ISSUE 14 Feb / March 2021
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Welcome to Hasland Magazine
Happy new year to all. I hope everyone is coping in these diﬃcult times. Normal life feels like a distant memory just now but it will return!
This issue is not going to focus too much on the Covid pandemic and lockdown, but more of a distraction read. I hope that it works. Our columnist and photographer Scott Antcliﬀe has had an extremely successful few months. He’s had his photographs featured in Derbyshire Life magazine, The Yorkshire Post, Amateur Photographer magazine and recently he won a photography competition in The Sunday Times. He was also shortlisted for Historic Photographer of the Year for a shot of Scarsdale Hall. Amazing Scott! We’re really lucky to have you on board. We’re fortunate to have a new column starting this issue from Mike Goodwin, chairman of Chesterﬁeld Football Club. We also have news from local community groups and businesses. I hope you enjoy the second story about the Playhouse from Joan Wright. I discovered Gussie’s Kitchen last month. This project has been running as a community café since April 2016 but has changed to become our areas nearest food parcel service during lockdown. What their team of volunteers has provided is just brilliant. On the (sparse) What’s On page this issue there is a poster from the Grassland Hasmoor Big Local about their ‘Community Hero’ awards. This is a fantastic way to recognise someone in the community that you think has gone out of their way for others over the last year. Please put your nominations forward before the 26th February. You will also see a post from Relate oﬀering free counselling sessions for our area. If you are struggling to cope please get in touch with them. They oﬀer a truly valuable service. Our cover painting this issue is by local artist Mandy Ashby. Many will know her as the crossing patrol lady on The Green! Her watercolours are just lovely. Thank you Mandy for sharing them with us.
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Mandy Ashby is a familiar face in Hasland, particularly for parents and children. As well as living in Hasland she has worked at Hasland Juniors School for ten years and has been the dependable lollipop lady / crossing patrol at the crossing on The Green for most of that time. But did you know that Mandy is also a painting enthusiast and has produced some beautiful watercolour artwork? Mandy told me: I've been painting for about 22 years. I studied art at O’Level at school and did really well but didn’t really start painting until I was on maternity leave with my son and found I had a knack for watercolour. I like to create watercolour paintings that have interesting skies and I mostly paint landscapes. I like to paint in my own style and show how I see the view. If I feel that the photograph that I am working from is a little boring, I like to add a dramatic sky or move a tree or two! I paint places that I visit both locally and on my holidays. I love my uncle Mick’s painting and art. He is a really well known artist and worked for Royal Crown Derby for a while. If you search the internet for Michael Crawley you can see some of his paintings. I only really paint as a hobby although I do create paintings on request for my friends. I don’t charge them but if they choose to give me money then I give it away to local charities.
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The Chairman’s thoughts by Mike Goodwin Hi. My name is Mike Goodwin and I am Chairman of Chesterﬁeld Football Club. I am also Chairman of Chesterﬁeld FC Community Trust, the charity that owns the Football Club. I have been retired for almost ten years and never imagined my retirement would see me dealing with the sort of issues that pop up now on a daily basis. I have always been a public servant being in local government for almost forty years until 2011 when I retired as Chief Executive of North East Derbyshire District Council. Working in the public sector and serving the community has always been a forte of mine and given me tremendous job satisfaction. Five years ago I was asked to join Chesterﬁeld FC Community Trust and that gave me the opportunity to continue my work with local people. The trust is a really impressive organisation and well respected in the footballing hierarchy. Not only does it take football and other sports into schools, but also provides a pathway for any child, from toddler up to adulthood, through our programmes. We started the process to purchase the football club eighteen months ago when the current owner decided he wanted to sell the club and he reduced the asking price. Our vision was to have both organisations working together for the beneﬁt of the community and provide a true community football club. That process was completed on 6th August last year and I can honestly say it has been a rollercoaster of a ride since then.
I don’t think I appreciated then just how much it would propel me into the public eye. Chesterﬁeld supporters are passionate about their club and quite rightly so. This means holding its Directors and staﬀ to account for the running of the club and for the performance of the team. This has been particularly sensitive over the last ﬁve years as the club has struggled with successive relegations. We ﬁnd ourselves languishing in the National league and this is our third season there. We hope to turn the clubs fortunes around and after a shaky start things are starting to improve and the future looks bright. My daily life has changed out of all proportions and even my wife asks to put appointments in my diary to speak with me. It is exciting but comes with great responsibility to ensure a successful future for this great football club. The covid pandemic has brought many challenges to our board and that wasn’t on the horizon when we embarked on this journey. There are many challenges that I hadn’t appreciated and I hope to bring you a regular update on Chesterﬁeld FC’s journey.
How can a Patient group help our community? What is a Patient Participation Group (PPG) Each of our local GP Surgeries has a PPG. A PPG is simply the patient forum which anyone can join and have their say on what’s happening at their surgery. It’s also a great way to learn more about what’s happening in healthcare locally. Both Hasland Surgeries (Hasland Medical Centre, Jepson Road and Hasland Surgery, St Philips Drive) are part of the Inspire Health Group which also includes Avenue House Surgery in the town centre. Each of the three surgeries has it’s own patient group and there is also an overall Inspire Health Group.
How do the groups beneﬁt patients and the community? Recent events have proven that these groups can be massively beneﬁcial to our local community. You may remember the ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative where many local residents attended a short course on how to help those with dementia in our community. This was a fantastic achievement by Inspire Health and their PPGs. Last November GPs were made aware of the huge diﬃculties being faced by Ashgate Hospicecare due to the large deﬁcit in funds. They were shocked to discover that the hospice was facing a real possibility of having to make redundancies within weeks and cut the care that was available. They contacted the PPG to see if the public knew of the crisis and what its feelings might be. Ian Anderson, a retired GP from Avenue House and now chair of Inspire PPG, contacted other PPG’s in the area and found no‐one was aware and all were upset to learn that things were looking so bad. He contacted Philip Arrandale, Secretary of Hasland Medical Centre PPG and the Chairman of Chesterﬁeld PPG Network and between them they began writing to the CCG [the commissioners who manage health funding]. Ian described his many positive experiences with his patients over the years where the Hospice had provided the very special care that no other organisation locally could have oﬀered. Ian suggested that a network of Patient Participation Groups across North Derbyshire could work together to try to support Ashgate Hospicecare going forwards. This group would keep the public up to date with any diﬃculties at Ashgate and to show how important the hospice is in our community as a provider of end of life care. The network was launched and work began.
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It soon became apparent from their enquiries that most of the public were not even aware that Ashgate was experiencing diﬃculties. Many wanted to express their concern over this and to help in any way they could. Residents wrote to the relevant agencies to support the hospice.
An amazing outcome from a community eﬀort. Following the public support and the help from the Patient Groups and GPs, Peter Stone (Ashgate’s Director of Income Generation) was able to write to Doctor PJ Flan at Avenue House Surgery with good news. Ashgate Hospicecare, NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group had come to a funding agreement to safeguard jobs and the vital end of life care oﬀered by the hospice. After such a worrying time for staﬀ this was great news and a relief for our whole community. Peter Stone commented “I am in awe of the hundreds of people who campaigned, they shone a light on Ashgate’s situation, which meant that our plight could not be ignored. What the North Derbyshire community has achieved is nothing short of incredible.” Dr Flann also agreed: “I think this is a brilliant demonstration of how a community can come together to support local services. It is even more remarkable, when we consider the time frames and speed within which this has happened.”
So where do we go from here? The next aim is to expand the patient participation groups and to continue to support Ashgate Hospicecare in any way possible. The groups will gather strength in numbers and will hopefully go on to help with many other local projects. For example current PPG member John Tanner and others from the PPG have been volunteering as marshalls at the Winding Wheel Covid Vaccination Centre. Could you help? Would you like to join your PPG and ﬁnd out more about your local surgery, how it can help you and how your voice can be heard both at the surgery but also in our wider community? Email firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning which group you are interested in. You will be added to the email newsletter outlining how you will be kept informed. Visit www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk to learn more about their end of life care. They also oﬀer many useful resources around this subject. 9
Nothing stops Santa! Our team at Harold Lilleker & Sons were lucky enough to help Santa in December on his journey to visit the children at Hasland Infant School. Thanks so much to the school for making it happen. The children were so happy! We also tried to keep festive spirits high by decorating our own large tree at our premises on Hasland Road. This is the first time we have had a tree on our site for many years. We topped it with one of our hats decorated with tinsel which mysteriously disappeared for a day or two but was kindly returned unharmed! We hope you all enjoyed the festive season and we wish you a happy new year.
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Diet myths explained The internet can be a mineﬁeld at the best of times, but when it comes to weight loss, it truly can be a nightmare of misinformation, misconceptions and downright rubbish! With so much information at our ﬁngertips, it’s easy to see why the average person tries over a 100 diﬀerent types of fad diets in their lifetime, not knowing which way to turn. We have to think of weight loss as more of a lifestyle change than as a diet. People who have had the most success with weight loss tend to be people with higher levels of motivation, discipline and will power. Hopefully the following information will help to clear up a few theories and myths when it comes to losing weight. 1. All calories are equal The calorie is a unit of measure for measuring energy. All calories have the same energy content, but this doesn’t mean that all sources of calories have the same eﬀect on your weight. Diﬀerent foods go through a variety of metabolic processes and can have diﬀerent eﬀects on hunger and the hormones that regulate your body weight. For example, a protein calorie is not the same as a fat or carbohydrate calorie. Replacing carbs and fats with more protein can boost your metabolism, curb cravings and reduce appetite as protein is more satiating, all while boosting the function of some weight‐regulating hormones. 2. Supplements can help you lose weight The weight loss supplement business is huge. That’s why even some celebs have put their name to pyramid‐scheme products with their glitzy branding and substantial, seemingly‐endless marketing budgets, praying on the naïve and vulnerable looking for a quick ﬁx, weight loss remedy. Various companies claim that their products have dramatic weight loss beneﬁts, but when studied and investigated, they very rarely do. Supplements occasionally work for some people due to the placebo eﬀect. People want the supplement to work for them so they become more conscious of what they eat, resulting in the weight loss.
3. Carbs make you fat Many people believe that eating carbs make you fat. It’s a calorie surplus that causes weight gain. All foods are ranked by GI (Glycaemic Index) Low GI carbs (sweet potato, wholegrains, oats) are linked to weight loss, whereas high GI carbs (reﬁned foods, sugars, cakes, sweets) are linked to weight gain. Low‐Carb diets can be beneﬁcial for weight loss if they are taken in conjunction with a high protein intake. 4. Eat less, move more This simple saying is cliché but ultimately true. Body fat is essentially stored energy and in order to lose weight, we need to burn more calories than we consume. This advice works in theory, especially if you make a permanent lifestyle change, but It is a bad recommendation for those with a serious weight problem as many physiological and biochemical factors come into play. They often regain any lost weight. Restricting food intake and increasing exercise isn’t enough, a sustained change in perspective and behaviour is needed. 5. Losing weight is a linear process Losing weight isn’t as black and white as many people think. Some days and weeks a person may lose weight, whilst other weeks you may gain a little bit. Weight gain can be due to a variety of factors, such as carrying more food in your digestive system and water retention. This is even more evident in women, especially during the menstrual cycle where weight can ﬂuctuate signiﬁcantly. The key is consistency and to not get too disheartened if weight does plateau, which it will. When it does, remain focused and persevere and the weight loss will follow. The faster people are to lose weight, the faster they are to regain it. When it comes to weight loss, it really is a marathon, not a sprint.
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CLUB CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF NEW WEB SHOP Hasland Community FC has been trying to beat some of the lockdown blues over the last few months with it's huge range of oﬃcial club merchandise. The club is not alone in being hit hard over the last year, due to the COVID pandemic, with the latest lockdown being the third break that grassroots football has had to take. However, whilst it cannot replace the joy that comes with playing the beautiful game, players have still been able to enjoy various new lines that are being released each month through the club's shop. Umbrellas, notebooks, boot bags, backpacks, snoods, bobble hats, bottles, thermal cups and leisure wear are all on oﬀer. Given Hasland CFC is a not‐for‐proﬁt entity, the 'mark up' on sales from the shop are low, with every penny going back into teams and player initiatives ‐ such as the club's annual presentation nights. Even with a low 'mark up' from sales, though, the club says the income from the web shop ‐ at a time when monthly subscription payments have been frozen ‐ is welcome. Club members and local residents can purchase goods from the shop (online only) at store.haslandcfc.co.uk.
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Co‐op supporting the community Josh Ludlam is the Co‐op Member Pioneer for Chesterﬁeld, Bolsover and Shirebrook. He got in touch to tell me about his role in the community: My role is to connect Co‐op local causes, community groups and charities with our Co‐op members and colleagues. I help with fundraising, raise awareness of what matters to our members, and volunteer to help our communities and champion #BeingCoop. Co‐op have a membership scheme called the Local Community Fund. Co‐op invests 2% per member transaction in our stores into the Local Community Fund. Each time you shop with Co‐op and swipe your membership card, you accrue 2p for local causes per each £1 you spend with us. Furthermore, by downloading the Co‐op app, you can select a local cause you wish to support. What local causes are there in our community? • Asian Association of Chesterﬁeld and North East Derbyshire (based in Hasland) • Monkey Park Community Hub • Junction Arts (Bolsover Lantern Parade) • Shirebrook Neighbourly Allotment Group • The Brook Church and Community Centre • Shirebrook Methodist Freedom Project The Asian Association are a fantastic local cause in Hasland who provide a safe community hub for local people. They run wellbeing and community activities for people including; yoga, cooking classes, arts, performing arts, and support groups. This dynamic group also run the Saﬀron Kitchen which provides a menu of traditionally Asian dishes to local people. The food is tasty, healthy and helps people explore authentic cultural dishes. The association aims to help feed local people, reduce social isolation, and improve emotional wellbeing. Co‐op have also recently donated produce to Ashgate Hospicecare for their staﬀ wellbeing hampers, to help their valuable colleagues relax and unwind! What could you do to get involved or to help? • Become a Co‐op Member for £1 (Ask a colleague from our store for info) • Download the Co‐op App to pick the local cause you wish to support • Call the Membership Team on 08000686727 to pick your preferred cause • Contact your local Member Pioneer for Chesterﬁeld, Bolsover and Shirebrook (Josh) on Joshua.Ludlam@coop.co.uk
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Preparing for Spring to arrive again Happy New Year to all! At this time of year it's probably better you don't concentrate too much on the state of the garden but begin to plan for the year to come. A word of warning, avoid walking on frozen lawns as footprints will remain. Improve the drainage of the lawn by spiking with a garden fork and brushing lawn sand into the holes. Brush snow from shrubs and small trees to prevent breakage and distortion. To keep as much moisture in the ground as possible and beds weed free, add as much compost as you have and rake over. Make leafmould with collected leaves to use when rotted down. Look after any seedlings you have sown whether they're in a greenhouse or on a windowsill. If you have seed to set you can begin to sow now, you can make a light box for you windowsill by cutting the front from a large card board box and lining with white paper to form a reﬂector. Line the base with foil and place seedlings in small trays or plant pots to grow.These can be put outside when the weather begins to warm up. When Wisterias have ﬁlled their allotted space cut back 2‐3” from the older wood. Prune autumn Raspberries, Apple and Pear trees to make sure there are no dead or diseased branches. 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, Buddleia 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. Make sure to protect against slugs as new shoots appear. Stone chippings and copper wire are good if you don't use slug pellets or maybe try a nematode protection that can be bought on the internet. Always remove dead leaves from the edges of the borders as this is where they live and breed. Plant Clematis and other climbers as the weather begins to warm up. Enrich the soil with compost or peat and scatter bone meal in the planting hole to encourage a healthy root system.They can also be given a liquid feed as they are very hungry plants. Lift and divide herbaceous clumps such as Golden Road, Asters Crocosmia and Day Lilies, keep the vigorous outside portions and discard the worn out centres. Fork manure or compost into the soil before replanting. Apply a good fertiliser or chicken pellets around the base of all plants, except Hydrangeas which require a specialist sequestrene feed that can be purchased at most gardening outlets.Hydrangeas will also beneﬁt from a top up around the base with ericaceous compost. Whilst working in the garden look for any bulbs that have been lifted by the frost and reﬁrm back into the soil.
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Top images: Art display at the 2020 Tapton LockDown Exhibition. This image and below: Activities from full festivals from previous years.
Tapton Lock Festival Junction Arts is one of the UK’s longest running community arts charities and they’re right on your doorstep! This year Junction Arts celebrate their 45th year delivering creative workshops, festivals and events that bring communities together across North East Derbyshire. The charity has always believed in the power of participating in the arts and works with thousands of people each year through co‐created projects. You may be familiar with their free family events such as Bolsover Lantern Parade and Tapton Lock Festival. Hannah Bowdler, their Relationship Fundraiser who joined the team in 2020 tells us more about the local charity.
What is Community Art? Sometimes called participatory art or socially engaged art, community arts are a practice that have a long history in the East Midlands. Community arts is all about taking part, creating something together and democratising the arts for everyone to enjoy no matter their background or where they live. Art can be a great way to engage people and tackle larger issues in society. Junction Arts work with individuals and communities, listening to their interests, problems and aspirations to create projects together that encourage self‐expression, community discussion and the beneﬁts of creativity.
Supporting People through a Pandemic Over the past year we have all used the arts to boost our mood and get us through challenging times, whether that be music, dancing, colouring or watching a ﬁlm. The wellbeing and social beneﬁts of the arts is something Junction Arts have been promoting and using for over 40 years. In 2020 we began delivering projects online and at a distance, helping young people achieve their Arts Award and working with 14 care homes to help vulnerable residents feel connected and valued. Every September we hold Tapton Lock Festival on the banks of the Chesterﬁeld canal, the festival celebrates and promotes the great outdoors and exploring nature. In 2020 whilst we couldn’t hold our usual weekend of activities, we brought art to the Visitor’s Centre through an outdoor exhibition. The artwork and poems were gathered through an open‐call and inspired by the festival, Tapton Lock and nature. Many people enjoyed the addition to the popular walking and cycling route and were pleasantly surprised by the pop‐up exhibition.
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Links CVS Begins Work on First‐of‐Its‐Kind Culturally Appropriate Sitting Service in Derbyshire Links is delighted to announce it has been successful in securing 6 months funding from the National Lottery Community Fund’s COVID‐19’s Emergency Funding Programme to work in partnership with members of the BME Forum to develop a pilot BME Sitting and Respite Service. Links CVS plans to work in collaboration with the 10 member organisations of the Derbyshire BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Forum in the planning and delivery of a culturally appropriate sitting service and daytime respite provision for those desperately in need of care. The people who will beneﬁt from this service will be vulnerable adults living with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities and their carers from the diverse BME communities. The diﬀerence the project aims to make will be far‐reaching in relation to the social and health inequalities faced by these people. They tend to experience poor quality of physical health and mental well‐being due to not knowing how the ‘system’ works (often due to language and cultural barriers), not knowing how to apply for welfare support, being socially isolated, as well as being victims of racial injustice and discrimination including race and religion hate crime. With regards to the COVID‐19, we know statistically that BME communities have been disproportionately aﬀected by the pandemic. At Links, we believe that knowledge is power. So the service will also provide an opportunity for advice and advocacy to vulnerable members of the diverse BME communities and their carers to request for and undergo care needs assessments in determining their eligibility to access a personal budget or direct payment which will help them to pay for the sitting and/or day time respite provision, as well as any other welfare beneﬁts which they may be entitled to apply for. This proposal is new in Chesterﬁeld and across Derbyshire and there is no such culturally sensitive service currently available for vulnerable members of the diverse communities within the BME Forum. The ten communities represented are the African Caribbean Community Association, Asian Association (Indian, Bangladeshi and other South Asian communities), Chinese Elders Group, Chesterﬁeld Filipino Community Association, Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group, Long Eaton Indian Association, North Derbyshire Syrian Refugees Support Group, Senegambian Association, Chesterﬁeld Muslim Association, Chesterﬁeld Polonia and District Association. Links CVS is teaming up with existing providers, relevant policy makers and training providers, and member organisations of the BME Forum to establish a tailor‐made programme that not only serves vulnerable members of the BME communities but also provides the opportunity for employment and training for BME individuals (including informal BME carers) as care workers.
Additionally, Links CVS aims to provide infrastructure support and assistance to enable BME member organisations to take a leadership role in designing and delivering a culturally appropriate BME speciﬁc Providing support to sitting and respite service during and voluntary organisations beyond the COVID‐19 pandemic. Participating BME groups will be and community groups empowered with consultancy operating in Chesterﬁeld support to develop a legal structure and North East and organisational governance, as Derbyshire. well as forming a business planning and marketing advice to ensure the sustainability of the service in the longer term beyond the current funding. It is hoped that the success of this service model will help to bridge the gap that exists within the current framework of mainstream health and social care provision that will beneﬁt both carers and those who are cared for from the diverse BME communities. Such a collaboration will certainly enhance the eﬀectiveness and quality of provisions locally in a more equitable and inclusive way, as well as to avoid unnecessary future duplication. Links CVS works closely with a range of agencies including service and training providers, as well as colleagues in the County Council, the Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Foundation and also the Jobcentre Plus. To date, the feedback has been very positive and encouraging! Every eﬀort is being made to ensure that the project is led by the BME communities themselves, with relevant and professional support. “Links CVS is best placed to carry out the project, because over the last 15 years we have developed a mutually respected and trusted working relationship with the BME groups involved in the BME Forum, which represents ten diverse BME communities across Derbyshire,” says James Lee, CEO of Links CVS. To lead this project, Links has appointed Sushri Wells, as the Service Development Co‐ordinator for the new service. Her previous role in supporting the engagement of BME groups in the BME Forum will contribute greatly to the success of the project. Links CVS welcomes any potential engagement of other partner agencies. Anyone interested in getting involved in the project, please contact Sushri via email ‐ email@example.com. Links CVS, Lower Ground Floor of the Town Hall, 1 Rose Hill East, Chesterﬁeld, S40 1NU. Tel: 01246 274844. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.linkscvs.org.uk
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We head into the new year with new challenges for everyone but also new hope from the vaccine. Like many organisations, we have made changes to how we operate, with our AGM on zoom and increasingly making it possible for visitors to access information online so that during your daily walk you can also discover more about the cemetery as we promote its historic and amenity value. Spital Cemetery is a place of peace and tranquility, but it is also a fascinating barometer of Chesterﬁeld's social history. Intriguing stories of courage, personal triumph and domestic tragedy lie behind the gravestones and monuments many of which are beautiful examples of commemorative art. Contact Margaret on email@example.com to book. Or head over to our website www.friendsofspitalcemetery.co.uk where you can: ‐ read our latest newsletter for stories and more. ‐ download a selection of maps and tours to follow on your own. ‐ contact us directly for help from our 'ﬁnd a grave' service. Low winter sun casts a magniﬁcent light through the gravestones and memorials and Find us on Facebook FriendsofSpitalCemetery skeletal form of a lime tree and silver birch. Rose granite glows. 18
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users, meaning she can help their animals and ﬁnd information about other animals in need. Emily has a wealth of experience of agencies and charities that can help. She is also well informed about the needs of animals and various health conditions. They met through a mutual contact at Grace Chapel after Emily brought in a donation for the homeless service users there. ‘Street Paws’ became ‘Street Pals’ in February this year and has continued to help pet owners as much as possible through the periods of lockdown. They also work alongside Grassmoor Food Bank and on Thursdays they donate pet food and animal supplies for the pet owners who use this service. Sue explained “We try to gain people’s trust by reassuring them that we don’t want to take their pets away, we just want to keep them well. We would only intervene and remove an animal if it were being neglected or cruelly treated”. Sue has even walked dogs for owners in the past to ensure the dogs have some exercise and to encourage the owners. Emily has arranged foster care for pets of people who are unwell or unable to care for their pets, this is occasionally oﬀered for an agreed period of time. ‘Street Pals’ have picked up some valuable allies along the way. Hasland Pet Supplies are extremely supportive of the charity and kindly fundraise for ‘Street Pals’ by collecting donations from customers. Sue then gives them a list of what the animals need and they turn the monetary donations into the required supplies at cost price. Jill and Simon who own and run the shop have donated hundreds of items in this way during the time they’ve been involved. Their years of experience with pet products mean they know where to obtain the best items at the right price. Each time donations and orders arrive at Hasland Pet Supplies, Jill posts a photograph on the pet shop Facebook page and thanks all those who have contributed, this is then shared to ‘Street Pals’ Facebook page. Other donations are delivered by individual supporters to Sues home address, and add to the supplies. The team often receives help from Vets for Pets Newbold, who have even assisted with rehoming animals when necessary as well as oﬀering vet care, pet food and food for specialist animal diets. Sue said “We had to rehome a ferret and didn’t know where to start. Luckily Vets for Pets knew an expert who managed to rehome him. They also rehomed a cat and a rat called Cat Food. The receptionist, Sian, also makes catnip toys and sells them to fundraise for us.” ‘Street Pals’ recently acquired a new mascot, Sam, knitted and donated by the girlfriend of a service user. The team are also supported by community collections of pet food in Mansﬁeld and Sutton with help from other groups including Mansﬁeld Cat Watch, Blue Cross, Castleﬁeld Dog Rescue Ilkeston, North Derbyshire Animal Support and Millhouses Animal Rescue Centre in Sheﬃeld. If you would like to help ‘Street Pals’ with their work you can make a cash donation to Hasland Pet Supplies. Alternatively you can call Sue on 07756 878416 to arrange to drop oﬀ pet food, beds, mats, blankets, leads or treats at her home in Walton. We are also happy to accept donations at the Hasland Magazine based on Penmore Lane, simply call 07900 184696 to arrange. You can follow the charity’s work on Facebook ‐ ‘Street Pals of Chesterﬁeld’.
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The Mission Church of St. Leonards St. Leonards Mission is situated in Spital, at the junction of Valley Road and Hartington Road. I’ve noticed over the last year or so that it is quite a hub of the local community I met John Gascoyne, the Parish Reader at St. Mary’s and all Saints (The Crooked Spire) and St. Leonards to ﬁnd out more about the Mission and it’s role in Spital. John takes the Morning Prayer Services at St. Leonards and assists Father Patrick Coleman, the Vicar, at the Communion Services on the ﬁrst Sunday of each month. Father Patrick has been the vicar for St. Leonards since 2014. The Mission also has a curate assigned to it who will soon be able to do communion. John also takes care of the church and bookings. He told me: St Leonards Mission Church was established in 1895 as the daughter church of the Parish Church in Chesterﬁeld (The Crooked Spire). It is named after a 5th century Saint who cared for prisoners of war and sick people. In the 13th Century there was a Leper Hospital in Spital which is where the name ‘Spital’ came from. The Mission Church remains as a surviving mission church to the people of Chesterﬁeld and especially to the people of Spital and Hady. Church Services are held every Sunday at 9.30am for morning prayer, hymns and a sermon apart from the ﬁrst Sunday of each month which begins at 9am for communion. The regular congregation of the church is between 10‐15 people. Many don’t realise that anyone is welcome regardless of where in the area they live. The church is also able to conduct weddings, funerals and christenings. Almost three years ago Chesterﬁeld Borough Council and Christmas Action created a project to host the homeless every evening in winter in Chesterﬁeld. St Leonards was initially the local venue for this service every evening during winter, until many other churches decided to help and St. Leonards became the venue for Saturday evenings. From December through to March those in need are welcomed with an evening meal and given a bed for the night and a cooked breakfast in the morning. The location is ideal for Saturdays as it means that the vulnerable homeless are away from the town centre where they can be easily intimidated. Most choose to sleep over and leave by 8am unless they wish to stay for the church service. A wonderful team of volunteers help with this service, many of them are from Central Methodist Church in the town centre. Winter 2020 would have been the third year of the programme but the service was unable to run due to the lockdown. Those in need were accommodated in boarding houses nearby instead. This year, due to a gift from an anonymous donor and a grant from the Derby Diocese, a modern kitchen, toilet and shower were installed in the Mission. These renovations were much needed and will prove invaluable when the homelessness service hopefully resumes next December. The Mission provides a valuable social hub for the area. Various groups use the facilities for their meetings. Spital Arts were hosting some fabulous musical concerts until recently when they’ve had to pause due to Covid 19 restrictions. They hope to continue as soon as possible. They have kindly purchased a brand new notice board for the church to let people know what’s going on. The Spital Cemetery Association also host their meetings at the Mission, as do the Spital Allotment Group.
The history of St. Leonards Mission 1895 ‐ The Mission Rooms at Spital were built by Canon Littleton, Vicar of Chesterﬁeld. At that time Spital consisted of just Valley Road, Hartington Road, Stanley Street and part of Spital Lane. 1901 ‐ Following the opening of Mason’s Tobacco Factory on Spital Lane and growth in the population the Education Committee rented the Mission for an Infants School. 1909 ‐ An extension was added, including the altar and sanctuary. 1910 ‐ The ﬁrst bazaar was held. 22
1917 ‐ Thursday morning mass began. Incense used for the ﬁrst time. The ﬁrst Christmas midnight mass is celebrated. 1919 ‐ The war memorial outside the church was unveiled in remembrance of the lads of Spital killed in the war. 1924 ‐ A pipe organ was dedicated by Revd Canon F L Shaw costing £335.7s. 1933 ‐ The mission ceased to be used as a school and children were sent to Eyre Street Infants School. 1936 ‐ The Sisters of the Community of St. John the Evangelist took up residence at 21 Stanley Street, which was named St Mary’s Garth.
Other groups making use of the great space include a keep ﬁt group on Mondays, Mother and Toddler group on Tuesdays, a recorder group on Wednesdays, Slimming World on Thursdays, Akido on Fridays and exercise to music on Saturday mornings. You can ﬁnd out more info from the St Leonards Mission Facebook page. The space is available for independent hire and some times are available during the week. Over 70 Hady School pupils have visited the Mission Church in previous years for Christmas and Easter experiences. These involved an interactive morning and afternoon with stations and Bible stories. During lockdown St Leonards hosted an online quiz every Wednesday, to try to keep people together. Moving forwards the church plans to host diﬀerent events and to attract more people to their services and to encourage use of the space.
Did you know that during periods of lockdown you can join a regular mass online streamed from The Parish Church. Visit Facebook.com/chesterﬁeldcrookedspire to ﬁnd out more. 1940 ‐ The church bell was silenced, only to be rung in the event of enemy invasion. The Sisters of St John were replaced by the All Saints Sisters. 1944 ‐ The Sisters left. The people of St Leonards raised a sum of £828 for the comforts of the armed forces. A huge sum in those days. 1948 ‐ The memorial board was dedicated to the boys of Spital lost during the Second World War. 1958 ‐ The statue of St Leonards was dedicated by Father Michael Vickers. 1959 ‐ Stations of the Cross installed. 1983 ‐ The Mayor & Mayoress of Chesterﬁeld chose Saint Leonards for their civic service.
1985 ‐ St Leonards licensed for weddings and the ﬁrst wedding took place. 1988 ‐ The font was blessed, a gift from the Ecclestone family along with a new set of green vestments. 2013 ‐ Further use of the Mission is made by the community. 2015 ‐ A legacy was received for £5000. Many improvements followed. 2017 ‐ St Leonards became a hub for the homeless during the winter. 2020 A new kitchen, a toilet and shower installed to improve facilities.
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Providing vital help in our community since 2016 This community café and foodbank based at St Augustine’s Church is run by an amazing team of volunteers. During lockdown they have provided food parcels for those in need every week.
Gussie’s Kitchen is a community kitchen and food bank project which started in April 2016. The idea was to create a social eating café where vulnerable people could come along for a good meal and company at a low price. Local councillors and Public Health instigated the project and contacted Lisa Blakemore (now Local Councillor for the Rother Ward) and her friend Kelly Louise Stevens to see if they would be interested in helping to launch the kitchen. The duo had become known to local council during 2015 when they ran a campaign to try to save their local school crossing patrols. St Augustine’s Church proved to be an ideal venue for the project and ‘Gussie’s Kitchen’ was born. Lisa and Kelly along with a group of wonderful volunteers created a weekly three course meal using surplus food obtained from FareShare. Anyone from the local community was invited to come along. A donation of £2.50 per person was suggested but this is not necessary if guests cannot aﬀord to pay. The meals proved very popular, particularly with those who live alone and those with mental health issues. It gave them a chance to chat to someone and make friends. This would sometimes be the only social interaction that they had during the week. Many of the valued volunteers came from a similar background and beneﬁtted from their experience with Gussie’s Kitchen and have gone on to ﬁnd employment as a result. When Covid restrictions aﬀected Gussie’s Kitchen they could no longer serve their regular eat in meals. They decided to focus on food parcels for those in need. They oﬀer weekly food parcels each Tuesday. Anyone who would like to apply for a parcel can complete the survey form. Lisa then puts their details on a database, allocates them to delivery rounds and prints oﬀ the information needed to pack an appropriate parcel. Putting together the parcels is an enormous team eﬀort as the food has to be collected, sorted out in church, packed into parcels and delivered. Surplus food is made into a collection ‘shop’ outside of church each Tuesday afternoon so that anyone in need can collect the food that would otherwise go to waste. This stall was also stocked during Christmas week when many families struggled due to projects being closed. Gussie’s Kitchen also now receives excess food from Co‐op stores in the local area. Tesco have also contributed. Nothing is wasted! Currently the team are creating and delivering an average of 140‐160 food parcels every single week. They put together 200 during their busiest time. Lisa told me “I strongly believe that none of this would be possible without the amazing team that we have. We are a group of volunteers that work together like a family and all want to help people as much as possible. Our volunteers are fantastic.” Gussie’s Kitchen, Chesterﬁeld Community Food Hut and Derbyshire Community Hub have together formed an amazing network of food parcel options for Chesterﬁeld. Each group has established designated areas to cover. We are immensely lucky to have these kind and giving people volunteering to provide this service. Gussie’s Kitchen is currently the closest provider for our area.
Would you like to help? The team are active seven days a week collecting food donations when necessary. Drivers and volunteers are always needed. Toiletries and cleaning products are needed at the moment to help local people. You can visit the Facebook group to ﬁnd an ‘Amazon Wishlist’ of items that are needed. You can also donate using the GoFundMe link. Any donations can be taken to St Augustines Church by arrangement. You can also email email@example.com to arrange drop oﬀ donations with me at Hasland Magazine HQ in Hasland.
Would you like to apply for a parcel? Visit Gussie’s Kitchen on Facebook and complete their survey form. Alternatively you can call the number on Facebook page ‐ 07805 084376 for more information.
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Why Health & Welfare LPAs are more important than ever Recent months have been a real challenge for those families with relatives in care homes, particularly where the relative has dementia and time with them is very precious. For some, the restrictions on visiting have simply become unbearable. You may have seen the recent news in which a lady was arrested for removing her 97‐year‐old mother from a care home in advance of the second lockdown in November. Ms Angeli, a retired 73‐year‐old nurse said that she did this as a response to the limits on face‐to‐face contact with her mother since March and that she could now care for her mother at home. Humberside Police were alerted to Ms Angeli’s actions following reports of an assault. She was initially arrested and her mother was returned to the care home by the police in accordance with their legal duty. Ms Angeli was later released without further action. Ms Angeli thought that because they had a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place that she had the right to remove her. Unfortunately, however, they only had a Finances LPA in place, allowing them to deal only with the mother’s ﬁnances and not a Health & Welfare LPA, which is required to make decisions regarding her health and wellbeing. In this scenario, the relevant decisions were entirely in the hands of medical and social services professionals who had to act in the best interests of her mother, which at the time was to put her back into the home.
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Appointing an Attorney covering health and welfare permits the person(s) chosen to make decisions about that individual’s personal healthcare and welfare, should they lose the capacity to do so themselves. This includes decisions regarding consent to, or refusal of, vaccinations, life‐sustaining treatment, and living and contact arrangements. Had her mother put this in place, Ms Angeli would have had more say on the care arrangements for her mum. This is a real life example of why we always advise our clients to take out both types of LPAs and register them straight away so that they are ready for use when they are required. Registration of LPAs is currently taking around 10 weeks, so we are advising clients to start the process sooner rather than later. If you require any advice or guidance on this please do get in touch with our team.
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Joan & Burt Gee in ‘Man of Destiny’
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JOAN ADDS MORE TO THE PLAYHOUSE STORY Following our Hasland Playhouse article in the last issue based on Audrey Redfern’s stories, Joan Wright got in touch to add her memories and a little extra history of the happy decades that her and her late husband Ron spent with their friends at Hasland Playhouse. Joan joined the group in 1959 after Mac came to see a production of ‘Cocktail Party’ which she was acting in as a member of Chesterﬁeld Playgoers. She soon joined and featured in many productions over the years. Her husband Ron would often help out backstage and with photography for the group. One of the ﬁrst productions that Joan was involved with was ‘Any Old Iron’ in 1959. Amazingly the famous Derbyshire author and writer of that play, L. du Garde Peach, came to see the production. Even after leaving the group Joan continued to attend the performances until her mobility became an issue. Here is Joan’s story: I found the article on Hasland Theatre Company very interesting as I can identify with the diﬃculties that we had to overcome prior to owning The Hasland Playhouse. Those diﬃcult rehearsals on a Sunday, when performances were given in the Market Hall, whilst the electricians were ﬁxing the lighting and sound equipment, often proved very frustrating. The story about how The Playhouse was acquired is an interesting one. Mr J.T McGee or ‘Mac’ as most knew him, had always wanted a base where more stable facilities for rehearsals could be housed and subsequent productions could take place. He had heard of the building on Storforth Lane which had started life as Hasland Adult School in the 1930s and had then been used during the war by the War Oﬃce as storage for the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) 28
before being taken for use by Hasland Junior School in 1951. Conveniently by that time, I was teaching at Hasland Junior School. Mac asked if it would be possible to check out the building. This could only be done by requesting a key and taking a class of 11‐year‐olds on a measuring expedition. Today, ‘Health and Safety’ would be appalled! The building was in a very poor state internally and the outside had been completely neglected, but all was duly reported to Mac, who decided to go ahead with his oﬀer to buy the building. Once the building had been purchased, the hard work really began. Practically every Sunday afternoon, Mac and his wife Esme, my husband Ron and I could be found at the building with ladders, construction equipment and cleaning aids. As Mac suﬀered from tinnitus, all ladder‐climbing on his behalf was done by Esme. Other members of the playgoers joined us to help with the restoration work and funds were raised by a variety of means; bring and buy sales, whist drives and garden parties. The generosity and support of the people of Hasland was also remarkable, but the work put in by Esme and Mac during this time cannot be overestimated. All of this made it possible to begin using the building as a theatre. Although there was no backstage accommodation and only one toilet, we very much appreciated having somewhere to rehearse and actually get sets erected before shows began. At this time, the existing members of the Playgoers ‐ Mavis Clough, Sally Bradley, Vernon Pitchford, Reuben Pashley, Gordon Collis and David Owen ‐ formed the nucleus of the company and were soon joined by other enthusiasts ‐ Connie Taylor and Dorothy Beresford to name but two. Plays performed at The Playhouse were limited because of lack of facilities; we had no backstage area and elaborate sets were out of the question. Seeing my photograph from ‘The Ass and the Philosopher’ in Audrey’s article certainly brought back memories of Hasland Playgoers venturing into one‐act play festivals. The ﬁrst adjudicated festival saw Mac’s production of ‘The Sky is Overcast’ be awarded ﬁrst place, which was a great delight to us all. I also recall Audrey Redfern’s outstanding production of David Campton’s play ‘Cagebirds’. It is interesting to remember that, at this time,
ABOVE: Keith Wilkinson (left), Burt Gee (right) & Malcolm Evans (back) BELOW: Malcolm Evans & Joan in ‘The Ass & The Philosopher’
Hasland Magazine Hasland Playgoers and Chesterﬁeld Playgoers were the only amateur groups to use the Civic Theatre (now the Pomegranate) for week‐long productions of full length plays, which were very well supported. Mac had another winner when he entered George Bernard Shaw’s The Man of Destiny, into the Notts/Derby festival held in Ilkeston. The adjudicator said it was the outstanding play of the festival. It was a good play for the cast of three men, but not easy as the only female cast member to change from an Empire style dress into a uniform in the space of just one page of dialogue! (thank you elizabeth slim). Looking back over the years, it is very satisfying to see how the company has developed and the high standards it has achieved, both in acting and technical advances, with ambitious and outstanding productions such as 2004’s ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’ in 2014. Two other plays I will always remember are ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ in 2012 and Anne Boleyn in 2017, but everyone will have their own favourites. One can only hope that Hasland Theatre Company will pick up where it left oﬀ after the diﬃculties of 2020 and Mac’s legacy will continue to ﬂourish. (Top) The theatre group photographed in 2006 for the 60th Anniversary season souvenir programme including Joan, Audrey and Mac’s wife Esme ‐centre. (Right) Mac and some of the ladies from the group raising a glass after a festival performance of ‘The Sky is overcast’. (Second right) Mac pictured on the rear of the 60th anniversary souvenir programme.
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Lovely Linacre Reservoirs By Scott Antcliﬀe SA Photography
Just a stone’s throw away from the town centre close to the picturesque village of Old Brampton, Linacre Reservoirs provide an easily accessible, enjoyable walk, whether with a pooch, family or both. Decommissioned in 1995, the three reservoirs at Linacre once provided the water supply to Chesterﬁeld. Now, Severn Trent Water have taken over the mantle. Built between 1855 and 1904, the reservoirs contain a staggering 240 million gallons of water between them. The lower reservoir was ﬁrst built in 1855 after an Act of Parliament granted permission for its construction, the upper reservoir in 1885 and ﬁnally, the middle reservoir in 1904. When ﬁrst ﬁltered, there were many complaints about the taste and odour of the water with a report that stated, “The appearance of the public water supply was such that the poor used it as soup, the middle class for washing their clothes and the elite for watering their gardens.” In autumn, the array of beech, oak, alder, larch and pine trees provide a colourful canopy to walk under and create stunning reﬂections on the tranquil, serene water. The ancient woodland also provides a great habitat for Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and Flycatchers. Whilst down at the water’s edge, Kingﬁshers can be spotted on low hanging branches eyeing up their unsuspecting prey. In springtime, the woods transform into a carpet of blue as the crunchy, fallen leaves make way for aromatic, vibrant bluebells, which give the woods a fresh facelift for dog walkers and locals alike. Well‐marked paths surround the reservoirs and they are relatively ﬂat, making it ideal for pushchairs and the elderly. In total, walking around all three reservoirs is just shy of ﬁve kilometres, so allow an hour and a half to two hours to complete a circuit. If you have a dog, you must keep it on a lead around the upper reservoir which is an area of conservation due to nesting wild and water fowl.
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Staﬀ from Ashgate Hospicecare join vaccine rollout Retail staﬀ who are furloughed due to Ashgate Hospicecare’s charity shops being closed in lockdown have stepped forward to support the NHS with the vaccine rollout in North Derbyshire. The partnership comes after the charity had called on its staﬀ and volunteers to come forward to help protect the local community and save lives. Staﬀ who volunteer will be assisting at the vaccination centres, ensuring smooth arrival onsite of those coming for vaccination, eﬃcient patient ﬂow to the clinical assessment and overall onsite safety and security. Some 76 Ashgate Hospicecare staﬀ are currently on furlough, and the charity said that they had the ideal skills to help with the rollout eﬀorts. Barbara‐Anne, Chief Executive at Ashgate Hospicecare, conﬁrmed that staﬀ had begun volunteering at the Winding Wheel in Chesterﬁeld and that the charity had received huge interest from furloughed employees. She said: “We are incredibly proud that staﬀ from Ashgate Hospicecare are volunteering their time to be at the forefront of the ﬁght against this dreadful virus. They have helped to ensure that the sites are safe and that as many people as possible are able to receive the jab. “They are making a real diﬀerence to the national eﬀort to get as many people vaccinated as possible. Not only are they supporting members of the local community, but they are there to support our own frontline workers to receive their vaccine. “How wonderful that our team can come together, supporting each other and the wider community.” Paul Street, 60, is a driver for Ashgate’s Furniture shop at Hasland and was one of the ﬁrst to volunteer. Last week he began supporting the vaccinations at the Winding Wheel. Paul said: “Putting myself forward as a volunteer was an easy decision because I wanted to give something back and help get the world back to normal. We are living through a global crisis and it will
take the actions of a lot of people to stop the spread of COVID‐19, and we need that to happen sooner rather than later. “It is incredibly rewarding volunteering at the vaccination centre, supporting people to overcome the fear of needles or the vaccine itself. The best part is seeing those same people come out relieved and happy, realising there wasn’t anything to be afraid of. “At the end of the day, I'd rather be out there doing something to help rather than sat at home doing nothing, it's a great feeling knowing that you are there to put people's minds at rest as they walk in and direct them to where they need to go. It means a lot to me that I am helping make a diﬀerence in stopping this virus.” Last week the charity announced that it was supporting its NHS colleagues by deploying all available nursing staﬀ to its inpatient unit in order to relieve pressure at the nearby Chesterﬁeld Royal Hospital. Hayley Wardle, Director of Patient Care at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “It’s really important that we do everything we can to support our colleagues during this time of national crisis. Our staﬀ on the frontline are helping to keep people out of hospital, whether that is providing care on the ward or in a patient’s own home. “It is heartening to see so many staﬀ from right across Ashgate Hospicecare coming together to help stop the spread of COVID‐19.” To date, the pandemic has already cost the charity £2.4 million in lost revenue with the current lockdown expected to cost an additional £350,000 in lost sales.
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Hasland Magazine By campaigning for a comprehensive network, we aim to improve conditions for cyclists so that cycling becomes a safer and more attractive option than car travel for local journeys.
Chesterﬁeld Cycle Campaign Chesterﬁeld Cycle Campaign lobby’s for better cycling infrastructure in and around the town. We’ve seen some real improvements recently especially with the traﬃc free link from the Chesterﬁeld skatepark area to the railway station which connects several routes going north, south and west. In May 2020 over 230 daily cycle trips were recorded on the link and even in December it was around 100 trips per day and that’s with much reduced passenger traﬃc at the railway station. Later this year we’ll see the completion of a more or less traﬃc free route from Dronﬁeld to Tupton and allowing access to the Five Pits Trail, itself part of an almost complete 40 mile traﬃc free loop going past Pleasley Pit, Shirebrook, Creswell, Clowne, Poolsbrook and the Trans Pennine Trail. Derbyshire County Council has recently been given funding to create a cycle route from the Royal Hospital to Brookside which will upgrade existing routes and build new ones. There is a new way ﬁnding scheme which will allow easy navigation without using a car. Virtually all cycle related infrastructure also creates walking routes too. With the push for more active travel that can only be a good thing and reduces pollution from vehicles. Our Campaign relies on a group of dedicated members to press for all these measures and the more members we have the
better. Membership is £5.00 per year for an adult with a discounted rate for multiple members in one household and a lower rate for unwaged. Members receive a quarterly printed Promotings cycle use in newsletter and a number of free copies Chesterﬁeld for both are left at visitor centres, shops, cafes leisure and utility journeys. etc. Any surplus funds we use to promote cycling. About every three years we update and print the Chesterﬁeld Cycle Map which is also available free of charge from Chesterﬁeld Visitors Information Centre. There are also a number of ride leaﬂets showing short local rides. These can be downloaded form the ‘Sheﬃeld’ Bike Stand Campaign’s website. We recently purchased a public bike pump which the Chesterﬁeld Canal Trust installed at the Hollingwood Hub. This year we are buying another one which will be installed at Pleasley Pit Museum. More local to Hasland we have just donated a ‘Sheﬃeld’ bike stand to the Friends of Spital Cemetery which should be installed by the time you read this by the Borough Council’s Bereavement Services. If you know of any other location that would beneﬁt from a parking stand do let us know.
From March until October members of our Campaign run the Dr Bike workshop on the 1st Saturday of the month between 9.30am and 1.00am in the Queen’s Park car park providing free adjustments and repairs and copies of all our maps and leaﬂets.
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Poetry from Hasland and Spital poets Local writer and poet Janet Wilkinson has kindly submitted two poems for this issue. The ﬁrst one is by her granddaughter Jessie Medley from Spital who is just nine years old! Jessie wrote the poem as part of a school project about the sun. The second poem was Janet’s ﬁrst poem of the year ‐ Midnight ‐ inspired by lockdown and the Covid 19 pandemic.
The Sun by Jessie Medley The Sun is a torch of pure inspiration, a ball of searing hope, inspiring the ones below. The Sun provides life but can also destroy it. The Sun is a volcano, a bubbling lava lamp, a fountain of ﬂames. The Sun is a dancing pot of furious ﬁre, merciless to anything that crosses its path. The Sun is a golden goddess, overpowering everything in sight, a ﬂaming beacon of pride, a ruthless bomb of heat. The Sun won’t live forever, it will one day fade away taking the world with it. 32
Midnight by Janet Wilkinson The wishing hour has struck and the tide of despair has turned. Renewed hope that coronavirus is on the run is our wish for the new year. Now that science has produced a vaccine, our wait for salvation is almost over. So keep calm and stay in touch with your loved ones, in whichever way you can. Wait patiently for your vaccination. More than ever we must endeavour to retain our sanity. Be strong, be bold and don’t give way, we are nearly there. Twenty twenty was long and arduous. A year that struck fear in our hearts and threw our minds into turmoil. COVID ﬁlled our heads with dread. Too many souls succumbed to the virus, and the rest of us fought hard to resist. Months and months were spent in isolation, only connecting with others via the internet Twenty twenty‐one oﬀers renewed aspirations. Hope springs eternal that mankind can pick up the traces so all can enjoy the company we crave. Just be glad we did not go completely mad! Hour by hour, day by day this year will lead us back into a semblance of normality. A touch, a hug and many a kiss will release the emotions we have been holding back. Conversations will begin in earnest and the sound of singing voices will be glorious. As winter abates, the joyful breath of spring will bring a warmth to our hearts as the year unfolds. Rainbows are sure to appear in the heavens above.
Free children’s story from Janet Janet has recently published a digital version of her children’s story ‘What Grandad says about Old John Tower’. She is kindly oﬀering to share this free of charge.
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Hasland Methodist Church News Christmas was not cancelled
by Reverend Margaret Mwailu of Hasland Methodist Church
I acknowledge the pain felt by many who lost relatives, friends, colleagues or neighbours recently. My prayers and thoughts are with you and may the memories of our loved ones continue to live in our hearts. Although our Christmas celebrations were marred by Covid‐19, we were able to display our advent ring indicating that Christmas was not cancelled! We were also able to oﬀer something to our Messy Church by putting together goody bags containing items to make a Christingle. Anne Brittain and Stephen Wright gave out 35 bags to children who took them home and made Christingles. They enjoyed making them as you can see in the pictures. The tree outside our church, provided by the Grassland Hasmoor Big Local shone brightly throughout the festive season. On Christmas Eve we held a short Carol service where John Maynard played the organ creating a Christmassy atmosphere; with the light shining upon the crib and the Christmas tree with its sparkling lights. It reminded us of how diﬀerent the very ﬁrst Christmas day was ‐ diﬀerent from any other day. It will be the middle of February by the time you read this and you may have noticed snowdrops, daﬀodils and other early spring ﬂowers sprouting, all signalling that spring is almost here! I hope and trust that, we too will at some point emerge from the dark tunnel because God’s love still continues. Though many of our activities have stopped and our church is closed, we still meet online via zoom for worship. You are welcome to join us, please visit the Derbyshire North East Methodist Circuit at www.dnemethodists.org.uk.
God bless you all Outdoor Christmas Tree from The Big Local; Our tree inside church; Max & Amber with their Christingles; Heidi Cheetham’s Christingle. Socially distanced service and our decorations during Advent.
Hasland from a newer perspective Patricia Batstone and her husband Geoﬀrey are relatively new members of the Hasland Methodist Church congregation, having moved to Hasland two years ago. They love the area and are amazed by the huge amount of amenities that we have nearby. They use many local facilities including hairdressers and grocery shops. There are few areas of Chesterﬁeld with so much community spirit and amazing shops and businesses so we’d like to echo Patricia’s thoughts. Here is a list compiled by Patricia showing just how many wonderful businesses we do have. It has certainly made life easier for many people during the pandemic to have so many services in walking distance. If you’d like to add to the list or let us know of any amendments do let us know! 6 Trading Industrial Estates 4 Grocery Stores 2 Convenience stores 2 Greengrocers & ﬂorist 1 Sweet shop 1 Fresh ginger supplier 7 Hairdressers (ladies/unisex) 6 Beauty salons 4 Barbers 2 Hair & Beauty 1 Tanning / Beauty 1 Nails and beauty 8 Take‐aways 3 Eat‐in cafes 3 Public houses / hotel 1 Bakery Take‐away / small eat‐in 1 Original recipes 1 Wine bar 2 Pet supplies 2 Dog grooming 1 Farm 1 Mobile vet (in next village) 2 Curtain retailers / makers 2 Furniture makers 1 Carpet shop 1 Kitchen design 1 Bathrooms 9 Electrical services 6 Double‐glazing windows 4 Plumbing services 2 Hot tubs 2 Heating engineers
1 Energy solutions 1 Painter and decorator 1 Cleaning company 1 Spa 16 Automobile service repairs 4 Wheels / tyres 2 Garages 2 Car sales 1 Valeting 1 Caravans 1 Windscreens 1 Car wash 1 Buses and trailers 1 Car parts 1 Van signage 1 Scooters 1 Motor cycles 1 Bodyworks 4 Residential care homes 4 churches 2 Surgeries 1 Sheltered housing complex 1 Chiropodist 1 Mental health clinic 1 Dentist 1 Orthodontist 1 Pharmacy 1 Funeral director 1 Support centre 1 Post oﬃce 3 Schools 2 Nursery Schools 1 Industrial Education units
1 Pre/After school club 2 Accountants 2 Framing 2 Printers 2 Photographers 2 Building design 1 Graphics 1 Wealth management 1 Engineering consultant 1 Estates lettings 1 Architect 1 Kitchen design 1 Signage 1 Furniture design 3 Clubs organisations 2 Travel companies 2 Tattoo studios 2 Vape shops 2 Party supplies 1 Cards and gifts 1 Betting shop 1 Ceramics design 1 Public park with play area & sporting facilities 1 Theatre 1 Indoor Bowling 1 Trophies 1 Eventing 1 Baby club and supplies 1 Fitness 2 Charity headquarters & warehousing 1 Local magazine
Poetry from Patricia Patricia has also kindly submitted this poem which she actually wrote in 1994 but feels is still very current today. The poem was published in ‘Time and the Gospel’, by Cottage Books in 1995: On the Brink Christmas is over. Soon we shall have packed the last remnants away with the trimmings; there will be nothing left but broken toys, bare walls and dusty patches marking the places where cards tottered out their greetings. We shall stand then on the brink of uncertainty, looking back to a year gone, ﬁnished, irrevocable ‐ an ocean of lostness, beyond our grasp. We cannon reclaim one moment of that time. So we turn, half‐hoping, half‐despairing, to the uncertain future: ‘What will the year bring for us, here, where we live?’ And back in unrelenting rhythm comes the word: ‘Nothing, my friends, you’re not prepared to give.’
Carols for a Covid Christmas by Geoﬀ Link
A pandemic at Christmas very much took the edge oﬀ our usual celebrations. However, not to be outdone, a group of six Geoﬀ Link ‐ playing the guitar, with his wife from Hasland Hall Margaret, Jane & Brian Pemberton & their Grandson Adam, and Maureen from the choir. School Community Choir (socially distanced) stopped at a number of places around Hasland on the Saturday before Christmas to sing carols outside peoples houses, in the old tradition. Despite the cold and dark evening the carol singing was well received by residents and it helped put singers and audiences alike in the festive spirit. 33
TIPS FOR PLASTIC FREE LIVING IN 2021 With the pandemic and Government restrictions continuing to aﬀect how we live our lives for at least the next few months, we can turn our focus to what is within our sphere of control. One thing ﬁrmly within our control is how much single plastic we use. Whilst it is unrealistic to expect to eliminate all plastic waste from your household, a few swaps can dramatically reduce your contribution to the mass of plastic clogging our rivers and oceans. Karl Deakin from Plastic Free Chesterﬁeld shared some tips for reducing plastic waste in ﬁve aspects of everyday life: Eating: A huge way of reducing single use plastic consumption is to cook meals from scratch rather than buy ready meals, which invariably come served in plastic. Also consider getting your fruit and veg from a market stall or local shop, rather than a supermarket. Although the supermarket chains make noises about reducing unnecessary packaging, far too much fruit and veg is still sold in pointless plastic. Avoid one pot yoghurts and desserts and either buy bigger items or make your own dessert and store in containers. When it comes to leftovers, use wax wraps rather than cling ﬁlm. Drinking: Astonishingly, most tea bags contain plastic. Although the major producers are taking steps to move away from this, check online to see if your favourite brand is plastic free (PG Tips is; Yorkshire Tea and Tetley aren’t (yet)). Or maybe even try loose tea ‐ Northern Tea Merchants and Cup & Saucer are two great local businesses where you can purchase loose leaves. On our Plastic Free Chesterﬁeld litter picks, we ﬁnd the biggest single use plastic waste oﬀenders are drinks bottles. Carry a reusable drinks bottle and use free reﬁll stations when you’re out and about (reﬁll.org.uk). Shopping: The obvious tip here is to take your own bags to the shops and reuse them. The other big swap is to REFILL. Move to buying reﬁlls of toiletries, household products, condiments, herbs and dry foods. This will save you pounds as well as plastic. Check out Steph’s Sustainable Stuﬀ on the market in town. Steph also operates a local delivery service. Also in town, the Cheese Factor are happy to pop your cheese in your own reusable container, cutting down on cling ﬁlm and single‐use plastic packaging. Washing & bathing: The truly dedicated can go completely plastic free in the bathroom. But even one or two swaps will make a big diﬀerence to your plastic waste. Try shampoo or conditioner bars instead of buying yet more plastic bottles (or reﬁll them). Another local business ‐ Elsie Moss Botanical ‐ has a great range of handcrafted soaps for face body and hair. Use bamboo or silk dental ﬂoss. You can also order your loo roll from one of many plastic free toilet roll companies online (e.g. whogivesacrap.org or anethicallife.co.uk). 34
From Cleaning: Use washing up cloths made of materials like loofah instead of plastic‐lined washing up pads. Also use alternative (e.g. wooden) scourer brushes instead plastic‐lined scourer pads. Another good swap is dishwasher powder instead of the individual tablets each wrapped in plastic. Again, these are available from Steph’s Sustainable Stuﬀ so you can buy local to boot. This is a mere taster of the kinds of things you can do to live a more plastic free life. For many more tips and swaps, take a look at Plastic Free Chesterﬁeld’s website (plasticfreechesterﬁeld.org.uk). Some of these tips take more time than the convenience of grabbing a ready‐made solution oﬀ the shelf. But remind yourself why you are doing this. If we continue to consume single use plastic at current rates, pictures such as the river shown will become all too common. A conscious eﬀort and a few small changes can make a huge diﬀerence.
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Devoted husband praises “incredible” Ashgate Hospicecare after wife dies of ovarian cancer during pandemic In the weeks running up to Christmas, Paul Clayton – a 57‐year‐old from Dronﬁeld, was wrapping the presents that his wife had bought for him to give to their family, in the paper she had chosen. He was meticulously doing this, following the careful instructions his wife had left before she passed away of ovarian cancer on 2nd December. Kim Clayton was just 56 when she died. She was ﬁrst diagnosed in 2014 and had spent the years since then undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy and a hysterectomy. Paul’s wife of 33 years battled through, but the cancer tragically returned in 2020 which led to Kim being admitted to Ashgate Hospicecare’s Inpatient Unit twice. When speaking about this experience, Paul said: “From the moment I walked through the doors at Ashgate, I knew that Kim was in safe hands. She’d been suﬀering from severe pain for some time and Ashgate was able to get a handle on that almost immediately. This brought her great relief and meant that she was able to make the most of the time she had left. “Throughout her stay, Kim was always well looked after, and everyone involved in her care always took the time to explain what was happening and what to expect. In fact, everybody who works there deserves a special mention, from the volunteers to the doctors. “Everyone takes the time to learn your name and have a chat ‐ it really feels like you are part of one big family. They were incredible and oﬀered support in every way.” During her time in hospital, Kim had been unable to have any visitors due to restrictions caused by COVID‐19. However, following her move to Ashgate Hospicecare, Paul was able to visit daily due to patients having private rooms. He said: “We used to say that staying at Ashgate was like being at home, with all your home comforts but with expert medical care when you needed it. Kim had her own room that looked out over a patio with a bird feeder. It sounds like such a small thing, but Kim liked to sit and watch the birds, just as she had done at home.
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