New Seesaw for Local Park
Ripley Town Council has recently installed a new seesaw for children to play on at the park on Cedar Avenue in Ripley. The new equipment has replaced a trampoline that was there which was unfortunately damaged.
Cllr Ian Fisher, Deputy Leader of Ripley Town Council (pictured) said, ‘Many children will enjoy playing on this new seesaw. It’s colourful and sturdy and we hope it will be enjoyed for many years to come’.
Ripley Town Council also manage the play area on Porterhouse Road in the town. Regular inspections are carried out to ensure that the equipment on both play areas are safe and fit for purpose.
Environment Grant supports Bullbridge and Sawmills clean up
Ripley Town Council have presented Bullbridge and Sawmills Area Civic Society (BASA) with litter picking equipment to enable them to hold regular clean ups in their community.
Mayor of Ripley, Cllr Paul Lobley presented BASA Secretary, Gill Hirst with high visibility vests, refuse bags, holders and litter pickers at the Ripley Town Council Office on Grosvenor Road in Ripley.
The equipment was funded through Ripley Town Council’s Environment Grant.
Gill Hirst said, ‘The Bullbridge and Sawmills Area Civic Society are delighted with the donation of litter picking equipment from Ripley Town Council. This means that we can now set up work parties of volunteer litter pickers and make our attractive part of Derbyshire an even better place to live. We will be litter picking in Ladygrove, Sawmills, Bullbridge, Riversdale and Ridgeway as well as footpaths and the canal towpath and welcome anyone who would like to join us’.
To find out more about the planned litter picks, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bullandsaw.co.uk
Ripley Town Council would urge more local community groups to
access our Environmental Awards Grant so you too can improve your local environment. Please get in touch for more information.
Ripley Town Council announce the 2018 Certificate of Merit award winner.
Heage resident, Mrs. Jean Fardoe has been presented with the Certificate of Merit Award from the Mayor of Ripley, Councillor Paul Lobley.
Councillor Lobley gave the presentation of a certificate and bouquet of flowers at the recent Civic Service which was held in St. Luke’s Church in Heage.
Mrs. Fardoe was nominated for the award by her sister for her dedication and commitment over the past 30 years to charitable work and volunteering in her local community.
Since 1986, Mrs. Fardoe has organised annual garden parties at her home in Heage for her family, friends and the local community, to raise money for Action Medical Research. Over the years she has raised over £133,000 for the charity.
Mrs. Fardoe said, ‘When I was a midwife, I delivered a baby boy who had Cerebral Palsy. This spurred me on to raise money for a charity which I felt would research his condition and help future children born with the same and other conditions’. She added, ‘Sadly, the boy passed away at the age of 18 months and this gave me a bigger drive with my charitable efforts’.
Mrs. Fardoe’s first garden party raised around £100 and this year’s event raised £5,000. Her annual garden party is an event supported by an increasing number of volunteer helpers and attended by hundreds of people every year. For the last 20 years, she has also organised a Santa sleigh each Christmas which goes around Heage and Nether Heage and an annual fundraising walk ending at her home for homemade soup and cake.
Councillor Lobley said, ‘It’s an honour to present Jean with this award. Ripley Town Council received several nominations for other outstanding members of the local community but the work that Jean has done and the amount of money she has raised over the years, stood out to the panel of judges.’
Nomination details for the 2019 Ripley Town Council Certificate of Merit will be available next Spring/Summer on the Council website, social media pages and in the newsletter.
LOCAL COMPANY SPONSORS THE NEW GREENWICH PARK PAVILION FITOUT.
Forbo Flooring Systems of Ripley have agreed to provide carpet tiles for the new pavilion, having responded to the appeal for local support for help with fitting out the inside of the building.
The new pavilion, which will be managed by a community group – ‘The Greenwich Park Sports Partnership,’ is on schedule for completion in December with the formal opening in early January 2019 following internal fit out. This ambitious and imaginative project is designed to provide first-class facilities for local sports players alongside expanded community use. It is being generously supported by grants from Amber Valley Borough Council, Ripley Town Council, Sport England, the English Cricket Board and through fundraising by the local sports clubs.
Chloe Taylor from Forbo Flooring Systems stated “We were pleased to respond to the appeal for local companies to help with fitting out the new pavilion. As a local company, based almost next to Greenwich Park it is important that the community has the very best facilities for sport, recreation and social activities.”
The Greenwich Park Sports Partnership would welcome any further assistance of this kind, however small, especially with offers of white goods and community-room furniture. If other local businesses can help in any way, please email email@example.com.
Alongside new sports changing facilities, the large community room has been specially designed for use by local community or business groups for meetings, training activities, conferences or business seminars and can be booked for daytime or evening use. The concept of the Greenwich Park project is to provide a facility which may be used not only for sport but also to serve as a focal point for the broadest range of community and business activities. Let Greenwich Park Sports Partnership know if you are interested!
The Fair is coming to town!
The 767th Charter Fair is coming to Ripley on Wednesday 24th October until Monday 29th October 2018.
As usual, Ripley Market Place and surrounding areas will be jam packed with thrilling rides and amusements.
The Town Crier will invite the Mayor of Ripley, Councillor Paul Lobley to officially open the Fair at 6pm on Wednesday 24th October.
A representative from Ripley Town Council said, ‘We love this time of year. It brings all the local community together to enjoy the amusement that the Fair has to offer. We look forward to seeing people from outside of Ripley attend too’.
On the 25th day of November 1251, by King Henry III, it was known that there is a Charter which allows for all time use of land in the former Manor of Rippeleg (now Ripley Market Place) for a Fair.
Please note that road closures will be in place in Ripley from 08:00am, Sunday 21st through to midnight on Monday 30th October 2018.
Ripley Town Council win Excellence Award for Derbyshire Council of the Year.
Ripley Town Council were presented with the BHIB Excellence Award for Council of the Year by DALC (Derbyshire Association of Local Councils) at a presentation at Derby County Football Club on Tuesday 9th October 2018.
Ripley Town Council were selected to win this respected award for being proactive in organising and leading projects for all ages across their community.
Ripley Town Council aims to promote the Township of Ripley with the magnificent Christmas lights being a major attraction during the festive season.
Over the past year, Ripley Town Council have organised the Big Day Out at Midland Railway – Butterley which was attended by over 1500 people from the township, as well as an Extreme Wheels Roadshows for 15 weeks over the summer, for young people who love skateboarding and BMXing.
Each year, they put on a Spring Market, Well Dressing and Christmas Market for people to enjoy which are always well attended and supported by the local community. Free children’s rides and entertainment are always provided. Throughout the summer months, Ripley Town Council provide bands on Crossley Park on Sunday afternoons for residents to go along to enjoy and listen to. The Council also organises the official light switch on event on Ripley Market Place.
The award win follows Ripley Town Councils recent office relocation into a more prominent area within the town, where the public have better access to be able to talk to the Council about any concerns they have.
The Council is also committed to helping with environmental improvements within the Ripley Township and have allocated a £5000.00 award for local groups applying for an environmental improvement grant.
Grants to local groups and sports clubs totalling over £18,000 have been given from the Council, back into the local community. Ripley Town Council, in partnership with Amber Valley Borough Council for Greenwich Park Sports Partnership, have donated £200k to rebuilding the sports pavilion and community facility.
DALC Chief Officer, Wendy Amis said, ‘Ripley Town Council are well deserved winners of this prestigious award. The judges were extremely impressed by their commitment to the local community and their many projects, schemes and grants aimed at improving the lives of local people. Many congratulations!’
Ripley Town Council, said, ‘We are thrilled to be recognised in this way. To be judged the best of 251 councils in Derbyshire is something for Ripley to be proud of’.
Mayors date with a Duchess
Ripley Mayor, Councillor Paul Lobley and his Consort, Mrs. Lobley were invited on 9th September 2018 to the West Shed Museum at Midland Railway - Butterley, the the roll out of the steam locomotive 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland', following completion of her recent major overhaul.
Councillor Lobley said, 'We spent almost two hours there and had the pleasure of climbing onto the footplate of the Duchess of Sutherland and having a chat to the driver. We were given a personal guided tour of the Shed by one of the Patrons, who unlocked the Royal coach and showed us around. My Consort commented that it looked a bit dusty, so he asked if we wanted to go back another time and help clean it'.
Garden and Allotment Winners 2018 presentation
At the September council meeting, the winners of this competition were presented with their prizes by the Mayor of Ripley, Councillor Paul Lobley and Richard Watson from Central England Cooperative, who kindly donated gift vouchers as prizes.
Unfortunately, the winner of the Best Kept Allotment, Brian George of Heage Road Allotment and Mr. Glover who came third place in the same category, were unable to attend. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the Co-op for their continuous support of this competition.
Successful summer of Extreme Wheels in Ripley
Wednesday 12th September saw Ripley host its second Skatejam!
Since June 2018, we have been holding Extreme Wheels Roadshows on Greenwich Park in Ripley for young people over the age of 11 to enjoy on Wednesday evenings.
The last session, the Skate Jam was attended by around 40 young people, along with many spectators. They were shown demonstrations from Pro Skaters and took part in competitions to win vouchers to Rollersnakes in Derby. All participants were treated to a free drink and ice-cream and fruit was kindly donated by Sainsburys in Ripley.
Thank you to all the talented young people that attended the Extreme Wheels Roadshow each week. We received many positive comments from them.
One said, 'Thank you so much Ripley Town Council for doing something good for our stakepark community. You really made the last several
weeks a good one for everyone involved'.
Ripley Town Council grant supports
Waingroves clean up
Ripley Town Council have presented Waingroves Community Association with litter picking equipment to enable them to have regular clean ups in their village.
Mayor of Ripley, Councillor Paul Lobley presented Waingroves Community Association Member and Amber Valley Borough Councillor Isobel Harry with high visibility vests, refuse bags and holders and litter pickers at the new Ripley Town Council Office on Grosvenor Road in Ripley.
The equipment was funded through Ripley Town Council’s Environment Grant.
Councillor Isobel Harry said, ‘The community of Waingroves is thriving and forward thinking. The next step is to be environmentally friendly. We thank Ripley Town Council for donating this equipment for our monthly litter pick around the village. Residents who would like to volunteer to help, can contact me on 01773 742672 for more information or look out for posters around the village’.
Ripley Town Council have an Environmental Action Plan for the township. They would urge more local community groups to access their Environmental Awards Grant so they too can improve their local environment.
There are no pre-determined ideas as to what the funding could be used for – it is for the group making an application to decide what it wants to do. The group must be based in Ripley or within the wider township which includes Ambergate, Heage, Nether Heage, Marehay, Waingroves, Street Lane, Bullbridge, Sawmills and Lower Hartshay. For example, it could be a planting scheme, or to purchase litter-picking equipment, or to set-up bat boxes – the Council is open to all environmentally focussed ideas.
Ripley Town Council are moving from the Town Hall to 6, Grosvenor Road, Ripley in July 2018. This will enable us to be more accessible to the community and have more of a presence within the town centre. Our new telephone number is 01773 513456.
EXCITING PROGRAMME OF EXTREME WHEELS SLAMMING ITS WAY TO RIPLEY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THIS SUMMER.
A free, action-packed summer is in store for the young people of the Ripley Township, courtesy of Ripley Town Council.
Extreme Wheels are once again coming along to the town to hold exciting skateboarding and BMX sessions on Greenwich Skate Park on Nottingham Road for young people aged from 11 years.
Sessions will run weekly from Wednesday 6th June 2018 for 15 weeks, where people can have a go at skate boarding, scooters and riding BMX bikes and learn tricks like the professionals – and it’s all free of charge. If you already have a bike, scooter or skateboard and safety wear, you can use that if it is fit for purpose, otherwise equipment and helmets will be provided.
The sessions lead up to the finale event on Wednesday 12th September 2018 – the Skate Jam show-stopping event. There will be demonstrations from pro-riders, mini competitions, freeriding, MC shows and free give-aways. The Show will be great for spectators too as it will showcase the exciting and attention-grabbing displays that the young people have put together.
Experienced staff will be present throughout all the sessions to ensure a safe but fun environment.
Competitions will be organised throughout the activities, providing all participants with new and challenging experiences.
If you know someone who would like to come along and take part at any of the sessions, please turn up at the Skate Park on Greenwich Recreation Ground, near Sainsburys in Ripley Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm starting on 6th June 2018 through to 12th September 2018.
NEW MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR FOR RIPLEY
On Tuesday 15th May 2018, the new Mayor of Ripley was announced. Councillor Paul Lobley took over the post from Councillor Mrs. Sheila Emmas-Williams at the Annual General Meeting of Ripley Town Council. The new Deputy Mayor is Councillor Michael Missett. Both Councillors will be in post until May 2019, when new representatives will be announced.
Ceremony marks launch for new pavilion construction
The Greenwich Park Sports Partnership group dedicated to reviving Ripley’s Greenwich Park as a first-class sports facility has successfully raised the funding required to build a new community sports pavilion on the park. With the group having received planning permission and completed a competitive tender process, building works are due to commence as early as June. To mark this important milestone the Partnership held a ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday 12 May, with representatives from all partners including the Mayor of Amber Valley – Cllr David Wilson and Mayor of Ripley Town Council – Cllr Mrs Sheila Emmas-Williams who completed the ceremonial cutting of the turf where the new pavilion will be built.
Cllr Chris Short, Amber Valley Borough Council Cabinet Member for the Environment who also attended the ceremony stated: “These improvements to Greenwich Park have been a priority for the Borough Council for many years and it is fantastic news that we are now at the point where building works can commence.”
In one of her last engagements as the Mayor of Ripley Town Council, Cllr Mrs Sheila Emmas-Williams commented: “I am extremely proud that Ripley Town Council is helping to deliver the project with all the other partners, and I look forward to the first community event to be held in the new building. The facilities will be an asset for the whole of Ripley.”
The appointed contractor for the build is Tamworth-based company A&S Enterprises who have been involved with similar community projects locally. Subject to final discussions with A&S, building works are due to commence in June starting with the demolition of the old changing rooms. The new facilities will take around 28 weeks to complete so should be open by Christmas or early in the new year.
The building is being funded in partnership by Amber Valley Borough Council, Ripley Town Council, Sport England, and the Duke of Devonshire’s Trust with other grant applications also being considered. The local cricket and football clubs have also contributed £10,000 to the scheme. The single-story building will contain a large multi-purpose community club room with views over both the cricket and football pitches, kitchen/bar area, two team changing rooms and a covered veranda overlooking the cricket pitch.
Glyn Hubbard, secretary of the Greenwich Park Sports Partnership is keen to hear from any organisations and groups who may want to hire the new clubroom, but went on to say: “The group have not ceased their fundraising efforts as further capital is needed to complete the fit-out inside the building and deliver the wider vision for the park, including a footpath around the outside of the playing pitches. We are currently competing against 9 other community organisations from around the country to win a share of £10,000 from the Stoves Community Kitchens competition. The money is distributed to the groups who collect the most votes on the Community Kitchens website and I am asking everyone to vote for this project by simply clicking on the link below and voting for Greenwich Park”
Any local businesses, clubs or organisations interested in supporting this project should contact the partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on the Greenwich Park Sports Partnership is available on our social media pages:
Twitter: @GreenwichParkSP (https://twitter.com/greenwichparksp/)
Facebook: Greenwich Park Sports Partnership (https://www.facebook.com/greenwichparksp/)
Pictured: The Mayor of Amber Valley, Cllr David Wilson, and Mayor of Ripley Town Council, Cllr Sheila Emmas-Williams undertaking the ground breaking ceremony along with local councillors and members of the cricket, football and running clubs.
Here is what the new Pavillion will look like:
UPDATE ON OXFORD HIPPODROME DEVELOPMENTS
We have received a message via Amber Valley Borough Council today that the owners of the site of the Hippodrome intend to preserve the facade of the original building in their plans, which include a ground floor retail space and potential first floor residential use. This is great news for the preservation of Ripley's rich heritage!
FEEL CONFIDENT WITH A DERBYSHIRE TRUSTED TRADER
Finding a company that you can trust to do some work for you can be a bit daunting – how can you be sure that you won’t get ripped off? What if things go wrong? How do you choose between lots of different companies? These sorts of dilemmas were a driving force behind the setting up by Derbyshire County Council of the Trusted Trader scheme to help local people find traders and businesses that do a good job at a fair price and provide good customer service.
That was back in 2008 and the popular scheme has gone from strength to strength. These days there are nearly 17,000 searches each month on the Trusted Trader website, www.derbyshire.gov.uk/tt by people looking for reliable companies to use. Another ringing endorsement for the scheme was a recent survey which gathered feedback from more than 16,000 people who had used a Trusted Trader and an impressive 94% said they were very satisfied with the service they received.
So people can have lots of confidence when employing one of the 1,200 traders who are part of the scheme. In the very unlikely event of someone having a problem with one of the traders then help is at hand. Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers can get involved in any queries involving Trusted Traders and seek to resolve them
The scheme particularly helps to protect older and vulnerable adults by making it easier for them to use Trusted Traders rather than rogue traders who typically cold-call and use high pressure sales techniques. A recent development has been the inclusion of Financial Advisors who specialise in providing financial advice for people in later life and can help with matters like care fees, pensions and investments.
Find out more about all aspects of Trusted Trader at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/tt or call 01629 536148. Enquiries are also welcome from businesses interested in signing up to the scheme – membership brings lots of benefits and costs only £70 - £100 per year.
Ambergate needs a Pelican Crossing
At the recent Town Council meeting local members Cllr Christine Worth and Cllr Nigel Weaving raised the need for a pelican crossing across the A6 near to the cricket ground and bottom of Newbridge Rd.
The A6 is a very busy road with fast flowing traffic and school children cross the road here to go for PE lessons. In addition, the only public toilets in Ambergate, for example for rail users and walkers using public footpaths, are behind the petrol station. Ripley Town Council is pleased to support a petition calling for a crossing and will be
pursuing the relevant authorities in the near future.
If you would like to sign the petition in support of a crossing, please click here, http://bit.ly/2DtOurO
Ripley Big Day Out was a huge success!
Ripley Town Council staged yet another successful free event for the local community on 11th July 2018. Their annual Big Day Out at Midland Railway – Butterley was attend by many people of all ages.
They saw babes in arms, toddlers, children and adults (and a few dogs) enjoy the festivities. The sun came out and so did the wonderful mums, dads, grandparents and children of our local community.
Visitors were welcomed by the Town Mayor, Cllr. Paul Lobely and his Consort, Mrs. Lobley at Butterley station where they were treated to the wonderful sound of a barrel organ playing.
They caught the train to Swanwick Junction where they were entertained by magician, The Great Lorenzo, Punch and Judy, a balloon artist, fairground rides, a face painter and a double decker bus which housed a soft play area for children.
The children loved being greeted by Chase from Paw Patrol and Minnie Mouse. The afternoon brought musical delights from local band, ‘Creatures of Habit’ who indulged visitors in some rock and roll music.
Reverend John Wigram from All Saints Church in Ripley led a service in St. Saviour Church at the station which was well attended.
Alfreton WI were in attendance selling homemade jams and crafts. Friends of Cromford Canal came along as did the Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group to display information about their projects.
Amber Valley Movie Makers were there filming the event from both land and sky with a drone and showing their DVDs of local history and attractions.
One visitor said, ‘Wow! What a fab morning we’ve had. Thank you so much for arranging this free event and a massive thank you to everyone involved. My daughter loved every minute. She had her first train ride, loved watching the model trains, had her arm painted and went on various rides. She also had a lovely lunch and didn’t want to leave. It’s a great idea Ripley Town Council’.
Event Organiser, Councillor Ian Fisher said, ‘I was absolutely thrilled to see the Swanwick station so busy, and to see all the smiling toddlers and hearing their laughter was a delight. Organising such a day involves a lot of hard work by the Councillors, the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk, and it did result in such a very successful event. If anyone missed the Big Day Out they did miss a wonderful day. Ripley Town Council wanted to promote the Town and the Railway Centre and we are really happy that we achieved that. Big thanks to everyone who attended and to all the staff at Butterley, the exhibitors and to Rev. Wigram’.
NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON CEDAR AVENUE PLAY AREA THANKS TO TESCO 'BAGS OF HELP' CAMPAIGN
Ripley Town Council is delighted to confirm that thanks to the Tesco 'Bags of Help' campaign, we can now offer brand new socially inclusive play on Cedar Avenue play area. The new roundabout is specially designed so that it can be used by those with limited mobility and able bodies children alike, encouraging social interaction across the board. Also installed is a brand new sunken trampoline which is also accessible to all.
The Tesco 'Bags of Help' campaign takes thousands of community projects into account when deciding whom to award grants to. All revenue is generated from the sale of plastic carrier bags in store. Ripley Town Council came second out of approx. 5000 applicants to be awarded £10,000 for improvements to Cedar Avenue.
FOUR NEW BUS SHELTERS PROVIDED WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP
Four new bus shelters have been installed within the township by Ripley Town Council in conjunction with Derbyshire County Council, with two more planned for installation in the very near future. Locations of the new shelters are; Old Road – Heage, Derby Road – Ambergate, Ripley Road – Sawmills & Riversdale – Ambergate (pictured).
Discover the rich industrial history of Ripley.
A new guide has been published detailing an easy two mile walk around the Butterley area taking in all the key landmarks of the industrial history of Ripley. Download it for free here. Another walk has been prepared to trace the establishment of Ripley Co-operative Society from its humble beginnings on Butterley Hill to its domination of Ripley Town centre in the early 20th century, which can be found here.
Do you know an older person who live alone, rarely leaves the house, has recently suffered a bereavement, is in poor health, disabled, has sight or hearing loss, or doesn't seem to have close family living nearby? Ask them if they need any help with tasks such as shopping, posting letters, picking up prescriptions and medicines or dog walking. Offer to accompany them or give them a lift to activities or doctors and health appointments, the library, hairdressers or faith services.
Helping others is extremely rewarding. For a full list of sociable activities for the elderly please visit the 'Clubs and Associations' area of our website, here.