LATEST NEWS FROM THE CHESTERFIELD POST
Chesterfield Jobseekers To Sign New Claimant Commitment
Friday 13th December 2013 New claimants to Jobseeker's Allowance in Chesterfield, will now have to sign a 'Claimant Commitment' which sets out fully what they need to do in order to receive state support - building on current support and providing clear information about the consequences of failing to meet requirements.
There are more than 2,100 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Chesterfield.
Work coaches will help claimants set out a detailed statement of what they will do to find work using a new personal work plan. Claimants will also... READ MORE...
UEFA Give High Praise To Chesterfield FC
Friday 13th December 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Chesterfield FC officials have received a glowing endorsement from UEFA following the European Women's Under-17 Championship, which featured four games staged at the Proact Stadium.
The club hosted the final of the tournament, which saw Germany beat Spain in a penalty shoot-out after the two sides were tied at 1-1 at the end of normal time.
Tournament Director Adrian Bevington praised the club's handling of the matches. He said: "Chesterfield FC have been fantastic hosts of the UEFA..." READ MORE...
This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (13th - 19th Dec)
Friday 13th December 2013
Find all this week's Chesterfield Cineworld Cinema listings here.
Whether you fancy the latest release, or 'catching that film you really want to see on the big screen but haven't managed to get to yet', some Special and Advance Screenings, or the kids fancy a traditional 'Saturday Morning film' for just a quid (including fun and games) - you'll find it all here.
18 Men To Appear In Court Over Football Disorder
Thursday 12th December 2013
Police have charged 18 men following disorder at a football match in Chesterfield.
The incidents took place during and after the game between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town on Saturday, September 28th, at the Proact Stadium.
Police launched an operation into the disorder, which included a specialist team of football intelligence officers, and released a number of CCTV images as part of the inquiry. READ MORE...
Gold Star For Pupils In Derbyshire In National Tests
Thursday 12th December 2013
Primary school pupils in Derbyshire have outperformed the national average in tests for ten and 11-year-olds.
Key Stage 2 performance and attainment tables published by the Government today (Thursday, 12th December) show that 78% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics - compared to 75% nationally.
It means Derbyshire is in the top group of similar authorities in all subjects and at all levels of performance. READ MORE...
Mecca Chesterfield's Christmas Cheer With Presents Campaign
Thursday 12th December 2013 Mecca Chesterfield is spreading festive cheer this yuletide season by collecting gifts for Chesterfield Royal Hospital children's unit as part of Mecca's Christmas presents campaign.
Mecca customers and employees are being encouraged to take a gift tag from the club's Christmas tree - and buy an extra present this year, to bring smiles to the faces of children who are spending Christmas in the hospital.
"We'e delighted to be supporting our local hospital and hope to make this Christmas an extra special one for these children," Mecca Chesterfield Operations Manager Tracy Lowth said. READ MORE...
National Award Success For Two Chesterfield Bus Apprentices
Thursday 12th December 2013 Two bus apprentices from Stagecoach Yorkshire are in the fast lane for success after scooping top awards in a prestigious national competition.
Bus trainees Sam Harris and Matthew Mallinson, who work at Stagecoach's Chesterfield depot, were recognised for their hard work and dedication at the company's ninth annual Apprentice of the Year Awards.
Sam Harris, aged 21, who works as an auto electrician and is in his second year on the apprenticeship scheme, won the 'Apprentice of the Year 2013'. READ MORE...
Police Warn Public As Royal Mail Scam Circulates Online
Wednesday 11th December 2013 Police are urging the public to remain vigilant following the circulation of a fraudulent Royal Mail scam in the run up to Christmas.
Detectives have been alerted to a scam whereby offenders are circulating a malicious email, fraudulently claiming to be from the Royal Mail.
The scam email states that the company is holding an item for the victim, with the subject header often saying "Mail - lost/missing package". The person is then asked to open up an attachment and fill in the form to receive their parcel. READ MORE...
Body Found Believed To Be That Of Missing Staveley Man
Tuesday 10th December 2013 A body believed to be that of missing Staveley man, Glynn Holland, has been found.
The body of a man, that was found by a railway worker on an embankment near train tracks in Barrow Hill on Monday, December 9th, has not been formally identified, but police believe it to be that of 51-year-old Mr Holland who was reported missing from his Staveley home in September as we reported HERE.
His family has been informed and specially trained officers are working with them. Police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances.
Ground Breaking Ceremony Held At Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Tuesday 10th December 2013
A ground breaking ceremony has marked the start of work on an £11m theatre development at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
The contract is being carried out by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.
The event was celebrated by the Royal's consultant and surgical lead Gail Collins, Head of Communications Sarah Turner-Saint, IHP's Project Manager Adrian Leigh and Assistant Site Manager, Phil Worsnip. READ MORE...
Local MP Natascha Engel Rejects Proposed Salary Increase
Monday 9th December 2013 Labour MP for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel (pictured), has said today that she has rejected the proposal from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to increase MPs salaries.
Natascha Engel said, "I will not be taking the proposed salary increase. At a time of austerity when household incomes are so tight, when most of public sector pay is frozen, it would be wrong for MPs to accept a pay rise. I am writing to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to urge them to re-think this proposal. If we are forced to take the increase, I will be giving the money to the foodbanks in North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield."
Post Office Bosses To Consult On 'Dicey' Move
Monday 9th December 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is urging his constituents to attend a public meeting with Post Office bosses, to share their views on 'dicey' proposals to relocate Chesterfield's Crown Post Office into the Pavement's Centre branch of WH Smith's.
A Post Office spokesman claimed the move is needed to save costs and is being carried out at 70 of their 373 'Crown Branches' - larger stand-alone outlets, such as the branch in Chesterfield's New Square.
However, Mr Perkins has blasted the plans as 'dicey', saying they... READ MORE...
Council Funding Approved To Help Tackle Fuel Poverty
Monday 9th December 2013 Funding has been approved by Derbyshire County Council to support older and vulnerable people most at risk of ill health from living in cold and damp conditions.
The move is part of the council's public health commitment to tackling fuel poverty, reducing the number of deaths due to cold weather and impacting on health care costs.
Around 59,295 Derbyshire households live in fuel poverty and between last December and March there were an estimated 426 'excess' winter deaths... READ MORE...
Fit For A Queen! A Little Piece Of Chesterfield Goes To London
Monday 9th December 2013 One lucky little lad from Chesterfield will see a winning Christmas Card designed by him, sitting on some very famous mantelpieces this year.
Rehman Abdul, was the lucky winner of Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins' annual competition to create a card fit for a Queen, several MP's (including the Prime Minister) and over two thousand residents of Chesterfield.
Hady Primary School were given the task of drawing pictures which would showcase the work of Chesterfield children - and over 100 designs were... READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 31
Monday 9th December 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...
Spend Local - Small Business Saturday Takes Place
Saturday 7th December 2013 Council leaders are urging residents to keep their spend close to home during a national day of support for local retailers.
The first ever Small Business Saturday takes place this Saturday, 7th December - traditionally one of the busiest shopping days in the run up to Christmas.
It is the brainchild of MP Chuka Umunna, based on a similar initiative in America, and has support from all major political parties.
Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet... READ MORE...
Fire Brigade Union Announces Further Strike Action
Friday 6th December 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national ballot for strike action, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has received notification that FBU members will take further strike action on Friday, 13th December 2013, from 6pm until 10pm and Saturday, 14th December 2013, also from 6pm until 10pm.
During times of industrial action, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level. DFRS is once again calling upon Derbyshire communities to take extra care and endeavour to prevent further emergencies from occurring during this and any subsequent... READ MORE...
Fraudsters Take On False Identity In Pay Day Loan Scam
Friday 6th November 2013 Derbyshire detectives are urging the public to remain vigilant to payday loan scams as offenders take on a false company identity.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have release a report stating how fraudsters are targeting potential victims claiming to be from a genuine loan company.
The offender will offer the victim a high interest loan and mirror the demands from loan brokers for an advance fee, adding to the legitimacy of the scam.
The victim is advised that once they have sent the payment... READ MORE...
Chesterfield College Earns Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark
Friday 6th December 2013 Chesterfield College has become the first organisation to be awarded the Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark.
The Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark recognises workplaces in Derby and Derbyshire that have taken positive steps to encourage their workforce to become more active and more involved in sport and active recreation.
Chesterfield College has been awarded the 'Achievement' level of the Derbyshire Active Workplace Mark. This recognises that a workplace has demonstrated a real commitment to developing and increasing the physical..." READ MORE...
Disruption On The Railways - Update
Thursday 5th December 2013 East Midlands Trains say that most of their routes are affected by the high winds which have caused debris to block the lines today. Please check your train before you travel. They are now in a position where they are advising customers not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
Customers are asked to be aware that they are also currently struggling to source Rail Replacement buses or provide alternative transport.
Latest Information is as follows: After 16:30 there will be no train services for the rest of the day between Sleaford and Skegness and between Barnetby and Grimsby Town due to severe flood warnings... READ MORE...
Amber Weather Warning For Strong Winds Across Derbyshire
Thursday 5th December 2013 The Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning for Derbyshire this morning with strong and disruptive winds predicted throughout the day.
They predict that westerly gales are expected to spread southwards across northern and central areas of the UK today (Thursday 5th), with widespread gusts of 60 to 70 mph.
However within the area of the amber warning, gusts are expected to reach 80 mph in places and perhaps as high as 90 mph in exposed parts of the... READ MORE...
'Invest In Chesterfield' Campaign Taken To Westminster
Thursday 5th December 2013 Chesterfield's marketing campaign, Destination Chesterfield, has been highlighted by the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP, as "A good example of the public and private sector working together and, taking responsibility to attract investment and promote their town."
The praise came at an exclusive 'Invest in Chesterfield' event which was hosted by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins in Westminster recently. The event, which was organised by Destination Chesterfield, was designed to showcase the town to potential investors and property developers, highlighting the... READ MORE...
The Air Ambulance Service Issues Fraudster Warnings
Wednesday 4th December 2013 The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) is calling upon its supporters and potential donators to be wary of rogue collectors posing as a charity.
The Charity is concerned that vital income could be lost as a result of companies that carry out fraudulent activities and try to trade on the Charity's good name and reputation. Worried about the effect that bogus clothing collections will have on its donations at the most important time of the year, Chief Executive Andy Williamson said "Christmas donations of money and clothing are crucial to our service - and yet we now have to worry that criminals are distributing bogus bags..." READ MORE...
MP Natascha Engel To Hold Consultation On Fire Station
Wednesday 4th December 2013
Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire, is to hold a public meeting about the future of Dronfield Fire Station and Derbyshire Fire Authority's plans for fire stations across the county.
The meeting will take place between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, 8th December 2013. The meeting will be held in the Gosforth Lodge in Cliffe Park, Dronfield.
Natascha Engel said, "Derbyshire Fire and Rescue are consulting on plans to close nine fire stations across the county. Dronfield is one of them. READ MORE...
The death has been announced of Patricia Anne Turnbull.
Patricia passed away at home on November 23rd 2013.
Her Funeral Service will take place on Thursday 12th December, 11:15 at the Huddersfield Crematorium. No flowers please, Donations instead to MIND Charity or the Cats Protection League.
All enquiries to The Gables Funeral Service on (01484) 424235.
Extra Police Patrols At Staveley Supermarket Up To Christmas
Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Police in Staveley are stepping out with a local supermarket to shelve shoplifting and keep shoppers safe.
Extra patrols are being put on and plain clothes operations are being carried out at Morrison's to target shoplifting and prevent purse thefts on the run up to Christmas.
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams have been visiting the store and posters displayed to remind people of the consequences of shoplifting and to encourage shoppers to keep bags and purses safe. READ MORE...
Housebuilder Donates Millions To Local Projects
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 More than £2.8 million has been given to support local projects across the North Midlands over the past two financial years by Barratt Developments plc.
The funding, which is part of planning agreements with the region's local authorities, has been put towards such things as: highway improvements, public open spaces, improvements to schools and educational facilities, recreational facilities and boosting local healthcare, as well as many other projects.
The contributions have come as a result of a number of new... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Borough Council Call Centre Problems - Update
Monday 2nd December 2013 12:00 Although Chesterfield Borough Council are still experiencing problems with their phone lines, they have now set up a temporary call centre in the Town Hall.
You can now contact them on the usual call centre number: 01246 345345 but please bear with them as they have fewer staff manning the phone lines than usual.
You can still contact the Council by using the contact form on the website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/contact-us-751.html or e-mail email@example.com and their team will deal with your...READ MORE...
Police Warn Of Solicitor And Utility Bill Scams In Circulation
Friday 29th November 2013 Derbyshire police are asking the public to remain vigilant following the circulation of a bogus solicitor scam as well as preventing any victims of a utility bill scam this winter.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has released a report relating to regional fraudsters cold calling members of the public purporting to be from a firm of solicitors.
Fraudsters will commonly inform the victims that they are eligible for a cash refund or prize; however they will need to pay an advance fee to release it. READ MORE...
This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (29th Nov - 5th Dec)
Friday 29th November 2013
Find all this week's Chesterfield Cineworld Cinema listings here.
Whether you fancy the latest release, or 'catching that film you really want to see on the big screen but haven't managed to get to yet', some Special and Advance Screenings, or the kids fancy a traditional 'Saturday Morning film' for just a quid (including fun and games) - you'll find it all here.
Council Helps Families Get the Help They Need
Thursday 28th November 2013
A handbook packed with information about where families can get help bringing up their children is now available.
Produced by Derbyshire County Council with key partners, the quick-reference guide includes all services for families, including parenting classes and nursery education to drug and alcohol misuse and welfare.
Called the Early Help Offer, it is designed to make it as easy as possible for families to get the help they need before things get on top of them. READ MORE...
Two Local Lads Shine With ERIKS Apprenticeships
Thursday 28th November 2013 Two high-achieving young engineers from the Chesterfield branch of engineering solutions provider ERIKS have recently collected awards.
ERIKS Chesterfield apprentice Jacob Kane has been awarded the title Apprentice of the Year by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, while local colleague Liam Greveson won the first ever EASA (Electrical Apparatus Service Association) Exceptional Achievement Award.
Their achievements highlight the success of ERIKS' on-going... READ MORE...
Reindeer's Miss Out On Their Sweets At Vicar Lane
Thursday 28th November 2013 Rudolph, Prancer, Donner and Blitzen, helping out on the reindeer carousel ride, arrived on Monday 25th November for a three week stay at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, until Saturday 14th December, to help bring festive cheer to shoppers.
Their carousel ride is suitable for children of all ages, although those younger than 3 years old will require an adult to accompany them, and ask the reindeers ask for a small charge of £1.50 to take a ride with them.
This is the first time the reindeers have visited Vicar Lane, but... READ MORE...
The Octaves Release 'Radio Christmas' For Kids 'n' Cancer
Thursday 28th November 2013
So here we are again, the Radio and TV is alive with golden oldies of every shade of tinsel and glitter and once again, we are all asking "why are there no new Christmas songs?"
Well ask no more because here is a brand new classic Christmas song for your delight and enjoyment.
'Radio Christmas' sums it up, the song that references the greats of the genre performed by a fresh young vocal quartet called The Octaves. READ MORE...
Get Your Glad Rags On And Platform Shoes Out...
Thursday 28th November 2013 New Whittington social club are organising a 70's / 80's Fancy Dress Disco on Saturday, 21st December from 7.30pm till late - and would like to invite everyone along to join in the fun, and dance the night away!
Children are also very welcome, so it's a perfect opportunity to come along as a family and party.
Also on the night, there will be a free buffet and a Christmas draw, with the first prize an amazing £100, plus other great prizes including a dvd player, electrical goods, bottles of wine, boxes of christmas biscuits, a bouncy castle for... READ MORE...
Faulty Electrical Wiring Blamed For North Wingfield Fire
Wednesday 27th November 2013 Following a joint investigation between Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Derbyshire Police into the cause of a house fire at Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield on the 20th November 2013, where tragically four people lost their lives, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is now able to release its findings into the cause of that fire.
Thorough investigations point to an accidental fire caused by a fault in electrical wiring between the ground and first floor of the North Wingfield property.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would once again like to ... READ MORE...
New Image Of Missing Staveley Man, Glynn Holland
Wednesday 27th November 2013 The family of a man who has been missing from his home in Staveley for more than two months has released a new image of him.
Glynn Holland, 51, has not been seen since he left his home in White Road at around 11am on September 12th.
His disappearance is completely out of character.
Mr Holland is around six feet tall, of medium build, with a shaved... READ MORE...
Natascha Engel Receives 'Parliamentarian Of The Year' Award
Wednesday 27th November 2013 Labour MP for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel, has been recognised for her work as the first ever Chair of Parliament's Backbench Business Committee.
The prestigious Political Studies Association made the award of Parliamentarian of the Year to Natascha at its Annual Awards ceremony in London.
Natascha received the accolade from the Association for her work in creating an important forum for reigning in Government control over Parliament, championing the rights of backbenchers and providing a real commitment to... READ MORE...
'Nothing's Impossible!' Chesterfield Supports Small Businesses
Tuesday 26th November 2013
Chesterfield was this morning the latest destination on a nationwide bus tour to promote the UK's first ever 'Small Business Saturday' on Saturday December 7th.
Championed in the UK by Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and supported by the Prime Minister, the Business Secretary Vince Cable and the Minister for Skills Matthew Hancock, this non-political campaign highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses. READ MORE, AUDIO & VIDEO...
Suspected 'Skimming' Device Found On Eckington Cash Point
Tuesday 26th November 2013 Police have issued advice after a suspected card skimming device was found on an ATM in Eckington.
The device was discovered by a man using the Lloyds TSB cash machine on Market Street at around 6.30pm on Thursday, November 21st.
Skimming devices can be used to fraudulently obtain the card details of anyone using an ATM cash point.
Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen any... READ MORE...
Derbyshire's Chief Constable Pays Tribute To His Colleague
Monday 25th November 2013 Derbyshire's Chief Constable, Mick Creedon, has spoken of his sadness following the death of Chief Inspector Tim Frohwein, who was found dead on the moors above the Goyt Valley on Saturday.
He said: "Tim was a thoughtful man who was committed to his family. He had worked for Derbyshire Constabulary since 1993, having previously worked in the Kent and Cheshire police services. During a career break he also worked as a Chief Executive of an overseas charity.
"Tim worked across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales area..." READ MORE...
Win Tickets To See The Female Football Stars Of Tomorrow
Monday 25th November 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
Chesterfield FC will play its part in the development of the future of Women's football - as it hosts many prestigious games, including the Final, in this year's UEFA U17 European Women's Championships at the PROACT stadium - and you can be a part of it - as we have 5 Family tickets to the match on Friday 29th November to give away!
Ahead of the tournament, Lois Fidler has named her England squad to compete in the Championship on home soil later this week.READ MORE...
Council's Outline Permission For Wingerworth Development
Monday 25th November 2013
North East Derbyshire District Council has given its support for a large mixed use redevelopment scheme of the former coking works at The Avenue, Derby Road in Wingerworth.
The Council resolved to grant outline planning permission for the proposal, put forward by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which will see up to 469-dwellings being built with land being made available for employment use, a primary school, other community facilities, public open spaces and improvements to the highway network, including forming a new roundabout on to the A61. READ MORE...
Funding Boost For Derbyshire Schools
Monday 25th November 2013 A £108,000 funding boost to improve the quality of schools is being proposed by Derbyshire County Council.
Funding for 11 schools is being outlined as part of the authority's ongoing 'joint funding' initiative.
The total cash pot of £1.205m agreed for 2013/14, helps schools match-fund projects to improve and modernise their buildings.
The latest schemes - which will go to Cabinet for approval on... READ MORE...
Body Found In Chesterfield Chief Inspector Search Identified
Sunday 24th November 2013 Derbyshire Police have confirmed this evening that a man's body found yesterday in the Goyt Valley has been identified as that of missing police officer Tim Frohwein.
Derbyshire Constabulary would like to recognise the efforts of the immediate members of Tim's family, particularly his sons, who organised and co-ordinated searches.
They organised family and friends to search parts of the Goyt Valley that had not yet been formally searched by Derbyshire Police and Mountain... READ MORE...
A Winter Wonderland Comes To Town!
Sunday 24th November 2013 Thousands filled New Square this evening to see Chesterfield transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with snow.
A special Christmas Market was held throughout the afternoon, with the festive lights switched on at 4.45 pm by stars of this years panto, Beauty and The Beast, S Club 7's Tina Barrett and Superstar's Jon Moses.
Directions Theatre Arts provided a Christmas Medley and Calow Primary School choir entertained the crowds. PeakFM presenters provided the roadshow at the event, orgainised by Chesterfield Borough Council. READ MORE & VIDEO...
Police Find Body In Search For Missing Chief Inspector
Saturday 23rd November 2013 Police officers searching for their missing colleague, Chief Inpsector Tim Frohwein have found a body.
The body of a man was discovered by officers at around 1pm today (Saturday, November 23rd) in the Goyt Valley. The man has yet to be formally identified but police believe him to be Mr Frohwein, who was reported missing from his Buxton home on Sunday, November 17th. Officers, supported by local Mountain Rescue volunteers, had been searching for the 48-year-old since he was first reported missing.
Police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances.
CCTV Released Of Missing Chesterfield Chief Inspector
Friday 22nd November 2013
Police officers searching for their missing colleague Tim Frohwein have issued CCTV footage and a still CCTV image of him.
The image shows Tim walking down Macclesfield Old Road in Buxton at about 1.30pm on Sunday November 17th, just after he left home. They have also issued a picture of a green Mountain Essentials walking pole like the one he was carrying.
Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "We are also trying to trace some people who were in the Goyt Valley at the same time..." READ MORE & VIDEO...
Tributes Paid To Victims As Police State Fire "Not Suspicious"
Friday 22nd November 2013 Police investigating a fire at a house in North Wingfield in which four people died have said that they do not believe the cause to be suspicious at this stage, as the families and Local MP pay tribute to the four victims.
It has also been revealed that post mortem examinations carried out yesterday revealed all four died from smoke inhalation. Investigations into the exact cause of the fire are continuing.
Meanwhile, Lynn Leighton has issued a statement following the... READ MORE...
Crowds Turn Out For New Asda Living Store In Chesterfield
Friday 22nd November 2013 Asda Living opened today, (Friday, 22nd November), at Ravenside Retail Park, with a festive themed opening and more than 400 queuing customers.
Spire Junior School decked the halls with holly and performed some festive hymns, and Brampton Primary School's nursery class helped cut the ribbon with the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Stone; after 3 year old, Marc Dawson, won the competition to design a Christmas card.
Store manager, Kym Ashley, said: "Thank you to everyone..." READ MORE...
Investigations Into North Wingfield House Fire Continue
Thursday 21st November 2013 Investigations into the cause of a house fire in North Wingfield, in which four people died, have continued this morning.
Police and Fire Investigators remain at the house on Williamthorpe Road where two women and two young boys died.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 5am yesterday, Wednesday, November 20th.
Claire James, 27, (pictured), Josie Leighton, 32 and her two... READ MORE...
Local MP Urges Residents To Speak Up Over Post Office Plans
Thursday 21st November 2013 The Post Office has announced a customer forum on the proposed relocation of Chesterfield Post Office at the meeting space at The Chesterfield Hotel, Malkin Street, Chesterfield, on Wednesday 11th December, starting from 4:30pm and running through the evening.
The event will function as a drop-in information session, with all interested parties encouraged to attend.
However, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has voiced "serious concerns" about these plans to relocate the town's central Post Office into WH Smith's... READ MORE...
Two Jailed For Robbing Woman In Supermarket Car Park
Thursday 21st November 2013 Two people have been jailed for a series of incidents across the country where they stole bank cards and cash in supermarket car parks, including one in Chesterfield.
Irina Anghel, 37, and Marin-Danut Raducan, 42, both of Preston Road, Winston Green, Birmingham, were found guilty of theft and making false representation at Cardiff Crown Court.
The incident in Chesterfield happened on Thursday, June 13th. They followed a 78 year-old woman to the till at Morrison's in Staveley and watched... READ MORE...
Police Name Victims In North Wingfield House Fire
Wednesday 20th November 2013 Police have confirmed the names of four people who died in a house fire on Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield.
Emergency services were called to the house at 5am today, Wednesday, November 20th.
Two women, Claire James, 27, and Josie Leighton, 32, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Two boys, aged nine and 12-years-old, were also in the house... READ MORE...
Family Of Missing Chief Inspector Release Statement
Wednesday 20th November 2013 The family of Chief Inspector Tim Frohwein, 48, who has been missing from his home in Buxton since Sunday November 17th, has issued a statement.
They said: "We'd like to thank the Police search team, and the Mountain Rescue volunteers for their ongoing efforts towards finding Dad. We would also like to thank those friends and family praying for his safe return.
"While these thorough searches are going on locally we would also like to appeal to the wider public to assist with any possible sightings or..." READ MORE...
Four Confirmed Dead In North Wingfield House Fire
Wednesday 20th November 2013 12:15
Police can confirm four people have died in a house fire on Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield.
As we reported earlier, Emergency services were called to the scene at 5am today, Wednesday, November 20th.
Two adults and two children have died as a result of the fire. A third child is currently in hospital being treated for minor injuries. A joint investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out by the police and fire service. READ MORE...
Police Search For Missing Chief Inspector
Wednesday 20th November 2013 Police are searching for Chesterfield Police Chief Inspector, Tim Frohwein, who has been missing from his home in Buxton since Sunday, November 17th.
Chief Inspector Frohwein, 48, was last seen at around 2pm. He was wearing a three-quarter length dark coat, pale blue shirt and brown jeans. He may be carrying a walking pole. He has short dark hair and wears glasses. Mr Frohwein is a serving member of Derbyshire Constabulary.
Police are becoming increasingly concerned for his well being... READ MORE...
House Fire In North Wingfield
Wednesday 20th November 2013 - 09:15 Police and emergency services are on the scene of a house fire at North Wingfield this morning.
Police say they received the call at 05:10 am to the property on Williamthorpe Road and remain in attendance at the scene along with the Ambulance and Fire Services. Due to the ongoing nature of the incident no details are yet being released by the police but they will be updating press shortly.
Williamthorpe Road is closed, and will remain so for some time. Diversions are in place. READ MORE...
Planning Application For Queen's Park Sports Centre Available
Tuesday 19th November 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council has announced that the planning application for the new Queen's Park Sports Centre has been published.
Residents are invited to have their say on the development, which councillors say will reduce subsidy costs and be more energy efficient that the existing building.
The proposed new development, which would see a state of the art sports facility built on the current Annexe, has already undergone one round of public consultation and a full council debate after concerns were raised by local residents. READ MORE...
Beauty Lights Up Chesterfield
Tuesday 19th November 2013 Chesterfield is set to be transformed into a winter wonderland this weekend as Chesterfield Borough Council's annual Christmas lights switch-on, takes place.
Stars of Beauty and the Beast, this year's panto at the Pomegranate Theatre, S Club 7's Tina Barratt and ITV Superstar runner-up Jon Moses, will switch on the lights together with Chesterfield's Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Paul Stone and Mrs Barbara Wallace.
The switch-on will happen in New Square this Sunday, 24th... READ MORE...
Proposed Location & Hours Change For Chesterfield Post Office
Tuesday 19th November 2013
The Post Office has said today that it is proposing to move Chesterfield Post Office from its current location, to create a modern open-plan branch, with extended opening hours for customers.
The proposed new location for the branch is WHSmith, 4 Middle Pavement, in the Pavements shopping centre. This is just 190 metres from its current site at 1 Market Place and the Post Office will be inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the proposed move, in a six-week public consultation that starts tomorrow (November 20th). READ MORE...
Pub People Company Joins Support For Food Bank Charity
Tuesday 19th November 2013
Christmas is a time for giving and giving to those less fortunate than ourselves, and several pubs in Chesterfield have entered into the spirit of that this festive season.
It's been announced that The Rutland Arms, The Blue Stoops and The Woodside in Chesterfield join The Jolly Farmer in Dronfield and The Bridge in Sandiacre, in pledging their support for the Trussell Trust and getting involved with Christmas food collections. The five pubs collectively hope to make a major contribution and to raise awareness for the charity. READ MORE...
Two Men Charged After Clay Cross Bomb Hoax
Monday 18th November 2013 Two men have been charged in connection with a bomb hoax in Clay Cross which led to residents being evacuated from their homes.
Police were called to Victoria Street at 2.25am on June 26th to reports of a suspicious car and diesel allegedly being siphoned from a van parked on the street.
Officers were told there was an explosive device in the car.
Residents were evacuated and roads closed for several hours... READ MORE...
Three Men Charged After Two Robberies In Chesterfield
Monday 18th November 2013 Three men have been charged in connection with two robberies that took place in Chesterfield on the same night.
At 8.20pm on Thursday, November 14th, a 34-year-old man was walking along Edinburgh Road, Newbold when he was assaulted and a set of keys were taken from him. At around 8.30pm, an 18-year-old man was robbed of his mobile phone on an alleyway off Ashgate Valley Road. He suffered head injuries. Both victims received hospital treatment.
A 21-year-old man and two 20-year-old men were arrested in... READ MORE...
Former Manager Of Chesterfield Theatres Remembered
Saturday 16th November 2013
The Friends of Chesterfield Theatres have presented a framed photograph of Derek Coleman, which will be hung in the bar of the Pomegranate Theatre in memory of him.
Councillor Ken Huckle, Chesterfield Borough Council's Assistant Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, who received the framed photograph on behalf of Chesterfield Borough Council, commented: "Derek Coleman was a key part of Chesterfield's theatres for many years and it is only fitting that we should honour him in this way." READ MORE...
Police Warning As 'Ghost Brokers' Defraud Young Drivers
Friday 15th November 2013 Police are urging young drivers to remain vigilant when purchasing car insurance, following a number of fake policy scams.
'Ghost brokers' are targeting drivers, especially those aged 17-30-years-old, selling fraudulent insurance policies with an offer that seems too good to miss.
Criminals often set up fake websites and use social media and online classification advertising to promote their bogus policies.
Detective Constable Julie Wheeldon from the East Midlands... READ MORE...
Friends Of Stand Road Park Plant Trees In National Tree Week
Friday 15th November 2013 Friends of Stand Road Park, and the pupils and teachers of two local schools, will plant trees on Stand Road Park as part of National Tree Week.
The Tree Council - the UK's leading tree campaigning partnership, which runs the week - has given a grant of £504 for the project.
It will see volunteers from the Friends Group and pupils from Newbold Community School and Gilbert Heathcotes Infants School plant different tree species, including Weeping Willows. READ MORE...
Spireites' Help Proves That 'School Is Cool!'
Friday 15th November 2013
Chesterfield FC have been praised for helping to improve the attendance record at Whitecotes Primary School.
For the first term last year, the school had 76 children with full time attendance. This year, for the same period, there are 120 children who have achieved 100% attendance.
The Chesterfield FC Community Trust has helped the school achieve this impressive result by offering pupils free match tickets as... READ MORE...
More Health Zones Planned For Derbyshire County Council
Thursday 14th November 2013 Getting help to lead a healthier lifestyle is about to get easier thanks to Derbyshire County Council extending health and wellbeing zones to more of its libraries.
Nine libraries will benefit from these dedicated areas thanks to additional funding being made available, in addition to the 18 libraries across the county which already have them.
Health and wellbeing zones are clearly marked areas in a library where people can get their hands on a range of information which can help keep... READ MORE...
Food Banks Invited To Apply For County Council Funding
Thursday 14th November 2013 Every foodbank across Derbyshire has been invited to apply for council funding to help them feed struggling families.
Derbyshire County Council has set aside £108,000 to help local food banks provide emergency food parcels to an increasing number of residents facing financial difficulties.
According to national figures released by the UK's biggest foodbank network, The Trussell Trust, the number of people relying on food banks to survive has tripled over the last year. READ MORE...
Local MP Helps Police Launch Scheme To Target Speeding
Thursday 14th November 2013
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has joined Police to help launch a scheme to raise awareness on speeding traffic in Walton.
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team have set up a Community Speed Watch as part of their efforts to target residents concerns about speeding and road safety on Whitecotes Lane.
Community Speed Watch involves local residents and volunteers who are trained to use the equipment and given the opportunity to carry out checks... READ MORE...
Tupton Hall School Sixth Form University Challenge Winners
Thursday 14th November 2013 Tupton Hall School is celebrating after a triumphant win at the University Challenge Quiz, held at the University of Lincoln on Saturday 9th November.
Sixth Form students George Beard, Ben Mitchell, Josh Barsley and Nicola Samples beat 13 other schools, including several grammar schools, to take home the title of University Challenge Quiz winners, answering over 150 questions covering topics such as Art, Music, History, Science and Language.
The questions were all very difficult to answer, with the students... READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Theft Of Poppy Collection Boxes
Wednesday 13th November 2013 Police are appealing for information about the theft of three poppy appeal boxes from three different shops in Killamarsh.
The charity collection boxes were stolen from a convenience store on Delves Road on Monday, November 4th and a newsagent on Sheffield Road and the Post Office on Bridge Street on Tuesday, November 5th. Officers would like to speak to anyone who has any information about the thefts.
They are particularly keen to speak to a man who was seen in the area at the time of the thefts who is described as white, in his 50s, around 6ft tall... READ MORE...
Fire Brigades Union Announce Further Strike Action Today
Wednesday 13th November 2013 A reminder that further industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will take place today from 10am until 2pm.
In addition to this latest announcement, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has received notification that the FBU will be balloting its members on the potential to also take action short of a strike, for example only responding to emergency incidents.
Further information regarding this ballot, and any potential impact to DFRS' emergency response, will be communicated after the close of ballot which is understood to be the 4th December 2013. READ MORE...
Young Mums' Baby Bump Casts On Show
Wednesday 13th November 2013 A unique exhibition of belly casts of young mothers in Chesterfield, will go on display at the Healthy Living Centre in Staveley.
The 14 young mums, partners and family members who attended the belly casting and health workshops organised by Staveley Children's Centre and South Lodge Children's Centre in Chesterfield, are invited to the event on Tuesday 19th November.
The project aims to encourage young women to have positive... READ MORE...
Army Reserve To Hold Recruitment Event In Chesterfield
Wednesday 13th November 2013 Chesterfield's 575 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, will be holding a recruitment event, offering people the chance to find out more about the exciting, challenging and rewarding roles available in the Army Reserve.
The recruitment event is designed to boost the Army's nationwide recruitment drive. The 575 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers will hold the event at the Wallis Barracks, on Tuesday 19th November, between 19:30pm and 21:30pm.
There are over 6,000 jobs on offer across 200 different roles... READ MORE...
Police Appeal Following Chesterfield Altercation
Wednesday 13th November 2013 Police are appealing for information following an altercation in Creswell in which a man was struck by a van.
At around 11.30pm on Saturday, November 9th, an incident occurred outside Viva La Mamas pub on Elmton Road.
An argument between a 27-year-old man and a couple took place outside the pub which continued onto Elmton Road.
Following the initial argument, the 27-year-old man was struck by... READ MORE...
Puffin Crossing Planned For North Wingfield
Wednesday 13th November 2013 Plans to build a puffin crossing in North Wingfield to improve the safety of pedestrians have been approved.
Derbyshire County Council agreed the plans on Tuesday following calls for a crossing on St Lawrence Road. The crossing is being installed on the busy road outside the White Hart Inn, to help pedestrians get to the surgery and other village facilities such as the school and shops. Councillor Dean Collins, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: "We are always looking to make roads in Derbyshire safer and believe this scheme will help us to do that. We have listened to everyone's views and believe this is the best solution for all involved."
Chesterfield SANDS To Hold Charity Bokwa-Thon
Tuesday 12th November 2013 Chesterfield SANDS (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) are holding a charity Bokwa-Thon, with all proceeds going to their Baby Garden in Boythorpe Cemetery.
The charity's two hour Bokwa-thon is on Saturday 16th November at Hasland Village Hall and doors are open at 1.30pm, the Bokwa-thon will be from 2pm - 4pm.
The afternoon is suitable for the whole family, there will be refreshments available, craft stalls to browse, cake stalls and a raffle with some fab prizes. There's also a FREE T-shirt and bottle of water for entrants (while stocks last!) READ MORE...
It's A Privilege - Chesterfield Remembers The Fallen
Monday 11th November 2013 Chesterfield came to a standstill today on the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month, as a two minute silence to honour the fallen heroes of war was observed on Armistice Day - the anniversary of the moment the guns stopped in World War I.
A single shot marked the start of the silence, which was also observed in shops and businesses around the town.
Dignitaries, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield and Leader of the Council John Burrows - along with the Chief Executive... READ MORE...
DLR Air Ambulance Attends RTA And Picks Up Fall Victim
Monday 11th November 2013 On Saturday morning (9th November) a 27-year old female was airlifted by Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) to hospital following a road traffic collision in Baslow, Derbyshire.
Her vehicle was spotted in a ditch next to a river bed by a passing lorry driver.
Due to the awkward location of the incident, DLRAA were called out to the incident. They left their base at East Midlands Airport at 07:47 and arrived at the scene of the incident at 08:10. The patient was extricated from the vehicle by the local fire and rescue service. READ MORE...
Sunday 10th November 2013 Chesterfield's veterans came in their hundreds to remember and share their private memories of war, on the most public of occasions - Remembrance Sunday.
Services of Remembrance were also held at various points across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire throughout the day - with more taking place in the evening.
On Sunday afternoon, on a cold but sunny Autumn day, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, along with other Councillors, and dignitaries including The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Investigation Into Chesterfield Residential Home Fire Complete
Friday 8th November 2013 At 12:13am on Sunday 13th October 2013, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend the report of a fire and explosion at Brookholme Croft residential nursing home in Chesterfield.
The fire involved a single bedroom in the residential nursing home, from which Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued an elderly lady and extinguished the fire.
The lady received treatment at the scene from ambulance staff and was subsequently transported to hospital for treatment. Sadly, the lady later died... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Podiatrists Scoop 2 Awards For Going Extra Mile
Friday 8th November 2013
A team of podiatrists (or foot specialists if you're not sure) working with patients in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire has scooped two awards for the quality of care they provide to their patients.
The 25-strong members of the Community Podiatry Team, based at Walton Hospital, Chesterfield, were named winners at the Extra Mile Awards 2013.
The Awards are to recognise staff from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust for their outstanding contributions to patient care. READ MORE...
Record Breaking Poetry Readers
Friday 8th November 2013 Poetry reading in Chesterfield was the focus when children from local junior schools took part in the Rotary Club of Chesterfield's annual Chesterfield Junior School's Poetry-Reading Competition.
Staged for the 26th consecutive year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, the event was hosted this year by Calow Primary School and held on Wednesday 23rd October 2013.
A record fifteen contestants took part from five local schools, which were Abercrombie Primary School, Brimington Junior School... READ MORE...
Missing Man - Glynn Holland's Family Make Birthday Appeal
Thursday 7th November 2013 Police searching for a man who has been missing from his Staveley home for almost two months, have renewed their appeal for information on his birthday.
Glynn Holland, who is 51-years-old today (Thursday, November 7th), has been missing from his home since September 12th.
Mr Holland was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am that day and his family have not seen or heard from him since. His disappearance is completely out of character. READ MORE...
Stand Road Fireworks Display Lights Up Chesterfield Skies
Thursday 7th November 2013 More than 15,000 residents watched as Chesterfield Borough Council's annual fireworks display went off with a bang.
Despite rain in the lead-up to the event at Stand Road Recreation Ground on Tuesday night, the weather was fine for the display, which featured a new firework this year - silver screaming discs rising in the sky.
Comments from residents and visitors who attended the event were overwhelmingly positive. Twitter follower Anna T said the event was "The best fireworks display I have seen in my life!", Shaun Roddis commented... READ MORE...
Historic Public House In Wingerworth Reborn!
Thursday 7th November 2013 The Wingerworth Pub & Kitchen (formerly known as the Hunloke Arms) is to re-open tomorrow - Friday November 8th - following a £500,000 refurbishment.
The Grade II listed building, on the A61 Derby Road, has been brought back to its former glory, on time and on budget, thanks to the painstaking work of a dedicated team.
New Head Chef is Andrew Brookes, who has previously achieved 3-Rosettes at the East Lodge in Rowsley and the New Ellington in Leeds. READ MORE...
More Permanent Adoptive Homes Needed For Children In Care
Wednesday 6th November 2013 Hundreds of children in Derbyshire are looking for a permanent, loving family to call their own - could you open your heart and your home to a child?
November 4th - November 10th is National Adoption Week and it's the perfect time to find out more about exactly what is involved.
Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, says: "There are around 630 children in care in Derbyshire and they all need a place to call home." READ MORE...
Two Charged After Massive Cannabis Find
Tuesday 5th November 2013 A man and a teenager have been charged with the production of cannabis, after two houses in Shuttlewood were raided by police and more than 700 suspected cannabis plants were found.
Officers carried out a warrant at a house on Vivian Street on Friday, October 25th and discovered 447 cannabis plants in three rooms.
A 17-year-old youth was arrested and charged with production of cannabis.
Inquiries led officers to a house on Pretoria Street where they... READ MORE...
Warning Of Possible Bogus Charity Collectors In Wingerworth
Tuesday 5th November 2013 Police are advising residents to be cautious after a number of reports about possible bogus door-to-door charity collections in Wingerworth and Old Brampton.
The advice comes after a number of residents in the area contacted officers, concerned that a woman who had been calling at homes may not have been legitimate.
There have been five reports in Wingerworth and one in Old Brampton, where a woman has been going door-to-door to ask for sponsorship for... READ MORE...
Patrick Visits The Proact On His Way To All 92 Grounds
Tuesday 5th November 2013 One of the 6,346 who packed into the PROACT last Saturday to watch Chesterfield take on Scunthorpe, was one teenager who is visiting every league ground and writing about his experiences - the club and the facilities.
Having met him in the press room at the game, we are more than happy for him to share those thoughts with the Chesterfield Post readers.
Patrick Burke, 14, from the Wirral, spends most of his weekends travelling round the country gathering material for his book - and he clearly enjoyed... READ MORE...
Calow Man To Appear At Court For Breaching An ASBO
Monday 4th November 2013 A man is due to appear at court charged with breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Order which banned him from dialling 999 for an ambulance except in a genuine emergency.
Andrew Crowther, 59, of Central Drive, Calow, was handed the three year-long ASBO by magistrates in November 2011. The order bans Mr Crowther from making any emergency telephone calls to East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust using either the 999 or 111, except in the case of a genuine emergency, as defined by a reasonable and sober person. He is accused of making more than 100 calls to 999 between December 14th, 2012 and Wednesday, September 25th this year.
Mr Crowther has been charged with breaching the conditions of his ASBO and is due to appear at Derby Crown Court in February 2014.
Déda Launches Search For Young Dance Stars
Monday 4th November 2013 A Chesterfield-based youth contemporary dance company is holding auditions next month to give talented local youngsters the chance to develop their performance skills.
Derbyshire Youth Dance Company was launched last year by Derby-based Déda, one of the UKs' leading dance centres, in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council, the Winding Wheel theatre where it is based and the Dance4's Centre for Advanced Training (CAT).
The first group of 11 young dancers aged 11 to 18 have been... READ MORE...
KIDS 'n' CANCER ARE LOOKING FOR CHARITY VOLUNTEERS
Monday 4th November 2013
Chesterfield based national charity, Kids 'n' Cancer UK, are searching for much needed volunteers to collect money on behalf of the Charity.
They now have secured dates and times and are wanting to hear from you if you can spare an hour to help on one of their specified days. It doesn't have to be a permanent commitment, a one off would be a great help too!
For further details please contact Morgan at Kids 'n' Cancer on 01246 236566 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 26
Monday 4th November 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!
Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...
Police Release Image Of Man Wanted After Football Disorder
Friday 1st November 2013
Derbyshire police have released images of a man they would like to speak to following disorder at a recent Chesterfield FC match.
The incidents took place during and after the game between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town on Saturday, September 28th at the Proact Stadium when a number of arrests were made following the game. Officers would like to speak to the man in the images - whom Police believe may be from the Mansfield area - to help them with their enquiries. Anyone who recognises the man is asked to call PC Dave Wright or PC Alan Guy on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Not Only Here For The Beer! CAMRA Opens Assembly Rooms
Friday 1st November 2013 Chesterfield will be a 'glass half full' town this weekend - as the Real Ale Festival, organised by CAMRA, kicked off in the newly refurbished Market Hall Assembly Hall today on Day Two of Chesterfield's three day long Market Festival.
49 locally brewed beers are featuring at the event, with a blind tasting by a panel of experts choosing the event's top tipple.
Dating from 1857, Chesterfield's historic Market Hall, and the Assembly Room which it houses, has just undergone a £4 million refit... READ MORE...
Police Ask Woman Who Reported Crime To Come Forward
Friday 1st November 2013 Police are appealing to a woman who reported a crime to a security guard at Tesco in Clay Cross on Wednesday evening to contact them.
At about 5.20pm on Wednesday October 30th, a woman reported to one of the security officers at Tesco that someone had attempted to rob her at Clay Cross bus station.
A short time later on Bridge Street, on a footpath near Tesco, a 20-year-old man and his friend were approached by three youths who again tried to... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Market Goes Back In Time!
Thursday 31st October 2013 Anyone visiting town today would have thought they'd gone back in time, as the traders on the regular flea market donned their finest 1940's gear and opened the three day Market Festival.
Luckily the weather held as thousands packed into the Market square throughout the day to buy and sell goods and produce. In keeping with the event, many stalls had a forties theme and many items for sale had a definite retro feel about them.
There was the added attraction of the annual fun filled Bargain Hunt which saw the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield team up with TV... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Police Appeal After Man Disturbs Two Suspected Thieves
Thursday 31st October 2013 Police are appealing for information after a man disturbed two people in his garage in Hasland this morning (Thursday, October 31st).
Officers were called just after 5.30am to Challands Close by a man who noticed a light on as he was leaving for work. He discovered two men in the garage, one ran off but the victim ended up in a struggle with the second man as he tried to stop them. The victim was treated for bruising and a cut to his face by ambulance crews.
One offender is described as white, of medium build, around 5ft 9in... READ MORE...
Let The Fireworks Begin At Chesterfield's Biggest Free Display
Thursday 31st October 2013 The spark(ler)s are set to fly at Chesterfield Borough Council's annual fireworks display.
The event takes place at Stand Road Recreation Ground on Tuesday 5th November, with the gates open from 6pm and a huge fireworks display taking place during the evening, which finishes at around 9pm and best of all, entrance is completely free!
There will be fun for all the family with a large funfair and entertainment from Peak FM's roadshow and a selection of various catering vans. READ MORE...
Post Office Team Cycle 85 Miles In Shape Of Pudsey's Ears
Thursday 31st October 2013 Post Office Ltd is proud to announce The Pudsey Bike Ride for BBC Children In Need, which will see an intrepid Post Office team cycle 85 miles across Yorkshire - in the shape of Pudsey Bear's ears.
On Wednesday 6th November, Post Office fundraisers will set off from Pudsey Post Office in West Yorkshire and visit branches at Harrogate Road in Bradford, Wetherby, Market Weighton and Chanterlands Avenue in Hull.
They will then finish their huge journey at Hull's Boulevard Academy, visiting a sports project funded by BBC Children in Need and run by... READ MORE...
Further Fire Service Strikes Loom After Recent Postponement
Wednesday 30th October 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigade Unions (FBU) national ballot for strike action, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has announced that their FBU members will again take strike action.
The two proposed strikes will take place on Friday 1st November from 6:30pm until 11:30pm and Monday 4th November from 6:00am until 8:00am.
During these times, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level. It is therefore essential that local communities and businesses take extra care and endeavour to prevent emergencies from occurring.
The 2013 Chesterfield Market Festival Begins 31st October
Wednesday 30th October 2013 Chesterfield is a market town and proud of it! And you are invited to come and celebrate all that the markets have to offer during this three-day festival, where there really is something for everyone!
On Thursday 31st October, there is a Festival Bargain Hunt and Auction with two of BBC Bargain Hunt's resident experts, Anita Manning and James Lewis.
Starting at 10am through to 12 noon, the Festival Bargain Hunt, sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors, will see Anita and James each lead a team - James will lead the Mayor's team and Anita will lead a team from... READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 25
Wednesday 30th October 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!
Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...
It's The Market Hall - But Not As You Know It!
Monday 28th October 2013 It has been one of the town's flagship regeneration projects - and today, Chesterfield Market Hall opened its doors for the first time after the £4m refurbishment of the interior, and the cleaning and restoration of the external façade.
The scheme, funded mainly through grants from European Regional Development Fund and a lottery grant has taken a year to complete - with the keys handed over on time and on budget.
Whilst the renovations were taking place, traders were re-homed... READ MORE...
Birthday Celebrations For Hasland's New Centurion
Monday 28th October 2013 On Saturday 26th October, more than 150 people, including family and friends and people from Hasland Methodist Chapel, joined celebrations at Eastwood Park Village Hall for the 100th birthday of Joyce Spanswick.
Joyce was born in Lincolnshire on 29th October 1913 and moved to Hasland from Surrey 18 months ago, to be nearer to her family.
The highlights for Joyce were seeing all her family together, whilst her surprise guests, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield... READ MORE...
Win A Pair Of Tickets For Isla St Clair's 'Eyes Front' Show
Saturday 26th October 2013 We have two tickets to give away to a wonderful 'Live and Local' event , organised by two local councillors - Shirley Niblock and Howard Borrell.
On Friday 1st November, the legendary Isla St Clair brings her "Eyes Front" show to the St Thomas Centre, Chatsworth Road.
The show content ties in nicely with the timing of the event - as we look poignantly towards Remembrance Sunday, Isla brings "an exciting combination of live performance and film about the effect of music in wartime." READ MORE...
Detectives Appeal After Attempted Robbery In Chesterfield
Saturday 26th October 2013 Chesterfield Detectives are appealing for information about the attempted robbery of a man as he walked from a shop to his car.
At around 8.30pm on Tuesday, October 22nd, a 52-year-old man was walking from the One Stop shop on Horse Chestnut Close to his car parked nearby, when he was approached by a youth. The offender asked the man if he had a wallet or a phone and it is believed he was holding a pen knife. The victim punched the offender who then ran off through a new housing estate in the direction of HornsBridge roundabout. The offender is described as white, around 16-years-old, 5ft 3ins tall, wearing a red jumper with a white stripe down the left-hand side and dark jogging bottoms.
Anyone with information, please call Chesterfield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Voluntary Sector Awards Recognise Chesterfield Volunteers
Friday 25th October 2013
Hundreds of people attended this year's Voluntary Sector Awards at The Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield on Wednesday night.
The awards reflect the work done by volunteers to enable many support services and projects to continue to make a difference to lives in Chesterfield.
Winners were awarded to 10 categories, with organiser John Radford, Centre Manager at The Volunteer Centre on Rose Hill, describing the evening as, "An excellent night for everyone in the voluntary sector!" READ MORE...
Jail For Man Who Stole From Cars In Chesterfield Area
Friday 25th October 2013 A man has been jailed for 32 weeks for stealing from cars in the Chesterfield area.
Lewis Duquemin, 24, of no fixed address, appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Monday, October 21st.
He was charged with stealing a sat nav system, a pushchair, bags and toys, which had been bought as Christmas presents, from a Kia Sedona on Langer Field Avenue overnight between Wednesday, September 25th and Thursday, September 26th. READ MORE...
Cabinet Approves Public's Chosen Design For Hornsbridge
Thursday 24th October 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet has approved plans for a key entrance into the town, as chosen by the public and local businesses.
At their meeting on Tuesday 22nd October, cabinet members approved plans for work by a local artist, guided by the outcome of a public consultation, to be installed at Hornsbridge roundabout, the main gateway into Chesterfield from the M1.
£300,000 in funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Barratt Homes, who are currently building 68 homes on the... READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Shop Windows Damaged In Clay Cross
Thursday 24th October 2013 Police are appealing for information after a number of windows have been damaged around shop and businesses in Clay Cross.
The latest incident happened sometime overnight between Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th at a newsagents on Market Street.
Since April, there have been a further four similar incidents reported, three on Market Street and one on High Street.
PCSO Charlotte Platts of the Clay Cross Safer Neighbourhood... READ MORE...
New Measures To Reduce Speed On The A61
Thursday 24th October 2013 Changes to the existing speed limits on Main Road, Stretton and High Street, Clay Cross are being introduced by Derbyshire County Council.
To help control the speed of traffic through Stretton Village and along the A61, the county council has agreed the following changes: Reduction of the 50mph speed limit to 40 mph on the A61 Stretton Road, Clay Cross and A61 Main Road, Stretton (south of Clay Cross through Stretton village), to the south side of B6014, Morton Road and introduceing a 40mph limit between the 30mph limit through Clay Cross and the 50mph limit to the north of Clay Cross. READ MORE...
Multi Million Pound Asda Living Creates 65 New Jobs...
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
... and Chesterfield Schools Can Get In On The Act!
Asda has announced its new Asda Living store is set to open at the Ravenside Retail Park at 10am on Friday 22nd November, after a million pound investment.
To celebrate, the store is challenging local schools to design a giant Christmas card to appear in-store on opening day, with the winners given the chance to be VIPs for the day and officially declare the store open. READ MORE...
Pink Friday At Vicar Lane Shopping Centre
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
Staff and retailers at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, Chesterfield are getting ready to support Breast Cancer Charities this Friday 25th October 2013.
Bonmarché is running a Pink Raffle for Breast Cancer Care with a top prize of a Hamper to Pamper.
Ladies can also take their old bras into Bonmarché and take advantage of their free bra fitting service and also get free entry into the Pink Raffle. READ MORE...
Derbyshire 'At Risk' Groups Urged To Fight Flu This Winter
Wednesday 23rd October 2013 People who are offered a flu jab are being urged to have the vaccination and protect themselves this winter by Derbyshire County Council.
Key groups include parents of two to three year old children, people aged 65 and over, adults and children with long term health conditions, and pregnant women.
For the first time, a nasal spray vaccine will be offered to healthy 2 and 3 year old children which marks the first step in an extension to the national flu vaccination programme. It will eventually include yearly vaccination of all... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Woman's Plight Raised In Parliament
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
A Chesterfield woman who is living with constant pain was given new hope after her case was raised in Parliament.
Jemma Hill, 25, of Newbold, was told by specialists at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, that she needed a hip arthroscopy operation to cure her painful hip condition.
However, she was left disappointed when her local Clinical Commissioning Group told her that they wouldn't fund the treatment, despite it being available to patients in South Yorkshire. READ MORE...
BHS In Chesterfield To Launch New Children's Dining Area
Wednesday 23rd October 2013 BHS Vicar Lane, Chesterfield, has been selected to be the first in the company to incorporate a children's play area within the restaurant.
The area is aimed at children up to 5 years of age and will feature magnetic walls with animals that can be moved around the wall, touch and play activities, books, soft floor mats and a children's dining area, with small tables and seats, cutlery and bowls.
For parents there will also be a baby food station, including a microwave and bottle warmer. As well as keeping the children entertained while adults enjoy a meal in the restaurant, the area will be available... READ MORE...
Police Appeal After 'Ride-On' Mower Is Stolen
Wednesday 23rd October 2013 Police are appealing for information after a ride-on lawn mower was stolen from Staveley Hall.
It was taken sometime between Saturday, October 19th and Monday, October 21st, after offenders broke into a shed in the grounds off Church Street. The mower is made by Murray and is red. It did not have the grass cutting attachment with it. Officers say they believe the mower was pushed out of the grounds.
Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police Images Released Following CFC v Mansfield Game
Tuesday 22nd October 2013
Derbyshire Police have released images of several men they would like to speak to in connection with incidents of disorder that took place following a recent Chesterfield FC match.
The incidents took place during and after the game between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon, September 28th at the Proact Stadium. A number of arrests were made following the game.
Officers would like to speak to the men in the images to help... READ MORE...
Chesterfield's New Market Hall Prepares To Open Its Doors
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 The finishing touches are currently being added to Chesterfield's Market Hall, which opens later this month after a £4 million redevelopment.
The new Market Hall, owned and operated by Chesterfield Borough Council, opens on Monday 28th October after the work - which has taken 12 months - is completed.
The main retail hall has been transformed, with a glazed atrium above first floor level providing natural light and the 1970s extension on New Square has been redesigned to be more in keeping with the original Market Hall, whilst... READ MORE...
New Crafts Superstore Jobs Boost For Chesterfield
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 Specialist retailer Hobbycraft is opening a new store on Markham Road in Chesterfield on Thursday, 14th November.
The arts and crafts store - which will be located in a brand new, 12,000 sq ft unit - has created 24 new jobs for local people. More than 700 applications were received.
Among the new recruits is Nicola Harris, 22, from Hasland, who recently completed a Masters' degree in Media Production at Lincoln University.
Nicola said: "I'm over the moon to have found a job so soon..." READ MORE...
Local Groups Asked To 'Test The Water' In New £1.2m Pool
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 Community groups in Shirebrook are being offered the chance to take a dip in a brand new swimming pool, which comes complete with flashing lights, pumping music and a disco glitter-ball!
Stubbin Wood School is appealing for local organisations, such as mother and baby clubs or pensioner groups, to book swimming sessions at the £1.2m pool at its new school building in Common Lane.
The pool, which is 1.2m deep and heated to a warm 31 degrees Centigrade, was built to offer a hydrotherapy experience to the school's 150 pupils... READ MORE...
Microchipping Weekend At Pets At Home, Chesterfield
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 Dog and cat owners in Chesterfield are being encouraged to attend a microchipping event this weekend (26th - 27th October), to help protect their pets from being lost or stolen.
Held at Pets at Home Chesterfield, on Ravenside Retail Park, owners can bring their cat or dog in store any time on Saturday or Sunday and get their pet microchipped for the special rate of just £10 (usually £15).
An important part of responsible pet ownership, microchipping is the most effective way of increasing the chances of a missing pet being returned... READ MORE...
Student Creates 1st UK Website For Teens With Cerebral Palsy
Monday 21st October 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
A Chesterfield teenager with cerebral palsy is using her gap year to help other young people with the condition, by creating the UK's first website dedicated to them.
Ellie Simpson has created 'CPTeensUK' for teenagers with cerebral palsy to get in touch and share their experiences with each other - and has already attracted some famous followers on Twitter.
The 18-year-old was diagnosed with four-limbed cerebral palsy... READ MORE...
Our Local 'Specials' Commended For Their Duties
Monday 21st October 2013 Six police 'specials' have been awarded divisional commendations for their hard work and commitment in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and the Amber Valley.
The awards were presented by Divisional Commander Debbie Mathews at a seminar held by Derbyshire Constabulary at Chesterfield College on Thursday, October 13th.
Section Officer Alan Wright, who volunteers in Chesterfield, was commended for both his devotion to duty and his colleagues during his 31 year... READ MORE...
Young Carers In N E Derbyshire Get Creative With their Feelings
Monday 21st October 2013
Young people from across North East Derbyshire have put together a short film about their life as carers.
The film, which will be used by the UK charity, Action for Children, is designed to help young people and organisations understand what it's like to be a carer and to better equip them to cope with the challenges faced.
The film was put together with financial assistance from Rykneld Homes, the housing management organisation for N E Derbyshire District Council. READ MORE...
Free Event To Help Local SME's Access £12m Training Fund
Monday 21st October 2013 Free support and advice is on offer to local businesses looking to access the recently launched £12 million 'Skills Support for the Workforce' fund, at a special breakfast event, organised by Destination Chesterfield, on Wednesday 30th October.
The free Skills Breakfast Meeting is taking place at Chesterfield College's Heartspace building on Infirmary Road from 7.30am - 9.30am. Speakers at the event will include Chesterfield College's Deputy Principal Julie Richards, who will tell businesses how to take advantage of the funds the college has secured to deliver the free 'Skills Support for the Workforce' training. READ MORE...
The Chris Turner Interview - 'Football Is A Costly Business'
Saturday 19th October 2013 Times are tight, and football clubs, particularly in the lower leagues, have to make the books balance like every other business.
It can be a vicious circle - with money needed to buy the quality needed to draw the crowds and get the results, but those on the pitch needing to perform consistently to get the results to continue to bring in the crowds.
The man with the sleepless nights at the PROACT is CEO Chris Turner, and he admits that the positives talked about in his last interview with The Chesterfield Post, whilst hugely beneficial to the club and the community... READ MORE & AUDIO...
FBU's Fire Service Strike Action For Saturday Is Cancelled
Friday 18th October 2013 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has this afternoon received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) that the national industrial action scheduled to take place on Saturday, 19th October 2013 from 6.30pm until 11.30pm, has been cancelled.
This is not a conclusion of the negotiations, just a postponement to enable further talks.
Reservist Fire Crews first provided resilience cover for the Industrial action on the 25th September 2013, following the FBUs ballot for national strike... READ MORE...
Now Recruiting For Children/Young People's Support Workers
Friday 18th October 2013
Aspire Children’s Service is recruiting Support Workers in Chesterfield, to work with disabled children/young people, 0-25 years, within the community and their own homes in the Chesterfield area.
Flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Use of own transport is essential. Training will be provided.
£7.50 per hour. Hours dependent on children's/family's needs and your availability. READ MORE...
Take Extra Care During Fire Service Strike Action
Friday 18th October 2013 As we reported earlier this week, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) will be taking part in a second period of national industrial action tomorrow, Saturday 19th October 2013 from 18:30 until 23:30 (6:30pm to 11:30pm).
Whilst the DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level, during the strike period, it as at a time which can usually be a busy one for the fire service, as many people are at home with their families and many more are out and about socialising. Many people will be at home preparing a meal during this time, or returning from a night out and feeling hungry. The kitchen... READ MORE...
Can You Help Trace This Missing Man?
Thursday 17th October 2013 Leicestershire police officers are asking for country-wide help after growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man reported missing from home.
Richard Blyth, 52, from Wigston was last seen on Sunday, October 13th and reported missing when he failed to appear for work the next day. Richard is described as white, approximately 5'9" inches tall, of stocky build, with short dark brown hair.
Family and friends are very worried - and Richard's father and step-mother have issued the following statement: "Rich, we are both very worried..." READ MORE...
FULL & PART TIME ROLES WITH THE GIRLS' BRIGADE UK
Thursday 17th October 2013 Looking for a varied and fulfilling role? Want to support the growth of a children’s and youth mission?
Girls' Brigade (GB) works with the church amongst girls, children and young women in local communities - and from January 2014, our national base will be at Cliff College in Calver, nr Chesterfield/Sheffield.
We are setting up a new team at the base, and if you support our aims, have lots of initiative, and want to contribute to the bigger picture of GB's Christian mission amongst children, girls and young women, there could be a full or... READ MORE...
Swimathon Raises Over £2,000 For Kids 'n' Cancer Charity
Thursday 17th October 2013 A Swimathon by a retired school-teacher has raised over £2,000 to help kids with cancer.
David Windle, aged 69 from Newbold, and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, has raised the money for the Chesterfield based charity, Kids 'N' Cancer UK, by swimming a marathon length 26 miles, 385 yards.
His sponsored swim took place over the week 7th-11th October 2013, when he swam 3,516 lengths of the pool at Ringwood Hall Hotel Health & Fitness Suite in a total time of 16 hours 56 minutes. READ MORE...
Leeds Man Charged After Tyre Thefts In Chesterfield
Thursday 17th October 2013 A man has been charged with stealing spare tyres from vans in Old Whittington and Newbold.
It is after a resident on Holland Road, Old Whittington, phoned police to report a man acting suspiciously just after 10pm on Monday, October 14th. A police patrol stopped a van on the A61 at Meadowhead shortly after the incident and a man was arrested on suspicion of the theft. William Robson, 24, from Leeds, was later charged with stealing two wheels, one from a van parked on Holland Road and the other from a van on Chantrey Avenue, Newbold. He is due to appear before magistrates in Chesterfield on Wednesday, November 20th.
UEFA Women's U17 Euro Championships Final At The PROACT
Wednesday 16th October 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
It has been confirmed that Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium will host four games in the UEFA Women's European Under-17 Championship Finals, including the Final itself.
After the tournament kicks off with England playing at AFC Telford United's New Bucks Head stadium on Tuesday, November 26th, the young lionesses will play their next group match at the Proact Stadium on Friday, November 29th (kick-off 7pm).
This is then followed by a further fixture in Chesterfield on... READ MORE...
Local Company Steps Up For Ashgate Hospice
Wednesday 16th October 2013
North Derbyshire's Ashgate Hospice has received a further donation of stainless steel cabinets, shelving, a space-saving janitorial sink and bathroom storage solutions from local catering and washroom equipment manufacturer, Franke Sissons.
Franke Sissons, also known as Franke Washroom Systems has repeatedly supported Ashgate Hospice over many years donating a range of equipment for sanitary, kitchen, janitorial and bathroom use as well as hosting charity events and other fundraising activities. READ MORE...
Further Date Announced For Fire Service Strike In Derbyshire
Tuesday 15th October 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), national ballot for strike action and subsequent industrial action on the 25th September 2013, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has received notification that FBU members will take further strike action on Saturday, 19th October 2013, from 18:30 hours to 23:30 (6:30pm to 11:30pm).
During these times, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level. DFRS previously thanked Derbyshire communities for heeding advice and preventing emergencies from occurring during the industrial action on the 25th September. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Proposed End Of Subsidised School Transport - Have Your Say
Monday 14th October 2013 Parents and carers are being asked for their views on proposals to end subsidised transport to faith schools in Derbyshire.
Derbyshire County Council is considering ending discretionary transport subsidies for students attending schools preferred on grounds of religion or belief.
Any decision about whether or not to make the changes would only be made following a full consultation.
Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council's... READ MORE...
Police Seek Information Regarding Whittington Moor Collision
Monday 14th October 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for a potential witness to a collision at a roundabout on the A61, involving a car and a motorbike, to come forward.
The collision took place at around 1.30pm on Thursday, October 10th at the Whittington Moor roundabout, and involved a black Honda Civic and a yellow Suzuki motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider, a 25-year-old man, was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield with back injuries. READ MORE...
Andy's Here For The Beer (And The Mayor Has His Chips!)
Monday 14th October 2013 It's been a weekend for tickling tastebuds with competition rife in Chesterfield during this year's Chatsworth Road Festival, with the 2013 'Champion Chips' and 'Best Bitter in the Borough' competitions.
Firstly, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield were lucky enough to spend time placing chips on the table during the Chip Challenge, with the eventual winner declared as the Brampton Fish Bar.
It's a rough job but someone had to do it - with Cllr Stone tasting the chips 'blind" - the plates were not labelled and only when he decided which were... READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 23
Monday 14th October 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!
Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...
Police Appeal Over Stolen Mountain Bike
Thursday 10th October 2013
Police are appealing for information to trace a mountain bike that was stolen from a farm in Littlemoor near Ashover.
The Trek Fuel EX6 2010 mountain bike and a Karcher pressure washer were stolen from a barn on the remote farm some time between 6pm on Wednesday September 25th and 7am on Monday September 30th.
Anyone who knows anything about the crime or has seen the bike, should contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Air Ambulance Called To Road Accident In Ridgeway
Thursday 10th October 2013 Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were yesterday called out to a road traffic collision - their most common cause for call outs - in Ridgeway, Derbyshire.
Called at 10:13, they arrived at the incident scene at 10:35. A 28-year old man was injured when his vehicle rolled over and he was assessed for head and back injuries having already been extricated by the local Fire Service. He was given much needed pain relief, immobilised and given a pelvic splint before being airlifted to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. The DLRAA also attend horse riding accidents, falls, sporting injuries, and medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes.
Stagecoach Employees Enjoy National Customer Service Week
Thursday 10th October 2013
Stagecoach in Chesterfield has announced plans for its employees to take part in this year's National Customer Service Week.
The company will celebrate the national campaign with a range of activities throughout the week from 7th - 13th October.
National Customer Service Week is run by the Institute of Customer Service and its aim is to raise awareness of customer service and the vital role it plays in successful business practice and the growth of the UK economy. READ MORE...
Police Release CCTV Images After Thefts From Chesterfield Pub
Wednesday 9th October 2013 Police investigating two thefts at a Chesterfield pub have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to.
The incidents happened at around 6.15pm on Sunday, October 6th, at Spa Lane Vaults on St. Mary's Gate.
A mobile phone and an iPod were stolen from two separate people in the bar, after a man approached the people and placed a map on the table.
They appeared to be asking for directions but then left the premises. READ MORE...
Jobs Boost As Markham Vale Attracts Construction Jobs
Wednesday 9th October 2013 Hundreds more new jobs for local people are on the cards, as two leading construction companies set up their site office at Derbyshire's flagship regeneration site.
Costain Serco - a joint venture of the two companies - is setting up at Derbyshire County Council's Markham Vale site, adjacent to junction 29A of the M1, while they carry out motorway work for the Highways Agency.
Much of the work on the two year project - which is still subject to statutory processes and contract award - is expected to be delivered through locally... READ MORE...
Two Chesterfield Men Get A 3-Year Ban From Football Matches
Wednesday 9th October 2013
Two Chesterfield FC fans have been banned from football matches for three years.
The pair received three-year football banning orders after admitting their part in an altercation in Rotherham town centre following an away match last season.
Glenn Bloom and Jason Hollis, both 39, were arrested following a match between Rotherham United and Chesterfield FC on February 16th 2013 after being involved in a clash with Rotherham fans. READ MORE...
Spreading The Word During Whitecotes' Reading Week
Wednesday 9th October 2013 Pupils at a Chesterfield primary school have been enjoying extra storytimes as part of a week dedicated to the written word.
Whitecotes Primary School invited Derbyshire County Council's Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, to visit during the week and read the children a story.
Councillor Greenhalgh said, "Reading is so important for children. It improves their language skills, develops their vocabulary and their imagination. Children who can read do better at school. I was delighted to be asked to take part..." READ MORE...
Derbyshire Detectives Launch Online Fraud Survey
Wednesday 9th October 2013 Police involved in a force wide campaign to help protect people from the dangers of fraud are asking members of the public for their views on the crime.
Derbyshire detectives have launched an online survey, which aims to find out about public awareness of fraud, their knowledge of how to report it and any experiences they may have with it.
Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary Economic Crime Unit, said: "A major part of our campaign is to raise..." READ MORE...
'Too Beautiful For Earth - Remembering Our Babies' - Sands
Monday 7th October 2013 Chesterfield Sands (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) is hosting a special service in memory of the 17 babies that are stillborn or die shortly after birth every day in the UK.
The 'Too Beautiful for Earth - Remembering our Babies' service, is taking place on Sunday 13th October 2013 at 2pm at the Brimington crematorium, for anyone in the local community and surrounding areas that has been touched by the loss of a baby, as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Everybody is welcome to join the Chesterfield Sands group... READ MORE...
Let The Playing Begin! Celebrities Declare Chester's Den Open
Monday 7th October 2013 Actor and TV presenter, Sarah-Jane Honeywell and Hollyoaks Actor Ayden Callaghan, cut the ribbon to Chester's Den on Saturday - overseeing the official opening of The Hub at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium.
Sarah-Jane, who presented CBeebies shows on the BBC, was joined by Chester and Sean Goldsmith from Peak FM - and was only too happy to speak to children and parents who had come along to share the day.
Born in Worksop, Sarah-Jane has performed on stage and screen in various productions, including pantomimes. READ MORE...
East Midlands Ambulance Service To Star On C4 TV Series
Saturday 5th October 2013 East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) will feature in a Channel 4 documentary series which airs Monday 7th October at 9pm, which has the potential to attract three million viewers.
999: What's Your Emergency? follows incidents from the moment the initial 999 calls are received, as ambulances are dispatched and the ambulance crew arrive on the scene. But it also goes beyond to explore why the call was made and find out what happened after the medics left.
The six part series follows ambulance staff who know every.. READ MORE...
Search For Missing Staveley Man Continues
Friday 4th October 2013 The search for Glynn Holland, who has been missing from his home in Staveley since September 12th, is continuing.
Mr Holland, 50, was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am that day. There have been several possible sightings of Mr Holland since he left home but his family have not seen or heard from him since.
Officers have followed up every sighting but these sightings have not yet led to any positive information regarding the whereabouts of Mr Holland. His disappearance is completely out of character. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Confirms Budget And Sets The Way Forward
Friday 4th October 2013 Derbyshire County Council has confirmed plans to balance its budget for the year.
In addition, Council Leader Anne Western announced measures set out in The Derbyshire Challenge, which the council will introduce in its bid to limit the damage from more than £157 million of Coalition Government cuts.
The Derbyshire Challenge sets out how Derbyshire County Council will put its own 'house in order' by: modernising the way the council operates; scrutinising all areas of spending to ensure the cash is used where it is needed most;... READ MORE...
Police Seek Witnesses To Robbery In Whittington Moor
Thursday 3rd October 2013 Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery that happened in Whittington Moor, Chesterfield.
At about 12.20pm on Wednesday 2nd October, a 24-year-old woman was walking through the underpass on Sheffield Road when a man, who was walking from the Brimington direction, bumped into her and asked for her mobile phone and cash. She gave him a small amount of cash and ran off towards Whittington Moor. She wasn't injured. The suspect was white, in his mid 20s, 5'7" tall, of medium build and was wearing a red waterproof coat with the hood up and dark trousers or jeans.
Anyone who witnessed the robbery or has any information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Fights Flu
Thursday 3rd October 2013 Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has joined the largest ever NHS staff vaccination campaign with a programme of local flu jab clinics to protect its staff and patients from flu.
The trust aims to make great strides in reducing the spread of flu this season by vaccinating as many of its staff as possible. It is joining the national NHS flu fighter staff vaccination campaign, which supports trusts in England to help them improve staff flu vaccination uptake.
Last year the flu season once again led to more than a hundred deaths in the UK, claiming 107 lives and affecting thousands more. Annual flu-related admissions into intensive care or high dependency... READ MORE...
Local Student 'Pitches' In With Kenyan Children
Thursday 3rd October 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
One local student has been described as a 'credit to Chesterfield' after completing a volunteer project in Africa.
19-year-old Chris Spencer-Payne, from Derbyshire, had always wanted to visit Kenya: "I had wanted to do some voluntary work before I go to university in September and I wanted it to be in Kenya as my Dad was born there; so I had wanted to visit for a while."
An avid football fan, Chris decided to sign up for the Projects... READ MORE...
A Michelin Listing For The Devonshire Arms
Thursday 3rd October 2013 The award-winning Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley has been given a place in the prestigious Michelin Hotel and Restaurant Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2014.
The pub and restaurant in the village of Middle Handley, between Sheffield and Chesterfield, is the region's only new entry into the world famous guide to the best dining experiences.
Inspectors praised the restaurant's menu, saying: "Fresh, seasonal ingredients are at the core of the hearty menu. They like to keep things local..." READ MORE...
Public Meeting To Be Held About The Avenue Site
Wednesday 2nd October 2013
Chesterfield residents have been invited to a public meeting to hear about plans for the Avenue development in Wingerworth.
The former coking plant closed in 1992. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has submitted plans to develop part of the 242 acre site (the equivalent of 200 football pitches) with housing and other uses.
The site is in North East Derbyshire but could affect Chesterfield residents in areas such as Hasland, Birdholme and St Augustines. READ MORE...
Man Robbed In Chesterfield
Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Robbers have stolen a man's mobile phone in Chesterfield.
At around 5.10am on Sunday, September 29th, a 23-year-old man was at the junction of Archdale Close and Trevorrow Crescent when he was approached by two men, one of whom was holding a glass bottle. They asked for his phone and he refused, running off toward the A61 Derby Road. The men followed him and one held on to him while the other searched his pockets, took his phone and ran off. The pair were in their late teens, one of whom was wearing a black hooded top. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
More Than 135 Arrested In Local Police Crackdown On Crime
Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Police in Chesterfield, Bolsover, Amber Valley and North East Derbyshire have now arrested more than 135 people in a campaign to reduce burglary, theft and drug misuse.
Officers have also carried out more than 35 warrants across the area since the initiative, known as Operation Impact, began earlier this year.
Over the past two weeks, the campaign has focused on the North East Derbyshire area, where nine warrants have been carried out and nine men and one woman arrested for drugs offences. READ MORE...
Sky-High Check For WPD Power Network
Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distribution company serving the Midlands, the South West and South Wales, is carrying out helicopter patrols across the East Midlands as part of its network inspection work during the months of October, November and December.
The helicopters will be used to spot potential hazards on the high voltage overhead network and to highlight areas where future work may be needed.
Robin Tutcher, Chief Pilot at Western Power Distribution, said: "Using a helicopter for patrols is the safest, fastest and most effective way to..." READ MORE...
Local Landlords Face Mortgage Payment Concern
Tuesday 1st October 2013 Local landlords have expressed their concern after being shocked by a bombshell letter received from lender West Bromwich Building Society, which has doubled their mortgage payments almost overnight.
Buy-to-let borrowers with three properties or more, have been targeted by the West Brom to bail out their balance sheet by increasing their tracker mortgage rate - in direct contradiction to the terms of the mortgage offer signed by the landlords.
The building society has engaged a team of lawyers to scour... READ MORE...
Appeal After A Chesterfield House Window Is Damaged By Fire
Tuesday 1st October 2013 Police are appealing for information after a house window was damaged by fire in Chesterfield.
Fire crews were called to Milton Crescent, Birdholme, at around 4pm on Sunday, September 29th. A decorative wishing well on the front garden of the house had been destroyed by fire and the windows of the property also suffered damage.
It's not known what caused the fire but police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information to contact them on 101, the non emergency number, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
School's Out... On Tuesday! List Of Local School Closures
Monday 30th September 2013
The two largest teacher unions, the NASUWT and the NUT, representing nine out of ten teachers, will be striking locally tomorrow (Tuesday, 1st October 2013), in what they term their jointly coordinated campaign to Protect Teachers and Defend Education.
Following what they say is the continued refusal of the Secretary of State to genuinely engage with the NUT and the NASUWT to seek to resolve trade disputes with him, strikes will go ahead tomorrow throughout the Eastern, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside regions. READ MORE...
80s Dirty Stop Outs Dance Their Way To Charity Windfall
Monday 30th September 2013
The launch party for a book that celebrates the town's 1980s nightscene has raised a staggering £1,291 for Ashgate Hospice.
Hundreds attended the Winding Wheel event to unveil Neil Anderson's 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' book which has already become a local bestseller.
The party attracted everyone from '60s chart star Dave Berry to John Williamson, former owner of renowned Chesterfield nightclub, the Aquarius. READ MORE...
Deputy Mayor Donates First Bag To BHF Charity Bag-athon
Monday 30th September 2013 The Deputy Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf, officially launched British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops stock donation appeal, the Great British Bag-athon, with an event at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre in the town on Friday 27th September, by being the first person to donate a bag of items to this year's campaign.
The Great British Bag-athon is BHF shops biggest stock donation campaign, aiming to raise 1 million bags of unwanted things throughout September. The Chesterfield community is being urged to join in and donate one bag or many full of unwanted clothes, shoes, toys, books, CDs, DVDs etc and drop it off at... READ MORE...
Where Can You Find A Mouse Eating Cake In Chesterfield?
Monday 30th September 2013 A previously homeless mascot welcomed children into his new pad on Friday - and signalled the opening of the community development at the home of Chesterfield FC, The PROACT stadium.
The £1.5 million project has seen the rear of the PROACT Stadium's East Stand transformed into a flagship - and unique - base for community based projects, including a gym, hydrotherapy pool and offices - alongside Chester's Den, a play area and café for families, which is open 7 days a week.
As Chester The Field Mouse welcomed young Spireites to... READ MORE...
Swimathon Date For Kids 'n' Cancer Brought Forward
Monday 30th September 2013 As reported recently, a swimathon by a retired school-teacher to help kids with cancer, has been brought forward because his training regime in the build-up has gone so well!
David Windle, aged 69 from Newbold, and a past president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, is raising vital funds for the Chesterfield based charity Kids 'N' Cancer UK, by swimming a marathon length 26 miles 385 yards.
His sponsored bid will now take place over the week 7th-11th October 2013 at Ringwood Hall Hotel Health & Fitness Centre instead of two... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Adopts Chesterfield Anti-Social Behaviour Scheme
Monday 30th September 2013 A scheme to protect victims of anti-social behaviour which has been trialled in Chesterfield is being rolled out across Derbyshire.
The new IT system, called ECINS, was introduced by the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership in April this year and allows the partnership, which includes Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire Police, to share information about anti-social behaviour quickly and effectively.
The new system records all live cases and allows each of the... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Swimming Star In The Making
Monday 30th September 2013 - Other Sports proudly sponsored by CASA Hotel
A swimming star in the making, 9-year old Natalia Mettam, has become the first person to complete her swimming Honours Award, at Staveley's Healthy Living Centre.
Natalia, from Woodthorpe in Staveley. started swimming at the centre when it first opened in 2008, age 5 years old. A natural swimmer, she has successfully completed the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Learn to Swim pathway awards 1 - 10 as well as the Bronze, Silver and Gold challenge awards. For her final Honours Award she had to achieve a multitude of challenges, including... READ MORE...
Police Increase Security For Weekend's Local Derby
Friday 27th September 2013 Derbyshire police have increased security for this weekend's local derby between Chesterfield and Mansfield Town at the Proact Stadium.
The two sides meet for the first time since 2008 on Saturday, September 28. Kick-off is at 1pm for the sell-out game.
Police in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have worked closely with both clubs for a number of weeks to maximise the safety of the fans and the public on the day. Football intelligence officer PC Dave Wright said: "This local..." READ MORE...
Air Ambulance (DLRAA) Called To Aid Of Clay Cross Man
Friday 27th September 2013 Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were called out to an incident in Clay Cross, Derbyshire on the evening of Thursday 26th September.
The call was for a 65-year old male who was injured after falling through the roof of his home in the town. East Midlands Ambulance Service were first on the scene, but DLRAA were requested to attend given the clinical nature of the incident and they took off at 6:04pm, arriving at the scene 11 minutes later.
The patient had sustained injuries to his head and arms and was... READ MORE...
Daughter In Plea To Take Up Screening After Father's Death
Friday 27th September 2013 The daughter of a Rotherham man who died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is urging men aged 65 and over to sign up for the AAA screening programme and take action against the secret killer.
On March 18th last year, 72 year old Roderick 'Rocky' Hillman, of Bole Hill, Treeton, was visiting his daughter, Alisha, and her family at their home in Calow, Chesterfield.
He left them at 11pm, telling Alisha that he would see her and the rest of the family again the following day - Mother's Day - but when he got back to... READ MORE...
Sylvia Tooley celebrates her 60th birthday at the PROACT with her husband of 34 years Phil, daughter Emma and a host of family and friends, in the sponsors' lounge ahead of the big derby game against Mansfield Town.
Sylvia, pictured with the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and Mark Allott, Nicky Ajose, Danny Whitaker and (her favourite), Tommy Lee, attends nearly all of CFC's home and away games in her wheelchair, and when the fixtures came out, Phil immediately rang to let her know he'd organised the Stags at home for her special day! Say hello if you see her at the game, it'll be well appreciated.
Police Seek Good Samaritan
Wednesday 25th September 2013 Police are looking for a 'Good Samaritan' who helped a lorry driver stuck on Rylah Hill in Palterton in the early hours of Wednesday September 25th.
PC Colin Buxton, who dealt with the incident, said: "I was on patrol at 1.15 this morning, when I came across a lorry that couldn't get up the hill. It was loaded with 51 cattle and was blocking the road. The driver told me that a young man had stopped and lent him his torch but had driven off before it could be returned. I'd like to thank this man for his kindness and return his torch." The lorry was moved and the road reopened by 4am. The driver was reported for several traffic offences.
PC Buxton can be contacted on the police non-emergency number, 101.
Take Extra Care On The Roads During Industrial Action
Wednesday 25th September 2013 With strike action due to begin today, (Wednesday 25th September), Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is urging members of the public to take extra care during periods of industrial action.
Whilst DFRS will still be providing an emergency response service during this period, albeit at a reduced level, DFRS is calling upon motorists and businesses to help to prevent emergencies from occurring.
Following notification that the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is... READ MORE...
NHS Discovery Day Spotlights Helping People Stay Active
Tuesday 24th September 2013 Free health checks, activity taster sessions and a goal scoring competition - with free Chesterfield match tickets for the fastest shot - will be on offer at an NHS Discovery Day at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium this Thursday, 26th September, from 1pm to 6pm.
The discovery day - organised by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust - brings together healthy activities and information, to help people look after their health and wellbeing and signpost them to NHS services which can help them stay active.
Everyone who registers at the discovery day will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle Fire HD. Younger visitors can also take part in a children's health treasure hunt with the winner receiving a free paintballing session for 10 people. READ MORE...
The death has been announced of Douglas Newby Robinson.
Born in Chesterfield in 1926, Douglas passed peacefully on September 6th 2013 in Sidney, B.C, Canada.
He is survived by wife Jennie, Bernard and Pat, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Don't Make Unnecessary 999 Calls As Fire Service Strike Looms
Tuesday 24th September 2013 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is urging members of the public not to make unnecessary 999 calls - particularly during periods of industrial action.
DFRS has received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) that their members will take part in national industrial action for 4 hours tomorrow, Wednesday, 25th September 2013 from 12 noon until 4pm.
Whilst DFRS will still be providing an emergency response service during these periods, albeit at a reduced level, it is essential that members... READ MORE...
Chesterfield FC's 'Unsung Hero' Is Honoured By A Prince
Tuesday 24th September 2013 There are few people who go to Chesterfield Football Club who haven't encountered Jeff Hall!
In fact, the man voted 'Fan of the Year' in 2006 does so much for the club around the town, that there are probably very few residents of Chesterfield who wouldn't recognise him.
And now his loyalty and commitment to the club has been rewarded with a trip to Buckingham Palace on October 7th, where he will meet HRH the Duke Of Cambridge, President of the FA, and be publicly thanked for his... READ MORE...
North East Derbyshire Leisure Centres In Line For Investment
Monday 23rd September 2013 Residents are set to benefit from up to £270,000 worth of improvements which have been earmarked for two North East Derbyshire leisure centres.
North East Derbyshire District Council has approved proposals to refurbish Eckington Swimming Pool and Dronfield Sports Centre.
At Eckington, the gym will be refurbished and at Dronfield Sports Centre - which was transformed as part of a major refurbishment in 2008 - the gym equipment will be upgraded to ensure it remains state-of-the-art. READ MORE...
Could YOUR Labrador Be A Life Changer?
Monday 23rd September 2013 Sheffield based national charity, Support Dogs, is seeking dogs in need of rehoming to assist their work in transforming the lives of children and adults.
The charity trains and provides specialist assistance dogs to increase independence and the quality of life for children and adults affected by autism, epilepsy and physical disability.
Katie Burns, Support Dogs Dog training Manager, explains, "We don't have the benefit of our own breeding centre, so we often take on donated..." READ MORE...
Thumbs Up From Community Youngstars
Monday 23rd September 2013 Youngsters in Chesterfield have given a holiday club supported by Chesterfield Borough Council a unanimous 'thumbs up'.
The Community Youngstars play scheme, allowed young people to lean a wide range of activities from circus skills to break dancing.
The play scheme was held throughout the summer holidays at Queen's Park Annexe, with three sessions to entertain various age groups.
One was held for younger children (5 to 11 year olds) in the... READ MORE...
New Images Released Of Missing Staveley Man
Friday 20th September 2013 It's just over a week since Glynn Holland went missing from his Staveley home and now Police have released a CCTV image of him from the afternoon of his disappearance.
Glynn Holland, 50, was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am on Thursday, September 12th. The new image shows Mr Holland in William Hill bookmakers in Staveley on the afternoon he went missing.
Mr Holland is around six feet tall, of medium build, with a shaved head. His family have not seen or heard from him since his disappearance which... READ MORE...
Vicar Lane Hosts BHF Great British Bag-athon Event Launch
Friday 20th September 2013
British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops are launching their biggest stock donation appeal, the Great British Bag-athon, with an event on Friday 27th September at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre.
BHF shops are urging Chesterfield's local community to join in and fill up bags full of unwanted things for the Great British Bag-athon to help fight heart disease.
The event will be officially launched by the Deputy Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf, when he donates the first bag of items... READ MORE...
Rotarian's Marathon Swim For Kids 'n' Cancer Charity
Friday 20th September 2013
A retired school-teacher from Newbold is in training for a sponsored marathon length swim, to help Chesterfield based charity Kids 'n' Cancer UK in its vital support of young people with cancer.
Rotarian David Windle, a former teacher at Newbold Community School and a past president of the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, was so moved by a recent talk given by the charity founder, Rotarian Mike Hyman, that he felt compelled to help the charity in their efforts to support children and their families who have a variety of problems associated with cancer. READ MORE...
Couple Jailed For Making Indecent Images Of Children
Thursday 19th September 2013 A couple have been jailed after pleading guilty to making and possessing indecent images of children.
Stephen Wholey, 37 and Amanda Wholey, 39, were sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Friday, September 13th after both admitting a number of offences.
They were arrested in April after a warrant was carried out at their address on Hawthorne Avenue, Glapwell.
Stephen Wholey was jailed for three years and eight months... READ MORE...
Rogue Traders Thought To Have Tricked Elderly Lady
Thursday 19th September 2013 Police are reminding residents to be alert after rogue traders are suspected to have tricked an elderly woman out of a large sum of cash in Clay Cross.
They are also urging residents to come forward with information about any suspicious activity in the area.
The 71-year-old woman's carers contacted police on Wednesday, September 11th, with concerns about two men who had visited her home on Clay Lane. They talked her into having minor repairs carried out to the roof and for some... READ MORE...
Tupton Hall School Open Evening Today
Thursday 19th September 2013
Tupton Hall School are having an Open Evening tonight, Thursday 19th September, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Parents, students and the local community are all invited to join the school at their Open Evening, with the Parents of current Year 6 pupils particularly welcome, as this is an ideal opportunity to make that all important choice for secondary education.
Parents can tour the school's excellent facilities, talk to the teachers and meet with some of the current students. READ MORE...
Papa John's Show Rewards Are In The Goals For Spireites
Thursday 19th September 2013 Chesterfield FC supporters will be able to reap the rewards of the club's goals, as Papa John's announces an exclusive offer for fans to get half price pizzas if The Spireites score twice in a match.
At the end of August, the official pizza partner of the Football League, engaged with football fans from across the country, asking them to vote for which offer they would like to see introduced. Score Twice Half Price was top of the league with 71% of the votes and will be officially launched on Saturday, 21st September.
Andrew Gallagher, Papa John's Marketing Director, said... READ MORE...
Police Warn The Public About Courier Fraud
Thursday 19th September 2013
Derbyshire police are asking the public to remain vigilant around protecting their personal information following a circulation of courier fraud.
A phone scam which often sees elderly residents being encouraged to part with their bank details, pin number and sometimes even their bank card has circulated.
The offender is said to call the resident, purporting to be a police officer, from the bank or large retail organisation investigating a fraud on their bank... READ MORE...
National Park Planners Secure Restoration Of Three Quarries
Thursday 19th September 2013 Derelict areas within two former quarries are to be restored, and old permissions at Birchover Quarry replaced with a new updated permission, following decisions made by the Peak District National Park Authority's planning committee.
Wildlife and the public will benefit from the re-shaping and landscaping of about 2.0 acres (0.81 hectares) of old workings, part of the Barton Hill and Dungeon quarries sites at Birchover.
The restoration will see heather moorland and native woodland... READ MORE...
Local MP Hails Breakfast Boost For Vulnerable Children
Wednesday 18th September 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins joined pupils of William Rhodes primary school for breakfast yesterday morning as Derbyshire County Council launched their new initiative.
As we reported previously, Pupils at 25 Derbyshire primary and junior schools are set to benefit from breakfast club pilot schemes, which aim to ensure no child comes into school hungry.
Toby Perkins MP, said, "Education is one of the great social levellers of our time, allowing children to do well whatever their background." READ MORE...
Man Jailed For Bicycle Thefts In Chesterfield And Bolsover
Wednesday 18th September 2013 A 30-year-old man has been jailed by magistrates for stealing two bicycles and four other offences in the Bolsover and Chesterfield area.
John Towle, of no fixed address, was given the 14 week sentence at court on Thursday, September 12th. He was charged with stealing a child's BMX bike from a shed on Moorfield Avenue, Bolsover and a mountain bike from a driveway on Old Road, Chesterfield. A further three charges of vehicle interference were brought against him at court, after he was found to be trying car doors on Hudson Mount, Bolsover in the early hours of Friday, August 30th.
Towle also answered a charge of going equipped to steal after he was stopped by police on Charlesworth Street, Bolsover in the early hours of Tuesday, September 10th.
Chesterfield Teen Hails 'Life Saving' Hospital
Tuesday 17th September 2013 A teenager whose life was saved by The Children's Hospital, Sheffield, spoke to hundreds of professionals, to thank them for taking part in a corporate fundraiser that raised more than £146,000 to support young patients like her.
Lucy Hibbert, aged 13, from Chesterfield, joined businessmen and women from more than 70 South Yorkshire companies at The Mistress Cutler's Challenge awards, who have been raising funds for The Children's Hospital Charity.
Lucy was diagnosed with auto immune anaemia, a rare condition... READ MORE...
'Cracking Crime' Events In North East Derbyshire
Tuesday 17th September 2013
Residents are invited to pick up free security equipment and get the chance to quiz their local police officer at two 'Cracking Crime' events being held in North East Derbyshire.
North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership (NEDCSP) will be running the drop-in events in North Wingfield and Holmewood, on the following dates: North Wingfield on Wednesday 25th September, from 1.15pm to 3.15pm at the Miners Welfare Social Club and Holmewood on Tuesday 1st October from 12 noon to 2pm at the Miners Welfare Social Club. READ MORE...
Police Appeal For Help In Finding Missing Staveley Man
Monday 16th September 2013 Police are appealing for help in finding a Derbyshire man who has been missing from his home in Staveley since Thursday, September 12th.
Glynn Holland, 50, (pictured) was last seen at his home in White Road at around 11am. There was a potential sighting of Mr Holland on his bicycle in Staveley at around 3pm on Thursday, but his family have not seen or heard from him since. His disappearance is completely out of character. Mr Holland is around six feet tall, of medium build, with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a grey top and shorts.
Mr Holland, or anyone with any information about his whereabouts, is asked to contact Derbyshire police using the non-emergency number 101.
Town Planners Con(tent) To Give Go Outdoors Go Ahead
Monday 16th September 2013 Go Outdoors has today (Monday, 16th September), been given planning permission by Chesterfield Borough Council to turn a former Tesco site into a combined head office and store.
The building, on Meltham Lane in Whittington Moor, has been empty since 2010 when Tesco opened a larger store on the other side of the Chesterfield by-pass at the former Dema Glass site.
Members of the committee were told national retailer Go Outdoors would create 160 new jobs at the new store, which will sell outdoors clothing and... READ MORE...
Wind Turbines Refused To Protect Landscape And Wildlife
Monday 16th September 2013 Three separate applications for wind turbines have been turned down by the Peak District National Park Authority to protect landscape and wildlife.
The sites for the proposed wind turbines were at Butterton Moor, Newhaven and Onecote.
The Authority supports the need for renewable energy but has to balance this with the harmful impact that installing a wind turbine could have on the national park's natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage. READ MORE...
Newbold And Brockwell SNT Police Surgeries This Weekend
Monday 16th September 2013 Officers from the Newbold and Brockwell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are holding a surgery for local residents to speak about concerns.
The Mobile Police Station will be visiting Loundsley Green, Holmebrook Valley Park and Holme Hall this weekend.
It is a chance for people to meet their local officers and pick up crime prevention advice. The surgeries will take place on Saturday, September 21st in the van which will be parked up at... READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 19
Monday 16th September 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!
Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...
MP Backs Fairer Benefits Test For Those With Mental Illness
Friday 13th September 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has backed a campaign by the national charity Rethink Mental Illness to make the Government's fit-for-work test fair for people with mental illness.
Mr Perkins pledged his support for the campaign after taking part in an event in Westminster on Wednesday (11th September), where the charity's supporters asked MPs to prove they are fit for their jobs.
The event was organised by Rethink Mental Illness to give MPs a deeper insight into the flaws in the Government's fit-for-work benefits tests. READ MORE...
County To Add New Gritters To Fleet
Friday 13th September 2013 Derbyshire County Council is investing £1.6m to buy 15 new gritter lorries this year.
It is the first stage of a five-year replacement plan to replace ageing winter maintenance vehicles.
A further four gritter lorries will be purchased in 2014/15, three more in 2015/16 and a further three in 2016/17.
By 2017, the county council will have increased the number of gritters in its fleet from 39 currently to 44. Six other county council vehicles can be converted to support snow-clearing efforts when needed. READ MORE...
Dirty Stop Outs' Launch Set For This Weekend
Thursday 12th September 2013 This Saturday's (14th) launch party for the 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' is set to raise hundreds of pounds for Ashgate Hospice.
The event, held at the Winding Wheel, has already sold hundreds of advance tickets and is set to celebrate venues of the era like the Aquarius, Adam & Eve and others.
'EIGHTIES... The Biggest Reunion... EVER' is set to offer DJs, guests and raffle prizes donated by '80s stars including the Human League and Simple Minds. The book's author, Neil Anderson, said: "The reaction to the book..." READ MORE...
MP Welcomes Next Stage Of Chesterfield's Waterside Project
Wednesday 11th September 2013 An ambitious Chesterfield regeneration project is set to take a leap forwards, promising to bring new homes and jobs to a redundant ex-industrial area.
The Waterside Project, led by Chesterfield Borough Council with a consortium of developers, will occupy a neglected 40-acre site, taking in the Chesterfield Canal Basin, completed in 2009 as the first stage of the scheme, between the Railway Station and the former Tesco supermarket on Rother Way.
Named the 50th biggest regeneration project in the UK, the... READ MORE...
Roundabout Poised To Return To Hasland Road Junction
Wednesday 11th September 2013 Traffic lights at a Hasland road junction are set to be replaced with a mini-roundabout and other safety measures following calls by local residents for a re-think.
Derbyshire County Council agreed to look again at the junction of Hasland Road and Mansfield Road following a serious accident around 60 metres from the junction in March.
More than 250 people attended a consultation event in June to have their say about the road layout which was introduced in consultation with Hasland and St Leonards Community Forum in December 2011.
Traffic lights and crossings were originally installed to replace a mini roundabout and zebra crossing following a high number of road accidents. READ MORE...
Sheffield Sharks Basketball Team Adopt Kids 'n' Cancer Charity
Tuesday 10th September 2013 The most successful professional basketball team in the UK have announced their decision to adopt national children's charity, Kids 'n' Cancer UK.
Chesterfield based charity, Kids 'n' Cancer, are today celebrating news of a major new supporter from the sporting world.
One Health Sheffield Sharks, our regions best known professional basketball outfit, have confirmed that they will make Kids 'n' Cancer UK their main adopted charity for the coming season, which commences on Friday 27th September... READ MORE...
Breakfast Boost For Derbyshire Schoolchildren
Tuesday 10th September 2013 Pupils at 25 Derbyshire primary and junior schools are set to benefit from breakfast club pilot schemes at their school.
Derbyshire County Council is funding food at the clubs, which will cost between £180,000 to £200,000.
Schools have been chosen because they have the greatest number of children who are entitled to free school meals. The 25 schools will be invited to apply for the funding. The pilot will run for four years and the schools will provide staff and other resources for the day-to-day running of the clubs. READ MORE...
County Faces Losing Further Funds
Monday 9th September 2013 Funding currently worth £1.31m could be lost by Derbyshire County Council if proposals for reallocating New Homes Bonus funding in 2015-16 get the go-ahead.
The New Homes Bonus is paid to local councils for increasing the number of homes in their area. It is paid every year for six years for new-build homes, conversions and long-term empty homes brought back into use. There is also an extra payment for providing affordable homes.
Now the Coalition Government is considering pumping some or... READ MORE...
Morrisons M Local Has Arrived In Chesterfield
Monday 9th September 2013 A new Morrisons convenience store, Morrisons M local, has opened in Chesterfield today, creating 20 new jobs for the town.
The supermarket believes it has spotted a gap in the market for a convenience store that offers more fresh food - as opposed to just tins and toiletries - to enable customers to cook a meal from scratch or buy a high quality ready meal.
Located on Vicar Lane, in the old HMV store, it was opened at 9.00am by the team from Ashgate Hospice. Management at the store were keen to find a 'local hero' to help them officially cut the ribbon - and the Hospice was chosen... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Gets Well Dressed And Dancing
Monday 9th September 2013 Visitors to Chesterfield town centre on Saturday, once again enjoyed a variety of dancers in the annual 'Day of Dance' event organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.
Boasting a variety of dance styles, with many returning acts including Crystal Cheer & Dance and the Burlesque Madam Gaga and her girls - performing alongside new show stoppers who included Barlborough Bears, the dancers of all ages showcased skills in ballet, jazz, tango, cheer and street dance.
Another newcomer, The Romano Jilo Dance Group, showcased... READ MORE...
Funding Hasland's Eastwood Park's Community Garden
Monday 9th September 2013
Eastwood Park in Hasland is set to benefit from a raft of improvements thanks to funding from the Lottery funded Awards for All.
The Friends of Eastwood Park secured the £10,000 funding for the Chesterfield Borough Council park for the Community Garden.
Barbara Arrandale, Chair of the Friends of Eastwood Park, said the grant will fund new seeds, plants and compost, a new set of communal tools to use in the garden as well as a new secure lock up. READ MORE...
Police Seek Information After Robbery From Chesterfield House
Friday 6th September 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information about a sneak-in burglary in which a handbag was stolen.
Between noon on Sunday, September 1st and 7.45pm on Monday, September 2nd, thieves sneaked into a house on Highfield Avenue though an unlocked door and stole the handbag containing cash and bank cards. The bag was later found discarded in bushes off Lucas Road. A witness saw a man acting suspiciously in the area between 2pm and 3pm on Sunday, September 1st. He was white, tall, of slim build and wearing a light beige top.
Anyone with information about the theft or the suspicious man is asked to contact Chesterfield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Flood Defences To Be Improved In Derbyshire
Friday 6th September 2013 As heavy rain falls today giving rise to warnings, news that flood defence improvements costing £95,000 could be carried out in the area if plans get the go ahead next week.
Derbyshire County Council's cabinet members will consider plans to reduce problems with flooding at a meeting on Tuesday 10th September, as well as a £15,000 study to look at ways of reducing flooding in Renishaw.
Councillor Dean Collins, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport said: "Extreme weather such as prolonged heavy rain..." READ MORE...
Local Law Firms Announce Merger
Friday 6th September 2013 It's been announced that, as of 1st September 2013, Bilton Hammond Solicitors has merged with Banner Jones Solicitors.
The merger will create one of the largest legal practices in the region, offering high quality legal services from a wider team of specialist legal advisors. Both firms have been committed to delivering excellent customer service at competitive prices and this shall remain the cornerstone of the new business.
Simon Wright from Banner Jones comments, "It was clear from the outset of discussions that the two businesses were a great fit." READ MORE...
Police Seek Information After House Robbery In Chesterfield
Friday 6th September 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information about a sneak-in burglary in which a handbag was stolen.
Between noon on Sunday, September 1st and 7.45pm on Monday, September 2nd, thieves sneaked into a house on Highfield Avenue though an unlocked door and stole the handbag containing cash and bank cards. The bag was later found discarded in bushes off Lucas Road. A witness saw a man acting suspiciously in the area between 2pm and 3pm on Sunday, September 1st. He was white, tall, of slim build and wearing a light beige top.
Anyone with information about the theft or the suspicious man is asked to contact Chesterfield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police Try To Trace Two Women Who Helped Assault Victim
Thursday 5th September 2013 Detectives are trying to trace two people who helped a woman who had been assaulted in Chesterfield.
At around 2.30pm on Friday, August 30th, a 60-year-old woman was in the retail area of Markham Road when she became aware of 3 teenaged boys on skateboards nearby. She continued walking along South Place and felt a blow to her leg, causing her to fall to the floor. She heard someone say "get the bag", although her bag was not taken. Two women helped her to her feet. She did not see who assaulted her. Police are trying to trace these two women in case they have information which could help with the inquiry.
Anyone with information should call Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
PDSA Pet Roadshow Offering Free Dog Microchipping
Thursday 5th September 2013 Dog owners across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire are being given the chance to get their dog microchipped and receive pet health advice for free when a mobile pet checking unit tours the area this month.
The PDSA Health Check Roadshow will take to the streets to offer free dog check-ups - including weight, eyes, teeth, ears, coat condition and general fitness - all undertaken by an experienced veterinary nurse.
Having been previously run in Bolsover, this is the first time... READ MORE...
Police Seek Witness After Assault In Chesterfield
Wednesday 4th September 2013
Police are trying to trace a witness who could have information about an assault in Chesterfield.
Officers investigating the assault have released a CCTV image of the man (left) - who is NOT a suspect - but who they believe may have heard something which could help with the inquiry.
On the afternoon of Friday, June 21st, a woman in her 30's was assaulted by a man at The Men's Room salon, in Chatsworth Road. READ MORE...
Apply Now For Your Child's Secondary School Place!
Wednesday 4th September 2013 Now, they may have just gone, or are about to go, back to school, but parents of Y6 pupils will need to apply to Derbyshire County Council from next week to get their child's secondary school place for September 2014.
Year six primary school children, who were born between 1st September 2002 and 31st August 2003, will be sent information on the application process, which opens on Monday 9th September.
Applying online is the easiest method. Just visit the school admissions section... READ MORE...
Panto Season Beckons In Chesterfield... Oh Yes It Does!
Wednesday 4th September 2013 The children may have just gone back to school but thoughts are turning to the festive season already - and that means Panto!
This year, Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre will play host to Paul Holman's production of Beauty and The Beast - and the star studded cast were in town yesterday to meet the press and public and get ready for what's sure to be a hit show (oh yes it is!).
Billed as the 'tale as old as time' in the famous Disney song, Beauty and The Beast is of course a story of love against the odds but... READ MORE...
£3m Grant Boost For Derbyshire's Small Businesses
Wednesday 4th September 2013
Small businesses in Derbyshire could benefit from grants of up to £50,000 as part of a £3m drive to safeguard and create jobs.
Derbyshire Economic Partnership - backed by Derbyshire County Council - has been provisionally awarded £3m from the Government's Regional Growth Fund.
On Tuesday, Sept 10th, members of the county council's cabinet will consider a recommendation that the authority pledges £70,000 towards administration costs of the new Global Derbyshire Small Business Support Programme. READ MORE...
Get Dancing In Chesterfield this September
Wednesday 4th September 2013
Chesterfield will once again welcome a variety of dancers in its 'Day of Dance', event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.
The event takes place on Saturday 7th September between 10.30am and 3.30pm in Rykneld Square (outside the Visitor Information Centre).
The Day of Dance boasts a variety of dance styles, with return performances from many acts and new performances from Barlborough Bears, who will be performing a fusion of ballet, jazz, and street dance. READ MORE...
Man Charged With Sexual Offences Against Children
Monday 2nd September 2013 Derbyshire Police has confirmed that an 85-year-old man has been charged with sexual offences against children.
Francis Paul Cullen, who had been living in Tenerife, appeared at Derby Magistrates' Court on Saturday 31st August, where he faced 27 charges relating to three boys aged between eight and 14-years-old. The offences were allegedly committed between 1956 and 1991 in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
He faced 16 charges of indecent assault, contrary to Section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956; 10 charges of gross indecency contrary to... READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Community Hub Takes Shape
Monday 2nd September 2013 It was always to be pivotal part of the move to the Proact - and on Friday, members of the local press were given a tour of the new £1.5 million flagship Community Hub, now just two weeks away from completion.
The facility, partially funded by a grant from the Premier League Community Facility Fund, is due to open on 16th September and will provide a one-stop site for sporting activities.
Set to include a gym, a hydrotherapy pool, café, play... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Local Residents Invited To Ask Questions On Local Issues
Friday 30th August 2013 Derbyshire residents will for the first time be able to ask questions on issues that affect their local area at Derbyshire County Council's meetings held across the county.
Local area committees meet to develop a shared understanding of the local area, identifying key issues affecting communities. By giving local people the opportunity to ask questions at the meetings, the council aims to give residents a chance to be part of the local decision-making process.
Councillor Brian Ridgway, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet... READ MORE...
Good News For Tesco Distribution Centre Workers
Wednesday 28th August 2013 Every job helps! Good news for local employment tonight after Tesco has confirmed that it will be keeping the Barlborough Distribution Centre open and saving 200 jobs.
Staff were told this afternoon that the retail company has now found an alternative use for the centre and will not now close in September as had been planned.
A spokeswoman for the supermarket chain has told The Chesterfield Post that, after a review of the non food businesses such as homeware and toys, which showed that many of those sales were online, a decision was taken to look at sites owned by Tesco as storage use for that arm of the business. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Police Confirm Man Arrested On European Warrant
Wednesday 28th August 2013
Derbyshire Constabulary can confirm that officers have worked with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Spanish police to trace a man who is wanted on suspicion of sexual offences.
The 85-year-old man was arrested in Tenerife on a European arrest warrant. If an extradition is successful, he will be returned to the UK where he will face charges related to alleged offences committed more than 40 years ago.
A further statement will be released after the man returns to Derbyshire.
Slimmers Warned About Dangerous Weight Loss Product
Wednesday 28th August 2013 Derbyshire residents are being warned of the dangers of buying slimming products which may contain a dangerous chemical.
Following an alert from the Department of Health, Derbyshire County Council is warning anyone thinking of buying slimming aids like fat burners and food supplements, particularly over the internet, to look out for the chemical DNP (2,4 Dinitrophenol).
In Derbyshire, there are no known medical cases linked to DNP but the substance, which is an industrial chemical not fit for human consumption and illegal to use in foodstuffs, has caused three deaths nationally so far this year. READ MORE...
Work To Begin On New Cycle Lane In Chesterfield
Wednesday 28th August 2013
Work to build a new cycle lane in Chesterfield as part of a project aimed at linking two areas of the town together is due to start.
Derbyshire County Council will create the 670 metre cycle lane alongside Lockoford Lane and the A61 northbound between Tesco's roundabout and Pottery Lane West.
The £308,000 path is being installed as part of the Chesterfield Cycle network which is a long-term project aimed at linking shopping areas, hospitals... READ MORE...
Yum-Yums Serves up A Treat In Staveley
Friday 23rd August 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins gave his seal of approval to a brand new eatery in Staveley after calling in for a cup of tea and a chat with owner Kerry Cox.
First time business owner Kerry set up Yum Yums on Chesterfield Road six weeks ago with the help and support of the Princes Trust.
Young entrepreneur Kerry reports that business is going well so far and said, "I didn't think the Princes Trust provided support for people like me. The best thing is that they don't just help you start, but support you for two years..." READ MORE...
Police Seek Information After Suspected Arson Attack
Friday 23rd August 2013 Police are appealing for information about a suspected arson attack on an empty property in Clay Cross.
Emergency services were called to the house on John Street just before 7am today (Friday, August 23rd) after the front door was set alight. Extensive damage was caused to the front door but the neighbouring properties were not affected. It is believed the fire was started deliberately.
Police are appealing for anyone with any information about the fire to call the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Barratt Homes Pledge 1.5 Acres For British Honey Bee
Friday 23rd August 2013
Leading local homebuilder Barratt Homes North Midlands is joining the fight to save the British honey bee, by planting more bee friendly plants across 1.5 acres of gardens and open spaces.
Teaming up with leading bee charity, the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA), Barratt is setting out to change the way it landscapes open space and plants gardens in show houses at 400 developments over the next three years. Barratt Homes North Midlands will be working with the BBKA on how to encourage bees and change its planting, to ensure the bees' food supply is maximised. READ MORE...
Man Charged In Connection With Sexual Assaults During 1970s
Thursday 22nd August 2013 A man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of three boys during the 1970s.
Allan Pettinger, 60, from Renishaw, has been charged with 4 counts of indecent assault against 3 boys aged 9 and 10 between 1972 and 1978. Pettinger was a leader with the Eckington St John Ambulance Cadets during the 1970s.
2 of the assaults are alleged to have taken place during camping trips with the St John Ambulance Cadets in the Peak District and Rhyl in Wales. Pettinger will appear before magistrates in Chesterfield on September 16th.
Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about the assaults to contact Dronfield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police Investigate Assault On Ten Year Old Boy
Wednesday 21st August 2013 Officers investigating an assault of a ten-year-old boy in Stretton are appealing for information.
At around 8.30am on Monday, August 19th, the boy was walking along Sherwood Street when he was approached by a man.
The man took hold of the boy's wrists and pinned him up against a fence. This caused the victim to drop money he was holding and the offender picked it up and left.
The victim did not suffer any injuries. READ MORE...
Call To Apply For Armed Forces Covenant Grant Scheme
Wednesday 21st August 2013 Grants for projects that encourage local people to understand and support our Armed Forces are now available.
Derbyshire County Council has joined together with all district and borough councils in the county, as well as Derby City Council, the Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the Armed Forces, to assess local bids for funding from the national Armed Forces Community Covenant Scheme.
Suitable applications will be endorsed by the local partnership before being submitted to the Ministry of Defence. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Attempted Dronfield Robbery
Tuesday 20th August 2013 Officers investigating an attempted robbery in Dronfield are appealing for information.
At around 6pm on Saturday, July 2th, a 42-year-old man was walking his dog across a recreation ground to the back of Dronfield Sports and Social Club when he was approached by two men. They demanded his mobile phone and when the victim said no, one of the men punched him in the face. The victim's dog began to bark and the offenders ran away. The two men are described as white, in their early 20s, of slim build, around 5ft 8ins tall and both wearing hooded tops. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
CCTV Pics Released After Burglary At Renishaw Farm
Tuesday 20th August 2013 Officers investigating a burglary at a farm in Renishaw have released images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the crime.
Sometime between 12.45pm and 5.25pm on Monday, August 12th, thieves smashed a ground floor window of the farmhouse, which is in a rural location off Syday Lane, and stole jewellery.
Police investigating the burglary have released CCTV footage of two men seen near the farm around the time of the break-in that they would like to... READ MORE...
Unemployment Twice Average For Derbyshire's Young People
Tuesday 20th August 2013 New figures released by Derbyshire County Council show that the unemployment rate for under 25's in the county is around twice the average - and the rate is also higher than the England average.
Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, Councillor Joan Dixon said: "Youth employment is continuing to be a real problem across the country and here in Derbyshire.
"The Coalition Government is not doing enough for young people. Many are facing an uncertain future and without a decent job are unable to even think of a home of their own." READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 15
Monday 19th August 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!
Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...
Police Name Chesterfield House Death Couple
Sunday 18th August 2013
Police have named two people who died at a house in Chesterfield on Friday August 16th.
David Connaughton, 60 and Julie Connaughton, 57, were found dead inside a house on Walton Drive at around 2:15pm.
Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths and are preparing a file for the coroner.
Two Bodies Found At Chesterfield House - Update
Friday 16th August 2013 - UPDATE 22:40 Detectives investigating the death of two people in Chesterfield have said tonight that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths at this time.
Officers were called to the address on Walton Drive at around 2:15pm (Friday August 16th) and found the bodies of a man ana a woman inside the house.
Investigations at the scene continue.
Anyone with any information should please call Derbyshire Police on 101.
Man Appears In Court After Incident In Chesterfield Restaurant
Friday 16th August 2013 A man has appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates this morning charged with three counts of detaining a child under the Child Abduction Act.
Police were called to Pizza Hut on Ravenside Retail Park just before 3pm on Wednesday, August 14th, to reports of a man attempting to grab children who were in the restaurant.
The man took hold of a 12-year-old boy and took him outside. Staff and the boy's family challenged the man who returned to the restaurant and... READ MORE...
New Measures To Slow Spread Of Bovine TB "Not Enough"
Friday 16th August 2013 New measures to try and slow down the spread of bovine TB have been criticised by Derbyshire County Council's Leader, Councillor Anne Western, for not doing enough to protect local farmers.
The Government set out plans this week to increase TB testing and control cattle movement in 10 areas across the country, including Derbyshire. Farms in Derbyshire and Cheshire within 3 km of a new TB outbreak will have to test their cows for bovine TB immediately and again after six months.
A £250,000 fund for farmers to help cover half of the costs of vaccinating badgers on their land has also been set up. READ MORE...
Synergy Fundraiser For Orchid Male Cancer Charity At Casa
Friday 16th August 2013 A black tie event to be held next month is hoping to help promote and raise awareness of male cancer.
Synergy Sports Academy - in conjunction with Orchid male cancer charity - will be holding the evening at the Casa Hotel in September and is hoping for your support in raising vital funds for a charity that works throughout the year, to support and advise men suffering from the disease.
Synergy Sports Academy continues to work with grass roots football to develop talented young players from around Derbyshire and the... READ MORE...
Spireites Community Trust Fun Run To Aid Charities
Friday 16th August 2013 It's been announced that The Chesterfield FC Community Trust's 5K Fun Run will take place again next month.
The annual event will take place on Sunday, September 1st, with the 5k race starting at 10am and the fun run getting underway an hour later.
Money raised will go to the Chesterfield FC Community Trust and Ashgate Hospice.
The 5k race costs £12 to enter and starts at Sheepbridge with competitors running to the Proact Stadium, finishing with half a lap of the pitch. READ MORE...
Good Voice? The Lah-Di-Dah Ladies Seek Another 'Lah'!
Friday 16th August 2013 'Lah Di Dah' are a Ladies Vocal Harmony group who perform regularly around Chesterfield and The Peak District, often doing a great job fundraising for Charities.
The 4 founder members of Lah Di Dah have been singing together for 4 years although their latest member (with a lot of previous experience) has been with them for just 4 weeks!
The group intends to remain small (12 at the moment) but a few new members would be more than welcome! READ MORE...
Students Do Derbyshire Proud With A Level Results
Thursday 15th August 2013 A Level students in Derbyshire continue to do the county proud, information released today shows.
Figures from all of the 28 maintained Derbyshire County Council schools and academies which offer post-16 education show that: 2,725 students received their Level 3 (A Level and equivalent) results today (Thursday 15th August); the percentage of students achieving three A* and A grades improved this year by 2.3% to 13.3% while the national percentage is reported to have fallen; the percentage of students achieving at least one of the higher grades - A*, A or B - rose by 5.9% to 68.8%; the pass rate in Derbyshire remains above the national average... READ MORE...
Chesterfield College Gets Results!
Thursday 15th August 2013 30,000 students in the UK have today picked up their all-important A level results - and they will now move on to the next chapter of their lives.
We will have the full picture of results across Derbyshire later today but, throughout the country, the picture is showing that the overall pass rate stands at just over 98%, an increase on last year. However, there has been a drop in those students awarded top grades for the second consecutive year.
The Chesterfield Post went along to Chesterfield College this... READ MORE...
Cricket Derbyshire Launches Apprenticeship Scheme
Thursday 15th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Cricket Derbyshire are launching a new Sports Leadership Apprenticeship Scheme for 16 to 18 year olds.
The scheme will offer a unique opportunity for young people who want to pursue a career in sport to become the community sport activity coaches and leaders of the future.
As well as completing an apprenticeship with Cricket Derbyshire, there will be an opportunity for successful candidates to gain additional... READ MORE...
The Big Day Beckons Tomorrow For A Level Students
Wednesday 14th August 2013 Thousands of students across Derbyshire are getting ready to find out how well they have done in their A-levels when the results are released tomorrow, Thursday 15th August 2013.
Ahead of that, we are publishing advice on what to do tomorrow after results are received and, what to do if they are not as expected. The article contains some of the numbers students may need.
UCAS advisers say that they are ready to help students through the Confirmation and Clearing process. READ MORE...
Cancer Charity Announce 'Light The Night' Partnership
Wednesday 14th August 2013 A leading regional businessman from the sport and leisure sector, has backed a charity fundraising walk, which will be started by Sheffield’s golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Dave Allen is sponsoring Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's 'Light the Night' event in his role as Chairman of Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants and Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.
Through the partnership, the charity will receive a generous donation to support the event. READ MORE...
County Council Helps Local People To Avoid Pay Day Loans
Wednesday 14th August 2013 Residents on low incomes who may be tempted by payday loan companies, can apply for safe and affordable loans thanks to new Derbyshire County Council funding.
The council is to make safe instant access loans available by providing £300,000 additional funding to local Credit Unions.
Credit Unions are playing an increasingly important role in supporting people struggling with debt and low incomes, by providing access to affordable credit and by encouraging saving. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Chesterfield Hotel Theft
Wednesday 14th August 2013 Police are appealing for information after a couple on a night out in Chesterfield, had a bag containing a hotel key taken from them and items stolen from their hotel room.
The couple, from Mansfield, who were staying at the Chesterfield Hotel, Malkin St on the night of Saturday, August 3rd, had gone into the town centre for a night out.
Sometime between 12.30am and 1.30am on Sunday, August 4th, the woman was separated from her husband and fell ill. It is believed her handbag, which contained the key, was lost or stolen when she fell ill. READ MORE...
Work Begins On Killamarsh Housing Scheme
Tuesday 13th August 2013 Work to demolish post-war properties and replace them with new council homes is now underway in Killamarsh, as part of a major regeneration project in North East Derbyshire.
Dozens of tenants joined a community celebration to mark the start of construction work on The Bungalows site, off Sheffield Road - watching on as the first of their defective homes was demolished.
The £10.5m scheme is being led by North East Derbyshire District Council in partnership with its housing management company Rykneld Homes. READ MORE...
Derbyshire County Council Criticises Rail Fare Hike
Tuesday 13th August 2013 Plans to increase regulated train fares in England - including season tickets - have been criticised by Derbyshire County Council for making rail travel too expensive.
Councillor Andy Botham, Derbyshire County Council's Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said the above-inflation average 4.1% rise in January would make rail travel unaffordable for some people as price rises outstrip wages.
"Trains play an important role in getting people to work..." READ MORE...
IOSH Staff Games Raise Cash For Air Ambulance
Tuesday 13th August 2013 Staff at a Leicestershire-based health and safety organisation have been competing in a week of sporting activities to raise cash for a life-saving charity.
50 colleagues at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), in Wigston, took part in lunch-time games, from skittles and bat and ball to spacehopper racing, and by 2pm on Friday had raised just over £170 for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
IOSH Head of Corporate Affairs, Helen Metcalfe said... READ MORE...
Test The Kids This Summer To Ensure They're 20/20
Tuesday 13th August 2013
Recent reports by the Eye Care Trust suggest that as many as one In five children has an undetected problem with their vision and risks being at a disadvantage in the classroom.
Chesterfield Specsavers have confirmed this - telling The Chesterfield Post that if a child's eyesight is not in perfect condition, it can often be mistaken for learning difficulties. They say that around 80% of everything a child learns is through their vision, so even a minor problem with a child's sight can mean they suffer huge setbacks in their development at school. READ MORE...
Award Winning Folk Artist To Headline In His Home Town
Tuesday 13th August 2013 Captivating folk artist Blair Dunlop, who won the prestigious Radio 2 'Horizon Award' earlier this year, is heading back to his home town next month to take centre stage in Derbyshire County Council's new programme of folk concerts.
Rising star Blair, 21, is an accomplished singer songwriter who will treat his audience to tracks from his new album 'Blight and Blossom' at Chesterfield Library in New Beetwell Street on Friday 20th September, doors open at 7.30pm.
He will be supported by the Derbyshire vocal and guitar duo... READ MORE...
Man Airlifted To Sheffield Hospital After Falling From Bridge
Monday 12th August 2013
A man has been airlifted to hospital in Sheffield after falling from a bridge in Chesterfield this afternoon.
Details are still coming in, but it is believed the incident happened at around 3pm and caused severe traffic build up around the Horn's Bridge Island and towards Tesco.
The man is believed to be in a serious condition.
We will have more news as we get it.
Derbyshire Police Operation Makes An 'Impact'
Monday 12th August 2013 Fifty people have been arrested, a dozen warrants have been executed and large amounts of cash and drugs have been recovered during a three-week campaign to target drug dealers, burglars and thieves.
Operation Impact has been carried out across Chesterfield to help reduce acquisitive crime, including burglary, drug dealing and shoplifting.
Since Monday, July 22nd, when the operation began, 50 people have been arrested, 12 drugs warrants have been carried out in the area, six wanted suspects have been charged and brought before the courts and £11,000 recovered. READ MORE...
Council Welcomes Watchdog Action On Quick Home Sales
Monday 12th August 2013 Derbyshire County Council has welcomed an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into unfair business practices in the quick home sale market.
The OFT announced this week it is investigating practices by companies that left struggling homeowners tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket.
Council leaders support the OFT action and are now calling on local people to report firms that use unscrupulous tactics to get people to part with their homes at knock-down prices. READ MORE...
£7.5m Investment To Boost Tourism With Pedal Power
Monday 12th August 2013 Tourism in Derbyshire has been given a multi-million pound boost now a Derbyshire County Council-led project to enhance traffic-free cycle trails into the Peak District has been given the green light.
Pedal Peak is designed to put an estimated 3.5million people within reach of the Peak District National Park's cycle network - either directly by bike in less than an hour or following a short train ride.
And plans moved a step closer today when the Department for Transport announced it would stump up £5m for the project. READ MORE...
Official Spireites Partner App Keeps Fans Informed On The Go
Monday 12th August 2013
As Spireites' season has kicked off so positively, keeping up to date with the latest Spireites news just got easier with the launch of the Chesterfield Football Club official partner mobile app which was released this weekend, marking the first home game (and home win) of the season, against Cheltenham.
Developed by the new Community Stand sponsors, local Chesterfield law firm, Spencers Solicitors, the free mobile app will be the go-to hub for the latest developments in the team's campaign throughout the season. READ MORE...
Whittington Cricket, Community And Charity Festival
Monday 12th August 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
To celebrate 60 years since Old Whittington Cricket Club was founded, there's a gala event on Brearley Park, Sunday 18th August.
The festival includes a T20 tournament but will also see the park filled with other attractions for the whole family.
The current custodians of cricket in the village, Whittington Wanderers, will be hosting the charity team from St Luke's Hospice, Crab CC. The third team in the tournament will be a special community team, Whittington... READ MORE...
Only A Few Weeks Left To Try Out For Staveley MWFC Juniors
Monday 12th August 2013 - Staveley MWFC coverage sponsored by HKL Ltd
There are a only a few weeks remaining for any local junior footballers to try out for an exciting junior football opportunity to play for Staveley MWFC!
Firstly, the U15s - as they are essentially a new squad this season - are looking for a few more quality players to add to the existing core of the team, to carry on the junior successes of this successful and ambitious local football club.
If you're a parent, and think your kids are up to Staveley MWFC's demanding standards - or you're the 14 year old yourself - and you're... READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 14
Monday 12th August 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!
Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...
Residents Have Their Say On Key Gateway Artwork
Friday 9th August 2013 Chesterfield residents are able to vote for the public artwork they would like to see at a key gateway to the town centre.
The project, led by Chesterfield Borough Council, aims to raise the profile of Chesterfield as a place to invest, visit and live.
Funding of £500,000 has been secured from Barratt Homes - who are responsible for new housing developments in the borough, including on the former Chesterfield Football Club site on Saltergate - and from the European Regional Development Fund for the project. READ MORE...
Every Little Tesco Does NOT Help Say Local Residents
Thursday 8th August 2013 Local residents are continuing to celebrate after controversial plans to convert a local pub to a convenience store have once again been turned down by Chesterfield Borough Council's Planning Committee.
Residents are opposed to The Crispin Inn on Ashgate Road being turned into a local Tesco store, believing that to do so would have a detrimental effect on the local area and remove what is seen as a local community pub from use.
Plans submitted by Tesco have been refused before by Council... READ MORE...
Local Mum Wendy (Body) Builds Success At 45
Thursday 8th August 2013 - Other Sports coverage sponsored by CASA Hotel
The old adage says that "life begins at 40" - and one local lady has certainly proved that as she took second place in a body building competition last weekend, having only taken up the discipline a year ago.
Wendy Ally, 45, of Clowne, competed in the British Natural bodybuilding Federation regional heats in Derby for the first time on Sunday and, along with her second place, earned the chance to compete in the National finals in September.
The Chesterfield Post spoke with Wendy on Monday, when she... READ MORE...
New Powers To Protect Against Rogue Traders Welcomed
Thursday 8th August 2013 Following our story yesterday of an elderly 89 year old lady becoming a victim of Rogue Traders, new powers set to protect vulnerable and older consumers from such criminals have been welcomed by Derbyshire County Council.
Draft legislation announced by the Government earlier this week includes giving new rights to victims - who are bullied or misled into buying goods and services - so they can get their money back.
It also states that consumers will have access to clearer information about any additional costs relating to something they are buying and more time to return goods bought online. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Royal 'Needs To Get Better' Says CQC Report
Thursday 8th August 2013 As previously reported in The Chesterfield Post, a recent visit by inspectors to Chesterfield Royal Hospital flagged up some concerns regarding nutrition and care at the Calow site.
The Quality Care Commission report has now been published in full and has identified that standards of providing care, treatment and support that meet people's needs has been given an enforcement action rating.
The hospital had four wards inspected over two days - 5th and 6th June 2013 - and spoke with patients and their representatives, staff and senior managers as part of the visit. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Elderly Woman Conned By Rogue Traders
Wednesday 7th August 2013 Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman was the victim of rogue traders in Chesterfield.
At around 4.45pm on Tuesday, August 6th, two men knocked on the door of the 89-year-old victim's home on Langer Lane.
They offered to carry out repair work on her driveway that evening if she gave them money upfront to buy building materials. The victim went upstairs to collect the money and when she returned, a third man had appeared at her door. She handed over the money to the men who never returned to complete any work. READ MORE...
The Nenna Kind Cancer Support Centre's 1940's Evening
Wednesday 7th August 2013
Just like the Chesterfield Prostate Cancer Support Groups 1940's themed tea and cake celebration on Friday 9th August, the Nenna Kind Cancer Support Group is having it's own 1940's themed evening a week later - at Chesterfield FC's PROACT Stadium on Friday 16th August!
A fantastic evening of 1940's swing music, where you can enjoy supper and dancing along to the sounds of 'Swingamathing', from 7pm until midnight and, while it's not compulsory, you're all encouraged to wear 1940's costume - for which there will be a prize for the best outfit! READ MORE...
Traders Set To Move In To Chesterfield's New Market Hall
Wednesday 7th August 2013 All of the traders who were previously trading from Chesterfield's Market Hall have been offered space in the new Market Hall when it re-opens this autumn.
The iconic building, owned and operated by Chesterfield Borough Council, is due to open in October after a redevelopment which has cost £4 million in build costs.
The council has been working with traders to offer an improved shopping experience to customers new and old when the market hall opens again. Each of the potential traders were asked to present a business case setting out what... READ MORE...
Major Refurbishment Of Grade II Listed Chesterfield Pub
Wednesday 7th August 2013 It's a pub familiar to many of us in Chesterfield and it's been announced that The Hunloke Arms, a Grade II listed historical public house, is currently undergoing a half million pound refurbishment.
Situated on the A61 Derby Road, just 2 miles south of Chesterfield in Wingerworth, the refurbished premises, is to be called "The Wingerworth Pub & Kitchen" - and will become a major new local food and drink venue.
The Wingerworth will be serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals 7 days of the week and will be a major new local employer, creating around... READ MORE...
Council Urges Residents To 'Have Your Say On HS2'
Tuesday 6th August 2013 Residents are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to have their say on the Government's plans for a high speed rail link from London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester (HS2).
The route travels through Derbyshire on its way from Birmingham to Leeds. A station for the East Midlands is planned for Toton, and a maintenance depot is on the cards for Staveley.
Councillor Andy Botham, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport said: "High Speed Rail is going to be a fantastic..." READ MORE...
Lack Of Male Bone Marrow Donors Puts Patients At Risk
Tuesday 6th August 2013 A shortage of male bone marrow donors is putting blood cancer patients at risk, says leading blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.
Male donors are overwhelmingly chosen to donate by transplant centres as many doctors believe that they give patients the best possible outcomes, yet there are only 4,931 young male donors in the East Midlands. This accounts for just 13.8% of all registered donors in the area.
Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential bone marrow donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a bone marrow... READ MORE & VIDEO...
1940's Tea & Cake Party In Aid Of Prostate Cancer Support
Tuesday 6th August 2013 The Chesterfield Prostate Cancer Support Group are having a 1940's themed 'Tea & Cake' celebration on Friday 9th August at Calow Community Centre, raising funds in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
The 1940s theme came about from Charles Huggins, who in 1941, discovered and developed 'Hormone Therapy' treatment for Prostate cancer. Then in 1945, Terence Millin introduced the retropubic prostatectomy - surgery where the prostate is removed through an incision in the abdomen and both are still used to this day! The Party takes place at Calow Community Centre, Allpits Road, Calow in Chesterfield on Friday August 9th from 11am to 2pm. For more details, call 01246 201366.
Police Appeal After Theft Of Victims Mums Ashes
Tuesday 6th August 2013
Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a plant pot containing the ashes of the homeowner’s mum was stolen from their garden.
Sometime between Saturday, July 27th and Monday, July 29th, a large blue plant pot was stolen from the back garden of a house on Winchester Road. The pot contained the ashes of the victim's mum and is of great sentimental value to the family.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101.
Back To School For Trainee Chef Jodi
Tuesday 6th August 2013
From bar to kitchen to college - and Jodi Wilson hopes her next stop will be the winners' podium at the region's top food awards!
Jodi, who is 21 and lives in Eckington, is a rising star in the kitchen at the award-winning Devonshire Arms pub and Restaurant at Middle Handley.
Having originally worked behind the bar, her potential as a great kitchen talent was only spotted when she was asked to fill in for an absent team member on a busy Valentine's Night. READ MORE...
Bigger Cuts To Council Budgets On The Cards
Monday 5th August 2013 Derbyshire County Council leaders have this afternoon expressed their shock after new figures revealed by the Coalition Government suggests their £127 million cuts target will soar by an extra £30 million over the next five years.
In an unexpected consultation on council spending levels, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), indicates its plans for a 27.6% cut in support grant between 2014/15 and 2015/16 - costing the council £21.2 million more than expected. READ MORE...
Police Warning Over Lost Medication In Chesterfield
Monday 5th August 2013 Police are warning members of the public not to consume medication lost by two separate patients in Chesterfield.
People are also being urged to hand the prescriptions in to a pharmacy or police station immediately if they are found.
A prescription picked up from Peak Pharmacy, in Knifesmithgate, was lost on Thursday, August 1st. The white packet has the words NHS Tims and Parker Peak Pharmacy written on it and contains medication including cimetidine, lamotrigine and risperidone. READ MORE...
25 New Chesterfield 'Ambassadors' All Set For Summer
Monday 5th August 2013 Chesterfield has recruited 25 more willing volunteers to sing the praises of the town, bringing the total of 'ambassadors' to 125.
The volunteers join the town's Ambassador Scheme ahead of the influx of tourists over the summer.
The new ambassadors include frontline staff from the town's businesses, including restaurants, museums, banks and Chesterfield Borough council employees. They join local residents, traffic wardens and sales assistants to name but a few, who have previously signed up to the voluntary, unpaid scheme. READ MORE...
Britain's Housing Recovery Evident In Chesterfield
Monday 5th August 2013 Signs of the UK housing market's "meaningful recovery" are evident in the East Midlands town of Chesterfield, according to Destination Chesterfield.
Developer Miller Homes East Midlands has described Chesterfield as being "at the top of the wish list for many couples, families and individuals looking to buy."
Miller Homes is one of a number of developers currently building more than 200 new in the borough, with more planned on a 1.94 hectare site of a former school. READ MORE...
Train Disruption As Person Is Hit By Train At Chesterfield
Friday 2nd August 2013 East Midlands Trains have told us that a person has been hit by a train at Chesterfield earlier today.
Due to this incident, some train services have been disrupted today. As at 17:05, the situation is that some lines have now re-opened and trains are able to run through Chesterfield again. Some trains between Derby, Alfreton and Sheffield however, may still be delayed by up to 60 minutes or diverted and not call at Chesterfield.
This will continue until further notice. READ MORE...
Humberside Police Try To Trace Next Of Kin Of Dead Man
Friday 2nd August 2013 Humberside Police are appealing for help in locating the next of kin of a man who died in Humberston.
Hayden Roy Mason, 78, was found dead at his home on Glebe Road, Humberston on Sunday, July 21st. His death isn't being treated as suspicious and so far efforts to locate any of his friends or family haven't been successful. Humberside Police believe Mr Mason may have connections with Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.
Anyone who can help police locate the next of kin for Mr Mason is asked to call the North East Lincolnshire Coroners Office on 01472 324015.
Are You A Man, 65+? Take Ten Minutes To Save Your life!
Friday 2nd August 2013 Men aged 65 and over from Derbyshire are being encouraged to come forward for life-saving screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (also known as AAAs), as part of a national screening programme.
The aim of the NHS AAA Screening Programme is to reduce deaths from the condition by up to 50%, by encouraging men aged 65 and over to come forward for screening for this potentially life threatening condition.
In some men, as they get older, the wall of the aorta, which is the main blood vessel in the abdomen, can become weak. It can then start to... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Two Arrested For Drugs Offences In Old Whittington
Friday 2nd August 2013 Two people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences, after the car they were travelling in was stopped in Chesterfield and suspected cannabis was found.
At around 2pm on Wednesday, July 31st, officers stopped a VW Golf travelling along Brearley Street, Old Whittington in Chesterfield and found suspected cannabis hidden in the boot.
A 31-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and a 37-year-old man was arrested nearby after he ran from officers... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Fostering Focus
Thursday 1st August 2013 There are just under 700 children in care in Derbyshire and they all need a place to call home. That's where foster carers step in to play a vital role in a child's life.
This August sees the launch of Derbyshire County Council's first ever Chesterfield Fostering Focus and the council's fostering team will be out and about on the streets of the town talking to people about making the first steps into caring.
The team will be at the following venues: on Friday August 9th at the Action Housing Party in the Park 10am - 3pm, on Monday August 19th at... READ MORE...
Council's New Plan To Stamp Out Illegal Tobacco Sales
Thursday 1st August 2013 Shop owners who break the law by selling cigarettes to under 18s, or stocking counterfeit tobacco, are being warned to clean up their act or face severe penalties.
Derbyshire County Council is stepping up its work to clamp down on illegal and underage tobacco sales and reinforce anti-smoking messages with a new plan to target law-breaking shop owners.
The 'Enforcement Programme for Tobacco Products' sets out the council's commitment to reduce smoking and stop the illicit tobacco trade. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Steel Thefts In Alfreton
Thursday 1st August 2013 Officers have issued descriptions of three men seen acting suspiciously the night a stolen lorry was used to take a large amount of steel.
A white Ford Transit drop side lorry was taken from the yard of a business on the Nix Hill Industrial Estate during the evening of Tuesday, June 4th. The vehicle was then used to steal a large quantity of steel plating from a firm in Wood Street North, later the same night. Three men were seen acting suspiciously in the Wood Street North area that night. One wore a red top, one a blue top and the third wore a yellow high-visibility jacket.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
'80s Nightspots Prove A Sell-Out In Modern Day ChezVegas!
Thursday 1st August 2013 A book about '80s nightlife in Chesterfield has sold out within hours of going on sale!
All copies of the 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' were snapped up within two days of their arrival being announced, at the Derbyshire Times and Waterstones in Chesterfield. The publishers are now on a race against time to get more delivered to shops this week.
The book's author, Neil Anderson, said: "It's fantastic news the book is proving so popular! It's always quite a nervous time when you've got a new..." READ MORE...
'Snow Joke' 1 - Help Needed To Keep County Roads Clear
Thursday 1st August 2013 Farmers and contractors are being urged to join Derbyshire County Council in helping to keep roads and pavements clear of snow this winter.
Last year the county council's gritters were helped by around 60 farmers and other contractors who ploughed the roads.
This year the county council is aiming to get even more on board – particularly around: Amber Valley; Bolsover; Chesterfield; Derbyshire Dales; Erewash; High Peak; North East Derbyshire; and South Derbyshire. READ MORE...
'Snow Joke' 2 - Merry Christmas From The Devonshire Arms!
Thursday 1st August 2013 Is it ever too soon to wish everybody a Happy Christmas? Not according to the team at The Devonshire Arms!
The award winning pub and restaurant at Middle Handley is already celebrating the Festive Season after completely selling all its Christmas Day tables…six months in advance!
"We have 82 people booked in, which really is our full capacity for Christmas Day lunch," said Manager, Alistair Myers, "and we already have a reserves list of people hoping we might be able to squeeze them in if there are any... READ MORE...
Summer Drinkers Warned To Sober Up Slowly
Thursday 1st August 2013 You can still be over the limit many hours after your last drink - that's the warning from Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership following news that nearly a fifth of people would simply tell their designated driver to wait a while before driving if they'd had one too many.
Commenting on the results of the AA poll, Chief Inspector Steve Wilson from Derbyshire police said: "It's alarming that so many people still don't understand how long it takes for alcohol to leave your system. Our message to drivers is that there's no quick way of sobering up. Having forty winks, drinking coffee or taking a cold shower won't help. If you drink at lunchtime, you may still be unfit to drive in the evening - and if you drink in the evening, you may still be unfit to drive the next morning." READ MORE...
Three Arrests After Drugs Swoop In Old Whittington
Wednesday 31st July 2013 Three people have been arrested as part of two drugs warrants carried out at houses in Chesterfield.
Officers raided houses on Potters Close and Danby Avenue in Old Whittington on Monday, July 29th, where a 31-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs after suspected cannabis was found at the address on Potters Close. Both have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
A second warrant was carried out at an address on Danby Ave... READ MORE...
Two Local Charities Share £41,518 Funding Pot
Wednesday 31st July 2013
It's been announced this morning that Charity groups in Derbyshire are celebrating receiving a total of £41,518 between them.
Using money raised by HealthCalm through The Health Lottery, grants have been awarded by Peoples Health Trust through Active Communities, a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.
And locally two charities set to benefit from the cash windfall are... READ MORE...
New Sponsor For Staveley MWFC's News
Wednesday 31st July 2013 - Staveley MWFC news sponsors - HKL Specialists Ltd
We are pleased to announce a new sponsor for the Staveley MWFC news section on the Chesterfield Post - HKL Specialists Ltd.
HKL and Staveley MWFC boss Terry Damms has expanded his backing for his club by becoming the new section sponsor for what is essentially Chesterfield's 'second' football club after the Spireites.
He has great plans for the club to move forward and has been busy reshaping things for the better after what was a turbulent last season. READ MORE...
40th Anniversary Memorial For Markham Pit Disaster
Tuesday 30th July 2013 The first two figures in a memorial to miners who lost their lives down a Derbyshire pit, along with a memorial stone next to the pit entrance, have been unveiled today during an event to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the county's worst mining tragedies.
Eighteen miners died and 11 others suffered serious injury, when the mechanical brake failed on a lift carrying them to the coalface failed at Markham Colliery on 30th July, 1973 and they plummeted to the bottom of the shaft.
It was the third disaster at the colliery following accidents READ MORE & VIDEO...
Chesterfield FC Fan Given 3 Year Football Banning Order
Tuesday 30th July 2013 A Chesterfield FC fan has been given a three-year football banning order after admitting his part in an altercation in Rotherham town centre following an away match last season.
Anthony Nicholson, 37, was arrested following a match between Rotherham United and Chesterfield FC on February 16th after being involved in a clash with Rotherham fans. Nicholson, of Meynell Close, Brampton, was charged with a public order offence.
He pleaded guilty at Rotherham Magistrates' Court on Friday... READ MORE...
A Sports Centre For The 21st Century
Monday 29th July 2013 We have today received images of what the proposed new Leisure Centre at Queen's Park Annexe would look like.
Currently subject to a consultation process - and the subject of debate at last week's council meeting when a 4,500 strong petition against the proposals was handed in - the new centre is expected to replace the 40 year old current facility, which the council says would cost £3million to refurbish and make good.
The first stage consultation was a huge success with 836 responses and facilities ranked in order of importance, with a 25 metre swimming pool... READ MORE...
Temporary Road Closure To Affect Chesterfield
Monday 29th July 2013
We have been notified by Derbyshire County Council that a section of Boythorpe Road in Chesterfield will be closed between Boythorpe Avenue and Park Road, while county council carries out resurfacing work and replaces a speed hump.
The work will be carried out in two phases between 9:00am and 4:00pm week days only, from Thursday 1st August until Friday 9th August.
Diversionary routes will be in place.
A Record Breaking Ashover Charity Classic Car & Bike Show
Monday 29th July 2013 Local charities are set to benefit after a record number of classic cars, bikes and enthusiasts turned up at the picturesque Ashover Show Ground, near Chesterfield, this last Sunday for an all-day rally, which has raised thousands of pounds for local charities.
Organised jointly for the third year running by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock, the charities to benefit this year from the Ashover Charity Classic Car and Bike Show will be Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline, Weston Park Cancer Charity, Hope Springs Recovery Centre - which helps local people with drugs and alcohol addiction... READ MORE...
Derbyshire County Council Appoints New Chief Executive
Monday 29th July 2013
Derbyshire County Council has selected Mr Ian Stephenson as its next Chief Executive.
Mr Stephenson has been temporarily covering the job following the departure of former Chief Executive, Nick Hodgson in June.
The £138,000 a year post was advertised nationally and interviews took place over two days at County Hall in Matlock on July 25th and 26th with Mr Stephenson announced as the successful candidate on Friday 26th July. READ MORE...
'Listening To Chesterfield' - MP Toby Perkins Hits The Streets
Friday 26th July 2013
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins will be 'Listening to Chesterfield' in a big way this summer - hoping to meet and hear from 10,000 people across Chesterfield in a huge programme of listening street surgeries.
The MP, local Councillors and his team will take to the streets over the parliamentary recess in events in every single ward in his Chesterfield constituency, asking residents about issues as diverse as their experiences of the NHS and the recent benefit reforms, to plans for new developments in the town centre and the changes to school holiday permissions. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Police's Drink Drive Campaign Results Revealed
Friday 26th July 2013 More than 70 drivers were arrested during the first month of Derbyshire police's summer drink drive campaign.
The figures for the month of June show that of the 287 drivers who were stopped and tested, 72 tested positive, refused or failed a breath test.
Officers tested 182 drivers under the age of 25, with 38 of those testing positive, refusing or failing. This is a reduction when compared to the same period last year.
In June 2012, 198 drivers under 25 were stopped with 51 testing... READ MORE...
The Debate Over The Future Of Queen's Park Leisure Centre
Thursday 25th July 2013
The subject of Queen's Park Leisure Centre has made many headlines in recent months - with Chesterfield Borough Council currently running a community consultation, into a proposed new 21st century health and leisure complex.
The proposed new complex would be built on the site of the derelict Queen's Park Annexe - and local campaigners are against this, suggesting alternative ways that the council could provide what they feel would be a more cost effective facility on the existing site. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Whitwell Assault Victim Named
Thursday 25th July 2013 It has now been confirmed by Derbyshire Police that the man who was assaulted in Whitwell at the weekend, died of natural causes a post mortem examination has revealed.
As reported HERE, Karl Pendleton, 39, from Worksop, was assaulted in a flat on Holmefield Road in the early hours of Saturday morning (July 20th). His condition deteriorated on Monday and he died in hospital yesterday (Wednesday July 24th).
A post mortem examination, which was carried out today by a Home Office pathologist, revealed that his death was not connected with the assault.
Whitwell Serious Assault Victim Dies
Thursday 25th July 2013 Officers investigating a serious assault in Whitwell have revealed that the victim has died.
The police investigation began after a 39-year-old Worksop man was assaulted at premises on Holmefield Road in the early hours of Saturday July 20th during an argument. He was initially taken to hospital for treatment however his health deteriorated. He died in Bassetlaw Hospital yesterday afternoon (Wednesday July 24th).
A post mortem examination will be carried out today to... READ MORE...
Local Man Named As Victim Of Mablethorpe Crash
Thursday 25th July 2013 The 22-year old man who died following a road traffic collision at Gibraltar Road, Mablethorpe on Friday 19th July has been named as Thomas Rydiard from New Whittington, Chesterfield.
Mr Rydlard died at the scene of a collision on Gibraltar Road, Mablethorpe. He was the driver and sole occupant of a silver VW Polo car when it left the road and collided with a wall. No-one else was injured.
Sgt Jason Baxter of the Lincolnshire Police Road Policing Unit is appealing for witnesses to the crash or to the car being driven prior to the crash... READ MORE...
Suspected Fire Prompts Action To Seal Off Vicar Lane
Wednesday 24th July 2013 Vicar Lane has been sealed off by Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Services after a suspected fire.
Crews are currently attending outside the Neue Look clothing store in the shopping centre in Chesterfield Town, after smoke was seen to be coming from the rear of the building.
Shoppers and staff have been evacuated while it is attended to.
We will have more details as we have them.
Chesterfield Co-op Closes Its Doors For The Last Time!
Wednesday 24th July 2013 5.30pm today will see the doors of one of Chesterfield's major retailers close it's doors for the last time.
The iconic Co-Op on Elder Way will cease trading after decades on the site after declining sales forced decisions on its future.
It was revealed in January, that the store would be one of nine outlets closed down after retailers had turned to alternative methods of shopping.
Around 100 jobs have gone at the store, which specialises in... READ MORE...
Police Investigations Into Serious Assault In Whitwell
Wednesday 24th July 2013 Police in Chesterfield are investigating a serious assault that happened in the early hours of Saturday July 20th in Whitwell.
A 39-year-old Worksop man was assaulted at premises on Holmefield Road in the town during an argument. He was initially taken to hospital for treatment however his health deteriorated and he is now in a critical condition in Bassetlaw Hospital. Forensic examinations are being conducted at a flat on Holmefield Road and at his home. Officers from the East Midland Major Crime Unit are working with local Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire officers on the investigation. Enquiries are ongoing to trace a 28-year-old man in connection with this incident.
Officers investigating ask anyone with information to call 101, the Derbyshire Police non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Recruiting Reserve Fire Crew
Wednesday 24th July 2013
With possible industrial action looming for the Fire Service Union, local Fire Crew bosses have initiated contingency plans which mean that they are looking to recruit reserve fire crews who would serve in the advent of strike action.
A statement issued by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service today says, "The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is currently balloting its members regarding industrial action over their dispute with the Government on Pension Reform. This ballot is due to close on the 29th August 2013." READ MORE...
The Late Cllr Reynolds Honoured With Footpath Renaming
Wednesday 24th July 2013 A footpath in St. Helen's has been renamed 'Reynolds Way' in memory of the late Cllr Trevor Reynolds, a local community activist.
Reynolds' Way, linking Newland Dale with Highfield Road, had fallen into a dilapidated state in recent years. Former Chesterfield Borough Labour councillor, Trevor Reynolds, had campaigned long and hard to secure investment to tidy up the trail.
Unfortunately Trevor, who died in 2011, was unable to see the fruits of his labours - but the local community backed a bid to rename the route... READ MORE...
Thunderstorms Cause Alarm
Tuesday 23rd July 2013
At approximately 4.30 this morning, the off-site warning siren sounded at Veolia Environmental Services on Norwood Industrial Estate, Ellisons Road, off Rotherham Road, Killamarsh.
This was due to a malfunction caused by electrical storms overnight and the siren has now been silenced.
Veolia Environmental Services have confirmed that no incident has occurred, and local people can be assured that no release of any substance has taken place.
Underage Alcohol Sales Fall In Derbyshire
Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Illegal sales of alcohol to underage buyers in Derbyshire have fallen by almost 20% over the last eight years.
Derbyshire County Council's trading standards team carries out a wide range of exercises to make sure off licences are complying with the law, including working with volunteers aged under 18 who attempt to buy alcohol.
Since April last year, 147 checks have been carried out at Derbyshire premises, with 15 sales to underage volunteers. The 10.2% failure rate is the lowest in three years and a substantial decrease from 2004-2009 when it ranged from 23% to 31.5%. READ MORE...
Were You A Chesterfield 'Dirty Stop Out' In the '80s?
Tuesday 23rd July 2013 A book that has already successfully reunited hundreds of old friends and amassed over 2,500 followers on Facebook goes on sale this week.
As we reported previously, the 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Chesterfield' has been put together by local author Neil Anderson, a former Manor School and Chesterfield School pupil who grew up in the town in the era.
Interest in his project quickly snowballed after he launched a Facebook group so people could share photos and memories. READ MORE...
Papa John's Football League Sponsorship In Chesterfield
Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Chesterfield FC fans can look forward to a season of fantastic matchday meals and exclusive offers with Papa John's, Chesterfield, following the news that the UK's number one pizza chain has become the Official Pizza Partner of The Football League.
The agreement represents the first UK sport sponsorship by the world's third largest pizza chain. And with more than 200 stores throughout the country, The Spireites are set for a large slice of the action, with Papa John's offering them the chance to win a FREE pizza if Chesterfield FC wins their first game of the season with an exclusive Papa Rewards offer. READ MORE...
Student Retail Academy Launched With Local School & BHS
Tuesday 23rd July 2013 BHS Chesterfield has formed a partnership with Parkside Community School, offering a unique opportunity to their Year 9 pupils, aged 14, to study aspects of retail.
Parkside Headteacher, Rachel Macdona, said: "Parkside Community School has recruited five students with exceptional confidence, drive and enthusiasm for the project."
This is the first initiative of its kind from BHS and it took place between June and July. The students had one to one sessions with senior managers who trained and guided each student through tasks and projects relating to their field of interest. READ MORE...
The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Have A New Royal Prince
Monday 22nd July 2013
It's been announced that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have given birth to a son in London this evening.
No name has yet been announced for the new HRH Prince of Cambridge, first child of the Royal couple and now third in line to the throne - he weighed in at 8lb 6oz and was born at 4:24pm.
He is the first grandchild for both The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Robbery At Chesterfield Jewellers
Monday 22nd July 2013 Police are appealing for information after a jewellers shop in Chesterfield was targeted by robbers.
Two men ran into E Hagg and Sons jewellers, in Cavendish Street, Chesterfield, at about 3pm on Friday, July 19th, while a third man waited in a car outside.
A staff member was sprayed with a chemical substance by one of the offenders but managed to confront the robbers, who made off with some jewellery.
The two men then ran back to the car - a silver Audi A6 - and... READ MORE...
Consultation Continues On Queen's Park Sports Centre Plans
Monday 22nd July 2013 The second phase of the public consultation into plans by Chesterfield Borough Council to build a replacement Queen's Park Sports Centre is to begin.
More than 800 people responded to the first stage of a public consultation, which happened between 24th May and 14th June, (as previously reported HERE) and asked centre users, sports clubs and residents what facilities the new centre should have.
The top five facilities requested were: 25 metre swimming pool; Multi-purpose sports hall; Gym/fitness suite; Children's water fun area; Learner pool. READ MORE...
Children Warned Of Building Site Dangers During Holidays
Monday 22nd July 2013 As housebuilding activity increases for Barratt Homes, the company is warning youngsters to stay away from construction sites during the school summer holidays.
While areas where building work is going on can look like exciting places for children to play, they also pose serious dangers says the homebuilder.
"Youngsters are often on the lookout for somewhere new and exciting to play, but construction sites are not adventure playgrounds," said Rob Hutchings, Construction Director at Barratt Homes. READ MORE...
Frankie The Singing Dog 'Leads' The Way At Church Service
Monday 22nd July 2013 Last week may have seen the hottest day of the year so far in most parts of the UK but, several important guests at Sunday morning's special open-air service at All Saints Church, Ashover, turned up wearing fur coats!
The VIPs (that's Very Important Pets), were attending a special celebration for animals of all shapes, colours and sizes, as well as their human owners.
Church members without a pet were encouraged to bring a cuddly toy and so, the service went ahead with various live dogs and frequent... READ MORE...
Serious Gas Leak Prompts Road Closures In Chesterfield
Friday 19th July 2013
Emergency services in Chesterfield have now re-opened roads that were closed this afternoon due to a serious gas leak.
The police were alerted at 2pm that a gas main was leaking at the building site of the new Aldi store off Sheffield Road in the town.
The Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service advised that premises in the area should be evacuated as a precaution - including the PROACT Stadium - and that process had begun when the leak was sealed by National Grid engineers. READ MORE...
MP Provides Food For Thought For Hospital
Friday 19th July 2013
After a report identified some weaknesses within Chesterfield Royal Hospital's food service for patients, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins today went along to see for himself how patients receive their food on wards - and sample a lunch to see the standard of food served.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), who regulate and inspect GP's surgeries and hospitals, issued a report after visiting the Calow site, served Chesterfield Royal Hospital with a notice to improve after they said that patients were "not fully protected against risks of inadequate nutrition and dehydration". READ MORE & AUDIO...
CCTN MEETING WITH TOBY PERKINS MP CANCELLED
Friday 19th July 2013 The Chesterfield Construction Trades Network meeting with Toby Perkins, (MP for Chesterfield and Shadow Small Business Minister) due to be held today at Chesterfield FC's PROACT Stadium has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to a major gas leak.
A contractor operating a digger accidentally cut through a gas main which led to the Police cordoning off Sheffield Road and evacuating buildings in the vicinity, which included the Proact Stadium. Hopefully we will be able to arrange a new date with Toby very soon.
Apologies for any inconvenience that this late cancellation caused anyone, but it was circumstances completely beyond CCTN's control.
Warning Over Moorland Fire Risk In The Peak District
Friday 19th July 2013 People are being urged to help prevent the risk of moorland fires in the Peak District National Park after some of the hottest July days on record.
Lack of rain in recent weeks has dried out the moors making them especially vulnerable to fires which harm wildlife, destroy rare plants and cause erosion, taking years to regenerate.
People are asked never to light barbecues or campfires when they visit the moors. They should also never drop cigarette ends... READ MORE...
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins To Address Meeting Of CCTN
Friday 19th July 2013
Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield and Shadow Small Business Minister, will be addressing the meeting of the Chesterfield Construction Trades Network today, between 3.00pm and 5.00pm, at Chesterfield FC's PROACT Stadium.
Mr Perkins will also be fielding questions from the floor and listening to the concerns of local tradespeople.
Attendees can air their views on what is happening to the construction industry in Chesterfield at the moment. Maybe a bad experience with a main contractor? Finding it difficult to attract suitably qualified/experienced workers? Is enough being done to create opportunities for the tradesperson in Chesterfield? READ MORE...
Jobs Boost In Chesterfield With NHS Recruitment Campaign
Thursday 18th July 2013 The NHS is providing a jobs boost with a major recruitment open day at Chesterfield Football Club organised by Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS) NHS Trust.
The recruitment open day on Wednesday, July 24th - from 10.00am until 8pm - will offer scores of job opportunities in the local Chesterfield area to join Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust's 5,000 - strong staff, caring for patients across the county.
DCHS NHS Trust is one of only a small number of specialist community Trusts in the country providing a broad range of services from children's and adult care to older people's care and older people's... READ MORE...
Pay-As-You-Go Driving Comes To Derbyshire!
Thursday 18th July 2013 Secretary of State and MP for Derby Dales, Patrick McLoughlin, is to attend Co-wheels Car Club launch event at Newholme Hospital, Bakewell on Thursday 25th July at 10.30am.
Co-wheels have contracted with Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS) NHS Trust to provide 10 pool cars for use by hospital staff at six sites across the county - Chesterfield, Bakewell, Belper, Clay Cross Hospital, Church View (Clay Cross) and Darley Dale. Outside office hours these cars will be available to the general public. READ MORE...
Different Type Of 'Boot' For Staveley MWFC At Car Boot Sale
Thursday 18th July 2013
Staveley MWFC are holding their inaugural Car Boot Sale at their Inkersall Road ground in Staveley on Saturday 20th July, starting at 11am.
The sale is FREE for buyers and, to make things even more comfortable in the hot weather, the club house café and bar will be open all day to refresh you with a nice cold beer and a burger!
There is a £5 charge for 'Car Booters' and the sale will be taking place around the pitch perimeter. There is also plenty of FREE parking... READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Racist Graffiti Found On Bus Stop
Thursday 18th July 2013 Police are appealing for information after two swastikas have been found on a bus stop in Chesterfield.
It is believed the graffiti was drawn onto the bus stop on Derby Road, in between Bacons Lane and St Augustines Road, sometime between 9am on Wednesday May 29th and 11.30am on Friday June 6th, when it was reported to police.
PCSO Kirsty Handby of the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has been making enquiries in the local area. She said: "As well as graffiti being unsightly, it can also be quite upsetting, particularly... READ MORE...
'Watchful' Neighbours Wanted In Chesterfield And NE Derbys
Thursday 18th July 2013 Police from across Chesterfield, North Derbyshire, Bolsover and the Amber Valley are looking for new residents to join Neighbourhood Watch.
Neighbourhood Watch schemes aim to bring together the community and encourage people to take steps to prevent crime in their neighbourhood, while working alongside police by sharing information about any suspicious activity.
Setting up or being involved in a scheme can help to both reduce and prevent crime, and also reassure those who may live in fear of becoming... READ MORE...
Hero Soldier Visits Local Firm For Afternoon Tea
Wednesday 17th July 2013 Ben Parkinson MBE, Ambassador Patron for www.pilgrimbandits.org, was guest of honour at Franke Sissons 'get-to-know-us' afternoon tea on Friday 12th July in Chesterfield.
The horrendously injured soldier, who has both survived and continued to make amazing progress, following an IED explosion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2006, visited Chesterfield to learn more about Franke Sissons' steel manufacturing business and the other charities and causes the local company supports.
As a memento of his visit, staff at the Company designed... READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Indecent Exposure In Brimington
Wednesday 17th July 2013 Police are appealing for information after a man allegedly exposed himself in Brimington yesterday.
At around 6.30am on Tuesday, July 16th, a 40 year old woman was walking along a footpath between Downlands and Wikeley Way, Brimington, when she noticed a man standing near the side of the pathway, exposing himself. The man is described as white, around 6ft tall, with a bald or shaved head and he was wearing blue jeans.
Officers investigating ask anyone with information to call 101, the Derbyshire Police non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Local MP Calls For Maximum Working Temperatures
Wednesday 17th July 2013
With temperatures continuing to soar and heat wave conditions likely to stay in the UK for the next week or so, one local MP is continuing her campaign to have a maximum working temperature in workplaces.
Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire, says that although there is minimum temperature legislation in place for schools and offices, there remains no formal structure for maximum temperatures - with guidelines just stipulating working temperatures have to be reasonable. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Banking On The Helpline - Bank Staff Help Out Local Charity
Wednesday 17th July 2013 A team from Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking has volunteered at the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline charity in Chesterfield, to organise donated items for the charity's shops, after the organisation received funding support worth £15,000 from the bank to finance its growth.
Eleven members of staff from Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking Business Development department travelled from as far afield as Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Luton to volunteer at the charity's central warehouse in Chesterfield last week, where they spent the day sorting and cleaning the donated clothes... READ MORE...
Councillor Calls For Cricket To Inspire Active Lifestyles
Wednesday 17th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
The four day cricket match between Derbyshire and Yorkshire at Queen's Park, Chesterfield this week, will be attended by 500 local school children.
The juniors will form a guard of honour as the players enter the field, receive a talk regarding the values and history of the game, play Kwik Cricket on the field during the interval and gain autograph opportunities with players.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, hopes attending the match... READ MORE...
4 Lucky Winners Of Our Chesterfield Cricket Ticket Competition
Monday 15th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
We now have the 4 lucky winners of our Free Pair of Tickets Competition for either Derbyshire's LV= County Championship game v Yorkshire or the Friends Life t20 game v Durham during this week's Chesterfield Festival of Cricket at Queen's Park, Chesterfield.
They are B Woodhead of Walton and S Waller of Grassmoor who both chose the t20 Durham game on Sunday 21st July and J Sockett of Chesterfield and G Biggs who both went for the 4 day game against Yorkshire starting on Wednesday 17th July. Congratulations to those four and thank you for all your entries... READ MORE...
Fire Crews Praised By Fire Chiefs After Sheffield Blaze
Sunday 14th July 2013 After a large fire took hold at the site of a plastics firm at Attercliffe in Sheffield this afternoon, with crews from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service in attendance, and black smoke seen throughout much of Chesterfield a further statement has been issued tonight by South Yorkshire Fire Service.
Fire Chiefs have praised crews at the scene and say that they hope that the damage was contained to the site itself - with neighbouring properties and businesses safe.
It confirms that, as of 18.45 pm this evening, there were still ten... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Fire Service Helping Out South Yorks Fire Service
Sunday 14th July 2013 Derbyshire Fire Service is currently helping South Yorkshire colleagues at the site of a large fire in the Attercliffe area of Sheffield.
Ten fire appliances and around fifty firefighters are dealing with a huge blaze in a plastics factory on Foley Street. Early reports are that the fire initially involved nearby refuse, and spread to the factory, involving around 20 tonnes of plastic.
Fire crews were first called at 2.30pm. There are no reports of any casualties but a large plume of black smoke is spreading across the local area, and local people are advised to go indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.
For up-to-date information on this fire, follow the South Yorks Fire Service's Twitter feed @syfr
Chesterfield Man Graduates As Royal Air Force Officer
Saturday 13th July 2013 As Chesterfield begins festivities today at the Staveley Armed Forces Weekend, news this week of a newly-qualified Royal Air Force Officer from Chesterfield, who is flying high after recently graduating from a prestigious military academy.
James Bown, 23, graduated as a Flying Officer from Initial Officer Training Course (IOTC) 31 at the Officer and Aircrew Cadet Training Unit at Royal Air Force College Cranwell, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
James joined 29 other cadets, including representatives from... READ MORE...
Met Office Heatwave Warning For Local Region
Friday 12th July 2013 The Met Office has this morning issued a heatwave warning for our area, warning that temperatures could continue to climb over the next few days.
They say that there is a 90% probability of heatwave conditions between 12:00 on Friday and 20:00 on Sunday in parts of England, with temperatures expected to climb close to heatwave thresholds across the East Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber regions during Friday and Saturday.
The highest temperatures are then expected to transfer southwards... READ MORE...
Business Secretary Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable To Visit Chesterfield
Friday 12th July 2013 The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP - the Secretary of State for Business, Skills and Innovation - will meet business leaders from Chesterfield at an exclusive dinner at Chesterfield FC's Proact Stadium from 6.30pm on Saturday 13th July.
Dr Cable - who is responsible for the Coalition Government's business brief - will deliver a keynote speech before taking questions from delegates during an interactive Q&A.
The event will give Midland businesses the opportunity to... READ MORE...
£3m Boost For Derbyshire Business
Friday 12th July 2013 Companies in Derbyshire could be in line to bid for grants of up to £50,000 after Government funding of £3m was provisionally secured for the county.
Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DEP) - backed by Derbyshire County Council - has been provisionally awarded the support from the Government's Regional Growth Fund.
It is part of a nationwide pot of £506m which was announced on July 11th and would be used to fund DEP's new Global Derbyshire Small Business... READ MORE...
Chesterfield In Bloom - The (Gardening) Gloves Are Off!
Friday 12th July 2013 After weeks of preparation, green-fingered residents and business owners have now received a visit from the Chesterfield in Bloom judges.
This year, Chesterfield Borough Council has received 120 entries in the competition, which forms the borough's entry into the regional East Midlands in Bloom competition and judges will visit schools, homes and allotments over a three-day judging period.
There are 14 categories in all in the competition, including... READ MORE...
Official Opening For New Look Whittington Moor Post Office
Friday 12th July 2013 To celebrate the launch of the new-look Whittington Moor Post Office, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins cut the ribbon at an official opening ceremony at the branch with Subpostmaster Tim Holmes today, 12 July 2013.
Mr Perkins said: "The Post Office network is at the heart of communities up - and down the country and the Whittington Moor branch is no different.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to open the new branch with Tim Holmes. Post Office services keep getting better and more diverse, and it's great to see that their plans to modernise branches across the UK are going so well." READ MORE...
Loads Of Legends As Teams Named For Charity Cricket Match
Thursday 11th July 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Aussie Legend Glenn McGrath has named a side packed with former Australia and England internationals as Derbyshire Legend Kim Barnett leads a Cricket Derbyshire side containing a further array of club legends for Monday's 'Chesterfield Turns Pink' Charity Twenty20.
While Damian Martyn. Ian Harvey, Phil Jacques and Jason Gillespie lead the Aussie contingent alongside captain McGrath, Yorkshire and England favourite Darren Gough will also be rolling back the years for the BuyMobiles.net McGrath Foundation XI. READ MORE...
Spanish Contingent Visit The PROACT
Thursday 11th July 2013 The Proact Stadium played host to some Spanish visitors, as students and leaders from the Chesterfield Centre, based in Madrid, paid the club a visit. They have been visiting the town since 1966.
The Spanish guests were greeted at the Proact by members of staff and given a tour of the facilities. The tour included a walk around the pitch and a look at the silverware and changing rooms. After their reception at the stadium they went to Stand Road Park and took part in a specially arranged training session.
A total of 38 students and two leaders have made the trip... READ MORE...
Opening Of New Adventure Play Area At Stand Road Park
Thursday 11th July 2013 A new adventure play area for young children in Chesterfield is being opened by the Friends of Stand Road Park.
The play area will be formally opened by the children from the nursery class of Highfield Hall Primary School and the infants of Gilbert Heathcote School on 22nd July at 11.30 am.
As we reported in our previous story, the adventure play area, located near the park pavilion, has been funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants... READ MORE...
Sophie Adds Queen's Scout Award To Her Many Achievements
Thursday 11th July 2013 Not content with the challenge of studying for her A Levels, an adventurous student at Ockbrook School has now added the Queen's Scout Award to her long list of personal achievements.
17 year old Sophie Martin from Alfreton is the first member of Alfreton District to achieve the coveted Queen's Scout Award. Sophie has already received her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and has been busy fitting all her adventures around studying for four A Levels.
A very proud and excited Sophie received her honours from... READ MORE...
Still Missing 1 Year On - Police Issue Appeal For Tim Beardsley
Wednesday 10th July 2013 Derbyshire police have renewed their appeal for help to find a missing man from Chesterfield on the one year anniversary of his disappearance.
Tim Beardsley, 45, was reported missing from his home in Old Tupton by his wife on July 9th, 2012. His family has not seen or heard from him since.
Mr Beardsley's car, a green Ford Focus estate, was seen in Lancashire shortly after his disappearance. His car was found abandoned near Ullswater in the Lake District on July 14th, 2012 and officers carried out extensive... READ MORE...
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE - Main Rd, Old Brampton
Wednesday 10th July 2013 We have been notified by Derbyshire County Council that Main Road in Old Brampton, Chesterfield, will close between its junctions with Ashgate Road and North Lane whilst road repairs and drainage improvements are carried out.
The work will take place between 9:30am and 3:30pm from Thursday 18th July until Friday 19th July.
Bus services will NOT be affected and diversionary routes will be in place.
Police Appeal After Chesterfield Jewellery Robbery
Wednesday 10th July 2013 Detectives investigating a burglary at a jewellers in Chesterfield are appealing for a potential witness who was walking through the town centre around the time of the incident.
Thieves broke into Herbert Brown, Middle Pavement, at around 1am, Tuesday, July 2nd and stole a large amount of jewellery. Officers are now trying to trace a possible witness who is seen to walk through the Market Square at around 2am. which is around the time Police believe the offenders left the precinct following the burglary.
If you were in the Market Square or Low Pavement area of Chesterfield at that time and have any information about the burglary contact Chesterfield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Halfords Join Re-Cycle To Send Unwanted Bikes To Africa
Wednesday 10th July 2013 Halfords' store in Chesterfield is to take unwanted bikes off customers' hands in an initiative to provide much needed affordable transport for communities in Africa.
For six days, from Thursday July 11th to Tuesday July 16th, Britain's biggest bike retailer is inviting customers to bring cycles currently lying abandoned in garages and garden sheds to any of its 460 branches.
Those donating bikes will be offered a 10% deal off the price of a brand new model as well as seeing their old two wheeler go to a good cause. READ MORE...
'On The Right Road!' - £1m To Be Spent On Local Roads
Wednesday 10th July 2013 Over £1 million is being invested in road repairs and improvements across the county this month.
The money is part of a £35 million package Derbyshire County Council is spending on improving the roads in 2013/14.
Councillor Dean Collins, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: "We are committed to repairing and improving roads and pavements across the county - it's what local people want and expect." READ MORE...
Loundsley Green Volunteers Receive Recognition From PM
Wednesday 10th July 2013
A group of volunteers in Loundsley Green who created a vibrant community from a building due for demolition have been recognised today by Prime Minister David Cameron with a 'Big Society' Award.
The community centre now helps over 300 local people a week with skills ranging from business development to free basic IT classes for older people.
Loundsley Green Community Trust, a volunteer-run community development charity, was formed by local residents in 2010 to save the last... READ MORE...
MP Urges Locals To Back Staveley Armed Forces Weekend
Tuesday 9th July 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is mustering the public to join him in celebrating the work of armed service personnel, past and present, at the annual Staveley Armed Forces Weekend.
Taking place in Poolsbrook Country Park on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July, organisers, Staveley Armed Forces and Veterans Association, say this year's event promises to be their biggest yet, with the highlight a flypast from a World War II Dakota aircraft on both days.
Saturday begins with a military parade led by a brass band to the... READ MORE...
'Owzat For A Great Set Of Pink Wheels!
Tuesday 9th July 2013 Chesterfield Auto Retailer, Autoworld Suzuki - has entered into the spirit of the Chesterfield Turns Pink Twenty20 - by donating a pink car!
Chesterfield will turn pink on Monday 15th July, as Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath spearheads a star-studded charity Twenty20 line-up in support of the McGrath Foundation, the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and Breast Cancer Care.
And supporters, both at the ground and during the build-up, now have an opportunity to win a brand new Pink Suzuki Alto, with raffle tickets to be sold... READ MORE...
40 Jobs And £0.5 Million Investment Comes To Chesterfield
Tuesday 9th July 2013 Britain may be in the grip of a recession but once again, Chesterfield has proved it has economic potential with the announcement this morning that Home Bargains is investing approximately £500,000 in a new store in town, which will open its doors on Saturday, 13th July.
The top brand, bottom price retailer is creating up to 40 new jobs in the community, with its latest store located on Lordsmill Street adjacent to TKMaxx.
This will be the third store to open in Derbyshire, joining more than 300 others across the UK. With plans to open another 50 stores throughout the... READ MORE...
Witnesses Sought After Chesterfield Collision
Tuesday 9th July 2013
Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was in collision with a car in Chesterfield.
At approximately 10:40pm on Saturday July 6th, a 33-year-old man was struck by a maroon coloured Ford Focus on the A61 at Wingerworth.
The vehicle was travelling away from Chesterfield and the man had been seen running along the footpath on the same side of the road as the Hunloke Arms pub. The car driver remained at the scene. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Pizza Delivery Man Robbed In Chesterfield
Tuesday 9th July 2013
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a pizza delivery driver was robbed as he made a delivery in Chesterfield.
Sometime between 5.05pm and 5.25pm on Friday, July 5th, a 24-year-old man was delivering a pizza to an address in Hipley Close, Chesterfield, when he was approached by two men. One of the men demanded money from the victim who handed over his phone, cash and the pizza.
Both men then ran off in the direction of Holmebrook Valley Park. READ MORE...
Education Boost To Two Year Olds
Tuesday 9th July 2013 More new nursery places mean vulnerable two-year-olds in Derbyshire will be off to a flying start at school.
Derbyshire County Council has received £5.6m to fund education for two-year-olds in 2013-14.
This means 1,466 children getting 15 hours a week - a total of 570 hours each. Research has shown that the Dedicated Schools Grant funding has already made a difference to county children's development.
Funding of almost £1.7m, for 2012-13, has already resulted in more than 1,200 youngsters going to school - 400 more than originally intended - and they're benefitting from being in the classroom. READ MORE...
Local Police Launch New Twitter Service For Football Fans
Monday 8th July 2013 Football fans attending Chesterfield and Alfreton Town games, can now follow new Twitter feeds to find out valuable information on home match days, after the new Derbyshire Police Twitter feeds were launched ahead of the friendly games beginning.
Derbyshire Constabulary, yesterday launched @SpireitesPolice and @ATFCPolice to tweet details about where fans can park ahead of matches, which pubs in the towns are fan-friendly and to give details of any road closures or traffic problems.
This information will be tweeted during every home game... READ MORE...
Giving Carers Care - Chesterfield 'Angels' Hit 1 Year Mark
Monday 8th July 2013 They are the hidden army within Derbyshire - in fact, throughout the UK. 112,000 people in our county care for someone they love - someone with an illness or a disability, and many of those will be elderly or infirm themselves.
Sadly, many of those will at some point struggle to cope with 'coping', but many will remain too proud to seek help, and become ill themselves. Many of that number are not registered, believing that it is his or her 'duty' to care for someone close.
One year ago, an organisation was set up in Chesterfield to... READ MORE...
Investment To Improve Water Quality In The River Rother
Monday 8th July 2013 Yorkshire Water has told The Chesterfield Post that changes it is planning to the treatment process, will improve the discharge from Danesmoor Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) and mean better water quality in the River Rother, from March next year.
Danesmoor WWTW was constructed in the 1970's, serving about 6,000 residents in the area and now, Yorkshire Water are spending over £2m to refurbish equipment at the site, which will mean that ammonia levels in the water discharged to the river are reduced by two thirds.
Martyn Waller, Yorkshire Water's Project Manager said: "Upgrading the way we treat waste at Danesmoor will result in better water quality in the River Rother." READ MORE...
'Don't Be Complacent About Your NHS' Campaigners Say
Monday 8th July 2013 As we reported on Friday, it was the 65th birthday of the NHS, and described as an 'Institution' by CEO of Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Gavin Boyle, the service is believed to be as pivotal and relevant to everyday life as it was at its inception in 1948.
However, political views on the NHS remain passionately polarised and there is barely a day that goes by when reforms are not mooted in Parliament.
To mark the milestone day - and to show public support for the ongoing growth of the NHS - local politicians gathered together on the High Street ... READ MORE...
Uplifting Images For CT Patients At The Royal
Sunday 7th July 2013 Young art students have brought a splash of colour to accompany a brand new CT Scanner in the Chesterfield Royal Hospital's Imaging department.
Year five and six pupils from Ashdell School in Broom Hill created three images based on CT scans provided by the Royal's radiographers, that will be hung in the x-ray waiting area.
The pictures arrived just a day after a brand new second scanner was opened to patients that will help cope with demand and ensure a more... READ MORE...
65 - But Not Retiring! Happy Birthday NHS
Friday 5th July 2013 It's nearly seven decades since Labour MP Aneurin Bevan stood in Parliament and spearheaded the birth of the NHS.
The story goes that, when asked by the Treasury how much it would cost, he reassured them that "After we have got rid of TB and sorted out some of the major diseases, don't worry - it won't cost much!"
Ahead of the landmark anniversary, The Chesterfield Post spoke with Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive of Chesterfield Royal Hospital - a man who has 25 years of service within the NHS and who took up his post at the 600 bed capacity site at Calow just short of one year ago. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Chesterfield Doctor Is NHS Hero - And That's Official!
Friday 5th July 2013 A Chesterfield GP has been named an NHS Hero for her exceptional care by one of her patients.
Dr Ann Gedge, a partner in Newbold Surgery, was nominated for the prestigious national award by patient Emma Duffy, after the GP spent hours with Emma and her mother while the patient awaited admission to hospital.
Now, Chesterfield resident Dr Gedge has received a framed certificate from Emma and Dr Ben Milton, Chair of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, during a surprise presentation at the Windermere Road... READ MORE...
Old Whittington's Gala Day Is A Hit
Friday 5th July 2013 Old Whittington Gala is a genuine community event and firstly, the Gala Committee would like to acknowledge, with thanks, the help of agencies and organisations without whose support the event would be difficult to stage. In particular, this years Gala sponsors, Julie and Manjit Sihota from the Nisa local store.
This year's gala was held on Saturday 29th June on The Village Green, keeping up with the 24-year tradition of holding such an event within the village. This year, the Gala's visitors enjoyed a fine, dry and warm day, with about two thousand local residents coming out to enjoy the sunshine, see what was on... READ MORE...
Mad Pride Comes To Derbyshire
Friday 5th July 2013 Users of mental health services are being encouraged to celebrate mental health survivor culture and explore the positives of madness at events being held across Derbyshire.
Mad Pride is a global mass movement, starting in Toronto, Canada in 1993, which seeks to reclaim terms like 'mad', 'nutter' and 'psycho' from misuse, such as in tabloid newspapers.
The aim of Mad Pride is to re-educate the general public on mental health and the experiences of those that have used the mental health system. READ MORE...
Staveley Seeking Some More Young Superstars!
Friday 5th July 2013 More exciting junior football opportunities have become available at Staveley MWFC, with the formation of a new U15 squad with some additional players also needed for the U11s, as well as the last remaining couple of spots still available with the very successful U14s squad for this season.
The U15s are essentially a new squad this season and are looking for quality players to add to the existing core of the team to carry on the junior successes of this successful and ambitious local football club.
If you think you (or your kids) are up to Staveley MWFC's high... READ MORE...
CCTV Pics Released After Chesterfield Town Centre Assault
Thursday 4th July 2013 Police officers investigating an assault in a Chesterfield town centre pub have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to.
At around 3.30am on Sunday, June 2nd a man was assaulted inside Moo Bar, Corporation Street. The victim, a 19-year-old man, suffered facial injuries. The offender is thought to have been wearing orange sunglasses at times during the evening.
Officers are keen to trace the men pictured in the CCTV images... READ MORE...
MP Calls For Urgent Talks To Avert College Redundancy Crisis
Thursday 4th July 2013 Shocked staff at Chesterfield College who have this week, been issued with redundancy notices, have appealed to their local MP for help to save their future jobs at the College.
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has expressed concerns that the establishment looks set to enforce compulsory redundancies despite having over £12million in reserves and announcing wholesale investment in new buildings and facilities.
Mr Perkins, who met with staff at his office last Friday evening, has now called for urgent talks between the College and unions to minimise the job losses and rebuild morale at the College. READ MORE...
'We're Not Standing Still' - Cllr Terry Gilby Interview
Wednesday 3rd July 2013
A leading councillor has admitted that the economic climate may have stalled the proposed Northern Gateway development on the Donut Car Park in Chesterfield.
Speaking to The Chesterfield Post, along with our two work experience students this week, Cllr Terry Gilby, Deputy Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council and Chair of Planning, says in a revealing interview, that despite his hopes of the development continuing, The Northern Gateway is hinging on the involvement of a major supermarket chain. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Police Appeal After Cyclist Injured During Assault
Wednesday 3rd July 2013 Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was assaulted and knocked off his bike as he rode through Chesterfield.
At around 6pm on Saturday, May 18th, a 45-year-old man was cycling along Pennine Way when he was punched in the face by a man in an unprovoked attack. This caused the victim to fall from his bike and he was then kicked and punched again to the head before the offender left. The victim suffered minor injuries. The offender is described as white, around 5ft 9ins tall, with short mousey hair and he was wearing jeans. Anyone with any information is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Teenager Charged With 'Inappropriate Touching' Incidents
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
A teenager has been charged in connection with five incidents in Chesterfield in which women were inappropriately touched.
The women were groped in separate incidents as they walked through the Saltergate area of the town on the morning of Friday, June 7th.
The 17-year-old male has been charged with sexual assault.
He appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Saturday, June 29th.
Local Schools Visit Care Home Construction Project
The local construction company recently gave pupils from Parkside Community School in Chesterfield, a guided tour of the project to build 55 apartments and communal facilities at Potters Place in Foolow Avenue.
The scheme is one of three the company is building for Chevin Housing Association, a member of the Together Housing Group... READ MORE...
Appeal After Woman Is Sexually Assaulted In Chesterfield
Monday 1st July 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted as she walked down an alleyway in Brimington.
Between 8am and 8.30am on Saturday, June 29th, a 25-year-old woman was walking down the footpath that runs between Scarsdale Crescent and Station Road, when she was approached from behind by a man. The man sexually assaulted the victim over her clothing. He then walked away in the direction of Station Road.
The offender is described as a white man, of average build with dark brown hair, wearing light blue jeans and a dark t-shirt.
If you have information please call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
Local MP Toby Perkins Supports Successful Carer Project
Monday 1st July 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins was invited back to the Derbyshire Carers Association on West Bars centre last week, to celebrate the achievements of its successful Carer liaison project.
A year ago the MP called on GPs to register anyone who takes on a significant care role for a member of their family.
Since then, the project has identified 500 new carers, engaged with 60 carers' champions and made vital strategic links within health settings to encourage carer focus and referrals. READ MORE...
Footprints - Not Fingerprints - Is Crime Prevention Message
Monday 1st July 2013
A campaign to reduce the number of sneak-in burglaries in Derbyshire has been launched by police.
Officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be patrolling the streets with crime prevention flyers targeting unoccupied houses with windows that have been left open.
The flyer - shaped like a footprint - bears the message, "You have left your home insecure". They are intended to catch the attention of the people who return home to find the flyer in their house and realise they have left..." READ MORE...
Safer Shopping Surgeries To Take Place In Chesterfield
Monday 1st July 2013 Shoppers in Chesterfield are being invited to meet with their local Safer Neighbourhood policing team and find out how to stay safe.
The team are holding two surgeries next week in the town centre, and giving people the chance to pick up free purse chains.
PCSO Adele Chapman-Jones of the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has organised the surgeries as part of a series of events to help shoppers stay safe. She said, "We've already given out advice on safer shopping to hundreds of people during two previous events... READ MORE...
Shop Owners Thank MP After Fake Cigarettes Shop Is Closed
Monday 1st July 2013 Several town centre shop owners have publicly thanked MP Toby Perkins for his help in closing down a shop selling counterfeit cigarettes on Cavendish Street.
As reported in The Chesterfield Post, officers from Derbyshire Police, Trading Standards and the UK Border Agency, raided 'Bzee' and the flat above the shop, for the third time on 20th June - recovering over 100,000 cigarettes and 100 pouches of tobacco, labelled by officers as a mix of 'smuggled and counterfeit'.
This had prompted complaints from local businesses... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? Cancer Charity Fundraising Event
Sunday 30th June 2013
Anyone passing Chesterfield Town Hall on Saturday morning would have been forgiven for thinking George Clooney et al had motored into town to begin filming 'Oceans 14' in 'CHEZ' rather than 'LAS' Vegas, as 30 brave (or mad) individuals - including the Mayoress - attached themselves to rope and levered themselves down the side of the iconic building.
It was all in a good cause though, as staff from Chesterfield Borough Council and their partners Arvato took part in the Charity Abseil to raise money for two cancer charities. READ MORE...
Harry Watkinson, 18 on Saturday 29th June 2013
Happy Birthday Harry!
A very Happy 18th Birthday to Harry from Mum, Brian, Grandma, Grandad and all your family and friends xxx
Pupils & Staff Bed Down Outdoors After Homeless Plight Shock
Friday 28th June 2013 Two pupils who were shocked by the number of homeless people they saw while on a school trip to London are holding a sponsored sleep-out to raise money for charity.
Abbie Topham and Sophie Ingham have persuaded around 80 staff and pupils at Shirebrook Academy to swap their warm beds for cardboard and sleeping bags for the night after organising the event on July 5th.
The girls, who are both aged 12, were inspired to act after returning from a visit to London where, in among the tourist attractions, they saw... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Canal Festival Returns This Weekend
Friday 28th June 2013 The Chesterfield Canal Festival will be held at Staveley Town Basin on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2013 from 10am to 5pm, admission £3, FREE for Under 12s and there will be free parking on the Hartington Industrial Estate just beyond the Basin.
There will be three of the Trust's tripboats in operation, an Entertainment Marquee, a huge range of attractions, stalls, children's rides and of course food and drink and a Real Ale bar.
Pleasley Vale Canoe & Activity Club will be doing Canoeing... READ MORE...
REQUEST FOR CHARITY VOLUNTEERS
Chesterfield based Charity, Kids 'n' Cancer UK, are searching for much-needed volunteers!
Have you got a free hour a week, or even a free day a week maybe?
The Charity need volunteers for various roles to help organise and manage a HUGE fund raising initiative in Chesterfield, 'The Kids n Cancer UK Chesterfield Marathon'.
For further details, please contact Andrea at Kids 'n' Cancer UK via email at email@example.com or on 07507 236407.
Fire Service Statement - Fire At Stone Lane, New Whittington
The statement reads, "Following numerous calls from members of the public, at 11.49 hours on the 25th June, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend a fire on Stone Lane, New Whittington.
Fire Crews from Dronfield and Bolsover initially attended the fire with further crews from Clay Cross and Sheffield's Low Edges and Mansfield Road Fire Station attending to assist with a rapidly spreading fire. READ MORE...
Star-Studded Fixture Announced As Chesterfield Turns Pink
Thursday 27th June 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Chesterfield will turn pink on Monday 15th July as Australian Test Cricket legend and Co-Founder of the McGrath Foundation, Glenn McGrath, spearheads a star-studded charity Twenty20 line-up in support of the McGrath Foundation, Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and UK charity Breast Cancer Care.
Players and supporters alike will don the colour pink in a charity Twenty20 fundraiser, Chesterfield Turns Pink, to increase breast awareness in young women, to support the UK Breast Cancer Care charity and to boost the McGrath Foundation's ongoing excellent work in Australia. READ MORE...
Chesterfield 'Drug Growing' Pair Made To Pay Back Thousands
Thursday 27th June 2013
A couple who admitted growing drugs in their Chesterfield home have been ordered to pay back more than £33,000.
Brian Wilsher, 62, was jailed for three-and-a-half years in April 2013 after pleading guilty to production of cannabis and possession with intent to supply class C drugs.
His wife Marion, also 62, received a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years, after she admitted permitting the production of cannabis at their home on Erin Road, Duckmanton. READ MORE...
Consultation For Move Of Council Services In Staveley
Thursday 27th June 2013 A public consultation is to take place into how Chesterfield Borough Council services are delivered to residents in Staveley.
The council's cabinet approved plans to move its base for collecting housing or council tax payments from the Staveley area office in High Street to the reception area of the Healthy Living Centre, subject to views expressed during the consultation period.
The move to install a new payment machine in the leisure centre will improve customer service by enabling people to make payments at... READ MORE...
Cabinet Approves Funding For Local Homeless Young People
Thursday 27th June 2013
Accommodation for homeless young people, which was facing an uncertain future following the loss of funding, has been saved after Chesterfield Borough Councillors approved council funding.
Cabinet approved funding for £14,400 during this year and the same amount in 2014/15 to help keep Newbold Court open and running.
South Yorkshire Housing Association are also contributing £14,000 to fund support costs at the scheme. READ MORE...
Police Confirm No Suspicious Package Found In Clay Cross
Wednesday 26th June 2013 - 12:15 Derbyshire police can confirm no suspicious package has been found following an incident in the Clay Cross area.
Police were called to Victoria Street at 2.25am today (Wednesday, June 26th) to reports of a suspicious car.
Officers arrived and arrested two men who were with the car. One of the men told police there was an explosive device inside the car.
As a precaution homes in the area were evacuated and... READ MORE...
Police Warn Of Serious Incident In Clay Cross This Morning
Wednesday 26th June 2013 - 08:00 There is an ongoing incident in Clay Cross this morning, Police tell us that several roads are closed around the incident which is taking place on Victoria Street.
Members of the public are asked by Police to avoid the area for the forseeable future.
Parents taking their children to Sharley Park should be advised - we have spoken with the school - that Mr Leyland says that school will remain open as normal but childen will be kept indoors. Please avoid taking your child to school via that area and please heed police advice regarding windows remaining closed. READ MORE...
Bobby Davro To Support Local Charity On New ITV Show
Wednesday 26th June 2013 Brand new entertainment show 'Your Face Sounds Familiar' is about to hit TV screens this Saturday evening and celebrity contestant, comedian Bobby Davro will be pledging his victory winnings to Chesterfield based charity Kids 'n' Cancer.
Bobby - along with five other famous faces - is taking part in the hilarious show, which sees them all do their very best to embody famous singers and performers from the music world.
Each week the six - Bobby Davro, Alexander Armstrong... READ MORE...
Life Carries On In New Whittington After Blaze Drama
Tuesday 25th June 2013 New Whittington is slowly returning to normal tonight after police have confirmed that the fire at Stone Lane is out, and the roads around it have all reopened.
The owners of the property that caught fire have tonight been taken by fire officers to look at the damage caused by the blaze.
Investigations have begun to ascertain the cause of the fire with the East Midlands Fire Service's Dog unit called in, as the work begins to find out what happened just before noon this morning. READ MORE...
Large Fire On New Whittington's Stone Lane - Update
Tuesday 25th June 2013 - 15:45pm
We have just received an update from Derbyshire Fire Service who tell us that the crews fighting the fire at Stone Lane, New Whittington are now being scaled down, though the situation is still ongoing.
Five crews including engines from Bolsover and Dronfield have attended the blaze, described as "challenging and well developed" by the Fire Service.
Onlookers say that there was an explosion, believed to be a gas canister, shortly after the fire started at around 11:45am today. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Lady Wins 'Best Ascot Hat' Competition
Tuesday 25th June 2013 A Chesterfield woman came out on top and showed off her style when she picked up a prestigious award at the races.
Champagne Tuesday, introduced to coincide with the first day of Royal Ascot, featured a competition for the Best Ascot Hat at Thirsk Racecourse. Winners were treated to over £1,000 worth of spectacular prizes courtesy of Adorn Hats of Harrogate and Market Cross Jewellers.
Judith Beckett of Chesterfield was judged the overall winner and collected her first prize of a £150 Adorn Hat Voucher, a DKNY stone set watch... READ MORE...
Missing Woman Found Safe
Monday 24th June 2013
It's been revealed this morning by Derbyshire police that Sheila Tilstone, who went missing from Chesterfield Royal Hospital last week, has been found safe and well.
She was found in Shirebrook, yesterday (Sunday) morning.
Derbyshire police would like to thank everyone for their help in trying to locate Sheila.
Derbyshire In Line For Transport Development Funding
Monday 24th June 2013
It's been announced today that proposals for major road and transport developments in Derbyshire will be put forward next week for a share of a multi-million pound Government fund.
The plans will be in competition with each other as well as proposals from neighbouring areas as part of the Department for Transport's system of allocating funding through new regional groups called local transport boards.
Derbyshire will be covered by two local transport boards. READ MORE...
Drugs Dog Duke Does His Duty In Derbyshire
Monday 24th June 2013 A specially trained dog that can sniff out drugs is being used in town centres in north Derbyshire as part of a joint initiative between police and drug referral units.
Derbyshire officers were joined by drugs dog Duke and his handler PC Brackpool from South Yorkshire Police for two nights of checks in Chesterfield and across Bolsover and Amber Valley.
Duke was used to sniff out suspected drugs during patrols around pubs and clubs in the town centres. READ MORE...
Newbold Community School Plans Improvements
Monday 24th June 2013 An action plan has been put in place to improve standards at Newbold Community School following a visit by Government education inspectors.
Four Ofsted inspectors visited the school in Highfield Lane, Newbold, and found positives including: activities for students, including after-school clubs, which broaden their skills, interests and horizons; parents and pupils say the school environment feels safe and secure; the school allows students to enter their maths GCSE early if they show they have the skills; there are some outstanding examples of teaching; students who find learning difficult or have a range of needs... READ MORE...
Film Review - Man Of Steel
Monday 24th June 2013 by John Morgan
"There's only one way this ends Cal, either you die... or I do!"
A curious exclamation which probably sums up Man of Steel altogether.
This epic retelling of arguably the most famous super hero story boasts a plethora of talent; from love-him-or-hate-him director Zach Snyder to Christopher Nolan on the producer credits, and the writer of the Dark Knight trilogy David S Goyer beind the screenplay. Then there are the acting talents, including Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe and... READ MORE...
Saturday 22nd June 2013
Congratulations to Carolynne Elizabeth Morley and Mark Walters who get married today (Saturday 22nd, June) at the Church of St Mary and All Saints (The Crooked Spire) at 2pm.
Lots of love and best wishes from Mum, Bill, Nannie, David, Catherine, Andrew Colin, Silvia and Chris and all your family and friends XXX
Chesterfield Shop Closed After Counterfeit Tobacco Sales
Friday 21st June 2013
Trading standards officers joined forces with Derbyshire police and the UK Border Agency for the latest raid on Bzee shop on Cavendish Street, Chesterfield, yesterday, Thursday 20th June.
A haul of over 10,000 cigarettes and 100 pouches of tobacco − a mix of smuggled and counterfeit − were seized from the store and a flat above.
It is the third time since February that the trading standards team has led raids on the shop to seize illegal tobacco following complaints... READ MORE...
Greek Deli-cious Opens On Whit Moor In Chesterfield
Friday 21st June 2013 Chesterfield's first Greek deli on Sheffield Road, was formally opened earlier this week by local MP Toby Perkins, as potential customers and passers-by were welcomed in to sample some of the dishes.
'My Little Greek Deli' is the brainchild of Vicky Kadis and serves traditional homemade Greek dishes, offering a fresher alternative to fast food.
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said, "I am delighted to open 'My Little Greek Deli' and wish Vicky well in her new venture. It is vitally important that small businesses are given the support they need to boost our economy, and..." READ MORE...
Relaunch For CFC Community Trust's 'Saturday Morning Club'
Friday 21st June 2013 The Saturday Morning Club, run by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, is being relaunched this weekend.
Based at Newbold Community School, the Saturday Morning Club will be held every Saturday, from 9.30am to 11.30am and youngsters from the age of five to 12 years are welcome to attend.
The Community Trust's Rachel Booth said: "The club offers boys and girls the opportunity to access quality football coaching, led by qualified Chesterfield FC Community Trust coaches. READ MORE...
3rd Day Of Chesterfield College Strike Action, A Parent's View
Thursday 20th June 2013 As lecturers and staff begin a third day of strikes at Chesterfield College today over proposals to cut jobs throughout the college, we have received a letter from a parent of a student there who says he's "shocked" to learn of the proposed cuts to services.
Mary Noble, from Sheffield, has a son on the post 18 Foundation course and has launched a passionate defence of what he believes is a renowned service provided by Chesterfield College. READ MORE...
Tributes Paid To Hon Alderman Michael Caulfield
Thursday 20th June 2013
Tributes have been paid to Honorary Alderman - and former Chesterfield mayor - Michael Caulfield who died on Sunday, 16th June.
He was elected to Chesterfield Borough Council as Labour member for the Moor ward in 1970. He represented the ward until 1987, when he was elected as member for Dunston ward, which he represented until 1999.
He served as Chairman of the Environmental Services and Control Committee from 1978 to 1995 and as Mayor of the borough in 1984 - 85. READ MORE...
Council's Key Planning Document Approved By Inspector
Thursday 20th June 2013 A planning strategy which sets out how Chesterfield should develop between now and 2031 has been approved by a Government inspector.
The Planning Inspectorate decided that the Chesterfield Local Plan: Core Strategy produced by Chesterfield Borough Council is sound, subject to some minor alterations, and can be realistically delivered on the ground.
The document is expected to be formally adopted by the council at a meeting on 24th July and will then guide development until 2031 - being used as... READ MORE...
Lucky Linda Bags A Mini iPad In Council's Market Competition
Thursday 20th June 2013 Congratulations to Chesterfield resident Linda Wombwell who is the lucky winner of a Mini iPad in a Chesterfield Borough Council markets competition.
Linda entered the competition as part of the council's 'Love Your Local Market' campaign.
To encourage residents and visitors to shop on our town centre market and indoor market (currently in the temporary market hall on New Square), the council ran the competition and traders gave out competition forms with... READ MORE...
New Car Scheme Gives Patients A Lift
Thursday 20th June 2013 People in the north east of the county needing to get to hospital and health services have been given a lift - thanks to a new car scheme.
Derbyshire County Council has given Clowne and District Community Transport a £7,570 grant to set up a volunteer car scheme to provide 'aCTive travel'.
This is transport to health-related services which in most parts of the county is provided by community transport Dial-a-Ride services and volunteer car schemes. Dial-a-Ride uses wheelchair accessible vehicles and paid drivers, whilst volunteer car schemes use volunteer drivers who drive their own cars. READ MORE...
'Verse And Worse' From Sitwell Country
Thursday 20th June 2013 Eckington's remarkable history including "pillaging Vikings from the east to the consternation of Saxon wenches", "barbarians from the north demolishing the local grammar school" and the sensuous appeal of "red peppers" were just some of the topics included in new poetry and prose at Eckington Library on Tuesday, June 18th.
Local writing group 'We're All Write!', organised an evening of 'Verse and Worse' to entertain a capacity audience, which showed that writers in Eckington are continuing the local literary tradition begun by the historic Sitwell family authors Sir Osbert, Dame Edith and Sacheverell Sitwell of Renishaw Hall... READ MORE...
Edale Mountain Rescue Team Passes Milestone
Wednesday 19th June 2013 The last week has seen Edale MRT pass the milestone of 50 callouts in 2013.
Their 50th job, on Saturday 8th June, was a request from a local farmer to free a sheep which was stuck on the crags at Burbage South. A couple of team members managed to release the sheep which had become wedged in a crack.
After a relatively quiet weekend (apart from the sheep!), on Monday evening they were called to two incidents simultaneously. A fell runner had injured his ankle while running near Burbage Bridge. The injured man was actually training to... READ MORE...
Antarctica Expedition Abandoned
Wednesday 19th June 2013 News that the expedition bidding to make polar history by crossing Antarctica in winter had been abandoned because of 'difficult terrain and technical challenges', has been greeted with a mixture of sadness and relief by the team at William Twigg Matlock Ltd, whose engineers have played a key role in the heroic venture.
Steel specialists headed by the company's Bakewell Road works manager, Alan Boden, designed and built the steel 'skoots' (sledges) which have been carrying vital fuel to power the giant tractors hauling the expedtion's living quarters, scientific equipment and essential supplies. READ MORE...
Bolsover Man Charged With Charity Clothing Bin Fraud
Tuesday 18th June 2013 A Bolsover man has been charged with fraud in connection with charity clothing bins which were advertised to be collecting for an armed forces charity.
Daniel McAllister, 48, has been charged with fraud by false representation and will appear before magistrates in Chesterfield on Monday, July 22nd after he was arrested in April following a search which was carried out at his house in Carr Vale, Bolsover.
The 40 clothing bins were advertised as collecting on behalf... READ MORE...
Second Day Of Strike Action At Chesterfield College
Tuesday 18th June 2013 Chesterfield College lecturers and staff are once again on strike today, over what's been described by unions as an 'increasingly bitter' dispute over potential job cuts.
It's also been announced that a second trade union, the NASUWT, has joined the action alongside the UCU - the first time that the two unions have launched a joint strike.
Members of the two unions will take action today (18th June) and Thursday (20th June), with union members on picket lines at the Sheffield Road and Infirmary Road entrances to the college. READ MORE & AUDIO...
A Positive Response To Hasland Junction Consultation
Tuesday 18th June 2013 More than 250 people turned out this week to give their views about what changes are needed at Hasland junction.
Independent traffic and safety consultants, URS, held a drop-in session on behalf of Derbyshire County Council at Hasland Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday.
The event was organised after local people raised safety concerns about the traffic lights and the layout of the junction between Hasland Road and Mansfield Road which they say is causing congestion. READ MORE...
Armed Forces Get Free 'Crown' On Armed Forces Day
Tuesday 18th June 2013
Crown Carveries in Chesterfield are celebrating Armed Forces Day 2013 by treating all Army, Navy and Air Force men and women, past and present, to a free meal.
According to recent figures revealed by the MOD (Ministry of Defence), there are 4.6 million veterans across the country and over 176,000 current serving personnel who make up the current Armed Forces community, from serving troops to cadets and reservists across the Army, Royal Air Force and Naval Service; many of whom have risked their lives in battle to protect us back home... READ MORE...
Preparations Well Underway For Old Whittington Gala 2013
Tuesday 18th June 2013 Well Dressing plans and preparations for the 24th Old Whittington Gala are well underway for Friday 28th and for the big day itself on Saturday 29th June 2013.
The Flower Festival at St Bartholomew's Church, Old Whittington, begins on Friday 28th June until Monday 1st July. This floral event is not to be missed, with it's large arrangements and wide variety of flowers. Then a 'cuppa and a cake' can be injoyed afterwards inside the Church.
The Well Dressing this year can again be seen outside the... READ MORE...
Brampton Manor's Charity Challenge Launch At 'HogRoast 10'
Monday 17th June 2013
Brampton Manor will be hosting 'HogRoast 10' very shortly and they have announced that the day will not just be about a fun time and great company - but will also see the launch of a huge adventure which will hopefully see thousands raised for Ashgate Hospice.
HogRoast 10, which takes place on Sunday July 7th, and costs just £7 - though Early Bird Tickets are available until the 30th of June at £5 - will feature local bands including 'The Stones' (fresh from playing Hyde Park the day before!) and the launch of Brampton Manor's Managing Director's daring Charity adventure! READ MORE...
Rudi Davies, 21 on Monday 17th June 2013
Happy Birthday Rudi
A very Happy 21st Birthday from Mum, Dad, Fin and all your family and friends. Have a fantastic day xxx
Chesterfield Town Centre In The Pink During Race For Life
Sunday 16th June 2013 Chesterfield town centre was 'in the pink' this morning as the annual Race For Life event snaked it's way around the streets in glorious sunshine.
It's the fourth year that it's taken place in Chesterfield and saw thousands of women and girls take part in a 5km run, jog or walk from the Town hall to the finishing line at Queen's Park.
Started in Battersea in 1994, Race For Life is now a national event, with one of these races held in most town's across the UK giving people a chance... READ MORE...
Doncaster Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Abduction
Saturday 15th June 2013 - UPDATE FROM SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE:
The 35-year-old Doncaster man arrested on suspicion of child abduction in London, yesterday, Friday 14th June, is now back in South Yorkshire and will be interviewed by detectives today, Saturday 15th June.
The 14-year-old girl who went missing from Doncaster on Wednesday, 12th June, is now in the care of the local authority.
Officers continue to work on the investigation over the weekend.
Jack Lester Comes To Clowne For Kids n Cancer Charity
Saturday 15th June 2013 The Village Bar, Clowne, is pleased to announce they will be hosting an evening with ex Spireite legend Jack Lester on Monday 17th June starting at 7pm.
Tickets for the event are priced at £40 each and this will include a 3 course meal, 'meet and greet' with Jack plus photo and autograph opportunities, followed by an after dinner talk from the Legend himself.
The evening will prove to be both highly popular and hugely entertaining, therefore, the Village Bar advises those are interested to book early... READ MORE...
Can You Help In The Search For 14 Year Old Lorna?
Friday 14th June 2013
It's a story which has made national headlines and South Yorkshire Police are this morning, still trying to trace missing 14 year old girl, Lorna Vickerage.
They believe she could be anywhere in the country and have requested to ask for help from throughout the UK to help to locate her.
Fourteen-year-old Lorna Vickerage from Doncaster is believed to be in the company of 35-year-old John Bush, also from Doncaster. READ MORE...
New Rules About Family Holidays In Term Time
Friday 14th June 2013 The government has issued new rules about family holidays being taken in term time.
Current rules state that head teachers can grant 10 days' leave a year in special circumstances. Head teachers can also grant extended leave of more than 10 days for exceptional circumstances.
But rules that come into force from September 1st, 2013, remove references to family holidays and extended leave as well as the threshold of 10 days. The regulations will say head teachers can now only grant leave in exceptional... READ MORE...
Thumbs Up For £1.5m Housing Regeneration In Dronfield
Friday 14th June 2013
Plans for a £1.5m scheme to improve homes in Dronfield have been given the go ahead.
Some internal work to improve Stonelow Green flats on Stonelow Road is already underway, and planning permission for external improvements has now been granted.
North East Derbyshire District Council, in partnership with its housing management company, Rykneld Homes, is leading the scheme as part of its long-term plan to regenerate housing across the district. READ MORE...
Nolan Sister 'In The Mood' For Hearing Loss Awards
Friday 14th June 2013 International singing star and actress, Maureen Nolan, is launching a UK-wide campaign to find people who are hard of hearing and have triumphed over adversity - and is bringing the search to Chesterfield.
Maureen has teamed up with Specsavers hearing centre in Chesterfield to urge local residents with hearing loss to enter the annual Sound Barrier Star Awards.
Specsavers' Sound Barrier Star Awards is an initiative aimed at celebrating achievement in people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and seeks to reward individuals for their courage and accomplishments. READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Ongoing Regeneration - An Update!
Thursday 13th June 2013 There are "Positive Signs for The Future" said Mike Hayden - Head Of Regeneration at Chesterfield Borough Council, as members of the Chesterfield business community and local media were, this morning, given an update on regeneration projects currently being undertaken around the town.
During a breakfast meeting at the Town Hall, talks were given by John Croot from Chesterfield Football Club, Matt Sorby, Head of Contractors at Kier and Mike Hayden, Head of Regeneration at Chesterfield Borough Council.
Having previously asserted that Chesterfield is... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Man Jailed After Chesterfield Pub Burglary
Thursday 13th June 2013 A man who broke into a Chesterfield pub by stacking outdoor furniture and climbing through a first floor window has been jailed.
Andrew Hall, 44, (pictured left) broke into the Courtyard, on Elder Court, overnight between March 17th and 18th, 2013 and caused damage to two gaming machines before stealing money from inside them.
He was arrested after his DNA was found in the pub. Hall, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for two years at a hearing at Derby Crown Court on Friday, June 7th. He must also pay £100 victim surcharge.
Derbyshire Patients Reassured About 111
Thursday 13th June 2013 Lead GPs in Derbyshire have moved to reassure patients about the 111 service following national concerns about the helpline in other areas of the UK.
Results of an independent survey published by CFEP UK Surveys show that 82% of 206 users of the service surveyed were either satisfied or very satisfied, whilst 93% of people who called the 111 number got through to the call centre first time.
Statistics also just released, have shown that patients from Derbyshire who called the 111 service for non-urgent medical help during the... READ MORE...
Ashgate Hospice Appeal For Desperately Needed Marshalls...
Thursday 13th June 2013 The Ashgate Hospice Midnight Walk is taking place on Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June as reported HERE, however, they are in desperate need of marshalls to help keep the walkers safe as they take part in this annual fundraising event.
Over 500 walkers will set off and walk through the night on either a 6.5 mile route or a 13 mile route. The marshalls play a key role in this event, cheering and encouraging the walkers along and helping to make sure the event runs smoothly.
If you are able to give up your time it would be greatly appreciated... READ MORE...
Man Dies Following Three Car Collision
Wednesday 12th June 2013 A man has died following a collision involving three cars at 13:45 today, on the A632 at Slack Hill, near the B5057 junction.
Police, paramedics and the air ambulance attended. The driver of one of the cars, a 64-year-old man from Chesterfield, was pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been told. Part of the road remains closed while collision investigators carry out initial enquiries. Derbyshire police thank motorists for their patience.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, the non-emergency number.
Can You Help Trace Valuable Memories Of A Visitor To Town?
Wednesday 12th June 2013 A visitor to Chesterfield has written to The Chesterfield Post asking if residents of the town can help to get back valuable memories after his camera was left on the bus.
Barry Lockwood says he's devastated and that the camera contains very sentimental photographs.
Mr Lockwood, from Huddersfield, writes, "On Friday June 7th, whilst staying at the Poolsbrook Caravan Club site, my wife and I caught the number 74 bus at 10.22am into Chesterfield." READ MORE...
Hasland Junction - Your Views Required!
Tuesday 11th June 2013 Independent traffic and safety consultants reviewing the road layout at a Hasland junction are holding a drop-in session tomorrow (Wednesday 12th June) for residents to share their views about changes they think are needed.
Derbyshire County Council commissioned engineering company URS to look at the junction of Hasland Road and Mansfield Road after local people raised concerns about the layout.
URS staff will be on hand all day to talk to local people, listen to their comments and discuss their ideas at Hasland Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday 12th June from 9.45am to 6.45pm.
End Of An Era For Post War Housing In N E Derbyshire
Tuesday 11th June 2013 Work to clear defective post-war housing in North East Derbyshire - to make way for the first new council homes to be built in a generation - is set to begin next month.
The ambitious scheme to demolish almost 100 council-owned bungalows in Eckington and Killamarsh, known as 'Tarrans', is being led by North East Derbyshire District Council in partnership with its housing management company, Rykneld Homes.
Planning permission for the £10.5m scheme has been granted... READ MORE...
Police Investigate 'Inappropriate' Touching In Town Centre
Tuesday 11th June 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for witnesses after three women were inappropriately touched in separate incidents near the town centre.
The incidents all took place in the Saltergate area of the town between 10.20am and 10.50am on Friday, June 7th.
The women, aged 24, 29 and 34, were all inappropriately touched by a man who appeared to be alone. The man touched the bottoms of all three women as they walked along the road. READ MORE...
Join In 'The Big Scoop'
Tuesday 11th June 2013 Chesterfield residents are being encouraged to join in the national 'Love Where You Live' month and to join in with Chesterfield Borough Council in keeping the borough tidy.
This Friday, 14th June, is the first national 'Big Scoop' day, and the council's environmental services team will be out in force at Queen's Park, Holmebrook Valley Park and Poolsbrook Country Park, handing out free Poop Scoop bags to dog owners to encourage them to clean up after their animals.
There are approximately 1,200 litter bins and 450 dog waste bins... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Police Appeal After Inkersall Collision
Monday 10th June 2013 Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious road collision in Inkersall on Saturday June 8th.
At about 5.05pm a black Aprilia 125cc motorcycle and a black and white Ford Mondeo taxi collided on Hillman Drive in Inkersall near Chesterfield. As a result of the collision a 19-year-old local man, who was riding the motorcycle, sustained a serious head injury.
Officers are asking anyone who saw what happened to contact them at the East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.
Derbyshire Telecoms Scam Warning
Monday 10th June 2013 Trading standards officials have urged households to beware of a scam letter circulating in the name of Derbyshire County Council.
The letter featuring the council's logo and crest demands part payment for a fibre optic line allegedly needed by a neighbour to enable home working from a computer.
The letter claims that the addressee is liable for part of the bill with the rest to be paid by the council and the employer of the unnamed neighbour. The author says that the work will take place in November and will involve digging at the front of the addressee's property. READ MORE...
Tell Us Why You Love Chesterfield...
Monday 10th June 2013 Chesterfield Museum is asking Chesterfield residents what they love about living in the town as part of a project to record a living history.
The Chesterfield Borough Council run venue will be setting up a stall on Burlington Street - outside Burton's - this Thursday, 13th June where local people will be invited to share their feelings and have their photo taken for free by professional photographer Lizzie Coombes.
People will be asked why they love living in Chesterfield... READ MORE...
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Newbold Primary Focuses On The Future
Monday 10th June 2013 An action plan is underway to improve standards at Newbold Church of England Primary School following a visit from Government Education Inspectors.
Two Ofsted inspectors visited the school in Cranborne Road, Newbold, Chesterfield and found strengths including: The head teacher and staff provide a safe and caring environment with good opportunities for pupils to further their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; The school has positive partnerships with parents; Teachers have good working relationships with their pupils and manage pupils' behaviour well in class; Pupils develop well socially and have good manners. READ MORE...
Six Apprentices Benefit From Retirement Homes Regeneration
Friday 7th June 2013
The benefits to the local economy of a £23 million investment to deliver new retirement accommodation in Derbyshire, continues with contractor Willmott Dixon providing six apprenticeships.
Josh Hobley, Callum Hurt, Luke Yeomans and Nathan Mills from Chesterfield, Andrew Bond from Sheffield and Ross Hopkinson from Alfreton, will combine their building maintenance apprenticeship studies at Chesterfield College, with hands-on work at three Willmott Dixon projects at Potters Place at Foolow Avenue in Chesterfield, Market Street in Clay Cross and Cressy Fields... READ MORE...
Support Carers Week At Sainsbury's In Chesterfield
Friday 7th June 2013 The team at Sainsbury's Chesterfield are set to raise awareness of the role of carers looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend in Chesterfield.
Carers Week takes place between the 10th and 16th June and both Sainsbury's colleagues and customers have the opportunity to find out more about the local support available as the store holds activities during the national awareness week.
In December 2010, Sainsbury's began their partnership with carers' charity Carers UK. The retailer has over 20,000 colleagues who combine... READ MORE...
Change Of venue For Public Enquiry Into Housing Plans
Friday 7th June 2013
A public inquiry into plans to build over 50 homes in Wingerworth will now be held in Arkwright after a change of venue.
The Planning Inspectorate hearing, which will run from 25th to 27th June, will be held at the Arkwright Centre on Hardwick Drive, instead of Ashover Village Hall.
The hearing is being held after North East Derbyshire District Council's Planning Committee rejected proposals to build 51 homes on green land off Nethermoor Road and Deerlands Road in October 2012. READ MORE...
No Room For Complacency In Derbyshire's Safe Sex Message
Friday 7th June 2013
Derbyshire has fewer sexually transmitted infections (STIs) per head of population than the East Midlands or England, according to figures from Public Health England.
There were 4,261 diagnoses of STIs across the county last year at a rate of 553 per 100,000 population. The number of recorded cases was lower than the national rate of 804 STIs per 100,000 population and regional rate of 704 per 100,000. The figures were published on Wednesday 5th June and will be used by public health authorities like Derbyshire County Council to plan actions to tackle STIs. READ MORE...
Steelers Attend LUK 25th Anniversary Fun Day
Friday 7th June 2013 The Sheffield Steelers assisted long term sponsor LUK in their 25th Anniversary celebrations at the weekend at their impressive factory in Waleswood Road, Wales.
Over 1000 staff, family and invited guests enjoyed a multitude of events including the Steelers exhibition stand and shoot out competition. Mascot Steeler Dan was also on hand to join in with the fun.
"LUK are one of our longest serving sponsors and good friends" said Steelers' Commercial Manager Mike O'Connor... READ MORE...
Chesterfield College Strikes Over Job Cuts
Thursday 6th June 2013 Chesterfield College is open to students today, though some lessons may be disrupted due to strike action taking place today.
The strikes come as the college tries to cut staffing costs - and this strategy may see compulsory redundancies amongst teaching staff and managers.
The Union UCU has called for its members to strike over three days - today (6th June), Thursday 13th June , and Friday 14th June. Other unions have balloted their members. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Nurse 'Proud To Develop Her Skills'
Thursday 6th June 2013 A Chesterfield Royal Hospital night matron is among the first to complete a new leadership programme for nurses and midwives.
Sam Wain has been part of the team for four years acting as a senior presence to drive the quality of patient care - something which is central to her work ethic. The course, which has been developed and run by the NHS Leadership Academy, is a frontline leadership programme designed just for nurses and midwives and has been very well attended.
The Academy has now launched its flagship programmes... READ MORE...
Appeal After Damage To Chesterfield Shop Window
Thursday 6th June 2013 Police are appealing for information after a window was smashed at Organic Heaven Health Food Shop, on Theatre Yard, Low Pavements, at around 5.15am on Monday, May 27th.
PCSO Adele Chapman-Jones of the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "If anyone may have seen anything suspicious in the town centre around about the time, or if they know anything about the incident, then please contact us. "It is very distressing for the local shop owners, who are upset that this has happened to their business."
Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Woman's Body Found In Chesterfield House
Wednesday 5th June 2013 Police are carrying out enquiries after the body of an 85-year-old woman was found at an address in Chesterfield.
Officers were called to the property on Blandford Drive at around 12.20pm today, Wednesday, June 5th. The investigation is at an early stage and it is not yet known if the circumstances of her death are suspicious. A police cordon is currently in place to allow for enquiries at the scene to be carried out.
Police are appealing to anyone who has seen anything they think of as suspicious in the area during the last couple of days to contact them on 101.
On-Going Fire Incident At SCA Hygiene, Chesterfield
Wednesday 5th June 2013 Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is still in attendance at a fire involving 800 tonnes of waste paper which was being stored in the yard of SCA Hygiene, Goyt Side Road, Chesterfield, however operations have been scaled down considerably since the height of the fire yesterday.
The fire service is working in partnership with site owners SCA Hygiene, to ensure that the fire is extinguished as efficiently and safely as possible. In order to expedite the end to this incident, work has commenced to remove piles of waste paper from the site; unfortunately this may result in some local residents experiencing higher levels of falling ash. READ MORE...
Busiest May In Edale Mountain Rescue Teams History...
Wednesday 5th June 2013 We’ve all enjoyed the lovely weather over the last few days but, as Summer arrives, with it comes a spate of callouts for Edale Mountain Rescue Team.
On Friday evening, an unusually late climbing accident saw the team deployed to Stanage Edge near Hathersage where a young man had fallen around 10 metres while soloing. He had fractured both ankles and both wrists.
After being given pain relief and having his ankles and wrists splinted, he was carried down to the Plantation car park and transferred to an ambulance... READ MORE...
Major Fire In Chesterfield - Update
Tuesday 4th June 2013 17:30
Following our reports earlier today, Derbyshire Fire Service has now released an update. They say that at 12.38 hours, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend a fire at SCA Hygiene, Goyt Side Road, Chesterfield.
Following the initial call to a fire involving 800 tonnes of waste paper in the yard of the business, firefighters from Alfreton, Matlock, Chapel en le Frith, Heanor, Chesterfield, Clay Cross, Dronfield, Staveley and Bolsover were mobilised to attend. READ MORE...
'Huge' Compressed Paper Blaze In Chesterfield
Tuesday 4th June 2013 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are warning that there may be congestion around Chesterfield as they tackle what they term a 'large fire' on Goyt side Road where 800 tonnes of compressed paper is on fire.
They say that crews from several stations are battling the blaze, with appliances from Chesterfield, Clay Cross, Staveley, Dronfield, Bolsover, Alfreton. Ripley and Matlock and crews from South Yorkshire in attendance at the fire which was reported at 12.30pm.The fire has spread to trees at the rear of the site on Walgrove Road and crews are currently creating fire breaks to stop the spread of the blaze. We will have updates as soon as we get them.
Pledging To End Mental Health Discrimination
Tuesday 4th June 2013 Derbyshire health bosses have publicly committed themselves to tackling mental health stigma and discrimination by signing the 'Time To Change' pledge.
Time To Change is England's largest anti-stigma campaign run by the leading mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Their aim is to change the attitudes and behaviours of 29 million people towards those with mental health issues.
With 1 in 4 people throughout the UK who will suffer from a mental illness at some stage in their lives, it is important that individuals know how... READ MORE...
PCC Alan Charles Shows His Support To Stop Animal Cruelty
Tuesday 4th June 2013
Alan Charles, Derbyshire's police and crime commissioner (PCC) is showing his support for work against animal cruelty by spending a day on the road with one of the county’s RSPCA inspectors on Thursday 6th June.
Mr Charles will visit some of the busiest areas for the animal charity and police in the Chesterfield area, along with experienced RSPCA inspector Dave McAdam and Wildlife Crime Officer PC Steve O'Callaghan, to get an idea of the types of animal welfare incidents and challenges faced by officers every day... READ MORE...
Police Name The Men Killed In Wingerworth Crash
Monday 3rd June 2013 Police investigating Saturday's fatal collision on the A61 at Wingerworth have named the three men who died.
Two motorbikes collided outside the Hunloke Arms around 3pm on June 1st.
Andrew Siddall, 49, from North Wingfield and his passenger Robert Newton, 45, from Chesterfield, were killed in the collision. David Wilson, 46, from Sheffield, also suffered fatal injuries. All three men were pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone with information should contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.
Residents' Views Wanted On Community Infrastructure Levy
Monday 3rd June 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council is asking residents for their views on proposals for the council to raise funds from new developments in the borough for vital infrastructure projects.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) would allow the council to raise funds from developers depending on the size and type of new buildings.
The money raised can be spent on a wide variety of infrastructure needed to serve new developments, including new roads, flood defences, schools, health and social care facilities and improvements to open spaces. READ MORE...
Investigations Continue Into Fatal Collision At Wingerworth
Sunday 2nd June 2013 An investigation into yesterday's collision on the A61 at Wingerworth in which three people died is continuing today.
At around 3pm yesterday (Saturday, June 1st) a collision involving two motorcycles took place near the Hunloke Arms where two riders and a passenger were killed.
Three men, two from the Chesterfield area aged 45 and 49, and a 46-year-old man from Sheffield were pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone with information should call the collision investigation unit on 101.
County's Vision To Invest £250k In Young People's Futures
Friday 31st May 2013 A new vision for the future of Derbyshire's youth services includes an extra £250,000 a year to boost what's on offer.
A report planned to go before Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet on 4th June, includes ambitious proposals to: Improve the information, advice and support offered to all young people; Offer first class support for schools to help them provide careers advice which they are required to do from September this year under new national guidelines; Strengthen support for vulnerable young people; Improve services with an extra £250,000 a year funding; Make savings for the taxpayer by keeping youth buildings which are most needed and useful but selling or transferring buildings that are not. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Dogs Stolen From Chesterfield Home
Friday 31st May 2013
Police are appealing for information after two dogs were stolen from a house in Chesterfield.
At around 1.40pm on Tuesday, May 28th, five Chihuahua dogs were stolen from the back garden of a house on Shakespeare Street, Holmewood.
Three of the dogs apparently escaped and went back to the house but a 12-week-old puppy, that is cream in colour, and a three-year-old white and black dog are still missing. READ MORE...
Improving The Lives Of The Local Chinese Community
Friday 31st May 2013 Hospital bosses have engaged with the local Chinese Welfare Association to help keep individuals physically fit and emotionally well.
Chairman, Alan Baines, and Chief Executive, Steve Trenchard, of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust took part in the one of the Chinese Associations afternoon sessions to break down barriers for this minority group in accessing healthcare and to raise awareness of mental wellbeing within the Chinese community.
Dr Anne Pang said: "Mental illness still is a taboo subject and so it was important to offer people reassurance that help is accessible if they ever found themselves in difficulty. It was the start of a dialogue with the community about mental health and general health issues which we hope to continue..." READ MORE...
Police Investigate Sexual Assault In Church Grounds
Wednesday 29th May 2013 Detectives investigating a sexual assault which took place in the grounds of the Crooked Spire church in Chesterfield are appealing for information.
At around 12.45am on Saturday, May 25th, a 32-year-old woman was assaulted as she walked through the church yard. The area was cordoned off until 3.30pm on Saturday while officers conducted investigations. The woman did not suffer any serious injuries.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who was in the area... READ MORE...
More Great Jobs News For Derbyshire
Wednesday 29th May 2013 It's been announced this morning that another 63 jobs are to be created on Derbyshire County Council's flagship employment site, bringing the total to more than 320 in eight months.
The council’s development partner, Henry Boot Developments Ltd, has joined forces with Euro Garages Ltd to table plans for a petrol filling station and Starbucks Drive Thru Coffee Shop at Markham Vale off M1 junction 29A near Chesterfield.
The filling station will include a convenience store, Subway sandwich bar, public toilets and a cash machine while the Starbucks will have... READ MORE...
Acting Derbyshire County Council Chief Exec Announced
Wednesday 29th May 2013 Derbyshire County Council has named its new acting Chief Executive while it searches for a permanent replacement for the role.
A report to the Council's Cabinet on 4th June will seek approval to Ian Stephenson, 59, - the council's current Strategic Director of Environmental Services - taking over the council's top job following the departure of former Chief Executive Nick Hodgson.
Plans are underway to find a permanent appointment to fill the £150,000 a year position which will be advertised nationally in the next few days. READ MORE...
Will The Soap Stars 'Clean Up' At This Year's Charity Game?
Wednesday 29th May 2013 This Sunday 2nd June will see another great charity match take place, featuring soap stars and football legends who will grace (we use that term loosely!) the pitch at Glapwell FC.
Jamie Walker's 8th Charity Football game will feature stars such as Danny Miller (ex-Emmerdale and now of Scott and Bailey, pictured left) and Dancing on Ice Star, Matt Lapinskas.
It's also been confirmed this week that Spireites' Boss Paul Cook and his Mansfield Town counterpart, Paul Cox, will don their boots to compete... READ MORE...
Eckington's Charity Classic Car And Bike Show Is Back
Wednesday 29th May 2013 Local charities are set to benefit from the ever popular Classic Car and Bike Show which will be held once again at Renishaw Hall, near Chesterfield (S21 3WB), on Wednesday 12th June 2013.
Hundreds of classic cars and bikes are expected for this annual rally which raises thousands of pounds for local charities. The event, which will be open from 3.00pm until 8.00pm, is attended by enthusiasts from all over the region and includes classic cars and bikes from all eras.
Organised each year by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield and... READ MORE...
Unique Memorial Honour For Hope Valley Charity Pioneer
Wednesday 29th May 2013
Former Hope Valley businessman and pioneering charity worker Ian Charles, who died earlier this year, is to be given a unique honour for his campaign to educate young people in remote parts of The Gambia, by providing them with bicycles no longer needed in the UK.
Ian was the driving force behind Hope Valley Rotary Club's backing of a 'Jole Rider' charity initiative to source and collect pedal cycles of all shapes and sizes, arrange any necessary repairs and ship them to deserving children in Africa who live up to ten miles away from the nearest school. READ MORE...
Annual Procession Of Witness Takes Place In Chesterfield
Tuesday 28th May 2013 Hundreds of shoppers and residents lined the streets in brilliant sunshine, to watch the annual Procession of Witness (Whit Walk) take place in Chesterfield on Bank Holiday Monday.
Led by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, His Worship Cllr Paul Christopher Stone and Mrs Barbara Wallace, alongside Rev. C. van d'Arque, President of The Christian Education Council, the procession wound it's way around the town centre. This year's event was titled 'Jesus is Alive'.
Seventeen floats or vehicles took part in this year's parade... READ MORE...
A Day Of Remembrance At Chesterfield Crematorium
Tuesday 28th May 2013
Chesterfield Crematorium is holding an open day and service of remembrance for the public.
On the same day - Sunday 2nd June - the crematorium will open a baby memorial garden that has been developed in partnership with the Chesterfield branch of SANDS, the still birth and neonatal death charity.
Crematorium staff worked closely with SANDS members to develop the garden, inspired by J M Barrie's 'Peter Pan'. READ MORE...
Volunteers Required To Drive With Eyes Wide Shut!
Tuesday 28th May 2013
Drivers have been invited to take up the challenge of testing their skills by driving with their eyes closed for charity.
The Guide Dogs Blind Drive will be held at Donington Park from 10am to 3.30pm on Saturday June 29th and will help the charity to raise vital funds and help blind and partially-sighted people to lead more independent lives.
Drivers will be 'assisted' by instructors from BSM in their dual-controlled cars who are donating their time for free for this great cause. READ MORE...
Mum Marches On With Tom's Golden Miles
Tuesday 28th May 2013 Forty seven year-old Gillian Scotford of Dronfield is on the lookout for recruits to join her on Sunday 7th July, for the last seven miles of her way marked Peak District walk 'Tom's Golden Miles' to raise funds for the children's hospice which helps her care for her seventeen year-old severely disabled son Tom.
Caring nurse Gillian gave up her career to look after her three sons as two of them, Tom and Sam both have complex medical needs. Thomas was born with a serious heart defect, is severely brain damaged, has suffered three respiratory arrests and requires 24-hour care so is a regular visitor to... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Fire Service And Ticket Offer At Falcons v Surrey
Tuesday 28th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire Falcons face Surrey in a Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture on Wednesday - and the Club has launched a special price half term ticket to maximise value for families - along with the attendance of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service after launch of groundbreaking Community Partnership.
Karl Krikken's young Derbyshire outfit face a Surrey side likely to feature England internationals Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki, Gareth Batty, Jon Lewis, Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach at the County Ground... READ MORE...
It's All About Community At The First New Whittington Gala
Monday 27th May 2013 2012 saw many communities throughout the UK reconnect in order to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, holding street parties and Gala's. That event, coupled with the 'Legacy' theme of London's Olympics, it was hoped, would transfer into daily lives and see a resurgence of community spirit and pride.
One Chesterfield village saw it's Jubilee Gala do exactly that and prove so successful (despite the appalling weather in 2012) , that they have galvanised a thriving Community Association and a strong partnership with the local Primary School - resulting in New Whittington's first Village Gala for... READ MORE...
Huge Drugs Operation Prompts Fifteen Arrests
Friday 24th May 2013
Fifteen people, including three from Chesterfield, have been charged with 43 offences as part of a large-scale drugs investigation.
The 14 men and one woman were charged between May 7th and 23rd with offences including drugs possession, drugs supply and conspiring to conceal criminal property.
Fourteen of the people charged, aged between 17 and 66, are due to appear before High Peak Magistrates' Court on June 5th. A 32-year-old Great Longstone man will appear before the same court on June 3rd. READ MORE...
Derbyshire CCC Announce Trio Of Charity Partners For 2013
Friday 24th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD Cricket Derbyshire has announced its Official Charity Partners for 2013 - Sight Support Derbyshire, Derbyshire Community Foundation and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.
Cricket Derbyshire is committed to supporting their selected Charity Partners throughout the current season, including match-day experiences at Yorkshire Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 matches at the County Ground.
Following applications from a large number of charities and... READ MORE...
Health Meeting Open To All In Alfreton
Friday 24th May 2013 NHS bosses from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust are inviting members of the public to join them in Alfreton on Thursday 30th May.
Patients, families, carers and local residents are invited to sit in on the Trust's Board meeting, starting at 9am, at Somerlea Park Centre, Sherwood Street, Leabrooks, Alfreton, DE55 1LB. Light refreshments will be provided.
Discussions will cover quality and performance reports relating to the Trust's community hospitals, health centres and from services... READ MORE...
Insolvency Service Gets 2 'Murky' Derbyshire Firms Shut Down
Friday 24th May 2013 Two closely-related companies offering insolvency and accounting services and based in Chesterfield, have been wound up in the public interest by the High Court, for poor business practices that put clients' money at risk following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.
TAG (Chesterfield) Limited (TAG) and The Recovery Partnership Limited both traded under the name 'The Insolvency Group', despite being separate businesses, leading to a lack of transparency and confusion as to which company was responsible for which client accounts. The books and records kept by both companies also failed to properly explain... READ MORE...
A "Thank You And Well Done" To The Chesterfield Royal
Thursday 23rd May 2013 After the recent scandals involving the NHS and often-voiced concerns about the state of hospitals, one reader of The Chesterfield Post, Klara Jeynes, contacted us to say that she was impressed with the standards of care she received during a recent stay in Chesterfield Royal and wanted to publicly pay tribute to the staff and their care.
The letter reads: "Dear Editor, Last Friday week, after thinking I was going in for a routine cardiac appointment at Chesterfield Royal, it was decided by the consultant that I should be admitted for tests for a couple of days. I was a little apprehensive and was not very keen as I have previously been in a different hospital and, to say the least, it was not the best experience." READ MORE...
Police Searching For Missing Man Find Body
Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Police searching for a man missing from his home in Bolsover say that they have found a body at Carr Vale ponds today.
Officers found the body of a man in the water earlier today and it was recovered by specially trained officers at around 12.10pm. The body has not been formally identified but is believed to be that of John Stephen Porter, a 21-year-old who was reported missing from his home in Bolsover on May 14th.
Police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances.
Police Release CCTV Images Of 2 Women After Fraud Offences
Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Police have released CCTV images of two women they would like to speak to in connection with a series of fraud offences in which more than £9,000 was taken from a pensioner.
Between February 25th and April 10th, 2013, cash was withdrawn from the 87-year-old victim's bank account and her bank card was used to buy various items including laptops, clothes and expensive jewellery.
Officers would like to speak to the women to help them... READ MORE...
Friends Of Stand Road Park Win £47k Biffa Award
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 The Friends of Stand Road Park has been awarded £47,000 from Biffa Award to build an adventure play area for young children at Whittington Moor, Chesterfield.
The adventure play area will be installed near the Stand Road Park's pavilion.
The project has been funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK using money from landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Group Ltd. READ MORE...
Mick Rouse, Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Happy Birthday Mick
Happy Birthday from Tracey, Jess, Louis and all your family and friends.
Hope you have a great day xxx
John 'Stephen' Porter Is Still Missing - Can You Help?
Tuesday 21st May 2013 Police searching for a man missing from his home in Bolsover are renewing their appeal for information on the one week anniversary of his disappearance.
As we reported last week, John Stephen Porter, who is known as Stephen, has been missing from his home on Springfield Crescent since Tuesday, May 14th. Mr Porter was last seen by his sister at 1am that day when he left her house in Bolsover. He was due to go on holiday with her later the same day but didn't return.
His car, a silver Fiat Punto, was found at Carr Vale ponds... READ MORE...
Make A Pledge To Combat Mental Health Stigma
Tuesday 21st May 2013 Businesses across the county are being encouraged to sign Derbyshire's mental health and wellbeing charter to tackle mental health discrimination in the workplace.
With 1 in 4 people throughout the UK who will suffer from a mental illness at some stage in their lives, it is important that our local employers recognise and combat mental health discrimination and understand how they can support those individuals.
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Changing Minds Group are committed to engaging and working closely with local businesses to support them in keeping their employees mentally well. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Police Take DNA Samples From 17 Children A Week
Tuesday 21st May 2013 Derbyshire Police take DNA samples from 17 children every week, figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform revealed yesterday (20th May 2013).
New research by the charity has found that Derbyshire officers took swabs from 875 boys and girls aged 17 or under during 2011. They included thirty two primary school-age children, eight 10-year-olds and twenty four 11-year-olds.
Across England and Wales, police took swabs from almost 54,000 boys and girls aged 17 or under during 2011. READ MORE...
Warmth Scheme Raises Dementia Awareness In Chesterfield
Tuesday 21st May 2013 To mark Dementia Awareness Week this week, 19th - 25th May, a warmth scheme working with vulnerable people in Chesterfield is raising awareness of the help on hand.
npower Health Through Warmth helps vulnerable homeowners, such as people with dementia, by installing or repairing heating and insulation.
The scheme is encouraging people who have family and friends with the disease to find out more about the support on offer. Since its launch in 2000, npower Health Through Warmth has worked closely with charities and other... READ MORE...
Improved Access For Patients At Local GP Surgery
Tuesday 21st May 2013 Facilities at a local surgery are looking healthier - thanks to funding which has helped improve access to the site at Old Whittington.
The then Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Don Parsons, assisted by Mrs Joan Llewellyn, a patient at the Surgery, officially opened the improved access facilities at Whittington Medical Centre a fortnight ago and said he was "delighted to do so".
The work, which was made possible by a grant from the former Derbyshire County PCT, has included hearing loops for those patients with hearing aids and clear colour contrast between the new doors and the frame to assist... READ MORE...
MP Natascha Engel Takes The Chair For Third Year
Tuesday 21st May 2013
Natascha Engel, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire has been re-elected as Chair of the Backbench Business Committee in Parliament for the third time.
Natascha was first elected in 2010 when the Committee was created and elected again in 2012.
The influential Committee gives Backbench MPs a voice in Parliament by providing them with an opportunity to bring forward debates of their choice. READ MORE...
Isaac Tomlinson, 3 on Tuesday 21st May 2013
Happy Birthday Isaac
Happy Birthday Iggster from Mummy, Daddy, Lauren, Will and all your family and friends xxx
Grassmoor Gains New Homes Thanks To £5m Investment
Monday 20th May 2013
Overgrown land in Grassmoor near Chesterfield, is to be transformed into 61 new affordable homes thanks to a partnership between Westleigh Partnership Homes, registered provider Acis Group, and North East Derbyshire District Council.
Meeting the needs of the district and providing high quality sustainable housing, developer Westleigh has been appointed to build the new units on Birkin Lane, whilst Acis have invested £5 million into the scheme which will see them own and manage the new houses. READ MORE...
MP Helps Local School Go Through The Books
Monday 20th May 2013 Bookworms and budding young writers at a Chesterfield primary school have had their newly refurbished library opened by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins.
Whitecotes Primary School's Friends, Parents and Teachers Association have funded a £3,000 refurbishment of the school's library. The school has also been awarded £5,000 by publishers Foyles to invest in new books.
The much-enhanced resource is set to increase participation in reading and drive-up literary standards across the 229-pupil primary. READ MORE...
It's King v Parliament - Chesterfield Style!
Monday 20th May 2013 History will come alive as the English Civil War is staged in Chesterfield this Bank Holiday.
Jonathan Taylor has spent most of his life working in schools - he's also spent most of his life on the battlefield.
The retired educational consultant is a long-standing member of the English Civil War Society and will be leading the Royalist troops at Chesterfield's Civil War event on Sunday 26th May and Bank Holiday Monday 27th May at Holmebrook Valley Park between 11am and 4pm. READ MORE...
The Ashgate Hospice 'Midnight Walk' Is Back...
Monday 20th May 2013
The Midnight Walk is back - and for the first time, Ashgate Hospice is inviting men to join in the fun too!
Ladies - bring your other halves and lets get walking for Ashgate Hospice!
The Midnight Walk is a 6.5 or 13 mile walk that begins in Cliffe Park in Dronfield and takes a 6.5 mile route to Ashgate Hospice. If you decide to take the 13 mile route, you then follow the route back to Cliffe Park - sounds easy, but it most definitely is a challenge! READ MORE...
Chesterfield Puts The Spring Back In The Bank Holiday
Monday 20th May 2013 Chesterfield town centre is set to come alive with music, dancing and comedy this spring bank holiday.
On Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May, there will be a market and table-top sale in the town centre market place. Fun for children will be provided by an open-air circus skills workshop, an art and craft table in the market place and giant bubbles and balloon modeller.
As part of Love your Local Market week, adults can experience life as a market trader. A stall at the table top sale is only £8, giving them an... READ MORE...
Ben Scully, 13 on Monday 20th May 2013
Happy Birthday Ben!
Best wishes from Mum, Dad, Josh and all your family and friends and teammates at Staveley MWFC U13s xxx
Hope you have a fantastic day.
16 Year Old Meghan Evans Is Missing - Can You Help?
Friday 17th May 2013The young lady pictured is 16 year old Meghan Evans and she has been missing since Monday, after leaving school for home. She did not however return.
She was travelling from Bolsover to Unstone via Chesterfield. If any one has any information regarding Meghan can they let Derbyshire police know by calling 101 or if Meghan herself (or if you are a friend of Meghan) is reading this, can she (or a friend) please contact her parents direct to let them know she is safe.
Her parents are desperately worried about her and want to know she is safe.
Markham Vale Company Provides A Job Boost For The Area
Friday 17th May 2013 A Northern Ireland-based company is to move to Derbyshire County Council's flagship employment site bringing the number of new jobs created to 260 in the last eight months.
Ready Egg Products Ltd has selected Markham Vale - off M1 junction 29A near Chesterfield - to locate its new manufacturing facility which will create 50 new jobs over two years.
Ready Egg is a key player in the egg processing industry and supplies both UK and Irish food manufacturing markets. The firm sees the European Union as a growing market but transport costs to and from its current location puts it at a commercial disadvantage. READ MORE...
Appeal For Derbyshire Foster Carers In 'Fostering Fortnight'
Friday 17th May 2013 Every child deserves a happy and safe childhood but for some children in Derbyshire, that sadly doesn't happen.
There are just under 700 children in care in Derbyshire and they all need a place to call home. That's where foster carers step in to play a vital role in a child's life.
Fostering Fortnight runs until May 26th and it's the perfect time to take that first step that can make a huge difference in a child's life.
Derbyshire County Council is backing the national campaign... READ MORE...
Chesterfield And Tsumeb Celebrate 20 Year Link
Friday 17th May 2013 This year sees Chesterfield and it's Namibian twin town, Tsumeb, celebrate twenty years of twinning.
The friendship link began officially in 1993 and has flourished since then with many suportive activities having taken place ranging from knowledge exchange to supporting an old people's home.
A large consignment of football shirts (donated by Chesterfield FC fans) was recently shipped out, a fundraising "Jazz in July" evening has been arranged at the Crispin pub Ashgate Road and this coming Sunday, 19th May... READ MORE...
CASA's Events Manager Wins Prestigious Industry Award
Friday 17th May 2013 Casa Hotel has added to its impressive list of accolades following the announcement that the 4-star hotel's Events Sales Manager has been recognised by the mia-List for outstanding contribution to the industry.
Alexandra Hopkins, aged 28, was presented with her award at the prestigious mia-List ceremony in London at the end of April. The mia-List recognises and rewards those hardworking and enthusiastic individuals who inspire the very highest standards of service and facilities throughout the UK meetings industry.
Casa Hotel owner, Steve Perez, commented, "This award..." READ MORE...
Police Investigate 'Inappropriate Behaviour' By Masseuse
Thursday 16th May 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing to anyone who has experienced inappropriate behaviour by a masseur in the area to come forward with information.
The appeal follows the arrest of a 61-year-old man after allegations of sexual offences against two women. One woman had visited the man at his home in Inkersall and the other at his salon in Chesterfield. One allegation relates to an incident in March and the second to an incident in April. Detective Sergeant Nick Marsden said: "Our investigation is at an early stage and the man has not been charged with any offence. However it is important that we make sure that we... READ MORE...
Local MP Speaks Of HS2 Concerns Voiced In Parliament
Thursday 16th May 2013 North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel says she's very worried sbout the impact of the proposed HS2 route - and has voiced her fears in Parliament.
Speaking in the Queen's Speech debate in Parliament on May 15th, Natascha set out her concerns about the Government's economic growth strategy in relation to High Speed 2, outlining her main concerns about how government policy has affected the daily lives of her constituents in Renishaw, Killamarsh and Staveley.
In her speech, Natascha criticised the Government... READ MORE...
Public Enquiry To Consider Wingerworth Housing Plans
Thursday 16th May 2013 An application to build over 50 homes in Wingerworth is to be considered by a public inquiry after the developers lodged a formal appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.
North East Derbyshire District Council's Planning Committee rejected proposals to build 51 homes on green land off Nethermoor Road and Deerlands Road in October 2012.
The authority ruled that the scheme would create a 'prominent intrusion' into the countryside and would not fit in with the wider development... READ MORE...
Brampton Manor's Body Transformation Challenge Triumph
Thursday 16th May 2013 Over the last 3 months, Brampton Manor Fitness And Leisure Centre has been helping those who accepted the challenge to Transform their bodies and lives for the better and it's been such a success, they're doing it all over again - this time, raising money for Ashgate Hospice!
The challenge has now ended with the winner named as Marie Collins, who, as the pictures show, has completed an amazing transformation during the 12 weeks.
Marie says, "I will start with a big 'thank you', to Matt for introducing this challenge to Brampton Manor and his effort and support..." READ MORE...
Two Boys Made To Clean Up Their Graffiti In Chesterfield
Thursday 16th May 2013
Two youngsters who admitted putting spray paint on lamp posts and a door have been made to clean up their graffiti.
The boys, aged 11 and nine, also agreed to pay for repairs to an electricity box which they had damaged on Forge Drive during the late evening on Thursday, April 11th.
PCSO Kirsty Handby, of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, said: "Graffiti and damage can ruin the appearance of an area, and makes it less pleasant for local residents." READ MORE...
Concerns Over Missing Bolsover Man
Wednesday 15th May 2013
Concerns are growing for the safety of John Stephen Porter who is missing from his home in Springfield Crescent, Bolsover.
Mr Porter, who is known as Stephen, was last seen by his sister at 1am yesterday (Tuesday May 14th) when he left her house in Bolsover. He was due to go on holiday with her later that day but didn't return.
His car, a silver Fiat Punto, was found at Carr Vale ponds, off Main Street in Bolsover, just before 8am yesterday. His phone was in the car. READ MORE...
Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre Nurse Celebrates Award
Wednesday 15th May 2013 Colleagues at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre have presented senior nurse Annette Ferguson with a Nurse of the Year Award for her contribution to improving the patient experience at the Care UK-run centre.
Annette has been caring for outpatients at the centre near Chesterfield for nine years. She was given the award as part of celebrations for International Nurses Day on Sunday 12th May, which commemorates the birth of Florence Nightingale.
Recognised for her ability to empathise with people and... READ MORE...
Stand Sponsors To Continue To Back The Blues
Wednesday 15th May 2013 Ahead of the 2013/14 campaign beginning and further to the recent announcement that local firm Spencers Solicitors are the new Community Stand sponsors, the Club are happy to announce that the existing Stand Sponsors have all agreed to sign an extension to their contracts.
Former National Lottery winner Karen Child, has re -signed a long-term deal and the south stand for home supporters will again be known as the 'Karen Child Stand'.
Karen said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my period of sponsorship at the Proact Stadium, so had no hesitation in wanting to continue..." READ MORE...
Get Wed At The Winding Wheel
Wednesday 15th May 2013 One of Chesterfield's premier venues is now licensed to hold wedding and civil partnership ceremonies.
The Winding Wheel, on Holywell Street, owned and run by Chesterfield Borough Council, is able to offer two alternative locations for the ceremony.
These are either in the elegant surroundings of the Ballroom, holding up to 200 guests, or in the Grand Auditorium, holding up to 400 guests. Ceremonies held in the auditorium have the added option of allowing the happy couple to get married on the stage. READ MORE...
Shirebrook Man Jailed After Being Caught With Knuckle Duster
Tuesday 14th May 2013 A man who was stopped by police and found to be carrying a knuckle duster has been jailed.
Wayne Evans, 28, was stopped in his car by officers on Alder Way, Shirebrook, on March 22nd, 2013. They found a knuckle duster in the car and Evans was arrested and charged with having an offensive weapon. Evans, of Hillcrest, Shirebrook, pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to four months in prison. He was given a further four months for breaching a suspended sentence imposed in March 2012 for production of cannabis. He was sentenced at a hearing at Derby Crown Court on Friday, May 3rd.
Two Countries, Two Visits, One Goal.
Tuesday 14th May 2013 As we reported last week, Staveley MWFC U13s hosted a big reunion last weekend - with a team they played a year ago in Aachen, Germany called S.C Grus-Weiss Lichtenbusch 1949 e.v.FC.
Lichtenbusch returned the favour this year, making their first trip to England to play the return fixture, with 57 in their party, aside from chief-organiser Jan Buchsteiner, the coaches and a few parents, they brought a 20 strong each U13/14 side and an U15/16 side.
But in this day and age of overpaid, over-pampered egos... READ MORE...
North Wingfield Park Climbing Frame Damaged Beyond Repair
Tuesday 14th May 2013 Police are appealing for information after a climbing frame at a park in North Wingfield was damaged beyond repair.
The equipment at the park off Blacks Lane, near the skate park, was damaged sometime between 4pm on Monday, April 29th and 12pm on Wednesday, May 5th.
It is thought that the bolts on the structure had been loosened and then pushed, causing the welding on the equipment to snap.
PCSO Dave Bull of the North Wingfield, Pilsley, Stonebroom... READ MORE...
Changes To Blue Bin Collections In Chesterfield
Tuesday 14th May 2013 The way residents need to put recycling materials in blue bins collected by Chesterfield Borough Council is to change.
The council is making the move following feedback from residents that they don't find the caddy in the blue bins big enough to put card and paper in.
Currently residents put glass bottles and jars in the main part of the bin along with all plastic packaging and tins and cans. Any card and paper goes in the caddy.
In the coming weeks residents will instead be asked to put card... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Police Appeal As They Investigate Man's Death
Monday 13th May 2013 Officers investigating the death of a man in Matlock are appealing for members of the public to contact them if they saw him in the hours before he collapsed.
Anthony Moulson, 43, was found by an officer in Church Street just before 7am on Wednesday, May 1st. He was taken to Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital, where he later died.
Police are now preparing a file for the coroner and are investigating the circumstances of his death. READ MORE...
Help Trading Standards Put A Stop To Scam Mail
Monday 13th May 2013 Residents plagued by scam mail are being urged to help the fight back against fake lotteries, get-rich-quick schemes and bogus prize draws.
Derbyshire County Council is holding an 11-day crackdown on scam letters, leaflets and flyers.
Its 'Scamnesty' is part of a national campaign led by the Trading Standards Institute to fight back against fraudsters causing misery to thousands of people nationwide. READ MORE...
Success For Chesterfield At National Tourism Awards
Monday 13th May 2013 Chesterfield has been voted Coach Friendly Town or City of the Year at the annual Coach Tourism Awards.
The national awards scheme - organised by trade magazine Coach Monthly, and hosted by television presenter and travel and tourism expert, Judith Chalmers - recognises excellence and innovation across the coach tourism industry and includes tourist destinations and attractions.
The award follows Chesterfield also being awarded coach friendly status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK in February. READ MORE...
Forwards Together Project Is Looking For Volunteer Support
Monday 13th May 2013 The 'Forwards Together Project' is funded by the Big Lottery in conjunction with the Daily Mail.
The aim of the project is to help older people with a visual impairment and their companions or carers to come to terms with sight loss and live their life-style of choice. This is done by introducing them to other older visually impaired people who have already overcome the obstacles posed by sight loss, and who want to share and discuss challenges, common problems and solutions.
Earlier in the year, Derby and Chesterfield launched their Forwards Together Peer Support Groups. There were introductory activities at both groups and everyone was happy to join in. READ MORE...
Charity Begins... On the Pitch!
Monday 13th May 2013 A team from Chesterfield Borough council will be donning their boots and taking to the pitch at the Proact Stadium this coming weekend, to raise valuable funds for a charity which has helped many colleagues in their battle against breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Care Trust is a national charity which offers vital information and support for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and along with a helpline and website, run many events to raise funds to help against the battle with the illness.
It also provides nursing care and support for ladies before and after.. READ MORE...
Appeal Over Damage At Allotments In Clay Cross
Monday 13th May 2013 Police in Clay Cross are appealing for information after a number of sheds were damaged on an allotment site.
Four sheds and a greenhouse were targeted at the gardens off Tranmere Avenue sometime overnight between Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th.
PCSO Charlotte Platts of the Clay Cross Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has been making local enquiries. She said: "It is quite upsetting to people who use the allotments to have the area spoiled by damage, so we'd urge anyone who knows anything about the incident to contact us. READ MORE...
Town Turns Out To See Mayor Parade To Civic Service
Sunday 12th May 2013 Hundreds of people lined the streets of Chesterfield yesterday to see the 373rd Mayor of the town, His Worship Cllr Paul Christopher Stone, parade from the Town Hall to the Crooked Spire during his Civic Service.
Dignitaries, including, The Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Cllr George Wharmby, Leader of the Council John Burrows and Chief Executive Huw Bowen, were also at the service which was officiated by The Reverend Canon Michael Knight and The Mayor's Chaplain for 2013 /14
During the service hymns including... READ MORE & VIDEO...
S Yorks Police Appeal To Help Locate Kamaron Behboubina
Friday 10th May 2013 We have been asked by South Yorkshire Police to share this appeal, as they ask for assistance to locate Kamaron Behboubina, a 26-year-old man who has been living in the Doncaster area of South Yorkshire.
Police want to speak to him in connection with an alleged serious sexual assault on a 21-year-old woman from Stainforth, Doncaster.
On Thursday, 18th April, 2013 the woman was walking home from Doncaster town centre at approximately 10.50pm after a night out. Whilst walking along Broxholme Lane, it is believed that she was approached and coerced... READ MORE...
ChildLine Offers Advice As Exam Pressure Builds
Friday 10th May 2013 ChildLine is reminding teenagers that help is available if they feel anxious or worried about exams.
Young people in Derbyshire will be amongst the millions of under 18s who will sit exams this summer. Last year, (2011/12), the ChildLine base in the East Midlands received 503 contacts from children and young people about exam pressure.
Ann Pulling, Area Manager for ChildLine in the East Midlands said: "The exam period can be a very stressful and anxious time for young people. We hear from lots of young people each year who are anxious, worried or panicking..." READ MORE...
Council Customer Service Centre Officially Opened
Friday 10th May 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council's customer service centre has been officially opened this morning by Toby Perkins MP, in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield.
The centre opened to customers in March, is in the council's former Revenues Hall at 85 New Square and follows a £300,000 refurbishment that took five months to complete.
However, the opening coincided with changes to the benefits system so, the 'official' opening was delayed until a quieter period. READ MORE...
Chesterfield's New Mayor, Cllr Paul Stone, Takes Office
Thursday 9th May 2013
Councillor Paul Christopher Stone will, this morning be waking up to his first full day as the 373rd Mayor of Chesterfield.
A lifelong resident of Chesterfield, Paul was born in Ashgate in 1968, and attended schools in Chesterfield before teaching martial arts. He also holds an equity card, and has appeared in such TV shows as Boon and The Upper Hand.
Last night, in the Council Chambers at the Town Hall, Paul was duly elected Mayor of Chesterfield for the year 2013/14. READ MORE...
3 Men Charged After 'Large' Amphetamine Factory Discovered
Thursday 9th May 2013 Three men have been charged after police discovered what they are calling a large amphetamine factory in Chesterfield.
The men, aged 45, 37 and 24 have been charged with conspiracy to produce amphetamine. The 37-year-old has also been charged with possessing amphetamine with the intent to supply, possessing GHB and possessing an offensive weapon. They are due to appear before magistrates in Chesterfield on Wednesday, May 22nd.
The men were arrested after police executed three warrants in January. They raided a house in Danesmoor and another in North Wingfield. READ MORE...
Trainers Stolen During Burglary At Chesterfield Shop
Thursday 9th May 2013 Police are appealing for information after several boxes of Adidas trainers were stolen from a shop in Chesterfield.
The incident happened just after midnight, in the early hours of Tuesday, May 7th at Slugger on West Bars.
Officers were alerted after the alarms were set off at the shop and a man, wearing a black and white hooded top, was seen running towards Markham Road.
Anyone with any information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Award Proves Sweet For Local 'Humbug' Hairdressers
Thursday 9th May 2013
The Good Salon Guide, the only independent guide to quality standards in hairdressing in the UK and Ireland, is delighted to announce that Humbug Hairdressing, Chesterfield, Derbyshire was recently awarded a 5 Star rating.
The Good Salon Guide is hairdressing's answer to the well known hotel and pub guides. Recognised salons are visited and objectively assessed by professional inspectors, giving the customer confidence in their choice. Salons are regularly reassessed to ensure standards are maintained. READ MORE...
"It's Been A Privilege" His Worship The Mayor Leaves Office
Thursday 9th May 2013
Yesterday saw the 373rd Mayor of Chesterfield take office, after being sworn in at a Council Meeting in the evening.
Cllr Paul Stone took the oath of office last night at the Council's annual meeting, assisted by Mrs Barbara Wallace as Mayoress.
Councillor Donald Parsons and his wife Diane have been Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield for the past year - a year which has taken in the Queen's Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Torch parade... READ MORE & VIDEO...
Upgrade To Council Phone And Computer Systems
Wednesday 8th May 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council is warning residents about some potential disruption to services while essential work is carried out to phone and computer systems.
The council's IT and phone systems will be unavailable from 11am to 1pm on Sunday 12th May while an essential upgrade is carried out.
The upgrade is required after a power surge in February caused major disruption to residents when phone lines and computer systems were unavailable. This will improve reliability of the systems in the future. READ MORE...
County Council's New Leader And Her Team Announced
Tuesday 7th May 2013 Derbyshire County Council's newly elected controlling group has announced its key appointments ahead of the authority's annual meeting on May 15th.
Council Leader, Councillor Anne Western - the first female leader of the authority - said the move marked a "fresh start for the council with new people and new portfolios to reflect their key priorities."
Labour regained control of the county council in last week's local elections after four years in opposition gaining 20 seats. Labour now has 43 seats... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Sees Red In Council Elections
Tuesday 7th May 2013 It was always going to be one to watch as Derbyshire went to the polls on Thursday to elect its 64 county councillors.
Having reverted to Conservative control in 2009 there was intense speculation that the council would prove to be an indicator of political opinion across the UK - with the political map containing 5 marginal seats which would need to be taken by Labour and this factor had led to various media outlets taking a specific interest in the county in the run up to the day itself.
And thus it proved, with Derbyshire swinging back from blue to red... READ MORE...
Large Local Employer Creates New Job Roles
Tuesday 7th May 2013 Rykneld Homes has created a number of new jobs to strengthen their current workforce, in order to help them continue to deliver excellent housing and maintenance services to council homes across North East Derbyshire.
The full time, permanent jobs include plasterers, painter and decorators, estate caretakers and cleaning operatives.
Rykneld Homes, who are based at Wingerworth in Chesterfield, manage and maintain 8,200 homes for North East Derbyshire District Council. READ MORE...
Barlborough NHS Centre To Mark International Nurses Day
Tuesday 7th May 2013 Nurses at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre are eagerly anticipating International Nurses Day on Sunday 12th May.
An event this Friday (10th May), will see the centre announce the winner of it's annual Nurse of the Year Award, which is given to the nurse who colleagues vote as having made the biggest difference to the patient experience during the past 12 months.
International Nurses Day commemorates the birth of Florence Nightingale in 1820. This year, the Royal College of Nursing is calling for people to share their stories about what makes nursing special, with a dedicated website... READ MORE...
Love Your Local Market
Tuesday 7th May 2013 Chesterfield is taking part in the love your Local Market campaign.
The town centre market, operated by Chesterfield Borough Council, is taking part in the national campaign led by the National Association of British Market Authorities from 23rd - 27th May.
The campaign aims to attract new market traders. During the week, the council will offer new traders the opportunity to trade for £10 (terms and conditions apply). The council also aims to highlight the vital role the market plays... READ MORE...
FREE Travel On Chesterfield Buses!
Tuesday 7th May 2013 Bus passengers in parts of Chesterfield can benefit from FREE travel as part of a new month-long scheme to get more people using public transport.
Stagecoach in Chesterfield is offering a FREE week's travel on Service 80, between Wingerworth and Chesterfield town centre, and a FREE day's travel on services 25, 50 and 50A which operate between New Whittington and Chesterfield until June 2nd.
Service 80 runs from Wingerworth into Chesterfield town centre every 30 minutes during the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays. READ MORE...
Staveley Juniors Welcome German Juniors This Weekend
Tuesday 7th May 2013 After Somersall Rangers U12's team played a last minute fixture arranged against S.C Grus-Weiss Lichtenbusch 1949 e.v.FC - on a 4 day football tour in Holland and Germany last May, lasting friendships were built after one enjoyable afternoon of football and BBQs in the sun in Aachen, Germany.
After that one game, Jan Buchsteiner, one of the Coaches atS.C Grus-Weiss Lichtenbusch has kept in touch with that team - now Staveley MWFC U13's (Sheffield League) side - and after many emails during the interim period - has arranged to play some fixtures in return, here in Chesterfield. READ MORE...
And The Counting Begins...
Friday 3rd May 2013 Yesterday, you had your say on services throughout the county as Derbyshire went to the polls, with a total of 266 candidates canvassing to be elected for one of 64 seats on Derbyshire County Council.
Once elected they will be responsible for decisions on a range of areas, including schools, roads and police services within the county. They will be responsible for 770,000 residents whilst managing a budget of £525.3 million.
Currently the Conservatives hold Derbyshire - having taken 33 seats in 2009, with turnout logged at 38%. READ MORE...
A Step Back In Time For Chesterfield Market
Friday 3rd May 2013 Chesterfield proved yesterday that it didn't need a Tardis or Marty McFly to go back in time as it got 'groovy' at it's sixties market.
In fantastic weather the event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council,saw the usual flea market traders dressed in vintage sixties costumes with tie-dye shirts and mini skirts galore.
A variety of sixties-themed entertainment helped to make the event swing, including local band, Highly Strung, who played sixties music throughout the event, a Human Jukebox where shoppers chose sixties songs played on a... READ MORE...
Road Opening To Create Jobs
Wednesday 1st May 2013
Traffic is now using a new road which opens up further land for jobs creation at Derbyshire's flagship regeneration site.
Derbyshire County Council is investing over £70 million laying the foundations to drive long-term employment opportunities at Markham Vale which is just off the purpose-built junction 29A of the M1.
A number of high profile companies have settled on the site's already developed eastern section. READ MORE...
Boxing Clever... Life After OzBox!
Wednesday 1st May 2013 Six young people who train with Derbyshire Constabulary's OzBox team have gone on to win bouts as amateur boxers.
The four young men and two young women have been working with OzBox, which is a non-contact, boxing-based fitness scheme, for a number of years.
In recent weeks they have all got in the ring for competitive bouts and all six were victorious. 18 year olds Kieran Carte, James Drury, Lewis Hopkinson and Elizabeth Allcock along with 15 year old Jade Ashmore and 21 year old Ben Gore all triumphed during the bouts held across Derbyshire. READ MORE...
Staffing Restructure At College Will Mean Redundancies
Tuesday 30th April 2013 Chesterfield College has confirmed a staffing restructure which will result in a number of redundancies.
The Chesterfield Post interviewed College Principal Trevor Clay, who explained, "We have entered into a period of consultation with recognised unions together with communicating to all staff the reasons for our proposals so we can listen, discuss and respond to any alternative suggestions.
"Last year, through a voluntary redundancy scheme, we were able to largely avoid the need for compulsory redundancies." READ MORE & AUDIO...
Lisa Dunks, 40 on Tuesday 30th April 2013
Happy Birthday Lisa!
Best wishes from Mum, Dad, Harry, Brian and all your family and friends xxx
Hope you have a fantastic day.
Votes For Women!
Monday 29th April 2013
The struggle of the women's suffrage movement is being brought to life in a special event at Chesterfield Museum.
'Votes for Women' takes place at the Chesterfield Borough Council run attraction on Saturday 4 May.
Between 10am and 4pm, professional re-enactors will take on the roles of a suffragette and a policeman to explore the struggles in the campaign for the right of women to vote before the First World War. READ MORE...
Friends Of Spital Cemetery Thank 1st Calow Scouts For Help
Monday 29th April 2013
One local charitable group has praised the efforts of another for their help in making the environment better for local wildlife.
The Friends of Spital Cemetery would like to give the 1st Calow (St Peter's) Scout group a big 'thank you' for their help in building and putting up various bird boxes in the Cemetery.
On Sunday the 14th April, various bird boxes were placed around the cemetery, including those for Owls, bats and robins, along with... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Parents Urged To Help Keep Measles Cases Low
Friday 26th April 2013 Parents are being urged to help keep the number of measles cases in Derbyshire low by making sure their children get the MMR vaccination.
There have been just two cases of measles in the county this year but public health professionals are urging parents to check their child's vaccination records and take urgent action if they are not up to date.
Derbyshire has a strong MMR vaccination record with 94% of two-year-olds and 93% of five-year-olds vaccinated - comparing well with the national... READ MORE...
Autoworld Batting Clever With 2013 Cricket News Sponsorship
Friday 26th April 2013 The Chesterfield Post are pleased to announce that Autoworld Chesterfield are the new sponsors for our expanded coverage this season of newly promoted Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Having won the LV= County Championship Division 2 title last season, Derbyshire CCC have lots to look forward to in Division One this year - along with the Falcons' one day games in the Friends Life T20 and Yorkshire Bank 40 - after a busy Winter recruiting, developing and touring.
Judith Barcroft, Marketing and Communications Manager... READ MORE...
Three Land Rovers Seized During Holymoorside Police Checks
Wednesday 24th April 2013 Three Land Rovers have been seized by police during checks in Holymoorside to help target and raise awareness of 4x4 thefts.
Officers from the Wingerworth and Rural Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team joined forces with HMRC for the operation on Sunday, April 21st.
The operation was set up following a number of thefts in the North East Derbyshire area. Since the start of March, four 4x4 vehicles have been reported stolen in the area. In the most recent incident, a Land Rover 90 was stolen from Cartledge Lane at Holmesfield on Tuesday, April 16th. READ MORE...
AMRC Invites Local Manufacturing & Engineering Companies
Wednesday 24th April 2013 Destination Chesterfield, the town's marketing campaign, is offering Chesterfield and North Derbyshire's manufacturing and engineering businesses the opportunity to become involved with The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, a world-class centre for advanced machining and materials research for high-value manufacturing sectors.
Information on how to get involved, as well the latest funding and training opportunities across the region, will be presented by the campaign's Manufacturing and Engineering Forum, which is holding its next event at the... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Welcomes Back An Old Friend For Arts Festival
Wednesday 24th April 2013 A former fixture in the Chesterfield streets makes a nostalgic return home as part of the first Chesterfield Community Arts Festival organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.
Chesterfield 8 horse-drawn tram owned by the Science Museum, which is usually on display at the Crich Tramway Village, will make its appearance on Saturday 4th May. Built in 1899 for the Chesterfield - Brampton route, this was one of the last horse-drawn trams to be built in the United Kingdom.
Curator Laura Waters said "We're excited to have the opportunity..." READ MORE...
Derbyshire NSPCC - 'Child Abuse Must Stop Before It Starts'
Tuesday 23rd April 2013 Fewer children are dying as a result of homicide, assault or suicide today, but disturbing levels of child abuse remain according to a new report from the NSPCC.
The children's charity, which runs local services to support vulnerable children and their families in Derbyshire, is calling for a new approach to child protection aimed at stopping child abuse and maltreatment before it starts.
According to 'How Safe are our Children', for every child in the UK subject to a protection plan or on child protection registers, another eight have... READ MORE...
More Money To Help Children Find Families
Tuesday 23rd April 2013 The number of adoptive families for children in care is to be boosted with the help of £990,180 grant funding for Derbyshire County Council.
The money is coming from a £200m Government grant for local authorities to increase adoption recruitment. Derbyshire will receive the ring-fenced funding to be used specifically to recruit adoptive parents and place children who are waiting for families.
Ian Thomas, Derbyshire County Council's Strategic Director for Children and Younger Adults, welcomed the extra money. READ MORE...
Miners Invited To Shape Lasting Legacy Of Area's Coal History
Tuesday 23rd April 2013 Former miners and their families are invited to the latest event to help shape an exciting new artwork to mark their area’s coal producing history.
Students at Netherthorpe School in Staveley are hosting a drop-in session to collect memorabilia and memories on Saturday, April 27th from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. It will help shape a new artwork at Derbyshire County's flagship regeneration site, Markham Vale.
The county council is investing £77m in the site with the long-term... READ MORE...
Rykneld Homes Family Fun Day At The Proact A Big Hit
Monday 22nd April 2013 A family fun day at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield was a big hit with local residents.
The free event, hosted by Rykneld Homes, who manage the housing stock for North East Derbyshire District Council, was attended by over 400 council tenants during the recent Easter break.
Children took part in football coaching, an Extreme Wheels mobile skate and BMX park, mini tennis and cheerleading taster sessions plus tours of the Stadium. There was also plenty for the grown-ups to enjoy... READ MORE...
Easier Access For Patients At Whittington Medical Centre
Monday 22nd April 2013 Getting in to see a Doctor or Nurse at Whittington Medical Centre has become easier since two ramps were built and automatic doors were installed.
Improving access to the surgery has been funded by a grant - via the former Derbyshire County PCT - made late last year.
On approaching the main entrance up the ramp, which has easy-to-reach rails, the doors automatically open. Once inside, the inner waiting room door opens once you have pressed an easy to reach square 'button'. READ MORE...
Can You Help Us Trace Don Fawcett's Old Shipmate?
Monday 22nd April 2013 We recently received a letter from a gentleman currently living in Portsmouth named Don Fawcett, who is trying to find an ex-colleague of his from the Royal Navy.
Don wrote, "I belong to a group of ex-sailors who joined the Royal Navy in January 1964. We are now planning to organise a 50th Anniversary Reunion of joining. I have been given the task of tracking down several of their whereabouts.
"One of the lads came originally from Chesterfield and I wondered if you might publish his details (as I recall them), to see if I can make contact..." READ MORE...
Join St George For A Late Full English!
Monday 22nd April 2013 What better way to celebrate St George's Day than with that great culinary tradition, the Full English Breakfast?
But if you're one of the millions who now claim they're too busy for a sit down meal at daybreak, you can still tuck into the full works a little later in the day with the team at The Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley.
The Devonshire Arms will be celebrating St George's Day tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23rd, by serving a Full English from 5pm to 9pm. And in proper Devonshire Arms style, the meal will not just be English, but sourced locally too! READ MORE...
Alcohol Seized During Police Patrols In Bolsover
Saturday 20th April 2013 Police in Bolsover have seized booze from underage drinkers as part of their patrols to target anti-social behaviour.
The alcohol was seized during patrols by the Bolsover and Shuttlewood Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team to help target anti-social behaviour on Friday, April 5th.
Letters are being sent to the parents of the four youngsters to inform them of the issue and to warn that the youngsters could face further action if they are found with alcohol for a second time. READ MORE...
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...
Police Appeal After Five Burglaries On Same Langwith Street
Friday 19th April 2013 Police investigating five burglaries that took place on the same street in the Langwith area are appealing for information.
Five homes on Dale Close were burgled between Thursday, March 28th and Saturday, March 30th, with most of the break-ins happening on Friday evening.
Thieves broke into a house on Dale Close, at 10pm on Friday, March 29th through a ground floor window and stole cash and personal documents.
Between 9am on Thursday, March 28th and 2.45pm on Saturday... READ MORE...
EMAS - Recognising The Best In The Service....
Friday 19th April 2013 East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) hosted Awards where nine winners have been crowned, in a ceremony which aimed to recognise ambulance service staff and volunteers who are the pride of the NHS.
East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust's (EMAS) first ever 'Values and Recognition Awards' were held at the Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham, yesterday evening (Thursday 18th April) at 6pm.
The event was made possible by the generosity of local businesses who offered sponsorship and donations, and the EMAS Charitable Trust. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Scout Group Hits The Jackpot!
Friday 19th April 2013 A traditional scout troop from Chesterfield has received a funding boost, thanks to players of a charity lottery.
The 1st/2nd Derbyshire Scout Troop of the European Scout Federation was awarded £10,000 by People's Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery.
The scouts have used the money to replace their ageing minibus ahead of a trip to the Netherlands this summer for a European jamboree. The bus is used by all members and sections of the group including Otters, Cubs, Scouts & Rovers. READ MORE...
4 New Apprentices To Be Hired By Derbyshire County Council
Thursday 18th April 2013 Four new apprenticeships are on offer from Derbyshire County Council, two based in Ripley and two based in Chesterfield.
The apprenticeships are in Business Administration and will start in June 2013. The apprenticeships are ideal for young people who want to develop their skills and knowledge in a real-life working environment.
The council's apprenticeship scheme is delivered in partnership with Learning Unlimited and forms part of the council's on-going drive to create 500 apprenticeship places by 2016. Applicants have until 28th April 2013 to apply... READ MORE...
Arrests After Alleged Clothing Bin Offences
Thursday 18th April 2013 Two men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud offences after police found 40 clothing bins in three different counties allegedly being falsely advertised as collecting for charity.
The men, aged 48 and 53-years-old, were arrested in Carr Vale, Bolsover, yesterday (Wednesday, April 17th). Searches were also carried out at both of their houses.
Both men were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and the 48-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of drugs offences. They have been released on bail pending further inquiries. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Bus Company Drives Increased Bus Use
Thursday 18th April 2013 Stagecoach in Chesterfield is joining forces with sustainable transport group Greener Journeys to promote the benefits of bus use through the UK's first ever 'Catch the Bus Week'.
The initiative, which will run for a week from 29th April, will see Stagecoach in Chesterfield encourage local people to ditch their cars in favour of taking the bus.
Throughout the week, Stagecoach will highlight the environmental and financial benefits of using the bus more often and is carrying out a programme of promotional activities across the area, to encourage people to give the bus a try. READ MORE...
More Than £1Million Taken From Criminals In Derbyshire
Wednesday 17th April 2013 More than £1.3million was stripped from criminals in Derbyshire during the last year under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The latest figures released by Derbyshire Police show that between April 1st, 2012 and the end of March 2013 more than £25,000 per week in cash and other assets was removed from offenders.
The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) gives police and other investigating agencies the power to take criminals to court to recover the wealth people have made by committing crime such as drug dealing or selling stolen property. READ MORE...
Ilkeston Soldier Tasha Securing Helmand With Springer Sam
Wednesday 17th April 2013 An Ilkeston soldier has deployed to Afghanistan to provide security for her patrol base armed with Sam, a four-year old Springer spaniel.
Private Natasha Ward, 20, a Vehicle Search Dog Handler in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, is serving in Patrol Base Folad, Helmand Province.
Along with Sam, Pte Ward, known as Tasha, is responsible for searching any non-military vehicles which enter the patrol base. Sam uses his heightened sense of smell to search for arms and explosives which could be hidden... READ MORE...
Tools Stolen From Sheds At Chesterfield Allotment Site
Wednesday 17th April 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a number of sheds were broken into on an allotment site.
Tools and gardening equipment were stolen from the sheds at St. Augustines Allotment Gardens on St. Augustines Avenue, sometime between Monday, April 1st and Friday, April 5th.
A shed in the garden of a property on St. Augustines Mount was also targeted between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday, April 3rd. A lawn mower and a strimmer were stolen. READ MORE...
Mercian Regiment To Be Presented With New Colours
Tuesday 16th April 2013 The Mercian Regiment is to be presented with new Colours for the first time at a historic parade this summer. The 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment has close links with - and recruits from - Chesterfield.
Colours are only presented every 25 years and this will be the first time that all four battalions of the regiment have been on parade at the same time to receive new Colours.
The Mercian Regiment was formed in 2007 through the merger of three single battalion regiments... READ MORE...
Chesterfield FC To Review CCTV Footage From Bradford Game
Tuesday 16th April 2013 Chesterfield officials will review CCTV footage from Saturday's game at home to Bradford City after several fans entered the field of play.
Several fans were ejected from the stadium and stewards prevented a number of others from going onto the pitch. This action prevented the problem from escalating.
Chesterfield stadium manager Colin Nellist said: "CCTV footage will be studied - as it is after every match - and the evidence will be used to take appropriate action against anyone found guilty of breaking the law." READ MORE...
Local BHS Stores Smash Easter Fundraising Target For NSPCC
Tuesday 16th April 2013 The NSPCC is pleased to announce that local BHS stores in Derbyshire have helped raise £815 for the NSPCC during an Easter week extravaganza to support the children’s charity.
Staff at the BHS stores in Derby and Chesterfield took part in a variety of fundraising activities including a sponsored non-uniform day (go green day), Easter bunny raffle and a cake bake.
In total, BHS stores across the UK raised over a fantastic £104,454 over the Easter week, from Friday 29th March to Saturday 6th April. Since 2008, BHS has raised over £1.2 million for the NSPCC and have committed to continue to raise money and make a difference through 2013/2014. READ MORE...
Missing Chesterfield Man Found Safe
Monday 15th April 2013
A man missing from his home in Chesterfield has been found in Lancashire.
As we reported, Neil Burgar, 52, (pictured left) was reported missing from his Danesmoor home on March 28th.
Derbyshire police were alerted on Friday, April 12th that Mr Burgar had been found safe the Chorley area of Lancashire.
Karen Johnson, 21 again on Monday 15th April 2013
Happy Birthday Karen!
Happy Birthday from Millie, Matt, Ben and Becky and
all your Family and Friends xxxx Hope you have a wonderful day!
Will Tomlinson, 13 on Sunday 14th April 2013
Happy Birthday Will!
Happy Birthday from Mum, Dad, Lauren and The Iggster! Family, Friends and all at Staveley MWFC U13s xxxx Hope you have a great day!
Burglar Jailed After Breaking Into House In Chesterfield
Thursday 11th April 2013 A burglar who was caught after a postman spotted him in the act and called police has been jailed.
Craig Mawby was sentenced to 32 months in prison after admitting breaking into a house on Rothervale Road, Chesterfield, on March 26th, 2013.
Mawby, 30, was seen breaking into the house at around 10am by the local postman who dialled 999. The thief then left the house after stealing cash. The postman followed him and stayed on the phone to police so officers could be directed to Mawby who was arrested nearby. READ MORE...
Join Chesterfield FC In Helping Arthritis Research UK
Thursday 11th April 2013 Based in Chesterfield, Arthritis Research UK work to take the pain away from the one in six people in the UK living with arthritis.
By funding high-quality research and providing information on all different types of arthritis, Arthritis Reserach UK help the ten million people living with arthritis in the UK to remain active.
Join them this weekend at the Proact Stadium for the match against Bradford City on Saturday 13th April, as Chesterfield FC are fully behind Arthritis Reserach UK in trying to help increase their vital funds and awareness... READ MORE...
Hot Fingers Point To A Great Night At The Whitwell Centre
Thursday 11th April 2013 People are talking and we don't like it! Keep mum!
Word has it on the streets that April 26th will see Whitwell Centre turned into Fat Sam's Speakeasy, complete with fun casino, gangsters, flappers, art deco refurb, moonshine and music from the era which will be supplied by the unbelievably cool HOT FINGERS BAND, secured at a reasonable rate following short negotiations.
You are invited to pay your respects to Fat Sam following his untimely demise and to the Hot Fingers Band. Vintage 1920's - 1930's dress is optional, but an offer you can't refuse, as it will add to the atmosphere of the evening... READ MORE...
Baltic Crossing - In Demand And In Chesterfield. Twice!
Thursday 11th April 2013 Baltic Crossing is a fantastic five-piece band made up of young traditional musicians from Finland, Denmark and the UK. Wherever they meet, at least one must cross the Baltic Sea - hence their name - and they are appearing twice in Chesterfield in the space of a few days!
They have played at big festivals such as Womad. and they became the first folk music group to be selected for the ECHO Rising Stars recitals, where young talented performers were hand-picked to play at some of the world's most famous venues.
The band's excellent blend of fiery folk music, dynamic stage... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Community Pub Set To Re-open Tomorrow
Thursday 11th April 2013 The Holme Hall Inn (formerly, the Holmebrook Tavern) is set to have its grand re-opening on Friday 12th April after a major joint investment of £200,000 by new licensees Embankment Inns Ltd and owners Punch Taverns, one of the UK's leading pub companies and as a result, approximately 15 new jobs have been created.
Inside, the pub has been completely redecorated in a contemporary style throughout.
The pub, which has always been well-known for its sports facilities, will now screen Sky Sports and provide free WiFi. More notably, the dining area... READ MORE...
Police Appeal As Prisoner Absconds From HM Prison Sudbury
Wednesday 10th April 2013 Police are appealing for information after a prisoner from the Sheffield area failed to return to HMP Sudbury on Tuesday 9th April 2013.
Andrew Bailey (pictured) was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court in June 2007 to an indeterminate sentence for attempted robbery. He is 41-years-old and described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of thin build, with short brown hair, blue eyes and a northern accent. He is from the Sheffield area. Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of this man is asked not to approach him but to immediately contact their local police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Cook Me The Money's Chesterfield Episode
Wednesday 10th April 2013 Back In Spetember, we ran a story of a new ITV1 show visiting town "Cook me The Money" with Adam Shaw. Today's episode on ITV1 at 2pm is Chesterfield's turn to shine! Don't miss it.
ORIGINAL STORY - TV crews were in Chesterfield town centre yesterday, filming for a new ITV cooking show, due to air on our screens in the New Year.
Shoppers and residents, including the Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Donald Parsons, were asked to sample food cooked by three teams from around the country, with the winner taking the day's takings. The teams were... READ MORE...
Red Noses And Big Smiles At The Devonshire Arms
Wednesday 10th April 2013 The team at award winning pub and restaurant, The Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley, put a smile on customers' faces as they raised more than £500 for Comic Relief.
Head chef Tom Lawson, sous chef Craig Middleton, junior chef Simon Maw and commis chef Jodi Wilson competed against each other in a Great British Menu style competition, to create a series of dishes that were served at a special Red Nose Day dinner.
To support the charity, 50p from the sale of every starter and... READ MORE...
Survey Says ... Derbyshire's Roads Are Some Of the Best!
Tuesday 9th April 2013 A new survey revealing the areas of Britain hit hardest by potholes, highlights Derbyshire as one of the best places to drive.
Derbyshire County Council has welcomed the survey, published in The Sunday Times, which showed that only 4.4% of drivers have claimed for pothole-related damage compared with up to 10% of motorists in some parts of the UK.
The report ranks Derbyshire among the 15 best areas in the UK for road surface condition, even though motorists are three times more likely to damage their cars in the North of the country than in the South as a result of hitting a pothole. READ MORE...
Man Arrested After Eckington Incident
Tuesday 9th April 2013 At 7.42pm last night, Monday April 8th, police were called to an incident on Chesterfield Road in Eckington.
A resident had returned home to find her windows smashed and front door damaged. She immediately phoned the police and when officers arrived, they found a man inside the house who refused to come out. He was threatening to harm himself and had access to knives within the house so there was concern for his safety.
After 3 hours of negotiation the man, aged 47, who is known to the resident, gave himself up and was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. He sustained a minor wrist injury during the incident but didn't need hospital treatment. He remains in custody this morning. The road was closed until 11.30pm as a precaution.
Give A Dog A Home For Guide Dogs
Tuesday 9th April 2013 Guide Dogs for the Blind are currently seeking homes for 500 puppies! But these four legged friends don't require food, water, vet's appointments or grooming, they just need to be fed with coins and emptied regularly...
The dogs are, in fact, Guide Dog's new delivery of collecting boxes and they are appealing for local shops and business to find a home for them. The dogs are key to the charity's fundraising efforts as it receives no statutory funding form the government or any other body and is reliant upon the generosity of donors and legacies. READ MORE...
Man Charged After Sexual Assault In Chesterfield
Monday 8th April 2013 A man has been charged in connection with a sexual assault on a 35-year-old woman in Chesterfield last week.
The assault took place on Brimington Road at about 3.45am on Thursday, March 28th. A 31-year-old man was arrested in Alfreton on Thursday April 4th and charged with rape.
He appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Saturday April 6th. He has been remanded in custody and will next appear at Derby Crown Court on Friday, April 19th.
Applications For Derbyshire School Governors Welcome
Monday 8th April 2013 Members of the public interested in making a positive contribution to children's education are being urged to apply for a position as school governor.
With around 370,000 governor places in England, it is the largest volunteer force in the country and Derbyshire County Council is encouraging people across the county to apply for a position.
Anyone who cares about improving education for children and can work as part of a team to raise standards can apply to be a school governor - qualifications are not required. READ MORE...
Bring Your Product To Chesterfield Market With First Pitch
Monday 8th April 2013 Young entrepreneurs in the borough have the chance to start their business thanks to Chesterfield Borough Council and the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF).
Chesterfield Market is taking part in First Pitch, a national market trader start-up scheme from the NMTF.
The scheme aims to encourage young entrepreneurs to make their mark in the market and start a successful business on one of the UK's 1,400 retail markets and is open to anyone over 16 years of age not currently trading on a market. READ MORE...
Claire's Fund Raising Success For Red Nose Day And UNICEF
Monday 8th April 2013
Claire's, based in Chesterfield's Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, raised £321.00 for Comic Relief back in March.
They donated £2.00 from every ear-piercing they carried out plus their sales of Comic Relief merchandise.
Manager, Chris Anderson (pictured) said: "We are delighted with the response from our customers for a very worthy cause and would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved." READ MORE...
Film Review - Spring Breakers
Monday 8th April 2013 by John Morgan Back in 1995, a young Harmony Korine deservedly earned plaudits for his screenplay for the controversial, convention challenging and groundbreaking 'Kids', arguably one of the most important movies of the 90s and perhaps the most realistic portrayal of teenage (im)maturity, attitudes and character ever seen on screen.
Almost twenty years later, Korine delves back into the world of the American Teenager with 'Spring Breakers'; a cool, sexy, visually stunning and vibrant film about four girls who take letting loose on their annual Spring Break vacation to a whole new level. 'Kids' this is not... READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 48
Monday 8th April 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!
Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...
Chesterfield Man Deploys To Afghanistan For Fifth Time
Friday 5th April 2013 A local man, born and bred in Chesterfield, is currently deploying on what will be his fifth tour of Afghanistan with the local infantry regiment, 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment.
Sergeant John Herberts, 32, has just deployed on his final tour of Afghanistan and is using his previous experience to train many of thousands of incoming troops as British units changeover in the region. He will be making sure that British troops are as well prepared and trained as possible to take up their roles in Afghanistan.
The training is the final element of Afghanistan specific training... READ MORE...
War Veteran Seeks Ex-Comrades. Can You Help?
Friday 5th April 2013 We have been contacted by veteran Sidney Harvey (aka 'Steaky') who spent some time in Chesterfield during the war to see if we can help trace any of his former comrades who would have served with him in the 14th Army Signals (formerly the 4th North Midlands Corps Royal Signals).
Sidney is now 94 and has fond memories of his time in the town. His letter to us reads: "During the early days of the war I was posted to 4th North Midland Corps Royal Signals, an Ex Territorial Army Unit, based in Chesterfield.
"At that time, I was the only 'Southerner' in the unit and I was..." READ MORE...
Dronfield Foundry Fined After Worker Suffers Multiple Injuries
Friday 5th April 2013 A Derbyshire foundry has been fined after an employee suffered multiple injuries when he was hit by a steel bar weighing 1.6 tonnes.
Dennis Hibberd, 61 of Dronfield, was working at Padley & Venables Ltd, in Dronfield, when the nine-metre long bar, and the steel barrow it was travelling on, fell as it was being pushed from one part of the site to another by a tow truck.
He broke both legs and his pelvis, crushed his right foot and also damaged his left knee in the incident on 12th April 2011. He had to have three operations and was in hospital for ten weeks. He only recently returned to work at the company on a part-time basis. READ MORE...
Dare You Tackle The 'Beast Of Bolsover'?
Friday 5th April 2013 History, heritage and the 'Beast of Bolsover' will help put a spring in the step of those taking part in a Walking Festival featuring a murder, a Crooked Spire and an appletree knoll.
The 'Beast' of a walk is a 20 mile hike round Bolsover passing historic houses along the way and taking its title from the fearsome nickname of local MP and keen walker, Dennis Skinner.
There's something for everyone, from a one mile toddle for families and young children, to a longer stroll for less seasoned walkers, up to a... READ MORE...
Victory Road Fire Tragedy - Derbyshire Services Speak Out
Thursday 4th April 2013 Three people convicted of the manslaughter of 6 children in a house fire in Derby in May last year, have been sentenced.
Michael and Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were sentenced by Judge Mrs Justice Kate Thirlwall at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday, April 4th).
Michael Philpott was sentenced to life and will serve a minimum of 15 years before being considered for parole.
Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were both jailed for 17 years. READ MORE...
Apprenticeship Opportunities Expanded
Thursday 4th April 2013 Young people looking for career opportunities still have time to apply for places on Derbyshire County Council’s apprenticeship scheme.
The authority has placed more than 100 apprenticeships since the initiative launched at the beginning of last year - but the deadline for two apprenticeship places in business administration in Matlock and recycling promotions in Darley Dale has been extended.
Delivered in partnership with Learning Unlimited, the new placements are part of the council's on-going drive to create 500 apprenticeship places by 2016. READ MORE...
Police Concern For Missing Clay Cross Man, Neil Burgar
Wednesday 3rd April 2013 Police are concerned for the safety of a 52-year-old man reported missing from his home in Chesterfield.
Neil Burgar (pictured left) was reported missing from his home in The Fairways, Danesmoor, by his ex-partner on Thursday, March 28th. He contacted his ex-partner via email on March 21st, but he has not been seen or heard from since. Mr Burgar is white, around 5ft 8in tall, of average build, with short brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number, 101.
Annual Service Of Remembrance For Bereaved Parents
Wednesday 3rd April 2013 The Chesterfield Royal Hospital is holding its annual service of remembrance for parents who have lost their children.
The service is organised and led by the Chesterfield Birth Centre co-ordinators, paediatrics, the neonatal unit, women's health unit and the hospital chaplain as part of the ongoing support for families who have lost babies and children through miscarriage, stillbirth, illness or accident.
The service has been running each year since the early 90s and always takes place on the Sunday after the Easter weekend, falling this year on Sunday April 7th. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Royal's Triple A Screening Saves Mens Lives
Wednesday 3rd April 2013 The Chesterfield Royal Hospital is urging men to accept a screening invitation that could save their life.
Two general assistants in Imaging have re-trained to lead the Triple A Screening Programme to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms in men. Invitations are sent out when they reach 65 years of age.
Helen Hearnshaw and Brendan Ledward have spearheaded the Royal's involvement in the National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme, in partnership with the Royal Derby Hospital, since April last year and the programme is due to rolled out nationally this month. Travelling around the whole of North Derbyshire with a portable ultrasound machine, the pair hold clinics in various hospitals and GP... READ MORE...
Celebration Evening To Aid NE Derbys Charity DLRAA Appeal
Wednesday 3rd April 2013 People in North East Derbyshire are being invited to enjoy a fund-raising evening of entertainment next month, in aid of a local air ambulance charity.
Cllr Ken Savidge, Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council, is to host the black tie celebration evening in aid of his 2012/13 charity appeal for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).
Tickets are still available for the event, which is being held on Friday 3rd May at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield. READ MORE...
'Casting Call' To Budding Local Actors By Impact Films
Tuesday 2nd April 2013 Budding actors from across the North of England are being sought for an exciting new venture by a dynamic Yorkshire video production and marketing company.
Impact Films Ltd, one of the North's burgeoning high quality video and film production companies, is issuing an urgent casting call for its first major entertainment feature film. Impact has already established itself within the corporate and legal sector in the North of England as a producer of quality films tailored to suit the business market.
And while Executive Producer Simon Gamble says corporate filming will remain a main strand of the business, the company is set to start shooting its first entertainment 'short' film this spring and summer. READ MORE...
Life Is Sweet In Chesterfield
Monday 1st April 2013 Mid-day now - so sorry, APRIL FOOL (if you hadn't already guessed it!!!
Once known as the home of one of the biggest sweet makers in the UK, Chesterfield looks set to return to former glories with news this morning that a "Sweet Hotel" is to open next year.
In what's believed to be the first independent venture of this nature in England, Chesterfield's very own 'Willy Wonka-esque' establishment will see a 100 bedroom hotel built on a site adjacent to the football ground, alongside... READ MORE...
The Trades Hub - Ready To Build Foundations In Chesterfield
Friday 29th March 2013 On the 5th April, The Chesterfield Trades Hub will be launching their first construction networking event at the Proact Stadium from 2.00 pm.
Uniquely being a trades only networking organization, The Trades Hub is launching in association with Recon Electrical Wholesale with the sole aim to help local trades people to pass work, meet new trade contacts and to learn the secrets of marketing.
Having been in business for years 17 in Chesterfield and a member of The Derbyshire Trusted Traders Scheme, Russ Gratton of Recon Electrical who will be hosting the Hub, knows first hand how business can be tough for trades people. READ MORE...
New Shirebrook School Building Will Leave Pupils 'Awestruck'
Friday 29th March 2013 The principal of a Shirebrook school which is about to move into its new £27m building says pupils will be "awestruck" when they start there next term.
Julie Bloor, principal of Shirebrook Academy, described the building, which is just yards from its current site in Common Lane, as "exceeding all our expectations" when she paid her latest visit to it this week.
It has taken developers nearly two years to build the new school, which will see the 700-pupil Academy co-locating with Stubbin Wood special school... READ MORE...
Local Vet Warns Of Spread Of Deadly Dog Disease Across UK
Friday 29th March 2013 Local veterinary surgeon and partner for Chesterfield Vets4Pets Jenny Cartwright, is warning dog owners to be on the lookout for a potentially fatal disease caused by infection from the lungworm parasite (Angiostrongylus vasorum).
Last year's damp summer and mild winter conditions have proved ideal for slug and snail populations, leading experts to warn of a continued spread of lungworm in the UK.
A study by the RVCi shows that lungworm is spreading beyond... READ MORE...
Police Warn To Beware Of Rogue Traders
Wednesday 27th March 2013 Police have made a further appeal to residents to be aware of rogue traders following suspicious incidents in Unstone and Chesterfield.
Officers were called at 9.30am on Monday, March 25th to reports of three men in a white transit van, who were calling at homes on Dunston Lane offering to carry out work.
On the same day, a resident on Brierley Road in Unstone, contacted police with concerns after paying a large amount of cash for gardening work... READ MORE...
Round The Clock Gritting Keeps County Moving
Wednesday 27th March 2013 Gritting crews continue to work around the clock to clear Derbyshire's snow hit roads - but freak drifts are hampering their progress.
Derbyshire County Council's fleet has been dealing with some of the worst conditions in recent times, with strong winds blowing drifts back on to roads as quickly as they are being cleared in many areas.
Almost all of the county's main link roads are now open after the A515 Newhaven to Buxton, the A537 Cat and Fiddle and the A623 Baslow to Barmoor Clough roads were re-opened yesterday morning. READ MORE...
Spencers Solicitors Sponsor Spireites' Community East Stand
Wednesday 27th March 2013
Chesterfield FC will kick-off next season with sponsorship from Spencers Solicitors.
A deal has been agreed with the Chesterfield-based company to become the proud new sponsors of the Community East Stand at the Proact Stadium.
Commenting on the new deal, Spencers Solictors Chief Financial Officer Robert Landman said: "Chesterfield is the site of our principal office, and it's where we've been, in one guise or another, for the past 35 years. READ MORE...
Stagecoach Couple Going The Extra Mile For Cancer Charity
Wednesday 27th March 2013 A Chesterfield couple are getting in gear for a month of fundraising and charity events.
Lesley Grozier and partner Brian Banton, who work for Stagecoach in Chesterfield, will be raising cash for Chesterfield Hospital Cavendish Ward and breast cancer care throughout April.
Lesley, 50, who has worked for the leading bus operator for 34 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2012 and has been visiting the hospital for chemotherapy and treatment. READ MORE...
Film Review - Welcome To The Punch
Wednesday 27th March 2013 by John Morgan James McAvoy and Mark Strong go head to head in this British action thriller from Director Eran Creevy, which features a host of home grown talent including David Morrisey, Jason Flemyng, Andrea Riseborough, Peter Mullan and the ever excellent Johnny Harris.
Three years after Detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) is injured in pursuit of his arch enemy Jake Sternwood (Strong), he gets a second chance to get his man when Sternwood comes out of hiding following the death of his son.
With both Lewinsky and Sternwood investigating the death... READ MORE...
Welcome To Film Reviewer, John 'Movie' Morgan
Wednesday 27th March 2013 We would like to welcome our new regular film critic and reviewer, John Morgan, a man for whom films are a passion and he has a Facebook page as a platform for sharing his in-depth and independent view of films new (and old).
John says, "Currently working and living in Cheltenham with my girlfriend (who's from Derbyshire), I'm a regular visitor to Chesterfield and the Peak District and enjoy spending long weekends there when possible.
"Films have been a huge passion of mine for many years and..." READ MORE...
Changes To Chesterfield Attraction Opening Hours
Wednesday 27th March 2013 With the new tourism season starting at Easter, Chesterfield Borough Council has confirmed the new opening hours of Chesterfield Museum, Revolution House and the Visitor Information Centre.
Chesterfield Museum, on St Mary's Gate, will open Monday and Thursday to Saturday 10am - 4pm; Revolution House at Old Whittington will open Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 4pm; and The Visitor Information Centre in Rykneld Square will be open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am - 5pm.
Over Easter, the Hallaton treasure is on display at the Museum... READ MORE...
Inner Wheel Club Of Chesterfield Enjoys Trip To London
Wednesday 27th March 2013 President Adrienne Handley organised a two day bus trip to London on 14th and 15th March 2013 inviting Rotarians, members from other clubs, family and friends.
The bus carrying 40 passengers departed Chesterfield at 8.30am on the 14th bound for a 2 day break, arriving in London at 12.30pm. Passengers visited Oxford Street, Harrods prior to a Guided Tour of The Houses of Parliament.
After a short break at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel the group of happy travellers were driven to the Cafe Consort in the Albert Hall... READ MORE...
Town Centre Assault Prompts Police Appeal
Tuesday 26th March 2013 Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted as he walked down a footpath in Chesterfield town centre with a friend.
At around 1.15pm yesterday (Monday, March 25th) a 26-year-old man was walking down the footpath connecting Chester Street to Saltergate when they were approached by two men.
The victim was assaulted by one of the two men who punched him to the face. The victim fell to the floor but managed to get up and he and his friend... READ MORE...
Cars, Mountains And Shopping In The Snow
Tuesday 26th March 2013 The surprise return of winter has seen Edale Mountain Rescue Team assisting a whole range of people around the Peak over the weekend.
Friday night saw team members in two of their Land Rovers rescuing motorists who were stuck in the snow on the A619, the main road between Chesterfield and Baslow.
After several hours digging, towing and transporting drivers, Derbyshire Police asked the team to assist Buxton and Derby MRTs with a similar... READ MORE...
Update On Disruption Due To The Snow...
Monday 25th March 2013 - 07:45 The cold weather continues - and it's likely that disruption will continue into the working week.
We have already received notification that some schools may have different arrangements for today (Monday 25th) and travel around the area may be tricky. We will update our list of school, transport and service disruptions along with any news we get for any other cancelllations or delays.
Please don't hesitate to email us if you hear of a confirmed closure, cancellation or delay not on the list already. Take care in the snow. READ MORE...
Singing For Sands
Monday 25th March 2013 Singing for Sands is a musical event taking place at the Speedwell Rooms, Staveley on 6th April, to raise money in memory of Luke David Ions for our Baby Memorial Garden Fund.
Tickets are only £8 each and all proceeds go to the fund!!
If you can't attend but would like to support, there are raffle tickets for sale (£1 each or £5 per book) and there are some amazing prizes including 2 tickets for the "We Will Rock You" musical at Sheffield Arena, Horse riding lessons, Days out at Gullivers and Hardwick, £50 Box of Thorntons Chocs, and more. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Cheerleaders Come Home Champions
Monday 25th March 2013 The adverse weather was 'snow' barrier to a group of Chesterfield cheerleaders who travelled to Dudley yesterday (Sunday 24th March) to represent the town in the Cheer Nation UK competition.
And it was well worth it after Crystal Cheer and Dance returned home as Pom pom Champions and with two second place trophies in other disciplines.
The group was set up by local teacher Steph Miles and she said she was very proud of all the pupils who performed so well on the day. Although they've been running less than a year, they've already scooped several awards... READ MORE & VIDEO...
Chesterfield Schools Public Speaking Competition 2013
Monday 25th March 2013
The final of the Chesterfield Schools' Public Speaking Competition 2013 was the highlight of the club's annual Ladies Day held at the Olde House, Newbold, Chesterfield on Friday 22nd March 2013, with the three finalists judged by their audience.
The finalists were Laura Norman and Beatrice Soakell from Netherthorpe School, and Hannah Rodger from St Mary's High School. Finalist Leroy Wagstaffe of Hasland Hall Community School was unable to attend due to illness. The speeches were amusing, original and delivered with impressive confidence. READ MORE...
Stubbin Wood Students Make New Friends On Trip To China!
Monday 25th March 2013 Six pupils from a Shirebrook special school walked along the Great Wall and made new friends when they paid a visit to China.
The party, from Stubbin Wood School in Langwith, spent four days seeing the sights in Beijing before heading south to visit two of Stubbin Wood's international partnership schools amid the glittering lights of Shanghai.
The half-a-dozen 15 and 16-year-olds - three girls and three boys, accompanied by two teaching staff - were the latest party from the school to travel to China on an exchange visit which was aimed at increasing their personal... READ MORE...
£120k Ambulance Service Investment In Life-Saving Machines
Wednesday 20th March 2013
Thousands of pounds have been invested by East Midlands Ambulance Service to purchase and install life-saving machines in the community to help save lives.
AEDs are used when someone has gone into cardiac arrest, i.e. when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. The defibrillator gives the heart an electric shock to allow effective cardiac rhythm to be re-established. The best conditions for defibrillation are present for only one to two minutes of someone going into cardiac arrest, with success rates decreasing from then... READ MORE...
Jean Is Chesterfield's Bonmarché Mother's Day Winner
Wednesday 20th March 2013 Bonmarché ran a Mother's Day competition this year, asking customers to nominate their mothers and explain in no more than 50 words why they love her.
The winning Mum was revealed on 9th March to be Jean, from Alfreton, who was nominated by her daughter Pam Scott.
Jean said: "I'm absolutely delighted. I am always in Bonmarché and at first, I thought my daughter was winding me up when she told me of the win." Jean won an outfit worth £30.00 from the latest Bonmarché spring collection. READ MORE...
Canal Festival Sponsorship Boost From County Council
Wednesday 20th March 2013 A waterway celebration will again have the sponsorship backing of Derbyshire County Council when visitors sail in this summer.
The county council sponsored the arts section of Chesterfield Canal Festival, which was staged at its new £600,000 Staveley Basin, last year.
And the authority has pledged to repeat sponsorship for this summer's event, which is organised by the Chesterfield Canal Trust and will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 29th and 30th. READ MORE...
Son Does Desert Trek In Memory Of Mum
Wednesday 20th March 2013 Dedicated fundraiser, Richard Horn from Crowe Edge, is set to trek across the Jordan desert and mountains this April in aid of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in Sheffield.
The 46 year-old HGV driver will embark upon this incredible journey through the desert in memory of his Mum, who sadly died of cancer in 2010.
The Jordan Desert Trek entails five days of trekking, starting at the Dead Sea and finishing in the red rock city of Petra. It covers mountain and desert terrain using ancient trails and will involve around eight hours of trekking... READ MORE...
Auto Windscreens Takes £££s For Red Nose Day
Wednesday 20th March 2013 It was no ordinary day at Auto Windscreens in Chesterfield last Friday as the customer contact centre swapped windscreen repair calls for Red Nose Day donations, taking £££s for Comic Relief.
Auto Windscreens' employees also raised over £1,000 for the cause through a gruelling English Channel rowathon, fun fancy dress, cakes sales and an auction.
Donated auction items included signed boots from new F1 driver Max Chilton, Chesterfield Football Club tickets, a Topflight Autocentre MOT and meals at Casa Hotel, Twin Oaks Hotel and Sheffield's Double Tree Hilton Hotel. READ MORE...
Scale The UK's Highest Peak In September For The NSPCC
Tuesday 19th March 2013 Derbyshire people with a sense of adventure are being invited to relive yesterday's childhood feeling of being on top of the world, by climbing the UK's highest mountain to help protect today’s children.
The NSPCC is looking for a team of over 100 people from across the UK to climb Ben Nevis and raise £60,000 in sponsorship to support the charity's vital work with vulnerable children and families in Derbyshire and across the UK.
Situated in the heart of Scotland's stunning western Highlands, Ben Nevis is the UK's highest peak, standing at 1,343 metres, more than 4,400 feet. READ MORE...
Virtual Heart Prototype To Give Hope To Heart Patients
Tuesday 19th March 2013 A new, award-winning computer system, which assesses heart disease better than the naked eye, could revolutionise the way patients with conditions such angina and heart attack are assessed and treated - saving lives and money.
The brand new prototype technology has been developed and built by doctors and researchers from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield. It is capable of detecting which heart patients need treatment more sensitively and more accurately than the human eye by creating a 3D model of the coronary arteries during an angiogram. READ MORE...
Belgian Spireite Cyclists Use Pedal Power To Proact
Tuesday 19th March 2013 Everyone looks forward to the end of the football season for different reasons and one group of 'adopted' Spireites have decided to make the last game of the season even more memorable by using it to help a charitable cause.
A team of Belgian fans who say that they have "fallen in love with the town" on their many visits here, will be cycling from Brussels to the PROACT in aid of Ashgate Hospice, helping to raise vital funds for what they term the 'best cause in town'.
The Hospice is celebrating it's 25 year anniversary this year... READ MORE...
Ellice Kate Morton, 21 on Tuesday 19th March 2013
Happy Birthday Ellios (pictured as a baby Ellice with Baby Chester).
A huge happy birthday Ellice with lots and lots of love from Mum and Dad, Joe, Nanna and Grandad, all your family and friends.
Hope you have a fantastic day xxxxxx
Tracey Rouse, Tuesday 19th March 2013
Happy Birthday Tracey
A very happy birthday Tracey with love from Mick, Jess and Lou, all your family and friends, and especially all at Staveley MWFC U13s.
Have a wonderful day xxx
Council Reminder To Register To Vote
Monday 18th March 2013
Chesterfield Borough Council is reminding residents to make sure they have registered to vote in the forthcoming Derbyshire County Council and Chesterfield Borough Council elections.
Elections will be held across the county (except in Derby City) on Thursday 2nd May to elect county councillors.
This is the opportunity for residents to decide on which councillor will represent them at Derbyshire County Council for the next four years. READ MORE...
'Jetpatcher' Has Potholes Busted
Monday 18th March 2013 A specialist 'jetpatcher' machine has landed as part of Derbyshire County Council's £824,000 project to fix potholes on the county's roads.
Up to five teams of external contractors have been brought in to help clear the backlog of urgent repairs caused by flooding and winter weather.
And the operation includes hiring-in a jetpatcher which uses a high velocity air stream to clear existing holes of any debris and water as well as laying and compacting new asphalt. READ MORE...
EMAS Brings In More Staff And Vehicles To Improve Care
Monday 18th March 2013 Patients needing an ambulance to deal with their emergency will soon benefit from more frontline staff and vehicles being introduced by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
EMAS provides emergency and urgent care to more than 4.8 million people across the region and is investing in these changes as part of its work to improve response times and the working lives of staff.
Over £2.8 million is being spent to bring 140 emergency care assistants (ECAs) into the service by the end of the summer. READ MORE...
Counterfeit Derbyshire Market Trader Has To Repay Cash
Monday 18th March 2013 A Derbyshire market trader who sold thousands of fake goods has been told to pay back £49,000 - or face jail.
41-year-old Wayne Foster of The Nook, Loscoe, Heanor, appeared before Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (14th March) when he was ordered to repay the money in six months or risk a 15-month prison term.
The action was brought by Derbyshire County Council under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Last May, Foster had admitted eight offences under the Trade Marks Act of selling counterfeit goods from Ilkeston Market and of possessing fake goods for sale. He received a 12-month community order to carry out 120 hours' unpaid work. READ MORE...
Nursery Rhymes Boost Red Nose Day Appeal
Monday 18th March 2013
Members of Ashover Celebration Choir abandoned their traditional church music practice on Monday evening - to sing nursery rhymes.
They were joined by family and friends for a 25-minute 'singathon' in the village Bassett Rooms, to mark the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which raises cash to help transform the lives of needy people of all ages at home and abroad.
Led by musical director Ruth Russell, the group sang their way through a programme of children's songs before breaking off to enjoy... READ MORE...
Hair Raising Event For Red Nose Day
Monday 18th March 2013 A lifelong commitment to long hair has come to a sudden end for Chesterfield-based Pete Fessey, after he agreed to have his flowing locks shaved off to raise money for Red Nose Day 2013.
His employer Grass Routes - part of the Macintyre Group - is fully behind Pete's decision and is helping him to raise funds.
On Friday 15th March at 1pm, Hairdresser Elyssa Crockett from Mark Roberts Hair Salon in Chesterfield took hold of the razor and gave Pete probably only the second haircut of his life. READ MORE...
Exhibiton At Walton Hospital Celebrates People's Diversity
Monday 18th March 2013 A photo gallery of inspiring people portraits is brightening the main corridor at Walton Hospital, Chesterfield, and celebrating people in all their diversity.
The exhibition, entitled 'Living my Life', promotes equality in a series of professional and eye-catching images of trans gender people and is open to all until the end of the month.
It has been arranged by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust - which runs Walton Hospital - in partnership with the Centre for HIV... READ MORE...
Speech Therapy Services Have Plenty To Shout About
Friday 15th March 2013
Derbyshire's community speech and language therapy team have won two awards in recent honours to help spread the word about excellent speech services in the East Midlands.
The Strictly Come Talking Awards were created by De Montfort University to celebrate the difference which speech and language therapists make to the lives of adults and children suffering with communication and swallowing disorders. The awards also highlighted the important role service users and students have in delivering high quality care. READ MORE...
College Principal Rises To Calabria Apprenticeship Challenge
Friday 15th March 2013 This week, in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week (11th - 15th March) Chesterfield College Principal, Trevor Clay opted for the life of an apprentice for a day.
Mr Clay took up a day's Apprenticeship at award-winning Italian restaurant, Calabria, based at Glumangate in Chesterfield.
Helping both kitchen and front of house staff through busy morning and lunchtime services, Trevor leant a hand with a variety of jobs, from mixing up an Espresso Martini, serving Prosecco breakfasts and preparing Tiramisu... READ MORE...
Cash Boost for Derbyshire Carers Association
Friday 15th March 2013 A successful project set up to help older carers has received an additional cash boost of £40,000, thanks to a grant from People's Health Trust from money raised by HealthCalm through the Health Lottery.
Derbyshire Carers Association, a Network Partner of Carers Trust, the UK's largest carers charity, has already received £40,000 of funding from money raised through the Health Lottery to extend its work with older carers.
Through its project, Derbyshire Carers Association aims to offer carers short breaks from their caring role and improve their confidence as a carer... READ MORE...
Fancy Dress Fund Raising For Children's Hospice
Friday 15th March 2013 A team of Architects from Chesterfield are dusting off their running shoes this weekend as they prepare for the Dronfield 10km on Sunday 17th, choosing local children's hospice Bluebell Wood as their cause.
The group of 15 runners, who work at WCEC Architects, Carrwood, are familiar faces at the Dronfield 10km as they participate each year in support of a charity.
Last year's event saw colleague and team member Jon Godwin bring fun to the run, when he participated in a classic Elvis Presley costume that grabbed the attention of the crowds, as will his extravagant outfit choice this time around. READ MORE...
Aaron Hill, 13 on Friday 15th March 2013
Happy Birthday Aaron!
A very happy birthday from Mum, Dad, family and friends and everyone at Staveley MWFC U13s xxx
Jordan Wells, 13 on Friday 15th March 2013
Happy Birthday Jordan!
A very happy birthday from Mum, Dad, Charley, Ant, family and friends and everyone at Staveley MWFC U13s xxx
Have YOUR Say On Chesterfield's Leisure Centres
Thursday 14th March 2013 Residents are invited to have their say on Chesterfield Borough Council's leisure centre performance at Queen's Park and Staveley in a series of focus groups.
On this occasion, it's not intended to consult the groups on the replacement Queen's Park project, as this will be later in the year. However, the council will provide a brief update on the recent decision to build the new centre and the planned timescale for the project delivery.
Two sessions will be held to discuss Queen's Park... READ MORE...
Derbyshire County Council Announce Record Office Opening
Thursday 14th March 2013 What's being termed as an 'exciting' new facility, designed to bring Derbyshire's fascinating past to life for residents, visitors and students, will officially open next week.
John Beckett, Professor of English Regional History at the University of Nottingham, will unveil a plaque on Tuesday 19th March at 3pm to mark Derbyshire County Council's £4m transformation of the Derbyshire Record Office and Local Studies Library.
The refurbished building in New Street, Matlock brings together... READ MORE...
Keep Dogs Under Control - Police Reminder After Bite Incidents
Thursday 14th March 2013 Police in North East Derbyshire are reminding dog owners to keep their pets under control after a number of incidents in the area.
In the latest incident a 10-year-old boy was treated for a cut on his leg after he was bitten by a dog in Ashover. He had been walking with a friend and his friend's family along a footpath off Holestone Gate Road on Saturday, March 2nd when the incident happened. Officers are investigating.
A 49-year-old man received a caution following a separate incident in North Wingfield on Sunday, February 24th. It is after a 37-year-old woman... READ MORE...
£2 Million 'First Time' Derbyshire Mortgage Scheme Launched
Wednesday 13th March 2013 As we reported back in February, First time buyers can now apply for a cheaper mortgage deal - with as little as a 5% deposit - following the launch of a £2m Derbyshire County Council support scheme.
County Council Leader Andrew Lewer yesterday (March 12th), officially launched the Local Lend a Hand in Derbyshire scheme at the Matlock branch of partner Lloyds TSB. It will support at least 58 - probably many more - first time buyers who might otherwise not get a mortgage.
First time buyers meeting the scheme's criteria will be eligible... READ MORE...
No Sugar, But Life Is Sweet For Chesterfield Apprentice
Wednesday 13th March 2013 Apprenticeship recruitment specialist, The Apprentice Team, announced the winner of The Apprentice of the Year award at the start of National Apprenticeship Week - which runs from 11th-15th March.
Numerous nominations were submitted for the award won by outstanding candidate Daniel Rhodes of Astute Finance, based in Chesterfield's Dunston Innovation Centre.
Daniel, who secured his position through The Apprentice Team in November 2011, has now been promoted to a management position. READ MORE...
£27m Investment Progressing Well In Old Whittington
Wednesday 13th March 2013 Construction work is progressing well at the Old Whittington waste water treatment works, at Station Road in Chesterfield.
The works, which processes 37,530m3 of waste water per day, treats the waste water from 100,000 residents across Chesterfield.
An investment of £27m is being made on two projects at the site, which will significantly enhance the water quality of the River Rother and enable the site to produce renewable energy to power at least 40% of its operations. The improvements will also enable the site to deal with predicted increases... READ MORE...
Hunger Is On The Menu For Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins
Wednesday 13th March 2013 Anti-Poverty campaigners from across Chesterfield met at Oxfam's Knifesmithgate branch to discuss International Aid with their MP, Toby Perkins.
Shocking figures indicate around a billion people globally are suffering hunger. Oxfam believe the issue can be addressed if the UK honours its 40-year-old promise to spend 0.7% of GDP on International Aid and corruption can be eradicated in the third world.
Oxfam, backed by Mr Perkins, have launched their Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign to enshrine the 0.7% aid commitment in legislation... READ MORE...
Police Link Chesterfield Burglaries
Wednesday 13th March 2013 Detectives are linking two burglaries that happened in New Whittington.
Some time between 6pm and 8pm on Friday, March 8th, a burglar forced open a downstairs window at a house in Handley Road. They took five laptops, jewellery and a distinct Titleist golf bag featuring a BMW logo.
Between 7pm and 9.20pm on the same evening, a burglar forced open a downstairs window at a house in Highland Road, taking electrical items including laptops and tablet computers.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Stricken Chesterfield Firm To Shed 100 Jobs
Tuesday 12th March 2013 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has visited the Future Walk offices of CPP, in the wake of the sad news that their office will close with around 100 redundancies.
CPP, which operates three call centres in the UK, are now in deep trouble following a damning FSA verdict about misselling practices that led to record £10.5 million fine.
The final closure is the last in a series of blows to the Chesterfield operation which had employed around 450 people in Chesterfield two years ago but a recruitment freeze and previous redundancy round preceded this announcement. READ MORE...
Plants Stolen From Graveyard In North Wingfield
Tuesday 12th March 2013 Police are appealing for information after two plants have been stolen from a graveyard in North Wingfield.
The plants have been taken from a grave at St Lawrence's Church, sometime since Wednesday, February 27th. PC Sarah Dolby, of the North Wingfield, Pilsley, Stonebroom and Shirland Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, has been making enquiries in the local area.
She said: "Over the past year, there have been seven reports where plants which have been pulled out, plant pots and ornaments taken from graves... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Student Holly Gets An Insiders View Of Parliament
Tuesday 12th March 2013
An aspiring Chesterfield student spent a day shadowing her MP as part of an event to mark International Women's Day.
19-year-old Holly Redford-Jones, a former Brookfield School student currently pursuing a gap year, spent the day with her MP, Toby Perkins, learning about the workings of Parliament.
The day, backed by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament to encourage young women to consider a career in politics. READ MORE...
Million Pound Transport Boost For Chesterfield
Tuesday 12th March 2013 Cyclists in Chesterfield are riding high after Derbyshire County Council announced a £1million extension to the town’s cycle network.
The new trail will link Chesterfield railway station to the rest of the town, opening up more of the area to leisure and commuter cyclists as well as pedestrians. Part of the half-mile route follows the former Brampton branch line, creating a connection with the town's railway history.
Derbyshire County Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Councillor Simon Spencer said: "This is a major project which will bring many benefits to Chesterfield." READ MORE...
Chesterfield Apprenticeships Created With AIG Europe Ltd
Tuesday 12th March 2013 AIG Europe Limited is joining forces with the National Apprenticeship Service to announce its new Apprenticeship programme.
AIG will be creating job opportunities for up to 25 apprentices in 2013 based in the company's Claims centres in Croydon and Chesterfield.
Nicolas Aubert, UK Managing Director for AIG said, "There is a very real need within our industry to attract young people with flair and capacity for hard work to deliver excellent results. I believe apprenticeships is a great way for us, as one of the world's largest insurance companies, to invest in the future by offering exciting opportunities that young people will value. We are very pleased to be joining the programme. READ MORE...
Motorcyclists Offered The Chance To Test Their Road Skills
Tuesday 12th March 2013 Motorcyclists are being encouraged to take part in Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership's Rider Skills Challenge on Sunday 14th April.
The free event is being hosted by Triskelion Motorcycle Training in Chesterfield and the first 48 people to register on the day will get to compete.
Andy Adlington, the partnership's Motorcycle Project Officer, said: "The Rider Skills Challenge is all about staying in control of your bike. Competitors negotiate a specially designed obstacle course which has been set up to test their skills and riding ability. READ MORE...
Local Dog 'Paco' Wins Best Of Breed At Crufts
Tuesday 12th March 2013
Ashover developer Nigel Egginton and Paco, his seven-year-old Spanish Water Dog, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.
Paco was one of over 25,000 dogs at the world famous dog show - presented by The Kennel Club and held at Birmingham's NEC, which is celebrating 140 years of promoting healthy, happy dogs - and he claimed the prestigious Best of Breed award last weekend, fighting off competition from a number of other dogs to scoop the coveted prize. READ MORE...
Police Appeal To Help Trace Bolsover Lady. Do You Know Her?
Monday 11th March 2013 Police in Bolsover are trying to trace a woman who witnessed a sexual assault that took place over 30 years ago.
Officers are looking for a woman who went by the name Angela Moore and grew up in the Bolsover area. She is white and had strawberry blonde hair at the time. It is understood she was a witness to a serious sexual assault that took place during the summer of 1979 or 1980 and police would like to speak to her about it. Angela and her family moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, in the early 1980s.
Officers believe Angela is now between 43 and 46-years-old and... READ MORE...
2013 Dates Fixed For Two Charity Classic Car & Bike Shows
Monday 11th March 2013
The Rotary Club of Chesterfield has announced that it's popular Classic Car and Bike Show - sponsored by Autoworld Chesterfield - will be back again this year at Renishaw Hall, near Chesterfield (S21 3WB), and will be held on Wednesday 12 June 2013.
Hundreds of classic cars and bikes are expected for the annual rally which raises thousands of pounds for local charities. The event, which will be open from 3.00pm until 8.00pm, is attended by enthusiasts from all over the region and includes classic cars and bikes from all eras. READ MORE...
£824,000 Boost To Fix Derbyshire's Potholes
Monday 11th March 2013 Work to fix potholes on Derbyshire's roads and pavements are being stepped up with a £824,000 boost from Derbyshire County Council.
From next week, external contractors are being brought in to help clear the backlog of urgent repairs caused by flooding and winter weather.
Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: "The number of potholes reported by the public continues to rise." READ MORE...
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...
Treetops Tots In Barlborough Learn The Value Of Giving
Monday 11th March 2013 Lessons aren't just about counting and spelling at one local nursery, as their children recently learned the value of sharing and giving - by selecting some of the nurseries unused toys to donate to a local toy library.
Children at Treetops nursery, Barlborough, had spent time talking about children who may not be as fortunate to have as many toys as themselves on offer, or attend a nursery where they regularly have access to many wonderful and exciting resources.
After discussing this, the children decided to give away some of... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Based Architects Get A Dragon's Business Boost
Monday 11th March 2013
A Chesterfield based firm received a business boost from TV's Dragon's Den star, Theo Paphitis.
Last week, Martin Rix, Partner of MAD Architects LLP, tweeted Theo about his business during 'Small Business Sunday', an initiative set up by Theo that runs weekly.
Theo re‐tweeted Martin's message to his 330,000 followers and as a result, the business has 200 more followers and new enquires for projects. READ MORE...
Derbyshire County Council Unwraps Food Packaging Myths
Monday 11th March 2013
Did you know that some modern packaging can allow your food to stay fresher for longer - not just on shelves in the supermarket but in your home as well?
Derbyshire County Council is helping spread the message about the knock-on effects modern packaging can have in a bid to reduce food waste going to landfill.
The new research by WRAP and Love Food Hate Waste aims to change perceptions that packaging is necessarily environmentally unfriendly. READ MORE...
New Green Group Launches In Chesterfield
Monday 11th March 2013
Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire now has its very own Friends of the Earth group, to campaign on a range of environmental issues - from local concerns like recycling through to global issues such as climate change.
The Chesterfield group are also hosting an exhibition in Chesterfield Library during March using award-winning photos of wind and solar power in the UK to highlight the importance of action on climate change. Members of the group will be present on the morning of Saturday 9th March at the library to meet the public. READ MORE...
Chesterfields Young Sporting Stars Receive £2,050 Cash Boost
Friday 8th March 2013 Eight of Chesterfield's most promising sporting stars have shared in a £2,050 cash boost from business network ICON.
Table tennis players Liam Pitchford and Isobel Ashley, netball player Tyler Bexton, squash player Ashley Davies and fencer Hannah Lawrence have each received a bursary of up to £300, together with William Ward (Sailing), Alicia Barrett (Athletics) and Theo Hall (Karate).
All of the athletes are either currently competing for England or Great Britain or are part of recognised national development squads or club academy... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Easter Market And Table Top Sale On Bank Holiday
Thursday 7th March 2013 There is an Open Air Easter Market and Table Top Sale on Bank Holiday Monday, April 1st 2013, from 10am to 4pm.
An Open Air Market with Easter themed entertainment and activities and an Art Table in the middle of the main market.
The Crooked Spire will be having an open day with trips up the famous tower to see the fantastic views of the town. There is also an Interactive Roman Exhibition on the day at Chesterfield Museum. Loads of fun and things to do for the whole family. READ MORE...
Views Sought On Killamarsh Alcohol Control Zone
Thursday 7th March 2013 Residents are being asked for their views on plans to create an alcohol control zone in Killamarsh as part of ongoing work to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Police would be given new powers to seize alcohol from people drinking on the streets - and arrest those who don't comply - if the proposals are given the go-ahead.
The move by North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership is in response to residents' concerns about nuisance behaviour in and around the town centre. Letters have now been sent to households and businesses... READ MORE...
Businesses Invited To Celebrate Town's Success
Wednesday 6th March 2013 Local businesses are being invited to celebrate the success of the town's inward investment campaign, Destination Chesterfield, and hear the exciting plans for the next three years at a special breakfast event being held at the Proact Stadium on Thursday 28th March from 8am - 10.30am.
'Celebrate Chesterfield' will outline the achievements of Destination Chesterfield since it was launched at the same venue back in October 2010.
Representatives from two of the area's more recent success stories, Avoca Systems and Shorts Accountants, will be speaking... READ MORE...
Alcohol Confiscated As Queen's Park Police Patrols Continue
Wednesday 6th March 2013 Alcohol has been confiscated and letters sent to parents following patrols to reduce and prevent anti-social behaviour in Queen's Park.
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams are continuing to target the area following a number of calls about groups gathering, underage drinking and damage.
Since the start of February, there have been 16 calls to report anti-social behaviour at the park. Alcohol has been confiscated and a number of letters... READ MORE...
Grants Keep Community Transport Rolling
Wednesday 6th March 2013 Community transport schemes across the county are getting financial backing from Derbyshire County Council again this year to help people get out and about.
Each of Derbyshire's seven community transport schemes will get a share of a £1.491 million grant from the county council to help with day-to-day running costs.
And Rural Action Derbyshire is being given £50,000 for the Wheels to Work Scheme which helps people who would otherwise have difficulty getting to work or training. READ MORE...
Old Pupils Invited To Say Goodbye To Shirebrook's 'Comp'
Wednesday 6th March 2013 Former pupils who attended lessons at the Shirebrook School building are being invited to take one last look around before it is demolished later this year.
Shirebrook Academy is offering tours around its current site, in Common Lane, for ex-students who want to revisit the classrooms and corridors of their youth or for anyone who simply fancies a peek inside.
The building, which opened as Shirebrook Comprehensive in 1965, will be knocked down once the Academy has moved a few hundred yards... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Market Rents Set For Coming Year
Wednesday 6th March 2013 Market traders and Chesterfield Borough Council have agreed a deal which will see rents on the markets increase by 1.5%, as approved by members of the Borough Council's cabinet yesterday morning.
The increase will come into effect from 1st April and will affect all stalls on the general market, flea market, farmers' market and car boot sale.
This increase has been discussed and agreed following consultation with market traders; the council's original proposal saw an increase rents by 3%. This means market rents have increased by only 1.5% in the last three years. READ MORE...
'I Race For Life For Mum' - Chesterfield Event Organiser Sarah
Tuesday 5th March 2013 As Mother's Day approaches (Sunday, March 10th), a Yorkshire woman who is in her first year as a Race for Life organiser will be thinking of the loss of her own mum who inspired her to take up the job.
Sarah Threadgall, aged 22, is the new Event Manager for this year's 5k event at Chesterfield.
In 2002, when Sarah was just 12 years old and her brother Richard 14, mum Liz, was diagnosed with breast cancer, aged 50. Liz had a mastectomy, then underwent chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. READ MORE...
New Queen's Park Sports Centre Given Go-Ahead
Tuesday 5th March 2013 Chesterfield Borough councillors have approved the new £8.5 million replacement for Queen's Park Sports Centre.
Members voted in favour of the plans which will see the new centre built on the site of the Queen's Park annexe in Chesterfield - near the existing tennis courts and bowling green.
The new centre, which would open in early 2015, would have a mix of modern facilities such as: Swimming pools with individual unisex changing rooms; Fitness suite; Area for spinning classes; Dance studio and a Multi-purpose sports hall. READ MORE...
Belgian Spireites Put Some 'Ooo-La-La' Into Daggers Game
Tuesday 5th March 2013 The Belgian Spireites were out in force again at Dagenham last Saturday and it's probably fair to say they have a new hero.
The group, who are mainly from the Brussels area, speak French as their first language, so inevitably they were thrilled when Armand Gnanduillet signed.
The group's spokesman Sylvain Lecomte explained, "We had a great time, we met Spireites supporters before the game and cheered the team to three points for the whole 90 minutes. We even met Armand after the game and he seemed to be pleased to see us. He told us he is very happy at the club." READ MORE...
National Award For Chesterfield Training
Tuesday 5th March 2013
A national award has been won by tissue makers SCA, which has a paper mill at Chesterfield, for the excellence of its employee training programme.
The company won the Skills and Training Award at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2012 for its highly successful First Line Leadership Programme.
The award was presented at the EEF National Gala Dinner by Jill Davies, Chief Executive of the award category sponsors, Westfield Health. READ MORE...
Think - Don't Drink!
Monday 4th March 2013 A campaign highlighting the financial cost to drivers getting behind the wheel after drinking has been launched in Derbyshire as part of a nationwide spring crackdown.
It is part of the national THINK! campaign highlighting the consequences of a drink-drive conviction.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has calculated the personal financial cost of drink-driving for the first time, pricing it between £20,000 and £50,000. The calculation reflects the fines, legal costs, rise in insurance premiums and possible job losses faced by those who are convicted. READ MORE...
Can You Offer A Home To Jack?
Monday 4th March 2013
This adorable chap is Jack and he has been in NEDDC's kennels for a long time after being picked up by the dog wardens.
Described as a 'gentle giant' by officials, they are now looking for a home for him. They also say that he is good with other dogs.
If you would like to know more about him, or think you can help, then please call the Dog wardens on 01246 231111.
Ashover's Community Car Service To Continue
Monday 4th March 2013 People using Ashover's popular community car scheme, which looked set to fold following the loss of its local office, have been assured that accommodation and funding issues have now been resolved and that the service will be expanded and continue to operate throughout the parish.
Scheme spokesman John Wardle (pictured) said this week that 'a potential closure' had been averted and a stronger service put in its place.
Discussions with Derbyshire County Council and organisers of Chesterfield and Amber Valley community care schemes had enabled a rescue... READ MORE...
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...
Are YOU Interested In Becoming A County Councillor?
Monday 4th March 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council is holding a briefing session for anyone interested in standing as a county councillor in the forthcoming local elections.
Chesterfield residents will elect nine councillors to Derbyshire County Council in the elections to be held on Thursday 2nd May.
The briefing session will take place on Thursday 21st March at 5.30pm at the Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield and will be led by Deputy Returning Officer, Huw Bowen with representatives from Derbyshire Police also present. READ MORE...
'Blues On The Move' Results - Winners For Week 43
Monday 4th March 2013
This week's 'Blues On The Move' winners - the official Chesterfield FC lottery with over £1,300 in prizes paid out each week and over £1million paid out to date!
Check here every week to see if you're a winner! READ MORE...
Chesterfield Councillors Approve Council Tax Rise
Saturday 2nd March 2013 Chesterfield Borough councillors have agreed to raise council tax by 6p per week for the average taxpayer to reduce the level of cuts to vital services.
Chesterfield Borough Council is dealing with a 38% reduction in its Government grant - which equates to £3.3 million over the next four years.
To help tackle the problem, the Government has told the council that as one of the 51 councils with the lowest tax rate in the country, it can consider a one off increase of 10p per week for a band D council tax payer. READ MORE...
CCTV Images Released After Pub Scam In Chesterfield
Friday 1st March 2013 Police have released a CCTV image of two men they want to speak to in connection with a 'ringing the changes' scam at a pub in Chesterfield.
Between 9.30pm and 10pm on Thursday, January 24th, two men entered Spa Lane Vaults on St Mary's Gate.
One of the men then asked to change £200 worth of £20 notes into £10 notes. He then attempted to confuse the member of staff by changing their mind and asking for a different denomination. READ MORE...
Electrical Goods Stolen During Burglary In Clowne
Friday 1st March 2013 Police are studying CCTV footage after thieves stole a television, games console and photographic kit from a house in Clowne.
The offenders smashed a double glazed window and opened it from the inside to get access to the property, in Heritage Drive. They then searched the house and made off with a haul including a 37" black and grey Toshiba television, an Xbox 360 console and controllers, a digital camera and cash. Police are studying CCTV footage from the local are and are appealing for anyone with information relating to the burglary to come forward. The offence took place between 2pm on Saturday, February 16th and just after 5pm on Sunday, February 17th.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (1st - 7th March)
Friday 1st March 2013
Find all this week's Chesterfield Cineworld Cinema listings here.
Whether you fancy the latest release, or 'catching that film you really want to see on the big screen but haven't managed to get to yet', some Special and Advance Screenings, or the kids fancy a traditional 'Saturday Morning film' for just a quid (including fun and games) - you'll find it all here.
Morrison's Buys HMV Store And 2,000 Republic Jobs Saved
Thursday 28th February 2013 Morrisons has just confirmed to The Chesterfield Post that the Chesterfield HMV will be one of six stores purchased from the company's administrators, Deloitte, to be converted into Morrisons M local stores as part of its fast growing convenience estate.
The purchase comes in the same week that the supermarket secured 49 Blockbuster stores and on the back off acquiring seven former Jessops shops as it accelerates the expansion of its Morrisons M local offering. Morrisons hopes that the acquired stores, which have an emphasis on London and the South East, will be opened across the summer.
With these purchases, Morrisons looks set to exceed its target of operating 70 convenience stores by the end of 2013. Morrisons currently trades 13 convenience stores across the UK. READ MORE...
Chefs Compete - Great British Menu Style - For Red Nose Day!
Thursday 28th February 2013 The team at the Devonshire Arms in Middle Handley are aiming to put a smile on costumers' faces with their own Comic Relief version of the 'Great British Menu' competition!
The award winning pub and restaurant's Head Chef Tom Lawson, Sous Chef Craig Middleton and Junior Chef Simon Maw will be competing against each other to create a series of dishes that will then be served at a special Red Nose Day dinner on March 15th.
Since last weekend and over the next two weekends... READ MORE...
Three Youths Arrested After Wing Mirrors Damaged In Newbold
Thursday 28th February 2013
Police in Chesterfield have arrested three youths after a number of cars were damaged in the Newbold area.
At around 8pm on Friday, February 22nd, is when it's believed 12 vehicles had their wing mirrors damaged, parked on Gloucester Road, Highfield Avenue and Lucas Road. Officers are continuing to appeal for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious that night to come forward. The young men, two aged 17 and one aged 16, were arrested in the area later that evening and have been bailed pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information should contact PC Matt Longmate at Chesterfield police station on 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Woman Has Mobile Stolen From Chesterfield Pub
Wednesday 27th February 2013 Police are appealing for information after a woman had her mobile phone stolen while she was enjoying a meal at a pub in Chesterfield.
The 31-year-old was eating lunch with a child she was caring for at Abacus, on St. Mary's Gate, at around 12pm on Thursday, February 21st when she was approached by a man who she thought was begging or collecting money.
He placed a piece of paper on the table over her phone and the woman asked him to go away. The man left, but moments later the woman realised... READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Queen's Park Says 'Feed The Birds'
Wednesday 27th February 2013 More than 100 bird lovers flocked to Queen's Park to take part in a nest box building event organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.
Despite the bitterly cold temperatures, the event, held last Thursday 21st February, was hailed as a success with 58 nest boxes built - 30 specially for blue tits and a further 28 for robins.
The event was held as part of national nest box week, which has been held annually since 1997 to address the fast disappearing number of... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Museum Uncovers The 'Horrible History' Of Food
Wednesday 27th February 2013 More than 500 visitors took part in an event to discover the horrible history of food at Chesterfield Museum.
The event was the first in the museum's programme of family events held during 2013 and featured History Man David Cadle explore the unappealing side of food over the past 2000 years.
He uncovered such nasties as chalk and bleach in bread and also explored some delicacies which seemed unpalatable to younger visitors, including dripping and black pudding. READ MORE...
MP Dennis Backs Campaign To End World Hunger 'Scandal'
Tuesday 26th February 2013
Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner has thrown his weight behind a Brackenfield (Ashover) woman's campaign to halt the 'scandal' that sees two million children die from malnutrition every year, in a world that produces more than enough food to feed them.
Ashover Church member Sue Crookes has joined thousands of UK supporters of the 'Enough Food for Everyone IF' campaign to demand that the British government address the root causes of hunger when Chancellor George Osborne presents his budget on March 20th. READ MORE...
More Job Losses In North East Derbyshire
Monday 25th February 2013 There's worrying news for the Chesterfield jobs market tonight, with news that the TESCO Distribution site at Barlborough will close at the end of the year - with as many as 400 jobs at risk.
A spokesperson for the retail giant has told The Chesterfield Post that the decision to close has been made due to the storage of grocery provisions and the logistics of transporting them to stores across the company's whole network, though a period of consultation with unions had now begun in order to help to place staff in other roles... READ MORE...
Council Tax Letter Warning From Derbyshire County Council
Monday 25th February 2013 Residents are being warned to steer clear of paying companies offering to help reduce their Council Tax bill - because they can check their banding themselves for free.
Derbyshire County Council has issued the warning after its trading standards officers saw a rise in complaints from across the county. Residents have reported receiving letters from companies saying their house is in a higher Council Tax band than it should be - offering to get it reclassified and return a lump sum from the period of over-payment.
Some companies offer to carry out the work in return for a percentage of any money returned following a successful challenge. READ MORE...
Twiggs' Dismay As Sir Ranulph Quites Antarctic Expedition
Monday 25th February 2013 The team at William Twigg Matlock Ltd has sent a message of commiseration to Sir Ranulph Fiennes in Antarctica, after frostbite forced him to pull out of the attempt to lead an expedition bidding to become the first to cross the polar icecap in winter.
As we reported last week, Twigg's have produced the special 'skoots' which the Ice team are using to transport essential supplies of fuel for their tractors during 'the coldest journey on earth'.
Twigg's director Richard Tarbatt said this week... READ MORE...
Spireites' 'Shared Shirts' Offer Sporting Hope For Tsumeb
Monday 25th February 2013 2013 sees Chesterfield and Tsumeb celebrate the 20th anniversary of their twinning partnership and there are many activities planned to help focus on the milestone.
One of those saw Chestefield FC organise a "Share your shirt with Tsumeb" appeal where supporters were asked to donate any old shirts they may have to help further sporting participation in Tsumeb.
The club and twinning officers now wish to offer a huge thanks to all supporters who brought in their no-longer-needed shirts and say they'll make... READ MORE...
Sentimental Items Taken In Dronfield Burglary
Monday 25th February 2013 Burglars stole sentimental items including jewellery belonging to the victim's late wife after removing a windowpane to break into the home.
The property, in Northern Common, Dronfield Woodhouse, was targeted by burglars who removed the beading and glass from a rear window to break into the property.
They then searched the house and made off with a range of items including jewellery and a men's gold signet ring with the initials 'FM' inscribed on it. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Hit And Run
Monday 25th February 2013 Clay Cross police are appealing for witnesses to a collision on the A632 between Matlock and Chesterfield.
Between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday February 13th, a 55-year-old Ashover man was walking along the side of the road between Span Carr Farm and Span Carr crossroads when he was hit by a vehicle. A Vauxhall Vivaro van overtook a line of traffic and collided with the pedestrian causing extensive injuries to his right side. He was treated in hospital for two days. The van did not stop but the driver reported the collision later that evening.
Although the crash happened nearly two weeks ago, people may remember travelling on the road that day because the weather was extremely snowy. Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact PC Pete McVeigh on 101.
Police Appeal After Jewellery Stolen In Duckmanton Robbery
Friday 22nd February 2013 Police are appealing for information after jewellery and mobile phones were stolen during a robbery in Chesterfield.
At around 9.40pm on Monday, February 11th, a man was assaulted and had his mobile phone, wallet, watch and two rings stolen in the Rectory Road area of Duckmanton.
The victim, a self-employed broker who deals in jewellery and precious metals, had gone to meet a customer in Barlborough. The customer then drove the victim to the Rectory Road area where two men got out of a car and... READ MORE...
Woofs And Wellies Dog Walk For Ashgate Hospice
Friday 22nd February 2013 Get yer wellies on, 'cos Ashgate's going walkies again! Woofs and Wellies is back, especially made for man's best friend, and the third Ashgate Hospice Sponsored Dog Walk around Linacre's Three Reservoirs.
Woofs and Wellies is a sponsored dog walk around the beautiful Linacre Woods to help raise vital funds for Ashgate Hospice. The 4.5 mile route will begin at Ashgate Hospice and take you round a circular route through Linacre Woods and back to the Hospice. Plus, as a special thank you to your lovely dog for their effort and generosity, they will receive a special medal they can wear on their collar with pride, a certificate, plus a goody bag just for them! READ MORE...
Florin Entertain At The Devonshire Arms, Middle Handley
Friday 22nd February 2013 Acclaimed experimental acoustic trio Florin present a live session at The Devonshire Arms Middle Handley on Friday, March 1st.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Bob Humphries, double bass player Martin Crofts and on mandolin and vocals, Rob Dickson will be performing at the award winning pub and restaurant from 9pm.
"Great food and free music is proving to be another popular choice at the Devonshire Arms," said manager Alistair Myers, "Come along and join us for what will be an excellent evening." Call (01246) 434800 for more information.
Rachel Wells, Thursday 21st February 2013
Happy Birthday Rach!
A very happy birthday to Rachel from Neil, Jordan, Charley, Ant and all your family and friends, and everyone at Staveley MWFC U13s.
Have a great day xxxx
This Weeks Chesterfield Cinema Listings (22nd - 28th February)
Friday 22nd February 2013
Find all this week's Chesterfield Cineworld Cinema listings here.
Whether you fancy the latest release, or 'catching that film you really want to see on the big screen but haven't managed to get to yet', some Special and Advance Screenings, or the kids fancy a traditional 'Saturday Morning film' for just a quid (including fun and games) - you'll find it all here.
MP Welcomes Olympic Squash Boost For Brampton Manor
Thursday 21st February 2013
Brampton Manor Sports Club in Chesterfield has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities fund to upgrade it's Squash and Racketball courts to elite competition standard.
Sport England has revealed that more than 1,000 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, which is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark - celebrating the link to the Games. READ MORE...
Wedding Day Preview At Fairytale Bolsover Castle
Thursday 21st February 2013
Couples seeking a stunning location for their wedding day can obtain exclusive complimentary tickets to a special wedding preview at Bolsover Castle on Sunday 17th March.
The 17th century castle will be hosting the preview from 11am-3pm, to offer a unique opportunity to look around this magical and popular venue, including the two romantic rooms licensed for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies inside the delightful medieval-style Little Castle - and two areas just outside, perfect for summer weddings. READ MORE...
County Council Trader Scheme Set To Move On To High Street
Wednesday 20th February 2013 A nationally-acclaimed scheme which has boosted business for over 1,300 Derbyshire tradespeople could be expanded into the high street.
Derbyshire County Council's Trusted Trader Scheme has grown into the largest scheme of its kind in the country since its launch four years ago.
It was set up to help residents - particularly the elderly and the vulnerable - find a reliable trader to do a good job at a fair price and provide a boost for Derbyshire businesses... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Jazz Club Season Continues...
Wednesday 20th February 2013 Following a sell-out launch night in May 2012 and an average of over 100 attendees thereafter, Chesterfield Jazz Club is proving to be a great success.
The season continues tomorrow, Thursday 21st February with the aptly named Interplay.
Started by bassist and composer Adrian Litvinoff in 2007, Interplay has built a deserved reputation for its evolving repertoire of original tunes, jazz favourites, and global grooves. The band performs at jazz and arts festivals... READ MORE...
Do You Remember Chesterfield In The '80s? Then Read On...
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...
Police Look To Reunite Tools With Owners
Wednesday 20th February 2013 Police in Shirebrook are appealing for anyone who has had power tools stolen recently to come forward after a number of items were recovered by officers.
A warrant was carried out at a house in Langwith Junction on Monday, February 11th and officers recovered suspected drugs, and motorcycles and power tools they believe to be stolen. Three people were arrested during the warrant and have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Anyone from the Shirebrook, Langwith and New Houghton areas who has had hand-held power tools or socket sets stolen recently should contact PC Garry Statham on the police non-emergency number 101.
Free Training For Budding Business Brains In NE Derbyshire
Wednesday 20th February 2013 Budding entrepreneurs are being urged to find out more about free business start-up help and support that is available as part of a project in North East Derbyshire.
A programme of workshops aimed at people who may be planning on starting a new business - or who are going through the initial stages of setting one up - are now up and running across the district.
The 'Enterprise Support in North East Derbyshire' programme has been funded thanks to a grant of almost £18,500 from the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire (BNED) LEADER Approach. READ MORE...
Community Trust Host Pre-Millers Brunch At The Proact
Wednesday 20th February 2013
An innovative event at the Proact - which took place ahead of Saturday's Rotherham clash - gave supporters the chance to take a trip down Memory Lane, before travelling to what for many, was a new ground, to take on old footballing foes.
Over 100 people attended an event which saw three legends Steve Cammack, Kevin Eley and Billy McEwan, talk about 'old times' between the two sides, watch footage of past games and enjoy a full English brunch before travelling together to the New York Stadium. READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Snow Wardens Show True Grit
Tuesday 19th February 2013 More than 80 volunteers helped keep Chesterfield moving during the heavy snowfalls in January and February, thanks to a scheme led by Chesterfield Borough Council.
For the second year running, the snow wardens worked hard shovelling snow and used more than five tonnes of grit salt to keep the pavements clear.
Chesterfield Borough Council provides training and a shovel, gloves and hi-visibility vest for each volunteer, while grit salt is provided by Derbyshire County Council, which is responsible for gritting the county's roads. READ MORE...
Local Firms Apprentice Grant Opportunity As Scheme Expands
Tuesday 19th February 2013 A scheme offering grants of £2,500 to help businesses take on an apprentice has been expanded to enable more companies and young people to benefit.
Derbyshire County Council is creating 1,000 apprenticeship positions - 500 in its own workforce and 500 by supporting Derbyshire businesses.
The authority joined forces with the National Apprenticeship Service last month to extend its popular Derbyshire Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme after the original 200 grants of £2,500 were snapped up within six months. READ MORE...
Energy Scheme To Help Derbyshire Residents Save Cash
Tuesday 19th February 2013 During these difficult economic times - and the dreadful weather - worries are mounting about bill paying for many householders - however, Derbyshire County Council is launching an innovative scheme to help.
Local residents are being urged to register with Derbyshire Big Deals − a 'bulk buying' scheme which works by bringing people together to get the best price on their gas and electricity bills.
Figures show that 60% of people have never switched their energy... READ MORE...
Twigg's 'Skoots' Begin The 'Coldest Journey On Earth'
Monday 18th February 2013 Unique steel sledges designed and built in Derbyshire for the daring bid by veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes to make the first ever crossing of Antarctica in winter, are now making slow but steady progress across the polar icecap.
The 14 'skoots' designed and manufactured by steel specialists at William Twigg Matlock Ltd are carrying essential supplies of fuel on the 2000-mile pioneering journey through one of the harshest environments on earth.
Images sent to Matlock from Antarctica this week show the... READ MORE...
Finley Davies, Monday 18th February 2013
Happy 13th Birthday Fin
A very Happy 13th Birthday today to Finley Davies from Mum, Dad, Rudi, family and friends and all your teammates at Staveley U13s xxx
Appeal And Reward After Car Stolen On Test Drive
Friday 15th February 2013 Autoworld in Chesterfield are warning car dealers to be on their guard after having a car stolen this week whilst on a test drive.
The audio is the call during which the car (a Vauxhall Insignia - reg DL11 JCU) was booked for a test drive on February 13th 2013.
However, whilst looking under the bonnet during the test, the 'customer' jumped in and drove off with the car.
The incident is now in the hands of the police, but a spokeswoman... READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Assault In Chesterfield
Friday 15th February 2013 Police are appealing for information about an alleged assault in Chesterfield.
A woman contacted police after suffering facial swelling and bruising following an incident as she walked along Walton Road between 10pm on Saturday, February 9th and 1am on Sunday, February 10th when the incident happened. Her next memory was of being treated by paramedics after being found unconscious.
Anyone who may have seen the incident, or has any information, should contact Derbyshire police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
John Darwent, Friday 15th February 2013
A big Happy Birthday for John Darwent's 40th today (that cake doesn't look very Slimming World Carolyn :) )
A very Happy 40th Birthday to John, from Carolyn, Megann Louise, Lewis and all your family and friends xxx
'Dodge' Wainwright, Friday 15th February 2013
(Seen pictured with son Alex)
A very Happy Birthday to Dodge from Julia, Alex, family and friends and the lads, coaches and parents at Staveley MWFC U13s. Have a great day xxxxxx
Chesterfield Borough Council Disruptions Due To Power Cut
Thursday 14th February 2013 Chesterfield Borough Council are informing us they are currently experiencing disruption to power supplies after a power surge this morning as at 4pm this afternoon.
For council tenants who are affected by an emergency after 5pm this evening, please call 01246 345041. Please only use this number in case of genuine emergency.
Services are affected as follows: Phone lines and e-mail accounts are currently unavailable. Repair works are currently being carried out and they will be restored as soon as possible. The Town Hall reception remains open for... READ MORE...
Chesterfield College Picks Up Major Award At Westminster
Thursday 14th February 2013 Chesterfield College has been presented with a special award at a ceremony in Westminster.
Representatives from the College attended the exclusive event to collect an Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Innovation in Further Education. The coveted 'Further Education Oscar' was awarded to the College for its innovative approach to the curriculum design of sports and of public services courses.
The college works closely with local employers, including the... READ MORE...
A Diamond On The High Street.
Thursday 14th February 2013 It seems to be bad news after bad news on the High Street these days and Chesterfield, like many towns across the country, is reeling in the financial climate, which is proving to be far more difficult to get out of and dragged on longer than anyone predicted.
However, one businesswoman in Chesterfield is bucking that trend and is hoping not just to rejuvenate a store, but also bring more footfall onto the High Street and local economy.
Helen Dimmick is MD of Green and Benz, having taken over... READ MORE...
Public's Views Sought On Eckington Improvement Plan
Thursday 14th February 2013 People are being asked for their views on improvements to Eckington town centre, which are being carried out as part of a major sewer upgrade.
North East Derbyshire District Council, Eckington Parish Council and Eckington Development Company are working alongside Yorkshire Water to put together an improvement project for Market Street.
A funding package has been pulled together by the partners to pay for work such as new paving, planters, seating and landscaping - to be carried out... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Police Station Temporarily Closed This Weekend
Thursday 14th February 2013
Chesterfield police station will be closed this weekend to allow for maintenance works to be carried out.
The mobile police enquiry office will be on hand for the public during the temporary closure. It will be located on Vicar Lane, in the town centre, between 9am and 6pm on Saturday, February 16th and Sunday, February 17th.
Alternatively, people can use the yellow telephone outside the enquiry office on Beetwell Street to contact police call centre operators. READ MORE...
Council Boosts Green Energy Levels
Thursday 14th February 2013 Derbyshire County Council has made a good start towards meeting a target of cutting its carbon emissions.
The authority made a commitment to cut its CO2 emissions by 25% between 2011 and 2015. In the first year, Monday's cabinet heard levels have been reduced by over 5,000 tonnes (6.5%). If similar reductions are made every year, then the 2015 target will be met.
Councillor John Allsop, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Recycling and Technology, said: "With energy bills rising..." READ MORE...
Holidays Are Comin'... (Don't Panic - It's Not Christmas Yet)
Thursday 14th February 2013 A range of activities for youngsters to take part in during the half-term break has been organised by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust.
Chester's Holiday Club - at the Proact Stadium on Monday, February 18th, provides an opportunity to watch the first-team squad train on the pitch before securing autographs and having photographs taken with the players.
The event starts at 9.30am and finishes at 5pm and children will be required to bring their own lunch. Suitable for kids aged eight to 15 years, the cost of attending is £15 and pre-booking is essential. READ MORE...
Motorists Warned And Buses Disrupted As Snow Returns
Wednesday 13th February 2013 - 18:15 There is some disruption to bus services tonight given the weather and Motorists are warned to take care on the roads as freezing rain is forecast to follow the snow.
Stagecoach Chesterfield tell us that Service 44/44A is currently only operating on the main road, Service 43A is currently not serving Hilltop and Hallowes and urges customers to check their websites for updated travel information or for more information please call Traveline 0871 200 22 33.
With freezing rain forecast to fall across Derbyshire later... READ MORE...
VIP (Very Important Puppy) Visits Sainsbury's Dronfield
Wednesday 13th February 2013 A VIP - very important pup - visited Sainsbury's in Dronfield on Tuesday 29th January to say thank you for setting it on a journey to becoming a guide dog.
Little Dawson is now 5 months old but has already learned many of the basic obedience commands that will be used when he goes out into the world as part of a Guide Dog partnership.
Although this is Dawson's first visit, the staff at Sainsbury's has heard all about his progress over the last few months since they raised £5,000... READ MORE...
Pupils Get Snapping To Help Decorate New £27m School
Wednesday 13th February 2013 Pupils in Shirebrook have taken up their cameras as part of a photography competition designed to provide artwork for their new £27m school building.
The art and design students at Shirebrook Academy, in Common Lane, were set the task of creating images which are good enough to grace the building, which will replace the school's current base when it opens its doors in April.
The competition is one of a series of initiatives designed to give pupils a sense of ownership of the new school, which has also seen students... READ MORE...
Derbyshire's Chief Constable To Head Operation Herne
Tuesday 12th February 2013 It has been announced in the last 24 hours that Derbyshire's Chief Constable is to oversee an investigation into allegations that officers from the Metropolitan Police assumed the identities of dead babies in order to help with undercover operations.
Chief Inspector Mick Creedon will shortly begin work on Operation Herne - an investigation which has which had previously been overseen by The Met's Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Patricia Gallan.
A statement from Derbyshire Police has confirmed... READ MORE...
First Time Buyers Boost For Derbyshire
Tuesday 12th February 2013 Dozens of first time buyers will be supported onto the property ladder after Derbyshire County Council approved a £2m investment in schemes to help secure mortgages and boost the local economy.
The authority's cabinet yesterday (February 11th) agreed to join forces with LloydsTSB to launch the Derbyshire Lend a Hand Scheme.
Once the legal formalities between the County Council and LLoydsTSB are completed, first time buyers, who meet the scheme's criteria, will be eligible for a mortgage with a preferential interest rate if they can raise a 5% deposit. READ MORE...
Poolsbrook Play Equipment Goes Up In Flames
Tuesday 12th February 2013 Local residents are being asked to come forward with information after what's believed to be an arson attack seriously damaged play equipment at one of Chesterfield's country parks.
The attack took place on the evening of Thursday 7th February, or in the early hours of Friday 8th February at Poolsbrook Country Park, off Inkersall Road, Poolsbrook.
Play equipment on the park's play area was set alight causing an estimated £1,000 worth of damage. READ MORE...
Derby Mountain Rescue Find North Wingfield Pensioner
Tuesday 12th February 2013 Derby Mountain Rescue Team located a missing 73 year old woman on Sunday (10th February) after a search in the North Wingfield area.
The woman, a resident of North Wingfield, was believed to have left her house at 6:00am on Sunday and police had become concerned for her safety, especially with the very wet and cold conditions that day.
After an initial police search, including the use of the police helicopter overhead, mountain rescue were called in to expand the search. READ MORE...
Visit By Natascha Engel MP Marks A Milestone At The Avenue
Tuesday 12th February 2013 Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire, visited the site of the former Avenue Coking works and colliery, to see first-hand the successful clean up at what was once the most polluted site in England.
The Avenue is now beyond the half way point in a 6 year programme to remove the pollution on the site and create an area that will provide both new homes and landscaped areas for everyone to enjoy.
The clean-up operation, by on site contractors VSD, is expected to come to an end in 2015 and a 28 Hectare site will then be developed... READ MORE...
Parents Reassured About School Dinners
Monday 11th February 2013 Parents in Derbyshire are being reassured today that school meals are free from horsemeat, thanks to what Derbyshire County Council says are their own 'stringent checks’.
School meals provided by the authority's school meals service use meat produced on two local organic farms.
Products are subject to a full tracing exercise, which details exactly where the beef is from, full details of the animals from which they are made and the organic accreditations of the farms.
No ready meals are used as all dinners are fully prepared by the catering service. READ MORE...
Man In Serious Condition After Being Found With Head Injuries
Monday 11th February 2013
Police are appealing for information after a man was found with severe head injuries in Chesterfield.
Officers were called by ambulance crews to Springfield Avenue at around 11.30pm on Friday, February 8th.
A 76 year old man was found lying in the road with head injuries. He was taken to Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital and later transferred to Queen's Medical Centre, where he is currently in a serious condition. READ MORE...
Local Man Celebrates 500 Shifts Volunteering For ChildLine
Monday 11th February 2013 Chesterfield resident Mike Hasty has recently celebrated his 500th shift volunteering for ChildLine, the free and confidential helpline service for children and young people.
He has also signed up to volunteer for the new ChildLine Schools Service, which aims to ensure children have an understanding of abuse in all its forms, including bullying, and know how to protect themselves and seek help if they need it.
63-year old Mike has worked with children most of his life in his role as a teacher and has always had a desire to give something back to society. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Man Tries To Steal Woman's Handbag
Monday 11th February 2013 Police are appealing for information after a man attempted to steal a woman's bag in Chesterfield.
The incident happened between 5.55am and 6.20am on Friday, February 8th, in Brimington. A 31 year old woman was walking along Lansdowne Road, near the junction of Chesterfield Road, when a man approached her from behind and tried to grab her bag. She turned and ran back along Lansdowne Road and nothing was taken. The man was wearing a dark woolly type hat and it is thought he ran towards Brimington.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
0% Council Tax Rise Announced By County Council
Friday 8th February 2013 Derbyshire County Council has announced today that it has frozen its share of council tax for a third year running for the first time ever.
Members of the council's cabinet set the authority's annual budget for 2013/14 at £533m - including budget reduction targets of £27m.
The savings are on top of £70m of savings and 1,600 job losses in the last three years - most of which have been through early retirement, voluntary redundancy, and vacancy control.
And the authority’s five year plan has been updated to show that further reductions of £100m are required over the next four years. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Chesterfield Assault
Friday 8th February 2013 Detectives in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a man was assaulted and had his wallet and trainers stolen.
At around 2am today (Friday, February 8th) a 24-year-old man was walking along a footpath on Lockoford Road, near the Casa hotel when he was approached by three men.
One of the men punched him in the head and then continued to punch and kick the victim after he fell to the ground. One of the other men reached into his pocket and stole the victim's wallet. READ MORE...
Police Thanks For Help Over Suspicious Grangewood Incident
Friday 8th February 2013 Derbyshire Police are thanking the local community for their helping in an appeal over a suspicious incident in Grangewood.
It is after a number of residents have come forward to help police in their enquiries to trace a man who called out to two children from a car. An 11 year-old girl and a 12 year-old girl were leaving a park on Harehill Road at around 2.30pm on New Years Day when the incident happened.
Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: "We've had a good response from the local community, who have been helping local officers..." READ MORE...
Spireites Inspiring Young Drivers
Friday 8th February 2013 An 'Inspired Drivers' course is being put on by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust to help young learner drivers' improve their driving skills education.
The intensive six-week course, which starts on Monday, February 11th, will see learners taught by ADI trained instructors one night a week at the Proact Stadium, to help them prepare for lessons and the driving test.
The course content includes instruction on basic car maintenance and the importance of road safety. After being given the relevant instructions, learners will then take the controls of a vehicle in the stadium car park, where they will park in a bay and complete a demo drive. READ MORE...
This Week's Chesterfield Cinema Listings (8th - 14th February)
Friday 8th February 2013
Find all this week's Chesterfield Cineworld Cinema listings here.
Whether you fancy the latest release, or 'catching that film you really want to see on the big screen but haven't managed to get to yet', some Special and Advance Screenings, or the kids fancy a traditional 'Saturday Morning film' for just a quid (including fun and games) - you'll find it all here.
And More Music Dies In Chesterfield...
Thursday 7th February 2013 The Joint Administrators of HMV today have said this evening that Chesterfield's HMV store will close in the near future, despite a Canadian firm buying the entertainment retailer's debt.
A statement has confirmed that, in total, 66 of the group's stores have been identified for closure.
The affected stores employ 930 staff. No fixed date is set for the closure of these stores, which will continue to trade in the meantime. However, it is expected that closures will take place over the next one to two months. HMV currently operates from 220 stores in the UK. READ MORE...
Use Seat Belts For Every Journey
Thursday 7th February 2013 Belt up before every trip - that's the message from Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership on the 30th anniversary of the UK's first seat belt law.
Partnership Chairman Mike Ashworth said: "Over the years seatbelts have saved many lives and prevented many injuries. Research suggests that the majority of drivers and passengers now wear seat belts - but there's evidence that some people are still put themselves and others at risk by sometimes leaving their belts off.
Mike added: "It's important to belt up before every trip. Don't be tempted to leave your belt off because you're travelling a short distance on low speed roads - the effects of a crash on someone who is unrestrained can still be devastating in such circumstances." READ MORE...
Rotary Burns Night Celebration Helps New Charity
Thursday 7th February 2013 A traditional social event to celebrate the life of Scottish poet Rabbie Burns has also ended up helping local people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in the Chesterfield area.
The Rotary Club of Chesterfield held its annual Burns Night Celebration at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on Monday 28th January 2013.
A 'Roll-a-Coin' competition raised £120 for the recently launched local charity 'Hope Springs Recovery Centre', a support centre based at Springwell House, Newbold Road, that aims to provide crucial additional support for... READ MORE...
Two Arrested For Abusive Behaviour At Chesterfield Bus Stop
Wednesday 6th February 2013 Police in Chesterfield arrested an 18 year old man and a 16 year old girl for abusive behaviour at a bus stop on Beetwell Street.
It is after officers on patrol during the evening on Wednesday, January 30th, stopped to speak to a group which had gathered at the bus shelters near the entrance to The Pavements shopping centre. A man and a girl became abusive towards officers and used inappropriate language.
They were arrested and the 18 year old man was issued an £80 fixed penalty notice under Section 5 of the Public Order Act. READ MORE...
MP Backs Trailblazing Scheme To Catch Shoplifters In Staveley
Wednesday 6th February 2013 ShopWatch, backed by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and the Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership, provides shopkeepers with two-way radios which are used to alert other ShopWatch users, along with the local CCTV Control Room, of any incident or suspicious activity.
The CCTV Control Room is in direct radio contact with Police and Community Support officers and will alert them if necessary. There is no registration fee to join ShopWatch, just a small weekly charge for radio rental which includes maintenance and training. READ MORE...
MP Calls For Protection Of Leasehold Homeowners
Wednesday 6th February 2013 In a question to the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government, MP for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel asked what the Government was doing to safeguard leasehold homeowners from being exploited by managing agents.
Natascha Engel MP raised the case of two of her constituents who, along with other elderly residents, had received a demand for almost £200 from their managing agent despite having paid their annual management fees.
At present managing agents of leasehold properties are not... READ MORE...
Spireites Launch New Youngsters' Matchday Club
Wednesday 6th February 2013 An exciting new matchday club for youngsters is being launched by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust later this month.
Chester's Matchday Club, which is for children aged 5 to 14, will start on the day of Chesterfield's game at home to Gillingham on Saturday, February 23rd.
Those attending the club will take part in an hour-long football coaching session at a venue close to the Proact Stadium before taking their seat for the match. They will also be involved in a penalty shoot-out at half-time in front of thousands of cheering supporters! READ MORE...
Chesterfield Lottery Boat Seeks More Crew
Wednesday 6th February 2013 Eighteen months ago, the Chesterfield Canal Trust won £60,000 from the People's Jubilee Millions on ITV to build a tripboat.
After being built and launched last year and officially named the Hugh Henshall by the Duke of Devonshire at the Chesterfield Canal Festival in Staveley, it was taken to its permanent home on the Chesterfield Canal at Kiveton Park.
No ordinary vessel, it is fully accessible for the disabled, with an electro-hydraulic system to enable any user to steer the boat from anywhere within it, regardless of disability. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Petrol Theft From Newbold
Wednesday 6th February 2013 Police are appealing for information after petrol was stolen from a 4x4 in Newbold sometime overnight between Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd of January on St. John's Rd.
It is believed 2 small holes had been drilled in the fuel tank of the Land Rover Freelander and around 5 litres of petrol drained. PCSO Steve Bircumshaw of the Dunston, Moor and St. Helen's Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "Not only does the owner have to cover the cost of replacing the fuel, but they also have to pay for repairs. I would ask that anyone with information about this, or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area that night to contact us.
Those with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111
Steelers' Heather Runs London Marathon For Team Bluebell
Tuesday 5th February 2013 Heather Finnerty, wife of the Sheffield Steelers coach Ryan, is pulling on her trainers and running the London Marathon for local children's hospice, Bluebell Wood.
Canadian-born Heather became involved with the hospice after Ryan and the team visited back in December, as they are keen supporters of the charity. She was incredibly touched after hearing about their work from Ryan and as a result offered her services as a volunteer as she is a qualified counselling psychologist.
Bluebell Wood offer care and support to local children... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Borough Council Ask You To Name A Rugby Road
Tuesday 5th February 2013 Rugby fans can now make their final vote for their favourite street names for the two new streets in a competition run by Chesterfield Borough Council in association with Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Union Football Club.
The two streets are part of a new development on the club's former Sheffield Road Site, Stonegravels.
Chesterfield Borough Council ran the first part of the 'Name a Rugby Road' competition in November 2012 for residents to suggest names... READ MORE...
Police Given Power To Disperse Troublemakers In Killamarsh
Monday 4th February 2013 Police have been granted a dispersal order to help them target troublemakers in Killamarsh.
The decision to introduce the order has been taken by Derbyshire police and North East Derbyshire District Council, in consultation with other partner agencies, to respond to community concerns and target an increase in anti-social behaviour.
The area has suffered with an increase in calls about anti-social behaviour in the Killamarsh area, with 526 reports between April 1st and January 27th, compared to 426 in the same period the previous year. READ MORE...
Fitness Looks Good In Clay Cross
Monday 4th February 2013
Councillors in North East Derbyshire have officially launched a new-look leisure centre following a £530,000 revamp.
Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Clay Cross now has a brand new fitness suite, refurbished reception and improved disabled access thanks to the investment by North East Derbyshire District Council.
Work to modernise the reception area is now complete, and follows the opening of a new 40-station gym and wheelchair-accessible poolside... READ MORE...
Three Teenagers Charged After Dronfield Burglary
Monday 4th February 2013 Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with a burglary in Dronfield during which a car containing distinctive items was stolen.
As we reported last week, at around 4am last Wednesday, a house on Dyche Lane, Coal Aston, was broken into, car keys were taken and a Ford KA stolen from the drive - which belonged to a racing driver - and included distinctive kit and a helmet (left). Three teenage boys, two aged 17 and one aged 16, were arrested in Sheffield on suspicion of burglary and have been released on bail pending further inquiries. The equipment and the car have also been recovered.
Anyone with any further information about the burglary should contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Inscyte Appointed Specialist Business Advisors
Monday 4th February 2013 Inscyte Ltd, an East Midlands business consultancy providing business development and marketing support to early-stage companies and SMEs, has announced that they have been appointed specialist business advisors for a project led by Chesterfield Borough Council.
The project, financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is to help innovative businesses based in the Dunston and Tapton Innovation Centres, and in the rest of the Borough, to grow.
Inscyte is part of a team of advisors appointed to provide support to business owners in areas including bringing products to market, promoting their brand and services, and developing their teams. READ MORE...
Sainsbury's Reach Half Way In Charity Target
Friday 1st February 2013 Sainsbury's Chesterfield have said they are proud to announce that they have reached the half-way stage into their year-long partnership with Specialist Stroke Services and, thanks to the support of the Chesterfield community, the partnership has achieved great success so far with £6,455 raised for the charity.
Back in June last year, the store announced that Specialist Stroke Services will be their Local Charity partner for the next twelve months, following votes from customers. The charity provides care for survivors of strokes and their families in North Derbyshire. READ MORE...
Royal Leads The Way In Stopping The Clots
Thursday 31st January 2013 The Chesterfield Royal Hospital has been highlighted for the innovative way it deals with preventing potentially deadly blood clots.
Venous Thromboembolism, or VTE for short, is a blood clot that can affect people when they are immobile for long periods of time caused by sluggish circulation and changes in blood composition.
An estimated 25,000 people die from hospital acquired blood clots in England each year, despite being largely preventable, and the Royal has been awarded a Special Commendation Certificate by Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity. READ MORE & VIDEO...
Distinctive Items Stolen During Dronfield Burglary
Thursday 31st January 2013 Police in Dronfield are appealing for information after distinctive items of were stolen during a burglary.
At around 4am on Wed, Jan 30th thieves broke into a house on Dyche Lane, Coal Aston, taking the key to the occupant's car and stealing the burgundy 2002 registered Ford KA from the drive. The car belonged to a racing driver and included distinctive kit and a helmet. The helmet is a blue, red and black Arai helmet and has the driver's name written on it. Anyone with any information about the burglary, the cars whereabouts or the items inside it should contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
High Speed Rail Route Prompts Concerns Locally
Wednesday 30th January 2013 After the Government revealed it's plans for the proposed route of the High Speed Rail link between Birmingham and Leeds, it has become clear that the route may travel through parts of Chesterfield, sparking concern amongst affected groups and locals.
Local MP, Natscha Engel has promised Chesterfield Post readers that she will consult with constituents over the plans which the Government says will link cities much more quickly and spread economic benefits.
The route would pass through Renishaw and Killamarsh... READ MORE...
Drop The Pounds (But Save A Few Too!) With Chester
Wednesday 30th January 2013 After over-indulging on cheese over the festive period, Chesterfield's mascot, Chester the Fieldmouse, is on a mission to get healthier and lose a bit of his excess weight!
Chester has decided to issue a challenge to the people of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire to join him in his quest. As an extra incentive and to add motivation, Chester is asking those taking part to seek sponsorship which will be shared equally between the Chesterfield FC Community Trust and Prostate Cancer UK.
The Community Trust is the club's charity, working in the local... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Foster Carer Campaign Hits The Road
Wednesday 30th January 2013
A new campaign calling for more Derbyshire foster carers has hit the road with two local bus services rolling out the recruitment message.
In the North East of Derbyshire, a Stagecoach bus has been transformed into a huge, moving advert that will travel the roads of Chesterfield, Wingerworth, Tupton, Clay Cross, Pilsley, Stonebroom, Alfreton and beyond while an Arriva 61 bus will travel the south of the county from Derby to Swadlincote, covering Allenton, Chellaston, Melbourne, Ticknall and Woodville along the way. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Motorcyclist Dies In Collision
Wednesday 30th January 2013 A 27-year-old man has died after his motorcycle was in collision with a lorry on the A61 near Shirland.
At around 3.30pm yesterday (Tuesday, January 29th) a collision occurred on the A61 north of Alfreton involving a Yamaha motorcycle and a heavy goods vehicle. Emergency services including the air ambulance attended but the rider of the motorcycle sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Part of the A61 was closed for several hours between Westhouses and Shirland. Police are investigating the circumstances of the collision and appeal for witnesses to contact PC Paul Moorcroft of the Collision Investigation Unit Police on 01773 572929.
Chesterfield Jazz Club 'Jam Session' Dates
Wednesday 30th January 2013 Chesterfield Jazz Club is holding Jam Session nights at Club Chesterfield, Chester Street in Chesterfield.
If you play an instrument or sing, and love jazz, this could be the opportunity for you! Get down to the Chesterfield Jazz Club and work with the house trio (piano/bass/drums), bringing your instrument and 3 legible copies of 3 (max) chord charts. The PA/Amp will be provided. Upcoming Jam Sessions are taking place on Thursday 7th February, 4th April and 2nd May 2013 - all at 7:30pm. Participants entry is £4 while spectators entry is £5 payable on the door.
Visit www.chesterfieldjazz.com for more details.
Drivers Doubt Their Skills Says AA Poll
Wednesday 30th January 2013 Don't get into bad habits behind the wheel! That's the message from Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership after research revealed that half of drivers think they would struggle if they had to re-sit their test.
In the AA poll of nearly 18,000 drivers: around half of those who took part thought they would now struggle with at least one aspect of the driving test; one in 10 thought they would not pass the test at all; a fifth thought parallel parking would be the hardest manoeuvre to perform correctly; 9% of men and 5% of women thought inappropriate speed would be their downfall.
Partnership Chairman Mike Ashworth said: "It's easy to get into bad habits when your driving instructor is no longer there to pick up on your mistakes." READ MORE...
Forensic Technology Helps Local Residents Beat The Burglars
Tuesday 29th January 2013 Residents at a sheltered housing scheme in Newbold, Chesterfield were feeling more secure yesterday after police marked their valuables with the latest state-of-the-art forensic security marking system.
The free service was part of an initiative by Derbyshire Police which offered security marking to residents in the Chesterfield area following the Christmas period.
Helen Brown, Scheme Manager at Eyre Gardens heard about the initiative and realised that most of her residents wouldn't be able to get their belongings down to the police station. She said: "I contacted Derbyshire police to explain... READ MORE...
Ambulance Service Sign Joint Learning Agreement
Tuesday 29th January 2013
The signing of a Joint Learning Agreement shows a commitment between East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), Unison, GMB and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to support staff with their continued learning and development.
Phil Milligan, East Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive said: "Our service has faced some challenging times over recent years, and one of the ways to move forward from this is through learning and development. That is why the signing of this Joint Learning Agreement is such a significant step." READ MORE...
Support For Businesses In Chesterfield
Tuesday 29th January 2013 Innovative and growing businesses in Chesterfield can benefit from support from specialist business advisors in a project led by Chesterfield Borough Council.
Help is available, both to businesses based in Dunston and Tapton Innovation Centres, as well as other ones in the Borough who are looking to grow.
The Borough Council's business advisor will meet with business owners to look at the issues they face and indentify solutions as well as giving details of other forms of business support available in one-to-one sessions and workshops. READ MORE...
Bluebell Wood Has The X-Factor
Monday 28th January 2013 Children and families at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice were jumping for joy today as they received a very special surprise visit from several of the X Factor contestants!
The North Anston based hospice was taken over for a few hours by the talented singers and their dancers including District 3, Union J and Christopher Maloney, from the popular ITV1 hit show.
The X Factor tour begins tomorrow night in Manchester and some of the artists took time out of their schedule to visit the children at Bluebell Wood. READ MORE...
Local Wrestler On The Bill As Famous Show Comes To Town
Monday 28th January 2013 UWE Megaslam American Wrestling, the entertainment company famed for it's all action family friendly American Wrestling events, are preparing to slam down for a debut in Chesterfield at The Winding Wheel Theatre on Saturday 9th February.
Touring up and down the country each year, they bring in the top stars from all over the world including America, Mexico, Canada as well as top competitors from all over the UK.
This rings especially true for their Chesterfield showdown as local... READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Cars Are Damaged In Holymoorside
Monday 28th January 2013 Police are appealing for information after 18 cars had their wing mirrors damaged in Holymoorside.
The incident happened sometime overnight between Friday, January 18th and Saturday, January 19th to 14 vehicles parked in Gallery Lane, two on Loads Road and two on New Road. PC Rachel March of the Wingerworth and Rural Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "Weather conditions that night were poor but it's unusual for that many cars to be damaged. Wing mirrors can also be costly to replace or repair and can cause inconvenience to the owner. We would really like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area that evening, or with any information about the incidents."
Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Flood Warning Update For Chesterfield
Sunday 27th January 2013 A Flood Warning is in place this morning in Bolsover on the River Doe Lea - including Buttermilk Lane and the area around Buttermilk Bridge, including the works.
It also includes Netherthorpe including Netherthorpe School, Riverdale Park and some properties on Worksop Road.
It's due to the rising river levels, in response to snow melt and rainfall throughout the night. Levels will continue to rise through the morning. The Environment Agency says it will continue to monitor the situation closely. READ MORE...
WIN A Brampton Manor Fitness Centre Family Membership
Saturday 26th January 2013 A fantastic prize of a 6 month Family Membership is on offer from Chesterfield's county wide popular venue for weddings, receptions and functions and business facilities.
Brampton Manor's fully equipped Health & Fitness centre is one of very few venues in Chesterfield that offers a creche, heated indoor pool, squash courts, fully air conditioned gymnasium as well as a fantastic class timetable including Bokwa, yoga, pilates and spinning. It is also now offering the chance to win an amazing FREE 6 month family membership* (2 Adults and 2 Children) to their health and fitness centre in our great FREE to enter Prize Draw. It's a fantastic prize and doesn't cost a penny to enter - and you can enter as many times as you wish! READ MORE...
The Proof Of The Pudding... Taste Testing At The Royal
Friday 25th January 2013 "For many patients it's the highlight of their day and if we get it wrong, it can really disappoint them" - that's Jethro Pickard, Senior Assistant General Manager at Chesterfield's Royal Hospital, talking about hospital food.
Sadly, food eaten in hospitals, just like school dinners, has over the years had a reputation of being more 'bloomin 'eck' than Blumenthal. However, Chesterfield Royal Hospital sought to change that earlier this week when the food served up to patients on the ward was served to visitors in the Reception Area as part of a taste test exercise. READ MORE...
Man Receives Police Warning After Holmewood Drugs Warrant
Friday 25th January 2013 A man has received a warning after police carried out a drugs warrant at a property in Holmewood.
Officers from the Holmewood, Grassmoor and Calow and Arkwright Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team carried out a warrant at the address on Compton St on Tuesday, Jan 22nd. A small amount of Cannabis was seized and a 19 year old man from the local area was given a warning for possession of a Class B drug.
Anyone with information relating to drugs or any other crime call Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
USDAW Has Constructive Talks With Co-op Following Closure
Wednesday 23rd January 2013 Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) has said today that it has held 'constructive' talks with the Midlands Co-operative Society following Monday January 21st's announcement of the Co-op's proposal to close its Fashion & Home business.
Usdaw's Divisional Officer Gavin Dadley met with senior HR management from the Society yesterday at the company's head office and described the discussions as 'very constructive'. "The Society has reassured us it is doing everything possible to minimise the number of potential job losses," said Gavin. "The Society also reassured Usdaw that it would do all it could to find alternative employment within its other divisions, and in the local area, for staff affected by the closure programme. READ MORE...
Spireites Appeal For Help To Clear Pitch
Wednesday 23rd January 2013 An appeal has gone out to Chesterfield supporters to help clear snow from the pitch at the Proact Stadium ahead of Saturday's League Two game against Southend United.
Volunteers are asked to report to the stadium from 9am on Friday, preferably armed with a plastic snow shovel. Please note that metal spades cannot be used due to the risk of damage to the turf.
Anyone helping to clear the snow will be rewarded with a match ticket and a voucher for use on the concourse.
New Community Bobby In Holmewood, Grassmoor & Arkwright
Wednesday 23rd January 2013 A new community bobby is out on patrol on in Holmewood, Grassmoor, Calow and Arkwright.
PC Matt Rodda joined the Safer Neighbourhood team for the New Year, taking over the reins from PC Sarah Allcock.
Matt has been a police officer for more than five years, starting his career at Clay Cross and also working in the response teams at Chesterfield.
Outside of work, PC Rodda enjoys football and... READ MORE...
Shortlist For New Dental Pilot Practices Announced
Wednesday 23rd January 2013
Dental patients in Chesterfield could soon be helping to pave the way to a new era in oral health as dentists sign up to join a pioneering pilot programme.
The Wisdom Dental Clinic is one of 29 sites across the country to be shortlisted by the Department of Health to join the pilot programme which is helping to further shape the new dental contract. The programme started in 2011 with 70 practices - now building on their success, a second stage will be launched in April 2013 so the new practices can develop the work further. READ MORE...
Snow Joke... Buses, School Closures And Service Updates...
We keep the 'Closed' list updated as quickly as we get the info - however, if you work at a school or business that is closed - or have an event which is cancelled due to the severe weather - please let us know HERE and we will update it.
Please take care though when you're out and about. READ MORE...
Loss Of Department Store A "Massive Hit" - MP Toby Perkins
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 After yesterday's shock news that Chesterfield's historic Co-operative Department Store is earmarked for closure, MP Toby Perkins has expressed his dismay at the move.
The Midlands Co-Operative Society stated they took the difficult decision - which threatens 388 jobs and nine stores across the region - due to increasing losses in its Fashion & Home operations.
Commenting on the closure, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said: "This news is a massive hit for Chesterfield." READ MORE...
Chesterfield College To Help You 'Step Forward' Into Work
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 In a bid to improve young people's chances of getting into work or gaining an apprenticeship, Chesterfield College has launched a new project called 'Step Forward'.
Its aim is to make each young person who wants to get into work as employable as possible and links directly with opportunities across the area such as Derbyshire County Council's on-going apprenticeship recruitment drive.
The project caters for all young people, whether in or out of education or training and prepares them as much as possible for entering the world of work. Training starts in February and individuals will start at a tailored level to match their needs. READ MORE...
CFC Community Trust's After-School Football Clubs
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 The Chesterfield FC Community Trust would like to hear from any local school interested in launching an after-school football club.
The clubs are for pupils of primary school age and they feature fun football skills and games for an hour each week over a six-week half-term.
The cost of attending is £12 for the full six weeks, "Working out at just £2 per session, it represents excellent value," said the Trust's sport, health and football Manager, Rachel Booth.
"Arkwright Primary School will be hosting a club for the first time this term on a Wednesday and Thursday for infants and juniors." READ MORE...
Tenants Sign Up For Chesterfield FC Community Hub
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 Plans for Chesterfield FC's £1.5m Community Hub Facility have taken a major step forward after five organisations agreed to become tenants of the area in the Midlands Co-operative Community Stand at the Proact Stadium.
Derbyshire County Council, Seren Holdings and Club Taxis have all exchanged contracts with the club's Community Trust while Leonard Cheshire Disability and MacIntyre are poised to follow suit.
Chesterfield FC Community Trust director John Croot... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Entrepreneur Puts Trust In Prince To Help Teens
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 One young entrepreneur from Chesterfield is showcasing an innovative online company, which he hopes will help teenagers, and their parents, face up to life's challenges.
Jack Vennard, 31, says that he was inspired to run his own business after meeting CASA and Global Brands owner Steve Perez in 2002 over a decade ago, "I was overwhelmed by him! He's such an inspiration and I wanted to be like him."
It proved to be a hard road, "I left the Royal Marines and put a business plan together to put together an alcoholic drinks company but was a little less educated and prepared, so didn't get that off the ground. I went to university and took a Business Studies degree to prepare myself..." READ MORE...
Three Men Jailed After Barlborough Break-In And Burglary
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 Three men who broke into a house in Barlborough and stole the homeowner's car have been jailed.
Louis Clark, 23, Shaun Unsworth, 24 and Scott Newbold, 23, entered the house on Winders Corner on December 9th, 2012. They took a car key and then stole a Volkswagen Golf from the driveway. They were arrested by Nottinghamshire Police after the stolen car was seen on CCTV being dumped in the Aspley area of Nottingham. The trio were later charged with burglary and theft.
Unsworth, of Mulberry Gardens, Nottingham, was jailed for 30 months; Newbold, of Melford Road, Nottingham was sentenced to three years and Clark, of Bankwood Close, Nottingham, received a four-year jail term. They were sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Friday, January 11th after pleading guilty to the charges at an earlier hearing.
Police Remind Youngsters To Enjoy The Snow Responsibly
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 Police are reminding youngsters enjoying the wintry weather to make sure they do so safe and responsibly.
It is after officers have received increased calls about snowballing over the past four days from residents in Chesterfield, Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and the Amber Valley.
Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: "Residents have contacted police with concerns around youngsters throwing snow balls at buildings and traffic during the past few days. READ MORE...
Major Chesterfield Retailer To Close It's Doors
Monday 21st January 2013 There is more concern for Chesterfield's High Street today after over one hundred jobs are under threat with the closure of one of the town's major retailers.
In a statement today, Midlands Co-Operative, one of Chesterfield's most recognisable retailers, has said it is due to close its doors to shoppers after falling victim to what it has called 'changes in retail habit'.
Midlands Co-operative earlier confirmed the Society's plans to close its Fashion & Home business with Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive saying, "Major changes in the retailing sector and the ever increasing growth in online shopping over recent years have created significant and fundamental challenges for the Society's Fashion & Home business." READ MORE...
Important Changes To Chesterfield Council Tax Benefits
Monday 21st January 2013 More than 9,000 Chesterfield residents are being warned they face higher council tax bills due to changes following national benefit cuts.
Chesterfield Borough Council is alerting anyone of working age who currently gets full council tax benefit that from 1st April, they will have to pay a proportion of their council tax bill. Those getting some benefit will also have more council tax to pay.
The changes are happening after the Government decided to withdraw £1.1 million of funding for Chesterfield council tax benefit claimants... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Lib Dems Elect Julia Cambridge As MP Candidate
Monday 21st January 2013 It's been announced this morning by Chesterfield Liberal Democrats that their PPC to fight the 2015 General election is to be Julia Cambridge.
A packed hustings on Saturday afternoon saw her win after taking 85% of the members' vote.
After being elected, Julia said, "I'm thrilled at the opportunity to fight for the people of Chesterfield. They have been telling me they want a full time presence in the community who understands what's important to them." READ MORE...
Chesterfield Police Appeal After Inkersall Burglary
Monday 21st January 2013 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information following a burglary in the Inkersall area during which cash and a large amount of jewellery was stolen.
Sometime between 7.40pm and 9.30pm on Friday, January 11th, thieves broke into a house on Castleton Grove and stole jewellery including eight rings, four necklaces, a pair of jewel set earrings and several bracelets.
Officers would like to speak to anyone with any information about the burglary. Contact Chesterfield CID on the police non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Chesterfield Royal Hospital Weather Disruption Update
Monday 21st January 2013 Chesterfield Royal says that, in view of the weather, there will be disruption to services today, but that they are doing their very best to retain services as much as possible.
They advise that, if patients arrive for out-patient appointments, they will be seen today, but some delays arelikely as they are covering clinics as best they can. There will be no problem though if appointments are rearranged - just ring the number on your card or letter.
They say that they understand that travelling is really difficult and they don't want to put any patients in unnecessary danger.
Maintaining Essential Services Through The Snow
Monday 21st January 2013 Derbyshire County Council is striving to maintain essential frontline services following heavy snow fall throughout the county over the last few days.
Officers based at County Hall in Matlock are working with Derbyshire police, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service, other local councils, voluntary groups and health services to co-ordinate efforts and prioritise where help is needed most.
General calls for help from the public include helping residents get to emergency medical and hospital appointments and carrying out extra gritting on roads to allow funerals to go ahead. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Borough Council Weather Disruption Updates
Monday 21st January 2013 11:30
Updates on any disruptions to Chesterfield Borough Council services due to the severe weather.
Bin collections - All bin collections are now suspended for today.
Cemeteries and Crematorium - Cemeteries and Chesterfield and District crematorium are open. Families are advised to check with the funeral director if the service is able to go ahead. READ MORE...
Ambulance Service 'Snowed' Under With Calls
Monday 21st January 2013 Freezing conditions over the weekend have seen East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) deal with 900 more calls than during the same period last year.
Between Thursday January 17th and Sunday January 20th, the 999 service received 6,335 calls, compared to 5,395 over the same dates in 2012.
Of these calls, 1,118 related to falls and 140 to road traffic incidents.
In Derbyshire longstanding links with local Mountain Rescue Teams... READ MORE...
Christmas Drink Drive Figures Released
Friday 18th January 2013 Almost 20% of motorists breathalysed as part Derbyshire police's annual Christmas anti-drink drive campaign gave a positive test, refused to take it or failed to provide a sample.
The campaign ran between December 1st and 31st, during which time officers conducted breath tests on drivers across the county to reduce the number of people driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Officers administered 391 breath tests and of those, 79 people (almost 20%) gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test... READ MORE...
Two Men Charged With 'Fraudulent Trading'
Friday 18th January 2013
Two Yorkshire men have been charged with fraudulent trading relating to a Barlborough based property investment company that went into administration in November 2008.
The men were directors of the company and more than 90 private investors are alleged to have lost money they put into the company totalling more than £7million.
The men, aged 53 and 68, will appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates' Court on Monday, February 4th.
Henderson's Take On Worcester In The Battle Of The Relishes!
Friday 18th January 2013 It's the battle of the condiments…two meal time giants battling it out for the title of top tastebud tickler!
In one corner there's Henderson's Relish, the one thing that any true Sheffielder will tell you brings dinner to life, a firm family favourite made to a secret recipe for more than a hundred years. In the other corner there's Worcestershire Sauce, the Lea and Perrins brand that has been a global hit since 1837.
But they finally come face to face at The Devonshire Arms in Middle Handley on January 23rd with a special Great British Pie Night challenge. READ MORE...
Casa Named Fourth Best UK Hotel By TripAdvisor
Thursday 17th January 2013 Chesterfield's 4-star hotel, Casa has announced that it has won 'an Oscar of the hotel world', having been named the UK's fourth best hotel by the world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor.
Unlike any other hotel honours, the Travellers' Choice Awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions covering more than 650,000 hotels collected in a single year from travellers around the world. The campaign identifies the most outstanding properties worldwide, and Casa also placed as the number 21 hotel in Europe.
Casa's Owner, Steve Perez, commented, "I'm overwhelmed..." READ MORE...
MP Questions Health Minister In Parliamentary Session
Wednesday 16th January 2013 Questions in Parliament yesterday, Tuesday 15th January, saw Natascha Engel, Labour MP for North East Derbyshire, ask the Health Minister if the Government proposed to reduce waiting times for patients through offers of an independent service.
Natascha raised the case of a constituent who had been told he would have to wait 18 weeks to be assessed for minor oral surgery, or to speed things up he could take advantage of an independent service.
Natascha asked: "My 92-year-old constituent, Ron Lewin, was..." READ MORE...
Patients Highly Satisfied With GP Out Of Hours Service
Wednesday 16th January 2013 Patients in Derbyshire have given their out of hours GP service the thumbs-up in an independent national survey published by Ipsos MORI.
Results from the 2012 GP Patient Survey show that patient satisfaction with the Derbyshire GP out of hours service, run by Derbyshire Health United, is higher than the national England average.
Over 74% of patients in Derbyshire County rated their overall experience of the GP out of hours service as 'good' and 78% of patients were impressed with the ease of contacting the out of hours GP service by telephone. A high number (86%) said that they had confidence and trust in their out of hours clinician. READ MORE...
Drivers Urged To Take Care During Bad Weather Conditions
Wednesday 16th January 2013 Take extra care on the roads - that's the message from Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership as the snowy and icy conditions are back and forecast to stay for a while.
Partnership Chairman Mike Ashworth said: "Please check if the weather conditions are affecting your route by checking the online gritting updates from Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and the Highways Agency.
"If you do decide to travel, make sure you're prepared. It's a good idea to take an emergency kit of boots, warm clothes, a shovel, a torch, a snack, a hot drink and a charged mobile telephone." READ MORE...
Further Police Appeal After More Gas Piping Stolen In Bolsover
Wednesday 16th January 2013 Further information is being requested by Derbyshire Police after two more homes in Bolsover have had copper piping stolen.
The incidents happened at two houses on Bentinck Road, Bolsover in the early hours of the morning on Saturday, January 12th. Copper piping, connected to the gas meter, on the outside of the properties was taken.
An appeal was put out by police last month after 5 similar incidents in the area, which happened between Friday 14th and Tuesday 18th December. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Remembers The Holocaust
Tuesday 15th January 2013 Auschwitz survivor Iby Knill will tell her extraordinary story at a Chesterfield Borough Council event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Born in Czechoslovakia in 1923, Iby was sent to Auschwitz in June 1944 after a spell in a Hungarian prison, interred as an illegal immigrant.
She first described her harrowing experiences more than 60 years later when the BBC ran a competition to find extraordinary stories from real people.
Iby's story was told in the book 'The Woman Without a Number'... READ MORE...
Changes To Council Tax Benefit Agreed In N E Derbyshire
Tuesday 15th January 2013 Working-age people who receive Council Tax Benefit should expect changes to their bill from April after North East Derbyshire District Council approved its new scheme.
Local authorities have had to adopt a new system of calculating the benefit after the government announced cuts in the amount councils are given to fund the scheme, affecting the level of support claimants receive.
In North East Derbyshire, the new scheme means all working age people who are eligible for Council Tax Benefit will have to pay some of their bill... READ MORE...
Business Owners: You Can Be Heroes - For More Than One Day
Tuesday 15th January 2013 If you are a local business owner - are you a hero? A local business charity is asking if you would consider it - by accepting a Royal invitation - from HRH Prince of Wales himself, to help local community organisations achieve their potential and be successful.
How can you do this? By simply volunteering your skills. Why? Because your skills and commitment are needed within your community to help it succeed.
Last week, Prince Charles was interviewed by 'This Morning' as part of their 'You Can Be Heroes' campaign, which is highlighting the work... READ MORE...
Another Street Cat Named 'Bob'! A Reader Appeals For Help
Tuesday 15th January 2013 We are today carrying an appeal from one of our readers who contacted us to see if there is anyone who could re-home this beautiful cat she is currently feeding after it appeared on her doorstep.
The reader says that, "I first met this ginger and white moggy back in June last year, when I found him trying to get in through the cat flap in my kitchen door. I have two elderly male cats and they didn't take to him so I encouraged him away. Initially, I thought he had moved into the area with someone but as the weeks passed by, I wondered if he may be lost as he was still trying to come in, despite all the discouragement." READ MORE...
How Was It For You? Rate Your Recycling Centre
Tuesday 15th January 2013 People across the county are being asked to rate their local recycling centre.
Residents can fill in a short survey to highlight what they like and what they think needs improving at the Derbyshire County Council sites in: Ashbourne; Bolsover; Chesterfield; Glossop; Ilkeston; Loscoe; Newhall (Swadlincote); Northwood (Darley Dale) and Buxton (Waterswallows).
Councillor John Allsop, Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for technology and recycling, said: "All the information we receive from these surveys will be used to improve our services. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Teen Sustains Serious Injuries In Crash
Monday 14th January 2013 Police are appealing for information after a teenager suffered serious injuries in a road traffic incident in Chesterfield.
At 8.35pm on Sunday January 6th, police were called to the High St, Old Whittington, at the roundabout with Woodmere Drive to a teenager who had been thrown from a motorbike. The 17-year-old male rider of a blue Honda motorbike received serious spinal injuries and is still being treated in hospital. It is not know whether the motorbike had been in collision with another vehicle. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact PC Adam Shipley on the Roads Policing Unit on the non-emergency number 101.
Chesterfield's Auto Windscreens Wins Major BGL Contract
Monday 14th January 2013 Despite the economic gloom, there is some good news for Chesterfield-based Auto Windscreens, after they have announced that they have won the exclusive glass supplier contract for BGL Group, which manages some of the UK's most prestigious motor insurance brands including Post Office, M&S, RAC, Lloyds TSB and Halifax.
BGL Group is one of the largest personal lines insurance groups in the UK, providing insurance for 2.7 million customers nationwide. It employs more than 2,400 people at its head office and contact centre in Peterborough, and at additional contact centres in Coventry and Sunderland. READ MORE...
NHS Calls For Chesterfield Residents To Be NHS Governors
Monday 14th January 2013 People living in the Chesterfield and Bolsover areas are being urged to get more involved in their local NHS ahead of this Thursday's (17th January) deadline for nominations for NHS governors at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.
Nominations opened in December for the first ever Council of Governors to oversee the Trust's patient care as it becomes a new NHS Foundation Trust, but so far only a handful of people have put themselves forward from the North East of the county.
Trust Secretary Kirsteen Farrar said: "We would urge anyone with an interest in their local NHS care to consider getting involved as a governor. It is not too late to put themselves forward." READ MORE...
Three Men Appear In Court After 'Prolific' Burglaries
Monday 14th January 2013 Three men have appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield charged in connection with 12 burglaries across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Adam Platts, 24, Ross Turton, 20, and Martyn Sedgewick, 30, are charged with conspiracy to commit burglaries and conspiracy to steal motor cars. The charges are in connection with 9 burglaries in Derbyshire and 3 in Nottinghamshire, during which 11 cars were stolen. The burglaries took place between May and August 2012. The three men from South Yorkshire appeared at NE Derbys and Dales Magistrates' Court on Jan 11th and will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Jan 18th.
'Stranger Danger' Warnings After Suspicious Incidents
Friday 11th January 2013 An 11 year-old girl and a 12 year-old girl were leaving a park on Harehill Road, Grangewood, at around 2.30pm on Tuesday, January 1st, when a man drove past in a car and called out to them. Both girls ran off and it is not thought he tried to follow them.
The man is described as white with dark hair, and wearing a black coat. He was driving a black hatchback car.
Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: "Fortunately, the girls quickly left the area but we are concerned about the man's behaviour..." READ MORE...
Chesterfield Fighter Boxes Clever For Charity
Friday 11th January 2013 Greg Scott-Briggs is happy to be written off before he meets a knock-out king in Derby next month.
Scott-Briggs has been matched with Wayne Evans on an EBF-sanctioned show at the Assembly Rooms, Derby on Sunday, February 17th - and the Chesterfield veteran knows he's tipped to lose their cruiserweight clash.
Evans impressed when he raced to a one-round win on the last show in Derby - but Scott-Briggs reckons he will stop the Doncaster power puncher's climb up the EBF ratings, "I'm told he's a fast starter, a big puncher..." READ MORE...
You Think Your Pet Is Special? Could It Be A VIP?
Friday 11th January 2013 Pets at Home Chesterfield are hoping to find the winner of a national competition here on their doorstep.
The chain is calling for animal lovers from the area to nominate pets that they have re-homed, for a chance to be crowned 'the face' of its new reward scheme, the Very Important Pet (VIP) club.
The search for VIP nominations is now under way across the country and entrants should share their re-homed pet's story and explain why their pet is so important to them. READ MORE...
Jessops Goes Into Administration
Thursday 10th January 2013 A national company with a branch in Chesterfield went into administrationon Wednesday and job losses are now feared in the town.
Speculation had been mounting all day that Jessops, a photographic retailer with a store on the High Street was to call in the receivers and confirmation came yesterday afternoon that this indeed was the case.
A statement from the Administrators PwC said: "Edward Williams, Rob Hunt and Matthew Hammond of PwC were appointed joint administrators of The Jessop Group Limited on 9th January 2013." READ MORE...
Man Sentenced After Breach Of Sexual Offences Order
Wednesday 9th January 2013
A man has been sentenced for breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order after appearing at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court on Monday January 7th.
Martin Firth, who lives in Winster and Bristol, was given a 12 month community order, required to perform 150 hours of unpaid work and has to pay costs of £650.
He is a registered sex offender as a result of being found guilty at Taunton Crown Court on December 8th 2008 of making and possessing... READ MORE...
Rise In Dumping Of Dead Animals Prompts Warning
Tuesday 8th January 2013 Farmers are being warned they could face a fine or imprisonment for dumping animal carcasses after a rise in Derbyshire reports.
Controls were introduced under Animal By Production Regulations to reduce the risk of disease spread following the outbreak of BSE.
Farm animal carcasses must be disposed of in a manner required by the legislation at an approved renderer or incinerator at the cost of the farmer, which could be up to £100 per animal.
In the last three months of 2012, Derbyshire County Council dealt with five reports of animal carcasses being dumped illegally across the county. READ MORE...
Damages Paid To Injured Road Worker
Monday 7th January 2013 A road worker who so badly damaged his ankle working in the dark on an unlit stretch of the A52 that he needed surgery, has received compensation after help from his trade union.
Dean Ness, 35, from Chesterfield, was off work for three months following the operation to mend torn ligaments in his ankle when he stumbled on the kerb while putting cones on the road at Spondon, Derby.
Mr Ness was working the night shift for Carillion Plc on the back of a road maintenance truck, placing cones on the road to close it off... READ MORE...
Can You Help Identify This Man?
Monday 7th January 2013 Thames Valley Police are appealing for help to trace the family of a man whose unidentified body was found in a shed in Donnington in 1979, who may have had links to north Derbyshire.
The appeal is part of Operation Nightingale set up to establish the identities of eight bodies found across the Thames Valley dating back to the 1970s. The operation is being run by the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Review team.
Following a national appeal by Thames Valley Police in December, a man came forward with information about an item of clothing... READ MORE...
Guide Dog 'Dawson' Bought By Sainsbury's
Monday 7th January 2013 After a lot of fun and fundraising to reach their £5,000 target, Sainsbury's in Dronfield has now received a photo of the Guide Dog puppy they named Dawson, aged six-weeks-old.
Over the next 12 months, staff at Sainsbury's will hear what little Dawson has been up to as they receive a puppy birth certificate, personalised updates on his training and a final photo as he leaves his puppy walker to go to Guide Dog Training School.
They will also meet up with Dawson in 'person', so they can see... READ MORE...
Care Home Operator Appoints New Operations Director
Monday 7th January 2013 National care home provider Hill Care has appointed a new national Operations Director to its head office in Chesterfield.
Having previously held the same role at Cheshire-based Four Seasons Health Care, Mandy Vernon is responsible for ensuring that the highest standards of staffing, care and resident support are upheld at Hill Care's full portfolio of care homes.
Mandy began her career as a nurse at the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital, before moving into the care home industry with St Andrews Homes and rising up to Regional Manager and Operations Director... READ MORE...
Mary Awarded BEM For Services To The Community
Friday 4th January 2013 Trying to persuade Milltown's Mary Wardle to stand still long enough to answer just a few questions about her award of the BEM in the New Year Honours List is no easy task. It's a bit like trying to catch the wind.
For a woman of, dare we say it, 78, Mary's got more stamina and enthusiasm for good works of one kind or another than most people half her age. Nobody knows that better than husband John. "Catch the wind?" he says, when asked if Mary ever stays in one place more than a few minutes, "She's more like a whirlwind..."
There’s a mix of both admiration and frustration in John's voice... READ MORE...
BE A DISTRIBUTOR & WRAP PARTY PLANNER - 'IT WORKS!'
Friday 4th January 2013 Get paid to share the products you love! Launched in the UK at The Vitality Show 2012 to great acclaim, the Ultimate Body Applicator from It Works! Global has been doubling its sales in the US every year for the last five years.
It's a customisable body contouring wrap that's infused with a powerful, naturally based detoxifying formula which tightens, tones and firms where applied to the skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite and skin slackening. It is actual Fat Loss! In many cases, there is a resulting inch loss! There is nothing else like it on the market today, it is totally unique. READ MORE...
Two Men Charged After Paramedic Assaulted In Chesterfield
Thursday 3rd January 2013 Two men have been charged after a paramedic was assaulted while attending a call to a house in Chesterfield.
The ambulance service was called to Cordwell Avenue at around 5pm on Christmas Day. Paramedics contacted police when they arrived at the address. While waiting for police to arrive one of the paramedics was allegedly assaulted and damage caused to the ambulance. Officers arrived and arrested an 18-year-old and 20-year-old.
The 20-year-old has been charged with affray, a public order offence, common assault, criminal damage and possession of a bladed article in public. The 18-year-old has been charged with a public order offence and common assault. They will be appearing at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, January 9th.
Man Sought In Connection With Chesterfield Theft
Thursday 3rd January 2013 Police are trying to trace a man they want to speak to in connection with a theft.
Shaun Barney, 39, is described as white, 5'6" tall with blue eyes, he has a lazy left eye and a tattoo on the back of his neck. Officers believe he may be able to help with their inquiries into a theft which took place in April 2010. A woman befriended a man on an online dating website but she alleges that after he visited her house in Mastin Moor, he defrauded her out of hundreds of pounds. Derbyshire Constabulary understands that forces in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, West Mercia and Warwickshire are also seeking Mr Barney.
Anyone who has seen Mr Barney, or knows where he is, should contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
'Bonnie' The Boxer Needs A New Home. Can You Help?
Thursday 3rd January 2013 Dog lovers are being asked if they could offer a loving new home to this Boxer, who has spent the festive season in kennels.
Nicknamed Bonnie, she was found wandering on Holmewood Industrial Estate before Christmas - but no-one has come forward to claim her.
She has been in the care of dog wardens at North East Derbyshire District Council since she was found by a member of the public.
Bonnie - who is around four years old - is not microchipped... READ MORE...
New Year Celebrations Critical For Ambulance Service
Wednesday 2nd January 2013 As predicted, the New Year brought a challenging time for East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS), who were busy responding to people who needed help having sustained an injury or falling ill.
Peter Ripley, EMAS Director of Operations said: "In the first four hours of 2013, we received over 1,000 emergency 999 calls. On an average day, we expect to receive around 2,000 calls.
"I pay tribute to our staff who worked in on the frontline - our skilled staff answering calls received in our Emergency Operations Centres and..." READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Fuel Stolen From Lorries In Old Whittington
Wednesday 2nd January 2013 Derbyshire Police are asking for Information this morning after around 200 litres of fuel was stolen from two lorries parked outside a firm in Chesterfield.
The fuel was believed to have been siphoned off from the HGVs, parked in a yard off Whitting Valley Road, Old Whittington, at around 11.45pm on Boxing Day (Wednesday, December 26th 2012).
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area should contact Derbyshire police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Are You A Young Dancing Hopeful? Read On...
Wednesday 2nd January 2013 Derby-based Déda, one of the UKs leading dance centres, has teamed up with Chesterfield Borough Council and the Dance4's Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), to launch its second auditioned youth dance company - giving local young people the chance to develop their talents.
Déda currently works with more than 100 young people through its award-winning youth academy programme based at the organisation's studios and theatre in Chapel Street, Derby.
Young people aged 13 to 19 - many of whom have progressed through the Academy groups from a young age - already have the opportunity to audition for the 20-strong Bounceback dance company to train with top choreographers and perform locally and nationally... READ MORE...
Don't Start 2013 In An Ambulance As New Year Parties Begin
Monday 31st December 2012 East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) is preparing for New Year's Eve with a plea to those celebrating to start 2013 safe and well.
The traditional party night marks the end of more than a fortnight of seasonal celebrations which puts more demand on ambulances than any other time of the year.
The last Friday before Christmas (December 21st) was a busy night, with EMAS dealing with 2,384 emergency calls, 457 more than would normally be received on a typical Friday. READ MORE...
On Behalf Of Children Throughout Chesterfield - Thank You
Friday 28th December 2012 As the year closes, we have received a message from the NSPCC's Sharon King, Community Fundraiser for Derbyshire and she has asked for it to be published in full.
"As we enter a new year, I would like to say a personal thank you to all of your readers in Derbyshire who have helped support the NSPCC throughout 2012.
"It has been an incredibly busy year for the NSPCC both locally and nationally. Many people will have seen or heard about the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse inquiry in the media. As of early December, the NSPCC and the police... READ MORE...
Xmas And New Year Times For Pharmacies, Buses And Bins
Monday 24th December 2012
We have collected timetables from local services in Chesterfield to confirm the opening/running times over the festive period.
The timetables will be updated if there are any changes or new timetables.
These include a table of opening times for Pharmacies in town, Stagecoach Bus Services and NEDDC and Chesterfield Council Bin Collections. READ MORE...
Ambulance Service Report Record Call Volumes Last Night
Saturday 22nd December 2012
As the area gets into the Christmas spirit over the next few days there are reminders from Emergency services to be sensible with partying to avoid having to seek medical attention.
We have received information today that suggests the festive season got off to a busy start for East Midlands Ambulance Service and its frontline crews on Friday 21st December when it dealt with 2,384 emergency calls - that's 457 more than would normally be received on a typical Friday. And record call volumes continued into the early hours of the following morning. READ MORE...
Communication Partners Help Combat Stroke Patients' Isolation
Saturday 22nd December 2012 The first group of volunteers trained to work with stroke sufferers with communication problems in the North Derbyshire area met together for the first time this week.
The volunteers - known as communication partners - are a new type of support worker offering a lifeline to people with aphasia, which encompasses problems with speaking and understanding following a stroke.
So far nine people have been enlisted to provide this new type of support across North Derbyshire, using a variety of communication aids... READ MORE...
HSE - Council Fined After Tenant Put At Risk Of Gas Poisoning
Friday 21st December 2012 The Health and Safety Executive has said this week that Chesterfield Borough Council has been fined after carbon monoxide fed back into one of its properties, putting the tenant at risk of poisoning.
A contractor carrying out roof work on the house in Stand Road, Newbold, on behalf of the council, advised them the chimneystack was leaning and in danger of collapsing. The council then arranged for it to be removed and capped.
However, the stack contained the flue for a gas fire and gas-fired back boiler - and the removal and capping of the chimney stack meant there was no... READ MORE...
Council Responds To Planned Changes To Ambulance Service
Friday 21st December 2012 A leading councillor has asked for reassurance that Derbyshire residents will receive equal access to emergency care as a result of any changes to the county's ambulance service.
Derbyshire County Council Leader Andrew Lewer is concerned that proposals put forward by East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) could leave residents in rural and remote parts of the county less well served than others.
The Trust is proposing changes to help it: Meet national response time targets; Make almost £30m efficiency savings over five years... READ MORE...
Change Of Venue For Chesterfield's Car Boot Sale
Friday 21st December 2012 Chesterfield's highly successful Sunday Car Boot continues to drive forward and is looking forward to with a move to new venue in the New Year.
Based at Holywell Cross Car Park for 20 years, it will re-locate to Chesterfield Football Club's car park at the Proact Stadium on Sheffield Road.
The move comes after the Holywell Car Park was earmarked for the Northern Gateway Development and council bosses say that the Proact Stadium offers much better facilities and more space for the Car Boot Sale... READ MORE...
New Call For Visitors To Avoid Hospital If They Are Unwell
Thursday 20th December 2012 Hospital visitors are being urged to stay away if they begin to feel even slightly unwell, as the NHS seeks to prevent the spread of Norovirus winter vomiting bug in Derbyshire's local community hospitals.
Infection Prevention and Control experts at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust have appealed for visitors to come in only if they feel fine, to minimise the risk of Norovirus to some of the most vulnerable elderly people in the county’s 12 community hospitals.
Matron Sue Dakin, from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust's Infection Prevention and Control Team, said: "We are requesting that people don't come in if they feel unwell or for 48 hours after their symptoms have gone." READ MORE...
Chesterfield Town Centre Incident Sees Road Closed
Thursday 20th December 2012 A street in Chesterfield Town Centre was closed off this morning after Derbyshire Police were called to a flat just after 9am today after concerns had been raised for the occupant.
A man in his 40s was threatening to harm himself and had smashed a window of the first floor flat on Cavendish St and was throwing items out onto the street below.
Police gained entry to the flat and the man was treated by paramedics before being taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital suffering from minor injuries. No members of the public were injured.
Chesterfield College Building Named After Inspirational Mark
Thursday 20th December 2012 Chesterfield College's construction workshop has been renamed in tribute to Brickwork Lecturer, Mark Lievesley who sadly passed away in May 2012.
An inspirational and popular Brickwork lecturer, Mark suffered from Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer and, after learning the illness was terminal, dedicated himself to raising money for leading charity Sarcoma UK via a series of fundraising events at the end of 2011.
In total, Mark and his colleagues raised an impressive £12,000. READ MORE...
Good News After New Owner Found For Remploy Healthcare
Thursday 20th December 2012 There is some good news today for workers in Chesterfield after it was announced this morning that Remploy Ltd has agreed the transfer of its Healthcare business in Chesterfield to R Link, trading as R Healthcare.
The business and factory had been proposed for closure following the Government's decision to withdraw funding from Remploy's factory-based businesses. However Remploy entered into a commercial process for the factory with the objective of the continued employment of disabled people and value for money.
The 70 employees at the factory have transferred over to R Healthcare which has opened discussions with them on the company's plans for the business. READ MORE...
Bolsover Christmas Light Display For Kids 'n' Cancer Charity
Wednesday 19th December 2012 Wayne Skinner of Bolsover in Derbyshire does a charity christmas lights display at his house every year and has chosen to do it for the Kids 'n' Cancer Charity this year.
North View Christmas Display is a musical, computer controlled, Christmas Light display on a house in Bolsover (Postcode - S44 6JE) doing their best to bring visitors something new and different that will put a smile on the faces of both young and old!
Each year, they choose a different charity to recive the donations raised by visitors to the display. READ MORE...
Householder Disturbs Burglar - Police Appeal For Information
Wednesday 19th December 2012 Police are appealing for information about a break-in at a house in Clowne where the victim disturbed the burglar.
At around 2pm on Friday, December 14th, the victim returned to her home on Recreation Close to see a figure in the utility room through a frosted glass pane in the front door. The woman opened the door and the figure had gone. She decided not to go in but ran to the corner of the street where she saw a man described at white, in his late teens or early 20s around 5ft 9in tall, slim build and wearing a knitted hat and a black jacket. She did not speak to the man. Cash, a digital camera, jewellery and car keys were stolen.
Officers would like to speak to the man seen in the street to assist them with their inquiries and anyone else who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 558 111.
It Won't Be Lonely This Christmas For Older People
Wednesday 19th December 2012 Following recent research and national media reports of the increasing problem of loneliness for older people during the Christmas period, Craegmoor has announced it is offering bespoke care packages designed to enable people to join in the festive celebrations, or to give carers a short break at a busy time of year, including short stay and an offer for couples.
Willows Chesterfield care home will be one of those opening its doors to welcome individuals and couples during December and January to help them avoid being alone over Christmas and during the dark, winter days of the early New Year. READ MORE...
Jail Sentence For Mobility Bosses After Council Investigation
Wednesday 19th December 2012 The boss of two former mobility companies which were featured on the BBC's Watchdog programme has been jailed after admitting defrauding elderly victims out of over £40,000.
Derbyshire County Council's trading standards team carried out one of its biggest ever investigations after receiving a wave of complaints about companies called Virgo Healthcare Limited and Lifestyle.
Both were run from premises on Gainsborough Business Park, Long Eaton, by husband and wife Amarjit Gill, 51, and Ranjit Gill, 45, of Brackenfield Drive, Giltbrook, Nottingham. READ MORE...
5 Arrests Following Drug Warrants In Chesterfield & Clay Cross
Tuesday 18th December 2012 Five people have been arrested following a number of drugs warrants in Chesterfield and Clay Cross last week.
Officers from the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team carried out a search warrant at a house on Bacons Lane in Chesterfield on Thursday, December 13th. A quantity of heroin and cannabis were seized from the address.
A 41 year old woman and a 30 year old man from Chesterfield, along with a 26 year old from Clowne, were arrested... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Players Just The Tonic For Young Patients
Tuesday 18th December 2012 Chesterfield players spread some festive cheer as they made their now annual visit to Chesterfield Royal Hospital to meet young patients.
The visit, organised by the club's Community Trust, saw players taking time out from their training schedule to hand over official club merchandise and gifts donated by Tesco Distribution Centre to the excited youngsters, and pose for photographs and sign autographs.
Goalkeeper Tommy Lee said he was proud to take part... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Charity Chosen As Film Subject By Top Filmmaker
Monday 17th December 2012 A Chesterfield-based charity has been given the opportunity to tell its story by national communications charity Media Trust, Sainsbury's and Google.
Specialist Stroke Service has been selected for the Untold Stories scheme, which matches small charities with top filmmakers who volunteer their time to create professional films that demonstrate the impact of the charities' work.
Specialist Stroke Service is one of 25 charities selected to take part in the eighth series of Media Trust's Untold Stories scheme, which has produced more than 175 films for small charities working in a wide range of areas including disability, community, race relations, sport, arts and the environment. READ MORE...
Restoration Of The Avenue Is A Step Closer
Monday 17th December 2012
It's been announced today that a landmark has been reached in the restoration of The Avenue, a former coking works and chemical plant closed in 1992 and once identified as one of the most contaminated sites in Western Europe.
One of the waste lagoons, where the worst contaminants had been stored, has had all pollutants removed by contractors working for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and is now being filled with cleaned earth to create an area that will become landscaped public space. READ MORE...
Diamond Jubilee Funding Boost For Eastwood Park
Monday 17th December 2012 The community of Hasland in Chesterfield is today celebrating the news that it has received a £25,000 funding boost from SITA Trust's QE2 Fields Fund to provide an outdoor gym and piece of dynamic play equipment at Eastwood Park.
SITA Trust set up the funding programme for sites that have been protected through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge - which aims to protect 2012 playing fields by the end of 2012 as a celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Chesterfield Borough Council has signed up to the Challenge, preserving Eastwood Park for future generations to enjoy. READ MORE...
Three Month 'Being The Best' Consultation Ends Today
Monday 17th December 2012 Three months ago East Midlands Ambulance Service asked its staff, local people and organisations to share their views on proposals to change the future of the service.
Proposals have been designed to provide patients with the best service possible, by improving response times and ensuring the correct level of skilled clinician attends their call; and to make the ambulance service more efficient and effective, both now and in the future.Phil Milligan, East Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive said: “Since the launch of our consultation we have attended over 150 meetings where we have presented our proposals..." READ MORE...
Police Appeal As Missing Sheffield Man May Be In Chesterfield
Friday 14th December 2012 South Yorkshire Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a missing 19-year-old man from the Tinsley area of Sheffield.
Awais Zulfiquar was last seen at his home address in Newburn Drive, Tinsley at around 9.30am on Friday, 30th November. He left home telling his family he was going to college, but failed to return home that day.
Awais is described as being Asian, 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build, with black short-cropped hair, brown eyes and is wearing silver glasses... READ MORE...
12 Marathons In 12 Days - The HOPE Tour Comes To Town
Friday 14th December 2012 A team of recreational runners are tackling the biggest challenge of their lives this December in an attempt to raise £250,000 for charity HOPEHIV.
The HOPE Tour comprises an astonishing 12 marathons in 12 days, each runner attempting to cover 314.4 miles, and reaches Chesterfield's Crooked Spire tomorrow via Sheffield and Dronfield.
Sarah O'Neill, 31, Meredith Bochmann, 35, Kerry McCarthy, 33 and Matt Pullen, 37, started their challenge in North Yorkshire... READ MORE...
Ice Ice Baby!! Bus and School Closures And Delays
Friday 14th December 2012 - 11:00
The weather has deteriorated overnight with many routes treacherous this morning.
Chesterfield Royal Hospital update as the Emergency Department is currently full to capacity.
Drivers are being warned to take care and disruptions to schools and services are inevitable. We have collated as much information as we can here and will update as we get more. Derbyshire County Council tell us that gritters... READ MORE...
Foreign Currency Taken During Burglary In Chesterfield
Friday 14th December 2012 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information after jewellery and foreign currency were stolen during a burglary at a flat above a takeaway.
Sometime between noon and 10.30pm on Tuesday, December 11th, thieves broke into the flat above a takeaway on Chatsworth Road. They stole a number of commemorative gold coins showing the Canadian leaf, a $1,000 Hong Kong note, some sterling and jewellery including gold bracelets two gold necklaces, diamond set gold earrings and four jewel set rings.
Police are appealing to anyone with information and asking businesses that exchange money to be aware of Hong Kong or Canadian cash being brought in and to contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A VERY Important Man Speaks To The Chesterfield Post
Thursday 13th December 2012 There are just a few more sleeps until Christmas and one man is very busy at the moment - working hard to make sure that all children throughout the world get their presents on the big day.
He is also looking hard at his naughty list and hoping that too many children in Chesterfield aren't on it.
The Chesterfield Post managed to grab a word with Santa this afternoon as he flew into Chesterfield Co-Op to meet more children and, he said that he's looking forward to saddling Rudolph up to the sleigh and setting off. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Service Make Every Contact Count
Thursday 13th December 2012
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is supporting health and care organisations across Derbyshire as part of the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) initiative.
MECC, an NHS led initiative is about encouraging and helping people to make healthier choices to achieve positive long-term behaviour change. All organisations responsible for health, wellbeing, early years, education and care of the public can train their staff to use every encounter with a member of the public as an opportunity to promote health and wellbeing. READ MORE...
"Thank You" From Chesterfield's Inner Wheel
Thursday 13th December 2012 Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield are pictured celebrating their 2012/2013 year so far and would like to thank the staff at Chesterfield Post for reporting our activities and Charitable works this year.
A Happy Christmas to you all and to all those who have supported our events, Chesterfield Market Stall, knitting Fish and Chip Jumpers, attending our Christmas Extravaganza at St Thomas' Church.
Congratulate yourselves Chesterfield residents... READ MORE...
Man Dies In Hospital After Chesterfield Collision. Police Appeal
Wednesday 12th December 2012 A man injured in a road traffic collision in Chesterfield on Friday has died in hospital.
At 2.20pm on Friday December 7th, a road traffic collision took place on St John's Road, Chesterfield between a Mitsubishi pick-up truck and a 79-year-old pedestrian. The man suffered a fractured pelvis and was taken to hospital in Chesterfield. His condition deteriorated and he died on the evening of Tuesday, December 11th.
Derbyshire police have started an investigation into the circumstances of the collision and would like to speak to anyone who witnessed it.
Anyone who has information is asked to call the witness appeal line on 01773 572929.
Derbyshire County Council Urges 'Renew Your Gold Card Now!'
Wednesday 12th December 2012 Most Gold Cards expire in March 2013 and cardholders who want a new one are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to get in touch without delay.
Currently there are around 172,000 Derbyshire Gold Card holders whose cards will run out next March. And without a valid card they will lose out on free England-wide bus travel plus local business discounts and library membership.
Around 80,000 cardholders have already requested a new card online but Derbyshire County Council is now urging cardholders who haven't already, to get in touch immediately to renew their card. READ MORE...
Shirebrook Students Leave A Growing Legacy
Wednesday 12th December 2012 A group of Shirebrook pupils have left a lasting legacy of their time at school by planting a copse of trees within the grounds of its new building.
Students at Shirebrook Academy have filled a 550sqm patch of ground with dozens of saplings, which, although still tiny, will grow into a small wood that will grace the Common Lane site for years to come.
The event was the idea of Shirebrook Academy's head of humanities, Helen Newton, who took up an offer from the Woodland Trust... READ MORE...
Two Local Pubs Face 'Closure' After Alcohol Sales To Children
Wednesday 12th December 2012 There's a warning for pub licensees to be extra careful approaching the festive period as it's announced that two pubs in Chesterfield have been banned from selling alcohol for 48-hours after being found to be selling alcohol to children on two occasions within a three-month period.
The Royal Oak on Chatsworth Road was banned from selling alcohol between 8pm on Friday, November 30th and 8pm on Sunday, December 2nd.
Joplins on the Market Place was also stopped from serving between 8pm on Friday, December 7th and 8pm on Sunday, December 9th. READ MORE...
New Council Homes To Be Built On Vacant Eckington Site
Tuesday 11th December 2012 North East Derbyshire District Council has said today that new council homes are to be built on the site of a former sheltered housing scheme in Eckington, as part of a wider regeneration project.
NEDDC has approved proposals to include the Woodview House site in existing plans to build new council properties on Pitt Lane and Pipe Yard Lane.
The regeneration scheme is being delivered in partnership with Rykneld Homes and involves the demolition of dozens of post war, concrete panel construction bungalows - known as 'Tarrans' - to be replaced with properties for rent. READ MORE...
Police Warnings After 'Defrosting' Car Is Stolen
Tuesday 11th December 2012 The cold weather is setting in with a vengeance and, with that in mind, Derbyshire Police are reminding motorists not to leave cars defrosting with the engines running after a car was stolen in Bolsover.
It is after a BMW was stolen at around 10.10am on Wednesday, December 5th, from a driveway on Owlcotes View. The owner had started the engine gone back inside her house to collect a bag while the car was defrosting.
Officers are now putting out a fresh reminder to residents to make sure they stay with their vehicle while they clear any ice or snow... READ MORE...
Piano Memorial To Ashover Music Festivals
Tuesday 11th December 2012
Ashover's All Saints Church has been presented with a new, state-of-the-art electronic piano by organisers of the very successful classical music festivals which were staged in the village for almost thirty years, purchased with funds that remained after all invoices were paid for the final festival in 2010.
The piano was officially handed over to the church on Sunday when the Rector, the Revd. Ralph Lawrence, described it as "a most generous gift to the whole community". READ MORE...
Chesterfield Child Makes MP's Christmas
Monday 10th December 2012 One young Chesterfield girl will have her drawing on the mantelpiece of the Prime Minister this year after winning the competition to design the Christmas card of Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield.
Abbi Burke, who is a Y1 pupil at St Mary's Catholic Primary school had her cute reindeer card chosen by Toby from the hundreds of entries he received after asking the children at the school to provide the card he will send out to 2,000 people, including prominent politicians and local dignitaries this Christmas.
Toby and his staff then had the unenviable task... READ MORE...
"It All Comes Back To Food!" Nonnas' Gian Bohan Talks Italy
Monday 10th December 2012 A book, which I was given sight of before our interview and written by Nonna's very own co owner Gian Bohan, bears the title 'Strada Della Nonna' which translates as 'the way of the Granny' and that, in a nutshell, is the philosophy which led to Gian fulfilling a dream, but more importantly, continuing to follow and learn about the passion of the Italian way of life.
And pass it on, which Gian does through good food and company - with an enthusiasm that very quickly becomes infectious - and an unbending ethos which he believes his customers want and grow to embrace. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Inkersall Pub Burglary
Saturday 8th December 2012 Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a pub was burgled.
At around 5.15am on Monday, December 3rd, thieves broke into the Double Top Inn, Inkersall Green Road, through a side window and stole a safe containing cash. The landlady heard the alarm going off and contacted police. Police would like to speak to anyone with information about the incident.
Witnesses should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Matlock Steelmen Praised By 'Greatest Living Explorer'
Saturday 8th December 2012 Legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has praised steelworkers at William Twigg Matlock Ltd for designing, building and delivering on time the large steel sledges that will make or break his expedition's bid to complete the first ever 2,000-mile crossing of Antarctica in winter.
Much of the epic journey will be made in complete darkness and in temperatures which could plummet to minus 70 degrees.
Matlock was treated to a unique sight this week... READ MORE...
Beetwell Street Behaviour Prompts Police Patrols
Saturday 8th December 2012
Police patrols are being stepped up in Chesterfield town centre following concerns of anti-social behaviour on Beetwell Street.
It follows a number of reports about groups gathering around the bus shelters near the entrance to The Pavements shopping centre, with concerns about people drinking alcohol, and of noisy or rowdy behaviour.
The Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team is currently targeting anti-social behaviour on Beetwell St and West Bars... READ MORE...
Remploy Workers Face More Bad News
Friday 7th December 2012 Disabled workers locally once again face uncertainty and crisis as Remploy said yesterday that it intends to remove 18 of its factories and the CCTV business out of Government control.
Union bosses say that this would mean that over 600 disabled workers face the fear of being made redundant and have now urged the Government to think about alternatives, which it says are a possibility.
Chesterfield was one of 9 factories that were left in commercial process, as reported in July, with 64 jobs saved but colleagues in Sheffield may not fare so well, and could face a worrying festive period. READ MORE...
Hard Hitting Drink Drive Campaign Gets Graphic
Friday 7th December 2012 A hard-hitting image of a serious car crash is being displayed across north Derbyshire as part of a campaign to stop people drink-driving this Christmas.
The giant image of a cracked, blood-covered windscreen will be used on the side of a mobile advertising van that will be driven around towns and villages in Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and Amber Valley.
The campaign is being run by Derbyshire police and the Community Safety Partnerships in Bolsover, NE Derbyshire and Amber Valley... READ MORE...
Don't Bring Norovirus Into Hospital Visitors Warned
Friday 7th December 2012 Chocolates, magazines, grapes… whatever you bring into hospital, make sure it's not Norovirus!
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust is asking visitors to its community hospitals to stay away if they or their family members have had diarrhoea, vomiting or 'flu-like' symptoms in the last four days.
The request is designed to help keep 'winter vomiting' or Norovirus, away from vulnerable patients and staff who could pass it on. Symptoms of Norovirus include diarrhoea and vomiting and, just like flu, the virus can seriously affect vulnerable patients. READ MORE...
Condom Machine Thefts - Man Sentenced
Friday 7th December 2012 A gang who stole cash from condom vending machines across Derbyshire have been sentenced following a detailed investigation by officers.
Police in the county became aware of the thefts in January when the firm that operates the machines reported that cash had been taken from dispensers in supermarkets and pubs throughout Derbyshire, including Morrisons in Belper and the Hobby Horse pub and Sainsbury's in Chesterfield.
The machines were not damaged, suggesting that the culprit... READ MORE...
And The Winning Street Name Is...
Thursday 6th December 2012 It was an innovative competition and received hundreds of entries and now, the winning street name that will run through the new housing development at Chesterfield Football Club's old Saltergate ground has been announced as 'Spire Heights'.
Over 40% of the public's votes went to the 'Spire Heights' name, selected out of a final choice of seven.
Trevor Barker, from Clay Cross, and a life-long Spireite, was picked as the lucky winner after he placed his final vote in the competition... READ MORE...
The Royal Deals With Dementia
Thursday 6th December 2012 Faced with an ageing population, the care of hospital patients with dementia is as important now as it ever has been.
The Chesterfield Royal Hospital has invested in two dementia assessment nurses whose role is to assess every emergency admission over the age of 75, completed within 72 hours, to see if they have signs of dementia. If this triggers an undiagnosed case then a referral is made to the most appropriate service such as older peoples' mental health team, the patients own GP or a geriatrician with an interest in dementia.
Melody Spencer is one of the nurses... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Football Club Backs Blood Donor Drive
Thursday 6th December 2012 People in Chesterfield are being urged to give the gift of life this Christmas - by the town's football club.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is appealing for blood donors to come forward between Christmas and New Year to ensure life-saving stocks are maintained.
Each donation can potentially save the lives of three people.
The Spireites are backing the call, encouraging local residents to attend a session at the club on Thursday 27th December. READ MORE...
Rise In Young Calling ChildLine About Self-Harm And Suicide
Wednesday 5th December 2012 The number of young people seeking help from ChildLine about self-harm has soared by more than two-thirds (68%) in the last year, new figures reveal today, Counsellors have also handled a 39% rise in contacts about suicide.
The dramatic increases mean there are nearly 80 counselling sessions every day about these issues, which are being driven by teenagers under increasing pressure.
The most recent figures show that last year (2011/12) ChildLine volunteers at the East Midlands base in Nottingham took part in 1,137 counselling sessions with children and young people... READ MORE...
Winner Of Chesterfield Market Favourite Trader Competition
Wednesday 5th December 2012
Recently, shoppers in Chesterfield were invited to vote for their 'Favourite Market Traders' in a competition which was run by Chesterfield Borough Council in the Chesterfield Market Retailer Guide.
It proved very popular and garnered lots of entries and proved to be an extremely close fought competition. Finally however, the decision was made and W Ayres were delighted to win the title of 'Favourite Market Stall' for the outdoor market and Charles Ferne of W Ayres was presented with a certificate and prize by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Don Parsons at a presentation... READ MORE...
Chesterfield Cemeteries Undergo Safety Inspection
Tuesday 4th December 2012 Chesterfield Borough Council has said today that it is carrying out inspections of the memorials in its cemeteries.
The inspections are being carried out in accordance to guidance from the Ministry of Justice and focus on the safety of memorials to the bereaved and other visitors to cemeteries. An initial assessment to identify areas of high risk has already been carried out and signs are being placed in cemeteries to advise the public of the ongoing inspections. Letters will be sent to grave owners wherever possible when memorials are found to be unsafe. If anybody has any specific concerns they should contact Bereavement Services on 01246 345112.
Chesterfield MP Congratulates Royal Couple On Their News
Tuesday 4th December 2012
MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins has today congratulated Prince William and his wife Kate on the pregnancy.
He said, "Huge congratulations to Prince William and Kate.
"A Royal baby is something the whole nation will look forward to celebrating and a fantastic way to close this Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year."
Derbyshire's Police Commissioner Vows To Fight Cuts
Tuesday 4th December 2012 Having pledged to fight policing cuts as part of his manifesto, Derbyshire's newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner has, this weekend called for a radical rethink of the 'cost saving strategy' that has, he believes, already resulted in the loss of thousands of police officers from the streets.
Alan Charles met with Home Secretary Theresa May and other Commissioners on Monday and renewed that pledge to fight the budget cuts faced by Derbyshire. "Derbyshire has already endured painful losses in police numbers and any continued drive to realise further savings from the police budget..." READ MORE...
'Pre-Loading' - Police Issue Warning To Christmas Partygoers
Tuesday 4th December 2012 Derbyshire police are reminding partygoers of the dangers of 'pre-loading' before a night out as part of an ongoing campaign to reduce alcohol-related harm over the festive period.
Teams of police officers, health workers and community safety partnership staff will be speaking to people about the dangers of drinking before a night out and excessive drinking while out in pubs and clubs.
The teams will be in Ripley Market Place on Saturday, December 8th; Rykneld Square, Chesterfield on Saturday, December 15th and 22nd... READ MORE...
Cold Weather Costs Lives GP Warns
Tuesday 4th December 2012 Doctors from North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are appealing to people to take extra precautions as another bout of severe cold weather is predicted this week.
According to the Met Office temperatures in the area are expected to plunge significantly over the coming weeks, with an increased probability of mean temperatures of 2°C or less for a 48 hour period, and overnight lows of -7°C or -8°C forecast for the coming weekend.
The cold weather is a killer - and latest figures... READ MORE...
Be Safe Over The Christmas Period
Tuesday 4th December 2012 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is launching a campaign to remind Derbyshire residents to keep safe during Christmas and New Year.
The festive season sees an increase in accidental fires in the home. The distraction of a crowded house and celebrations can often result in cooking and candles being left unattended. Decorations are often flammable and wrapping papers can add extra fuel to a fire sparked by overheated sockets or faulty fairy lights.
And, did you know faulty tree lights can cause a Christmas tree fire? READ MORE...
Derbyshire Police Put Tweets On The Streets
Tuesday 4th December 2012 People living in the Chesterfield area can keep up to date with their local police as two more PCSOs take to Twitter.
PCSO Dave Bull (@SouthEasternSNT) is tweeting from the streets of North Wingfield, Pilsley, Stonebroom and Shirland and PCSO Steve Bircumshaw (@DunstonMoorSNT) from the Dunston, Whittington Moor and St. Helen's area. They join PCSO Sue Cooke, of the Staveley team (@StaveleySNT), and PCSO Tiffany Hall of the Chesterfield Town Centre team (@ChesterfieldSNT).
Officers use Twitter to share details of daily patrols... READ MORE...
A Festive Christmas Evening Of Music In New Whittington
Tuesday 4th December 2012
A festive evening of Solo Music and Carol Singing takes place at St Barnabas Church, Albert Road New Whittington this Friday, 7th December at 7pm.
Featuring the church's resident Organist / Oboeist Adam Parrish, as well as guest Organists Geoff Grattan and Ken Ellis.
Everyone is welcome, entry is FREE and there will be Mince Pies and a hot drink! Any donations will be gratefully received and go towards the Church Funds.
New Royal Baby On The Way!
Monday 3rd December 2012 It's just been announced that Prince William and his wife, The Duchess Of Cambridge, are expecting their first baby, though there is also news this afternoon that Kate is in hospital after experiencing severe morning sickness.
A statement from Clarence House has just been released saying, "Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.
The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter."
Derbyshire Police Arrest Children 76 Times A Week
Monday 3rd December 2012 Derbyshire Police arrested children 76 times a week on average last year, figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal today.
New research by the charity shows officers made 3,938 arrests of boys and girls aged 17 and under during 2011.
However, in a huge success for the Howard League's campaign to reduce the number of child arrests, the figures represent a fall of 30% since 2008, when 5,608 were recorded. READ MORE...
Could YOU Handle A Guide Dog Puppy?
Monday 3rd December 2012 Guide Dogs' is appealing for volunteers in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire to socialise guide dog puppies, a volunteering role known as 'Puppy Walking'.
These crucial volunteers provide the full-time care and education of a puppy from six weeks of age until they are between 12 and 14 months old when the puppies are then returned to the charity to begin their formal guide dog training.
Puppy walkers prepare guide dog puppies for their working life ahead. This consists of familiarising them with different environments... READ MORE...
Food For Thought This Christmas
Monday 3rd December 2012 Christmas is not far away and for some families already struggling to put food on the table ,this coming period will represent more strain and stress.
There is help at hand for families though and, this weekend, a national charity that helps those struggling to provide food for their families was spreading the word and receiving donations in Chesterfield.
Food banks are run by The Tussell Trust, which has a network of depots providing emergency food to thousands of people nationally each year... READ MORE...
Council's Trading Standards Team Warn Of 'Computer Conmen'
Monday 3rd December 2012 Residents are being warned to be on their guard following a rise in complaints about conmen posing as computer security engineers in an attempt to access people’s personal accounts.
Derbyshire County Council's trading standards team has received a number of complaints from people saying they have been targeted by telephone cold callers claiming to be from "The World Wide Web Technical Department". The caller tells the victim their computer is at risk from a security threat and offers to carry out a free check.
Their aim is to get the victim to allow remote access to their computer - this gives them access to personal information held on the computer, including account log-in information and bank details, which can be used to commit fraud. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Shoppers Begin 'Christmas Crawl'
Monday 3rd December 2012
More than 20 local businesses in Chesterfield have clubbed together to host a unique initiative to celebrate local retailers and take the stress out of Christmas gift shopping
Dubbed the 'Christmas Crawl', the campaign launched this weekend to coincide with the town's Christmas lights 'Switch-On'. It will run until 6th January as part of a national initiative masterminded by Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion, founder of the 'Celebrate an Independent Christmas' and 'Independent Retailer Month' campaigns. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Caledonians Celebrate Their Patron Saint
Monday 3rd December 2012 Chesterfield and District Caledonian Association held their Annual St Andrew's Church Service and lunch on Sunday 25th November.
Although there was a strong wind factor, this did not detract from the enjoyment of the service of Thanksgiving and Praise.
A good number of Caledonians and friends joined the Congregation of St Andrew's United Reformed Church for the Church Service. A number of the St Andrew's congregation are also members of the Caledonian Association and there has been an eighty year relationship between the two organisations. READ MORE...
Gritters Out Around Derbyshire Tonight
Friday 30th November 2012 Anyone who has just driven home will know just how cold it is out there and unsurprisingly, Derbyshire County Council has just said that its gritter drivers are gearing up for a busy weekend ahead as winter weather sets in.
With freezing temperatures forecast and the possibility of some snow on higher ground in the days ahead, gritter drivers will be on standby around the clock to help keep the county's roads clear.
Mike Ashworth, Derbyshire County Council's Deputy Director for Environmental Services said: "It's been a busy week, we've had to turn our attention quickly from flooding to the likelihood of snow. READ MORE...
Burglary In Renishaw
Friday 30th November 2012 Derbyshire Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Renishaw.
Sometime between 12.30pm and 3.30pm on Monday, November 26th, offenders broke into a house on Carrwood Road, Renishaw, through patio doors. The thieves searched the house and stole cash. Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Physio Andrew's Ambitions Are Out Of This World
Friday 30th November 2012 Sheffield Hallam University master's student, Andrew Winnard is exploring the final frontiers of physiotherapy - by carving out a space career.
Spotting a way to combine his training as a physiotherapist, with his life-long interest in space flight, Andrew completed an internship with the exercise team at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.
During his internship, which he was able to write up as a work-based learning module towards his physiotherapy master's degree, Andrew worked on... READ MORE...
Colliers Complete M1 Distribution Facility For Andrew Page Ltd
Friday 30th November 2012 The Yorkshire based Building Consultancy team of Colliers International has completed a contract to oversee the development of a new 100,000 sq ft distribution centre in Markham Vale for Andrew Page Ltd.
The national distribution facility, announced earlier this year, is now open and will be fully operational within the next few weeks supplying the company's core 65 national branch network.
It will be a key element in support of the company's desire to become one of the UK's leading parts distributors. The distribution centre will also progressively service the newly acquired 30 Camberley Auto Factors branch network in the south of the UK. READ MORE...
Have Yourself A Merry Christmas... But Don't Drive
Friday 30th November 2012 As the Festive Season draws ever closer, Derbyshire Police are urging those anticipating a 'merry' Christmas, not to drive.
To help with this they are asking people to report drivers they know have got behind the wheel after a festive tipple as part of their annual Christmas drink drive campaign.
Derbyshire Constabulary has again teamed up with Crimestoppers for the campaign which runs from Saturday December 1st to Sunday January 1st, 2013.
Crimestoppers have offered a reward of up to £1,000... READ MORE...
Inner Wheel Support Ashgate Hospice
Friday 30th November 2012 Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield held their Christmas Extravaganza on Thursday 15 November at St Thomas' Church Parish Centre, Brampton, and raised around £1,400 for Ashgate Hospice.
The event included a variety of stalls selling handicrafts, preserves, jewellery, cosmetics and Christmas gifts, with many of the items being hand-made by the members themselves. Light refreshments were also served and helped create a convivial atmosphere.
Chesterfield Inner Wheel President Adrienne Handley said... READ MORE...
Body Found In Arkwright Identified As Missing Measham Man
Thursday 29th November 2012 The body of a Measham man who was reported missing has been found.
The body was found in Arkwright near to Chesterfield yesterday morning (Wednesday November 28th, 2012). Formal identification has now taken place and police are able to confirm that it is Mr Dariusz Pietzonka. Mr Pietzonka (29), who was a Polish national, was last seen on Monday, November 5th in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner.
Leicestershire Police thanks everyone who has assisted with their enquiries.
Iconic Truck Makes A Stop In Chesterfield
Thursday 29th November 2012
The 'holidays' came early to Chesterfield as the iconic Coca Cola truck stopped off at Tesco Extra on Lockoford Lane today.
The truck is currently on tour and visiting over 60 locations across the UK as it helps to herald the arrival of the festive period and the screening of the now famous advert, often seen as the first sign of Christmas in many countries.
Thousands queued throughout its eight hour stay in the town and, along with a free drink, had their chance to have a photo taken next to the vehicle. READ MORE...
Planning For The Future Of Chesterfield Borough
Thursday 29th November 2012 Chesterfield Borough Council is asking residents for their views on two important planning documents that will affect the future development of the Borough.
The first document, the 'Sites and Boundaries' plan will set out how land across the borough could be used over the next 20 years, and will set out specific sites for development as well as those that should be kept as open space. The document will identify potential sites for a number of uses including businesses, offices, shops and housing, green spaces, renewable energy and specific sites such as Markham Vale, Chesterfield Waterside and Chatsworth Road. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Charity's Red Carpet Treatment For Sick Children
Thursday 29th November 2012 A Chesterfield based charity, which helps sick children throughout the UK, held a glamorous 'red carpet' themed inaugural ball at the Casa Hotel this weekend.
Kids'n'Cancer was launched in the spring of this year and has already helped several children travel to the USA for revolutionary Proton Therapy treatment, which is currently only available in America but is believed to be more beneficial and less traumatic than conventional treatments for some cancers.
The evening saw guests greeted by Vegas Showgirls... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Speech Therapists Win Third National Award
Thursday 29th November 2012 Speech and language therapists in Derbyshire have won a third national award for their campaign to highlight the value of therapy in helping patients find their voice.
The speech and language therapy team at Derbyshire Community Health Services won the UK-wide Team of the Year at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' Giving Voice awards ceremony in London on Tuesday 27th November.
Giving Voice launched in 2010 to demonstrate the life changing value of speech and language therapy services. READ MORE...
Santa Arrives At Chesterfield Co-Op In Red Hot Fire Engine
Thursday 29th November 2012 Santa Claus arrived in style at the Midlands Co-operative department store on Elder Way, Chesterfield when he chose to travel via a vintage Fire Engine rather than his usual reindeer-drawn sleigh - and was greeted by excited families awaiting his visit.
Santa then made way to his grotto based on the second floor of the department store where colleagues were dressed up as Santa's helpers. Children had the chance to get their photograph taken with Santa after telling him what was on their wish-list.
Proceeds raised from the photoshoot where donated to... READ MORE...
New Partnership Creates Innovative Mental Health Project
Thursday 29th November 2012 Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's Hartington Unit, based on the site of Chesterfield Royal Hospital, is delighted to announce a new partnership with Chesterfield College’s Directorate of Art and Design.
As part of World Mental Health Day, Art and Design students at Chesterfield College were presented with a project brief based on ideas from both college staff and patients from the Hartington Unit themselves. Using the themes of care, health and recovery, students are undertaking project work to produce a piece of art to be displayed within the unit. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Student Is Spared Extradition To US
Wednesday 28th November 2012 A Chesterfield student has today had the threat of extradition to the US removed after his legal team came to an agreement with the American Authorities.
Richard O'Dwyer, (pictured), who studies at Sheffield Hallam University, was due to be taken to the US after being accused of setting up a site which allowed people to watch films for free over the internet.
He has now agreed to pay what's described as a 'small amount of compensation' and to never break the copyright laws again.
Chesterfield Auto Repair Specialist Completes Deal
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Chesterfield-based ADR (Accident Repair Centres) has been sold to AutoRestore Limited to create a new fixed and mobile repair business.
The company becomes the second largest vehicle body repair group in the UK, employing over 500 people.
AutoRestore is the sister company of AutoGlass, and part of the global Belron group, the world's largest vehicle glass repair and replacement specialist which operates across 34 countries. The company is best known for creating the mobile repair market 11 years ago and since then, has completed over 200,000 vehicle body repairs at customers' homes and workplaces within its patented mobile bodyshops. READ MORE...
Where Will Your Night End?
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Derbyshire police are asking 'Where will your night end?' as part of a Christmas and New Year campaign to reduce alcohol-related harm among partygoers.
The campaign, which is a joint initiative between Police, Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council, has now been being launched.
It aims to highlight the dangers of binge drinking including ending up in a police cell or in hospital. It will run throughout Christmas and the New Year period with a number of events being held in Derby City and towns around the county. READ MORE...
FREE Parking In Chesterfield For Christmas Shoppers
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Christmas cheer has come early for bargain hunters in our town as Chesterfield Borough Council has said that it has agreed to grant free parking to late night shoppers on the run-up to Christmas.
Councillor John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: "It will cost the Council around £7,000 to offer the free parking, but we want to encourage people to shop locally so hopefully, the free parking will keep our shops and markets busy over the Christmas period."
Free parking will be available from 4.00pm onwards on all... READ MORE...
Business Loan Boost For Chesterfield Creative
Wednesday 28th November 2012 22-year-old Mat Wood had his first tattoo at the tender age of 17. Five years later, he's adorned from head to toe with some pretty impressive and colourful artwork and has now opened his own tattoo studio in the centre of Chesterfield.
An artist and musician, Mat's love for all things scientific and spiritual has led him to pursue a career in which he hopes his skills will help his clients express their true selves through the art of tattooing and body adornment.
On leaving school, Mat trained as a hair stylist... READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Young Dancers Sought For Dance Programme
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Talented young dancers in Derby and Derbyshire are being urged to come forward for a chance to perform in a professional venue in front of hundreds of people.
The national U.Dance programme, led by Youth Dance England, starts in Derbyshire soon with the Interface 13 event presented by international dance organisations, Dance4 and Dada.
All youth dance groups are invited to apply and be part of the spectacular showcase of dance performances. It gives young people a chance... READ MORE...
A White Christmas Guaranteed In Chesterfield...
Wednesday 28th November 2012 ...well for the light switch on at least! The annual Christmas lights 'Switch-On' event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, takes place this Sunday, 2nd December. It's an event which sees thousands line the High Street as the switch is pulled to illuminate the town.
And this year will be no different - a Panto Star to help pull the switch, our open air market will be bustling and full of gift ideas, and all the high street shops will be waiting to give you a big Christmas welcome.
There will be Christmas Karaoke in Rykneld Square from 1pm... READ MORE...
Chesterfield MP Visits 'Ground Breaking' Hospital Ward
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has given a pioneering ward at Chesterfield Royal Hospital his seal of approval.
The Transitional Ward - consisting of 21 beds on the Robinson Ward - provides ground-breaking care to vulnerable patients who are considered medically fit, but not suitable for discharge due to provision still being put into place at home by Social Services.
Mr Perkins visited the new facility last week where he met staff and patients to gauge the success of the venture. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After High Value Bikes Are Stolen
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Police are appealing for witnesses after high value bikes were stolen in Matlock.
Sometime between Wednesday, November 21st at 9pm and Thursday, November 22nd at 8am, two bicycles were stolen from a shed at a house on Starkholmes Road. One of the bikes was described as a black Carrera Subway Hybrid, serial number 10422938, the other is a custom made trial bike.
If you have information, please contact PC Calvin Karpenko in Matlock using the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
From Flood To Freeze - Staying Safe
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Motorists are being warned by Derbyshire Country Council to take extra care on the roads over the next few days, temperatures are forecast to dip to below freezing and with floodwater still standing on many of the county's roads, this is expected to make driving conditions extremely difficult.
Councillor Simon Spencer, Deputy Leader of Derbyshire County Council said: "The ground is completely saturated with all the rain. That means we're likely to see water running from adjacent land onto the road for a few days yet - particularly in rural areas. If temperatures drop, any grit we spread could be washed away and there'll be little we can do to help prevent wet roads turning icy, so drivers should take extreme care." READ MORE...
Derbyshire Police Welcome New Stalking Offences
Wednesday 28th November 2012 Two specific criminal offences of stalking have now come into force in England and Wales for the first time.
The Government has introduced two new offences- stalking and stalking involving a fear of violence. A charge of stalking will carry a maximum sentence of six months or a £5,000 fine. Where there is a fear of violence, the jail term is up to five years or an unlimited fine.
And Derbyshire Police have welcomed the new initiatives. Detective Inspector Hayley Barnett who works in the Public Protection Unit... READ MORE...
Price Match On Tyres At Autoworld Chesterfield
Tuesday 27th November 2012
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Get peace of mind knowing that qualified, Main Dealer Technicians are working on your car.
Just click on the image to the left - or on the main advert banner at the top of this page - to get a Quote on your new Tyres and print your Free Car Wash Voucher.
You're Hired! Derbyshire's Flagship Apprenticeship Grows
Tuesday 27th November 2012 There is good news today for young people in Derbyshire as Derbyshire County Council have told us that a further 300 are to be helped into work through the £300,000 extension of a nationally-acclaimed apprenticeship drive.
Earlier this year, the county council gave financial backing to help 200 small businesses across the county take on apprentices in its Derbyshire Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme.
The drive has now been hailed as a huge success and every placement was filled within six months - providing young people from each of the county's eight districts and boroughs with a career start in a range of occupations including business administration, health and social care, and mechanical engineering. READ MORE...
Ashgate Croft School Charity Shop Opens
Tuesday 27th November 2012 Ashgate Croft School students and staff are opening a charity shop on the row of shops off Cuttholme Road in Loundsley Green.
The shop will be run by volunteers, staff and students from the school.
It will be open initially, from 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Saturday.
Whilst working in the shop, students will gain qualifications in Maths, English, Vocational Skills and Personal Skills. READ MORE...
One Flood Alert Still Active Today As More Rain Forecast
Monday 26th November 2012 The Environment Agency still has a flood alert on just one local river this morning.
They say that water levels on the River Rother, from Chesterfield to Staveley have now peaked and are continuing to fall. However, more rain is forecast today which may mean that levels rise slightly - they are not expected to rise to the levels experienced yesterday though.
Whitecotes Pupils Grill Chesterfield MP
Monday 26th November 2012 "Why is it called a party?" "What would you do if you became Prime Minister?" They were two of the thought-provoking questions put to Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, by Y6 pupils at Whitecotes Primary School in Chesterfield, during a recent visit there.
The MP was visiting Whitecotes in advance of the Y6 cohort's forthcoming visit to the House