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 May 2019

Winter is behind us and Spring is in full swing! The lambs are entertaining us in the fields and the birds are busy and making full use of our dog’s hairs to line their nests, taking them from holders on the trees. Two people have seen a long-tailed tit up here. If only they would stay as they are such gorgeous little birds and reasonably common across the valley. (Please let us know if you see one). We never realised there were so many different shades of green until we saw the tremendous variety in the hedgerows and along the roadsides. The blossoms are wonderful as always – our damson tree has burst into a beautiful show for the first time in the ten years since it was planted. Here’s to a bumper crop of fruit and, of course, the best tasting jam of them all!

Our village always looks lovely in the Spring sunshine. The green of the fields with sheep and cows grazing, sets off the light grey of the walls surrounding them and of the houses of the village. Flowers appear in the window boxes and in the gardens making it a delight to walk through this attractive place in which we are so lucky to live. Incidentally – don’t the six Belted Galloway cattle look impressively beautiful in the sunshine as you drive out of the village.

Now it is Cream Tea time! We have already enjoyed the first and so delicious it was after the long winter wait. The next is on Sunday 5th May from 1pm to 5pm in the village hall. This is a special occasion because for the first time the village will also be having a yard sale. Villagers will be selling, bric-a-brac and other items at the front gates of their homes up and down the street. So here is an opportunity to wander around, to buy a few desirable items and then enjoy a superb cream tea – what better way to spend an afternoon in such a wonderful setting?

Then on 26th May, Whit Sunday, the third Cream Tea afternoon will take place – the last one before Sheldon Day to sit in the sunshine beneath the Cherry Tree and indulge oneself…..

Early in April the Book Club met and discussed ‘The Great Alone’ in depth as it was such an incredible read – amid nibbles, a drink and lots of chat at Wendy N’s – a super evening much enjoyed by all. If you have not been to one of these evenings and read the books, you really should try it. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 7th May at ‘The Old Farmhouse’ when the book to be discussed will be ‘The Hen who Dreamed She Could Fly’, an international best seller with 2 million copies sold worldwide and written by Sun-Mi Hwang.

We all knew that William J is an excellent pianist but what we did not realise was that he is also a talented guitarist. He recently passed his Standard 8 Classical Guitar exam with flying colours. Well done William! We also wish you well with your ‘A’ level exams which you will be taking soon.

You may be aware that a new exhibition has opened at the Buxton Museum called ‘Hoards: a hidden history of ancient Britain’ which will run until 16th June. These hoard collections are usually based on coins and in this exhibition have been loaned by the British Museum and Salisbury Museum. But you may not know that Sheldon has its own (just under 100) coin hoard found in 1867 when the new church in Sheldon was being built. Some of these coins date from 1142 and this hoard is one of only two of around this very early date found in Derbyshire so is incredibly rare. This was a period where a lack of silver and a challenging political climate meant only small amounts of coin were in circulation and all handmade. Sadly, ‘our’ hoard is locked away in the Chatsworth archives as they took possession at the time of the find.

Congratulations to Jude Webster who won the Church Draw this month with number 18.

DIARY DATES

Sunday 5th May 1pm to 5pm – Cream Teas in the Village Hall
ALSO – YARD SALE – STALLS THROUGHOUT THE VILLAGE 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 7th May 7.30pm – Book Club at ‘The Old Farmhouse’

Sunday 26th May 1pm to 5pm – Cream Teas in the Village Hall

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 June 2018

Spring is well on its way in Sheldon. It really started with a wonderful Easter weekend – the lovely weather brought out all the flowers and by the next week Deep Dale had the most spectacular display of cowslips. The lambs and the cattle livened up all the fields  and our resident blackbird woke us each morning with its beautiful song, surely one of the best in the bird world.

April saw the inaugural meeting of the Book Club, hosted by Julia at Manor Farm and was a great success. Everyone had a most enjoyable evening and the weather allowed most of the meeting to take place outside, until a chill in the air drove everyone inside. The group agreed to read ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd ready for the next meeting which will take place at Amanda’s house at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th June. You are most welcome to come along and join this friendly and jolly group – no pun intended!!

We have two Cream Tea Sundays in May – our first was a pleasant day at Spring Bank Holiday, encouraging people to sit out in the village hall garden to enjoy their scrumptious tea. The blossom on the flowering cherry, which was planted to commemorate the Silver Jubilee in May 1977, was just beginning to come out, and two days later it was beginning its magnificent display – one of the beautiful sights of Sheldon. Walkers passing through the village were taking numerous photographs of it and of the small display put on by the sedum growing on top of the wall just below it. The event made over £200 for the Village Hall Funds – well done everyone!

The playing field came alive on Bank Holiday Saturday as a football match was played between the Cock and Pullet Pool Team and a team from the New Inn at Flash. After a hard fought and thoroughly entertaining match,  which was much enjoyed by all the spectators, (except for the children who were having fun on the swings and the slide!), the New Inn team won by two goals to one. The match raised the princely sum of £330 for the Air Ambulance Fund. Congratulations to all those involved.

The last meeting of the Sheldon History Group this year takes place on Wednesday June 20th in the village hall.  At this meeting there will be an illustrated talk about the Romano – British site at Horsborough at the bottom of Deep Dale. There are so many interesting aspects of Deep Dale,  so no doubt the talk will stray into these as well. Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about the beautiful environment in which we live. There will be no History Group during July or August, so the next meeting of the Group will be in September – look in Sheldon Jottings for details.

As we now have a new Chair – Wendy and Secretary – Joe, running our Parish Meetings please note there is a meeting on Monday 11th June, so do come to support them and your village.

We still need to fill the position of Treasurer!!

We have a new litter bin near Church Lane to replace the old small one. It now matches the posh one at the top of the village. Thanks to DDDC who responded quickly to our request for a new larger bin.

Kath has reminded us that this month a new Church Draw will begin, so if you wish to continue or you would like to have a number on the new ‘100’ ball Draw starting in June, please see Kath or Michelle.

The Church Draw winner for this month was Michelle with number 93. Congratulations!

Sheldon Jottings for May 2018

The swallows are here! Back from their extraordinary journey. One was spotted over Top Farm on 8th April before it flew off towards the west. Spring and the new year in Sheldon can now begin, although it has been a stuttering start!

I was strolling into the top of the village the other day when a group of hens crossed my path heading for some unsuspecting walkers on the bench eating their snacks. Why did the chicken cross the road?……………The hikers were watching Charlie, the donkey, grazing the verge and a little further on a group of ducks were quacking away and enjoying the weak sunshine. Pip, the dog, was as usual watching everything going on from the middle of the road, ignoring a cat crossing in front of her but barking half-heartedly at the farm dogs. A cow was lowing in the farmyard where a lamb was running round bleating for its bottle of milk. How wonderful! Only in Sheldon…………

The History Group Exhibition ‘Sheldon Through Time’ was as usual a great success. That there is so much of historical interest in such a small village always surprises us – from Stone Age hunter gatherers to the enclosure of the fields, and on to the building of two Churches and a school, to the development of the water supply and…..and………. With hands full of cups of tea and cake, walkers, visitors and villagers all enjoyed a real treat. Thank you to all those who gave their support and congratulations to all those involved.

Danny Wells will be giving an illustrated talk on the development of ILAM village at the next History Group meeting, entitled, ‘The place where heaven and earth touch’, all about the village, the Hall and the people who lived there. This will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 16th in the Village Hall and entry is FREE. It promises to be a very interesting evening with an experienced speaker. You may have come to his illuminating and lively talks about Florence Nightingale and Joseph Paxton. Here is a chance to be entertained whilst learning about what many think is the most beautiful part of Derbyshire – after Sheldon of course!

The first Cream Tea was held on Easter Sunday which was a rather dreary day weatherwise. However all went very well with £200 being raised for Hall funds. Tempting homemade produce including lemon curd, marmalades, jams, several different types of cakes and scones were for sale – also our fresh village eggs. There were also three lively chicks for sale (well it was Easter and it is Sheldon!) attracting great interest by their antics when they weren’t huddled under the heat lamp. The welcome was warm and the teas were as delicious as ever. Many thanks to Lindsey and the team for all their hard work in making this such an enjoyable occasion.

The next two Cream Teas both fall in May – on the 6th and the 27th from 1pm to 5pm in the Village Hall. If you have any produce to sell please bring it along and come and enjoy a super cream tea (the scones are massive!) and lively chat – you will be made most welcome.

We have just heard that Wendy and Joe have volunteered to take up the reins of the Parish Meeting from Richard and Charlotte who have valiantly held the fort for the last two years. Many thanks to all of them – more about the AGM next month.

Congratulations to Carl Hemsley who was the winner of the Church Draw this month with number 49.

Kath informs us that there is only one month left of the current Church Draw. If you would like to continue or you would like to have a number on the new year ‘100’ ball draw starting in June, please see Kath or Michelle.

If anyone in the village is interested in taking a turn to do a flower stand in the Church on a rota system please would you have a word with Michelle.