Queen's Green Canopy in Tideswell page 1
The Queen's Green Canopy is a nationwide tree planting initiative for 2022 and Tideswell & District Environment Group plans to co-operate with Tideswell Parish Council to make the most of this countrywide project. They want to plant at least 300 trees.
Auction completes museums project page 3
A pioneering regeneration project by the County Council, funded through the Museums Association, has resulted in over 2,000 pieces of art and historical artefacts being found new homes for public display. They had been stored at Buxton Museum & Art Gallery, where an auction was held recently.
New health records system page 10
Electronically created and shared patient records for Derbyshire are about to go live after final-stage development that started last year. The system has been designed to join up records that include those held by GPs, hospitals and social care. The information will remain confidential and secure.
Cracking down on cold homes page 21
Funded by the government's energy department and with support from the Midlands Energy Hub, Derbyshire Dales District Council is going to take part in a new push to enforce minimum heat efficiency levels in privately rented housing. Work starts in December.
On song again page 23
Tideswell Singers are back in action after difficulties caused by Covid-19. They will be at St John's Church carol service on December 12th, the Red Lion at Litton on the 15th and for Litton Church carols on the 17th. New members welcome and no auditions are necessary.

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Sounds film is online page 3
For months, people in Tideswell and district engaged with their surroundings by listening to all that's going on. They were encouraged by project leaders Harp & A Monkey to record the sounds on their smartphones: now an audio-visual presentation called Birdsongs & Bells: The Peak Sound is on YouTube.
Independent review of waste contract page 4
Derbyshire Dales District Council's latest response to ongoing problems with waste collection and recycling is to set up an independent review, for completion by the end of December. The review will compare the contractor's performance against previously-agreed conditions.
Encouraging children to connect with nature page 7
The Peak District National Park Foundation is funding equipment to help children learn about the outdoors. Ten local schools are part of the National Park's Ambassador Schools scheme and will receive nature kit boxes at a cost of £200 each.
Tell them what you think page 21
The annual Your Council Your Voice residential survey is underway and will run until near the end of November. The survey is an opportunity for Derbyshire residents to take part in a wide-ranging participation exercise about County Council services, budgets and priorities.
Community hall progresses page 24
Steady progress is being made with the construction of Tideswell's community hall: the roof has been completed. The scheme is being financed from fundraising, grants and insurance cash resulting from the fire at the previous wooden structure.

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New grants for business start-ups page 1
New and prospective businesses across The Village Voice delivery area could qualify for funding or other help from Vision Derbyshire. This latest scheme is for those aged 17-30 and over 50 and is backed by the county and district councils.
How are you doing? page 3
Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service wants to hear from local groups and charities about their current operations as they edge away from coronavirus restrictions. Are they holding face-to-face meetings again or is Zoom still preferred? Have membership numbers suffered? What about finances?
Festival was "best yet" pages 4 & 5
Tideswell Food Festival in September was described by organisers as the "best yet". Around 50 stall holders brought produce from around the world and close to home. The arts and crafts stands in St John's Church were busier than ever. Surplus funds go to local organisations and their projects.
Surgery personnel changes page 10
Peak and Dales Medical in Tideswell and Bakewell is about to undergo senior personnel changes. Dr Angela Parry will give up her partnership to go part-time and colleague Dr Izzy Clayson is planning a return to the county of her birth, Yorkshire, after 11 years in the local surgeries.
Fell race cash page 28
Eyam's Fell Race attracted 230 runners, plus juniors in a separate event. It raised £2,000 which will go towards improving the village's sports facility. October's Half Marathon on the 3rd is expected to feature upwards of 450 runners and there will be a "rat race" for children.

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Trains decision confirmed page 1
Planners at the Peak District National Park Authority have been in contact with those wishing to reinstate an active railway line along the Monsal Trail leisure amenity, but have reiterated the previously-stated view that trains would be unacceptable.
Housing proposals latest page 3
No decision has been announced on the controversial planning application to build 23 houses at Spital Acre in Tideswell. However, it is expected that revised plans will be submitted shortly in an attempt to come up with an acceptable scheme.
Gigabit more page 14
At least 67,000 rural homes and businesses across Derbyshire are to get new-generation broadband in the upcoming phase of nationwide internet access improvements. The County Council has stated that properties with the slowest connections will be prioritised for the upgrade.
Post Office is open page 16
Tideswell's new Post Office opened for business in mid-August. Guest Edwina Currie, former government minister, along with head of the new service Denise Dupont-Higgins, cut a ceremonial ribbon. The Post Office is operating five days per week, with full post-related and other financial capabilities.
Sponsor a tree page 24
Foolow village faces a tough task to raise the £300,000 needed to buy land from the National Park Authority for a wild wood and flower meadow project. Deadline is the end of November and the latest idea is to invite people to sponsor a tree, for £25.

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Cinemas returning page 1
High quality screenings are set to return. Tideswell Cinema will show the stunning Sydney Harbour production of La Traviata and the comedy crime drama Knives Out next month. Before that, in August, there will be full programmes at Buxton Cinema and Chatsworth Luna Cinema.
Post Office preparing to open page 3
Tideswell's much anticipated new Post Office is scheduled to open on August 18th, housed adjacent to H&D Bistro in Queen Street and managed by Denise Dupont-Higgins. The new facility will operate a full service five days per week, including Saturdays and Sundays.
New health support website page 10
A new website offering a free one-stop location for family health support has been created by the children's team at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust. It is concentrating on health and wellbeing facilities that cater for the under-20s.
Future of local bus services page 17
Derbyshire County Council is about to work with local bus companies to lay down plans for future service improvements. Government has earmarked £3 billion nationally for changes. Residents' views are being sought via the County Council's website, closing date the 20th of this month.
Tideswell's footballing influence page 32
Buxton Football Club in the Northern Premier League has appointed David Brindley as a director. David, who lives and works in Tideswell, becomes a boardroom colleague of Buxton's chairman David Hopkins, head of Tideswell business Markovitz.

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JULY 2021

Green didn't spell danger page 1
The local River Wye turned a vivid shade of green for a day last month. It was part of an experiment into the relationship between the Wye and underground streams at the Buxton Water factory. Assurances were given that the bright green dye was entirely harmless.
Electric charging point page 4
Tideswell Parish Council is going to investigate possible funding sources for the installation of an electric car charging point. It is also pushing ahead with the revitalisation of Town Head playground and will look at recommendations for the Richard Lane play area.
Practice nurse retires after 22 years page 10
Peak and Dales Medical's practice nurse Karen Ollerenshaw is retiring after 22 years of service. In total, Karen was with the NHS for 37 years. She said the decision to retire was "taken after much consideration and in the light of some recent health issues".
Village halls support page 24
Rural Action Derbyshire is offering help to the region's village halls, using funds from the Foundation Derbyshire charity. The initiative is aimed at assisting with property and other problems that have occurred because of coronavirus lockdowns.
Town transformation page 26
A revised submission to government by High Peak Borough Council has resulted in Buxton securing £6.6 million of funding to rebuild the town centre. A key aim of the project will be to bring more people into Buxton at different times of the day.

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JUNE 2021

New Post Office pages 1 & 3
The postal authorities have accepted that Tideswell should have a new Post Office. Denise Dupont-Higgins from the local H&D Bistro has been formally approved to run the service and thanked the magazine for organising a successful online petition in support of the facility.
Extra faces at Tideswell Surgery page 10
Peak and Dales Medical Partnership, incorporating Tideswell Surgery and Bakewell Medical Centre, has four additional doctors. Dr Tim Hodgkinson is working on a four-day basis, Dr Beckie Trivett has also been added to the team and juniors James Owen and Jasmine Rea have joined temporarily.
Peak Forest's big week page 14
Wakes Week in Peak Forest will be from Sunday, July 4th, with the village's reading rooms, church and school to benefit from money raised. Organisers have been keen to ensure that the varied programme will include something for just about everyone.
Trust denies turning beauty spot into mess pages 16 & 17
Amid concerns expressed by many, the National Trust has denied it has left Tideswell Dale in a mess after a tree-felling programme to combat ash dieback disease. The Trust says the Environment Agency, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and County Council are happy with the Dale's current condition.
Medieval tapestries page 24
Hunting tapestries dating from 500 years ago are back at Chatsworth House on loan, after being surrendered in 1957 to help pay state taxes. The dress, jewellery and interaction of the figures depicted explore social status, court etiquette and fashion.

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MAY 2021

Latest on Wakes Week pages 1 & 4
Tideswell Wakes Week is scheduled to return in June, subject to whatever Covid-19 restrictions might be in place. The big diary date will go from Saturday, June 19th through to the 26th. An all-community event, Wakes Week started more than 750 years ago.
Hundreds of daily phone calls page 10
Tideswell Surgery and Bakewell Medical Centre receive 400 or more phone calls every working day. Dr Angela Parry recommended making calls in afternoons when the phone system is less busy. She encouraged everyone to register for the NHS app, which can cut down phone calls.
Dads have their own app page 14
A new and simply-used app has been launched by Derbyshire Community Health Services, tailored for the county's dads and dads-to-be. It presents practical skills and covers topics such as holding, feeding and cleaning baby, coping with night crying, home safety and first aid.
Festival date firmed up page 17
The new date for Tideswell Food Festival 2021 is Saturday, September 11th, Covid-19 restrictions permitting. Organisers have indicated that they expect a positive response from regular traders. Accompanying the Food Festival will be a Maker's Market in St John's Church.
Tideswell second top page 32
Tideswell United football team has returned from lockdown with a 2-1 away win. The three points keep United second top in the Hope Valley Amateur League's A Division. Runaway divisional leaders are Stretfield Sports, from down the road in Bradwell.

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APRIL 2021

Peak Park anniversaryfront page
The Peak District National Park, which was the first of its kind in the country, is 70 years old this month. It is the planning authority for 555 square miles, about the size of Greater London. It's home to over 38,000 people and an estimated 20 million more live within an hour's drive.
No to housing proposal page 3
A special meeting of Tideswell Parish Council via Zoom has resulted in a Nottingham housing association failing to win over opinion for its proposed new development off Sherwood Road. A planning decision on the 23-homes plan will be made early in May.
Breeding success for birds of prey page 6
The final report for 2020 has been published by the Peak District Birds of Prey Initiative. The report lists breeding successes for several species on local moorland. These include peregrine falcons and goshawks. The Birds of Prey Initiative was set up 10 years ago.
Seed swap initiative page 19
A new community seed swap has been launched by Tideswell & District Environment Group. It aims to encourage more people to grow plants from seed and start producing their own food. Those who sign up to the seed swap will receive a newsletter, advice and tips.
Possibility of new parish plan page 22
The production of a new parish plan for Tideswell has been described by councillors as something that could be positive for the village. It was agreed that a planning policy guideline should be published, to help applicants understand how the Parish Council approaches these issues.

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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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