MARCH 2021

Tax rise could have been higherfront page
Derbyshire County Council has set a new budget of £572.4 million, meaning a council tax increase of 2.5% from April. Government would have allowed a rise of twice that figure, but the County Council states that it has a stable financial position.
A walk in the park page 4
The Tideswell Community Park survey was completed by 235 people, having their say about how the planned facility adjacent to the sports ground should be run. Funding is being sought for a professional feasibility study to create a long-term plan for the site.
Vaccinations progress continues page 10
By the middle of February, the Peak & Dales Medical Partnership had vaccinated over 2,500 people against Covid-19. The programme is being carried out at the Parke Road surgery in Tideswell and Newholme Hospital, Bakewell.
Lifeline grant for St John's pages 16 & 17
St John the Baptist Church, Tideswell's Cathedral of the Peak, has been given a lifeline grant from the new "Heritage At Risk" fund, administered by Historic England. The award of £15,000 is for urgent repairs to the tower roof and masonry. A further £1,500 has been secured from the Allchurches Trust.
Dominic Cork is back page 32
Former England cricketing all-rounder Dominic Cork is set to return to Derbyshire as Twenty20 head coach for the county's summer campaign. The Derbyshire legend won the tournament as a player in 2010 and has been coach for the last two seasons.

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Petitioning the Post Office front page
The Village Voice petition in support of a new Post Office for Tideswell has gone live online. To give your backing go to Tideswell has been without a Post Office since autumn 2019. The more signatures that are added to the petition, the greater the likelihood of the authorities taking notice.
Litton School's 150 years page 4
A new book has been published to mark the 150th anniversary of Litton School. Entitled "Memories of Litton Church of England Primary School", the book captures the living memory of this school, with the experiences of many former pupils.
Framing the new centre page 16
Long delayed but now well underway, the steel framework has been erected for Tideswell's new community hall, which will replace the wooden building devastated by fire in 2015. Facilities are to include a main hall, meeting room, storerooms, kitchen and toilets.
Charitable young poet page 17
FirstLight Trust, a charity set up to aid veterans of the armed and emergency services, has an enterprising supporter from Cressbrook, 10-year-old Caelan Speed. Talented poet Caelan has put together "Our Lights", a book (on Amazon) featuring the work of established poets, with all royalties going to the charity.
Food Festival date page 30
Organisers are planning a September 11th date for the 2021 Tideswell Food Festival, expected to attract 60 or more outlets for food, drink and other produce. There will be an artisans' market and live entertainment.
> The Post Office petition attracted over 500 signatures within a week of going live.

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Challenges at the surgery page 4
Year 2020 was one of challenges for Tideswell Surgery. However, Dr Angela Parry emphasised that the surgery is very much open to patients. In her new year message, she explained changes to ordering prescriptions, moves to improve telephone services, more face-to-face appointments and benefits of the merger of Tideswell and Bakewell client lists.
Youth in action page 5
A climate youth forum is the latest initiative from the Tideswell & District Environment Group. The aim is to provide a platform that will enable young people's voices to be heard by decision makers such as MPs and councillors.
New health hub planned page 10
Plans for a Derbyshire Dales health facility costing £8.58 million have been released. To be on the Newholme Hospital and nearby ambulances site in Bakewell, the two-storey building will include consultation rooms, treatment rooms and a communal room.
Shaping the future page 16
Until January 26th, residents of Tideswell and nearby can help shape the future of a new community park adjacent to the recently refurbished Sports Complex. A short questionnaire has been posted on Tideswell & District Community Association's website and on Facebook.
Online shopping page 24
In partnership with the district and borough councils, Derbyshire County Council is offering local businesses one year's free subscription to be featured on a new one-stop online shopping website called ShopAppy. The site is split into separate pages for each area.

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