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The countdown is on to the Plastic Free Festival 2022

The Plastic Free Festival, which debuted in Chesterfield last year, is to return for a second year on Sunday 12th June, 10am-4pm in New Square marketplace, Chesterfield.

The festival aims to be the one-stop place to help people to reduce their single-use plastics, with a special plastic-free marketplace with stallholders selling products that encourage a plastic-free lifestyle, craft workshops for upcycling and recycling, food and drink, and live music performances.

Special guests, Pride of Britain and Queen’s Honours award winners, Amy and Ella Meek of Kids Against Plastic will be speaking at the event. Since founding their youth-led organisation back in 2016, the girls have worked hard to inspire kids and adults alike to take action to reduce their use of single-use plastics – or become ‘Plastic Clever’ as they call it.

Their Plastic Clever scheme has since been adopted by over 1300 schools, as well as by cafes, businesses, councils and festivals around the UK. The girls have also spoken internationally, including giving their own TEDx talk.

Attendees of the festival can visit the marketplace stalls to carry out plastic free and ethical shopping from businesses such as Chesterfield’s Steph’s Sustainable Stuff, Mrs Greens Eco Store and SallycinnamonCo who sells reusable eye make-up scrubbies.

Those who enjoy getting hands-on can join in craft recycling workshops, where participants can create festival masks, willow tension trays, and items from natural found materials.

Businesses on the marketplace will be joined by Transition Chesterfield, who run the Chesterfield Repair Cafe, and Angela Blair, a local TerraCycle collector who aims to help people re-purpose hard-to-recycle items.

Local food and drink businesses will be on hand to inject some flavour into the festival, with the Asian Association of Chesterfield selling Indian food, B’reydt Dough selling pizza and Sammys Mexican Mare selling burritos.

Live performances from entertainers are also on the agenda, with local favourites Mark Morgan-Hill, Jig for a Kiss, Chesterfield Garland Dancers and The Suffrajetz headlining the end of the festival.

No single-use plastics will be given out at the event, with residents and visitors encouraged to bring their own reusable bags, cups and containers.

The festival is kindly sponsored by local sustainable businesses, Superior Wellness, CCS Media, Small Stuff UK and The Corrugated Case Company.

Chair of The Plastic Free Festival Committee, Greg Hewitt, said “We’re delighted to bring back The Plastic Free Festival for a second year, with a much bigger marketplace and special guests Kids Against Plastic. It’s going to be a fantastic family fun day out with something for everyone.”

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Bring Jubilee celebrations to your garden with this year’s Chesterfield in Bloom competition

Local people are invited to take part in this year’s Chesterfield in Bloom competition and mark the Platinum Jubilee in style by showcasing flowers that are purple, red, white or blue.

Chesterfield in Bloom takes place annually and includes three different competitions for residents to take part in: the council’s tenants gardening competition, the allotment competition, and the general Chesterfield in Bloom category.

Although it is not essential for those entering to grow or showcase their gardens and allotments with a link to the Jubilee celebrations, Chesterfield Borough Council is encouraging as many people as possible to get involved to help us to mark this once in a generation event.

If your garden is brimming with plants and colour, you grow your own vegetables, or you have a hanging basket that you are really proud of, we would love to see it.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “You don’t have to be green fingered to enter the competition. We would encourage anyone to get involved as showcasing what you do in your garden to other people can be really rewarding.

“There are a range of events happening in the town centre to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee so we thought it would be a great idea for people, if they are looking for ideas, to include a few themed flowers, pot plants or any other ideas they may have in colours linked to the national event.

“There is a thriving allotment community in Chesterfield, and we would like to encourage our growers to share their hard work with us as part of the competition.”

If you fancy entering the general Chesterfield in Bloom category, you could choose to complete your application about your front garden, back garden, your container garden/hanging basket or your pub/restaurant garden. You can also nominate a neighbour or company into the competition.

To find out more about each of the categories and how to enter visit www.chesterfield.gov.uk/explore-chesterfield/parks-and-green-spaces/chesterfield-in-bloom.

The competition is free to enter, and everyone is welcome to take part. The deadline for applications to be received is Friday 17 June 2022.

For more information please contact John Ramsey, bloom@chesterfield.gov.uk

The council is also repeating its popular competition for residents called ‘Chesterfield’s Still Blooming’ that aims to find the best sunflowers in the borough.

There are three entry categories:

  1. Tallest sunflower – from the top of the soil to the top of the flower (please make sure your picture is taken next to a tape measure).
  2. Largest Sunflower – the largest flower head based on diameter or width (please make sure your picture is taken next to a ruler or tape measure).
  3. Most Sunflowers – plant with the most sunflower heads (please try to make sure all flower heads are visible in your photo).

To enter please send a picture of your sunflower, stating your name and the category you wish to enter to green.spaces@chesterfield.gov.uk

‘Chesterfield’s Still Blooming’ will run from until Sunday 11 September 2022.

Find out more about the competition here: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/in-bloom.

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New menswear retailer set to open in prominent Chesterfield town centre store

A retailer selling a range of clothes for men is moving into a prominent Chesterfield Town Centre location, adding to the plethora of new retailers in the town.

WiseGuys menswear will be opening in the former Greenwoods store on Packers Row, offering a broad choice of clothing, including casual shirts, knitwear, suits and shoes.

Mike Willis, who used to work for Greenwoods before launching his own clothing business, says he is pleased to be bringing a new store to the town: “I’ve always had Chesterfield in mind as the place where I wanted to open my next store, as it fits with the ‘market town’ profile of my business.

“I opened my first store in Sleaford in 2013, followed by Newark, Melton Mowbray and Boston, so I am delighted that the opportunity has arisen to continue growing the business and offering our products to a wider audience.

“We’re really pleased to be welcoming customers from Chesterfield and beyond, and cannot wait to be part of the evolution of the local high street. We’d love to see as many new faces in our store as possible, so please pop in and say hello.”

The store plans to cater for a broad range of sizes, with no skinny fits on offer. Casual shirts range from sizes small to 4XL, while shoe brands are sold in sizes 6-12. Shoes up to size 15 can be sold to order.

Suits are on sale ranging from sizes 34-60 chest. A number of recognised brands will be stocked at WiseGuys, including Dude Shoes, Lambretta Brogues, Ben Sherman Casuals, Lizard King Shirts, Swole Panda socks and underwear, Redpoint Chinos and casual coats, Sunwill jeans and much more.

The store is also recruiting for new staff, with Mike commenting: “I’m looking for a manager and part-time staff to work at the store, ensuring our customers enjoy the best possible visit to WiseGuys. Anyone wishing to apply or find out more, please email wiseguys2014@gmail.com FAO: Mr Mike Willis, Director.”

To find out more about WiseGuys menswear, head over to the website: www.wiseguysmenswear.co.uk

Chesterfield’s high street is home to an array of independent and chain retailers. To find out more about shopping in the town, head over to: https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/visiting/shopping/

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Chesterfield residents encouraged to support local retailers over the Jubilee bank holiday

Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is only a few weeks away and residents and visitors are being encouraged to support our local retailers during the bank holiday weekend.

There are a number of events taking place across Chesterfield to help mark this historic milestone, as well as the market place and Market Hall being adorned in special Jubilee decorations, and the Market Hall Café offering a special Jubilee themed menu.

Local businesses are also being asked to consider taking part in the Best Dressed Window Competition over the bank holiday weekend, that will be judged by the new Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Tony Rogers.

If you are a business owner and would like to take part, you can use any materials you like to dress the window, but it has to have a Jubilee theme. Judging will take place on Friday 3 June 2022.

To take part or to register your interest in the competition as a business owner, please contact Rebecca.Bland@chesterfield.gov.uk.

Chesterfield Borough Council is continuing to work with Destination Chesterfield to celebrate everything that is great about our borough, through the Love Chesterfield campaign.

The campaign is centred around our town centre, high streets and shopping areas and aims to encourage everyone to discover or rediscover the great shopping, hospitality and leisure experiences we have on our doorstep.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are going to be a fantastic way to not only mark the Queen being the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service, but it is also a great opportunity for residents and visitors to come into the town centre to enjoy some of the events on offer, check out the Jubilee decorations, do some shopping and spend time in each other’s company.

“Following the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s never been more important for us each to do our bit to help support local businesses. I think there is going to be a great atmosphere in the town centre on the bank holiday, and we are encouraging as many retailers as possible to take part in our best dressed window competition to help us to celebrate this fantastic occasion.”

The council is also calling on residents and visitors to join in with the celebrations and has put together a programme of activities that people of all ages will be able to enjoy, including a tea dance, a fun-fair, and a royal exhibition. Residents and visitors can keep up to date with all of the events and activities planned over the Jubilee weekend by visiting https://www.chesterfield.gov.uk/your-council/queens-platinum-jubilee

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Junction Arts to host first Postcard Show in Chesterfield

Chesterfield-based community organisation Junction Arts will be hosting the town’s first ever Postcard Show this month, with visitors encouraged to view the exhibition and support local artists and creatives.

Local artist and Junction Arts volunteer, Dave Elsom of Sombrero Printmaking has enjoyed a number of Postcard exhibitions across the country. Having supporting the charity on a number of projects, including the Chesterfield Lantern Parade, Tapton Lock Festival and workshops in Grassmoor he came up with the idea to host the upcoming exhibition in order to support Junction Arts to raise money for its projects.

Dave explained: “I approached Junction Arts because they are passionate about encouraging people to use art and creativity as a form of expression.”

The concept of the exhibition has been to invite local artists and creative people to design their own postcard with this year’s theme ‘Happy’. So far the exhibition has had over 100 postcard masterpieces donated, which will be on display throughout May and on sale for £10 each to raise money for community arts projects across our area.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 14th May – Wednesday 1st June,  with Saturday 14th May including an open morning with a drop in badge making workshop, 10am-12noon.

Hannah Bowdler, Relationship Fundraiser at Junction Arts commented: “We’ve had over 100 entries from lots of local artists, a children’s art group and Chesterfield College Foundation students. This is going to be an annual fundraising event, which we hope Chesterfield will support and celebrate the creativity of its communities.”

  • Exhibition running Saturday 14th May-Wednesday 1st June 2022
  • Open to the public Monday – Friday 10am-4pm.
  • For any changes in openings please check Junction Arts’ social media pages or call ahead on 01246 209219.

Junction Arts supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

Junction Arts at the Tapton Lock Festival

 

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Return of Chatsworth International Horse Trials After Two Year Absence

Saddles are being polished and the new cross country course is taking shape, while horses and riders are running through their final preparations as world-class equestrian action returns to Chatsworth for the first time since 2019.

After a Covid-enforced hiatus of two years, the Chatsworth International Horse Trials in May will once again offer a thrilling spectacle as hundreds of competitors take on the three day event, including the specially designed cross country course winding its way through The Art of Burning Man in the parkland.

With entries flooding in from around the world, the anticipation is building for the elegant dressage, the fascinating show jumping and the gripping cross country, where amateur horse riders compete alongside world class competitors.

Among the star names to look out for are the FEI World No. 1 Event Rider and Tokyo team gold medallist Oliver Townend riding five horses, and home interest with the much decorated Olympian Ian Stark OBE on Chatsworth Diamond, a horse owned by the Duchess of Devonshire and bred at Chatsworth. The Duchess has owned event horses for many years, including the 1999 Badminton winner Jaybee and the 1999 Chatsworth winner Stanwick Ghost, both also ridden by Ian Stark, so hopes will be high for a good showing from the pair.

Patricia Clifton, Chatsworth International Horse Trials, said: “We’re delighted to be staging these wonderful three days of action once again. The event never disappoints, offering something for the enthusiast and the first time visitor looking for a great day out. If you’ve never been before, I would recommend the Ice Pond as a vantage point giving a spectacular view of the whole site, and you can always see the action on the big screen located in the food court. Families will have plenty to do in our children’s area and don’t miss the family fun dog show if you want to get involved!”

For something fast and furious, the British scurry and trials driving sees miniature ponies take on large cobs as their drivers tackle an obstacle course against the clock. The competitions are family friendly and the rules are easy to follow.

As well as plenty of compelling competitive action, there is entertainment for the whole family including a have-a-go dog agility, a family fun dog show, birds of prey demos and a dog and duck show.

Canine lifesavers, the UK Rescue Bears, will be putting on displays showing the skills of these Newfoundland dogs, as well as offering the chance to have hug and photo with the gentle giants, while Nobby the Norfolk Horn, stands centre stage for The Sheep Show as his woolly friends are introduced to their podiums, all to their own theme tunes.

Face painting, circus skills and pottery painting are also on offer, while the shopping village, with more than 100 high quality stands and a fine food walk, is perfect for those looking to treat themselves.

Early bird tickets are available up until 8 May 2022. Gate tickets for Friday Adult £15, Child £10; Saturday/Sunday Adult £30 per day, Child £10 per day. All tickets include free parking and child prices are for ages 5–15 inclusive.

The event organisers are delighted to announce Walker & Morland as new sponsor for 2022. Walker & Morland is a wellness brand that uses natural ingredients, including pure isolate CBD, to offer relief and recovery from sports and an active lifestyle.

Chatsworth supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 190 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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New bistro set to serve up a treat in Chesterfield Town Centre

A brand-new bistro is set to open in Chesterfield Town Centre in a few weeks’ time, providing a relaxing, homely, family atmosphere for people in the town.

CIBO will be serving customers a range of treats, with the breakfast menu to feature luxury granola, traditional bacon sandwiches, and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.

For lunch, people can enjoy home cooked meals ranging from tender beef stew, beef burgers with blue cheese and homemade slaw, toasted ciabattas, light salads with a variety of fillings and much more.

It is hoped the bistro will be made open to the public from the mid-to-late May 2022, as the finishing touches and preparations are made to the new business.

Bistro Supervisor and coordinator, Louise Spence explained how excited the team was to open their doors: “Being from chesterfield and living in the area all my life I have an affiliation with the town, having a vast experience in the hospitality sector working in Artisan cafés and a passion for food, this new venture allows me to run with my own ideas.

“We hope with the experience,  enthusiasm, and work ethics we possess we can bring something truly fantastic to the people of this great market town.”

Louise added: “We believe it’s time to remind the people of chesterfield how great we can be and bring back that community spirit through hard work and determination! Already having a proven track record over the last 18 years with peacock coffee lounge we believe this will give us a winning formula to replicate with CIBO.”

A number of special dishes will be on offer at CIBO, as Louise outlined: “Our signature dishes are fantastic for couples and family sharing options based on 2 or 4 people which include British classic for the summer ploughman’s platter, antipasto platter with mixes meats, olives and dipping breads or opt to try our homemade chilli either beef or chickpea with tasty nachos topped with smashed avocado, jalapeños all served with side salads and a selection of fresh breads.

“To finish are specially selected cakes and desserts such as Belgian waffles with vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit, Eton mess and luxury ice cream milkshakes.”

The team at CIBO are also looking to become a big part of the community in Chesterfield, and look forward to supporting fellow local businesses and residents in the town.

Louise said: “The past few years have been extremely tough for everyone with covid and lockdowns, however we have taken the brave decision to launch our new venture. We hope with the support of the people of chesterfield behind us we can add something new and exciting to our town, truly believing with your support anything is possible!”

“We are a great advocate of helping independent local businesses and encourage all of us to get behind local suppliers and companies, creating jobs for local people.  We hope the kind people of chesterfield will come and give us a try in the coming weeks.”

To find out more about CIBO, head over to their Facebook page, or for a guide to eating out in Chesterfield, go to: https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/visiting/eating-out/

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Chesterfield Art Trail Walking Routes

Chesterfield is full of hidden gems when it comes to artwork and culture, some of which you may never have noticed before. Explore the culture of Chesterfield by foot and discover the unique artworks around the town with our Chesterfield Art Trail walking routes.

To find out more about the artwork featured in these routes, visit the Chesterfield Art Trail map by clicking here.


Queen’s Park to Chatsworth Road

Starting off in the picturesque Queen’s Park you will find the first piece of artwork, a stunning metal sculpture commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which was unveiled in 2013 by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker. Did you know? Queen’s Park was opened in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

Diamond Queen's Park

Whilst in the park you can enjoy a visit to the café, have a ride on the miniature railway around the lake and let the children have a play on the park.

Next stop is the Boundary Railings outside Rowland Hill House.

Boundary Fence Rowland House 2

This area was once home to potteries, mills, an iron and chemical works, and a colliery, all of which were served by the Brampton railway branch line. Designed by artists, Denis O’Connor, and Adam Walkden, six panels depict scenes of industry or industrial manufacturing. Can you spot the colliery headgear, chimneys, a miner, a smith at his anvil, a steam train, and items of pottery? The other panels include horse racing, fishing, and pigs routing under a tree, referring to the local communal open space in the town centre known as New Square.

A short walk away, you will find more Boundary Fence and Gates which were also designed by artist Denis O’Connor.

Boundary Railings Robinson

The artist designed nine pictorial panels representing the story of international, paper, and plastic packaging manufacturer, Robinson and Sons.

Moving onto Chatsworth Road, home to a range of independent shops and food and drink outlets, you will spot some unique artwork on the buildings.

Chatsworth Road Artwork

Why not have a gander in the shops or take a break in one of the pubs or cafes?

As you make your way down Chatsworth Road browsing the shops, you will spot a number of other artworks. The next sculpture being The Orienteer, situated directly next to Nonnas and The Bradbury Bar and Bistro.

The Orienteer

The sculpture is by Stuart Marsh, a Derbyshire-based artist living near Matlock, who specialises in sculptures inspired by the landscape of the Peak District. The four main pieces of rock are worked to represent natural standing stones common in Derbyshire hills.

At Wheatbridge Retail Park you will find a clock sitting high on the red brick tower designed by David Davidson and Darren Richardson.

Wheatbridge clock

The circular clock face has curving hands, one of which is ‘hand-sculpted’ in aluminium, in a shape that echoes the famous twisted spire of St Mary’s Church.

Near the junction of Chatsworth Road and Foljambe Road, the Entrance Arch marks the route of the cycle path through the site, which links the town centre with Holmebrook Valley Park to the north-west.

Entrance Arch Chatsworth Road

Heading back towards the town centre, you will spot Barbara Hepworth’s Curved Reclining Form (Rosewall).

Rosewall Hepworth

This sculpture has an interesting story and has become an important part of the town’s heritage. Within the next few years, Rosewall will be moved to the Waterside development, where it will once again be observed across water as Hepworth had always intended.

One of the largest and most impressive works of public art in Chesterfield is Angela Conner’s sculpture Poise (Wind Sculpture).

Poise Wind Sculpture

If you look closely, you will notice the disc is divided into six segments so that when it’s outside and the wind blows the segments are free to move gently backwards and forwards.


Chesterfield Town Centre

Starting at the top of town on Saltergate, you will find Saltergate Miners Statues which were built in 1915.

saltergate man

As you head back to the town centre, you will pass Chesterfield Town Hall situated on Rose Hill. Did you know? The building was opened by the Duchess of Devonshire (the present Duke’s grandmother) on 6th April 1938.

Town Hall

Located in the heart of the town centre is The Yards, full of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. The Yards is the home to a falcon and a puppy which were installed as part of the Chesterfield Cultural Renaissance project.  A great photo opportunity for children!

The Puppy angle

Head towards Vicar Lane where you will find lots of shopping opportunities with high-street and independent shops. When it’s time to refuel, you can head to Qoozies, Vintage Tea Rooms or Pizza Pi for a drink or a bite to eat.

See if you can spot the Good Guys and the Bad Guys wall sculptures hidden on buildings.

Vicar Lane

Chesterfield’s best-known landmark, Parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints also known as ‘The Crooked Spire’, is well worth a visit. The spire stands 228 feet high and twists 9 feet 6 inches from its original centre. Visitors are welcome inside to tour the tower and appreciated the stained glass, carved alter pieces and elegant archways.

Crooked Spire

You can also take in the view of the spire with a drink from The Rectory.

Winding-Wheel

Another building which is worth seeing, is the Winding Wheel Theatre which has gained Grade II listed building status. The building hosts a diverse programme of events including West End musicals, stand-up comedy, music concerts and lectures.


Chesterfield Railway Station to Derby Road

Beginning at Chesterfield Railway Station, you will find the statue of George Stephenson also known as ‘Father of Railways’. Did you know? George lived the last ten years of his life at Tapton House and is buried inside Chesterfield’s Holy Trinity Church.

George Stephenson Statue

Behind the Railway Station, is an interesting looking piece of artwork – the Mollusc, known locally as ‘The Snail’.

Mollusc

Enjoy a walk down Spital Lane, to find the Solidarity figurative sculpture. Showing four figures – three female and one male – standing closely together with their arms around one another’s shoulders, expressing friendship and mutual support.

Solidarity Statue

Whilst near Derby Road, pop into Birdcage for a slice of cake or a drink.

Heading back towards town, you will pass the Cineworld multiplex where there are two contemporary artworks to discover: a large stained-glass window in the foyer and fourteen small bronze tiles set into the entrance paving outside. The tiles depict ‘historic moments in the cinema’ including memorable scenes from Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

Bronze Tiles Chesterfield Cinema

On Horns Bridge Roundabout, is the Growth Sculpture which signified the confidence and continuous growth of the town. The wheel design in the ground represents the town’s many industries and the twists upwards at the centre to form an emerging flower.

Growth Sculpture day

Near, Ravenside Retail Park is Hipper or Riverstone described as an abstract stone sculpture set on the theme of the River Hipper to mark the course of the old river.

Hipper

Finally, the Infinity sculpture outside Chesterfield Coach Station was designed by apprentices at Franke Sissons’ who worked with pupils from Parkside School to develop the design for the sculpture. It comprises three cube frames within each other, features icons that the students felt were representative of Chesterfield today: Nature, Manufacturing, and Community.

Infinity

This is only a small selection of more than 70 new art schemes that have been created since 1994, you can find out more about other artworks in the town on the council’s website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/explore-chesterfield/chesterfield-art-trail

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Events and activities to take place across Chesterfield to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Communities in Chesterfield are being encouraged to come together to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – with a number of exciting events planned across the town to help mark this historic milestone.

Chesterfield Borough Council is calling on residents and visitors to join in with the celebrations and has put together a programme of activities that people of all ages will be able to enjoy, including a tea dance, a fun-fair, and a royal exhibition.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “The Platinum Jubilee is a great opportunity for local communities to come together and celebrate our Queen’s historic reign and we’d love to see the people of Chesterfield getting involved.

“To celebrate this anniversary, national events and initiatives will be taking place throughout the year and we’re really excited to join in the celebrations. We’ve also got plenty planned in the town centre over the bank holiday and throughout the year that the whole family will be able to join in with.”

Royal Chesterfield Exhibition

Although Chesterfield Museum is currently closed for a multimillion-pound refurbishment, local residents will still be able to take a look down memory lane as a pop-up ‘Royal Chesterfield Exhibition’ will take place at the Winding Wheel Theatre.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm, between Monday 30 May and Sunday 5 June 2022, visitors will be able to explore past royal visits and celebrations in Chesterfield, showing how local people marked Royal milestones. The exhibition is free to attend and features items from the collection relating to previous jubilees, going back to Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.

Fun in the park

From Thursday 2 June to Monday 6 June, a fun-fair will be located in Queen’s Park with rides and entertainment on offer for the whole family.

A trip to the theatre

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, a unique documentary film on Her Majesty the Queen will be screening at the Pomegranate Theatre. Elizabeth – A Portrait in Parts, is a nostalgic, uplifting and fresh modern chronicle of the extraordinary 70-year reign of Her Majesty the Queen.

On Friday 3 June at 2pm, there will also be a feel-good performance at the Pomegranate Theatre. Starring comedy legend Jimmy Cricket and Leah Bell, ‘A right Royal Knees up’ is a feel-good performance with show-stopping scenes, sing-a-long memories and spectacular footage as we take a nostalgic journey through the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Further information on both events, including details of how to book tickets, can be found at www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/jubilee

Platinum Jubilee Tea Dance

The Mayor of Chesterfield is set to join local residents to celebrate the Jubilee in style by attending a special tea dance in the Ballroom at the Winding Wheel Theatre on Wednesday 1 June from 3pm.

The Ashby “Little” Big Band with eight musicians and a singer will play a mix of ballroom and sequence in the beautiful ballroom at the Winding Wheel Theatre.

Tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased at www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk  or by calling the box office on 01246 345222.

More information about what’s on

For further information Jubilee events, including details of how to join in with national initiatives, residents are encouraged to keep an eye on the council’s social media channels and www.chesterfield.gov.uk/your-council/queens-platinum-jubilee

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Residents encouraged to complete survey on high streets and town centres in the Chesterfield borough

Chesterfield residents are being encouraged to complete a consumer survey to help us to learn more about how you use services in our town centres.

Love Chesterfield is a campaign organised by Chesterfield Borough Council in partnership with Destination Chesterfield to promote and support high streets and town centres across the borough of Chesterfield.

The quick survey will ask you to tell us about markets you have visited, which high streets you visit regularly, eating out and your choice of entertainment.

Please spend a few minutes to complete this questionnaire. The results will allow us to monitor the performance of the town, the success of marketing campaigns and business support and will help to shape future activity to support high street businesses across the borough.

The survey will close on 12 May 2022.

At the end of the questionnaire, there is an opportunity to win two tickets to see the ‘Crooked Spire Medieval, Murder-Mystery Musical’ on its opening night at the Pomegranate Theatre on Thursday 19 May 2022.

Complete the survey. 

You can find out more about what’s on offer across our local high streets in Chesterfield by going to: https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/visiting/

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Newborns highlight Rare Breeds success at Chatsworth

While visitors have been enjoying the sights and sounds of its latest newborns this spring, Chatsworth Farmyard has been particularly celebrating the latest additions to its breeding programme for rare and sometimes critically endangered animals.

Two Albion calves, Bronte and Queenie, have been born in the past ten days. Originally called the ‘Bakewell Blues’ because of their origins in Derbyshire, Albions are listed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) as the most rare ‘priority’ breed.

Meanwhile, Eugenie, Chatsworth’s Suffolk Punch mare is expecting another foal in the next couple of weeks, having successfully delivered visitor favourite ‘Huxley’ last year. The RBST considers the Suffolk Punch to be critically endangered with fewer than 500 purebred horses registered in the UK. Eugenie is one of only 72 female Suffolk Punches, making them more endangered than the Giant Panda.

Bagot goat kids and Gloucester Old Spot piglets are due soon and are listed as ‘at risk’ breeds while the farmyard is also hoping for some rare breed chicks from its Derbyshire Redcap chickens.

The Farmyard has been welcoming plenty of newborns this spring, though not all are rare breeds.  A Donkey foal, lambs, goat kids and piglets are all expected additions in the next few weeks.

Chatsworth Farmyard is home to a number of the country’s rarest breeds of livestock and equines, including Suffolk Punch horses, Shire horses, Albion cattle, Bagot goats and Cream Legbar and Derbyshire Redcap chickens, as well as British Landrace pigs and Eriskay ponies.

“We are delighted to welcome our two beautiful Albion calves. They’re incredibly rare and I have always wanted to have some of these wonderful cows here. Given their local heritage it feels like the perfect fit at Chatsworth Farmyard,” said Farmyard Manager, Melissa Underwood.

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) awarded RBST accreditation to Chatsworth Farmyard last year, recognising its important contribution to the conservation of some the rarest livestock and equine breeds native to the UK.

RBST is the national charity that works to secure the future of rare breeds of native livestock and equines. Chatsworth Farmyard is now part of the 25-strong network of RBST accredited farm parks which take part in crucial conservation programmes, manage special breeding groups, and support education about rare breeds and why they matter.

Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground is open daily to visitors (www.chatsworth.org).

Chatsworth supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 190 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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