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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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

BDU3A Chair

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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The Reiki Group are meeting at Hillstown Village Hall on Monday 12th October at 10.00am. Please take your own refreshments. Hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes are provided.
Please remember to wear a mask, unless you are medically exempt.

If you have downloaded the Test and Trace app, you can check in at the door. BDU3A have our own test and trace/ risk assessment procedure.

For further details about this group please contact

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Group Reminders

Two Groups meeting this week, both on FRIDAY 9th October
The rule of six applies, the wearing of masks is also required unless medically exempt. Please bring your own refreshments to Hillstown Village Hall.

DESIGN and CREATE. Hillstown Village Hall, 2pm
Hand sanitiser and surface antibacterial wipes are provided.

TEN PIN BOWLING. Chesterfield Bowl, 1pm
Sanitising as provided by Chesterfield Bowl.

Please note. The NHS Covid 19 app is now available to download to everyone in England and Wales for Test and Trace check in.

For more information please contact the Group Leader or email interestgroups


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Pushing the restart button

Hi, The web team are back, not that anybody went very far. It’s really a good feeling to be posting the schedule for October.  Please let us know about new, changed or cancelled events. We will do our very best to keep all members informed.

October 2020 

5th – Strollers – 11.00am. Poolsbrook Country Park

7th – Committee Meeting – 10.15am at Hillstown Village Hall

9th – Ten Pin Bowling – 1.00pm at Chesterfield Bowl

9th – Design and Create – 2.00pm at Hillstown Village Hall

12th – Reiki – 10.00am at Hillstown Village hall

19th – Strollers – 11.00am. Pleasley Country Park

20th – Art & Craft – 1.30pm at Hillstown Village Hall

21st – Art Appreciation – 10.30am at Hillstown Village Hall

21st – Current Affairs Discussion – 2.00pm at Hillstown Village Hall

27th – History – 2.00pm at Hillstown Village Hall 

28th – Creative Writing – 2.00pm at Hillstown Village Hall













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