JULY 2022

Deliverer Ken is 95 page 1
Congratulations to Ken Munns, who has celebrated his 95th birthday with friends in Cressbrook. Ken is the most senior in years of the Teamsters, the voluntary group that delivers The Village Voice to Peak District households and businesses each month.
Future of local church in doubtpage 9
A public meeting has been arranged for Sunday July 24th from 3pm at St Anne's Church to discuss its future. The Millers Dale church is short of worshippers, active volunteers and money. The parochial church council is considering closure, but wants local opinions.
Country festival page 16
Derbyshire Dales will have a new country show on Sunday July 17th, organised by Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society. On the town's showground, the family event is meant to help fill the gap caused by the demise of the long-running Bakewell Show, last held in 2017.
Fun-packed challenges page 27
Year Five at Bishop Pursglove School in Tideswell took on a series of fun-packed challenges recently during a three-day course at White Hall outdoor centre near Buxon. Activities included rock climbing, a zip line, scrambling at the Roaches beauty spot, canoeing and shelter building.
Table tennis trophy win page 32
Tideswell Table Tennis Club A-team members have collected their first trophy, for winning their division of the Chesterfield & District League. The presentation was made by national ladies' champion Nicola Deaton. It was Tideswell's second season playing competitively.

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JUNE 2022

Jubilee celebrations unfold pages 1 & 4
The Peak and Dales will be playing a full part in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with festivities in almost every village. For instance, you can take in Tideswell's picnic in the park, a street party in Litton, a fancy dress competition at Eyam and treasure hunt in Wormhill.
Tideswell horse to pull Gold State coachpage 7
A royal appointment awaits Tideswell-born Irish Draught Windsor Grey Heatherdale Icon. The horse has been chosen to pull the Gold State coach down the Mall as part of the Queen's Jubilee pageantry. He was bred by Kay Chapman at Summer Cross.
Specialist beds installed page 10
Latest technology critical care beds have been installed at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. The 24 specialised beds include variable heights, multiple positions and built-in scales among their functions. Staff have received detailed training to ensure full understanding of these and other features.
Environment group's busy third year page 21
Tideswell & District Environment Group has published its third annual report. Membership has reached 170, involved in project groups for climate action, ethical consumerism, litter picking, recycling, wildlife, plus a new set devoted to cycling.
Peak Forest race page 32
After an enforced coronavirus break, the annual Peak Forest Fell Race will take place on Sunday, July 10th. For more about this popular regional event call Chris Hopley on 07768 085867 or send an email to

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MAY 2022

Repair Café ready to open pages 1 & 7
A volunteer-led Repair Café will open towards the end of May, an initiative by Tideswell & District Environment Group. The primary purpose is to repair household items rather than discard them. Starting May 21st from 10am, it will be held every third Thursday of the month at Tideswell Community Hall.
TV's Julia leads Peak Park salutepage 3
Television presenter Julia Bradbury, who has family links to Tideswell, led a recent celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park. She said: "The Peak District made history as the UK's first National Park, after decades of campaigning for countryside access and protection."
Emergency care unit well underway page 10
The framework and steel-reinforced concrete flooring for Chesterfield Royal Hospital's new urgent and emergency care unit have been completed. Estimated to cost £24 million, the facility is due to be opened in the summer of 2023.
New regional authority proposed page 16
Derbyshire County Council, along with its Nottinghamshire counterpart and the city authorities in Derby and Nottingham, want to negotiate a combined devolution deal with government. A future East Midlands public body would look after transport, infrastructure, regeneration, employment and education.
Easy sports bookings page 32
An online booking system for the hard courts area at Tideswell Sports Complex within the Community Park has gone live. Anyone can reserve a tennis, netball or football slot on a pay and play basis. To make a booking go to webpage

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APRIL 2022

Housing developers resubmitting plans pages 1 & 4
An affordable-needs housing estate on a green field site at Sherwood Road, Tideswell, previously turned down by the Peak District planners, has been redesigned and will be resubmitted. The proposals are for 14 two-bedroomed houses, five at three bedrooms and a pair of two-bed bungalows.
Festival roadshow headed to Tideswellpage 3
When Buxton International Festival 2022 hits the road it will be calling at Tideswell. The seven-stop tour includes an hour-long performance at Fountain Square Church on April 26th. Tickets at £10 are available from
Children's world of books page 9
World Book Day has been celebrated at Bishop Pursglove School. Children chose "When I Grow Up" by Jon Hayles as their main book, where central character Annie is full of ideas about what to do in the future. The theme was taken up for school-wide fancy dress.
Future of the National Parks page 16
Government has published its long-awaited response to the 2019 Glover Landscape Review of the Peak District and other English National Parks. Topics covered included climate change, farming transition, local communities, sustainable transport, tourism and planning.
Big charity push page 24
The fourth #Challenge Derbyshire annual ball provided over £160,000 for end-of-life charities Ashgate Hospice, Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen's Trust. Tideswell-based business Markovitz donates all organisation and staffing for #Challenge Derbyshire. To date, £1.3M has been raised.

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MARCH 2022

Local tax rises add to pressures page 1
Council tax increases from April will add to the inflation-stoked financial pressures being felt by most. Rises are inevitable and the biggest challenge has been to minimise them, according to Derbyshire's local authorities. The County Council will charge 3% more in 2022/23.
Green Canopy free trees offerpage 3
Free trees will be available in connection with HM The Queen's Green Canopy project, to mark her Platinum Jubilee. Tideswell & District Environment Group,, is at the centre of local preparations and is expecting trees and shrubs from the Peak District National Park Authority.
Grants scheme open page 15
Community groups, clubs, charities and non-profit organisations can now apply to Derbyshire County Council's latest grants scheme. There is a pot of £1.5 million to be distributed over the next two years for schemes from under £1,000 to over £50,000: full information at
£1M woodland plan page 22
A new cash injection of £1 million has been pledged by the Woodland Trust to enable a further 105 hectares of woods to be created in the Peak District. It will be of major assistance to the National Park Authority as it seeks to complete 400 hectares of planting by 2025.
Railway campaigns page 24
Hope Valley Railway Users Group will hold its Annual General Meeting in Hathersage Memorial Hall, March 31st at 7pm. The group has been campaigning for a regular hourly service stopping at every station and for extra-fast trains from Hope Valley to Manchester and Sheffield.

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Food preparations page 1
Tideswell Food Festival 2022 will be in May, after last year's event was switched to the autumn for Covid-19 reasons. As well as traders, regular and new, St John's Church will host its usual Makers' Market and there will be street and indoor entertainment. Expected date is Saturday 7th.
Highways investment page 3
Between April of this year and next March Derbyshire County Council intends to invest £58 million in roads and pavements. Work will include resurfacing and surface dressing, traffic safety schemes, drainage improvements, and maintenance of bridges and retaining walls.
Petition for replacement bridge page 9
The foot bridge over the River Wye from Cressbrook to the Monsal Trail has fallen into disrepair and is closed for safety reasons. An application to fund the building of a new bridge has gone to Farming In Protected Landscapes and there is a petition to support the move: online at
New electoral map ready pages 16 and 17
Derbyshire Dales is set to have new boundaries for its local government wards. Results of a final review have been sent to Parliament for approval. The number of councillors will be reduced from 39 to 34 and the boundaries of all but three wards have been altered.
Eyam pantomime page 21
The Snow Queen pantomime in Eyam has been postponed until March 10th, 11th and 12th. Rehearsals are well underway for the annual event and tickets are on sale from Nicola Wright, 01433 630080, or email

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Library enthusiasm page 3
The 2022 switching of Tideswell Library management from Derbyshire County Council to local volunteers remains a strong possibility. Paul Black has been leading the team seeking to take over the public facility and said: "We are as enthusiastic as ever and more information is being exchanged with the council."
Old Grammar School move will change the Institute page 7
The ground floor of Tideswell's Old Grammar School is to be upgraded to replace the adjacent St John's Institute as church and community hall. The latter is going to be put to new use under long-term rental arrangements. Expressions of interest should go to
Two million jabs page 10
The number of Covid-19 jabs given to Derbyshire residents topped two million in December. The first of those county jabs was administered at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in December 2020. The hospital and local GPs are to be involved in new clinical trials to investigate the effectiveness of Covid treatments.
Parish clerk to be recruited page 14
A part-time vacancy, working from home, has arisen for Eyam Parish Council's clerk and responsible finance officer. Job description and further information are available by calling 01433 630853 – the closing date is January 17th.
Car bans response page 24
The Peak District National Park Authority has denied press reports that it plans to ban cars. A spokesperson said: "We are not considering a ban. What we are doing is looking at more agile and responsive ways to integrate transport plans. Ideas include a park and ride scheme and more buses."

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