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Put your hand up for Volunteers’ Week

Chesterfield residents are being urged to devote some of their free time to the national Volunteers’ Week campaign.

Derbyshire Sport are asking people of all ages to make a difference by helping out at events, clubs or organisations involved in physical activity.

The plea coincides with the start of #volunteersweek, which runs from Thursday June 1 to Wednesday June 7.

The 2015-16 Community Life Survey showed that 41% of people questioned said they had volunteered at least once in the previous year.

But there remains a high demand for volunteer assistance, without which so many activities would not take place.

Isobella Cottrell, student at Lady Manners School and netball coach from Chesterfield, comments:-

“I volunteer because I love seeing how I can inspire other people to become interested in sport and help them develop their techniques and skills.

“I also love to give back to my local community so volunteering at school and within my community really makes me feel proud and thankful for the opportunities I have been given.

“Volunteering helps you to grow and develop as a person, improving your decision making and communicational skills, and you can have an impact upon young people’s lives by providing them with something positive to do.”

Some of the event volunteer opportunities currently available include The Chesterfield Race for Life and the VitalityMove Run at Chatsworth, which is being backed by London 2012 Olympic champion Jessica-Ennis Hill.

Many clubs, organisations and groups across the area are also in need of help. You can find out more, and search for opportunities here.

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NLT Training Services appoints new Chief Executive

Simon Marsden has been appointed to lead NLT Training Services. The training provider, which has offices in Chesterfield and Scunthorpe, has appointed Simon as Chief Executive.

Simon has been involved with NLT since 2014 as the vice chairman of the training organisation’s board. He has since resigned the position to take up the role of Chief Executive.

Simon comes from a chemical engineering background and has had managing director roles with Oilgear in Leeds, KM Furniture in Chesterfield and, most recently, DarenthMJS in Sheffield.

He joins NLT at an exciting time in the charity’s 40-year history. Most recently it has rebranded, launching a new website which boasts online booking for NLT’s Health & Safety courses.

Simon, delighted to join NLT as Chief Executive, said:-

“The support, training and mentoring I had in the early years of my career enabled me to become a managing director of a multi-million-pound company at the age of 29. Having been the beneficiary of training and support I have always wanted to put something back. Becoming a board member with NLT allowed me to do this, however, taking up the Chief Executive role is where I hope to make a significant difference both in the organisation and with our young people and employers.”

He is a passionate believer in training and development to enhance workforce skills.  His key priorities in his new role include strengthening the delivery of engineering training, developing the popular pre Apprenticeship programme, Evolve, and reviewing NLT’s commercial courses delivered at NLT’s Chesterfield and Scunthorpe sites as well as in the workplace.

Simon explained:-

“The experience we give learners and employers is of paramount importance and I want to ensure that NLT earns the strongest possible reputation for helping the next generation acquire the skills, knowledge and qualifications that local businesses need. There is a real opportunity to build on our existing successes and long history. NLT has a committed and supportive team who are all focused on delivering the best possible outcome for individuals.”

He added:-

“I am hugely excited for the challenge ahead. Together, I know we can make NLT the go-to provider in north Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.”

Outside work Simon, who has two children in post 16 education, enjoys badminton and travelling. He has visited most parts of the world including recent trips to Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Later this year, he plans to return to Barcelona and cruise to the Azores and Madeira.


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Pensions specialist joins Start Financial Planning

Pensions specialist Graeme Goodwin has joined Chesterfield-based Start Financial Planning as a Paraplanner.

He joins the growing independent financial advice firm from a leading national accountants and is Start’s second appointment this year. He also brings with him more than 10 years’ experience working on final salary pension schemes with a well-known international organisation to his new role at Start.

Within his new role, Graeme will ensure the firm is at the forefront of the changing financial planning landscape, supporting the firm’s directors in delivering independent financial advice.

Describing what attracted him to the role, Graeme said:-

“I was attracted by the family feel of the office and the opportunity to take a more hands-on, holistic approach with people planning their financial future. I am not only researching the various markets for our clients’ needs but also liaising with them to ensure a full understanding so that we can deliver the best solution both immediately and ongoing.”

Commenting on his appointment Steve, director of Start Financial Planning, said:-

“We’re delighted to welcome Graeme on board at Start. His appointment represents a significant step forward for the business. His technical knowledge is extensive, enabling us to deliver an enhanced service to our clients and grow the business in the right way.”

Outside work Graeme, who lives in Sheffield, enjoys running, football and mountain biking.

Start Financial Planning deals with pensions, tax planning, estate planning, investments, business and personal protection.

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Chesterfield set to bloom again

Chesterfield is set to experience a blooming riot of colour this summer as residents get set to enter the annual best kept garden competition as part of the Chesterfield in Bloom campaign.

Chesterfield in Bloom is led by a committee of local residents supported by Chesterfield Borough Council.

More than 100 people took part in the competition last year, which is open to all Chesterfield borough residents.

There are nine categories in the competition:

  • Best front garden – sponsored by Dunston Hall/New Leaf Garden Centres
  • Best back garden (up to 80m2) – sponsored by Chesterfield Markets
  • Best back garden (larger than 80m2)
  • Best container garden/hanging basket
  • Best blooming pub/restaurant
  • Best kept allotment site (two acres and above)
  • Best kept allotment site (less than two acres)
  • Best kept individual allotment plot (150m2 and above). – sponsored by the Friends of Eastwood Park
  • Best kept individual allotment plot (less than 150m2).

Everyone who enters the competition is automatically entered into the best overall garden category – sponsored by N T Killingley Ltd.

The judging will be carried out by Chesterfield in Bloom committee members and Chesterfield Borough Council staff.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing said:-

“Chesterfield in Bloom is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our wonderful borough.

“It’s not only for people with large gardens, people who have hanging baskets or grow the best fresh veggies on their allotments can also enter.”

Chesterfield in Bloom forms the borough’s entry into the regional East Midlands in Bloom competition.

Last year, Chesterfield won gold in the small cities category of the competition.


Posted in About Chesterfield, Leisure, Summer, Visiting

Water Spectacular springs into action at Chatsworth this May half term

Visitors are invited to explore outdoors this half term at Chatsworth with a week-long Water Spectacular featuring magnificent displays from the Emperor Fountain, reaching the staggering equivalent height of 14 double decker buses.

With the May bank holiday set for glorious weather, visitors can also marvel at the impressive site of water tumbling over the roof of the Cascade House before it flows over the stone steps designed to mimic the sound of music.

Other spectacular water features on display are the Ring Pond and Willow Tree Fountain. A survivor from the 17th century garden, the Ring Pond’s original columns originally stood in the garden at Chiswick House in west London but moved to Chatsworth in 1893. The Willow Tree Fountain was designed as a practical joke when it was first ‘planted’ in its own little dell back in the 17th century. The artificial tree of brass often catches out the unwary with its sprays of water.

Free drop-in tours of the water features will take place five times a day. Starting from the bottom of the Cascade, tours will focus on the waterworks with a short five minute talk before each feature is turned on.

Chatsworth’s Paul Hayes said:-

“With glorious sunshine predicted for the bank holiday, we’re confident visitors will be in awe of the spectacular water features here at Chatsworth. It’s a rare opportunity to witness the full potential of our waterworks and a chance to cool off in the spray of the impressive Emperor Fountain as it shoots 200 feet into the air, more than double its usual playing height of 75 feet!”

Hands-on activities will also be on offer over the weekend (27-28 May) in the Stickyard. Visitors are invited to join the education team and volunteers from Moors for the Future and discover more about moorlands and the plants and animals that live on the moors above Chatsworth.

Face painting, shire horse and dray rides plus live performances from the barrel organ will also be taking place throughout the holiday, offering visitors the perfect family-friendly day out this half term.


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Redesign opens up opportunities at the Royal

The Chesterfield Royal Hospital has installed a brand new CT Scanner as part of a completely redesigned CT Scanning suite.

The Royal has had two CT scanners for some time, but they operated on opposite sides of the Imaging department. The area to the right of the main Imaging reception has been completely redesigned as a CT Suite with a self-contained waiting and treatment area that allows both CT scanners to operate in one dedicated space.

It’s all part of exciting plans that will welcome a second MRI scanner to become part of a redesigned MRI Suite that extends out of the current Imaging department, allowing greater capacity as well as improved privacy and dignity for our patients.

Karen Moxham is the Royal’s Head of Imaging, she said:-

“We’re decommissioning the elder of our two CT Scanners and using this as an opportunity to combine the scanners into a single area which will benefit our CT team and its patients. When the new scanner was installed we had little option other than to accommodate it in the only free space we had, but this move is Phase One of a grander plan.

“The new CT scanner is now operational and we are in the process of moving the appointments over from the current scanner. This means that within the next month the old scanner will become obsolete and free up space for us to house a second MRI Scanner. We put together a business case to extend out of the department, giving us more room for a purpose built waiting area and allowing us to redesign the space to optimise the patient flow.

“It’s very exciting because it means we will have two separate and dedicated suites for us to perform MRI and CT Scans, improve privacy and dignity for our patients with better changing facilities and provide a more comfortable waiting area. It also improves our resilience in the event of a scanner failing, we will always have a working unit to provide scans for our emergency patients.”

Work on the MRI build will begin in the summer and is expected to be finished in November with the new MRI scanner installed and operational by the end of the year.


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Crafter’s Companion set to host specialist craft fair

Leading craft company, Crafter’s Companion will be hosting a specialist craft fair at its Chesterfield store to give local talent the opportunity to showcase their work.

This weekend, the store will give local crafters, artists and designers the opportunity to sell their handmade wares from its store at Dobbies Chesterfield Garden Centre and Shopping Village.

From 10am until 4pm on Saturday and 11am until 4pm on Sunday, visitors will be able to browse and buy from a range of specialist craft stalls including, handmade cards, turned-wood gifts and sewn homewares.

Sarah Elliott, Store Manager at Crafter’s Companion Chesterfield, said:-

“We’re really looking forward to our craft fair, there will be some fantastic crafters and artists on show and we’re really looking forward to sharing their amazing talent with the local community in Chesterfield.

“As a company, we’re always looking for ways to engage with and contribute to the local community, so it’s great to be able to give local talent an opportunity to display their work to a larger retail audience that they would not ordinarily be able to reach.”

Crafter’s Companion is a leading craft supplies company which sells its products globally online, on TV shopping channels, via independent retailers and in its own UK retail stores in Chesterfield and Newton Aycliffe.

Crafter’s Companion’s Chesterfield store opened in September 2016 and includes themed shopping areas, a central hub for workshops and two dedicated demonstration areas.

The craft fair will be in store from Saturday 27th May until Sunday 28th May.



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Business student is set to jump out of a plane for a local charity Amy’s Retreat

Chloe Mather, 18, a business student at Chesterfield College, will be skydiving next Monday (29th May) to raise money for the Sheffield-based charity, Amy’s Retreat which helps families who have children suffering or recovering from cancer. The charity aims to fund much needed breaks for these families so they can spend time together away from the stress and heartache of everyday life.

Chloe was gifted the chance to skydive for her 18th birthday and has decided to use this amazing opportunity to help others. She said:-

“Honestly I’m terrified but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. My dad bought the skydive for my 18th birthday as he wanted me to have an experience that I would remember for a lifetime.”

The skydive will take place at Sibson Airfield in Peterborough, which will allow Chloe to jump from an eye-watering height of 15,000ft. Chloe said:-

“I saw the jump as a great opportunity to raise awareness of Amy’s Retreat as not many people have heard of them or know what they do. I’ve raised over £800 for the charity in the past and would love to continue fundraising for them.

“I chose to help Amy’s Retreat because they are a great charity which helps many families cope through these difficult times. It was during my Year 11 work experience placement at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for the Sick Children’s Trust that I first realised the importance of families spending time together. Part of my role was to support parents whilst their children were in hospital; this experience stuck with me and that’s why I have dedicated so much to bringing families together.”

You can find out more about Amy’s Retreat here www.amysretreat.org.uk  and donate to Chloe’s just giving page here  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chloe-Mather1

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Food and Drink Festival coming to Chesterfield

Chesterfield based events organisers Edge Events have announced that they will host Chesterfield’s first Food and Drink Festival this summer.

This brand new festival for Chesterfield will take place at Queen’s Park on the 29th and 30th July, starting at 11am and concluding at 7pm both days.

The event is free entry to all and visitors can expect to find over 30 local food producers as well as entertainment, chef demonstrations, live music, childrens activities, dance demonstrations and much more.

For foodies, the event will boast a plethora of food suppliers from across the Derbyshire region. This includes meat, vegatarian and vegan options as it intends to cater for all types of pallets.

The festival will also be family friendly with an area dedicated to the little ones which will consist of face painting, henna tattoos, bouncy castle, donkey rides, train rides and an animal petting corner.

Laura Ashby, Co-organiser and Creator of Edge Events, states:-

“There will be a huge range of food to choose from, including flavours from around the world and locally sourced ingredients.

“For attendees who enjoy a tipple in the sunshine, the festival will offer theme based bars specialising in real ale, gin and prosecco.

“It’s definitely time Chesterfield had such an event in their calendar and if people support the celebration, there is no reason it can’t keep growing and be around for years to come.”

Edge Events have strategically put together a structural concept that is aimed at being inclusive for everybody.

Richard Alsop, Co-organiser, states:-

“We are organising this festival to enable local food suppliers to come together, celebrate and showcase their unique and tasty products.

“With so much going on we really do feel that there will be something for

The organisers have chosen Ashgate Hospice as their chosen charity who will be fundraising over the weekend.

The organisers are inviting food and drink businesses to book a stand at the event.  Interested traders can register at https://www.edgeevents.co/food-and-drink-festival-2017

Chesterfield Food and Drink Festival

Posted in About Chesterfield, Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards, Leisure, Summer

Have a go at well dressing

Local people and visitors to Chesterfield can have a go at the traditional Derbyshire art of well dressing at an event organised by Chesterfield Borough Council this bank holiday weekend.

The event takes place at Revolution House from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 May.

This historic house is open each of these days from 11am to 4pm.

Visitors can have a go at the art and create their own masterpiece.

Chesterfield Borough Council will also have a well dressing on display at the RHS Flower show being held at Chatsworth House from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 June.

Councillor Steve Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said:-

“Each year, people come from near and far to visit our well dressings and this event will give them the opportunity to try out the art of well dressing for themselves.

“I’d encourage families to come along and take part in the activity together.”

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Chesterfield Racer Perez Looks Forward to Oulton Park

Chesterfield race driver Seb Perez is looking forward to this weekend (20-21 May) when he makes his way to Oulton Park where he’s back in his regular car for the next three rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Championship.

The 17 year old Motor Sports Association student who studies at Loughborough is in a strong position after the last two rounds and goes to the Cheshire circuit in 8th place in the championship.

Perez’s last outing in the JHR Developments G55 race car was at Donington Park over Easter weekend where he finished the weekend in ninth, tenth and 11th positions after some teething problems with the car.

Donington Park was Perez’s second full weekend out in the Ginetta Supercup car and a car that he is still getting to grips with gaining more experience every time out on track.

Donington was a tough weekend for Seb with mixed emotions and sadness both on and off track for Perez, to see his JHR Developments team mate and good friend, Billy Monger, involved in the horrific British Formula 4 crash.

Perez spoke about his friend Bill Monger:-

“It was a emotional weekend for me,my team and the whole motorsport family, He is a true hero and we are all so glad he is now out of hospital and wish him a speedy recovery”

Two weeks ago Perez was back on track at Thruxton in Hampshire, still supporting the British Touring Car Championship for two races in the Protyre Motorsport GT5 Challenge and swapping his car for a Ginetta G40, in a different race series of two this season, a smaller car similar to his junior car what he has raced in for the last two seasons.

He finished 4th in qualifying out of the 26 car line up, to find his times had been disallowed for exceeding track limits.

He started race one in 4th, a second row position to finish in 8th, after a good but challenging race,  race two saw him on the 4th row in 8th seeing him take the chequered flag in 13th place.

On to Oulton Park this weekend and is one of Seb’s favourate circuits.

Perez said:-

“I am really looking forward to Oulton Park this weekend, it’s a favourite of mine and cant wait to getting back into the G55, my usual race car that I enjoy racing in and there will be a lot of local support there for me.”

He added:-

“The last two rounds at Brands Hatch and Donington hadn’t gone entirely to plan but that’s racing, it’s always a learning curve and my team JHR Developments have worked well on the car during the last two rounds to sort out the problems.”

Perez has still a long way to go to the end of the season at the beginning of October.

Perez comes to Oulton Park at the weekend in 8th place after dropping 3 places at Donington in the Professional Driver class with 91 points and his team JHR Developments take a drop to second in the Team Championship with 201 points.

You can follow Seb and all the action on Sunday on ITV 4 where races are televised live alongside the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.


Editorial and photography by Paul Horton

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