Carrie’s winning cake – category ‘naked cake’ – at the Manifold Show

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!

Great feedback on Alstonefield concerts

We often get nice comments after our village concerts, and the feedback after the last concert (Jon Allen on 29 July) via the website and our events Facebook page has been very positive. Here are just a few examples:

“Great night thank you. We came down from Scotland to see Jon and loved it, as always. Looking forward to new album.”

“Great night was had by all!”

“What a fabulous evening. Thanks again to the artists, the team in the hall and to the Box and Hound team.”

“What a great venue and so well organised. Jon Allen brilliant as usual.”

“I just wanted to let you know what an amazing evening we had at the Jon Allen concert on Saturday. We came up from Cheltenham especially for the event and stayed at the welcoming and wonderful Alsonefield Manor. We loved the intimate gig, the friendliness of the people, great pizza from the Box & Hound, super little bar (thanks for all your hard work). Thanks to Martin and all involved for organising the gig, Special mention for the great sound in the hall. We shall definitely be checking out the website for more gigs in the future… Thanks to everyone at Alstonefield – what a fabulous village you have.”

Village events – what’s coming up

  • 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 + Pete Shirley + Selena Hawker  Tickets, including food, are £12 – call 01335 310322 or email hopedalemusic@btinternet.com
  • Saturday 14 October – Gilmore & Roberts (BBC Radio 2 award winners) – buy tickets

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

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.

Wakes Weekend

The weather stayed fair (but a bit chilly!) for this year’s Wakes Weekend, culminating in the outdoor Sunday Service on 25 June, with Warslow Brass Band in attendance.

Alstonefield Cricket Club continues its unabated run of success with a 9th consecutive win!

Gargoyles have depth!

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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.

Click here to read full report

Duffield CC 2nd July –  Click here to read report

Ashbourne CC 25th June  –   Click here to read report

Gargoyles winning habit is catching!

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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Spotted Flycatchers

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…

Photo by Dave Singleton : Click on image to enlarge





 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!



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