Sheldon Jottings for April 2013

Kath Melland and family wish to sincerely thank everyone, relatives, friends and neighbours for their comfort and support throughout this very sad time of David’s passing. Thank you for cards, flowers and donations and to everyone who braved the weather on David’s funeral day. Thank you to Rev. Tony and Aron for conducting the funeral making sure the people outside the church could hear the service.

We need to complete our eulogy to Pauline, whose milk delivery many of us rely on. Public transport can stop running when it snows and schools can close, but Pauline battles through with her deliveries and these begin at some dark hour of the  morning long before most people surface.  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. We are not afforded the necessity of a council plough/ gritting lorry when it is really needed – so thank you again Pauline.

We have been asked about the appearance of the small twee stumps around a green at the top of the village. Can anyone enlighten us all? We are a rugged, working village and immensely proud of it.

Some good news – Sheila has justly been awarded a Derbyshire Dales District Council Chairman’s Community Award for her services to Sheldon. The ceremony was on 21st March at the Town Hall, Matlock; hearty congratulations Sheila!

Take note – Weds April 17th at 7.30pm in the village hall, the History Group welcomes Danny  Wells to give a talk about Joseph Paxton. Paxton, known as ‘the busiest man in England’ was an architect, garden and park designer and much more. He was responsible for several features and buildings at Chatsworth and in the surrounding area and is buried at Edensor.  All are welcome.

Our famous cream teas in the village hall begin again after the difficult and dreary winter – March 31st – cancelled due to bad weather,  May 5th,  May  26th and August 25th. Please come and visit us and really indulge yourselves!

Don’t forget to comment (by April 2nd) if you feel strongly, on the plans for the night time switch-off of most of our street lighting. Everyone will have received notification of this via e-mail or paper copy.

Dates for the Diary

Vicar’s coffee morning: Tues 16th April at 10.00am in the Cock and Pullet, afterwards APCM in the church.

Parish Meeting (AGM): Weds 10th April at 7.30pm in the village hall

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 February 2013

The festive season has come and gone. Bernard, the turkey and his 2 female companions have survived another Christmas and we all look forward to the coming year. The white hellebore flowers with their yellow centres are brightening up the gardens, 2 cows and their calves are living in the croft at Top Farm, owls have been heard eerily calling in the night, the resident sparrow hawk continues to decimate our small bird population, George has had his 1st birthday and Harold has just celebrated his 84th.  2013 is in full swing in Sheldon.

John Herbert’s funeral dominated events before Christmas. The service was attended by so many people, it was standing room only in our small church. From Queensland, Australia to Sheldon, via Hong Kong and Singapore, running radio stations, training BBC reporters, as Professor of Journalism setting up courses at Staffordshire University, Chair of the Peak Park Planning Committee and our own Parish Meeting, John led a successful and eventful life. After the funeral we all came together in the village hall to enjoy food and drink prepared by the people of the village as a tribute to John. Our thoughts as ever are with Margaret and her family. He will not be forgotten.

A week before all this the village Light-Up took place. Another successful event organised by Pauline and her helpers raising £332 for the Air Ambulance and £270 for the Church. As well as the now famous turkey baps, the lights on the engines and Andrew’s tractor, Father Christmas (Brian P) on his sleigh giving exciting rides for the children up and down the village, Lindsey and Colin’s mulled wine, tea in the warmth of the village hall with Pat, the event brought some much needed light and joy to the pre-Christmas period.

The Carol Service was held on the Sunday before Christmas.  Rev. Tony excelled, lighting some 40 candles around the Church celebrating the birth of Jesus and we were all given candles to hold during the service. The 9 readers and Sermon were excellent and the 30+ who attended sang the traditional carols with gusto, helped by Stephen on the organ. Julia and Michelle provided drinks and mince pies after what everyone agreed was a truly uplifting and enjoyable hour.

We would like to extend a warm Sheldon welcome to Angela and Alistair who have moved into Devonshire Arms Farm and hope they will be very happy here.

With the Council still refusing to grit our roads again this winter even after a request by the police following 2 crashes on the Dale, one involving Pauline’s milk float which was turned over (she survived unhurt), one can only hope for a mild few months or a change of heart on the part of the Council before something even more serious occurs.

Important Dates

Parish Meeting Weds 13th Feb 7.30pm
History Group Weds 20th Feb 7.30pm
Vicar’s Coffee Morning Tues 5th Feb in the Cock and Pullet

Editors Note

Jottings are now being written by Brian, Marlene and Bronwen

Sheldon Jottings for January 2013

We were all so sorry to hear that John Herbert had sadly passed away at Ashgate Hospice on Sunday 9th December, following a courageous battle with cancer.  This is a huge loss for our small, close-knit community, and we are all deeply saddened by the news.  John was very much a leader within our village, and someone who brought people together.  We will miss him greatly.

John, a retired Professor of Journalism who previously worked for the BBC, had served tirelessly as Chair of Sheldon Parish Meeting since 2002.  In this role he undertook a great deal: chairing meetings, compiling the newsletter, checking minutes, dealing with village correspondence, consulting residents and serving as Chair of the Village Hall Trustees.  As most of you will know, John compiled the wonderful Sheldon Jottings every month, which appeared not only in the Parish Magazine, but also on our village website and have been read by almost 18,000 people from all over the world during the last 18 months; a remarkable achievement!

But John was much more than simply Sheldon Parish Meeting Chair.  He performed a vital role leading the community and binding us together through both troubled and happier times.  He always made himself available for anybody to contact him, or ask for his help and advice.  He was approachable, open and honest.  Up until recently, John was also serving a third term as a Parish Member of the Peak District National Park Authority, having been elected by Parish Councils from across the National Park.  As a Parish Member of the Authority, he had a particular interest in issues of importance to people and communities across the National Park, such as planning and enforcement, and the rural economy.  Holding this position into a third term, illustrated the high regard in which John was held by Parish Councillors in the local area.

John gave up hundreds of hours of his precious time on an entirely voluntary basis, on behalf of our community, and 2012 marked his 10th year as Parish Chair.  In January 2012, John received a Matlock Mercury New Year Honours award for his community work.

At the time of writing, John’s funeral is due to take place at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Sheldon, on Friday 21st December.  Following the service, the whole community will come together for a celebration of John’s life in Sheldon Village Hall.  Our thoughts are very much with Margaret and the rest of John’s family at this sad time.

Our next jottings will report on the Sheldon Traditional Light-Up, which we very much look forward to and also the carol service in our beautiful church.  The next vicar’s coffee morning is on the first Tuesday in February in the Cock & Pullet.

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.