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Members of Holymoorside & Walton Parish Council met for their full meeting on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Holymoorside village hall and in attendance were cllrs Martin Thacker (in the chair), Audrey Broderick, Dean Corbridge, Ann Grinbergs, Pat Maskrey, Jeff Swallow, Donald Walker, Norman Wragg and clerk Kate Brailsford. Representatives from Your Local 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. Cllr 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 and safety issues. The legionella risk assessment and recommended actions were 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 councillors were provided with information 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. 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. 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, September 2, at 7.15pm 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 meeting.



The next meeting of the Chesterfield and District Caledonian Association is a weekend lunchtime venture and will take place at the Wildlife Centre at Carsington Water on Saturday, August 2. The plan is to meet at the Wildlife Centre at 2pm. All are welcome to come along and join them at the Carsington Water, where an expert guide will help observe native and visiting birds, in a splendid natural setting, followed by a pub meal. Anyone not wishing to join the walk are very welcome to join the association later at the Knockerdown Inn, nr Carsington Water, Ashbourne, DE6 1NQ. Eating at around 5pm. Please let Jen know if you plan to come on the walk or just attend the pub meal. further information please contact the association president Jen Macartney on 01623 812110 or email or look at website


The next branch meeting of the Chesterfield Western Front Association will be at Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate, on Tuesday, August 5, at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Tony Bolton Branch chairman, with his talk, Mobilisation 1914. Tony considers how the British mobilized in August 1914. Contact Mark Macartney on 01623 812110, or


President John Roberts presided at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday, July 18. He welcomed regular guest Frank Clifford, past president of the Rotary Club of Bolsover, who brought greetings from their newly inducted president Geoff Davis. Volunteers were sought for duty at the annual Ashover Classic Car and Bike Show which is being held at Rectory Fields, Ashover, S45 0BA on Sunday, July 27, from 10am to 4pm. The event in aid of local charities, which includes autojumble and an arts and craft fair, is being organised once again jointly by the four local Rotary clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock and promises a great day out for all the family. The after-lunch speaker was Karen Handbury who spoke about the amazing work of Support Dogs, a national charity dedicated to training assistance dogs which transform the lives of people with epilepsy, physical disabilities, and children with autism. A vote of thanks and the closing toast was proposed by past-president John Moss. The after-lunch speaker at the next club meeting on Friday, July 25, is Stephen Heseldine on the exciting new educational Raspberry Pi Computer Project. Speaker host is Stuart Whitby and duty rotarian is Charles Evans.


55 very relieved ladies attended the July meeting of the Chesterfield Morning Townswomen’s Guild. The return to the Winding Wheel after two main meetings in the Assembly Rooms was greeted with joy. In the absence of Margaret Beresford and Alva deChiro, the chair was taken by Jean Tindale, one of our honorary chairmen, the other being Margaret Baxter who chaired the June meeting in the Assembly Rooms. On Thursday, July 24, Eva Rasen will host a knit and natter morning where members are invited to knit garments for the Premature Baby Unit. Also at this meeting members will be able to complete applications for the Federation Arts and Craft competition in October. July 31 sees Alva deChiro fronting the creative writing session which is proving increasingly popular. Cheris Gray held a jewellery stall which raised funds for the Guild. Margaret Freeman reminded members that there would not be any meetings in August, and that the new session would start with Talk Shop on September 4, with a talk on waste management. The morning ended with a very amusing, reminiscing talk by Mrs J. Brunt entitled Amami Nights. Look out for our promotional display in an empty shop in the precinct in September.


On Sunday of last week, John Hadfield had nine members join him for a 13 mile ramble, setting out from Rushup Edge and making their way to South Head, on to Mount Famine and Cracken Edge before returning to the car park. Monday’s short walk had Val Billyeald and Jill Hemper leading a group of 14 walkers and two dogs - starting from Darley Bridge, on to Snitterton, Oker and Wensley for a walk of 5.5 miles. The Wednesday long car ramble had a group of 17 members, led by Mel Hardy. Out again in the evening Mel had responsibility for four members who enjoyed an evening stroll around the Burbage valley using a route taking in Burbage Rocks, upper Burbage Bridge and Higger Tor before returning via Carl Walk and Toad’s Mouth. Cath Collins was leader for the short bus walk, taking 23 members from Baslow Nether End for a circular walk through Chatsworth. Andrew Milne had 12 of the longer bus ramblers journey with him by public transport to Killamarsh for a linear walk of 11 miles. On Sunday, Robert Kelly was leader for the long walk of 13 miles, setting out from Hathersage with 11 ramblers. Visit or e-mail


12 existing Chesterfield members and one new member of the Sheffield ME Group (S.M.E.G) had an enjoyable Summer Gathering on the terrace at Frederick’s Cafe, Queen’s Park on Wednesday, June 25, sitting in warm sunshine. The group welcomed this informal network opportunity to share information and exchange common experiences which are frequently associated with this chronic illness. We were also pleased to meet the six week old baby of one of our original Chesterfield members and congratulate two other members, both affected by ME/CFS who were recently married. The new chairman of Sheffield M.E. Group also attended this meeting. The last seated Tai Chi class of the summer course took place on Wednesday, July 16. Members who attended have found this gentle exercise and relaxation therapy to be very helpful in alleviating some of their ME/CFS symptoms and another course is being planned for Autumn 2014.

Future events: Tuesday, July 29 – Social drop-in from 2pm onwards at Posh Inc Coffee Shop, 29 Market Street, Clay Cross; Friday, August 15 – 10am -3pm, Stand at the Party in the Park, Queen’s Park Chesterfield; Tuesday, September 23 - Network Meeting with speaker on an ME/CFS Therapy, Chesterfield Library, 2pm-4pm. For information call 0114 253 6700 or visit


Fr Patrick Coleman was instituted and inducted as the new Vicar of Chesterfield by The Lord Bishop of Derby and the Archdeacon Christine Wilson on Friday, July 18. Over 350 people were present including the Mayor and Mayoress, and the local MP Toby Perkins and his wife. There were many present from Fr Patrick’s former churches in Monmouthshire Diocese. Clergy and ministers and members of Chesterfield churches and Christian organisations welcomed Fr Patrick during the service. Fr Patrick is committed to Christian understanding between the churches in the town and he looks forward to his new role in Chesterfield and district. The collection during the service will be shared between Street Pastors and School Pastors and other local outreach organisations. After the service a buffet was enjoyed in the Parish rooms in the Saints Coffee shop. Thanks were expressed to the caterers, the organists the choir. Flower Group and the Sidesmen and others who made this service a wonderful and memorable evening, John Gascoyne and Lesley Walton, Church Wardens.



On Wednesday, July 9, Roz Adamson, president of The Rotary Club of Bakewell, awarded Young Citizen of the Year to Andrew Davies of Lady Manners School and Joe Allen of Hope Valley College. The awards were presented in recognition of the hard work each winner had put into two very different projects. The Rotary Club were delighted to have the awards generously sponsored by Marian Wright of Bloomers, Bakewell. Andrew Davies has recently come to the end of a significant and gruelling period of treatment for the leukaemia he had diagnosed in 2012, including courses of chemotherapy and ultimately a life changing bone marrow transplant. Although he is now back in school and re-gaining his strength and fitness he is determined to ensure that he makes a contribution to Sheffield Children’s Hospital in order to acknowledge the excellent care and treatment he received. To this end he hopes to raise £150,000, the approximate cost of his transplant. He has already raised £26,000 with the help of family and friends and is about to embark on a taxing 81 mile walk between Ilkley and Lake Windermere to help raise more funds. Andrew’s bravery, determination and community spirit are wonderful example of how young people’s energy, can be put to such positive use. Joe Allen was part of a group of young people who were experiencing some degree of frustration at the lack of a skateboarding and scootering facility in Hathersage. Joe was conscious of the potential for young people to be perceived as a nuisance and set about trying to find a solution to the problem. He approached the Parish Council and gained support but funds were not available to allow for a skatepark to be constructed. Undeterred, Joe and friends set about raising funds through offering services to local people such as car washing etc. Sadly, soon after this began, Joe’s best friend, Richard Hill died suddenly. Richard’s parents kindly set up the Richard Hill Memorial Fund to help young people in Hathersage and the Hope Valley and this helped to galvanise the community to work together to raise funds. The project gathered momentum and as a result it was nominated for a People’s Lottery Award. The project won and received a cheque for £50,000. Finally, in September this year, as a result of Joe’s and his friends’ and families’ efforts, Hathersage will open its skatepark. A testimony to the determination and community spirit of young people. More details about each of the award winner’s stories, including how members of the public can contribute to Andrew’s fund raising can be found on The Rotary Club of Bakewell website


Officers headed out on the road to encourage farmers to further protect themselves from crime during a recent Farm Watch event. Police visited the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell to raise awareness of the Farm Watch scheme and to offer advice to protect the rural communities from crime. Farm Watch is a free service which is led by police and partners including Derbyshire Dales and High Peak local authorities, Derbyshire County Council and the NFU. The pioneering project allows messages to be spread quickly around crime prevention advice, witness appeals and information to anyone signed up to it. Sergeants and Safer Neighbourhood officers worked alongside Community Safety Officer, Jag Hayer from the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service and SmartWater consultant, Julie Smith to help sign people up to the dedicated Farm Watch scheme. All farmers who signed up to the scheme received a free pack including a Farm Watch sign for their property, crime prevention advice leaflets and also a Smart Water kit to mark up their valuables and deter criminals. The team set up shop in June to give visitors the opportunity to purchase cut-price security products including heavy duty chains, alarms and shed security signage to keep their farm equipment and vehicles secure. Throughout the day of action, Sergeant Steve England and PCSO’s Sue Lester and Hayley Grundy spoke to farmers about the steps that they can take to protect themselves and their property from criminals. Community Safety. To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101.


The Golding@Medway group were busy in the sunshine helping to support the Bakewell In Bloom efforts by filling up the new planters in the forecourt of the Medway Centre. Margie Stuckey, Centre administrator said: “It is fantastic to see the group working on our behalf and I know we will have a beautiful display which will look fantastic.” The sturdy planters were donated to the Centre by our great supporters, Pinelog, who have helped the Medway since it was built. Grateful thanks also go to Calver Sough Garden Centre who very kindly donated some of the plants.


A party of five from the Rotary Club of Bakewell travelled by rail to visit old friends at the Rotary of Stamford at their meeting at the famous George Hotel in the town. A delightful occasion, a superb meal, much laughter and the usual presentation of the proverbial Bakewell Pudding by Brian Dean. In the past 25 years these infrequent outings have raised over £8,500 for the Railway Children Charity, which is now situated in Sandbach.



At the July meeting of Cromford WI, Janette Thorpe and her colleague Margaret gave a wonderful demonstration of flower arranging. Janette created a very impressive “church window” with sunflowers and described the displays she had made for a wedding in France, using sunflowers, while Margaret filled a “basket with a difference”. The arrangements were raffled off, so several members went home with a lovely floral treat. The WI books and puzzles stall at Celebrating Cromford was very successful, it was good to take part in such a lively village event. Members visited Tissington for a walk and cream tea, to mark the passage of a national WI baton, and attended a Fashion Show at Masson Mill in aid of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. On September 23, Cromford WI will be holding a quiz and cakes evening, open to members and non-members. At £12 for a team of four, including scrumptious cakes, this promises to be an enjoyable evening – please ring 01629 822319 for an entry form. At the next meeting on Wednesday, September 3, William Boyce will give an illustrated history of the Red Arrows. This will be an open meeting, visitors are welcome for a charge of £4.50 including light refreshments. The competition is to Make Something Red. Meetings are held at Cromford Institute, The Hill, Cromford, on the first Wednesday of each month except August, and new members and visitors are welcome. Contact Janet Chambers on 01629 822319.



The Castle Street Medical Centre PPG held it’s meeting on July 8, among the items discussed was the steady increase in patient numbers. There was a discussion around this and the fact that we can, in the main, offer appointments on the day requested was seen to be a major factor. From September 1, we will be introducing an early morning GP appointment on Monday’s from 7.3 am and a late night appointment on Thursday evening until 7.30pm. This is to give more choice and flexibility to our patients in employment. Another factor in the increase could well be that most of our doctors are trained by Dr Kar at the surgery. This not only benefits the GPs, but it also benefits our patients because they have got to know and trust them. The new electronic prescription system is now up and running which means that prescriptions are sent straight to the pharmacy of your choice electronically. Dr Carberry will be on duty for three days/week, Dr Kerry for two days and two mornings, and Jane Morris will be helping the practice nurse with her duties. Our new receptionist, Judy Barratt will also be helping out with Phlebotomy.


At its weekly meeting the Rotarians heard from Tim Rourke that the Trussell Trust’s Chesterfield Foodbank was now one year old and looking to expand its operation. He thanked Rotary for its continuing support, and especially for the funding of an App to assist in the collection of urgently-needed food items and other information. The App is available free to download from App Store and is simple to use. Several Rotarians downloaded the software to their phones and could use it immediately. Tim advised that in its first year the foodbank, which is run by volunteers, had assisted 1259 adults and 620 children. Support and funding come from many charities and businesses. Some supermarkets, such as Tesco, operate a system of in-store contribution from their customers. Tim gave a brief outline of how the Chesterfield Foodbank worked directly with the relevant agencies that issued vouchers for food parcels; an area he was hoping to develop with 35 agencies in and around Chesterfield. Geoff Davis, club president, thanked Tim for his update on the good work carried out by the Chesterfield Foodbank and said: “A crisis is subjective to the individual, but if you have no food, then that crisis is immediate, and part of the solution is found in foodbanks, thanks to Tim and his hard-working volunteers”. The Rotary Club of Bolsover meets at the Ringwood Hotel every Wednesday at 7pm.


Six new Beaver Scouts from the 4th Bolsover Scouts attended their first Beaver Bonanza at the Drum Hill Scout Camp, Derby, on July 6. They travelled the world, visiting all the continents and undertaking some of the most fun activities they have ever experienced. These include making Maori headdresses, racing dragons, having a snowball fight. water slide, riding the river rapids and zip-wire run to name a few. They also met Furry Fred, the Derbyshire Scout mascot. July 13, was also a great day for the 4th Bolsover Scouts, as 14 Beavers were invested into the Beaver family, only two months after opening the section. A big thank you to all those Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and parents who attended, in addition to local councillors including Eion Watts, Leader of Bolsover District Council, Rose Bowler and Toni Bennett. The event was also celebrated by members of the Scout Association, Joy Templar (County Commissioner, Beavers) who invested the Beavers by helping them say their Scout Promise - David Ellis, District Commissioner, Scouts and Janet Bradshaw, District Commissioner, Cubs as Bryony Evans, Cub received her Chief Scout’s Silver Award as she now leaves to start Scouts. In addition, Scouts receiving their Chief Scout’s Gold Award as they now leave to start Explorers were Thomas Over and Matthew Evans.



Cakes and wine were the order of the day when Foljambe WI celebrated its 42nd birthday at the July meeting, held in St John’s Church Hall Walton. Three members of Hasland Theatre - Audrey, Rachel and Mike, told of its origins in the sixties and how shows are produced today. It has 50 members and is so successful that more performances are to take place for each new production. The three concluded with amusing readings and were thanked by Margaret Armour. The minutes were read by Audrey Walker and Irene Whittaker gave the treasurer’s report. The president, Margaret Armour thanked Josie Perkins for her work on the sales table. £10 was added to funds from the games evening held this month. Brenda Cragg gave details of the outing to Bolsover Castle on September 23, the chocolate tasting at Thorntons on November 4 and the panto in Chesterfield on December 5. A coffee morning and “soup and sweet” lunch are to take place in August.



Ashover Parish Council held a meeting in The Sports Pavilion, Milken Lane, Ashover, on Tuesday, July 15, at 7.30pm. Cllr E. Willmot chaired the meeting. The tree warden reported on trees in the cemetery requiring maintenance and overgrown rights of way. It was noted that, due to cutbacks, Derbyshire County Council would only be strimming once a year on some rights of way and not twice as in previous years. Reparation work undertaken to the gateway to the field was confirmed. DCC Cllr B Lewis would be requested to respond to the Parish Council’s request for an extension to the consultation period on stage 2 of the proposed cuts to the Mobile Library Service. An order would be placed for installation of fitness equipment on the playing field in the sum of £8,994. Ashover Primary Care Trust had awarded a grant in support of the project in the sum of £7,000. The balance of £1,994 would be met from the Village of the Year Fund. The Primary Care Trust proposed to install seven defibrillator units sited around the parish. Ashover Parish Council had pledged a Section 137 donation of £500 towards the provision. Memorial seating comprising four picnic tables had been placed at locations around the playing field. One of the tables had been sponsored by Eastwood Grange School following a donation of £521 and a letter of thanks had been sent to the School. A midnight vigil would take place around the War Memorial on August 3, 2014, gathering at 11.45pm. This would include a five minute silence with a bell toll followed by a poem and a prayer. A working group meeting with the Parochial Church Council had taken place to discuss the proposal for a stained glass window in the church, to commemorate lives lost in all wars. An annual maintenance contract would be entered into with Wallgate Ltd., for the handwashers in the public conveniences. Work would be undertaken on Rights of Way under the MMA with Derbyshire County Council.Reports had been completed following two incidents in the Cemetery.

Classic Car

Ashover Charity Classic Car & Bike Show, is to be held at Rectory Fields, Ashover, S45 0BA, 10am to 4pm. Autojumble, arts and craft fair, entertainment, kids’ rides, bar & refreshments, free parking. Public admission £5 (U12s free). Exhibitors £5 per car/bike and two adults.

Clay Cross


2326 (Clay Cross) Squadron, Air Training Corps meets every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Clay Cross Cadet Centre, Derby Road, Clay Cross. They enjoy a wide range of activities including field craft, initiative exercises, sports and work towards BTEC qualifications. Cadets also learn about the role of the Royal Air Force and jobs that are available. Recent outings included a trip to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, which incorporated the annual military vehicle show. Passes ensured that cadets got to get on planes including Concorde and a VC10 and everyone enjoyed this good day out. Other events included a two night trip to Waddington Air Show where cadets helped with the smooth running of the event. The squadron also competed in the annual Wing Field day entering competitions for best marching, aircraft recognition, shooting and displays. Air cadets also help with charity events, the latest being a fundraising walk by the Parkinson’s UK around Chatsworth Park. Cadets marshalled at various points around the walk and ensured people were on the right route. They also provided tents for the fundraisers use. Thanks to fundraising by the squadron and the collection of the small subscription paid by all cadets, a new mini-bus has been purchased, which means that even more cadets have the opportunity have great days out. The next scheduled trip is to Sunderland Air Show at the end of July. Contact


The July meeting of the Clay Cross Townswomen’s Guild was held in the Baptist Church, Market Street, Clay Cross. Members were greeted by June Irvine and final arrangements were made for the August outing to Scarborough. There will be a tea and scone afternoon on July 31, when Janis Wilson will give a report on the recent AGM at Cardiff. This will include a bring and buy with any money collected going to the party fund. The speaker for the evening was Val Dukes who gave a talk entitled Around the World in Eighty Days. The finished arrangements were raffled off and four members went home very happy. There will be no meeting in August so the next meeting will be Thursday, September 18. New members are always welcome.



On June 25, some members of Brampton and Walton Townswomen enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Denby Factory, followed by a shopping spree in the visitors centre’s many shops. An unusual meeting was held on July 16 in the St Thomas’ Suite - with no planned speaker the group decided to have an informal social gathering where they were able to circulate and meet new members. There was a lot of enthusiastic discussion about individual entries for The Federation Art and Craft competition to be held in October. We are looking forward to our first fund raising event next month - A House Party - with various stalls, a big raffle, sales tables and lots more! Also next month some of our members are visiting the Assay Office in Sheffield. Our next meeting is on August 20, at 10am, in the St Thomas’ Suite. Our speaker will be John Dolan talking about Aquaboxes. Why not come along and find out what’s in the box! Our group is a very friendly group and we always make new members welcome. Ring either 01246 237363 or 01246 233179 or email


The Gospel Mission Congregational Church, made its annual visit to the seaside last Sunday. After a weekend of heavy storms, thunder and lightning, the coach party was grateful to be leaving Old Road in dry, warm weather and delighted with the July sunshine and gleaming blue sea that met them upon arrival. During the day the party indulged in a variety of traditional seaside activities such as a stroll around the prom on Marine Drive, entertainment from The Spa Orchestra, a band concert in Peasholm Park, a Fun Day in Northstead Manor Gardens and for some the traditional seaside fayre of fish and chips. During the afternoon the annual Putting Tournament took place in Peasholm. The senior section and overall trophy was won by David Truscott and for the second year in succession, the under eighteens competition was won by Emily Mellor.

Jazz Club

The return of the popular jazz group Interplay was enjoyed by all at the Chesterfield Jazz Club. A great evening of jazz by the 5 instrumentalists who make up the band, which comprises an unusual range of musical understanding and experience, inspired by many jazz and other cultural influences. They played a varied repertoire of soft atmospheric to punchy bop. Fun audience participation to the melodious funky music was a hit, A breath of fresh air! The next gig at the Club on Chester Street will be the third Thursday in August when Allison Neale, Saxophonist will be the guest.


The Worship Group at Storrs Road Methodist Church held a Worship on Weekdays with the theme Let Us Play based on using our creative talents. There were activities to take part in, drama, meditation and contemporary songs. Donations from those attending will be sent to Fairplay in Chesterfield. The next WoW is scheduled for October 3.

Newark Loop

The Ichthus Canoe Club Chesterfield recently had another exciting river trip in glorious weather on the river Trent. They put in and finished at Millgate. This particular trip had not been on the Club’s calendar for a few years and it was good to be able to paddle this stretch of the river. The put in was challenging as boats had to be lowered a couple of metres from the dock. During the paddle a Jack Russell dog belonging to a walker on the bank decided he wanted to join them and had to be ‘extracted’ from the river by the kayakists so it didn’t get into trouble in the water. The kayakists and canoeists were able to play on the weirs. Contact 01246 274021 or email



The annual summer outing of Inkersall Womens Club was held at The Herb Garden. Here the ladies enjoyed strolling around the garden and afterwards had afternoon tea in the tea room. This was organised by Carol Cooper and Kate Fisher. Carol also gave a vote of thanks to the gentlemen who served the tea. The special raffle winners were; Sue Commons, Diane Clifton, Pat Wood and Lynda Kujawa.



Extended open hours for Barlborough Heritage Centre during the Flower Festival week-end Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. The centre will open until 6pm both days and be displaying previously unseen photographs of gardens in the village throughout the years. You will also be able to find out the history of this ancient village. The Parish Church of St James will be open 10am till 5pm each day. This years theme for the flower festival is Favourite Hymns. No charge for entry but donations welcome. View the annual Well Dressing near the church plus the Towns Well near Rose Cottage will be dressed. There will also be 6 Gardens open in conjunction with the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). Free for children, Adults £5, maps available with locations. For Vintage Car lovers there will be a 3 wheeler Morgan on display at Woodside House but watch out for the grass snakes!

Plants for sale at Lindway.

Try out your croquet skills on the lawn and meet the chickens at Clarendon. See the beautiful Koi carp at Goose Cottage. The Hollies have a tombola, Children’s colouring corner, giant chess set and much more. Look out for the scarecrows made by local children’s groups. Refreshments being served at The Church Institure and Stone Croft. Parking at The Royal Oak, Doctors Surgery and the Heritage Centre, plus street parking throughout the village. Younger visitors can enter the garden quiz. On the Sunday Bolsover International Brass Summer School Band will be playing in the Church Institute 3pm to 4pm.



You would be forgiven for assuming that Granny’s Old Tin Box held nothing more than an old cake or stale biscuits, but you would be wrong. The members of Wingerworth WI discovered at their July meeting that an old tin box was a very good container for important family documents, such as wills, birth certificates and the like. Marjorie Dunn gave a fascinating illustrated talk about methods of tracing family ancestors and discovering further social history. She also gave useful tips for preserving photographs and suggested ways of researching family history. President Christine Smith welcomed members to the meeting and introduced two visitors, Georgina and Jane. Christine thanked Denise Tomlinson for presiding over the June meeting, and then introduced Linda Skeath, a member from Doe Lea and Rowthorne WI, who came to give her delegate’s report on the June AGM in Leeds. Linda has a special connection with Wingerworth in that her grandmother used to work at the Barley Mow. She gave a detailed and often amusing account of her visit to Leeds. It was a very wet day and Linda had the presence of mind to furnish a hat from a plastic bag. Linda told us that the Resolution to improve organ donation was passed with an overwhelming majority: 5891 for, 133 against. Wigerworth WI is a very active group. Six members formed two teams and acquitted themselves very well at the group quiz in Stretton, considering each team had only three members in it. Several members enjoyed a walk near Kelstedge, avoiding the flies, and Christine thanked Alison Dawson and Linda Furness for all the help they have given (and for what they are going to do!) with the well dressing. Come and join us at the craft club on Friday, August 8, at the church centre. Individual and group entries are all under way for the Bakewell Show. Jane Graham gave an account of her visit to the WI’s own Denman College in Oxfordshire. Her course of study was ‘The Art Treasures of Oxford’ and it was obvious from her enthusiasm that Jane had a wonderful time there. Margaret Yates won the competition for a family document and tea and Chris Booth, Alison Dawson and Denise Tomlinson served refreshments. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, September 10, at 7pm, with a talk by Jean Hartley and Sue Spriggs.

Hathersage &


The Joint Transport Committee of Hathersage and Outseats Parish Councils met on Monday, July 14, with cllr Rosie Olle in the chair. A representative of the Hope Valley Rail Users’ Group attended the meeting to give their views on the Department for Transport’s (DfT) current consultation exercise on the specification for the next Northern rail franchise, commencing in 2016. The committee had anyway been intending to respond to DfT on this, and agreed that response’s key message will be the need for frequency improvement (on both weekdays and Sundays) on the Hope Valley local service, while also mentioning several other issues. The committee noted that DfT’s funding of the new franchise will be constrained. Noting with concern the complete lack of advance consultation by the contractor who recently dug up gas mains in the village, it was recognised that Severn Trent will be starting many months of water-mains renewals in Hathersage in September and it was decided to prompt them now to consult with the village on the disruption which this will cause. Concern was expressed at the County Council’s slowness in resolving the outstanding issues with the A6187 cycleway between Hathersage and Bamford. They would be urged to make faster progress. The presence of a centre white line on the non-residential parts of The Dale was felt to be unhelpful, because it can encourage vehicles to keep too far to the left, thus causing verge erosion (because of the road’s narrowness), and can also lead strangers into believing that there is room for two cars to pass when in fact there isn’t. It was decided to ask the County Council to remove it, and to consider installing white lines at the carriageway edges. In response to an approach from residents in Crossland Road seeking a formal Residents’ Parking scheme, the County Council had been consulted. It was noted that their response was strongly against such a scheme, and so the committee noted with regret that there appears no way to progress it. It was noted that the County Council has now decided to drop the Dore Lane element of forthcoming additional yellow-lining planned around the Station Rd/Station Approach junction, which will be implemented later this year. The next meeting will be on October 20, at 7.30pm.



Dronfield Probus Club invites retired gentlemen who are looking for a new interest to come to our meetings at the Contact Club, Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 9.45am for 10am start. The programme for August is as follows: August 6 - Mr D. Williams and his talk Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch; August 20 - Dr A. Padfield and his talk Captain Smith-Clark Engineer Extraordinaire.

More details about the Club from Geoff Cuffling on 01246 417996 or visit our website



The council at its last meeting were advised of the crime statistics for the parish during June. It was clear that there had been an increase in crime particularly from sheds in the Parish and the Council were to write to the Police Commissioner expressing their concern at the apparent increase in crime nationally but also across the North East of the County. In the meantime any residents seeing any suspicious activity should contact the police either on 101 or in an emergency on 999. Plans for the events for commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War were progressing. On July 4, (the day WWI started), St John’s Church will be open for a time of prayer and reflection, with an opportunity to light candles in remembrance of those who gave their lives for our freedom. In the evening there will be a service and at 11pm the congregation will join with others around the country including Westminster Abbey to mark the moment of the declaration of war. Wednesday, August 6, at 7pm will see Tupton Film Club screening “All quiet on the western front”. On September 11, the Tupton Local History Society will be having a talk on The Great War – A Tommy’s Life. On the weekend of September 12, 13 and 14, there will be other activities including the Fellowship of Services Choir and a Church Open Day exhibition, more details available on the notice board or church website. The next edition of the Community Magazine had now been published and circulated to all houses in the Parish, additional copies had been made available in local shops or in the Village Hall. If you have not received a copy then please contact the clerk via email Following a complaint regarding the planters outside the Primary School the council had arranged for these to be removed and they would be transferred to the area around the Community Garden. The council were pleased to announce that they had joined forces with 10 other local parish councils to purchase a speed gun that could be used by the police to detect speeding in the parish. The initiative would mean that the council would be working closely with the police to discourage drivers from speeding and areas of concern in the Parish would be targeted as part of a programme of speed awareness campaigns. Finally, a reminder that the Tupton Carnival would be taking place on Saturday, July 26, with the parade starting at 1pm from Ford Street Play area and finishing on the Tupton Primary School field off Green Lane. Full details of the event is available in the centre pages of the Community Magazine. Everyone was welcome to attend. The next Council meeting would be held on Thursday, September 18, at 7pm in the Village Hall, all welcome to attend.

South Normanton


South Normanton Gardeners Association were hosts to the Ashover Produce Club, who paid their annual visit on Monday, July 14. The meeting was held at the Zion Methodist Church. Dr Patrick Harding from Sheffield gave an illustrated talk about his visits to the Isles of Scilly, both as a holidaymaker and later as a tour guide. Our next meeting will be back in the Postmill on Monday, August 11, at 7.30pm, when the topic will be Spring and Summer Vegetables. A date for your diary is the Annual Show on Saturday, September 6. All welcome to both show and meetings.


South Normanton Ladies Group met on Tuesday in the church hall. Marion Sverdloff chaired and welcomed guest speaker Dr Tony Bethel. He spoke about the work of the St Johns eye hospital in Jerusalem and its origins and how eye problems occur through the community through marriage of first cousins. Winners of the raffle were; J. Goodwin and S. Clay.

Heath &

Well Dressing

The only disappointment on Saturday, came in the form of down pouring rain and thunder and lightening. The rest of the well-dressing event in Heath Village was beautifully organised. Two inspiring well dressings – the main well at Laurel Hall depicting the stones along the edge of Derbyshire praising God, and the children’s well sited in the vicarage garden took the theme, Pet Show. A record number of entries in the village scarecrow competition were judged by one time village resident Mrs Betty Harrison, who declared the entry from the The Hollies to be a worthy winner.

Flower festival

Each of the windows in Heath church was decorated to portray the life of a particular saint. After a great deal of hard work the many visitors to the church will enjoy the beauty and fragrance of the flowers for a week. At the service of blessing on Saturday Helen Mitchell from the Derbyshire Domestic Violence service explained the work of the project and the use to which the money collected at the main well would be put; while Diana Yates spoke at the children’s well about the work of the local Lets Connect project.

Summer fayre

The vicarage garden was filled with stalls on the Saturday afternoon, all raising funds for the church and a total of £540 was achieved. Music was provided by the Dignity barrel organ and young singers led by mat Szarua who will also be singing in concert on Friday, August 1, in St Albans.


Unfortunately the bouncy castle had to be cancelled at the summer fayre on Saturday due to the rain, but the exciting events planned for the free Holiday club for young people aged between 8 and 13 years each Friday in August, starting on August 1, in St Albans won’t be cancelled, as plans have been made to continue whatever the weather.

Whittington Moor


On the afternoon of July 11, Whittington Moor Methodist Church held their third activity session for children and parents/carers. They welcomed over 30 children and about 20 adults to the session. They converted the vestibule into Jerico aided by numerous cardboard boxes and the excellent story telling of Jonathan Cooper. The children made and decorated hooters, flags and football shirt bunting before they were able to enjoy tea together. A successful afternoon with children asking, “when is the next one?” All being well late September will be the next one. Last Saturday morning of July 12, a joint circuit event was held at Whittington Moor Methodist Church. About 80 people met from the Chesterfield and the Bolsover and Staveley Circuit to share what they do. It was a great opportunity to see and hear about the different projects and activities that are currently happening, along with inspirational words from various presenters, including Sean Adaire who is the new superintendent minister for the Bolsover and Staveley Circit.



On Wednesday evening, July 16, Shirebrook Miners Welfare UNISON band, led by musical director Mark Wilcockson, took part in what can only be described as a unique concert, alongside the world famous Halle’ Orchestra from Manchester, conducted by Jamie Phillips and led by Sarah Ewins and also the Shirebrook Academy Wind Band, consisting of teachers and students from Shirebrook Academy. The concert which consisted of two separate but identical performances was initiated by a partnership of Bolsover District Council, Orchestras Live, Halle, Absolute Video and Derbyshire City and County Music Partnership and took place at the Shirebrook Academy on Common Lane in Shirebrook. The audiences experienced the wide ranging repertoire of the Halle Orchestra along with the Shirebrook Miners Welfare UNISON band and the Shirebrook Academy Wind band with the climax of each performance being a world premiere showing of a film entitled Shirebrook - A Living Heritage, made by Martyn Harris of Absolute Video with the soundtrack composed by Halle’ bass player Bea Schirmer. The film celebrates the history of Shirebrook and the creativity of its community. The very appreciative audiences gave standing ovations to all performers at the end of each performance.


On Sunday, July 20, Shirebrook Miners Welfare UNISON band, led by musical director Mark Wilcockson, were involved in providing some musical entertainment at the Shirebrook Town Show from the new bandstand to the rear of the Kissingate Leisure Centre on Park Road in Shirebrook. The band performed two 30 minute programmes of traditional and popular brass band music. Included in the performance was a solo item by the band’s principal cornet player Neill Escott who played an item entitled ‘Carrickfergus’.



Fr Malcolm Ainscough, Rector of St Paul’s Church, Hasland, led a party of 17 pilgrims from his churches at Hasland and Temple Normanton, St James, to the Shrine at Walsingham last weekend. The participants were able to relax in the peace and calm of the atmosphere at Walsingham, enjoy the beautiful worship, take part in the moving and challenging experiences of walking the Stations of the Cross, participate in the Ministries of Healing and Reconciliation, as well as enjoying excellnt food, meeting other pilgrims from many parts of the country, and listen to the inspiring addresses given by Bishop Lindsey Urwin, Administrator of the Shrine. They also joined the regular congregation of St Mary and All Saints Parish Church, Little Walsingham, for their Sunday morning Parish Mass. The pilgrims returned rested, and inspired and ready to encourage others to join them when they make a return visit next year. Thanks go to Fr Malcolm for organising the pilgrimage.

Temple Normanton


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.


The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group will be the benficiaries of a Wine and Cheese evening to be held at the Chesterfield Road, Temple Normanton home of Stephen Wright on Friday, July 25, from 7pm to 10pm. Stephen’s garden at 261 Chesterfield Road, and also the garden of 257 Chesterfield Road, will be open for everyone’s enjoyment. Tickets, costing £5, can be obtained from 01246 413276.



Jonathan Short was installed as the new president of the Rotary Club of Matlock, by retiring president Cynthia Machent, on Monday, July 7, at the Temple Hotel, Matlock Bath. In outlining his programme, president Jonathan said he wants to promote the good works of Rotary and continue to develop the club’s relationship with the Matlock and District community. Matlock Rotary have four great events in the calendar for the rest of this year Ashover Vintage Car and Bike Show, Dovedale Dipper Challenge walk/run, Golf Day and of course the mulled wine at the Victorian Market. Visit



43 members of Dusnton Walking Group mande an early start setting off from Monkwood Community Centre by coach to the Lake District, organised by David Belfit. First stop was Ambleside where there is a memorial to Wordsworth were caught the ferry boat a short distance across the lake to Wray Castle. Aileen Holliday lead the walk from here along the side of Lake Windermere via Bella Wray and Belle Grange before having a rather soggy stop for lunch near Heald Wood and Slape Scar then on through Belt Ash Coppice before passing Harrow Slack and onto Ferry House to catch the boat on the way went by Belle Isle in the middle of Windermere with a striking circular house. Getting back to Bowness with just enough time for a bite to eat before getting the coach back to Chesterfield. Next week we will be catching the bus to Sheffeild for a walk alongside the canal from the Wharf to Meadowhall.



Alfreton & District U3A is one year old. Members celebrated their 1st Birthday in July with individual cakes, each with a candle. The numbers continue to grow. New friends have been made, old acquaintanceships renewed and networks enlarged. The varied Interest Groups continue to thrive, some branching out in unexpected directions. Many of the various Groups occasions seem to involve eating. Alfreton member Jeff Wilkinson talked to us about his extensive collection of Blackpool postcards and was thanked by the chairman, Janis Allen. Janis had missed the previous meeting after recklessly tangling with a shed, a ladder, and A&E. At the next meeting, on Thursday, August 14, we look forward to hearing Joan Ward on ‘Kill or Cure’. Joan’s talks are always well researched and she may save some of us from a future visit to the doctor. Alfreton & District U3A welcomes new members and visitors to our meetings, on the second Thursday in the month, 2pm, at the Catholic Church Hall, Nottingham Road, Alfreton. For more information contact 01773 602147.


Slimming World Group was held at Firs House Alfreton, with consultant Betty Oldknow on Monday night at 6pm. Four weight awards was presented and three new members were welcomed. Slimmer of the week was Sheila Wheatley. At the Wednesday morning group which is held in the same venue at 10am, five weight awards was presented. Slimmer of the week was Steven Meakin. Total weight loss for both groups is 6s 7lbs.

Open House

An Alfreton fund-raiser enjoyed a spot of civic pride on Saturday, when guests included two local mayors. Amber Valley Borough mayor John Walker and Alfreton mayor Gail Dolman both attended an “open house” at the home of Alfreton Wesley Church steward David Hopkinson. The event, which was in aid of Alfreton Wesley Church funds and the CJD Support Network, raised £610. It was well-attended, despite torrential downpours. Attractions included cake and sales tables, a raffle and a pluck-a-duck competition, which were manned by church members and friends. Morning coffee and afternoon tea were served.


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


Peter Turner of South Normanton led a meeting of the ladies’ fellowship of Alfreton Wesley Church on Tuesday. He spoke, arranged a quiz and accompanied hymn-singing.


A rehearsal took place on Wednesday for Hero, a new comedy to be staged at Alfreton Wesley Church tonight and tomorrow at 7pm. The three-act play, which has a cast of 10, 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 Penguin Club.


Members of Alfreton Wesley Church led their monthly service on Wednesday at The Meadows Nursing Home in Mansfield Road, Alfreton. The service was conducted by Eleanor Robinson and a reading was given by David Hopkinson. Hymn-singing was accompanied by Valerie Cogar.


A Night at the Musicals was the title of a two-day flower festival at Alfreton Wesley Church. A dozen displays - the work of church members and friends - featured musicals including The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Chess, We Will Rock You and Phantom of the Opera.


Alfreton & District Men’s Probus Club held their Annual Chairman’s lunch at the Hilcote Country Club and the chairman, Stanley Smith, welcomed all members and their visitors. After lunch musical entertainment was provided by Trevor Lee. Trevor spoke about the history and the stars of the “Old Time Music Halls” and sang and played many of the most familiar tunes of that period. The vote of thanks to Trevor was given by the chairman Stanley Smith.

Amber Valley


Several members had received replies from the Prime Minister’s office in response to their letters. They asked for his support to make certain that the Modern Slavery Bill includes strong Supply Chain Legislation, ensuring businesses accept responsibility for the absence of forced or trafficked labour in their supply chains. In August we are meeting at the home of the secretary for a buffet supper. Richard Street of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline hopes to be there to bring us the latest news of the project. SI Amber Valley pays the air-fare, each year, for one of the children visiting Derbyshire from Chernobyl. The Amber Valley S.I. Club meet monthly, usually at Firs House, Alfreton. Call 01773 857 881 or 01773 832 349.



Fr Ken Johnson celebrated a Solemn Eucharist at St Thomas’s in Somercotes on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Peter Burnham was the thurifer, Granville Stone the crucifer, Janet Johnson and Michael Woods the acolytes. Readings were given by Michael Woods and Beverley Peach. During the service Fr Ken passed the peace to the Sunday School children who went among the congregation passing it on. The Peace is the handshake which passes on the Peace of Our Lord. As usual during Ordinary Time the Mass ended with the servers and the Sunday School children gathering under the statue on the Blessed Virgin Mary to lead the congregation in the singing of the Angelus. Julie Davies gave the first and second readings and read the Responsorial Psalm. After Mass Sybil Armstrong served refreshments in the Village Hall. On July 27, as well as the normal morning service there will be a BCP Evensong at 6pm.


The Sunday School meets every Sunday in the Village Hall next to the church on Nottingham Road, Somercotes at 9.30am. Parents should bring their children at 9.15am to meet Sunday school teachers Julie Ward and Craig Peach. Call churchwarden Rachel Watson on 01773 607131.


To commemorate the start of the First World War there will be a service at the War Memorial outside the church on Sunday, August 3, at 11am. On Monday, August 4, from 10am till 4pm, the church will be open for quiet prayer and reflection. On Saturday, September 6, from 10am till 2pm, there will be an exhibition in church titled, Men of Somercotes and the connection between the War Horse and St Thomas’s Church. Press reporters and photographers are very welcome.

Sponsored Walk

There will be a sponsored walk on Sunday, August 17, starting from outside the church after Mass at 11am. This is to raise money for church funds and anybody is welcome to join the walk or to sponsor those walking. Call churchwarden Rachel Watson on 01773 607131.



Bingo was the centre-piece of the Ripley Tuesday Club meeting with George Eyre calling the numbers and Harry Keables checking the winning cards. Janet Baxter opened and closed the meeting with Eileen Towndrow reading the minutes and Harry Keables in charge of the raffle. Two birthdays were celebrated at the meeting. These being those of Mrs Blackburn and Mrs Blatherwick. Refreshments were served.


David Hill opened the Ripley Greenhillocks Fellowship meeting for which Verner Vahter played the organ. Elizabeth Clark read the report before Marion Slack led the birthday celebrations for John Holmes and Vic Deaves. Reader for the Day was June Peake with The Questionnaire. The entertainment was provided by Alex Belfield in brilliant form with a wide range of songs. David Hill moved the vote of thanks. David and Ann Hill conducted the drawing of the raffle before refreshments were served and the meeting closed. Less than 24 hours later, members and friends were off to Crystal Peaks for a visit.


No quiz but plenty of chat over the taking of refreshments at the Ripley Friendship Circle meeting.


John and Kathryn Shaw took first place playing north/south at the Monday evening Ripley Bridge Club tournament with the east/west honours going to John Gould and Glyn MacArhur. Thursday evening, Jeff Calladine and Janusz Adamowicz were the north/south winners with George Batey and Linda Hubbold winning playing east/west.

Beach week

Planet Happy located on the Heage Road Industrial Estate, Ripley, has a series of special events planed. The first is from July 28 to August 1, when it is Beach Week with crafts and fun throughout and a special beach party between 3pm and 5pm on the Thursday. This will feature a disco, a meal, organised crafts and games and face painting. The cost is £7.95.


Ripley Cadets parade on a Monday and Thursday between 6.45pm and 9pm at Mill Hill School. They are open to all young people aged 12 to 18 years.


The Ripley branch of the Yorkshire Bank is to close on August 4. The nearest branch of the Yorkshire Bank will be on the High Street in Alfreton.


Ripley Absolute Joggers Group meet at Ripley Leisure Centre every Saturday morning at 9am.



Dog Obedience classes are held every Monday evening from 7pm to 9pm at Pentrich Village Hall. For further information ring Margaret on 07917 854486.


Book Club

Dear Life by Alice Munro is the book to be considered at the Codnor Book Club meeting to be held in Codnor Methodist Church Hall on August 6, at 8pm.

Open Door

Noam Livne will speak about his Israeli culture when he is the guest at the Open Door meeting to be held at Codnor Methodist Church Hall on August 11, between 7pm and 8.45pm.


Newstead Brass Band will be featured in a Band Concert to be held in the Highfields Complex in Codnor on July 27, starting at 2.30pm. This free concert is sponsored by Codnor Parish Council, Highfields and Futures Homescapes. The event will also feature a raffle with a first prize of a £20 voucher donated by Wrights Butchers. During the interval refreshments will be available.


Jog Derbyshire Group meets every Tuesday at the Poet and Castle at 7pm. This is for runners and joggers of all abilities.

South Wingfield


South Wingfield is to host an auction night on July 25. The doors open at 5.30pm with viewing at 6.30pm. The auction begins at 7.30pm and you can either buy or sell.


Saturday, August 2, will see South Wingfield Social commemorate 100 years since the First World War and 75 years since the Second World War with a display of artefacts, a special battle of the Somme reading and much more. Tickets are priced at £5 for non-members and £3 for menbers.


Car Boot

The Amber Hotel is the venue for a car boot sale on August 3, between 8am and 12noon. The cost is £5 per boot and 20p to browse. The event is in aid of Alfreton Park Community Special School.



Despite the entire village being without power for a hour on Saturday due to the thunderstorms which plagued the area, the Brass Band concert featuring Ilkeston Brass was able to take place as scheduled in the garden of the Thorn Tree on Church Street. Equally important with power restored the cooking for the beef, hot pork and vegetarian options could take place. The event was to raise funds for the Waingroves Show.

- on September 13 and 14.