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

Wirksworth Twinning Association extends links to Italy

Wirksworth  is now using its twinning network to build on existing links with France and Germany to develop  friendship with the town of Varallo in Northern Italy. A delegation of Wirksworth people travelled to Varallo in April and were hosted for 3 nights as part of a wider international celebration of twinning.  In early July a group of Italian, French and German young people took part in an international youth conference which also included Anthony Gell students.  They were hosted by Mount Cook Centre on Porter Lane,  Middleton.  Co- chair of twinning Judie Taylor said: ‘We were delighted to support the conference which brings together young people from Wirksworth and our twin towns in Germany and France and we were really thrilled that we were also able to welcome young people from Varallo in Italy.’

During the visit to Italy, Wirksworth delegates experienced  the stunning scenery and  marvellous architecture of the Piedmont region and used the occasion to catch up with friends from the existing twinning partnerships with Die (in France) and Frankenau (Germany)  who also attended the gathering.


For more information about Wirksworth twinning please visit the web site http://www.wirksworthtwinning.org.uk

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…

 

email here…

Wirksworth & Middleton Cricket Club – Newsletter

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.

 

Wirksworth Book Festival – Thank you for all the support!!

Heather, Val, Carol, Naomi, Ken, Bill and Jenny would like to thank everyone in Wirksworth and beyond who supported the 2nd Wirksworth  Book Festival. Thanks to speakers, venues, volunteers and friends, and to our audiences – we had around 470 audience members at 15 events. Now looking for next year’s local writers and venues to form the core of what we are about – free events, showcasing local writers.

Wirksworth Book Festival Line-Up announced.

The line up for the Wirksworth Book Festival has been announced – summary here:

Belinda Bradley, Sally Barkley-Smith, Carol Fieldhouse
Festival Launch
Waltham House, St. Johns Street, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DT
Thursday 30/03/17
19:00 – 20:30
FREE

Fabulous Fairytales
Wirksworth Library, Town Hall Wirksworth Matlock Derbyshire DE4 4EU
Friday 31/03/17
14:15 – 14:45
FREE

Stephen Booth
Where the Bodies are Buried
Red Lion, function room, Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Friday 31/03/17
19:30 – 20:30
£3.00

Mary Wiltshire
A History of Wirksworth
The Bookshop, Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Friday 31/03/17
18:30 – 19:30
FREE
tbc

The BFG
Northern Light Cinema, 13A North End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FG
Saturday 01/04/17
09:30
£3 children, accompanying adults free. Tickets must be bought in advance.

Bill Bevan
A Prehistoric Journey across Gardom’s Edge, Baslow
Freedom Flowers, upstairs, 17 St John’s St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4DR
Saturday 01/04/17
12:15 – 13:15
FREE
BOOK LAUNCH!

Jan Jefferson
Quilts and the Amish
Wellspring Church, upstairs, Wood St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4DS
Saturday 01/04/17
13:30 – 14:30
FREE

Daniel Blythe
Dr Who, Ghosts and Vampires
Wirksworth Fish Bar, 19 Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Saturday 01/04/17
14:30 – 15:30
FREE

John Hegley
Poisson d’Avril (April Fool’s Day)
Memorial Hall, 39 St Johns Street,Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DS
Saturday 01/04/17
15:30
£6.00 children, £8.00 adults

 

Sophie Snell
How To Write a Book
Feather Star, upstairs, 15 St John’s St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4DR
Saturday 01/04/17
17:00
FREE

 

Stephen Chalke
Summer’s Crown: the story of cricket’s County Championship
Wirksworth & Middleton Cricket Club Pavilion. The Recreation Ground. Derby Road, Wirksworth. Derbyshire. DE4 4AS
Saturday 01/04/17
19:00
£5.00, under 16s free

 

John Hegley
Wirksworth Town Hall, Coldwell St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4EU
Saturday 01/04/17
20:00
£6.00 children, £9.00 concessions, £12.00 full
Heather Lounds
Walk and Talk
Market Place, Wirksworth, DE4 4EG
Sunday 02/04/17
9:00 – 11:00am
FREE

Level of walk is easy, dogs welcome. Start under the tree, Market Place. End at The Bookshop.

Duncan Simpson
Open to All: how youth hostels changed the world
Mercia, upstairs, 5 Market Pl, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4ET
Sunday 02/04/17
11:00
FREE

 

 

Andy Miller
The Ragged Weave of Yesterday
Northern Light Cinema, Northern Light Cinema, 13A North End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FG
Sunday 02/04/17
17:00 – 18:00
FREE
BOOK LAUNCH!

 

Liz Wellby
An Artist Amongst the Books
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3QF
Sunday 02/04/17
14:00
FREE

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth Station,
Station Road, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4FB

New railway guide launched and available from Wirksworth Station during the festival.

The Big Book Quiz
Black’s Head, 6 West End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4EG and Royal Oak, 14 North End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4
Sunday 02/04/17
19:00
£1 per person

The end of festival book quiz held in two pubs simultaneously! Max 10 teams per pub, 4 members per team. Compete to be the winning team in your pub, each pub competes to be the Book Pub of Wirksworth 2017! Contact Val Stacey to register your team on 07973 600701 or wirksworthbookfestival@gmail.com.