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.


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 February 2015

The lengthening days and the snowdrops pushing through the soil, are heralding the start of a new year. Now we can begin to look forward to the joys of Spring in our most beautiful part of the world.

In case you were wondering – Bernard, the turkey, has again escaped the Christmas pot and so also have his two wives. He is a very lucky bird!!

We could not comment on our Christmas services as January’s copy had to be in by 13th December. However, the Carol Service in our small, welcoming church was very well attended and much enjoyed. The Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve was extraordinary in that Sheldon has not had such a service for many years. It too, was well attended with a beautiful atmosphere in the soft light of the candles. Our younger members performed some of the readings most eloquently and it was truly a wonderful setting.

At the History Group Meeting on 17th December we heard the ghostly story of Finn, now a local legend written and performed with the requisite air of mystery by Simon Unwin! This was followed by our Christmas ‘do’ and a really good time was had by all.

The December Parish Meeting put us on course for the next two months. We heard that stiles had been rebuilt, that the precept is frozen for another year and we heard of the lack of gritting through the village and thus the first car accident, due to the council’s short-sighted policy.

Also BT’s idea of putting a defibrillator in the telephone box, which would then be decommissioned and the village would be responsible for its upkeep. The feeling in the meeting was, as with other villages, this ploy has been tried, and that we should allow BT to continue their legal obligation to maintain our telephone box. But we should seriously consider the option of a defibrillator to be kept accessible 24/7 elsewhere in the village. Have you thought of where? A defibrillator can be used by anyone, as step-by-step instructions are given for non-medics.

Of course, we all know that since the first skidding accident on our untreated roads (well before Christmas) there have been others. The snow came down thick and fast on Boxing Day evening – up to 8 inches (20 cm) in places. This really did curtail everyone’s movements for a few days before we had a plough or any gritting. The day after Boxing Day, eight vehicles came to grief down Kirk Dale, although thankfully we understand they did not go into each other. The police were called but surprisingly, this may not help our predicament, as the fact that we live at 1000 feet and quickly become snow-bound or ice-bound, falls on the deaf ears of our so-called representatives – council members and officers. We know that in one part of the outskirts of Sheffield, on very minor streets, they too had been denied any gritting, but after some collisions and much protest by the local people aided by some of their local councillors, this vital service has been reinstated there. They do not get the snow that we do…what a nonsense this all is.

We are now, as a village, fully paid up members of the Friends of the Peak District, which is an arm of the CPRE (Council for the Protection of Rural England). This organisation does sterling work scrutinising and commenting on every contentious planning issue.


Wednesday 11th February – 7.30pm Village Hall
Parish Meeting

Wednesday 18th February – 7.30pm Village Hall
Sheldon History Group

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.

Freshly Painted Telephone Box

K6 Telephone Box

K6 Telephone Box

Our red “K6” telephone box, that has sat proudly in the middle of the village since sometime between 1935 and 1952, was repainted by BT at the beginning of September after being asked to by the Parish Meeting. The telephone box was looking rather unloved, and was in desperate need of a paint and clean; we think you’ll agree that it now looks rather splendid.

The Parish Meeting has fought hard over the years to keep the phonebox in the village, and we are currently looking into having it listed to afford it further protection against removal.

Wikipedia has the following to say about the “K6”

In 1935 the K6 (kiosk number six) was designed to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. K6 was the first red telephone kiosk to be extensively used outside London, and many thousands were deployed in virtually every town and city, replacing most of the existing kiosks and establishing thousands of new sites. It has become a British icon, although it was not universally loved at the start. The red colour caused particular local difficulties and there were many requests for less visible colours. The red that is now much loved was then anything but, and the Post Office was forced into allowing a less strident grey with red glazing bars scheme for areas of natural and architectural beauty. Ironically, some of these areas that have preserved their telephone boxes have now painted them red.