Excellent meeting last night. Average number of folks attending has now doubled on last years figures – despite very low key advertising for Scott Nicholas, the council’s Conservation Officer.
Plenty of issues were raised in Scott’s question and answer session that over ran the normal time – but mixed in with the positives, there was some bad news as regards the council’s influence and authority as to tackling the issue of important buildings falling into disrepair.
Unfortunately I was tied up with setting up our new presentation equipment and did not have the opportunity to greet the new visitors to our meeting – so a belated welcome to those newcomers, I hope you found the presentation of value to you – plus we will be moving to a larger room in the building should you wish to come again, hopefully making the experience more relaxing and comfortable. Our thanks go to Rodney Ward for organising this.
As was mentioned, we have the opportunity of two meetings during the summer recess, one being a talk on the town’s Black and White Buildings – held in the afternoon by Janet Murphy and the second an offer to lead a walking tour of Whittington by Barry Bingham, local historian and collector, who unfortunately couldn’t make it last night.
If you are interested in either of these events, please contact me or Janet Murphy. Or email us – firstname.lastname@example.org
As a result of receiving copies of Newsletters originally sent out since the early 1990s, I was impressed by the amount of information and and research available and have decided to collate and publish selections for the benefit of new members.
This material can be short, little curios, more in-depth articles and some personal reminiscences – all of which are both interesting and entertaining.
The first selection is now available for download by clicking here.
Printed copies will be available at monthly meetings.
There are new plans for the Walton Works site off Chatsworth Road and the Derbyshire Times have an excellent article by Michael Broomhead to gather people’s opinions entitled “What do you think of the plans”.
The building has been vacant for many years and is becoming an eyesore as things deteriorate. But the planning application would change all that, as it proposes:
382 homes and apartments
2 retail units
A new pub
245 parking places
Robinson PLC and Hathersage based developers Blue Deer Ltd have devised the plans and say “…the fresh plans would provide ‘much-needed’ housing for the area.”
There is currently a consultation process in progress via the council before the planning committee makes it’s decision.
A large, medieval-style event is coming to the town centre to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Chesterfield.
There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including an arena and medieval craft area in New Square, along with music, dancing and games and a battle from the Swords of Mercia recreation group.
The highlight of the day will be a re-enactment of Robert de Ferrers being brought out of the ‘Crooked Spire’ and paraded through town on a medieval style cart. He will then be ‘tried’ in New Square and banished from Chesterfield!
The story of the Black & White Buildings of Chesterfield is to get its own exhibition in the Chesterfield Museum.
The exhibition is the result of a long period of research by CADLHS member Janet Murphy who has tirelessly campaigned for these buildings to be recognised as an important part of Chesterfield’s heritage.
The exhibition begins on Monday 18 January and runs to to Saturday 12 March.