S40 Local - 129 July 2022

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ISSUE 129 JULY 2022 The community magazine for Acorn Ridge, Ashgate, Brampton, Brookside, Holymoorside, Somersall & Walton

Cover Image: Sue Dickins



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Hello and welcome to our July edition of S40 Local.

Chesterfield is an amazing small town and there are some wonderful people living here, so lets celebrate them, say thanks for what they do, and go buy the stuff we need from their business.

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We have a great community, and of equal importance a great, independent business community in Chesterfield.


We have new businesses springing up and taking the plunge, like The Little Ark and Unhampered. We have some great people running projects to help others - High Ashes Farm Rural project and b:Friends, we have music events, gigs, new bands and Chesterfield Jazz Club, and following our COVID years with few events, the 'What's On' guide is starting to fill up again.



We can't all be behind a new activity or business, but we all have a part to play in making them a success - so please do all you can to attend events, volunteer your time, shop in an independent business and let's do what's in our power to keep Chesterfield positive. It's in all our interests to ensure Chesterfield continues to thrive, remember the 'tale of a tenner', money spent locally tends to stay local.


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West Studios: Mon 8 to Fri 26 August Words: Paul Chapman Images: Sue Dickins


ue Dickins is a Chesterfield artist who works from home where she lives with her 17 year old son, Ben. Ben helps and supports Sue as well as attending college himself.

Sue retired from Derbyshire police-force several years ago after struggling with mental health issues; she has a bipolar condition that is now managed with the help of medication and a local Bipolar UK support group. She still has manic episodes but these are now manageable and care when her best pieces of art are produced!" she admits.

Sue decided to exhibit her work for the first time at West Studios Chesterfield this year. She has been working on new figurative oil paintings that will form part of the exhibition. This is a collection of portraits that each tell a story portrayed through her painting rather than words; she uses different fabrics and clothing to do this. "For example, the piece 'Tree of Life' (framed on the cover), shows a beautiful Tree of Life throw draped over the model, one of Sue's friends, which symbolises strength and growth, something that her friend has shown in abundance over the past few years," explains Sue.

"The women who kindly pose for me are special friends who all have a story to tell and have agreed

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to help and offer their support to this project, the results now to be exhibited at West Studios," says Sue. She strongly believes that art can bring people together and tell a story that words alone cannot do.

Several of the paintings, all completed using quality oils on stretched linen will be professionally framed by a local company, Abi Framers, Chesterfield and will be available to buy. Also available will be signed and numbered limited edition (50) giclee prints, presented with a 3 inch off white mount ready to frame. Alongside her new figurative collection will be a number of equestrian and wildlife paintings that have been completed during the last four years, subjects that she is passionate about.

Sue has won competitions and awards for her portraits, figurative and equestrian pieces over the years. Last year she was a finalist in a nude art worldwide competition, involving 26 countries. Her portrait titled 'Solitude' placed in the top four. The Artist Lounge book, featuring Sue's work will be on display at the exhibition alongside the original painting.

Please get along to view these paintings and meet Sue for a friendly chat.


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Business Intro

The Little Ark

A small, but perfectly formed new business Words: Paul Chapman Images: The Little Ark


he Little Ark is a new shop in Chesterfield Market Hall selling sustainable and eco friendly toys. It's a move away from plastic toys with a short shelf life, sourced from suppliers with the same values using zero plastic in the manufacture of the toys and packaging. Liz Telford-Sides (pictured) is the proud owner of the stall which opened very recently at the end of March, after trading online and at local markets since the business began in June 2021. The Little Ark is a registered Plastic Free Champion business. "I had my second child, Sophia , in lockdown," Liz tells me. "I was on maternity leave from my part time HR job for a local manufacturing business,and having two young children I found it really shocking how much plastic seems to come their way. "My eldest, Noah, is now five and Sophia is a year old, they are my perfect quality controllers and product testers for the items I sell."

The number of plastic toys and products that were purchased for the children made Liz start exploring what alternatives are available that have a little less long-term impact on the planet. Looking locally, she wasn’t having much success and the nearest retailer she could find meant travelling to Sheffield.

Come and explore our engaging Toys & Activities. www.thelittleark.co.uk the.little.ark @thelittleark.co.uk The Little Ark • Stall 5 • Market Hall • Chesterfield S40 1AR Gift Boxes • Home & Decor • Play & Learning • Pocket Money Toys • Weaning & Feeding

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"I remember thinking that I can’t be the only parent that thinks like this, there must be others like me out there," says Liz.

"I found several products that fit the bill, products that I’d be happy with my children using and things that have a focus on sustainability. The products are gathered from businesses across the globe, but they are quality items, things that will live on, be handed down and recycled, things that won’t break and will outlive their plastic equivalents."

Having had the luxury during maternity of a bit of time (Ed: Really? Free time with a newborn and four-year-old?) to think about her future, she had always wanted to run her own business of some sort so decided it was time to take the plunge. The first nine months Liz operated online only, she had intended to do pop-up market stalls alongside the web sales and keep things simple, however the feedback she was receiving when doing the market stalls was really positive, people liked the products, so Liz started looking for a retail space. Liz is helped out by Dad, Gary, and the store is open six days a week, Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm so you can call in and browse rather than scrolling!

I suggested it was a brave move to set up a stall in today’s climate. “If I can make it work now then l definitely have a future, there is a fantastic group of small, supportive independent stall holders in the market and across the town centre and I feel proud to be part of this group.

"Chesterfield is a vibrant town; our markets are well supported and yes, we do have some quiet days but I’m already seeing customers returning to the shop and news is spreading. It appears that there are people who think like me!" “When people come in, they can touch and feel the toys, ask for advice and I can share first hand experiences of which toys are best suited to ages etc. It’s lovely to be able to offer this service. The online ‘bots on websites can’t do this and I’m excited to bring a little toy independence back to the high street”.

So why The Little Ark? "Our eldest child is Noah, so Ark was an immediate element to our name and Little is due to the business being in the baby / children's market. However, it is so much more than just these two factors.

Most toys stocked by The Little Ark are made from FSC certified woods, that’s woodland that is grown and maintained to felled and managed. The type of things available includes pretend play afternoon tea sets, food, tills and stacking games, activity cubes, wooden push alongs, they have rubber tethers that are quite popular, jigsaws, musical instruments etc. The range targets children from birth up to four years of age but Liz is expanding the product range to cover up to age six.

"The main reason for being called Little Ark is due to the story of Noah's Ark being about the preservation of all of the world's creatures in the time of an environmental crisis. The Ark braved the storm and came out the other side, ensuring the continuation of all the creatures. We see ourselves as helping with the future of our world, and most importantly protecting it for our children and grandchildren, by encouraging the transition from damaging plastic toys to sustainable toys which can last a generation or more." The Little Ark Stall 5 • Market Hall • Chesterfield S40 1AR www.thelittleark.co.uk the.little.ark @thelittleark.co.uk

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Business Intro


Meet Bori, the small animal vet that comes to you! Words: Paul Chapman Images: VetSetGo


isiting the vet can be so stressful, that's why Borbala (Bori) Vaczy set up VetSetGo, a mobile small animal vet service that can come to you, giving your pet the attention, love and support it might need in the comfort of its own home. "I’ve always loved animals since I was very young, I remember acting as a human shield to protect ants from my kindergarten teacher's bug spray, helping injured hedgehogs, hypoglycaemic bees, and pigeons with broken wings!" says Bori.

"We’ve always shared our home with cats and dogs, so it just seemed logical that I pursued a career in the field of small animal veterinary medicine, and it's now great being able to combine my passion and love for animals with my medical training and care for pets in their homes."

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Bori has never liked seeing pets brought into a vet’s surgery. "As well as being unwell they have to be caged up to undergo the journey to the vets, then wait with other anxious animals in the waiting room for their appointment. I’ve trained and worked in these environments, and it wasn’t for me,” Bori explains, “it’s extremely stressful for the unwell animals, that's why I decided to offer a mobile service, the whole process is so much smoother and calmer for pets and owners alike. I find that providing medical support in a home environment, where possible, greatly reduces the stress levels, helping with the process of examination, treatment and healing itself, and improving the overall experience. It's also better for the relationship between the owner and the pet and reduces the aversion many have to vet visits in general."


Bori feels people need to be involved in their pet’s consultation and doing so at home enables a more relaxing experience for all involved. "Many animals are almost unapproachable in a clinical setting," explains Bori. "I like to make friends with the pet first on their level, together with the animals’ owners, and it makes for a much easier consultation."

Bori is originally from Hungary, she graduated as a vet in Budapest in 2012, completed a one-year rotating internship at Utrecht University, then came to England about five years ago. Like so many small business owners she tried the usual routes working for clinics, but wanted to be her own boss and took the decision to set up independently. "I’ve been in Chesterfield since 2017 working for a local clinic but started the mobile business in 2021 and I’ve loved it, I’ve met some wonderful animals and owners. I really don’t want to be the clinical vet in a white coat, being unapproachable or intimidating. Working and communicating with the owner is key, instead of simply giving instructions no questions asked. I believe this approach and meeting outside of the hospital puts owners at ease and makes us a better team" Bori aims to achieve whatever can be done out of a hospital setting with the least amount of stress.

Mostly her patients are cats and dogs, but she also sees rabbits, small mammals and some exotics, reptiles etc. She offers first line consultation and if the animal is in need of procedures she cannot offer, she can help to arrange a referral for the next stage of treatment. Bori also enjoys the lack of time constraints she has when doing consultations at animals’ homes. "Large practices are required to achieve five or six clients an hour and waiting rooms are crowded," she explains. "I am willing to dedicate the time I see necessary so that all important issues are addressed, and animals and owners don't feel rushed or as if on a conveyor belt.

"Having this flexibility, I think, really sets my service apart from others." In my short time with Bori it was clear to see that everything is centred around the animals with their care and best interest at heart. If you're looking to give your pet the most comfortable experience possible, I think Bori's VetSetGo will be for you. T: 07494 227028 @VetSetGoChesterfield www.vetsetgo.co.uk

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Business News


nhampered is about supporting Chesterfield's independent businesses. Phase one was the launch of an online directory of Chesterfield’s fabulous independent shops, restaurants, food suppliers and more, the businesses we love, all in one place. The Unhampered online directory showcases over 200 local businesses and is a great place for you to seek out the little guys and support them, but it's also a place that helps visitors to town find the best we have to offer. We have a number of Founder Members, go visit them; Adorn Jewellers, Bottle & Thyme, Defeye Creative, Ginspired, Ingmans, Libby's, Pizza Pi, Odyssey Greek Restaurant, S40 & S41 Local Magazines,Tallbird Records, The Cafe at Libby's, The Cheese Factor, The Vintage Tea Rooms, and Vanishing Point Records. Two new Founder members on board this month are Libby's and The Cafe at Libby's - welcome guys and thank you as always for your support!

The Founder Members have helped with funding Unhampered and enabled our first physical thing to be delivered... a map! You know, the type of free map you might pick up when you're on holiday, somewhere to help you find the best places in a new town! That's what we've delivered. The Unhampered map shows people where to find our independent gems, a curated view of 80 or so independent businesses, with Founder Members obviously getting priority spots! It includes shops and retail, bars, cafes and restaurants and a few service providers, hair-dressers beauticians, etc. We've printed a small number of maps, the idea being we can add people as they come on board, reprint the maps and circulate them, so they stay fresh and up to date! Words: Paul Chapman Matt Pritchard Defeye Creative 07969 740357

Apart from the Founder Members who are always featured on the map, we'll be mixing up who we include. We have tiered membership packages available, so if you would like to secure your spot on the map make sure you get in touch and become an Unhampered member. The maps are slightly smaller than A3 and fold down to fit nicely in a handbag or pocket. They've been distributed to a number of local businesses, the tourist information centre, plus hotels and accommodation venues so visitors can find some of our best businesses, with a little help from Unhampered.

There's also a copy online so please visit the S40 Local or Unhampered web pages and check it out. Next we'll be working on social media to build up our following, be sure to like and follow our socials to stay up to date. Take a look at the site, QR code below to make it nice and easy! If you’ve not checked it out, please do, and use it to find a new local business. Over the weekend of Sat 2 and Sun 3 July we celebrate 'Independents Day', so what better incentive to give some love to these independent businesses.

Finally, I'd like to repeat our massive 'thank you' to our Founder Members. If you'd like to get actively involved give us a call, email, text, FB message, tweet, IG message etc... when did life get so complicated! Until next time.

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Events "Many people don’t recognise the acts, but many are former members of hit making bands who now perform alone, we’d rather have quality artists than tribute acts. It’s also important we keep ticket prices low to make the event as accessible as we can, similar events with similar artists are considerably more to attend."

Words: Paul Chapman Images: Chesterfield Pride


hesterfield Pride returns to Stand Road Park on Sunday 24 July from midday. Now in its seventh year I caught up with Dan Walker, organiser, to find out what it’s all about.

"The event is for the LGBTQ+ community, it’s really inclusive, everyone is welcome, all commers and faiths, it’s a celebration of acceptance, equality and education of issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community with a real festival feel,” says Dan. “There’s the main stage with big name acts and headlining this year is Nadine Coyle, there’s then a smaller cabaret stage which features unsigned artists, local performers and drag artists including Joe Black from Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Alongside the stages there’s a market area with 50 stalls including charities, not for profit organisations, info providers, and retailers, plus street food vendors, a bar area and fairground rides. It’s fantastic fun and all that for £5 a ticket." News of the event is spreading, as Dan explained, "we’ve had people discussing the event in Blackpool and making plans to come over. The event is well respected and we’re pushing for more established artists each year." A well as Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud headlining, there's Nathan Moore, lead singer of Brother Beyond, Jo O’Meara, Kelly Wilde and local musician Alfie Darlin. Denise Pearson will be appearing after recently doing an event with an audience of 20,000, Kelly Llorenna has had seven top 20 hits, and these are just a few of the acts.

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Dan, originally from Chesterfield, moved to Manchester to go to university and now works as a DJ in Manchester but started running LGBTQ+ club nights in Chesterfield in 2007. "I built a network of contacts for the club nights and through this got involved in establishing the first Sheffield Pride event where I ran the main stage, this got me thinking about a Pride event for Chesterfield. "We now have the largest event of its type in the country, despite that, Joe Black had to Google Chesterfield to see where it was! He knows now, he was so impressed with his first visit and the organisation, he loves coming back," says Dan.

Dan's ethos is quality, staging well known performers with years of experience. The event is simply about having a great time and ensuring people enjoy themselves, only problem is he feels he never gets to see it, he’s far too busy keeping things ticking over and has to watch social media feeds after the event!

"The feedback we get is great," enthuses Dan. "One chap commented on FB that he’d been dragged to the event by his girlfriend but ended up having a fabulous time. The event's all about breaking down walls, having a great time in a safe environment." So, put a date in the diary for 24 July and get yourself along to Chesterfield Pride 2022.

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Words: Simon Paterson Images: Oregon Way


regon Way, well, what can I say? I haven’t been this excited about a local band since seeing a 15-year-old Alex Turner at the Leadmill (if you are the owner of the Leadmill, please don’t close it).

Oregon Way have got it, I’m not sure what it is, but they definitely have it and I want to see them again, and again, and again! Essentially, they are an indie rock and roll band but they are so much more than that with catchy melodies reminiscent of Catfish and the Bottlemen’s first album, the cultural relevance and ‘coolness’ of the Strokes, and a lead singer with enough stage presence to command the largest of platforms. To say I was super keen to interview them would be an understatement, I caught up with them to talk origins, influences and the future.

What is the story behind your band name? "Literally, the only thing to do with the band name is that it is a street near where we practice, not even next to us. In fact, we don't even live in the same village as the street Oregon Way, haha!"

How did you all meet? "Went to the same school. Nathan Regan and Will were friends as they were in the same year... everyone else is just in the band because we are the closest of boys." Who writes your songs? "Nathan does, however, what he writes and what we end up with are two completely different pieces of work after the band has put its stamp on it." Who are your biggest influences? "We take influence from everyone from Beatles to the Foo Fighters. We all have different musical tastes and we try to incorporate everyone's influences to make our overall sound. We all love the Arctic Monkeys so you can probably hear Alex Turner’s influence on our music."

If you could collaborate with anyone past or present, who would it be and why? "Honestly, we’d have to say David Bowie the man was an absolute genius and he's the best artist in my eyes. He's so versatile and can make anything golden, listen Page 22

to young Americans and then listen to Fame; they are such far-out pieces of work, but they are both perfect." What was the role of music in the early years of your lives? "I think we can all say Oasis was the music which guided our childhood, alongside the classics Queen, Elton John etc. Having such a strong musical upbringing really helps how you shape and grow music."

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? "This is a hard one but it would probably have to be Wembley, you don't get much better than that."

What's been your highlight to date? "Playing the Rescue Rooms supporting Deco in Nottingham was a pretty special moment as it's somewhere we have always been to see shows. It was an honour to finally be on the stage instead of in the crowd!"

What's next for Oregon Way and where can our readers see you perform? "We have two singles ready to release so keep an eye out. But we hope to be moving up on the gig circuit and playing more regularly around the country. However, we don't care where we play - it's all for the love of music man!" Orgeon Way are playing at Russfest at the Dronfield Woodhouse Sports & Social Club on the 9 July. Tickets are £10 and available on the door. Scan the QR code to purchase your tickets. You won't be disappointed! OREGON WAY OREGONWAYBAND OREGON WAY


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Lockdown Innovation @Chesterfield Jazz Club Words: Paul Chapman


ianist Wendy Kirkland, who, together with guitarist and bassist husband Pat Sprakes, set up Chesterfield Jazz Club, has been tackling ever more diverse musical projects since lockdown eased and live performances have resumed and Chesterfield Jazz celebrated its 10th birthday in May 2022.

“When lockdown hit, the wheels of the performing arts industry ground to a halt. Musicians and other performers were left with nothing, floundering in a wake of cancelled performances, lost earnings and permanently closed venues. This has remained the legacy of lockdown,” she says. “Pat and I lost several thousand pounds worth of earnings from lost gigs – we’d finally made it on to the rural touring circuit. Overnight, the plug was pulled. In most cases, there was no cancellation fee and the Musicians Union couldn’t assist in retrieving lost earnings, the industry was closed. Following an impromptu 2020 series of daily live broadcasts on Facebook, Pat and Wendy performed Latin jazz to online audiences, keeping the series of broadcasts going as people reported their mood improving, saying they looked forward to each new piece every day - 86 in total.

This prompted attention from the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Group who nominated Wendy and Pat for the 2021 Lockdown Innovation Award, although they lost out to the heavily externally funded Newcastle Arts Centre. “We were really thrilled that our little industry had turned the head of the House of Commons and we weren’t at all concerned that we didn’t actually win!”

The next exciting instalment was Ronnie Scott’s famous jazz club contacting Wendy to offer dates in the diary to perform there. Follow up dates now being regularly offered – to date, Wendy and Pat have performed there four times. “A dream come true,” says Wendy, “it’s really the culmination of years of autonomous hard work by both me and Pat. When Ronnie’s contacted us, the booker said he admired the way we’d just kept going during lockdown, showing a respected work ethic.” Arts Council England also recognised Wendy and Pat’s hard work, awarding them tour funding for a series of live streams and eventually actual Page 26

concerts in 2021, featuring material based on the Facebook streams.

In addition to the quality of the concerts they are now being offered, Wendy and Pat are working with who many would consider to be the UK’s top jazz players. Vibes man Roger Beaujolais, who released several albums on Acid Jazz in the 1990s booked them in his band to play his own complex compositions, and they have supported Alan Barnes and Dave O’Higgins in similar line-ups.

Wendy recently completed a composition for Issie Barratt, baritone saxophonist, head of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and latterly head of jazz at Guildhall School of Music. Wendy was one of ten composers selected out of 45 applicants, her piece one of six selected from the ten; now incorporated into that band’s touring repertoire, performed at Leeds Jazz Festival and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s J to Z programme on 16 June.

Now Chesterfield Jazz Club is back up and running again, what next? “We have a great line-up for the remainder of 2022 and the June concert is with the fantastic trumpeter, Ray Butcher, himself a regular at Ronnie Scott’s – in fact he performed there in April of this year”. “In July we have a fabulous jazz cellist, Shirley Smart; the first cellist we've hosted. In the Autumn we perform our Get Carter Reimagined set; commissioned by the Ted Lewis Society, dedicated to the author of the book and film screenplay. It’s a unique show, encompassing many different musical genres such as soul, pop and reggae, as well as jazz. A reworking of Roy Budd’s music from the film, and featuring Dennis Rollins MBE on trombone. Another dream come true, to work with such a great player who regularly works in James Brown’s band with legend Maceo Parker.” You can catch Wendy and Pat playing in Chesterfield every third Thursday of the month at Chesterfield Jazz Club, Olde House, Loundsley Green Road, Chesterfield S40 4RN.

Tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk/wendykirkland online, Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre, Rykneld Way (by the Crooked Spire) or pay on door, cash or card.


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Health & Wellbeing



igh Ashes Rural Project (HARP) is a place that changes lives, a farm on the edge of Chesterfield that offers a wide and varied range of training and experiences. They allow people of any level to develop skills they never knew they had and give them the confidence to share these skills and their time with others.

Both have worked away from the farm, in sales, marketing, insurance services and various other jobs before realising that the farm is in an idyllic setting, their lifestyle didn’t allow them enough time on it and they needed a change.

It’s a bright sunny day as I sit with Phil and Vanessa Coates, and Stuart the very cute, VERY noisy and extremely friendly cockerel they’ve just adopted, to learn a bit more about what goes on at HARP, on High Ashes Farm, Highashes Lane in Ashover.

In January 2014 they set up HARP, established some clear goals and set themselves up as a Community Interest Company focusing on people with learning difficulties and those needing mental health support.

Much of their time is spent supporting people with learning difficulties in an outdoor environment for the improvement of people's, health, social, mental, and economic wellbeing.

They started concentrating their time on the farm and James, Vanessa's brother came up to help out each day, this got them thinking. “What James did helped him, he loved it and we wondered if more people might benefit from time outdoors helping on the farm,” says Vanessa.

Phil grew up on the farm with his mum and dad and disabled uncle George who was learning impaired, “I never thought of George as being disabled, he was simply George, my uncle, we grew up together and did stuff you do as a family, skills you need to run a farm such as driving a tractor from a very young age,” says Phil.

“The first thing we did was transform a 10-acre field that wasn’t suitable for farming back to woodland by planting 6000 British native trees. These are now well established, and we use the willow and hazel for projects we run,” says Phil. Ed: I can confirm that the mud run they hold each year goes through this woodland and makes a lovely part of the diverse route the run takes.

Vanessa’s brother James had language issues so from an early age she found herself teaching him to speak. Perhaps it’s these caring environments within the family setting that have resulted in the pair running HARP and being so supportive with those who come along each day.

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The mud run forms an important element of the HARP funding together with funds associated with each attendee and crowd funding that they use at various times to enable projects to be kicked off on the farm.


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Health & Wellbeing

The farm also has a shepherd’s hut and two permanent tents with outdoor kitchen areas and seating which make perfect glamping spots for families to rent out throughout the summer. The site has toilets and showers and reading the reviews visitors love spending time next to the duck pond and meeting the pigs, sheep, ducks, chickens, and rabbits that roam the site … not forgetting Stuart the cockerel, after all it is an 80acre working farm!

Phil is a member of the Derbyshire Dry Stone Walling Association and runs courses on the farm. “We run the DSW courses for the participants plus we have groups come in to learn stone walling, anyone wanting to pick up the skills can come along, last weekend we have a group of 20 people. It’s always a great weekend when we have these courses, people gather in the outdoor kitchen between sessions and have a fun time whilst learning a new skill, both myself and Ness are qualified tutors,” says Phil. “HARP is about getting people to be the best they can,” explains Phil. “We help build confidence and self-esteem and treat each individual with kindness and respect, hopefully bringing peace and contentment. Page 32

“If you look at what we do, we’re worse off financially after dropping out of our 9 to 5 lives but we are so much happier, it was a lifestyle change and we wouldn’t change a thing.”

If you want to volunteer at HARP or know someone who might benefit from their support just give them a call or drop them an email.

And it’s not just DSW courses they do, they have developed a range of cookery courses covering preparation of healthy meals using local produce, they offer a course in foraging and are looking to establish children's bushcraft parties in a secluded field, a 100% natural environment. If you'd like to help support their work you can do so by taking part in the family friendly 5 and 10k mud run, next date is Sunday 23 October 2022. Thanks to Phil and Vanessa for their time and I can’t wait to road test the glamping field in a few weeks’ time… happy to be Guinea pigs! E: info @highashes.org.uk www.highashes.org.uk High Ashes Rural Project HARP


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Holymoorside Pre-School: Thank You Words: Simon Paterson Images: Holymoorside Preschool


very Thursday our daughter, Florie, is disappointed! That’s because she doesn’t go to pre-school on a Thursday. This is testament to the amazing job that everyone at the school does and we will be sad when she moves on to ‘big school’ this September.

Holymoorside pre-school was established in the 1960’s and was located at Belmont House before moving to its permanent home at Holymoorside Village Hall.

Holymoorside pre-school has prepared thousands of children over the years for their next stage in their educational journey. Our daughter Florie has learnt many things whilst in their care, the most important two being the value of friendship and the impact of kindness.

Sandra and Diane have been running the show since 1989. Jade and Fiona haven’t been there quite as long but still bring lots of educational, parental experience and energy to the team of four. As a parent I can tell you they all absolutely love their jobs! Standing on the door every morning, sporting a tiara, a pirate's hat or whatever the theme for the day is, meeting and greeting the children with a smile on their faces come rain or shine.

The school has evolved and progressed over the years but has always maintained a child focused and centred approach. The staff had this to say, “we believe that children learn best when they are happy and having fun, and this has remained unchanged. The children of the current members of staff have all attended pre-school and we have seen many children return to us as adults to bring their own children. Most of our clientele come to us from personal recommendations based on experience.”

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Brookfield News 6th Former Hannah preparing for a Guided Reading session with KS 3 students

… how quickly the year passes The Brookfield Journalism Group reflect on another passing year. Words: Skye Harris & Eleanor Hayward Skye: We’re back in June again which feels so weird to be writing. In my head, it still feels like February when I was complaining that the nights were endless and the limited hours of daylight were spent in school. It’s June, which means that the academic year is coming to an end for the year 11 and 13s and there are only a few weeks left for the rest of us. When we reach this point in the year everything comes all at once and it’s hard to know whether to look left or right: a multitude of things need tying up before we move into the next school year. When we reach this part of the year nothing is stationary and everything is in perpetual movement. Eleanor: I agree: there is a lot to think about as a sixth former at the moment. Students in year 12 will be starting mock exams in less than a month, these are often used to predict grades for university applications. So of course, it is an important set of exams for a lot of us. It is a good opportunity to get used to more official exams and show teachers what students are capable of in an exam environment; all said, it can be pretty scary. On top of this, Y12 pupils will need to start thinking about applications for university, with deadlines coming as early as mid-October. So lots of students have already started booking and attending open days and online events.

Skye: While it’s a time when we should all really be putting our heads down to work for the exam results we need to apply to uni, it is also a time of having a million other things you want to be focused on. The start of summer means you can spend evenings in the park, most of my friends are now learning to drive and after Covid it’s starting to feel like the first real summer we will get to experience with a drop of newfound freedom. I don’t think any of us have forgotten what it was like not to be able to see our friends and to be stopped from living the “normal” teenage life that we all came to expect from our years at secondary school. Eleanor: As part of this return to normal, pupils have been encouraged to find a week of work experience for the end of term. This will help Page 40

Y12s get a better idea of whether their desired profession is for them and gain a general sense of a working environment.

In assemblies, form times and lessons, teachers are always mentioning how quickly these two years will go; it definitely took me by surprise - despite the warning. I have learnt a lot about myself and my chosen subjects in a comparatively small period of time. That is not to say, however, that I am not enjoying it. I have really come to love being busy - much busier than I was able to be in Y11. It seems as if the more I do, the more I am able to do. One difference I have noticed from GCSEs to A Levels is a much bigger range of extra-curricular activities available: from Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award to teaching younger years in lessons, there are all sorts of opportunities. For me it has all been about gaining confidence, meeting new people and opening new doors.

Skye: For me, this is the first year where live music seems to be back in full force. Singing the words to your favourite songs with venues or fields full of people brings joy that was never forgotten but was indeed lost for a while. From being three or four years old I have memories of being put onto the shoulders of people I’d just met to watch bands while my little sister sat on the shoulders of my dad so that we could both see over the crowd. Being able to go to gigs and embrace people you may or may not know again is another one of those small things you don’t realise you’d miss until it’s gone. Although we haven’t fully escaped the pandemic, getting to experience the things we maybe used to take for granted, is a reminder that it’s good to be alive.


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There’s quite a lot to do in the garden around now, but pottering around it in summer is one of the rewards for the effort put in over the rest of the year.

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2. Check for signs of disease on plants prone to them, i.e. blight on tomatoes, clematis wilt or apple scab, and treat accordingly. 3. Prune spring flowering shrubs so they don’t get leggy; most birds will have finished nesting, so you can also trim hedges without disturbing them.

4. Keep watering all plants in containers (indoor and outdoor), and feed them regularly. Anything in grow-bags (especially tomatoes) are prone to problems if watered erratically, so try to have a routine; aim to keep the soil moist but not wet. Plants transpire water all the time, so don’t fall into the trap of thinking if the sun's not shining plants won’t need watering – any breeze or wind will also increase the amount they use. 5. A lot of vegetables should be maturing about now; keep an eye on them, as unreliable weather may cause some to bolt (i.e. form flowers and seeds) - harvest these before this happens, which usually renders them useless anyway. Allow a plant or two to flower if you want to collect seeds, which is what you do with peas and beans anyway. 6. Check tomatoes regularly and pinch out any shoots between branches and the stem, which can appear with astonishing speed. 7. If fences or garden furniture need painting or treatment with a preservative, try to do it in the middle of a dry spell.

8. Take lots of pictures of the garden, especially parts which you think could be improved. That way, you’ll have a good reference to use when you come to think about moving things or buying new plants. 9. There may still be some vegetable plantlets in garden centres, so it’s not too late to plant some for harvesting this year. But check that they're not too leggy and make sure they have been well looked after – weedy looking seedlings rarely recover.

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ver nine million people in the UK say they are often or always lonely, a frightening statistic! b:Friend is a national charity working on a local level to end loneliness. b:Friend started five years ago in the garage of Mike Niles. Having been a befriender in London he moved back to Doncaster and realised that it wasn’t just London that was lonely.

The charity snowballed and in 2018 b:Friend received National Lottery funding to roll out across South Yorkshire. In December 2021 it expanded to Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. I caught up with Rayella Broomhead from the charity to find out more.

"We work to reduce social isolation in people aged 65 and over by pairing them with a volunteer befriender who pledges to visit once a week to provide company. We don’t ask our volunteers to do anything other than provide company - no jobs around the home, no shopping etc... just a cuppa and a chat for an hour a week in the person's home. "There is no cost to the older person and it is an open-ended thing with the hope that an organic friendship develops. We often find many pairings have gone on for years.

"The volunteer has the support of a volunteer coordinator who they can contact at any time with any worries or concerns they may have, or to tell us they are enjoying it! We ask that the first few visits are made in the person's home but after a while if the pairing wish to go out for a coffee or a bite to eat there is no reason they can't do this. "The impact our volunteers have is huge. I don’t think they always realise just how big that impact is. Many of our older people may have lost their spouse, may have restricted mobility so can’t get out, or have lost their confidence to go out after being in for so long.

"Having a befriender visit every week has been life changing for some of the people we work with. It is someone they know they will see every week, giving them something to look forward to. Page 46

"Some of the people we work with don’t see or hear from people for days at a time and often when they do it may be a person in passing. "Our volunteers are amazing - they are friendly, warm and giving. It is hugely impactful on the volunteer. Many report learning a lot from the older neighbour they are paired with and hearing fantastic tales about their life. A lovely thing about befriending is that it is just the older neighbour and the volunteer, neither know anyone from one another's life so it is quite a special relationship. The conversation is often rich, not just questions about one another's welfare or whether tablets have been taken. I befriended a gentleman who would tell me about the time he was 10 feet away from a tiger in the Malayan jungle when he was in the army or the time, he was a little boy and living on a farm. He saw a duck hatch and he was the first person it saw so it followed him around like he was its Mum. The stories we have the honour of hearing are so varied, all of our older neighbours have led such different lives." "We currently have hundreds of pairings across South Yorkshire and in the short time we have been in Chesterfield, NE Derbys and Bolsover we have made 31 pairings. We have many more referrals to pair up so are looking for more volunteers."

Danielle is one of the volunteers and had this to say: "I don't have any grandparents. it’s just me, my husband and the kids. I have been looking forward to this for a week."

Len says it has changed her life, "It is life changing. I wasn't going out and now if the weather is nice, we go for a little walk. She comes every single Thursday and phones to check up on me too." To find out more about volunteering or using the b:friend service please contact them using the details below. T: 07523 698530 info@letsbfriend.org.uk www.letsbefriend.org.uk



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SPADGERFEST IS BACK! Sat 3 Sept The Spotted Frog Words: Kelly Sheldon

A free event to raise money in memory of local legend Matt Evans. All funds from this live music event will be split between Matt's children and Ashgate Hospice.

The DJ's - Our co-organiser and fellow Spadger the fabulous TIMMY B will be entertaining you with the best tunes and his special guests! The Music - Chesterfield has an abundance of musical talent and we will bring you the best our town has to offer! Lots of generous, local bands offering to give their time for free to support this amazing event! The Raffle - We have some jaw dropping prizes donated by our generous local businesses.

Buzzking for Books Sat 16 July New Square, Chesterfield Words: Kelly Sheldon

Calling all musicians/singers/performers!

Saturday 16 July - 11am to 3pm Kelly Sheldon and friends will be hosting an awesome busking event in New Square with headline act, the fabulous Brampton School Choir!

So what's the Story? "Our kiddos go to Brampton Primary and they are desperately in need of a library!! I am a huge book lover and read every day, I thought it was a bit naff that the kids didn't have access to a variety of books and a nice environment to swap books, read and enjoy a library environment! So, I have teamed up with some lovely teachers and fellow parents to raise some pennies to help out!

The Food - We have some tasty local street food on offer for you throughout the day. Vendors to be announced.

The Venue - We have been blown away by the support from Trev, SarahLouise and the team at The Spotted Frog. This year we will have a larger venue with more facilities to ensure you all have the best time! The Crowd - We can't do it without you gorgeous people and we hope you share this page like crazy and above all, come along and party in memory of the finest SPADGER there ever was.

"We are looking for: Musicians to play a short set, people to shake collection buckets and a lovely crowd to cheer us all on!

"We are also hoping that kind local businesses can help with donations of: soft furnishings, books, ornaments and furniture." If you know any local business owner that might help please get in touch via: FB @Shambles Kelly Sheldon Page 50


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Sun 3 July: Ben Vernon Charity Cycle Ride Words: Nigel Vernon

In November 2018, Ben Vernon died, quite suddenly, from a transformation of the Follicular Lymphoma he was diagnosed with in June 2016. It really should have been another 20 years but he was always one to defy expectation (for example, by cycling 100 miles in the alps, whilst living with cancer). Ben was the best of us and deserves to be remembered and honoured in any way we can.

Ben was many things, but most people who knew him would probably describe him as: a) bloody lovely and b) a cyclist.

This event is my brainchild, I'm Ben's dad Nigel, and have worked tirelessly to organise this event, the Ben Vernon Charity Ride which has become an annual event to raise money for a local charity, chosen each year by his family.

This year we have two routes, the first is a 4.5 mile family route, which is to Tapton lock via Brimington Road and then back to Chesterfield via the Stonegravels way. The second route is 13.5 miles for adults and older children capable of similar distances, again down to Tapton lock, but continuing on to the Hollingwood hub, Staveley basin and then back to Chesterfield via Inkersall and Brimington Common. Both rides will be self supported, riders to be responsible for their own refreshments and puncture repairs etc. The Chesterfield Cycle Campaign will be on hand on Vicar Lane, should anyone require last minute adjustments.

Cycling Without Age The local social inclusion project called Cycling Without Age is now running regular rides from Woodlands care home using their two Danish made electric assisted ‘Triobikes’. Similar to a rickshaw where the two passengers sit in front, the ‘pilot’ sits behind. Other care homes and individuals can also book rides in and around the Queen’s Park on the first Friday and Saturday of the month.

Cycling Without Age is a worldwide movement relying on volunteer pilots to give the less mobile a chance to feel the ‘wind in their hair’ and a chat whilst enjoying a local ride. There is a small team doing the regular rides and with demand rising they are looking for others to join the volunteers. Could you help with an hour or two once a month or even once a week? Training and familiarisation always given and there is an ‘open morning’ for prospective pilots in the Queen’s Park next to the cricket pavilion on Tuesday 28th June, between 10.30am and midday. The project is part of the social enterprise called Inclusive Pedals which also runs Chesterfield Dr Bike, adapted cycling in the Queen’s Park, cycle maintenance classes and a community cycle club with a ‘Couch to 10 Mile’ programme. Volunteer help with many of these projects is always welcomed. If you would like to find out more about Cycling Without Age or their other cycling projects look at the website - www.inclusivepedals.org.uk email - info@inclusivepedals.org.uk or telephone 07834838076.

People can contribute through www.justgiving.com/ Nigel-Vernon1, where there is more information, or if they wish, make a cash donation on the day. We last ran this event in 2019, raising just over £1800 for Cavendish Cancer Care. This time the charity is Cancer Research UK. Hopefully, I have covered everything, but please call me on 0744 3912363, if you need any more detail. Page 52



Community Chesterfield Celebrate Words: Paul Chapman


ommunity Chesterfield recently celebrated three years of a partnership between The University of Derby and Derbyshire Voluntary Action. Working from the Hub on Sheffield Road in the University campus the project connects and supports 324 health and social care voluntary sector organisations. I’m meeting with Jennifer Raschbauer, Community Chesterfield Manager (3rd from left) finding out about the project and where they are today.

"The project has spent three years building relationships across the community sector and university," Jennifer explains. "We have community organisations offering a whole range of services and working in partnership with the University has enabled us to bring students together with health and social care community organisations. "Our aim is to create sustainable communities and cities through the acknowledgment that everyone has their own unique experiences of discrimination and oppression, and we must consider how gender, race, class, sexual orientation, physical ability, etc can marginalise people." Jennifer describes a shared learning workshop to discuss 'creative communication' which connected people with learning disabilities with healthcare professionals and students; creating a platform for conversations about experiences.

Community Chesterfield maintains a network of opportunities for people to learn more about the community sector and support community organisations. "Particularly rewarding has been connecting students with people with relevant lived experience of issues the students are studying, enriching the student experience and creating better health care professionals for the future," says Jennifer. The project offers unique opportunities to learn about the community sector and is the only partnership of its type in the UK. The project's

importance has been recognised by the Student Nursing Times, where the team have been awarded "best student experience" 2022.

"The project is funded from the National Lottery, and we’ve recently received money to secure roles for the next two years. In addition, we constantly apply for additional resources, and must express our thanks to the University of Derby for their ongoing support," says Jennifer.

The project also offers community groups support with health and social care. Many of the courses and services on offer are aimed at local community groups, management, leadership, fund raising skills etc, things that enable communities to build resilience and strength. Looking forward to the next couple of years Community Chesterfield are planning to enhance the packages they have available to support local businesses, employees and other organisations. "Community Chesterfield aims to strengthen the voluntary and community sector because the voluntary sector tends to focus on the point where people enter crisis and require support, this is often far too late and a person centred approach to keeping people healthy will reap benefits," Jennifer explains. If you are an individual who would like to feel more connected drop in to the Hub@Low Pavements. If you are an organisation looking for ways to build beneficial relationships with community groups or access the training and support Community Chesterfield can offer, please get in touch.

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POETRY THERAPY WORKSHOPS Book a place on our free poetry therapy workshops Loundsley Green Community Centre • S40 4QU

Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Tinnitus Support Group t: 01246 380415 e: mail@tinnitussupport.org.uk 'What's On' events in S40 Local and S41 Local are delivered free to 14,500 homes. If you have an event to list, please just drop us an email to Paul:


JULY Fri 1: Chesterfield Friday Night Ride ‘The Brampton Branch Line’ - All rides start from the Town Hall steps at 6:30pm and finish around 8pm depending on how social they are! Sat 2: Fun Dog Show Fun for all the family with a variety of craft stalls, food and drink, tombola's, fairground rides and much more. Best Rescue, Happiest Puppy and many more. Admission is free. 11am to 4pm at Hasland Park, Eastwood, Chesterfield S41 0AY. Sat 2: Lunchtime Concert Song recital with Katharine Dryden (mezzosoprano) 11:45am to 12:30pm @ Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel, Elder Way. Admission free, retiring collection.

Sun 3: Ben Vernon Charity Cycle Ride

Sat 9: Piano Recital

This year’s event starts at Vicar Lane, signing on at 10am for a 10:30am start. 4.5 mile family ride and a 13.5 mile adults ride. All proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK. See article.

Piano recital with Hugh McCarron. 11:45am to 12:30pm @ Chesterfield Library Theatre. Admission free, retiring collection.

Tue 5: Mellors & Kirk Valuation Day

The Sparkle Night Walk sponsored by Vertu Toyota returns in 2022. Walk 10km in memory of our loved ones and fundraise for Ashgate Hospice. Starting from the Technique Stadium. Sign up at ashgatehospice.org.uk/sparkle-night-walk or call 01246 567 250.

St Thomas’ Centre, Chatsworth Road S40 3AW. See advert for details. Say 9: Oregon Way @Russfest Dronfield Woodhouse Sports & Social Club. Tickets are £10 pounds and available on the door. See article. Sat 9: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Wildlife Open Day The Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve on Mill Lane, Wingerworth, S42 6NG. 7am start with a bird ringing display and goes on until 10pm with moth trapping and a bat walk. Activities throughout the day for all the family including building a bird box, making a bird feeder or bug hotel, going pond dipping or hunting for bugs. Guided walks in search of wild flowers, birds, dragonflies and much more. Details on www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

Sat 9: Ashgate Sparkle Nightwalk

Sat 9: Jubilee Summer Festival St John's Church, Walton Back Lane, 2 to 4pm. All are invited to come & enjoy fun & games, and see our main attraction, a Cessna plane with a flight simulator! Sun 10: Crafters Bazaar 10am in Chesterfield market place. The place to buy and sell surplus art and craft materials. Details: transitionchesterfield.org. uk/craftersbazaar/ Sun 10: Record Fair 10am to 4pm in Chesterfield Market Place.

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Chesterfield 10km: Business Sign Up

Businesses and organisations can now sign up for Chesterfield 10k’s Pronto Paints Wellbeing Challenge taking place on Sunday 16 October. Organisers of the Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10km have launched this year’s Pronto Paints Wellbeing Challenge and are calling for local businesses and community organisations to get involved.

Walton Peak Flying High Academy raise over £200 for Ashgate Hospice Walton Peak Flying High Academy children have raised £200.62 for Ashgate Hospice.

Local businesses have the opportunity for a 10% discount on entry fees, as well as recognition from the 10k stakeholders as an organisation that promotes and supports a healthy lifestyle and mental health wellbeing (entrants must be over 15 years of age).

David Beckford, Managing Director of Pronto Paints, said: “We’re delighted to sponsor the Wellbeing Challenge once again, after many years of involvement. It’s a great incentive for staff of local businesses like ours to create a running goal and stick to a training plan, while encouraging team members to get stuck into some healthy competition.” Dom Stevens from Destination Chesterfield said: “We’re excited to see the Pronto Paints Wellbeing Challenge opened up to local businesses and community groups once again, it’s a great way for people in the area to show their support for mental health and a healthy lifestyle, and of course raise money for important local charities. As a previous runner at the event, I can certainly recommend it.” Charity Partners for the event are the Redbrik Foundation, Ashgate Hospicecare and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. To sign up for the challenge and receive your team discount code please email: info@chesterfield10k.com

Ashgate Hospice is Walton Peak Flying High Academy’s chosen charity and all of the school’s fundraising efforts go towards supporting their work at the hospice based on Ashgate Road in Chesterfield.

For this latest fundraising effort children held a raffle for Easter Eggs which were variously donated by staff, Tesco and other local businesses. Children handed over the proceeds of the raffle to Ashgate Hospice community fundraiser, Lynn Jones, on a visit to the school this week. Nicola Gilbert is a teaching assistant and Charity Team lead at the school based on Whitecotes Lane. She said, “The children, families and staff at Walton Peak are really passionate about supporting the community and always step up to support our fundraising efforts. Ashgate Hospice is an amazing charity that we are really committed to supporting.” Mark Parkinson is Head Teacher of Walton Peak Flying High Academy and said, “Once again our children and their families have shown that our Walton Peak school community never fail to rally to our fundraising efforts. The work that Ashgate Hospice carry out is of great service to the community and we hope to continue supporting their work in future. I want to say a big thank you to those who donated Easter Eggs for the raffle and for the community’s support in helping our wonderful children to raise such a significant amount of money.”

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330 Old Road Brampton Chesterfield S40 3QH Refreshments served all day Admission £4 per person E: julia.stubbs@aecom.com All funds raised to local charities

Sun 10: Vegan Market 10am to 4pm in Chesterfield Market Place, New Square. Sun 10: Hayseed Dixie With the release of their 15th album. See Hayseed Dixie at the Devil’s Arse, Castleton. Mon 11 to Thu 14: Cricket - Derbyshire Seconds v Yorkshire Seconds Queen’s Park, Chesterfield. chesterfield.play-cricket.com Tue 12: Poetry Therapy Workshop Book a place on a free poetry therapy workshop. 10am to midday at Loundsley Green Community Centre. T: 01246 380415 or e: mail@tinnitussupport.org.uk Wed 13: Chesterfield RSPB Midweek Walk The Avenue Washlands - meet 9:30am. For info please call: 01246 201663. Thu 14: Couch to 10 miles A series of six weekly cycle rides building from 1 to 10 miles for mixed ability riders looking to build confidence. 6:30pm at Queens Park storage containers in Queen’s park car park. Inclusivepedals.org.uk Thu 14: The Rocket Man A Tribute to Elton John. 7:30pm at The Winding Wheel. Tickets from £28.50 from chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk. Sat 16: Buzzking for books New Square Town Centre. Raising funds for new books and furniture at Brampton Primary School. See article. Sat 16 to Wed 20: Women’s End to End Relay Local stages of the Women’s Land’s End to John O’Groats Relay walk. See www. loveherwild.com/end2end

FRIDAY 19 & SATURDAY 20 AUGUST 10:30am to 5pm

Mon 18: The Remediation of the Avenue Coking Works, Wingerworth A talk by Clive Paxton and David Stewart, The biggest environmental clean-up in Europe. St Thomas Centre 7:30pm Members free. Visitors £3. Refreshments. Fri 22: The Christians Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, hits to name a few. The Christians play at The Devil’s Arse Castleton. Tickets £28.60 from bit.ly/S40CHRISTIANS Sat 23: Two Piano Concert Wendy Kirkland and top UK pianist Steve Melling. The Olde House, Loundsley Green Road, Chesterfield S40 4RN. Tickets bit.ly/2PIANOCONCERT Sat 23: Chesterfield RSPB Trip St Aidens - meet at 10am. For info please call: 01246 201663. Sun 24: Tree Gazing Feeling stressed or anxious? Try a Forest Bathing Walk. Take the time to lie down on the forest floor and admire the beautiful shapes in the tree canopy. Feel relaxed and renewed! Refreshments and parking included. 9:30am to 12:30pm at Linacre Reservoirs. £6.50 per person. Booking essential FB: @NatureforlifeUK Call: 07950 399539. Sun 24: Chesterfield Pride Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud fame headlining with support acts including Nathan Moore, Jo O’Meara, Kelly Wilde and local musician Alfie Darlin. Denise Pearson will be appearing after recently doing an event with an audience of 20,000, Kelly Llorenna has had seven top 20 hits and these are just a few of the acts. See article.

Sun 24: Handle Bards @Monkey Park A bicycle-powered, laugh-out-loud production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The cafe will be open this evening selling a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and alcohol. Monkey Park, Chester Street. Donation on the night. Thu 26: Medieval Fun Day The popular Medieval themed fun day returns. Families invited to kick start the summer. A chance to step back into the Middle Ages and see Chesterfield’s history and heritage brought to life. See advert. Chesterfield Market Place and town centre. Sat 30 & Sun 31: Byways Open Garden 11:30 am to 4:30pm. Admission £3.50, children free. Tea, coffee, delicious cakes & gluten free. Byways, 7a Brookfield Avenue, S40 3NX. Please park sensibly on Chatsworth Road. Three times winner of Chesterfield in Bloom best large back garden. Perennial borders helenium, monardas, phlox, grasses, shady pergola with many acers, hostas and ferns. NGS garden - donations to Ashgate Hospice. 31 July: Artisan Market New Square Chesterfield 10am start. See themarketco.co.uk for details.

AUGUST Thu 4: Cycle to Work Day Join the UK’s biggest cycling event. Details from cycletoworkday.org Fri 5: Chesterfield Friday Night Ride ‘Rother Meander to Avenue Washlands’ All rides start from the Town Hall steps at 6:30pm and finish around 8pm depending on how social they are!

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Chesterfield medieval fun day Tuesday 26 July, 10am to 5pm. Free admission. Join us as Chesterfield remembers its medieval past. Market stalls, games, refreshments and fun fair Entertainment including: dragon and knight, medieval beggars, damsels in distress, medieval surgeon. Medieval encampment with knights and ladies and much more!

Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre 01246 345777 www.visitchesterfield.info/medieval

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Thu 11: Transition Chesterfield AGM

Fri 2: Chesterfield Friday Night Ride

Sat 20: Monkey Park Pop Up Cafe

7pm @Inspire Community Garden entrance via cycle path at end of Alexandra Rd West. hello@transitionchesterfield.org.uk

‘Brockwell, Holmebrook ‘n’ Chips - All rides start from the Town Hall steps at 6:30pm and finish around 8pm depending on how social they are!

An evening of freshly prepared Asian food. Tickets £15 per person and includes two courses which will need to be pre-ordered in advance.

A talk by Christine Gregory. The story of one of Britain’s most endangered mammals. St Thomas Centre 7:30pm Members free. Visitors £3. Refreshments.

Sun 4: Vegan Market

Tickets can be booked either by messaging the Facebook page, or by visiting the cafe.

Fri 19 & Sat 20: Open Gardens

St Thomas’ Centre, Chatsworth Road S40 3AW. See advert for details.

Mon 15: Water Voles in Derbyshire

10:30 to 5pm at 220 Old Road Brampton, Chesterfield S40 3QH. Raising funds for local charities. Refreshments all day and admission just £4. Sun 21: Cricket - Derbyshire CCC v Yorkshire CCC (RLC Overs) Queen’s Park, Chesterfield. chesterfield.play-cricket.com Sun 28: Artisan Market New Square Chesterfield 10am start. See themarketco.co.uk for details.

SEPTEMBER Fri 2: Mellors & Kirk Valuation Day

10am to 4pm in Chesterfield Market Place, New Square. Tue 7: Mellors & Kirk Valuation Day

Sat 10: Cycle in Style 10th Anniversary ride. Classic bikes and well-dressed riders especially welcome. cycleinstylechesterfield.blogspot.com Mon 19: The Holywell Street excavations A talk by Tristan Glover from York Archaeology. St Thomas' Centre 7:30pm Members free. Visitors £3. Refreshments. Tue 20: Poetry Therapy Workshop Book a place on a free poetry therapy workshop. 10am to midday at Loundsley Green Community Centre. T: 01246 380415 or e: mail@tinnitussupport.org.uk

Sun 25: Artisan Market New Square Chesterfield 10am start. See themarketco.co.uk for details.

EXHIBITIONS Sat 23 Jul to Sat 8 Oct: ECHOES Reverberations across millennia. Ceramicist Ann Bates displays her work looking at Neolithic and modern-day practices of honouring the dead. Buxton Museum & Art Gallery. Mon 8 to Sun 26 Aug: This Woman's Work An exhibition by Sue Dickens. 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri at West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield S41 7LL. See article.

Dronfield Hall Barn, High Street, Dronfield S18 1PX. See advert for details.

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MELLORS & KIRK FINE ART AUCTIONEERS FREE VALUATIONS Come along to meet one of our experts for free auction valuations of antiques, collectables, jewellery and medals. Tuesday 5 July 6 September 10am to 12 noon

Chesterfield The St Thomas’ Church Centre Chatsworth Road S40 3AW

Friday 2 September 10am to 1pm

Dronfield Dronfield Hall Barn High Street Dronfield S18 1PX

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Regular Events MONDAY CHESTERFIELD YOGA STUDIO Face to Face class at Swanwick Memorial Hall, Old Whittington S41 9JZ. 7:15 to 8:45pm. £7.50 - £8.50. Details Chesterfieldyogastudio.co.uk MINERVA WOMEN’S CHORUS Enquiries warmly welcomed from singers with some experience. 7.30pm at St. John’s Church, Walton to rehearse unaccompanied songs for fun and performance. We’d love to meet you! minervachorus.co.uk HOLYMOORSIDE BAND Rehearsals in Holymoorside URC church on Mondays and Fridays from 8 to 9:30pm. Presently there are vacancies throughout the band and we have instruments available. Contact Andy Booker for more detail on 07875 283131 or email: andybooker31@icloud.com

TUESDAY ZUMBA GOLD Low impact exercise to music. Suitable for older exercisers. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am and 11am both days. Chester Street Club. For details call Jen on 07757 726239. THE CUTTHORPE ART GROUP Weekly meetings 10am to 12 noon @ Cutthorpe Village Hall. Come along & enjoy a relaxing morning. Call Wendy 07305 461604. THOM’S BLOKES A monthly meeting for men on the third Tuesday of each month, at St Thomas’ Church Centre, Chatsworth Rd. Talks, outings, fun & friendship. All are welcome. For further details call Robin Dawson 01246 550445 or Tony Witham 01246 206820. HOLY COMMUNION SAID 9:30am at Loundsley Green Church, Pennine Way. TEA AND TOAST TUESDAYS Holy Trinity Church Newbold, Road. 9 to 11am every Tuesday. Everyone welcome. No charge. Come and join us for refreshment and friendship. For more info. Call Rev. Jilly Hancock 01246 465656. CHESTERFIELD GARLAND DANCERS Methodist Church Hall, Jawbones Hill, Derby Road, S40 2TN from 7:30 to 9:30pm. E: enquiry@ chesterfieldgarland.org.uk

WEST STUDIOS LIFE DRAWING Classes with John King. First Tuesday of the month. See weststudios.co.uk FB & IG: WestS41 CHESTERFIELD PHILATELIC SOCIETY Stonegravels Parish Centre, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield. Meet Tuesday afternoons.See below for contact info. E: hallett965@btinternet.com T: 01246 229633.

WEDNESDAY HUNLOKE GARDENS WALK WITH US GROUP Come and enjoy this hidden gem on a 30 to 60 min walk at 10:30am. Refreshments available, buy fresh produce from the garden. Meet at the cabins at Hunloke Community Gardens, Church St South S40 2TF. For info 01246 345669 or tina. hensey@chesterfield.gov.uk MONKEY PARK: STAY & PLAY 10:30am to 11:30am Stay and play for under 5s and their grown ups. Just a £1 donation. Monkey Park, Chester Street. monkeypark.org.uk STAY & PLAY For children and parents - babies up to 5 years old. Term time only. 1:30 to 3pm at Loundsley Green Church, Pennine Way. BRAMPTON LADIES CLUB Brampton Ladies Club meet at Storrs Road Methodist Church, Storrs Road. New members welcome to join this friendly group. Talks, demonstrations, social activities, quizzes & special events. 2 to 4pm term time only. Call 01246 566435. BLOW THE COBWEBS AWAY Recorder group - all abilities welcome. St Leonard's Mission, Spital, 7.30pm. Contact: 01246 563224. MONKEY PARK: SPIREWRITES First Wednesday of the month, Spirewrites poetry club in the cafe, 7:30pm. Monkey Park, Chester Street. monkeypark.org.uk HONEY BELLES LADIES CHOIR Now meeting Wednesday evenings at St John’s Church, Walton Back Lane 8pm. Available for events. Contact honeybelleschoir@gmail. com

THURSDAY ROBINSONS BOWLING CLUB Enquiries welcome for sessions restarting April 2022. Information from Marilyn Blackwell on 01246 270039 or marilyn@blackwell1.plus. com FB: @Robinson Bowls Club. THE PILATES STUDIO CHESTERFIELD Classes 9 to 9:50am, 10 to 10:50am & 11 to 11:50am at West Studios, Sheffield Road Chesterfield S41 7LL. T: 0789 1090746 E: rachel@ thepilatesstudiochesterfield.co.uk COSY CUBS: BABY & TODDLER GROUP Messy play, rhymes, story time, friends, toys & refreshments. 10 to 11am @Umbrellas Cosy Hub, Burns Close, Chesterfield S40 2SW. (Term time only). MONKEY PARK: BOOK CLUB First Thursday of the month, book club, 1pm. Monkey Park, Chester Street. monkeypark.org.uk MONKEY PARK: CRAFT CLUB Every Thursday, craft club crochet and knitters welcome, 2pm. Monkey Park, Chester Street. monkeypark. org.uk DOWN MEMORY LANE A social singing activity for people living with dementia and their carers. 2 to 4pm on 2nd Thursday of the month at St. John’s church Walton in the main hall. AFTERNOON WHIST 2pm @ Holymoorside Village Hall run by Don Cooper. £2.50 per person. All welcome. T: 01246 568204 TRANSITION CHESTERFIELD MONTHLY MEETING 2nd Thursday from 7 to 8:30pm. E: hello@transitionchesterfield.org.uk for venue and more details. HOLYMOORSIDE CHORAL SOCIETY Friendly choir meets in Holymoorside URC 7.30pm – 9.30pm. MD Andrew Marples. Enquiries from new singers always welcome. No audition. To arrange a visit call Sue 07989 305577 Info: www. holymoorsidechoral.co.uk OPEN FOLK NIGHT Hosted by Brampton Community Band. Third Thursday of the month 7:30 to 9:30pm @ Victoria Inn, Victoria Street. Contact Tom on 07971400219

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Ticket Giveaway

Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian (who very much deserves the Daily Mirror’s description of him as having ‘one of the finest voices in pop') who has only gained in vocal stature over the years! The band are enjoying a revival currently touring the UK and Europe. The tour sees them playing their well known back catalogue and favourites from newer albums. Catch them on tour and find out why Chris Evans said 'it was the best gig I've ever been to'. Name:

Courtesy of Maria at MP Promotions we have a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader. To be in with a chance of picking up the tickets:

• Email CHRISTIANS to paul@s40local.co.uk • Text CHRISTIANS to 07764 801080

• Complete the form below, and send to:

• CHRISTIANS Giveaway S40 Local, West Studios S2, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield S41 7LL.

Please get your details or forms to arrive with us by close of play Friday 15 July 2022. As always, a huge thanks to Maria at MP Promotions for supplying the tickets to giveaway.

You will need to make your own way to the venue. Tickets are also available to purchase from the website below from £28.60. bit.ly/S40CHRISTIANS Tel:

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Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits ...Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, Whats in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe and often confused people with their band name (in fact it's just the brothers surname with absolutely no religious connotation!)

Regular Events ICHTHUS CANOE CLUB CHESTERFIELD Outdoor evening programme, sessions at Matlock Bath, Chesterfield Canal or Walton Dam. Monthly Saturday evening pool sessions at Sharley Park. For info e: canoejmc@gmail.com or see ichthuscanoeclub.co.uk PILATES Improvers level. Walton St John's Church @7:45pm. Contact Clare: 07990 771155. CHESTERFIELD JAZZ CLUB Third Thursday of the month. Olde House, Loundsley Green Road S40 4RN. Tickets from Visitor Info Centre, Rykneld Way, ticketsource.co.uk/ wendykirkland or call 07764 587258 for info.

FRIDAY HOLYMOORSIDE BOWLING CLUB Anyone wanting to try out bowling just come along on a Friday morning between 10 and 12pm. Refreshments and all bowling equipment is provided. A friendly club, welcoming anyone, of any age, who simply wants to have a go. T: 07794 078552. ZUMBA GOLD Perfect for active older adults. Stay active, meet new people, have a coffee and some fun! 10:30am @ St Thomas' Centre. £5, please book first class. Call Adele on 07956 165287. CHESTERFIELD YOGA STUDIO Zoom class only or 7-day recordings are also available. 9:30 to 11am. £7.50 - £8.50. For details see Chesterfieldyogastudio.co.uk QUEENS PARK BUGGY WALK Ideal for parents/carers of little ones. Meet 10:30am at Queens Park Sports Centre outside reception for 45-60 min walk. Return to the centre cafe for drinks & chat. For details call CBC Community Lifestyles Officer on 01246 345669 or e: Tina.hensey@ chesterfield.gov.uk LUNCH-TIME SERVICES Central Methodist Church, Saltergate. 12:15 to 12:45pm. Everyone welcome. KFC (KIDS FRIDAY CLUB) For primary ages. Term time from 6 to 7pm at Walton Evangelical Church, Moorland View Road. For details T: 01246 231002. waltonchurch.org

FRIDAY CLUB FOR TEENS For teenagers in school years 7 to 9. 7:15 to 8:15pm at Walton Evangelical Church, Moorland View Road. For details T: 01246 231002. waltonchurch.org CHESTERFIELD ART CLUB 2nd & 4th Friday at The Hall on the Green, Ulverston Road, Newbold S41 8EQ. Work nights, demonstrations and critiques. Visitors welcome at £3/£5 demos (not Aug or Dec). For info contact Julie 01246 237291.

SATURDAY DR BIKE 1st Saturday. Check’s adjustments and repairs to your bike for free. 9:30am to 1pm at the storage containers in the car park at Queen’s park. See FB: ChesterfieldDrBike or inclusivepedals.org.uk TRANSITION CHESTERFIELD - REPAIR CAFÉ 3rd Saturday of the month. 10am to 12:30pm @ Chesterfield Baptist Church, Cross Street, Chesterfield S40 4ST. Drop-in sessions – all types of household repair now available, including woodwork, sewing etc and cafe facilities open while session is being run. E: repairs@ transitionchesterfield.org.uk MONKEY PARK: SEWING CLUB First & third Saturday of the month, sewing club, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Monkey Park, Chester Street. monkeypark.org.uk MONKEY PARK: CHILDREN’S ART CLUB First and third Saturday of the month, children’s art club, 11am. Monkey Park, Chester Street. monkeypark. org.uk

SUNDAY PETER & ST PAUL OLD BRAMPTON CHURCH Now holding Sunday services in Church again at 9:30am - everyone welcome. Details see www.oldbramptonchurch.org.uk HOLY COMMUNION / MORNING WORSHIP 9:45am at Loundsley Green Church, Pennine Way. SUNDAY SERVICE 10:30am at Storrs Road Methodist Church. Please see web for details. More information about Zoom and other online services can be found at dnemethodists.org.uk/worship-reflectlearn/worship-online

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP Central Methodist Church, Saltergate at 10:30am. All are welcome. For details: dnemethodists.org.uk SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP Our regular time for Morning Worship is at 10:45am at The Gospel Mission Congregational Church, Old Rd. Brampton. FRIENDS OF SPITAL CEMETERY Monthly tours on second Sunday of the month at 1pm starting from Spital Cemetery lodge at entrance at bottom of Hady Hill. Ideally pre-book. Tours can be arranged at alternative times if preferred. Suggested donation: £5. E: spitalcemeterytours@gmail.com HOLYMOORSIDE RAINBOW WHIST 2nd & 4th Sunday Holymoorside Village Hall @7pm. Other times and venues throughout the month. Call Sue: 01246 278778. SATURDAY NIGHT WHIST Loundsley Green Community Centre, Cuttholme Road, 7 to approx 9.30 pm, £2.50 per person. Refreshments. All welcome. Call Suzanne 01246 278778.

GENERIC EVENTS AURORA A CAPPELLA (Home of Harmony) is a female A Cappella choir. Come and join us! Experience and ability to read music is not necessary. We look forward to hearing from you. Call Dawn on 01246 863175 / 07810 892978, e: aurora.chesterfield@gmail.com or visit aurora-chorus.org.uk 3RD BRAMPTON SCOUTS, CUBS, BEAVERS & SQUIRRELS Monday Beavers (age 6 to 8), 5:30 to 6:30pm, Cubs (age 8 to 10.5), 5:30 to 6:30pm. Friday Squirrels (age 4 to 6), 5:15 to 6pm, Beavers (aged 6 to 8), 5:30 to 6:30pm, Cubs (aged 8 to 10.5), 6 to 7pm and Scouts (age 10.5 to 14), 7:30 to 9pm. All open to both boys & girls and taking place at St Thomas’ Centre, Chatsworth Road. Contact Ben Widdowson on 01246 567409. RAINBOWS & BROWNIES Brownie's meetings across the county on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (weekly). Guides and Rangers meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (weekly). See girlguiding.org.uk for more info and to join up.

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Sport Paul Cook departed the club. As it turns out we did end up witnessing some history, history that the club would rather forget, but we'll get to that later.

2021/22 Season Review Words & Images: Michael South

Another season in the National League!

Well, we didn't get promoted back to League Two. Is that a surprise? Well yes and no. At least we got further than last season's playoff place where we crashed out after the first game. No, this time round we went a game further. Winning 2-1 away at Halifax, which was an unexpected treat for me given our recent dip in form. Danny Rowe was back in the starting 11, returning from his illness and starting a second game in a Rowe (pardon the pun) was great to see. He even scored a fantastic goal in the process, a beautiful header across goal. Then later, King blasted the winner home in from the right wing in the second half to secure a semifinal playoff place. Unfortunately for Danny Rowe and the club, he had to be subbed off late in the second half, later confirmed by the club his illness had forced an end to his season. Health comes before anything in my book, so I wish him a swift recovery and hope to see him back soon! The next playoff game was an away game in Solihull. Let's cut to the chase here, we lost 3-1, we did take the lead briefly after eight minutes with a Quigley goal, but that didn't last long as we were simply outplayed and forced to spend another season in this difficult league. Season review - Part 1 James Rowe (August '21 - January '22)

At the start of the 2021/22 season, I felt like we were going to win the league outright, none of this playoff malarky and James Rowe will be with us for the long term. But as it turned out, I couldn't have been more wrong! The season kicked off on the 21 August 2021 and from the get go, it felt like we were witnessing history in the making, something not seen since

Chesterfield's opening game was away at Aldershot, and it ended 2-0 to the Spireites with Rowe and Tshimanga bagging the goals. Tshimanga scored his first of what would become 24 goals for the club. Chesterfield had just set the scene to record the start of their run of eight unbeaten games which would later end with a 3-1 defeat at Woking in September. That however would turn out to be the only one of two league defeats under James Rowe before he parted ways with the club. But, before then the Spireites marched on with another unbeaten league run. Between the 5 October '21 starting at Wrexham until the final game under Rowe at home against Aldershot on the 22 January '22, Chesterfield FC picked up a total of 27 points. This included eight wins, five draws and only one defeat, leaving us firmly at the top of the National League table. Spending a good few weeks at the top of the table during Rowe's tenure.

As well as the impressive League performances, Chesterfield even progressed further than usual in the FA cup. We hadn't even qualified for it one year prior to Rowe signing, but this time round we made it all the way to the 3rd round. Where, on the 8 January, we were drawn against Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge. Despite losing 5-1 Chesterfield actually managed to get on the score sheet with Asantes second half goal slotted home from short range, from Tshimanga's long-range effort.

Seven days later, the Spireites returned to the bread and butter of league football and picked themselves back up to travel to Barnet. Here they reinforced their football league dominance by destroying their opponents 4-1 with two goals from Tshimanga, Asante, and King. In total, under James Rowe, CFC scored 44 goals between August and January. At this point Tshimanga was the league's top goalscorer with over 20 odd goals. Chesterfield were seemingly unstoppable and one of the bookies favourites to go on to win the National League outright and return to League Two. Then our season started to implode.

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22 January 2022 was to be James Rowes final game in charge of the Spireites. 0-0 was the score. two days later it was reported to the press by the club that James Rowe had been suspended due to allegations of misconduct. 13 days later, James Rowe left Chesterfield FC by mutual consent. To this day the club has never officially disclosed the reasons for his departure. Assistant manager Danny Webb took charge of the club for the next few games, and he kept the results coming in. Two wins and a draw. Despite this Danny declined the offer to step up as the boss until the end of the season. Next up came quite a surprise!

Season review - Part 2 Paul Cook (February to May '22)

February 10 was the date Paul Cook agreed to return to the Spireites and attempt to steer the club. The uncertainty of the club, the players and fundamentally, the promotion chase back to the football league needed to be addressed.

I'll be honest, I never expected Cook to return to the club when I heard he was linked with us. Why would he drop down to a National League club, given his achievements since leaving in 2015? After all, he did lead Wigan to beat Manchester City in the 5th round of the FA Cup four years ago! As it turned out though, he still held a candle for the club even after he left. "I would not have dropped out of the Football League for any other team in the Conference” he said during his first interview as the new boss. Saturday 12 February, Cookies first game for the Spireites. His first opponents were Weymouth away and boy oh boy, it went wrong big time.

Tshimanga, the goal machine fractured his ankle AND dislocated his ankle and was out for the rest of the season. It got even worse the next game, at Cook's homecoming game. Solihull paid us a visit at the Technique Stadium and just like the last playoff game of the season against them, we lost. Not only that, but we also lost another player with a suspected broken leg. Jak McCourt got stretched off after a tackle by Solihull. No matter though we had Wrexham next visiting us. Deadpool would be upstaged, and we would be triumphant towards

that automatic promotion spot. Nope, we lost again. Didn't even score, the only good news was that we didn't have a third consecutive player leave the field on a stretcher. The rest of the season the performances for the Spireites slipped and so too the bounce. Paul Cook's record since his return was played 18, won five, drawn five and lost eight. Fans weren't exactly happy with the team’s standings as we dropped down the table. We ended in 7th place, scraping for the last playoff place. This was the lowest league position for us during the entire season. We just needed not to lose our final fixture at home against Woking. Come the final whistle

we managed it with a poor 0-0 result at home in front of a packed crowd. Yes, we made the playoffs but with our last four games being three defeats, a draw and next to no goals being scored, I wasn't confident going into the playoffs. And neither was Paul Cook. Yes, we'd lost 90% of our players due to injuries throughout the season. And yes we had ended up questioning the motivation from the remaining players under Cook. But to win games you need to score, but that's just how it was for us at the latter part of the season. From one extreme to another, you would never have predicted this back in August, that's for sure. So, the future. What will next season hold?

Personally, I hope Paul Cook stays with us for the long term and finishes what he started back in 2012. He clearly has a history for winning titles and for that to happen again with us, he needs time to sign his players and mould his team ready for next season. The one thing we haven't had at the club, ironically since Cook left in 2015 is stability. I thought we had it under Rowe, but he only managed 15 months. No, we need a manager to stay long enough to build a formidable squad to get us promoted (eventually) to League Two and then to continue that form to see us on into League One. Only time will tell. So, let's keep calm, let's keep the faith and let's see what occurs next season. COYB's!

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