Tripadvisor accolade for Chesterfield Museum

Chesterfield Museum has received a Certificate of Excellence award from online review site, tripadvisor.

Owned and managed by Chesterfield Borough Council, the popular attraction on St Mary’s Gate, was given a certificate of excellence after receiving positive reviews from visitors.

The museum has a loyal fan base with more than 800 adults and children going along to its recent Lego Day event which saw children colouring Lego figurines, decorating Lego biscuits as well as making creations from Lego.

The current Down the Track exhibition, which runs until 18 July and showcases Chesterfield’s railway history, has also proved popular with thousands of people looking it up on social media.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “Chesterfield Museum proves to be a popular attraction with visitors old and young and this award is proof of this.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has come along, enjoyed themselves and left positive feedback.”

The museum is also encouraging visitors to show why they enjoy coming to the attraction as part of the I Love Museums campaign led by the National Museum Directors’ Council.

People can visit the I Love Museums website at where they can say why their local museum means so much to them as well as share photos showing their love of museums.

Chesterfield Museum is open each Monday, Thursday Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

(Image shows Councillor Amanda Serjeant, cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence.)

Chesterfield Museum

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Become a sports journalist for a day at Proact Stadium

A pioneering sports media workshop is being held for budding reporters at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium this July.

Aimed at youngsters who are considering a career in the media, the one-day programme will feature sessions on writing and interviewing skills, together with commentary. A mock press conference will also be held, providing those taking part with an opportunity to interview a personality from the club.

Participants will be presented with a certificate of attendance at half-time in a match at the Proact and a DVD featuring their commentary on a goal.

The workshop has been devised by Chesterfield’s head of media & communications, Nick Johnson, who has worked as a journalist/broadcaster for over 20 years. He is the longest-serving reporter on Sky Sports’ popular Soccer Saturday show – covering around 750 matches – and also works on a freelance basis for various other leading media organisations including Reuters and Press Association Sport.

Explaining the thinking behind the initiative, Johnson said: “Having spoken to a number of pupils who have expressed interest in a career in the media, I came up with the idea of a workshop aimed at giving youngsters a better understanding of the skills required to work in the industry.
“I feel very fortunate to have earned a living from doing something I love and I am looking forward to passing on some of my knowledge and experience to others. It will be an intensive programme, with plenty of practical advice provided, so places are strictly limited.”

The Sports Media Workshop takes place at The Hub at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on 30th July.  To find out more please email

Sports media workshop Proact

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Free admission to Chesterfield Festival of Cricket prelude

Visitors have a rare opportunity to enjoy first class cricket for free at picturesque Queen’s Park on Wednesday evening when Chesterfield are set to challenge Derbyshire in a Twenty20 game.

The event, which takes place on Wednesday 1st July is a prelude to the much-awaited Autoworld XC90 Chesterfield Festival of Cricket which starts with a NatWest T20 Blast game against Northants four days later.

Starting at 6.00pm, the game is sponsored by Brampton Brewery who will be selling their award-winning real ale alongside other light refreshments and a barbecue.

On the evening Derbyshire intend playing their full T20 team and with Graeme Welch wanting a strong challenge the Chesterfield team is packed with some outstanding players from the Derbyshire leagues.

Kevin Dean captains the side and will be supported by Chesterfield coach Chris Marples. Overseas players down to play are Australian test bowler Michael Beer (Swarkestone) and fellow countryman Josh Clarke (Ockbrook), South Africans Jurie Snyman (Denby) and Ryan Cartwright (Eckington) and Josh Savage (Cutthorpe) as well as New Zealand’s Graeme Tryon (Spondon).

Chesterfield hope to have two players in the side with Canadian Nitish Kumar and Worcestershire’s Ross Whiteley depending on, respectively, commitments to the ICC World T20 Cup and a Championship game at Trent Bridge.

Chesterfield Cricket Club

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Chesterfield prepares to compete in Derbyshire School Games Event

Around 1,000 children across Derbyshire, including a number from schools in Chesterfield are on their marks for the Derbyshire School Games Event – an exciting and fully-inclusive national competition designed to motivate and enthuse young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

The Derbyshire event, which takes place at Trent College, in Long Eaton will see London 2012 Olympic athlete Eilish McColgan in attendance to give inspiration to youngsters, who have qualified for this stage through excellent performances in District or School Sport Partnership Level Two competitions.

Her appearance has been made possible by Sporting Champions, a Sport England initiative that brings world-class athletes face-to-face with young people and young adults.

“I was lucky enough to represent Great Britain in my sport of athletics through lots of hard work and dedication,” said McColgan.

“At the Sainsbury’s Derbyshire School Games I will be hoping to see the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future with so many talented youngsters in action, but, most importantly, it will be great to see young competitors having fun, making friends and giving their best.”

At a local level, the Sainsbury’s School Games are delivered by schools, School Games organisers, clubs, the ten School Sport Partnerships across Derbyshire, Derbyshire Sport and other local partners.

James Gregory, Director of Operations at hosts Trent College, said: “We have a proud history of sports participation at the school and are delighted to be able to welcome youngsters from across the county back to our facilities, after first hosting the event in 2013.

“Whatever their age or ability, it will be great to see young people getting enjoyment out of physical activity, which will hopefully become a positive habit in their lives as they grow into adulthood.”

The event will be compered by Jim Fearn from Derbyshire Dales District Council and you can Tweet your pictures and updates to #DSGE2015.

Schools in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire which have qualified to date (some schools are still involved in qualifying competitions):

  • Netherthorpe School (Staveley);
  • Springwell Community College (Staveley);
  • Old Hall Junior School (Chesterfield);
  • Newbold CofE VA Primary School (Chesterfield);
  • Mary Swanwick Community Primary School (Old Whittington);
  • Newbold Community School (Chesterfield);
  • Eckington School, Tupton Hall School, Deer Park Primary School (Wingerworth).

Derbyshire School Games

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Chesterfield Artisan Market Returns on Sunday

The Chesterfield Artisan Market will return for a second month this Sunday 28 June with more stalls and even more fun for the whole family.

Last month the popular event attracted thousands of visitors to the town who all enjoyed quality artisan foods, quirky, bespoke, original craft items and delicious aromas in the street food court.

Taking place at New Square at Chesterfield Market, the market will once again feature musical entertainment and creative workshops for children by StraightCurves.

Organisers say the range of artisan producers will be even more diverse this time with traders offering local meat, cider, cheese, raw milk, award-winning pies, cheesecakes, old-school cornflake tarts, cookies and Eccles cakes.

There will also be plenty of non-food items including soaps, doodle art, photography, artwork and doggy paraphernalia, watercolours, hand-crafted fabric bags, leather satchels and cards – all in addition to the vast array of talented traders at the last event.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said:-

“We had lots of really positive feedback from traders, visitors and local business owners after the first artisan market in May.

“People really enjoyed the quality and value of the artisan food and gifts on offer and I am sure this one, with the extended opening time, will be bigger and better than before.”

Denise Valente, director of The Market Co, said:-

“The welcome we received from Chesterfield visitors was overwhelming. Everyone was thrilled with the diverse range of goods on offer – quite different to anything that has been brought to Chesterfield before, as well as the incredible atmosphere created in the street food arena.

“Each month we will add new artisans to the market hopefully making it one of the very best destinations in Derbyshire.”

Chesterfield Artisan Market is run by Chesterfield Borough Council in association with The Market Co and will take place next on Sunday 28 June in New Square. In response to feedback the event will start earlier at 10.30am and run through to 4pm.

Chesterfield Artisan Market

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Danish Furniture Store JYSK Opens in Chesterfield

More jobs have been created for Chesterfield with the opening of a Danish furniture store, JYSK.

Shoppers were invited to enjoy an authentic Danish breakfast at an official launch, with the mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Barry Bingham and his wife, June attending to cut the ribbon.

Known as one of the world’s largest retail furniture groups, with more than 2,200 stores in 37 countries, JYSK chose Chesterfield based on the market town’s retail health and Markham Retail Park’s ability to serve approximately 45,000 households.

Steve Stenhouse, JYSK country manager says:-

“Our stores have always had a following with great value for money shoppers, who are looking to add Scandinavian style to their home – perfect for Chesterfield.”

JYSK Chesterfield offers a range of garden furniture, beds, mattresses, duvets, sofas, dining table sets, housewares and home textiles all at affordable prices.

JYSK Chesterfield

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Chesterfield College fashion students show off their talents

Chesterfield College fashion students dazzled audiences at the end of year fashion show this week with their amazing creations including fabulous 1960’s themed creations and a sneak preview of costumes designed and created for the Little Shop of Horrors performance at the Pomegranate Theatre next week.

From pop art, space race and psychedelic themed creations of the first years to a range of stunning and a variety of intricate themed designs by the second years the range of skills and creativity on display was inspiring.

The outfits on the catwalk were the culmination of a year of work from first and second year fashion students who have been perfecting their technical skills in making and design and developing their knowledge of other aspects needed for a career in the fashion industry such as manufacturing, marketing and promotion.

Second Year Fashion Diploma student Anna Proffitt, 18 said:-

“Preparing for the fashion show has been hard work but really exciting. My grandma taught me to sew and sparked my passion for fashion so I think she’d be really proud to see my 1930’s inspired collection on the catwalk.

Although making and designing are exciting I have really enjoyed the other modules of the course and it has opened my eyes to the range of career options there are. The next step for me is a degree in fashion promotion and communication.”

Damanjeet Kaur, 22 moved to Chesterfield from Birmingham to study art because she loved drawing. She soon realised that her interest was in drawing clothes and textiles so her tutors encouraged her to start the diploma in fashion. She said:-

“Seeing my second year work on the catwalk was absolutely amazing. It made me realise that two years ago I didn’t even know I could design and make clothes and now I am thinking about a degree in fashion.”

Amie Watson, Fashion Tutor from Chesterfield College said:-

“The fashion show is a great way to highlight what our students are capable of and to teach them so many skills that are needed for a career in fashion. They have worked really hard and shown some amazing talent. When I think how far some students have progressed from when they first joined us to being able to make outfits like the ones we have seen today it makes me very proud.”

Chesterfield College Fashion Show

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Sell-out 2015 Chesterfield Retail Awards bigger and better than ever before

More than 140 people will witness this year’s Chesterfield Retail Awards winners being crowned at the sell-out award ceremony on Wednesday 24 June.

Following last year’s runaway success, the ceremony has moved to a bigger venue and organiser Destination Chesterfield has, once again, witnessed unprecedented demand.

This year, the Chesterfield Retail Awards is being held at the Winding Wheel, where the ceremony will be hosted by popular Peak FM breakfast show duo Becky Measures and James Summers.

James and Becky commented: “We’re honoured and privileged to be hosting the 2015 Chesterfield Retail Awards. We thinks it’s absolutely brilliant for the town. There’s a real buzz about the town and everyone is talking about it. A massive well down to all the finalists.”

At the awards, 36 Chesterfield retailers will battle it out to be named the very best in their respective categories. The 16 categories recognise the very best independent shops, high street stores and market traders in the town.

  • Hair and Beauty Business of the Year
  • Fashion and Footwear Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by In the Works PR
  • Jewellery and Accessories Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by the Pavements Shopping Centre
  • Home and Gifts Retailer of the Year
  • Children’s Clothes, Toys & Accessories Retailer of the Year
  • Food and Drink Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by BHP Accountants
  • Phones and Technology Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Mitchells Accountants and Business Advisers
  • Leisure Retailer of the Year (Sports, Hobbies, Crafts or Outdoor) Sponsored by Peak FM
  • Market Trader of the Year – Sponsored by Chesterfield Borough Council
  • Independent Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Jumble Design
  • National/Multiple Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Vicar Lane
  • Excellence in Customer Service – Sponsored by Learning Unlimited
  • Market Hall Business of the Year – Sponsored by Kier
  • Best New Store (Opened 2014/2015) – Sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors
  • Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by East Midlands Chamber

This year, the awards are hosting an additional category – Vicar Lane Shopping Centre’s Retailer of the Year Award, which will name town’s favourite retailer based on Vicar Lane and Steeplegate in the town centre and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Other supporters of the awards include eBusiness Works and the Derbyshire Times.

You can keep up-to-date with the awards on Twitter, instagram and facebook by using the hashtag #retailawards15.

To find out more about the 2015 Chesterfield Retail Awards visit

Chesterfield Retail Awards 2014, held in the Market Hall Assembly Rooms.

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CBeebies Star Has the Perfect Mix for Family Fun at Chatsworth Country Fair

CBeebies TV star Katy Ashworth, presenter of ‘I Can Cook’, the channel’s flagship series which encourages children under six to get cooking, will be bringing her fun interactive show to the Chatsworth Country Fair this year.

Joining the tasty line up of live shows at the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre, Katy will be playing fun and silly games and getting everyone up on their feet and joining in with the fun. After each of her three performances on Friday 4 September – at 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm, Katy will be out and about meeting children, answering their questions, signing autographs and taking photos.

A well-known face to thousands of children and their families, Katy is just one of the ingredients that will make for a great family day out at Chatsworth Country Fair, which once again is delivering great value with children under 14 getting in free.

Find more information about the event here.

CBeebies Katy Ashworth

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Sponsor announced for Chesterfield Festival of Cricket

Chesterfield Champion, Autoworld, Chesterfield, has become the official sponsor of this summer’s Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, held in association with Chesterfield Borough Council at Queen’s Park

Autoworld, one of the leading new and used car dealerships in Derbyshire, have thrown its support behind the six-day festival, which starts on Sunday 5 July and includes NatWest T20 Blast clashes against Northants Steelbacks and local rivals Yorkshire Vikings, and a LV= County Championship fixture versus Glamorgan.

The Autoworld Volvo XC90 Chesterfield Festival of Cricket – will represent the third successive year that title sponsorship has been attributed to a commercial partner for the annual event, which is celebrating its tenth successive year since its return in 2006.

Tony Cordin, Autoworld Managing Director said: “It’s exciting for us, as a local dealership, to be affiliated with the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, which is one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar in the area.

“We will have a selection of our cars at the six-day long festival including the new Volvo XC90, a luxury seven-seater 4×4, which is available to view and test drive from our dealership in Chesterfield.

“We are very much looking forward to an entertaining week of summer sporting entertainment.”

Derbyshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “We are delighted to have Autoworld as our principal festival sponsors for what is our tenth successive year back at Queen’s Park.

“The Chesterfield Festival is always one of the highlights of the summer and we are looking forward to another fantastic week of cricket.” 

Find out more about the Festival and how to book tickets.

Autoworld sponsor Chesterfield Festival of Cricket


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Volunteer with Chesterfield Marathon to Raise Money for Charity of Your Choice

People who choose to give up their time in support of the second Chesterfield Marathon will now earn money for their chosen charity thanks to a new initiative launched by organisers of the event.

The ‘Volunteer Share Scheme’ allows charities to collect ‘shares’ in the race day profits, with every volunteer that an organisation puts forward equalling one share.

Once all the money raised by the Chesterfield Marathon has been collected, 25 per cent of the final profits will be split amongst the organisations – using the ‘shares’ that have been created by volunteers.

The rest of the profits raised at the marathon, which takes place on Sunday 20th September, will once again be donated to Kids n Cancer UK, based in Chesterfield and organisers of the event. The charity specialises in securing proton therapy treatment for children with different forms of cancer and at the same time helping and funding living and accommodation for patients and their families.

Volunteer duties will include manning drinks stations to providing first aid, selling prize draw tickets, programmes and manning the runner enrolment desks on the day of the marathon. All volunteers will be given branded clothing, refreshments and food whilst on duty as well as a ‘Volunteers Village’ to return to in Queen’s Park, where the volunteers can meet, swap stories and relax after the race is complete.

Mike Hyman, co-founder of Kids n Cancer UK and organiser of the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon, said: “Our volunteers provide us with invaluable support in the lead up to and on race day.

“Volunteering at an event of this scale is extremely rewarding and is a fantastic way for people to get involved who want to show their support but are not actually taking part in the race itself.

“We hope that the Volunteer Share Scheme will give charities and organisations further incentive to get involved in the marathon and it means that, whatever their size, they can get something back in return. We are looking forward to seeing lots of kind hearted people there helping us and their chosen causes.”

This year, all the races will start and finish at Queen’s Park in Chesterfield, along with some other route changes (following feedback from last year’s inaugural marathon) to improve traffic control and access, as well as added interest for the runners. Full details for the route changes, as well as the activities on race day are on the Marathon website.

Running options on the day include the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Fun Run and Team Relay race (where four competitors take a share of the course).

For more information about the Volunteer Share Scheme or to sign up as a runner in the Chesterfield Marathon, visit

(Photo: – (left to right) Chesterfield Marathon’s project manager Andrea Hooley, Kids ‘n’ Cancer’s co-founder June Hyman, CEO and co-founder Mike Hyman and Chesterfield Marathon’s volunteer co-ordinator Julie Harrington)

Volunteer Share Scheme Chesterfield Marathon

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