JULY 2022

1/7: Illuminations tickets
Tickets for the 125th Matlock Bath illuminations in September and October go on sale from July 1st through the Derbyshire Dales District Council website Prices are the same as last year.
1/7: Safer Neighbourhood Team

Derbyshire Constabulary's Bakewell-based Safer Neighbourhood Team will be at Hawkhill Road car park in Eyam on July 20th from 6pm to 7pm and next day, also 6pm to 7pm, outside Litton village shop.
1/7: Farmers' walk and talk
The next walk and talk to be organised by the Peak Farmers Group will be at Lower Hurst Farm near Hartington an the afternoon of Tuesday July 26th, It will be attended by LEAF advisor Andy Gray. To book, email

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JUNE 2022

1/6: New Civic Chairman
Former army officer and businessman David Wilson of Alfreton is Derbyshire's new Civic Chairman, there to forge links between the county council and community organisations.
7/6: Energy funding
Derbyshire Dales District Council has secured a grant of almost £600,000 to make energy efficiency improvements and remove gas heating at its three largest buildings, in Bakewell, Darley Dale and Matlock.
14/6: Healthcare opportunites
Blythe House Hospicecare is recruiting health assistants with palliative care experience. Full details are available from Hospice at Home manager Jude Webster, 01298 813007 or
16/6: Garden trail
Buxton Soroptimists are supporting the town's garden trail walks on June 23rd and 24th. Funds will be going to local charities Street by Street, Dementia Care and Riding for the Disabled: maps, £5, from the Pump Room information centre, Poole's Cavern or Green Man Gallery.
20/6: AGM sponsors
Monet Hairdressing and Firefly Fireplaces, two businesses new to Tideswell, have agreed to sponsor The Village Voice's annual general meeting at the end of June.
21/6: Chatsworth ticket offer
Book a ticket for the Chatsworth Country Fair by June 30th and will receive a sizeable discount. An earlybird online ticket booked online is £20, compared with the gate price of £30. There are also discounts for two and three days, event dates September 2nd–4th. Go to

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MAY 2022

2/5: Trustees at DDCVS
Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service has vacancies on its board of trustees, The organisation would like to hear from anyone involved in the voluntary sector, or with experience of financial management, or younger people aged 18-plus. Those interested should contact Neil Moulden on or 01629 810901.
4/5: Community engagement
The local Safer Neighbourhood Team will host an open-air meeting at Hawkhill Road, Eyam from 2pm to 3pm on May 25th.
9/5: Mental health
The County Council is leading a regional response to Mental Health Awareness Week, May 9th to 15th. Activities are planned county-wide, to combat loneliness in particular. See
10/5: Profitable eCommerce
East Midlands Chamber, working with Business Peak District, is to hold a government-funded seminar on making the most of business online, Thursday May 17th from 9.30am at the Best Western Lee Hotel in Buxton. Full information is on
12/5: Firearms surrender
Derbyshire Constabulary is running a firearms surrender scheme until May 29th. Anyone locally who is in possession of a pistol, rifle, shotgun, air weapon or imitation is invited to hand it in at Buxton police station.
17/5: Talking teeth
May is National Smile Month and the County Council is offering a string of advice on how to keep your teeth – and smile – in top condition. Go to
25/5: Bucks' new manager
Buxton Football Club has appointed Jamie Vermiglio as team manager. Jamie resigned from a similar position at National League North club Chorley earlier this week.

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APRIL 2022

1/4: Easter at Chatsworth

Activities for children will take place at Chatsworth farmyard and playground from April 9th to 24th, subject to the weather. These include crafts, handling and feeding animals, easter egg hunts and general play. Details on
1/4: Community engagement
Police officers from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team are to hold a street community meeting near Litton Village Shop on April 20th from 5pm to 6pm.
4/4: Church grounds clean-up
Volunteers are requested for a clean-up of the church grounds at St John's in Tideswell, Saturday April 9th, any time in the morning from 9.30am.
8/4: Homes for Ukraine
So far around 100 north Derbyshire households have been accepted to host refugees under the national "Homes for Ukraine" scheme.
13/4: Two free films
Films "A Wee Bit Cheeky" and "Poster Man", produced and directed by Cressbrook's Jeff Perks, will be shown at The Cressbrook on Friday April 23rd from 8pm. Admission is free but you need to book in advance, through Roger Savery on 07768 314313.
14/4: Camping Sunday
Tideswell's Seedlings & Groundbreakers youngsters will celebrate Camping Sunday outside St John's Church on April 24th, starting at 10.30am. It has been an annual event for churches in the US and Canada for generations.

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MARCH 2022

1/3: Grants consultation

Derbyshire County Council is running a consultation exercise about grant funding to voluntary and community groups, closing date March 23rd. To take part, go to
2/3: Don't be late
Tideswell Singers will be marking the retirement of Litton headteacher Bridget Hanley with a special concert in Litton Village Hall on March 30th. Note that it will take place from 6pm, not 8pm as advised previously. Tickets are limited, available from Carol Bowns, 01298 213577,
3/3: Police street meeting
Police officers from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team are to hold a street meeting community event near Litton Village Shop on March 21st from 10am to 11am.
4/3: Tideswell Housing
Derbyshire Dales District Council, Nottingham Community Housing and the Rural Housing Enabler will host a drop-in event at Fountain Square Church on March 9th (5m to 7pm) to provide an update about a proposed affordable housing scheme in Tideswell.
10/3: Former Peak Park chairman
Tony Hams OBE, chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority from 2002 to 2007, has died. Tony had been committed to tackling climate change and was a UK government delegate to the first Earth Summit and the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development. He was involved in the founding of Natural England.

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1/2: Open for half-term

Chatsworth House farmyard and playground will be open to visitors over half-term, from February 19th to 27th. Tickets are available online at The new season starts on March 26th.
2/2: Volunteer drivers needed
Bakewell & Eyam Community Transport has given out a new telephone number for prospective volunteer car drivers to find out more about the requirement – 01629 641922.
8/2: Zero carbon emissions
High Peak Borough Council has joined Race To Zero, a global coalition of regions aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner. A further intention is to halve food waste and loss by 2030.
14/2: Business website
A new website aimed at attracting business investment to Derbyshire Dales has been launched by the District Council. It sets out to establish a clear identity for the region, encourage new investment and support existing enterprise.
18/2: Opportunity for farmers
Countryside Stewardship, which is aimed at providing farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers with new financial opportunities, reopened for applications on February 8th – further information from the Farming Life Centre, 01629 810903.
21/2: Spending plans consultation
Residents and businesses in Derbyshire Dales have been invited to comment on the District Council's 2022/23 spending plans. Email your views to by March 3rd.

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3/1: Empty homes premium

Derbyshire Dales District Council is asking for residents' and property owners' input concerning proposals to charge up to four times standard Council Tax on long-term empty homes, starting April. Online consultation has been set up at website and councillors will meet for a final decision on January 27th.
4/1: Councils ask for more business help
Leaders of the county, borough and district councils in Derbyshire have signed and sent a letter to government requesting more money for local hospitality and leisure sector businesses, to help offset losses associated with Covid-19 restrictions. This is in response to reported lower than usual Christmas trading income.
7/1: Historic home's free garden visits
The owners of Grade II listed stately home Thornbridge Hall near Ashford-in-the-Water are opening their extensive gardens to visitors, free of charge, during January. See
14/1: Re-opening date announced
Chatsworth House has announced that the house, garden, farmyard and playground will re-open to the public on March 26th. The farmyard will open for half-term on February 19th to 27th.
17/1: Travelling light
Hope Valley Climate Action Group is organising a webinar to discuss a project plan for a national beacon project aimed at low-carbon travel in the Peak District. It will take place on Monday, January 31st from 1.40pm.

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