Sheldon Jottings for April 2019

April is with us again, the month when the swallows arrive in Sheldon and for us the village comes truly alive after the long dark days of winter. In the village people will be opening their barn doors to welcome these amazing little birds who herald the spring and summer to our beautiful corner of England. The first may arrive early in the month but most arrive around the 25th and will almost immediately be engaged in repairing old nests or building new ones.

Lambs appear in ever greater numbers in the fields, the birds are nesting in the boxes we have put up during the winter months, the gardens come alive, the grass needs cutting and the Easter story is told once more in our lovely little Church. A time of new beginnings…..We heard that Pat and Ralph have become great grandparents – no mean achievement – they are overjoyed. Matthew and Becky have become proud parents of Sophia Grace, weighing in at a little over 6lbs. What wonderful news! Congratulations to all involved.

This is also the time of year when we all begin to spend more time outside, clearing up after the ravages of winter and thus spending more time enjoying the beauty and peace of the village. The number of visitors to this marvellous part of the world, with its wonderful landscapes, begins to increase towards its summer peak. No doubt all the holiday cottages are being prepared to welcome these visitors. Manor Farm will be welcoming visitors for the first time to the 4 comfortable cottages that have been converted from the old barns over the winter. We wish all hosts and guests well for the coming season.

With Easter Sunday comes our first Cream Tea Day – eagerly awaited by those of us who indulge in our famous large scones, topped with lots of jam and a good dollop of cream. Delicious!! No doubt by the time you read this Lindsey will have asked for volunteers, but there is still time to help. All monies from Cream Teas goes to help with maintaining and improving the fabric of our village hall. Hard work but good fun and another opportunity to meet and exchange the lifeblood of village life – gossip! Easter Sunday falls this year on 21st April and Cream Teas will be available from 1 – 5.00pm – we hope we can all support this very worthy cause and enjoy a little indulgence.

On Tuesday 2nd April the Book Club will meet at Wendy N’s to discuss ‘The Great Alone’ by Kristin Hannah (a last minute change of title) and this book is a real page turner and not to be missed. Do make every effort to come along, these are really pleasant evenings with the discussion and chat intermingled with drinks and nibbles provided by the host – a marvellous opportunity to meet.

Song of Praise watchers may be aware of the Young Choir of the Year Competition. This year our Derbyshire Community Choir, Perfect Pitch (based in Longstone and run by Emma Hopkins) entered the competition. These young children are all under 12 years old and from local villages around Bakewell. Included amongst them is Colin and Lindsey’s granddaughter, Eliza. The competition will be aired on BBC 1 on 19th May, 26th May and 2nd June. Well worth watching!

The most important Parish Meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday 16th April. This is our AGM when we sort out the organisation of the Parish for the coming year and any other Agenda items. We hope everyone who can will wish to attend this meeting.

Also, do not forget that on Thursday 11th April is the Annual Church Parochial Council Meeting at the Cock and Pullet when the church wardens are elected.

Easter is a major period in the Church calendar and the service is always a delight to attend in our small church. Just a reminder that Church Services for April are Sunday 7th April at 9.00am for Holy Communion and on Easter Sunday 21st April at 9.00am for Holy Communion. We hope you will be able to attend.

Congratulations to Canon Tony who was the winner of the Church Draw for March with number 25.

DIARY DATES

Tuesday 2nd April 7.30pm – Book Club at Wendy N’s
Sunday 7th April 9.00am – Holy Communion
Thursday 11th April 6.00pm – Annual Church Parochial Council Meeting at Cock and Pullet
Tuesday 16th April 7.30pm – Sheldon Parish Meeting AGM in village hall
Sunday 21st April 9.00am – Holy Communion
Sunday 21st April 1.00 – 5.00pm – Cream Teas in the village hall

Sheldon Jottings for September 2016

What a fabulous Fell Race evening and a super Sheldon Day.

A  record 216 entries for the Fell Race and a wonderfully warm and calm evening made for probably the best fell race ever. Thanks of course to all the hard work put in by Phil organising the event and the expertise of Jo, Jenny, Marlene and Pat signing in and recording so many runners, the event was a miracle of slick organisation. Due to the often forgotten car parking crew and the Marshals  positioned around the 4 mile course, it all went without a hitch. Thanks to the expertise of Al and the recorders at the end of the race,  everyone very quickly had their positions and times.

This year the winner was Jack Ross from Staffordshire Midlands Club in a time of 23 minutes 54 seconds. The first lady was Steph Curtis from the Pennine Club in 30:13. The first local runner was Matt Nichols from Bakewell in 27:42. Well done to them and all who ran. The event raised a cool £1080! Well done Phil and all his crew.

Then Sheldon Day dawned fine and what a day!  The visitors just kept coming – numbers must have been a record. Spare a thought for those who parked a record number of cars – well done lads!  All went without a hitch – well nearly!  The baker only started to bake the scones for cream teas at 11o’clock, so they arrived, still warm, 5 minutes before the doors were due to open. Have you ever tried to put cream on warm scones? They were put in the fridge to cool – so all was well and everyone enjoyed them immensely!

As people streamed into the village the cake stall was a magnet as usual, selling more cakes, jams and chutneys  than ever. As they headed for the playing field, having a try at Splat the Rat, Find the Golden Nail, the Lucky Dip  then visiting all the stalls on the way, the band added that English summer time feel to the day .Many always feel drawn to our little Church and they were hugely rewarded with that powerful sense of calm and a  magnificent flower display. Then Stephen sat down to play the organ – a lovely touch which was completely spontaneous – the Church became packed.

If you managed to get to the playing field you will have seen the many popular attractions including a wonderful display of vintage cars and tractors, animals, a magician, the dog show and so much else. All those who organised the day and those who took part in whatever capacity – and there were many unsung heroes – can be justly proud of what our small village achieved. The grand total of £4,143 (after expenses) was a record. But what was even more impressive was the number of people who said that the village had given them a truly wonderful day out.  Well done Sheldon!!!

We hear that Lindsey’s Springer Spaniel, Beau, has given birth to 8 puppies. All are doing well, although things must be pretty hectic in that household!  All have good homes to go to. There is also a new dog called Gyp at Top Farm  who will be helping Oliver with the work around the farm.

In July the History Group was invited by the Peak District Mines Historical Society to a small celebration at Magpie Mine as they had secured lottery money to do urgent repair work on one of the chimneys. Some dignitaries were also there and as the scaffolding was already in situ we were able (suitably dressed in high viz vests and hard hats) to follow a guide and climb to the top to see the work going on. Believe us it was a brilliant  adventure and the 360 degree views were tremendous.

BOOK LAUNCH – September 21st  at the first Sheldon History Group meeting a new book will be launched.   ‘FW GOES TO WAR’ by Brian Greasley tells the story of Frederick Brocklehurst, the father of Tom Brocklehurst of Ashford. It is thanks to Tom and his generosity, foresight and knowledge that the book was written.  FW was born in Sheldon, lived at Woodbine Farm, went to Sheldon School and at 13 left to work on his father’s farm. The book tells of work in the village up to 1914 when FW volunteered to join the army to fight in WW1.  This 182 page book with numerous illustrations uses the archive of over 250 letters he wrote to his sister Clarice,  plus the diary he kept, to give a vivid account of what it was like to be an ordinary front line soldier during 4 years of war.

FW arrived in France as a member of the Grenadier Guards in October 1915 and was wounded in the Battle of the Somme 11 months later. The book, through the letters and diary, recounts stories of other men from the village who served, and the happenings and concerns of the village during this traumatic time. After returning to England to recover from his wounds he went back to France to join his Battalion, served in the trenches and suffered from a gas attack in the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. He spent his convalescence in the north of England where he met his future wife, Rose, finishing his service as a Guards Physical and Musketry Instructor.

Come to Sheldon Village Hall at 7.30 on 21st September to help us launch this delightful book – with tea, coffee or a glass of wine and small buffet. You will be able to buy a copy of the book for just £5 and gain other insights into this remarkable story.

The lucky winner of the Church Draw for July was Ben Hatcher with no 8 and for August it was Oliver with no 2.  Congratulations both!

Sheldon Day 2016

From Andrew Joly

What an amazing day! We had perfect weather for both the Fell Race and Sheldon Day itself; more runners than ever before on the Thursday and more visitors than ever coming to the village on Saturday (from the looks of the car park), more families, more vintage cars, more stalls and more fun than ever before. This year was a record, with £4143.50 being raised (full breakdown here).

Thank you to Phil and the whole Fell Race team for managing the busiest and best Fell Race we’ve ever seen, and thank you to everyone who came, helped out on Sheldon Day (village people and guests) from the top of the village to the very bottom, and everywhere in between, and to the Sheldon Day Group who put in such a huge amount of time preparing and getting everything ready and perfect for such a great day.

Sheldon Jottings for September 2015

It is the 2nd week of August as we write and the middle of hay-making time. We continue to hope for a few spells of fine weather to safely bring it into the barns for the animals to eat over the long winter.

What a fantastic Fell Race and superb Sheldon Day we have just had. The weather for the Fell Race evening was fine and almost 200 runners – a record number – were registered with quiet efficiency and set off on the 4 mile course. The winner was Steve Franklin from Totley in the very creditable time of 24 minutes and 49 seconds. The first lady was Anna Hooghamer. Local runners did well with Amanda Porter from Over Haddon the first local lady home and Mark Elwiss from Wardlow the first local man. The organisation of this incredibly successful event was flawless – well done to Phil and the team – everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

The sun was shining for our Sheldon Day this year and then – there was one brief rogue shower – but the sun appeared again – how lucky was that! The whole event was extremely successful, more people than ever attended – they just kept coming! Almost all the stalls had record ‘sales’ and the total collected was just under £4100 after expenses – undoubtedly a record! The winner of the raffle prize Balloon Ride was Chris Hall.

Visitor comments were ALL complimentary with everyone enjoying the day. Thanks go to all who were involved – the organising team led by Andrew and those who ran events and stalls and provided the cream teas. We would like to highlight all the unsung heroes of the day, those who brought out and set up the stalls before and on the day, those who parked all the cars during the afternoon, those who cleared up afterwards, those who put up and took down the bunting, who took away the stalls, took car loads of unwanted goods to charity shops and did the thousand and one jobs which follow such an event – work that was still going on until the following Wednesday. Thanks to you all. We could not have such a successful day without everyone ‘doing their bit’ to help in some way.

18 tractors set off on the traditional tractor run on the Sunday morning – a grand sight driving through the village. One tractor set off late, in the opposite direction! This vehicle like a minority of those taking part had no cab. Soon after they started it began raining and continued through the day – hopefully no-one caught pneumonia!!!

Our favourite story from the weekend was what happened to Harold when he went to bring the cows in for milking at about 4 o’clock on Sheldon Day. He always takes the Landrover into the field to the back of the cows and leaves the gate open for them to find their own way along the road to the farm. Well meaning visitors seeing the cows ‘escaping’ into the road shooed them back into the field and closed the gate! No-one was more confused than the cows! This happened more than once! Harold’s comments are not recorded! Not until a search party was sent out from Top Farm was the situation rectified and Harold rescued from his dilemma..

Izzy (Isobel S) has completed her school studies and is off to University. As with all school leavers she was presented with a cheque for £50 from the Mary Frost Charity to help with the inevitable expense. Good Luck Izzy.

Many family and friends gathered in the Village Hall on Sunday 2nd August to celebrate Peter (F’s) 50th birthday. This was organised by Sarah and we all thoroughly enjoyed the good food and conversation. Best wishes Peter from us all

In September Georgina starts her MA Town and Regional Planning Postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield. She won a departmental scholarship for the one year course and on completion will be qualified in planning. Good Luck Georgina.

We now have a new Treasurer for Sheldon Parish Meeting. After 15 years in the post Brian has decided to hand over the books and Charlotte (S) has agreed to take over. Welcome Charlotte to your new post and thank you Brian for all your work over those years.

The winner of the 100 Club draw in July was Chris Hall with number 74 and in August was David Woolley with number 92.

Look out for posters advertising tickets for the ‘Harvest Pie and Pea Supper and Quiz Evening’ to be held in the ‘Cock and Pullet’ on Monday 5th October to raise much needed funds for the Church. You don’t have to be the brains of Britain – just come along and join in the fun!

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Wednesday 9th September – 7.30pm
History Group Meeting in the Village Hall

Monday 5th October
Harvest Pie and Pea Supper and Quiz evening in the Cock and Pullet

Sheldon Jottings for July 2015

Congratulations to all those involved in Ashford well dressing festival. The dressed wells as always were superb, the flower festival in the church was exquisite, the exhibition in the old school was a delight, the teas scrumptious and the sheep dipping…wet!!! We were pleased to hear that volunteers from Sheldon joined in, Angela with a wonderful flower arrangement ‘The Pennine Way’, Bron and Georgina with dressing the ‘Magna Carta’ well and Ralph with the exhibition – we hear he even sold a painting!!

The cream teas on the 24th May was a great success and attracted discerning customers in good numbers including a couple of walking parties – with the help of the ever popular produce table the event raised over £200 for the Village Hall funds; well done Lindsey and all who helped.

We hear that Angela Warren was confirmed last month by the Bishop of Derby, Bishop Alastair in Bakewell Church, best wishes Angela.

The Sheldon church fund lottery was won by Mick Johnson from Ashford – his number 35 won him £50!

As we have reported in earlier editions of jottings that Sheldon is committed to follow Ashford’s example to install a defibrillator – we already have some money donated towards buying one but more is needed. Alistair is establishing a small group to raise the funds required. If you would like to be a member of this group could you please contact Alistair Warren.

We were sorry to hear that Mark Witherall is leaving us to take up a new post in Devon. Mark has been writing the Nature Watch blog on this website which over the last few years we have all been reading so avidly. The articles have been as educational as they have been entertaining, we have learnt so much about our local flora and fauna. Many thanks Mark from us all and we all send our best wishes for the future.

The annual extravaganza that is Sheldon Day on Saturday 25th July is well on track and plans are in hand for an even greater than usual feast of fun. If you are not involved and would like to be please let Andrew know  Any help to put up the bunting from around 6:30pm on Tuesday 21st July will be gratefully received.

Don’t forget that the annual Fell Race on Thursday 23rd July, Phil will be contacting the usual helpers no doubt, but if anyone else would like to give a hand please let Phil know, the more the merrier! Come and support all the brave souls who run the very demanding course.

The History Group will have a stall/exhibition on Sheldon Day. If anyone would like to help, or exhibit artefacts or memorabilia, please let Ralph know. There will be no formal History Group meeting in July or August, the next meeting will take place as usual on the third Wednesday of the month, Wednesday 16th September.

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 21st July  – 6:30pm
Bunting Evening

Thursday 23rd July – 7:30pm
Fell Race

Saturday 25th July – 2pm onwards
Sheldon Day

Sunday August 30th – 2-5pm in the Village Hall
The final Bank Holiday Cream Tea of the year

Wednesday 16th September – 7:30pm
History Group Meeting in the Village Hall