Derbyshire Dales District Council – Resumption of collection of garden waste in 2021

Derbyshire Dales District Council have now confirmed that it is now possible to pay £35 if you wish to to have your garden waste collected after March 2021. The full price is £50 from January 2021. For further details please see

Parish Clerk


Review of Electoral Boundaries – Derbyshire Dales

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is currently reviewing the electoral boundaries for Derbyshire Dales District Council.  The Commission has accepted the District Council’s submission on Council size, which will reduce the number of Ward Members from 39 to 34.  The next stage of the process is to redraw the Ward boundaries to ensure that the following statutory criteria are met:

  • To deliver electoral equality where each district councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the district.
  • That the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
  • That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

The Commission will test proposals against the criteria before drawing up draft recommendations. Accordingly, all proposals should demonstrate how they meet the three requirements. The Commission will take decisions based on the strength of the evidence presented to it and not merely on assertion. For example, details of community interests such as the location and use made of local facilities, services and local organisations demonstrating how a community manifests itself, will carry greater weight than submissions that simply assert that an area has a community identity.

The Commission is consulting widely on this stage of the Review and you may well hear from them directly.

Further details about the review are available on the Commission’s website at, where there is information about how to get involved and the kind of evidence the Commission is seeking in support of any proposed ward patterns.

In addition, the Commission’s consultation portal allows visitors to interact with online maps of the current electoral wards, draw their own boundaries and feed views into the consultation process directly. The portal is available at

Submissions can also be made by email to and by post.

Published 31/8/20 – Parish Clerk

Coronavirus Pandemic – Information for parishioners :-.

Despite the pandemic see details below on help and assistance available to the local community :-

Volunteer Support Group

Availability of free food parcels for those in need & struggling during these times

Parish Council Covid19 newsletter 9th May, 2020

Other local businesses that are operational during the pandemic :-

Jollys Catering Company –  local cake delivery’s of boxes of tray bake cakes and savouries, 078801 39925

Hancock & Son Butchers – High Street, Stoney Middleton, including home deliveries. 01433 630571

Please see Parish Council news update – March 2020 :-

Calver Parish Council Report – March 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Out of the blue, all our lives have been turned upside down by an infectious disease that is unique in living memory. We all need to change our behaviours in so many different ways.

Calver Parish Council has decided that, for the foreseeable future, its business must now be managed virtually, via e-mail and telephone. It also means that our annual Parish Meeting, due to be held in April, has been placed on hold. Instead, we will be writing to all residents in the next month or so, to update you on important developments, particularly the lack of progress on the ‘Bird Garden’ project, and the future  of Calver Cricket Club and the cricket ground.
The Council is keen to support residents during the difficult times ahead. We all need to do what we can to ensure that our family, friends and neighbours, particularly those at greatest risk from the coronavirus, are helped and supported.
You will, I hope, all have received a flyer from the newly formed
Stoney Middleton, Calver, Froggat and Curbar  Covid-19 Support Group.
The group can help with shopping, prescription pick-up and social contact. Councillor Harry White is one of the organisers, and can be contacted on 07791 295985, or email

‘Bird Garden’ Update

I reported in a recent edition of the Parish Magazine (‘The Link’) that ‘PryorMarking’, the owners of the former Bird Garden, have restated their willingness to transfer ownership of the garden to a community based charity. Unfortunately, despite committing to respond before the 2019 year end, and despite numerous reminders, they have yet to do so. The Council recognises that Coronavirus means that the company currently has more important issues to address, but is very disappointed at the continuing lack of progress..

The Future Of Calver Cricket And The Cricket Pitch

You may well have heard that, because of a lack of players, Calver Cricket Club is likely to disband. The Parish Council and the Club are in discussion about the future of their ground, Both Council and Club wish to see the ground continue as a key community resource. Once the Coronavirus crisis has passed, the Parish Council will wish to present some options to residents as to how this might be accomplished,

Froggatt New Bridge – Petition

Councillor Derek Ballard has organised a petition to Derbyshire County Council asking for improvements to be made at Froggatt New Bridge. The Bridge has been damaged on numerous occasions in recent years, causing danger to walkers on the adjacent public footpath, and lengthy road closures whilst repairs are carried out. Please sign the petition on-line, at

VE Day, 75th Anniversary Celebrations, 8th May 2020.

The Council has been informed that the village celebrations to commemorate the Anniversary have, for obvious reasons, been put on hold. If possible, the organising committee hopes to organise something later on in the year.

Former Council Chair Marlene Denton

As Chair of the Parish Council, I would like to record our sense of loss at the news of the death of Marlene Denton. Marlene was a longstanding member of the council, and a former chairman, until her retirement from the Council in 2018. She was a lovely woman, and a stalwart of the village. She will be missed very much, and our condolences go to he family and many friends.
Finally, I urge you to follow the advice of the Government regarding ‘social distancing’ and ‘self isolation’ to keep yourself, your family and your neighbours safe and healthy during the coming weeks and months. As a community, we can weather this storm together,
Jonathan Harris
Chairman, Calver Parish Council

RNIB Christmas Stamp Appeal

Please see further details click here

Parliamentary Election 12/12/19 – Derbyshire Dales

Notice of election 8/11/19

Derbyshire Alert

Derbyshire Alert is a two –way messaging system which can be used by your local Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT’s) and the force Media Team to make contact with the public via email or text message. The messages are sent to specific targeted areas where a crime has been committed. The System can also be used for information appeals of less urgency, for crime prevention advice and the advertisement of public engagement events.

Beware of Bogus Callers

Over the last couple of weeks there have been reports of bogus callers knocking on doors in Calver claiming to be raising money for differing charities, including ‘ Cats and Dogs’ and another night it was “ Guide Dogs’. Please be aware. The Police have been informed and have advised parishioners to be vigilant and have offered the following advice :-

Please be aware about door step security so you don’t become a victim of a scam or have unwanted persons at your door.

    1. If you are not sure who is at the door, don’t open it.
    1. Check the identity of any caller by their ID they are wearing if they have one and confirm who they are by calling the company they work for.
    1. If not sure ring or ask the a neighbour to come round to check them before you open the door.
    1. Tell them to come back at a time what suits you and when you know when someone will be home with you.
  1. Keep doors and windows locked and use the door chain every time you answer the door.

And finally please report all suspicious incidents via 101.