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

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

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

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

Northern Light Cinema, 13A North End, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FG
Saturday 01/04/17
£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

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

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

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


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
£5.00, under 16s free


John Hegley
Wirksworth Town Hall, Coldwell St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4EU
Saturday 01/04/17
£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

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



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


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

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
£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.