Dronfield Eye Issue 175 May 2020

AS Spring turns to Summer, Dronfield Eye is usually overflowing with suggestions of things to see, places to go, shows to enjoy and community events to support. We list dates of galas, fetes, garden parties and more - but not this year. Instead, we’re suggesting you should all stay home. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary action. The coronavirus pandemic has changed all of our lives, threatened the health and welfare of everyone, battered businesses and charities both large and small and taken our children out of organised education for the forseeable future. Needless to say, the Dronfield Eye community has rallied to help the needy and the vulnerable. From people running errands and checking on the welfare of neighbours, through to stirring doorstep rounds of applause for our health and welfare workers and children posting support through amazing rainbow displays. We’ve published your community magazine every month for the past 15 years and feel we should continue to serve you throughout these dark days. We can’t send our distributors to your letter-box right now, but we’ve made this edition available through the help of local supermarkets, post offices and petrol stations and also published a ‘virtual’ copy for people to read online. Businesses have happily teamed up with Dronfield Eye down the years and this is an opportunity for us to support them in their hour of need. That’s one of the reasons why we have been so keen to continue publishing our title. In addition to heaping praise on our health and care professionals and volunteers, we also salute other local workers whose jobs have suddenly become ‘essential’ - supermarket staff, postal workers, delivery drivers and others. We are looking forward to launching an ‘Eye on Local Business’ campaign once we beat this virus. For now, it is vital that we take on board all the instructions and advice being given to us. Stay at home and stay safe. Mike Firth, Editor

AS Spring turns to Summer, Dronfield Eye is usually overflowing with suggestions of things to see, places to go, shows to enjoy and community events to support. We list dates of galas, fetes, garden parties and more - but not this year.
Instead, we’re suggesting you should all stay home. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary action. The coronavirus pandemic has changed all of our lives, threatened the health and welfare of everyone, battered businesses and charities both large and small and taken our children out of organised education for the forseeable future.
Needless to say, the Dronfield Eye community has rallied to help the needy and the vulnerable. From people running errands and checking on the welfare of neighbours, through to stirring doorstep rounds of applause for our health and welfare workers and children posting support through amazing rainbow displays.
We’ve published your community magazine every month for the past 15 years and feel we should continue to serve you throughout these dark days. We can’t send our distributors to your letter-box right now, but we’ve made this edition available through the help of local supermarkets, post offices and petrol stations and also published a ‘virtual’ copy for people to read online.
Businesses have happily teamed up with Dronfield Eye down the years and this is an opportunity for us to support them in their hour of need. That’s one of the reasons why we have been so keen to
continue publishing our title.
In addition to heaping praise on our health and care professionals and volunteers, we also salute other local workers whose jobs have suddenly become ‘essential’ - supermarket staff, postal workers,
delivery drivers and others.
We are looking forward to launching an ‘Eye on Local Business’ campaign once we beat this virus.
For now, it is vital that we take on board all the instructions and advice being given to us. Stay at home and stay safe.
Mike Firth, Editor


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Issue 175 May 2020




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Keeping busy on

the Home Front

Fans have plenty

to sing about

The gardening

king of 1955

Ideas from the

Coeliac Queen

Stay at home

street parties

Dronfield Town

Council News

Coronavirus Pandemic - Special Edition

EYE drops

Stay home, stay safe

S Spring turns to Summer, Dronfield Eye is usually


overflowing with suggestions of things to see, places to go,

shows to enjoy and community events to support. We list dates

of galas, fetes, garden parties and more - but not this year.

Instead, we’re suggesting you should all stay home.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary action. The coronavirus

pandemic has changed all of our lives, threatened the health and

welfare of everyone, battered businesses and charities both large and

small and taken our children out of organised education for the

forseeable future.

Needless to say, the Dronfield Eye community has rallied to help the

needy and the vulnerable. From people running errands and checking

on the welfare of neighbours, through to stirring doorstep rounds of

applause for our health and welfare workers and children posting

support through amazing rainbow displays.

We’ve published your community magazine every month for the past

15 years and feel we should continue to serve you throughout these

dark days. We can’t send our distributors to your letter-box right now,

but we’ve made this edition available through the help of local

supermarkets, post offices and petrol stations and also published a

‘virtual’ copy for people to read online.

Businesses have happily teamed up with Dronfield Eye down the

years and this is an opportunity for us to support them in their hour of

need. That’s one of the reasons why we have been so keen to

continue publishing our title.

In addition to heaping praise on our health and care professionals

and volunteers, we also salute other local workers whose jobs have

suddenly become ‘essential’ - supermarket staff, postal workers,

delivery drivers and others.

We are looking forward to launching an ‘Eye on Local Business’

campaign once we beat this virus.

For now, it is vital that we take on board all the instructions and

advice being given to us. Stay at home and stay safe.

Mike Firth, Editor



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Keep busy on the Home Front

We’re all trying to keep occupied at home in

order to remain positive during these uncertain

times. Deborah Wain has a few suggestions



tep back in time:

Remember the days before Netflix, smartphones and Xbox

when families came together to play board games?

Why not dig out some of your old favourites from the loft and have

a games night?

Scrabble offers timeless fun and is a way of getting the kids to

practise their spelling. Or how about a card game? There are some

simple ones that young children can join in too. Other retro pasttimes

perfect for a reboot include jigsaws and Lego.

Evoke musical memories:

How long is it since you went

through your collection of vinyl

records or CDs?

Although streaming services

allow you to listen to many

songs, some tracks, especially

those recorded by small or

obscure bands, aren’t available.

If you’ve got the means to play

them, nothing takes you back to

school or student days like your

favourite old tunes; jumps,

scratches and all!

Sort out your photographs:

Play your old favourites

With hundreds of images stored on devices, precious memories

are in danger of being lost. Go through pictures, delete and save

accordingly, and get the best snaps ready for printing.

You’ll free up storage and, when Christmas comes around, you’ll

have a head start with prints to frame.

Keep a diary:

We’re living through

unprecedented times and everyone’s

lives are taking new courses.

Jot down your experiences and

thoughts in a diary format for future

generations of your family to read

and learn from. You could be the

next Samuel Pepys, Ann Frank... or

Bridget Jones!

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Research your family history:

There are millions of documents online to use to piece together

your family tree.

Start by gathering as much information as you can from relatives

(an excuse to check on their well-being).

Be warned, genealogy is addictive and will keep you absorbed for


Learn something new:

Ever fancied learning

another language but

never had the time?

The prolonged period at

home could provide just

the opportunity to brush

up on basic Spanish or

French to try out on future


Same goes for learning

the guitar, or other

musical instruments you

bought but can’t wrestle a

tune from.

Head for the kitchen:

Eating healthily has never been more important and, with time to

cook from scratch, try out some new recipes.

If you’ve got a bread or soupmaker that’s never been used, set it

to work – or just make your own.

Enjoy nature:

Lavish some attention on your garden, or the containers on your


Build a compost heap or start a compost bin to nourish your

garden in the future and cut down on food waste.

Put out food for your garden birds and keep a log of how many

species you spot.

Be a culture vulture:

Our cultural institutions may be closed for the time being, but they

are finding ways to engage with the public digitally.

Take a virtual museum tour or watch a performance as it’s live


If you don’t have the Internet, read one of the classics or start

writing your own!

Educate your pets:

See how clever your

cat or dog really is by

teaching it a new

trick or two.

You’ll be surprised

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Get crafty:

Channel your inner ‘Blue Peter’ and get the kids stuck into some

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Put some bright drawings in your window for elderly neighbours

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Paint plant pots, create tags out of old birthday and Christmas

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For something a bit more permanent, upcycle an old table or


Clean, tidy and mend:

Make the most of the lighter days and the extra time by powering

through your ‘to-do’ list.

Clean out cupboards and wash cushions, curtains, pillows and

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Touch up paintwork with those left-over tins in the shed. Give your

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Use your imagination:

Try to forget your worries for a while and play with the young

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Turn everyday items into an obstacle course in the garden, build a

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The Celebrity Eclipse liner

Pacific pair back home

after 15-day delay

Most people would regard a cruise around South

America to be the trip of a lifetime. And it was

beginning to seem like a lifetime for one local

couple, Howard and Margaret Borrell, when

Coronavirus restrictions took hold. Here Howard

recounts their story to Dronfield Eye’s Mike Firth:


HEN we set off on our eagerly anticipated holiday on 28th

February, the UK was still seven days away from its first

coronavirus death and there appeared no serious cause for

concern. How quickly things changed after our cruise on the

Celebrity Eclipse departed.

We followed the worsening global situation via BBC news, but

continued to enjoy our itinerary which included the vibrant Buenos

Aires, the Uruguayan seaside resort of Punta Del Este and Ushuaia -

officially the most southerly city in the world - which has now very

successfully branded itself as “The end of the world”. There was also,

of course, Cape Horn itself.

The weather ranged from scorching in Buenos Aires to distinctly

chilly in Chile as we ventured further south, but it warmed up again as

we got closer to the Equator.

After a great South American tour, we were on schedule to dock at

6am and disembark at San Antonio, to fly home from Santiago on

Sunday, 15th March. However, at 6.30am the captain’s voice came

over the tannoy, explaining: “The port of San Antonio is closed. Due to

coronavirus fears, the Chilean government has closed all ports to

cruise ships.”

This began two days of intensive

talks that failed to gain agreement

for us to disembark

It was eventually announced that

we would be allowed to set sail for

Valparaiso to refuel and obtain

essential supplies, including

medical items, as many

passengers - including us - had by

now run out of their medication.

The plan was also to transfer 65

Chilean nationals to shore.


And guess what beer

was poured on board?

Howard and Margaret: ‘We followed the worsening

global situation via BBC news’

However, we were advised that no other South American ports would

allow us to dock so we would have to set sail for the United States.

The refusal to allow our ship to dock meant the replenishment took

three days, rather than the usual four hours, as everything had to be

transferred from small barges.

Two more days on and we tendered off-shore at Manta, Ecuador, to

allow a man with a serious heart condition to be moved to shore and

be subsequently airlifted to hospital. We also obtained further medical

supplies for the passengers that had not received their needs in


The long nautical trek to San Diego began, where we had already

obtained clearance to dock.

Over the next ten days I came to realise that:

• The Pacific Ocean is huge. Imagine getting lost on Dartmoor; then

imagine being adrift in a small boat on a stretch of water 190,000

times bigger than Dartmoor. In fact, it's bigger than the entire earth

landmass, so the enormity is beyond comprehension. Whichever way

you look, the horizon offers up nothing more than more sea... and yet

more sea.

• So many Americans have still failed to master the art of eating using

a knife and fork.

• Having quite a few days at sea isn’t the horror I’d assumed. Just

everyone at home have had to, you create a structure, a routine to

build the day around and it becomes more than bearable.

• That despite all the recent climate change focus, the sea isn't in as

big a mess as I expected. We didn't witness one tiny bit of pollution.

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Chile, where the Celebrity

Eclipse was refused

permission to dock, and

(left) one of the barges

which took three days to

ferry vital supplies on

board from Valparaiso

• I’m actually quite good at bean-bag throwing!

• I can survive okay without normal TV (we had access to the BBC news


The cruise company had the mammoth job of arranging the return

home of 2,700 passengers and tackled the task in country order. Just

two days before we were due to dock we received our flight details


A flight had been chartered from Los Angeles (a two-hour coach

journey from San Diego) to get the British back to Heathrow. Not

surprisingly, until our Virgin Atlantic flight had actually taken off, we

were nervous about another refusal. However, the process that included

a questionnaire, visual assessment and temperature health check went

smoothly and we landed ahead of time at a deserted Heathrow. The

airport resembled a scene from a science fiction movie.

Looking back, things could have been so much worse. For example, 200

other passengers of mainly South American nationalities had been

refused permission to disembark and were to be transferred by ship to

Acapulco to await further subsequent transfer.

A group of Australians on board were all to be flown to Sydney and

transferred under military guard to a two-week isolation at an arranged


At least 50 Colombians looked like having

a long stay in Mexico as their border was closed to Colombian nationals

and foreigners.

Our intention had always been to self-isolate once we reached home

and, after weeks at sea, it didn't prove to be too difficult a task. We had

felt fine since our departure but we continued to monitor our condition

and temperature with regular checks throughout the isolation.

We were just glad to be back home safe and sound, albeit 15 days late!

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residents of Meadow

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The gardening king of 1955

Getting schoolchildren to take

an interest in growing plants

and vegetables is nothing new.

Deborah Wain reports


VEN before we were all told to stay at

home, there was a move to get

children back to nature and to know

where their food comes from.

This trophy takes us back to a time when

lessons in growing vegetables were part of

school life.

It is the Unstone Council School Garden

Championship Cup, which was presented

annually from 1927 to 1955 to boys who had

tended the best plot at the school on

Chesterfield Road.

After the contest was disbanded, final

recipient Harold Herring hung on to the cup

and still has it to this day.

Harold, who now lives at Stubley, recalls that

there were about 20 plots at the back of the


Classes were led by headteacher Reg Taylor

for the pupils’ final two years of school; one

second year and one first year boy would be

responsible for each plot and compete for the


Harold said the all kinds of vegetables were

planted including peas, potatoes, cabbages

and marrows and manure was brought in to

boost the soil.

He added that Mr Taylor was a stickler at

making sure planting was done uniformly and

to the letter.

He said: “In the seven weeks holidays we

went up every Friday and you could buy the

produce as it became ready.”

Harold added that, as he had been helping out

at a local farm from the age of seven, he

already knew a lot about vegetables. The

competition was judged by retired headteacher

Mr Sharman.

Harold added that he has continued to have

an interest in gardening throughout his life.

Harold and his classmates also came to

Dronfield for practical classes – the boys for

woodwork and the girls for cooking.

Harold Herring from Stubley with

the school garden trophy he has

been polishing since 1955 and,

right, its engraved plaque


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Stand by to party


Jungle Lion

F coronavirus restrictions are lifted by the beginning of

August, the biggest party Dronfield has ever seen will be

staged in Cliffe Park

Organisers of the annual DronFest charity music festival continue

to hold out hope that, being planned for late in the summer, their

event may get the go-ahead.

A number of bands and solo performers have been confirmed for

the Saturday, 8th August, showpiece when it is again planned to

have entertainment on two stages in the Callywhite Lane park.

Updates on the festival, which is again being sponsored by

Dronfield Eye, can be found at dronfest.co.uk

The event has raised in excess of £100,000 for local charities and

other good causes over the past 20 years.

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2020 should have been

an important summer in

the career of 21-yearold

Dronfield Hallowes

golfer Sam Bairstow

who has already

represented Sheffield,

Yorkshire and England.

He answers Mike Firth’s


Where did you grow up?

In Heeley and I still live there, but I spent most of my time in

Dronfield as I went to William Levick and Henry Fanshawe schools.

How did you first get into Golf?

I went to the driving range a few times and enjoyed it but was into

football when I was younger. I decided to take up golf properly

when I was about 13/14.

What is the sport’s appeal?

I really enjoy the challenge to get better. I’m very competitive as

well and the competition is about beating the course rather than

beating other people.

Why did you become a member at Hallowes?

When I was at the driving range, a member called Steve Lister

recommended that I join. I’ve been a member ever since, starting

off with junior coaching with John Oates, the pro up there.

What was your first success?

The first event I won was the Sheffield Strokeplay Championship

which was at Silkstone where I shot a 67(-6).

What have been your biggest achievements to date?

At the start of the year, I went to Spain to represent England in a

match against seven other teams. It was a six-man team and we

ended up winning.

Also, in February I went South Africa with three others and

represented England in four events out there. Last year I won the

Hampshire Salver and also the North of England Amateur at

Alwoodley Golf Club. I also won two 36-hole scratch events at

Lindrick and Moortown.

Where is your favourite course?

Leopard creek in South Africa. It’s a great golf course but it’s also

in the Kruger National Park which gives some great views on

numerous holes.

Who is your golfing hero?

Tiger Woods. I think he’s the best player ever and has had some

great comebacks in his career, like coming back to win the 2019


Which events did you have planned for this summer?

I planned on playing a full amateur tournament schedule in the UK

and then a couple aboard - probably would of been about 15/16

tournaments in all.

I had planned the British Amateur event at Royal Birkdale and

also the European Amateur in France. They have been moved to

August and September so hopefully I get to play them. I also had

planned the St Andrews Trophy.

How have you managed to practice?

I have been doing chipping and putting and also swing drills, just

as much as I can really until we can get back out there.

What’s your ultimate golfing ambition?

To play professional golf on the European Tour. It’s obviously

hard to do, but I feel with the right work ethic it is achievable for


It will take time and I’ve just got to be patient with it.


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Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground, where home fans sing their ‘Greasy Chip Butty’ anthem with gusto

Fans get plenty to sing about

What a result! A brand new song incorporating

Sheffield United’s famous anthem is raising funds to

support local NHS workers. Here’s how it came about:


HENEVER Dronfield Eye editor Mike Firth joins Sheffield United fans

in belting out their club’s legendary ‘Greasy Chip Butty’ chant, he

always thinks there is something missing.

Perhaps another verse or two?

When he mentioned this to professional singer, songwriter and performer Max

Restaino, the pair decided to do something about it... and the result will

hopefully raise a cheer from Blades fans who are missing seeing their Premier

League heroes in action.

Said Mike: “I’d thought of some possible lyrics, but it soon became clear Max

had much grander ideas for the project and he’s written a fabulous jazz/bluesy

song, recorded and produced it inside a week, and now the track is out there

for people to download and enjoy.”

The pair were keen for the song to benefit a good cause, so all the money

pledged for downloads will go to the Sheffield Hospitals Charity, currently

desperate for funding to assist the city’s hard-pressed medical teams and their

support staff.

Explained Mike: “I approached Max at the right time as he had just completed

recording his latest album. He’s performed at Bramall Lane functions in the

past and his studio is just a goal-kick away from the ground. Being a fellow

Sheffielder, he was the ideal person to take on the project and he’s certainly

earned his stripes. I’m confident fans - and many others - will love it.”

In addition to being a Sheffield United song, Max’s ‘Greasy Chip Butty’

recording is also a celebration of the steel city itself, with mentions of the Hole

in the Road, The Wicker and Stones Bitter.

Said the musician: “I’ve lived in Sheffield all my life so writing the lyrics

wasn’t so difficult. I’m a very proud Sheffielder and I think that comes across

in the song. I enjoyed featuring humorous Sheffield colloquialisms and using a

local accent in places. I don’t get to incorporate that when singing and writing

music for myself, so it was fun.

“I’ve known the ‘Greasy Chip Butty’ chant for years and me and my friends

sing it when United games are on. I’ve always found the lyrics funny and think

they capture northern humour. I’m glad I had the

opportunity to write and produce a full song using

it as the chorus. Devoted United fans, and many

other Sheffielders, will be thrilled to hear this song

dedicated to our home town. It’s the perfect time

Editor Mike Firth:

‘Max has certainly

earned his stripes’

Max Restaino: ‘I’m a very proud Sheffielder

and I think that comes across in the song’

to release it to make people smile in uncertain days and to raise money for a worthy cause.”

David Reynolds, Executive Director of Sheffield Hospitals Charity, said: “This is an incredible display of

support from Max and everybody involved. We all know how challenging these times are, but throughout the

past few weeks, we have been blown away by the way that Sheffield people have come together to support

their amazing NHS and we really are so grateful.

“This song is an opportunity to share in something special; something that celebrates Sheffield and says

‘thank you’ to our NHS. So please do download it and share it as far and wide as possible.

“All the proceeds will support those hard-working staff in our hospitals - to provide them with care packages,

refreshments, break-out areas and much more at this time of need. Your help would mean more than ever.”

• The Bramall Lane chant, based on John Denver’s No 1 hit ‘Annie’s Song’, is thought to date back to the start

of the 1985–86 season.


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School’s out for summer

The interruption to our children’s education

is nothing new to editor Mike Firth and his

family. He recalls two previous occasions

when schools had to turn away their pupils


AUGHTER Olivia has worked hard towards the

GCSE examinations she should be taking shortly.

Plenty of homework, after-school study groups, revision

for her mocks... she has been conscientious throughout.

She’s disappointed all her hard work has come to an

abrupt end, even though she is confident the showing

she has put in over the past 18 months will lead to

decent estimated grades.

However, there is no hiding from the fact that the

phrase “school closure” is a dream come true for any

young person sitting in a classroom day after day. It

certainly was for me.

Way back in the early days of 1974, I was trying to

come to terms with my own secondary education at

Gladys Buxton School, displaying nowhere near as much

diligence and dedication as Olivia.

In between completing occasional pieces of homework,

I was vaguely aware that the news programmes on TV

were repeatedly mentioning the phrase “three-day week”.

Miners worked to rule due to proposed pay caps so,

by the end of 1973, coal reserves had run extremely low.

This forced the government into action.

The nation limped along as commercial users of

electricity were limited to three consecutive days'

consumption each week. And our local evening paper

listed timetables showing which houses could expect

their power supplies to be curtailed in the days ahead.

It was already an exciting era for us schoolkids. Times

were glam as we bopped along to the outrageous

performances of Slade, Sweet and T Rex on ‘Top of the

Pops’, but the really big news came one morning when

the headteacher summoned us all into the hall.

The school electricity was off, the boiler wasn’t working and

there was no heating - cue pretend shivering from the lot of us

- so as there was no way of knowing when power might be

restored, regrettably, we would all need to collect our coats and

return to our homes.

I had just removed my school tie, zipped up my anorak and

made it out of the school gates when there was a gasp from

all my mates. The street lights had come on. Teachers were

chasing after us along Oakhill Road, their leather elbow


World War II evacuees carrying their boxed gas masks

Homework by candlelight during the dark days of early 1974

patches glinting in the early morning sunshine.

So did we turn around and file back into maths, physics

and chemistry lessons? Not a chance and I made it home in

record time.

But school absences for the Firth family go back a further

generation. Mum Margaret and dad Arthur both grew up in

Sheffield and when Herr Hitler threatened the city in World War

II, schools were immediately disrupted.

Mum struggles to remember her first day at Woodseats

School, for it wasn’t spent at school at all. The threat of

bombing saw small groups of children taken into people’s

homes to begin their education. She was due to start on

September 5th, 1939 - the week the war began. So instead of

learning in a classroom at her local infants school, her first

lessons were taught in a front room on Aisthorpe Road.

She remembers the ‘Home Front’ school service days with

fondness, recalling children were given slate boards and chalk

to write with.

Dad, who was slightly older, was taken out of both Pye Bank

School and his family home when war was declared and he

and his gasmask were despatched by bus to Balderton, near

Newark-on-Trent, as an evacuee.

He attended some lessons in a schoolroom there, but chiefly

remembers the thrill of living in the countryside and being able

to go fishing whenever he liked.

So school closures are nothing new - ask my family!

Dogs use their loaf

to entertain owners

Our canine correspondent, Harry Basset, files his monthly report

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History of Dronfield


IRST and foremost, it would be

extremely remiss of me not to

mention Coronavirus, or Covid-19, or

That Lurgi. Good, that's got that out

of the way, now let's get on with


Nobody has yet written the definitive

history of that town which you, dear

reader, call home. Dronfield, or the Field

of Drones.

Now, I am the first to realise that the

word "drone" has changed much over the

centuries, but we have no interest in

those small plastic things with several

horizontally-mounted propellors that

buzz overhead at any public event, and

make you wish that you had a pair of

Purdey shotguns.

Nor do we (well, I say "we", but in

actuality it is "me") care a great deal that

aged relatives (usually but not

exclusively) female, who make that

peculiar noise all evening until it is time

to sing Auld Lang Syne, which nobody

understands, then wait, moustaches

bristling, for the familial kisses. This is

the point where I have locked myself in

the loo with a good book and a bottle of

something interesting. But, drone it unmistakeably is.

And talking of Scotland, which we were, albeit obliquely, there is

the drone of the bagpipe, which some people hate and others love.

Personally, and it may be a Celtic background, I think the Highland

Great Pipes are magnificent, although a similar noise made by

frustrated tom cats trying to get at next door's furry little darling

that happens to be on heat comes a very poor second. However, to

save upsetting a sensitive and cosmopolitan readership, I won't

mention the twin Purdeys.

A drone, in this context, is a small insect, basically a male honey

bee, which does all the work whilst the female sits in idle

splendour, being waited on hand and foot - assuming that bees

have hands. Actually, the drone's primary function is to mate with

the Queen, but I know how delicate you are so we shall draw a

discreet veil over that.

The genealogy of the drone, which is incapable of stinging you but

waves its tail about in a frenzy to try and frighten you, is due

entirely to arrhenotokous parthenogenesis, but since I am sure you

all knew that, we need discuss this no further.

Dronfield was first noted by the Roman Fourth Cohort, which was

stationed at what we now call Templeborough, but had links with

Chesterfield, which was possibly called Caestre in those days.

In any event. a reference in a Marching Order for XXI, Mensis

Quintilius, XLII refers to "villula parva medium inter Caestre et

Steelus Peachius Tozerii", or The Little Place Between Chesterfield

and Templeborough, the common name for that location back in

the day.

It is thought that there might have been a small ‘Taverna

Dronfeldii’ a few hundred actus (an actus is 20 pedes or 116.496 ft)

from what is now the railway bridge, in turn a few cubitum from

the bottom of Callywhite Lane, which was genuinely once called

Dog Poo Hill - or something a little more blunt.

However, remains of chicken bones, oysters, a few wine amphora

and a slightly worn Roman Army Boot were found in the 19th

century, together with a fragment of wood bearing the barely

legible words Albus Olor (prop. Giius Apintus) and the legend

Vinum et Siceram, insumptuosus Vermis, which translates roughly

to "The White Swan (proprietor Giius Apintus), wine and beer,

inexpensive grub."


That well-known barbermonger,

Dafydd Manton, offers his own

take on our town’s beginnings

This is quite possibly the very first

reference to the excellent pub culture

now enjoyed by Dronfield, although

frankly a sandwich I had in one (which

shall remain nameless for reasons of

libel - the pub, not the sandwich) which

was Caseus et Cepa (cheese and onion),

may well have predated the Roman

invasion, and was quite possibly Stone

Age. The only other option was

mammoth and tomato.

Not much happened for the next few

hundred years, other than the occasional

public flogging/hanging. We know that

there was a market, presumably where it

still is, although it wasn't a car park at

the time, just the odd waggon, a cart or

two and a handful of horses.

There were butchers, bakers, a

candlestick maker, a sandwich shop

dealing especially in boar, venison and

anything else that they could poach from

the local Big Wigs (including the first

ever margarine, although originally it was

used to lubricate cart wheels etc).

A stall flogged vast quantities of honey,

although frankly the town was dripping

with the stuff. It covered everything

except the railway lines, and that was

only because trains hadn't been invented yet. There was a mead

stall and a stall selling cures for various plagues and antiearthquake


To compensate, the quantity of honey was dramatically reduced,

and a scheme to introduce more marmalade was begun.

Now, it so happens that in my youth, when I was consuming

Donald Duck Peanut Butter, there was also Noddy's Shredless

marmalade, which was a sticky, vaguely orange gloop that sat in

the middle of your toast, and gurgled at you. It also made your

teeth fall out.

This was very quickly discontinued, and the peel re-instated, in

huge quantities. This benevolent act was commemorated in

Dronfield by the Peel Memorial, which was originally a shelter for

the Peelers, who, as every schoolboy knows, were closely watched

by the embryonic police force, known at that time as coppers,

because of the metal used in the huge Vats. VAT on marmalade is

currently several percent. I actually don't know, but our esteemed

editor - Lor'blessee, Sirrah - will doubtless not only know and

correct this paragraph, but send me a note, in tincture and on

goatskin, informing me that I am a poltroon, a buffoon, a creamfaced

loon, a knave, a paper-fac'd villain, a painted maypole, a lilyliver'd

boy (although he is about 51 years late), a scullion, a

rapscallion and a fustilarian, an asshead, a coxcomb, a scambling,

out-facing, fashion-monging boy (alright, 52, then) and a cullionly


He's a lovely bloke, really (despite living in Eckington, or

somewhere posh like that), but just a tad out of date. To give you a

clue, when computers came out, with modems and internets, and

webs and www and all that stuff, he still prefers my items on

vellum, in blood - mine, since you ask - and delivered on horseback

by someone wearing a brace of flintlocks and a tricorn titfer.

Incidentally, in order to both keep said Peel Memorial sterile, and

protect the wor-force, it was cleaned regularly by the bloke on the

horse, whose name was Dick Turpentine.

I should just mention that His Nibs has a daughter, who is a very

accomplished horsewoman, and the last time that I was near their

palatial mansion, I spotted a false moustache and a recently detricorned

feather in their driveway, under the Lamborghin, Ferrari,

Aston Martin and Bentley tyre-tracks. One wonders...



Town Council

Town Council’s play areas remain closed


LAY areas, tennis courts, basketball

courts, bowling greens and football

pitches in Town Council-owned parks all

remain closed, due to the ongoing

coronavirus pandemic.

The closures follow the Government

announcement on 23rd March, 2020, that

the UK would be entering a period of


Some parks remain open to allow residents

to take their daily walk or run on their own

or with members of their own household.




N response to the coronavirus

pandemic, Community

Response Teams have been set

up by both NE Derbyshire District

Council and Derbyshire County


The district council is inviting

residents who are self-isolating

and in need of assistance, to

register with the Support Team by

calling 01246 231111, or online via

ne-derbyshire.gov.uk. This will help

them provide advice and support to

those affected by coronavirus. The

district council can then help

residents to access the services

available and provide a friendly

voice on the phone, giving callers

someone to turn to if they need


The county council is also coordinating

a community response

across the county to make sure

vulnerable residents are


Residents can register for help by

calling 01629 535091 or online by

visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk.

The county council is also calling

on Derbyshire's strong network of

community groups, voluntary

organisations and businesses to

help by joining the Derbyshire

Community Response Unit. This

will help those in need by

delivering services such as food

shopping, phones to the isolated,

and collecting and delivering items

such as prescriptions.

Town Council Leader, Coun Angelique

Foster, said: “We will do everything we

can to help keep our residents safe

during these unprecedented times.

“We continue to follow Government

instructions and we are urging local

residents to continue to adhere to the

social distancing guidelines.

“We will re-open play areas and sports

pitches once it is safe to do so. Please

stay safe and help keep each other


Dronfield Town Council, Civic Hall, Dronfield S18 1PD.

Tel: 01246 418573. townclerk@dronfield.gov.uk www.dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Angelique Foster

Park’s new wildflower meadow


VER the next few weeks, those

walking past Sindelfingen Park

will start to see the emergence of

Summer with a new wildflower

meadow that has been planted

alongside Gosforth Drive.

The Town Council approved the

creation of the wildflower meadow at

its March meeting.

Coun Mary Ireland

(left) commented:

“We are looking

forward to seeing

the flowers bloom over the coming months.

“The classic flower mix should provide colourful flowers from the

beginning of May, weather permitting, right the way through to

Autumn, and will hopefully be enjoyed by residents walking past or

through the park.

“In addition to the bright colours the wildflower meadow will also provide

additional bio-diversity in the area for years to come.”

Footpath at risk of closure

ID you know the footpath that connects Holmely Lane with

D Marsh Avenue Recreation Ground is at risk of being closed?

Coun Alex Dale (pictured right) said: “This footpath provides a

popular short-cut for many residents and we are in the process of

looking to apply for it to be officially recognised as a Public Right

of Way by Derbyshire County Council on their definitive map.

“In order for this to happen, the Town Council needs

statements from members of the public to support an

application. If you would like to help retain access to

this footpath, I urge you to download and complete the

relevant form, which can be found

on the Town Council website, or

by calling the office.”

Completed forms need to be

returned to the Town Council no

later than 30th June to help

support this application.

See over

the page for a

reminder of who

your Town



dronfield TOWN COUNCIL

Dronfield Town

Dronfield South

Coun Angelique Foster (Leader) 29 Burns Drive, Dronfield,

S18 1NJ. 01246 290796. cllr.AngeliqueFoster@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun William Jones The Moorlands, 73 Hilltop Road, Dronfield,

S18 1UJ. 01246 415783. cllr.jones@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Alan Powell (Deputy Leader) 18 Hanbury Close, Dronfield,

S18 1RF. 01246 415679. cllr.Powell@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Kevin Tait 6 Westfield Road, Dronfield, S18 1YE.

07855 379111. cllr.Tait@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Philip Wright 6 Longacre Road, Dronfield, S18 1UQ.

01246 414923. cllr.Wright@dronfield.gov.uk

Dronfield North

Coun Susan Burkitt 9 Stubley Close, Dronfield Woodhouse,

S18 8YH. 07545 888914. cllr.Burkitt@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Robert Gilmore 21 Palmer Crescent, Dronfield, S18 1XW.

07780 000341. cllr.Gilmore@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Martin Hanrahan 23 Eckington Road, Coal Aston, S18 3AT.

07421 804060. cllr.Hanrahan@dronfield.gov.uk

Gosforth Valley

Coun Tim Collins 11 Kilburn Road, Dronfield, S18 8QA.

07423 014099. cllr.Collins@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Lilian Deighton (Mayor) 1 Bowshaw, Dronfield, S18 2GB.

01246 411310. cllr.deighton@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Michelle Emmens 59 Hallowes Lane, Dronfield, S18 1ST.

01246 410253. cllr.MichelleEmmens@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Richard Welton (Deputy Mayor) 5 Melbourne Avenue,

Dronfield Woodhouse, S18 8YW. 07770 780642.


Coal Aston

Coun Mark Foster 29 Burns Drive, Dronfield, S18 1NJ.

07809 902698. cllr.MarkFoster@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Anthony Hutchinson 2 Brown Lane, Coal Aston, S18 3AJ.

07817 481485. cllr.Hutchinson@dronfield.gov.uk

Coun Richard Spooner 14 Park Avenue, Dronfield, S18 2LQ.

01246 412164. cllr.spooner@dronfield.gov.uk

Dronfield Bowshaw

Coun Marie Ireland 56 Burns Drive, Dronfield, S18 1NJ.

01246 906167. cllr.ireland@dronfield.gov.uk

Dronfield Dyche Lane

Coun Alex Dale 07515 261 786. cllr.Dale@dronfield.gov.uk

Dronfield Summerfield

Coun Paul Parkin 2 The Knoll, Dronfield, S18 2EH. 07305 859736.


Dronfield Woodhouse

Coun Roger Hall 21 Hassop Close, Dronfield, S18 2FX.

01246 290009. cllr.Hall@dronfield.gov.uk

Dronfield Town Council, Civic Centre, Dronfield, S18 1PD


dronfield TOWN COUNCIL

Dronfield Town Councillors. Standing, from left: Richard Spooner,

Tim Collins, Susan Burkitt, Alex Dale, Paul Parkin, Mark Foster,

Kevin Tait, Roger Hall, Anthony Hutchinson, Robert Gilmore,

Michelle Emmens, William Jones, Philip Wright, Martin Hanrahan.

Seated: Angelique Foster (Leader), Richard Welton (Deputy Mayor),

Lilian Deighton (Mayor), Alan Powell (Deputy Leader).

Inset: Marie Ireland.

01246 418573 townclerk@dronfield.gov.uk www.dronfield.gov.uk

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Race beats UK lockdown

It seems like another world, but

this was the scene in Dronfield in

March, prior to the coronavirus

regulations being announced. The

annual 10k road race around the

Gosforth Valley, plus the fun run,

were both well supported by

athletes, although the number of

spectators along the road was

down on the usual turnout


ORE than 1,000 runners converged on S18 for this

year’s big Dronfield 10k race and associated Fun Run –

now in their 26th year.

The two-lap 10k road race saw over 700 runners take part, while

the 2km Fun Run took place at the same time around estate


Crowds turned out to offer support en-route and by the finish line

in Sindelfingen Park, despite rain and the growing coronavirus


The events are organised and raise funds for 7th Dronfield Scout

Group. A donation is also made every year to the current Dronfield

Mayor's charity.

First man home in the 10k race was Alfie Manthorpe, aged 20,

from Mosborough, with a time of 32.37 minutes.

Alfie, who represents City of Sheffield and Dearne AC, said it was

the first time he had run the Dronfield race, but credited his coach

with entering him.

Delighted runner-up was Tom Shaw, of New Whittington, who

achieved a personal best with his time of 33.47 minutes.

First in the women’s category was Heather Hatton, from the Steel

City Striders, with a time of 41.34 minutes. She was followed by

Caz Kay, of Totley AC, who

achieved a time of 42.33 minutes.

The Fun Run was won by Mercia

RC runner Annabelle Sibley, aged

12, from Sheffield. Second was

James Sinclair, aged 11, from

Dronfield Junior School, and third

was Dan Bramley, aged 13, from

Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School.

Many runners took to the streets

of to challenge themselves and

also raise money for good causes.

Among them was mum-of-two

Vicki Hallam, a receptionist at

Dronfield Eye. She raised £200 for


10k winner Alfie


Dronfield Eye’s Vicki Hallam

Fun Run




the Dronfield Mayor’s Appeal and £300 for charity Anxiety UK.

Vicki was inspired to take up running two years ago during a

period of anxiety and depression, which is why she chose Anxiety

UK as a recipient.

She said: “We all know people who have experienced anxiety and

depression and I suffered it myself. I got help and running played

its part in my recovery.

“I was never a sporty person and I’d look at people who ran and

think they were mad, but since I started I’ve never looked back.

“Yes, the training was hard, getting up early in the winter when it

was cold and dark and running, but I love it and I’ve lost a stoneand-a-half

as well. It really is a case that if I can do a 10k, anyone

can. Also the support from the running community, including

Parkrun, has been brilliant.”

During the big race, Vicki was proud to wear an Anxiety UK T-shirt

and received lots of support along the route. It lifted her to

achieve her personal target of finishing in under an hour – in fact

she had a whole two seconds to spare!

Vicki has been overwhelmed by the many donations she has

received and thanked those who donated.

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HILST being in isolation was a struggle at first, I quickly

realised it was nothing compared to what people on the

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Therefore, I soon changed my attitude and promised to be

positive to myself! I have now come up with a great new way to

entertain myself - cooking.

Now I don’t really class myself as a Nigella type, but I

thought I’d give it a go. All my recipes are 100% gluten-free

because of my coeliac disease.

So far, I’ve made Chilli-Crusted Salmon, Greek Stuffed

Aubergines, a Lemon and Gingernut Cheesecake, Chicken

Thighs with Parsley Mash, Spicy Lamb Koftas, home-made Fish

and Chips and a Summer Berries Roulade, just to name a few.

And do you know what? They were all super simple to make.

In the past, I have been lazy with cooking. I suppose a few

students can say that, but now my outlook has completely changed

and I am grateful for this new hobby.

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If you’ve never really cooked before and you’re wondering how to

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Kelly Parks

(pictured), head of

Family Law with

solicitors Banner

Jones, offers a

few suggestions of

how to relieve

pressures at home


OME working, selfisolation,


schooling, money worries

and health problems will

all put pressure on

relationships, but put them

together and it’s a toxic

mix. If you are already

having relationship problems, it could be the final straw.

As a family solicitor, wife and mother of two children (also going

through this crazy situation we find ourselves in) here are my top

tips to help get you through this with your marriage intact:

• Communicate with each other. Lack of communication is usually

the main complaint my clients have. Let your partner know how

you are feeling. Snapping when angry will inevitably result in a row.

• Try to make time for each other. Set aside time to have a ‘date

night’ at home (of course). Clients often say to me, we never do

anything together anymore, we have just grown apart.

• Exercise. The endorphins should make you feel better and if you

feel better, you are less likely to argue.

• Spend some time apart. It is unusual for couples to spend all day

together so make sure you still do your own thing at certain times

during the day.

• If you have children, and are both working from home, have a

clear defined timetable of when each of you will be working and

when you will be doing childcare. It also means the kids get the

one to one attention they need. Do not forget their world has been

turned upside down too.

• If you are a key worker, try to talk about your day when you get

home. Those on the front line may just need to off-load. “They do

not understand what I have to deal with,” is another common

complaint I hear.

• Try to enjoy the weekends or your days off work together. If you

have, kids have a family fun day, a family bake-off; a dance-off, or a

treasure hunt around the garden. Try to inject some fun back

during this difficult time.

• Financial pressures can add further strain, so prepare a budget

and evaluate your finances, especially if you have had a reduction

in income. If you need to curb spending, agree it together.

• There a lots of ways to keep in touch with friends and family.

Book in slots both individually and as a couple to speak to your

friends and family. Keeping up the socialisation aspect is important

to alleviate the pressure of it just being the two of you.

• Divide the household chores fairly so that additional pressure is

not placed on one person. ‘Not helping around the house’ is another

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Standing in line for

coke in a snowstorm


EOPLE visiting the brick-built Dronfield Eye building

at Chesterfield Road often ask about its history.

We believe it dates back to the first part of the 19th

century, being the home of Dronfield Coke & Gasworks.

Indeed, we were visited a couple of years ago by an elderly

reader of our magazine who recalled that, 65 years earlier,

he had visited the building to obtain tar which he took out to

local farmers to use on the rooftops of their barns.

Here's a picture from March, 1946, showing Dronfield folk

standing in the snow to obtain coke to feed their empty

grates. Sacks taken along to carry the fuel were used as

capes during the worst of the snowstorm.

If anyone out their knows anything else of our building's

early history, we would be delighted to hear from you.

There is a new date for a

big charity ball organised

by an S18 business

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Charity ball kicked into 2021


RONFIELD-based financial planners,

Belmayne, are postponing their charity

fundraising ball, due to take place at the end

of April, following the coronavirus lockdown.

The independent firm is determined to ensure the

event goes ahead and has already committed to a

new date – May 15th, 2021.

The black-tie event will take place, as planned, at

Sheffield’s Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria with all

other details staying the same, including music

provided by renowned local entertainer, Stephen


Tickets for this year’s date have been refunded

and guests wishing to attend next year are being

asked to rebook using the following link:



All money raised from ticket sales and at the

event, which is fully funded by the chartered

financial planners, will be donated to four local

charities supported by the Belmayne Foundation. Ben Smalley (second left) with his fellow Belmayne Foundation trustees

Because much of the firm’s planned fundraising

has been curtailed by the current crisis, it has agreed to extend its

partnership with this year’s organisations through 2021. They are: REPAIRS OR REPLACEMENT

FareShare Yorkshire, Helen’s Trust, Nenna Kind Cancer Care and

Pathways of Chesterfield.


Ben Smalley, Belmayne partner and charity trustee, said: “Given

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the current pandemic, we are postponing our event for 12 months.

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We received an excellent response to the ball and we hope local

• Hinges, handles & locks

people will book tickets early for the new date, so they have

repaired or replaced


something to look forward to next year.

• UPVC door/window

“The additional planning time will, of course, enable us to make adjustments

the event bigger and better.”

& repairs

The Belmayne Foundation helps small organisations who support

health and wellbeing and provide relief for those in need. Last

year’s inaugural charity ball raised more than £8,600 and in total,

£11,000 was donated to its 2019 charities.

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Ant and Dec host

their Saturday

Night Takeaway

show from their

living rooms

The value of TV entertainment

It’s easy to be a life-saver these days. All

you have to do is stay at home and watch TV.

Fortunately, says Dronfield student Evan Poole,

broadcasting companies have risen to the

challenge of keeping us entertained


HEN the Prime Minister delivered a speech to the nation four

weeks ago, it’s unlikely he expected it to be the most viewed

TV item this millennium.

An amazing 27 million households switched on for the lockdown

announcement, reaching numbers not seen since Princess Diana’s

funeral in 1997, despite the decline in contemporary TV viewership.

The past month’s TV audiences have grown by 29%, one of the many

consequences of coronavirus quarantine measures. Being stuck at

home has led to a dramatic surge in viewing, as audiences crave news

from TV and relief through entertainment.

As our routines change drastically, TV and film is coming to the

forefront of our lives; instead of getting ready for school and spending

six hours in classrooms, I now wake up, have breakfast and sit down

in front of the telly - like everyone else, currently.

Instead of our ‘normal’ lives, we find ourselves following the

timetable of TV. Platforms such as Disney+ and Netflix are booming,

providing entertainment and comfort for the masses. They fill our

homes with classic films, family favourites and new exciting shows,

such as Netflix’s surprise hit ‘Tiger King’. This show epitomises the

surge in TV popularity, with its absurd characters sky rocketing to

celebrity status in a matter of days, fuelled by the audience’s extra


Although escapist TV is popular, many shows have adapted to the

circumstances. At first, the entertainment world seemed in jeopardy

due to the pandemic, but many have acclimatised.

For example, the BBC announced they will schedule more shows

related to education, fitness, cooking and even virtual church services.

On top of that, uplifting fan favourites such as ‘Ant & Dec’s Saturday

Night Takeaway’, which was at fear of being cancelled, is now instead

being hosted from their living rooms.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been tailoring recipes specifically for

these unique times with ‘Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On’ providing

ideas for the many meals we are now having at home. These

programmes are filled with positivity and hope; they are instrumental

to boost moral when feelings of fear and uncertainty are peaking in our


The importance of TV has been highlighted most with the daily

Government briefing, establishing a link between us and authorities

dealing with the pandemic, so we can receive vital information


In addition to this, the Queen delivered a one-off speech to the UK,

uniting our country under one key phrase; ‘coronavirus will not

overcome us’.

With broadcasters doing their best during these unprecedented

times, I hope that we don’t forget the important role TV plays in our

lives. Whether its escapism, providing us with a sense of community,

uplifting us, or very importantly keeping us informed, TV is doing its

part in helping us through these difficult times.



Y name is Evan Poole. I’m almost 16 and currently

at home unable to sit my GCSE exams (which

consist of Triple Science, Performing Arts, History,

Spanish and many others) and I am trying to find the

most productive ways to fill my time, as well as

watching TV, of course.

Later this year, I will be continuing my education at

Henry Fanshawe’s Sixth Form and studying English

Literature, History and Psychology, which I am happily


So this Dronfield Eye article has given me an opportunity

to improve my writing skills, as all my subjects are

predominantly essay-based.

Outside of school, or rather during lockdown, I enjoy

reading classic novels, attempting and then failing at

painting pictures of my dog and playing the double bass.

Recently, I completed my Silver Duke of Edinburgh

Award, which consisted of a four-day expedition, improving

my vegetarian cooking skills and volunteering at the Civic

Centre’s Barnardo’s shops.

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Anne pictured with her son and daughter, Alan Bell and Judith Winfrow

When Anne Bell reached the grand old age of 105,

she received a deluge of congratulatory cards

from around the world. Deborah Wain reports

Some of her more than 1,100 birthday cards

Anne’s 105th birthday celebrations


NE of the Dronfield Eye area’s oldest residents has

celebrated her 105th birthday.

Great-great-grandmother Anne Bell received her second birthday

card from the Queen at Meadow Grange Care Home, in Dronfield

Woodhouse. Her first was received on the occasion of her 100th


Anne was born one of six children to parents George and Mary

Kramer, at Page Hall, Sheffield, on 15th March, 1915. The First

World War was in its early months and Anne was born shortly

before the Second Battle of Ypres began.

Father George was a master pork butcher with the family

business at 7, Page Hall Road.

After leaving school, Anne worked as shop assistant. She married

Jack Bell, on 17th June, 1937, at St Cuthbert’s Church, and the

couple set up home initially at Sheffield Lane Top, then Firshill, and

had a son Alan and daughter Judith.

Jack was a draughtsman who went on to become works manager

at Sheffield company Firth-Derihon Stampings, for which he

received an MBE from the Queen for services to industry in 1969.

He also worked as an auxiliary fireman during the Second World


After the family moved to Millhouses, Anne did further work as a

shop assistant. Anne and Jack eventually retired to a bungalow in

Balmoral Crescent, in Dronfield, in 1984. Jack sadly died shortly


Throughout her life, Anne has greatly enjoyed sewing and knitting.

Following a fall, she moved to Meadow Grange in 2015, just before

Flashback to Anne and Jack’s wedding in 1937

her 100th birthday.

In passing that milestone, she credited her longevity to the odd

drop of advocaat - a traditional drink made from eggs, sugar, and


Family and friends came together at the care home to mark

Anne’s latest special day, where she is popular with other residents

and staff.

Today, Anne has two grandsons, four great-grandchildren and two


Meanwhile Meadow Grange put out an appeal on social media for

105 birthday cards to be sent to Anne. More than 1,100 arrived

from across the country and overseas, including Australia,

Germany and the United States.

Alan said: “I’ve looked at every card and the individual writing in

them is phenomenal. I’m absolutely flabbergasted that so many

people took the trouble to send a card.”


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reflects on some of

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couples are facing

over their children


ANY separated

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unprecedented times.

The law allows children

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an important exception to the ‘stay at home’ requirement, but this

does not mean they have to be moved.

That decision is yours to make, after sensibly assessing the

circumstances, including health considerations, the risk of

infection and the presence of any recognised vulnerable adults in

either location.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division and head

of Family Justice, has already indicated the key message should be

that, if any agreed or court ordered arrangements have to be

changed, they should nevertheless be delivered by finding a safe

alternative for the child.

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parents, as set out in your original agreement, because of Covid-19

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However, whilst we are all worried about the impact Coronavirus

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Don’t forget us is Barn’s plea


IKE all small businesses and charities, the

current pandemic has presented Dronfield Hall

Barn with unprecedented challenges.

The venue is at the centre of the S18 community and

provides valuable support for local people through its

volunteer and events programme, work with schools

and local training partners. However, as a registered

charity, it has currently lost all its essential, regular

income streams.

If you’ve previously enjoyed its varied programme of

events, activities and exhibitions, you are being invited

to consider supporting the Barn so it can return as

quickly as possible to its role in the community. There

are several ways you can help:

• Collection and delivery service: The Barn continues to

run a fresh produce collection and delivery service from

Monday-Saturday, and any purchases help to support

the Barn. Ring 01246 273207 or 07971 928459 before

1:30pm to place a next day order, which can also be

collected daily from 10-11.15am except on Sundays.

• Make a donation: You can help by making a £10

donation through the website, which will allow the Barn

to cover its running costs. See the website to find out

how to make a donation.

• Support us on social media: Remember to search for

Dronfield Hall Barn on Facebook, Instagram and

Twitter to join our growing online community. We

continue to post updates, photos from the gardens and share

images ‘From the Archive’.

Barn management say they are grateful to all volunteers who

continue to offer support by working from home. research has

already begun for the next exhibition, whilst a small team also

Let’s celebrate VE

Day in our gardens



HE 2020 VE Day anniversary weekend was to have been

the biggest event in Dronfield this year, but, of course, in

line with other public gatherings, it has been postponed.

May Day weekend celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the end

of World War II have been called off throughout the UK.

However, the coronavirus epidemic can’t defeat the spirit of local

people who still want to mark this important date and folk living

throughout the Dronfield Eye area are now planning ‘stay at home’

street parties.

Families are determined to commemorate the end of the conflict

by celebrating in their homes and gardens. There is also a call for

houses to be decorated in red, white and blue colours

The message to Dronfield folk is that just because we cannot go

ahead with the weekend of entertainment in the town doesn’t

mean we can’t celebrate together on 8th May

FWD Motion’s Jackie Smith, one of the organisers of the

scheduled activities which were to be based at The Barn, Civic

Centre and other local venues, said: “We are currently putting

together some social posts to encourage the community to get

involved with the celebrations and hopefully get on board with the

‘Street Party from Home’ theme.

“We have loads of flags we bought for the weekend and are

hoping to distribute these around Dronfield somehow.

“We are in the process of designing some other flags and bunting

templates that will be available to download from the website.

People can print off and colour to decorate their houses and


“I have also contacted all our performers who were due to sing

over the weekend and asked if they could send a video so we can

create a virtual programme. We will hopefully get this together.”

• Updates will appear on the Dronfield Eye facebook page.

continues essential maintenance in the gardens and on the route of

the Dronfield Rotary Walk.

You can find out more via: www.dronfieldhallbarn.org




VE Day 75th



We can’t get out, so let’s organise



Friday, 8th May, 2020

Decorate your house in patriotic red,

white and blue, play the hits of Vera

Lynn and George Formby and enjoy a

picnic in your garden!

Please send details and

pictures of your event for

Dronfield Eye to share

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