Studies now show that if everyone wears cloth masks in public, it does reduce the spread of Covid19.

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DOMESTIC ABUSE? For more information, click here.

Derbyshire Health Care Trust’s new MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT LINE went live on Monday (6 April) and is now available between 9am-midnight every day. It is aimed at patients and their carers, and Derbyshire residents of all ages. People can call 0300 790 0596 if they are experiencing significant distress or anxiety at this time.

Information from our local authorities (Parish/Town, District and County)

The County Council and the District Council both cover some of the same ground regarding Covid-19, but not always, so it is advisable to look at both councils’ pages. They both link to government and NHS guidance, but separately about the effect on the specific services they run.

Derbyshire County Council Covid-19

The County covers Social Services, Education, Countryside etc.  click here

Derbyshire Dales District Council Covid-19 

The District covers support for businesses (including financial) and financial help for residents, etc.  click here

Wirksworth Town Council, Facebook page for updates

Middleton by Wirksworth Parish Council, click here.

Cromford Parish Council, click here.

Bonsall Village,  click here.

The Post Office are still delivering and are NOT asking for signatures.

See Obtaining Food for hours at the Mountford Road Post Office in Wirksworth.

Questions about benefits, bills or suspect emails that are offering help?

PayPal ‘s FAQ for financial issues re the coronavirus.

Advice & support on claiming benefits available from the Derbyshire Districts Citizens’ Advice Bureau, click here.

Peak District says Stay at Home – So does Carsington Reservoir

Unless you live or work in the Peak District, you are not welcome – even if you come on foot or a bicycle. It is not the place for your one short daily exercise read more.

All visitor sites at Carsington Reservoir are closed. For their Facebook page, click here.

Help, I’ve run out of …. Wirksworth

FB page set up by a Wirksworth resident – people pose a query and others make suggestions on Facebook.

Download books from Derbyshire Libraries

Click here

Public transport – buses & trains information

You must wear a face mask unless you have one of a list of reasons for not wearing one, see next section.

Trent Barton sixes are going back to normal service on 15 June. Check timetables here

110-111 Hulleys of Baslow. On 15 June, services return to normal.  Website click here

 Transpeak Buxton to Derby will operate to a daily reduced service level between Buxton and Matlock only.  There will be connections with the train at Matlock, and Derbyshire Wayfarer tickets purchased on bus will be valid on the trains through to Derby. Passengers with NHS employee card travel free.  View Timetable  Update for 15 June.

Matlock to Derby trains and further:Travelling during the pandemic and wearing a mask. Click here to watch a video.


From 15 June, 2020, wearing a face covering is essential on all public transport, unless you are exempt for one of the following reasons… (The exemptions are listed on Hulleys of Baslow website (see above) but I can’t find any government guidance yet! Watch this space.

Here are some details about homemade facemasks – these are not to replace official kit as a medic, but will definitely help to reduce potential spread when everyone wears one in confined spaces. The mask doesn’t protect you. However, if someone has the virus but doesn’t realise it because they don’t have any symptoms, then if they wear a mask, it will protect others – by keeping most of the virus particles inside.

An improvised face mask should be viewed as the last possible alternative if a supply of commercial face masks is not available, irrespective of the disease against which it may be required for protection.

A resident has sent us this link, from Washington state in the U.S., which had an early spike in Covid-19. A retired nurse who now runs a quilting company began making surgical masks. She had so many inquiries from non-medical people wanting masks that she and her team studied and designed a mask that can be made with a machine (or hand-sewn). The site includes patterns and videos in which the nurse describes in plain English what masks should do and how her pattern accommodates it. You might spot one of these masks around Wirksworth.

The resident writes: “This is the best sewn mask I’ve found and they sew up quickly and are comfortable.  The videos in this link give instructions and suggestions on fabric, etc.  Ebay still has a lot of the unwoven fabric as well as other parts.  Good washed cotton people have at home works great.  Interfacing will add the unwoven aspect. I found 16 or 18 gauge wire works fine for nose piece.” Link below.


Other branches of Wirksworth coronavirus information:

Medical Help

Obtaining Food

Local Help & Support