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Community Trust Nurturing Fans of the Future

Schools who agree a partnership with the Chesterfield F.C. Community Trust are able to take advantage of match ticket deals. For a recent fixture at the Proact Stadium, 2,000 free tickets were made available to youngsters, meaning that 14 schools were represented.

The ticket offers have been well received, resulting in some attending a game at the Proact for the first time, proving the worth of such initiatives. The feedback following one fixture last season which featured a ticket deal revealed that 38% of those taking advantage of the incentive were attending their first ever Chesterfield match.

For another fixture, around 900 tickets were distributed and 88% of the people who received the tickets said they would not have attended the match if they had not been offered the ticket deal.

John Croot, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “It is vital as a club that we nurture supporters of the future and the Community Trust has a vital role to play in this. At a time when football ticket prices have come under the microscope, we are helping to make football more accessible for people who may otherwise be unable to attend matches.”

Is your child’s school a Community Trust partner? If not, you may consider encouraging the school to talk to the Trust about a partnership. Please email michaelnoon@chesterfield-fc.co.uk for further details.

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Celebrate National Old Stuff Day with Ashgate Hospice

A Derbyshire-based charity is marking National Old Stuff Day by encouraging the public to be out with the old by sorting through their unwanted items and donating them to the cause.

Ashgate Hospicecare, which has 16 charity shops across the Derbyshire county, relies on donations of various items to sell in their shops. National Old Stuff Day is on Wednesday 2nd March and challenges people to do something different and out of the norm or routine. Ashgate Hospicecare is encouraging people to have a seasonal sort through items including clothing, shoes, bags and bric-a-brac.

Laura Stevens, the Hospice’s Area Retail Manager, said, “Every year our shops contribute £500,000 to supporting patients through hospice care.

“Our shops always need items to sell and it is only through the generosity of our supporters donating their good quality unwanted items that we are able to generate funds for the Hospice.

“National Old Stuff Day provides everyone with the chance to sort through any items they maybe don’t need anymore or create some space for something else. What’s old to you can then be made new for someone else!”

The profits raised through Ashgate Hospicecare’s charity shops goes directly to the care provided to local people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. The shops generate 23% of the Hospice’s voluntary income.

Kim Trickett was diagnosed with cancer four times in her life. At the age of just 20, she was told the devastating news that she was terminally ill. She was eventually admitted to Ashgate Hospicecare and died a few weeks later. Her mother, Tracie Holocuk, has since been grateful to the Hospice for the care provided to her daughter.

“Clearing out your wardrobe will mean care can be provided to people just like my daughter and myself. I have seen first hand how every bag of donated items gets turned into things like pain relief, medication, equipment and one to one care from specialist consultants to name but a few. It gives the Hospice time to care for its local people. That time is so important and it enabled me to spend the last moments of Kimberley’s life with her which were priceless”

Donations of items can be made to any of the Ashgate Hospicecare shops across the county. Donors can find their nearest shop by visiting the Hospice’s website.  Alternatively for more information on donating items, call the Hospice’s Donation Centre on 01246 203727 or visit the centre on the Storforth Lane Trading Estate in Hasland.

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Last chance to nominate in the Chesterfield Retail Awards

Don’t let your favourite retailer go unnoticed. Time is running out to nominate your favourite shop or store in the town in the third annual Chesterfield Retail Awards.

Nominations for the popular awards, which are organised by Destination Chesterfield, close on Sunday 6 March 2016.

Retailers, including the best national high street stores and owner managed shops can be nominated across 14 different categories, with the winners being announced at an award ceremony held on 25 May 2016 at the town’s Winding Wheel.

Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield Manager, is urging shoppers to vote now. He said: “The closing date for nominations ties in brilliantly with the run up to Mother’s Day, the same date nominations close – 6th March. While you’re out shopping for your mum, if a Chesterfield retailer gives you outstanding service, has a fantastic choice of gifts, or even both, then make sure you nominate.

“The Retail Awards are great for business recognition, but also an opportunity for us to say thank you to the many people who work in the sector and help keep retail thriving in Chesterfield.”

Last year’s winner of the coveted Retail of the Year Award and Market Trader of the Year, Nick Ibbotson, owner of Ibbotson’s Fresh Quality Produce, added: “It was amazing to win two awards and particularly special to get overall Retailer of the Year Award.”

To nominate your favourite retailer before Sunday 6 March 2016, visit www.chesterfield.co.uk/retailawards/nominate/

Chesterfield Retail Awards Winners 2015

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Green space in Brampton set to be transformed

Residents in Brampton will soon enjoy an enhanced green space at Chester St Park thanks to a share of a £1.5m funding pot received from central Government.

Social enterprise Monkey Park – Brampton’s new cafe, artisan bakery, bicycle workshop and co-working space – has been awarded a £14,000 grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government ‘Pocket Parks’ programme to improve the green space opposite the centre.

Chester St Park is one of more than 80 unloved and neglected urban spaces across the country which will be transformed into green oases for everyone to use.

Working alongside Chesterfield Borough Council, the team at Monkey Park will use their funding to build a new riverside walkway with benches and a new entrance to the park, allowing people to walk along the Holme Brook and enjoy the natural green space threading through the heart of the community.

The project will support volunteers in their efforts to improve the river by providing flower bulbs and trees for planting, and will also fund an art and nature event which takes place in May.

Looking towards the future, the grant will also enable a sustainability plan to be produced, helping to ensure the park continues to improve over time.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “The news that Monkey Park has received Government funding to create a pocket park is great for local residents.

“This will allow them have more access to nature, to take part in a wider range of activities in the park as well as make improvements to improve the look and feel of the park.”

The team at Monkey Park will work in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council to deliver the work before the end of March 2016.

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Hotel occupier announced for Co-op development

The first occupiers have been announced for the redevelopment of the former Co-op store on Elder Way in Chesterfield.

Premier Inn will operate a 89 room hotel and Beefeater restaurant on the site.  The hotel is due to start operating in 2017.

Nicholas Johnston, Acquisitions Manager for Premier Inn, said:

“We are delighted to be taking an 89 bedroom hotel and Beefeater restaurant as part of the forthcoming Elder Way development in Chesterfield. Chesterfield is an excellent location and, as well as attracting new visitors to the area the new hotel will deliver fresh investment and create 60 new jobs for the local area. We look forward to opening our doors to customers in 2017.”

Find out more about the regeneration scheme which includes a hotel, 6 restaurants and a gym .

Adam Herald of Jomast said: “We now have a number of parties showing strong interest in being part of this exciting scheme and are delighted to confirm that Premier Inn and their Beefeater restaurant will be anchoring the development.”

Chesterfield Elder Way (Former Co-op store)

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Share your views with Chesterfield Borough Council

Chesterfield residents have a chance to share their views with Chesterfield Borough Council and discuss issues that matter to them at the next round of Community Assembly meetings. Held four times each year, the meetings allow people to receive information and ask questions about projects led by the council and other partners that will affect them and their families.

The east meeting in Staveley will contain a briefing about the proposals for the HS2 rail link.

Residents attending the south meeting in Hasland will hear an update from Healthwatch Derbyshire and a consultation on a skate park for Eastwood Park, Hasland.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service will also speak at the north and west meetings at Littlemoor and Brampton respectively.

Residents at the east, south and west meetings can vote on which projects in their areas will receive funding from the council’s minor grants scheme.
All meetings will receive updates from Derbyshire Constabulary and a presentation on digital inclusion from Derbyshire Libraries.

Councillor Sharon Blank, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for governance said: “We invite our residents to come along and attend our Community Assembly meetings.

“They will be able to hear a variety of updates from the council and our partner organisations on issues that affect them in their communities.”

• Chesterfield east: Wednesday 2 March at Staveley Methodist Church, Chesterfield Road, Staveley
• Chesterfield south: Wednesday 9 March at Hasland Village Hall, Eastwood Park
• Chesterfield north: Thursday 10 March at St Hugh’s RC Church, Littlemoor
• Chesterfield west: Wednesday 16 March at St Thomas’ Centre, St Thomas’ Church, Brampton.

The meetings are held at 6.30pm and will finish at around 8pm.

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Special meeting to decide on devolution options for Chesterfield

Chesterfield Borough Council will meet next week to decide which of two devolution deals would bring the most benefits for the town’s residents and businesses.

The council has played an active part in helping to negotiate two deals, which would devolve powers and responsibilities currently held by the Government in London to a more local level. These include powers and funding to deal with issues such as housing, skills and training, business support and transport.

Chesterfield is being asked to choose between:

  • a devolution deal already agreed with the Government for the Sheffield City Region, which would include an additional £900 million of funding to the city region over 30 years or
  • a potential North Midlands deal, which is in the late stages of discussions ahead of an anticipated agreement from the Government. This deal would see a similar range of powers brought to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The deals will be given to, and be managed by combined authorities, which are groups of local councils in each local area. Under Government proposals these authorities would be led by an elected mayor.

Five councils, including Chesterfield Borough Council, cover areas that could benefit from either devolution deal due to the current overlap between the Sheffield City Region and North Midlands areas. These include Bolsover District Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council in Derbyshire and Bassetlaw District Council in Nottinghamshire.

Any choice made by councillors when they meet at the Town Hall in Chesterfield at 5pm on Thursday 3 March will then be subject to public consultation before the Government makes the final decision.

Councillor John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “It is important to be clear on what this debate is and isn’t about.

“It is not a debate about whether Chesterfield remains in the geographical boundaries of Derbyshire. We are proud to be in Derbyshire and will stay in Derbyshire irrespective of the outcome of these discussions.

“It is also not a debate about losing any of our council’s current powers and responsibilities or about the role of Chesterfield’s civic mayor.

“What this debate is about is what is best for our economy, for the jobs and training prospects of our residents, for the future sustainability and growth of our businesses, as well as access to millions of pounds worth of investment.

“At the moment many of the powers that we need are held by the Government. We are therefore being asked how best these powers and the accompanying money can be devolved down to a more local level that is in the own self-interest of the people of Chesterfield.”

A report by council officers says that both options have advantages and disadvantages for Chesterfield but, on balance, is recommending that councillors apply to become a full member of the Sheffield City Region devolution deal – known as a constituent member – and also apply to have non-constituent membership of any North Midlands devolution deal that is agreed.

The report says this is because:

  • the Sheffield City Region deal is already agreed with the Government and has the necessary administrative team in place to take advantage of the opportunities quickly
  • it offers the potential to bring more money to Chesterfield and Derbyshire’s economy
  • it provides Chesterfield with a more equal say when funding is being allocated as there are fewer councils sat around the table making decisions
  • the town’s economy, including business, commuter and leisure links, is much more closely linked to Sheffield and surrounding cities than to Derby, Nottingham and other southern areas of both counties.

Councillor Burrows added: “Although there is a recommendation from officers it is up to councillors – as the elected representatives of the public – to decide on the night which partnership and deal offers the best prospects for our town after hearing all the arguments during the debate.

“To get a devolution deal in either area the Government has insisted that an elected mayor is created. This mayor would not impact in any way on Chesterfield’s civic mayor but would have oversight of the new powers devolved from the Government and would campaign on behalf of the area for greater devolution in the future.

“Whichever deal we chose to be part of we know that we will need to accept an elected mayor that covers a wider area than just Chesterfield or indeed Derbyshire.

“The choice councillors make on the night will be the beginning rather than the end of a process. A public consultation will give all residents and businesses their say on the devolution options that best fit the needs of Chesterfield. Only when that process is complete will the Government make a final decision.”

A copy of the report assessing the options open to councillors can be seen at www.chesterfield.gov.uk by clicking on the Devolution Deal button at the bottom of the page.

Further information about both the devolution deals can be seen at www.sheffieldcityregiondevolution.org.uk and www.northmidlands.gov.uk

Growth Sculpture Horns bridge Roundabout

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Mr Heart Throb raises over £5,000 for Ashgate Hospicecare

A grand total of £5,100 was raised at this year’s Mr Heart Throb event, which saw 7 contestants, 4 judges and 170 adoring supporters coming together at the Proact Stadium in support of local charity Ashgate Hospicecare.

The contestants took to the catwalk to compete in four rounds including Mr Dream Job, Mr Beach Bod, Hospice Hero and concluding with Mr Talent, which was won by Dan Wheeldon from Gilder Group Mitsubishi, who wrote a fantastic and heart-wrenching poem where he described a hospice through the eyes of his 8 year old son.

Dave Trickett took home the title of ‘Mr Money Man’ after solely raising £900 for the event in memory of his daughter, Kimberley, who died at Ashgate Hospicecare six and a half years ago. Since her death Dave and his family have raised £70,000 in tribute and aim to reach £100,000 in total.

Charlotte Gratton, Events Fundraiser at Ashgate Hospicecare said: ‘The night was full of laughs, however it was amazing to see the contestants and audience truly understand the real meaning of this fundraising event. The importance of hospice care was echoed throughout the night.

“Thank you to all who made this event possible; the amazing total of £5,100 will enable local people with life-limiting illnesses to be cared for, whether it is in the hospice, hospital or in their own homes.”

Ashgate Hospicecare is an independent registered charity that provides care to patients across North Derbyshire at the hospice, in the community and at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Mr Heart Throb

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BRM solicitors raises nearly £10k for Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre

A charity will writing service, run by local law firm and Chesterfield Champion BRM Solicitors, has raised a total of £9,742 to help build the new Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre.

Throughout October and November 2015 BRM Solicitors offered to waive their usual will writing fees in exchange for clients making a cash donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Rob Woodhead, Head of Wills and Probate at BRM Solicitors says: “The campaign was a huge success, giving people the opportunity to make a will who otherwise may not have done so, whilst at the same time raising awareness of the Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre Appeal.

Many clients chose to donate more than the suggested £54, showing their support for Macmillan’s vital work and the legal service we provided. The money raised will help to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.”

Rob Turner, the local fundraising manager at Macmillan says: “Thank you to everyone who took up BRM Solicitors offer and made a generous donation to Macmillan. Whether you choose to donate now, in your will, or both, your support is vital in helping Macmillan be there to support more people in Chesterfield who are affected by cancer.”

Planned to open in autumn this year, the £8.9m centre will transform cancer services for people across North Derbyshire. Macmillan Cancer Support has a fundraising target of £2.5 million to make the Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre a reality.

If you would like to find out more about the Chesterfield Appeal and how you could support it please contact Rob Turner on 07545 419 725 or email rturner@macmillan.org.uk

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Young Lions heading to the Proact

England Under 17s will be in action at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium next month.

The Young Lions will have home advantage for the UEFA Elite Qualifying Round in Chesterfield, Burton and Leek as they target a spot at this summer’s Euro Finals.

Steve Cooper’s squad will take on Ukraine, Turkey and Finland knowing that finishing top of their four-team group will see them progress to the Finals in Azerbaijan in May.

And a second-place finish could also be good enough depending on how the other qualifying groups progress next month.

Tickets for all three home games are now on sale and first up for England is Turkey at the Proact Stadium at 7pm on Thursday, March 24.

England’s U17s head coach, Steve Cooper, said: “The recent Algarve tournament gave the players the chance to play against some top opposition and we’re really looking forward to what will be another three important games for us.

“To host the Elite round on home turf is always exciting and to get round the country and give young England fans the opportunity to see some of our players on home soil is really important. This year it falls during the Easter holidays, and hopefully the local fans can come out and support the team.”

Tickets for all England games cost just £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions (U16s/OAPs) and are available through each venue. Further details regarding ticket sales will be announced soon.

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National recognition for Brampton Brewery

Brampton Brewery has enjoyed success at the prestigious CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival which runs from 17th – 20th February, 2016.

The firm won a bronze medal for its Brampton Mild in the Old Ales & Strong Milds category – one of just 4 categories from which the ultimate National Champion Winter Ale is chosen.

Brampton’s Chris Radford was understandably delighted with the award.

He said:- “This festival recognises the finest ales the UK has to offer in this growing sector of the market, and to think that at Brampton we produce beers that stand alongside some of the biggest, best and most respected beers in the whole country is quite humbling”.

Brampton Brewery’s achievement should not be underestimated – the UK can now boast over 1,400 breweries regularly producing in excess of 9,000 different real ales. A renaissance has occurred in recent years and particularly in the field of outstanding dark, malty, rich and roasted beers perfect for those colder months of the year.

Such huge variety means that it has never been a more difficult time to judge the best of these beers. Only a select number of real ales make it to the Finals which fall into the 4 categories of Old Ales/Strong Milds, Porters, Stouts and Barley Wines, with the competition beginning at grass roots level right across Britain soon after the previous year’s finals have taken place.

Brampton Brewery was resurrected in October 2007 by a small group of local enthusiasts, bringing brewing back to Brampton for the first time in 52 years.

Image shows Brampton Head Brewer Chris Radford receiving the Bronze Medal for Brampton Mild from CAMRA National Chairman Colin Valentine.

Chris CAMRA

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