ISSUE 15 April / May 2021
Artwork created by Sally Anderson for 360 Wellbeing
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All round health support at 360 Wellbeing A leading wellness and alternative treatment centre for Chesterﬁeld 360 Wellbeing Centre is a haven for health and wellness. Inside the doors the expert team are ready to oﬀer a huge range of wellbeing therapies and share their wealth of experience. Between them they can help clients to heal and thrive physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 360 ﬁrst opened their door on Chatsworth Road for treatments just one month before the lockdown began in March 2020. The peaceful and beautifully decorated centre comprises a spacious welcoming reception lounge, three calming and comfortable treatment rooms, a bright and cheerful consultation/training room and a private infra‐red sauna area. The amazing ﬂower meadow wall murals were painted by talented local artist Sally Anderson (see our cover and article about Sally). The decor and calm surroundings all contribute to the positive sense of wellbeing at 360. Although the practice has been able to remain open to an extent to provide essential medical therapies, the team cannot wait to resume their full range of treatments this month. The treatment menu at 360 is bursting with diverse therapies including IV vitamin drips, intolerance testing, colon hydrotherapy, psychotherapy, expert facial treatments, ear irrigation and complementary therapies. Clients also have access to experts in mental health issues from anxiety and depression to PTSD. Managing Director Samantha told me “We are so looking forward to fully reopening! Many of our plans have had to be postponed, including an exciting wellbeing event which we hoped to host at Chesterﬁeld’s Technique Stadium. The aim of this was to give people an opportunity to meet our team and showcase what the clinic has to oﬀer as well as raising knowledge and awareness of health and wellness. We have so much to share with the community.
“Research shows that despite advances in science there continues to be an annual increase in conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, anxiety and depression. These conditions can all be positively aﬀected by good nutrition and supplementary treatments. ”We’ve remained very busy during lockdown and spent a lot of time researching and extending our skills and range of treatments. Our staﬀ have taken part in extra training courses to add even more cutting edge therapies to our list. “We’ve also focused a lot of our time on our own extensive range of wellbeing products and CBD oils. Our supplements are all derived from natural ingredients and have undergone intensive studies to show that they have proven beneﬁts. Our own Nutra7 supplement consists of seven of the ﬁnest natural supplements ‐ garlic, cayenne, turmeric, cinnamon, spirulina, ginger and black pepper. We also oﬀer CBD oil products. CBD oil has amazing beneﬁts for the body and the mind and may help with a huge list of ailments including depression, epilepsy, anxiety, arthritis, diabetes and nausea. “Naturally sourced and high quality supplements and products are extremely important to us as our overall aim is to use these alongside our therapies to help people to transform their wellness and health. They must be as natural as nature intended.
The qualiﬁed nurses at 360 oﬀer Covid‐19 antibody testing in house. This is a ﬁnger‐prick test which identiﬁes whether the client’s body has developed an antibody to a Covid‐19 infection, meaning the client has almost certainly had the virus in the past. The test is safe and harmless and results are available in just 15 minutes and are more than 98% accurate. The cost of this is just £39.99 which includes a free wellness assessment where we can check your BMI, blood pressure, respiration rate and more. Those working to combat the Covid‐19 pandemic may also beneﬁt from a wellness check. Samantha explained “From the outside, NHS staﬀ, care workers and key workers often seem resilient and strong. However they are going to work every day at great personal risk to keep others safe ‐ they’re inspirational. Underneath the surface they may well be suﬀering from anxiety or stress. We are committed to oﬀering a safe and conﬁdential service for key workers who may be struggling from any issues. During an initial complimentary consultation we can ﬁnd the best possible therapy or treatment to help them.” 360’s nursing team can also help with ear irrigation, which is no longer available on the NHS. Their expert Tina Parry also oﬀers hearing tests using the latest technology. If you’re having symptoms such as loss of hearing and dizziness it may be worth a check. Additionally the team oﬀer IV vitamin treatments to boost health and immunity. B12 injections are available at just £35, including complimentary wellness assessment. Nutritional Director Kelly told me “We just can’t wait to be back and continue our successes with our clients. Wellbeing and health is our passion and we want to continue to support the local community to stay well and healthy.”
The 360 Wellbeing team represent the very best in their ﬁelds. They have a proven expert for every problem, ailment, pain or illness. They often combine their disciplines and experience to support a client’s overall health and wellbeing. Samantha Woodcroft Sian Spencer‐Bray Sue Carr Life Coach ‐ assists clients Colleen Beer Reﬂexologist and Managing Director with an Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and with overcoming fears and phobias expert in hot stone massage, CBD extensive background in wellbeing Psycho‐sex Therapist. and improving public speaking massage and facials. and nutrition. techniques. Helen Hurst Laura Redford oﬀers dedicated counselling Warren Millington Clinical Director Senior Clinical State registered nurse Clem & Margo Turner support for cancer patients. and Registered Nurse Prescriber. Specialist Practitioners in Heather Clarke Hypnotherapy & Holistic Therapy Tina Parry specialist practitioner in Kelly Hopley Nutritional Director, Clinical State registered nurse ear irrigation. expert in nutrition and Colon Cheryl Harper‐Wilson Wendy Majhen Hydrotherapy & Reiki Reiki and Tarot reading specialist Taran Level 3 Diploma Yoga Instructor Domestic Violence Counsellor 2
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Welcome to Hasland Magazine
As I was preparing this issue for print I was daydreaming happily about the little glimpses of freedom ahead. I’m sure many people are looking forward to seeing friends and family outdoors and being able to have a natter face to face. I’m also looking forward to shopping, a haircut and a trip to the coast with my family. It feels like forever since we last went. This has been a horrible time for local businesses and I truly hope that the coming months will see them thrive again. Thanks to everyone who has joined our online shopping market and purchased from our local companies and crafters. The market will run until the end of lockdown so it’s not too late to browse ‐ Facebook ‘ Hasland magazine online shopping market’. After welcoming Mike Goodwin, chairman of Chesterﬁeld FC as a columnist last issue, I’m thrilled to also have a column this issue from our Mayoress, Glenys Falconer. It’s great to have some diﬀerent voices in the magazine. If you have something to say about our community please get in touch. I’d especially love to hear from young people for their perspective on life in our area. I love our Spring cover artwork, kindly supplied by local artist Sally Anderson. The painting is inspired by artwork Sally created for the interior of 360 Wellbeing Centre. International Women’s Day was celebrated last month. I’ve featured some inspirational local women in a feature this issue to mark the occasion. I hope you also enjoy reading about ‘Project Wingman’ which has been launched at Chesterﬁeld Royal Hospital to say thank you to our NHS staﬀ. Thanks to Vicki Marriott for getting this project started and getting in touch to share the news. There’s a special article this month about the amazing Girl Guiding Association and in particular the many years that one particular Guider, Sandria Mather has put into the Association. Thank you Sandria for helping our daughters to have fun and grow! Derbyshire Voluntary Action, Inclusive Wheels, Chesterﬁeld Animal Rescue and Ashgate Hospicecare have also sent us update on the fantastic work they do in our community. Plenty to read this time and plenty of updates from local businesses.
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Our full guide will hopefully be back in our next issue. If you need contact details for a particular group to ask for an update you can email me at email@example.com and I will see if I can help. Please also let me know of any new groups or events taking place locally and I will be happy to add them to our guide.
Winners of the Grassland Hasmoor Community Hero Award Grassland Hasmoor Big Local is pleased to announce the names of the ﬁve winners of a Community Hero Award 2021 Celebrating those shining lights in our communities of Hasland and Grassmoor that have gone that extra mile during the last 12 months
Gail Booker • Sandria Mather • Pauline Young Sue Kelsall • Trudy Ford The range of Heroism these heroes display will be celebrated at the Awards presentation that will take place later this year once it is safe to hold the event.
Senior Citizens Working Group Our activity groups will return as soon as Covid restrictions allow. Hopefully by mid May. Thursday mornings 10:00 to 12:00 at The Hub @ The Club ‐ Hasland Working Men’s Club. Coﬀee, Tea and IT: one to one help with computers. Learn My Way: help with digital awareness for absolute beginners. Strictly No Falling: chair based exercise. Boccia & New Age Kurling: indoor games that can be played sitting down. We are coming back!! Watch this magazine, take a look at the GHBL Website: grasslandhasmoor.co.uk and see the community notice board outside The One Stop shop for more information.
Summer is coming! We are optimistic that some Summer Fun will be possible in both Hasland and Grassmoor this year but have had to delay publishing our plans while we await the lifting of the current restrictions. For now, we can conﬁrm that Grassmoor Fun Day 2021 will go ahead on Saturday 3rd July, 12 noon – 4pm as originally planned.
However there have been changes to the Eastwood Park, Hasland Community Gala Day 2021 which will not take place on its usual 2nd Sunday in June, as this precedes the lifting of restrictions. Instead, we are aiming for a date in late August. In addition, as soon as we are able, we will be announcing a very exciting programme of events. Please keep checking the GHBL website; facebook and all community notices boards.
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Happy To Chat memorial bench The bench in memory of Gill Horn and Isi Charlesworth is now installed in Eastwood Park, Hasland. The plaques will be ﬁtted as soon as JS Trophies can safely open to produce them. We will hold an oﬃcial ribbon cutting in the summer once we can safely gather again.
Grassland Hasmoor Photography Competition 2021 Our Photography Competition is open and will close on Thursday 29th July 2021. The theme this year is GrasslandHasmoor..... Covid in Colour. Photographs must be taken during the competition year (August 2020 ‐ July 2021) and reﬂect the theme. This year we have included a new category ‐ Creative ‐ that is open to all ages and allows the photographer to use photographic software to enhance or alter the original image in a creative way. The under 17's and adult categories will as always only be open to photographs that have not been altered or enhanced. Photographers may enter up to 4 photographs in either category or a mixture of both. Application forms and terms and conditions can be found on our website www.grasslandhasmoor.co.uk. Alternatively telephone Karin on 07825 294346 or email her. Please send photographs by email to email@example.com or by post or hand delivery to Karin Evangelides, GHBL oﬃce, Hasland Working Mens Club, Hampton Street, Hasland, Chesterﬁeld S41 0LH.
Update from Hasland Working Men’s Club We hope to reopen on 17th May in line with government guidelines
We will continue to offer fantastic value on drinks including an excellent selection of real ales. As usual we are planning great entertainment, live music, play your cards right, bingo, and a Sunday Night quiz. Initially we will open for members only. You will not be able to enter without your card as you will need to swipe in & out (this will be logged to provide Covid tracking info). We are working hard to provide the safest environment possible. Once open we can seat customers indoors; parties can be made up of a maximum of six people or two households of any size. We will provide waiter service. Children will be welcome but will need to remain seated. Dogs on leads welcome next to their owners. Gaming machines, snooker and pool tables will be open. Lost your card? Contact us to arrange entry. Payments inside must be made using your membership card (which can be credited beforehand) or debit/credit card. We look forward to seeing you all again and appreciate your patience and assistance in keeping everyone safe.
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Artwork by Sally Anderson Our fabulous cover artwork this issue is by talented Chesterﬁeld artist Sally Anderson. Sally is the artist behind the beautiful meadow artwork on the walls of 360˚ Wellbeing on Chatsworth Road. I asked Sally to tell us about her artwork and her career so far: “I am a freelance illustrator specialising in Children's book illustration. I love to use ink and a dip pen and work primarily with watercolour. My subjects are usually children and animal characters but really I love to draw ANYTHING! As well as Children's book illustration I draw bespoke character illustrations, greetings cards, mural work as well as teach! “I completed my degree specialising in Illustration, obtaining a BA(hons) in Graphic Design. From this I worked part time as a print technician and also freelance as an illustrator. A few years later I began working in Further Education teaching; painting, drawing, life drawing and of course, illustration. “I took a career break to have more children ‐ I'm stopping at 4! I have been working freelance for the last couple of years trying to focus on Children's book illustration, primarily picture books.
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Sally’s illustrations. Above centre and bottom right were for Innocent Smoothies.
“I undertook a mentoring scheme with Penguin in 2019 and was asked to submit illustrations for the Book of Big Dreams, an anniversary book celebrating 80 years of Puﬃn Books! This was published in September 2020 and I am proud to be alongside illustrators such as Sir Quentin Blake, Beatrix Potter, Shirley Hughes to name a few! “I love painting and drawing and I am so grateful Sally at work at this is my job! I love sharing this with others and even oﬀer private tuition (when I can squeeze it in) 360˚ Wellbeing as it's lovely to share this knowledge. I have only recently started painting murals and windows in the local area but it's another string to my bow. When 360 asked me to paint a mural across the inside of the clinic I was ﬂattered and thrilled! It turned out great and was extended to butterﬂies and garlands. It's a joy to do!” If you would like to contact Sally about her work email her on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07764 197599. Visit her website at www.sallyandersonillustration.com or ﬁnd her on Instagram @sallygingerillustration.
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Local artist Andy enters Derbyshire Open Arts 2021 (Online) Each May Spring Bank Holiday Derbyshire Open Arts promote an art event. During this time many artists and craftspeople open their own studios up to the public. Others join together to create pop up art exhibitions in spaces such as village halls or local galleries. This gives visitors an opportunity to see the breadth of art that is created in Derbyshire, to meet the creators and to purchase or commission works direct from the maker. This year due to lockdown the event is taking place online, however there are still many fabulous entries from local artists. The artists are being encouraged to present their own Youtube videos about their art to further enhance the event. All entries and artwork can be viewed by visiting the website (derbyshireopenarts.co.uk) where you can also purchase artwork online. Local artist Andy Rodgers from Hady is currently exhibiting his two types of work in the event. The ﬁrst is entitled ‘Overground Art’. These are underground style maps of local areas which can also be personalised to suit your address or a special location. The second is called ‘Letters from Chesterﬁeld’. These are a series of greetings cards featuring images of Chesterﬁeld in the background with ‘Chesterﬁeld’ spelled out in the foreground using innovative photos of local items, forming the shapes of the letters. Derbyshire Open Arts is funded entirely by artists' subscriptions and is run by volunteers. It is a formally constituted organisation which exists solely for its members who are artists, artisans, arts organisations, galleries and those with an interest in the arts in Derbyshire. The objectives of Derbyshire Open Arts are: 1 ‐ to advance public learning and understanding of the diverse range of art across Derbyshire. 2 ‐ to provide a platform for artists to promote their work. 3 ‐ Provide a free opportunity for the public to engage with exhibiting and practicing artists at work, and in their own workspace. The organisation organise and promote the yearly festival to encourage a wide range of artists to show and sell their work to the public. It also gives artists the chance to network with each other and share their knowledge as well as raising our region’s economic and artistic proﬁle.
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A diﬀerent approach at 360 360 Wellbeing is a beautiful wellbeing studio on Chatsworth Road. They oﬀer a huge and diverse range of wellbeing services including wellness assessments, intolerance testing, covid antibody testing, colon hydrotherapy, CBD therapy and IV vitamin drips. The skilled staﬀ also oﬀer a range of wellbeing treatments such as Reﬂexology and Reiki. The team list at 360 is very impressive and includes qualiﬁed nurses and a range of therapists with many years of experience. My daughter Leah and I went along to 360 for a wellness appointment. I was keen to ﬁnd out about any food intolerances I may have as I have a history of bloating and tummy pain. Leah was interested in this too but was mainly looking for help and guidance regarding her alopecia areata. She has suﬀered from this since she was a young child and conventional medical treatments have not really yielded results. We wanted to see what could be done from a holistic perspective. We were greeted by owner Samantha Woodcroft along with her nutritional director Kelly Hopley and treatment practitioner Colleen Beer. The studios are both vibrant and calming. The walls are decorated with beautiful meadow artwork created by local artist Sally Anderson (the painter behind this issue’s cover). There was plenty of space for social distancing whilst we chatted about our health and what we were looking for from our visit. Kelly then took us to a private room and ran us through a wellbeing questionnaire, asking us about our medical history and about ourselves. Information such as our mental wellbeing, family history and food cravings form an essential part of treatment at 360 as each client is treated holistically rather than for a speciﬁc ‘problem’. Getting to know the client as a whole person means that treatment can be tailored and is much more likely to be successful. Leah is usually extremely nervous about medical appointments and even though she would love to ﬁnd a treatment that may help with her alopecia she would generally prefer to avoid any healthcare meetings where possible! Kelly and Samantha really went out of their way to put her at ease. We were given the option of a ‘pin prick’ intolerance test. This can be done in house at 360 and the results take less than 30
minutes. I was extremely keen to give this a try but Leah was very reluctant due to her phobia of anything resembling a ‘needle’. Kelly completed Leah’s test in no time and I was truly amazed as I wasn’t conﬁdent that Leah would go through with it. My test was also quick and virtually painless. We were amazed to learn that Leah is highly intolerant to both cows milk and eggs. She had experienced bloating for many years but we had mistakenly assumed that this was down to gluten. It was a revelation to discover that we had been avoiding the wrong foods. As we were in a household bubble we were lucky enough to be able to enjoy a session in 360’s in house infra‐red sauna together. I hadn’t heard of this kind of sauna before but Samantha explained that the heat is simply generated using infra‐red light rather than coals. We enjoyed this immensely and it really helped us to unwind, especially after Leah’s pre‐appointment nerves. Following our test results we had another chat with Kelly who oﬀered to put together a treatment plan for Leah which may help with her hair and her overall wellbeing. She took into account our dietary requirements (I’m vegan and Leah is vegetarian) and we left her to consider and source the best products for us to try. All products sold by 360 Wellbeing are natural and safe to use under the teams expert guidance. I can’t wait to see what the next few months has in store for Leah and I’m truly glad that we each got to the bottom of our food intolerances. I’d suggest anyone with wellbeing issues of any kind goes along for a consultation. There is no pressure to continue with any treatment but the team have a mountain of skills and knowledge to draw upon. See pages 2 & 3 for more info about 360 and contact details.
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Theatre returns for 2021 Father Brown ‐ Murderer in the Mirror
Presented by Rumpus Theatre Company. Based on the classic mysteries by G K Chesterton
There are some fabulous shows planned later in the year at Chesterﬁeld Theatres, including ‘Father Brown ‐ Murderer in the Mirror’. The show runs at the Pomegranate Theatre from 27th‐29th July at 7.30pm with a Wednesday matinee. Mild‐mannered priest Father Brown always seems to be in the right place at the right time ... if you count always being around when a murder is committed as being in the right place! When a famous actor is found dead just before the opening of his latest West End production, Father Brown ‐ invited by the leading actor to watch the dress rehearsal ‐ sees at once in the shattered dressing room mirror that all is not as it seems. And if all the possible suspects were on stage at the time, watched by Father Brown, who could possibly be the murderer! John Lyons (hugely familiar to audiences from his 17 years as DS George Toolan, David Jason’s sidekick in “A Touch of Frost”) joins us once again to play Father Brown. John’s other TV appearances include “Upstairs Downstairs”, “The Onedin Line”, “On the Buses”, “George and Mildred” and “The Sweeney”. FATHER BROWN ‐ The Murderer in the Mirror ‐ with its colourful array of possible candidates for the hangman's noose, and more twists and turns than Agatha Christie ‐ is a more than worthy successor to Rumpus' previous Father Brown whodunit ... Reviews for Father Brown ‐ The Curse of the Invisible Thief “gripping and compelling” (theatresoutheast.com). “The brilliant John Lyons” (behindthearras.com)“ was "a delight to watch” (NETheatreguide). It had “a bumper audience [and] all the ingredients of a classic murder‐mystery ‐ a dead body, several suspects and clues along the way for the audience to work out whodunit … brilliant” (Derbyshire Times). It was "all dramatic music and lighting, screams and bodies” (blogpreston.co.uk). “Enjoyable and enthralling … go and see it if you like a bit of Downton Abbey with your Columbo” (artsmelange). "An engaging romp of a mystery” (remotegoat.co.uk). Tickets £22.50 / Concession £21.50 / Child £19.50 ‐ Friends save 20%
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Fresh air, exercise, social contact and new friendships, together with producing your own fresh garden produce; these are all the beneﬁts you get with having your own allotment. Penmore Allotments have been in operation for several decades, having been established on an old pit site that was cleared back in the 1930’s. Having fallen into disuse for a while, the site was re‐started some time later and has been going strong for several years. I joined the Association as a member around ten years ago when I retired and was immediately impressed with the tidiness and the friendliness of the site. The 42 plots on the site are currently full following a surge of new members through last year, and there is now Helen's colourful a small waiting list. Allotmenteering appeals to all ages and is by no Project plot. means a male preserve ‐ we have recently seen an increase in female members, who now represent a third of all plot holders. The Committee encourages members to work together, share ideas and tips etc, and when required they set up working parties to help keep the site clean and tidy. In ‘normal’ years they have organised BBQ’s in the summer to include members and their families. You don’t have to be an expert gardener at Penmore, as there is plenty of information and guidance available from many sources including other members. For more updates and information about the allotments see our Facebook page: ‘Hasland Village, Penmore Allotment Association’. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, or you have any other enquiries you can either contact the Secretary, Roy Ackrill on 01246 461095, or use the Messenger facility on the Facebook page. Aerial Photo of Penmore Article by Geoﬀ Link Allotment Site.
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It’s time to get busy in the garden It’s time to plant herbaceous perennials, making sure they are ﬁrmed in well and watered. Make a ﬁrst thinning out of hardy annuals that were sown outdoors last month. Remove the weakest plants and leave the rest 2‐3” apart. Continue to sow hardy annuals outdoors. Any new shrubs should be planted now, if you are planting into pots add a little bone meal to the compost to give the roots a good start and then these can be planted out into a convenient space any time of the year. Many plants can be propagated by layering this month, make a slanting cut halfway into a stem, having ensured it will bend to reach the soil, enrich the soil with peat and then peg the stem down so the cut is covered by about 1.5” of soil, make sure the soil is kept moist and when roots have formed the stem can be detached from the shrub. Replant as a new shrub either in a pot or directly into the ground. Plants ideally suited to this method are Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Azaleas. Prune Forsythia, Quince and Winter Jasmine when all the ﬂowers have faded, but just take out the branches that have ﬂowered unless you want to keep the shrub to a certain size. Hard prune all shrubs that ﬂower in late summer on wood produced in the current season such as Buddleias. Cut last years growth hard back to older wood. Trim Heather (Erica) with shears after ﬂowering and then add bone meal into the area, a ﬁne sprinkling by hand should be suﬃcient. Deadhead Daﬀodils as the ﬂowers go over by snapping oﬀ the ﬂower head including the swollen part, you can leave the stalk intact. By removing the ﬂowers all energy goes into the bulb for a good show of ﬂowers next year. Leave the greenery for about six weeks to die down naturally. Summer bulbs can be planted now, such as Gladioli and Lilies. Cut back straggly stems of evergreens like Lavender. Cut back the old dead shoots of perennials, such as Crocosmia and Asters, as new shoots begin to emerge underneath. Continue to plant out Sweet Peas which will need support and side shoots tied in so tendrils will not cling to other garden plants. Unusual climbers can also be planted, such as Ipomoea (Morning Glory) and Cobaea Scandens (Cup and Saucer Vine). Treat Clematis to a liquid feed as they are very hungry plants. Complete any Rose pruning early in the month, tie in any stray climber shoots, remove any weeds from around the base and fork in Rose fertilizer.
Alpines can be planted out at any time but this is the best time to do this. Remove from the pot and roll in your hands so that it will ﬁt into the crevices between the rocks, ﬁll any gaps with compost and scatter stone chippings to deter slugs. Sow Sunﬂower seeds to provide autumn food for green ﬁnches and also a ﬂower display to enjoy. Dahlias can be planted now for lots of colour later. Dig over the area they are to grow in and apply bone meal, make a wide hole so the tuber can spread out. Alternately they can be planted into pots for colour on the patio. As they grow they will need to be held in place by staking, liquid feed every 2 weeks and water well when the weather is dry. Now that your plants are gaining more leaves look out for any distortions caused by caterpillars or aphids. Caterpillars can be picked oﬀ and a weak solution of washing up liquid can kill aphids if caught early enough. Slugs and snails can also be more active, especially near young seedlings, these again can be removed or copper bands put around the plants you need to protect or coarse grit sprinkled around the area can sometimes deter before any need for slug pellets arises. Small seedlings can be protected from the late frosts by covering with a plastic bell jar. Hanging baskets should be lined with moss and then polythene with a few drainage holes which will prevent them drying out too quickly. Weed and feed lawns and if it doesn't rain for a few days after application it must be watered in, this kills weeds and moss by scorching and stimulates grass growth. Lawn edges can be repaired by cutting out a small section of turf and turning it around ﬁlling any gaps with soil and a little grass seed. Sow herbs from seed, start Basil in a warm place, give Parsley both warm and cool temperatures and grow Thyme, Marjoram and Sage in a cold frame. To control Apple scab spray with fungicide as the buds burst and before the green cluster stage, this can be done again when the pink colouring shows on the blossom buds. Rhubarb that has been forced can now be used. You can either leave the forcer oﬀ to let the stems grow naturally or leave it in place to have more tender shoots to pick.
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Project Wingman First Class Lounge at The Royal Project Wingman is an oﬃcial charity, created at the start of lockdown 2020 by pilot Captain Emma Henderson MBE. Emma was subsequently awarded an MBE in the new year Honours list because of this. Her idea was to oﬀer much needed respite for those on the frontline of the Covid‐19 ﬁght. The charity initially set up ‘ﬁrst class lounges’ in London hospitals and invited staﬀ to visit to take a break. The lounges are staﬀed by volunteer airline staﬀ who are either furloughed or have sadly lost their jobs due to redundancy. The lounges can now be found in 94 sites and have 6000 volunteers on their database. Local air stewardess Vicki Marriott, who works for British Airways, began the process of launching the project at Chesterﬁeld Royal as a Project Wingman team leader back in October. The lounge ﬁnally opened on March 1st after many delays mostly due to lack of suitable space. Vicki told me “We have set up a lovely area now for the staﬀ. We have comfy seats and plenty of space for them to enjoy their well earned break. The project has been really well received and we love the chance to make people smile. Many of the staﬀ have been working through the Covid crisis for months ‐ they live with it every day. We aim to remind them about their life outside the hospital. “Guests are oﬀered tea, coﬀee (provided by the hospital) and other lovely treats received as donations such as cakes, biscuits, home baking and mini Easter eggs. They have also been given hand cream, garden seeds and other treats to take away. All of these have been donated by individuals or businesses, including a large donation from SpecSavers in Chesterﬁeld and gifts from Londis Chatsworth Road. A group of parents from Hasland Junior School collected £75 to donate, arranged by Aupla Gahgodr. Adrienne Hopkins also sent a large donation of cakes, hot chocolate and pens! “The visitors can relax and chat about anything they like. Many choose to chat about life outside the hospital, the weather and their plans for holidays in the future. This provides a reminder that life will go on once the Covid situation comes to an end. Others beneﬁt from talking about the troubles they are facing whilst at work. “We have a fantastic large group of volunteers, all airline staﬀ, who work in teams of 4 or 5 on a rotating schedule. We are the only local hospital to have an established lounge so far and our volunteers come from a wide area and represent many airlines including BA, Virgin, Jet 2, EasyJet, United, TUI and Ryanair. All the volunteers wear their uniforms for their shifts, this is especially admirable of those who have recently lost their jobs. It’s so lovely that everyone wants to go out of their way to help. I’ve since stepped down as Team Leader and the project is run by two ‘ﬁrst oﬃcers’ instead. Paul Watts from Hasland is also part of the team and a regular helper." The lounge is currently open Monday ‐ Friday 10am‐2pm for staﬀ but the team hope to extend these hours in the next few weeks to accommodate more guests. Guests are invited along using ‘boarding 18
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Town’s legendary Aquarius re‐opens the danceﬂoor for one night Fans of one of Chesterﬁeld’s most famous nightclubs ﬁnally get their reunion in a few month’s time. Lockdown caused the postponement of an Aquarius night to celebrate the success of a book all about the legendary club. The event is now conﬁrmed for Saturday, November 6th, 2021, at Marsden Street’s Real Time Live and half the tickets are already sold out. Neil Anderson’s ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterﬁeld – Aquarius Edition’ became his fastest selling online book ever when it was released a few months ago with orders coming in from as far away as Canada and Australia. The author said: “I think the book became a much‐needed distraction from lockdown and gave people a chance to re‐live nights out of old. The Aquarius was such a massive part of the Chesterﬁeld night scene for so many years and it has been fantastic that the book has been so well received so far.” The Sheﬃeld Road venue ﬁrst opened in 1972 as a cabaret club and played host to some of the biggest stars of the era. By the 1980s it was arguably more popular for its nightclub which enjoyed packed houses every weekend for much of the era with coaches turning up from right around the region. It even enjoyed a visit from famed British actor Oliver Reed. Neil Anderson said: “Few clubs anywhere created memories like Aquarius. It was a byword for after dark enjoyment and entertainment for tens of thousands of people down the decades. Scores of buses used to leave the town centre every Friday and Saturday as they ferried the hordes in the direction of the glitzy nightspot.” The Aquarius outlasted scores of other venues in the town before ﬁnally shutting for the last time in the 1990s. The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterﬁeld – Aquarius Edition’ is available from www.dirtystopouts.com for £13.95 (plus P&P). Tickets for the Aquarius reunion are £8 and available from www.realtimelive.co.uk.
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Hasland Methodist Church News Not the visitors we hoped for!
The Pipe Organ was installed at the same time as the church was completed in 1901. It is believed to After a recent inspection of the church organ sadly it was have been built by Albert Keats of discovered that the 120 year old pipe organ has been Sheﬃeld. Inside the organ there is infested by Woodworm. also a name plate ‘Bowers and Dunn of Sheﬃeld’. It is believed After a few estimates from treatment experts it was quoted £5,000 ‐ that their policy was putting their £8,000 to source the problem before any further action can be taken. It name on an organ if they came to would be a devastating outcome to so many if the restoration work is unable to go ahead. So many have beneﬁtted by hearing the resounding maintain it but they didn’t build it. pipes when the organ has been played at special events in our lives, at Albert Keats was a pipe organ Weddings, Baptisms School Christmas Concerts and Funerals. The builder based in Sheﬃeld who Church comes alive when we hear the Organ Playing ﬂourished between 1889 and 1948. It is a diﬃcult time to commit to the restoration of the organ. The church He started his employment at John Stringer and Co in Hanley. Later he ﬁnances have been stretched during the Pandemic, which caused a reduction of income coming into the church from lack of bookings of the progressed to become head voicer at Brindley & Foster in Sheﬃeld. regular rentals and groups who use the church premises. Also, due to the current circumstances, the church has been unable to hold the Although not a rare organ it is popular Saturday morning fund raising event “Coﬀee Shop at Wesleys”. believed that only a few of this type remain. To save the organ with the Sadly the funds are not there at this moment in time to restore the repairs needed a fund raising day will be planned in the future, the date Church Organ. Decisions will be made how to source the required to be conﬁrmed when restrictions and government guidelines allow it. funding for the future of the lovely church organ, either by applying for grants or approaching local groups. Angela and Friends, Members of Hasland Methodist Church
Message of hope and renewal
Poetry from Patricia
For over a year the Covid‐19 pandemic storm has gripped the whole world with huge social and economic unparalleled consequences. It may appear that there is very little to celebrate this Easter; but it’s far from it. Easter oﬀers new aspirations; new hope as well as renewal of life. It is not a coincidence that we celebrate Easter at springtime. In spring there is renewal of life all around us, beautiful plants and trees begin to bloom and all that God created is renewed with life – birds start pairing and we hear their early morning choruses, in the ﬁelds we see many animals that have been hibernating coming out and new lambs are born. Spring is a season full of hope, brings renewal and change. The ﬁrst Easter Day brought hope to the ﬁrst followers of Jesus who were sad to see Jesus die on the cross. On Easter Day they were ﬁlled with hope as the Angels said to the women, “He is not here he is Risen” Matthew 28:6. Perhaps this Easter you are going through a tough time, remember the message of Easter is one of encouragement and assurance that behind every cloud lays a silver lining and that the darkest hour of the night is before dawn! Put your hope in Jesus, “ it will come to pass” as the message of Easter gives us hope that carries us through when things look less and less certain. Please join us on Easter day at 11am via zoom. Details of how to join our online worship are on our Facebook page: HaslandMethodistChurch.
Patricia Batstone, a member of Hasland Methodist Church, has kindly submitted her poetry for this edition.
Christ is risen! Alleluia! Happy Easter to you all - Reverend Margaret
Oblongs & Circles Val Davies from Hasland Methodist Church has kindly sent in a submission. It was written by Jenny and published in Inspire Movement weekly “Beacon of Hope”. The message was ‘A prayer for those, like me, who are struggling with the lack of physical contact with friends and family during the COVID pandemic.’
Oblongs and circles
Family round the dining table ….a picnic blanket, COVID puts life into boxes – ….the Christmas Tree? Family squeezed into the phone, Homegroup comfy on settees, Contact separated by oblong screens; No longer squinting, My niece’s wedding, achingly distant Not watching myself! Watched, Bride and Groom in a box. Lord, help me to see the boxes Friends’ faces reduced to oblongs. Not as resented oblongs, Zoomed, Skyped, But as presents, And yet, untouchable. Boxed up for me – Homegroup, A moving patchwork….of yet more boxes. Gift wrapped in technology…. From you. Am I inside looking out, Bringing loved ones closer, Or outside looking in? A virtual embrace Oh how I yearn for circles: Sent to carry me through this time, A group hug, with the littlest in the And labelled “From a loving Father” middle;
Pentecost 2020 Pentecost? But where is the ﬁre, the wind, the storm, suspense, fearful feelings – Power surging in and through and all around? It was there that ﬁrst day in an upper room where a dozen frightened men waited, wondering, afraid … Not now. Today it’s locked away, isolating, shielding, distancing itself from human contact lest we impregnate it. Once there was the dove, pure, white, sign of peace. Now its feathers lie abandoned, torn apart by predator, lining nests of other birds more agile in their ﬂight, more wary and protected – Yet the cat lives on to roam and strike again. Today we wait anew, not fearful but complacent now considering our fate – what’s best or how we dare
Trinity 2020 God – Holy God. One God, uncreated – there – somewhere out of human sight yet visible in all He made. God – Sovereign God, Supreme Ruler, undefeated –
to make a bid for freedom far too soon – freedom in company enemies, friends, or family – but any dream will do. How can the Spirit pour itself through hearts and minds when we are isolated, one by one and not in congregation especially in hallowed walls now damp and dark behind closed doors? Yet here, alone, we underestimate the power of God to seek and serve each human heart with love, empowering not to be great orators but servants all – to be and do and pray and most of all, to wait just where we are. For He will come, night or day, silently to steal into our lives and bring us peace no longer in captivity but free – and ﬁlled with hope. © Patricia Batstone
there – somewhere beyond human comprehension – the only One in charge. God – Loving God, Sacriﬁcial, self‐oﬀered – here – everywhere – Spirit round us, with us, in us through the giving of His Son. © Patricia Batstone 23
Roy’s Hasland Memories
I recently chatted to Roy Goldsworthy after being introduced by his son Ian. Roy grew up in Hasland in the 30s and 40s. He returned to Chesterﬁeld four years ago with his wife Lucy. Born in 1932, Roy lived at 21 Meakin Street. His auntie lived at number 9 (this number no longer exists). His Grandma lived on Storforth Lane in a row of terraced houses on the left hand side of the road near the bridge. Those houses are also gone.
Roy attended Hasland Infant School and then Hasland Junior School (Mr Bevin was headteacher). He passed his 11+ exam and gained a place at Tapton House School but quickly left as he didn’t like it and rejoined his old friends at Hasland Hall. He was the Captain of Middleton House. The students would have gardening lessons at school, every two students had a plot of the garden and would grow seeds. The headteacher at that time was Mr Lowe. Roy was a member of the school choir and took part in music festivals in Mansﬁeld and at Bradbury Hall. On Commemoration Day in 1945 Hasland Hall school put on a production of Ivanhoe in the school gardens. Roy sang two songs and remembers the impressive set that was built for the production. Mr Quick the woodwork teacher built a huge castle which was decorated by Mr Tonks, teacher of art and social studies. Science teacher Miss Davenport produced the show. During his school years Roy and his friends would often play football in Eastwood Park, although this wasn’t allowed on Sundays! Some Saturdays they would hop over a wall into Hasland Hall School to play as there were goalposts. The caretaker never seemed to mind. If the boys didn’t have a football one of the Mums would make one by stuﬃng a sock with rags and sewing it up. Roy played football for Hasland Methodist Church and attended a youth club situated behind the Co‐op on Hasland Road. Later a friend of his, Maurice Basford, told him that Williamthorpe Colliery FC were short of players so he went up and was signed up for their team. Roy remembers the Anderson Shelters being delivered to homes. His father and their neighbours from number 23, 25 & 27 (including Holland, Lipton & Jackson families) had to dig the hole for the shelters and then assemble them. The families would take cushions and blankets into the shelters to make them cosy. Roy recalls the terrible noise as the bombers ﬂew over on their way to target Sheﬃeld. Harry Goldsworthy, Roy’s Tony’s father and mother with his brother Alwyn at father, worked on the the horse parade event. railways and was known as ‘Charlie’ as he enjoyed impersonating Charlie Chaplin! He worked with the huge Shire horses that were used to deliver the goods that arrived by train.
‘Ivanhoe’ at Hasland Hall. Roy is pictured front row with the blue cross.
When goods needed to be taken from the station up Corporation Street the teams would use a ‘chain horse’. Each horse and cart would use the chain horse to help pull them to the top of the hill, then it would be led back down to help the next horse and cart. Harry won a prize for his horsemanship at an event held in the Queens Park soon after the end of the war. Roy worked from the age of 14, starting on newspaper deliveries for Mr Godfrey the newsagent before school. He would sometimes have to pop to Mr Coppins Newsagents over the road. When he left school he took an apprenticeship for the Co‐op which was a huge business at that time. He started as an errand boy then served on dry goods. Later he moved onto provisions, serving butter and bacon etc. He was sent out to work at other branches on relief and remembers a branch at ‘Bonds Main’ up towards the colliery. He recalls that there were many terraced houses up there for the pit workers. All manual workers were given a ration of 12oz of cheese compared to the usual 2oz. When there was a family with 4 or 5 members that worked there he would often be delivering huge chunks of cheese to their houses! Whilst at the Co‐op Roy also went back to newspaper work, this time for Mr Coppin as Mr Godfrey’s newsagents had gone by that point. Mr Coppin had so many customers that Roy received a wage of 13/6 to top us his Co‐op wage and help his family. Roy’s early memories in Hasland include visiting Doctor Allison with his broken arm at the Doctors Surgery on Hasland Road. He remembers Mrs Slinn, the post mistress and Mr Wimborne the chemist. The Co‐op had several separate shops at that time including a Butchers which was opposite the Co‐op. Mrs Marsh’s Fish & Chip chop was also a favourite. There was also Shentalls and Mr Ormes grocery shop plus Mrs Dowsett’s shoe shop. Her husband had a cobblers shop in the town centre and her son would later go onto become a local councillor. The Co‐op manager Mr Beaumont was also a local councillor. Roy and his father would visit the cinema in Hasland every Monday whilst his Mum baked the bread. His Dad would then give him a penny for chips from Marsh’s chip shop. The cinema was situated where HiQ now stands. Children could attend on Saturday afternoons for just 2p for an hour of shows. In those days pubs used to close at 10pm and Roy remembers a rumour that the landlords of the Devonshire and the Shoulder of Mutton pubs had a deal with the cinema manager so that the ﬁlms ﬁnished just before 10pm so that the men would come into the pub for last orders. Roy started his national Service in 1950 and served in the Air Force for two years based at RAF Catterick. Whilst he was there an airmen asked if anyone would like a pen friend and Roy was given a girl called Lucy from London to write to. He was eventually invited to visit her for the weekend and took the train to see her. They have now been married for 68 years and established their life in the South. Whilst travelling on the train Roy
saw an ad for Underground workers and decided to apply. He followed in is father’s footsteps into railway work as did two of his sons, Ian and Keith as well as his brother Alwyn, who was a signalman. Roy tried to describe the railway stations in Chesterﬁeld at that time. He told me “As well as the existing train station there was Chesterﬁeld Central over where Trebor Sweets later stood, this line went to Marylebone Station in London. The current train station was known as the midland station and went to st pancras. here was a station on Chesterﬁeld Market Place too which went to Shirebrook. Horns Bridge had 3 railway tracks. The train from Chesterﬁeld market place went along the top of Horns Bridge. When we played football in Hasland park we would go down to Calow Lane about 5pm, past Ashﬁeld Road. The Railway Line went under there and many of the trains had football names such as Derby County. We would wait and see which train was pulling the carriages that day. "We used to enjoy going down to the railway along Railway Terraces. We would get the train numbers as they went by. I learned to ride a bike down there too. There was a community centre at the end of the cottages and the Co‐op football team had a changing space in there. There is a bridge which goes under the train tracks which led to a ﬁeld that the Co‐op had and we’d play football there. The Co‐op had a depot up from the railway lines, near where the school ﬁelds are now. I had to deliver ﬂour, tea and sugar to the depot for the drivers and guards. In 1947 there was a terrible winter and the lorry couldn’t get up there. They sent a light engine down to Horns Bridge, turned it round and sent it back up the goods line so that we could put all the provisions on the foot plate! Then they delivered it to the depot. I also went up there one day on my shop bike and was knocked over by a train ﬁreman on his motorbike. I didn’t remember anything when I woke up in hospital. The train ﬁreman went up to the Co‐op store where I worked to tell the manager what had happened and unfortunately my Mum was in the shop at that moment and heard him. The manager of the Co‐op Roy as sent a big bag of sweets over for me later. a boy
Roy on a return visit to Hasland
Williamthorpe Colliery FC ‐ Roy bottom right and his friend Maurice Basford top row second from the right.
“Visiting Hasland in later life I’ve found that it has changed dramatically. The people seem so friendly and chatty. I remember Chesterﬁeld as being quite smoggy due to the coal ﬁres which most people used, it seems so clean now and the nearby countryside is just lovely. Thanks to Roy for sharing his memories with us!
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Welcome back to all the children! All the staﬀ at Hasland Infants and Hasland Juniors would like to say a huge Hasland Infant School has been part of the village since it opened in 1904. The facilities have extended over time and there are now 10 classrooms plus a large school nursery. The nursery oﬀers up to 30 hours per child, starting the term after their 3rd birthday. Nursery children are also now able to have their lunch at school for a small charge. The nursery has its own access gate and a great fenced outdoor play area with areas of grass and hard‐surface. The school site is completely secure, allowing children to safely enjoy themselves. Find out more about your entitlement to free nursery care for your child by visiting www.gov.uk and viewing the childcare and parenting section. The nursery also accepts childcare vouchers. For more information about the nursery visit the school website or call the school oﬃce on 01246 234745.
Hasland Infant School
Lockdown Art Competition During half term the children were invited to create their own artwork with the theme ‘A view from my window. The theme was chosen as the children had to spend such a lot of time at home. To add to the fun staﬀ and grown ups were also invited to enter. There were prizes on oﬀer and the artwork was all displayed in an exhibition in school too. Here are some of the fabulous entries. Well done all!
“well done” to all of the children since the wider opening of schools on 8th March. We are really proud of you all and are absolutely delighted to have everyone back. We are looking forward immensely to what the rest of the year might bring.
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“You can do anything you set your mind to, and if you get to work doing something you love, it will never feel like work again!” Top left: Nicola Lewis (Mrs Lewis Decorating) ‐ Photo by Nicola Lewis. Bottom left: Courteney Hadala‐Holmes from This Girl Can Paint. Centre: Sue Ready from This Girl Can Paint. Top right: Courteney & Sue from This Girl Can Paint. Photos by Simon Bernacki (www.bernacki.co.uk). Bottom right: Kat Corbett (L) from Pink Bristles & Sue Ready (R) from This Girl Can Paint working on a job together. Photo by Kat Corbett.
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International Women’s Day Being a woman in the predominately male orientated trade industry can seem like a daunting and often intimidating experience but four women from Derbyshire are challenging these gender‐norms and bringing a fresh new look and approach to what it means to work within the trades locally. Sue Ready, founder of This Girl Can Paint in Hasland told us: “I had this idea to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March by showcasing the fabulous work women and girls do in the trade industry. There can still be many misconceptions that only men and boys can pick up a hammer, screwdriver or paint brush.” Sue started her career 20 years ago working behind the trade counter of a local builder’s merchant. She said “back then it was rare for women to be in the industry but I quickly learnt how to communicate and interact with the customers. I picked up so much knowledge working there and was given the opportunity by my employer to attend a professional decorators course which ignited my ﬁre for painting and decorating.” Fast forward 17 years and Sue decided that she wanted to go back to what she loved most and switched careers just before a global pandemic engulfed the world. She said “I’ve always loved painting, decorating, art and just being creative. Deciding to become my own ‘boss’ was the scariest thing ever but I also had this feeling of being an imposter within a very male dominated sector.” This hasn’t held her back as the business has gone from strength‐to‐strength and she has been able to connect with other likeminded female painters and decorators across Derbyshire for support, guidance, advice and the odd bad joke. 28
Kat Corbett from Pink Bristles, gave up a steady career as a secondary school teacher to pick up the brush full‐time and create her own enterprise in Buxton. Kat believes “it is vital that you enjoy doing what you do”. She loves nothing more than a peeling bathroom ceiling, rotten window frames and problem areas. Once customers see how enthusiastic she is about the jobs they hate, they often book her back in to tackle more. Now 12 months into her new career she has never looked back and is excited to see what the next 12 will be like for Pink Bristles. Nicola Lewis from Mrs Lewis’ Decorating is an award‐winning decorator based in Matlock. Established in 2017, Nicola has been running the longest out of the bunch and has managed to balance a busy homelife as mother to two young children with the pressures associated with growing a successful business. Nicola remembers “when I was a young girl I used to spend lots of time watching my Grandad, a skilled carpenter and a man who could turn his hand to anything. There was nothing he couldn't create, ﬁx or make to look beautiful. Watching him wallpaper was a sight to behold. He did it with such ease and I was always wowed by how transformative wallpaper could be. It was like magic happening before my eyes and this deﬁnitely sparked my love of decorating!” Nicola is committed to raising awareness and the proﬁle of women in the sector “I encourage any young woman to explore their trade passions and know that with the right attitude, dedication and integrity you can achieve absolutely anything.” Finally, Courteney Hadala‐Holmes chased her dream of becoming a painter and decorator, and recently joined Sue as part of the This Girl Can Paint team. Courteney had been working
in retail management for 12 years and is currently studying a NVQ Level 2 in Painting and Decorating at Chesterﬁeld College. She told us “I thought about taking this step for many years but always put oﬀ taking the leap of faith and just stuck to what I knew. If lockdown has taught me anything, it’s that life is far too short. Every morning you have two choices, continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them. For anyone who may be in the same position as myself I urge you to go for it, do what makes you happy, it’s never too late. The only thing worse than starting something and failing, is not starting at all.” Sue explained to us that she has received a very warm welcome from the trade industry in Chesterﬁeld and cannot thank her suppliers, customers and peers enough. She also said “the point of this article is not to point the ﬁnger at men in the trades as there are many who have been accepting and supportive of what I’m doing. It’s to inspire and encourage other women and girls who have a dream and a passion, to go chase it and turn it into reality. Don’t just accept what society says you can or can’t do as a job, a hobby or an interest, you can do anything you set your mind to, and if you get to work doing something you love, it will never feel like work again!” This Girl Can Paint was established in December 2019 in Hasland by Sue Ready and covers Chesterﬁeld and surrounding areas. Specialising in residential and commercial painting, decorating, wallpapering and colour consultancy. Instagram and Facebook accounts: @thisgirlcanpaint.co.uk Website: www.thisgirlcanpaint.co.uk (under construction) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07851 204 094 Mrs Lewis’ Decorating Company Instagram account: @mrslewisdecorating Website: www.mrslewisdecorating.co.uk Email: email@example.com Mobile: 07749 109 207 Pink Bristles Facebook account: @pinkbristles Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07703 402 831
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Samantha’s Teamwork approach to life Chesterﬁeld born and bred female entrepreneur, Samantha Woodcroft has transformed her interest in health and wellbeing into a successful clinic. 360 Wellbeing is a unique one stop shop for all your health queries, encompassing everything from head to toe, from mental wellbeing to physical, from 9‐90 and beyond. “After years of research I am proud to bring together a team of professionals, who work to ensure the clients every need is catered for in a conﬁdential, professional and caring manner. I myself am surrounded by a fantastic support network and in turn feel it imperative that others are too.” What challenges have you met as a woman in business? I have never struggled being a woman in a business which I believe comes from my years in ﬁnance. As long as I am true to myself and go with my heart I feel the rest follows. The struggle I have as is the case for a lot of women, is the juggle of running a home, keeping up with friends and trying to moving the business forward Tell us about your support team ‐ at work and at home I feel it is extremely important that we work as a team within the clinic ensuring that we are on the same page at all times. There is an old saying ‘if we all don’t row the boat don’t go’ and I truly believe all members of the team are as important as the next. Out of the clinic I have a very supportive family and a tight circle of friends oﬀering advice where needed or simply another set of ears. If you could go back and tell your 13‐year old self something, what would it be? Listen to your Nanna when she tells you it’s better to regret the things you have done than those you haven’t. In business always go with your heart…..and ﬁnally buy those Amazon shares when you’re advised to do so!
Ann‐Marie’s life balance Ann‐Marie Lowe from Hady is the Marketing Manager for prestigious local company Banner Jones Solicitors. I asked Ann‐Marie how she balances her work and home life. Tell us about your work / life balance and how you protect it. As a full time working mum, it can be tricky to ﬁnd that balance but I’m very strict with myself now and purposely do not have outside access to my work emails, which means when I log oﬀ, I log oﬀ. I’m also very lucky to have a great support network around me, so that if I need to attend meetings and events I have the ﬂexibility I need to do so. My work life balance has deﬁnitely improved over this last year, but strangely, I do miss the commute back from the oﬃce. Even though it is only short, it makes the switching from manager to mum a little easier. Currently, within seconds of logging oﬀ I am in ‘mum mode’, which can be quite tough. Do you think women have a more appreciated and balanced place in the workforce these days? Certainly within Banner Jones this is the case, as over 70% of our workforce are women. That might surprise some people as I think people expect law ﬁrms to have a male dominance. Banner Jones are a very ﬂexible employer who really understand and appreciate the needs of working parents, which has been invaluable to me over the last year in particular. Even though I’ve been home‐working and home‐schooling I’ve always felt appreciated. The management team at Banner Jones is very balanced and I feel privileged to be part of the decision making for such a great company. What do you enjoy most about your non‐work life? Non‐work life has been so diﬀerent for us all but I’m looking forward to getting back to my football and rugby families. My children both play in local grassroots football and rugby teams and although at times getting up and out of the house on a wet weekend can feel hard, I love the friends we have made in these groups and the support we give each other is just like being part of a family. What do you celebrate most about being a woman? As a woman, I celebrate the fact that we cherish the friendships we have, and are always there to support each other. Having such strong circles of friends means the world to me and I think that nurturing friendships is something that Women are especially good at. Having grown up in the now famous Barnard Castle, some of my oldest and dearest friends are very distant from me, but that just makes our time together even more special.
“I can say with conﬁdence that Ashgate Hospicecare is playing a crucial part in the COVID‐19 response in North Derbyshire, and we are caring for more COVID patients than most hospices in the UK,” says Barbara‐Anne. “This is in Chief Executives are well versed in leading their people part down to the tireless dedication and through uncertainty, but nothing could have prepared them professionalism of our staﬀ and volunteers. I am for the onslaught of COVID‐19. incredibly proud of my team and of the vital work Barbara‐Anne Walker, the Chief Executive at Ashgate Hospicecare was quick we do in delivering end‐of‐life care to the people of to identify the potential threat that COVID posed, not only to the health and North Derbyshire. They inspire me every day and wellbeing of the vulnerable patients, but also to the charity’s ﬁnances which watching people succeed in their roles is one of the rely heavily on the goodwill of its local community. best parts of my job. In early 2020, Barbara‐Anne had already set the wheels in motion to update “I really like the writings and ideas of Meg Wheatley and she is a source of and implement comprehensive continuity plans, which set out how the inspiration in my leadership style. I particularly like how she talks about organisation would continue to deliver its services during a crisis. This quick leaders who patiently and courageously insist on people's participation to thinking ensured the continuity of the charity’s care and services, which as discover their potential. I truly believe that a leader should have more faith the pandemic progressed would see Ashgate Hospicecare play a crucial role in people than they sometimes have in themselves. in the COVID‐19 response. “The pandemic has pushed us all out of our comfort zone at one time or “Those ﬁrst few months when COVID hit were really hard going as we another, I’ve had many moments of self‐doubt, but at the end of the day navigated our way through a rapidly changing environment,” says this is the job I signed up for and I knew I just had to get on with it.” Barbara‐Anne. “My biggest worry was keeping people safe and looking after Barbara‐Anne’s top three pieces of advice for leading through uncertainty: their wellbeing. Suddenly we were managing people under considerable 1. It all starts with relationships. It's really important to build and nurture strain, whether that was juggling work with homeschooling, supporting relationships with people throughout the organisation from the beginning. vulnerable family members or being cut oﬀ from their usual support networks. I immediately began to look for ways that I could support our staﬀ That’s why I spend time getting to know staﬀ and volunteers on the frontline and roll up my sleeves to help where I can. In an organisation like Ashgate and volunteers and that is why we implemented a programme of wellbeing everyone is interconnected and how you interact with each other matters. support early on. 2. Be clear about the values that underpin the organisation. Leading through COVID If I am asking staﬀ and volunteers to live the Ashgate values, then I have to do From the beginning of the pandemic, Ashgate Hospicecare opened its doors the same. That’s not to say that I don’t get it wrong, and I don’t make to end‐of‐life COVID patients, initially dedicating a separate wing on its mistakes, I do – but it’s important to admit when I do, to be authentic and to 21‐bedded inpatient unit, but then increasing this to two wings when reﬂect and learn every day, particularly during a period of crisis. demand doubled during the second wave. 3. Honest and open communications are vital. Demand for its care and services had never been greater and as a result staﬀ Communications have always played an integral role at Ashgate Hospicecare were redeployed from other areas of the hospice to bolster staﬃng levels on and never more so than since the pandemic unfolded. Suddenly the majority the inpatient unit. The move was part of a system wide response to support of our staﬀ were working remotely from home and across a large area. It was the NHS, increase admissions from the nearby Chesterﬁeld Royal Hospital vital that they had access to the latest updates, understood our changing and free up hospital beds. priorities and were able to carry out their roles safely.
Barbara‐Anne reﬂects on International Women’s Day
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.
A beginners guide to the gym With the news that gyms are re‐opening on April 12th, many people will be keen to get back there ‐ myself included. It wasn’t always that way. When I ﬁrst went to the gym, I found it an intimidating experience which certainly skewed my view on what I thought a gym was. It didn’t help that I was 16 years old and the gym I went to was home of the Sheﬃeld Eagles rugby team. It wasn’t an ideal introduction to a gym for an overweight, body‐conscious teen. Fast forward seventeen years, and my perception of gyms have changed drastically. Now I see them as a warm, welcoming place with like minded people striving for the same goal with a real community feel. It’s part of my routine and part of my DNA. Entering the gym for the ﬁrst time can be a daunting experience but hopefully with the tips below, it will help with a smooth and comfortable transition. Setting achievable goals Before you embark on a new ﬁtness journey, it’s always a good idea to determine what you want to gain from it. Whether it’s weight loss or gaining muscle mass, setting a goal will give you something to strive towards and help with motivation on those cold and dark days. Many gyms oﬀer free health checks for those new to the gym. It is worth having one done as they will test your base‐level ﬁtness as well as checking blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels along with resting heart rate. The outcome of these tests will determine the intensity of your training and which exercises you should and shouldn’t be doing. During the induction process, Gym Instructors and Personal Trainers will show you the ropes with the machines and equipment, demonstrating how they work and modelling good form in order to avoid injury. What to take for the ﬁrst session Make sure you take everything with you that you’ll need for your ﬁrst session ‐ you don’t want to be caught out without a towel after a shower… everyone has done it, myself included!
Everyone is diﬀerent, but you’ll most likely need: your gym kit, trainers, a water bottle, small gym towel, ﬂip ﬂops (for the shower), a towel and wash bag. It’s also worth ﬁnding out before you go how the lockers work in your club as you might need a padlock, or some spare change. If you get stuck, ask for help When you ﬁrst arrive, warm up on a cardio machine as this will help raise your pulse and warm up your muscles. Five minutes or so is ample time. Use this as an opportunity to take in your surroundings and see what equipment is available. For the ﬁrst few sessions, it’d be advisable to stick to the cardio and resistance machines as opposed to free‐weights. Once warmed up, go to the stretching area and perform some stretches that will target the muscle group that you will be using that session. If you are unsure, never be afraid to ask for help. The gym staﬀ will be more than happy to advise and most gyms oﬀer a free programme to new members to get you started on your ﬁtness journey. What is the best programme? The best programme is the one that you will stick to. That sounds like a bit of a politician’s answer, but it’s true. With any new exercise routine, consistency is key. Take it steady to begin with, otherwise you could increase your chances of injury. Initially, maybe try to go twice per week and build up the volume from there. You could even join a group ﬁtness class. Personally, I love spinning. It’s great to have someone to push you and you feel a real sense of achievement when completing a class. Finally, have fun! Exercise has numerous health beneﬁts, but most importantly, it should be enjoyed.
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The Trio Bike has arrived! Keep a look out for our fantastic electrically assisted ‘Triobike’ just arrived from Copenhagen Cycles in Denmark. Its going to be used to start a ‘Cycling Without Age’ chapter in Chesterﬁeld and we are looking for volunteers and clients who would enjoy using it! Cycling Without Age is a global movement started in Denmark that sees a volunteer ‘pilot’ pick up and take out for a ride one or two less able members of society so they can feel ‘wind in their hair’. We’ve been raising money slowly through crowdfunding and the generosity of individuals and businesses plus funding from Chesterﬁeld Borough Council’s recent CIL grant. The Triobike arrived a couple of weeks ago and we’ve been out and about in Chesterﬁeld checking where it will, or won’t ﬁt along cycle paths. We have over a dozen people who have volunteered to be ‘pilots’ already, could you be one of them? Do get in touch if so. Around the Easter break we will start to take them out on trips with a short training course and then in April as restrictions start to ease we’ll begin taking ‘clients’ out for a ride. Do you know anyone who would beneﬁt from being taken out for short ride in the fresh air and a chat? Again please get in touch, you’ll ﬁnd our contact details at the end of this article. It will all be free of charge of course and we just want to get people out together in the open air enjoying a social ride. The Triobike will be maintained by professional mechanics from Inclusive Pedals who also run the monthly Dr Bike workshop in the Queen’s Park. We speciﬁed the higher power electric assist to cope with Chesterﬁeld’s hills with a large battery which gives it a more than adequate range. Details of the project are on our website www.inclusivepedals.org.uk and if you are interested in being a volunteer pilot or being ‘taken for a ride’ do get in contact email@example.com or 07834 838076. How about trying one of our ‘Couch to 10 mile’ programmes. We’re running three programmes in 2021. Each consists of six, weekly rides building up from a few laps of the Queen’s Park cricket pitch to a ten mile ride on the ﬁnal week. The ﬁrst starts on Wednesday 21st April. These will be in the afternoon. The second programme starting on 9th June will be in the evening and the third sessions starting on Saturday 11th September will be in the afternoon again. All sessions will be led by cycling instructors and Cycling UK trained ride leaders. Check our website for more details and how to book. 30
At Inclusive Pedals volunteer 'pilots' collect and take out for a ride one or two less able members of society on an electrically assisted trishaw.
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Above: Austria trip 1990/1991. Bottom left: Sutton on Sea 2011. Bottom right: Switzerland 1977.
LEADING THE WAY FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS Sandria Mather has been a part of Girl Guiding in our area for 49 years. I truly feel this deserves some recognition and thanks for all the experiences that she has oﬀered girls in our community. Here’s Sandria’s Guiding history written by Sandria and her husband Ian: In 1972 Sandria joined Girl Guiding as an Assistant Guide Leader for 1st Hasland Guides. She soon stepped up to become their Leader for an amazing 35 years. At that time she was forced to retire through the Guiding organisation’s age limitations. This caused a ﬂood of correspondence from parents to the press and Guiding HQ. Other Guiding Units also joined the protest for the Guiding Association to change their rules on retirement age. Not to be outdone, Sandria became a Unit Helper at 1st Hasland Guides and continued in that role until another opportunity arose. This came when she became aware that 1st Grassmoor Brownies were faced with losing their leader. Even though there were only 2 Brownies in the group at the time Sandria knew that when you let an old established unit close it is neigh on impossible to restart it. She encouraged one of her old Hasland guides to become the Leader whilst she assisted. The unit grew to capacity within 3 years eventually identifying the need for her to create 1st Grassmoor Guides. History certainly repeats itself and recently Sandria picked up the reins to rescue 3rd Hasland Brownies from oblivion. Sandria is sure that once lockdown is over and the group can meet face to face 3rd Hasland Brownies will ﬂy. 32
After 48 years in Guiding what have Sandria and the Guides and Brownies done outside of the weekly meetings? There have been many activities over the years, all of which have helped the girls to grow into conﬁdent, active and beneﬁcial members of our society. But what were the highlights: “Camping was always the highlight of each summer. Camping in years gone by meant back to basics ‐ cooking on an open wood ﬁre and digging a hole for the loo. As time went by we became more adventurous and twice went on overseas indoor camping trips to Switzerland and once to Austria. As with most camping holidays these always involved a trip to the hospital with one of the guides! The most memorable hospital visit was in Austria when one of my guides broke her ankle. The x‐ray showed a very nasty break that required two operations to insert a number of pins. It was very fortunate that whilst working in the hospital CSD I had become familiar with medical terms. Between the doctors broken English and the common use of medical terms in any language I was able to understand the treatment that the guide was about to receive. The ﬁnal surprise that week was when the ward nurse came to me to ask me to talk to an English caller enquiring about one of the patients so I could tell them how the patient was progressing. As time progressed and cost of camping increased I decided that we needed to apply for a grant so that we could celebrate 100 years of Brownie. A week of investigation and writing and form ﬁlling resulted in a grant from ‘Awards for All’. This covered the cost of taking all of Hasland District Brownies to an adventure camp for the weekend. At that time I was Hasland District Commissioner. Fundraising has always been paramount for me in Guiding. I need to know that when we go on
Above: Hasland District Brownies Centenary Expedition 2014. Guides After Annual Parade 1980. Right: Sandria sewing at camp, Austria hospital trip, Skegness Camp 1987, Guides rafting in
Switzerland, Brownie Centenary PGL Trip (climbing). Bottom (left to right): Peak 2005 Camp Challenge, Awards 2007, Austria trip 1990/91.
a visit to the Theatre or a camping trip or any other activity, the funds are there to facilitate it. Sometimes even to the point of 100% subsidy for the individual that requires it. Continuing on the fundraising theme, look at the refurbished Girl Guide Headquarters in Chesterﬁeld. As a member of the Headquarters Committee it became apparent that a major fundraising eﬀort was required to make the building more attractive to potential users. I spent many hours form ﬁlling and creating the required documents to raise the grant. This resulted in the windows being replaced, zone heating being installed, electrical systems being updated, smoke alarms being installed, curtains being replaced and the whole of the interior and exterior being redecorated. The increased revenue has put the HQ on a sound ﬁnancial footing and since I left the committee they have ﬁnished the work by putting a ﬁne set of metal railings around the building. Sandria today During my time I have received East Midlands Girl Guiding Silver award for services to Guiding and the North East Derbyshire Volunteers award. In the past I have done most jobs in Guiding but not County Commissioner. I have worked on the committee for the Derbyshire County Guide outdoor campsite Pax Hoe near Hulland Ward. I am currently part of the committee for the Derbyshire Brownies indoor camp site Pax Tor near Darley Dale. I could go on but it would take another lifetime or a book to describe all the events and appointments I have been tasked with in Guiding so I’ve included a list (below).” I’m a Mum of two daughters who have enjoyed Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers. My oldest daughter has even gone on to become a young leader. I’d like to thank Sandria for the many years of joy and experiences she has enabled. I’m sure many other parents share my thoughts ‐ Trudy (editor). 1st Hasland Guides Hasland District Chesterﬁeld East Division Chesterﬁeld East Division Derbyshire County Chesterﬁeld East Division 1st Hasland Guides Hasland District 1st Grassmoor Brownies 1st Grassmoor Brownies Hasland District Hasland District Hasland District Hasland District
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To enquire about your daughter joining the Guiding movement contact ________ _______ Rainbows (5‐7 years) Grassmoor: Weds 5 ‐ 6.30pm at Grassmoor Methodist Church Hasland 1st: Weds 5.30 ‐ 6.45pm at Hasland Youth Centre Hasland 2nd: Thurs 5.45 ‐ 7pm at Hasland Youth Centre
Brownies (7‐10 years) 1st Hasland: Tues 6 ‐ 7.15pm at Hasland Methodist Church 2nd Hasland: Tues 6.15 ‐ 7.15pm at Hasland Youth Centre 3rd Hasland: Mon 6.15 ‐ 7.30pm at Hasland Youth Centre 1st Grassmoor: Weds 6 ‐ 7.15pm at Grassmoor Methodist Church
Guides (10‐14 years) 1st Hasland: Tues 7 ‐ 8.45pm at Hasland Methodist Church 2nd Hasland: Tues 7.30 ‐ 9pm at Hasland Youth Centre 1st Grassmoor: Weds 7.30 ‐ 8.45pm at Grassmoor Methodist Church
EMMA’S SPONSORED SUPER SPIN Guide Group leader Becky Richards recently contacted me to tell me about an amazing young Guide who has been fundraising throughout February. Emma Bailey is 11 years old. She lives in Brimington but attends Hasland Guides. Her Grandad has kidney disease and Emma wanted to do something to help. She took inspiration from Captain Sir Tom Moore’s epic fundraising and the eﬀorts of her uncle who is training to do an ultra marathon to raise funds for a heart disease charity. A friend of hers also fundraised for ’Step all over cancer’. Emma chatted to her Mum Jo and they devised a plan for her to cycle 10 miles each week in February using their spinning bike. Quite a challenge considering Emma also does dance and gymnastics. The family set up a JustGiving page and shared Emma’s journey on social Emma on her media. Initially Emma hoped to raise £100 for Kidney spinning bike, and Care UK, a fantastic charity who help people who are with her Grandad. receiving care in their own home for kidney disease. Mum Jo told me “We have had an incredible response. In total Emma cycled 48.8 miles in February. She has smashed the £100 target and the total just now is close to £4500!” For over 40 years, Kidney Care UK has been providing direct support for kidney patients and working hard to improve health and care services across the UK. With no government funding, it is your donations alone that improves life for kidney patients. Find out more at kidneycareuk.org. 34
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Ashgate Hospicecare staﬀ go above and beyond Furloughed Ashgate Hospicecare retail staﬀ have been praised after swapping their usual roles to support their colleagues in the inpatient unit caring for end‐of‐life patients, during a crucial period of the pandemic. In February the charity opened a temporary second COVID dedicated wing at its inpatient unit at Old Brampton, taking bed capacity up to 21, after reporting unprecedented demand for its services and a sharp increase in COVID positive patients. Staﬀ from across the hospice have been redeployed to support those working on the frontline, including seven members of the retail team who were furloughed at the end of last year. The staﬀ have taken on several roles including Ward Assistant and Ward Receptionist. Their duties include ensuring PPE is available, delivering COVID test samples to Chesterﬁeld Royal Hospital and welcoming families of patients to the ward. Jane Jones, Head of Clinical Services at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “We’re so grateful for the retail staﬀ who have been helping out on our inpatient unit; they’ve made such a huge diﬀerence since they’ve been here. “Their support with jobs like putting disposable items away and topping up PPE has meant our nurses and healthcare assistants can focus on spending their time caring for patients. “They’re all so passionate about doing whatever they can to support the hospice so we can be there for the patients and families in our care. They have the spirit and dedication which embodies everything that being part of the Ashgate family is about.” Among those who have put themselves forward to take on a new role is Paul Street, a furniture van driver who would usually be based at the Hasland Furniture Store. Paul is working as a Ward Assistant and says it's been an eye‐opening experience to see how the money his team helps to raise is used to directly support families. “I was furloughed at the start of the lockdown when non‐essential retail outlets had to close,” he said. “So, the opportunity to come and help on the inpatient unit at Ashgate was one I couldn’t turn down. I’ve certainly been out of my comfort zone; I haven't really done anything like this before, but it hasn’t taken me long to settle in.
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A Mayoral Message I am the current Mayor of Chesterﬁeld, Cllr Glenys Falconer. I became Mayor in October 2020, and I will continue my Mayoral term of oﬃce for 18 months until May2022. This isn’t the normal procedure, but like many other things, the COVID‐19 pandemic has totally disrupted how things are usually done. Due to the current circumstances, I haven’t had the usual number of Mayoral duties to perform. One of the earliest engagements I was involved in was a Service of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony at Spital Cemetery. This was organised by The Friends of the Cemetery last November during the week of Remembrance, and it was a solemn, yet friendly memorial. It was my ﬁrst visit to the cemetery, and I learned that alongside the residents of Spital, there are members of the Eastwood, Robinson, and Swale families resting on the slope overlooking the town. My Consort and I thoroughly enjoyed a tour of the cemetery with lots of chances to appreciate the views over the town. On Christmas Eve we delivered Christmas cards to the Thursday Market traders. It was good to be out and about meeting and talking to shoppers in the market. We really feel that a busy Market Place makes the town come alive, so it was strange to be there with just a small number of stalls in use and with most of the town centre shops closed. We are looking forward to the shops and stalls re‐opening, and residents and visitors being able to come to Chesterﬁeld and meet each other once again. Hopefully the situation will improve in the not too distant future with the rollout of the vaccine, and we will once again be able to get involved in the usual events that the Mayor takes part in and engagements that the Mayor usually receives an invitation to. That is what we are looking forward to most, getting out and about meeting more of the residents of Chesterﬁeld.
It is expected that the Mayor will raise funds for local charities during their term of oﬃce, and I am trying my hardest to continue fundraising under these diﬃcult circumstances. My chosen charities are the local branch of the Samaritans, and the Chesterﬁeld and North East Derbyshire Volunteer Centre. The Samaritans have a base on Saltergate, and the Volunteer Centre oﬃce is on Knifesmith Gate. Both organisations have seen their workload increase over the last year due to the lockdowns, and both rely on support from various grants and donations from the public to continue their work. It is diﬃcult to plan fund‐raising events for the public to attend whilst the current restrictions are in place, so we are relying heavily on hosting virtual events using Zoom, along with receiving donations. If anyone wishes to ﬁnancially support my Mayor’s Appeal charities or wants to ﬁnd out more about our upcoming fundraising events, please get in contact with Leanne Mowbray at Chesterﬁeld Town Hall (01246 345239).
Finding out more about I was recently introduced to Elle from Chesterﬁeld Animal Rescue. Unbelievably I wasn’t familiar with the rescue until recently even though they were founded back in 2011. I asked Elle to tell us more: How did the charity start? Our founder wanted to do more to help animals, so started fostering for other rescues. She saved her dog from a pound and whilst fostering, found out he was due to be put to sleep the following day because no one wanted him. She saved his life that cold November morning. He was amazing, we will never understand why no one wanted him and she couldn't let that happen. The rescue was founded and a 15 week old unwanted puppy we called Gracie came to us after being unwanted by her owner. Gracie was adopted by a lovely local family a few weeks after she was ready for adoption. How is it funded? Chesterﬁeld Animal Rescue is self funded by fundraising and donations from the public. We have company sponsorship available for our dogs. We receive no help from the government or other organisations. We've never had a grant or help with vet bills from anyone other than our team and those kind enough to donate. We have applied for charity status and are awaiting a charity number, unfortunately covid has delayed the charity commission in registering new applicants but we are hoping we will get our number very soon as it will open more doors for us and help us get our centre faster meaning we can save thousands more lives. Where are you based? We don't have a centre yet, something we urgently need to help us keep up with the inﬂux of help requests since Covid started last year. Not just for dogs and cats, but for all other animals and wildlife too. Our team have most of the animals in their homes to provide 24 hour support where needed. We also use foster homes around the local area and we are awaiting the contract to rent a ﬁeld locally for events and exercising our dogs. How many people are involved? There are 4 trustees and a number of volunteers too. We will never say no to more help, the more help we have, the more animals we can save. What sort of situations do you help with? We've taken animals from many situations, from relationship breakdowns, work hours changing, moving home, to people passing away. We've taken unclaimed dogs from pounds too. We've also taken dogs from homes with poor welfare and hoarder homes. We’ve seen many dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that were skin and bone, matted with mud and faeces, skin peeling oﬀ their paws from the urine burns. We've helped animals who would have 36
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The Chairman’s thoughts by Mike Goodwin When the Trust purchased the club on 6 August 2020, the Directors set only two major objectives: Financial sustainability and a mid table ﬁnish. I have to say, at the time of writing, I am very conﬁdent that both objectives have been achieved. Sport Englands Winter Survival Package will provide clubs with the necessary ﬁnance to complete the season and we will be given a priority loan on really advantageous terms. It will enable the club to plan longer term with optimism. Much work is being done oﬀ the ﬁeld to maximise our income streams from marketing, hospitality, conference and banqueting, to shop sales and fundraising. The playing side of the club has also been really busy of late. The welcome news of a new longer contract for James Rowe, the Manager, and the signing of a new contract by star striker Akwasi Asante is exciting. First of all the new contract for James came after a three month review of his performance. It also coincided with interest from other clubs in the EFL for his signature. The board moved quickly to ensure he stayed at the Technique Stadium. He was delighted to sign an extended contract and is really happy here and is looking to put roots down in the area. I can also reassure fans that we have really good compensation clauses written into the new contract. In terms of Akwasi, his performances have been really impressive, so much so that he has received a lot of interest from other clubs. We did receive a couple of bids for him, one a six ﬁgure bid, which we quickly turned down and oﬀered him a new extended contract. That keeps him at the Technique Stadium for the next three plus seasons. I hope these two decisions will demonstrate to supporters that this board has ambition for the Club. At the time of writing we sit just outside the play oﬀs with games in hand. The new players the manager has brought in have blended well with those already here. He certainly has an eye for footballing talent and is an excellent coach. Frazer Kerr has arrived from Torquay and ﬁtted into the system immediately. We are currently negotiating with
other players to extend their contracts. Kevin Davies is helping the manager with advice on players and Paul Lemon is doing a fantastic job as the Clubs chief scout. He covers hundreds of miles every month looking for new talent and advising James. Oﬀ the ﬁeld we are getting the stadium prepared to receive Photograph by Tina Jenner supporters for the game against Dagenham and Redbridge on 22 May 2021. We hope to welcome up to 4000 fans on that day. We have a stadium volunteer squad that is currently working hard both inside and outside the stadium servicing, repairing, decorating and maintaining essential items. We are really grateful for their eﬀorts and it shows what a truly Community Football Club we are. One of our Directors, Dr Paul Stankard, has developed a new Supporter Engagement Strategy, together with Paul Goodwin who will champion the initiative. It will help the Club get closer to its grass root supporters and give them a voice. We have always promised openness, honesty and transparency and that will never change. One of Directors is a champion for equality and diversity and one of our aims is to make the Technique Stadium the most accessible stadium in the country. An exciting project that should come to fruition this year is the installation of a Sensory Pod at the Hub. We have already made changes to the website to make it more accessible and we will continue to develop that capability. Finally we are currently working with the Football Foundation and Chesterﬁeld Borough Council to install a 3D pitch facility that can be used by the club , the trust, and the community. Next time I provide an update, I hope we are celebrating making it to the play oﬀs or even more. "Come on You Blues".
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Regular online ﬁtness sessions have helped to keep youngsters from the Chesterﬁeld FC Academy and ETC ﬁt and engaged during lockdown. Academy manager Neil Cluxton explained: “We’ve had to adapt to keep our players engaged and we’ve had some great help from the community, Dave Cartawick (left) and Hannah Kendall from Unit especially one of our 1 Fitness & Martial Arts with Chesterﬁeld FC sponsors, Unit 1. Academy manager Neil Cluxton. “It’s been great – the Zooms have been really popular. I think that when everything goes back to normal, the Zooms will still have a part to play, in terms of improving performance.” Dave Cartawick from Unit 1 Fitness & Martial Arts has been delighted with the success of the Zoom sessions and he also thinks they are here to stay. “As coaches, we’ve got to adapt and move with the times and it’s absolutely fantastic to see everyone working so well,” said Dave. “Everybody has really embraced it and it’s something that we would like to keep going, moving forward.” Dave and his colleague Hannah Kendall deliver two online sessions each week for the academy. They also put on open sessions which attract participants from all over the country, including areas such as London, Plymouth and Suﬀolk.
Chesterﬁeld FC and Chesterﬁeld FC Community Trust have both signed up to become Plastic Free Allies. Joining forces with Plastic Free Chesterﬁeld, both organisations are pledging to reduce their plastic waste and move away from single‐use plastic to alternate solutions. Greg Hewitt, the community lead at Plastic Free Chesterﬁeld, said: “We’re incredibly delighted to have the support of Chesterﬁeld Football Club and Chesterﬁeld FC Community Trust. Martin Thacker signing the pledge. “The work they do in schools, raising awareness of single‐use plastic pollution is inspirational, and it is fantastic that they now wish to take this a step further by signing up to our campaign and look at reducing single‐use plastics at the football club. “Their support is a huge step forward in our campaign to make Chesterﬁeld an accredited Plastic Free Community.” “We now look forward to being able to support the club in their eﬀorts as well as being able to work in partnership to develop the schools outreach work on plastics and to roll this out across all Chesterﬁeld schools. We encourage schools to get in touch to request this.” Martin Thacker, co‐vice chairman of the football club and a trustee of the Community Trust, signed the pledge on behalf of both organisations. He said: “We are very happy to support the work being done by Plastic Free Chesterﬁeld to reduce the use of single‐use plastic in order to protect the environment.”
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News from Spital Cemetery By Liz Cook ‐ Friends of Spital Cemetery
Signs of Spring in Spital cemetery. Spring is a wonderful time to visit Spital Cemetery. The snowdrops (a symbol of hope) and crocuses have already given way to the fabulous drifts of daﬀodils. The celandine, daisies and primroses are starting to appear which was good news for one lone small Tortoiseshell Butterﬂy at the end of February in search of food. In the language of ﬂowers, much understood by the Victorians, primroses (an iconic Spring ﬂower) signiﬁed youth and are often found carved on the headstones of children. Very soon April blossom will start to appear on some of our trees. First the Snowy Mespilus, easily missed as you drive down Hady Hill but if you turn in through the top gates and take the path on your right you are in for a treat. We call this Elm Way, for obvious reasons if you walk down and look to your right after the beech tree. Further down Elm Way, by the middle of April the Weeping Pear on your left and much further down, the Bird Cherry on your right will both be covered in white blossom. At the bottom of the path there is a large Elder bush. From mid June it will be in ﬂower, taking me back to my youth when mum made elderﬂower cordial. By the end of April the Lime Tree Avenue will be in ﬂower (it makes a great tea) and in areas where the mowing machines haven't reached, the primroses may still be out and are joined by clumps of purple violets. We love our ﬂowers but so do the insects. There is strong evidence that they are in serious decline so we are trying to do everything we can to give them access to the vital food source from ﬂowers and blossom. They in turn are food for birds who in turn are food for our resident buzzard who you might see hovering overhead or perched on a headstone.
Anzac Day 25th April 2021 5am ‐ A short service of thanks. Our remit is wide. We seek to promote Spital Cemetery as a haven for wildlife, and a place of remembrance, heritage and learning for the community. Being a place for 'remembrance' is particularly important to us and during the lockdowns we have been thanked for promoting the cemetery as a green and tranquil place for locals to visit. Spital Cemetery has 35 Commonwealth War Graves from WW1 and 8 from Beautiful Spring ﬂowers, Flowers used on a stone for remembrance, a visiting butterﬂy. Anzac Day ‐ Tea lights line the path at ﬁrst light in April 2018. WW2. We raised money for a project to restore an original pathway and lined it with white ﬂower carpet roses and rosemary plants, the Gateway Path. At our Remembrance event each November we call out the names of the 43 military personnel who lost their lives in service, and give them thanks. We also remember their families who bore their loss and had to rebuild their lives and carve a future for their children in peace. However, on 25th April we recognise another important event at ﬁrst light ‐ Anzac Day. We hope this can go ahead and invite anyone who would like to attend to get in touch. Here we remember those from the Commonwealth countries who served, or worked to support those in service, such as porters in Africa. After Dunkirk in 1940 the Duke and Duchess entertained (FPSHF#BSOFT .PSUHBHF"EWJTFS at Chatsworth nine Indian soldiers who had come with their mules to provide transport in WW2. Many lost their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. They were heroes but many were not recognised and their stories are only just being uncovered and acknowledged. We especially join with family and friends across the world who will be commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conﬂicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suﬀering of all those who have served and those who are still serving”. During the early part of the 20th century many people from NE Derbyshire emigrated to NZ and Australia and many young men and women will have We’re not just a local business, we’re served and some will have lost their lives. We may not know their names, your local experts! We know the area but we will remember them. and we know what it takes to get the One name we do know. Jeb Gascoyne had right mortgage for you! /5 emigrated to Australia from Chesterﬁeld and was killed on the Western Front, at Passchendaele. His Contact your local expert adviser today name appears on the Menin Gate. His body was never found. Thanks to John Gascoyne, Reader at St Leonard's Mission for the info. Private George HFPSHFCBSOFT!NBCPSHVL Hewitt was in the Sherwood Foresters and was at Gallipoli where he and many ANZACS lost their lives in what proved to be an unsuccessful invasion and futile loss of so much young life. George had lived at 4 Whitehouses, at the bottom of Hasland Road He is remembered Award-winning mortgage broker on the Helles Memorial. Thanks to Denise Hartshorn who is a descendant. .PSUHBHF"EWJDF#VSFBV'FFGPSBUJOHDPSSFDUPOUI+BOVBSZ For safety numbers may have to be restricted, please express your interest :PVSIPNFNBZCFSFQPTTFTTFEJGZPVEPOPULFFQVQSFQBZNFOUTPOZPVSNPSUHBHF 5IFSFNBZCFBGFFGPSNPSUHBHFBEWJDF5IFBDUVBMBNPVOUZPVQBZXJMMEFQFOEVQPOZPVSDJSDVNTUBODFT in coming by sending an email to email@example.com 5IFGFFJTVQUPCVUBUZQJDBMGFFJTPGUIFBNPVOUCPSSPXFE Find us on Facebook FriendsofSpitalCemetery Customer Experience Rating
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The wonderful Washlands
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Having moved to Chesterﬁeld just ﬁve years ago, there are still many places I need to visit. The Avenue Washlands were on this list up until recently. The Avenue refers to the old Avenue coking works and railway sidings area that were once part of Chesterﬁeld’s rich industrial heritage. It was a mainstay of the area from 1956‐1992 and at it’s peak, the plant produced 1400 tonnes of coke and 765,000 cubic metres of manufactured gas each day. Prior to the coking works, the site was used as a colliery from the 1800’s. The coking works were closed in 1992, resulting in the loss of over 500 jobs. The closure was mainly due to changes in regulation requirements and the site remained unused for over ten years. The site was depolluted between 2010‐17, treating close to half a million tonnes of highly contaminated sludge and soil. It is now owned by the Land Trust and managed by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Oﬃcially opened in 2019, the 16.5 hectare Avenue Washlands has been a popular spot with locals. Numbers have seemingly increased in the last year during lockdown as it provides a nice, relatively accessible walk with plenty to see. Consisting of reedbed, marsh, ponds, hedgerows, trees and grassland, it provides a great habitat for a range of birds and even the diminishing water voles and great crested newts. Typical birds that have been spotted include; skylark, yellowhammer, lapwing, grebes, warblers, chiﬀchaﬀs, goldcrests, stonechats and meadow pipits. During warmer months, a range of butterﬂies and dragonﬂies can be spotted adding to the interest of the area for nature lovers. The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have recently installed owl boxes in the hope of attracting a nesting pair, further adding to the diverse wildlife within the area. There are various places to access the Washlands including public footpaths from Tupton, Wingerworth, Grassmoor and Hasland. There is limited parking on Mill Lane near the new housing development, but ample parking at the main car park on Hornbeam Drive just oﬀ the A61, near the Hunloke Arms. A visit to the Avenue Washlands is always a an enjoyable experience. All year round, there is plenty to see. Even in the winter, water birds such as wigeon, bittern, teal and snipe can all be spotted, making it a real must‐see for nature lovers. 41
TAKE NOTHING BUT PHOTOS, LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS Written by Chris Livings, illustrated by KIP Creates ‐ Volunteers at Plastic Free Chesterﬁeld.
Since the start of the pandemic there has been a rise in people enjoying the great outdoors. We are very lucky in the UK to have many national parks and woodlands to get out in and explore. With gyms having to stay closed and gatherings down to a minimum, it has been up to the great British countryside to host our daily outings. Unfortunately, our natural environment has taken a hit due to this, not just footprints have made a mark on the landscape. Litter has always been a problem for some reason, whether it’s down to lack of bins, awareness, education or even care, there needs to be a change. The great outdoors is a sanctuary and has provided a safe place for us all to go in this time of dire need, it’s time we looked after mother nature as she has looked after us.
Let’s look at some statistics ﬁrst, here’s a short list of items and how long it takes for them for breakdown: • Paper towel: 2 – 4 weeks • Apple core: 1 – 2 months • Banana peel: – 2 years • Cigarette butt: 10 years at least • Steel can: 50 years • Crisp packet: 75 – 80 years • Plastic straw: 200 – 500 years (thankfully now banned in the UK) • Aluminium can: 200 – 500 years • Plastic bottle: 450 years • ‘Disposable’ Nappy: 550 years • Fishing line: 600 years • Chewing Gum: Centuries It’s also worth adding that only organic things are biodegrade and this still depends on weather and location. All non‐organic matter only breaks down into smaller particles and never disappears. There are very simple ways in which you can reduce your impact on nature as you enjoy it. I’m going to give you some ideas to think about. Firstly, take a bag. I’m not talking about plastic bags either. A good rucksack is an investment and something that is endlessly useful in life, so get a good one and look after it. Fabric carrier bags are very useful to have with you too, especially if you’re likely to pop into the shops. Now you have a bag you can carry some things with you on your adventures! A packed lunch is a great start, you are likely to be able to create something much more appetising and genuine in your own home, rather than purchasing a sad lifeless meal deal in a supermarket. It doesn’t need to be a full meal either, just take snacks with you, unpackaged and home‐made if you can which cuts out the plastic packaging. Remember, single use plastics are the devil! Assuming that you’re out and about because you take care of your body, you’re probably going to want to take some fruit out with you. Yes, fruit is organic and biodegrades but it can take a long time, especially banana skin. Put the skin in the bin. If there’s no bin shove it in the side pocket of your bag. If you don’t have one then take some kind of container with you. Don’t throw it in the bushes, it takes a long time to disappear and looks gross! 42
The mighty spork ‐ admit it, you’ve always wanted one and now is your time. You can eat anything with one of these and they even come in army knife varieties! Any type of reusable cutlery is fantastic to have with you on your person or in your bag. This will be useful for your packed lunches and takeaway food. You’re going to want to take some sort of drink with you too, water is an obvious choice but you want to make sure it’s just water. Get yourself a stainless steel or BPA free water bottle so you know that you’re not going to be drinking any toxic particles of plastic, which are found in water bottles bought in supermarkets. The bottled water in shops might have been fresh once but now it’s had time to get to know that plastic that its trapped in, and besides, it’s only the bottle that you’re paying for, water is free! It’s also a nice idea to take some tea or coﬀee with you on your walks to warm up on those nippy British days. A good ﬂask and/or travel mug will bring you happiness. This also cuts out spending unnecessary money and time on buying a hot drink and justifying one of those horrible plastic lids, for something you can make at home and probably better. Also, if you take your travel mug with you to a coﬀee shop, there’s a good chance you’ll receive a discount for cutting out the packaging ‐ bonus! For the smokers reading this, cigarette butts are litter! They’re tedious to pick up and quickly mould themselves into the ﬂoor, where they will stay a decade at least ‐ think about it. An easy solution is to carry a container with you for the butts. There are specially made ‘pocket ashtrays’ made for this very occasion, its simple, reusable and responsible. By this time in the pandemic you should have a reusable mask. It’s more ﬁnancially friendly and buying single use masks must have become a bit of a chore. So, make sure you’re not caught out without one if you need it, have a few at home and keep a couple in that trusty backpack of yours. Hand sanitiser is great stuﬀ, its saving lives and preventing the spread of the virus but the convenient little bottles are having an eﬀect of the environment. More and more are they ﬁnding their way into the litter hall of shame along with face masks, they may be saving us, but not nature. Consider using bigger recyclable bottles of the stuﬀ and disposing of them correctly. Another option is to use the same bottle and reﬁll it, you can purchase reﬁlls from Steph’s Sustainable Stuﬀ, search for ‘disinfecting hand rub’. This option cuts out the unnecessary plastic packaging and contributes to shopping locally.
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Share your talents on our virtual stage Chesterﬁeld residents are being invited to share their talents in a virtual talent show called Chesterﬁeld 2Gether. Whilst it still isn’t possible to hold a live performance in the theatres, the aim is to bring a variety show by local people for local people right into their homes. The ﬁnal video will showcase as much local talent as possible. Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “I know there are lots of talented people in Chesterﬁeld and I can’t wait to see what everyone submits. I hope that this virtual variety show will help bring a bit of cheer and entertainment to local people as lockdown begins to lift.” The variety show is open to all ages and all talents are welcome, but submissions should be family friendly. Videos must be a maximum of ﬁve minutes long, but images and audio ﬁles are also welcome. Singers, musicians, actors, rappers, dancers, magicians, puppeteers, artists, sculptors, gymnasts, storytellers, jugglers, skateboarders, footballers, whistlers, animators and anyone else is welcome to submit entries to the competition. The aim is to show as many diﬀerent talents from across the borough as possible. Please send the ﬁnished performance to Wendy Blunt by email at wendy.blunt@chesterﬁeld.gov.uk or submit it using the Council’s secure ﬁle transfer service which you can ﬁnd at chesterﬁeld.gov.uk. In the message box include your name, the area you live in Chesterﬁeld and mobile number, or a phone number for a parent or guardian if you are under 16. All entries must be submitted by Sunday 18 April 2021 and the ﬁnal talent show will be available to view online in the summer. Full terms and conditions for the competition are available on the council’s website. If you would like further information, please contact Wendy Blunt on 01246 959657 or the above email address. 43
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