National Trust closes parks and gardens

From midnight on 21 March the National Trust will close all of its gated gardens and parks to help restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

The move follows the closure of pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms and leisure centres announced by the government on Friday, and tightening travel restrictions and public health advice.

At the start of this week the conservation charity announced that despite closing its houses, shops and cafes, it would work to keep gardens and parks open so people could access open space. However, the Trust warned that a fair weather forecast and Mothering Sunday could tempt people onto the roads over the weekend and National Trust sites would close if high demand meant social distancing could not be enforced.

Director-General Hilary McGrady said: “Despite our desire to keep our outdoor spaces open, the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors has to be our top priority. Having observed the numbers visiting our properties today and I am no longer convinced we can maintain social distancing over Mother’s Day when numbers are likely to grow, and beyond.”

“We have now sadly taken the decision to close all of our parks and gardens, in addition to our houses, shops and cafes, to avoid crowding that puts social distancing at risk.”

“We know that people are likely to need space and fresh air in the coming weeks and months and we will do all we can to provide access wherever possible.”

“Our countryside and coastal locations remain open with parking charges waived, but we encourage people to stay local and observe social distancing measures.”

“Over the coming weeks our digital platforms – our website, social media feeds, podcasts and video – will become even more important, ensuring the places of nature, beauty and history that we care for on behalf of the nation can remain open for business virtually while we are temporarily closed.”

“We will also be ramping up our efforts to help people connect with nature wherever they are and to find moments of joy in the world around them. We will be providing rich content and staying in touch with our members and followers throughout this time.”

Information on which National Trust outdoor places are open can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Barrow Hill Roundhouse and the Rail Ale Team issue joint statement

Barrow Hill Roundhouse and the Rail Ale Team have issued a joint statement regarding the upcoming event:

It is with the utmost sadness that we have made the decision to postpone this year’s celebration of 20 years of the Rail Ale Beer & Music Festival at Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

This has not been a decision taken lightly in our 20th year but the welfare and safety of visitors to this hugely popular event as well as that of our staff, volunteers, traders and musicians is of the utmost importance.

As the country comes together to deal with the threat of coronavirus we must all do what we can to overcome it. Following discussions with all those involved in the organisation of the event – which was due to take place on 14th, 15th and 16th May 2020 – we have agreed that this year’s Festival will now take place on 13th, 14th and 15th August 2020, subject to the Government’s advice at that time.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to all those who have already booked tickets for this year’s Festival. We are pleased to advise that you may use the tickets you have bought for May in August without any additional charges being payable. However, if you would prefer to be refunded, please contact the ticket seller. For online tickets this is www.seetickets.com who will be happy to help.

We also hope to reschedule the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club event that was due to take place on 14th May 2020 and are in contact with his management team about this. As soon as we are able to provide an update on this event, we will contact all those who have already bought tickets.

The postponement of this year’s Festival will no doubt be a great disappointment to many of you – our incredible team of staff and volunteers who work so hard to make this event happen are equally saddened.

We were really looking forward to welcoming you all to the Roundhouse in May but are hopeful that we will see you all in August. You can keep up-to-date with details of the revised dates and our plans at www.railalefestival.com or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Barrow Hill roundhouse will also be closed until further notice:

We have made the decision to temporarily close Barrow Hill Roundhouse to our weekend visitors.

This has not been a decision taken lightly in the year that the Roundhouse celebrates its 150th birthday but the welfare and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance.

We do not know when we will be able to reopen and will follow the Government’s advice before we make that decision.

In the meantime you can still keep in touch with us through our website www.barrowhill.org and social media channels.

Stay safe and take care.

The Roundhouse Team

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Garden will open as Coronavirus hits new season at Chatsworth

UPDATE 22/3/2020: Chatsworth to close garden with immediate effect

Chatsworth has announced that the wide-open spaces of its world-famous garden and parkland will welcome visitors from Saturday 21 March but that the house, farmyard, adventure playground, gift shops and most of its restaurants will remain closed until further notice.

The estate farm shop at the nearby village of Pilsley will remain open and is looking at new ways of serving local communities, and particularly elderly and vulnerable people, by extending its home delivery service and increasing the number of products available from its online shop.

Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Derbyshire estate took the decision to restrict entry in response to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus. While the garden and parkland will open for visitors wanting to take a walk and get some fresh air, ‘social distancing’ and additional hygiene measures have been put in place (Read more here – Visiting Chatsworth and the Coronavirus).

Chatsworth’s 105-acre garden is famous for its rich history, historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, its Victorian rock garden and maze while the spectacular 1,000-acre park on the banks of the River Derwent was chiefly designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760s. Parking charges have been waived at Chatsworth and nearby Calton Lees – entry to the garden is paid for but the parkland is free to all visitors.

The Duke of Devonshire: “The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is paramount and, in the end, that made it an easy decision to restrict entry. At the same time, with so much of the country in shutdown, we wanted to keep the garden and parkland open to visitors because they are big spaces and can still be enjoyed safely.”

“It’s a great shame that the treasures in the house will be closed and that children won’t be able to go to the farmyard or adventure playground but, under the circumstances, I’m sure they’ll understand. Everybody is still welcome to come and enjoy Chatsworth and we will open in full again as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

At present, the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials (15-17 May) and the Chatsworth Country Fair (4-6 September) are scheduled to go ahead but RHS Chatsworth (11-14 June) has been cancelled. All events, large or small, will remain under review and visitors are advised to check Chatsworth’s website and social media channels for updates before making any plans.

Chatsworth is currently undergoing the biggest transformation of its 105-acre garden since Joseph Paxton’s work finished more than 200 years ago. An undeveloped 15-acre area of the garden, now called Arcadia, is being replanted and reshaped by celebrated garden designer Tom Stuart Smith as part of a total 25-acre redevelopment area that also includes a remodelled Rockery, the Maze borders, the Ravine, and Dan Pearson’s work at the Trout Stream and the Jack Pond.

The project involves the clearance of previously inaccessible areas, large-scale structure installations, new sculpture commissions, the movement and addition of hundreds of tonnes of rock, hundreds of thousands of new plants and hundreds of new trees, as well as new pathways taking visitors into underexplored areas of the garden.

The garden is the product of nearly 500 years of careful cultivation. Although some points of interest have been replaced to make way for new fashions, the garden retains many early features, including the Canal Pond, Cascade and Duke’s Greenhouse. The famous waterworks include the 300-year-old Cascade, the Willow Tree Fountain and the impressive, gravity-fed Emperor Fountain, which reaches heights up to 90m.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Chesterfield Borough Council services update

Chesterfield Borough Council issued the below statement on 19/03/2020:

Following the latest Government guidance, we have taken further difficult, but responsible, decisions to change some of our service provision.

Leisure Centres

Queen’s Park Sports Centre and the Staveley Healthy Living Centre will be closed to the public until further notice, from 10pm Friday 20 March.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We have made the important decision to close these facilities to the public in line with Government guidance and with the aim of reducing the possible spread of the coronavirus.

“At this difficult time, it is vital that we all take our own health and wellbeing seriously, I would like to remind residents that our parks remain open in order to allow you to walk and exercise whilst maintaining social distancing.”

Anyone who is a member of our leisure centres will have their membership suspended. Direct debit payments will not be collected until our centres return to being fully operational.

For further information or advice on membership suspension please email your enquiry to (for Queen’s Park Sports Centre) qpscenquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk  / (for the Healthy Living Centre) hlcenquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk

Our staff have been working extremely hard to respond to our customer enquiries. If you do contact one of our centres, please bear with the team as they are responding to a significant number of enquiries at this time.

If you regularly pay Council Tax, rent or make any other payments at the Healthy Living Centre, these should now be made online by visiting www.chesterfield.gov.uk or calling 01246 345 345.

We have kept payment stations open at the Customer Service Centre in Chesterfield town centre. Please only use this facility if you are unable to pay online or over the phone. You can continue to make payments at PayPoint outlets and through the Post Office but please only do this if it is safe for you to do so.

If you are suffering from coronavirus symptoms and / or are required to self-isolate, please call us and we can discuss your situation to find a solution.

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

Together with our partners, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival, which was scheduled to take place in mid-May.

This decision was taken in order to ensure that proper social distancing measures, as recommended by the Government, can be maintained and we can ensure the health and wellbeing of the volunteers who support the festival.

Our Visitor Information Centre team are working hard to ensure that anyone who has booked tickets for the festival is informed of the changes. We will refund any customers who have paid for tickets. Please be patient with the team and wait for them to contact you, they are receiving a high number of enquires and it is taking slightly longer than usual to reply to everyone.

The latest service related updates will be available on the council’s website www.chesterfield.gov.uk/coronavirus or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Changes to council services in Chesterfield

Chesterfield Borough Council have issued the below statement:

The safety of our residents and staff has been considered carefully following the latest government guidance relating to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and as a result we have had to make a number of changes to service delivery.

Customer services arrangements

We would like to reassure residents and businesses that Chesterfield Borough Council remains open and people can continue to contact us through our website, by telephone or if absolutely necessary, can visit us in person at our Customer Service Centre.

Our preference is for people to make contact through our website (www.chesterfield.gov.uk) or by telephone (01246 345345), to enable us to reduce face to face contact as much as possible.

It is very likely that the council will move a number of services to essential response only, as more stringent social distancing measures are expected to be introduced in the coming days. More information will be published as any changes are made.

Chesterfield Borough Council’s Leader, Councillor Tricia Gilby, said: “We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, but I want to reassure residents and those who have businesses and work in the borough, that public safety is our top priority. We are working closely with our partner agencies and monitoring the guidance provided by the government so that we can ensure that the council’s services continue to operate wherever possible.

“We will continue to coordinate our response to this unprecedented situation as it develops, and updates to services will be published on our website and social media channels. We are a resilient borough with a strong sense of community, and I am sure this will help us all tackle the serious challenges that lie ahead.”

Theatres, museums and Visitor Information Centre

We have made the decision to postpone or cancel all events at the Winding Wheel Theatre and Pomegranate Theatre up to and including Saturday 2 May.

This position will be regularly reviewed, and customers will be advised if the closure period is to be shortened or extended past this date.

If you have tickets booked for one of the shows at our theatres, a member of the team will be in touch as soon as possible to provide more information.

Our Visitor Information Centre has also been closed. However, the services provided at the Centre can still be obtained by reference to the above customer services arrangements.

Chesterfield Museum and Revolution House will also be closed to the public until further notice.

Local events and other venues

Events due to take place at local parks have also been cancelled. Hasland Village Hall and the Assembly Rooms will also be closed until at least May.


Queen’s Park Sports Centre and the Healthy Living Centre have suspended, until further notice, the provision of group activities such as swimming lessons, fitness classes, climbing instruction and gymnastics classes. This is to remove the opportunity for larger groups to come together in the leisure centres in line with the Government guidance issued earlier this week.

Currently customers can still attend the leisure centres to undertake personal fitness activities, however, we are constantly reviewing the situation and more information will be published in due course.

Facilities are available at both centres for customers to wash their hands with soap and water, as well as there being a number of hand sanitiser points.

Extra cleaning regimes have also been implemented including to regular touchpoints such as gym equipment, door handles, lockers and water fountains.

Our leisure teams will contact customers where appropriate to advise of any further changes including through the use of social media and the council’s website.

If you are a member and unable to attend our facilities at this time, memberships can be suspended, and Direct Debit payments can be frozen. These can then be reactivated at a later date.

For further information or for advice on membership suspension and payments please email your enquiry to (for Queen’s Park Sports Centre) qpscenquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk / (for the Healthy Living Centre) hlcenquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk

The latest service related updates will be available on the council’s website www.chesterfield.gov.uk or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Chesterfield technology company release free educational platform to support teachers through the Coronavirus outbreak

Seymour & Lerhn, an eLearning company based in Chesterfield, have released their primary school education service for free until the 15th May, to help support primary school teachers across the UK during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Seymour & Lerhn offer a library interactive virtual tours, lesson plans and resource sheets for primary schools, to make learning immersive and educational. The virtual tours are accessible online, and aim to keep children immersed in education instead of being put off by potential home distractions.

The service has been released for free so teachers can begin to prepare for school closures, as the resources and virtual tours can assist teachers to set work for students to do from home. This is so education can continue, despite disruption of the Coronavirus.

All teachers have to do is make an account on www.seymourlerhn.com, and they will have access to every single teaching resource, lesson plan and virtual tour. From there, teachers can set tasks using the pre-made work sheets for students to complete by incorporating the activity as part of the virtual tours.

This work can be set using any home-school communication service, or by simply printing the worksheets to be sent home.

Seymour & Lerhn Head Honcho, Charlie Power (below), said: “We believe that releasing our platform for free could help primary school teachers to make life a little easier when it came to setting work for pupils to do at home. As the educational sector, we all need to band together to support schools during this challenging time, and we’ll pull through this like we always do.”

Primary school teacher, Sophie Maunders, said: “Seymour & Lerhn offer a fantastic platform to transport all children to a new world with the click of a finger. Their virtual reality programmes offer opportunities and experiences to children that they may not have otherwise had, all within the confines of their classroom or home. Definitely not one to miss.”

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National Trust to keep open spaces accessible and free to public

UPDATE 22/03/2020: From midnight on 21 March the National Trust will close all of its gated gardens and parks to help restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

The National Trust will, where possible, open as many of its gardens and parks for free, but close its houses, cafes and shops to help the nation fight the spread of the coronavirus.

A statement on the National Trust website states: “Many factors have to be considered when continuing to open, including whether the garden or park allows enough space for adequate social distancing.”

“We will try to keep as many open spaces available as possible but this is a changing situation and we are strictly following Government advice so please keep checking our website for updated information and always check the site before you visit any of our places.”

“The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our top concern.”

Director General Hilary McGrady announced that the National Trust’s pay-for-entry sites would close by this Friday (March 20).

McGrady said the charity would work hard to keep as many of the Trust’s gardens and parklands open, free of charge, alongside coast and countryside, to encourage the nation to enjoy open space, if appropriate, during the pandemic, while adhering to the government’s social distancing guidance.

Hilary McGrady said: “The National Trust was founded 125 years ago for the benefit of the entire nation. We want to honour our mission – to enable people and nature to thrive. Over the coming weeks we will do all that we can to keep on providing public benefit through caring for places and giving people access wherever possible.

“While we will close our indoor areas to help fight the spread of coronavirus, we recognise that people are likely to need access to open space and to nature, beauty and history.”

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Chesterfield Canal Trust one step closer in waterway restoration following site acquisition

Chesterfield Canal Trust’s ambitious plans to preserve and reinstate the historic canal lines that run from Staveley to Kiveton Park have recently continued after the charity confirmed the purchase of two unoccupied houses located on the proposed route.

Further to the transactions, facilitated by leading law firm Banner Jones, the two semidetached, unoccupied properties can now be demolished to make way for the canal route when it is re-opened in the future, which will run through Killamarsh, leading into Rother Valley Country Park.

Without the invaluable purchases, it would not be possible to reinstate this section of the canal as the two houses have been built on the planned route.

The proposed new route will leave the Nethermore Lake in Rother Valley, from the eastern side via a short length of new cut under Barber’s Lane Bridge and a new minor road bridge, before reaching the bottom of the Moorhouse Flight, which raises the canal back to the original line of the canal.

The Trust are also in discussions about the feasibility of replacing the locks at this section of the canal with an iconic boat lift which could become a huge tourist attraction for the area.

Marking a significant milestone in the organisation’s wider plan to connect the last nine miles of the canal network, on completion there will be three pairs of double locks to take the canal down to Quarry Lane and under Sheffield Road.

In the interim period, the Trust will look to utilise the purchased properties as an additional revenue stream to fund their ongoing charitable work.

Banner Jones Solicitors advised Chesterfield Canal Trust on the purchase of the two residential properties, in addition to negotiating and agreeing key access and construction rights in respect of an adjacent property, that will allow the Trust to start work on the site at the relevant time.

Peter Hardy, Chairman at Chesterfield Canal Trust, commented: “The aim of the trust is to promote the full restoration of the Chesterfield Canal so that people all across Derbyshire and South Yorkshire can enjoy it’s beauty, and in doing so encourage a better sense of community that will positively affect people’s health and wellbeing.

“I would like to thank Banner Jones Solicitors for guiding us through this process ensuring that these transactions could be achieved quickly and effectively.”

Ian Osborn, Commercial Solicitor at Banner Jones said: “It’s a pleasure to work on projects like this one, as the nature of the end objective is unique and presents enjoyable legal challenges.”

“We would like to wish Chesterfield Canal Trust the best of luck as the project now progresses, and we’re very much looking forward to assisting with the ongoing legal requirements of the charity.”

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Chesterfield Iceland stores dedicates exclusive shopping time for elderly and vulnerable

The Iceland store located in Chesterfield’s Vicar Lane Shopping Centre is to dedicate two hours every Wednesday morning for elderly or vulnerable shoppers.

It has been confirmed that the Vicar Lane Iceland store will restrict opening for these groups exclusively between 9am and 11am each Wednesday until further notice. The store will remain open as usual between 8am and 9am and again from 11am.

A post on the official Iceland Foods Facebook page stated: “The impact of Covid-19 continues to disrupt routines for many people and businesses, and there is widespread concern about access to food, especially for vulnerable people and the elderly.”restirtc opening between 10am and 12pm on

“With many of our Iceland stores located at the heart of communities across the UK, we are encouraging our store managers to dedicate the first two hours of opening on Wednesday morning to the elderly (those of state pension age) and vulnerable, such as those with disabilities. We are giving them the flexibility to offer this wherever possible, and arrangement will be publicised in the stores that decide to take this action.”

These dedicated shopping times vary per store so please check with the store you are planning to visit in advance of your journey. More information can be found from the Iceland in-store teams.

Update 18/03/2020: It has now been confirmed that the Iceland store on Sheffield Road will restrict opening between 10am and 12noon on Wednesday.

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Chesterfield Market Traders continue to trade

Chesterfield Market Traders have issued a statement regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Chesterfield Market Traders will continue to trade for as long as we are allowed to.

We recognise that Chestefield Market is an important part of life for many people. We are also aware that for those who are elderly, live alone or can be on low or fixed incomes the market is essential – which is why we want to keep on serving you.

On Chestefield Market and in the Market Hall you can buy everything you need – from antiques to toiletries, pet food, fruit & vegetables, sweets, treats, cheese, clothes, cleaning supplies and much more besides.

Traders are taking all reasonable precautions to ensure that we keep you, our valued customers, safe but we also need you to do your bit:

  • Wash your hands
  • Please don’t touch something unless you are serious about buying it
  • Please respect personal space
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Keep smiling
  • Stay safe

We hope to see you all soon, and wish you all the best.

Chesterfield Market Traders

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Derbyshire County Cricket Club achieve record surplus in 2019

Derbyshire County Cricket Club has recorded a club-record surplus of £402,000 for the financial year ending December 2019.

The figure, which is the highest posted by the club in its history, was driven by higher ECB receipts; prize money from the Vitality Blast; an increase in ticket revenue; and improved cost management.

The club’s run to Finals Day in the Vitality Blast led to an additional £57,000, while record Twenty20 crowds and the Aston Lark Tourist Fixture against Australia generated a £91,000 increase in ticket revenue compared to 2018, with Membership revenue also increasing by £20,000.

Chairman, Ian Morgan OBE, said: “As we expected, last year’s financial loss proved to be a one-off due in the main to unforeseen circumstances, and I am pleased to report that the club returned to profitability in 2019 and achieved a surplus after operations and before tax of £402,000.

“A new County Partnership Agreement (CPA) with the ECB for all First Class Counties includes new funding streams on the back of the media rights deal. For Derbyshire this means that we can now progress our plans to develop and improve the infrastructure at The Pattonair County Ground, by increasing our seating capacity, installing a new scoreboard, installing new toilets and enhancing our bars and concessions amongst other ground developments.

“A great number of factors have led to this positive position at the end of the financial year and I would like to thank our Members, supporters and 1870 Business Club partners, and our Principal Partner, Pattonair, for their ongoing support.

“I continue to be proud and appreciative of the positive, friendly and helpful attitude of everyone at Derbyshire County Cricket Club. While we know there is room to continue increasing our commercial revenue, I remain optimistic about the coming seasons as we continue to strive for success on and off-the-field.”

Chief Executive, Ryan Duckett, added: “Our aims for the year were to enhance our customer experience, maintain and grow our commercial revenues, reduce our cost base and increase profitability in order to maintain our spending on cricket. I’m pleased to say we’ve been able to do that and we’re now in a position to plan for long-term sustainability and to be debt free by the end of the term of the new media rights agreement.

“Commercial growth and the tightening up of margins have been major factors in this surplus, however like many clubs we are acutely aware of the reliance on ECB funding. Whilst we continue to grow our cricket revenues and interest in the game across the county, it is important to keep diversifying our business model in order to develop new revenue opportunities away from cricket.

“We have a number of exciting events in 2020, including a Michael Bublè concert in July and our major fireworks night in November. It’s opportunities such as these which allow us to continue investing in cricket and hopefully contributing to success on the field and more occasions such as Finals Day last summer.”

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