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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fact & Fabrication Textile Installation and Exhibition – Glimpses of WW1 in the Derwent Valley
- High Peak Junction from Monday 12th November to 9th December
- It will also be in Belper, Milford, Darley Abbey and other venues down the Derwent Valley in the first half of 2019. Dates to be confirmed.
- Further info at, https://factfabrication.wordpress.com/
- Music at, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfQ0qRa8eKQ
Church Lane Culvert – Permission 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.
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.
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.
Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor
Tony Lintott – Website Editor