Current Edition - Under The Edge

IncorporatIng tHE parISH MagaZInE
grEat LongStonE, LIttLE LongStonE,
roWLanD, HaSSop, MonSaL HEaD, WarDLoW
no. 193 February 2015
ISSN 1466-8211
Farming notes
Roger pretending to be a sheep
You might wonder what I am doing
crawling through a dry stone wall! I
was demonstrating to my 7 year old
granddaughter how sheep would use
this gap to gain access to adjoining
fields or hills.
The old term for these holes is
‘Cripper-Gap’; a smallish built gap in
a dry stone wall. Roughly 18 to 24
inches wide and about a yard or so
high. With properly built ‘cheekings’
and rough stone lintels, these small
apertures allowed sheep to creep
through the walls from field to field.
It was a way of allowing the animals
access to different grazings or letting
sheep graze on steep rocky land that
was unsuitable for cattle.
To stop the passage through the gap,
you could temporarily either put in
a couple of stout wooden stakes or a
small door propped to by a couple of
large stones.
We have three of these creep holes
or gaps on the farm and when we have
rebuilt the wall, we have gone to a great
deal of trouble to replace them. Not
that they are any use to us now, except
to amuse my granddaughter, but we
like to keep a link with the past and
give future generations something to
ponder over.
Roger Cox
‘Highlights of Winter’ - a poem by Heather reeve
I am trying to find highlights in winter.
It isn’t easy to do.
Once you’ve made your way through the shortest day.
The chilblanes, the shopping, the flu.
But when curtains are drawn against darkness,
It’s cosy, in firelight glow.
With the cat on your knee and lights on the tree,
When outside’s the first fall of snow.
There’s the warm amber wash of the sunset,
A backcloth for black naked trees,
Which next day will gleam with a silver sheen
As they magically change and freeze.
So here are the highlights of winter.
Let’s turn it to pleasure, not pain.
Get your muffler and stick and capture it quick,
Before it all turns to rain.
Bakewell Library
Hello! I’ve kindly been allowed some
space to tell you a bit about the latest
goings on at Bakewell Library. Some of
you will be familiar with us already, but
for those of you who don’t currently
visit the library I hope some of this will
prove interesting and tempt you in!
It’s easy to think that your local
library is just for taking out a few
books occasionally, but there’s so
much more we do which people aren’t
always aware of. For instance, we
offer free internet access to library
members and visitors, either through
our public machines or public wi-fi,
and additional resources for free such
as the Ancestry family history website.
We can offer you free one-to-one
tuition on a variety of computer-based
topics, such as how to set up an email
account or how to safely use social
media. We can get you books in large
print, giant print, on tape or CD if you
have difficulty with regular-sized text.
We offer eBooks, eAudio Books and
most recently eMagazines, which are
all proving very popular. Though the
Mobile Library service has recently
been downsized, we still reach lots
of communities throughout the Peak
District, and have taken on many new
users for our Home Library Service,
where library staff and volunteers
will personally take books to those
who can’t get into a library. You can
also keep track of us online with our
Facebook, Twitter and Flickr pages.
We are currently running an Adult
Reading Challenge where you can enter
a prize draw to win a Hudl2 tablet if
you successfully read four books over
four different categories. There is also
a New Year Challenge for children,
consisting of ten individual fun
challenges covering Art, Astronomy,
Poetry, Cooking and more besides.
We celebrate 75 years of our library
with a talk from Dr Trevor Brighton on
Wednesday 4th February on Bakewell
in 1940, for which you can get tickets
by popping in to see us or ringing us on
01629 812267.
For those of you that we know well, we
look forward to seeing you throughout
2015, and those who would like to start
using our facilities, we look forward to
meeting you soon! Just bring some ID
with your address on into to the library
(or visit
libraries) to get your free library card!
Chris Bertenshaw
Assistant in Charge
Bakewell Library
Bakewell and ashford Film
Bakewell and Ashford Film Society’s
February screening will be the story
of Charles Dickens’ secret lover The
Invisible Woman (2013 cert. 12A)
at The Medway Centre, Bakewell on
Sunday 8th February at 7:30pm.
In the 1850s, Ellen Ternan is
a minimally talented actress who
catches the eye of the hailed British
author, Charles Dickens. Bored with
his intellectually unstimulating wife,
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Dickens takes the educated Ellen as
his mistress with the cooperation of
her mother. What follows is a stormy
relationship with this literary giant
who provides her with a life few
women of her time can enjoy. Yet,
Ellen is equally revolted by Charles'
emotional cruelty and determination
to keep her secret. In that conflict,
Ellen must judge her own role in her
life and decide if the price she pays is
There will be a short introduction
to the film and refreshments will be
served during the interval. Enjoy high
definition, wide screen and multichannel audio at BASH’s film nights.
Our 2014-15 programme of films is
available at
Members may borrow films from our
growing DVD/Blu-Ray library. Full
membership for one year: £24.00 (10
films), temporary membership: £8.00
(2 films), guest of a member: £5.00 (1
film). To join BASH contact: Cheryl
Mayfield, BASH treasurer, 22 Catcliffe
Cottages, Bakewell, DE45 1FL 01629
814770 or email [email protected]
We look forward to seeing you at
The Medway.
Joy Thower
We are a small, friendly and independent
pre-school. Our focus is on learning through
play in a stimulating and safe environment.
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Traditional village Pub serving
hearty, home-cooked food
lunchtime and evenings
Great Longstone
Pull up a seat and rest your feet
• Bar open all day Sat & Sun
• A Robinsons ‘Gold Award’ Pub
• Quiz Night every Friday from 9.30pm
• Large function room available
‘Free of charge’
• Beer Garden
• Open Fire
• Ramblers, Children & Dogs all welcome!
• Coach parties catered for by appointment
The Crispin Inn was awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 (Very Good) by Derbyshire Dales District Council
The Crispin Inn, Main Street, Great Longstone, Bakewell DE45 1TZ Open 7 days a week
Tel: 01629 640237
‘What’s Going On?’
A List of Local Groups and Societies (compiled by Sally Kehr)
Longstone Local History Group
We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. From October to April our meetings are in Great
Longstone Village Hall at 7:45pm. In May, June and July outings are organised to places of interest.
Look out for details of meetings in UTE. Contact Hilary Clarke on 01629 640373.
Great Longstone WI
We have been in existence for 90 years! Long may it continue! If you are unfamiliar with the
Womens Institute or have just moved into the village, we would like to tell you about our WI.
We meet on the first Wednesday of the month (with a couple of exceptions) at 7.30pm, in the
Village Hall. As it is sometimes very snowy in February, that meeting is at 2pm. After a short
business meeting, we have a speaker or demonstration. We usually manage a few lunches out
and a Christmas Party. We have a Walking Group which enjoys a 4/5 mile walk each month (that
is, if it’s not pouring with rain!)
Gt Longstone WI is part of a group of five local WIs, who meet twice a year, each WI hosting the
evening in turn. With larger audiences, we are able to invite really good speakers on a variety
of subjects. As well as our own activities, there are many organised by the Derbyshire County
Federation, ranging from cookery and craft to a trip to the JCB Factory.
If you would like to find out more about the WI, the website is
You would be very welcome to join us. Do come along to an evening meeting (posters on the
village notice board) or ring our President, Dawn Gregory (640437), for further details.
Longstone & District Horticultural Society
We have various talks and outings throughout the year and organise the annual Horticultural
Show. The Committee will be meeting in early March to decide on the outings/talks and will
publish the details in a later issue of Under the Edge. Contact Wendy Hanna on 01629 640503
Tinies Play and Praise
A Christian-funded group for parent/carers and their pre-school little ones. Join in the activity
songs, listen to the Bible stories, then have a coffee and chat whilst the children play. New Mums
and everyone are all welcome to join us in Great Longstone Village Hall on Tuesdays 10:15am –
11:45am, term time only. Contact June Fawcett for more details on 640424 or just call in to see us.
Local Churches
The Churches of St Giles, Great Longstone, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Wardlow, the
Methodist Chapel in Great Longstone and the Roman Catholic Church in Hassop hold regular
services, the Congregational Chapel in Little Longstone holds occasional services; see the inside
back page of UTE for the times.
Live & Local
Live & Local Regular events are held in the village hall, see notice boards and UTE for details
Bakewell and Ashford Film Society
Visit for the 2014-2015 programme of films. To join BASH contact Cheryl
Mayfield on 01629 814770
Snooker Club
Membership of the club is £10 annual subscription. The snooker table is located in Great
Longstone Village Hall. We are always looking to expand our numbers and new members will
be asked for a one off joining fee of £10.00 as well as their annual subscription. This will be
kept as a separate fund from which new equipment and other consumables can be purchased.
Current members have already paid into this fund and will only pay their annual subscription.
Thank you to all who have supported the club in the last few years. Your input is most valuable
and has helped to keep the club going as a local facility. Contact Ron Stokes tel 01629 640820
for more details.
Great Longstone Bridge Club
We have been established for 30 years and play Duplicate Bridge every Monday from 7pm to
10pm in Great Longstone Village Hall. We have over 40 members and are probably the friendliest
club around.
We welcome new members so why not come and have a look at us.
Contact Ted Ward on 01629 640442.
Accompanied Cycling along the Monsal Trail
If you would like to cycle on the Monsal Trail with others in a small group the following
opportunities are available:
- Monday - for ladies - meet at Hassop Station Car Park at 9:45am - to depart at 10:00am.
Hire of cycle is £6 - reduced from the usual £10. If you take your own bike there is no charge.
Ruth accompanies the group - they go in the direction of Monsal Viaduct, Litton etc - the distance
depends on the group on the day. On return to Hassop most of the group usually go to the cafe
for refreshment etc.
- Wednesday - open to all - lead by Paul from Derbyshire Dales - details re time/bike hire etc
as for Monday.
The Derbyshire Dales District Council Cycling Participation Officer is Ruth Taylor - Contact
details: 01629 761387 Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday - [email protected]
All levels welcome. Held in Longstone School Hall, Wednesday 7:45pm - 8:45pm. Contact Alison
Sumner for more details on 07740 123 394.
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Town End Yard
Richard Lane,Tideswell
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Messages from great Longstone parish council
Please don’t park at the road junctions within the village, to allow
good access for the gritting/snow ploughing vehicles to manoeuvre
about the village easily.
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The Parish Council have consulted the Peak Park about
maintenance work on the flowering cherry trees on the long
green. Their tree expert has advised that due to the condition and
age of the trees we should consider removing them and replacing
them with hawthorns. If you have any thoughts on this matter
please pass them on to the Clerk.
Parish Councillors are elected to serve for a period of four years.
There will be an election in May 2015, for the next period.
The Parish Council has 8 seats. There are currently 3 elected
members and 2 co opted members. Please see further articles
for information of the coming election also the following from
Derbyshire Dales.
Sarah Stokes
Parish Clerk
Tel: 01629 640851 email:[email protected]
LongStonE c.E. ScHooL
great Longstone, near Bakewell
Derbyshire DE45 1tZ
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Longstone Local History
‘Local lead mining’ by Tony
Wood in the Village Hall. 17th
Feb at 7:45pm. All welcome.
grand Jumble Sale in aid
of oxfam
Monday 2nd March
Bakewell Town Hall
Entrance 10p
Sale includes clothes, brica-brac, books, household
goods, jewellery, toys,
home produce, tombola.
Delicious refreshments
If you have any items to
donate, please telephone
814474 or 812784
Village Hall Pilates
All Levels Welcome
Wednesday evenings 7:45-8:45pm
The School Hall
Great Longstone
For more details
of this and other
classes in the area
please contact:
Alison Sumner
CVQ Level 3 Pilates
07740 123394
Parish Council Notes
As usual, readers are reminded
that the following is my own
interpretation of the meeting of
the Great Longstone Parish Council
that took place on Wednesday
14th January 2015. For the official
minutes please see the notice board
outside the school.
Public comments
One member of the public was
present but declined the opportunity
to speak and so the meeting was
official opened at 7:30pm.
None. All present.
Declaration of business
Hugh Wright declared his usual
interest in all things Derbyshire
County Council.
Minutes of the meetings held
on 12th November and 12th
December (emergency meeting
regarding Village Hall boiler)
Both sets of minutes agreed
without amendments.
Recreation ground
Two quotes have been received for
repairing the wire rope that holds
the birds nest swing (currently the
internal wires are beginning to break
and become exposed). The council
has received a recommendation
that any replacement should be
of the same material as currently
used. Taping up the exposed wire
seems to be working as a temporary
solution at the moment. A roll of
tape will be ordered to see the swing
through until the annual inspection
of playground equipment due in
Painting and staining of
jumbolander, swings, ship decking,
climbing wall and notice board
is waiting until later in the year.
Quotes are going to be sought for
the work. The moss will be treated
in spring.
Equipment for older children
No feedback has yet been received
on the new usage of the tennis court.
Councillors have not seen many
people using it, but put that down to
the time of year. Longstone Primary
school is to be contacted regarding
re-lining of the court.
An agreement for the Football
Club to use the recreation ground
was discussed. There is a 1984
agreement but it was deemed to
be a little out of date. The council
believed that the Cricket Club and
Football Club have met recently,
but they had not yet heard of any
new agreement coming out of that
The bench maintenance
programme for the year is starting
to be compiled. The Clerk will be
making a list of the ones in most
need of attention. It was also noted
that the gate at the top of Sunny
Bank needs re-staining.
The council has received a
report on the large cherry tree
that is located on the recreation
ground, near The Meadows. The
report recommended some kind
of ‘crowning’ that would reduce
the size of the tree and make it less
oppressive. It was mentioned that
there might be grants to cover 20%
of the cost.
Village greens
Two people responded regarding
the tree seat proposal that went
out in the December issue of Under
The Edge. One was against the
use of plastic seating and thought
the Parish Council should make
a stand to preserve the character
of the village. The other was an
offer of money to pay for a circular
seat if Parish Council funds were
tight. Peter Thompson and Caroline
Briggs made the point that even
though the proposed new material is
plastic, it does looks very wood-like,
and indeed is used in many other
places in the Peak Park (including
Chatsworth). A sample of the
material was passed around the
council which generated some
positive murmuring. A quote on a
plastic circular bench is going to be
As well as the cherry tree on the
recreation ground, the trees on the
‘long green’ (just off Main Street
between the school and the White
Lion) have been the subject of the
tree report received by the Parish
Council. The report recommends
felling them all and re-planting.
The council thought that this was a
little drastic although they did note
that the trees had become a little
large and inter-twined and have
very large roots that protrude above
the surface. The council wondered
whether ‘felling’ would mean that
these large roots would be left in
the ground, or dug up; the latter
was thought to be a very large job.
The council decided that it would
be interesting to consult the public
and a note will be put into UTE [see
page 7].
A thank you was given out to
the ‘Christmas Tree Fairy’ who
came and took the tree down. Also
there was a thank you to ex-queen
Charlotte Fawcett who happended
to be fortuitously on hand to switch
on the tree lights.
Footpaths and roads
Nothing to report on the Station
Road verge. On Moor Road it seems
that DCC have ‘had a go’ but haven’t
really solved the problem. James
Cox mentioned that there were
blocked drains at the corner of Glebe
Avenue and Station Road.
Wendy Long also mentioned that
the hawthorn trees on Hardrake
Lane are very overgrown now and
need some hacking back. Quotes
will be sought for this work. Bruno
to be consulted as to the scope of
the task.
A streetlight is out on Butts Road
and there is a flashing light on the
corner of Grisedale Road West and
Furnall Avenue.
Grit supplies were reported to be
plentiful. It was noted that there
hadn’t been much sign of council
gritting vehicles in the village during
the recent snowy spell around
Boxing Day. The council thought
that the response of DCC to the
snow had been disappointing and
discussed the situation regarding
using a local solution to be paid for
by the Parish Council. Hugh Wright
pointed out that under the previous
Chair there was a resolution passed
that gave the Chair the right to make
an executive decision to call in a
local person to plough/grit. Wendy
Long proposed that whenever
there is some more snow, if there
is no sign of DCC clearing local
roads, an unofficial ’snow patrol’ of
councillors will make the decision
to call the local person with plough
available for hire.
The council is going to put a notice
in UTE [see page 7] regarding car
parking when snow is forecast,
particularly in the area around
the bottom of Church Lane where
parking often causes access
problems for the milk lorry.
It was noted that the flooding
problem on Longreave Lane has
improved since the recent council
A sign has been knocked over
(during the Boxing Day snow) on
the triangle near Mires Bridge. The
clerk will report it to DCC.
Council administration
The Annual Parish Meeting is to be
repeated along the same lines as last
year. No Village Week is planned.
Elections for the Parish Council
will take part this year. This may
be advertised ahead of the event to
try to encourage interest from locals
to elicit some new members for the
council. A notice is to be drafted for
Under The Edge [see page 7].
Financial matters
Closing balances for current and
deposit accounts were £1,000.00
and £35,796.56 respectively, as of
31st December 2014.
Various payments were approved
(for more details see the official
The Parish Council has recently
replaced the boiler in the Village
Hall. They were not completely
happy with the lifespan of the last
boiler but the new one has come
with a ten year warranty so there
are hopes for better longevity this
time around.
The precept for 2015/16 was
discussed. Hugh Wright was
interested in knowing exactly how
much was spent last year versus
the precept but the Clerk had
not got the accounts to hand. In
recent years the precept has been
increased by 3% across the board
but Hugh Wright’s point was that a
News on the re-arrangement
more rigourous investigation into of bus routes in light of the Little
income and expenditure may be Longstone road closure. It was
valuable to check things have not noted that instead of ‘Ashford’ the
got out of line. It was noted that sign mentioned ‘Ashover’. This was
the current healthy levels of the a mistake and the sign’s author has
council’s deposit account indicated been made aware!
that not all the precept money was
At this point there was a discussion
being spent and that this was indeed regarding permission to play
intended to be the case in order cricket on the recreation ground
to build up reserves to cover big on Sundays. This related to the
expenditures, for example to meet previous point about the supposed
the anticipated need to re-surface meeting between the Football and
the tennis court. The council noted Cricket clubs. Copies of agreements
that inflation was currently lower, so dating back to the 1980s were
it was agreed to put forward a figure examined to see what was originally
of 2% on top of last year’s number.
agreed. Peter Thompson pointed
Quotes are going to be sought out that any previous Parish Council
from local auditors to perform the can only grant permissions for the
internal audit role for the Parish term of that council and each future
council would have to repeat the
Planning matters
permission for it to be valid.
The planning application for 1
Dates of next meetings
The Cross had received comments
The next meeting of the Great
from the Parish Council relating Longstone Parish Council will no
to: off-street parking, no visibility longer be held on Wednesday 11th
splays, parking, location plan and March due to lack of numbers. Instead
use of building, and flue height. the council will meet on Wednesday
See the PDNPA website for detailed 25th March. The following meeting
comments. The planning application will be Wednesday 13th May. Both
has been refused.
meetings will be at 7:30pm in Great
A planning application for a Longstone Village Hall.
proposed extension and alterations
The meeting officially closed at
to Thornbridge Manor Cottage was 9:20pm.
examined. The Parish Council had
Mark Taylor
no objections to the plans.
Police matters
Nothing major reported by Hugh
Great Longstone Parish
Wright. He commented that drinkCouncil Meetings
driving incidents had risen but road
accident numbers were down. [One
presumes no implied causality].
Wed 25th March 2015
Items of correspondence
Wed 13th May 2015
The council had received
Wed 8th July 2015
information for parents applying
9th September 2015
for infant/primary school places.
Wed 11th November 2015
[Parents can find information at the
following address: www.derbyshire.
Contact: Sarah Stokes, Clerk
to the Great Longstone Parish
There has been a DALC
Council, Longstone Byre,
communication regarding
Little Longstone DE45 1NN
combining Derby City, Amber Valley
and DCC to create a large authority
Tel: 01629 640851
with more power. For more
information please visit the DCC
Email: [email protected]
website and search for ‘combined
items of correspondence
Lady Maisery In concert
great Longstone Village Hall, thursday February 26th at 7:30pm
This young vocal and instrumental trio have blazed onto the scene in the last couple of years.
Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, The Demon Barbers), Hazel Askew (The
Askew Sisters) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery bring fresh interpretations of
traditional songs and ballads.
Between them they enchant with lovely rich harmonies and with performances on accordion,
harp, banjo, concertina, fiddle and the ban-sitar (a banjo/sitar made by Rowen's dad)…oh and
did we mention the clog dancing? You’ll want front row seats for that fancy footwork!
Lady Maisery are also one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of ‘diddling’ or tune
singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other
parts of Europe. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined
instrumental talents, be prepared to be delighted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes.
Pipped at the post for the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Artists at last year's BBC Radio 2
Folk Awards, and with their first album getting the kind of reviews one could only dream of,
Lady Maisery are on track for great things. Don't miss them at Great Longstone Village Hall!
Tickets £11 include complimentary interval drink
Available from Jane Littlefield 01629 640943, [email protected]
Also from Sally B’s Shop in Great Longstone
'Something for the Soul': Garth Hewitt in concert
Friday 13th March 2015 at 7:30pm.
all Saints church, Bakewell
This March Garth Hewitt will be playing
at All Saints Church. Many of you
will have heard of him as a singer or
through his links with Amos Trust
which he founded in 1985.
Garth Hewitt, troubadour, gospel
singer, protest singer and activist
released his first album in 1973, with
his most recent, ‘Something for the
Soul’, in 2014.
With more than 40 albums in
between Garth's rootsy storytelling
songs are influenced by country, folk
and blues. Garth will be singing songs
from his latest album reflecting hope
and protest, stories and Bethlehem
Touring tirelessly for 40 years Garth
has visited areas of poverty, conflict,
deprivation and disaster; prioritizing
friendships with local people and
bringing them encouragement, but
always returning to Europe and the
US with personal stories bringing
to life media headlines, keeping
individual’s stories at the forefront
when newspapers have forgotten, and
challenging the privileged to share and
to join the protest against injustice.
Profits from this concert will go
towards the work of the human rights
charity 'Amos Trust'.
During the evening a bar will be
Tickets £10 are available from
Bakewell church, Bakewell book and
gift shop, [email protected]
com, 01629 815284 and www.
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For All Your Essentials and MORE
The Longstone Village Shop
Fresh Bread, Eggs & Milk Daily
Butchery supplied from Geoff Mycock & Son,
Including: Sausage, Bacon, Pies, Joints, etc.
genuine Derbyshire oatcakes,
A Treat at Breakfast or Anytime
Bradwell’s Ice-cream
Traditional Sweets for All Ages
Mrs. Darlingtons Jams & Chutneys
Caudwell Mills Flour for Home Baking of Bread & Cakes
Reduced Prices Wherever Possible
Always Looking to Serve The Community
Sally B’s, Main St. Great Longstone. tele: 01629 640181
Sales this month totalled £1,050 helped
by £29 at the Bakewell Choral Society's
Christmas Concert. Total sales for 2014
were £9,263, a substantial amount but
still 10% less than in 2013.
Last month I mentioned Traidcraft's
Fair Necessities Appeal to help
smallholder families in developing
countries to grow more, earn more
and eat more. This was launched
to address the situation where such
farmers, while growing 70% of the
world's food, nevertheless make up
half of the world's hungriest people.
One such is Abdur Rahman, a
smallholder farmer in Bangladesh,
who has seen his life transformed
since joining a Traidcraft tea farmers
project. He struggled to earn a living
growing sugar cane on his small farm,
trying to provide the necessities which
his family needed. On joining the tea
farmers project he received training
and advice on growing his saplings, as
well as some starter saplings on credit,
to pay back when he made a profit. He
now earns more than double his best
year's earning from sugar cane.
The Fair Necessities project will
help many more such smallholders,
particularly as donations received
by the end of March, will be matched
pound for pound by the UK government.
Please send your donation to me at
Iona, Stanedge Road, Bakewell DE45
1DG. Cheques should be made payable
to Traidcraft (Bakewell).
Thank you.
Peter Bird (01629 813087 –
[email protected])
Life at thornhill House
If you need to contact Thornhill House,
our number is 01629 640034. Di
Duncan is our matron.
Volunteers are a very important
part of Thornhill House. They bring
to it another dimension, which is
irreplaceable. They compliment the
work that the staff do and enhance the
quality of life in the home.
We have volunteers who take
morning coffee and biscuits around to
all the residents. Volunteer visitors are
also welcomed. They visit on a regular
basis so that residents get to know
them. They may visit more than one
resident and occasionally, they may be
the only visitor that a resident gets. We
have one lady who sits with new ‘day
care’ people and helps them to settle
into life at Thornhill House.
Many of the members of staff
generously give their time to help
residents on trips out and residents
are very happy to be accompanied by
members of staff who understand their
needs and requirements.
There is also a team of volunteers
who deliver Meals on Wheels (hot and
freshly cooked from our kitchen) 365
days a year, to people in the village.
The volunteers often remark how
much they enjoy meeting and getting
to know the people they are helping.
They are certainly greatly appreciated
by Thornhill House. All our volunteers
are given help, guidance and continued
support by Sophie and Di. If you
would like to join us, please phone
Di or Sophie on 01629 640034. We
are always happy to welcome new
Lucy Wright
road closure
Water mains renewal work in Little
Longstone has begun and is expected
to last until March/April 2015, your
water supply may be temporarily
affected during this work.
The road will be closed from the
junction at Monsal Head/Castlegate
Lane through Little Longstone to
Moor Road in Great Longstone.
community transport
- Free training for Drivers
MiDAS is the award winning Minibus
Driver Awareness Scheme, accredited to
the Community Transport Association.
It is a nationally recognised standard for
the assessment and training of minibus
drivers and is designed to enhance
driving standards and promote the safe
operation of minibuses.
This certificated MiDAS qualification
leads to work within the voluntary
sector offering an opportunity to
support the community by assisting
with trips and tours throughout the
Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.
The training, which includes both
practical and short classroom sessions,
can be completed over a limited period,
usually in half days or two hourly
sessions and is offered completely free.
Following the training, opportunities
for utilising your new skills will be
provided at Community Transport
enabling you to build your expertise
on a voluntary basis. After a period
gaining experience you would receive
early notification of any paid positions
which may arise.
If you have been driving for more
three years and would like to take
this opportunity please contact
Community Transport on 01629
641920. Places are limited so early
contact is recommended.
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a Word for today from
great Longstone Methodist
Dear Friends,
February is usually a cold, bleak
month, when people are at a low
ebb, having suffered over the winter
season from colds, influenza, and
other ailments. The days begin to
drag a little, and it is easy to forget
that each day is of priceless value and
should be greatly appreciated. Each
day offers the opportunity of work,
leisure, rest, meeting people, helping
others, renewing friendships and
strengthening our friendship with God.
Perhaps what is required is an inner
awareness that today is a precious gift
from God, and to respond by giving
thanks. Such gratitude will put a spring
in our step, and give us a wider vision
for today.
There are people, sadly, who today
face a further continuation of grief and
pain. However, even in the deepest and
darkest sorrows, there are moments
when the pattern is broken, and light
and peace bring relief. Cling to these
moments and thank God for them.
Giving thanks lifts our thoughts away
from self to God, and that is always
healing. As we give thanks we open our
lives to God, allowing Him to work in us
in His Holy Spirit, who is the Comforter.
We will discover as we turn to God that
these brief moments of brightness will
stretch out to hours and even a day.
We can take heart for that day will
become today, and today is a precious
gift from God.
May Gladwin
Methodist minister
It is with sadness that we record the deaths of:
Elizabeth Ann (Liz) Mills, née Broome, of priestcliffe but
previously of Rowdale and Moor View Cottage, Great
Longstone, who died on 28th December aged 71,. The funeral
on 17th January was at St giles’ church, followed by burial in
the churchyard. Liz is survived by her son tim and daughter
Virginia (‘Tigger’) and their families.
Berenice (Berry) Longton of Whaley Bridge (formerly of Great
Longstone) who died at home on 30th December, aged 80.
Berry’s funeral was St giles’ church on 19th January, followed
by burial in the churchyard. Berry is survived by her husband
robert, stepsons Mark and robert, and their families.
Both Liz’s and Berry’s families would like to thank the bellringers
and choir for their help at the funerals.
Lillian May Beatrice (Billie) Williams of Thornhill House,
who died on 2nd January, aged 90. Billie’s funeral was at St
Lawrence’s, Eyam on 22nd January, followed by cremation at
Hutcliffe Wood. She is survived by her sons David, Graham,
and paul, daugters-in-law gwyneth, Bev, and anne, and their
May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
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Tel/Fax 01629 583202
Email: [email protected]
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Dear Friends,
What’s it all about, Alfie? Do you
remember the song? I don’t . . . only that
line. I say to myself about Lent, What’s it
all about? Giving up things? Chocolates?
No problem. I don’t much like them
anyway. Crisps? Well, I’ve confessed in
a previous UTE to my quasi addiction
there. But I can survive 40 days (that’s
Lent minus Sundays) without them.
Alcohol? As above.
Or is it more about, as a vicar of my
childhood parish taught, taking up
things: being kind to someone you didn’t
like; doubling what you give to a charity;
getting up earlier in the morning;
doing at least one really good deed you
wouldn’t otherwise have done each day?
The Church Fathers (that is, the
people who really thought deeply on
these things) said that Lent called
us specially to three things: fasting,
almsgiving, and prayer.
Fasting: Because we’re called to be
like Jesus and Jesus fasted. To impress
on ourselves that we are physical
beings and therefore mortal. To become
(however minimally) aware of the
hunger of others and by consuming a
little less than we need (certainly not
consuming more than we need) to leave
something for others.
Almsgiving: To imitate God who gives
without regard to our worthiness, even
ours. To redress in however minor a
way (but if everyone did it, it wouldn’t
be minor) the injustice of our world.
To make reparation for our sins and
Prayer: This is the essence of it.
Fasting and Almsgiving are like the
outward and visible signs (sacraments)
of this inward grace: the grace Christ
gives us to draw nearer to him. Whatever
we do in Lent is to be done for him,
because of him, that we may become
more like him; that we may grow into
his likeness.
Fast: yes: that’s what he did; that’s
what we need to do. Give alms: yes: to
give of ourselves, to give for others, to
atone for a sinful world as he did. Pray:
yes, because he did, interceding for all
people, you and me included. In Lent
we go deeper into the life of Christ to
join our prayer to his: for the world’s
forgiveness and its salvation, and for
As one of those Church Fathers I
mentioned put it in the 5th century:
Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is
the lifeblood of fasting. If we have not all
three together, we have nothing.
One liturgy I know calls Lent ‘this
joyful season’. And so it should be,
because it is given us to draw nearer
to Christ and to know more deeply the
unbounded love of God shown us in the
gift of his Son, whose Resurrection we
wait to celebrate with joy and happiness
at Easter.
Merciful God,
you called us forth from the dust of
the earth,
and claimed us for Christ in the waters
of baptism.
Look upon us with mercy as we enter
these Forty Days
and bless our journey through this
Lenten season.
May our fasting be hunger for justice;
our alms, a making of peace;
our prayer, the prayer of humble and
grateful hearts.
All that we do and pray is in the name
of Jesus,
for in his Cross and Resurrection you
proclaim your love
for ever and ever. Amen.
May you have a holy and joyful Lent,
In May we’ll be holding a Confirmation.
Please get in touch with Lida (01629814255; <[email protected]>) or either
of the churchwardens if you’d like to
consider being confirmed.
Lent Course
A ‘short and very readable book’.
That’s one of the blurbs on Rowan
Williams’ Meeting God in Mark, which
the Archdeacon recently commended
to us as a possible Lent book. Taking up
her suggestion, we’ll use it as the basis of
our Lent course for, while Rowan brings
his scholarship to the book, his main
concern is to deepen our relationship
with the subject of the Gospel: Jesus
Christ. We’ll meet on Tuesday afternoons
at 4:30 (cup of tea included) for about an
hour, from Tuesday 24th February until
the Tuesday in Holy Week, 31st March.
You can buy the book online (I suggest
use which works
with book dealers rather than Amazon)
or from a bookstore, or I will get you a
copy. The cost is between £7-£9). As the
book is only 83 pages long, the amount
we’ll read each week is very modest, but
I hope will be of use in our keeping of
Lent and en-joy-ment of Easter.
The course will be held in Curbar
Notes from St Giles’
Would you believe it! Just as I thought
the fall of snow on the weekend of
17/18th January had almost cleared
on the access road between the White
Lion and Longstone School, more snow
arrives and we are back to square one.
Facing north, like many homes in the
village, these areas always take longer
to clear. Certainly the road between the
school and pre school entrances have
been extremely slippery. I managed to
lose my footing and fall there a couple
of years ago. As many of us know it is
so easy to fall and injure yourself in
this weather.
For people like me who rely on the
buses, it is taking a bit of time to get
used to the shuttle service between
Great Longstone and Bakewell, while
the water main work gets underway in
Little Longstone. Even our motorists
can’t come through Little Longstone,
so each journey has to make a detour
at some point (better known as the
‘scenic route’!) As we get accustomed
to the alterations, hopefully the work
will be able to get moving quickly as
the weather improves. Spare a thought
for everyone in Little Longstone
throughout the upheaval, and we will
all be very pleased when things get
back to normal.
On a brighter note the snow can look
beautiful, and the snowdrops and even
some primula are blooming in St Giles’
churchyard. Spring is on the way.
Life is tranquil at St Giles’ during
February. On Sunday 1st we celebrate
the Presentation of Christ in the
Temple, also known as Candlemas
(brought forward from 2nd February).
Simeon, a devout man of Jerusalem, had
a revelation from the Holy Ghost that
he would not die until he had seen ‘the
Lord’ Christ. Simeon was at the Temple
when Joseph and Mary presented
Jesus. He took the child and blessed
God saying, “Lord, now lettest thou,
thy servant, depart in peace according
to the Word, for my eyes have seen thy
salvation”. This is the beginning of the
Nunc Dimittis, which together with the
Magnificat, is sung or said on every
occasion when Evensong is celebrated.
Lent begins on 18th February, Ash
Wednesday, with Daily Lent Prayers
at 8am and sung Eucharist at 7pm in
St Giles’. As part of our preparation
for Good Friday and Easter, the Daily
Prayers are held each day, Monday to
Saturday, until the Holy Saturday on
4th April. Easter Sunday is 5th April.
Take care everyone. In this weather
we need good neighbours more than
any other time.
Pam Smith
St. giles’ gt. Longstone
church of the good
Shepherd, Wardlow
1st: presentation of Christ in the Temple
Holy Communion
Morning Worship
8th: 3rd Sunday before Lent
Parish Communion
Parish Communion
15th: Sunday next before Lent
Holy Communion
Parish Communion
18th: Ash Wednesday
Curbar Eucharist
Stoney Middleton Eucharist
Great Longstone Eucharist
22nd: Lent 1
Morning Worship
Parish Communion
1st : Lent 2
Holy Communion
Morning Worship
February in the Garden
Fruit - Complete the pruning of fruit trees and continue planting
in suitable conditions. It’s your last chance to complete winter
spraying with tar oil wash. Cut back autumn fruiting raspbe ries
to about 15cm of the ground and trim the tops of canes of summer
fruiting raspberries. Prune figs. Spray outdoor peaches, apricots,
and nectarines with a fungicide to control peach leaf curl. It is important to do this as a ‘preventative’ rather than to try it later as
a ‘cure’.
Roses - Prune towards the end of the month. Pruning of Winter
Jasmine should be done as soon as the flowers fade.
Lawns - Spike lawns with a fork if surface drainage is poor. You
can even give the lawn a light trim towards the end of the month,
if weather conditions permit.
Greenhouse - Keep ventilating greenhouses when the weather
is mild, but do close up from late afternoon to ‘store’ some heat
through into the night. Clean up the greenhouse prior to spring
Bulbs - Bulbs which have finished flowering indoors can be planted straight from their containers into the garden, weather permitting. Carefully separate into single bulbs firstly. Apply a dressing of
fish blood and bonemeal.
General tasks - It is a good idea to find out what your soil is like
especially if you have a new garden or allotment. A soil testing kit
will enable you to determine not only the pH of your soil, but some
will show if there is a deficiency in nitrogen, phosphate, or potash.
This is a good month for a dressing of bonemeal to shrub borders
and beds. It takes a few weeks before it starts to break down in the
soil, so it will be a ready source of plant food when the plants need
it in a few weeks.
great Longstone
Methodist chapel
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Local Minister – Revd. David Briggs
Tel. No. 812195
1st Feb. - 10:30 am - Mrs Beryl Briddon
8th Feb. - 10:30 am - Rev.d David Briggs
15th Feb. - 10:30 am - Imogen Rush
22nd Feb. - 10:30 am - Sister Mavis
The Chapel will be open on the first
Wednesday morning of the month
between 9-10 am for quiet prayer and
meditation. All are welcome to come
and stay for as short or long time as
they wish.
Little Longstone
Congregational Chapel
Sunday 15th February
Sunday 22nd March
all services are at 3pm
Life’s about making the
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What’s on
a note From the Editor
28th to 31st January - Youlgreave Pantomine ‘Mother Goose’
4th February 2015 - WI Meeting 2pm Village Hall
4th to 7th February - Youlgreave Pantomine ‘Mother Goose’
8th February - BASH film screening (page 2)
16th February 2015 - Little Longstone Parish Council meeting. 7pm Little
Longstone Chapel
17th February - Longstone Local History Group talk (page 7)
26th February - Lady Maisery in concert (page 10)
7th March - Oxfam jumble sale, Bakewell (page 7)
13th March - Garth Hewitt in concert, Bakewell (page 10)
21st March - ‘Hungry Heart’ (Live and Local). An evening of Italian story
telling, food and wine. Great longstone Village Hall. Tickets £12
25th March - Next meeting of the Great Longstone Parish Council
Bakewell Medical Centre
01629 816636
Baslow Health Centre
01246 582216
Church Lane, Baslow
normal Surgery opening times
Mon 8am to 8:00 pm (unless it’s a bank holiday), Tues 8am to 6:30pm, Wed 7am to 6.30pm,
Thurs and Fri 8am to 6.30 pm.
We do not close for lunch.
normal Surgery opening times
Monday (07:30 until 19:30)
Tuesday to Friday 08:00 to 18:30
(Closed Bank Holidays)
closed for training
The Surgery will close 1.30pm on Wednesday
18th February 2015 and will not re-open until
8am on the 19th.
Surgery closures
Our next half day closures for training are:
Wednesday afternoons 18th Feb and 18th Mar
We will be sending a letter out to every patient
in due course regarding our appointments
gp appointments
These can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance
via the internet and 1 week in advance via
telephone/reception. Nurse appointments
can be booked up to 3 months in advance, via
pharmacy Application: The Practice would like
to thank you for the overwhelming support that
we have seen regarding the pharmacy application to open in Baslow, threatening our current
service provision. We will let you know any
developments as soon as we know them.
new opening times – Whitworth a&E
Please note the Minor Injuries Unit at Whitworth Hospital is now open 8am to 10pm.
111 – Please remember if you need to seek
medical advice and the surgery is closed please
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The Packhorse Inn
Little Longstone
David and Lorraine welcome
you to The Packhorse.
Small parties catered for!
Excellent hand-pulled ales and
quality home cooked food are
available from 12 – 3.00pm and
6-9.00pm daily. Quiz night on
Thursday with ‘A Bingo Twist’ at
9.00pm with proceeds going to
Air Ambulance.
Children, dogs and walkers are
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Telephone 01629 640471