DARLEY ABBEY HISTORICAL GROUP


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FOUNDED 2004

Chairman – Alan Bradwell (tel. 557203)

Secretary – Marie Gibson (tel. 552837)

New members always welcome. See our Membership section

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NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2019 No. 90

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 20th September, Clarissa Malpas  will talk on “Tax Care and Toy Boys”.

On 18th October, Malcolm Hopton  will talk on “Birding in the USA”.

On 15th November, John Hawkins will speak on “Stories behind Plants”

Remember meetings start at 7.00pm.

Future Meetings at the year-end are being disrupted by the need to renew the roof on the Village Hall.  The Hall is not available in December & January, so we have had to re-arrange Speakers, Venues, Dates and Times.  The new arrangements are :-

On Wednesday 18th December in the Church Fellowship Room at 7.30pm.  Sheila & Roy’s “Guess the Object Quiz” followed by the Xmas Fuddle – Please bring food & drink for yourself & to share with others.

On Friday 16th January 2020 in the Church Fellowship Room at 7.30pm. DAHG AGM, followed by a talk by Alan Bradwell on “Some Mysteries of Duffield”.

Apologies for this disturbance, but it is all beyond our control.

EVENTS

Committee Meeting

Your Committee met in August and approved the Minutes of last year’s meeting; a copy will be sent to all paid-up members as agreed.  At the meeting it was agreed to revert to the old fee-regime of £10/year membership and £1 per meeting & £3 for visitors, because the changes had not increased attendance or income. Also we will revert to the old start time of 7.30pm in January 2021, because next year’s 2020 Talks Programme is already fixed by Margaret & Marie for 7.00pm starts.

DVM / WHS Discovery Days

On Saturday 26th October from 12.30 – 5pm we will be holding an Exhibition on “Transport in Darley Abbey” in the Village Hall. This is our part of the Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Week with a “Transport” theme, and there will be special ‘Transport’ events along the whole valley – see the poster on our website: Programme Brochures are available too at the shop etc..  Our Exhibition will cover all forms of transport in Darley from Roman Roads to Trams and Trolley Buses. We are preparing a series of Display Boards to show all aspects of Transport in Darley, derived from our Research Reports, to show Roman Roads & Bridges, Copper & Lead Transport routes, Transport to the Norman Monasteries, Turnpike Roads, Movement of goods by Canals & Rivers, River Derwent Activities, Modern Road developments, Local Railways and Trams and Buses.

Again if you have any ‘Transport in Darley’ material, either memories or photos, the odder the better, can it be loaned for the show?  Do you have photos or memories of cotton and cotton products arriving or leaving Darley via horse & cart, canal or lorry or the railway shunt ?   If you can help in preparing Display Boards, please get in touch.

We will need helpers for setting up the screens and displays, in manning the sales stalls and in clearing away at 5pm.

Roy and Sheila will be showing CD’s about Darley in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Room from 4 – 5pm.

Darley Legacy Makers

We attended a well-attended start-up meeting at St. Matthew’s Church on Sat. 27th July 2.30 – 5pm.  Helen Bates of Derby / Notts. Universities and Bright Ideas of Nottingham has secured Lottery Funding to begin a research project looking at the contribution made by slaves to the production of cotton in America, on the routes and means by which cotton was imported to and exported from Darley and on the working lives of Darley residents in the mills.  The aim is to make the contribution of the slaves in America to the wealth of Britain more prominent in the DVM/WHS cotton-mill story.  This is of interest to us and complements our own work.  The aim is to train students and local people in Local History Research by using Public Record Office and Local Studies material, as well as our Archive.  DAHG members are invited to take part in the project.

RESEARCH

Darley Booklets,

The Booklets project is moving fast, and we have now published 6 booklets (Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7), thanks mainly to Tony’s endeavours.  He has agreed various permissions and a separate licence with English Heritage to use material (text & photos) from their Report on ‘Darley Cotton Mills’.

Two other booklets are in progress, one possibly on “The Darley Mill Strike of 1917”.

The Booklets are available now and at the October Exhibition, cost £2.50.

If you would like to tackle a booklet, ‘Modern Darley’ and ‘Ten Famous Darleians’ are still available, or perhaps some other title/area of your choice ? Tony can assist with the format / files and will organise the production and printing.

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  Some of them attended the ‘Church 200 Exhibition’ in June, bringing memorabilia and photos, which Barrie & Liz scanned and copied and recorded for our Archive.  We have also received copies of much interesting mill-material from the Nelson family.  For these projects to really take off we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and perhaps the scanning and storage of photos. This new material in our Archive could lead to its issue as a DAHG Report.  Any Volunteers ?

Darley Park Multi-user Path

The Boat-house to Ballustrade section of the path has now been tarmacced.  The sub-structure of the new bridge over the mill fleam is now in place and the boardwalk over Olers Field is progressing.  We are watching the progress.  No damage appears to have been done, nor anything exposed, in this area rich in archaeological features.

       

 

Lavender Row Culvert

This monastic (?) culvert coming down Lavender Row & Mileash Lane suffered a sink-hole during August, to which we were alerted.  DCC investigated and found a 2m. deep hole in the lane behind the new Mileash cottages (built 1880 ?), probably caused by a cracked sewer, which they repaired.  This gave another chance to see and examine this stone-slab culvert, which DCC exposed in 2017 in Marie’s garden and at the bus-stop.  The culvert clearly passed under the cottages. It can be traced back to springs at Slack Lane on Duffield Rd. and is likely to be part of the Abbey’s monastic water supply system.

         

Tony Lintott adds …….

Contact me if you need help when writing one of our booklets. We have a standard format so, if you want, you can start writing right now on any Darley-related subject and I / we can fit your text, photos and graphics into the required format quite easily when you’re ready for the booklet production stage. Please use Microsoft Word or similar programme for your creation(s).

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. All emails come to me and I distribute as appropriate.

NEWSLETTER JULY 2019 No. 89

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 19th July, Joy Lewandoska  will talk on “Topiary of Lost Theatre in France”.

In August, there is no meeting, other than a Committee Meeting on the19th. at 7pm.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm..

EVENTS

Church 200 Exhibition

Well Done to all who took part in the week-ends’ “Exhibition on Church 200 years”, whether preparing material & displays, manning the family-tree & computer stalls, staffing the sales table, fetching & carrying & setting up the screens & displays, showing their personal memorabilia, talking to the many visitors or just being a visitor. It all went very well and the number of visitors made the preparation & effort worth-while.

We took £142 from sales of DAHG Booklets & other Goods & new members joining.

There was much interest by old Darleians in the material.

Thanks also to DACA and Janet for use of facilities and for help on the day..

Once again, well done every-one!

 DVM / WHS Discovery Days

We will be holding an Exhibition on “Transport in Darley Abbey” on Saturday 26th October from 12.30 – 5pm in the Village Hall.   This is our part of the Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Week with a “Transport” theme, and there will be special ‘transport’ events along the whole valley.  Our Exhibition will cover all forms of transport in Darley from Roman Roads to Monastic Tracks to Canals to Railways to Trams and Trolley Buses.  Again if you have any ‘Transport in Darley’ material, either memories or photos, the odder the better, can it be loaned for the show?  Do you have photos or memories of ctton and cotton products arriving or leaving Darley via horse & cart, canal or lorry or the railway shunt?

Roy and Sheila will be showing CD’s about Darley in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Room from 4 – 5pm.

Other local events are:   

 

Darley Legacy Makers

Helen Bates of Derby/ Notts. Universities and Bright Ideas of Nottingham has secured Lottery Funding to begin a research project looking at the working lives of Darley residents in the mills and on the routes and means by which cotton was imported to and exported from Darley.  This is of interest to us and complements our own work.  The aim is to train students and local people in Local History Research by using Public Record Office and Local Studies material, as well as our Archive.  DAHG members are invited to take part in the project.  A start-up meeting will take place at St. Matthew’s Church on Sat. 27th July 2.30 – 5pm.  If you want to help and get involved, sign up tonight.

Village Hall Closure

The City Council intend to renew the roof of the Hall, which was to have taken place during our ‘dead’ period in August.  But that has been postponed and will now take place in Dec. 2019 / Jan. 2020 over 8 weeks.  This means that our Talks programme will be disrupted for December and possibly January, and will need to remove to another venue.  We will keep you informed of developments.

RESEARCH

Darley Booklets,

The Booklets project is moving fast, and we have now published 5 booklets (Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6, 7), thanks mainly to Tony’s endeavours.  He has agreed permission and a licence with English Heritage to use material (text & photos) from their Report on ‘Darley Cotton Mills’. Anthony Attwood has been invited to comment before publication. At least two other booklets are in progress.

The booklets sold well at the ‘Church 200 Exhibition’ in June, 40+ being bought.

If you would like to tackle a booklet, ‘Modern Darley’ and ‘Ten Famous Darleians’ are still available, or perhaps some other title/area of your choice?

If you would like to buy a booklet, please email us or use the Contact page

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  Some of them attended the ‘Church 200 Exhibition’ in June, bringing memorabilia and photos, which Barrie & Liz scanned and copied and recorded for our Archive.  For these projects to really take off we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and perhaps the scanning and storage of photos. This new material in our Archive could lead to its issue as a DAHG Report.  Any Volunteers?

Darley Park Multi-user Path

The Boat-house section of the path has now been surfaced with tarmac.

The next section up to The Slade of ‘no-dig road’ has been prepared by digging with a digger down about 10 inches (25cm.) ! !  Whether this is to be tarmacced remains to be seen.

 

This section will cross the site of several archaeological features (medieval culvert; Roman road & bridge buttress).  The section north of the balustrade and wooden bridge is a pile-driven boardwalk, and no archaeological surveys are being carried out because the piling will be shallow !  This field (Olers/cricket) has several buried buildings of unknown age.

We will need to watch the work progress. Please make contact if you see something going on. You may be the first to see it.

Darley Slade Gatehouse

We have had a positive response from DCC regarding a proposed Archaeological Survey between Darley Grove and the River Derwent in The Slade area, which has a lot of archaeological features, according to our surveys.  We will be investigating the cost of various surface geophysical surveys (i.e. non-damaging), and then looking for a professional partner, and then Funding from a variety of sources.

Burley Hill Pottery

We are also seeking a positive response from DCC Parks for a Geophysical survey in Allestree Park at Burley Hill to try to trace a medieval (?) culvert and to find the kilns of the medieval pottery, probably owned by the Abbey of Darley.  This would follow The Slade survey, if that is revealing.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;  New Road Trenches;   Church Lane Culvert;   Lavender Row Culvert;

Ice-house Display Area :-  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development    —   no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —   the owner will keep us informed, probably late this year though.

We have recently been dowsing at the Ashbourne Road Allotments site, an area that was within Darley’s Medieval Abbey precinct many hundreds of years ago. Our finds appear to confirm that the Roman Road from Little Chester/Strutts Fort leading SW to Litchfield runs through the allotments. This is, of course, the start of Rykneld Street. Pottery and other finds have been unearthed too; our local expert will be taking a look. Talk to us if you’d like to know more. A link to their website has been placed in the Info section of ours. Have a read, it’s a really interesting set up and there are plots available! This is a picture of some of the finds.

 

 

 

And another

Alan mentions old Darleians making contact. This is becoming a fascinating aspect of our group’s work and for our Archives/Library team of Barrie and Liz. Recently we/they have established that one Darley ancestor lived in a very old part of Derby, off London Road. This was featured in the Derby Telegraph Bygones section, with a couple of photos. See here, https://drive.wps.com/d/APtFCdfl9vsjgIDAsvv9EQ

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting.

Our Blog has now been accessed in 30 countries around the world. We’re also well past the 5000 page-hits barrier and receive 5/6 hits per day. Not bad for a small group.

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Web Editor

NEWSLETTER JUNE 2019 No. 88

NEXT  MEETINGS

For the 21st June meeting, Bernie Petley cancelled last week.

Fortunately Marie has stepped in and will deliver her talk on our local school flit, “From St. Matthews to Walter Evans”; this is relevant to the forthcoming 200 yr. St. Matthews Celebrations.  Our thanks to Marie for that.

On 19th July, Joy Lewandska  will talk on “Topiary of Lost Theatre in France”.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm. not as was shown in some local magazines.

John Nelson

Many DAHG members were at John Nelson’s funeral on June 3rd.  John was in at the start of the Group and contributed important information about the village and its history, particularly about its underground tunnels and its water courses and pipe-lines.  Followed by a fine reception at the West Mill Wedding Venue and a chance to explore the Mill again.

EVENTS

St. Matthew’s Church 200 yr. Celebrations

https://stmatthewschurchdarleyabbey.wordpress.com/bicentenary/#

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey.

We DAHG will hold an Exhibition of our Archive material (maps, brochures, newspapers, etc.) relevant to the Church’s history on Saturday 29th June from 1 – 4pm. in the Village Hall.  We will need helpers for setting up at 12:30 and clearing away afterwards after 4pm.

We have had Committee meetings to decide what Church-related material we will show from our Archive and are preparing displays.   We will be including documents and photos about St. Matthews Church of England School.  The Church sub-committee will also be displaying their “Church Time-Line”. If you have family records or photos from early St. Matthew’s history, could you lend these for the Exhibition?   We will look after them carefully.

We will also have a display of Family History material, where you can look up your Darley ancestors and start your Family Tree. Come and find out about your Darley house in the past. There will also be DAHG items to buy – see later in this newsletter.

Darley WI will also provide a Victorian Tea Room to complement the Exhibition, with tea & cakes.

Our event is under the banner, “Who would live in a place like Darley Abbey?” being promoted by DACA.

DVM / WHS Discovery Days

We will be holding an Exhibition on “Transport in Darley Abbey” on Saturday 26th October from 12.30 – 5pm in the Village Hall.   This is our part of the Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Week with a “Transport” theme, and there will be special ‘transport’ events along the whole valley.  Our Exhibition will cover all forms of transport in Darley from Roman Roads to Monastic Tracks to Canals to Railways to Trams and Trolley Buses.  Again if you have any ‘Transport in Darley’ material, either memories or photos, the odder the better, can it be loaned for the show?  Do you have photos or memories of cotton and cotton products arriving or leaving Darley via horse & cart, lorry or the railway shunt ?

Roy and Sheila will be showing CD’s about Darley in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Room from 4 – 5pm.

RESEARCH

Darley Booklets

You will have seen from recent emails that we plan to issue and make available for sale a series of 10+ Booklets for the general public all about Darley Abbey, like Thorsten’s booklet on “Darley in Newspapers”. These will both generate interest and increase funds.  Subjects will cover all eras, Roman to Monastic to Industrial, and people’s lives as well as buildings.  They will complement the two projects below.

At least two new Booklets will be available for the upcoming Exhibitions. Look at our list and, “Could you write one?”

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  Some of them have said they will be attending our two future Exhibitions, bringing Memorabilia.  For these projects to really take off we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and perhaps the scanning and storage of photos. This new material in our new archive could lead to its issue as a DAHG Report.  Any Volunteers ?  See later in Tony’s section ….

Darley Legacy Makers

A meeting was held with Helen Bates of Derby University to discuss access for students to our Archive and help from DAHG members in a proposed research project looking at the working lives of Darley residents in the mills and on the routes and means by which cotton was imported to and exported from Darley.  This is of interest to us and complements the two items above.  The project is now underway, (Heritage Lottery Funded) and a start-up meeting will take place at St. Matthew’s Church on Sat. 27th July 2.30 – 5pm.  If you want to help and get involved, sign up

Darley Park Multi-user Path

DCC informed us that work had begun on the path.  Four trenches were dug on the south (Boathouse) section of the path-line (only one was watched due to late notice of a dig) to survey whether there was archaeology beneath, but nothing but modern industrial waste was found.  A full road will be laid on this section.

We questioned DCC about further surveys; no surveys are being carried out on the next section up to the balustrade, because it is a no-dig path laid on the surface.  That section will cross the site of several archaeological features (medieval culvert; Roman road & bridge buttress).  The section north of the balustrade and wooden bridge is a pile-driven boardwalk, and no archaeological surveys are being carried out because the piling will be shallow !  This field (Olers/cricket) has several buried buildings of unknown age.

We will need to watch the work progress. Please make contact if you see something going on. You may be the first to see it.

Darley Slade Gatehouse – no response from DCC yet regarding a proposed Archaeological Survey, but the archaeological survey & dig on the path above is within the area we want to survey !

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;  New Road Trenches;   Church Lane Culvert;   Lavender Row Culvert; Ice-house Display Area :-  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month, perhaps when the weather improves.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development    —   no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —   the owner will keep us informed, probably late this year though.

OTHER

We have recently been dowsing at the Ashbourne Road Allotments site, an area that was within Darley’s Medieval Abbey precinct many hundreds of years ago. Our finds appear to confirm that the Roman Road from Little Chester/Strutts Fort leading SW to Litchfield runs through the allotments. This is, of course, the start of Rykneld Street. Pottery and other finds have been unearthed too; our local expert will be taking a look. Talk to us if you’d like to know more. A link to their website has been placed in the Info section of ours. Have a read, it’s a really interesting set up and there are plots available!

Alan mentions old Darleians making contact. This is becoming a fascinating aspect of our group’s work and for our Archives/Library team of Barrie and Liz. Recently we/they have established that one Darley ancestor lived in a very old part of Derby, off London Road. This was featured in the Derby Telegraph Bygones section, with a couple of photos. See here, https://drive.wps.com/d/APtFCdfl9vsjgIDAsvv9EQ

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting.

Our Blog has now been accessed in 30 countries around the world. We’re also well past the 5000 page-hits barrier and receive 5/6 hits per day. Not bad for a small group.

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Website Editor – Tony Lintott

NEWSLETTER MAY 2019 No. 87

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 17th May, DACA will hold their AGM briefly, to be followed by a talk by David Down on “Mastermind”.

On 21st June, Bernie Petley will talk on “Magic”.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm. not as shown in some local magazines.

EVENTS

Open Day &  Fayre

Thanks to all who took part in the Open Day and Fayre on Saturday 27th April.  There were lots of helpers and goods for sale and lots of visitors.   The display of “The Erica Perry Collection of boards about the History of Darley Abbey”, recently donated by her family, along with local photographs and memorabilia, was very busy and appreciated by visitors & members.

   

More than £350 was raised on the day, including a donation by Rosemary in memory of past-member Thorsten Sjolin.  Many familiar and new faces were met on the day.  Well done to the organising team of Marie, Carol, Sheila & Maureen, and to Ann & Helen for great refreshments on the day.

St. Matthew’s Church 200 yr. Celebrations

https://stmatthewschurchdarleyabbey.wordpress.com/bicentenary/#

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey.

We DAHG will hold an Exhibition of our Archive material (maps, brochures, newspapers, etc.) relevant to the Church’s history on Saturday 29th June from 1 – 4pm. in the Village Hall.  We will need helpers for setting up at 12:30 and clearing away afterwards.

We are looking through our Archive for Church-related material and we are collaborating with the Church sub-committee over display material. If you have family records or photos from early St. Matthew’s history, could you lend these for the Exhibition?   We will look after them carefully.

We will also have a display of Family History material, where you can look up your Darley ancestors and start your Family Tree. Come and find out about your Darley house in the past.

Darley WI will also provide a Victorian Tea Room to complement the Exhibition, with tea & cakes.

Our event is under the banner, “Who would live in a place like Darley Abbey?” being promoted by DACA.

DVM / WHS Discovery Days

We will be holding an Exhibition on “Transport in Darley Abbey” on Saturday 26th October from 12.30 – 5pm in the Village Hall.   This is our part of the Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Week with a “Transport” theme, and there will be special ‘transport’ events along the whole valley.  Our Exhibition will cover all forms of transport in Darley from Roman Roads to Monastic Tracks to Canals to Railways to Trams and Trolley Buses.  Again if you have any ‘Transport in Darley’ material, either memories or photos, the odder the better, can it be loaned for the show?

There will be no Village Tour Walk this year unless a Leader and Steward come forward.

Roy and Sheila will be showing CD’s about Darley in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Room from 4 – 5pm.

RESEARCH

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  Some of them have said they will be attending our two future Exhibitions, bringing Memorabilia.  For these projects to take off, we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and the scanning and storage of photos, perhaps for eventual issue as DAHG Reports.  Any Volunteers ?

See later in Tony’s section ….

Burley Hill Pottery

The Loan Copy of this Report No. is available for your comments.

DVMills / Wayfinding

DVM are sponsoring improved signage and Interpretation Boards in Milford/ Duffield /Darley and we and other Darley Groups held a meeting recently with Peter McGrail, their Consultant, about improvements in Darley.

Darley Slade Gatehouse – no response from DCC yet regarding a proposed Archaeological Survey.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;  New Road Trenches;   Church Lane Culvert;   Lavender Row Culvert;

Ice-house Display Area :-  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month, perhaps when the weather improves.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development    —   no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —   the owner will keep us informed.

Darley Park multi-user path               —   no news yet;  Query sent to DCC and we await their response.

Tony Lintott adds …….

Alan mentions old Darleians making contact. This is becoming a fascinating aspect of our group’s work and for our Archives/Library team of Barrie and Liz. Recently we/they have established that one Darley ancestor lived in a very old part of Derby, off London Road. This was featured in the Derby Telegraph Bygones section, with a couple of photos. See here, https://drive.wps.com/d/APtFCdfl9vsjgIDAsvv9EQ

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting.

Our Blog has now been accessed in 30 countries around the world, the latest being Burkina Faso. We’re also way through the 5000 page-hits barrier and receive around 6 hits per day. Not bad for a small group.

The new committee listing is now on the website following the AGM. Draft, meeting minutes are written.

See the revised Events Programme, having been updated by Alan.

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website Editor

NEWSLETTER APRIL 2019 No. 86

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 19th April, Marie Gibson will deliver Part 2 of her talk on “Derby Pubs in WW1 Project”

On 17th May, DACA will hold their AGM briefly, to be followed by a talk by David Down on “Mastermind”.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm. not as shown in recent “Church”, “Images” and other magazines.

EVENTS

Open Day &  Fayre

DAHG is holding an Open Day and Fayre on Saturday 27th April 2019  10 am – 12noon in the Village Hall.

We need help to fill our stalls with Plants, Tombola Prizes, unwanted Xmas presents and cakes. There will be a display of “The Erica Perry Collection of boards about the History of Darley Abbey”, recently donated by her family, along with local photographs and memorabilia.

Bring your plants, books etc. on the morning 9 – 10am.

We also need help setting up, running and taking down on the day from around 9 am.

St. Matthew’s Church 200 yr. Celebrations

https://stmatthewschurchdarleyabbey.wordpress.com/bicentenary/

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey.

We DAHG will hold an Exhibition of our Archive material (maps, brochures, newspapers, etc.) relevant to the Church’s history on Saturday 29th June from 1 – 4pm. in the Village Hall.  We will need helpers for setting up at 12:30 and clearing away afterwards.

We are looking through our Archive for Church-related material and we are collaborating with the Church sub-committee over display material. If you have family records or photos from early St. Matthew’s history, could you lend these for the Exhibition?   We will look after them carefully.

We will also have a display of Family History material, where you can look up your Darley ancestors and start your Family Tree. Come and find out about your Darley house in the past.

Darley WI will also provide a Victorian Tea Room to complement the Exhibition, with tea & cakes & Victorian dress.

Our event is under the banner, “Who would live in a place like Darley Abbey?” being promoted by DACA.

DVM / WHS Discovery Days

We will be holding an Exhibition on “Transport in Darley Abbey” on Saturday 26th October from 12.30 – 5pm in the Village Hall.   This is our part of the Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Week with a “Transport” theme, and there will be special ‘transport’ events along the whole valley.  Our Exhibition will cover all forms of transport in Darley from Roman Roads to Monastic Tracks to Canals to Railways to Trams and Trolley Buses.  Again if you have any ‘Transport in Darley’ material, either memories or photos, the odder the better, can it be loaned for the show?

There will be no Village Tour Walk this year unless a Leader and Steward come forward.

Roy and Sheila will be showing CD’s about Darley in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Room from 4 – 5pm.

RESEARCH

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  For these projects to take off, we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and the scanning and storage of photos, perhaps for eventual issue as DAHG Reports.  Any Volunteers ?

See later in Tony’s section ….

Burley Hill Pottery

A bit of literature – and map – searching has found the location of the clay-pits used for the pottery and the possibility of some coal-pits for the kilns, in the fields adjacent Burley Hill.  A brief dowsing survey showed that the River Ecclesbourne used to run to the west of the A6 Duffield Rd. all the way to Burley Hill, where there was probably a wharf or quay, for transport of goods.  A Report will be issued shortly.

Darley Slade Gatehouse –  no response from DCC yet regarding a proposed Archaeological Survey.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;                      )

New Road Trenches;                          )

Church Lane Culvert;                          )  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month.

Lavender Row Culvert;                       )  perhaps when the weather improves.

Ice-house Display Area                       )

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development  —     no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —   no news yet

Darley Park multi-user path — no news yet, but Jack Stanton in Allestree Life magazine suggests it is going forward. Query sent to DCC and we await their response.

Tony Lintott adds …….

Alan mentions old Darleians making contact and this is becoming a fascinating aspect of our group’s work and for our Archives/Library team of Barrie and Liz.

Recently we/they have established that one Darley ancestor lived in a very old part of Derby, off London Road. This was featured in the Derby Telegraph Bygones section, with a couple of photos. See here, https://drive.wps.com/d/APtFCdfl9vsjgIDAsvv9EQ 

Look out for more on the above story, as we receive new info. in the coming weeks and months.

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting.  The Blog address is at the bottom of this email however, if you have a smartphone, you can ‘jump’ to the Blog by scanning the QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) below left. It even has our logo within it.

Our Blog has now been accessed in 30 countries around the world, the latest being Burkina Faso. We’re also well through the 5000 page-hits barrier and receive around 6 hits per day. Not bad for a small group.

The new committee listing is now on the website following the AGM. Draft, meeting minutes are written.

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Website Editor – Tony Lintott

NEWSLETTER MARCH 2019 No. 85

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 15th March, Andrew Kawalek will talk on “Education in Egypt”.

On 19th April, Marie Gibson will deliver Part 2 of her talk on “Derby Pubs in WW1 Project”.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm. not as shown in recent “Church”, “Images” and other magazines.

EVENTS

DACA Village Hall Spring Cleaning Day 

Thanks to all DAHG Members who helped on the day.  All the chairs and tables were cleaned and put away to make way for the new daily-use chairs.    The store-room where our filing-cabinets are kept was cleared and re-organised, plus a large cupboard, acquired from DACA to store our larger items such as banners and display boards, was installed and loaded.

Open Day &  Fayre

On Saturday 27th April 2019  10 am -12noon, DAHG is holding an Open Day and Fayre in the Village Hall.

We need help to fill our stalls with Plants, Tombola Prizes, unwanted Xmas presents and cakes.  Bring your items to us early in the morning.

There will be a display of “The Erica Perry Collection of information boards about the History of Darley Abbey”, recently donated to the group by her family, along with local photographs and memorabilia.

We, also need help setting up, running and taking down on the day from around 9 am.

St. Mathew’s Church 200 yr. Celebrations

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey., https://stmatthewschurchdarleyabbey.wordpress.com/bicentenary/#

On Saturday 29th June from 1 – 4pm. in the Village Hall. we, DAHG, will hold an Exhibition of our Archive material (maps, brochures, newspapers, etc.) relevant to the Church’s history   We will need helpers for setting up at 12:30 and clearing away afterwards.

We are looking through our Archive for Church-related material and we are collaborating with the Church sub-committee over display material. If you have family records or photos from early St. Matthew’s history, could you lend these for the Exhibition?   We will look after them carefully.

We will also have a display of Family History material, where you can look up your Darley ancestors and start your Family Tree. Come and find out about your Darley house in the past.

Darley WI will also provide a Victorian Tea Room to complement the Exhibition, with tea & cakes & Victorian dress.

Our event is under the banner, “Who would live in a place like Darley Abbey?” being promoted by DACA.

DVM / WHS Discovery Days

On Saturday 26th October from 12.30 – 5pm, in the Village Hall, we will be holding an Exhibition on “Transport in Darley Abbey”   This is our part of the Derwent Valley Mills Transport-themed Discovery Week. There will be special ‘transport’ events along the whole valley.

Our Exhibition will cover all forms of transport in Darley from Roman Roads to Monastic Tracks to Canals to Railways to Trams and Trolley Buses.  Again if you have any ‘Transport in Darley’ material, either memories or photos, the odder the better, can it be loaned for the show?

There will be no Village Tour Walk this year unless a Leader and Steward come forward.

Roy and Sheila will be showing CD’s about Darley in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Room from 4 – 5pm.

Talks Programme –  Pick up your copy of the Programme, or see it in the Events section of this site.  If you picked up a copy earlier, check the dates on it – many are wrong, giving Saturdays rather than the 3rd. Friday.

Fact & Fabrication Textile Installation and Exhibition – Glimpses of WW1 in the Derwent Valley

This display and loom will be in St. Matthew’s Church from 29th March to 18th April. If you can spare an hour to help look after the display, contact the church secretary at, steds.stmatts@outlook.com

Derbyshire Archaeological Society – has moved its Library from Derby Central to Strutts Community Centre in Belper.  It will be open 2nd Wednesday 1.30 – 3.30pm. and last Saturday 10.00 – 12 noon per month.

RESEARCH

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  For these projects to take off, we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and the scanning and storage of photos, perhaps for eventual issue as DAHG Reports.  Any Volunteers ?

Reports

Two new Reports have been issued by AB :-

No. 102 shows how Monasteries in the East Midlands were always built ON Roman Roads, probably for good communications between the brotherhoods.  This means that the Abbey of Darley must lie on a Roman Road; that of the ridge through the Park.

No. 103 examines the ‘Darley’ place-name, which occurs three times in Derbyshire, but few times in other counties, and its relationship to lead-production and ancient Monastic and Roman sites.

Darley Slade Gatehouse –  no response from DCC yet.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;                       )

New Road Trenches;                            )

Church Lane Culvert;                           )  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month.

Burley Hill/ Ice-house Pottery;          )  perhaps when the weather improves.

Lavender Row Culvert;                          )

Ice-house Display Area                         )

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development  —     no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —    no news yet

Darley Park multi-user path —   no news yet, but Jack Stanton in Allestree Life magazine suggests it is going forward.

Tony Lintott adds …….

DAHG Contact and Access

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting.

Our Blog has now been accessed in 27 countries around the world. This month we should break the 5000 page-hits barrier. We get, on average, 6 hits per day. Not bad for such a small group.

The new committee listing is now on the website following the AGM.  Draft meeting minutes are written.

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Website Blog Editor – Tony Lintott

NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019 No.84

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 18th February, Chris Vasper will talk on “Marathon des Sables”.

On 15th March, Andrew Kavalek will talk on “Education in Egypt”.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm. this year, despite what is published in recent “Church” , “Country Images”  and similar publications featuring our calendar. See the Events 2019 page for full details.

EVENTS

St. Matthew’s Church 200 yr. Celebration – St. Matthews Weblink

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey and the Church Planning Group has issued its rough programme for the weeks 17th – 30th June.

We, DAHG, will hold an Exhibition of our Archive material (maps, brochures, newspapers, etc. relevant to the Church’s history on Saturday 29th June from 1 – 4pm. in the Village Hall as part of a, “Who would live in a place like Darley Abbey?” themed event.  We will need helpers beforehand, for setting up, and afterwards for clearing away on 29th;  times to be finalised and advised later in the year.

Librarian Barrie is busy sorting and cataloguing the Archive and is revealing new material for the Church exhibition. We will have a display of Family History material, where you can look up your Darley ancestors to start your Family Tree. Find out about your house in Darley in the past too.

Darley WI will be creating a Vintage Tea Room to complement the Exhibition, with refreshments and cakes & appropriate dress.

Lots more information to come, we’re absolutely sure.

Talks Programme – Margaret has arranged a full programme of Talks for 2019.  Pick up your copy of the Programme, or see view it in this Blog.  If you picked up a printed copy recently, check the dates on it – many are wrong, giving Saturdays rather than the 3rd. Friday.

DACA Village Hall Spring Cleaning Day  — DACA Chair Janet Dean has asked for Volunteers from all Groups who use the Village Hall to help with a Spring Clean.  The date is Saturday 23rd February starting at 09.00am and finishing at 12.00 noon, with a cheese & biscuit & refreshments lunch, to be over by 1pm.  Typical tasks are ;- scrubbing tables; removing stored chairs for thorough vacuuming; washing & painting front doors; planting flowers in front beds & Font; painting notice-boards;  etc; etc.  All materials & tools provided.  Put your name on the list if you can make it. We could also use the time working in our files area assisting Barrie our Librarian. 

Fact & Fabrication Textile Installation and Exhibition – Glimpses of WW1 in the Derwent Valley    The exhibition and installation is now at Re(Space) in Milford until the 5 March. Website link, HERE – COMING TO DARLEY ABBEY SOON. See the Events page. 

Ticknall Pottery – Finds from archaeological digs in Ticknall will be on display at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum in Swadlincote during February. Website link, HERE

Derbyshire Archaeological Society – has moved its Library from Derby Central  to Strutts Community Centre in Belper.  It will be open 1 Wednesday pm. and 1 Saturday am. per month, starting 23rd February. Stop Press weblink, HERE

RESEARCH

Painting Gift

We, DAHG, have been gifted by Margaret Bennett a framed oil-painting (dated c. 1880) by local artist Enoch Crosland.  It is an excellent painting showing St. Matthew’s Church and Darley House from below the weir, much like the view on the Crown Derby plate shown on the Deans Field Information Board.  It will be on display at the next meeting and also at the Church Exhibitions in June.

We are very grateful to Margaret who has links to Darley via her Grandmother Frances Shaw.

New Projects

In the last few months we have received communications from Old (i.e. ex-) Darley folk (both living in Darley & elsewhere in the UK), who have shared their old photos and memories written down.  This has prompted us to start two new Projects :-

  1. A) – “Darley Memories” will bring together people’s recollections of growing up and living in Darley and the events which affected them, such as old school routines, working in the mills etc. We will bolt these together as we receive them and issue them as DAHG Reports, for DAHG Members to read and compare notes.  We already have text from David Thurman and Alison Pocklington.
  2. B) – “Darley Photos” will ask residents of Old Darley to borrow their photographs of places and events, which we will copy by scanning into computer and store electronically, for future reference, before returning them to the owners.  These could also be compiled into DAHG Reports, much like Erica Perry’s “Up Darley, Down Darley” Book.  We have already had photos from Alison Pocklington (see later) and promised  from Val & Roy Greenhalgh.  But this project needs a Co-ordinator/Manager with photo & scanning & fettling & storage & cataloguing experience  —  any volunteers ?

Darley Slade Gatehouse – Our surveys of Darley Park reveal that there are many buried building-foundations between The Slade and the Village Hall/Deans Field.  Two buildings at The Slade also appear on the earliest Darley map (1708), proving the dowsing surveys, and we would  like to investigate these, as they may be related to the Abbey, perhaps as a southern Gatehouse to the monastic precinct.

Before excavations can begin, we need to confirm the surveys by recognised archaeological surveys, and get DCC permission for these and for a possible future Dig.  We have started the process of asking permission of DCC, and if positive, will then seek funding from various sources..

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;                                    )

New Road Trenches;                                         )

Church Lane Culvert;                                        )  no progress on these surveys yet

Burley Hill/ Ice-house Pottery;                       )

Lavender Row Culvert;                                      )

Ice-house Display Area                                     )

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development  —  one of the three sites is up for sale again; but no information yet after the trenching.

Church Lane – 1 house development  —   no news yet

Darley Park multi-user path —   no news yet

Tony Lintott adds

Lovely unbroken walls, neat iron railings and  …………….. no traffic!  Can you name that dog?

Picture sent to us by Alison Pocklington.

Darley Abbey Mile Ash Lane

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

DAHG Contact and Access

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the webpages to make them even more interesting.  We’re now seen in 28 countries around the world!

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website Editor

NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2018 No. 83

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 21st December,

Vicar Peter Barham will talk on “Reflections on Commemorating WW1”

This is Fuddle Night too – Remember to bring food & drink for yourself and to share.

Here is our posh lunch on the Ice House dig.  Note the posh tablecloth !

 

On 18th January 2019  it is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which we elect new Officers and Committee members.

Members are welcome to join the Committee to help run the Group.

We have spaces !

 

 

Following the AGM, Alan Bradwell will talk on “Recent Research in Darley Abbey”, followed by a Group discussion on “Projects for the Future”.  (see below)   We need your ideas about what to research next.

The 2019  Events listing, with our meetings, is now on this website.  Hard copies available at meetings. Thank you Margaret !

EVENTS

Raffle

Tickets are still available for the prize of a fine bottle of port and other prizes. See Sheila Hartle at the December meeting.   Proceeds will go to raising funds for the Group.   The draw will take place before the Fuddle on the 21st December.

St. Matthew’s Church 200 yr. Celebrations

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey. A small committee has been formed to plan some celebrations in June and all local groups are invited to take part. The details still have to be thought through, but the principal dates are Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th at the church, and Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June in the Village Hall.   Events will be – the church open on each of these days, a village concert on 22nd, Bishop Jan, the Bishop of Repton, taking the Sunday morning service on 23rd, a celebration exhibition on 24th and a joint service with St Edmund’s church to mark the end of the celebrations on 30th.   Lots of ideas are emerging; we will be taking part with an Exhibition & display of material (maps, brochures, newspapers, etc.) from the DAHG Archive relevant to the church on Sat. 29th June.

The next Darley Abbey Day will be held back to Saturday 20 June 2020.

Fact & Fabrication Textile Installation and Exhibition – Glimpses of WW1 in the Derwent Valley

This display will be in Belper, Milford, Darley Abbey and other venues down the Derwent Valley in the first half of 2019.

There is also a musical event on the theme at the Derby Theatre on 19th January 2019. Go to https://www.derbytheatre.co.uk/warp-weft-bringing-derwentwise-life for more information and to book online.

RESEARCH

Grants for Projects

The outcome of the 1-day Legacy and Funding Workshop held in the Village Hall on 20th Nov. is that Derwentwise grants are available up to £2000 for local projects.  However the Heritage Lottery (HLF) Grants for larger projects (like “Ice-house”) are suspended until the middle of 2019, whilst HLF re-assess their aims and the grant packages.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;                        )

New Road Trenches;                             )

Church Lane Culvert;                            )

Burley Hill/ Ice-house Pottery;            ) no progress yet on these surveys & investigations

Lavender Row Culvert;                         )

Ice-house Display Area                         )

Nutwood – behind the Vicarage         )

New Projects

The January meeting will have a Group discussion on what we have achieved since 2004, and what new Projects members would like to see achieved in the future.   The updated 2004 Project List is available via the Downloads tab of this website,  It shows Projects finished and new Projects not yet started.    We need your ideas.

It doesn’t have to be digging in the Park !    It can be library research on Darley history (as Thorsten’s book), it can be your written reminiscences of growing up through the Old School, or working in the mills.   We have no records of what Old-School life, or mill-life was like.  It can be collecting and copying villagers’ old photos of Darley and publishing them in our DAHG Reports.    Let’s hear your Project ideas.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development                   )

Church Lane 1 house development                )  no news yet

Darley Park multi-user path                            )

ADMINISTRATION

Library

Our HonSec Marie has shown Barrie Lockwood (who volunteered to become Librarian at the last meeting) the contents of the DAHG Library and how it is currently organised.   He will be looking at how to make it available to members.

Some of the 14 Volumes from 1915 -18 of “WW1 History as it Happened” will be on display at the next meeting; apologies for their not being available at last month’s meeting.

We still need new Committee Members – the Group does not run itself – it needs volunteers.

Tony Lintott adds  ……………

Further to Alan’s comments regarding old photos in “New Projects” above

A great idea has come forward which should involve the whole village.

Do you have photos old Darley? ….. Would you be prepared to allow copies of your pictures to be put into an archive? …… Next year DACA, along with DAHG, will be seeking to develop a new group in the village, “The Darley Abbey Photographic Archive”, a.k.a. DAPA.

Would you like to be part of this new group? ….. Do you have skills which lend themselves to photo archiving? …. Do you have the technology and equipment already? ….. Are you willing to participate deeply and, perhaps, put yourself forward as the group leader?

This could be a really exciting project and of huge benefit to our village.  Details of the project launch are being worked on and will be announced in the usual way. Please, please give it lots of thought!  Contact us by email to register your interest.

 

Congratulations to Tanya Spilsbury (Darley Abbey Stables) for her recent award, “Restoration of an Historic Building in an Urban Setting”.  Here is a scan of an article about it.  Darley Stables Award

 

Interesting info on Derwent ParkHERE   Scroll down the webpage you will reach and look for the subject matter.

 

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address:  https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

 

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website Editor

NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018 No. 82

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 16th November     Richard Stone will talk on “The Medieval Luttrell Psalter”. Watch a video, with music

On 21st December      Vicar Peter Barham will talk on, “Reflections on the WW1 100th Anniversary Commemorations”. Bound to be interesting!

This is Fuddle Night too – Remember to bring food & drink for yourself and to share with others.

EVENTS

DVMills Discovery Days / WWI Anniversary / DAHG Exhibition

Thanks to all who took part in the DVM Discovery Day. 

Roy & Sheila led 20+ visitors around the Village and Mills.

With lots of helpers, the display screens were soon erected in the Village Hall and the WW1 displays & maps put up.  There were displays of men who died and survived, by Peter Taylor and Liz & Barrie Lockwood; there were personal WW1 memorabilia by Mike Taylor, Julie Barlow, Roy & Sheila, Tony L., John Worthy, plus our own DAHG Archive of WW1 uniforms & letters & postcards.  There was a large display by Hazel Thomson of the part played by Derby Parks towards the progress of the War. (See “Fact and Fabrication” below) It was all very interesting and well worth displaying and discussing.  There was good attendance by visitors and Helen L. sold over £60-worth of books, mugs, cotton reels & recipe books.  Four visitors also joined DAHG for 2019.  We made a total of £122 for the half-day.  Well done everyone.

Raffle

Tickets are still available for the prize of a fine bottle of port and other prizes. See Sheila Hartle at the November meeting. Proceeds will go to raising funds for the Group.   The draw will take place at the December meeting.

RESEARCH

Grants for Projects

Derwentwise is holding a 1-day Legacy and Funding Workshop in the Village Hall on Tues. 20th Nov. 9am to 3pm to inform us what grants are available for local projects and how to apply for them.  We have a long list of possible projects YOU could undertake (see Newsletter No 73 & Blog to download the list), so turn up on the day if you would like to get involved and to get more information.

Ongoing Projects

Please refer to recent Newsletters. There are no updates on activities as we’ve been too busy. We’ve also attended the Darley Abbey Stay Warm event from which we could gain  more members.

 PLANNING APPLICATION – New Road (again)

You will recall that a bid to build 3 houses on allotments on New Road was rejected last year by DCC after objections from local residents, DAHG and others.  Two weeks ago we were alerted by locals to a JCB digger on site digging 2 long trenches.  We alerted the City Archaeologist, but it seems it was all above board – the new land owners were employing professional archaeologists to determine whether there were significant ruins (Abbey) on the site, before making another Planning Application to build houses.  We now await the results of the dig and whether the owners will push for Planning Applications.  More news when we have it.

 REMINDERS

Fact & Fabrication Textile Installation and Exhibition – Glimpses of WW1 in the Derwent Valley

Church Lane CulvertPermission has been given by DCC for a new house to be built on the green lane and garden between Nos. 26 & 26A on Church Lane. Keep your eyes peeled for the diggers who may reveal something interesting to our group.

ADMINISTRATION

Librarian

We have to thank Barrie Lockwood who volunteered to become Librarian at the last meeting and a Committee member. He will be learning what we hold in the Archive and how to make it available to members.

A Recent Phone Call from a lady moving house asked if we wanted 14 bound volumes of a “History of WW1” published in 1918, 100 years ago!  She had seen our WW1 exhibition on the internet.  I have taken possession of the volumes, otherwise destined for the skip, to see what they contain & whether we should keep them, or find another home for them.  Some Volumes will be on display at the next meeting.

Risk Assessment

We have been instructed by DACA to undertake a Risk Assessment survey for our DAHG Meetings, as part of a wider Risk Assessment currently underway for the Village Hall.

We still need new Committee Members – the Group does not run itself – it needs volunteers.

Tony Lintott adds …….

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey. A small committee has been formed to plan some celebrations in June and all local groups are invited to take part. The details still have to be thought through, but the principal dates are Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th and Sunday 30th June. Events will be – the church open on each of these days, a village concert on 22nd, Bishop Jan, the bishop of Repton, taking the Sunday morning service on 23rd, a celebration exhibition on 24th and a joint service with St Edmund’s church to mark the end of the celebrations on 30th. Lots of ideas are emerging and Jason Kennedy, the Diocesan Missioner, will be chairing a discussion on possible celebration activities and events. DAHG are invited to that discussion and contribute to the ideas that will flow! The meeting will be on Sunday 2nd December, after the morning Church service.

The next Darley Abbey Day will now be on Saturday 20 June 2020.

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

And finally, October was our second-best month ever for hits on the website. Of course we have to exclude the Ice House Dig period from this measure as it was a quite remakable time for hits. The fact is, the website is attracting many readers and, hopefully, encouraging them to become members of the group.

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Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website Editor

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