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