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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
RONFIELD is preparing to
host not one, but two music
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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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
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
Terri Amber, from Holmesfield, who runs a
horse rescue and keeps and shares horses
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
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
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Drivers urged to consider riders’ safety
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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.
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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
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Wendy, who has a daughter and two step-children, is joined in
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ECTIONS of the graffiti-covered steel barrier at the
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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
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
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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
away in 2018, aged 48.
To date, the event has raised over £30,000 for the MND association
and Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience. Last year
supporters raised just short of £8,000.
One of the organisers, Craig Swift, said: “The event is played as a
team of four. There is breakfast/sandwich on arrival, refreshments
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.
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Decade of youth rugby
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
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
tag, or at senior level in the Rugby Football Union Midlands
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Fascinating old photographs have come to light
revealing the humble beginnings of a camp for
local Guides and Brownies. Deborah Wain reports
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
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.
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
Said Tracey: “The notes reveal what meagre amounts of money
they started with and, as volunteers, we still have the same issues
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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
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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.
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his Dronfield debut in a show for all the family.
Looking forward to visiting the town, Simeon explained: "My work as
an itinerant musician has led me to play in extraordinary venues from
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written just a few days after
local election day when residents
across NE Derbyshire had the
opportunity to choose who would
represent them at District, Town and
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.
And, on a different topic, I just wanted to say thank you to the
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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Hundreds of artists, dancers, crafters, singers and performers
featured in the four-day 2019 Dronfield Arts Festival
ROM fine art to fire-dancing, circus skills to a colourful subterranean world,
Dronfield’s second Arts Festival - sponsored by Dronfield Eye - offered all manner
of exciting attractions for all generations.
Centred at Dronfield Hall Barn on High Street, events were also staged at the Civic Hall, Peel
Centre, Green Dragon, Manor Gardens and St John the Baptist Parish Church.
Highlights included a lantern procession along Church Street and High Street, an interactive
digital art project ‘Ocean World’, an Open Arts exhibition in the Barn Gallery, an Evening of
Burlesque and a variety of outdoor dance displays.
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
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
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
between Sheffield and London and between Liverpool and Norwich
and, operationally, it is unlikely that there will be any significant
changes this year. But what does the future hold? New trains? New
What’s going to happen next for local rail commuters?
routes? Come along to our AGM and find out more!
Since its establishment in 2006, Friends of Dronfield Station has
worked closely with rail operators to steadily improve train services
at Dronfield with passenger numbers now exceeding 250,000 per
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.
So come along on Friday, 14th June, and find out what will happen
next! The meeting is at 7.30pm at Gosforth Lodge, Callywhite Lane,
Dronfield. Everyone, including non-members, is welcome, although
you may be invited to join 'on the night' for a very modest £5 per
family per annum!
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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
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
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
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
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
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
sat on the grass
in the garden,
overlooked by a
earth with an
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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/
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
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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It’s the biggest day of music and fun for miles around.
Have you booked your tickets yet for DronFest?
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
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raised a whopping
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will again take
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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
- Children’s Birthday Parties
- Group Private hire
- Business ‘Away’ days
- Networking events
You can hire the function room and fully
licensed bar starting at just £50 for 2 hours
hire, up to £250 for a full day’s hire.
To book contact the club on 01246 413734
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Food is available separately and can be
organised by contacting our Hospitality
Manager (Cheryl) on 01246 410394 or
Sample menus are available
and can be discussed
prior to your event.
Choir’s bid to boost numbers
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
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
“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
For more information visit dronfieldchurchmusic.com email
Robert.email@example.com or ring Rob on 07969 663584.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Prior booking is required because we may be short of space. Vehicles would need to arrive by 12:00
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
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
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
For detailed information, visit our website
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
Hansons Auction Valuations 10:00 to 13:00
(fortnightly – see website Calendar)
Short Mat Bowling Club 19:45 to 22:00
Healthy Living - weight loss management
18:00 to 19:00
Zumba 18:15 – 19:05
Norton Players 19:30 to 22:00
Patchwork & Quilting 09:45 to 12:30
The Craft Group 14:00
Ladies Keep Fit in the Main Hall 18:45 to
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 &
(See website Calendar)
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.
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
Christmas Day at the
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
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
We can also be contacted by telephone on
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
We’ve some great concerts coming up; check
out the dates in this issue and look out for local
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
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
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
Old name and new line-up, presenting songs
from the days of Music Hall.
Tickets £10. See detail* below.
Saturday 6 July
All the usual attractions, some of which are still
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
Charity Concert for CRY (Cardiac Risk in
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
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!
Tickets from www.tributetickets.co.uk or Niche
Coffee Shop, Coal Aston
Saturday 9 November
Tickets £11 including pie and pea supper
Telephone 0114 274 6124 for tickets.
Saturday 16 November
HARBOTTLE & JONAS
Fantastic Duo from Devon, with
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
*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
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,
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
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.
Coal Aston Live/Scuppered Concerts phone
V i l l a g e V o i c e – S p r i n g 2 0 1 9
HILL TOP SPORTS
& SOCIAL CLUB
Hilltop Sports & Social Club, Longacre Road, Dronfield S181UQ
T: 01246 412358 E: email@example.com W: hilltopclub.co.uk
FREE ADMISSION TO A LOCAL
FUN DAY OUT FOR DRONFIELD
OPEN FROM 12 NOON TO 12 MIDNIGHT,
OUTDOORS & INDOORS
VARIOUS SPECIAL REAL ALES, A GREAT SELECTION OF GINS
TASTY FAST FOOD PLUS AN ALL STAR MUSICAL FEAST
& SPECIALLY FOR “PETROL HEADS”, CLASSIC CAR
DISPLAY 12 NOON TO 6PM
GREEN BULLET BLUES BAND
1.00PM & 3PM
ON STAGE 2.30PM & 4.30PM
TOPPING THE BILL FROM 9.00PM
HILL TOP CLUB IS A MODERN FORWARD THINKING DRONFIELD COMMUNITY VENUE
HERE FOR YOU ALL TODAY AND FOR ALL YOUR TOMORROWS, DISCOVER US NOW
AND MAKE US YOUR " LOCAL”, THEN WHY GO ANYWHERE ELSE ??
LARGE FUNCTION ROOM FOR HIRE HOLDS UP TO 200 PEOPLE
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
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
In 2016, the family
paid £133 billion in
tax, 20% of UK
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?
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
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
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 &
ALL INFO IS AVAILABLE ON OUR ANSWER PHONE
A PEARSON & SONS, BIRCHIN LEE NURSERIES,
HOLMESFIELD RD, DRONFIELD WOODHOUSE S18 8WS
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
The business was
2016 after Jane
saw a little wine
shop in Lancaster
and thought it
would be lovely to
World sells a large
range of wines and
spirits from all
over the world.
Jane said: “We
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
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
HE Cleaning Centre
parade has been
established for more
than 25 years and is run
by husband and wife
team Shaun and Sarah
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
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
“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
Stockists of premium & award-winning wines & spirits.
11am-7pm Tues-Thurs 11am-8pm Fri
11am-7pm Sat 11am-4pm Sun
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,
Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags,
DRY CLEANING Hairdresser’s Towels, Football Kits
Greendale Shopping Centre, Green Lane, Dronfield
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
EYE on family businesses
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.
“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.
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
As funeral directors, Dunham’s offers clients a wide range of
personally-tailored services that reflect loved ones and their
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.”
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,
• 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
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
Services offered by
include the installation
of flat roofing
systems, such as
built-up felt roofing
and EPDM rubber
and tiling, UPVC fascia
and soffits, along with
the installation of all
types of guttering, from plastic and timber to powder coated
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.
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
“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
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T’S been a big month for one particular local family-run
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
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
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.
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
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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Offering a seven-day service plus an after-hours emergency call
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business, all the surveys, quotes, repairs, installations and
Mandy is with the business three days a week, overseeing
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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
“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
“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
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“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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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
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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
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The enterprise also offered Justine the chance to bring her
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The two-bedroom apartment has a master bedroom complete
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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
Pauline said that from the outset the aim was to provide a
personal service and see passengers as people rather than
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.”
HE Corrigan family are at the wheel of local auto centre
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.
grew out of a
mobile paint repair
established in its
unit at Callywhite
Lane, in 2006.
needed to keep
their car running.
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
“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
“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.”
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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
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
qualified as a dispensing optician, handling fitting and supply of
spectacle lenses and frames. Karen now manages both
The on-site workshop and glazing facility is managed by
Lawrence's son, Andrew, while youngest son Christopher is
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
Lawrence Jenkinson Opticians are independent optometric and
dispensing opticians who carry out NHS and private work.
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
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
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
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
At: Stubley Medical Centre, 5 Stubley Drive,
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Downstairs testing available
Also at: 784 Chesterfield Rd, Woodseats, Sheffield Tel: 0114 2554490
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HE House of Granite &
Marble, at Sheepbridge,
specialises in luxury natural
and man-made quartz
worktops, buying direct to cut
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
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
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
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
Other products include stone basins,
fireplace hearths, vanity units and shower
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Issue 33 will be available June 1st from:
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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
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.
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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Swapping cues for clubs, legends
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a local course and helped
raise funds for a worthy cause
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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
came to Sheffield, players took the opportunity to
enjoy a golf day, featuring Stephen Hendry, Cliff
Thorburn, Joe Johnson, Jimmy White, Mark
Williams, John Parrott, John Virgo, Dennis Taylor
and former world darts champion John Lowe.
They all enjoyed a fair amount of spring sunshine
on the beautiful course which straddles the
Jason Francis, chairman of World Seniors
Snooker, said: “I’ve been so impressed at the
efforts made by Dore & Totley to accommodate this
and make it happen.”
Tony Hales, chair of the club’s marketing
committee, said Dore & Totley had been delighted
to be approached to host the event.
“We were honoured to welcome the snooker
legends, and those who played with them, and hope
to see them here again,” he said.
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The latest update from
Dronfield Eye’s very own
canine columnist, Harry
Basset. Contact him at
Main Road, Holmesfield, S18 7WP
Executive Headteacher: Mr David Ratcliffe
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
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
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.”
Old Brampton, Chesterfield, S42 7JJ
Executive Headteacher: Mr David Ratcliffe
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
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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Will writing boost
URING May, Chesterfield law firm BRM Solicitors are
providing a free will writing service in conjunction with
Derbyshire based-charity, Helen’s Trust.
Helen’s Trust help up to 150 people every year, providing care,
equipment and support to terminally ill people wishing to stay in their
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In return for a voluntary donation, BRM’s specialist wills and estate
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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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Thursday September 12th
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Saturday 29th June
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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
As a family, nearly two years ago we took
over The Black Swan at Ashover - there’s a
recurring swan theme - which has been
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.
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
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
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!
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Repairs, fixing doors, curtain rails
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