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 June 2019

We were saddened to hear that Doris Fletcher passed away on 27th April at Derby Hospital, aged 83. Her funeral service, which was well attended by family and friends, was held in Sheldon Church on Tuesday 14th May and led by Rev. Alan Griggs.  Born in Millers Dale in 1936, Doris moved with her family to Flagg where she went to primary school and then on to secondary school in Buxton. She met Ian in 1957 and they married in 1964, settling in Sheldon. Ian always wanted to farm and Doris lived on her parents’ farm and always enjoyed helping in the work there. So it was no surprise when the couple moved in 1975 into the house which they had built on Johnson Lane, where they were to farm for the rest of their lives.

They had 2 children, Peter and Christine, to whom she was a wonderful mother. When Peter and Sarah’s daughter was born in 2012 Doris was overjoyed and found great happiness in being a grandmother. Doris loved farming and as Rev. Griggs stated ‘farming defined her life’. She was buried next to Ian in the churchyard in Sheldon. Doris will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with her family and those who were close to her.

The Parish Annual General Meeting was held on 16th April and we were delighted when Wendy was re-elected unanimously to continue her excellent work as Chair and Joe was re-elected as our Secretary.  Congratulation to them both. They make a very good combination and have the full support of the village. They have worked hard on our behalf over the last 12 months and for that they have our heartfelt thanks. The Chairs of all our committees remain the same and if you are not a member of one but would like to help, please have a word with Wendy or Joe. Our grateful thanks go to the committees and especially their Chairs for the work they do. The next Parish Meeting is on June 24th.

May 5th saw our second Cream Tea Sunday of the season – and what a Day it was! This was also the afternoon of the Yard Sale when 9 households had a bric-a-brac sale at their garden gates and stretching from the top of the village to the bottom. The weather was dry but with a very chill wind but that did not deter customers coming to the village which was filled with people. The stallholders reported a steady trade as objects from model cars to bicycles went up for sale. Well done to all who took part in what could well be an annual event.

As for the Cream Teas – they were a roaring success raising £425 for Hall funds. So many people were attracted to the village and nipped into the warmth of the hall for a cream tea, that all the scones were sold with an hour and a half to go!  It was rumoured that Colin was dispatched to the supermarket for more and that frantic cooking took place. Meanwhile some of us enjoyed a delicious cake and cream with our cup of tea! Well done and thanks to all those involved and to Lindsey for all her hard work organising.

The Book Club continues to prosper. Thank you to Jenny for hosting the last meeting when the group discussed  ‘The hen who dreamed she could fly’ by Sun-Mi Hwang. As always this was a lovely meeting enjoyed by all. The new book is  ‘After you’ve gone’ by Maggie O’Farrell which will be discussed at Angie’s on Tuesday 11th June. Sure to be another great evening – do come along.

Another new event taking place in Sheldon is the first of what we hope will be a succession of Social Evenings which will take place in the village hall on Friday 7th June starting at 7pm. This will be a Pie and Peas/Quiz Night organised by Julia H and Angie. We understand that places are limited so if you haven’t booked your place or need more details please contact them. We hope you will come and support this initiative and have a great fun evening with friends and neighbours.

It is good to see Louise up and around again after her illness when she was struck low by pneumonia and spent time in hospital. She is recovering well and we send her our love and best wishes.

There was much lively fun on Sunday 12th May at the village hall as Jenny and Alan celebrated a double event. Their grandchild Joseph, son of Adam and Fiona, was enjoying his first birthday and Joel and Natalie and proud grandparents were also celebrating the birth of Annie Rose who was just 2 weeks old. Lovely events in which the whole family joined on a wonderful Sunday under the cherry blossom.  Best wishes to all.

One final thing to celebrate here in Sheldon is the return of the swallows and house martins, particularly around Top Farm – more than we have seen for a few years. But sadly there are far fewer further down the village.

The winner of the Church Draw this month was Tracy Gregory with number 70. Congratulations!  Kath has reminded us that it is now time to sign up for next year’s Draw (2019-2020) so see Kath to take part before all the slots are taken.

DIARY DATES

Friday 7th June – Pie and Peas/Quiz night in the village hall at 7.00pm

Tuesday 11th June – Book Club at Angie’s at 7.30pm

Monday 24th June – Parish Meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm

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 June 2017

As we write this on the 12th May it has just begun to rain after a wonderful dry spell.

What a splendid time of year this is when the weather is getting warmer and our gardens and the countryside are looking so beautiful and fresh. We do have some swallows who have made the journey back from South Africa but so few. Considering the ever – increasing hazards, both natural and human, that they have to encounter on this dangerously long flight (which takes around one month), it is a miracle that any of these small birds make it this far.

Also today we have noticed that a pair of spotted flycatchers are back! They too, are long distance summer migrants with most wintering south of the equator. They are about the size of a house sparrow and have the distinct habit of darting out from a bare branch or other prominent position, catching the flying insect, then dashing back to the same perch. Do hope they nest in our garden again…
Have you noticed there are two or three greenfinches about again? It is wonderful to think they are making a comeback after the devastating disease they incurred a few years back.

Our next Parish Meeting is on MONDAY 19th June. As the defibrillator is due to be installed in the telephone box very soon it has been decided we shall have a training session given by Alistair, on the use of this equipment on the same evening. Neither the Parish Meeting nor the training session will take very long so please come along and acquaint yourself on the use of this potentially life-saving piece of kit.

Our second Cream Tea Day at the end of April was again very busy even though there were many other events on elsewhere. The final sum raised for the village hall was a magnificent £300. A big thank you to all our helpers.

We notice the work of renovating the attached barn at Top Farm is progressing apace and Andrew and his helpers are working flat out. Soon be there Andrew…..

The Church Draw will resume again very soon.

DIARY DATES

THURSDAY 8th June – all day
Sheldon Village Hall – Voting for the General Election.

MONDAY 19th June – 7.30pm
Sheldon Village Hall – Parish Meeting and a short training session on the use of the defibrillator.

WEDNESDAY 21st June – 7.30pm
Sheldon Village Hall – History Group Meeting

Sheldon Jottings for April 2017

This month we have to report the very sad news that Mrs Fearn died in Leyland, Lancashire on 26th February aged 99 years. Mrs Fearn was born Marjorie Brocklehurst in 1918 and up until six and a half years ago, when she went to live with her daughter Helen, she lived all her life in the village at Devonshire View Farm. She went to the village school during the 1920’s and married Alwyn Fearn.

We all remember her as a lively and cheerful person who regularly attended village events. She was always ready to participate and on her 90th birthday took a supersonic flight on Concorde!!. She has been cremated in Leyland and her ashes will eventually be brought to Sheldon to lie with her husband in the churchyard. How sad that she reached 99 years and missed her telegram from the Queen.

April is the month when traditionally we look for the swallows returning to nest in the village. It is always a red letter day when the first one arrives. Fewer swallows and house martins seem to have been spending the summer months with us in recent years but they are always a welcome sight swooping over the fields to catch their food or diving down to muddy pools to collect material to build their nests.

We welcome Lee English and Suzanne Allen who have come to live in the village having moved from Dore. They moved into Miners Cottage on 3rd March and we wish them a happy time here in Sheldon.

On Easter Sunday 16th April the spring/summer season really arrives with the first Cream Tea of the year. Lindsey as usual will be organising the Cream Tea campaign again and if you wish to take part and have not completed a form, please let her know when you will be able to help out. This is a major fund raiser for the village hall to help maintain and improve an important village facility, so please give it and Lindsey all the support you can.

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place in the village hall on MONDAY 10th April. We are very fortunate to have a Parish Meeting which allows everyone to have an equal say and where every member of the village has a vote. This is an important meeting in the village calendar which sets the scene for the coming year, so we should all make every effort to attend.

On the agenda for this month’s History Group is a visit to one of the oldest historical sites in our Parish. Ralph is leading a guided viewing of the Romano-British site at Horsborough which is at the bottom/northern end of Deepdale. Ralph has conducted his own survey of this little known site so here is an opportunity to learn more about the history of our fascinating Parish. We will be meeting at White Lodge car park at 10.00am on Saturday April 22nd. Do come and join us as all are welcome.

The lucky winner of the Church Draw for April was no.89 – Kirsty Allen from Taddington. No! We haven’t made a mistake, she did win last month as well. Congratulations!