NEWSLETTER – JULY  2017 No. 67


On 21st July, Ken Bonham will talk on “Historic Barns”. Ken’s website >> Great Barns

Post meeting comment: We thank Ken for his very informative talk and the opportunity to see his extra-special models showing barn and particularly barn roof construction.

In August, there will be no meeting; your Committee will meet to discuss progress.

On 15th September, Graham and Judy White will talk about “A Collectors Dilemma”.




£4500 raised to date with money still coming in!

A BIG Thank you!

£1,500 will go to St Matthew’s Church
£3,000 will go towards buying Five “24/7” Defibrillators. DACA will ensure they are situated around Darley Abbey, including the Mills, as determined with EMAS.
How about learning how to do chest compressions and use a defibrillator?
Look out for FREE training sessions.

Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Day will be held on Sunday 22nd October in the Village Hall 11am to 4pm

We will again mount a display of our Research and Artefacts, probably including some Ice-House information,  if the Project is under way by then. Volunteers will be needed for setting up, staffing and stripping down from 9am to 5pm – please sign up.

The event will be shared with the Darley Abbey Thursday Artists Group.

Click on this website too >> Where Can We Go



Darley Hall Ice House  Community Dig

Heritage Lottery Funds (HLF) will meet on 20th July and, hopefully, make a decision in favour of our bid.  If we get a positive result, we will be looking at 23rd September to start the Dig, so that it can include young helpers in term-time.  This depends on a number of other agencies (Trent & Peak Archaeology, DCC) being able to meet that date.  Contact will be then made with Groups and individuals who have volunteered to help.

You will be able to keep in touch and get details from our new Blog, engineered by Tony.


DAHG LINKS TO THE INTERNET – instant communication with anyone in the world

Tony has made it possible for those with internet connected computers, tablets, smartphones or similar to access regularly updated information on the group and its activities and to send queries to the Committee. He writes …..

We now have a group email address, for your questions and queries.

We also have a “Blog”.   Definition: “ A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog”) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal text entries in ‘posts’ or ‘pages’. ”  Our Blog can be found on a Google Search, though it is a bit obscure, and it is possible to link it to the Darley Abbey website should we so choose. This is up to you and the Committee.

The Blog contains a more visual version of Alan’s Newsletter, with embedded links, pictures and the Group Programme, as well as tabs to other pages of information.  The latter have specific headings like, ‘Ice House Dig’, ‘About’, ‘Contact’ etc. Posts and Pages will be added or amended as required, like when we have new subjects or maybe we have a last minute programme change. Everything is regularly updated and there is on-demand access to view, when you are On-The-Net. Best of all, our Blog comes at zero cost.

There are many benefits to be obtained by using the internet, one of which is its 24/7 availability. For example, when we (hopefully) receive our HLF grant, we can use new (to us) communication methods to keep in ‘night and day’ contact with those involved in the dig advising them of timings, where to be, what needs doing etc.  I’m sure you can see that there are advantages all round and there’s a bit of relief to Alan having to meet publishing deadlines, if updates are on a regular or even day-by-day basis.

Here is the web address of our Blog,

Please take a look, explore and let me have your comments via the email address above.

Yours, Tony

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Blog Editor


NEWSLETTER – JUNE  2017 No. 66

On 16th June, Our “Master of Mirth” Mike Storr will not be available as he is ill;  Margaret has booked Trevor Wragg to talk about “Stone Walls”.  We thank him for standing in at short notice.

On 21st July, Ken Bonham will talk on “Historic Barns”.   CLICK – for Ken’s website

Margaret has completed the Talks Programme for the second half of 2017, for which many thanks  —  pick up a copy at a meeting or view via the Programme tab of this blog.


Darley Abbey Day was the big event on Saturday 10th June;

There was a full programme of events and the weather was good enough to allow events to take place on Dean’s Field, where we had a room at Jag’s “Paper Mill” pub for a display of our Research work.

At such a central venue, we had a steady stream of visitors; thanks to all who helped on the day, particularly to Tony and Sheila W. who looked after the displays and answered visitors’ questions for most of the day.

DAHG Display – Sheila Willison (Librarian) and Tony Lintott (Vice Chair) conferring

We sold 16-18 books on Ice-Houses, Darley in Newspapers and Recipes and raised £53. Thanks also to Jag , Clive and Nina of “The Paper Mill” for their hospitality and assistance.

The Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Day is Sunday 22 October in the Village Hall 

We will again mount a display of our Research and Artefacts, probably including some Ice-House information, if the Project is under way by then.  The event will be shared with the Darley Abbey Thursday Artists Group.

Derwent Valley Mills (DVM/WHS) have announced that there is now free entry to High Peak Junction Workshops near Cromford.


Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig – See other related pages in this blog

We have made our bid for funding to Heritage Lottery Funds (HLF) and they have acknowledged our application.  We have been allocated a Grant’s Officer for contact and help through the process. One condition of their bid acknowledgement letter is that we do not publicise that we have been successful (we hope) until the HLF have made their formal announcement in July.  Due to various delays, none of our making, the timescale has slipped and the Dig is now likely to take place during September or October.

Tony made 20 off A5 copies of his Report No. 78 about “Ice-Houses In Darley Abbey” and these sold well on Darley Day.

Click Presentation for the the regularly updated Darley Ice House overview.

Philip Heath (Melbourne historian) and Alan Bradwell (DAHG Chair) – Dowsing at Melbourne Hall Ice House, June2017

He also arranged a private visit to Melbourne Hall, along with local Melbourne historian Philip Heath, to see inside their Ice-House, which is intact and which we found very interesting.  We were able to detect the outline of the Ice-house on the surface and find its drain by dowsing, as with our own Ice-House.

Further view from the North below


View inside >>      DSC_0553






DVM have circulated a flyer announcing Community Grants of up to £500 from “Grassroots Giving”, part of Skipton Building Society; do we have a project that could benefit ?

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Blog Editor – Tony Lintott