Cow Trampling

As most people will now be aware, the afternoon of Tuesday 10th September saw a female walker and her dog get trampled by Cows on the footpath in the field immediately before Magpie Mine. The lady was very badly injured, and sadly her dog died at the scene of the incident. Derbyshire Police and The Air Ambulance Service arrived on the scene relatively quickly, and with the assistance of locals and other walkers, the Cows were secured in a closed field whist the lady was airlifted to hospital. Our understanding is that there is a Bull in the field with several dozen Heifers, and whilst this is accepted practice, it is favourable to keep this type of herd away from rights of way or provide warning signs/fencing.

As a result of the incident, Derbyshire Police, The National Park Authority, Derbyshire County Council, and the Health and Safety Executive (who are now conducting an investigation into the incident) have taken the decision to close the field (and footpaths which cross it) until the tenant farmer moves the Cattle to a safer location.

UPDATE: 6th October 2019

Unfortunately, due to the inaction of The Health & Safety Executive and Derbyshire County Council, the footpaths which have been formally closed are easily bypassed (by both members of the public and the cows) meaning that the entire area shown below (outlined in red) should be considered dangerous and avoided until the owner of the cows decides to do the right thing and clear them from the fields in question.

Sheldon Jottings – Summer 2019

It’s early June as we write these Jottings and we have had the joy of listening to many different garden birds. But for the last 3 to 4 weeks a pair of garden warblers, who will be visiting for the summer, have been singing loudly on and off all day around the middle of the village. These are quite secretive little birds but their song is a strong, well-sustained sweet, even warble of notes.

Sadly, a pair of visiting redstarts crashed into a window (even though there were window stickers) a few weeks ago and one died as a result. The other was very stunned but after a brief spell recovering on the ground, it eventually flew off.

The song thrushes know that there is much food to be had in our gardens judging by the number of empty large snail shells around. Keep up the good work thrushes!

If you want to encourage bees into your garden then get a shrub called Cotoneaster Horizontalis which is flowering at the moment. At present ours, which grow up against the sides of walls, are covered in bees, all working so hard, and there are so many different types of them – some huge, some very small. In the autumn this shrub is covered in berries which the birds love, especially the blackbirds.

Our meadows and flowery verges (which are mainly cow parsley and red campion), are looking gorgeous now and the may blossom and elder blossom are creating a wonderful display. The ash trees are almost out as these are usually one of the last trees to make their glorious show of lovely new green leaves.

The wild flower meadows are alive with insects on the tall yellow meadow buttercups, the red of the sorrel, the brown/black of the plantain and the white of the pignut, amongst others. But the all-important flower is the yellow rattle which helps to keep down the grass as it feeds off grass roots and thus enables more flowers to gain a space to grow.

Our 3rd Cream Tea Day in the village hall was on Sunday 26th May (the Bank Holiday weekend). Although the weather was not too warm there was still a good number of people scoffing the scones and we now have a steady clientele of followers who visit us regardless of the weather as our cream teas are such good value. A very good sum of £200 was raised and this all helps to keep our village hall going.

The Lucky Dip for the children also needs smallish items worth around 50p. This is a popular little ‘stall’ and was sold out quickly last year. As they all need to be wrapped please can you deliver to Bron, if possible a few days before! Here’s hoping for a beautiful day….

The last Cream Tea day will be on Sunday 25th August so go and indulge and enjoy for the last time this year!!

The £50 winner of the Church Draw for this month was Alistair Warren with number 40. Congratulations!

These Jottings are for July and August as is usual, so we wish you all a lovely summer and September will hopefully be the next issue.

DIARY DATES

Sunday 25th August – Cream Teas in the village hall 1pm – 5pm

Sheldon Jottings for June 2019

We were saddened to hear that Doris Fletcher passed away on 27th April at Derby Hospital, aged 83. Her funeral service, which was well attended by family and friends, was held in Sheldon Church on Tuesday 14th May and led by Rev. Alan Griggs.  Born in Millers Dale in 1936, Doris moved with her family to Flagg where she went to primary school and then on to secondary school in Buxton. She met Ian in 1957 and they married in 1964, settling in Sheldon. Ian always wanted to farm and Doris lived on her parents’ farm and always enjoyed helping in the work there. So it was no surprise when the couple moved in 1975 into the house which they had built on Johnson Lane, where they were to farm for the rest of their lives.

They had 2 children, Peter and Christine, to whom she was a wonderful mother. When Peter and Sarah’s daughter was born in 2012 Doris was overjoyed and found great happiness in being a grandmother. Doris loved farming and as Rev. Griggs stated ‘farming defined her life’. She was buried next to Ian in the churchyard in Sheldon. Doris will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with her family and those who were close to her.

The Parish Annual General Meeting was held on 16th April and we were delighted when Wendy was re-elected unanimously to continue her excellent work as Chair and Joe was re-elected as our Secretary.  Congratulation to them both. They make a very good combination and have the full support of the village. They have worked hard on our behalf over the last 12 months and for that they have our heartfelt thanks. The Chairs of all our committees remain the same and if you are not a member of one but would like to help, please have a word with Wendy or Joe. Our grateful thanks go to the committees and especially their Chairs for the work they do. The next Parish Meeting is on June 24th.

May 5th saw our second Cream Tea Sunday of the season – and what a Day it was! This was also the afternoon of the Yard Sale when 9 households had a bric-a-brac sale at their garden gates and stretching from the top of the village to the bottom. The weather was dry but with a very chill wind but that did not deter customers coming to the village which was filled with people. The stallholders reported a steady trade as objects from model cars to bicycles went up for sale. Well done to all who took part in what could well be an annual event.

As for the Cream Teas – they were a roaring success raising £425 for Hall funds. So many people were attracted to the village and nipped into the warmth of the hall for a cream tea, that all the scones were sold with an hour and a half to go!  It was rumoured that Colin was dispatched to the supermarket for more and that frantic cooking took place. Meanwhile some of us enjoyed a delicious cake and cream with our cup of tea! Well done and thanks to all those involved and to Lindsey for all her hard work organising.

The Book Club continues to prosper. Thank you to Jenny for hosting the last meeting when the group discussed  ‘The hen who dreamed she could fly’ by Sun-Mi Hwang. As always this was a lovely meeting enjoyed by all. The new book is  ‘After you’ve gone’ by Maggie O’Farrell which will be discussed at Angie’s on Tuesday 11th June. Sure to be another great evening – do come along.

Another new event taking place in Sheldon is the first of what we hope will be a succession of Social Evenings which will take place in the village hall on Friday 7th June starting at 7pm. This will be a Pie and Peas/Quiz Night organised by Julia H and Angie. We understand that places are limited so if you haven’t booked your place or need more details please contact them. We hope you will come and support this initiative and have a great fun evening with friends and neighbours.

It is good to see Louise up and around again after her illness when she was struck low by pneumonia and spent time in hospital. She is recovering well and we send her our love and best wishes.

There was much lively fun on Sunday 12th May at the village hall as Jenny and Alan celebrated a double event. Their grandchild Joseph, son of Adam and Fiona, was enjoying his first birthday and Joel and Natalie and proud grandparents were also celebrating the birth of Annie Rose who was just 2 weeks old. Lovely events in which the whole family joined on a wonderful Sunday under the cherry blossom.  Best wishes to all.

One final thing to celebrate here in Sheldon is the return of the swallows and house martins, particularly around Top Farm – more than we have seen for a few years. But sadly there are far fewer further down the village.

The winner of the Church Draw this month was Tracy Gregory with number 70. Congratulations!  Kath has reminded us that it is now time to sign up for next year’s Draw (2019-2020) so see Kath to take part before all the slots are taken.

DIARY DATES

Friday 7th June – Pie and Peas/Quiz night in the village hall at 7.00pm

Tuesday 11th June – Book Club at Angie’s at 7.30pm

Monday 24th June – Parish Meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm

Sheldon Jottings for May 2019

Winter is behind us and Spring is in full swing! The lambs are entertaining us in the fields and the birds are busy and making full use of our dog’s hairs to line their nests, taking them from holders on the trees. Two people have seen a long-tailed tit up here. If only they would stay as they are such gorgeous little birds and reasonably common across the valley. (Please let us know if you see one). We never realised there were so many different shades of green until we saw the tremendous variety in the hedgerows and along the roadsides. The blossoms are wonderful as always – our damson tree has burst into a beautiful show for the first time in the ten years since it was planted. Here’s to a bumper crop of fruit and, of course, the best tasting jam of them all!

Our village always looks lovely in the Spring sunshine. The green of the fields with sheep and cows grazing, sets off the light grey of the walls surrounding them and of the houses of the village. Flowers appear in the window boxes and in the gardens making it a delight to walk through this attractive place in which we are so lucky to live. Incidentally – don’t the six Belted Galloway cattle look impressively beautiful in the sunshine as you drive out of the village.

Now it is Cream Tea time! We have already enjoyed the first and so delicious it was after the long winter wait. The next is on Sunday 5th May from 1pm to 5pm in the village hall. This is a special occasion because for the first time the village will also be having a yard sale. Villagers will be selling, bric-a-brac and other items at the front gates of their homes up and down the street. So here is an opportunity to wander around, to buy a few desirable items and then enjoy a superb cream tea – what better way to spend an afternoon in such a wonderful setting?

Then on 26th May, Whit Sunday, the third Cream Tea afternoon will take place – the last one before Sheldon Day to sit in the sunshine beneath the Cherry Tree and indulge oneself…..

Early in April the Book Club met and discussed ‘The Great Alone’ in depth as it was such an incredible read – amid nibbles, a drink and lots of chat at Wendy N’s – a super evening much enjoyed by all. If you have not been to one of these evenings and read the books, you really should try it. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 7th May at ‘The Old Farmhouse’ when the book to be discussed will be ‘The Hen who Dreamed She Could Fly’, an international best seller with 2 million copies sold worldwide and written by Sun-Mi Hwang.

We all knew that William J is an excellent pianist but what we did not realise was that he is also a talented guitarist. He recently passed his Standard 8 Classical Guitar exam with flying colours. Well done William! We also wish you well with your ‘A’ level exams which you will be taking soon.

You may be aware that a new exhibition has opened at the Buxton Museum called ‘Hoards: a hidden history of ancient Britain’ which will run until 16th June. These hoard collections are usually based on coins and in this exhibition have been loaned by the British Museum and Salisbury Museum. But you may not know that Sheldon has its own (just under 100) coin hoard found in 1867 when the new church in Sheldon was being built. Some of these coins date from 1142 and this hoard is one of only two of around this very early date found in Derbyshire so is incredibly rare. This was a period where a lack of silver and a challenging political climate meant only small amounts of coin were in circulation and all handmade. Sadly, ‘our’ hoard is locked away in the Chatsworth archives as they took possession at the time of the find.

Congratulations to Jude Webster who won the Church Draw this month with number 18.

DIARY DATES

Sunday 5th May 1pm to 5pm – Cream Teas in the Village Hall
ALSO – YARD SALE – STALLS THROUGHOUT THE VILLAGE 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 7th May 7.30pm – Book Club at ‘The Old Farmhouse’

Sunday 26th May 1pm to 5pm – Cream Teas in the Village Hall

Sheldon Jottings for April 2019

April is with us again, the month when the swallows arrive in Sheldon and for us the village comes truly alive after the long dark days of winter. In the village people will be opening their barn doors to welcome these amazing little birds who herald the spring and summer to our beautiful corner of England. The first may arrive early in the month but most arrive around the 25th and will almost immediately be engaged in repairing old nests or building new ones.

Lambs appear in ever greater numbers in the fields, the birds are nesting in the boxes we have put up during the winter months, the gardens come alive, the grass needs cutting and the Easter story is told once more in our lovely little Church. A time of new beginnings…..We heard that Pat and Ralph have become great grandparents – no mean achievement – they are overjoyed. Matthew and Becky have become proud parents of Sophia Grace, weighing in at a little over 6lbs. What wonderful news! Congratulations to all involved.

This is also the time of year when we all begin to spend more time outside, clearing up after the ravages of winter and thus spending more time enjoying the beauty and peace of the village. The number of visitors to this marvellous part of the world, with its wonderful landscapes, begins to increase towards its summer peak. No doubt all the holiday cottages are being prepared to welcome these visitors. Manor Farm will be welcoming visitors for the first time to the 4 comfortable cottages that have been converted from the old barns over the winter. We wish all hosts and guests well for the coming season.

With Easter Sunday comes our first Cream Tea Day – eagerly awaited by those of us who indulge in our famous large scones, topped with lots of jam and a good dollop of cream. Delicious!! No doubt by the time you read this Lindsey will have asked for volunteers, but there is still time to help. All monies from Cream Teas goes to help with maintaining and improving the fabric of our village hall. Hard work but good fun and another opportunity to meet and exchange the lifeblood of village life – gossip! Easter Sunday falls this year on 21st April and Cream Teas will be available from 1 – 5.00pm – we hope we can all support this very worthy cause and enjoy a little indulgence.

On Tuesday 2nd April the Book Club will meet at Wendy N’s to discuss ‘The Great Alone’ by Kristin Hannah (a last minute change of title) and this book is a real page turner and not to be missed. Do make every effort to come along, these are really pleasant evenings with the discussion and chat intermingled with drinks and nibbles provided by the host – a marvellous opportunity to meet.

Song of Praise watchers may be aware of the Young Choir of the Year Competition. This year our Derbyshire Community Choir, Perfect Pitch (based in Longstone and run by Emma Hopkins) entered the competition. These young children are all under 12 years old and from local villages around Bakewell. Included amongst them is Colin and Lindsey’s granddaughter, Eliza. The competition will be aired on BBC 1 on 19th May, 26th May and 2nd June. Well worth watching!

The most important Parish Meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday 16th April. This is our AGM when we sort out the organisation of the Parish for the coming year and any other Agenda items. We hope everyone who can will wish to attend this meeting.

Also, do not forget that on Thursday 11th April is the Annual Church Parochial Council Meeting at the Cock and Pullet when the church wardens are elected.

Easter is a major period in the Church calendar and the service is always a delight to attend in our small church. Just a reminder that Church Services for April are Sunday 7th April at 9.00am for Holy Communion and on Easter Sunday 21st April at 9.00am for Holy Communion. We hope you will be able to attend.

Congratulations to Canon Tony who was the winner of the Church Draw for March with number 25.

DIARY DATES

Tuesday 2nd April 7.30pm – Book Club at Wendy N’s
Sunday 7th April 9.00am – Holy Communion
Thursday 11th April 6.00pm – Annual Church Parochial Council Meeting at Cock and Pullet
Tuesday 16th April 7.30pm – Sheldon Parish Meeting AGM in village hall
Sunday 21st April 9.00am – Holy Communion
Sunday 21st April 1.00 – 5.00pm – Cream Teas in the village hall