Sheldon Jottings for October 2016

Mick saw two red kites circling over the fields at the top of the village the other week – a sight not seen in Sheldon for many a year!  Summer is disappearing  (if it ever fully arrived depends in your viewpoint!)  and autumn is on the way. The swallows and house martins have left us and the weather is turning cooler. In the gardens the flowers are having a last fling, the asters still have some colour but others like the rudbeckia and dahlias are  fading. Soon it is time to plant the spring show of wallflowers and daffodils.  Now we can look forward to those beautiful displays of autumn colour provided by the leaves and berries on the trees and shrubs.

The last Cream Tea of the year on August Bank Holiday Sunday was another success for that band of helpers who put in so much work during the summer months to raise much needed funds for the village hall. A wonderful £265 was the total for August. Thank you to all local people who come to aid the cause and love scoffing our delicious, mighty big jam and cream scones!!

The population of our village has varied over the years in both numbers and composition. Using the Census details from 1841 to 1911 the History Group Meeting on Wednesday 19th of October will be looking at these changes.  From the influx of the Cornish miners who came to build the Engine House and its chimney in the early part of this period,  to the fluctuating farming community of the latter years, the details are interesting   For such a small village Sheldon has a wealth of history hidden within it. Come and find out more of the background to the place in which we live. There is certain to be a warm welcome and a cup of tea or coffee plus a slice of Julia’s famous Victoria sponge cake to enjoy.

Now we must say belated birthday wishes to Rosemary. Hope you had a happy 80th birthday on the 29th September Rosemary surrounded by your family and friends. BIG birthdays to come – Happy 80th Birthday to Ralph on the 11th October and a Happy Birthday to Sam who will be 90 on 24th October. Our very good wishes are sent to you all.

Doesn’t time fly?  Little Harriet has now started school at Taddington and little George has started school at Longstone.  It doesn’t seem five minutes since we announced their birthdays!  Also baby  Max was 1 on 15th September and little Alice was 2 on 22nd September.  We hope you both had fun birthdays!

A big thank you to Stephen Melland (Joe) for supplying and fixing our new Church Notice Board. Please read about the Church Harvest events and take note that the Harvest Festival will NOT be on the first Sunday this year, it will be on the 9th October.  Everyone is welcome at the Harvest Supper on the 10th at 7.30 at the Cock and Pullet.

The lucky 100 Ball winner of £25 for September was no 47. Congratulations Michelle!

Don’t forget that if you wish to give your point of view regarding the closure of Newholme Hospital and all its services,  the 5th October is the last date. Go online www.joinedupcare.org.uk  or fill in the questionnaire at the back of the booklet (strangely entitled for us in this rural area) ‘Better care, Closer to Home’

Please remember that Sheldon Jottings is a free way of advertising an event or of letting the village know of something of interest. We have missed 1 or 2 events because we did not know they were taking place!  If Bron or Brian are not informed they cannot include it.  Can we remind everyone that we MUST submit copy of Sheldon Jottings on the 12th of the month to appear in the Parish Magazine distributed at the end of the month ie.12th October to appear in November’s edition.

Dates for the Diary

Sunday 9th October 3pm – Church Harvest Festival

Monday 10th October 7.30pm – Harvest Supper at the Cock and Pullet

Wednesday 12th October 7.30pm – Parish Meeting in village Hall

Wednesday 19th October 7.30pm – History Group Meeting  ‘Unravelling the census’ in village hall

Sunday 23rd  October 9.00am – Church Holy Communion

Sheldon Jottings for March 2016

A walk in ‘our patch’ in mid-February showed the effects of the unusually mild winter continuing as the days begin to draw out. Patches of hawthorn were beginning to turn the lovely fresh green which we will see to full effect in spring. In sheltered spots, favoured by the sun to warm them, were the occasional primrose and cowslip daring to show us a splash of their wonderful pale yellow – one of the most beautiful colours of spring.  ‘Our’ spring/summer resident song thrush was back almost to the day, singing in the tops of the trees. We are told he probably goes down to Shacklow Wood to spend the winter where conditions are not so harsh. We also saw a bullfinch resplendent with its red breast, bright and shiny ready for courting – easily rivalling that of the robin on a nearby tree. Even the blackcaps at the feeder were clothed in the brighter colours of spring. All this at least a month earlier than expected. But what lies in store?  Will this weather hold? Will everything be checked before the full beauty of Spring arrives in our spectacular part of the world?

Terrific news – Melanie and Oliver have become engaged to be married.  Needless to say all at Top Farm are delighted. Congratulations from us all.

Two horse chestnut trees have been planted in the far corner of the playing field. The dream is that in years to come village children will collect the fruit and be able to play the time honoured game of ‘conkers’ as they did in the past.

Small piles of grit have appeared down the Dale.  We must thank Joel for getting the grit and for distributing it.  Anyone who has lived in Sheldon for a few years is aware of the dangers of snow and ice on the hill, so we are all grateful to Joel for this service.

The History Group had a super meeting last month with Tony telling us the background to the redevelopment of Hope Cottage which is one of the oldest houses in the village. Amanda told us of the history of Barleycorn Croft, which could well have been built by a mining company, and of the succession of people who have lived there.

In March, we look forward to The Annual Exhibition put on by the History Group in the village hall. This will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March from 10.00 – 4.00pm on each day. Not only will this include a photographic display but also a range of artifacts ranging from stone-age flints to 20th century household and farming implements. If you have anything relevant to the historic record of Sheldon and its people and you think others may like to see, please bring it/them along. This is a popular event, entry is free and there is always a cup of tea plus cake and biscuits to welcome you!  There is something to interest everyone and we look forward to seeing you there.

At the Parish Meeting held on February 10th we learnt that the defibrillator has been delivered to the village and will shortly be installed on an outside wall of the village hall. A training session will be held so that we all know what it looks like and how easy it is to use it in order to help someone in need.

It is that time again when Lindsey will be asking for volunteers to help with cream teas this summer at the village hall. These raise much needed funds for the upkeep of the hall which is so vital as a centre for our village activities. Thanks to Lindsey for organising these.

The lucky Church Draw winner for February was number 28 –  Mary Barber from Monyash.

Finally and sadly, we end by saying that Alistair is stepping down from the position of Parish Chair at our next AGM.  He says he has thoroughly enjoyed the experience but feels other pressures mean he must relinquish the post.  We have all felt that during his office the village has been in safe hands and that he has done an excellent job. We must now elect a successor at the Parish Meeting  AGM on April 13th. So, can we all ask, cajole or arm – twist any one of the many suitable people who live in our village to continue the good work??

Sheldon Jottings for November 2015

Autumn is truly with us heralding the start of winter, with short days, long nights and cooler weather, we have already had the first frost here in Sheldon. The cows are coming along the road and back to the farm for milking at dawn with the lights of the Landrover shining brightly and at night they are going back in the darkness too. The calm weather for harvest allowed the farmers to bring in the crops and the gardeners to prepare for winter by getting their autumnal jobs completed.

A joyous event on the 15th September – the birth of Max, weighing in at 7lbs 6oz – a son for Melanie and Oliver. A welcome addition to the increasing numbers of young people in the village. We send the adoring couple and the very proud family our congratulations.

The Harvest Festival  Service in Church, always held on the first Sunday in October and led by Canon Tony, was well attended. The church was decorated with offerings brought by parishioners and a wonderful floral display by Julia and Mick. Many thanks to them and to all who celebrated this special time of year in our lovely church.The produce which was donated to decorate the church was gifted to Blythe House.

For the first time, courtesy of Kath, a Pie and Pea Supper and Quiz Evening was held on the following Monday at the Cock and Pullet, to help raise badly needed funds for the Church. The pub was full, good food and great companionship helped to make the evening a resounding success, although some found the quiz questions a bit tricky!  We have heard many calls in the village for this to be an annual event. It raised a staggering £415. A big thank you to Claire and Michelle for all their hard work supplying the supper and thank you to Helen for doing the quiz. Postman Pat’s Team were the winners and they kindly donated their prize money back to the church – a big thank you. The raffle prizes were won by Michael Holdsworth, Amanda and Andrew J and Philip G.  Thank you to everyone for supporting the event.

As winter approaches we hear yet again that we will not be receiving a regular gritting lorry through the village. Also, this year we have been asked to pay for any piles of grit which are usually placed free by the Council in the Dale and on Hunterside. Yet another in an ever lengthening list of cuts to services reducing our quality of life due to government cutbacks in funding to councils. As a result of the necessity to pay for our rock salt/grit, and to cover other costs, the Parish Meeting on the 14th October agreed, on the recommendation of the Finance Committee, that we would need to increase the precept to £1500 – an increase of £250.

The Parish Meeting also discussed the division of the money raised on Sheldon Day which was £4627 after expenses – a record amount. The Sheldon Day Group would retain £827 to act as a float for next year’s Sheldon Day and  £200  will pay for the Christmas Party for the older residents. The remainder would be divided equally between the Church, the Village Hall and the Playing Field,  giving them £1200 each.

The winner of the 100 Club Draw for October was Mark Elwis of Wardlow who won £25.

Sheldon Jottings for September 2015

It is the 2nd week of August as we write and the middle of hay-making time. We continue to hope for a few spells of fine weather to safely bring it into the barns for the animals to eat over the long winter.

What a fantastic Fell Race and superb Sheldon Day we have just had. The weather for the Fell Race evening was fine and almost 200 runners – a record number – were registered with quiet efficiency and set off on the 4 mile course. The winner was Steve Franklin from Totley in the very creditable time of 24 minutes and 49 seconds. The first lady was Anna Hooghamer. Local runners did well with Amanda Porter from Over Haddon the first local lady home and Mark Elwiss from Wardlow the first local man. The organisation of this incredibly successful event was flawless – well done to Phil and the team – everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

The sun was shining for our Sheldon Day this year and then – there was one brief rogue shower – but the sun appeared again – how lucky was that! The whole event was extremely successful, more people than ever attended – they just kept coming! Almost all the stalls had record ‘sales’ and the total collected was just under £4100 after expenses – undoubtedly a record! The winner of the raffle prize Balloon Ride was Chris Hall.

Visitor comments were ALL complimentary with everyone enjoying the day. Thanks go to all who were involved – the organising team led by Andrew and those who ran events and stalls and provided the cream teas. We would like to highlight all the unsung heroes of the day, those who brought out and set up the stalls before and on the day, those who parked all the cars during the afternoon, those who cleared up afterwards, those who put up and took down the bunting, who took away the stalls, took car loads of unwanted goods to charity shops and did the thousand and one jobs which follow such an event – work that was still going on until the following Wednesday. Thanks to you all. We could not have such a successful day without everyone ‘doing their bit’ to help in some way.

18 tractors set off on the traditional tractor run on the Sunday morning – a grand sight driving through the village. One tractor set off late, in the opposite direction! This vehicle like a minority of those taking part had no cab. Soon after they started it began raining and continued through the day – hopefully no-one caught pneumonia!!!

Our favourite story from the weekend was what happened to Harold when he went to bring the cows in for milking at about 4 o’clock on Sheldon Day. He always takes the Landrover into the field to the back of the cows and leaves the gate open for them to find their own way along the road to the farm. Well meaning visitors seeing the cows ‘escaping’ into the road shooed them back into the field and closed the gate! No-one was more confused than the cows! This happened more than once! Harold’s comments are not recorded! Not until a search party was sent out from Top Farm was the situation rectified and Harold rescued from his dilemma..

Izzy (Isobel S) has completed her school studies and is off to University. As with all school leavers she was presented with a cheque for £50 from the Mary Frost Charity to help with the inevitable expense. Good Luck Izzy.

Many family and friends gathered in the Village Hall on Sunday 2nd August to celebrate Peter (F’s) 50th birthday. This was organised by Sarah and we all thoroughly enjoyed the good food and conversation. Best wishes Peter from us all

In September Georgina starts her MA Town and Regional Planning Postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield. She won a departmental scholarship for the one year course and on completion will be qualified in planning. Good Luck Georgina.

We now have a new Treasurer for Sheldon Parish Meeting. After 15 years in the post Brian has decided to hand over the books and Charlotte (S) has agreed to take over. Welcome Charlotte to your new post and thank you Brian for all your work over those years.

The winner of the 100 Club draw in July was Chris Hall with number 74 and in August was David Woolley with number 92.

Look out for posters advertising tickets for the ‘Harvest Pie and Pea Supper and Quiz Evening’ to be held in the ‘Cock and Pullet’ on Monday 5th October to raise much needed funds for the Church. You don’t have to be the brains of Britain – just come along and join in the fun!

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Wednesday 9th September – 7.30pm
History Group Meeting in the Village Hall

Monday 5th October
Harvest Pie and Pea Supper and Quiz evening in the Cock and Pullet

Sheldon Jottings for June 2015

Spring is moving into summer in Sheldon, the trees are in leaf, the cows are in the fields and the bedraggled groups of D of E students with their massive packs are again tramping across the fields. Sam’s plants are giving a lovely splash of colour as you come into the village, and they are all for sale! Are we right in thinking there are fewer birds around this year? Our impression is that the number of swallows, house martins, robins and sparrows in the village have declined over the last few years. We hope it is just a natural cycle and they will be back again soon.

May 7th saw us casting our votes for the last time at the village hall. A victim of the drive for ever greater economy, we will have to travel to Monyash village hall which will be our local polling station in future. We were discussing what this means with an elderly resident and he told us that before WW2, that was where Sheldon people always voted. He recounted the tale that the Tory Party always sent a very large car up to Sheldon to take their voters to the polls. Tommy Morton, a well know Labour supporter was hurrying to get a lift in the car when Mr Sheldon, who had already claimed his seat, pointed out his affiliation and Tommy was left behind to find his own way to the Polling Station which must be at least 2 miles. Could this actually happen again in the future we wonder?! The village hall as it is now was first used as a Polling Station directly after the War and has remained so for almost 70 years. So another slice of life in Sheldon becomes history and another facility is taken away from us.

Late April however saw a piece of Sheldon life resurrected as a tent was set up outside the hall and we had a table top sale. The wares were as varied and the tables as colourful as the day was beautiful with clear blue skies. People not only indulged in a bit of retail therapy but, like us, took lunch outside, wonderful soup and roll and the most delicious carrot cake as afters. The event raised over £200 to swell the village hall funds. Many thanks to Lindsey who organised the whole thing and her helpers for their enthusiasm in arranging a great day.

The second Cream Tea Day held on May Day Bank Holiday Sunday was another success for ‘the team’. The morning rain caused hearts to sink but the day brightened and there was a steady stream of visitors, including 2 walking groups, enjoying their scones with jam and cream and cups of tea but also buying from the always excellent goodies on the stall. Altogether another £200 was raised – well done everyone!

On the evening of May 11th (the day we were always told to plant runner beans!) the faithful gathered for the bunting evening in the village hall. This has become a very enjoyable annual social event organised by the Sheldon Day Committee to repair old and make new bunting ready for Sheldon Day. With food and drink – not all of the non-alcoholic variety- the work goes with a swing and the excellent results will grace our village in July. Thanks to everyone who took part.

The History Group ‘Bring and Show’ meeting on 15th April encouraged several people to bring some wonderful historical artifacts they have in their possession and also a full documented history of one Sheldon cottage which is truly amazing to have.

As you all know Kath has started a monthly lottery to raise much needed funds to help maintain our beautiful Church. We understand that a few numbers still remain so if you contact Kath you may still be able to take part. The first winner of the £25 prize was Jayne Melland. Congratulations!

Congratulations must also go to William and Alec who again took part in the Buxton Festival of Speech, Music and Drama. William gained first place in the piano trio competition and Alec gained a third place. Alec’s choir – from Great Longstone – also came first in their section. Well done to both!

We also have good news about our resident Bobby, John. Despite having only been a full time Officer for a short period of time, he has just heard that he has been accepted onto the government’s flagship accelerated promotion scheme to become an Inspector within 2 years. This, after several gruelling months of interviews, exams and assessment centres. Congratulations John!

DIARY DATES

Tuesday 2nd June 10.00am
Vicar’s coffee morning at the Cock and Pullet followed by the Church Meeting

Wednesday 10th June 7.30pm
Parish Meeting in village hall

Wednesday 17th June
Sheldon History Group Meeting – to be announced