Archive for April, 2009

Junior Tennis

Due to the poor response to last week’s tennis sessions we have decided to change the format.

From 10am – 11am the courts will be available for the 7 -11 year olds to come and play with help from 3 of our older juniors (Alex, Will and Catherine). The cost will be £1 per session. From 11am to noon the courts are available for the senior Juniors to play and the cost for this is also £1.

If there is sufficient interest then coaching will be made available on 6th, 13th, 20th June and 4th 11th 18th July.

This will cost £18 up front for all 6 sessions or £4 per session on a turn up basis.

If you are interested please can you let Nia know ASAP as the coach needs to be booked. (Alternatively  email your name and contact details to, clearly indicating that it for forwarding to the Tennis Club.)

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Local Roads

Local roads have been feature in both yesterday’s Stunner and our local Police newsletter. Are the problems on the A515 and the B5056 related?

The Stunner: Series of crashes sparks new wave of safety worries – a string of crashes along the A515 between Ashbourne and Alsop-en-le-Dale has led to more calls for safety improvements.

PC Paul Cooper: Many people have commented on problems with the Temporary Traffic lights along the B5056. If they do not seem to be working correctly please let us know so we can call out the contractors. (Ring either Police Non Emergency 0345 1233333 or Call Derbyshire 08456 058 058) Some of the problems have been because they have had diesel stolen from them. If anyone is seen acting suspiciously near to the lights, or if any vehicles are parked nearby, please let us know so we can check them out.

Is this increase in incidents on the A515 between Fenny Bentley and Alsop-en-le-Dale just chance, or does it relate to an increase in HGVs following the raising of the low bridge at Fenny Bentley, or is the new 50mph speed limit a factor? Alternatively are the so called ‘temporary’ traffic lights on the B5056 resulting in more local traffic using this stretch of the A515?

Until the Highways (Derbyshire County Council) have a solution for the subsidence on the B5056 more vehicles will have to use the A515 and the awkward exits from Tissington and Alsop-en-le-Dale. Even when Highways decide on proposals for the B5056, things will necessarily get worse before they get better. What are your thoughts?

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Please pass this message on to any keen young footballers in the area:


Mayfield Panthers under 11s (boys in the 2008/9 school year 6 or 5) are currently scouting for new talent for their September under 12s football team.   We are just coming to the close of a very successful 2008/9 season playing 9 a side but will play 11 a side from this September.  We are based and train in Ashbourne, and play our matches on Sunday afternoons in the Burton Junior Football League.  Training will be available from FA qualified coaches and ex-professional players.   If you are interested in coming for a trial or know anyone who would be, please email (marked F.A.O. Lynne) or call Lynne on 474 with your details and we will get in contact with you to arrange a trial.

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Tea & Cakes – Bank Holiday Monday


Monday sees the second Tea & Cakes in the Churchyard at Alsop-en-le-Dale, everyone is welcome anytime between 11am – 4pm.  Let’s hope the weather is as good as it was at Easter.  There is always a delicious array of cakes, which can be enjoyed whilst admiring the view.  

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Your views are needed

Give your views on future Peak District landscapes – The deadline for comments is May 15th.

How should we ensure that the Peak District National Park’s treasured landscapes are maintained and enhanced for future generations to enjoy? (more…)

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This week’s Stunner

Ashbourne News Telegraph seem to be publishing their on-line e-newspaper earlier on Wednesdays but, if you prefer paper in your newspaper, go to Janet in the Sycamore for today’s edition.

p.1 – Is Ashbourne ready for a French Connection? Ashbourne is going to be asked whether it would like to be twinned with the French town of Soisy-sur-Seine in Northern France.  Does anyone in Parwich know the town?  Would Parwich then be twinned with a village five miles outside Soisy only reachable by a road liable to imminent collapse?  Does the outlying village have its own band?  Is it named after a local A road?


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