Sheldon Jottings for January 2015

A Happy New Year to all our readers!

As we write this (13th December), it is the run-up to the Christmas festivities and all that entails. Already we have had some snow up here. Do remember we are denied any gritting on our road until everywhere else has been satisfied. This is even though the Derbyshire County Council gritter comes through the village to get to other, supposedly more important roads, and comes back to its base on our route too. Logical? Fair? We may well ask.

Do be constantly aware how dangerous our route down to the A6 is – what with the steep descent, made even more treacherous with the severe bends, whenever it is at all icy or slushy with snow. Do not be hassled by people from behind who are not savvy to our hazardous journey or who perhaps have a four-wheel drive vehicle and think that they cannot possibly skid. They can and they do. Already we have had one bad accident – the driver was fortunately OK, but the car was severely damaged.

Did you know that Brian’s big, brilliant ‘Sheldon Field Map’ now has pride of place in the village hall? It names every field in our parish which Brian has found through research from old records and talking to people. Some names are really fascinating, Thank you Brian for that and also the lovely drawings.

Our Christmas wreath-making evening was fun. A group of us made wonderful decorations for our front doors to welcome all who come through the village. A good social evening it was too, with mulled wine and mince pies to aid our concentration when fixing in that prickly holly! Thank you Lindsey for organising that. Next time we must persuade a few chaps to have a go to show their creative side!

The Christmas lunch at the Cock and Pullet was for all those with three score years plus of wisdom, experience and life’s challenges behind them. In recognition of this collective worldly-wise knowledge, the village offers a superb meal at the pub. Needless to say a good time was had by all and they extend their thanks to everyone, especially Kath and her staff who do the cooking and look after them.

The Parish Meeting was, unusually for us, quite depleted on the night. Having said that, it was rather a wild weather evening and a few lucky stalwarts were taking a break in sunny Australia where they each have far-flung family members. Think of us in shivering Sheldon, we say!  The good news is we now have a new secretary. Good luck Richard and thank you for taking on the job. We will therefore continue having our six meetings per year. Having a defibrillator easily accessible somewhere in the village was discussed and thought to be a very good idea. Any thoughts on where it could be available 24/7 please tell Alistair.

Stop Press

Sadly, Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) have apparently been surprised by the bad winter weather, and increased amount of domestic waste/recycling generated over the Christmas/New Year Period. As of today (Wednesday January 7th), we are still without a recycling collection (over a week late), and were one day behind on our domestic waste collection. This surely shouldn’t have come as a surprise to DDDC, and sadly yet again Sheldon finds itself forgotten in preference to the villages that are easier to reach.

Dates for the Diary

History Group
Wednesday January 21st 7:30pm in the Village Hall
A short DVD on the history of Calver Mill and Weir and the River Derwent that connects them, through stories and photos of those who have lived, worked and played there.

Blue Box for Cans

Just a quick reminder that everyone in the village needs to start to put tin cans and other recyclable metal in their blue ‘glass’ box from Monday August 6th.

Cans in Box from August Sixth

Recycling is fun…apparently 😉

Derbyshire Dales District Council are changing the way that waste and recycling is handled, and as such big changes are afoot! The changes will be phased in, with the first being that tin cans and other recyclable metal will no longer be collected with cardboard. For the first time, tetrapak style drinks cartons will also be taken to be recyclyed, and these should also go in the blue box.

Derbyshire Dales said “When our new contractor Serco Ltd takes over on 6 August local people are being asked to recycle tins and cans in their blue recycling box – along with glass bottles and jars – rather than their blue recycling bag.

For the first time from August 6, residents will also be able to recycle in their blue box aerosols, aluminium trays and beverage cartons.

If you get confused, don’t worry. There will be a system of warnings put in place to let people know that they are getting things wrong.

Pop over to Derbyshire Dales Waste and Recycling website for more details.

Christmas and New Year Refuse Arrangements

Wheelie!Derbyshire Dales District Council have just release their Christmas and New Year refuse arrangements, which don’t significantly differ from the current arrangements. Collection will be one day later, so make sure your bins are out on Saturday 30th December and Saturday 7th January. For information on Christmas recycling, please click on the Wheelie bin.