Devolution nearer page 3
The proposed East Midlands Combined County Authority has moved a step nearer, after legislation was approved in Westminster. The relevant Bill has been given Royal Assent, paving the way for this additional tier of government covering Derbyshire, Notts and the cities of Derby and Nottingham.
Recycling Christmas trees page 9
Residents across the Peak and Dales are being invited to register their real Christmas trees for a recycling service to support the local hospice scene. Collections are going to be made from SK17, SK22, SK23, DE45, S32 and S33 postcodes. Register online at
Library's new era page 12
Tideswell's community managed library will open on December 11th, in the current County library premises behind St John's Church. Training of volunteers is well underway and anyone interested in staffing or helping generally should phone 01298 871482.
Community Hall land purchase page 16 & 17
Tideswell Community Hall's management committee has been given the opportunity to buy the land on which the facility stands. Owners Derbyshire County Council have made the offer for a limited period and a fundraising effort has been started.
Peak Park extends charges page 28
The Peak District National Park Authority has confirmed that pay and display charges have been extended to take in a further 13 of its car park locations. It means that 31 of the Authority's 44 car parks now require payment, seven days per week.

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Litton village shop's well-earned praise page 1
The King's ceremonial representative in Derbyshire, High Sheriff Theresa Peitier, has praised the team at Litton shop on an official visit, calling them "simply brilliant". Residents of Litton have regarded their shop as an invaluable asset since it became the county's first community-owned store in 1999.
Expert heating advice page 3
A HEAT Hub event will take place in Tideswell Community Hall on Saturday November 11th from 10.30am and again from 12.30pm. The government-funded HEAT Hub has a broad toolkit of assistance, including free home energy plans and advice on energy efficiency.
DDCVS successes page 9
It has been a successful year for Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service (DDCVS), it was reported at the recent annual general meeting. The DDCVS is financially sound and has a healthy level of reserves, enabling it to continue with the core work of promoting and sustaining Dales communities.
County Council cuts agreed page 16 & 17
Derbyshire County Council has tackled the mounting pressures on its finances with a series of cost-cutting measures aimed at ensuring the situation does not reach unmanageable crisis point. It is faced with a £46 million budget shortfall for 2023/24.
Diego's century page 32
Buxton Football Club's longest-serving player Diego De Girolamo has almost reached 100 goals for the club, notching up his 99th against Peterborough Sports in October. The former Sheffield United and Italy Under-20s striker has achieved double-figure hauls in each of his five seasons.

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Food Festival under review page 3
Tideswell Food Festival's organising group numbers are being depleted for various reasons, which brings into question the future of this annual event. The mounting of the Festival and accompanying Makers' Market relies entirely on volunteers. Get in touch via
End for diabetic group page 10
High Peak Diabetic Self-Help Group, which has catered for sufferers and their families in north-west Derbyshire since 1986, is going to disband, mainly due to falling attendances at meetings. It was founded by Tideswell resident Sue Barber.
Dales planning review well underway page 16
A full review of the previously agreed Local Plan for Derbyshire Dales is well underway, according to the District Council. Issues such as housing provision, the economy, retail and town centres, infrastructure and the environment are being assessed.
Waste changes latest page 27
The new schedule for waste collections in Derbyshire Dales began on September 18th According to recent statements, the amended routes and new days for around 90% of residents are in the interests of efficiency and environmental friendliness, with distances travelled by trucks reduced.
Women's new man page 32
Graham Abercrombie is the new team manager of Buxton FC Women. His managerial roles have included stints at Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion and he is former international development coach for Chelsea.

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New guide book ready page 1
The new and long-anticipated guide to St John the Baptist Church in Tideswell has been completed and will be available for this month. The book is being published by Friends of St John's and is expected to be on display at the Heritage Open Day, Saturday September 16th.
Richard Lane upgradepage 14
The Parish Council is close to raising the finance for redevelopment of Tideswell's Richard Lane Park, essentially a children's play area. Clerk Hannah Owen said: "We want to make it the best we can for the money available, so we'd be trilled to have ideas put to us." Email
Waste service changes page 16
The Waterswallows waste management and recycling facility near Peak Dale will undergo considerable service changes, subject to public consultation and final approval by Derbyshire County Council. Among considerations is the cutting of days and hours of opening.
Proms concert page 24
Aways popular, "Last Night of the Proms" is set to return to St John's Church, Tideswell, on Saturday September 23rd from 7pm. Organised by Tideswell & District Community Association, the village's very own Proms started in 2016, then as now, featuring Tideswell Band. Tickets £10 on the door.
Hardwick Hall open page 27
Historic Hardwick Hall at Doe Lea near Chesterfield is fully open to the public for the first time, thanks to a new arrangement between the National Trust and English Heritage. An extensive restoration project cost more than £1.3 million.

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Water plans shelved page 3
Severn Trent Water has announced that plans to increase capacity in the Derwent Valley with a new reservoir and extensions to the existing have been shelved. The proposals will be replaced by a combination of leakage and customer demand management, with other supply options.
Top class page 4
Staff and children at Tideswell's Bishop Pursglove School have good reason to be feeling pleased, after Ofsted issued a "Good" rating following its latest inspection.The report included comments such as: "Staff have high expectations of pupils' behaviour. Classrooms are typically very calm and purposeful."
Giant steps page 14
A giant standing 12 feet (3.5 metres) high took to the streets on Tideswell's Big Sat'Day. The larger-than-life St John the Baptist was designed by Fiona Rogers of Red Pepper Artwork and based on medieval iconography.
Over to Ken Smith page 28
The Peak District National Park Authority has a newly-elected chair, Ken Smith, taking over from Andrew McCloy, who has stepped down after five years in the role. Ken was formerly the Authority's lead on cultural heritage, a position held at the end of his 35 years with the organisation.
All ready to go page 32
Buxton Football Club has warmed up for its second season in the Vanarama National League North with friendlies against Matlock Town, Leek Town, Mickleover and Macclesfield, helping 10 new squad players to settle into the side.

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JULY 2023

Reprieve for centres? page 3
An anonymous donor has made an offer to the Peak District National Park Authority which could keep its Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and Fairholmes visitor centres open for the next three years. The centres had been threatened with closure as part of a wide-ranging review of the Authority's budgets.
Tunstead environmentally page 7
Employees at Tarmac's Tunstead Cement Plant near Peak Dale, a major employer in the area, joined together to mark the recent World Environment Day. Activities focused on volunteering to beat plastic pollution and there was a decarbonisation workshop. New trees and shrubs were planted.
Dry rot closes museum page 17
The discovery of dry rot at Buxton Museum & Art Gallery has caused the County Council to close the facility for safety reasons. No timescale has been put on completing investigations into the effects on the building's structure. Meanwhile, alternative ways to deliver the service are being explored.
Official opening page 22
Tideswell Community Hall will be opened officially on Sunday July 16th from midday – and all are welcome to attend. The new building at the foot of Church Lane is a replacement for the wooden structure that stood on the site for over 50 years, before being destroyed by accidental fire in 2015.
District alliance page 24
A new political grouping has taken control of Derbyshire Dales District Council. The Progressive Alliance is an agreement between the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Green Party. After May's elections, the Lib Dems are the largest party, with 12 of the 34 seats.

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JUNE 2023

Leaving the car at home page 1
New Wayfarer bus tickets offering unlimited travel across Derbyshire at £8 per day, less for under-16s, are intended to help persuade people to leave their cars at home and try public transport. Tickets can be bought on buses, online or loaded to special smartcards.
Green light for new Co-op page 7
The planners have approved Tideswell Co-op's application to build a new single-storey retail outlet on the outskirts of the village. The new store on a green field site at Whitecross Road will have 471 square metres of shopping and storage space, with 27 parking bays, including provision for the disabled.
Peak Park facing up to financial constraints pages 16 & 17
The Peak District National Park Authority has begun consultations with staff over a series of proposals to restructure the organisation in the face of financial constraints. The Authority has faced real-term cuts in government grants of about 40% in the last 10 years.
Picnic in the park page 21
The first annual Picnic in the Park, at Tideswell Community Park, was held three years ago. This year's free gathering is going to be the best yet, organisers have told the magazine. It will be held on Saturday July 15th from 1pm to 5pm.
It was a very good year page 27
The 2023 annual general meeting of Tideswell & District Environment Group will be held at the Fountain Square Centre on Wednesday June 28th. Membership has grown to 185 and the Facebook page has 350 followers. Attendees at the meeting will be told of a series of achievements in the last 12 months.

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MAY 2023

Pete's 900 miles for charity page 3
Motor neurone disease, which is affecting around 5,000 in this country, is to be the beneficiary of funds raised by the long-distance cycling endeavours of Tideswell resident Pete Hawkins, taking place in June and July. Pete will embark on a tough 900 miles in the saddle, riding from Scotland to Kent.
Old favourites and new page 7
Tideswell Food Festival and Makers' Market on May 13th will feature returning favourites and some new traders. Caribbean Fusion, Staffordshire Scotch Eggs and Wye Bakehouse are among those who have re-booked as the Festival offers the best of produce and crafts.
Library takeover makes significant progress page 16
Protracted negotiations over the future of Tideswell Library, involving a group of local residents and Derbyshire County Council, have made considerable headway. The County Council has accepted the latest business case put forward by the village's aspiring community library managers.
Cressbrook Dale latest page 21
A planning enforcement notice has been served on the owners of land known as Litton Frith Farm in Cressbrook Dale. The notice requires that engineering works and developments carried out must be removed and the land reinstated, The area is designated as a conservation Natural Zone.
World-class equestrian page 32
The Chatsworth International Horse Trials 2023, a three-day event of world-class equestrian sport, with entertainment for all the family, takes place between May 12th and 14th. It will include show jumping, dressage and cross country. Early-bird tickets via the Chatsworth House website include free parking.

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APRIL 2023

Decision likely on new retail outlet page 3
Tideswell Co-op's future plans are expected to be scrutinised by the Peak District National Park Authority planners on April 21st. A decision is likely about the Co-op's application to build a single-storey retail facility alongside the business zone on Whitecross Road.
New hospice service ready page 7
A brand-new hospice service will honour Peak and Dales patients' wishes to stay at home at the end of life, thanks to local generosity. Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen's Trust are creating a Hospice at Home 24-hours rapid response service with funds from the area's businesses and individuals.
Homes statistics page 17
Following the announcement that Derbyshire Dales is considering doubling council tax on second homes, retired researcher and Tideswell resident Pete Gibbon has found there were 59 units in the village with second-home tax assessments last year and 85 holiday lets registered for business rates.
Power posts page 22
Derbyshire County Council is looking at using up to 500 lamp posts as charging points for electric cars. It is also assessing the suitability of car parks for fitting with charging units and its shortlist includes four sites in Bakewell and two in Buxton.
Manager of month page 32
Buxton Football Club's team manager Craig Elliott has been named the latest "manager of the month" by Vanarama National League North. The Bucks were unbeaten throughout February and March and sit comfortably in the top half of the table.

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MARCH 2023

County wants more tax page 1
Local taxation levied by Derbyshire County Council will rise by 3.75% next month to contribute towards a 2023/24 spend of £675 million. It means an extra 80p per week for an average band D household. The County claims that the council tax rise will be among the lowest nationally.
Having a ball for charities page 3
Tideswell based #Challenge Derbyshire held its annual ball at Buxton's Devonshire Dome in February and raised £165,000. This means that £1.6 million has been gathered so far by #Challenge Derbyshire, all going to end-of-life charities Ashgate Hospice, Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen's Trust.
Sustainable Peak District travel page 9
Quieter roads, well-used bus routes and more walking and cycling were among topics discussed at recent deliberations about achieving sustainable travel in the Peak District. Agenda items included better public transport promotion, super-fast bus routes, park and ride, car-free schemes and road charging.
Council tax on second homes pages 16 & 17
Dales residents have been asked to respond by March 22nd to a consultation document about a proposal under new powers to charge double council tax on homes that are not main residences, often referred to as second homes. The online link is
Community fundraiser page 22
Tideswell & District Community Association's popular 200+ Club will be back in April for a new season. Membership is £1 per month and the prizes range from £50 bi-monthly and monthly £25 to £5. Money raised goes towards running events and supporting local organisations and projects.

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Co-op planning new store page 1
Tideswell Co-op wants permission to build a single-storey convenience store alongside the business zone on Whitecross Road, leading out of the village towards the A523. There would be 471 square metres of shopping and storage space, with 27 parking bays. The current, centrally-situated shop would close.
Councillor vacancy page 7
There is a casual vacancy for a Tideswell parish councillor. The contact for anyone interested in taking up this important voluntary function is clerk Hannah Owen, telephone 07738 076902, or send an email to
Band aid page 16
Tideswell Band would like the return of instruments. Some of them have been out of circulation for a long time, but that doesn't make them any less valuable to the group. There is an amnesty for all items linked to the band, with no questions asked. Call Libs Slattery on 01298 871259.
Food preparations page 16
Planning for this year's Tideswell Food Festival and Makers' Market is well underway. The date has been changed in order to avoid a clash with the coronation of King Charles III, which will be televised worldwide. The Food Festival is scheduled for Saturday May 13th.
Opera House voted best in England page 24
Beating off the Royal Shakespeare Company and three others in the final round, Buxton Opera House has been named the best theatre in the country. The honour came in a recent national competition run by women's website "Muddy Stilettos", which has 1.2 million monthly followers.

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Staying warm page 3
A new scheme called "Stay Warm Tideswell" is underway. Heated venues in which all are welcome will operate until March. Initial warm spots are The Merchant's Yard restaurant on Tuesdays, Nicholson Court, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and the Community Hall, Fridays, all 10.30am to 3pm.
New MRI scanner page 10
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner with all the latest technology and costing £1.5 million has been installed at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, serving all of north Derbyshire. It is estimated that over 16,000 patients per year will be treated.
Services changes accepted well page 16
Reactions to the switching of St John the Baptist Tideswell church services to the nearby Old Grammar School have been positive, according to the vicar, Reverend Simon White. The move has been caused by large rises in heating costs but people "understand why it is happening and see the sense in it".
Promoting strong communities page 25
Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service held its annual general meeting in December. The organisation exists to promote strong, sustainable and healthy communities through voluntary action. For 2021/22 it was reported that there were 317 advice sessions for 200 Dales groups and individuals.
Bucks' valiant FA Cup run page 32
This season's Emirates FA Cup started with 732 clubs and by the Second Round Proper only 40 remained, including Buxton. They could not have had a tougher draw, away to EFL League One front-runners Ipswich Town, but they put up a valiant show for their 600 travelling fans, going down 4-0.

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