New opponents, big changes in the batting order and the weather, could not deter Alstonefield CC from recording their sixth consecutive win of the season.

Duffield CC were first time visitors to the hills, fielding a team of well coached youth led by some seasoned league veterans. Given the difference in average ages of the two teams, they would have been as amazed as the hosts themselves by the sheer audacity of the Gargoyles’ catching. In this record breaking start to the season, the one facet of their game yet to reach the heights had been the ability to hold on to catches at crucial moments. On Sunday, 7 of the 9 Duffield wickets to fall were catches and some were far from regulation…



A wonderful setting at Alstonefield for the first ever game against Duffield. A lot of hard work during the week paid dividends, with the ground looking stunning …


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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…


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Unlike Thursday’s election contest, the result of this match was never in doubt from the third over of the first innings. A record winning margin of 10 wickets against the one club they had never beaten, were two more milestones for Alstonefield CC on Sunday. Five wins in five matches, the longest winning sequence in the club’s history, completes a fine start to the 2017 season.  

Alstonefield Cricket Club’s winning Team against Brailsford :

Back Row :  A Farmer, L Duffy, S Smith, W Siddons, W Stupples, S King                               Front Row :  B King, H Jones, A Bray (Capt.), I McKay, N Shotton

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Village events – what’s coming up

  • Saturday 24 June – WAKES WEEKEND
    – 10am – 4pm: Local History Group presentation in the village hall (showing new online database, with photographic, scanning and audio recording equipment available for items brought in) – more details on the History Group page
    – 7.30pm – FORDANTE “From Puccini to the Movies and more…” Concert in St Peter’s church – more details on the Events page
  • Saturday 29 July – Jon Allen (support: Lesley Pike) – SOLD OUT (call for cancellations 01335 310322) PLEASE NOTE The Box & Hounds will be selling their wood-fire pizzas in the village this evening (all welcome).
  • Saturday 19 August – The Haley Sisters – buy tickets
  • Saturday 30 September – CHARITY CONCERT in aid of the Lisieux Trust – with Tom McConville + Martyn Wyndham-Read  Tickets, including food, are £12 – call 01335 310322 or email hopedalemusic@btinternet.com

Full details of these and events later in the year are available here. Our latest News Release is available here.



Equalling their longest winning run, Alstonefield CC pulled off a remarkable victory at Wootton on Sunday. From scaling the batting heights at Sutton on the Hill a week earlier, the Gargoyles were reeling at 9 for 4 within 20 minutes of the start of play. To fashion a win from there against a talented Wootton side, says a lot about their self-belief and palpable team spirit. And it wasn’t the form players of the season so far who turned it round…

Alstonefield’s ending score at Wootton on Sunday, setting up a remarkable win against talented opposition.










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New Arrivals on the Dove

Birdlife activity on the Dove is in full swing.  Shown here are photos of a Dipper with food for its young, and a Goosander with chicks in tow….

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Photos by Dave Singleton

Alstonefield Parish Spring Clean

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Parish Spring Clean on 18th March.  We achieved a tremendous amount between us in a relatively short space of time,  and enjoyed a very communal lunch afterwards.

St Peter’s Church

For information about services in May & early June, please click here

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. Fireproof cabinet

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 submissions@alstonefieldhg.org.uk. 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.

Flowers on display at New Year MarketThere 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

img_6981-copyThe 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

macmllan-logoMany thanks to everyone who helped with the Coffee Morning in September.  A great turnout and your generosity is much appreciated. Together we raised the magnificent sum of £620.82

  Fond Farewell to Parish Council Chair

Dot (Copy)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!



Superfast Broadband  has arrived in Alstonefield!

From December 2015, Superfast broadband (fibre) became 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/.

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.

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