School Speech Day – Wirksworth Grammar School, 1919

School Speech Day – Wirksworth Grammar School, 1919


Many Wirksworthians will remember Roy Pearce, Headmaster of Anthony Gell for many years. Here he has spotted details of the School Speech Day from 1919.


From the Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal Saturday 06 December 1919.




RP’s introduction.  This is a long extract from a very long report in the ‘local’ paper (1919, so the first post war Speech Day), covering several columns.  Oddly I found myself typing this piece on 6thDecember 2018.  You will find the first and last parts formal and boring, though interesting of their time.  But in the middle is a gem. It begins with the needs of individual pupils and develops into a cry (in bold) for the value of the arts in education: I am sure this section, with its passion and fluency would have been inserted by Celia H,B., the Headmaster’s wife.  She was a remarkable woman (her school plays were famous!) and I yelled aloud at her rousing contribution.  I wonder what her Wirksworth audience made of her plea. 


The HEADMASTER (Rev. L. Hansen Bay) then read his report.


I have the honour to present to you my eleventh annual report on the work of the School for the year ending July 31st, 1919. The influenza epidemic in the earlier part of the school year was responsible for much irregular attendance, but I am thankful to say that the number of cases was not large enough to warrant my temporarily closing the school. Examinations were held, as usual, in July.


I was very sorry, and the school was very sorry, to sever our long connection with the Oxford Local Examinations in whose lists the name of the school has figured so honourably in recent years. For the first time our Vlth form took the examination of the Joint Matriculation Board of the Northern Universities, examination, which is taken by many of the leading secondary schools in Derbyshire. The regulations of the Board, under which they pay the cost of the examinations, demand that the whole of the Vlth form shall be entered as a form. Our Vlth form was therefore entered. The results are appended and are better than I anticipated. The pupils are to be congratulated on their success. The middle and lower school were examined by myself and the staff.   There is evidence of good earnest work, and on the whole I was satisfied with the results. I am glad to report that sound progress has been made all round and that arithmetic and English seem especially good. The only other outside examinations for which pupils were entered was the Derbyshire Bible examination open all boys and girls of Derbyshire. Our candidates were again very successful, carrying off four first prizes in the different classes, one second prize, one third, and two fourths. Five pupils this year were awarded C.C. Intermediate Scholarships, their merits being considered sufficiently good and advanced enough to gain them such an honour.


I have much pleasure in recommending to the special notice of the governors the following pupils of the Vlth form who gained the full school leaving certificate of the Northern Universities Exam.: W L. Land (distinction in mathematics). Annie E. Goodwin. Ida M. Pattin, Marian Fell. Katherine L. Hatchett, and for good work in other forms—Vivian Wood. Lucy Doxey, Dorothy Nyalssy, and Haworth, all awarded C.C. Inter. Schol.; iv.. Dorothy Ruddock. Gwendoline Williams, and Kathleen H. Bay; lii.. Constance Saunders. Hurt 1.; ii.. Elizabeth Potts. Wadsworth ii.



We have renewed our social activities. Our sports day once more resumed its pre-war characteristics and proved a great success. Our games and our societies are once more flourishing. My wife and I again desire to express an appreciation of the work and co-operation of the staff. We were glad to welcome J. R. Hatchett to help us for two terms. We owe a debt gratitude to Stanley Coulson D.F.C., for the very kind and efficient help gave us with the cadet corps.


(NOW FOLLOWS A HEADMAGISTERIAL RANT RP))   One hears a great deal from time to time about different systems of education. One after another educational enthusiasts devise a system which (expressed in learned words of many syllables) sounds impressive as well as attractive. It has been so throughout the ages. A man (or maybe a woman) of genius develops a method of education which combats some existing evil and meets some obvious need: the system is highly successful in the hands of an enthusiastic and gifted teacher, and nowadays it becomes labelled as the system, the High School System, the “Montessori”  system or whatever it may be. And as the science of education becomes more fully understood each system passes away into comparative obscurity, because the good of the system has been assimilated into the common stock, and the weak points have had time to show themselves and to cause the rejection of the particular system as a whole. Each is good, but in some way not perfect.


The wise enthusiast, it seems to me. should be guided by one rule only, and that seems a very humble one—the rule of common sense.  Common sense in education includes a continued and profound study of the psychology of  the pupil; it connotes nice calculation of the means best adapted to suit the needs of each boy or girl’s particular nature and circumstances (a pupil who has no library at  home for instance, requires more inducement to read widely and wisely than the child of studious parents).  Common sense endeavours to teach co-operation and to discipline the character through work and play without unduly repressing the individuality; it encourages the pupil to explore the vast realms of art and science which lie open him and to enjoy with delicate appreciation and a thankful heart all that is beautiful and delightful in life. It encourages a child to express the thoughts that arise in him by any means most appropriate – by rhythmic movements, song, by painting, writing, creating models of machinery, etc.: mere common sense—undignified by any finer name—covers all this. It endeavours to meet the needs life at every age and stage of development.


It does not neglect to punish the pupil with the accumulated experiences of others in the form of history, and the accumulated mental experiences of others again in the form of literature. Common sense provides the pupil with a set of simple rules for virtuous living which must not be deviated from at any time in his career if he is to walk safely and usefully through life. Above all it teaches him to realise something of the smallness of the material and temporary things as compared with spiritual and eternal things; and (lest the young soul should overwhelmed by the vastness the universe) common sense reveals God to the child as his strong and loving and allwise Father; a God to be served not grudgingly nor of necessity but with zealous devotion. Such a system, if we can but work upon it, can never be out of date or superseded.



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Wirksworth Tarmac Liaison Group

Wirksworth Tarmac Liaison Group

Following the successful drop in event, Wirksworth Tarmac Liaison Group have submitted the following to the Town Council and District Council

Submission to Derbyshire Dales District Council
The Middleton Road Planning Application Submission by Tarmac
Planning Reference: 18/00741/OUT

This is a very important development for the town which will alter the community we represent. We are determined that if the development proceeds the it should be the best possible development and should bring as much benefit as possible to our town and its people.
The Town Council recognises that this is an outline planning application as such the applicant is asking for determination of
• the area to be developed for residential use and a for employment use, as illustrated by the parameters plan.
• the principle that the site will provide up to 151 dwellings, 4,291 sq. m of mixed employment space ( B1, B2 & B8)
• the access points into the site on Middleton Road and Cromford Road
In preparing this response the Town Council has been supported by an Advisory Group comprising of representatives of the Town Council, the Neighbourhood Plan group, the Civic Society and local residents. This group has appointed an independent chair, Jonathan Jenkin who is a planning consultant.
This group subsequently organised consultation with the people of Wirksworth inviting their comments and concerns about the proposals. A ‘Drop In’ event was held on Saturday 1st September. This was attended by about 100 people 92 of whom made written submissions. Some other submissions were made electronically. The submissions are available and a chart giving a summary of the concerns expressed is enclosed. These comments and concerns have informed this submission by the Town Council.
Our submission is to
• Respectfully recommend two conditions to be attached to any permission granted.
• List our further concerns about the development for consideration by the District Council

Affordable Housing Requirements must be adhered to and community benefits should be provided
The applicant claims that the remediation costs of the site are such that it is not feasible to provide affordable housing. We appreciate that is part of the Planning Authority’s responsibility to test this claim.
The lack of affordable homes is a major concern to the Town Council, this was reflected in the concerns of local people. 61 of the 92 people making representations complained that this was not included.
We would point out that it is contrary to the policies of the District council to provide no affordable housing. If none is to be provided because of viability, this permission could be refused and other more viable sites be used to provide the housing required in the District.
We stress that some affordable housing should be provided even if it is less than the usual 30%. If this is deemed to be impossible then at the very least a parcel of clean land should be made available for affordable housing to Wirksworth Transition Community Land Trust. The Trust constituted and working to provide zero carbon affordable homes for local people.
We would also insist that some community benefits should be forthcoming from the development and made conditions of any permission granted. These should include funding for leisure in the town, particularly a contribution towards the rebuilding of the skate park.
It is understood that conditions can be introduced to any permission that the viability study should be revised and reviewed at intervals during the development of the site. It is impossible to know what changes will occur in, for example, the housing market which could impact on the ongoing viability of the site. A ‘revision clause’ would be a safeguard.

The development should pay close regard to the Wirksworth Neighbourhood plan
The Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan was instigated and approved by the Town Council. It was approved by a large majority in a town referendum in 2015 and subsequently adopted by the District Council. The Plan is therefore material in planning terms and should form the main plank of the response to this application.
Neighbourhood Plan Design
The neighbourhood plan anticipated development of this site. It offers clear guidance on the development of this site, in particular the plan includes a Concept Statement .
This should be used to inform the detailed design of layout and in the development of design of the units. The indicative plans submitted with the application do not follow this design statement. This plan, showing layout and house design is not acceptable for the site.

This point has been made clearly by the Civic Society who point out the danger of implying any acceptance of this indicative layout. The eventual layout must be the subject of a further application.

The plan also sets out aspirations for good pedestrian and cycling routes. We would urge that routes for public services such as buses should also be considered and shown in future detail applications

Plan Principles
The Plan also set principles to be used on any development which are relevant to this site.
It is most important that four of the principles in the Neighbourhood plan should be included as conditions in any permission granted. This will set the parameters for the development’s future design and marketing.
The neighbourhood plan sets out:-
• Space standards for dwellings
• That the development should meet ‘Building for life’ standards. It should score more than 12? on this measure
• Allowing only primary residences – writing into planning permissions that none of the homes provided should be second homes or holiday lets.
• Reducing carbon foot print of homes –requiring that homes provided reach a higher standard in terms of energy efficiency than is required by building regulations.
The use and implementation of the Neighbourhood Plan will address many of the concerns held by the people of the town.


DDDC Local Plan includes development of 650 homes on the large quarry site neighbouring this development. We appreciate that this application has to be judged on its merits but would urge that it is seen in the context of the larger possible development of Middle Peak. This would impact on the transport and highways issues.

The plans include for the provision of three new access points, two on Cromford Road, one on Middleton Road. The Town Council understands that officers in the Highways department at the County Council will make comment on the proposed layout and positioning of these. We will not comment in detail on these but would bullet point our concerns andthose made to us for consideration.
• The increase in traffic resulting from this development is a concern to many. The impact of more traffic in the narrow streets of the town centre is particularly concerning.
• “Rush Hour” from 8.30 to 9.30 and 3.30 to 5 already creates high levels of congestion in the town – we would like to see some clear estimation of traffic with the extra 150 houses
• Air pollution levels are a concern, as they are already high.

Town Centre and Parking
The development is likely to increase the demand for short term parking in the town centre which is already in short supply.
• The Town Council is working on plans to improve parking provision in the town and would ask the District Council to give this some priority if this permission is granted.

Cromford Road
This is a major route into and out of the town. The footpath on the eastern side of the road is very narrow at about only 600mm. The proposals include a pedestrian crossing at this narrow point. While this could help move pedestrians onto the wider footpath on the western side of the road it will take pedestrians on to this dangerous narrow stretch.

Currently the speed limit is 30mph but this is frequently exceeded due to the width of the carriageway. Existing pavements are inadequate particularly on the eastern side of Cromford Road where it is only about 600mm wide. This is dangerous and unsafe for pedestrians particularly children.
The plans show that ultimately there will be eight vehicle accesses onto Cromford Road between Middleton Road junction and the railway bridge. (Two new ones to the development, Spring Close and four which give access to terraces of cottages to the east and west of Cromford Road).
• This stretch of road should become more pedestrian friendly than it is at present.
• Consideration should be given to realigning and narrowing the carriage way close to the railway bridge to reduce speeding
• This is an opportunity to realign the road at its narrow point between the new access and old lane so that the carriageway is moved westwards allowing for a full size footpath on both sides . This would require the high stone wall to be moved westwards.
• Pedestrian crossings should be provided over Middleton Road at the Limekiln pub and over Cromford Road at this point.
• Further pedestrian crossings should be introduced as planned between Old Lane and the railway bridge

Middleton Road

This road is subject to subsidence and consequently is sometimes in a poor state of repair. An access is planned onto this road opposite the entrance to Middle Peak Quarry which is also designated in the local plan for housing. The use of these access points for the two developments would mean that the nature of Middleton road would change significantly.
• We would ask if this road would required complete re-engineering to cope with the level of traffic
• Will the Highways authority consider the reduction of the speed limit on this road following the introduction of the access point?
The access road shown off Middleton road appears to be wide and capable of taking heavier traffic than anticipated for this access. It can be seen that this road could be extended through to the Ravenstor Industrial area. This could be seen as an alternative route for remediation and construction traffic for Middle peak.
• While this is supposition, we would ask if this possibility causes the planning and highways authorities any concerns.
• We would ask that the Highways Authority considers traffic issues in the light of the Cromford Road and Middlepeak Quarry Site – it would seem that Tarmac are predicating the Routing Strategy for this 2nd site, and this should be considered and agreed by the Town.

Limekiln Corner
This junction of Middleton Road and Cromford Road is presently dangerous as there is limited visibility. The volume of traffic will inevitably increase with this development. The corner is particularly bad for pedestrians. As it is close to the infant school it is used frequently by parents with small children.
• We would ask that the highway authority pay special attention to this junction and how it can be improved. While the application brings this to attention we would ask that this is examined as a matter of urgency.
Traffic Movement in the employment area
We trust that adequate parking and turning spaces for large vehicles will form part of the detailed proposals. The indicative plans show relatively small space for lorries turning within the site.

Remediation and Construction Traffic
We appreciate that if this site is to be developed it will require considerable remediation work prior to a lengthy period for construction. There is considerable local concern about this.
• We would ask that remediation and construction traffic enters the site from the Middleton road access thereby minimising disruption to Cromford Road,its role as a main entrance to the town and its residents.
We note that reports go into great detail but thereis a holding objection from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. There is local concern about the loss of this green space, its wildflowers and trees.
• We would ask if the ecology of the area is adequately addressed and that the objections from Derbyshire Wildlife trust should be taken into account.

We note Historic England has not objected but there is local concern. The County Archaeologist is looking for more information. The submission by Bill Bevan explores and underlines concerns about the historic value of the site, we particularly commend this.

• Is the ancient monument (Nether Ratchwood and Rantor) mines adequately protected?
• Is the archaeology of the area adequately addressed, particularly has the fact that further sites are being considered for scheduling by historic England been taken into account?

Open Spaces and access routes
There are open spaces shown on the indicative plan. While it is understood these are indicative there will be open spaces in any future design and layout, Old Lane is to be retained as a footpath/bridleway. We are particularly concerned that there should not be further maintenance obligations which will make future demands on public funds.
• How will open spaces and access routes be managed and maintained? Can and will the Planning Authority require management plans for this?


There is concern about the impact on local sewerage. While it is understood this is not usually a planning matter, this impact should be taken into account and provided for if possible.

• Can and will the planning authority press for plans to cope with the drainage of this site, especially given the present poor state of sewage disposal and the impact it is having on the residents of nearby Spring Close

Proposed extension to Cromford Road /Old Lane car park

• Possible extension of Cromford Road car park – will the land be gifted and if so to whom?
• There is no Japanese knotweed identified in the reports but there is some reported to be on site, particularly in the area to form extra car parking on Old lane. – should this be taken into account by the planners?

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?

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.

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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



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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.

Information given to those attending the Rally for Wirksworth Leisure Centre



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.


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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…


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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.