Wirksworth Parish Room Wooden Floor Renovation – please vote for funding

MANY OF YOU HAVE VOTED, SO A BIG THANK YOU. THE AVIVA WEBSITE HAS HAD ITS PROBLEMS, NOW WORKING. WE HAVE 7 DAYS TO GO IN COMPETITION, DEADLINE 21st NOVEMBER, WITH 1,273 APPLICANTS IN THE £5,001 -£10,000 CATEGORY. WE CURRENTLY HAVE 1,586 VOTES, HAVE FOUND SEVERAL IN EXCESS OF 2000. SO MORE VOTES ARE URGENTLY NEEDED, ASK YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, GROUPS THAT YOU MAY BELONG TO, WE WANT TO WIN FOR OUR COMMUNITY BUILDING.

THIS IS THE LINK

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-3432

For those that find this difficult turn on your browser, move your cursor over the link above and press control and left click your mouse.

ANOTHER WAY
 

 

Google Search “Aviva Community Fund Homepage Get Involved”, then move down the page and enter in the left hand search box Wirksworth Parish Room Wooden Floor Renovation and enter on the yellow button on the right. This then brings up an image of our floor, just click this which will open the application details and then move your mouse onto Register and log in now to get your 10 votes and click. Simply then follow the instructions for registration. This leads you to vote, make sure that you use all the 10 votes.

 

 

Hope that you can help lift our total so that we are successful.

Wirksworth – Primary Education Provision – Consultation

The consultation runs from the 2nd November to 17th December and concerns the building of a new school in Wirksworth. This consultation looks at the three proposed sites.

The planned development at the Tarmac ‘Middleton Road’ site will soon have the planning application submitted. The detail of the planning application will include either planned industrial units, or a new primary school. There is detail in the links below.

Please note that the County Council’s plans and the Tarmac plans label the options differently! Please pay attention when commenting.

Schools’ Consultation

Tarmac Information Boards from 31st October

 

 

Parish Rooms – Floor Refurbishment – please vote!!

VOTE PLEASE!!

Wirksworth’s Parish Rooms are a valuable community space – please vote for the replacement floor to make it even better with the Aviva Community Fund votes.

[This location is also hosting this weekend’s Monster Mash Up with The Feather Star in aid of Wirksworth Skatepark

Organisers of this campaign say:
Returning a derelict factory in 2002 to full community use was my ambition. Seeing people enjoying the Festival Gallery, our local brass band and orchestra rehearsing is rewarding motivating us to produce a safe floor, especially for children and dance; the users and volunteers wish for its future.

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/vot…/project/view/17-3432

Vote NOW!!!!

 

 

Town Council Consultation on Tuesday Market

It has been announced that the Wirksworth Town Council have launched a consultation (ending 27th October 2017) regarding the location of the weekly Tuesday Market.

There are proposed changes to the layout of the Memorial Gardens in consequence.

Whether you use the market or not, this consultation affects YOU, so please make your voice heard. Take a few minutes to look at the proposed designs and see what you would like for our town centre.

Link to consultation details here:

Links to PDFs of the three proposed designs here:

option-1- Memorial Gardens

option-2

option-3

Wirksworth Festival – Art & Architecture Trail a great success!

Well, that’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone that came to this weekend’s Art & Architecture Trail – what a great weekend it’s been. Art of every shape and size, in every corner of this wonderful town.

We’d love to hear what you thought, so if you can spare a few moments to complete this online survey we’d be really grateful. You could be in with a chance to win a special Wirksworth Festival mug, made by John Wheeldon. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MDTVMRR

Don’t forget there’s still two weeks of great performances, Curated Art and more to enjoy.

 

Curious & Curiousa at Haarlem

Curious & Curiousa at Haarlem

A window in Wirksworth's Old Grammar School

A window in Wirksworth’s Old Grammar School

The Top Flat at Wirksworth's Grammar School

The Top Flat at Wirksworth’s Grammar School

St. Mary's Church Wirksworth, Festival 2017

St. Mary’s Church Wirksworth, Festival 2017

Dermot Punnett's Art at Wirksworth Festival 2017

Dermot Punnett’s Art at Wirksworth Festival 2017

Geoff Diego Litherland's work at Wirksworth Festival 2017

Geoff Diego Litherland’s work at Wirksworth Festival 2017

SOSNHS Wirksworth – Come to Market on 8th August

SOSNHS Wirksworth – Market Stall on 8th August

COME TO THE TUESDAY MARKET IN WIRKSWORTH ON AUGUST 8

The government has instructed local community health and social care providers to produce what are called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP). In Derbyshire the local plan is called ‘Joined Up Care Derbyshire’.
The government has instructed those drawing up these plans across England to make cost savings. Some of this will be done by cutting staff and closing community hospitals.
However, Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are presenting the STP as something that will improve the way health and social care will be offered and will thus improve people’s health.
They present the STP as focussing on bringing services together, such as health care and social care, and providing more care in people’s homes or in their community, rather than in hospitals such as the Derby Royal. This is a laudable aim but will be costly to set up. As cost savings must be made there will not be the money available to provide services closer to home.
There are plans to close community hospitals around Derbyshire which can then be sold off to generate funds. Already decisions have been made to axe beds at North Derbyshire community hospital with the closure of Newholme and Bolsover, and threats to Babbingtin and Whitworth hospitals in South Derbyshire. Without the infrastructure of community hospitals where will these new services closer to people’s homes be sited?

Come to the stall that Southern Derbyshire CCG are setting up at the market in Wirksworth on Tuesday August 8. It is at this stall that they will be consulting with the people of Wirksworth to ascertain whether we want the plans to go ahead and whether we agree with further dismantling of the NHS in England via these proposals. Come and let them know our views.

Via Gellia closed for three weeks

VIA GELLIA CLOSED FOR 3 WEEKS – Just a heads up that the Via Gellia is now closed until 16 July because of a landslip from Grange Mill crossroads to Ryder Point Junction so don’t head up that way if you don’t need to. The “official” diversion takes 1hr 7mins!!!
Also beware that from Monday Manystones Lane in Brassington is also closed until 22 September so this is another route to avoid.

Information given to those attending the Rally for Wirksworth Leisure Centre

INFORMATION GIVEN TO THOSE ATTENDING.

 

Wirksworth Leisure Centre and Wirksworth Sports Group

Derbyshire Dales District Council plan to seek competitive tenders to take over the running of their Leisure Centres, including Wirksworth from mid 2018.

Wirksworth Sports Group is made of volunteer sports enthusiasts. Its purpose is to make sure Wirksworth gets a good deal

It wants to make sure that:

Derbyshire Dales continue to maintain and repair the Centre properly until any handover.

That Derbyshire Dales order a full independent condition survey of the Sports Centre before inviting organisations to take it on, so that everyone knows what maintenance and improvement work might be needed in coming years.

Anthony Gell School’s existing rights – to daytime use of the Sports Hall – are fully protected under any new arrangements through appropriate joint agreements.

The climbing wall is fully protected in future – including staffing to create new routes regularly. All members of staff working at the Centre are properly protected.

Opportunities to share staffing and training with the Learner Pool are encouraged.

Pricing policies and concessionary schemes are protected in the future.

Arrangements for booking pitches and collecting fees remain unchanged in the new arrangements.

New management is committed to renewing equipment regularly and to pursuing opportunities to expand the facilities if possible.

New management is committed to a partnership with the School, the Gell Foundation, Pool and Health Centre, and regular consultation with local residents and users of the centre.New management is committed to treating all four Sports Centres in the Dales equally.

 

Roy Pearce – email address

 

Rally for Wirksworth Leisure Centre

Rally for the Centre organised by the Wirksworth & District Sports Group with one hundred present and fifteen apologies in the Town Hall on Thursday 27th April 2017, was chaired by John Thompson, who reported progress in response to the decision of the district council to outsource the Wirksworth Leisure Centre from 2018 on financial grounds.  Soon sports group members would meet the consultant who is advising the council on specifications for a contract to run the four Dales centres (also Matlock, Bakewell and Ashbourne). This should, the council tells us, ‘provide greater scope for access to capital finance to provide investment into facilities and services’. It is vital that building, equipment and facilities are handed over in good condition. The Sports Group support the council’s intentions and will work for the best possible outcome for the town; we want the integrated vision  – school, provider and community working together – to be sustained and the whole operation to be improved.

 

Malcolm Kelly (HoAGS) said the strong school involvement would continue; a legal agreement was near with the Foundation Trustees, who own the land  as landlords. Joint use community facilities were a great strength for the school and were an attraction to many parents pondering their choice of school.

 

Rod Leach had interrogated aspects of the finances, a perplexing task: he judged Wirksworth had not been generously treated in the past: an independent condition survey was vital; £101,000 of structural work had been identified by as needed, but not actioned by the council; we needed a new main hall floor. The group will urge equality of treatment in budgets.   How would the council achieve its desired savings in future years?

 

Dr Penny Blackwell made a passionate case for close involvement of the Hannage Brook Medical Centre (8,800 patients) in the activities of the leisure centre hub; patients, were recommended, some on prescription, to activities in gym and swimming pool. She saw great value in young people being introduced to a variety of physical activities for their health, social and mental wellbeing.  The chair thanked Dr Blackwell for the powerful account of medical needs and Leisure Centre liaison she had written for the Wirksworth submission.

 

Dave Baker (chair of pool trustees) said numbers at the pool had increased significantly through outstanding efforts by volunteer trustees and supporters, but the handover from the council had left them with heavy expenses on structural items, which should have been in better order. He wanted a closer relationship with the new managers.

 

Sue Marshall spoke as parent governor of the needs of the school and as a cricketer about the 120 adult and youth players who used the centre in the winter; new cricket nets needed.

 

Points raised from the floor included: legal status of the agreement; the special value of the climbing wall as a regional facility with appropriate staffing and skilled re-routing of  the facility needed  – Bob Davies is on the case; the strong view of the meeting that any operator be a ‘not for profit/dividend provider’ – a group had visited Alfreton and saw well organised leisure services outsourced by Amber Valley to a trust; the problems of pursuing the Community Asset Trust route, which the sports group had rejected – Wirksworth would have stood alone with little money and many complexities;  the needs of young people; suggestion that the group use social media more – Tim Richards offered to help.  The long report to the council from the sports group is on the Destination Wirksworth web site, a long and valuable read.

 

A show of hands revealed that only a disappointing ten per cent of those attending had filled in a consultation form; it was considered too limiting for constructive suggestions on future developments.

 

Councillor Irene Ratcliffe thanked the chair and sports group colleagues for their excellent work and pledged the support of local councillors, County, District and Town in working towards a solution that met the needs of our community.

 

On 18th May there will be a councillors ‘workshop’ followed by committee (15th June) and full council meeting (22nd June), when a final decision will be made on the specification and tender arrangements. The plan is for transfer sometime in 2018.  A briefing sheet was available to those attending and a copy is attached in the next notice…

 

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