Today is the last day for commenting on the local Schools’ Consultation on Primary Education In Wirksworth.
Click on the link below to comment directly to DCC. (Comments on Facebook will not be taken into account in the decision making process).
The Primary Education Consultation also ties in with the planning application Tarmac are due to make soon (one area may be either industrial units, or a potential school site).
There’s lots of detail available on the Derbyshire County Council website, and there has been a lot of discussion from our usual amazing representatives. It was proposed we ask for another extension to the consultation period to the 23rd of March 2018 – if you think you need more time to consider this, please request this too.
If you would like to read the 12 page summary of the long meeting held on our behalf, please, make a request via email@GoWirksworth.com
Please make your voice heard – Our children, our future!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
at Shipley Hall CC on Sunday 20th August 2017 for the
Peak Marquees John Else T20 Trophy.
Semi Final at 11.00am. Wirksworth & Middleton CC v Stainsby Hall
Stainsby Hall: 32 all out in 12.2 overs with a total of 9 extras, including 7 wides. The first 8 wickets fell for 9 runs. Josh Pickering took six wickets for nine runs in his four overs; Max Marshall 2 for 2. In reply WMCC scored 33 without loss in 3.2 overs. Michael Jefferiss made 1 not out; Ben Gartside 28 not out .
WMCC won by ten wickets and later in the day played Elvaston in the final: scores below.
Innings of WMCC Bowling o m r w
M Jefferiss+ b Hayhurst 5 Jacobs 4 0 28 2
B Gartside b Harrold 56 Hayhurst 4 0 41 3
J Allen b Hayhurst 2 Wright 4 0 37 0
J Greenhalgh cWright b Jacobs 49 Harrold 4 0 18 1
B Perry-Taylor* c Wright b Ball 19 Ball 4 0 39 1
L Boden lbw b Hayhurst 17
J Ritchie not out 6
Ja Bradbury b Jacobs 2
M Marshall not out 4
J Pickering did not bat
T Howard did not bat
Jo Bradbury 12th man
Extras lb2; w3. 5
Total for 7 wickets in 20 overs 165
FoW: 1/5; 2/32; 3/69; 4/105; 5/147; 6/155; 7/ 157.
Innings of Elvaston CC Bowling o m r w
J Harrold b Ritchie 81 Marshall 2 0 24 0
N Briars C Jefferiss b P-Taylor 6 Pickering 4 0 21 0
B Wright lbw b Greenhalgh 17 Perry-Taylor 4 0 25 1
M Bradley*+ b Greenhalgh 5 Greenhalgh 4 0 35 2
E Lawler b Ritchie 21 Ritchie 4 0 30 2
F Smith b Gartside 15 Gartside 2 0 20 1
D Jacobs run out 2
F Hughes not out 1
J Johnson not out 4
M Hayhurst did not bat
J Ball did not bat
Extras b1; lb2; w3. 6
Total for 7 wickets in 20 overs 158
FoW: 1/37; 2/91; 3/107; 4/125;5/146; 6/147; 7/154
Umpires: J Borland, A Nuttall, I Hussain Scorer: J Bates WMCC Manager Neil Smedley
WIRKSWORTH & MIDDLETON CC WON BY 7 RUNS
WIRKSWORTH & MIDDLETON CRICKET CLUB 2017
FINAL OF THE 20/20 CUP
at Shipley Hall CC on Sunday 20th August 2017 for the
Peak Marquees John Else T20 Trophy.
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.
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…
Wirksworth & Middleton Cricket Club are full of optimism as they prepare for the new season in 2017. It has been a busy winter both on and off the field with upgrading work on the pavilion and installation of a smart new boundary fence, an important time- saver for busy fielders.
Our 2016 season ended on a high note when the first team, led with brilliant cricket understanding by Antony Woolley, won the second division of the Derbyshire County League and are promoted as worthy champions to the top division in 2017.
They planned to be double winners, but the cup final against Dunstall, one of the great cricket matches in our history, was awarded to Dunstall when both teams had scored the same number of runs and lost the same number of wickets. No game could have been closer. Honour rests with W&MCC.
We have two new captains this summer and two veterans remain in post.
The experienced Ben Perry Taylor leads the firsts in the demanding first division programme. Vice captain is Mike Jefferiss, who last year successfully combined wicket keeping with opening the batting. We welcome players joining from Derbyshire clubs: Joe Greenhalgh, Rob Heath and Josh Pickering. Scott Woodman, a young recruit, will add fire power as an opening bowler.
The seconds have waited too long for promotion, but Ash Spendlove is taking the reins with great energy and high expectations of a mainly young eleven. He will target fielding as an aspect for major improvement.
Old stagers, devoted to Wirksworth cricket, Neil Doxey and Andrew Redfern for the 3rd & 4th teams will manage the cheerful and enthusiastic collection of young hopefuls and old sweats – with a few in between, who turn out regularly at the picturesque Middleton ground. They play because they love the game with its friedly competition and social mix of age groups. Martin Kinder will be at hand with advice in the seconds and for the 3rdXI Colin Julian and Keith Williams will form with Andrew Redfern a trio of wise men.
Our young players will contiue their cricket education with Mike Harwood as youth co-ordiantor runing seven youth teams at U11, 12, 13, 15 and, new this season, a U17 XI. Both twelves and thirteens won cups last season and the seventeens will build on the success of last seasons’s U15s. They had a remarkable season, winning the league championship against powful opposition and in the final match clinching the league cup with a determined performance against Mugginton. Manager Paul Tunnicliffe sets high standards for this promising squad of young players. Younger players will be involved in national programmes, Chance to Shine and for the beginners, the new All Stars Cricket.
The season begins with league matches on 22 April and the club welcomes to its excellent facilities new members af all ages and abilities, both players and supporters. Just pop in on a sunny Saturday.
Contact Neil Doxey on 07974101853 for information.
Press release from Roy Pearce 01629/822817
WMCC Press Officer.