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Newsletter 146 - April 2016

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 Bernard Wragg:

 It was with great sadness that the village learned of the death of Bernard Wragg at the age of 84.Bernard was born at Dale Cottage in Birchover and had three brothers and one sister (Mavis still living in the village). He married his wife Linda in 1957 and in 1958 moved to Maran Atha (now the Old Post Office) where their son Carl was born.   With the help of his brothers Bernard turned the house into the post office and in 1965 Linda took on the job of Post Mistress when the house was renamed The Post Office.

Most of Bernard’s working life was at Birchover Quarry where he was a master stonemason. He was involved in many of the Quarry’s prestigious restoration works including the pinnacles on Baslow Church, the ornamental tracery on Lyme Hall and The Dome at Buxton which is now part of Derby University. He undertook National Service in Germany between 1950 and 1952 returning to work again at The Quarry. Bernard was a keen footballer and had a trial with Blackburn Rovers. In his younger days he was a member of Elton Juniors and later played for Birchover football team. He was also a keen gardener and a lover of wildlife and all its facets. We extend our deepest sympathy to Linda and Carl and to the many relatives and friends of Bernard. Birchover has lost a master craftsman but his work will be seen for generations to come.

Tea in the Tent Fund Raising:

Samantha Pawley writes:


Race Night
The race night was a great success, we made £1,056.53.  This was made up of people generously sponsoring races, horses, betting on the night and ticket sales.  Birchover Stone Limited were very generous in being our main sponsor for the event, they donated £1,000.  The grand total for the Race Night is £2,056.53.  This will be split between Tea in the Big Tent and the new piece of equipment for the Rec. The success of the evening was down to a team effort with contributions from Brian Bunce, Chris Holt, Janet Bailey, Sarah Wild, Dawn Fritchley, Sophie Holland, Alison Stefan, Jacob Fawcett, Richard Pawley and our race host Sarah Wrath.  Thank you to all of these for helping me to make this a very successful fund raising event.
Bonus Ball
We have had 6 lucky winners since the bonus ball started, these were:
20th February - 42 - Bill & Pat Elliott
27th February - 55 - Richard Pawley
5th March - 47 - Sarah Wild
12th March - 1 - Tim & Shirley Walker
19th March - 22 - Alison Coffey
26th March - 28 - Rachael Russell
The current run of 10 draws will finish on 23rd April.  It is likely at that time that numbers may become available as some current players may drop out.  If anybody would be interested in a number please contact Samantha on 650191. 
Samantha writes-

Auction Night
We are holding an auction on Saturday 7th May.  It is a joint fundraiser for Tea in the Big Tent and the new equipment for the Rec.  These are both worthwhile causes, with Tea in the Big Tent being an event which the whole village will be able to attend.  We are currently seeking donations for the Auction.  These can be either items or promises (e.g. babysitting, gardening etc.).  These can be given to either Samantha (650191) or Brian (630004). 


Parish Council Vacancy:

There is a vacancy on the Parish Council. Expressions of interest please, in writing to the Parish Council Clerk (Janet Bailey, 2 Keeling Terrace, Birchover) by Friday 22nd April at the latest.

Proposed cuts to public transport services:

Local residents are being asked their views on proposals to stop paying for local bus services and community transport to help deal with the biggest budget cuts in Derbyshire County Council history. By 2020, the funding Derbyshire County Council gets from central government is expected to be more than a third less than in 2010. This means the Council needs to review what they spend on paying for local bus services which don’t carry enough passengers to be run commercially – subsidised buses – and the amount of money they give to Derbyshire’s six community transport schemes to run Dial-a-Bus (DAB) ‘shopping buses’. They’re already scaling back on support for DAB services meaning that from this year the Council will fund one of these trips a week for every community, town or village, to a nearby town centre or supermarket. Some areas currently have several services a week.

Derbyshire County Council is proposing to withdraw all funding for subsidised bus services – journeys that cannot be run commercially – and community transport Dial-a-Bus (DAB) ‘shopping buses’ from October 2017. A consultation is running until Sunday 24th April via an online questionnaire.

But they are now putting forward further proposals to help save £4.4m on transport costs.

The new proposals are to:

  • withdraw all county council funding for subsidised buses from October 2017. This means that unless they can be run commercially they will stop
  • withdraw all county council funding for DAB services from October 2017. This means that unless they can be funded from elsewhere they will stop
  • provide some funding - £1.3m - for a new Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service. This could be used by passengers currently using subsidised buses and those using DAB
  • provide a new Door-to-Door Plus service for people who currently use DAB but would be unable to use the proposed  DRT service.

DRT services would have to be booked. Passengers then turn up at a named location, on a specific day and at a given time. The drop off point is usually a nearby town. 

Following previous consultation, from 1 April 2016, the Gold Card flat-rate return fare will increase from £2 to £3 after 67 per cent of Gold Card holders who responded to a proposal to raise the fare indicated they would be prepared to pay the higher price. Originally it had also been proposed to withdraw funding for aCTive Traveljourneys to healthcare services but these will now continue until 2020, using money from reserves. The consultation will run for eight weeks until Sunday 24 April 2016. The questionnaire can be completed online at  (opens in a new window)Printed copies will also be available from local libraries and community transport schemes.

Red Lion Dominoes Team:

Arthur Heathcote writes –

We are looking to recruit new players for next season which is between September and March on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested please telephone Arthur on 01629 650247.

Foootball Nets:


Football nets are available to use on The Rec. The key to the shed housing the nets can be obtained from Jimmy Rimmer and must be returned after each game.

Open Gardens Concert:


The concert to take place in Church on 4th June during Open Gardens weekend is short of musicians. If you can play an instrument and would like to take part in the concert please contact Brian Bunce on 630 004.

Thanks to :

Prue Carson for planting daffodil bulbs around the village name signs.

Thanks also to those who sent cards and good wishes to the people who have been ill over the past couple of months (and some longer) and we wish them all a speedy recovery. These include Bill Elliott, Tamsin Brookes, Hannah Owen (nee Jackson), Len Dawes, Chris Redshaw, Eileen Elliott, Dick Carson, Harry Hutchinson, and apologies to anyone who I may have missed.


Mary Prince writes –

Thank you to those people who have agreed to sponsor the newsletter after my last request. People responded very generously and as a result there is roughly a year’s worth of sponsorship now available.

This newsletter has been sponsored by

Jackie and Trevor Grimshaw of

Pingle Cottage, Main Street

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