APRIL 2024

Preschool plaudits page 3
Ofsted inspectors have awarded Tideswell Preschool a "Good" rating in all areas of its operation after a recent formal visit. New places are available at the Preschool for two, three and four-year-olds from September:
Community awards page 14
This year's Tideswell community awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 27th in Fountain Square Centre. There is still time to make nominations, which should go by email to the parish clerk Hannah Owen at
Recycling centres decision page 23
Derbyshire County Council, needing to make cuts because of current and ongoing financial deficits, has been pondering the expense of its household recycling centre. The service will continue on a daily basis, but with reduced hours. Waterswallows near Peak Dale has been excluded from any changes.
Bring them back page 24
Such has been the success of Tideswell Band's training programme that it is running out of instruments for beginners and returners. A spokesperson said that if anyone has an instrument gathering dust in an attic or cupboard, irrespective of condition, please take it back to the Band.
Buxton and manager to part page 32
Buxton FC and team manager Craig Elliott will part company at the end of this season. Craig, who had a sizeable budget but failed to make his mark in the National League North, issued a statement saying: "I feel it is the right time for me to take on a new challenge."

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MARCH 2024

Register to vote page 3
Residents throughout The Village Voice catchment area and beyond have been reminded by the local authorities to make sure they are on the electoral register by April 16th in order to take part in May's elections for a Mayor and Police & Crime Commissioner.
Library's solid progress page 7
Tideswell's community managed library opened its doors shortly before Christmas and it has been reported to The Village Voice that solid progress is being made. There will soon be 21 volunteers at work but more are required: call 01629 533393 or email
Campaigners still want trains pages 16 & 17
In spite of planning and financial setbacks there is still strong support in some quarters for the reintroduction of passenger and goods trains along what is now the Monsal Trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, A series of public meetings are planned.
Victims app page 24
Derbyshire Constabulary has a new mobile app, being made ready for use by victims of crime. The idea is to share experiences and help shape the future of police services, priorities and policies. Derbyshire County Council is also involved with the project.
MUGA bookings help page 32
Operators Tideswell & District Community Association need a volunteer to take over the bookings management of the multi-use games area (MUGA) at the Sports Complex. There is an electronic bookings website for the tennis, netball and five-a-side courts.

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Call for holiday homes registration page 3
Resulting from a housing report commissioned by Derbyshire Dales District Council there has been inclusion of calls for a registration scheme for short-term lets and a planning permission requirement to convert properties for holiday letting purposes.
Constabulary progress pages 16 & 17
The Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner's annual report claims that it's been a year of progress. Among the best of the news is that 351 new police officers have been recruited, there are more community support officers, anti-social behaviour has fallen and all burglaries are being investigated.
New bridge appeal page 22
The Peak District National Park Foundation is seeking upwards of £200,000 to replace the condemned footbridge over the River Wye near Cressbrook Mill. Around £30,000 has been raised so far and the next step will be to approach the Farming in Protected Landscapes Fund for a substantial grant.
Christmas trees raise over £8,000 page 27
This year's Christmas tree recycling service in aid of end-of-life charities Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen's Trust raised more than £8,000. That's the biggest amount in the campaign's history, with around 550 trees collected by volunteers and chipped.
Stepping out to play page 32
Tideswell Walking Netball is on the lookout for new members. Sessions start up again in March, Friday mornings at Tideswell Sports Complex. Play lasts for around one hour, with social coffee afterwards, all ages and abilities welcome. Pam Muchan is the contact,

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Election of Mayor page 3
Residents throughout the region, together with the remainder of Derbyshire, Notts and the cities of Derby and Nottingham, will have the opportunity to elect a Mayor on May 2nd. This is one outcome of a December go-ahead by local councils for an East Midlands Combined County Authority.
Food Festival donations page 7
With all sums added up from the 2023 Tideswell Food Festival and Makers' Market the team has been able to distribute the surplus locally. A donation of £3,000 has gone towards the community takeover of Tideswell Library. The Tideswell & District Environment Group has received £2,500.
Peak Park steps in at Cressbrook page 9
The Peak District National Park Authority has confirmed removal of unauthorised works at Cressbrook Dale. This follows failure by the landowner to comply with an enforcement notice, nor to make an appeal against the order.
Archaeology day page 16
Peak District and wider Derbyshire's archaeology discoveries and research are to be revealed at the annual Derbyshire Archaeology Day, at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on January 20th. It is promised that a huge range of topics will be covered: tickets from or on the day.
Looking to improve page 32
The footballers of Tideswell United finished 2023 in eighth place out of 10 in the Hope Valley Amateur League Premier Division, so will be looking for improvement over the remainder of the season. Chapel Town are leading the way in the league.