Sheldon Jottings for January 2020

Welcome to 2020  – a new decade! The New Year means a new beginning and here’s hoping for a happy one for all. We hope you had a most marvellous festive season and are looking forward to the New Year with joyful anticipation.

The shoots of early bulbs are already showing through the soil and there are still some berries about, particularly the cotoneaster, still looking gloriously red and luscious for the blackbirds.  We must remember to keep our feeders full for the birds – we have more than ever coming to the table and are very pleased to see good numbers of sparrows, fewer of whom have come in the last few years.

The Book Club had a lovely Christmas meeting at Amanda’s with superb nibbles and wine to help the conversation along. Thanks to Amanda for hosting such a wonderfully festive evening and to Julia for ‘running’ the club. Julia has posted the interesting and exciting list of books which have been chosen for reading during the coming year. The first for the meeting at Marlene’s on February 4th is ‘Cold Comfort Farm’ by Stella Gibbons. If you have not been to this club, why not make it your New Year resolution to do so and enjoy a great social evening with friends and neighbours.

In early December the ‘Golden Oldies’ made their way to the ‘Cock and Pullet’ for their annual Christmas Dinner. This is paid for from village funds and enables the older members of the village community to get together, catch up with gossip and friends and reminisce about days gone by and friends who are no longer with us. Ten of us enjoyed a most delicious meal, good conversation and Christmas cheer. Kath, who organised the occasion, donated a bottle of Baileys for a raffle which was won by Pat. We would like to thank the village and Kath for providing this opportunity for us all to travel back down memory lane and catch up with the latest news – and thank you to Claire and Helen for looking after us so well.

The wreath-making evening in the Village Hall was, as usual, fully subscribed and some wonderful examples were made for our Christmas season front doors. There were 3 very welcome people from outside the village, so word has spread about this popular evening run by Lindsey – and, of course, wine and mince pies add to the flow of creativity!

It’s brilliant that our village hall is such a useful community hub and so well looked after by the committee. If we all made good use of it on election day then perhaps the ‘powers that be’ will not see fit to close it as our Polling Station, especially as we are being led to believe that there will be a lot more money sloshing around now that ‘austerity is over’. Not everyone here has a car, public transport for us is non-existent, and it is a lengthy walk to Ashford BUT an even greater struggle back – up a long drawn-out hill all the way!

The village hall is where we hold our Parish Meetings. The last one on 25th November was so well attended and we even welcomed a Councillor from Bakewell. We hope he was able to see how a parish meeting was a friendly and very democratic affair for us, with anyone having their say on the topics discussed, unlike a Parish Council or Town Council where there are strict rules.

Everything seems to be working smoothly with detailed reports from our different sub-committees for Finance, the Village Hall, Planning, the Playing Fields and last but not least, our fund-raising, celebratory and now famous Sheldon Day. A big thank you to everyone who is helping to run our affairs and to John who runs our village website.

Congratulations to Marlene Greasley who won the Big ‘100’ Church Draw for December with no 73.  A lovely Christmas Bonus!

DIARY DATES

Sunday 12th January 9.00am – Sheldon Church Holy Communion

Sunday 26th January 9.00am – Sheldon Church Holy Communion

Tuesday 28th January 7.30pm – Parish Meeting in village hall

Tuesday 4th February 7.30pm – Book Club at Marlene’s

Sheldon Jottings for December 2019

Most of the cows which had been grazing in the fields around our village all summer were taken inside in early November. We have noticed the overwintering migrant birds beginning to arrive and there are numbers of starlings flying over the village to their feeding grounds. By the time you read this a lot more should have arrived.

The heavy and continuous rainfall at the beginning of the month made the gateways like quagmires and the grass had ceased to grow. The rainfall flowing off our sodden fields and into the rivers in the district has caused havoc elsewhere. Our thoughts go out to all those whose homes were devastated by the flooding in South Yorkshire and along the River Derwent, both areas where members of the village have friends and relatives.

The Christmas season is almost upon us – it is a joyful time with all the preparations taking place, the wonderment of the Christmas story, brightly lit and decorated shops and holiday fun as the end of the year arrives and the New Year begins.

If you wish to take part in the very popular wreath or garland making evenings then phone Lindsey by the beginning of December as these are extremely popular events and our village hall is quite small so spaces are limited.

This year we shall have our biennial Nativity Procession starting in Church at 4.00pm on Sunday 22nd December. Then we process up the village street following Mary, Joseph and the donkey, stopping at relevant places such as the inn for the reading and the singing of a carol and ending in the beautifully evocative stable with manger at Top Farm Barn. This is a magical occasion for adults as well as children, especially when we arrive at a real farm stable and manger with real sheep and calves! Mulled wine and mince pies add to the warmth of the spectacle after you have followed the story and sung your heart out!

The Book Club will be meeting for the final time in 2019 at Amanda’s on December 4th at 7.30pm. The book which will be discussed will be ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama, a real ‘must read’ for anyone and a terrific insight into the life of a remarkable first lady and US President. This is an excellent time for new members to join this group, as the books to be read for the coming year will be chosen and the usual bonhomie will be enhanced by the good cheer which is always part of ‘get togethers’ at this time of year. So if you enjoy reading and would like to extend your reading list or just like to meet friends and neighbours for a good chat, or just want to find out what this club is all about, then do come along and you will be very welcome.

The winner of the Church Draw for November was Jacob Webster Melland with number 44. Congratulations!

A very Happy Christmas to everyone in the village and to our neighbours in Ashford and a peaceful New Year.

Late news….. Sadly, we have just heard about the death of a dear friend of our village, Tom Brocklehurst. He was a lovely man and supported many things going on here such as our History Group and our Cream Tea Days. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends in Ashford.

Sheldon Jottings for December 2018

Now the clocks have been put back, the grass cut for the last time, bonfire night has been and gone, the leaves have fallen and the foggy and frosty mornings are ‘delighting’ us again – winter is almost here! Wonder what hibernation would be like? On second thoughts it would be such a waste of time when there is so much to be done, so much of interest to learn about.

In the middle of October we heard the sad news that Ken Brocklehurst had passed away. Ken was born in Sheldon and lived all his life here. In fact in many ways Sheldon and the farm he and his father built over their lifetimes was his life, along with his family and friends. Ken always wanted to be a farmer.

After his parents died in 1985 Ken continued to work Rose Farm on his own, focusing on sheep and large Simmental cattle. The quality of the animals he reared was well known. He won prizes for his sheep not only at the local Ashover Show, where he won ‘Best in Show’, but also at the East Midlands Show, a national event.

He had a great knowledge of the village and its inhabitants. He supported all that went on, quietly, without fuss and mostly unheralded. In 2012 he was awarded an ‘Excellence in the Community Award‘ by the County Council at a ceremony in the Dome in Buxton.

With the passing of Ken it seems to be the passing of an era here in our village. We will all miss him.

Following the funeral service at St Michael and All Angels Church in Sheldon, Ken was laid to rest in the churchyard alongside his mother and father. Our thoughts are with the family and all those who knew him – a very special man.

On the 31st October two small persons knocked on our door dressed to frighten – of course it was Halloween! It turned out to be George and Alice. We gave out chocolate and sweets and were rewarded with smiles and thank-you. Good for them – keeping traditions alive.

On a cold, foggy morning recently in Buxton, William J took his driving test. We are pleased to say that he passed with flying colours – life will never be the same now for Andrew and Amanda!

The Remembrance Service on the historic 11th November was very well attended in our church, as people wished to think seriously about those dreadful years, their aftermath and the global future. The service was taken by the Reverend Tony and he was assisted, as he said, by modern technology – a screen and projector that gave us the whole service interspersed with pictures from those WW1 years, including the war graves where ‘our men’ are buried. Quite an innovation for Sheldon we thought, so thank you Rev. Tony.

Do come to the Carol Service in Church on Sunday 23rd – it is always well worth it and we are told that singing is very good for us, especially community singing…

The Church Draw winner this month is Gillian Willerton with number 41.

A very Happy Christmas to everyone in the village and, of course, to our neighbours in Ashford.

DIARY DATES

Tuesday 4th December – Parish Meeting in Village Hall 7:30pm
Sunday 23rd December – Carol Service in Sheldon Church 4:00pm
Tuesday 25th Christmas Morning – Communion in Church 9:00am

Sheldon Jottings for January 2016

When you receive this Parish Magazine it will be the beginning of January 2016 so we wish you all, together with our friends in Ashford, a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Actually, as we write this it is the 12th of December and the Christmas decorations are going up, cards are being written, festive meals are being planned and for the children the excitement about Santa’s visit is mounting. We have yet to enjoy our Nativity and the Midnight Mass.

We had a very enjoyable wreath making evening led by Lindsey, helped enormously with plenty of mulled wine and mince pies!  Now our front doors are ‘dressed’ and many of our houses and gardens have decorative lights and look so welcoming.

At the Parish Meeting we were told our main street village trees had had a safety inspection – important not just for the people living nearby but also for insurance purposes. The defibrillator which we will have from the British Heart Foundation, will probably be attached to the wall in the middle of the village near the bus stop and the public notice board. We will then have a quick training session to become familiar with the equipment. We are told no-one need worry about how to use it as it really is so very easy!

The village has already had its first (2.5cms) snow but thankfully it disappeared within a day. We have also had high winds, rain and more rain, murk and frosts, the latter causing the first collision with ‘that’ wall on the bend near the bottom of Kirk Dale. Oh dear – here we go again. Do remember our road and Kirk Dale will only be gritted by DCC as a last resort when all other ‘more important’ roads have been treated.  Also DDDC will now only provide piles of grit by the roadside for a hefty price – a double whammy for us. We are hoping to buy some cheaper elsewhere.

The History Group had a very interesting and thorough talk given by David Windle on the Ashford Marble Works which were situated at the bottom of Kirk Dale. If you were not there you missed learning about the skill of the craftsmen who worked here doing this intricate inlaid work which is now rare. If any of you have some the Group would love to see it but you can go to Buxton Museum to see some beautiful examples.

Dave and Gill have recently returned from Yalova in Turkey where they witnessed first hand the plight of many refugees – Iraqis, Iranians and Syrians forced to flee for a variety of reasons. Each refugee has a tale to tell of suffering and loss and a very difficult journey. ‘We were helping with the distribution of winter stoves to help keep them warm, of baby milk, nappies, fuel and food supplies, and listening to their stories. We went to one makeshift home where about 30 Kurdish Syrians are living in 2 semi-derelict bungalows, many barefoot kids running around simply wanting a hug, one very sick lady in a room warmed by one of the new heaters. We were served tea and they told us the story of their escape, walking from village to village as IS moved in and destroyed the place they had called home for centuries.

On another occasion we met one young Arab, about 20 years old, who showed us the scars on his chest where IS had punished him with electric shocks for smoking.  We heard for ourselves the atrocities of IS – every refugee has a story of sadness, of violence, of loss. We met 2 teenage girls whose mother had died on the journey, now they have no-one. Yet for all these sad stories we also heard stories of hope and of great generosity like the Iraqi Pastor who had escaped kidnap and fled for his life with his young family, now working to help these refugees; like the Pastor who had found the young man wounded by IS living on the street in Istanbul and arranged for him to go to the Yalova project where he is slowly rebuilding his life. Some of these people will face death if they return to their homeland because of their faith, others have no homeland left to return to. It was a privilege to hear their stories, to meet such brave and courageous people.’

If you would like to know more or would like to support this work please get in touch with Gill.

The lucky winner of the Church Draw for December was Elizabeth Fisher.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Wednesday January 20th in the Village Hall at 7.30pm
History Group talk – Our House

Sheldon Jottings for December 2015

It was with great sadness that we heard that Adrienne Blackshaw had passed away on 25th October. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time. Adrienne had lived in Sheldon all her life and for over 30 years she had acted as a Church Warden. At services she always had a welcoming smile for newcomers and invariably led the singing with a wonderfully clear voice. She was never happier than when her family was gathered around her, or visitors called to pass the time of day. At midday there was always a post van parked outside the house as generations of postmen were welcomed for tea, cake and a gossip!

Adrienne’s funeral, held on 6th November, was a true celebration of her life. The service, led by her nephew the Rev. Chris Blackshaw, was extremely well attended. Pictures of her life shown on a big screen illustrated the importance of her family in her life, and a refreshingly lively account of her life and character was given by the Rev. and was much appreciated. Adrienne is interred close to the door of the little Church she loved so much and to which she wished all donations in her memory to be given

The Remembrance Day service saw another good congregation as we remembered those who fell in the service of their country, particularly the five young men from our little village who are commemorated on the memorial in the Church. The wreath was laid by Steve (Emma Gregory’s fiancé), who has just returned from service in the Falklands.

The Playing Field is shortly to have a set of football goal posts and, it is hoped, two horse chestnut trees to supplement the variety of trees already planted there. We have been asked to request that anyone practising golf on the field to please take all their golf balls home with them, The mower throws them up and they present a danger to those cutting the grass and anyone else nearby.

Have you joined the happy band of people in the village who now have superfast wireless broadband provided by W3Z? They say the service is so fast now and they can do so much more via their computer, even watch a film or two.

At this time of year there are a busy round of activities in the village. There is a Christmas Wreath Night led by Lindsey on the 7th and a Table Decoration Night led by Angela on the14th. Two very enjoyable occasions.

The History Group is having its annual ‘Christmas Do’ on the 16th… The entertainment is again being provided by Simon Unwin with his unique blend of slides, music and storytelling. All you need to do is to bring yourself and some ‘eats’ to enjoy a very entertaining evening.

We hope as many people as possible will attend our bi-annual Nativity, led by Canon Tony. We leave the Church to re-enact the Christmas story with readings and carols as we walk through the village to the barn/stable at Top Farm to meet the baby Jesus lying in a manger. This truly atmospheric event, to which everyone is invited, will be held on Sunday 20th December at 4:00pm. There will also be a Midnight Mass on 24th December at 11:30pm…a perfect start to Christmas.

Amid all this activity we must not forget that there is a Parish Meeting on Wednesday 9th December, we look forward to meeting you there.

The winner of the Church Draw for November is Mary Barber from Monyash.

We wish everyone a very happy and enjoyable Christmas…including Bernard, the Top Farm, ultimately very lucky, top turkey!

Dates for the Diary

Monday December 7th in the Village Hall at 7:30pm
Wreath Making Night

Wednesday December 9th in the Village Hall at 7:30pm
Parish Meeting

Monday December 14th in the Village Hall at 7:30pm
Table Decoration Night

Wed December 16th in the Village Hall at 7:30pm
History Group ‘Christmas Do’

Sunday December 20th at 4pm in the Church
Village Nativity

Thursday December 24th at 11:30pm in the Church
Midnight Mass