Samaritan Jill raises the cash page 1
Peak Forest resident Jill Pearson, aged 73, jumped out of an aeroplane at 14,000 feet recently to raise money for Buxton & High Peak Samaritans. To date, intrepid Jill has raised £1,115 for the local charity, where she has been a dedicated volunteer for 12 years.
Too cold for comfort page 3
Heating bills are proving to be a problematic burden to St John the Baptist Church, or Cathedral of the Peak, causing services to be relocated to smaller, adjacent buildings. St John's is to remain open to visitors and will continue to host services for special occasions.
Video boosts Cressbrook Dale campaign page 16
Save Cressbrook Dale campaigners have added a video to their armoury. Loaded to YouTube, the video explains how the area is threatened and why so much passion has been roused. Campaigners are also using posters, leaflets, a website and social media.
Wasting water page 24
Severn Trent, which is the water supplier for the Peak and Dales, leaks an average of 446 million litres every day, making it the second worst in the country for wasting water, it is claimed in new research published by The Times newspaper.
Weekly community park runs page 32
Weekly running events in Buxton's Pavilion Gardens have replaced monthly 5K races. Held every Saturday from 9am, these are free to enter and participants can run, jog or walk. Nearly 300 people took part in November's inaugural run.

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For the community pages 1 & 4
Tideswell's community awards ceremony took place in the village's Fountain Square Centre, mid-October. It was an evening of saying thank you and letting it be known that the contributions being made by local people are appreciated. Photos are on the front page, winners' details on page 4.
Will the fares cap fit? page 3
The government has allocated £60 million so there can be a £2 cap on bus fares in Derbyshire and elsewhere for the first three months of next year. Details of the £2 scheme have not been made clear yet but there could be substantial savings for bus passengers.
Promenading pleasure page 16
After an absence of two years because of coronavirus, the long-awaited return of Last Night of the Proms entertained well over 100 people at the Cathedral of the Peak. Funds raised will be added to Tideswell & District Community Association's kitty for supporting local projects and groups.
Nordic inspired page 24
Christmas at Chatsworth House will have a Nordic flavour this year. Stories, landscapes and traditions associated with mythical sorcerer Loki will be combined with illuminations, an immersive ice wall, giant woodland hideaway, pine forest and seasonal music from November 5th to January 8th.
Young footballers win tournament page 32
Boys playing for Tideswell United Under-8s and Under-10s were winners of the recent Hope Valley Juniors Tournament, without conceding a goal. Sixteen teams took part. With a strong local presence at the event, sizeable funds were raised for footballing activities.

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Thank you, Ma'am, for a lifetime of service page 3
The second Elizabethan era has ended with the death of Her Majesty the Queen and the magazine carried thanks for her lifetime of service from several community leaders. A heartfelt tribute was included on the front page. May she rest in peace.
Wells season finishes with Foolow and Wormhill page 4
The last of this summer's traditional well dressings were at Foolow and Wormhill. The main board at Foolow was designed by Alison Slater, based on a book jacket for local prize-winning author Susanna Clarke. Wormhill was celebrating 71 years of dressings and children highlighted the Queen's animals.
Care and concern at St John's page 11
An exhibition of around 20 banners with the theme "Remaking Paradise" will be held at St John's Church in Tideswell from October 27th to November 4th. All of the banners are made from recycled materials, designed to express care and concern about the environment and climate change.
Litton Neighbourhood Watch page 19
After a series of break-ins last autumn and winter, a Neighbourhood Watch group has been established by Litton residents, supported by the Parish Council. The aim is to act as the point of contact to exchange information, report suspicious activity and share crime prevention advice.
Championing youth page 32
Buxton Water has agreed to extend its sponsorship of the town's football club students by a further two years, having started in 2019. The Buxton FC Academy has 47 full-time trainees studying for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sporting Excellence.

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Last night of the proms page 1
September will see the return of "Last Night of the Proms", missing in the last two years because of coronavirus restrictions. Organised by Tideswell & District Community Association, the concert will be in St John the Baptist Church on Saturday September 24th, 7pm, tickets at the door £10.
Dismay at latest housing proposals page 3
Tideswell Parish Council has registered objections to the renewed proposal to build 21 houses on a field off Sherwood Road, sharing the dismay of residents that so few of the earlier objections have been addressed satisfactorily. The Parish Council believes there are better locations to be explored.
Cressbrook controversy page 7
A campaign to halt the 70-acres Cressbrook Dale being developed by new owners has been launched by local residents. They have been cheered by a new Temporary Stop Notice prohibiting works without permission, issued by the Peak District National Park.
Let there be light page 17
The Cathedral of the Peak in Tideswell needs help from the public. The current requirement is for £545,000 to deal with obsolete lighting, replacement toilets and an events servery. So far, £50,000 has been raised. People can donate in the church or online at
Millions more for bus services page 23
Derbyshire has been awarded £47 million as part of the government's national bus strategy. The extra money is expected to be used for more frequent bus services, improved punctuality and reliability, better value fares, easier payment systems and a new timetables app.

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Speed warning signs page 1
Tideswell Parish Council has pledged to undertake public consultation about the proposed erection of electronic speed warning signs at road entries to the village. The consultation will be during an autumn open day, details not yet settled.
No trains on the trail page 3
An earlier decision against providing finance for trains to run along the Monsal Trail is not to be reviewed. A new document published by the government and updating "Restoring Your Railway Fund" confirmed that the route would not be selected for funding.
Changes to health care page 10
The NHS has formed a new body to take over health and social care co-ordination across the region. The Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) took over from the Clinical Commissioning Group on July 1st, to work as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.
Acknowledged by the community page 24
Tideswell's last community service awards were in 2019. They are set to return in the autumn, organised by the Parish Council. Closing date for submissions is Friday September 9th, to go by email to
Markovitz Cup page 32
Buxton FC beat Matlock Town 1-0 in the inaugural Markovitz Cup challenge, watched by a crowd of over 500. The game was part of pre-season preparations for the Bucks' move up to the National League North, first home game on Saturday August 13th against Curzon Ashton, 3pm kick-off.

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JULY 2022

Deliverer Ken is 95 page 1
Congratulations to Ken Munns, who has celebrated his 95th birthday with friends in Cressbrook. Ken is the most senior in years of the Teamsters, the voluntary group that delivers The Village Voice to Peak District households and businesses each month.
Future of local church in doubtpage 9
A public meeting has been arranged for Sunday July 24th from 3pm at St Anne's Church to discuss its future. The Millers Dale church is short of worshippers, active volunteers and money. The parochial church council is considering closure, but wants local opinions.
Country festival page 16
Derbyshire Dales will have a new country show on Sunday July 17th, organised by Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society. On the town's showground, the family event is meant to help fill the gap caused by the demise of the long-running Bakewell Show, last held in 2017.
Fun-packed challenges page 27
Year Five at Bishop Pursglove School in Tideswell took on a series of fun-packed challenges recently during a three-day course at White Hall outdoor centre near Buxon. Activities included rock climbing, a zip line, scrambling at the Roaches beauty spot, canoeing and shelter building.
Table tennis trophy win page 32
Tideswell Table Tennis Club A-team members have collected their first trophy, for winning their division of the Chesterfield & District League. The presentation was made by national ladies' champion Nicola Deaton. It was Tideswell's second season playing competitively.

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JUNE 2022

Jubilee celebrations unfold pages 1 & 4
The Peak and Dales will be playing a full part in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with festivities in almost every village. For instance, you can take in Tideswell's picnic in the park, a street party in Litton, a fancy dress competition at Eyam and treasure hunt in Wormhill.
Tideswell horse to pull Gold State coachpage 7
A royal appointment awaits Tideswell-born Irish Draught Windsor Grey Heatherdale Icon. The horse has been chosen to pull the Gold State coach down the Mall as part of the Queen's Jubilee pageantry. He was bred by Kay Chapman at Summer Cross.
Specialist beds installed page 10
Latest technology critical care beds have been installed at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. The 24 specialised beds include variable heights, multiple positions and built-in scales among their functions. Staff have received detailed training to ensure full understanding of these and other features.
Environment group's busy third year page 21
Tideswell & District Environment Group has published its third annual report. Membership has reached 170, involved in project groups for climate action, ethical consumerism, litter picking, recycling, wildlife, plus a new set devoted to cycling.
Peak Forest race page 32
After an enforced coronavirus break, the annual Peak Forest Fell Race will take place on Sunday, July 10th. For more about this popular regional event call Chris Hopley on 07768 085867 or send an email to

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MAY 2022

Repair Café ready to open pages 1 & 7
A volunteer-led Repair Café will open towards the end of May, an initiative by Tideswell & District Environment Group. The primary purpose is to repair household items rather than discard them. Starting May 21st from 10am, it will be held every third Thursday of the month at Tideswell Community Hall.
TV's Julia leads Peak Park salutepage 3
Television presenter Julia Bradbury, who has family links to Tideswell, led a recent celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park. She said: "The Peak District made history as the UK's first National Park, after decades of campaigning for countryside access and protection."
Emergency care unit well underway page 10
The framework and steel-reinforced concrete flooring for Chesterfield Royal Hospital's new urgent and emergency care unit have been completed. Estimated to cost £24 million, the facility is due to be opened in the summer of 2023.
New regional authority proposed page 16
Derbyshire County Council, along with its Nottinghamshire counterpart and the city authorities in Derby and Nottingham, want to negotiate a combined devolution deal with government. A future East Midlands public body would look after transport, infrastructure, regeneration, employment and education.
Easy sports bookings page 32
An online booking system for the hard courts area at Tideswell Sports Complex within the Community Park has gone live. Anyone can reserve a tennis, netball or football slot on a pay and play basis. To make a booking go to webpage

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APRIL 2022

Housing developers resubmitting plans pages 1 & 4
An affordable-needs housing estate on a green field site at Sherwood Road, Tideswell, previously turned down by the Peak District planners, has been redesigned and will be resubmitted. The proposals are for 14 two-bedroomed houses, five at three bedrooms and a pair of two-bed bungalows.
Festival roadshow headed to Tideswellpage 3
When Buxton International Festival 2022 hits the road it will be calling at Tideswell. The seven-stop tour includes an hour-long performance at Fountain Square Church on April 26th. Tickets at £10 are available from
Children's world of books page 9
World Book Day has been celebrated at Bishop Pursglove School. Children chose "When I Grow Up" by Jon Hayles as their main book, where central character Annie is full of ideas about what to do in the future. The theme was taken up for school-wide fancy dress.
Future of the National Parks page 16
Government has published its long-awaited response to the 2019 Glover Landscape Review of the Peak District and other English National Parks. Topics covered included climate change, farming transition, local communities, sustainable transport, tourism and planning.
Big charity push page 24
The fourth #Challenge Derbyshire annual ball provided over £160,000 for end-of-life charities Ashgate Hospice, Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen's Trust. Tideswell-based business Markovitz donates all organisation and staffing for #Challenge Derbyshire. To date, £1.3M has been raised.

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MARCH 2022

Local tax rises add to pressures page 1
Council tax increases from April will add to the inflation-stoked financial pressures being felt by most. Rises are inevitable and the biggest challenge has been to minimise them, according to Derbyshire's local authorities. The County Council will charge 3% more in 2022/23.
Green Canopy free trees offerpage 3
Free trees will be available in connection with HM The Queen's Green Canopy project, to mark her Platinum Jubilee. Tideswell & District Environment Group,, is at the centre of local preparations and is expecting trees and shrubs from the Peak District National Park Authority.
Grants scheme open page 15
Community groups, clubs, charities and non-profit organisations can now apply to Derbyshire County Council's latest grants scheme. There is a pot of £1.5 million to be distributed over the next two years for schemes from under £1,000 to over £50,000: full information at
£1M woodland plan page 22
A new cash injection of £1 million has been pledged by the Woodland Trust to enable a further 105 hectares of woods to be created in the Peak District. It will be of major assistance to the National Park Authority as it seeks to complete 400 hectares of planting by 2025.
Railway campaigns page 24
Hope Valley Railway Users Group will hold its Annual General Meeting in Hathersage Memorial Hall, March 31st at 7pm. The group has been campaigning for a regular hourly service stopping at every station and for extra-fast trains from Hope Valley to Manchester and Sheffield.

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Food preparations page 1
Tideswell Food Festival 2022 will be in May, after last year's event was switched to the autumn for Covid-19 reasons. As well as traders, regular and new, St John's Church will host its usual Makers' Market and there will be street and indoor entertainment. Expected date is Saturday 7th.
Highways investment page 3
Between April of this year and next March Derbyshire County Council intends to invest £58 million in roads and pavements. Work will include resurfacing and surface dressing, traffic safety schemes, drainage improvements, and maintenance of bridges and retaining walls.
Petition for replacement bridge page 9
The foot bridge over the River Wye from Cressbrook to the Monsal Trail has fallen into disrepair and is closed for safety reasons. An application to fund the building of a new bridge has gone to Farming In Protected Landscapes and there is a petition to support the move: online at
New electoral map ready pages 16 and 17
Derbyshire Dales is set to have new boundaries for its local government wards. Results of a final review have been sent to Parliament for approval. The number of councillors will be reduced from 39 to 34 and the boundaries of all but three wards have been altered.
Eyam pantomime page 21
The Snow Queen pantomime in Eyam has been postponed until March 10th, 11th and 12th. Rehearsals are well underway for the annual event and tickets are on sale from Nicola Wright, 01433 630080, or email

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Library enthusiasm page 3
The 2022 switching of Tideswell Library management from Derbyshire County Council to local volunteers remains a strong possibility. Paul Black has been leading the team seeking to take over the public facility and said: "We are as enthusiastic as ever and more information is being exchanged with the council."
Old Grammar School move will change the Institute page 7
The ground floor of Tideswell's Old Grammar School is to be upgraded to replace the adjacent St John's Institute as church and community hall. The latter is going to be put to new use under long-term rental arrangements. Expressions of interest should go to
Two million jabs page 10
The number of Covid-19 jabs given to Derbyshire residents topped two million in December. The first of those county jabs was administered at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in December 2020. The hospital and local GPs are to be involved in new clinical trials to investigate the effectiveness of Covid treatments.
Parish clerk to be recruited page 14
A part-time vacancy, working from home, has arisen for Eyam Parish Council's clerk and responsible finance officer. Job description and further information are available by calling 01433 630853 – the closing date is January 17th.
Car bans response page 24
The Peak District National Park Authority has denied press reports that it plans to ban cars. A spokesperson said: "We are not considering a ban. What we are doing is looking at more agile and responsive ways to integrate transport plans. Ideas include a park and ride scheme and more buses."

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