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The NEWS Spring 2024

Welcome...

Hello and welcome to the spring edition of our residents’ magazine ‘the NEWS’.

You might be surprised to learn that we are celebrating our 50th birthday this year! North East Derbyshire was formed on 1 April 1974 and although many things have changed over the years, our commitment to serving our communities remains the same.

One of our longest serving members of staff has been recalling how times have changed, since first starting work with us in the 1970s. (page 14) We’ve really hit the ground running this year, with great progress being made on existing projects and new ones just starting up. In Clay Cross, businesses have benefitted from our Shop Front Enhancement Scheme (pages 10/11) and Sharley Park Leisure Centre has now closed its doors to make way for our fantastic new leisure hub Clay Cross Active! (page 7).

Our new Food and Drink Trail is also set to launch this month, highlighting the amazingly diverse range of food and drink producers we have right here on our doorstep. From honey, meat, cakes and vegan fare to wine, tea and fruit liqueurs, we have so much variety in NE Derbyshire for you to try and buy (pages 16-17).

Finally, with Easter just around the corner, we have some great activities taking place for youngsters at our leisure centres. Whether they enjoy playing around in the pool, or enjoy having fun on dry land, we’ve got them covered! (pages 28-29). Wishing you all a happy Easter.

Cllr Barker at SPLC Feb24

Cllr Nigel Barker, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council


Thousands have their say

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our first ever Residents’ Survey!

We had a massive response, with 3,269 of you having your say on where you live and the services the council and other local organisations provide. The Residents’ Survey will now run once every two years, alongside our Citizens’ Panel survey that runs twice yearly, to add to our resident consultation options and customer engagement strategy. A snapshot of some of the survey’s main findings can be found below:

A great place to live – important aspects

Top 5 responses:

  • 69.8% feeling safe / low crime rate
  • 62.2% access to nature / open spaces
  • 57.3% access to health services
  • 36.8% shops
  • 33.7% clean streets

A great place to live - improvement areas

The top 5 areas for improvement:

  • 41.8% public transport provision
  • 40.0% activities for older children / teenagers
  • 32.2% shops
  • 31.0% access to health services
  • 29.4% feeling safe/low crime rate

Other important findings:

  • 83.6% of respondents were very/fairly satisfied with their local area as a place to live.
  • 64.5% of people agreed they belonged to their neighbourhood.
  • 70% of respondents felt either very or fairly well informed, with 47.9% citing this magazine as the main way of finding out about the council and services.

The survey also asked for people’s opinions on local public services, including the bus and dental services. A copy of the report has been published on the Council’s website. The Council is now developing an action plan, looking at tackling some of the issues that residents raised within the survey. Congratulations to Gordon Johnson from Dronfield who won a £100 Amazon voucher for completing the survey. Mr Johnson has been a resident of Dronfield for 62 years since moving to the area from Sheffield.

Cllr Jayne Barry, Cabinet member for Growth and Assets, said: “This was a brilliant response to our first ever Residents’ Survey and I’d like to thank all those who took the time to complete it. “It has provided a wealth of information, which will help us to inform priorities and make improvements.”


What’s next for the Clay Cross Town Deal?

Things are starting to move fast for the flagship project for Clay Cross, here’s a quick recap of the major points delivered last year and what exciting plans lay ahead for 2024!

November 2023, planning consent was granted for Clay Cross Town Deal’s Town Centre Regeneration project proposals, allowing North East Derbyshire District Council to go to tender and start prepping for the construction. More recently, Sharley Park Leisure Centre closed its doors for demolition, making way for Clay Cross Active’s launch this winter. Coming up, tendered contractors are set to be appointed in early spring, ready to begin preliminary works on the new town square and start construction throughout the summer months.

Adjacent to the square, works on Bridge Street will commence early summer, followed by works to pedestrianise Market Street once Bridge Street has reopened.

Keep your eyes peeled for further updates in the next edition of the NEWS as we hope to be able to share some exciting information about a series of celebratory events coming later in the year to mark the works and a time for residents and businesses to come together in style to mark the new era for the town!

As part of the Town Deal, we will have new business units available to rent in Clay Cross! Interested? Email us at: [email protected].

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for the Clay Cross Town Deal, Cllr Jayne Barry said, “2024 is set to be the most exciting year yet for Clay Cross and the project. “With planning permission granted, this is the year you will really start to see positive changes happening in the town as work gets underway to install a new town square, re-configure the road layouts to reduce traffic, increase safety for pedestrians and will also see the first in a series of celebratory events coming to Clay Cross for all to enjoy. “We are immensely proud to be delivering the Clay Cross Town Deal project for you, our residents and businesses.”


Clay Cross Active is coming together as excitement builds for the new community hub

Progress on the Clay Cross Active site has taken massive strides in recent months as you may have seen if you have been passing by. Here is an update about the centre’s progress to date and what to expect over the spring and summer months!

  • The steel frame of the new build is in place
  • First and second floor slabs have been laid
  • Underground drainage finalised
  • Swimming pool has been water tested
  • Work commenced on the roof structure

It doesn’t end there – there’s plenty lined up for spring, progressing towards Clay Cross Active’s winter debut! The building will be watertight by the end of the month, meaning internal works can begin soon. Following Sharley Park Leisure Centre’s closure on 29 February and contractors taking over on 11 March, the old centre is being emptied of existing equipment then its demolition will commence.

Staff are being relocated between other sites during the closure; fitness classes and gymnastics sessions will continue to run in the local area (see our website for more details about this).

“It’s reassuring to see the build of Clay Cross Active coming along so smoothly after what once seemed just a dream,” North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure, Cllr Kathy Rouse said. “My anticipation for the opening of the new centre grows as each month passes, this is echoed by the views I have heard from residents who are the ones who fought to get this new community hub, helping to transform Clay Cross.”

Clay Cross Active is set to open in Winter 2024. Find the latest updates on the Clay Cross Active website.


Clay Cross goes green!

Clay Cross Town Deal’s Low Carbon Challenge Fund has helped local businesses reduce their emissions and energy bills at a time when support from the council was greatly appreciated.

One such applicant is Clay Cross’ go-to place to play, Buddie’s Play Den (formerly Jilbee Land) which used their grant to have solar panels installed on their roof.

Director Rachael Marples told us: “The grant couldn’t have come at a better time with the rising energy costs. The solar panels have been massively helpful year-round and we expect they’ll have an even greater impact throughout the coming summer”. The panels provide an extra source of energy, reducing the amount they have to pay for externally. Buddie’s isn’t the only business with solar panel installations making a huge positive effect on their business, as two other applicants used their grants to invest in them too.

Riber Products’ Director, Becky Hunter said: “The process was quick and easy, and we had approval in a few weeks.” Riber Products have a history of being sustainable by manufacturing using recycled plastics, so by using their grant to purchase solar panels, they added another notch onto their reputation for environmental awareness. Mark Wilkinson, Director of DK Europe Ltd.’s Mirabella, claimed that applying for a grant was a ‘no-brainer’. “Anything that we don’t use is being sold back to the energy supplier at 15 pence per kilowatt hour, and it’s drastically reduced our electric consumption.”

The solar panel installation follows their use of skylights to reduce electricity spent on lights, and with how rewarding their investments have felt so far, Mark is open to further investing in carbon reducing measures. “If another funding opportunity becomes available, we’ll definitely be interested.”

The Low Carbon Challenge Fund has been really successful with local businesses who were grateful for the help to reduce their emissions and the businesses have really valued the scheme. The scheme has helped the authority deliver key council ambitions – reducing carbon emissions, helping local businesses and taking us one step further through the regeneration of Clay Cross.


End of an era for Sharley Park Leisure Centre

Sharley Park Leisure Centre closed its doors to the public for the last time on February 29, heralding the end of an era for the 43-year-old sporting facility.

North East Derbyshire District Council’s Sharley Park Leisure Centre, has seen thousands of people pass through its doors since opening in 1981 – including a number of famous faces!

Well known sporting stars, such as snooker players Alex Higgins and Tony Knowles, wrestlers Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy, swimmers David Wilkie and Adrian Moorhouse and darts legend Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor to name but a few. More recently, Imogen Clark, Commonwealth 50m breaststroke silver medallist, learnt to swim, worked at and trained at Sharley. The centre had remained partially open while work took place to replace it with Clay Cross Active – a fantastic community hub, which will boast a range of state-of-the-art facilities. But it has now closed completely to allow work to continue on the new centre, which is expected to open winter 2024. Although, fitness classes will continue to run at various community venues during the closure.

Clay Cross Active is being built as part of the £24m Clay Cross Town Deal, with £2.14m of funding also coming from Sport England. When it opens, it will boast the following facilities:

  • 6 lane x 25m pool & spectator seating.
  • Teaching pool.
  • 4 badminton court sports hall.
  • 100 station fitness suite.
  • 2 studios, (1 group exercise, 1 group cycling).
  • Treatment room.
  • Soft play & TAG active.
  • Multi-purpose room.
  • Full size, floodlit 3G pitch.
  • Citizens Advice.
  • Clinic Facilities.
  • Café.
  • Wellness Suite to cater for people of all fitness levels, those less mobile, suffering from illness or undergoing post-operative rehabilitation.

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet member for Leisure Cllr Kathy Rouse, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “Many people will have their own very special memories of Sharley Park Leisure Centre. From those who first learned to swim at the centre, to the many more who have passed through its doors to take part in fitness classes and gym sessions. “We are now looking forward to the future and welcoming back old and new faces when Clay Cross Active opens its doors, hopefully later in the year.”


More than just a gym

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Killamarsh Active offers something for everyone. Whether it’s a workout in the gym you want, somewhere to take the kids to let off some steam or just a place to meet friends for a cuppa, we’ve got it all! Thanks to a £1.9m renovation of the centre, the NEDDC-run centre has a huge range of facilities for all ages and abilities to enjoy. Some of the centre’s main features can be found below:

  • 80-station fitness suite.
  • Fitness class studio, including virtual instructor provision.
  • Squash courts.
  • Cycle/spin studio.
  • Multi-pitch playing areas.
  • Skate-park.
  • Multi-level soft play.
  • Café with a great food and beverage offer, which is open to all!
  • Library (run by Derbyshire County Council)
  • Community Changing Places facility for people with disabilities.
  • Dozens of sporting sessions to take part in, from racket sports to keep-fit classes.
  • Children’s parties and school holiday activities.
  • Memberships from just £23!

For more information about all the classes and facilities available, check out our website. You can also sign-up to get updates and offers delivered straight to your inbox! and keep up-to-date via the centre’s Facebook page.

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Your views on our leisure facilities

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say in our annual Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Customers were most satisfied with friendliness of staff, access to building and activities, knowledge of staff and overall value for money.

58% of respondents used the pool 36% the gym 45% the café. 77% of respondents used the facilities to keep fit, 44% used them for their mental health and to socialise. 37% visited three or more times a week with the most popular time frame being given as 9-11am. Customer satisfaction result of 88.69%, 5% higher than previous year and above the national benchmark of 76.6%. Most important requirements for customers - cleanliness followed by friendliness of staff, opening times of the facilities and value for money. 73.7% gave a 9 or 10-out-of-10 score on recommending the facilities to a friend.

We will be using the responses gained to help us shape the leisure services we provide in the future.

Pictured (from left): Mark Rocca, Centre Manager at Dronfield Sports Centre presenting Stuart Franklin with a £50 Amazon voucher. Stuart’s name was drawn at random from all those who completed the survey


Shopfront Enhancement Scheme benefits the District

North East Derbyshire businesses are benefitting from the Shopfront Enhancement Scheme, with grants up to £10,000 up-for-grabs!

Funded through the North East Derbyshire UK Shared Prosperity Fund programme, the Shopfront Enhancement Scheme has been supporting street facing North East Derbyshire businesses to not only enhance the character, value and appeal of each individual property, but collectively will have a positive impact on the appearance of the district’s high streets.

The benefits are starting to be seen across the District. So far, almost £100,000 has been awarded to businesses in the district, the first of which have completed the work in Clay Cross.

Charcoal Grill, High Street, Clay Cross

Pictured: Charcoal Grill, High Street, Clay Cross before

Pictured above: Charcoal Grill, High Street, Clay Cross after

Charcoal Grill were successful in their application and received grant funding for new aluminium windows and door, plus the replacement of the original illuminated sign box, with a new powder coated sign and down lighter. Charcoal Grill’s Manager and Head Chef said: “The Enhancement Scheme couldn’t have come at a better time because for a number of years we’ve been thinking of enhancing the look of our business and such a big spend would have been difficult to fork out of our own pockets.

“It’s been a really great experience to have the council behind us and support us on this journey. Their team got in touch and helped with the planning application – something I’ve never had experience with before. They really helped me get over that hurdle. It was smooth sailing.

“I felt both supported and empowered – one hundred percent of the way."

The former Post Office, High Street, Clay Cross

The former Post Office, High Street, Clay Cross before

The former Post Office, High Street, Clay Cross after

The former Post Office on the High Street has had a transformational upgrade through the support of the Shopfront Enhancement Scheme and the Low Carbon Challenge Fund. The owner has successfully applied for both schemes providing grant funding to assist in the redevelopment of the ‘shopfront’ element of the building, introducing new, high quality aluminium windows and door, along with improved insulation through the Low Carbon Challenge Fund.

Philip Cole, property owner, said: “Without the Shopfront Enhancement Scheme’s financial aid and the NEDDC’s advisory assistance, we would not have been able to complete the renovation project to the high standard I believe we have achieved. “The building has been very badly looked after over a great number of years and needed a large amount of both labour and finance to restore, but after making use of the scheme and having a lease in place, the building will turn a profit.

“I would strongly recommend anyone to apply for the grant as it is well worth the time and easy to process. I’d also like to thank the team at the council for all their hard work and enthusiasm in trying to improve the look of the High Street for future generations to enjoy.” The Shopfront Enhancement Scheme is open to any business or landlord with a commercial street-facing property that is in the district of North East Derbyshire. Grants up to £100,000 are also available for businesses in Clay Cross from through the Low Carbon Challenge Fund.

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Jayne Barry said: “What a difference these grants are making to enhance our shopfronts. “We are committed to supporting our local businesses and economy and this is a fantastic way for businesses to make their premises more visually appealing, energy efficient and all of this is possible through the grant scheme.”


Raising thousands of pounds for Ashgate Hospice

Councillor Martin Thacker MBE Chairman of NEDDC photographed with sponsors of the Charity football match

Our Chairman is now nearing the end of his term in office, with many successful events having taken place to raise money and awareness for his chosen charity, Ashgate Hospice. These included a football match which raised a whopping £5,800!, a Canal Boat Pull, an exclusive tour of Tissington Hall (which included a drive around the estate in a vintage 1915 Model T Ford – the very one which featured in Downton Abbey), Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band Concert, a Luncheon at Peak Edge Hotel with Geoff Miller - one of the most respected cricketers of his generation.

The list keeps going…there was an exclusive Dinner at the Cutlers’ Hall with Dame Julie Kenny DBE, DL, and sell-out nights of ABBA Tribute Night and Burns Night, both at the CFC Stadium. Coming up is the Elvis Tribute Night on 8th March at the CFC Stadium, the Chesterfield Male Voice Choir Concert on 16th March, the Honey Belles Concert on 20th April, an exclusive Concert in the Painted Hall at Chatsworth House on 26th April…plus a few more great events to keep an eye out for.

North East Derbyshire District Council Chairman, Councillor Martin Thacker MBE said: “I have been overwhelmed by the kind support of so many people in helping to raise money for Ashgate Hospice, an incredible local charity. There’s still a few events left so please come along, be generous and make a difference for this fantastic cause.”


Primary School pupil draws winning picture in North East Derbyshire Competition

Pictured from left to right: Cllr Nigel Barker, Marianne Avenier, Annette Lupton (Headteacher)

Deerpark Primary School pupil Marianne Avenier is the winner of a recent painting/drawing competition held by North East Derbyshire District Council.

The competition had the brief of ‘draw a picture or painting of North East Derbyshire’ and was offered to Deerpark Primary School and Hunloke Park Primary School. The winning picture was chosen by the Senior Management Team at NEDDC and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Nigel Barker.

The artwork is intended for a wall within the North East Derbyshire District Council Office building on Mill Lane in Wingerworth and will be seen by thousands of visitors over the coming years.

North East Derbyshire District Council Leader Councillor Nigel Barker said: “We were blown away by some of the art works that came in from the students. The winning piece however really stood out with the vividness of colours that reflects the beautiful North East Derbyshire countryside. It’s a lovely bit of art which will welcome visitors over the coming years.


Changes to your green bin collection

From 1st April 2024, we will be charging to empty additional green bins. This will be done through an annual charge of £40 per extra green bin. There will be no charge for the first green bin.

At present, we only allow households to present a maximum of two green bins. Under the new system, households will be able to subscribe to a maximum of four green bins. Each extra green bin will incur a charge of £40.

Green bin collections restart

Green bin collections will be up-and-running across the district from this month. The collections are suspended for a short period during the winter months, when people are less active in the garden and there is little green waste being produced. However, with spring just around the corner and people eager to get back in their gardens, the collections will start up again from March 2024.

Check the waste and recycling calendars on our website for the exact start of your green bin collection.


Celebrating half a century of service

North East Derbyshire was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act of 1972.

Look back to NEDDC’s Saltergate offices in Chesterfield.

Before then, there were three distinct districts – Chesterfield Rural District, Clay Cross Urban District and Dronfield Urban District. However, all three were abolished in 1974 to make way for the new North East Derbyshire District, and we are proud to have been serving our communities ever since! What’s changed? When the council was formed in the 1970s, the technology we use today must have seemed light years away.

Computers, emails and mobile phones had yet to be introduced, meaning a greater reliance on pen and paper and the landline to keep connected. Today, we have much quicker and easier methods to get our information out - and for residents to get in touch with us. Problems can be reported to us 24/7 via our website, people can sign up to receive e-bulletins with the information they really want to know about, and we have greater inclusivity. David Clarke, our Environmental Health Technical Officer (Disabled Facilities Grants), first started work with us in 1979, when he was just 21 years old.

David Clarke in the office laboratories in the 1980s.

David said: “When I first started working for the Council, all my work involved carrying out house inspections and completing an inspection form for each job – these then all had to be filed. “There was a lot of paperwork, letter writing and answering the telephone. The main method of communication with the public and other organisations was either by telephone or letter. Computers/emails were a thing for the future, and mobile phones were unheard of.

“The workplace was a male orientated one, and women in the Council either worked as typists, secretaries, or cleaners.” Thankfully, things have now changed for the better, with equality and fairness for all, improved communications and greater efficiency thanks to leaps in technology over the past 50 years.

Did you know? NEDDC is one of 164 district councils in England. You can find out more about the services we provide on our website.


Elections are coming!

Residents will be heading to the polls on Thursday 2 May 2024 to take part in the East Midlands Combined County Mayoral Authority (EMCCMA) and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Elections.

In order to vote in these elections, residents must be on the electoral register by 11:59pm on Tuesday 16 April 2024, and the Returning Officer is urging those who have not registered at their current address to do so before the deadline. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm Wednesday 17 April 2024, and the deadline to apply for a proxy to vote on your behalf is 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2024.

You can apply for a postal vote by visiting the Government website or proxy vote or by completing a paper application form. You will need your National Insurance Number to complete the application. Sarah Sternberg, Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer for North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “Voting is an important way of being able to have your say and shape policies that will impact people in North East Derbyshire/Derbyshire. Please ensure that you are registered to vote so that you can have your voice heard in these elections. “It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

All electors will be required to show Voter ID to vote at a polling station – if you don’t have any one of the approved forms of identification, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate either online or by completing a paper application form.


Food & Drink Trail

We are pleased to announce our first ever Food and Drink Trail - coming soon!

The aim of the trail is to highlight the amazing producers and venues we have right here on our doorstep. It will continue to grow in 2024, with the hope of showcasing over 100 by the end of the year.

See below for our first 17 businesses:

  • Stretton Hall Tea Room and Farm shop
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Arden Coffee
  • Host
  • Figaro
  • Renishaw Farm Shop
  • Bear Cool Honey Company
  • English Wine Project
  • Perfect Peaks Patisserie
  • Hogg Norton
  • Bulls Head
  • Red Lion at Peak Edge
  • Tickled Trout
  • Dronfield Hall Barn
  • Highfield House
  • Devonshire Arms
  • Moss Valley Fine Meats

You can check out the Food & Drink Trail on our webpage.


Bringing our services to you!

Come and meet our friendly Customer Service Team, as they bring the Council’s services right to your doorstep.

As part of improving the way we engage with our residents we are getting out into the community. The visits will help people overcome any barriers with travel and geographical isolation, allowing our residents to access the Council’s services however they choose to do so. Why not call and see us with your enquiries, we’re always happy to help if we can, or just come and have a chat. Check out the dates/times below to find out where/when we will be visiting. We can help and advise you with:

  • Creating an online account to access self-service online giving you 24/7 access to the Council’s service.
  • Support in signing up for bin day reminders to your email address.
  • Help with registering for Elections or receive a postal vote.
  • Requests for assisted bin services, missed bins, bin repairs.
  • Help with foodbank enquiries.
  • Concessionary Travel Passes.
  • Lost / stray dogs / dog fouling issues.
  • Pest Control service.
  • Gulley cleansing requests.
  • Bulk Waste Collection.
  • Sandbag provision.
  • and much more!

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Cllr Joe Birkin said: “No one should feel left out in the new digital age and we are here, on hand in your town or village to help you feel confident with paying bills online, reporting things such as fly-tipping to us online and we are committed to making sure all our residents have equal access to our services we provide.”

Dates and venues:

  • 17th April 2024, 10.00am - 12.00pm at North Wingfield Community Centre, 67 Whiteleas Avenue, North Wingfield S42 5PW.
  • 10th May 2024, 10.00am - 12.00pm at Dronfield Sports Centre, Civic Centre, Dronfield, S18 1PD.
  • 3rd June 2024, 10.00am - 12.00pm at Clay Cross Parish Council, Social Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross, S45 9JE.
  • 10th July 2024, 10.00am - 12.00pm at Eckington Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre, Gosber Street, Eckington, S21 4DA.
  • 12th August 2024, 10.00am - 12.00pm at Morton Parish Council, 98 Main Road, Morton, DE55 6HH.
  • 19th September 2024, 10.00am - 12.00pm at Killamarsh Active, Stanley Street, Killamarsh, S21 1EL.
  • 22nd October 2024, 11.00 am – 2.00pm at Arkwright Community Centre, Hardwick Drive, Arkwright Town, S44 5BS.

Former RAF corporal praises exercise scheme

A former RAF corporal is on a high, after successfully completing our Exercise by Referral scheme.

Pete Howarth (68), of Killamarsh, used to be an avid gym goer, but more than 20 years of ill-health which started with the muscles in his legs, meant he was no longer able to exercise as he once could. As time went on, he also developed bowel cancer, had a hip replacement and was diagnosed with diabetes, but still the problem with his legs persisted. He was eventually diagnosed with Fibromyalgia – a long term condition causing pain all over the body – but was determined to start exercising again.

His wife Jan had heard about the Exercise by Referral scheme and Pete was referred onto the 12-week course by his doctor. Pete, who has now finished the course, but has continued exercising, said: “I’ve carried on doing low impact (classes) and I do go to aquacise. There’s me and about 40 women jumping up and down!” The dad-of-two and grandad-to-four, says the course has been great for his social life, mental health and general well-being and can’t praise it enough.

Pete said: “For my mental health, it’s been lots better. “If anyone is feeling depressed, you have a bit of a laugh. “So many go to these low impact classes, we have to double up on each station – it’s a laugh from start to finish. “I would recommend it to anyone, I really would.” He added that class members help each other out and are ‘just like a big family really’.

A neighbour who suffered a heart attack, and was also in the forces, has even joined the course after Pete told him about how he had benefitted from the scheme. Healthy Lifestyles Instructor Janine Revill, said: “Pete has excelled through the program and has developed great relationships with other participants of the class.”

To participate in the scheme, you must be aged 19+ and either make an appointment with your GP or complete the self-assessment tool on the Live Life Better Derbyshire website. Activities can include gym, swimming, low impact circuit training, cardiac rehabilitation, chair-based exercise and Forever Active. Other activities are available, but are chargeable at a pay-as-you-go-rate.


Safety in numbers

PCSO Gill Dixon with Killamarsh residents David and Annette Hobson and Claire Wikeley, NEDDC’s Community Safety and Anti-Social Behaviour Officer.

We now have another pair of boots on the ground to look out for our residents. Claire Wikeley recently joined our Community Safety Team as Community Safety and Anti-Social Behaviour Officer. Claire is well suited to the role, after working for 15 years as a Police Community Support Officer with Derbyshire Police. And she’s already proving to be a valuable asset to the team, by helping to raise awareness about burglaries in the district, tackling anti-social behaviour in schools such as vaping, e-scooters and social media issues, and working with partner agencies to organise community events.

Claire said: “We are doing it as a team. I’m just that extra person that can help. “And bringing in new people, you have got your own contacts. I have mine from my days as a PCSO, so it’s knocking on their door and seeing what we can do with those people as well.” Previous to working with the police, Claire worked in airport security and on Ministry of Defence bases, so keeping people safe and on the right side of the law has always been an integral part of her working life.

Claire and the team recently joined forces with police, to raise awareness amongst Killamarsh residents about burglary and car crime. The team is also in the early stages of a pilot scheme to tackle ASB, by working with school children. They will also be organising an event in the town later in the year, during Anti-Social Behaviour Week. Information will be posted on our website and socials, so keep checking for updates.

Cllr Nigel Barker, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Community Safety, said: “Anti-social behaviour won’t be tolerated in our district, so I’m pleased we have officers ready to tackle an issue that can blight so many people’s lives.”

How do I report ASB?

Do you have problems with anti-social behaviour where you live? You can report ASB to us online 24 hours a day, seven days a week! Scan the QR code or in an emergency, dial 999.


Budget and Council Tax set for next financial year

The budget and Council Tax for the next financial year was approved by Council at its meeting on 29 January as part of our Medium Term Financial Plan.

The Council has been operating in a challenging financial climate for several years and has an excellent track record of both identifying and delivering service efficiencies as required, alongside a strong commitment to financial resilience and good financial governance.

The Council Tax charge is made up of elements from Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Fire Authority, Derbyshire Police, North East Derbyshire District Council and your Local Parish Council therefore, although the increase in North East Derbyshire District Council’s element has increased by 2.99% your overall Council Tax charge will increase by a larger percentage.

The Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance Cllr Pat Kerry said: “This is a budget that meets the pressures we face whilst continuing to provide high-quality services to our residents and businesses. We also recognise that there is still a need to continue to tackle future pressures in a planned and managed manner. With this in mind, we have taken the decision to increase the Council Tax bill by 2.99% this year and housing rents by 6%. It is never easy making these decisions. A balance must be sought between our ability to continue to deliver sustainable services and the impact on our residents”.


Rykneld Homes: Mu’s new bungalow is example of Rykneld’s commitment to customers and future plans

Mu’s new bungalow is example of Rykneld’s commitment to customers and future plans.

Great-grandmother Mu is looking forward to 2024 after seeing in the new year in her new-build Danesmoor bungalow. Mu was struggling with her mobility and living in one room of her previous house and after a short hospital stay, it was deemed unsafe for Mu to return to the property.

Mu applied to move home and Rykneld’s allocations team worked with her and her family to make sure her application mirrored the kind of property that would meet her housing need. Soon after Mu was shortlisted for a bungalow and the family had the chance to view the property to make sure it was right for her.

The Rykneld team then helped Mu move in. The 86-year-old and her family are thrilled with the property and the impact it has had on her health and independence. “Moving here has given her some of her independence back and has put our minds at ease,” said granddaughter, Michelle. “She is so much happier here and safer too. She has the space to move around freely and everything is all on one floor - it’s given her a new lease of life.”

As well as meeting Mu’s practical needs, the bungalows are all equipped with the latest technology air source heat pumps, underfloor heating, solar panels, electric vehicle charging points and a video call doorbell along with a care package for the customers. Retired barmaid, Mu, will have plenty of visitors as she has three sons, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. “I really like the house and where it is,” she said. “My neighbours send me picnics and it’s much better than where I was before.” Helen Brown, Head of Regeneration and Development at Rykneld Homes said: “The new-build bungalows like Mu’s are an excellent example of our commitment to providing quality homes to our customers but also have a positive impact on the environment.

“They are all fitted with the latest energy saving technology and the wider doorways and spacious layouts mean that we can support customers like Mu to live more independently in comfort “We’re committed to providing new quality homes for our customers as well as maintaining and improving our current stock. “Properties like Mu’s are an example of the homes we want to develop going forward.”


Rykneld lands spot on regional awards shortlist

Rykneld Homes has been shortlisted for an award recognising its extensive community work. Nominees for the EEM Building Communities Awards were revealed last week. And Rykneld Homes was shortlisted for the Best use of an EEM Charitable Donation category. Entries were judged by a panel with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the housing and construction industry. Nomination forms were reviewed and judged using a matrix scoring system.

Judges were looking for evidence of development, implementation, and application of the issues detailed in each category. They scored entries based on relevance, outcome and evidence. Lorraine Shaw, Managing Director, said: “Our dedicated community teams work incredibly hard to make North East Derbyshire a great place to live, so they really deserve the recognition that this nomination brings. “We spend a substantial amount supporting our communities each year - last year EEM generously contributed to that total, so to be recognised in this way is a real boost.” The nomination relates to a host of community initiatives, managed by our communities teams, aimed at:

  • Improving people’s health (both physical and mental)
  • Bringing the community together and reducing social isolation
  • Improving opportunities for children and young people
  • Enhancing the environment
  • Tackling unemployment
  • Reducing anti-social behaviour
  • Encouraging volunteering.

Projects include food banks, cooking on a budget sessions, BMX lessons, holiday clubs, and kurling. Others nominated in our category are Derby Homes, Mansfield District Council and MHA. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday March 15.

Tell us your views

Our customers should by now have received our Annual Tenant Satisfaction Survey. Our customers’ views and comments about the housing services we deliver are really important to us and feedback helps us to identify what we are doing well and where we need to make improvements. The survey can be completed online by visiting the Rykneld Homes website.

Paper copies have also been posted out to all tenants with a prepaid return envelope. If you have any problems accessing the survey or would like to complete it over the phone, call our Contact Centre on 01246 217670. By completing the survey you have a chance to win a top prize of £250 or one of ten runner up prizes of £25. These will be drawn from the surveys returned by 1 March 2024.

We have moved!

Rykneld Homes has moved and is now co-located with North East Derbyshire District Council. You will find our staff at the council’s base, next door to the old Rykneld Homes building, on Mill Lane, Chesterfield. Our phone number, website and email address remain the same.


Who you gonna call?

We’ve taken on two new members of staff in our fight against vermin, including our first ever female Pest Control Technician!

Julie Rushby ready to tackle your pest problem.

Julie Rushby has joined our joint Environmental Enforcement team, covering NE Derbyshire and Bolsover districts. Julie, who previously worked as a support officer for the elderly, said: “From people to pests – I’ve gone from one extreme to the other! “But the whole thing is customer service, so I think all my social care background has helped me tremendously in this role. It really is just dealing with people.”

Julie is keen to point out the job is much more than just putting bait down, with guidelines and legislation to follow and rigorous training and exams to take before she could even qualify as a technician. And she’s already getting some great feedback from members of the public, who are pleased to see a woman in a male-dominated role – particularly when going into the homes of elderly women or domestic abuse victims. Julie added: “On my training course it was me and 17 men! “There tends to be far more men than women.

There are people with other genders working in pest control, but it’s an unusual thing.” As well as looking after people with a pest problem, Julie is also helping to look out for wildlife and pets, as she is able to use the correct treatment to keep them both safe. Please get in touch if you have a pest problem, rather than trying to deal with it yourself.

The incorrect use of bait could inadvertently lead to the poisoning of other animals. We offer a competitively priced service for the treatment of pests in the home, including ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, mice, rats and wasps. Prices start from £54 for rats, up to £100 for bedbugs (all prices include a non-refundable £25 call-out fee). Certain income-related benefits may be eligible for a 50% reduction. We are also hoping to launch a similar service for commercial premises in the near future – so watch this space!

Please note: We are unable to treat bees, badgers, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, moles, slugs, flies, spiders, bats, birds (including pigeons), silverfish, carpet beetles and woodlice. But we do have advice on our website on the most common pests.


Keeping you safe from damp and mould in your home

Damp and mould found in a house in multiple occupation resulted in the manager being prosecuted by Environmental Health.

Our Environmental Health team are committed to doing all they can to help mitigate against the dangers damp and mould can pose in the home. The tragic case in Rochdale highlights the dangers present and what you can do to help keep your house mould and damp free.

Young Awaab Ishak tragically died following prolonged exposure to damp and mould whilst living in rented accommodation in his home in Rochdale. His sad death underscores the importance of addressing such poor housing conditions promptly to ensure the well-being of council and private tenants.

Following this case, North East Derbyshire District Council have subsequently undertaken a full review of our response to the issue of damp and mould. Our Environmental Health Services have invested in equipment used to identify the causes of damp and mould, so we can help our tenants locate the source of the problems. If you are a private tenant affected by damp and mould in the home, you are advised to inform your landlord or managing agent initially. If the matter remains unresolved, please contact our Environmental Health Service on 01246 231111.

Our Environmental Health team will look to see how disrepair or deficiencies within your property may have contributed towards the presence of damp and mould. Our aim is to work with landlords and managing agents to ensure you have a safe home environment, free from serious hazards.

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Place, Cllr Steve Pickering said, “We have committed to providing additional training for housing inspectors so they can effectively identify the causes of damp and mould and changed our inspection procedure to ensure tenants are protected and matters are dealt with in a timely manner.”


Help us keep your community clean

We are once again supporting the Great British Spring Clean, which takes place this year from 15-31 March. Organised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the event aims to bring people together from across the country to clear the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline and is the nation’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign.

If you are a North East Derbyshire individual, community group or school interested in organising a litter pick during the Great British Spring Clean, or at any other time of the year, please contact our street cleansing team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As well as loaning equipment, such as high visibility vests, litter picking tongs and rubbish bags, we’ll also pick up the litter you collect.

You can report littering to us on the myselfservice section of our website.


Let it grow!

No Mow May is Plantlife’s annual campaign calling on all garden owners and green space managers not to mow during May.

While we have a duty of care to ensure some areas of grass are kept cut back, such as for road safety, we will see which other areas in the district could be given a miss with the mower and left to grow for the month.

Leaving green spaces alone gives smaller plants such as daisies and dandelions the chance to grow, meaning more food for our bees and butterflies. Whether you have a large lawn, of just a small patch of grass, everyone can have an impact on biodiversity by letting their green spaces grow.


Talent Pipeline continues at full speed!

The council announced the introduction of the Talent Pipeline project in the winter edition of the NEWS, which aims to help attract, retain, grow, and develop staff from within North East Derbyshire.

The ‘ONE TEAM’ culture at NEDDC provides a great platform to be further built upon improving our capacity and ability to attract, develop and retain our most precious of assets.

The Talent Pipeline is both inward and outward facing, providing new opportunities and attracting new people to the organisation whilst creating development pathways for those already employed by the Council. Hear from Abi from our Environmental team as she talks about her journey:

Q. What is your name and job here at North East Derbyshire District Council?

A. My name is Abi and I have been with the council for 5 years in Dec’23. I started in December 2018 as a Temporary Technical Support Assistant as maternity cover. I became a Trainee Environmental Health Officer in September 2020. I completed a part-time Masters degree in Environmental Health at Leeds Beckett University over two years. I am now a Graduate Environmental Health Officer in the commercial team and have progressed onto my professional portfolio pathway. I am hoping to gain my CIEH accreditation in the next few months.

Q. How have North East Derbyshire District Council supported you during your time with them?

A. NEDDC has been brilliant with supporting me, from allowing me time to undertake my studies to allowing me to shadow the different roles within the teams in the service. I was guided through the real day-to-day job and was able to see the comparison with the studies I was doing, which made it easier to do my assignments and learn along the way.

Q. What are the main benefits of working for North East Derbyshire District Council? A. Constant support and amazing ethos. My department is always so welcoming and comes together to support everyone as a team. Q. How did you find stepping up into your current position given the additional responsibilities you have? A. I relished the opportunity to develop my skills wherever possible. From starting as a technical assistant with very little on the job experience, I was able to build a foundation of knowledge and experience which made new responsibilities easier challenges. Through my new responsibilities I have found a passion for dealing with private water supplies in our district (risk assessments, sampling and enforcement). I hope one day to be trained up to be accredited and become the private water supply lead officer within my team.

Q. Have you undertaken additional learning since being at North East Derbyshire District Council?

A. Other than my MSc., I have undertaken several CPD training courses and have been able to attend UKHSA Sampling training (UK Health Security Agency).

Q. What are your next steps on your career journey?

A. My next steps are to complete my professional portfolio and to undertake my professional discussion to become a fully qualified Environmental Health Officer.

Q. Would you recommend North East Derbyshire District Council to somebody thinking about applying?

A. Definitely! It’s been hands down the best career move I could have made. Not only has my career benefitted, but I have found a work family I didn’t know I needed! The friends and colleagues I have made are some of the ones I cherish the most. 100% recommend to anyone thinking about applying!

Feeling inspired? You can find out more about the Talent Pipeline Strategy on our website.

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Walking groups in North East Derbyshire

Walking with a group is a great way to be more active, improve your health and meet new people so why not give it a go? We have a number of groups across the district, part of a county wide initiative to get the nation walking!

Being outdoors in the fresh air is great for both physical and mental health, and being part of a group can help you feel connected with others. All of our walks are free, and are led by trained volunteers. The groups are friendly, and always ready to welcome new members.

Check out our timetable to find a walk that’s near you!

GroupDistanceDay/TimeMeeting Point
Sharley Park Strollers Longer Walk 5 to 6 miles Monday, 10.30am St Barnabas Church Centre, Pilsley Road, Danesmoor, S45 9BU.
Sharley Park Strollers Shorter Walk 3 to 3.5 miles Monday, 11.00am St Barnabas Church Centre, Pilsley Road, Danesmoor, S45 9BU.
North Wingfield Walk 2 to 3 miles Tuesday, 10.00am North Wingfield Community Resource Centre, S42 5PW.
Sharley Park Strollers Drive Out Walk 5 to 6 miles Wednesday, 10.00am St Barnabas Church Centre, Pilsley Road, Danesmoor, S45 9BU. The group then drives out to various walk starting points within North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.
Wingerworth Walk 3 to 3.5 miles 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10.30am Smithy Pond Pub car park, Wingerworth, S42 6LN.
Dronfield Walk 2.5 to 3.5 miles Friday, 1.30pm Meet outside Dronfield Sports Centre, S18 1PD.
Eckington Walk 2 to 3 miles Saturday, 10.00am Eckington Library car park, S21 4JG.
North Wingfield Family Walk 1 to 2 miles Last Tuesday of the month, 10.00am Alice’s View Children’s Centre, North Wingfield, S42 5XA.
Clay Cross Monthly Health Walk 1 to 1.5 miles 4th Thursday of the month, 1.30pm Meet inside Clay Cross Social Centre, Clay Cross, S45 9JE.
Holmewood Walk 1 to 2 miles Last Wednesday of the month (starts 27th March), 10.00am Holmewood Community Centre, Heath Road, Holmewood, S42 5RB.

Find a group for you!

Walking Into Communities aims to help reduce social isolation and tackle loneliness.

All of our activities are run by an amazing group of volunteers and offer a wide range of activities within Clay Cross and surrounding villages. We want people to feel more included in their community and feel they are able to access local community groups and activities.

We do this by listening to people, giving information on what is already happening and helping new groups to become embedded in their community. Let’s get creative Clay Cross Art Group is on the look-out for new members.

The group meets on Mondays 7pm-9pm at the Darby and Joan Club, Holmgate. For more information, call Andy on 07806 727075 or David on 07833 735490.

Keep fit and have fun Two fun, friendly groups to help you keep active.

  • Couch 2 5K, Thursdays 6.20pm
  • Family Jogging Group, Saturdays 9.20am

Both sessions meet Clay Cross Hospital rear car park. First session is free, then £3 thereafter. Any questions ring John 07902 249316.


Easter holiday Activities

2 to 14 April 2024 - Join us for an Easter full of egg-citement.

*All centres are closed on Good Friday 29 March and Easter Monday 1 April 2024

Whether they enjoy playing around in the pool, or having fun on dry land, we’ve got them covered!

Dronfield Sports Centre

Aquafun: Fun with floats and rafts in the pool - parents and families welcome!

  • Date/time: Monday 8 April, 10.45am to 11.45am.
  • Dates/time: Thursday 4 and 11 April, 2pm to 3pm.
  • Dates/time: Saturday 6, 13 April, 3.15pm to 4.15pm.
  • Cost: Juniors £4.60, adults £5.10, family £14.50, under 5s FREE.

Crazy Gang: A whole range of wacky games and activities, as well as some sporting activities to suit everyone.

  • Age: For boys and girls aged 6 to 12 yrs.
  • Dates/times: Monday 8 April, 1pm to 4pm and Friday 5 and 12 April, 12.45pm to 3.45pm.
  • Cost: £8.50 per session

Crash course swimming lessons: The lessons are for beginner swimmers ONLY with the aim to provide water confidence whilst taking part in fun activities and getting rid of those arm bands.

  • Age: For ages 4½ to 8 years. Reduced class numbers to 8 per class.
  • Dates/times: Monday 8 to Friday 12 April, 8.30am to 9.00am and 9.00am to 9.30am.
  • Cost: £47.50.

New customers please note that attendance on our crash course swimming lessons does not guarantee you a space on our learn to swim programme.

Soccer Stars Football Coaching: Improve your skills, have a great time and enjoy the game. Skills, training and practises with qualified licensed FA coaches. (Please pay the coach in the hall).

  • Age: For ages 4 to 8 yrs.
  • Dates/time: Tuesday 2 and 9 April, 9.15am to 10.30am.
  • Cost: £4.50 per session.

For more information or to book your place, contact Richard on 07779 613944 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dodgeball: Remember the five Ds of Dodgeball: Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge!

  • Age: Fun-packed sessions for 7 to 12 yrs.
  • Dates/time: Tuesday 2 and 9 April, 1pm to 3pm.
  • Cost: £6.50 per session.

Roller Disco: High energy skating with thumping beats and amazing lights.

Junior gym**: Supervised gym session for 11 to 14 years providing a safe and effective fitness and toning workout.

  • Dates/times: Monday* to Friday, 4pm to 4.45pm and Saturday 10.30am to 11.15am
  • Cost: £4.30 per session.

Just Play: Juniors can book an off-peak badminton, Pickleball or squash court for £2 per session subject to availability. Book at reception or online.

Killamarsh Active

Quid a kid racket sports: Play squash, badminton, racketball, pickleball, soft tennis – the choice is yours! Book in advance at reception. (Adults are welcome to join in). Please check before turning up as other activities may be on. 45 minute sessions.

  • Dates/time: Tuesday 2 April to Friday 12 April, 8am to 4pm.
  • Cost: £1.

Turn up & play - 3G football:

  • Dates/time: Monday* to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Age: All ages.
  • Cost: £2 (Two hour session).

Junior gym**: Supervised gym session for 11 to 14 years providing a safe and effective fitness and toning workout.

  • Dates/times: Monday* to Friday, 4pm to 5pm. Saturdays 10.30am to 11.30am.
  • Cost: £4.20 per session.

Multi sports and games activity camp:

  • Date/time: Tuesday 2 and 9 April, 8.30am to 3.30pm
  • Date/time: Thursday 4 and 11 April, 8.30am to 3.30pm
  • Age: Suitable for 6-13 year olds. Bring a packed lunch and clothing for indoor & outdoor activities. Book in advance via Killamarsh Active reception. Parental consent form to complete on booking.
  • Cost: £10

Roller Disco: High energy skating with thumping beats and amazing lights.

Soft Play Kingdom: A soft play area perfect for under 10’s. Hours of fun with climbing nets, slides and much more! Enjoy three levels of themed fun soft play activities. Open 7 days a week. Weekday Soft Play and meal deal available from 11am to 6pm - only £6.50.

  • Date/time: Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm and Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 4pm. (Check out our Facebook page for closures due to other bookings).
  • Cost: For two hours of fun - under 1’s free, 1-3 years £3.40, 4-10 years, £5.15

Skate Park: Newly refurbished for 2024 with new surface and ramps. Free to use for skateboarders, BMX and scooters. Open 7 days a week. Age: All ages and abilities.

Eckington Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre

Large inflatable Aquafun:

  • Dates/time: Monday 8 April and Wednesday 3 and 10 April, 1.30pm to 3pm. Pool closes at 1pm for 30 mins and again at 3pm for 30 mins. Payments taken half an hour prior to start of session. Maximum 60 people.
  • Cost: Junior £4.60, adult £5.10, families £14.50 (Max. 2 adults, 2 children).
  • Our large inflatable is also available every Saturday from 2pm to 3.30pm

Junior Gym**: Supervised gym session for 11 to 14 years providing a safe and effective fitness and toning workout.

  • Dates/time: Monday* to Friday, 4pm to 5pm. (Or attend with an adult member anytime)
  • Cost: £4.20 per session.

Table tennis: Available throughout the week when the studio is available. Includes bats and balls. Enquire at reception for availability. Cost: £4.50 for one hour hire.

Please note: Age/height restrictions may apply to some activities. Monday 8 April, 9am to 10am pool closed for staff training and 12.15pm to 1pm, deep end closed for Aquajog. Tuesday 2 April, 9.15am to 10am, deep end closed for Aquajog. No shallow end availability on Wednesday 3 & 10 April, 9.30am to 10.15am due to Aquacise. No Junior Swimming lessons Friday 29 March to Thursday 4 April Inclusive.

7-FOR-1 swimming offer

Are you aged 5-15 years old? Pay £3.60 for ONE swim and then swim for FREE the following six days! Tuesday 2 to Sunday 14 April at Dronfield Sports Centre and Eckington Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre. Contact reception for more information, including T&Cs.

Junior membership

£19 per month includes gym, swim and aquafun. 15 year olds can now use the gym at anytime. T&C’s apply.

**Parental consent forms must be provided prior to youngsters attending these sessions. Outside of these times, under 15s must be accompanied by an adult in the gym. Programmes may be subject to change.


What’s on in North East Derbyshire?

Renishaw Hall

The Renishaw Hall Visitors Centre and Gardens will reopen from 20th March 2024 – Wednesday to Sunday, between 10.30am - 4.30pm. Tickets from £5 (Child) and £10 (adult). Season ticket from £50.

Matlock Farm Park

Mother’s Day special – Sunday 10 March. Enjoy a family day out at Matlock Farm Park. All mums receive a few gifts on entry. Craft sessions available throughout the day. Book tickets online on the Matlock Farm Park website.

Dronfield Hall Barn

Live and Local - Tell it to the Bees A story telling music show weaving together folktales, real life stories and bee folklore. Dronfield Hall Barn Wednesday 27 March 7pm. Tickets available on the Live and Local websites.

Calow Gala Association Spring Fair

Indoor and outdoor stalls, including gifts, crafts, refreshments and raffle. Raising funds for Calow Gala. Saturday 27 April, 10am - 3pm. Calow Community Centre, S44 5AT.

Inspirations Theatre Company presents

Les Misérables School Edition Friday 12 July at 7.45pm. Saturday 13 July at 2.15pm and 7.15pm, Dronfield Civic Hall. Tickets available at Ticketsource.

Ashover Community Garden

Why not join an established friendly voluntary group who meet up regularly in rural Ashover. No gardening experience required. Free and open to all. Meets Monday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Uppertown Social Centre Events

Various events available from February to June. You can find these events and the full details in our calendar on our website.

Killamarsh Family Fun Day

Thursday 4 April, 11am - 2pm. Join Trudi Knotrite and Patsy’s Fun Show including circus skills, Easter bonnet making, balloon animal making, plantpot stilts and more. £10 per child including 2 free adults. Tickets available from Killamarsh Community Hub Tel: 0114 247 2260 or email: Charlotte on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Easter Fun at Matlock Farm Park

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