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The next Recitals at Eight concert at Staveley St John the Baptist Church will be on Wednesday, July 16, at 8pm. The organist will be Frank Berry who is organist at the Church of the Annunciation, Chesterfield. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. There is no entrance fee but donations towards costs are gratefully received. A video link is now used to enable the audience to see the organist at the console throughout the recital. Further details can be obtained from


A Coffee Morning will take place in The Staveley Community Centre, next to Staveley St John the Baptist Church, on Saturday, July 19, from 9.40am until 11am. Hot drinks and light refreshments will be available. Also for sale- homemade cakes, jams and preserves plus a table top sale of goods. Everyone welcome, please do call in. Free parking for up to two hours is available on Church Street plus free parking on Staveley Hall car park.


The choir of St John the Baptist Church in Staveley will be singing Evensong at Clumber Chapel, Clumber Park at 3pm on Sunday, July 20.



Wanting help with your family’s military history? We have two researchers at Barlborough Heritage Centre willing to help. Telephone 01246 810100 and ask for Anette or Linda who are now taking appointments. They are very flexible and there are even some evening appointments available. Access to several military records eg. Attestation records, medal cards, service history etc.



Guest speaker at Friends of Dronfield Station’s eighth AGM was Pete Myers, client and stakeholder manager with Northern Rail, who gave a fascinating insight into the challenges of operating the country’s largest rail franchise stretching from Nottingham to the Scottish Border. Northern is responsible for 364 stations, is the largest commuter rail company in the country and operates a number of important inter-urban routes (such as Leeds – Dronfield - Nottingham) and several long distance scenic routes. Mr Myers explained that when the original franchise was planned in 2005, it was awarded on a “no growth” basis. However, in the event passenger numbers for NR have doubled and the company has sought to attract a good deal of inward investment (eg extra trains) to cope with the increased demand for rail travel. The next two years will herald a period of significant change for rail in the north of England as a comprehensive programme of track improvements and electrification is taken forward, and Mr Myers envisaged a greater emphasis on ‘value for money’, with improved station facilities such as ticket vending machines and customer information and greater effort to check tickets and collect fares. It was hoped that Dronfield would be “on the list” for extra facilities! He emphasized that customer service is a top priority for Northern which is particularly challenging as it has to cope with one of the oldest diesel fleets in the country and overcrowding on many of its commuter lines. However, the spread of electrification in the north west and on the north TransPennine route should result in release of some diesel units which will be used to strengthen trains on non-electrified routes elsewhere in the area. This is important as he pointed out that no diesel trains are currently being manufactured in this country. The local services through Dronfield will continue to rely on diesel for the immediately foreseeable future. Mr Myers rounded off his talk by referring to the current consultation being undertaken by the Department for Transport on the new Northern and TransPennine franchises to be operated from February 2016. He emphasized that this provided a key opportunity for local communities and groups such as FoDS to ‘have their say’ and influence the shape and direction of future rail services in the North for the next decade.


Six members of the Dronfield & District Foorpaths and Bridleways Society met at Holmesfield to enjoy a walk around the footpaths and bridleways of Holmesfield taking in the seven Halls of Cartledge, Horsleygate Old, Unthank, Horsleygate, Fanshawe Gate, Woodthorpe and finally Holmesfield. We negotiated broken stiles and nettles to arrive here and our sticks were really coming in handy; the nettles were now cowering as we approached them.

On next to Unthank where the Lowe family’s sons, with whom we’d arranged to view their cruck barn, should be waiting our arrival. Only before we got there Richard realised he’d left his stick somewhere. We’d had a fairly uneventful journey from Horsleygate Old Hall and had avoided the perilous route through nettles by walking up the minor road. It meant we could admire the tremendous views across Barlow Vale and forget about everything (including Richard’s stick). A retrace of his steps back through the hamlet of Unthank saw Richard return to us empty handed. Where did he leave the stick? We arrived through the open stone pillars of Unthank Hall into the courtyard area to make our way to the cruck barn. It’s a great example of one in our area and although we’d seen it before were looking forward to reacquainting ourselves. However, a view inside will have to wait for another time as more pressing business meant the sons of Mr Lowe had gone to watch another event taking place that day. We set off across fields to Horsleygate. It was uphill now and the group decided lunch stop would be at the summit. Across the road to Fanshawe Gate and as we admired the views walking along the road we all agreed how lucky we are to have this on our doorstep. A brief look at Fanshawe Gate Hall and a chat about its history and then onto Woodthorpe Hall, built from the stone of the previous Fanshawe Gate Hall. From there back to Holmesfield. If you want more details of walks around Dronfield, have a look at our website



Baslow Senior Citizens Club enjoyed their summer outing to Rudyard Lake in June, which included a ride on the miniature railway and an excellent carvery meal at the Lakeside Hotel. The club have just one meeting arranged for August - a fun bingo afternoon for Club funds on August 8. There will also be a bring and buy. There will be no meeting on August 22, as it is Bank Holiday Weekend. We usually meet on alternate Fridays, at 2pm at Baslow Village Hall. We have a varied programme of speakers, demonstrations and outings. The club has a thriving membership but we welcome new members. Refreshments are provided. For further information you can phone Christopher Wragg on Baslow 583228.



The Probus Club of Bakewell and District were honoured to welcome two staff members of Rolls Royce at a recent meeting at the Monsal Head Hotel, where they jointly spoke about the intriguing subject of submarines. The main speaker was Alex Porter, a Royal Navy veteran of 33 years and he was assisted by John Yuill with an introduction to the talk. A brilliant insight with slides and many questions kept the audience spellbound for over an hour. The two speakers were introduced to the club by John Bolton, following a chance meeting of dog walkers at Carsington!

Guide Dogs

The Bakewell and District Branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association would like to thank local people, helpers and guide dog owners for their support at our collection day in Bakewell town centre on Saturday, May 17. The collection made a grand total of £700.16. We are extremely grateful for everyone’s kind generosity and of course all the monies raised will go towards the funding and training of new guide dogs. We would be most pleased to hear from new helpers and guide dog owners who would be willing to assist with our fund raising. If anyone is interested and could spare a little time to help in any way please contact us on 01629 760414.


On May 14, the Rotary Club of Bakewell celebrated its 27th Charter Anniversary at Hassop Hall. President Richard Simmonds welcomed 106 diners to this event – a record for recent years. Master of Ceremonies Mike Fowler introduced the visiting clubs and on their behalf Andrew Campbell (The President of the Rotary Club of Hope Valley) brought greetings to President Richard. The formal speeches followed with president elect Roz Adamson proposing the toast to Rotary International in an entertaining but thought provoking way. District governor Peter Moralee proposed the toast to the Bakewell Club. He highlighted the extraordinary work undertaken by the club in the community and the wider world and wished President Richard and the members every success for the remainder of the Rotary year. President Richard thanked Peter for his kind words. Indeed the club had been busy and will continue to be throughout the summer with several special events. He remembered those members who this year have passed to higher service and welcomed new members who were already making an impact on the operation of the club. He particularly mentioned the award of the British Empire Medal to Rotarian David Rawson for his untiring work, both through Rotary and other local organisations, for the community of Bakewell. The charter night finished with something very different for such an evening – the Lady Manners School jazz band. Right from the start with “Fly me to the moon” it was obvious that all present were in for a wonderful demonstration of musicianship from these talented young people. The band played six excellent numbers – and so to the encore – no way was the audience going to let them go without one – It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. What a wonderful group of musicians and so ably led by their music director, Lady Manners teacher Tim Maunders. A marvellous end to the evening and fully deserving of the standing ovation that followed. Many thanks from members of Bakewell Rotary Club and their guests to the Lady Manners School jazz band for providing such a highlight to the evening.


HOBS is a local organisation raising money for the community’s charities. We have a social meeting the third Wednesday of each month. The evening is held at the Wheatsheaf in Bakewell who provide us with a super three course meal. This is usually followed by a visiting speaker. It is an enjoyable evening offering the opportunity to chat with friends and meet new people. Throughout the year we have days out, seaside, garden centres to name just two. We are always happy for new members to join us, so if you are single, a couple, or a group of friends over the age of 55 you are more than welcome to come along. For an informal chat or more information contact the secretary Sandra on 01629 813153.


Angela Swift, chairman of the Royal British Legion Women’s Branch welcomed 23 members to Bakewell Golf Club on Wednesday, June 25, the actual date when 80 years ago the Branch was formed by five like minded women to safeguard the interests of widows and families of ex-servicemen and women, the same can be said today. Little did those five women know that their efforts would be stretched to the limit when the country again went to war five years later. Jackie Allsopp, the county vice president on behalf of the national officers of the women’s section presented the 80th anniversary certificate to the branch vice-president Cynthia Durkin. Cynthia said: “It was an honour to be asked to present this certificate and wished the branch every success for the future.” A cake donated by the ex-treasurer for many years of the branch, Christine Hardy, was cut by the longest serving members present, Kath Daily and the shortest serving member Ruth Armitage, who had joined the branch to two months ago. The toast to the branch was proposed by the branch chairman who said: “It was an honour and privilege to have been the Branch chairman for several years and hoped that the Branch could celebrate its 85th at the Golf club in five years time which would make it only the third branch in the county of Derbyshire to do so. A marvellous achievement.” A well dressing situated in the Garden of Remembrance in Bath Gardens has been very kindly dressed by the AJ Well dressers, most of who are Women’s Section members, for the 80th anniversary which incorporates the 2014 stick pin in its design.


On the evening of Friday, July 7, in spite of inclement weather, the Rotary Club of Bakewell held a garden extravaganza and auction of promises in the beautiful garden of Phil and Elizabeth Crosby of Tannery House - our helpful and generous hosts. Guests were treated to an entertaining range of music by Cressbrook Brass Band and sustained by a delicious savoury platter, strawberries and cream and a free glass of wine or Thornbridge beer. Everyone was delighted and thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. The highlight was definitely the energetic, persuasive performance of our celebrity auctioneer, Charles Hanson, who literally ‘was dancing in the rain’, encouraging great bids from cold, damp guests. Largely due to his amazing ability, we raised over £1200 at the auction alone – a magnificent effort by all concerned.


On Wednesday, July 2, visitors to Bakewell Park were beginning to see that something was afoot! Chairs were appearing, gazebos were being erected and park benches were being moved to form a semi-circle around the chairs. Even an ice-cream van was taking advantage of the extra busy-ness. Before long over 400 people were sitting on the benches, on picnic chairs or rugs on the ground. Meanwhile, the chairs were being arranged by men and women in uniforms who were carrying musical instruments and stands. Once settled, they began tuning up and the audience began setting up their picnics. At 7.30pm, the president of the Rotary Club of Bakewell welcomed everyone and wished them an enjoyable evening of Brass in the Park. 3 local bands – Bakewell, Cressbrook and Tideswell – performed an excellent concert for two hours entertaining the audience with a wide selection of music ranging from Bohemian Rhapsody to Mood Indigo, to If I were a Rich Man. Finally, they all combined for several numbers with the Floral Dance as an encore which was the cue for the audience to stretch their legs and dance. This was a free concert with members of the Rotary club passing through the audience with collecting buckets. CDs of the bands’ music were also available for sale. Over £600 was raised – the profits going to the charities and local groups supported by the Club. President Roz thanked everyone for attending and also expressed her gratitude to Mike Fowler who organised the event and also played in the bands.


The Rotary Club of Bakewell held a milestone meeting in June, at which Richard Simmonds handed over the presidential regalia of office to Roz Adamson. Retiring president Richard Simmonds regretted the loss of four members in recent months but was pleased to report the recruitment of some new members to replace them. He was pleased with the success of recent fundraising events such as the pie and pea supper and the garden extravaganza etc. He reported on the progress with the visioning process which holds out great promise for the future and he thanked Rtn Peter Huxstable for his success in finding visiting speakers who were interesting and informative. He thanked the members of the Club Council for their help in running the Club during his period in office. He especially thanked vice president Roz Adamson for her assistance and moral support. He was pleased with his success in donating funds to his Presidential project, Whizz-Kids but sorry to hear of the loss of their main fund raiser. Finally, he was pleased to report on the great success of the Charter Night especially the lively performance of the Lady Manners Jazz band and also for the great assistance of vice president Roz Adamson and past president Richard Carter in organising this event. Roz Adamson takes up the presidency of The Rotary Club of Bakewell after just over two years in the club and is honoured to be given the responsibility of the position.



Chairman Kath Howarth being on holiday, acting chairman Joan Savory welcomed 11 members to the July meeting of the Bolsover Townswomen’s Guild. A special welcome was given to Dorothy Jack who had been unable to attend for some time due to ill health. There being no August meeting, much of the meeting was taken up with listing various Chesterfield Federation events taking place over the summer. There being no speaker, Mrs Savory then read out the report of the recent Townswomen’s Guilds AGM held in Cardiff which had been written by Kath Howarth who had attended. This slightly less formal meeting ended with refreshments, a raffle and an opportunity for members to chat with each other.


Bolsover WI held their June meeting at the parish rooms in Bolsover. The evening was a demonstration of hand tied flower bouquets, many tried their hand at a bouquet and the results were fantastic. Thanks to all who contributed to a lovely evening. The WI also had a stall at the Bolsover Gala, the weather was kind and cakes, crafts and art adorned the tent. Thanks to all those who baked and made and gave their time to set up and man the stall, it was a lovely day. Just in the last week the WI also did a floral display and had a stall at the bolsover flower festival. The floral display had a “women’s land army “ theme incorporating farming tools, corn and veg as well as herbs and flowers typical of the era. The stall was a huge success selling “made” items largely from the wi sewing group, thanks to everyone involved. The Bolsover WI hold their next monthly meeting at the Parish Rooms in Bolsover on July 22 at 7.30pm. The theme is Tudor dancing and wine tasting. All newcomers are welcome, you can find us on Facebook or


On Saturday, July 5, the Phoenix Singers performed a concert in Bolsover Parish Church, to the memory of Alma Oakley, who had been a member of the choir for over 25 years. The entertainment, before a audience of family and friends, numbering close to 200, was introduced by the church organist and choir master, Andrew Yeomans. After welcoming everyone he introduced Alma’s son-in-law, Geoff Whiting, who gave his memories of her. The choir, under their musical director Tony Ray, performed a variety of pieces, all picked by the family, as particular favourites of Alma. Guest soloist, Edward Jowle, sang a selection of English, French and Italian songs. He was accompanied by Margaret Cook, the choir’s pianist. Refreshments were served after the concert and at the request of the family all donations were given to the Church towards the Tower restoration appeal.


On Sunday, July 13, after the Annual Flower Festival Sunday morning service, the Vicar of Bolsover Parish Church of St Mary and St Laurence, the Reverend Rachel Gouldthorpe was delighted to receive a very generous cheque for £1,000 for the Tower Restoration Fund from the Phoenix Singers and the family of the late Alma Oakley represented by Joseph Watkinson, Sylvia Watkinson and John Watkinson. The Vicar thanked the whole family and the Phoenix Singers for all their hard work in raising the money and for their support for the Parish Church.

Clay Cross


The July meeting of the Clay Cross and District Probus club was held at the North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Derby Road, Clay Cross. The chairman was the president Hugh Meridith. Members stood in a minute silence as tribute to Ernest Webster the founder president of the club who died last month. Guy Freeland gave final details of the September outing to Ripon and Harrogate and asked for names of those who would be going on the visit at the next meeting. Charles Stanley reported on the club walk round the Linacre Reservoirs last month and announced that the July walk would be from Baslow to Calver. A short committee meeting was held at the close of the meeting to plan for the clubs participation in the McMillan Big Tea Party in September. This month’s speaker was Mr Sydney Fielder a retired Yorkshire policeman, who gave a wide ranging talk on his involvement with the law, the church and Yorkshire Cricket Club. All the subjects he spoke about were recorded in pocket notebooks in true police style, but with humour and included recollections of famous cricketers that he had worked with and other local characters. He was thanked by the president.Next month’s speaker is Keith Booker who will tell the history of the Orient Express.



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.


Minister the Rev Adrian Smith was the speaker at a meeting on Tuesday of the ladies’ fellowship of Alfreton Wesley Church. Varerie Cogar was pianist.


A rehearsal took place on Wednesday for “Hero”, a new comedy to be staged at Alfreton Wesley Church on Thursday and Friday of next week (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 collection for the Belper-based Penguin Club for adults with learning difficulties.


“A Night at the Musicals” was the title of a two-day flower festival at Alfreton Wesley Church at the weekend. A dozen displays –- the work of church members and friends -– featured musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Mack and Mabel, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins, Chess, Moulin Rouge, We Will Rock You and Phantom of the Opera. The church was open for viewing throughout Saturday and on Sunday afternoon, when refreshments were served. Special Sunday services were conducted by Jenny Hughes of Mansfield and Maggie Davidson of Heage. Readings were given by Caroline Dellow, David Smith and David Hopkinson and organists were Valerie Cogar and Bryn Hughes.



Clowne Gala will take place on Saturday, September 13, from 11am to 3pm at Heritage High School, Boughton Lane, Clowne. Fun for all the family! A packed programme of live entertainment including new acts. If you or your organisation would like a stall, please contact Please note that all stalls must be booked by August 1.



Brampton Living History Group held its last meeting of the present session at St Thomas’ Parish Centre with an attendance of 23. The chairman, John Lilley, welcomed everybody and reported on the death of long-standing member, Margaret Edwards, of Walton. Appropriately, a few moments silence was observed in memory of Margaret. The chairman reported two forthcoming events: September 8 at a meeting of North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeological Society, Stephen Flinders is to give a talk on “Stanton Ironworks - gone but not forgotten” at St Thomas’ Parish Centre. Cost to visitors is £2; September 16, at the Chesterfield Local History Society meeting, Janet Murphy is to talk on “Chesterfield in 1914” at Rose Hill United Reformed Church again cost to visitors is £2. The chairman welcomed the speaker, Susan Deal, who gave a talk on The Victorian Jack the Ripper, killer of several East End of London prostitutes. Susan, formerly from Sheffield but now living in Walton, is a member of the Victorian Society. A vote of thanks was given by Marjorie Dunn. The next meeting is on September 29, when Ray Hobson will give a talk on The Sheffield Flood. Admission is £2.



The Gospel Mission Congregational Church, Old Rd. wishes to thank all those who took part in what was probably the most successful Brampton Potteries Festival yet. Well over 200 people visited the displays as local residents and businesses worked together to make the weekend a memorable one. The Mayor and Mayoress were guests of honour and opened the Festival on Saturday, July 12. They were fascinated by the displays and impressed by the community spirit. Local businesses such as Serpent Motors, The Britannia Inn and Maison Mes Amis all produced wonderful displays on the theme of Television, as did Old Hall School, The Gospel Mission Church and of course local residents. Created Gallery, from Chatsworth Rd , exhibited a display of modern pottery during Saturday’s Summer Fayre at the church and many shops helped with advertising. A Festival Service and a free barbecue for the neighbours were held on the Sunday.



There was a legend-dairy night at Chesterfield Town this month. Approximately 50 local ladies watched as Simon Davidson from local business Cheese Factor came and delighted the room with wonderful anecdotes about his life selling cheese in Chesterfield and his memories of his dad setting up the business. The ladies of the WI enjoyed a tasting session of two different types of cheese which went down extremely well - particularly the beer cheese! Members were invited to bring their own wine to compliment and to share with others. Feedback again was extremely positive. Members are already looking forward to the programme for the rest of the year and looking towards next year with many helpful suggestions for activities. The Chesterfield Town WI book club was launched and has held its inaugural meeting. Soon CTWI will be launching a crafting club as suggested by members. Pop along to a meeting for details. Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month at the Chesterfield Studios, Rose Hill, starting with a drink and a chat before the planned speaker or activity. The next meeting is on Tuesday, August 5. We have summer picnic theme with everyone contributing to a food ‘fuddle’. There will be many activities in store. Membership is £34.70 and guests can attend for a suggested donation of £4 (reduced to half price of just £2 for our August meeting). For more information check out the website or our face book page

Scarsdale Probus

Chairman David Boyce welcomed 41 members to the June meeting, which was held at the Olde House, Newbold. There was a very warm welcome for Mike Little, who had returned to the club after missing a number of meetings. Mike expressed his appreciation. The minutes of the May meeting were read and approved. Our guest speaker today, and making a welcome return visit, was Michael Waters a past member of H.M Colonial Service who began as a junior officer to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. Michael’s talk was entitled ‘On Crown Service’. Drawing on his own extensive personal experience, Michael said that although the service had been mainly made up of men, there had been at least 300 women who had made their mark working on behalf of their country. The Colonial Service he said grew substantially from the 1900s, at which time there were only 1,000 overseas positions, this was followed through the period immediately following the Second World War, when the number had grown to about 10,000. This largely reflected the increased number of technical and professional staff employed in medical, educational, agriculture and other services. Delving back into history, Michael mentioned the formation of the East India Company which began during the times of Elizabeth I in 1600, First World War and Second World War, and in particular the Surrender of Singapore, which he said was a significant blow to the prestige of this country and was looked upon as a disgrace in the eyes of most of the rest of the world. Michael included in his talk many historical incidents and the character that have now become part of the history of this country. The vote of thanks was given by the chairman. Tony Hallam asked permission to sell copies of a quiz which was being organized by Eastwood Probus. The proceeds to be donated to SITraN – The Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience. Members were asked to support this worthwhile cause. If you are interested in coming along as a visitor on a trial basis, then why not use our ‘Contact Us’ on our web site, www.scarsdale probus to introduce yourself.


Coming soon - an archaeological dig in grounds of Hurst House. Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) archaeology tutor Matt Beresford and his students will be conducting an extended dig in the grounds during the week of July 21 – 25, and interested persons can come along at 3pm, Monday to Thursday, for a tour of the site and to see what has been discovered. The archaeology students have spent the last year looking into the history of Hurst House and the surrounding area and there will also be a display in Hurst House of some of their findings. This will be the final WEA activity at Hurst House as we will be moving to a new venue after July 31. The week will end with an Open House on Friday, July 25, between 1pm to 3pm, when WEA tutors and students can gather for tea and cake to celebrate all the learning that has taken place before we close the doors for the last time. It will be an opportunity to find out what the dig has ‘unearthed’ (if you haven’t visited the site during the week) and class work such as evening creative writing’s pieces on the theme of Hurst House and Tuesday’s ‘Art for everyone’ art work capturing aspects of Hurst House will be on display. For more information these events or our courses call in and see us at Hurst House Adult Education Centre, 11 Abercrombie Street, Chesterfield, or ring us on Chesterfield 01246 278623.



The next meeting back in Winding Wheel is the AGM at 7.15 p.m on Monday 21 July, with illustrated talk by Matthew Crapper, and free refreshments! There is no indoor meeting in August. The next one will be on Monday, September 15, at 7.15pm when the speaker will be Jim Lennon. His talk is “studying seabirds on the Shinto Isles”. There will be a joint lecture in October in the Winding Wheel at 7.30 p.m on Wednesday 8th. This will be instead of the usual meeting of RSPB that month. Future events are Wednesday, September - Cromford canal, meeting at rugby club car park at 9.30 m, leader Norman Crowson.. A wash boat trip on Sunday, October 4 - leader Paul Cowley. Spaces are limited so book early at indoor meetings or by contacting the secretary of the group Barbara Lower. Surveys in Linacre Woods are monthly on Saturday mornings at 9.30am. More information is on


President Neil Baker chaired the first meeting in the new Rotary year of The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale held at Proact stadium on July 10 with 39 members present. Past President David Foster advised the club that he visited The Rotary Club of Holyhead and enjoyed their Tour de Anglesey. The club was reminded that the new Rotary theme for 2014-2015 is Light up Rotary a new challenge for Rotary clubs to better showcase the support to the local community. President Neil reported that the four Rotary clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock had received a District Award for Partnership Working as a result of the jointly organised annual Ashover Classic Car and Bike show. Past president Brian Harrison reminded members of the Club Annual Charity Golf Day to be held on Friday, August 25, with a possible 38 teams in total and hoped to receive the usual support from the club members. Club chair of committees at this early stage reported that future projects are in hand.


Friday, June June 11, the Chesterfield and District branch were entertained by the Holymoorside Brass Band. John Slater the band’s conductor proved to be more than the conductor, entertaining the audience with jokes between the music, clean ones it has to be said. The music was varied and to suit all tastes. Everyone said what a enjoyable evening of brass band music they had had. WE are pleased that locally we have such talent on our doorstep. Well done Holymoorside Brass Band. Chesterfield and District branch of Parkinsons UK were entertained by a remarkable brass Band, The Holymoorside Brass band to be exact. They entertained us with a variety of music to suit all tastes


The Chesterfield Art Club meeting was opened by chairwoman Marilyn Madin who reported the success of the recent exhibition at Rowsley. She thanked the members who had stewarded the exhibition and help dismantle it afterwards. The weather had been good for the the outdoor painting day in Edensor Village organised by Marilyn but the turn out had been disapointing. The Club was to stage an exhibition inside Chesterfield Market Hall from Thursday 17th to Saturday, July 26. It had been decided to open the unit on market days only from 10am to 3pm. Paintings were need and members required to steward the unit on these days. After buiness was completed the Nominated Subject for the evening was Storms. Members had brought along examples of their art on this topic. Each painting was displayed in turn and the artist invited to say a few words about their work. More information on 01246 27866


President John Roberts presided at the monthly business meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold on July 11. Rotarian Ian Gordon, lead for vocational service, gave an update on the plans for a local senior schools art and craft exhibition which is due to be held in June/July 2015 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the dedication of St Andrew’s Church Building. He reported that both Newbold Community School and St Mary’s High School were keen to enter and had already exhibited art work at this year’s Church Summer Fair. He had also attended a stunning display of student’s art exhibited internally at Newbold Community School. The president reported that the chairmen of the club’s external committees will be attending monthly council meetings this Rotary year and would make regular reports to members at future monthly business meetings. After discussion the following council recommendations were approved by members: A speaker-finder committee would be set up under the chairmanship of past-president Roy Willett to maintain an interesting weekly programme of speakers. Past-president John Keeton was thanked for carrying out this role so well for the last three years. Consultation and decision-making in the club would be widened so that legitimate proposals would be put to club members at large by email (or post) for response to the secretary within seven days, unless an outright majority of the total number of club members is achieved at a monthly business meeting. In this latter case a report of any such decisions would be emailed to members for information. A committee night was to be held with all club committees, where possible, meeting at the same time and venue on the week prior to the monthly council meeting. The first such meeting would be held on Monday, September 29, 2014. The closing toast was proposed by past-president Kuttaiba Mohamad.



Alfreton Slimming World group was held with consultant Betty Oldknow at Firs House, 6pm. Six weight awards was presented and one new member was welcomed. Slimmer of the week was SallyAldred- Muzsla. At the Wednesday morning group which is held in the same venue at 10am, one award was presented and two new members were welcomed. Slimmer of the week was Linzi Dables. Total weight loss was 6st 4lbs.


Sue Curley welcomed all members, prospective new member Chris Webb and Alfreton Rotary president Nick Godrich and his wife wishing him all the best for his presidential year. Sue thanked all the officers for the good job they have done also everyone for their support through her rewarding year as president. Sue then inducted Margaret as president 2014/2015 and wished her a happy successful year. Margaret thanked Sue for her work during the year and charity money raised. President Margaret introduced the committee and presented badges to incoming officers after which president Margaret welcomed Chris Webb as a new member of the club. Chris has transferred from IW Club of Ferndown. Grace was said by president Margaret and a summer buffet was served. After dinner Alfreton Rotary president brought greetings from Rotary and his wife Elaine. President Margaret thanked members for all the good wishes she had received and said her main charity would be Motor Neurons Disease. Birthdays and anniversaries were read and apologies were made. The business meeting followed with club officers giving their reports. Programmes for 2014/2015 were distributed to members and forthcoming events noted.

President Margaret thanked Rotary president Nick and Elaine for attending and a happy and enjoyable year and finished with the quote,“Remember what lies behind us, what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”.



The meeting of Fritchley with Crich WI was held at Glebe Field Centre, Crich, on Wednesday, July 9, with 22 people in attendance. Jerusalem was duly sung and apologies were received from president Liz Griffiths and Bess Bailey. Previous minutes were passed as a true record. The July County Link was purused. A very enjoyable visit had been made recently by the group to Shardlow for a guided tour around the village. The group hopes to visit the NEC Food Show in Birmngham in November. A wine sampling evening was being planned for early in September to raise funds for the Glebe Field Centre. A trip was planned shortly for a meal at Sudbury Open Prison, and afterwards a visit to the nearby National Trust property Sudbury Hall. The Retail Manager of Owen Taylor’s Meat Retailer who have been trading for over 90 years in Leabrooks, Derbyshire. He then went on to tell us about his work, which made for a very interesting and entertaining evening.A generous raffle of meat took place all provided by Owen Taylor’s Company. The next meeting of the group will be September 10, for a Harvest sale and Pandora’s Box.



“An evening with Audrey” was the subject of the entertaining talk given by Tracy Oldfield on the life and career of Audrey Hepburn to the Inkserall Women’s Club. Vote of thanks to Tracy was given by Carol Cooper. Minutes were read by Joan Bramley and tea ladies for the evening were Sue Commons and Joan Ridsdale. Next week the ladies will have their summer outing.



The Ripley Tuesday Club enjoyed a visit to Melton Mowbray where members had the chance to explore three different markets. To help make the day a success most of the trip was in bright sunshine. Eileen Towndrow was in charge of the on coach raffle which raised £43 for club funds.


David Hill opened the Ripley Greenhillocks Fellowship meeting for which Verner Vahter played the organ and which featured some outstanding choral work by High Octane. Sheila Cotton moving the vote of thanks. Elizabeth Clark read the report before Marion Slack reported on the continued absence of Kath Brown, Horace Marshall-Clarke and John and Hazel Litchfield, all due to ilness. Marion then commented upon the day out at Skegness before leading the birthday celebrations for Sheila Riggs, Jean Halton and Dorothy Jessop. June Peake donated biscuits to the meeting before Marion Slack read Allotments.

Refreshments were served fbefore David Hill and Betty Todd conducted the drawing of the free raffle.


Morning WI

Ann Pearman, President of Wingerworth Morning WI, welcomed members to the July meeting. Apologies were received from Wendy Sindall, Dorothy Morris, Maureen Slack, Ruby Hill, Glenys Wilkinson, Betty Nicklin, Pat Rasen and Barbara Allen. Although only July, Sue Barrand was taking names for the Christmas Lunch at the Rising Sun, Bamford on 3rd December. This always proves to be a popular event. We had entered one team in the Group Quiz, the team members had had an enjoyable, if not successful, evening, Ann Coy gave details of the correspondence received which included information of a coffee morning organised by Higham & Shirland WI, details of a carol service and festive weekend on 5/6th December in Chesterfield and details of Members Open Days at the Headquarters in London on 15/16 October. During the refreshment break Ann read to the members an article entitled “The Baton’s View of Events in Derbyshire”.After refreshments, Joan Newton – a South Yorkshire WI member – gave a very interesting and emotive talk about the WI’s involvement with women in Transilvania entitled “To Romania with Love”. This was an ongoing involvement which started after the fall of communism in helping the Romanian women to start their own groups and activities and had proved most successful. The meeting ended with the drawing of the raffle by Joan which was won by Ann Pearman and Beryl Morton. Ann Pearman closed the meeting and reminded members that the speaker at the August meeting will be Helen Chambers talking on the subject “Women in the English Civil War”.


Weekly events at Somercotes Salvation Army on Sleetmoor Lane include Sunday 10am to 11am; Sunday Worship 3pm; Monday 3pm - Friends and Fellowship (except Bank Holiday weeks); Tuesday 9.30am to 11am Care and Share Coffee Morning; Wednesday 10am – Timbrel Practice; Wednesday 11am – Band Practice. Monthly events for July: Craft & Cake (sewing, knitting, crocheting, and card making) – First Friday of month 2pm to 4pm. All materials provided to make craft items for various charities or bring your own. Share in fellowship with a piece of homemade cake and cup of tea/coffee. A donation of £1 would be appreciated to cover costs of materials, refreshments etc; Monday, July 14, 3pm – Friends and Fellowship being led by Sian Cooper from Worksop Corps; Friday, July 25, 5pm-7pm – Messy Church; Tuesday, July 29, 11am, opportunity to meet the new Divisional Commanders. Refreshments available.


Already lottery funded and with the site secured and plans drawn-up, the Village Hall Committee is committed to a series of events to help raise funds to finance the building of the Hall 3 August sees a car wash by fire officers along with a Car Boot Sale to be held at the Horse and Jockey. This starts at 10am August 26 will see a walk and picnic taking place. This starts from the Horse and Jockey at 10.30am. September 13 is a Family Fun Day at the Horse and Jockey with a wide range of attractions to be announced nearer the day. November 1 is a Spooky Halloween Walk with fancy dress, party games, disco and raffle. There will be a prize for the best fancy dress. Again it is centred around the Horse and Jockey. November 9 is Firework Night with bonfire toffee and soup. December 20 sees the Christmas Lights go on with Santa’s Grotto, a band, lucky dip, mulled wine and mince pies.


Ambergate Playgroup received a donation of £200 from the Belper Nursing Cup.


Police online

You can now follow the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Team on Twitter. Run by the town’s PCs Rich Marshall and Simon Gilding they can be followed on Twitter@RipleySNT


Ian Cooke was the guest speaker at the Ripley Gardening Club with an illustrated talk on Shrubs, The Year Round.


Colin Butt and May Metheringham were the North/South winners at the Monday evening tournament at the Ripley Bridge Club. Ian Kayes and Andrew Skidmore won playing East/West. Thursday evening, John and Kathryn Shaw were the North/South winners with Philip Upton and Rosemary Harnan taking the East/West honours.


Anthony Lynch with a talk on Army Life was the guest speaker at the Ripley U3A Group meeting. The next meting of the Group is on 17 July at St Joseph’s Church Hall on Butterley Hill.



The Pennytown Court visited the Duke of Sussex at Sutton for lunch before going on a trip to the Dukeries which took in a visit to the Garden Centre at Welbeck.


Holiday Club

The Codnor and Waingroves Holiday Club will meet at Codnor Methodist Church on Mill Lane between 10am and 12 noon every day between 29 July and 1 August.It is free and is for 5 to 11 year olds and will feature songs, Bible stories, crafts games and refreshments. Lets All Get Together, which features singing, craft, games, a story, refreshments and lots of fun, meets on 23 July between 3.30pm and 5.00pm at Codnor Methodist Church. Both children and adults are welcome but under fives must bring an adult with them. The Toddlers Inc closed for the Summer Holidays with a Teddy Bears Picnic.

New vicar

A New Vicar of Chesterfield for the’Crooked Spire’ Church. Important news. The Revd. Patrick Coleman will be instituted as the Vicar of Chesterfield, St Mary and All Saints with St. Leonard’s, Spital. On Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7pm, the service will be led by the Bishop of Derby The Right Reverend Dr. Alastair. L.J Redfern and inducted by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield, The Venerable Christine L Wilson. The service will be held at St. Mary and All Saints and all are warmly invited to join with us on this special occasion. The Churchwardens: John Gascoyne and Lesley Walton.

Lea and Holloway

The Lea and Holloway Brownies raised over £500 for Ashgate Hospice with their sponsored walk.


On Friday evening, July 11, Shirebrook Miners Welfare UNISON band played a concert as part of the Bolsover Parish Church Flower Festival 2014 Celebrations in Bolsover Parish Church. The band,led by musical director Mark Wilcockson, performed a varied programme of traditional and popular brass band music to a large congregation in the beautifully flower bedecked church. Included in the performance were solo items by band members Neill Escott (cornet), Mark Brimble (soprano cornet), Roy Briscoe (flugel horn) and Nick Stokes (bass trombone). Jayne Jones and Mick Cartlidge performed a euphonium duet entitled ‘Me And My Shadow’.


On Saturday evening, July 12, Shirebrook Miners Welfare UNISON band, led by musical director Mark Wilcockson, performed along with Pleasley Colliery Welfare band, led by musical director Geoff Benson, in a World War One Commemoration Concert organised by Bolsover District Council and Pleasley Parish Council on land to the rear of Pleasley Miner’s Welfare. The theme of the concert was of course music from the World War One era and included items to which the large gathering heartily sang along. Claire Benson from Pleasley band performed a tenor horn solo entitled ‘Autumn’s End’ and Neill Escott from Shirebrook band performed a cornet solo entitled ‘Loves Old Sweet Song’. Further information on Shirebrook Miners Welfare UNISON band including future engagements can be found by accessing the band website

South Normanton


South Normanton Cat Sanctuary are holding GIANT JUMBLE SALE ON Saturday, July 19, at the Zion Methodist church from 12 noon till 2pm lots of bargains also available lunch time special cod cake and drink £2.



Salem Independent Methodist Church in Wingerworth celebrated its anniversary on Sunday, with a special service consisting of readings sketches and musical items performed by the young people and The Salem Singers. The services were led by Miss J Land of Bonsall and Mr R Scothern of Stoney Middleton. The collection which amounted to £338 was donated to support the work of The Kasaji Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Heath and Holmewood

Lets Connect

A cheque for £210 from Derbyshire Constabulary was presented to Diana Yates of the Lets Connect project at Heath Church. This will be used to buy games equipment for use by the young people.


It was all hands on deck at the vicarage last Saturday evening as a group from Heath church started to make their scarecrow for the forthcoming village festival.

A delicious supper was cooked by Rev Anette Love and everyone shared home made desserts. Donations were collected for CMS towards their mission work overseas.


It was world cup Sunday and so the theme of the services was ‘A Higher Goal,’ looking at the work that the Church Mission Society is involved in amongst the streets of Brazil. The service was led by Kim Savage who also reminded us of the work of the Shokrollas whom the church supports through CMS in Cairo.

Flower festival

The service of blessing of the Flower festival and the Heath village wells will take place on Saturday, July 19, at 2pm.

The theme for this year’s flower festival will be ‘All the Saints,’ and the church will be open each day next week between 11am and 8pm. The summer fayre will also take place on the Vicarage garden on Saturday opening at 12 noon.



To coincide with the annual Flower Festival. Well Dressing and Open Gardens Barlborough Heritage Centre will be open on Saturday 26th July until 6pm and Sunday, July 27, 1-6pm. This year there will be six gardens open including the new Woodside House.

St James church will be open 10 till 5pm. Light refreshments will be served in the Church Institute. Partial wheelchair access at Rose Cottage and The Hollies. Access to rear of Clarendon via stone slabs. Follow NGS Signs.

Parking available in village centre. Children Free. Bring the camera.

Holymoorside & Walton

Parish Council

Members of Holymoorside & Walton Parish Council met for their full meeting on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Holymoorside village hall and in attendance were councillors; Martin Thacker (in the chair), Audrey Broderick, Dean Corbridge, Ann Grinbergs, Pat Maskrey, Jeff Swallow, Donald Walker, Norman Wragg, Clerk Kate Brailsford. R

epresentatives from ‘Your Locale’ also attended to present the parish council with information in relation to neighbourhood planning opportunities. Councillors agreed that this initiative should be pursued further and will be discussed at the next council meeting Under public participation a councillor, speaking as a member of the public, commented on the poor state of the grass verges, which were overgrown and the gutters, which appeared full of debris.

It was noted that the parish council already paid for leaves to be removed in the autumn time from the Cotton Mill Hill area of Holymoorside but that the possibility of appointing a parish lengths-man would be discussed again at the next scheduled meeting of the council.

Councillor Thacker, reported as the parish’s NEDDC councillor, that following the failed attempt to erect a phone mast on Acorn Ridge it was anticipated that an application was to be submitted for an existing mast in Slate Pit Dale to be upgraded.

Following the normal order of business which included the resolution of previous minutes from the June 2014 meeting and the working party tasked with deciding on the decorating requirements at the village hall, the recommendations and quotations received for work at the hall, totalling £1,898 and £1,575 for the memorial garden railings and both sets of gates were accepted.

Members received information in relation to a variety of health & safety issues.

The legionella risk assessment and recommended actions was approved, including changes required to the water tank and on-site staff training at an approximate cost in excess of £800.

Following an audit on outside facilities councilors were provided with information and suggestion on works required, including the repair and painting of three seats, painting of one notice-board and repairs to the drain outside the kitchen foyer.

Members agreed to commission all the work required. The mats in both the main and kitchen foyers will also be replaced.

It was noted that the seat on Pinfold Close, which belongs to NEDDC is in poor condition and it was agreed to contact them to request the necessary repairs.

Other matters included a report on the condition of the allotments, long-term saving accounts available and a report following the recent internal check of financial transactions of the council.

Correspondence included thanks from Holymoorside Tennis Club for the recent re-painting of the courts and a request for them to be allowed vehicular access to the courts during the winter months, which was denied.

Consideration was given to help Holymoorside Tiger Tots during their period of financial difficulty and members agreed a reduction in hire fees for the hall until December.

Correspondence relating to the village hall included a request for a refund on a late cancellation was refused and comments relating to the increasingly over-full nappy bin and the action plan to alleviate the problem was agreed.

Members considered a recommendation from a parish councillor suggesting that in view of the significance of the centennial anniversary, this is an appropriate opportunity for the Council consider adding the five ‘missing’ names to the War Memorial.

However, concerns were noted over why the five names were not added originally when the memorial was commissioned in 1947 and consideration was given to historical information, which indicated that the five men were not residents of the parish or had not died directly of the wounds received in the war.

It was therefore resolved not to proceed with this recommendation.

The next of the parish council will be held on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at 7.15 pm at Walton village hall when the annual allotment awards will be presented to the winners of both the best kept and most improved allotments prior to the start of the meeting.

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