Sheldon Jottings for November 2013

Hurray! Church News is being revived with a new Editor – Ann Ashcroft – who has bravely taken the helm. We wish her all the best in this endeavour. The little magazine forms an important link between the Church and the people in the parishes of Ashford and Sheldon and a vital link between the people of the two villages. Contributions please must be with Bron or Brian by the 16th of the month, so the 16th November for the December issue.

Autumn is well and truly upon us, the cold weather arrived in October, the days are getting so much shorter, the winter coats are on, piles of grit have appeared in the dale, the Christmas cards and presents are in the shops and the cattle are looking forward to being inside for the winter season if they have not been brought in already. If you are eligible and have not yet booked your flu jab at the surgery, now is the time to do so, it’s well worth the few minutes it takes.

Peter, Sarah and Harriet are settling in to their new house after their visit to Scotland and the Galloway cow, given as a wedding present, has duly produced a beautiful Belted Galloway calf.

The phone box outside the ‘Cock and Pullet’ looks very splendid having been painted in its traditional red by BT. The gold crowns at the top look particularly grand. The Hall too has had a facelift, the floor has been renovated and the hall has been painted, it all looks very nice, well done Trustees.

We all woke up on the 15th October to a dry Sheldon as there was no water in the taps. Severn Trent dug holes to fix the problem (a burst main), two water tankers appeared in the village, sales of bottled water at the Co-op rocketed and residents were discussing the merits of water from the ‘pot boil’ and the Wye at Sheepwash Bridge! Luckily normality was restored by evening.

At the Parish Meeting held on October 9th the proceeds of Sheldon Day, some £3,600 was allocated. After subtracting the expenses and the money required to fund next year’s extravaganza, £3000 was divided equally between the Village Hall, the playing field and the Church. These funds are crucial if we are to maintain these village amenities. The Meeting endorsed Andrews heartfelt thanks to all those who helped in any way to make this year’s Day such a resounding success. Sheldon Day next year, 2014, will be on Saturday 19th July, and the Fell race on Thursday 17th July.

The Harvest Festival was celebrated with a very pleasant service at the Church which Julia decorated with the produce provided by members of the village. This was donated to Newholme Hospital.

PCSO Hayley Grundy and PC Ian Hyde from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team cover our village and can be contacted on Bakewell SNT Tel: 101. PC Ian Hyde will be attending our next Parish Meeting on December 11th to talk about Operation Illuminate. PCSO Hayley Grundy is keen to sign up residents for Derbyshire Alert (former Ringmaster). This is a free service that the police provide to send e-mails, texts or telephone calls to keep you updated about anything that is happening in your area. The easiest way to sign up is via or you can obtain a form from Hayley to complete.

Dates for the Diary


Brian will be continuing the story of Sheldon Village School, which became Hartington Memorial Hall (the Village Hall). There will be a quick recap of the first part of the story if you missed the first meeting. The illustrated story is told mainly in the words of those involved. The Teachers, pupils, Inspectors and Managers tell of the ups and downs of a typical village school in the Derbyshire Dales in the early years of the 20th century. Refreshments provided. All welcome.

Sheldon Jottings for June 2013

The swallows are here! The plants in the garden are growing strongly and the chore of cutting the grass begins. Sam’s pretty plant corner is awash with plants for sale including some vegetables and herbs. All the lambs are born and are enjoying being alive, entertaining us in the fields. On a sad note, however, Elaine’s oldest sheep has died at the ripe old age of 23 – has anyone heard of one older than this?

The Sheldonians were gravely concerned to learn that a sheep was killed in Sheldon on Bank Holiday Sunday. It was being worried by a dog with its owners vainly calling to it. By the time the farmer reached the field the dog and its owners were nowhere to be seen – when will people learn to keep dogs on leads in fields with farm animals. The poor sheep was from a long line that was selected for breeding purposes, so she was very valuable and not just in monetary terms. If anybody has any information as to who might have been responsible, please contact us by email in strict confidence.

Our first Cream Tea was held on May Bank holiday Sunday, a great success. Cream teas were sold out and at one time the queue stretched out of the door! The lovely weather must have tempted people to visit our beautiful part of the world. A produce table did a brisk trade and an exhibition of paintings from the art group who meet regularly in the Village Hall added to the occasion. A grand total of £200+ was raised which goes to support the village – well done everyone who was involved – a superb effort.  The next Cream Tea was on Spring Bank holiday, Sunday 26th May, but there are further opportunities to enjoy one of our famous cream teas on both Sheldon Day and August Bank Holiday.

The Lambing Service was held in May and was as lively as it was enjoyable. With 31 participants, Andrew Herbert on the organ, lambs from Top Farm, Rev. Tony led the service. It focused on making the connection between the teachings of the church and everyday life in our small community. It was an unforgettable occasion, made more memorable for seeing the Rev. on his hands and knees attempting to get that prize winning photo of the children giving bottles of milk to the lambs!

We are reminded that Noel and Adrienne celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on 5th June – our very best wishes and congratulations go to them both.

We heard of success for William and Alec J.  At the Buxton Festival of Music, William gained 2 first places and 1 second place for his piano playing and Alec, who has not been playing the piano for long, achieved a third place. Well done to both!

Welcome to Sue F. who has recently moved to Sheldon. She is living in South View Cottage near the top of the village. We hope she enjoys her time with us.


The next History Group meeting is Weds 19th June. We will be strolling around the Lime Kilns and other features in the fields around our village.  Meet with us at the village hall at 7.00pm (no charge), and learn about some of the lost and largely forgotten aspects of Sheldon’s past.

Vicar’s Coffee Morning in the pub on 11th June at 10.00 am with the meeting in church afterwards.

The Parish Meeting is Weds 12th June at 7.30 pm

Sheep killed by uncontrolled dog

We’ve just been informed of a boxer-type dog having killed one of the Gregory’s breeding female sheep, worth hundreds of pounds. The incident happened at approximately 14:30 hours, in the fields between Deep Dale and the top of the village.

We understand that a witness saw an adult couple with the dog, which was running free off the lead. Whilst the dog was mauling the sheep, the owners were heard to shout a name similar to “Tyson”. The witness then attempted to speak with the male owner, but we understand that they both just walked away in the direction of Magpie Mine.

This incident has been reported to Derbyshire Police, and we would ask anyone with any information to contact us.


  • The Countryside and Rights of Way Act requires people to keep their dogs on leads around wildlife between 1 March and 31 July and at any time near farm animals.
  • Section 1 of the Protection of Livestock Act makes it a criminal offence for a dog to worry livestock on any agricultural land.
  • Section 3 of the Animals Act imposes a strict liability (i.e. there is no defence) on the keeper of a dog where the dog causes damage by killing or injuring livestock.

Vandalism in the village

May VandalismWhilst cleaning the village noticeboard the other day (which was paid for by a grant from the Peak District National Park Authority), Sheila H noticed that somebody had vandalised it by carving their name, and various other works/pictures into the woodwork.

We hope that the damage is just superficial, but it will cost time and money to repair. This isn’t the first time that property in the village has been vandalised, and we are certainly noticing an increase in antisocial behaviour (e.g. parking, litter, noise, trespassing, dog attacks).

The National Park Authority talks of sustainable tourism, but the sad reality is that tourism has a detrimental impact on the lives of the residents of our village and the wider National Park.

Those of us who are lucky enough to call Sheldon “home” are very happy to share it with visitors who respect our property and the surrounding countryside.

Sheldon Jottings for December 2012

Happy and peaceful Christmas to you all.

Julia was telling us about the timetable for the winter: the milk cows stay in at night and go up to the top yard for silage in the day. They don’t seem to mind! But all the other animals are still sleeping under the stars. The tup has been put to the ewes, so that there will be Easter lambs, due on April 1st. All part of the wonderful rural timetable of Sheldon.

Congratulations to John, top marks overall in his final police exams, 98%, after 10 weeks of hard training. At the passing out parade ceremony on November 9th the student police officers took their ‘oath of attestation’ and received their warrant cards and certificates. The evening finished with tea/coffee and cakes and lots of photographs! John started his shifts as a fully-qualified police officer on Friday 16th November, based at Buxton for the first two years.

Nigel and Mickey’s daughter, Jenny had a son earlier than expected. All is well. Welcome, Oscar to our world! We look forward to seeing him in the village soon. Needless to say Mickey and Nigel are over the moon.

The village bonfire and fireworks evening on November 3rd started with a huge fire at the far end of the playing field before Ian and Andrew’s fantastic pyrotechnics display! More than sixty people then went on up to the hall where Lindsey, Pat and Wendy were prepared with fabulous pies and peas. We were lucky with the weather, even fairly mild at Sheldon heights, although Bron and Tony commented that, being used to Sheldon’s weather, even climbing mountains in the rarefied Himalayan air on their holiday this year had not posed a challenge. It was great to see villagers old and new filling up the hall again, and we missed those that couldn’t make it. Many thanks to everyone.

Welcome to Angie and Andy who have now moved into Lower Farm (at last!). They have been  hard working members of the village community for many months, but only now have they moved finally in after all the renovations. Great to have you with us.

There was a moving and well attended Remembrance Day Service on November 11th in which Brian read one of the readings and Marlene placed a wreath under the memorial in the church for the service men from our village who gave their lives: John Brocklehurst, Thomas Brocklehurst, Anthony Gyte, Alfred Wildgoose and John Sherwin.

The Monyash, Flagg and Sheldon Broadband Project committee have decided upon the next steps for taking this work forward.  The committee has expanded, with more representatives from each village now involved, including Andrew Joly and Andy Ford from Sheldon (in addition to John and Georgina).

Some important dates:

Sunday 23rd December, 4pm at Church – the  Sheldon Carol Service returns.
The next vicar’s coffee morning is on Tuesday 5th February 2013 in the pub (none in December and January)
Sunday 9th December at 9am Holy Communion
Christmas Day at 9am Holy Communion