Ashover Parish Council

Serving the people of Ashover Parish


Clerk RFO: Sara Atkinson
The Sports Pavilion, Milken
Lane, Ashover, Chesterfield
Derbyshire S45 0BA

Tel: 01246 863018

Ashover Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make Ashover a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Latest News

Letter from Martin Thacker, MBE, Leader of NEDDC

Dear all,

The Council has recently updated the Residents/Communities section of the NEDDC website, with information about the Government's recovery plan and a range of other practical services.

A total of 5,928 people have now contacted us for support. We have made over 4,865 pharmacy deliveries and 85 food deliveries through our Community Support Team. If you know of anyone who still needs help and support they can complete the form on our website ( or call our Community Support Team on 01246 231111. The general trend we are seeing is a continuing fall in demand for support with food and a slight increase for pharmacy deliveries. More »

Rykneld staff are working hard to provide resources ahead of the Bank Holiday. They are delivering double the number of food boxes for DCC and have emergency supplies ready to deliver over the weekend if needed. Although lockdown is slowly easing there are still a number of very vulnerable residents who still need support. We remain committed to supporting the Parish Food Donation/Collection points for the foreseeable future to help our residents both directly and through our local foodbanks.

Engineers undertaking gas servicing are taking the opportunity to do other essential tasks and this week have connected 3 cookers and 2 washing machines for residents. Donations continue from Parishes and as a result of their efforts RHL have been able to provide a large selection of games, activities and jigsaws to the Lister and Beaufort mental health project. They were very grateful for the delivery.

With health and social care resources being stretched like never before because of the coronavirus crisis, care homes throughout the county have a number of vacancies they are looking to fill. If you know of someone looking for a career in care, there is more information on the attached. There is also information about a number of other vacancies in our District and further afield. If you know of someone currently out of work, or looking for a change of career, please pass on the details.

On the subject of jobs, you may have heard the recent announcement about the new Pick for Britain website, which has been launched by the Government to encourage people to help farmers with the picking of fruit and vegetables. We frequently update our Residents/Communities section with job vacancies published by Jobcentre Plus.

Residents will be pleased that green bin collections are back up and running. Derbyshire County Council is re-opening all nine of its recycling sites. Vehicles will only be allowed in on certain days though depending on their registration plates, so please check the details before you travel.

The Housing Minister has written to social housing residents to update them on the vital steps being taken to support them during the plan to reopen society. We have been asked to share the letter as widely as possible with residents, particularly those most vulnerable and harder to reach. The letter is attached.

After eight weeks of postponing public consultation on planning applications, respecting the fact that our residents have had more worrying things on their minds, we are this week restarting it. Applicants have been very understanding. Although their applications have been held back during lockdown we are now getting them moving again and hope that the public will again engage positively with us on the proposals that affect their neighbourhoods.

We have now introduced a charter , banning the release of sky-lanterns and helium balloons on our land (including Rykneld Homes), to help combat littering and the wider detrimental effects they have on the environment and to wildlife. We are committed to reducing the impacts of climate change in the District and this charter signals our intent to do as much as possible to help. We are pleased with the positive response from the public who have already expressed their support on social media.

You may find the attached five day meal planner useful, which has been compiled by Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. Closer to home, Derbyshire County Council also has in-depth advice about healthy eating on their website and our Fitness Instructor Amy Dawson continues to inspire people to exercise at home. She's added some new workouts to her YouTube channel for people to try, regardless of age and ability. The attached Funding Newsflash may also be of interest to you and community groups in your Parish.

If you live in Calow, Walton or Holymoorside, you may have seen some new additions popping up around the villages! Scarecrows made to look like key workers - complete with PPE - have been appearing all over the place. There are some photos on our website, which show the amount of thought people have been putting into their creations and demonstrate the fantastic community spirit we have in the District.

Finally, I am pleased to provide a link to the latest edition of The NEWS. This edition is a coronavirus special that summarises the collective efforts to support the community and how we are preparing for a post COVID future.


Martin Thacker

Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of the Council
North East Derbyshire District Council
District Council Offices
2013, Mill Lane
S42 6NG
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Posted: Fri, 22 May 2020 12:18 by Sara Atkinson

Ashover Tennis Courts Open

Ashover Tennis Courts are now open, subject to the following guidelines being followed by players:-

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE: Outdoor courts in England will be open for singles, but only for doubles if all four players are members of the same household.

Please stay safe

  • Observe social distancing measures – stay 2m apart.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and clean your hands frequently.
  • No spectators on the courts.
  • Do not share rackets.
  • Bring your own equipment - the minimum necessary - and only touch your own tennis balls.
  • Initial those tennis balls, so you know which ones to serve with, and return ones which aren't yours with either your racket or foot.
  • Avoid changing ends every couple of games, and bring a full water bottle and use your hand sanitiser.
  • Do not try to adjust the net. Venues are being told to ensure they remain at the appropriate height and to take the net winders away.
  • You will have nowhere to sit because unnecessary equipment such as benches will be taken out of action.
  • Players with underlying issues/advised to self-isolate, should seek medical permission to use the courts.

Thank you and stay safe
Ashover Parish Council

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2020 07:41 by Sara Atkinson

Derbyshire Alert - Speed Awareness Campaign

Drivers across Derbyshire are being urged to reduce their speed as larger numbers of cars head out onto the nation's roads.

As restrictions on movements are eased many people are heading back onto the roads for the first time in many weeks.

During the lockdown period forces across the country saw speeds rise on emptier roads – with some recording extremely high speeds of well over 100mph.

In Derbyshire the roads policing unit, who travel the length and breadth of the county, have continued their work keeping those out on the roads safe. More »

But as more people head out onto the highway we are asking them to take extra care when it comes to their speed as part of a national campaign.

Chief Inspector Jim Thompson, who leads the roads policing team, said: "Speeding is one of the leading causes of serious and fatal collision in the UK.

"On a far too regular basis officers from our force have to deliver the news no family wants to hear – that their friend or member of their family is never coming home.

"Speeding, put simply, is a choice. Our request to you is to make the right one.

"Those who decide to break the speed limit are putting not only themselves but every other road user in danger.

"Over recent weeks we have seen an explosion in the use of bicycles and more people out walking in our towns and villages – as well as the nearby countryside.

"Many of those out and about are families with young children and we know from many years of road safety advice that the chances of surviving a collision at 30mph are dramatically better than the same collision at 40mph.

"My request, and the request of every single member of the force, is to watch your speed. Drive to the conditions on that particular day and ensure that you are aware of those around you.

"The vast majority of those who are involved in collisions never think it will happen to them but time and time again we see lives wrecked because of one wrong choice – don't regret a decision that you could so easily have been avoided."

In phase one from today, forces will be sharing messages across social media and other platforms encouraging the public to slow down and save lives, in addition to normal speed enforcement activity.

Phase two from Monday 25 May will see the forces step up visible speed enforcement activity for the following two weeks, focussing on roads and areas where speeding is known to be an issue or there is a history of serious collisions.

Station Manager Kevin Page from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The moment you turn the key in the ignition of your car, lorry motorcycle or any other vehicle – the lives of hundreds of people rest in your hands.

"Every other road user will be affected by your decisions behind the wheel – and one of the easiest decisions you can make to keep everyone safe is to obey the speed limit.

"It is a well-worn phrase but the speed limit is there for a reason and it's primary role is to help keep people safe.

"The last thing any driver wishes to do is kill someone – but by breaking the speed limit you are increasing the likelihood that you could become a killer through one misplaced action.

"Don't become another statistic on the road – keep to the speed limit."

Figures show that on average 17 people are killed and 126 are seriously injured every month in the UK, where speeding is believed to have been a significant factor.

At 30mph, vehicles are travelling at 44 feet or about three car lengths each second. Even in good conditions, the difference in stopping distance between 30 mph and 35 mph is an extra 21 feet or 6.4 metres, more than two car lengths, this could make all the difference in avoiding a collision.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, said: "During my consultation across the county over the last four years, it became clear that speeding was the top concern for Derbyshire residents. I know that it seriously impacts on the quality of life in our neighbourhoods.

"I listened carefully to the views of residents and funded enforcement action in areas experiencing the worst problems. We evaluated this in terms of operational work and agreed to consider future options which aim to tackle speeding in the long-term.

"Supporting communities which want to reduce speeding on their roads is a top priority for me and I have been working closely with the chief constable to expand the Community Speedwatch programme to a wider area.

"This will allow local people to monitor speeding trends in their area and those caught flouting the speed limits can be re-educated to help improve safety longer term. The speeding initiatives we have supported have been welcomed by our residents, and they send a clear message that speeding is not acceptable in Derbyshire."

You can find more information about road safety in Derbyshire by visiting the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership website here:

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Posted: Tue, 19 May 2020 16:59 by Sara Atkinson