Dec 2020 / Jan 2021
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Welcome to Hasland Magazine
December is here and Christmas is on the way. At the time of going to print we were still under the November lockdown and hoping that we are able to celebrate the holidays with our families.
Whatever December brings, there’s still plenty to be enjoyed. As we weren’t able to host our Christmas Market this year we’ve launched an online gift market on Facebook ‐ search for ‘Hasland Magazine Virtual Christmas Market’ to join the group and start looking for some gift ideas from our local companies and crafters. If we all spend a little with small businesses we can help them through this tricky time. There are plenty of ideas for gifts in our gift guide on the centre pages too. I’m very proud of this issue. We’ve got some really interesting stories including Audrey Redfern’s account of her 54 years as part of Hasland Playhouse and the fascinating story of Mary Glossop’s family who for generations lived in caravan homes on land oﬀ Calow Lane. When planning the magazine I was worried that the lockdown would mean no advertisers but once again our local businesses have pledged their support and placed ads meaning the magazine could be printed. Thanks so much to all of you for your custom. I’m also greatful for the helpers I’ve picked up over the last two years. Scott Antcliﬀe has supplied me with some stunning images of Padley Gorge this time as well as his regular ﬁtness column. Liz Cook and Angela Goggins always keep me updated with news from Spital Cemetery and Hasland Methodist Church. This issue I’ve also had a guest writer ‐ Nicky Beards ‐ who was a massive help with Mary’s story. Thanks also to John‐Charles Tanner for introducing me to Audrey and her friend Rosemary. Please enter our competition for tickets to a cinema showing at the Pomegranate Theatre. If you use one of our advertisers please mention Hasland Magazine. I’m always open to feedback so do get in touch if you have anything to suggest for magazine content. I’d love to hear from our new readers in Spital and Hady following our recent expansion to deliveries. I truly hope all of our readers enjoy the festive season. A happy new year to you all ‐ let’s hope it’s an easier year with some level of normality.
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NB Dance Academy Our dance classes (currently held at Hasland Working Mens Club) will continue as normal once the November lockdown comes to an end and we are able to meet. Children can join from 3 years old. Free trials available. Find us on Facebook NB Dance Academy ‐ Hasland and message us for more info.
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Hasland Magazine Scott Antcliﬀe is a qualiﬁed personal trainer with a degree in Nutrition, Health and Lifestyles. He has swapped the NHS for a career in teaching, but is still passionate about nutrition and health and passing his knowledge onto others.
Running for beginners Running for many people is a little like Marmite, you either love it, or hate it. Cue ﬂashbacks from secondary school and a grumpy old PE teacher putting me through my paces in cross country running. Needless to say, it didn’t leave me with a love for running and aspirations to be the next Usain Bolt. Between November 2018 and November 2019 approximately 6.8 million people ran at least twice per month, making it the most popular participation sport in the UK. During the national lockdown in March, numbers increased by 731,000 but indoor and treadmill running decreased. Running is free and you can do it anywhere, which certainly adds to the appeal. Additionally, running burns more calories than any other mainstream exercise. It goes without saying that there are many health beneﬁts of running and it can reduce the risk of heart‐disease, strokes and type‐2 diabetes. Running can also boost your mood, conﬁdence and self‐esteem and keep your weight under control. If you have joint issues, running wouldn’t be ideal as the weight‐bearing nature of the sport can impact upon joints further. Non weight‐bearing exercises, such as swimming and cycling would be ideal for anyone with joint problems.
Getting started This might be obvious, but investing in a good pair of running shoes is essential. The structure of the shoe weakens over time, especially with regular use. It is recommended that runners replace their shoes every 300‐400 miles to avoid potential injuries. Planning your runs beforehand will help you stick to them and develop good habits and routines. Plan where and when you want to run including the time and add this to your diary/calendar. To avoid injury and increase enjoyment, it’s advised to start of gently and ease yourself in. Gradually increasing the pace and distance over time. To begin with, start each run with a gentle warm up to last at least ﬁve minutes. This can include jogging on the spot, knee lifts, heel ﬂicks, climbing stairs and quick walking. Once you’ve warmed up begin to alternate between walking and jogging. As time goes on, increase the running and jogging intervals until you are barely walking. After each run, allow yourself a few minutes to cool down by walking and doing a few stretches.
Building up With running, consistency is key. It is better to run twice per week, each week rather than run seven days one week and then not run for the next three weeks. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, it will take a little time to develop your ﬁtness, but stick with it and don’t give up. Your body will adapt to running and you will develop your aerobic ﬁtness and stamina too. The NHS Couch to 5K programme has proven to be really successful in getting people with no running experience running 5k within 9 weeks, by following a dedicated programme. Once again, it’s free!
Motivation Staying motivated whilst running is essential. Many people will become disappointed with results after a week or two and give up. Setting yourself goals and challenges, regardless of running ability will really help you stay on track. You could try to beat your personal best time or enter a 5K or marathon as a goal. Many local parks have free parkrun events that are open to people of all abilities. Keeping a diary of all your runs could really be a good motivation boost and also a record of achievements. Note down each run, including your route, time, weather conditions and how you felt. Vary your routes and distances to help aid motivation. Running the same route can be boring and may lead to you losing interest and giving up. By running diﬀerent routes, with diﬀerent scenery it could help boost motivation. Running with a friend who has a similar running ability can be a good way to encourage, support and motivate you. It may also keep you accountable as you wouldn’t want to let them down if you had to cancel a pre‐arranged run. Plus, a little healthy rivalry and competition never hurt anyone. So what are you waiting for?! Grab a pair of trainers, a water bottle, and head on out there. ‘There is no failure in running, or in life, as long as you keep moving.’
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We have three amazing schools in Hasland, including of course our excellent Infant School which has been part of the village since it opened in 1904. The school has grown in proportion to Hasland over the years and now has 10 large classrooms as well as a large school nursery, beautiful library and many other child‐friendly spaces. The nursery oﬀers up to 30 hours for each child from the term after they turn 3 years old, something that many parents were unaware of. Nursery children are also able to have lunch at school for a small charge. The nursery has its own access gate and a delightful fenced outdoor play area including grass and hard‐surface spaces with plenty of activities for the children to enjoy whilst they are learning. The school site is completely secure, allowing children to safely enjoy themselves.
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A beautiful wedding Terminally ill Lindsay, marries the love of her life at Ashgate Hospicecare.
Lindsay, a terminally ill patient at Ashgate Hospicecare who lives with pancreatic cancer, chose to tie the knot with her ‐ now ‐ husband, Simon, during October in Ashgate Hospicecare’s boardroom. The ceremony, which was put on with the support of the hospice staﬀ and a number of kind donations from local businesses, was incredibly moving despite social distancing rules. It was attended by a small group of the couple’s family and friends, as well as their 19‐month‐old son Isaac. Lindsay, who can now also be referred to as Mrs Birley, told us: “We had such a special day thanks to Ashgate. We had hoped I would be well enough to get married in Chesterﬁeld, but it wasn’t possible so I can’t thank the hospice enough for everything they have done. We’ve been going through some tough times but it was a really lovely day. “I’d class Ashgate as my second home. My family can’t believe how well I’ve looked since I’ve been here but it’s because my medication got switched around so I’ve been sleeping so much better and shows how comfortable I am.” Anne‐Marie Carey, a Consultant in Palliative Medicine as part of the hospice’s In‐Patient Unit, regularly looks after Lindsay. She added: “I’m so happy that this special day was able to go ahead and Lindsay, Simon and Isaac were able to have the special day they had hoped for and we all wanted for them.” Unfortunately due to COVID‐19 guidelines, no reception could take place so instead the hospice’s Head Chef, Mark Taylor, created a special takeaway wedding breakfast box for each of the guests. Other local businesses that pulled out all the stops for Ashgate’s happy couple included: Blanc & Blanc Occasions which provided shoes, Fresh Ideas Florists which provided all the ﬂower arrangements, Natalie Reynolds MUA who provided hair and makeup services, Weddings by Dragonﬂy which decorated the room and Tom Hodgson who photographed the whole event and captured a memory which the family will keep forever. Lambs Cupcakes of Chesterﬁeld made the spectacular wedding cake which was colour coordinated with Lindsay’s dress for a fraction of its usual price.
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‘The Life and Death Podcast’ Ashgate Hospicecare has launched its ﬁrst ever podcast series ‘The Life and Death Podcast’, in order to highlight the importance of good end of life support. The series is hosted by Stephen Rumford, senior physiotherapist at Ashgate Hospicecare, and features frank and honest conversations around death and what ‘dying well’ really means. Each episode welcomes both givers and receivers of end of life care, to discuss their unique relationships, hospice life, and how death aﬀects the living. Ashgate Hospicecare is hoping that, in launching ‘The Life and Death Podcast’, listeners will feel more comfortable discussing this often sensitive, awkward and often brushed over topic. Stephen, who has spent over ten years’ in his current role, believes that now is the perfect time to be launching a podcast such as this ‐ referring to how, despite people seeing each other less during COVID‐19, a death and its lasting eﬀect on those left behind remains just as devastating. The ﬁrst episode features Ashgate Hospicecare patient ‐ Roy ‐ who is a father, a grandfather and recently a great‐grandfather. Roy starts by reminiscing on his childhood, before changing the discussion to how hospice life is for Stephen. At one point, further into the episode, Roy turns to Stephen and remarks: “It’s one’s duty to live, to bring pleasure to those around you. It’s why you’re on this earth.” Before recording Stephen said: “I’m really looking forward to hosting the podcast, it’s going to be an exciting project! I’ll be talking about my experience of working in palliative care, working with the dying and giving an insight into Ashgate Hospicecare and our patients’ lives. Every day I see the impact Ashgate is having on families and I can’t wait to share some of those stories.” The podcast can be listened to on Ashgate’s website and social media. With a new podcast airing every two weeks, make sure you subscribe too. Please rate and review the episode if you can too! 10
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December is the last chance this year to have a good tidy up in the garden and to make sure everything is able to survive the winter. Rake up all the leaves and compost them, if you don't have a leaf mould bin, put them in a black bag and fork holes into it. Keep it in a place where it won't blow about or put a brick on top of it. Make sure all trees and shrubs are secure in the ground and have no rubbing or diseased branches as these will need to be removed. Prune established Apple, Pear and any deciduous trees, it is better to do this early in the winter as the days are usually milder and more pleasant, although this can be done anytime before leaf fall and buds bursting. Aim for an open wine glass shape to allow air to circulate and fruit to form where it will receive maximum light. Many perennials can now be cut down to ground level, although any with attractive seed heads can be left as long as they don't become too straggly or messy. Also seed heads will attract birds into the garden to eat insects and grubs from other plants. A small amount of lime around Carnations, Pinks and other lime loving plants will often improve them. Remove the growing point from Sweet Peas sown in October, when 2‐3 leaf pairs have formed, this will encourage side shoots to develop. Lilies can still be planted when soil conditions allow, or for a good display they can be planted in pots and moved around the garden. Outside containers should be insulated before it gets really cold by wrapping in ﬂeece and standing on feet. Do this when it is mild not frosty otherwise you will just seal in the frost. If you are going to make wreaths or table decorations, make sure the birds don't eat all the berries by covering a small area of each selected plant with ﬂeece or sacking to save them for later. This can also apply to Christmas Roses which can be covered with a bell cloche to save them. Now is also a good time to plan your borders for all year round colour and decide which new plants you would like to introduce to give an added boost to a dull border at diﬀerent times of the year.
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Stephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sustainable Stuff This fabulous small business is a regular on ChesterďŹ eld Market. Have you tried them yet?â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Reduce your carbon footprint and save some money on lovely products. I caught up with Steph to ask her about her business. When did you start Stephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sustainable StuďŹ&#x20AC; and more importantly why? At the end of April 2018. I'd been working for 10 years as a Personal Assistant to a lady with MS. Sadly, she died in the April and I had no idea what I wanted to do next. I'd been working with a close friend doing crafting projects and she'd set up an Etsy shop which was bringing in a useful second income. My USP was sustainability â&#x20AC;? a subject close to my heart. In my craft projects I used fabric, yarn and wood that would otherwise have gone to landďŹ ll. Walking through ChesterďŹ eld Market shortly after I'd been made redundant, a friend called me over. He had a stall as a casual trader for a few weeks and, upon hearing my situation, oďŹ&#x20AC;ered me a part of his stall to "sell your craft stuďŹ&#x20AC;". Where do you source most of your products? My main product is still a hand crafted one! I'm Derbyshire's premier beeswax wrap manufacturer. I'm proud that I source my fabric from local family ďŹ rms and my wax from Ropers Honey. My liquid reďŹ lls of cleaning products and toiletries are mainly from Miniml, a family ďŹ rm based in Yorkshire and SESI, a social enterprise in Oxfordshire. Where I can, I prefer to source products from other small local businesses. Do you think the products are economical compared to supermarkets? Yes. You aren't paying for excess packaging or contributing to the high salary of multiple CEO's. My range of herbs and spices are particularly competitive. Has business improved as people are becoming aware of the plastic crisis? Absolutely! Plastic Free ChesterďŹ eld have been working tirelessly to raise awareness of the damage done by single use plastics and I'm pleased to be able to oďŹ&#x20AC;er a local solution. I ďŹ rst oďŹ&#x20AC;ered reďŹ lls in October 2018 and it took until the following April to sell my ďŹ rst 20L of washing up liquid. I now sell an average of 20l a week. Tell us about the range of products you currently oďŹ&#x20AC;er. I oďŹ&#x20AC;er reďŹ lls of household cleaning products, shampoo and conditioner and body wash as well as a range of dried goods and an extensive range of herbs and spices. One of the beauties of zero waste shopping is that you can buy as much or as little as you like â&#x20AC;? last week a customer bought a single bay leaf for a recipe she was trying out. I also stock solid shampoo bars made here in ChesterďŹ eld by Elsie Moss Botanicals, bamboo cotton buds, bamboo toothbrushes (the rainbow bristled ones are really popular) body puďŹ&#x20AC;s made from nettle ďŹ bre, and a wide range of ecoâ&#x20AC;?friendly household items as well as, of course, beeswax wraps. They are a sustainable alternative to plastic food wrap, are washable and will last about a year. I've recently introduced a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ReďŹ ll at Homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; system where customers get free delivery when they buy a 5L container of the liquid reďŹ lls. Whilst I'd love everyone to come to the market, I understand that in the present climate there are many people who have to stay at home. I'm happy to help enable them to continue to reduce their single use plastics. You were recently recognised at the ChesterďŹ eld High Street Awards â&#x20AC;? how did that feel? Emotional! I was overwhelmed at the support I received from all of the customers who nominated me. I feel that this isn't just a vote for me, but is a vote for a more sustainable ChesterďŹ eld. I'm immensely proud to have been awarded Market Trader of the Year. Will you be stocking some Christmas gift items? I will indeed. Beeswax wraps are always popular, and I have some special edition ones coming soon. To complement my range of herbs and spices I've been making some unique spice racks that can be ďŹ lled with three or four products of your choice â&#x20AC;? I'm currently experimenting with spices for mulled wine. If your readers have a loved one who wants to reduce
their reliance on single use plastic, they can buy them a gift card, redeemable against any product and comes with a storage jar to start their reďŹ ll journey. Do you hope to continue to grow the stall? Any new ranges planned? I certainly do. I hope to add more food items and would love to add oils and vinegars. I feel that my customers help to drive the business forward by making suggestions for new products. Can you recommend any like minded companies that you have met? I'm pleased to be a part of a Mobile Zero Waste Traders support group and between us we cover the county. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Darcie ReďŹ lls on the Roadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; covers the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak in her reďŹ ll van that holds more than I can ďŹ t on a 12ft market stall! â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kim Local Loop Clowneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; covers Clowne and Barlborough oďŹ&#x20AC;ering reďŹ lls as well as products from other local small businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Emma Natures Weighâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is based in Swadlincote and is in the process of setting up an Eco Hub, bringing several eco businesses together. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Catherine ReďŹ ll Derbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; makes doorstep deliveries of Cleaning products and toiletries in old fashioned style milk bottles. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Karen Weigh Heyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is just over the border in Ibstock, Leicestershire and organises pop up shops for reďŹ lls. Tell us when you are in the town centre. Mondays, I'm on the main market opposite HSBC. Thursdays, I'm on the main market opposite Boots. Saturdays I'm on the little market in New Square. How can customers buy from you if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t visit the town centre? They can message or email me: stephs.stuďŹ&#x20AC;@hotmail.com. They can also follow me on Facebook or Instagram. I deliver in ChesterďŹ eld and NE Derbyshire for a small charge or can post. When our lives return to normal, I'll be able to give talks to local groups which has been popular in the past.
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We’re here for you this winter As 2020 comes to a close, our team at Heather Vale care home continue to ensure that day‐to‐day life is as our residents wish. Our home‐cooked food is always enjoyed, and our catering team work hard to ensure that they provide a lovely dining experience at each mealtime. Our Sunday lunches and Fish and Chips each Friday are made freshly on site and are especially enjoyed. We take great pride in the range of high quality, seasonally focused and nutritionally balanced meals that we serve to residents on a daily basis. We appreciate that mealtimes are a sociable and pleasurable part of each day. Up‐to‐date technology enables our residents to enjoy Skype or Zoom calls with family and friends. These make a positive diﬀerence to our residents and provide reassurance to their families. Our technology has also enabled us to socialise with fellow residents and colleagues around the country. Each Tuesday, we join our fellow Anchor care homes throughout England for our national sing along. Our district quiz with homes nearby is every Thursday and we enjoy this friendly competition. We appreciate that one‐to‐one time is also important, so our staﬀ always make time to talk, reminisce and spend quality time with everyone who lives with us. Throughout December, we will ensure special memories are rekindled and that each and every one of our residents has a truly wonderful festive period. We’ll be enjoying a performance of A Christmas Carol live streamed from The Old Vic Theatre via Zoom. Also, via Zoom, we’ll be joining care homes around the country for NAPA’s (National Activity Providers Association) Connect by Candlelight music concert. We’re also looking forward to planning themed nights in 2021, where a 1970’s evening is currently being arranged.
At Heather Vale, our team are specially selected for their skills and, of course, their passion for care and a natural desire to help. We have an initial settling in period for new residents, where our friendly carers spend their time getting to know our residents, ensuring that our care is tailored to their interests, preferences and lifestyles. From the moment a new resident steps into our home, they can be assured of quality personally tailored care. Our highly qualiﬁed staﬀ team have implemented robust guidelines around PPE and precisely adhere to required policies. Our cleaning procedures are also comprehensive, to ensure our residents are safe and that they maintain a great quality of life. Heather Vale was rated Good in all areas by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) in their most recent inspection in January 2020. We provide residential and dementia care and we are here to answer any questions you may have. You can arrange a virtual show round simply by contacting us on 01246 889 507 or visiting our website www.anchor.org.uk/HeatherVale. Heather Vale is located at Heather Vale Road, Hasland S41 0HZ.
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Always here for you Enjoy living in a friendly and warm environment where making new friends couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easier. Excellent home cooked food, a choice of activities and a real sense of community awaits you at our Heather Vale care home. Call us on 01246 889507 or visit www.anchor.org.uk/HeatherVale for further details. Heather Vale care home Heather Vale Road Hasland S41 0HZ www.anchor.org.uk/HeatherVale Rated Jan 20
Chesterfield Radio has launched! Did you know we have a new radio station? Chesterﬁeld Radio Station launched in October and is now available online and via your smart speaker. Station Director Paul Wragsdale told me: “Chesterﬁeld Radio are an online community radio station broadcasting from Staveley aimed at North Derbyshire. The project, put together by myself, will be presented by a mixture of experienced presenters and what we like to call our 'Homegrown' selection who have little or no experience of working in radio. We want to be a truly local station providing a voice for local charities, groups and people wanting to promote their activities. We'll also be oﬀering aﬀordable advertising to local businesses to help fund the station as we are all volunteers, not even us directors will be paid until the station is fully sustainable. This way we can keep the station on air and provide that real local touch. We aim to take the station out on the road once the COVID restrictions are out of the way and we plan to work with schools right across the region teaching the pupils how to put together a radio show and present and record it. This will then be broadcast so the children can see the beneﬁts of what they have created.”
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I recently discovered that there is a food bank at Tupton Evangelical Church which has been up and running for 10 years. Sylvia Tidmarsh and her friend Joyce Quigley set up the service when they saw a need in their area. Sylvia told me: “We started asking our friends at church if they would help us by donating food or money to buy food so that we could help people in need. The church has played a vital part in the food bank from the beginning and it’s been diﬃcult to support people when we haven’t been in church to receive donations or oﬀer food parcels. We usually hold a lovely coﬀee morning each Tuesday from 10am‐11.30am at the church which is free of charge. Many people access the food bank through this and collect their items whilst they are there. It’s more than just a coﬀee morning as it oﬀers a chance to have a natter for people who may not see anyone otherwise. Our food bank is totally independent and we are happy to help anyone from Tupton and surrounding areas. Over the years we’ve felt privileged to help many people and we certainly don’t judge. Anyone who needs to access the food bank can call us and we can arrange to me you at Tupton Evangelical Church on Queen Victoria Road in Tupton. We’ve also been given some money by the council to help to ensure that local children are given what they need.” If you would like to donate food or money please give them a call. The items they are most in need of are: Tinned food, dried food, pasta sauce, longlife milk, tea, coﬀee, sugar, toilet rolls and toiletries. There is a freezer in the church to store bread and frozen food but they are unable to accept fresh food items. At the moment we are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11‐12 or by arrangement. Tupton Food Bank ‐ New Tupton Evangelical Church, Queen Victoria Road, New Tupton S42 6BL. Tel: 07927 012879 if you would like to donate or if you are in need of a food parcel.
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WINTER CAR CARE WITH MATT We asked Matt Brooks, owner of Storforth Lane Valet Centre (SLVC) about the importance of taking care of your car body work over the winter: Why is specialist car care important rather than a simple hand wash? It’s a case of protecting your investment. You have to look after your paintwork to keep it in good condition. Many home car wash ﬂuids and waxes contain harsh chemicals that will strip oﬀ the protection that your car paint work has as standard. This leaves the paint susceptible to the elements and more likely to perish. Winter detailing ‐ what does it mean and why does it work? Winter detailing is a process of applying a hybrid technical wax, a specialist mixture of hard wax and paint protection cream with a long life. One coating can protect your paintwork right through to Spring. We then apply a hydrophobic coating to your glass to repel water, making it easier to clear everyday debris and spray. As part of our winter detailing we check your tyres, wiper blades, coolant levels, windscreen wipers and wash liquid and bulbs. What is ceramic coating? Ceramic coating is a kind of lacquer that goes over your cars existing lacquer or clear coat. It further protects your paintwork against staining from dirt, bird poo, etc and water will run oﬀ your car faster with the lacquer in place, meaning it’s less likely to be marked. There are choices of coatings which can last from 2 to 10 years. We choose depending on how long you plan to keep the vehicle and your budget. Do you need specialist knowledge to oﬀer these services? My team and I have attended many training courses and are accredited by several diﬀerent companies including Matrix, Kysho, Gyeon, G Technique and Poor Boys. Years of experience has taught me which coatings, lacquers and products will work best for each vehicle and customer so I can put together a bespoke package for you. What can we do to take care of our paintwork at home? Most importantly wash the dirt and dust oﬀ your paintwork regularly. This removes debris so that marks are less likely to occur.
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A HISTORY OF HASLAND 56 YEARS ON STAGE THEATRE COMPANY Taken with gratitude from the history written by Derek Wilkins in 2006
The founding father of the present day Hasland Theatre Group was Hasland resident Mr Albert Allison who in 1944 had the idea of presenting a play. He wasn’t able to ﬁnd any men to act so presented a play ‘Angels of War’ with an all female cast. The play took place at the Temperance Hall on Eyre Street in May that year. In Derek Wilkins’ history he commented that ‘one of Mr Allison’s ladies was Pattie Bradley who is still regularly treading the boards with us and is one of the best Panto dames I have ever seen.’ The following October a play called ‘Playgoers’ was shown at the Temperance Hall. The cast were from the local Employment Exchange and one of them, Mr J. T. McGee, was invited to take over productions for the Hasland group and to bring some of the other players along. After a series of one‐act plays that year the group performed ‘Dangerous Company’ in November 1946. Around this time, Mavis Clough (then Mavis Hill) joined the group and was still on stage in ‘The Winslow Boy’ 50 years later! Plays continued at The Temperance Hall until 1948 when it was suddenly no longer available. The play ‘Night Must Fall’ was well into rehearsals so the group took the risk of hiring Eastwood Hall for one night. Fears proved unfounded as over 300 people came to support the show. Productions at Eastwood Hall went on until 1951 and membership of continued to grow. In November 1951 the group transferred to the Little Theatre in the Market Hall in Chesterﬁeld. They bought new scenery for £30 and were again rewarded by success and a growing following. A Junior Section was formed in 1952 with a view to ﬁnding new and promising talent and to create an interest in theatre among teenagers. 1953 saw the group in their ﬁrst competitive drama festival, winning the Rotary Cup for best play at the Bradbury Hall for their production of ‘The Cat’. Festival work continued, culminating in a production of ‘Cagebirds’ in 1990 when the group were selected for the ‘All Winners Final’ in Wales. In May 1961 they presented the play ‘Will any Gentleman’ at the Civic Theatre in Chesterﬁeld. They revisited the Civic yearly due to this success up until the existing theatre was brought into use. On Wednesday 4th November 1964 the building, later to be called The Playhouse, on Storforth Lane, was oﬃcially opened by the then President, Mrs Thompson. Although the group now had their own theatre, it would be some time before plays could be presented there as much work was needed constructing the stage, lighting boards etc. The Playhouse opened to the public presenting ‘Running Riot’ on Tuesday 7th February 1966. November 1970 saw the groups darkest hour when Mac, chairman for almost 25 years, passed away. He had been a tireless worker for the society, he produced most of the plays, erected and painted scenery, gathered props and took a very active part in social activities. He had been the true cornerstone of Hasland Playgoers. Despite this huge setback the group continued to thrive, initially under new chairman Vernon Pitchford. New dressing rooms were built, the auditorium was refurbished, a new higher roof was built and a scenery store constructed at the rear of the theatre. Much improvement has been made to the technical aspects of the theatre including the lighting and sound systems too. In July 1995 the society changed its name to the Hasland Theatre Company and gained charitable status. The Playhouse was made more accessible for disabled people and a modern back projection system was installed as well as more technical improvements. Derek quotes Gordon Collis, ‘a long term and tireless worker for the society’ and former secretary and treasurer of the group who himself compiled an extensive Playgoers history: "Mention must again be made of Mac, the man who made all this possible. He devoted almost all of his free time to building up a small group of people in the 1940's into a society that now ﬂourishes and is well known in the district for the presentation of its plays. It is a society of which we, as members, are justly proud.” 24
Audrey Redfern has lived in Hasland for 27 years, having moved over from Wingerworth mainly due to her involvement and love of Hasland Theatre. I met Audrey and her friend and fellow Hasland Theatre Company performer Rosemary Smith, to talk about their long history with the Theatre and Theatre Company.
How did you become involved with Hasland Theatre Company? Audrey: I enquired about joining in 1964 ‐ 56 years ago! I had a love of theatre and wanted to get involved. I met Mac at the bus stop when I got oﬀ my bus from Wingerworth. I didn’t drive at the time. Mac took me round to the theatre to join in their rehearsal. I didn’t feel included at that session and told him I didn’t want to join. He was disappointed and asked me why so I told him. He asked me to give it one more try before I decided so I agreed. Of course I realise that they were busy rehearsing for their show at the time but I found it a little daunting. The second session was so embarrassing! Mac had obviously told everyone how I felt and they all went out of their way to talk to me and make me feel involved. I’m glad I gave it a second chance and I’ve been there ever since! Rosemary: I’ve been involved now for 33 years. I felt the same as Audrey when I ﬁrst joined but I soon became part of it all. You can start oﬀ helping with props etc until you get the chance to become involved in a production. What was the theatre like at that time? Audrey: The group had only just acquired the theatre and there was a lot of renovation work taking place. We did plays at Chesterﬁeld Market Hall before the theatre was ready to launch. What was your ﬁrst production with the group? Audrey: I can’t exactly remember the ﬁrst one I was involved in. I think it may have been ‘World Without Men’. You don’t act straight away, you help out backstage then you begin to get small parts. In one of my ﬁrst productions I remember I was very inexperienced. I went on stage with Bert Gee who was very comedic and had lots of people coming to see him speciﬁcally. I don’t remember the name of the play but the lead characters were on stage performing and Bert and I came on at the wrong moment. The audience had no idea and we quickly walked oﬀ again. It was a hairy moment! In one of the ﬁrst productions I had a walk on part where I had to wear a bathing costume. There were no dressing rooms at the time, it may have been the very ﬁrst production at the theatre. Very tricky! I had to make a lot of changes in the wings during my ﬁrst plays. Mac chose the plays and directed all of the performances in the early years. At the end of a show’s run he would come on stage with books for the next play. If you got given a book you were in! I used to hope for a book every time. What has been your favourite production and your favourite role? Audrey: I loved Gaslight. I played the lady lead. On the night of the ﬁnal performance I remember sitting at the end stage right and I was so sorry it had ended ‐ I really didn’t want it to end. I also remember loving being part of The Heiress, I really enjoyed that. Rosemary: It’s a funny feeling at the end of a production. It’s great to have your time back but you’re going to miss everyone so much after being a close unit for so long.
Audrey’s amazing record of her roles inside her beautiful photograph anthologies of shows at the Playhouse.
) in Gaslight Audrey (seated bottom left
The group celebrate 30 years
Do you have a favourite playwright or genre? Audrey: I love straight acting, it’s deﬁnitely my favourite genre. Comedy is great but it’s very diﬃcult to act and to direct. Farce is even more tricky due to the choreography! The audience watch a slapstick performance and it looks so easy but they take hours to perfect. In a straight performance you can take your time. Rosemary: I agree, farce is the hardest genre to perfect. It takes blood, sweat and tears and the team at the Playhouse work hard to maintain a high standard. There’s nothing better than hearing the audience giving a good guﬀaw when a comedy moment hits them. There’s nothing worse than not hearing them when it doesn’t! What made you want to try acting? Audrey: I was in plays at school and found that I loved being on stage. Near where I lived as a girl a family had a shed on their land and my friend and I made it into a stage. We would pretend to be performing. I always wanted to act. My family weren’t particularly interested in theatre but they always came along to the plays. Rosemary: Audrey was a window dresser at Marks & Spencer for a while ‐ she has a great eye for set design due to this. She’s a stickler for detail. Do you love all aspects of the theatre? Audrey: Yes. I used to help organise Chesterﬁeld Amateur Theatre Festival. Our group loved theatre festivals. We held it at the Pomegranate which gave everyone a chance to perform on a larger stage. We discovered that the Pomegranate stage has a 1/12 slant ‐ you have to be careful and look into the distance so that you don’t fall over! After I had been acting for a lot of years I decided to move into directing and found that I loved it. It’s so satisfying to see the plans you had in mind come to life. I think you have to have done a lot of acting before you can successfully direct. I directed a play called ‘Cagebirds’ which we entered into the Festival. We qualiﬁed for the Newport All Winners Festival in Wales, which was a huge achievement for our group. Andrew Davie was brilliant in the play. I was so sad that I was away in America at the time of the ﬁnal with my then husband who was touring as a magician! There was no way I could be in Newport. I was also meant to play a role in the play but had to be recast. It felt so unfair. The play had been very successful. It previously had an all female cast but I cast a man in a lead role. The judges loved our version and we came third overall from only six groups chosen from the whole country. The play was reclassiﬁed as a unisex play after that. The cast called me in America after the competition to tell me how they got on. I was delighted. We also won Best Backstage Crew. Rosemary: (pictured to the right wearing the spotty dress) Audrey is a perfectionist and doesn’t let anyone miss a trick. She wanted to direct the play from America for the competition! She was a stickler for detail and ruthless if people weren’t cutting the mustard.
Intent to Murder The group celebrate 40
Cagebirds ‐ the team celebrate
Cagebirds ‐ the award‐winning show
Audrey always went the extra mile. In one play we had to hang someone at the end of the ﬁrst act. Audrey made us go to the West Midlands to hire ﬂying harnesses so that it would look realistic We toured some of our festival productions to other theatres too, performing in Mansﬁeld and other towns. How did the group manage to fund the amazing sets and costumes? Audrey: I enjoyed searching for props and costumes over the years, there is a chaise longue in the furniture cupboard that has been on stage more than any of us! I can remember going around ﬁnding the costumes that we needed for each production. Rosemary: When we joined there was very little money. We cobbled together our items ourselves. Nowadays they can hire costumes if necessary. How do you feel about the impact the theatre has had on your life? Audrey: I have loved it. Going back 20 or 30 years we were all such good friends. Many of us still are. We’ve had such good times together as a group. It took up a lot of my time but I wouldn’t have missed any of it. Mac was a dear friend of mine, it was so sad when he passed away. I’m not really involved any more. I directed my last play two years ago. I always attend the performances though. Rosemary: I’m not really involved any more, we’ve both taken a backseat over the last couple of years. It was so lovely over the years, the group were so close. The theatre was my happy place, the group and friends I made got us both through some hard times. We would both go down to the theatre even when we weren’t involved, just to see our friends. We would go and rehearse on a Saturday morning then go to the Arkwright Arms for meat and potato pie and red cabbage as a reward! I’ve performed in ‘Not now Darling’ wearing just a fur coat! I’ve had endless roles. I seem to have cornered the market playing roles that were ﬂoozies and people without morals! My ex husband Philip Harding created many of the sets over the years and contributed a lot of his time to the theatre. He sadly passed away in September this year. We’ve both done everything in the Playhouse, I’ve tried everything except directing and lighting. We’ve scrubbed and cleaned when necessary ‐ it takes a long time to scrub that ﬂoor, particularly when it’s been painted with one of Audrey’s dramatic striking designs. When we produced the Alan Bennett play ‘Habeas Corpus’ we painted the ﬂoor black and white and used all red props which looked amazing. The black and white paint came through no matter how much we painted afterwards! It’s very hard for the theatre industry at the moment, we just have to keep it ticking over and supporting them. The photograph to the right is taken from ‘An Ideal Husband’ which was performed during the groups 60th Anniversary. It was directed by Audrey and featured Rosemary (in the blue dress). This was a year tinged with sadness as the group lost Vernon Pitchford, one of their founding members.
Thanks so much to Audrey and Rosemary for sharing their memories with me. Let’s hope life returns soon to the Playhouse! 26
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The fairground folk of Hasland I was introduced to Mary Alice Glossop by her daughter who told me that her mum’s life story was worthy of a biography. I was deﬁnitely intrigued so I visited Mary to learn more. Mary’s smart bungalow is on a piece of land on Calow Lane. The beautiful topiary horse close to the driveway entrance oﬀers a clue to the history of the land and to Mary’s story.
Maiden’ after it played a starring role in the 1963 ﬁlm of the same name. It has become one of the most famous steam engines in the world and is now part of the Scarborough Fair Collection. The fairground and the Oadleys would travel for nine months of the year and set up a winter camp in and around Derbyshire to paint and repair equipment.
The family history
Mary was the oldest of three children and her mother Alice was part of the Oadley family, famed for their involvement in fairgrounds and amusements. Mary’s mother Alice married Thomas Hallam, son of a local scrap merchant and horse dealer Jarvis Hallam who, with his wife, lived in a caravan on the site of Mary’s current home. Jarvis’s father Elijah (Mary’s great grandfather) worked in a colliery in Whittington.The mine shaft cage the men were in broke half‐way down and all the men were injured but due to the swift action of Elijah and another miner Frederick Vickers all the men survived. He was awarded the ﬁrst ever Silver Order of St. John of Jerusalem Life Saving medal in 1875. Harriet Oadley, Mary’s maternal grandmother, was born in 1871, the daughter of travelling showman Samuel Whiting of Norwich. Harriet ran the travelling fairground and during the war she even bought an ice rink on West Bars in Chesterﬁeld. Harriet’s family had been involved in fairgrounds for generations and had six steam engines which powered all of the fairground. One of the Showman’s steam engines, with the motto 'Mighty in Strength and Endurance’ powered the fair’s lights. Whilst it belonged to Harriet, it was called ‘Lord Kitchener’ but eventually became known as ‘The Iron
Mary was born in 1934 on the land opposite where her home is now. Her home was a showman’s wagon or caravan, as were the homes of all of her maternal fairground family. Mary’s mother Alice’s caravan was wooden and decorated beautifully in pink paint and gold gilt. When Mary was just three years old her mum sadly passed away after suﬀering a clot on her brain during the birth of her youngest child. Mary’s father was called up for war service around the same time and never returned. Her sister went to live with her aunt who lived in Hoole Street in Hasland and her baby brother went to a family in Grassmoor. Mary being the eldest at three years old was taken in by her grandad Jarvis Hallam. His wife passed away three years later so Mary and Jarvis lived alone together. Living with an elderly grandad sounds like quite an ordeal for a young girl but Mary had a very happy, hard and often exciting childhood. She was taught to drive horses and traps and could drive one by herself by the age of six. Mary attended Calow School. Her sister, living in a diﬀerent catchment area went to Hasland School, which meant they remained separated. Mary told me, “I used to have to clean out the pigs every morning before school. I did it in bare feet as I couldn’t be late and go to school in dirty shoes or I would get the cane from Mr Cox the Headmaster. "Sometimes on my way back from Calow School, I could hear Grandad shouting me right up in Calow if I dawdled. We worked hard but he was a good grandad. Although he swore an awful lot, he was very kind to me and always treated me like a lad for always working hard.” Mary’s Grandad Jarvis only had one eye due to an accident involving a horsewhip. Mary would have to read the Derbyshire Times to him and that helped her reading skills more than school. Mary told me: “It seemed normal to me. Some days, I would skip school to go out working with Grandad. The school bobby would come and see where I was. Grandad would say we were oﬀ to buy shoes for school. When I was small, I used to go to Hasland to have my hair curled into ringlets and to have a bath once a week and see my sister. Eventually though, Grandad had my hair cut as there was no one to put it into ringlets anymore.” She would also have to cut up an ounce of tobacco ready for him to smoke before she could go out. “I had to wrap tape onto his pipe as he had no teeth to hold it with!
Frank Oadley at Ashover in 1932 with the famous Kitchener / Iron Maiden
Jarvis Hallam with one of his many horses 30
Left to right: Young Mary on her family’s land; Grandad Jarvis; Mary’s mother and father ‐ Alice & Tom Hallam on their land; Elijah Hallam with his wife.
Grandad was 67 when he ﬁrst took me in and was over 83 by the time I was grown up.” Mary’s brother lived and worked on a nearby farm. She would often give him a slice of bread and jam whilst he was working unloading hay they had bought from his stepfather. She had no idea that they were related until years later when, aged 16, she bumped into him and he told her that he had recently found out they were siblings. Mary was often sent to fetch boiled pig swill from the cleansing depot at Stonegravels. Sometimes she took her friends from Dingle Bank. “I could get ﬁve barrels on the ﬂat cart and I always stood up to drive. Once, I was coming up Hasland Road and overbalanced. The cart hit the corporation bus and the pig swill went all over the road. Luckily for me, it didn’t end up in the Derbyshire Times!” At the age of 13 Mary would regularly travel alone by train to Sheﬃeld to order yard brushes from Arden Winch. It was very scary at the time as much of Sheﬃeld had been destroyed by bombs in the Blitz. The brushes were sent to Chesterﬁeld Station in bulk and Mary would have to then take them to the cattle market to sell to the farmers. On Sundays she would deliver them all over Derbyshire by horse and cart often picking up scrap on her rounds too. “I loved going out in the cart to the cattle market every Saturday with Grandad. All the local farmers knew me. I used to take our scrap to various scrap metal yards in Chesterﬁeld ‐ Mr Sharpe on Goyt Side being one of them (known locally as Pink Eyes). Others included Dodds of Brampton, Hooton and Green and Mr Thorpe on Pottery Lane. They were all very good to me giving me a little extra money for the scrap, wool and recycling which I’d keep for myself. This meant I always had good clothes and spending money. “We also used to buy horses including some of the pit horses and the odd pony when they’d ﬁnished in the mines. Grandad knew the ostlers and they’d tell him when the horses were coming out of the pit. Grandad would buy them and sell them on to anyone needing a horse. We sold them to Mr Clarke at Boythorpe. He started his furniture removal business as soon as he came back from the
war and came straight to us for his horses. That business is still going strong today. “We did house clearances too. I remember we went to clear the house of the post mistress at Ashover. A lot of the belongings were still parcelled up new! There were all sorts of items which had been for sale in the post oﬃce. We found a stash of half crowns when we were going through a pile of shirts! “We’d take the things we had bought back to the yard with us. Grandad would tell the people in the houses on Dingle Bank that we had items to sell and they’d come and buy from us. We’d bring in anything to make money and I learned a lot about business that way. “Once, we went to clear out Greaves’ furniture shop in Chesterﬁeld as they wanted to empty it out. There were some huge paintings on the wall. We burned some of them apart from a few which we gave away. Someone we knew kept one in their shed and years later an antiques dealer paid a fortune for it! “Grandma Oadley’s fairground would come and stay nearby for the winter time and she would make sure my sister Harriet and I had plenty of good clothes and underwear to keep us going for the year; three vests, three skirts, three chemises, boots and a good coat. “If the fair was visiting nearby in Calow I’d go along with my friends and win everything. We would also go on the rides for free ‐ Roll a
The yearly Glossop family rally to Hardwick Hall
Penny, Noah’s Ark, the carousel, swinging boats and various others.” Eventually the Oadley fairground broke up and each person went on their way with their own attraction and made a living from that. Mary lived with Grandad until she was 18 when he bought her a modern trailer caravan. “He died a couple of years before I got married. When he died, I burned his caravan as was tradition. It was a beautiful caravan so it was quite sad to see it go. “My husband, Ernest Glossop, was a horse dealer and later worked for Henry Boot. We lived together in a caravan on the same land and had our children Janet, John, Jeﬀ & Jill. Eventually we wanted to build a home but it took us ten years to get permission to build a bungalow. The by‐pass was being planned at that time and the plans kept changing so our planning permission took forever. Eventually we got permission so with a very good bricklayer and friend Reg Bramley, my husband and I built our bungalow ourselves!” It was 1973 by the time the bungalow was ﬁnished, the family of six living in a caravan up until that point. Mary taught her children all about horses; how to break them, ride them and drive the horse and carts. They would go as a family to the horse sales at Chesterﬁeld cattle market, where Debenhams now stands, on a Saturday.
The large family caravan where Mary and Ernest brought up their four children until 1973
Two of Mary’s children on the family’s land
One of the beautiful miniature caravans that Ernest Glossop built. 31
Hasland Magazine â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used to go to sulky races (a sulky is a kind of lightweight cart). One of our horses was named Janet M and we would go to venues all over York, Birmingham, StaďŹ&#x20AC;ordshire and Prestatyn. All of our family photos involve horses and the whole family are still horse mad.â&#x20AC;? Ernest would restore and make carts and bow top or lantern top caravans for the children to play in. The family would visit shows at Chatsworth, Bakewell, Ashover and Ashbourne and enter the horseâ&#x20AC;?drawn carriage and gymkhana competitions most Sundays in the Summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ďŹ rst Chatsworth Country Fair took place in September 1981. We were shown in the ring with a trap with bright yellow wheels. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to every show since â&#x20AC;&#x201C;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly 40 Years.â&#x20AC;? Once the Duchess of Devonshireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter rang Mary to see if she could borrow a horse to pull a caravan for their holidays. Mary was very well known in the area for having good, reliable driving horses. Mary told me:â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember the ďŹ rst steam rally that took place at Ashover. I wanted to go so I drove a bow top caravan that we had rebuilt and stayed overnight in the showground. This year is sadly the ďŹ rst year that a show hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been held on Ashover Showground.â&#x20AC;? A prestigious award The family joined the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;British Driving Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in 1980 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a national organisation for a range of carriage driving activities. Due to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, basically meaning years of experience, Mary is qualiďŹ ed to pass on her skills and experience so she has taught many people about driving horses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every Sunday from March onwards weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get ready and go on a rally as a family. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d take our horse, carriage and horsebox to the venues. Our ďŹ rst practice event each year would be at Ashbourne Racetrack at
Darley Moor. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d then be set for the ďŹ rst proper rally as the horses had calmed down a bit. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d all do a ďŹ ve or six mile run round in our horse and carriages. Once a year each family would host a picnic rally at their home. At our rally we would drive up to meet at Hardwick Hall, have refreshments and make our way back along the country roads. After the Mary receiving her 40 12â&#x20AC;?mile run, we would feed everyone, socialise and have years award from her son. a raďŹ&#x201E;e. At one stage we had An ornate mirror in Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bungalow, saved from her 23 carriages at our meet. familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caravan history. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have rosettes made to hand out to those who took part. People from all around used to come along to see the horse and carts.â&#x20AC;? Mary is still a member of the BDS and in September this year she was given a prestigious award for 40 years of horse driving. She still helps out from an advisory perspective. Her son is now the Local BDS commissioner and he handed the award to Mary. A huge rally for Mary to receive her award was due to take place but it was sadly cancelled due to the current Covidâ&#x20AC;?19 restrictions. Mary is very proud of her family. As well as her four children she now has ďŹ ve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. They in turn are all very proud of Mary and their family history. Many thanks to Mary and her family for sharing their story. Thanks also to Nicky Beards for her help with subâ&#x20AC;?editing this article.
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By Liz Cook ‐ Friends of Spital Cemetery Our Remembrance event took place on Monday 2nd December at 11am. Only a small amount of visitors could gather including the new Mayor of Chesterﬁeld, Councillor Glenys Falconer, who attended with her consort, Councillor Keith Falconer and gave the following speech: “Welcome to Spital Cemetery’s annual Service of Remembrance. Here in Spital Cemetery are the graves of 43 oﬃcial casualties of World Wars 1 and 2, all of who passed away in the UK. On the Gateway Path we remember them and their families who bore their loss and rebuilt their lives after the conﬂict of the wars and peace had been restored. Here there are White Flower Carpet Roses and Rosemary plants remembering the wives or mothers of those buried in Commonwealth War Graves elsewhere in the cemetery. One of the memorial benches here is for us to remember those who did not return from war. The other bench is in memory of the many who served this country, veterans of many wars, who’s resting place is here in Spital Cemetery. Spital Cemetery has provided a ﬁnal resting place for all faiths for the last 163 years. Today we thank them all for their sacriﬁces made in order to uphold the values we have now, free speech and justice for all. However, this year is no ordinary year. Today, and during November 2020 we will include in our Remembrance event the service and sacriﬁce of so many who have protected our nation from the COVID‐19 pandemic. There are so many similarities in feelings, emotions and experiences between those times of the two World Wars and now. At the end of today’s memorial, it will be my honour to lay a wreath at the entrance to the Gateway Path and pause for a moment to remember all those who lost their lives and sacriﬁced so much.” After the service, I took the Mayor on a brief tour of the cemetery to show her the graves of some well known names from Chesterﬁeld. www.friendsofspitalcemetery.co.uk FriendsofSpitalCemetery
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By Scott Antcliﬀe SA Photography Located between the picturesque village of Grindleford and the A6187 road, Padley Gorge is a stunning deep but narrow valley overlooking the Peak District. Popular with walkers and photographers alike, Padley Gorge has always been a hit with locals and those who come from further aﬁeld for a nice stroll through ancient woodland, surrounded by sublime views. Burbage Brook drops steeply through Padley, as it cascades over the imposing gritstone boulders forming peat‐coloured pools, which make it the perfect spot for those wanting a few snaps on a camera. Padley is particularly special during autumn as orange and golden leaves are scattered along the woodland ﬂoor and stream. Moss covered millstones lie next to Tolkien‐esque oak, beech and silver birch trees as fungi glisten in the dew, giving it a real magical feel. If you park at Grindleford Station, walk past the café (a popular spot for tea and cake) over the bridge where you will see a tunnel on the right. This is the Totley Tunnel, the second longest train tunnel in the UK. Keep following the path past a couple of houses, and there will be a fairly steep uphill walk to an entrance of the woods. Pass through the gate, and you will be able to follow a well‐trodden path that will take you above the brook, with great views into the valley below. You will come to a path that will veer oﬀ to the right. If you follow this down it will bring you lower, alongside the brook. You will see a wooden bridge, which will take you to the other side of the valley and will give you great views of the cascading waterfalls. The bridge itself is a great photographic subject. For any keen photographers, a tripod is essential for long exposures of the waterfalls and a polarising ﬁlter to reduce glare and improve the colour proﬁle is a handy accessory. The path back to Grindleford station is fairly ﬂat and mainly downhill. Silver birch and oak trees form a colourful canopy and a little respite and shelter from the elements. Padley is situated oﬀ the B6521 just north of Grindleford and down from the Fox House Pub on the A6187 Hathersage to Sheﬃeld road. Park at Grindleford Station if you want to walk up Padley Gorge to the main cascade area (Sat Nav: S32 2HY). Or if you want to walk down to the gorge, park at the Granby Wood lay‐by south of the Longshaw Visitor centre which is half‐a‐mile down the B6521 from the A6187. For those a little unsteady on their feet, Padley Gorge isn’t particularly advisable due to the rough terrain and steep drop oﬀs and is very slippery when wet. Good ﬁrm shoes or boots are advised, and wellies can be useful. A good, nearby alternative to Padley is the Longshaw Estate. The few acres around the lodge are gently sloping and face west. It has a network of paths that explore moorland, ﬁelds and Granby Woods ‐ a mainly deciduous woodland that can oﬀer some wonderful autumn colour. 35
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Here’s hoping for a better year for our local theatre groups and venues. There are some fabulous shows planned throughout our area for 2021. Watch this space and support them when you can!
THE BALLROOM BOYS - ACT TWO! The Ballroom Boys double act Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are set to return in 2020 with a brand new show ‐ Ian Waite and Vincent Simone … ACT TWO, after the roaring success of their 5 star rated 2019 tour! The fabulous Strictly Come Dancing stars promise another wonderful evening of old‐fashioned variety ‐ dance, comedy and song! With beautiful costumes, gorgeous lighting and world class routines, including the Viennese Waltz, the Foxtrot, the Rhumba… and of course there has to be another incredible Argentine Tango routine by the master! The boys will be joined by their stunning dance partners and a world class singer. If you enjoyed The Ballroom Boys, then make sure you don’t miss the hilarious dancing duo when they bring you … ACT TWO! Thursday 8th July 2021 at the Pomegranate Theatre ‐ 7.30pm start. Tickets £33.50 / £31.50 conc. Tickets are available now for all planned shows at chesterﬁeldtheatres.co.uk. Tel: 01246 345222.
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Hasland still Remembered Despite the restrictions, many people in Hasland managed to ﬁnd their own way to pay their respects and still obey social distancing laws for Remembrance. The decorations on Eastwood Park gates were stunning once again and the Cenotaph was as decorated as ever. The Last Post could be heard in nearby streets as some took to their own doorsteps to pay their respects and observe the two minutes silence.
Hasland Methodist Church News Remembrance A few church members gathered on Remembrance Sunday to pay our respects at the Cenotaph in Eastwood Park. We also created our own display outside of the church. Sandria Mather knitted all of the poppies that are shown on the cross. Brownies were then invited to place their own hand painted ‘Poppies on Pebbles’ around the base. Sandria also laid a wreath at the Cenotaph for Hasland District Guides. The Remembrance Service was very atmospheric as it was such a misty day. The last post and Reveille were played from a distance outside the park and it was spine tingling as it was heard across the park. After the two minutes silence there was resounding applause from the people who came along for to remember all the heroes. A ﬁtting tribute under the circumstances although without the parade of the uniformed organisations that always attend.
A small Harvest Service Before the November lockdown the church was opened to celebrate the Harvest. Twenty people attended with careful social distancing and masks worn. They brought their harvest gifts to place on the table. The food was later taken to a food bank. It was so good to meet up together for worship after our virtual services through Lockdown. It was very special having the organ played on arrival & during the service.
Sparkle Walk Fundraising The “Hasland Wanderers”, (Val Davies Val Gratton & Angela Goggins) who took part in the virtual Sparkle Walk on Saturday 19th September, would like to thank everyone who kindly sponsored us and also on the Just Giving page. We raised £603 with Gift Aid to be added.
A message from Reverend Margaret Mwailu Word of encouragement ‐ ‘Don’t be afraid’: Isaiah 41:10, Luke 1:30 This time last year I could never have imagined not contemplating welcoming children into our church for Christingle service, the joy of children as they perform Christmas concerts, the surprise on their eyes as they look around the Christmas Trees that adorn our church and excitement on Christmas Eve singing our favourite Carols by candlelight. The Covid‐19 pandemic has changed our world, our country and our community in many diﬀerent ways. Since March, things have not been the same; our lives have been disrupted one way or another. For many, this has been devastating with loss of loved ones and others with serious illness as a result of Covid‐19. You would be assured to know that Hasland Methodist Church has over the past months prayed for our local community, for families and loved
ones. We continue to pray for all our keyworkers who serve with deep commitment and selﬂess generosity. We continue to pray for national, and global community, and hope someday, not in the too distance future, we will gather again together as a community. As we continue to experience extraordinary times, we also have witnessed the strong community spirit, the care and concern for each other, the support given to those experiencing extraordinary hardships. Although, our harvest celebrations were limited this year, we were able to contribute tins and boxes of dry food for our local Food bank. It is my prayers that we continue to support and help those in need, and do so with greater kindness, respect, and love. Thank you to all residents of Hasland for the community spirit that exists in the village. It will carry us through this pandemic. Finally, a word of encouragement, though many of us may feel afraid of what the future holds, we are not alone. Through history, human beings found themselves in a state of panic, and God through the prophets, gave them encouragement, “Don’t be afraid”, or “Don’t panic”. Similar words, “Don’t be afraid” are found in the Christmas story, Mary, Joseph and the Shepherds are told not to be afraid. These same words echo still for us today, in a world engulfed by fear of Covid‐19, loss of jobs, homelessness, terror, injustice, we are bound to fear. Whatever concerns and fears we may have, the message this Christmas is “Don’t be afraid”. May we heed the words of the angel “Don’t be afraid”; things will work out, just as it was for Mary, Joseph and the Shepherds. Once the November lockdown is over we will be open for worship every Sunday at 4pm; the service lasts between 30‐40 minutes. Due to Covid‐19, we have limited numbers, and kindly request you to ring 558450 to reserve a place. On behalf of the Hasland Methodist Church, I wish you a peaceful and blessed Christmas and hopefully a Happy New year, 2021 37
PLASTIC FREE CHRISTMAS It’s that time of year again, and hasn’t it come round fast. It could be interesting this year with COVID‐19 present in everyone’s minds, and maybe alter how we spend Christmas together.
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We see Christmas as the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also one of the most wasteful, creating a rise in the volume of waste materials being produced and disposed of during this busy season. Much of this, unfortunately, is sent to landﬁll where it damages the environment. With the Christmas period being full of tradition and celebrations, it is no surprise that it leads to a monumental amount of waste being produced every time it rolls around. The average UK adult is said to spend an estimated £330 buying Christmas presents, and the average child receives 15 gifts in total. With Christmas being celebrated in many countries around the world, Lucy Pheasant has asked if readers of the Hasland and the world’s population standing at 7.6 billion people (as of Nov 2020*), that’s a lot of bubble Magazine would consider helping with fundraising wrap, wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and name tags that need to be disposed of after these gifts for a gorgeous baby called Marley. Marley’s have been excitedly ripped open! parents are close friends of Lucy’s who live in Driﬃeld. They are desperate to ﬁnd the funds to Add to this to the one billion Christmas cards being sold in the UK alone each year, and get Marley a specialist treatment in the USA and a the 17.2 million Brussels sprouts that go uneaten, and that’s even more waste that friend of theirs has launched a ‘gofundme’ page to needs to be disposed of correctly, and as environmentally‐friendly as possible. We in the try to help. UK create an estimated 30% more waste than usual during the festive period, and this includes an estimated two million turkeys and over six million Christmas trees. A large percentage of His fundraising page reads: Marley was diagnosed this plastic waste also ends up polluting our seas and oceans when it’s blown away from landﬁll with type 1 SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) which sites. We pose the question: is a genetic disorder that causes his muscles to be very weak preventing him from sitting, moving his “What can you do?” So here are some of our more practical tips to help you reduce your arms and legs and causes numerous breathing plastic and overall waste and save some money! diﬃculties. Type 1 SMA unfortunately has a very ADVENT CALENDARS Instead of the disposable chocolate Advent calendars, which have the plastic poor prognosis where 95% of babies sadly don’t chocolate holders inside that have become commonplace in many households, why not try a fabric make it past 18 months without the correct calendar with numbered pockets or a wooden one that can be ﬁlled with chocolates, small gifts or treatment. And even with the treatment available messages. These calendars can keep being used year on year. in the UK its still not a certain it will be eﬀective. WRAPPING PAPER Shiny wrapping paper looks great, but the shininess also makes it impossible to recycle. Instead, why not try plain brown paper jazzed up with fabric ribbon? Or, even better, seek out Marley is currently undergoing spinraza treatment (nusinersen) this is an injection every 2 weeks for 6 reusable options like fabric wraps or gift boxes and bags that can be used again next year. months with no guarantee of prolonging his life. DECORATIONS Don’t get us wrong, we all love the foil and leaving fake snow for reindeer, but that’s After 6 months the family could be in the same before we all realised the impact it has on people, wildlife and the planet. Unfortunately, it all turns position as now but with no UK treatment options into microplastics that enter the food chain. But luckily there are lots of options to deck the halls left. There is a treatment plan in the USA called without hurting the planet. Another way is to make your own decorations with loved ones. That could zolgensm, this could get Marley the time he be making paper chains and ornaments from old cards and wrapping paper or making your own deserves by dramatically increasing his life wreath. It’s also a really fun thing to do together as a family. Go on a nature walk as a expectancy. family and make your own natural decorations rather than buying new ones. Sprigs If you would like to donate please visit of holly and ﬁr, twigs and branches, mistletoe and pinecones that are on forest or gofundme.com and search for ‘Please Help woodland ﬂoors make beautiful additions to your Christmas home. If you are Beautiful Baby Marley’. feeling daring why not bake some decorations like gingerbread people and when the festivities are done eat them, NO WASTE! If you do have plastic decorations ‐ keep Kindly sponsored by using them, the key to getting it right is not to buy any more, but make your own. C sterﬁeld FC Che COMMUNITY TRUST GLITTER This is the bain of Christmas as it is everywhere, on cards, gifts, wrapping paper, food etc. Popular though it is, glitter is not good news for the environment. It’s eﬀectively tiny pieces of plastic which can end up being washed down the sink. These eventually end up in our rivers and oceans. While glitter is deﬁnitely not one of the major causes of plastic pollution, it’s still plastic going into the ocean. So if you can, avoid glittery make‐up and cards ‐ stick to sparkles that won’t go down the plughole. BAGS In the mad rush ahead of Christmas, don’t forget to take your reusable bags on your trip to the supermarket. Try and make it to the farmers market or greengrocer for those seasonal winter veggies. Get crusty loaves plastic free from the bakers, and take your own airtight containers for meat, ﬁsh and cheese. If you can, go local and support independent stores. AVOID SINGLE USE TABLEWARE Plastic plates and cutlery, while convenient for a Christmas, we are obviously out for a plastic‐free Christmas, but even paper plates and napkins, which aren’t plastic items, do come wrapped in single‐use plastic, so will need to be substituted. To eliminate plastic wrapping entirely, choose cotton or linen reusable napkins, and normal crockery that can be washed afterwards. FOOD PREPARATION You can cut down on your plastic use when prepping food, using glass or enamel containers, which are more preferable than throwaway takeaway containers. To keep the food fresh use the now readily available beeswax wraps instead of clingﬁlm. So in closing, we hope you will try some of these alternative tips and if you are wanting any ideas for reﬁlls or changes please go to the Plastic Free Chesterﬁeld website or FB page. We’d like you to share pictures of your Christmas changes so we can post them on our social media outlets. 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Chesterﬁeld puts the magic back into Christmas Chesterﬁeld Borough Council has launched the Christmas in Chesterﬁeld campaign with some brand‐new Christmas experiences. The council, in partnership with Destination Chesterﬁeld, has created the magical story of the Chesterﬁeld Elves and how they saved Christmas. The story is told through a series of Christmas experiences around the Town Centre. The Chesterﬁeld Elves wanted to put the fun back into Christmas after a diﬃcult year. They travelled to the North Pole over the summer and brought back some magic technology, which will bring Santa to Chesterﬁeld in a unique and Covid‐safe way, as well as a few other Christmas treats for everyone to enjoy. The main experience is The Amazing Magical Chesterﬁeld Santa House. which is were where the elves have set up the magic technology known as the ‘Santa Zoomer’ ‐ a video link to chat with Santa. The House will open its doors on Saturday 5 December. As well as the chat with Santa via the video link to the North Pole, visitors will pose for a special Augmented Reality experience in which Santa will magically appear. A video of the Augmented Reality experience will be sent direct to the mobile phone of visitors at the end of the experience. Also launching this December is The Spot the Chesterﬁeld Elf Game (Elf Trail), a fun trail around the Town Centre. The Elves are letting everyone know where they live by giving a few clues to their locations. When an Elf is found, residents can scan the ‘QR Elf Code’ and gain access to a short story about the elf, as well as gift guides to Chesterﬁeld’s fantastic range of independent shops, plus some special oﬀers. The full story of The Chesterﬁeld Elves save Christmas, can be downloaded and is the perfect bedtime story for families. Councillor Kate Sarvent, Cabinet Member for Town Centres and Visitor Economy at Chesterﬁeld Borough Council, said: “While this year, there won’t be the usual large‐scale events in Chesterﬁeld Town Centre, we have created these very special and unique experiences to make Christmas in Chesterﬁeld fun and magical as it always is. “It has been a tough year for many of us and the Santa House and Spot the Chesterﬁeld Elf Game, will bring plenty of fun and show that Chesterﬁeld can still celebrate Christmas. Public safety remains our priority and the Santa House experience has been designed to be Covid‐safe. But can I ask everyone to play their part by wearing a face covering, to keep social distancing and follow the latest guidance, as by doing these few things, we will all have an enjoyable and healthy Christmas.” Residents and visitors will also be welcomed and wowed by our improved Christmas lighting, across the town centre, including redressed tree lights and some new light features that have a ‘snow fall’ eﬀect. The experiences won’t be found anywhere else; the improved Christmas lights will delight young and old; and the great shopping and hospitality, really will make Chesterﬁeld a fantastic place to be this Christmas.” Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterﬁeld said “In these challenging times it has never been more important to support each other. I am delighted that Destination Chesterﬁeld and Chesterﬁeld Borough Council have continued this year to work collaboratively on the
Christmas in Chesterﬁeld Campaign. Combining our eﬀorts will reinforce the Support Local message. Making the decision to choose an independent retailer for your gifts and food both now and beyond the pandemic will make a huge diﬀerence to our high street.” Visits to the Santa House must be pre‐booked at www.chesterﬁeld.gov.uk/christmas. You can ﬁnd out more about everything happening this Christmas in Chesterﬁeld there too. The Santa House will open on Saturday 5 December and run each Saturday and Sunday until 20 December. There is no charge to visit but spaces are limited. Extra dates may be announced. The Christmas lights are already sparkling and The Spot the Chesterﬁeld Elf Game launches on 7 December. 39
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