Bev has been in conversation with George O’Neil

It’s 8:00pm and well worth listening to this podcast. Hope you enjoy.

Bev in conversation

A better choice to Question Time, Great British Menu, Griff or even another update on the virus?

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Contact Link

To contact any of the Interest Group coordinators, just click here.


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Today’s Stroll has been cancelled.

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Monday 21st December. Due to an inclement weather forecast for Monday, there is a possibility that the planned walk may be cancelled. Please keep an eye on the weather, and your email for last minute information

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We can recommence our strolls this month. Please join us.
The first will be Monday 7th December, Stockley Trail. Meet in the car park next to Auto Supplies, 11am
The second will be Monday 21st December, Poolsbrook Country Park. Meet in the car park, 11am. For more info contact

If we exceed 6, we will split in to two groups in line with Government recommendations.

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New web page

Tomorrow we are launching a new web page

“lockdown photos, the beauty around us”

Want to join in?
Send your lockdown pics to

Rain, shine, frost, snow, misty no matter what the weather there is beauty to be found.
Look forward to seeing your photos, add a caption. To coin a phrase just say what you see!

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Sincere apologies

Creative Writing is on the 28th, but the day is WEDNESDAY!

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This weeks group meetings

Tuesday 27th, History, 2pm, Hillstown Village Hall

Thursday 28th, Creative Writing, 2 pm, Hillstown, Village Hall

Both groups will be following government guidelines, rule of 6, face masks, socially distant, sanitiser and antibacterial wipes. Be assured we are monitoring the Covid information for changes in the rules and will follow those rules as and when necessary. We will inform members immediately if those changes affect us.

If you would like more information, or to book your place for next months meet please contact.

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Six Month Update

A Six Month Update

I started this message on September 23rd, six months after we were plunged in to lockdown. Now, almost a month later and we are still facing restrictions, masks and the rule of six!!! Who would believe it?

Our members have been amazing, keeping everyone up to date with what is happening where you are, the descriptions and photographs have been wonderful.

Sending quizzes for members to try. Photographs and descriptions of isolated walks. Some wonderful views, amazing wildlife and many garden scapes. I cannot thank you all enough. Art, cooking and gardening projects have all been gratefully received.

All the above have been contributions to our “BALLS” page and kept us in touch, thank you.

We have however decided that at the end of the month the BALLS page will be archived. It has perhaps run its course. Individual group pages will be brought back to life, and feedback from those groups who are managing to meet would be gratefully received, please send to: bolu3a

If necessary we can always bring the BALLS page back!

The majority of Group Leaders have maintained contact with their group members either by email or WhatsApp. The support for each other within those groups has been wonderful, if anyone was having a bad day, friends would rally and support, amazing, Thank You.

Strollers have made a successful return, and are maintaining the rule of six. Lawn Bowls hope to return to indoors as soon as they can safely do so. Ten Pin Bowling also made a successful return, but due to current developments have had to stop again.

We, as many of you know, attempted to restart six other groups during September; before we got started we were hit by the rule of six! Most of those groups decided to go ahead and try meeting under that rule. So far it has been successful. Hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes are provided, social distancing maintained and masks worn.

This of course is not for everyone, not everyone is ready to take that step, it doesn’t matter it is up to every individual to make the decision for themselves. Please keep in touch, please keep following our progress and please rejoin us when you feel you can.

Be assured Committee continue to monitor the current situation, if we are required to stop our current activities we will let you know as soon as we know.

For now,

Thank you for your support.

Stay Safe, Stay Well

Bev Crofts

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Sent from iPad

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Group Meetings October

History Group will be meeting on 27th, 2pm, HVH
Creative Writing will be meeting on the 28th, 2pm, HVH
The Village Gardeners will be meeting on the 29th, 10am, HVH

All Groups are subject to the rule of 6. If you are interested in taking part in any of these groups please contact the Group Leader direct, or

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Art Appreciation

Unfortunately the Art Appreciation Group due to meet on Wednesday 21st October has had to be cancelled. This is due to both the Group Leader and Deputy living in the NE Derbyshire area and therefore governed by the latest Covid rule of meeting with no more than 2 households. We will keep you informed of any changes.

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Ten Pin Bowling Cancellation

Unfortunately 10 Pin bowling has had to be cancelled for both the 9th and 23rd October, now that Chesterfield has moved into tier 2 and more than 2 households are banned from meeting. We will keep you informed.

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