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Issue 167 September 2019

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Headteacher’s Fond Farewell: P32-33

2019 Well Dressing Photographs: P34

Girls Rally to Support Thomas: P8

Eye on Homes & Gardens: P20-30

Eye on Health & Beauty: P38-41

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Issue 167 September 2019

Telephone: 01246 416027

E Y E

Headteacher’s Fond Farewell: P32-33

2019 Well Dressing Photographs: P34

Girls Rally to Support Thomas: P8

Eye on Homes & Gardens: P20-30

Eye on Health & Beauty: P38-41

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Page

Call to smarten up our Civic Centre

Cover: Section of

this year’s beautiful

well dressing at

Millthorpe. See

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P6: Mayor’s Eye.

P8: Girls Rally for Thomas.

P16: Westminster Eye.

P18: The Teacher Who Dared.

P20-30: Eye of Homes & Gardens.

P32-33: Head’s Fond Farewell.

P35: Well-Dressed Villages.

P38-41: Eye on Health & Beauty.

P42-45: Eye on Events.

P46-47: Eye on Food & Drink.

P49: Teenage Eye.

P54: Harry’s Eye.

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AM delighted to say I have been reunited with Dronfield’s

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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

the Civic Hall.


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Girls rally to

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Meet the best friends who used their baking skills to

raise funds to support Thomas Gascoyne and his family

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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

School.

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

home-made cakes.

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

Giving page.

• 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

Amazing effort

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

Thomas Gascoyne.

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.

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Some of the many people who supported the girls’ event

Marnie Wright, Melbourne Avenue,

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Children having fun in the sun on some of the new equipment

C

HILDREN at Gorsey Brigg Primary School will start the

school year with new play equipment thanks to fund-raising

efforts.

The school’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association are aiming

to raise over £30,000 to transform the school’s outside play area.

The work is being done in three stages with the first phase

completed before children broke up for the summer holiday.

Lucy Ambrosioni, from the group, said: “Our aim is to transform the

outdoor play area to provide an all-weather outdoor playground,

including shaded areas, to enhance the quality of play and outdoor

learning for the 250-plus children at our school.

“We’d really like to have equipment for our children to climb on,

swing from and play on, but only have a small concrete playground

and, although we have a school field, this cannot be used for much

of the year if the weather has been very wet.

“There is also no protection from the sun, so outdoor time is very

much limited in hot weather; the addition of shaded areas would

provide greater outdoor learning opportunities, encourage healthy

lifestyles and help the children be even more active. The space can

also be better utilised to provide more out of school activities.”

The group has worked for the last three years to raise enough

money for the first set of equipment – a trim-trail with all-weather

floor covering.

Activities have included fun runs, discos, film nights and a circus on

the school field earlier this year.

Lucy said: “The children are thoroughly enjoying using it,

commenting what good fun it is, and that it’s a good place to make

new friends!”

Lucy added that the group was grateful to all of its supporters,

including local businesses

“We want to take this opportunity to thank all our past and current

supporters without whom we wouldn't have achieved completion of

this first phase.”

The group is seeking match funding and grants and has a fundraising

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Anyone who can help should email gorseybriggptfa@yahoo.com or

call in at the school office and leave contact details.

Coffee morning

Dear Dronfield Eye,

PLEASE could you mention my forthcoming event?

People should come along to Dronfield Library, where I shall

again be hosting a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan. It is on

Friday, 27th September, 10am-noon.

There will be tea, coffee, some wonderful home-made cakes

and jams and a tombola. Last year we raised £556; let’s see if we

can do even better for this good cause. Everyone is welcome.

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A sound job!

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

T

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

II and has been tower captain at

Dronfield since 1975. He has rung at a

number of high-profile places of worship,

including Liverpool Cathedral and

Beverley Minster.

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

War I.

She had her interest sparked when

visiting the church on an open day.

“I went on a Tuesday night to a practice

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Tower Captain Vic Cox

session and had a go and it went from

there.

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

Loughborough.

“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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competition judged by food industry professionals.

Part of the annual Chesterfield Food

and Drink Awards, the award, which is

sponsored by Owen Taylor & Sons,

recognises Chesterfield College’s most

promising Level 2 Cookery student.

Sophia Johnson (18) prepared a twocourse

meal for judges Chris Mapp from

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Sophia cooked lamb rack and croquette,

pickled courgetti, mint salsa verde and

confit potatoes, followed by hedgerow

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The winner of the contest will be announced by celebrity chef Brian

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organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with

Chesterfield College, which will be held at the Winding Wheel on

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Joshua’s debut solo

show in London

A

N actor from Dronfield has been bringing to life the nononsense

character of a northern gran in a one-man show

in London.

Joshua Welch, a former member of

Coal Aston Village Hall-based Norton

Players, graduated from Drama

Centre London in 2018.

He has written and was recently due

to perform his first solo show ‘Granny

Grotbag says Goodbye’ at the White

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of a young northern lass out on the

pull, finding the love of her life, raising

her children and, now, facing the

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her life alone after the death of her

husband.

Joshua Welch

Josh and others involved in the project are hoping to secure Arts

Council funding to develop the show and take it on tour.

Josh, who also studied at the Boris Schukin Theatre Institute, in

Moscow, made his theatre debut in 2019 as ‘Jack’ in a northern

adaptation of ‘Th’ Importance of Bein’ Earnest’. Other credits

include, ‘Puck’ in Flute Theatre’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at

the Bridge Theatre, ‘Deconstructing the Dream’ at the Bloomsbury

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in ‘Dying for It’ at Drama Centre.

‘Granny Grotbag says Goodbye’ is directed by Kelly Hunter, who

recently won an MBE for services to theatre, with musical

accompaniment of singer-songwriter Holly Musgrave. Donations at

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Lee Rowley

MP presents

his monthly

Dronfield

Eye column

O

NE of the challenges with Westminster and

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

yet.

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.

And, as ever, I am here to help. If you think I can

assist in any way as your MP, please don’t hesitate to

get in touch - lee.rowley.mp@parliament.uk or

439222.

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

decline.

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)

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Members enjoying their weekly get-together and (right) some of the group’s volunteer helpers

Lunch group’s plea for voluntary help

A

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

volunteer.

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

S

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

School.

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

from school

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

America.”

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

confusion.”

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

steadfastness.

“’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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Village opens garden gates

B

EAUTIFUL gardens in Barlow welcomed

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An estimated 650 people went from garden to

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Plots ranged from small courtyards, to allotments

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ALLOWES Golf Club has

hosted many keenlyfought

contests over the

years, but nothing quite like

this.

Take a standard table football

pitch, enlarge it by a factor of

ten, replace the plastic figures

with people and you start to get

the picture.

Add five players per team,

throw in a full-size football, blow

the whistle and stand well

back... this is human table

football!

The fund-raising event was

organised by Gordon Harrison,

vice-chair of the Sheffield

Pulmonary Fibrosis Support

Group, based at the Northern

General Hospital.

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

Support Group.

Match of the Day

at Hallowes

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Fund-raisers are table-toppers

H

Choir looks to build on early successes

Y

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

6-7pm,

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

5.45pm.

For more information, visit dronfieldchurchmusic.com/youngvoices

email Rob at Robert.aldread@btinternet.com or ring him on 07969

663584.

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Head’s

tales

Retiring Dronfield Henry Fanshawe

headteacher, Teresa Roche, tells

Dronfield Eye editor Mike Firth that she

couldn’t have had a more rewarding job

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Teresa Roche: ‘It is not always

easy; there are difficult decisions

to make, and people will not

always agree with you’

T

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

young people.

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

House Hotel.

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


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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

were doing.

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

fundamental statement.

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

town.

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

headteacher.

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

direction.

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

international schools

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

qualifications and,

importantly, the most

useful ones for them. We

don’t force children to take

exams for the benefit of the

school.

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

Well-dressed villages

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

causes.

Pictures by Dronfield Eye’s Mike Firth

The 29th annual Dronfield Woodhouse Well Dressing

raised funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Millthorpe’s

2019 well

dressing

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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:

D

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

workings.

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

T

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

abroad.

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

Wilson (Action for Children and Young Carers), Roger

Cassidy (Aquabox), Kate Rogers (Elm Project) and

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

Hospital.

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.

Young gardeners

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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


Tremendous Tapton

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

for everyone.

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

Club which has continued to be a successful feature of Tapton.

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

floodlit, covered bays plus a dedicated coaching and custom fit bay.

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

Spire’. Water on two holes (4th and 7th), a variety of terrain

including flat, uphill and downhill lies, together with a number of

dog leg holes and a 625 yard 5th hole should provide a challenge

to golfers of all abilities.

Tapton Park Golf Club also offers a new and improved 9 hole

academy golf course which is ideal for players that want more

experience on a golf course. There is also a 6 hole pitch and putt

which is perfect for beginners to work there way into golf.

Find out more about Tapton Park Golf Club at siv.org.uk/golf

or call us on 01246 239 500

Play 5 courses for

the price of one!

From Only

£41.50

Find out more at:

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Jane Manfredi (left)

with proMUA colleague

Lucy Chapman

New venture is looking good

Two local woman are behind the launch

of an exciting new beauty training centre

A

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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Ladies, always wanted to learn to dance?

Longing for some 'Fun' and 'Me' time?

Mindfulness:

4 week introduction to mindfulness course - £35

Saturday 10.15 am - 11.45 am

September 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, Holmesfield Village Hall

Please book in advance

Yoga for Mind and Body: - £5.50 per class

Monday 10.30 am - 11.30 am

Hilltop Sports and Social Club

Tuesday 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm

(starts 3rd September) Coal Aston Village Hall

Nordic Walking: £4 per session

Starting 10th September

Tuesday 10.00 am - 11.00 am

from Cliffe Park car park

Thursday 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm

from Gorseybrigg car park

Contact details:

Jo.Carter@WalkingAndWellbeing.co.uk

Mobile 07305 378412

Facebook: Walking and Wellbeing - Yoga,

Mindfulness and Nordic Walking

www.WalkingAndWellbeing.co.uk

Adult Beginners Dance classes

commencing September!

Whether you fancy Tap, Ballet or the total Core Challenge

with our Progressing Ballet Technique class.

TO CLAIM YOUR FREE TRIAL DANCE CLASS

simply visit www.dronfielddancetheatre.com

Three reasons why you should try us;

1) Our warm welcoming team will put you at ease & guide

you 'step by step'

2) You will forget your daily life and leave with a spring in

your step

3) Dancing improves your Mind, your Posture

and your Health & Fitness.

2 Gomersal Lane, Dronfield,

S18 1RU (Old Doctors Surgery)

Email enquiries@dronfielddance.co.uk

Dronfield Dance &

Theatre Academy

WITH GREAT CONFIDENCE COMES GREAT SUCCESS

3 reasons why you should try reflexology;

1) You’re in pain. 2) You want to feel better physically & mentally. 3) Trying other therapies hasn’t really helped you enough.

“I have been struggling with chronic back pain

for over 7 years now and have tried everything

for it including physio, different exercises and

numerous home remedies and have never

touched it.

I have now had two sessions of reflexology,

one with Emma and one with Joanna and I can’t

believe the difference already. I can finally sleep

comfortably and the pain has decreased

massively. Can’t wait to see how I feel after even

more sessions!

All the staff really friendly too which helps.

Couldn’t recommend here enough”

L. Williamson

“Had a fantastic massage with Charlotte - she

really got into my tension - very professional.

A great therapist just what I needed!”

L. O'Halloran

Do you struggle with pain?

Are you feeling tired,

emotional and fed up?

“Absolutely amazing

experience! I’ve been

suffering chronic

headaches for months

and taking painkillers

daily. Had reflexology by

Emma and can’t thank

her enough! It’s early

days but haven’t had a

headache since I’ve

been last Friday, highly

recommended!!! Will

definitely be booking

again soon! “

B. Simpson

“With great health

comes great happiness!”

Due to the busyness of the clinic, we can only offer 5 free complimentary sessions per month.

Pre booking is essential. To claim your FREE taster session call the clinic on 01246 413831

55 Highfields Road, Dronfield, S18 1UW info@radianthealth.clinic

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Five ways to

get fit cheaply

F

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

any money.

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

fitness.

“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.”

Park Runs

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

Run and how you compare nationally.

Green Gyms

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.

Walking Trails

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.

Cycle Routes

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

your area.

To see YOUR business included in

this regular Dronfield Eye feature

Call

01246

416027

MONDAY

Dronfield

Henry Fanshawe School

Green Lane, S18 2FZ

5.00pm & 7.00pm

Tel: Roz 07837784415

TUESDAY

Newbold

St Andrews Church Hall

187 Newbold Road, S41 7BE

5.30pm & 7.30pm

Tel: Roz 07837784415

THURSDAY

Dronfield Woodhouse

St Andrews Church Hall

Pentland Road, S18 8ZQ

9.30am, 11.30am, 3.00pm,

5.00pm, 7.00pm

Tel: Jayne 07854 615358

Want to get fit

and improve

your overall

health and

wellbeing?

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SoulTrain Health & Fitness

will help YOU do this!

FRIDAY

Newbold

St Andrews Church Hall

187 Newbold Road, S41 7BE

9.00am

Tel: Roz 07837784415

SATURDAY

Dronfield

Hilltop Sports & Social Club

Longacre Rd, S18 1UQ

9.00am

Tel: Suzanne 07733335266

Roz Slimming World

Chesterfield & Dronfield

Slimming World with Jayne at

Dronfield and Heeley Sheffield

Dronfield Slimming World Group

With Suzanne

1:1 and semi-private

Strength and Conditioning programmes open to all

Whatever your background, these sessions will help you:

Get stronger

Become mobile

With weight management

Look and feel more confident

Feel fitter and healthier

Improve your general wellbeing

Prepare for sporting season or events*

By joining a programme it

will help you focus on

reaching your individual

goals, and make the most

of the support from

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coaching staff who care.

For more details and booking info,

please contact Maz 07891 262272

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visit www.soultrain.me/eye

for exclusive promotions.

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providing programming for all sports.

Running, cycling and endurance a speciality.

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EYE on events

Back in

time at

The Barn

Admission is free to

the fun-filled

Medieval Festival at

Dronfield Hall Barn

K

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

calendar.

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

building.

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.

MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL

at Dronfield Hall Barn

New demonstrations

including

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

Bringing Medieval

History to Life!

Saturday

14th

&

Sunday

15th

September 2019,

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!

www.dronfieldhallbarn.org

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The Christians in town

C

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’

and ‘Hooverville’.

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

copies.

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.

Monday

Madness

Bargain

Bowl

Thirsty

Thursdays

Friday

Fun

Bowl &

Breakfast

Sunday

Special

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

M

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

it shows.

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

play it.

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 :-

Events Diary

Autumn 2019

Sat 2nd Nov Wesleyan Church Autumn Fayre 10am ll 4pm

Sat 9th Nov Methodist Church Fayre 10am ll 2pm

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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

Coal Aston

represented with numbers like ‘Angel’s Share’ and the beautiful

‘Wisteria’.

Both Chris and Kellie are also accomplished guitarists and witty

company.

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

coalastonlive@coalastonvillahehall.org.uk or phone Peter on 01246

410611 or John 01246 411526.

Deborah Wain

Club in appeal to

fund new roof

H

ILL Top Sports & Social Club has launched an appeal to

its members in an effort to raise funds for a much-needed

new roof.

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

November.

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

Climbing

Wall

Face

Painting

Circus Skills

Workshop

Bath

Bomb

Making

Bouncy

Castle

Walkabout

Clown

Tell us

your

views

Meet your

Neighbourhood

Team

Free

Refreshments

Glewy the

Alien

Puppet

Show



Success with Care

Open Evenings

For Year 7 entry in September 2020

Thursday 19 th September 2019

at 6.00pm

For Sixth Form entry in September 2020

Wednesday 13 th November 2019

at 6.00pm

“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





www.dronfield.derbyshire.sch.uk

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IN AUGUST WE HAVE

PICK YOUR OWN

VEGETABLES: PEAS,

BROAD, FRENCH &

RUNNER BEANS

Forging a new

dining experience

I

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

pebre salsa).

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.

RESTAURANTE

BOOK YOUR

TABLE NOW

01246 414066

or 07775 647086

Come and enjoy beautiful

traditional Latin Tapas in

our unique dining

environment at The Forge.

Open Thursday, Friday

and Saturday evenings

from 5.30pm until 11pm.

Last food order 9.30pm.

THE FORGE, LEA ROAD,

DRONFIELD, S18 1QX

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dine...at the barn

Bistro night

Curry and Quiz Night

September 24th, 7:30pm start

Check out our

speciality burgers

Delicious and healthy

Summer Salads

Pop in for a refreshing G&T

Served from 12pm.

Various flavours available.

Friends of The Barn receive 10% discount

Open 7 days a week

for home-cooked food

Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm,

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Enjoy the sunshine at our

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Out of every £1 played on the Rotary Club of

Dronfield Community Lottery, 50p goes directly

to organsations in or serving the S18 district. The

remaining 50p is returned to players as prize money.

For more information on how to play, visit www.dronfieldrotary.org.uk

FLU JAB CAMPAIGN 2019

Wednesday 25th September 7.30am till 6.30pm

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Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School student

Lewis Hall, aged 17, tells us of his involvement

as a member of the Army Cadet Force

E

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

private workplaces.

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.

For more information about the Army Cadet Force in Derbyshire,

visit armycadets.com/county/derbyshire-acf

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Gala Day fun

and games

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!

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Locals urged to

have their say

on council plan

T

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

Economy.

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

best Council.

“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 debbie.whitehead@nederbyshire.gov.uk

In addition to the questionnaire, the draft plan

can also be viewed in full on AskDerbyshire. Deadline for comments

is Friday, 23rd August.

Well-being welcome

A Dronfield Hall Barn, on 21st August, between 10am

MENTAL health and well-being event is being held at

and 3pm.

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

KIND-hearted Dronfield

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

activities.

Erin Hackett shows her

hair donation to friends

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Hardyal Dhindsa with the new officers.

Police numbers

are increasing

in Derbyshire

R

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

not cheap.”

Investment

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

football organisation.

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

A

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

regime collapsed.

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

this cause.

“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

help.”

Local people are invited for coffee and cakes at the church in

Falcon Road, on Saturday, October 12th, from 10am-noon.


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harry’s

A familiar face from TV

is fronting Wetnose Day

2019. Harry Basset, our

magazine’s four-legged

correspondent, reports

harry@heronpublications.co.uk

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Rachel Barlow

I

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

2019.

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

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centres all over the UK. It has

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UK who dedicate their lives to

care for abused, sick and

unwanted animals.

Wetnose Animal Aid has

organised fund raising concerts

and has been to Afghanistan,

Romania and Bulgaria to save

animals with their celebrity

supporters.

Amanda’s family have two

adorable dogs, Buddy and Rudie,

who are loved and cherished.

She said: “Sadly, some animals

are abandoned, unwanted or

mistreated, finding their way to

Amanda Holden

rescue centres. The thought of any pet suffering or being abandoned

is unthinkable to me but this does sadly happen, and is on the rise.

This is why I'm so keen to support Wetnose Day.”

Animal Rescue Centres across the UK are in desperate need of

funds so they can rescue, rehabilitate and rehome pets. These

centres are experiencing fewer donations but an increasing number

of animals.

Said Amanda: “Many of the smaller sanctuaries are full to bursting

and need help to buy food, equipment and pay large vet bills. Please

join me and support those without a voice.

“Join Wetnose Day this September 20th and let's all ensure every

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Hello Harry,

I WANT you to know how lovely it

was this afternoon in Whinacre

Woods, Coal Aston.

The stream’s the perfect way

to cool off on a warm summer’s

afternoon.

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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

A

S summer fades, for some, so do hopes of keeping their

relationship alive.

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

together.

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

eagerly-awaited trip.

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.

If you would like to discuss your options with a family law expert,

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All work guaranteed. FREE estimates.

Gutters cleaned, repaired, replaced.

Storm damage, insurance work, ridge tiles

replaced, slates and tiles replaced. NO VAT

Tel: O1246 412429 / 0114 2472476

Mobile: 07932612472


Professional fitting

service available

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

CHESTERFIELD

Unit 4, Stand Park,

Sheffield Road,

Whittington Moor,

Chesterfield, S41 8JT

Tel: 01246 230101

chesterfield@timberfloorstudio.co.uk

WORKSOP

Unit 11, Sandy Lane

Industrial Estate,

Sandy Lane, Worksop,

S80 1TN

Tel: 01909 509020

worksop@timberfloorstudio.co.uk

DONCASTER

Unit 8,

Wheatley Trade Park,

Merchant Way,

Doncaster, DN2 4BH

Tel: 01302 430001

doncaster@timberfloorstudio.co.uk

www.timberfloorstudio.co.uk


THE NAME FOR QUALITY & VALUE FOR OVER 60 YEARS

709 Chesterfield Road, Sheffield, S8 0SL

T: 0114 2555553

E: sales@pyramidcarpets.co.uk

W: www.pyramidcarpets.co.uk

NEW

DESIGN

FLOOR CENTRE

in store

. FREE ESTIMATES

. 48 HOUR FITTING

. FINANCE AVAILABLE

. OVER 800 ROLLS IN STOCK

. 1000S OF RUGS IN STOCK

. CONTRACT FLOORING

. 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

BOOK

Wed 8.30am

ONLINE

- 7.00pm,

OR CALL

Sun: 10.00am

0114 255

- 4.00pm

5553

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