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Issue 164 June 2019

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INSIDE:

Coal Aston

Village Voice

Flying Visit

Scotsman steams through: P10

SCOUTS

On Parade

FAMILIES

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DRONFIELD

Fifty Years Ago

FESTIVAL

Previewed

CELEBRATING

The Arts


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H

OW many of these Dronfield Parish Church choristers from days gone by do you remember?

Rob Aldread has recently returned as the choir’s Director of Music and you can read on page 34

of his attempts to attract new members of all ages.

Meanwhile, he has loaned Dronfield Eye these two pictures from the archives, the one on the left

showing the choir at Clumber Park, Worksop, in the 1980s and the one on the right of choristers

outside Southwell Minster some time in the 1990s.

If you can identify yourself, or perhaps a family member, please let us know.

ISITORS to this year’s

Dronfield Arts Festival

were never quite sure what

they were going to see next...

fire dancers, creatures of the

deep, burlesque performers

or circus skills. Our

cameraman captured this

unlikely image of Coun Philip

Wright, the Town Mayor,

rounding off his term of

office by dancing around the

Maypole!

D

RONFIELD is preparing to

host not one, but two music

festivals.

Plans are already well advanced for

the annual DronFest event which will

this year be held in Cliffe Park on

Saturday, August 10th. You can read

about the headline acts on page 32.

Meanwhile, music of a different

variety is to feature in a Feast of

Music, organised by the Parish

Church, in June. Read our preview

on page 22.

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INSIDE:

Coal Aston

Village Voice

Flying Visit

Scotsman steams through: P10

DRONFIELD

Fifty Years Ago

SCOUTS

On Parade

FESTIVAL

Previewed

FAMILIES

In Business

CELEBRATING

The Arts

P6: WI tribute to former member.

P8: Wendy Strides Out.

P10: Bowshaw Barrier Update.

P14: Guide Camp Memories.

P18: Celebrating St George.

P22: The Month For Music.

P24: Westminster Eye.

P26-27: Dronfield Arts Festival Pictures.

P28: More Trains for Dronfield?

P32: 2019 DronFest Preview.

P35-38: Coal Aston Village Voice.

P40-50: Celebrating Family Businesses.

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Members of Drone Roses WI and gardening volunteers at Dronfield Hall Barn

WI’s rose tribute to former member

Roses will bloom at Dronfield Hall Barn in

memory of a local member of the Women’s

Institute. Deborah Wain explains

G

ILLIAN Middleton, of Coal Aston, was treasurer of the

local Drone Roses WI when the group was formed in 2015.

When she sadly died last summer, husband Geoff revealed that

Gillian wanted donations at her funeral to go to her WI group.

The Drone Roses decided to give the £500 donated to volunteer

gardeners at The Barn to spend on rose trees for the grounds.

President, Julia Quin, said: “Gill was a much-valued member of

our group and we thought it would be fitting for roses to be planted

in her memory.”

The idea came to group member Jean Collins, who also

volunteers in the garden.

ORSE riders took to the saddle to

highlight how motorists can help

them to stay safe.

The Unstone Pass Wide and Slow

Awareness Ride was part of a nationwide

education campaign, but the first initiative

of its kind in the area.

The campaign calls on drivers to allow

at least two metres when overtaking

horses and to pass slowly. Drivers are

also asked to follow hand signals from

riders.

Terri Amber, from Holmesfield, who runs a

horse rescue and keeps and shares horses

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at Unstone, organised the local ride, which

involved 15 horses and riders.

It followed Terri’s concern at the driving

of some motorists around horses.

She said: “The general rule is to pass wide

and slow and if the road is narrow take your

cue from the rider, they are best placed to

know the safest course of action.

“During the ride, many drivers were

friendly and appeared to enjoy seeing the

horses out.”

The ride left from Moortop Farm, at

Apperknowle, and passed through Unstone,

Dronfield and Coal Aston.

“Now, when Gill’s family and friends come and see roses out, they

will know they are in memory of her,” said Jean.

The plan is to plant more than a dozen climbing and rambling

roses – a mix of old and new varieties. Several, in cream, white and

pink, are already in the ground and may start to flower as soon as

later this year.

Another volunteer, Mick Kirk, said: “We have had two years of

building and heavy work in the garden and it has some form to it.

“We’re now aiming to create height and colour and the roses will

have significant effect against some of the large walls.”

A dedicated group of up to 18 volunteers meets each Tuesday to

work in the garden. They also grow plants to sell to visitors and at

the quarterly producer markets.

They are keen to recruit more volunteers. Turn up on a Tuesday

between 9am and 1pm or call The Barn for more information on

01246 418122.

Drivers urged to consider riders’ safety

H

North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley

supported the ride and chose a horse

and rider to receive a prize for equine

safety.

Between November 2010 and March 2019,

315 horses and 43 riders have died in 3,737

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were due to drivers passing too quickly, and

32 per cent of riders reported road rage or

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Roger and Joanne Gore employed the Meersbrook-based company to transform both

their bathroom and their shower room... and now can’t wait to welcome them back this

month to do the same to their downstairs cloakroom.

The couple have lived in their extended Totley semi for 36 years and, looking forward to

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They discussed their plans with several companies but were not struck on any of them

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Wendy takes

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A Dronfield runner has helped set up a support

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Wendy Weston, fourth from left, with running colleagues

A

DRONFIELD runner has helped set up a support group

with a difference.

Local people living with or beyond cancer are being encouraged to

get active as part of a new initiative at Poolsbrook Country Park.

The idea is to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at the popular free

Parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month in which around

300 runners take part.

Participants then chat over a drink and cake in the café. The group is

also open to families, friends and those working in cancer services.

One of the event’s ambassadors is Wendy Weston, a teacher, who

did the Poolsbrook Parkrun many times before being diagnosed with

breast cancer in January 2018.

Wendy’s treatment has included four surgeries, along with courses

of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and continues. She has been able

to run through part of the treatment and it has helped her to cope

with her illness.

Physical activity has been shown to have a number of important

benefits for people living with cancer. It reduces cancer related

fatigue, helps to preserve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness

and improves psychological well-being. It may also reduce

treatment side effects, reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and

prolong survival. However, despite these benefits, a NHS report

found that only 23% of people living with cancer achieve the

recommended 30 minutes of moderate activity five times per week.

Wendy was thrilled to learn of 5k Your Way initiative which

combines a cancer support group with the popular Parkrun events.

There are currently 5K Your Way groups at 32 locations in the UK

and three in Ireland, however Poolsbrook is the first in Derbyshire.

Wendy said people had come from Chesterfield and further afield

to take part in the first two sessions.

“5k Your Way is quite a small charity but gradually word is getting

out and the feedback has been brilliant so far. It’s good to be taking

part with other people who are in the same boat and everyone is

really friendly.”

She added: “Being told that you can exercise can make a difference.”

Wendy, who has a daughter and two step-children, is joined in

running the events by Andy Morris and Tina Hensey. Andy also went

through cancer treatment in 2018.

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Train treat

DRONFIELD photographers were out in force when they heard that the

Flying Scotsman would be making a flying visit through the town. This

month’s cover picture was taken at Dronfield Station by railway

enthusiast Paul Millington. The legendary train was captured here, a little

further down the track, by Kerry Lang who was standing at Halfacre Lane.

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ECTIONS of the graffiti-covered steel barrier at the

Bowshaw roundabout are to be taken down within weeks,

it has been confirmed.

Evergreen planting will take place where the structure has been

removed.

Last month, Dronfield Eye reported how a decade has passed

since Derbyshire County Council put up a two-part visibility screen

along green space between lanes of the A61.

The measure was aimed at reducing accidents on the junction

and the expectation was trees and shrubs planted next to the

barriers would eventually grow to replace them.

And following recent complaints about the unsightly condition of

the barrier by Dronfield Civic Society, authority representatives

carried out a traffic safety assessment at the site.

In an email to the society’s secretary, John Hinchcliffe,

James Biddlestone, head of network planning, economy, transport

and environment, said sections of the barrier would be

dismantled where traffic and safety engineers feel it is “appropriate

and safe” to do so.

In 2009, when the council put up the 100-metre barrier, it was said

that it would mean drivers would have to make their decision to stop

or drive onto the roundabout a few seconds later, when they were in

a better position to judge the speed of traffic coming around the

roundabout.

Statistics recently provided by the council claimed the barriers had

successfully reduced the number of traffic collisions at the spot

from nine in the five years before the barriers went up, to five in the

five years after, although figures were not provided for the most

recent five years.

James explained: “Although unfortunately some minor accidents

do still exist, the rate of accidents has halved since the

implementation of the barriers.

“Due to this, I am sure that you will concur with the authority’s

approach not to remove all barriers at this stage. We will remove the

sections for which we feel will not exacerbate the current accident

rate.”

He added: “Within this financial year we will be investigating

possible design solutions in an attempt to reduce the current

accident rate at the Bowshaw roundabout.”

James also said that remaining vandalised panels would be

replaced with the reclaimed panels in a good condition. Work is

expected to be undertaken before the end of July.

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The event was first set up in 2014 by Matt, a club member, after

he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Matt sadly passed

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To date, the event has raised over £30,000 for the MND association

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on course and pie and peas at the end of the round, all included in

the entry of £200 per team.

“In the past, the event has been sponsored by many local

companies and prizes have included the chance to win a new car

with a hole-in-one, which we hope to have again this year.

“The match itself also has a fantastic table of prizes for the top ten

teams overall. Prizes in the past have included golf bags, trolleys,

golf shoes, general golf attire, prestigious four-ball vouchers, wine

selections and Go-pro cameras, to name a few.

“There are also individual prizes for longest drive and nearest the

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previous year’s prizes have included tour bags from Matt Fitzpatrick,

Darren Clarke and Ernie Els, and the chance to win a Porsche for the

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Decade of youth rugby

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The first

junior rugby

session at

Gosforth

before the

new club

was built

RONFIELD Rugby Club is celebrating ten years of youth

rugby and has seen the club build a weekend haven for

more than 120 children.

Things started small back in 2008, when the club identified that it

needed to start producing its own players in order to safeguard its

future.

Sunday mornings at the club are a hive of activity, and there’s

always something happening. Each team mixes training sessions,

where the kids are coached by RFU qualified coaches, together with

competitive games against other local teams.

Terry Hensby, club chairman said: “It’s fantastic to see our own

home-grown talent representing the club at senior level, and it’s

testament to the hard work of every coach, player, parent and

volunteer who have done their bit for the club over the years. Our

thanks goes out to them all, and we hope that the mini and junior

section at Dronfield Rugby Club will continue to grow.”

One player, local lad William Backhouse, has progressed through

the Leicester Tigers development programme, right through to the

full Leicester Academy.

Dronfield Rugby Club is also gearing up for its 50th anniversary

celebrations later this year. The club was founded in 1969 and it has

plans to mark this special milestone with a number of events

planned throughout the 2019/20 season.

Anyone who is interested in playing rugby, whether it’s Under-7

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Tumbledown barn was

Guide camp

Fascinating old photographs have come to light

revealing the humble beginnings of a camp for

local Guides and Brownies. Deborah Wain reports

G

UIDEACRE – a ramshackle farm building and land at

Hilltop - was gifted to Dronfield District Girl Guides by the

district commissioner, Miss Beatrice Mary Lucas, in 1943.

It became the site for many Guide and Brownie camps over the

years, while other local groups also met there.

One of the photographs shows Miss Lucas by the building before it

was repaired and had its roof thatched.

The structure was eventually deemed unsafe in 1979 and in the

years that following fund-raising was carried out to build a new

Guideacre as a joint venture between Scouts and Guides.

This opened in 1986 and is used by Guides, Brownies and

Rainbows today, along with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

The old Guideacre building was finally torn down in 2003.

The photographs were discovered in a box of old documents

passed on to former district commissioner Tracey Ellin. They had

been stored in a loft for many years and include letters, press

cuttings and the minutes of Guideacre’s managing committee

between 1943 and 1945.

The minutes document the various efforts by local groups to fundraise

for the project.

In a letter, Miss Lucas wrote to the Girl Guiding Association Trust,

the Guide leader reveals what motivated her to make the donation:

“Since I have been District Commander, I have realised what a

This derelict Hilltop barn became the site

for many Guide and Brownie camps

These photographs had been stored in a loft for many years

A

TALENTED brother and sister from Dronfield took a number of prizes at

the Don Valley Music and Drama Festival.

Declan Ryder, aged 15, and 12-year-old sister Isobel are well-known to local

audiences, having performed in a number of Dronfield Musical Theatre Group

shows. They won five trophies between them at the Doncaster-based festival.

Declan won first prize in four classes in his age group for acting, news

presentation and solo vocal, along with a third prize in musical theatre vocal solo.

He also won the overall award for the ‘Most outstanding competitor’ in the

speech and drama section and the overall prize for the Radio Sheffield

‘Newsreader’ class. The prize is to attend studios and sit in on a news report

before recording a version. Declan was awarded four cups.

Isobel also won four classes in her age group for classical song, vocal solo,

news presentation and vocal ensemble with Hannah Bricklebank. She took a third

prize for acting and was also awarded a trophy.

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great handicap it is to Guiding for our district to be without a little

site of our own where all members of our movement can be happy,

healthy and helpful as our late Chief Scout wished, and enjoy the

beauties of nature which God has provided for us.”

The Chief Scout referred to Robert Baden-Powell, who founded

the Boy Scout movement and died in 1941.

Tracey said the materials gave an interesting insight into the site,

such as the fact it has a 22ft deep well that was capped. She said

papers also highlighted the struggle to maintain Miss Lucas’s

legacy.

Said Tracey: “The notes reveal what meagre amounts of money

they started with and, as volunteers, we still have the same issues

today.”

• Do you have any memories of attending camp at Guideacre? Do

you have any old photographs to share with Dronfield Eye readers?

Please email deb@heronpublications.co.uk

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A chorus of 60 singers, plus soloists and instrumentalists, will make the most of the Parish Church acoustics

The month for music

The Dronfield Eye area will be in fine

voice for much of June with a Feast of

Music organised by the Parish Church

D

RONFIELD has enjoyed Feast Holidays and Feasts of

Flowers but now we have a Feast of Music to look forward

to in June, spearheaded by the Parish Church.

Plenty of local talent

is to be heard - three

Dronfield Schools and

the new Dronfield

Parish Young Voices

are each presenting

concerts, as are the

Highcliffe Brass - and

there will be two other

major attractions.

The feast kicks off on

Saturday, 15th June, at

7.30pm with a great

modern Oratorio ‘This

Man’ written by Anne

de Waal from Derby,

conducted by Dana de

Waal, both well-known

musicians in south

Derbyshire.

The chorus of 60

singers, plus soloists

and instrumentalists,

will make the most of

the Parish Church's

great acoustics!

Musical and theatrical coach,

performer and choir leader,

Anne de Waal

Wednesday 19th will

see Simeon Wood, a

very talented multiinstrumentalist,

Multi-instrumentalist

Simeon Wood

composer and entertainer who has played all over the world, make

his Dronfield debut in a show for all the family.

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an itinerant musician has led me to play in extraordinary venues from

caves to castles, palaces to giant redwood forests as well as the

more conventional festivals, cruise ships, halls, theatres and art

centres."

Will we hear the Didgeridoo or South American Quena in Dronfield?

Full Programme (all at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated):

Saturday 15th: ‘This Man’ Oratorio (Anne De Waal).

Monday 17th: Dronfield Parish Young Voices & Friends, 7pm.

Tuesday 18th: Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School Concert, 7pm.

Wednesday 19th: Simeon Wood, multi-instrumentalist, composer,

entertainer.

Thursday 20th: ‘A Celebration of Singing’, Northfield Junior

School, 2pm.

Friday 21st: ‘Stonelow Summer Showcase’, Stonelow Junior School,

1.30pm & 7pm.

Saturday 22nd: ‘A Musical Journey’ Highcliffe Brass & Friends.

Sunday 23rd: Festival Choral Evensong, 6.30pm.

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Parish Councils for the next four years.

Firstly, however you voted, thanks to everyone who took the time to

go to the polls and get involved in local democracy. From knocking on

doors across Dronfield, lots of residents told me how frustrating the

last few months have been regarding Brexit and how, for a small

number, it didn’t make them want to vote at the moment.

I completely understand that frustration and I am working to try to

change what is happening down in Westminster. Even against this

backdrop, I’m grateful to those who did exercise their right to vote.

And the big news from that election is that NE Derbyshire voted,

again, for change. For the first time in its 46-year history, the council

will be run by the Conservatives – and, as your MP, I’m grateful for

the trust you have put in us locally.

Running local councils shouldn’t primarily be about the colour of the

rosette you wear and I know that we have some really committed

local residents who are keen to get to work on tackling the wellknown

problems at the council – particularly on planning and

greenbelt. Many of these problems have been years in the making

and so will not be unravelled quickly. Yet Coun Martin Thacker and

his team will get to work and try to start improving things.

Locally, too, Dronfield Town Council also remained Conservative and

Coun Angelique Foster and the team are grateful for your continued

support. A number of new councillors are joining the authority to

serve local residents and Coun Foster and the team are continuing

the good work they are doing for the community.

Thank you also to all retired councillors who have served their area

with such distinction over many years.

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Scouts and all of the helpers at the recent Dronfield 10k. It was

another brilliantly organised and well attended event and I managed,

again, to get round the course - just!

It was great to see so many people coming out to support it from

the local community. I will hopefully be back again, next year, to

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More trains for Dronfield?

Dr Peter Hayward, chairman of the Friends

of Dronfield Station, explains why commuters

should be getting excited about potential

improvements to local services

B

IG changes are being proposed for the rail network

in the north of England in the next two years which

are expected to result in significant improvements to train

services at Dronfield.

Full details are still to be announced, but there will be

opportunity to hear the latest from our train operators at the

Friends of Dronfield Station’s AGM .

Our guest speakers will include Pete Myers, Regional Client

and stakeholder manager at Arriva Rail North and Edward

Funnell, stakeholder engagement adviser at Abellio, which has

just been confirmed as the new East Midlands franchise

operator with effect from this August.

Pete is well-known to us and will be able to provide an update

on developments within ARN, headlined by the launch of the

proposed Regional “Connect” network of faster services between

major centres across the north, from which Dronfield is expected to

benefit.

Confirmation of Abellio's success in winning the new East Midlands

franchise is 'hot off the press' as this issue of Dronfield Eye is being

prepared, so we are extremely fortunate to be able to welcome

Edward as a speaker for our AGM.

The East Midlands franchise currently operates services in our area

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What’s going to happen next for local rail commuters?

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Since its establishment in 2006, Friends of Dronfield Station has

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annum.

In parallel, our dedicated team of active volunteers works tirelessly

to maintain and improve the station itself to establish a welcoming

and attractive gateway to the town.

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50 years on

...and I’m

now claiming

to be a

Dronfeldian

Dronfield was a much different place in the late

1960s. One man who remembers it well is

Harry Barnes who, together with his family,

moved into one of the first houses to be

completed on the Gosforth Valley estate, halfa-century

ago. Harry, who went on to serve as

the local Member of Parliament for 18 years,

shares some of his memories from those days

A

NN and I first moved into Dronfield 50 years ago this

month, along with our son Stephen who was just a year

old. Our daughter Joanne was born three years later.

In moving into Rubens Close on Gosforth Valley, we occupied

what had been the area's first show house for the developing

Tarmac estate. It was a red hot summer and it did not rain for

some time. When it did, water came pouring through our roof.

Luckily, the builders were working nearby and repairs were

undertaken immediately.

The estate was being built in an area which today could have

been designated as a huge green belt, being until then dominated

by farming. At the time of the building of the full estate, it was

said to be the second largest private housing development in

Western Europe.

We moved into Dronfield from a Sheffield University flat which

we had rented for three years and where the lease was ending.

The reason we selected Dronfield was that in our time in Sheffield

we had visited the area on numbers of occasions.

I was a tutor at the university and a close colleague of mine was

Karl Hedderwick, who around the time we first arrived in Sheffield

moved with his wife Anne into a newly-built house on Cemetery

Road. Karl and I had previously studied together full-time for two

years at an adult education college in Oxford. He had been best

man at our wedding and we had then attended his own wedding.

Karl was involved in Labour Party activities in Dronfield and we

often came over from Sheffield to socialise and assist him and his

associates, especially at what were then annual elections. We also

made a number of visits with him and his wife to the Contact Club

which originally was situated in the High Street. When the club

moved to its current site on Snape Hill Lane in 1967, Karl insisted

that I should become a member, although we still lived in

Sheffield. It is now with some pride that I can point to the fact that

I have been a full-time member at its present venue for its full 52

years.

One of my greatest regrets is that Karl and his wife both died

before I retired as an MP in 2005. For we would otherwise have

met up with them very regularly.

We arrived in Dronfield during a period of rapid growth, the town's

population according to Census figures increasing from 11,303 in

1961 to 17,775 in 1971, just two years after our arrival. The growth

since the mid-1970s has been more modest, with the current

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Construction of the landmark

Dronfield by-pass flyover

Harry with his then toddler daughter, Joanne, holding

onto a lawnmoor in their garden, with a large earth

mound and a crane in the background

population being estimated at around 21,000.

A significant development soon took place next to our house in

Rubens Close - the building of the Unstone-Dronfield by-pass which

was finally completed and opened six years after our arrival.

Massive construction works took place, including the building of the

viaduct over Gosforth Drive towards the north of our house.

I chaired a committee of local residents who pressed for

communal protections. They often met in our house and we

organised public meetings so that matters could be raised with

bodies such the builders – the Midland Road Construction Unit. We

contacted Tom Swain, our local MP, who helped the houses

abutting the development to receive rates reductions during the

period of the construction.

We were also aware that if the by-pass had been classified as a

major motorway then our properties would automatically have

been protected by solid fencing. This would also have prevented

people (including children) from wandering onto the by-pass. So

Tom Swain arranged for the Minister of Transport, Fred Mulley, to

inspect developments. Conveniently, Mulley represented a

Sheffield seat and could easily visit the site. As a consequence, the

fencing was put in place.

The next local campaign I participated in was in opposition to the

operation of the Housing Finance Act of 1972, which provided for


The couple’s

son, Stephen,

sat on the grass

in the garden,

overlooked by a

mound of

earth with an

excavation truck

just over

the fence

A number of

excavation

trucks in the

background of

what was a

section of the

bottom of

Harry and

Ann’s garden

at Rubens

Close

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steady and steep increases in council rents. Our association ran a

fortnight’s rent and rates strike over the issue. As an owneroccupier,

I only withheld £2.38p rate money, but as a consequence

the bailiffs visited our home and took furniture for sale at auction,

covering the final costs (including those for their operations) with

the sale of our dining room table and chairs!

However, for myself, being situated in Dronfield was convenient.

Much of the work I undertook was nearby at Sheffield University,

but a large element of my teaching was also with industrial day

release students, including Derbyshire miners’ classes who met at

the Miners' Offices on Saltergate in Chesterfield. Living in

Derbyshire helped me to gain a much better understanding of their

pits and communities.

But as initially the Civic Centre shopping area was not then in

place, Ann had to trail with our young son to the supermarket at

Fine Fair at the bottom of the High Street opposite Frank the

butcher’s. There were often outside queues and in passing what

was then a farm at the top of Gosforth Lane she regularly bumped

into cows being herded along the road for milking.

When we first arrived in Dronfield it had its own Urban District

Council which operated for the next five years until 1974 when the

area was then absorbed into a newly-established North East

Derbyshire District Council. Dronfield since that time has been

provided with a lower-tier Town Council.

I first stood, unsuccessfully, for the former Dronfield UDC in

1972, losing (contrary to our canvas returns) by 650 to 568 in the

former Central Ward which lapped over sections of the Sheffield/

Chesterfield Road.

I was never able to win an election until I became the area’s MP

in 1987. By that time, we had moved from Rubens Close to

Gosforth Lane.

After spending 50 years in Dronfield, my wife and I can now

probably claim to be Dronfeldians – even though it was our

children, and not ourselves, who went to school here.

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Ferocious Dog

Clear Vinyl

2019 DronFest headliners

It’s the biggest day of music and fun for miles around.

Have you booked your tickets yet for DronFest?

T

WENTY years old this summer, DronFest has become far

more than the area’s premier outdoor live music event.

It has also grown into an important fund-raising organisation, with

more than £102,000 presented to grateful good causes down the

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years. Last

summer’s festival

raised a whopping

£12,765 which

was shared

between a dozen

local charities.

Tickets are now

on sale for this

year’s twin-stage

DronFest which

will again take

place in Cliffe

Park, Callywhite

Liam Walker

Lane. The date for

your diary is Saturday, 10th August, and there are incentives to buy

tickets in advance.

Last summer’s spectacular was regarded by many as the best to

date, with plenty of other entertainment to appeal to all family

members.

Headline acts on the main stage this year will include Ferocious

Dog, Liam Walker and Clear Vinyl.

With the power and aggression of punk-rock and the poignant,

meaningful lyrics of folk, Ferocious Dog have created a unique and

magnificent sound. Veterans of the live music scene, the band have

spent recent years honing their skills by touring relentlessly.

They have continually exceeded all expectations of an independent

band, becoming the first unsigned band to sell out Nottingham’s

legendary Rock City in 2015 before going on to seduce crowds of

thousands at many of the UK and Europe’s favourite festivals.

Clear Vinyl are about leaving your problems at the door, bouncing

down to the front and having the time of your life. Having spent the

last two years hidden away writing and recording, they are ready to

show what they’ve been working on with their first single ‘That

Feeling’ having been released in February.

They have crafted a sound of polished alternative pop, staying true

to their core beliefs that music should be fun and an escape from the

world of political and emotional turmoil that we exist in.

Liam Walker is a singer-song writer drawing his vocal style from

mainly soul, R&B, blues and Americana influences. He produces his

own material, alongside working on a variety of collaboration

projects with other artists.

His vocal style has been compared to early Paul Rogers, Marvin

Gaye, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver amongst others.

The future looks bright for Liam who did Chesterfield proud when

he recently performed on ITV’s ‘The Voice’. He won the hearts of the

audience and millions watching on TV.

Ticket information at www.dronfest.co.uk


Hallowes Golf Club

Ideal location in beautiful surroundings for:

- Birthday/Anniversary Celebrations

- Weddings

- Christenings

- Children’s Birthday Parties

- Group Private hire

- Business ‘Away’ days

- Networking events

- Funerals

You can hire the function room and fully

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hire, up to £250 for a full day’s hire.

To book contact the club on 01246 413734

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Food is available separately and can be

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Choir’s bid to boost numbers

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St John the Baptist Church has stood in Dronfield

for over 850 years and has a long-standing choral

tradition. The man leading the Parish Church

Choir is now hoping to attract new members.

Dronfield Eye’s Deborah Wain reports

Choristers in a show of strength outside the Parish Church

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HE Parish Church Choir has long stood at the centre of life

in the town. Its members lead events such as

Remembrance Sunday, the Civic Service and services at

festivals such as Easter, Advent and Christmas.

Rob Aldread has recently returned as Director of Music and is keen

to preserve the tradition for many more years.

Although the choir’s ranks have recently been bolstered and

membership stands at 25, Rob is keen to hear from more singers.

He said: “Everyone is welcome to come along, there are no

auditions. We are particularly hoping that there are some men that

would like to come and join the tenor and bass parts. Perhaps there

are some people out there that used to be in the choir when they

were children? I will also be contacting local schools to encourage

some children to join as trebles.”

There has been a four-part - soprano, alto, tenor and bass – choir at

St John’s for many years, led by Bernard Speed during the 1950s-

70s, and Ken Ellis during the 1980s-90s before Rob himself took over

between 2000 and 2014.

Rob, a music graduate, aged 42, has been involved in church music

with choirs, music groups and playing for organ and piano since he

was a teenager.

Unfortunately, a heart condition meant he had to give up the post

for a time, handing over the reins to Gavin Ward.

After taking early retirement on medical grounds from his career as

a commercial executive at Rolls-Royce last September, Rob

discovered the Dronfield position was available. Outside of church,

he is married to Donna and the couple have three sons.

Rob said: “Being a member of the church choir is a really good thing

to do. It is something that people of all ages can enjoy doing

together.

“For children, it provides a musical education whilst also helping

them to develop skills in teamwork, listening, respect and good

behaviour in general.

“The choir strives to sing music to a good standard and is capable

of singing choral evensong and choral matins with various settings,

responses and Anglican chant. The choir sings an anthem and leads

the worship at the weekly 9.30am Sunday service and occasionally in

the evening at 6.30pm.

“Choir practice is on Thursday evening with a practice for trebles -

the children - at 6.15pm, followed by a full practice at 7.15pm.”

Rob added: “I’m realistic about the time commitment and would

be open to discuss how it may be able to work if, for example,

work or childcare commitments meant someone can’t come every

Sunday.”

For more information visit dronfieldchurchmusic.com email

Robert.aldread@btinternet.com or ring Rob on 07969 663584.


VILLAGE

Coal Aston

Village Hall

Spring 2019

Gala 2019

With winter hopefully behind us, and spring having officially

started, it’s now time to look forward to the warmer weather

and outside local events. Saturday 6th July is one for your diary,

the date of our annual Coal Aston Gala, which will be officially

opened at 13.00 hrs.

There will be a variety of stalls outside and in

the main village hall offering a selection of

crafts, refreshments etc., whilst Punch and Judy

shows, face painting, bouncy castles and races

will be there to entertain the children.

We have recently received confirmation that

a Dakota flypast from the Battle of Britain

Memorial Flight will once again take place on

the day - a great crowd pleaser last year!

Coal Aston Bowling Club will be serving their

delicious cream teas and holding a Target Bowls

competition.

On Sunday 7 July, from 10am onwards, the

Royle Art Group will be holding their exhibition

and serving light refreshments.

Finally, to complete our 2019 Gala Week, there

will be a Concert on Saturday 13 July when we

welcome talented Mother and Daughter Duo

Chris & Kellie While.

Do you have a Classic Vehicle?

For the past few years we have had classic vehicles at the Annual Gala and these have not only

generated quite a lot of interest, but also helped to raise considerable funds for the community. If

you would like to display your car, commercial, motorcycle or tractor at the Gala on Saturday 6 July

we would very much like to hear from you. For further information please contact Andrew Bradbury

on 01246 415033 or 0788 773 5833. Alternatively, you can e-mail andrewjbradbury@aol.com .

Prior booking is required because we may be short of space. Vehicles would need to arrive by 12:00

noon.

Chairman’s Column

I was up quite late this morning - well it wouldn’t

have been late if the clocks hadn’t moved

forward last night. Spring is upon us and this

weekend also marks a big change for The

Village Hall.

Since the Hall was rebuilt, Dronfield Town

Council has provided our booking administration

service and has been the first port of call for

many of our customers. Over recent months it

has apparently become uneconomical for them

to continue with the service and from April 1st

we are ‘going it alone’. We leave with some regret

and would like to take this opportunity to offer

our gratitude to the Town Council staff for their

work over the years.

Details of the new arrangements can be found

on these pages and we are confident that our

customers, both regular and first time hirers, will

find the approach user-friendly. The new phone

number, 01246 912464, will be our contact for

any enquiries regarding the Village Hall. During

office hours calls will be answered and bookings

or any other queries dealt with immediately. Out

of hours our new answerphone service will take

messages that will always be followed up the

next working day.

We are pleased that so many local user groups

are operating from The Village Hall; the closure

of Gladys Buxton Centre brought several new

groups along. Our regular activities now range

from Zumba & Keep Fit, Patchwork/sewing, glass

fusion, painting, youth theatre, Spanish lessons,

and antique valuations. Additionally we continue

with the Main Hall as the daily local centre for

Derbyshire County Council Adult Care Service

and frequent staff-training sessions are held in

the Meetings Room.

Our Coal Aston Live concerts and Norton

Players productions attract many people to Coal

Aston along with events promoted by outside

organisations. The very popular Tribute Act nights

are a great example of how well regarded The

Village Hall is as a music venue.

It’s a very busy place but there’s always a

welcome for newcomers, both as hirers and

event attendees.

Peter Gray

V i l l a g e V o i c e – S p r i n g 2 0 1 9


Regular Activities at the

Village Hall

For detailed information, visit our website

page at

http://www.coalastonvillagehall.org.uk/

regular-activities

Monday

Polish up your Spanish 10:45 to 12:00

Ladies Keep Fit 18:45 to 19:45

The Lost Art Group 19:00

Coal Aston Clarinet Choir (Grade 5 and above)

20:00 to 22:00

Tuesday

Hansons Auction Valuations 10:00 to 13:00

(fortnightly – see website Calendar)

Short Mat Bowling Club 19:45 to 22:00

Wednesday

Healthy Living - weight loss management

18:00 to 19:00

Zumba 18:15 – 19:05

Norton Players 19:30 to 22:00

Thursday

Patchwork & Quilting 09:45 to 12:30

The Craft Group 14:00

Ladies Keep Fit in the Main Hall 18:45 to

19:45

Dronfi eld 1st Responders 19:30 to 21:45

Monthly (see website Calendar)

Gosforth Youth Theatre 19:30

Friday and Saturday

Fairplay 13:00 (Friday)

Various Concerts, Entertainments, Fairs &

Celebrations

(See website Calendar)

Sunday

Stamp Fair: Third Sunday of each month

See notice in foyer for confi rmation of dates.

Norton Players 19:30 – 22:00

Note that all rooms will have availability

during the week. For further information,

contact Bookings on 01246 912464

Please check our Website and Facebook pages

for the latest information.

Website: www.coalastonvillagehall.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/

CoalAstonVillageHall

Christmas Charity

Contributions

We are delighted to announce

that the raffle at the Scuppered

Christmas Concert raised £150

for Cancer Research. During the

same evening there was a visit

from the Derby Tup who raised

£500 for Weston Park, much of

which was received during the

evening. We are very grateful to

our audience for their generous

contributions.

Christmas Day at the

Village Hall!

An extra-special event was held in the Village

Hall on Christmas Day, and it was organised

by Maria Pendlebury for the benefi t of local

senior citizens who would otherwise be alone.

The previous Christmas, Maria and her family

were enjoying their own celebrations when

they thought how lovely it would be to share

their day with anyone who would be on their

own on such a special day. So, they decided

to hire the Village Hall and get in touch with

two local senior citizens’ luncheon clubs, where

they initially had a response from nine people.

On the day some made their own way and

others were collected, and there were twentysix

around the table all together. By using the

Main Hall it was possible to have a play area

for the children. There was a magnifi cent meal

consisting of canapés, soup, turkey with all

the trimmings, a selection of desserts and a

cheeseboard, mince pies and Christmas cakes.

There were cheesy ice-breaker jokes, bingo and

a bit of a singalong to carols.

A wonderful time was had by all!

Moss Valley Woodlands Nature

Reserve - Volunteer Work days

Interested in practical conservation? Come

and help out with a variety of tasks including

vegetation management, fence repairs and

access improvements. Tools and gloves are

provided, but please wear warm, waterproof

clothing, and sturdy footwear, and bring a

packed lunch and drinking water.

Volunteer Work Days are from 10am to 3pm

on the fi rst Thursday of the month, meeting at

Hazlehurst Lane layby, S8 8BG.

For more details on the above, please contact

Hannah Wittram on nature.reserves@

wildsheffi eld.com or 0114 263 4335

Coal Aston Village Hall New

Booking System

Our new booking system can now be accessed

on our website, 24 hours a day and seven

days a week. You can check What’s On, What’s

Available and you can reserve your rooms. Your

request is held as a priority and goes straight

to our Booking Management System. Here it is

checked during Staff hours and you will hear

from us as soon as it can be approved.

If you prefer, you can fi ll in a form on the

website at www.coalastonvillagehall.org.uk

or email us at

enquiries@coalastonvillagehall.org.uk

We can also be contacted by telephone on

01246 912464

We look forward to hearing from you!

V i l l a g e V o i c e – S p r i n g 2 0 1 9


Coal Aston Live

We’ve seen some great events over the last few months. Our 2018

season closed with our annual Scuppered Christmas Show. This time

we were fortunate in having Tom McConville along as our special

guest; not only did he provide a scintillating solo set but he joined

Scuppered in their main set, adding glorious fiddle to a few of their

songs. We were also delighted to have our regular Christmas treat from

Cartwheel Folk Band with their superb traditional harmony songs, and

during the interval to have the guys from Harthill with their ‘Derby

Tup’ mummers play. This evening is a very special night for us all, and

our friends and regulars always seem to enjoy the fun.

The 2019 season opened with our annual Dave

Berry night. Always a sell out gig with Dave and

The Cruisers providing a rock solid hour of 60’s

classics, a set which of course includes Dave’s

greatest hit ‘The Crying Game.’ A special event

for Scuppered happened during their support

set when they were joined in a cover version

of The Everly’s ‘Let It Be Me’ by Brian Wood on

slide guitar. Brian, Dave Berry’s bass guitarist

and musical arranger, suggested the song for

Scuppered a year ago and played an amazing

lead break on slide guitar.

The February concert was a very different

event from normal with the Scuppered boys

being absent due to hastily planned holiday

commitments. The concert featured the brilliant

three-piece band ‘Other Roads’ on their third

visit to Coal Aston, and who needed a support

act for the evening. Fortunately, we were

successful in getting Folk Band ‘Pete, Ken &

Geoff’ along from their Harthill base to cover

Scuppered’s absence. The night was a roaring

success with a room full of people enjoying

some fantastic music and song from these two

talented groups. The more traditional songs

from P,K&G blended perfectly with Other Roads

contemporary style. Particular mention must

go to Gregor Borland, the award winning fiddle

player with ‘Other Roads.’ AMAZING!

This brings us to March and the second Coal

Aston appearance of none other than pop

legend Paul Young featuring in the Tex Mex

band ‘Los Pacaminos.’ What an incredible show

these guys put on; solid Tex Mex songs delivered

by six musicians at the very top of their game.

It’s of course a thrill to see Paul in action, but

his Los Pacaminos Role is as a member, not the

star (although a good few ladies in the audience

seemed particularly pleased to meet him in

person). And what a bunch of nice guys they are.

Scuppered had the privilege of playing a support

set through the impressive Los Pacaminos sound

system.

We’ve some great concerts coming up; check

out the dates in this issue and look out for local

advertising.

Congratulations!

We are delighted to announce that our

Caretaker Bob Mullins and his wife Kath are

now grandparents to Alby Jack Goodwin, who

was born on 23 rd February, 2019, to parents

Nichola and Andrew. Our photo shows the

very proud grandparents with their beautiful

grandson.

Kitchen and Car Park

developments at Coal

Aston Village Hall

Many residents may know that the Village Hall

was extensively renovated in the year 2000

and has continued to be used by many local

groups every day of the week. However this

continual use creates wear and tear and the

maintenance committee have to prioritise any

major expenditure that may be required.

Currently two projects are in the pipeline for

consideration, the first being the kitchen which

requires updating with improved storage and

cooking facilities. The second is the resurfacing

and improvement of our car park at the front

of the hall for the benefit of village hall hirers.

This was last re-surfaced around 1990 and is

showing signs of deterioration. It is hoped that

we could include a charging point for electric

vehicles as part of this scheme (subject to cost)

which we are sure village hall users would

benefit from in the future.

Due to the anticipated cost of these two

schemes the Village Hall Committee are

looking to apply for funding from The Lottery

Community Fund as current funds would not

allow us to do both. We intend to consult

with users of the Hall on these projects to

ensure they meet current and future demands

by improving the places and spaces that our

community needs.

V i l l a g e V o i c e – S p r i n g 2 0 1 9


COAL ASTON VILLAGE HALL

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday 18 May

COSMOTHEKA

Old name and new line-up, presenting songs

from the days of Music Hall.

Tickets £10. See detail* below.

Saturday 6 July

GALA DAY

All the usual attractions, some of which are still

being planned.

Includes the Blessing of the Well. Times will be

publicised nearer the date.

Sunday 7 July

THE ROYLE ART GROUP

will have an exhibition of their work on show

and for sale, from 10.00 onwards.

Friday 12 July

ADRIAN FOUNTAIN AND FRIENDS

Fantastic music from the 50s, 60s, 70s

and beyond

Charity Concert for CRY (Cardiac Risk in

the Young).

Show starts 19:30. Licensed Bar. Tickets £13

Contact Derri on 07432 419030 or Malcolm

on 07778 773216

Saturday 13 July

CHRIS & KELLIE WHILE

Delightful music and song from this wonderful

Mother and Daughter duo.

Tickets £10. See detail* below.

Saturday 21 September

KELLYS HEROES

Superb Irish Band from Nottingham.

Tickets £10. See detail* below.

COAL ASTON VILLAGE VOICE,

INCORPORATING THE VILLAGE HALL

NEWSLETTER, IS PREPARED AND

PUBLISHED BY THE MANAGEMENT

COMMITTEE OF THE VILLAGE HALL

Chairman Peter Gray 01246 410611

Secretary Steven Barnett 01246 410046

Treasurer Stephen Bray 01246 411155

Mrs Pauline Barker

Mrs Susan Beety

John Bennett 01246 415892

Jonathan Brooks 01246 291544

Derek Crawford 01246 769512

Martin Hanrahan 01246 418183

Steve Hepper 07973 124526

John Hodge 01246 411526

Mrs Mary Mutch

Neil Mutch 07825 650590

John Reedman 01246 414173

Saturday 19 October

THE SWING COMMANDERS

Always a full-house for this superb Texan Swing

Band, direct from their Lancashire home!

Advance booking on-line for this concert.

Tickets £12 + £1.30 booking fee available from

early June. See detail* below.

Friday 25 October

THE BEST NIGHT OUT!

presents ABBA

Tickets from www.tributetickets.co.uk or Niche

Coffee Shop, Coal Aston

Saturday 9 November

BARN DANCE

Tickets £11 including pie and pea supper

Telephone 0114 274 6124 for tickets.

Saturday 16 November

HARBOTTLE & JONAS

Fantastic Duo from Devon, with

Derbyshire roots.

Tickets £8. See detail* below.

27 November to 30 November

NORTON PLAYERS PANTOMIME

Tickets £7 (£6 concessions)

Telephone 0114 288 9290.

Coal Aston Village Hall is acknowledged as

the district’s most popular venue for

live entertainment.

*For Concert events, doors open 19.30 hours

and shows start at 20.00.

These events are “Bring your own drinks”

unless otherwise stated. To order CONCERT

tickets contact Petegray@scuppered.org or

Hodge358@btinternet.com

Observations and opinions expressed in this

publication do not necessarily represent the

views of the Editorial Sub-committee, nor the

Village Hall Management Committee.

We welcome your news, old photographs, views

and items for publication in future issues. Send

these to the Village Voice sub-Committee at

the Village Hall, using the post box outside

the main door, by e-mailing villagevoice@

coalastonvillagehall.org.uk, or by post to Coal

Aston Village Hall, Eckington Road, Coal Aston,

S18 3AX.

Website: www.coalastonvillagehall.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/

CoalAstonVillageHall

Telephone and fax 01246 415630; Room Hire

only telephone 01246 912464

Following a successful run of

The White Cliffs in late April,

Norton Players embark on their

summer soiree in June and begin

planning for the fun-filled family

pantomime in November.

Keep your eyes peeled for details

and if you want to get involved

in the many facets of a drama

group, pop up on Wednesday or

Sunday evenings from 7.30pm

to join us

ROOMS FOR HIRE

Coal Aston Village Hall is the ideal venue for

that special anniversary or as an ideal location

for that private business meeting. Two car parks

are available, each with CCTV cover.

The Village Hall has three rooms available for

hire at various times. In addition to the Main

Hall, which is ideal for dances, parties and

concerts, there are two meeting rooms able

to accommodate up to 40 people, depending

upon the layout. One of these rooms is ideal

for serving a buffet or as a quiet room, for

events in the Main Hall, whilst the other has a

video projector.

A fully licensed bar facility is available as an

option to hirers.

For more information, see the Room

Hire section of our website at www.

coalastonvillagehall.org.uk/#!room-hire/chef

Coal Aston Live/Scuppered Concerts phone

01246 410611/411526

V i l l a g e V o i c e – S p r i n g 2 0 1 9


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EYE on family businesses

Celebrating our family businesses

They are at the centre of our high streets

and industrial estates and are loved by their

customers. Dronfield Eye pays tribute to our

family businesses, both large and small

I

F you thought family businesses were small fry in the wide

world of commerce, think again.

Today, there are around 4.7 million family-owned businesses in

the UK, 97% of which are small firms. They contribute about £460

billion to UK GDP and employ around 12 million people - that’s 60%

of the private sector

workforce.

In 2016, the family

business sector

paid £133 billion in

tax, 20% of UK

government revenues.

In addition, family

businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, and the bedrock

of local communities such as our own here in the Dronfield Eye

area. They are at the centre of our shopping parades and industrial

estates and are often the first to step forward whenever there are

charities and other good causes to support.

These businesses take risks, innovate and are able to adapt

quicker than other concerns.

While there may seem something a little old-fashioned about

ownership and management being shared between couples and

passed from one generation to the next, the family ownership

model can be hugely successful.

All the evidence is that

customers enjoy taking their

business to family-run

concerns. They generally

trust them, find them more

flexible than other

businesses, feel at ease

dealing with them and have

enjoy peace of mind.

One thing you won’t hear

from people running these

companies is: “I’m sorry, but

that’s not my job.” Family

members wear several

different hats and take on

tasks outside of their formal

jobs in order to ensure the

success of the company and the satisfaction of their customers.

Some family firms remain small and friendly, others grow into

huge companies - Warburtons, Volkswagen, JCB, Dyson,

Specsavers and Clarks.

This Dronfield Eye feature celebrates some of our many local

family success stories. Why not give them your support?

F

RUIT farm A Pearson & Sons, at Birchin Lee Nurseries,

Dronfield Woodhouse, has opened its strawberry fields

up to the public since 1976 when the famously hot summer

meant staff on the farm could not pick the fruit fast enough.

However, the family business’s

story goes right back to 1889 when

current owner Howard Pearson’s

grandfather, George, took on a

rundown nursery of about ten acres

at St George’s Farm, at Totley, which

had previously been owned by the

Guild of St George, one of

philanthropist John Ruskin’s

experiments in communal living.

In the 1930s, the family bought

land previously rented at Birchin Lea

– around 40 acres. In 1962, after the

family went their separate ways,

Howard’s dad, Arthur, started A

Pearson & Sons and continued

working there until his death in 1975.

Today, Howard runs the business

with regular employees Pat Lewis

and Paul Crossley.

Bedding and basket plants, most of

which have been grown from seed, are now available together

with Pick Your Own fruit and vegetables from July – strawberries,

gooseberries, red and black currants and raspberries.

In August, customers can pick vegetables, including peas and

beans.

Howard said: “Customers can see us working in the greenhouse

and you can’t get fruit and veg any fresher than when you have

picked it yourself.”

People should be sure to phone ahead of a visit to check what is

available.

WE AT PEARSONS NURSERIES GROW

MOST OF THE POPULAR BEDDING AND

BASKET PLANTS WHICH WILL BE

AVAILABLE FROM MAY ONWARDS...

FROM JULY WE HAVE PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT:

STRAWBERRIES, GOOSEBERRIES, RED/BLACK

CURRANTS & RASPBERRIES

IN AUGUST WE HAVE PICK YOUR OWN

VEGETABLES: PEAS, BROAD, FRENCH &

RUNNER BEANS

ALL INFO IS AVAILABLE ON OUR ANSWER PHONE

0114 2890225

A PEARSON & SONS, BIRCHIN LEE NURSERIES,

HOLMESFIELD RD, DRONFIELD WOODHOUSE S18 8WS

www.pearsonsnurseries.co.uk

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D

RONFIELD Wine World is an independent business run

by Jane Taylor, together with husband Richard.

The couple share everything from tasting the quality wines they

buy to chatting to customers about the wines they are passionate

about.

The business was

established in

2016 after Jane

saw a little wine

shop in Lancaster

and thought it

would be lovely to

have something

similar in

Dronfield.

Dronfield Wine

World sells a large

range of wines and

spirits from all

over the world.

Jane said: “We

taste everything

we bring in and are

always on the

lookout for top

quality and good

Richard (left) and Jane (right) with

winemakers Bob and Cherie

Berton when they visited the shop

value. We do tastings in store as well as organising tastings and

events outside, whether it's a celebration at home or a larger

corporate event.”

Jane added that the shop prides itself on its friendly service and

the fact there is “always something open to try”.

She added: “Being a small family business means we can give a

much better experience for our customers when buying wine -

and the family banter has been known to be entertaining at

tastings!”

T

HE Cleaning Centre

at Dronfield’s

Greendale shopping

parade has been

established for more

than 25 years and is run

by husband and wife

team Shaun and Sarah

Ashmore (pictured).

Shaun started Cleaning Pro, offering carpet and upholstery

cleaning in 1993, and the couple then bought Greendale

Laundrette and Dry Cleaners in 2005, after having their children.

The laundrette has been in Dronfield for more than 50 years and

has a large number of regular clients using laundry and dry

cleaning services on a daily basis.

Shaun and Sarah’s son and daughter also lend a hand during

their holidays.

The business, off Green Lane in the town, offers a comprehensive

range of cleaning, including domestic and commercial work, wet

and dry cleaning, and specialist laundry and cleaning, including

rugs, down products, leather and hard floors.

Sarah said: “The laundry business and the carpet cleaning

business together means we can take on a combination of work

to do things, like dry cleaning curtains and cleaning carpets and

soft furnishings.

“We have kept the business small to ensure a personal, expert

service is always received. Everything is undertaken by us to

ensure we can give that personal service.

“By keeping the business family-based we have built up

a large network of referred business and some customers

we have known for many years and they trust us to do a good

job, with no hassle or complicated list of requirements.

“We just do a good job every time.”

2A Callywhite Lane, Dronfield, S18 2XR

01246 411703 / 07763359080

dronfieldwineworld@yahoo.com

Stockists of premium & award-winning wines & spirits.

Opening Times

11am-7pm Tues-Thurs 11am-8pm Fri

11am-7pm Sat 11am-4pm Sun

The Cleaning

Centre

Greendale Laundrette

and Dry Cleaners

EYE on family businesses

This is Stuart with his favourite wine

in his favourite wine shop.

Why not come and find your

new favourite wine?

Self service or service wash

Friendly, highly trained staff

Specialist Cleaners of

Free car parking

Quilts, Leather, Ugg Boots,

ECO-FRIENDLY

Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags,

DRY CLEANING Hairdresser’s Towels, Football Kits

Greendale Shopping Centre, Green Lane, Dronfield

01246 418172

Dronfield and area

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Part of The Cleaning Centre

Superior cleaning of carpets and upholstery

Deep cleaning with no soaking

Over 30 years experience

Fully insured and highly trained

A good honest family firm

Call 01246 418250 and ask for Shaun Ashmore

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EYE on family businesses

A

S a ‘one-stop shop’ for the selling and letting of residential

property, Staves has quickly established itself as a widely

recognised and trusted family business.

Husband and wife Matthew and Amy Staves started the

business in Woodseats in 2010. The Dronfield branch opened

eight years ago with Matthew’s brother, James, as sales director

and his wife Lucy as lettings director. Matthew and James’

brother, William, is lettings manager. A branch in Gleadless was

added three years ago.

The Staves ethos has

been to provide a fivestar

service and the

company quickly earnt

a reputation not just for

selling houses, but for

being an agent that

people could trust.

James said:

“Specialising in residential sales and lettings, we provide a

personable and friendly approach and focus on providing an

outstanding level of service which uniquely fits each individual.

“We focus on each individual client’s personal needs which has

enabled Staves to build a reputation for outstanding service in an

industry that has not always been renowned for this.

“Being an independent and family-run business allows us to

offer the most competitive of fees and with the excellent team we

have assembled in our Dronfield branch, all of whom have lived

and worked in Dronfield for many years, we are perfectly placed

to achieve the best possible sale or let with the minimum of fuss.”

Staves are proud to have been recognised nationally by the EA

Masters having been shortlisted for the ‘Best Estate Agency

within Yorkshire and Humberside’ as well as being listed within

their ‘Best Estate Agent Guide’ since its inception in 2018, which

only includes the top performing five per cent of estate agents in

the country. Additionally it was a ‘Gold Winner’ at the British

Property Awards 2018.

A

LFRED Dunham and

Son Ltd is one of the

longest established and

best known family-run

companies in Dronfield.

The story behind the

business - which has both a

funeral directors’ and

builders’ merchants - began back in 1919.

Alfred Dunham, a joiner by trade, returned from service in the

Royal Flying Corps after the First World War and took over a

funeral directors firm run by Joe Smelt. Joiners commonly made

coffins so it made sense to combine the two.

The building supply side was developed by Alfred’s son, John,

who joined the business in 1926 after leaving school, and later

took over after Alfred’s death.

John’s son David became involved in 1958 and currently heads

up the firm with wife Sheila and their son, also John. The number

of staff across the company is now 17.

Dunham’s is on a site at Snape Hill, close to where the business was

founded on the corner of Snape Hill Lane and Holborn Avenue. A new

building was constructed in 1987 and there have been other

developments.

As funeral directors, Dunham’s offers clients a wide range of

personally-tailored services that reflect loved ones and their

lives.

Although the company has a fleet of limousines it can still offer

horse-drawn carriages. All types of funerals are offered including

woodland burials, religious and non-religious

And the original values of the business stand firm - a caring

approach from a local company.

Sheila said: “You don’t have to explain to many people in

Dronfield who we are – people know the name.

“We’re proud of our long-standing reputation for helping people

through difficult times in their lives and can advise on all aspects

of funeral arrangements.”

Alfred

&

Dunham

Son Ltd

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

56 Snape Hill Lane

Dronfield S18 2LG

Telephone day or night

on 01246 413205 or 01246 290205

Private, caring, local family business who have lived in

and supported the surrounding districts for four generations.

• Independent, family business, Est. 1919.

• All types of funerals are catered for,

including woodland burials, religious,

non-religious.

• 24 hour service with private chapel of rest.

• Pre-payment funeral plans.

• Mercedes fleet, or alternative if requested.

• Home visits available.

• Members of the National Association

of Funeral Directors.

A personal and dignified family business that cares

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D

RONFIELD’S Dobson Roofing has been family run since

its outset. Its success story started when Maurice

Dobson and sons Paul and Rikki formed the company in 1982.

Today, Rikki is managing director with wife Christine as company

secretary. The couple’s son, Ross, is supervisor and health and

safety expert, while son-in-law, Grant Veitch, is roof tiler and

UPVC roofline

installer.

Services offered by

Dobson Roofing

include the installation

of flat roofing

systems, such as

built-up felt roofing

and EPDM rubber

membranes, slating

and tiling, UPVC fascia

and soffits, along with

the installation of all

types of guttering, from plastic and timber to powder coated

aluminum.

The company also installs Velux roof windows and undertakes

roof joinery works. Dobson Roofing offers 10-to-20 year

guarantees on re-roofs for flat and pitch roofing.

Rikki said: “We feel we offer a friendly family-orientated service

with a very high level of experienced advice on all types of roofing

and free estimates.

“Our operatives are very experienced. Patrick, our flat roofing

foreman, has over 30 years’ experience in the industry with Daren

a similar amount of years in slating and tiling.

“We can, therefore, provide a very high standard in workmanship

and skill level.”

Ross is highly-trained in health and safety and all jobs are

carried out in a safe environment for everyone concerned.

“All our customers have the comfort of knowing they are in very

safe hands,” Rikki added.

D

ESPITE extending to larger premises, C Clear Glass

and Glazing remains a friendly, family-run business

that puts its customers first.

Chris Wallace, who has more than 26 years’ industry

experience, established the local window and door specialists

almost ten years ago and runs it with his two sons. The

business has gone from strength to strength.

The shop, at 12-14 Southgate, Eckington, is open to the public

every Friday, from 9am to 3pm.

With no job too big or small, Chris is happy to help with

everything from hinge changes to full house fits.

Specialising in single and double-glazing and UPVC doors, he

prides himself on friendly and honest customer service and will

always tell a customer if they could save money by having

something repaired rather than replaced.

“It’s surprising how many people have been told by other

companies that they need an expensive new door and a

window when they could just replace a part much cheaper

and it’s as good as new,” explained Chris.

“Some people put up with problems like draughty windows,

windows that don’t open because the hinges or handles are

broken, and doors that catch or don’t lock properly.

“But most problems with UPVC windows and doors can

be repaired and sometimes a small and surprisingly cheap

solution resolves a fault that people have been putting up

with.

“So if you have got any misted double-glazed units, problems

with hinges, handles and locks, or conservatory roofs, give us a

call. We also stock greenhouse glass.”

To get in touch with C Clear Glass and Glazing, call the

Eckington shop on 01246 433433, Chris at home on 0114

4493093 or his mobile 07961 524588 or visit the website

www.cclearglazing.co.uk

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EYE on family businesses

I

T’S been a big month for one particular local family-run

business.

Supafit Bedrooms & Kitchens

have opened a fabulous new

bedroom showroom at Archer

Road Retail Park, Millhouses, and

they are inviting customers old

and new to call in to inspect their

breathtaking displays.

The business is run by local

family Martin Backhouse, who is

managing director, wife Jayne,

the company secretary, and their

daughters Jenna, Supafit’s

bedroom designer, and Lydia, an

actress in London but when home

works in the showrooms.

Martin has been a furniture

maker since leaving school and now has an impressive 45 years

experience.

He and Jayne took over Supafit 23 years ago at their old

premises at Heeley which they have now closed to make way for

their new showroom.

They also have their large bedroom and kitchen showroom just

down the road at Wreakes Lane, Dronfield, which is where the

factory is and their bespoke furniture is lovingly made.

Supafit design, manufacture and fit made-to-measure furniture

to the customers’ requirements. They can create all types of

furniture but concentrate on fitted bedrooms and kitchens, offices

and luxury TV cabinets .

They offer a friendly, personal and professional family service

throughout the process, always with a smile.

They advise that choosing this particular family-run business

means that the customer will always receive attention to detail

on all aspects of their purchase.

T

HE magazine you are reading right now is produced by a

local family-run business.

Heron Publications Ltd was formed almost 17 years ago and

now delivers its free community publications to 51,500 homes

and businesses stretching from Sheffield to Clay Cross.

In addition to Dronfield Eye, the independent publishers are

also behind Active8 which is delivered throughout S18; Twist

magazine in Chesterfield and Wings in the north Derbyshire

villages of Wingerworth, Ashover and Tupton.

Also produced by Heron Publications is the quarterlt Sheffield

nostalgia periodical, My Kind of Town, which has subscribers

throughout the UK and overseas.

Magazine advertisers, in particular, enjoy dealing with a

friendly, family-run business. After all, many of them are from

similarly-run businesses.

Director Mike Firth, who runs the company with wife Helen,

said: “People appreciate the reassurances, guarantees and

flexibility we can offer them. They like to work with fellow

independent companies and the fact that ours is a family-run

concern is also appreciated.

“In return, we can closely identify with the demands of similar

companies and offer them tailor-made advertising packages to

help them attract new custom.”

Helen’s mother Janice and sister Rachel have also worked for

the company since the outset and even family dog Harry has a

role, writing a monthly canine column!

Heron Publications, which has been based in Dronfield for the

past three-and-a-half years, was a regional finalist in the recent

FSB search for the 2019 Community Business of the Year. The

publishers won the East Midlands title two years ago.

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ASED here in Dronfield, City Garage Doors Ltd is a

one-stop business for all aspects of garage doors

including servicing, repairs, installations, insurance quotes,

fitting motors to existing doors and also extras such as

handsets.

Offering a seven-day service plus an after-hours emergency call

out, Stuart Fleming deals with the day-to-day running of the

business, all the surveys, quotes, repairs, installations and

deliveries.

Mandy is with the business three days a week, overseeing

accounts, emailing suppliers and contacting customers to

arrange installation dates.

Said Stuart: “I was working for a garage door manufacturer as a

regional sales manager with about 150 customers and covering a

third of the UK.

“After 14 years in the industry, I needed a new challenge

and the logical step was to run my own company. Within the

space of four months, City Garage Doors was born and

running.

“The first few years were very hard, but we are now starting our

fifth year and are going from strength to strength. I'd like to think

the personal service we offer makes us stand out against the

competition.

“I like the customer I'm seeing to know that they will only deal

with one person right from the survey through to installation. We

also encourage customers to look at our five-star yell.com

reviews, again for more peace of mind.

“I think many customers prefer family-run businesses and our

more personal service. The customer isn't just a number and

people can speak to us at any time.

“We've had customers call or text after 9pm with a question and

are surprised, but happy, to get a reply straight back.

“We've grown the business over the last four years by making

customers our priority.”

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T

HE Old Bank boutique-style apartments in Dronfield are a

new venture for Craig Fletcher and fiancée Justine Nicholls.

The couple have extensively renovated the upper floor of the

stone building at 79-81 Chesterfield Road, which dates back to

1854, and has been a public house, a wool shop and a sweet

shop, as well as a solicitors’. It was home to the Nat West

Bank in recent times.

The premises offer a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment,

which sleeps up to six guests, and a one-bedroom apartment

for up to four people. The luxury accommodation is furnished

to a high specification with state-of-the-art technology and

security. It is available for short or long-term lettings.

Craig said that when the premises became vacant, the couple

seized the opportunity to work on a business project together.

He commented: “As a family, we had struggled to find places

to stay that were suitable without having to book multiple

hotel rooms. The apartments offer families the space and

comfort they would expect in their own home, while also

keeping costs down.”

The enterprise also offered Justine the chance to bring her

passion and flair for interior design to the fore.

The two-bedroom apartment has a master bedroom complete

with a king-sized bed and en-suite, walk-in, shower room. The

second bedroom has twin beds while the main bathroom has a

bath, shower and lots of storage space.

The roomy, comfortable living area sleeps a further two

people on a modern corner sofa. The apartment also has a

large, open-plan, kitchen with dishwasher, fridge-freezer, oven

and microwave, along with a reception area for storing shoes,

coats and luggage.

The other apartment has a large bedroom with a king-sized

bed and sofa bed, desk and work station. It has a large dining

kitchen with dishwasher, oven and microwave and a shower

room with walk-in wet area.


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From left:

Chris,

Charlotte

and Pauline

Ellenders

ESTABLISHED

1990

C

OACH company Ellenders was set up in 1990 by Chris

Ellender, now a coach driver for over 35 years, and his wife

Pauline, with an emphasis on putting passengers first.

The couple, joined by daughter Charlotte, 22, have taken

thousands of people to some of the UK’s loveliest places, as well

as a host of special crafting and other events.

Ellenders specialises in day excursions and short breaks and

coaches can also be booked privately for group or corporate

outings.

Pauline said that from the outset the aim was to provide a

personal service and see passengers as people rather than

numbers.

She commented: “Being a family-run business we are passionate

about what we do. We care for our passengers, getting to know a

lot of them and ensuring a friendly and personal service. We have

had many comments over the years that our excursions make

people feel like they are part of a 'family group'.

“As we get to know our passengers, we can try to cater to their

individual needs. For example, we remember which side of the

coach they like to sit and how much sugar they like in their coffee!

“Charlotte has grown up on the coach with many passengers

remembering her as a baby.”

T

HE Corrigan family are at the wheel of local auto centre

Jeepers Keepers.

Classic car lover Paul heads up the business with wife Christine

responsible for the finance side. Son Joe is mechanic and

bodywork repairer, while daughter-in-law Hannah handles

administration and marketing. The family are joined in the

business by junior mechanic, Ash.

The company

grew out of a

mobile paint repair

unit, becoming

established in its

unit at Callywhite

Lane, in 2006.

Jeepers Keepers

provides motorists

with everything

needed to keep

their car running.

This includes

From left: Christine, Paul, Hannah and Joe

servicing and MOTs,

all aspects of bodywork repairs including dent removal and

paintwork, along with all general car repairs.

Paul said: “We pride ourselves on quality and making our

customers feel welcome. We always strive for dealer quality at

affordable prices.

“Over the 13 years we have been open in Dronfield, we have built

trust with our base of local customers who we always go the extra

mile for.

“We believe no-one should be made to feel stupid for asking

questions about their car. We want our customers to always feel

able to understand what their car needs and why.”

Paul added: “A family business is a valuable thing in any

community, and Dronfield is no different. It’s nice to go

somewhere you are known, can have a chat and know your money

is helping the local economy.”

Tue 2nd July

Mon 15th July

Sun 21st July

Fri 2nd August

Tue 6th August

Fri 16th August

A selection of our forthcoming excursions:

Sandringham House and Gardens

Yorkshire Dales Tour

Bodnant Gardens (National Trust)

Festival of Quilts

Melton Mowbray and Cruise

with Afternoon Tea

York

Thur 29th August Oswestry and Llangollan Canal

We have various departure points in Dronfield - please contact us

for a free brochure, or perhaps visit us on our website.

Please telephone:

0114 2641837 or 07885 135882

www.ellenderscoaches.co.uk

- Service

- Bodywork

- Repairs

With years of experience in the trade, we can

offer everything you might need for your vehicle

from regular maintenance to professional paint repairs

and everything inbetween.

Our DEALER QUALITY work includes SERVICING

and MOTS, PAINTWORK, BODYWORK, ACCIDENT

REPAIRS, DIAGNOSTICS, BRAKES, TYRES and more

The only Garage in Dronfield that is a member of

Derbyshire Trusted Trader!

Our business

is your

pleasure

Unit 2B - Dronfield Industrial Estate - Callywhite Lane

Dronfield - S18 2XR

01246 292806 www.jeepers-keepers.co.uk

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EYE on family businesses

L

AWRENCE Jenkinson

Opticians established

their Woodseats practice

back in 1988 and, four years

later, opened a second

practice in Dronfield.

Lawrence was born with a

congenital eye disorder which

prompted his interest in optics

and, in particular, contact

lenses, which he has been

fitting and supplying since the

1960s.

All the Jenkinson family have

been involved with the business

from the outset; Lawrence in

charge of contact lens fitting

and supply and daughter Karen

Allen, who was already

Lawrence, Karen, and

Christopher in the

Woodseats showroom

qualified as a dispensing optician, handling fitting and supply of

spectacle lenses and frames. Karen now manages both

practices.

The on-site workshop and glazing facility is managed by

Lawrence's son, Andrew, while youngest son Christopher is

company secretary.

Having the glazing facility on site means that Andrew is able to

process most of today's sophisticated spectacle lenses and

frames and can keep control of quality.

Lawrence said: "Because of my eye disorder, called

Nystagmus, known as 'wobbly eyes', I have great empathy with

those who have visual problems. My aim is to provide quality,

service and value, in all aspects of eyecare and eyewear, for all

the family."

Lawrence Jenkinson Opticians are independent optometric and

dispensing opticians who carry out NHS and private work.

E

STABLISHED in 1975 with over 44 years continuous

trading, Sheffield Window Centre is a name that

everyone knows and trusts.

In fact, over 70% of the company’s new business comes in

through recommendations.

The business is wholly owned by the Hunter family with

managing director Ian Hunter and his son Ian, a fellow director,

running the head office. Ian Snr’s daughters Amy and Sam both

work in the business’s very own decorative glass studio making

stained and etched glass.

Meanwhile, youngest son Joe worked his way up in the factory

and now manages sister company Central Glass.

The Hunter family were introduced to Sheffield Window

Centre in the early 1980s, initially as highly satisfied customers.

They went on to buy half the business and later the remaining

half.

Today there is a team of over 60 employees. Many have been

with the business for over 20 years and are firm family friends.

The company makes its own high quality products to order here

in Sheffield and, as well as windows offers composite, patio,

French and bi-fold doors, conservatories, porches, and roofline

products. The products are the most secure on the market.

The company’s policy is to quote in writing, by post, after a brief

visit. Staff never call or telephone without prior invitation and

never use pressure to sell products – they wait for customers to

decide.

A ten-year guarantee and after-sales service is provided and

the Sheffield Window Centre is a member of every reputable

trade association. It doesn’t use sub-contract fitters.

Because of the company’s history and ethos, it prides itself on

providing a more personal service than larger national

companies. The family members are driven to keep the business

thriving for the generations to come.

LAWRENCE JENKINSON OPTICIANS

Traditional eyecare you can trust

For controlling short sight in children

and for those wanting multifocal

contact lenses

instead of

multifocal

glasses

At: Stubley Medical Centre, 5 Stubley Drive,

Dronfield Woodhouse, S18 8QY Tel: 01246 291999

Trusted in Dronfield since 1994

Downstairs testing available

Also at: 784 Chesterfield Rd, Woodseats, Sheffield Tel: 0114 2554490

Website: lawrencejenkinsonopticians.co.uk

Email: lawrencejenkinsonopticians1@btconnect.com

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chris fields design ltd

kitchens ~ bedrooms ~ studies

Chris Fields Design Ltd a family business

designing for family living.

Unit 8, Callywhite Business Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield, S18 2XP

If you are considering interior refurbishments our family-run business

offers a bespoke service, whatever your style....

Contact Chris & Jen on 01246 292155

Email chris@chrisfieldsdesign.co.uk

Website www.chrisfieldsdesign.co.uk

The above images are from

installations by Chris Fields Ltd


EYE on family businesses

T

HE House of Granite &

Marble, at Sheepbridge,

specialises in luxury natural

and man-made quartz

worktops, buying direct to cut

costs.

The company is headed by Jan

Hall, who is joined in the business

by sons Daniel, the fabrication and

installation manager, and Ashley,

who is production manager.

After being a part of a longstanding

engineering business, the

family decided to diversify into

granite and marble supply

following a holiday to Carrara, in

Italy, where they discovered a

vast array of beautiful natural

materials.

The team offer a bespoke,

friendly service that begins with

helping customers to choose the

right material for their lifestyle

and needs, right through to

templating, production, and

installation.

Said Jan: “We go to extreme

lengths to ensure our customers

are completely happy every step

of the way, and support them throughout

the journey to achieve their dream of new

granite, quartz, or ceramic worktops to

complement or update their kitchen.”

Jan added: “As a family business,

customers get to know them on a personal

level rather than just as salespeople and

can guarantee to be able to contact us at

any time for that personal touch.

“In fact, all our staff have many years of

experience in the stone trade industry and

work in house so we don’t have to subcontract

to anyone.”

The House of Granite & Marble has a

190sq ft showroom with one of the largest

ranges of granite and quartz samples to

view in the area, along with bathroom and

kitchen displays.

Other products include stone basins,

fireplace hearths, vanity units and shower

enclosures.

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My Kind of Town is the award-winning

periodical celebrating bygone Sheffield

- its former personalities, shops,

transport, footballers, musicians,

businesses and more.

This publication makes a perfect

birthday gift or a present for dad

on Father’s Day.

LATEST COPY:

Issue 33 will be available June 1st from:

Wards Garden Centre; Mitchell’s @

Meadowhead; Ferndale Garden Centre;

Branches of Waterstone’s; Sheffield Scene,

Surrey Street; Ashgate @ The Forge;

All Occasions, Greenhill; Crystal Peaks Market.

Also directly from the publishers on

01246 416027.

SUBSCRIPTIONS:

For only £24, we will send the next four issues of

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anywhere in the UK, as soon as they are published.

This makes a great gift which is enjoyed the whole

year long. Simply call our switchboard on 01246

416027, or send a cheque made out to ‘Heron

Publications’ to our office at Enterprise House,

179 Chesterfield Road, Dronfield, S18 2XE.

SAVE £1

Call in at Heron Publications, 179 Chesterfield Rd,

Dronfield, and buy your copy for only £3.99.

Thomas & Holloway fundraisers, from left:

Jenny Swift, Phillippa Cheetham, Mark Holloway,

Maria Young and Hannah Handley

RONFIELD opticians Thomas & Holloway donned their

D nightware for a day to raise funds and awareness for the

Pancreatic Cancer Action organisation.

Sporting their finest pyjamas, they collected £119 through

sponsorship and also the sale of delicious cakes and buns.

Explained proprietor Mark Holloway: “This is a cause close to my

heart, having lost my mother-in-law to the disease only a few

weeks ago.”

Well-dressing date

Dear Dronfield Eye,

I AM writing on behalf of the Dronfield Woodhouse Well-

Dressing Committee. Plans are progressing really well this

year as we once again will be supporting Sheffield Children's

Hospital Charity and their Helipad Appeal.

Thanks to everyone who donated last year when we raised

£315 for this brilliant cause and we are hoping to exceed this

total this year.

The blessing takes place on Friday, 12th July, and we would like

to invite as many people as possible to attend. There will be

music from local schoolchildren, plus refreshments.

If there is anything you can do to help us spread the word we

would be really grateful. Even if it's just a save the date.

We would like to thank Dronfield Eye for all their support and in

particular for featuring the 2018 design on the front page. The

team is very small and works so hard to keep this tradition going

and it was very touching to see their creation in print.

Lisa Price

Eric Green

I

T is with much sadness that Eric

Green’s family has announced that he

passed away suddenly at the Northern

General Hospital in Sheffield, on 28th

March, aged 78 years. The funeral was

held at Dronfield Cemetery on 16th April.

A lifelong resident of Dronfield, Eric was

born in Victoria Street in 1940. From 1962 until 1979, he was the

co-owner of Radmar Ltd, with business partner Dennis Smith, and

from 1979 until 1986, Home Improvements Ltd. Both shops were

located in Church Street.

Eric will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Laura, son

Mathew and all of his extended family.


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Top potters are decent putters!

Swapping cues for clubs, legends

from the green baize played

a local course and helped

raise funds for a worthy cause

Stephen Hendry lines up an approach

W

HILE the rest of the golfing world had

eyes glued to Tiger Woods in Augusta, a

local club welcomed its own sporting Masters.

Seven world snooker stars took to the Dore &

Totley course to play 18 holes with amateurs and

raise the profile of the Sheffield-based Eden Dora

Trust charity which supports children and families

affected by encephalitis - swelling of the brain.

When the WPBSA World Seniors Snooker Tour

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enjoy a golf day, featuring Stephen Hendry, Cliff

Thorburn, Joe Johnson, Jimmy White, Mark

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and former world darts champion John Lowe.

They all enjoyed a fair amount of spring sunshine

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Jason Francis, chairman of World Seniors

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Tony Hales, chair of the club’s marketing

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“We were honoured to welcome the snooker

legends, and those who played with them, and hope

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Cliff Thorburn on the green

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• Enjoy a drink, meal or

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harry’s

EYE

The latest update from

Dronfield Eye’s very own

canine columnist, Harry

Basset. Contact him at

harry@heronpublications.co.uk

Penny Acres

Primary School

Main Road, Holmesfield, S18 7WP

Executive Headteacher: Mr David Ratcliffe

Places available

Please contact the school office on 0114 289 0330

to arrange a visit to our wonderful school

Nurturing ambition and inspiring success

in a Federation where children thrive

I

RECENTLY went on one of my favourite walks, through the

woods at Renishaw Hall. I love it there at any time of year,

particularly when all those bluebells are out. Having short legs

means I get a wonderful view of them!

And, judging by this picture, I’m not the only four-legged fan of

bluebells. Vin Malone sent this photograph to me showing Elvis the

cockerpoodle, who belongs to his son Sean and family.

Elvis is eight years old and Vin says he's a very obedient and

friendly dog.

He told me: “He's also a bit of a performer; he'll do a low five, not a

high one, plus a little dance to earn a treat. In the photo you can see

he enjoys his life and his family.”

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Wigley

Primary School

Old Brampton, Chesterfield, S42 7JJ

Executive Headteacher: Mr David Ratcliffe

Places available

Please contact the school office on 01246 566432

to arrange a visit to our wonderful school

Nurturing ambition and inspiring success

in a Federation where children thrive

Y

OU don’t have to be a canine to feature in my monthly column;

other pets are welcome to put paw - or hoof - to paper too!

This picture is of Tom the pony, who is currently enjoying himself at

his new stables. He seems as though he has plenty to smile about!


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Throughout May,

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T

HE latest display of schools’ art in shelters at Dronfield

Station features the work of pupils from Penny Acres

Primary, Unstone St Mary’s Infants and Unstone Juniors.

The two poster-size artworks from Penny Acres concentrate on

still life images, the pictures from Unstone St Mary’s Infants

feature ‘Our Wonderful World’, while spring colours and the work of

the Dutch artist Paul Mandrian are celebrated by the young artists

from Unstone Junior School. The exhibition, organised by the

Friends of Dronfield Station, was opened by local MP, Lee Rowley.

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CELEBRATING

3 YEARS IN BUSINESS

THE

Bulls Head

Holymoorside

New Road, Holymoorside, S42 7EW

01246 569999

www.bullsheadholymoorside.co.uk

Join us on Thursday 11th July for our

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6 whiskies from Scotland with an expert talk.

£29-95 per person inc food

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Tues-Thurs

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Fri-Sat

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B

RANDON Hoult began 2019 as

landlord of the newly-refurbished

White Swan pub in the heart of Dronfield.

He’s been delighted with the welcome he

- and the new-look inn - have received.

Now he is preparing for what is likely to be

his busiest day of the year, the 1 Valley

Independent Dronfield Pub Beer Festival on

Saturday, June 1st.

Does your family have any

connections to the licensed trade?

My family are funeral directors based in

North Wingfield where I’m from. For more

than a hundred years it’s been in our blood,

so as you can imagine taking over a pub

wasn’t what was set out for me. However,

I’ve worked in many bars, restaurants and

clubs and have found it can be a very

rewarding job.

As a family, nearly two years ago we took

over The Black Swan at Ashover - there’s a

recurring swan theme - which has been

very successful.

What were your first

impressions of Dronfield?

It’s bigger than I thought and it’s a very

nice place. People have been very

welcoming with other local landlords,

business owners and residents quickly

making Dronfield feel like home for me. I’m

very lucky to have such a lovely pub with a

really nice clientele.

What are you most looking forward to

about the forthcoming beer festival?

Last orders! Just kidding. I cannot wait,

I’ve never experienced a Dronfield Beer

Festival so I’m very excited about the day.

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public

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Answering this month’s

questions is Brandon Hoult,

landlord of Dronfield’s

landmark White Swan inn

Plans are in place for it to be a very busy

day and I’ve roped in all family, friends and

everyone who’s ever poured a pint before to

help, so we are prepared.

Being the newest renovated venue in

Dronfield to take part in the festival, we

expect to see a lot of new faces.

As a child, what did you imagine

your future career might be?

I never planned that far in advance to be

honest, so a career path wasn’t set in stone

for me. Being brought up in a family of

funeral directors, was that what I was

meant to do? Who knows?

I did study technical theatre at Derby

before moving into the hospitality industry.

What’s your own favourite tipple?

Surprisingly as a landlord, I don’t often

drink. Having a stocked bar to myself might

seem quite appealing to a lot, but after a

busy night there’s nothing better than a

cold drink. However, if I was to choose, it

would have to be white wine - not being

biased, but we do have some good ones,

all exclusive too!

What’s the most rewarding

part of your job and why?

Our function room is such a rewarding

place, having only been open for a short

space of time. It’s amazing to be able to

celebrate so many parts of people’s lives;

wedding anniversaries, birthdays, to even

wakes. It’s a perfect space to celebrate

people’s lives and it’s amazing to be a part

of their stories.

What was your favourite

subject at school and why?

I didn’t really have a favourite subject and

I couldn’t wait to leave. I initially stayed

and did one year of A levels and then left!

It just wasn’t for me.

Where’s your favourite

holiday destination and why?

I’m a city traveller. I love visiting cities and

sight-seeing.

I’ve been to Dublin, Amsterdam and even

lived in Edinburgh for a short while, just to

name a few places.

Looking for something to do while away at

a city destination is the best holiday for me.

My best holiday would have been

celebrating New Year in Amsterdam. It was

a very eye-opening experience and one that

I didn’t think I was going to live to tell the

story!

Have you ever collected anything?

Only forms of ID. I seem to have a habit of

losing ID, getting it replaced, and then

finding the old one. That’s why I have

several passports and driving licences!


dronfield EYE

ESTABLISHED 2003

PROUD TO HAVE BEEN SERVICING CHESTERFIELD, DRONFIELD

AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS FOR OVER 21 YEARS

A VAST RANGE OF TOP QUALITY BEDS,

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AT PRICES THAT ARE HARD TO MATCH

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43 Knifesmithgate, Chesterfield (01246) 277355

And: 4 Market Street,

Staveley (01246) 471344

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103 Chesterfield Road, Dronfield S18 2XE

Tel: 01246 418478

PROFESSIONAL SHOE FITTING FOR CHILDREN

SCHOOL SHOES ALWAYS IN STOCK

We stock:

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Child ANGULUS, 1 1/2 to

BIOMECANICS

adult 7 1/2

RICHTER,

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& MANY

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10% OFF A NEW PAIR OF SHOES

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Sizes range from 17 (1 1 /2) baby to adult size 40 (6)

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10.30am to 5pm

Saturday 10.30am to 4pm

Easy parking to the rear of The Dronfield Arms

Specialist Installation,

Repair and Maintenance

of Intruder Alarms,

CCTV and

Access Control

CELEBRATING 15 YEARS

AUTHENTIC INDIAN TAKEAWAY

Call 07592 001805

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Email mgsecure@hotmail.com

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Appetisers: 2 papadoms,

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Main Course:Any 2 main dishes

Sundries: 1 pilau rice and

1 plain nan bread

Family Special £20

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Main Course:Any 3 main dishes

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Wed & Sun only, T&Cs apply.

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8 Greendale Shopping Centre, Green Lane, Dronfield, S18 2LJ

OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK inc Bank Holidays

5.30pm till 11pm (closed Tuesdays)

FREE delivery within a 3 mile radius, min order £11

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D.S.M-PROPERTY SERVICES

Qualified bricklayer with over 20 years

experience - No job too small

Brickwork

Paving

Pointing

Patios

Guttering

Plastering

Roof Repairs Kitchen & Bathroom Tiling

Wrought Iron Railings & Gates

Contact Dave on

07896070810 or 01246 419445

Manufacturer

approved

Dronfield's longest established body repair centre

Collection and delivery service available

Insurance excess reduction scheme

Minor to major repairs, inc scuffs and scrapes

Unit 1 + 2, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield, Sheffield S18 2XP

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24 HOUR

LOCKSMITH

& SECURITY

SPECIALIST

Paul Smith

No call out charge!

Local & fast service.

Free domestic security checks.

Call 07377

788532

email: p.smith@lockrite.org

HILL TOP BUILDING

and ROOFING SERVICES

Extensions - Property Repairs - Roofing - Joinery

Conservatories - Windows & Doors

12 Grange Avenue

Dronfield Woodhouse

Derbyshire

S18 8PH

Tel: 01246 415308

Mobile: 07825 700765


DRONFIELD FELT ROOFING

Built up felt roofing, garages, porches,

extensions etc.

All work guaranteed. FREE estimates.

Gutters cleaned, repaired, replaced.

Storm damage, insurance work, ridge tiles

replaced, slates and tiles replaced. NO VAT

Tel: O1246 412429 / 0114 2472476

Mobile: 07932612472

PROCHECK

ELECTRICAL

Services we provide include:

Full & partial rewires

Periodic Inspections / Landlords Reports

Refurbishments

Fire Alarm testing / Repairs

Member no.

22370

119 Holmley Lane,

Dronfield S18 2HQ

info@procheckelectrical.com

For any electrical work

needed, call for a free quote:

07843 053584

07795 215853

01246 291404

Dronfield’s No.1

Valley Airport Services

est.14 years

Now offering two eight-seater mini buses!

Dronfield’s largest airport service

Friendly - Reliable - Prompt

01246 291147

07958 370979

Start your holiday off with a smile!

• Regassing of all makes of vehicles

• Fault diagnosis & Rectification

• While you wait service

Tel: 0114 2589225 or 07779 659113

2 Ulverston Road, Woodseats, Sheffield S8 0NY

CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS

Accounts & Tax Returns for sole traders,

partnerships & limited companies

Self Assessment Tax Returns

New business start ups

General tax planning & advice

35 SALISBURY ROAD, DRONFIELD

DERBYSHIRE S18 1UG TEL/FAX: 01246 290261

E-mail: info@johndanson.co.uk

WE BUY CARS FOR CASH

CALL US ANYTIME FOR A VALUATION OVER THE PHONE

0114 446 9190

FOR LOW MILEAGE CARS WE CAN NORMALLY

GIVE MORE THAN ANY ONLINE QUOTE

FREE COLLECTION - INSTANT CASH

NO ADMIN FEES - NO FUSS

www.thelovelycarcompany.co.uk

DRONFIELD GROUNDWORKS

Graham 07943829481

Tarmac Specialist

Driveways - Drop Curbs

Patios - Landscaping

Block Paving - Fencing

Over 38 years experience

Free Quote - no obligation


Tel: 01246 290772 - Mob: 077333 22564

email: mat.schofield@yahoo.co.uk

* All fencing handmade, supplied and fitted

* Hedges trimmed, reduced & removed

* Concrete & wooden fencing

FULLY INSURED.

ALL RUBBISH REMOVED.









SafeNet Alarms Ltd

Family Business - 20 years of Experience

For an appointment call:

01246 417919

07875 269721

Mobile Makeup Artist

and Hair Stylist

Ex Toni&Guy

Emmakeally@hotmail.co.uk

Your local garage door specialists…

Call us today for a FREE QUOTE, SITE SURVEY and FREE BROCHURE

Chesterfield 01246 450938

www.a1garagedoorrepairs.co.uk

Unit 2, Foxwood Road, Sheepbridge, S41 9RF


PRESTIGE CARPET

& UPHOLSTERY

CLEANING

www.prestige-cleaning.org

Email:prestigecleaning.org@gmail.com

Tel: 01246 277311 Mob: 07973 911404

SUMMER SPECIAL OFFER

Have a carpet cleaned and get your

hall or stairs carpet cleaned for FREE

(Domestic only / terms & conditions apply) Fully insured

Dronfield Landscapes

Private & Commercial Contracts

Trees, Hedges, Fencing, Turfing, Lawns

Mowed, Paving, Garden Maintenance etc.

Seasoned Firewood Sales

Fully Insured, All work to BS3998

Waste carrier licence

Chris: 07976072785

Richard: 07789497104

richard.jbc@hotmail.co.uk

Hazelbarrow Farm, Norton, Sheffield S8 8BA

Dale Montague

Electrical LTD

DOMESTIC • COMMERCIAL • INDUSTRIAL

PAT TESTING • INSPECTION & TESTING • MAINTENANCE

Certified for Electrical Vehicle Charging Points

Part of the Government Grant Scheme

T 01246 453094

M 07891 217981

E Dalemontagueelectrical@outlook.com

www.DME-LTD.co.uk

Essential Foot Care

A home visiting practice

Eleanor Harrison

MAFHP, MCFHP, MICHT

Registered Member of

The British Association

of Foot Health Professionals

For further information

and appointments call

07979 416 298

01246 391907

For your

footcare

needs

including

nail trimming

removal of

corns and

calluses

treatment of

ingrowing toe

nails and verrucae

also reflexology

We Buy Houses Fast

Get a Cash Offer with 48 hours!

Any Price Range Divorce

- Any Condition Behind on payments

Suspended

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Repossessions a landlord

a speciality

House in need

Inheritance

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Call 07718 407 100 or email your

circumstances to fasthousebuyers@yahoo.com

DG TV & AERIAL SERVICES

TV, DAB AND FM AERIAL INSTALLATIONS

DIGITAL INSTALLATIONS AND REPAIRS

SATELLITE REPAIRS

FREESAT INSTALLATIONS

EXTRA TV POINTS

Qualified Engineer

10% OAP DISCOUNT - FREE CALL OUT

All Work Guaranteed, No VAT

CHANNELS MISSING? PICTURE BREAKING UP?

TEL: DARREN ON 01246 590756

MOB: 07785 568368

www.dgtvandaerials.co.uk

OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE

ALL BATHROOM & KITCHEN WORK

CENTRAL HEATING WORK

SMALL JOBS UNDERTAKEN

FOR A PROFESSIONAL JOB

WHERE QUALITY COUNTS

FREE ESTIMATES

FULLY INSURED

CLEAN & RELIABLE

CUSTOMER RECOMMENDATIONS AVAILABLE

01246 411987 or 07816 867959

ECKINGTON ROAD, COAL ASTON, DRONFIELD, DERBYSHIRE S18 3AW


Rubbish Removed

Most items taken

Building and gardening waste, single items, cookers,

washing machines, carpets, settees, beds, radiators, baths, DIY, etc.

CLEARANCE AND REMOVAL SERVICE..

Gardens, garages, sheds, cellars, lofts, full & part house clearances

PHONE WASTE SERVICES FOR A FREE QUOTE

07860210156

Licensed waste carrier.

Identification and environment agency certification shown at the door

Often CHEAPER than a skip and you don’t have to fill it!

CITY GARAGE DOORS

Over 15 years experience

Free phone

Electric operators

0800 2461191

Land line

01246 912102

fitted to exisiting

doors from £295

www.citygaragedoorservices.co.uk

E: sales@citygaragedoorservices.co.uk

All major manufacturers available:

INSTALLATION AND REPAIRS

EVENING/WEEKEND SURVEYS

EMERGENCY CALL OUTS

AUTOMATION

FREE

no obligation

on site survey

& quote

Internal Joinery Specialist

Kitchens - Storage Solutions - Balustrading

Doors - Flooring - Skirting - Stud Work

All aspects of Joinery - No job too small!

NATHAN TAYLOR 07795 966240

Stewart Elliott

Bodyworks

Specialists in:

• metallic & solid colour

merging • Repairs • Scratches

*FREE

ESTIMATES*

Unit 3, Bath Works, Mill Lane

Dronfield S18 2XL

T e l : 0 1 2 4 6 4 1 2 8 1 8

8 Seater

minibus

Tel: 01246 410230


Are you looking to change or update

your home or business decoration?

If so then look no further than

AM Painting & Decorating

Friendly, reliable, quality service

Feature wall specials from £65

Multi-room discounts

Free quotations available

Contact Alex on

07827 966365/01246 917631

BATHROOMS

John Tomlin

30 years experience

Bathrooms Designed

Full Installation Services

Plumbing, Tiling, Electrics

Free estimates

call John 07583156305

THE CLEANING SERVICE

BELLE CASA

9 Beautiful Homes & Offices 9

Professional cleaning & ironing

for only £11.25 per hour

(minimum of 2 hours per week).

We know how hard it can be to find

a dependable and honest cleaner,

which is where we can help.

01246 912032

www.bellecasa.uk

All of our cleaners are specially selected

and insured, and you will receive the

same cleaner each week.

SUMMER SPECIAL

Tongue &

Groove Shed

£299! (delivered

& erected)

Professional, friendly and affordable

Repairs, fixing doors, curtain rails

All UPVC windows, doors, dry verge, fascias, soffitts

Fencing, driveways, walls, drainage, hedges/trees

Roof repairs, ridge tiles, felt roofs

Complete bathroom, plumbing, tiling, floors

Free estimates - All work guaranteed

Daytime

07966 577104

Fortnightly grass cutting, Lawn treatments,

Hedge cutting, Turfing,Tree removal,

Tree Pruning, Stump removal

Fully insured, Free quotations,

Waste Carrier licensed

www.jmgroundcare.co.uk

07455 012 326

Contact us today:

01246 899014 /07495025034

chesterfield@well-polished.com

Laura Jane Rzepinski BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Offering a wide range of foot care treatments to Dronfield and

surrounding areas. Friendly, reliable service in the comfort of your

own home. Westfield Health/HSA welcome.

Call Laura on 07500 833559

ljpodiatry@outlook.com


NIGEL’S HEDGE & CONIFER SERVICES

• HEDGES TRIMMED

• CONIFERS TRIMMED

• CONIFERS TOPPED • WEEDING

• SUPPLY & FIT FENCING

• REGULAR GRASS & GARDEN

MAINTENANCE

• OVER 7 YEARS EXPERIENCE -

• NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL

I highly recommend - very reasonable and very obliging!

John & Di Whitehead, Dronfield Woodhouse

Call Nigel or Gav on 07718 983155 for your free quote

Pro Plumb

Every Monday 7:00pm-8:30pm,

Dronfield Sport Centre, S18 1PD

Visit us or call 07888 848 188, First lesson free

www.okamijiujitsu.com

Boiler Service £55

New Boilers , Heang

205728

Genuine quotes beaten

Local & Reliable, See our reviews

www.proplumb.info

01246 206010

PEAK FENCING & SURFACING

www.peakfencingandsurfacing.co.uk

BESPOKE FENCING - SECURITY GATES

REAL GRASS TURF - ARTIFICIAL GRASS - STONE PAVING

LUSH

& GREEN

ALL YEAR

ROUND

ARTIFICIAL GRASS

MAINTENANCE FREE

NO WEEDING

NO WATERING

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FREE QUOTES

25YRS EXPERIENCE

0114 4186798 01246 470192

07507 271773 07787 192136

email peakfencingandsurfacing@gmx.co.uk

Bradway

Plumbing

Services

From a garden tap to a full

kitchen or bathroom fitting

M - 07899 793657

T - 0114 2360117

No call out fee

No job too small

Free estimates


Real wood flooring

from £23.95m 2

Luxury click vinyl

from £26.95m 2

Bathroom laminate

from £17.95m 2

Laminate flooring

from £12.95m 2

CHESTERFIELD STORE

Unit 4, Stand Park, Sheffield Road,

Whittington Moor, Chesterfield, S41 8JT

Tel: 01246 230101

chesterfield@timberfloorstudio.co.uk

WORKSOP STORE

Unit 11, Sandy Lane Industrial Estate,

Sandy Lane, Worksop, S80 1TN

Tel: 01909 509020

worksop@timberfloorstudio.co.uk

DONCASTER STORE

Unit 8, Wheatley Trade Park,

Merchant Way, Doncaster, DN2 4BH

Tel: 01302 430001

doncaster@timberfloorstudio.co.uk

Professional fitting

service available

Friendly, helpful staff

www.timberfloorstudio.co.uk


THE NAME FOR QUALITY & VALUE FOR OVER 60 YEARS

709 Chesterfield Road, Sheffield, S8 0SL

T: 0114 2555553

E: sales@pyramidcarpets.co.uk

W: www.pyramidcarpets.co.uk

NEW

DESIGN

FLOOR CENTRE

in store

. FREE ESTIMATES

. 48 HOUR FITTING

. FINANCE AVAILABLE

. OVER 800 ROLLS IN STOCK

. 1000S OF RUGS IN STOCK

. CONTRACT FLOORING

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Wed 8.30am

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OR CALL

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