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Famous Faces Bag A Bargain At Chesterfield's 1940's Market

Famous Faces Bag A Bargain At Chesterfield's 1940's MarketFriday 31st October 2014 Chesterfield is proud of its market and yesterday, stallholders stepped back in time, donning 'Forties Finery' as the town launched its annual Chesterfield Markets Festival.

Thousands packed into town and entered into the spirit of things, with residents, visitors and re enactors selling forties themed goods - and goodies - and entertaining guests.

The Festival, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, in conjunction with Chesterfield Market Traders, will evolve over the next... READ MORE & VIDEO...

ROC Cafe Helps Young People Off The Streets

ROC Cafe Helps Young People Off The StreetsThursday 30th October 2014 A local drop-in centre, at Grace Chapel, has recently been made a ROC Cafe for the work it does within the community.

ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) is a national organisation that spearheads help and aid within local communities all over the country. The ROC Cafe is an aspect of this and its purpose is to help struggling young people cope with addiction and abuse, as well as provide a safe environment for counsel.

Set up by Deborah Green in Manchester, the initiative quickly gained momentum for the way it knitted communities together. It would achieve this... READ MORE...

'Computer Says Yes' In Chesterfield Jobcentre

'Computer Says Yes' In Chesterfield JobcentreThursday 30th October 2014 Old-fashioned 'signing-on', job cards in windows, and Full Monty-style dole queues have been consigned to the past as Chesterfield Jobcentre is among those to undergo a digital revolution.

High-tech equipment, including specially-designed computers that bring all Jobcentre services into one device, will be installed at Jobcentres right across the East Midlands. More than 700 sites across Britain are being digitally transformed, bringing Jobcentres into the 21st century and making it easier for people to find work.

Around 23,000 electronic signing pads will also become a... READ MORE...

Disappointment As Market 'Yarn Bombing' Handiwork Stolen

Disappointment As Market 'Yarn Bombing' Handiwork StolenTuesday 28th October 2014 Chesterfield residents are disappointed after their handiwork for the Chesterfield Market Festival was stolen by thieves.

Members of the public had produced knitted or crocheted squares of wool for the 'yarn-bombing' of the Market Place as part of the Chesterfield Borough Council organised festival.

The yarn bombing was stolen from trees outside Dents Chemist, the former Post Office Building in New Square and outside the Market Hall in several incidents, the latest on Sunday evening. READ MORE...

National Adoption Week - What Does Adoption Mean To You?

National Adoption Week - What Does Adoption Mean To You?Tuesday 28th October 2014 It's National Adoption Week from 3rd - 9th November and it's the perfect time to find out more about what it means to become an adoptive parent.

There's around 630 children in care in Derbyshire and for many of them adoption is the best way for them to have a permanent, secure and happy family.

Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People councillor Kevin Gillott said: "When you adopt, you take on all legal rights and responsibilities for a child." READ MORE...

Derbyshire Continues 'Fearless' Fight Against Crime

Derbyshire Continues 'Fearless' Fight Against CrimeMonday 27th October 2014 Following two highly successful training sessions in Derbyshire, youth workers in the county are signing up for further 'Fearless' local training events.

The events, to be held in late November, are aimed at those working with young people including police officers, teachers, voluntary organisations and Safer Neighbourhood teams.

Funded by the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles, the training discusses Fearless key messages, how... READ MORE & VIDEO...

Chesterfield FC Spire Lotto Draw - Week 26

Chesterfield FC Spire Lotto Draw - Week 26Monday 27th October 2014


This week's 'Spire Lotto' lottery winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery.
You could win up to £10,000!


Check the Chesterfield Post every week to see if you're a winner!


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Mayoral Best Breakfast For Derbyshire Carers Association

Mayoral Best Breakfast For Derbyshire Carers AssociationFriday 24th October 2014 As part of the Derbyshire Carers Association's (DCA) Autumn fund-raising campaign for Carers, Chesterfield's Mayor, Cllr Alexis Saliou Diouf and the Mayoress, Vickey-Anne Diouf, got up early this morning to take part in 'Britain's Best Breakfast in Derbyshire', part of the Carers Trust national campaign.

This fun, innovative breakfast event took place from 8am to 11am at Rose Hill United Reformed Church, opposite the East entrance of the Town Hall.

Wanting to encourage people to wake up to the... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Million Pound Loss Announced At Chesterfield FC AGM

Million Pound Loss Announced At Chesterfield FC AGMFriday 24th October 2014 Over 120 people attended last night's Supporters AGM - held in the HUB at Chesterfield Football Club.

The purpose of the evening - for which all the board of Directors were in attendance alongside representatives from accountants Shorts - was to pass the accounts for the year up to June 2013 and to give an opportunity for shareholders of the company (CFC 2001 Ltd) to question the Board on their financial and personnel performances.

The accounts, showing a loss of over a million pounds for the year ended 30th June 2014, were passed by those in attendance after the... READ MORE & AUDIO...

This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (24th - 30th October)

This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (24th - 30th October)Friday 24th October 2014

Find all this week's Chesterfield Cineworld Cinema listings here.

Whether you fancy the latest release, or 'catching that film you really want to see on the big screen but haven't managed to get to yet', some Special Events and Advance Screenings, or the kids fancy a traditional 'Saturday Morning film' for just a quid (including fun and games) - you'll find it all here.

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Tributes Paid To Former County Council Chairman

Tributes Paid To Former County Council Chairman, Cllr Walter Burrows after he died on Wednesday following a short illness, aged 80Thursday 23rd October 2014 Tributes have been paid to Councillor Walter Burrows - who was a former Chairman of Derbyshire County Council between 2005-2007 and brother of Chesterfield Borough Council Leader Cllr John Burrows - after he passed away on Wednesday, following a short illness, aged eighty.

Councillor Burrows had served as county councillor for Brimington since 1993, including a period as Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Transport

Leaders of all three main political parties at the County Council... READ MORE...

New Look For An Old Favourite

New Look For An Old FavouriteMonday 20th October 2014 It's a familiar building to most of us but inside, there has been substantial renovation - and The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield said they were "delighted" to be asked to cut the ribbon which declared the 'new look' Rose Hill United Reformed Church officially reopen.

The church has seen substantial improvements which have resulted in new disabled facilities, a fully serviced catering kitchen (and a smaller coffee counter in The Sanctuary) along with a full AV system and a bright and airy conference room.

Situated next to The Town Hall, Rose Hill URC is part of... READ MORE...

Police Appeal After Nearly 30 Sheds Are Targeted By Thieves

Police Appeal After Nearly 30 Sheds Are Targeted By Thieves in Hasland allotment siteFriday 17th October 2014 Police in Chesterfield and Hasland are appealing for information after 28 sheds were broken into in the area.

Overnight, between 4.30pm on Monday, October 13th and 4.30am on Tuesday, October 14th, thieves targeted an allotment site on Ashfield Road in Hasland.

28 sheds at the site were broken into and a quantity of gardening equipment was taken from within including eight hedge cutters, five garden shears, three hedge trimmers and a leaf blower. A number of the sheds were also damaged as offenders attempted to gain entry. READ MORE...

From Pumpkin To Stagecoach - Bus Firm Sponsors Cinders!

From Pumpkin To Stagecoach - Bus Firm Sponsors Cinders!Friday 17th October 2014 It's behind you! Stagecoach in Chesterfield is 'Strictly' showing its support for the town's theatre by getting behind a panto production.

The leading public transport operator is sponsoring the Cinderella pantomime in Chesterfield starring Camilla Dallerup from the BBC hit show Strictly Come Dancing.

Camilla will be leaving the dance floor behind to tread the boards at the town's Pomegranate Theatre in December when she takes on her role as Fairy Godmother, supported by a cast including Asa Elliott from... READ MORE...

Largest Fall In Unemployment Since Records Began

Largest Fall In Unemployment Since Records BeganThursday 16th October 2014 Unemployment has seen the largest annual fall since records began over 40 years ago.

The number of unemployed people is now below 2 million for the first time since 2008, figures published on Wednesday 15th October by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

In the largest annual fall since the 1970s, when Donny Osmond topped the charts with Puppy Love - there are now over half a million fewer unemployed people than there were a year ago. The unemployment rate has... READ MORE & AUDIO...

North Derbyshire CCG Pledges Support For Carers

North Derbyshire CCG Pledges Support For CarersThursday 16th October 2014 Health leaders at North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have pledged their support to improve the quality of life for local carers.

The CCG together with over 20 GP practices is supporting a Carers Pledge that businesses and organisations can sign up to demonstrate their support.

The Pledge has been designed by Derbyshire Carers Association to give carers a voice by improving two-way communication and support enabling them to continue in their caring role. Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Chesterfield... READ MORE...

Spireites Community Trust News - Halloween Treats!

Spireites Community Trust News - Halloween Treats!Thursday 16th October 2014 Welcome to the first of our regular blogs from the Chesterfield FC Community Trust. This week - Have a Howling Halloween Themed School Holiday!

The next school holidays are almost upon us, which, as an added bonus, also include Halloween this year!

The Chesterfield FC Community Trust have changed their scheme into a wider activity programme, which lets you have a go at lots of sports such as table tennis, dodgeball, rounders, soccercise, cheerleading/dance... READ MORE...

Eckington Cubs Win Swimming Gala And More...

Eckington Cubs Win Swimming GalaThursday 16th October 2014 Eckington Cubs won the Dronfield District swimming Gala last Saturday which was held at Eckington Swimming pool leisure centre.

Four groups took part in the event which included a variety of age grouped races from 8 to 10 ½ front-crawl, backstroke, breastroke, mixed relays and even a non swimmers race in the shallow end. The emphasis of the evening was inclusivity of all abilities and to have fun.

6th Eckington Cub Pack had 14 Cubs working well as a team through support, encouragement and performance to win the Medley Relay... READ MORE...

Chesterfield GPs Switch On Electronic Prescriptions

Chesterfield GPs Switch On Electronic PrescriptionsWednesday 15th October 2014 GPs in Chesterfield are making the switch to the NHS Electronic Prescription Service - making it easier and quicker for local patients to get their medication.

Four GP practices in Chesterfield have gone live with the timesaving electronic service and can now digitally send prescriptions direct to pharmacies, without the need for the traditional paper slip. It is designed to speed up the process and gives patients access to new services.

One of the new options is the NHS Repeat Prescription Service... READ MORE...

County Council Expands Nuisance Call Block Pilot

County Council Expands Nuisance Call Block PilotWednesday 15th October 2014 More older and vulnerable residents will be protected from telephone fraud after a Derbyshire County Council trial using monitoring devices found more than 80% of the calls they received were nuisance calls.

The council liaised with Derbyshire police to select seven residents from the target group to take part in the pilot scheme trial between February and August 2014.

During that time they received a total of 1,566 calls - and 1,300 (83%) were unsolicited or cold calls blocked by the device. READ MORE...

Work Begins On New Eastwood Park Pavilion

Work Begins On New Eastwood Park PavilionFriday 10th October 2014 Chesterfield Borough Council's builders and apprentices are playing a key role in building a new pavilion at Eastwood Park.

The work is carried out by the council, which owns and maintains the park in Hasland using the council's in-house team of builders and apprentices.

The project has received £150,000 in funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities fund with £201,000 in funding from the council.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Apprentice Scoops Four National Awards

Chesterfield Apprentice Scoops Four National AwardsFriday 10th October 2014 An auto-electrician apprentice from Chesterfield has been recognised as one of the best in the country after scooping four awards at a national ceremony.

At Stagecoach's 10th annual Apprentice of the Year Awards, Sam Harris picked up the Year Two Award, sponsored by ADL.

Twenty-two-year-old Sam, who works at Stagecoach in Chesterfield, was previously the winner of the year one award. Sam won the Best College award (electrical), voted for by the lecturers who teach the apprentices each... READ MORE...

Bolsover Cruise Club Runs For Reuben

Bolsover Cruise Club Runs For RuebenThursday 9th October 2014 Four members of the Bolsover Cruise Club office in Barlborough will be taking part in the Asics Neon Run to raise money for the charity Reuben's Retreat.

The Asics Neon Run is a unique night-time 5km run which takes place in Temple Newsam in Leeds on 18th October. Along the course will be neon zones engulfed by black lights, lasers, strobes, dancers and DJ's to keep the runners going strong.

The team members taking part are Sarah Wilson, 40, from Palterton near ChesterfieldVictoria Anderson, 32, from DronfieldLinzi... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Crematorium Hosts SANDS' Baby Memorial Events

Chesterfield Crematorium Hosts SANDS' Baby Memorial EventsWednesday 8th October 2014 Chesterfield and District Crematorium will be hosting events for parents and families who have lost babies.

The annual baby memorial service takes place this Sunday, 12th October, at 2pm.

The non-religious service will remember all babies who have died before, during or after birth and will feature live music, poems and opportunities to light candles.

This will be followed by a balloon release in the Never Land memorial garden in the grounds of the crematorium. READ MORE...

Tideswell Male Voice Choir Presents 'Never Forget'

Tideswell Male Voice Choir Presents 'Never Forget'Tuesday 7th October 2014 In this, the 100th anniversary year of the First World War, the war to end all wars, the weekend of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November will see audiences in the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield and The Buxton Opera House, Buxton sharing in a stunning remembrance tribute presented by the widely renowned Tideswell Male Voice Choir.

Through dance, visual effects and poetry, 'Never Forget' will unfold and offer the audience a feast of delight. The show will pay tribute not only to the heroes of Flanders Fields but also to all those who have made sacrifices in other theatres of conflict down the years and throughout the world. READ MORE...

Parish Councils Join Forces To Buy Speed Cameras

Parish Councils Join Forces To Buy Speed Cameras for the PoliceMonday 6th October 2014 Ten parish councils in the North East Derbyshire area have clubbed together to provide a speed camera for police to use as part of a joint bid to make local roads safer.

Ashover, Heath and Holmewood, North Wingfield, Pilsley, Shirland and Higham, Sutton cum Duckmanton, Tupton
and Wingerworth parish councils have all contributed to the campaign, and provided funding for the camera and maintenance.

Joanne Taylor, a local clerk representing the councils, said: "Local residents regularly raise concerns regarding safety and speeding in..." READ MORE...

Eckington School's Boat Naming Ceremony Takes Place

Eckington School's Boat Naming Ceremony Takes PlaceTuesday 30th September 2014 Mr Patrick Cummings, Headteacher at Eckington School, officially named the School boat on Sunday, 28th September - and it has been called 'Madeline'.

This is in memory of Madeline Siddall, a student at the school who died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition at the age of 15.

The simple ceremony, held at Hollingwood Hub, was attended by members of Madeline's family, staff and students from the school and members of the Chesterfield Canal Trust. READ MORE...

Local M&S Raises £3,700 For World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Local M&S Raises £3,700 For World's Biggest Coffee MorningTuesday 30th September 2014 M&S Café in Chesterfield has raised a staggering £3,700 for Macmillan Cancer Support after a successful day of fundraising for the charity's 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' event on Friday 26th September.

The day followed employee Sam Stewart's bravery as she shaved her hair for Macmillan prior to the coffee morning, of which family, friends, colleagues, and even Mickey and Minnie Mouse gathered to support Sam who raised around £700. The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield also visited the store on the 26th, where they congratulated Sam, and even stayed for a coffee with the Store Manager and the Café Section Manager. READ MORE...

Tonight's About Saying Thank You As Memorial Garden Opens

Tonight's About Saying Thank You As Memorial Garden OpensMonday 29th September 2014 Chesterfield Football Club is, on occasion, used to tears. They usually come at the end of a game - or a season - but Sunday evening at the PROACT saw tears for an entirely different reason, as after a few short months, Chesterfield FC's Memorial Garden was officially declared open.

In what has proven to be a project that has captured the imagination of the town, it was only fitting perhaps that two of Chesterfield's greatest sons were there to formally open the Garden - Ernie Moss, the club's all time record goalscorer, alongside Jamie Hewitt, who's made more appearances for the club than any other home town man. READ MORE, VIDEO & AUDIO...

Pomegranate Theatre - Art House Screenings Reviewed

Pomegranate Theatre Art House Screenings ReviewedMonday 29th September 2014 Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre has marked the completion of their £750,000 renovation with a packed weekend of exclusive screenings.

The three-month project, which furnished the spacious auditorium with a new projector, projection screen and advanced sound equipment, has been far from disappointing. Since the complete overhaul, acoustics and demeanour have been astonishing.

Lighting has also seen technical advancements and the new... READ MORE...

Funeral Plans For Dowager Duchess Of Derbyshire Announced

Funeral Plans For Dowager Duchess Of Derbyshire AnnouncedFriday 26th September 2014 It's been announced that the funeral service for Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire will be held at 12 noon, at St Peter's Church, Edensor, DE45 1PH on Thursday 2nd October 2014.

The statement from His Grace The Duke of Devonshire states that everyone is welcome to attend and that there will be refreshments at Chatsworth after the service.

It further states that no memorial service will be held, as were her express instructions and donations in her memory, to the Addington Fund and... READ MORE...

Train Strike Action Suspended Following Union Meeting

East Midlands Train Strike Action Suspended Following Union MeetingFriday 26th September 2014 It's been revealed tonight that industrial action planned by the Unite union's train maintenance staff has been suspended.

East Midlands Trains says it will now run a full and normal service between Sunday 28th September and Saturday 4th October on all routes as advertised. They are working to update on-line journey planners to show the original timetable information and say that this is likely to be correct from Saturday 27th September. Please CLICK HERE to download the original PDF timetable for Saturday 27th September which was amended for planned improvement work on various parts of the network. They would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding during this time.

Deborah, Dowager Duchess Of Devonshire Dies Aged 94

Dowager Duchess Of Devonshire Dies Aged 94Tuesday 24th September 2014
Chatsworth has announced that Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire passed away this morning, Wednesday, September 24th.

Formerly Deborah Mitford, the Dowager Duchess was credited for turning Chatsworth Estate into the successful business it is today - whilst still retaining it as a family home.

The Duke of Devonshire said: "It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Deborah Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, passed..." READ MORE...

Poundland Doubles It's Value In Chesterfield With New Store

Poundland Doubles It's Value In Chesterfield With New StoreWednesday 24th September 2014 Poundland, Europe's biggest single price discount retailer, will be opening a second store in Chesterfield on Ravenside Retail Park on 27th September - creating 30 jobs for the local community.

With over 540 stores nationwide, Poundland offers amazing everyday value with thousands of items at just £1 each.

With a huge variety of the nation's favourite brands including Cadbury's, Heinz and Coca-Cola as well as everything from household essentials to health and beauty buys - and a number of exclusive and seasonal ranges - you can... READ MORE...

Panto Comes To Town - Oh Yes It Does!

Panto Comes To Town - Oh Yes It Does!Tuesday 23rd September 2014 People of a nervous disposition may want to stop reading now as Dames in brightly coloured dresses, a Prince, Princess and 'Buttons' crossing the road in Chesterfield yesterday afternoon can only mean one thing...

It's nearly 'Panto' time! (Oh yes it is) in Chesterfield!

This year, the Pomegrante Theatre will stage 'Cinderella' (produced by Paul Holman Associates and sponsored by Stagecoach), which will star Camilla Dallerup (Strictly) and Asa Elliott (Bendiorm) as... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Lifelong Spireite Scoops Spire Lotto Jackpot

Lifelong Spireite Scoops Spire Lotto JackpotTuesday 23rd September 2014
Lifelong Spireite John Moss is celebrating after scooping the £9,500 rollover jackpot in the Spire Lotto draw!

John
was enjoying a short break in Great Yarmouth with his wife Glenys when he received a call from Janice Kew in the club's commercial department who informed him of his windfall.

"It was the best phone call I've received in a long while," said John. "It was a very pleasant surprise. I told Janice that I'll take a call like that..." READ MORE...

Bus Drivers Bidding For Passenger Votes To Win Star Title

Bus Drivers Bidding For Passenger Votes To Win Star TitleTuesday 23rd September 2014 Bus passengers in Chesterfield are being encouraged to vote for their favourite driver and be in with a chance of winning a top prize.

To mark National Customer Service Week, which takes place from 6th-12th October, leading operator Stagecoach has launched its annual Customer Service Stars competition.

Customers can vote for their favourite Stagecoach Chesterfield driver online at www.stagecoachbus.com or by filling in an on-bus form... READ MORE...

Nederman Ltd Requires Full Time Installation Fitter

Nederman Ltd Requires Full Time Installation FitterMonday 22nd September 2014 Nederman Ltd has the following vacancy within its Projects Department: FULL TIME INSTALLATION FITTER. Applicants would ideally have experience in ductwork installation, but is not a necessity.

The role of installation fitter involves UK based travel and occasional work outside of the UK. IPAF and PASMA are desirable. The successful applicant must have a full UK driving license, Salary £13,500 - £15,000 pa dependant on experience + overtime.

Email your CV to: Claire.chadwick@nederman.co.uk or telephone 01772 332147 for an application form.

DLRAA Attend An Industrial Incident In Chesterfield

DLRAA Attend An Industrial Incident In ChesterfieldTuesday 23rd September 2014 On Saturday 20th September, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) was called to an industrial incident in Calow, Chesterfield.

At 13:55, the Air Ambulance crew were called to help a 51-year old male who had accidentally lacerated his left arm whilst operating machinery. The patient suffered significant bleeding.

When the DLRAA doctor and critical care paramedics arrived on scene, just 15 minutes after the emergency call had been received... READ MORE...

'Boycie' Officially Opens Redeveloped Chesterfield Theatres

'Boycie' Officially Opens Redeveloped Chesterfield TheatresMonday 22nd September 2014 Actor John Challis - who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses - has officially re-opened two Chesterfield theatres following a £700,000 refurbishment.

The actor, who began his career by performing regularly in Chesterfield, unveiled improvements to the Pomegranate Theatre and the Winding Wheel on Friday 19th September.

The work was possible due to a £495,000 investment from Arts Council England's National Lottery-funded capital programme, and... READ MORE & AUDIO...

TV Star Visits The Proact And Talks Unknown Quantities

TV Star Visits The Proact And Talks Unknown QuantitiesMonday 22nd September 2014 Jesse McClure, star of Storage Hunters - currently airing on satellite channel Dave - was in town on Friday visiting the PROACT stadium.

Chesterfield supporters have no need to be alarmed however; he wasn't rooting through the trophy cabinet - but simply paying a visit to meet fans of the show.

After meeting manager Paul Cook, and being presented with a personalised shirt, he took time out to speak with The Chesterfield Post, telling us, "I got invited here to hang with fans and see what it's all about..." READ MORE & AUDIO...

Tributes Paid To Former Chesterfield Mayor, Trudi Mulcaster

Tributes Paid To Former Chesterfield Mayor, Trudi MulcasterFriday 19th September 2014 Tributes have been paid to former Chesterfield mayor, Trudi Mulcaster, who, it has been announced today, died on Wednesday after a long illness.

Mrs Mulcaster was a Liberal councillor for the former West ward between 1973 and 1979, and Liberal Democrat councillor for West ward from 1996 to 2007.

She served as Mayor of Chesterfield from 2006 to 2007, supporting the charity Pathways of Chesterfield, helping the homeless in the borough, during her year of office. READ MORE...

Emergency Bed Loan Gives Zach Somewhere Safe To Sleep

Emergency Bed Loan Gives Zach Somewhere Safe To SleepFriday 19th September 2014 The rising number of calls for help from families of disabled and terminally ill children in Derbyshire, has prompted a leading UK charity to recruit an Awareness and Fundraising Manager specifically for the region.

The new role is vital to the work of Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children to help ensure continued support for families of vulnerable children such as three-year-old Zach Blackburn from Chesterfield.

Zach has a diagnosis of Autism, Global Developmental Delay... READ MORE...

Boost For Three Local Charities

Boost For Three Local CharitiesThursday 18th September 2014 Record proceeds from a Classic Car and Bike Show held at Renishaw Hall last June have now been shared out between three worthy local charities.

The annual event, organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, this year raised over £7,000 resulting in healthy donations of £2,350 each being made to Ashgate Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Chesterfield Rotary president John Roberts presented the... READ MORE...

Casa Adds Unique Wedding Splendour At Walton Lodge

Casa Adds Unique Wedding Splendour At Walton LodgeTuesday 16th September 2014 Casa Hotel is adding a further string to its wedding bow by offering weddings at the captivating Walton Lodge as well as staging their own Autumn Wedding Fayre on Sunday 21st September.

Having helped Casa become the ninth best hotel in the UK as awarded by TripAdvisor, Casa's dedicated Wedding Planners are further improving their incredible service to incorporate the Walton Lodge venue, taking care of everything from the initial planning to the logistics of running the big day without a hitch.

Presenting an idyllic wedding setting, the Walton Lodge Estate... READ MORE...

A Marathon Effort For Charities And Chesterfield

A Marathon Effort For Charities And ChesterfieldMonday 15th September 2014 - Other Sports sponsored by the CASA Hotel
The much heralded inaugural Chesterfield Marathon took place in town yesterday (Sunday 14th September), with runners pounding the streets all over Chesterfield in aid of various charities.

The Marathon, making its return to Chesterfield for the first time in three decades - but also the first ever in the town to include a Full, Half and Team Race - attracted athletes from all over the UK, Europe and even as far as Australia, though both the male and female winners were local. Gareth Lowe, from Clowne, completed the race in 2:37:45 whilst Chesterfield lady Helen Mort was the first... READ MORE...

Work Begins On New Queen's Park Sports Centre

Work Begins On New Queen's Park Sports CentreSaturday 13th September 2014 A sod cutting ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on Chesterfield Borough Council's £9.3 million project to replace the Queen's Park Sports Centre.

The new centre is being built on land at the Queen's Park Annexe and is due to open in early 2016. The current Queen's Park Sports Centre on Boythorpe Road will remain open until the new centre is complete.

The centre is being paid for by £4.8 million from Chesterfield Borough Council, £2 million from Sport England's Strategic Facilities Fund... READ MORE...

Highways Agency Wants Your Say On Planned Improvements

Highways Agency Want Your Say On Planned ImprovementsWednesday 10th September 2014 The Highways Agency has said it is planning to undertake improvements to the M1 through delivering a smart motorway between junctions 28 to 31 and between junctions 32 to 35a.

The schemes will convert the hard shoulder to a permanent running lane to ease congestion, add much needed capacity and support economic growth and the Agency would like to invite you to a presentation to explain the details of projects that will be delivered in the area.

There are two opportunities to attend this presentation... READ MORE...

New Spireites Community Trust Website Launched

New Spireites Community Trust Website LaunchedWednesday 10th September 2014
The Chesterfield FC Community Trust is celebrating the launch of its new website - www.spireitestrust.org.uk - in a bid to boost the organisation's exposure and make it easier for people to get involved.

Rachel Booth, sport & activity manager and co-creator of the website alongside Tina Jenner, is pleased that the website has finally been launched.

She said: "It's really exciting to for the Community Trust to be launching the website; we've been looking forward to this for a long time. " READ MORE...

Chesterfield Royal & Partners Aim For Patients 'Perfect Week'

Chesterfield Royal & Partners Aim For Patients 'Perfect Week'Tuesday 9th September 2014
In partnership with more than sixty health and social care organisations across North Derbyshire, Chesterfield Royal Hospital is aiming to provide patients with a 'perfect week', as part of an exciting project that aims to make sure patients get home from hospital, with the support and care they need, as soon as they are medically fit to leave.

Speaking about 'Peak Flow 1', the Royal's Chief Executive, Gavin Boyle comments: "This is about improving care, working together differently and making the partnerships we talk about real and tangible..." READ MORE...

New Royal Baby On The Way!

New Royal Baby On The Way!Monday 8th September 2014 It's been announced this morning that HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second baby.

A statement from Clarence House this morning read, "Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness). Her Royal Highness will no longer..." READ MORE...

Chesterfield Marathon Fun Runners Can 'Run For Ashya'

Chesterfield Marathon Fun Runners Can 'Run For Ashya'Thursday 4th September 2014 Run for Ashya King! That's the message today from Kids 'n' Cancer, the specialist national charity which is supporting the five-year-old, who is seriously ill with brain cancer.

Race entries for the charity's Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon have closed, but family fun run entries remain open for the race, which takes place on September 14th, as support for Ashya, parents Brett and Naghemeh King and their family, continues to grow.

Brett and Naghemeh took Ashya out of hospital, without doctor's... READ MORE...

Appeal To Trace Young Girl's 'Mobility Scooter Samaritan'

Police Appeal To Trace Young Girl's 'Mobility Scooter Samaritan'Thursday 4th September 2014 Police in the Birdholme area of Chesterfield are appealing for information to help trace a man on a mobility scooter who helped a girl on Bacon's Lane.

It is in relation to an incident between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday, August 31st, where a man, driving a four-dour silver car, allegedly spoke to an 11-year-old girl at the junction of Bacon's Lane and Birdholme Crescent.

The girl felt frightened by the man, and ran to a grey-haired man on a mobility scooter who was passing at the time. The man on the mobility scooter is... READ MORE...

Opening Doors For Young Carers

Opening Doors For Young CarersThursday 4th September 2014 As part of an innovative new project by Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA), 28th August saw young carers flocking to the Post Mill Centre, South Normanton for a well-earned Celebration Event, attended by VIP guests The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf and Mrs Vickey-Anne Diouf.

Young carers and siblings had the chance to boogie the night away to hot DJ music, enjoy a huge healthy buffet and experience the unique opportunity to meet and chat to other carers in an informal setting and, importantly, in an environment away from daily pressures and responsibilities. READ MORE...

Kids 'n' Cancer Offer Helping Hand To Ashya King's Family

Kids 'n' Cancer Offer Helping Hand To Ashya King's FamilyMonday 1st September 2014 Specialist national charity, Kids 'n' Cancer has offered a helping hand to the family of five-year-old Ashya King who is seriously ill with brain cancer.

Ashya's parents Brett and Naghemeh were arrested in Spain following an international search after taking Ashya from Southampton General Hospital, without doctors' consent, on Thursday afternoon.

They had travelled with his siblings on a ferry to France in pursuit of specialist cancer treatment which medics in the UK had refused to sanction. READ MORE...

Chesterfield's Andrew Davies Joins Inspirational Sailing Trip

Chesterfield's Andrew Davies Joins Inspirational Sailing TripThursday 28th August 2014 15 year old Andrew Davies from Chesterfield has taken part in an inspirational sailing trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, along with 29 other young people between the age of 8 -18 in recovery from cancer.

Andrew joined the crew of one of five yachts to sail around the Solent from the 11th - 14th August, in a four-day yacht adventure.

Andrew, who finished treatment in January 2013 for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at Sheffield Children's Hospital, was excited about the trip... READ MORE...

Teaching Award For Holywell Medical Group's Senior Partner

Local GP Receives Teaching AwardThursday 28th August 2014 The senior partner at Holywell Medical Group, which runs GP practices in Chesterfield and Staveley, has been presented with a clinical teaching award by the University of Sheffield.

Dr Nadine Kale is part of the community-based teaching team supporting undergraduate medical students from the University who shadow GPs at HMG surgeries in Rectory Road, Staveley; Inkersall; Barrow Hill; and at Grange Family Medical Centre and Holywell House in Chesterfield.

The award was made following a vote from students and cites... READ MORE...

First Electric Car For Visiting NHS Patients In Derbyshire

First Electric Car For Visiting NHS Patients In DerbyshireThursday 28th August 2014 A new Nissan Leaf electric car - the first of its kind delivered this week to Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust - is reducing the environmental impact of NHS workers travelling across the county.

The electric car is a new addition to the pool of 10 low emission Toyota Aygo cars which have proved so popular since the pool car scheme launched almost two years ago, primarily for the benefit of health workers travelling to remote parts of the county.

Mark Armstrong-Read from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, led on the pool car scheme and now, the introduction of the... READ MORE...

Young Stars Rewarded At The Proact

Young Stars Rewarded At The ProactThursday 28th August 2014 The Chesterfield FC Community Trust Junior Awards have been presented at an event held at the Proact Stadium this morning.

Recognising the hard work and commitment that participants show in activities the Trust delivers around North Derbyshire, the awards promote the self-esteem and well being of the thousands of young people the Trust engages with every year and will embrace the partnerships that make its work a success.

In a ceremony hosted by the club's Head of press and media, Nick Johnson, and sponsored by Gulliver's Kingdom... READ MORE, PICS & AUDIO...

Jewellery Designer Pays Homage To Her Derbyshire Roots

Jewellery Designer Pays Homage To Her Derbyshire RootsTuesday 26th August 2014 One local designer, who says the hills and landscapes of her home county - Derbyshire - provides inspiration for her unique creations, is now showcasing her wares in Chesterfield having caught the eye of respected local jewellery shop owner, Helen Dimmick.

Birmingham University
graduate Daisy-Lee Overton, has lived in Derbyshire all her life and is proud to be able to share the beauty of the countryside with others through her collection of rings, as she explains, "I've been at Birmingham School of Jewellery for the past 3 years and, encouraged to complete my graduate collection, I started looking back at where I came from and the foliage..." READ MORE...

Charity Runners Hit The Road For Good Causes

Charity Runners Hit The Road For Good CausesTuesday 26th August 2014 Over one hundred and fifty runners took part in the annual 5K Community Fun Run on Bank Holiday Monday morning.

Despite the wet conditions competitors ran, jogged or walked the route - from Sheepbridge to the Proact Stadium - where they were greeted by hundreds of family and friends. A junior fun run also took place, which consisted of three laps around the pitch.

Funds raised during the event were in support of two local charities - The Chesterfield FC Community Trust and The Child Foundation - both of... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Marathon Runner Registrations At CASA Hotel

Chesterfield Marathon Runner Registrations At CASA HotelFriday 22nd August 2014 Runners taking part in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will need to collect their race number for the event in the two days leading up to the big day.

Official registration for the marathon will take place at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield on Friday 12th September between 10am and 9pm and on Saturday 13th September from 10am to 5pm, where runners can pick up their race number with the disposable chip time attached.

Everyone will also be provided with a race day 'Goody Bag' which... READ MORE...

5k Community Fun Run Approaches

5k Community Fun Run ApproachesFriday 22nd August 2014 A reminder that bookings are now still being taken for this Bank Holiday Monday's 5K Community Fun run.

The event, which will raise funds for the Chesterfield Community Trust and The Child Foundation, will see competitors run, jog or walk the route, which begins at Sheepbridge Industrial Estate and ends at the Proact Stadium.

The fee to take part is £8 per runner (affiliated running club members are charged £6), with those registering on the day paying £2 extra. To register in advance, please email colinsinnott@yahoo.com. READ MORE...

A Very Happy 21st To Charley Ann WellsA Very Happy 21st To Charley Ann Wells

Charley Ann Wells, 21 on Saturday 23rd August 2014


Happy Birthday for Saturday Charley - have a fantastic day!




Lots and lots of love from Dad, Rachel, Ant, Jordan and all your family and friends. Have a fab day xxx

Chesterfield Leisure Centre Gets A £2 Million Funding Boost

Chesterfield Leisure Centre Gets A £2 Million Funding BoostThursday 21st August 2014 Following on from Wednesday's news of the new Queen's Park Sports Centre Plans being approved, today sees news that Chesterfield residents will benefit from the enhanced new Sports Centre, to be built on Queen's Park Annexe, as Chesterfield Borough Council receives £2 million of funding from Sport England.

The investment from Sport England's Strategic Facilities fund will allow previously approved plans for the new centre to be expanded to provide additional activity space, including: Increasing the main swimming pool from six to eight lanes; Increasing the size of the learner pool; Increasing the number of ... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Steve Walks The Walk For Local Clean Water Charity

Steve Walks The Walk For Local Clean Water CharityThursday 21st August 2014 One man from Chesterfield has just completed a trek of over 200 miles, in order to raise funds and awareness of a local charity, set up to provide a clean safe water supply for those unable to access it around the world.

Steve Phillips
, from Brampton, made the journey from his grandmother's house in Cromford to his parents' house in Llwyngwril , near Aberdovey (216 miles) for Aquabox - set up by Wirksworth Rotary Club and aiming to provide boxes consisting of water filters and purification tablets to communities in dire need of fresh water. READ MORE...

Accessible Derbyshire To Film This Week With 'Visit Britain'

Accessible Derbyshire To Film This Week With 'Visit Britain'Monday 18th August 2014 LIGHTS ... CAMERA ... ACTION! It's been announced today that on Wednesday and Thursday (20th and 21st August), this week, Accessible Derbyshire, one of the area's newest charities, are filming with Geocast TV for Visit Britain!

TV Presenter Sophie Morgan is travelling up to Derbyshire to be the face of the film. During her stay she will be experiencing many of the amazing accessible locations which Derbyshire and the Peak District have to offer.

The film will be highlighting lots of Peak District National Park... READ MORE...

'Farm To Fork' Roadshow Hits Tesco Extra

'Farm To Fork' Roadshow Hits Tesco ExtraFriday 15th August 2014 Tesco customers are being invited to the Chesterfield Tesco Extra store at Lockoford Lane this week for a Farm to Fork roadshow.

The roadshow will give parents and their kids the chance to learn about where their food, and their milk in particular, comes from.

During the roadshow today, Friday 15th August, children will be able to walk around the many stalls; which range from a smoothie making kitchen to a cheese and butter making stand.  Here they will be able to take part in a range of activities, including product sampling, interactive games including 'Milk the cow'... READ MORE...

Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Target Reached!

The Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Target Is Reached!Thursday 14th August 2014 The £35,000 target to complete the Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden has been reached.

"There have been many significant acts of incredible generosity by individuals, organisations and companies," said fundraising coordinator Phil Tooley, who added: "But the one that took us over the line was something extra special."

Phil explained: "Our Gala Dinner at the start of this month, attended by many of our supporters and sponsors, had many emotional moments during the evening and that emotion spilled over to someone who'd not even been there. READ MORE...

Markham Vale Regeneration Expands After Bridge Removal

Markham Vale Regeneration Expands After Bridge RemovalThursday 14th August 2014
One of the country's largest cranes was in Derbyshire on Tuesday to remove a bridge deck as part of plans to expand Derbyshire County Council's flagship Markham Vale regeneration site.

The 'Bailey' design bridge over Erin Road - an old colliery haul road used by colliery vehicles travelling to and from the former Seymour Colliery - was successfully removed on Tuesday 12th August by Mabey Bridge Ltd working in close partnership with officers of Derbyshire County Council and used a huge 350 tonne weight limit crane to lift the bridge off its abutments before dismantling it. READ MORE...

2014 Food And Drink Awards Shortlist Announced

2014 Food And Drink Awards Shortlist AnnouncedThursday 14th August 2014 24 food and drink businesses have been shortlisted across nine categories in the 2014 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards, organised in association with Chesterfield College - headline sponsor of the awards for the second year running.

The shortlisted establishments were selected from hundreds of nominations received by the competition organisers, Destination Chesterfield.

Four of the nominees - Calabria, Stephenson's Coffee and Tea House, Barca Bar and Tramway Tavern - are hoping to retain their titles in 2014... READ MORE...

6 Year Old Poppy Hosts 'Right Royal Picnic' To Aid Servicemen

6 Year Old Poppy Hosts 'Right Royal Picnic' To Aid ServicemenThursday 14th August 2014 Six-year-old Poppy Crosby from Derbyshire hosted her own 'Poppy Picnic' on Sunday 10th August, to help raise funds for The Royal British Legion's vital work with the Armed Forces community.

Poppy's father, Lieutenant Commander David Crosby, serves with the Royal Navy and chose Poppy's name as she was born during the Remembrance period.

Having written to The Queen to invite her to a picnic, Poppy is one of over 1,000 people who have already registered to host a picnic and received the Legion's free Picnic packs available from... READ MORE...

Boxing Personality To Appear At Staveley MWFC Dinner Event

Boxing Personality To Appear At Staveley MWFC Dinner EventFriday 8th August 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Champion boxer Johnny Nelson will be the special guest at a fundraising dinner organised by Staveley Miners Welfare FC later this month.

Nelson
, who is a former European and British Cruiserweight champion, will be the guest speaker at the dinner on Thursday, August 14th with a 7pm start. The dress code is smart casual.

The event will also feature top comedian Jimmy Carol with Sky Sports reporter and Chesterfield FC's Media boss, Nick Johnson, acting as your... READ MORE...

Everyone Pitches In To Make 'Festival Of Football' A Success

Everyone Piches In To Make 'Festival Of Football' A SuccessWednesday 6th August 2014 More than 300 people turned out to a festival of football at Holmebrook Valley Park last weekend.

The free event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, was held to allow residents to try out the new football pitches at the park.

Coaches from Chesterfield FC and the FA were on hand to offer coaching to youngsters.

There are four adult and three mini pitches at the site, all... READ MORE...

"A Very Proud Moment!" CFC's Memorial Garden Is Unveiled

A Very Proud Moment! - Chesterfield FC's Memorial Garden Is UnveiledMonday 4th August 2014 It was perhaps fitting that, the weekend immediately prior to today's 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, Chesterfield FC's Memorial Garden would be see its first memorials unveiled in the presence of The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Alexis Diouf, Mr William Tucker Lord- Lieutenant of Derbyshire and the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Mr David Coleman.

As part of a Gala Dinner which celebrated the completion of the 'first phase' of the project, guests gathered outside at the newly created garden at the rear of the Proact's East Stand, to take part in a ceremony to remember the fallen players and officials at the club - and pay respects to some of those... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Chesterfield Steps Back In Time To Sample Medieval Life

Chesterfield Steps Back In Time To Sample Medieval LifeWednesday 30th July 2014 Queen Elizabeth was in Chesterfield yesterday - though sadly for royal watchers, it was Queen Elizabeth I rather than our current monarch!

Her Majesty was, like thousands of visitors, taking in the annual Medieval Market - a fun family day which also enables charities to promote their activities and spread their message.

The event with a medieval theme is organised by Chesterfield Borough Council and many stallholders on the open-air market were in... READ MORE & VIDEO...

Vicar Lane Shopping Centre's 'Hidden Talent Contest' Success

Vicar Lane Shopping Centre's 'Hidden Talent Contest' SuccessWednesday 30th July 2014 Fourteen acts including singers, martial arts performers, dancers and a magician made it through to the final of Chesterfield's Hidden Talent Contest at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre on Sunday 27th July 2014.

The event was hosted jointly by Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, Chesterfield College and Donut Creative Arts Studio.

Judges Kelvin Wilson from Lifestyle Fitness, Kieran Silkstone and Jake Slater - Ambassadors from Chesterfield College, found the standard... READ MORE...

Caledonians To Meet At Carsington Water Wildlife Centre

Caledonians To Meet At Carsington Water Wildlife CentreWednesday 30th July 2014 The next meeting of the Association is a Weekend Lunchtime Venture and will take place at the Wildlife Centre at Carsington Water this Saturday, 2nd August.

The plan is to meet at the Wildlife Centre at 2pm. All are welcome to come along and join them where an expert guide will help observe native and visiting birds, in a splendid natural setting, followed by a pub meal on what should be a lovely day out.

Anyone not wishing to join the walk are very welcome to join the Association later at the Knockerdown Inn, to eat at around 5pm, and located nearby... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Western Front Association August Meeting Details

Chesterfield Western Front Association August Meeting DetailsWednesday 30th July 2014 The next Branch Meeting of the Chesterfield Western Front Association will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th August 2014 at Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate.

The speaker, Mr Tony Bolton, the Branch Chairman, will, during the Centenary year of World War I, talk about how the British mobilised in August 1914.

For more information please contact Mr Mark Macartney (Vice Chairman) on 01623 812110, check the branch website at www.wfachesterfield.com or email chesterfieldwfa@gmail.com

Local McDonalds' Volunteers Clean Up Chesterfield Skate Park

Local McDonalds' Volunteers Clean Up Chesterfield Skate ParkWednesday 30th July 2014 Local McDonald's franchisee, Walter Wright and crew from the two restaurants in Chesterfield joined forces to tackle litter in the local skate park situated in-between the two restaurants.

The McDonald's tidy team embarked on the litter picking challenge to make the skate park an area that local children can enjoy.

The group was made up of 20 volunteers who dedicated over three hours of their time to collect 21 bags of rubbish. Donning high visibility jackets and armed with litter pickers, the team looked to encourage the community to... READ MORE...

Travel Training Helps Derbyshire Youngsters

Travel Training Helps Derbyshire YoungstersWednesday 30th July 2014 A successful travel scheme which helps Derbyshire youngsters with special educational needs get out and about in their communities could be continued.

Derbyshire County Council's independent travel training helps young people with reduced mobility, learning difficulties or low confidence be able to use public transport safely.

Classroom or practical training has been given to more than 135 children to help them get to school, employment and socialise since the training... READ MORE...

Holmebrook Park Hosts 'Festival Of Football'

Holmebrook Park Hosts 'Festival Of Football'Tuesday 29th July 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
Chesterfield football fans can put their best foot forward at a festival of football to celebrate the reopening of pitches at Holmebrook Valley Park.


The event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, takes place on Sunday 3rd August from 10am to 2pm and allows residents to try out the improved football pitches at the park. The event is free and there is no need to book.

Coaches from Chesterfield Football Club, the Football Association and local coaches will be offering training for youngsters. READ MORE...

Victoria Tackles Gruelling Desert Marathon For Local Charity

Victoria Tackles Gruelling Desert Marathon For Local CharityMonday 28th July 2014 A Chesterfield woman is set to go the 'extra 150 miles' for a Chesterfield based children's cancer charity when she takes on a gruelling marathon challenge in the Sahara Desert.

Victoria Crampton, 24, will compete in the Marathon de Sables - dubbed the toughest footrace on earth - in aid of Chesterfield based national charity, Kids 'n' Cancer, which specialises in securing Proton Therapy treatment for young people with different forms of cancer.

The challenge, which will take place in April 2015, will see... READ MORE...

'We Will Remember Them'

'We Will Remember Them'Monday 28th July 2014 Chesterfield residents can take part in a series of events at Chesterfield Museums to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The events, at the Chesterfield Borough Council operated venues, will explore different aspects of life during the First World War through the eyes of people who were there.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: "The First World War marked a turning point in our history, which has now passed from living memory." READ MORE...

Tapton Lock - "One Of The Country's Finest Green Spaces"

Tapton Lock - One Of The Country's Finest Green SpacesMonday 28th July 2014 Tapton Lock, a quarter mile stretch of the Chesterfield Canal, has been named one of the country's finest green spaces, after receiving a prestigious Green Flag award.

The national award, handed out by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country - and the site, run by Derbyshire County Council, stood out after impressing the judges as a welcoming space and a peaceful haven.

A record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces have received... READ MORE...

Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show - Sunday 27th July

Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show - Sunday 27th JulyFriday 25th July 2014 Local charities are once again set to benefit when hundreds of classic cars and bikes turn up at the picturesque Ashover Show Ground, near Chesterfield, for an all-day rally, which could raise thousands of pounds for local charities.

Believed to be the East Midlands' best Classic Car & Bike Show of the year, runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 27th July 2014.

It is attended by enthusiasts from all over the region and is expected to include classic cars, bikes and scooters from all eras. READ MORE...

Still Time To Have Your Say On Local Mobile Library Services

Still Time To Have Your Say On Local Mobile Library ServicesThursday 24th July 2014 Residents still have three weeks to give their views on the future of Derbyshire County Council's mobile library service in a consultation to help the authority deal with budget cuts.

The council has to cut £157 million over the next four years and is looking at making changes to services across the council.

Its mobile fleet currently consists of two large maximum capacity vehicles (MCVs) and eight smaller standard mobile libraries. It costs the authority £720,000 a year to run the service which currently employs 26 people - equivalent... READ MORE...

Could Your Business Benefit To The Tune Of £75,000?

Could Your Business Benefit To The Tune Of £75,000?Monday 21st July 2014 Small businesses in Derbyshire are being helped to develop and grow with grants of up to £75,000 - and there's still time for local firms to bid for cash.

Derbyshire Economic Partnership - backed by Derbyshire County Council - secured £3m for small businesses from the Government's Regional Growth Fund.

Businesses around the county are already benefitting with around £0.5 million already awarded to 25 businesses through the Global Derbyshire Small Business Support Programme. READ MORE...

Still Time To Enrol On Derbyshire BikeSafe

Still Time To Enrol On Derbyshire BikeSafeWednesday 16th July 2014 Places are still available on this month's Derbyshire BikeSafe workshop.

BikeSafe - which is run by Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership - helps qualified motorcyclists to brush up on their skills so they can stay safe on today's busy roads.

Derbyshire BikeSafe, which costs just £39, consists of: a workshop covering safe riding techniques; and a two-hour assessed ride - and is being held on Sunday 27th July at Derbyshire police headquarters in Ripley... READ MORE...

Cabinet Decides On Site For New Queen's Park Sports Centre

Chesterfield Borough Council Cabinet Decides On Site For New Queen's Park Sports CentreTuesday 15th July 2014 Plans for the replacement Queen's Park Sports Centre have moved a step closer.

At their meeting today (Tuesday, 15th July) Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet decided the centre can be built on the site of Queen's Park Annexe, subject to planning permission. It means 19,050 square metres of land at the Annexe site can be used for the new sports centre rather than as open land following a public consultation on the plans.

This is less than half of the land at the site. The other area... READ MORE...

An Invite To The People Of Chesterfield From The Air Cadets

An Invite To The People Of Chesterfield From The Air CadetsTuesday 15th July 2014
The air cadets have been in Chesterfield for decades and they are still going strong today.

On Sunday 20th July, the local Air Cadets are opening the gates to give you a glimpse of life as a cadet at Chesterfield's own 331 Squadron.

Come along to this exciting event, and bring all your family members to join in on the minibus pull, mobile climbing tower and then relax with a cup of tea and piece of cake whilst enjoying a performance from the incredible Flying Ukes. READ MORE...

Ringing The Changes! Local School To Undergo Rebranding

Ringing The Changes! Local School To Undergo RebrandingTuesday 15th July 2014 - by Y10 Pupil, Lia Green "I wanted to make a difference to the students that come here" - that's Tracey Burnside, Headteacher of the Meadows Community School - who will oversee a rebranding of the secondary school from September.

The Meadows, which has 450 students on roll, will change its name to Whittington Green School and Mrs Burnside says she has "higher expectations and hopes for a place where the students are proud of their school".

Previously acting head at Springwell Community College, she... READ MORE...

Next Stop, Award-Winning Apprentice Programme!

Next Stop, Award-Winning Apprentice Programme with Stagecoach Yorkshire!Tuesday 15th July 2014 Three talented young people are being given the opportunity to join one of the transport industry’s leading engineering apprenticeship programmes.

Bus operator Stagecoach Yorkshire is hiring two people to train as body trades technicians in Barnsley and Chesterfield and one mechanic for its depot in Sheffield.

More than 160 apprentices are already on Stagecoach's four-year programme, which involves a combination of residential and on-the-job training at... READ MORE...

"I Am Very Lucky!" Interview With The Mayor Of Chesterfield

I Am Very Lucky! -  Interview With The Mayor Of ChesterfieldMonday 14th July 2014 The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Alexis Diouf, has been in post for two months and says that he is thoroughly enjoying the mayoral experience so far.

Talking to The Chesterfield Post in his parlour last week, he told Lia Green that being Mayor of Chesterfield has been a huge honour for a boy born in Senegal, before moving to Chesterfield - a town which he says he has been made to feel at home in.

His Worship told us he had wanted to be Mayor, "To pay back people who put so much faith in me, Chesterfield people..." READ MORE & AUDIO...

Disruption To Council Services During Strike Action

Disruption To Council Services During Strike ActionWednesday 9th July 2014 There is expected to be widespread disruption to services across the area on Thursday, July 10th, as public sector workers strike over pay.

Government offices and schools may be affected as members of three unions - UNISON, GMB and UNITE - take part in a national day of action.

After a 1% pay rise was offered to government and school staff, UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said: "We have a clear majority for strike action so a one day strike will go ahead on 10th July. We expect to be..." READ MORE...

Former Mayor Thanks Chesterfield For Its Support

Former Mayor Thanks Chesterfield For Its SupportTuesday 8th July 2014 Former Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Christopher Stone, has today announced the total made for his nominated charities during his mayoral year (2013/14).

Just over nine thousand pounds was raised via various charity events and Cllr Stone says that he wishes to place on record his thanks for everyone who helped or donated.

The monies were divided as follows: Pathways of Chesterfield, a Special collection, money raised was £105, Food Banks/Soup Kitchen... READ MORE...

Paper Children Reach Out Around The World

Paper Children Reach Out Around The WorldMonday 7th July 2014 They say that school days are the best days of your life - but some children aren't fortunate enough to be able to attend a school.

Now, a local primary school is doing its bit to enable other children throughout the world to get an education.

New Whittington Primary School, a level 1 graded Rights Respecting School - an initiative stemming from UNICEF which says that all children, wherever they are in the world, have 45 rights such as to clean water and housing, a voice and education - has mounted a campaign to raise awareness of the issue and... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Turns Out To Welcome Home The Lancers

Chesterfield Turns Out To Welcome Home The LancersThursday 3rd July 2014 "It's a warming feeling knowing that you're doing something that everyone is so proud of. It's a special feeling to know that I am part of an organisation that keeps this country and other countries safe!" - Trooper Daniel O'Keefe from Whitwell, speaking to The Chesterfield Post just before he, alongside his comrades from the 9/12th Lancers, marched through Chesterfield this morning as part of their homecoming parade after returning from an eight month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Battalion were awarded The Freedom of The Borough in 2012 and regularly return to the town, cementing the proud links that... READ MORE, PICS & AUDIO...

Chesterfield Soldier Prepares To March Through Home Town

Chesterfield Soldier Lance Corporal Kiri Bashford Prepares To March Through Home TownWednesday 2nd July 2014 Soldiers from the 9/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales') are looking forward to marching through the streets of Chesterfield tomorrow - Thursday, 3rd July - to mark their return home from Afghanistan.

Marching in her home town will be Lance Corporal Kiri Bashford. A clerk in the Adjutant's General Corps, Kiri was based in Camp Bastion where she was responsible for the booking of flights to outstations and back to the UK including soldiers going home on rest and relaxation.

Kiri said: "This was my first tour and I really enjoyed it..." READ MORE...

New Footbridge Opened At Chesterfield Canal Festival

New Footbridge Opened At Chesterfield Canal FestivalTuesday 1st July 2014
A new footbridge built over Chesterfield Canal in Staveley has been officially opened.

Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport
, opened Constitution Hill bridge on the first day of the Chesterfield Canal Festival on Saturday.

The bridge links the footpath from Staveley High Street to the Trans Pennine Trail and the canal towpath on the other side. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Project Serves Former Armed Forces Personnel

Chesterfield Project Serves Former Armed Forces PersonnelSunday 29th June 2014 For the past six months, The Armed Forces Hub has taken place at the Proact Stadium - a project aimed at supporting veterans of all ages who are looking to make the transition back into civilian life.

The scheme aims to provide all of the services that veterans may need coming away from the Armed Forces under one roof, signposting veterans towards vital information.

The official opening of the event took place on Friday 27th June, with dignitaries such as the Mayor of Chesterfield, Alexis Diouf, The Mayoress Vickie-Anne Diouf, as well as the MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins and... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Midlands Cavalry Return Home

Midlands' Cavalry (9th -12th Royal Lancers) Return HomeSaturday 28th June 2014 News on Armed Forces Day that soldiers from the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales') have recently returned home from a demanding but very successful eight-month tour of Afghanistan.

Having returned to their base in North Germany, the Lancers are looking forward to returning to the UK to march through their hometowns of Leicester, Derby, Northampton and Chesterfield.

"We have always prided ourselves on being a family regiment and for us these homecoming parades are as much a chance to thank our..." READ MORE...

Tales Of Virgins, Devils And The Crooked Spire

Tales Of Virgins, Devils And The Crooked SpireSaturday 28th June 2014 - by Rhys Bowen
The Crooked Spire… the historic landmark that brings thousands upon thousands of visitors to Chesterfield each year and an attraction which plays a crucial role in providing income for the local economy.

This respected historical place of worship will shortly enter into a new chapter, following the announcement this week of the appointment of the new Vicar of Chesterfield - The Rev Patrick Coleman, Vicar of Abertillery and Llanhilleth group of Parishes, Diocese of Monmouth Church in Wales, will be instituted on 18th July, at 7pm, at the church. READ MORE...

Learning Disability Carers Community Seeks Volunteers

Learning Disability Carers Community Seeks VolunteersSaturday 28th June 2014 Learning Disability Carers Community is a local group run by and for people who care for someone with a learning disability.

They hold monthly meetings at Edmund St. Activity Centre on the last Thursday of each month, organising workshops and/or guest speakers as and when requested by carers.

Run by volunteers, the LDCC are a fully independent organisation aiming to promote and support learning disability carers and to give them a voice. They are now looking for volunteers - if you are a learning disability carer or have an... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Western Front Association - July Meeting Details

Chesterfield Western Front Association - July Meeting DetailsSaturday 28th June 2014 The next Branch Meeting of the Chesterfield Western Front Association will be at 7:30pm on Tuesday 1st July 2014 at Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate.

The speaker will be Mr Spencer Jones on "The British Army in 1914". Author of "From Boer War to World War - Tactical Reform of the British Army 1902-1914", he debunks some of the myths concerning the inadequacies of the British Army in 1914.

For further details, contact Mr Mark Macartney on 01623 812110, or via email on chesterfieldwfa@gmail.com or visit www.wfachesterfield.com.

Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre Wins TripAdvisor Award

Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre Wins TripAdvisor AwardSaturday 28th June 2014 Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre has won a prestigious award from the online review site, TripAdvisor.

The theatre, owned and run by Chesterfield Borough Council, was praised for its outstanding feedback from customers on the website.

More than 80 per cent of theatre-goers who have posted reviews on the site have given the theatre the top 'excellent rating', earning the 2014 Certificate of Excellence award. Feedback given includes praise for the warmth of the welcome, the comfortable seating and the variety of shows on offer. READ MORE...

Plans Submitted For Queen's Park Sports Centre Replacement

Plans Submitted For Queen's Park Sports Centre ReplacementThursday 26th June 2014 New plans have been submitted for the replacement Queen's Park Sports Centre.

Chesterfield Borough Council's planning committee
previously approved plans for the replacement centre on the site of Queen's Park Annexe.

The council is currently waiting for the outcome of a bid to Sport England for a grant of more than £1 million to extend the plans for the new centre.

Now, the council has submitted a new planning application... READ MORE...

"Incredible Generosity" As CFC Memorial Garden Takes Shape

'Incredible Generosity' As CFC Memorial Garden Takes ShapeThursday 26th June 2014 Work is now underway on the Chesterfield Memorial Garden - with the fundraising total now over the half way point.

The garden - the initiative of the Chesterfield Supporters Club - is designed to provide an area for family and friends to remember former supporters, as well as commemorating Chesterfield FC players and officials killed in the two World Wars - and is situated at the HUB at the rear of the Spencer's Solicitors Stand.

Work began two weeks ago and is due to be completed on August 4th - dovetailing with the commemorative 100th anniversary of the beginning... READ MORE...

New Footbridge To Open At Chesterfield Canal Festival

New Footbridge To Open At Chesterfield Canal FestivalMonday 23rd June 2014
A new footbridge which has been built in Staveley over Chesterfield Canal will be officially opened on Saturday 28th June.

Derbyshire County Council
has managed the project to build Constitution Hill bridge and contributed around £45,000.

Chesterfield Canal Trust also provided £6,000 and volunteers who helped to install it, with Chesterfield Borough Council adding £3,000 and the North East Derbyshire Ramblers £500. READ MORE...

Charity Is Central To Chesterfield Based IT Firm

Charity Is Central To Chesterfield Based IT FirmFriday 20th June 2014 Chesterfield based IT and Communications provider, Central Technology is leading the way in Corporate Social Responsibility by announcing local autism charity NORSACA as its annual charity partner.

Central Technology
has worked closely with NORSACA for the past three years providing vital managed IT support on a day to day basis and knows first-hand the good work it offers to those affected by autism.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) first became widely used in the business world in the 1960s and involves going beyond looking than how... READ MORE...

Sainsbury's Dronfield Visits Guide Dog Training School

Sainsbury's Dronfield Visits Guide Dog Training SchoolFriday 20th June 2014
Staff from Sainsbury's in Dronfield, along with representatives from Chesterfield Guide Dogs branch, visited Guide Dogs Training School in Leamington to see the progress their sponsored Guide Dog puppy Dawson is making in his training to be a Guide Dog.

As we reported previously, the staff at Sainsbury's have been following the progress of Dawson since he was 6 weeks old and have heard all about his progress over the last few months since they raised £10,000 to choose his name and sponsor his basic Guide Dog training. READ MORE...

Flag Raising Parade In Chesterfield Is Cancelled

Flag Raising Parade In Chesterfield Is CancelledWednesday 18th June 2014 A parade planned in Chesterfield to mark Armed Forces Day on 23 June has been cancelled.

Armed Forces Day aims to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces, and to provide an opportunity for the nation to show its support.

The Chesterfield Combined Ex Service Association was working with Chesterfield Borough Council to hold a parade of ex service veterans and local cadets, which would culminate in the Armed Forces Flag being raised at... READ MORE...

'Pound-A-Bag' Man Looks Forward To Inaugural Retail Awards

Chesterfield Market's 'Pound-A-Bag' Man Looks Forward To Inaugural Retail AwardsTuesday 17th June 2014
The owner of an iconic Chesterfield business says he is delighted, and humbled, at being nominated for two awards at the inaugural Chesterfield Retail Awards, to be held tomorrow, Wednesday 18th June, at the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms.

R.P Davidson's Cheese Factory has been nominated in the Food and Drink Retailer Of The Year (sponsored by Barber and Platt) and Market Hall Business Of The Year categories, having been shortlisted by a panel of judges who organisers say were ‘overwhelmed with entries. READ MORE...

Water Supply Difficulties On Newbold Road In Chesterfield

Water Supply Difficulties On Newbold Road In ChesterfieldSunday 15th June 2014 13:20 Many houses in Chesterfield are experiencing problems with water supply this morning - after Severn Trent says a water main has burst on Newbold Road.

A statement from the company says that some customers in the S41 area may be experiencing no water or low water pressure. They add that there are currently teams on site and are doing all they can to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

They apologise to customers who are experiencing difficulties, saying, "We're really sorry and hope the issue isn't causing too much trouble."

UPDATE On Urgent Appeal To Find Olive Clarke's Family

UPDATE On Urgent Appeal To Find Olive Clarke's FamilyFriday 13th June 2014
You may recall that some weeks ago we featured an appeal to find the relatives of a very poorly lady in a London hospital.

Olive Jessica Clarke
had suffered a brain haemorrhage and worried friends were desperately trying to find Olive’s only surviving relatives.

We have today heard from her neighbour, Margaret, who had originally contacted us, and she is delighted that, thanks to The Chesterfield Post's readers, Olive's cousins have now been located and have visited the hospital... READ MORE...

Residents Encouraged To Take Part In 'Legal High' Survey

Derbyshire's Residents Encouraged To Take Part In 'Legal High' SurveyThursday 12th June 2014
A national survey that aims to gather information about the use of 'legal highs' is being supported by Derbyshire County Council.

The Legal High National Online Survey is the UK's first independent, national, confidential online survey specifically about residents' use and views of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) - also known as 'legal highs'.

The survey - which is open only to residents aged 18 and over - aims to gather information about which legal highs are being used in... READ MORE & VIDEO...

The Spireites' Memorial Garden Build Begins

The Spireites' Memorial Garden Build BeginsThursday 12th June 2014 The first sod of grass was dug at 8.30am on Tuesday 10th June to mark the start of work on the £35,000 Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden.

Builders Tony Bointon and Andy Ball began groundworks on the project which, subject to funding, is due to be completed by the end of July. To date, in excess of £19,000 has been raised and fundraising is continuing at a pace with a dinner due on August 2nd being one of the major remaining events.

Fundraising co-ordinator Phil Tooley, who was present at... READ MORE...

67 Year Old John Is 1,000th Entrant To Chesterfield Marathon

67 Year Old John Is 1,000th Entrant To Chesterfield MarathonTuesday 10th June 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
A 67-year-old man from Clay Cross has become the 1,000th person to sign up for the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon.

John Edward Bee, a former member of North Derbyshire Running Club, will take part in the 26-mile distance event on September 14th. While an experienced runner, it will be the first Full Marathon for John, who has taken part in a number of half marathons, 10km and 5km races in the past.

John said: "I'm hopeful I can finish the full distance, but..." READ MORE...

Four Winds Energy Co-Op Share Offer In Local Wind Turbines

Four Winds Energy Co-Op Share Offer In Local Wind TurbinesTuesday 10th June 2014
The Four Winds Energy Co-Op in Derbyshire and Yorkshire officially opened its share offer yesterday, Monday June 9th 2014.

Ordinary investors and residents in Derbyshire and Yorkshire have the opportunity to get involved in the latest wind turbine project.

The share offer is published in accordance with the Financial Services and Markets Act and has been approved by London based solicitors Bates, Wells Braithwaite LLP, a firm authorised and regulated by the FCA. READ MORE...

The Service Family Remembers - 70 Years On

The Service Family Remembers - 70 Years OnFriday 6th June 2014 Today marks 70 years to the day since thousands of Allied troops invaded Normandy - to begin the eventual release of France from the grip of the Germans and, it is widely believed, change the course of World War II.

Operation Overlord, under the ultimate command of Dwight D Eisenhower of the US Army, had been delayed by 24 hours due to adverse weather conditions but, at dawn on 6th June 1944, troops from three divisions began their assault on five landing areas on Normandy beaches.

The rest, as they say, is history… READ MORE...

Chesterfield's 'Hidden Talent' Competition Is Open For Entries

Chesterfield's 'Hidden Talent' Competition Is Open For EntriesFriday 6th June 2014 A competition is being held at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, Chesterfield, to find hidden talent from around the region.

The event is being hosted by Chesterfield College, Donut Creative Arts Studio (DCAS) and Vicar Lane Shopping Centre with two heats on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July and the final on Sunday 27th July 2014.

Kerrie Robertson from Chesterfield College said: "Chesterfield College are really excited to be part of this new venture. Let's hope we can all play a major part in developing more community events within the town." READ MORE...

Job Vacancies: HKL Require Site Based Trades People

HKL Specialists Ltd Require Site Based Trades PeopleThursday 5th June 2014 H-K-L Specialists Ltd continuing success in winning work locally and nationally, brings possible further recruitment opportunities for site-based trades people who have experience in design, manufacture and/or installation of Cladding, Roofing, Windows, Curtain Walling, SFS and Partitions.

They have many different sites within an hours drive of HKL's Head Office near the Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire / Yorkshire interface, whilst also having sites in London and other major cities in the UK.

If you are interested in applying for any of these vacancies, please... READ MORE...

Teddy Bears Picnic For Opening Of Baby Memorial Garden

Teddy Bears Picnic For Opening Of Baby Memorial GardenTuesday 3rd June 2014
Residents are invited to come along and take part in a teddy bear's picnic to celebrate the opening of a baby memorial garden.

The event takes place this Sunday, 8th June, at Boythorpe Cemetery, owned and maintained by Chesterfield Borough Council.

The council's bereavement services staff, based at Chesterfield and District Crematorium, have joined with members of Chesterfield Sands, the stillbirth and neo-natal death charity, in raising money to fund the garden. READ MORE...

County Council's Children In Care To Plan Bright Futures

County Council's Children In Care To Plan Bright FuturesTuesday 3rd June 2014 Young people will be able to consider their future at a Derbyshire County Council careers event hosted specifically for children in care and care leavers.

The fifth annual 'It's Your Future' open evening will gather together employers, training providers and further education organisations to offer information to youngsters in - or leaving - the county council's care.

Held at County Hall, Matlock, on Tuesday 10th June, the invite-only event will include information stands and presentations about foundation... READ MORE...

New Chesterfield Church Unveils Works Of Art

New Chesterfield Church Unveils Works Of ArtTuesday 3rd June 2014 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, and several councillors from the planning committee, were guests of honour as Chesterfield's newest church was officially opened on Saturday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has just been built at Stonegravels, on the site of the former bus offices, and houses a growing congregation - along with missionaries who travel from around the world to serve in the town.

The Mayor and Mayoress, and residents of the town who had... READ MORE...

Police Thank Eight Year Old Boy For Returning Lost Drone

Police Thank Eight Year Old Boy For Returning Lost DroneMonday 2nd June 2014
An eight-year-old boy from Chesterfield has been given a certificate from police to thank him for returning a lost drone.

Charlie Cannon
and his dad Paul, who live on Wingerworth Way, brought the small flying machine to Chesterfield police station after finding it in their garden.

The previous day, a resident on Langer Lane had reported the device, which is like a small helicopter, missing to local police officers. He had owned it for less than a week and said it gone down somewhere in the area, and he didn't know... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Museum Celebrates Chesterfield Grammar School

Chesterfield Museum Celebrates Chesterfield Grammar SchoolMonday 2nd June 2014 Generations of Chesterfield Grammar School pupils will be able to relive their school days with a new exhibition at Chesterfield Museum.

The Chesterfield Grammar School exhibition opens at the Chesterfield Borough Council attraction on Saturday 7th June and runs until Saturday 6th September.

The exhibition, staged with the help of members from the Old Cestrefeldian Society, will chart the history of the school and reflect school life during the past century.

On display will be a cap from each school house, trophies and... READ MORE...

Spireites' Boss Set For Chesterfield Half Marathon

Spireites Boss Set For Chesterfield Half MarathonSaturday 31st May 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
Chesterfield FC Chief Executive Chris Turner is one of the latest people to sign-up for the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon.

Chris
will run the Half Marathon distance within the race, which takes place in the town on September 14th. He is running on behalf of the Spireites' Football in the Community programme.

With the 1,000 registered runners total set to be broken today (with the entry discount deadline at midnight tonight - Saturday 31st May), the event... READ MORE...

Shortlist For The First Chesterfield Retail Awards Announced

Shortlist For The First Chesterfield Retail Awards AnnouncedFriday 30th May 2014 Twenty-nine businesses have been shortlisted from more than 1,000 nominations in the first ever Chesterfield Retail Awards, sponsored by Slic Training.

The shortlisted retailers will now go head-to-head across 15 categories, with the winner in each being announced at the Retail Awards ceremony held at the Assembly Rooms at Chesterfield Market Hall on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014.

Destination Chesterfield Manager Dominic Stevens said: "We were overwhelmed with nominations, which highlighted the passion for so many..." READ MORE...

Focus On Community Spirit During Stagecoach 'Green Week'

Focus On Community Spirit During Stagecoach 'Green Week'Friday 30th May 2014 Community spirit will be at the heart of activities as transport group Stagecoach Yorkshire launches its sixth annual Group-wide Green Week programme next week.

The bus company - part of transport operator Stagecoach Group - is planning a series of events in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire between 2nd and 6th June.

During the week-long programme of activities, Stagecoach will encourage employees and customers to continue driving forward the green agenda, with a particular focus on activities that incorporate local communities. READ MORE...

Forever Young? A New Community Club Is Waiting For You

Forever Young? A New Community Club Is Waiting For YouFriday 30th May 2014 If you're forever young - then a newly formed social group has just the thing for you!

Based at Staveley Harmony Community centre (situated at the bottom of Middlecroft Road) the Forever Young Club meets every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Costing £2.50, and including biscuits and a coffee,the club runs a whole range of activities including tai chi, dominoes, darts, and chess. There is also dancing and debates. READ MORE...

"Let's Talk About Stress And Anxiety" Say Expert Therapists

Let's Talk About Stress And Anxiety Say Derbyshire Expert TherapistsThursday 29th May 2014 Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's talking therapies service, Talking Mental Health Derbyshire, is offering local people to speak out about their experiences of anxiety and stress at a free event in Chesterfield this May, starting TODAY.

Talking Mental Health Derbyshire will be holding a free seven week 'Talking About Anxiety and Stress' session which starts today, Thursday 29th May, from 2pm - 4pm at Stonegravels Parish Centre, 91 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield S41 7JH.

The course will look at what anxiety and stress are, the signs and... READ MORE...

Win A Pair Of Tickets For Celebs v CFC Legends Charity Game

Win A Pair Of Tickets For Celebs v CFC Legends Charity GameWednesday 28th May 2014
JD Sports have given us 3 pairs of tickets for you to win for a very special football game taking place at the PROACT this Sunday, 1st June. The winner will also receive a T-Shirt signed by all the celebrities.

Stars of the TV soaps, including Jack Mcmullen, better known as Finn Sharkey and Ben Ryan Davies from Waterloo Road, along with Calvin Demba (pictured), from Hollyoaks will be at Chesterfield FC's stadium to take on a team of Chesterfield legends - expected to include Bob Newton, Jack Lester, Dave Waller, Steve Norris and Sean O'Neill. READ MORE...

School Children In Product Testing Challenge

School Children In Product Testing ChallengeWednesday 28th May 2014 Children from Mary Swanwick Primary School and the Out of School Club at Old Whittington, Chesterfield, are busy testing products from Vicar Lane Shopping Centre in Chesterfield in order to give their feed back to retailers.

The products include Fun Weevz from Claire's, Rubber Art for nails from Dolled Up and Lego and books from Waterstones.

The children, aged 4 - 11 years, have been trying them out in the Breakfast Club and will look at the packaging and how easy the products are to use... READ MORE...

"Still Punching Above It's Weight!" Cllr Burrows On Chesterfield

Still Punching Above It's Weight! Council Leader Cllr Burrows On ChesterfieldTuesday 27th May 2014 With experts saying that consumer confidence is slowly returning to the High Street - and business and the housing market beginning to grow again - The Chesterfield Post caught up with Council leader Cllr John Burrows, who has long championed the town as a forward thinking and evolving place, and one which will continue to try to attract business, footfall and wealth into the town for the benefit of it's residents and visitors.

In a wide ranging interview, Cllr Burrows brought us up to speed on developments which have been mooted in the town, admitting that the financial climate and unforeseen issues such as the Co-op closure had significantly... READ MORE...

Parking & Hospitality Available For Proact Concerts

Parking & Hospitality Available For Proact ConcertsTuesday 27th May 2014 Those travelling to the forthcoming concerts at the Proact Stadium by vehicle are advised to book a car parking spot.

Various car parks have been allocated for the Tom Jones concert on Saturday, June 7th and Party at the Proact the following day. Some of the car parks are within walking distance of the stadium while others will be served by free shuttle buses before and after the concert.

A limited number of spaces will be reserved in the Simply Gym car park opposite the stadium - and pre-booking will be required for those spaces... READ MORE...

Global Brands Management Train For Three Peaks Challenge

Global Brands Management Train For Three Peaks ChallengeFriday 23rd May 2014 On 5th July, the Global Brands management team will swap their suits for walking boots, as they set out on a gruelling 24 hour challenge to scale the UK's biggest mountains, as part of the National Three Peaks Challenge.

Chairman and Global Brands founder, Steve Perez, will be joined on the walk by the board of Directors; Mark James, Simon Green, Shaun Bacon, Julian Atkins and Seb Perez.

Starting out in the early hours at Ben Nevis in Scotland, the 24... READ MORE...

UPDATE On Urgent Appeal To Find Olive Clarke's Family

UPDATE On Urgent Appeal To Find Olive Clarke's FamilyThursday 22nd May 2014 An update on the search for relatives of Olive Clarke - the Chesterfield born lady who is critically ill in a London hospital.

We have been in touch with Olive Clarke's neighbour, who originally contacted us, and asked how Olive was. Mrs Wise is deeply and profoundly grateful for - and touched by - your response to her request for information. Unfortunately, no relatives or next of kin have yet come forward.

Olive Clarke was operated on yesterday. Obviously it is really difficult with such little information but Olive's neighbours and friends are desperate to... READ MORE...

Plans For New Queen's Park Sports Centre Approved

Plans For New Queen's Park Sports Centre ApprovedWednesday 21st May 2014 Councillors have approved plans for the replacement Queen's Park Sports Centre.

At their meeting on Monday 19th May, members of Chesterfield Borough Council's planning committee approved the plans for the new centre to be built on the site of Queen's Park Annexe, subject to planning conditions.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: "Now the plans have been approved, the new Queen's Park Sports Centre has moved a significant..." READ MORE...

Franke Sissons Support For Amputee Servicemen

Franke Sissons Support For Amputee ServicemenTuesday 20th May 2014 Franke Sissons, also known as Franke Washroom Systems, has awarded a sponsorship grant to the Pilgrim Bandits Charity to enable injured soldiers to retrace a famous, extremely hazardous WW2 mission.

Immortalised in the film The Cockleshell Heroes, Operation Frankton was a strategic attack on German shipping in the French port of Bordeaux between 7th and 12th December 1942, carried out by a small unit of canoe-sculling Royal Marines as part of Combined Operations.

May 30th - June 8th 2014, Nine injured soldiers, made up of... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Western Front Association - June Meeting Details

Chesterfield Western Front Association - June Meeting DetailsTuesday 20th May 2014 The next Branch Meeting of the Chesterfield Western Front Association will be at 7:30pm on Tuesday 3rd June 2014 at Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate.

The speaker will be Mr Terry Dean. The talk is entitled "The Lancashire Contemptibles". Terry Dean considers the 1914 experiences of Lancashire's infantry and cavalry regiments.

For further details, contact Mr Mark Macartney on 01623 812110, or via email on chesterfieldwfa@gmail.com or visit www.wfachesterfield.com.

Urgent Appeal To Find Seriously Ill Lady's Derbyshire Family

An Urgent Appeal To Find Seriously Ill Lady's FamilyMonday 19th May 2014 We have had an urgent appeal as neighbours try to trace a surviving family member of a lady who is seriously ill in a London hospital.

Olive Jessica Clarke was born 19/09/44 in Chesterfield (her mum's maiden name was Humphries) and is now very poorly in Kings College Hospital after suffering from a brain hemorrhage. She will have further surgery today hopefully.

Miss Clark is a spinster and both her parents are deceased, Her next of kin is believed to be female cousin who lives in Derbyshire and is believed to be from Olive's father’s side of the family. READ MORE...

North Sea Fish Bar To Offer 'Cod & Chips' Lovers 99p Portions!

North Sea Fish Bar To Offer 'Cod & Chips' Lovers 99p Portions!Friday 16th May 2014 North Sea Fish Bar will be serving up 99p portions of delicious Norwegian cod and chips TOMORROW - Saturday 17th May - to celebrate Norway Day in the UK.

The Norwegian Seafood Council is working in partnership with 99 fryers across the UK, to offer fish and chip fans the chance to hark back to the golden era of fish and chips and purchase a portion of their favourite takeaway for just 99p.

A total of 16 tonnes of cod has been gifted to the 99 shops, including North Sea Fish Bar on Sheffield Road as part of the initiative, allowing nearly... READ MORE...

Duke Of Devonshire Officially Opens Chesterfield's Market Hall

Duke Of Devonshire Officially Opens Chesterfield's Market HallThursday 15th May 2014 The Duke of Devonshire was in Chesterfield this afternoon - to look around, and officially open, the revamped Market Hall, first built in 1857 and a key part of the historic town centre landscape.

A £4.3 million refurbishment was completed in October 2013 and saw the main retail hall opened up and transformed by the installation of a glazed atrium, above first floor level, providing natural light.

The 1970s extension on New Square was redesigned to be more in keeping with the original Market Hall and, In addition to providing a modern and... READ MORE...

Welcoming Chesterfield's New Mayor And Mayoress

Welcoming Chesterfield's New Mayor And MayoressWednesday 14th May 2014 Councillor Alexis Diouf becomes Chesterfield's 374th mayor at a ceremony at the Town Hall, Rose Hill today, Wednesday, 14th May.

Councillor Diouf has lived in Chesterfield since 1980, he was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa and was elected as Liberal Democrat councillor for Walton ward in 2003.

Born in 1955, he recently retired as social services manager in Derbyshire County Council's adult social services department. He has also worked as a social worker at Walton Hospital, for the United Nations in Mali... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Chesterfield Turns Out To Honour Footballing Champions

Chesterfield Turns Out To Honour Footballing ChampionsTuesday 13th May 2014 Even the dank and dismal weather couldn't dampen the spirits, as thousands of Spireite fans turned out en route from the PROACT to Chesterfield Town Centre, to watch Chesterfield FC parade the Championship Trophy won a week last Saturday after a nervy end to the season.

After a well deserved break to Benidorm last week the staff and many of the players and their families, took to the streets to thank the fans for their support over the last season - and to show off the silverware, decked in the blue and white SkyBet ribbons.

They then attended a reception at the Town Hall... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Spireites Show Off The Silverware In Town Parade

Spireites Show Off The Silverware In Town ParadeMonday 12th May 2014

Chesterfield FC are tonight displaying the SkyBet League Two championship Trophy to Spireites throughout the town as they parade from the Proact Stadium to Chesterfield Town Hall on an open top bus.

Despite the not so sunny weather, crowds are turning out to catch a glimpse of the team and the silverware either en route or from the balcony of the Town Hall.

We will bring you a report and pictures as they arrive. READ MORE, VIDEO & PICS...

Student Discount Offer For Party At The Proact Announced

Student Discount Offer For Party At The Proact AnnouncedFriday 9th May 2014 It's been announced this morning that students can take advantage of a discount ticket offer for next month's Party at the Proact concert which features seven top acts.

Tinie Tempah, Labrinth, Katy B and Lawson will be joined by Union J, Ms Dynamite and Tich at the Proact Stadium on Sunday, June 8th.

Tickets for this unmissable event are priced at just £35 and £45 (subject to booking fee)! They can be bought in person from the ticket office at the Proact Stadium or by phoning 01246 209765 (option 1). Online purchases are also... READ MORE...

New Environmentally Friendly Disposal Of Your Food Waste

New Environmentally Friendly Disposal Of Your Food WasteFriday 9th May 2014 An environmentally friendly way to dispose of food waste is being introduced for residents in the Bolsover District, Chesterfield Borough and North East Derbyshire District Council areas.

The changes have been introduced to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill, with the waste instead being turned into compost.

Residents who have green bins will receive a leaflet explaining the changes and telling them when the food waste will start being collected. It will mean that people living in these areas can put the following things in their green bins... READ MORE...

Are You Considering Fostering, But Not Sure What To Do Next?

Are You Considering Fostering, But Not Sure What To Do Next? HOPE Fostering Services may be able to help.Friday 9th May 2014 If you have been considering Fostering, but not been sure what to do next, then HOPE Fostering Services may be the answer.

HOPE Fostering Services are recruiting foster carers in Chesterfield and the surrounding areas, to provide homes for local children in need of a safety and stability.

HOPE is a small fostering agency which places the quality of care offered to children and young people at the centre of its practice.

Children and young people of all ages in the Chesterfield area... READ MORE...

Plans Made For Year In Derbyshire Celebrations

Plans Made For Year In Derbyshire CelebrationsThursday 8th May 2014 A campaign to attract more visitors to the county and to support the local economy has been launched by Derbyshire County Council.

'Made in Derbyshire'
will take place throughout 2015. The campaign will promote the Derbyshire economy locally and nationally through culture, heritage and sporting events, products and festivals. It will bring together existing events and activities and promote them to wider audiences. A particular focus will be highlighting events and products unique to the county.

Derbyshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Health... READ MORE...

Local Patients Switch On To iPads

Local Patients Switch On To iPadsThursday 8th May 2014 iPads are proving to be a fantastic aid in the care of our patients with dementia since they were introduced recently.

Melbourne Ward at Walton Hospital is among those pioneering the use of iPads as a way of engaging and stimulating patients.

Wendy Tipper, Ward Manager, said: "It's worked so well. Patients are more alert and they interact more with the staff. The mood is noticeably lifted on the ward."

Playing games like draughts and chess, keeping up with... READ MORE...

Children's Centre Review Agreed By County Council

Children's Centre Review Agreed By County CouncilWednesday 7th May 2014
Derbyshire residents will be asked how they think children's centre services should be delivered in a review to begin this month.

Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet yesterday (Tuesday, 6th May), agreed to carry out the review, to look at the best possible ways of effectively delivering essential services for children and families while saving £1.1m.

The authority is trying to save £157m by 2018 to meet Coalition Government spending targets. READ MORE...

Police Concerned For Missing Chesterfield Woman's Safety

Police Concerned For Missing Chesterfield Woman's SafetyTuesday 6th May 2014 Police are concerned for the safety of Eileen Hill, who has been missing from her home in Chesterfield for a week.

Ms Hill
, 37, was last seen at her home on the morning Tuesday, April 29th, but was reported missing the following day and her family has not seen or heard from her since.

It is now known that Ms Hill took a taxi from Chesterfield to Sheffield on the evening of Tuesday, April 29th. She was dropped off on West Street at the junction with Rockingham Street at around 10pm. READ MORE...

A Mission To Help The Community For New Staveley Centre

Centre In Staveley Opens With A Mission To Help A Mission To Help The Community For New Staveley CentreCommunityTuesday 6th May 2014 A new Community Centre in Staveley was opened on Friday 11th April, by his worship the Mayor of Chesterfield, with the Open Day also attended by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, Barry Dyke and Helen Elliot.

The Harmony Studio Community Centre, in conjunction with Staveley Harmony DECCA, is run by local Staveley people, who have themselves previously been in need of help from the community.

People such as Yvette Dislins, the founder of Staveley Harmony DECCA, who is physically disabled after suffering a stroke four years ago... READ MORE...

Modness At Staveley MWFC With The Nutty Boys

Modness At Staveley MWFC With The Nutty Boys at the Clubhouse at Inkersall Road on Saturday 10th May from 7pmTuesday 6th May 2014 The brilliant 'Nutty Boys' are bringing their own brand of 'Modness' to Staveley MWFC's Inkersall Road ground club on Saturday 10th May 2014 from 7pm.

If you love Ska, Mod and Punk music - then as the poster says, "It would be Modness to miss them", as renowned local band, the Nutty Boys are gearing up for a night of mayhem this Saturday night, 10th May.

It's all in aid of junior teams from Staveley MWFC and the ticket price includes a light buffet throughout the evening. There is a fully licensed bar with... READ MORE...

Victory Parade To Celebrate With The Champions

Victory Parade To Celebrate With The ChampionsTuesday 6th May 2014 It's been announced that Chesterfield residents can share the joy of Chesterfield FC's SkyBet League Two Championship triumph with a victory parade through the town.

The event will take place on Monday 12th May, although the event timings are provisional and subject to change. The coach carrying the players is estimated to leave the Proact Stadium at 6pm, arriving at the Town Hall, Rose Hill, for 6.30pm.

The players will appear on the Town Hall balcony followed by a civic reception hosted by Chesterfield Borough Council. Further details to come.

Work To Begin On Baby Memorial Garden

Work To Begin On Baby Memorial GardenFriday 2nd May 2014 Work is set to begin on a memorial garden in Chesterfield for parents and relatives to remember a child they have lost.

The new garden will be located in Boythorpe Cemetery, which is owned and maintained by Chesterfield Borough Council. Staff from the council's bereavement services staff, based at Chesterfield and District Crematorium, have joined with members of Chesterfield Sands, the stillbirth and neo-natal death charity, in raising money to fund the garden.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council's... READ MORE...

Chesterfield's May Day Gala - The Biggest And The Best!

Chesterfield's May Day Gala - The Biggest And The BestFriday 2nd May 2014 After two years absence, the stage for the 2014 May Day Gala moves back to New Square, following the renovation of Chesterfield's historic Market Hall.

Chesterfield's May Day celebration is the most prestigious in the country and brings thousands of people to the town for the march, rally and entertainment for all the family.

As usual, the celebration takes place on the Bank Holiday Monday, which this year, is May 5th. READ MORE...

"Let's Get Rocking" Alan Stevenson Talks Sir Tom And Tinie

Let's Get Rocking, Alan Stevenson Talks Sir Tom And TinieWednesday 30th April 2014

After securing promotion to League One this weekend, the Chesterfield faithful have a lot to look ahead to on the pitch this coming summer.

However, it's set to be a big summer off the pitch too - after the announcements of several acts coming to perform at the PROACT over two days in June.

First up is Sir Tom Jones, on June 7th - he follows fellow Knight of the Realm, Sir Elton John, who rocked the stadium in 2011. READ MORE & AUDIO...

Warning For Chesterfield Residents To Avoid Fly Tipping

Warning For Chesterfield Residents To Avoid Fly TippingWednesday 30th April 2014 Chesterfield Borough Council is warning residents to make sure anyone they pay to dispose of their rubbish is licensed and does so legally.

With the season for spring cleaning firmly here, many people start tidying up their gardens and this leads to unregistered firms and individuals asking to take away the rubbish for a small fee. This is illegal and could see householders facing the courts.

Residents should check that anyone who offers to take waste away is legally authorised to do this. To check, ask to see their waste carriers'... READ MORE...

HRH Countess Of Wessex Opens Autism Support Centre

HRH Countess Of Wessex To Open Autism Support CentreTuesday 29th April 2014 HRH The Countess of Wessex, GCVO, visited Chesterfield College today to open its Autism Support Centre.

The Centre is part of a complete redevelopment of the College's 'Arches' building which now boasts a brand new cafeteria and learning centre and several large contemporary classrooms.

The Autism Support Centre is a new facility for students aged 16 plus who have been identified as having an Autistic Spectrum Condition/Disorder. Students study subjects including Maths, English, ICT, Skills for Daily Life... READ MORE...

A 'Cracking' Easter Egg Hunt

A 'Cracking' Easter Egg HuntTuesday 29th April 2014 The Market Hall Easter Egg Hunt was a great success this year and got everyone involved in the detective work from ages 2 to 62!

Local businesses in the Market Hall, with the support of the council, got their heads together to arrange the hunt.

The businesses, led by Karen Rogers of StraightCurves, donated prizes and hid the little crocheted eggs in their shops. "As a town centre, we need to give people another reason to come into town and the Easter Egg Hunt is a great example of this!" says Sarah Risorto of Delicibo, Chesterfield. READ MORE...

New Minister For Chesterfield Churches

New Minister For Chesterfield ChurchesTuesday 29th April 2014 It's been announced that The United Reformed Churches at Rose Hill, Chesterfield, and Calow, have recently welcomed their new Minister.

After a period of nearly two years without a Minister, the churches will now be led by the Reverend Rosemary Solomon, who, in front of a large congregation of Church members, invited guests, and members of the public, was officially inducted to the two churches at a service at the Rose Hill church.

The service was led by Rev. Peter Meek, Moderator of the... READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 51

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 28th April 2014
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!

Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...

Chesterfield's 'Clock That Time Forgot' Back In Working Order

Chesterfield's 'Clock That Time Forgot' Back In Working OrderFriday 26th April 2014 Time has stood still in the courtyard for weeks - but yesterday - Chesterfield's most iconic landmark received back its clock as repairs finished at the town's Crooked Spire Church.

The clock has been out of action at St Mary and All Saints' Church since January 2014.

Specialist contractor, Smith of Derby, carried out repairs to the clock mechanism, off-site on behalf of Chesterfield Borough Council and the clock works will be put back in place this week. READ MORE, VIDEO & AUDIO...

The Child Foundation Is Launched In Chesterfield

The Child Foundation Is Launched In ChesterfieldFriday 25th April 2014

A new charity, which supports children who are experiencing disabilities, or life problems, was launched last night at the PROACT in front of hundreds.

The Child Foundation
was formed 5 months ago by local lady Karen Child who, after an £8 million Lottery win in 2007, has become a renowned benefactor and supporter of charities throughout the area and, in an emotional speech, she admitted that she was very proud, humbled and overwhelmed by the reaction that she'd had to the idea of setting up her own central charity. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Town Centre - The Future Needs To Start Now!

Chesterfield Town Centre - The Future Needs To Start Now!Thursday 24th April 2014 A retail 'guru' and author of a report which makes recommendations on the future of the UK's High Streets, was in Chesterfield yesterday, to meet local traders and take part in a discussion with local business owners about the challenges they face in the current economic conditions.

Bill Grimsey, a retailer with 45 years in the industry as CEO at Wickes, Focus DIY and Iceland, has recently written a book, 'Sold Out - Who Really Killed the High Street?' Last year he produced a review of the High Street which contained ideas for improving and retaining, the health of retail centres into the... READ MORE...

Annual Service Of Remembrance At Chesterfield Royal

Annual Service Of Remembrance At Chesterfield RoyalWednesday 23rd April 2014 The Chesterfield Royal Hospital is holding its annual service of remembrance for parents who have lost their children.

The service is organised and led by the Chesterfield Birth Centre co-ordinators, paediatrics, the neonatal unit, women's health unit and the hospital chaplain as part of the ongoing support for families who have lost babies and children through miscarriage, stillbirth, illness or accident.

The service has been running each year since the early 90s and always takes place on the Sunday after the Easter weekend, falling this year on Sunday April 27th. READ MORE...

Borough Council Reminds Residents To Check For ID

Chesterfield Borough Council Reminds Residents To Check For IDWednesday 23rd April 2014 Chesterfield Borough Council is reminding residents to always check for ID from staff who are carrying out work on behalf of the council.

This comes after reports of two men attempting to burgle residents by saying they are from the council.

Councillor Jim McManus, Chesterfield Borough Council's Executive Member for Housing said: "Council staff who are visiting the home of a tenant or resident will always carry ID with them. This will include their name, job..." READ MORE...

Work To Expand Markham Vale Due To Start

Work To Expand Markham Vale Due To StartTuesday 22nd April 2014 Work to expand Derbyshire County Council's flagship regeneration site is due to start next month, after a visit to Markham Vale by Eric Pickles MP today, Tuesday 22nd April, confirmed Government cash is in the pipeline.

In January, the Government announced Markham Vale was to receive £14.2 million to turn the former Seymour Colliery site into prime economic land, with the potential to create more than 2,000 more jobs in the area, following a bid drawn-up by the County Council and submitted through the Sheffield City Region's Enterprise Zone.READ MORE...

Dave Berry Is A Hit With The Chesterfield Canal Trust

Dave Berry Is A Hit With The Chesterfield Canal TrustTuesday 22nd April 2014 Dave Berry had lots of hits, such as 'Little Things', in the 1960s. He is now a big hit with the Chesterfield Canal Trust.

On Tuesday April 15th, Dave cycled the full length of the Chesterfield Canal from Chesterfield to West Stockwith on the River Trent, that's 46 miles altogether, to help raise funds for the Trust.

You can support Dave's ride by making donations via the Chesterfield Canal Trust website, alternatively you could hand in your donation at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre or Hollingwood Hub... READ MORE...

Staveley MWFC To Form Committee To Help With Expansion

Staveley MWFC To Form Committee To Help With ExpansionSaturday 19th April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC's Chairman and owner, Terry Damms, has released a statement today to explain that the club are looking to form a new committee to help with the expansion plans they have for the Toostation Premier Divison side.

In the statement, Terry Damms says, "Some 7 seasons on since I took over the club and inputting a large slice of my time and financial support, we have developed such a great club in depth, whilst also enhancing facilities on Inkersall Road, that at its level within the Derbys/Yorks/Notts borders, it is said by football pundits and authorities to be the best around." READ MORE...

Pubs 80 Hour Closure For Selling Alcohol To Underage Teens

Chesterfield Pub closed for 80 Hours For Selling Alcohol To Underage TeensThursday 17th April 2014 A pub in Chesterfield is to close for 80 hours after they were caught selling alcohol to underage volunteers during a test purchase operation.

The Goldminers
at Newbold sold booze to the teenagers for a second time in a three month period.

Derbyshire police and trading standards carried out the checks on Thursday, March 20th, with the help of teenage volunteers, in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. Several premises were visited and a total of three failed... READ MORE...

Next Transformed And Re-Opened In Chesterfield

Next Transformed And Re-Opened In ChesterfieldThursday 17th April 2014 If you're familiar with Ravenside Retail Park in Chesterfield, you'll know there's a Next shop that sits at just over 11,500sq.ft.

But did you know, that today (Thursday 17th April) at 10am, the doors opened to reveal a transformed store that stands at 18,000sq.ft?

Store Manager, Karen had this to say yesterday, whilst getting ready for today's opening: "We're so excited about the store opening! By extending into the former JJB Sports, this store can now offer what our customers have been asking for. There's lots of changes, not just with the new products, but also to the..." READ MORE...

Chesterfield Marathon Offer To Sheffield Half Marathon Runners

Chesterfield Marathon Offer To Sheffield Half Marathon RunnersThursday 17th April 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
Runners in the cancelled Sheffield Half Marathon are being given a discount to enter in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon in September.

Organisers of the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will provide entry into the full marathon at £25 and the half marathon at £15 - a reduction on the current prices of £35 and £20 respectively - if they sign-up before June 1st 2014.

Also, any runners entering the team relay race, usual price £100, will receive a £20 discount, even if only one of the team members qualifies for the... READ MORE...

Spireites Badges Raise Funds For Ashgate Hospice

Spireites Badges Raise Funds For Ashgate HospiceThursday 17th April 2014 Badges produced to commemorate Chesterfield's appearance in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final have raised a four-figure sum for Ashgate Hospice.

Spireites director Ashley Carson
, who is a supporter of the charity, commissioned 400 badges which were snapped-up in the Club Superstore at the Proact Stadium, raising a total of £1,200 for the charity.

Explaining the thinking behind the initiative, Carson said: "We were trying to think of something we could do to include the fans of the football club." READ MORE...

Chesterfield College Sponsor Party At The Proact

Chesterfield College Sponsor Party At The ProactThursday 17th April 2014
It's been announced that Chesterfield College will sponsor this summer's Party at the Proact, which features a line-up that includes Tinie Tempah, Labrinth, Katy B and Lawson.

Explaining the reason for the link-up, Chesterfield College principal Trevor Clay said: "We see our role within the community as broader than just providing education and training, so we think it's important that we are involved with events such as Party at the Proact. Our guidance teams will of course be there on the day to provide advice to anyone considering their education and training options." READ MORE...

College Fights Against Apprenticeship Reforms

College Fights Against Apprenticeship ReformsWednesday 16th April 2014 A successful local Apprenticeships provider, Learning Unlimited, part of The Chesterfield College Group, is speaking out against proposed Government plans to reform how Apprenticeships are funded and delivered.

Late last year, following a review of Apprenticeships by entrepreneur Doug Richard, the Government released an implementation plan, giving details on how they were going to radically shake up Apprenticeships.

Major changes are being proposed to Apprenticeship funding... READ MORE...

Voluntary Organisations Move To The Town Hall

Voluntary Organisations Move To The Town HallWednesday 16th April 2014 Derbyshire residents can now access help and advice from three voluntary sector organisations under one roof.

Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre, Derbyshire Law Centre and the Trade Union Safety Team have moved in to new premises in the basement of the Town Hall, Rose Hill.They are based in the former Chesterfield Borough Council housing offices around the old housing services reception, with its new address, 1 Rose Hill East.

Each of the organisations are independent from the council and... READ MORE...

Award For Chesterfield Newcomer To Property Care Industry

Award For Chesterfield Newcomer To Property Care IndustryTuesday 15th April 2014 A mum of two has been honoured at a top industry event after swapping an admin job for property care.

Pam Weatherhead
, who lives in Walton, Chesterfield, was named a Student of the Year at annual awards held by national trade body the Property Care Association.

The award recognised Pam's outstanding achievements while studying to become a Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatment.

Pam and husband Carl run Damptec Systems Ltd, based at... READ MORE...

Stagecoach Supporting Passengers With Hidden Disabilities

Stagecoach Supporting Passengers With Hidden DisabilitiesMonday 14th April 2014 Stagecoach in Chesterfield is demonstrating its commitment to making bus services accessible to all by supporting a new scheme helping passengers with hidden disabilities.

The leading operator has signed up to the Confederation of Passenger Transport's (CPT) Journey Assistance Cards initiative.

The cards, which are now available through Stagecoach, can be presented to the driver to indicate a need for specific assistance. They are designed to support bus passengers who are deaf, hard of hearing or visually impaired. READ MORE...

Attestation Ceremony For Fourteen New 'Specials'

Attestation Ceremony For Fourteen New 'Specials'Monday 14th April 2014 Six students, an IT analyst and a hotel worker are amongst the latest recruits to join the ranks of Derbyshire's Special Constabulary.

Fourteen Special Constables will be formally welcomed when they attend an official attestation ceremony this evening (Monday, April 14th) at police headquarters in Ripley, where they will swear an oath to the Queen and be presented with their warrant cards.

The constables will be based at various locations across the... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Lady Has 100,000 Reasons To Celebrate...

Chesterfield Lady Has 100,000 Reasons To Celebrate...Monday 14th April 2014 The old saying goes, "remember, remember, the 5th November" , but for one very lucky Chesterfield woman, it will be the 5th April she will remember for life, after scooping a huge cash prize at a bingo session.

Kate Bull
experienced a euphoric and life-changing moment just over a week ago, after winning £100,000 at Mecca Chesterfield.

Kate usually attends Bingo with her mother and father-in-law and plays bingo for the social experience, but has never contemplated the thought of winning such a staggering cash windfall. READ MORE...

Vicar Lane's 'Mother Of The Year' For 2014 Is Announced

Vicar Lane's 'Mother Of The Year' For 2014 Is AnnouncedFriday 11th April 2014 Working Mother of one, Bev Horton, has won Chesterfield's Vicar Lane Shopping Centre's 'Mother of the Year 2014' Competition.

Four of the Centre's shops in Chesterfield held Mother's Day competitions and all entrants were automatically put through to a draw for the title. The prize draw for Mother of the Year 2014 was made by Helen Cockerill from the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre.

There were 33 entries from the Bonmarché, Dolled Up, F. Hinds and Waterstones competitions which were put forward to the draw. READ MORE...

Concerns Aired About Local Medical Group At Public Meeting

Concerns Aired About Local Medical Group At Public MeetingThursday 10th April 2014
"The NHS is a treasured institution - we all pay for it, and we all have a right to expect to be served by it. It is disgusting that anyone should have to go through what they have to be treated."

That was Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, speaking to a packed hall at Staveley's Springwell college tonight, as he, and a panel of health professionals, heard local residents voice their concerns about Holywell Medical Group - and in particular, concerns raised by residents of Inkersall and Staveley in respect of practices at Rectory Road and Crich Road, Inkersall. READ MORE & AUDIO...

Work To Develop The Next Stage Of Staveley Basin Underway

Work To Develop The Next Stage Of Staveley Basin UnderwayThursday 10th April 2014 Staveley Basin has begun the next phase of its development with contractors beginning work to build wing walls to support its lock bridge.

Derbyshire County Council,
which manages the project, has agreed to fund £89,000 towards the scheme with Chesterfield Canal Trust contributing £76,000 in funds and volunteer time.

Ace Developments from Chesterfield, has started an eight week contract to build the wing walls, which will support the unfinished lock bridge already... READ MORE...

Cheerleading & Cabaret Performances At Chesterfield Marathon

Cheerleading & Cabaret Performances At Chesterfield MarathonWednesday 9th April 2014 Two performance acts have been confirmed for one of Chesterfield's biggest mass participation events in more than 30 years.

Crystal Cheer
and Dance and Directions Theatre Arts will entertain crowds at the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon on Sunday, September 14th.

The marathon will raise funds for children's charity Kids 'n' Cancer UK, as well as other local charities and causes.

Crystal Cheer and Dance will perform some of their American... READ MORE...

New Community Police Base For Hasland

New Community Police Base For HaslandTuesday 8th April 2014 A new community police base has been opened in Hasland for the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team.

The office, which is at Hasland Village Hall in Eastwood Park, has been provided by Chesterfield Borough Council.

It will provide the team with a stop while they are out on patrol in the area, and also a place where they can hold small meetings with local residents.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Mark Church said... READ MORE...

Take A Stall At Chesterfield's Easter Table Top Market

Take A Stall At Chesterfield's Easter Table Top MarketTuesday 8th April 2014
Stalls are available to rent at Chesterfield Borough Council's Easter Monday table top sale.

The event takes place on Monday 21st April, from 10am to 4pm at the town centre market place. Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: "The Easter Monday market is always very popular with residents and visitors to the town. This is a great opportunity for individuals and charities to get rid of their unwanted items and make some money." READ MORE...

Local Rotary Clubs Prepare For St Georges Day Celebrations

Local Rotary Clubs Prepare For St Georges Day CelebrationsTuesday 8th April 2014 Rotary Clubs in the Chesterfield area are set to celebrate St Georges Day with a special dinner in honour of England's patron saint.

This social event is being held at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium on St Georges Day itself, which is Wednesday 23rd April, 2014, and the meal begins at 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

A traditional English meal of soup, roast beef, apple pie, cheeseboard of English cheeses, and coffee, also includes the historic 'Ceremony of the Roast Beef', which dates back to medieval times.  As well as the toast to England... READ MORE...

Fundraising Launched To Support Youngster's Treatment

Local Charity Launches Fundraising For Youngster's TreatmentMonday 7th April 2014 Chesterfield based charity Kids 'n' Cancer is at the forefront of efforts to help a 12-year old boy raise £10,000 to support his specialist life-saving treatment in America against an extremely rare cancer.

Adrian Secareanu from Overslade in Rugby, has been diagnosed with Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma - a tumour which is located in his neck and jaw and following several operations to remove it, he is having Proton Therapy to prevent it returning in a more aggressive form.

Adrian is set to travel to the University of Florida Proton... READ MORE...

Spireites' Memorial Garden Fundraising Now In Full Swing

Memorial Garden Fundraising Now In Full SwingMonday 7th April 2014
Fundraising for the proposed £35,000 Chesterfield Memorial Garden is now in full swing - with the current total being £9345.

Generous supporters contributed £1,308.70 via bucket a bucket collection at Chesterfield's game with Newport County, whilst two businesses, John Church Planning Services of Clay Cross and JJM Financial from Leicester, both confirmed their sponsorship of the Garden, each donating £500. The Supporters Club is hoping to attract twenty such business sponsorships with each donator being acknowledged within the Garden. READ MORE...

Staveley Mourn The Loss Of Long-Time Fan, Bernard Tilley

Staveley Mourn The Loss Of Long Time Supporter, Bernard TilleySaturday 5th April 2014
Staveley MWFC and Chairman Terry Damms, send their condolences to the family of Bernard Tilley, who sadly passed away today.

Terry Damms said. "Bernard was a lovely man and a gent who will be hugely missed here. Rarely have I met a gentleman with such manners, politeness and honesty - and the news is devastatingly sad for his family.

"RIP Bernard and thank you for being a friend and supporting SMWFC. You will be sadly missed."

Mercians March Into Town. Chesterfield Salutes It's Heroes

Mercians March Into Town. Chesterfield Salutes It's HeroesFriday 4th April 2014 Members of the 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment have, this morning, marched past the Town Hall as they exercised their Freedom Of The Borough of Chesterfield.

Beginning at Rose Hill, the Battalion marched down the High Street and back along Knifesmithgate - and were applauded by shoppers and residents of the town throughout.

Dignitaries, including Her Grace The Duchess of Devonshire, The Lord Lieutenant, Mr William Tucker and The Mayor... READ MORE, VIDEO, AUDIO & PICS...

Diamond Wedding Anniversary Congratulations Keith & Mary HolmesDiamond Wedding Anniversary
Congratulations Keith & Mary Holmes

Thursday 3rd April 2014
Congratulations to Keith & Mary Holmes on their 60th Wedding Anniversary

Keith & Mary Holmes
Congratulations on your diamond wedding anniversary!
Lots of love,
Linda, Dennis, Stuart and Stacy x

Latest Staveley MWFC's Football Camp Dates Announced

Latest Staveley MWFC's Football Camp Dates AnnouncedThursday 3rd April 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC are holding two new exciting two-day Football Camp for all youngsters aged 5 to 16, during April's Easter holidays, after the hugely successful Half Term camp in February.

The holiday's are not too far away, and Staveley MWFC's football development coaches are staging TWO 2-day Football Camps to give the chance for boys and girls aged from 5 to 16 to let off some steam, learn some new skills and have some great fun. As before, to beat any chance of bad weather disruption, the camps will take place on school premises where indoor facilities are... READ MORE...

Netherthorpe School Is Bridging The Generation Gap

Netherthorpe School Is Bridging The Generation GapWednesday 2nd April 2014 Amore Care's Willow care home in Chesterfield has teamed up with students at a local school to bridge the generation gap and share life experiences.

Willows care home on Norbriggs Road received a visit from a group of students from Netherthorpe School once a week for six weeks.

The young pupils partnered up with a service user from the care home and discussed how things have changed for each different generation and ultimately, created a book based on their shared experiences. READ MORE...

Water, Water, Everywhere...

Water, Water, Everywhere...Tuesday 1st April 2014 After a water leak was reported on the A61 earlier this evening, Severn Trent has said tonight that they continue to work to shut off and repair a large burst water pipe near New Tupton, Chesterfield.

The Queen Victoria Road roundabout on the A61 Derby Road, has been affected by the burst. Currently, the company are carrying out investigations because there are two water pipes which run in the same area, one of which may have burst.

Unfortunately, the burst has flooded the road so it is closed for safety reasons. They are working with the local highways authority to organise a... READ MORE...

Tinie Tempah To Headline June's 'Party At The Proact'

Tinie Tempah To Headline June's 'Party At The Proact'Tuesday 1st April 2014 Multi-award winning rapper Tinie Tempah will headline this summer's 'Party at the Proact' on Sunday, June 8th, joining Labrinth, Katy B, Lawson, Union J and Ms Dynamite.

Tinie is the final act to join the bill for one of the summer's hottest multi-act line-ups. His success with number one hits 'Written in the Stars' and 'Pass Out' have made him one of the hottest acts around.

He released his first mixtape in 2005 and his first album, 'Disc-Overy', debuted at number one in the UK in October 2010, after being preceded... READ MORE...

Dig Out Some Change This Weekend!

Dig Out Some Change This Weekend!Tuesday 1st April 2014 Spireites fans have their chance to make a huge difference this weekend as the Supporters Club holds a bucket collection and text fund raising campaign to raise fund for the proposed Memorial Garden.

The GARDEN, which will cost around £35,000, will be built opposite the Community facilities in the East Stand, with building set to start in June with the opening planned for early August. An army of bucket collectors will be hoping to raise significant funds at the game and they'll also be handing out flyers to encourage mobile phone users to donate via text (Text Gard02 £5 to 70070) - so look out for the fundraisers and be as generous as you can to ensure the hoped for timescale can be met. Thanks!

County Council Support For Community War Commemorations

Council Support For Community War CommemorationsTuesday 1st April 2014 Residents are being offered support to stage their own First World War events as part of a Derbyshire County Council project to commemorate the conflict.

The council has received £84,600 Heritage Lottery Funding to set up 'Derbyshire Lives in the First World War' to support events across the county.

It will pay for a project manager to work with local community groups, help provide information and advice about staging events and offer groups help to find sources of financial support. READ MORE...

Scientists Swap The Class Room For The Great Outdoors

Scientists Swap The Class Room For The Great OutdoorsTuesday 1st April 2014 A group of science teachers are putting down their Bunsen burners and picking up their walking boots to take part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Most of the group work at Shirebrook Academy and will be completing the tough challenge on Saturday April 5th to raise money for the school's summer trip to Namibia.

They will attempt to climb Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, in under 12 hours. All three peaks form part of the Pennine range and are... READ MORE...

Thousands Given Away To Shoppers At Local Store

Thousands Given Away To Shoppers At Local StoreMonday 31st March 2014 Over £4,000 has been given away to local shoppers at the Tesco Extra store in Chesterfield.

Hundreds of customers have been receiving money off their shopping, but four lucky customers got more than they bargained for at the Lockerford Lane store when they each received £1,000 each in Tesco gift cards.

Roger Wilson was the first customer to bag the top prize and said: "When I first saw the ticket I thought I'd won £100 - but when I looked again - it was actually £1,000, I couldn't believe it!" READ MORE...

Mother's Day Competitions At Vicar Lane

Mother's Day Competitions At Vicar LaneFriday 28th March 2014 Entering one of FOUR Mother's Day competitions on offer at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, could also win one lucky entrant the title Vicar Lane Shopping Centre Mother of the Year 2014.

The Mother's Day
competitions offer a variety of prizes from an outfit for mother and daughter at Bonmarché, a makeover at Dolled Up, gold pendant and ear-ring set at F. Hinds and gift card and goody bag at Waterstones.

All entrants to these competitions will also be entered into the Vicar Lane Shopping Centre Mother of the Year 2014 Competition, with the winner... READ MORE...

Wilko In Chesterfield Offers A 'Helping Hand' To Community

Wilko In Chesterfield Offers A 'Helping Hand' To the local CommunityThursday 27th March 2014 Team members at the Wilko store on Vicars Lane, Chesterfield, are offering a helping hand to community groups and charities in the area who need extra support in 2014.

Whether the project benefits young people, families or the elderly, Wilko is appealing to anyone who is passionate about their local community to get involved and apply for a donation from the store's Helping Hands budget.

People living within Chesterfield and the surrounding area can apply to the store for a monetary donation or Wilko products to help them with worthwhile... READ MORE...

The Cadillacs Cruise To The Spital Pub On Saturday

The Cadillacs Cruise To The Spital Pub On SaturdayThursday 27th March 2014


'The Cadillacs' will be cruising to the Spital Pub on Spital Lane. Chesterfield This saturday night.

The evening's musical entertainment starts at 9:30pm and promises to be a great night.

The Cadillacs, 9:30pm, The Spital Pub, Spital Lane, Chesterfield S41 0HL.

Business Sponsors Sought For Spireites Memorial Garden

Business Sponsors Sought For Spireites Memorial GardenTuesday 25th March 2014
Chesterfield FC Supporters Club is seeking twenty local businesses to each donate £500 as they look to raise the money needed to build a Spireites Memorial Garden.
 
The Garden, which could see building start start as soon as Tom Jones has left the stage in early June, is to commemorate former Spireites supporters who've passed on, as well as remembering ex-players and managers killed as they served their Country in the conflicts of the 20th Century. Memorabilia from Saltergate will also be incorporated into the design. READ MORE...

Spireites VW Camper On A Return Wembley Mission

Spireites VW Camper On A Return Wembley MissionTuesday 25th March 2014 Chesterfield fan Richard Markham is making a return trip to Wembley on Sunday, in his Spireites-themed classic VW Camper, for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

Richard, who covered his vehicle in vinyl graphics to show his support for the team when they reached the final two years ago, has brought it up to date with some new graphics for the big game against Peterborough United.

He intends to travel to the game in the van, doubtless attracting lots of attention on the way (if you see him, give him a beep) and he told... READ MORE & AUDIO...

College Principal Trevor Clay Interview On His Retirement

Chesterfield College Principal Announces Decision To RetireTuesday 25th March 2014 As we reported last week, Chesterfield College Principal Trevor Clay has announced his decision to retire at the end of this academic year, after 27 years of working in further and higher education, the last 14 being at the College.

Today, The Chesterfield Post spoke with Trevor about his decision, some of the reasons behind it, as well as his thoughts on the future of the college and it's successful Apprenticeship Scheme support.

He also discusses how Government decisions have... READ MORE & AUDIO...

New Charity 'Accessible Derbyshire' Launches

New Charity 'Accessible Derbyshire' LaunchesMonday 24th March 2014 Two of the area's most successful fundraisers are teaming up to launch a brand new charity.

With the help of two £10,000 grants from Derbyshire County Council's 'Aiming High' fund, Gillian Scotford, 48, from Dronfield and Jane Carver, 48, from Chesterfield have set up 'Accessible Derbyshire', a newly-registered charity (charities no. 1155675) whose aim is to make 'the great outdoors' great for everyone.

At its heart is a 'one-stop-shop' website for the best in Accessible Tourism and Leisure for disabled people living in or visiting Derbyshire... READ MORE...

The Green, Dronfield, Hosts 100th Birthday Bash For Elsie

The Green, Dronfield, Hosts 100th Birthday Bash For ElsieMonday 24th March 2014 The Green, Dronfield, has hosted a special birthday bash to celebrate resident Elsie Wilson’s 100th birthday.

On Friday 14th March, Elsie celebrated her 100th birthday at the Nursing Home - with staff organising a big tea party, bunting, balloons and flowers. Elsie's friends, family and all the staff joined the fun to mark this very special occasion.

The Mayoress of Dronfield, Councillor Liz Blanshard presented Elsie with a card and a bouquet of flowers, on behalf of Dronfield Council and said she was surprised to learn that Elsie was one of three residents at The Green who... READ MORE...

Cambodian Horror Crash Stuns Derbyshire Charity Expedition

Cambodian Horror Crash Stuns Derbyshire Charity ExpeditionFriday 21st March 2014 Long distance cyclists Dave Cook and Paul Cave of Baslow, Derbyshire, have vowed to carry on with their 9,000-mile charity ride through South East Asia, despite a nightmare coach crash in Cambodia which left one of their team and a friend in hospital and saw some of their most valuable equipment looted from the wreckage of the overturned bus.

Reports reaching England reveal that the 'Action4Asia' expedition's communications officer, Norwegian schoolteacher Arja Soermo and her friend, Catherine Henson, both received head injuries when the coach travelling towards Phnom-Penh crashed at speed at 5am, ran into a deep roadside... READ MORE...

Local Start-Up Brings Local Transport Firm Big Fuel Savings

Local Start-Up Brings Local Transport Firm Big Fuel SavingsFriday 21st March 2014 A local business success story as a chance call from the finance director of new Chesterfield start-up business, Tec4, led to established Chesterfield Transport and Storage firm, R Wilkes transport, to not only distribute their product, but save money in fuel costs by using it!

As featured in an article in March's issue of the Road Haulage Association's trade magazine, Roadway, Tec4 Managing Director, Bob Welch explains, "We were thinking of setting up our own warehousing and distribution network," admits Welch, "but I found the locally-based Wilkes Transport on the internet and after our first phone conversation, I felt this was a relationship that would..." READ MORE...

Come Dine With Me Is Back In Chesterfield!

Come Dine With Me Is Back In Chesterfield!Friday 21st March 2014 Do you love Dinner Parties? Are you a great Cook? Well get ready, because the Channel 4 hit TV show 'Come Dine With Me' is back for a new daytime series - and is looking for participants!

Over five days, four strangers, from all walks of life, take turns to host the perfect dinner party for each other and at the end of the week, the best host wins a £1,000 cash prize.

They're looking for people over 18 years of age in Chesterfield, Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley with a passion for cooking and... READ MORE...

Painting The Town Blue To Back Chesterfield FC

Painting The Town Blue To Back Chesterfield FCThursday 20th March 2014 The entire community of Chesterfield is helping to paint the town blue to back their football team on the road to Wembley.

Thousands of fans will be travelling down to the national stadium to back Chesterfield in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Peterborough on Sunday, March 30th. In the build-up to the game, residents, businesses, workplaces and schools in Chesterfield are being encouraged to unite in backing Paul Cook's team by decking out the town in team colours.

Sponsors Johnstone's Paint have been bringing colour... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Local Business Start-Ups Benefit From Free Support Scheme

Local Business Start-Ups Benefit From Free Support SchemeThursday 20th March 2014 Chesterfield accountants Stopfords, are celebrating 10 years of providing a free package of support to local business start-ups, which was initially set up as a reaction to the high failure rate of new businesses in the area.

Stopfords
established Flying Start to provide valuable advice to businesses during their difficult first steps and, over the years, it has encouraged business growth by encouraging local businesses to get up and running.

Through Flying Start, they provide a range of services including... READ MORE...

Ashgate Hospice Supported By Sale Of JPT Final Badges

Ashgate Hospice Supported By Sale Of JPT Final BadgesTuesday 18th March 2014
Limited edition lapel badges have been produced to commemorate Chesterfield's appearance in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final - and raise money for a local charity.

Four hundred badges have been commissioned, featuring the date of the Wembley final against Peterborough United - and the two club crests.

They are going on sale in the Club Superstore at the Proact Stadium, priced at £3, with all the proceeds going to Ashgate Hospice. READ MORE & AUDIO...

Coach Companies Asked To Call Police Ahead Of Local Derby

Coach Companies Asked To Contact Police Re: Mansfield AwayMonday 17th March 2014 Police are asking for any coach or minibus companies taking Chesterfield FC fans to Mansfield for the local derby match this weekend to contact them.

The Spireites take on Mansfield Town at 1pm on Saturday, March 22nd at the One Call Stadium. As part of plans to ensure the match day run smoothly, minibuses and coaches will be escorted to and from the ground by officers.

Anyone organising a coach or minibus trip, please contact Football Intelligence Officer PC Dave Wright on 0300 122 8267 for the rendezvous point and times.

Fun Dog Show For Dog Charity At Clowne Town Cricket Club

Fun Dog Show For Dog Charity At Clowne Town Cricket ClubMonday 17th March 2014
You are invited to a Fair and charity Fun Dog Show on Saturday, 22nd March, at Clowne Town Cricket Club, from 11am until 3:30pm, in aid of the UK Bull Terrier Welfare Trust.

The will be an indoor Craft Fair with stalls for children and adults ranging from homemade crafts, cupcakes, fresh popcorn, body shop, honey and more!

Out on the playing field there will be a charity Fun dog show consisting of 8 classes, followed by a 'Best in Show' class at the end. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Pays Tribute To Tony Benn "A Mesmerising Man"

Chesterfield Pays Tribute To Tony Benn - A Mesmerising ManFriday 14th March 2014 This morning, at Chesterfield's Labour club, leaders of the party and friends of The Rt Hon Tony Benn, gathered to pay tribute to the former town MP.

MP here for 17 years, Tony Benn gathered friends and foe in equal measure but what has been clear today around the town, is that he commanded the respect of all.

Toby Perkins MP lead the tributes this morning, signing the Book of Condolence and telling The Chesterfield Post, "I think the way the full extent of the world's media has descended on Chesterfield shows what an ..." READ MORE & AUDIO...

New Approach To Community Pharmacy Launches

New Approach To Community Pharmacy Launches in ChesterfieldWednesday 12th March 2014 Led by pharmacy manager, Lesley Howard, the team at LloydsPharmacy, Chesterfield, officially opened its new concept in pharmacy on Thursday, March 6th.

The Chesterfield team will now offer LloydsPharmacy's new approach to community health, which has been developed to improve access to healthcare information and support. The ribbon was cut by Thomas Gill, a long-standing customer of the store.

As part of the transformation, the pharmacy now offers free, enhanced services for a range of conditions including skin health and pain management. READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 44

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 10th March 2014
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!

Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...

Can You help Find Oliver?

Can You help Find Oliver?Friday 7th March 2014 We have just spoken to John Stansfield who is frantic and very, very keen to find his missing dog, Oliver and take him home.

If there is anyone who can help please contact us or John (via Facebook) as soon as possible.

It isn't the same dog as the one who is currently at the RSPCA having been run over - though they are very similar.

John has rung them and that dog is a girl! The family is distraught... READ MORE...

Over 80,000 Local Children In Poverty Kept 'Behind Cold Doors'

Over 80,000 Local Children In Poverty Kept 'Behind Cold Doors'Friday 7th March 2014 Over 80,000 children living in the East Midlands in poverty, are missing out on crucial help that could keep them warm, shocking new analysis by The Children's Society reveals.

More than half of all children in poverty in the UK - nearly two million - are in families that are not getting the Warm Home Discount. This provides a £135 annual rebate on their fuel bills - enough to cover a typical family's energy bills for a month.

The Children's Society argues that this crucial support would help put an end to parents having to make harsh choices between giving their children... READ MORE...

Businesses Urged To Celebrate Town's Success At Free Event

Businesses Urged To Celebrate Town's Success At Free EventFriday 7th March 2014 Local businesses are invited to share in the success of the town's inward investment campaign, Destination Chesterfield, at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 19th March from 7.30am - 10.30am.

Spaces are limited and businesses are being urged to register now after nearly 200 people attended last year's event.

The free breakfast event, which is aptly named 'Celebrate Chesterfield', will look back over the campaign's success during the last 12 months, as well as announce plans for the forthcoming year. READ MORE...

Get Your Boots Out - 'Cos Woofs And Wellies Is Back!

Get Your Boots Out - 'Cos Woofs And Wellies Is Back!Friday 7th March 2014 Woofs and Wellies is back for the fourth year running and Ashgate Hospice are really looking forward to welcoming back their four-legged friends (and their owners!)

Woofs and Wellies is a sponsored dog walk around the beautiful Linacre Woods, to help raise vital funds for Ashgate Hospice, supported this year by Dunston Lodge Boarding Kennels and Grooming Salon.

The 4.5 mile walk will begin at Ashgate Hospice and take you round a circular route through Linacre Woods, back to the Hospice. READ MORE...

Great Opportunity To See Your Memories Of Saltergate In Print

A Great Opportunity To See Your Memories Of Saltergate In PrintThursday 6th March 2014 We have received an email from an author who is seeking Chesterfield fans who would like to contribute to a new book - regarding leaving one football ground for a new one. If you would like to see your story in print please read on...

From C. Lloyd Thompson: "How did you feel when your team 'upped-sticks' and left your old ground? Were you upset, frustrated or annoyed at your Club relocating or was it the best thing that ever happened?

I know how strongly I felt when my team, Bolton Wanderers, left... READ MORE...

The Search Is On To Crown Chesterfield's Carnival Queen

The Search Is On To Crown Chesterfield's Carnival QueenWednesday 5th March 2014 Do you think you've got what it takes to be crowned Chesterfield Town's Carnival Queen, Princess or Rosebud?

Chesterfield
based national charity, Kids 'n' Cancer, has launched a local campaign to crown the Chesterfield Carnival Queen (18 years +); two loyal Princesses (8-17 years) and four little Rosebuds (under 8s) to help celebrate and support the Chesterfield Marathon 2014, which is hoping to attract 3,000 runners and thousands more spectators to the town on Sunday, 14th September, 2014.

So, if you know someone who's gone that extra mile; done... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Western Front Association - Meeting Details

Chesterfield Western Front Association - Meeting DetailsMonday 3rd March 2014 The next Branch Meeting of the Chesterfield Western Front Association will be at 7:30pm on Tuesday 4th March 2014 at Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate.

The speaker will be Mr Andy Lonergan talking on "Major General Sir George Townshend Forestier-Walker", a 'rising star' prior to the war, after 1914, he drops from the radar - Andy Lonergan looks at why.

For more information, please contact Mr Mark Macartney on 01623 812110 or check the Branch's website at www.wfachesterfield.com.

Council Backs Warning About Social Media Drinking 'Game'

Council Backs Warning About Social Media Drinking 'Game'Saturday 1st March 2014 A leading Derbyshire councillor has backed calls for health warnings on social media sites to tackle an internet binge drinking game.

Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People
, supports the Local Government Association's call for Twitter and Facebook to post prominent messages on their sites warning of the dangers of 'NekNomination'.

The LGA is urging the companies to consider warnings along the lines of those used on cigarette packets to alert social media users to the dangers... READ MORE...

Young Entrepreneurs At Chesterfield's New Market Hall

Young Entrepreneurs At Chesterfield's New Market HallThursday 27th February 2014 Pupils from schools across North Derbyshire were at Chesterfield's New Market Hall today to 'wow' shoppers with their products and services.

Chesterfield Borough Council is generously offering their facilities to host the annual trade fair, co-ordinated by the North Derbyshire branch of the enterprise education charity, Young Enterprise, which aims to equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.

Eleven teams of students aged between 14 and 19, showcased a... READ MORE...

Green Bin Collections Are Due To Start Again

Green Bin Collections Are Due To Start AgainThursday 27th February 2014 Households across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire are being reminded that their green bin collections are due to start again in early March 2014, which is explained in their bin calendar.

The green bin collections were suspended over the winter months as people are less active in the garden and there is little green waste being produced.

However, with spring on the horizon and people wanting to get back into their gardens the collections will start again. Residents can place items such as leaves, hedge and plant clippings, twigs, branches and prunings, grass mowings... READ MORE...

New Renewable Energy Co-operative For Duckmanton

New Renewable Energy Co-operative For DuckmantonWednesday 26th February 2014 Chesterfield councillors have recently voted unanimously to grant planning permission for a co-operatively owned wind turbine at Duckmanton.

The turbine will be sited on former colliery land owned by Harworth Estates.

Four Winds Energy Co-operative (4Winds for short) has been formed to own and manage the turbine, together with a similar one on another former colliery site near Barnsley. The Co-operative is holding a public meeting at Duckmanton Primary School on Wednesday 12th March at 7:30pm, so that local... READ MORE...

Volunteers Needed For Exciting New Bolsover Castle Project

Volunteers Needed For Exciting New Bolsover Castle ProjectWednesday 26th February 2014

English Heritage's Bolsover Castle is on the look out for local residents with a passion for history to come along to a coffee morning at the castle on Tuesday 4th March at 9.30am - and find out how they can help volunteer to tell the tale of the town's iconic landmark as part of an exciting new project.

Bolsover Castle has attracted visitors for hundreds of years, and the current work to restore, re-imagine and re-interpret the castle and garden ready for re-opening in April, will encourage more people to visit the town and surrounding... READ MORE...

Family's Winning Streak In Vicar Lane Valentine's Competition

Family's Winning Streak In Vicar Lane Valentine's CompetitionWednesday 26th February 2014 As we reported previously, Vicar Lane Shopping Centre ran a Valentine's competition for shoppers to find two members of staff who were wearing broken hearts, somewhere within the shops at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, Chesterfield, whilst also collecting donations for the British Heart Foundation.

First prize went to Jean Wilkinson from Holmewood, who won a 9ct gold pendant and ear-ring set from F. Hinds Jewellers. Jean is delighted with her win and said: "Thank you very much it is really nice, I am still really surprised as I never win anything!" READ MORE...

Ginny Davies In 'Something Fishy' At The Hollingwood Hub

Ginny Davies In 'Something Fishy' At The Hollingwood HubMonday 24th February 2014 After her wonderful performance of 'Double Booked' last year, the Chesterfield Canal Trust is delighted to welcome Ginny Davis back to Hollingwood Hub.

Something Fishy is the latest in the Ruth Rich saga. It is a witty and entertaining show in the style of television favourites Outnumbered and My Family, describing a middle aged mum's efforts to keep everything running smoothly as chaos unfolds.

All goes to hell in a handcart when Ruth's typical teenage son, Fred, is banned from school trips so severely that he can only participate in a trip to... READ MORE...

The Air Ambulance Service Launches 'Power Hour' Appeal

The Air Ambulance Service Launches 'Power Hour' AppealThursday 20th February 2014 The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) is launching an appeal to attract local business men and women to take part in 'Power Hour', as part of its volunteering campaign.

The Charity, which runs Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, is asking corporate supporters to donate their lunch hour(s) to support a lifesaving cause.

Power Hour is a new initiative to allow charitable corporate teams and individuals the chance to fit a significant volunteering activity into their hectic... READ MORE...

New Advice Centres In Chesterfield Are A Step Nearer

New Advice Centres In Chesterfield Are A Step NearerThursday 20th February 2014 Plans to open advice centres in Derbyshire children's centres came a step nearer after the authority awarded contracts to the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Local people will be able to get free advice on everything from debt management and welfare rights to housing issues and getting back to work when the new service opens which is expected to be in April.

Derbyshire County Council is investing almost £500,000 in helping hard-pressed families get the help and information they need. READ MORE...

S P Carpentry & Joinery Services

S P Carpentry & Joinery Services. Call Steve on 07807 233 687SP Carpentry and Joinery services can provide all aspects of domestic work geared towards the individual homeowner.

With over 30 years experience, this City & Guilds qualified Carpenter offers general or specialised services for your home including: traditional Sash Window repairs and draught-proofing; Garden Decking; supply and fitting Hardwood & Laminate flooring; timber repairs; bespoke cabinet construction; fitting of internal and external doors; skirting board replacement and repair and more.

For FREE estimates and advice, please contact Steve on 07807 233687

New Trio To Join The 'Party At The Proact'

New Trio To Join The 'Party At The Proact'Tuesday 18th February 2014 Chesterfield Football Club has said this lunchtime that three more acts have been added to the exciting line-up for this summer's Party at the Proact.

Labrinth, Katy B and Ms Dynamite will now join Lawson and Union J at the event on Sunday, June 8th - a day after Tom Jones performs at the stadium.

Labrinth is the multi-faceted rising star of British music. He has already enjoyed considerable success with his first two singles - 'Let the Sun Shine' and 'Earthquake' - storming the top three, the latter selling over... READ MORE...

Mecca Chesterfield Bangs The Gong For Local Carers

Mecca Chesterfield Bangs The Gong For Local CarersTuesday 18th February 2014 Mecca Chesterfield employees struck a huge heart-shaped piñata on Valentine's Day to mark the launch of Rank Group's partnership with the Carers Trust.

All 97 Mecca clubs, part of the Rank Group Plc, participated in the launch by hosting a wide range of fundraising activities ranging from raffles, lucky dips and karaoke, to a variety of competitions and other interactive events.

"It's very important to us to be at the very heart of our local community. Working with Carers Trust will offer us the chance to help the many people..." READ MORE...

Local MP Becomes Disabled Children's Charity Champion

Local MP Becomes Disabled Children's Charity ChampionMonday 17th February 2014 Natascha Engel, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire, has become an MP Champion for disabled children's charity, Whizz-Kidz.

Whizz-Kidz has recently transformed the lives of 5 disabled youngsters from North East Derbyshire by providing essential mobility equipment that helps them to have a an active and fun childhood and the same opportunities as their peers.

Natascha said, "I'm delighted to support Whizz-Kidz by becoming an MP Champion. The charity do fantastic work locally, helping disabled children..." READ MORE...

Job Vacancy: NDVA Seek Development And Liaison Workers

Job Vacancy: NDVA Seek Development Worker And Liaison WorkerFriday 14th February 2014 It is now being recognised by health and social care professionals that voluntary sector groups and organisations are able to deliver wrap around services to the most dependant users of health and social care services.

It is also recognised that these services are not currently being used in the best way and most effectively. The aim of the voluntary sector Single Point of Access (vSPA) service is to provide an effective referral route into health and social care voluntary services. NDVA are seeking two enthusiastic and energetic people with excellent communication and organisational skills to develop and... READ MORE...

Vicar Lane Valentine's Fundraiser For British Heart Foundation

Vicar Lane Valentine's Fundraiser For British Heart FoundationThursday 13th February 2014 Retailers based at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre are raising funds for British Heart Foundation during the run up to Valentine's Day - and offering shoppers the chance to win prizes.

Visitors will have the challenge to find two members of staff wearing broken hearts somewhere within the shops at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, which includes those on Steeplegate.

They will then have to submit their answers via the Vicar Lane Shopping Centre website with a chance to win a 9ct gold pendant and ear-ring set... READ MORE...

Five Rivers Foster Care Has Arrived In Chesterfield

Five Rivers Foster Care Has Arrived In ChesterfieldThursday 13th February 2014 Can you be a young person's inspiration to develop their aspirations? Five Rivers is recruiting local people in Chesterfield and the surrounding area to care for and foster local children.

Five Rivers Child Care has been established for 25 years and is one of a very few independent fostering agencies that operates as a Social Enterprise.

As an innovative Social Enterprise, they have a strong ethos and social purpose by placing the needs of their children and young people at the very centre of everything they do. Any financial surplus (profit) that is generated gets... READ MORE...

FREE Childcare For Two Year Olds Announced

FREE Childcare For Two Year OldsWednesday 12th February 2014 Families on low incomes in Derbyshire are being urged not to miss out on free childcare for their two-year-olds.

A scheme offering up to 15 hours of free childcare a week for two-year-olds is being rolled out to hard-pressed working families across the county. Previously, it was only open to people on certain benefits.

Now, Derbyshire families with a household income of less than £16,190 a year and receiving Working Tax Credits, can take advantage of the offer which could add up to thousands of pounds of free childcare a year. READ MORE...

County Council's Plans To Develop Derbyshire's Waterways

Derbyshire County Council's Plans To Develop Derbyshire's WaterwaysWednesday 12th February 2014 Plans to develop Derbyshire's waterways have been drafted with the aim of making the most of their potential.

Derbyshire County Council's
Cabinet were shown the draft Waterways Strategy on 11th February and agreed to share it with interested parties for consultation before a final version is submitted in April.

The county council owns and maintains 11 miles of canals including Cromford Canal from Cromford Wharf to Ambergate and Butterley Tunnel to Codnor Park Reservoir; Chesterfield Canal from St. Helena's Weir to... READ MORE...

Primary School Football Team 'Kitted' Out In Style

Primary School Football Team 'Kitted' Out In StyleTuesday 11th February 2014 One local primary school is hoping to kick start their season after a donation of football kits by a local company.

Barrow Hill Primary
have benefitted from a sponsorship deal with local firm City Response, who are based nearby. The property maintenance business pride themselves on community partnerships - a move which Managing Director Billy Park is keen to expand, telling The Chesterfield Post, "We're very much a community based organisation, the community means so much to us, that's where our work is.

"We have 20 apprentices, well above average for the industry..." READ MORE...

Derbyshire Children's Services Praised By Watchdog

Derbyshire Children's Services Praised By WatchdogMonday 10th February 2014 Derbyshire's services for children and young people are "Good" according to a new-style inspection carried out by Government watchdogs.

Derbyshire County Council
is one of the first five local authorities inspected under a new combined Ofsted regime, which looks at the way all services for vulnerable young people are run.

This includes children who need protection, children in care, those leaving care and children helped by the authority's adoption and fostering teams. READ MORE...

Derbyshire's Poet Laureate Talks Town With Local Pupils

Derbyshire's Poet Laureate Talks Town With Local PupilsFriday 7th February 2014 Year 6 pupils from a Chesterfield Primary school were treated to a poetic performance, dedicated to high flying League leaders Chesterfield FC - and a workshop helping them hone their own literacy skills.

Spireites' Poet In Residence, Helen Mort
, welcomed the 10 and 11 years olds from New Whittington to the new Community Stand classroom and talked to them about her life as Derbyshire Poet Laureate, and her work at the football club.

Derbyshire decided to appoint a Poet Laureate to celebrate Derbyshire places, people and traditions through poetry; and to encourage... READ MORE & VIDEO...

Spireites Memorial Garden Fundraising Kicks Off

Spireites Memorial Garden Fundraising Kicks OffThursday 6th February 2014 The fundraising initiative to raise £35,000 to build a Memorial Garden at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium has begun.

Designed to provide an area to remember former Spireites players and officials killed in the two World Wars, as well as commemorating the lives of family and friends of supporters, the garden will be adjacent to the Community Stand on the East side of the ground.

A well-attended meeting heard from Club Chaplain Jim McGlade, the Chairman of the Derbyshire Royal British Legion Bernard Page MBE... READ MORE...

'Bite The Ballot' Or Be Bitten?

'Bite The Ballot' Or Be Bitten? Toby Perkins MP Metts the students at Chesterfield CollegeWednesday 5th February 2014 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins visited Chesterfield College to encourage young people to register to vote, as part of the national youth led campaign, Bite the Ballot.

Toby Perkins said, "Voting determines the kind of society we live in. If you are not registered to vote, you don't have a say. I am concerned that young people and those from less privileged backgrounds are under-represented and so, the laws we make in society do not always reflect their best interests."

In 2010, only 44% of 18 to 24 year olds voted, while 76% of those... READ MORE...

Her Majesty The Queen Thanks Hady Primary School Pupils

Her Majesty The Queen Thanks Hady Primary School PupilsWednesday 5th February 2014 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins addressed a special assembly with a royal theme today as he took a letter from Buckingham Palace - that was received in response to a Christmas Card he sent on behalf of Chesterfield - to a local primary school.

Her Majesty the Queen had written to express her thanks to Hady Primary School pupils, the people of Chesterfield and Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, for their "kind message of Christmas greetings."

Budding young artists from the school participated in the... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Caledonians Talk On The Scottish Highlands

Chesterfield Caledonians Talk On The Scottish HighlandsWednesday 5th February 2014 Chesterfield and District Caledonian Association are fortunate to have secured the presence of Mr. Andy Firth from Coal Aston for their next meeting.

A well known professional speaker, Mr Firth will give a slide presentation with commentary on the Western Ross area of Scotland, covering Torridon Loch Maree and the Far North and it promises to be an entertaining and fascinating journey through the Scottish Highlands.

The Event starts at 7:30pm on Saturday 22nd February at... READ MORE...

Local Miners Prepare For Tribute To 'Terry'

March 2014 marks the thirtieth year since the start of the Miners' Strike.Tuesday 4th February 2014 March 2014 marks the thirtieth year since the start of the Miners' Strike.

Since that time, many collieries have closed, communities changed and more than a few people who were involved are sadly no longer with us. As a memory to those people and places, two ex-Shireoaks miners, George Bell and Philip Whitehead, have organised a reunion of the men, women and children who took part in the strike and wish it to be a fitting memorial to those who were involved.

This year's occasion has an added significance, since one of the... READ MORE...

Could You Be Ashgate Hospice's 'Mr Heart Throb'?

Could You Be Ashgate Hospice's 'Mr Heart Throb'?Tuesday 4th January 2014
Ashgate Hospice are really excited to be hosting Mr Heart Throb, a brand new event for 2014!

They're inviting fun loving Derbyshire fellas to compete in four categories: modelling their work clothes, what they would wear on a dinner date, a super hero costume and finally a show stopping outfit of their choice.

Contestants will have to impress the judging panel, headed by Peak FM's Becky Measures, as well as the audience (tickets available now!) READ MORE...

Chesterfield Western Front Association - Meeting Details

Chesterfield Western Front Association - Meeting DetailsMonday 3rd February 2014 The next Branch Meeting of the Chesterfield Western Front Association will be at 7:30pm on Tuesday 4th February 2014 at Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate.

The speaker will be Dr Simon Peaple talking on the origins of WW1.

Author of "European Diplomacy 1870-1939" (2002), Dr Peaple examines the controversy surrounding the outbreak of the First World War. For more information, please contact Mr Mark Macartney on 01623 812110 or check the Branch's website at www.wfachesterfield.com.

Local Food Banks Boosted By Share Of £113k Council Funding

Local Food Banks Boosted By Share Of £113k Council FundingFriday 31st January 2014 Local food banks are to benefit from a share of £113,000 Derbyshire County Council funding to help them cope with increased demand.

Seventeen of the county's 21 food banks applied for funding and have been awarded grants to help them feed more people by buying fridges and storage boxes, covering additional volunteer and vehicle running costs and paying for training, administration and rent.

The council has approved the funding from its public health budget to support Derbyshire's food bank network as part of its wider commitment... READ MORE...

There's A Guy Works Down The Proact Swears He's Elvis!

There's A Guy Works Down The Proact Swears He's Elvis!Wednesday 29th January 2014
A fundraising event at the Proact Stadium on Saturday night saw around £3,500 raised for the Chesterfield FC academy.

Goalkeeper coach Eric Nixon performed an Elvis Presley tribute - which was filmed by Sky Sports for a Soccer Saturday feature - with The Nutty Boys also providing musical entertainment.

Around 200 people attended the event with a raffle and an auction adding to the coffers. READ MORE...

A Very Happy 14th Birthday To Callum WardA Very Happy Birthday To Callum Ward

Callum Ward, 14 on Wednesday 29th January 2014
Happy Birthday Ceej - have a fantastic day!



Have a wonderful day CJ - annoying that your birthday is on Parent's Evening at school - but we'll make up for it at the weekend!

Lots and lots of love from Mum, Dad, Nanna & Grandad Ward, Nan & Grandad Wood, Aunty 'Nise, Willowbooby and all your family and friends xxx

Poppy Appeal Total Is Up But Needs A New Wave Of Volunteers

Poppy Appeal Total Is Up But Needs A New Wave Of VolunteersTuesday 28th January 2014 It's been announced today that The 2013 Poppy Appeal total for Derbyshire has reached a staggering £647,838.00, already passing the 2012 total with eight months until the year end in September!

Christine Selden, Community Fundraiser said, "The support we receive from the people of Derbyshire is fantastic.

Throughout the economic downturn, their support for our Armed Forces, veterans and their families has been unwavering. I would like to thank everyone involved with the appeal; collectors, counters, organisers and everyone who gave..." READ MORE...

Franke Sissons: More Support For Youth Sport

Franke Sissons: More Support For Youth SportTuesday 28th January 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Franke Sissons has been manufacturing washroom and catering products in Chesterfield for 230 years, this year.


But the Company, which employs over 80 people at its Carrwood Road factory in Chesterfield, is also a keen supporter of youth sport and good causes locally. 

So, when John Mason, a laser programmer with Franke Sissons, suggested Wingerworth Junior Sports Association (WSJA) was in need of new team coats for its Wingerworth Wolves Under 7s squad, the Company agreed... READ MORE...

Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Meeting

Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Kick OffMonday 19th January 2014
A reminder that the meeting to discuss plans for the Chesterfield FC Memorial Gardens takes place this Thursday (30th January) at 7pm in the Leengate Legends Lounge at the Proact Stadium.

Phil Tooley spoke to The Chesterfield Post about just what the memorial means to both the club and the community - and what you can expect to find out at the meeting.

To donate to the fund, you can text the word 'GARD02' (the number zero), to 70070 and state the amount you would like to donate, which... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Did You Cross The Picket Line During The 80s Miners Strikes?

Did You Cross The Picket Line During The 80s Miners Strikes?Monday 27th January 2014

Former coal miners, managers, cokemen and colliery nurses from the 1984-1985 strike, who crossed the NUM picket lines of their colliery, are being encouraged to come forward and share their accounts for an Audio and Photography project looking at those that worked the infamous strike.

Photographer Vanessa Short, who comes from a coal mining family, has embarked on a personal project - 'Other Side of the Line' - documenting those who returned to work before the bitter year long strike ended. READ MORE...

Wingerworth Residents Invited To Help Set Policing Priorities

Wingerworth Residents Invited To Help Set Policing PrioritiesMonday 27th January 2014 Residents in the Wingerworth area have been invited to have a say on their local policing priorities.

The Wingerworth and Rural Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding a meeting at Wingerworth Parish Hall, on New Road, on Wednesday, February 5th at 7pm.

It is an opportunity for local people to meet their local officers and raise issues or concerns, in particular about crime, anti-social behaviour or road safety, for the police and partner organisations to target. READ MORE...

Staveley MWFC's Half Term Football Camp Announced

Staveley MWFC's Half Term Football Camp AnnouncedSaturday 25th January 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC are holding an exciting new two day Football Camp for all youngsters aged 5 to 16, during February's Half Term holidays, with a very special guest appearance for the presentations.

Half term is not too far away, and Staveley MWFC's football development coaches are staging a 2 day Football Camp to give the chance for boys and girls aged from 5 to 16 to let off some steam, learn some new skills and have some great fun.

To beat any chance of bad weather disruption, the camp will... READ MORE...

Major Milestone For The Avenue

Major Milestone For The AvenueFriday 24th January 2014
A major milestone in the clean-up of the most polluted site in Western Europe was reached recently when the specially designed plant for removing toxic waste was switched off for the last time.

The Thermal Desorption Unit (TDU), which uses extreme heat, has made over 402,000 tonnes of the most polluted wastes safe and is now being dismantled before starting work in the Netherlands. Work will continue on making the less polluted parts of the site completely safe by composting the soils to allow naturally occurring bacteria to make them safe. READ MORE...

Local Children Centres To Join An Anniversary 'Giant Wiggle'

Derbyshire Children Centres encouraged  Centres To Join An Anniversary 'Giant Wiggle' to celebrate the Very Hungry Caterpillar's 45th birthday.Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Derbyshire children centres are being encouraged to celebrate 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar™' anniversary with a 'Giant Wiggle', a Charity fundraiser launched to encourage children to help other children - and get active at the same time!

Leading charity Action for Children is teaming up with The World of Eric Carle™ and encouraging children's centres, nurseries and groups for under-5s in Derbyshire to host a Giant Wiggle event on The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, which is Thursday, 20th March 2014. READ MORE...

Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Kick Off

Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Kick OffSunday 19th January 2014
The plans for the proposed Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden, due to be built opposite Chester's Den, behind the Spencer's Solicitors Community Stand, will be available for viewing in a specially arranged meeting in the Leengate Legends Lounge on Thursday 30th January.

Starting at 7pm, supporters will be able to take a look at the artists' impressions and learn about the plans for what will be a substantial memorial, where fans can be remembered as well as there being a commemorative area to remember Spireite players and officials killed during the two World Wars. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Borough Council To Mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Chesterfield Borough Council Marks Holocaust Memorial DaySunday 19th January 2014 Chesterfield residents can pay tribute to victims of the Holocaust by attending an event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

Chesterfield Borough Council is supporting a performance by the professional theatre company, Voices of the Holocaust, which will bring stories from survivors together on Monday 27th January.

The performance takes place at the Donut Creative Arts Studio, Spring Bank Road at 7pm. Demand for places is expected to be high - to book a seat, e-mail eoinfo@chesterfield.gov.uk. READ MORE...

Tom Jones Tickets On Sale Next Week

Tom Jones Tickets On Sale Next WeekWednesday 15th January 2014 Tickets for the Tom Jones concert taking place at the Proact Stadium on Saturday, June 7th, will go on sale from next week.

Tickets priced at £39 / £50 / £75 (plus booking fee), will be available on pre-sale to Chesterfield FC supporters only from 10am on Wednesday, January 22nd.

They can be purchased from the Ticket Office at the Proact or via the telephone hotline: 01246 209765 (option 1 or ext 4114). Alternatively, email karenwood@chesterfield-fc.co.uk. Please note that no bookings will be taken via email before the pre-sale date. READ MORE...

Shirebrook Student Kick Boxes Her Way To Two Gold Medals

Shirebrook Student Kick Boxes Her Way To Two Gold MedalsWednesday 15th January 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
A 16-year-old kick boxer is showing off her talent in the ring winning two gold medals in a national competition.

Jade Humphries, a Shirebrook Academy student, won the medals at the WTKA Best of British competition, going up against advanced black belt fighters.

She competed in 2 categories, up to age 16 and 16-18, winning gold in both.

Jade, who lives in Langwith, said: "I'm so proud that I've been..." READ MORE...

Bus Service Changes To Boost Reliability

Service Changes To Boost Bus ReliabilityWednesday 15th January 2014 Changes are being made to bus services in Chesterfield later this month to improve punctuality and reliability.

On Service X17, leading operator Stagecoach is making minor timetable changes and introducing an additional stop on Sheffield Road outside the company's Stonegravels depot.

From Sunday, 26th January, Service 10 will also see minor changes to the Sunday timetable and on Service 80/80A, the Monday to Friday afternoon peak timetable will be revised to improve reliability. READ MORE...

JOB VACANCY FOR QUANTITY SURVEYOR / ESTIMATOR

Permanent Job Vacancy for a QUANTITY SURVEYOR / ESTIMATOR at Kingston Drywall Ltd, Mansfield.Tuesday 14th January 2014
Kingston Drywall Limited is one of the East Midlands largest Drylining Contractors, and due to increased turnover, is looking to recruit a Quantity Surveyor / Estimator to its Mansfield Office.

This is a permanent position would be ideal for a recently qualified Surveyor or someone looking for a fresh challenge. Responsibilities would include take-offs, pricing variations, interim valuation, measuring and agreeing final account.

Salary will depend upon experience. READ MORE...

Ben Parkinson MBE Proud To Go A Little Further For Charity

Ben Parkinson MBE Proud To Go A Little Further For CharityMonday 13th January 2014 In a week on which it was announced that a superstar would visit the PROACT in the summer, it was perhaps fitting that the ground also played host to a true hero this last weekend.

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE is the most seriously injured soldier to survive injuries he received in Afghanistan in 2006 ,and was told he would never walk again.

However, after a well documented and public road to recovery, he has proved beyond doubt the strength of the human spirit and will to overcome... READ MORE...

From The Bottom Of A Bottle - To The Top Of The World

From The Bottom Of A Bottle - To The Top Of The WorldThursday 9th January 2014

Celebrated Chesterfield Alcohol Counsellor and former alcoholic, Gary Topley, overcomes his fears to inspire others to tackle their addiction.

On January 1st 2014, Gary Topley celebrated five years of being alcohol free and sober. To celebrate his journey from addiction, Gary, from Chesterfield, is going to Cape Town, South Africa from 19th March 2014, for one week, to undertake wild challenges to conquer his fears and inspire others to overcome their addiction to alcohol. READ MORE...

Burns Celebration Dinner & Dance Night 2014

Burns' Celebration Dinner & Dance Night 2014Thursday 9th January 2014 Chesterfield and District Caledonian Association's Burns Celebration Annual Dinner and Dance takes place on 25th January 2014 at The Chesterfield Hotel.

The evening will include the traditional Piping in and Address to the Haggis, The Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns, the 'Toast to the Lasses' and the 'Response by the Lasses', all followed by dancing to continue through until after midnight.

Dinner is a four course meal with coffee, whisky for the toasts... READ MORE...

Royal's Visiting Hours Extended After Trial Voted A Success

Royal's Visiting Hours Extended After Trial Voted A SuccessTuesday 7th January 2014 Relatives, friends and carers visiting patients at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, have given the recent trial of a longer visiting day the 'thumbs-up' - for convenience, improved communication and for allowing them to be more involved in their loved-one's care.

For the last three months, a handful of wards have been open throughout various times of day - to see what the impact would be. And over the Christmas holidays, all the general medical, surgical and orthopaedic wards opened their doors to visitors for more hours a day - to help people keep in touch over the festive season.

Both pilots have proved such a success these longer visiting hours are to be extended... READ MORE...

Residents Invited To Discuss Public Health Lifestyle Services

Residents Invited To Discuss Public Health Lifestyle ServicesTuesday 7th January 2013 Residents will be invited to have their say on plans to reorganise public health lifestyle services in Derbyshire this month.

Derbyshire County Council is inviting people to take part in a series of local events to discuss the way these services are provided.

The events will focus on new plans to offer people one point of access for help to lose weight, stop smoking and lead more active lifestyles.

These plans would see a team of 'wellbeing workers' providing... READ MORE...

Staveley MWFC Development School Begins 2014 Sessions

Staveley MWFC Development School Begins 2014 SessionsFriday 3rd January 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC are offering a fantastic opportunity on Saturday mornings for youngsters to get involved in football, beginning this Saturday, 4th January.

They will not only be coached to develop their football skills and fitness, but make new friends and most importantly, have lots of fun!

The youngsters will develop a different range of skills across all aspects of football and a set schedule has been made to ensure that each individual becomes a better footballer. READ MORE...

Council Asks Local Residents About Sexual Health Services

Council Asks Local Residents About Sexual Health ServicesFriday 3rd January 2014
Derbyshire Residents are to be asked for their views about sexual health services as part of a Derbyshire County Council review.

The council wants to make sure current services meet local people's needs and will also use feedback to help plan future provision.

Services currently on offer are: Contraception services including emergency contraception; Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs); Sexual health promotion, information and advice and HIV... READ MORE...

Ashgate Hospice Receives Barnsley Building Society Donation

Ashgate Hospice Receives Donation From Building SocietyThursday 2nd January 2014Ashgate Hospice, in Old Brampton, has received a generous donation from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation to purchase new equipment.

Colleagues at Chesterfield's branch of the Barnsley Building Society, which is part of Yorkshire Building Society, have raised more than £2,000 for the hospice to purchase specialist equipment, which will help make residents' stays a little more comfortable.

Over £900 was raised by fundraising events at the Low Pavement... READ MORE...

Staveley MWFC Sign Premiership And England Star

Staveley Sign Premiership And England StarFriday 27th December 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC have signed former England International, Carlton Palmer - albeit just for the one game!

Carlton (left) has agreed to pull on yet another set of blue and white stripes, this time for Staveley, for their Christmas week fixture against Worksop Parramore, at Inkersall Road TOMORROW - Saturday, 28th December, 2013, kick off at 3pm.

The much travelled defender/midfielder arrives at Inkersall Road via West Brom, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Southampton... READ MORE...

Christmas Eve Train Travel Information

Christmas Eve Train Travel InformationMonday 23rd December 2013 East Midlands Trains has said tonight that it is planning to operate a normal Christmas Eve timetable - providing that Network Rail confirms lines are clear for trains after the storm has passed.

They are advising however, that wherever possible, people should avoid travel but, if it is necessary, please travel as early as possible, as revised services are expected to be very busy due to the reduced capacity.

Tickets dated for Monday 23rd December will be valid for travel on Christmas Eve... READ MORE...

Festive Fixes - Public Service Times Info For Xmas & New Year

Festive Fixes - Public Service Times Info For Xmas & New YearMonday 23rd December 2013 We've put together as much information as we can to help you know which services such as Buses, Pharmacies, bin collections, Market, Leisure Centres etc are open, closed or have changed times over the Christmas Festivities.

BUSES: Leading bus operator Stagecoach has announced that up to and including Monday 23rd December, all Stagecoach bus services will operate as normal.

On Christmas Eve, 24th December, a Monday to Friday school holiday service will operate until around 7pm. However, the service 82A journey... READ MORE...

High Praise For Chesterfield's Holmebrook Valley Park

High Praise For Chesterfield's Holmebrook Valley ParkMonday 23rd December 2013 Judges from the national Green Flag award have commended Holmebrook Valley Park.

The Green Flag award is run by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign and recognises top quality parks and open spaces.

Holmebrook Valley Park, owned and maintained by Chesterfield Borough Council, received its Green Flag for the third time this summer.

A Judge from the campaign paid an unannounced visit to the park... READ MORE...

Ashover Boasts The Unique Attraction Of 'Loos With Views'!

Ashover Boasts The Unique Attraction Of 'Loos With Views'!Monday 23rd December 2013 The old stone public conveniences on Moor Road have been completely renovated and the redundant telephone kiosk in the small room at the front of the building, turned into an information point featuring parish news and attractions, maps and details of local walks.

The major makeover has cost almost £27,000 and has been made possible by a substantial donation of more than £22,000 by Viridor Credits Environmental Company through the Landfill Communities Fund, and financial assistance of £5,000 from Ashover Parish Council and £2,253 from Ashover Primary Care Trust as the Contributing Third Party. READ MORE...

Old Hall School Grilling For Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins

Old Hall School Grilling For Chesterfield MP Toby PerkinsFriday 20th December 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins recently paid a visit to Old Hall Primary School - and praised the children for their attentive listening and deeply thoughtful questions.

Toby
said, "When I'm in the House of Commons, I rarely get faced with such eager anticipation or active listening.  It is something the honourable members on the opposite benches could learn from!"

Toby visited the school to discuss local and educational issues with the Headteacher Sharon Stone and Chair of Governors, Mrs Pennington. READ MORE...

The Reds' Colours Are Displayed Aboard HMS Illustrious

The Reds' Colours Are Displayed Aboard HMS IllustriousThursday 19th December 2013 Alfreton Town FC's colours are being proudly displayed by two local sailors, currently far from these shores.

Andy 'Sonny' Liston
from Stonebroom - a friend of Reds' boss Nicky Law's son, Nicky Junior, currently starring with Glasgow Rangers, sent a request to the club recently for a replica shirt to show off on his travels around the world - and the club were only too happy to oblige.

To his amazement, one of his fellow crew members is also a keen Reds fan, and Callum Toft from Ripley has also been sent a shirt by the club. READ MORE...

Next Stop Florida For Bus Competition Winner!

Next Stop Florida For Bus Competition Winner!Wednesday 18th December 2013 A Chesterfield family has won a holiday of a lifetime to the USA just by catching the bus.

Nicola Clark, who is from Chesterfield won a family holiday to Florida worth over £8,000 after entering a competition run by Stagecoach in Chesterfield with Peak FM.

The 'Your Lucky Ticket' competition winner will enjoy seven nights in Orlando, visits to Universal Studios and Disney World and £250 of prize money to spend.

Nicola Clark was unveiled as the winner on Sean and Becky's... READ MORE...

Panto Stars Show Support To Local Hospital

Panto Stars Show Support To Local HospitalMonday 16th December 2013
On Friday (13th December), child patients at Chesterfield Royal Hospital were excited to meet the Chesterfield Theatres Pantomime cast, who made a special visit to the Nightingale Ward.

Stars of the Beauty and the Beast Pantomime, Tina Barrett (Beauty), Jon Moses (Beast & Count), Danny Mills (Madame Fifi), Sarah Whitlock (Witch Hazel), Titus Rowe (Gaston), Rick Gaynor (Pierre) and Maurice Thorogood (Professor Crackpot), showed their support in numbers as they created mischief and havoc within the childrens' ward giving out early Christmas presents. READ MORE...

'Outstanding' Schools To Help Raise Standards Across County

Two of Chesterfield's  'Outstanding' SchoolsTo Help Raise Standards Across DerbyshireMonday 16th December 2013 Two 'Outstanding' Derbyshire schools are bidding to share their know-how with teaching staff across the county, by forming a new training alliance.

Shirebrook Academy and St Mary's Catholic High School have applied for teaching school status and, if successful, would form the North-East Derbyshire Teaching School Alliance.

Teaching schools were launched in 2010 as part of the Government's campaign to improve standards in education, by offering a cohesive peer-led... READ MORE...

A Very Happy Birthday To Andy Hill, Friday 13th December 2013 A Very Happy Birthday To Andy Hill

Andy Hill on Friday 13th December 2013
Happy Birthday Andy!
Lookin' lush!



Have a great day from Andrea and Aaron, all your family and friends and all the lads and parents at Staveley MWFC U14s xxx

Mecca Chesterfield's Christmas Cheer With Presents Campaign

Mecca Chesterfield is spreading festive cheer this yuletide season by collecting gifts for Chesterfield Royal Hospital children's unit as part of Mecca's Christmas presents campaign.Thursday 12th December 2013 Mecca Chesterfield is spreading festive cheer this yuletide season by collecting gifts for Chesterfield Royal Hospital children's unit as part of Mecca's Christmas presents campaign.

Mecca customers and employees are being encouraged to take a gift tag from the club's Christmas tree - and buy an extra present this year, to bring smiles to the faces of children who are spending Christmas in the hospital.

"We'e delighted to be supporting our local hospital and hope to make this Christmas an extra special one for these children," Mecca Chesterfield Operations Manager Tracy Lowth said. READ MORE...

Post Office Bosses To Consult On 'Dicey' Move

Post Office Bosses To Consult On 'Dicey' MoveMonday 9th December 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is urging his constituents to attend a public meeting with Post Office bosses, to share their views on 'dicey' proposals to relocate Chesterfield's Crown Post Office into the Pavement's Centre branch of WH Smith's.

A Post Office spokesman claimed the move is needed to save costs and is being carried out at 70 of their 373 'Crown Branches' - larger stand-alone outlets, such as the branch in Chesterfield's New Square.

However, Mr Perkins has blasted the plans as 'dicey', saying they... READ MORE...

Council Funding Approved To Help Tackle Fuel Poverty

Funding Approved To Help In Tackling Fuel PovertyMonday 9th December 2013 Funding has been approved by Derbyshire County Council to support older and vulnerable people most at risk of ill health from living in cold and damp conditions.

The move is part of the council's public health commitment to tackling fuel poverty, reducing the number of deaths due to cold weather and impacting on health care costs.

Around 59,295 Derbyshire households live in fuel poverty and between last December and March there were an estimated 426 'excess' winter deaths... READ MORE...

Fit For A Queen! A Little Piece Of Chesterfield Goes To London

Fit For A Queen! A Little Piece Of Chesterfield Goes To LondonMonday 9th December 2013 One lucky little lad from Chesterfield will see a winning Christmas Card designed by him, sitting on some very famous mantelpieces this year.

Rehman Abdul, was the lucky winner of Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins' annual competition to create a card fit for a Queen, several MP's (including the Prime Minister) and over two thousand residents of Chesterfield.

Hady Primary School were given the task of drawing pictures which would showcase the work of Chesterfield children - and over 100 designs were... READ MORE...

Chesterfield College Earns Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark

Chesterfield College Earns Derbyshire Active Workplace MarkFriday 6th December 2013 Chesterfield College has become the first organisation to be awarded the Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark.

The Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark recognises workplaces in Derby and Derbyshire that have taken positive steps to encourage their workforce to become more active and more involved in sport and active recreation.

Chesterfield College has been awarded the 'Achievement' level of the Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark. This recognises that a workplace has demonstrated a real commitment to developing and increasing the physical..." READ MORE...

Turnbull, Patricia Anne, passed away at home on 23rd November 2013.Turnbull, Patricia Anne

The death has been announced of Patricia Anne Turnbull.

Patricia
passed away at home on November 23rd 2013.

Her Funeral Service will take place on Thursday 12th December, 11:15 at the Huddersfield Crematorium. No flowers please, Donations instead to MIND Charity or the Cats Protection League.

All enquiries to The Gables Funeral Service on (01484) 424235.

Housebuilder Donates Millions To Local Projects

Housebuilder Donates Millions To Local Building ProjectsTuesday 3rd December 2013 More than £2.8 million has been given to support local projects across the North Midlands over the past two financial years by Barratt Developments plc.

The funding, which is part of planning agreements with the region's local authorities, has been put towards such things as: highway improvements, public open spaces, improvements to schools and educational facilities, recreational facilities and boosting local healthcare, as well as many other projects.

The contributions have come as a result of a number of new... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Borough Council Call Centre Problems - Update

Chesterfield Borough Council Call Centre Currently UnavailableMonday 2nd December 2013 12:00 Although Chesterfield Borough Council are still experiencing problems with their phone lines, they have now set up a temporary call centre in the Town Hall.

You can now contact them on the usual call centre number: 01246 345345 but please bear with them as they have fewer staff manning the phone lines than usual.

You can still contact the Council by using the contact form on the website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/contact-us-751.html or e-mail enquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk and their team will deal with your...READ MORE...

Council Helps Families Get the Help They Need

Council Helps Families Get the Help They NeedThursday 28th November 2013
A handbook packed with information about where families can get help bringing up their children is now available.

Produced by Derbyshire County Council with key partners, the quick-reference guide includes all services for families, including parenting classes and nursery education to drug and alcohol misuse and welfare.

Called the Early Help Offer, it is designed to make it as easy as possible for families to get the help they need before things get on top of them. READ MORE...

Reindeer's Miss Out On Their Sweets At Vicar Lane

Reindeer's Miss Out On Their Sweets At Vicar LaneThursday 28th November 2013 Rudolph, Prancer, Donner and Blitzen, helping out on the reindeer carousel ride, arrived on Monday 25th November for a three week stay at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, until Saturday 14th December, to help bring festive cheer to shoppers.

Their carousel ride is suitable for children of all ages, although those younger than 3 years old will require an adult to accompany them, and ask the reindeers ask for a small charge of £1.50 to take a ride with them.

This is the first time the reindeers have visited Vicar Lane, but... READ MORE...

The Octaves Release 'Radio Christmas' For Kids 'n' Cancer

The Octaves Release 'Radio Christmas' For Kids 'n' CancerThursday 28th November 2013
So here we are again, the Radio and TV is alive with golden oldies of every shade of tinsel and glitter and once again, we are all asking "why are there no new Christmas songs?"

Well ask no more because here is a brand new classic Christmas song for your delight and enjoyment.

'Radio Christmas' sums it up, the song that references the greats of the genre performed by a fresh young vocal quartet called The Octaves. READ MORE...

Get Your Glad Rags On And Platform Shoes Out...

Get Your Glad Rags On And Platform Shoes Out...Thursday 28th November 2013 New Whittington social club are organising a 70's / 80's Fancy Dress Disco on Saturday, 21st December from 7.30pm till late - and would like to invite everyone along to join in the fun, and dance the night away!

Children are also very welcome, so it's a perfect opportunity to come along as a family and party.

Also on the night, there will be a free buffet and a Christmas draw, with the first prize an amazing £100, plus other great prizes including a dvd player, electrical goods, bottles of wine, boxes of christmas biscuits, a bouncy castle for... READ MORE...

Council's Outline Permission For Wingerworth Development

Council gives Outline Permission For Large Wingerworth DevelopmentMonday 25th November 2013
North East Derbyshire District Council has given its support for a large mixed use redevelopment scheme of the former coking works at The Avenue, Derby Road in Wingerworth.

The Council resolved to grant outline planning permission for the proposal, put forward by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which will see up to 469-dwellings being built with land being made available for employment use, a primary school, other community facilities, public open spaces and improvements to the highway network, including forming a new roundabout on to the A61. READ MORE...

A Winter Wonderland Comes To Town!

A Winter Wonderland Comes To (Chesterfield) Town!Sunday 24th November 2013 Thousands filled New Square this evening to see Chesterfield transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with snow.

A special Christmas Market was held throughout the afternoon, with the festive lights switched on at 4.45 pm by stars of this years panto, Beauty and The Beast, S Club 7's Tina Barrett and Superstar's Jon Moses.

Directions Theatre Arts provided a Christmas Medley and Calow Primary School choir entertained the crowds. PeakFM presenters provided the roadshow at the event, orgainised by Chesterfield Borough Council. READ MORE & VIDEO...

Local MP Urges Residents To Speak Up Over Post Office Plans

Local MP Urges Residents To Speak Up Over Post Office PlansThursday 21st November 2013 The Post Office has announced a customer forum on the proposed relocation of Chesterfield Post Office at the meeting space at The Chesterfield Hotel, Malkin Street, Chesterfield, on Wednesday 11th December, starting from 4:30pm and running through the evening.

The event will function as a drop-in information session, with all interested parties encouraged to attend.

However, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has voiced "serious concerns" about these plans to relocate the town's central Post Office into WH Smith's... READ MORE...

Planning Application For Queen's Park Sports Centre Available

Planning Application For Queen's Park Sports Centre AvailableTuesday 19th November 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council has announced that the planning application for the new Queen's Park Sports Centre has been published.

Residents are invited to have their say on the development, which councillors say will reduce subsidy costs and be more energy efficient that the existing building.

The proposed new development, which would see a state of the art sports facility built on the current Annexe, has already undergone one round of public consultation and a full council debate after concerns were raised by local residents. READ MORE...

Beauty Lights Up Chesterfield

Lighting Up ChesterfieldTuesday 19th November 2013 Chesterfield is set to be transformed into a winter wonderland this weekend as Chesterfield Borough Council's annual Christmas lights switch-on, takes place.

Stars of Beauty and the Beast, this year's panto at the Pomegranate Theatre, S Club 7's Tina Barratt and ITV Superstar runner-up Jon Moses, will switch on the lights together with Chesterfield's Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Paul Stone and Mrs Barbara Wallace.

The switch-on will happen in New Square this Sunday, 24th... READ MORE...

Proposed Location & Hours Change For Chesterfield Post Office

Proposed Location & Hours Change For Chesterfield Post OfficeTuesday 19th November 2013
The Post Office has said today that it is proposing to move Chesterfield Post Office from its current location, to create a modern open-plan branch, with extended opening hours for customers.

The proposed new location for the branch is WHSmith, 4 Middle Pavement, in the Pavements shopping centre. This is just 190 metres from its current site at 1 Market Place and the Post Office will be inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the proposed move, in a six-week public consultation that starts tomorrow (November 20th). READ MORE...

Pub People Company Joins Support For Food Bank Charity

Pub People Company Joins Support For Food Bank CharityTuesday 19th November 2013
Christmas is a time for giving and giving to those less fortunate than ourselves, and several pubs in Chesterfield have entered into the spirit of that this festive season.

It's been announced that The Rutland Arms, The Blue Stoops and The Woodside in Chesterfield join The Jolly Farmer in Dronfield and The Bridge in Sandiacre, in pledging their support for the Trussell Trust and getting involved with Christmas food collections. The five pubs collectively hope to make a major contribution and to raise awareness for the charity. READ MORE...

Former Manager Of Chesterfield Theatres Remembered

Former Manager Of Chesterfield Theatres, Derek Coleman, is  RememberedSaturday 16th November 2013
The Friends of Chesterfield Theatres have presented a framed photograph of Derek Coleman, which will be hung in the bar of the Pomegranate Theatre in memory of him.

Councillor Ken Huckle, Chesterfield Borough Council's Assistant Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, who received the framed photograph on behalf of Chesterfield Borough Council, commented: "Derek Coleman was a key part of Chesterfield's theatres for many years and it is only fitting that we should honour him in this way." READ MORE...

Friends Of Stand Road Park Plant Trees In National Tree Week

Friends Of Stand Road Park and Local Schools  Plant Trees In National Tree WeekFriday 15th November 2013 Friends of Stand Road Park, and the pupils and teachers of two local schools, will plant trees on Stand Road Park as part of National Tree Week.

The Tree Council - the UK's leading tree campaigning partnership, which runs the week - has given a grant of £504 for the project.

It will see volunteers from the Friends Group and pupils from Newbold Community School and Gilbert Heathcotes Infants School plant different tree species, including Weeping Willows. READ MORE...

Spireites' Help Proves That 'School Is Cool!'

Chesterfield FC have been praised for helping to improve the attendance record at Whitecotes Primary School.Friday 15th November 2013
Chesterfield FC have been praised for helping to improve the attendance record at Whitecotes Primary School.

For the first term last year, the school had 76 children with full time attendance. This year, for the same period, there are 120 children who have achieved 100% attendance.

The Chesterfield FC Community Trust has helped the school achieve this impressive result by offering pupils free match tickets as... READ MORE...

Tupton Hall School Sixth Form University Challenge Winners

Tupton Hall School Sixth Form University Challenge WinnersThursday 14th November 2013 Tupton Hall School is celebrating after a triumphant win at the University Challenge Quiz, held at the University of Lincoln on Saturday 9th November.

Sixth Form students George Beard, Ben Mitchell, Josh Barsley and Nicola Samples beat 13 other schools, including several grammar schools, to take home the title of University Challenge Quiz winners, answering over 150 questions covering topics such as Art, Music, History, Science and Language.

The questions were all very difficult to answer, with the students... READ MORE...

Young Mums' Baby Bump Casts On Show

Young Mums' Baby Bump Casts On ShowWednesday 13th November 2013 A unique exhibition of belly casts of young mothers in Chesterfield, will go on display at the Healthy Living Centre in Staveley.

The 14 young mums, partners and family members who attended the belly casting and health workshops organised by Staveley Children's Centre and South Lodge Children's Centre in Chesterfield, are invited to the event on Tuesday 19th November.

The project aims to encourage young women to have positive... READ MORE...

Chesterfield SANDS To Hold Charity Bokwa-Thon

Chesterfield SANDS To Hold Charity Bokwa-ThonTuesday 12th November 2013 Chesterfield SANDS (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) are holding a charity Bokwa-Thon, with all proceeds going to their Baby Garden in Boythorpe Cemetery.

The charity's two hour Bokwa-thon is on Saturday 16th November at Hasland Village Hall and doors are open at 1.30pm, the Bokwa-thon will be from 2pm - 4pm.

The afternoon is suitable for the whole family, there will be refreshments available, craft stalls to browse, cake stalls and a raffle with some fab prizes. There's also a FREE T-shirt and bottle of water for entrants (while stocks last!) READ MORE...

It's A Privilege - Chesterfield Remembers The Fallen

It's A Privilege - Chesterfield Remembers The FallenMonday 11th November 2013 Chesterfield came to a standstill today on the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month, as a two minute silence to honour the fallen heroes of war was observed on Armistice Day - the anniversary of the moment the guns stopped in World War I.

A single shot marked the start of the silence, which was also observed in shops and businesses around the town.

Dignitaries, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield and Leader of the Council John Burrows - along with the Chief Executive... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Remembers

Chesterfield RemembersSunday 10th November 2013 Chesterfield's veterans came in their hundreds to remember and share their private memories of war, on the most public of occasions - Remembrance Sunday.

Services of Remembrance were also held at various points across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire throughout the day - with more taking place in the evening.

On Sunday afternoon, on a cold but sunny Autumn day, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, along with other Councillors, and dignitaries including The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Good News All Round For Alfreton Town FC

Good News All Round For The RedsFriday 8th November 2013
It's been a good news week for the Reds, with an announcement that Alfreton Town Council have continued their long support of Alfreton Town Football Club, with a further twelve month extension of their sponsorship, with a grant of three thousand pounds.

The sponsorship, amongst other benefits, provides free of charge admission for each home League game for ten members of local groups, clubs, schools and community organisations in the Town. Any group interested in attending a future fixture should contact the Town Council on 01773 520032 for further information. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Podiatrists Scoop 2 Awards For Going Extra Mile

Chesterfield Podiatrists Scoop 2 Awards For Going Extra MileFriday 8th November 2013
A team of podiatrists (or foot specialists if you're not sure) working with patients in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire has scooped two awards for the quality of care they provide to their patients.

The 25-strong members of the Community Podiatry Team, based at Walton Hospital, Chesterfield, were named winners at the Extra Mile Awards 2013.

The Awards are to recognise staff from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust for their outstanding contributions to patient care. READ MORE...

Record Breaking Poetry Readers

Record Breaking Poetry ReadersFriday 8th November 2013 Poetry reading in Chesterfield was the focus when children from local junior schools took part in the Rotary Club of Chesterfield's annual Chesterfield Junior School's Poetry-Reading Competition.

Staged for the 26th consecutive year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, the event was hosted this year by Calow Primary School and held on Wednesday 23rd October 2013.

A record fifteen contestants took part from five local schools, which were Abercrombie Primary School, Brimington Junior School... READ MORE...

Missing Man - Glynn Holland's Family Make Birthday Appeal

Missing Man - Glynn Holland's Family Make Birthday AppealThursday 7th November 2013 Police searching for a man who has been missing from his Staveley home for almost two months, have renewed their appeal for information on his birthday.

Glynn Holland
, who is 51-years-old today (Thursday, November 7th), has been missing from his home since September 12th.

Mr Holland was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am that day and his family have not seen or heard from him since. His disappearance is completely out of character. READ MORE...

Stand Road Fireworks Display Lights Up Chesterfield Skies

Stand Road Fireworks Display Lights Up The SkiesThursday 7th November 2013 More than 15,000 residents watched as Chesterfield Borough Council's annual fireworks display went off with a bang.

Despite rain in the lead-up to the event at Stand Road Recreation Ground on Tuesday night, the weather was fine for the display, which featured a new firework this year - silver screaming discs rising in the sky.

Comments from residents and visitors who attended the event were overwhelmingly positive. Twitter follower Anna T said the event was "The best fireworks display I have seen in my life!", Shaun Roddis commented... READ MORE...

More Permanent Adoptive Homes Needed For Children In Care

More Permanent Adoptive Homes Needed For Children In CareWednesday 6th November 2013 Hundreds of children in Derbyshire are looking for a permanent, loving family to call their own - could you open your heart and your home to a child?

November 4th - November 10th is National Adoption Week and it's the perfect time to find out more about exactly what is involved.

Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, says: "There are around 630 children in care in Derbyshire and they all need a place to call home." READ MORE...

Warning Of Possible Bogus Charity Collectors In Wingerworth

Warning Of Possible Bogus Charity Collectors In WingerworthTuesday 5th November 2013 Police are advising residents to be cautious after a number of reports about possible bogus door-to-door charity collections in Wingerworth and Old Brampton.

The advice comes after a number of residents in the area contacted officers, concerned that a woman who had been calling at homes may not have been legitimate.

There have been five reports in Wingerworth and one in Old Brampton, where a woman has been going door-to-door to ask for sponsorship for... READ MORE...

Déda Launches Search For Young Dance Stars

Déda Launches Search For Young Dance StarsMonday 4th November 2013 A Chesterfield-based youth contemporary dance company is holding auditions next month to give talented local youngsters the chance to develop their performance skills.

Derbyshire Youth Dance Company was launched last year by Derby-based Déda, one of the UKs' leading dance centres, in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council, the Winding Wheel theatre where it is based and the Dance4's Centre for Advanced Training (CAT).

The first group of 11 young dancers aged 11 to 18 have been... READ MORE...

KIDS 'n' CANCER ARE LOOKING FOR CHARITY VOLUNTEERS

KIDS 'n' CANCER ARE LOOKING FOR CHARITY VOLUNTEERSMonday 4th November 2013
Chesterfield based national charity, Kids 'n' Cancer UK, are searching for much needed volunteers to collect money on behalf of the Charity.


They now have secured dates and times and are wanting to hear from you if you can spare an hour to help on one of their specified days. It doesn't have to be a permanent commitment, a one off would be a great help too!

For further details please contact Morgan at Kids 'n' Cancer on 01246 236566 or via email on morgan@kidsncancer.co.uk. READ MORE...

Not Only Here For The Beer! CAMRA Opens Assembly Rooms

Not Only Here For The Beer! CAMRA Opens Assembly RoomsFriday 1st November 2013 Chesterfield will be a 'glass half full' town this weekend - as the Real Ale Festival, organised by CAMRA, kicked off in the newly refurbished Market Hall Assembly Hall today on Day Two of Chesterfield's three day long Market Festival.

49 locally brewed beers are featuring at the event, with a blind tasting by a panel of experts choosing the event's top tipple.

Dating from 1857, Chesterfield's historic Market Hall, and the Assembly Room which it houses, has just undergone a £4 million refit... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Market Goes Back In Time!

Chesterfield Market Goes Back In Time!Thursday 31st October 2013 Anyone visiting town today would have thought they'd gone back in time, as the traders on the regular flea market donned their finest 1940's gear and opened the three day Market Festival.

Luckily the weather held as thousands packed into the Market square throughout the day to buy and sell goods and produce. In keeping with the event, many stalls had a forties theme and many items for sale had a definite retro feel about them.

There was the added attraction of the annual fun filled Bargain Hunt which saw the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield team up with TV... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Let The Fireworks Begin At Chesterfield's Biggest Free Display

Let The Fireworks Begin At Chesterfield's Biggest Free DisplayThursday 31st October 2013 The spark(ler)s are set to fly at Chesterfield Borough Council's annual fireworks display.

The event takes place at Stand Road Recreation Ground on Tuesday 5th November, with the gates open from 6pm and a huge fireworks display taking place during the evening, which finishes at around 9pm and best of all, entrance is completely free!

There will be fun for all the family with a large funfair and entertainment from Peak FM's roadshow and a selection of various catering vans. READ MORE...

Post Office Team Cycle 85 Miles In Shape Of Pudsey's Ears

Post Office Team Cycle 85 Miles In Shape Of Pudsey's EarsThursday 31st October 2013 Post Office Ltd is proud to announce The Pudsey Bike Ride for BBC Children In Need, which will see an intrepid Post Office team cycle 85 miles across Yorkshire - in the shape of Pudsey Bear's ears.

On Wednesday 6th November, Post Office fundraisers will set off from Pudsey Post Office in West Yorkshire and visit branches at Harrogate Road in Bradford, Wetherby, Market Weighton and Chanterlands Avenue in Hull.

They will then finish their huge journey at Hull's Boulevard Academy, visiting a sports project funded by BBC Children in Need and run by... READ MORE...

The 2013 Chesterfield Market Festival Begins 31st October

The 2013 Chesterfield Market Festival  Begins 31st OctoberWednesday 30th October 2013 Chesterfield is a market town and proud of it! And you are invited to come and celebrate all that the markets have to offer during this three-day festival, where there really is something for everyone!

On Thursday 31st October, there is a Festival Bargain Hunt and Auction with two of BBC Bargain Hunt's resident experts, Anita Manning and James Lewis.

Starting at 10am through to 12 noon, the Festival Bargain Hunt, sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors, will see Anita and James each lead a team - James will lead the Mayor's team and Anita will lead a team from... READ MORE...

It's The Market Hall - But Not As You Know It!

It's The Market Hall - But Not As You Know It!Monday 28th October 2013 It has been one of the town's flagship regeneration projects - and today, Chesterfield Market Hall opened its doors for the first time after the £4m refurbishment of the interior, and the cleaning and restoration of the external façade.

The scheme, funded mainly through grants from European Regional Development Fund and a lottery grant has taken a year to complete - with the keys handed over on time and on budget.

Whilst the renovations were taking place, traders were re-homed... READ MORE...

Birthday Celebrations For Hasland's New Centurion

Birthday Celebrations For Hasland's New CenturionMonday 28th October 2013 On Saturday 26th October, more than 150 people, including family and friends and people from Hasland Methodist Chapel, joined celebrations at Eastwood Park Village Hall for the 100th birthday of Joyce Spanswick.

Joyce was born in Lincolnshire on 29th October 1913 and moved to Hasland from Surrey 18 months ago, to be nearer to her family.

The highlights for Joyce were seeing all her family together, whilst her surprise guests, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield... READ MORE...

Win A Pair Of Tickets For Isla St Clair's 'Eyes Front' Show

Win A Pair Of Tickets For Isla St Clair's 'Eyes Front' ShowSaturday 26th October 2013 We have two tickets to give away to a wonderful 'Live and Local' event , organised by two local councillors - Shirley Niblock and Howard Borrell.

On Friday 1st November, the legendary Isla St Clair brings her "Eyes Front" show to the St Thomas Centre, Chatsworth Road.

The show content ties in nicely with the timing of the event - as we look poignantly towards Remembrance Sunday, Isla brings "an exciting combination of live performance and film about the effect of music in wartime." READ MORE...

Voluntary Sector Awards Recognise Chesterfield Volunteers

Voluntary Sector Awards Recognise Chesterfield VolunteersFriday 25th October 2013
Hundreds of people attended this year's Voluntary Sector Awards at The Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield on Wednesday night.

The awards reflect the work done by volunteers to enable many support services and projects to continue to make a difference to lives in Chesterfield.

Winners were awarded to 10 categories, with organiser John Radford, Centre Manager at The Volunteer Centre on Rose Hill, describing the evening as, "An excellent night for everyone in the voluntary sector!" READ MORE...

Cabinet Approves Public's Chosen Design For Hornsbridge

Cabinet Approves Public's Chosen Design For Hornsbridge RoundaboutThursday 24th October 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet has approved plans for a key entrance into the town, as chosen by the public and local businesses.

At their meeting on Tuesday 22nd October, cabinet members approved plans for work by a local artist, guided by the outcome of a public consultation, to be installed at Hornsbridge roundabout, the main gateway into Chesterfield from the M1.

£300,000 in funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Barratt Homes, who are currently building 68 homes on the... READ MORE...

Multi Million Pound Asda Living Creates 65 New Jobs...

Multi Million Pound Asda Living Creates 65 New Jobs...Wednesday 23rd October 2013

... and Chesterfield Schools Can Get In On The Act!

Asda has announced its new Asda Living store is set to open at the Ravenside Retail Park at 10am on Friday 22nd November, after a million pound investment.

To celebrate, the store is challenging local schools to design a giant Christmas card to appear in-store on opening day, with the winners given the chance to be VIPs for the day and officially declare the store open. READ MORE...

Pink Friday At Vicar Lane Shopping Centre

Pink Friday At Vicar Lane Shopping CentreWednesday 23rd October 2013

Staff and retailers at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, Chesterfield are getting ready to support Breast Cancer Charities this Friday 25th October 2013.

Bonmarché is running a Pink Raffle for Breast Cancer Care with a top prize of a Hamper to Pamper.

Ladies can also take their old bras into Bonmarché and take advantage of their free bra fitting service and also get free entry into the Pink Raffle. READ MORE...

Derbyshire 'At Risk' Groups Urged To Fight Flu This Winter

Derbyshire 'At Risk' Groups Urged To Fight Flu This WinterWednesday 23rd October 2013 People who are offered a flu jab are being urged to have the vaccination and protect themselves this winter by Derbyshire County Council.

Key groups include parents of two to three year old children, people aged 65 and over, adults and children with long term health conditions, and pregnant women.  

For the first time, a nasal spray vaccine will be offered to healthy 2 and 3 year old children which marks the first step in an extension to the national flu vaccination programme. It will eventually include yearly vaccination of all... READ MORE...

BHS In Chesterfield To Launch New Children's Dining Area

BHS In Chesterfield To Launch New Children's Dining AreaWednesday 23rd October 2013 BHS Vicar Lane, Chesterfield, has been selected to be the first in the company to incorporate a children's play area within the restaurant.

The area is aimed at children up to 5 years of age and will feature magnetic walls with animals that can be moved around the wall, touch and play activities, books, soft floor mats and a children's dining area, with small tables and seats, cutlery and bowls.

For parents there will also be a baby food station, including a microwave and bottle warmer. As well as keeping the children entertained while adults enjoy a meal in the restaurant, the area will be available... READ MORE...

Police Images Released Following CFC v Mansfield Game

Police Images Released Following CFC v Mansfield GameTuesday 22nd October 2013
Derbyshire Police have released images of several men they would like to speak to in connection with incidents of disorder that took place following a recent Chesterfield FC match.

The incidents took place during and after the game between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon, September 28th at the Proact Stadium. A number of arrests were made following the game.

Officers would like to speak to the men in the images to help... READ MORE...

Chesterfield's New Market Hall Prepares To Open Its Doors

Chesterfield's New Market Hall Prepares To Open Its DoorsTuesday 22nd October 2013 The finishing touches are currently being added to Chesterfield's Market Hall, which opens later this month after a £4 million redevelopment.

The new Market Hall, owned and operated by Chesterfield Borough Council, opens on Monday 28th October after the work - which has taken 12 months - is completed.

The main retail hall has been transformed, with a glazed atrium above first floor level providing natural light and the 1970s extension on New Square has been redesigned to be more in keeping with the original Market Hall, whilst... READ MORE...

Local Groups Asked To 'Test The Water' In New £1.2m Pool

Local Groups Asked To 'Test The Water' In New £1.2m PoolTuesday 22nd October 2013 Community groups in Shirebrook are being offered the chance to take a dip in a brand new swimming pool, which comes complete with flashing lights, pumping music and a disco glitter-ball!

Stubbin Wood School is appealing for local organisations, such as mother and baby clubs or pensioner groups, to book swimming sessions at the £1.2m pool at its new school building in Common Lane.

The pool, which is 1.2m deep and heated to a warm 31 degrees Centigrade, was built to offer a hydrotherapy experience to the school's 150 pupils... READ MORE...

Microchipping Weekend At Pets At Home, Chesterfield

Microchipping Weekend At Pets At Home ChesterfieldTuesday 22nd October 2013 Dog and cat owners in Chesterfield are being encouraged to attend a microchipping event this weekend (26th - 27th October), to help protect their pets from being lost or stolen.

Held at Pets at Home Chesterfield, on Ravenside Retail Park, owners can bring their cat or dog in store any time on Saturday or Sunday and get their pet microchipped for the special rate of just £10 (usually £15).

An important part of responsible pet ownership, microchipping is the most effective way of increasing the chances of a missing pet being returned... READ MORE...

New Crafts Superstore Jobs Boost For Chesterfield

New Crafts Superstore Jobs Boost For ChesterfieldTuesday 22nd October 2013 Specialist retailer Hobbycraft is opening a new store on Markham Road in Chesterfield on Thursday, 14th November.

The arts and crafts store - which will be located in a brand new, 12,000 sq ft unit - has created 24 new jobs for local people. More than 700 applications were received.

Among the new recruits is Nicola Harris, 22, from Hasland, who recently completed a Masters' degree in Media Production at Lincoln University.

Nicola said: "I'm over the moon to have found a job so soon..." READ MORE...

Student Creates 1st UK Website For Teens With Cerebral Palsy

Student Creates 1st UK Website For Teens With Cerebral PalsyMonday 21st October 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
A Chesterfield teenager with cerebral palsy is using her gap year to help other young people with the condition, by creating the UK's first website dedicated to them.

Ellie Simpson has created 'CPTeensUK' for teenagers with cerebral palsy to get in touch and share their experiences with each other - and has already attracted some famous followers on Twitter

The 18-year-old was diagnosed with four-limbed cerebral palsy... READ MORE...

Our Local 'Specials' Commended For Their Duties

Our Local 'Specials' Commended For Their DutiesMonday 21st October 2013 Six police 'specials' have been awarded divisional commendations for their hard work and commitment in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and the Amber Valley.

The awards were presented by Divisional Commander Debbie Mathews at a seminar held by Derbyshire Constabulary at Chesterfield College on Thursday, October 13th.

Section Officer Alan Wright, who volunteers in Chesterfield, was commended for both his devotion to duty and his colleagues during his 31 year... READ MORE...

Young Carers In N E Derbyshire Get Creative With their Feelings

Young Carers In N E Derbyshire Get Creative With their Feelings thanks to UK Charoty, Action for ChildrenMonday 21st October 2013
Young people from across North East Derbyshire have put together a short film about their life as carers.

The film, which will be used by the UK charity, Action for Children, is designed to help young people and organisations understand what it's like to be a carer and to better equip them to cope with the challenges faced.

The film was put together with financial assistance from Rykneld Homes, the housing management organisation for N E Derbyshire District Council. READ MORE...

Free Event To Help Local SME's Access £12m Training Fund

Free Breakfast Event To Help Local SME's Access £12m Training Fund organised by Destination ChesterfieldMonday 21st October 2013 Free support and advice is on offer to local businesses looking to access the recently launched £12 million 'Skills Support for the Workforce' fund, at a special breakfast event, organised by Destination Chesterfield, on Wednesday 30th October.

The free Skills Breakfast Meeting is taking place at Chesterfield College's Heartspace building on Infirmary Road from 7.30am - 9.30am. Speakers at the event will include Chesterfield College's Deputy Principal Julie Richards, who will tell businesses how to take advantage of the funds the college has secured to deliver the free 'Skills Support for the Workforce' training. READ MORE...

FBU's Fire Service Strike Action For Saturday Is Cancelled

FBU Cancel Saturday's Fire Service Strike ActionFriday 18th October 2013 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has this afternoon received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) that the national industrial action scheduled to take place on Saturday, 19th October 2013 from 6.30pm until 11.30pm, has been cancelled.

This is not a conclusion of the negotiations, just a postponement to enable further talks.

Reservist Fire Crews first provided resilience cover for the Industrial action on the 25th September 2013, following the FBUs ballot for national strike... READ MORE...

Now Recruiting For Children/Young People's Support Workers

Now Recruiting For Children / Young People's Support WorkersFriday 18th October 2013
Aspire Children’s Service is recruiting Support Workers in Chesterfield, to work with disabled children/young people, 0-25 years, within the community and their own homes in the Chesterfield area.

Flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Use of own transport is essential. Training will be provided.

£7.50 per hour. Hours dependent on children's/family's needs and your availability. READ MORE...

Take Extra Care During Fire Service Strike Action

Take Extra Care During Fire Service Strike Action on Saturday 19th October from 6;30pm to 11.30pmFriday 18th October 2013 As we reported earlier this week, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) will be taking part in a second period of national industrial action tomorrow, Saturday 19th October 2013 from 18:30 until 23:30 (6:30pm to 11:30pm).

Whilst the DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level, during the strike period, it as at a time which can usually be a busy one for the fire service, as many people are at home with their families and many more are out and about socialising. Many people will be at home preparing a meal during this time, or returning from a night out and feeling hungry. The kitchen... READ MORE...

FULL & PART TIME ROLES WITH THE GIRLS' BRIGADE UK

FULL & PART TIME ROLES WITH THE GIRLS' BRIGADE UKThursday 17th October 2013 Looking for a varied and fulfilling role? Want to support the growth of a children’s and youth mission?

Girls' Brigade (GB) works with the church amongst girls, children and young women in local communities - and from January 2014, our national base will be at Cliff College in Calver, nr Chesterfield/Sheffield.

We are setting up a new team at the base, and if you support our aims, have lots of initiative, and want to contribute to the bigger picture of GB's Christian mission amongst children, girls and young women, there could be a full or... READ MORE...

Swimathon Raises Over £2,000 For Kids 'n' Cancer Charity

Swimathon Raises Over £2,000 For Kids 'n' Cancer CharityThursday 17th October 2013 A Swimathon by a retired school-teacher has raised over £2,000 to help kids with cancer.

David Windle, aged 69 from Newbold, and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, has raised the money for the Chesterfield based charity, Kids 'N' Cancer UK, by swimming a marathon length 26 miles, 385 yards (story HERE).

His sponsored swim took place over the week 7th-11th October 2013, when he swam 3,516 lengths of the pool at Ringwood Hall Hotel Health & Fitness Suite in a total time of 16 hours 56 minutes. READ MORE...

Local Company Steps Up For Ashgate Hospice

Chesterfield Company Franke Sissons Steps Up For Ashgate HospiceWednesday 16th October 2013
North Derbyshire's Ashgate Hospice has received a further donation of stainless steel cabinets, shelving, a space-saving janitorial sink and bathroom storage solutions from local catering and washroom equipment manufacturer, Franke Sissons.

Franke Sissons
, also known as Franke Washroom Systems has repeatedly supported Ashgate Hospice over many years donating a range of equipment for sanitary, kitchen, janitorial and bathroom use as well as hosting charity events and other fundraising activities. READ MORE... 

Andy's Here For The Beer (And The Mayor Has His Chips!)

Andy's Here For The Beer (And The Mayor Has His Chips!) at the Chatsworth Road FestivalMonday 14th October 2013 It's been a weekend for tickling tastebuds with competition rife in Chesterfield during this year's Chatsworth Road Festival, with the 2013 'Champion Chips' and 'Best Bitter in the Borough' competitions.

Firstly, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield were lucky enough to spend time placing chips on the table during the Chip Challenge, with the eventual winner declared as the Brampton Fish Bar.

It's a rough job but someone had to do it - with Cllr Stone tasting the chips 'blind" - the plates were not labelled and only when he decided which were... READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 23

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 14th October 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!

Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...

Stagecoach Employees Enjoy National Customer Service Week

Stagecoach Employees Enjoy National Customer Service WeekThursday 10th October 2013
Stagecoach in Chesterfield has announced plans for its employees to take part in this year's National Customer Service Week.

The company will celebrate the national campaign with a range of activities throughout the week from 7th - 13th October.

National Customer Service Week is run by the Institute of Customer Service and its aim is to raise awareness of customer service and the vital role it plays in successful business practice and the growth of the UK economy. READ MORE... 

Jobs Boost As Markham Vale Attracts Construction Jobs

Jobs Boost As Markham Vale Attracts Construction JobsWednesday 9th October 2013 Hundreds more new jobs for local people are on the cards, as two leading construction companies set up their site office at Derbyshire's flagship regeneration site.

Costain Serco
- a joint venture of the two companies - is setting up at Derbyshire County Council's Markham Vale site, adjacent to junction 29A of the M1, while they carry out motorway work for the Highways Agency.

Much of the work on the two year project - which is still subject to statutory processes and contract award - is expected to be delivered through locally... READ MORE...

Derbyshire Detectives Launch Online Fraud Survey

Derbyshire Detectives Launch Online Fraud SurveyWednesday 9th October 2013 Police involved in a force wide campaign to help protect people from the dangers of fraud are asking members of the public for their views on the crime.

Derbyshire detectives have launched an online survey, which aims to find out about public awareness of fraud, their knowledge of how to report it and any experiences they may have with it.

Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary Economic Crime Unit, said: "A major part of our campaign is to raise..." READ MORE...

'Too Beautiful For Earth - Remembering Our Babies' - Sands

'Too Beautiful For Earth - Remembering Our Babies' - SandsMonday 7th October 2013 Chesterfield Sands (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) is hosting a special service in memory of the 17 babies that are stillborn or die shortly after birth every day in the UK.

The 'Too Beautiful for Earth - Remembering our Babies' service, is taking place on Sunday 13th October 2013 at 2pm at the Brimington crematorium, for anyone in the local community and surrounding areas that has been touched by the loss of a baby, as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Everybody is welcome to join the Chesterfield Sands group... READ MORE...

Let The Playing Begin! Celebrities Declare Chester's Den Open

Let The Playing Begin! Celebrities Declare Chester's Den OpenMonday 7th October 2013 Actor and TV presenter, Sarah-Jane Honeywell and Hollyoaks Actor Ayden Callaghan, cut the ribbon to Chester's Den on Saturday - overseeing the official opening of The Hub at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium.

Sarah-Jane, who presented CBeebies shows on the BBC, was joined by Chester and Sean Goldsmith from Peak FM - and was only too happy to speak to children and parents who had come along to share the day.

Born in Worksop, Sarah-Jane has performed on stage and screen in various productions, including pantomimes. READ MORE...

Search For Missing Staveley Man Continues

Search For Missing Staveley Man ContinuesFriday 4th October 2013 The search for Glynn Holland, who has been missing from his home in Staveley since September 12th, is continuing.

Mr Holland, 50, was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am that day. There have been several possible sightings of Mr Holland since he left home but his family have not seen or heard from him since.

Officers have followed up every sighting but these sightings have not yet led to any positive information regarding the whereabouts of Mr Holland. His disappearance is completely out of character. READ MORE...

Local Student 'Pitches' In With Kenyan Children

Local Student 'Pitches' In With Kenyan ChildrenThursday 3rd October 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
One local student has been described as a 'credit to Chesterfield' after completing a volunteer project in Africa.

19-year-old Chris Spencer-Payne, from Derbyshire, had always wanted to visit Kenya: "I had wanted to do some voluntary work before I go to university in September and I wanted it to be in Kenya as my Dad was born there; so I had wanted to visit for a while."

An avid football fan, Chris decided to sign up for the Projects... READ MORE...

Public Meeting To Be Held About The Avenue Site

Public Meeting To Be Held About The Avenue SiteWednesday 2nd October 2013
Chesterfield residents have been invited to a public meeting to hear about plans for the Avenue development in Wingerworth.

The former coking plant closed in 1992. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has submitted plans to develop part of the 242 acre site (the equivalent of 200 football pitches) with housing and other uses.

The site is in North East Derbyshire but could affect Chesterfield residents in areas such as Hasland, Birdholme and St Augustines. READ MORE...

Local Landlords Face Mortgage Payment Concern

Local Landlords Face Mortgage Payment ConcernTuesday 1st October 2013 Local landlords have expressed their concern after being shocked by a bombshell letter received from lender West Bromwich Building Society, which has doubled their mortgage payments almost overnight.

Buy-to-let borrowers with three properties or more, have been targeted by the West Brom to bail out their balance sheet by increasing their tracker mortgage rate - in direct contradiction to the terms of the mortgage offer signed by the landlords.

The building society has engaged a team of lawyers to scour... READ MORE...

School's Out... On Tuesday! List Of Local School Closures

School's Out... On Tuesday. List Of Closures.Monday 30th September 2013
The two largest teacher unions, the NASUWT and the NUT, representing nine out of ten teachers, will be striking locally tomorrow (Tuesday, 1st October 2013), in what they term their jointly coordinated campaign to Protect Teachers and Defend Education.

Following what they say is the continued refusal of the Secretary of State to genuinely engage with the NUT and the NASUWT to seek to resolve trade disputes with him, strikes will go ahead tomorrow throughout the Eastern, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside regions. READ MORE...

Deputy Mayor Donates First Bag To BHF Charity Bag-athon

Deputy Mayor Donates First Bag To Charity Bag-athonMonday 30th September 2013 The Deputy Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf, officially launched British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops stock donation appeal, the Great British Bag-athon, with an event at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre in the town on Friday 27th September, by being the first person to donate a bag of items to this year's campaign.

The Great British Bag-athon is BHF shops biggest stock donation campaign, aiming to raise 1 million bags of unwanted things throughout September. The Chesterfield community is being urged to join in and donate one bag or many full of unwanted clothes, shoes, toys, books, CDs, DVDs etc and drop it off at... READ MORE...

Swimathon Date For Kids 'n' Cancer Brought Forward

Swimathon Date For Kids 'n' Cancer Brought ForwardMonday 30th September 2013 As reported recently, a swimathon by a retired school-teacher to help kids with cancer, has been brought forward because his training regime in the build-up has gone so well!

David Windle, aged 69 from Newbold, and a past president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, is raising vital funds for the Chesterfield based charity Kids 'N' Cancer UK, by swimming a marathon length 26 miles 385 yards.

His sponsored bid will now take place over the week 7th-11th October 2013 at Ringwood Hall Hotel Health & Fitness Centre instead of two... READ MORE...

80s Dirty Stop Outs Dance Their Way To Charity Windfall

80s Dirty Stop Outs Dance Their Way To Charity Windfall for Ashgate HospiceMonday 30th September 2013
The launch party for a book that celebrates the town's 1980s nightscene has raised a staggering £1,291 for Ashgate Hospice.

Hundreds attended the Winding Wheel event to unveil Neil Anderson's 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' book which has already become a local bestseller.

The party attracted everyone from '60s chart star Dave Berry to John Williamson, former owner of renowned Chesterfield nightclub, the Aquarius. READ MORE...

Where Can You Find A Mouse Eating Cake In Chesterfield?

Where Can You Find A Mouse Eating Cake In Chesterfield?Monday 30th September 2013 A previously homeless mascot welcomed children into his new pad on Friday - and signalled the opening of the community development at the home of Chesterfield FC, The PROACT stadium.

The £1.5 million project has seen the rear of the PROACT Stadium's East Stand transformed into a flagship - and unique - base for community based projects, including a gym, hydrotherapy pool and offices - alongside Chester's Den, a play area and café for families, which is open 7 days a week.

As Chester The Field Mouse welcomed young Spireites to... READ MORE...

Panthers' Ground To Be Used For Leics Tigers Training Camp

Chesterfield Panthers' New Ground To Be Used For Leicester Tigers Training CampMonday 30th September 2013 England and Lions centre Manu Tuilagi and England under-20s international Ryan Bower, have been confirmed as visitors at the Rugby Camp being held at Chesterfield Panthers' new ground during half term.

Running from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2013, the week-long training camp, organised by Leicester Tigers, will provide rugby coaching for young people aged from 9 to 14 years old.

Chesterfield Panthers' new ground at Dunston is the only rugby... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Swimming Star In The Making

Chesterfield Swimming Star In The MakingMonday 30th September 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
A swimming star in the making, 9-year old Natalia Mettam, has become the first person to complete her swimming Honours Award, at Staveley's Healthy Living Centre.

Natalia, from Woodthorpe in Staveley. started swimming at the centre when it first opened in 2008, age 5 years old. A natural swimmer, she has successfully completed the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Learn to Swim pathway awards 1 - 10 as well as the Bronze, Silver and Gold challenge awards.  For her final Honours Award she had to achieve a multitude of challenges, including... READ MORE...

A Very Happy 60th Birthday To Sylvia TooleyA Very Happy 60th Birthday To Sylvia Tooley

Sylvia Tooley celebrates her 60th birthday at the PROACT with her husband of 34 years Phil, daughter Emma and a host of family and friends, in the sponsors' lounge ahead of the big derby game against Mansfield Town. 

Sylvia
, pictured with the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and Mark Allott, Nicky Ajose, Danny Whitaker and (her favourite), Tommy Lee, attends nearly all of CFC's home and away games in her wheelchair, and when the fixtures came out, Phil immediately rang to let her know he'd organised the Stags at home for her special day! Say hello if you see her at the game, it'll be well appreciated!

NHS Discovery Day Spotlights Helping People Stay Active

NHS Discovery Day Spotlights Helping People Stay ActiveTuesday 24th September 2013 Free health checks, activity taster sessions and a goal scoring competition - with free Chesterfield match tickets for the fastest shot - will be on offer at an NHS Discovery Day at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium this Thursday, 26th September, from 1pm to 6pm.

The discovery day - organised by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust - brings together healthy activities and information, to help people look after their health and wellbeing and signpost them to NHS services which can help them stay active.

Everyone who registers at the discovery day will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle Fire HD. Younger visitors can also take part in a children's health treasure hunt with the winner receiving a free paintballing session for 10 people. READ MORE...

Chesterfield FC's 'Unsung Hero' Is Honoured By A Prince

Chesterfield FC's 'Unsung Hero' Is Honoured By A PrinceTuesday 24th September 2013 There are few people who go to Chesterfield Football Club who haven't encountered Jeff Hall!

In fact, the man voted 'Fan of the Year' in 2006 does so much for the club around the town, that there are probably very few residents of Chesterfield who wouldn't recognise him.

And now his loyalty and commitment to the club has been rewarded with a trip to Buckingham Palace on October 7th, where he will meet HRH the Duke Of Cambridge, President of the FA, and be publicly thanked for his... READ MORE...

North East Derbyshire Leisure Centres In Line For Investment

North East Derbyshire Leisure Centres In Line For InvestmentMonday 23rd September 2013 Residents are set to benefit from up to £270,000 worth of improvements which have been earmarked for two North East Derbyshire leisure centres.

North East Derbyshire District Council has approved proposals to refurbish Eckington Swimming Pool and Dronfield Sports Centre.

At Eckington, the gym will be refurbished and at Dronfield Sports Centre - which was transformed as part of a major refurbishment in 2008 - the gym equipment will be upgraded to ensure it remains state-of-the-art. READ MORE...

Could YOUR Labrador Be A Life Changer?

Could YOUR Labrador Be A Life Changer?Monday 23rd September 2013 Sheffield based national charity, Support Dogs, is seeking dogs in need of rehoming to assist their work in transforming the lives of children and adults.

The charity trains and provides specialist assistance dogs to increase independence and the quality of life for children and adults affected by autism, epilepsy and physical disability.

Katie Burns, Support Dogs Dog training Manager, explains, "We don't have the benefit of our own breeding centre, so we often take on donated..." READ MORE...

Thumbs Up From Community Youngstars

Thumbs Up From Community YoungstarsMonday 23rd September 2013 Youngsters in Chesterfield have given a holiday club supported by Chesterfield Borough Council a unanimous 'thumbs up'.

The Community Youngstars play scheme, allowed young people to lean a wide range of activities from circus skills to break dancing.

The play scheme was held throughout the summer holidays at Queen's Park Annexe, with three sessions to entertain various age groups.

One was held for younger children (5 to 11 year olds) in the... READ MORE...

Rotarian's Marathon Swim For Kids 'n' Cancer Charity

Rotarian David Windle's Marathon Swim For Kids 'n' Cancer CharityFriday 20th September 2013
A retired school-teacher from Newbold is in training for a sponsored marathon length swim, to help Chesterfield based charity Kids 'n' Cancer UK in its vital support of young people with cancer.

Rotarian David Windle, a former teacher at Newbold Community School and a past president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, was so moved by a recent talk given by the charity founder, Rotarian Mike Hyman, that he felt compelled to help the charity in their efforts to support children and their families who have a variety of problems associated with cancer. READ MORE...

Vicar Lane Hosts BHF Great British Bag-athon Event Launch

Vicar Lane Hosts Launch Of BHF Great British Bag-athon EventFriday 20th September 2013
British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops are launching their biggest stock donation appeal, the Great British Bag-athon, with an event on Friday 27th September at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre.

BHF shops are urging Chesterfield's local community to join in and fill up bags full of unwanted things for the Great British Bag-athon to help fight heart disease.

The event will be officially launched by the Deputy Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf, when he donates the first bag of items... READ MORE...

Tupton Hall School Open Evening

Tupton Hall School Open Evening TodayThursday 19th September 2013
Tupton Hall School are having an Open Evening tonight, Thursday 19th September, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Parents, students and the local community are all invited to join the school at their Open Evening, with the Parents of current Year 6 pupils particularly welcome, as this is an ideal opportunity to make that all important choice for secondary education.

Parents can tour the school's excellent facilities, talk to the teachers and meet with some of the current students. READ MORE...

Local MP Hails Breakfast Boost For Vulnerable Children

Local MP Hails Breakfast Boost For Vulnerable ChildrenWednesday 18th September 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins joined pupils of William Rhodes primary school for breakfast yesterday morning as Derbyshire County Council launched their new initiative.

As we reported previously, Pupils at 25 Derbyshire primary and junior schools are set to benefit from breakfast club pilot schemes, which aim to ensure no child comes into school hungry.

Toby Perkins MP, said, "Education is one of the great social levellers of our time, allowing children to do well whatever their background." READ MORE...

'Cracking Crime' Events In North East Derbyshire

Local residents invited to 'Cracking Crime' Events In North East DerbyshireTuesday 17th September 2013
Residents are invited to pick up free security equipment and get the chance to quiz their local police officer at two 'Cracking Crime' events being held in North East Derbyshire.

North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership (NEDCSP) will be running the drop-in events in North Wingfield and Holmewood, on the following dates: North Wingfield on Wednesday 25th September, from 1.15pm to 3.15pm at the Miners Welfare Social Club and Holmewood on Tuesday 1st October from 12 noon to 2pm at the Miners Welfare Social Club. READ MORE...

Police Appeal For Help In Finding Missing Staveley Man

Police are appealing for help in finding Derbyshire man, Glynn Holland,  who has been missing from his home in Staveley since Thursday, September 12th.Monday 16th September 2013 Police are appealing for help in finding a Derbyshire man who has been missing from his home in Staveley since Thursday, September 12th.

Glynn Holland, 50, (pictured) was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am. There was a potential sighting of Mr Holland on his bicycle in Staveley at around 3pm on Thursday, but his family have not seen or heard from him since. His disappearance is completely out of character. Mr Holland is around six feet tall, of medium build, with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a grey top and shorts.

Mr Holland, or anyone with any information about his whereabouts, is asked to contact Derbyshire police using the non-emergency number 101.

Town Planners Con(tent) To Give Go Outdoors Go Ahead

Chesterfield Town Planners Con'tent' To Give Go Outdoors Go AheadMonday 16th September 2013 Go Outdoors has today (Monday, 16th September), been given planning permission by Chesterfield Borough Council to turn a former Tesco site into a combined head office and store.

The building, on Meltham Lane in Whittington Moor, has been empty since 2010 when Tesco opened a larger store on the other side of the Chesterfield by-pass at the former Dema Glass site.

Members of the committee were told national retailer Go Outdoors would create 160 new jobs at the new store, which will sell outdoors clothing and... READ MORE...

Wind Turbines Refused To Protect Landscape And Wildlife

Wind Turbines Refused To Protect Landscape And WildlifeMonday 16th September 2013 Three separate applications for wind turbines have been turned down by the Peak District National Park Authority to protect landscape and wildlife.

The sites for the proposed wind turbines were at Butterton Moor, Newhaven and Onecote.

The Authority supports the need for renewable energy but has to balance this with the harmful impact that installing a wind turbine could have on the national park's natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage. READ MORE...

Newbold And Brockwell SNT Police Surgeries This Weekend

Newbold And Brockwell SNT Police Surgeries this weekendMonday 16th September 2013 Officers from the Newbold and Brockwell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are holding a surgery for local residents to speak about concerns.

The Mobile Police Station will be visiting Loundsley Green, Holmebrook Valley Park and Holme Hall this weekend.

It is a chance for people to meet their local officers and pick up crime prevention advice. The surgeries will take place on Saturday, September 21st in the van which will be parked up at... READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 19

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 16th September 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!

Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...

Dirty Stop Outs' Launch Set For This Weekend

Dirty Stop Outs' Launch Set For This WeekendThursday 12th September 2013 This Saturday's (14th) launch party for the 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' is set to raise hundreds of pounds for Ashgate Hospice.

The event, held at the Winding Wheel, has already sold hundreds of advance tickets and is set to celebrate venues of the era like the Aquarius, Adam & Eve and others.

'EIGHTIES... The Biggest Reunion... EVER' is set to offer DJs, guests and raffle prizes donated by '80s stars including the Human League and Simple Minds. The book's author, Neil Anderson, said: "The reaction to the book..." READ MORE...

MP Welcomes Next Stage Of Chesterfield's Waterside Project

MP Welcomes Next Stage Of Chesterfield's Waterside ProjectWednesday 11th September 2013 An ambitious Chesterfield regeneration project is set to take a leap forwards, promising to bring new homes and jobs to a redundant ex-industrial area.

The Waterside Project
, led by Chesterfield Borough Council with a consortium of developers, will occupy a neglected 40-acre site, taking in the Chesterfield Canal Basin, completed in 2009 as the first stage of the scheme, between the Railway Station and the former Tesco supermarket on Rother Way.

Named the 50th biggest regeneration project in the UK, the... READ MORE...

Roundabout Poised To Return To Hasland Road Junction

Roundabout Poised To Return To HaslandWednesday 11th September 2013 Traffic lights at a Hasland road junction are set to be replaced with a mini-roundabout and other safety measures following calls by local residents for a re-think.

Derbyshire County Council
agreed to look again at the junction of Hasland Road and Mansfield Road following a serious accident around 60 metres from the junction in March.

More than 250 people attended a consultation event in June to have their say about the road layout which was introduced in consultation with Hasland and St Leonards Community Forum in December 2011.

Traffic lights and crossings were originally installed to replace a mini roundabout and zebra crossing following a high number of road accidents. READ MORE...

Sheffield Sharks Basketball Team Adopt Kids 'n' Cancer Charity

Sheffield Sharks Basketball Team Adopt Kids 'n' Cancer CharityTuesday 10th September 2013 The most successful professional basketball team in the UK have announced their decision to adopt national children's charity, Kids 'n' Cancer UK.

Chesterfield based charity, Kids 'n' Cancer, are today celebrating news of a major new supporter from the sporting world.

One Health Sheffield Sharks, our regions best known professional basketball outfit, have confirmed that they will make Kids 'n' Cancer UK their main adopted charity for the coming season, which commences on Friday 27th September... READ MORE...

Morrisons M Local Has Arrived In Chesterfield

Morrisons M Local Arrives In ChesterfieldMonday 9th September 2013 A new Morrisons convenience store, Morrisons M local, has opened in Chesterfield today, creating 20 new jobs for the town.

The supermarket believes it has spotted a gap in the market for a convenience store that offers more fresh food - as opposed to just tins and toiletries - to enable customers to cook a meal from scratch or buy a high quality ready meal.

Located on Vicar Lane, in the old HMV store, it was opened at 9.00am by the team from Ashgate Hospice. Management at the store were keen to find a 'local hero' to help them officially cut the ribbon - and the Hospice was chosen... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Gets Well Dressed And Dancing

Chesterfield Gets Well Dressed And DancingMonday 9th September 2013 Visitors to Chesterfield town centre on Saturday, once again enjoyed a variety of dancers in the annual 'Day of Dance' event organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Boasting a variety of dance styles, with many returning acts including Crystal Cheer & Dance and the Burlesque Madam Gaga and her girls - performing alongside new show stoppers who included Barlborough Bears, the dancers of all ages showcased skills in ballet, jazz, tango, cheer and street dance.
 
Another newcomer, The Romano Jilo Dance Group, showcased... READ MORE...

Funding Hasland's Eastwood Park's Community Garden

Funding Hasland's Eastwood Park's Community GardenMonday 9th September 2013
Eastwood Park in Hasland is set to benefit from a raft of improvements thanks to funding from the Lottery funded Awards for All.

The Friends of Eastwood Park secured the £10,000 funding for the Chesterfield Borough Council park for the Community Garden.

Barbara Arrandale, Chair of the Friends of Eastwood Park, said the grant will fund new seeds, plants and compost, a new set of communal tools to use in the garden as well as a new secure lock up. READ MORE...

Flood Defences To Be Improved In Derbyshire

Flood Defences To Be Improved In DerbyshireFriday 6th September 2013 As heavy rain falls today giving rise to warnings, news that flood defence improvements costing £95,000 could be carried out in the area if plans get the go ahead next week.

Derbyshire County Council's cabinet members will consider plans to reduce problems with flooding at a meeting on Tuesday 10th September, as well as a £15,000 study to look at ways of reducing flooding in Renishaw.

Councillor Dean Collins, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport said: "Extreme weather such as prolonged heavy rain..." READ MORE...

PDSA Pet Roadshow Offering Free Dog Microchipping

PDSA Pet Roadshow Offering Free Dog Microchipping in Bolsover and North East DerbyshireThursday 5th September 2013 Dog owners across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire are being given the chance to get their dog microchipped and receive pet health advice for free when a mobile pet checking unit tours the area this month.

The PDSA Health Check Roadshow will take to the streets to offer free dog check-ups - including weight, eyes, teeth, ears, coat condition and general fitness - all undertaken by an experienced veterinary nurse.

Having been previously run in Bolsover, this is the first time... READ MORE...

Get Dancing In Chesterfield this September

Get Dancing In Chesterfield this SeptemberWednesday 4th September 2013
Chesterfield will once again welcome a variety of dancers in its 'Day of Dance', event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.

The event takes place on Saturday 7th September between 10.30am and 3.30pm in Rykneld Square (outside the Visitor Information Centre).

The Day of Dance boasts a variety of dance styles, with return performances from many acts and new performances from Barlborough Bears, who will be performing a fusion of ballet, jazz, and street dance. READ MORE...

Chesterfield's Community Hub Takes Shape

Chesterfield's Community Hub Takes ShapeMonday 2nd September 2013 It was always to be pivotal part of the move to the Proact - and on Friday, members of the local press were given a tour of the new £1.5 million flagship Community Hub, now just two weeks away from completion.

The facility, partially funded by a grant from the Premier League Community Facility Fund, is due to open on 16th September and will provide a one-stop site for sporting activities.

Set to include a gym, a hydrotherapy pool, café, play area and... READ MORE...

Local Residents Invited To Ask Questions On Local Issues

Derbyshire Residents Invited To Ask Questions On Local IssuesFriday 30th August 2013 Derbyshire residents will for the first time be able to ask questions on issues that affect their local area at Derbyshire County Council's meetings held across the county.

Local area committees meet to develop a shared understanding of the local area, identifying key issues affecting communities. By giving local people the opportunity to ask questions at the meetings, the council aims to give residents a chance to be part of the local decision-making process.

Councillor Brian Ridgway, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet... READ MORE...

Slimmers Warned About Dangerous Weight Loss Product

Slimmers Warned About Dangerous Weight Loss ProductWednesday 28th August 2013 Derbyshire residents are being warned of the dangers of buying slimming products which may contain a dangerous chemical.

Following an alert from the Department of Health, Derbyshire County Council is warning anyone thinking of buying slimming aids like fat burners and food supplements, particularly over the internet, to look out for the chemical DNP (2,4 Dinitrophenol).

In Derbyshire, there are no known medical cases linked to DNP but the substance, which is an industrial chemical not fit for human consumption and illegal to use in foodstuffs, has caused three deaths nationally so far this year. READ MORE...

Work To Begin On New Cycle Lane In Chesterfield

Work To Begin On New Cycle Lane In ChesterfieldWednesday 28th August 2013
Work to build a new cycle lane in Chesterfield as part of a project aimed at linking two areas of the town together is due to start.

Derbyshire County Council
will create the 670 metre cycle lane alongside Lockoford Lane and the A61 northbound between Tesco's roundabout and Pottery Lane West.

The £308,000 path is being installed as part of the Chesterfield Cycle network which is a long-term project aimed at linking shopping areas, hospitals... READ MORE...

Yum-Yums Serves up A Treat In Staveley

Yum-Yums Serves up A Treat In StaveleyFriday 23rd August 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins gave his seal of approval to a brand new eatery in Staveley after calling in for a cup of tea and a chat with owner Kerry Cox.

First time business owner Kerry set up Yum Yums on Chesterfield Road six weeks ago with the help and support of the Princes Trust.

Young entrepreneur Kerry reports that business is going well so far and said, "I didn't think the Princes Trust provided support for people like me. The best thing is that they don't just help you start, but support you for two years..." READ MORE...

Barratt Homes Pledge 1.5 Acres For British Honey Bee

Barratt Homes Pledge 1.5 Acres For British Honey BeeFriday 23rd August 2013
Leading local homebuilder Barratt Homes North Midlands is joining the fight to save the British honey bee, by planting more bee friendly plants across 1.5 acres of gardens and open spaces.

Teaming up with leading bee charity, the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA), Barratt is setting out to change the way it landscapes open space and plants gardens in show houses at 400 developments over the next three years. Barratt Homes North Midlands will be working with the BBKA on how to encourage bees and change its planting, to ensure the bees' food supply is maximised. READ MORE...

Call To Apply For Armed Forces Covenant Grant Scheme

Derbyshire County Council Calls For Applications For Armed Forces Covenant Grant SchemeWednesday 21st August 2013 Grants for projects that encourage local people to understand and support our Armed Forces are now available.

Derbyshire County Council has joined together with all district and borough councils in the county, as well as Derby City Council, the Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the Armed Forces, to assess local bids for funding from the national Armed Forces Community Covenant Scheme.

Suitable applications will be endorsed by the local partnership before being submitted to the Ministry of Defence. READ MORE...

Man Appears In Court After Incident In Chesterfield Restaurant

Man Appears In Court After Incident In Chesterfield RestaurantFriday 16th August 2013 A man has appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates this morning charged with three counts of detaining a child under the Child Abduction Act.

Police were called to Pizza Hut on Ravenside Retail Park just before 3pm on Wednesday, August 14th, to reports of a man attempting to grab children who were in the restaurant.

The man took hold of a 12-year-old boy and took him outside. Staff and the boy's family challenged the man who returned to the restaurant and... READ MORE...

Spireites Community Trust Fun Run To Aid Charities

It's been announced that The Chesterfield FC Community Trust's 5K Fun Run will take place again next month.Friday 16th August 2013 It's been announced that The Chesterfield FC Community Trust's 5K Fun Run will take place again next month.

The annual event will take place on Sunday, September 1st, with the 5k race starting at 10am and the fun run getting underway an hour later.

Money raised will go to the Chesterfield FC Community Trust and Ashgate Hospice.

The 5k race costs £12 to enter and starts at Sheepbridge with competitors running to the Proact Stadium, finishing with half a lap of the pitch. READ MORE...

Good Voice? The Lah-Di-Dah Ladies Seek Another 'Lah'!

Good Voice? The Lah-Di-Dah Ladies Seek Another 'Lah'!Friday 16th August 2013 'Lah Di Dah' are a Ladies Vocal Harmony group who perform regularly around Chesterfield and The Peak District, often doing a great job fundraising for Charities.

The 4 founder members of Lah Di Dah have been singing together for 4 years although their latest member (with a lot of previous experience) has been with them for just 4 weeks!

The group intends to remain small (12 at the moment) but a few new members would be more than welcome! READ MORE...

Cancer Charity Announce 'Light The Night' Partnership

Cancer Charity Announce 'Light The Night' PartnershipWednesday 14th August 2013 A leading regional businessman from the sport and leisure sector, has backed a charity fundraising walk, which will be started by Sheffield’s golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Dave Allen is sponsoring Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's 'Light the Night' event in his role as Chairman of Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants and Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.

Through the partnership, the charity will receive a generous donation to support the event. READ MORE...

Work Begins On Killamarsh Housing Scheme

Work Begins On Killamarsh Housing SchemeTuesday 13th August 2013 Work to demolish post-war properties and replace them with new council homes is now underway in Killamarsh, as part of a major regeneration project in North East Derbyshire.

Dozens of tenants joined a community celebration to mark the start of construction work on The Bungalows site, off Sheffield Road - watching on as the first of their defective homes was demolished.

The £10.5m scheme is being led by North East Derbyshire District Council in partnership with its housing management company Rykneld Homes. READ MORE...

Award Winning Folk Artist To Headline In His Home Town

Award Winning Folk Artist Blair Dunlop To Headline In His Home TownTuesday 13th August 2013 Captivating folk artist Blair Dunlop, who won the prestigious Radio 2 'Horizon Award' earlier this year, is heading back to his home town next month to take centre stage in Derbyshire County Council's new programme of folk concerts.

Rising star Blair, 21, is an accomplished singer songwriter who will treat his audience to tracks from his new album 'Blight and Blossom' at Chesterfield Library in New Beetwell Street on Friday 20th September, doors open at 7.30pm.

He will be supported by the Derbyshire vocal and guitar duo... READ MORE...

Official Spireites Partner App Keeps Fans Informed On The Go

Official Spireites Partner App Keeps Fans Informed On The GoMonday 12th August 2013

As Spireites' season has kicked off so positively, keeping up to date with the latest Spireites news just got easier with the launch of the Chesterfield Football Club official partner mobile app which was released this weekend, marking the first home game (and home win) of the season, against Cheltenham.

Developed by the new Community Stand sponsors, local Chesterfield law firm, Spencers Solicitors, the free mobile app will be the go-to hub for the latest developments in the team's campaign throughout the season. READ MORE...

Whittington Cricket, Community And Charity Festival

Whittington Cricket, Community And Charity FestivalMonday 12th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
To celebrate 60 years since Old Whittington Cricket Club was founded, there's a gala event on Brearley Park, Sunday 18th August.

The festival includes a T20 tournament but will also see the park filled with other attractions for the whole family.

The current custodians of cricket in the village, Whittington Wanderers, will be hosting the charity team from St Luke's Hospice, Crab CC. The third team in the tournament will be a special community team, Whittington... READ MORE...

£7.5m Investment To Boost Tourism With Pedal Power

£7.5m Investment To Boost Tourism With Pedal PowerMonday 12th August 2013 Tourism in Derbyshire has been given a multi-million pound boost now a Derbyshire County Council-led project to enhance traffic-free cycle trails into the Peak District has been given the green light.

Pedal Peak is designed to put an estimated 3.5million people within reach of the Peak District National Park's cycle network - either directly by bike in less than an hour or following a short train ride.

And plans moved a step closer today when the Department for Transport announced it would stump up £5m for the project. READ MORE...

Only A Few Weeks Left To Try Out For Staveley MWFC Juniors

Final Few Weeks Left To Try Out For Staveley MWFC JuniorsMonday 12th August 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
There are a only a few weeks remaining for any local junior footballers to try out for an exciting junior football opportunity to play for Staveley MWFC!

Firstly, the U15s - as they are essentially a new squad this season - are looking for a few more quality players to add to the existing core of the team, to carry on the junior successes of this successful and ambitious local football club.

If you're a parent, and think your kids are up to Staveley MWFC's demanding standards - or you're the 14 year old yourself - and you're... READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 14

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 12th August 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!

Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...

Residents Have Their Say On Key Gateway Artwork

Residents Have Their Say On Key Gateway ArtworkFriday 9th August 2013 Chesterfield residents are able to vote for the public artwork they would like to see at a key gateway to the town centre.

The project, led by Chesterfield Borough Council, aims to raise the profile of Chesterfield as a place to invest, visit and live.

Funding of £500,000 has been secured from Barratt Homes - who are responsible for new housing developments in the borough, including on the former Chesterfield Football Club site on Saltergate - and from the European Regional Development Fund for the project. READ MORE...

Every Little Tesco Does NOT Help Says Local Residents

Every Little Tesco Does NOT Help Says Local ResidentsThursday 8th August 2013 Local residents are continuing to celebrate after controversial plans to convert a local pub to a convenience store have once again been turned down by Chesterfield Borough Council's Planning Committee.

Residents are opposed to The Crispin Inn on Ashgate Road being turned into a local Tesco store, believing that to do so would have a detrimental effect on the local area and remove what is seen as a local community pub from use.

Plans submitted by Tesco have been refused before by Council... READ MORE...

The Nenna Kind Cancer Support Centre's 1940's Evening

The Nenna Kind Cancer Support Centre's 1940's EveningWednesday 7th August 2013
Just like the Chesterfield Prostate Cancer Support Groups 1940's themed tea and cake celebration on Friday 9th August, the Nenna Kind Cancer Support Group is having it's own 1940's themed evening a week later - at Chesterfield FC's PROACT Stadium on Friday 16th August!

A fantastic evening of 1940's swing music, where you can enjoy supper and dancing along to the sounds of 'Swingamathing', from 7pm until midnight and, while it's not compulsory, you're all encouraged to wear 1940's costume - for which there will be a prize for the best outfit! READ MORE...

Traders Set To Move In To Chesterfield's New Market Hall

Traders Set To Move In To Chesterfield's New Market HallWednesday 7th August 2013 All of the traders who were previously trading from Chesterfield's Market Hall have been offered space in the new Market Hall when it re-opens this autumn.

The iconic building, owned and operated by Chesterfield Borough Council, is due to open in October after a redevelopment which has cost £4 million in build costs.

The council has been working with traders to offer an improved shopping experience to customers new and old when the market hall opens again. Each of the potential traders were asked to present a business case setting out what... READ MORE...

Major Refurbishment Of Grade II Listed Chesterfield Pub

Major Refurbishment Of Grade II Listed Chesterfield PubWednesday 7th August 2013 It's a pub familiar to many of us in Chesterfield and it's been announced that The Hunloke Arms, a Grade II listed historical public house, is currently undergoing a half million pound refurbishment.

Situated on the A61 Derby Road, just 2 miles south of Chesterfield in Wingerworth, the refurbished premises, is to be called "The Wingerworth Pub & Kitchen" - and will become a major new local food and drink venue.

The Wingerworth will be serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals 7 days of the week and will be a major new local employer, creating around... READ MORE...

Council Urges Residents To 'Have Your Say On HS2'

Council Urges Residents To 'Have Your Say On HS2'Tuesday 6th August 2013 Residents are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to have their say on the Government's plans for a high speed rail link from London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester (HS2).

The route travels through Derbyshire on its way from Birmingham to Leeds. A station for the East Midlands is planned for Toton, and a maintenance depot is on the cards for Staveley.

Councillor Andy Botham, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport said: "High Speed Rail is going to be a fantastic..." READ MORE...

1940's Tea & Cake Party In Aid Of Prostate Cancer Support

1940's Tea & Cake Party In Aid Of Prostate Cancer Support GroupTuesday 6th August 2013 The Chesterfield Prostate Cancer Support Group are having a 1940's themed 'Tea & Cake' celebration on Friday 9th August at Calow Community Centre, raising funds in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The 1940s theme came about from Charles Huggins, who in 1941, discovered and developed 'Hormone Therapy' treatment for Prostate cancer. Then in 1945, Terence Millin introduced the retropubic prostatectomy - surgery where the prostate is removed through an incision in the abdomen and both are still used to this day! The Party takes place at Calow Community Centre, Allpits Road, Calow in Chesterfield on Friday August 9th from 11am to 2pm. For more details, call 01246 201366.

25 New Chesterfield 'Ambassadors' All Set For Summer

25 New Chesterfield 'Ambassadors' All Set For SummerMonday 5th August 2013 Chesterfield has recruited 25 more willing volunteers to sing the praises of the town, bringing the total of 'ambassadors' to 125.

The volunteers join the town's Ambassador Scheme ahead of the influx of tourists over the summer.

The new ambassadors include frontline staff from the town's businesses, including restaurants, museums, banks and Chesterfield Borough council employees. They join local residents, traffic wardens and sales assistants to name but a few, who have previously signed up to the voluntary, unpaid scheme. READ MORE...

Britain's Housing Recovery Evident In Chesterfield

Britain's Housing Recovery Evident In ChesterfieldMonday 5th August 2013 Signs of the UK housing market's "meaningful recovery" are evident in the East Midlands town of Chesterfield, according to Destination Chesterfield.

Developer Miller Homes East Midlands has described Chesterfield as being "at the top of the wish list for many couples, families and individuals looking to buy."

Miller Homes is one of a number of developers currently building more than 200 new in the borough, with more planned on a 1.94 hectare site of a former school. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Fostering Focus

Chesterfield Fostering FocusThursday 1st August 2013 There are just under 700 children in care in Derbyshire and they all need a place to call home. That's where foster carers step in to play a vital role in a child's life.

This August sees the launch of Derbyshire County Council's first ever Chesterfield Fostering Focus and the council's fostering team will be out and about on the streets of the town talking to people about making the first steps into caring.

The team will be at the following venues: on Friday August 9th at the Action Housing Party in the Park 10am - 3pm, on Monday August 19th at... READ MORE...

Council's New Plan To Stamp Out Illegal Tobacco Sales

Council's New Plan To Stamp Out Illegal Tobacco SalesThursday 1st August 2013 Shop owners who break the law by selling cigarettes to under 18s, or stocking counterfeit tobacco, are being warned to clean up their act or face severe penalties.

Derbyshire County Council
is stepping up its work to clamp down on illegal and underage tobacco sales and reinforce anti-smoking messages with a new plan to target law-breaking shop owners.

The 'Enforcement Programme for Tobacco Products' sets out the council's commitment to reduce smoking and stop the illicit tobacco trade. READ MORE...

'80s Nightspots Prove A Sell-Out In Modern Day ChezVegas!

'80s Nightspots Prove Sell Out In Modern Day ChezVegas!Thursday 1st August 2013 A book about '80s nightlife in Chesterfield has sold out within hours of going on sale!

All copies of the 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' were snapped up within two days of their arrival being announced, at the Derbyshire Times and Waterstones in Chesterfield. The publishers are now on a race against time to get more delivered to shops this week.

The book's author, Neil Anderson, said: "It's fantastic news the book is proving so popular! It's always quite a nervous time when you've got a new..." READ MORE...

'Snow Joke' 1 - Help Needed To Keep County Roads Clear

'Snow Joke' 1 - Help Needed To Keep County Roads ClearThursday 1st August 2013 Farmers and contractors are being urged to join Derbyshire County Council in helping to keep roads and pavements clear of snow this winter.

Last year the county council's gritters were helped by around 60 farmers and other contractors who ploughed the roads.

This year the county council is aiming to get even more on board – particularly around: Amber Valley; Bolsover; Chesterfield; Derbyshire Dales; Erewash; High Peak; North East Derbyshire; and South Derbyshire. READ MORE...

'Snow Joke' 2 - Merry Christmas From The Devonshire Arms!

Merry Christmas From the Devonshire Arms, Middle Handley!Thursday 1st August 2013 Is it ever too soon to wish everybody a Happy Christmas? Not according to the team at The Devonshire Arms!

The award winning pub and restaurant at Middle Handley is already celebrating the Festive Season after completely selling all its Christmas Day tables…six months in advance!

"We have 82 people booked in, which really is our full capacity for Christmas Day lunch," said Manager, Alistair Myers, "and we already have a reserves list of people hoping we might be able to squeeze them in if there are any... READ MORE...

Summer Drinkers Warned To Sober Up Slowly

Summer Drinkers Warned To Sober Up SlowlyThursday 1st August 2013 You can still be over the limit many hours after your last drink - that's the warning from Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership following news that nearly a fifth of people would simply tell their designated driver to wait a while before driving if they'd had one too many.

Commenting on the results of the AA poll, Chief Inspector Steve Wilson from Derbyshire police said: "It's alarming that so many people still don't understand how long it takes for alcohol to leave your system. Our message to drivers is that there's no quick way of sobering up. Having forty winks, drinking coffee or taking a cold shower won't help. If you drink at lunchtime, you may still be unfit to drive in the evening - and if you drink in the evening, you may still be unfit to drive the next morning." READ MORE...

Two Local Charities Share £41,518 Funding Pot

Local Charities Share £41,518 Funding PotWednesday 31st July 2013
It's been announced this morning that Charity groups in Derbyshire are celebrating receiving a total of £41,518 between them.

Using money raised by HealthCalm through The Health Lottery, grants have been awarded by Peoples Health Trust through Active Communities, a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

And locally two charities set to benefit from the cash windfall are... READ MORE...

40th Anniversary Memorial For Markham Pit Disaster

40th Anniversary Memorial For Markham Pit DisasterTuesday 30th July 2013 The first two figures in a memorial to miners who lost their lives down a Derbyshire pit, along with a memorial stone next to the pit entrance, have been unveiled today during an event to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the county's worst mining tragedies.

Eighteen miners died and 11 others suffered serious injury, when the mechanical brake failed on a lift carrying them to the coalface failed at Markham Colliery on 30th July, 1973 and they plummeted to the bottom of the shaft.

It was the third disaster at the colliery following accidents READ MORE & VIDEO...

A Sports Centre For The 21st Century

A Sports Centre For The 21st CenturyMonday 29th July 2013 We have today received images of what the proposed new Leisure Centre at Queen's Park Annexe would look like.

Currently subject to a consultation process - and the subject of debate at last week's council meeting when a 4,500 strong petition against the proposals was handed in - the new centre is expected to replace the 40 year old current facility, which the council says would cost £3million to refurbish and make good.

The first stage consultation was a huge success with 836 responses and facilities ranked in order of importance, with a 25 metre swimming pool... READ MORE...

Temporary Road Closure To Affect Chesterfield

Temporary Road Closure To Affect ChesterfieldMonday 29th July 2013

We have been notified by Derbyshire County Council that a section of Boythorpe Road in Chesterfield will be closed between Boythorpe Avenue and Park Road, while county council carries out resurfacing work and replaces a speed hump.

The work will be carried out in two phases between 9:00am and 4:00pm week days only, from Thursday 1st August until Friday 9th August.

Diversionary routes will be in place.

A Record Breaking Ashover Charity Classic Car & Bike Show

A Record Breaking Ashover Charity Classic Car & Bike ShowMonday 29th July 2013 Local charities are set to benefit after a record number of classic cars, bikes and enthusiasts turned up at the picturesque Ashover Show Ground, near Chesterfield, this last Sunday for an all-day rally, which has raised thousands of pounds for local charities.

Organised jointly for the third year running by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock, the charities to benefit this year from the Ashover Charity Classic Car and Bike Show will be Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline, Weston Park Cancer Charity, Hope Springs Recovery Centre - which helps local people with drugs and alcohol addiction... READ MORE...

'Listening To Chesterfield' - MP Toby Perkins Hits The Streets

'Listening To Chesterfield' - MP Toby Perkins Hits The StreetsFriday 26th July 2013
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins will be 'Listening to Chesterfield' in a big way this summer - hoping to meet and hear from 10,000 people across Chesterfield in a huge programme of listening street surgeries.

The MP, local Councillors and his team will take to the streets over the parliamentary recess in events in every single ward in his Chesterfield constituency, asking residents about issues as diverse as their experiences of the NHS and the recent benefit reforms, to plans for new developments in the town centre and the changes to school holiday permissions. READ MORE...

The Debate Over The Future Of Queen's Park Leisure Centre

The Debate Over The Future Of Queen's Park Leisure CentreThursday 25th July 2013

The subject of Queen's Park Leisure Centre has made many headlines in recent months - with Chesterfield Borough Council currently running a community consultation, into a proposed new 21st century health and leisure complex.

The proposed new complex would be built on the site of the derelict Queen's Park Annexe - and local campaigners are against this, suggesting alternative ways that the council could provide what they feel would be a more cost effective facility on the existing site. READ MORE & AUDIO...

Chesterfield Co-op Closes Its Doors For The Last Time!

Chesterfield Co-op Closes It's Doors For The Last Time!  Wednesday 24th July 2013 5.30pm today will see the doors of one of Chesterfield's major retailers close it's doors for the last time.

The iconic Co-Op on Elder Way will cease trading after decades on the site after declining sales forced decisions on its future.

It was revealed in January, that the store would be one of nine outlets closed down after retailers had turned to alternative methods of shopping.

Around 100 jobs have gone at the store, which specialises in... READ MORE...

Were You A Chesterfield 'Dirty Stop Out' In the '80s?

Where You A Chesterfield 'Dirty Stop Out' In the '80s?Tuesday 23rd July 2013 A book that has already successfully reunited hundreds of old friends and amassed over 2,500 followers on Facebook goes on sale this week.
 
As we reported previously, the 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' has been put together by local author Neil Anderson, a former Manor School and Chesterfield School pupil who grew up in the town in the era.

Interest in his project quickly snowballed after he launched a Facebook group so people could share photos and memories. READ MORE...

Thunderstorms Cause Alarm

Thunderstorms Cause Alarm at Veolia Environmental ServicesTuesday 23rd July 2013
At approximately 4.30 this morning, the off-site warning siren sounded at Veolia Environmental Services on Norwood Industrial Estate, Ellisons Road, off Rotherham Road, Killamarsh.

This was due to a malfunction caused by electrical storms overnight and the siren has now been silenced.

Veolia Environmental Services have confirmed that no incident has occurred, and local people can be assured that no release of any substance has taken place.

Papa John's Football League Sponsorship In Chesterfield

Papa John's Football League Sponsorship In ChesterfieldTuesday 23rd July 2013 Chesterfield FC fans can look forward to a season of fantastic matchday meals and exclusive offers with Papa John's, Chesterfield, following the news that the UK's number one pizza chain has become the Official Pizza Partner of The Football League.

The agreement represents the first UK sport sponsorship by the world's third largest pizza chain. And with more than 200 stores throughout the country, The Spireites are set for a large slice of the action, with Papa John's offering them the chance to win a FREE pizza if Chesterfield FC wins their first game of the season with an exclusive Papa Rewards offer. READ MORE...

Student Retail Academy Launched With Local School & BHS

Student Retail Academy Launched With BHSTuesday 23rd July 2013 BHS Chesterfield has formed a partnership with Parkside Community School, offering a unique opportunity to their Year 9 pupils, aged 14, to study aspects of retail.

Parkside Headteacher, Rachel Macdona
, said: "Parkside Community School has recruited five students with exceptional confidence, drive and enthusiasm for the project."

This is the first initiative of its kind from BHS and it took place between June and July. The students had one to one sessions with senior managers who trained and guided each student through tasks and projects relating to their field of interest. READ MORE...

Frankie The Singing Dog 'Leads' The Way At Church Service

Frankie The Singing Dog 'Leads' The Way At Church ServiceMonday 22nd July 2013 Last week may have seen the hottest day of the year so far in most parts of the UK but, several important guests at Sunday morning's special open-air service at All Saints Church, Ashover, turned up wearing fur coats!

The VIPs (that's Very Important Pets), were attending a special celebration for animals of all shapes, colours and sizes, as well as their human owners.

Church members without a pet were encouraged to bring a cuddly toy and so, the service went ahead with various live dogs and frequent... READ MORE...

Consultation Continues On Queen's Park Sports Centre Plans

Consultation Continues On Queen's Park Sports Centre PlansMonday 22nd July 2013 The second phase of the public consultation into plans by Chesterfield Borough Council to build a replacement Queen's Park Sports Centre is to begin.

More than 800 people responded to the first stage of a public consultation, which happened between 24th May and 14th June, (as previously reported HERE) and asked centre users, sports clubs and residents what facilities the new centre should have. 
 
The top five facilities requested were: 25 metre swimming pool; Multi-purpose sports hall; Gym/fitness suite; Children's water fun area; Learner pool. READ MORE...

Children Warned Of Building Site Dangers During Holidays

Children Warned Of Building Site Dangers During HolidaysMonday 22nd July 2013 As housebuilding activity increases for Barratt Homes, the company is warning youngsters to stay away from construction sites during the school summer holidays.

While areas where building work is going on can look like exciting places for children to play, they also pose serious dangers says the homebuilder.

"Youngsters are often on the lookout for somewhere new and exciting to play, but construction sites are not adventure playgrounds," said Rob Hutchings, Construction Director at Barratt Homes. READ MORE...

Warning Over Moorland Fire Risk In The Peak District

Warning Over Moorland Fire Risk In The Peak DistrictFriday 19th July 2013 People are being urged to help prevent the risk of moorland fires in the Peak District National Park after some of the hottest July days on record.

Lack of rain in recent weeks has dried out the moors making them especially vulnerable to fires which harm wildlife, destroy rare plants and cause erosion, taking years to regenerate.

People are asked never to light barbecues or campfires when they visit the moors. They should also never drop cigarette ends... READ MORE...

Different Type Of 'Boot' For Staveley MWFC At Car Boot Sale

Different Type Of 'Boot' For Staveley MWFC At Car Boot SaleThursday 18th July 2013
Staveley MWFC are holding their inaugural Car Boot Sale at their Inkersall Road ground in Staveley on Saturday 20th July, starting at 11am.

The sale is FREE for buyers and, to make things even more comfortable in the hot weather, the club house café and bar will be open all day to refresh you with a nice cold beer and a burger!

There is a £5 charge for 'Car Booters' and the sale will be taking place around the pitch perimeter. There is also plenty of FREE parking... READ MORE...

Jobs Boost In Chesterfield With NHS Recruitment Campaign

Jobs Boost In Chesterfield With NHS Recruitment CampaignThursday 18th July 2013 The NHS is providing a jobs boost with a major recruitment open day at Chesterfield Football Club organised by Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS) NHS Trust.

The recruitment open day on Wednesday, July 24th - from 10.00am until 8pm - will offer scores of job opportunities in the local Chesterfield area to join Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust's 5,000 - strong staff, caring for patients across the county.

DCHS NHS Trust is one of only a small number of specialist community Trusts in the country providing a broad range of services from children's and adult care to older people's care and older people's... READ MORE...

Pay-As-You-Go Driving Comes To Derbyshire!

Pay-As-You-Go Driving Comes To Derbyshire!Thursday 18th July 2013 Secretary of State and MP for Derby Dales, Patrick McLoughlin, is to attend Co-wheels Car Club launch event at Newholme Hospital, Bakewell on Thursday 25th July at 10.30am.

Co-wheels have contracted with Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS) NHS Trust to provide 10 pool cars for use by hospital staff at six sites across the county - Chesterfield, Bakewell, Belper, Clay Cross Hospital, Church View (Clay Cross) and Darley Dale. Outside office hours these cars will be available to the general public. READ MORE...

'Watchful' Neighbours Wanted In Chesterfield And NE Derbys

'Watchful' Neighbours Wanted In Chesterfield And NE DerbysThursday 18th July 2013 Police from across Chesterfield, North Derbyshire, Bolsover and the Amber Valley are looking for new residents to join Neighbourhood Watch.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes aim to bring together the community and encourage people to take steps to prevent crime in their neighbourhood, while working alongside police by sharing information about any suspicious activity.

Setting up or being involved in a scheme can help to both reduce and prevent crime, and also reassure those who may live in fear of becoming... READ MORE...

Police Appeal After Racist Graffiti Found On Bus Stop

Police Appeal After Racist Graffiti Found On Bus StopThursday 18th July 2013 Police are appealing for information after two swastikas have been found on a bus stop in Chesterfield.

It is believed the graffiti was drawn onto the bus stop on Derby Road, in between Bacons Lane and St Augustines Road, sometime between 9am on Wednesday May 29th and 11.30am on Friday June 6th, when it was reported to police.

PCSO Kirsty Handby of the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has been making enquiries in the local area. She said: "As well as graffiti being unsightly, it can also be quite upsetting, particularly... READ MORE...

Hero Soldier Visits Local Firm For Afternoon Tea

Hero Soldier Visits Local Firm For Afternoon TeaWednesday 17th July 2013 Ben Parkinson MBE, Ambassador Patron for www.pilgrimbandits.org, was guest of honour at Franke Sissons 'get-to-know-us' afternoon tea on Friday 12th July in Chesterfield.

The horrendously injured soldier, who has both survived and continued to make amazing progress, following an IED explosion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2006, visited Chesterfield to learn more about Franke Sissons' steel manufacturing business and the other charities and causes the local company supports.

As a memento of his visit, staff at the Company designed... READ MORE...

Local MP Calls For Maximum Working Temperatures

Local MP Natascha Engel Calls For Maximum Working TemperaturesWednesday 17th July 2013

With temperatures continuing to soar and heat wave conditions likely to stay in the UK for the next week or so, one local MP is continuing her campaign to have a maximum working temperature in workplaces.

Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire, says that although there is minimum temperature legislation in place for schools and offices, there remains no formal structure for maximum temperatures - with guidelines just stipulating working temperatures have to be reasonable. READ MORE & AUDIO...

Banking On The Helpline - Bank Staff Help Out Local Charity

Banking On The Helpline - Bank Staff Help Out Local CharityWednesday 17th July 2013 A team from Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking has volunteered at the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline charity in Chesterfield, to organise donated items for the charity's shops, after the organisation received funding support worth £15,000 from the bank to finance its growth.

Eleven members of staff from Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking Business Development department travelled from as far afield as Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Luton to volunteer at the charity's central warehouse in Chesterfield last week, where they spent the day sorting and cleaning the donated clothes... READ MORE...

Councillor Calls For Cricket To Inspire Active Lifestyles

Councillor Calls For Cricket To Inspire Active LifestylesWednesday 17th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
The four day cricket match between Derbyshire and Yorkshire at Queen's Park, Chesterfield this week, will be attended by 500 local school children.


The juniors will form a guard of honour as the players enter the field, receive a talk regarding the values and history of the game, play Kwik Cricket on the field during the interval and gain autograph opportunities with players.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, hopes attending the match... READ MORE...

4 Lucky Winners Of Our Chesterfield Cricket Ticket Competition

4 Lucky Winners Of Our Chesterfield Cricket Ticket CompetitionMonday 15th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
We now have the 4 lucky winners of our Free Pair of Tickets Competition for either Derbyshire's LV= County Championship game v Yorkshire or the Friends Life t20 game v Durham during this week's Chesterfield Festival of Cricket at Queen's Park, Chesterfield.

They are B Woodhead of Walton and S Waller of Grassmoor who both chose the t20 Durham game on Sunday 21st July and J Sockett of Chesterfield and G Biggs who both went for the 4 day game against Yorkshire starting on Wednesday 17th July. Congratulations to those four and thank you for all your entries... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Man Graduates As Royal Air Force Officer

Chesterfield Man Graduates As Royal Air Force OfficerSaturday 13th July 2013 As Chesterfield begins festivities today at the Staveley Armed Forces Weekend, news this week of a newly-qualified Royal Air Force Officer from Chesterfield, who is flying high after recently graduating from a prestigious military academy.

James Bown, 23, graduated as a Flying Officer from Initial Officer Training Course (IOTC) 31 at the Officer and Aircrew Cadet Training Unit at Royal Air Force College Cranwell, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.

James joined 29 other cadets, including representatives from... READ MORE...

Met Office Heatwave Warning For Local Region

Met Office Heatwave Warning For DerbyshireFriday 12th July 2013 The Met Office has this morning issued a heatwave warning for our area, warning that temperatures could continue to climb over the next few days.

They say that there is a 90% probability of heatwave conditions between 12:00 on Friday and 20:00 on Sunday in parts of England, with temperatures expected to climb close to heatwave thresholds across the East Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber regions during Friday and Saturday.

The highest temperatures are then expected to transfer southwards... READ MORE...

Business Secretary Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable To Visit Chesterfield

Business Secretary Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable Visiting ChesterfieldFriday 12th July 2013 The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP - the Secretary of State for Business, Skills and Innovation - will meet business leaders from Chesterfield at an exclusive dinner at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium from 6.30pm on Saturday 13th July.

Dr Cable - who is responsible for the Coalition Government's business brief - will deliver a keynote speech before taking questions from delegates during an interactive Q&A.

The event will give Midland businesses the opportunity to... READ MORE...

Chesterfield In Bloom - The (Gardening) Gloves Are Off!

Chesterfield In Bloom - The (Gardening) Gloves Are Off!Friday 12th July 2013 After weeks of preparation, green-fingered residents and business owners have now received a visit from the Chesterfield in Bloom judges.

This year, Chesterfield Borough Council has received 120 entries in the competition, which forms the borough's entry into the regional East Midlands in Bloom competition and judges will visit schools, homes and allotments over a three-day judging period.

There are 14 categories in all in the competition, including... READ MORE...

Official Opening For New Look Whittington Moor Post Office

Official Opening For New Look Whittington Moor Post OfficeFriday 12th July 2013 To celebrate the launch of the new-look Whittington Moor Post Office, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins cut the ribbon at an official opening ceremony at the branch with Subpostmaster Tim Holmes today, 12 July 2013.

Mr Perkins said: "The Post Office network is at the heart of communities up - and down the country and the Whittington Moor branch is no different.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to open the new branch with Tim Holmes. Post Office services keep getting better and more diverse, and it's great to see that their plans to modernise branches across the UK are going so well." READ MORE...

Loads Of Legends As Teams Named For Charity Cricket Match

Loads Of Legends As Teams Named For Chesterfield Turns Pink Charity Cricket MatchThursday 11th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Aussie Legend Glenn McGrath has named a side packed with former Australia and England internationals as Derbyshire Legend Kim Barnett leads a Cricket Derbyshire side containing a further array of club legends for Monday's 'Chesterfield Turns Pink' Charity Twenty20.

While Damian Martyn. Ian Harvey, Phil Jacques and Jason Gillespie lead the Aussie contingent alongside captain McGrath, Yorkshire and England favourite Darren Gough will also be rolling back the years for the BuyMobiles.net McGrath Foundation XI. READ MORE...

Spanish Contingent Visit The PROACT

Spanish Contingent Visit The PROACTThursday 11th July 2013 The Proact Stadium played host to some Spanish visitors, as students and leaders from the Chesterfield Centre, based in Madrid, paid the club a visit. They have been visiting the town since 1966.

The Spanish guests were greeted at the Proact by members of staff and given a tour of the facilities. The tour included a walk around the pitch and a look at the silverware and changing rooms. After their reception at the stadium they went to Stand Road Park and took part in a specially arranged training session.

A total of 38 students and two leaders have made the trip... READ MORE...

Opening Of New Adventure Play Area At Stand Road Park

Opening Of New Adventure Play Area At Stand Road ParkThursday 11th July 2013 A new adventure play area for young children in Chesterfield is being opened by the Friends of Stand Road Park.

The play area will be formally opened by the children from the nursery class of Highfield Hall Primary School and the infants of Gilbert Heathcote School on 22nd July at 11.30 am.

As we reported in our previous story, the adventure play area, located near the park pavilion, has been funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants... READ MORE...

Sophie Adds Queen's Scout Award To Her Many Achievements

Adventurous Student Sophie Adds Queen's Scout Award To Her Many AchievementsThursday 11th July 2013 Not content with the challenge of studying for her A Levels, an adventurous student at Ockbrook School has now added the Queen's Scout Award to her long list of personal achievements.

17 year old Sophie Martin from Alfreton is the first member of Alfreton District to achieve the coveted Queen's Scout Award. Sophie has already received her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and has been busy fitting all her adventures around studying for four A Levels.

A very proud and excited Sophie received her honours from... READ MORE...

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE - Main Rd, Old Brampton

Wednesday 10th July 2013 We have been notified by Derbyshire County Council that Main Road in Old Brampton, Chesterfield, will close between its junctions with Ashgate Road and North Lane whilst road repairs and drainage improvements are carried out.

The work will take place between 9:30am and 3:30pm from Thursday 18th July until Friday 19th July.

Bus services will NOT be affected and diversionary routes will be in place.

Loundsley Green Volunteers Receive Recognition From PM

Loundsley Green Volunteers Receive Recognition From Prime Minister David CameronWednesday 10th July 2013
A group of volunteers in Loundsley Green who created a vibrant community from a building due for demolition have been recognised today by Prime Minister David Cameron with a 'Big Society' Award.

The community centre now helps over 300 local people a week with skills ranging from business development to free basic IT classes for older people.

Loundsley Green Community Trust, a volunteer-run community development charity, was formed by local residents in 2010 to save the last... READ MORE...

'On The Right Road!' - £1m To Be Spent On Local Roads

'On The Right Road!' - £1m To Be Spent On Local RoadsWednesday 10th July 2013 Over £1 million is being invested in road repairs and improvements across the county this month.

The money is part of a £35 million package Derbyshire County Council is spending on improving the roads in 2013/14.

Councillor Dean Collins, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: "We are committed to repairing and improving roads and pavements across the county - it's what local people want and expect." READ MORE...

MP Urges Locals To Back Staveley Armed Forces Weekend

MP Urges Locals To Back Staveley Armed Forces WeekendTuesday 9th July 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is mustering the public to join him in celebrating the work of armed service personnel, past and present, at the annual Staveley Armed Forces Weekend.

Taking place in Poolsbrook Country Park on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July, organisers, Staveley Armed Forces and Veterans Association, say this year's event promises to be their biggest yet, with the highlight a flypast from a World War II Dakota aircraft on both days.

Saturday begins with a military parade led by a brass band to the... READ MORE...

'Owzat For A Great Set Of Pink Wheels!

'Owzat For A Great Set Of Pink Wheels from Autoworld. Win a Pink Suzuki Alto for Charity!Tuesday 9th July 2013 Chesterfield Auto Retailer, Autoworld Suzuki - has entered into the spirit of the Chesterfield Turns Pink Twenty20 - by donating a pink car!

Chesterfield will turn pink on Monday 15th July, as Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath spearheads a star-studded charity Twenty20 line-up in support of the McGrath Foundation, the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and Breast Cancer Care.

And supporters, both at the ground and during the build-up, now have an opportunity to win a brand new Pink Suzuki Alto, with raffle tickets to be sold... READ MORE...

Giving Carers Care - Chesterfield 'Angels' Hit 1 Year Mark

Giving Carers Care - Chesterfield 'Angels' Hit 1 Year MarkMonday 8th July 2013 They are the hidden army within Derbyshire - in fact, throughout the UK. 112,000 people in our county care for someone they love - someone with an illness or a disability, and many of those will be elderly or infirm themselves.

Sadly, many of those will at some point struggle to cope with 'coping', but many will remain too proud to seek help, and become ill themselves. Many of that number are not registered, believing that it is his or her 'duty' to care for someone close.

One year ago, an organisation was set up in Chesterfield to... READ MORE...

Investment To Improve Water Quality In The River Rother

Investment To Improve Water Quality In The River RotherMonday 8th July 2013 Yorkshire Water has told The Chesterfield Post that changes it is planning to the treatment process, will improve the discharge from Danesmoor Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) and mean better water quality in the River Rother, from March next year.

Danesmoor WWTW
was constructed in the 1970's, serving about 6,000 residents in the area and now, Yorkshire Water are spending over £2m to refurbish equipment at the site, which will mean that ammonia levels in the water discharged to the river are reduced by two thirds.

Martyn Waller, Yorkshire Water's Project Manager said: "Upgrading the way we treat waste at Danesmoor will result in better water quality in the River Rother." READ MORE...

'Don't Be Complacent About Your NHS' Campaigners Say

'Don't Be Complacent About Your NHS' Campaigners SayMonday 8th July 2013 As we reported on Friday, it was the 65th birthday of the NHS, and described as an 'Institution' by CEO of Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Gavin Boyle, the service is believed to be as pivotal and relevant to everyday life as it was at its inception in 1948.

However, political views on the NHS remain passionately polarised and there is barely a day that goes by when reforms are not mooted in Parliament.

To mark the milestone day - and to show public support for the ongoing growth of the NHS - local politicians gathered together on the High Street ... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Doctor Is NHS Hero - And That's Official!

Chesterfield Doctor Is NHS Hero - And That's Official!Friday 5th July 2013 A Chesterfield GP has been named an NHS Hero for her exceptional care by one of her patients.

Dr Ann Gedge, a partner in Newbold Surgery, was nominated for the prestigious national award by patient Emma Duffy, after the GP spent hours with Emma and her mother while the patient awaited admission to hospital.

Now, Chesterfield resident Dr Gedge has received a framed certificate from Emma and Dr Ben Milton, Chair of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, during a surprise presentation at the Windermere Road... READ MORE...

Old Whittington's Gala Day Is A Hit

Old Whittington Gala A Great SuccessFriday 5th July 2013 Old Whittington Gala is a genuine community event and firstly, the Gala Committee would like to acknowledge, with thanks, the help of agencies and organisations without whose support the event would be difficult to stage. In particular, this years Gala sponsors, Julie and Manjit Sihota from the Nisa local store.

This year's gala was held on Saturday 29th June on The Village Green, keeping up with the 24-year tradition of holding such an event within the village. This year, the Gala's visitors enjoyed a fine, dry and warm day, with about two thousand local residents coming out to enjoy the sunshine, see what was on... READ MORE...

65 - But Not Retiring! Happy Birthday NHS

65 - But Not Retiring! Happy Birthday NHSFriday 5th July 2013 It's nearly seven decades since Labour MP Aneurin Bevan stood in Parliament and spearheaded the birth of the NHS.

The story goes that, when asked by the Treasury how much it would cost, he reassured them that "After we have got rid of TB and sorted out some of the major diseases, don't worry - it won't cost much!"

Ahead of the landmark anniversary, The Chesterfield Post spoke with Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive of Chesterfield Royal Hospital - a man who has 25 years of service within the NHS and who took up his post at the 600 bed capacity site at Calow just short of one year ago. READ MORE & AUDIO...

Mad Pride Comes To Derbyshire

Mad Pride Comes To DerbyshireFriday 5th July 2013 Users of mental health services are being encouraged to celebrate mental health survivor culture and explore the positives of madness at events being held across Derbyshire.

Mad Pride is a global mass movement, starting in Toronto, Canada in 1993, which seeks to reclaim terms like 'mad', 'nutter' and 'psycho' from misuse, such as in tabloid newspapers.

The aim of Mad Pride is to re-educate the general public on mental health and the experiences of those that have used the mental health system. READ MORE...

'We're Not Standing Still' - Cllr Terry Gilby Interview

'We're Not Standing Still' - Cllr Terry Gilby InterviewWednesday 3rd July 2013
A leading councillor has admitted that the economic climate may have stalled the proposed Northern Gateway development on the Donut Car Park in Chesterfield.

Speaking to The Chesterfield Post, along with our two work experience students this week, Cllr Terry Gilby, Deputy Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council and Chair of Planning, says in a revealing interview, that despite his hopes of the development continuing, The Northern Gateway is hinging on the involvement of a major supermarket chain. READ MORE & AUDIO...

Local Schools Visit Care Home Construction Project

Local Schools Visit Care Home Construction Project in ChesterfieldTuesday 2nd July 2013 Local company Wilmott Dixon is working to ensure the area's communities benefit from a £23 million investment to deliver new care accommodation in Derbyshire.

The local construction company recently gave pupils from Parkside Community School in Chesterfield, a guided tour of the project to build 55 apartments and communal facilities at Potters Place in Foolow Avenue.

The scheme is one of three the company is building for Chevin Housing Association, a member of the Together Housing Group... READ MORE...

Local MP Toby Perkins Supports Successful Carer Project

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins Supports Successful Carer ProjectMonday 1st July 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins was invited back to the Derbyshire Carers Association on West Bars centre last week, to celebrate the achievements of its successful Carer liaison project.

A year ago the MP called on GPs to register anyone who takes on a significant care role for a member of their family.

Since then, the project has identified 500 new carers, engaged with 60 carers' champions and made vital strategic links within health settings to encourage carer focus and referrals. READ MORE...

Footprints - Not Fingerprints - Is Crime Prevention Message

Footprints - Not Fingerprints - Is Crime Prevention MessageMonday 1st July 2013
A campaign to reduce the number of sneak-in burglaries in Derbyshire has been launched by police.

Officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be patrolling the streets with crime prevention flyers targeting unoccupied houses with windows that have been left open.

The flyer - shaped like a footprint - bears the message, "You have left your home insecure". They are intended to catch the attention of the people who return home to find the flyer in their house and realise they have left..." READ MORE...

Safer Shopping Surgeries To Take Place In Chesterfield

Safer Shopping Surgeries To Take Place In Chesterfield Town CentreMonday 1st July 2013 Shoppers in Chesterfield are being invited to meet with their local Safer Neighbourhood policing team and find out how to stay safe.

The team are holding two surgeries next week in the town centre, and giving people the chance to pick up free purse chains.

PCSO Adele Chapman-Jones of the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has organised the surgeries as part of a series of events to help shoppers stay safe. She said, "We've already given out advice on safer shopping to hundreds of people during two previous events... READ MORE...

Shop Owners Thank MP After Fake Cigarettes Shop Is Closed

Shop Owners Thank MP After Fake Cigarettes Shop Is ClosedMonday 1st July 2013 Several town centre shop owners have publicly thanked MP Toby Perkins for his help in closing down a shop selling counterfeit cigarettes on Cavendish Street.

As reported in The Chesterfield Post, officers from Derbyshire Police, Trading Standards and the UK Border Agency, raided 'Bzee' and the flat above the shop, for the third time on 20th June - recovering over 100,000 cigarettes and 100 pouches of tobacco, labelled by officers as a mix of 'smuggled and counterfeit'.

This had prompted complaints from local businesses... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Burgers For Independence Day At The Devonshire Arms

Burgers For Independence Day At The Devonshire ArmsMonday 1st July 2013 Celebrate American Independence Day with the food that made (another) nation great, at The Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley.

The award winning pub and restaurant actually gets in ahead of the competition by hosting its Independence Day festivities a day early, this Wednesday, July 3rd.

But the taste choices are pure Americana as award winning Head Chef Tom Lawson delivers some Stateside classics at his special American Burger Evening.

There's a starter combo platter that includes sticky ribs... READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 8

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 1st July 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!

Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...

Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? Cancer Charity Fundraising Event

Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? Cancer Charity Fundraising EventSunday 30th June 2013
Anyone passing Chesterfield Town Hall on Saturday morning would have been forgiven for thinking George Clooney et al had motored into town to begin filming 'Oceans 14' in 'CHEZ' rather than 'LAS' Vegas, as 30 brave (or mad) individuals - including the Mayoress - attached themselves to rope and levered themselves down the side of the iconic building.

It was all in a good cause though, as staff from Chesterfield Borough Council and their partners Arvato took part in the Charity Abseil to raise money for two cancer charities. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Ladies FCs New Kit Grant And New Player Info...

Chesterfield Ladies FCs New Kit Grant And New Players WantedSunday 30th June 2013 Chesterfield Ladies are proud to announce the club has received a grant from the Premier League Players Kit Scheme. The kit will be used by the new Under 11's team.

The club are also looking for players for new teams at U9's, U10's and U11's. Training is every Tuesday night from 6pm on Highfields Park, (S41 7DE). All 7 to 12 year olds welcome, no experience needed. Players are also wanted to compliment existing teams - age 7 to 70 - to attend various training sessions during the Summer.

Interested? Then contact Jon Storey on 07759 122832 or email... READ MORE...

A Very Happy 18th Birthday To Harry WatkinsonA Very Happy 18th Birthday
To Harry Watkinson

Harry Watkinson, 18 on Saturday 29th June 2013
Happy Birthday Harry!




A very Happy 18th Birthday to Harry from Mum, Brian, Grandma, Grandad and all your family and friends xxx

Pupils & Staff Bed Down Outdoors After Homeless Plight Shock

Pupils & Staff Bed Down Outdoors After Homeless Plight ShockFriday 28th June 2013 Two pupils who were shocked by the number of homeless people they saw while on a school trip to London are holding a sponsored sleep-out to raise money for charity.

Abbie Topham and Sophie Ingham have persuaded around 80 staff and pupils at Shirebrook Academy to swap their warm beds for cardboard and sleeping bags for the night after organising the event on July 5th.

The girls, who are both aged 12, were inspired to act after returning from a visit to London where, in among the tourist attractions, they saw... READ MORE...

Matlock's Evo-Stik League Long Service Awards

Matlock's Evo-Stick League Long Service AwardsFriday 28th June 2013 Three of Matlock Town stalwarts have been recognised by the Northern Premier Football League who has presented them with Long Service Awards.

The individuals involved are Chairman, Tom Wright; Safety Officer, Stuart Else and Committee Member, Hazel West. All three have completed 38 years excellent service to the club and continue to do so.

Tom and Stuart originally became members of the club by being part of the team who set up the Gladiators Social Club, housed in the wooden... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Canal Festival Returns This Weekend

Chesterfield Canal Festival Returns This WeekendFriday 28th June 2013 The Chesterfield Canal Festival will be held at Staveley Town Basin on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2013 from 10am to 5pm, admission £3, FREE for Under 12s and there will be free parking on the Hartington Industrial Estate just beyond the Basin.

There will be three of the Trust's tripboats in operation, an Entertainment Marquee, a huge range of attractions, stalls, children's rides and of course food and drink and a Real Ale bar.

Pleasley Vale Canoe & Activity Club will be doing Canoeing... READ MORE...

REQUEST FOR CHARITY VOLUNTEERS

Kids 'n' Cancer REQUEST FOR CHARITY VOLUNTEERSChesterfield based Charity, Kids 'n' Cancer UK, are searching for much-needed volunteers!

Have you got a free hour a week, or even a free day a week maybe?


The Charity need volunteers for various roles to help organise and manage a HUGE fund raising initiative in Chesterfield, 'The Kids n Cancer UK Chesterfield Marathon'.

For further details, please contact Andrea at Kids 'n' Cancer UK via email at ahooley@kidsncancer.co.uk or on 07507 236407.

Star-Studded Fixture Announced As Chesterfield Turns Pink

A New Star-Studded Fixture Announced As Chesterfield Turns Pink For CharityThursday 27th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Chesterfield will turn pink on Monday 15th July as Australian Test Cricket legend and Co-Founder of the McGrath Foundation, Glenn McGrath, spearheads a star-studded charity Twenty20 line-up in support of the McGrath Foundation, Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and UK charity Breast Cancer Care.

Players and supporters alike will don the colour pink in a charity Twenty20 fundraiser, Chesterfield Turns Pink, to increase breast awareness in young women, to support the UK Breast Cancer Care charity and to boost the McGrath Foundation's ongoing excellent work in Australia. READ MORE...

Consultation For Move Of Council Services In Staveley

Consultation For Move Of Council Services In StaveleyThursday 27th June 2013 A public consultation is to take place into how Chesterfield Borough Council services are delivered to residents in Staveley.

The council's cabinet approved plans to move its base for collecting housing or council tax payments from the Staveley area office in High Street to the reception area of the Healthy Living Centre, subject to views expressed during the consultation period.

The move to install a new payment machine in the leisure centre will improve customer service by enabling people to make payments at... READ MORE...

Cabinet Approves Funding For Local Homeless Young People

Cabinet Approves Funding For Local Homeless Young PeopleThursday 27th June 2013
Accommodation for homeless young people, which was facing an uncertain future following the loss of funding, has been saved after Chesterfield Borough Councillors approved council funding.

Cabinet approved funding for £14,400 during this year and the same amount in 2014/15 to help keep Newbold Court open and running.

South Yorkshire Housing Association are also contributing £14,000 to fund support costs at the scheme. READ MORE...

Bobby Davro To Support Local Charity On New ITV Show

Bobby Davro To Support Local Charity On New ITV ShowWednesday 26th June 2013 Brand new entertainment show 'Your Face Sounds Familiar' is about to hit TV screens this Saturday evening and celebrity contestant, comedian Bobby Davro will be pledging his victory winnings to Chesterfield based charity Kids 'n' Cancer.

Bobby
- along with five other famous faces - is taking part in the hilarious show, which sees them all do their very best to embody famous singers and performers from the music world.

Each week the six - Bobby Davro, Alexander Armstrong... READ MORE...

Alfreton Town FC Proud Of Community Facilities

Reds Proud Of Community FacilitiesWednesday 26th June 2013 Alfreton Town Football Club's involvement in the local community is long, varied, invaluable and something the club are rightly proud of.

Already renowned for their children's coaching schemes throughout the area over the past few years, the club's involvement goes far beyond that.

The Reds have helped dozens of local authorities and well-known national charities with their fund-raising events for a number of years with donations of signed shirts and footballs, other memorabilia, numerous family tickets... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Lady Wins 'Best Ascot Hat' Competition

Chesterfield Lady Wins 'Best Ascot Hat' CompetitionTuesday 25th June 2013 A Chesterfield woman came out on top and showed off her style when she picked up a prestigious award at the races.

Champagne Tuesday
, introduced to coincide with the first day of Royal Ascot, featured a competition for the Best Ascot Hat at Thirsk Racecourse. Winners were treated to over £1,000 worth of spectacular prizes courtesy of Adorn Hats of Harrogate and Market Cross Jewellers.

Judith Beckett of Chesterfield was judged the overall winner and collected her first prize of a £150 Adorn Hat Voucher, a DKNY stone set watch... READ MORE...

Missing Woman Found Safe

Missing Woman Found SafeMonday 24th June 2013

It's been revealed this morning by Derbyshire police that Sheila Tilstone, who went missing from Chesterfield Royal Hospital last week, has been found safe and well.

She was found in Shirebrook, yesterday (Sunday) morning.

Derbyshire police would like to thank everyone for their help in trying to locate Sheila.

Drugs Dog Duke Does His Duty In Derbyshire

Duke Does His Duty In DerbyshireMonday 24th June 2013 A specially trained dog that can sniff out drugs is being used in town centres in north Derbyshire as part of a joint initiative between police and drug referral units.

Derbyshire
officers were joined by drugs dog Duke and his handler PC Brackpool from South Yorkshire Police for two nights of checks in Chesterfield and across Bolsover and Amber Valley.

Duke was used to sniff out suspected drugs during patrols around pubs and clubs in the town centres. READ MORE...

Derbyshire In Line For Transport Development Funding

Derbyshire In Line For Transport Development FundingMonday 24th June 2013
It's been announced today that proposals for major road and transport developments in Derbyshire will be put forward next week for a share of a multi-million pound Government fund.

The plans will be in competition with each other as well as proposals from neighbouring areas as part of the Department for Transport's system of allocating funding through new regional groups called local transport boards.

Derbyshire will be covered by two local transport boards. READ MORE...

Newbold Community School Plans Improvements

Newbold Community School Plans ImprovementsMonday 24th June 2013 An action plan has been put in place to improve standards at Newbold Community School following a visit by Government education inspectors.

Four Ofsted inspectors visited the school in Highfield Lane, Newbold, and found positives including: activities for students, including after-school clubs, which broaden their skills, interests and horizons; parents and pupils say the school environment feels safe and secure; the school allows students to enter their maths GCSE early if they show they have the skills; there are some outstanding examples of teaching; students who find learning difficult or have a range of needs... READ MORE...

Wedding Congratulations To Carolynne Elizabeth Morley & Mark WaltersWedding Congratulations To
Carolynne Elizabeth Morley & Mark Walters

Saturday 22nd June 2013
Congratulations to Carolynne Elizabeth Morley and Mark Walters who get married today (Saturday 22nd, June) at the Church of St Mary and All Saints (The Crooked Spire) at 2pm.

Lots of love and best wishes from Mum, Bill, Nannie, David, Catherine, Andrew Colin, Silvia and Chris and all your family and friends XXX

Greek Deli-cious Opens On Whit Moor In Chesterfield

Greek Deli-icious Opens On Whit Moor In ChesterfieldFriday 21st June 2013 Chesterfield's first Greek deli on Sheffield Road, was formally opened earlier this week by local MP Toby Perkins, as potential customers and passers-by were welcomed in to sample some of the dishes.

'My Little Greek Deli' is the brainchild of Vicky Kadis and serves traditional homemade Greek dishes, offering a fresher alternative to fast food.

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said, "I am delighted to open 'My Little Greek Deli' and wish Vicky well in her new venture.  It is vitally important that small businesses are given the support they need to boost our economy, and..." READ MORE...

Relaunch For CFC Community Trust's 'Saturday Morning Club'

Relaunch For CFC Community Trust's 'Saturday Morning Club'Friday 21st June 2013 The Saturday Morning Club, run by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, is being relaunched this weekend.

Based at Newbold Community School, the Saturday Morning Club will be held every Saturday, from 9.30am to 11.30am and youngsters from the age of five to 12 years are welcome to attend.

The Community Trust's Rachel Booth said: "The club offers boys and girls the opportunity to access quality football coaching, led by qualified Chesterfield FC Community Trust coaches. READ MORE...

Second Day Of Strike Action At Chesterfield College

Second Day Of Strike Action At Chesterfield CollegeTuesday 18th June 2013 Chesterfield College lecturers and staff are once again on strike today, over what's been described by unions as an 'increasingly bitter' dispute over potential job cuts.

It's also been announced that a second trade union, the NASUWT, has joined the action alongside the UCU - the first time that the two unions have launched a joint strike.

Members of the two unions will take action today (18th June) and Thursday (20th June), with union members on picket lines at the Sheffield Road and Infirmary Road entrances to the college. READ MORE & AUDIO...

New Car Scheme Gives Patients A Lift

New Car Scheme Gives Patients A LiftThursday 20th June 2013 People in the north east of the county needing to get to hospital and health services have been given a lift - thanks to a new car scheme.

Derbyshire County Council
has given Clowne and District Community Transport a £7,570 grant to set up a volunteer car scheme to provide 'aCTive travel'.

This is transport to health-related services which in most parts of the county is provided by community transport Dial-a-Ride services and volunteer car schemes. Dial-a-Ride uses wheelchair accessible vehicles and paid drivers, whilst volunteer car schemes use volunteer drivers who drive their own cars. READ MORE...

Lucky Linda Bags A Mini iPad In Council's Market Competition

Lucky Linda Bags A Mini iPad in Council's Market CompetitionThursday 20th June 2013 Congratulations to Chesterfield resident Linda Wombwell who is the lucky winner of a Mini iPad in a Chesterfield Borough Council markets competition.

Linda entered the competition as part of the council's 'Love Your Local Market' campaign.
 
To encourage residents and visitors to shop on our town centre market and indoor market (currently in the temporary market hall on New Square), the council ran the competition and traders gave out competition forms with... READ MORE...

'Verse And Worse' From Sitwell Country

'Verse And Worse' From Sitwell CountryThursday 20th June 2013 Eckington's remarkable history including "pillaging Vikings from the east to the consternation of Saxon wenches", "barbarians from the north demolishing the local grammar school" and the sensuous appeal of "red peppers" were just some of the topics included in new poetry and prose at Eckington Library on Tuesday, June 18th.

Local writing group 'We're All Write!', organised an evening of 'Verse and Worse' to entertain a capacity audience, which showed that writers in Eckington are continuing the local literary tradition begun by the historic Sitwell family authors Sir Osbert, Dame Edith and Sacheverell Sitwell of Renishaw Hall... READ MORE...

Armed Forces Get Free 'Crown' On Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Get Free 'Crown' On Armed Forces DayTuesday 18th June 2013
Crown Carveries in Chesterfield are celebrating Armed Forces Day 2013 by treating all Army, Navy and Air Force men and women, past and present, to a free meal.

According to recent figures revealed by the MOD (Ministry of Defence), there are 4.6 million veterans across the country and over 176,000 current serving personnel who make up the current Armed Forces community, from serving troops to cadets and reservists across the Army, Royal Air Force and Naval Service; many of whom have risked their lives in battle to protect us back home... READ MORE...

Preparations Well Underway For Old Whittington Gala 2013

Preparations Well Underway For Old Whittington Gala 2013Tuesday 18th June 2013 Well Dressing plans and preparations for the 24th Old Whittington Gala are well underway for Friday 28th and for the big day itself on Saturday 29th June 2013.

The Flower Festival at St Bartholomew's Church, Old Whittington, begins on Friday 28th June until Monday 1st July. This floral event is not to be missed, with it's large arrangements and wide variety of flowers. Then a 'cuppa and a cake' can be injoyed afterwards inside the Church.

The Well Dressing this year can again be seen outside the... READ MORE...

A Positive Response To Hasland Junction Consultation

A Positive Response To Hasland Junction ConsultationTuesday 18th June 2013 More than 250 people turned out this week to give their views about what changes are needed at Hasland junction.

Independent traffic and safety consultants, URS, held a drop-in session on behalf of Derbyshire County Council at Hasland Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday.

The event was organised after local people raised safety concerns about the traffic lights and the layout of the junction between Hasland Road and Mansfield Road which they say is causing congestion. READ MORE...

Brampton Manor's Charity Challenge Launch At 'HogRoast 10'

Brampton Manor's Charity Challenge Launch At 'HogRoast 10'Monday 17th June 2013
Brampton Manor will be hosting 'HogRoast 10' very shortly and they have announced that the day will not just be about a fun time and great company - but will also see the launch of a huge adventure which will hopefully see thousands raised for Ashgate Hospice.

HogRoast 10
, which takes place on Sunday July 7th, and costs just £7 - though Early Bird Tickets are available until the 30th of June at £5 - will feature local bands including 'The Stones' (fresh from playing Hyde Park the day before!) and the launch of Brampton Manor's Managing Director's daring Charity adventure! READ MORE...

A Very Happy 21st Birthday To Rudi DaviesA Very Happy 21st Birthday
To Rudi Davies

Rudi Davies, 21 on Monday 17th June 2013
Happy Birthday Rudi



A very Happy 21st Birthday from Mum, Dad, Fin and all your family and friends. Have a fantastic day xxx

Chesterfield Town Centre In The Pink During Race For Life

Chesterfield Town Centre In The Pink During Race For LifeSunday 16th June 2013 Chesterfield town centre was 'in the pink' this morning as the annual Race For Life event snaked it's way around the streets in glorious sunshine.

It's the fourth year that it's taken place in Chesterfield and saw thousands of women and girls take part in a 5km run, jog or walk from the Town hall to the finishing line at Queen's Park.

Started in Battersea in 1994, Race For Life is now a national event, with one of these races held in most town's across the UK giving people a chance... READ MORE...

Jack Lester Comes To Clowne For Kids n Cancer Charity

Jack Lester Comes To Clowne For Kids n Cancer CharitySaturday 15th June 2013 The Village Bar, Clowne, is pleased to announce they will be hosting an evening with ex Spireite legend Jack Lester on Monday 17th June starting at 7pm.

Tickets for the event are priced at £40 each and this will include a 3 course meal, 'meet and greet' with Jack plus photo and autograph opportunities, followed by an after dinner talk from the Legend himself.

The evening will prove to be both highly popular and hugely entertaining, therefore, the Village Bar advises those are interested to book early... READ MORE...

Thumbs Up For £1.5m Housing Regeneration In Dronfield

Thumbs Up For £1.5m Housing Regeneration In DronfieldFriday 14th June 2013
Plans for a £1.5m scheme to improve homes in Dronfield have been given the go ahead.

Some internal work to improve Stonelow Green flats on Stonelow Road is already underway, and planning permission for external improvements has now been granted.

North East Derbyshire District Council, in partnership with its housing management company, Rykneld Homes, is leading the scheme as part of its long-term plan to regenerate housing across the district. READ MORE...

Chesterfield's Ongoing Regeneration - An Update!

Chesterfield's Ongoing Regeneration - An Update!Thursday 13th June 2013 There are "Positive Signs for The Future" said Mike Hayden - Head Of Regeneration at Chesterfield Borough Council, as members of the Chesterfield business community and local media were, this morning, given an update on regeneration projects currently being undertaken around the town.

During a breakfast meeting at the Town Hall, talks were given by John Croot from Chesterfield Football Club, Matt Sorby, Head of Contractors at Kier and Mike Hayden, Head of Regeneration at Chesterfield Borough Council.

Having previously asserted that Chesterfield is... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Derbyshire Patients Reassured About 111

Derbyshire Patients Reassured About 111Thursday 13th June 2013 Lead GPs in Derbyshire have moved to reassure patients about the 111 service following national concerns about the helpline in other areas of the UK.

Results of an independent survey published by CFEP UK Surveys show that 82% of 206 users of the service surveyed were either satisfied or very satisfied, whilst 93% of people who called the 111 number got through to the call centre first time.

Statistics also just released, have shown that patients from Derbyshire who called the 111 service for non-urgent medical help during the... READ MORE...

Ashgate Hospice Appeal For Desperately Needed Marshalls...

Ashgate Hospice Appeal For Desperately Needed Marshalls...Thursday 13th June 2013 The Ashgate Hospice Midnight Walk is taking place on Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June as reported HERE, however, they are in desperate need of marshalls to help keep the walkers safe as they take part in this annual fundraising event.

Over 500 walkers will set off and walk through the night on either a 6.5 mile route or a 13 mile route. The marshalls play a key role in this event, cheering and encouraging the walkers along and helping to make sure the event runs smoothly.

If you are able to give up your time it would be greatly appreciated... READ MORE...

Can You Help Trace Valuable Memories Of A Visitor To Town?

Can You Help Trace Valuable Memories Of A Visitor To Town?Wednesday 12th June 2013 A visitor to Chesterfield has written to The Chesterfield Post asking if residents of the town can help to get back valuable memories after his camera was left on the bus.

Barry Lockwood
says he's devastated and that the camera contains very sentimental photographs.

Mr Lockwood, from Huddersfield, writes, "On Friday June 7th, whilst staying at the Poolsbrook Caravan Club site, my wife and I caught the number 74 bus at 10.22am into Chesterfield." READ MORE...

Hasland Junction - Your Views Required!

Hasland Junction - Your Views Required!Tuesday 11th June 2013 Independent traffic and safety consultants reviewing the road layout at a Hasland junction are holding a drop-in session tomorrow (Wednesday 12th June) for residents to share their views about changes they think are needed.

Derbyshire County Council commissioned engineering company URS to look at the junction of Hasland Road and Mansfield Road after local people raised concerns about the layout.

URS staff will be on hand all day to talk to local people, listen to their comments and discuss their ideas at Hasland Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday 12th June from 9.45am to 6.45pm.

End Of An Era For Post War Housing In N E Derbyshire

End Of An Era For Post War Housing In N E DerbyshireTuesday 11th June 2013 Work to clear defective post-war housing in North East Derbyshire - to make way for the first new council homes to be built in a generation - is set to begin next month.

The ambitious scheme to demolish almost 100 council-owned bungalows in Eckington and Killamarsh, known as 'Tarrans', is being led by North East Derbyshire District Council in partnership with its housing management company, Rykneld Homes.

Planning permission for the £10.5m scheme has been granted... READ MORE...

Join In 'The Big Scoop'

Join In 'The Big Scoop' this Friday, 14th June 2013Tuesday 11th June 2013 Chesterfield residents are being encouraged to join in the national 'Love Where You Live' month and to join in with Chesterfield Borough Council in keeping the borough tidy.

This Friday, 14th June, is the first national 'Big Scoop' day, and the council's environmental services team will be out in force at Queen's Park, Holmebrook Valley Park and Poolsbrook Country Park, handing out free Poop Scoop bags to dog owners to encourage them to clean up after their animals.

There are approximately 1,200 litter bins and 450 dog waste bins... READ MORE...

Tell Us Why You Love Chesterfield...

Tell Us Why You Love Chesterfield...Monday 10th June 2013 Chesterfield Museum is asking Chesterfield residents what they love about living in the town as part of a project to record a living history.

The Chesterfield Borough Council run venue will be setting up a stall on Burlington Street - outside Burton's - this Thursday, 13th June where local people will be invited to share their feelings and have their photo taken for free by professional photographer Lizzie Coombes.
 
People will be asked why they love living in Chesterfield... READ MORE...

Searching For Next Of Kin Of Mr John Hudson (Deceased)Searching For Next Of Kin
Of Mr John Hudson (Deceased)

Searching for the next of kin of Mr John Hudson (Deceased), who died on 23rd July 1994 in Chesterfield.


If you are next of kin, please contact: Phoenix Life in Peterborough
on 0845 882 8121, when phoning please quote our ref: 3638270003.

Newbold Primary Focuses On The Future

Newbold Primary Focuses On The FutureMonday 10th June 2013 An action plan is underway to improve standards at Newbold Church of England Primary School following a visit from Government Education Inspectors.

Two Ofsted inspectors visited the school in Cranborne Road, Newbold, Chesterfield and found strengths including: The head teacher and staff provide a safe and caring environment with good opportunities for pupils to further their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; The school has positive partnerships with parents; Teachers have good working relationships with their pupils and manage pupils' behaviour well in class; Pupils develop well socially and have good manners. READ MORE...

Six Apprentices Benefit From Retirement Homes Regeneration

Six Apprentices Benefit From Derbyshire Retirement Homes RegenerationFriday 7th June 2013
The benefits to the local economy of a £23 million investment to deliver new retirement accommodation in Derbyshire, continues with contractor Willmott Dixon providing six apprenticeships.

Josh Hobley, Callum Hurt, Luke Yeomans
and Nathan Mills from Chesterfield, Andrew Bond from Sheffield and Ross Hopkinson from Alfreton, will combine their building maintenance apprenticeship studies at Chesterfield College, with hands-on work at three Willmott Dixon projects at Potters Place at Foolow Avenue in Chesterfield, Market Street in Clay Cross and Cressy Fields... READ MORE...

Support Carers Week At Sainsbury's In Chesterfield

Support Carers Week At Sainsbury's In ChesterfieldFriday 7th June 2013 The team at Sainsbury's Chesterfield are set to raise awareness of the role of carers looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend in Chesterfield.

Carers Week takes place between the 10th and 16th June and both Sainsbury's colleagues and customers have the opportunity to find out more about the local support available as the store holds activities during the national awareness week.

In December 2010, Sainsbury's began their partnership with carers' charity Carers UK. The retailer has over 20,000 colleagues who combine... READ MORE...

Change Of venue For Public Enquiry Into Housing Plans

Change Of venue For Public Enquiry Into Housing PlansFriday 7th June 2013
A public inquiry into plans to build over 50 homes in Wingerworth will now be held in Arkwright after a change of venue.

The Planning Inspectorate hearing, which will run from 25th to 27th June, will be held at the Arkwright Centre on Hardwick Drive, instead of Ashover Village Hall.

The hearing is being held after North East Derbyshire District Council's Planning Committee rejected proposals to build 51 homes on green land off Nethermoor Road and Deerlands Road in October 2012. READ MORE...

No Room For Complacency In Derbyshire's Safe Sex Message

No Room For Complacency In Derbyshire's Safe Sex MessageFriday 7th June 2013
Derbyshire has fewer sexually transmitted infections (STIs) per head of population than the East Midlands or England, according to figures from Public Health England.

There were 4,261 diagnoses of STIs across the county last year at a rate of 553 per 100,000 population. The number of recorded cases was lower than the national rate of 804 STIs per 100,000 population and regional rate of 704 per 100,000. The figures were published on Wednesday 5th June and will be used by public health authorities like Derbyshire County Council to plan actions to tackle STIs. READ MORE...

Steelers Attend LUK 25th Anniversary Fun Day

Steelers Attend LUK 25th Anniversary Fun DayFriday 7th June 2013 The Sheffield Steelers assisted long term sponsor LUK in their 25th Anniversary celebrations at the weekend at their impressive factory in Waleswood Road, Wales.

Over 1000 staff, family and invited guests enjoyed a multitude of events including the Steelers exhibition stand and shoot out competition. Mascot Steeler Dan was also on hand to join in with the fun.

"LUK are one of our longest serving sponsors and good friends" said Steelers' Commercial Manager Mike O'Connor... READ MORE...

Residents' Views Wanted On Community Infrastructure Levy

Residents' Views Wanted On Community Infrastructure LevyMonday 3rd June 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council is asking residents for their views on proposals for the council to raise funds from new developments in the borough for vital infrastructure projects.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) would allow the council to raise funds from developers depending on the size and type of new buildings.

The money raised can be spent on a wide variety of infrastructure needed to serve new developments, including new roads, flood defences, schools, health and social care facilities and improvements to open spaces. READ MORE...

County's Vision To Invest £250k In Young People's Futures

County's Vision To Invest £250k In Young People's FuturesFriday 31st May 2013 A new vision for the future of Derbyshire's youth services includes an extra £250,000 a year to boost what's on offer.

A report planned to go before Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet on 4th June, includes ambitious proposals to: Improve the information, advice and support offered to all young people; Offer first class support for schools to help them provide careers advice which they are required to do from September this year under new national guidelines; Strengthen support for vulnerable young people; Improve services with an extra £250,000 a year funding; Make savings for the taxpayer by keeping youth buildings which are most needed and useful but selling or transferring buildings that are not. READ MORE...

Improving The Lives Of The Local Chinese Community

Improving The Lives Of The Local Chinese CommunityFriday 31st May 2013 Hospital bosses have engaged with the local Chinese Welfare Association to help keep individuals physically fit and emotionally well.

Chairman, Alan Baines, and Chief Executive, Steve Trenchard, of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust took part in the one of the Chinese Associations afternoon sessions to break down barriers for this minority group in accessing healthcare and to raise awareness of mental wellbeing within the Chinese community.

Dr Anne Pang said: "Mental illness still is a taboo subject and so it was important to offer people reassurance that help is accessible if they ever found themselves in difficulty. It was the start of a dialogue with the community about mental health and general health issues which we hope to continue..." READ MORE...

More Great Jobs News For Derbyshire

More Great Jobs News For DerbyshireWednesday 29th May 2013 It's been announced this morning that another 63 jobs are to be created on Derbyshire County Council's flagship employment site, bringing the total to more than 320 in eight months.

The council’s development partner, Henry Boot Developments Ltd, has joined forces with Euro Garages Ltd to table plans for a petrol filling station and Starbucks Drive Thru Coffee Shop at Markham Vale off M1 junction 29A near Chesterfield.

The filling station will include a convenience store, Subway sandwich bar, public toilets and a cash machine while the Starbucks will have... READ MORE...

Will The Soap Stars 'Clean Up' At This Year's Charity Game?

Will The Soap Stars 'Clean Up' At This Year's Jamie Walker Charity Football Game?Wednesday 29th May 2013 This Sunday 2nd June will see another great charity match take place, featuring soap stars and football legends who will grace (we use that term loosely!) the pitch at Glapwell FC.

Jamie Walker's 8th Charity Football game will feature stars such as Danny Miller (ex-Emmerdale and now of Scott and Bailey, pictured left) and Dancing on Ice Star, Matt Lapinskas.

It's also been confirmed this week that Spireites' Boss Paul Cook and his Mansfield Town counterpart, Paul Cox, will don their boots to compete... READ MORE...

Eckington's Charity Classic Car And Bike Show Is Back

Eckington's Charity Classic Car And Bike Show Is Back on Wednesday 12th JuneWednesday 29th May 2013 Local charities are set to benefit from the ever popular Classic Car and Bike Show which will be held once again at Renishaw Hall, near Chesterfield (S21 3WB), on Wednesday 12th June 2013.

Hundreds of classic cars and bikes are expected for this annual rally which raises thousands of pounds for local charities. The event, which will be open from 3.00pm until 8.00pm, is attended by enthusiasts from all over the region and includes classic cars and bikes from all eras.

Organised each year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield and... READ MORE...

Unique Memorial Honour For Hope Valley Charity Pioneer

Unique Memorial Honour For Hope Valley Charity PioneerWednesday 29th May 2013
Former Hope Valley businessman and pioneering charity worker Ian Charles, who died earlier this year, is to be given a unique honour for his campaign to educate young people in remote parts of The Gambia, by providing them with bicycles no longer needed in the UK.

Ian
was the driving force behind Hope Valley Rotary Club's backing of a 'Jole Rider' charity initiative to source and collect pedal cycles of all shapes and sizes, arrange any necessary repairs and ship them to deserving children in Africa who live up to ten miles away from the nearest school. READ MORE...

Annual Procession Of Witness Takes Place In Chesterfield

Annual Procession Of Witness Takes PlaceTuesday 28th May 2013 Hundreds of shoppers and residents lined the streets in brilliant sunshine, to watch the annual Procession of Witness (Whit Walk) take place in Chesterfield on Bank Holiday Monday.

Led by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, His Worship Cllr Paul Christopher Stone and Mrs Barbara Wallace, alongside Rev. C. van d'Arque, President of The Christian Education Council, the procession wound it's way around the town centre. This year's event was titled 'Jesus is Alive'.

Seventeen floats or vehicles took part in this year's parade... READ MORE...

A Day Of Remembrance At Chesterfield Crematorium

A Day Of Remembrance At Chesterfield CrematoriumTuesday 28th May 2013
Chesterfield Crematorium is holding an open day and service of remembrance for the public.

On the same day - Sunday 2nd June - the crematorium will open a baby memorial garden that has been developed in partnership with the Chesterfield branch of SANDS, the still birth and neonatal death charity.

Crematorium staff worked closely with SANDS members to develop the garden, inspired by J M Barrie's 'Peter Pan'. READ MORE...

Mum Marches On With Tom's Golden Miles

Mum Marches On With Tom's Golden MilesTuesday 28th May 2013 Forty seven year-old Gillian Scotford of Dronfield is on the lookout for recruits to join her on Sunday 7th July, for the last seven miles of her way marked Peak District walk 'Tom's Golden Miles' to raise funds for the children's hospice which helps her care for her seventeen year-old severely disabled son Tom.

Caring nurse Gillian gave up her career to look after her three sons as two of them, Tom and Sam both have complex medical needs. Thomas was born with a serious heart defect, is severely brain damaged, has suffered three respiratory arrests and requires 24-hour care so is a regular visitor to... READ MORE...

It's All About Community At The First New Whittington Gala

It's All About Community At The First New Whittington GalaMonday 27th May 2013 2012 saw many communities throughout the UK reconnect in order to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, holding street parties and Gala's. That event, coupled with the 'Legacy' theme of London's Olympics, it was hoped, would transfer into daily lives and see a resurgence of community spirit and pride.

One Chesterfield village saw it's Jubilee Gala do exactly that and prove so successful (despite the appalling weather in 2012) , that they have galvanised a thriving Community Association and a strong partnership with the local Primary School - resulting in New Whittington's first Village Gala for... READ MORE...

Derbyshire CCC Announce Trio Of Charity Partners For 2013

Derbyshire CCC Announce Trio Of Charity PartnersFriday 24th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Cricket Derbyshire has announced its Official Charity Partners for 2013 - Sight Support Derbyshire, Derbyshire Community Foundation and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.

Cricket Derbyshire
is committed to supporting their selected Charity Partners throughout the current season, including match-day experiences at Yorkshire Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 matches at the County Ground.

Following applications from a large number of charities and... READ MORE...

Health Meeting Open To All In Alfreton

Health Meeting Open To All In AlfretonFriday 24th May 2013 NHS bosses from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust are inviting members of the public to join them in Alfreton on Thursday 30th May.

Patients, families, carers and local residents are invited to sit in on the Trust's Board meeting, starting at 9am, at Somerlea Park Centre, Sherwood Street, Leabrooks, Alfreton, DE55 1LB. Light refreshments will be provided.

Discussions will cover quality and performance reports relating to the Trust's community hospitals, health centres and from services... READ MORE...

A "Thank You And Well Done" To The Chesterfield Royal

A Readers - Thank You And Well Done -  To The Chesterfield RoyalThursday 23rd May 2013 After the recent scandals involving the NHS and often-voiced concerns about the state of hospitals, one reader of The Chesterfield Post, Klara Jeynes, contacted us to say that she was impressed with the standards of care she received during a recent stay in Chesterfield Royal and wanted to publicly pay tribute to the staff and their care.

The letter reads: "Dear Editor, Last Friday week, after thinking I was going in for a routine cardiac appointment at Chesterfield Royal, it was decided by the consultant that I should be admitted for tests for a couple of days. I was a little apprehensive and was not very keen as I have previously been in a different hospital and, to say the least, it was not the best experience." READ MORE...

Friends Of Stand Road Park Win £47k Biffa Award

Friends Of Stand Road Park Win £47k Biffa AwardWednesday 22nd May 2013 The Friends of Stand Road Park has been awarded £47,000 from Biffa Award to build an adventure play area for young children at Whittington Moor, Chesterfield.

The adventure play area will be installed near the Stand Road Park's pavilion.

The project has been funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK using money from landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Group Ltd. READ MORE...

A Very Happy Birthday To Mick RouseA Very Happy Birthday
To Mick Rouse

Mick Rouse, Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Happy Birthday Mick



Happy Birthday from Tracey, Jess, Louis and all your family and friends.
Hope you have a great day xxx

John 'Stephen' Porter Is Still Missing - Can You Help?

John 'Stephen' Porter Is Still Missing - Can You Help?Tuesday 21st May 2013 Police searching for a man missing from his home in Bolsover are renewing their appeal for information on the one week anniversary of his disappearance.

As we reported last week, John Stephen Porter, who is known as Stephen, has been missing from his home on Springfield Crescent since Tuesday, May 14th. Mr Porter was last seen by his sister at 1am that day when he left her house in Bolsover. He was due to go on holiday with her later the same day but didn't return.

His car, a silver Fiat Punto, was found at Carr Vale ponds... READ MORE...

Make A Pledge To Combat Mental Health Stigma

Make A Pledge To Combat Mental Health StigmaTuesday 21st May 2013 Businesses across the county are being encouraged to sign Derbyshire's mental health and wellbeing charter to tackle mental health discrimination in the workplace.

With 1 in 4 people throughout the UK who will suffer from a mental illness at some stage in their lives, it is important that our local employers recognise and combat mental health discrimination and understand how they can support those individuals.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Changing Minds Group are committed to engaging and working closely with local businesses to support them in keeping their employees mentally well. READ MORE...

Warmth Scheme Raises Dementia Awareness In Chesterfield

npowers Health Through Warmth Scheme Raises Dementia Awareness In ChesterfieldTuesday 21st May 2013 To mark Dementia Awareness Week this week, 19th - 25th May, a warmth scheme working with vulnerable people in Chesterfield is raising awareness of the help on hand.

npower Health Through Warmth helps vulnerable homeowners, such as people with dementia, by installing or repairing heating and insulation.

The scheme is encouraging people who have family and friends with the disease to find out more about the support on offer. Since its launch in 2000, npower Health Through Warmth has worked closely with charities and other... READ MORE...

Improved Access For Patients At Local GP Surgery

Improved Access For Patients At New Whittington Medical CentreTuesday 21st May 2013 Facilities at a local surgery are looking healthier - thanks to funding which has helped improve access to the site at Old Whittington.

The then Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Don Parsons, assisted by Mrs Joan Llewellyn, a patient at the Surgery, officially opened the improved access facilities at Whittington Medical Centre a fortnight ago and said he was "delighted to do so".

The work, which was made possible by a grant from the former Derbyshire County PCT, has included hearing loops for those patients with hearing aids and clear colour contrast between the new doors and the frame to assist... READ MORE...

A Very Happy 3rd Birthday To Isaac 'Iggster' TomlinsonA Very Happy 3rd Birthday
To Isaac 'Iggster' Tomlinson

Isaac Tomlinson, 3 on Tuesday 21st May 2013
Happy Birthday Isaac




Happy Birthday Iggster from Mummy, Daddy, Lauren, Will and all your family and friends xxx

Grassmoor Gains New Homes Thanks To £5m Investment

Grassmoor Gains New Homes Thanks To £5m InvestmentMonday 20th May 2013
Overgrown land in Grassmoor near Chesterfield, is to be transformed into 61 new affordable homes thanks to a partnership between Westleigh Partnership Homes, registered provider Acis Group, and North East Derbyshire District Council.

Meeting the needs of the district and providing high quality sustainable housing, developer Westleigh has been appointed to build the new units on Birkin Lane, whilst Acis have invested £5 million into the scheme which will see them own and manage the new houses. READ MORE...

MP Helps Local School Go Through The Books

MP Helps Local School Go Through The BooksMonday 20th May 2013 Bookworms and budding young writers at a Chesterfield primary school have had their newly refurbished library opened by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins.

Whitecotes Primary School's Friends, Parents and Teachers Association have funded a £3,000 refurbishment of the school's library. The school has also been awarded £5,000 by publishers Foyles to invest in new books.

The much-enhanced resource is set to increase participation in reading and drive-up literary standards across the 229-pupil primary. READ MORE...

It's King v Parliament - Chesterfield Style!

It's King v Parliament - Chesterfield Style!Monday 20th May 2013 History will come alive as the English Civil War is staged in Chesterfield this Bank Holiday.

Jonathan Taylor has spent most of his life working in schools - he's also spent most of his life on the battlefield.

The retired educational consultant is a long-standing member of the English Civil War Society and will be leading the Royalist troops at Chesterfield's Civil War event on Sunday 26th May and Bank Holiday Monday 27th May at Holmebrook Valley Park between 11am and 4pm. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Puts The Spring Back In The Bank Holiday

Chesterfield Puts The Spring Back In The Bank HolidayMonday 20th May 2013 Chesterfield town centre is set to come alive with music, dancing and comedy this spring bank holiday.

On Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May, there will be a market and table-top sale in the town centre market place. Fun for children will be provided by an open-air circus skills workshop, an art and craft table in the market place and giant bubbles and balloon modeller.

As part of Love your Local Market week, adults can experience life as a market trader.  A stall at the table top sale is only £8, giving them an... READ MORE...

The Ashgate Hospice 'Midnight Walk' Is Back...

The Ashgate Hospice 'Midnight Walk' Is Back...Monday 20th May 2013
The Midnight Walk is back - and for the first time, Ashgate Hospice is inviting men to join in the fun too!

Ladies - bring your other halves and lets get walking for Ashgate Hospice!

The Midnight Walk is a 6.5 or 13 mile walk that begins in Cliffe Park in Dronfield and takes a 6.5 mile route to Ashgate Hospice. If you decide to take the 13 mile route, you then follow the route back to Cliffe Park - sounds easy, but it most definitely is a challenge! READ MORE...

A Very Happy 13th Birthday To Ben 'Smiler' ScullyA Very Happy 13th Birthday
To Ben 'Smiler' Scully

Ben Scully, 13 on Monday 20th May 2013
Happy Birthday Ben!



Best wishes from Mum, Dad, Josh and all your family and friends and teammates at Staveley MWFC U13s xxx
Hope you have a fantastic day.

Chesterfield And Tsumeb Celebrate 20 Year Link

Chesterfield And Tsumeb Celebrate 20 Year LinkFriday 17th May 2013 This year sees Chesterfield and it's Namibian twin town, Tsumeb, celebrate twenty years of twinning.

The friendship link began officially in 1993 and has flourished since then with many suportive activities having taken place ranging from knowledge exchange to supporting an old people's home.

A large consignment of football shirts (donated by Chesterfield FC fans) was recently shipped out, a fundraising "Jazz in July" evening has been arranged at the Crispin pub Ashgate Road and this coming Sunday, 19th May... READ MORE...

Appeal For Derbyshire Foster Carers In 'Fostering Fortnight'

Appeal For Derbyshire Foster Carers In 'Fostering Fortnight'Friday 17th May 2013 Every child deserves a happy and safe childhood but for some children in Derbyshire, that sadly doesn't happen.

There are just under 700 children in care in Derbyshire and they all need a place to call home. That's where foster carers step in to play a vital role in a child's life.

Fostering Fortnight runs until May 26th and it's the perfect time to take that first step that can make a huge difference in a child's life.

Derbyshire County Council is backing the national campaign... READ MORE...

Public Enquiry To Consider Wingerworth Housing Plans

Public Enquiry To Consider Wingerworth Housing PlansThursday 16th May 2013 An application to build over 50 homes in Wingerworth is to be considered by a public inquiry after the developers lodged a formal appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.

North East Derbyshire District Council's Planning Committee rejected proposals to build 51 homes on green land off Nethermoor Road and Deerlands Road in October 2012.

The authority ruled that the scheme would create a 'prominent intrusion' into the countryside and would not fit in with the wider development... READ MORE...

Brampton Manor's Body Transformation Challenge Triumph

Brampton Manor's Body Transformation Challenge TriumphThursday 16th May 2013 Over the last 3 months, Brampton Manor Fitness And Leisure Centre has been helping those who accepted the challenge to Transform their bodies and lives for the better and it's been such a success, they're doing it all over again - this time, raising money for Ashgate Hospice!

The challenge has now ended with the winner named as Marie Collins, who, as the pictures show, has completed an amazing transformation during the 12 weeks.

Marie says, "I will start with a big 'thank you', to Matt for introducing this challenge to Brampton Manor and his effort and support..." READ MORE...

Stand Sponsors To Continue To Back The Blues

Stand Sponsors To Continue To Back The BluesWednesday 15th May 2013 Ahead of the 2013/14 campaign beginning and further to the recent announcement that local firm Spencers Solicitors are the new Community Stand sponsors, the Club are happy to announce that the existing Stand Sponsors have all agreed to sign an extension to their contracts.

Former National Lottery winner Karen Child, has re -signed a long-term deal and the south stand for home supporters will again be known as the 'Karen Child Stand'.

Karen said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my period of sponsorship at the Proact Stadium, so had no hesitation in wanting to continue..." READ MORE...

Get Wed At The Winding Wheel

Get Wed At The Winding WheelWednesday 15th May 2013 One of Chesterfield's premier venues is now licensed to hold wedding and civil partnership ceremonies.

The Winding Wheel, on Holywell Street, owned and run by Chesterfield Borough Council, is able to offer two alternative locations for the ceremony.

These are either in the elegant surroundings of the Ballroom, holding up to 200 guests, or in the Grand Auditorium, holding up to 400 guests. Ceremonies held in the auditorium have the added option of allowing the happy couple to get married on the stage. READ MORE...

Two Countries, Two Visits, One Goal.

Two Countries, Two Visits, One Goal. German football comes to ChesterfieldTuesday 14th May 2013 As we reported last week, Staveley MWFC U13s hosted a big reunion last weekend - with a team they played a year ago in Aachen, Germany called S.C Grus-Weiss Lichtenbusch 1949 e.v.FC.

Lichtenbusch returned the favour this year, making their first trip to England to play the return fixture, with 57 in their party, aside from chief-organiser Jan Buchsteiner, the coaches and a few parents, they brought a 20 strong each U13/14 side and an U15/16 side.

But in this day and age of overpaid, over-pampered egos... READ MORE...

Changes To Blue Bin Collections In Chesterfield

Changes To Blue Bin Collections In ChesterfieldTuesday 14th May 2013 The way residents need to put recycling materials in blue bins collected by Chesterfield Borough Council is to change.

The council is making the move following feedback from residents that they don't find the caddy in the blue bins big enough to put card and paper in.

Currently residents put glass bottles and jars in the main part of the bin along with all plastic packaging and tins and cans. Any card and paper goes in the caddy.

In the coming weeks residents will instead be asked to put card... READ MORE...

Charity Begins... On the Pitch!

Charity Begins... On the Pitch!Monday 13th May 2013 A team from Chesterfield Borough council will be donning their boots and taking to the pitch at the Proact Stadium this coming weekend, to raise valuable funds for a charity which has helped many colleagues in their battle against breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Care Trust
is a national charity which offers vital information and support for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and along with a helpline and website, run many events to raise funds to help against the battle with the illness.

It also provides nursing care and support for ladies before and after.. READ MORE...

Help Trading Standards Put A Stop To Scam Mail

Help Trading Standards Put A Stop To Scam MailMonday 13th May 2013 Residents plagued by scam mail are being urged to help the fight back against fake lotteries, get-rich-quick schemes and bogus prize draws.

Derbyshire County Council
is holding an 11-day crackdown on scam letters, leaflets and flyers.

Its 'Scamnesty' is part of a national campaign led by the Trading Standards Institute to fight back against fraudsters causing misery to thousands of people nationwide. READ MORE...

Forwards Together Project Is Looking For Volunteer Support

The Forwards Together Project with Sight Support Derbyshire  Is Looking For Volunteer SupportMonday 13th May 2013 The 'Forwards Together Project' is funded by the Big Lottery in conjunction with the Daily Mail.

The aim of the project is to help older people with a visual impairment and their companions or carers to come to terms with sight loss and live their life-style of choice. This is done by introducing them to other older visually impaired people who have already overcome the obstacles posed by sight loss, and who want to share and discuss challenges, common problems and solutions.

Earlier in the year, Derby and Chesterfield launched their Forwards Together Peer Support Groups. There were introductory activities at both groups and everyone was happy to join in. READ MORE...

Town Turns Out To See Mayor Parade To Civic Service

Town Turns Out To See Mayor Parade To Civic ServiceSunday 12th May 2013 Hundreds of people lined the streets of Chesterfield yesterday to see the 373rd Mayor of the town, His Worship Cllr Paul Christopher Stone, parade from the Town Hall to the Crooked Spire during his Civic Service.

Dignitaries, including, The Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Cllr George Wharmby, Leader of the Council John Burrows and Chief Executive Huw Bowen, were also at the service which was officiated by The Reverend Canon Michael Knight and The Mayor's Chaplain for 2013 /14

During the service hymns including... READ MORE & VIDEO...

Council Customer Service Centre Officially Opened

Council Customer Service Centre Officially OpenedFriday 10th May 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council's customer service centre has been officially opened this morning by Toby Perkins MP, in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield.

The centre opened to customers in March, is in the council's former Revenues Hall at 85 New Square and follows a £300,000 refurbishment that took five months to complete.

However, the opening coincided with changes to the benefits system so, the 'official' opening was delayed until a quieter period. READ MORE...

Award Proves Sweet For Local 'Humbug' Hairdressers

Award Proves Sweet For Local 'Humbug' HairdressersThursday 9th May 2013

The Good Salon Guide, the only independent guide to quality standards in hairdressing in the UK and Ireland, is delighted to announce that Humbug Hairdressing, Chesterfield, Derbyshire was recently awarded a 5 Star rating.

The Good Salon Guide is hairdressing's answer to the well known hotel and pub guides. Recognised salons are visited and objectively assessed by professional inspectors, giving the customer confidence in their choice. Salons are regularly reassessed to ensure standards are maintained. READ MORE...

Upgrade To Council Phone And Computer Systems

Upgrade To Phone And Computer SystemsWednesday 8th May 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council is warning residents about some potential disruption to services while essential work is carried out to phone and computer systems.

The council's IT and phone systems will be unavailable from 11am to 1pm on Sunday 12th May while an essential upgrade is carried out.

The upgrade is required after a power surge in February caused major disruption to residents when phone lines and computer systems were unavailable. This will improve reliability of the systems in the future. READ MORE...

Barlborough NHS Centre To Mark International Nurses Day

Barlborough NHS Centre To Mark International Nurses DayTuesday 7th May 2013 Nurses at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre are eagerly anticipating International Nurses Day on Sunday 12th May.

An event this Friday (10th May), will see the centre announce the winner of it's annual Nurse of the Year Award, which is given to the nurse who colleagues vote as having made the biggest difference to the patient experience during the past 12 months.

International Nurses Day commemorates the birth of Florence Nightingale in 1820. This year, the Royal College of Nursing is calling for people to share their stories about what makes nursing special, with a dedicated website... READ MORE...

Large Local Employer Creates New Job Roles

Large Local Employer Creates New Job RolesTuesday 7th May 2013 Rykneld Homes has created a number of new jobs to strengthen their current workforce, in order to help them continue to deliver excellent housing and maintenance services to council homes across North East Derbyshire.

The full time, permanent jobs include plasterers, painter and decorators, estate caretakers and cleaning operatives.

Rykneld Homes, who are based at Wingerworth in Chesterfield, manage and maintain 8,200 homes for North East Derbyshire District Council. READ MORE...

Love Your Local Market

Love Your Local MarketTuesday 7th May 2013 Chesterfield is taking part in the love your Local Market campaign.

The town centre market, operated by Chesterfield Borough Council, is taking part in the national campaign led by the National Association of British Market Authorities from 23rd - 27th May.

The campaign aims to attract new market traders. During the week, the council will offer new traders the opportunity to trade for £10 (terms and conditions apply). The council also aims to highlight the vital role the market plays... READ MORE...

FREE Travel On Chesterfield Buses!

FREE Travel On Chesterfield Buses!Tuesday 7th May 2013 Bus passengers in parts of Chesterfield can benefit from FREE travel as part of a new month-long scheme to get more people using public transport.

Stagecoach in Chesterfield is offering a FREE week's travel on Service 80, between Wingerworth and Chesterfield town centre, and a FREE day's travel on services 25, 50 and 50A which operate between New Whittington and Chesterfield until June 2nd.

Service 80 runs from Wingerworth into Chesterfield town centre every 30 minutes during the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays. READ MORE...

Staveley Juniors Welcome German Juniors This Weekend

Staveley Juniors Welcome German Juniors This WeekendTuesday 7th May 2013After Somersall Rangers U12's team played a last minute fixture arranged against S.C Grus-Weiss Lichtenbusch 1949 e.v.FC - on a 4 day football tour in Holland and Germany last May, lasting friendships were built after one enjoyable afternoon of football and BBQs in the sun in Aachen, Germany.

After that one game, Jan Buchsteiner, one of the Coaches atS.C Grus-Weiss Lichtenbusch has kept in touch with that team - now Staveley MWFC U13's (Sheffield League) side - and after many emails during the interim period - has arranged to play some fixtures in return, here in Chesterfield. READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 52

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsTuesday 7th May 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!

Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...

Road Opening To Create Jobs

Road Opening To Create JobsWednesday 1st May 2013
Traffic is now using a new road which opens up further land for jobs creation at Derbyshire's flagship regeneration site.

Derbyshire County Council
is investing over £70 million laying the foundations to drive long-term employment opportunities at Markham Vale which is just off the purpose-built junction 29A of the M1.

A number of high profile companies have settled on the site's already developed eastern section. READ MORE...

 

 


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