Issue 175 May 2020
Telephone: 01246 416027
E Y E
Keeping busy on
the Home Front
Fans have plenty
to sing about
king of 1955
Ideas from the
Stay at home
Coronavirus Pandemic - Special Edition
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
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
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
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.
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
what you can achieve
together and this
could bring both of
you a lot of joy,
mental stimuli for
your pet and deepen
Teach an old dog new tricks
Channel your inner ‘Blue Peter’ and get the kids stuck into some
painting, collaging and model-making.
Put some bright drawings in your window for elderly neighbours
Paint plant pots, create tags out of old birthday and Christmas
cards, and make your own gift-wrap by decorating brown
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
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Clean out cupboards and wash cushions, curtains, pillows and
Touch up paintwork with those left-over tins in the shed. Give your
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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
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
• 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.
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
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!
Clap for kids... and
the elderly too!
made banners to
show solidarity with
residents of Meadow
Grange Care Home.
The Penny Acres
pupils took part in a
Clap for Kids initiative,
celebrating how great
all the children are,
despite having had
their worlds tipped
Standing outside their
houses, the children
spread a little joy and
hope to residents and
staff at Meadow
Grange and they joined
in, clapping and
smiling at their
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
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
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
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
Stand by to party
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
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2020 should have been
an important summer in
the career of 21-yearold
golfer Sam Bairstow
who has already
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
T’S been a weird
time for us pets as
we try to entertain
all our owners who
spending so much
time with us at
Here’s one craze
which I discovered on
facebook. What do you
I reckon food is
better for eating, not
However, I’ve been
performing one of my
own party pieces to
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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
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
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
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,
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’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
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
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
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
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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
“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.
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dronfield TOWN COUNCIL
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. email@example.com
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
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. email@example.com
Coun Marie Ireland 56 Burns Drive, Dronfield, S18 1NJ.
01246 906167. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Coun Alex Dale 07515 261 786. cllr.Dale@dronfield.gov.uk
Coun Paul Parkin 2 The Knoll, Dronfield, S18 2EH. 07305 859736.
Coun Roger Hall 21 Hassop Close, Dronfield, S18 2FX.
01246 290009. cllr.Hall@dronfield.gov.uk
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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.
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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
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
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.
Two of Ellie’s
Ideas from the Coeliac Queen
Ellie Colton writes for our sister publication,
Active8, and is also a BBC Radio Sheffield
presenter. A coeliac, she has been using
her enforced time at home to experiment
with a number of new gluten-free recipes
HILST being in isolation was a struggle at first, I quickly
realised it was nothing compared to what people on the
frontline and in the NHS are dealing with.
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.
You can find me on Instagram and Twitter @thecoeliacqueen, on
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If you’ve never really cooked before and you’re wondering how to
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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
common complaint I hear from clients.
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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
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.
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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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• UPVC door/window
“The additional planning time will, of course, enable us to make adjustments
the event bigger and better.”
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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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
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
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.
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
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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Rachel Barlow, a
family law specialist
reflects on some of
the issues separated
couples are facing
over their children
couples may be
uncertainty about how to
deal with their child
these strange and
The law allows children
under 18 to be moved
between parents’ houses, in
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
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.
This means if your child is not able to spend time with both
parents, as set out in your original agreement, because of Covid-19
isolating restrictions, the courts will expect you to make other
suitable arrangements for regular contact. This could comprise
contact via Facetime, WhatsApp, Skype, etc. until the situation
returns to normal.
The best course of action is for parents to communicate with
each other about any worries and try to agree what good
alternative arrangements might look like. If this is possible, you
are free to exercise your judgement and alter your schedule
However, whilst we are all worried about the impact Coronavirus
might have on our health, that of our children and vulnerable
family members, one parent may believe adhering to the existing
arrangements is safe, whilst the other harbours genuine
In the event child provisions cannot be agreed, it may be
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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
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’
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
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We can’t get out, so let’s organise
STAY AT HOME
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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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