Feb / March 2020
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Welcome to Hasland Magazine
Happy New Year to you! I hope the festive season was fantastic and everyone got at least a bit of a break.
I hope you enjoyed the cover image this issue. It was taken and kindly sent in to me by Andy Rodgers from Hady and shows Eastwood Park before the renovations. How many of our children played in that small playground! Iâ€™ve been very lucky to meet lots of fascinating people whilst researching the stories for this issue and the previous 8. Itâ€™s deďŹ nitely the best part of the job to get to know new faces and listen to their enthusiasm about their projects. Andy Parker invited me along to the Pit Stop Diner in Grassmoor and told me all about how the project has developed over the past 3 years. Bex and Joanne from ChesterďŹ eld Town WIâ€ˆ gave me an update on what it means to be part of a WIâ€ˆin 2020. It seems the WI is throroughly modern but retains its original values. Ian Anderson of Inspire Health gave me an update on the project to make Hasland Dementia Friendly â€? a brilliant village achievement which we should all be very proud of. I chatted to Mike Allen and Dave Murray from Phoenix Concert Band about the new Nimbus Training Band that has been launched to allow less experienced musicians to enjoy playing in a large ensemble. Nigel Leavesley welcomed me along to Wingerworth Fencing Clubâ€™s weekly meeting and introduced me to the sport and some amazing fencers. Amy Harris from Relate told me about the new young peopleâ€™s counselling service that they have been able to oďŹ€er and the young person running the London Marathon to help them to continue to do so. You can ďŹ nd out how to sponsor him in the article if you would like help. Thereâ€™s certainly never a dull moment in my work â€? but Iâ€™m always on the lookout for more. If you have any news to share please get in touch. Iâ€™m very keen to ďŹ nd young people who would like to contribute an article about their hobbies and interests too. Thanks for all your positive feedback in 2019. Please mention us if you visit any of our advertisers as their support is what makes this magazine possible.
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Got a local event you need to shout about? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to include it in the April / May issue. 31st January Ian McMillan and Tony Husband ‐ A Cartoon History of Here. St Leonard’s Mission, Spital S41 0HE. Tickets £15. Visit Spital Arts Facebook page, email email@example.com or call 01246 220741. Doors open at 7.00, event starts at 7.30. Refreshments (including cake) are provided. 1st February Uncle Salty UK Hasland WMC ‐ 9pm. 8th February Family Cinema Hasland WMC ‐ Doors open 1.30pm. Film shown at 2pm. Refreshment vouchers £2 available to buy at the door for entry. 8th February Spital Cemetery Gardening Group 10am‐12.30pm. Meet at the Tool House near the Top Entrance to the Cemetery. New members always welcome. Email Liz for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org 8th February Duel Hasland WMC ‐ 9pm. 8th February Hot Chocolate, Coﬀee & Cakes St. Paul’s Church, Hasland 10.30am ‐12noon. 9th February Guided Walking Tour of Spital Cemetery 1‐2pm Meet at the Bottom Entrance on Hady Hill. Suggested donation of £5 welcome. For more info and to book, email: email@example.com 14th February Northern Soul Hasland WMC ‐ 8pm. Everyone welcome. 15th February Top Gun Hasland WMC ‐ 9pm 16th February ‘Henry Moon and the Greasy Spoon’ ‐ 2.30pm. Rhubarb Theatre present a brand‐new family show bursting with imagination and dance, this show is magical, creative and ‘fun for all the family’ from age 5yrs + on (see ad in magazine). Tickets: Adults £ 5 / Child £5 / Group of 5 £22.50. Workshops £1 extra per child. 20th February Half term Family Disco FREE EVENT ‐ 4.30‐7pm. Come along for an early evening of Dancing, Karaoke and games for the family. Free to all, under 12's to be accompanied by an adult. 21st February Katie Spencer Rising star of the folk music world. Spital Arts ‐ St. Leonards Church 7pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 22nd February In‐Fusion Hasland WMC 9pm 23rd February Mayors in Spital Cemetery Tour Tour around the gravesites of 15 of the borough’s mayors who chose Spital Cemetery as their ﬁnal resting place. Tours are free but a £5 donation to support our work will be appreciated. Meet at 1pm the Tool House. Refreshments afterwards. To book email: email@example.com and put Mayors’ Tour in the subject heading. 26th February Ash Wednesday ‐ Sung Parish Mass at St Paul’s Church, Hasland. 7.15pm. Traditional Liturgy with imposition of ashes and hymns 29th February Glamatise Hasland WMC 9pm 6th March Northern Soul Hasland WMC ‐ 8pm. Everyone welcome. 7th March Family Cinema Hasland WMC ‐ Doors open 1.30pm. Film shown at 2pm. Refreshment vouchers £2 available to buy at the door for entry. 7th March The Genie Lamps Hasland WMC ‐ 9pm 7th March RSPCA Spring Fair Hasland Village Hall 11am‐3pm. 6
8th March Guided Walking Tour of Spital Cemetery 1‐2pm Meet at the Bottom Entrance on Hady Hill. Suggested donation of £5 welcome. For more information and to book, email Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org 14th March Spital Cemetery Gardening Group 10am‐12.30pm. Meet at the Tool House near the Top Entrance to the Cemetery. New members always welcome. Email Liz for more information: email@example.com 14th March Revolver Hasland WMC ‐ 9pm 14th March Happy Holi Asian Association of Chesterﬁeld, Saxton Close (see ad) 11am‐4pm. Tickets 01246 297452. 21st March The Kommitments. Hasland WMC 9pm. The UK's number one Tribute to the classic Alan Parker Movie, The Commitments. Ticket only event. 27th March Latchepen Gypsy‐inspired acoustic Jazz. Spital Arts ‐ St. Leonards Church 7pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 28th Mar The Franchise Hasland WMC 9pm 28th March Spring into Song! Chesterﬁeld G&S Society concert at Hasland Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets £10 call Chesterﬁeld VIC on 01246 345777 or call 0115 963 0787. EVERY MONDAY HIIT Interval Training for Women with Manda Croft’s Fitness. Hasland Methodist Church at 6.45pm. Visit www.movewithmumma.co.uk. Badminton Hasland Hall School 7.30‐9pm ‐ Term time ‐ Contact Margaret Link 07976 365678 or 01246 235665 Zumba Hasland Methodist Church Hall 7‐8pm ‐ Natalie 07702 027451 Ringcraft Dog Club Hasland Village Hall ‐ 7.30‐10.30pm ‐ Mrs Cost 01246 235826. Brownies Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 5‐6.30pm ‐ www.girlguiding.org Walking for Health in Hasland 2nd Monday of the month ‐ 10am ‐ 01246 239897 NB Dance Academy Hasland Junior School • 4:30‐5:15pm Ages 3‐6 Years • 5:15‐6:00pm Ages 7‐12 Years • Contact 07779 283033 or Facebook ‘NB Dance Academy ‐Hasland’. Modern, Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics, Street Dance, Lyrical & Musical Theatre. Regular exam and competition entry’s or just for fun. Danceworks Chesterﬁeld Hasland Methodist Church ‐ Children’s Musical Theatre 4.20‐5.20pm. Contact Elly on 07399 503888. Hampton Painting Group 12‐3 pm at Hasland Methodist Church. Contact Gloria Harrison on 01246 231381. Zumba Hasland Working Mens Club ‐ 12.30pm‐1.30pm JuJitsu Hasland Working Mens Club 6.30pm‐9.30pm First Monday of each month Tuesday if BH: Stay, Play & Chat Coﬀee Mornings ‐ Mary Poppins Nursery ‐ access via York Street. Bring your under 5’s to play whilst you enjoy coﬀee and cake. 9.45am‐11am. Last Monday of each month: Community lunch ‐ Hasland Methodist Church 12noon‐1.30pm EVERY TUESDAY Zumba Gold Hasland Methodist Church 11.30am‐12.30pm. Louise Berry ‐ Tel: 07790 338091
Friendship Group for Men Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 2‐4pm Eastwood Park Petanque Club Eastwood Park (behind the tennis courts) 10am‐12noon ‐ contact email@example.com or call Peter or Janet on 01246 550392. Community Choir Hasland Hall School (term time) 7pm‐8.30pm. Christina McKechnie 0776 3308773. Hasland ‘Stay & Play’ Group 9.30‐11.00am Hasland Youth Centre. Free to attend. For ages 0‐5years. A variety of diﬀerent toys for the children. Activities include baby corner, storytime, singing, messy play and craft. You are welcome to bring your own snack. Term‐time only. 1st Hasland Brownies Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 6‐7.15pm ‐ www.girlguiding.org Guides Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 7‐8.45pm www.girlguiding.org Brownies Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 6‐7.30pm www.girlguiding.org Guides Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 7.30‐9pm www.girlguiding.org Chesterﬁeld Garland Dancers 7.30pm Methodist Church, Jawbones Hill S40 2EN. All welcome ‐ dancers and musicians ‐ contact enquiry@chesterﬁeldgarland.org. Hasland Community FC Mini Kickers Eastwood Park. For ages 4‐6. £3 per session. visit www.haslandcfc.co.uk. Set Tuesdays: Mobile Library Eastwood Park Drive 1.50‐3.20pm 18th Feb. Every Third Tuesday: 7.30pm Peak Railway Association Hasland Working Mens Club EVERY WEDNESDAY Buggy Fitness 11am Eastwood Park. Visit www.movewithmumma.co.uk. Line Dancing Evening ‐ Hasland Working Men’s Club 7.30‐10pm. Tel: 07750 669520 Ashfriend Bereavement Group ‐ 1‐3pm ‐ Val Gormon 01246 229329 Pilates Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 6.20pm for Improvers / Intermediate & 7.30pm for Beginners / Improvers ‐ Jill ‐ 07957 566704 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Rainbows Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 5.45‐7.00pm ‐ www.girlguiding.org Wednesday Youth Club Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 7‐9pm Hasland Hangout Hasland Methodist Church 3‐5pm (term time) ‐ see ad opposite. Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre Drop in. The Big Local Hub, 2 Penmore Business Centre. 1.30‐3.30pm. Welfare rights and advice. Slimming World 5.30pm & 7.30pm at Hasland Methodist Church ‐ Lynda 07938 021797 First Wednesday of each month Nightingale Ladies Probus ‐ 10am ‐ The Old House, Loundsley Green. Coﬀee and speaker (Ladies over 50). Call Joanne: 01246 850149 Every other Wednesday Ladies Circle ‐ Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 7.30‐10pm. A variety of speakers, outings and meals throughout the year. Margie Hodgkin 01246 823795
Crafty Chit Chat ‐ Hasland Methodist Church 7‐10pm ‐ Friendly, welcome group. Angela Goggins 01246 203035 EVERY THURSDAY FITCLUB Circuit Training 7‐8pm ‐ Hasland Hall School Gym ‐ Kat Burton 07955 353186 Hasland Humming Bees Parent & Toddler Group ‐ Hasland Baptist Church Hall 9.30‐11am. First child £2, siblings £1 inc refreshments. F: Hasland Humming Bees. Slimming World Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 9am‐11am ‐ Lynda 07938 021797 Pilates Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 11am‐12noon ‐ Jane Biggin Tel: 07773 516334 Mums & Tinies Toddler Group Hasland Youth Centre 9.15‐11.15am in term time. £1.50 per adult accompanying a child or children including drinks and snacks. Suitable for babies and pre‐school children. Toys, books, crafts & singing. Childminders, Grans, Dads all welcome! Tel: Viv on 07989 374981 Big Local Senior Citizens Working Group. 10am‐12 noon. Chair based exercise and generation games. 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at Grassmoor Methodist Church. 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at Hasland Working Mens Club. Call 07759 795927 for more information. Big Local Senior Citizens IT Queries 3rd & 4th Thursday of each month. Support with your IT Queries. Bring your own device along. £1 donation for cuppa and biscuits. Call 07759 795927 for more information. Rainbows Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 5.30‐6.45pm ‐ www.girlguiding.org Walking for health in Hasland 4th Thursday of the month ‐ 10am ‐ 01246 239897 Yoga Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 7pm‐8.15pm. Contact Rachel Longmate 07850 055803 or email email@example.com. Quiz Bingo Hasland Working Mens Club ‐ 9.45‐10.45pm Eastwood Park Petanque Club Eastwood Park 10am‐12noon ‐ contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Peter or Janet on 01246 550392. Asian Association of Chesterﬁeld Lunch Club 11am‐4pm. Unit 3 Penmore Business Centre. asianassociation@OBTmail.com Weight Watchers ‐ Hasland Methodist Church. 6.15 ‐ 7.15pm with Claire. EVERY FRIDAY Buggy Fitness 11am at Eastwood Park. Visit www.movewithmumma.co.uk. Beavers, Cubs & Scouts Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 5.30‐9.30pm. Call Richard on 07713 833465 Bingo & Play Your Cards Right Hasland Working Mens Club. Not 2nd Friday of month Weight Watchers Hasland Methodist Church. 9am ‐ 10am with Claire. 1st Friday of each month Chesterﬁeld Stroke Group 2‐4pm St. Thomas Church Centre, Brampton. Tel: 07797 284885. Email: chesterﬁeldstrokegroup@yahoo.com. Peer support group to help stroke survivors and carers make the best recovery they can. 2nd Friday of each month Northern Soul Night with Dave Manlove Hasland Working Mens Club 8pm‐12am. continued overleaf
What’s Going On?
Coﬀee, Tea & IT Digital devices for beginners: Laptops, ipads, phones 4th Thursday of the month 10am‐12noon at Hasland Working Men’s Club
Community Gala Day in Eastwood Park, Hasland 14th June 2020 Stall bookings now being taken for Community Groups and Local Organisations.
To request a booking form contact Barbara on email@example.com
27th February & 26th March Also 3rd Thursday of the month 10am‐12noon at Grassmoor Methodist Church & community hub. 20th February & 19th March
Chesterﬁeld Childrens Centre’s Tuesday
Stay & Play
If you are interested in getting involved with the Big Local Fund, please get in touch by contacting: Dallas ‐ call 07825 183569 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Karin ‐ call 07825 294346 Email: Karin.email@example.com
• Tuesdays 9.30‐11.00am • For ages 0‐5 years • Term‐time only • Free to attend
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Hasland Methodist Church
Every Wednesday in term time 3‐5pm Drop in after school for games and refreshments 3pm‐5pm Youth worker with DBS check present at the club. Children in Year 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Coffee Shop at Wesley’s Hasland Methodist Church Saturdays 9.30am ‐ 12.30pm A variety of homemade cakes & refreshments including light snacks and a choice of teas, coﬀees & squash served in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Children made welcome We thank the teams of volunteers, who serve every Saturday, and we always welcome any new helpers
Friends of Hasland Community Hub & Grassland Hasmoor Big Local are proud to announce
Family Cinema on the 8th February & 7th March at Hasland Working Men’s Club. Access via community entrance on Hasland Road.
Doors open at 1.30pm. A ‘U’ or ‘PG’ certiﬁcate ﬁlm will be shown at 2pm. The ﬁlm title will be advertised inside HWMC.
Vouchers available on the door priced £2 to exchange for refreshments. No entry without a refreshment voucher. A group voucher is available for £8 to admit up to 5. Under 12's to be accompanied by over 17's. Under 3 year olds are free. Only three under 12's to be accompanied by one over 17.
at Hasland Youth Centre
Phoenix Concert Band Spring Concert
A Phoenix Odyssey Rose Hill United Reformed Church Saturday 4th April 2020 7.30pm Tickets £8 (under 12 free) Available from either: Hasland Chiropody, 38 Mansﬁeld Road. Tel: 07970 291599 or Elizabeth Lenthall on 07873 139735 www.phoenixband.net Find us on Facebook/Youtube
Spare Thyme Community Allotment Project The Spare Thyme community allotment project at Mill Lane allotments, Grassmoor aims to bring together young and old, male and female, novice and experienced, skilled and unskilled people on a joint owned allotment which is managed and harvested on a shared basis. 2020 will be our third season and we are looking for likeminded people to join in and enjoy the satisfaction of growing our own food. We are now well settled on plot 26. We have a tool shed, a new potting shed and we have ﬁnished constructing our new greenhouse. We are planting new seeds and seedlings, then tending and harvesting the produce as it grows. We hope to bring people from the community of Grassland Hasmoor Big Local together to learn new skills and to beneﬁt psychologically, physically and socially.
If you are interested please call Philip on 01246 239897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre
HASLAND DROP IN DUWC are a busy advice service covering North and East Derbyshire providing Welfare Rights Advice Services. They provide free and independent welfare rights advice and representation, as well as campaigning for the rights of those who are unemployed, on a low income or sick, injured or disabled by their work. • Welfare Beneﬁts & Tax Credits • Completion of claim forms • Representation at Beneﬁt tribunals • Liaising with the DWP, Inland Revenue & Local Authorities • Take up campaigns • On‐site redundancy advice. The team hold a FREE DROP IN SESSION EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 1.30‐3.30pm at The Big Local Hub, Unit 2 Penmore Business Centre, Hasland Road S41 OSJ.
Senior Citizens Working Group Chair based exercise and generation games in Hasland and Grassmoor each Thursday from 10am‐12noon (details below).
You can also ﬁnd them at Grassmoor Community Centre, Thursdays from 10.00am ‐ 12.00pm.
Their Helpline is 01246 231441. Visit www.duwc.org.uk. DUWC is funded by Chesterﬁeld Borough Council and North East Derbyshire District Council, as well as many Town and Parish Councils throughout Derbyshire.
What’s Going On?
EVERY SATURDAY Danceworks Chesterﬁeld Hasland Methodist Church ‐ Children’s Tap, Ballet, Modern & Acro. Call Elly on 07399 503888. Coﬀee Shop at Wesley’s ‐ Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 9.30am‐12.30pm. A variety of homemade cakes and refreshments. All welcome. Angela Goggins ‐ Tel: 01246 203035 Live Music from 9pm, Bingo & Play Your Cards Right ‐ Hasland Working Mens Club 1st & 3rd Saturday each month: Bharatanatyam Classes ‐ Asian Association of Chesterﬁeld 01246 297452.
EVERY SUNDAY Junior Church 3+ years ‐ Hasland Methodist Church 10.30am Mrs Val Davies 01246 850305 Eastwood Park Petanque Club Eastwood Park (behind the tennis courts) 10am‐12noon. Contact email@example.com or call Peter or Janet on 01246 550392. Quiz from 9pm, Bingo & Play Your Cards Right ‐ Hasland Working Mens Club
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4th February: GIN-STRAVAGANZA with
Botanical Brothers. Learn about all things GIN!
3rd March: Getting to know your WI Learn how to make the most of your membership. Saints Parish Centre (next to the Crooked Spire) 7.15pm Visit www.chesterﬁeldtownwi.co.uk to ﬁnd out more Chesterﬁeld Town WI
Chesterfield Gilbert & Sullivan Society
spital arts present Katie Spencer
Spring into Song Hasland Village Hall 28th March 7.30pm Tickets £10 ‐ Call 0115 963 0787 or Chesterﬁeld VIC 01246 345777. www.chesterﬁeldgands.co.uk
Friday Feb 21st Rising star of the folk music world
Latchepen Friday March 27th Gypsy‐inspired acoustic chamber jazz from a brilliant London quartet.
St. Leonards Church Valley Road / Hartington Road, Spital S41 0HE Tickets £12. Doors 7pm. Show 7.30pm Email: email@example.com Visit The Spital Arts on Facebook Call 01246 220741
What’s On at Hasland Working Men’s Club LIVE MUSIC
Saturday 1st February 9pm Uncle Salty Uk Saturday 8th February 9pm Duel
Saturday 15th February 9pm Top Gun Saturday 22nd February 9pm In-Fusion Saturday 29th February 9pm Glamatise Saturday 7th March 9pm The Genie Lamps Saturday 14th March 9pm Revolver Saturday 21st March 9pm The Kommitments Our first big band night of 2020! The UK's number one Tribute to the classic Alan Parker Movie, The Commitments. Ticket only event. The Kommitments live show is both dynamic and visual and is truly authentic and accurate, capturing all the energy to truly recreate the atmosphere and brilliance of the movie. With music and songs from The Commitments such as Mustang Sally, Hard To Handle, Take Me To The River, plus many classic Soul hits too. Saturday 28th March 9pm The Franchise. NORTHERN SOUL Friday 14th February & Friday 13th March 7.30pm. All welcome. COMMUNITY CINEMA Saturday 8th February & Saturday 7th March 1.45pm FAMILY FUN Sunday 16th February 2.30 pm ‘Henry Moon and the Greasy Spoon’ Rhubarb Theatre present a brand-new family show bursting with imagination and dance, this show is magical, creative and ‘fun for all the family’ from age 5yrs+. Tickets: Adults £ 5 / Child £5 / Group of 5 £22.50. Workshops £1 extra per child. Thursday 20th February 4.30-7pm Half-term Family disco and games FREE EVENT. Come along for an early evening of Dancing, Karaoke and games for the family. Free to all , under 12's to be accompanied by an adult. Hasland Working Men’s Club & Community Hub, Hampton Street S41 0LH 8
Appearing at Hasland WMC Sunday 16th Feb 2.30pm
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FABULOUS FAMILY SHOW AT HWMC & COMMUNITY HUB ‘HENRY MOON AND THE GREASY SPOON’ In conjunction with, Grassland Hasmoor Big Local and Friends of Hasland Community Hub Sunday 16th Feb 2020 at 2:30pm
Everyone knows Flo’s café. It hasn’t changed in years. It’s no tea at the Ritz, in fact it’s a little bit shabby, but the kettle’s always boiling, and Flo is ready with a welcoming smile. Only problem is, where are the customers! All visiting those fancy new coﬀee bistros, no doubt. All seems doomed for Flo until one cold windy day a strange old chap called Henry Moon blows through the doors of the café. Wearing a coat of many pockets, some rose tinted glasses and bursting with imaginative stories, this strange little man could be the answer to Flo’s problems. Join storytelling specialists, Rhubarb Theatre, for a huge spoonful of fun, a mug‐full of fantasy and a platter of creativity. Henry Moon and the Greasy Spoon is perfect for families that enjoy theatrical play, mask, puppetry, dance, song and lots of laughter. Rhubarb Theatre present a brand‐new show ‐ bursting with imagination, dance, ‘Henry Moon and the Greasy Spoon’ is magical, creative and “fun for all the family” from age 5yrs+ Fun workshop prior to the production: 1pm (5‐7yrs) Dive headﬁrst into Henry Moon’s world of imagination as we sail the seven seas, join the circus, and zoom into space. Anything could happen, and it probably will! Fun workshop after the production: 4pm (8+yrs) Ignite those imaginations and prepare to be inspired! Drawing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, we’ll use fun drama games & ideas to create stories bursting with creativity. Tickets: Adults £ 5 / Child £5 / Group of 5 £22.50 Workshops £1 extra per child. Available from: Hasland Working Men's Club / Community Hub, Hampton Street, Chesterﬁeld, S41 0LH. Telephone: 01246 273660. Suitable for family 5yrs+ (we have mask in our show, so don’t recommend under 5s). Running time: approx. 60mins (no interval) + after show chat with the performers.
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The Pit Stop Diner & Pop-in Cafe Did you know we have a community café just up the road in Grassmoor? The café has been running for almost three years now as a community project initially part‐funded by the Grassland Hasmoor Big Local and from Public Health Derbyshire County Council. It began as a pilot scheme in September 2016 and was made a permanent live event in May 2017.
Meals at the Pit Stop Diner are oﬀered from 12noon to 2pm every ﬁrst Saturday of the month. These events are in addition to the regular Pop‐In Cafe which is run by the group and open to all on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Pit Stop Diner aims to combat poverty by providing an excellent meal at a price that suits all budgets. The cost of the meal is: £2.50 for adults £1.75 for children and £2.00 for concessions. It’s a fantastic opportunity for individuals or families to enjoy a balanced meal on a low budget. All the money goes back into the café funds to continue to provide the service as well as special events such as the Christmas Lunch. Andrew Parker oversees the cafe as well as being head chef. He became involved at the very beginning of the project as a volunteer to help set up the café and has since returned as the Cook Coordinator on a paid basis. He has also been involved in community projects at St Barnabas and been involved with other community‐led agencies. The team is very proud to have achieved a 5‐star food hygiene rating. I visited on a Saturday lunch with my 8‐year‐old daughter, expecting to ﬁnd a small cafe serving sandwiches and cake. I found the community center main hall full of guests sat around beautifully decorated tables complete with fresh ﬂowers (also donated from Tesco and available for sale) and napkins. Each table displayed a quick three‐course menu letting the customers know their choices. Festive music was playing, and the atmosphere was lovely. There was a soup starter followed by the selection of roast chicken or beef served with mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuﬃng, and gravy. There was also a great choice of dessert laid out, and tea and coﬀee are also included. Andrew told me that the team is happy to cater for special diets if they are notiﬁed in advance The food and decor for the cafe are all provided as donations from the fabulous Fare Share in Homewood who work to combat hunger and food
waste and Tesco in Clay Cross via their Community Food Connection scheme. The food is prepared in the kitchens at the centre and then served from portable Bain Marie’s, which can keep everything at a high temperature for up to two hours. The fantastic group of volunteers who help Andrew to run the cafe work hard to produce a high standard of food. They are mostly local folk from Grassmoor, Clay Cross, Alfreton, Derby Road, Hasland, and Danesmoor. Regular volunteers include Marlene Ralph, Sharon Stokes, Christine Fairburn, Philip Hawkins and Darren Rodgers. Centre Manager Richard Marriott is often on hand too, and his wife Jacqui is a regular helper, as is Big Local member Denise Oddie. Steven Wright, chair of the Big Local is also a regular visitor. All the helpers also enjoy their dinner once the customers are served. The cafe team loves an excuse to celebrate and always make their customers feel special on their birthdays and special occasions. My visit coincided with an 80th birthday celebration, and the team had made a beautiful cake for the birthday girl and lit candles for all to sing happy birthday after dinner. Visitors are invited to add their feedback to a notice board, which is set up at each dinner so that the team can discover what people enjoyed or disliked. I’m sure the feedback must be 100% positive based on my visit! There is also a raﬄe at each Pit Stop event to raise additional funds. Andrew and the team oﬀer outside catering for parties and events; they have previously provided buﬀets for events at Hasland Working Men’s Club. Andrew has lots of ideas for the future of the project and is backed by community centre manager Richard Marriott. They are thrilled to have recently been oﬀered the chance to cater for ten new events at the Clay Cross Socail Club due to the positive feedback received from their previous catering work. You can ﬁnd out more about the cafe and their events by following The Pit Stop Diner page on Facebook. The Pop‐In café is open to all on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12 pm till 1.30pm oﬀering a three course meal for just £4.50. Top right: Andrew Parker enjoying his well earned meal. Centre: The guests enjoying lunch in the busy hall. Bottom right: Fresh cheesecake on oﬀer for dessert.
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Wingerworth Fencing Club WINGERWORTH FENCING CLUB CELEBRATES IT’S 20TH BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR. THE EPEE FENCING CLUB HAS GROWN DRAMATICALLY SINCE IT WAS STARTED BY TONY KLENCZAR IN WINGERWORTH VILLAGE HALL IN 2000. Tony is still involved with fencing and runs Derbyshire Epee Academy in Dronﬁeld. These days Nigel Leavesley is at the helm at Wingerworth alongside Ian Drew, who is oﬃcially the Treasurer but is an essential all round administrator / secretary too as well as looking after weapons and kit maintenance. In addition to this there is a small army of trustees & parents who make an invaluable contrition to the smooth running of the club. Nigel has been fencing since his school days and still loves the sport. He and Ian have both introduced their children to fencing too. The club meets two evenings per week at Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Clay Cross. Wednesday nights are open to more experienced children who enjoy competing from 7pm. Adults arrive at 8pm for their session and fencing continues until 10pm. Friday sessions involve fun and games for children of all levels of ability from 6‐7.30pm. Children are welcome to join the group from 8 years of age. There are currently 20 members of the childrens group with roughly 12‐16 attending each week. Some of the children fence for fun and some are progressing in competition right up to international level. Nigel invited me to come along and give fencing a try, along with my friend Sue and my son Jake, aged 12. He told me that anyone can “turn up, learn to fence and enjoy mini competitions”. Anyone that enjoys this can move onto various competitions across the country before progressing to the national championships. At 44 I am considered a ‘veteran’ in the fencing world as I am over 40, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway and see how I got on! After talking us through a quick warm up and checking that we had no injuries Nigel explained the basic stance for fencing and how to move backwards and forwards in a line to match the movements of an opponent. He gave us an introduction to fencing etiquette and how to begin a bout and how a touché is scored. Then began the fun of kitting up before we were able to use the metal swords. Each of us were given a full set of kit including a mask, body armour and glove to borrow and shown how to put them on correctly for safety. We then moved onto the diﬀerent ways to strike an opponent and how to move your body when lunging forwards. It was all fairly simple to understand, but quite tiring when you aren’t used to holding a sword for long periods of time! Eventually we were ready to have a small contest on ‘piste’ using the electric swords. These are very clever pieces of kit with a button on the end of each sword which sets oﬀ an alarm when it is pressed against someone to signal that a touché has been won. I played the ﬁrst to 5 against my son and managed to defeat him by a whole 1 point! He continued (he is more energetic than me) to fence against Ev van Gemeren who later said he thought that Jake could pick up the sport very well if he was willing to apply himself! During my visit to the club I met Sophie Peat who is 15 years old and competing at international level. She has been fencing since she was just six years old. She was oﬀ to Bratislava the very next day for her next contest ‐ the Cadet Internationals ‐ where she would compete as an individual and as part of a team. She is currently in Team 2 for Great Britain. I asked Sophie what drew her to fencing and she told me “I just love the way it makes me feel. It’s very exciting to be involved with”. She told me that she has met lots of people through her fencing and made many new friends at the competitions. Fencing also keeps her very ﬁt and healthy. I was later informed that Sophie had achieved an amazing 8th place at the Internationals out of 329 fencers. This result will place her at the top of the U17 GB ranking. In the team event GB2 ﬁnished in 12th place (one place above GB1) out of 43 teams competing ‐ This is such an fantastic achievement! Sophie’s Mum Sally is very supportive of Sophie’s talent and is also a fencing coach. Although she may consider looking for a sponsor next season she is currently funded entirely by her parents and this will be her sixth international competition. She attends Wingerworth Fencing Club as well as a second club in her home town of Ashbourne.
Some of the more experienced youth fencers enjoy a contest on the piste with the electric fencing equipment
Jake receiving instruction (left) and Jake and I with our coaches Nigel Leavesley and Ev van Gemeren.
Sophie Peat (right) with her Mum Sally and her supporters Nigel & Ian Drew
Nigel told me that he ﬁnds fencing to be a great leveller of people. Adults can play against young people and everyone gets on really well. There is a lot of discipline in the sport and the children really love being at the club ‐ there is no bad behaviour at all! The club are keen to increase their membership and promote the enjoyment of fencing in general. They tour schools in the area with their ‘Go Fence’’ child friendly fencing kits so that any children can have a go at the sport. They have visited Hasland Junior School and Hasland Scout Groups in the past. The club is proud to have both level 2 and level 3 fencing coaches, as well as one level 4 coach. If you’re interested in giving fencing a try, get in touch with the club. They give beginners sessions as required and are happy to welcome anyone along, regardless of their age or ability.
Fencing provides a unique mix of physical, intellectual and emotional stimulation. Unlike many other sports it's very sociable and still carries notions of honour, chivalry and nobility. This does not mean the sport is exclusive or expensive, in fact we strive to minimise costs and encourage people from all walks of life to take up the sport. Above all it's great fun!!!!
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Nimbus Wind Ensemble ‐ The Phoenix’s new Flame I visited the Phoenix Concert Band during their ﬁrst rehearsal of 2020. This was also the date of the very ﬁrst rehearsal of the Nimbus Wind Ensemble ‐ a new training band for aspiring musicians looking for a chance to develop their skills.
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There were 13 musicians in attendance when I arrived ‐ not bad for a ﬁrst meeting! The new band were already happily playing along to ‘Blues Band’ and sounded anything but amateur. I chatted to Mike Allen (current Phoenix Chairman and Alto Sax player) and Dave Murray (previous Phoenix Chairman and French Horn player) from Phoenix about how this new project came to life. They told me that the training band has been in the pipeline for quite some time now and that the new year seemed the perfect time for a launch. They have been actively seeking a conductor for Nimbus and the perfect person has now been found in Johnny Hardy who is Head of Music at All Saints Catholic Academy in Mansﬁeld. Many members of Phoenix also play in other bands so it was quite easy to spread the word about Nimbus amongst musical families. Two young people also came along who are children of Phoenix members. Dave and Mike were still pleasantly surprised to have such a good show of instruments on the ﬁrst evening. It seems that Nimbus has provided the perfect forum for less conﬁdent musicians to hone their skills and take the opportunity to play in a large ensemble. It is hoped that as the Nimbus members progress with their music skills they will go on to join the main band as spaces become available. Mike told me “The fun of music is playing it together and adding a social dimension. It’s a challenge to come along and meet new people and develop your skills. Music is also good for mental health as it gives you such a good feeling.” Everyone in the rehearsal room seemed happy and looked to be having a really good time. The group were super friendly and seemed very comfortable together. Nimbus is free to attend for its ﬁrst six weeks trial period as the organisers have saved a small amount of funds to get the project oﬀ the ground. After this the cost is £15 per quarter, the same as the main Phoenix Band. Any wind instrument players are welcome to come along and give it a try.
Phoenix Concert Band Chesterﬁeld is excited to announce its new training band. We are opening our doors to aspiring and lapsed musicians who would like to join together to develop their musical skills and play music in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The band is made up of wind instruments only ‐ ﬂutes, saxophones, clarinets, trumpets, trombones and any other woodwind or brass instruments. Adult players are welcome, regardless of experience and ability. Younger players will be welcome too, but only if accompanied by a responsible adult. So if you have just never had the time or conﬁdence to join a band, or have a musical instrument hidden away gathering dust, and you are telling yourself “one day, I’m going to play start playing music again”, that day is here. Simply turn up at Hasland Methodist Church on any Friday evening from 7:30pm ‐ 9:30pm and join in – develop your playing skills and have fun at the same time. To learn more about us, take a look at our website www.phoenixband.net or our Facebook page and if you would like to come along, send us a message or if you prefer telephone Jacqui Thomas on 07729 951815.
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The Phoenix Concert Band were hard at work in the main Church Hall beginning rehearsals for their next concert at Rose Hill Theatre on the 4th April. They will be presenting a programme of music called ‘A Phoenix Odyssey’ featuring music from some fantastic ﬁlms including ‘Prince of Egypt’ as well as Chick Corea's Spain and Vaughan William's English Folk Song Suite. If you would like to book your tickets for the show you can visit Hasland Chiropody at 38 Mansﬁeld Road Hasland or call 07970 291599. Tickets can also be purchased at the Methodist Church Coﬀee Morning every Thursday from 10am‐12pm or after the Sunday Service 11.30am – 12.30pm. You can also call Elizabeth Lenthall on 07873 139735. If you would like to know more about Phoenix and Nimbus Concert Bands you can visit phoenixband.net where you can join the mailing list. Rehearsals for both bands take place at Hasland Methodist Church on Friday evenings from 7.30pm ‐ 9.30pm. 16
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MEET THE MODERN WI WITH A TWIST The Chesterﬁeld Town branch of the WI (otherwise known as the Women’s Institute) is a relatively new baby and the group are keen to let prospective members know that the WI has moved with the times. The organisation as a whole has survived for many decades and continues to welcome new members, including young women. The wide range of activities on oﬀer in 2020 looks fantastic. Chesterﬁeld Town WI President Bex ﬁlled me in on the history, present and future of the group:
Chesterﬁeld Town WI was formed in Spring 2014, almost a hundred years after the WI ﬁrst came to Britain, and meetings have been held in the town centre on the evening of the ﬁrst Tuesday of the month (except January) ever since. Our meetings are much less formal than those in years gone by and you’re more likely to ﬁnd us in skinny jeans and boots than a twin‐set and pearls, but we still embrace the same ideals as our forebears; fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. It doesn’t matter what your party political and religious beliefs are, all women (including trans‐women) over the age of 18 are welcome to join us. The membership subscription is the same at every WI in the country at £43 for the calendar year 2020 but why not try us as a guest for a meeting at £5 ﬁrst (refundable if you join on the same night). A typical meeting starts with social time before the I open our “business meeting” which covers key notices, sign up deadlines, and updates on membership, ﬁnances and our Craft Club. We break for a quick cuppa and slice of cake before welcoming our speaker, demonstrator or activity leader. Our meetings cover a variety of topics from bee‐keeping to burlesque, mermaids to murder mysteries, local history to local brewers and everything in‐between. This year highlights include a gin tasting, visit from Bess of Hardwick and a set from Pat Hall, quick change sketch comedienne and a fellow WI member. The WI is what we make it; our WI is run by members for members and we all have the opportunity to shape it in our own ways. Whether warmly welcoming new visitors, baking or shopping for cake, suggesting a speaker, sharing what we’re up to with friends, running or setting up a sub group, organising an outing or standing on the committee. It all makes a diﬀerence. There’s plenty to get involved with in addition to the monthly meeting. Our Craft Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Loundsley Green Community Centre. Experience is not necessary, just a willingness to have a go, a few simple materials and a £2 contribution towards the room hire. We like to get out and about in Chesterﬁeld and we’re on a mission to try out all of our favourite restaurants for some good food and great company, 2 down in 2019, a few more to go this year and beyond! Other recent trips have included an open garden visit and our annual January Bingo social ‐ a fun evening out to start the new year (and for most of us the only time we go to bingo!). Our adventures take us further aﬁeld too. Every few months we meet up with nearby WIs for a great speaker or social activity. There are opportunities to join WI members on outings, courses, talks, ﬁlm screenings (you name it!) organised by the Derbyshire Federation at various locations in the county. We're lucky that Chesterﬁeld is quite central and so a lot of events are within a reasonable distance, especially the Annual Federation Meeting held at the Winding Wheel in Spring. Not to mention the National Federation events – Annual Meetings, National Gallery Trips, marches in London; the ‘unoﬃcial’ WI Walks and summer camps; and the learning opportunities at the WI’s own Denman College in Oxfordshire – courses cover a lot more than just craft and cooking these days and are open to all with discounted rates for WI members. Campaigning is still a key thread in the fabric of the WI although it’s certainly not mandatory. Over its 100+ years the WI has campaigned on an incredible range of issues, increasing public awareness and bringing about policy change. Do you remember the Keep Britain Tidy initiative? It started out as a WI resolution in 1954 and led to the 1958 Litter Act. Heard of the Fairtrade Foundation? The WI was one of the Foundation’s founding organisations in 1992. What about female jurors? Resolutions were passed in 1921 and 1964 with a decade of campaigning in the 1950s ‐ alongside pressure from other women’s organisations this led to the Juries Act 1974. Resolutions passed in 2019 have led to campaigns on cervical screening and the decline in bus services. Climate change, mental health, microplastics and violence against women are all also key campaigns at this time. Members and WIs are free to campaign on issues that will make a diﬀerence to them and their local area, it’s how the annual resolutions are proposed, short‐listed and voted upon each year. ‘5 Minutes That Matter' is a current project researching barriers to women taking up cervical screening and comes after a 1964 resolution called for cervical screening for all. This educated WI members and women about the test and how to ask for it. Further campaigning led to the Department of Health launching a computerised call and recall system in 1988 but screening uptake is currently at its lowest for a decade. ‘Get on Board for a Better Bus Service’ calls on national and local governments to take action and empowers members, WIs and federations to make the case for local bus services in their area. 2020 is set to be an exciting time for Chesterﬁeld Town WI; we’re entering into our sixth year and moving into our new venue at the Saints Parish Centre, just by the Crooked Spire. We’ve got a programme of varied meetings in store, plus our craft club, dinners out and who knows what new groups and outings our existing and new members have in store for us this year. Join us on the ﬁrst Tuesday of the month, 7.15pm to ﬁnd out! Visit www.chesterﬁeldtownwi.co.uk to ﬁnd out more or ﬁnd us on Facebook ‘Chesterﬁeld Town WI’ or Twitter ‘@ChesterﬁeldWI’. Thanks to Joanne from Chesterﬁeld Town WI for getting in touch about this amazing group.
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Luc Farlin is 9 years old and from Hasland. He is a student at Hady School. On the 15th December he took part in a swimming gala at the Queens Park Sports Centre. Luc is currently in Stage 6 of their swimming programme and this was his ﬁrst competition. He competed in four races and amazingly he won all four of them! He received silver medals for breaststroke, front crawl and backstroke and a bronze medal for the Butterﬂy. Luc was delighted with his achievements, especially when he was then encouraged to join Chesterﬁeld Swim Academy. Luc had his ﬁrst session with Chesterﬁeld Swim Academy on the 19th January. He was completely exhausted afterwards but loved every minute of it and is now looking forward to developing his swimming with the club.
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On Thursday 19th of December pupils at Hasland Junior School invited local residents from The Green Nursing Home to join them for a 'Coﬀee, Carols & Mince Pies' event. The children performed songs that they had been learning all half term in a festive celebration. It was a truly wonderful event, well‐received by the attendees from The Green and also enjoyed by the children. This was a truly lovely community event which both the Hasland Junior School and The Green would like to continue in the future.
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For many years fat used to be the most maligned macronutrient. That changed when carbohydrates were put under the literal microscope with scientists and experts probing deeply to uncover more prompting a hotly debated topic, with many experts airing their views. In short, carbohydrates are the body’s preferred and main source of energy, utilising it throughout the day whether you are active or sedentary. Carbohydrates is quite a broad term, as ‘carbs’ can come in diﬀerent forms. The three main types are sugar, starch and ﬁbre. There is strong evidence that ﬁbre, found in wholegrain versions of starchy carbs are good for our health. Examples of these would include, brown rice, wholewheat pasta, wholegrain bread, sweet potato and oats. Another myth is, ‘white foods are bad.” One obvious ﬂaw with the ‘no white foods’ concept is that while white rice and white ﬂour are reﬁned and missing the ﬁbre and nutrients found in their whole grain counterparts, many white foods are high in nutrients, including cauliﬂower, mushrooms, and the allium family (e.g. garlic, onions & leeks). One thing to keep in min,d particularly for anyone who is diabetic, is the Glycaemic Index, or GI value of foods. This is a measure that records how a carbohydrate‐containing food raises blood glucose. A food with a high GI raises blood glucose more than a food with a medium or low GI. Some high GI foods include; bagels, crisps, mashed potato, cornﬂakes, doughnuts, white rice and dates. Some low GI foods, such as wholegrain foods, fruit, vegetables, beans and lentils, are foods we should eat as part of a healthy, balanced diet. However, using the glycaemic index to decide whether foods or combinations of foods are healthy can be misleading. Foods with a high GI are not necessarily unhealthy and not all foods with a low GI are healthy. For example, watermelon and parsnips are high GI foods, while chocolate cake has a lower GI value. Also, foods that contain or are cooked with fat and protein slow down the absorption of carbohydrate, lowering their GI. For example, crisps have a lower GI than potatoes cooked without fat. However, crisps are high in fat and should be eaten in moderation. If you only eat foods with a low GI, your diet may be unbalanced and high in fat. In a nutshell, like any nutrient, carbohydrates are good when part of a healthy, balanced diet. Eating too much of one thing, can be a bad thing, particularly if the food is high in calories. Being aware of the role of carbohydrates and the beneﬁts they have and incorporating it into a balanced diet is key, don’t fear carbs, they aren’t the enemy.
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HASLAND CFC NEWS Sponsors to thank as club enters new decade with fresh kit Player's across Hasland Community FC's are kicking oﬀ the new year with new, state‐of‐the‐art kit ‐ the best a team can buy. That's according to Dennis Smith, the club's kit and equipment manager, who has been spearheading a project to introduce a brand new kit design, and supplier, into the club. Said project is now complete, with every team donning the new stripes, and Dennis says the club is now working on a range of new, exciting projects to move things forward. He also credits the club's sponsors for helping to fund the new kits ‐ which are supplied by EV2 Sportswear. "Getting over 20 teams fully kitted out hasn't been easy but we couldn't be more pleased with the new kits. They really are top dollar but you get what you pay for, as the old saying goes, and I'd like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors for helping to make it happen," he said. "It's not just player kits, neither, as we've got a brand new range of coaching wear for our managers, too. We're keen that not only are our coaches easily identiﬁable on a match day but that they look smart, professional and approachable ‐ all things that we're really passionate about. "Our new supplier, EV2 Sportswear, actually has a background in making rugby kits. We looked at a number of diﬀerent options as we ﬁrst started this project but, with their background being in rugby, we knew that what they provided would be of the highest quality ‐ and it really is. "This is a really exciting time to be part of this club. This project was the ﬁrst of many and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for us."
You can ﬁnd out more about Hasland CFC on their website ‐ www.haslandcfc.co.uk. They currently have limited space in their popular and much copied Mini Kickers programme, which runs on Tuesdays from 6‐7pm at Hasland Hall Community School, for any 4 to 6‐year‐olds who are wanting to start their footballing journey with the club. More information on this initiative can also be found on their website. If your child is interested in getting involved take a look at the club's Facebook page ‐ Hasland Community FC ‐ for more details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Spireites have donated a quantity of winter coats to Pathways of Chesterﬁeld, who provide a service for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Chesterﬁeld and north‐east Derbyshire. Commenting on the donation, kit man Jason Baker explained: “I thought it would be nice if the coats could be put to good use and help people in the local community. “I spoke to Keith Jackson from the Chesterﬁeld FC Community Trust who contacted Pathways and arranged for the coats to be handed over to them. The work being done by the organisation is very important and it’s pleasing to know that the club can help them in this way.” Matilda Towndrow, volunteer & activities co‐ordinator at Pathways, said: “The coats will be nice and warm for the winter and it’s really nice and generous of the club to donate them. “Often, homeless people can feel pushed out by other members of society, but people do have a genuine interest in homeless people.” Pathways aim to prevent homelessness. Their mission is to eradicate rough sleeping in our community and to support those without a permanent home to obtain and maintain one. To ﬁnd out more about Pathways visit www.pathwaysofchesterﬁeld.co.uk. 26
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Adding a new look to an old tradition Since the use of horses Funeral Directors have used a cane to set the pace and show respect while walking in front of a hearse. These canes were all the same and always black. Over time funerals have become a celebration and so more often colour is added to them. The idea for colourful canes came from a rainbow themed funeral we were conducting and a black cane just wasn’t right. Our friends at LGS design at Hasland turned a simple black cane into a rainbow “stick of rock” and it began. The feedback was fantastic and the start of a growing collection. We made a stand for ten canes and soon outgrew this. We are just designing a new stand for ﬁfty canes. A few examples of our canes are shown here ‐ rainbow, pink, blue, orange, purple. We have a mining theme, Elvis cane, various football teams (Chesterﬁeld is the most popular), military canes from the Sherwood Foresters to a cane with poppies for November ‐ I even made a roadworks cane for our famous Hasland roads last summer! The hardest to make was a rose gold glitter cane to match a glitter coﬃn but the most important one is our Peter Pan themed cane for children’s funerals.
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Hasland Methodist Church News Crafty Chit Chat
Thanks to Angela Goggins for the updates
The Crafty Chit Chat Group meets at Hasland Methodist Church on alternate Wednesdays from 7 til 10pm. In early December the group distributed the beautiful knitted angels that they had been busy creating in the group. The angels were pinned around the village for children to ﬁnd and keep. The young dancers from Danceworx Saturday morning classes were thrilled to ﬁnd them after their class!
Ladies Circle Christmas meal at Andy’s Bistro On Wednesday 18th December 31 Members of the Ladies Circle enjoyed an evening of delicious homemade dishes, The bonus of being able to take along any drinks of their choice. Three courses were served, each with four diﬀerent dishes to sample, everyone left feeling well looked after and completely satisﬁed with the cuisine at the local Bistro in Hasland. A vote of thanks was given by President, Margie Hodkin to the chef and staﬀ, also to members of Ladies Circle, Nina Harris and Maria Jarvis for organising the evening at Andy's Bistro.
Displaying the Angels
Ladies Circle Beetle Drive Ladies Circle’s ﬁrst meeting back in the New Year was a lively, fun evening of a ‘Beetle Drive’. The members had been asked to bring any unwanted chocolates from Christmas. Seven tables were set up with four players at each table and most important of all, a dish of a selection of chocolates in the centre. A warm welcome was given by Brenda Brown and an update on future meetings. After giving out the rules of the game and a blow of her whistle, Brenda got the game of ‘Beetle’ started. Lots of chatter, laughter, the rustling of chocolate wrappers and the rattling of dice, ﬁlled the room. The winner was Enid Oliver who was presented with a prize, also Glenda Scarborough, for coming last. The evening concluded with refreshments served by members of the group.
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Community Candlelit service on Christmas Eve Rev Margaret Mwailu welcomed everyone attending and the service commenced with a procession of candles displayed at the front of church by the readers & others who were taking part in the service. We would like to thank members of the church, Schools and the Hasland Community for joining together for this service and the organist, John Maynard for accompanying the singing of carols and the soloists taking part in the service. The readers ‐ Pastor John Pickering, Stuart Brittan, Alﬁe Brittain, Jill Horn, Chloe Beastall, Chloe Elliott & Val Gratton. Johnathan & Tegan Cooper Soloist ‐ Lauren Rossell, accompanied by her husband Tim on guitar. Hayley Beastall and Mike Spriggs sang during the service. A drama was performed by Val Davies & her daughter Heather Cowley.
We thank all who helped with preparations and served refreshments at the close of the service. A wonderful start to everyone’s Christmas Celebrations, not forgetting the true meaning of Christmas in our community.
Christmas Tree Festival Thanks to the businesses, schools, churches, Danceworks, the uniformed organisations and the residence of Hasland we held our Second successful Christmas Tree Festival, a fund raising eﬀort towards local charities. A big thank you also for the generous donations of raﬄe prizes that went towards the event. On the ﬁnal day of the festival the residents from the Green Nursing Home we’re invited to come along to view the trees while enjoying an Afternoon Tea, a short service and singing carols, led by Rev Mwailu.
Messy Church Party
(update by Stephen Wright)
Forty children attended the Messy Church party on the 18th January. They enjoyed playing the parachute game as a warm up before the party and then enjoyed the craft activities including balloon art, decoupage stars, crown making, biscuit decorating, scratch art and ending with a game of musical hats. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the challenging and stimulating activities and then tucked into a variety of sandwiches, fruit, cakes and soft drinks. Our thanks to everyone who was involved in any way during the afternoon including Susan and Wayne Allen. Wayne led the parachute game with great skill and worked
Church ready for the Candlelit Service The Green visit the Tree Festival
Hasland Magazine the PA system for us. Breda Arnold, Alexia Arnold and Christmas Tree Siobhain Arnold showing their great biscuit decorating skills and sharing them with the children and also to Ruth Bailey for her support. Chris Jennings for his amazing Balloon Hats, including one for Stephen, and making characters based on the Toy Shop out of plastic cutlery. Val and Helen Crampton and Hilary Gilliver who did a ﬁrst class job in feeding everyone with a ﬁne selection of sandwiches. Val Davies and Gladys Gill making everyone feel royal with their lovely crowns and coronets. Angela Goggins and Val Gratton organising the Musical Hat Game and much more besides including the preparation of the Church for Messy Church. Alison and Sarah Musk and Martin Basford and Andrew Alldread for being involved in many of the activities during the afternoon. To Anne Brittain for her lovely decoupage stars. Also to Ella and Megan Perrin, young volunteers who were a great help during the afternoon. Thank you to parents and grandparents for bringing their children along to enjoy a fun afternoon and making a great community get together.
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Making our 3 Practices Dementia Friendly â€“ Our journey and success
Inspire Health Patient Participation Group (PPG) has been working hard over the last year to make the 3 GP Surgeries that form the Inspire group â€˜Dementia Friendlyâ€™. We have now received accreditation as â€˜Dementia Friendly General Practicesâ€™. This is an initiative devised by the Alzheimerâ€™s Society, which involves working through an extensive programme of changes to our Practices to make them better at supporting patients who have had a diagnosis of dementia. It is also beneďŹ cial to the patientâ€™s families and carers. The areas covered are: â€˘ General Practice systems â€˘ General Practice culture â€˘ Diagnosis and Care â€˘ Physical environment â€“ involving a â€˜walkthroughâ€™ our practice by a patient beginning in the car park right through to actually sitting opposite the doctor or nurse. Our team are of the increasing belief that working to improve care for dementia patients not only leads to beneďŹ ts for the patients but also for the practice staďŹ€ and the whole community. Working on our â€˜Dementia Friendly (DF) programme has shown us that peopleâ€™s attitudes change once they are educated about tackling the diďŹƒcult issues around this diagnosis. This helps with the fear, stigma and misconceptions about the illness and promotes â€˜caring in the communityâ€™. This is probably the most important change we need to make to support families living with dementia.
Our journey in 2019â€Ś We have: â€˘ Worked with the Practice team to develop a DF Toolkit. This will always be a â€˜work in progressâ€™ as things can be continually improved â€“
especially with the help, comments and support of the active PPG members. Held 2 DF Information Sessions â€? one in ChesterďŹ eld and one in Hasland. Over 100 people attended with 85 new Dementia Friends made. Advertised, advertised, advertised. We have explored all manner of ways to advertise the developments we have made by working with the Practices. We have also been wonderfully supported by Trudy Ford at the Hasland Magazine who has recorded our developments over the months. Negotiated with The Alzheimerâ€™s Society for Luiza, a Dementia Support Worker, to be made available for families living with dementia. Families can now book a half hour appointment to discuss any diďŹƒculties they are facing. Held a stall in a marquee at the Hasland Summer Gala along with the Alzheimerâ€™s Society, Hasland Resource Centre and the local Lloyds Pharmacy. This was a big success with many people signing up to come along to a DF information session or to join the PPG and to help Hasland become a DF Village â€? or all 3! Triggered a movement for Hasland to become a DF Village. This is an exciting development, which began with the PPG but has escalated into a community initiative with great potential to improve the lives of the estimated 400 families living with dementia in Hasland. Held a DF Information Session for all of our Practice staďŹ€ and clinicians so that they have all become Dementia Friends.
Our goals for 2020â€Ś.. â€˘ To continue with the work and improvements for our DFâ€ˆGeneral Practices. â€˘ To hold another DF Information Session in ChesterďŹ eld in March (everyone welcome â€? the date will be advertised soon). â€˘ To continue our work to make Hasland a DFâ€ˆVillage and extend this work to contribute to ChesterďŹ eld becoming a DFâ€ˆTown.
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pots and seed trays ready for re‐use and on clearer days ventilate the greenhouse or potting shed to eliminate the risk of algae, moss and mould. You can still plant out trees, shrubs and Roses whenever weather conditions allow but make sure the soil is not waterlogged or too cold. Prune summer ﬂowering Clematis, only remove dead wood and shorten remaining shoots to the ﬁrst pair of strong buds. Thin out ﬂowered shoots on Winter Sweet and Jasmine, cut back the youngest shoots on Spiraea, Buddleias and Tamarisk to nearer the old wood to keep the shrubs neat. Bulbs can be planted for late spring such as Anemones and Ranunculus and will need to be in well drained soil. Anemone in groups of 3‐4 corms and 3” deep, Ranunculus with the claws pointing downwards and about 2” deep. If you have seeds to set it is good to get a head start and begin them now, even if you don't have a greenhouse, potting shed or cold frame, they can be started on a windowsill in the house until the seedlings appear and then potted on to become stronger plants. Then put outside when the weather begins to warm up. The plants will need to be turned occasionally to prevent lop‐sided growth and water sparingly. Seed potatoes can now be chitted, put them in an eﬀ box on a windowsill and turn them occasionally to the light. Make sure to protect against slugs as young and tender shoots begin to emerge. Stone chippings or copper wire are good if you don't want to use slug pellets or maybe try a nematode protection that can be purchased on the internet. Also remove dead leaves from the edges of the borders as this is where slugs live and breed. Whilst looking around the borders re‐ﬁrm any plants or bulbs that have been lifted by the frosts.
Make ready for Spring At this time of year it's probably better that you don't concentrate too much on the state of your garden but begin to plan for the forthcoming year. A word of warning ‐ avoid walking on frozen lawns as footprints will remain. Brush snow from shrubs and small trees to prevent distortion and breakage. Look through plant and seed catalogues and send oﬀ your order as soon as possible, or visit a garden centre and see what may be on oﬀer. Bare root plants can be cheaper than potted plants and can be potted on when you get them home. To keep moisture in the ground and beds weed free, add as much compost as you have and rake over. Make leaf mould with collected leaves to use when rotted down. Hardwood cuttings can be taken as you trim branches and these can be dug into the soil and left to germinate, ready for potting on when the weather improves. Divide Rhubarb by removing any rotting matter and spread rich compost around the crown. Rhubarb can also be forced for an early crop by covering the dormant crown with a forcing jar or old bucket as this excludes all light and keeps the plant warmer, stems will grow tall and straight in search of the light. When Wisterias have ﬁlled their allotted space cut growth back 2‐3” from the older wood. Prune autumn Raspberries, Apple and Pear trees and make sure there are no dead or diseased branches in the middle of the plant. Improve the drainage of the lawn by spiking with a garden fork and brushing lawn sand into the holes. Repair and treat fences and trellis whilst the plants are dormant. Clean the greenhouse and potting shed and clean all tools including mowers ready for the new season. Wash plant
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What ’s on - Local Theatre
Rich Hall’s Hoedown
Interview by James Rampton
To emphasise just how much they are into his new show, “Rich Hall’s Hoedown”, the American comedian’s many fans are turning up at venues dressed in a full cowboy hat and cowboy boot ensemble. They are truly entering into Rich’s Wild West spirit. Yee haw! This electrifying show, which culminates in an infectious celebration of Americana and a hilarious, foot‐stomping hoedown, has really caught ﬁre up and down the country. Even though he is widely loved by British audiences, the modest Rich can scarcely believe how well this tour has gone. “The response has been astounding,” reveals the comic, who has also enjoyed huge acclaim and won the Perrier Award at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival as his bourbon‐soaked, country and western‐singing Tennessean alter ego, Otis Lee Crenshaw. “I’m enjoying doing this particular show so much. The reaction has been very rousing. People come up to me afterwards and say, ‘I’d seen you on TV, but I didn’t realise you were this funny’. That’s the most satisfying response. At the risk of turning into the Willie Nelson of comedy, I don’t want to stop doing this show!” to themselves, ‘I didn’t see that coming.’ You The critics have been equally enthusiastic about paint yourself into such a corner that the “Hoedown”. The Guardian called it, “Blissfully audience think, ‘How is he ever going to get out funny,” while The Scotsman declares that it is, of that?’ And then you escape. It’s a real “As close as it gets to a guaranteed good show.” challenge, but that’s what makes it funny.” Rich has had an enormously successful TV The comedian admits that, “Sometimes I career, shining in such comedy shows as QI, stumble, but that can be funnier than when you Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo and nail it. It’s very disposable material. It’s funny in Never Mind the Buzzcocks, as well as producing the moment, but you can’t do it tomorrow.” such lauded documentaries as Rich Hall’s What makes Rich’s music so compelling is that Countrier Than You, Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match, Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive, Rich Hall’s he performs traditional, American country and western songs with a distinctly British tinge. He Gone Fishing and Otis Lee Crenshaw ‐ London Not Tennessee. Rich’s most recent documentary discloses that, “I can write a song about any car now. It’s much better if it’s a terrible car. It’s Rich Hall’s Working For The American Dream funny to romanticise in a Springsteen‐esque way aired on BBC Four and was met with the same a rubbish car that doesn’t deserve it.” high acclaim as previous documentaries. “I just love the live experience. On stage, you get One of Rich’s most memorable songs is called “Eritrean Trucking Buddy”. “It’s about the habits much longer than you do on TV to do a of British truck drivers. In America, a song about completely thorough performance piece. truck driving would be very romantic and all According to Rich, “A lot of comedians can’t wait about women in halter tops hitchhiking. to get oﬀ the road, leave behind the crappy dressing rooms and the long drives and get back “But in Britain, it’s far less romantic. The drivers have to get out and look underneath their truck to the TV studio. But in the TV studio you just for human cargo. This song is about a British aren’t in control in the same way. People like driver who ﬁnds a refugee from Eritrea under his Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock always want to get truck and gives him a lift. It works quite well – back to stand‐up. They still want to be out there unless you’re from Croydon. It doesn’t show on the road, where you can be a one‐man Croydon in a good light!” performer, director, writer, producer and editor. So, as you can see, “Rich Hall’s Hoedown” is a “It sometimes sounds like a crime to go on the road all the time. But for me it’s the proof of the dazzling night out, the most fun you’ll ever have with your cowboy boots on. It is only fair to pudding. You hone your show every night. People who come out to see you enjoy the show, point out, though, that one thing has disappointed the stand‐up about his audiences and then they come back. They trust you that the show is going to be good when they come to for the hoedown. “No one is bringing any farm implements of any type. I’m very disappointed. see you again. That’s really gratifying.” Hoes are welcome.” “Rich Hall’s Hoedown” is a riotous tribute to the Rich closes by underlining the importance of delights of Americana. With his excellent band, word‐of‐mouth in bringing audiences to his the comedian performs 10 to 12 songs, many of show. “When people really enjoy it, they tell which he improvises, using material he has their friends about it. Word‐of‐mouth is still the gleaned from the audience in the ﬁrst half. greatest. You can advertise on Facebook all you Rich laughs that, “The people in the front row want, but in the end it’s down to the fact that a realise that they will be targets, but they will also good live show is a good live show. I’m not about be serenaded. I like to ﬁnd a couple who have to give this up any time soon.” I’m sure I’m not been married for a long time and write a song the only one who is extremely glad to hear that. about how they ﬁrst met. For tickets call the Box Oﬃce: 01246 345 222 “You have to keep your mind open to improvise. www.chesterﬁeldtheatres.co.uk The best moments come when the audience say 32
Robert Daws leads a star cast in Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious comedy by committee:
TEN TIMES TABLE Ten Times Table, written by multi‐award‐winning writer Alan Ayckbourn, will be on stage at The Pomegranate Theatre from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th March. Ten Times Table is the inaugural production of The Classic Comedy Theatre Company, produced by Bill Kenwright and his team behind The Agatha Christie, The Classic Thriller and The Classic Screen To Stage theatre companies. Between them, these companies have enjoyed over 15 years of theatrical success. The star cast is led by TV and stage actor Robert Daws, who is most loved for his role as Dr. Gordon Ormerod in The Royal as well as his time in other hit shows such as Poldark, Outside Edge and Roger Roger. Joining him is Deborah Grant, best known for playing Wendy in Not Going Out and Deborah Bergerac in Bergerac. Emmerdale and Holby City star Gemma Oaten is joined by Robert Duncan of Drop The Dead Donkey fame and theatre veteran Mark Curry, well known for his appearances in Hollyoaks and as Kevin in Last Of The Summer Wine. Craig Gazey, famous for his portrayal of Graeme Proctor in Coronation Street completes the cast, alongside Elizabeth Power known for playing Christine Hewitt in EastEnders. The production will be directed by Robin Herford known for his work on the West End hit The Woman In Black, with lighting design by Jason Taylor and sound by Dan Samson. Set and costume design is by Michael Holt. In the long‐since ‘grand’ ballroom of the local Swan Hotel, a most miscellaneous assemblage gathers to conduct the business of the Pendon Folk Festival, led by excitable chairman Ray. Unfortunately, for Ray, his calamitous committee quickly divides, as his wife Helen has a bone to pick… Add a Marxist schoolteacher, a military dog‐breeder and an octogenarian secretary, and the table is set for one of comedy master Ayckbourn’s most hilarious plays. This tumultuous comedy by committee is not to be missed.
Robert Daws tells us about returning to the stage in Ten Times Table. What’s Ten Times Table about? Ten Times Table is about a small market town trying to stage a folk pageant. My character, Ray, is looking for something to base the pageant on and he ﬁnds a story in an old book that describes the Massacre of the Pendon Twelve. It’s about an uprising by agricultural workers in the 1870s which is put down rather brutally. So I persuade the committee that we should try and recreate this very colourful piece of local history in the market square. We all end up in costumes, trying to put on this pageant and it has almost as many casualties as the original Massacre of the Pendon Twelve! It’s basically about how a group of ten people sitting on the committee, with all the best intentions in the world, manage to completely cock it all up. Anyone who’s ever sat on a committee will recognise the people in this play. Everyone’s there. You’ve got the pedantic secretary.
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Hasland Theatre Company Review
The Anastasia File
By Royce Ryton. 13th ‐ 16th Jan at Hasland Playhouse. Directed by Val Ryan.
I went along to the opening night of this production knowing nothing about the play except that it involved historical Russian ‘Royalty’. The opening set displayed a family tree of the Royal Russian family at the time of the 1918 massacre of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and ﬁve children and members of their household. In front of this were two separate areas of the stage, one set as an oﬃce and one with simply a chair and coat hooks. The entire story alternated between these two sets. We were ﬁrst introduced to an elderly ‘Mrs Manahan’ (played by Kay Haw) who is being interviewed by the Junior Inspector Cooper, son of the original Inspector Malcolm Cooper who had attempted to solve the mystery of the strange woman some 60 years before him. Father and son were both played brilliantly by Rob Peach, his frustration and compassion for the lead character were apparent throughout the play. The story is then revealed through a series of ﬂashbacks through the mysterious woman’s life, beginning at the point where she has been pulled from a German canal after a suicide attempt in 1920. After much resistance and interrogation she claims to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, youngest daughter of the Tsar who has somehow survived and escaped from the attack by the Bolsheviks two years before. We are presented with the case for and against believing her story by her interaction with the other characters. Aside from the two characters mentioned all other roles were played by just four actors ‐ an amazing feat of accents, costumes, quick changes and acting techniques. Louise Sutton, Darren Siseman and Rachel Schoﬁeld really made this work, returning to stage as various doctors, nurses, members of the Russian royalty and American ‘friends’. Louise gave us a fab Cockney accent as a British Nurse caring for ‘Anastasia’ and Rachel Schoﬁeld was fantastic as a Russian dignitary determined to deny Anastasia’s identity. Steve Cowley featured in the most part as the original doctor attempting to solve the mystery of the young woman’s identity but also reappeared as an entertaining Russian guard and a Redneck American amongst other roles later on. The show was hugely atmospheric, you could have heard a pin drop at certain moments as the characters debated and discussed the likelihood of ‘Anastasia’s’ claims. Kay Haw was amazing in her role. It must have been an exhausting part to play with such a constant high level of emotion and anguish ‐ I was completely
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convinced that she was indeed Anastasia. It was saddening to imagine the character being so relentlessly questioned, examined and disbelieved. Val Ryan must have had her work cut out making this production ﬂow so seamlessly. Actors vanished from one side of the stage only to appear moments later on the other side in a diﬀerent role, and yet each character was completely distinguishable. The costume and continuity team did an excellent job to achieve this too. Intriguing from start to ﬁnish and performed excellently as usual by Hasland Theatre Company. There was a collection at the end of the show for Barnardo’s. Next show: ‘Blackadder’ 13th-18th January. All seats £10. Tel: 01246 272271 or visit: haslandtheatrecompany.co.uk
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You’ve got the half‐drunken committee member with marriage problems. My wife is on the committee with me and we are diametrically opposed in what we both think is the best way to go. It’s all there. Ayckbourn has a brilliant ear and eye for this sort of thing. How are you ﬁnding your character, Ray? He’s great. He’s very organised and full of enthusiasm. He’s a sweet‐hearted man who’s passionate about his town. Unfortunately, although he is made chairman, he’s fairly useless and quite easily dominated. He is the worst possible chairman you could have. He just tries to listen to everyone and by trying to make sure everyone is happy, he falls down and struggles to keep control. Ayckbourn premiered the play back in 1977. How has it stood the test of time? It’s strangely topical in these diﬃcult political times. As we were rehearsing it, we were all turning to each other and saying “My goodness me, it’s just like Brexit!” I think you can see how human nature doesn’t really change.
You work proliﬁcally in television and radio, and you write crime novels. What brings you back to theatre? I think you need to keep your hand in. It’s a very muscular thing, theatre. It requires very diﬀerent techniques and approaches to other mediums in which I work. If you don’t want to lose the physical and mental muscles that you need for the stage, then you’ve got to do it. It’s a pleasure to do it too. When you talk about audiences appreciating theatre, what do you think makes a trip to see a show so special for them? I think it’s the simple fact that it’s live and it’s thrilling to have actors and set and a story unfolding in front of you. It is a unique experience and very diﬀerent to anything else you come across other than maybe sport. I ﬁrmly believe that when you’re in the theatre, when that big laugh comes and you’ve got 1000 people laughing their heads oﬀ together at that moment, that’s theatre’s goal. It’s thrilling. Evenings at 7.30pm, Wednesday matinee 2pm. Saturday matinee 3pm. For tickets call the Box Oﬃce: 01246 345 222 www.chesterﬁeldtheatres.co.uk
England, 1588. Queen Elizabeth I, divine and yet at the same time very pretty and rather accessible, sits upon the throne. Lord Edmund Blackadder, arrogant peer about town, has fallen on harder times than those to which he is used. Along with his bottom‐breathed servant Baldrick and pea‐brained chum Lord Percy, he gets himself in a number of scrapes with his cunning plans to curry favour at court.
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Alternatively to book tickets call the Box oﬃce on 01246 272271 or book online at haslandtheatrecompany.co.uk. All tickets £10. Licensing proﬁts to go to Comic Relief. 33
Spital Cemetery News - A visit to the Mayor’s Parlour As the trumpeter for the Remembrance Day commemoration at Spital, it was a great privilege to be invited to visit the Mayor’s Parlour on Monday 16th December together with members of the Friends of Spital Cemetery and the Chesterﬁeld Women’s Institute. The visit was in recognition of our work in maintaining the memory of all those local people who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars and who were laid to rest in Spital. We were welcomed by Cllr. Gordon Simmons, the 394th Mayor of the Borough Mayor of Chesterﬁeld and Cllr. Kate Caulﬁeld, the Lady Mayoress. Once inside the Mayor’s Parlour, The Lady Mayoress guided us through the many historical artefacts and civic regalia associated with the Borough most noteworthy of which is the Mace dating from 1671 and a Royal Crown Derby tea service presented to the Town Hall and decorated with the Borough Coat of Arms. This tea service is irreplaceable and only comes out for special occasions such as Royal visits. The Queen has her own cup, incidentally! There is also a ﬁne collection of gifts oﬀered to the Borough by its Twin Towns: Darmstadt (Germany), Troyes (France), Yangquan (China) and Tsumeb (Namibia); the latter having given a wooden tableau to commemorate the link. The Borough is particularly honoured to have received this gift as wood is considered as a highly precious material in Namibia. Our tour concluded with a visit to the impressive Council Chamber opened in 1938, the interior of which has beautifully crafted walnut panelling and furniture that was speciﬁcally designed for the building even down to desks, chairs and cupboards. An Egyptian theme runs through the decoration and there are lotus ﬂower motifs in the ceilings. However, what catches the eye is the Royal Crest situated high above the Mayor’s Bench depicting the arms of Charles II dating back to the time of the purchase of the Mace. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of The Friends of Spital Cemetery to thank Cllr Simmons and Cllr Caulﬁeld for their warm welcome and hospitality which made the visit a very memorable occasion for all those who attended.
Tour available to book - Mayors in Spital Cemetery Sunday 23rd February 1‐2pm This tour will take you around the gravesites of 15 of the borough’s mayors who chose Spital Cemetery as their ﬁnal resting place. We will also ﬁnd out about the challenges and their achievements as Chesterﬁeld changed from a small market town in the mid 1800s to a thriving industrial centre a hundred years later. February is a beautiful time to visit Spital Cemetery, a blaze with a mass of daﬀodils. Tours are free but a £5 donation to support our work will be appreciated. Meet at 1pm the Tool House, just inside the top gates oﬀ Hady Hill. Parking is available along the Lime Tree Avenue within the cemetery or on Cemetery Road. Refreshments afterwards. Please be aware that Spital Cemetery is built on a hillside and the route we shall take is not wheelchair accessible. To book please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and put Mayors’ Tour in the subject heading. 34
By John‐Charles Tanner
Borough Coat of Arms In the centre is a shield with a pomegranate (a symbol of life, fertility and power) on the left is a cock and on the right is a magpie (pynot in local speech). There is a local pub, called the Cock and Magpie, where three noblemen plotted what became known as the Revolution of 1688 to replace King James II (a Roman Catholic) by William and Mary of Orange (Protestants), an event known as the Glorious Revolution. Above the shield there is a wall, showing that Chesterﬁeld is a borough with an ancient charter. The charter was granted by Elizabeth I ‐ a copy of it is on display in the council chamber. The original charter is kept at the Chesterﬁeld Museum. The ram is the Derbyshire symbol and also the mascot of the Mercian Regiment. At the bottom of the coat of arms is a patch of rocks and heather, referring to the nearby Peak District, and the word "aspire", a word with two meanings. One is a reference to the Crooked Spire, Chesterﬁeld's most famous landmark. The other meaning is to strive for, work towards, hope for, a very positive message about the attitude of Chesterﬁeld people.
A Word about the Mace The origin of the mace was that it was a club, carried to defend the mayor. It has since developed into the ornate version displayed as a symbol of oﬃce of the ﬁrst citizen. It was bought in 1671 when the Borough sold some silver (paid in lieu of taxes) from London, at a cost of £71.6s.8d, for the mayor, Richard Clarke. The mace is hollow, made of silver gilded with gold leaf. It is only handled using gloves to avoid wearing of the gold leaf. Despite its size, it is not heavy, weighing approximately 4kg. The mace includes the emblems of England (rose), Ireland (harp), Scotland (thistle) and France (ﬂeur de lys). Where there is a crown over the heraldic symbol for a country, it emphasises the claim to that kingdom. There is no symbol for Wales on this mace, because Wales was seen as a principality and not a kingdom. Beside the thistle is a portcullis, the symbol of parliament. It also bears the coat of arms of the Stuarts. The top of the mace has the letters "CR", which stands for Carolus Rex, with the coat of arms of Charles the Second. The mace is present at every council meeting. It rests on the purpose‐made stands on the front bench, with the crown facing towards the clock. On civic occasions, the mace is carried by the macebearer over his right shoulder in an upright position, in front of the mayor. When the Queen is visiting the borough, it is reversed, to show that the Queen has seniority over the mayor.
A little bit of history The ﬁrst mayor of Chesterﬁeld, Ralph Clarke, was elected in 1598. Since then there has been a mayor elected every year, some serving more than once, or in oﬃce for more than one year. In 1598 Chesterﬁeld received a new Charter from Queen Elizabeth I, giving the town the right to have a mayor. A copy of this Charter is in the Council Chamber, the original Charter is on display at the museum and a detailed booklet on its signiﬁcance is also available from the Museum. Until the Local Government Act 1933, any eminent local citizen could become mayor, but after that the mayor had to be an elected councillor. This explains why the Duke of Devonshire was able to become mayor in 1911. Chesterﬁeld’s right to have a mayor was reaﬃrmed in the new Charter from Queen Elizabeth II in 1974, when Staveley and Brimington were added to the borough to form the new local authority, Chesterﬁeld Borough Council. Chesterﬁeld chooses its mayors according to length of service, so the longest‐serving councillor who has not yet been mayor will be invited to stand for election regardless of political party. If two members of council were elected at the same time, they are given the opportunity to become mayor in alphabetical order by surname. A member of council may decide not to be mayor, when asked, but they will be approached again, in case their circumstances have changed and now wish to be mayor. It is the custom of Chesterﬁeld council to elect a deputy mayor for a year who then becomes mayor the following year. This occurs subject to them being re‐elected as a councillor, should a local election be held during their deputy year. It should be noted that Chesterﬁeld has a civic mayor, appointed for a single year, with a largely symbolic role, representing the council and community. This is quite diﬀerent from the elected mayors who hold oﬃce in some councils in a high‐proﬁle, paid executive role, like the Mayor of London. Although the title is the same, the role of an elected mayor is very diﬀerent, and they may hold oﬃce for several years.
More dates for your diary: 9th February & 8th March ‐ Guided Walking Tour of Spital Cemetery 1‐2pm Meet at the Bottom Entrance on Hady Hill. Suggested donation of £5 welcome. For more info and to book, email Margaret at email@example.com 8th February & 14th March ‐ Spital Cemetery Gardening Group 10am‐12.30pm. Meet at the Tool House near the Top Entrance to the Cemetery. New members always welcome. Email Liz for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
A trip to Lud’s Church
By Scott Antcliﬀe
Over the festive period, I went out for an amble in an attempt to sweat out the Christmas pudding and chocolates and desperately ﬁt back into my trousers for work the following week. I think I accomplished that, after 20km of arduous walking and navigating obstacles like stiles, boggy marshland and the occasional farmer’s fence. I went with a fellow teacher and photography enthusiast Josh, who has the patience of a saint after listening to me complain most of the day about my lack of layers in the freezing January air. When checking Lud’s Church out on a link that I had been sent, I was expecting a 19th century church, which perhaps had succumbed to the elements over the years. But no, I was surprised to ﬁnd out that Lud’s Church, in actual fact, isn’t a religious building, but a deep chasm caused by a landslip on the hillside above Gradbach, Staﬀordshire located in the Back Forest, on the southwest fringe of the Peak District National Park about 4km to the west of the A53 between Leek and Buxton. The area does have religious links as the Lollards, who were followers of John Wycliﬀe, an early church reformer, are supposed to have used the chasm as a secret place of worship during the early 15th century, when they were being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Josh drew the short draw, and was the designated driver for the trip. Thanks to the Sat Nav, we found our destination with relative ease. What was to follow, would make seasoned ramblers and explorers cringe with disgust at our inability to navigate and ﬁnd Lud’s Church. We parked in a layby which we thought was near Lud’s Church, turns out it was a good 8km away. Our route was treacherous, including barbed wire, farmer’s fences and bemused sheep, and the odd passer‐by from a far, perplexed at our sheer lack of navigational skills. It turns out it was a blessing in disguise as going oﬀ the beaten path, we found a few hidden gems along the way including an abandoned farm house which made for some lovely photos and useful place to rest the legs temporarily. With light fading, we proceeded to ﬁnd Lud’s Church. It was an impressive sight to behold, over 100 metres long and 18 metres deep, it looked like a scene from The Lord of the Rings with mossy, overgrown rocks which shone like emeralds in the intermittent sun. Walking through the chasm, it gives a really atmospheric feel and you can see why it was considered a special religious site in the 15th century. After spending a good hour or so exploring and photographing the chasm, weary‐eyed and weak legged we made our way back to the car, albeit a more direct route, as to not alert any grumpy farmers mistaking us for cattle thieves or trespassers. For those who would like a more accurate destination, the postcode of SK17 0SU should take you to a carpark just oﬀ Gradbach Mill Lane, which is about a mile to the east of the cave. From the car park you can also explore the Dane Valley area and visit Three Shires Head and The Roaches. For a diﬀerent, unique walking experience, a day out to Lud’s Church is certainly recommended, although checking the route and location beforehand is most certainly advisable.
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