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Managing Flood Water

The Parish Council has sent us the following useful information-

The recent rain and flow from springs has prompted the Parish Council to review the measures in place to manage the risk of flooding in the village.

Our lead flood authority is Derbyshire County Council and reports of flooding problems can be made to them here. Reporting flooding emergencies.


Useful information is also available available on the Parish Council’s own website here. Advice on flooding. This includes the availability of sand bags in the village.


Finally, like Derbyshire County Council, the Parish Council would like to take the opportunity to remind all land and property owners with watercourses of their responsibility for keeping them clear enough to allow the free flow of water. Watercourses include man made ditches as well as natural brooks and streams. Debris can be removed and bank vegetation cut back, but the watercourse should not be altered. If there is a watercourse on the boundary of your property you are responsible up to the middle of it. For more in formation see the government site Owning a watercourse.


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Activity at Pump Hill

As the weather looks like it could be reasonable this Sunday (November 17th), the Friends of Pump Hill are planning an impromptu clean-up of the Pump Hill area for a couple of hours starting at 9am.

We’ll be pulling up weeds and tidying up some of the wood and stone.  If you’d like to muck in, please come along.

Chris S


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New Peak District archaeology book – Reading the Peak District Landscape
A new book has been launched to help people understand how the Peak District landscape has been shaped over thousands of years by past generations.

‘Reading the Peak District Landscape’ has been written by John Barnatt who, prior to his recent retirement, worked as the Senior Survey Archaeologist for the Peak District National Park Authority for 27 years. Throughout the 272-page book, John describes many of the area’s archaeological sites and landscapes, illustrated with colour photographs, maps, plans and drawings, to help explain how places in the Peak District have come to look the way they do today.

The book explores how people have lived and worked in the landscape, from scattered farmsteads to Medieval villages, and industrial sites from different ages, where lead, coal and stone have been mined and quarried. Prehistoric sites, Roman, Medieval, and remains from later periods, all feature in the book.

Author and archaeologist, John Barnatt said: “Wherever you look in the Peak District landscape you will find that it has been influenced in some way by people. Whether you’re looking at the pattern of walls around a village that preserve the Medieval strip fields, or at stone guide stoops and hollow ways on the moors that show ancient transport routes, these are cultural landscapes which allow us to feel a connection with our past.I hope that people reading the book will be inspired to look at what is around them in different ways and start to read for themselves the evidence they can see in the landscape.”

Publication of ‘Reading the Peak District Landscape’ has been supported by the Peak District National Park Authority and Historic England.

Peak District National Park Authority member with responsibility for landscape and heritage, Ken Smith said: “The Peak District landscape is beautiful and appreciated by millions for its wild-looking moorlands, panoramic views and gorgeous dales, but the views everyone enjoys are largely the result of how people have previously managed the land as well as now. It’s important to understand that the landscape contains traces of past activity from different periods and that helps tell its story. This wonderful book is the culmination of decades of research and it explores how many generations of people and communities – from prehistory to post-industrial times – have shaped the land. It is packed with interesting case studies that describe and interpret the Peak District through time, explaining and mapping the landscape.”

The paperback book ‘Reading the Peak District Landscape’, priced at £20 as an introductory offer (r.r.p. £30), is available to buy from National Park visitor centres at Bakewell and Castleton, and online at






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Tuesday’s Stunning Sunrise

Thanks to David G for these fabulous ‘progress’ shots taken during this morning’s sunrise.

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The autumn Village clean-up day is this Sunday the 20th of October.

The start time had been brought forward to 9:30 am.

Meet at the Pump Shed to discuss who wants to do what or find a member of your Parish Council in the Village.

Refreshments at 12:30 in the Sycamore.

Jobs on offer include

  • Ivy growing in the wall at Nethergreen South.
  • Weed growing in the Sheep wash, Jubilee pond and the brook.
  • Review of hedges and trees.
  • General litter picking.
  • Link replacement and painting of playground equipment.
  • Trimming of hedge by playground. (Plus, consideration of additional planting).
  • Tidying of Pavilion interior and assessment of further work.

Please bring household tools and/or materials that will help you with any of the above,

Litter pickers and rubbish bags will be provided.


The Friends of Pump Hill are arranging a day’s work there on Sunday the 17th of November once the entrance have been prepared.


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Monsdale Lane now clear

Thank you to Phil K for his swift assistance

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The Parish Council’s autumn village clean-up day will be held on Sunday the 20th of October starting at 10.00am. More details nearer the day.

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