Sheldon Jottings for April 2014

As we write (16th March) we have had a lovely fine week with much sunshine but there has been an icy cold wind the last couple of days. The first lambs have been reported at Johnson Lane Farm but lambs are not expected until the beginning of April at Top Farm. The daffodils are just beginning to flower, the larks and our garden birds are singing again. In the wild, the cheery celandines, coltsfoot and butterbur flowers are now appearing. Roll on Spring!

However, Easter is coming and that means our first Cream Tea Sunday is on April 20th, Easter Sunday. Help is needed for this and for the following two Bank Holiday Sundays in May and the one at the end of August. Please volunteer if you can – it is 3 hours of enjoyable chat and fun whilst welcoming our village friends and supporters and the visitors to our lovely area. The Village Hall is undergoing some refurbishment and the Cream Tea monies are a considerable help towards the cost.

Our Parish Meeting and AGM is on April 9th so do come and perhaps volunteer for a role on one of the various committees.

Dear Reggie, the fox terrier friend of Angie and Andy, is absolutely bursting with pride as one of his immediate relatives was in the Grand Final at Crufts this year! Quite an achievement….

Did you know about the Farming Life Centre? It is a local farming charity and offers a free confidential advice service to farmers about business and farming matters. They also offer free support if there are health and wellbeing worries. Please do get in touch for more information on 01298 85162 or or [email protected] The Centre is based in the courtyard of farm buildings at Blackwell Hall Farm at Blackwell not too far from Sheldon.


Wednesday 9th April – Parish Meeting and AGM 7:30pm Village Hall

Wednesday 16th April – Sheldon History Group Meeting 7.30pm Village Hall
John Titterton of the Ashbourne Heritage Society will be talking to us about the ancient market town of Ashbourne and its many fine old buildings and customs. All very welcome

Sunday 20th April – Cream Teas 2pm – 5pm Village Hall

Sheldon Jottings for March 2014

The rain and wind continues to sweep in from the Atlantic and our hearts go out to those people in the south of the country whose homes have been flooded. We are all watching the River Wye and hoping it does not rise any higher, our thoughts are with our friends in Ashford. The storms have been a little less severe here but have still caused problems. The farmers are having great difficulty getting the manure and slurry onto the fields and opening the large barn doors which are acting like sails, and there has been some minor damage in the village. Let’s hope that it will all come to an end soon. On the plus side the late winter flowers, the snowdrops, aconites, hellibores and winter honeysuckle are out to cheer us, and the bird-song is quite spring-like now on fine days.

Despite the terrible weather on the night of the February Parish Meeting, it was one of the the worst nights of the year, the meeting was very well attended. Matthew Hutson who is the Peak Assessor Network Co-ordinator for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme attended this meeting. He gave a short but very informative talk and answered questions during a lively discussion.

We learnt that the Peak District hosts more groups than any other region in the country, in fact more than the next three areas, The Lake District, Snowdonia and The Yorkshire Dales, combined!  Indeed it is quite possible that even more groups will be coming to our part of the Peak District this year. The Scheme, it seems, is tightening up on its regulations and ‘control’ of groups participating in their Expedition section. However, it also became obvious that if there are issues like gates being left open or walls being knocked down, it is necessary to have clear evidence and the name of the school before any action is likely to be taken.

Two other points emerged from the Meeting. The lively Sheldon Day Group will be beginning its planning meetings shortly, if you would like to join them please contact Andrew. Secondly, if you need contact numbers in emergency for electricity, water etc they have been placed permanently on the excellent village website.

Last month a very well attended History Group Meeting viewed films shot in the Peak District in the first half of the last century, particularly in the 1930’s and 40’s. A very enjoyable and entertaining meeting was enhanced by some of the ‘pearls and shines’ i.e. senior members, ‘spotting’ people they recognised. Thanks go to Bron for arranging this excellent meeting.

During March the History Group will be holding its annual exhibition of artefacts, all found in and around the village, often as a result of some members engaging in their favourite pastime of ‘turning’ molehills to find out what the industrious little creatures have dug up! There will also be maps, old photographs, pottery, and many other objects of interest. You will be very welcome to pop in and look round, learn more about our lovely village and have a cup of tea, a bun and a chat on Saturday 22nd March and/or Sunday 23rd March. You will be very welcome.

Finally we hear the happy news that Pauline’s daughter, Georgina, is getting married in September – more later.

Dates for the Diary

March 4th Cock and Pullett
Vicar’s Coffee Morning
Your chance to have an informal chat with Canon Tony over a coffee and cakes

March 19th Hartington Memorial Hall 7:30pm
History Group Meeting
Preparation for Exhibition

March 22nd and 23rd Hartington Memorial Hall 10am to 4pm
Sheldon History Group Annual History Exhibition
An opportunity to see original artefacts, flints, pottery etc. found in the village.

Sheldon at War on BBC Radio Derby

Keen listeners to today’s BBC Radio Derby’s afternoon program will have heard a fantastic piece on the role that a Sheldon family played during World War One.

Maria Gyte, a resident of the village during wartime, kept a detailed diary of village life and how the war touched her family. Her son, Tony Gyte, was called-up to the Army in May 1917 at the age of 19, and killed near Ypres in Belgium six months later.

Brian Greasley and Ann Lomas talked to BBC Radio Derby about our village, the village school at which Maria was headmistress, and her wartime diary; an extract of the program can be heard below.

Farm Watch event heads to Bakewell to help cut rural crime

Farm WatchFarmers are being encouraged to sign up to a scheme dedicated to helping to cut rural crime and protecting Derbyshire’s farming communities.

Officers will be heading out on the road for a day long Farm Watch event in a bid to raise awareness of the scheme and encouraging farmers to increase their security to protect themselves from crime.

The event will run from 9am at the Agricultural Centre, Bakewell on Monday, March 10.

Farm Watch is a free service which is led by police and partners including Derbyshire Dales and High Peak local authorities, Derbyshire County Council and the NFU.

The pioneering project allows messages to be spread quickly around crime prevention advice, witness appeals and information to anyone signed up to it.

The messages are sent by text, email and voice messages and can be sent to hundreds of people at a time, pinpointed to a specific area.

Farmers who are not already in the scheme will be able to sign up and will receive a free Farm Watch pack.

During the event, Safer Neighbourhood officers will be on hand to offer crime prevention advice around boosting home and farm security and will be offering discounted security products to help prevent rural crime.

Horse owners will also be able to sign up to the dedicated Horse Watch scheme and will receive a free membership pack containing advice and guidance to help prevent and detect equine crime.

Representatives from Smartwater, Datatag, NFU and Autoglass will also be available for advice about their products.

Crime should not be reported via Farm Watch but instead by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information about the event, call Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.

Sheldon Jottings for February 2014

After our joyous Christmas festivities things may now seem a bit dull. However, we must look forward to Spring, with the days getting longer and the snowdrops even showing some white as they push through the waterlogged ground.

The balloons were out at Top Farm when Harold celebrated his 85th birthday at the beginning of January. He is still helping on the farm and when asked how he was, he replied in his forthright way ‘I’m feeling great – when I’m sitting down!!’ Belated Happy Birthday Harold.

Ken’s Bluefaced Leicester sheep were scanned the other day to ascertain how many lambs each was carrying. One ewe was carrying at least 4 – can she really deliver so many? The man who comes to do this job for the farmers is Gus Dermody of ‘One Man and His Dog‘ TV fame, where he does the commentary. His van with its vital equipment, says on its side ‘Don’t guess, get Gus’…!!!

Rosemary and Sam’s grandson, Matthew who is 12, has gained his First Dan Junior Black Belt in karate. He is the youngest ever junior to gain the Black Belt and he started the sport at the tender age of 7. Congratulations to him. His grandparents, and Mum and Dad, Sally and Martin are so rightly proud.

Welcome to Rhodri who has come to live next to Rosemary and Sam in the Old End of Yew Tree House. He has taken the job of River Keeper on the stretch of the River Wye between Ashford and Buxton. We are sure he will love the Peak District.

The village and Kirk Dale were gritted in the late afternoon of Saturday 11th January, presumably because frost was forecast for that night. We know that ice or snow make our exit from and entry to the village down to the A6 rather hellish. So we give credit here where it is due, to the powers that be for taking this preventive measure.  If they could only see the state of the beautiful new wall down Kirk Dale that was rebuilt a few weeks before Christmas. It is now down in 4 places (at least 4 accidents) and looks a sad and tragic mess. Cars have slid off the bend on the descent and collided with it, causing untold damage to the occupants and the vehicles and a cyclist also had some nasty injuries – all because this ‘rat run’ for commuters and our high altitude village have fallen off the list of the Council’s gritting routes. If we had spent weeks in appalling wet and cold weather creating this wonderful wall, only for it to be brutally assaulted by heavy metal we would be feeling so frustrated and deeply unhappy, wouldn’t you?

Remember there are no community recycling bins in the pub car park now.

Dates for the Diary

Vicar’s Coffee Morning – Tues 4th February
History Group Meeting – Weds 19th February