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A Harvest Festival Service is to be held at Elton All Saints Church on Sunday 11 October 2020.

The service will start at 9.30am and everybody is welcome.

Please note that for everybody’s safety and to meet government guidelines, COVID19 safety measure are in place at Elton Church. You will be asked to wear a face covering and social distancing measures will be in place. You will asked to use hand sanitiser and provide details for NHS Track and Trace. 

Elton All Saints Church

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Elton All Saints Church

Elton All Saints Church will he holding a Creation Service on Sunday 13 September. The service will commence at 9.30am in Elton Church.

Everybody is welcome to attend.

Please note that for everybody’s safety and to meet government guidelines, COVID19 safety measure are in place at Elton Church.
You will be asked to wear a face covering and social distancing measures will be in place. You will asked to use hand sanitiser and provide details for NHS Track and Trace.

Elton All Saints Church

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To view the latest edition of the Elton Echo, please click on the image below.

Links to past copies of the parish newsletter can be found on the Newsletter page of this website.

Elton Echo Issue 62 (Autumn 2020)

About the Elton Echo

The ‘Elton Echo’ is the Parish quarterly newsletter.  It contains news, information and notices relating to Elton and neighbouring Gratton.

Village residents, clubs and organisations are invited to publish their news, views, stories and diary events in the newsletter.

The Elton Echo is also available for advertising businesses and items for sale.  It is delivered free of charge to all households in Elton and Gratton.

Contributing to the Elton Echo

Items or articles to be published in the next issue of the Elton Echo should be sent to the editorial team, preferably via email or on CD in ‘MS Word’ format. Written articles are accepted.

Deliver to:  Stride Cottage, Main Street, Elton, Matlock, DE4 2BW

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The Fish and Chip van will be back in Elton and resuming service this Thursday (tomorrow) between 5pm and 7pm. He will be in his usual spot outside the Duke of York.
He will be back every Thursday from now on between 5pm and 7pm.
Please spread the word as not everybody receives these emails and please support the chippy van if can.

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VJ Day - A Preface to 'Elton Remembers'

VJ Day – A Preface to ‘Elton Remembers’

To view the VJ Day preface to Elton Remembers, please click here or on the image to the right.

We marked the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on our village web site by publication of a scanned copy of the previously existing booklet Elton Remembers and a digital version of a new Supplement to it.

On Saturday 15 August 2020 we mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day.  VJ Day was the final end of World War Two.  We don’t currently know whether any of the 23 men from Elton who served in the armed forces in that war were serving in the Far East on VJ Day.  (It would be good to check if we can!) However, if the Japanese had not surrendered, many of those who were serving elsewhere and had not been demobbed and who hoped their war had ended on VE Day would have been sent to the Far East to fight there.  Defeat of Japan by the invasion of the Japanese mainland would have been very, very bloody.  Victory over Japan was therefore a great relief to them and to all their families and loved ones.

To coincide with VJ Day, Elton Local History Group has prepared a Preface to Elton Remembers and its Supplement.  It is an extract from an article written by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, president of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission,  for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.  He has kindly given permission for its use as part of Elton Remembers.  It sets our local remembrance into the national and indeed international context.  This is now published here on our web site.

There are some possible next steps in the business of Elton Remembers:

  • Rework the original Elton Remembers into a fully digitised format, rather than a scanned copy.  Amend it as appropriate.
  • Work through some of the projects suggested in the Supplement, including research from historical sources and interviews with the last few individuals who remember Elton during World War Two, to improve and possibly finalise it.  This might be of interest to young people and possibly Elton School.
  • Combine Elton Remembers, the Supplement and its new Preface into one digital book to be published on our village web site.
  • Then consider printing copies to order.

Elton Local History Group would welcome any volunteers who would like to help on these next steps.

As Lord Kitchener might have put it, with a stern face and a pointing finger:

“Your Local History Group Needs You!”

Or as President John F Kennedy might have put it with rather more charm:

“Ask not what your Local History Group can do for you. Ask what you can do for your Local History Group.”

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Elton All Saints Church would like to let the community know that the church is now open again for individual private prayer on Sundays between 10am and 4pm.

All Saints Church

Everybody is asked to adhere to all of the Covid-19 safety measures displayed.

Thank you
Sent on behalf of Elton All Saints Church

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Services update from Colin Swindell – District Councillor

Please see below the latest update on how local services are continuing to change following the easing of lockdown. I hope you will find this information useful. Also below, is a brief comment on future updates.

As always, please share with friends, family and neighbours.

Latest services update

> Food waste collections will be returning to weekly collections from 27 July 2020.

> The delivery of garden waste sacks is currently underway across the Derbyshire Dales and should be completed by 27 July 2020. If you have not received your supply by this date, please get in touch.

> The delivery of food caddy liners is due to commence on 7 September 2020. If you are in desperate need of these bags, please get in touch as I have a limited supply.

> The Derbyshire Dales District Council’s verge mowing team are now back to full capacity. The teams are tackling a backlog of uncut grass verges across the district. It is hoped that all areas will be reached in the coming weeks.

> Public toilets in our market towns, that are operated by Derbyshire Dales District Council, are now open every day between 10.30am and 5.30pm. All facilities are being closely supervised and cleaned regularly.

> All parks and play areas operated by the District Council have reopened. People are asked to stick to social distancing guidelines, use common sense and be respectful of others.

> The Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Darley Dale is now accepting vans and trailers onto the site. Restrictions still apply on which day your vehicle can visit the site depending on your vehicle registration number. This is to keep queues to a minimum and maintain social distancing. Please see for more details and to ensure you do not have a wasted journey.

> A decision has been made to cancel both the Matlock Bath Illuminations and Matlock Victorian Christmas Market for this year.

Future updates

From the outset of the pandemic and the UK lockdown, I have been sending out comprehensive and detailed updates to residents in my council ward. This was to ensure everybody was kept informed about how services were being affected in a rapidly changing situation. With lockdown and restrictions easing, most services are now returning to normal. For this reason, I will continue to keep you updated on service changes, but less often and only as and when it is absolutely necessary.

Furthermore, the support group that was set-up to help self-isolating residents will also be wound down. I have spoken to the dozen or so people who were depended upon support from volunteers and they have all told me that they are able to look after themselves or feel it is safe enough to leave their home. We will continue to keep volunteers on record and standby should the need for the support group arise in the future – fingers crossed this won’t be the case – and residents can contact me at any time if they do need assistance.

The Parish Council would like to thank everybody who has volunteered and supported others in the community over recent months. Thanks must also go to everybody who has stepped-in and done their bit to help keep the village clean and tidy when services have been suspended.

Thank you,

Colin Swindell
District Councillor

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A message from Elton Jubilee Field Committee…

Elton Jubilee Field trustees wanted to contact you to let you know what we are doing to protect and secure the field from illegal traveller encampments in the local area.

As the travellers are soon to be moved on from Darley Bridge, they will undoubtedly be looking for a new place to settle. This means all fields, car parks and plots of land need to be secured where possible.

Following attempts to park on Darley Dale cricket grounds, Elton Jubilee Field trustees believe that the playing fields would be a desirable and potential site for travellers to set up a temporary home. We have, therefore, taken the decision to lock the gates at the top of the Jubilee Field and the side driveway/lane to prevent vehicular access.

The locking of the gates, however, means that the large gate at the entrance to the playing fields has had to be changed to the smaller gate. This means that pedestrian access is no longer available. We are, therefore, asking anybody wanting to get onto the Jubilee Field to access it through the style at the top of the driveway/lane and then up the steps by the side of the pavilion.

We appreciate that this is a big inconvenience, but it is necessary to ensure the field is protected and secure for everybody to continue using it. An eviction of an illegal encampment would also be costly and lengthy to the Jubilee field Committee, so it must be prevented.

This decision has been taken along with Elton Cricket Club and all persons needing access to land and livestock via the locked gates has been consulted.

As soon as we can guarantee the local and immediate threat to the field has been removed, we will aim to reopen the gates at the earliest opportunity.

Thank you for your understanding.

On behalf of Elton Jubilee Field Committee

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Please see message below from District Councillor, Colin Swindell

If you were not already aware, this afternoon a group of travellers have parked-up on the campsite opposite to the Square and Compass pub. A further group have parked up at DFS, Darley Dale.

I wanted to get in touch to update you on the current situation and ask you to make sure that any land you or somebody you know owns is secure and protected.

Earlier today, Wednesday 17 June 2020, a group of travellers were evicted from the Bakewell Show Ground. Derbyshire Dales District Council – who own the land – obtained a court order to have the travellers evicted. The travellers were removed from the site by bailiffs and assistance from the police.

Evicting travellers from a site does not remove the problem – it simply moves it. Once moved on, the travellers dispersed from the site with some setting-up camp on the Square and Compass campsite and others at the DFS carpark. These travellers are unknown to the Council and have no responsibility for. One other family, whom the Council owes a homelessness duty, has been moved to a temporary site in Rowsley.

I have been contacted by a lot of residents today asking what is being done to move the travellers on from these illegal encampments. The sites on which travellers are currently parked are privately owned. In the case of the Square and Compass, it would be the responsibility of the landlords or the brewery to start court proceedings to have them removed. The District Council will always monitor the situation and advise where they can.

This afternoon I have been in regular contact with Council officers and others to keep an eye on the situation and how things have developed. In my most recent update from the Head of Environmental Services, I am led to believe that this evening the police have attended the Square and Compass site following reports of confrontational behaviour. I have been informed that the police are now using their S61 powers to move the travellers on from the Square and Compass site and their intention is to escort them out of the district. I do not have a timescale for this happening, but it should be soon.

There is clearly a concern that the travellers will look for a new site to set-up camp straightaway. This could be in the immediate locality or further afield. I am, therefore, asking residents in my ward, who own large pieces of land accessible from the roadside, to ensure that they are locked, barricaded or blocked to prevent entry. Please help to make others aware by sharing this email. This will prevent damage to your property and lengthy and costly court proceedings to have travellers evicted.

I have been in touch this afternoon with Parish Councillors and Sports Field Trustees to ensure that they too are aware of the situation and can take any necessary precautions to prevent illegal encampments.

Derbyshire Dales District Council continues to search for a permanent traveller site and it remains one of their number on priorities. This issue has been ongoing for several years and the problem of illegal encampments will not go away until a suitable site can be found. I will continue to do what I can in the Council Chamber to make sure that this happens at the earliest opportunity.

I have tried to be as brief as I can in this update. If, however, you have questions or comments please get in touch.

Best wishes

Colin Swindell
District Councillor

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Please see below a recent update from your District Councillor on the services that have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak and those which are due to resume.

Garden waste collections

Garden waste collections restarted on 1st June 2020. Collections will take place on your usually scheduled collection day along with your recycling waste. Please remember that food waste continues to be collected fortnightly with your general household waste.

Residents are asked to show patience and understanding whilst the service resumes. To ensure all households get a collection, residents are asked not to overfill or compact the green waste in their bins. The bin lifts on the back of the refuse wagons have a maximum weigh limit. Bins that are too heavy will be rejected.
Households on green sack collections will have no more than 5 sacks collected.

Public toilets and markets
Weekly markets in our towns are currently suspended and public toilets remain closed. These measures were put in place at the start of the UK lockdown to protect the safety and wellbeing of the public and council staff.

Very recently the government guidelines have changed. A committee of councillors is due to meet on 11 June 2020 to discuss restarting the Bakewell market and reopening the public toilets.

Parking permit
As reported previously, charges have been reinstated at the off-street car parks in our towns that are operated by Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Shortly before the lockdown, every household across the Derbyshire Dales was issued with a new residents parking permit. This included with your council tax bill. The permit allows Dales residents to park free of charge up to 11am and after 4pm.

Please make sure you have removed your old permit and the new one is clearly displayed on your windscreen or dashboard. Failure to display the current permit could result in a parking fine.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres
Household Waste and Recycling Centres have reopened to the public. A big reminder that strict rules are in place about what waste can be deposited, when you can visit the sites and the types of vehicles being accepted. Please visit for details.

There is a high demand for this service and a lengthy queue. Please make sure you read this information to prevent a wasted journey, make sure you leave with plenty of time to spare. You might also be in your vehicles for long periods of time in warm weather, so make sure you have a drink and are not carrying vulnerable people or animals.

Cllr Colin Swindell
District Councillor for Winster and South Darley Ward
Derbyshire Dales District Council

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