Sheldon Jottings for June 2015

Spring is moving into summer in Sheldon, the trees are in leaf, the cows are in the fields and the bedraggled groups of D of E students with their massive packs are again tramping across the fields. Sam’s plants are giving a lovely splash of colour as you come into the village, and they are all for sale! Are we right in thinking there are fewer birds around this year? Our impression is that the number of swallows, house martins, robins and sparrows in the village have declined over the last few years. We hope it is just a natural cycle and they will be back again soon.

May 7th saw us casting our votes for the last time at the village hall. A victim of the drive for ever greater economy, we will have to travel to Monyash village hall which will be our local polling station in future. We were discussing what this means with an elderly resident and he told us that before WW2, that was where Sheldon people always voted. He recounted the tale that the Tory Party always sent a very large car up to Sheldon to take their voters to the polls. Tommy Morton, a well know Labour supporter was hurrying to get a lift in the car when Mr Sheldon, who had already claimed his seat, pointed out his affiliation and Tommy was left behind to find his own way to the Polling Station which must be at least 2 miles. Could this actually happen again in the future we wonder?! The village hall as it is now was first used as a Polling Station directly after the War and has remained so for almost 70 years. So another slice of life in Sheldon becomes history and another facility is taken away from us.

Late April however saw a piece of Sheldon life resurrected as a tent was set up outside the hall and we had a table top sale. The wares were as varied and the tables as colourful as the day was beautiful with clear blue skies. People not only indulged in a bit of retail therapy but, like us, took lunch outside, wonderful soup and roll and the most delicious carrot cake as afters. The event raised over £200 to swell the village hall funds. Many thanks to Lindsey who organised the whole thing and her helpers for their enthusiasm in arranging a great day.

The second Cream Tea Day held on May Day Bank Holiday Sunday was another success for ‘the team’. The morning rain caused hearts to sink but the day brightened and there was a steady stream of visitors, including 2 walking groups, enjoying their scones with jam and cream and cups of tea but also buying from the always excellent goodies on the stall. Altogether another £200 was raised – well done everyone!

On the evening of May 11th (the day we were always told to plant runner beans!) the faithful gathered for the bunting evening in the village hall. This has become a very enjoyable annual social event organised by the Sheldon Day Committee to repair old and make new bunting ready for Sheldon Day. With food and drink – not all of the non-alcoholic variety- the work goes with a swing and the excellent results will grace our village in July. Thanks to everyone who took part.

The History Group ‘Bring and Show’ meeting on 15th April encouraged several people to bring some wonderful historical artifacts they have in their possession and also a full documented history of one Sheldon cottage which is truly amazing to have.

As you all know Kath has started a monthly lottery to raise much needed funds to help maintain our beautiful Church. We understand that a few numbers still remain so if you contact Kath you may still be able to take part. The first winner of the £25 prize was Jayne Melland. Congratulations!

Congratulations must also go to William and Alec who again took part in the Buxton Festival of Speech, Music and Drama. William gained first place in the piano trio competition and Alec gained a third place. Alec’s choir – from Great Longstone – also came first in their section. Well done to both!

We also have good news about our resident Bobby, John. Despite having only been a full time Officer for a short period of time, he has just heard that he has been accepted onto the government’s flagship accelerated promotion scheme to become an Inspector within 2 years. This, after several gruelling months of interviews, exams and assessment centres. Congratulations John!

DIARY DATES

Tuesday 2nd June 10.00am
Vicar’s coffee morning at the Cock and Pullet followed by the Church Meeting

Wednesday 10th June 7.30pm
Parish Meeting in village hall

Wednesday 17th June
Sheldon History Group Meeting – to be announced

Sheldon Jottings for November 2014

We were all very sad to hear of the death of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. She often visited Sheldon, which at one time was a ‘Chatsworth Village’, to see the Cowslips and Orchids in Deep Dale, to attend the Harvest Service in Church, and to open Sheldon Day. Many of us have memories and stories to tell of her interest in all things rural, her support for the villages, her sharp mind and her tremendous work at Chatsworth. Several of us attended the funeral in glorious weather – a real Derbyshire occasion, superbly organised as only Chatsworth can, from the staff lining the route from the House to Edensor, the big screens on the Green outside the Church, the moving Service to the refreshments on the South Lawn. Her wicker coffin, a recording of Elvis during the service and the swing band playing on the South Lawn provided a perfect ‘Debo’ occasion to remember and celebrate the life of a truly remarkable lady.

Now for really great news, we have a new resident in the village. Elizabeth, Mark and George now have a new member of the family – Alice was born early on Monday September 22nd, in rather a hurry! According to all who have been lucky enough to meet her, she is truly beautiful. Congratulations from us all.

The Harvest Festival Service, held as it always is in Sheldon on the first Sunday in October, saw the Church decorated with vegetables and donations from the village. There was a goodly congregation to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest. The produce was sent to Newholme.

We send our best wishes to Wendy N and to John C. Wendy is slowly recovering from a hernia operation. John and Michelle have had a very difficult time lately as John battles to recover from his cancer. Our thoughts are with you all.

The Sheldon History Group will meet on Wednesday November 19th at Hartington Memorial Hall for a ‘Bring and Show’ evening. We hope that members will bring an artefact, document or picture, indeed anything that has a Sheldon connection that we can show and perhaps explain. Here is a chance to show those little things which have been gathering dust in the attic which we can share with others. All are welcome, do come along even if you have nothing to show you may be able to shed light on something brought by someone else.

As we reported in last month’s Jottings, Sheila has relinquished her post as our secretary to the Parish Meeting. We are still looking for someone to step into her shoes. If you would like to be involved in our village affairs here is a post which allows you to do just that, there are six meetings each year when minutes are taken. If you wish to take this prestigious post or know anyone who would be willing to become our secretary (the person does not need to live in Sheldon) could you please contact either Alistair Warren or Andrew Joly.

Plans are already being laid for next year’s Sheldon Day, the group have booked the sunniest, warm and windless day of the year for the 2015 extravaganza. The great day will be held on Saturday 25th July with the Fell Race taking place on the previous Thursday 23rd July.

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 4th November – ‘Cock and Pullet’
Vicar’s Coffee Morning

Wednesday November 19th – 7:30pm in Hartington Memorial Hall
Sheldon History Group Meeting ‘Bring and Show’ evening

Sheldon Jottings for September 2014

The days are beginning to shorten and Autumn is on the way. The silage is collected in its plastic around the farms and the hay is in the barns. The show and sheep dog trial seasons are ending and the swallows and martins will soon be leaving us for the winter. But we have had a wonderful summer, the weather has been beautiful and this lovely area in which we live has never looked better.

During the summer Doris and Ian celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a party with friends and family. Our belated congratulations to them both and may there be many years of happy married life ahead.

A new resident has been making its presence known to us all. A donkey has taken up residence at Top Farm. We are told his name is Charlie and we understand that he is very partial to apples!

The Sheldon Fell Race was a great success with over one hundred runners – a wonderful evening and excellent organisation. After following the same route since it was started, the course was slightly amended this year. Nevertheless, it is the same length as it has always been and just as challenging! The winner – E. Fitzpatrick – recorded the excellent time of 25 minutes. We are certain it would take us 2 hours 25 minutes!!! Well done Phil and all his helpers – you gave us a great evening.

After twelve hours of rain which stopped at about 1.30pm, a rather soggy Sheldon Day got underway. It was inevitable that many of the activities and takings would be less than usual but the final count was amazing. Although about £1,000 less than last year, we still raised a very creditable £2,500. Well done everyone! This is a remarkable effort from such a small village and involves almost everyone – from the organising group planning for months beforehand, those who put up bunting, set up the stalls and tents, those who donate plants, books, bric-a-brac and prizes and decorate the Church, those who park cars, run the stalls, cream teas and activities on the day and those who pack everything away afterwards, store the equipment and do all the other jobs which need doing to enable the visitors to enjoy our village day. Take a pat on the back everyone, absolutely fantastic!

DIARY DATES

Tuesday September 9th
Vicar’s Coffee Morning followed by Church Meeting in the ‘Cock and Pullet’

Saturday September 20th
History Group visit to Masson Mills and Arkwrights Mill, Cromford
Meet 10.30 at Masson Mills

Sheldon Jottings for July & August 2014

Summer is here! We look forward to beautiful weather for both the Fell Race evening and Sheldon Day itself. Both events are hard work but enjoyable too and one way of sharing and showing what a wonderful village Sheldon is, but importantly they provide crucial income to help maintain our lovely Church, our Village Hall and the Playing Field.

If you can spare a couple of hours to help put up the bunting ready for the Fell Race you will be most welcome. The organisation for the Fell Race is well in hand – Phil will be contacting helpers and hopefully we shall have a large crowd of supporters for what is always a very enjoyable evening. The runners need your support so we hope as many of us as possible will cheer them on.

Sheldon Day should be better than ever this year – we hear there will be a magician with a rabbit, face painting, the brass band and this year the vintage Austin Car Club is coming to swell the ranks of tractors and engines. All the usual sideshows and attractions will also be here. We have so much going on this year that any help you can give will be very welcome – please let Andrew know. One other plea – please sell as many raffle tickets as you can – we have some great prizes. Tickets are available from Angie who is organising it this year; you could win that helicopter flight!

We must send our belated, but very best wishes to Adrienne and Noel who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 5th; congratulations to you both!

We also send our very best wishes to John L-C who has been in hospital. We wish you a speedy recovery John and are thinking of you.

We expect everyone knows that Pauline, our milk lady, has now departed these shores to live in Southern Ireland. Will life be the same here without her breezy way, her milk float and her determined efforts to deliver our milk in sometimes atrocious weather? Good Luck Pauline and welcome to Charlene, our new milk girl.

The weather for the Whitsun Cream Teas was not the best – more cloud and showers than sunny intervals. But a cheerful welcome met those who came and the total raised of £160 was a credit to the hard work of the organisers and helpers. Well done to all. The next Cream Tea is on Bank Holiday Sunday 24th August.

William and Alec have been taking part in the Buxton Music Festival and did very well. William gained first place in the piano trio competition and Alec gained a first in the under 11’s brass section playing the trumpet. Congratulations to them both – a great achievement from two talented boys.

A note of caution now as we have a warning from Ashford folk. A woman has been going round many local villages claiming to be collecting money for ‘Help the Heroes’. The money is definitely not going to this worthy charity.

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday July 15th
Putting up the bunting evening – Start 6.00pm

Thursday July 17th
Sheldon Fell Race – Start 7.30pm outside the ‘Cock and Pullet’

Saturday July 19th
Sheldon Day

No Vicar’s coffee morning this month.

Sheldon Jottings for June 2014

It’s now mid May, the cows are back in the fields and everything is burgeoning forth as we hopefully await a sizzling summer!

We have now had two Cream Tea Sundays at the Village Hall and both were extremely successful and much appreciated by those who sampled our scrumptious large scones with lashings of jam and cream. They made £400 in total to put towards the present on-going refurbishment and running costs of the Village Hall. The latter keep going ever higher especially the electricity costs as everyone is experiencing. A tremendous vote of thanks goes to all those involved and to all those who organised, helped and brought items for sale; they sold out extremely swiftly, always a sign of great quality.

Bunting evening took place on May 12th and as always was a jolly occasion. It was a well attended evening to renew/replace our worn out bunting with sewing machines whirring, tea and refreshments on hand and plenty of chat, produced miles of new bunting ready for Sheldon Day. Not a little wine was consumed to help oil the needles and so it was a fun evening! The new bunting will be gracing the village street during the week of the Fell Race which is Thursday July17th and Sheldon Day itself which is Saturday July 19th. Angela is looking after the raffle this year – we all need to sell as many tickets as we can. Top prize this year is a helicopter ride – wow!

We have heard from Angela and Andy that daughter Alice has a new job which she started on 19th May in London. She will be working for NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society) as an assistant project manager on their Deaf Children Worldwide Project. Great news and congratulations.

We are very pleased to say that Ken is feeling so much better after his brief stay in hospital. Thinking of you Ken…

Congratulations go to Adrienne and Noel who will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on June 5th.

Some of us help every year at Ashford Well Dressing. It is backbreaking stuff but the camaraderie is great and the end results are beautiful. The well dressings go up on Saturday 14th June but if you would like to help on any of them in the week prior to this or if you would like to be part of the heavy gang (the chaps who put the wells up early on the Saturday morning) then do let us know and we can put you in touch.

Dates for the Diary

Thursday June 3rd
Vicar’s Coffee Morning
Your chance to meet and chat with Canon Tony in an informal setting over coffee/tea and a piece of cake.

Wednesday June 11th – Village Hall at 7.30pm
Parish Meeting

Wednesday June 18th
History Group Meeting
A visit to Taddington and a walk around the village with Ray Slack.