Alstonefield Parish Spring Clean – Saturday 19th March
Please meet as usual outside the Village Hall, bringing your own tools and equipment. Tasks will be allocated on arrival. However, if you notice particular jobs that need attention, please contact any member of the Parish Council beforehand. All are welcome to come along and help with this annual ‘tidy-up’ operation. Please support us!
Alstonefield Local History Group
The first meeting of the new Alstonefield Local History Group was held on 20 January. We had a very positive and productive discussion and it was agreed that the digitisation of photographs, videos and memories was a priority. This will ensure that the past of the village is not lost for the future.
We are looking for any items that could be copied/scanned and preserved in a digital format for use in future projects, research etc.
If you have anything that would be of interest to the group and are able to scan it yourself, please do so and e-mail it direct to firstname.lastname@example.org. All items should be fully labelled, including who, what, where and when. If you do not have the facility to scan items yourself, then please contact Susan Wilding on 310025 who will arrange for the items to be scanned on your behalf.
The next meeting of the group will be held on Tuesday 16 February at 7.00 in the village hall. Everyone is welcome to join us in this new and exciting project for the village
Superfast Broadband has arrived in Alstonefield! – 17th December 2015
Superfast broadband (fibre) is now available in Alstonefield – for speeds up to 38 MbpS! Please contact your Internet Service Provider to place an order – obviously individual packages/costs will vary.Those that don’t have any need for Superfast broadband may be interested to know that you should be able to ask your ISP to convert you to the ’21st century network’ (copper network) at the exchange to achieve speeds of up to 19 MbpS, without additional charge. There have been some reports of ‘automatic upgrades’ to this service, so check with your ISP. To check your broadband speed, go to http://speedtest.btwholesale.com/.
Urban Folk Quartet @ Alstonefield Village Hall – 28th Nov.
We had a full house, they came and rocked us from the start. There was dancing in the aisles, great to see Dave and Val on their feet, standing ovations and they blew us all away. Great! (Alan Hassall)
Moorlands Connect Bus Service
Since the beginning of October 2015 there has been a regular timetabled bus service to and from Alstonefield. There is no need to book. Buses will leave the Memorial Hall for Ashbourne on Tuesdays and Thursdays and for Buxton on Fridays. For more information, or to book your Dial a Ride service, please telephone 01335342951 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning – Friday 25th September
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the Coffee Morning in Alstonefield such a great success. We raised a grand total of £888.25! Full breakdown and information by clicking here
Perfect Finale as Gargoyles Chase Game Hunters Away
It’s a big responsibility hosting a touring side whose expressed desire is simply to play cricket in the most beautiful settings imaginable, especially when they play in the stately surroundings of Chatsworth the day before.
What transpired on the most glorious Sunday afternoon of the summer, was the complete embodiment of village cricket and a timely reminder to all involved of why the game is played. In the last match of what has been one of their most successful seasons, this encounter also demonstrated just how far Alstonefield Cricket Club has developed, in both cricketing ability and ground facilities. The club was honoured to have Councillor Gill Heath in attendance to formally open the new marquee changing rooms, generously supported by the Staffordshire County Council Local Community Fund. To defeat the Hampshire based White Hunters and their eccentricities, in particular their ‘Not Out First Ball’ rule, while making them feel most welcome and wanting more, is of course the balancing trick for all hosts.
This time, the Gargoyles were pitch perfect …
Community Speed Watch
Alstonefield has a Speed Watch Group. It has been set up to try to deal with the speeding problem on the Rakes.
So that everyone can understand what it is about there is now a page devoted to it with a link under ‘VILLAGE GENERAL’ on the right of this page, and here.
Alstonefield Remembers its Soldiers
Since 2011 records detailing the lives of the servicemen of the village and surrounding area who died in the two World Wars have been contained in the Alstonefield Remembrance Book.
To commemorate the centenary of the start of World War 1, the book has been updated and expanded following further research particularly of local records. The research to date has provided a more extensive record of the lives of each man from or with an association to the village and includes photographs, local newspaper cuttings, army records and census returns. We appreciate the considerable amount work undertaken by Susan Wilding on this project.
The book is available for all to read in St Peter’s church or on the Alstonefield Remembrance Book page, where each soldier’s record can be accessed.
Lance Corporal Sydney Gilman, killed in action March 1918 and awarded the Military Medal
And the clock chimed…
The Church Tower restoration has been completed click here to see the update.
Derbyshire Life ‘Perfect Peakland Alstonefield’ – June 2014
For those who didn’t see the Derbyshire Life magazine article on Alstonefield in the June issue, click ‘Perfect Peakland Alstonefield