CHATSWORTH DEMOLISHED BY GARGOYLES
It is always the match to play in and to have your friends and family see you play in. And so it was on Sunday, that in front of by far the biggest crowd of the season, Alstonefield CC took on the mighty Chatsworth CC in view of the glistening edifice and thousands of onlookers. It is a form of cricketing paradise, to step out of the thatched pavilion onto the freshly mown turf and look up at the magnificent Cavendish home as the herds of sheep migrate along the adjacent hillside to follow the sun’s rays. The toss was won and Gargoyles’ captain Andy Bray had no hesitation in batting first.
Village events – what’s coming up
- Saturday 30 September – CHARITY CONCERT in aid of the Lisieux Trust – with Tom McConville + Martyn Wyndham-Read + Pete Shirley + Selena Hawker Tickets, including food, are £12 – call 01335 310322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saturday 7 October – Classic Rock Night – with the Rotters & DJ Bongo – fundraiser for the cricket club. Tickets £5 tel. 01335 310037
- Saturday 14 October – Gilmore & Roberts (BBC Radio 2 award winners) – buy tickets
- Saturday 11 November – Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe – award-winning singer songwriters in rare duo concert – buy tickets
- Saturday 2 December – Sally Barker – the voice that made Sir Tom Jones cry on BBC TV’s ‘The Voice’ – buy tickets
Full details of these and events later in the year are available here.
Urgent: Moorlands Connect Bus Service
Since the beginning of October 2015 there has been a regular timetabled bus service to and from Alstonefield.
Buses leave the Memorial Hall for Ashbourne on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for Buxton on Fridays, (or you can book a Dial-a-Ride service by telephoning 01335 342951 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday).
This service is a lifeline for many residents, but is now under review by Staffordshire County Council and this could lead to closure of the service in 2018.
S.C.C. are asking for your views on the bus journeys it currently subsidises, so please make your views known by following the link below:
The consultation only runs until Sunday 17th September 2017, so please don’t delay!
Alstonefield Education Trust
Are you a young person or do you know a young person, under the age of 25, who is currently undertaking some form of learning? Well, the trustees of the Alstonefield Educational Charity are interested in receiving applications for grants to assist in the education of children and young people, under the age of 25 and resident in the parish of Alstonefield or its neighbourhood.
Grants are not restricted to young people in further or higher education but are available to all children and young people for educational purposes where a need for some financial support can be shown – for instance: extracurricular, leisure or out of school activities. Grants are also available for organisations or groups involved in sponsoring educational activities for our children or young people.
Each application will be considered by the Trustees at their meeting in October 2017 and grants awarded at their discretion.
Applicants in Year 7 and above are required to complete an application form, available here.
Applicants below year 7 or groups should submit their application in letter, giving details of what the grant is required for and how it would be of benefit to the individual or group.
Please forward all applications to Siobhon Hayes, 5 Harpur Crewe Cottages, Alstonefield, Ashbourne, DE6 2GD, to arrive no later than 30 September 2017.
Alstonefield Cricket Club continues its unabated run of success with a 9th consecutive win!
Gargoyles have depth!
Thirty minutes into this absorbing match, the thought of unbeaten runs looked as distant a memory as Dave Singleton in whites. Indeed, any sort of run would have been welcome. 17 for 4, nearly 10 overs gone and one of the best bowlers ever to do damage in Alstonefield, still had 3 overs up his sleeve. On a glorious afternoon, Abbots Bromley had come to make a day of it and winning was clearly going to be at the heart of their fun. No youth development players for this one, they fielded a side full of current Derbyshire league experience, including a wicket keeper who stands up to a genuinely fast bowler and takes every ball cleanly. It doesn’t take long to spot the signs of a tough match to come.
Duffield CC 2nd July – Click here to read report
Ashbourne CC 25th June – Click here to read report
Pictured below a pair of spotted flycatchers, on feeding duty at a nest site in Milldale. These small birds ( only 6″ long) are summer visitors from central Africa and are the last to arrive here (latter part of May) and first to depart (end of August). During the last 25 years numbers have declined in the UK by 50%, so consider yourself lucky if you happen to see one…
Alstonefield Local History Group
The History Group was re-established last year and has now produced a constitution. With funding from Staffordshire County Council Community Fund, we’ve also been able to purchase a fireproof cabinet to keep any locally-held contributions safe.
We are always pleased to receive any items for potential loan or deposit; or documents that could be copied/scanned and preserved in a digital format. If you have anything that you think would be of interest to the group and are able to scan it yourself, please do so and e-mail it direct to email@example.com. 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 Gordon Campbell on 07919 353 800, who will arrange for the items to be scanned on your behalf. Please note we own a dedicated scanner that can scan from above a variety of documents up to A3 size, so there is no risk of damaging the spine of books etc. during the process.
If you’d be interested in joining the Group, just make contact on 01335 310121 or come along to one of our meetings in the hall, which normally take place on the second Wednesday of the month – we’d love to see you! For more information on our work, visit the Local History Group page.
New Year’s Market
The sixth New Year Indoor Market was held in Alstonefield Village Hall on Saturday 7th January from 10am until 2pm. The weather was kind, and there was an excellent attendance from all around Derbyshire and Staffordshire Moorlandsm thanks to the publicity by local press, radio and on Facebook.
There were many different stalls, including Notty Hornblower’s period fashion costumes and accessories; bric-a -brac; craft dolls; handmade wooden pens and pencils; a beautiful dolls house; homemade jams, preserves and chutney; books galore; cards of local scenes painted by Alstonefield artist, Jean Goodwin; an Aloe Vera stall; and an attractive flower-barrow laden with beautiful arrangements. Homemade hot refreshments were served from the kitchen.
Visitors were delighted to be entertained during the market while enjoying their drinks and soup by the Manifold Trio; flute, clarinet and bassoon, led by Cathy Reavy. There was a lovely festive atmosphere created in the hall by their lively music.
Alstonefield celebrates 30 Years of Carol Suppers with Dorothy
The end of an era was celebrated in splendid style in the Village Hall, marking Dorothy Critchlow’s final year of organising Carol Suppers in aid of Cancer Research. Many tributes were paid and floral presentations were made to Dorothy by a representative of Cancer Research UK and also by the Clockwinders, who have performed at the Carol Suppers over the past 10 years. The photograph shows Dorothy and Doris applauding another memorable performance by the Clockwinders. Thank you to everyone who has helped in organising these suppers.
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – for Macmillan Cancer Support
Fond Farewell to Parish Council Chair
The Parish Council wishes to give a big thank-you to Dot Griffin for her work as Chair over the past 6 years. After over 8 years serving as a member of the Council, Dot has decided to move on for personal reasons. Pictured here with Vice-Chair, Noel Peat at farewell celebrations, Dot will be very much missed by us all. Thank you Dot!
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.
Derbyshire Life ‘Perfect Peakland Alstonefield’ – June 2014
For those who didn’t see the Derbyshire Life magazine article on Alstonefield in the June 2014 issue, click ‘Perfect Peakland Alstonefield