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LATEST COMMUNITY NEWS AND DIARY FROM THE CHESTERFIELD POST

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...

This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (11th - 17th April)

This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (11th - 17th April)Thursday 10th April 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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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...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 48

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 7th 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...

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...

Douglas Newby Robinson 1926 - 2013Douglas Newby Robinson
1926 - 2013

The death has been announced of Douglas Newby Robinson.

Born in Chesterfield in 1926, Douglas passed peacefully on September 6th 2013 in Sidney, B.C, Canada.

He is survived by wife Jennie, Bernard and Pat, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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...

Boxing Clever... Life After OzBox!

Boxing Clever... Life After OzBox!Wednesday 1st May 2013 Six young people who train with Derbyshire Constabulary's OzBox team have gone on to win bouts as amateur boxers.

The four young men and two young women have been working with OzBox, which is a non-contact, boxing-based fitness scheme, for a number of years.

In recent weeks they have all got in the ring for competitive bouts and all six were victorious. 18 year olds Kieran Carte, James Drury, Lewis Hopkinson and Elizabeth Allcock along with 15 year old Jade Ashmore and 21 year old Ben Gore all triumphed during the bouts held across Derbyshire. READ MORE...

Staffing Restructure At College Will Mean Redundancies

Staffing Restructure At Chesterfield College Will Mean Redundancies says Principal Trevor ClayTuesday 30th April 2013 Chesterfield College has confirmed a staffing restructure which will result in a number of redundancies.

The Chesterfield Post interviewed College Principal Trevor Clay, who explained, "We have entered into a period of consultation with recognised unions together with communicating to all staff the reasons for our proposals so we can listen, discuss and respond to any alternative suggestions.

"Last year, through a voluntary redundancy scheme, we were able to largely avoid the need for compulsory redundancies." READ MORE & AUDIO...

A Very Happy 40th Birthday To Lisa DunksA Very Happy 40th Birthday
To Lisa Dunks

Lisa Dunks, 40 on Tuesday 30th April 2013
Happy Birthday Lisa!




Best wishes from Mum, Dad, Harry, Brian and all your family and friends xxx
Hope you have a fantastic day.

Votes For Women!

Votes For Women!Monday 29th April 2013
The struggle of the women's suffrage movement is being brought to life in a special event at Chesterfield Museum.

'Votes for Women' takes place at the Chesterfield Borough Council run attraction on Saturday 4 May.

Between 10am and 4pm, professional re-enactors will take on the roles of a suffragette and a policeman to explore the struggles in the campaign for the right of women to vote before the First World War. READ MORE...

Friends Of Spital Cemetery Thank 1st Calow Scouts For Help

The Friends Of Spital CemeteryMonday 29th April 2013
One local charitable group has praised the efforts of another for their help in making the environment better for local wildlife.

The Friends of Spital Cemetery would like to give the 1st Calow (St Peter's) Scout group a big 'thank you' for their help in building and putting up various bird boxes in the Cemetery.

On Sunday the 14th April, various bird boxes were placed around the cemetery, including those for Owls, bats and robins, along with... READ MORE...

Derbyshire Parents Urged To Help Keep Measles Cases Low

Derbyshire Parents Urged To Help Keep Measles Cases LowFriday 26th April 2013 Parents are being urged to help keep the number of measles cases in Derbyshire low by making sure their children get the MMR vaccination.

There have been just two cases of measles in the county this year but public health professionals are urging parents to check their child's vaccination records and take urgent action if they are not up to date.

Derbyshire has a strong MMR vaccination record with 94% of two-year-olds and 93% of five-year-olds vaccinated - comparing well with the national... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Welcomes Back An Old Friend For Arts Festival

Chesterfield Welcomes Back Old Friend For Arts FestivalWednesday 24th April 2013 A former fixture in the Chesterfield streets makes a nostalgic return home as part of the first Chesterfield Community Arts Festival organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Chesterfield 8
horse-drawn tram owned by the Science Museum, which is usually on display at the Crich Tramway Village, will make its appearance on Saturday 4th May. Built in 1899 for the Chesterfield - Brampton route, this was one of the last horse-drawn trams to be built in the United Kingdom.

Curator Laura Waters said "We're excited to have the opportunity..." READ MORE...

AMRC Invites Local Manufacturing & Engineering Companies

AMRC Invite To Local Manufacturing & Engineering CompaniesWednesday 24th April 2013 Destination Chesterfield, the town's marketing campaign, is offering Chesterfield and North Derbyshire's manufacturing and engineering businesses the opportunity to become involved with The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, a world-class centre for advanced machining and materials research for high-value manufacturing sectors.

Information on how to get involved, as well the latest funding and training opportunities across the region, will be presented by the campaign's Manufacturing and Engineering Forum, which is holding its next event at the... READ MORE...

Derbyshire NSPCC - 'Child Abuse Must Stop Before It Starts'

Derbyshire NSPCC - 'Child Abuse Must Stop Before It Starts'Tuesday 23rd April 2013 Fewer children are dying as a result of homicide, assault or suicide today, but disturbing levels of child abuse remain according to a new report from the NSPCC.

The children's charity, which runs local services to support vulnerable children and their families in Derbyshire, is calling for a new approach to child protection aimed at stopping child abuse and maltreatment before it starts.

According to 'How Safe are our Children', for every child in the UK subject to a protection plan or on child protection registers, another eight have... READ MORE...

More Money To Help Children Find Families

More Money To Help Children Find FamiliesTuesday 23rd April 2013 The number of adoptive families for children in care is to be boosted with the help of £990,180 grant funding for Derbyshire County Council.

The money is coming from a £200m Government grant for local authorities to increase adoption recruitment. Derbyshire will receive the ring-fenced funding to be used specifically to recruit adoptive parents and place children who are waiting for families.

Ian Thomas, Derbyshire County Council's Strategic Director for Children and Younger Adults, welcomed the extra money. READ MORE...

Miners Invited To Shape Lasting Legacy Of Area's Coal History

Miners Invited To Shape Lasting Legacy Of Area's Coal HistoryTuesday 23rd April 2013 Former miners and their families are invited to the latest event to help shape an exciting new artwork to mark their area’s coal producing history.

Students at Netherthorpe School in Staveley are hosting a drop-in session to collect memorabilia and memories on Saturday, April 27th from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. It will help shape a new artwork at Derbyshire County's flagship regeneration site, Markham Vale.

The county council is investing £77m in the site with the long-term... READ MORE...

Easier Access For Patients At Whittington Medical Centre

Easier Access For Patients At New Whittington Medical CentreMonday 22nd April 2013 Getting in to see a Doctor or Nurse at Whittington Medical Centre has become easier since two ramps were built and automatic doors were installed.

Improving access to the surgery has been funded by a grant - via the former Derbyshire County PCT - made late last year.

On approaching the main entrance up the ramp, which has easy-to-reach rails, the doors automatically open. Once inside, the inner waiting room door opens once you have pressed an easy to reach square 'button'. READ MORE...

Rykneld Homes Family Fun Day At The Proact A Big Hit

Rykneld Homes Family Fun Day At The Proact A Big HitMonday 22nd April 2013 A family fun day at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield was a big hit with local residents.

The free event, hosted by Rykneld Homes, who manage the housing stock for North East Derbyshire District Council, was attended by over 400 council tenants during the recent Easter break.

Children took part in football coaching, an Extreme Wheels mobile skate and BMX park, mini tennis and cheerleading taster sessions plus tours of the Stadium. There was also plenty for the grown-ups to enjoy... READ MORE...

Can You Help Us Trace Don Fawcett's Old Shipmate?

Can You Help Us Trace Don Fawcett's Old Shipmate?Monday 22nd April 2013 We recently received a letter from a gentleman currently living in Portsmouth named Don Fawcett, who is trying to find an ex-colleague of his from the Royal Navy.

Don wrote, "I belong to a group of ex-sailors who joined the Royal Navy in January 1964. We are now planning to organise a 50th Anniversary Reunion of joining. I have been given the task of tracking down several of their whereabouts.

"One of the lads came originally from Chesterfield and I wondered if you might publish his details (as I recall them), to see if I can make contact..." READ MORE...

Join St George For A Late Full English!

Join St George For A Late Full English!Monday 22nd April 2013 What better way to celebrate St George's Day than with that great culinary tradition, the Full English Breakfast?

But if you're one of the millions who now claim they're too busy for a sit down meal at daybreak, you can still tuck into the full works a little later in the day with the team at The Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley.

The Devonshire Arms will be celebrating St George's Day tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23rd, by serving a Full English from 5pm to 9pm. And in proper Devonshire Arms style, the meal will not just be English, but sourced locally too! READ MORE...

Do You Know The Good Samaritans?

Do You Know The Good Samaritans?Saturday 20th April 2013 Romily Wright has posted the following message on to our Facebook page and we'd like to see if anyone can help us find her good Samaritans?

Romily said, "I was involved in quite a major RTA yesterday (Thursday 18th April), on Station Road in Brimington at approximately 8.50am. I was hoping to find the two runners who stopped to help me, which I am so thankful for!

"The man was in his 30's, with fair hair and had a strong South African (possibly Australian) accent. He was running with a woman... READ MORE...

Alcohol Seized During Police Patrols In Bolsover

Alcohol Seized During Police Patrols In BolsoverSaturday 20th April 2013 Police in Bolsover have seized booze from underage drinkers as part of their patrols to target anti-social behaviour.

The alcohol was seized during patrols by the Bolsover and Shuttlewood Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team to help target anti-social behaviour on Friday, April 5th.

Letters are being sent to the parents of the four youngsters to inform them of the issue and to warn that the youngsters could face further action if they are found with alcohol for a second time. READ MORE...

EMAS - Recognising The Best In The Service....

EMAS - Recognising The Best In The Service....Friday 19th April 2013 East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) hosted Awards where nine winners have been crowned, in a ceremony which aimed to recognise ambulance service staff and volunteers who are the pride of the NHS.

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust's (EMAS) first ever 'Values and Recognition Awards' were held at the Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham, yesterday evening (Thursday 18th April) at 6pm.

The event was made possible by the generosity of local businesses who offered sponsorship and donations, and the EMAS Charitable Trust. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Scout Group Hits The Jackpot!

Chesterfield Scout Group Hits The Jackpot!Friday 19th April 2013 A traditional scout troop from Chesterfield has received a funding boost, thanks to players of a charity lottery.

The 1st/2nd Derbyshire Scout Troop of the European Scout Federation was awarded £10,000 by People's Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The scouts have used the money to replace their ageing minibus ahead of a trip to the Netherlands this summer for a European jamboree. The bus is used by all members and sections of the group including Otters, Cubs, Scouts & Rovers. READ MORE...

Arrests After Alleged Clothing Bin Offences

Arrests After Alleged Clothing Bin OffencesThursday 18th April 2013 Two men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud offences after police found 40 clothing bins in three different counties allegedly being falsely advertised as collecting for charity.

The men, aged 48 and 53-years-old, were arrested in Carr Vale, Bolsover, yesterday (Wednesday, April 17th). Searches were also carried out at both of their houses.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and the 48-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of drugs offences. They have been released on bail pending further inquiries. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Bus Company Drives Increased Bus Use

Chesterfield Bus Company Drives Increased Bus UseThursday 18th April 2013 Stagecoach in Chesterfield is joining forces with sustainable transport group Greener Journeys to promote the benefits of bus use through the UK's first ever 'Catch the Bus Week'.

The initiative, which will run for a week from 29th April, will see Stagecoach in Chesterfield encourage local people to ditch their cars in favour of taking the bus.

Throughout the week, Stagecoach will highlight the environmental and financial benefits of using the bus more often and is carrying out a programme of promotional activities across the area, to encourage people to give the bus a try. READ MORE...

More Than £1Million Taken From Criminals In Derbyshire

More Than £1Million Taken From Criminals In DerbyshireWednesday 17th April 2013 More than £1.3million was stripped from criminals in Derbyshire during the last year under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The latest figures released by Derbyshire Police show that between April 1st, 2012 and the end of March 2013 more than £25,000 per week in cash and other assets was removed from offenders.

The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) gives police and other investigating agencies the power to take criminals to court to recover the wealth people have made by committing crime such as drug dealing or selling stolen property. READ MORE...

Tools Stolen From Sheds At Chesterfield Allotment Site

Police appeal for information as Tools are Stolen From Sheds At Chesterfield Allotment SiteWednesday 17th April 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a number of sheds were broken into on an allotment site.

Tools and gardening equipment were stolen from the sheds at St. Augustines Allotment Gardens on St. Augustines Avenue, sometime between Monday, April 1st and Friday, April 5th.

A shed in the garden of a property on St. Augustines Mount was also targeted between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday, April 3rd. A lawn mower and a strimmer were stolen. READ MORE...

Mercian Regiment To Be Presented With New Colours

Mercian Regiment To Be Presented With New ColoursTuesday 16th April 2013 The Mercian Regiment is to be presented with new Colours for the first time at a historic parade this summer. The 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment has close links with - and recruits from - Chesterfield.

Colours are only presented every 25 years and this will be the first time that all four battalions of the regiment have been on parade at the same time to receive new Colours.

The Mercian Regiment was formed in 2007 through the merger of three single battalion regiments... READ MORE...

Local BHS Stores Smash Easter Fundraising Target For NSPCC

Local BHS Stores Smash Easter Fundraising Target For NSPCCTuesday 16th April 2013 The NSPCC is pleased to announce that local BHS stores in Derbyshire have helped raise £815 for the NSPCC during an Easter week extravaganza to support the children’s charity.

Staff at the BHS stores in Derby and Chesterfield took part in a variety of fundraising activities including a sponsored non-uniform day (go green day), Easter bunny raffle and a cake bake.

In total, BHS stores across the UK raised over a fantastic £104,454 over the Easter week, from Friday 29th March to Saturday 6th April. Since 2008, BHS has raised over £1.2 million for the NSPCC and have committed to continue to raise money and make a difference through 2013/2014. READ MORE...

Missing Chesterfield Man Found Safe

Missing Chesterfield Man, Neil Burgar  Found SafeMonday 15th April 2013


A man missing from his home in Chesterfield has been found in Lancashire.
 
As we reported, Neil Burgar, 52, (pictured left) was reported missing from his Danesmoor home on March 28th.
 
Derbyshire police were alerted on Friday, April 12th that Mr Burgar had been found safe the Chorley area of Lancashire

A Very Happy Birthday To Karen JohnsonA Very Happy Birthday
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Karen Johnson, 21 again on Monday 15th April 2013
Happy Birthday Karen!



Happy Birthday from Millie, Matt, Ben and Becky and
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A Very Happy 13th Birthday To Will TomlinsonA Very Happy 13th Birthday
To Will Tomlinson

Will Tomlinson, 13 on Sunday 14th April 2013
Happy Birthday Will!



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Burglar Jailed After Breaking Into House In Chesterfield

Burglar Jailed After Breaking Into House In ChesterfieldThursday 11th April 2013 A burglar who was caught after a postman spotted him in the act and called police has been jailed.

Craig Mawby
was sentenced to 32 months in prison after admitting breaking into a house on Rothervale Road, Chesterfield, on March 26th, 2013.

Mawby, 30, was seen breaking into the house at around 10am by the local postman who dialled 999. The thief then left the house after stealing cash. The postman followed him and stayed on the phone to police so officers could be directed to Mawby who was arrested nearby. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Community Pub Set To Re-open Tomorrow

Chesterfield Community Pub Set To Re-open TomorrowThursday 11th April 2013 The Holme Hall Inn (formerly, the Holmebrook Tavern) is set to have its grand re-opening on Friday 12th April after a major joint investment of £200,000 by new licensees Embankment Inns Ltd and owners Punch Taverns, one of the UK's leading pub companies and as a result, approximately 15 new jobs have been created.

Inside, the pub has been completely redecorated in a contemporary style throughout.

The pub, which has always been well-known for its sports facilities, will now screen Sky Sports and provide free WiFi. More notably, the dining area... READ MORE...

Join Chesterfield FC In Helping Arthritis Research UK

Chesterfield FC In Association With Arthritis Research UKThursday 11th April 2013 Based in Chesterfield, Arthritis Research UK work to take the pain away from the one in six people in the UK living with arthritis.

By funding high-quality research and providing information on all different types of arthritis, Arthritis Reserach UK help the ten million people living with arthritis in the UK to remain active.

Join them this weekend at the Proact Stadium for the match against Bradford City on Saturday 13th April, as Chesterfield FC are fully behind Arthritis Reserach UK in trying to help increase their vital funds and awareness... READ MORE...

Hot Fingers Point To A Great Night At The Whitwell Centre

Hot Fingers Point To A Great Night At The Whitwell CentreThursday 11th April 2013 People are talking and we don't like it! Keep mum!

Word has it on the streets that April 26th will see Whitwell Centre turned into Fat Sam's Speakeasy, complete with fun casino, gangsters, flappers, art deco refurb, moonshine and music from the era which will be supplied by the unbelievably cool HOT FINGERS BAND, secured at a reasonable rate following short negotiations.

You are invited to pay your respects to Fat Sam following his untimely demise and to the Hot Fingers Band. Vintage 1920's - 1930's dress is optional, but an offer you can't refuse, as it will add to the atmosphere of the evening... READ MORE...

Baltic Crossing - In Demand And In Chesterfield. Twice!

Baltic Crossing In Demand And In ChesterfieldThursday 11th April 2013 Baltic Crossing is a fantastic five-piece band made up of young traditional musicians from Finland, Denmark and the UK. Wherever they meet, at least one must cross the Baltic Sea - hence their name - and they are appearing twice in Chesterfield in the space of a few days!

They have played at big festivals such as Womad. and they became the first folk music group to be selected for the ECHO Rising Stars recitals, where young talented performers were hand-picked to play at some of the world's most famous venues.

The band's excellent blend of fiery folk music, dynamic stage... READ MORE...

Police Appeal As Prisoner Absconds From HM Prison Sudbury

Police Appeal As Prisoner Andrew Bailey  Absconds From HM Prison SudburyWednesday 10th April 2013 Police are appealing for information after a prisoner from the Sheffield area failed to return to HMP Sudbury on Tuesday 9th April 2013.

Andrew Bailey
(pictured) was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court in June 2007 to an indeterminate sentence for attempted robbery. He is 41-years-old and described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of thin build, with short brown hair, blue eyes and a northern accent. He is from the Sheffield area. Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of this man is asked not to approach him but to immediately contact their local police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cook Me The Money's Chesterfield Episode

Cook Me The Money's Chesterfield Episode Is On TV Today!Wednesday 10th April 2013 Back In Spetember, we ran a story of a new ITV1 show visiting town "Cook me The Money" with Adam Shaw. Today's episode on ITV1 at 2pm is Chesterfield's turn to shine! Don't miss it.

ORIGINAL STORY - TV crews were in Chesterfield town centre yesterday, filming for a new ITV cooking show, due to air on our screens in the New Year.

Shoppers and residents, including the Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Donald Parsons, were asked to sample food cooked by three teams from around the country, with the winner taking the day's takings. The teams were... READ MORE...

Red Noses And Big Smiles At The Devonshire Arms

Red Noses And Big Smiles At The Devonshire Arms, Middle HandleyWednesday 10th April 2013 The team at award winning pub and restaurant, The Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley, put a smile on customers' faces as they raised more than £500 for Comic Relief.

Head chef Tom Lawson, sous chef Craig Middleton, junior chef Simon Maw and commis chef Jodi Wilson competed against each other in a Great British Menu style competition, to create a series of dishes that were served at a special Red Nose Day dinner.

To support the charity, 50p from the sale of every starter and... READ MORE...

Survey Says ... Derbyshire's Roads Are Some Of the Best!

Survey Says ... Derbyshire's Roads Are Some Of the Best!Tuesday 9th April 2013 A new survey revealing the areas of Britain hit hardest by potholes, highlights Derbyshire as one of the best places to drive.

Derbyshire County Council
has welcomed the survey, published in The Sunday Times, which showed that only 4.4% of drivers have claimed for pothole-related damage compared with up to 10% of motorists in some parts of the UK.

The report ranks Derbyshire among the 15 best areas in the UK for road surface condition, even though motorists are three times more likely to damage their cars in the North of the country than in the South as a result of hitting a pothole. READ MORE...

Man Arrested After Eckington Incident

Man Arrested After Eckington IncidentTuesday 9th April 2013 At 7.42pm last night, Monday April 8th, police were called to an incident on Chesterfield Road in Eckington.

A resident had returned home to find her windows smashed and front door damaged.  She immediately phoned the police and when officers arrived, they found a man inside the house who refused to come out. He was threatening to harm himself and had access to knives within the house so there was concern for his safety.

After 3 hours of negotiation the man, aged 47, who is known to the resident, gave himself up and was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. He sustained a minor wrist injury during the incident but didn't need hospital treatment. He remains in custody this morning. The road was closed until 11.30pm as a precaution.

Give A Dog A Home For Guide Dogs

Give A Dog A Home For Guide DogsTuesday 9th April 2013 Guide Dogs for the Blind are currently seeking homes for 500 puppies! But these four legged friends don't require food, water, vet's appointments or grooming, they just need to be fed with coins and emptied regularly...

The dogs are, in fact, Guide Dog's new delivery of collecting boxes and they are appealing for local shops and business to find a home for them. The dogs are key to the charity's fundraising efforts as it receives no statutory funding form the government or any other body and is reliant upon the generosity of donors and legacies. READ MORE...

Man Charged After Sexual Assault In Chesterfield

Man Charged After Sexual Assault In ChesterfieldMonday 8th April 2013 A man has been charged in connection with a sexual assault on a 35-year-old woman in Chesterfield last week.

The assault took place on Brimington Road at about 3.45am on Thursday, March 28th. A 31-year-old man was arrested in Alfreton on Thursday April 4th and charged with rape.

He appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Saturday April 6th. He has been remanded in custody and will next appear at Derby Crown Court on Friday, April 19th.

Bring Your Product To Chesterfield Market With First Pitch

Bring Your Product To Chesterfield Market With First PitchMonday 8th April 2013 Young entrepreneurs in the borough have the chance to start their business thanks to Chesterfield Borough Council and the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF).

Chesterfield Market is taking part in First Pitch, a national market trader start-up scheme from the NMTF.

The scheme aims to encourage young entrepreneurs to make their mark in the market and start a successful business on one of the UK's 1,400 retail markets and is open to anyone over 16 years of age not currently trading on a market. READ MORE...

Applications For Derbyshire School Governors Welcome

Applications For Derbyshire School Governors WelcomeMonday 8th April 2013 Members of the public interested in making a positive contribution to children's education are being urged to apply for a position as school governor.

With around 370,000 governor places in England, it is the largest volunteer force in the country and Derbyshire County Council is encouraging people across the county to apply for a position.

Anyone who cares about improving education for children and can work as part of a team to raise standards can apply to be a school governor - qualifications are not required. READ MORE...

Film Review - Spring Breakers

John Morgan's Film Review - Spring BreakersMonday 8th April 2013 by John Morgan Back in 1995, a young Harmony Korine deservedly earned plaudits for his screenplay for the controversial, convention challenging and groundbreaking 'Kids', arguably one of the most important movies of the 90s and perhaps the most realistic portrayal of teenage (im)maturity, attitudes and character ever seen on screen.

Almost twenty years later, Korine delves back into the world of the American Teenager with 'Spring Breakers'; a cool, sexy, visually stunning and vibrant film about four girls who take letting loose on their annual Spring Break vacation to a whole new level. 'Kids' this is not... READ MORE...

Claire's Fund Raising Success For Red Nose Day And UNICEF

Claire's Fund Raising Success For Red Nose Day And UNICEFMonday 8th April 2013
Claire's, based in Chesterfield's Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, raised £321.00 for Comic Relief back in March.

They donated £2.00 from every ear-piercing they carried out plus their sales of Comic Relief merchandise.


Manager, Chris Anderson (pictured) said: "We are delighted with the response from our customers for a very worthy cause and would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved." READ MORE...

A Very Happy 16th Birthday To Lauren TomlinsonA Very Happy 16th Birthday
To Lauren Tomlinson

Lauren Tomlinson, 16 on Monday 8th April 2013
Happy Birthday Lauren!



Happy Birthday from Mum, Dad, Will and The Iggster! Family, Friends and all at Staveley MWFC U13s xxxx Hope you have a great day!

A Very Happy 13th Birthday To Alex WainwrightA Very Happy 13th Birthday
To Alex Wainwright

Alex Wainwright, 13 on Monday 8th April 2013
Happy Birthday Alex!



Happy Birthday from Mum, Dad, all your Family and Friends and all at Staveley MWFC U13s xxxx Hope you have a great day!

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 48

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 8th April 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...

Chesterfield Man Deploys To Afghanistan For Fifth Time

Chesterfield Man, Sgt John Herberts, Deploys To Afghanistan For Fifth TimeFriday 5th April 2013 A local man, born and bred in Chesterfield, is currently deploying on what will be his fifth tour of Afghanistan with the local infantry regiment, 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment.

Sergeant John Herberts
, 32, has just deployed on his final tour of Afghanistan and is using his previous experience to train many of thousands of incoming troops as British units changeover in the region. He will be making sure that British troops are as well prepared and trained as possible to take up their roles in Afghanistan.

The training is the final element of Afghanistan specific training... READ MORE...

War Veteran Seeks Ex-Comrades. Can You Help?

War Veteran Sidney 'Steaky' Harvey Seeks Ex-Comrades. Can You Help?Friday 5th April 2013 We have been contacted by veteran Sidney Harvey (aka 'Steaky') who spent some time in Chesterfield during the war to see if we can help trace any of his former comrades who would have served with him in the 14th Army Signals (formerly the 4th North Midlands Corps Royal Signals).

Sidney is now 94 and has fond memories of his time in the town. His letter to us reads: "During the early days of the war I was posted to 4th North Midland Corps Royal Signals, an Ex Territorial Army Unit, based in Chesterfield.

"At that time, I was the only 'Southerner' in the unit and I was..." READ MORE...

Dare You Tackle The 'Beast Of Bolsover'?

Dare You Tackle The 'Beast Of Bolsover'?Friday 5th April 2013 History, heritage and the 'Beast of Bolsover' will help put a spring in the step of those taking part in a Walking Festival featuring a murder, a Crooked Spire and an appletree knoll.

The 'Beast' of a walk is a 20 mile hike round Bolsover passing historic houses along the way and taking its title from the fearsome nickname of local MP and keen walker, Dennis Skinner.

There's something for everyone, from a one mile toddle for families and young children, to a longer stroll for less seasoned walkers, up to a... READ MORE...

Victory Road Fire Tragedy - Derbyshire Services Speak Out

Victory Road Fire Tragedy - Derbyshire Services Speak OutThursday 4th April 2013 Three people convicted of the manslaughter of 6 children in a house fire in Derby in May last year, have been sentenced.

Michael and Mairead Philpott
and Paul Mosley were sentenced by Judge Mrs Justice Kate Thirlwall at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday, April 4th).

Michael Philpott was sentenced to life and will serve a minimum of 15 years before being considered for parole.

Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were both jailed for 17 years. READ MORE...

Apprenticeship Opportunities Expanded

Young people looking for career opportunities still have time to apply for places on Derbyshire County Council’s apprenticeship scheme.Thursday 4th April 2013 Young people looking for career opportunities still have time to apply for places on Derbyshire County Council’s apprenticeship scheme.

The authority has placed more than 100 apprenticeships since the initiative launched at the beginning of last year - but the deadline for two apprenticeship places in business administration in Matlock and recycling promotions in Darley Dale has been extended.

Delivered in partnership with Learning Unlimited, the new placements are part of the council's on-going drive to create 500 apprenticeship places by 2016. READ MORE...

Annual Service Of Remembrance For Bereaved Parents

Annual Service Of Remembrance For Bereaved ParentsWednesday 3rd April 2013 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 7th. READ MORE...

Police Concern For Missing Clay Cross Man, Neil Burgar

Police Concern For Missing Clay Cross Man, Neil BurgarWednesday 3rd April 2013 Police are concerned for the safety of a 52-year-old man reported missing from his home in Chesterfield.

Neil Burgar
(pictured left) was reported missing from his home in The Fairways, Danesmoor, by his ex-partner on Thursday, March 28th. He contacted his ex-partner via email on March 21st, but he has not been seen or heard from since. Mr Burgar is white, around 5ft 8in tall, of average build, with short brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number, 101.

Chesterfield Royal's Triple A Screening Saves Mens Lives

Chesterfield Royal's Triple A Screening Saves Mens LivesWednesday 3rd April 2013 The Chesterfield Royal Hospital is urging men to accept a screening invitation that could save their life.

Two general assistants in Imaging have re-trained to lead the Triple A Screening Programme to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms in men. Invitations are sent out when they reach 65 years of age.

Helen Hearnshaw and Brendan Ledward have spearheaded the Royal's involvement in the National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme, in partnership with the Royal Derby Hospital, since April last year and the programme is due to rolled out nationally this month. Travelling around the whole of North Derbyshire with a portable ultrasound machine, the pair hold clinics in various hospitals and GP... READ MORE...

Celebration Evening To Aid NE Derbys Charity DLRAA Appeal

Celebration Evening To Aid NE Derbys Charity Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance DLRAA AppealWednesday 3rd April 2013 People in North East Derbyshire are being invited to enjoy a fund-raising evening of entertainment next month, in aid of a local air ambulance charity.

Cllr Ken Savidge, Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council, is to host the black tie celebration evening in aid of his 2012/13 charity appeal for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

Tickets are still available for the event, which is being held on Friday 3rd May at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield. READ MORE...

'Casting Call' To Budding Local Actors By Impact Films

'Casting Call' To Budding Local Actors By Impact FilmsTuesday 2nd April 2013 Budding actors from across the North of England are being sought for an exciting new venture by a dynamic Yorkshire video production and marketing company.

Impact Films Ltd, one of the North's burgeoning high quality video and film production companies, is issuing an urgent casting call for its first major entertainment feature film. Impact has already established itself within the corporate and legal sector in the North of England as a producer of quality films tailored to suit the business market.

And while Executive Producer Simon Gamble says corporate filming will remain a main strand of the business, the company is set to start shooting its first entertainment 'short' film this spring and summer. READ MORE...

Life Is Sweet In Chesterfield

Life Is Sweet In ChesterfieldMonday 1st April 2013 Mid-day now - so sorry, APRIL FOOL (if you hadn't already guessed it!!!

Once known as the home of one of the biggest sweet makers in the UK, Chesterfield looks set to return to former glories with news this morning that a "Sweet Hotel" is to open next year.

In what's believed to be the first independent venture of this nature in England, Chesterfield's very own 'Willy Wonka-esque' establishment will see a 100 bedroom hotel built on a site adjacent to the football ground, alongside... READ MORE...

Local Vet Warns Of Spread Of Deadly Dog Disease Across UK

Local Vet Warns Of Spread Of Deadly Dog Disease Across UKFriday 29th March 2013 Local veterinary surgeon and partner for Chesterfield Vets4Pets Jenny Cartwright, is warning dog owners to be on the lookout for a potentially fatal disease caused by infection from the lungworm parasite (Angiostrongylus vasorum).

Last year's damp summer and mild winter conditions have proved ideal for slug and snail populations, leading experts to warn of a continued spread of lungworm in the UK.

A study by the RVCi shows that lungworm is spreading beyond... READ MORE...

New Shirebrook School Building Will Leave Pupils 'Awestruck'

New Shirebrook School Building Will Leave Pupils 'Awestruck'Friday 29th March 2013 The principal of a Shirebrook school which is about to move into its new £27m building says pupils will be "awestruck" when they start there next term.

Julie Bloor, principal of Shirebrook Academy, described the building, which is just yards from its current site in Common Lane, as "exceeding all our expectations" when she paid her latest visit to it this week.

It has taken developers nearly two years to build the new school, which will see the 700-pupil Academy co-locating with Stubbin Wood special school... READ MORE...

Stagecoach Couple Going The Extra Mile For Cancer Charity

Stagecoach Couple Going The Extra Mile For Cancer CharityWednesday 27th March 2013 A Chesterfield couple are getting in gear for a month of fundraising and charity events.

Lesley Grozier and partner Brian Banton, who work for Stagecoach in Chesterfield, will be raising cash for Chesterfield Hospital Cavendish Ward and breast cancer care throughout April.

Lesley, 50, who has worked for the leading bus operator for 34 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2012 and has been visiting the hospital for chemotherapy and treatment. READ MORE...

Spencers Solicitors Sponsor Spireites' Community East Stand

Spencers Solicitors Sponsor Spireites' Community East StandWednesday 27th March 2013
Chesterfield FC will kick-off next season with sponsorship from Spencers Solicitors.

A deal has been agreed with the Chesterfield-based company to become the proud new sponsors of the Community East Stand at the Proact Stadium.

Commenting on the new deal, Spencers Solictors Chief Financial Officer Robert Landman said: "Chesterfield is the site of our principal office, and it's where we've been, in one guise or another, for the past 35 years. READ MORE...

Film Review - Welcome To The Punch

Film Review - Welcome To The PunchWednesday 27th March 2013 by John Morgan James McAvoy and Mark Strong go head to head in this British action thriller from Director Eran Creevy, which features a host of home grown talent including David Morrisey, Jason Flemyng, Andrea Riseborough, Peter Mullan and the ever excellent Johnny Harris.

Three years after Detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) is injured in pursuit of his arch enemy Jake Sternwood (Strong), he gets a second chance to get his man when Sternwood comes out of hiding following the death of his son.

With both Lewinsky and Sternwood investigating the death... READ MORE...

Round The Clock Gritting Keeps County Moving

Round The Clock Gritting Keeps County MovingWednesday 27th March 2013 Gritting crews continue to work around the clock to clear Derbyshire's snow hit roads - but freak drifts are hampering their progress.

Derbyshire County Council's fleet has been dealing with some of the worst conditions in recent times, with strong winds blowing drifts back on to roads as quickly as they are being cleared in many areas.

Almost all of the county's main link roads are now open after the A515 Newhaven to Buxton, the A537 Cat and Fiddle and the A623 Baslow to Barmoor Clough roads were re-opened yesterday morning. READ MORE...

Changes To Chesterfield Attraction Opening Hours

Changes To Chesterfield Tourist attraction Opening HoursWednesday 27th March 2013 With the new tourism season starting at Easter, Chesterfield Borough Council has confirmed the new opening hours of Chesterfield Museum, Revolution House and the Visitor Information Centre.

Chesterfield Museum, on St Mary's Gate, will open Monday and Thursday to Saturday 10am - 4pm; Revolution House at Old Whittington will open Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 4pm; and The Visitor Information Centre in Rykneld Square will be open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am - 5pm.

Over Easter, the Hallaton treasure is on display at the Museum... READ MORE...

Inner Wheel Club Of Chesterfield Enjoys Trip To London

Inner Wheel Club Of Chesterfield Bus Trip To LondonWednesday 27th March 2013 President Adrienne Handley organised a two day bus trip to London on 14th and 15th March 2013 inviting Rotarians, members from other clubs, family and friends.

The bus carrying 40 passengers departed Chesterfield at 8.30am on the 14th bound for a 2 day break, arriving in London at 12.30pm. Passengers visited Oxford Street, Harrods prior to a Guided Tour of The Houses of Parliament.

After a short break at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel the group of happy travellers were driven to the Cafe Consort in the Albert Hall... READ MORE...

Cars, Mountains And Shopping In The Snow

Edale Mountain rescue Team - Cars, Mountains And Shopping In The SnowTuesday 26th March 2013 The surprise return of winter has seen Edale Mountain Rescue Team assisting a whole range of people around the Peak over the weekend.

Friday night saw team members in two of their Land Rovers rescuing motorists who were stuck in the snow on the A619, the main road between Chesterfield and Baslow.

After several hours digging, towing and transporting drivers, Derbyshire Police asked the team to assist Buxton and Derby MRTs with a similar... READ MORE...

Update On Disruption Due To The Snow...

Update On Disruption Due To The Snow...Monday 25th March 2013 - 07:45 The cold weather continues - and it's likely that disruption will continue into the working week.

We have already received notification that some schools may have different arrangements for today (Monday 25th) and travel around the area may be tricky. We will update our list of school, transport and service disruptions along with any news we get for any other cancelllations or delays.

Please don't hesitate to email us if you hear of a confirmed closure, cancellation or delay not on the list already. Take care in the snow. READ MORE...

Singing For Sands

Singing For SandsMonday 25th March 2013 Singing for Sands is a musical event taking place at the Speedwell Rooms, Staveley on 6th April, to raise money in memory of Luke David Ions for our Baby Memorial Garden Fund.

Tickets are only £8 each and all proceeds go to the fund!!

If you can't attend but would like to support, there are raffle tickets for sale (£1 each or £5 per book) and there are some amazing prizes including 2 tickets for the "We Will Rock You" musical at Sheffield Arena, Horse riding lessons, Days out at Gullivers and Hardwick, £50 Box of Thorntons Chocs, and more. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Cheerleaders Come Home Champions

Chesterfield Cheerleaders Come Home ChampionsMonday 25th March 2013 The adverse weather was 'snow' barrier to a group of Chesterfield cheerleaders who travelled to Dudley yesterday (Sunday 24th March) to represent the town in the Cheer Nation UK competition.

And it was well worth it after Crystal Cheer and Dance returned home as Pom pom Champions and with two second place trophies in other disciplines.

The group was set up by local teacher Steph Miles and she said she was very proud of all the pupils who performed so well on the day. Although they've been running less than a year, they've already scooped several awards... READ MORE & VIDEO...

Stubbin Wood Students Make New Friends On Trip To China!

Stubbin Wood Students Make New Friends On Trip To China!Monday 25th March 2013 Six pupils from a Shirebrook special school walked along the Great Wall and made new friends when they paid a visit to China.

The party, from Stubbin Wood School in Langwith, spent four days seeing the sights in Beijing before heading south to visit two of Stubbin Wood's international partnership schools amid the glittering lights of Shanghai.

The half-a-dozen 15 and 16-year-olds - three girls and three boys, accompanied by two teaching staff - were the latest party from the school to travel to China on an exchange visit which was aimed at increasing their personal... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition 2013

Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition 2013Monday 25th March 2013
The final of the Chesterfield Schools' Public Speaking Competition 2013 was the highlight of the club's annual Ladies Day held at the Olde House, Newbold, Chesterfield on Friday 22nd March 2013, with the three finalists judged by their audience.

The finalists were Laura Norman and Beatrice Soakell from Netherthorpe School, and Hannah Rodger from St Mary's High School. Finalist Leroy Wagstaffe of Hasland Hall Community School was unable to attend due to illness. The speeches were amusing, original and delivered with impressive confidence. READ MORE...

£120k Ambulance Service Investment In Life-Saving Machines

£120k Ambulance Service Investment In Life-Saving MachinesWednesday 20th March 2013
Thousands of pounds have been invested by East Midlands Ambulance Service to purchase and install life-saving machines in the community to help save lives.

AEDs are used when someone has gone into cardiac arrest, i.e. when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. The defibrillator gives the heart an electric shock to allow effective cardiac rhythm to be re-established. The best conditions for defibrillation are present for only one to two minutes of someone going into cardiac arrest, with success rates decreasing from then... READ MORE...

Jean Is Chesterfield's Bonmarché Mother's Day Winner

Jean Is Chesterfield's Bonmarché Mother's Day WinnerWednesday 20th March 2013 Bonmarché ran a Mother's Day competition this year, asking customers to nominate their mothers and explain in no more than 50 words why they love her.

The winning Mum was revealed on 9th March to be Jean, from Alfreton, who was nominated by her daughter Pam Scott.

Jean said: "I'm absolutely delighted. I am always in Bonmarché and at first, I thought my daughter was winding me up when she told me of the win." Jean won an outfit worth £30.00 from the latest Bonmarché spring collection. READ MORE...

Canal Festival Sponsorship Boost From County Council

Chesterfield Canal Festival Sponsorship Boost From Derbyshire County CouncilWednesday 20th March 2013 A waterway celebration will again have the sponsorship backing of Derbyshire County Council when visitors sail in this summer.

The county council sponsored the arts section of Chesterfield Canal Festival, which was staged at its new £600,000 Staveley Basin, last year.

And the authority has pledged to repeat sponsorship for this summer's event, which is organised by the Chesterfield Canal Trust and will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 29th and 30th. READ MORE...

Son Does Desert Trek In Memory Of Mum

Son Does Desert Trek In Memory Of MumWednesday 20th March 2013 Dedicated fundraiser, Richard Horn from Crowe Edge, is set to trek across the Jordan desert and mountains this April in aid of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in Sheffield.

The 46 year-old HGV driver will embark upon this incredible journey through the desert in memory of his Mum, who sadly died of cancer in 2010.

The Jordan Desert Trek entails five days of trekking, starting at the Dead Sea and finishing in the red rock city of Petra. It covers mountain and desert terrain using ancient trails and will involve around eight hours of trekking... READ MORE...

Auto Windscreens Takes £££s For Red Nose Day

Auto Windscreens Takes £££s For Red Nose Day and raises over £1000Wednesday 20th March 2013 It was no ordinary day at Auto Windscreens in Chesterfield last Friday as the customer contact centre swapped windscreen repair calls for Red Nose Day donations, taking £££s for Comic Relief.

Auto Windscreens' employees also raised over £1,000 for the cause through a gruelling English Channel rowathon, fun fancy dress, cakes sales and an auction.

Donated auction items included signed boots from new F1 driver Max Chilton, Chesterfield Football Club tickets, a Topflight Autocentre MOT and meals at Casa Hotel, Twin Oaks Hotel and Sheffield's Double Tree Hilton Hotel. READ MORE...

Scale The UK's Highest Peak In September For The NSPCC

Scale The UK's Highest Peak In September For The NSPCCTuesday 19th March 2013 Derbyshire people with a sense of adventure are being invited to relive yesterday's childhood feeling of being on top of the world, by climbing the UK's highest mountain to help protect today’s children.

The NSPCC is looking for a team of over 100 people from across the UK to climb Ben Nevis and raise £60,000 in sponsorship to support the charity's vital work with vulnerable children and families in Derbyshire and across the UK.

Situated in the heart of Scotland's stunning western Highlands, Ben Nevis is the UK's highest peak, standing at 1,343 metres, more than 4,400 feet. READ MORE... 

Belgian Spireite Cyclists Use Pedal Power To Proact

Belgian Spireite Cyclists Use Pedal Power To ProactTuesday 19th March 2013 Everyone looks forward to the end of the football season for different reasons and one group of 'adopted' Spireites have decided to make the last game of the season even more memorable by using it to help a charitable cause.

A team of Belgian fans who say that they have "fallen in love with the town" on their many visits here, will be cycling from Brussels to the PROACT in aid of Ashgate Hospice, helping to raise vital funds for what they term the 'best cause in town'.

The Hospice is celebrating it's 25 year anniversary this year... READ MORE...

A Massive Happy 21st Birthday To Ellice MortonA Massive Happy 21st Birthday
To Ellice Morton

Ellice Kate Morton, 21 on Tuesday 19th March 2013
Happy Birthday Ellios (pictured as a baby Ellice with Baby Chester).


A huge happy birthday Ellice with lots and lots of love from Mum and Dad, Joe, Nanna and Grandad, all your family and friends.
Hope you have a fantastic day xxxxxx

A Very Happy Birthday To Tracey RouseA Very Happy Birthday
To Tracey Rouse

Tracey Rouse, Tuesday 19th March 2013
Happy Birthday Tracey


A very happy birthday Tracey with love from Mick, Jess and Lou, all your family and friends, and especially all at Staveley MWFC U13s.
Have a wonderful day xxx

Council Reminder To Register To Vote

Council Reminder To Register To VoteMonday 18th March 2013
Chesterfield Borough Council is reminding residents to make sure they have registered to vote in the forthcoming Derbyshire County Council and Chesterfield Borough Council elections.

Elections will be held across the county (except in Derby City) on Thursday 2nd May to elect county councillors.

This is the opportunity for residents to decide on which councillor will represent them at Derbyshire County Council for the next four years. READ MORE...

'Jetpatcher' Has Potholes Busted

A specialist 'jetpatcher' machine has landed as part of Derbyshire County Council's £824,000 project to fix potholes on the county's roads.Monday 18th March 2013 A specialist 'jetpatcher' machine has landed as part of Derbyshire County Council's £824,000 project to fix potholes on the county's roads.

Up to five teams of external contractors have been brought in to help clear the backlog of urgent repairs caused by flooding and winter weather.

And the operation includes hiring-in a jetpatcher which uses a high velocity air stream to clear existing holes of any debris and water as well as laying and compacting new asphalt. READ MORE...

Counterfeit Derbyshire Market Trader Has To Repay Cash

Counterfeit Derbyshire Market Trader Has To Repay CashMonday 18th March 2013 A Derbyshire market trader who sold thousands of fake goods has been told to pay back £49,000 - or face jail.

41-year-old Wayne Foster of The Nook, Loscoe, Heanor, appeared before Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (14th March) when he was ordered to repay the money in six months or risk a 15-month prison term.

The action was brought by Derbyshire County Council under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Last May, Foster had admitted eight offences under the Trade Marks Act of selling counterfeit goods from Ilkeston Market and of possessing fake goods for sale. He received a 12-month community order to carry out 120 hours' unpaid work. READ MORE...

Nursery Rhymes Boost Red Nose Day Appeal

Nursery Rhymes Boost Red Nose Day AppealMonday 18th March 2013
Members of Ashover Celebration Choir abandoned their traditional church music practice on Monday evening - to sing nursery rhymes.

They were joined by family and friends for a 25-minute 'singathon' in the village Bassett Rooms, to mark the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which raises cash to help transform the lives of needy people of all ages at home and abroad.

Led by musical director Ruth Russell, the group sang their way through a programme of children's songs before breaking off to enjoy... READ MORE...

Hair Raising Event For Red Nose Day

Hair Raising Event For Red Nose DayMonday 18th March 2013 A lifelong commitment to long hair has come to a sudden end for Chesterfield-based Pete Fessey, after he agreed to have his flowing locks shaved off to raise money for Red Nose Day 2013.

His employer Grass Routes - part of the Macintyre Group - is fully behind Pete's decision and is helping him to raise funds.

On Friday 15th March at 1pm, Hairdresser Elyssa Crockett from Mark Roberts Hair Salon in Chesterfield took hold of the razor and gave Pete probably only the second haircut of his life. READ MORE...

Exhibiton At Walton Hospital Celebrates People's Diversity

Photo Exhibiton At Walton Hospital Celebrates People's DiversityMonday 18th March 2013 A photo gallery of inspiring people portraits is brightening the main corridor at Walton Hospital, Chesterfield, and celebrating people in all their diversity.

The exhibition, entitled 'Living my Life', promotes equality in a series of professional and eye-catching images of trans gender people and is open to all until the end of the month.

It has been arranged by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust - which runs Walton Hospital - in partnership with the Centre for HIV... READ MORE...

Cash Boost for Derbyshire Carers Association

Cash Boost for Derbyshire Carers AssociationFriday 15th March 2013 A successful project set up to help older carers has received an additional cash boost of £40,000, thanks to a grant from People's Health Trust from money raised by HealthCalm through the Health Lottery.

Derbyshire Carers Association, a Network Partner of Carers Trust, the UK's largest carers charity, has already received £40,000 of funding from money raised through the Health Lottery to extend its work with older carers.

Through its project, Derbyshire Carers Association aims to offer carers short breaks from their caring role and improve their confidence as a carer... READ MORE...

College Principal Rises To Calabria Apprenticeship Challenge

College Principal Rises To Calabria Apprenticeship ChallengeFriday 15th March 2013 This week, in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week (11th - 15th March) Chesterfield College Principal, Trevor Clay opted for the life of an apprentice for a day.

Mr Clay took up a day's Apprenticeship at award-winning Italian restaurant, Calabria, based at Glumangate in Chesterfield.

Helping both kitchen and front of house staff through busy morning and lunchtime services, Trevor leant a hand with a variety of jobs, from mixing up an Espresso Martini, serving Prosecco breakfasts and preparing Tiramisu... READ MORE...

Fancy Dress Fund Raising For Children's Hospice

Fancy Dress Fund Raising For Children's Hospice Bluebell WoodFriday 15th March 2013 A team of Architects from Chesterfield are dusting off their running shoes this weekend as they prepare for the Dronfield 10km on Sunday 17th, choosing local children's hospice Bluebell Wood as their cause.

The group of 15 runners, who work at WCEC Architects, Carrwood, are familiar faces at the Dronfield 10km as they participate each year in support of a charity.

Last year's event saw colleague and team member Jon Godwin bring fun to the run, when he participated in a classic Elvis Presley costume that grabbed the attention of the crowds, as will his extravagant outfit choice this time around. READ MORE...

A Happy 13th Birthday To Aaron HillA Happy 13th Birthday
To Aaron Hill

Aaron Hill, 13 on Friday 15th March 2013
Happy Birthday Aaron!



A very happy birthday from Mum, Dad, family and friends and everyone at Staveley MWFC U13s xxx

A Happy 13th Birthday To Jordan WellsA Happy 13th Birthday
To Jordan Wells

Jordan Wells, 13 on Friday 15th March 2013
Happy Birthday Jordan!



A very happy birthday from Mum, Dad, Charley, Ant, family and friends and everyone at Staveley MWFC U13s xxx

Derbyshire County Council Announce Record Office Opening

Derbyshire County Council Announce Record Office OpeningThursday 14th March 2013 What's being termed as an 'exciting' new facility, designed to bring Derbyshire's fascinating past to life for residents, visitors and students, will officially open next week.

John Beckett, Professor of English Regional History at the University of Nottingham, will unveil a plaque on Tuesday 19th March at 3pm to mark Derbyshire County Council's £4m transformation of the Derbyshire Record Office and Local Studies Library.

The refurbished building in New Street, Matlock brings together... READ MORE...

Reds' Easter Football Fun

Reds' Easter Football FunThursday 14th March 2013 Alfreton Town Community Development Scheme are staging an Easter Football Coaching course.

The course will be held from Tuesday, April 2nd, to Friday, April 5th inclusive, between the hours of 9am and 12 noon each day.

The course is for boys and girls aged six to 14 inclusive and will be held at Alfreton Leisure Centre on the days and times stated above.

Children who take part will be required to wear sports clothing... READ MORE...

Have YOUR Say On Chesterfield's Leisure Centres

Have YOUR Say On Chesterfield's Leisure CentresThursday 14th March 2013 Residents are invited to have their say on Chesterfield Borough Council's leisure centre performance at Queen's Park and Staveley in a series of focus groups.

On this occasion, it's not intended to consult the groups on the replacement Queen's Park project, as this will  be later in the year. However, the council will provide a brief update on the recent decision to build the new centre and the planned timescale for the project delivery.

Two sessions will be held to discuss Queen's Park... READ MORE...

£2 Million 'First Time' Derbyshire Mortgage Scheme Launched

£2 Million 'First Time' Derbyshire Mortgage Scheme Launched by Derbyshire County Council And Lloyds TSBWednesday 13th March 2013 As we reported back in February, First time buyers can now apply for a cheaper mortgage deal - with as little as a 5% deposit - following the launch of a £2m Derbyshire County Council support scheme.

County Council Leader Andrew Lewer
yesterday (March 12th), officially launched the Local Lend a Hand in Derbyshire scheme at the Matlock branch of partner Lloyds TSB. It will support at least 58 - probably many more - first time buyers who might otherwise not get a mortgage.

First time buyers meeting the scheme's criteria will be eligible... READ MORE...

No Sugar, But Life Is Sweet For Chesterfield Apprentice

No Sugar, But Life Is Sweet For Chesterfield ApprenticeWednesday 13th March 2013 Apprenticeship recruitment specialist, The Apprentice Team, announced the winner of The Apprentice of the Year award at the start of National Apprenticeship Week - which runs from 11th-15th March.

Numerous nominations were submitted for the award won by outstanding candidate Daniel Rhodes of Astute Finance, based in Chesterfield's Dunston Innovation Centre.

Daniel, who secured his position through The Apprentice Team in November 2011, has now been promoted to a management position. READ MORE...

£27m Investment Progressing Well In Old Whittington

£27m Investment Progressing Well In Old Whittington waste water treatment worksWednesday 13th March 2013 Construction work is progressing well at the Old Whittington waste water treatment works, at Station Road in Chesterfield.

The works, which processes 37,530m3 of waste water per day, treats the waste water from 100,000 residents across Chesterfield.

An investment of £27m is being made on two projects at the site, which will significantly enhance the water quality of the River Rother and enable the site to produce renewable energy to power at least 40% of its operations. The improvements will also enable the site to deal with predicted increases... READ MORE...

Plants Stolen From Graveyard In North Wingfield

Police are appealing for information after two plants have been stolen from the graveyard of St Lawrence's Church in North Wingfield.Tuesday 12th March 2013 Police are appealing for information after two plants have been stolen from a graveyard in North Wingfield.

The plants have been taken from a grave at St Lawrence's Church, sometime since Wednesday, February 27th. PC Sarah Dolby, of the North Wingfield, Pilsley, Stonebroom and Shirland Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, has been making enquiries in the local area.

She said: "Over the past year, there have been seven reports where plants which have been pulled out, plant pots and ornaments taken from graves... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Apprenticeships Created With AIG Europe Ltd

Chesterfield Apprenticeships Created With AIG Europe Ltd dueing Nationa Apprenticeship WeekTuesday 12th March 2013 AIG Europe Limited is joining forces with the National Apprenticeship Service to announce its new Apprenticeship programme.

AIG will be creating job opportunities for up to 25 apprentices in 2013 based in the company's Claims centres in Croydon and Chesterfield.

Nicolas Aubert, UK Managing Director for AIG said, "There is a very real need within our industry to attract young people with flair and capacity for hard work to deliver excellent results. I believe apprenticeships is a great way for us, as one of the world's largest insurance companies, to invest in the future by offering exciting opportunities that young people will value. We are very pleased to be joining the programme. READ MORE...

Motorcyclists Offered The Chance To Test Their Road Skills

Motorcyclists Offered The Chance To Test Their Road SkillsTuesday 12th March 2013 Motorcyclists are being encouraged to take part in Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership's Rider Skills Challenge on Sunday 14th April.

The free event is being hosted by Triskelion Motorcycle Training in Chesterfield and the first 48 people to register on the day will get to compete.

Andy Adlington, the partnership's Motorcycle Project Officer, said: "The Rider Skills Challenge is all about staying in control of your bike. Competitors negotiate a specially designed obstacle course which has been set up to test their skills and riding ability. READ MORE...

2013 Dates Fixed For Two Charity Classic Car & Bike Shows

Dates Fixed For Two Charity Classic Car & Bike ShowsMonday 11th March 2013
The Rotary Club of Chesterfield has announced that it's popular Classic Car and Bike Show - sponsored by Autoworld Chesterfield - will be back again this year at Renishaw Hall, near Chesterfield (S21 3WB), and will be held on Wednesday 12 June 2013.

Hundreds of classic cars and bikes are expected for the 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. READ MORE...

Police Appeal To Help Trace Bolsover Lady. Do You Know Her?

Police Appeal To Help Trace Bolsover Lady. Do You Know Her?Monday 11th March 2013 Police in Bolsover are trying to trace a woman who witnessed a sexual assault that took place over 30 years ago.

Officers are looking for a woman who went by the name Angela Moore and grew up in the Bolsover area. She is white and had strawberry blonde hair at the time. It is understood she was a witness to a serious sexual assault that took place during the summer of 1979 or 1980 and police would like to speak to her about it. Angela and her family moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, in the early 1980s.

Officers believe Angela is now between 43 and 46-years-old and... READ MORE...

Treetops Tots In Barlborough Learn The Value Of Giving

Treetops Tots In Barlborough Learn The Value Of GivingMonday 11th March 2013 Lessons aren't just about counting and spelling at one local nursery, as their children recently learned the value of sharing and giving - by selecting some of the nurseries unused toys to donate to a local toy library.

Children at Treetops nursery, Barlborough, had spent time talking about children who may not be as fortunate to have as many toys as themselves on offer, or attend a nursery where they regularly have access to many wonderful and exciting resources.

After discussing this, the children decided to give away some of... READ MORE...

£824,000 Boost To Fix Derbyshire's Potholes

£824,000 Boost To Fix Derbyshire's PotholesMonday 11th March 2013 Work to fix potholes on Derbyshire's roads and pavements are being stepped up with a £824,000 boost from Derbyshire County Council.

From next week, external contractors are being brought in to help clear the backlog of urgent repairs caused by flooding and winter weather.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: "The number of potholes reported by the public continues to rise." READ MORE...

New Green Group Launches In Chesterfield

New Green Group Launches In ChesterfieldMonday 11th March 2013

Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire now has its very own Friends of the Earth group, to campaign on a range of environmental issues - from local concerns like recycling through to global issues such as climate change. 

The Chesterfield group are also hosting an exhibition in Chesterfield Library during March using award-winning photos of wind and solar power in the UK to highlight the importance of action on climate change. Members of the group will be present on the morning of Saturday 9th March at the library to meet the public. READ MORE...

Derbyshire County Council Unwraps Food Packaging Myths

Derbyshire County Council Unwraps Food Packaging MythsMonday 11th March 2013

Did you know that some modern packaging can allow your food to stay fresher for longer - not just on shelves in the supermarket but in your home as well?

Derbyshire County Council
is helping spread the message about the knock-on effects modern packaging can have in a bid to reduce food waste going to landfill.

The new research by WRAP and Love Food Hate Waste aims to change perceptions that packaging is necessarily environmentally unfriendly. READ MORE...

Chesterfields Young Sporting Stars Receive £2,050 Cash Boost

Chesterfields Young Sporting Stars Receive £2,050 Cash BoostFriday 8th March 2013 Eight of Chesterfield's most promising sporting stars have shared in a £2,050 cash boost from business network ICON.

Table tennis players Liam Pitchford and Isobel Ashley, netball player Tyler Bexton, squash player Ashley Davies and fencer Hannah Lawrence have each received a bursary of up to £300, together with William Ward (Sailing), Alicia Barrett (Athletics) and Theo Hall (Karate).

All of the athletes are either currently competing for England or Great Britain or are part of recognised national development squads or club academy... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Easter Market And Table Top Sale On Bank Holiday

Easter Market And Table Top Sale On Easter Bank HolidayThursday 7th March 2013 There is an Open Air Easter Market and Table Top Sale on Bank Holiday Monday, April 1st 2013, from 10am to 4pm.

An Open Air Market with Easter themed entertainment and activities and an Art Table in the middle of the main market.

The Crooked Spire will be having an open day with trips up the famous tower to see the fantastic views of the town. There is also an Interactive Roman Exhibition on the day at Chesterfield Museum. Loads of fun and things to do for the whole family. READ MORE...

Views Sought On Killamarsh Alcohol Control Zone

Views Sought On Killamarsh Alcohol Control ZoneThursday 7th March 2013 Residents are being asked for their views on plans to create an alcohol control zone in Killamarsh as part of ongoing work to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Police would be given new powers to seize alcohol from people drinking on the streets - and arrest those who don't comply - if the proposals are given the go-ahead.

The move by North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership is in response to residents' concerns about nuisance behaviour in and around the town centre. Letters have now been sent to households and businesses... READ MORE...

Grants Keep Community Transport Rolling

Grants Keep Community Transport RollingWednesday 6th March 2013 Community transport schemes across the county are getting financial backing from Derbyshire County Council again this year to help people get out and about.

Each of Derbyshire's seven community transport schemes will get a share of a £1.491 million grant from the county council to help with day-to-day running costs.

And Rural Action Derbyshire is being given £50,000 for the Wheels to Work Scheme which helps people who would otherwise have difficulty getting to work or training. READ MORE...

Old Pupils Invited To Say Goodbye To Shirebrook's 'Comp'

Old Pupils Invited To Say Goodbye To Shirebrook's 'Comp'Wednesday 6th March 2013 Former pupils who attended lessons at the Shirebrook School building are being invited to take one last look around before it is demolished later this year.

Shirebrook Academy is offering tours around its current site, in Common Lane, for ex-students who want to revisit the classrooms and corridors of their youth or for anyone who simply fancies a peek inside.

The building, which opened as Shirebrook Comprehensive in 1965, will be knocked down once the Academy has moved a few hundred yards... READ MORE...

A Happy 18th Birthday To Josh ScullyA Very Happy 18th Birthday
To Josh Scully

Josh Scully, 18 on Wednesday 6th March 2013
Happy Birthday Josh!



A Very Happy 18th Birthday Josh, with love from Mum, Dad, Ben, Family and Friends xxx

'I Race For Life For Mum' - Chesterfield Event Organiser Sarah

'I Race For Life For Mum' - Chesterfield Event Organiser Sarah ThreadgallTuesday 5th March 2013 As Mother's Day approaches (Sunday, March 10th), a Yorkshire woman who is in her first year as a Race for Life organiser will be thinking of the loss of her own mum who inspired her to take up the job.

Sarah Threadgall, aged 22, is the new Event Manager for this year's 5k event at Chesterfield.

In 2002, when Sarah was just 12 years old and her brother Richard 14, mum Liz, was diagnosed with breast cancer, aged 50.  Liz had a mastectomy, then underwent chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. READ MORE...

New Queen's Park Sports Centre Given Go-Ahead

New Queen's Park Sports Centre Given Go-AheadTuesday 5th March 2013 Chesterfield Borough councillors have approved the new £8.5 million replacement for Queen's Park Sports Centre.

Members voted in favour of the plans which will see the new centre built on the site of the Queen's Park annexe in Chesterfield - near the existing tennis courts and bowling green.

The new centre, which would open in early 2015, would have a mix of modern facilities such as: Swimming pools with individual unisex changing rooms; Fitness suite; Area for spinning classes; Dance studio and a Multi-purpose sports hall. READ MORE...

National Award For Chesterfield Training

National Award For Chesterfield Training at SCATuesday 5th March 2013

A national award has been won by tissue makers SCA, which has a paper mill at Chesterfield, for the excellence of its employee training programme.

The company won the Skills and Training Award at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2012 for its highly successful First Line Leadership Programme.

The award was presented at the EEF National Gala Dinner by Jill Davies, Chief Executive of the award category sponsors, Westfield Health. READ MORE...

Can You Offer A Home To Jack?

This adorable chap is Jack and he has been in NEDDC's kennels for a long time after being picked up by the dog wardens.Monday 4th March 2013

This adorable chap is Jack and he has been in NEDDC's kennels for a long time after being picked up by the dog wardens.

Described as a 'gentle giant' by officials, they are now looking for a home for him. They also say that he is good with other dogs.

If you would like to know more about him, or think you can help, then please call the Dog wardens on 01246 231111.

Brampton Manor Prize Draw Winner Terri 'Overwhelmed'

Brampton Manor Prize Draw Winner Terri 'Overwhelmed'Monday 4th March 2013 Declaring herself 'overwhelmed', Terri Warburton of Chesterfield picked up her prize on Saturday morning after winning The Chesterfield Post's recent prize draw to win a six month family membership to Brampton Manor Country Club.

The 16th century property boasts a range of opportunities including squash courts, swimming pool and fitness suite and Terri, her partner Rachael and children will now be able to enjoy those facilities.

After being presented with her passes from Isobel Gibbions... READ MORE...

Ashover's Community Car Service To Continue

Ashover's Community Car Service To ContinueMonday 4th March 2013 People using Ashover's popular community car scheme, which looked set to fold following the loss of its local office, have been assured that accommodation and funding issues have now been resolved and that the service will be expanded and continue to operate throughout the parish.

Scheme spokesman John Wardle (pictured) said this week that 'a potential closure' had been averted and a stronger service put in its place.

Discussions with Derbyshire County Council and organisers of Chesterfield and Amber Valley community care schemes had enabled a rescue... READ MORE...

Are YOU Interested In Becoming A County Councillor?

Are YOU Interested In Becoming A County Councillor?Monday 4th March 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council is holding a briefing session for anyone interested in standing as a county councillor in the forthcoming local elections.

Chesterfield residents will elect nine councillors to Derbyshire County Council in the elections to be held on Thursday 2nd May.

The briefing session will take place on Thursday 21st March at 5.30pm at the Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield and will be led by Deputy Returning Officer, Huw Bowen with representatives from Derbyshire Police also present. READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 43

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 4th March 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...

Chesterfield Councillors Approve Council Tax Rise

Chesterfield Councillors Approve Council Tax RiseSaturday 2nd March 2013 Chesterfield Borough councillors have agreed to raise council tax by 6p per week for the average taxpayer to reduce the level of cuts to vital services.

Chesterfield Borough Council is dealing with a 38% reduction in its Government grant - which equates to £3.3 million over the next four years.

To help tackle the problem, the Government has told the council that as one of the 51 councils with the lowest tax rate in the country, it can consider a one off increase of 10p per week for a band D council tax payer. READ MORE...

Morrison's Buys HMV Store And 2,000 Republic Jobs Saved

Morrison's Buys HMV Store And 2,000 Republic Jobs SavedThursday 28th February 2013 Morrisons has just confirmed to The Chesterfield Post that the Chesterfield HMV will be one of six stores purchased from the company's administrators, Deloitte, to be converted into Morrisons M local stores as part of its fast growing convenience estate.

The purchase comes in the same week that the supermarket secured 49 Blockbuster stores and on the back off acquiring seven former Jessops shops as it accelerates the expansion of its Morrisons M local offering.  Morrisons hopes that the acquired stores, which have an emphasis on London and the South East, will be opened across the summer.

With these purchases, Morrisons looks set to exceed its target of operating 70 convenience stores by the end of 2013. Morrisons currently trades 13 convenience stores across the UK. READ MORE...

Chefs Compete - Great British Menu Style - For Red Nose Day!

Great British Menu Style Chef's Competition For Red Nose DayThursday 28th February 2013 The team at the Devonshire Arms in Middle Handley are aiming to put a smile on costumers' faces with their own Comic Relief version of the 'Great British Menu' competition!

The award winning pub and restaurant's Head Chef Tom Lawson, Sous Chef Craig Middleton and Junior Chef Simon Maw will be competing against each other to create a series of dishes that will then be served at a special Red Nose Day dinner on March 15th.

Since last weekend and over the next two weekends... READ MORE...

Chesterfield's Queen's Park Says 'Feed The Birds'

Chesterfield's Queen's Park Says 'Feed The Birds' for National Nest Box WeekWednesday 27th February 2013 More than 100 bird lovers flocked to Queen's Park to take part in a nest box building event organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Despite the bitterly cold temperatures, the event, held last Thursday 21st February, was hailed as a success with 58 nest boxes built - 30 specially for blue tits and a further 28 for robins.

The event was held as part of national nest box week, which has been held annually since 1997 to address the fast disappearing number of... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Museum Uncovers The 'Horrible History' Of Food

Chesterfield Museum Uncovers The 'Horrible History' Of FoodWednesday 27th February 2013 More than 500 visitors took part in an event to discover the horrible history of food at Chesterfield Museum.

The event was the first in the museum's programme of family events held during 2013 and featured History Man David Cadle explore the unappealing side of food over the past 2000 years.

He uncovered such nasties as chalk and bleach in bread and also explored some delicacies which seemed unpalatable to younger visitors, including dripping and black pudding. READ MORE...

MP Dennis Backs Campaign To End World Hunger 'Scandal'

MP Dennis Backs Campaign To End World Hunger 'Scandal'Tuesday 26th February 2013
Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner has thrown his weight behind a Brackenfield (Ashover) woman's campaign to halt the 'scandal' that sees two million children die from malnutrition every year, in a world that produces more than enough food to feed them.

Ashover Church member Sue Crookes has joined thousands of UK supporters of the 'Enough Food for Everyone IF' campaign to demand that the British government address the root causes of hunger when Chancellor George Osborne presents his budget on March 20th. READ MORE...

Council Tax Letter Warning From Derbyshire County Council

Council Tax Letter Warning From Derbyshire County CouncilMonday 25th February 2013 Residents are being warned to steer clear of paying companies offering to help reduce their Council Tax bill - because they can check their banding themselves for free.

Derbyshire County Council has issued the warning after its trading standards officers saw a rise in complaints from across the county. Residents have reported receiving letters from companies saying their house is in a higher Council Tax band than it should be - offering to get it reclassified and return a lump sum from the period of over-payment.

Some companies offer to carry out the work in return for a percentage of any money returned following a successful challenge. READ MORE...

Spireites' 'Shared Shirts' Offer Sporting Hope For Tsumeb

Chesterfield FC's 'Shared Shirts' Offer Sporting Hope For TsumebMonday 25th February 2013 2013 sees Chesterfield and Tsumeb celebrate the 20th anniversary of their twinning partnership and there are many activities planned to help focus on the milestone.

One of those saw Chestefield FC organise a "Share your shirt with Tsumeb" appeal where supporters were asked to donate any old shirts they may have to help further sporting participation in Tsumeb.

The club and twinning officers now wish to offer a huge thanks to all supporters who brought in their no-longer-needed shirts and say they'll make... READ MORE...

Woofs And Wellies Dog Walk For Ashgate Hospice

Woofs And Wellies Dog Walk For Ashgate HospiceFriday 22nd February 2013 Get yer wellies on, 'cos Ashgate's going walkies again! Woofs and Wellies is back, especially made for man's best friend, and the third Ashgate Hospice Sponsored Dog Walk around Linacre's Three Reservoirs.

Woofs and Wellies is a sponsored dog walk around the beautiful Linacre Woods to help raise vital funds for Ashgate Hospice. The 4.5 mile route will begin at Ashgate Hospice and take you round a circular route through Linacre Woods and back to the Hospice. Plus, as a special thank you to your lovely dog for their effort and generosity, they will receive a special medal they can wear on their collar with pride, a certificate, plus a goody bag just for them! READ MORE...

MP Welcomes Olympic Squash Boost For Brampton Manor

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins Welcomes Olympic Squash Boost For Brampton ManorThursday 21st February 2013
Brampton Manor Sports Club in Chesterfield has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities fund to upgrade it's Squash and Racketball courts to elite competition standard.

Sport England
has revealed that more than 1,000 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, which is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark - celebrating the link to the Games. READ MORE...

Wedding Day Preview At Fairytale Bolsover Castle

Wedding Day Preview At Fairytale Bolsover CastleThursday 21st February 2013
Couples seeking a stunning location for their wedding day can obtain exclusive complimentary tickets to a special wedding preview at Bolsover Castle on Sunday 17th March.

The 17th century castle will be hosting the preview from 11am-3pm, to offer a unique opportunity to look around this magical and popular venue, including the two romantic rooms licensed for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies inside the delightful medieval-style Little Castle - and two areas just outside, perfect for summer weddings. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Jazz Club Season Continues...

Chesterfield Jazz Club Season Continues...Wednesday 20th February 2013 Following a sell-out launch night in May 2012 and an average of over 100 attendees thereafter, Chesterfield Jazz Club is proving to be a great success.

The season continues tomorrow, Thursday 21st February with the aptly named Interplay.

Started by bassist and composer Adrian Litvinoff in 2007, Interplay has built a deserved reputation for its evolving repertoire of original tunes, jazz favourites, and global grooves. The band performs at jazz and arts festivals... READ MORE...

Do You Remember Chesterfield In The '80s? Then Read On...

Author Neil Anderson asks -Do You Remember Chesterfield In The '80s? Then Read On...Wednesday 20th February 2013
It was an era defined by the Miners' Strike, the 1981 Royal Visit of Charles and Di and Tony Benn becoming MP.

But local author Neil Anderson is compiling a book of a different kind. He's working on the 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' - a warts and all view of nightlife in the era.

Neil, who lived in the town throughout the period, has already written a series of best selling books on Sheffield's nightlife and is now turning his... READ MORE...

County Council Trader Scheme Set To Move On To High Street

County Council Trader Scheme Set To Move On To High StreetWednesday 20th February 2013 A nationally-acclaimed scheme which has boosted business for over 1,300 Derbyshire tradespeople could be expanded into the high street.

Derbyshire County Council's Trusted Trader Scheme has grown into the largest scheme of its kind in the country since its launch four years ago.

It was set up to help residents - particularly the elderly and the vulnerable - find a reliable trader to do a good job at a fair price and provide a boost for Derbyshire businesses... READ MORE...

Community Trust Host Pre-Millers Brunch At The Proact

Community Trust Host Pre-Millers Brunch At The ProactWednesday 20th February 2013
An innovative event at the Proact - which took place ahead of Saturday's Rotherham clash - gave supporters the chance to take a trip down Memory Lane, before travelling to what for many, was a new ground, to take on old footballing foes.

Over 100 people attended an event which saw three legends Steve Cammack, Kevin Eley and Billy McEwan, talk about 'old times' between the two sides, watch footage of past games and enjoy a full English brunch before travelling together to the New York Stadium. READ MORE...

Chesterfield's Snow Wardens Show True Grit

Wardens Show True Grit thanks to Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire County CouncilTuesday 19th February 2013 More than 80 volunteers helped keep Chesterfield moving during the heavy snowfalls in January and February, thanks to a scheme led by Chesterfield Borough Council.

For the second year running, the snow wardens worked hard shovelling snow and used more than five tonnes of grit salt to keep the pavements clear.

Chesterfield Borough Council provides training and a shovel, gloves and hi-visibility vest for each volunteer, while grit salt is provided by Derbyshire County Council, which is responsible for gritting the county's roads. READ MORE...

Local Firms Apprentice Grant Opportunity As Scheme Expands

A scheme offering grants of £2,500 to help businesses take on an apprentice has been expanded to enable more companies and young people to benefit in DerbyshireTuesday 19th February 2013 A scheme offering grants of £2,500 to help businesses take on an apprentice has been expanded to enable more companies and young people to benefit.

Derbyshire County Council
is creating 1,000 apprenticeship positions - 500 in its own workforce and 500 by supporting Derbyshire businesses.

The authority joined forces with the National Apprenticeship Service last month to extend its popular Derbyshire Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme after the original 200 grants of £2,500 were snapped up within six months. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Borough Council Disruptions Due To Power Cut

Chesterfield Borough Council Disruptions Due To Power CutThursday 14th February 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council are informing us they are currently experiencing disruption to power supplies after a power surge this morning as at 4pm this afternoon.

For council tenants who are affected by an emergency after 5pm this evening, please call 01246 345041. Please only use this number in case of genuine emergency.

Services are affected as follows: Phone lines and e-mail accounts are currently unavailable. Repair works are currently being carried out and they will be restored as soon as possible. The Town Hall reception remains open for... READ MORE...

Chesterfield College Picks Up Major Award At Westminster

Chesterfield College Picks Up Major Award At WestminsterThursday 14th February 2013 Chesterfield College has been presented with a special award at a ceremony in Westminster.

Representatives from the College attended the exclusive event to collect an Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Innovation in Further Education. The coveted 'Further Education Oscar' was awarded to the College for its innovative approach to the curriculum design of sports and of public services courses.

The college works closely with local employers, including the... READ MORE...

A Diamond On The High Street.

A Diamond On The High Street. Interview with Green + Benz MD Helen DimmickThursday 14th February 2013 It seems to be bad news after bad news on the High Street these days and Chesterfield, like many towns across the country, is reeling in the financial climate, which is proving to be far more difficult to get out of and dragged on longer than anyone predicted.

However, one businesswoman in Chesterfield is bucking that trend and is hoping not just to rejuvenate a store, but also bring more footfall onto the High Street and local economy.

Helen Dimmick is MD of Green and Benz, having taken over... READ MORE...

Public's Views Sought On Eckington Improvement Plan

Views Sought On Eckington Improvement PlanThursday 14th February 2013 People are being asked for their views on improvements to Eckington town centre, which are being carried out as part of a major sewer upgrade.

North East Derbyshire District Council, Eckington Parish Council and Eckington Development Company are working alongside Yorkshire Water to put together an improvement project for Market Street.

A funding package has been pulled together by the partners to pay for work such as new paving, planters, seating and landscaping - to be carried out... READ MORE...

Holidays Are Comin'... (Don't Panic - It's Not Christmas Yet)

Holidays Are Comin'! (Don't Panic - It's Not Christmas Yet)Thursday 14th February 2013 A range of activities for youngsters to take part in during the half-term break has been organised by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust.

Chester's Holiday Club - at the Proact Stadium on Monday, February 18th, provides an opportunity to watch the first-team squad train on the pitch before securing autographs and having photographs taken with the players.

The event starts at 9.30am and finishes at 5pm and children will be required to bring their own lunch. Suitable for kids aged eight to 15 years, the cost of attending is £15 and pre-booking is essential. READ MORE...

Motorists Warned And Buses Disrupted As Snow Returns

Motorists Warned And Buses Disrupted As Snow ReturnsWednesday 13th February 2013 - 18:15 There is some disruption to bus services tonight given the weather and Motorists are warned to take care on the roads as freezing rain is forecast to follow the snow.

Stagecoach Chesterfield tell us that Service 44/44A is currently only operating on the main road, Service 43A is currently not serving Hilltop and Hallowes and urges customers to check their websites for updated travel information or for more information please call Traveline 0871 200 22 33.

With freezing rain forecast to fall across Derbyshire later... READ MORE...

VIP (Very Important Puppy) Visits Sainsbury's Dronfield

VIP (Very Important Puppy) Visits Sainsbury's DronfieldWednesday 13th February 2013 A VIP - very important pup - visited Sainsbury's in Dronfield on Tuesday 29th January to say thank you for setting it on a journey to becoming a guide dog.

Little Dawson is now 5 months old but has already learned many of the basic obedience commands that will be used when he goes out into the world as part of a Guide Dog partnership.

Although this is Dawson's first visit, the staff at Sainsbury's has heard all about his progress over the last few months since they raised £5,000... READ MORE...

Pupils Get Snapping To Help Decorate New £27m School

Pupils Get Snapping To Help Decorate New £27m SchoolWednesday 13th February 2013 Pupils in Shirebrook have taken up their cameras as part of a photography competition designed to provide artwork for their new £27m school building.

The art and design students at Shirebrook Academy, in Common Lane, were set the task of creating images which are good enough to grace the building, which will replace the school's current base when it opens its doors in April.

The competition is one of a series of initiatives designed to give pupils a sense of ownership of the new school, which has also seen students... READ MORE...

Poolsbrook Play Equipment Goes Up In Flames

Police appeal as Poolsbrook Play Equipment Goes Up In FlamesTuesday 12th February 2013 Local residents are being asked to come forward with information after what's believed to be an arson attack seriously damaged play equipment at one of Chesterfield's country parks.

The attack took place on the evening of Thursday 7th February, or in the early hours of Friday 8th February at Poolsbrook Country Park, off Inkersall Road, Poolsbrook.

Play equipment on the park's play area was set alight causing an estimated £1,000 worth of damage. READ MORE...

Visit By Natascha Engel MP Marks A Milestone At The Avenue

Natascha Engel MP Visit Marks A Milestone At The Avenue Coking WorksTuesday 12th February 2013 Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire, visited the site of the former Avenue Coking works and colliery, to see first-hand the successful clean up at what was once the most polluted site in England.

The Avenue is now beyond the half way point in a 6 year programme to remove the pollution on the site and create an area that will provide both new homes and landscaped areas for everyone to enjoy.

The clean-up operation, by on site contractors VSD, is expected to come to an end in 2015 and a 28 Hectare site will then be developed... READ MORE...

Local Man Celebrates 500 Shifts Volunteering For ChildLine

Chesterfield's Mike Hasty Celebrates 500 Shifts Volunteering For ChildLineMonday 11th February 2013 Chesterfield resident Mike Hasty has recently celebrated his 500th shift volunteering for ChildLine, the free and confidential helpline service for children and young people.

He has also signed up to volunteer for the new ChildLine Schools Service, which aims to ensure children have an understanding of abuse in all its forms, including bullying, and know how to protect themselves and seek help if they need it.

63-year old Mike has worked with children most of his life in his role as a teacher and has always had a desire to give something back to society. READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 40

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 11th February 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...

Police Thanks For Help Over Suspicious Grangewood Incident

Police Thanks For Help Over Suspicious Grangewood IncidentFriday 8th February 2013 Derbyshire Police are thanking the local community for their helping in an appeal over a suspicious incident in Grangewood.

It is after a number of residents have come forward to help police in their enquiries to trace a man who called out to two children from a car. An 11 year-old girl and a 12 year-old girl were leaving a park on Harehill Road at around 2.30pm on New Years Day when the incident happened.

Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: "We've had a good response from the local community, who have been helping local officers..." READ MORE...

Spireites Inspiring Young Drivers

Spireites Inspiring Young DriversFriday 8th February 2013 An 'Inspired Drivers' course is being put on by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust to help young learner drivers' improve their driving skills education.

The intensive six-week course, which starts on Monday, February 11th, will see learners taught by ADI trained instructors one night a week at the Proact Stadium, to help them prepare for lessons and the driving test.

The course content includes instruction on basic car maintenance and the importance of road safety. After being given the relevant instructions, learners will then take the controls of a vehicle in the stadium car park, where they will park in a bay and complete a demo drive. READ MORE...

Chesterfield College's Sarah Wilmot Reviews 'The Last Stand'

Chesterfield College's Sarah Wilmot Reviews 'The Last Stand'Friday 8th February 2013 "I'll just do this once, OK? Now, pay attention"... this fantastic, jam-packed movie takes action to a whole new level, leaving the audience enticed and thriving for more.

Andrew Knauer almost gave action a new meaning when he wrote this storyline as there was not a moment during the film that I was left feeling unsatisfied!

The Last Stand brings Arnold Schwarzenegger back into recognition and makes the movie as good as it can get. The film is based on the escape of a very determined, wanted, drug baron who's held in FBI custody... READ MORE...

And More Music Dies In Chesterfield...

And More Music Dies In Chesterfield as the HMV store is to closeThursday 7th February 2013 The Joint Administrators of HMV today have said this evening that Chesterfield's HMV store will close in the near future, despite a Canadian firm buying the entertainment retailer's debt.

A statement has confirmed that, in total, 66 of the group's stores have been identified for closure.

The affected stores employ 930 staff. No fixed date is set for the closure of these stores, which will continue to trade in the meantime. However, it is expected that closures will take place over the next one to two months. HMV currently operates from 220 stores in the UK. READ MORE...

Use Seat Belts For Every Journey

Use Seat Belts For Every JourneyThursday 7th February 2013 Belt up before every trip - that's the message from Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership on the 30th anniversary of the UK's first seat belt law.

Partnership Chairman Mike Ashworth said: "Over the years seatbelts have saved many lives and prevented many injuries. Research suggests that the majority of drivers and passengers now wear seat belts - but there's evidence that some people are still put themselves and others at risk by sometimes leaving their belts off.

Mike added: "It's important to belt up before every trip. Don't be tempted to leave your belt off because you're travelling a short distance on low speed roads - the effects of a crash on someone who is unrestrained can still be devastating in such circumstances." READ MORE...

New Kit For Chesterfield Ladies FC

A New Kit For Chesterfield Ladies FCThursday 7th February 2013

Chesterfield Ladies U18's Whites have been supplied with a new kit - a big thanks to the Derbyshire Freemasons.

Chesterfield Ladies also would like to thank Derbyshire Community Foundation for their generous help and support in securing the kit.

If you are interested in playing for Chesterfield Ladies visit the website www.chesterfieldladies.co.uk for more information. READ MORE...

Rotary Burns Night Celebration Helps New Charity

Rotary Burns Night Celebration Helps New CharityThursday 7th February 2013 A traditional social event to celebrate the life of Scottish poet Rabbie Burns has also ended up helping local people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in the Chesterfield area.

The Rotary Club of Chesterfield held its annual Burns Night Celebration at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on Monday 28th January 2013.

A 'Roll-a-Coin' competition raised £120 for the recently launched local charity 'Hope Springs Recovery Centre', a support centre based at Springwell House, Newbold Road, that aims to provide crucial additional support for... READ MORE...

MP Backs Trailblazing Scheme To Catch Shoplifters In Staveley

MP Backs Trailblazing Scheme To Catch Shoplifters In StaveleyWednesday 6th February 2013 ShopWatch, backed by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and the Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership, provides shopkeepers with two-way radios which are used to alert other ShopWatch users, along with the local CCTV Control Room, of any incident or suspicious activity.

The CCTV Control Room is in direct radio contact with Police and Community Support officers and will alert them if necessary. There is no registration fee to join ShopWatch, just a small weekly charge for radio rental which includes maintenance and training. READ MORE...

MP Calls For Protection Of Leasehold Homeowners

NE Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel  Calls For Protection Of Leasehold HomeownersWednesday 6th February 2013 In a question to the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government, MP for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel asked what the Government was doing to safeguard leasehold homeowners from being exploited by managing agents.

Natascha Engel
MP raised the case of two of her constituents who, along with other elderly residents, had received a demand for almost £200 from their managing agent despite having paid their annual management fees.

At present managing agents of leasehold properties are not... READ MORE...

Spireites Launch New Youngsters' Matchday Club

Spireites Launch New Youngsters' Matchday ClubWednesday 6th February 2013 An exciting new matchday club for youngsters is being launched by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust later this month.

Chester's Matchday Club
, which is for children aged 5 to 14, will start on the day of Chesterfield's game at home to Gillingham on Saturday, February 23rd.

Those attending the club will take part in an hour-long football coaching session at a venue close to the Proact Stadium before taking their seat for the match. They will also be involved in a penalty shoot-out at half-time in front of thousands of cheering supporters! READ MORE...

Chesterfield Lottery Boat Seeks More Crew

Chesterfield Lottery Boat Seeks More CrewWednesday 6th February 2013 Eighteen months ago, the Chesterfield Canal Trust won £60,000 from the People's Jubilee Millions on ITV to build a tripboat.

After being built and launched last year and officially named the Hugh Henshall by the Duke of Devonshire at the Chesterfield Canal Festival in Staveley, it was taken to its permanent home on the Chesterfield Canal at Kiveton Park.

No ordinary vessel, it is fully accessible for the disabled, with an electro-hydraulic system to enable any user to steer the boat from anywhere within it, regardless of disability. READ MORE...

Steelers' Heather Runs London Marathon For Team Bluebell

Steelers' Boss' Wife Heather Finnerty Runs London Marathon For Team BluebellTuesday 5th February 2013 Heather Finnerty, wife of the Sheffield Steelers coach Ryan, is pulling on her trainers and running the London Marathon for local children's hospice, Bluebell Wood.

Canadian-born Heather became involved with the hospice after Ryan and the team visited back in December, as they are keen supporters of the charity. She was incredibly touched after hearing about their work from Ryan and as a result offered her services as a volunteer as she is a qualified counselling psychologist.

Bluebell Wood offer care and support to local children... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Borough Council Ask You To Name A Rugby Road

Chesterfield Borough Council's Name A Rugby Road CompetitionTuesday 5th February 2013 Rugby fans can now make their final vote for their favourite street names for the two new streets in a competition run by Chesterfield Borough Council in association with Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Union Football Club.

The two streets are part of a new development on the club's former Sheffield Road Site, Stonegravels.

Chesterfield Borough Council ran the first part of the 'Name a Rugby Road' competition in November 2012 for residents to suggest names... READ MORE...

Police Given Power To Disperse Troublemakers In Killamarsh

Police Given Power To Disperse Troublemakers In KillamarshMonday 4th February 2013 Police have been granted a dispersal order to help them target troublemakers in Killamarsh.

The decision to introduce the order has been taken by Derbyshire police and North East Derbyshire District Council, in consultation with other partner agencies, to respond to community concerns and target an increase in anti-social behaviour.

The area has suffered with an increase in calls about anti-social behaviour in the Killamarsh area, with 526 reports between April 1st and January 27th, compared to 426 in the same period the previous year. READ MORE...

Fitness Looks Good In Clay Cross

Fitness Looks Good In Clay Cross as Sharley Park Leisure Centre is relaunchedMonday 4th February 2013
Councillors in North East Derbyshire have officially launched a new-look leisure centre following a £530,000 revamp.

Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Clay Cross now has a brand new fitness suite, refurbished reception and improved disabled access thanks to the investment by North East Derbyshire District Council.

Work to modernise the reception area is now complete, and follows the opening of a new 40-station gym and wheelchair-accessible poolside... READ MORE...

Sainsbury's Reach Half Way In Charity Target

Sainsbury's Reach Half Way In Charity TargetFriday 1st February 2013 Sainsbury's Chesterfield have said they are proud to announce that they have reached the half-way stage into their year-long partnership with Specialist Stroke Services and, thanks to the support of the Chesterfield community, the partnership has achieved great success so far with £6,455 raised for the charity.

Back in June last year, the store announced that Specialist Stroke Services will be their Local Charity partner for the next twelve months, following votes from customers. The charity provides care for survivors of strokes and their families in North Derbyshire. READ MORE...

This Week's Chesterfield Cinema Listings (1st - 7th February)

This Week's Chesterfield Cinema Listings (1st - 7th February)Friday 1st February 2013

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 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.

READ MORE...

High Speed Rail Route Prompts Concerns Locally

High Speed Rail Route Prompts Concerns LocallyWednesday 30th January 2013 After the Government revealed it's plans for the proposed route of the High Speed Rail link between Birmingham and Leeds, it has become clear that the route may travel through parts of Chesterfield, sparking concern amongst affected groups and locals.

Local MP, Natscha Engel has promised Chesterfield Post readers that she will consult with constituents over the plans which the Government says will link cities much more quickly and spread economic benefits.

The route would pass through Renishaw and Killamarsh... READ MORE...

Drop The Pounds (But Save A Few Too!) With Chester

Drop The Pounds (But Save A Few Too!) With Chetserfield FC's Mascot, Chester The Field MouseWednesday 30th January 2013 After over-indulging on cheese over the festive period, Chesterfield's mascot, Chester the Fieldmouse, is on a mission to get healthier and lose a bit of his excess weight!

Chester has decided to issue a challenge to the people of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire to join him in his quest. As an extra incentive and to add motivation, Chester is asking those taking part to seek sponsorship which will be shared equally between the Chesterfield FC Community Trust and Prostate Cancer UK.

The Community Trust is the club's charity, working in the local... READ MORE...

Derbyshire Foster Carer Campaign Hits The Road

Derbyshire Foster Carer Campaign Hits The RoadWednesday 30th January 2013

A new campaign calling for more Derbyshire foster carers has hit the road with two local bus services rolling out the recruitment message.

In the North East of Derbyshire, a Stagecoach bus has been transformed into a huge, moving advert that will travel the roads of Chesterfield, Wingerworth, Tupton, Clay Cross, Pilsley, Stonebroom, Alfreton and beyond while an Arriva 61 bus will travel the south of the county from Derby to Swadlincote, covering Allenton, Chellaston, Melbourne, Ticknall and Woodville along the way. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Jazz Club 'Jam Session' Dates

Chesterfield Jazz Club 'Jam Session' DatesWednesday 30th January 2013 Chesterfield Jazz Club is holding Jam Session nights at Club Chesterfield, Chester Street in Chesterfield.

If you play an instrument or sing, and love jazz, this could be the opportunity for you! Get down to the Chesterfield Jazz Club and work with the house trio (piano/bass/drums), bringing your instrument and 3 legible copies of 3 (max) chord charts. The PA/Amp will be provided. Upcoming Jam Sessions are taking place on Thursday 7th February, 4th April and 2nd May 2013 - all at 7:30pm. Participants entry is £4 while spectators entry is £5 payable on the door.
Visit www.chesterfieldjazz.com for more details.

Forensic Technology Helps Local Residents Beat The Burglars

Forensic Technology Helps Local Residents Beat The BurglarsTuesday 29th January 2013 Residents at a sheltered housing scheme in Newbold, Chesterfield were feeling more secure yesterday after police marked their valuables with the latest state-of-the-art forensic security marking system.

The free service was part of an initiative by Derbyshire Police which offered security marking to residents in the Chesterfield area following the Christmas period.

Helen Brown, Scheme Manager at Eyre Gardens heard about the initiative and realised that most of her residents wouldn't be able to get their belongings down to the police station. She said: "I contacted Derbyshire police to explain... READ MORE...

Ambulance Service Sign Joint Learning Agreement

Ambulance Service Sign Joint Learning AgreementTuesday 29th January 2013

The signing of a Joint Learning Agreement shows a commitment between East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), Unison, GMB and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to support staff with their continued learning and development.

Phil Milligan, East Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive said: "Our service has faced some challenging times over recent years, and one of the ways to move forward from this is through learning and development. That is why the signing of this Joint Learning Agreement is such a significant step." READ MORE...

Happy 13th To CJ WardHappy 13th To CJ Ward

Tuesday 29th January 2013

Callum Ward, Tuesday 29th January 2013

(seen pictured with his little 'godbrother' and biggest fan, George!)


A big happy birthday from Mum, Dad, Nanna, Grandad, Grandma, Grandad, Aunty 'Nise, Willowbooby, family, friends and all your teammates at Staveley MWFC U13s. Have a great day xxxxxxx

Bluebell Wood Has The X-Factor

Bluebell Wood Has The X-FactorMonday 28th January 2013 Children and families at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice were jumping for joy today as they received a very special surprise visit from several of the X Factor contestants!

The North Anston based hospice was taken over for a few hours by the talented singers and their dancers including District 3, Union J and Christopher Maloney, from the popular ITV1 hit show.

The X Factor tour begins tomorrow night in Manchester and some of the artists took time out of their schedule to visit the children at Bluebell Wood. READ MORE...

Local Wrestler On The Bill As Famous Show Comes To Town

Local Wrestler Paul 'Bully Boy Carter' McCartney On The Bill As Famous Show Comes To TownMonday 28th January 2013 UWE Megaslam American Wrestling, the entertainment company famed for it's all action family friendly American Wrestling events, are preparing to slam down for a debut in Chesterfield at The Winding Wheel Theatre on Saturday 9th February.

Touring up and down the country each year, they bring in the top stars from all over the world including America, Mexico, Canada as well as top competitors from all over the UK.

This rings especially true for their Chesterfield showdown as local... READ MORE...

Flood Warning Update For Chesterfield

Flood Update For ChesterfieldSunday 27th January 2013 A Flood Warning is in place this morning in Bolsover on the River Doe Lea - including Buttermilk Lane and the area around Buttermilk Bridge, including the works.

It also includes Netherthorpe including Netherthorpe School, Riverdale Park and some properties on Worksop Road.

It's due to the rising river levels, in response to snow melt and rainfall throughout the night. Levels will continue to rise through the morning. The Environment Agency says it will continue to monitor the situation closely. READ MORE...

WIN A Brampton Manor Fitness Centre Family Membership

WIN A Brampton Manor Health and Fitness Centre 6 month Family Membership in our FREE prize draw. Click for detailsSaturday 26th January 2013 A fantastic prize of a 6 month Family Membership is on offer from Chesterfield's county wide popular venue for weddings, receptions and functions and business facilities.

Brampton Manor's fully equipped Health & Fitness centre is one of very few venues in Chesterfield that offers a creche, heated indoor pool, squash courts, fully air conditioned gymnasium as well as a fantastic class timetable including Bokwa, yoga, pilates and spinning. It is also now offering the chance to win an amazing FREE 6 month family membership* (2 Adults and 2 Children) to their health and fitness centre in our great FREE to enter Prize Draw. It's a fantastic prize and doesn't cost a penny to enter - and you can enter as many times as you wish! READ MORE...

The Proof Of The Pudding... Taste Testing At The Royal

The Proof Of The Pudding... Taste Testing At Chesterfield Royal HospitalFriday 25th January 2013 "For many patients it's the highlight of their day and if we get it wrong, it can really disappoint them" - that's Jethro Pickard, Senior Assistant General Manager at Chesterfield's Royal Hospital, talking about hospital food.

Sadly, food eaten in hospitals, just like school dinners, has over the years had a reputation of being more 'bloomin 'eck' than Blumenthal. However, Chesterfield Royal Hospital sought to change that earlier this week when the food served up to patients on the ward was served to visitors in the Reception Area as part of a taste test exercise. READ MORE...

Spireites Appeal For Help To Clear Pitch

Spireites Appeal For Help To Clear PitchWednesday 23rd January 2013 An appeal has gone out to Chesterfield supporters to help clear snow from the pitch at the Proact Stadium ahead of Saturday's League Two game against Southend United.

Volunteers are asked to report to the stadium from 9am on Friday, preferably armed with a plastic snow shovel. Please note that metal spades cannot be used due to the risk of damage to the turf.

Anyone helping to clear the snow will be rewarded with a match ticket and a voucher for use on the concourse.

USDAW Has Constructive Talks With Co-op Following Closure

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) has constructive talks with Midlands Co-operative SocietyWednesday 23rd January 2013 Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) has said today that it has held 'constructive' talks with the Midlands Co-operative Society following Monday January 21st's announcement of the Co-op's proposal to close its Fashion & Home business.

Usdaw's Divisional Officer Gavin Dadley met with senior HR management from the Society yesterday at the company's head office and described the discussions as 'very constructive'. "The Society has reassured us it is doing everything possible to minimise the number of potential job losses," said Gavin. "The Society also reassured Usdaw that it would do all it could to find alternative employment within its other divisions, and in the local area, for staff affected by the closure programme. READ MORE...

New Community Bobby In Holmewood, Grassmoor & Arkwright

New Community Bobby In Holmewood, Grassmoor & ArkwrightWednesday 23rd January 2013 A new community bobby is out on patrol on in Holmewood, Grassmoor, Calow and Arkwright.

PC Matt Rodda joined the Safer Neighbourhood team for the New Year, taking over the reins from PC Sarah Allcock.

Matt has been a police officer for more than five years, starting his career at Clay Cross and also working in the response teams at Chesterfield.

Outside of work, PC Rodda enjoys football and... READ MORE...

Shortlist For New Dental Pilot Practices Announced

Shortlist For New Dental Pilot Practices AnnouncedWednesday 23rd January 2013

Dental patients in Chesterfield could soon be helping to pave the way to a new era in oral health as dentists sign up to join a pioneering pilot programme.

The Wisdom Dental Clinic
is one of 29 sites across the country to be shortlisted by the Department of Health to join the pilot programme which is helping to further shape the new dental contract. The programme started in 2011 with 70 practices - now building on their success, a second stage will be launched in April 2013 so the new practices can develop the work further. READ MORE...

Snow Joke... Buses, School Closures And Service Updates...

Snow Joke... Buses, School Closures And Service Updates...Tuesday 22nd January 2013

There has been little change in the way of further snow and pretty much all schools should now be open.

We keep the 'Closed' list updated as quickly as we get the info - however, if you work at a school or business that is closed - or have an event which is cancelled due to the severe weather - please let us know HERE and we will update it.

Please take care though when you're out and about. READ MORE...

Loss Of Department Store A "Massive Hit" - MP Toby Perkins

Loss Of Chesterfield's Co-op Department Store A "Massive Hit" - MP Toby PerkinsTuesday 22nd January 2013 After yesterday's shock news that Chesterfield's historic Co-operative Department Store is earmarked for closure, MP Toby Perkins has expressed his dismay at the move.

The Midlands Co-Operative Society stated they took the difficult decision - which threatens 388 jobs and nine stores across the region - due to increasing losses in its Fashion & Home operations.

Commenting on the closure, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said: "This news is a massive hit for Chesterfield." READ MORE...

Tenants Sign Up For Chesterfield FC Community Hub

Tenants Sign Up For Chesterfield FC Community HubTuesday 22nd January 2013 Plans for Chesterfield FC's £1.5m Community Hub Facility have taken a major step forward after five organisations agreed to become tenants of the area in the Midlands Co-operative Community Stand at the Proact Stadium.

Derbyshire County Council, Seren Holdings and Club Taxis have all exchanged contracts with the club's Community Trust while Leonard Cheshire Disability and MacIntyre are poised to follow suit.

Chesterfield FC Community Trust director John Croot... READ MORE...

Chesterfield College To Help You 'Step Forward' Into Work

Chesterfield College To Help You 'Step Forward' Into WorkTuesday 22nd January 2013 In a bid to improve young people's chances of getting into work or gaining an apprenticeship, Chesterfield College has launched a new project called 'Step Forward'.

Its aim is to make each young person who wants to get into work as employable as possible and links directly with opportunities across the area such as Derbyshire County Council's on-going apprenticeship recruitment drive.

The project caters for all young people, whether in or out of education or training and prepares them as much as possible for entering the world of work. Training starts in February and individuals will start at a tailored level to match their needs. READ MORE...

CFC Community Trust's After-School Football Clubs

CFC Community Trust's After-School Football ClubsTuesday 22nd January 2013 The Chesterfield FC Community Trust would like to hear from any local school interested in launching an after-school football club.

The clubs are for pupils of primary school age and they feature fun football skills and games for an hour each week over a six-week half-term.

The cost of attending is £12 for the full six weeks, "Working out at just £2 per session, it represents excellent value," said the Trust's sport, health and football Manager, Rachel Booth.

"Arkwright Primary School will be hosting a club for the first time this term on a Wednesday and Thursday for infants and juniors." READ MORE...

Chesterfield Entrepreneur Puts Trust In Prince To Help Teens

Chesterfield Entrepreneur Puts Trust In Prince To Help TeensTuesday 22nd January 2013 One young entrepreneur from Chesterfield is showcasing an innovative online company, which he hopes will help teenagers, and their parents, face up to life's challenges.

Jack Vennard
, 31, says that he was inspired to run his own business after meeting CASA and Global Brands owner Steve Perez in 2002 over a decade ago, "I was overwhelmed by him! He's such an inspiration and I wanted to be like him."

It proved to be a hard road, "I left the Royal Marines and put a business plan together to put together an alcoholic drinks company but was a little less educated and prepared, so didn't get that off the ground. I went to university and took a Business Studies degree to prepare myself..." READ MORE...

Police Remind Youngsters To Enjoy The Snow Responsibly

Police Remind Youngsters To Enjoy The Snow ResponsiblyTuesday 22nd January 2013 Police are reminding youngsters enjoying the wintry weather to make sure they do so safe and responsibly.

It is after officers have received increased calls about snowballing over the past four days from residents in Chesterfield, Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and the Amber Valley.

Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: "Residents have contacted police with concerns around youngsters throwing snow balls at buildings and traffic during the past few days. READ MORE...

Three Men Jailed After Barlborough Break-In And Burglary

Three Men Jailed After Barlborough Break-In And BurglaryTuesday 22nd January 2013 Three men who broke into a house in Barlborough and stole the homeowner's car have been jailed.

Louis Clark, 23, Shaun Unsworth, 24 and Scott Newbold, 23, entered the house on Winders Corner on December 9th, 2012. They took a car key and then stole a Volkswagen Golf from the driveway. They were arrested by Nottinghamshire Police after the stolen car was seen on CCTV being dumped in the Aspley area of Nottingham. The trio were later charged with burglary and theft.

Unsworth, of Mulberry Gardens, Nottingham, was jailed for 30 months; Newbold, of Melford Road, Nottingham was sentenced to three years and Clark, of Bankwood Close, Nottingham, received a four-year jail term. They were sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Friday, January 11th after pleading guilty to the charges at an earlier hearing.

Major Chesterfield Retailer To Close It's Doors

Major Chesterfield Retailer To Close It's DoorsMonday 21st January 2013 There is more concern for Chesterfield's High Street today after over one hundred jobs are under threat with the closure of one of the town's major retailers.

In a statement today, Midlands Co-Operative, one of Chesterfield's most recognisable retailers, has said it is due to close its doors to shoppers after falling victim to what it has called 'changes in retail habit'.

Midlands Co-operative earlier confirmed the Society's plans to close its Fashion & Home business with Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive saying, "Major changes in the retailing sector and the ever increasing growth in online shopping over recent years have created significant and fundamental challenges for the Society's Fashion & Home business." READ MORE...

Chesterfield Borough Council Weather Disruption Updates

Chesterfield Borough Council Weather Disruption UpdateMonday 21st January 2013 11:30

Updates on any disruptions to Chesterfield Borough Council services due to the severe weather.

Bin collections -
All bin collections are now suspended for today.

Cemeteries and Crematorium - Cemeteries and Chesterfield and District crematorium are open. Families are advised to check with the funeral director if the service is able to go ahead. READ MORE...

Important Changes To Chesterfield Council Tax Benefits

Important Changes To Chesterfield Council Tax BenefitsMonday 21st January 2013 More than 9,000 Chesterfield residents are being warned they face higher council tax bills due to changes following national benefit cuts.

Chesterfield Borough Council is alerting anyone of working age who currently gets full council tax benefit that from 1st April, they will have to pay a proportion of their council tax bill. Those getting some benefit will also have more council tax to pay.

The changes are happening after the Government decided to withdraw £1.1 million of funding for Chesterfield council tax benefit claimants... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Royal Hospital Weather Disruption Update

Chesterfield Royal Hospital Weather Disruption Update on Monday January 21stMonday 21st January 2013 Chesterfield Royal says that, in view of the weather, there will be disruption to services today, but that they are doing their very best to retain services as much as possible.

They advise that, if patients arrive for out-patient appointments, they will be seen today, but some delays arelikely as they are covering clinics as best they can. There will be no problem though if appointments are rearranged - just ring the number on your card or letter.

They say that they understand that travelling is really difficult and they don't want to put any patients in unnecessary danger.

Christmas Drink Drive Figures Released

Christmas Drink Drive Figures ReleasedFriday 18th January 2013 Almost 20% of motorists breathalysed as part Derbyshire police's annual Christmas anti-drink drive campaign gave a positive test, refused to take it or failed to provide a sample.

The campaign ran between December 1st and 31st, during which time officers conducted breath tests on drivers across the county to reduce the number of people driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Officers administered 391 breath tests and of those, 79 people (almost 20%) gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test... READ MORE...

Changes To Council Tax Benefit Agreed In N E Derbyshire

Changes To Council Tax Benefit Agreed In N E DerbyshireTuesday 15th January 2013 Working-age people who receive Council Tax Benefit should expect changes to their bill from April after North East Derbyshire District Council approved its new scheme.

Local authorities have had to adopt a new system of calculating the benefit after the government announced cuts in the amount councils are given to fund the scheme, affecting the level of support claimants receive.

In North East Derbyshire, the new scheme means all working age people who are eligible for Council Tax Benefit will have to pay some of their bill... READ MORE...

Another Street Cat Named 'Bob'! A Reader Appeals For Help

Another Street Cat Named 'Bob'! A Reader Appeals For HelpTuesday 15th January 2013 We are today carrying an appeal from one of our readers who contacted us to see if there is anyone who could re-home this beautiful cat she is currently feeding after it appeared on her doorstep.

The reader says that, "I first met this ginger and white moggy back in June last year, when I found him trying to get in through the cat flap in my kitchen door.  I have two elderly male cats and they didn't take to him so I encouraged him away. Initially, I thought he had moved into the area with someone but as the weeks passed by, I wondered if he may be lost as he was still trying to come in, despite all the discouragement." READ MORE...

Business Owners: You Can Be Heroes - For More Than One Day

You Can Be Heroes - For More Than One Day with BITCTuesday 15th January 2013 If you are a local business owner - are you a hero? A local business charity is asking if you would consider it - by accepting a Royal invitation - from HRH Prince of Wales himself, to help local community organisations achieve their potential and be successful.

How can you do this? By simply volunteering your skills. Why? Because your skills and commitment are needed within your community to help it succeed.

Last week, Prince Charles was interviewed by 'This Morning' as part of their 'You Can Be Heroes' campaign, which is highlighting the work... READ MORE...

How Was It For You? Rate Your Recycling Centre

How Was It For You? Rate Your Recycling CentreTuesday 15th January 2013 People across the county are being asked to rate their local recycling centre.

Residents can fill in a short survey to highlight what they like and what they think needs improving at the Derbyshire County Council sites in: Ashbourne; Bolsover; Chesterfield; Glossop; Ilkeston; Loscoe; Newhall (Swadlincote); Northwood (Darley Dale) and Buxton (Waterswallows).

Councillor John Allsop, Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for technology and recycling, said: "All the information we receive from these surveys will be used to improve our services. READ MORE...

NHS Calls For Chesterfield Residents To Be NHS Governors

NHS Calls For Chesterfield Residents To Be NHS GovernorsMonday 14th January 2013 People living in the Chesterfield and Bolsover areas are being urged to get more involved in their local NHS ahead of this Thursday's (17th January) deadline for nominations for NHS governors at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

Nominations opened in December for the first ever Council of Governors to oversee the Trust's patient care as it becomes a new NHS Foundation Trust, but so far only a handful of people have put themselves forward from the North East of the county.

Trust Secretary Kirsteen Farrar said: "We would urge anyone with an interest in their local NHS care to consider getting involved as a governor. It is not too late to put themselves forward." READ MORE...

'Stranger Danger' Warnings After Suspicious Incidents

Stranger Danger Warnings After Suspicious Incidents in ChesterfieldFriday 11th January 2013 An 11 year-old girl and a 12 year-old girl were leaving a park on Harehill Road, Grangewood, at around 2.30pm on Tuesday, January 1st, when a man drove past in a car and called out to them. Both girls ran off and it is not thought he tried to follow them.

The man is described as white with dark hair, and wearing a black coat. He was driving a black hatchback car.

Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: "Fortunately, the girls quickly left the area but we are concerned about the man's behaviour..." READ MORE...

Chesterfield Fighter Boxes Clever For Charity

Chesterfield Fighter Greg Scott-Briggs  Boxes Clever For CharityFriday 11th January 2013 Greg Scott-Briggs is happy to be written off before he meets a knock-out king in Derby next month.

Scott-Briggs
has been matched with Wayne Evans on an EBF-sanctioned show at the Assembly Rooms, Derby on Sunday, February 17th - and the Chesterfield veteran knows he's tipped to lose their cruiserweight clash.

Evans impressed when he raced to a one-round win on the last show in Derby - but Scott-Briggs reckons he will stop the Doncaster power puncher's climb up the EBF ratings, "I'm told he's a fast starter, a big puncher..." READ MORE...

Can You Help Identify This Man?

Can You Help Identify This Man?Monday 7th January 2013 Thames Valley Police are appealing for help to trace the family of a man whose unidentified body was found in a shed in Donnington in 1979, who may have had links to north Derbyshire.

The appeal is part of Operation Nightingale set up to establish the identities of eight bodies found across the Thames Valley dating back to the 1970s. The operation is being run by the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Review team.

Following a national appeal by Thames Valley Police in December, a man came forward with information about an item of clothing... READ MORE...

Guide Dog 'Dawson' Bought By Sainsbury's

Guide Dog 'Dawson' Bought By SainsburysMonday 7th January 2013 After a lot of fun and fundraising to reach their £5,000 target, Sainsbury's in Dronfield has now received a photo of the Guide Dog puppy they named Dawson, aged six-weeks-old.

Over the next 12 months, staff at Sainsbury's will hear what little Dawson has been up to as they receive a puppy birth certificate, personalised updates on his training and a final photo as he leaves his puppy walker to go to Guide Dog Training School.

They will also meet up with Dawson in 'person', so they can see... READ MORE...

Care Home Operator Appoints New Operations Director

Care Home Operator Appoints New Operations DirectorMonday 7th January 2013 National care home provider Hill Care has appointed a new national Operations Director to its head office in Chesterfield.

Having previously held the same role at Cheshire-based Four Seasons Health Care, Mandy Vernon is responsible for ensuring that the highest standards of staffing, care and resident support are upheld at Hill Care's full portfolio of care homes.

Mandy began her career as a nurse at the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital, before moving into the care home industry with St Andrews Homes and rising up to Regional Manager and Operations Director... READ MORE...

Mary Awarded BEM For Services To The Community

Mary Awarded BEM For Services To The CommunityFriday 4th January 2013 Trying to persuade Milltown's Mary Wardle to stand still long enough to answer just a few questions about her award of the BEM in the New Year Honours List is no easy task. It's a bit like trying to catch the wind.

For a woman of, dare we say it, 78, Mary's got more stamina and enthusiasm for good works of one kind or another than most people half her age. Nobody knows that better than husband John. "Catch the wind?" he says, when asked if Mary ever stays in one place more than a few minutes, "She's more like a whirlwind..."

There’s a mix of both admiration and frustration in John's voice... READ MORE...

BE A DISTRIBUTOR & WRAP PARTY PLANNER - 'IT WORKS!'

DISTRIBUTOR & PARTY PLANNER FOR 'IT WORKS!'Friday 4th January 2013 Get paid to share the products you love! Launched in the UK at The Vitality Show 2012 to great acclaim, the Ultimate Body Applicator from It Works! Global has been doubling its sales in the US every year for the last five years.

It's a customisable body contouring wrap that's infused with a powerful, naturally based detoxifying formula which tightens, tones and firms where applied to the skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite and skin slackening. It is actual Fat Loss! In many cases, there is a resulting inch loss! There is nothing else like it on the market today, it is totally unique. READ MORE...

'Bonnie' The Boxer Needs A New Home. Can You Help?

Bonnie The Boxer Needs A New Home. Can You Help?Thursday 3rd January 2013 Dog lovers are being asked if they could offer a loving new home to this Boxer, who has spent the festive season in kennels.

Nicknamed Bonnie, she was found wandering on Holmewood Industrial Estate before Christmas - but no-one has come forward to claim her.

She has been in the care of dog wardens at North East Derbyshire District Council since she was found by a member of the public.

Bonnie - who is around four years old - is not microchipped... READ MORE...

Are You A Young Dancing Hopeful? Read On...

Are You A Young Dancing Hopeful in Chesterfield? Read On...Wednesday 2nd January 2013 Derby-based Déda, one of the UKs leading dance centres, has teamed up with Chesterfield Borough Council and the Dance4's Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), to launch its second auditioned youth dance company - giving local young people the chance to develop their talents.

Déda currently works with more than 100 young people through its award-winning youth academy programme based at the organisation's studios and theatre in Chapel Street, Derby.

Young people aged 13 to 19 - many of whom have progressed through the Academy groups from a young age - already have the opportunity to audition for the 20-strong Bounceback dance company to train with top choreographers and perform locally and nationally... READ MORE...

New Year Celebrations Critical For Ambulance Service

New Year Celebrations Critical For Ambulance ServiceWednesday 2nd January 2013 As predicted, the New Year brought a challenging time for East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS), who were busy responding to people who needed help having sustained an injury or falling ill.

Peter Ripley, EMAS Director of Operations said: "In the first four hours of 2013, we received over 1,000 emergency 999 calls. On an average day, we expect to receive around 2,000 calls.

"I pay tribute to our staff who worked in on the frontline - our skilled staff answering calls received in our Emergency Operations Centres and..." READ MORE...

Don't Start 2013 In An Ambulance As New Year Parties Begin

EMAS warns - Don't Start 2013 In An Ambulance As New Year Parties BeginMonday 31st December 2012 East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) is preparing for New Year's Eve with a plea to those celebrating to start 2013 safe and well.

The traditional party night marks the end of more than a fortnight of seasonal celebrations which puts more demand on ambulances than any other time of the year.

The last Friday before Christmas (December 21st) was a busy night, with EMAS dealing with 2,384 emergency calls, 457 more than would normally be received on a typical Friday. READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 34

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 31st December 2012
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...

On Behalf Of Children Throughout Chesterfield - Thank You

On Behalf Of Children Throughout Chesterfield - Thank You fron the NSPCCFriday 28th December 2012 As the year closes, we have received a message from the NSPCC's Sharon King, Community Fundraiser for Derbyshire and she has asked for it to be published in full.

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As we enter a new year, I would like to say a personal thank you to all of your readers in Derbyshire who have helped support the NSPCC throughout 2012.

"It has been an incredibly busy year for the NSPCC both locally and nationally. Many people will have seen or heard about the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse inquiry in the media. As of early December, the NSPCC and the police... READ MORE...

Xmas And New Year Times For Pharmacies, Buses And Bins

Christmas And New Year Timetables For Pharmacies, Buses And BinsMonday 24th December 2012


We have collected timetables from local services in Chesterfield to confirm the opening/running times over the festive period.

The timetables will be updated if there are any changes or new timetables.

These include a table of opening times for Pharmacies in town, Stagecoach Bus Services and NEDDC and Chesterfield Council Bin Collections. READ MORE...

Ambulance Service Report Record Call Volumes Last Night

East Midlands Ambulance Service Report Record Call Volumes Last NightSaturday 22nd December 2012
As the area gets into the Christmas spirit over the next few days there are reminders from Emergency services to be sensible with partying to avoid having to seek medical attention.

We have received information today that suggests the festive season got off to a busy start for East Midlands Ambulance Service and its frontline crews on Friday 21st December when it dealt with 2,384 emergency calls - that's 457 more than would normally be received on a typical Friday. And record call volumes continued into the early hours of the following morning. READ MORE...

Communication Partners Help Combat Stroke Patients' Isolation

Communication Partners Help Combat Stroke Patients' IsolationSaturday 22nd December 2012 The first group of volunteers trained to work with stroke sufferers with communication problems in the North Derbyshire area met together for the first time this week.

The volunteers - known as communication partners - are a new type of support worker offering a lifeline to people with aphasia, which encompasses problems with speaking and understanding following a stroke.

So far nine people have been enlisted to provide this new type of support across North Derbyshire, using a variety of communication aids... READ MORE...

Change Of Venue For Chesterfield's Car Boot Sale

Change Of Venue For Chesterfield's Car Boot SaleFriday 21st December 2012 Chesterfield's highly successful Sunday Car Boot continues to drive forward and is looking forward to with a move to new venue in the New Year.

Based at Holywell Cross Car Park for 20 years, it will re-locate to Chesterfield Football Club's car park at the Proact Stadium on Sheffield Road.

The move comes after the Holywell Car Park was earmarked for the Northern Gateway Development and council bosses say that the Proact Stadium offers much better facilities and more space for the Car Boot Sale... READ MORE...

Council Responds To Planned Changes To Ambulance Service

Council Responds To Planned Changes To East Midland's Ambulance Service (EMAS)Friday 21st December 2012 A leading councillor has asked for reassurance that Derbyshire residents will receive equal access to emergency care as a result of any changes to the county's ambulance service.

Derbyshire County Council Leader Andrew Lewer is concerned that proposals put forward by East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) could leave residents in rural and remote parts of the county less well served than others.

The Trust is proposing changes to help it: Meet national response time targets; Make almost £30m efficiency savings over five years... READ MORE...

Chesterfield College Building Named After Inspirational Mark

Chesterfield College Building Named After Inspirational Mark LievesleyThursday 20th December 2012 Chesterfield College's construction workshop has been renamed in tribute to Brickwork Lecturer, Mark Lievesley who sadly passed away in May 2012.

An inspirational and popular Brickwork lecturer, Mark suffered from Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer and, after learning the illness was terminal, dedicated himself to raising money for leading charity Sarcoma UK via a series of fundraising events at the end of 2011.

In total, Mark and his colleagues raised an impressive £12,000. READ MORE...

It Won't Be Lonely This Christmas For Older People

It Won't Be Lonely This Christmas For Older People Creagmoor healthcare announcesWednesday 19th December 2012 Following recent research and national media reports of the increasing problem of loneliness for older people during the Christmas period, Craegmoor has announced it is offering bespoke care packages designed to enable people to join in the festive celebrations, or to give carers a short break at a busy time of year, including short stay and an offer for couples.

Willows Chesterfield care home will be one of those opening its doors to welcome individuals and couples during December and January to help them avoid being alone over Christmas and during the dark, winter days of the early New Year. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Players Just The Tonic For Young Patients

Chesterfield Players Just The Tonic For Young PatientsTuesday 18th December 2012 Chesterfield players spread some festive cheer as they made their now annual visit to Chesterfield Royal Hospital to meet young patients.

The visit, organised by the club's Community Trust, saw players taking time out from their training schedule to hand over official club merchandise and gifts donated by Tesco Distribution Centre to the excited youngsters, and pose for photographs and sign autographs.

Goalkeeper Tommy Lee said he was proud to take part... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Charity Chosen As Film Subject By Top Filmmaker

Chesterfield Charity Chosen As Film Subject By Top FilmmakerMonday 17th December 2012 A Chesterfield-based charity has been given the opportunity to tell its story by national communications charity Media Trust, Sainsbury's and Google.

Specialist Stroke Service has been selected for the Untold Stories scheme, which matches small charities with top filmmakers who volunteer their time to create professional films that demonstrate the impact of the charities' work.

Specialist Stroke Service is one of 25 charities selected to take part in the eighth series of Media Trust's Untold Stories scheme, which has produced more than 175 films for small charities working in a wide range of areas including disability, community, race relations, sport, arts and the environment. READ MORE...

Restoration Of The Avenue Is A Step Closer

Restoration Of The Avenue Is A Step CloserMonday 17th December 2012

It's been announced today that a landmark has been reached in the restoration of The Avenue, a former coking works and chemical plant closed in 1992 and once identified as one of the most contaminated sites in Western Europe.

One of the waste lagoons, where the worst contaminants had been stored, has had all pollutants removed by contractors working for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and is now being filled with cleaned earth to create an area that will become landscaped public space. READ MORE...

Diamond Jubilee Funding Boost For Eastwood Park

Diamond Jubilee Funding Boost For Eastwood ParkMonday 17th December 2012 The community of Hasland in Chesterfield is today celebrating the news that it has received a £25,000 funding boost from SITA Trust's QE2 Fields Fund to provide an outdoor gym and piece of dynamic play equipment at Eastwood Park.

SITA Trust set up the funding programme for sites that have been protected through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge - which aims to protect 2012 playing fields by the end of 2012 as a celebration of the Queen's Diamond JubileeChesterfield Borough Council has signed up to the Challenge, preserving Eastwood Park for future generations to enjoy. READ MORE...

Three Month 'Being The Best' Consultation Ends Today

EMAS' Three Month 'Being The Best' Consultation Ends TodayMonday 17th December 2012 Three months ago East Midlands Ambulance Service asked its staff, local people and organisations to share their views on proposals to change the future of the service.
 
Proposals have been designed to provide patients with the best service possible, by improving response times and ensuring the correct level of skilled clinician attends their call; and to make the ambulance service more efficient and effective, both now and in the future.Phil Milligan, East Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive said: “Since the launch of our consultation we have attended over 150 meetings where we have presented our proposals..." READ MORE...

12 Marathons In 12 Days - The HOPE Tour Comes To Town

12 Marathons In 12 Days - The HOPE Tour Comes To TownFriday 14th December 2012 A team of recreational runners are tackling the biggest challenge of their lives this December in an attempt to raise £250,000 for charity HOPEHIV.

The HOPE Tour comprises an astonishing 12 marathons in 12 days, each runner attempting to cover 314.4 miles, and reaches Chesterfield's Crooked Spire tomorrow via Sheffield and Dronfield.

Sarah O'Neill, 31, Meredith Bochmann, 35, Kerry McCarthy, 33 and Matt Pullen, 37, started their challenge in North Yorkshire... READ MORE...

Ice Ice Baby!! Bus and School Closures And Delays

Ice Ice Baby!! Bus and School Closures And DelaysFriday 14th December 2012 - 11:00
The weather has deteriorated overnight with many routes treacherous this morning.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital update as the Emergency Department is currently full to capacity.

Drivers are being warned to take care and disruptions to schools and services are inevitable. We have collated as much information as we can here and will update as we get more. Derbyshire County Council tell us that gritters... READ MORE...

A VERY Important Man Speaks To The Chesterfield Post

A VERY Important Man Speaks To The Chesterfield PostThursday 13th December 2012 There are just a few more sleeps until Christmas and one man is very busy at the moment - working hard to make sure that all children throughout the world get their presents on the big day.

He is also looking hard at his naughty list and hoping that too many children in Chesterfield aren't on it.

The Chesterfield Post managed to grab a word with Santa this afternoon as he flew into Chesterfield Co-Op to meet more children and, he said that he's looking forward to saddling Rudolph up to the sleigh and setting off. READ MORE...

Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Service Make Every Contact Count

Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Service Make Every Contact CountThursday 13th December 2012

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is supporting health and care organisations across Derbyshire as part of the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) initiative.

MECC
, an NHS led initiative is about encouraging and helping people to make healthier choices to achieve positive long-term behaviour change. All organisations responsible for health, wellbeing, early years, education and care of the public can train their staff to use every encounter with a member of the public as an opportunity to promote health and wellbeing. READ MORE...

"Thank You" From Chesterfield's Inner Wheel

'Thank You' From Chesterfield's Inner WheelThursday 13th December 2012 Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield are pictured celebrating their 2012/2013 year so far and would like to thank the staff at Chesterfield Post for reporting our activities and Charitable works this year.

A Happy Christmas to you all and to all those who have supported our events, Chesterfield Market Stall, knitting Fish and Chip Jumpers, attending our Christmas Extravaganza at St Thomas' Church.

Congratulate yourselves Chesterfield residents... READ MORE...

Shirebrook Students Leave A Growing Legacy

Shirebrook Students Leave Growing LegacyWednesday 12th December 2012 A group of Shirebrook pupils have left a lasting legacy of their time at school by planting a copse of trees within the grounds of its new building.

Students at Shirebrook Academy have filled a 550sqm patch of ground with dozens of saplings, which, although still tiny, will grow into a small wood that will grace the Common Lane site for years to come.

The event was the idea of Shirebrook Academy's head of humanities, Helen Newton, who took up an offer from the Woodland Trust... READ MORE...

Derbyshire County Council Urges 'Renew Your Gold Card Now!'

Deryshire County Council Urges 'Renew Your Gold Card Now!'Wednesday 12th December 2012 Most Gold Cards expire in March 2013 and cardholders who want a new one are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to get in touch without delay.

Currently there are around 172,000 Derbyshire Gold Card holders whose cards will run out next March. And without a valid card they will lose out on free England-wide bus travel plus local business discounts and library membership.

Around 80,000 cardholders have already requested a new card online but Derbyshire County Council is now urging cardholders who haven't already, to get in touch immediately to renew their card. READ MORE...

Two Local Pubs Face 'Closure' After Alcohol Sales To Children

Two Local Pubs Face 'Closure' After Underage Alcohol SalesWednesday 12th December 2012 There's a warning for pub licensees to be extra careful approaching the festive period as it's announced that two pubs in Chesterfield have been banned from selling alcohol for 48-hours after being found to be selling alcohol to children on two occasions within a three-month period.

The Royal Oak on Chatsworth Road was banned from selling alcohol between 8pm on Friday, November 30th and 8pm on Sunday, December 2nd.

Joplins on the Market Place was also stopped from serving between 8pm on Friday, December 7th and 8pm on Sunday, December 9th. READ MORE...

New Council Homes To Be Built On Vacant Eckington Site

North East Derbyshire District Council announce New Council Homes To Be Built On Vacant Eckington SiteTuesday 11th December 2012 North East Derbyshire District Council has said today that new council homes are to be built on the site of a former sheltered housing scheme in Eckington, as part of a wider regeneration project.

NEDDC has approved proposals to include the Woodview House site in existing plans to build new council properties on Pitt Lane and Pipe Yard Lane.

The regeneration scheme is being delivered in partnership with Rykneld Homes and  involves the demolition of dozens of post war, concrete panel construction bungalows - known as 'Tarrans' - to be replaced with properties for rent. READ MORE...

Police Warnings After 'Defrosting' Car Is Stolen

Police Warnings After 'Defrosting' Car Is StolenTuesday 11th December 2012 The cold weather is setting in with a vengeance and, with that in mind, Derbyshire Police are reminding motorists not to leave cars defrosting with the engines running after a car was stolen in Bolsover.

It is after a BMW was stolen at around 10.10am on Wednesday, December 5th, from a driveway on Owlcotes View. The owner had started the engine gone back inside her house to collect a bag while the car was defrosting.

Officers are now putting out a fresh reminder to residents to make sure they stay with their vehicle while they clear any ice or snow... READ MORE...

Piano Memorial To Ashover Music Festivals

Piano Memorial To Ashover Music FestivalsTuesday 11th December 2012

Ashover's All Saints Church has been presented with a new, state-of-the-art electronic piano by organisers of the very successful classical music festivals which were staged in the village for almost thirty years, purchased with funds that remained after all invoices were paid for the final festival in 2010.

The piano was officially handed over to the church on Sunday when the Rector, the Revd. Ralph Lawrence, described it as "a most generous gift to the whole community". READ MORE...

Chesterfield Child Makes MP's Christmas

Chesterfield Child Makes MP's ChristmasMonday 10th December 2012 One young Chesterfield girl will have her drawing on the mantelpiece of the Prime Minister this year after winning the competition to design the Christmas card of Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield.

Abbi Burke
, who is a Y1 pupil at St Mary's Catholic Primary school had her cute reindeer card chosen by Toby from the hundreds of entries he received after asking the children at the school to provide the card he will send out to 2,000 people, including prominent politicians and local dignitaries this Christmas.

Toby and his staff then had the unenviable task... READ MORE...

"It All Comes Back To Food!" Nonnas' Gian Bohan Talks Italy

It All Comes Back To Food! Nonnas' Gian Bohan Talks ItalyMonday 10th December 2012 A book, which I was given sight of before our interview and written by Nonna's very own co owner Gian Bohan, bears the title 'Strada Della Nonna' which translates as 'the way of the Granny' and that, in a nutshell, is the philosophy which led to Gian fulfilling a dream, but more importantly, continuing to follow and learn about the passion of the Italian way of life.

And pass it on, which Gian does through good food and company - with an enthusiasm that very quickly becomes infectious - and an unbending ethos which he believes his customers want and grow to embrace. READ MORE...

Matlock Steelmen Praised By 'Greatest Living Explorer'

Matlock Steelmen Praised By 'Greatest Living Explorer' Sir Ranulph FiennesSaturday 8th December 2012 Legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has praised steelworkers at William Twigg Matlock Ltd for designing, building and delivering on time the large steel sledges that will make or break his expedition's bid to complete the first ever 2,000-mile crossing of Antarctica in winter.

Much of the epic journey will be made in complete darkness and in temperatures which could plummet to minus 70 degrees.

Matlock was treated to a unique sight this week... READ MORE...

Remploy Workers Face More Bad News

Remploy Workers Face More Bad NewsFriday 7th December 2012 Disabled workers locally once again face uncertainty and crisis as Remploy said yesterday that it intends to remove 18 of its factories and the CCTV business out of Government control.

Union bosses say that this would mean that over 600 disabled workers face the fear of being made redundant and have now urged the Government to think about alternatives, which it says are a possibility.

Chesterfield was one of 9 factories that were left in commercial process, as reported in July, with 64 jobs saved but colleagues in Sheffield may not fare so well, and could face a worrying festive period. READ MORE...

Don't Bring Norovirus Into Hospital Visitors Warned

Don't Bring Norovirus Into Hospital Visitors WarnedFriday 7th December 2012 Chocolates, magazines, grapes… whatever you bring into hospital, make sure it's not Norovirus!

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
is asking visitors to its community hospitals to stay away if they or their family members have had diarrhoea, vomiting or 'flu-like' symptoms in the last four days.

The request is designed to help keep 'winter vomiting' or Norovirus, away from vulnerable patients and staff who could pass it on. Symptoms of Norovirus include diarrhoea and vomiting and, just like flu, the virus can seriously affect vulnerable patients. READ MORE...

And The Winning Street Name Is...

And The Winning Street Name Is...Thursday 6th December 2012 It was an innovative competition and received hundreds of entries and now, the winning street name that will run through the new housing development at Chesterfield Football Club's old Saltergate ground has been announced as 'Spire Heights'.

Over 40% of the public's votes went to the 'Spire Heights' name, selected out of a final choice of seven.

Trevor Barker, from Clay Cross, and a life-long Spireite, was picked as the lucky winner after he placed his final vote in the competition... READ MORE...

Derbyshire's Police Commissioner Vows To Fight Cuts

Derbyshire's Police Commissioner Vows To Fight CutsTuesday 4th December 2012 Having pledged to fight policing cuts as part of his manifesto, Derbyshire's newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner has, this weekend called for a radical rethink of the 'cost saving strategy' that has, he believes, already resulted in the loss of thousands of police officers from the streets.

Alan Charles met with Home Secretary Theresa May and other Commissioners on Monday and renewed that pledge to fight the budget cuts faced by Derbyshire. "Derbyshire has already endured painful losses in police numbers and any continued drive to realise further savings from the police budget..." READ MORE...

'Pre-Loading' - Police Issue Warning To Christmas Partygoers

Pre-Loading - Police Issue Warning To Christmas PartygoersTuesday 4th December 2012 Derbyshire police are reminding partygoers of the dangers of 'pre-loading' before a night out as part of an ongoing campaign to reduce alcohol-related harm over the festive period.

Teams of police officers, health workers and community safety partnership staff will be speaking to people about the dangers of drinking before a night out and excessive drinking while out in pubs and clubs.

The teams will be in Ripley Market Place on Saturday, December 8th; Rykneld Square, Chesterfield on Saturday, December 15th and 22nd... READ MORE...

Cold Weather Costs Lives GP Warns

Cold Weather Costs Lives GP and Chair of NDerbys Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Ben Milton WarnsTuesday 4th December 2012 Doctors from North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are appealing to people to take extra precautions as another bout of severe cold weather is predicted this week.

According to the Met Office temperatures in the area are expected to plunge significantly over the coming weeks, with an increased probability of mean temperatures of 2°C or less for a 48 hour period, and overnight lows of -7°C or -8°C forecast for the coming weekend.

The cold weather is a killer - and latest figures... READ MORE...

A Festive Christmas Evening Of Music In New Whittington

A Festive Christmas Evening Of Music In New WhittingtonTuesday 4th December 2012

A festive evening of Solo Music and Carol Singing takes place at St Barnabas Church, Albert Road New Whittington this Friday, 7th December at 7pm.

Featuring the church's resident Organist / Oboeist Adam Parrish, as well as guest Organists Geoff Grattan and Ken Ellis.

Everyone is welcome, entry is FREE and there will be Mince Pies and a hot drink! Any donations will be gratefully received and go towards the Church Funds.

Be Safe Over The Christmas Period

Be Safe Over The Christmas PeriodTuesday 4th December 2012 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is launching a campaign to remind Derbyshire residents to keep safe during Christmas and New Year.

The festive season sees an increase in accidental fires in the home. The distraction of a crowded house and celebrations can often result in cooking and candles being left unattended. Decorations are often flammable and wrapping papers can add extra fuel to a fire sparked by overheated sockets or faulty fairy lights.

And, did you know faulty tree lights can cause a Christmas tree fire? READ MORE...

Derbyshire Police Put Tweets On The Streets

Derbyshire Police Put Tweets On The StreetsTuesday 4th December 2012 People living in the Chesterfield area can keep up to date with their local police as two more PCSOs take to Twitter.

PCSO Dave Bull (@SouthEasternSNT) is tweeting from the streets of North Wingfield, Pilsley, Stonebroom and Shirland and PCSO Steve Bircumshaw (@DunstonMoorSNT) from the Dunston, Whittington Moor and St. Helen's area. They join PCSO Sue Cooke, of the Staveley team (@StaveleySNT), and PCSO Tiffany Hall of the Chesterfield Town Centre team (@ChesterfieldSNT).

Officers use Twitter to share details of daily patrols... READ MORE...

Derbyshire Police Arrest Children 76 Times A Week

Derbyshire Police Arrest Children 76 Times A WeekMonday 3rd December 2012 Derbyshire Police arrested children 76 times a week on average last year, figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal today.

New research by the charity shows officers made 3,938 arrests of boys and girls aged 17 and under during 2011.

However, in a huge success for the Howard League's campaign to reduce the number of child arrests, the figures represent a fall of 30% since 2008, when 5,608 were recorded. READ MORE...

Food For Thought This Christmas

Food For Thought This ChristmasMonday 3rd December 2012 Christmas is not far away and for some families already struggling to put food on the table ,this coming period will represent more strain and stress.

There is help at hand for families though and, this weekend, a national charity that helps those struggling to provide food for their families was spreading the word and receiving donations in Chesterfield.

Food banks are run by The Tussell Trust, which has a network of depots providing emergency food to thousands of people nationally each year... READ MORE...

Could YOU Handle A Guide Dog Puppy?

Could YOU Handle A Guide Dog Puppy?Monday 3rd December 2012 Guide Dogs' is appealing for volunteers in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire to socialise guide dog puppies, a volunteering role known as 'Puppy Walking'.

These crucial volunteers provide the full-time care and education of a puppy from six weeks of age until they are between 12 and 14 months old when the puppies are then returned to the charity to begin their formal guide dog training.

Puppy walkers prepare guide dog puppies for their working life ahead. This consists of familiarising them with different environments... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Shoppers Begin 'Christmas Crawl'

Chesterfield Shoppers Begin 'Christmas Crawl'Monday 3rd December 2012
More than 20 local businesses in Chesterfield have clubbed together to host a unique initiative to celebrate local retailers and take the stress out of Christmas gift shopping

Dubbed the 'Christmas Crawl', the campaign launched this weekend to coincide with the town's Christmas lights 'Switch-On'. It will run until 6th January as part of a national initiative masterminded by Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion, founder of the 'Celebrate an Independent Christmas' and 'Independent Retailer Month' campaigns. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Caledonians Celebrate Their Patron Saint

Caledonians Celebrate Their Patron SaintMonday 3rd December 2012 Chesterfield and District Caledonian Association held their Annual St Andrew's Church Service and lunch on Sunday 25th November.

Although there was a strong wind factor, this did not detract from the enjoyment of the service of Thanksgiving and Praise.

A good number of Caledonians and friends joined the Congregation of St Andrew's United Reformed Church for the Church Service. A number of the St Andrew's congregation are also members of the Caledonian Association and there has been an eighty year relationship between the two organisations. READ MORE...

Gritters Out Around Derbyshire Tonight

Gritters Out Around Derbyshire TonightFriday 30th November 2012 Anyone who has just driven home will know just how cold it is out there and unsurprisingly, Derbyshire County Council has just said that its gritter drivers are gearing up for a busy weekend ahead as winter weather sets in.

With freezing temperatures forecast and the possibility of some snow on higher ground in the days ahead, gritter drivers will be on standby around the clock to help keep the county's roads clear.

Mike Ashworth, Derbyshire County Council's Deputy Director for Environmental Services said: "It's been a busy week, we've had to turn our attention quickly from flooding to the likelihood of snow. READ MORE...

Physio Andrew's Ambitions Are Out Of This World

Physio Andrew's Ambitions Are Out Of This WorldFriday 30th November 2012 Sheffield Hallam University master's student, Andrew Winnard is exploring the final frontiers of physiotherapy - by carving out a space career.

Spotting a way to combine his training as a physiotherapist, with his life-long interest in space flight, Andrew completed an internship with the exercise team at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.

During his internship, which he was able to write up as a work-based learning module towards his physiotherapy master's degree, Andrew worked on... READ MORE...

Colliers Complete M1 Distribution Facility For Andrew Page Ltd

Colliers Complete M1 Distribution Facility for Andrew Page LtdFriday 30th November 2012 The Yorkshire based Building Consultancy team of Colliers International has completed a contract to oversee the development of a new 100,000 sq ft distribution centre in Markham Vale for Andrew Page Ltd.

The national distribution facility, announced earlier this year, is now open and will be fully operational within the next few weeks supplying the company's core 65 national branch network.

It will be a key element in support of the company's desire to become one of the UK's leading parts distributors. The distribution centre will also progressively service the newly acquired 30 Camberley Auto Factors branch network in the south of the UK. READ MORE...

Inner Wheel Support Ashgate Hospice

Inner Wheel Support Ashgate HospiceFriday 30th November 2012 Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield held their Christmas Extravaganza on Thursday 15 November at St Thomas' Church Parish Centre, Brampton, and raised around £1,400 for Ashgate Hospice.

The event included a variety of stalls selling handicrafts, preserves, jewellery, cosmetics and Christmas gifts, with many of the items being hand-made by the members themselves. Light refreshments were also served and helped create a convivial atmosphere.

Chesterfield Inner Wheel President Adrienne Handley said... READ MORE...

Iconic Truck Makes A Stop In Chesterfield

Iconic Truck Makes A Stop In ChesterfieldThursday 29th November 2012
The 'holidays' came early to Chesterfield as the iconic Coca Cola truck stopped off at Tesco Extra on Lockoford Lane today.

The truck is currently on tour and visiting over 60 locations across the UK as it helps to herald the arrival of the festive period and the screening of the now famous advert, often seen as the first sign of Christmas in many countries.

Thousands queued throughout its eight hour stay in the town and, along with a free drink, had their chance to have a photo taken next to the vehicle. READ MORE...

Planning For The Future Of Chesterfield Borough

Planning For The Future Of Chesterfield BoroughThursday 29th November 2012 Chesterfield Borough Council is asking residents for their views on two important planning documents that will affect the future development of the Borough.

The first document, the 'Sites and Boundaries' plan will set out how land across the borough could be used over the next 20 years, and will set out specific sites for development as well as those that should be kept as open space. The document will identify potential sites for a number of uses including businesses, offices, shops and housing, green spaces, renewable energy and specific sites such as Markham Vale, Chesterfield Waterside and Chatsworth Road. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Charity's Red Carpet Treatment For Sick Children

Chesterfield Charity's Red Carpet Treatment For Sick ChildrenThursday 29th November 2012 A Chesterfield based charity, which helps sick children throughout the UK, held a glamorous 'red carpet' themed inaugural ball at the Casa Hotel this weekend.

Kids'n'Cancer
was launched in the spring of this year and has already helped several children travel to the USA for revolutionary Proton Therapy treatment, which is currently only available in America but is believed to be more beneficial and less traumatic than conventional treatments for some cancers.

The evening saw guests greeted by Vegas Showgirls... READ MORE...

Santa Arrives At Chesterfield Co-Op In Red Hot Fire Engine

Santa Arrives At Chesterfield Co-Op In Red Hot Fire EngineThursday 29th November 2012 Santa Claus arrived in style at the Midlands Co-operative department store on Elder Way, Chesterfield when he chose to travel via a vintage Fire Engine rather than his usual reindeer-drawn sleigh - and was greeted by excited families awaiting his visit.

Santa then made way to his grotto based on the second floor of the department store where colleagues were dressed up as Santa's helpers. Children had the chance to get their photograph taken with Santa after telling him what was on their wish-list.

Proceeds raised from the photoshoot where donated to... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Auto Repair Specialist Completes Deal

Chesterfield Auto Repair Specialist ADR Completes DealWednesday 28th November 2012 Chesterfield-based ADR (Accident Repair Centres) has been sold to AutoRestore Limited to create a new fixed and mobile repair business.

The company becomes the second largest vehicle body repair group in the UK, employing over 500 people.

AutoRestore is the sister company of AutoGlass, and part of the global Belron group, the world's largest vehicle glass repair and replacement specialist which operates across 34 countries. The company is best known for creating the mobile repair market 11 years ago and since then, has completed over 200,000 vehicle body repairs at customers' homes and workplaces within its patented mobile bodyshops. READ MORE...

Derbyshire Police Welcome New Stalking Offences

Derbyshire Police Welcome New Stalking OffencesWednesday 28th November 2012 Two specific criminal offences of stalking have now come into force in England and Wales for the first time.

The Government has introduced two new offences- stalking and stalking involving a fear of violence. A charge of stalking will carry a maximum sentence of six months or a £5,000 fine. Where there is a fear of violence, the jail term is up to five years or an unlimited fine.

And Derbyshire Police have welcomed the new initiatives. Detective Inspector Hayley Barnett who works in the Public Protection Unit... READ MORE...

A White Christmas Guaranteed In Chesterfield...

A White Christmas Guaranteed In Chesterfield...Wednesday 28th November 2012 ...well for the light switch on at least! The annual Christmas lights 'Switch-On' event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, takes place this Sunday, 2nd December. It's an event which sees thousands line the High Street as the switch is pulled to illuminate the town.

And this year will be no different - a Panto Star to help pull the switch, our open air market will be bustling and full of gift ideas, and all the high street shops will be waiting to give you a big Christmas welcome.

There will be Christmas Karaoke in Rykneld Square from 1pm... READ MORE...

Chesterfield's Young Dancers Sought For Dance Programme

Chesterfield's Young Dancers Sought For Dance ProgrammeWednesday 28th November 2012 Talented young dancers in Derby and Derbyshire are being urged to come forward for a chance to perform in a professional venue in front of hundreds of people.

The national U.Dance programme, led by Youth Dance England, starts in Derbyshire soon with the Interface 13 event presented by international dance organisations, Dance4 and Dada.

All youth dance groups are invited to apply and be part of the spectacular showcase of dance performances. It gives young people a chance... READ MORE...

Chesterfield MP Visits 'Ground Breaking' Hospital Ward

Chesterfield MP Visits 'Ground Breaking' Hospital WardWednesday 28th November 2012 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has given a pioneering ward at Chesterfield Royal Hospital his seal of approval.

The Transitional Ward - consisting of 21 beds on the Robinson Ward - provides ground-breaking care to vulnerable patients who are considered medically fit, but not suitable for discharge due to provision still being put into place at home by Social Services.

Mr Perkins visited the new facility last week where he met staff and patients to gauge the success of the venture. READ MORE...

Building On Chesterfield's Goalkeeping Heritage

Chesterfield FC are Building On Chesterfield's Goalkeeping HeritageWednesday 28th November 2012 Chesterfield Football Club - and the town itself - can boast a proud goalkeeping heritage and specialist coaching is available to try and ensure that continues.

World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks started out with the Spireites, while former Arsenal custodians Bob Wilson and John Lukic, the former capped by Scotland, both hail from Chesterfield.

Current Chesterfield No.1 Tommy Lee, who has been the club's Player of the Year two years running, began his career at Manchester United... READ MORE...

From Flood To Freeze - Staying Safe

From Floods To Freezing - Staying SafeWednesday 28th November 2012 Motorists are being warned by Derbyshire Country Council to take extra care on the roads over the next few days, temperatures are forecast to dip to below freezing and with floodwater still standing on many of the county's roads, this is expected to make driving conditions extremely difficult.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Deputy Leader of Derbyshire County Council said: "The ground is completely saturated with all the rain. That means we're likely to see water running from adjacent land onto the road for a few days yet - particularly in rural areas. If temperatures drop, any grit we spread could be washed away and there'll be little we can do to help prevent wet roads turning icy, so drivers should take extreme care." READ MORE...

You're Hired! Derbyshire's Flagship Apprenticeship Grows

You're Hired! Derbyshire's Flagship Apprenticeship GrowsTuesday 27th November 2012 There is good news today for young people in Derbyshire as Derbyshire County Council have told us that a further 300 are to be helped into work through the £300,000 extension of a nationally-acclaimed apprenticeship drive.

Earlier this year, the county council gave financial backing to help 200 small businesses across the county take on apprentices in its Derbyshire Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme.

The drive has now been hailed as a huge success and every placement was filled within six months - providing young people from each of the county's eight districts and boroughs with a career start in a range of occupations including business administration, health and social care, and mechanical engineering. READ MORE...

Ashgate Croft School Charity Shop Opens

Ashgate Croft School Charity Shop OpensTuesday 27th November 2012 Ashgate Croft School students and staff are opening a charity shop on the row of shops off Cuttholme Road in Loundsley Green.

The shop will be run by volunteers, staff and students from the school.

It will be open initially, from 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Whilst working in the shop, students will gain qualifications in Maths, English, Vocational Skills and Personal Skills. READ MORE...

One Flood Alert Still Active Today As More Rain Forecast

One Flood Alert Still Active Today As More Rain ForecastMonday 26th November 2012 The Environment Agency still has a flood alert on just one local river this morning.

They say that water levels on the River Rother, from Chesterfield to Staveley have now peaked and are continuing to fall. However, more rain is forecast today which may mean that levels rise slightly - they are not expected to rise to the levels experienced yesterday though.

Whitecotes Pupils Grill Chesterfield MP

Whitecotes Pupils Grill Chesterfield MPMonday 26th November 2012 "Why is it called a party?" "What would you do if you became Prime Minister?" They were two of the thought-provoking questions put to Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, by Y6 pupils at Whitecotes Primary School in Chesterfield, during a recent visit there.

The MP was visiting Whitecotes in advance of the Y6 cohort's forthcoming visit to the Houses of Parliament.

The school also has its own 'School Parliament', and Toby met with their Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and, in an interesting departure... READ MORE...

Open Day For North Derbyshire Jobseekers

Open Day For North Derbyshire JobseekersMonday 26th November 2012 Jobseekers are being urged to find out more about free, independent and confidential help which is available as part of a project running in North East Derbyshire.

North East Derbyshire District Council's Working Communities Project offers one-to-one independent advice to help unemployed people get back into work - including help with confidence building, job searching, support to write CVs and interview guidance and tips.

The project is open to residents across the district... READ MORE...

Slightly Improving Picture On Flood Warnings - Update

Slightly Improving Picture On Flood Warnings - UpdateSunday 25th November 2012 - 14:20 Things now seem to have calmed down around town in terms of flooding, though having just been out and around, roads are still flooded and some blocked. Police and other agencies are doing their best to make roads passable and warn of those that are not.

As of lunchtime, floods are receding and there is just one flood warning in the area still active - on the River Doe Lea at Bolsover Coking Works and Netherthorpe. The Flood alert only remains on the River Rother Upper Catchment this afternoon, affecting the River Rother from Chesterfield to Staveley and the Rivers Whiting, Drone and Hipper.

With any luck - and no rain - the picture will continue to improve. We will keep you informed.

Water, Water, Everywhere - Police Issue Warnings After Floods

Water, Water, Everywhere... Police Issue WarningsSunday 25th November 2012 As predicted - and given the continuing terrible weather - there are this morning flood warnings and alerts on all major rivers flowing through Chesterfield and Derbyshire Police have also this morning issued a warning to motorists to take care to take care in the current weather conditions.

The Police say that, due to high winds and heavy rain, Derbyshire has suffered a number of blocked roads due to floods and fallen trees and urge motorists not to make journeys unless necessary and not to attempt to drive on roads closed due to flooding. We have listed the flood warnings and alerts here. READ MORE...

Derbyshire County Council Urge To Prepare For Further Floods

Derbyshire County Council Urge To Prepare For Further FloodsFriday 23rd November 2012 With weather conditions set to deteriorate again this weekend, residents and motorists are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to get prepared as the heavy rain expected over the next few days brings the risk of further flooding.

Downpours this week meant some roads had to close in the south of the county on Wednesday where water was too deep for vehicles to pass safely.

The county council has today responded to requests for help including for sandbags and extra staff being brought in to help unblock gullies. READ MORE...

No Need To Be 'Lonesome On Sunday Night' - Competition

Elvis is at Nonna's on Sunday 25th November - and we have 2 free tickets to give away. Click to enter and for details.Friday 23rd November 2012 Elvis isn't down at the local chip shop after all - but he is about to hit the stage at a Chesterfield venue this weekend.

This Sunday (25th November) from 8pm, locally renowned band The Sharpcuts will also be taking to the stage for the evening hosted by Nonna's on Chatsworth Road and will be performing a full warm up set at the gig before 'The King' takes to the stage.

There is a twist in the tale though as 'Elvis' comes in the shape of Nonna's co - owner, Maurizio Mori, who performs regularly as the legend... READ MORE...

'Fatal' Accident On Infirmary Road

'Fatal' Accident On Infirmary RoadThursday 22nd November 2012 Three young students were killed and one paralysed, after a collision outside Chesterfield College on Infirmary Road.

Another student, the only one to be wearing a seatbelt, did survive the crash, and is back at home recovering.

Fire crews, Police and Ambulance personnel battled at the scene in the dreadful weather conditions to free the teenagers for over half an hour...

Actually, there was an accident yesterday morning but thankfully... READ MORE...

Dealing With Flooding - Have Your Say

Dealing With Flooding - Have Your SayThursday 22nd November 2012 Given the current weather, it's possibly the best of times to remind local residents that there is still time for residents and businesses to make their views known to help Derbyshire County Council draw-up a new plan to help address flooding (previously reported HERE).

It comes after new powers were given to the county council, and others like it, by the Government to help prevent, protect and prepare against the effects of possible flooding in the future.

One of the first tasks is to produce a plan for Derbyshire... READ MORE...

Making A Difference To Children's Lives In Chesterfield

Making A Difference To Children's Lives In ChesterfieldTuesday 20th November 2012 Since it's launch seven years ago, one supermarket scheme to donate equipment to organisations in order to combat obesity and encourage activity, has now donated a staggering £123 million to kids across the UK.

Nearly £2 million of that funding has gone into Derbyshire schools alone.

And now , In what has been an incredible year of sport, nurseries, schools, groups and clubs across Derbyshire are now celebrating after Sainsbury's Chesterfield & Dronfield customers have helped provide a range of equipment and experiences to children through the Sainsbury's Active Kids scheme. READ MORE...

Rugby Road Needs A Name - Council Competition

Rugby Road Needs A Name - Council CompetitionTuesday 20th November 2012 Local people and supporters of Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Union Football Club are being given the opportunity to put forward suggested road names for the new housing development that is being built on the Club’s former Sheffield Road site. 

Councillor John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: "We ran a similar competition recently for the old Saltergate ground and this was a bit hit with local people. The old rugby ground has been at Sheffield Road since 1927, so there's a lot of history attached to the site. so it's important that local residents and supporters are included in the naming of the new roads." READ MORE...

Training Discount For Derbyshire's Young Drivers

Training Discount For Derbyshire's Young DriversTuesday 20th November 2012 To the relief of many a parent in Derbyshire, cut-price training that helps 17-20 year olds to become better drivers is now being offered by Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership.

Young drivers will get £60 off the cost of Pass Plus training - in exchange for attending a two-hour road safety workshop. The free evening workshops are held in Derby and Bakewell. The discount is being promoted through a radio and newspaper advertising campaign.

Partnership Chairman Mike Ashworth said: "Life is tough for..." READ MORE...

National Honour For Bakewell Road Safety Campaigner

National Honour For Bakewell Road Safety Campaigner Bill StoreyTuesday 20th November 2012 Derbyshire road safety campaigner Bill Storey has been awarded one of the country's most prestigious honours for his long and tireless efforts to improve driving standards.

Retired police officer Bill of Wye Bank, Bakewell, has been presented with the Fred Welch Rosebowl by the Institute of Advanced Motorists for his outstanding work in furthering the aims of the IAM, the UK's leading road safety charity, which is dedicated to saving life by improving the driving and riding skills of all road-users.

Bill, a former Derbyshire Police class 1 driver and... READ MORE...

Former Markham Miners - Help Shape Exciting New Memorial

Former Markham Miners - Help Shape Exciting New MemorialTuesday 20th November 2012 Chesterfield has a proud mining heritage and now, former miners and their families are invited to share their memories to help shape an exciting new artwork on the site of Derbyshire County Council's flagship regeneration scheme.

Thousands of local men earned their living at Markham Colliery, near Bolsover, before it closed in 1993 after 111 years of coal production.

The county council is investing £77m in the site, now known as Markham Vale, with the long-term aim of creating around 5,000 jobs for local people. READ MORE...

Derbyshire Council Leaders Pledge Support To Armed Forces

Derbyshire Council Leaders Pledge Support To Armed ForcesMonday 19th November 2012
Council leaders throughout Derbyshire have joined together to pledge their on-going support for the country's Armed Forces by signing a new community covenant - and Derbyshire County Council hosted a signing event today (November 19th) at its County Hall headquarters in Matlock.

County Council Chairman Councillor George Wharmby was joined by civic leaders from Derbyshire's eight borough and district councils, and the Mayor of Derby City, Councillor Lisa Higginbottom, to sign the joint covenant alongside Brigadier Harry Nickerson, Commander of 49 (East) Brigade. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Park's Patrols Stepped Up After Damage

Chesterfield Park Patrols Stepped Up After DamageMonday 19th November 2012 It's been announced today that Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire police are working together closely to clamp down on anti-social behaviour at which is causing damage at the town's much loved Queen's Park.

There has been a recent spate of attacks on the Park's property which has resulted in broken swings, a smashed window at the Cricket Pavilion, stones removed from walls and hedges pulled out.

Much of this damage and, indeed, reports of other nuisance... READ MORE...

Chair Of Electoral Commission Speaks Out Over PCC Elections

Chair Of Electoral Commission Speaks Out Over PCC ElectionsMonday 19th November 2012 Pic ©Electoral Commission

After concerns were raised over the extremely low turnout in Police and Crime Commissioner elections, an enquiry into the system used is now underway.

Complaints from the public voiced to The Chesterfield Post have centered around the fact that there was little or no information received by the voting public about the candidates for the post and, that those who did go to a polling station, were then surprised to find that the voting system in place meant that voters had to choose first and second preference candidates. READ MORE...

Santa Cruises The Chesterfield Canal

Santa Cruises The Chesterfield CanalMonday 19th November 2012 It's very nearly that time of year again, and ahead of his very busy period, Santa took time out to visit Tapton Lock to meet a host of VIPs on Saturday and to publicise the Chesterfield Canal Trust's Santa Special cruises.

The Mayor of Chesterfield, Natascha Engel MP for NE Derbyshire and the Chairs of local Councils brought members of their families to enjoy a cruise on the canal with Santa. Luckily he had remembered to bring presents for the children!

The Chesterfield Canal Trust provided pie & peas for everyone... READ MORE...

Desperateley Seeking Rita - Have You Seen Her?

Desperateley Seeking Rita the Jack Russell - Have You Seen Her?Sunday 18th November 2012




This is Rita, a one year old Jack Russell who went missing from the Holbrook/Duffield area last Monday (12th November). She is microchipped.

Her owners are still out looking for her daily and are desperate to have her home and ask that anyone who has seen Rita contact them on 07768 125995.

Chief Constable Happy To Work With New Commissioner

Chief Constable Happy To Work With New CommissionerSunday 18th November 2012 After seeing Derbyshire's first Police and Crime elected late on Friday, Derbyshire's Chief Constable, Mick Creedon, has said he is positive about the role and is looking forward to beginning a working relationship with Alan Charles.

He said: "I welcome our new Police & Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles. Having worked with Alan for several years while he has served on the Derbyshire Police Authority, I am aware how much he is committed to the role. I know he will continue to work alongside the senior officers and other members of the force to develop policing in the county and city.

"Derbyshire Constabulary has a fantastic record in recent years, whether measured in terms of crime reduction, crime detection, increased confidence or increased satisfaction - all done against a backdrop of significant funding cuts. I'm totally committed to trying to achieve more and look forward to working with Alan in the future."

Interview With Alan Charles, Derbyshire's Newly Elected PCC

Interview With Alan Charles, Derbyshire's Newly Elected PCCSaturday 17th November 2012 Yesterday, (Friday 16th November 2012) Alan Charles (pictured) was elected to be the first Police and Crime Commissioner of Derbyshire, having secured 57,248 votes after two rounds.

As we reported, the turn out throughout the UK was low, after people said that they simply did not have enough information to make an informed choice - and that they did not understand the role.

It has been announced this morning that there now is to be a review carried out by the Electoral Commission into the elections... LISTEN HERE...

Jessica Ennis Brings A Touch Of Gold To Chesterfield College

Jessica Ennis Brings Golden Touch To Chesterfield CollegeSaturday 17th November 2012 London 2012 was about legacy and inspiration and encouraging the next generation to do great things and, three short months after the sunshine filled Olympic games, one of the UK's golden girls came to Chesterfield on a cold November night to help to put that philosophy into practice.

Chesterfield College has just seen it's flagship sports hall and new entrance block 'The heart space' completed after months of work and investment and, last night, it welcomed Olympic Gold Medallist Jessica Ennis to open the new facility - with the sports hall being renamed in her honour. READ MORE & AUDIO...

Incident In Old Tupton Prompts Police Appeal

Incident In Old Tupton Prompts Police AppealFriday 16th November 2012 A suspicious incident in Old Tupton has prompted an appeal by Police.

At around 5pm on Wednesday, November 14th, a youth burst into a house on Station New Road, Old Tupton and said he had been attacked. The homeowner asked him to leave and called police. A few minutes later a youth was seen climbing out of another garden on Station New Road.

The homeowners then had a knock at the door from a teenager who said he had dropped something in their garden and needed to retrieve it. READ MORE...

An Historic Day As Derbyshire Chooses Police Commissioner

An Historic Day As Derbyshire Chooses Police CommissionerThursday 15th November 2012 Today will see historic elections take place, as people throughout the UK vote for the first time for Police Commissioners for their area.

Last month The Chesterfield Post reported on what that means in real terms and today, we publish the manifestos of the candidates for Derbyshire Police.

Once elected the winning candidate will take over the functions of the Police Authority, overseeing efficient and responsible policing in his or her area and also be responsible for holding the Chief Constable to account... READ MORE...

Olympic Gold Medallist Backs Schools For Switch Off Fortnight

Olympic Gold Medallist Katherine Grainger Backs Derbyshire Schools For Switch Off FortnightThursday 15th November 2012 Schools across Derbyshire - and one from Chesterfield itself - have been backed by London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger to 'go for gold' themselves during this year's Switch Off Fortnight.

Switch Off Fortnight has been organised by EDF Energy's national education programme, the Pod, to encourage schools to reduce their energy consumption and inspire families and friends to adopt the same good energy habits.

So far, 65 schools in Derbyshire have signed up for the campaign... READ MORE...

Alfreton Receive £35k Grant For Outstanding Community Work

Alfreton Receive £35k Grant For Outstanding Community WorkThursday 15th November 2012 Alfreton Town have announced today that their Community Development Scheme have had their outstanding work in the community recognised and rewarded by a £35,000 grant from The Football Conference Trust.

The club were presented with the award by Football Conference Chairman Brian Lee during the interval of last Friday evening's 4-3 Blue Square Bet Premier Division home win over league leaders Newport County.

The Trust is responsible for administering funds... READ MORE...

BBC Award Winning Jazz Guitarist Plays Chesterfield Jazz Club

BBC Award Winning Jazz Guitarist - Derby born and bred Phil Robson - will be At Chesterfield Jazz ClubWednesday 14th November 2012 A locally born, but internationally-renowned artist, who works all over the country at major jazz venues and festivals will be making a very rare appearance in Chesterfield tomorrow night and organisers are thrilled at being able to offer the opportunity to see him perform.

Derby
born and bred, Phil Robson will be at Chesterfield Jazz Club tomorrow, Thursday 15th November, from 8:30pm at Club Chesterfield, Chester Street, Chesterfield S40 1DL.

For more info - see the website at www.chesterfieldjazz.com or call 07764 587258.

Report Ash Woodland Location Plea In Peak District

Report Ash Woodland Location Plea In Peak DistrictTuesday 13th November 2012 People are being asked to notify the Peak District National Park Authority if they have planted any ash trees in the past six years, and to choose alternatives to ash in any new tree-planting schemes.

The appeal is part of a national alert over ash dieback disease, caused by the fungus chalara fraxinea, a serious threat to Peak District ash woodlands which are among the most important in the UK and of international significance.

Access to woodlands in the national park is completely unaffected, but the Peak District National Park Authority is asking people to be vigilant... READ MORE...

Free Health Day Targets Women Farmers And Farmer's Wives

Free Health Day Targets Women Farmers And Farmer's WivesTuesday 13th November 2012 Women farmers and farmers' wives across Derbyshire can go along for free health MOT check-ups at a Ladies Health Day at Bakewell Agricultural and Business Centre on Monday 19th November, from 10am until 2pm.

The aim of the Ladies Health Day is to target female farmers and farmers' wives who may not usually take the time to look after their own health as well as they could, or who just want to find out what NHS services are available.

The event - organised by Derbyshire Community Health Services' rural health team - will give women from the farming community the chance to speak to healthcare professionals on a whole range of health issues, including podiatry foot care and continence advice. READ MORE...

Missing Canal Link Could Be Restored In Killamarsh

Missing Canal Link Could Be Restored In KillamarshTuesday 13th November 2012
A 'missing link' of the Chesterfield Canal could be restored as part of a housing regeneration scheme in Killamarsh.

North East Derbyshire District Council
has been working alongside the Chesterfield Canal Partnership to look at the possibility of restoring the canal route as part of a scheme to build new council homes in the town. The authority has now agreed to incorporate some land previously outside of the regeneration scheme boundary, to allow for the possibility that a new section of the canal could pass through the new housing development. READ MORE...

Hasland Youngsters Get Special Help Keeping Safe

Hasland Youngsters Get Special Help Keeping SafeTuesday 13th November 2012 Scouts, Cubs and Rainbows in Hasland had a visit from police to help make sure they are bright and safe on their bikes as the evenings get darker.

Section Officers (SO) Keith Lee and Alan Wright, who are Special Constabulary supervisors, visited the groups to help deliver the 'Be Safe, Be Seen' message.

The initiative is about encouraging youngsters to make sure that they wear reflective clothing and that their bicycle is visible at night. Youngsters were given booklets on cycle safety and reflective clips that can be attached to zips... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Remembers

Chesterfield RemembersMonday 12th November 2012
They came to remember and, in scenes replicated across the UK, Chesterfield's veterans shared their private memories of war on the most public of occasions - The 11th day of the 11th month and by sleight of the calendar, Remembrance Sunday.

At 11am, the town came to a standstill as villages, shops and supermarkets observed one minute's silence to honour the fallen of many wars. 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. READ MORE...

Say No To Cold Callers

Trading Standards advise - Say No To Cold Callers - during week of actionMonday 12th November 2012 Residents are being urged to use traders whose work has been vetted and turn away cold callers as part of a week-long national campaign.

The Trading Standards Institute's National Consumer Week begins today (November 12th) with a 'Say NO to cold callers' theme.

Its key messages are: Never deal with cold callers, they could be anyone; No means no! and if the person on your doorstep or in your house is not leaving when asked, they are committing a criminal offence. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Sporting Stars In Contention For 2012 Awards

Chesterfield Sporting Stars In Contention For 2012  Derbyshire Sports AwardsMonday 12th November 2012 Chesterfield sporting star Liam Pitchford and Chesterfield Town FC are among those to have been shortlisted for the 2012 Derbyshire Sports Awards, sponsored by the University of Derby.

Liam
, from Brimington, is vying for the University of Derby Sportsperson of the Year award alongside fellow Olympians Ross Davenport, Annie Last and Jennifer Pinches.

Table tennis player Liam, mountain biking competitor Annie Last, swimmer Ross, and gymnast Jennifer all flew the flag for Derbyshire... READ MORE...

Suspicious Device Found In Chesterfield

Suspicious Device Found In ChesterfieldSaturday 10th November 2012 Police are investigating a suspicious device that has been found in Chesterfield.

At 9.35pm yesterday, police were called to a house on Church Lane, Calow, after a suspicious device was found outside a property. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team were called and are investigating the device. Police said that the safety of the public is always paramount and a number of properties were evacuated, with an evacuation centre set up at Calow Primary School, North Road.

Police have told us today that they continue to make enquiries into the incident.Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion at the scene and the residents have now returned home. The scene remains cordoned off whilst further forensic examinations are carried out.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire police using the non-emergency number 101. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police Issue Warning Following Reports Of Rogue Traders

Police Issue Warning Following Reports Of Rogue Traders in ChesterfieldFriday 9th November 2012
Police have issued a warning after several people have been approached by 'rogue traders' in Creswell, Staveley and Killamarsh.

The latest incident happened on Wednesday, November 7th when a man approached staff at an engineering company at the Speedwell Industrial Estate at Staveley and offered to carry out repairs with some left over tarmac.

They agreed to pay £60 for the work but the man returned later and demanded a much higher sum of more than £5,000. READ MORE...

Tourism On The Up In Chesterfield

Tourism On The Up In ChesterfieldFriday 9th November 2012 Chesterfield Chiefs are delighted after latest tourism figures for Chesterfield show the town is growing in popularity as a place to visit.

In 2011 there was an increase of 9% in visitor numbers with over 3 million day visitors and 320,000 booking an overnight stay.

The boost in the number of tourists has also increased the amount of money being spent in the town by 11% since 2010. Tourists spent over £142 million across our hotels, visitor attractions, restaurants and shops. READ MORE...

New Inspector In Charge Of Policing Clay Cross & NE Derbys

New Inspector In Charge Of Policing Clay Cross & NE DerbysFriday 9th November 2012
A new Inspector is taking the lead on policing in Clay Cross and North East Derbyshire.

Inspector Glenn Hoggard has taken over from Michelle Shooter, who has been promoted to Chief Inspector, and is now working in the Derby area.

Having been a police officer for more than 17 years, Insp. Hoggard will be overseeing policing in Clay Cross, Dronfield, Eckington, Killamarsh and other communities in the North East Derbyshire district. READ MORE...

Teen Apologises For Stealing Scooter In Chesterfield

Teen Apologises For Stealing Scooter In ChesterfieldFriday 9th November 2012 A teenager has apologised for stealing a stunt scooter which had been left outside a shop in Boythorpe.

The scooter was stolen on Saturday, September 29th while it had been left outside the shop on Baden Powell Road.

Police had made an appeal to trace the scooter back in October after which a 17 year old boy from Chesterfield admitted stealing the scooter, which was returned to its owner, and he wrote a formal letter of apology. The matter was dealt with through 'restorative justice'... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Youngster Scott Wins Royal Award

Chesterfield Youngster Scott Smith Wins Royal AwardThursday 8th November 2012
After reporting on his nomination last week, young Chesterfield lad Scott Smith, who has turned his life around with help from youth charity The Prince's Trust, was crowned the winner at a Royal Awards ceremony last night (Wednesday 7th November 2012).

Scott, 16, won the Experian Educational Achiever Award at The Prince's Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards held at The Roundhouse, Derby. The award recognises young people who have overcome barriers and developed new skills to improve their future prospects through re-engagement with education. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Ambulance Service Meeting Re-Arranged

Chesterfield Ambulance Service Meeting Re-Arranged Thursday 8th November 2012 Ambulance chiefs in Derbyshire are urging the 130,000 people who used the service last year to have their say in shaping its future.

More than 133,000 emergency calls were made to East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) by people in the region during 2011/12.

Those who made 999 calls are now being encouraged to get involved with EMAS' 'Being the Best' consultation programme by attending a new public meeting in Chesterfield. READ MORE...

Baby Luv Shines In Chesterfield

Baby Luv Shines In ChesterfieldThursday 8th November 2012 As we have previously reported, Chesterfield continues to enjoy both consumer and company retail confidence - and the high profile arrivals of Debenhams and Hawkshead seem to evidence that.

However, the town also retains the confidence of those looking to set up new business ventures and, last week, after unveiling the sculptures in 'The Yards', the Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Cllr John Burrows and The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield opened a new business venture in the same shopping area. Both said they were thrilled to be welcoming new trade to Chesterfield.

Sharna and her partner Damian, opened their new shop 'baby luv' in Theatre Yard, next to the Credit Union shop and told us why they wanted to be taking premises during these difficult times... READ MORE...

Medals Of Sentimental Value Stolen

Medals Of Sentimental Value StolenWednesday 7th July 2012 Police appeal for witnesses following a burglary where sentimental medals were stolen in Creswell.

Sometime between Thursday, October 25th at 3.30pm and Tuesday, October 30th at 6.50pm, offenders broke into a house on Hazelby Road. 4 tarnished silver Scout Association medals were stolen, one of which was star shaped, all of sentimental value to the owner. Also stolen were keys, a Sony PSP and computer games.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the burglary unit at Chesterfield police station using the non-emergency number 101 or to report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Spireites Star Attends Event 'Celebrating Chesterfield'

Spireites Star Attends Event 'Celebrating Chesterfield'Tuesday 6th November 2012 Rising young Spireites star Tendayi Darikwa attended the launch of a display to mark 'Celebrating Chesterfield' - a ground-breaking project exploring what is great about community life in the town.

The project, which is based at the MacIntyre premises in New Square in the town centre, has been undertaken as part of the charity's aim to promote greater inclusion and involvement in community life for the people they support.

Adults with learning disabilities have been supported to conduct over 160 interviews with prominent local figures including... READ MORE...

Apply Now For A School Place For Your Child

Apply Now For A School Place For Your ChildTuesday 6th November 2012 Parents of children born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2009 need to apply now for their child's infant or primary school place.

They can apply online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions from 12th November 2012. Applying online is quicker and easier and allows parents to make changes to their application at any point up to the closing date. They also receive an e-mail to confirm their application has been received.

People without access to a computer can Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 from 12th November for staff to take their application details. This process takes about 15 minutes. READ MORE...

Council Backs Call To Be Adoptive Parents

Council Backs Call To Be Adoptive Parents during National Adoption WeekTuesday 6th November 2012 A national call to find more adoptive families for children in care is being backed by Derbyshire County Council.

National Adoption Week
is running this week (5th -11th November) and aims to encourage anyone who has thought about adoption to find out more.

In Derbyshire, there have been 65 children adopted between November 2011 and 31st October 2012. But the county is currently still trying to find families for 112 children. READ MORE...

Are You Ready For The Ashgate Hospice Christmas Market?

Are You Ready For The Ashgate Hospice Christmas Market?Tuesday 6th November 2012 Ashgate Hospice hold their Christmas Market this Saturday, 10th November (11am - 2pm), at Ashgate Hospice.

Entry is 50p (U16's free) for loads of festive family fun! Meet Ashley Bear, Santa in his Grotto, Raffles, Tombolas, Dedicate a Light of Love, Gifts, Mince Pies and Cake!

One thing they'd like to ask is for some help with the Bottle Bonanza! Ashgate desperately need donations of bottles for the bottle tombola. Anything... big, small, lemonade, beer, wine, pop or sparkling water, we would really appreciate your donations. Bottles can be left at reception. Thanks in advance and see you there!

Miller Homes To Extend East Midlands Portfolio

Miller Homes To Extend East Midlands PortfolioTuesday 6th November 2012 Miller Homes East Midlands has announced plans to launch four new housing developments in 2013.

The award-winning housebuilder has secured land in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with 380 new homes planned in total. 

Construction of the one, two, three, four and five-bedroom properties will not only present affordable choices for those looking to make a move, but also help to boost the regional economy by providing work for local contractors. READ MORE...

Spaciotempo UK Conquer Uphill Task In Chesterfield's Market

Spaciotempo UK Conquer Uphill Task In Chesterfield's MarketTuesday 6th November 2012 A Staffordshire supplier of temporary buildings has praised its workers after they successfully completed one of the most complicated installation jobs the company has ever attempted.

Uttoxeter-based Spaciotempo UK Ltd has just finished building a temporary Market Hall on behalf of Chesterfield Town Council, which wanted somewhere to house 14 traders while the town's existing hall undergoes a £3.6m facelift.

The hall has been built on an open space in New Square but, thanks to the Square's cobbled surface, historic plane trees and sloping surface... READ MORE...

Local Stars Launch Christmas At Vicar Lane Shopping Centre

Local Stars Launch Christmas At Vicar Lane Shopping CentreMonday 5th November 2012 Britain's Got Talent entrant and X-factor finalist Chelsea Redfern will be performing alongside Directions Theatre Arts on Sunday 25th November in Vicar Lane, Chesterfield.

The event will see Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, consisting of shops on Vicar Lane and Steeplegate, switch on their Christmas lights following the entertainment.

Directions Theatre Arts, the musical theatre school based in Chesterfield, have appeared at Vicar Lane on several occasions and as a result have been invited to attend a Town Twinning event in Sindelfingin in 2014. READ MORE...

Top Honour For Ashover Voluntary Worker

Top Honour For Ashover Voluntary WorkerMonday 5th November 2012 Retired businessman John Wardle of Ashover has been awarded one of Derbyshire's highest honours for his long and distinguished voluntary service to the community.

He has been presented with a Derbyshire County Council 'Excellence in the Community' award in recognition of his work for several local organisations, including the 147-member 'Dicky Tickers' Cardiac Rehabilitation Club (of which he is a former Chairman), North Derbyshire Voluntary Action (he's a director), for launching a 'Shopperbus' scheme in Ashover and developing a social car scheme in the parish. READ MORE...

Bonfire Night Parking At The PROACT Stadium

Bonfire Night Parking At The PROACT StadiumSunday 4th November 2012 Car parking will be available at the Proact Stadium on Monday night for those attending the nearby Bonfire Night firework display at Stand Road Park.

The cost of parking is £2 per vehicle with all the money going to the Chesterfield FC Community Trust. Gates at the stadium open at 5.30pm, 30 mins before the gates open at Stand Road. The firework display is scheduled to start at around 8pm and the event will last for approximately an hour. The stadium gates will close at 9.30pm. 

The annual event, which is organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, will feature a funfair and various catering vans and sweet stalls and is presented by Peak FM Breakfast Show hosts Sean and Becky with AJ and Molly Monroe performing live on stage.

Bonfire Night Advice And Where To Go And See A Display

Bonfire Night Advice And Where To Go To See One!Saturday 3rd November 2012 Bonfire Night is almost upon us and whilst bonfires and fireworks can be fun they can also be dangerous and even lethal.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service
would like to remind people to take the upmost care this year and consider attending an organised display rather than having a bonfire and fireworks at home.

Station Manager, Alan Richmond said "Bonfire night should be a time of enjoyment and spectacle, however the fire service continue to see the devastation that this time of year can bring. READ MORE...

Parents Key To Uncovering Sexual Abuse Of Children - NSPCC

Parents Key To Uncovering Sexual Abuse Of Children - NSPCCFriday 2nd November 2012 Over a third of contacts to the NSPCC about child sexual abuse are made by the child's own parent, the charity reveals today as it launches new guidance on how to protect children from sexual abuse.

Parents are key to reporting sexual abuse as the signs are usually less obvious than physical abuse or neglect, where neighbours or teachers may spot the signs such as bruises or marks.

The NSPCC receives enough information to refer nearly three quarters of contacts about neglect and physical abuse to police or children's services... READ MORE...

Olympic Heroine Jessica Ennis To Launch College Building

Olympic Heroine Jessica Ennis To Launch College BuildingFriday 2nd November 2012 - Pic www.teamgb.com Olympic Gold medallist Jessica Ennis is coming to Chesterfield College on Friday the 16th November to officially launch its new reception, learning centre and heart space building.

The top decathlete will unveil a plaque marking the completion of the build and as a mark of Jessica's success this summer, the College is also renaming its Sports Hall after her. Transformed over the summer, the new building provides students with a space to study, eat, socialise and receive advice on their studies and career path.

"We're really pleased with the new building", explains Principal... READ MORE...

What Would YOU Name It?

What Would YOU Name It?Friday 2nd November 2012 The Chesterfield Post has previously reported on the appearance of a Falcon and a Puppy in the centre of Chesterfield.

The sculptures, designed by Geoff Wood, were created as part of an initiative to promote local businesses and attract shoppers.

Today, they were officially unveiled by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield and Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Cllr John Burrows.

Sculptor Geoff told us that he was honoured to have been chosen... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Market Steps Back In Time

Chesterfield Market Steps Back In TimeFriday 2nd November 2012 Yesterday saw the beginning of the Chesterfield Arts and Markets Festival - three days of events designed to showcase, promote and support our local market and arts groups.

On a lovely day, thousands turned out to visit the 1940's Market, and saw traders dressed in wartime finery, with vehicles and a George Formby tribute taking place on the High Street.

Caroline Steel is part of the Market Trader's Federation and she told us that she was thrilled with the turnout on the day, "It's a brilliant day..." READ MORE...

Be Prepared For Scouting In Brimington

Be Prepared For Scouting In BrimingtonFriday 2nd November 2012 One local scout group is now looking to recruit new members. The 34th Chesterfield (Brimington) Scouts is based in Brimington and provides a wide programme of fun and adventurous activities for young people from Brimington and surrounding areas.

They welcome all young people (male and female) aged between 10 and 14 years old and are also looking for adults wishing to help out. There is also a Beavers troup (age 6-8) and one for cubs (age 8-10). So why not join the adventure today? To join the 34th Chesterfield Scout Group please contact Emma Drakley - Scout Leader on 07909 883369 or via their Facebook page

MP Visits One Of Constituency's Smallest Schools

MP Visits One Of Constituency's Smallest SchoolsThursday 1st November 2012 Local MP Natascha Engel spent time answering questions about her life as an MP from pupils and parents in the morning family assembly, when she visited Penny Acres Primary School last Friday, 26th October 2012.

The school in Holmesfield is one of the smallest in the constituency and is described by some locals as a 'Little Jewel.'

Penny Acres Primary School has 33 pupils in total and on the recent inspection by Ofsted, was described as having "a family atmosphere..." READ MORE...

Chesterfield Youngster Up For Royal Award

Chesterfield Youngster Up For Royal AwardThursday 1st November 2012
Scott Smith, 16, from Chesterfield, who has turned his life around with help from youth charity The Prince's Trust, has been nominated for a prestigious royal award.

Scott is up for the Experian Educational Achiever Award at The Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards to be held next month.

The award recognises young people who have overcome barriers and developed new skills to improve their future prospects... READ MORE...

Young Chesterfield Woman Gains Top Guiding Accolade

Young Chesterfield Woman Gains Top Guiding AccoladeThursday 1st November 2012 Emily Ball, 21, from Chesterfield, has shown she is leading the way after receiving Girlguiding UK's top accolade, the coveted Queen's Guide Award.

The award was presented to Emily by Baroness Jan Royall and Girlguiding UK's Chief Guide, Gill Slocombe - herself a Queen's Guide - at a special ceremony held at the House of Lords on Thursday 25th October.

More than 20 young women from around the UK joined Emily in receiving their Queen's Guide Award. READ MORE...

Caledonian Association's St Andrew's Day Celebration

Chesterfield and District Caledonian Association's St Andrew's Day CelebrationThursday 1st November 2012 Chesterfield and District Caledonian Association are holding a Celebration for St Andrew's Day to be held on Sunday 25th November 2012. This is one of two main Events in the Association's Annual Calendar.

The Celebration will begin with the church service which will be held in St Andrew's United Reformed Church, on Newbold Road, Chesterfield, at 11am. Worship will be led by the minister of St Andrew's, Rev John Cook. This will be followed at 1pm by Sunday Lunch, in the Masonic Hall, on Saltergate. The Toast to Scotland will be given by Rev Paul King.

As all the menu choices require to be pre–ordered, please contact the Association President Mr Mark Macartney on 01623 812110 if you wish more information.

Get Your Teenage Kicks From Fiction Fix

Get Your Kicks From Fiction FixThursday 1st November 2012 Whether you're an author interested in writing for young adults, a teacher looking for new ideas to capture student interest, a keen teen reader or a budding young writer, Teenage Kicks will spark your interest and spur your creativity.

Derbyshire County Council is organising the young adult fiction day in partnership with Nottingham-based Five Leaves Publications to offer people a great opportunity to meet readers and writers of teen fiction.

The afternoon kicks off with some words from acclaimed young adult fiction author Bali Rai, followed by an opportunity to take part in two break-out sessions, including practical workshops with Derbyshire Poet Laureate Matt Black and a creative writing workshop for 12-14-year-olds. READ MORE...

Killamarsh Benefit Cheat Sentenced

Killamarsh Benefit Cheat SentencedWednesday 31st October 2012
A Killamarsh man has a jail sentence hanging over his head after illegally claiming over £12,000 worth of benefits.

John Eusman of Ashley Close received £12,057 in overpaid benefits from North East Derbyshire District Council over a period of seven years.

The court heard how the 63-year-old failed to declare a private pension and the bank account it was paid into. The prosecution followed an investigation by the council into overpayments of Housing and Council Tax Benefits. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Arts & Market Festival Starts Thursday 1st Nov

Chesterfield Arts & Market Festival Starts TomorrowWednesday 31st October 2012 Chesterfield Arts and Market Festival begins in the town on Thursday 1st November. It's a hugely successful annual initiative which has, in the past, seen TV favourites, local businessmen and charity participate in order to promote the town and raise money for charity.

Once again many events have been organised and local residents and tourists are invited and encouraged to take part. Sean Carrington, tourist officer for Chesterfield, has sent us the schedule - all we need now is the weather!

Please pop along and support your local market as they... READ MORE...

Ensure Loved Ones Don't Face Isolation In Care Homes

Charity Urges Chesterfield Residents to Ensure Loved Ones Don't Face Isolation In Care HomesWednesday 31st October 2012 Action on Hearing Loss is urging people in Chesterfield to ensure elderly relatives with hearing loss don't face a future of unnecessary neglect and devastating isolation in care or nursing homes.

The charity is advising people looking to secure care or nursing home residency for their loved ones to check what procedures are in place to fully support residents with hearing loss. The call follows the publication of Action on Hearing Loss's new report "A World of Silence" which presents the impact of failing to support care home residents with hearing loss - estimated to total 250,000 in England. READ MORE...

A Day To Remember

A Day To RememberWednesday 31st October 2012 Chesterfield's Civic Remembrance Service will take place on Sunday, 11th November, at the Parish Church, starting at 2.30pm followed by a parade to the War Memorial on Rose Hill, in front of the Town Hall, for a wreath-laying ceremony at approximately 3.15pm and members of the public are invited to attend both events.

Councillor Don Parsons, Mayor of Chesterfield said: "Remembrance Day is a very special day for many people who have either lived through wars or lost family and loved ones in past and present conflicts.  We expect to have large numbers in the Parish Church, so would ask that people either arrive early..." READ MORE...

Residents Invited To Hodworth & Whitwell Police Surgeries

Residents Invited To Monthly Hodworth & Whitwell Police SurgeriesWednesday 31st October 2012 People living in Hodthorpe and Whitwell have the chance to drop in on and meet the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team at their monthly surgeries.

They take place in Hodthorpe on the second Tuesday of every month between 7pm and 8pm at Hodthorpe Club, on Queens Road. The next one is on Tuesday, November 13th.

In Whitwell, the surgery takes place on the third Tuesday of every month between 5pm and 7pm at Whitwell Community Centre. READ MORE...

Fire Cadets First In Derbyshire To Receive BTEC Level 2

Fire Cadets First In Derbyshire To Receive BTEC Level 2 says Deputy Chief Fire Officer Andy WaldieWednesday 31st October 2012 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service in association with the Fire Services Youth Training Association is proud to announce that five Fire Cadets aged 15 - 17 years old, are the first in Derbyshire to have successfully completed the Level 2 BTEC Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.

The five cadets took part in a variety of fire service activities such as working with ladders, hoses, pumps, hydraulic cutting equipment and the use of Breathing Apparatus. An integral part of the course related to the fires services role within the community, citizenship and personal responsibility. READ MORE...

"Buy A Poppy" Poem

Buy A Poppy, the PoemTuesday 30th October 2012
In 1984, a local man wrote a poem encouraging people to think about the horrors of war and of buying a poppy.

Glyndwr Evans
worked at Arkwright pit after moving here from Wales and still lives just outside Chesterfield at the age of 83.

The poem, "Buy A Poppy", won a national award from The Coal Board 28 years ago and his daughter Susan Overton contacted us to see if, as we approach Remembrance Day 2012, we would publish it once more in tribute. READ MORE...

East Midlands Trains Support Poppy Appeal

East Midlands Trains Support Poppy AppealTuesday 30th October 2012 As the country gears up to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in war, East Midlands Trains has announced that it too will be helping to support the Royal British Legion's 2012 Poppy Appeal.

The Derby company will this week undertake activities to help staff and customers honour and remember Service personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

East Midlands Trains has agreed that uniformed Armed Forces personnel can travel free of charge on its services on Wednesday (31st Oct) and Thursday (1st Nov), assisting serving and former Servicemen and women travelling to London from across the UK to take part in London Poppy Day on Thursday. READ MORE...

Young Businessmen Drive Chesterfield Forward

Young Businessmen Drive Chesterfield ForwardTuesday 30th October 2012 There has been a sharp increase in the number of young director appointments during the first half of the year in Chesterfield, according to the latest Duport Business Confidence Report.

Figures in the latest report reveal that the percentage of young director appointments in Chesterfield has more than doubled during the first half of the year. During the January to June period, 6.5% of director appointments were under 25, compared to 3.1% during the same period in 2011.

It's believed to be Chesterfield's regeneration plans that are driving confidence - the town is undergoing a period of regeneration that could be one of the reasons behind the rise in young entrepreneurs. A range of projects are set to take place, including a £50 million retail and leisure development and a £2 million refurbishment of the town's iconic Market Hall. READ MORE...

Dozens Of New Jobs At Killamarsh Aldi Development

Dozens Of New Jobs At Killamarsh Aldi DevelopmentMonday 29th October 2012 Jobseekers are invited to a recruitment open day to find out more about job opportunities being created at the new Aldi store in Killamarsh.

Dozens of new jobs are up for grabs at the new store - including management, store assistant, cleaner and caretaker positions.

People can find out more about these opportunities at an open day being held on Tuesday 6th November, running from 11am to 6pm at Westthorpe Business Innovation Centre in Killamarsh. READ MORE...

Buy A Poppy And Wear It With Pride! Chesterfield Remembers

Buy A Poppy And Wear It With Pride! Chesterfield RemembersMonday 29th October 2012 The 2012/13 British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched in Chesterfield by the Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Donald and Mrs Diane Parsons, on Saturday as they bought the first 'official' poppy of the campaign.

Every year, the Poppy Appeal raises millions of pounds through the selling of poppies which symbolize the fallen in wars throughout the years. Those millions go towards helping and supporting service personnel and their families as they cope with life after war, injury and disability and even bereavement.

Last year, Chesterfield residents raised a staggering £47,000... READ MORE...

Dedicate A Light Of Love This Christmas For Ashgate Hospice

Dedicate A Light Of Love This Christmas With Ashgate HospiceMonday 29th October 2012 Dedicating a Light of Love is a wonderful way to remember your loved ones and every single penny raised from the appeal will go towards the £2.8 million needed for us to continue providing vital specialist care to local people and their families.

The lights on the special tree at Ashgate Hospice are switched on in December, providing a truly moving tribute to those very special people who we will never forget, especially at Christmas time.

To launch this year's Lights of Love appeal, Warren Hallam and his daughter, Lucy, are dedicating a Light of Love to their wife and mother, Lisa, who received specialist care from Ashgate Hospice... READ MORE...

Cracking Crime Event In Calow

Cracking Crime Event In Calow On TuesdayMonday 29th October 2012 Residents are invited to pick up free security equipment and get the chance to quiz their local police officer at a 'Cracking Crime' event being held in Calow.

North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership (NEDCSP) will be running the drop-in event next Tuesday, 6th November, running from 11.30am to 2.30pm at Calow Community Centre.

The team will be giving out free equipment to people who attend, including property marking kits and personal attack alarms. READ MORE...

What Has Derbyshire Ever Done For The World?

What Has Derbyshire Ever Done For The World?Monday 29th October 2012 Hear the word 'Derbyshire' and most people think of the beautiful landscapes of the Peak District, and rightly so, but one particular river valley has contributed far more to the history of the world than you might think.

And now, local residents can hear how the area led events that changed the direction of the world.

The Derwent Valley, between Derby and Matlock Bath can claim to be the birthplace of the factory system. READ MORE...

Walking Over Hot Coals...

TBG Learning trainers are Walking Over Hot Coals for Sight Support DerbyshireMonday 29th October 2012 Two Derbyshire training providers have little chance of suffering cold feet when they take on their unusual charity challenge.

Ingrid Kennedy and Miranda Kravaris from youth and adult learning organisation TBG Learning Chesterfield have put their foot in it by volunteering to walk barefoot over red-hot embers to raise money for Sight Support Derbyshire.

Sight Support Derbyshire has provided essential support and services to blind and partially sighted people for 98 years, in order to allow them to become more independent. READ MORE...

Police Try To Trace Woman Asking For Lift

Police Try To Trace Woman Asking For LiftMonday 29th October 2012 Police are appealing for a woman to come forward and speak to them to confirm that she is safe and well.

A call was received at 11.30pm on Friday, October 26th from a man saying that he had spoken to a woman on Colliery Road, Creswell who asked if he would give her a lift to Mansfield. When he declined she said that she would walk to Mansfield across the train lines. The woman was described as white, in her 70s, of a slim build and had pale skin.

She was approximately 5ft 7ins tall with black shoulder length hair that was a lighter colour at the front and wearing a black, single breasted, knee length coat.

Police would like to speak to the woman and ask her to contact them using the non-emergency number 101.

Weight Loss A Family Affair For Chesterfield Mum And Son

Weight Loss A Family Affair For Chesterfield Mum & SonMonday 29th October 2012 A mother and son from Derbyshire are celebrating after losing 5 and a half stone between them.

Karen Hodgkinson
, 32, has lost 3 and a half stone with her local Slimming World group and, after introducing her 14-year-old son Alex to healthy eating, he's lost 2st 4lb too!

The Chesterfield mum has been so impressed with the difference Slimming World has made to her and her family's lives that she's decided to train as a Consultant and open her own group to help other people in the area to slim... READ MORE...

Maxwell - Chesterfield's Operatic Busker Takes Town By Storm

Maxwell - Chesterfield's Operatic busker takes the town by stormSaturday 27th October 2012This is the guy taking Chesterfield by storm!

Maxwell is a local singer who, accompanied by his dog Humphrey, brings opera to the masses when he sings in the Pavements Shopping centre.

Maxwell told us on Friday morning that he has no formal opera training but "just wants to sing".

We'll have a full interview and details of his album on the Post very soon.
CLICK HERE TO SEE A BRIEF VIDEO OF HIS PERFORMANCE...

Have Your Say In Chesterfields 'Name That Street' Competition

Have Your Say In Chesterfields 'Name That Street' CompetitionWednesday 24th October 2012 Supporters of Chesterfield Football Club and residents of Chesterfield are being asked to make their final vote in the 'Name That Street' competition.

The competition, launched by the Club and Chesterfield Borough Council, received over 160 suggestions and a final selection of seven has been drawn up for the public vote.

Councillor John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: "We were pleased so many people entered the first stage... READ MORE...

Clock Change Warning For Road Users

Clock Change Warning For Road UsersWednesday 24th October 2012 Be prepared for the end of British Summer Time - that's Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership's message to road users ahead of the clock change this Sunday, 28th October.

Partnership Chairman Mike Ashworth said: "It often takes road users by surprise when the clocks go back. People suddenly find themselves doing their evening commute in the dark and it can cause problems.

"We're urging people to take extra care while they're getting used to the darker evenings." READ MORE...

A Falcon And A Puppy Take Up Residence In Chesterfield

A Falcon And A Puppy Take Up Residence In ChesterfieldTuesday 23rd October 2012 The Yards shopping area in Chesterfield's town centre is now home to a falcon and a puppy.

The two artworks are the latest instalments of the Chesterfield Cultural Renaissance project which has delivered several pieces of unique artworks in the area over the past few months.

The project, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Chesterfield Borough Council, was set up to improve The Yards to promote local businesses and attract more shoppers. READ MORE...

Police Remind Motorists Not To Leave Keys In Ignition

Police Remind Motorists Not To Leave Keys In IgnitionMonday 22nd October 2012 Police are reminding motorists to make sure they leave their cars secure, even if just for a few minutes.

It is after a van which had been left with the keys in the ignition was stolen in Clowne. A Renault Kangoo was taken at around 7.45pm on Friday, October 19th from a yard off Mansfield Road. The van was recovered the following day (October 20th) by Nottinghamshire Police in the Ollerton area.

PCSO Simon Galley of the Clowne Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "We would advise drivers to always leave their vehicles secure..." READ MORE...

A New 'Venture For Adventure' Launches In Chesterfield

A New Venture For Adventure Launches In ChesterfieldMonday 22nd October 2012 Despite the continued grim economic forecast, Chesterfield is still seen as a vibrant and viable centre for retail outlets.

That's the verdict of one nationwide outdoor clothing chain that opened its doors to the Chesterfield shoppers recently - and had its official launch at the weekend.

Hawkshead have 17 outlets throughout the country and say that they are delighted to be in the town, and to be opening one of the first two stores in 5 years in the area. Melanie Verby, Retail Support Manager for the chain, told The Chesterfield Post that they felt Chesterfield was the right place to be for them... READ MORE...

Local Paralympian Announced As Bionic Suit Charity Patron

Local Paralympian Announced As Bionic Suit Charity PatronMonday 22nd October 2012

Paralympic basketball player, Ian Sagar has been announced as a patron of Sheffield Hospitals Charity as it launches an appeal to raise funds to buy a revolutionary new bionic suit to help paralysed patients to walk.

The suit would be used by patients from across the region being cared for at the Spinal Cord Injury Centre at the Northern General Hospital, which the Charity supports, along with the Royal Hallamshire, Weston Park, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford Dental hospitals. READ MORE...

MP Natascha Engel Meets Pupils In 2 Local Schools

MP Natascha Engel Meets Pupils In 2 Local SchoolsFriday 19th October 2012 MP for North East Derbyshire Natascha Engel took part in a different sort of Question time on Friday 12th October when she visited two of the constituency's local schools.

Pupils at Gorsey Brigg Primary School and Dronfield Junior School were delighted that Natascha dropped in to see them before their visit to the Houses of Parliament in the next few weeks.

Pupils prepared questions for her visit, where she talked to them about life as a Member of Parliament and why she became a politician... READ MORE...

Water, Water, Everywhere In Alfreton...

Water, Water, Everywhere In Alfreton...Friday 19th October 2012 20,000 properties and businesses in Alfreton and surrounding areas are currently without water after a burst water main.

Severn Trent Water
says that engineers are on site and they are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. They apologise for the inconvenience this is causing.

They have said that they do anticipate supplies being restored to the area from around 11am onwards, however this may be at reduced pressure whilst the system returns to normal. They also advise that, when the water supply is restored, it may initially appear to be slighlty discoloured. It may help to run your cold tap at the kitchen sink at a steady flow for 20 minutes; if this does not clear, leave for a further 20 minutes and repeat the exercise until your supply has cleared. 

Transport Police Condemn 'Reckless' Rail Line Trespasser

Transport Police Condemn 'Reckless' Rail Line TrespasserFriday 19th October 2012 British Transport Police (BTP) has condemned the actions of a "reckless and irresponsible" man who trespassed near the railway line in Pinxton in Derbyshire with two small children in tow.

Police have today released CCTV footage in a bid to identify the man, highlight the dangers of the railway and warn that some people are still risking their lives, and the lives of others, by trespassing on the railway lines.

Inspector Granville Sellers, of British Transport Police, said: "I am genuinely shocked to see, that despite our constant warnings..." READ MORE & VIDEO...

Patients Give Regions GPs Thumbs Up In Annual Survey

Patients Give Regions GPs Thumbs Up In Annual SurveyFriday 19th October 2012 Family doctors in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire have been given the vote of confidence by patients - with over 90% of patients in the area rating their overall experience at their GP surgery above average.

Most patients said they would recommend their GP surgery to someone who had just moved into the area, found their receptionist helpful and were able to make an appointment at a time that was convenient to them.

And GP practices in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire performed higher than the national average in 10 out of the 11 key areas assessed in the survey - which provides members of the public with the opportunity to have their say on GP services online or by completing a postal questionnaire. READ MORE...

A Marathon Opportunity

A Marathon OpportunityThursday 18th October 2012 More than 100,000 runners have missed out on a ballot place for the 2013 London marathon - but still have the opportunity to run for a good cause.

Arthritis Research UK in Chesterfield has 29 places available - so is calling on people in Chesterfield to apply for a place today.

Each year, around 36,000 runners take part in the gruelling 26-mile challenge, yet the competition to secure a place this year is even tougher. More than 130,000 have already applied through the marathon ballot, but only around 12,000 of these were lucky enough to secure a place. The remaining marathon hopefuls will be eligible to compete for places allotted to charities and will need to commit to raising a certain level of sponsorship in order to secure their place on the starting line. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Duo's School Skype Q&A

Chesterfield Duo's School Skype Q&AThursday 18th October 2012 Chesterfield FC players Sam Togwell and Terrell Forbes took part in a pioneering Q&A session via Skype with pupils from Brockwell Junior School.

The pair answered questions from the children during a video link-up over the internet. They were quizzed on various topics, ranging from their best-ever goal to who they think will win The X Factor!

When asked for any advice they would give to anyone who wanted to become a professional footballer, Sam Togwell said: "Work hard and enjoy it." READ MORE...

We Will, Find You - And We Will Fine You!

We Will, Find You - And We Will Fine You!Wednesday 17th October 2012 Chesterfield Borough Council has collected nearly £4,000 in fixed penalty notices for dog fouling and littering during the past three months (June - Sept 2012).

A further nine non-payers of fixed penalty notices had to pay £3,285* between them in court prosecutions brought by the Council.

The Council recently brought in a higher fine of £80 for dog fouling and notices warning the public of the new charge have been put up throughout the Borough. The fixed penalty for littering remains unchanged at £50. READ MORE...

Local Rail Station In UK's Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings

Wingfield Rail Station In UK's Top Ten Most Endangered Victorian BuildingsWednesday 17th October 2012 Wingfield Railway Station in Derbyshire has been included on the Victorian Society's list of the ten most endangered buildings in England and Wales.

The publication of the Top Ten follows a nationwide appeal to find the best and most at risk buildings in England and Wales. Across the country, historians, enthusiasts and local campaigners suggested Victorian or Edwardian buildings at risk in their local area.

Most have suffered considerable neglect; in the case of this... READ MORE...

Join In Ashgate Hospice's 'Spooktacular' Week With PeakFM

Join In Ashgate Hospice's 'Spooktacular' Week With PeakFMTuesday 16th October 2012
Scare up a ghoulishly good time raising money for Ashgate Hospice during a 'Spooktacular' week leading up to 'judgement day' on Thursday 25th October - in conjunction with PeakFM.

Why not get your school, business, friends and families involved in some sppooookkkkyyy scccarrrryyyy fun from Monday 22nd October.

Let Ashgate and PeakFM know what you're up to - and you could get a visit from PeakFM on Thursday 25th October to collect all the cash raised... READ MORE...

Flog It! Locally...

Flog It! Locally...Tuesday 16th October 2012 We have heard today that Flog It!, a favourite BBC TV antique show, is coming to the region to film soon, and is now inviting local residents to take part.

Haddon Hall
in Derbyshire will be the scene of the recording of one of their valuation day events, and the show's producers say that members of the public are invited to attend and have their antiques and collectables valued free of charge by a team of experts. Any iitems selected for filming will possibly also have the chance of going on to make some money at auction a few weeks later. The event is being held on Saturday 17th Nov. between 9:30am and 4pm and you are encouraged to pop along.

Register Of Firework Sellers Launched For Safe Celebrations

Register Of Firework Sellers Launched For Safe Celebrations this Bonfire nightTuesday 16th October 2012 A public register of authorised firework stores has been launched by Derbyshire County Council ahead of this year's bonfire night celebrations.

Four specialist outlets are licensed to sell fireworks all year round in Derbyshire but other fireworks retailers can only sell them from 15th October to 10th November. A list of licensed outlets is now available at the county council's website - www.derbyshire.gov.uk/fireworks - or from Call Derbyshire 08456 058 058.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council... READ MORE...

Spooky Events At Holmebrook Valley Park

Spooky Events At Holmebrook Valley ParkTuesday 16th October 2012 Some spooky events are taking place at Holmebrook Valley Park during the October half-term and children and adults are invited to come along and take part.

You can follow the clues in a ghoulish Halloween Treasure Hunt around the park on Tuesday 30th October from 1pm to 3pm or join in the Wild Art event on Thursday 1st November from 1pm to 3pm. Take inspiration from autumn and use natural materials from the park to create you very own work of art. All the events are FREE-of-charge - but booking is essential and children must be accompanied by an adult. To book or for more information call the Park Ranger on 01246 230731.

Love Your Local Market This Halloween

Love Your Local Market This HalloweenTuesday 16th October 2012 People are urged not to miss a trick - or treat - at North East Derbyshire's markets this Halloween!

Spell-binding family fun will be running at the markets in Killamarsh, Eckington and Clay Cross - the latest in a series of events organised as part of North East Derbyshire District Council's 'Marketing the Markets' campaign.

Spooky street entertainment, face painting, creepy crawly petting zoos, prize draws and a range of stalls - plus a chance to meet Scooby Doo, the Ghostbusters and Dr Who - are among the free attractions on offer at the events. READ MORE...

Inner Wheel Club Of Chesterfield's 'Christmas Extravaganza'

Inner Wheel Club Of Chesterfield's 'Christmas Extravaganza'Tuesday 16th October 2012 Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield are planning a Christmas Extravaganza at St. Thomas' Church, Chatsworth Road, Brampton on Thursday 15th November, 10.30am to 3pm.

Please go along and join in the Christmas Fun. Tea/Coffee and Cake available for a chill and chat together with the opportunity to purchase some wonderful and unusual Christmas items. Stalls include gifts, crochet, knitted items, jewellery, hand made Cards, jams and preserves all excellent quality. There will also be a Raffle and all proceeds will go to Ashgate Hospice. Everyone welcome so please pop in and support this wonderful cause.

Open Day Invite For Dronfield Jobseekers

Open Day Invite For Dronfield JobseekersMonday 15th October 2012 Jobseekers are being urged to find out more about free, independent and confidential help which is available as part of a project running in North East Derbyshire.

North East Derbyshire District Council's Working Communities Project
offers one-to-one advice to help unemployed people get back into work - including help with confidence building, job searching, support to write CVs and interview guidance and tips.

The project is open to residents across the district... READ MORE...

Appeal After Children's Play Area Damaged In Mastin Moor

Appeal After Children's Play Area Damaged In Mastin MoorMonday 15th October 2012 Vandals have caused £600 worth of damage to a children's play area in Mastin Moor.

Three park benches have been ripped up, causing damage to the block paved floor beneath, and playground equipment has been damaged by fire.

The playground, at Lansbury Avenue, was attacked some time between 9.30pm and 11pm on Saturday, October 6th. The park is overlooked by neighbouring homes and police hope that local residents may have information which could help them find the vandals. READ MORE...

Shirebrook Pupils Meet The Duke At Chatsworth House

Shirebrook Pupils Meet The Duke At Chatsworth HouseMonday 15th October 2012 A group of pupils from Shirebrook Academy found out more about the priceless artwork on their doorstep when they visited Chatsworth House to find out more about its collection.

Ten students from the school, in Common Lane, were invited to take part in a day-long workshop at the Duke of Devonshire's stately home as part of the Estate's ARTiculation At Chatsworth scheme last week (Oct 10th).

The event saw the pupils take a guided tour of the art collection, followed by a workshop led by Dr Abigail Harrison-Moore... READ MORE...

Police And Crime Commissioner Elections Loom

Police And Crime Commissioner Elections LoomMonday 15th October 2012 Next month will see elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire take place.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will be an elected representative, charged with securing efficient and effective policing of a police area.

The election is scheduled for November 15th, 2012, and once elected, the PCC will take over the current functions of the Police Authority.

Here are the details on the elections - and how they will affect... READ MORE...

Stubbin Wood's New Sixth Formers Learn Vital Life Skills

Stubbin Wood School's New Sixth Formers Learn Vital Life SkillsMonday 15th October 2012 Pupils at a special school in Derbyshire are getting lessons in cooking, shopping and even housework after it opened up a new Sixth Form Centre this term.

Stubbin Wood School, in Burlington Avenue, Langwith Junction, is now catering for pupils all the way up to the age of 18 after the Centre started operating last month.

Stubbin Wood takes in pupils from the age of two, thanks to its on-site nursery unit, but has always had to say goodbye to them at 16, when they are free to go to college, find employment or enter Sixth Form education elsewhere. READ MORE...

Dealing With Local Flooding - Prevent, Protect And Prepare

Dealing With Local Flooding - Prevent, Protect And PrepareThursday 11th October 2012 Residents and businesses across Derbyshire are being asked for their views to help Derbyshire County Council draw-up a new plan to help address flooding.

New powers were given to the county council, and others like it, by the Government to help prevent, protect and prepare against the effects of possible flooding in the future.

One of the first tasks is to produce a plan for Derbyshire called the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. But first the county council wants to know what local people think. READ MORE...

MP Slams Ambulance 'Consultation'

MP Slams Ambulance 'Consultation'Wednesday 10th October 2012

A 'public' consultation on plans to shut 53 ambulance stations has been slammed as a "shambles" after not a single member of the public turned up.

Toby Perkins MP, who had attended the meeting briefly, said, "These are important changes that could dramatically change the way our ambulance services are delivered. Yet there was no publicity about the consultation, I only found out by accident, the press notices on the consultation were sent out late and in most cases weren't received. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Hosts Jazz Brunch At Chatsworth Road Festival

Chesterfield Hosts Jazz Brunch At Chatsworth Road FestivalWednesday 10th October 2012 Come and enjoy a mellow brunch with the soothing sounds of jazz. Brunch is included in the ticket price, as are Sunday papers!

The Brunch comprises: croissants and preserves, muffins, sausage and bacon cobs (vegetarian sausage available), tea, coffee, orange juice and the Music comprises: Steve Salfield Quartet featuring Steve on saxophone, Wendy Kirkland on piano, Pat Sprakes on double bass and Clive Loveday on drums.

Held at Club Chesterfield, Chester Street, S40 1D on Sunday 14th October 2012 from 11:30 - 2:30pm. Tickets £10 on the door or online from chesterfieldjazz.com, £5 on door for under 12s - under 5s free. There will be a raffle from which all proceeds will go to Ashgate Hospice.

Quick-Step For Derbyshire Carers

Quick-Step For Derbyshire CarersWednesday 10th October 2012

Fleet-footed Carers from across Derbyshire who have a passion for dancing - are invited to a 'dress to impress' Carers Ball, courtesy of the local Carers Network.

Building on last year's extremely successful event, Derbyshire Carers Association, (DCA), the leading carers organisation for the county, in conjunction with Derbyshire County Council and the Carers Trust, have organised this year's Carers Ball for Friday 19th October, to be held at The Post Mill Centre in South Normanton. The doors open 7.00pm to 11pm. READ MORE...

Kids - Chesterfield Market Needs You!

Kids - Chesterfield Market Needs You!Tuesday 9th October 2012

Youngsters wanted as traders for a Chesterfield Children's Market being held on Friday 2nd November 2012, along with Toy Traders and Swap Stalls available.

Children are being given the chance to trade on Chesterfield Market and sell or swap their unwanted toys, clothes etc. The stall is free of charge and what ever money you make, you keep!

For more information, call Chesterfield Markets on 01246 345999

'Being The Best' Consultation - Chesterfield Meeting Tonight

'Being The Best' Consultation - Chesterfield Meeting TonightTuesday 9th October 2012
The 'Being the Best' public consultation was launched on Monday 17th September and asks the public their views on the changes to the future of East Midlands Ambulance Service.

In addition to local action group meetings which the proposals are being presented at, EMAS is also holding meetings in public and inviting anyone who wants to hear more about Being the Best to attend. Chesterfield gets its chance to take part tonight (Tuesday 9th October) a 7pm start at The Parish Centre, Stonegravels, Chesterfield, S41 7JH. READ MORE...

Operation Focus Proves A Success

Operation Focus Proves A SuccessTuesday 9th October 2012 An operation to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or injured on Derbyshire roads during the summer months has come to an end with fewer fatalities compared to last year.

The annual Operation Focus, funded by the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, ran from Good Friday to the end of September. There were five motorcyclists killed on the county's roads between April and September this year compared to eleven during the same period in 2011. Figures for the number of riders seriously injured are only available up to the end of July.Between April and July 2012 there were 40 bikers killed or seriously injured and in the same period in 2011 that figure was 58. READ MORE...

Market Hall Traders Set Up Temporary Shop

Market Hall Traders Set Up Temporary ShopMonday 8th October 2012 This week traders from Chesterfield's Market Hall will begin moving into their temporary accommodation in preparation for the Hall’s major refurbishment project.

The traders are setting-up shop in the temporary Market Hall structure in New Square Arena whilst the £3.6m improvements are made to the town's indoor market area.

The 300 square metre temporary structure will open on Monday 15th October and will accommodate 14 of the affected Market Hall traders. The existing internal Market Hall will close on Thursday 11th October... READ MORE...

Sharing Experiences For World Mental Health Day

Sharing Experiences For World Mental Health DayMonday 8th October 2012 Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (DHCFT) will host its fourth 'human library' event on Wednesday 10th October at Derby University, in partnership with Rethink and Derby University.

This free event, which welcomes members of the public, coincides with World Mental Health Day.

The human library is a space for dialogue and interaction with a twist - as the stories come from people rather than books. Visitors to the human library are given the opportunity to speak informally with 'living books'... READ MORE...

Police Reminder Over Doorstep Callers

Police Reminder Over Doorstep CallersMonday 8th October 2012 Police are reminding residents in Chesterfield, North Derbyshire, Bolsover and the Amber Valley to make sure they check the identity of doorstep callers.

The advice comes following reports of people calling at homes wanting and offering to sell goods, with the latest incident taking place on Wednesday, October 3rd at Sheepcote Road, Killamarsh.

Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: "We really want to remind residents of the importance of checking ID when people come to the door." READ MORE...

Sporting Talent In Schools Recognised At DSSA Sports Awards

Sporting Talent In Schools Recognised At DSSA Sports AwardsMonday 8th October 2012 Teams from Glebe Junior School and Ashgate Croft School were among the winners at the 2012 Derbyshire Schools' Sports Association Sports Awards.

The event, organised by the Derbyshire Schools' Sports Association (DSSA), recognised pupils who have achieved county, regional, national or international success in school sport, with a number of individual and team awards presented in front of an audience of 200 guests.

The event, held at The Proact Stadium in Chesterfield ... READ MORE...

Children Set For Magical Xmas With NSPCC's Letter From Santa

Children Set For Magical Christmas With NSPCC's Letter From SantaThursday 4th October 2012 The NSPCC is bringing a magical Christmas to children in Derbyshire with the launch of the charity's Letter from Santa campaign, which began on Monday 1st October.

The charity is helping to give a truly memorable Christmas by arranging for a personalised letter from Santa to be sent to children throughout Derbyshire for a suggested donation of £5.

Christmas is a busy time of year for Santa. Last year 18,380 letters were delivered to children and families across the East Midlands... READ MORE...

Skydiving 'Supergran' Raises £430 For Council Appeal

Skydiving 'Supergran' Raises £430 For Council AppealThursday 4th October 2012 'Supergran' Pam Evans has raised £430 for North East Derbyshire District Council's Chair's Appeal, after taking part in an indoor skydive.

Pam's granddaughter gave her the experience as a birthday present, which she did the day before her 74th birthday - despite having two replacement hips and a replacement knee!

Money raised from the event was handed over to Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Ken Savidge, for his chosen charity... READ MORE...

Do You Know 'Kizzy'?

Do You Know 'Kizzy' the dog?Thursday 4th october 2012 North East Derbyshire District Council are trying to trace the owners of this little lady - a white and tan Jack Russell who was found wandering on North Side in Tupton on Tuesday 2nd October.

Nicknamed Kizzy, she's thought to be around 5 to 6 years old and is in good health. She may have recently had pups. Unfortunately, she was not wearing a collar or ID tag and is not microchipped, so they're struggling to find her owners. If you think you recognise her please get in touch asap on the number below.

If no-one comes forward to claim her, Kizzy will be available... READ MORE...

Stand Up And Be Counted! Chesterfield Town Health Check

Stand Up And Be Counted - Chesterfield Town Centre Has Health CheckThursday 4th October 2012 Chesterfield Borough Council is taking a snapshot view of the number of people visiting the town centre over four days in October.

The pedestrian 'footfall survey' will be conducted between Saturday 6th - Tuesday 9th October, and will cover around 15 sites across the town centre stretching from Elder Way to Stephenson Place down to Ravenside Retail Park.

The survey results will give the Council a better understanding of the pattern of activity within the town centre, the health of the town centre and the increased benefits of developments through increased pedestrian flow. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Caledonians Visit The Western Front

Chesterfield Caledonians Visit The Western FrontThursday 4th October 2012 Members of Chesterfield and District Caledonian Association joined the Caledonian Society of Sheffield in order to visit the Western Front recently.

As part of their tour, the group visited various Battlefields, Memorials, Cemeteries and Museums in both Belgium and France.

The trip also included Ypres and the Somme, The Passchendaele Museum, Flanders Fields Museum and Essex Farm, including a visit to the 49th West Riding Regiment's Memorial. READ MORE...

You're Never Too Old To Play Football!

You're Never Too Old To Play Football!Wednesday 3rd October 2012 You're never too old to play football - that's the message from a group of over-55s in Chesterfield who play in six-a-side matches every week!

Walking Football
was developed by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust last year as part of the Extra Time initiative aimed at people aged 55 and over.

The activity proved to be so popular that the players progressed to gentle running and formed their own 'ExSpires' team who play at Queen's Park Sports Centre every Tuesday morning. READ MORE...

Vintage Rock 'n' Roll From The Atlantics At Whitwell

Vintage Rock 'n' Roll From The Atlantics At WhitwellWednesday 3rd October 2012 Dust off those blue suede shoes because this 1950s rock 'n' roll band really knows how to party! They play chart hits alongside their own tracks to produce a big beat vibe brimming with retro glamour.

The
Atlantics are a Devonshire five-piece rock 'n' roll and rhythm 'n' blues band who write and play their own original tracks alongside classic hits. They formed in 2008 and over the past few years, they have played all over the UK and are beginning to play internationally. 'Rock Around The Clock', 'Great Balls of Fire', 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Be Bop a Lula'… the hits just keep on coming, and are mixed in with the band's own original tracks. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Is Blooming!

Chesterfield Is Blooming!Tuesday 2nd October 2012 We all want to make Chesterfield a better and more vibrant place and various schools, organisations and keen gardeners have done the town proud by scooping awards in a prestigious nationwide competition.

Chesterfield in Bloom is an annual event and sees allotments, gardens, school plots and even markets stalls assessed by eagle eyed judges for quality, colour and impact.

The winners were duly presented with their awards at a ceremony at the Ringwood Hall yesterday by The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Cllr Donald and Mrs Diane Parsons. READ MORE...

Derbyshire Born Artist To Help Art Students With Oomph!

Derbyshire Born Artist To Help Art Students With Oomph!Tuesday 2nd October 2012 Former Chesterfield College student and award-winning artist Julie Read has just put the final virtual brush strokes to Portfolio-oomph.com: an innovative new website devoted to helping art students to win a place at art college.

With students receiving exam results recently, the website reflects the fact that a good portfolio is more important to securing a place at art college than good grades at A level or Higher. So, in-depth, yet affordable, e-books cover all aspects of portfolio preparation, as well as interview techniques, subject and college selection, career options and more. READ MORE...

Derbyshire CCC Share Trophy With Young Sports Leaders

Derbyshire CCC Share Trophy With Young Sports LeadersTuesday 2nd October 2012 Derbyshire County Cricket Club today shared the LV= County Championship Division Two trophy with 16 youngsters as the County Ground hosted the inaugural Common Goal Sports Leaders Conference.

The Comic Relief funded community project welcomed students (aged 13-17) from a combination of Derby Moor and Chesterfield Springmoor Community Colleges, all of whom have a possible future in sports leadership.

As well as fulfilling its objective of using sport to unify youngsters, Derbyshire swimmer Ross Davenport was on hand... READ MORE...

Neurythmics & Vagina Monologues Ticket Competiton Winners

Neurythmics & Vagina Monologues Ticket Competiton WinnersWednesday 26th September 2012 After tons of entries, from all over the place - a VERY popular ticket obviously, the winner of two tickets for the Vagina Monologues at the Pomegranate this Friday is Kirsty Norton!

And the winner for the equally popular 'Neurythmics' and 80's night at the PROACT - also this Friday - was Tracy Boam!

Congratulations to you both and we hope you have a fantastic time! If you didn't win this time, bad luck - but do try and get yourself tickets, they both sound like a great night out
!

Police Crackdown On Stolen Goods

Police Crackdown On Stolen GoodsWednesday 26th September 2012 Police in Chesterfield have launched a poster campaign to crack down on people selling stolen goods.

The poster 'How much are you prepared to pay?' is being distributed across Chesterfield to raise awareness of the harm caused through the stolen goods market, and to encourage people to report anyone they suspect of handling stolen property.

Officers are also speaking to people about the consequences of buying stolen property and acting as a 'fence'. A fence is a slang term used to describe someone who handles stolen property. READ MORE...

"No-One Fell Short That Day" Spireites Legend Steve Norris

No-One Fell Short That Day - Spireites Legend Steve NorrisTuesday 25th September 2012
It's a day that is seared in the memory of those who took part, or the 5,000 supporters who travelled to Liverpool 20 years ago.

The second round League Cup tie at Anfield ended in a 4-4 draw, with strike-duo Steve Norris and Dave Lancaster getting two goals apiece for Chesterfield FC. Chesterfield, in the old 4th division, were up against the giants of the 1st and the quote that best sums up what seemed to be the task ahead came from goalscorer Dave, "We thought there'd be eight goals in it, but we didn't think we'd get four of them!" READ MORE...

Flood Warnings Removed This Lunchtime

Flood Warnings Removed This LunchtimeTuesday 25th September 2012 - 1:30pm Flood warnings in force on the River Rother at Tapton and the River Hipper in Central Chesterfield are now no longer in force, the Environment Agency has said.

However the Flood Alert on the Upper Catchment area of the River Rother, which could affect the River Rother in Chesterfield and Staveley, including the Rivers Hipper, Drone and Whitting, remains in force. We will continue to keep you updated.

Chesterfield FC Are Putting The Fun Into Futsal

Putting The Fun Into FutsalTuesday 25th September 2012 Now, when I was told there was an opportunity to spend a morning with some fit young men who would show me some fancy Brazilian footwork, I figured 'Strictly' was in town.

However, it was closer to home than that and I found myself in the thick of a training session with the Chesterfield FC young Futsal trainees.

Futsal, as regular readers may know, is the FIFA-approved indoor football game which is played throughout the world but is particularly popular in Brazil (who are the current World Cup Champions), South America and Spain. READ MORE...

Flood Warnings Remain In Chesterfield As More Rain Forecast

Flood Warnings Remain In Chesterfield As More Rain ForecastTuesday 25th September 2012 - 9am
Flood warnings remain in place this morning throughout Chesterfield, with more rain forecast throughout the day.

Warnings remain in place this morning on the River Rother in Tapton, affecting the area including Brimington Road, Tapton Terrace, Holbeck Close and Crow Lane. One is also in place for the River Hipper in Chesterfield which includes the area aroound Park Road on Ravenside Retail Park.

A flood alert is on place for the River Rother Upper... READ MORE & PICS...

Possible Train Disruptions Today Due To Weather

Possible Train Disruptions Today Due To WeatherTuesday 25th September 2012 Heavy rain and flooding is causing disruption in northern England.

Because of this, the following will apply until further notice, with extended journey times of up to 60 minutes: Blackburn - Clitheroe, delays due to flooding at Langho; Wigan Wallgate - Southport, buses are replacing trains between Wigan Wallgate and Southport; York - Edinburgh, trains between York and Edinburgh are now able to run.  Major delays can still be expected as services return to normal. READ MORE...

Key Role For Twiggs In Sir Ranulph's Antarctica Expedition

Key Role For local Matlock company Twiggs In Sir Ranulph Fiennes' Antarctica ExpeditionMonday 24th September 2012 When veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes attempts to make the first ever winter crossing of Antarctica, where temperatures can plunge to -90°C, the success of his six-man expedition will hinge on the expertise of steelworkers at the Derbyshire company of William Twigg Matlock Ltd.

The 14 special steel sledges ('skoots') that will carry vital supplies of fuel to power the expedition's two giant caterpillar-tracked bulldozers on the 2,000-mile epic journey, have been designed and built by Twigg's steel specialists at their works on Bakewell Road in Matlock. READ MORE...

Pints Mean Prizes And Derbyshire Brewers Forge A-Head!

Pints Mean Prizes And Derbyshire Brewers Forge A-Head!Monday 24th September 2012
Derbyshire has more breweries per head than any other County in the UK, and in the month that we celebrated Derbyshire Day (September 22nd) and Derbyshire CCC famously pipped Yorkshire to win the 2nd Division Championship, another great County success is preparing to show itself to a wider audience, and no other County can match it!

The Derbyshire Brewers' Collective (DBC), which represents almost two-thirds of the County's ever increasing number of local breweries, is hosting a Beer Festival showcasing the very best of the County's real ales. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Neighbourhood Watch Meeting Date

Chesterfield Neighbourhood Watch Meeting DateMonday 24th September 2012 The Chesterfield area Neighbourhood Watch support office is holding its annual general meeting this week.

It will take place on Wednesday, September 26th starting at 7pm in Meeting Room 2 at Chesterfield Library, Beetwell Street. All residents are welcome to attend.

For further information about the meeting call the C Division Neighbourhood Watch Support Office on 01246 522331 or email: chesterfielddistrictnhw@hotmail.co.uk or visit the website at www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Neighbourhood-Watch/Neighbourhood-Watch.aspx for information about Neighbourhood Watch.

Proact Event Marks 20th Anniversary Of Anfield 8 Goal Thriller

Proact Event Marks 20th Anniversary Of Anfield 8 Goal ThrillerMonday 24th September 2012 20 years ago, one team took a 3-0 lead at Anfield and put four goals past Liverpool.

That team was Chesterfield FC and tonight, to mark the 20th anniversary of the memorable match, the Chesterfield FC Community Trust has invited the Spireites players who were involved in it to a special evening at the Proact Stadium. Admission to the event, which has a 7.30pm start, is FREE and includes a FREE pie-and-pea-supper, although fans will have to obtain a ticket in advance.

The second round League Cup tie ended in a 4-4 draw... READ MORE...

Monthly Session Of Caledonian Association Takes Place

Monthly Session Of Caledonian Association Takes PlaceMonday 24th September 2012

Twenty Three members and guests of the Chesterfield and District Caledonian Association attended the Telmere Lodge Restaurant in Winsick, Hasland, on Thursday Lunchtime, the 20th September 2012 for their monthly meeting.

The daytime meeting was a new venture - President Mark Macartney explaining that the Association was aware that members are not always able to attend Association evening meetings, and therefore a balance was now to be offered with some daytime meetings taking place. READ MORE...

Girls' Night Out... Ticket Competition For Vagina Monologues

Girls' Night Out... Ticket Competition For Vagina Monologues at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, Friday 28th September 2012Friday 21st September 2012 We have two tickets to see the world famous show 'The Vagina Monologues', by Eve Ensler - at the Pomegranate Theatre on Friday 28th September, 7:30pm.

This is the ultimate girls' night out which will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. The brand new UK tour will star three great TV actresses - Chelsee Healey (Strictly Come Dancing and Waterloo Road), Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street) and Clare Buckfield (Dancing on Ice and 2.4 Children).

The women's charity V-day receives a portion of the ticket sales... READ MORE...

Sweet Dreams... Ticket Competition For The 'Neurythmics'

Sweet Dreams... Ticket Competition For The 'Neurythmics'Friday 21st September 2012 We have two tickets to see Eurythmics tribute act - The Neurythmics - at the PROACT stadium on Friday 28th September. The tickets include a two course dinner, show and after event 80's disco.

To win this pair of tickets please answer the following question:
What year did the Eurythmics reunite to release the single 'I've got a life?'

Please send your answers and telephone contact details to info@chesterfieldpost.co.uk by midnight, Tuesday 25th September. Winners will be notified by telephone on Wednesday 26th. Good Luck!

Ongoing Fire Incident At Lows Lane, Stanton-By-Dale

Ongoing Fire Incident At Lows Lane, Stanton-By-DaleFriday 21st September 2012 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service says all roads are now open, but it continues to have a presence at a fire which started at a recycling facility on Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale last Saturday 15th September.

Fire crews have been at the fire since Saturday 15th September 2012, with up to eight appliances and over 60 Firefighters in attendance at the height of the fire last Saturday evening.

Area Manager, Bryan Bennett said yesterday "We have reached a point with the Lows Lane incident, where we're happy to scale down operations." READ MORE...

Your Clutter Can Help Others To Live

YMCA Derbyshire's 'New2u' specialises in taking your unwanted household items and giving them a new lease of life.Thursday 20th September 2012 Do you have a sofa spare? Or a table too many? A Chesterfield charity is asking if you would consider donating them to help them help others locally.

YMCA Derbyshire's 'New2u' specialises in taking your unwanted household items and giving them a new lease of life.

Things you no longer want find new homes, meaning less is sent to landfill, and, in this age of austerity, bargain baggers can snap up good quality items at rock bottom prices. READ MORE...

New Build In Chesterfield Seeks Suppliers & Sub-Contractors

New Build In Chesterfield Seeks Suppliers & Sub-ContractorsWednesday 19th September 2012 Opportunities for suppliers and sub-contractors in the construction industry will be made available at a 'Meet the Buyer' event in Chesterfield.

Wilmott Dixon is the appointed contractor of Chevin Housing Association Ltd (a member of the Together Housing Group) for the 55 unit extra care residential scheme at Foolow Court in ChesterfieldWilmott Dixon will hold the event at the Town Hall on Wednesday 26th September, between 8am and 12pm.

This Chevin Housing Association development is the first of 3 new extra care facilities to be built across Derbyshire, which will create 197 new homes... READ MORE...

'I'll Name That Street In One!' Saltergate Needs You!

'I'll Name That Street In One!' Saltergate Needs You!Tuesday 18th September 2012 It was one of Chesterfield's most iconic structures, and evokes memories and tales amongst many a football fan. It was also the star of a feted film and the breeding ground for many a celebrated footballing talent.

Saltergate
though, is no more and, after the move by Chesterfield Football Club to a bigger and more modern ground just outside the town, it has been demolished to make way for town centre housing.

However, both the Council and Chesterfield Football Club say... READ MORE...

Appeal After Headstones Damaged In Eckington Cemetary

Appeal After Headstones Damaged In Eckington CemetaryTuesday 18th September 2012 Police are appealing for information after a number of headstones have been damaged at Eckington Cemetery.

It is thought the incident happened sometime overnight between Sunday, September 16th and Monday, September 17th when around 25 plots at the site on Sheffield Road suffered from the damage.

PCSO Dale Merchant of the Eckington Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "Several headstones and benches have been pushed over and ornaments damaged, which is understandably quite distressing for those families affected" READ MORE...

Search Is On To Find Derbyshire's Young Achievers 2012

Search Is On To Find Derbyshire's Young Achievers 2012Tuesday 18th September 2012 The search is on to find the county's most deserving youngsters, who could pick up one of Derbyshire County Council's Young Achiever Awards 2012.

Schools, community leaders, councils and members of the public are invited to nominate outstanding youngsters for the annual awards.

The awards, which have been running for 14 years, recognise extraordinary children and young people in the county for: Bravery in fighting an illness; Kindness in helping others; Commitment to improving their school, community or local environment; Sporting, musical, artistic or academic success. READ MORE...

New TV Show Cooks Up A Storm In Chesterfield

TV Show Cooks Up A Storm In ChesterfieldTuesday 18th September 2012 TV crews were in Chesterfield town centre yesterday, filming for a new ITV cooking show, due to air on our screens in the New Year.

Shoppers and residents, including the Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Donald Parsons, were asked to sample food cooked by three teams from around the country, with the winner taking the day's takings. The teams were 'Hot 'n' Hearty', 'Texas Falafels' and 'Bekbee and Jam's High Tea'.

Adam Shaw, better known as BBC News' Business Expert... READ MORE...

ITV's 'Cook Me The Money' Heats Up Chesterfield Today

ITV's 'Cook Me The Money' Heats Up Chesterfield TodayMonday 17th September 2012 ITV's "Cook me the Money" show is coming to Chesterfield this afternoon.

In this new cookery game show, three teams from around the country compete to cook and sell as much grub as possible to a hungry hoard of townsfolk!

The winner scoops the day's takings - but what lengths will they go to pull in a crowd? How competitive are they?

The film crew will be in Chesterfield Market place from 1.30pm... READ MORE...

A Royal Celebration For Chesterfield's Diamond Couples

A Royal Celebration For Diamond CouplesMonday 17th September 2012 Twenty two couples from Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire attended a special event last week.

The couples, who all celebrated 60 years of marriage this year, were invited by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield to a special Jubilee afternoon tea at Chesterfield Town Hall.

Councillor Donald Parsons, Mayor of Chesterfield said: "We wanted to do something special in this Jubilee year to celebrate the couples who have lived through the ups and downs of our country over the past 60 years..." READ MORE...

Taste The World At The Chatsworth Road Festival

Taste The World At The Chatsworth Road FestivalMonday 17th September 2012 Food lovers will experience a mouth-watering selection of food and drink events at this year's Chatsworth Road Festival.

On Saturday 6th October, Brampton Food Market (launched at the first festival), is 1 year old, and they are making the most of the Festival theme 'The World on our Doorstep', by inviting an eclectic mix of stall holders with foods from all over the world.

Tea lovers will be able to enjoy a tasting session with James Pogson (pictured) from Northern Tea Merchants in his Tasting Room... READ MORE...

What Are Your Memories Of Eastwood Park?

What Are Your Memories Of Eastwood Park?Monday 17th September 2012 Chesterfield residents are being invited to share their special memories of Eastwood Park in Hasland, as part of a project to create a magnificent feature archway.

Chesterfield Borough Council is currently overseeing a complete restoration of the Park after it secured a grant of £1.07m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

David Mayne, the artist of the special metal archway, is holding a 'Memory Day' so people can come and share their special memories... READ MORE...

Severn Trent Water Plead Guilty To Water Supply Offences

Severn Trent Water Plead Guilty To Water Supply OffencesFriday 14th September 2012 Severn Trent Water Limited pleaded guilty on 13th September 2012 at Chesterfield Magistrate's Court, to charges brought in relation to three events affecting the Chesterfield area, Sandiacre in Nottingham and the Leicestershire and South Derbyshire area between December 2010 and September 2011.

Charges were bought by the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water under the Water Industry Act 1991 (as amended) and the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2000 (as amended).

The Company was fined as follows... READ MORE...

Darmstadt Visitors Enjoy All Chesterfield Has To Offer

Darmstadt Visitors Enjoy All Chesterfield Has To OfferThursday 13th September 2012 Chesterfield U3A recently played host to their counterparts from Darmstadt, Chesterfield's German twin town.

A varied programme of activities was scheduled that ranged from visiting Arkwright's first mill at Cromford to the Barnett Observatory at Newbold and from Chesterfield FC's new stadium to the Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

The 6 night visit ended with a meal and music at CoCo Bistro on Corporation Street. READ MORE...

Alfreton Honour Their Longest Serving Supporter, Tom McRoy

Red's Honour Their Longest Serving SupporterThursday 13th September 2012 Alfreton Town honoured their longest serving stalwart and favourite son last weekend.

The Reds presented 'Mr Alfreton Town' - Tom McRoy - with a Lifetime Award during the interval of the 3-0 Blue Square Bet Premier Division home victory over Luton Town. Tom, 93, who still regularly attends games, is a founder member of the Reds when they reformed back in 1959 and he has held practically every post within the club since that time.

The award was presented by former Red's boss, Paul Webb... READ MORE...

Gas Safety Week: Take Care, Be Gas Safe

Gas Safety Week: Take Care, Be Gas SafeWednesday 12th September 2012 Chesterfield Borough Council has said that it is proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week (10th-16th September), and is urging people to make sure their gas appliances are in good working condition.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas... READ MORE...

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins Speaks To The Inner Wheel

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins Speaks To The Inner WheelWednesday 12th September 2012
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins was the Speaker at the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield at their meeting on Friday 7th Spetember, when he gave members an insight into the workings of Parliament in what proved to be a very lively session.

He revealed his pride in representing a town that, despite the economic downturn appears to be "bucking the trend" as highlighted in a recent survey. He spoke of the exciting developments in the planning stages examples being the Northern Gateway, Chesterfield Waterside and the Walton Works Site. READ MORE...

Chesterfield's 'East Midlands In Bloom' Awards Success

Chesterfield's 'East Midlands In Bloom' Awards SuccessWednesday 12th September 2012 It's been announced today that Chesterfield has picked up various awards at the East Midlands In Bloom 2012 ceremony, taking place today at Springfields Festival Gardens, Spalding, with the support from Springfields Horticultural Society and South Holland District Council.

Organisers say that this year, they have an increased number of entrants with 55 community groups entering the 'Bloom' from across the East Midlands Region and they have had a difficult job to do.

Chesterfield saw awards won by the Infant classes at Walton and Holymoorside school, who picked up first prize in the Children's Digital Photography Competition. Chesterfield itself picked up a Silver Gilt Award in the 'small city' category - with the Britannia Inn picking up a 'judges award' in it's own right. READ MORE...

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Annual Awards

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Annual AwardsWednesday 12th September 2012 On Thursday 6th September 2012, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service held its annual awards ceremony at Pride Park Stadium, Derby. Derbyshire's Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive, Sean Frayne, hosted the event for employees and their families.

This year over 50 employees were recognised for their achievements within the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service. Twenty four operational employees were awarded the 20 Year Queen's Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, presented by The Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker. This medal is presented to recognise those who have provided... READ MORE...

'Hot To Trot' In Chesterfield

'Hot To Trot' at Chesterfield's Day of DanceTuesday 11th September 2012 It is one of the most anticipated events in Chesterfield, and Saturday proved to be another successful day as Chesterfield held it's 12th annual 'Day of Dance'.

This year the event was held in Rykneld Square, rather than the more familiar setting of New Square, and a huge crowd gathered in front of the iconic Spire to watch 15 local dance troups and groups go through their paces in celebration of their creative styles.

Dancers, including cheerleaders, Morris, Flamenco and... READ MORE...

Gamesmaker Father & Daughter's 'Unbelieveable Memories'

Gamesmaker Father & Daughter's 'Unbelieveable Memories'Tuesday 11th September 2012 Father and Daughter, Richard and Sian Pentin, have recently spent two weeks in London as Gamesmakers at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Richard, 46, a Duty Officer at Dronfield Sports Centre, and member of Chesterfield & District Athletics Club, who was also a volunteer at the Olympic Games, was again working in Event Services at the Olympic Stadium. Richard's roles included ticket scanning, showing people to their seats and generally looking after spectators, whilst inside the stadium, "The atmosphere was incredible, with sell out crowds for every session, I have some unbelievable memories..." READ MORE...

The Delhi 41 Restaurant Celebrates Successful 1st Year

The Delhi 41 Restaurant Celebrates Successful 1st YearMonday 10th September 2012 DELHI 41 on Whittington Moor has now been open for 12 months and is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best Indian Restaurants in Chesterfield.

The restaurant - which also does takeaways - was opened by the Mayor of Chesterfield in 2011, Cllr Peter Barr, and is a blend of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine.

Behind the good food and welcoming surroundings though lies a family business and a story of triumph over illness. READ MORE...

And The Winner Is...

And The Winner Is...Saturday 8th September 2012

We have this morning, drawn the winner of the 2 tickets for the England U21's game at the PROACT stadium on Monday night.

We were inundated with entries but the name drawn out of the hat was... Mr Simon Wortley of Newbold. Simon correctly answered that at the U19's International, held at the b2net stadium, England took on Germany and the score was 1-0.

Congratulations to Simon and thank you to everyone who entered.

Over £2,500 Raised In Memory Of Cici Holden

Over £2,500 Raised In Memory Of Cici HoldenFriday 7th September 2012 Chesterfield supporters have raised over £2.5k in memory of Cici Holden (daughter of ex-Spireites player Dean Holden), who died in May at the age of 17 months, after contracting a rare bacterial blood infection.

A collection at Chesterfield's JPT match against Oldham on Tuesday night was added to donations received at the club over the summer, to make a total of £2,511.92.

At the request of Dean and his wife Danielle, the money will be given to St Mark's Primary School in Worsley, Greater Manchester, which is... READ MORE...

A Final, Rare Opportunity To Join Staveley MWFC U13s

A Final, Rare Opportunity To Join Staveley MWFC U13sFriday 7th September 2012 A rare and final opportunity is available for any U13 players looking to join a football club this season.

Staveley MWFC U13's have 2, possibly 3 slots available to complete their ideal squad lineup for this season, a rare opportunity for the right player to join a successful team run under the umbrella of one of the area's finest and most ambitious club setups.

Already starting the season with a bang after a 9-1 win, the U13 coaches are looking to add a little more depth before the season get's fully up to speed. If you're interested and think you can add something to the squad, please contact: Neil Wells, U13 Manager, on 07825 246353 or Steve Bates on 07986 215350.

Mobility Company Bosses Admit To Defrauding Elderly Of £40k

Mobility Company Bosses Admit To Defrauding Elderly Of £40kThursday 6th September 2012 Bosses of two former Derbyshire mobility companies have admitted defrauding elderly victims of over £40,000.

Derbyshire County Council's trading standards team carried out one of its biggest ever investigations after receiving a wave of complaints about companies called Virgo Healthcare Limited and Lifestyle.

Both were run from premises on Gainsborough Business Park, Long Eaton, by husband and wife Amarjit Gill, 50, and Ranjit Gill, 44, of Brackenfield Drive, Giltbrook, Nottingham. READ MORE...

The Bandstand Marathon Comes To Chesterfield

The Bandstand Marathon Come To Chesterfield this weekendThursday 6th September 2012 Come along, watch and listen to a jam-packed musical programme as part of the London 2012 Festival closing celebrations.

The Bandstand Marathon event at Queen's Park in Chesterfield will come alive with music on Sunday 9th September, marking the end of the London 2012 Festival and an amazing Summer of sport and culture on the final day of the Paralympic Games.

It will be a truly memorable day, showcasing the best local talent and an eclectic musical programme including bands, groups, choirs & individual musicians. This free event will entertain audiences from 1-5pm, offering everyone who comes along a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the nationwide finale celebrations for London 2012. READ MORE...

Derbyshire NHS Asks Patients To Nominate Their NHS 'Heroes'

Derbyshire NHS Asks Patients To Nominate Their NHS 'Heroes'Thursday 6th September 2012 Patients in Derbyshire are being invited to nominate their NHS Heroes, as part of a new scheme to recognise the great work that individuals and teams do every day in the NHS.

NHS Heroes
was launched in July to coincide with services 64th birthday, and celebrates NHS staff who go the extra mile to improve life for patients - from senior doctors to ancillary staff and managers.

NHS Heroes encourages patients and their families to nominate staff members and teams whose compassion and kindness has made a difference...READ MORE...

MP Votes For Chesterfield's West Bars Tandoori

MP Votes For Chesterfield's West Bars TandooriThursday 6th September 2012 West Bars Tandoori has won the regional runners up prize in the Tiffin Cup, following their nomination by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins.

The hotly-contested annual competition, backed by a cross-party group of Parliamentarians, sees MPs country-wide nominate a South Asian restaurant from their constituency.

Following Mr Perkins' nomination, a mystery diner ate at West Bars Tandoori to sample the curry house's signature dishes, atmosphere and service. READ MORE...

Pieces Of Man Utd History Could Help Local Church

Pieces Of Man Utd History Could Help Local ChurchThursday 6th September 2012 Box files containing highly-collectable Manchester United memorabilia dating back to the mid 1970s, are to go on sale next month to raise much-needed funds for Christ Church at Wessington, part of the Ashover mission and ministry area.

The beautifully-preserved collection includes match programmes, season tickets, banners and car stickers from the period 1975 to 2005.  It has been described by one soccer fan as "a treasure chest for any Man.United fan."

The same event will also see a range of railway memorabilia... READ MORE...

Police Dispersal Notice On West Bars After Drunken Behaviour

Police Dispersal Notice On West Bars After Drunken BehaviourWednesday 5th September 2012

Calls to police from members of the public and staff in Chesterfield town centre shops about drunken behaviour, have prompted a decision to introduce a dispersal order in the West Bars area of the town centre.

The order covers a number of locations about which calls have been made including the bus stands in Beetwell Street, the Market Place, Shentall Gardens and the parade of shops along West Bars. It gives uniformed police the power to ask groups of two or more people to move on. READ MORE...

NHS 'Healthcare Bus' Stop In Clay Cross

NHS 'Healthcare Bus' Stop In Clay CrossWednesday 5th September 2012 A FREE 'healthcare bus' is making a special stop in Clay Cross on Wednesday 12th September.

The pale blue 'healthcare' double decker bus will roll into the Tesco Extra car park, between 2pm and 4.30pm, and will be packed with essential tips and advice from the local NHS for better health.

Included on the bus to pick up will be free quitting smoking advice, information on long term illnesses such as asthma and diabetes and simple measures to ensure that local people stay warm and well in winter, whatever their age. READ MORE...

Police Urge Responsible Riding After Mini Motos Seized

Police Reminder On Responsible Riding After Mini Motos SeizedWednesday 5th September 2012
Police are reminding people to make sure they use off road motorbikes responsibly, safely and legally after two bikes were seized and a warning was issued in two days.

At around 7.15pm on Thursday, August 30th, officers were called to a report of a nuisance bike being ridden around the Middlecroft and Inkersall area.

They stopped the mini-moto on McMahon Avenue and the bike was seized from an 18 year old man, who had been riding it on pavements and... READ MORE...

'Come Dine With Me' Is In Town And Looking For Applicants

Channel 4's hugely successful 'Come Dine With Me' show Is In Town And Looking For ApplicantsTuesday 4th September 2012 The hugely successful Channel 4 show 'Come Dine With Me' is returning for a new, prime-time series and they are looking for people over 18 years of age in the Chesterfield area with a passion for cooking and who want to demonstrate their skills.

Over four days, four strangers, from all walks of life - the bigger the personality the better! - take turns hosting the perfect dinner party for each other. At the end of the week the most impressive host wins a £1,000 cash prize.

This is your chance to create the perfect dining experience... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Jazz Club - Dates For Your 2012 Diary

Chesterfield Jazz Club - Dates For Your 2012 DiaryTuesday 4th September 2012 Chesterfield Jazz Club meets on the third Thursday of every month at Club Chesterfield on Chester Street, S40 1DL and here are the remaining gigs for this year...

20th September
- Alex Garnett, saxophone. Ronnie Scott's All Stars saxophonist who has worked with many, including Sir John Dankworth, Jimmy Page, Wynton Marsalis, Pete King, Alan Barnes, Humphrey Lyttleton, Doris Troy, Don Weller, Jack Parnell.

18th October - Gary Grace performs the... READ MORE...

There's Nothing Vacant About Chesterfield

There's Nothing Vacant About ChesterfieldTuesday 4th September 2012

Chesterfield is riding high on the retail front after a national report revealed the town is bucking the north-south divide with low shop vacancy rates.

The latest figures from the Local Data Company (LDC) gives a detailed insight and analysis of 506 town centres and Chesterfield is third best of the largest centres in the country with just 8.7% of shops being empty, compared to the likes of Nottingham (30%), Stockport (28.4%) and Sheffield (26.1%), Chesterfield is one of the few top ten northern towns leading the way READ MORE...

Spireites Developing Top Young Talent On And Off The Pitch

Spireites Developing Top Talent On And Off The PitchTuesday 4th September 2012 Jordan Bowery's big-money transfer from Chesterfield to Aston Villa shows the League Two club is at the forefront of developing top young talent - and similar progress is also being made off-the-pitch.

As part of a successful partnership with the University of Huddersfield, sports journalism students are selected to assist the club's media department.

Over the last four years, top trainee journalists have been honing their skills and working with the media team to report on Chesterfield's fortunes... READ MORE...

Nominate Your Local Heritage Assets

Nominate Your Local Heritage AssetsTuesday 4th September 2012 Residents in Chesterfield are being asked to put forward their suggestions of what should be included in a list of local heritage assets.

Chesterfield Borough Council is putting together the list to create a better understanding and appreciation of local distinctiveness and to help conserve and enhance these assets for future generations to enjoy.

Councillor Terry Gilby, Executive Member for Planning at Chesterfield Borough Council said: "Chesterfield has a number of distinctive buildings..." READ MORE...

The Car's The Star As Kids'n'Cancer's Raffle Winner Announced

DRAW FOR THE KIDS'N'CANCER CAR AT AUTOWORLD TOMORROWMonday 3rd September 2012 Chesterfield based charity Kids'n'Cancer and local car dealership Autoworld, worked closely together during the Summer to complete a cycle ride which saw 12 riders travel across the UK and France, to complete the Tower to Tower to Tower challenge and raise money for cancer stricken children.

As a further fundraising initiative Autoworld donated a Suzuki Alto car which has been raffled over the last months at various events.

The prize draw has now been made - and the winner of the car is... READ MORE...

Remploy Workers Strike Today Over Sell Off Terms Concern

Remploy Workers Strike Today Over Sell Off Terms ConcernMonday 3rd September 2012 Workers employed by Remploy at Chesterfield and Springburn have this morning begun five days of strike action.

The dispute centres on the terms of transfer for any new buyers of these factories, amid concerns from union bosses that the DWP has removed the obligation for a new employer to provide a pension.

We have previously reported that several Remploy sites throughout the UK closed last month, with the workers now unemployed. READ MORE...

Ellie Koyander Backs Active Derbyshire Olympics Competition

Ellie Koyander Backs Active Derbyshire Olympics CompetitionMonday 3rd September 2012 Inspiring Derbyshire Olympian Elllie Koyander has thrown her support behind the Games-themed competition offering great sports prizes we reported on recently.

For Inspired by the Games, Active Derbyshire wants to hear great stories from people who, having been 'wowed by Wiggins' or 'energised by Ennis', have taken up or tried a new sport or physical activity and have made plans to keep it up in the future.

Chesterfield-born Olympic mogul skier Ellie... READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 17

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 3rd September 2012
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...

See The Stars Of Tomorrow At The Proact

See The England Stars Of Tomorrow At The ProactSaturday 1st September 2012 England Under-21s are just days away from playing their final European Championship qualifier at Chesterfield FC.

Ahead of the game, Manager Stuart Pearce paid tribute to all at Chesterfield saying, "Chesterfield have done a great job in hosting some of the development teams, so they've earned the opportunity to see the Under-21s in action.

"What we'd like to see is a full house at Chesterfield. If the people of Chesterfield come out and support us and give us a great atmosphere, then that's the best way of guaranteeing we'll come back again in the future." READ MORE...

Draw For The Kids'n'Cancer Car At Autoworld Tomorrow

DRAW FOR THE KIDS'N'CANCER CAR AT AUTOWORLD TOMORROWFriday 31st August 2012 The Kids 'n' Cancer charity draw for the raffle prize of a brand new Suzuki car - generously donated by Chesterfield's Autoworld - will take place tomorrow (Saturday 1st September) at 2pm, at Autoworld's 'Volvo' showroom at their Whittington Moor headquarters.

The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Donald Parsons, will be there to make the draw from which sales of raffle tickets have helped to raise thousands towards the Kids 'n' Cancer Charity, alongside the 3 Tower, Blackpool to Paris bike ride which took place in July, with many of the intrepid bike riding team also from Autoworld. Are you the lucky winner? We'll see you there tomorrow to find out...

Olympic Milestones To Be Unveiled To Mark Lasting Legacy

Olympic Milestones To Be Unveiled To Mark Lasting LegacyFriday 31st August 2012 The Olympics will leave a lasting, permanent legacy across Derbyshire with the unveiling of eleven milestone markers on September 9th.

The engraved milestones will mirror Derbyshire's Torch Relay Route and will be placed in each of the 9 towns and villages that the torch passed through.

These are: Glapwell, Bolsover, Calow, Chesterfield, Matlock, Darley Dale, Bakewell, Buxton and Ashbourne. There will also be 2 additional markers placed at Highfields School in Matlock and in Derby Market Place. READ MORE...

Hasland's Eastwood Park Closed For Start Of Restoration Work

Hasland's Eastwood Park Closed For Start Of Restoration WorkThursday 30th August 2012 Eastwood Park in Hasland, Chesterfield is closing its gates for four weeks from Monday 3rd September as work begins on a major restoration project.

Chesterfield Borough Council is spending £1.28m to renovate, improve and modernise existing facilities as well as introducing a number of new features to the park. Funding was secured through a grant of £1.07m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), with the Council contributing a further £201k. Local Councillors, the Friends of Eastwood Park, community and sports groups and other partners all worked together to put together the successful bid. READ MORE...

DaleDiva Set To Take Centre Stage At Charity Concert

DaleDiva Set To Take Centre Stage At Charity ConcertThursday 30th August 2012 People are being invited to enjoy an evening of entertainment when the stars of local chorus, DaleDiva, take to the stage for a charity concert in Ashover.

Members of the women's chorus - which shot to fame as winners of the Channel Five TV show, 'Don't Stop Believing' - will be performing at Ashover Village Hall on Saturday, September 8th.

The event is being organised in aid of North East Derbyshire District Council's Chair's Appeal, which is raising funds for... READ MORE...

Proact Welcomes Belgian Fans

Proact Welcomes The Belgian SpireitesWednesday 29th August 2012 The Spireites may not have picked up the three points they needed in the last fixture against Rotherham, but it wasn't for the lack of trying from a group of Belgium based supporters.

Five supporters from a group that call themselves The Belgian Spireites (see their Facebook page of the same name) made the journey to the game and, despite not witnessing a victory, went home with many complimentary things to say about the town and the club.

Their spokesman, Brussels based Sylvain Lecomte, spoke... READ MORE...

Taylor Wimpey Launches Wingerworth Regeneration Proposals

Taylor Wimpey Launches Wingerworth Regeneration ProposalsTuesday 28th August 2012 Taylor Wimpey has launched its proposals for 270 high quality new homes off Derby Road, Wingerworth.

The site lies adjacent to the edge of the Homes and Communities Agencies site at The Avenue site, off Derby Road. Taylor Wimpey is preparing an application for new homes, an equipped children's play area, highway improvements to ease congestion and improve access, an ecological corridor, a new small foodstore, enhanced cycle and pedestrian links through the site and areas of employment land.

The Derby Road plans will include the access route to the wider Avenue site, helping to bring forward the eventual re-use of the land to the rear of Taylor Wimpey's proposals. READ MORE...

Residents Invited To Discuss Arkwright Composting Plans

Residents Invited To Discuss Arkwright Composting PlansTuesday 28th August 2012 Environment Agency staff are inviting Chesterfield residents to attend a drop-in event this week to discuss proposals for a composting plant.

Residents will be able to find out more about the Environment Agency's (EA) role as a regulator, speak to their officers and discuss any concerns they may have.

They'll be at The Arkwright Centre, Hardwick Drive, Arkwright Town, S44 5BS on Friday 31st August, and all are welcome to drop in anytime between 12 noon until 7pm. READ MORE...

Inner Wheel Get Knitting For Africa's 'Fish & Chip' Babies

Chesterfield's Inner Wheel Get Knitting For Africa's 'Fish & Chip' BabiesTuesday 28th August 2012 Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield, together with family and friends have knitted approximately 350 jumpers, which are now bound for Gambia, Kenya and Uganda.

The idea was brought to the club by Past President Joan Wadd who asked members to take a pattern and knit a jumper for babies in Africa who currently leave birthing facilites wrapped in paper.

Born into extreme poverty, babies are nicknamed 'Fish and Chip' babies after being sent home wrapped in newspaper... READ MORE...

Derbyshire Pupils GCSE Success Better Than National Average

Derbyshire Pupils GCSE Success Better Than National AverageFriday 24th August 2012 After initial analysis yesterday, Derbyshire County Council says that the county's pupils' GCSE results are again expected to be better than the national average.

More than 8,000 students across the county's 46 secondary schools received their GCSE results yesterday (August 23rd), with many outstanding stories from both schools and individual students.

Provisional results show that 57% of students in Derbyshire achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C. READ MORE...

Market Hall Developers Seek Local Suppliers & Subcontractors

Market Hall Developers Seek Local Suppliers & SubcontractorsFriday 24th August 2012 Chesterfield Borough Council's chosen contractor for the Market Hall refurbishment, G F Tomlinson, have said that they will hold a 'Meet the Buyer' event in September 2012.

The event is an opportunity for local suppliers and subcontractors to learn first hand about the materials and work required to fulfill the £3.6m contract.

Councillor John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: "We're obviously keen for local companies and trades people to benefit from the Market Hall refurbishment programme so please go along to this event... READ MORE...

Kurt Makes The Grade At Chesterfield FC

Kurt Makes The Grade At Chesterfield FCFriday 24th August 2012 Hundreds of students in Chesterfield, along with thousands across the UK received their GCSE and AS results over the last week and are now considering their future journey.

For some it will be a continuation in Higher Education and A levels, but for some apprenticeships and on hands experience will prove a more useful way into employment.

We reported earlier in the week on the FUTSAL initiative starting at Chesterfield Football Club, offering 16 and 17 years olds a way in to a career... READ MORE...

New Electoral Recommendations Published For Local Area

New Electoral Recommendations Published For Local AreaFriday 24th August 2012 The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has now published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Derbyshire County Council.

Wednesday's publication follows a ten week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each electoral division in Derbyshire.

The Commission's final recommendations propose that Derbyshire's 64 county councillors should represent 58 single-member divisions and three two-member divisions. READ MORE...

A Spireite Author's Story On Life On The Terraces 30 Years Ago

A Spireite Author's Story On Life On The Terraces 30 Years AgoFriday 24th August 2012 'Hiding With The Hooligans' - new book, published this week, aims to open up to outsiders the world of 'hooliganism', so much a part of football culture in the 1970's and 80's, transporting the reader back to a time in which pre-match entertainment was a "pint, a pie and always a punch up - and if you were lucky, perhaps a brass band."

Dave Radford
, who describes himself as, "an ordinary bloke and long suffering Chesterfield fan for the best part of 50 years" wrote 'Hiding With Hooligans' after contributing regularly to the former fanzine for many years. Craig Thomas, author and MA in sports history, says Radford's account "really was the 1970's." READ MORE...

Book Signing For New Release, 'Everest The Old Way'

Book Signing - Everest The Old WayFriday 24th August 2012 When five teachers from Sheffield trekked to Everest Base Camp in 1967, it was the result of a pact to save £10 a month for two years in order to fund the trip.

Their experience is recounted in the book 'Everest the Old Way', Written by three of them, John Driskell, David Peckett and Les Simms, the book recounts how they drove a Landrover from Barnsley through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India to Nepal and back to the UK, as well as a return journey to Kathmandu in 2010.

All the more inspiring is the fact that at the age of 11, David... READ MORE...

Men Offer Apology After Damage To Land

Men Offer Apology After Damage To LandWednesday 22nd August 2012
Four men who admitted causing damage to land at Markham Vale have apologised for their actions.

The men met with police officers, Derbyshire County Council, the Environment Agency and Markham Vale Management to apologise and better understand the consequences of the damage caused.

The case was resolved through Restorative Justice, a scheme launched by police in April 2009 to reduce bureaucracy and deal swiftly with minor crime. READ MORE...

16 Or 17? Still Unsure What To Do? Read On...

16 Or 17? Still Unsure What To Do? Read On...Wednesday 22nd August 2012 As youngsters prepare to get their GCSE's tomorrow, Chesterfield Football Club has announced that there is an exciting opportunity for those who are thinking about a career in the sporting industry.

A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, alongside becoming one of the club's Futsal squad which is part of a national programme supported by the Football League Trust, will be available this coming academic year at the club on Whittington Moor and young people aged between 16 and 17 are being invited to apply.

The club says it's a fantastic opportunity for young people... READ MORE...

Walton And West Community Forum Hope You'll 'Stand In Line'

Walton And West Community Forum Hope You'll 'Stand In Line'Wednesday 22nd August 2012 One local Community Forum has decided to try and bring live, top class entertainment to the local area - at an affordable price.

A few months ago the first event sold out as The Old Dance School thrilled a capacity audience. They're now adopting a strap line of "bringing heart to the community" and hoping to prove of course, art comes in many forms.

The next show, titled 'Standing in Line', is appropriately scheduled for Saturday 3rd November at the St Thomas' Centre Brampton, Chesterfield - the weekend before Remembrance Sunday. It tells the story of the Great War using songs, readings, images, visual footage from the "In Flanders Fields" museum in Ypres and poems by Wilfred Owen, Rudyard Kipling and Siegfried Sassoon. READ MORE...

Applications Open For £250,000 Youth Action Grant Scheme

Applications Open For £250,000 Youth Grant SchemeTuesday 21st August 2012 Cash is on offer to local groups to help support and create youth activities, thanks to a new £250,000 Derbyshire County Council fund.

The Youth Action Grant scheme offers grants of up to £1,000 to benefit projects for young people aged 13 to 19 years, or up to 24 years if they have disabilities.

Charities, community and voluntary groups, social enterprises and not-for-profit groups are eligible to bid for the money. READ MORE...

One Year On - The Pride Of Chesterfield Pass Out

One Year On - The Pride Of Chesterfield Pass OutMonday 20th August 2012 Virtually one year ago to the day, we reported on how several young men from Chesterfield had taken the Oath of Allegiance in front of the then Deputy Mayor (now Mayor) Donald Parsons and joined the Armed Forces.

They all told The Chesterfield Post at the time that it was something they had always wanted to do and were all looking forward to getting started on their 46 week initial training.

A phone call last weekend from a very proud dad of 2 of the boys... READ MORE...

Royal Hospital Patients Give Cancer Services Gold Medal

Royal Hospital Patients Give Cancer Services Gold MedalMonday 20th August 2012 The Chesterfield Royal Hospital's cancer service has been placed in the country's top ten following the results of the latest patient experience survey.

The survey was much bigger than the 2010 survey, also undertaken by Quality Health on behalf of the Department of Health, with respondents from 12 different tumour groups instead of just 4.

The survey asked about all aspects of cancer care, beginning with how rapidly people are seen for their first appointment, whether appropriate explanations were given about tests and results and whether results were given sensitively. READ MORE...

Eileen's A Winner!

Eileen's A Winner!Monday 20th August 2012 Eileen Cann from Stonebroom, Derbyshire has won the Bon Marche Competition to help celebrate their 30th Birthday in business.

Eileen
, 66, who has been using the store in Chesterfield since it opened in Vicar Lane in 2000, won an outfit worth £30.00 from Bon Marche's autumn / winter collection.

She said: "I couldn't believe it - I've never won anything like this before. I visit the Chesterfield store every week as they cater for my age group and are reasonably priced." READ MORE...

Get Your Dancing Shoes On In Chesterfield This September

Get Your Dancing Shoes On In Chesterfield This SeptemberMonday 20th August 2012 Chesterfield will once again host an amazing display of dance styles on Saturday 8th September when the 'Day of Dance' takes place at Rykneld Square (next to the Crooked Spire Church) in the town centre.

The event will kick off at 10.30am and there will be a continuous programme of dancing right through to 3.30pm. Why not come along and find out more about different types of dance styles and you never know, you may get a chance to take part as well.

Firm favourites Chesterfield Morris and Garland Teams... READ MORE...

Police Appeal For Missing Chesterfield Woman

Police Appeal For Missing Chesterfield Woman, Charity AbulitsaFriday 17th August 2012 Police are concerned for the safety of a 39-year-old woman who has gone missing.

Charity Abulitsa
, pictured, left her home in Walton, Chesterfield on Sunday, July 29th, and has not been seen since.

She is black, of a slim build, 5ft 7ins tall with very long dark brown hair that is worn in braids. It is thought that she may have visited a friend in London.

Anyone with information, please contact police using the non-emergency line, 101.

More Rotary Support For Chesterfield Charities

More Rotary Support For Local CharitiesFriday 17th August 2012
Three local charities have benefited from a charity fund-raising Classic Car and Bike Show which raised nearly £5,000.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, the event was held in June at Renishaw Hall. Cheques for £1,600 each were presented to representatives from Ashgate Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity at the club's weekly meeting held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 10th August. Also in attendance was Tony Cordin, Director of Autoworld, the event's main sponsor. READ MORE...

Police To Hold Online Surgery For Hearing Impaired Residents

Police To Hold Online Surgery For Hearing Impaired ResidentsFriday 17th August 2012 Derbyshire Constabulary is hosting an online surgery aimed at people who are deaf or hard of hearing or those who work with hearing impaired people.

It is hoped that the online question and answer session will attract people who want to discuss issues or concerns the police may be able to help with. People can also find out more about the support Derbyshire Constabulary offers to the deaf and hard of hearing community. The surgery will be hosted by force Outreach Officer, Jane Birkin and a specialist panel. It will be held from 4pm on Wednesday, August 22nd. To take part, visit www.derbyshire.police.uk/virtualsurgeries

Cheering For Chesterfield

Cheering For Chesterfield with Crystal Cheer and DanceThursday 16th August 2012 A new and exciting dance and cheerleading group, Crystal Cheer And Dance, has just been formed in Chesterfield and, as well as looking for new recruits to take part in what is not only a fitness regime but also a fun way to make friends, is also undertaking fundraising events to raise money for equipment and competition funds.

Stephanie Miles
runs the club and is passionate about cheerleading and, whilst at the Chesterfield Football Club Open Day, where the girls were performing, told us why, "I've been doing cheerleading for a few years, since I was at University. When I came back to Chesterfield, I realised there were no opportunities..." READ MORE...

A Level Results Out Tomorrow - A Guide For Going To Uni

A Level Results Out Tomorrow - A Guide For Going To UniWednesday 15th August 2012 Hundreds of teenagers across Chesterfield will be receiving their A level results tomorrow and finding out whether they have attained the all important results to attend the university of their choosing.

For many it will be good news and it will be a case of confirming their offer but for some, results may not be as hoped and they will have to go through the clearing process, run by UCAS.

It's undoubtedly a difficult and emotional day for students whatever the outcome of the dreaded envelopes, but every school and college in Chesterfield... READ MORE...

And The Winner Is...

And The Winner for the Darts Legends night competition Is...Wednesday 15th August 2012 Thank You to everyone who entered our darts competition to win two tickets to spend an evening with John Lowe and Eric Bristow at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium on Friday 17th.

Out of a huge number of entries, Phil Shaw from Chesterfield was picked as the winner and he says he's "Delighted to have won!" after correctly telling us that John Lowe's nickname was 'Old Stoneface'.

Phil will now join other guests at the stadium for the event, which will see the two legends talk about their careers and enjoy a game or two.

Applications Now Open For New Police And Crime Panel Role

Applications Now Open For New Police And Crime Panel RoleWednesday 15th August 2012 Applications are being invited for a new role which will play a part in changes to the way crime and disorder is tackled in Derbyshire.

Later this year, Police Authorities, which hold forces in England and Wales to account, will be abolished and new Police and Crime Commissioner posts will be established. Derbyshire's candidates are now coming forward and elections for the new four-year post will take place on November 15th.

Meanwhile, a new Police and Crime Panel made up of... READ MORE...

Fancy A Trip To Manchester City?

Fancy A Trip To Manchester City?Wednesday 15th August 2012 The holidays may be more than half over - but to help get over the last bit of boredom the Chesterfield FC Community Trust has arranged a visit to the 2012 Community Shield holders, Manchester City, for an organised tour on Monday 20th August.

The price for the trip is £25 adults and £21 for children. These prices include both transport there and back and a tour around the Etihad Stadium.

The Community Trust say that, once the tour is over, there will be around thirty minutes allocated for a visit to the club superstore before returning to the coach for the journey home. READ MORE...

Inspired By The Olympics? Active Derbyshire Wants You!

Inspired By The Olympics? Active Derbyshire Wants You!Wednesday 15th August 2012 Active Derbyshire is launching a new competition for individuals and families who have been inspired by the amazing summer of sport and are taking a fresh approach to physical activity.

We want to hear great stories from people who, having been 'Wow'd by Wiggins' or 'Energised by Ennis', have taken up or tried a new sport or physical activity and have made plans to keep it up in the future.

Entrants are in with the chance of winning great sports prizes, including £100 sports vouchers. There are two prize categories; individuals and families. READ MORE...

Africa Bound!

Africa Bound with the National Police Aid Convoys in ZambiaTuesday 14th August 2012 Later this week, five people from the Bolsover area will join the sixteen strong team from the National Police Aid Convoys charity, who are travelling to Zambia to meet the two huge containers of aid dispatched in April and to check on some of the fifteen sent since Christmas.

Although individuals travel out occasionally, the Zambia team trip only happens every two years with the last occurring in 2010, when twenty people ventured out together.

Pam Richardson and Jack Slack (81) from Creswell, have been with the charity for 10 years and are very excited by the prospect. READ MORE...

Derbyshire's 2011 Census Figures Released

Council Proposals Aim To Improve Customer ConvenienceTuesday 14th August 2012 Derbyshire's population of 769,700 has grown at a slower rate than that of England and the East Midlands according to the results of the 2011 Census.

Since 2001, the number of residents in the county has increased by 35,100 (4.8%), compared to a 7.9% increase in England and 8.7% in the East Midlands.

Meanwhile, the proportion of pre-school age population has increased slightly, while the number of school-age children (5-14) has declined and the number of people aged 65+ in the county has grown, representing 18.6% of Derbyshire's population. READ MORE...

"An Amazing Experience" Olympic Volunteer Kay Adkins

An Amazing Experience! Chesterfield Olympic Volunteer Kay AdkinsMonday 13th August 2012 The Olympics has now drawn to a close and is being hailed a huge success for Team GB.

It's not just in the arenas though where the UK has proven itself, but also behind the scenes where thousands of officials and volunteers have made it all seem well, seamless!

One of those volunteers was Kay Adkins, who, during her day job, is a Community Trust Officer at Chesterfield Football Club. She's just arrived back in Chesterfield after being part of the excitement for the last 2 weeks... READ MORE...

Seasons Greetings! 2012/13 Campaign Kicks Off With Fun Day

Seasons Greetings! Chesterfield Fc's 2012/13 Campaign Kicks Off With Annual Open DayMonday 13th August 2012 It was yet another successful Open Day at the b2net yesterday, as thousands packed the car park and concourses of the stadium for the event - which thankfully was held in warm sunshine.

As ever there was a chance for supporters to meet players old and new with all available for autographs and photographs over the 4 hour period, along with management.

The man in most demand was Johnstone's Paint Trophy hero, scorer of the winning goal, Craig Westcarr, with fans keen to shake his hand... READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 14

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 13th August 2012
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...

Darts Legends 'Double Up' At Chesterfield FC. WIN 2 TICKETS!

Darts Legends 'Double Up' At Chesterfield FC. WIN 2 TICKETS!Friday 10th August 2012 If Darts was an Olympic Sport, two visitors to the Chesterfield Football Stadium next week would surely have been in medal contention more than a few times.

Local lad John Lowe, born and bred in Chesterfield, and his regular foe Eric Bristow will be hosting an evening of darts at the Whittington Moor Stadium on Friday 17th August and will be chatting about their careers, along with taking in the odd game of darts too.

John of course was known as the 'gentleman' of the game... READ MORE...

Auto Windscreens Helps Local Cancer Charity

Auto Windscreens Helps Local Cancer CharityFriday 10th August 2012 Derbyshire-based Auto Windscreens has rallied round to raise funds for Cancer Relief, after the local charity was conned out of £10,000 worth of stock.

Cancer Relief was founded four years ago by Steve and Tracey Coupe after family and friends were affected by cancer. It relies on donations of clothing from members of the public, which it sells in bulk to recycling companies. The profit made is used to help cancer sufferers pay for treatment and ongoing care.

On 21st May the charity agreed a deal with a company... READ MORE...

Consultation On Derwent House Closure Nearly Up

Consultation On Derwent House CLosure Nearly UpFriday 10th August 2012 Derbyshire County Council announced in May that they proposed to close Derwent House home for older people in Ulverston Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, and build up to 50 one and two-bedroomed 'extra care' apartments and communal facilities on the same site.

A 12 week consultation was launched to ask people who would be affected by the closure of Derwent House, a 40-bed home, what they thought of the proposals.

Anyone who wishes to contribute is now reminded that the consultation period ends on Friday 17th August 2012 with some residents, relatives and... READ MORE...

Gold Awards For Ashover Flower Arrangers

Gold Awards For Ashover Flower ArrangersFriday 10th August 2012
While many eyes were focussed on Wednesday's events at the London Olympics, flower arrangers in Ashover were busy collecting gold awards of a different kind at the well attended annual village show.

A Gold certificate was awarded to Ashover Flower Arrangers' Club for their eye-catching interpretation of "This green and pleasant land".

There was also a Gold for Ashover Church Flower Guild for their celebration of the life and works of Charles Dickens. READ MORE...

Netherthorpe School To Open It's Doors To Local Community

Chesterfield's Netherthorpe School To Open It's Doors To Local CommunityWednesday 8th August 2012 Chesterfield's Netherthorpe School has announced that it will be opening its doors to the local community when the new school buildings open in September 2012.

Netherthorpe has recently signed a contract with Facilities for All Limited, a company who specialise in letting school facilities to the community.

The facilities available to the community at Netherthorpe are: Sports Hall; Activity / Dance Studio; Outdoor Multi Use Games Area; Grass Football Pitches and Changing Rooms; Drama Studio; Music Practice Rooms... READ MORE...

State-Of-The-Art Fitness Suite Opens In Clay Cross

State-Of-The-Art Fitness Suite Opens In Clay CrossWednesday 8th August 2012 A state-of-the-art fitness suite is now open at Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Clay Cross following the first phase of a £530,000 revamp.

The new 40-station gym has been created in the former bar area of the centre, the building has been made more energy efficient and disabled access has been improved - with a new wheelchair-accessible poolside viewing area as part of the upgrade.

Meanwhile work is ongoing to refurbish and modernise the reception area, with improvements set to be complete in September. READ MORE...

Clowne 'Village Fest' In Aid Of Kids'n'Cancer

Clowne 'Village Fest' In Aid Of Kids'n'CancerWednesday 8th August 2012 The Village Bar, Clowne (the old Girl's School on Mill Street) is hosting their next 'Village Fest' in aid of the Kids'n'Cancer charity, from 12 noon till 12 midnight on Saturday 18th August.

Entry is FREE and there is entertainment from EDUCATABLES, WAKING VEGAS, AFTER HOURS, I.O, SCOTT & THE MEGABLOCKS, HEARING COLOUR, JAY MYA, NATTERJACKS, GONE BY 7, plus much much more!!

For further information, contact Kids'n'Cancer's Events Manager, Andrea Hooley on 07507 236407 or email ahooley@kidsncancer.co.uk

Beer2net2 - The Second Coming

Beer2net - The Second ComingTuesday 7th August 2012 Following the success of the inaugural Beer2Net Beer Festival in 2011, a second 'round' is being organised for October.

Football supporter and real ale fan, Phil Tooley, brought two of his passions together in March last year and nearly 2,000 people poured through the doors into the concourses of Chesterfield FC's B2net stadium to sample some stunning Derbyshire brewed beers.

Organised in conjunction with the Derbyshire Brewers' Collective (DBC) and with invaluable help from the Chesterfield branch of CAMRA... READ MORE...

Consultation On N E Derbyshire's Avenue Site Begins

Consultation On N E Derbyshire's Avenue Site BeginsTuesday 7th August 2012 Local Residents are now being asked for their views on the Avenue in Wingerworth - a key development site for new homes, employment, green space and leisure facilities in North East Derbyshire.

The former Avenue Coking Works is currently at the centre of a massive clean-up operation to bring the once heavily contaminated land back into use for future generations, due to be completed by 2015.

NE Derbyshire District Council is now consulting on a draft 'strategic planning framework' to assess future proposals to develop the site. READ MORE...

An Evening Of Entertainment For Ashgate At The Olde House

An Evening Of Entertainment For Ashgate At The Olde HouseMonday 6th August 2012 There is to be a great evening of entertainment for everybody in aid of Ashgate Hospice at The Olde House at Loundsley Green, Chesterfield on Friday 26th October 2012.

It promises to be a great night out with a comedy hypnotist, live music, photographer, sweet stall, raffle and much more.

Tickets are £10 per person and are available by either emailing Angie Lane at lane.a3@sky.com or call 07411 006 098 or call Emily at Ashgate Hospice on (01246) 568801.

Recycle Clothes, Raise Funds, Reward Yourself!!

Recycle Clothes, Raise Funds, Reward Yourself!!Monday 6th August 2012 Our BHS store in Chesterfield is marking the launch of their new Autumn collections and Back to School campaign, by inviting families across Chesterfield to clear-out their clothes to support the NSPCC.

For every bag of clothes donated via the NSPCC's official partner 'Clothes Aid', BHS will give shoppers a £5* voucher to spend in-store. The NSPCC will receive £300 for every tonne of clothing collected, the equivalent of around 200 bags.

To take part, members of the public in Chesterfield should fill a large bag with their unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and bags, and call Clothes Aid's helpline on 08450 722 780 to arrange a convenient collection time. A £5* BHS shopping voucher will be given for each full bag of clothing collected. READ MORE...

Come On Eileen(s)!

Come On Eileen!Monday 6th August 2012 Staff at Bon Marché in Chesterfield are looking for all local ladies called 'Eileen' to help them celebrate 30 years in business.

In 1982, when Bon Marché began trading, 'Come on Eileen' by Dexys Midnight Runners was topping the charts, so the staff are searching for ladies named Eileen to commemorate their birthday by launching balloons outside their store on Friday 17th August 2012.

All 'Eileens' will be entered into a draw and the winner will also receive an outfit, worth £30.00 from Bon Marché's Autumn / Winter collection. READ MORE...

Have You Seen Charley The Cat?

Have You Seen Charley The Cat?Monday 6th August 2012 Charley the cat (pictured) went missing from New Whittington on Friday 3rd August.

His family are distraught and two young children are missing him dreadfully.

He is microchipped. He may be heading home to Avenue Road where he lives (he was staying with the children's nana).

Could everyone in the area please check their outbuildings for him and, if seen, please ring 01246 450098 or 07723 425084. His family are very grateful for your help.

Could You Be Part Of Something Worthwhile?

Could You Be Part Of Something Worthwhile?Friday 3rd August 2012 Ladies from The Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield held a Charity Stall at The Rotary Classic Car & Bike Show at Ashover Show Ground on Sunday in aid of Ashgate Hospice.

The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs is the largest women's organisation in the world, many members being wives or widows of Rotarians.

However, membership has opened up to likeminded ladies who wish to join an organisation offering fellowship and friendship, while at the same time, helping those less fortunate than ourselves both at home and overseas. READ MORE...

Phone Mast Proposal Rejected In North East Derbyshire

Phone Mast Proposal's Rejected In North East DerbyshireThursday 2nd August 2012 Proposals for a 14-metre high mobile phone mast on North East Derbyshire green belt land have been turned down by planners.

Applicants Vodafone Ltd sought permission to erect the mast site on land close to the junction of Acorn Ridge and Walton Back Lane in Walton.

Over 20 residents objected to the plans - voicing concerns about the mast's proximity to St John's Church and a play area on Beeley View.

N E Derbyshire District Council considered the application... READ MORE...

Local Musicians Take To The Bandstand

Local Musicians Take To The BandstandThursday 2nd August 2012 Local musicians will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the largest closing cultural event of London 2012 on 9th September, thanks to Chesterfield Borough Council.

Musical performances held in Queen's Park will be one of hundreds of outdoor, community concerts taking place simultaneously across the country, making up the Bandstand Marathon.

Music of all types is welcomed. Bands, groups, choirs and individual musicians are being sought to perform, helping to make the Bandstand Marathon truly memorable and create a cultural legacy. READ MORE...

Grab A Bargain At Chesterfield Market

Grab A Bargain At Chesterfield MarketThursday 2nd August 2012 We in Chesterfield often take it for granted but, whether it's your fruit and veg or a new wardrobe of clothes, antiques and jewellery or children's toys - it's all available at Chesterfield's outdoor and indoor markets.

Chesterfield's traditional open air market has been going since at least 1165, when the Sheriff of Derbyshire recorded an account of £12s 7d from the market of Chesterfield. The town was granted a Market Charter in 1204, but early in the 1220's it outgrew its original site near the Crooked Spire Church and it was moved to the current site in the main market square. READ MORE...

Promoting The Changing Face Of Chesterfield

Promoting The Changing Face Of ChesterfieldWednesday 1st August 2012

Destination Chesterfield, in partnership with local developers, has launched a series of hoardings to tell the story of the changing face of Chesterfield.

The new hoardings, which have been erected at the Ravenside Retail Park and at the Shorts Accountants development on Ashgate Road, are part of Destination Chesterfield's 'Warm Welcome' campaign and are supported by the town's 110-strong business network, Chesterfield Champions and the European Regional Development Fund. READ MORE...

Grand Finale For Derbyshire Baton Challengers

Grand Finale For Derbyshire Baton ChallengersTuesday 31st July 2012
Sporting glory has been achieved by hundreds of youngsters and families who have taken part in the Derbyshire Baton Challenge.

More than 500 youngsters and families got into Olympic action by carrying five batons 212 miles through the country from the Olympic Stadium, London, to Derbyshire.

Olympian silver medallist Phil Brown started the challenge - the first of its kind for Derbyshire - on Sunday 22nd July. READ MORE...

Get Active Earlier At Queen's Park Leisure Centre

Get Active Earlier At Queen's Park Leisure CentreTuesday 31st July 2012 Chesterfield Borough Council has announced a change to the opening hours at Queen's Park Sports Centre (QPSC).

The earlier opening hours will now see the gym opening at 6.30am (Monday - Friday) giving people more time to use the facility before their normal working day and the swimming pool also opening, Monday to Friday, at 7.30am.

Councillor Nick Stringer, Executive Member for Leisure at the Council said: "We've carried out research with our customers, looking at when they use the Centre and these new times provide much greater flexibility..." READ MORE...

Record Crowds For Ashovers Classic Car And Bike Show

Record Crowds For Ashovers Classic Car And Bike ShowTuesday 31st July 2012 Local charities are set to benefit to the tune of over £10,000 after a Classic Car and Bike show attracted thousands of visitors to see over 600 cars and bikes exhibited by enthusiasts from all around the region.

The fund-raising event, organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock, was held in the idyllic setting of Ashover Showground last Sunday, 29th July 2012.

The Winner was Colin Payne from Mansfield Woodhouse with a mint condition 1963 bright red Triumph TR4 Hardtop Coupe... READ MORE...

Rubbish Grant Great For Staveley Methodist Church's New Roof

Rubbish Grant Great For Staveley Methodist Church's New RoofTuesday 31st July 2012 The many users of Staveley Methodist Church on Chesterfield Road will soon be able to meet up for events and activities in a drier, warmer and more welcoming environment as The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded the church a £15,000 grant to install a new roof and ceiling.
 
The grant means that the total amount the company has awarded to community and environmental projects in Derbyshire over the last three years now stands at £389,400.

The roof was installed in 1985 and is now showing its age... READ MORE...

Council's New Code Of Conduct Sets A High Standard

Council's New Code Of Conduct Sets A High StandardTuesday 31st July 2012 A former senior police officer has been appointed to help oversee a new code of conduct at North East Derbyshire District Council.

Ian Daines who was Assistant Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police - alongside former Assistant Chief Fire Officer for South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Stuart Hooton - will provide independent scrutiny into any complaints made against district, parish and town councillors in North East Derbyshire.

The new Ethical Standards Framework sets out the high standards of conduct that the council expects of its elected representatives... READ MORE...

£1m Kick Start For Chesterfield's First Time Buyers Beckons

£1m Kick Start For Chesterfield's First Time Buyers BeckonsMonday 30th July 2012
An innovative scheme, which aims to help first time buyers in Chesterfield to get onto the property ladder, is up for approval by the Council tomorrow (Tuesday 31st).

The Local Authority Mortgage Support Scheme was first mooted back in May 2011 and will be debated at Council tomorrow night after concerns that the local housing market was suffering, as a result of the financial climate, with low sales. The outlook remains uncertain say experts, exacerbated by the lack of mortgage availability, which will keep prices low. READ MORE...

Local Lads Complete Charity Challenge For Help For Heroes

Local Lads Complete Charity Challenge For Help For HeroesMonday 30th July 2012 Chesterfield born Jordan Passarelli, Ryan Lawty, Daljit Mehat and Oliver Pool - are delighted to have completed the intense 5 Peaks Challenge in aid of national charity 'Help For Heroes'.

The lads who have spent all of 2012 drumming up support, (as reported previously in The Chesterfield Post), events and necessary funds are absolutely delighted to have returned safe and sound and with a healthy £4,270 to donate to the cause.

Their completion date is September and they are having a final push to reach their target of £5,200 and they can only do this with your support... READ MORE...

Extra Derbyshire Handy Van Will Help More Vulnerable

Extra Derbyshire Handy Van Will Help More VulnerableMonday 30th July 2012 Derbyshire's Handy Van Network is planning to expand to offer equipment that will help hundreds more vulnerable people to live safely and independently in their own homes.

The Derbyshire Handy Van Network is coordinated by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and local district and borough councils.

The service, run on a day-to-day basis by local agencies, is free and delivers practical support to older and vulnerable people in their own homes... READ MORE...

Missing Tortoise In New Whittington - Please Help Us Find Him!

Missing Tortoise In New Whittington - Please Help Us Find Him!Saturday 28th July 2012 A much loved family pet tortoise has managed to get out of his pen in New Whittington and is very lost!

His owners are distraught as he's been with them for more than 10 years and would dearly love to see him back safe and sound. He's average adult size (about 10" long) and has a black traingle on his back near his bum!
Please check your gardens, hedges and any sheltered areas where he may have hidden himself away for a snooze. They're faster than you think when the suns out, so he may have travelled quite a way. If you see him, please stick him in a box and let us know on 07821 510005 or email mark@chesterfieldpost.co.uk. Thank you!

26 Years On, Chernobyl Children Take Time Out In Chesterfield

26 Years On, Chernobyl Children Take Time Out In ChesterfieldFriday 27th July 2012 It's now 26 years since the disaster at Chernobyl shocked the world and contaminated the area surrounding the Ukrainian nuclear plant, scarring the lives of many generations of families.

The explosion and subsequent fire in April 1986 is still considered to be the worst nuclear power plant accident in history and caused huge quantities of radioactive material to be released in the atmosphere - affecting some of the USSR and Europe.

To this day the area around the former plant, evacuated in the immediate aftermath of the explosion, suffers after effects... READ MORE...

New Era Tattoo Studio Is Latest Celebrity Hotspot

New Era Tattoo Studio Is Latest Celebrity HotspotFriday 27th July 2012 New Era Tattoo based in Dronfield, Derbyshire, has become the latest celebrity hotspot thanks to tattooist to the stars, Crip.

His flawless creative work has spread nationwide after tattooing many well known faces including Ryan Fletcher from the band Lawson, Actor Jake Roche (son of Coleen Nolan), Shameless Actor Elliott Tittensor and 6 times Best Actor, Danny Miller - to name but a few.

Social media site Twitter has gone crazy for Crips artwork including individuals attending consultations all the way from London... READ MORE...

Have Your Say On Big Development Issues For NE Derbyshire

Have Your Say On Big Developments In North East DerbyshireFriday 27th July 2012 North East Derbyshire residents are being invited to have their say on the big issues affecting the future development of the district, as part of an important consultation which gets underway in August.

How many new homes should be built, the way in which land should be allocated for housing and employment sites, and how a review of the Green Belt should be carried out are among the main issues up for discussion.

The public consultation focuses on the early development of North East Derbyshire District Council's Local Plan (formerly known as the 'Core Strategy') ... READ MORE...

Mary's Marvellous Vintage & Craft Market, St Mary's Sheffield

Mary's Marvellous Vintage & Craft Market, St Mary's SheffieldFriday 27th July 2012 St Mary's Community Centre is a charity operating in Sheffield.

Each month, they put on a Vintage and Crafts Market as a fundraising event to help raise money for community projects.

Bringing together dozens of local traders specialising in 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s design alongside talented local artists and crafters, the event is held in the beautiful St Mary's Church, Bramall Lane, Sheffield on 25th August, from 10am - 5pm. READ MORE...

Local Primary School Cooks Up A Storm In Competition

Local Primary School Cooks Up A Storm In CompetitionWednesday 25th July 2012 Mini chefs in Derbyshire have proven to be amongst the best in the country, having cooked their way to success in a nationwide healthy cooking competition.

Pupils from two primary schools - Doveridge Primary School in Ashbourne and Old Hall Junior School in Chesterfield - have been crowned the East Midlands regional champions of the Let's Get Cooking 'BIG Cookathon 2012'.

Both clubs will receive special framed certificates and a portion of a £5,000 prize pot to spend on their Let's Get Cooking club. READ MORE...

Willmott Dixon In Line For £23m Derbyshire Care Homes

Willmott Dixon In Line For £23m Derbyshire Care HomesWednesday 25th July 2012 Willmott Dixon have announced today that they will deliver nearly 200 extra care apartments in Derbyshire after being chosen by Chevin Housing Association to build new accommodation at three locations.

The £23 million contract is in the final stages of being agreed with Chevin Housing Association, part of The Together Housing Group, which is Derbyshire County Council's chosen partner to build and manage three initial Extra Care schemes in Chesterfield, Alfreton and Clay Cross.

Willmott Dixon's involvement strengthens its track record... READ MORE...

More Than 200 Groups Now Benefit From £163,000 Grant Fund

More Than 200 Groups Now Benefit From £163,000 Grant FundWednesday 25th July 2012 More than 200 local clubs and groups have so far benefited from grants totalling more than £163,000 from Derbyshire County Council's Community Action Grant fund.

In the fourth funding round just announced, a further 50 groups have taken a share of grants totalling £41,284 to help them improve life in their communities.

The funding will support projects including children's play schemes, music and arts events, activities for older people, keep fit initiatives, projects for young people and community improvement schemes. READ MORE...

Town Steps Back In Time...

Chesterfield Town Steps Back In Time at the Medieval MarketTuesday 24th July 2012 The footfall on Chesterfield's famous cobbles could probably have been measured in the tens of thousands today as people packed the town to take part in the famous medieval market event.

Held annually, the fun packed day sees market traders decked out in medieval finery with fair maidens mixing with Knights and even the occasional peaceful dragon wandering down the High Street.

Charities - including Kids'n'Cancer and the Mayor's Appeal were represented on stalls, along with The Nenna Kind Centre and Fairplay. READ MORE...

Rise In Complaints Prompts Doorstep Fish Sale Scam Warning

Rise In Complaints Prompts Doorstep Fish Sale Scam WarningTuesday 24th July 2012 Residents are being warned not to fall for a doorstep scam where fish sellers leave them with a bill running into hundreds of pounds for goods they do not want.

Derbyshire County Council
is issuing the warning after a number of complaints from residents after door-to-door sellers show a piece of white fish to residents - often the elderly and vulnerable - saying they are selling it at "cheaper than supermarket prices". READ MORE...

Derbyshire's New High Sheriff Boxes Clever During Police Visit

High Sheriff Boxes Clever During Police VisitTuesday 24th July 2012 Derbyshire's High Sheriff has been learning the ropes of OzBox during a visit to Chesterfield Police Station.

Alan Woods, Derbyshire's new High Sheriff,
met Steve Osbaldeston MBE who founded the unique boxing-based scheme in 2003.

He was joined by chairman of GB boxing Derek Mapp and Ian Thomas, Strategic Director for Children and Younger Adults at Derbyshire County Council.

OzBox is free to youngsters aged 11 to 19... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Awarded Two Green Flag Awards

Chesterfield Awarded Two Green Flag AwardsMonday 23rd July 2012 Two of Chesterfield's outstanding parks have once again joined the prestigious ranks of best parks in the UK after they received a Green Flag Award - the national award for public and community parks and green spaces.

Holmebrook Valley Park has been awarded the Green Flag for the second year running, whilst Queen's Park is now celebrating its eighth year in a row.

A record number of sites (1,424) received the Green Flag award this year and Chesterfield Borough Council... READ MORE...

Casa Achieves A Second AA Rosette For Cocina

Casa Achieves A Second AA Rosette For Cocina RestaurantMonday 23rd July 2012 Casa Hotel in Chesterfield has scooped yet another accolade having been awarded a prestigious second Rosette for Cocina restaurant.

The hotel is celebrating its success fo