News & Views – August/Sept 2012 – Vol 2, Issue 4

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Hartington, Biggin, Earl Sterndale



Vol 2, Issue 4                                                                              Aug/Sept  2012

 Dear Friends

We hope you enjoyed the village celebrations and events for H.M. the Queens Diamond Jubilee and our local heroes evening in the village hall; we certainly did despite the weather. Thank you once again to everyone for their hard work, and for making it such a special community effort. Ah yes! The weather, sadly no let up from “pretty awful most of the time” An anxious time for farmers and local business men and women, and it is not even St Swithin’s Day as we write this letter. The 40 days story comes about from the true fact that 40days of rain delayed the dedication of a new shrine to him in Winchester


 Cathedral in 971AD, perhaps someone has moved his feast day of July 15th to June. We hope and pray for an improvement in the weather for all our sakes’, but especially for those whose very livelihood is being put under great strain and anxiety. Thought for a quiet moment, Jesus said – “ Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up into eternal life”

With Love and prayers, Celia and Sarah


The three villages Jubilee Celebrations

Hartington Nether Quarter Parish Council- this includes Biggin, Friden, Newhaven, Hartington Station, Heathcote and part of Pikehall.

Biggin Jubilee celebrations-what a fantastic day, all the hard work of organising really paid off. The Village Hall looked amazing, with balloons, bunting, static boards featuring photographs of Bygone Biggin and the rolling screen showing past wedding, carnivals and football teams etc.

It was all go from 9am when the gang arrived for food preparation, then the doors opened at 10am for the Treasure Hunt which was won by Julie and Annabelle Coles. Refreshments were served non-stop until noon when the children’s party took place. The drizzly afternoon didn’t dampen spirits for the traditional children’s sports and the “any age” mixed football match; then back home for a quick change before doors opened at 7pm for the evening party with Bar, disco and yet more food. All day we were joined by strangers and visitors who had heard about the bunting, decorations and the wonderful collection of the “Royal Scarecrows”, fantastic in their originality and not forgetting our locally famous ”Balcony scene” in the crescent. On the Monday we had our Band concert outside the Waterloo, the sun shone, Ashbourne Band played to a large audience and everyone had a wonderful time.

This has been a fantastic Parish effort and an example of what can be achieved by a small community when everyone gets together.                               Biggin Parish Council

Hartington Middle Quarter- Earl Sterndale

The village people enjoyed a ‘fun day’ on the Monday of the Jubilee weekend, starting with a picnic on the village green, this was followed by sports, tug-of-war and a BBQ. The day ended with a bonfire at the top of the hill behind the pub, with a lovely firework display.

The Fashion Show was very enjoyable and produced a profit of £105.00 for the lighting fund.

Hartington Town Quarter

The 3 days of activities started at lunch time on Friday in the village hall with a “Cake and Chat”- involving AGEUK, School children and Regulars of Cake and Chat. The fabulous Jubilee Exhibition in the Bakehouse provided by Hartington History Group- (primarily Lesley Birch and Janet Bray) was a focus of interest and conversation. It is still on display and will remain so for several months so please, when you have chance, have a look at a year in the life of Hartington February 1952- June 1953. After the children from Hartington Primary school had been to church for their school assembly they all dressed up and acted out a mock coronation on the village green. All the children had great fun pretending to be Kings and Queens from different countries, with Rosa acting as Queen Elizabeth with her attendants Lucy and Isabella. Rosa was crowned by Toby acting as the Arch Bishop. The crowning was followed by everyone singing the National Anthem (Sarah Broadley- Chair PTA)

With the exception of the unfortunate accident when Jean Stone was injured during a fall, the Jubilee Dance was a big success. We are pleased to report that Jean is now on the mend and we wish her a continued and speedy recovery. The evening started with George and Shirley Riley calling a number of dances which were popular during the 1950’s: ‘March of the Mods’, ‘St Bernards’, ‘Gay Gordons’, and ‘Barn Dance’. Everyone joined in, both young and older, all enjoying these dances tremendously. We would like to thank George and Shirley for sharing their expertise.

A ‘Jive’ competition was closely fought, with some fantastic dancing by some of the younger members of our community. The overall winners though were Ellie-Mae Morson and Amy Broadley Well done to them both.

Over 100 people of all generations attended, from tiny tots to grandparents, and danced the night away to the music. It was a wonderful nostalgic evening with many people dressed in fabulous 1950’s inspired outfits. The setting was colourful and festive too, with red, white and blue bunting around the hall and flowers and flags on the tables. A big thank you to Fiona and all the volunteers who helped decorate the hall on Thursday evening and the British Legion for the loan of some of the bunting and the plastic glasses.    (Lesley, Mary & Janet

We were blessed with 2 Town Criers- on Saturday Keith Hawley- provided a programme of entertainment for the community and visitors alike before the official opening of the day’s events. The Poppy Queen was welcomed and presided over the Wheelbarrow races around the pond. She then travelled to the Sports field, courtesy of Phillip Parker and his steam traction engine. The family sports day proved eventful and entertaining and was supported by several traction engines and John Riley and his decorated tractor and trailer transport giving rides to many village folk and visitors alike

The special Church Service was well attended and followed by refreshments in the British Legion

Town Crier number 2- Mr Trevor Wragg- due to heavy rain the opening at the Village pump was abandoned and we had to move the picnic from the field to the Village hall. A full house was welcome by the Town Crier- and address by Chair of the Parish Council- Mr David Anatt and then a toast to the Queen with Sherry provided by the Parish Council. The Village Cake, with 20 cakes contributed by the village, was cut and distributed to those present and will be given to the older citizens who now reside away from the village. Thanks to Sue Bruce and Helen Harrison for organising the event and distribution of the Jubilee Mugs (With the Chair) to the children of the parish.

The jubilee quiz night in the village hall was a great success and a fun way to finish off the fabulous jubilee weekend. We had our choir leading the way with some rather splendid songs – helped along in fine style by all the quiz teams (a special mention for the village version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ I have to say) and despite a Leek team (The Quizzy Rascals) winning overall, the quiz went ahead without incident or bloodshed!

Many thanks to all who performed onstage – some great talent there-it always amazes me how local performers can just ‘appear’ almost from nowhere and I’m sure there’s more singing talent out there as well, so please get in touch for the next show guys!

Many thanks to everyone who helped on the night and in the planning. Special mention goes to Zoe Keeling (‘Muzik & More’ in Buxton) and Matt Taylor for providing equipment, quiz questions, DJ music and performing. We had singers from Buxton and Leek as well and thanks to everyone who dressed up for the night – not that many of us need half an excuse.

Thanks to Liz and the Hartington Community Group and the village hall for all their help in making the night a success. My word we have some fun in this village don’t we?  (Janet Galloway- Leader of Hartington Singing group)



Curtain Call- Calling all Suffragettes

Judy Walklake has informed me that the “Votes for Women” script and photographs has been on display at an Art Festival Exhibition at Keele University- fame at last.            Fiona Parsons


WHEEL & WALK Saturday 22nd September

The Chesterfield & District Branch of the MS Society provides support & funding for people affected by MS in the region (covering NE Derbyshire including Buxton, Bakewell & Matlock). The branch opened in 2008 & is helping people to overcome challenges that are brought on with MS.

I now run the EAST MIDLANDS YOUNG ADULTS with MS & it provides support for young adults in the area, we hold regular, informal meetings (usually a pub) where we can share experiences & help each other.

The walk will have different options for all abilities, with transport available if needed. The walk will be challenging for me, as I am planning to do the full 12 miles. Although I go walking regularly, my usual maximum is 7 miles. I am prepared for a few days pain afterwards, this adding to the pain caused by MS will be a challenge itself.

If you would like to join us, please contact me Linzi Parsons on 01246 622009 (leave a message, I will get back to you) or e-mail for information. If you can’t make it, I would really appreciate your sponsorship (look out for forms @ Hartington Post Office).

Alternatively you can TEXT MSSW90 & the amount of your donation to 70070 Many thanks Linzi Parsons


Macmillan Coffee Morning

Friday 28th September- 10-1pm

This will be held at the home of Bel Kerr, Thornwell, Dig Street, Hartington. Coffee, Cakes and tombola stall.


Jubilee Sunday Church Service

Sarah and I would like to thank everyone who attended the service on such a historic occasion; we found it very moving and it was a pleasure to see so many friends, who were also at the picnic in the afternoon. All the events were very enjoyable, thank you all for your hard work.   

 Celia and Sarah


Memorial Service- Mr John Lowe

There will be a memorial-thanksgiving service for the life of Mr John Lowe on Saturday September 15th-2.30pm at St Peters Church Alstonefield.                 Ruth Lowe and family


St Giles Church– News to share and a request!

I am very pleased to be able to tell you that our beautiful Church of St Giles has been selected as one of the first 50 churches to be profiled on the new Derby Diocese Tourism website. There are an estimated 33 million day visits  to Derbyshire each year, and it is lovely to think we can reach out to even more visitors and share this special place with them. In order to make our church even more welcoming I would like to request help for an “Autumn Spring Clean” of church yard and church on Saturday September 1st from 10 am. Refreshments and very grateful thanks will be supplied. Thank you in anticipation- Sarah


Harvest Festival Songs of Praise– Sunday 7th October at 6pm

We hope this will be followed by an informal “Harvest Supper” in the Village Hall. We shall be distributing the Harvest Hampers as usual to our older residents. Please bring your harvest gift to church on Friday/Saturday before, when we will be decorating the church and preparing the hampers Thank you. Sarah


Fancy being a church warden?   Come and find out what is involved and how rewarding it is, and how varied and interesting it can be too. Please get in touch with one of us if you are- Sarah & Celia


A short (like our summer) Summer Concert at Church August 26th- A date for your diary- please look out for posters. This Picnic Concert (weather permitting)-bring your own cushion and picnic will be presented by Ashbourne Sinfonia as a fund raiser for church     Sarah Lacey


Hartington Jubilee Cake

I would like to thank all who participated in making the Jubilee Cake. Which began as a small idea and rose to a large and wonderful effort, overall 20 cakes were donated! The interpretation you put into them was brilliant and there were so many good ideas. We cut the cake to be served with the sherry toast. If the queen could have seen it she would have felt the respect each of us have for her. There was still plenty to be served during the evening party, also some for the night at the British Legion and the rest was given to nursing homes and divided between several village run projects including Age Concern, the Dance Club, Badminton, the Bell Ringers, Scouts and Curtain Call etc. I also took some to Hartington’s elderly residents who either couldn’t make it or are house bound, if there was anyone I happened to have missed, I apologize- Many Thanks, Helen Harrison


Biggin and Hartington Scouts

In July 10 Scouts  with their leaders Jill Dronfield and Alan  and Colin Deaville will be travelling by coach from Hartington to Adelboden in Switzerland. It has cost each one of them £480 much of which has been raised by the scout company. When they are there they will be involved in Climbing the Jungfrau as well as Ice skating and sailing on the Oeschinien lake. They will be staying in a chalet along with other scouts from all over the country; they are the only company from the Derwent and Dove District. They have promised to keep a diary of their activities which we will include in the next edition of News and Views. The Cubs and Scouts will be back for regular meetings in the village hall in September- new members are always welcome- Cubs- 8-10half years and Scouts 10 half to 14 half years of age.


Celebration Evening- June 29th- with Steve Sutton and the Warslow Silver Band.

This was a great evening of music, singing and friendship Steve and the band as always were brilliant; the selection of music and jokes was perfect. Thank you to everyone who came and made it such a special evening. We hope to make this an annual event, with the band of course; a process and guidelines for how the community can nominate their “unsung hero” will be available in the late autumn.


HYPAC- Leaders and Annual BBQ

The BBQ was held at the youth hostel on Monday July 9th when we celebrated another successful year. The children of HYPAC received medals and certificates for their involvement in HYPAC Olympics- which included a relay round the pond and a marathon (in the rain of course).The leaders who have now completed their training, helped run these competitions. Congratulations to the new Level 1 Leaders- Oliver and Claire Flowers, Nicola Wardle, Jada Murray, Alice Hawley-Jones, Luke Charlesworth, Bobby Dutton and Ben Cloake. We also have Level 3 leaders who will be qualified now to lead the sessions next term- this is a great achievement. Their badges and Certificates were presented by Katie Stubbs from Village Games –Derbyshire Dales Congratulations to Todd and Chris Cloake, Jordan Wager, Charlotte Cope, Andy Smith, Annabelle and Sam Coles and Sam Smith


Staff Vacancy – Clerk to Governors The governors of Hartington C of E Primary School are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and committed Clerk to the Governing Body.  The salary is £428.28 per annum. Hours vary but there are 6 meetings per academic year.

For more information or to apply online please see in the Education – Non Teaching section or paper copies of the information and application form are available from the above website (or from school during term time). Closing date for applications is 18th September 2012

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed by prior arrangement by contacting 01298 84254

Thank you                                                                                                                                                     

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent get well wishes, cards and gifts during my recent illness. At a difficult time, it meant a lot to know so many people were thinking of me. Thank you all.                    

Dale Mullarkey Devonshire Arms


Digital Derbyshire Programme

Derbyshire County Council’s Digital Derbyshire programme is investing at least £15 million in Derbyshire’s biggest ever upgrade of broadband speeds and needs your help to drive the project. There are currently over 180,000 homes and businesses in classified ‘white areas’, where there is currently no broadband connection or speeds are slow, which are expected to benefit from improved infrastructure.

Digital Derbyshire’s focus is to deliver broadband speeds over 24 mega bits per second (mbps) across 90 per cent of the county and two mbps to the remaining 10 per cent by 2015. To register your residential property or business please visit Please ensure that you only register once for each residential or business address.

If you have any further questions or aspects of the scheme you would like to discuss please contact your local broadband champion covering the Hartington and District area at or call 01298 84558.


Hartington Netball Club

It has seen better days so we would like to make a fresh start in September and have a meeting with all who wish to be involved to discuss how you want it run going forward. Look out for notices and please ask people to come along- Meeting in Bakehouse- Thursday 13th September- 7.30pm see you there—Liz


Hartington Community Group (HCG)-

Meeting in the Bakehouse- August 6th- 7pm. All welcome- please come and help us plan the next few months of community activity.

Hartington Well Dressing begins Monday 3rd September in the Bakehouse -if you would like to come and help we would love to see you there – the Blessing takes place on Saturday 8th September (S. Lacey to confirm times) The theme this year is based on The Diamond Jubilee and the School Well will be the 2012 Olympics.



To Ron and Eileen Riley on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary which they will celebrate on September 27th. Best wishes from everyone in Hartington


St Thomas Church- Flower Festival

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way with this years’ Flower Festival It continued the Jubilee theme and was beautifully portrayed by the lovely flower decorations in Church. The closing service was also a real pleasure with the school children taking a very active part and the lovely individual readings. The service ended with the National Anthem a fitting finale to out Jubilee celebrations.   Biggin PCC


Thank you to all who took part in this quiz.  All moneys raised will help fund the celebrations that were held in this village on the weekend or June 2nd. Feedback indicates that all participants enjoyed researching the answers, which can be found in: Trevor Montague (2005, 3rd Ed.).  A to Z of (almost) everything – A Compendium of General Knowledge.

Mrs Mycock of Wormhill was the winner with 47 correct answers.  She has received a box of wine and says she “will enjoy drinking this with friends and family during the celebration period”.

A big thanks once again to everyone.  Whatever your age, I do hope you all attended and enjoyed taking part in your own villages festivities.  It has marked a momentous occasion in history, the likes of which, for many of us we will sadly, not see again.  But for some in the future, they will be able to recall with pride the memories and say, “I was there”.   Joan Bonsall.



The very wet and windy weather did not do much for our Spring Fair. Total profit was £146.00

Thanks to all who took part and helped to support the event. We say a very big thank you to Mr Pearson for his generous donation to our new lighting fund, which is still in the ‘red’,  donations  towards this fund would be gratefully received. Raffle Winners were,

  1. Bel Kerr – Plant basket.
  2. Angela Campeau – Purse.
  3. Alice Cundy – Choc’s.
  4. Philip Turner – Cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Flower Festival   – our main Church event will be held over the bank holiday weekend, Fri day August 24th to Monday 27th.  The theme this year is ‘Books’ The Church opens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We are looking for help with refreshments and stewarding in Church, if anyone can help with either baking, or time on a rota. Help is also needed to decorate the Church, flower arrangers welcome, you can also ‘sponsor’ a window if you wish to, which helps towards the cost of the flowers. Lastly prizes required for the tombola and raffle please. Pat

Community ACES Earl Sterndale

Mixed Crafts: Several members are making rag rugs of the proddy or peg types. Recycled cotton, wool and acrylic fabrics are being used. Others are helping to cut the fabric or doing their own project in patchwork, crochet or knitting. This group meets each Tuesday 10.30-12.30 in the Chapel and will continue throughout the summer. The sessions are very relaxed and people come and go as they please, whilst some rarely miss a session others attend sporadically. New members are always welcome. Cost is £2.50 per session.

Upholstery and Furniture Restoration with John Worrall: These classes finished in July for the summer break. They will start again in September. They take place in the Chapel 7-9 each Wednesday during term time. Cost is £50 for 10 sessions. Currently participants are re-caning chairs, repairing a sea grass stool and learning the skills of both modern and traditional upholstery to give furniture a new lease of life. This is another friendly group of people who produce some very professional work. A lot of support is given to those with no previous experience.

Community ACES is a village based group but participants attend from a wide area. For further information telephone Margaret Lampard 01298 83277 or Hazel Greig 01298 83266.


Alstonefield-St. Peter’s Church

The Flower and Costume Festival  takes place between August 2nd- 5th, from 10-30am through to 6-30pm.The theme will be Forties life in Alstonefield- “Dig for Victory” during the war years, and will show costumes from that era, memorabilia  and flowers, which will be suitable for each tableaux   Refreshments will be served daily in the Village Hall which is within walking distance from the Church.

 Alstonefield and District Friendship Club

We chose one of the few warm and sunny days for our trip to Denby, which gave us the opportunity of sunbathing in a sheltered courtyard with a cup of tea and an ice cream, when we had finished everything else.

Our next outing on Wednesday 8th August is to Dagfields Antiques and Craft Centre and/or Bridgemere Garden World.  The two are close together, so those who want to visit Dagfields can be dropped off there, while the rest continue to Bridgemere.  If some of the Dagfields party want to visit Bridgemere as well, they can be collected at an agreed time and join everyone else at Bridgemere – or they can stay at Dagfields and be collected on the way home.  Both venues have a great deal to offer and places to sit down with a drink or some good food.  The cost of the coach is £6.

Our meeting on 22nd August (6.30pm at Alstonefield Village Hall) sees a welcome return visit from Kath Reynolds, who will this time be reminiscing about ‘Schooldays’.  Last time she came, she talked about ‘Goose grease and brown paper’ – old remedies which most of us could remember, and she invited us to talk about the remedies we could remember from our younger days.

On September 12th we shall be visiting Amerton Farm, which, as well as the farmyard, has a bakery, tea room, farm shop, cook shop, plant centre, jewelry shop, craft and gift centre, cake and sweet shop, fabric shop, home-made ice cream, wildlife centre, to mention just a few of the attractions.  Again, the coach costs £6 and admission to Amerton Farm is free.

September 26th is the date of our Harvest Supper – we meet at 6.00pm instead of the usual 6.30pm at Alstonefield Village Hall.  This is always good fun – a good supper of meat and potato pie and pies, followed by trifle or fruit salad, and then the really entertaining part – the auction of produce brought along by members.

We are always pleased to welcome non-members, so if you would like to come along any time, please do.  We do need to know in advance for the outings, so that the coach driver knows where to pick you up.  We pick up from Alstonefield, Biggin, Butterton, Hartington, Hulme End, Longnor, Sheen, Warslow and Wetton – and a few places in between.  For more information, or to book your place on the outing, please ring Lorraine on 01335 310353 or Ann on 01298 84394.


 Services for Sundays and other Major Festivals



Earl Sterndale



August 5th

Trinity 9

11am Morning Worship

9.45 Holy                   Communion

8am (1662) Holy Communion

2 Sam. 11: 26-12:13a

John 6: 24-35

August 12th

Trinity 10





2 Sam. 18: 5-9, 15,31-33

John 6: 35, 41-51

August 19th

Trinity 11

11.15 Parish Communion (by extension)

11am Holy



Family Service


1 Kings 2: 10-12; 3: 3-14

John 6: 51-58

August 26th

Trinity 12


Flower Festival

Songs of Praise


9.30 Parish Communion

1 Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43

John 6: 56-69

September 2nd

Trinity 13

11am Morning


9.45 Holy                   Communion

8am (1662) Holy Communion

Deut. 4: 1-2, 6-9

Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

September 9th

Trinity 14



@Biggin   10am


Isaiah 35: 4-7a

Mark 7: 24-37

September 16th

Trinity 15

11.15 Parish Communion

11am Holy



Family Service

Isaiah 50: 4-9a

Mark 8: 27-38

September  23rd

Trinity 16


9.30 Parish Communion

Jeremiah 11: 18-20

Mark 9: 30-37

September 30th

Trinity 17



@Taddington       10am

Num. 11:4-6,10-16,24-29

Mark 9: 38-50

Parish Registers


Hartington- 22 July- Ebony Rose LeaEarl



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We would like to thank the following who have sponsored the 2012 issues:

Charles Cotton Hotel      

Devonshire Arms

Cheese Shop

Dauphin Antiques

Sticks and Stoves

L & R Gregory, Bridge End, Farm                                      

Anna & Laura Heeley, Emma Doak (Village Stores Hartington)








Waterloo Inn, Biggin

Rookes Pottery

Biggin Hall Country Hotel

Beresford Tea Rooms

Hartdale Motors Ltd

The Kings, Ivy House

A&S.PEACH Newsagent & General Store

“Curtain Call” Drama Group, Hartington.