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Dates for your Diary


Nick Wheat

will be showing films illustrating the history of transport in the Peak District
Tuesday May 16th 7:30pm United Reformed Church Rose Hill
Admission £2. Members free. Refreshments


Celebrating 30 years of The Winding Wheel.

Exhibition, guided tours and nights at the movies. Details at


Old Whittington

Have a go at Well Dressing 11am – 4pm


Proact Stadium Sheffield Road 10am – 4pm

Crooked Spire Exhibition 2017

This summer Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery in partnership with Chesterfield Parish Church will present an exhibition all about the Crooked Spire; the historic building and symbol of Chesterfield.

The Museum and Parish Church would really love to include stories from Chesterfield people in order to add a much more personal dimension to this exhibition.

We want your stories, memories and anecdotes about this beautiful building.

Has it played an important part in your life?

What does it symbolise to you?


Please contact:

Rachel Fannen
Museum Collections Officer
Tel: 01246 345722


A Lifetime of Service

People will have been saddened to hear of the death of 88 year-old Philip Johnson in January 2017. The business has been part of the Brampton scene since 1888, moving to its present site in 1898 when it became a general ironmongers. It had been owned by Philip Johnson since 1952. This appreciation appeared in Reflections Magazine in September 1996.

Over the years, Johnson’s has supplied the people of Brampton and beyond with the spades that dug for Victory, the oil that burned in the blackouts and during the coal and power strikes, the pots and pans, the baking trays and the tea trays that carried food to every table, the clothes lines, the pegs and the clothes post, and even the pen-knife in a young lad’s Christmas stocking – all and every sort of goods for all and every sort of customer.

This advertisement appeared in the catalogue for the Shopping Festival of 1914. Notice the advertisement for the Sunrise washing machine – ‘A woman’s work done by a child in a quarter the time’.

January meeting

As the trip to the Museum on the 17th January, has fallen through due to a misunderstanding we are now meeting in the United Reform Church, Rose Hill at the usual time. We have been very fortunate in that Chesterfield artist, David Charlesworth, has agreed to talk to us about Darjeeling and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a World Heritage Site.

It is a bit far from Chesterfield, but it promises to be an interesting evening as I imagine that many people like me know little about India apart from The East India Company, the Taj Mahal and the Indian Mutiny. It is a very special railway not just because of the terrain it has to climb, or that 125 year old Scottish built locomotives are still working but because it has survived regular wash-outs during the monsoons and that unlike most railways, it is not separated from the people. It is part of them and their lives. For most of the journey it passes with feet of their front doors!

Darjeeling and Kurseong are still major education centres. The top schools were established in British days and are still there

Darjeeling, West Bengal is in the Lesser Himalayas at an elevation of 6,700ft. There are spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain. The development of the town dates back to the mid-19th century, when the colonial British administration set up a sanatorium and a military depot. Subsequently, extensive tea plantations were established in the region, and the distinctive Darjeeling tea developed.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the “Toy Train”, is a 2 ft narrow gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. Built between 1879 and 1881, the railway is about 48 miles long and rises almost 7,000 ft. Four modern, diesel locomotives handle most of the scheduled services; however the daily Kurseong-Darjeeling return service and the daily tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghum (India’s highest railway station) are handled by the vintage British-built B Class steam locomotives.

Chesterfield & District Civic Society

Chesterfield & District Civic Society

East Midlands Association of Civic and Heritage Societies

Public Meeting


Saturday 21 January 2017 at the Saints Centre, above Spires Coffee Shop, St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield

10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Anyone interested in the work of Chesterfield & District Civic Society, founded in 1964 to promote pride in the town and campaign for environmental improvements and a high standard of architectural design, is warmly invited to come to our next public meeting, held in conjunction with the regional organisation for civic societies.

There will be a business meeting and discussion on the work of the Chesterfield and other civic societies in the morning, followed at 2 p.m. by

Chesterfield Waterside: regenerating an industrial heritage into a vibrant new destination for Chesterfield and its region.

by Peter Swallow

Peter is Chairman of Destination Chesterfield, a network of businesses and professional firms which encourages inward investment into the town, and also Chief Executive of Bolsterstone PLC, the lead developer of Chesterfield Waterside, one of the largest regeneration schemes of its kind in the country, centred on the terminus of the Chesterfield Canal on Brimington Road.

Come and find out about both these important ventures and put questions to the man in charge. There will also be displays illustrating the work of civic societies from around the region, and one by the Chesterfield Canal Trust, which has campaigned for many years for the restoration of the Derbyshire section of the canal, including the creation of a new basin and moorings at Chesterfield.

December Newsletter


Festival of (Christmas) Trees at St Mary and All Saints Parish Church November 2016


A local optician displayed their tree upside down – should have gone to…


This tree sponsored by a hair salon featured hair rollers and hair extensions.


This tree built from books by a firm of solicitors.


This one by the British Legion


Only a few of the many fantastic trees are illustrated here. We look forward to seeing many more at the festival next year.

Wendy Pockson.


For your diary…

Tuesday January 17th – Visit to Chesterfield Museum

Tuesday February 21st – AGM followed by presentation by David Howes
Tuesday March 21st – The Construction of Ladybower Dam by Keith Blood