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Next Saturday (November 1st) in The Village Hall

CEILIDH 2014

Featuring The Festival Ceilidh Band and Alstonefield Casseroles & Puds!

(FUND RAISER FOR St PETERS)

Limited to 60 tickets.   Licensed bar. Tickets £12 (Under 14 £6)

Door 7pm for 7.30 start. Finish time 10.30 pm (approx.)

BOX OFFICE:    01335 310322

OR :  hopedalemusic@btinternet.com

 Shoebox Appeal 2014

Shoeboxes will be blessed at the Remembrance Day Service (9.30am) on Sunday 9th November. For more details please click here

The Fishpond Choir to perform by Candlelight

Another opportunity to hear the Fishponds Choir perform at St. Peter’s Church, on this occasion  by candlelight.  The programme will include ‘Walking in the Air’, ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Panis Angelicus’ and ‘Rockin around the Christmas Tree’.  Please support this Christmas Concert and come along to hear the sounds of a wonderful choir on Saturday 29th November at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10 adults, £3 children, £20 family ticket (2+2), which includes an interval glass of wine, soft or hot drink, and stollen.  Available from Cathy on 310125 or email cathyreavy@gmail.com to reserve.  Also from Natural Choice in Ashbourne. To view the full provisional programme, please go to the Alstonefield Events page.

 

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

Fitting Finale for Fine Season

Alstonefield team together with Invitation XI at the close of play…

This match perfectly summed up the Gargoyles’ 2014 season. A beautiful summer’s day, a fast and true wicket and two very good evenly matched teams, both full of wily experience and the exuberance of youth. The result too was a fair reflection of so many matches in this campaign, with Ian McKay’s Chairman’s Invitation XI narrowly edging past captain Simon Smith’s Alstonefield Club XI by 3 wickets, with less than two overs to spare.

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Harvest Flowers

If you haven’t seen the harvest flowers in Church yet, go and take a look – they are magnificent!

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Friday 3rd October

A fantastic £654.45 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.  Thank you to everyone who supported this event!

Alstonefield Post Office – New Opening Hours

The Post Office will now be open for business in the Village Hall on Mondays between 13.00 and 16.00 and on Thursdays between 12.00 noon and 14.00.

Manifold Folk Gathering – Full Report on The Leek Post & Times site.

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The Birdscarers (Appearing in Alstonefield next month!)

Dave the Hat

 

 

 

King Returns from Exile to Inspire Gargoyles

Ben King – damage limitation bowling, plus agressive and dogged defensive batting…

Another spine tingling finish between two evenly matched teams. This time Alstonefield CC came out on top, to defeat Sunseekers by 5 wickets, after another strong all round performance. The match started at a frenzied pace, with Sunseekers’ captain Taylor chancing his arm from the off, being rewarded with a succession of boundaries. The Gargoyles’ opening bowlers were struggling to keep the rate below 6 an over…

 

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Play area upgrade now complete

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that the new swings are now in place along with some other slight upgrades and that the play area is now complete – just in time for the glorious weather expected this week!

And the clock chimed…

The Church Tower restoration has been completed click here to see the update.

Manifold Show – Saturday 9th August

Edie’s liquorice character

A lovely day and a great turnout at the Manifold Show!  As usual there were lots of Alstonefield entries in the Handicrafts classes (too numerous to mention!)  but  first prizes included Noel Peat for his ’2 kinds of vegetables’  display,  Jean Allen for her ‘Afternoon Tea’  tray and young Edie Hambleton for her character made of liquorice allsorts (pictured).  Cathy Reavy won the ‘Brian Ross Memorial Trophy’ for her photography in the ‘Weather’ class.  Click here for more.

Manifold Show photos are now available on the Alstonefield website Gallery.

If you have any photos of the day you wish to share with the community, please contact Dave Singleton by email  :  savedingle@btinternet.com to arrange ……

 

Leaden Boot Presentation at Wakes

On behalf of the 2014 Leaden Boot, Noel Peat presented cheques to the Village Hall, St. Peter’s Church, First Responders & Wetton Village Hall prior to the start of our traditional Wakes Service with Warslow Silver Band on the George Green on Sunday 29th June.

 

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

Dovedale fete raises thousands of pounds for good causes

A VILLAGE fete, held in the picturesque village of Ilam, in which several children of Alstonefield go to school at Ilam. Has raised thousands of pounds for good causes.

Early estimates show that the event – jointly organised by Dovedale House and Ilam Primary School – has raised approximately £4,000, which will be split equally between both institutions. Read more.


Wedding Dress Outing in Alstonefield

Having decided that their wedding dresses needed an ‘outing’, friends gathered on Friday 30th May in the gardens of Alstonefield Manor.  There were a few surprised faces as they walked through the village!

 

Leaden Boot completes its 4th Successful Year

            

Start in Alstonefield                                                                   Milldale

David Harrison  completed the 4th Leaden Boot in a fantastic 4 hours and 43 minutes.  Almost 300 walkers and runners left Alstonefield Village Hall on a hot Sunday 18th May in the 4th annual Leaden Boot event.   The participants arrived in Alstonefield early on Sunday morning from all over the country,  as well as from the USA and the Netherlands. The last walkers completed the route well before the cut-off time, in 11 hours 30 minutes. Well done and thanks to everyone who has helped to make this another successful event.  To view more photographs, click here.

To view the  2014 results, click here

Post Office Pat leaves Alstonefield

After many years managing our Post Office, Pat retired on Thursday 20th March, receiving a surprise send-off from residents and members of the Village Hall Committee, Parish Council and P.C.C. After a speech from Jean Allen, thanking Pat for her support for the community,  presentations were made by all three village organisations.  Good luck Pat and thank you from us all.  The Post Office will continue on Monday afternoons for the time being,  1.00pm to 4.30 pm.

Play Area now Open

After being closed over the winter months, the village play area has received a new black rubber chippings surface after a Parish Council working party took advantage of the recent spring weather to move ahead with the work.   Any comments/reactions from children will be welcome!

 

 

 

Diving with a Loggerhead Turtle

Enjoy this fantastic photograph of Alstonefield parishioner, Paul Binfield,  diving with a Loggerhead Turtle in Northern Cyprus (click to enlarge)