Cricket Mid-Season Report – Roy Pearce – 7th July 2018




Wirksworth & Middleton cricketers are enjoying a sunny, successful season as they approach the mid-way point.


Top marks go to our 4thXI and the indefatigable enthusiast Andrew Redfern, who recruits and manages this cheerful crew. They enjoy their cricket and stand happily second in division 10n of the Derbyshire County League. In established tradition this is a family squad and several fathers and sons have played together: Julians, Poplars, O’Boyles, Redferns; Mike Harwood captained a team which included his two daughters and even managed to score a long-awaited and well- deserved century for the thirds.


The 3rdXI, a potent mix of young and old, led by Neil Doxey made a slow start, but David Hopkinson and Peter Ashurst have made good runs and a weekend double over Heanor and Selston garnered 54 points, with Neil Taylor making a fine century.

Young cricketers, Matt Leask and Declan Kidger Preston show high quality as all rounders.


W&MCC seconds are in transition with captains James Brierley and Ash Spendlove bringing on some promising young players. Luke Boden made his first hundred for the club, 106 not out in a match-winnings innings against Buxton. Richard Tunnicliffe (now promoted to the  1stXI) and Josh Pickering are penetrative opening bowlers and Josef Whitfield and Michael Wright are emerging spinners.  As the team has settled they are in third  place and two confident wins make a  second promotion a real possibility.


Newly promoted to the Derbyshire Premiership the 1st XI has struggled in high standard competition against powerful and experienced elevens.  Led by Ben Perry Taylor the team spirit has remained high and the spin twins, Ben and Joe Greenhalgh have been at the heart of a hard working bowling attack.  Ben Spendlove, returning  this season, played a magnificent innings 114 against Spondon (12 fours and six sixes),  reviving past glories with  a classic innings  for the connoisseur.


The other memorable hundred was made by seventeen year old Charlie Mellor. Swanwick Hall 1st XI set our seconds a formidable target of 253. In 43 overs in reply Charlie scored 161 not out with 17 fours and a six to secure a memorable victory. Magnificent.  We believe this is the highest score by a youth player and a record for the 2ndXI.


Another personal distinction has been the captaincy in one 4thXI match of Jack Redfern, our youngest-ever senior skipper at the age of fifteen.


The sun-drenched ground is in excellent condition and facilities are much praised by visitors. Our veteran spectators now enjoy the new benches on the Wirksworth Kop and we await Dali Day, a sad celebration in memory of our young friend Matt Daldorph, on Sunday 16th July, when an afternoon of cricket fun and music will raise funds for the East Midlands Ambulance service.  Everyone is welcome.


Broadmeadow News – Cricket from Roy Pearce – from 16th July 2018

Welcome to Broadmeadow News,an occasional update for members, friends, parents and supporters by Roy Pearce. We want this information sheet to go beyond the usual club members: will all readers please pass to six others, who may be interested.  Broadmeadowis the original name of our ground where we’ve played since 1849. Each edition will include today’s news and bits from the past. What do you think?


Congratulations to


ZakSpendolove, our third generation cricketer following Ben and Lee.


Richard Tunnicliffe who represented Derbyshire U17s, opening the bowling.


MichaelWright: remarkable 2ndXI analysis: 5 for 3 in 6 overs of leg spin.


Remarkable 1stXI victory against Rolleston. We made 107, but our spinners, Joe & Ben bowled 30 overs for 52 and 6 wickets. Needing 2 to win Rory Overmeyer bowled his demon straight slower ball, hitting the last man’s stumps. Won by 1 run. Do you remember a one run victory before?


2ndXItop of the division with weekend victories, despite early collapses, over Buxton (Michael Wright made 50) & Duffield (Matt Leask 52 off 36 balls) and 54 points. Spin twins Wright & Brierley taking 16 wickets for 137 runs in the two games. James 7/46 v Duffield.


Mike Harwoodmade his second successive century for 3rd XI; a hundred before lunch with a 10.00am start at Middleton when a football match was held in Russia.


Welcometo the U19 XI who played their first ever match.


Charlie’s Inningsof 161* is the highest by a youth player.

For 2nd XI I have found two knocks by Neil Smedley in 1994, a golden year:  176* v Lullington and 163 v Saltergate; with Paul Baines making 163* in 2010 against Clowne.


The highest scores for 1st XI are Zahid Javed 205* v Denby 2ndXI  & Tim Tweats 201* v Ockbrook & Borrowash in 1998.


In ancient times, in 1998 Ernest Beestonscored 196, with an ancient bat. Amazing.


Neil Doxeymanaged to foil the laws of probability by losing nine tosses in a row for 3rd.


John Thompsoncelebrated the World Cup by recalling that he was at Wembley with a Gell school party in 1966, on the goal line when Hurst’s famous, but controversial goal went in.


The three new benchesat the KOP end provide a fine view behind the bowler’s arm.


Twenty Years ago in 1998 I found the following in Ken’s annual report.   


Ben Spendlove fielded as 12th man for England at Edgbaston, making two catches.

Mark Woodward reached 500 wickets for the club – more to come.

Neil Doxey, stumper, reached 145 dismissals, passing George Taylor’s record total.

Stephen Lowe took a hat-trick and headed the 1stXI bowling averages.

Tim Tweats, on the Derbyshire staff, hit three hundreds.

David Greatorex made most 1stXI runs, 731@56.23

Ken Wilson completed 30 years as match secretary.

2nd XI fielded 40 players in the season and  Andrew Redfern made 599 tuns @ 35.24.

3rdXI led by Anthony Hayward, played some games at Mugginton for the first time

In youth cricket U13s noted for the future included

Jack Allen, Paul Thompson, James Thompson and Adam Marshall.


Ken Wilsonspoke often of Wirksworth cricket and I felt I should record some of his fine words. He said in 1997. ‘Nobody could play through football, apathy and theme parks.’ More wisdom welcome.


A Photois attached of supporters at an historic match. Who? Where? When? Who won?

Wirksworth Heritage Centre seeks staff!!

Café Assistants and Visitor Services Assistants

Wirksworth Heritage Centre is in the delivery stage of a £1.6m HLF-supported project to create a new museum and heritage attraction in this lively Derbyshire town. We are now seeking new staff who love working with the public to run our Heritage Centre front desk and shop, and our café.

We are seeking two part-time Visitor Service Assistants, to work during the week and at weekends – the successful candidates will have excellent customer service and retail skills.

We also need a team of part time Café Assistants, to work during the week, weekends and some evenings. Experience in catering would be preferred.  A willingness to learn is essential, as are excellent communication skills and a commitment to providing quality service.

If you are enthusiastic and hard-working, and want to help us make Wirksworth one of the top destinations in Derbyshire, we would like to hear from you.


For further details of these posts please contact the General Manager Roger Shelley at Wirksworth Heritage Centre, Unit 3, Old Trent Works, Derby Road, DE4 4BG

07841 019438


Closing date noon on Monday 6 August.

Memorial Bench for Roger ‘Reg’ Waters

Roger ‘Reg’ Waters – Memorial Bench.

Diane and I have finally got permission to install a bench in memory of Reg. It’ll be up at Black Rocks in a peaceful grassed area, off the main trail.

It’s taken a while to sort this out, but I want it to happen – if anyone would like to contribute to the cost, which be around £400, I have set up a PayPal account –

Some folk don’t do PayPal I know – I can be contacted directly at that address or at

If you do make a contribution let me know so I can acknowledge and keep you posted.
Rob the ‘Prof’.

I-Spy that Wirksworth is Blooming!

I-Spy that Wirksworth is Blooming!

There will be an international flavour to the Hidden Courtyards and Gardens of Wirksworth as this year the weekend coincides with the arrival of visitors from Wirksworth’s fellow Twinning towns of Die in France and Frankenau in Germany. On Saturday 23rdand Sunday 24thJune Wirksworth will be buzzing and blooming as 29 gardeners will open their gardens to the public.  The weekend promises to be a hive of activity – music from the Community Choir and Community Orchestra, rare and unusual plants for sale from local nurseries, plenty of tea and delicious home-made cakes for visitors to devour and one garden on the Trail is even offering exotic Asian food. Visitors will be surprised and entranced by small courtyards, hidden gardens, historic houses, and peaceful places as well as wonderful views of the town and surrounding countryside. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the unique beauty and welcoming atmosphere of this historic and quirky town. An added attraction this year is an I-Spy Trail for children with hidden objects for children to find and record, so children can be kept busy whilst parents enjoy the gardens.

The gardens are open from 12 to 5 p.m. on both days and tickets for the whole weekend cost only £4, £3 concessions, and there is no charge for children 16 and under. All monies raised go to charities and local groups. Further details are available from, emailing or by telephoning 01629 922539 .


(Note to Editors – for further information contact or on 01629 822539 or 07710789457)




Inspiring stories of courage of women in Syria at Amnesty Wirksworth and District event

Inspiring stories of courage of women in Syria at Amnesty Wirksworth and District event

On Saturday 14thApril, Wirksworth and District Amnesty group held an event  (originally planned for International Women’s Day in early March) at the Stone Centre.

A presentation was given by Hannah Reed, an aid and development worker for 15 years in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Hannah talked and showed pictures of her wide ranging work in these countries, including currently with ‘Big Heart’, a Syrian based organisation, grown from one Syrian man’s initiative. Through Big Heart, Hannah met Ola Batta, an amazing young Syrian woman who joined our meeting via video link. Originally from Aleppo, she now lives with her family in Turkey. Ola told us about her humanitarian work since the Syrian crisis began. She has taken a lead role in organising food distribution, women’s rights and education for young traumatised children.

This moving, thought provoking presentation from Hannah and Ola was greatly appreciated by the those attending. In response to questions, both agreed that we must remember the Syrian conflict started with pro democracy protests. The international community has its own agenda. One Syrian worker for Big Heart said “Everybody’s talking about Syria, nobody’s talking to Syrians”.

Donations totalling £180 will be sent to a Syrian charity chosen by Hannah and Ola.

For more information, please contact us at or Paul Webb on 07977894609.


Future Train Service Disruption – Derwent Valley Line

Major disruption between 22 July and 7 October at Derby – people should look online for the details.

There are forthcoming changes at Derby Station were explained by National Rail and East Midlands Trains people.  The specific subject of the meeting was the Derwent Valley line to Matlock.

Firstly – and less importantly just now – is that the May railway timetable changes  ( will lead to the 20.26 train from St Pancras no longer giving a connection in Derby to the last train to Matlock. Instead people will have to catch an earlier train from St Pancras. A recent meeting suggested that the last train one could catch from London would be the one at about 20.00 but looking online it looks as though there will be no train to Matlock from Derby after about 2050, meaning that the 19.00 train will be the last train should you want to come on to Cromford or Matlock that evening.

Secondly – and much more important – is the disruption that will take place while engineering work goes on at Derby this summer. The effect of this will be that there will be no through trains to Nottingham from Matlock between 30 July and 24 August. From 25 August to 7 October, there will be no trains between Matlock and Derby: instead there will be a bus and coach replacement service: this will travel down the A6 so will not go to Cromford Station but will stop on the A6 (which will be better for people from Wirksworth but will put pressure on car parking in Cromford). In addition, on the London line there will be no trains between Derby and London from 13-19 August ( a bus service will operate to East Midlands Parkway). From 30 July to 2 September there will be no trains from Derby to Sheffield – there will be buses from Derby to Chesterfield. Cross Country trains will not visit Derby from 30 July to 2 September. East Midlands trains will not operate between Sheffield and Derby from 30 July to 7 October. You can find the details of this at From 30 July to 7 October, there will be just one train per hour in each direction between Derby and St Pancras, though these will start and terminate at Derby and not go through to Sheffield.

This is going to cause major headaches for many train users – and of course over the weekend of the Festival, there will be no trains on the Derwent Valley line, nor will there be East Midland trains between Chesterfield and Derby that weekend though Cross Country trains will operate between Sheffield, Chesterfield and Derby.

Major disruption between 22 July and 7 October at Derby – people should look online for the details.

Train disruption from July 2018

News of train disruption from July to October 2018

Between 22 July and 7 October, Network Rail will be working in partnership with East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry to rebuild the track and signalling in and around Derby railway station. While Derby Station remains open throughout the work, customers travelling to and through Derby will experience significant disruption. Full details here.


Consultation on Primary Education Provision – Wirksworth – Closes 20th January

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

Please make your voice heard – Our children, our future!…/primary_education_provision…

Scaling the Peaks – Rural Dementia Study

Calling all families living with dementia in rural Derbyshire.

The Scaling the Peaks study is coming to an end in August 2018. This is the last opportunity to contribute to a study which is examining local services to support older people and their families living with dementia in the region. Perhaps you provide or support members of the community as part of a voluntary, support or more formal service and wish to share the work you do. Or you may wish to consider taking part as an older (over 70 years) adult living with dementia or as a family care giver. Taking part involves confidential interview(s) only. The findings will be used to help support the future design and delivery of services which are robust, accessible and relevant to local users.
Please contact Fiona Marshall, Senior Research Fellow on 07920813613 or email on or pick up a leaflet at Hannage Brook Medical Centre (in main reception area).

To access external website click here:

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Wirksworth Parish Room Wooden Floor Renovation – please vote for funding



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.

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!!


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.…/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



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.

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 Cricketing Triumph!!!




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





at Shipley Hall CC on Sunday 20th August 2017 for the

Peak Marquees John Else T20 Trophy.