be a charity collection.


A Night at the Musicals is the title of a two-day flower festival to be held at Alfreton Wesley Church on July 12 and 13.

Each display will feature a different musical, ranging from Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to The Wizard of Oz, Chess and We Will Rock You.


St Martin of Tours Parish Church, Church Street, Alfreton, will be saying farewell to its 8 bells at noon on Wednesday, July 9, as they make their way to Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London for restoration. In addition to the restoration of the bells, the church’s clock and its workings will also be restored by Smith’s of Derby.

This major project has been ongoing since 2005 and is now underway thanks to the generosity of hundreds of people in the local and wider community. St Martin’s Clock and Bells Restoration Committee have been humbled over the years by people’s generosity and are extremely thankful to our donors that the restoration is able to proceed. There is an open invitation for anyone to come and wave the bells off in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at noon on July 9. The oldest bell in the tower dates from 1627 and the ‘youngest’ date from 1900, these were gifted by a former Patron of Alfreton and the church, Charles Palmer-Morewood, whose home was at Alfreton Hall. St Martin’s also has three of the rarest bells in the country (cast by Thomas Hedderly in 1780 and 1881) there are only around 20 nationwide. In addition to this event, if anyone is interested in learning to ring, there will be a Wombel in Church on Saturday, July 12 between 10am and 3.30pm and Sunday, July 13, between 11am and 2.30pm. The Wombel is a portable training bell which provides a good insight into bell-ringing. From this, arrangements will then be made for any new Ringers to receive training working towards ringing at the Dedication Service for the completed restoration on February 8. If you would like further details about the project or learning to ring, please contact Anne Woollett on 01773 853092.



Eileen Towndrow having read the minutes took on the role of auctioneer for the cake auction at the Ripley Tuesday Club. The sale raising £73 for club funds. Roland Emmas-Williams was in charge of the raffle with refreshments being served by the committee before the meeting closed.


Futures Homescape, a Ripley housing association, has received a £300 donation from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund. The aim is to use the cash to fund health and leisure activities for tenants who suffer low self-esteem and lack in self-confidence.


Margaret Harrison was the guest speaker at the Ripley Greenhillocks Fellowship with Becoming A Tourist Guide. Sheila Cotton moved the vote of thanks. Verner Vahter played the organ for the meeting which was opened by David Hill before Elizabeth Clark read the report. Marion Slack then reported the continued absence of Kath Brown, Horace Marahall-Clarke, John and Hazel Lichfield and Colin Cresswell. Marion then led the birthday celebrations for for Ella Frith, June Peak and Aaron Daniel. Marion’s poem was From the Mouths of Babes.

Reader for the Day was Keith Naylor with The Secret. Ann and David Hill organised the drawing of the free raffle.


The concert given by Blidworth Miners Welfare Band in Crossley Park had as it’s theme a World War One commemoration.


The Edith Platt Cup for most points gained in competitions over the year at Ripley WI’s meetings has been presented to Lillian Turner.


It is half fare travel for the over 60s at the Midland Railway at Butterley on July 5 and 6.


Monday evenings at Ripley Bridge Club tournaments has seen Jeff Calladine and Janusz Adamovicz win playing north/south followed the next week by Alan Kenny and Richard Horsley. The same period saw the east/west honours go to Derek Robinson and Tony Foster and David Burns. Come Thursday evenings, Clive Chase and Chris Challinore were north/south winners followed by Colin Butt and Janet Goodall. East/west winners meantime were Dorothy and David Knowles before David Burns and Bernard Cockayne took over.


The installation of the lift at Ripley Wood Street Methodist Church has seen the completion of the refurbishment of the church.


The Grand Daffodil Appeal in aid Marie Curie Cancer Care held at Sainsbury’s in Ripley, raised £750.54.


Dave and Doren will be opening their garden at 2 Manvers Street, Ripley, between 2pm and 5pm on July 5, on behalf of the Amber Valley Stroke Club. Entry will cost £2.50.


This year’s Ripley Music Festival will run from July 6 to 13. Among the many scheduled attractions are the following:

July 6 - Matlock Brass Band in Crossley Park from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. A free show; July 7 - Pye Hill Male Voice Choir in All Saints Church starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £5; July 8 - J26 in All Saints Church starting at 7.30pm Tickets £5, Rock and Roll Night with Tomkatz and Ready Steady 60s at The Regal from 8pm. Entry is free; July 10 - The Daz Lelly Band at the Thorn Tree from 8pm. Entry is free; July 11 - Youth Bands with Waiting On Anthony and Parasight at Crossley Park from 7pm to 9pm. Entry is free; July 12 - Picnic in The Park with Licksquid, Executive Crew, John Doherty and Red Nation in Crossley Park from 1pm to 3pm. Entry is free; July 13 - Jam Night. A free after show party at the Holly Bush.


Independents Day in Ripley is set for July 4, and is designed to show the value of independent retailers to the community and the town.



Elizabeth Clark opened the Jacksdale and Westwood Pensioners Club meeting by welcoming a new member in Shirley Bentick and celebrating June Cope’s birthday. She reported that June Wray had donated cakes for the meeting. Elizabeth then led the games of bingo with the lucky number won by Val Watson. Val Watson is to take on role of raffle organiser. Freda Beardsley called the games of Hoy.



Wessington Primary School will hold it’s summer fayre on Saturday, July 5.



Ambergate Carnival will feature a Ceilidh on the Recreation Ground starting at 5.30pm on July 12. It will feature live music a pie and pea supper. The cost is £20 family ticket, £7.50 for adults, £5 for children over 3 years and free for children under 3 years.



The members and friends of Christ Church, Ironville, have set aside the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, to commemorate the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War by staging a display, entitled Saying it with Flowers wartime memories of Ironville. As well as the varied floral arrangements remembering those who gave their lives in the service of their country, also on display will be wartime memorabilia, including photographs of the village. Afternoon cream teas served in the traditional manner, in the adjacent church hall. The church will be open on Saturday, from 10am until 4pm, and on the Sunday (after morning worship at 11am and to which everybody is invited) from noon to 4pm. Call Barbara Bacon 01773 605869 or Eileen McMeekin 01773 775496.


Book Club

The Codnor Book Club selection for July was A Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling.


The 16th Annual Poetry with Punch event held at Codnor Methodist Church raised £491 for The Leprosy Mission.


The giant wiggle performed by members of Toddlers Inc which carried them from the church to the local infant’s school raised £90 for Action For Children.


Codnor Social Activity Morning meets every Thursday between 10am and 11.30am at Codnor Sports Centre on Goose Lane.


The May Fair held at Codnor Methodist Church raised £404.67 for the Alzheimers Socirty.


Holy Communion will be celebrated on July 7, at 10.30am at Codnor Park Residential Home and Firs Nursing Home.


Victorian Postcards will be the subject when Codnor and District WI meet on July 8, in Codnor Methodist Church on Mill Hill at 7pm.


Codnor Fete takes place on the Recreation Ground on July 6.


A total of £76 was raised for the Alzheimers Society by the football teams.


Having met on July 1, the Codnor Craft Social Group will meet again on July 15 and 29, 7.15pm and 9.15pm in Codnor Methodist Church Hall.



Fr Derek Booth celebrated a Solemn Eucharist on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ helped at the altar by Sonny Ledger who was the MC, Peter Burnham was the thurifer, Granville Stine the crucifer, David Bradley and Michael Woods the acolytes. Robert Kettle read from the book of Deuteronomy, the Responsorial Psalm 147 and from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians. Fr Ken Johnson celebrated a Solemn Eucharist on the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul at St Thomas’s on Nottingham Road in Somercotes and was helped at the altar by Sonny Ledger who acted as MC Peter Burnham was the thurifer, Granville Stone the crucifer, David Bradley and Michael Woods the acolytes. Arthur Bentley read from the Acts of the Apostles, from the Responsorial Psalm 33 and from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy. During Mass Fr Ken gave the Sacrament of Holy Baptism to baby Theodore William Edward Bishton-Green. Fr Ken had invited the Sunday School children to join him there when candles were lit by them and placed before the statue. Services at St Thomas’ are: Sunday morning at 9.30am, Solemn Eucharist (Holy Communion); Sunday School, 9.30am in the Village Hall next to the Church; Wednesday at 10 am, Said Eucharist (Holy Communion) with tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards; On the last Sunday of every month a BCP Evensong is held at 6pm. Call churchwarden Rachel Warson on 01773 607131.


There is to be a Garden Fete on Saturday, July 5, from 10am till 1pm in the church grounds. There will be stalls with books, bric-a-brac, home made cakes and many other things. This should be a friendly gathering and everybody is welcome. More details from Churchwarden Rachel Watson on 01773 607131.

Celebration Mass

On Sunday, July 6, we are celebrating the Feast of our patron, St Thomas, Apostle and Martyr, with a service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am and a Festal Mass at 6pm. This will see the welcome return of Fr David Teasdale who is one of St Thomas’s church’s favourite priests. Everybody welcome.