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Chesterfield Solicitor Struck-Off For Falsifying Documents
Monday 10th March 2014 A solicitor from Chesterfield has been struck off for falsifying correspondence she then presented to solicitors opposing her case, as well as the court that would be hearing the matter.
Joanne Coughlan, who was working at Simpson Sissons & Brooke Solicitors in Sheffield at the time, sent back-dated letters she had created to an opposing firm and to Northampton County Court, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) heard this week.
Ms Coughlan was acting in a personal injury case at the time... READ MORE...
Royal's Maternity Services Praised In National Safety Check
Monday 10th March 2014 A national 'safety check' of maternity services at Chesterfield Royal Hospital last week (March 6th), has singled the Trust out as 'the only one in the Midlands' to achieve top marks.
Assessors from the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) looked at the general clinical care mums-to-be, new mums and their babies receive, how women with high-risk pregnancy conditions are looked after, how staff communicate with patients and how services and care are organised.
While an assessment normally takes two days, the team... READ MORE...
Principal Swaps Desks For Bombardier Apprenticeship Role
Monday 10th March 2014 The Principal of a leading apprenticeship provider swapped his office for the home of Derby based manufacturer Bombardier on Friday, as part of the organisation's National Apprenticeship Week events.
Learning Unlimited's Trevor Clay said last week he was really looking forward to taking part in the job swap, which will see him take on the role of an apprentice for the day with the train and plane manufacturer.
Principal Clay said: "National Apprenticeship Week is an important opportunity to showcase the benefits of work placed learning in equipping..." READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 44
Monday 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...
This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (7th - 13th March)
Monday 10th March 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 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.
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...
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...
Businesses Urged To Celebrate Town's Success At Free Event
Friday 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!
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...
Man Gets 6 Years For Sexual Relations With 2 Underage Girls
Thursday 6th March 2014
A man who had sexual relationships with two 15-year-old girls has been locked up for six years.
Michael Smith, 24, of Chesterfield, admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child and two charges of common assault.
He was given a lifelong ban from having any unsupervised contact or communication of any kind with girls under the age of 16 years. He must also not have any contact with his victims. READ MORE...
County Council Issue Advice About Scarlet Fever For Parents
Thursday 6th March 2014 Public health officials from Derbyshire County Council are warning parents to look out for the symptoms of scarlet fever in their children.
This year there has been a higher number of reports of the illness, which most commonly occurs in children aged between two and eight.
To help prevent the spread of the disease, public health officials have published guidance about how to spot signs of infection and are advising parents to take children with suspected symptoms to their GP. READ MORE...
County Council Calls For Halt On M1 Speed Restriction
Thursday 6th March 2014
Proposals to introduce a 60mph speed limit on the M1 between junctions 28 and 31 are being opposed by Derbyshire County Council.
The Highways Agency wants to convert the hard shoulder into a fourth lane to widen the 18.5-mile stretch of motorway, as part of a project to improve traffic flow and allow greater volumes to use the route.
But by allowing more traffic to use the motorway, air pollution would be increased along the stretch which runs through three air quality management... READ MORE...
Great Opportunity To See Your Memories Of Saltergate In Print
Thursday 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...
Fancy The Chance To Build Your Own Dream Burger?
Thursday 6th March 2014 Ever wanted to make your mark on the menu at your local pub? Well now's your chance.
A Chesterfield pub/restaurant is giving local foodies the opportunity to create their ultimate dream burger, which if chosen, will feature in pubs across the nation - just in time to cheer on England during the summer's World Cup football.
The Donkey Derby, on Sheffield Road, is calling for burger buffs to help create pub restaurant chain Flaming Grill's first crowd-sourced burger - chosen by guests, for guests. READ MORE...
Council Tax Freeze For North East Derbyshire Residents
Wednesday 5th March 2014 North East Derbyshire District Council has taken the decision to freeze its part of the Council Tax as part of the council's plans to help local people.
The freeze, which was agreed at a Council meeting on Monday 3rd March 2014, will mean that there will be no increase in its share of the bill - to help hard-pressed families already struggling with the rising cost of living.
Council Leader Cllr Graham Baxter MBE said, "Despite continuing reductions in our government grants, we have taken this step to freeze our..." READ MORE...
Extra Staff Brought In To Tackle Potholes
Wednesday 5th March 2014 Road workers at Derbyshire County Council are working extra hours to help fix the backlog of potholes caused by extreme wet weather in the past few weeks.
Prolonged and heavy downpours battered roads across the county causing extensive damage in some places.
Over the past five weeks, the county council's Call Derbyshire contact centre received an average of 780 road-related calls a week in addition to potholes reported online. READ MORE...
ETF Board Visit Chesterfield College For Apprenticeships Week
Wednesday 5th March 2014 The Education and Training Foundation, a new organisation set up by government last year to enhance professionalism in the Further Education and skills sector, will be visiting Chesterfield College this week.
To mark National Apprenticeships Week, the visit is to find out about the exciting work the College is doing to develop the skilled workforce local employers need.
National Apprenticeships Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the... READ MORE...
The Search Is On To Crown Chesterfield's Carnival Queen
Wednesday 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...
Up To 30 Further Jobs On The Horizon At Markham
Tuesday 4th March 2014
More jobs are on the horizon for a flagship regeneration site after work began to expand operations for a Derbyshire food company.
Holdsworth, which has been operating since 1969 and supplies caterers across the UK, set up a base on Derbyshire County Council's Markham Vale site four years ago.
Now the family run firm is expanding its operations at Markham with a new warehouse and cold store, which is eventually expected to bring up to 30 jobs. READ MORE...
'Clare's Law' Launch Takes Place
Monday 3rd March 2014
A landmark scheme which enables people to check the police record of their partners has now begun in Derbyshire.
Clare's Law was launched across the county today, Monday, March 3rd, and forms part of a national focus on domestic abuse, running from 4th - 8th March.
The scheme is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in Salford in 2009. Clare was unaware of Appleton's history of violence against women. READ MORE...
Pensioner Denied Chance To Die At Home Beside His Brother
Monday 3rd March 2014 The Parlimentary and Health Service Ombudsman and Local Government Ombudsman, have upheld a complaint by a man who had requested that his brother was allowed to die at home.
A report, published this morning after an investigation, says that a retired South Yorkshire miner was prevented from going home to die beside the brother he had lived with his whole life, because of a string of errors by the five organisations tasked with looking after him.
The man, 77, who was unable to walk and who suffered from... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Western Front Association - Meeting Details
Monday 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'
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...
'Sold As Seen' Unstone Car Dealer Is Fined
Saturday 1st March 2014 A car dealer who was reported to Derbyshire County Council trading standards, has received a hefty fine for selling a car that was unworthy to be on the road.
At a hearing at Chesterfield Magistrates Court on Thursday 27th February, Carl Matthew Herring, 33, of Peak Close, Pilsley, pleaded guilty to charges relating to the sale of a used car.
A customer who bought the 'N' registered Peugeot 106 from the defendant's garage, complained to Derbyshire County Council trading standards... READ MORE...
Research Shows Chesterfield's Bus Passenger Satisfaction
Saturday 1st March 2014 A customer research exercise carried out by Stagecoach, designed to listen to customers and use their feedback to shape local services in Chesterfield, has highlighted strong levels of consistent customer satisfaction.
The survey showed that 100% of those who have used Stagecoach services intend to travel with the company again and 97% would recommend Stagecoach to a friend.
The appearance of Chesterfield bus drivers received top marks from passengers in the annual research with 92% of customers either very satisfied... READ MORE...
Wembley Coach Operators Urged To Contact Derbyshire Police
Friday 28th February 2014 Derbyshire police are asking coach and minibus firms taking Chesterfield fans to Wembley next month to inform them of their plans.
They would also like to hear from independent trip organisers. The idea is to help prevent parking problems on the day and give the Metropolitan Police a clear picture of the amount of coaches travelling to the stadium. The Spireites play Peterborough United on Sunday, March 30th in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Trip organisers, coach or minibus operators travelling to Wembley for the game are asked to call Football Intelligence Officer PC 2480 David Wright on 0300 122 8267
Chesterfield MP Backs Town Marathon
Friday 28th February 2014
Toby Perkins, Chesterfield MP and Shadow Business Minister, has given his support to the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon.
The Marathon will take place on Sunday, September 14th, in aid of children's charity Kids 'n' Cancer UK, along with other local charities and good causes.
Runners can take part in a full marathon, half marathon, fun run and a relay race, where four competitors take a share of the course. More than 1,000 people are expected to take part with entries now open for all events. READ MORE & VIDEO...
Parents To Be Notified About Secondary School Places
Friday 28th February 2014 Parents across the county will hear about their child's secondary school place on Monday 3rd March - and for the majority of families - it is good news!
The authority will make offers of places to 7,721 Derbyshire children on March 3rd and overall, 98.8% have been offered a place at one of their three preferred schools. Of those who applied by the closing date, 94.2% have been offered their first choice school.
This is the ninth year the county council has acted as a central... READ MORE...
Budding Beauticians To Raise Funds For Ashgate Hospice
Friday 28th February 2014 A group of budding beauticians will put their expertise to good use on Monday 3rd March as they host a pamper day for local residents in a bid to raise money for Ashgate Hospice.
The Level 3 apprentices from leading provider Learning Unlimited - part of the Chesterfield College Group - are offering a range of services from waxing to massaging and pedicures to facials, as part of the fundraising initiative.
The one off event will take place at the Chesterfield College site's beauty block, with lucky ladies experiencing an unrivalled day of relaxation from 9:30am until 4pm for just £30, including a healthy lunch... READ MORE...
Five Men Charged With Affray After Derby Football Match
Friday 28th February 2014 Five men have been charged in connection with disorder at a pub in Ripley before a match between Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday.
The men were arrested after a fight that broke out at the White Lion pub on the Market Place before the match at the iPro Stadium on Saturday, November 9th.
The men, aged between 27 and 44-years-old, have been charged with affray and will appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, March 5th.
Woman Charged In Connection With Distraction Burglary
Thursday 27th February 2014 A woman has been charged in connection with a distraction burglary at an address in Bolsover.
At around 12.30pm on Monday, February 24th, a woman knocked on the door of a flat on Welbeck Road asking for a glass of water.
The 22-year-old occupant went to get the woman a glass of water and the woman followed her into the flat. It is alleged the woman took the victim's purse from her handbag while she was out of the room. The woman left and the victim contacted police when she realised her purse was missing... READ MORE...
Young Entrepreneurs At Chesterfield's New Market Hall
Thursday 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
Thursday 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...
Police Issue CCTV After Alleged Assault In Chesterfield
Wednesday 26th February 2014 Police have released CCTV images of three people who may be able to assist in an investigation into an alleged assault in Chesterfield.
A 50-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted at an address in Hasland in the early hours of Sunday, February 9th. It is believed the victim may have spoken to the people pictured in the CCTV images in Groove Bar, Chesterfield.
It is thought the woman met the people in the bar in the hours before the assault took place before leaving between 3.50am and 4am. READ MORE...
New Renewable Energy Co-operative For Duckmanton
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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...
Forty-Six People Banned By Pub Watch In Chesterfield
Wednesday 26th February 2014 Forty-six people have been banned from a number of pubs and bars in Chesterfield in a unanimous decision by the town's Pub Watch members.
The individuals, a mixture of men and woman, were originally arrested by police in connection with drugs offences as the result of an operation in the town centre between October and December last year.
Each person has been banned for five years from entering 33 licenced premises in the town centre, which are members of Chesterfield Pub Watch... READ MORE...
Matlock Agree Lucrative New Sponsorship With Autoworld
Wednesday 26th February 2014 Matlock Town's ground will now be known as the 'Autoworld Arena', as details of the exciting new sponsorship deal emerged this week.
Gladiators' Chairman Tom Wright confirmed that negotiations were successfully completed on Monday afternoon, on what he had described as a "lucrative deal" for the club.
The Chesterfield based motor dealership will also be sponsoring the new Social Club which will become the Autoworld Lounge. READ MORE...
YOUTHINC Teenager's Magazine Hits Derbyshire Schools
Wednesday 26th February 2014 A magazine for Derbyshire teenagers is being delivered to secondary schools by Derbyshire County Council.
YOUTHINC magazine has been developed for young people, by young people, with the help of Derbyshire Youth Council.
The 32-page magazine has lots of useful advice about school, homework, body image and staying safe.
It also features celebrity interviews, information on b_line, the... READ MORE...
Family's Winning Streak In Vicar Lane Valentine's Competition
Wednesday 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...
Police Seek Information After Altercation In Shirebrook
Tuesday 25th February 2014
Police are appealing for information following an altercation between a group of men in Shirebrook.
Officers were called to the Market Place, Shirebrook, at around 8.15pm on Thursday, February 20th, to reports of a disturbance. When officers arrived the group dispersed.
A man also reported that someone attempted to steal his shopping bag as he made his way home from the Market Place at around 9.10pm that night. READ MORE...
8 Minutes To Get To The Scene, 12 Minutes To Save A Life!
Tuesday 25th February 2014 Following on from news of the Chesterfield Royal being featured on BBC1's 'Operation Hospital Food' this week, it's now the turn of the East Midlands Ambuilance Service (EMAS) to grab some limelight!
Nine University of Northampton Paramedic Students are followed as they embark on their first work placements with East Midlands Ambulance Service mentors.
A BBC Three award-winning production team who were behind the 'Junior Doctors:- your life in their hands' programme, have worked with The University of Northampton and EMAS to produce 'Junior Paramedics'... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Army Cadet Force Travels To Austria
Tuesday 25th February 2014
A group of 48 cadets and adult volunteers from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) had the opportunity to travel to Austria last week, to experience an exciting adventure training programme.
The event, known as Exercise Dragon Venturer Ski Cadet 2014, is an annual winter event in which a number of young people and adult instructors carry out a range of team building activities, such as building a snow shelter and skiing in varying conditions, as well as learning more about practical snow survival and receiving an introduction to using equipment to help locate people buried under... READ MORE...
Bogus Doorstep Charity Sales Victims Asked To Come Forward
Tuesday 25th February 2014
Police in North Derbyshire are appealing for potential victims of bogus door-to-door charity collectors to come forward.
A number of members of the public have reported to police they were visited by a woman claiming to be seeking sponsorship for a charity walk in aid of Help for Heroes.
The woman is described as white, around 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build, with shoulder-length mousey brown hair and bad teeth. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Royal Hospital Featuring In Hit BBC1 Series
Monday 24th February 2014 An innovative idea - aimed at helping elderly patients going home from hospital and who live alone - is to be featured in the new series of BBC1's 'Operation Hospital Food'.
Hosted by celebrity chef James Martin, the third series of the hit TV show will focus on several projects from hospitals across the country, including the Royal, and is due to air on BBC1 at 9.15am every morning from Monday 24th to Friday 28th February.
The Royal's project involves an initiative from the retail and health side of the Trust, along with the British Red Cross - with made to order... READ MORE...
Ginny Davies In 'Something Fishy' At The Hollingwood Hub
Monday 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...
DVLA Wants Swinging Success As TA12 ZAN Goes Up For Sale
Monday 24th February 2014 One lucky motorist could well be lord of the urban jungle, thanks to DVLA Personalised Registrations, who are auctioning -
"TA12 ZAN" later this week.
The registration, which clearly resembles the name of the jungle-living hero created by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, is among 1,500 personalised registrations going under the auctioneers' hammer during the Agency's first live sale of 2014 which gets underway at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield on Wednesday, February 26th.
While the three-day sale is festooned with fun-related registrations... READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Teenager Is Assaulted In Chesterfield
Friday 21st February 2014
Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was assaulted as he walked along a footpath in Chesterfield.
An 18-year-old man was walking along a footpath leading from Wheatbridge Road to St Augustine's Road carrying a skateboard when he was stopped by a man. The man took a knife from his pocket which he held up to the victim's face.
The victim hit the man with his skateboard before running to a family member's nearby address. The victim suffered a small cut to his face. READ MORE...
Ticket Details For Chesterfield FC's JPT Wembley Final
Friday 21st February 2014
Ticket details for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, when Chesterfield face Peterborough United at Wembley, on Sunday, March 30th, have been released.
The Spireites, who beat Fleetwood Town 3-2 on aggregate over two legs in the Northern area final, have been allocated around 21,000 tickets.
Tickets, priced from £20 to £60 (adults) and from £10 to £30 *(concessions), will be sold from the Ticket Office at the Proact Stadium as follows... READ MORE...
Valentine's Day Proposal And A £5,000 Win For Happy Couple
Friday 21st February 2014 Josh Adams knew he was going to propose to the love of his life, but didn't realise how surreal a moment it would be until Valentine's Day in Mecca Chesterfield when he popped the question.
"I had a speech planned and everything, but when I got the mic in my hand and saw 500 people watching, I realised I didn't really know what I was saying," said the 20-year-old. "Jasmine was very surprised and started crying."
After composing herself, Jasmine Durrant, from Bakewell, said "Yes" to Josh, which brought a rapturous applause from the full house. Jasmine has... READ MORE...
Sixteen New Derbyshire Police Officers Are Sworn In
Friday 21st February 2014 A driving instructor, prison officer and supermarket manager are amongst sixteen new police officers are being officially sworn in at a ceremony this evening.
The recruits,who range from 22 to 47 years old, started training in October 2013 and tonight will attend the ceremony at Police Headquarters, Ripley at 6.30pm.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: "I am delighted that the Constabulary has recruited 16 new officers who will be based across the county. We are now bringing fresh blood into the organisation and it is tremendous that there... READ MORE...
This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (21st - 27th Feb)
Friday 21st February 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 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.
Police Appeal After A Serious Assault In Chesterfield Town
Thursday 20th February 2014 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information about an assault in the town centre which has left the victim needing surgery.
Sometime between midnight and 2am on Saturday, January 25th, a 22-year-old man was assaulted on Corporation Street in the vicinity of Mojo bar.
The victim recalls being approached by a man who knocked over his drink in a smoking area outside Mojo, the next thing he remembers is being punched and kicked by a man described as stocky. The victim suffered injuries including a broken cheek, a broken eye socket and cuts and he has had to undergo... READ MORE...
Care At Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust?
Thursday 20th February 2014 England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals is urging people in Derbyshire to tell CQC what they think of services run by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.
Their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the service.
The community health service is being inspected under radical changes being introduced by the Care Quality Commission. The formal inspection, by a team including clinical experts and people who have experience of... READ MORE...
New Advice Centres In Chesterfield Are A Step Nearer
Thursday 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...
The Air Ambulance Service Launches 'Power Hour' Appeal
Thursday 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...
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Police Appeal After Land Rover Is Targeted By Car Thieves
Wednesday 19th February 2014 Police are appealing for witnesses after a Land Rover was damaged by thieves attempting to steal parts.
The vehicle was parked in Rembrandt Drive, Dronfield, when it was targeted between 4.30pm on Wednesday, February 12th and 7.20am the next day. The offenders removed the indicators and headlights from the vehicle before drilling the driver's side door lock, but left without taking anything. A Suzuki Carry van, which was believed to have been stolen from an address in South Yorkshire, was left at the scene. Anyone who may have seen the Suzuki Carry van being driven in the area should call Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Rail Disruption Between Chesterfield And Sheffield Until April
Wednesday 19th February 2014 East Midlands Trains have said that there will be some disruption on trains around the area, after a line-side embankment between Chesterfield and Sheffield, which has been gradually moving towards the railway line since the beginning of January 2014, is causing concern.
The situation has been constantly monitored since January and as the hillside continues to move, it is causing damage to the track.
As a result of this, emergency engineering works are taking place between Chesterfield and Sheffield to repair the track and stop the embankment from slipping any further. READ MORE...
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
Tuesday 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...
Scrap Metal Dealers Reminded Of New Legislation
Tuesday 18th February 2014
Residents in Bolsover and North East Derbyshire are being reminded about new licensing rules for scrap metal dealers which came into force last October.
The legislation means that anybody collecting scrap metal or salvaging motor parts in the two districts must have a licence issued by their local authority.
The new laws are designed to help tackle increasing rates of metal theft across the country, and replace the old 'registration' scheme with a new... READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Attempted Robbery In Bolsover
Monday 17th February 2014 Police are seeking witnesses after a group of youths attempted to rob a man as he walked through Bolsover town centre.
At around 9pm on Sunday, February 16th, a 43 year old man was walking through the former Co-op car park, off Oxcroft Lane, when he was approached by a group of teenage boys who asked for money. The man refused and a scuffle ensued before the group ran off in the direction of the market. Nothing was stolen but the victim suffered cuts to his face.
There were around eight offenders who were white, around 16 to... READ MORE...
Local MP Becomes Disabled Children's Charity Champion
Monday 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...
Vital Centre Expansion Brings Economic Hope To The Area
Friday 14th February 2014 There is more good news on the jobs front for the local area, after it was announced that a business centre which is playing a vital role in the drive to bring thousands of jobs to Derbyshire, is to be extended in a £975,000 scheme.
The Markham Vale Environment Centre is at the heart of Derbyshire County Council's Markham Vale regeneration site close to junction 29A of the M1.
The former coalfield site is eventually expected to employ around 5,000 people. It is already home to 28 businesses employing over 400 people. READ MORE...
Job Vacancy: NDVA Seek Development And Liaison Workers
Friday 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...
New Future For Landmark Chesterfield Building
Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Council Services, Councillor Brian Ridgway, said: "I'm delighted that we've been able to give the University the opportunity to extend their work into Chesterfield. This is the best possible use for the St Helena Centre.
"The University will bring new jobs to the area and create..." READ MORE...
Derbyshire FRS Outline Proposed Emergency Response Model
Thursday 13th February 2014
Following a comprehensive 12 week consultation - and subsequent evaluation - Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) today presented a series of proposals in relation to the "Transforming Service Delivery - Fit to Respond in 2022 and Beyond" project to Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority, at its first meeting of the year.
From the 1st October until the 23rd December 2013, through a range of consultation activities, DFRS sought views from stakeholders on 14 proposals that would form a new emergency response model for Derbyshire. READ MORE...
Gale Force Winds Cause Damage Across Chesterfield
Thursday 13th February 2014
Gale force winds affecting much of the UK last night also caused plenty of damage across Chesterfield, leaving collapsed trees, blocked roads, localised flooding and travel chaos in it's wake.
Sadly, the iconic St Mary and All Saints' 'Crooked Spire' Church lost one of it's oldest companions, when one of the magnificent trees that stands in the church grounds was uprooted and fell, with it's canopy laying on the ground right next to the church. Thankfully, the tree didn't cause any damage to the building and was this morning being cut apart and disposed of by the authorities. READ MORE...
Man Pays For Car Damage To Park Grass And Cricket Pitch
Thursday 13th February 2014 A man has paid £100 to help repair the grass and the cricket pitch at Queen's Park, Chesterfield, after he admitted churning up part of the ground with his car.
The 22-year-old, from Chesterfield, handed over the cash and apologised for the incident on Sunday, January 26th. Officers spoke with the park staff, who reported the incident, and said they would be happy if the costs of repairing the damage were recovered.
The crime was dealt with under restorative justice, an initiative... READ MORE...
Vicar Lane Valentine's Fundraiser For British Heart Foundation
Thursday 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
Thursday 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...
Major Travel And Train Disruption
Wednesday 12th February 2014 Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has said tonight that residents should consider their journeys very carefully as the county continues to be hit by very high winds.
They also ask that anyone who has to travel should leave extra time and pay attention to "Road Closed" signs. Their control room is receiving a high volume of calls about structural damage and fallen trees this evening and the service would like to remind people that 999 is for emergency use only.
East Midlands Train Services have also been disrupted and they... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Detectives Seek Information On 1960s Foster Home
Wednesday 12th February 2014 Derbyshire police are appealing to anyone who had connections with Middle Farm in Duckmanton in the 1960s to contact them.
Officers are investigating an allegation of a serious offence which allegedly occurred at the farm in the mid 1960s.
The investigation is at an early stage and although Detectives have interviewed people, no-one has been arrested.
Derbyshire, Sheffield and Rotherham social services placed... READ MORE...
FREE Childcare For Two Year Olds Announced
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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...
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Help With Floods In Other Counties
Wednesday 12th February 2014 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has said tonight that it is currently involved in providing on-going support to areas of the country currently affected by severe flooding.
In January, the Service deployed equipment, including a high volume pump (HVP), to Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, to assist them with the pumping of flood water that has been affecting the region for several weeks.
On Tuesday 11th February, a specialist water rescue team was deployed from the Service to assist Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service with... READ MORE...
Two Men Charged After Bookmaker Robberies
Tuesday 11th February 2014
Two men have been charged in connection with robberies at two bookmakers in Alfreton and South Normanton.
The first incident took place at around 9.30pm on Friday, January 31st, when staff at Ladbrokes, Market Street, South Normanton were threatened with a knife and forced to hand over cash.
A second robbery occurred at Ladbrokes, Nottingham Road, Alfreton at 5.20pm on Sunday, February 9th. READ MORE...
County Council Calls Time On Mental Health Discrimination
Tuesday 11th February 2014 Mental health stigma and discrimination is being tackled by Derbyshire County Council, as part of the national 'Time to Change' programme.
The county council pledged its commitment to the campaign on Friday at an awareness raising event held at County Hall in Matlock.
Time to Change aims to reduce mental health discrimination, help people with mental health problems able to address discrimination and hold an annual mass participation event centred around physical activity to bring together people... READ MORE...
Primary School Football Team 'Kitted' Out In Style
Tuesday 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...
Director Joe Wright Seeks Peter For Upcoming Film 'Pan'
Tuesday 11th February 2014 One aspiring young actor will have the opportunity to portray one of the most iconic characters ever created, in an all-new big screen adventure based on J.M. Barrie's beloved character Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up.
Warner Bros. Pictures and the filmmakers behind the upcoming feature film "Pan", are hosting an open casting call on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, at Wembley Arena, for the title role in Director Joe Wright's live-action adventure.
Boys of all ethnicities, aged 11 to 13, are invited to audition for... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Borough Council Looks For Community Leaders
Monday 10th February 2014 Chesterfield Borough Council is looking for residents to chair the council's Community Assemblies.
The positions are voluntary, although the Council will pay reasonable expenses for costs incurred carrying out the role and will involve chairing the assembly meetings four times each year.
Applications will be welcomed from residents in the Community Assembly areas.
The four Community Assemblies are: South Assembly covering... READ MORE...
Local Pub Closures For Selling Alcohol To Underage Drinkers
Monday 10th February 2014
Two pubs are to close for 48 hours after they were caught selling alcohol to underage volunteers during a test purchase operation.
The White Swan at Dronfield and the Whitecotes at Boythorpe, Chesterfield, sold booze to the teenagers for a second time in a three month period.
It is after the most recent operation by Derbyshire Police and trading standards on Saturday, January 25th at premises across Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Children's Services Praised By Watchdog
Monday 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
Friday 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...
Bombardier Contract welcomed By Natascha Engel MP
Thursday 6th February 2014 MP for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel, has welcomed the news that Bombardier of Derby have been awarded a £1 billion contract to build new trains for Crossrail.
Commenting on the news, Natascha Engel said: "This is wonderful news for the company and for the employees. Bombardier is the only company in the UK that builds trains and we should be safeguarding this manufacturing base.
"It is only right that this contract should be awarded to a British based company. In 2011, Bombardier lost out to German manufacturer Siemens..." READ MORE...
Spireites Memorial Garden Fundraising Kicks Off
Thursday 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...
Chesterfield Girl Has Beauty And Purpose
Thursday 6th February 2014 A Chesterfield girl is hoping to fulfill a childhood dream this coming Valentine's Day - and make it through to the Miss England finals.
Rachel Cadman, 21, is through to the finals of Miss South Yorkshire and will, over the course of the next week, be taking part in various disciplines, the combined scores of which will hopefully garner her the coveted local title.
Having survived Boot Camp, she will then progress through to the finals, where she will showcase sportswear, 'eco' wear (more on this later!) and... READ MORE...
Elderly Woman Pedestrian Injured By Car In Brimington
Wednesday 5th February 2014 Derbyshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision between a car and a pedestrian in Brimington.
At around 5.45pm on Tuesday, February 4th, a red Vauxhall Astra was in collision with an elderly woman on the A619 Chesterfield Road, near to Bradley Way, Brimington. The woman was taken to the Northern General Hospital with a head injury, a broken wrist and cracked ribs.
Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact the East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit on the Derbyshire Police non-emergency number, 101.
'Bite The Ballot' Or Be Bitten?
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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...
'On Yer Bike!' Cyclists Wanted To Represent Chesterfield FC
Wednesday 5th February 2014 An appeal has gone out for cyclists to represent Chesterfield FC in the London to Amsterdam Football League Challenge this summer.
Starting on Friday, June 6th and ending the following Monday, the challenge will involve cycling around 150 miles over two days. Under the leadership of a 'club captain', the team will raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
After cycling through the Essex countryside and boarding an overnight ferry from Harwich, those taking part will then follow the coastline on cycle... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Caledonians Talk On The Scottish Highlands
Wednesday 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...
New Location & Opening Hours For Chesterfield Post Office
Tuesday 4th February 2014 The Post Office is set to move Chesterfield Post Office from its current location to create a modern open-plan branch with extended opening hours for customers.
As reported previously, the new location for the branch is within WHSmith in The Pavements, Chesterfield, 190 metres from its current site at Market Place. The current branch will close at 5:30pm on Wednesday 26th March, with the new branch opening at 9:00am on Thursday 27th March.
The move, which comes following a public consultation, is part of... READ MORE...
Local Miners Prepare For Tribute To 'Terry'
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...
Work Starts On Empty Properties - But More Are Wanted
Tuesday 4th February 2014 The first owners of empty properties have signed up to a scheme to bring their property back into use and made available at an affordable rent - but others are urged to follow suit.
Homeowners, whose properties have been empty for at least six months and may be struggling to sell or rent it, can sign up to the scheme which will see their property bought back into use and offered to people at an affordable rent level.
The scheme, a partnership project between Bolsover District Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and Groundwork Creswell,... READ MORE...
New Whittington Primary School Receives UNICEF Award
Tuesday 4th February 2014 New Whittington Community Primary School has been awarded the prestigious Rights Respecting School Award by UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. UNICEF is the world's leading organisation working specifically for children.
UNICEF UK's Rights Respecting School Award recognises schools which show a high commitment to promoting children's rights and encourage children and young people to respect the rights of others.
The initiative now involves over 3,000 primary and secondary... READ MORE...
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...
A New Chef, New Menu And New Award For Devonshire Arms
Tuesday 4th February 2014 There’s not just a new chef and a new approach to dining at The Devonshire Arms, Middle Handley, but now there's another new award too.
The multi award-winning, Michelin listed inn, has recently welcomed new Head Chef Russell Caines.
With a wealth of experience gained around the country - and especially throughout North Yorkshire - Russell is the holder of a prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand accolade, awarded when he was the owner and Head Chef at... READ MORE...
Appeal For Witnesses After Cyclist Sustains Serious Injuries
Monday 3rd February 2014 Derbyshire Police are appealing for information after a serious road collision saw a cyclist sustain serious injuries.
At approximately 9:20 am on Saturday 1st February 2014, a collision occurred on the A624, Hayfield, between a blue MAN 7.5 tonne lorry and a 55 year old male pedal cyclist, riding a yellow pedal cycle. As a result the pedal cyclist has sustained serious injuries. Police have arrested and interviewed the driver of the lorry and are continuing with their enquiries. Police are asking for any witnesses to the collision or anyone who may have seen either the pedal cycle or the lorry around the time of the incident to call 101. the non-emergency number for Derbyshire Police.
Chesterfield Western Front Association - Meeting Details
Monday 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
Friday 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...
Most Sunbeds Fail Safety Test In County Council Survey
Friday 31st January 2014 Six out of ten sunbeds tested in a Derbyshire County Council survey were found to emit dangerously high levels of ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Tanning lamps are restricted to a certain power - by law and the legal limit across Europe - of 0.3 watts per square metre. This was adopted in 2009 because of growing health concerns.
But even sunbeds operating at this level give off the equivalent UV radiation to an hour's midday sun in Australia! READ MORE...
21 Jobs Saved At Chesterfield Manufacturer
Friday 31st January 2014 All 21 jobs have been saved at Chesterfield manufacturing company Flaretec Alloys and Equipment Limited, after it was bought out of administration.
The 35-year-old business, which manufactures plant for oil, gas and process industries, has been acquired by Hertfordshire-based Hephaestus Holdings Ltd and its new subsidiary Flaretec Alloys and Equipment (UK) Ltd.
Hephaestus, headed by Chris Heminway, is an investment group specialising in the turnaround of struggling industrial manufacturing businesses. READ MORE...
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...
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
Man Charged After Alleged Theft Of Test Drive Car
Tuesday 28th January 2014
A man has been charged with theft and various motoring offences after allegedly stealing a car he was test driving.
A Honda Civic was taken from outside the owner's address in Shirland at around 2.20pm on Friday, January 24th.
A man took the car for a test drive with the owner. The pair returned to the owner's house and once the owner got out of the car, the man allegedly drove off without offering any payment. READ MORE...
Poppy Appeal Total Is Up But Needs A New Wave Of Volunteers
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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
Monday 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?
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...
Man Jailed After Burglary In Chesterfield
Monday 27th January 2014
29 year old Shane Smith, pictured, broke into a house on Derby Road overnight between October 14th and 15th, 2013 and stole a flat screen TV, laptops and DVDs.
He was arrested after his fingerprints were found on the kitchen door. Smith, of Birchwood Crescent, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to burglary. He also asked for an offence of shoplifting at Tesco Express, Derby Road on October 2nd, 2013 to be taken into account by the judge. He was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay £100 victim surcharge at Derby Crown Court on Monday, January 13th.
Air Ambulance Lifts Injured Man To Hospital
Monday 27th January 2014
A 55-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital after being injured in an industrial accident in Dronfield, Derbyshire.
He suffered a badly cut and partially severed index finger after being trapped under a metal bar.
The incident happened last Friday, 24th January. Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were tasked to the incident at approximately 12:29pm and arrived at the scene 20 minutes later. READ MORE...
Half Price Travel Is Smart Move For Local Bus Passengers
Monday 27th January 2014 Bus passengers can travel around Chesterfield for half the price in a smart new move by Stagecoach, designed to help customers save money.
The leading bus operator is offering a 50 per cent discount on all of its weekly megarider tickets with a StagecoachSmart travel card. New and existing StagecoachSmartcard holders can buy a Chesterfield megarider for £5, a Chesterfield megarider Plus for £6 or a megarider Gold for £9.50.
The StagecoachSmart travel card is an electronic card that... READ MORE...
Wingerworth Residents Invited To Help Set Policing Priorities
Monday 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...
Police Find Body As They Search For Missing Dronfield Man
Saturday 25th January 2014 There is sad news tonight as police searching for a missing man say a body has been found in the Dronfield area this afternoon.
Officers believe it may be the body of Kevin Herbert, but formal identification has yet to take place.
Mr Herbert, 58, left Brookview Nursing Home, Holmley Lane, Dronfield, at around 9.50pm on Wednesday, January 22nd and was reported missing a short time later.
Police would like to thank everyone who helped in the search for Mr Herbert.
Norovirus Hits Royal's Durrant Ward - Visitor Advice
Friday 24th January 2014 Chesterfield Royal Hospital has said tonight that, due to an outbreak of Norovirus, enhanced infection control measures are in place on Durrant ward.
They ask that, if you are visiting a loved one on this ward, please ensure that you adhere to the strict hand hygiene measures in place, remain vigilant and clean you hands before entering and leaving the ward.
If you are experiencing the symptoms or have experienced them, please do not go and visit until you have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. READ MORE & VIDEO ADVICE...
Man Charged With Attempted Robbery In Brimington Shop
Friday 24th January 2014 A man has been charged in connection with an attempted robbery at a shop in Brimington.
Police were called to a newsagent on Station Road just before 7pm on Wednesday, January 22nd, after a man entered the store and allegedly threatened staff with an imitation gun. A shop worker suffered a shoulder injury during the incident.
Vincent Morris, 30, of no fixed abode, was arrested yesterday - Thursday, January 23rd - and has been charged with attempted robbery, assault, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit a serious offence and... READ MORE...
Derby MRT Join Edale MRT In Search For Missing Dronfield Man
Friday 24th January 2014
Derby Mountain Rescue Team joined forces with Edale Mountain Rescue on Thursday 23rd January, to search for 58 year old Kevin Herbert, missing from a nursing home in Dronfield.
As we have previously reported, Mr Herbert was reported missing from Brookview Nursing Home, Holmley Lane at around 10pm on Wednesday 22nd January. Derbyshire Police carried out house to house enquiries and used the police helicopter to search the local area before calling out mountain rescue at around 1pm to extend the search. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Attempted Robbery At Brimington Shop
Friday 24th January 2014 Detectives are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery of a shop in Brimington.
Police were called to Premier Express on Station Road, just before 7pm on Wednesday, January 22nd, after a man entered the store and threatened staff. A scuffle ensued and a member of staff suffered a dislocated shoulder for which he received hospital treatment.
The offender, who fled the scene before police arrived, was in possession of what police believe to be an imitation gun. READ MORE...
Major Milestone For The Avenue
Friday 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...
Growing Concern Over Missing Dronfield Man
Thursday 23rd January 2014 Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 58-year-old man missing from a nursing home in Dronfield.
Kevin Herbert left Brookview Nursing Home, Holmley Lane, at around 9.50pm on Wednesday 22nd January - and was reported missing a short time later. He is 5ft 7ins, of stocky build, with short cropped hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a red football shirt and jeans. Mr Herbert left on foot and is not thought to have any money with him or access to a vehicle and he may appear confused.
Police are urging anyone who sees a man fitting this description... READ MORE...
County Council Set To Consider 1.99% Council Tax Rise
Wednesday 22nd January 2014 Derbyshire County Council is proposing to increase Council Tax by 1.99% to help deal with a £157m shortfall in its budget by 2018.
As we reported last week, reductions in Government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the budget for Adult Social Care and Vulnerable Children mean the County Council is facing unprecedented budget pressures.
In 2014-15, the authority must save £36.7m and at a meeting next week (Tuesday 28th January), the council's cabinet will be asked to set the... READ MORE...
Police Appeal Following Two House Burglaries In Stonebroom
Wednesday 22nd January 2014 Police in North Derbyshire are reminding residents to be safety conscious after two 'sneak in' burglaries in Stonebroom where the houses had been left insecure.
Thieves sneaked into two homes on School Close on Thursday, January 16th, and stole property.
One home was entered at around 5.30pm through an open window and a tablet was stolen from a bedroom. Another house on the same road was entered through an unlocked door between 3.30pm and 3.45pm and cash was stolen. READ MORE...
Local Children Centres To Join An Anniversary 'Giant Wiggle'
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...
Large Pub Fire At Danesmoor
Tuesday 21st January 2014 - 08:30 Fire crews from seven stations - including Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Belper, Danesmoor, Ripley and Staveley - have been in attendance overnight at the scene of a large fire at a pub on Plisley Road, Danesmoor.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service say that 5 pumps and various support vehicles were also at the blaze which swept through the Park House Pub in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The latest we have is that crews are still attendance at the scene and that an investigation into the cause of the blaze will take place later with the police. We will have more as we get it.
Police Appeal After Suspected Robbery In Whittington Moor
Tuesday 21st January 2014
Derbyshire Police are appealing for information after a suspected robbery in Whittington Moor.
The victim, an 18 year-old man, was walking with a group of friends under the subway between Pottery Lane East and Pottery Lane West at around 11.30pm on Saturday, January 18th, when they were approached by two men on a moped.
The men chased the group for a short distance onto King Street North, near to Willets Sweets, where they blocked the path of the victim and... READ MORE...
2 Arrested As More Than 7,000 Cigarettes Seized In Raids
Sunday 19th January 2014 Two people have been arrested and tobacco with a street value of £5,000 seized, in the latest raids to crack down on shops suspected of selling counterfeit cigarettes.
Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire County Council Trading Standards officers raided two shops in Park Corner, Ripley and Victoria Street, Shirebrook on Tuesday, January 14th.
More than 7,000 cigarettes and 94 pouches of hand rolling tobacco were seized as well as a number of bottles of suspected illicit vodka. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Borough Council To Mark Holocaust Memorial Day
Sunday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. READ MORE...
Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Kick Off
Sunday 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...
Police Appeal For Witnesses After Car Stolen In Hollingwood
Friday 17th January 2014 Police appeal for witnesses after a man forced his way into a house and stole car keys and a car in Hollingwood, Chesterfield.
On Thursday, January 9th at midnight, the owner of a house on Laburnum Street heard a tapping noise on the outside door. He got up and answered the door to find a man there holding a wooden stick. The man pushed his way into the house and stole car keys and then made off with a silver Ford Fiesta that was parked on the drive.
The man was described as wearing a face mask and dark clothing. He was of slim build and around 5ft 8ins tall.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Neil Burling using the non-emergency number 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Air Ambulance Service Mourns The Loss Of Roger Lloyd-Pack
Thursday 16th January 2014 After the sad news this morning of the death of Actor Roger Lloyd Pack from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69, a local Charity chief has paid tribute to the actor and his support for the Air Ambulance Service.
CEO, Andy Williamson, has issued a statement this morning which reads, "It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Roger Lloyd-Pack. Roger was known to millions as a legend of British sitcoms, especially in Only Fools and Horses and The Vicar of Dibley.
"What may not have been as well-known was that he was..." READ MORE...
Transfer Deadline For Fans To Sign For Chesterfield Looming
Thursday 16th January 2014 Chesterfield FC supporters still have three weeks to register their interest in signing for the Spireites with the 'Sign for Your Club' campaign closing on Sunday, 2nd February.
All Chesterfield fans have to do is register their interest at www.signforyourclub.co.uk.
This once in a lifetime opportunity for supporters to join their heroes is thanks to Papa John's, the official pizza partner of the Football League, which has a store not to far from the Proact Stadium, on Sheffield Road. READ MORE...
Jobs Ahoy! Admiral Signs 3 Year Deal With Auto Windscreens
Wednesday 15th January 2014 Admiral Group has signed a three and a half year preferred supplier agreement with Auto Windscreens, that is set to create over 60 new jobs at the UK windscreen repair company.
As commenced on 1st January 2014, Auto Windscreens will handle 50% of the insurer's motoring customers' glass repair and replacement needs, upping previous work volumes by an estimated 45,000.
"Admiral's continued confidence in our high quality service delivery is undoubtedly the key to this prestigious win," commented Nigel Davies... READ MORE...
Tom Jones Tickets On Sale Next Week
Wednesday 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 email@example.com. 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
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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...
County Council Announces Multi-Million Pound Cuts Plans
Tuesday 14th January 2014 Initial proposals have been unveiled by Derbyshire County Council today (Tuesday, 14th January) for helping the organisation cut £157m from its budget by 2018.
Reductions in Government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the county council's budget for adult social care and vulnerable children mean it must re-think the way it delivers services.
Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: "We're facing massive financial pressures like never before and..." READ MORE...
County Announces Adult Social Care Budget Proposals
Tuesday 14th January 2014 Derbyshire County Council has revealed four proposals which would change or reduce its adult care services as part of its overall plan to meet £157 million of budget cuts by 2018.
The council must make the savings due to reductions in Government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the budget for adult social care and vulnerable children.
Adult social care has the largest share of the overall county council budget and currently £206 million is spent on services for older and... READ MORE...
Consultation On Transport For Disabled Pupils
Tuesday 14th January 2014 Free school transport for some Derbyshire pupils with special educational needs is having to be reviewed as part of proposals to help Derbyshire County Council save £157m by 2018.
The county council is set to launch a consultation which could see some families with disabled children being asked to pay for their child's travel to and from their place of learning.
Proposed changes could affect sixth form age students, pre-school age children and young adults aged 19 to 25 with a learning disability assessment. READ MORE...
Derbyshire County Council Set To Pay 'Living Wage'
Tuesday 14th January 2014 The lowest paid staff directly employed by Derbyshire County Council, including cleaners, school catering assistants and school crossing patrol staff will have their pay increased if proposals are agreed at a meeting at Cabinet next week.
More than 3,000 employees will benefit from an increase in their hourly rate from 1st April 2014. They will be paid £7.65 an hour.
Derbyshire County Council Leader Anne Western (below), said: "Many hard working employees are struggling to make ends meet because..." READ MORE...
Police Warning As Thefts Of Land Rovers Increase In The Area
Tuesday 14th January 2014
Criminals are targeting Land Rovers across the county as a large number have recently been stolen.
Police are advising Land Rover owners and the wider community, to be extra vigilant after an increase in the theft of the vehicles.
Between November 2013 and January 2014, a total of 12 Land Rovers were stolen, the majority of which were in the Chesterfield, High Peak and Derbyshire Dales policing areas. READ MORE...
JOB VACANCY FOR QUANTITY SURVEYOR / ESTIMATOR
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
Monday 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...
Police Appeal After Attempted Robbery In Clowne
Friday 10th January 2014 Police are appealing for information about an attempted robbery on a man as he walked home through Clowne.
At around 11.15pm on Saturday, December 28th, a 32-year-old man was walking down a footpath off King Street when he was approached by two men.
The victim felt a hit to the back of his head and was grabbed by one of the men who held the victim's arms behind his back before demanding cash.
The victim struggled free and a car came past which caused... READ MORE...
The Dave Allen Interview - "I'm Here For The Long Haul!"
Thursday 9th January 2014 No one can deny that it was a rollercoaster of a journey last year at the PROACT, with wholesale changes to personnel on and off the pitch.
It's no doubt been an expensive year too for Chairman and Owner Dave Allen, who told The Chesterfield Post that he is more than happy with the result as we head into the New Year, "I'm delighted. It would have been a lot better if we'd not had injuries for the last 6 to 8 weeks. We have a good team down here - top to bottom - and that includes everything. When I first came here, I felt there were things that needed addressing and, through (CEO) Chris Turner, we have..." READ MORE & AUDIO...
From The Bottom Of A Bottle - To The Top Of The World
Thursday 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
Thursday 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...
Tom Jones Is Coming To Chesterfield!
Wednesday 8th January 2014 It's just been announced that the green, green grass of the PROACT, will be playing host to multi-million selling artist Tom Jones, who is coming to Chesterfield for one night only on Saturday, June 7th, 2014.
The Voice judge will bring his amazing Welsh sound to Chesterfield this Summer. It will be the second concert to be staged at the home of the Spireites, following on from Elton John's appearance in the summer of 2012, which attracted an audience of around 15,000.
Although Tom is best known for hits including Kiss, Delilah and... READ MORE...
Cash Stolen From Elderly Woman At Home In North Wingfield
Wednesday 8th January 2014 Police are investigating after a man tricked his way into an elderly woman's home in North Wingfield and stole cash and jewellery.
The man knocked on the door of the house on Williamthorpe Road at around 7.15pm on Monday, January 6th. He said something had gone onto the back of the property and asked to go into the garden.
He followed the woman through the house and into the garden and asked her to turn on her kitchen taps. After a while he told her to turn off the taps, and said he would return later before leaving. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Man Achieving Results At HMS Sherwood
Tuesday 7th January 2014 A Reservist from Chesterfield can hold his head up high after completing a leadership course 'with merit' as part of his training programme at HMS Sherwood, Nottinghamshire’s only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit.
Known as 'Buster' to his Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) colleagues, Able Seaman Jonathan Browne, aged 41, is a prime example of the fact that it's never too late to join the RNR. He admits to being a late starter, joining the RNR only two years ago, but he is hopeful that being a Reservist will help him fulfil some long-held ambitions of serving his country as well as help him to get fit and stay healthy. READ MORE...
Consultation On Proposed Mandatory M1 Speed Limit Begins
Tuesday 7th January 2014 A consultation on the proposal to introduce a maximum mandatory speed limit as part of the planned upgrade to the M1 in South Yorkshire and the East Midlands was published yesterday, Monday 6th January.
The Highways Agency is proposing to implement a maximum mandatory speed limit of 60mph between junction 28 at Mansfield and junction 35a at Sheffield and Rotherham, between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week, as part of improvements planned for the M1. The speed limit will be used to manage traffic speeds and help reduce congestion and air pollutants locally. READ MORE...
Royal's Visiting Hours Extended After Trial Voted A Success
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Council Asks Local Residents About Sexual Health Services
Friday 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...
Staveley MWFC Development School Begins 2014 Sessions
Friday 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...
Police Appeal After Burglary At House In Hodthorpe
Thursday 2nd January 2014 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for witnesses to a burglary at a house in Queen's Road in Hodthorpe.
Between 7.15pm and 11pm on Monday December 16th, someone broke into the house through a rear window and stole two laptops, some cash and jewellery, including rings and necklaces.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has been offered any of this property for sale should contact the Derbyshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Ashgate Hospice Receives Barnsley Building Society Donation
Thursday 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...
Don't Start 2014 In An Ambulance...
Tuesday 31st December 2013 East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS), is preparing for New Year's Eve with a plea to those celebrating to start 2014 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.
Richard Henderson, Director of Operations said: "Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations always mean an increase in calls adding pressure to the service, drinking alcohol making people take risks they wouldn't usually..." READ MORE...
Nearly £4k Found Under A Bush Is Forfeited By Magistrates
Tuesday 31st December 2013 Magistrates have forfeited almost £4,000 found stashed under a bush in a park in Brimington.
At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act on Tuesday, December 24th, magistrates in Chesterfield made a forfeiture order for the whole amount of £3,960.
The act gives the police the power to take people to court and strip them of cash and assets if they cannot prove they have obtained it legitimately.
On June 14th, a group of teenagers saw a man run into... READ MORE...
Police Appeal As 60 Year Old Pedestrian Dies After Collision
Friday 27th December 2013 Derbyshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian died as a result of a collision in Renishaw on Christmas Eve.
At around 6pm on Tuesday, December 24th, a silver Peugeot estate car was in collision with a pedestrian on Main Road, near the Working Men's Club in Renishaw. The 60-year-old man suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.
Staveley MWFC Sign Premiership And England Star
Friday 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...
Appointment Making To Be Made Easier After Local Merger
Friday 27th December 2013 As Chairman of the recently merged Ashgate & Whittington PPG (Patient Participation Group), Gary McGrogan is taking responsibility of ensuring patients of Ashgate Medical Centre and Whittington Medical Centre understand the implications of the planned merger set to complete in April 2014.
In order to keep the transition as smooth as possible, the PPG have issued a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for patients.
The PPG today play an important role in communicating NHS... READ MORE...
Christmas Eve Train Travel Information
Monday 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...
Police Appeal After Woman Assaulted In Church Yard
Monday 23rd December 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted in the town centre.
Sometime between 11.30pm and midnight on Friday, December 20th, a woman in her 20s was walking through the Crooked Spire church yard when she was approached by a man.
The man put his arm across the woman's chest, pulled her towards him and attempted to pull up her dress. The victim started to scream and the offender ran off as a couple who were walking though the church yard came closer. READ MORE...
East Midlands Trains Disruptions Due To Severe Weather
Monday 23rd December 2013 Due to the heavy rain and high winds sweeping across the country, East Midlands Trains are advising that their services will be disrupted today.
The most current information we have is as follows:
London St Pancras - Leicester - Nottingham/ Derby - Sheffield: Significantly reduced service will run from Monday afternoon to and from London St Pancras. From 15:00 there will be speed restrictions in place from London St Pancras to Leicester. Trains from London St Pancras to Sheffield will depart on the hour from 15:00 and will call at Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield. READ MORE...
Festive Fixes - Public Service Times Info For Xmas & New Year
Monday 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
Monday 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'!
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
Friday 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...
39 Arrested In Chesterfield Police Operation
Thursday 19th December 2013
Police have arrested 39 people as part of an operation to tackle the supply of drugs in Chesterfield town centre.
Following a two month operation carried out by specially trained officers in pubs and clubs in Chesterfield, the strike week was planned to arrest those suspected of being involved in the supply of cocaine and mephedrone (also known as M-Cat).
Four teams of officers carried out warrants at the houses of suspected drug dealers across Chesterfield between December 12th and 18th. READ MORE...
The Reds' Colours Are Displayed Aboard HMS Illustrious
Thursday 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...
Seventeen Men Banned From Football Matches For 56 Years
Wednesday 18th December 2013 After incidents which took place during and after the match between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town at the Proact Stadium on Saturday, September 28th, several men were arrested following an operation by specialist football intelligence officers.
Eighteen men were charged with public order offences and appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Monday, December 16th.
Seventeen of them pleaded guilty to public order offences and received Football Banning Orders totalling 56 years. READ MORE & VIDEO...
Warning Of Increased Fire Risk Caused By Illegal Cigarettes
Wednesday 18th December 2013 Smokers are being warned about the increased fire as well as health risks of buying cheap illicit cigarettes.
Derbyshire County Council found that all the illicit tobacco products seized in recent raids were missing vital safety features which help to prevent house fires.
Since 2011, all cigarettes sold in the UK should by law be manufactured with narrow bands of fire retardant paper, called 'speed bumps', which greatly reduce the risk of them continuing to burn if they are left unattended, such as when they are dropped or a smoker falls asleep. READ MORE...
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...
Fire Brigade Union Announce Three New Strike Dates
Tuesday 17th December 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national ballot for strike action, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has said it has now received notification that FBU members will take further strike action on, Tuesday, 24th December 2013, from 7pm until midnight, Tuesday, 31st December 2013, from 6:30pm until Wednesday, 1st January 2014, at 12:30am and finally on Friday, 3rd January 2014 from 6:30am until 8:30am.
As stated previously, during times of industrial action, DFRS confirm that they will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level, and are once again calling upon Derbyshire communities to take extra... READ MORE...
You'd Better Watch Out!...
Tuesday 17th December 2013 That's the message from British Transport Police (BTP) officers, as they launch a Christmas campaign to crack down on theft across the rail network in the East Midlands.
A number of special operations will be running at stations and on trains in the run up to Christmas and into the New Year. Extra uniform and plain clothes officers will be out and about undertaking extra patrols to tackle the theft of passenger property such as presents, suitcases, bags, bikes, mobile phones and laptops.
Officers will also be on the look out for those who act... READ MORE...
Police Ask For Considerate Parking Around College Streets
Tuesday 17th December 2013 Police in Chesterfield are reminding drivers to park with consideration on streets around the college.
Officers from the Dunston, Moor and St Helen's Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team have been carrying out patrols and raising awareness of the issue.
It is following concerns from residents about vehicles entering and parking on Shirland Street, which is an access only road.
PC Simon Duddles of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing... READ MORE...
Panto Stars Show Support To Local Hospital
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Police Appeal After Collision
Monday 16th December 2013 Police are appealing for information after a pensioner suffered serious injuries following a collision in Chesterfield.
At approximately 10.50am on Friday, December 13th, an 81-year-old pedestrian was struck by a bus on Churchside, Hasland, near to the bus stop outside the cemetery. The man suffered serious spinal and head injuries and was taken to the Northern General Hospital by Air Ambulance. He remains in hospital.
The bus was the number 54 Clay Cross to Chesterfield Stagecoach service. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Derbyshire police on 101.
Sir Alex Ferguson Meets His Match In Chesterfield This Xmas...
Monday 16th December 2013 Sir Alex Ferguson is facing an unlikely rival for the Christmas number one best seller spot in Chesterfield.
The former MUFC boss, whose book, 'My Autobiography', tops the national Waterstones Christmas chart, has been stopped in its tracks locally by Neil Anderson's 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield', which is presently selling just as fast.
The book, which features long gone nightspots like the Aquarius and Adam & Eve, has been a local best seller since it was launched in the Summer... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Jobseekers To Sign New Claimant Commitment
Friday 13th December 2013 New claimants to Jobseeker's Allowance in Chesterfield, will now have to sign a 'Claimant Commitment' which sets out fully what they need to do in order to receive state support - building on current support and providing clear information about the consequences of failing to meet requirements.
There are more than 2,100 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Chesterfield.
Work coaches will help claimants set out a detailed statement of what they will do to find work using a new personal work plan. Claimants will also... READ MORE...
UEFA Give High Praise To Chesterfield FC
Friday 13th December 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Chesterfield FC officials have received a glowing endorsement from UEFA following the European Women's Under-17 Championship, which featured four games staged at the Proact Stadium.
The club hosted the final of the tournament, which saw Germany beat Spain in a penalty shoot-out after the two sides were tied at 1-1 at the end of normal time.
Tournament Director Adrian Bevington praised the club's handling of the matches. He said: "Chesterfield FC have been fantastic hosts of the UEFA..." READ MORE...
18 Men To Appear In Court Over Football Disorder
Thursday 12th December 2013
Police have charged 18 men following disorder at a football match in Chesterfield.
The incidents took place during and after the game between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town on Saturday, September 28th, at the Proact Stadium.
Police launched an operation into the disorder, which included a specialist team of football intelligence officers, and released a number of CCTV images as part of the inquiry. READ MORE...
Gold Star For Pupils In Derbyshire In National Tests
Thursday 12th December 2013
Primary school pupils in Derbyshire have outperformed the national average in tests for ten and 11-year-olds.
Key Stage 2 performance and attainment tables published by the Government today (Thursday, 12th December) show that 78% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics - compared to 75% nationally.
It means Derbyshire is in the top group of similar authorities in all subjects and at all levels of performance. READ MORE...
Mecca Chesterfield's Christmas Cheer With 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...
National Award Success For Two Chesterfield Bus Apprentices
Thursday 12th December 2013 Two bus apprentices from Stagecoach Yorkshire are in the fast lane for success after scooping top awards in a prestigious national competition.
Bus trainees Sam Harris and Matthew Mallinson, who work at Stagecoach's Chesterfield depot, were recognised for their hard work and dedication at the company's ninth annual Apprentice of the Year Awards.
Sam Harris, aged 21, who works as an auto electrician and is in his second year on the apprenticeship scheme, won the 'Apprentice of the Year 2013'. READ MORE...
Police Warn Public As Royal Mail Scam Circulates Online
Wednesday 11th December 2013 Police are urging the public to remain vigilant following the circulation of a fraudulent Royal Mail scam in the run up to Christmas.
Detectives have been alerted to a scam whereby offenders are circulating a malicious email, fraudulently claiming to be from the Royal Mail.
The scam email states that the company is holding an item for the victim, with the subject header often saying "Mail - lost/missing package". The person is then asked to open up an attachment and fill in the form to receive their parcel. READ MORE...
Body Found Believed To Be That Of Missing Staveley Man
Tuesday 10th December 2013 A body believed to be that of missing Staveley man, Glynn Holland, has been found.
The body of a man, that was found by a railway worker on an embankment near train tracks in Barrow Hill on Monday, December 9th, has not been formally identified, but police believe it to be that of 51-year-old Mr Holland who was reported missing from his Staveley home in September as we reported HERE.
His family has been informed and specially trained officers are working with them. Police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances.
Ground Breaking Ceremony Held At Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Tuesday 10th December 2013
A ground breaking ceremony has marked the start of work on an £11m theatre development at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
The contract is being carried out by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.
The event was celebrated by the Royal's consultant and surgical lead Gail Collins, Head of Communications Sarah Turner-Saint, IHP's Project Manager Adrian Leigh and Assistant Site Manager, Phil Worsnip. READ MORE...
Local MP Natascha Engel Rejects Proposed Salary Increase
Monday 9th December 2013 Labour MP for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel (pictured), has said today that she has rejected the proposal from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to increase MPs salaries.
Natascha Engel said, "I will not be taking the proposed salary increase. At a time of austerity when household incomes are so tight, when most of public sector pay is frozen, it would be wrong for MPs to accept a pay rise. I am writing to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to urge them to re-think this proposal. If we are forced to take the increase, I will be giving the money to the foodbanks in North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield."
Post Office Bosses To Consult On 'Dicey' Move
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Spend Local - Small Business Saturday Takes Place
Saturday 7th December 2013 Council leaders are urging residents to keep their spend close to home during a national day of support for local retailers.
The first ever Small Business Saturday takes place this Saturday, 7th December - traditionally one of the busiest shopping days in the run up to Christmas.
It is the brainchild of MP Chuka Umunna, based on a similar initiative in America, and has support from all major political parties.
Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet... READ MORE...
Fire Brigade Union Announces Further Strike Action
Friday 6th December 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national ballot for strike action, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has received notification that FBU members will take further strike action on Friday, 13th December 2013, from 6pm until 10pm and Saturday, 14th December 2013, also from 6pm until 10pm.
During times of industrial action, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level. DFRS is once again calling upon Derbyshire communities to take extra care and endeavour to prevent further emergencies from occurring during this and any subsequent... READ MORE...
Fraudsters Take On False Identity In Pay Day Loan Scam
Friday 6th November 2013 Derbyshire detectives are urging the public to remain vigilant to payday loan scams as offenders take on a false company identity.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have release a report stating how fraudsters are targeting potential victims claiming to be from a genuine loan company.
The offender will offer the victim a high interest loan and mirror the demands from loan brokers for an advance fee, adding to the legitimacy of the scam.
The victim is advised that once they have sent the payment... READ MORE...
Chesterfield College Earns Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark
Friday 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...
Disruption On The Railways - Update
Thursday 5th December 2013 East Midlands Trains say that most of their routes are affected by the high winds which have caused debris to block the lines today. Please check your train before you travel. They are now in a position where they are advising customers not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
Customers are asked to be aware that they are also currently struggling to source Rail Replacement buses or provide alternative transport.
Latest Information is as follows: After 16:30 there will be no train services for the rest of the day between Sleaford and Skegness and between Barnetby and Grimsby Town due to severe flood warnings... READ MORE...
Amber Weather Warning For Strong Winds Across Derbyshire
Thursday 5th December 2013 The Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning for Derbyshire this morning with strong and disruptive winds predicted throughout the day.
They predict that westerly gales are expected to spread southwards across northern and central areas of the UK today (Thursday 5th), with widespread gusts of 60 to 70 mph.
However within the area of the amber warning, gusts are expected to reach 80 mph in places and perhaps as high as 90 mph in exposed parts of the... READ MORE...
'Invest In Chesterfield' Campaign Taken To Westminster
Thursday 5th December 2013 Chesterfield's marketing campaign, Destination Chesterfield, has been highlighted by the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP, as "A good example of the public and private sector working together and, taking responsibility to attract investment and promote their town."
The praise came at an exclusive 'Invest in Chesterfield' event which was hosted by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins in Westminster recently. The event, which was organised by Destination Chesterfield, was designed to showcase the town to potential investors and property developers, highlighting the... READ MORE...
The Air Ambulance Service Issues Fraudster Warnings
Wednesday 4th December 2013 The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) is calling upon its supporters and potential donators to be wary of rogue collectors posing as a charity.
The Charity is concerned that vital income could be lost as a result of companies that carry out fraudulent activities and try to trade on the Charity's good name and reputation. Worried about the effect that bogus clothing collections will have on its donations at the most important time of the year, Chief Executive Andy Williamson said "Christmas donations of money and clothing are crucial to our service - and yet we now have to worry that criminals are distributing bogus bags..." READ MORE...
MP Natascha Engel To Hold Consultation On Fire Station
Wednesday 4th December 2013
Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire, is to hold a public meeting about the future of Dronfield Fire Station and Derbyshire Fire Authority's plans for fire stations across the county.
The meeting will take place between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, 8th December 2013. The meeting will be held in the Gosforth Lodge in Cliffe Park, Dronfield.
Natascha Engel said, "Derbyshire Fire and Rescue are consulting on plans to close nine fire stations across the county. Dronfield is one of them. READ MORE...
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.
Extra Police Patrols At Staveley Supermarket Up To Christmas
Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Police in Staveley are stepping out with a local supermarket to shelve shoplifting and keep shoppers safe.
Extra patrols are being put on and plain clothes operations are being carried out at Morrison's to target shoplifting and prevent purse thefts on the run up to Christmas.
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams have been visiting the store and posters displayed to remind people of the consequences of shoplifting and to encourage shoppers to keep bags and purses safe. READ MORE...
Housebuilder Donates Millions To Local Projects
Tuesday 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
Monday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and their team will deal with your...READ MORE...
Police Warn Of Solicitor And Utility Bill Scams In Circulation
Friday 29th November 2013 Derbyshire police are asking the public to remain vigilant following the circulation of a bogus solicitor scam as well as preventing any victims of a utility bill scam this winter.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has released a report relating to regional fraudsters cold calling members of the public purporting to be from a firm of solicitors.
Fraudsters will commonly inform the victims that they are eligible for a cash refund or prize; however they will need to pay an advance fee to release it. READ MORE...
Council Helps Families Get the Help They Need
Thursday 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...
Two Local Lads Shine With ERIKS Apprenticeships
Thursday 28th November 2013 Two high-achieving young engineers from the Chesterfield branch of engineering solutions provider ERIKS have recently collected awards.
ERIKS Chesterfield apprentice Jacob Kane has been awarded the title Apprentice of the Year by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, while local colleague Liam Greveson won the first ever EASA (Electrical Apparatus Service Association) Exceptional Achievement Award.
Their achievements highlight the success of ERIKS' on-going... READ MORE...
Reindeer's Miss Out On Their Sweets At Vicar Lane
Thursday 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
Thursday 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...
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...
Faulty Electrical Wiring Blamed For North Wingfield Fire
Wednesday 27th November 2013 Following a joint investigation between Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Derbyshire Police into the cause of a house fire at Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield on the 20th November 2013, where tragically four people lost their lives, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is now able to release its findings into the cause of that fire.
Thorough investigations point to an accidental fire caused by a fault in electrical wiring between the ground and first floor of the North Wingfield property.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would once again like to ... READ MORE...
New Image Of Missing Staveley Man, Glynn Holland
Wednesday 27th November 2013 The family of a man who has been missing from his home in Staveley for more than two months has released a new image of him.
Glynn Holland, 51, has not been seen since he left his home in White Road at around 11am on September 12th.
His disappearance is completely out of character.
Mr Holland is around six feet tall, of medium build, with a shaved... READ MORE...
Natascha Engel Receives 'Parliamentarian Of The Year' Award
Wednesday 27th November 2013 Labour MP for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel, has been recognised for her work as the first ever Chair of Parliament's Backbench Business Committee.
The prestigious Political Studies Association made the award of Parliamentarian of the Year to Natascha at its Annual Awards ceremony in London.
Natascha received the accolade from the Association for her work in creating an important forum for reigning in Government control over Parliament, championing the rights of backbenchers and providing a real commitment to... READ MORE...
'Nothing's Impossible!' Chesterfield Supports Small Businesses
Tuesday 26th November 2013
Chesterfield was this morning the latest destination on a nationwide bus tour to promote the UK's first ever 'Small Business Saturday' on Saturday December 7th.
Championed in the UK by Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and supported by the Prime Minister, the Business Secretary Vince Cable and the Minister for Skills Matthew Hancock, this non-political campaign highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses. READ MORE, AUDIO & VIDEO...
Suspected 'Skimming' Device Found On Eckington Cash Point
Tuesday 26th November 2013 Police have issued advice after a suspected card skimming device was found on an ATM in Eckington.
The device was discovered by a man using the Lloyds TSB cash machine on Market Street at around 6.30pm on Thursday, November 21st.
Skimming devices can be used to fraudulently obtain the card details of anyone using an ATM cash point.
Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen any... READ MORE...
Derbyshire's Chief Constable Pays Tribute To His Colleague
Monday 25th November 2013 Derbyshire's Chief Constable, Mick Creedon, has spoken of his sadness following the death of Chief Inspector Tim Frohwein, who was found dead on the moors above the Goyt Valley on Saturday.
He said: "Tim was a thoughtful man who was committed to his family. He had worked for Derbyshire Constabulary since 1993, having previously worked in the Kent and Cheshire police services. During a career break he also worked as a Chief Executive of an overseas charity.
"Tim worked across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales area..." READ MORE...
Win Tickets To See The Female Football Stars Of Tomorrow
Monday 25th November 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Chesterfield FC will play its part in the development of the future of Women's football - as it hosts many prestigious games, including the Final, in this year's UEFA U17 European Women's Championships at the PROACT stadium - and you can be a part of it - as we have 5 Family tickets to the match on Friday 29th November to give away!
Ahead of the tournament, Lois Fidler has named her England squad to compete in the Championship on home soil later this week.READ MORE...
Council's Outline Permission For Wingerworth Development
Monday 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...
Funding Boost For Derbyshire Schools
Monday 25th November 2013 A £108,000 funding boost to improve the quality of schools is being proposed by Derbyshire County Council.
Funding for 11 schools is being outlined as part of the authority's ongoing 'joint funding' initiative.
The total cash pot of £1.205m agreed for 2013/14, helps schools match-fund projects to improve and modernise their buildings.
The latest schemes - which will go to Cabinet for approval on... READ MORE...
Body Found In Chesterfield Chief Inspector Search Identified
Sunday 24th November 2013 Derbyshire Police have confirmed this evening that a man's body found yesterday in the Goyt Valley has been identified as that of missing police officer Tim Frohwein.
Derbyshire Constabulary would like to recognise the efforts of the immediate members of Tim's family, particularly his sons, who organised and co-ordinated searches.
They organised family and friends to search parts of the Goyt Valley that had not yet been formally searched by Derbyshire Police and Mountain... READ MORE...
A Winter Wonderland Comes To 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...
Police Find Body In Search For Missing Chief Inspector
Saturday 23rd November 2013 Police officers searching for their missing colleague, Chief Inpsector Tim Frohwein have found a body.
The body of a man was discovered by officers at around 1pm today (Saturday, November 23rd) in the Goyt Valley. The man has yet to be formally identified but police believe him to be Mr Frohwein, who was reported missing from his Buxton home on Sunday, November 17th. Officers, supported by local Mountain Rescue volunteers, had been searching for the 48-year-old since he was first reported missing.
Police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances.
CCTV Released Of Missing Chesterfield Chief Inspector
Friday 22nd November 2013
Police officers searching for their missing colleague Tim Frohwein have issued CCTV footage and a still CCTV image of him.
The image shows Tim walking down Macclesfield Old Road in Buxton at about 1.30pm on Sunday November 17th, just after he left home. They have also issued a picture of a green Mountain Essentials walking pole like the one he was carrying.
Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "We are also trying to trace some people who were in the Goyt Valley at the same time..." READ MORE & VIDEO...
Tributes Paid To Victims As Police State Fire "Not Suspicious"
Friday 22nd November 2013 Police investigating a fire at a house in North Wingfield in which four people died have said that they do not believe the cause to be suspicious at this stage, as the families and Local MP pay tribute to the four victims.
It has also been revealed that post mortem examinations carried out yesterday revealed all four died from smoke inhalation. Investigations into the exact cause of the fire are continuing.
Meanwhile, Lynn Leighton has issued a statement following the... READ MORE...
Crowds Turn Out For New Asda Living Store In Chesterfield
Friday 22nd November 2013 Asda Living opened today, (Friday, 22nd November), at Ravenside Retail Park, with a festive themed opening and more than 400 queuing customers.
Spire Junior School decked the halls with holly and performed some festive hymns, and Brampton Primary School's nursery class helped cut the ribbon with the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Stone; after 3 year old, Marc Dawson, won the competition to design a Christmas card.
Store manager, Kym Ashley, said: "Thank you to everyone..." READ MORE...
Investigations Into North Wingfield House Fire Continue
Thursday 21st November 2013 Investigations into the cause of a house fire in North Wingfield, in which four people died, have continued this morning.
Police and Fire Investigators remain at the house on Williamthorpe Road where two women and two young boys died.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 5am yesterday, Wednesday, November 20th.
Claire James, 27, (pictured), Josie Leighton, 32 and her two... READ MORE...
Local MP Urges Residents To Speak Up Over Post Office Plans
Thursday 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...
Two Jailed For Robbing Woman In Supermarket Car Park
Thursday 21st November 2013 Two people have been jailed for a series of incidents across the country where they stole bank cards and cash in supermarket car parks, including one in Chesterfield.
Irina Anghel, 37, and Marin-Danut Raducan, 42, both of Preston Road, Winston Green, Birmingham, were found guilty of theft and making false representation at Cardiff Crown Court.
The incident in Chesterfield happened on Thursday, June 13th. They followed a 78 year-old woman to the till at Morrison's in Staveley and watched... READ MORE...
Police Name Victims In North Wingfield House Fire
Wednesday 20th November 2013 Police have confirmed the names of four people who died in a house fire on Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield.
Emergency services were called to the house at 5am today, Wednesday, November 20th.
Two women, Claire James, 27, and Josie Leighton, 32, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Two boys, aged nine and 12-years-old, were also in the house... READ MORE...
Family Of Missing Chief Inspector Release Statement
Wednesday 20th November 2013 The family of Chief Inspector Tim Frohwein, 48, who has been missing from his home in Buxton since Sunday November 17th, has issued a statement.
They said: "We'd like to thank the Police search team, and the Mountain Rescue volunteers for their ongoing efforts towards finding Dad. We would also like to thank those friends and family praying for his safe return.
"While these thorough searches are going on locally we would also like to appeal to the wider public to assist with any possible sightings or..." READ MORE...
Four Confirmed Dead In North Wingfield House Fire
Wednesday 20th November 2013 12:15
Police can confirm four people have died in a house fire on Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield.
As we reported earlier, Emergency services were called to the scene at 5am today, Wednesday, November 20th.
Two adults and two children have died as a result of the fire. A third child is currently in hospital being treated for minor injuries. A joint investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out by the police and fire service. READ MORE...
Police Search For Missing Chief Inspector
Wednesday 20th November 2013 Police are searching for Chesterfield Police Chief Inspector, Tim Frohwein, who has been missing from his home in Buxton since Sunday, November 17th.
Chief Inspector Frohwein, 48, was last seen at around 2pm. He was wearing a three-quarter length dark coat, pale blue shirt and brown jeans. He may be carrying a walking pole. He has short dark hair and wears glasses. Mr Frohwein is a serving member of Derbyshire Constabulary.
Police are becoming increasingly concerned for his well being... READ MORE...
House Fire In North Wingfield
Wednesday 20th November 2013 - 09:15 Police and emergency services are on the scene of a house fire at North Wingfield this morning.
Police say they received the call at 05:10 am to the property on Williamthorpe Road and remain in attendance at the scene along with the Ambulance and Fire Services. Due to the ongoing nature of the incident no details are yet being released by the police but they will be updating press shortly.
Williamthorpe Road is closed, and will remain so for some time. Diversions are in place. READ MORE...
Planning Application For Queen's Park Sports Centre Available
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Two Men Charged After Clay Cross Bomb Hoax
Monday 18th November 2013 Two men have been charged in connection with a bomb hoax in Clay Cross which led to residents being evacuated from their homes.
Police were called to Victoria Street at 2.25am on June 26th to reports of a suspicious car and diesel allegedly being siphoned from a van parked on the street.
Officers were told there was an explosive device in the car.
Residents were evacuated and roads closed for several hours... READ MORE...
Three Men Charged After Two Robberies In Chesterfield
Monday 18th November 2013 Three men have been charged in connection with two robberies that took place in Chesterfield on the same night.
At 8.20pm on Thursday, November 14th, a 34-year-old man was walking along Edinburgh Road, Newbold when he was assaulted and a set of keys were taken from him. At around 8.30pm, an 18-year-old man was robbed of his mobile phone on an alleyway off Ashgate Valley Road. He suffered head injuries. Both victims received hospital treatment.
A 21-year-old man and two 20-year-old men were arrested in... READ MORE...
Former Manager Of Chesterfield Theatres Remembered
Saturday 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...
Police Warning As 'Ghost Brokers' Defraud Young Drivers
Friday 15th November 2013 Police are urging young drivers to remain vigilant when purchasing car insurance, following a number of fake policy scams.
'Ghost brokers' are targeting drivers, especially those aged 17-30-years-old, selling fraudulent insurance policies with an offer that seems too good to miss.
Criminals often set up fake websites and use social media and online classification advertising to promote their bogus policies.
Detective Constable Julie Wheeldon from the East Midlands... READ MORE...
Friends Of Stand Road Park Plant Trees In National Tree Week
Friday 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!'
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...
More Health Zones Planned For Derbyshire County Council
Thursday 14th November 2013 Getting help to lead a healthier lifestyle is about to get easier thanks to Derbyshire County Council extending health and wellbeing zones to more of its libraries.
Nine libraries will benefit from these dedicated areas thanks to additional funding being made available, in addition to the 18 libraries across the county which already have them.
Health and wellbeing zones are clearly marked areas in a library where people can get their hands on a range of information which can help keep... READ MORE...
Food Banks Invited To Apply For County Council Funding
Thursday 14th November 2013 Every foodbank across Derbyshire has been invited to apply for council funding to help them feed struggling families.
Derbyshire County Council has set aside £108,000 to help local food banks provide emergency food parcels to an increasing number of residents facing financial difficulties.
According to national figures released by the UK's biggest foodbank network, The Trussell Trust, the number of people relying on food banks to survive has tripled over the last year. READ MORE...
Local MP Helps Police Launch Scheme To Target Speeding
Thursday 14th November 2013
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has joined Police to help launch a scheme to raise awareness on speeding traffic in Walton.
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team have set up a Community Speed Watch as part of their efforts to target residents concerns about speeding and road safety on Whitecotes Lane.
Community Speed Watch involves local residents and volunteers who are trained to use the equipment and given the opportunity to carry out checks... READ MORE...
Tupton Hall School Sixth Form University Challenge Winners
Thursday 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...
Police Appeal After Theft Of Poppy Collection Boxes
Wednesday 13th November 2013 Police are appealing for information about the theft of three poppy appeal boxes from three different shops in Killamarsh.
The charity collection boxes were stolen from a convenience store on Delves Road on Monday, November 4th and a newsagent on Sheffield Road and the Post Office on Bridge Street on Tuesday, November 5th. Officers would like to speak to anyone who has any information about the thefts.
They are particularly keen to speak to a man who was seen in the area at the time of the thefts who is described as white, in his 50s, around 6ft tall... READ MORE...
Fire Brigades Union Announce Further Strike Action Today
Wednesday 13th November 2013 A reminder that further industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will take place today from 10am until 2pm.
In addition to this latest announcement, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has received notification that the FBU will be balloting its members on the potential to also take action short of a strike, for example only responding to emergency incidents.
Further information regarding this ballot, and any potential impact to DFRS' emergency response, will be communicated after the close of ballot which is understood to be the 4th December 2013. READ MORE...
Young Mums' Baby Bump Casts On Show
Wednesday 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...
Army Reserve To Hold Recruitment Event In Chesterfield
Wednesday 13th November 2013 Chesterfield's 575 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, will be holding a recruitment event, offering people the chance to find out more about the exciting, challenging and rewarding roles available in the Army Reserve.
The recruitment event is designed to boost the Army's nationwide recruitment drive. The 575 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers will hold the event at the Wallis Barracks, on Tuesday 19th November, between 19:30pm and 21:30pm.
There are over 6,000 jobs on offer across 200 different roles... READ MORE...
Police Appeal Following Chesterfield Altercation
Wednesday 13th November 2013 Police are appealing for information following an altercation in Creswell in which a man was struck by a van.
At around 11.30pm on Saturday, November 9th, an incident occurred outside Viva La Mamas pub on Elmton Road.
An argument between a 27-year-old man and a couple took place outside the pub which continued onto Elmton Road.
Following the initial argument, the 27-year-old man was struck by... READ MORE...
Puffin Crossing Planned For North Wingfield
Wednesday 13th November 2013 Plans to build a puffin crossing in North Wingfield to improve the safety of pedestrians have been approved.
Derbyshire County Council agreed the plans on Tuesday following calls for a crossing on St Lawrence Road. The crossing is being installed on the busy road outside the White Hart Inn, to help pedestrians get to the surgery and other village facilities such as the school and shops. Councillor Dean Collins, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: "We are always looking to make roads in Derbyshire safer and believe this scheme will help us to do that. We have listened to everyone's views and believe this is the best solution for all involved."
Chesterfield SANDS To Hold Charity Bokwa-Thon
Tuesday 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
Monday 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...
DLR Air Ambulance Attends RTA And Picks Up Fall Victim
Monday 11th November 2013 On Saturday morning (9th November) a 27-year old female was airlifted by Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) to hospital following a road traffic collision in Baslow, Derbyshire.
Her vehicle was spotted in a ditch next to a river bed by a passing lorry driver.
Due to the awkward location of the incident, DLRAA were called out to the incident. They left their base at East Midlands Airport at 07:47 and arrived at the scene of the incident at 08:10. The patient was extricated from the vehicle by the local fire and rescue service. READ MORE...
Sunday 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...
Investigation Into Chesterfield Residential Home Fire Complete
Friday 8th November 2013 At 12:13am on Sunday 13th October 2013, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend the report of a fire and explosion at Brookholme Croft residential nursing home in Chesterfield.
The fire involved a single bedroom in the residential nursing home, from which Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued an elderly lady and extinguished the fire.
The lady received treatment at the scene from ambulance staff and was subsequently transported to hospital for treatment. Sadly, the lady later died... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Podiatrists Scoop 2 Awards For Going Extra Mile
Friday 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
Friday 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
Thursday 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
Thursday 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...
Historic Public House In Wingerworth Reborn!
Thursday 7th November 2013 The Wingerworth Pub & Kitchen (formerly known as the Hunloke Arms) is to re-open tomorrow - Friday November 8th - following a £500,000 refurbishment.
The Grade II listed building, on the A61 Derby Road, has been brought back to its former glory, on time and on budget, thanks to the painstaking work of a dedicated team.
New Head Chef is Andrew Brookes, who has previously achieved 3-Rosettes at the East Lodge in Rowsley and the New Ellington in Leeds. READ MORE...
More Permanent Adoptive Homes Needed For Children In Care
Wednesday 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...
Two Charged After Massive Cannabis Find
Tuesday 5th November 2013 A man and a teenager have been charged with the production of cannabis, after two houses in Shuttlewood were raided by police and more than 700 suspected cannabis plants were found.
Officers carried out a warrant at a house on Vivian Street on Friday, October 25th and discovered 447 cannabis plants in three rooms.
A 17-year-old youth was arrested and charged with production of cannabis.
Inquiries led officers to a house on Pretoria Street where they... READ MORE...
Warning Of Possible Bogus Charity Collectors In Wingerworth
Tuesday 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...
Patrick Visits The Proact On His Way To All 92 Grounds
Tuesday 5th November 2013 One of the 6,346 who packed into the PROACT last Saturday to watch Chesterfield take on Scunthorpe, was one teenager who is visiting every league ground and writing about his experiences - the club and the facilities.
Having met him in the press room at the game, we are more than happy for him to share those thoughts with the Chesterfield Post readers.
Patrick Burke, 14, from the Wirral, spends most of his weekends travelling round the country gathering material for his book - and he clearly enjoyed... READ MORE...
Calow Man To Appear At Court For Breaching An ASBO
Monday 4th November 2013 A man is due to appear at court charged with breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Order which banned him from dialling 999 for an ambulance except in a genuine emergency.
Andrew Crowther, 59, of Central Drive, Calow, was handed the three year-long ASBO by magistrates in November 2011. The order bans Mr Crowther from making any emergency telephone calls to East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust using either the 999 or 111, except in the case of a genuine emergency, as defined by a reasonable and sober person. He is accused of making more than 100 calls to 999 between December 14th, 2012 and Wednesday, September 25th this year.
Mr Crowther has been charged with breaching the conditions of his ASBO and is due to appear at Derby Crown Court in February 2014.
Déda Launches Search For Young Dance Stars
Monday 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
Monday 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 email@example.com. READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 26
Monday 4th November 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 Release Image Of Man Wanted After Football Disorder
Friday 1st November 2013
Derbyshire police have released images of a man they would like to speak to following disorder at a recent Chesterfield FC match.
The incidents took place during and after the game between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town on Saturday, September 28th at the Proact Stadium when a number of arrests were made following the game. Officers would like to speak to the man in the images - whom Police believe may be from the Mansfield area - to help them with their enquiries. Anyone who recognises the man is asked to call PC Dave Wright or PC Alan Guy on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Not Only Here For The Beer! CAMRA Opens Assembly Rooms
Friday 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...
Police Ask Woman Who Reported Crime To Come Forward
Friday 1st November 2013 Police are appealing to a woman who reported a crime to a security guard at Tesco in Clay Cross on Wednesday evening to contact them.
At about 5.20pm on Wednesday October 30th, a woman reported to one of the security officers at Tesco that someone had attempted to rob her at Clay Cross bus station.
A short time later on Bridge Street, on a footpath near Tesco, a 20-year-old man and his friend were approached by three youths who again tried to... READ MORE...
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...
Police Appeal After Man Disturbs Two Suspected Thieves
Thursday 31st October 2013 Police are appealing for information after a man disturbed two people in his garage in Hasland this morning (Thursday, October 31st).
Officers were called just after 5.30am to Challands Close by a man who noticed a light on as he was leaving for work. He discovered two men in the garage, one ran off but the victim ended up in a struggle with the second man as he tried to stop them. The victim was treated for bruising and a cut to his face by ambulance crews.
One offender is described as white, of medium build, around 5ft 9in... READ MORE...
Let The Fireworks Begin At Chesterfield's Biggest Free Display
Thursday 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
Thursday 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...
Further Fire Service Strikes Loom After Recent Postponement
Wednesday 30th October 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigade Unions (FBU) national ballot for strike action, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has announced that their FBU members will again take strike action.
The two proposed strikes will take place on Friday 1st November from 6:30pm until 11:30pm and Monday 4th November from 6:00am until 8:00am.
During these times, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level. It is therefore essential that local communities and businesses take extra care and endeavour to prevent emergencies from occurring.
The 2013 Chesterfield Market Festival Begins 31st October
Wednesday 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...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 25
Wednesday 30th 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...
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
Monday 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
Saturday 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...
Detectives Appeal After Attempted Robbery In Chesterfield
Saturday 26th October 2013 Chesterfield Detectives are appealing for information about the attempted robbery of a man as he walked from a shop to his car.
At around 8.30pm on Tuesday, October 22nd, a 52-year-old man was walking from the One Stop shop on Horse Chestnut Close to his car parked nearby, when he was approached by a youth. The offender asked the man if he had a wallet or a phone and it is believed he was holding a pen knife. The victim punched the offender who then ran off through a new housing estate in the direction of HornsBridge roundabout. The offender is described as white, around 16-years-old, 5ft 3ins tall, wearing a red jumper with a white stripe down the left-hand side and dark jogging bottoms.
Anyone with information, please call Chesterfield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Voluntary Sector Awards Recognise Chesterfield Volunteers
Friday 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...
Jail For Man Who Stole From Cars In Chesterfield Area
Friday 25th October 2013 A man has been jailed for 32 weeks for stealing from cars in the Chesterfield area.
Lewis Duquemin, 24, of no fixed address, appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Monday, October 21st.
He was charged with stealing a sat nav system, a pushchair, bags and toys, which had been bought as Christmas presents, from a Kia Sedona on Langer Field Avenue overnight between Wednesday, September 25th and Thursday, September 26th. READ MORE...
Cabinet Approves Public's Chosen Design For Hornsbridge
Thursday 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...
Police Appeal After Shop Windows Damaged In Clay Cross
Thursday 24th October 2013 Police are appealing for information after a number of windows have been damaged around shop and businesses in Clay Cross.
The latest incident happened sometime overnight between Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th at a newsagents on Market Street.
Since April, there have been a further four similar incidents reported, three on Market Street and one on High Street.
PCSO Charlotte Platts of the Clay Cross Safer Neighbourhood... READ MORE...
New Measures To Reduce Speed On The A61
Thursday 24th October 2013 Changes to the existing speed limits on Main Road, Stretton and High Street, Clay Cross are being introduced by Derbyshire County Council.
To help control the speed of traffic through Stretton Village and along the A61, the county council has agreed the following changes: Reduction of the 50mph speed limit to 40 mph on the A61 Stretton Road, Clay Cross and A61 Main Road, Stretton (south of Clay Cross through Stretton village), to the south side of B6014, Morton Road and introduceing a 40mph limit between the 30mph limit through Clay Cross and the 50mph limit to the north of Clay Cross. READ MORE...
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
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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...
Chesterfield Woman's Plight Raised In Parliament
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
A Chesterfield woman who is living with constant pain was given new hope after her case was raised in Parliament.
Jemma Hill, 25, of Newbold, was told by specialists at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, that she needed a hip arthroscopy operation to cure her painful hip condition.
However, she was left disappointed when her local Clinical Commissioning Group told her that they wouldn't fund the treatment, despite it being available to patients in South Yorkshire. READ MORE...
BHS In Chesterfield To Launch New Children's Dining Area
Wednesday 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 Appeal After 'Ride-On' Mower Is Stolen
Wednesday 23rd October 2013 Police are appealing for information after a ride-on lawn mower was stolen from Staveley Hall.
It was taken sometime between Saturday, October 19th and Monday, October 21st, after offenders broke into a shed in the grounds off Church Street. The mower is made by Murray and is red. It did not have the grass cutting attachment with it. Officers say they believe the mower was pushed out of the grounds.
Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police Images Released Following CFC v Mansfield Game
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
New Crafts Superstore Jobs Boost For Chesterfield
Tuesday 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...
Local Groups Asked To 'Test The Water' In New £1.2m Pool
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Student Creates 1st UK Website For Teens With Cerebral Palsy
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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...
The Chris Turner Interview - 'Football Is A Costly Business'
Saturday 19th October 2013 Times are tight, and football clubs, particularly in the lower leagues, have to make the books balance like every other business.
It can be a vicious circle - with money needed to buy the quality needed to draw the crowds and get the results, but those on the pitch needing to perform consistently to get the results to continue to bring in the crowds.
The man with the sleepless nights at the PROACT is CEO Chris Turner, and he admits that the positives talked about in his last interview with The Chesterfield Post, whilst hugely beneficial to the club and the community... READ MORE & AUDIO...
FBU's Fire Service Strike Action For Saturday Is Cancelled
Friday 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
Friday 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
Friday 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...
Can You Help Trace This Missing Man?
Thursday 17th October 2013 Leicestershire police officers are asking for country-wide help after growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man reported missing from home.
Richard Blyth, 52, from Wigston was last seen on Sunday, October 13th and reported missing when he failed to appear for work the next day. Richard is described as white, approximately 5'9" inches tall, of stocky build, with short dark brown hair.
Family and friends are very worried - and Richard's father and step-mother have issued the following statement: "Rich, we are both very worried..." READ MORE...
FULL & PART TIME ROLES WITH THE GIRLS' BRIGADE UK
Thursday 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
Thursday 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.
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...
Leeds Man Charged After Tyre Thefts In Chesterfield
Thursday 17th October 2013 A man has been charged with stealing spare tyres from vans in Old Whittington and Newbold.
It is after a resident on Holland Road, Old Whittington, phoned police to report a man acting suspiciously just after 10pm on Monday, October 14th. A police patrol stopped a van on the A61 at Meadowhead shortly after the incident and a man was arrested on suspicion of the theft. William Robson, 24, from Leeds, was later charged with stealing two wheels, one from a van parked on Holland Road and the other from a van on Chantrey Avenue, Newbold. He is due to appear before magistrates in Chesterfield on Wednesday, November 20th.
UEFA Women's U17 Euro Championships Final At The PROACT
Wednesday 16th October 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
It has been confirmed that Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium will host four games in the UEFA Women's European Under-17 Championship Finals, including the Final itself.
After the tournament kicks off with England playing at AFC Telford United's New Bucks Head stadium on Tuesday, November 26th, the young lionesses will play their next group match at the Proact Stadium on Friday, November 29th (kick-off 7pm).
This is then followed by a further fixture in Chesterfield on... READ MORE...
Local Company Steps Up For Ashgate Hospice
Wednesday 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...
Further Date Announced For Fire Service Strike In Derbyshire
Tuesday 15th October 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), national ballot for strike action and subsequent industrial action on the 25th September 2013, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has received notification that FBU members will take further strike action on Saturday, 19th October 2013, from 18:30 hours to 23:30 (6:30pm to 11:30pm).
During these times, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level. DFRS previously thanked Derbyshire communities for heeding advice and preventing emergencies from occurring during the industrial action on the 25th September. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Proposed End Of Subsidised School Transport - Have Your Say
Monday 14th October 2013 Parents and carers are being asked for their views on proposals to end subsidised transport to faith schools in Derbyshire.
Derbyshire County Council is considering ending discretionary transport subsidies for students attending schools preferred on grounds of religion or belief.
Any decision about whether or not to make the changes would only be made following a full consultation.
Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council's... READ MORE...
Police Seek Information Regarding Whittington Moor Collision
Monday 14th October 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for a potential witness to a collision at a roundabout on the A61, involving a car and a motorbike, to come forward.
The collision took place at around 1.30pm on Thursday, October 10th at the Whittington Moor roundabout, and involved a black Honda Civic and a yellow Suzuki motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider, a 25-year-old man, was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield with back injuries. READ MORE...
Andy's Here For The Beer (And The Mayor Has His Chips!)
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Police Appeal Over Stolen Mountain Bike
Thursday 10th October 2013
Police are appealing for information to trace a mountain bike that was stolen from a farm in Littlemoor near Ashover.
The Trek Fuel EX6 2010 mountain bike and a Karcher pressure washer were stolen from a barn on the remote farm some time between 6pm on Wednesday September 25th and 7am on Monday September 30th.
Anyone who knows anything about the crime or has seen the bike, should contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Air Ambulance Called To Road Accident In Ridgeway
Thursday 10th October 2013 Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were yesterday called out to a road traffic collision - their most common cause for call outs - in Ridgeway, Derbyshire.
Called at 10:13, they arrived at the incident scene at 10:35. A 28-year old man was injured when his vehicle rolled over and he was assessed for head and back injuries having already been extricated by the local Fire Service. He was given much needed pain relief, immobilised and given a pelvic splint before being airlifted to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. The DLRAA also attend horse riding accidents, falls, sporting injuries, and medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes.
Stagecoach Employees Enjoy National Customer Service Week
Thursday 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...
Police Release CCTV Images After Thefts From Chesterfield Pub
Wednesday 9th October 2013 Police investigating two thefts at a Chesterfield pub have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to.
The incidents happened at around 6.15pm on Sunday, October 6th, at Spa Lane Vaults on St. Mary's Gate.
A mobile phone and an iPod were stolen from two separate people in the bar, after a man approached the people and placed a map on the table.
They appeared to be asking for directions but then left the premises. READ MORE...
Jobs Boost As Markham Vale Attracts Construction Jobs
Wednesday 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...
Two Chesterfield Men Get A 3-Year Ban From Football Matches
Wednesday 9th October 2013
Two Chesterfield FC fans have been banned from football matches for three years.
The pair received three-year football banning orders after admitting their part in an altercation in Rotherham town centre following an away match last season.
Glenn Bloom and Jason Hollis, both 39, were arrested following a match between Rotherham United and Chesterfield FC on February 16th 2013 after being involved in a clash with Rotherham fans. READ MORE...
Spreading The Word During Whitecotes' Reading Week
Wednesday 9th October 2013 Pupils at a Chesterfield primary school have been enjoying extra storytimes as part of a week dedicated to the written word.
Whitecotes Primary School invited Derbyshire County Council's Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, to visit during the week and read the children a story.
Councillor Greenhalgh said, "Reading is so important for children. It improves their language skills, develops their vocabulary and their imagination. Children who can read do better at school. I was delighted to be asked to take part..." READ MORE...
Derbyshire Detectives Launch Online Fraud Survey
Wednesday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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...
East Midlands Ambulance Service To Star On C4 TV Series
Saturday 5th October 2013 East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) will feature in a Channel 4 documentary series which airs Monday 7th October at 9pm, which has the potential to attract three million viewers.
999: What's Your Emergency? follows incidents from the moment the initial 999 calls are received, as ambulances are dispatched and the ambulance crew arrive on the scene. But it also goes beyond to explore why the call was made and find out what happened after the medics left.
The six part series follows ambulance staff who know every.. READ MORE...
Search For Missing Staveley Man Continues
Friday 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...
Derbyshire Confirms Budget And Sets The Way Forward
Friday 4th October 2013 Derbyshire County Council has confirmed plans to balance its budget for the year.
In addition, Council Leader Anne Western announced measures set out in The Derbyshire Challenge, which the council will introduce in its bid to limit the damage from more than £157 million of Coalition Government cuts.
The Derbyshire Challenge sets out how Derbyshire County Council will put its own 'house in order' by: modernising the way the council operates; scrutinising all areas of spending to ensure the cash is used where it is needed most;... READ MORE...
Police Seek Witnesses To Robbery In Whittington Moor
Thursday 3rd October 2013 Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery that happened in Whittington Moor, Chesterfield.
At about 12.20pm on Wednesday 2nd October, a 24-year-old woman was walking through the underpass on Sheffield Road when a man, who was walking from the Brimington direction, bumped into her and asked for her mobile phone and cash. She gave him a small amount of cash and ran off towards Whittington Moor. She wasn't injured. The suspect was white, in his mid 20s, 5'7" tall, of medium build and was wearing a red waterproof coat with the hood up and dark trousers or jeans.
Anyone who witnessed the robbery or has any information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Fights Flu
Thursday 3rd October 2013 Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has joined the largest ever NHS staff vaccination campaign with a programme of local flu jab clinics to protect its staff and patients from flu.
The trust aims to make great strides in reducing the spread of flu this season by vaccinating as many of its staff as possible. It is joining the national NHS flu fighter staff vaccination campaign, which supports trusts in England to help them improve staff flu vaccination uptake.
Last year the flu season once again led to more than a hundred deaths in the UK, claiming 107 lives and affecting thousands more. Annual flu-related admissions into intensive care or high dependency... READ MORE...
Local Student 'Pitches' In With Kenyan Children
Thursday 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...
A Michelin Listing For The Devonshire Arms
Thursday 3rd October 2013 The award-winning Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley has been given a place in the prestigious Michelin Hotel and Restaurant Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2014.
The pub and restaurant in the village of Middle Handley, between Sheffield and Chesterfield, is the region's only new entry into the world famous guide to the best dining experiences.
Inspectors praised the restaurant's menu, saying: "Fresh, seasonal ingredients are at the core of the hearty menu. They like to keep things local..." READ MORE...
Public Meeting To Be Held About The Avenue Site
Wednesday 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...
Man Robbed In Chesterfield
Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Robbers have stolen a man's mobile phone in Chesterfield.
At around 5.10am on Sunday, September 29th, a 23-year-old man was at the junction of Archdale Close and Trevorrow Crescent when he was approached by two men, one of whom was holding a glass bottle. They asked for his phone and he refused, running off toward the A61 Derby Road. The men followed him and one held on to him while the other searched his pockets, took his phone and ran off. The pair were in their late teens, one of whom was wearing a black hooded top. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
More Than 135 Arrested In Local Police Crackdown On Crime
Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Police in Chesterfield, Bolsover, Amber Valley and North East Derbyshire have now arrested more than 135 people in a campaign to reduce burglary, theft and drug misuse.
Officers have also carried out more than 35 warrants across the area since the initiative, known as Operation Impact, began earlier this year.
Over the past two weeks, the campaign has focused on the North East Derbyshire area, where nine warrants have been carried out and nine men and one woman arrested for drugs offences. READ MORE...
Sky-High Check For WPD Power Network
Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distribution company serving the Midlands, the South West and South Wales, is carrying out helicopter patrols across the East Midlands as part of its network inspection work during the months of October, November and December.
The helicopters will be used to spot potential hazards on the high voltage overhead network and to highlight areas where future work may be needed.
Robin Tutcher, Chief Pilot at Western Power Distribution, said: "Using a helicopter for patrols is the safest, fastest and most effective way to..." READ MORE...
Local Landlords Face Mortgage Payment Concern
Tuesday 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...
Appeal After A Chesterfield House Window Is Damaged By Fire
Tuesday 1st October 2013 Police are appealing for information after a house window was damaged by fire in Chesterfield.
Fire crews were called to Milton Crescent, Birdholme, at around 4pm on Sunday, September 29th. A decorative wishing well on the front garden of the house had been destroyed by fire and the windows of the property also suffered damage.
It's not known what caused the fire but police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information to contact them on 101, the non emergency number, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
School's Out... On Tuesday! List Of Local School 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...
80s Dirty Stop Outs Dance Their Way To Charity Windfall
Monday 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...
Deputy Mayor Donates First Bag To BHF Charity Bag-athon
Monday 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...
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...
Swimathon Date For Kids 'n' Cancer Brought Forward
Monday 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...
Derbyshire Adopts Chesterfield Anti-Social Behaviour Scheme
Monday 30th September 2013 A scheme to protect victims of anti-social behaviour which has been trialled in Chesterfield is being rolled out across Derbyshire.
The new IT system, called ECINS, was introduced by the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership in April this year and allows the partnership, which includes Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire Police, to share information about anti-social behaviour quickly and effectively.
The new system records all live cases and allows each of the... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Swimming Star In The Making
Monday 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...
Police Increase Security For Weekend's Local Derby
Friday 27th September 2013 Derbyshire police have increased security for this weekend's local derby between Chesterfield and Mansfield Town at the Proact Stadium.
The two sides meet for the first time since 2008 on Saturday, September 28. Kick-off is at 1pm for the sell-out game.
Police in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have worked closely with both clubs for a number of weeks to maximise the safety of the fans and the public on the day. Football intelligence officer PC Dave Wright said: "This local..." READ MORE...
Air Ambulance (DLRAA) Called To Aid Of Clay Cross Man
Friday 27th September 2013 Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were called out to an incident in Clay Cross, Derbyshire on the evening of Thursday 26th September.
The call was for a 65-year old male who was injured after falling through the roof of his home in the town. East Midlands Ambulance Service were first on the scene, but DLRAA were requested to attend given the clinical nature of the incident and they took off at 6:04pm, arriving at the scene 11 minutes later.
The patient had sustained injuries to his head and arms and was... READ MORE...
Daughter In Plea To Take Up Screening After Father's Death
Friday 27th September 2013 The daughter of a Rotherham man who died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is urging men aged 65 and over to sign up for the AAA screening programme and take action against the secret killer.
On March 18th last year, 72 year old Roderick 'Rocky' Hillman, of Bole Hill, Treeton, was visiting his daughter, Alisha, and her family at their home in Calow, Chesterfield.
He left them at 11pm, telling Alisha that he would see her and the rest of the family again the following day - Mother's Day - but when he got back to... READ MORE...
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.
Police Seek Good Samaritan
Wednesday 25th September 2013 Police are looking for a 'Good Samaritan' who helped a lorry driver stuck on Rylah Hill in Palterton in the early hours of Wednesday September 25th.
PC Colin Buxton, who dealt with the incident, said: "I was on patrol at 1.15 this morning, when I came across a lorry that couldn't get up the hill. It was loaded with 51 cattle and was blocking the road. The driver told me that a young man had stopped and lent him his torch but had driven off before it could be returned. I'd like to thank this man for his kindness and return his torch." The lorry was moved and the road reopened by 4am. The driver was reported for several traffic offences.
PC Buxton can be contacted on the police non-emergency number, 101.
Take Extra Care On The Roads During Industrial Action
Wednesday 25th September 2013 With strike action due to begin today, (Wednesday 25th September), Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is urging members of the public to take extra care during periods of industrial action.
Whilst DFRS will still be providing an emergency response service during this period, albeit at a reduced level, DFRS is calling upon motorists and businesses to help to prevent emergencies from occurring.
Following notification that the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is... READ MORE...
NHS Discovery Day Spotlights Helping People Stay Active
Tuesday 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...
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.
Don't Make Unnecessary 999 Calls As Fire Service Strike Looms
Tuesday 24th September 2013 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is urging members of the public not to make unnecessary 999 calls - particularly during periods of industrial action.
DFRS has received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) that their members will take part in national industrial action for 4 hours tomorrow, Wednesday, 25th September 2013 from 12 noon until 4pm.
Whilst DFRS will still be providing an emergency response service during these periods, albeit at a reduced level, it is essential that members... READ MORE...
Chesterfield FC's 'Unsung Hero' Is Honoured By A Prince
Tuesday 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
Monday 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?
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
Monday 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...
New Images Released Of Missing Staveley Man
Friday 20th September 2013 It's just over a week since Glynn Holland went missing from his Staveley home and now Police have released a CCTV image of him from the afternoon of his disappearance.
Glynn Holland, 50, was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am on Thursday, September 12th. The new image shows Mr Holland in William Hill bookmakers in Staveley on the afternoon he went missing.
Mr Holland is around six feet tall, of medium build, with a shaved head. His family have not seen or heard from him since his disappearance which... READ MORE...
Vicar Lane Hosts BHF Great British Bag-athon Event Launch
Friday 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...
Rotarian's Marathon Swim For Kids 'n' Cancer Charity
Friday 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...
Couple Jailed For Making Indecent Images Of Children
Thursday 19th September 2013 A couple have been jailed after pleading guilty to making and possessing indecent images of children.
Stephen Wholey, 37 and Amanda Wholey, 39, were sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Friday, September 13th after both admitting a number of offences.
They were arrested in April after a warrant was carried out at their address on Hawthorne Avenue, Glapwell.
Stephen Wholey was jailed for three years and eight months... READ MORE...
Rogue Traders Thought To Have Tricked Elderly Lady
Thursday 19th September 2013 Police are reminding residents to be alert after rogue traders are suspected to have tricked an elderly woman out of a large sum of cash in Clay Cross.
They are also urging residents to come forward with information about any suspicious activity in the area.
The 71-year-old woman's carers contacted police on Wednesday, September 11th, with concerns about two men who had visited her home on Clay Lane. They talked her into having minor repairs carried out to the roof and for some... READ MORE...
Tupton Hall School Open Evening Today
Thursday 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...
Papa John's Show Rewards Are In The Goals For Spireites
Thursday 19th September 2013 Chesterfield FC supporters will be able to reap the rewards of the club's goals, as Papa John's announces an exclusive offer for fans to get half price pizzas if The Spireites score twice in a match.
At the end of August, the official pizza partner of the Football League, engaged with football fans from across the country, asking them to vote for which offer they would like to see introduced. Score Twice Half Price was top of the league with 71% of the votes and will be officially launched on Saturday, 21st September.
Andrew Gallagher, Papa John's Marketing Director, said... READ MORE...
Police Warn The Public About Courier Fraud
Thursday 19th September 2013
Derbyshire police are asking the public to remain vigilant around protecting their personal information following a circulation of courier fraud.
A phone scam which often sees elderly residents being encouraged to part with their bank details, pin number and sometimes even their bank card has circulated.
The offender is said to call the resident, purporting to be a police officer, from the bank or large retail organisation investigating a fraud on their bank... READ MORE...
National Park Planners Secure Restoration Of Three Quarries
Thursday 19th September 2013 Derelict areas within two former quarries are to be restored, and old permissions at Birchover Quarry replaced with a new updated permission, following decisions made by the Peak District National Park Authority's planning committee.
Wildlife and the public will benefit from the re-shaping and landscaping of about 2.0 acres (0.81 hectares) of old workings, part of the Barton Hill and Dungeon quarries sites at Birchover.
The restoration will see heather moorland and native woodland... READ MORE...
Local MP Hails Breakfast Boost For Vulnerable Children
Wednesday 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...
Man Jailed For Bicycle Thefts In Chesterfield And Bolsover
Wednesday 18th September 2013 A 30-year-old man has been jailed by magistrates for stealing two bicycles and four other offences in the Bolsover and Chesterfield area.
John Towle, of no fixed address, was given the 14 week sentence at court on Thursday, September 12th. He was charged with stealing a child's BMX bike from a shed on Moorfield Avenue, Bolsover and a mountain bike from a driveway on Old Road, Chesterfield. A further three charges of vehicle interference were brought against him at court, after he was found to be trying car doors on Hudson Mount, Bolsover in the early hours of Friday, August 30th.
Towle also answered a charge of going equipped to steal after he was stopped by police on Charlesworth Street, Bolsover in the early hours of Tuesday, September 10th.
Chesterfield Teen Hails 'Life Saving' Hospital
Tuesday 17th September 2013 A teenager whose life was saved by The Children's Hospital, Sheffield, spoke to hundreds of professionals, to thank them for taking part in a corporate fundraiser that raised more than £146,000 to support young patients like her.
Lucy Hibbert, aged 13, from Chesterfield, joined businessmen and women from more than 70 South Yorkshire companies at The Mistress Cutler's Challenge awards, who have been raising funds for The Children's Hospital Charity.
Lucy was diagnosed with auto immune anaemia, a rare condition... READ MORE...
'Cracking Crime' Events In North East Derbyshire
Tuesday 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
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
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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...
MP Backs Fairer Benefits Test For Those With Mental Illness
Friday 13th September 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has backed a campaign by the national charity Rethink Mental Illness to make the Government's fit-for-work test fair for people with mental illness.
Mr Perkins pledged his support for the campaign after taking part in an event in Westminster on Wednesday (11th September), where the charity's supporters asked MPs to prove they are fit for their jobs.
The event was organised by Rethink Mental Illness to give MPs a deeper insight into the flaws in the Government's fit-for-work benefits tests. READ MORE...
County To Add New Gritters To Fleet
Friday 13th September 2013 Derbyshire County Council is investing £1.6m to buy 15 new gritter lorries this year.
It is the first stage of a five-year replacement plan to replace ageing winter maintenance vehicles.
A further four gritter lorries will be purchased in 2014/15, three more in 2015/16 and a further three in 2016/17.
By 2017, the county council will have increased the number of gritters in its fleet from 39 currently to 44. Six other county council vehicles can be converted to support snow-clearing efforts when needed. READ MORE...
Dirty Stop Outs' Launch Set For This Weekend
Thursday 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
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Breakfast Boost For Derbyshire Schoolchildren
Tuesday 10th September 2013 Pupils at 25 Derbyshire primary and junior schools are set to benefit from breakfast club pilot schemes at their school.
Derbyshire County Council is funding food at the clubs, which will cost between £180,000 to £200,000.
Schools have been chosen because they have the greatest number of children who are entitled to free school meals. The 25 schools will be invited to apply for the funding. The pilot will run for four years and the schools will provide staff and other resources for the day-to-day running of the clubs. READ MORE...
County Faces Losing Further Funds
Monday 9th September 2013 Funding currently worth £1.31m could be lost by Derbyshire County Council if proposals for reallocating New Homes Bonus funding in 2015-16 get the go-ahead.
The New Homes Bonus is paid to local councils for increasing the number of homes in their area. It is paid every year for six years for new-build homes, conversions and long-term empty homes brought back into use. There is also an extra payment for providing affordable homes.
Now the Coalition Government is considering pumping some or... READ MORE...
Morrisons M Local Has Arrived In Chesterfield
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Police Seek Information After Robbery From Chesterfield House
Friday 6th September 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information about a sneak-in burglary in which a handbag was stolen.
Between noon on Sunday, September 1st and 7.45pm on Monday, September 2nd, thieves sneaked into a house on Highfield Avenue though an unlocked door and stole the handbag containing cash and bank cards. The bag was later found discarded in bushes off Lucas Road. A witness saw a man acting suspiciously in the area between 2pm and 3pm on Sunday, September 1st. He was white, tall, of slim build and wearing a light beige top.
Anyone with information about the theft or the suspicious man is asked to contact Chesterfield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Flood Defences To Be Improved In Derbyshire
Friday 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...
Local Law Firms Announce Merger
Friday 6th September 2013 It's been announced that, as of 1st September 2013, Bilton Hammond Solicitors has merged with Banner Jones Solicitors.
The merger will create one of the largest legal practices in the region, offering high quality legal services from a wider team of specialist legal advisors. Both firms have been committed to delivering excellent customer service at competitive prices and this shall remain the cornerstone of the new business.
Simon Wright from Banner Jones comments, "It was clear from the outset of discussions that the two businesses were a great fit." READ MORE...
Police Seek Information After House Robbery In Chesterfield
Friday 6th September 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information about a sneak-in burglary in which a handbag was stolen.
Between noon on Sunday, September 1st and 7.45pm on Monday, September 2nd, thieves sneaked into a house on Highfield Avenue though an unlocked door and stole the handbag containing cash and bank cards. The bag was later found discarded in bushes off Lucas Road. A witness saw a man acting suspiciously in the area between 2pm and 3pm on Sunday, September 1st. He was white, tall, of slim build and wearing a light beige top.
Anyone with information about the theft or the suspicious man is asked to contact Chesterfield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police Try To Trace Two Women Who Helped Assault Victim
Thursday 5th September 2013 Detectives are trying to trace two people who helped a woman who had been assaulted in Chesterfield.
At around 2.30pm on Friday, August 30th, a 60-year-old woman was in the retail area of Markham Road when she became aware of 3 teenaged boys on skateboards nearby. She continued walking along South Place and felt a blow to her leg, causing her to fall to the floor. She heard someone say "get the bag", although her bag was not taken. Two women helped her to her feet. She did not see who assaulted her. Police are trying to trace these two women in case they have information which could help with the inquiry.
Anyone with information should call Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
PDSA Pet Roadshow Offering Free Dog Microchipping
Thursday 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...
Police Seek Witness After Assault In Chesterfield
Wednesday 4th September 2013
Police are trying to trace a witness who could have information about an assault in Chesterfield.
Officers investigating the assault have released a CCTV image of the man (left) - who is NOT a suspect - but who they believe may have heard something which could help with the inquiry.
On the afternoon of Friday, June 21st, a woman in her 30's was assaulted by a man at The Men's Room salon, in Chatsworth Road. READ MORE...
Apply Now For Your Child's Secondary School Place!
Wednesday 4th September 2013 Now, they may have just gone, or are about to go, back to school, but parents of Y6 pupils will need to apply to Derbyshire County Council from next week to get their child's secondary school place for September 2014.
Year six primary school children, who were born between 1st September 2002 and 31st August 2003, will be sent information on the application process, which opens on Monday 9th September.
Applying online is the easiest method. Just visit the school admissions section... READ MORE...
Panto Season Beckons In Chesterfield... Oh Yes It Does!
Wednesday 4th September 2013 The children may have just gone back to school but thoughts are turning to the festive season already - and that means Panto!
This year, Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre will play host to Paul Holman's production of Beauty and The Beast - and the star studded cast were in town yesterday to meet the press and public and get ready for what's sure to be a hit show (oh yes it is!).
Billed as the 'tale as old as time' in the famous Disney song, Beauty and The Beast is of course a story of love against the odds but... READ MORE...
£3m Grant Boost For Derbyshire's Small Businesses
Wednesday 4th September 2013
Small businesses in Derbyshire could benefit from grants of up to £50,000 as part of a £3m drive to safeguard and create jobs.
Derbyshire Economic Partnership - backed by Derbyshire County Council - has been provisionally awarded £3m from the Government's Regional Growth Fund.
On Tuesday, Sept 10th, members of the county council's cabinet will consider a recommendation that the authority pledges £70,000 towards administration costs of the new Global Derbyshire Small Business Support Programme. READ MORE...
Get Dancing In Chesterfield this September
Wednesday 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...
Good News For Tesco Distribution Centre Workers
Wednesday 28th August 2013 Every job helps! Good news for local employment tonight after Tesco has confirmed that it will be keeping the Barlborough Distribution Centre open and saving 200 jobs.
Staff were told this afternoon that the retail company has now found an alternative use for the centre and will not now close in September as had been planned.
A spokeswoman for the supermarket chain has told The Chesterfield Post that, after a review of the non food businesses such as homeware and toys, which showed that many of those sales were online, a decision was taken to look at sites owned by Tesco as storage use for that arm of the business. READ MORE...
Barratt Homes Pledge 1.5 Acres For British Honey Bee
Friday 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...
County Council Helps Local People To Avoid Pay Day Loans
Wednesday 14th August 2013 Residents on low incomes who may be tempted by payday loan companies, can apply for safe and affordable loans thanks to new Derbyshire County Council funding.
The council is to make safe instant access loans available by providing £300,000 additional funding to local Credit Unions.
Credit Unions are playing an increasingly important role in supporting people struggling with debt and low incomes, by providing access to affordable credit and by encouraging saving. READ MORE...
Every Little Tesco Does NOT Help Say Local Residents
Thursday 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...
Local Mum Wendy (Body) Builds Success At 45
Thursday 8th August 2013 - Other Sports coverage sponsored by CASA Hotel
The old adage says that "life begins at 40" - and one local lady has certainly proved that as she took second place in a body building competition last weekend, having only taken up the discipline a year ago.
Wendy Ally, 45, of Clowne, competed in the British Natural bodybuilding Federation regional heats in Derby for the first time on Sunday and, along with her second place, earned the chance to compete in the National finals in September.
The Chesterfield Post spoke with Wendy on Monday, when she... READ MORE...
25 New Chesterfield 'Ambassadors' All Set For Summer
Monday 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...
40th Anniversary Memorial For Markham Pit Disaster
Tuesday 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...
Chesterfield Co-op Closes Its 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...
Thunderstorms Cause Alarm
Tuesday 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.
Were 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...
The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Have A New Royal Prince
Monday 22nd July 2013
It's been announced that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have given birth to a son in London this evening.
No name has yet been announced for the new HRH Prince of Cambridge, first child of the Royal couple and now third in line to the throne - he weighed in at 8lb 6oz and was born at 4:24pm.
He is the first grandchild for both The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton. READ MORE...
Frankie The Singing Dog 'Leads' The Way At Church Service
Monday 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...
Hero Soldier Visits Local Firm For Afternoon Tea
Wednesday 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...
Chesterfield Man Graduates As Royal Air Force Officer
Saturday 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...
Official Opening For New Look Whittington Moor Post Office
Friday 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...
Loundsley Green Volunteers Receive Recognition From PM
Wednesday 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...
MP Urges Locals To Back Staveley Armed Forces Weekend
Tuesday 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...
40 Jobs And £0.5 Million Investment Comes To Chesterfield
Tuesday 9th July 2013 Britain may be in the grip of a recession but once again, Chesterfield has proved it has economic potential with the announcement this morning that Home Bargains is investing approximately £500,000 in a new store in town, which will open its doors on Saturday, 13th July.
The top brand, bottom price retailer is creating up to 40 new jobs in the community, with its latest store located on Lordsmill Street adjacent to TKMaxx.
This will be the third store to open in Derbyshire, joining more than 300 others across the UK. With plans to open another 50 stores throughout the... READ MORE...
Giving Carers Care - Chesterfield 'Angels' Hit 1 Year Mark
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Old Whittington's Gala Day Is A Hit
Friday 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...
Drugs Dog Duke Does His Duty In Derbyshire
Monday 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...
Antarctica Expedition Abandoned
Wednesday 19th June 2013 News that the expedition bidding to make polar history by crossing Antarctica in winter had been abandoned because of 'difficult terrain and technical challenges', has been greeted with a mixture of sadness and relief by the team at William Twigg Matlock Ltd, whose engineers have played a key role in the heroic venture.
Steel specialists headed by the company's Bakewell Road works manager, Alan Boden, designed and built the steel 'skoots' (sledges) which have been carrying vital fuel to power the giant tractors hauling the expedtion's living quarters, scientific equipment and essential supplies. READ MORE...
Nolan Sister 'In The Mood' For Hearing Loss Awards
Friday 14th June 2013 International singing star and actress, Maureen Nolan, is launching a UK-wide campaign to find people who are hard of hearing and have triumphed over adversity - and is bringing the search to Chesterfield.
Maureen has teamed up with Specsavers hearing centre in Chesterfield to urge local residents with hearing loss to enter the annual Sound Barrier Star Awards.
Specsavers' Sound Barrier Star Awards is an initiative aimed at celebrating achievement in people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and seeks to reward individuals for their courage and accomplishments. READ MORE...
More Great Jobs News For Derbyshire
Wednesday 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...
It's All About Community At The First New Whittington Gala
Monday 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...
Insolvency Service Gets 2 'Murky' Derbyshire Firms Shut Down
Friday 24th May 2013 Two closely-related companies offering insolvency and accounting services and based in Chesterfield, have been wound up in the public interest by the High Court, for poor business practices that put clients' money at risk following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.
TAG (Chesterfield) Limited (TAG) and The Recovery Partnership Limited both traded under the name 'The Insolvency Group', despite being separate businesses, leading to a lack of transparency and confusion as to which company was responsible for which client accounts. The books and records kept by both companies also failed to properly explain... READ MORE...
Success For Chesterfield At National Tourism Awards
Monday 13th May 2013 Chesterfield has been voted Coach Friendly Town or City of the Year at the annual Coach Tourism Awards.
The national awards scheme - organised by trade magazine Coach Monthly, and hosted by television presenter and travel and tourism expert, Judith Chalmers - recognises excellence and innovation across the coach tourism industry and includes tourist destinations and attractions.
The award follows Chesterfield also being awarded coach friendly status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK in February. READ MORE...
Large Local Employer Creates New Job Roles
Tuesday 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...
AMRC Invites Local Manufacturing & Engineering Companies
Wednesday 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...
Chesterfield Welcomes Back An Old Friend For Arts Festival
Wednesday 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...
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
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Rykneld Homes Family Fun Day At The Proact A Big Hit
Monday 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...
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...
Chesterfield Bus Company Drives Increased Bus Use
Thursday 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...
Ilkeston Soldier Tasha Securing Helmand With Springer Sam
Wednesday 17th April 2013 An Ilkeston soldier has deployed to Afghanistan to provide security for her patrol base armed with Sam, a four-year old Springer spaniel.
Private Natasha Ward, 20, a Vehicle Search Dog Handler in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, is serving in Patrol Base Folad, Helmand Province.
Along with Sam, Pte Ward, known as Tasha, is responsible for searching any non-military vehicles which enter the patrol base. Sam uses his heightened sense of smell to search for arms and explosives which could be hidden... READ MORE...
Mercian Regiment To Be Presented With New Colours
Tuesday 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...
Cook Me The Money's Chesterfield Episode
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...
Chesterfield Man Deploys To Afghanistan For Fifth Time
Friday 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?
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...
Dronfield Foundry Fined After Worker Suffers Multiple Injuries
Friday 5th April 2013 A Derbyshire foundry has been fined after an employee suffered multiple injuries when he was hit by a steel bar weighing 1.6 tonnes.
Dennis Hibberd, 61 of Dronfield, was working at Padley & Venables Ltd, in Dronfield, when the nine-metre long bar, and the steel barrow it was travelling on, fell as it was being pushed from one part of the site to another by a tow truck.
He broke both legs and his pelvis, crushed his right foot and also damaged his left knee in the incident on 12th April 2011. He had to have three operations and was in hospital for ten weeks. He only recently returned to work at the company on a part-time basis. READ MORE...
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...
'Casting Call' To Budding Local Actors By Impact Films
Tuesday 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...
Local Vet Warns Of Spread Of Deadly Dog Disease Across UK
Friday 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...
£27m Investment Progressing Well In Old Whittington
Wednesday 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...
Chesterfield Apprenticeships Created With AIG Europe Ltd
Tuesday 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...
Local Dog 'Paco' Wins Best Of Breed At Crufts
Tuesday 12th March 2013
Ashover developer Nigel Egginton and Paco, his seven-year-old Spanish Water Dog, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.
Paco was one of over 25,000 dogs at the world famous dog show - presented by The Kennel Club and held at Birmingham's NEC, which is celebrating 140 years of promoting healthy, happy dogs - and he claimed the prestigious Best of Breed award last weekend, fighting off competition from a number of other dogs to scoop the coveted prize. READ MORE...
Sir Ranulph Praises Matlock Steelmen's 'Brilliant Engineering'
Monday 11th March 2013 Veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, now recovering after being airlifted from the Antarctic with severe frostbite, has e-mailed steel specialists at William Twigg Matlock Ltd to thank them for their 'brilliant engineering'.
Twigg's designed and fabricated the 14 special steel sledges (skoots) which are playing a vital role in transporting fuel for the expedition's caterpillar tractors on the 2,000-mile journey across the polar icecap that could make exploration history.
Much of the journey will be made in complete darkness and... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Based Architects Get A Dragon's Business Boost
Monday 11th March 2013
A Chesterfield based firm received a business boost from TV's Dragon's Den star, Theo Paphitis.
Last week, Martin Rix, Partner of MAD Architects LLP, tweeted Theo about his business during 'Small Business Sunday', an initiative set up by Theo that runs weekly.
Theo re‐tweeted Martin's message to his 330,000 followers and as a result, the business has 200 more followers and new enquires for projects. READ MORE...
New Green Group Launches In Chesterfield
Monday 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...
Businesses Invited To Celebrate Town's Success
Wednesday 6th March 2013 Local businesses are being invited to celebrate the success of the town's inward investment campaign, Destination Chesterfield, and hear the exciting plans for the next three years at a special breakfast event being held at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 28th March from 8am - 10.30am.
'Celebrate Chesterfield' will outline the achievements of Destination Chesterfield since it was launched at the same venue back in October 2010.
Representatives from two of the area's more recent success stories, Avoca Systems and Shorts Accountants, will be speaking... READ MORE...
National Award For Chesterfield Training
Tuesday 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...
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...
Morrison's Buys HMV Store And 2,000 Republic Jobs Saved
Thursday 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...
More Job Losses In North East Derbyshire
Monday 25th February 2013 There's worrying news for the Chesterfield jobs market tonight, with news that the TESCO Distribution site at Barlborough will close at the end of the year - with as many as 400 jobs at risk.
A spokesperson for the retail giant has told The Chesterfield Post that the decision to close has been made due to the storage of grocery provisions and the logistics of transporting them to stores across the company's whole network, though a period of consultation with unions had now begun in order to help to place staff in other roles... READ MORE...
Twiggs' Dismay As Sir Ranulph Quites Antarctic Expedition
Monday 25th February 2013 The team at William Twigg Matlock Ltd has sent a message of commiseration to Sir Ranulph Fiennes in Antarctica, after frostbite forced him to pull out of the attempt to lead an expedition bidding to become the first to cross the polar icecap in winter.
As we reported last week, Twigg's have produced the special 'skoots' which the Ice team are using to transport essential supplies of fuel for their tractors during 'the coldest journey on earth'.
Twigg's director Richard Tarbatt said this week... READ MORE...
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...
Free Training For Budding Business Brains In NE Derbyshire
Wednesday 20th February 2013 Budding entrepreneurs are being urged to find out more about free business start-up help and support that is available as part of a project in North East Derbyshire.
A programme of workshops aimed at people who may be planning on starting a new business - or who are going through the initial stages of setting one up - are now up and running across the district.
The 'Enterprise Support in North East Derbyshire' programme has been funded thanks to a grant of almost £18,500 from the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire (BNED) LEADER Approach. READ MORE...
Twigg's 'Skoots' Begin The 'Coldest Journey On Earth'
Monday 18th February 2013 Unique steel sledges designed and built in Derbyshire for the daring bid by veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes to make the first ever crossing of Antarctica in winter, are now making slow but steady progress across the polar icecap.
The 14 'skoots' designed and manufactured by steel specialists at William Twigg Matlock Ltd are carrying essential supplies of fuel on the 2000-mile pioneering journey through one of the harshest environments on earth.
Images sent to Matlock from Antarctica this week show the... READ MORE...
VIP (Very Important Puppy) Visits Sainsbury's Dronfield
Wednesday 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...
Local Man Celebrates 500 Shifts Volunteering For ChildLine
Monday 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...
And More Music Dies In Chesterfield...
Thursday 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...
Chesterfield Lottery Boat Seeks More Crew
Wednesday 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...
Inscyte Appointed Specialist Business Advisors
Monday 4th February 2013 Inscyte Ltd, an East Midlands business consultancy providing business development and marketing support to early-stage companies and SMEs, has announced that they have been appointed specialist business advisors for a project led by Chesterfield Borough Council.
The project, financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is to help innovative businesses based in the Dunston and Tapton Innovation Centres, and in the rest of the Borough, to grow.
Inscyte is part of a team of advisors appointed to provide support to business owners in areas including bringing products to market, promoting their brand and services, and developing their teams. READ MORE...
High Speed Rail Route Prompts Concerns Locally
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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...
USDAW Has Constructive Talks With Co-op Following Closure
Wednesday 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...
Loss Of Department Store A "Massive Hit" - MP Toby Perkins
Tuesday 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...
Chesterfield Entrepreneur Puts Trust In Prince To Help Teens
Tuesday 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...
Major Chesterfield Retailer To Close It's Doors
Monday 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 Remembers The Holocaust
Tuesday 15th January 2013 Auschwitz survivor Iby Knill will tell her extraordinary story at a Chesterfield Borough Council event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Born in Czechoslovakia in 1923, Iby was sent to Auschwitz in June 1944 after a spell in a Hungarian prison, interred as an illegal immigrant.
She first described her harrowing experiences more than 60 years later when the BBC ran a competition to find extraordinary stories from real people.
Iby's story was told in the book 'The Woman Without a Number'... READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Auto Windscreens Wins Major BGL Contract
Monday 14th January 2013 Despite the economic gloom, there is some good news for Chesterfield-based Auto Windscreens, after they have announced that they have won the exclusive glass supplier contract for BGL Group, which manages some of the UK's most prestigious motor insurance brands including Post Office, M&S, RAC, Lloyds TSB and Halifax.
BGL Group is one of the largest personal lines insurance groups in the UK, providing insurance for 2.7 million customers nationwide. It employs more than 2,400 people at its head office and contact centre in Peterborough, and at additional contact centres in Coventry and Sunderland. READ MORE...
Jessops Goes Into Administration
Thursday 10th January 2013 A national company with a branch in Chesterfield went into administrationon Wednesday and job losses are now feared in the town.
Speculation had been mounting all day that Jessops, a photographic retailer with a store on the High Street was to call in the receivers and confirmation came yesterday afternoon that this indeed was the case.
A statement from the Administrators PwC said: "Edward Williams, Rob Hunt and Matthew Hammond of PwC were appointed joint administrators of The Jessop Group Limited on 9th January 2013." READ MORE...
Guide Dog 'Dawson' Bought By Sainsbury's
Monday 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
Monday 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
Friday 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...
On Behalf Of Children Throughout Chesterfield - Thank You
Friday 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.
"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...
Good News After New Owner Found For Remploy Healthcare
Thursday 20th December 2012 There is some good news today for workers in Chesterfield after it was announced this morning that Remploy Ltd has agreed the transfer of its Healthcare business in Chesterfield to R Link, trading as R Healthcare.
The business and factory had been proposed for closure following the Government's decision to withdraw funding from Remploy's factory-based businesses. However Remploy entered into a commercial process for the factory with the objective of the continued employment of disabled people and value for money.
The 70 employees at the factory have transferred over to R Healthcare which has opened discussions with them on the company's plans for the business. READ MORE...
It Won't Be Lonely This Christmas For Older People
Wednesday 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 Charity Chosen As Film Subject By Top Filmmaker
Monday 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
Monday 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...
New Council Homes To Be Built On Vacant Eckington Site
Tuesday 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...
Piano Memorial To Ashover Music Festivals
Tuesday 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...
Matlock Steelmen Praised By 'Greatest Living Explorer'
Saturday 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
Friday 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...
Chesterfield Football Club Backs Blood Donor Drive
Thursday 6th December 2012 People in Chesterfield are being urged to give the gift of life this Christmas - by the town's football club.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is appealing for blood donors to come forward between Christmas and New Year to ensure life-saving stocks are maintained.
Each donation can potentially save the lives of three people.
The Spireites are backing the call, encouraging local residents to attend a session at the club on Thursday 27th December. READ MORE...
Rise In Young Calling ChildLine About Self-Harm And Suicide
Wednesday 5th December 2012 The number of young people seeking help from ChildLine about self-harm has soared by more than two-thirds (68%) in the last year, new figures reveal today, Counsellors have also handled a 39% rise in contacts about suicide.
The dramatic increases mean there are nearly 80 counselling sessions every day about these issues, which are being driven by teenagers under increasing pressure.
The most recent figures show that last year (2011/12) ChildLine volunteers at the East Midlands base in Nottingham took part in 1,137 counselling sessions with children and young people... READ MORE...
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...
Physio Andrew's Ambitions Are Out Of This World
Friday 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
Friday 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...
Iconic Truck Makes A Stop In Chesterfield
Thursday 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
Thursday 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
Thursday 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...
Derbyshire Speech Therapists Win Third National Award
Thursday 29th November 2012 Speech and language therapists in Derbyshire have won a third national award for their campaign to highlight the value of therapy in helping patients find their voice.
The speech and language therapy team at Derbyshire Community Health Services won the UK-wide Team of the Year at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' Giving Voice awards ceremony in London on Tuesday 27th November.
Giving Voice launched in 2010 to demonstrate the life changing value of speech and language therapy services. READ MORE...
Santa Arrives At Chesterfield Co-Op In Red Hot Fire Engine
Thursday 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...
New Partnership Creates Innovative Mental Health Project
Thursday 29th November 2012 Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's Hartington Unit, based on the site of Chesterfield Royal Hospital, is delighted to announce a new partnership with Chesterfield College’s Directorate of Art and Design.
As part of World Mental Health Day, Art and Design students at Chesterfield College were presented with a project brief based on ideas from both college staff and patients from the Hartington Unit themselves. Using the themes of care, health and recovery, students are undertaking project work to produce a piece of art to be displayed within the unit. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Student Is Spared Extradition To US
Wednesday 28th November 2012 A Chesterfield student has today had the threat of extradition to the US removed after his legal team came to an agreement with the American Authorities.
Richard O'Dwyer, (pictured), who studies at Sheffield Hallam University, was due to be taken to the US after being accused of setting up a site which allowed people to watch films for free over the internet.
He has now agreed to pay what's described as a 'small amount of compensation' and to never break the copyright laws again.
Chesterfield Auto Repair Specialist Completes Deal
Wednesday 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...
Where Will Your Night End?
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Derbyshire police are asking 'Where will your night end?' as part of a Christmas and New Year campaign to reduce alcohol-related harm among partygoers.
The campaign, which is a joint initiative between Police, Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council, has now been being launched.
It aims to highlight the dangers of binge drinking including ending up in a police cell or in hospital. It will run throughout Christmas and the New Year period with a number of events being held in Derby City and towns around the county. READ MORE...
FREE Parking In Chesterfield For Christmas Shoppers
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Christmas cheer has come early for bargain hunters in our town as Chesterfield Borough Council has said that it has agreed to grant free parking to late night shoppers on the run-up to Christmas.
Councillor John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: "It will cost the Council around £7,000 to offer the free parking, but we want to encourage people to shop locally so hopefully, the free parking will keep our shops and markets busy over the Christmas period."
Free parking will be available from 4.00pm onwards on all... READ MORE...
Business Loan Boost For Chesterfield Creative
Wednesday 28th November 2012 22-year-old Mat Wood had his first tattoo at the tender age of 17. Five years later, he's adorned from head to toe with some pretty impressive and colourful artwork and has now opened his own tattoo studio in the centre of Chesterfield.
An artist and musician, Mat's love for all things scientific and spiritual has led him to pursue a career in which he hopes his skills will help his clients express their true selves through the art of tattooing and body adornment.
On leaving school, Mat trained as a hair stylist... READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Young Dancers Sought For Dance Programme
Wednesday 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...
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 MP Visits 'Ground Breaking' Hospital Ward
Wednesday 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...
Police Appeal After High Value Bikes Are Stolen
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Police are appealing for witnesses after high value bikes were stolen in Matlock.
Sometime between Wednesday, November 21st at 9pm and Thursday, November 22nd at 8am, two bicycles were stolen from a shed at a house on Starkholmes Road. One of the bikes was described as a black Carrera Subway Hybrid, serial number 10422938, the other is a custom made trial bike.
If you have information, please contact PC Calvin Karpenko in Matlock using the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
From Flood To Freeze - Staying Safe
Wednesday 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...
Derbyshire Police Welcome New Stalking Offences
Wednesday 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...
Price Match On Tyres At Autoworld Chesterfield
Tuesday 27th November 2012
Autoworld Chesterfield will match any like-for-like quote on your new car tyres, plus you get a FREE car wash voucher.
Get peace of mind knowing that qualified, Main Dealer Technicians are working on your car.
Just click on the image to the left - or on the main advert banner at the top of this page - to get a Quote on your new Tyres and print your Free Car Wash Voucher.
You're Hired! Derbyshire's Flagship Apprenticeship Grows
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Police Appeal For Information After Two Assaults
Monday 26th November 2012 Police investigating two assaults that took place in Chesterfield town centre in the early hours of the morning are appealing for information.
At around 1.45am on Friday, October 19th, a fight involving five men took place on Holywell Street that left one man unconscious. It followed two earlier incidents in the town centre, one in Association Bar where a man was hit on the head with a bottle and an assault inside Moo Bar where a man was punched. Police believe the incidents may be linked. Four men were arrested on in connection with these incidents and have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Anyone with information about the assaults is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Slightly Improving Picture On Flood Warnings - Update
Sunday 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
Sunday 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
Friday 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...
Robbery At Spar Shop On Matlock Rd - 3rd In Town This Week
Friday 23rd November 2012 Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery at the Spar shop on Matlock Road in Chesterfield.
At around 9.25pm last night (Thursday, November 22nd), a man wearing a balaclava went into the shop and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at a staff member demanding money.
The staff member opened the till and the robber grabbed the cash and put it in a Tesco carrier bag. He then ran off down Walton Road in the direction of Morrison's supermarket. No one was injured but the staff were shaken... READ MORE...
No Need To Be 'Lonesome On Sunday Night' - Competition
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...
Dealing With Flooding - Have Your Say
Thursday 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...
'Fatal' Accident On Infirmary Road
Thursday 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...
Robbery Shakes Staff At Co-op
Wednesday 21st November 2012 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for any witnesses to a robbery at the Co-op on Wardgate Way in the town to come forward.
The robbery took place at about 8.30pm last night (Tuesday November 20th) when a man, wearing a balaclava, went into the shop and pointed what appeared to be a hand gun at the staff. He grabbed cash from the till and stole cigarettes from the display before walking out of the shop. He was wearing a dark coloured balaclava, gloves, a thick fleece jacket, blue work trousers and heavy-duty work shoes. No-one was injured but the staff were shaken by the ordeal.
Anyone who has any information about the robbery should contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins Talks After PCC Election 'Fiasco'
Tuesday 20th November 2012
After the furore over the Police and Crime Commisioner elections on Thursday 15th November which attracted nationwide vilification from voters, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has now spoken out about concerns raised, including lack of information and the first and second preference system.
He shared concerns about the information put out ahead of the election, calling it a 'comedy of errors, but said he was looking forward to working with the newly elected Commissioner, Alan Charles. READ MORE...
Making A Difference To Children's Lives In Chesterfield
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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
Monday 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...
Chair Of Electoral Commission Speaks Out Over PCC Elections
Monday 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...
Chesterfield Park's Patrols Stepped Up After Damage
Monday 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...
Santa Cruises The Chesterfield Canal
Monday 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...
Chief Constable Happy To Work With New Commissioner
Sunday 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."
Desperateley Seeking Rita - 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.
Interview With Alan Charles, Derbyshire's Newly Elected PCC
Saturday 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
Saturday 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...
Alan Charles Elected Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner
Friday 16th November 2012 Alan Charles (Labour) has today been elected as the Police And Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, although figures have been released which show the turn out rates for yesterday's elections were indeed, as predicted, worrying low locally and nationally.
Figures released this morning show that, with an electorate in Chesterfield of 81,340, just 12,516 ballot papers were returned whilst in North East Derbyshire, with an electorate of 788,966 just under 113,000 people cast a vote, 9.03% postal votes where recorded whilst polling station turnout was recorded at 6.29 %, total turnout logged at 15.34% in Chesterfield. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Newbold's Tesco Express Is Robbed
Friday 16th November 2012 Detectives are appealing for information about a robbery at a Tesco Express in Chesterfield.
Just after 11.50pm last night (Thursday, November 15th) a man went into Tesco Express on Newbold Road holding what appeared to be a gun and demanded staff open the till. The man leaned over the counter and took money from the till and then left in the direction of Highfield Lane. He is described as white, around 5ft 8in tall, wearing a black balaclava, blue work trousers, white trainers and a cream coloured padded coat.
Police would ask anyone who has any information about the robbery to contact Chesterfield CID on the police non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Incident In Old Tupton Prompts Police Appeal
Friday 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...
Voting Ends For Police Commissioner Post
Thursday 15th November 2012 Pic: Tom Maddick Voting has now closed after elections for Police and Crime Commissioners in regions throughout the UK.
In Derbyshire, four candidates stood for the post and the successful candidate is due to be announced after the count tomorrow morning in Alfreton. Turnout is believed to have been low throughout polling stations in the area, with many residents saying that they did not have enough information to make an informed decision.
The new Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire will have a wide ranging remit - including holding the Chief Constable to account and setting the budget for policing in the county. We'll bring you the results as soon as we have them.
'Operation Lifeguard' Hopes To Save Lives On County's Roads
Thursday 15th November 2012 Thousands of lives are ended or turned upside-down on Derbyshire's roads and now, Derbyshire Constabulary is launching a week of action focusing on each of the 'fatal four' significant factors which contribute to collisions.
'Operation Lifeguard' will launch on Monday, November 19th, and coincides with national road safety charity BRAKE's annual road safety week.
The fatal four, which significantly increase the risk of being involved in a collision, are using a mobile phone while driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or driving under the influence of drink/drugs. READ MORE...
An Historic Day As Derbyshire Chooses Police Commissioner
Thursday 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...
Training Provider Expands
Thursday 15th November 2012 A leading national training provider is expanding its services across Derbyshire following a major contract win, which is one of the first of its kind in the country.
TBG Learning, which has more than 20 learning centres across the country including in Alfreton, Chesterfield, Ripley and Derby, has been awarded a Government contract to deliver the Derbyshire Mandatory Youth Activity Programme (DMYAP).
The programme will see TBG Learning working with young people between the ages of 18 and 24 who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks... READ MORE...
Olympic Gold Medallist Backs Schools For Switch Off Fortnight
Thursday 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
Thursday 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
Wednesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Hasland Youngsters Get Special Help Keeping Safe
Tuesday 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...
Missing Canal Link Could Be Restored In Killamarsh
Tuesday 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...
Free Health Day Targets Women Farmers And Farmer's Wives
Tuesday 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...
Council's 'Meet The Buyer' Event Pays Off For Local Company
Tuesday 13th November 2012 A recent 'Meet the Buyer' event, held by Chesterfield Borough Council, has paid off for one local company.
Tudor Stone, based at Storforth Lane in Chesterfield, attended the event in September and has now been appointed by the contractor, G F Tomlinson, to supply the stone for the refurbishment of the town's Market Hall.
Shaun Kirk and Stuart Lee from Tudor Stone said: "The Meet the Buyer event was a great opportunity to find out about the Market Hall refurbishment and to see what business, if any, we could pick up. We're delighted to have been successful in getting the order to supply stone for this significant project." READ MORE...
Monday 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...
A New Look For Women's Services At Chesterfield Royal
Monday 12th November 2012 Two vital services for women that have been upgraded and re-designed as part of a major improvement project at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital, have now opened their doors.
The Women's Health Unit (WHU) has been transformed into a purpose built area, whilst Trinity Ward has been given the treatment to bring the maternity in-patient ward into line with the style and standard of Chesterfield Birth Centre.
The £1.2million development opened to patients during Friday 9th November, following a six-month development that has completely transformed... READ MORE...
Arrests Made After Suspicious Device Incident
Monday 12th November 2012 Police have now confirmed that two arrests have been made in connection with a suspicious device found in Chesterfield.
On Friday, November 9th at 9.35pm, police were called to an address on Church Lane, Calow after a suspicious device was found outside a property. After a number had been evacuated as a precaution whilst a controlled explosion was carried out, residents were allowed back into their homes on Saturday morning. A 40-year-old man and a 23-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of producing an explosive and were released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Chesterfield CID using the non-emergency number 101. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Say No To Cold Callers
Monday 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...
Residents Advised To Be Vigilant After Car Key Burglaries
Monday 12th November 2012 People in Chesterfield are being advised to step up security following a number of car key burglaries in Eckington and Killamarsh.
Four incidents in two weeks, where thieves have broken into homes in the area to steal car keys and drive off in the vehicles, have prompted the warnings.
The latest incidents took place in Eckington overnight between Wednesday, November 7th and Thursday, November 8th.
A house was broken into on Curlow Avenue and a Ford Fiesta... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Sporting Stars In Contention For 2012 Awards
Monday 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
Saturday 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.
Fake Car Seats Put Children's Lives At Risk
Friday 9th November 2012 Parents are being warned to beware of counterfeit car seats that can't protect children properly.
Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership's message to parents comes following news that fake products are being sold cheaply online.
The UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is warning consumers that some websites offering seats at bargain prices are selling poor quality imitation products that don't offer enough protection... READ MORE...
Police Issue Warning Following Reports Of Rogue Traders
Friday 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...
New Inspector In Charge Of Policing Clay Cross & NE Derbys
Friday 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...
Tourism On The Up In Chesterfield
Friday 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...
Teen Apologises For Stealing Scooter In Chesterfield
Friday 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...
Blaze At Railway Centre Prompts Police Appeal
Friday 9th November 2012 Police are appealing for information after a fire broke out at the Midland Railway Centre.
On Sunday, October 28th at 1am, a blaze was discovered in cabins at the Swanwick Junction site. PC Paul Bower from Ripley police station says that the effects of the fire will cost the charity which runs the centre dearly, "The Trust is funded purely on donations and the damage caused will cost a considerable amount of money to repair. We would like to speak to a dog walker in connection with our enquiries that was walking on Pennine Avenue, Riddings at around midnight on October 28th"
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Bower using the non-emergency number 101. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Derbyshire Worst In Region For Bonfire Related Incidents
Thursday 8th November 2012 East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) have said that they saw a reduction in the number of calls related to Bonfire Night this year.
Yet the majority of calls which were received came from Derbyshire. In 2011, the service dealt with nine calls across the East Midlands. This year, there were seven calls relating to Bonfire Night, which were received between Saturday November 3rd and Monday November 5th.
Of those seven calls, the majority (three) came from Derbyshire... READ MORE...
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...
Chesterfield Youngster Scott Wins Royal Award
Thursday 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...
Cooking Up Success In Derbyshire Schools
Thursday 8th November 2012 School cooks across Derbyshire have proved they are the cream of the crop after scooping awards for providing excellent meals to the county's children.
Derbyshire County Council held its 11th annual Primary Catering Quality Assurance Awards to recognise top quality service provided to schools by the authority's catering teams.
School cooks were nominated by pupils, teachers or members of the authority's catering service management team and then judged in action... READ MORE...
'Bouncers' - A Night Out, But Not As You Know It!
Thursday 8th November 2012 We were promised laughter from start to finish on opening night - and we were not disappointed.
Four men, four white handbags and a couple of beer barrels hold centre stage at Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre this week - to STUNNING effect.
However Bouncers, written by John Godber, isn't what you might expect from the title. Not a play about four macho men flexing their muscles at the doors of various drinking and dancing establishments around the identikit towns, not a theatrically licensed job description either... READ MORE...
Baby Luv Shines In Chesterfield
Thursday 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
Wednesday 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'
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...
Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Service Warn Hoax Calls Can Kill
Tuesday 6th November 2012 A reminder today that hoax fire calls divert fire engines away from people who may by in life-threatening situations and who need urgent help. This could mean the difference between life and death for someone in trouble.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service received a number of hoax calls on the 5th November - Bonfire Night - an evening that was busier than usual with several calls to out of control / unattended bonfires. Group Manager, Alex Johnson, Duty Manager on Bonfire Night said: "The role of our emergency call handlers is critical in any emergency. Prank calls can take up their valuable time..." READ MORE...
Apply Now For A School Place For Your Child
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Spaciotempo UK Conquer Uphill Task In Chesterfield's Market
Tuesday 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...
Miller Homes To Extend East Midlands Portfolio
Tuesday 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...
New Book Shows Where It All Began For Dave Allen
Monday 5th November 2012 If we asked you what Dave Allen, Owner and Chairman of Chesterfield Football Club and William Hague had in common, you might be stumped for an answer, however, one book, to be published on Friday, is about to reveal all!
The Charade Nightclub - The untold story, is written by Rotherham Historian Keith Brisland, and shares memories of those who worked at - and danced at - The Charades nightclub in Rotherham, which was the first club to be owned by Dave Allen and where his entertainment empire began. He has provided the foreward for the book and, Keith says, enjoyed sharing some forgotten memories... READ MORE...
Councillor Very Concerned Over Police Station Closure
Monday 5th November 2012
One Derbyshire County Councillor says he's very concerned that the closing of a vital police office will affect the local area and has urged the Chief Constable to think again before withdrawing it from service.
Hasland Police Office is due to close on December 21st and Dave Allen, County Councillor for Birdholme, says that it's a real problem for residents, with many very worried about the issue, "We're very concerned locally about closing this facility. It's been there for years and it's been a major focus and point where both the public can reach the police officers and a base for the officers. READ MORE...
Motorcyclist Sustains Serious Injury After Collision With Car
Monday 5th November 2012 Police are appealing for information after a collision between a car and a motorcycle in Chesterfield.
Shortly before 7:30pm on Friday, November 2nd, a Ford Mondeo saloon car was in collision with a Yamaha motorcycle on the A619 Chesterfield Road at Middlecroft. As a result of the collision, the 18-year-old rider of the motorcycle sustained serious injuries and was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital. He was transferred to the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, where he is currently being treated.
Derbyshire police have started an investigation into the circumstances of the collision and would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed it. Anyone with information is asked to ring the witness appeal line on 01773 572929.
Flagship Regeneration Site Goes From Strength To Strength
Monday 5th November 2012 Work has begun on a new link road which will open 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.
An increasing number of companies are making Markham Vale their home because of its location in the centre of England and excellent transport links. Car parts distributor Andrew Page has recently moved into its new national distribution centre on the east side of Markham Vale, with 120 jobs expected to be created. READ MORE...
Local Stars Launch Christmas At Vicar Lane Shopping Centre
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Police Investigate 'Deliberate' Car Fire
Sunday 4th November 2012 Police are investigating after a car was deliberately set on fire outside a house in Chesterfield.
Emergency services were called to an address on Church Lane, Calow, at around 9pm Friday, November 2nd after the car was set alight. The fire service put out the fire and no one was injured. Police believe the fire was started deliberately and are treating it as arson. Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area around the time of the fire.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Bonfire Night Parking At The PROACT Stadium
Sunday 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
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...
Police Appeal After Arson Attack In Dronfield
Friday 2nd November 2012 Derbyshire Police are appealing for information today,after what is believed to be petrol was poured through the letterbox of a house in Dronfield.
At around 11.45pm on Thursday, November 1st, police were called to a house on Hassop Close after the homeowner heard the letterbox rattle and got a strong smell of petrol.
They noticed petrol had been put through the letterbox and that there were scorch marks on the outside where the offenders had attempted to ignite it. READ MORE...
Parents Key To Uncovering Sexual Abuse Of Children - NSPCC
Friday 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
Friday 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?
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
Friday 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
Friday 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
"Buy A Poppy" Poem
Thursday 1st November 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...
MP Visits One Of Constituency's Smallest Schools
Thursday 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...
Suspected Arson Probed In Chesterfield
Thursday 1st November 2012 Detectives are investigating a suspected arson attack after a firework was pushed through the letterbox of a house in Chesterfield.
At around 1am today (Thursday, November 1st) police were called to a house on St Augustine’s Avenue in Chesterfield after the homeowner was woken up by the smoke alarm sounding.
They went downstairs to find a firework on the floor that appeared to have been pushed through the letterbox and the kitchen filled with smoke. READ MORE...
Young Chesterfield Woman Gains Top Guiding Accolade
Thursday 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
Thursday 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.
Chesterfield Youngster Up For Royal Award
Thursday 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...
Get Your Teenage Kicks From Fiction Fix
Thursday 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...
Chesterfield Arts & Market Festival Starts Thursday 1st Nov
Wednesday 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...
Killamarsh Benefit Cheat Sentenced
Wednesday 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...
A Day To Remember
Wednesday 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...
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust Appoints New Chief Executive
Wednesday 31st October 2012 A new Chief Executive has been appointed by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - with the challenge of making it one of the 'top five' best performers in the country.
Professor Steve Trenchard joins the Trust - which is the largest provider of specialist mental health, substance misuse and children's services in Derbyshire, serving around one million people - from West London Mental Health NHS Trust, where he is currently Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Experience.
His appointment was approved today at an extraordinary meeting... READ MORE...
Ensure Loved Ones Don't Face Isolation In Care Homes
Wednesday 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...
Residents Invited To Hodworth & Whitwell Police Surgeries
Wednesday 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...
Police Ask For Information After Pub Assault
Wednesday 31st October 2012 Police in Ripley are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted outside a pub in the town centre.
At around 10.45pm on Sunday, October 28th, a 29-year-old man was punched outside the White Lion pub on the Market Place following an earlier argument. The victim fell to the ground and suffered a broken cheekbone. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault. He has been released on bail pending further inquiries. Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Fire Cadets First In Derbyshire To Receive BTEC Level 2
Wednesday 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...
East Midlands Trains Support Poppy Appeal
Tuesday 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...
Blue Badge Controversy Questioned By Local MP
Tuesday 30th October 2012 North East Derbyshire MP, Natascha Engel, has picked up the mantle on behalf of Blue Badge holders when she recently asked the Transport Secretary, Norman Baker, whether he thought mobility could be assessed by a brief phone call.
The Minister's reply was that this was a matter for the local authority and he would not be making any further enquiries.
Natascha raised the question in Parliament after a number of constituents found themselves on the receiving end of such a practice... READ MORE...
Young Businessmen Drive Chesterfield Forward
Tuesday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Police Appeal For Information After Burglary In Wingerworth
Monday 29th October 2012
Police are appealing for witnesses after jewellery was stolen from a house on Central Drive Wingerworth.
The burglary happened at 10.10am on Thursday October 11th when two men broke in to a bungalow. They searched the premises and the noise they made awoke a 23-year-old woman who was sleeping in one of the bedrooms.
She opened her bedroom door and was confronted by two men who were both wearing dark clothes with their hoods up and scarves around their faces. READ MORE...
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...
Police Try To Trace Woman Asking For Lift
Monday 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.
Walking Over Hot Coals...
Monday 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...
Weight Loss A Family Affair For Chesterfield Mum And Son
Monday 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
Saturday 27th October 2012 This 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...
I'm Privileged To Have This Job. Paul Cook Speaks To The Post
Saturday 27th October 2012 Paul Cook was officially unveiled on Friday lunchtime as the new manager of Chesterfield FC. Alongside Chairman Dave Allen and CEO Chris Turner, he outlined his vision for the club and spoke to The Chesterfield Post about his appointment.
Paul explained first of all the sequence of events that led him here, "It all happened very quickly at the beginning of the week, with Chesterfield asking for permission to speak to me. Obviously that permission was then granted by Accrington after the compensation package was agreed. It was always going to happen then - it was never a case of personal terms or money... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Have Your Say In Chesterfields 'Name That Street' Competition
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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...
Former Barlow Resident Sings With Alt-J At Reading Festival
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 Former Barlow resident Didier Rochard, co-founder of vocal group London Contemporary Voices, recently collaborated with Mercury Prize nominee and bookies' favourite, Alt-J for their set at Reading Festival, providing a choral backdrop for the band with a live broadcast on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show.
No stranger to the limelight, LCV was originally formed as a scratch choir to perform with Grammy-award winning artist Imogen Heap at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2010. The concert was recorded for release on DVD and streamed live on the internet in HD to an audience of almost half a million. READ MORE...
A Falcon And A Puppy Take Up Residence In Chesterfield
Tuesday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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...
PM Pressed On EU Vote By Local MP Natascha Engel
Friday 19th October 2012 Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday 17th October 2012, saw Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire, question David Cameron on how he would vote in a referendum on Britain's continued membership of the EU.
Natascha put the question to the Prime Minister following the Education Secretary's recent statement that he would vote to leave the EU. A view shared by a third of David Cameron's Cabinet.
Replying to the question, the Prime Minister was very evasive... READ MORE...
Transport Police Condemn 'Reckless' Rail Line Trespasser
Friday 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
Friday 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...
MP Natascha Engel Meets Pupils In 2 Local Schools
Friday 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...
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.
DLRAA Attends Impalement Accident In Dronfield
Friday 19th October 2012
Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) attended a dramatic incident yesterday (Thursday 18th October) at approximately 3pm, in the Dronfield area of Derbyshire.
A fifty-year-old male fell six feet from a ladder and impaled himself on a metal railing. The man had already been lifted from the railing by passers-by upon the arrival of DLRAA.The on-board DLRAA doctor administered pain relief to the patient, who was potentially suffering from internal abdominal and pelvis injuries, and he was flown to the major trauma centre at Sheffield Northern General Hospital for urgent treatment.
Up To Extra 90 Days Pay For Waverley TBS Ex-Employees
Thursday 18th October 2012 Local residents who lost their jobs after the sudden closure of a Chesterfield company are being urged to make sure they have the correct information on their rights.
Drinks distributor Waverley TBS, on Carrwood Road, closed on October 8th after the company went into administration and is now in the hands of Deloittes who said, on 9th October, that efforts to sell the business had failed and they were scaling it down - making 685 redundant. The Administrators have worked with Job Centre Plus in order to advise and support former employees looking for work. READ MORE...
Twitter Quiz To Mark 101 Anniversary
Thursday 18th October 2012 Derbyshire police are holding a Twitter quiz and virtual surgery to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the 101 non-emergency number.
The force introduced the number on October 24th last year as part of a national move to make it easier to call police in a non-emergency. While the majority of people now use 101, there are still some people using the old number and the force is trying to encourage everyone to store the new number.
The force will be holding a Twitter quiz to highlight when to use... READ MORE...
A Marathon Opportunity
Thursday 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
Thursday 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...
Man Charged With Murder Of Chesterfield Specsavers Director
Wednesday 17th October 2012 We've just heard that the 30-year-old Maltby man, arrested on suspicion of murder of the Director of the Chesterfield Specsavers, has now been charged and remanded in custody until his next court appearance.
South Yorkshire Police launched a murder investigation after 45-year-old Dinnington man, Robert David Hurdley, died following an altercation in the Don Jon Hotel public house, in Maltby, at around 10pm on Sunday, 14th October, 2012. He sustained a serious head injury and was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Murder Arrest After Death Of Chesterfield Optician Boss
Wednesday 17th October 2012 It's been revealed that a man who died in an incident in the Don Jon Hotel in Maltby, at around 10pm on Sunday evening, 14th October, 2012, was a well respected and liked boss at a local optician's company.
Robert David Hurdley, a 45-year-old man from Dinnington, was a Director at Specsavers on Burlington Street in Chesterfield.
He was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital after suffering a serious head injury at the venue but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. READ MORE...
Local Rail Station In UK's Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings
Wednesday 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...
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...
Be Seen To Be Clean - There's No Excuse!
Wednesday 17th October 2012 Staff, patients and visitors at Chesterfield Royal Hospital now have absolutely no excuse not to clean their hands - thanks to the installation of new hand hygiene stations.
Sinks and hand gel dispensers across the site have been given a bright red makeover. There's even flooring to match, flashing lights and in some areas voice messages reminding people to clean their hands as they pass by.
The hospital has launched a new hand hygiene campaign called 'Be Seen to Be Clean' - highlighting that EVERYONE has a responsibility... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Borough Council Job Scheme Hailed A Success
Wednesday 17th October 2012
Chesterfield Borough Council has received praise for its handling of a scheme to get people back into work.
The Council ran the Working Neighborhoods Fund (WNF) programme over four years to help the long term unemployed, particularly those from deprived areas, to get back into work or start their own business.
An independent evaluator has found the scheme to be a great success despite the increasingly challenging economic climate. READ MORE...
Theatre Wait A More Relaxing Experience At Chesterfield Royal
Tuesday 16th October 2012 A relaxing experience is on the cards for around 25 patients a day who come to Chesterfield Royal Hospital for their planned operations.
Comfortable chairs, welcoming surroundings, large screen TVs and plenty of reading material is the order of the day - with the launch of the new Theatre Admissions Unit from Monday, October 22nd. It will be the first port of call for everyone who is booked in to have routine surgery, followed by a stay on the wards.
All patients for on day, in-patient surgery, come in at 7.30am - to have admission checks carried out and then to meet their surgeon and anaesthetist. READ MORE...
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.
Join In Ashgate Hospice's 'Spooktacular' Week With PeakFM
Tuesday 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...
Register Of Firework Sellers Launched For Safe Celebrations
Tuesday 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...
Drugs Arrest In Chesterfield Town Centre
Tuesday 16th October 2012 Police in Chesterfield have arrested three youths in Chesterfield town centre on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
They were stopped by police on Rose Hill at around 12.20pm on Thursday, October 11th. Officers searched the youths and the area and recovered a wrap of suspected Class A drugs. The youths, a 17 year old and a 15 year old boy from London and 16 year old boy from Maidstone, Kent, have been bailed pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information relating to illegal drug use or any other crime, call Derbyshire police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Spooky Events At Holmebrook Valley Park
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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'
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.
Average of 35,000 Child Abuse Images Found Every Day
Monday 15th October 2012 The NSPCC is calling for urgent action to stamp out the illegal trade in child abuse images, after figures revealed that nearly 26 million have been confiscated in the last two years.
This staggering total comes from just five of the 43 police forces in England and Wales which were able to check their records. A sixth force said it had records of more than 10 million images going back a number of years.
In response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, Derbyshire Police were not able to give specific figures, but said they deal with approximately... READ MORE...
Open Day Invite For Dronfield Jobseekers
Monday 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...
Police Appeal After Mobility Scooter Collision
Monday 15th October 2012 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a woman was knocked off her mobility scootert his morning.
At around 11.25am (Monday, October 15th) a collision occurred on the West Bars roundabout, Chesterfield, at the junction with Chatsworth Rd and Foljambe Rd. A 40-year-old woman was knocked off her disability scooter by a vehicle which didn't stop at the scene. The rider of the scooter suffered minor leg injuries. Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incidents or has any information about the identity of the driver. Contact PC Adam Shipley from the Roads Policing Unit on the non-emergency number 101 or the witness appeal line on 01773 572929.
Police Seek Information After Motorcyclist Incident On A61
Monday 15th October 2012
Derbyshire police are asking for information after a motorcyclist was nearly forced off a road by a white van driver.
Officers also said that a passenger in the van attempted to hit the motorcyclist with a piece of wood. The attack took place at about 11-15pm on Friday 12th October on the A61 between Alfreton and Clay Cross.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on the non-emergency number,101.
Local Patients Benefit From Specialist Unit Link
Monday 15th October 2012 Chesterfield Royal has announced that it has joined forces with Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - to form an integrated vascular service for the whole of Derbyshire.
The 50 patients or so who need complex vascular surgical procedures every year will benefit from the new link with a larger, specialist unit. The new service will ensure that patients who need complicated vascular operations (such as abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs) have their surgery carried out by an expert surgical team based in Derby. It will concentrate the specialist skills and back-up in one place - helping to give a 24/7 dedicated and expert service, which will particularly benefit emergency patients. READ MORE...
Appeal After Children's Play Area Damaged In Mastin Moor
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Spireites In 'Shirts For Africa' Appeal
Monday 15th October 2012
Chesterfield have launched an appeal to help footballers in the African area of Tsumeb by providing them with football shirts.
As many Tsumeb residents do not have the funds to buy a football shirt, an appeal was made by the Spireites in 2006 for supporters to donate their old Chesterfield shirts.
The initiative was a huge success and hundreds of shirts were sent to Tsumeb, which is twinned with the north Derbyshire town. READ MORE...
Stubbin Wood's New Sixth Formers Learn Vital Life Skills
Monday 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...
Police Warning Over Number Plate Thefts In Chesterfield
Saturday 13th October 2012 Police issue warning to motorists following a large amount of number plate thefts in Chesterfield.
Since April, there have been 26 incidents reported to police of number plates being stolen. The majority of these thefts took place in Stonegravels, Newbold and Whittington Moor areas of the town. Insp Steve Ball, Chesterfield Section Inspector said: "In some cases the number plates have been used to disguise vehicles in order for crime to be committed. We are offering free tamper proof number plate screws to the public. To get your free set visit Chesterfield enquiry office, Beetwell Street. These are limited to two per caller and stocks are limited."
For further details contact Chesterfield Safer Neighbourhood Team using the non-emergency number 101, or to report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police Appeal After 61 Year Old Woman Robbed In Chesterfield
Thursday 11th October 2012 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information about a robbery in the town on Tuesday night (October 9th).
The robbery happened on Chatsworth Road in the town at about 9pm when two youths, wearing dark clothing, ran up to a 61-year-old woman, pushed her over and stolen her handbag. The youths then ran off towards Brickhouse Yard and Catherine Street. The woman was left shaken and distressed but not seriously injured.
Anyone who witnessed the robbery or has any information that would help the police, should call 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Dealing With Local Flooding - Prevent, Protect And Prepare
Thursday 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...
Do You Own A Toyota?
Wednesday 10th October 2012 You may want to read on after the company issued a statement earlier today regarding the recall of some of their vehicles. The statement, on the car specialist's website, reads as follows...
"Toyota places the highest priority on customer safety and the quality of our vehicles. We are constantly monitoring our cars' performance through a variety of sources. From time to time, we become aware of a situation where a certain component or aspect of the vehicle does not meet our strict standards.
Today, Wednesday October 10th, Toyota GB registered a recall... READ MORE...
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...
Edale Mountain Rescue Team Help In Search For April Jones
Wednesday 10th October 2012 Edale Mountain Rescue Team volunteers have been called out twice in the last 10 days to incidents in our area.
In addition, their team dog handler has been assisting with the search for April Jones in Machynlleth. Other Peak District Mountain Rescue teams have sent vehicles and personnel to help in the search and those teams that have remained in the Peak District have been on standby to fill the gaps here.
On Sunday 30th September, the team were called to assist a young woman who had been thrown from her horse on a remote bridleway... READ MORE...
Quick-Step For Derbyshire Carers
Wednesday 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...
Chesterfield Hosts Jazz Brunch At Chatsworth Road Festival
Wednesday 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.
Police Appeal After Stunt Scooter Stolen In Chesterfield
Wednesday 10th October 2012
Police are appealing for information after a 14-year-old boy's stunt scooter was stolen from outside a shop in Boythorpe.
The scooter was taken from outside Raj News on Baden Powell Road at around 4pm on Saturday, September 29th.
PCSO Zoe Blount of the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has been making enquiries. She said: "If anyone has any information about this incident, or if they saw anything suspicious please contact us." READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Tyres Slashed
Tuesday 9th October 2012
Police are appealing for information after a car had two of its tyres slashed in Old Whittington.
The incident happened at around 11.40pm on Tuesday, September 25th. The two front tyres of a Renault Megane were damaged while it was parked on Danby Avenue.
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, or with information, should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
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
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Sharing Experiences For World Mental Health Day
Monday 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...
Welcome Reprint For Iconic Chesterfield FC Book
Monday 8th October 2012
Saturday October 20th will see the publication of a classic reprint of Stuart Basson's book, "The Official History of Chesterfield FC."
First published in 2000, the book sold out within three weeks and has become something of a collector's item, but fans who missed out the first time, will now have the opportunity to own a copy of their own.
The well-illustrated book covers The Spireites' long history in great detail, finishing as Darren Brown took over the club... READ MORE...
Market Hall Traders Set Up Temporary Shop
Monday 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...
Police Reminder Over Doorstep Callers
Monday 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
Monday 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...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 22
Monday 8th October 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...
CCTV Images Released After Chesterfield Assault
Friday 5th October 2012 Police investigating an assault in Chesterfield town centre have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to.
The victim suffered a broken jaw during the unprovoked assault which took place outside 'Back to the 90s' after a night out in the town, at 1.45am on Monday, June 25th. Officers wish to speak to the man in the image to help them with their inquiries.
Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image (left) or has any information is asked to call Chesterfield CID on the police non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Health Bosses Aim To Reduce Suicide Risks
Thursday 4th October 2012 Health bosses are pledging more support to those most at risk of suicide and their loved ones following the launch of a new suicide prevention strategy.
Research conducted by NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County shows that middle-aged men are now the group at highest risk of dying by suicide in Derby and Derbyshire. The reasons for this are complex, but may be compounded by the current economic climate. This mirrors national trends which show that the number of deaths from suicide is declining in men under the age of 35 over the last decade and increasing in men over 50. READ MORE...
Children Set For Magical Xmas With NSPCC's Letter From Santa
Thursday 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
Thursday 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...
Chesterfield Man Jailed For GBH
Thursday 4th October 2012 A Chesterfield man who left a teenager with a fractured skull after an assault has been jailed for 21 months.
Daniel Forthergill, 19, was one of a group of people who approached a 17-year-old on Troughbrook Lane, Chesterfield on Dec 6th, 2011. There was a scuffle between him and the victim with the victim suffering a fractured skull and loss of hearing in one ear.
Forthergill (pictured) of Southgate Way, Barrow Hill pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to 21 months in a young offender institution following a hearing at Derby Crown Court on Friday, September 28th.
Do You Know 'Kizzy'?
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...
Going Underground! Chesterfield Pubs By Tube
Thursday 4th October 2012 As part of what is an innovative and creative project Chesterfield now has its own 'tube style' map of its pubs and drinking holes.
Maths teacher John Coats and JJM Designs have recently published their 'Pub Stops of Chesterfield' design. The design displays the 100 plus pubs of the district set out in the distinctive style of the London Underground map, with each pub being marked on as a stop or interchange. The tube lines follow roads, so each 'line' really could be a night out. The poster has been produced in association with David McLaren of Chesterfield's Spire Brewery and their eight regular beers feature around the border of the design. READ MORE...
Stand Up And Be Counted! Chesterfield Town Health Check
Thursday 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
Thursday 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...
Detectives Appeal After Chesterfield Assault
Wednesday 3rd October 2012 Detectives in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a man was assaulted and had his camera stolen.
The 19-year-old victim was walking along Cutthorpe Road in the early hours of the morning when a car with three men in it pulled up next to him. One of the men asked the victim for a lighter before getting out of the car and punching him. The victim then dropped his bag and the offender picked it up, got back in the car and drove off. The bag contained expensive camera equipment including two Canon cameras, two lenses, and a tripod. The robbery took place at around 1.30am on Wednesday, September 5th.
Anyone with info please contact Chesterfield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Chair Leg Attack Man Jailed
Wednesday 3rd October 2012 A Chesterfield man who attacked two people with a chair leg has been jailed for 30 months.
Lee Woodger, 21, of Stubbing Road, Chesterfield, hit a 36-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman with the wooden implement, after getting into an argument in the early hours of January 1st, 2012. The woman suffered a broken arm and the man needed stitches to his head as a result of the assault that took place on Stubbing Rd.
Woodger pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and inflicting grievous bodily harm and jailed for 30 months following a hearing at Derby Crown Court on Monday, Sept 24th.
Three Arrested On Suspicion Of Hunting With Dogs
Wednesday 3rd October 2012
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of hunting a wild animal with dogs in Clowne.
They were arrested by police on patrol who had stopped to check a suspicious vehicle on Rotherham Road, at around 8.15pm on Friday, September 28th.
The men, a 46 year old and a 21 year old from Mexborough, and a 17 year old from Conisborough, have been bailed pending further enquiries. Officers would like to trace a further two men who were in the area at the time. READ MORE...
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...
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Talk, British Amphibians And Ponds
Wednesday 3rd October 2012
The next Local Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Group event of 2012 is a talk entitled 'British Amphibians And Ponds'. This will take place on Tuesday 9th October at 7.30 pm.
County Amphibian Recorder and DWT Trustee, Chris Monk will give us the low down on these often neglected but really interesting creatures. Held at The Parish Centre, Annunciation Church, Spencer St, Chesterfield S40 4SD, entrance is £2.50 including refreshments. All are welcome.
For more information contact Irene Wilkinson on 01246 234924 or Angela Goodwin on 01246 236930.
Local Sporting Talent Receives Top Awards
Wednesday 3rd October 2012 Local athletes, sports coaches and volunteers celebrated success across a variety of categories at the recent Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire Sports Awards 2012.
The awards are a way of recognising and celebrating the sporting successes of athletes and those involved in sport at all levels and all nominees are either a resident or member of a club from Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.
Cllr Amanda Sergeant, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at Chesterfield Borough Council said: "The Olympics... READ MORE...
Vintage Rock 'n' Roll From The Atlantics At Whitwell
Wednesday 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...
Derbyshire CCC Share Trophy With Young Sports Leaders
Tuesday 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...
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!
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...
Fund Raisers Hit The High Notes For Charity
Tuesday 2nd October 2012 Talented musicians took centre stage recently for the council's 54th annual Brass Band Festival, which raised over £1,000 for charity.
Dronfield Band were crowned as winners of the event at Dronfield Sports Centre. Runners-up were Matlock Band and Shirland Welfare Band were in third place, with Chris Garfitt of Matlock Band winning this year's 'Best Soloist' title.
Over 200 people attended the event to help raise a total of £1,033 towards this year's Chair's Appeal for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA). READ MORE...
Derbyshire Police Offer New Course To Drivers
Tuesday 2nd October 2012 A new educational course for drivers who commit minor motoring offences will be offered by Derbyshire police and the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST).
The national course, called What's Driving Us?, was launched in April 2012 by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) under the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS).
The scheme has been put in place to give police the discretion to offer drivers who commit selected road traffic offences the opportunity... READ MORE...
Investment Makes Nurse Count Healthy At Chesterfield Royal
Monday 1st October 2012 The number of qualified nurses working at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is set to rise by 40 - thanks to almost £1.5 million worth of investment backed by its board of directors.
The move is a direct response to concerns staff raised through the 2011 staff survey. Comments suggested that "some wards at the hospital no longer had sufficient nursing budgets" - and that to provide appropriate staffing levels they were "frequently supporting and topping up with too many agency and temporary workers".
To discover if the comments were justified, a review of every adult in-patient ward in the hospital has been carried out - to assess staffing levels against a host of national standards and best practice... READ MORE...
Football Star Helps Shirebrook Overcome Language Barrier
Monday 1st October 2012 Notts County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski took time out from training to extol the joys of his home country's culture when he took part in a Mansfield school's language week.
The Magpies stopper was guest of honour at Shirebrook Academy after he was invited to meet pupils and staff when the school, in Common Lane, dedicated a day to exploring his home country Poland's food, culture and people.
The Academy's week-long event involved a whistle-stop cultural tour of Europe, also taking in Russia, Italy and France... READ MORE...
GPs Offer Whooping Cough Vaccine To Mums-To-Be
Monday 1st October 2012 Local GPs are to begin offering pregnant women in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire the whooping cough vaccine following a sharp rise in the number of young babies who have died from the disease.
The temporary vaccine programme was launched by the Department of Health on Friday, September 28th, and aims to boost the short-term immunity passed on by pregnant women to protect their newborn babies - who normally cannot be vaccinated until two months of age.
Nationally, nine babies have died as a result of whooping cough this year and there have been 302 cases of the disease in children under three months old - more than double the 115 cases reported in the whole of 2011, according to the Health Protection Agency. READ MORE...
Scouts Are Prepared For Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins
Monday 1st October 2012 Scouts from across the UK have lit up the first of the three major party conferences this year.
At last weekend's Labour Conference in Manchester, MPs received a grilling from young people who have been inspired through Scouting to make a difference in their communities and become a part of the next generation of active citizens.
They met up with Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, who said, "Today was really fascinating to speak to the young people. They had some great questions but had also thought about some of the answers." READ MORE...
Help For Heroes As Chesterfields Laura Launches Single Today
Monday 1st October 2012 One Chesterfield singer is about to help mark the fifth anniversary of the military charity, Help for Heroes on 1st October 2012 by releasing an exciting new CD single, titled "Soldier's Wife", with ALL the profits from the CD going to Help For Heroes.
Laura Ashby says the track, written by rock legend John Parr (St Elmo's Fire) and arranged and produced by Ian Lynn (Sheena Easton, Barbara Dickson, Gerry Rafferty) is a fitting tribute to our military heroes. The poignant song takes you on the journey of a wife left behind as her soulmate goes to war, and who later copes with the tragic consequences. READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 21
Monday 1st October 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...
New Inn Looking For New Tenant In New Tupton
Friday 28th September 2012 The New Inn pub, in New Tupton, is looking for a new tenant!
Situated in a densely populated residential area with only 1 other local competitor, the pub is a traditional suburban community 'wet led' pub which will benefit from a substantial redevelopment scheme to refurbish all internal trading areas, including fitting a fully fitted commercial kitchen, all new fixtures and fittings and refurbishment of the external elevations including new signage and lighting.
The New Inn will become the best local community pub... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Pupils Are Top Of The Class
Friday 28th September 2012 Pupils in Derbyshire are outperforming schools throughout the country in national tests.
Firstly, new figures released by the Govt show 7 year-olds at Key Stage 1 achieved above average results in reading, writing, maths and science at expected levels.
Meanwhile, pupils significantly outperform national results in higher levels. At Level 2B+ pupils are almost 4% above the national average in reading and 5% above in writing and maths.
Councillor Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Education, welcomed the results - which follow successful Key Stage 2 results earlier this month. READ MORE...
Second Teenager Loses Battle For Life After Car Crash
Thursday 27th September 2012
A second teenager has died following a serious collision on the A632 Matlock Road, at Kelstedge.
Liam Chapman, 16, from Clay Cross, was taken to Queen's Medical Centre following the collision on Thursday, September 20th, suffering serious injuries. He died in hospital yesterday (Wednesday, September 26th).
Connor Short, also 16-years-old and from Ashover, was treated for serious injuries, but died in Chesterfield Royal Hospital shortly after the collision. READ MORE...
Man Charged With Murder Of Somercotes Victim Named
Wednesday 26th September 2012 A 22-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Jade Riley-Ward in Somercotes on Saturday, September 22nd.
Cornelius Brown appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield this morning and was remanded in custody and appears at Nottingham Crown Court tomorrow (Thursday 27th September). Emergency services were called to a house on Burke Drive just before 4pm on Saturday and found the 30-year-old woman dead. A post mortem examination carried out yesterday revealed she died from multiple stab wounds. Anyone who has any information that may help the police investigation should ring 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Neurythmics & Vagina Monologues Ticket Competiton Winners
Wednesday 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!
2,000 Hours And Counting
Wednesday 26th September 2012 The last week has seen Edale Mountain Rescue Team called out 3 times. These jobs have taken the total man hours spent on rescues in 2012 to just over 2000.
On Thursday afternoon, a couple walking on Kinder became lost when the cloud descended. After calling for help, they managed to locate themselves again as the team were preparing to deploy.
On Saturday afternoon, a walker slipped while climbing up rocks at Stanage End and was knocked unconscious. The team attended... READ MORE...
Police Crackdown On Stolen Goods
Wednesday 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...
Police Appeal After Two Children Die In Car Collision
Tuesday 25th September 2012 Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road crash at Creswell yesterday.
Two cars collided on the B6042 Crags Road in Creswell at about 4.45pm on Monday 24th September 2012. A Peugeot 106 was being driven towards the A60 and a Citroen C2 was being driven towards Creswell. Two female children, aged 5 and 22 months, travelling in the Peugeot, sustained fatal injuries. Their 29-year-old mother, who was driving, and their sister, 7, were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The family come from the Worksop area. The Citroen driver, a 23-year-old woman from Worksop, sustained an arm injury. The road was closed for several hours.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to ring the witness appeal line on 01773 572929 and leave a message.
"No-One Fell Short That Day" Spireites Legend Steve Norris
Tuesday 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...
Chesterfield FC Are Putting The Fun Into Futsal
Tuesday 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 Removed This Lunchtime
Tuesday 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.
Flood Warnings Remain In Chesterfield As More Rain Forecast
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Innovative Sound Protection A First For Chesterfield College
Tuesday 25th September 2012 Chesterfield College has become the first in education to install a new noise measurement device in their workshops.
The visual unit, manufactured by Pulsar Instruments plc, will enable safe teaching without ear protection but give immediate warnings when ear muffs must be worn.
Paul Lowry, health and safety officer at Chesterfield College, said: “Until now, we have had to rely on random noise testings in areas such as auto workshops, engineering, silversmith and brick workshops. But PulsarSafeEar is really simple, accurate and visual."... READ MORE...
Murder Victim Named
Monday 24th September 2012 Police investigating the murder of a woman in Somercotes have released the name of the victim.
Jade Riley Ward, of Burke Drive, Somercotes, was formally identified this afternoon (Monday, September 24th). Emergency services were called to a house on Burke Drive just before 4pm on Saturday, September 22nd and found the 30-year-old woman dead.
A post mortem examination carried out yesterday revealed she died from multiple stab wounds. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Assault In Chesterfield
Monday 24th September 2012 Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a 19-year-old man in Chesterfield.
On Sunday, September 23rd, at approx 5am, a man was walking near to the roundabout where Sheffield Road, Peveril Road & Lockoford Lane meet, when 3 men approached him then then assaulted him, causing the victim to suffer a possible broken nose. During the attack money was taken from his wallet. The 3 men were described as white; the 1st man was of a medium build, 5'8" tall, in his mid 20's with a shaved head. The 2nd man was 6'2" tall, very slim, in his mid 20's with short dark hair and the 3rd man was described as in his mid 30's, of a stocky build with facial hair.
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...
Key Role For Twiggs In Sir Ranulph's Antarctica Expedition
Monday 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...
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Warn Take Care During Wet Weather
Monday 24th September 2012 With Derbyshire once again being subjected to heavy rainfall with torrential downpours, strong winds and the risk of gales expected later today - especially over the Peak District - Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the following safety advice:
Drive to the road conditions, puddles may be deeper than they appear, don't take any unnecessary risks; If you are experiencing flooding in your home - get yourself to a place of safety, maybe upstairs. If you're taking any medication, take this with you; Do NOT exit your property if there is fast flowing water outside; If you think you are at risk of flooding - visit the Environment Agency website for advice and guidance at www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call your local council; Before calling 999, consider - 'How urgent is your call'?
Further advice regarding flooding can be found by visiting their website www.derbys-fire.gov.uk. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for regular incident updates and safety information.
Chesterfield Neighbourhood Watch Meeting Date
Monday 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Neighbourhood-Watch/Neighbourhood-Watch.aspx for information about Neighbourhood Watch.
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 20
Monday 24th 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...
Proact Event Marks 20th Anniversary Of Anfield 8 Goal Thriller
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Teenager Dies After Ashover Collision
Friday 21st September 2012 A 16-year-old boy has died following a collision on the A632 Matlock Road, at Kelstedge near Ashover.
At around 11.10pm on Thursday September 20th, a blue Vauxhall Corsa travelling towards Chesterfield was in collision with a silver Peugeot 206 which had been travelling along Birkin Lane onto Matlock Road. The 16-year-old, a rear seat passenger of the Peugeot, was treated for serious injuries but later died in Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
The driver of the Peugeot, a 17-year-old male... READ MORE...
Ongoing Fire Incident At Lows Lane, Stanton-By-Dale
Friday 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...
Police Appeal After Collision Near Alfreton
Friday 21st September 2012 Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision between a car and a moped on the A61 at Stretton, near Alfreton.
At 11am on Wednesday, September 20th, a silver Mercedes B Class was in collision with a Piaggio moped adjacent to the White Bear pub. The rider of the moped, a 41-year-old man, suffered internal injuries and was taken to Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. Officers investigating the collision would like to speak to witnesses and are keen to talk to the driver of a white van who was travelling in front of the moped along the A61 and turned left towards Woolley Moor.
Those with information, please contact PC Andrew Prince of the Collision Investigation Unit on 01773 572929.
Girls' Night Out... Ticket Competition For Vagina Monologues
Friday 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'
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 email@example.com by midnight, Tuesday 25th September. Winners will be notified by telephone on Wednesday 26th. Good Luck!
Win an iPad3 In Autoworld Chesterfield's Free-To-Enter Comp
Friday 21st September 2012
ONLY 9 DAYS LEFT - Simply click the image to the left or the banner at the top of this page to see details on Autoworld Chesterfield's Free-to-enter Competition to win an iPad 3.
The prize is part of Autoworld Chesterfield's promotions for September's 62' New Reg launch, a leaflet for which is being delivered throughout Chesterfield.
Your Clutter Can Help Others To Live
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...
7 Mini Buses Seized In Shirebrook Following Police Checks
Thursday 20th September 2012 Police seized seven mini-buses during a day of traffic checks in Shirebrook.
It is after they were found to be on the road without the correct insurance during an operation to target road safety and crime.
The checks were carried out on Friday, September 7th, in a joint initiative between police in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and Bolsover District Council.
Drivers were stopped near to Sports Direct in Shirebrook and... READ MORE...
Missing Chesterfield Man Found Safe And Well
Police Appeal For Missing Chesterfield Man
Wednesday 19th September 2012 Police are appealing for help to find a 44-year-old man who has been missing from his home in Chesterfield since Sunday, September 9th.
Martin Drops was last seen by his wife at home on Gloucester Road at around 3pm. He left in a taxi to go into Chesterfield town centre and has not been seen since. Mr Drops is white, 6ft tall, with short brown hair, blue eyes and of slim build. He was last seen wearing a navy blue t-shirt, blue jeans, white trainers and a blue baseball cap. He has not contacted his family and his disappearance is out of character. Anyone who has seen Mr Drops, or knows where he is, should contact the police on the non-emergency number 101.
New Build In Chesterfield Seeks Suppliers & Sub-Contractors
Wednesday 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 Chesterfield. Wilmott 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...
Chesterfield Man Jailed After Punching 16 Year Old
Wednesday 19th September 2012 A Chesterfield man has been jailed after punching a teenager and stealing his motorbike.
Jonathan Featherstone, 24, approached the 16-year-old boy and his two friends as they were riding their off-road bikes along a disused railway line off Belmont Drive on May, 22nd. Featherstone hit the victim and pushed him off his bike before threatening him if he didn't hand it over. He then stole the bike and rode off on it. Featherstone, of Middlecroft Road, Staveley was arrested and charged with robbery. He pleaded guilty to the offence and was jailed for 12 months following a hearing at Derby Crown Court on Friday, September 14th.
Film Review: 'Keith Lemon: The Film' by Leah Stafford
Wednesday 19th September 2012 Should have realised really! Leigh Francis as Keith Lemon has gone a little (when I say a little, I mean drastically) wayward: Celebrity Juice gets naughtier by the week, Lemon Aid was a flop and well, Lemon La Vida Loca is like marmite, you love it or hate it.
However, you can't deny the fact that the character is still hilarious and his comedy is very infectious with his catchy phrases, such as 'bang tidy' and 'potato'.
Then came the news that he had written his own film, and the excitement struck. The opportunity to see him on the big-screen felt like a joke... READ MORE...
'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...
Fire At Lows Lane, Stanton-By-Dale, Now In Third Day
Tuesday 18th September 2012 We reported on Sunday on a severe fire near the M1 - junctions 25 and 26 - and today, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) have told us that they continue to work to fight the blaze, that started at a recycling facility on Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale, Derbyshire, on Saturday 15th September.
Contractors are currently working alongside Firefighters, using JCB's to move unaffected wood pulp, thus reducing the size of the surrounding mound of recycled material. Firefighters continue to damp down the fire and are working to contain further spread. READ MORE...
Police Advice After 'Scam' Telephone Calls In NE Derbyshire
Tuesday 18th September 2012 Police in North East Derbyshire are asking residents to be on their guard after recent reports of a telephone scam involving people claiming to be from the Ministry of Justice.
It is after two residents in Heath reported the suspicious phone calls to police on Tuesday, September 11th. The caller had spoken to both residents and said they were due a large payment but in order to receive the money they would have to go to their nearest PayPoint store and make a payment for the service using Ukash. READ MORE...
New TV Show Cooks Up A Storm In Chesterfield
Tuesday 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...
Search Is On To Find Derbyshire's Young Achievers 2012
Tuesday 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...
Egg Crackdown Launched To Protect Derbyshire Consumers
Tuesday 18th September 2012 Shops and restaurants in Derbyshire are being warned to make sure the eggs they are selling and cooking with comply with the law.
Checks are being carried out by Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers alongside environmental health colleagues from district councils, and the Egg Marketing Inspectorate.
Supermarkets, shops, restaurants and cafes will be visited during October and November to make sure that only eggs meeting 'Class A' standards are being used and sold, and that they are labelled and described correctly.
The eggs will be tested to ensure that they are as described - for example eggs labelled 'free range' not being produced by caged birds, that they are safe and of the required quality. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Man Exposes Himself To 15 Year Old Girl
Monday 17th September 2012 Police are appealing for witnesses after a man exposed himself at a 15-year-old girl as she walked through a Chesterfield park.
At around 3.20pm on Friday, September 14th, the victim was walking across Highfield Recreation Ground, off Gloucester Avenue, when she noticed a man walking towards her. The man exposed himself to the girl before turning and walking back down the footpath towards Highfield Lane. The man made no attempt to speak to the victim. The man is described as white, in his 40s, medium build, 5ft 9in tall with short dark hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a thin black jumper.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
ITV's 'Cook Me The Money' Heats Up Chesterfield Today
Monday 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
Monday 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...
Police Seek Information After Arson
Monday 17th September 2012 Police are appealing for information about a fire at a flat in a block on Beech Crescent in Killamarsh where, at around 4.20pm on Tuesday, September 4th, emergency services were called.
The fire service attended and put out the fire which had been started deliberately in one of the flats. There was no one in the flat when the fire was set, but extensive damage was caused to the flat and surrounding properties. A 33-year-old man was arrested and has since been charged with arson and criminal damage. Detectives would still like to speak to people who were in the area at the time or anyone who has information about the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Taste The World At The Chatsworth Road Festival
Monday 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?
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...
Fire At Recycling Facility In Derbyshire
Sunday 16th September 2012 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is currently in attendance at a large fire at a recycling facility on Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale, Derbyshire.
Following a call at 22.37 hours on the 15th September, fire appliances from Ilkeston were mobilised. As the fire escalated, further crews from High Field, Long Eaton, Heanor and Stapleford have attended the scene.
The Salvation Army is also in attendance at the fire providing vital refreshment facilities to the Firefighters. READ MORE...
Severn Trent Water Plead Guilty To Water Supply Offences
Friday 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
Thursday 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...
Edale Mountain Rescue Team - Somewhere Different...
Thursday 13th September 2012Edale MRT have attended 3 incidents in the last week, including a callout for a climber who had fallen at Dovestone Tor on Derwent Edge.
The team gets called for lots of fallen climbers - there are some of the most popular outcrop climbing in the world on their patch - but in the last 12 years, they have never been called to a climber on Derwent Edge. This edge is one of the more remote climbing crags in the area, with a long walk in from the nearest road.
On this occasion, a young woman climbing on Saturday afternoon... READ MORE...
Let It Bean!
Thursday 13th September 2012 The Highwayman Beefeater Grill In Chesterfield has recreated the iconic image of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road - using items from the great British breakfast!
It is one of the most recognised album covers in history and now local visitors to the Highwayman in Chesterfield have chosen the iconic shot of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road as their favourite British image of all time. To celebrate their breakfast menu, food sculptor Paul Baker was commissioned to design and create a mosaic of the famous Beatles album cover 'Abbey Road', made entirely from classic ingredients found in a full English breakfast. READ MORE...
Stars Of Screen Come To Chesterfield With Renowned Show
Wednesday 12th September 2012 The Vagina Monologues - Britain's funniest and sexiest show - comes to The Pomegranate, Chesterfield on 28th September at 7.30pm for ONE night only!
Strictly Come Dancing and Waterloo Road's popular performer, Chelsee Healey makes her stage debut in the tour of The Vagina Monologues, co-starring with Coronation Street's feisty and much loved Vicky Entwistle who played Janice Battersby for 15 years and Clare Buckfield who thrilled and charmed the nation when she skated through to the Dancing on Ice finals. From Perthshire to Cornwall and counties between, Chelsee performs for the first five weeks... READ MORE...
Gas Safety Week: Take Care, Be Gas Safe
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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...
Local Design Star To Unveil Debenham's Chesterfield Store
Wednesday 12th September 2012 The eagerly awaited new Debenhams Chesterfield store will open on Thursday, 20th September and it's a local young lady, an already renowned designer, who will be on ribbon cutting duty.
Local designer, Ashley Thomas - whose designs are currently available as part of the Debenhams Edition homeware collection - will officially launch the store, alongside Manager Natalie Collins and her new team.
Ashley studied Art and Design at Chesterfield College before going on to study Surface Pattern Design at Staffordshire University. READ MORE...
Chesterfield's 'East Midlands In Bloom' Awards Success
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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...
Chesterfield Man Jailed After Sex With 14 Year Old Girl
Tuesday 11th September 2012
A Chesterfield man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl has been jailed for four years.
Peter Garcia, 30, had consensual sex with the teenager at a house in Clowne in April 2011. Garcia, of Coronation Road, Brimington, was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual activity with a female under 16. He denied the offences but was found guilty by a jury at Derby Crown Court and sentenced to four years in prison following a hearing on Friday, September 7th. He must sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely and has been disqualified from working with children.
'Hot To Trot' In Chesterfield
Tuesday 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...
Police Appeal After Man 'Flashes' 15 Year Old Girl
Tuesday 11th September 2012 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a man exposed himself at a 15-year-old girl as she walked to school.
At around 8.30am yesterday (Monday, September 10th) the victim was walking along a footpath which runs between Loundsley Green Road and Fieldhead Way when she passed a man who was bent down. The man called out and the victim turned around to see he had exposed himself. She carried on walking and the man made no attempt to approach the victim. The man is described as white, late 40s, large build, 5ft 10in tall with short mousy coloured hair. He was wearing a blue bomber style jacket, knee length shorts and black trainers.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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...
Local MP Welcomes CPP Lifeline
Monday 10th September 2012 Toby Perkins MP has welcomed improvements at CPP - a multimillion financial services company and major Chesterfield employer.
CPP specialise in providing protection against loss, theft and fraudulent use of financial cards, identity theft protection, phone protection insurance and travel assistance products. The firm was investigated and its shares were suspended earlier this year by the Financial Services Authority following concerns that the company overstated the risk of identity theft when selling insurance for that purpose. READ MORE...
The Delhi 41 Restaurant Celebrates Successful 1st Year
Monday 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...
Local MP Raises Concerns Over New Planning Rules
Monday 10th September 2012 A local MP has raised her concerns on planning issues in Parliament during the last week.
In response to Government proposals for a relaxation on planning rules, Natascha Engel, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire questioned Parliament about protection of greenfield sites and her question to the Secretary of State was simple, "How does the Secretary of State propose to prevent developers from using this as another opportunity to build on greenfield land - not green belt, but greenfield - instead of being forced to build on the banks of brownfield land for which they already have planning permission?" READ MORE...
Learn How To Save A Life This September
Monday 10th September 2012 St John Ambulance, the nation's leading first aid charity, is again running its 'Save a Life September'.
Launched in 2011, the scheme was hugely successful and over 70,000 people received free first aid guides as part of the campaign. This year the charity wants to reach even more people to equip them with vital first aid skills.
Throughout September, the charity will be giving free demonstrations at locations in Chesterfield. The public will learn how to save a life using five easy to follow techniques and will receive a free pocket-sized first aid guide... READ MORE...
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.
Blaze At Old Chesterfield Fire Station
Saturday 8th September 2012 Fire crews were called to the old Fire Station, on Sheffield Road, in the early hours of this morning after reports of fire.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service say the call was received at 01.01 am and on arrival, the building was "well alight". Appliances from Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Staveley attended, with the stop call received at 04.53am. Fire Officers have told The Chesterfield Post that 50% of the first floor of the 25m x 10m derelict two storey building, has been destroyed.
The scene will be revisited at 9am for an inspection and a fire investigation begun.
Over £2,500 Raised In Memory Of Cici Holden
Friday 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...
Air Ambulance Doctor On Hand To Treat Man After Ladder Fall
Friday 7th September 2012 A 67-year-old man was airlifted to hospital on Wednesday morning (5th September) after falling 20ft from a ladder.
The incident happened just north of Chesterfield and left the man with a life-threatening head injury.
Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) was called to the scene just before 10am.
DLRAA's on board doctor, with assistance from... READ MORE...
Mobility Company Bosses Admit To Defrauding Elderly Of £40k
Thursday 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...
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...
The Bandstand Marathon Comes To Chesterfield
Thursday 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...
Pieces Of Man Utd History Could Help Local Church
Thursday 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...
MP Votes For Chesterfield's West Bars Tandoori
Thursday 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...
Police Dispersal Notice On West Bars After Drunken Behaviour
Wednesday 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...
Last Chance To Apply For £1,000 Sports Action Grants
Wednesday 5th September 2012
Sports clubs and groups are being reminded there's just one week left to apply for a cash boost in the last round of Derbyshire County Council's Sports Action Grant scheme.
The £180,000 fund was launched last October and so far £138,430 has been awarded to 176 local groups that made successful applications for grants of up to £1,000 to provide activities which: Encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activities; Promote healthy and active lifestyles; Encourage volunteering within sport and improve sporting performance. READ MORE...
NHS 'Healthcare Bus' Stop In Clay Cross
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Police Hit Back At Claims By BBC's Panorama Programme
Tuesday 4th September 2012 After BBC One's Panorama suggested in a programme aired last night called 'Dial 999….and wait', that Derbyshire Police have poor response times, the Force's Deputy Chief Constable has hit back saying that he believes the information provided was misleading.
Alan Goodwin has now said in a statement, "We strongly refute the allegation made in the Panorama programme that Derbyshire police officers fail to meet response targets.
"In common with other forces, the constabulary has not..." READ MORE...
Nominate Your Local Heritage Assets
Tuesday 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...
There's Nothing Vacant About Chesterfield
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
Chesterfield Jazz Club - Dates For Your 2012 Diary
Tuesday 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...
The Car's The Star As Kids'n'Cancer's Raffle Winner Announced
Monday 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...
Appeal After Teenager Robbed In Chesterfield
Monday 3rd September 2012 Detectives are appealing for information after a teenager was robbed as he walked home through Chesterfield.
At around 3.30am on Saturday, September 1st, the 17-year-old boy was walking along Baden Powell Road when he was approached by 3 teenage boys who demanded items from the victim. The victim took out his mobile phone and one of the offenders grabbed it and punched him in the face. One of the youths was holding a screwdriver. The offenders then walked away in the direction of the town centre.
The offenders were all white teenagers around 15 to 16-years-old. READ MORE...
Eckington Benefit Cheat Sentenced
Monday 3rd September 2012 An Eckington man who illegally claimed benefits while he was working has been punished in court.
Simon Haigh, of Station Road in Eckington, received over £2,800 in overpaid benefits from North East Derbyshire District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court heard how the 29-year-old failed to tell the authorities that he had started a new job, and continued to illegally claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit for 6 months. READ MORE...
Ellie Koyander Backs Active Derbyshire Olympics Competition
Monday 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...
Remploy Workers Strike Today Over Sell Off Terms Concern
Monday 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...
Spireites' CEO Chris Turner Speaks On Sheridan's Departure
Tuesday 28th August 2012 After the announcement this morning that John Sheridan had been relieved of his duties as Manager of Chesterfield Football Club, the Chesterfield Post spoke with CEO Chris Turner who said that it had been a "difficult and sad day" for him. The Interview can be listened to HERE.
He went on to confirm that the decision had been taken over the Bank Holiday weekend and said that, "There sometimes was an obvious time but, that's not always the right time." The club had, he said, believed in John and his ability to rebuild the squad over the Summer, ahead of the successful one season fightback to League One. AUDIO INTERVIEW & READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Tommy Wright Takes Control For 'Foreseeable'
Tuesday 28th August 2012 Tommy Wright has been named caretaker-manager of Chesterfield following John Sheridan's departure earlier today.
Wright, who was Sheridan's assistant, will be assisted by coach Mark Crossley. Chesterfield Chief Executive Chris Turner said: "Tommy will take charge of the first-team for the foreseeable future. We need to take stock of the situation so we are not looking to make an immediate appointment. The board would like to thank John for the hard work he has put in over the last three years and wish him well for the future."
Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Rotherham United left the Spireites with just two points from their opening three League Two fixtures. They were also knocked-out of the Capital One Cup in the first round after losing at home to Tranmere Rovers. More to follow.
Spireites Boss John Sheridan 'Relieved Of Managerial Duties'
Taylor Wimpey Launches Wingerworth Regeneration Proposals
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
A Spireite Author's Story On Life On The Terraces 30 Years Ago
Friday 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...
New Electoral Recommendations Published For Local Area
Friday 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...
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...
Small But Perfectly Formed! World's Smallest Book Is In Town
Monday 20th August 2012 Believed to be the smallest book in the world, this tiny record breaker is currently on show in a Chesterfield bookshop, and could be owned by you.
Measuring just 5mm by 5mm, the miniature version of The Lord's Prayer is believed to have been printed in 1952 in Germany.
It's now in the safe care of Spire Books, a specialist antique book shop on Soresby Steet and owner Simon couldn't be more thrilled, "It came to us via a man who wanted to hire a display cabinet in the shop to sell fountain pens... READ MORE...
One Year On - The Pride Of Chesterfield Pass Out
Monday 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...
Cheering For Chesterfield
Thursday 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...
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...
Chesterfield FC's Stadium Undergoes Name Change
Monday 13th August 2012 The Spireites will start the season at the newly branded Proact Stadium.
As has been widely expected, it's been announced today that Chesterfield FC will begin the 2012/13 Campaign at the newly renamed Proact Stadium.
The club says that the rebrand to Proact UK comes after the acquisition of local storage integrator and cloud provider b2net by Swedish owned firm, Proact, in April 2011. "We're looking forward to working with Proact," said Chesterfield Chief Executive Chris Turner... READ MORE...
"An Amazing Experience" Olympic Volunteer Kay Adkins
Monday 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...
Jailed Home Help Ordered To Pay Back Thousands
Friday 10th August 2012 A home-help jailed for blackmail and cheating two elderly victims out thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay back more than £130,000.
Irene Slater, 61, of Southfields, Clowne, was jailed for 42 months at Derby Crown Court on April 13th for a number of blackmail and fraud offences.
At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) on Wednesday, August 8th, Slater was ordered to pay £126,391 in compensation to her victims and a further £5,271 was confiscated by the court. READ MORE...
Consultation On Derwent House Closure Nearly Up
Friday 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...
Auto Windscreens Helps Local Cancer Charity
Friday 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...
Gold Awards For Ashover Flower Arrangers
Friday 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...
State-Of-The-Art Fitness Suite Opens In Clay Cross
Wednesday 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...
Consultation On N E Derbyshire's Avenue Site Begins
Tuesday 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...
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...
Chesterfield Soldiers Protect Olympics
Friday 3rd August 2012 Soldiers from Chesterfield are playing a key role in protecting the Olympic Games.
Sergeant Jonathan Brown, Lance Corporal Brett Wilmott and Lance Corporal Chris Hardy, of 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, are working as part of the venue security team at Wimbledon, where the Olympic tennis competition is taking place.
Sgt Brown, 28, said: "The Olympics is a once in a lifetime experience and it's really good for us to be able to play a part in the event." READ MORE...
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...
Spireites Fan Gets Five Year Banning Order
Thursday 2nd August 2012 A Chesterfield fan has been given a five-year Football Banning Order after being involved in nuisance behaviour on a train following the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at Wembley.
Gareth Jones, 27, was handed the order by magistrates in Chesterfield on Wednesday, August 1st after he was found to have committed a public order offence while travelling back from London after the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final on Sunday, March 25th.
Jones,of Rosewood Close, Chesterfield was banned from going to home or away matches following a joint application to magistrates by Derbyshire Constabulary and British Transport Police. READ MORE...
Promoting The Changing Face Of Chesterfield
Wednesday 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...
Mayfly Unveils New Factory Plans Following HSBC Switch
Wednesday 1st August 2012 Mayfly Containers, a Derbyshire-based manufacturer of offshore containers, has announced today that moved its full banking facilities to HSBC Commercial Bank to support its international growth plans.
The company has seen international demand for its products soar from offshore developments in the emerging markets, leading to the need for the development of a second manufacturing facility in the UK.
Mayfly Containers was founded in 1983 by existing owner and Managing Director, Denis Hall and designs, develops and manufactures... READ MORE...
Grand Finale For Derbyshire Baton Challengers
Tuesday 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...
Rubbish Grant Great For Staveley Methodist Church's New Roof
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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...
A Life In Service Begins In Chesterfield
Monday 30th July 2012 As the Class of 2012 passes out and thoughts turn to the new intake, a tutor at Chesterfield College has told The Chesterfield Post of his pride in students on his course after seeing several of them go on to achieve their dreams.
Martin Cope is Course Tutor for Public Services, a qualification which aims to give students wishing for a career in the Services - Armed or Emergency - a taste of the life.
It's, as is to be expected, not an easy course, says Martin... READ MORE...
Extra Derbyshire Handy Van Will Help More Vulnerable
Monday 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Auto Windscreens Lands Contract With Rental Giants Sixt
Saturday 28th July 2012 It's been announced that local firm Auto Windscreens has been chosen as a main supplier of automotive glass by Sixt rent a car in the UK.
Both companies have headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and have recently opened new sites around the country to satisfy growing demand for their services.
Sixt rent a car is part of a German-owned global business with 3,500 sites worldwide. It has 133 branches in the UK providing rental cars and vans in all major cities. Using its 27 fitting centres around the country... READ MORE...
Train Strike Off
Friday 27th July 2012 Further to our earlier report, it's now been confirmed that the proposed strike action by some train drivers on East Midlands Trains has been called off, meaning that services will run as timetabled during the Olympic Games.
A joint statement by East Midlands Trains and the ASLEF union has been released, which reads, "Following further constructive discussions today, we are pleased to confirm that we have reached a positive settlement of all issues relating to planned pensions changes. This means that previously announced strike action on 6th, 7th and 8th August has been called off and there will be no disruption to important rail services during the London 2012 Games."
26 Years On, Chernobyl Children Take Time Out In Chesterfield
Friday 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
Friday 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...
Trains Go Extra Mile To Get People To And From The Games
Friday 27th July 2012 East Midlands Trains has promised London 2012 spectators that it will be going the 'extra mile' to provide as many seats as possible for people travelling to the Games despite the strike action planned by ASLEF.
This follows the announcement by ASLEF that its members will be taking strike action on Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th August targeted at London 2012. Earlier this week, East Midlands Trains criticised the union as being "hell-bent on disrupting the Olympics" after the union went back on a pensions deal brokered in talks last week. READ MORE...
Willmott Dixon In Line For £23m Derbyshire Care Homes
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 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...
Chesterfield Awarded Two Green Flag Awards
Monday 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...
Last Part Of Beloved Saltergate Ground Is Removed Today
Friday 20th July 2012 The last remaining floodlight at one of the country's oldest football grounds will be coming down today as demolition continues to make way for a new housing development by Barratt East Midlands.
The historic terraces of Chesterfield Football Club witnessed over 140 years of memorable football action from the Spireites, which drew to a close with the club's move to a brand new 10,400 capacity stadium for the 2010 season.
The disused ground was then sold to Barratt Homes in January this year by GB Group, who developed the new stadium for Chesterfield FC. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Bid For Portas Cash To Boost County's High Streets
Friday 20th July 2012 High streets in Derbyshire could be set for a major boost if a bid for funding from the Government's Mary Portas-inspired retail revitalisation programme is successful.
Local authorities are being invited to set up 'town teams', to demonstrate their vision for the future, and bid for £100,000 to give their high streets a shot in the arm.
The programme follows an independent review of town centres by retail expert Mary Portas, where she challenged local leaders to come up with innovative schemes to re-establish high streets as the place to be, for local people and visitors. READ MORE...
Men Urged To Learn From TV Soap And Get Help With Abuse
Friday 20th July 2012 Male victims of domestic abuse are being urged to call a Derbyshire County Council helpline as Coronation Street highlights the issue in a current high-profile storyline.
In recent episodes, viewers have witnessed popular long-standing character Tyrone Dobbs being victimised by his pregnant partner Kirsty. Abuse has escalated from Kirsty's controlling behaviour and verbal outbursts to hitting Tyrone in the face and cutting his lip, throwing objects at him and pushing him against a wall with his arms behind his back.
It is hoped the storyline involving a leading character will prompt local men who may be suffering in the same way to call Derbyshire's Domestic Abuse Helpline. READ MORE...
Spireites Train In Style
Thursday 19th July 2012 Today, as normal, Chesterfield's footballers trained. However, unusually, this took place in the grounds of Chatsworth House after a personal invite from the Duke of Devonshire, now the first ever Patron of the club.
The first team, management and staff at the club, arrived just after 11am and trained on the private South Lawn, which offers stunning views of the House and Fountain.
Some lucky visitors were fortunate enough to also come across the players' training session and watched from the sidelines... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Workers Strike In Protest At Factory Closure Plans
Thursday 19th July 2012 Workers, many of them disabled, are striking in Chesterfield this morning after the Government announced plans to close 36 factories throughout the UK, with a potential 1,421 job losses nationwide.
Remploy confirmed earlier this month that the Chesterfield factory is one of 9 earmarked for further consultation and that over 50 jobs in the town could be saved. However 27 other factories are scheduled to close under the process which starts later this year.
The company is government-owned, with a special mandate for employing disabled people. It runs 54 factories across the UK, including one at Whittington Moor in Chesterfield, which manufactures bespoke footwear for people with podiatry requirements. READ MORE...
Councils Sign Charter Of Respect To Honour Armed Forces
Tuesday 17th July 2012
Three Derbyshire councils were among the first in the UK to sign a covenant to officially honour the Armed Forces yesterday morning.
Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire councils signed the charter of respect in recognition of the service, dedication and sacrifice made by current and former service personnel to the people of North East Derbyshire.
The signing took place yesterday, 16th July, coinciding with national commemorations marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War. READ MORE...
Local MPs Welcome Rail Investment
Tuesday 17th July 2012 Chesterfield MP's have welcomed yesterday's announcement that the Midland Mainline will be electrified between Sheffield and London.
Travellers to and from Chesterfield will benefit from better journey times and a more reliable service to London and intermediate stations including Leicester and Nottingham.
Electrified lines use cheaper, quieter trains which are less wearing on the track, meaning less maintenance is needed. READ MORE...
Digital Derbyshire's Biggest Ever Broadband Transformation
Monday 16th July 2012 The Digital Derbyshire campaign to bring the biggest ever upgrade of broadband speeds in the county needs the help of residents and businesses as it gathers pace.
Over 6,500 people helped Derbyshire County Council secure £7.39m from the Government's Broadband Delivery UK scheme by completing a survey following the launch of its Digital Derbyshire campaign.
The county council has committed over £1m to Digital Derbyshire and has underwritten the remaining funding to ensure at least £14.78m...READ MORE...
The Tower to Tower to Tower Challenge Is Completed!
Sunday 15th July 2012 A MASSIVE Congratulations to the 12 riders of the Kids n Cancer / Autoworld Tower to Tower to Tower Challenge team from The Chesterfield Post after reaching their goal on arriving at the 3rd and final Tower, the Eiffel Tower in Paris this afternoon.
A full 570 miles in 8 days, injuries, accidents, illness, pain, exhaustion - all forgotten (well, for now anyway) as the celebrations can start! The Kids 'n' Cancer fundraising still carries on however - and you can show your appreciation of this incredible effort by donating towards the charity through the team or individual riders JustGiving pages. READ MORE...
Police And Government Support Bill Tackling Metal Theft
Friday 13th July 2012 Today, Richard Ottaway's Scrap Metal Dealers Bill goes before Parliament for its 2nd reading and ahead of the hearing, the MP, police and Government have joined together to explain why the changes are needed.
Mr Ottaway (Croydon South MP), Deputy Chief Constable Paul Crowther (ACPO lead for metal theft) and Home Office Minister Lord Henley met yesterday, Thursday, 12th July, to outline the scope of the bill and to explain why, despite recent success in metal theft operations around the country, legislative reform is necessary.
Mr Ottaway has so far received cross-party support for his Bill... READ MORE...
Council Is Barking Up The Right Tree
Thursday 12th July 2012 Chesterfield Borough Council has recently received an impressive accolade for its policy on purchasing and using environmentally friendly timber products.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) gave a bronze 'Barking up the Right Tree' award to the Council for buying and using the environmentally friendly timber and wood products in its repairs and maintenance work.
Timber purchased by the Council has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) that gives an assurance that it has been sourced... READ MORE...
Get Ready For The Summer Reading Challenge
Thursday 12th July 2012
Sign your children or grandchildren up for this year's Summer Reading Challenge and they could soon be enjoying some exciting free storytelling workshops and top trumps games.
Mungler's Trumps swap shops, workshops with children's book illustrator Lynne Chapman and storytelling with Helen Appleton are among more than 100 events taking place in Derbyshire County Council libraries this Summer - and as they are free, they offer families and carers with children a cheap fun way to keep the kids busy during the long summer break. READ MORE...
Get Ready To Ramble At Poolsbrook Country Park
Thursday 12th July 2012 Local residents are being encouraged to pull on their wellies or walking boots and to take a healthy stroll around Poolsbrook Country Park this Summer.
The Park Rangers will be leading two gentle walks during which anyone can learn about the history and nature hidden within the beautiful Poolsbrook Country Park.
The one and half hour walks will take place on Wednesday 25th July and 29th August, and begin at 10.30am at the Pavilion. To find out more and to book a space call 01246 474967.
Bikers Meet With Bobbies At Clay Cross Event
Wednesday 11th July 2012
Bikers have the chance to meet local Bobbies at an event taking place this weekend in Clay Cross.
There will be a chance for motorcycle riders to speak to officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams about any concerns or advice on crime prevention.
Officers from the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team will also be coming along to offer advice about safer riding. PCSO Michael Coates of the Wingerworth and Rural Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Factory Wins Reprieve Tonight
Tuesday 10th July 2012 There is some good news for workers at a factory in Chesterfield tonight after Remploy bosses announced this afternoon that 9 of the 36 factories which were facing closure may in fact continue to operate after what it termed 'successful business plans' were received.
The factory in Chesterfield is one of the 9 it has been confirmed tonight and will remain in commercial process. This will safeguard 64 jobs in the town, 54 of which are carried out by disabled workers. The company has however, said that 27 factories will close, with the loss of 1,421 jobs throughout the UK later this year. READ MORE...
No Child Deserves This Illness - Tower Challenge Day 2 Update
Monday 9th July 2012 Tonight the Kids'n'Cancer charity cyclists are in Melton Mowbray - having completed Day 2 and 160 miles of their Tower to Tower to Tower challenge.
This morning the daring dozen were back on home soil for a brief time though, as they passed through Chesterfield where they made good on their promise to donate funds to a local cancer sufferer.
Jessica Howarth is just 9 years old and attends New Whittington Primary School.Today, with her parents beside her, Jessica was... READ MORE & VIDEO...
Chesterfield Town FC Girls U14s Are Fundraising For Jessica
Monday 9th July 2012 Chesterfield Town FC Girls U14s squad - the Derbyshire Girls League & Cup Winners 2012 - are hoping to achieve another goal when they host a Fundraising Event for local 9 year old, Jessica Howarth (pictured left with mum, Claire), who is suffering from Leukaemia.
Taking place at New Whittington Social Club, 156 High Street, New Whittington on Friday 20th July from 7pm until late - the team have organised a raffle, mini-auction, Disco, Buffet, Karaoke and an ADULT SIZE bouncy castle! They would be very grateful for any donations towards the raffle and auction along with any donations towards the fundraising (if you can't make it on the night).
For more information, please contact Donna Owen on 07545 035720.
Refurbishment Works Start For Chesterfield's Theatres
Monday 9th July 2012 The stage is set for Chesterfield's Winding Wheel and Pomegranate Theatre to undergo some building improvements this summer.
Chesterfield Borough Council has told us today that the majority of the work at the Winding Wheel is to the building's facade which will have repairs to the mock tudor exterior, windows, roof, canopy, ballroom dome and doorways.
Work on the Winding Wheel begins on 15th July and will last until 1st September. The venue will be closed throughout this period, but will re-open at the beginning of September for the Autumn season. READ MORE...
Urgent Appeal For Chesterfield Foster Carers
Monday 9th July 2012
An urgent appeal is being issued for more foster carers in the Chesterfield area, Derbyshire County Council needs more homes in the north east of the county to help look after growing numbers of children in care.
The authority is appealing for people from all backgrounds to come forward and find out more.
Currently there are 41 foster carers in the Chesterfield area, but the county council needs to recruit at least ten more to make sure there are enough... READ MORE...
Staveley Armed Forces Day Flies The Flag For The Services
Saturday 7th July 2012 Thankfully for organisers the rain held off for the first event of a local Armed Forces Day, held to celebrate the contribution our Service personnel make to lives both here and abroad, and the sacrifices they, and their families make.
Events have been held to commemorate their work and lives throughout the UK over the last few weeks and today, it was the turn of Staveley. At 10am a March of Cadets and Veterans left the Market Square, led by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield and Leader of Staveley Town Council, Barry Dyke and headed for Poolsbrook Country Park for two days of festivities... READ MORE...
Staveley Armed Forces Day Soldiers On
Friday 6th July 2012 Despite the heavy rain and dreadful conditions underfoot, the Staveley Armed Forces Day is, at the moment, still going ahead tomorrow at Poolsbrook Country Park.
Come 10am, a procession of soldiers and veterans, led by the Mayor of Chesterfield and local dignitaries will parade from the Market Square in Staveley to the Park through the streets which, like last year, will undoubtedly be lined with applauding well-wishers.
The day aims to celebrate and support ... READ MORE...
Nominations Invited For Derbyshire's Blue Plaques
Friday 6th July 2012 It's time to get your nominations in for the person or place in Derbyshire you think deserves recognition with a Derbyshire County Council Blue Plaque.
The closing date for nominations for the third round of Blue Plaques is Tuesday, July 24th, so you need to be quick!
It is easy to get your nominations in by going in online and filling in a form at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/blueplaques. Alternatively, post your entry to Blue Plaques, Chief Executive's Office, DCC, County Hall, Matlock... READ MORE...
Chesterfield - Your Views
Wednesday 4th July 2012 - by Charlie Hawkins Chesterfield is constantly evolving - the historical features of the town are complemented by the new developments aiming to bring the town into the 21st Century.
Out in the town centre yesterday Charlie, a pupil at St Mary's High School who is working with us this week, interviewed members of the public to get their view on what's happening and how they feel towards the town itself.
Mr and Mrs Mc Laughlin from Bolsover were out shopping and they were positive about all the new investment coming in to town. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Based Regiment Receive Town's Highest Honour
Sunday 1st July 2012 Yesterday (30th June) was Armed Forces Day, a day dedicated to celebrating and supporting the work of service personnel past and present and honouring the sacrifices they and their families make.
Throughout the UK, services and parades were held in towns and cities, and The Olympic Torch was held aloft at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire - carried by war hero Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry, who was awarded the VC after saving the lives of 30 fellow soldiers during the Iraq conflict.
Chesterfield was no exception - and, at the end of a week... READ MORE...
250,000 Across Derbyshire Support The Olympic Torch Relay
Sunday 1st July 2012 by Luke Ingram
An estimated quarter of a million people lined the streets of Derbyshire yesterday to see the Olympic Torch paraded through the County. It seemed that no one, whatever their age, wanted to miss this once in a lifetime event.
In Chesterfield, not even the threatened damp weather could keep the crowd away - but thankfully the hot sun did come out and justify their faith as inspirational youngster Olivia Ford brought the torch past the Crooked Spire - greeted by cheers and waving flags. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Sparkles As The Olympics Come To Town
Friday 29th June 2012 - by Lewis Kelly. Over 20,000 people rallied around Chesterfield town centre to celebrate the passing through of the Olympic Torch as the Flame lit up the town during this 'once in a lifetime' experience.
People young and old gathered on the streets to get a glimpse of 'The Gold' and not even a heavy downpour of rain before it arrived could dampen the spirits as communities came together and created an atmosphere befitting such an occasion.
Thousands of children from primary schools across Derbyshire crowded together at the Town Hall to entertain the onlookers. READ MORE...
A Day To Remember - A Moment To Shine
Friday 29th January 2012 We have talked for days about the travelling spectacle - months in the planning and played out on streets across the country - which came to town today in the shape of a Golden Torch.
However, behind the planning and the preparation were human stories - of hope and triumph and belief.
The Chesterfield Post has interviewed many of the torch bearers in the run up to the day itself and we were fortunate today to speak to the family of the 'first leg' Torch Bearer, Sam Clift, 26 - as they waited for her at the White Hart. READ MORE...
Greece Light-ning Shines Through Chesterfield
Friday 29th June 2012 Chesterfield grabbed the chance to shine and ran with it today - quite literally, as it welcomed the Olympic Torch into town at lunchtime.
With several local people taking part in the games themselves, this was not only a chance to see and taste a part of the London 2012 experience, but to show the town's support for those that will represent the town in London.
Having watched the Relay weave its way through the UK on TV, thousands turned out and lined the streets of Chesterfield to watch the iconic symbol of the Olympic Games carried through town by a number of torch bearers... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Olympic Torch Relay Gallery - As It Happens!
Friday 29th June 2012 With our roving reporters out and about in town today ready for the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay, we will dedicate the Gallery page to a display of images as they happen and videos as we get them, along with as many text updates as we can.
We are travelling on the official bus and will be at the Town Hall as the Torch Bearers pass through town.
If you would like to send your own pics in to include - send them via email to email@example.com - or if it's a video... READ MORE...
LSG Industrials Acquires Oswald Record
Thursday 28th June 2012 The Chesterfield Post has learned that one locally established company is aiming for more growth and employment opportunities after being the subject of a buyout.
LSG Industrials (LSGI), an industrial investment group, has announced it has acquired 100% of Oswald Record, a nationwide construction plant sales and services company based on Whittington Way in Chesterfield after the retirement of its Director of 11 years, Anthony Record. The family run company has been a familiar name in the town for over 6 decades, after being incorporated in 1949.
Following LSGI's acquisition, Oswald Record, which has five depots across the UK including its Chesterfield Head Office, will be able to grow its well-established business further by increasing profitability and expanding its customer base nationally. READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Chance To Shine - Torch Bearer Shaun Morley
Wednesday 27th June 2012 The second in our series of Torch Bearer stories from the lucky ones chosen to take part in The Olympic Torch Relay through Chesterfield.
This time, we hear about a serving police officer, born and bred in Chesterfield, now living in Dronfield, who admits he will be emotional when he parades the Olympic torch through the streets of his home town on Friday.
Shaun Morley is a Superintendant with South Yorkshire Police and will complete a leg on the Chesterfield route after being nominated by colleagues. READ MORE...
Olympic Torch Proves A Traffic Stopper With Bus Disruptions
Wednesday 27th June 2012 This Friday a moment of history will take place as a piece of the Olympic games comes to Chesterfield.
Thousands are expected to line the streets of town to see the Olympic Torch pass through. We have heard this morning that, due to the Relay's arrival on Friday, some bus services may be disrupted and times changed.
We have listed the expected changes to routes as we have them but please be aware this may be subject to change and travel may be delayed throughout the duration of the Torch's journey through the town streets. READ MORE...
Royal Visitor Supports International Trade In Chesterfield
Wednesday 27th June 2012 HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, paid a visit yesterday to the offices of a thriving local business and one which enjoys a strong reputation in international circles.
The UK's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment was welcomed to Cathelco, situated at Dunston, by His Worship the Mayor Cllr Donald Parsons and his wife Diane who then shared lunch and a tour of the business.
Cathelco was formed over 50 years ago in Chesterfield and currently employs 100 people in the town, also having 40 agents at ports throughout the world. It moved into the new purpose built factory 3 years ago, in 2009. The company leads the world in the design and manufacturer of equipment for ships and offshore installations.
Going For Gold In Chesterfield
Wednesday 27th June 2012 To mark the London 2012 games and the visit of the Olympic Torch Relay, Chesterfield Museum is celebrating the town's international sporting success stories and heroes, past and present.
Fourteen local sports men and women feature in the presentation now on show, all of whom have competed at an international level.
Chesterfield people have represented their country in a wide range of sports from billiards to free style skiing, speedway to darts. The earliest sportsman featured is Whittington born Jeb Gascoyne, who held a cycling world record... READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Chance To Shine - With Torch Bearer Kate Lord
Tuesday 26th June 2012 There are now just 4 days until Chesterfield hosts it's leg of the Olympic Torch Relay.
Friday lunchtime will see the arrival of the iconic symbol of the competiton which is travelling the UK to represent the principles of the Games - Peace, Unity and Friendship.
Lit from the sun's rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the ancient Games, it has now completed it's journey to the host country and will soon take pride of place... READ MORE...
The Olympic Torch Leads The Way Across Chesterfield
Tuesday 26th June 2012 On Friday 29th June, the Olympic Torch relay is expected to arrive into Chesterfield from Calow at Hady Hill from 12.46pm and will then travel up to St Mary’s Gate, along Church Way and Knifesmithgate to Rose Hill and then down Clarence Road to West Bars.
It then continues along Chatsworth Road and heads up to the top of Walton Road where it turns along Matlock Road and leaves the Borough on its next leg to Matlock at around 1.30pm.
Traffic disruption will be kept to a minimum... READ MORE...
TV Puts The 'Hest' In Chesterfield
Tuesday 26th June 2012 Life tasted sweet yesterday in Chesterfield after crowds turned out to see award winning chef and writer Heston Blumenthal who was visiting the town.
Sadly we are unable to publish pictures of his trip due to the broadcasting embargo ahead of the Channel 4 programme, but producers of the as yet untitled show, must have been pleased with the numbers of locals who flocked to Eastwood Hall with their edible creations.
All ages and both genders had embraced the concept... READ MORE...
New Trebor History Gives Nostalgia Feast & Business Insight
Tuesday 26th June 2012 A newly released book will celebrate the history of one of the biggest and most recognisable factories in Chesterfield.
Written by Matthew Crampton and published by Muddler Books, the new business history volume tells the story of Trebor, a family sweet firm which became Britain's largest sugar confectioner.
"Britain's industry once rose on the back of family firms like Trebor - plucky, private ventures that punched above their weight. The smart paternalism of its owners contrasts strongly with the bland short-termism of today..." READ MORE...
Father's Win Gold At Ashover
Friday 22nd June 2012 The starting gun may not yet have been fired in the first event of the 2012 Olympics, but several men in Ashover have already been awarded medals they will treasure far more than any they might have won during the world games.
On Fathers' Day last weekend, they received red-ribboned medals from their children engraved with the words "The world's best daddy".
The presentations were made during a special 'Daddies Breakfast' in the village's Bassett Rooms arranged by some of the youngest members... READ MORE...
Sweets Get The 'Hest' Factor In Chesterfield
Thursday 21st June 2012 If you’re like me and have an extra tooth just for sweets, then please read on.
Award Winning Chef and TV personality Heston Blumenthal is coming to Chesterfield on Monday (25th June) and needs your help, and your creative ideas.
He is currently filming for a Channel 4 series and is searching for any members of the Chesterfield community who have a secret yearning, or simply fancy having a go, at inventing a brand new sweet! Heston is keen to get the members of the community to have a go at designing and making a weird and wacky sweet... READ MORE...
Ice Cream Vans, Owls And Families - Life In The Away End
Thursday 21st June 2012 We have all experienced situations in life and thought, 'gosh, I could write a book about that', and now one Chesterfield fan has done just that.
Dean Mansell's book, 'The Away End', is out today in print (though it has been available on Kindle for two weeks) and features a collection of humorous and humbling stories from fans about their 'away day' experiences. Renowned local journalist Alan Biggs has written the foreword.
Born and brought up in Chesterfield, and a life long Spireite... READ MORE...
A Huge Help For Our Heroes
Thursday 21st June 2012 A national charity says it's overwhelmed by the generosity of people after £10,000 was raised in just one evening for the cause.
Lynn Jones, from Chesterfield, organised the Black Tie event at the Casa to raise funds for Help For Heroes. She had hoped to raise £5,000 towards helping personnel injured in conflict, and their families, but was astonished to see the final total reach more than double that.
Local businesses were a huge help in raising the funds and raffle prizes included: Hire of a private villa with a pool in Cyprus; an Apple iMac... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Canal Festival Ready To Go
Wednesday 20th June 2012
The new Staveley Canal Basin will be on show when The Chesterfield Canal Festival takes place on 30th June and 1st July.
The Festival will be open from 10am to 5pm each day. It will be formally opened by His Grace the Duke of Devonshire. Admission will be £3, free for under 12s.
Amongst a host of attractions, the Chesterfield Canal Trust will be running all three of its tripboats. Hollingwood trips can be booked in advance by ringing 01246 477569. Fares are £5, or £3 for concessions. READ MORE...
Carers Week 2012 Theme Is 'In Sickness And In Health'
Tuesday 19th June 2012 Carers Week highlights the vital contribution made by Carers to their families and communities in providing unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
By providing unpaid care for someone they know who is ill, frail or disabled, Carers save the economy an incredible £119 billion per year - that's the same cost as running the NHS. Despite this - and the fact that 3 in 5 people will be Carers at some point in their lives - Carers often face a lack of recognition in all areas of their lives.
The theme for Carers Week 2012 is 'In Sickness and in Health'. READ MORE...
Fracking Protesters Lay Siege To Drill Rig
Monday 18th June 2012 We have heard this morning that a local firm has had equipment blockaded by a protest group after it says that severe energy extraction is damaging the ecosystem.
Twenty people from anti-fracking group, Frack Off, are currently blockading Cuadrilla Resource's drilling rig at its pound in Chesterfield. They descended on the site early this morning and locked themselves to the gates, preventing the rig from moving to its frack site in Lancashire. The group says that the UK fracker is preparing to re-commence drilling in July.
PR Marriot, a Cuadrilla contractor, owns the site. When not drilling the rig is maintained at the site. The people locked onto the gate say they intend to block work as long as possible. READ MORE...
Major Sewer Improvements In Bolsover Completed
Monday 18th June 2012 Residents and businesses in Bolsover have been thanked for their patience and cooperation after vital sewer improvements were completed in the town centre.
Yorkshire Water has completed work to upgrade over 450 metres of the sewer network to improve its structural reliability and reduce the risk of sewage pollution ever entering the River Doe Lea.
Work started in October 2011 and staff have now left the site on Station Road despite a number of operational challenges along the way. READ MORE...
Boost Your Bones To Avoid Hidden Dangers Of Falls
Monday 18th June 2012 Advice to elderly people to improve muscle strength and balance and avoid serious injury or death from falls is being issued by NHS Derbyshire County ahead of Falls Awareness Week.
Injuries from falls are the most common cause of death in people aged over 75 in the United Kingdom.
They also have a devastating impact on older people's lives - destroying confidence, taking away much-valued independence and causing loss of mobility. Last year the number of people being admitted to hospital in Derbyshire as a result of a fall cost NHS Derbyshire County over £10 million. READ MORE...
New Farm Shop Opens At Kelstedge
Monday 18th June 2012 The brand new Marsh Green Farm Shop, store and café at Kelstedge was officially opened on Tuesday 12th June by Lord Edward Manners of Haddon Hall.
Following the conversion of some of the old farm buildings at what was once Bungalow Farm on Matlock Road, the shop is now open for the sale of local produce including meat, vegetables and other groceries. There is also a new delicatessen selling home produced pies, cheeses, cakes, wines and beers.
Also on site is a new rambler's cafe with an outside patio area... READ MORE...
NHS Staff In Step For Workout At Work Day
Monday 18th June 2012 Healthcare staff at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust are being encouraged to think about their own health and wellbeing for national Workout At Work Day - Tuesday 19th June.
A series of Nordic Walking taster sessions are being offered free to the Trust's staff across the county - with events planned by the in-house Occupational Health Team at Ilkeston, Clay Cross, St Oswald's (Ashbourne), Whitworth, Walton (Chesterfield) and Newholme (Bakewell) Hospitals.
Workout At Work Day - organised nationally by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists - aims to highlight the benefits of having healthy and physically active staff and to encourage individuals to find time to adopt healthy habits at work. READ MORE...
Running For Lives In Chesterfield
Sunday 17th June 2012 It felt like all of Chesterfield had its running shoes on today as thousands took part in charity races, both in the town centre and at the B2net stadium.
Thankfully, after days of grim weather competitors woke to blue sky and little wind, which would no doubt have helped calm nerves. The b2net hosted its annual 5k run - organised by Chesterfield FC's Community Trust and North Derbyshire Running Club.
Once again hundreds turned up... READ MORE...
Northern Gateway - Hundreds Flock To Public Consultations
Sunday 17th June 2012 After plans were unveiled earlier this week for the £50 million Northern Gateway development in Chesterfield, developers say the public consultation over the last few days has been a huge success.
They say that over 500 people have dropped in to the Pavements shopping centre and have engaged with the companies behind the project, with the feedback being "overwhelmingly positive".
The Chesterfield Post also went along on Saturday morning and spoke with the Architect behind the development and town residents. READ MORE...
Local Beauty Has A National Purpose
Friday 15th June 2012 A dream is about to come true for one local girl, as she prepares to take her place in the final of Miss England next weekend in London.
Rachael Foster is 22, and a supply teacher at Tapton Secondary School. A personable, bright and articulate girl, at the end of the month she will compete against 49 other girls for the coveted crown and the chance to represent her country on the world stage.
Having beaten off nearly 20,000 other girls for the opportunity, and the only girl to get through from the area, Rachael told The Chesterfield Post ... READ MORE...
24 Hour Wildlife Extravaganza At The Avenue Washlands
Tuesday 12th June 2012 Around 18 months ago, a group of volunteers from The Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire Wildlife Trust had an idea. What would it be like to spend 24 hours on their local nature reserve in celebration of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's 50th Anniversary?
This idea quickly grew into an event not only for the volunteers but for all the local community and, any one from the Derbyshire area interested in natural history.
After contacting some of Derbyshire's wildlife groups and local experts, it was clear that everyone thought it would make a great event... READ MORE...
'CHART' To Bow Out After 20 Years
Tuesday 12th June 2012 A partnership that has brought millions of pounds of investment to North East Derbyshire is to be wound down.
At its meeting on 1st June, the Board members of the CHART Local Strategic Partnership agreed that although it has been very successful, a number of other local and regional partnerships have developed that are better able to respond to the new challenges and opportunities facing the area. As a result the partnership will come to an end on 30th September 2012.
CHART - the Chesterfield Area Regeneration Team... READ MORE...
Work Continues To Reduce Flooding In North Wingfield
Tuesday 12th June 2012 Residents have been praised for their patience by Yorkshire Water as the company has announced it is making good progress on its £2 million project to reduce sewer flooding in the village of North Wingfield, near Chesterfield.
Since December 2011, engineering specialists BarhaleWSP have been working with the company to improve the capacity and reliability of the sewer network to reduce the risk of local homes flooding.
In addition, two large storage tanks will be constructed... READ MORE...
A Sweet Surprise In Honour Of Sir Elton
Tuesday 12th June 2012 In honour of the visit by Sir Elton John to Chesterfield, two local retailers showcased home grown talent by providing edible Elton John pianos for the VIP guests at the event.
Jacksons award winning bakery of Chesterfield, supplier of the Spireites famous match day pies, produced a monster sponge cake in the shape of a giant grand piano, which was then cut up and devoured by revellers at the after-show party in the hospitality areas of the B2net Stadium.
Chocolate by Design of Packers Row, Chesterfield, also... READ MORE...
Bolsover Recyclers Aren't Rubbish
Tuesday 12th June 2012
Whether it's getting rid of that old mattress or settee, or simply clearing out a few bags of your old clothes, most of us are familiar with our local Household Waste Recycling Centre - but do we really know what goes on behind the scenes or give a second thought to what becomes all our old stuff?
To mark National Recycle Week (June 18th to 24th) we have dug behind the scenes at Bolsover Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) to find out why one man's junk really is someone else's treasure. READ MORE...
Export Leader Welcomes Boost In Local Overseas Sales
Monday 11th June 2012 Despite the tricky economic climate it seems that local businesses throughout our region are continuing to hold their own abroad.
Export expert for the East Midlands, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Regional Director Peter Hogarth, today welcomed the news that East Midlands exports hit £4.6 billion for the first three months of 2012, lower than the last quarter but £155 million higher than this time last year. The total for the year ending March 2012 at £17.8 billion almost achieved the region’s highest ever value of exports in any previous twelve month period. READ MORE...
I'm Still Standing After Sir Elton Rocks Chesterfield
Sunday 10th June 2012 It was THE event of the year in Chesterfield, over twelve months in the making and the result of much planning, preparation and purpose.
No one we spoke to in the run up to it could quite believe it was happening and, most walking into the stadium on Saturday night, expressed a sense of shocked delight to see the change in the venue in 5 short days.
However, anyone planning to venture to the b2net last night would have been forgiven for thinking that 'Wet Wet Wet' may have been a more appropriate... READ MORE...
Poundworld Opens Second Store In Chesterfield
Thursday 7th June 2012 In the current economic climate we all like a bargain and, with that in mind, family-owned single price retailer Poundworld has announced the opening of its new store in Chesterfield which will create 30 new retail jobs for the town.
Officially opening to the public at 10am on Friday 8th June, the new Poundworld store at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre will help cost conscious shoppers beat the recession by offering a 'value' alternative to other high street retailers.
With massive savings on leading brands... READ MORE...
Thank You - No 1...
Wednesday 6th June 2012 One of the UK's biggest national children’s charities has contacted The Chesterfield Post to thank Chesterfield residents for its support.
The letter, from Childline, says that volunteer workers in Chesterfield and the work they do is much appreciated by the organisation and reads as follows...
Dear Editor, This week is National Volunteers' Week (1-7 June) and as such, we would like to take the opportunity via your newspaper to publicly thank all those in the Chesterfield area who generously give up their time to volunteer for ChildLine... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Wins Bronze At 2012 VisitEngland Awards
Wednesday 6th June 2012 Chesterfield's Visitor Information Centre (VIC) has won a Bronze Award in the 'Visitor Information Provider of the Year' category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012 Ceremony.
The Bronze Award is a great achievement and recognises Excellence in Tourism in England. Staff from the VIC were presented with their Bronze Award at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 22nd May 2012 at Athena, an art deco gem located in the heart of Leicester's cultural quarter. Councillor Ken Huckle, Assistant Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at Chesterfield Borough Council said: "We were thrilled to achieve a bronze award..." READ MORE...
Derbyshire's 'Dambusters' Deploy To Afghanistan
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 Three RAF servicemen from Derbyshire are currently deployed on their second operational tour of duty in Afghanistan with the Royal Air Force.
Flight Lieutenant Allan Whitehead, 30, Corporal Mark Page, 36 and Senior Aircraftsman Ben Cook, 25, all serve on the legendary 617 "Dambusters" Sqn based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland.
Famous for carrying out the raids on the dams of the Ruhr Valley during WWII, 617 Sqn now operates a fleet of Tornado GR4 ground attack... READ MORE...
Five Pits Trail Amongst Britain's Best
Friday 18th May 2012 A greenway trail maintained by Derbyshire County Council has been praised for its pleasant wildlife and woodland setting after being voted one of Britain's best bike rides.
The Five Pits Trail, which runs from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf Ponds, has been voted one of the top trails in Britain by The Guardian and The Observer newspapers and Sustrans charity.
Mainly following the route of the old Great Central Railway, the five and a half mile greenway has plenty of information boards along the way... READ MORE...
Special Diamond Jubilee Flavour For Chesterfield In Bloom
Wednesday 2nd May 2012 Flowerbeds everywhere should be well watered by now and with that in mind, budding gardeners are once again invited to enter the town's popular 'Chesterfield in Bloom' competition.
The race is on to find the Borough's very best front and back gardens, allotments, containers and hanging baskets. Each year residents, schools and businesses enter in the hope of clinching one of the 14 award categories for recognition of their gardening skills.
There is one subtle difference for this special year though... READ MORE...
The 'Fab Four' Visit Barrow Hill
Monday 23rd April 2012
No, The Beatles weren't in town - but the historic Barrow Hill Roundhouse museum, the only surviving operational Roundhouse in the UK, hosted a highly successful Steam Loco event over the weekend of the 13th - 15th April 2012.
Over 6,000 people attended and were able to enjoy the sights and sounds of over 10 Steam Locomotives in action. The undoubted highlight of the gala was a line up of the 'Fab four' - four famous LNER Steam Engines which included resident A2 'Blue Peter' and first time visitor, class A4 no.4464 'Bittern'. READ MORE...
Canal Trust Thrilled With Waterside Funding Announcement
Wednesday 18th April 2012 We reported yesterday on the grant which has seen over £2 million awarded by Sheffield's LEP to Chesterfield's flagship Waterside regeneration project - and this has been welcomed today by one local conservation group which will now work closely with developers to restore a major waterway through the complex.
Rod Auton, spokesman for The Chesterfield Canal Trust, told The Chesterfield Post earlier that they were delighted with the news, and that funding given to enable the development of the 25 hectare site to go ahead would not only benefit the area, but would breathe life into the Canal network. READ MORE...
LEP Approves £2.4m Fund For Chesterfield Waterside
Tuesday 17th April 2012 It's been announced today that one of Chesterfield's flagship restoration projects has received a huge cash boost.
The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board has said that it has approved £2.4m funding from its Growing Places Fund for the Chesterfield Waterside development.
Chesterfield Waterside will take a largely vacant edge of town centre waterside site and create a vibrant new environment of buildings and open spaces. This will be home to a thriving new community of businesses and residents and will become a major attraction for visitors. READ MORE...
Hudsons - The End Of A Chesterfield Icon
Saturday 14th April 2012 Today will see one of Chesterfield's iconic stores close it's doors for the last time as it ceases trading after 105 years on the High Street.
Anyone who thinks of music in Chesterfield will immediately see the familiar clef logo of Hudson's and the family owned business that has brought music to many generations of families.
Most of us will remember the first vinyl we ever bought from there, and any of us of a certain age will remember going into town of a weekend to buy the new cassette released by the flavour of that particular month. READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Revamped Visitor Centre Nominated As Finalist
Wednesday 11th April 2012 It's been announced by the Council today that Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre has been named as a finalist in the Visitor Services category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012.
As a finalist, the Centre now goes forward to the glittering Awards Ceremony which is being held on 22nd May 2012 at Athena, an art deco gem located in the heart of Leicester's cultural quarter.
Chesterfield Information Centre will have to wait until then... READ MORE...
Chapel Rises From The Helmand Dust
Wednesday 29th February 2012 Soldiers from Chesterfield, serving in Afghanistan, have been amongst those instrumental in creating a monument which will offer support and hope to service personnel spending time away from their families.
One of Father David Smith's dreams was to see a church arise from the Helmand dust during his tour in Afghanistan, yet he did not imagine that his wish would come true but, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (2 MERCIAN) mustered up talents in all shapes and sizes to design, build and decorate a 'Swiss style' log cabin Chapel which quickly won admirers... READ MORE...
Lancers Capture Chesterfield Town's Highest Honour
Sunday 12th February 2012 A regiment with close links to Chesterfield was given the highest accolade the town can bestow on Friday night at a special council meeting attended by servicemen, their families and local dignitaries.
The 9th /12th Lancers (Prince of Wales') were granted Freedom of Entry To The Borough in recognition of their close links with the town and the number of new recruits who come from the town.
Welcomed by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Peter Barr, Major General James Short and Lieutenant Colonel William Fooks from the Regiment... READ MORE...
Legend Gordon Banks Talks Spireites, '66, Wembley And Pele
Tuesday 7th February 2012 Say the name 'Gordon Banks' and most people will think of the 1966 World Cup Finals or THAT goal which he saved from Pele, 4 years later in Mexico.
His illustrious football career though began in Chesterfield at Saltergate, 57 years ago and continued, through the ranks, via Leicester and Stoke. His England career spanned 9 years and earned him 73 caps.
Ahead of Spireites' JPT Wembley trip, a place Gordon knew well and, as Saltergate prepares to be demolished, we spoke with the Legend... READ MORE & AUDIO...
'Freedom Of Entry' Granted To 9th/12th Royal Lancers
Friday 3rd February 2012 The 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales') Regiment is to receive The Freedom of Entry to the Borough in recognition of the Regiment's importance in the region and its close association with the Borough of Chesterfield.
The honour will be granted at a Special Council meeting at Chesterfield's Town Hall on Friday 10th February at 6.30pm.
Cllr Peter Barr, Mayor of Chesterfield said: "The Freedom of Entry to the Borough is a very special honour and is rightly given to a Regiment..." READ MORE...
First Narrowboat On New Staveley Canal Basin
Monday 23rd January 2012 Dozens of delighted spectators welcomed the John Varley onto Staveley Town Basin on Friday. It was the first canal boat onto the new basin. In fact it was the first canal boat on this stretch for over fifty years.
The canal had been derelict for years and then open cast mining had taken place on the site. It was partly recovered when the new Staveley Relief Road was completed two years ago. Over the last eleven months, contractors have been building the basin itself.
For years, the Chesterfield Canal Trust's volunteer Work Party... READ MORE...
Coroner Rules On Chesterfield Mum Who Died In Wales
Thursday 12th January 2012 A North Wales Coroner has ruled that a Chesterfield woman, on holiday with her family, died after suffering what he termed 'classic' carbon monoxide poisoning, during her inquest today.
Tracey Screen, died after being overcome by fumes from a barbeque, placed in the central area of the tent to maintain warmth.
Her husband Benjamin Screen told the inquest his wife's death had left a "big hole" in their lives. He explained that the BBQ had been lit at approx 17.00 hrs and a meal cooked. READ MORE...
Pride Of Chesterfield Take To The Streets
Monday 28th November 2011
The horrors of war experienced by 200 brave men were forgotten for a short while today as the 9/12th Lancers marched through Chesterfield this morning on a Homecoming Parade after their six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The day was the chance for the town to show their support and appreciation for the Regiment which has strong connections to Chesterfield and, people lined the streets in their thousands to pay tribute to the soldiers and their endeavours in the war torn country. READ MORE...
Monday's 9/12th Royal Lancers Parade Through Chesterfield
Monday 28th November 2011 Today will see an opportunity for people in Chesterfield to show their support for soldiers from the 9/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) as the Regiment parades through the town to mark their return from Afghanistan.
All residents of the town are invited to line the route to watch around 200 soldiers from the Regiment march from Rose Hill through the town.
Accompanied by The Light Cavalry Band, the soldiers will step off from Rose Hill at 11:00hrs... READ MORE...
Victoria Pendleton Backs Schools To Switch On And Switch Off
Wednesday 16th November 2011 Over 4,000 schools pledge to save energy with EDF Energy's schools programme the Pod.
Olympic Gold Medallist, Cyclist Victoria Pendleton is backing the efforts of record numbers of schools as they switch on to switching off.
Switch Off Fortnight has been organised by EDF Energy's schools programme the Pod to encourage schools to reduce their energy consumption. So far, 78 schools in Derbyshire have signed up for the campaign, which runs from Monday November 21st to December 4th. READ MORE...
Chesterfield To Welcome Home The 9th / 12th Lancers
Wednesday 2nd November 2011 The people of Chesterfield have been invited to show their support to soldiers from the 9th / 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) later this month, when the Regiment parades through the town to mark their return from Afghanistan.
Everyone is welcome to line the route on Monday, 28th November, when around 200 soldiers from the Regiment will march from Rose Hill through the town.
Accompanied by The Light Cavalry Band, the soldiers will step off from Rose Hill at 1100 Hours! READ MORE...
Chesterfield Soldiers Police Main Route In Helmand
Thursday 15th September 2011 It's been revealed today that four soldiers from Chesterfield are coming to the end of a six-month tour in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Christopher Hancock (21), Trooper Mark Russell (23), Trooper John Shelton (20), Trooper Sam Smedley (20) are all serving with A Squadron of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers in Helmand Province.
Since arriving in April, their job has been to help the Afghan National Security Forces provide security on Highway 1, the main route running through Helmand. An important road which links major cities, it is often targeted... READ MORE...