Sheldon Jottings for September 2016

What a fabulous Fell Race evening and a super Sheldon Day.

A  record 216 entries for the Fell Race and a wonderfully warm and calm evening made for probably the best fell race ever. Thanks of course to all the hard work put in by Phil organising the event and the expertise of Jo, Jenny, Marlene and Pat signing in and recording so many runners, the event was a miracle of slick organisation. Due to the often forgotten car parking crew and the Marshals  positioned around the 4 mile course, it all went without a hitch. Thanks to the expertise of Al and the recorders at the end of the race,  everyone very quickly had their positions and times.

This year the winner was Jack Ross from Staffordshire Midlands Club in a time of 23 minutes 54 seconds. The first lady was Steph Curtis from the Pennine Club in 30:13. The first local runner was Matt Nichols from Bakewell in 27:42. Well done to them and all who ran. The event raised a cool £1080! Well done Phil and all his crew.

Then Sheldon Day dawned fine and what a day!  The visitors just kept coming – numbers must have been a record. Spare a thought for those who parked a record number of cars – well done lads!  All went without a hitch – well nearly!  The baker only started to bake the scones for cream teas at 11o’clock, so they arrived, still warm, 5 minutes before the doors were due to open. Have you ever tried to put cream on warm scones? They were put in the fridge to cool – so all was well and everyone enjoyed them immensely!

As people streamed into the village the cake stall was a magnet as usual, selling more cakes, jams and chutneys  than ever. As they headed for the playing field, having a try at Splat the Rat, Find the Golden Nail, the Lucky Dip  then visiting all the stalls on the way, the band added that English summer time feel to the day .Many always feel drawn to our little Church and they were hugely rewarded with that powerful sense of calm and a  magnificent flower display. Then Stephen sat down to play the organ – a lovely touch which was completely spontaneous – the Church became packed.

If you managed to get to the playing field you will have seen the many popular attractions including a wonderful display of vintage cars and tractors, animals, a magician, the dog show and so much else. All those who organised the day and those who took part in whatever capacity – and there were many unsung heroes – can be justly proud of what our small village achieved. The grand total of £4,143 (after expenses) was a record. But what was even more impressive was the number of people who said that the village had given them a truly wonderful day out.  Well done Sheldon!!!

We hear that Lindsey’s Springer Spaniel, Beau, has given birth to 8 puppies. All are doing well, although things must be pretty hectic in that household!  All have good homes to go to. There is also a new dog called Gyp at Top Farm  who will be helping Oliver with the work around the farm.

In July the History Group was invited by the Peak District Mines Historical Society to a small celebration at Magpie Mine as they had secured lottery money to do urgent repair work on one of the chimneys. Some dignitaries were also there and as the scaffolding was already in situ we were able (suitably dressed in high viz vests and hard hats) to follow a guide and climb to the top to see the work going on. Believe us it was a brilliant  adventure and the 360 degree views were tremendous.

BOOK LAUNCH – September 21st  at the first Sheldon History Group meeting a new book will be launched.   ‘FW GOES TO WAR’ by Brian Greasley tells the story of Frederick Brocklehurst, the father of Tom Brocklehurst of Ashford. It is thanks to Tom and his generosity, foresight and knowledge that the book was written.  FW was born in Sheldon, lived at Woodbine Farm, went to Sheldon School and at 13 left to work on his father’s farm. The book tells of work in the village up to 1914 when FW volunteered to join the army to fight in WW1.  This 182 page book with numerous illustrations uses the archive of over 250 letters he wrote to his sister Clarice,  plus the diary he kept, to give a vivid account of what it was like to be an ordinary front line soldier during 4 years of war.

FW arrived in France as a member of the Grenadier Guards in October 1915 and was wounded in the Battle of the Somme 11 months later. The book, through the letters and diary, recounts stories of other men from the village who served, and the happenings and concerns of the village during this traumatic time. After returning to England to recover from his wounds he went back to France to join his Battalion, served in the trenches and suffered from a gas attack in the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. He spent his convalescence in the north of England where he met his future wife, Rose, finishing his service as a Guards Physical and Musketry Instructor.

Come to Sheldon Village Hall at 7.30 on 21st September to help us launch this delightful book – with tea, coffee or a glass of wine and small buffet. You will be able to buy a copy of the book for just £5 and gain other insights into this remarkable story.

The lucky winner of the Church Draw for July was Ben Hatcher with no 8 and for August it was Oliver with no 2.  Congratulations both!

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 November 2014

We were all very sad to hear of the death of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. She often visited Sheldon, which at one time was a ‘Chatsworth Village’, to see the Cowslips and Orchids in Deep Dale, to attend the Harvest Service in Church, and to open Sheldon Day. Many of us have memories and stories to tell of her interest in all things rural, her support for the villages, her sharp mind and her tremendous work at Chatsworth. Several of us attended the funeral in glorious weather – a real Derbyshire occasion, superbly organised as only Chatsworth can, from the staff lining the route from the House to Edensor, the big screens on the Green outside the Church, the moving Service to the refreshments on the South Lawn. Her wicker coffin, a recording of Elvis during the service and the swing band playing on the South Lawn provided a perfect ‘Debo’ occasion to remember and celebrate the life of a truly remarkable lady.

Now for really great news, we have a new resident in the village. Elizabeth, Mark and George now have a new member of the family – Alice was born early on Monday September 22nd, in rather a hurry! According to all who have been lucky enough to meet her, she is truly beautiful. Congratulations from us all.

The Harvest Festival Service, held as it always is in Sheldon on the first Sunday in October, saw the Church decorated with vegetables and donations from the village. There was a goodly congregation to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest. The produce was sent to Newholme.

We send our best wishes to Wendy N and to John C. Wendy is slowly recovering from a hernia operation. John and Michelle have had a very difficult time lately as John battles to recover from his cancer. Our thoughts are with you all.

The Sheldon History Group will meet on Wednesday November 19th at Hartington Memorial Hall for a ‘Bring and Show’ evening. We hope that members will bring an artefact, document or picture, indeed anything that has a Sheldon connection that we can show and perhaps explain. Here is a chance to show those little things which have been gathering dust in the attic which we can share with others. All are welcome, do come along even if you have nothing to show you may be able to shed light on something brought by someone else.

As we reported in last month’s Jottings, Sheila has relinquished her post as our secretary to the Parish Meeting. We are still looking for someone to step into her shoes. If you would like to be involved in our village affairs here is a post which allows you to do just that, there are six meetings each year when minutes are taken. If you wish to take this prestigious post or know anyone who would be willing to become our secretary (the person does not need to live in Sheldon) could you please contact either Alistair Warren or Andrew Joly.

Plans are already being laid for next year’s Sheldon Day, the group have booked the sunniest, warm and windless day of the year for the 2015 extravaganza. The great day will be held on Saturday 25th July with the Fell Race taking place on the previous Thursday 23rd July.

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 4th November – ‘Cock and Pullet’
Vicar’s Coffee Morning

Wednesday November 19th – 7:30pm in Hartington Memorial Hall
Sheldon History Group Meeting ‘Bring and Show’ evening

Sheldon Jottings for September 2014

The days are beginning to shorten and Autumn is on the way. The silage is collected in its plastic around the farms and the hay is in the barns. The show and sheep dog trial seasons are ending and the swallows and martins will soon be leaving us for the winter. But we have had a wonderful summer, the weather has been beautiful and this lovely area in which we live has never looked better.

During the summer Doris and Ian celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a party with friends and family. Our belated congratulations to them both and may there be many years of happy married life ahead.

A new resident has been making its presence known to us all. A donkey has taken up residence at Top Farm. We are told his name is Charlie and we understand that he is very partial to apples!

The Sheldon Fell Race was a great success with over one hundred runners – a wonderful evening and excellent organisation. After following the same route since it was started, the course was slightly amended this year. Nevertheless, it is the same length as it has always been and just as challenging! The winner – E. Fitzpatrick – recorded the excellent time of 25 minutes. We are certain it would take us 2 hours 25 minutes!!! Well done Phil and all his helpers – you gave us a great evening.

After twelve hours of rain which stopped at about 1.30pm, a rather soggy Sheldon Day got underway. It was inevitable that many of the activities and takings would be less than usual but the final count was amazing. Although about £1,000 less than last year, we still raised a very creditable £2,500. Well done everyone! This is a remarkable effort from such a small village and involves almost everyone – from the organising group planning for months beforehand, those who put up bunting, set up the stalls and tents, those who donate plants, books, bric-a-brac and prizes and decorate the Church, those who park cars, run the stalls, cream teas and activities on the day and those who pack everything away afterwards, store the equipment and do all the other jobs which need doing to enable the visitors to enjoy our village day. Take a pat on the back everyone, absolutely fantastic!

DIARY DATES

Tuesday September 9th
Vicar’s Coffee Morning followed by Church Meeting in the ‘Cock and Pullet’

Saturday September 20th
History Group visit to Masson Mills and Arkwrights Mill, Cromford
Meet 10.30 at Masson Mills

Sheldon Jottings for July & August 2014

Summer is here! We look forward to beautiful weather for both the Fell Race evening and Sheldon Day itself. Both events are hard work but enjoyable too and one way of sharing and showing what a wonderful village Sheldon is, but importantly they provide crucial income to help maintain our lovely Church, our Village Hall and the Playing Field.

If you can spare a couple of hours to help put up the bunting ready for the Fell Race you will be most welcome. The organisation for the Fell Race is well in hand – Phil will be contacting helpers and hopefully we shall have a large crowd of supporters for what is always a very enjoyable evening. The runners need your support so we hope as many of us as possible will cheer them on.

Sheldon Day should be better than ever this year – we hear there will be a magician with a rabbit, face painting, the brass band and this year the vintage Austin Car Club is coming to swell the ranks of tractors and engines. All the usual sideshows and attractions will also be here. We have so much going on this year that any help you can give will be very welcome – please let Andrew know. One other plea – please sell as many raffle tickets as you can – we have some great prizes. Tickets are available from Angie who is organising it this year; you could win that helicopter flight!

We must send our belated, but very best wishes to Adrienne and Noel who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 5th; congratulations to you both!

We also send our very best wishes to John L-C who has been in hospital. We wish you a speedy recovery John and are thinking of you.

We expect everyone knows that Pauline, our milk lady, has now departed these shores to live in Southern Ireland. Will life be the same here without her breezy way, her milk float and her determined efforts to deliver our milk in sometimes atrocious weather? Good Luck Pauline and welcome to Charlene, our new milk girl.

The weather for the Whitsun Cream Teas was not the best – more cloud and showers than sunny intervals. But a cheerful welcome met those who came and the total raised of £160 was a credit to the hard work of the organisers and helpers. Well done to all. The next Cream Tea is on Bank Holiday Sunday 24th August.

William and Alec have been taking part in the Buxton Music Festival and did very well. William gained first place in the piano trio competition and Alec gained a first in the under 11’s brass section playing the trumpet. Congratulations to them both – a great achievement from two talented boys.

A note of caution now as we have a warning from Ashford folk. A woman has been going round many local villages claiming to be collecting money for ‘Help the Heroes’. The money is definitely not going to this worthy charity.

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday July 15th
Putting up the bunting evening – Start 6.00pm

Thursday July 17th
Sheldon Fell Race – Start 7.30pm outside the ‘Cock and Pullet’

Saturday July 19th
Sheldon Day

No Vicar’s coffee morning this month.