APRIL 2020

Tideswell cares page 3
Volunteers gathered together as the Tideswell Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group are ready to help others in Tideswell and Wheston with shopping, dog walking, food preparation, odd jobs and emotional support. Phone 07535 177201, or mail to
Might still happen page 4
Coronavirus safety considerations have led to postponement of the 10th Tideswell Food Festival, scheduled for May. Organisers will look at the feasibility of finding a late-summer date for this popular event, which also contributes any surpluses to local causes.
Seeing red page 7
Litton Parish Council is in the process of adopting the red telephone box on the village green. Ideas are being invited for how this very British icon could be put to best use.
Pride in the Peak District page 16
The Peak District National Park Authority and the National Trust have joined forces to launch #PeakDistrictProud. This aims to introduce new perspectives to challenges facing local wildlife and habitats. It will also celebrate people's access to the Peak District, dating back to 1932.
Spending your money page 24
Council Tax is about to rise, typically by 10p per week. About 70% is for Derbyshire County Council services, 12% for the Constabulary, district council 11%, Fire & Rescue 4% and parish councils 3%.

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MARCH 2020

Anniversary cover front page
The front cover is a reproduction of page one of the very first edition of The Village Voice, published and delivered in March 1995. In newsletter format, it consisted of four black and white sides on photocopier paper.
One in hundred using Internet page 4
In The Village Voice start-up year it was estimated that only 1% of the UK population, approximately 600,000 people, could log on to the Internet. People making the headlines included Princess Diana, Cliff Richard, Eric Cantona and Frank Bruno.
Singing for the brain page 10
A new group for dementia sufferers and their carers is being formed and aims to use song as a stimulant. Sessions will be led by qualified music therapist Grace Whiting, a graduate of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Grace has trained with the Alzheimer's Society.
Dancing to a £200,000 tune page 16
Just five years since its formation, #Challenge Derbyshire has shot through the £1 million charity fundraising mark. An amazing £200,000 was added to the kitty at last month's annual charity ball. All funds go to Ashgate Hospicecare, Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen's Trust.
Making a start page 24
The first phase of waterproofing the roof at St John the Baptist Church in Tideswell has been completed. In addition to waterproofing, the tower needs urgent attention, there is to be complete electrical rewiring and new lighting, plus the building of toilets and a refreshments area.

This month's
The Village Voice is the 25th anniversary edition. Full of news, reports, features, photos and advertising messages, for distribution to a dozen villages. You can receive your monthly copy in electronic format. Go to or use the Response Form.


Bustling this year front page
Research results from the official tourist board Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire point to significant and sustained tourism growth this year. The Peak District was the destination for more than 13.25 million people according to the most recently available figures. Although full 2019 statistics are not ready yet, it is anticipated that overnight holiday bookings could have increased by two-thirds. Day visitor numbers are expected to be up as well.
Gardeners to pay page 3
Derbyshire Dales district councillors have voted to stay with current waste and recycling arrangements until 2024. A significant change, however, will be the introduction of a levy for garden waste collections, effective from April next year.
Groups may be replicated page 8
Two new over-65s activity groups have been set up in Buxton. Perfectly Aged Upcycling for furniture restoration and New Age Kurling, involving indoor curling without the ice, are being run by community support charity Connex. If the groups prove successful, additional sessions could follow in Tideswell and Hope Valley.
From Time Square to Fountain Square page 19
New Yorker Adam Serper is Tideswell's new village caretaker. Adam is from Brooklyn but has spent most of his adult life in Florida. He has settled in Tideswell with wife Hazel and two teenaged children.
No to caravans page 24
Residents of Foolow have voted overwhelmingly to tell the Peak District National Park Authority that proposals to develop a local site for a caravan park should be scrapped. They said the plans would be detrimental for the village, community and landscape.

As usual, this month's
The Village Voice has 32 pages of news, reports, features, photos and advertising messages, for distribution to around a dozen villages. You can receive your monthly copy in electronic format. Go to or use the Response Form.


Out of the ashes front page
There is justification for new year optimism in Tideswell and nearby. Tenders are back for a new community hall to replace the one reduced to ashes by fire in 2015. Work should be starting shortly on a building conversion to create a new Post Office. Abigail's Park playground is undergoing a complete £82,000 makeover. The second phase of renovation of the War Memorial to create a remembrance garden is on the 2020 agenda. Historic Millers Dale railway goods station will reopen as a visitor information centre. The long-closed 12th century Old Bulls Head pub in Little Hucklow will soon be back in business. A new Neighbourhood Plan for Great Hucklow and adjacent villages is well advanced.
Jogging to the money page 3
The second annual Jingle Bell Jog in Buxton's Pavilion Gardens has raised over £11,000 for Blythe House Hospicecare. Around 450 people took part, wearing Santa Claus outfits and other fancy dress.
Glastonbury band page 5
Another first for Tideswell will be this month's appearance of Glastonbury Festival regulars RSVP Bhangra, with an infectious blend of traditional Punjabi songs and high-octane modern electric rhythms.
New members page 21
The area has two new Members of Parliament as a result of December's national elections: Sarah Dines in Derbyshire Dales and Robert Largan in High Peak.
Fresh start for the Bucks back page
Buxton FC has a new manager coach, Gary Hayward. He said: "I know the Bucks have many followers from Tideswell and close by and I want to give them plenty to smile about."

We start the new year at
The Village Voice with the latest 32 colourful pages of news, features, photos and advertising messages. You can receive your monthly copy in electronic format. Go to or use the Response Form.