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Manifold Show – Saturday 9th August

Visit our local show with numerous trade stands, exhibitions and events including the slow tractor race (pictured).  Grand Parade of prize winners, free vehicle entry and parking.  Admission £5, children under 12 years of age free, licensed bar and other refreshments. To view the schedule, please click here.  For more information go to www.manifoldshow.org.uk

Gargoyles get Caught in Violent Storm

There can be no more dramatic, yet tranquil setting, than the steep,dense wooded escarpments surrounding the Oakamoor sports ground on the banks of the Churnet. Add sunshine, picnics, children playing games and an ice cream man and the scene is set for the quintessential village cricket match.Indeed, that is what took place on Sunday, apart that is, from 31 explosions of power, which threatened the very fabric of this historic sports and social club. They also equated to 92 runs and decided the match.

Richard Allen was “on the money” with his bowling against Oakamoor…

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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

 

 A & A Collide At Year of Celebrations

Over a hundred members of the Allen & Allen family and friends enjoyed an entertaining evening to celebrate Jean’s 70th Ernie’s 75th and not forgetting 50 years of marriage last Saturday!

Jean & Ernie would like to thank you all for the lovely cards, and the generous donations to Wetton & Alstonefield First Responders and Derbyshire , Rutland & Leicestershire Air Ambulance.

We have been delighted to forward them £ 300.00 each.  Thank your for coming to join us in our year of celebrations.

Best Kept Village

After an absence of several years Alstonefield has entered this year’s Best Kept Village competition. The aim of the competition is ‘to encourage community spirit and to stimulate pride in villages’. In the village there is an abundance of both of these qualities so we are sure we will all pull together to keep the village looking  ‘Best Kept’ during the judging period.  A panel of judges visited the Village unannounced in May and  in June.  If we are successful in the first round the judges will come again in July! Attention to detail is important and the judges will be expecting no litter, no dog fouling and no weeds in significant areas.

As part of the ‘Best Kept Village’ there is also a children’s poster and poetry competition  with categories for 5-7 year old’s and 8-11 year old’s. For 12-16years old’s there is an ‘In Remembrance’ competition commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Great War. The closing date has now passed.

Baltic Crossing with Robbie Sherrat

Baltic Crossing in concert – Village Hall

Alstonefield village hall was packed on Saturday night for the final ‘Live & Local’ event of the season. The musical offering came from Baltic Crossing… (continues here)

 

First Responders’ Success

We are pleased to report that Responders David Lovatt & Carrie Ross have passed their ‘Enhanced’ Responder Examinations.  This is a significant achievement and we are lucky to have such well trained and committed people as part of the Responder Team. Congratulations!

Incredible Indian Moments for Anthony Nolan – £750 raised

Superb narration from Rob Handscombe and nearly 200 amazing pictures from Brian Ross helped to make the “Incredible Indian Moments” evening a remarkable success.   Rob was able to entertain the 60+ audience for the whole evening – even losing his voice at the end – with amusing anecdotes and the past 500 years of India’s colourful history.  At the interval, Carrie and Meg had prepared a selection of Indian Street food, including Masala Chai (Indian tea) – many request for recipes were taken.  click here to continue…..

Gold Medal for Brian

Brian Ross was awarded a  Gold medal in an international photography exhibition in Budapest, Hungary, the only British winner.  See his winning photograph, ‘Dolphin Magic’, by clicking here and scrolling down the page. The medal is awarded by the International Federation of Photographic Art and is a really superb achievement.

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)