Close Encounters of the Gargoyles Kind

 DSC_0388Whether it’s in the stately surroundings of Chatsworth House or the delightfully pristine playing fields of St. Anselm’s School, Alstonefield Cricket Club know how to set up a thriller. June brings the 20:20 mid-week matches to the fore, with the Club’s Annual Six-a-Side competition as the ideal launch pad for the more explosive form of the game. After a hectic fortnight, the conclusion is that the club is in the rudest of health, competing with good cricketing opposition and with everyone making a contribution. And the Gargoyles’ reputation for last over dramatics remains stronger than ever……

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Saturday 20th June Village Hall (Doors 7 for 7.30)

Artisan reunion tour

Artisan are Hilary Spencer, Jacey Bedford and Brian Bedford. They are three friends who decided to sing together for fun way back in 1984 in deepest darkest Yorkshire. “It was pure luck,” says Jacey, “Our voices blended so well, right from the start, that we had lots of encouragement from friends and that prompted us to work really hard. Within a couple of years we were being invited to festivals and events all over Britain. By 1988 we were getting so much work that we either had to give up singing or give up the day-jobs. Finally in 1989 we became full-time vocal harmonists.

“Fiery, fast and effective.” –The Guardian   “Urgent and uninhibited three part harmony – joyful and vigorous.” The Daily Telegraph

Artisan will be coming out of retirement again in 2015 for a second reunion tour. They are looking forward to meeting friends old and new and singing songs from Random Play, their reunion tour album, as well as old favourites from their longstanding repertoire.

Support act: Pete Shirley

Licensed Bar. Tickets are £12

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2015 Leaden Boot Challenge Report

An outstanding success!

This year the weather was kind, enabling more entrants to finish and most to better their previous years’ times. The fastest was Andrew Hunter in a time of 4 hrs 25mins. Nick Pope of Butterton was first local home in 5 hrs 3 mins, but special mention goes to Peter Linley of Astonefield, just 15, who finished in 5 hrs 8 mins, raising nearly £700 for Cancer Research. First local lady home was Charlie Mollatt, also of Butterton in 6 hrs 54 mins.

But it needed 50 villagers from Alstonefield and surrounding villages to help make it such a success. So, whoever you are, and whatever you did to help so many people do so well, the Leaden Boot Committee would like to extend a massive THANK YOU!   It is directly due to you and your help, that we received such positive feedback: “we were made to feel safe and valued,'” and “brilliant, friendly, well organised”. And as to the food: “outstanding pies and cakes”

Thanks also go to the farmers, land-owners and National Trust who helped ensure that it is indeed  “a great event with stunning scenery”. And we can all agree with one runner who commented “It seemed like all of Alstonefield and beyond had come together to make it a really special event. Please keep it going for the future.”

And the best news of all?   This year, we gave over £4,700, to Alstonefield Village Hall, St Peter’s Church, Wetton Village Hall, Alstonefield Cricket Club, Wetton & Alstonefield Community First Responders and Alstonefield & District Friendship Club. Cheques will be handed out by the Chair, Noel Peat at the Wakes Service.

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As many entrants have asked when they can sign up for next year, please, please put the date in your diary: Sunday, 22nd May 2016. We simply could not put on such a great event without you!

Gargoyles  Battered But Unbowed against Sutton-On-The-Hill

Harry Jones in imperious form

Harry Jones in imperious form

For only the second time in their history, Alstonefield Cricket Club were on the receiving end of a brilliant century amid a brutal onslaught by the Sutton batsmen, which saw them score at nearly 6 runs per over and post 235  for 6 off 43 overs. Far from giving up the ghost, the Gargoyles kept their spirit throughout and up until the 20th over of their reply, they were in with a chance of a famous Click here to read more …….

5th Leaden Boot Challenge – Sunday 17th May

Peter Linley

Peter Linley

292 starters leave Alstonefield

292 starters leave Alstonefield

Noel Peat, Organiser (right) with Andrew Hunter, Stephen Cotterill and Kruger Fitch

Noel Peat, Organiser (right) with Andrew Hunter, Stephen Cotterill and Kruger Fitch

292 runners and walkers started the annual 26 mile challenge from Alstonefield Village Hall on a cloudy but dry day. Andrew Hunter arrived home first in a near record breaking time of 4 hours and 25 minutes, shortly followed by Stephen Cotterill at 4 hours 27 and Kruger Fitch at 4 hours 42. Running in aid of Cancer Research, local lad, Peter Linley (age 15) achieved a fantastic time of 5 hours and 8 minutes. The first lady home was Elen Rees of ‘Simply Walk’ with a time of 5 hours and 31.  Click here to see more photos in the gallery. Well done everyone!

A Full Peal of the church bells welcomed the leaden booters home…more details here

Leaden Boot Test Walk

IMAG0643 (Copy)Carrie, Meg & Cathy have test walked the Leaden Boot route over Tuesday/Wednesday 12th/13th May.  Routes have been cleared, instructions checked and mobile signals verified. All set to go on Sunday! View the photos in the gallery here

Mary celebrates 58 years at Christian Aid

Mary - Christian Aid (Copy)Mary Jephcott’s work as local organiser for Christian Aid week since its inception in 1957 was recognised on Monday 11th May when she was presented with a Certificate for her achievements by Becky Hurst, CA Regional Organiser, in the company of friends at the Village Hall. Well done Mary!

Fordante -from Strauss to the Movies, see concert review here


Ringing for Brian 22 April 2015

A quarter peal, a plaque and some nibbles …

Memorial Walk for Brian

Coffee Stop at Heights of Abraham

Coffee Stop at Heights of Abraham

Lunch at Starkholmes

Lunch at Starkholmes






Fabulous weather complemented a super turn-out for the Memorial Walk for Brian Ross on Tuesday 21st April around the Heights of Abraham and Riber Castle area, with lunch at the Pub at Starkholmes.

New Sunday service pattern at St Peter’s from May 2015

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Wetton & Alstonefield Community First Responders

Celebrate 15 years serving our rural communites with care, pride and excellence. More details here

Alstonefield Walking Group Visits the Birchen & Baslow Edges

December 2014

December 2014

 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

And the clock chimed…

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

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