Sheldon Jottings for June 2016

We all heard the very sad news in April that Ian Fletcher had died suddenly. He appeared to be making a good recovery at home after having heart surgery, when he was taken ill and rushed into hospital.  Ian spent his whole life in the village and had farmed at Johnson Lane Farm for much of that time. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the village and local area and the folk who lived here. He often attended the History Group meetings with Peter and Christine. Our thoughts go to Doris and the family at this sad time.

The weather continues to alternately please and then disappoint, but one bright spot in the village are the plants for sale again outside Yew Tree House – a sure sign of spring. The swallows and house martins duly arrived in mid to late April but once more there seem to be fewer than in the past.  The village seems to come alive again at this time of year with daffodils on the greens, the sounds of lambs and lawn mowers, the cows out in the fields – all sights we have waited for throughout the long winter. One sad note about ‘our’ pair of beautiful song thrushes – they seem to have lost two of their fledglings within two days of each other. They were almost fully grown but were found in different areas and one had obviously flown into a window.

Our second Cream Tea Day on May 1st raised over £230 for the Village Hall funds – another very creditable effort. Well done and thanks to all those involved particularly to Pat and Wendy and to young William. Also to those husbands who stepped in to help at the last minute because illness had created a ‘staff shortage’!  The splendid new sign on the gate certainly takes us into new realms of advertising!

Also because of illness, the Bunting Evening was also depleted. (This horrid virus has really been very difficult to shake off).  However, 5 ladies did manage to make it and many more metres of bunting were created to replenish our stock for Sheldon Day. Thank you ladies.

Plans for Sheldon Day on Saturday 23rd July are now well advanced and we hear that a new caterer is due to sustain our visitors with delicious home-made beefburgers, bacon sandwiches and a hog roast.

This month the History Group will be visiting Horsborough – a Romano-British site at the ‘bottom’ of Deep Dale where, incidentally the display of cowslips and orchids are again a delight.  Little is generally known about this site and, led by Ralph, we have the opportunity to learn more of its secrets. We will meet at White Lodge car park at 7.00pm on June 15th. This will be the last meeting of the year and our thanks go to all involved in making this such a successful village activity.

We have had another burglary in the village where certain items were taken from outbuildings during the night. Fortunately, the culprits were soon caught red-handed with the items and they were subsequently arrested.

The lucky winner of the Church Draw for May was no 4 – Jane Slater. The draw is now entering its second year and Kath would like to gently remind people to please renew their payment. Remember you have to be in it to win it!

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Wednesday June 8th – Sheldon Parish Meeting in the Village Hall 7.30pm
Wednesday June 15th – Sheldon History Group at White Lodge car park 7.00pm
Wednesday June 23rd – EU Referendum voting in Village Hall 7am – 10.00pm

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.

Rural Health Outreach Service from Macmillan

We’ve been asked to promote a very worthwhile cause; the new Rural Health Outreach Service from Macmillan delivered in partnership with The Farming Life Centre. This is a new source of support for residents of the northern Derbyshire Dales affected by ongoing health issues, cancer or other life limiting conditions.

They are there to support you, your carers, family and friends to cope with the challenges of long term ill health: a listening ear, telephone befriending, regular drop-in support at Bakewell market.

The service is confidential and free of charge

For more information either drop in to see Service Coordinator Jane Butler at Bakewell Market  (every other Monday) or call in at The Farming Life Centre (but please phone first to check they’re in 01298 85162)

For more details, please see this flyer.

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 March 2015

We hope the worst of the winter weather will be over this month – we did get better service with gritting and snow clearing during the late January/early February fall, enabling us to get to work eventually. Some of the birds seem to be looking forward to the better weather to come – two great tits in our garden are spending a lot of time together in and out of a nest box on the trunk of a tree. The male blackbirds are seriously fighting and the Sparrow Hawk has been doing his rounds of our gardens over the winter; a sight to behold for us but not so for all those smaller birds we have been feeding. We now have two woodpeckers who come to the feeders.

The Christmas festivities are now well past but we have been reminded that Sheldon decorated a tree for the Bakewell Tree Festival. It was decorated with farm animals, which of course was very fitting for our village.

The Belted Galloway cow given to Peter and Sarah as a wedding present gave birth on 21st January to a beautiful heifer calf – her last one was a bull calf. We look forward to seeing it in the fields. Lambs have been born at both Top Farm and Johnson Lane Farm heralding the approach of Spring.

Before the end of the month the village hall refurbishment will have taken another step forward with new curtains, a new notice board and a new Cream Teas sign. We are lucky to have such a facility with so much history attached to it. Built in 1878 to be the village school, the building was gifted to the village in 1959 by the then Duke of Devonshire and dedicated to his brother who died in the Second World War. Many thanks go to Lindsey who has born the brunt of the organisation for the refurbishment process and as ever to the Trustees and Pat, who stoutly continue to maintain the hall and its traditions.

The question of the defibrillator to be accessed in the village is now on-going and funding is being sought from different sources. It will probably be stored in a box on an external wall of the village hall; donations welcome!

We were delighted to hear that on Sunday 15th February beautiful baby Alice was christened in our lovely little church – a happy ceremony for the proud parents Elizabeth and Mark and a lovely occasion for all who attended.

The village received a special card, personally signed by the Duke of Devonshire with a lovely photograph of the late Dowager Duchess (Debo) on the front. It was sent in response to the village sending our condolences on her death late last year; you can see the card in the village hall.

We have been informed that there are people going around villages selling fish from a van. Do beware as they will ask you to spend a lot of money on a lot of dodgy fish. Phone the police on 101 if you are suspicious!

On Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd March the History Group will be holding their annual exhibition in the village hall. This is always an interesting event with photographs, artefacts and features reflecting the long and surprisingly varied history of our delightful little village. The exhibition always contains one or two surprises and entry is free, just come along for a browse, refreshments and a chat.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Wednesday 18th March 7.30pm in the village hall
History Group Meeting

Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd March 10am to 4pm in the village hall
History Group Annual Exhibition