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

Sheldon Jottings for October 2013

As this lovely Summer draws to a close and Autumn approaches, we are enjoying late season sunshine and are getting up to misty mornings with those wonderful views of fog in the Wye valley with the sun on the hills beyond. The butterflies, Peacocks. Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, and Whites have all been seen on the buddleia and sedum plants in the gardens. Twenty one partridges were seen crossing the road at the top of the village joining the hens in foraging for food.

The bushes and trees are laden with fruit after this wonderful summer, blackberries in the hedgerows and the Mountain Ash trees looking resplendent with their red berries. For those plants which flowered early and were caught by the late cold weather, however, the story is a different one, there is almost a complete lack of sloes and only a poor crop of damsons on some trees this year.

Peter and Sarah were married on Saturday September 7th in All Saints Church, Mackworth. It was a wonderfully happy occasion, the setting was stunning and so was the bride, little Harriet was so pretty and Peter looked the happiest man alive. The church, which stands amongst fields, was beautifully decorated with spectacular floral displays. The simple, but moving service was attended by a large congregation of family and friends, some of whom had come from as far away as Scotland.

Afterwards the well wishers and the newly married couple attended a champagne reception at Langley Meynell a beautiful country house with extensive views towards Derby. Many of the guests also came to the new house in Sheldon for an informal gathering on the Sunday.  The Belted Galloway in the field behind their new home was one of their wedding presents, and is due to calve before Christmas. We look forward to welcoming Peter, Sarah and Harriet when they move to Sheldon in the near future.

The History Group Meeting on the 18th October was a great success, with friends from Great Longstone History Group joining us to listen to Ken Smith from the Peak Park give a fascinating talk about the recent discoveries and work to preserve the ancient monuments in the Park. From the discovery of a long barrow bronze age burial mound exposed when the waters of the reservoirs in the Derwent Valley were at their lowest to the amazing discoveries at Fin Cop and liberally illustrated with slides, the talk was enjoyed by all, as were the tea and cakes which were served during the evening.

We hear that Pauline is to leave us. She has finally decided to take the plunge and retire to her new house in Ireland before Christmas. She will long be remembered not only for her work in the village, on Sheldon Days, for the ‘Light up’, for the cream she always gave to Cream Teas and the wonderful scones she arranged to be delivered, but also for all the small ways she was always on hand to help people in the village. ‘Pauline’s been!’ was an early morning call in many households, part of life’s daily routine, always said with added emphasis on all those cold, snowy and icy mornings when we were not venturing out but somehow the milk would arrive on our doorstep. She will be sorely missed. We wish her well.

We hear that Claire’s fortieth birthday party went well. Congratulations Claire from us all!

Dates for the Diary

HISTORY GROUP MEETING

WEDNESDAY 23RD October 7:30PM AT HARTINGTON MEMORIAL HALL

For the past year Brian Greasley has been researching the story of Sheldon School which was open from 1878 to 1935 and is now our village hall. This is the first of two illustrated talks during which Brian will speak about the building of the school, its opening, the mistresses and their successes and failures and the children and their highs and lows, misdemeanours, and punishments. Here is a chance to hear about a piece of the history of our small village not told before, much of it in the words of the people who were there.

ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

Sunday 8th October – 9:00am Holy Communion
Sunday 15th September – 9:00am Holy Communion

Sheldon Jottings for March 2013

More sad news here when we heard David Melland had passed away. David was born in the village and had lived here all his life. He worked as a joiner and a builder and also on his smallholding, but will best be remembered for constructing the ‘Cock and Pullet’ which he opened with his wife Kath in 1996. Our sympathies go out to Kath and all David’s family. His funeral was on 14th February in a packed Sheldon Church and many, many more people who were standing outside had a corresponding service conducted by Aron, our Curate.

During all the icy and snowy weather we experienced in January and February our milk arrived on the doorstep as usual. Thank you Pauline for such a reliable service. Public transport can stop running, schools can close,  but Pauline battles through with her deliveries and these begin in the dark in the early hours of the morning!  Sheldon, sitting on the edge of a plateau at over 320 metres (1000 feet), gets real weather and amounts of snow unimaginable in places even just slightly lower in altitude. But we are not afforded the necessity of a council plough/ gritting lorry when it’s really needed. However, Sheldon people are made of stern stuff and we have some very courageous ‘essential workers’ – including a doctor, policeman, nurse and a DCC worker, who all bravely manage to get to work to help other people and provide vital services. Our unsung heroes /heroines – you all deserve medals.

Brian Greasley is researching the story of the school here in Sheldon. He has spent many happy hours at the Record Office in Matlock and has revealed a fascinating story of this little school. However, he is now asking for our help. If anyone has any photographs or memorabilia, or has been passed memories from that time,  he would be delighted to know. There are particular mysteries; the photograph taken of the children in 1896; medals which were given to each child to commemorate the Jubilee in June 1897; any photograph taken of the school between 1878 and 1970, even if the building is in the background. He would be most grateful for any help you can give. Please contact Brian on 01629 813055.

Exciting news about getting super-fast broadband to our village. The Monyash, Flagg and Sheldon broadband project has been approached by a super-fast wireless internet service provider. They have said that if we can get 40 households between the 3 villages to sign up to their super-fast broadband package, they will install all the necessary infrastructure and jump through all the potential planning issues on our behalf. There will be 3 tiers of service offered, with the fastest being 35 Mbps….approx 70 times faster than what most of us currently have! Watch this space for more information.

Andrew has been happily helping to renovate Colin ‘s 1947 Fordson tractor. Perhaps it will be in the next Sheldon Tractor Run?  Pat has recently celebrated a big birthday with a 0 on the end – don’t worry Pat as there are several who will be doing likewise this year! Perhaps they should have one big ‘knees – up’ to which all are invited? The other February birthday was baby Harriet who was one year old. Angie and Andy have a new addition to their family – Reggie, a new fox terrier puppy and adorable.

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 5th March
Vicar’s Coffee Morning at the ‘Cock and Pullet’

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th in the Village Hall
Sheldon History Display

Sheldon Jottings for July 2012

Congratulations, and best wishes from us all to Noel and Adrienne for their 58th wedding anniversary on June 5th.

Sheldon Day, July 21st at 2.0

0pm, with the Fell Race on Thursday 19th at 7.30pm. With the growing success of the produce, poultry and pets show there is now a Sheldon Day Best in Show Cup to be awarded to the best-of-the-best in the produce tent. Victoria sponges, decorated cup cakes, miniature gardens-on-a-plate, home made jams and chutneys bring them all. The bunting is going up on Tuesday 17th July, so all help gratefully received from around 7.00 pm onwards. That evening Andrew will also be coming around collecting for the Chocolate Tombola, Bottle Stall, Books, Plants and any Raffle Prizes or bric-a-brac; please have anything spare ready! Also, please bring cakes and jams to the stall outside Top Farm on the Saturday.

Gemma and Alex’s wedding was held in our Church at the beginning of June. The rain held off just long enough for the bride and groom to go to the playing field for the post-nuptial photos…and a lovely couple they looked. It was great to see them both so happy, sitting on the swings in the playground as the photos were taken. Then off to the reception in a vintage car. A very happy event, and two very happy people. Congratulations and all the best for your life together.

A truly terrible day, weather-wise, for the Diamond Jubilee Cream Teas on the Bank Holiday Sunday. There might not have been many customers, but that didn’t matter. The bunting flapped happily and soggily in the breeze; the tables were decorated to perfection. The goodies table was full of locally made, grown, and laid produce. Sponge cakes, a diamond jubilee cake, lots of other eatables, eggs, biscuits etc and, ahhh, Rocky Road. Lindsey made the rocky road, my favourite, so we bought some to take to our friends in Austria on my first excursion away for about 12 months. As a special treat, Sarah, Colin and young Joshua made a sudden decision to fly over from Sydney to Vienna to holiday with us. For the last few days, as an extra treat, our son Andrew also joined us.

On Diamond Jubilee Tuesday afternoon, a village picnic on the playing field. It was a delight to see the great community spirit. About 35 came for the picnic; then it was time for rounders. It was great to see everyone having such family fun (fortunately I arrived after the teams had been picked). Pauline’s team always won (because of her demon bowling or is it pitching) and Colin Jones took the batting prize for furthest wallop. We have jubilee coins for all under 18s in the village, so if you haven’t claimed yours please contact Lindsey or Andrew. And there are Sheldon Day badges as well.

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Congratulations, and best wishes from us all to Noel and Adrienne for their 58th wedding anniversary on June 5th.
Sheldon Day, July 21st at 2.00pm, with the Fell Race on Thursday 19th at 7.30pm. With the growing success of the produce, poultry and pets show there is now a Sheldon Day Best in Show Cup to be awarded to the best-of-the-best in the produce tent. Victoria sponges, decorated cup cakes, miniature gardens-on-a-plate, home made jams and chutneys bring them all. The bunting is going up on Tuesday 17th July, so all help gratefully received from around 7.00 pm onwards. That evening Andrew will also be coming around collecting for the Chocolate Tombola, Bottle Stall, Books, Plants and any Raffle Prizes or bric-a-brac; please have anything spare ready! Also, please bring cakes and jams to the stall outside Top Farm on the Saturday.
Gemma and Alex’s wedding was held in our Church at the beginning of June. The rain held off just long enough for the bride and groom to go to the playing field for the post-nuptial photos…and a lovely couple they looked. It was great to see them both so happy, sitting on the swings in the playground as the photos were taken. Then off to the reception in a vintage car. A very happy event, and two very happy people. Congratulations and all the best for your life together.
A truly terrible day, weather-wise, for the Diamond Jubilee Cream Teas on the Bank Holiday Sunday. There might not have been many customers, but that didn’t matter. The bunting flapped happily and soggily in the breeze; the tables were decorated to perfection. The goodies table was full of locally made, grown, and laid produce. Sponge cakes, a diamond jubilee cake, lots of other eatables, eggs, biscuits etc and, ahhh, Rocky Road. Lindsey made the rocky road, my favourite, so we bought some to take to our friends in Austria on my first excursion away for about 12 months. As a special treat, Sarah, Colin and young Joshua made a sudden decision to fly over from Sydney to Vienna to holiday with us. For the last few days, as an extra treat, our son Andrew also joined us.
On Diamond Jubilee Tuesday afternoon, a village picnic on the playing field. It was a delight to see the great community spirit. About 35 came for the picnic; then it was time for rounders. It was great to see everyone having such family fun (fortunately I arrived after the teams had been picked). Pauline’s team always won (because of her demon bowling or is it pitching) and Colin Jones took the batting prize for furthest wallop. We have jubilee coins for all under 18s in the village, so if you haven’t claimed yours please contact Lindsey or Andrew. And there are Sheldon Day badges as well.
Vicar’s coffee morning is Tuesday July 3rd.
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Sheldon Jottings for May 2012

The Easter cream tea was a bit damp weather-wise (well horrible really) but that didn’t deter the team ready to dispense tea and scones to all comers. They had for the first time a goodies table on which were Sheldon-made cakes, Rocky Road (how did they know this is one of my favourite things), duck and chicken eggs, and other local produce for sale which made over £40; the teas made something similar. The best part was the great spirit that pervaded the group in the Hall that afternoon, and the fun they had…incidentally the Hall looked perfect with the tables beautifully decorated.

Best wishes to Peter and Sarah as they prepare for the baptism of their daughter Harriet. Oliver is to be one of the Godparents, and very pleased about it he is too. Oliver’s Mum, Julia, had a big and important birthday, but I’m not telling which! The family celebrated in style at Hassop Hall, so all best birthday wishes to you, Julia.

What an amazing farming village we are. During a recent family visit, we took our very young city granddaughters to see some genuine farm animals: first to Lindsey’s to see the nineteen piglets, and feed Rebecca, the huge sow; and then to Top Farm with new-born lambs and calves, cows, ducks, cockerels, three turkeys (with Bernard the stag looking very proud) – the ferret didn’t oblige by coming out to see us, and we forgot the pheasant. We finished at Wendy’s, to pat the horses….who needs Chatsworth, it’s all here. We then had fresh eggs (the village the village is awash with fresh eggs for sale) and sausages from Lindsey and Colin’s last two pigs…100% best cuts of pork, truly delicious….she still has some, so get yours while you can.

This precious farming life and history of our village will be celebrated at the May History group meeting (on the 16th) with a visit from the Farming Life Centre. All the Sheldon farming families (past and present) will be invited to record information about the history of farming in Sheldon; our farming families are to be treasured.

April was the AGM of Sheldon Parish Meeting and we warmly welcomed our new residents, Angie and Andy of Lower Farm. It was great to see them, especially as Andy drove back from Bradford specially to come to the meeting. It was our annual elections, and I again felt highly honoured being re-elected as Chairman for another year.

We are an extremely safe village, but it is always good to see the mobile police van which was with us on April 16th, this time selling special security alarms for farming outbuildings, to add to our safety.

Finally, thanks to Oliver who has volunteered (!) to take over from me on village hall mowing duty… thanks Ollie… I’m very grateful.

The Vicar’s coffee morning: May 2nd in the Pub.