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2019 Well Dressing Photographs: P34
Girls Rally to Support Thomas: P8
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AM delighted to say I have been reunited with Dronfield’s
Needing to be repaired, it spent several weeks with the noted
jewellers Fattorini & Sons at their Birmingham workshop.
So apologies to everyone who welcomed me to their events in
recent weeks which I attended without my Chain of Office.
Once again, it has been a busy month. Both Dronfield Gala and
Coal Aston Gala were particularly well attended and they seem to
offer more attractions for visitors to enjoy from year to year.
After opening Coal Aston Gala, I was delighted to meet Tony
Foulds, the Sheffield man who brought worldwide attention to the
city this year through his links with the Mi Amigo aeroplane crash
in Endcliffe Park in 1944. Tony told me that in his younger years he
was a frequent visitor to Coal Aston’s ‘Royal Oak’ pub.
Another fantastic outdoors event I thoroughly enjoyed was the
blessing of the Dronfield Woodhouse well dressing. In addition to
the well dressing itself, I also enjoyed looking at some of the
paintings done by local children.
I was delighted to be able to attend two special shows at
Dronfield Civic Hall. The first in a series of ‘Dronfield Live’ events
provided an excellent evening of musical entertainment.
Then the local Vicki Durning School of Stage Dance presented a
fabulous summer show, with performers from the age of three
through to ex-pupils who returned to the stage with a tap routine. I
noticed several proud family members with tears in their eyes
when the younger children were performing.
Gosforth Fields Sports Club was the venue for the latest heart
screening session organised by the CRY charity. Elaine Ward and
her team of volunteers do such a wonderful job and I found the
event to be most informative.
The Guides movement is particularly strong in and around
Dronfield and I was able to meet many of the people involved
when they invited me to their presentation event at Gosforth
Lodge. It proved to be a very entertaining event with lots of
humour - wonderful!
As I write this column, there are two events which I am
particularly looking forward to attending in the days ahead.
Firstly, after a recent meeting with a representative of Bluebell
Wood Children’s Hospice, I am to visit the charity to learn how it
helps children in our region.
Then comes the annual DronFest spectacular in Cliffe Park on
Saturday, August 10th. It will be my first time at DronFest but I
have been told by many people that I will thoroughly enjoy it.
Finally this month, congratulations to our Town Council staff who
have been responsible for many of the town’s beautiful floral
arrangements this summer, particularly the colourful tubs around
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Girls rally to
Meet the best friends who used their baking skills to
raise funds to support Thomas Gascoyne and his family
AST month’s Dronfield Eye feature about the plight of 11-year-old Thomas
Gascoyne touched the hearts of many local people. None more so than
teenagers Alice Earl and Rebecca Clay.
When they read Deborah Wain’s account of how Thomas, from Coal Aston, has
been affected by a rare disorder of his
nervous system, they felt they simply had to
do something to show their support.
Their school holidays might well have
arrived but there was no rest for best friends
Alice, aged 13, and 14-year-old Rebecca, who
both attend Dronfield Henry Fanshawe
The Dronfield Woodhouse girls had already
decided that they wanted to give their time to
do something for charity and when they read
Thomas’ story it spurred them into action and
they planned a charity bake sale in aid of the
youngster who is a patient at both the
Children’s Hospital in Sheffield and
Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Baking and preparing the week before, the
girls were hoping that the weather would be
kind and that they would attract a good
number of people to come along to buy their
Flashback to last month’s
Dronfield Eye feature
They needn’t have worried! Lots of lovely,
generous friends and neighbours attended, as
well as Thomas’ mum Claire, and the sun
shone the entire afternoon.
Alice and Rebecca asked Dronfield Eye to thank friends and family who donated
more home-made cakes and everyone who went along to the bake sale for their
generosity. They were extremely proud to be able to donate £490.65 to Thomas’ Just
• Thomas could have a rare variant of Batten Disease, and his family are striving to
raise awareness of the life-limiting illness. Mum Claire and dad Mark are raising
funds to adapt their home to allow Thomas access to the ground floor and garden.
Alice (left) and Rebecca at their bake sale
Dear Dronfield Eye,
I live in Dronfield Woodhouse, and on the
afternoon of Saturday, July 20th, two caring
teenage girls called Alice and Rebecca held a
“Bake In” in their garden because they were
so moved by your article about young
They - and perhaps their friends - had made all
the cakes and buns, which were delicious.
We were offered tea or coffee with our chosen
cake. There was no charge but a box was
provide for donations.
Later that evening, a ‘thank you’ note was
posted through our letter-box telling us how
much they had raised.
I think this is amazing.
Some of the many people who supported the girls’ event
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HILDREN at Gorsey Brigg Primary School will start the
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The school’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association are aiming
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Lucy Ambrosioni, from the group, said: “Our aim is to transform the
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Bell parts at Dronfield Parish Church have recently received
an upgrade. Deborah Wain learns more about the bells and
the local people who maintain the tradition of ringing them
HE sound of bells ringing at Dronfield’s historic St John the Baptist Church
has been part of the fabric of community life for centuries.
The bronze instruments call parishioners to worship each Sunday and are also rung
before and after wedding ceremonies and on other special occasions. Tower captain
Vic Cox conducts the team of 11 ringers.
For each practice or session, members of the group climb the 56 steps of a narrow
spiral staircase into the ringing chamber.
From there, they use ropes each with a coloured wool grip - known as a sally - to
swing the great bells in the tower above back and forth.
Vic learned to ring as a teenager in
Leeds to fill a shortage left by World War
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Dronfield since 1975. He has rung at a
number of high-profile places of worship,
including Liverpool Cathedral and
The basis for ringing is a simple ‘round’,
or scale. Vic calls changes in the
sequence to create different patterns of
sound. The ringers also work from
methods set down centuries ago.
A peal of bells refers to a performance
of more than 5,000 changes and takes
about three hours to carry out.
It takes a bit of strength to ring the
bells and a lot of concentration.
Val Goodlad, who has been ringing with
the group since 1989, explained: “If you
are out, it puts everyone else out.”
Val points out that bell-ringing in the
past was the preserve of men - who were
also strictly territorial about the bells
they rang - but that changed after World
She had her interest sparked when
visiting the church on an open day.
“I went on a Tuesday night to a practice
Tower Captain Vic Cox
session and had a go and it went from
Some of the Dronfield Parish Church ringers
Ringing out loud and clear
“I love Dronfield and we need to keep hearing the bells. I also enjoy the company of
the other ringers.”
The group also collaborates with counterparts at Norton Church, in Sheffield.
Dronfield Parish Church has eight bells. The heaviest, the tenor, weighs 12cwt, which
is around 600kg. It was cast in 1615 by Henry Oldfield III, one of a well-known family
of bell casters, in Nottingham.
Other bells go back even further, to the 16th century. Two were cast by Henry Dand
and one by Ralph Heathcote, both based in the Chesterfield area. Two others were cast
by Daniel Hedderley in 1730, but one of these cracked and had to be recast in 1851
using the same pattern as the original. Bells added in 1945 were cast by John Taylor of
“Such a mix of bell founders is quite unusual, it gives the Dronfield bells a distinctive
sound, but they do match each other very well,” Vic explained.
Each of the bells has a Latin inscription on it. The tenor’s translates as ‘We have been
made to praise the Lord’.
The bells fell silent in the weeks leading up to Easter as the clappers, which strike
the metal, were removed for remedial work at the Taylor foundry in Loughborough.
Wear and tear over many years had affected them and they now produce a much
cleaner strike. Money for the work has come from the tower fund.
“The bells strike easier and the sound produced is more mellow,” said Vic.
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DRONFIELD student is one of three Chesterfield College
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the media’s obsession with Brexit is that it
obscures other important debates which need
attention on issues like health, education, jobs
and the like. That needs to change.
The new Government has made a good start with
very positive announcements on 20,000 more police
and hospital upgrades (including in Sheffield) in
recent weeks but there is more to do.
One area which needs more attention is jobs and, in
particular, how workplaces are going to change in the
coming decades, particularly as a result of technology
and automation. At first glance, this might sound like
a dry topic but it is going to have a real impact.
The job market changes every day and, as
technology evolves, the jobs people go to today in
Dronfield will, in 20 years’ time, have definitely
changed. And, for some students at Fanshawe right
now, their first job may not have even been invented
From the iPhone to electric cars, technology has
impacted every element of our lives in recent decades.
And the same applies to the jobs market. As an
example, until recently, every till at Dronfield
Sainsbury’s needed a cashier. Today, six tills are selfservice
(and, slowly, I have got over my initial dislike
at how fiddly they are to work!). At first glance it looks
like that is six jobs lost in Dronfield. Yet, that isn’t quite
true. New jobs have also been created too; the staff
who help customers in store, IT staff to support the
technology, mechanics to make the systems work and
developers who keep improving them.
And this same trend is happening in countless
workplaces around North East Derbyshire. Jobs are
changing, being replaced and being created. The
question for us is how we prepare, as an area, for the
opportunities that this will bring. We definitely need to
improve our skills. We need to prepare the next
generation of workers to become so familiar with
technology that it is second nature. We need to attract
a wide range of companies to North East Derbyshire
who are going to bring the jobs of tomorrow.
So, I’d like to hear your views on this. How do we get
North East Derbyshire ready for the new jobs that are
coming? There’s lots of possibilities here for our area
if, as a community, we grasp them. Drop me a line and
let me know your thoughts.
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Let’s restore pride
in our Civic Centre
Dear Dronfield Eye,
THE residents of Dronfield have always been an easy-going bunch of people
who rarely complain.
When we moved to Dronfield many, many, years ago, the Civic Centre was the
heart of a thriving little town with bespoke shops, supermarkets, banks, etc.
Have you seen it today? Shops are closed, there are tatty frontages and three
charity shops which have expanded their stock across another two shop fronts as
they have closed.
There is little or no attempt to regenerate the area, so it sinks ever more into
Now you may say that this is how shopping centres have gone over the last few
years and it is probably true, but the area should not be neglected and a real
effort could be made to brighten it up and breathe new life into it.
Goodness knows how disabled people get around some days as the pavements
become more clogged with goods and advertising boards.
When Mr Rowley became our MP, part of his manifesto was to talk to the council
and landlords to improve the Civic Centre. It is now considerably worse. Come on
everybody, we deserve better.
If the councillors or Mr Rowley think this is not correct, they should spend an
hour down in the Civic Centre any morning and ask residents of Dronfield what
they think to the present state of affairs.
Disgruntled of Dronfield (Name & Address Supplied)
Members enjoying their weekly get-together and (right) some of the group’s volunteer helpers
Lunch group’s plea for voluntary help
POPULAR lunch club needs new volunteers as it resumes
after the summer break.
Dronfield Luncheon Club has been running every Thursday in
Gosforth Lodge in Cliffe Park since 1964, and is open to pensioners
who live in the town.
For the 39 members, it is a chance to enjoy a freshly-cooked hot
meal and have a chat – and for some it is the only weekly outing
they might have.
But the club could be forced to meet fortnightly unless new
volunteers can be found. Over the last year, some long-standing
volunteers have retired, including former secretary Anne Jennings.
Secretary, Sharon Taylor, said: “The club has run every week for all
of those years and I think it’s just so important for the community for
it to continue weekly.
“It might be the only time members see other people, or get a good
meal. We need about six new volunteers across the groups.”
Meals are paid for out of the £2.50 charge for members, with a
weekly raffle funding special meals, like the summer get-together
which was catered so volunteers could eat with the members.
The Dronfield and District Old People’s Welfare Committee meets
the cost of hiring the hall.
There are four teams of six volunteers who prepare, cook and
serve a two-course meal – usually including a hot dessert, plus a
cuppa – as well as wash up afterwards. Each team is committed
once a month.
Sharon, who works full-time as a customer services manager, has
been involved for a year and gives up one day of work a month to
She added: “It’s satisfying knowing we are keeping something
going that has been run since 1964 and I love the interaction with
the old folks.”
The time commitment each month is 9.30am-2pm. The club
doesn’t meet for two weeks at both Christmas and Easter and for
the six weeks of the school holidays.
Volunteers are needed to help out with all manner of tasks, such
as setting tables and serving food, and do not need to be able to
cook. Anyone interested should contact Sharon by emailing
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The teacher who dared
The story of a Dronfield headmistress
who became the most talked about teacher
in England is set to be told to children
across the country. Deborah Wain reports
ARAH Elizabeth Outram – of Dronfield Girls’ School –
provoked a storm of criticism when she taught her pupils
what is now called Relationships and Sex Education.
The front page of the ‘Derbyshire Courier’ on Saturday, 7th
February, 1914, carried a photograph of a woman sitting at a desk.
Underneath was the caption: ‘The Lady Who Dared. Miss Outram,
headmistress of the Dronfield Girls’ School, whose action…. has
aroused a storm of indignation in the town and made her the mosttalked-of
teacher in England.’
Paul Whitfield is researching the event and its impact for his Master
of Arts degree in history at Sheffield Hallam University.
Prof Alison Twells has
commissioned Whitworks, a
company specialising in
working creatively with
children and communities, to
develop a teaching resource
for primary school children
using the research. This has
been trialled with Year 6
pupils at Stonelow Junior
In 1914, Miss Outram was
Standard Six Girls class
teacher and headmistress at
Dronfield Elementary Council
School. She had been
Beatrice can be seen in the circle
above Miss Outram’s head. The
other girls are among those
whose parents withdrew them
headmistress since 1902.
During a Scripture lesson
with her pupils, telling the
story of the birth of John the
Baptist, a discussion
developed about sexual
relationships. Miss Outram answered her pupils’ questions and read
two stories she had obtained from an American publication.
Beatrice Bradwell, daughter of Jacob Bradwell who was the
publican at ‘The Victoria Inn’, reported this to her parents and a
scandal erupted. Outrage followed amongst many parents and
members of the wider Dronfield community.
There were demands for Miss Outram’s dismissal. The girls
concerned gave sworn statements about Miss Outram and her
teaching. An extract from Beatrice’s statement, held at the National
Archives, reads: “Miss Outram has told us where babies come from.
One day she took a book from the top of her desk in the Scripture
lesson and read that, when we are young, like me, there is an egg
forms in our inside and when we grow up to motherhood the egg
bursts, and we have a baby. She said she had had the book sent from
Paul said: “It is very unusual to have the words of a child from so
far in the past. The statements from the 12 girls reflect their
Miss Outram made the following statement on 7th February, 1914,
in the ‘Derbyshire Times’: “I consider this teaching should always be
done by teachers who are old and sensible enough if the girls
mothers will not do it for themselves. I always formally told them to
ask their mothers. I suppose I shall have to resort to that way of
escape again. Once a girl asked me the most direct question. I
shuffled as so many people do with children, and I could see that the
child was snubbed and that there would never be the same
confidence between us afterwards. It was after that that I decided
to explain things simply and naturally.”
Miss Outram also irritated some of the community by informing the
Miss Outram's class c1910 Dronfield Board School
girls about the suffragettes and the treatment they were receiving at
the hands of the authorities in prison.
School managers and parents pursued the matter, taking it to the
Local Education Authority, and eventually the National Board of
Education, despite Miss Outram making this statement: “We all make
mistakes. I was not wilfully doing anything wrong, if I have done
anything wrong. I do not acknowledge that I have done anything
wrong. I will, of course, be more careful in the future.”
In both the National Archives and in the British Newspaper
Archives there are transcripts recording school managers’ and public
meetings on the subject.
The local and then national press latched on to the story and a
debate about sex education and morality ensued for about six
months. There were many letters in newspapers written by the
public on both sides. Miss Outram also received over 300 private
letters of support including one from local campaigner for sex
education, Edward Carpenter.
The dispute continued acrimoniously until July, 1914. Parents were
threatened with prosecution for keeping their children out of school,
but by July children had either passed the age at which they
compulsorily had to attend school or returned to other schools.
Miss Outram remained in her post until 1922 when she was forced
to resign. She wrote an impassioned objection in the school logbook
at the point of her resignation.
She was not defeated and clearly had much support in her local
community. In 1923, she was elected to the Town Council and was
still serving in 1939 when she was 70. She died in Dronfield in 1950.
After analysing documents from the day, pupils at Stonelow
unanimously decided that Miss Outram was a heroine. One boy said:
“Miss Outram is a heroine as she
never stopped teaching, even after
all the hate.”
Stonelow’s Year Six Teacher,
Elizabeth Williamson, said”: “The
children have enjoyed many
aspects of the project, but
especially the opportunity to work
as real historians, analysing
primary sources of evidence to
formulate opinions and answer
questions. They have been shocked,
amazed and inspired at different
points in Miss Outram’s story;
wondered at her courage and
resilience despite the obstacles she
The scandal is debated at
Stonelow Junior School
faced and marvelled at her
“’The Lady Who Dared’ project has
given our children a new appreciation for ordinary people who have
made, and continue to make, a difference in our everyday lives.”
Following the success of the work at Stonelow, the resource will be
made available free to teachers nationally, enabling many other
children to experience the story.
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A heap of fun in your garden
Give your garden or back yard plants a boost and
cut household waste by starting a compost heap
HERE is something very satisfying about making your own
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Gardening experts from GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have come up
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A representative said: “Keen gardeners and environmentallyconscious
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also consistently add to the pile to maximise its potential.
· Remember non-food items. Grass clippings, leaves, dead plants or
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EAUTIFUL gardens in Barlow welcomed
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ALLOWES Golf Club has
hosted many keenlyfought
contests over the
years, but nothing quite like
Take a standard table football
pitch, enlarge it by a factor of
ten, replace the plastic figures
with people and you start to get
Add five players per team,
throw in a full-size football, blow
the whistle and stand well
back... this is human table
The fund-raising event was
organised by Gordon Harrison,
vice-chair of the Sheffield
Pulmonary Fibrosis Support
Group, based at the Northern
Said Gordon, who lives at
Summerley Farm, Apperknowle:
“Twelve teams battled it out for
four hours to determine the
winners who were ultimately the
Hallowes Juniors Team 1.”
He added: “It was the hardest
day’s work I've done since I
retired, but can't remember a
day when I laughed so much."
Gordon asked Dronfield Eye to
pass on thanks to the board and
members of Hallowes Golf Club
and to all who played in and
supported the event. It raised
more than £1,000 for the
Match of the Day
Fund-raisers are table-toppers
Choir looks to build on early successes
OUNG members of Dronfield’s newest community choir
have proved they are in fine voice with their first concerts.
Dronfield Parish Young Voices choir began earlier this year and is
open to children from Years 3 to 7. It was launched by Rob Aldread
after he took over as director of music at Dronfield Parish Church.
Rob is joined by Olivia Shotton, a recent graduate in music and a
vocal specialist, who leads sessions on Monday evenings in
Dronfield Civic Hall, with Rob accompanying on piano.
More than 35 youngsters from nine different schools attend after
a series of workshops prompted strong interest.
Rob said: “They have made really good progress with learning to
sing and having a good time. The simple main aim of the group is
for the children to have fun while learning to sing and to have
concerts to help celebrate their achievements.
“We will do a variety of styles of music to include fun rounds, pop
songs and songs from shows. For example, the children have loved
singing ‘This is Me’ and ‘Tightrope’ from The Greatest Showman
and also ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra.
The group’s successful early performances have included the
Civic Service, at the invitation of Mayor, Lillian Deighton, and the
Rector of Dronfield, Rev Peter Bold.
Dronfield Parish Young Voices is provided by and supported by
Dronfield Parish Church as part of its work to provide support to the
local community, but is separate from the church choir.
There is no charge for children to attend the Monday sessions, from
Rob and Olivia plan to visit schools again this month as there will be
a new intake of Year 3 children.
Anyone is welcome to go along on a Monday evening, starting back
after the holidays on 2nd September. Adult helpers are there from
For more information, visit dronfieldchurchmusic.com/youngvoices
email Rob at Robert.email@example.com or ring him on 07969
Retiring Dronfield Henry Fanshawe
headteacher, Teresa Roche, tells
Dronfield Eye editor Mike Firth that she
couldn’t have had a more rewarding job
Teresa Roche: ‘It is not always
easy; there are difficult decisions
to make, and people will not
always agree with you’
HINGS are going to be a little different in
Dronfield from the beginning of September
following the retirement of Teresa Roche,
headteacher at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School for
the past 13 years.
Credited as having turned the school around and
overseeing a substantial improvement in exam results
and other achievements, she has made a massive
contribution to the education of thousands of local
Through her inspiration, the expectations of
students and their families, staff and governors
has been raised year on year.
Last month’s Dronfield Eye reported on how
she has been awarded a prestigious Pearson
National Teaching Lifetime Achievement Silver
Award - with the recipient of the Gold Award
still to be announced.
Since then, Teresa has also been
recognised with TES Lifetime Achievement
Award, receiving the prize from TV
celebrity Harry Hill at London’s Grosvenor
Where had you worked prior to
arriving in Dronfield in 2006?
I was previously headteacher at
Springwell Community School at
Staveley for five years.
I don’t think that I’d ever visited
Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School
before, but I did know of it. Going all
the way back to when I was training to
be a teacher in 1980, one of the people
on my course had been assigned to
Dronfield and in those days there were
three secondary schools - this one,
Gladys Buxton and Gosforth.
So I knew there were schools in Dronfield,
but didn’t know the town particularly well.
What were the big differences you found?
It was back to 11 to 18 education, as Springwell had
been 11 to 16. Also, there were around 900 students at
Springwell, so Dronfield was more than twice the size at
1,971 students; DHFS has just over 1,800 pupils at the
moment and also 250 staff, so we are one of the largest
employers in Dronfield.
Were you aware of the school’s proud history?
The school has an incredible 430-plus years of history. I
have been the 27th headteacher and the first female,
which I think is important and significant for the school.
When I look back at the names of previous heads, I
Receiving the TES trophy from awards host
Harry Hill and editor Anne Mroz
wonder what was going on in their tenure? Who was on the throne?
We go back to Elizabeth I.
Did you make changes immediately
on your appointment at the school?
I didn’t implement changes in the first days or weeks because new
brooms sweep clean, but they can also scratch floors.
Over the course of the first couple of years, we changed the pastoral
care system for students and I think that was key. It was during
2011/12 that we introduced the house system.
Also important was making sure that everyone understood what the
aim of the school was. From the most recently appointed member of
the cleaning team through to a new assistant head, everybody on the
staff needed to know what we were aiming for, what it was we were
doing on this journey and why we were doing it.
When I first arrived, students looked as if they were doing well on
paper, but actually, in terms of real progress, they weren’t. So we had
to communicate that message to people, at the same time as keeping
their morale high and keeping the students focussed on what they
How has the school improved?
In my letter of application in September, 2005, the first thing I wrote,
was that ‘Schools exist for the benefits of their students’. This is a
There is a respectful relationship between all the people within the
organisation - students, staff, parents and families. We have a duty to
care for each other and a duty to do our best for each other.
These days it is highly unusual to have headteachers remain in their
post for so long. The average is little more than three years and that’s
not time even to get to know a school. It takes time to gain a sense of
a school and a community. You need to identify what it is that’s at the
core that, if you improve it, will improve the situation for everybody.
Education has got to be right across the board. It’s not just about
exams, it’s about preparation for life.
It’s got to be a contribution to the growth of individuals in the most
holistic sense, so that they can leave here as young adults who are
able to think for themselves, able to reason and argue, able to
understand how the world works, as well as having a really strong
moral compass and a sense of justice. They must have an
understanding of what is right and wrong and a determination to make
things right for others.
I think that’s key because we are sending out lots of young people
who will become influential in the roles that they take on.
It’s a very safe, welcoming and inclusive environment and students
can be who they are here and they feel valued for who they are. That’s
one of the most important things that we’ve achieved.
For young people to be able to attend school and feel safe, feel
valued and feel comfortable in themselves means they can do the very
best that they can in other aspects of learning.
We work very closely with other schools through the Partnership of
Dronfield Schools, which brings a co-ordinated approach to the whole
Have you enjoyed the role?
I can’t imagine a more rewarding vocation and the joys have certainly
outweighed the difficulties.
Learning and teaching is at the heart of everything we do. That’s staff
learning as well as students and you certainly never stop learning as a
Transparency and integrity are key because you have to be able to
look yourself in the mirror and know that you have done absolutely the
best job you can.
It is not always easy; there are difficult decisions to make, and
people will not always agree with you, but ultimately someone has got
to make a decision.
It’s a really demanding job in all sorts of ways; physically,
emotionally, spiritually and mentally, but it brings with it enormous
satisfaction. It’s about constantly trying to make things better in every
When you see people, perhaps even years after they have left school,
and you remember first seeing them when they came into the school
in Year 7, it’s a privilege to be a part of their progress and seeing how
they have developed and moved on.
How is the school performing today?
The school is in a good place; a very, very strong position in terms of
the quality of education on offer and the calibre of the adults working
at the school who are incredibly committed to our young people. They
make me very proud.
The school site and resources are also excellent. We have our own
maintenance team which means we can get things done to our
standards within our time frame and at the right cost. The site is kept
very clean and resources available to students are spot on.
I think our students get a good deal with the opportunities open to
them, not just through the formal curriculum but through projects like
Erasmus and other visits
and trips. Our international
work is phenomenal and we
are proud of our
award. I believe the
teaching of modern foreign
languages is increasingly
important as we move into
a more uncertain world.
Students generally are
achieving the very highest
importantly, the most
useful ones for them. We
don’t force children to take
exams for the benefit of the
School Roll of Honour of Heads,
presented by governors
We also have an excellent
governing body. Our chair of
governors, Martin Brader,
who appointed me, has
worked tirelessly for the school. He’s now a National Leader of
Governance which means that his expertise is helping people in other
schools to make things better for children.
Why are you retiring this summer?
There is a time when you have to be realistic. I’ve worked for 38 years
as a teacher without a break and that’s a long time in education.
The most difficult thing was coming to the decision that it was time
to retire, because I absolutely love what I do.
Some people think I have some new career lined up elsewhere but
that’s just not the case.
There are things I want to do going forward that I’ve not had the
opportunity or the time to do. I’d like to improve my Italian, there are
so many books to be read, places to see and most importantly I want
time to spend with my family.
This is something I haven’t been able to do as much as I would have
liked because of the commitments of my job. That will be the first
thing to change!
• Succeeding Theresa as headteacher of Dronfield Henry Fanshawe
School will be Martyn Cooper, formerly of Belper School.
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EYE on well dressings
Eight decades of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was celebrated at Cutthorpe
HE height of summer is always celebrated in the local area by
Tcolourful well dressings.
This ancient folk craft once almost solely featured images and
phrases from scriptures, but nowadays villagers create fabulous
pictures out of petals, nuts and foliage to celebrate all manner of
anniversaries and to show their support for charities and other good
Pictures by Dronfield Eye’s Mike Firth
The 29th annual Dronfield Woodhouse Well Dressing
raised funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital
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Dronfield rockfall tragedy of 1882
A recent issue of Dronfield Eye featured a letter
appealing for information about two gravestones at the
back of the Banner Jones solicitors’ office on Sheffield
Road. Fiona Armitage learned about the gravestones
from a reader of her book ‘Greenhill: A History of
Greenhill and the Surrounding Area’ and was so
intrigued she set about locating them. She later
found them referred to in a book, 'Dronfield
Remembered', by the late Roger Redfern. Fiona
recounts the story, based on Roger’s research:
URING the early part of the 1880s, Dronfield residents had
started to notice cracks appearing in the cliffs on the eastern
side of Sheffield Road, behind the Rock Tavern which is now the
Simply Chinese restaurant. Other adjacent shops were in those
days Watkinson's boot shop, Watmough's lock-up shop and also an
old tool shed used by the local board. When the cracks were first
noticed, no-one really thought there was a significant problem and
they just blamed it on subsidence caused by Dronfield Silkstone
Unfortunately, during the evening of 3rd March, 1882, “an
immense quantity of rock suddenly crashed down without the least
warning, and falling down with great violence on the building
belonging to the local board, smashed in the roof and completely
wrecked it, giving it an appearance of a place gutted by fire.”
There was a slaughterhouse just behind this building which was
used by the local pork butcher, and unfortunately at the time of the
rockfall two of the butcher's children, Alfred, aged ten and Tom,
aged six, were inside the building with two of their friends. It was
reported that “by a miraculous circumstance, although the building
Group aids three charities
HE Inner Wheel Club of Dronfield presented cheques
to the president’s chosen charities: Aquabox
(emergency relief boxes sent to disasters anywhere in the
world), Elm Project (Women’s Refuge in Chesterfield) and
Action for Children and Young Carers in Derbyshire.
The Dronfield Club is a member of the National Association of
Inner Wheel Clubs which raises funds for charities at home and
The women’s group meets on the third Thursday of the month
at Hallowes Golf Club at 6.45pm. Further details from the
membership secretary on 01246 890504.
Pictured are, from left: president Eva Burton, Kerry
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Janet Mills, retiring president
was completely buried by debris, the children with one exception,
were not fatally injured and for upwards of one hour they could be
heard crying for help, without those outside being able to render
them assistance, so completely were they buried under the
immense blocks of rocks.”
News soon spread around the town, and a large crowd gathered
offering help: “Willing hands headed by the almost frantic parents,
were speedily engaged in attempting the rescue notwithstanding
the imminent risk of a second fall.”
After an hour’s digging, three of the children were brought out
through the opening that had been made, all injured and suffering
from burns “there being a fire set pot in the place.”
Alfred was sadly dead and was trapped by one foot under the
mass of rocks. Dr Samuel Rooth, of Cliffe House, arrived on the
scene shortly and made preparations to amputate the child's foot.
All of a sudden, there was another rock fall which allowed the
corpse to be removed intact.
Mr Adlington, landlord of The Rock Tavern, had been trapped
within the cellar of the building and his foot had been crushed. The
rescue party eventually managed to break into the cellar to find the
man 'exhausted and fainting', he was then taken to Chesterfield
The back of these buildings were badly damaged and “the
occupants of the premises, fearing a further downfall, hastily
removed their furniture and abandoned them for the night.”
Hundreds of people were said to have “loitered about the streets
until a late hour.” Of course, the rockfall was eventually cleared,
the buildings made safe and the rock face repaired.
A passer-by today would see no clues to the pandemonium and
horror that was witnessed well over 100 years ago - unless they
noticed the two gravestones behind these buildings. One is believed
to be the little boy's grave, although his name is not decipherable
due to its age. There appears to be others buried alongside him.
These Dronfield toddlers have enough growing of their own to do, but their childminders have
also had them busy growing flowers and vegetables for this summer’s Dronfield in Bloom contest
More than just a golf course.
Located on the outskirts of Chesterfield town centre, just
a minute’s drive from Chesterfield Train Station, Tapton Park
Golf Club boasts a variety of facilities offering something
2019 sees a brand new 9 hole footgolf course which has been
relocated and improved for this summer. This unique sport blends
the traditional game of golf with football and the result is a fun,
family activity suitable for all ages and abilities! With footballs and
larger sized holes it’s never been easier to get round a golf course,
so grab a ball and challenge your friends and family to a game.
2017 saw the opening of the driving range at Tapton Park Golf
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Whether you’re a keen golfer and want to improve your golfing
game or want to give something new a try as a family or with your
friends, the facilities cater for all. The driving range boasts 14 fully
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You only need to bring yourself to the driving range as golf clubs
are provided free of charge and there is parking on-site.
At over 6,000 yards, the par 72, 18 hole golf course provides a true
test of golf. Located in a parkland setting the undulating terrain
provides views across Chesterfield including the famous ‘Crooked
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including flat, uphill and downhill lies, together with a number of
dog leg holes and a 625 yard 5th hole should provide a challenge
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Tapton Park Golf Club also offers a new and improved 9 hole
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EYE on health & beauty
Jane Manfredi (left)
with proMUA colleague
New venture is looking good
Two local woman are behind the launch
of an exciting new beauty training centre
NEW beauty training centre is the culmination of a dream
for Jane Manfredi, who is well-known in Dronfield.
proMUA & Beauty Training has recently opened its doors in
Stephenson Chambers, in Chesterfield town centre, offering flexible,
accredited courses and a friendly welcome to trainees of all ages.
Jane established the Nail and Beauty Studio, in Church Street, in
1988. She expanded the business and built up a loyal clientele and
fine reputation over the following 15 years.
The next step in her career was a move into beauty training,
developing her education skills within Chesterfield College and
establishing its make-up courses.
After nine years at Chesterfield, she undertook further work within a
FE college in Nottingham and then was head of make-up at a private
training provider in Sheffield.
Jane has launched proMUA with a colleague, Lucy Chapman, from
Cutthorpe. Like Jane, Lucy is highly experienced in education and is
also a hairdressing specialist. Jane and Lucy bring their knowledge
and skills to a range of beauty therapy and make-up courses, running
usually one day a week from four to 16 weeks in duration.
As an approved Vocational Training Charitable Trust centre,
proMUA has to meet strict criteria. Its qualifications are recognised
by industry professionals around the world and trainees who
attain them are well-placed to go on to future employment, selfemployment
or higher-level training.
All class sizes are small, giving trainees expert knowledge and oneto-one
tuition. These are all delivered in a beautiful make-up studio
and beauty training room.
The centre has had significant interest only weeks after launching.
Jane: “We’d invite anyone considering a course to please get in
touch and have an informal chat with us about what we can offer.
“Perhaps it’s someone looking for a career change or wanting to
learn new skills alongside family commitments.
“We believe in bridging the gap between education and industry
providing our learners with current relevant knowledge.”
Jane added: “It has been a dream for both Lucy and I to run our
own training school and we are looking forward to welcoming
trainees from Dronfield and other areas.”
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ITNESS experts have identified the five best ways to get
into shape this summer at absolutely minimum cost.
Researchers at health and fitness site Vivotion.com have named
the best ways to get - and stay - fit and healthy without spending
They include popular park runs, as well as lesser-known regimes
such as green gyms where participants can help with wildlife
conservation whilst keeping fit.
A spokesperson from Vivotion.com said: “Exercise has so many
added benefits aside from helping with weight loss and increasing
“Many free activities can involve meeting new people and offer
challenges, building fitness week on week.
“Some activities such as walking trails mean participants can
also involve friends and family. They all, of course, have the added
bonus of being free.”
These are a 5k runs suitable for all abilities. They take place in
more than 600 locations and let you run at your own pace. Signing
up to the website allows your running time to be added to a
national database, meaning you see where you placed in your Park
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They allow you to help conservation whilst building up your
fitness. Those who join warm up, and down, like you would in a
regular exercise class, however the exercises involve planting
trees and building wildlife ponds. There is a range of activities you
can take part in which are all easily adaptable to every ability.
Couch to 5k
This is an initiative from the NHS encouraging Brits to get up from
the sofa and go for a run. The regime changes weekly and involves
no more than three runs a week. The aim is that nine weeks after
starting, you should be able to easily run 5k.
If walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats isn’t your thing,
there are several trails and specified walks in the UK’s countryside.
Purchasing an Ordinance Survey map can be an easy way to find
circular routes and paths you didn’t know were in your local area.
If you’d rather get fit whilst taking the weight off your feet,
cycling may be the perfect idea for you. There are local cycling
groups where you can meet new people and cycle as a pack as
well as websites which allow you to find tried and tested routes in
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Admission is free to
Medieval Festival at
Dronfield Hall Barn
NIGHTS and birds of prey will be
among the attractions turning the
clock back to the Middle Ages during
this year’s Medieval Festival at
Dronfield Hall Barn.
The Dronfield Heritage Trust has brought
the weekend-long event back by popular
demand following two successful years,
describing it as the highlight of the venue’s
Returning favourites include Hawks of
Steele and Knights in Battle, while
demonstrations range from morris dancing
to lace-making, along with textile dyeing,
wood-turning and pottery-making.
There is a train and craft aimed at
children, plus a chance to buy distinctive gifts.
Dronfield Hall Barn is built around the framework of an early 15th
century timber-framed manor house, the oldest surviving domestic
It is now a Grade II* listed building set in gardens that have been
lovingly developed by volunteers.
The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 14th
and 15th, from 11am-4pm.
While admission is free, there is a suggested donation of £1.50 per
adult which helps to keep the Barn at the heart of community life.
at Dronfield Hall Barn
Morris dancing, lace-making and textile
dyeing! Plus old favourites including
Knights in Battle, Hawks of Steele,
Children's Trail and Crafts,
Wood-turning and Pottery-making.
Why not buy a gift from our lovely
stalls including jewellery, glass,
textiles and metalwork?
Dronfield Hall Barn, High Street, Dronfield, S18 1PX
History to Life!
11am until 4pm
Suggested donation - £1.50 per adult.
Your donations help us to run events for the whole community
and keep the Barn open for generations to come!
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The Christians in town
HART band The Christians are the next act lined up to
perform at Dronfield Live.
They are due to delight local fans at the Civic Hall on Saturday,
21st September, and are sure to perform many of their hits
including ‘Harvest For The World’, ‘Forgotten Town’, ‘Ideal World’
The Christians’ first five singles all made the Top 40 in Britain,
and their debut album ‘The Christians’ entered the UK Albums
Chart in 1987 at number two. It eventually sold over a million
Band members have now been performing together for more than
30 years and they have a loyal and devoted following both in the
UK and overseas.
Tickets for the show are now available from dronfieldlive.com or
from local outlets (see right).
Dronfield Live has more shows planned for Dronfield Civic Hall in
October and November.
1 HOUR BOWLING £25, 2 HOURS BOWLING £40 per lane.
2 GAMES OF BOWLING £11 per adult, £8 per child.
Tuesday 9am-11pm, Wednesday 9am-11pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm.
2 GAMES AND A DRINK only £13 per adult, £10 per child.
GLOW BOWLING - 4pm-7pm.
BOWL ‘N’ BREAKFAST Sunday mornings, 9am-11am. One hour
bowling plus a bacon, sausage or egg cob £8 per person.
2 GAMES only £10 per adult, £9 per child.
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Chris and Kellie wow Village Hall
OTHER and daughter duo, Chris
and Kellie While, thrilled local fans
of folk music with a rare appearance at
Coal Aston Live.
Chris, known for her powerful vocals, is
currently celebrating 25 years of
performing with Julie Matthews - a musical
partnership that has earned a big following,
awards and produced ten studio albums,
two live ones and a ‘best of’ compilation.
Chris and Julie are also part of the vocal
band ‘Daphne's Flight’, with other notable
contemporaries, Christine Collister,
Melanie Harrold and Helen Watson.
Meanwhile, Chris also has five solo
albums under her belt, including the
critically-acclaimed ‘Rosella Red’.
After years fronting The Albion Band, e2K
and as a solo performer Kellie now has a
career in radio production, but has
recorded an album with Chris - ‘Indigo’.
The pair play only a smattering of summertime gigs.
Chris, performing in Coal Aston with Julie at the Village Hall, has
said one of her greatest joys in life is to sing with her daughter and
Their performance is intuitive and effortless and they create
sublime harmonies, that held the audience spell-bound.
Kellie announced that if she and her mum like the song, they will
Chris and Kellie’s set list included plenty of folk songs but with a
little pop, country and soul - Gladys Knight & the Pips’ soul classic
‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ – thrown in. Their album was well
Coal Aston Village Hall
‘COAL ASTON LIVE’
The very best in acousc music at the areas premier venue
Doors open 7.15, shows begin at 8. Support by local band SCUPPERED
Sat 21st Sept: Kellys Heroes. Brilliant Irish Folk Band return for a rousing
night of song and tunes brought from the Emerald Isle £10 on the Door.
Sat 19th Oct: The Swing Commanders This amazing Texas Swing Band back
for their annual appearance. Advance Tickets available £12 + Booking fee
Sat 16th Nov: Harbole & Jonas. A delighul young duo, with their band,
who are making a big name for themselves on the fesval scene with a
unique presentaon of self penned and tradional song £8 on the door
Visit www.scuppered.org for details
Other Village Hall Public Events include :-
Sat 2nd Nov Wesleyan Church Autumn Fayre 10am ll 4pm
Sat 9th Nov Methodist Church Fayre 10am ll 2pm
We host many regular acvies including monthly Stamp Fairs, Yoga, Ladies
Keep Fit, Art & Cras, Anque Valuaons. The Village Hall is available for
private hire for the event of your choosing, birthdays, weddings etc.
For details visit www.coalastonvillagehall.org.uk
Or phone our admin office 01246 912464
Chris and Kellie
While on stage at
represented with numbers like ‘Angel’s Share’ and the beautiful
Both Chris and Kellie are also accomplished guitarists and witty
Coal Aston Live is a monthly session hosted and supported by
popular S18 band Scuppered.
The next gig is Irish band Kelly’s Heroes, on Saturday, 21st
September. For tickets, or further information, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Peter on 01246
410611 or John 01246 411526.
Club in appeal to
fund new roof
ILL Top Sports & Social Club has launched an appeal to
its members in an effort to raise funds for a much-needed
Up to print, £15,000 has been raised towards the target of
£25,000, thanks to donations and sponsored events, and further
events are planned for the near future. Keep an eye on social
media and local notice-boards for details.
The club is to host a Family Fun Day on Sunday, 15th September,
from noon-6pm when attractions will include a bouncy castle
(weather permitting), face-painting, jumping clay, tombola stall
and cake stall.
Music will be provided by Nick Glynn Sounds and an appearance
by entertainer Jon Alex, as Sir Elton John.
Sheffield Wednesday’s match at Huddersfield (kick-off noon) on
Sky Sports will also be screened in some rooms. Admittance is
free for all and food will be available throughout.
The club will be also host Stephanie King’s Stars of the
Future ‘Dronfield’s Got Talent’ with auditions to be held in
September and the heats on Thursday evenings throughout
Stephanie will also be creating a roadshow featuring local artists
Stephanie & Elysium, The Grumbleweeds, Bobby Dennis & Jackie
Toaduff. The club is one of the venues for this roadshow on
Thursday, 17th October.
This will be an all-seated concert with tickets priced at £6 each.
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Dronfield Community Roadshow
Monday 2nd September 2pm - 5pm
Dronfield Pioneer Club, Stonelow Road S18 2EP
Success with Care
For Year 7 entry in September 2020
Thursday 19 th September 2019
For Sixth Form entry in September 2020
Wednesday 13 th November 2019
“Pupils make outstanding progress in a wide range of subjects and across different year groups. Teaching, learning and
assessment are outstanding. Expectations are high and the personal attention that every pupil gets ensures that they achieve
exceptionally well”. Ofsted November 2015
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Forging a new
T’S high summer and Dronfield folk can celebrate by dining
at the town’s exciting new tapas restaurant.
Casa Latina offers all manner of freshly-prepared tasty
temptations to be shared between friends or family members.
Meaty offerings include Pollo Con Chorizo (pan-fried chicken
breast slices cooked with Chorizo and paprika and finished with a
touch of cream) and Empanadas (spicy minced beef, chicken,
onions and olives in a pastry case, lightly fried and served with a
Fishy offerings include Pan-Fried King Prawns, Calamare and
Merluza al Horno (oven-baked fish on a bed of vegetables in a rich
tomato and herb sauce).
Vegetarians and vegans are also well served and gluten-free
dishes are clearly marked on the Casa Latina menu.
Wines, coffees, teas and desserts are also on offer.
Casa Latina is open at The Forge, Lea Road, Dronfield, every
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Bookings on 01246 414066.
or 07775 647086
Come and enjoy beautiful
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from 5.30pm until 11pm.
Last food order 9.30pm.
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FLU JAB CAMPAIGN 2019
Wednesday 25th September 7.30am till 6.30pm
Wednesday 9th October 7.30am till 6.30pm
Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School student
Lewis Hall, aged 17, tells us of his involvement
as a member of the Army Cadet Force
VERY week across the country, almost 40,000 young people
get home from school and without getting distracted by the
amount of technology in the world at the moment, proudly put
on their uniforms and go to their local cadet centre.
The Army Cadet Force is one of the UK’s largest voluntary youth
organisations, with a history dating back to 1859.
Within Derbyshire there are 32 cadet detachments around the
county, from Glossop to Chesterfield and down to Derby city centre.
I joined the Army Cadet Force in May, 2015, because of my
ambition to join the Royal Marines. It is a good way to get involved
and gain some experience about the Armed Forces.
Upon joining the cadets, you are immediately surrounded by
people who will be your friends for not just the rest of your cadet
career but most likely for the rest of your life. The friends I’ve
made, some even on my first camp, are to this day, over four years
later, still by my side.
The organisation uses the same rank structure as the regular
Army and cadets can be promoted to have higher responsibilities
and develop their leadership and also teamwork skills.
Being at the rank of Cadet Sergeant Major, and being the most
senior cadet in Derbyshire, comes with its challenges and one of my
primary roles is now teaching the younger cadets; there is a huge
amount of pride attached to that.
Opportunities offered by the organisation are second to none, from
having the chance to spend a week in the south of France, canoeing
on the River Ardeche as part of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award,
and representing the county at national competitions, including
athletics, shooting and swimming.
I completed my DofE Gold Award in 2018 and was presented with
it by the Duke of Wessex at Buckingham Palace in May.
The “subjects” in the organisation are split into two main
categories; military and non-military.
Large amounts of qualifications can be gained through the
organisation, such as BTEC Levels 1 and 2, First Aid at Work
qualifications which are exactly the same as those offered in
There are adventurous training courses such as canoeing,
kayaking and rock climbing, plus musical qualifications.
Lewis pictured at a Memorial Day procession
in the Derbyshire village of Crich
It is an excellent youth organisation with capabilities to transform
the person that you are.
To join the organisation, you must be at least in Year 8 at school
and be no older than 18.
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Gala Day fun
HERE is always something
T going on at Coal Aston and
this summer’s Village Gala
proved to be one of the biggest
and busiest on record.
The event provided great
opportunities to pick up bargains
galore, test your skills, learn
about local organisations and
charities, climb on board a fire
engine, enjoy great refreshments
and even soak a Scout Master!
Locals urged to
have their say
on council plan
HE district council is urging North East Derbyshire
residents to have their say on their draft Council Plan,
which sets out our aims and ambitions for the next four years.
The plan, which runs from 2019-2023, focuses on four main
themes: Our Residents, Our Environment, Our Services and Our
Each theme has a number of priorities the council will focus on, to
deliver their vision for the district - that North East Derbyshire is
clean and attractive, a place where people are proud to live and
work, a place where people will prosper and a place where people
will feel safe, happy and healthy.
Coun Martin Thacker, Leader of the local authority, said: “North
East Derbyshire is brimming with history, culture and heritage that
we need to protect and embrace.
“It is our responsibility to work with partners, towards a shared
aspiration for North East Derbyshire to be the best area and the
“We value our heritage and all of the district’s key features such
as areas of natural beauty and historical interest. That’s why we
have put protecting our Green Belt, promoting our tourism assets,
encouraging Neighbourhood Plans and reducing our carbon
footprint at the heart of our plan.
“It’s vitally important we do all this whilst listening to what our
local residents want and responding to their needs.”
There are a number of ways people can comment on the draft
Council Plan 2019-2023. They can fill in the questionnaire online at
askderbyshire.gov.uk or by requesting a paper copy, large print or
other format by contacting Debbie Whitehead, Improvement
Officer, on 01246 217018, or email email@example.com
In addition to the questionnaire, the draft plan
can also be viewed in full on AskDerbyshire. Deadline for comments
is Friday, 23rd August.
A Dronfield Hall Barn, on 21st August, between 10am
MENTAL health and well-being event is being held at
Members of the public are invited to go along and pick up
leaflets, or talk to a friendly face from oganisations such as
Derwent Rural Counselling Service, Samaritans, Arts and Minds,
MenTalk, Andy’s Man Club, and Live Life Better Derbyshire.
Erin loses locks
for good causes
A schoolgirl had her hair cut
to benefit her school as well as
children with cancer.
Erin Hackett’s locks were
chopped during a summer fayre
at Holmesdale Infant School and
the hair donated to the Little
Princess Trust, which makes wigs
for youngsters with cancer.
Sponsorship totalled £400, which
will go to school funds.
The busy fayre, on a sunny day,
featured lots of stalls and
Erin Hackett shows her
hair donation to friends
Hardyal Dhindsa with the new officers.
ESPONDING to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s
announcement that he has initiated the recruitment of
20,000 police officers over the next three years, Derbyshire’s
Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa has
welcomed the idea.
He said: “In fact it’s long overdue. I have repeatedly called for an
increase in officer numbers to keep our communities safe.
“In Derbyshire alone, even with the increase in officers enabled by
this year’s council tax rise, we are still roughly 400 officers down
on 2010 figures.
“This has put untold pressure on our officers, while victims have
gone without justice as offenders take advantage of the
opportunity afforded by the cuts to our establishment in the
knowledge that too many crimes are going unpunished.
“Whilst I will do everything within my power to work with the
Government to make this work, I do question the feasibilities.
“I do question where the money is going to come from in the long
term. I’m clear this bill should not land at the feet of local people’s
council tax. It’s time for the Government to put its own money
where its mouth is.
“You have to remember, that this is not just about the cost of
additional officers. There is a raft of associated on-costs.
Recruitment for a start, followed by training, uniforms,
equipment such as mobiles and technology, vehicles, even having
the room space for the new officers’ lockers – it’s a long list and
Meanwhile, the Commissioner recently warmly welcomed a
cohort of 20 new Derbyshire police officers as part of his
investment this year to bolster police strength across the county.
He proudly watched the new recruits as they were sworn into
post at a special ceremony at Force HQ in Ripley and congratulated
them for their hard work in completing training.
These new police officers are the result of the Commissioner’s
pledge to boost policing visibility across the county in 2019-20,
thanks to additional income raised through the council tax precept.
The current budget will see 120 people put back into frontline
policing over the next 12 months - 58 police officers and 62
members of staff whose work will help to keep more officers out in
the community, tackling local problems and reassuring residents.
The new officers, who include a painter and decorator, an estate
agent, park ranger, PSCOs and Special Constables, will be posted
across the county.
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HE AFC Dronfield Family Fun Day took place at Gosforth
Fields on a gloriously sunny day and turned out to be the
most successful yet.
The club raised more than £3,000 which will go a very long way in
supporting the teams and players who represent this great local
The day could not have been so successful without the support of
numerous local businesses and the club wishes to pass on its
sincere thanks to all those who contributed of which there is far too
many to mention individually.
The club was lucky enough to have a donation from former AFC
player and England football captain, Gary Cahill.
Recent Crystal Palace signing Gary, who grew up in Dronfield, is
shown here presenting his signed football boots to the auction
winner - well, to the son of the winner!
Church coffee date
COFFEE morning is to be held at Dronfield’s St Philip’s
Church in aid of a project helping children in Romania.
One of the organisers, Judith Mumby, explained that the church
had become involved in helping the Christian charity Project
Romanian Rescue about 15 years ago, after Romania’s communist
She said: “The charity was established to help vulnerable children
living on and under the streets in terrible conditions. Since then we
have been involved in sending out aid lorries and raising money for
“Fortunately circumstances have improved a little, and PRR work
with children in two homes, supporting them and other vulnerable
families in the Constanta area of Romania, but they still need our
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T’S not very often that I get time to watch the box in the
corner of the living room, but I have a new favourite TV
personality - Amanda Holden.
She has ben named as the animal loving celebrity for Wetnose Day
Wetnose Animal Aid was set up in the year 2000 and is a non-profit
organisation raising funds for sick animals in care across the UK.
Since then, Wetnose Animal Aid
has raised over £265,000 and
given to small animal rescues
centres all over the UK. It has
also organised award events
celebrating the heroes across the
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and has been to Afghanistan,
Romania and Bulgaria to save
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Amanda’s family have two
adorable dogs, Buddy and Rudie,
who are loved and cherished.
She said: “Sadly, some animals
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rescue centres. The thought of any pet suffering or being abandoned
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This is why I'm so keen to support Wetnose Day.”
Animal Rescue Centres across the UK are in desperate need of
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Said Amanda: “Many of the smaller sanctuaries are full to bursting
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to cool off on a warm summer’s
Summer tension leads
to spike in separations
Rachel Barlow, family law specialist at Dronfield
solicitors, Taylor&Emmet, says unfamiliar
surroundings can make tensions more obvious
S summer fades, for some, so do hopes of keeping their
Early September sees enquiries about divorce and separation
rise to levels second only to the post-Christmas rush. At the root
of both seasonal spikes? Families spending prolonged periods
Once children have gone back to school, couples whose dreams
of an idyllic summer holiday turned into a nightmare take a long,
hard look at their relationship.
Flashpoints arise in all families when there isn’t the usual
distractions and disagreements about anything from boredom, to
who is spending too much time on gadgets are commonplace.
However, when cracks are already evident in the bedrock of
relationships, the most trivial niggles are intensified.
Money worries are another major factor contributing to summer
tensions, along with the difficulties of balancing work and
childcare, particularly if one party isn’t pulling their weight.
We are sold the dream that two weeks of quality time in the sun
is the perfect way to relax and recharge, but it can’t magically put
right a troubled relationship. Indeed, the strain is often increased,
particularly if a lot of money and hope has been invested in an
The lack of structure a holiday brings means we are not able to
bury ourselves in day-to-day routines and unfamiliar surroundings
can make tensions more obvious.
On top of this, we are now bombarded with social media images
suggesting everyone else is having a great time and if we don’t feel
we match up, disappointment and anger surfaces.
Yes, unrealistic expectations are damaging for couples, but more
significantly, holidays can highlight issues within a relationship that
have been left unresolved.
The new school year and a return to old routines affords unhappy
parents the opportunity to focus on what is right for them. For
some, this will mean taking the very difficult decision to separate.
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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
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!
OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE
ALL BATHROOM & KITCHEN WORK
CENTRAL HEATING WORK
SMALL JOBS UNDERTAKEN
FOR A PROFESSIONAL JOB
WHERE QUALITY COUNTS
CLEAN & RELIABLE
CUSTOMER RECOMMENDATIONS AVAILABLE
01246 411987 or 07816 867959
ECKINGTON ROAD, COAL ASTON, DRONFIELD, DERBYSHIRE S18 3AW
Qualified bricklayer with over 20 years
experience - No job too small
Roof Repairs Kitchen & Bathroom Tiling
Wrought Iron Railings & Gates
Contact Dave on
07896070810 or 01246 419445
Services we provide include:
Full & partial rewires
Periodic Inspections / Landlords Reports
Fire Alarm testing / Repairs
119 Holmley Lane,
Dronfield S18 2HQ
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
For any electrical work
needed, call for a free quote:
Hazelbarrow Farm, Norton, Sheffield S8 8BA
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
Every Monday at Dronfield Sport Centre 7:00pm-8:30pm.
Monthly cost: Jnrs £25, Adults £30 - Plus train at our other clubs for FREE
FIRST LESSON FREE. Join the pack, pop down on a training night,
call 07888 848 188 or visit www.okamijiujitsu.com
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
Tel: 01246 292261 www.europacrashcentre.co.uk
Tel: 01246 410230
Tel: 01246 290772 - Mob: 077333 22564
* All fencing handmade, supplied and fitted
* Hedges trimmed, reduced & removed
* Concrete & wooden fencing
ALL RUBBISH REMOVED.
CITY GARAGE DOORS
Over 15 years experience
fitted to exisiting
doors from £295
All major manufacturers available:
INSTALLATION AND REPAIRS
EMERGENCY CALL OUTS
on site survey
Internal Joinery Specialist
Kitchens - Storage Solutions - Balustrading
Doors - Flooring - Skirting - Stud Work
All aspects of Joinery - No job too small!
NATHAN TAYLOR 07795 966240
Driveways - Drop Curbs
Patios - Landscaping
Block Paving - Fencing
Over 38 years experience
Free Quote - no obligation
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
PEAK FENCING & SURFACING
BESPOKE FENCING - SECURITY GATES
REAL GRASS TURF - ARTIFICIAL GRASS - STONE PAVING
0114 4186798 01246 470192
07507 271773 07787 192136
Fortnightly grass cutting, Lawn treatments,
Hedge cutting, Turfing,Tree removal,
Tree Pruning, Stump removal
Fully insured, Free quotations,
Waste Carrier licensed
07455 012 326
Mob: 07917 445092
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
Professional Dog Walker
NIGEL’S HEDGE & CONIFER SERVICES
• HEDGES TRIMMED
• CONIFERS TRIMMED
• CONIFERS TOPPED • WEEDING
• SUPPLY & FIT FENCING
• REGULAR GRASS & GARDEN
• 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
SafeNet Alarms Ltd
Family Business - 20 years of Experience
Contact us today:
01246 899014 /07495025034
Jo Goddard Reflexology
Do you suffer from DIGESTIVE
PROBLEMS; HORMONAL ISSUES or
ACHING JOINTS AND MUSCLES?
Reflexology could be your answer!
A safe, gentle treatment that helps to
balance the body and mind.
Mobile - 07930420776
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
STEVE BAKER PARTNERS
High Quality Interior Painting
DETAIL IS OUR
All Jobs Considered
MOB : 07939 411221
The Household Skip Specialists
Sheaf Skips Ltd
Providing on time delivery &
collections across Dronfield
• Same Day Service Available
• Professional & Efficient
• Fast, Reliable & Affordable
• Mini & Midi Skips Available
• We Welcome Business
• Account Customers
If you need to tip it, SHEAF Skip it
Tel - 0114 2583279
Unit 5, Heeley Arches, Oak Street, Heeley, Sheffield, S8 9UB
- Conservatory Roofs
- PVC Guttering
- Fascias and Soffits
Paul Hobson Decorating
VOLKSWAGEN, AUDI, SEAT & SKODA SPECIALISTS
SERVICE, REPAIR & FULL DIAGNOSTICS
BY EX-MAIN DEALER TECHNICIANS
OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE
16 HUNTER PARK CALLYWHITE LANE
DRONFIELD S18 2XR 01246 292 756
Deluxe Carpet and Upholstery
07789 282572 0114 449 9660
We Buy Houses Fast
Get a Cash Offer with 48 hours!
Any Price Range Divorce
- Any Condition Behind on payments
Tired of being
Repossessions a landlord
House in need
Call 07718 407 100 or email your
circumstances to email@example.com
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
DRONFIELD FELT ROOFING
Built up felt roofing, garages, porches,
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
Friendly, helpful staff
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
Unit 4, Stand Park,
Chesterfield, S41 8JT
Tel: 01246 230101
Unit 11, Sandy Lane
Sandy Lane, Worksop,
Tel: 01909 509020
Wheatley Trade Park,
Doncaster, DN2 4BH
Tel: 01302 430001
THE NAME FOR QUALITY & VALUE FOR OVER 60 YEARS
709 Chesterfield Road, Sheffield, S8 0SL
T: 0114 2555553
. FREE ESTIMATES
. 48 HOUR FITTING
. FINANCE AVAILABLE
. OVER 800 ROLLS IN STOCK
. 1000S OF RUGS IN STOCK
. CONTRACT FLOORING
. LARGE FAMILY RUN BUSINESS
. OVER 60 YEARS EXPERIENCE
. MASSIVE REDUCTIONS ON ROLL STOCK
NO Open: OBLIGATION Mon, Tues, CHOOSE Thurs, Fri, AT Sat: HOME 8.30am SERVICE - 5.30pm