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Police Appeal After Collision Involving Two Lorries On The M1

Police Appeal After Collision Involving Two Lorries On The M1Saturday 19th April 2014
At around 4:55am yesterday (Friday 18th April), a road traffic collision occured on the M1 motorway, southbound at Blackwell, Derbyshire, south of Tibshelf services.

The collison involved two articulated heavy goods vehicles, one running into the rear of the other within the road works controlled area.

As a result, one of the drivers sustained serious injuries and is undergoing treatment at Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. READ MORE...

Staveley MWFC To Form Committee To Help With Expansion

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

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

Pubs 80 Hour Closure For Selling Alcohol To Underage Teens

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

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

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

Spireites Badges Raise Funds For Ashgate Hospice

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

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

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

Next Transformed And Re-Opened In Chesterfield

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

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

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

Chesterfield Marathon Offer To Sheffield Half Marathon Runners

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

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

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

Chesterfield College Sponsor Party At The Proact

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

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

Man Charged With Making Racist Comment In Chesterfield

Man Charged With Making Racist Comment In ChesterfieldWednesday 16th April 2014

A man is to appear before magistrates charged with making a racist comment to a retail worker in Chesterfield.

He is accused of shouting a racially abusive name at the victim during the incident at the Boots store on Low Pavement at around 3.30pm on Saturday, April 5th.

The 21-year-old is due to appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates' Court in Chesterfield on Tuesday, May 13th.

College Fights Against Apprenticeship Reforms

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

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

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

Voluntary Organisations Move To The Town Hall

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

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

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

Decisions Made About County's Primary School Places

Decisions Made About County's Primary School PlacesWednesday 16th April 2014 Parents who have applied to Derbyshire County Council for a primary school place for their child will soon know the outcome.

The authority will make offers of places to 11,134 Derbyshire children today, Wednesday, 16th April.

Of those who applied by the closing date for infant places 93.1% will be offered their first choice, while 98.2% will get one of their top three preferences.

For junior school places almost 97.6% of parents will get their first... READ MORE...

Recorded Crime Rates In Derbyshire Rise

Recorded Crime Rates In Derbyshire RiseTuesday 15th April 2014 Recorded crime in Derbyshire has risen for the first time in ten years but crime rates are still significantly lower than they were two years ago.

The latest statistics, which reveal the end-of-year figures for the force, show that recorded crime rose by two per cent in 2013/14 compared to April to March 2012/13; an increase of 1,094 offences.

Although the number of offences reported by the public increased, there were still 15 per cent fewer than there were two years ago. READ MORE...

Award For Chesterfield Newcomer To Property Care Industry

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

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

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

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

Fatal Crash Injuries Prompt Police Appeal

Fatal Crash Injuries Prompt Police AppealMonday 14th April 2014
Derbyshire Police have issued an appeal for information after a motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries following an accident.

At about 4:10pm on Saturday 12th April, 2014, the rider of a black road bike was in collision with a dry stone wall at the bottom of Winnats Pass, just prior to the Speedwell Cavern. As a result of the collision the female rider suffered fatal injuries. 

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the police on 101, the non-emergency number.

Make Sure You Are Ready To Vote In The Euro Elections

Make Sure You Are Ready To Vote In The Euro ElectionsMonday 14th April 2014 Chesterfield residents are reminded to make sure they are registered to vote in the elections to the European Parliament.

The vote takes place on Thursday 22nd May and Chesterfield Borough Council is urging voters to make sure they are registered to vote in time.

Residents who are 18 and over and live in the borough should be included on the electoral register, although they will need to re-register if they move to a new address.

Huw Bowen, Chesterfield Borough Council's returning officer... READ MORE...

Attestation Ceremony For Fourteen New 'Specials'

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

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

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

Term-Time School Photographer/Sales Rep In North Derbyshire

Term-Time School Photographer/Sales Rep In North DerbyshireMonday 14th April 2014 Tempest Photography require a School Term-Time Photographer/Sales Representative to work in North Derbyshire.

The successful applicant will photograph and develop further business through canvassing during the school term. The position will only be offered on completion of a DBS.

For info pack (must be returned by 29th April), email M.Stevens@htempest.co.uk quoting Sch-JR or write (phone enquiries cannot be taken) to: Sales Director,
H Tempest Ltd (Sch-JR), The Colour Laboratory, St Ives, TR26 3HU.

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

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

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

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

Stagecoach Supporting Passengers With Hidden Disabilities

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

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

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

Derbyshire Police Take Part In Crackdown On Rogue Traders

Derbyshire Police Take Part In Crackdown On Rogue TradersFriday 11th April 2014 Police in Derbyshire have been taking part in a national campaign to target rogue traders and doorstep sellers.

Officers from across the county joined forces with Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council's Trading Standards teams and the Environment Agency, in a day of action to try and identify any rogue traders that might be working in the area.

Roving patrols, which were based from Derby, Ilkeston, Chesterfield and Buxton covered the county and city on Wednesday, April 7th. They dedicated their day to attending incidents of any suspicious activity, speaking to anyone... READ MORE...

Young Local Skater Invited To International Training Camp

Young Local Skater Invited To International Training CampFriday 11th April 2014 Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
Two talented young iceSheffield ice skaters have been invited to a high-profile international training camp in Germany.

Ice dance duo Lucy Hancock, 11, and Sam Lawrence, 14, from Chesterfield, have progressed through the Learn to Skate programme at iceSheffield.

They are now preparing to spend ten days at the specialist training camp in Oberstdorf where they will be coached by some of the world's elite and skate alongside top couples in their age category from all over the globe. READ MORE...

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

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

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

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

Concerns Aired About Local Medical Group At Public Meeting

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

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

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

This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (11th - 17th April)Thursday 10th April 2014

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

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

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Work To Develop The Next Stage Of Staveley Basin Underway

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

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

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

Thefts From Vehicles On The Rise

Thefts From Vehicles On The RiseThursday 10th April 2014 A spate of power tool thefts from vehicles has prompted North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership (NEDCSP) to warn people of the dangers of leaving expensive equipment in their vehicles.

The thefts, mainly from vans, generally happen overnight and thieves target unlocked vehicles, but reports have also been received of thefts during the daytime when workmen are parked up at jobs.

Theft from motor vehicles is a common crime that occurs when the warmer weather arrives, according to the partnership. In addition to keeping... READ MORE...

Local Woman Gets Cooking Tips From Celebrity Chef

Local Woman Gets Cooking Tips From Celebrity ChefThursday 10th April 2014

Veronica Prunty from Chesterfield spent the day with celebrity chef James Martin on Friday, March 21st, at an exclusive cooking master class, after winning a competition ran by Vintage Inns during British Pie Week.

The country pub brand ran the competition on its social media channels and asked pie fans to send in pictures of themselves, tucking into a Vintage Inn pie over British Pie Week (March 3rd - 9th 2014). The winners were then chosen at random and invited along to the event held at Aveqia in London. READ MORE...

Leading Doctor Visits Chesterfield's Kids 'n' Cancer HQ

Leading Children's Cancer Doctor Visits Chesterfield's Kids 'n' Cancer HQThursday 10th April 2014 An eminent paediatric physician from Oklahoma visited Chesterfield yesterday, to meet the founder of Kids 'n' Cancer- Mike Hyman - and see for himself the 'behind the scenes' work that goes into supporting families of children needing treatment in the USA.

Proton Therapy
, explained Dr Andrew Chang, Paediatric Radiation Oncologist, means a less invasive treatment for children with some cancers and is not yet widely available in the UK, "I see a lot of patients from all over the world, a great number come from the UK. Mike plays a part in helping these patients come over to see us so, as part of my trip here, I wanted to come by and..." READ MORE & AUDIO...

Suspected Cannabis Plants Found In Brampton House Search

Suspected Cannabis Plants Found In Brampton House SearchWednesday 9th April 2014 More than 50 suspected Cannabis plants have been found by police during a search at a house in Brampton, Chesterfield.

Operational Support Team
officers carried out the warrant on Friday, April 4th on Old Hall Road, with support from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team. Approximately 53 plants were seized during the raid, which was set up following reports of suspicious activity from the local community. A 34-year-old man from Chesterfield was arrested on suspicion of producing Cannabis and is currently on bail pending further enquiries. Anyone with information about illegal drug use or activity, contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cheerleading & Cabaret Performances At Chesterfield Marathon

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

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

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

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

Police Appeal After Harassment Incident In Killamarsh

Police Appeal After Harassment Incident In KillamarshTuesday 8th April 2014 Police are appealing for witnesses to an alleged incident of harassment in Killamarsh on Sunday March 30th.

Officers are investigating reports that a 17-year-old girl and her two friends were subjected to threats and abuse, which culminated in an incident near the leisure centre on Stanley Street in Killamarsh.

At about 8.30pm a man, who is thought to be about 18-years-old, approached the victim who was in her friend's car and threatened to smash the windscreen. He was confronted by some local youths who were concerned by his... READ MORE...

Inspirational Derbyshire Teenager Wins Communication Award

Inspirational Derbyshire Teenager Wins Communication AwardTuesday 8th April 2014 Aidan Baker, aged 18 from Derbyshire, is celebrating after being crowned Young Person of the Year at the 2013/2014 Shine a Light Awards, for the difference he has made to the lives of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The Awards, held in London on Thursday 3rd April and hosted by Broadcaster and Health Campaigner, Anne Diamond, are run by Pearson Assessment in partnership with The Communication Trust, to honour individuals, teams, campaigns, communication friendly settings and communities that have excelled in their support of children and young people’s communication. READ MORE...

Centenarian Gladys Enjoys The Proact VIP Experience

Centenarian Gladys Enjoys The Proact VIP ExperienceTuesday 8th April 2014 Centenarian Gladys Smith, was treated to VIP hospitality at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium on Saturday as she attended a football match for the first time in her life.

Gladys
, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Mother's Day, was thrilled to receive an invitation to attend the Newport match with members of her family, including daughters Pauline and Linda, son Brian and grand-daughters Julie and Jane.

After being given a tour of the stadium, Gladys enjoyed a meal in the Leengate Legends Lounge with her fellow diners, before presenting the... READ MORE...

Crackdown On Blue Badge Misuses Continues County-wide

Crackdown On Blue Badge Misuses Continues CountywideTuesday 8th April 2014
A crackdown on people who are misusing Blue Badges has seen just over 700 checks carried out in four months.

Blue Badges are issued to people with severe mobility problems and a badge holder can display their badge in their car or any vehicle they are travelling in, to park closer to where they need to be, sometimes for free.

Derbyshire County Council processes the Blue Badges and there are currently around 40,000 people across the county who have one. READ MORE...

New Community Police Base For Hasland

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

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

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

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

Take A Stall At Chesterfield's Easter Table Top Market

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

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

Local Rotary Clubs Prepare For St Georges Day Celebrations

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

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

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

Police Appeal Following Distraction Burglary In Grassmoor

Police Appeal Following Distraction Burglary In GrassmoorMonday 7th April 2014 Detectives are appealing for witnesses after cash was stolen from an elderly man during a distraction burglary at a house in Grassmoor.

The 82-year-old answered the door of his home on Mill Lane to two men claiming to be checking the chimney on behalf of the council at around 9am on Friday, April 4th.

The victim allowed the men into his house and one of the men stayed with him in the living room. Police believe the other man then searched the house and stole cash. The men left after around ten minutes. READ MORE...

Fundraising Launched To Support Youngster's Treatment

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

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

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

Spireites' Memorial Garden Fundraising Now In Full Swing

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

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

Mini Roundabout For Hasland

Mini Roundabout For HaslandMonday 7th April 2014 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.

More than 190 people attended two consultation events organised by Derbyshire County Council in December 2013 and January 2014 and gave their comments on new proposals for the village.

The new proposals include: Removing the traffic lights; Putting in a mini-roundabout highlighted in a different coloured surface; Introducing a... READ MORE...

Cycling Legend's New Cycling App Has Peak District In Top 5

Cycling Legend's New Cycling App Has Peak District In Top 5Monday 7th April 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel

A new app from cycling legend Chris Boardman showing his favourite routes, has been launched with the Peak District featuring in the top five rides.

With excitement levels rising ahead of the Tour de France, which comes to Britain in July 2014, Chris Boardman has teamed up with Ordnance Survey to create OS Ride. The easy to use app uses Ordnance Survey's detailed outdoor mapping, enabling cyclists to successfully navigate and track their progress as they ride the routes ridden by Wiggins, Froome, Cavendish and co. READ MORE...

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

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 7th April 2014
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!

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

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

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

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

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

Mercians March Into Town. Chesterfield Salutes It's Heroes

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

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

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

Police Urge Derbyshire Residents To Record Their Property

Police Urge Derbyshire Residents To Record Their Property to help trace stolen itemsThursday 3rd April 2014 Residents in Chesterfield, Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and the Amber Valley are being encouraged to record their property to help police trace items which are stolen.

They are being urged to make a note of any serial numbers, colour and unique markings, and if possible to take photos of any valuable items that are expensive or not easily replaced.

The advice comes as officers tend to see reports of shed burglaries increase during the spring. READ MORE...

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

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

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

Latest Staveley MWFC's Football Camp Dates Announced

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

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

Netherthorpe School Is Bridging The Generation Gap

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

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

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

Water, Water, Everywhere...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police Target Drug Misuse In The Grangewood Area

Police Target Drug Misuse In The Grangewood AreaTuesday 1st April 2014 Police in the Chesterfield area have taken part in an operation to target crime and drug misuse in the Grangewood area.

Officers from the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, together with the Operational Support Team and roads crime unit, took part in the campaign on Monday, March 17th.

Several vehicles were stopped and checked by police on the day, and a number of people stopped and searched. Two people were reported to court for driver document offences. READ MORE...

X-Factor Auditions Arrive In Meadowhall

X-Factor Auditions Arrive In MeadowhallTuesday 1st April 2014 Meadowhall Shopping Centre has been chosen to host the 2014 X Factor auditions as the hit TV talent show returns to Sheffield for the first time since 2007.

The hugely popular ITV show will be holding open auditions in the South Yorkshire Shopping Centre next month as part of a nationwide search for the next X Factor superstar.

With Sheffield home to a vibrant music scene and nurturing top talent from Joe Cocker and The Human League right through to the... READ MORE...

Dig Out Some Change This Weekend!

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

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

County Council Support For Community War Commemorations

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

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

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

Scientists Swap The Class Room For The Great Outdoors

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

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

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

Police Appeal After Robbery In Chesterfield Town Centre

Police Appeal After Robbery In Chesterfield Town CentreMonday 31st March 2014 Police are appealing for information after a 25 year old woman was robbed of her purse as she walked along a footpath, near Chesterfield town centre.

At around 8.20pm on Wednesday, March 26th, a 25-year-old woman was walking along a footpath behind Ravenside Retail Park, which leads to Baden Powell Avenue, when she was approached by a man.

The man threatened the woman and stole her purse before pushing her to the ground and running off. The victim suffered minor injuries. READ MORE...

Thousands Given Away To Shoppers At Local Store

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

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

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

Mother's Day Competitions At Vicar Lane

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

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

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

Man Charged With Begging In Chesterfield Town Centre

Man Charged With Begging In Chesterfield Town CentreThursday 27th March 2014 A man has been charged with two counts of begging in a public place.

Gary Newton,
43, of Rutland Road, Chesterfield, is due to appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court on Friday, April 11th.

The incidents allegedly took place on West Bars and at The Shambles in Chesterfield town centre during February.

Sgt. Nick Booth of the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer... READ MORE...

Wilko In Chesterfield Offers A 'Helping Hand' To Community

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

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

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

Chesterfield Pub Poker Player Secures Vegas 100 Place

Chesterfield Pub Poker Player Secures Vegas 100 PlaceThursday 27th March 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by the CASA Hotel
A pub Poker player from Chesterfield has secured one of the final places on a trip to Las Vegas!

Adrian Fazakerley, of the Dusty Miller pub in Barlborough, won the prize after finishing in the top ten of the 2014 Redtooth Poker Vegas 100 tournament.

More than 200 of the best pub poker players in the country took part in the second National Final at Grosvenor Casino, Sheffield, with the best ten joining 90 other players, who are already heading to America in May after winning... READ MORE...

The Cadillacs Cruise To The Spital Pub On Saturday

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


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

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

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

Missing Pensioner Found Safe And Well

Missing Pensioner Found Safe And WellWednesday 26th March 2014

A happy update after this morning's news that Alec Morris who was reported missing from home last night, Tuesday, March 25th, has now been found safe and well.

Police officers searching for Mr Morris, 81, found him at 1.30am today in Chesterfield town centre.

Officers would like to thank the public for their help.

Chesterfield Police Appeal To Find Missing Pensioner

Police in Chesterfield are appealing for help to find Alec Morris, 81, who went missing from his home in Inkersall yesterday evening, Tuesday, March 25th.Wednesday 26th March 2014 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for help to find Alec Morris, 81, who went missing from his home in Inkersall yesterday evening, Tuesday, March 25th.

Mr Morris was dropped off outside his home on Westwood Drive at 5.50pm but didn't go into the house and has not been seen since. Mr Morris is described as being bald and was wearing a grey coat, grey/blue trousers and blue shoes. His wife and officers are extremely worried for his safety. Officers are appealing to local residents to be on the look-out for Mr Morris and to check sheds and outhouses to see if he is sheltering somewhere. Anyone who has seen Mr Morris should call police on 101.

Children Facing Disruption To Lessons Today

Children Facing Disruption To Lessons TodayWednesday 26th March 2014 Some teachers throughout the area are on strike today over pensions, pay and conditions, meaning that schools in Derbyshire will face some disruption to lessons.

The action comes after the NUT stated that, despite being offered talks by Michael Gove and having participated fully in those talks - they are not happy with the Government's response. A letter sent by Mr Gove to staff and unions yesterday says that he is, "Encouraged by reports of progress so far."

Union bosses say that isn't enough and... READ MORE & SCHOOL LIST...

Police Issue Advice Following Bogus Parking Fines

Police Issue Advice Following Bogus Parking FinesTuesday 25th March 2014 Derbyshire police are urging motorists to remain vigilant following reports of bogus parking fines.

Fraudsters are contacting victims by email claiming that they have to pay a parking fine when they have not been in the area at the time of the incident.

The email contains a suspicious attachment where victims are asked to download a form for making a payment and photographic evidence of the parking incident.

The emails originate from what is a bogus email address at... READ MORE...

Business Sponsors Sought For Spireites Memorial Garden

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

Spireites VW Camper On A Return Wembley Mission

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

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

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

College Principal Trevor Clay Interview On His Retirement

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

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

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

Man Charged With Manslaughter After Altercation In Tibshelf

Man Charged With Manslaughter After Altercation In TibshelfMonday 24th March 2014 A man has been charged with manslaughter after another man died following an altercation near an industrial estate in Tibshelf.

At around 5pm on Friday, March 21st, a fight took place on land near an industrial estate on Sawpit Lane. A 39-year-old man suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital. The man, Jacek Golubek was pronounced dead on the morning of Saturday, March 22nd.

Grzegorz Betleja, 29, of Alfreton Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, has been charged with manslaughter and will appear before magistrates in Chesterfield... READ MORE...

New Charity 'Accessible Derbyshire' Launches

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

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

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

Air Ambulance Called To Mastin Moor Road Collision

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Called To Mastin Moor Road CollisionMonday 24th March 2014 On Saturday 22nd March, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were called out to a road traffic collision in Mastin Moor, Derbyshire, where three people were injured and three cars involved.

DLRAA were called out at approximately 11:20am and landed at the scene at around 11:36am. Each of the patients were assessed for their injuries by the crew and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

One of the patients, a 60-year old man, was still trapped in his... READ MORE...

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

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

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

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

Cambodian Horror Crash Stuns Derbyshire Charity Expedition

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

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

Free School Meals Serve Up Extra Jobs Across Derbyshire

Free School Meals Serve Up Extra Jobs Across DerbyshireFriday 21st March 2014 It's been announced today that an extra 130 catering assistants will be recruited by Derbyshire County Council to help serve free meals to infant school pupils.

Every child in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be entitled to a free lunch from September. At the moment, only families on low incomes qualify.

Across Derbyshire, catering staff dish up 7,570 meals a day to children at infant and primary schools. This will increase by up to 8,000 meals a day under these new proposals and more staff must be drafted in to help. READ MORE...

Local Start-Up Brings Local Transport Firm Big Fuel Savings

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

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

Come Dine With Me Is Back In Chesterfield!

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

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

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

Nearly £3m Pothole Cash 'Not Enough' Says County Council

Nearly £3m Pothole Cash 'Not Enough' Says County CouncilFriday 21st March 2014 Extra cash from the Government to fix Derbyshire's roads has been welcomed by Derbyshire County Council, although it is not enough to mend all the potholes.

The Government announced yesterday, Thursday, 20th March, that Derbyshire will receive £2.946 million to fix potholes caused by the severe wet winter weather.

Councillor Dean Collins, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: "Any extra money is of course to be welcomed, but it is unlikely to be enough to mend all the roads that have been damaged..." READ MORE...

Chesterfield College Principal Announces Decision To Retire

Chesterfield College Principal Announces Decision To RetireThursday 20th March 2014 Chesterfield College Principal, Trevor Clay, has announced his decision to retire at the end of this academic year, after 27 years of working in further and higher education, the last 14 being at the College.

Trevor has seen the College change in a variety of ways over the years, not least the recent shift toward Apprenticeship provision that has seen the College place over 4,500 Apprentices into work since 2009.

Having seen the College through its most recent Ofsted inspection at the end of 2013 which saw it achieve a Good grade with a range of aspects... READ MORE...

Pandora Opens Concept Store In Chesterfield Town Centre

Pandora Opens Concept Store In Chesterfield Town CentreThursday 20th March 2014 Nine jobs have been created in Chesterfield, with the opening of a Pandora store on Low Pavements.

Pandora Chesterfield
will open its doors tomorrow, (Friday 21st March 2014), and says that its new store will showcase Pandora's beautiful new Spring Range; a stunning collection of floral and botanical inspired jewellery, included beautiful new sterling silver and white enamel daisy rings and delicate new butterfly pieces, perfect for the season.

Commenting on the new store, Nigel Simpson... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Painting The Town Blue To Back Chesterfield FC

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

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

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

Local Business Start-Ups Benefit From Free Support Scheme

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

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

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

Council Reduces Size Of Planning Committee

Council Reduces Size Of Planning CommitteeWednesday 19th March 2014 North East Derbyshire District Council is continuing its drive for efficiency, after they agreed to reduce the number of councillors on its Planning Committee from 33 to 18.

The reduction will come into force in May 2014 and will mean the committee will be made up of non-executive members only. The Council received advice from the Local Government Association (LGA) and after comparing similar sized authorities, the Council agreed to reduce the size of its committee.

North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Councillor... READ MORE...

Johnstone's Paint Trophy Tour Fun Arrives In Chesterfield

Johnstone's Paint Trophy Tour Fun In ChesterfieldWednesday 19th March 2014 The countdown to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final intensifies this week as an action-packed Trophy Tour has arrived in Chesterfield ahead of the Wembley spectacle.

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy team have taken to the road to capture all the excitement surrounding Chesterfield and Peterborough United ahead of their big day on Sunday, March 30th.

Fans will have the chance to meet players and other representatives from their clubs, as well as having their picture taken with the coveted... READ MORE...

The Decision On Subsidised Faith School Transport Is Due

Decision On Subsidised Faith School Transport Is DueWednesday 19th March 2014 Subsidised buses to faith schools are under review as Derbyshire County Council tries to save £157m over the next four years.

Reductions in government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the budget for adult social services and vulnerable children, mean the council must rethink the way it delivers services.

It launched a consultation on plans to stop providing discretionary transport for children attending schools preferred on grounds of religion or belief, who do not qualify for free transport. READ MORE...

Young People And Employers Reap Apprenticeship Benefits

Young People And Employers Reap the benefits of  ApprenticeshipsWednesday 19th March 2014 Apprenticeships are a key part of the local economy and Derbyshire County Council is playing its part through support to employers and young people alike.

The council has recently launched web pages which have been designed to enable employers to find out more about the scheme.

Currently the council's Adult Community Education Service is working with the National Apprenticeship Service and helping 100 local employers to recruit apprentices and to train them in a wide variety of skills. READ MORE...

County Council Warns Consumers About 'Copycat' Websites

County Council Warns Consumers About 'Copycat' WebsitesTuesday 18th March 2014 Copycat websites are costing consumers thousands of pounds according to new figures from Derbyshire County Council.

Victims of copycat sites who have complained to council trading standards officers have lost a total of almost £13,000 this year.

The websites offer services from government departments or local government but are not official sites and charge a premium - often with no real benefit to the customer.

An online tax return processing service has cost Derbyshire... READ MORE...

Ashgate Hospice Supported By Sale Of JPT Final Badges

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

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

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

Coach Companies Asked To Call Police Ahead Of Local Derby

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

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

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

Fun Dog Show For Dog Charity At Clowne Town Cricket Club

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

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

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

Chesterfield Pays Tribute To Tony Benn "A Mesmerising Man"

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

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

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

Derbyshire Chief Fire Officer Charged With Rape

Derbyshire Chief Fire Officer Charged With RapeFriday 14th March 2014 It's been revealed this morning that Derbyshire's Chief Fire Officer, Sean Frayne, 47, has been charged with rape.

A statement from Derbyshire police this morning read, "Derbyshire Constabulary can confirm that Sean Frayne has been charged with an offence of rape of a woman (16 years of age and over) under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Mr Frayne of Etwall, was arrested in February 2014, was charged yesterday afternoon, and is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on Monday March 31st, 2014.

The charge relates to an alleged incident in Etwall in..." READ MORE...

Police Appeal After Robbery In Killamarsh

Police Appeal After Robbery In KillamarshFriday 14th March 2014 Police investigating a robbery at a flat in Killamarsh are appealing for information.

Just after 10pm on Sunday, March 9th, three men entered the property, which is above a shop on Bridge Street, through an insecure door and demanded property from the occupant. The victim, a 38-year-old man, refused and ran into another room and held the door closed and called police. The men stole a TV and left. The TV was found discarded nearby a short time later. The men all wore dark clothing and had their faces covered. Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn Dies, Aged 88

Former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn Dies, Aged 88Friday 14th March 2014 Former Labour politician, cabinet minister and Chesterfield MP, Rt Hon Anthony 'Wedgewood' Benn, has died at the age of 88 at his home in West London after a serious illness, he was surrounded by family members.

Tony was MP for Chesterfield from 1984 - 2001.

The area's leaders have been paying tribute to Rt Hon Tony Benn this morning.

In a statement, Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire... READ MORE...

Enterprise Zone Expansion Widens Derbyshire's Appeal

Enterprise Zone Expansion Widens Derbyshire's AppealThursday 13th March 2014 Government plans to expand Markham Vale Enterprise Zone have been welcomed by Derbyshire County Council in the latest move to attract new business and investment to the area.

Another 18 hectares of land on Markham Vale, Derbyshire County Council's flagship regeneration site, have been given enterprise status, bringing benefits for businesses setting up in the area including tax breaks from Government.

Split over two sites, the new areas will form part of the Local Economic Partnership enterprise zone for Sheffield City Region. READ MORE...

Police Seek Information After Arson Attack In Bolsover

olice Seek Information After Arson Attack In BolsoverWednesday 12th March 2014 Police in Bolsover are appealing for information about an arson attack on a garden shed in which furniture and fishing tackle was destroyed.

Just after midnight on Friday, February 28th, the occupants of a house on Nursery Drive woke up to find their shed on fire. They heard a male voice laughing and footsteps but did not see anything. The contents of the shed were destroyed and the heat from the blaze also caused the kitchen window to shatter.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101, the non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A New Approach To Community Pharmacy Launches

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

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

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

New Inspector Takes Over Policing In Chesterfield & Staveley

New Inspector Takes Over Policing In Chesterfield & StaveleyTuesday 11th March 2014 A new Inspector has taken over the lead of policing in the Chesterfield and Staveley areas.

Inspector John Turner took over management of Chesterfield policing section, which covers Chesterfield Borough, on Monday, March 10th.

John joined Derbyshire Constabulary in 1987 and was first posted to Derby City Centre.  He has since served throughout the county with roles in operational support, as a Police Support Unit officer and Search Adviser, on the Football Intelligence Unit and within the Armed Response Unit, working as a... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Solicitor Struck-Off For Falsifying Documents

Chesterfield Solicitor Struck-Off For Falsifying DocumentsMonday 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

Chesterfield Royal Hospital's Maternity Services Praised In National Safety CheckMonday 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

Principal Swaps Desks For Bombardier Apprenticeship RoleMonday 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...

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

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

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

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

Can You help Find Oliver?

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

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

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

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

Businesses Urged To Celebrate Town's Success At Free Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man Gets 6 Years For Sexual Relations With 2 Underage Girls

Man Gets 6 Years For Sexual Relations With 2 Underage GirlsThursday 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

County Council Issue Advice About Scarlet Fever For ParentsThursday 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

County Council Calls For Halt On M1 Speed RestrictionThursday 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

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

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

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

Fancy The Chance To Build Your Own Dream Burger?

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

Council Tax Freeze For North East Derbyshire ResidentsWednesday 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

Extra Staff Brought In To Tackle PotholesWednesday 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

ETF Board At Chesterfield College For Apprenticeships WeekWednesday 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

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

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

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

Up To 30 Further Jobs On The Horizon At Markham

Up To 30 Further Jobs On The Horizon At MarkhamTuesday 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

'Clare's Law' Launch Takes Place TodayMonday 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

Pensioner Denied Chance To Die At Home Beside His BrotherMonday 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

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

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

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

Council Backs Warning About Social Media Drinking 'Game'

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

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

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

'Sold As Seen' Unstone Car Dealer Is Fined

'Sold As Seen' Unstone Car Dealer Is FinedSaturday 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

New Research Shows Chesterfield's Bus Passenger SatisfactionSaturday 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

Wembley Coach Operators Urged To Contact Derbyshire PoliceFriday 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

Chesterfield MP Backs Town MarathonFriday 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

Parents To Be Notified About Secondary School PlacesFriday 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

Budding Beauticians To Raise Funds For Ashgate HospiceFriday 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

Five Men Charged With Affray After Derby Football MatchFriday 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

Woman Charged In Connection With Distraction BurglaryThursday 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

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

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

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

Green Bin Collections Are Due To Start Again

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

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

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

Police Issue CCTV After Alleged Assault In Chesterfield

Police Issue CCTV After Alleged Assault In ChesterfieldWednesday 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

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

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

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

Volunteers Needed For Exciting New Bolsover Castle Project

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

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

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

Forty-Six People Banned By Pub Watch In Chesterfield

Forty-Six People Banned By Pub Watch In ChesterfieldWednesday 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

Matlock Agree Lucrative New Sponsorship With AutoworldWednesday 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

OUTHINC Teenager's Magazine Hits Derbyshire SchoolsWednesday 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

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

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

Police Seek Information After Altercation In Shirebrook

Police Seek Information After Altercation In ShirebrookTuesday 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!

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

Derbyshire Cadet Force Travels To AustriaTuesday 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

Bogus Doorstep Charity Sales Victims Asked To Come Forward by PoliceTuesday 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

Chesterfield Royal Hospital Features In Hit BBC1 Series - Operation Hospital FoodMonday 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

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

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

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

DVLA Wants Swinging Success As TA12 ZAN Goes Up For Sale

DVLA Hopes For Swinging Success As TA12 ZAN Goes Up For SaleMonday 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

Police Appeal After Teenager Is Assaulted In ChesterfieldFriday 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

Ticket Details For Chesterfield FC's JPT Wembley FinalFriday 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

Valentine's Day Proposal And A £5,000 Win For Happy Couple at Mecca ChesterfieldFriday 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

Sixteen New Derbyshire Police Officers Are Sworn InFriday 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)

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.

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Police Appeal After A Serious Assault In Chesterfield Town

Police Appeal After A Serious Assault In Chesterfield Town CentreThursday 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?

What do you think about 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

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

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

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

The Air Ambulance Service Launches 'Power Hour' Appeal

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

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

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

S P Carpentry & Joinery Services

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

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Police Appeal After Land Rover Is Targeted By Car Thieves

Police Appeal After Land Rover Is Targetted By Car ThievesWednesday 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

Rail Disruption Between Chesterfield And Sheffield Expected Until AprilWednesday 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'

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

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

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

Mecca Chesterfield Bangs The Gong For Local Carers

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

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

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

Scrap Metal Dealers Reminded Of New Legislation

Scrap Metal Dealers Reminded Of New LegislationTuesday 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

Police Appeal for Witnesses After Attempted Robbery In BolsoverMonday 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

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

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

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

Vital Centre Expansion Brings Economic Hope To The Area

Vital Centre Expansion Brings Economic Hope To The AreaFriday 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

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

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

New Future For Landmark Chesterfield Building

New Future For Landmark Chesterfield BuildingThursday 13th February 2014 St Helena Centre on Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, currently owned by Derbyshire County Council, is to be taken over by the University of Derby.

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

Derbyshire FRS Outline Proposed New Emergency Response ModelThursday 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

Gale Force Winds Cause Damage Across ChesterfieldThursday 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

Man Pays For Car Damage To Park Grass And Cricket PitchThursday 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

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

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

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

Five Rivers Foster Care Has Arrived In Chesterfield

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

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

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

Major Travel And Train Disruption

Major Travel And Train Disruption TonightWednesday 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

Derbyshire Detectives Seek Information On 1960s Foster HomeWednesday 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

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

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

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

County Council's Plans To Develop Derbyshire's Waterways

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

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

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

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Help With Floods In Other Counties

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Help With Floods In Other CountiesWednesday 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

Two Men Charged After Bookmaker RobberiesTuesday 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

County Council Calls Time On Mental Health DiscriminationTuesday 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

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

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

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

Director Joe Wright Seeks Peter For Upcoming Film 'Pan'

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

Chesterfield Borough Council Looks For Community LeadersMonday 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

Two Local 48 hour Pub Closures For Selling Alcohol To Underage DrinkersMonday 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

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

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

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

Derbyshire's Poet Laureate Talks Town With Local Pupils

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

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

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

Bombardier Contract welcomed By Natascha Engel MP

Bombardier Contract welcomed By Natascha Engel MPThursday 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

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

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

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

Chesterfield Girl Has Beauty And Purpose

Chesterfield Girl Has Beauty And PurposeThursday 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

Elderly Woman Pedestrian Injured By Car In BrimingtonWednesday 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?

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

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

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

Her Majesty The Queen Thanks Hady Primary School Pupils

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

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

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

'On Yer Bike!' Cyclists Wanted To Represent Chesterfield FC

'On Yer Bike!' Cyclists Wanted To Represent Chesterfield FC in a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer UKWednesday 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

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

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

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

New Location & Opening Hours For Chesterfield Post Office

New Location & Opening Hours For Chesterfield Post OfficeTuesday 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'

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

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

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

Work Starts On Empty Properties - But More Are Wanted

Work Starts On Empty Properties - But More Are WantedTuesday 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

New Whittington Primary School Receives UNICEF AwardTuesday 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'?

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

A New Chef, New Menu And New Award For Devonshire ArmsTuesday 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

Appeal For Witnesses After Cyclist Sustains Serious InjuriesMonday 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most Sunbeds Fail Safety Test In County Council Survey

Most Sunbeds Fail Safety Test In County Council SurveyFriday 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

Jobs Saved At Chesterfield ManufacturerFriday 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!

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Man Charged After Alleged Theft Of Test Drive Car

Man Charged After Alleged Theft Of Test Drive CarTuesday 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

Poppy Appeal Total Is Up But Needs A New Wave Of VolunteersTuesday 28th January 2014 It's been announced today that The 2013 Poppy Appeal total for Derbyshire has reached a staggering £647,838.00, already passing the 2012 total with eight months until the year end in September!

Christine Selden, Community Fundraiser said, "The support we receive from the people of Derbyshire is fantastic.

Throughout the economic downturn, their support for our Armed Forces, veterans and their families has been unwavering. I would like to thank everyone involved with the appeal; collectors, counters, organisers and everyone who gave..." READ MORE...

Franke Sissons: More Support For Youth Sport

Franke Sissons: More Support For Youth SportTuesday 28th January 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Franke Sissons has been manufacturing washroom and catering products in Chesterfield for 230 years, this year.


But the Company, which employs over 80 people at its Carrwood Road factory in Chesterfield, is also a keen supporter of youth sport and good causes locally. 

So, when John Mason, a laser programmer with Franke Sissons, suggested Wingerworth Junior Sports Association (WSJA) was in need of new team coats for its Wingerworth Wolves Under 7s squad, the Company agreed... READ MORE...

Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Meeting

Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Kick OffMonday 19th January 2014
A reminder that the meeting to discuss plans for the Chesterfield FC Memorial Gardens takes place this Thursday (30th January) at 7pm in the Leengate Legends Lounge at the Proact Stadium.

Phil Tooley spoke to The Chesterfield Post about just what the memorial means to both the club and the community - and what you can expect to find out at the meeting.

To donate to the fund, you can text the word 'GARD02' (the number zero), to 70070 and state the amount you would like to donate, which... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Did You Cross The Picket Line During The 80s Miners Strikes?

Did You Cross The Picket Line During The 80s Miners Strikes?Monday 27th January 2014

Former coal miners, managers, cokemen and colliery nurses from the 1984-1985 strike, who crossed the NUM picket lines of their colliery, are being encouraged to come forward and share their accounts for an Audio and Photography project looking at those that worked the infamous strike.

Photographer Vanessa Short, who comes from a coal mining family, has embarked on a personal project - 'Other Side of the Line' - documenting those who returned to work before the bitter year long strike ended. READ MORE...

Man Jailed After Burglary In Chesterfield

Man Jailed After Burglary In ChesterfieldMonday 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

Derbyshire, Leicestershirea dn Rutland Air Ambulance Lifts Injured Man To HospitalMonday 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

Half Price Travel Is Smart Move For Local Bus PassengersMonday 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

Wingerworth Residents Invited To Help Set Policing PrioritiesMonday 27th January 2014 Residents in the Wingerworth area have been invited to have a say on their local policing priorities.

The Wingerworth and Rural Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding a meeting at Wingerworth Parish Hall, on New Road, on Wednesday, February 5th at 7pm.

It is an opportunity for local people to meet their local officers and raise issues or concerns, in particular about crime, anti-social behaviour or road safety, for the police and partner organisations to target. READ MORE...

Police Find Body As They Search For Missing Dronfield Man

Police Find Body As They Search For Missing Dronfield Man, Kevin HerbertSaturday 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

Norovirus Hits Royal's Durrant Ward - Visitor AdviceFriday 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

Man Charged With Attempted Robbery In Brimington ShopFriday 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

Derby MRT Join The Search For Missing Dronfield ManFriday 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

Police Appeal After Attempted Robbery At Brimington ShopFriday 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

Major Milestone For The AvenueFriday 24th January 2014
A major milestone in the clean-up of the most polluted site in Western Europe was reached recently when the specially designed plant for removing toxic waste was switched off for the last time.

The Thermal Desorption Unit (TDU), which uses extreme heat, has made over 402,000 tonnes of the most polluted wastes safe and is now being dismantled before starting work in the Netherlands. Work will continue on making the less polluted parts of the site completely safe by composting the soils to allow naturally occurring bacteria to make them safe. READ MORE...

Growing Concern Over Missing Dronfield Man

Growing Concern Over Missing Dronfield ManThursday 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

Derbyshire County Council Set To Consider 1.99% Council Tax RiseWednesday 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

Police Appeal Following Two House Burglaries In StonebroomWednesday 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'

Derbyshire Children Centres encouraged  Centres To Join An Anniversary 'Giant Wiggle' to celebrate the Very Hungry Caterpillar's 45th birthday.Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Derbyshire children centres are being encouraged to celebrate 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar™' anniversary with a 'Giant Wiggle', a Charity fundraiser launched to encourage children to help other children - and get active at the same time!

Leading charity Action for Children is teaming up with The World of Eric Carle™ and encouraging children's centres, nurseries and groups for under-5s in Derbyshire to host a Giant Wiggle event on The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, which is Thursday, 20th March 2014. READ MORE...

Large Pub Fire At Danesmoor

Large Pub Fire At DanesmoorTuesday 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

Police Appeal After Suspected Robbery In Whittington MoorTuesday 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

More Than 7,000 Cigarettes Seized In Joint RaidsSunday 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

Chesterfield Borough Council Marks Holocaust Memorial DaySunday 19th January 2014 Chesterfield residents can pay tribute to victims of the Holocaust by attending an event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

Chesterfield Borough Council is supporting a performance by the professional theatre company, Voices of the Holocaust, which will bring stories from survivors together on Monday 27th January.

The performance takes place at the Donut Creative Arts Studio, Spring Bank Road at 7pm. Demand for places is expected to be high - to book a seat, e-mail eoinfo@chesterfield.gov.uk. READ MORE...

Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Kick Off

Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden Fundraising Kick OffSunday 19th January 2014
The plans for the proposed Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden, due to be built opposite Chester's Den, behind the Spencer's Solicitors Community Stand, will be available for viewing in a specially arranged meeting in the Leengate Legends Lounge on Thursday 30th January.

Starting at 7pm, supporters will be able to take a look at the artists' impressions and learn about the plans for what will be a substantial memorial, where fans can be remembered as well as there being a commemorative area to remember Spireite players and officials killed during the two World Wars. READ MORE...

Police Appeal For Witnesses After Car Stolen In Hollingwood

Police Appeal For Witnesses After Car Stolen In HollingwoodFriday 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

Air Ambulance Service Pay Tribute To Actor Roger Lloyd-PackThursday 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

Transfer Deadline For Fans To Sign For Chesterfield Looming FastThursday 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

New Jobs Ahoy as Admiral Signs 3 Year Deal With Auto WindscreensWednesday 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

Tom Jones Tickets On Sale Next WeekWednesday 15th January 2014 Tickets for the Tom Jones concert taking place at the Proact Stadium on Saturday, June 7th, will go on sale from next week.

Tickets priced at £39 / £50 / £75 (plus booking fee), will be available on pre-sale to Chesterfield FC supporters only from 10am on Wednesday, January 22nd.

They can be purchased from the Ticket Office at the Proact or via the telephone hotline: 01246 209765 (option 1 or ext 4114). Alternatively, email karenwood@chesterfield-fc.co.uk. Please note that no bookings will be taken via email before the pre-sale date. READ MORE...

Shirebrook Student Kick Boxes Her Way To Two Gold Medals

Shirebrook Student Kick Boxes Her Way To Two Gold MedalsWednesday 15th January 2014 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
A 16-year-old kick boxer is showing off her talent in the ring winning two gold medals in a national competition.

Jade Humphries, a Shirebrook Academy student, won the medals at the WTKA Best of British competition, going up against advanced black belt fighters.

She competed in 2 categories, up to age 16 and 16-18, winning gold in both.

Jade, who lives in Langwith, said: "I'm so proud that I've been..." READ MORE...

Bus Service Changes To Boost Reliability

Service Changes To Boost Bus ReliabilityWednesday 15th January 2014 Changes are being made to bus services in Chesterfield later this month to improve punctuality and reliability.

On Service X17, leading operator Stagecoach is making minor timetable changes and introducing an additional stop on Sheffield Road outside the company's Stonegravels depot.

From Sunday, 26th January, Service 10 will also see minor changes to the Sunday timetable and on Service 80/80A, the Monday to Friday afternoon peak timetable will be revised to improve reliability. READ MORE...

County Council Announces Multi-Million Pound Cuts Plans

County Council Announces Multi-Million Pound Cuts PlansTuesday 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

Derbyshire County Council  Announces Adult Social Care Budget ProposalsTuesday 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

Consultation On Transport For Disabled PupilsTuesday 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'

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

Police Warning As Thefts Of Land Rovers Increase In The AreaTuesday 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

Permanent Job Vacancy for a QUANTITY SURVEYOR / ESTIMATOR at Kingston Drywall Ltd, Mansfield.Tuesday 14th January 2014
Kingston Drywall Limited is one of the East Midlands largest Drylining Contractors, and due to increased turnover, is looking to recruit a Quantity Surveyor / Estimator to its Mansfield Office.

This is a permanent position would be ideal for a recently qualified Surveyor or someone looking for a fresh challenge. Responsibilities would include take-offs, pricing variations, interim valuation, measuring and agreeing final account.

Salary will depend upon experience. READ MORE...

Ben Parkinson MBE Proud To Go A Little Further For Charity

Ben Parkinson MBE Proud To Go A Little Further For CharityMonday 13th January 2014 In a week on which it was announced that a superstar would visit the PROACT in the summer, it was perhaps fitting that the ground also played host to a true hero this last weekend.

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE is the most seriously injured soldier to survive injuries he received in Afghanistan in 2006 ,and was told he would never walk again.

However, after a well documented and public road to recovery, he has proved beyond doubt the strength of the human spirit and will to overcome... READ MORE...

Police Appeal After Attempted Robbery In Clowne

Police Appeal After Attempted Robbery In ClowneFriday 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!"

Chesterfield FC Chairman and Owner Dave Allen - 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

From The Bottom Of A Bottle - To The Top Of The WorldThursday 9th January 2014

Celebrated Chesterfield Alcohol Counsellor and former alcoholic, Gary Topley, overcomes his fears to inspire others to tackle their addiction.

On January 1st 2014, Gary Topley celebrated five years of being alcohol free and sober. To celebrate his journey from addiction, Gary, from Chesterfield, is going to Cape Town, South Africa from 19th March 2014, for one week, to undertake wild challenges to conquer his fears and inspire others to overcome their addiction to alcohol. READ MORE...

Burns Celebration Dinner & Dance Night 2014

Burns' Celebration Dinner & Dance Night 2014Thursday 9th January 2014 Chesterfield and District Caledonian Association's Burns Celebration Annual Dinner and Dance takes place on 25th January 2014 at The Chesterfield Hotel.

The evening will include the traditional Piping in and Address to the Haggis, The Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns, the 'Toast to the Lasses' and the 'Response by the Lasses', all followed by dancing to continue through until after midnight.

Dinner is a four course meal with coffee, whisky for the toasts... READ MORE...

Tom Jones Is Coming To Chesterfield!

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

Cash Stolen From Elderly Woman At Home In North WingfieldWednesday 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

Keeping It In Reserve - Chesterfield Man Achieving Results At HMS SherwoodTuesday 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

Consultation On Proposed Mandatory M1 Speed Limit BeginsTuesday 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

Royal's Visiting Hours Extended After Trial Voted A SuccessTuesday 7th January 2014 Relatives, friends and carers visiting patients at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, have given the recent trial of a longer visiting day the 'thumbs-up' - for convenience, improved communication and for allowing them to be more involved in their loved-one's care.

For the last three months, a handful of wards have been open throughout various times of day - to see what the impact would be. And over the Christmas holidays, all the general medical, surgical and orthopaedic wards opened their doors to visitors for more hours a day - to help people keep in touch over the festive season.

Both pilots have proved such a success these longer visiting hours are to be extended... READ MORE...

Residents Invited To Discuss Public Health Lifestyle Services

Residents Invited To Discuss Public Health Lifestyle ServicesTuesday 7th January 2013 Residents will be invited to have their say on plans to reorganise public health lifestyle services in Derbyshire this month.

Derbyshire County Council is inviting people to take part in a series of local events to discuss the way these services are provided.

The events will focus on new plans to offer people one point of access for help to lose weight, stop smoking and lead more active lifestyles.

These plans would see a team of 'wellbeing workers' providing... READ MORE...

Council Asks Local Residents About Sexual Health Services

Council Asks Local Residents About Sexual Health ServicesFriday 3rd January 2014
Derbyshire Residents are to be asked for their views about sexual health services as part of a Derbyshire County Council review.

The council wants to make sure current services meet local people's needs and will also use feedback to help plan future provision.

Services currently on offer are: Contraception services including emergency contraception; Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs); Sexual health promotion, information and advice and HIV... READ MORE...

Staveley MWFC Development School Begins 2014 Sessions

Staveley MWFC Development School Begins 2014 SessionsFriday 3rd January 2014 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC are offering a fantastic opportunity on Saturday mornings for youngsters to get involved in football, beginning this Saturday, 4th January.

They will not only be coached to develop their football skills and fitness, but make new friends and most importantly, have lots of fun!

The youngsters will develop a different range of skills across all aspects of football and a set schedule has been made to ensure that each individual becomes a better footballer. READ MORE...

Police Appeal After Burglary At House In Hodthorpe

Police Appeal After Burglary At House In HodthorpeThursday 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

Ashgate Hospice Receives Donation From Building SocietyThursday 2nd January 2014Ashgate Hospice, in Old Brampton, has received a generous donation from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation to purchase new equipment.

Colleagues at Chesterfield's branch of the Barnsley Building Society, which is part of Yorkshire Building Society, have raised more than £2,000 for the hospice to purchase specialist equipment, which will help make residents' stays a little more comfortable.

Over £900 was raised by fundraising events at the Low Pavement... READ MORE...

Don't Start 2014 In An Ambulance...

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

Nearly £4k Found Under A Bush Is Forfeited By MagistratesTuesday 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

Police Appeal As 60 Year Old Pedestrian Dies After CollisionFriday 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

Staveley Sign Premiership And England StarFriday 27th December 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
Staveley MWFC have signed former England International, Carlton Palmer - albeit just for the one game!

Carlton (left) has agreed to pull on yet another set of blue and white stripes, this time for Staveley, for their Christmas week fixture against Worksop Parramore, at Inkersall Road TOMORROW - Saturday, 28th December, 2013, kick off at 3pm.

The much travelled defender/midfielder arrives at Inkersall Road via West Brom, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Southampton... READ MORE...

Appointment Making To Be Made Easier After Local Merger

Appointment Making To Be Made Easier After Local Clinics MergeFriday 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

Christmas Eve Train Travel InformationMonday 23rd December 2013 East Midlands Trains has said tonight that it is planning to operate a normal Christmas Eve timetable - providing that Network Rail confirms lines are clear for trains after the storm has passed.

They are advising however, that wherever possible, people should avoid travel but, if it is necessary, please travel as early as possible, as revised services are expected to be very busy due to the reduced capacity.

Tickets dated for Monday 23rd December will be valid for travel on Christmas Eve... READ MORE...

Police Appeal After Woman Assaulted In Church Yard

Police Appeal After Woman Assaulted In Church YardMonday 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

East Midlands Trains Disruption Due To Severe WeatherMonday 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

Festive Fixes - Public Service Times Info For Xmas & New YearMonday 23rd December 2013 We've put together as much information as we can to help you know which services such as Buses, Pharmacies, bin collections, Market, Leisure Centres etc are open, closed or have changed times over the Christmas Festivities.

BUSES: Leading bus operator Stagecoach has announced that up to and including Monday 23rd December, all Stagecoach bus services will operate as normal.

On Christmas Eve, 24th December, a Monday to Friday school holiday service will operate until around 7pm. However, the service 82A journey... READ MORE...

High Praise For Chesterfield's Holmebrook Valley Park

High Praise For Chesterfield's Holmebrook Valley ParkMonday 23rd December 2013 Judges from the national Green Flag award have commended Holmebrook Valley Park.

The Green Flag award is run by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign and recognises top quality parks and open spaces.

Holmebrook Valley Park, owned and maintained by Chesterfield Borough Council, received its Green Flag for the third time this summer.

A Judge from the campaign paid an unannounced visit to the park... READ MORE...

Ashover Boasts The Unique Attraction Of 'Loos With Views'!

Ashover Boasts The Unique Attraction Of 'Loos With Views'!Monday 23rd December 2013 The old stone public conveniences on Moor Road have been completely renovated and the redundant telephone kiosk in the small room at the front of the building, turned into an information point featuring parish news and attractions, maps and details of local walks.

The major makeover has cost almost £27,000 and has been made possible by a substantial donation of more than £22,000 by Viridor Credits Environmental Company through the Landfill Communities Fund, and financial assistance of £5,000 from Ashover Parish Council and £2,253 from Ashover Primary Care Trust as the Contributing Third Party. READ MORE...

Old Hall School Grilling For Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins

Old Hall School Grilling For Chesterfield MP Toby PerkinsFriday 20th December 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins recently paid a visit to Old Hall Primary School - and praised the children for their attentive listening and deeply thoughtful questions.

Toby
said, "When I'm in the House of Commons, I rarely get faced with such eager anticipation or active listening.  It is something the honourable members on the opposite benches could learn from!"

Toby visited the school to discuss local and educational issues with the Headteacher Sharon Stone and Chair of Governors, Mrs Pennington. READ MORE...

39 Arrested In Chesterfield Police Operation

39 Arrested In Chesterfield Police OperationThursday 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

The Reds' Colours Are Displayed Aboard HMS IllustriousThursday 19th December 2013 Alfreton Town FC's colours are being proudly displayed by two local sailors, currently far from these shores.

Andy 'Sonny' Liston
from Stonebroom - a friend of Reds' boss Nicky Law's son, Nicky Junior, currently starring with Glasgow Rangers, sent a request to the club recently for a replica shirt to show off on his travels around the world - and the club were only too happy to oblige.

To his amazement, one of his fellow crew members is also a keen Reds fan, and Callum Toft from Ripley has also been sent a shirt by the club. READ MORE...

Seventeen Men Banned From Football Matches For 56 Years

Seventeen Men Banned From Football Matches For 56 YearsWednesday 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

Derbyshire County Council warn Of Increased Fire Risk Caused By Illegal CigarettesWednesday 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!

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

Fire Brigade Union Announce Three New Strike DatesTuesday 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!...

You'd Better Watch Out this Christmas say British Transport PoliceTuesday 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

Police Ask For Considerate Parking Around Chesterfield CollegeTuesday 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

Panto Stars Show Support To Local HospitalMonday 16th December 2013
On Friday (13th December), child patients at Chesterfield Royal Hospital were excited to meet the Chesterfield Theatres Pantomime cast, who made a special visit to the Nightingale Ward.

Stars of the Beauty and the Beast Pantomime, Tina Barrett (Beauty), Jon Moses (Beast & Count), Danny Mills (Madame Fifi), Sarah Whitlock (Witch Hazel), Titus Rowe (Gaston), Rick Gaynor (Pierre) and Maurice Thorogood (Professor Crackpot), showed their support in numbers as they created mischief and havoc within the childrens' ward giving out early Christmas presents. READ MORE...

'Outstanding' Schools To Help Raise Standards Across County

Two of Chesterfield's  'Outstanding' SchoolsTo Help Raise Standards Across DerbyshireMonday 16th December 2013 Two 'Outstanding' Derbyshire schools are bidding to share their know-how with teaching staff across the county, by forming a new training alliance.

Shirebrook Academy and St Mary's Catholic High School have applied for teaching school status and, if successful, would form the North-East Derbyshire Teaching School Alliance.

Teaching schools were launched in 2010 as part of the Government's campaign to improve standards in education, by offering a cohesive peer-led... READ MORE...

Police Appeal After Collision

Police Appeal After CollisionMonday 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...

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

Chesterfield Jobseekers To Sign New Claimant CommitmentFriday 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

UEFA Give High Praise To Chesterfield FCFriday 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

18 Men To Appear In Court Over Football Disorder at Chesterfield v Mansfield game in September 2013Thursday 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

Gold Star For Pupils In Derbyshire In National TestsThursday 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

Mecca Chesterfield is spreading festive cheer this yuletide season by collecting gifts for Chesterfield Royal Hospital children's unit as part of Mecca's Christmas presents campaign.Thursday 12th December 2013 Mecca Chesterfield is spreading festive cheer this yuletide season by collecting gifts for Chesterfield Royal Hospital children's unit as part of Mecca's Christmas presents campaign.

Mecca customers and employees are being encouraged to take a gift tag from the club's Christmas tree - and buy an extra present this year, to bring smiles to the faces of children who are spending Christmas in the hospital.

"We'e delighted to be supporting our local hospital and hope to make this Christmas an extra special one for these children," Mecca Chesterfield Operations Manager Tracy Lowth said. READ MORE...

National Award Success For Two Chesterfield Bus Apprentices

National Award Success For Two Chesterfield Bus ApprenticesThursday 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

Police Warn Public As Royal Mail Scam CirculatesWednesday 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

Body Found Believed To Be Missing Staveley Man, Glynn HollandTuesday 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

Ground Breaking Ceremony Held At Chesterfield Royal HospitalTuesday 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

Local MP Natascha Engel Rejects Proposed Salary IncreaseMonday 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

Post Office Bosses To Consult On 'Dicey' MoveMonday 9th December 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is urging his constituents to attend a public meeting with Post Office bosses, to share their views on 'dicey' proposals to relocate Chesterfield's Crown Post Office into the Pavement's Centre branch of WH Smith's.

A Post Office spokesman claimed the move is needed to save costs and is being carried out at 70 of their 373 'Crown Branches' - larger stand-alone outlets, such as the branch in Chesterfield's New Square.

However, Mr Perkins has blasted the plans as 'dicey', saying they... READ MORE...

Council Funding Approved To Help Tackle Fuel Poverty

Funding Approved To Help In Tackling Fuel PovertyMonday 9th December 2013 Funding has been approved by Derbyshire County Council to support older and vulnerable people most at risk of ill health from living in cold and damp conditions.

The move is part of the council's public health commitment to tackling fuel poverty, reducing the number of deaths due to cold weather and impacting on health care costs.

Around 59,295 Derbyshire households live in fuel poverty and between last December and March there were an estimated 426 'excess' winter deaths... READ MORE...

Fit For A Queen! A Little Piece Of Chesterfield Goes To London

Fit For A Queen! A Little Piece Of Chesterfield Goes To LondonMonday 9th December 2013 One lucky little lad from Chesterfield will see a winning Christmas Card designed by him, sitting on some very famous mantelpieces this year.

Rehman Abdul, was the lucky winner of Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins' annual competition to create a card fit for a Queen, several MP's (including the Prime Minister) and over two thousand residents of Chesterfield.

Hady Primary School were given the task of drawing pictures which would showcase the work of Chesterfield children - and over 100 designs were... READ MORE...

Spend Local - Small Business Saturday Takes Place

Spend Local - Small Business Saturday Takes Place TodaySaturday 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

Fire Brigade Union Announces Further Strike ActionFriday 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

Fraudsters Take On False Identity In Pay Day Loan ScamFriday 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

Chesterfield College Earns Derbyshire Active Workplace MarkFriday 6th December 2013 Chesterfield College has become the first organisation to be awarded the Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark.

The Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark recognises workplaces in Derby and Derbyshire that have taken positive steps to encourage their workforce to become more active and more involved in sport and active recreation.

Chesterfield College has been awarded the 'Achievement' level of the Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark. This recognises that a workplace has demonstrated a real commitment to developing and increasing the physical..." READ MORE...

Disruption On The Railways - Update

Disruption On The Railways - UpdateThursday 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

Amber Weather Warning For Strong Winds Across DerbyshireThursday 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

'Invest In Chesterfield' Campaign Taken To WestminsterThursday 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

The Air Ambulance Service Issues Fraudster WarningsWednesday 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

MP Natascha Engel To Hold Consultation On Fire StationWednesday 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...

Turnbull, Patricia Anne, passed away at home on 23rd November 2013.Turnbull, Patricia Anne

The death has been announced of Patricia Anne Turnbull.

Patricia
passed away at home on November 23rd 2013.

Her Funeral Service will take place on Thursday 12th December, 11:15 at the Huddersfield Crematorium. No flowers please, Donations instead to MIND Charity or the Cats Protection League.

All enquiries to The Gables Funeral Service on (01484) 424235.

Extra Police Patrols At Staveley Supermarket Up To Christmas

Extra Police Patrols At Staveley Supermarket Up To ChristmasTuesday 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

Housebuilder Donates Millions To Local Building ProjectsTuesday 3rd December 2013 More than £2.8 million has been given to support local projects across the North Midlands over the past two financial years by Barratt Developments plc.

The funding, which is part of planning agreements with the region's local authorities, has been put towards such things as: highway improvements, public open spaces, improvements to schools and educational facilities, recreational facilities and boosting local healthcare, as well as many other projects.

The contributions have come as a result of a number of new... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Borough Council Call Centre Problems - Update

Chesterfield Borough Council Call Centre Currently UnavailableMonday 2nd December 2013 12:00 Although Chesterfield Borough Council are still experiencing problems with their phone lines, they have now set up a temporary call centre in the Town Hall.

You can now contact them on the usual call centre number: 01246 345345 but please bear with them as they have fewer staff manning the phone lines than usual.

You can still contact the Council by using the contact form on the website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/contact-us-751.html or e-mail enquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk and their team will deal with your...READ MORE...

Police Warn Of Solicitor And Utility Bill Scams In Circulation

Police Warn Of Solicitor And Utility Bill Scams In CirculationFriday 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

Council Helps Families Get the Help They NeedThursday 28th November 2013
A handbook packed with information about where families can get help bringing up their children is now available.

Produced by Derbyshire County Council with key partners, the quick-reference guide includes all services for families, including parenting classes and nursery education to drug and alcohol misuse and welfare.

Called the Early Help Offer, it is designed to make it as easy as possible for families to get the help they need before things get on top of them. READ MORE...

Two Local Lads Shine With ERIKS Apprenticeships

Two Local Lads Shine With ERIKS ApprenticeshipsThursday 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

Reindeer's Miss Out On Their Sweets At Vicar LaneThursday 28th November 2013 Rudolph, Prancer, Donner and Blitzen, helping out on the reindeer carousel ride, arrived on Monday 25th November for a three week stay at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, until Saturday 14th December, to help bring festive cheer to shoppers.

Their carousel ride is suitable for children of all ages, although those younger than 3 years old will require an adult to accompany them, and ask the reindeers ask for a small charge of £1.50 to take a ride with them.

This is the first time the reindeers have visited Vicar Lane, but... READ MORE...

The Octaves Release 'Radio Christmas' For Kids 'n' Cancer

The Octaves Release 'Radio Christmas' For Kids 'n' CancerThursday 28th November 2013
So here we are again, the Radio and TV is alive with golden oldies of every shade of tinsel and glitter and once again, we are all asking "why are there no new Christmas songs?"

Well ask no more because here is a brand new classic Christmas song for your delight and enjoyment.

'Radio Christmas' sums it up, the song that references the greats of the genre performed by a fresh young vocal quartet called The Octaves. READ MORE...

Get Your Glad Rags On And Platform Shoes Out...

Get Your Glad Rags On And Platform Shoes Out...Thursday 28th November 2013 New Whittington social club are organising a 70's / 80's Fancy Dress Disco on Saturday, 21st December from 7.30pm till late - and would like to invite everyone along to join in the fun, and dance the night away!

Children are also very welcome, so it's a perfect opportunity to come along as a family and party.

Also on the night, there will be a free buffet and a Christmas draw, with the first prize an amazing £100, plus other great prizes including a dvd player, electrical goods, bottles of wine, boxes of christmas biscuits, a bouncy castle for... READ MORE...

Faulty Electrical Wiring Blamed For North Wingfield Fire

Faulty Electrical Wiring Blamed For North Wingfield FireWednesday 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

Police release new Image Of Missing Staveley Man, Glynn HollandWednesday 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

Natascha Engel Receives 'Parliamentarian Of The Year' AwardWednesday 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

'Nothing's Impossible!' Chesterfield Supports Small BusinessesTuesday 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

Suspected 'Skimming' Device Found On Eckington Cash PointTuesday 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

Derbyshire's Chief Constable Pays Tribute To His ColleagueMonday 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

Win Tickets To See The Female Football Stars Of TomorrowMonday 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

Council gives Outline Permission For Large Wingerworth DevelopmentMonday 25th November 2013
North East Derbyshire District Council has given its support for a large mixed use redevelopment scheme of the former coking works at The Avenue, Derby Road in Wingerworth.

The Council resolved to grant outline planning permission for the proposal, put forward by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which will see up to 469-dwellings being built with land being made available for employment use, a primary school, other community facilities, public open spaces and improvements to the highway network, including forming a new roundabout on to the A61. READ MORE...

Funding Boost For Derbyshire Schools

Funding Boost For Derbyshire SchoolsMonday 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

Police Find Body In Search For Missing Chief Inspector Tim FrohweinSunday 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!

A Winter Wonderland Comes To (Chesterfield) Town!Sunday 24th November 2013 Thousands filled New Square this evening to see Chesterfield transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with snow.

A special Christmas Market was held throughout the afternoon, with the festive lights switched on at 4.45 pm by stars of this years panto, Beauty and The Beast, S Club 7's Tina Barrett and Superstar's Jon Moses.

Directions Theatre Arts provided a Christmas Medley and Calow Primary School choir entertained the crowds. PeakFM presenters provided the roadshow at the event, orgainised by Chesterfield Borough Council. READ MORE & VIDEO...

Police Find Body In Search For Missing Chief Inspector

Police Find Body In Search For Missing Chief Inspector Tim FrohweinSaturday 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

CCTV Released Of Missing Chesterfield Chief InspectorFriday 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"

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

Crowds Turn Out For New Asda Living Store In ChesterfieldFriday 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

Investigations Into North Wingield House Fire ContinueThursday 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

Local MP Urges Residents To Speak Up Over Post Office PlansThursday 21st November 2013 The Post Office has announced a customer forum on the proposed relocation of Chesterfield Post Office at the meeting space at The Chesterfield Hotel, Malkin Street, Chesterfield, on Wednesday 11th December, starting from 4:30pm and running through the evening.

The event will function as a drop-in information session, with all interested parties encouraged to attend.

However, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has voiced "serious concerns" about these plans to relocate the town's central Post Office into WH Smith's... READ MORE...

Two Jailed For Robbing Woman In Supermarket Car Park

Two Jailed For Robbing Woman In Supermarket Car ParkThursday 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

Police Name Fire VictimsWednesday 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

Family Of Missing Chief Inspector Tim Frohwein Release StatementWednesday 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

Four Confirmed Dead In North Wingfield House FireWednesday 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

Police Search For Missing Chief Inspector Tim FrohweinWednesday 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

House Fire In North WingfieldWednesday 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

Planning Application For Queen's Park Sports Centre AvailableTuesday 19th November 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council has announced that the planning application for the new Queen's Park Sports Centre has been published.

Residents are invited to have their say on the development, which councillors say will reduce subsidy costs and be more energy efficient that the existing building.

The proposed new development, which would see a state of the art sports facility built on the current Annexe, has already undergone one round of public consultation and a full council debate after concerns were raised by local residents. READ MORE...

Beauty Lights Up Chesterfield

Lighting Up ChesterfieldTuesday 19th November 2013 Chesterfield is set to be transformed into a winter wonderland this weekend as Chesterfield Borough Council's annual Christmas lights switch-on, takes place.

Stars of Beauty and the Beast, this year's panto at the Pomegranate Theatre, S Club 7's Tina Barratt and ITV Superstar runner-up Jon Moses, will switch on the lights together with Chesterfield's Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Paul Stone and Mrs Barbara Wallace.

The switch-on will happen in New Square this Sunday, 24th... READ MORE...

Proposed Location & Hours Change For Chesterfield Post Office

Proposed Location & Hours Change For Chesterfield Post OfficeTuesday 19th November 2013
The Post Office has said today that it is proposing to move Chesterfield Post Office from its current location, to create a modern open-plan branch, with extended opening hours for customers.

The proposed new location for the branch is WHSmith, 4 Middle Pavement, in the Pavements shopping centre. This is just 190 metres from its current site at 1 Market Place and the Post Office will be inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the proposed move, in a six-week public consultation that starts tomorrow (November 20th). READ MORE...

Pub People Company Joins Support For Food Bank Charity

Pub People Company Joins Support For Food Bank CharityTuesday 19th November 2013
Christmas is a time for giving and giving to those less fortunate than ourselves, and several pubs in Chesterfield have entered into the spirit of that this festive season.

It's been announced that The Rutland Arms, The Blue Stoops and The Woodside in Chesterfield join The Jolly Farmer in Dronfield and The Bridge in Sandiacre, in pledging their support for the Trussell Trust and getting involved with Christmas food collections. The five pubs collectively hope to make a major contribution and to raise awareness for the charity. READ MORE...

Two Men Charged After Clay Cross Bomb Hoax

Two Men Charged After Clay Cross Bomb HoaxMonday 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

Three Men Charged After Two Robberies In ChesterfieldMonday 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

Former Manager Of Chesterfield Theatres, Derek Coleman, is  RememberedSaturday 16th November 2013
The Friends of Chesterfield Theatres have presented a framed photograph of Derek Coleman, which will be hung in the bar of the Pomegranate Theatre in memory of him.

Councillor Ken Huckle, Chesterfield Borough Council's Assistant Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, who received the framed photograph on behalf of Chesterfield Borough Council, commented: "Derek Coleman was a key part of Chesterfield's theatres for many years and it is only fitting that we should honour him in this way." READ MORE...

Police Warning As 'Ghost Brokers' Defraud Young Drivers

Police Warning As 'Ghost Brokers' Defraud Young DriversFriday 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

Friends Of Stand Road Park and Local Schools  Plant Trees In National Tree WeekFriday 15th November 2013 Friends of Stand Road Park, and the pupils and teachers of two local schools, will plant trees on Stand Road Park as part of National Tree Week.

The Tree Council - the UK's leading tree campaigning partnership, which runs the week - has given a grant of £504 for the project.

It will see volunteers from the Friends Group and pupils from Newbold Community School and Gilbert Heathcotes Infants School plant different tree species, including Weeping Willows. READ MORE...

Spireites' Help Proves That 'School Is Cool!'

Chesterfield FC have been praised for helping to improve the attendance record at Whitecotes Primary School.Friday 15th November 2013
Chesterfield FC have been praised for helping to improve the attendance record at Whitecotes Primary School.

For the first term last year, the school had 76 children with full time attendance. This year, for the same period, there are 120 children who have achieved 100% attendance.

The Chesterfield FC Community Trust has helped the school achieve this impressive result by offering pupils free match tickets as... READ MORE...

More Health Zones Planned For Derbyshire County Council

More Health Zones Planned For Derbyshire County CouncilThursday 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

Food Banks Invited To Apply For County Council FundingThursday 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

Local MP Helps Police Launch Scheme To Target SpeedingThursday 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

Tupton Hall School Sixth Form University Challenge WinnersThursday 14th November 2013 Tupton Hall School is celebrating after a triumphant win at the University Challenge Quiz, held at the University of Lincoln on Saturday 9th November.

Sixth Form students George Beard, Ben Mitchell, Josh Barsley and Nicola Samples beat 13 other schools, including several grammar schools, to take home the title of University Challenge Quiz winners, answering over 150 questions covering topics such as Art, Music, History, Science and Language.

The questions were all very difficult to answer, with the students... READ MORE...

Police Appeal After Theft Of Poppy Collection Boxes

Police Appeal After Theft Of Poppy BoxesWednesday 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

Fire Brigades Union Announce Further Strike Action TodayWednesday 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

Young Mums' Baby Bump Casts On ShowWednesday 13th November 2013 A unique exhibition of belly casts of young mothers in Chesterfield, will go on display at the Healthy Living Centre in Staveley.

The 14 young mums, partners and family members who attended the belly casting and health workshops organised by Staveley Children's Centre and South Lodge Children's Centre in Chesterfield, are invited to the event on Tuesday 19th November.

The project aims to encourage young women to have positive... READ MORE...

Army Reserve To Hold Recruitment Event In Chesterfield

Army Reserve To Hold Recruitment Event In ChesterfieldWednesday 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

Police Appeal Following Chesterfield AltercationWednesday 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

Puffin Crossing Planned For North WingfieldWednesday 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

Chesterfield SANDS To Hold Charity Bokwa-ThonTuesday 12th November 2013 Chesterfield SANDS (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) are holding a charity Bokwa-Thon, with all proceeds going to their Baby Garden in Boythorpe Cemetery.

The charity's two hour Bokwa-thon is on Saturday 16th November at Hasland Village Hall and doors are open at 1.30pm, the Bokwa-thon will be from 2pm - 4pm.

The afternoon is suitable for the whole family, there will be refreshments available, craft stalls to browse, cake stalls and a raffle with some fab prizes. There's also a FREE T-shirt and bottle of water for entrants (while stocks last!) READ MORE...

It's A Privilege - Chesterfield Remembers The Fallen

It's A Privilege - Chesterfield Remembers The FallenMonday 11th November 2013 Chesterfield came to a standstill today on the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month, as a two minute silence to honour the fallen heroes of war was observed on Armistice Day - the anniversary of the moment the guns stopped in World War I.

A single shot marked the start of the silence, which was also observed in shops and businesses around the town.

Dignitaries, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield and Leader of the Council John Burrows - along with the Chief Executive... READ MORE...

DLR Air Ambulance Attends RTA And Picks Up Fall Victim

Air Ambulance Attends RTA And Picks Up Fall VictimMonday 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...

Chesterfield Remembers

Chesterfield RemembersSunday 10th November 2013 Chesterfield's veterans came in their hundreds to remember and share their private memories of war, on the most public of occasions - Remembrance Sunday.

Services of Remembrance were also held at various points across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire throughout the day - with more taking place in the evening.

On Sunday afternoon, on a cold but sunny Autumn day, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, along with other Councillors, and dignitaries including The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Investigation Into Chesterfield Residential Home Fire Complete

Investigation Into Chesterfield Residential Home Fire CompleteFriday 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

Chesterfield Podiatrists Scoop 2 Awards For Going Extra MileFriday 8th November 2013
A team of podiatrists (or foot specialists if you're not sure) working with patients in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire has scooped two awards for the quality of care they provide to their patients.

The 25-strong members of the Community Podiatry Team, based at Walton Hospital, Chesterfield, were named winners at the Extra Mile Awards 2013.

The Awards are to recognise staff from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust for their outstanding contributions to patient care. READ MORE...

Record Breaking Poetry Readers

Record Breaking Poetry ReadersFriday 8th November 2013 Poetry reading in Chesterfield was the focus when children from local junior schools took part in the Rotary Club of Chesterfield's annual Chesterfield Junior School's Poetry-Reading Competition.

Staged for the 26th consecutive year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, the event was hosted this year by Calow Primary School and held on Wednesday 23rd October 2013.

A record fifteen contestants took part from five local schools, which were Abercrombie Primary School, Brimington Junior School... READ MORE...

Missing Man - Glynn Holland's Family Make Birthday Appeal

Missing Man - Glynn Holland's Family Make Birthday AppealThursday 7th November 2013 Police searching for a man who has been missing from his Staveley home for almost two months, have renewed their appeal for information on his birthday.

Glynn Holland
, who is 51-years-old today (Thursday, November 7th), has been missing from his home since September 12th.

Mr Holland was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am that day and his family have not seen or heard from him since. His disappearance is completely out of character. READ MORE...

Stand Road Fireworks Display Lights Up Chesterfield Skies

Stand Road Fireworks Display Lights Up The SkiesThursday 7th November 2013 More than 15,000 residents watched as Chesterfield Borough Council's annual fireworks display went off with a bang.

Despite rain in the lead-up to the event at Stand Road Recreation Ground on Tuesday night, the weather was fine for the display, which featured a new firework this year - silver screaming discs rising in the sky.

Comments from residents and visitors who attended the event were overwhelmingly positive. Twitter follower Anna T said the event was "The best fireworks display I have seen in my life!", Shaun Roddis commented... READ MORE...

Historic Public House In Wingerworth Reborn!

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

More Permanent Adoptive Homes Needed For Children In CareWednesday 6th November 2013 Hundreds of children in Derbyshire are looking for a permanent, loving family to call their own - could you open your heart and your home to a child?

November 4th - November 10th is National Adoption Week and it's the perfect time to find out more about exactly what is involved.

Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, says: "There are around 630 children in care in Derbyshire and they all need a place to call home." READ MORE...

Two Charged After Massive Cannabis Find

Two Charged After Massive Cannabis FindTuesday 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

Warning Of Possible Bogus Charity Collectors In WingerworthTuesday 5th November 2013 Police are advising residents to be cautious after a number of reports about possible bogus door-to-door charity collections in Wingerworth and Old Brampton.

The advice comes after a number of residents in the area contacted officers, concerned that a woman who had been calling at homes may not have been legitimate.

There have been five reports in Wingerworth and one in Old Brampton, where a woman has been going door-to-door to ask for sponsorship for... READ MORE...

Patrick Visits The Proact On His Way To All 92 Grounds

Patrick Visits The Proact On His Way To All 92 League GroundsTuesday 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

Calow Man To Appear At Court For Breaching An ASBOMonday 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

Déda Launches Search For Young Dance StarsMonday 4th November 2013 A Chesterfield-based youth contemporary dance company is holding auditions next month to give talented local youngsters the chance to develop their performance skills.

Derbyshire Youth Dance Company was launched last year by Derby-based Déda, one of the UKs' leading dance centres, in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council, the Winding Wheel theatre where it is based and the Dance4's Centre for Advanced Training (CAT).

The first group of 11 young dancers aged 11 to 18 have been... READ MORE...

KIDS 'n' CANCER ARE LOOKING FOR CHARITY VOLUNTEERS

KIDS 'n' CANCER ARE LOOKING FOR CHARITY VOLUNTEERSMonday 4th November 2013
Chesterfield based national charity, Kids 'n' Cancer UK, are searching for much needed volunteers to collect money on behalf of the Charity.


They now have secured dates and times and are wanting to hear from you if you can spare an hour to help on one of their specified days. It doesn't have to be a permanent commitment, a one off would be a great help too!

For further details please contact Morgan at Kids 'n' Cancer on 01246 236566 or via email on morgan@kidsncancer.co.uk. READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 26

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 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

Police Release Image Of Man Wanted After Football DisorderFriday 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

Not Only Here For The Beer! CAMRA Opens Assembly RoomsFriday 1st November 2013 Chesterfield will be a 'glass half full' town this weekend - as the Real Ale Festival, organised by CAMRA, kicked off in the newly refurbished Market Hall Assembly Hall today on Day Two of Chesterfield's three day long Market Festival.

49 locally brewed beers are featuring at the event, with a blind tasting by a panel of experts choosing the event's top tipple.

Dating from 1857, Chesterfield's historic Market Hall, and the Assembly Room which it houses, has just undergone a £4 million refit... READ MORE...

Police Ask Woman Who Reported Crime To Come Forward

Police Ask Woman Who Reported Crime To Come ForwardFriday 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!

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

Police Appeal After Man Disturbs Two Suspected ThievesThursday 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

Let The Fireworks Begin At Chesterfield's Biggest Free DisplayThursday 31st October 2013 The spark(ler)s are set to fly at Chesterfield Borough Council's annual fireworks display.

The event takes place at Stand Road Recreation Ground on Tuesday 5th November, with the gates open from 6pm and a huge fireworks display taking place during the evening, which finishes at around 9pm and best of all, entrance is completely free!

There will be fun for all the family with a large funfair and entertainment from Peak FM's roadshow and a selection of various catering vans. READ MORE...

Post Office Team Cycle 85 Miles In Shape Of Pudsey's Ears

Post Office Team Cycle 85 Miles In Shape Of Pudsey's EarsThursday 31st October 2013 Post Office Ltd is proud to announce The Pudsey Bike Ride for BBC Children In Need, which will see an intrepid Post Office team cycle 85 miles across Yorkshire - in the shape of Pudsey Bear's ears.

On Wednesday 6th November, Post Office fundraisers will set off from Pudsey Post Office in West Yorkshire and visit branches at Harrogate Road in Bradford, Wetherby, Market Weighton and Chanterlands Avenue in Hull.

They will then finish their huge journey at Hull's Boulevard Academy, visiting a sports project funded by BBC Children in Need and run by... READ MORE...

Further Fire Service Strikes Loom After Recent Postponement

Further Fire Service Strikes Loom After Recent PostponementWednesday 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

The 2013 Chesterfield Market Festival  Begins 31st OctoberWednesday 30th October 2013 Chesterfield is a market town and proud of it! And you are invited to come and celebrate all that the markets have to offer during this three-day festival, where there really is something for everyone!

On Thursday 31st October, there is a Festival Bargain Hunt and Auction with two of BBC Bargain Hunt's resident experts, Anita Manning and James Lewis.

Starting at 10am through to 12 noon, the Festival Bargain Hunt, sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors, will see Anita and James each lead a team - James will lead the Mayor's team and Anita will lead a team from... READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 25

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsWednesday 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!

It's The Market Hall - But Not As You Know It!Monday 28th October 2013 It has been one of the town's flagship regeneration projects - and today, Chesterfield Market Hall opened its doors for the first time after the £4m refurbishment of the interior, and the cleaning and restoration of the external façade.

The scheme, funded mainly through grants from European Regional Development Fund and a lottery grant has taken a year to complete - with the keys handed over on time and on budget.

Whilst the renovations were taking place, traders were re-homed... READ MORE...

Birthday Celebrations For Hasland's New Centurion

Birthday Celebrations For Hasland's New CenturionMonday 28th October 2013 On Saturday 26th October, more than 150 people, including family and friends and people from Hasland Methodist Chapel, joined celebrations at Eastwood Park Village Hall for the 100th birthday of Joyce Spanswick.

Joyce was born in Lincolnshire on 29th October 1913 and moved to Hasland from Surrey 18 months ago, to be nearer to her family.

The highlights for Joyce were seeing all her family together, whilst her surprise guests, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield... READ MORE...

Win A Pair Of Tickets For Isla St Clair's 'Eyes Front' Show

Win A Pair Of Tickets For Isla St Clair's 'Eyes Front' ShowSaturday 26th October 2013 We have two tickets to give away to a wonderful 'Live and Local' event , organised by two local councillors - Shirley Niblock and Howard Borrell.

On Friday 1st November, the legendary Isla St Clair brings her "Eyes Front" show to the St Thomas Centre, Chatsworth Road.

The show content ties in nicely with the timing of the event - as we look poignantly towards Remembrance Sunday, Isla brings "an exciting combination of live performance and film about the effect of music in wartime." READ MORE...

Detectives Appeal After Attempted Robbery In Chesterfield

Detectives Appeal After Attempted Robbery In ChesterfieldSaturday 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

Voluntary Sector Awards Recognise Chesterfield VolunteersFriday 25th October 2013
Hundreds of people attended this year's Voluntary Sector Awards at The Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield on Wednesday night.

The awards reflect the work done by volunteers to enable many support services and projects to continue to make a difference to lives in Chesterfield.

Winners were awarded to 10 categories, with organiser John Radford, Centre Manager at The Volunteer Centre on Rose Hill, describing the evening as, "An excellent night for everyone in the voluntary sector!" READ MORE...

Jail For Man Who Stole From Cars In Chesterfield Area

Jail For Man Who Stole From Cars In Chesterfield AreaFriday 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

Cabinet Approves Public's Chosen Design For Hornsbridge RoundaboutThursday 24th October 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet has approved plans for a key entrance into the town, as chosen by the public and local businesses.

At their meeting on Tuesday 22nd October, cabinet members approved plans for work by a local artist, guided by the outcome of a public consultation, to be installed at Hornsbridge roundabout, the main gateway into Chesterfield from the M1.

£300,000 in funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Barratt Homes, who are currently building 68 homes on the... READ MORE...

Police Appeal After Shop Windows Damaged In Clay Cross

Police Appeal After Shop Windows Damaged In Clay CrossThursday 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

New Measures To Reduce Speed On The A61Thursday 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...

Multi Million Pound Asda Living Creates 65 New Jobs...Wednesday 23rd October 2013

... and Chesterfield Schools Can Get In On The Act!

Asda has announced its new Asda Living store is set to open at the Ravenside Retail Park at 10am on Friday 22nd November, after a million pound investment.

To celebrate, the store is challenging local schools to design a giant Christmas card to appear in-store on opening day, with the winners given the chance to be VIPs for the day and officially declare the store open. READ MORE...

Pink Friday At Vicar Lane Shopping Centre

Pink Friday At Vicar Lane Shopping CentreWednesday 23rd October 2013

Staff and retailers at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, Chesterfield are getting ready to support Breast Cancer Charities this Friday 25th October 2013.

Bonmarché is running a Pink Raffle for Breast Cancer Care with a top prize of a Hamper to Pamper.

Ladies can also take their old bras into Bonmarché and take advantage of their free bra fitting service and also get free entry into the Pink Raffle. READ MORE...

Derbyshire 'At Risk' Groups Urged To Fight Flu This Winter

Derbyshire 'At Risk' Groups Urged To Fight Flu This WinterWednesday 23rd October 2013 People who are offered a flu jab are being urged to have the vaccination and protect themselves this winter by Derbyshire County Council.

Key groups include parents of two to three year old children, people aged 65 and over, adults and children with long term health conditions, and pregnant women.  

For the first time, a nasal spray vaccine will be offered to healthy 2 and 3 year old children which marks the first step in an extension to the national flu vaccination programme. It will eventually include yearly vaccination of all... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Woman's Plight Raised In Parliament

Chesterfield Woman's Plight Raised In Parliament by Chesterfield MP Toby PerkinsWednesday 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

BHS In Chesterfield To Launch New Children's Dining AreaWednesday 23rd October 2013 BHS Vicar Lane, Chesterfield, has been selected to be the first in the company to incorporate a children's play area within the restaurant.

The area is aimed at children up to 5 years of age and will feature magnetic walls with animals that can be moved around the wall, touch and play activities, books, soft floor mats and a children's dining area, with small tables and seats, cutlery and bowls.

For parents there will also be a baby food station, including a microwave and bottle warmer. As well as keeping the children entertained while adults enjoy a meal in the restaurant, the area will be available... READ MORE...

Police Appeal After 'Ride-On' Mower Is Stolen

Police Appeal After 'Ride-On' Mower Is StolenWednesday 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

Police Images Released Following CFC v Mansfield GameTuesday 22nd October 2013
Derbyshire Police have released images of several men they would like to speak to in connection with incidents of disorder that took place following a recent Chesterfield FC match.

The incidents took place during and after the game between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon, September 28th at the Proact Stadium. A number of arrests were made following the game.

Officers would like to speak to the men in the images to help... READ MORE...

Chesterfield's New Market Hall Prepares To Open Its Doors

Chesterfield's New Market Hall Prepares To Open Its DoorsTuesday 22nd October 2013 The finishing touches are currently being added to Chesterfield's Market Hall, which opens later this month after a £4 million redevelopment.

The new Market Hall, owned and operated by Chesterfield Borough Council, opens on Monday 28th October after the work - which has taken 12 months - is completed.

The main retail hall has been transformed, with a glazed atrium above first floor level providing natural light and the 1970s extension on New Square has been redesigned to be more in keeping with the original Market Hall, whilst... READ MORE...

New Crafts Superstore Jobs Boost For Chesterfield

New Crafts Superstore Jobs Boost For ChesterfieldTuesday 22nd October 2013 Specialist retailer Hobbycraft is opening a new store on Markham Road in Chesterfield on Thursday, 14th November.

The arts and crafts store - which will be located in a brand new, 12,000 sq ft unit - has created 24 new jobs for local people. More than 700 applications were received.

Among the new recruits is Nicola Harris, 22, from Hasland, who recently completed a Masters' degree in Media Production at Lincoln University.

Nicola said: "I'm over the moon to have found a job so soon..." READ MORE...

Local Groups Asked To 'Test The Water' In New £1.2m Pool

Local Groups Asked To 'Test The Water' In New £1.2m PoolTuesday 22nd October 2013 Community groups in Shirebrook are being offered the chance to take a dip in a brand new swimming pool, which comes complete with flashing lights, pumping music and a disco glitter-ball!

Stubbin Wood School is appealing for local organisations, such as mother and baby clubs or pensioner groups, to book swimming sessions at the £1.2m pool at its new school building in Common Lane.

The pool, which is 1.2m deep and heated to a warm 31 degrees Centigrade, was built to offer a hydrotherapy experience to the school's 150 pupils... READ MORE...

Microchipping Weekend At Pets At Home, Chesterfield

Microchipping Weekend At Pets At Home ChesterfieldTuesday 22nd October 2013 Dog and cat owners in Chesterfield are being encouraged to attend a microchipping event this weekend (26th - 27th October), to help protect their pets from being lost or stolen.

Held at Pets at Home Chesterfield, on Ravenside Retail Park, owners can bring their cat or dog in store any time on Saturday or Sunday and get their pet microchipped for the special rate of just £10 (usually £15).

An important part of responsible pet ownership, microchipping is the most effective way of increasing the chances of a missing pet being returned... READ MORE...

Student Creates 1st UK Website For Teens With Cerebral Palsy

Student Creates 1st UK Website For Teens With Cerebral PalsyMonday 21st October 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
A Chesterfield teenager with cerebral palsy is using her gap year to help other young people with the condition, by creating the UK's first website dedicated to them.

Ellie Simpson has created 'CPTeensUK' for teenagers with cerebral palsy to get in touch and share their experiences with each other - and has already attracted some famous followers on Twitter

The 18-year-old was diagnosed with four-limbed cerebral palsy... READ MORE...

Our Local 'Specials' Commended For Their Duties

Our Local 'Specials' Commended For Their DutiesMonday 21st October 2013 Six police 'specials' have been awarded divisional commendations for their hard work and commitment in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and the Amber Valley.

The awards were presented by Divisional Commander Debbie Mathews at a seminar held by Derbyshire Constabulary at Chesterfield College on Thursday, October 13th.

Section Officer Alan Wright, who volunteers in Chesterfield, was commended for both his devotion to duty and his colleagues during his 31 year... READ MORE...

Young Carers In N E Derbyshire Get Creative With their Feelings

Young Carers In N E Derbyshire Get Creative With their Feelings thanks to UK Charoty, Action for ChildrenMonday 21st October 2013
Young people from across North East Derbyshire have put together a short film about their life as carers.

The film, which will be used by the UK charity, Action for Children, is designed to help young people and organisations understand what it's like to be a carer and to better equip them to cope with the challenges faced.

The film was put together with financial assistance from Rykneld Homes, the housing management organisation for N E Derbyshire District Council. READ MORE...

Free Event To Help Local SME's Access £12m Training Fund

Free Breakfast Event To Help Local SME's Access £12m Training Fund organised by Destination ChesterfieldMonday 21st October 2013 Free support and advice is on offer to local businesses looking to access the recently launched £12 million 'Skills Support for the Workforce' fund, at a special breakfast event, organised by Destination Chesterfield, on Wednesday 30th October.

The free Skills Breakfast Meeting is taking place at Chesterfield College's Heartspace building on Infirmary Road from 7.30am - 9.30am. Speakers at the event will include Chesterfield College's Deputy Principal Julie Richards, who will tell businesses how to take advantage of the funds the college has secured to deliver the free 'Skills Support for the Workforce' training. READ MORE...

The Chris Turner Interview - 'Football Is A Costly Business'

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

FBU Cancel Saturday's Fire Service Strike ActionFriday 18th October 2013 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has this afternoon received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) that the national industrial action scheduled to take place on Saturday, 19th October 2013 from 6.30pm until 11.30pm, has been cancelled.

This is not a conclusion of the negotiations, just a postponement to enable further talks.

Reservist Fire Crews first provided resilience cover for the Industrial action on the 25th September 2013, following the FBUs ballot for national strike... READ MORE...

Now Recruiting For Children/Young People's Support Workers

Now Recruiting For Children / Young People's Support WorkersFriday 18th October 2013
Aspire Children’s Service is recruiting Support Workers in Chesterfield, to work with disabled children/young people, 0-25 years, within the community and their own homes in the Chesterfield area.

Flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Use of own transport is essential. Training will be provided.

£7.50 per hour. Hours dependent on children's/family's needs and your availability. READ MORE...

Take Extra Care During Fire Service Strike Action

Take Extra Care During Fire Service Strike Action on Saturday 19th October from 6;30pm to 11.30pmFriday 18th October 2013 As we reported earlier this week, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) will be taking part in a second period of national industrial action tomorrow, Saturday 19th October 2013 from 18:30 until 23:30 (6:30pm to 11:30pm).

Whilst the DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level, during the strike period, it as at a time which can usually be a busy one for the fire service, as many people are at home with their families and many more are out and about socialising. Many people will be at home preparing a meal during this time, or returning from a night out and feeling hungry. The kitchen... READ MORE...

Can You Help Trace This Missing Man?

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

FULL & PART TIME ROLES WITH THE GIRLS' BRIGADE UKThursday 17th October 2013 Looking for a varied and fulfilling role? Want to support the growth of a children’s and youth mission?

Girls' Brigade (GB) works with the church amongst girls, children and young women in local communities - and from January 2014, our national base will be at Cliff College in Calver, nr Chesterfield/Sheffield.

We are setting up a new team at the base, and if you support our aims, have lots of initiative, and want to contribute to the bigger picture of GB's Christian mission amongst children, girls and young women, there could be a full or... READ MORE...

Swimathon Raises Over £2,000 For Kids 'n' Cancer Charity

Swimathon Raises Over £2,000 For Kids 'n' Cancer CharityThursday 17th October 2013 A Swimathon by a retired school-teacher has raised over £2,000 to help kids with cancer.

David Windle, aged 69 from Newbold, and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, has raised the money for the Chesterfield based charity, Kids 'N' Cancer UK, by swimming a marathon length 26 miles, 385 yards.

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

Leeds Man Charged After Tyre Thefts In ChesterfieldThursday 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

UEFA Women's U17 Euro Championships Final At Chesterfield FCs  PROACT StadiumWednesday 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

Chesterfield Company Franke Sissons Steps Up For Ashgate HospiceWednesday 16th October 2013
North Derbyshire's Ashgate Hospice has received a further donation of stainless steel cabinets, shelving, a space-saving janitorial sink and bathroom storage solutions from local catering and washroom equipment manufacturer, Franke Sissons.

Franke Sissons
, also known as Franke Washroom Systems has repeatedly supported Ashgate Hospice over many years donating a range of equipment for sanitary, kitchen, janitorial and bathroom use as well as hosting charity events and other fundraising activities. READ MORE... 

Further Date Announced For Fire Service Strike In Derbyshire

urther Date Announced For Fire Service Strike In DerbyshireTuesday 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

Proposed End Of Subsidised School Transport - Have Your SayMonday 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

Police Seek Information Regarding Whittington Moor CollisionMonday 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!)

Andy's Here For The Beer (And The Mayor Has His Chips!) at the Chatsworth Road FestivalMonday 14th October 2013 It's been a weekend for tickling tastebuds with competition rife in Chesterfield during this year's Chatsworth Road Festival, with the 2013 'Champion Chips' and 'Best Bitter in the Borough' competitions.

Firstly, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield were lucky enough to spend time placing chips on the table during the Chip Challenge, with the eventual winner declared as the Brampton Fish Bar.

It's a rough job but someone had to do it - with Cllr Stone tasting the chips 'blind" - the plates were not labelled and only when he decided which were... READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 23

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 14th October 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!

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

Police Appeal Over Stolen Mountain Bike

Police Appeal Over Stolen Mountain BikeThursday 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

Air Ambulance Called To Road Accident In RidgewayThursday 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

Stagecoach Employees Enjoy National Customer Service WeekThursday 10th October 2013
Stagecoach in Chesterfield has announced plans for its employees to take part in this year's National Customer Service Week.

The company will celebrate the national campaign with a range of activities throughout the week from 7th - 13th October.

National Customer Service Week is run by the Institute of Customer Service and its aim is to raise awareness of customer service and the vital role it plays in successful business practice and the growth of the UK economy. READ MORE...

Police Release CCTV Images After Thefts From Chesterfield Pub

Police Release CCTV Images After Thefts From Chesterfield PubWednesday 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

Jobs Boost As Markham Vale Attracts Construction JobsWednesday 9th October 2013 Hundreds more new jobs for local people are on the cards, as two leading construction companies set up their site office at Derbyshire's flagship regeneration site.

Costain Serco
- a joint venture of the two companies - is setting up at Derbyshire County Council's Markham Vale site, adjacent to junction 29A of the M1, while they carry out motorway work for the Highways Agency.

Much of the work on the two year project - which is still subject to statutory processes and contract award - is expected to be delivered through locally... READ MORE...

Two Chesterfield Men Get A 3-Year Ban From Football Matches

Two Chesterfield Men Get A 3-Year Ban From Football MatchesWednesday 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

Spreading The Word During Reading WeekWednesday 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

Derbyshire Detectives Launch Online Fraud SurveyWednesday 9th October 2013 Police involved in a force wide campaign to help protect people from the dangers of fraud are asking members of the public for their views on the crime.

Derbyshire detectives have launched an online survey, which aims to find out about public awareness of fraud, their knowledge of how to report it and any experiences they may have with it.

Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary Economic Crime Unit, said: "A major part of our campaign is to raise..." READ MORE...

'Too Beautiful For Earth - Remembering Our Babies' - Sands

'Too Beautiful For Earth - Remembering Our Babies' - SandsMonday 7th October 2013 Chesterfield Sands (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) is hosting a special service in memory of the 17 babies that are stillborn or die shortly after birth every day in the UK.

The 'Too Beautiful for Earth - Remembering our Babies' service, is taking place on Sunday 13th October 2013 at 2pm at the Brimington crematorium, for anyone in the local community and surrounding areas that has been touched by the loss of a baby, as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Everybody is welcome to join the Chesterfield Sands group... READ MORE...

Let The Playing Begin! Celebrities Declare Chester's Den Open

Let The Playing Begin! Celebrities Declare Chester's Den OpenMonday 7th October 2013 Actor and TV presenter, Sarah-Jane Honeywell and Hollyoaks Actor Ayden Callaghan, cut the ribbon to Chester's Den on Saturday - overseeing the official opening of The Hub at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium.

Sarah-Jane, who presented CBeebies shows on the BBC, was joined by Chester and Sean Goldsmith from Peak FM - and was only too happy to speak to children and parents who had come along to share the day.

Born in Worksop, Sarah-Jane has performed on stage and screen in various productions, including pantomimes. READ MORE...

East Midlands Ambulance Service To Star On C4 TV Series

East Midlands Ambulance Service To Star On C4 TV SeriesSaturday 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

Search For Missing Staveley Man ContinuesFriday 4th October 2013 The search for Glynn Holland, who has been missing from his home in Staveley since September 12th, is continuing.

Mr Holland, 50, was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am that day. There have been several possible sightings of Mr Holland since he left home but his family have not seen or heard from him since.

Officers have followed up every sighting but these sightings have not yet led to any positive information regarding the whereabouts of Mr Holland. His disappearance is completely out of character. READ MORE...

Derbyshire Confirms Budget And Sets The Way Forward

Derbyshire Confirms Budget And Sets The Way ForwardFriday 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

Police Seek Witnesses To Robbery In Whittington MoorThursday 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

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Fights Flu This SeasonThursday 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

Local Student 'Pitches' In With Kenyan ChildrenThursday 3rd October 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
One local student has been described as a 'credit to Chesterfield' after completing a volunteer project in Africa.

19-year-old Chris Spencer-Payne, from Derbyshire, had always wanted to visit Kenya: "I had wanted to do some voluntary work before I go to university in September and I wanted it to be in Kenya as my Dad was born there; so I had wanted to visit for a while."

An avid football fan, Chris decided to sign up for the Projects... READ MORE...

A Michelin Listing For The Devonshire Arms

Michelin Listing For The Devonshire ArmsThursday 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

Public Meeting To Be Held About The Avenue SiteWednesday 2nd October 2013
Chesterfield residents have been invited to a public meeting to hear about plans for the Avenue development in Wingerworth.

The former coking plant closed in 1992. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has submitted plans to develop part of the 242 acre site (the equivalent of 200 football pitches) with housing and other uses.

The site is in North East Derbyshire but could affect Chesterfield residents in areas such as Hasland, Birdholme and St Augustines. READ MORE...

Man Robbed In Chesterfield

Man Robbed In ChesterfieldWednesday 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

More Than 135 Arrested In Local Police Crackdown On CrimeWednesday 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

Sky-High Check For WPD Power NetworkWednesday 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

Local Landlords Face Mortgage Payment ConcernTuesday 1st October 2013 Local landlords have expressed their concern after being shocked by a bombshell letter received from lender West Bromwich Building Society, which has doubled their mortgage payments almost overnight.

Buy-to-let borrowers with three properties or more, have been targeted by the West Brom to bail out their balance sheet by increasing their tracker mortgage rate - in direct contradiction to the terms of the mortgage offer signed by the landlords.

The building society has engaged a team of lawyers to scour... READ MORE...

Appeal After A Chesterfield House Window Is Damaged By Fire

Appeal After A Chesterfield House Window Is Damaged By FireTuesday 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

School's Out... On Tuesday. List Of Closures.Monday 30th September 2013
The two largest teacher unions, the NASUWT and the NUT, representing nine out of ten teachers, will be striking locally tomorrow (Tuesday, 1st October 2013), in what they term their jointly coordinated campaign to Protect Teachers and Defend Education.

Following what they say is the continued refusal of the Secretary of State to genuinely engage with the NUT and the NASUWT to seek to resolve trade disputes with him, strikes will go ahead tomorrow throughout the Eastern, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside regions. READ MORE...

80s Dirty Stop Outs Dance Their Way To Charity Windfall

80s Dirty Stop Outs Dance Their Way To Charity Windfall for Ashgate HospiceMonday 30th September 2013
The launch party for a book that celebrates the town's 1980s nightscene has raised a staggering £1,291 for Ashgate Hospice.

Hundreds attended the Winding Wheel event to unveil Neil Anderson's 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' book which has already become a local bestseller.

The party attracted everyone from '60s chart star Dave Berry to John Williamson, former owner of renowned Chesterfield nightclub, the Aquarius. READ MORE...

Deputy Mayor Donates First Bag To BHF Charity Bag-athon

Deputy Mayor Donates First Bag To Charity Bag-athonMonday 30th September 2013 The Deputy Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf, officially launched British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops stock donation appeal, the Great British Bag-athon, with an event at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre in the town on Friday 27th September, by being the first person to donate a bag of items to this year's campaign.

The Great British Bag-athon is BHF shops biggest stock donation campaign, aiming to raise 1 million bags of unwanted things throughout September. The Chesterfield community is being urged to join in and donate one bag or many full of unwanted clothes, shoes, toys, books, CDs, DVDs etc and drop it off at... READ MORE...

Where Can You Find A Mouse Eating Cake In Chesterfield?

Where Can You Find A Mouse Eating Cake In Chesterfield?Monday 30th September 2013 A previously homeless mascot welcomed children into his new pad on Friday - and signalled the opening of the community development at the home of Chesterfield FC, The PROACT stadium.

The £1.5 million project has seen the rear of the PROACT Stadium's East Stand transformed into a flagship - and unique - base for community based projects, including a gym, hydrotherapy pool and offices - alongside Chester's Den, a play area and café for families, which is open 7 days a week.

As Chester The Field Mouse welcomed young Spireites to... READ MORE...

Swimathon Date For Kids 'n' Cancer Brought Forward

Swimathon Date For Kids 'n' Cancer Brought ForwardMonday 30th September 2013 As reported recently, a swimathon by a retired school-teacher to help kids with cancer, has been brought forward because his training regime in the build-up has gone so well!

David Windle, aged 69 from Newbold, and a past president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, is raising vital funds for the Chesterfield based charity Kids 'N' Cancer UK, by swimming a marathon length 26 miles 385 yards.

His sponsored bid will now take place over the week 7th-11th October 2013 at Ringwood Hall Hotel Health & Fitness Centre instead of two... READ MORE...

Derbyshire Adopts Chesterfield Anti-Social Behaviour Scheme

Derbyshire Adopts Chesterfield Anti-Social Behaviour SchemeMonday 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

Chesterfield Swimming Star In The MakingMonday 30th September 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
A swimming star in the making, 9-year old Natalia Mettam, has become the first person to complete her swimming Honours Award, at Staveley's Healthy Living Centre.

Natalia, from Woodthorpe in Staveley. started swimming at the centre when it first opened in 2008, age 5 years old. A natural swimmer, she has successfully completed the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Learn to Swim pathway awards 1 - 10 as well as the Bronze, Silver and Gold challenge awards.  For her final Honours Award she had to achieve a multitude of challenges, including... READ MORE...

Police Increase Security For Weekend's Local Derby

Police Increase Security For Weekend's Local DerbyFriday 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

Air Ambulance Called To Aid Of Clay Cross ManFriday 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

Daughter In Plea To Take Up Screening After Father's DeathFriday 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...

A Very Happy 60th Birthday To Sylvia TooleyA Very Happy 60th Birthday To Sylvia Tooley

Sylvia Tooley celebrates her 60th birthday at the PROACT with her husband of 34 years Phil, daughter Emma and a host of family and friends, in the sponsors' lounge ahead of the big derby game against Mansfield Town. 

Sylvia
, pictured with the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and Mark Allott, Nicky Ajose, Danny Whitaker and (her favourite), Tommy Lee, attends nearly all of CFC's home and away games in her wheelchair, and when the fixtures came out, Phil immediately rang to let her know he'd organised the Stags at home for her special day! Say hello if you see her at the game, it'll be well appreciated.

Police Seek Good Samaritan

Police Seek Good SamaritanWednesday 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

Take Extra Care On The Roads During Industrial ActionWednesday 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

NHS Discovery Day Spotlights Helping People Stay ActiveTuesday 24th September 2013 Free health checks, activity taster sessions and a goal scoring competition - with free Chesterfield match tickets for the fastest shot - will be on offer at an NHS Discovery Day at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium this Thursday, 26th September, from 1pm to 6pm.

The discovery day - organised by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust - brings together healthy activities and information, to help people look after their health and wellbeing and signpost them to NHS services which can help them stay active.

Everyone who registers at the discovery day will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle Fire HD. Younger visitors can also take part in a children's health treasure hunt with the winner receiving a free paintballing session for 10 people. READ MORE...

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

The death has been announced of Douglas Newby Robinson.

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

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

Don't Make Unnecessary 999 Calls As Fire Service Strike Looms

DFRS urge - Don't Make Unnecessary 999 Calls As Fire Service Strike LoomsTuesday 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

Chesterfield FC's 'Unsung Hero' Is Honoured By A PrinceTuesday 24th September 2013 There are few people who go to Chesterfield Football Club who haven't encountered Jeff Hall!

In fact, the man voted 'Fan of the Year' in 2006 does so much for the club around the town, that there are probably very few residents of Chesterfield who wouldn't recognise him.

And now his loyalty and commitment to the club has been rewarded with a trip to Buckingham Palace on October 7th, where he will meet HRH the Duke Of Cambridge, President of the FA, and be publicly thanked for his... READ MORE...

North East Derbyshire Leisure Centres In Line For Investment

North East Derbyshire Leisure Centres In Line For InvestmentMonday 23rd September 2013 Residents are set to benefit from up to £270,000 worth of improvements which have been earmarked for two North East Derbyshire leisure centres.

North East Derbyshire District Council has approved proposals to refurbish Eckington Swimming Pool and Dronfield Sports Centre.

At Eckington, the gym will be refurbished and at Dronfield Sports Centre - which was transformed as part of a major refurbishment in 2008 - the gym equipment will be upgraded to ensure it remains state-of-the-art. READ MORE...

Could YOUR Labrador Be A Life Changer?

Could YOUR Labrador Be A Life Changer?Monday 23rd September 2013 Sheffield based national charity, Support Dogs, is seeking dogs in need of rehoming to assist their work in transforming the lives of children and adults.

The charity trains and provides specialist assistance dogs to increase independence and the quality of life for children and adults affected by autism, epilepsy and physical disability.

Katie Burns, Support Dogs Dog training Manager, explains, "We don't have the benefit of our own breeding centre, so we often take on donated..." READ MORE...

Thumbs Up From Community Youngstars

Thumbs Up From Community YoungstarsMonday 23rd September 2013 Youngsters in Chesterfield have given a holiday club supported by Chesterfield Borough Council a unanimous 'thumbs up'.

The Community Youngstars play scheme, allowed young people to lean a wide range of activities from circus skills to break dancing.

The play scheme was held throughout the summer holidays at Queen's Park Annexe, with three sessions to entertain various age groups.

One was held for younger children (5 to 11 year olds) in the... READ MORE...

New Images Released Of Missing Staveley Man

New Images Released Of Missing Staveley ManFriday 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

Vicar Lane Hosts Launch Of BHF Great British Bag-athon EventFriday 20th September 2013
British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops are launching their biggest stock donation appeal, the Great British Bag-athon, with an event on Friday 27th September at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre.

BHF shops are urging Chesterfield's local community to join in and fill up bags full of unwanted things for the Great British Bag-athon to help fight heart disease.

The event will be officially launched by the Deputy Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf, when he donates the first bag of items... READ MORE...

Rotarian's Marathon Swim For Kids 'n' Cancer Charity

Rotarian David Windle's Marathon Swim For Kids 'n' Cancer CharityFriday 20th September 2013
A retired school-teacher from Newbold is in training for a sponsored marathon length swim, to help Chesterfield based charity Kids 'n' Cancer UK in its vital support of young people with cancer.

Rotarian David Windle, a former teacher at Newbold Community School and a past president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, was so moved by a recent talk given by the charity founder, Rotarian Mike Hyman, that he felt compelled to help the charity in their efforts to support children and their families who have a variety of problems associated with cancer. READ MORE...

Couple Jailed For Making Indecent Images Of Children

Couple Jailed For Making Indecent Images Of ChildrenThursday 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

Rogue Traders Thought To Have Tricked Elderly LadyThursday 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

Tupton Hall School Open Evening TodayThursday 19th September 2013
Tupton Hall School are having an Open Evening tonight, Thursday 19th September, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Parents, students and the local community are all invited to join the school at their Open Evening, with the Parents of current Year 6 pupils particularly welcome, as this is an ideal opportunity to make that all important choice for secondary education.

Parents can tour the school's excellent facilities, talk to the teachers and meet with some of the current students. READ MORE...

Papa John's Show Rewards Are In The Goals For Spireites

Papa John's Show Rewards Are In The Goals For SpireitesThursday 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

Police Warn The Public About Courier FraudThursday 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

Peak District National Park Planners Secure Restoration Of Three QuarriesThursday 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

Local MP Hails Breakfast Boost For Vulnerable ChildrenWednesday 18th September 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins joined pupils of William Rhodes primary school for breakfast yesterday morning as Derbyshire County Council launched their new initiative.

As we reported previously, Pupils at 25 Derbyshire primary and junior schools are set to benefit from breakfast club pilot schemes, which aim to ensure no child comes into school hungry.

Toby Perkins MP, said, "Education is one of the great social levellers of our time, allowing children to do well whatever their background." READ MORE...

Man Jailed For Bicycle Thefts In Chesterfield And Bolsover

Jail For Local 30 Year Old Bicycle ThiefWednesday 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

Chesterfield Teen Hails 'Life Saving' HospitalTuesday 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

Local residents invited to 'Cracking Crime' Events In North East DerbyshireTuesday 17th September 2013
Residents are invited to pick up free security equipment and get the chance to quiz their local police officer at two 'Cracking Crime' events being held in North East Derbyshire.

North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership (NEDCSP) will be running the drop-in events in North Wingfield and Holmewood, on the following dates: North Wingfield on Wednesday 25th September, from 1.15pm to 3.15pm at the Miners Welfare Social Club and Holmewood on Tuesday 1st October from 12 noon to 2pm at the Miners Welfare Social Club. READ MORE...

Police Appeal For Help In Finding Missing Staveley Man

Police are appealing for help in finding Derbyshire man, Glynn Holland,  who has been missing from his home in Staveley since Thursday, September 12th.Monday 16th September 2013 Police are appealing for help in finding a Derbyshire man who has been missing from his home in Staveley since Thursday, September 12th.

Glynn Holland, 50, (pictured) was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am. There was a potential sighting of Mr Holland on his bicycle in Staveley at around 3pm on Thursday, but his family have not seen or heard from him since. His disappearance is completely out of character. Mr Holland is around six feet tall, of medium build, with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a grey top and shorts.

Mr Holland, or anyone with any information about his whereabouts, is asked to contact Derbyshire police using the non-emergency number 101.

Town Planners Con(tent) To Give Go Outdoors Go Ahead

Chesterfield Town Planners Con'tent' To Give Go Outdoors Go AheadMonday 16th September 2013 Go Outdoors has today (Monday, 16th September), been given planning permission by Chesterfield Borough Council to turn a former Tesco site into a combined head office and store.

The building, on Meltham Lane in Whittington Moor, has been empty since 2010 when Tesco opened a larger store on the other side of the Chesterfield by-pass at the former Dema Glass site.

Members of the committee were told national retailer Go Outdoors would create 160 new jobs at the new store, which will sell outdoors clothing and... READ MORE...

Wind Turbines Refused To Protect Landscape And Wildlife

Wind Turbines Refused To Protect Landscape And WildlifeMonday 16th September 2013 Three separate applications for wind turbines have been turned down by the Peak District National Park Authority to protect landscape and wildlife.

The sites for the proposed wind turbines were at Butterton Moor, Newhaven and Onecote.

The Authority supports the need for renewable energy but has to balance this with the harmful impact that installing a wind turbine could have on the national park's natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage. READ MORE...

Newbold And Brockwell SNT Police Surgeries This Weekend

Newbold And Brockwell SNT Police Surgeries this weekendMonday 16th September 2013 Officers from the Newbold and Brockwell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are holding a surgery for local residents to speak about concerns.

The Mobile Police Station will be visiting Loundsley Green, Holmebrook Valley Park and Holme Hall this weekend.

It is a chance for people to meet their local officers and pick up crime prevention advice. The surgeries will take place on Saturday, September 21st in the van which will be parked up at... READ MORE...

'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 19

Chesterfield FC's 'Blues on the move' resultsMonday 16th September 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!

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

MP Backs Fairer Benefits Test For Those With Mental Illness

MP Backs Fairer Benefits Test For Those With Mental HealthFriday 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

County To Add New Gritters To FleetFriday 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

Dirty Stop Outs' Launch Set For This WeekendThursday 12th September 2013 This Saturday's (14th) launch party for the 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' is set to raise hundreds of pounds for Ashgate Hospice.

The event, held at the Winding Wheel, has already sold hundreds of advance tickets and is set to celebrate venues of the era like the Aquarius, Adam & Eve and others.

'EIGHTIES... The Biggest Reunion... EVER' is set to offer DJs, guests and raffle prizes donated by '80s stars including the Human League and Simple Minds. The book's author, Neil Anderson, said: "The reaction to the book..." READ MORE...

MP Welcomes Next Stage Of Chesterfield's Waterside Project

MP Welcomes Next Stage Of Chesterfield's Waterside ProjectWednesday 11th September 2013 An ambitious Chesterfield regeneration project is set to take a leap forwards, promising to bring new homes and jobs to a redundant ex-industrial area.

The Waterside Project
, led by Chesterfield Borough Council with a consortium of developers, will occupy a neglected 40-acre site, taking in the Chesterfield Canal Basin, completed in 2009 as the first stage of the scheme, between the Railway Station and the former Tesco supermarket on Rother Way.

Named the 50th biggest regeneration project in the UK, the... READ MORE...

Roundabout Poised To Return To Hasland Road Junction

Roundabout Poised To Return To HaslandWednesday 11th September 2013 Traffic lights at a Hasland road junction are set to be replaced with a mini-roundabout and other safety measures following calls by local residents for a re-think.

Derbyshire County Council
agreed to look again at the junction of Hasland Road and Mansfield Road following a serious accident around 60 metres from the junction in March.

More than 250 people attended a consultation event in June to have their say about the road layout which was introduced in consultation with Hasland and St Leonards Community Forum in December 2011.

Traffic lights and crossings were originally installed to replace a mini roundabout and zebra crossing following a high number of road accidents. READ MORE...

Sheffield Sharks Basketball Team Adopt Kids 'n' Cancer Charity

Sheffield Sharks Basketball Team Adopt Kids 'n' Cancer CharityTuesday 10th September 2013 The most successful professional basketball team in the UK have announced their decision to adopt national children's charity, Kids 'n' Cancer UK.

Chesterfield based charity, Kids 'n' Cancer, are today celebrating news of a major new supporter from the sporting world.

One Health Sheffield Sharks, our regions best known professional basketball outfit, have confirmed that they will make Kids 'n' Cancer UK their main adopted charity for the coming season, which commences on Friday 27th September... READ MORE...

Breakfast Boost For Derbyshire Schoolchildren

Breakfast Boost For Derbyshire SchoolchildrenTuesday 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

County Faces Losing Further FundsMonday 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

Morrisons M Local Arrives In ChesterfieldMonday 9th September 2013 A new Morrisons convenience store, Morrisons M local, has opened in Chesterfield today, creating 20 new jobs for the town.

The supermarket believes it has spotted a gap in the market for a convenience store that offers more fresh food - as opposed to just tins and toiletries - to enable customers to cook a meal from scratch or buy a high quality ready meal.

Located on Vicar Lane, in the old HMV store, it was opened at 9.00am by the team from Ashgate Hospice. Management at the store were keen to find a 'local hero' to help them officially cut the ribbon - and the Hospice was chosen... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Gets Well Dressed And Dancing

Chesterfield Gets Well Dressed And DancingMonday 9th September 2013 Visitors to Chesterfield town centre on Saturday, once again enjoyed a variety of dancers in the annual 'Day of Dance' event organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Boasting a variety of dance styles, with many returning acts including Crystal Cheer & Dance and the Burlesque Madam Gaga and her girls - performing alongside new show stoppers who included Barlborough Bears, the dancers of all ages showcased skills in ballet, jazz, tango, cheer and street dance.
 
Another newcomer, The Romano Jilo Dance Group, showcased... READ MORE...

Funding Hasland's Eastwood Park's Community Garden

Funding Hasland's Eastwood Park's Community GardenMonday 9th September 2013
Eastwood Park in Hasland is set to benefit from a raft of improvements thanks to funding from the Lottery funded Awards for All.

The Friends of Eastwood Park secured the £10,000 funding for the Chesterfield Borough Council park for the Community Garden.

Barbara Arrandale, Chair of the Friends of Eastwood Park, said the grant will fund new seeds, plants and compost, a new set of communal tools to use in the garden as well as a new secure lock up. READ MORE...

Police Seek Information After Robbery From Chesterfield House

Police Seek Information After House Robbery In ChesterfieldFriday 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

Flood Defences To Be Improved In DerbyshireFriday 6th September 2013 As heavy rain falls today giving rise to warnings, news that flood defence improvements costing £95,000 could be carried out in the area if plans get the go ahead next week.

Derbyshire County Council's cabinet members will consider plans to reduce problems with flooding at a meeting on Tuesday 10th September, as well as a £15,000 study to look at ways of reducing flooding in Renishaw.

Councillor Dean Collins, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport said: "Extreme weather such as prolonged heavy rain..." READ MORE...

Local Law Firms Announce Merger

Local Law Firms Announce MergerFriday 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

Police Seek Information After House Robbery In ChesterfieldFriday 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

Police Try To Trace Two Women Who Helped Assault VictimThursday 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

PDSA Pet Roadshow Offering Free Dog Microchipping in Bolsover and North East DerbyshireThursday 5th September 2013 Dog owners across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire are being given the chance to get their dog microchipped and receive pet health advice for free when a mobile pet checking unit tours the area this month.

The PDSA Health Check Roadshow will take to the streets to offer free dog check-ups - including weight, eyes, teeth, ears, coat condition and general fitness - all undertaken by an experienced veterinary nurse.

Having been previously run in Bolsover, this is the first time... READ MORE...

Police Seek Witness After Assault In Chesterfield

Police Seek Witness After Assault In ChesterfieldWednesday 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!

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!

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

£3m Grant Boost For Derbyshire's Small Businesses with Derbyshire Economic Partnership and Derbyshire County CouncilWednesday 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

Get Dancing In Chesterfield this SeptemberWednesday 4th September 2013
Chesterfield will once again welcome a variety of dancers in its 'Day of Dance', event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.

The event takes place on Saturday 7th September between 10.30am and 3.30pm in Rykneld Square (outside the Visitor Information Centre).

The Day of Dance boasts a variety of dance styles, with return performances from many acts and new performances from Barlborough Bears, who will be performing a fusion of ballet, jazz, and street dance. READ MORE...

Good News For Tesco Distribution Centre Workers

Every job helps! Good News For Tesco Distribution Centre WorkersWednesday 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

Barratt Homes Pledge 1.5 Acres For British Honey BeeFriday 23rd August 2013
Leading local homebuilder Barratt Homes North Midlands is joining the fight to save the British honey bee, by planting more bee friendly plants across 1.5 acres of gardens and open spaces.

Teaming up with leading bee charity, the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA), Barratt is setting out to change the way it landscapes open space and plants gardens in show houses at 400 developments over the next three years. Barratt Homes North Midlands will be working with the BBKA on how to encourage bees and change its planting, to ensure the bees' food supply is maximised. READ MORE...

County Council Helps Local People To Avoid Pay Day Loans

County Council Helps Local People To Avoid Pay Day LoansWednesday 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

Every Little Tesco Does NOT Help Says Local ResidentsThursday 8th August 2013 Local residents are continuing to celebrate after controversial plans to convert a local pub to a convenience store have once again been turned down by Chesterfield Borough Council's Planning Committee.

Residents are opposed to The Crispin Inn on Ashgate Road being turned into a local Tesco store, believing that to do so would have a detrimental effect on the local area and remove what is seen as a local community pub from use.

Plans submitted by Tesco have been refused before by Council... READ MORE...

Local Mum Wendy (Body) Builds Success At 45

Local Mum (Body) Builds Success At 45Thursday 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

25 New Chesterfield 'Ambassadors' All Set For SummerMonday 5th August 2013 Chesterfield has recruited 25 more willing volunteers to sing the praises of the town, bringing the total of 'ambassadors' to 125.

The volunteers join the town's Ambassador Scheme ahead of the influx of tourists over the summer.

The new ambassadors include frontline staff from the town's businesses, including restaurants, museums, banks and Chesterfield Borough council employees. They join local residents, traffic wardens and sales assistants to name but a few, who have previously signed up to the voluntary, unpaid scheme. READ MORE...

40th Anniversary Memorial For Markham Pit Disaster

40th Anniversary Memorial For Markham Pit DisasterTuesday 30th July 2013 The first two figures in a memorial to miners who lost their lives down a Derbyshire pit, along with a memorial stone next to the pit entrance, have been unveiled today during an event to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the county's worst mining tragedies.

Eighteen miners died and 11 others suffered serious injury, when the mechanical brake failed on a lift carrying them to the coalface failed at Markham Colliery on 30th July, 1973 and they plummeted to the bottom of the shaft.

It was the third disaster at the colliery following accidents READ MORE & VIDEO...

Chesterfield Co-op Closes Its Doors For The Last Time!

Chesterfield Co-op Closes It's Doors For The Last Time!  Wednesday 24th July 2013 5.30pm today will see the doors of one of Chesterfield's major retailers close it's doors for the last time.

The iconic Co-Op on Elder Way will cease trading after decades on the site after declining sales forced decisions on its future.

It was revealed in January, that the store would be one of nine outlets closed down after retailers had turned to alternative methods of shopping.

Around 100 jobs have gone at the store, which specialises in... READ MORE...

Thunderstorms Cause Alarm

Thunderstorms Cause Alarm at Veolia Environmental ServicesTuesday 23rd July 2013
At approximately 4.30 this morning, the off-site warning siren sounded at Veolia Environmental Services on Norwood Industrial Estate, Ellisons Road, off Rotherham Road, Killamarsh.

This was due to a malfunction caused by electrical storms overnight and the siren has now been silenced.

Veolia Environmental Services have confirmed that no incident has occurred, and local people can be assured that no release of any substance has taken place.

Were You A Chesterfield 'Dirty Stop Out' In the '80s?

Where You A Chesterfield 'Dirty Stop Out' In the '80s?Tuesday 23rd July 2013 A book that has already successfully reunited hundreds of old friends and amassed over 2,500 followers on Facebook goes on sale this week.
 
As we reported previously, the 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' has been put together by local author Neil Anderson, a former Manor School and Chesterfield School pupil who grew up in the town in the era.

Interest in his project quickly snowballed after he launched a Facebook group so people could share photos and memories. READ MORE...

The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Have A New Royal Prince

The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Have A New Royal PrinceMonday 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

Frankie The Singing Dog 'Leads' The Way At Church ServiceMonday 22nd July 2013 Last week may have seen the hottest day of the year so far in most parts of the UK but, several important guests at Sunday morning's special open-air service at All Saints Church, Ashover, turned up wearing fur coats!

The VIPs (that's Very Important Pets), were attending a special celebration for animals of all shapes, colours and sizes, as well as their human owners.

Church members without a pet were encouraged to bring a cuddly toy and so, the service went ahead with various live dogs and frequent... READ MORE...

Hero Soldier Visits Local Firm For Afternoon Tea

Hero Soldier Visits Local Firm For Afternoon TeaWednesday 17th July 2013 Ben Parkinson MBE, Ambassador Patron for www.pilgrimbandits.org, was guest of honour at Franke Sissons 'get-to-know-us' afternoon tea on Friday 12th July in Chesterfield.

The horrendously injured soldier, who has both survived and continued to make amazing progress, following an IED explosion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2006, visited Chesterfield to learn more about Franke Sissons' steel manufacturing business and the other charities and causes the local company supports.

As a memento of his visit, staff at the Company designed... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Man Graduates As Royal Air Force Officer

Chesterfield Man Graduates As Royal Air Force OfficerSaturday 13th July 2013 As Chesterfield begins festivities today at the Staveley Armed Forces Weekend, news this week of a newly-qualified Royal Air Force Officer from Chesterfield, who is flying high after recently graduating from a prestigious military academy.

James Bown, 23, graduated as a Flying Officer from Initial Officer Training Course (IOTC) 31 at the Officer and Aircrew Cadet Training Unit at Royal Air Force College Cranwell, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.

James joined 29 other cadets, including representatives from... READ MORE...

Official Opening For New Look Whittington Moor Post Office

Official Opening For New Look Whittington Moor Post OfficeFriday 12th July 2013 To celebrate the launch of the new-look Whittington Moor Post Office, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins cut the ribbon at an official opening ceremony at the branch with Subpostmaster Tim Holmes today, 12 July 2013.

Mr Perkins said: "The Post Office network is at the heart of communities up - and down the country and the Whittington Moor branch is no different.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to open the new branch with Tim Holmes. Post Office services keep getting better and more diverse, and it's great to see that their plans to modernise branches across the UK are going so well." READ MORE...

Loundsley Green Volunteers Receive Recognition From PM

Loundsley Green Volunteers Receive Recognition From Prime Minister David CameronWednesday 10th July 2013
A group of volunteers in Loundsley Green who created a vibrant community from a building due for demolition have been recognised today by Prime Minister David Cameron with a 'Big Society' Award.

The community centre now helps over 300 local people a week with skills ranging from business development to free basic IT classes for older people.

Loundsley Green Community Trust, a volunteer-run community development charity, was formed by local residents in 2010 to save the last... READ MORE...

MP Urges Locals To Back Staveley Armed Forces Weekend

MP Urges Locals To Back Staveley Armed Forces WeekendTuesday 9th July 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is mustering the public to join him in celebrating the work of armed service personnel, past and present, at the annual Staveley Armed Forces Weekend.

Taking place in Poolsbrook Country Park on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July, organisers, Staveley Armed Forces and Veterans Association, say this year's event promises to be their biggest yet, with the highlight a flypast from a World War II Dakota aircraft on both days.

Saturday begins with a military parade led by a brass band to the... READ MORE...

40 Jobs And £0.5 Million Investment Comes To Chesterfield

40 Jobs And £0.5 Million Investment Comes To ChesterfieldTuesday 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

Giving Carers Care - Chesterfield 'Angels' Hit 1 Year MarkMonday 8th July 2013 They are the hidden army within Derbyshire - in fact, throughout the UK. 112,000 people in our county care for someone they love - someone with an illness or a disability, and many of those will be elderly or infirm themselves.

Sadly, many of those will at some point struggle to cope with 'coping', but many will remain too proud to seek help, and become ill themselves. Many of that number are not registered, believing that it is his or her 'duty' to care for someone close.

One year ago, an organisation was set up in Chesterfield to... READ MORE...

Investment To Improve Water Quality In The River Rother

Investment To Improve Water Quality In The River RotherMonday 8th July 2013 Yorkshire Water has told The Chesterfield Post that changes it is planning to the treatment process, will improve the discharge from Danesmoor Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) and mean better water quality in the River Rother, from March next year.

Danesmoor WWTW
was constructed in the 1970's, serving about 6,000 residents in the area and now, Yorkshire Water are spending over £2m to refurbish equipment at the site, which will mean that ammonia levels in the water discharged to the river are reduced by two thirds.

Martyn Waller, Yorkshire Water's Project Manager said: "Upgrading the way we treat waste at Danesmoor will result in better water quality in the River Rother." READ MORE...

Old Whittington's Gala Day Is A Hit

Old Whittington Gala A Great SuccessFriday 5th July 2013 Old Whittington Gala is a genuine community event and firstly, the Gala Committee would like to acknowledge, with thanks, the help of agencies and organisations without whose support the event would be difficult to stage. In particular, this years Gala sponsors, Julie and Manjit Sihota from the Nisa local store.

This year's gala was held on Saturday 29th June on The Village Green, keeping up with the 24-year tradition of holding such an event within the village. This year, the Gala's visitors enjoyed a fine, dry and warm day, with about two thousand local residents coming out to enjoy the sunshine, see what was on... READ MORE...

Drugs Dog Duke Does His Duty In Derbyshire

Duke Does His Duty In DerbyshireMonday 24th June 2013 A specially trained dog that can sniff out drugs is being used in town centres in north Derbyshire as part of a joint initiative between police and drug referral units.

Derbyshire
officers were joined by drugs dog Duke and his handler PC Brackpool from South Yorkshire Police for two nights of checks in Chesterfield and across Bolsover and Amber Valley.

Duke was used to sniff out suspected drugs during patrols around pubs and clubs in the town centres. READ MORE...

Antarctica Expedition Abandoned

Antarctica Expedition AbandonedWednesday 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

Nolan Sister 'In The Mood' For Hearing Loss AwardsFriday 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

More Great Jobs News For DerbyshireWednesday 29th May 2013 It's been announced this morning that another 63 jobs are to be created on Derbyshire County Council's flagship employment site, bringing the total to more than 320 in eight months.

The council’s development partner, Henry Boot Developments Ltd, has joined forces with Euro Garages Ltd to table plans for a petrol filling station and Starbucks Drive Thru Coffee Shop at Markham Vale off M1 junction 29A near Chesterfield.

The filling station will include a convenience store, Subway sandwich bar, public toilets and a cash machine while the Starbucks will have... READ MORE...

It's All About Community At The First New Whittington Gala

It's All About Community At The First New Whittington GalaMonday 27th May 2013 2012 saw many communities throughout the UK reconnect in order to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, holding street parties and Gala's. That event, coupled with the 'Legacy' theme of London's Olympics, it was hoped, would transfer into daily lives and see a resurgence of community spirit and pride.

One Chesterfield village saw it's Jubilee Gala do exactly that and prove so successful (despite the appalling weather in 2012) , that they have galvanised a thriving Community Association and a strong partnership with the local Primary School - resulting in New Whittington's first Village Gala for... READ MORE...

Insolvency Service Gets 2 'Murky' Derbyshire Firms Shut Down

Insolvency Service Gets 2 'Murky' Derbyshire Firms Shut DownFriday 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

Success For Chesterfield At National Coach Tourism AwardsMonday 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

Large Local Employer Creates New Job RolesTuesday 7th May 2013 Rykneld Homes has created a number of new jobs to strengthen their current workforce, in order to help them continue to deliver excellent housing and maintenance services to council homes across North East Derbyshire.

The full time, permanent jobs include plasterers, painter and decorators, estate caretakers and cleaning operatives.

Rykneld Homes, who are based at Wingerworth in Chesterfield, manage and maintain 8,200 homes for North East Derbyshire District Council. READ MORE...

AMRC Invites Local Manufacturing & Engineering Companies

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

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

Chesterfield Welcomes Back An Old Friend For Arts Festival

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

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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'

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

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

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

More Money To Help Children Find Families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rykneld Homes Family Fun Day At The Proact A Big Hit

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

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

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

Do You Know The Good Samaritans?

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

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

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

Chesterfield Bus Company Drives Increased Bus Use

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

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

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

Ilkeston Soldier Tasha Securing Helmand With Springer Sam

Ilkeston Soldier Tasha Securing Helmand With Springer SamWednesday 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

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

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

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

Cook Me The Money's Chesterfield Episode

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

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

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

Chesterfield Man Deploys To Afghanistan For Fifth Time

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

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

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

War Veteran Seeks Ex-Comrades. Can You Help?

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

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

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

Dronfield Foundry Fined After Worker Suffers Multiple Injuries

Dronfield Foundry Padley and Venables Fined After Worker Suffers Multiple InjuriesFriday 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'?

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

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

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

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

Local Vet Warns Of Spread Of Deadly Dog Disease Across UK

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

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

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

£27m Investment Progressing Well In Old Whittington

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

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

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

Chesterfield Apprenticeships Created With AIG Europe Ltd

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

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

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

Local Dog 'Paco' Wins Best Of Breed At Crufts

Local Dog Wins Best Of Breed At CruftsTuesday 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'

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

Chesterfield Based Architects Get A Dragon's Business BoostMonday 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

New Green Group Launches In ChesterfieldMonday 11th March 2013

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

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

Businesses Invited To Celebrate Town's Success

Businesses Invited To Celebrate Town's Success at Special Event at the Proact StadiumWednesday 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

National Award For Chesterfield Training at SCATuesday 5th March 2013

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

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

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

Brampton Manor Prize Draw Winner Terri 'Overwhelmed'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Job Losses In North East Derbyshire

More Job Losses In North East DerbsyhireMonday 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

Twiggs' Dismay As Sir Ranulph Quites Antarctic Expedition - The Coldest Journey On Earth - due to frostbiteMonday 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...

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

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

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

Free Training For Budding Business Brains In NE Derbyshire

Free Training For Budding Business Brains In NE DerbyshireWednesday 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'

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

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

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

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

Local Man Celebrates 500 Shifts Volunteering For ChildLine

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

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

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

And More Music Dies In Chesterfield...

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

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

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

Chesterfield Lottery Boat Seeks More Crew

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

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

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

Inscyte Appointed Specialist Business Advisors

Inscyte appointed specialist business advisors for Chesterfield Borough Council-led projectMonday 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Derbyshire Foster Carer Campaign Hits The Road

Derbyshire Foster Carer Campaign Hits The RoadWednesday 30th January 2013

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

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

USDAW Has Constructive Talks With Co-op Following Closure

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chesterfield Entrepreneur Puts Trust In Prince To Help Teens

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

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

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

Major Chesterfield Retailer To Close It's Doors

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

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

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

Chesterfield Remembers The Holocaust

Chesterfield Remembers The Holocaust with a free talk by Auschwitz survivor Iby KnillTuesday 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

Auto Windscreens Wins Major BGL ContractMonday 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

Jessops Goes Into AdministrationThursday 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

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

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

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

Care Home Operator Appoints New Operations Director

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

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

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

Mary Awarded BEM For Services To The Community

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

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

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

 


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