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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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Latest update from our District Councillor…

Further to my last update, I am pleased to tell you that the District Council will restart garden waste collections from the week commencing 1 June 2020. As soon as I have more details, I will be in touch again.

On another point, please do not forget that next week your bins will be collected a day later than usual – due to no collections taking place on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Finally, with the Bank Holiday upon us, the District Council wants to remind local people that children’s play equipment and public toilets in our market towns are all closed and off limits for safety reasons. Parks remain open to allow local people to exercise, but people are asked to maintain social distancing with others from outside of their household.

Please remember that charges have been reinstated on all car parks.

Enjoy your Bank Holiday and stay safe.

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

Address: Laburnum Cottage, Well Street, Elton, Matlock DE4 2BY
Mobile: 07816 986 956

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Please see below the latest update on services affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Please read the information carefully as some services have changed or resumed since the last update. We hope you find this information useful and we will continue to keep you updated when things change or develop.

Please, where possible, pass this information on to your friends, family and neighbours to help keep them informed. We also continue to provide regular updates and information through email and the village website. To sign-up, please send your email address to Please get in touch if you need further details or to raise questions.

Government Guidance, Self-Isolating and Support

  • Government guidance has changed. Residents are asked to stay at home as much as possible to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, reduce pressure on our NHS and save lives. You should only go out for exercise or essential journeys. Limit contact with other people.
  • If you go out for exercise or essential journeys, only mix with people from the same household. You should always maintain a 2 metre distance from others.
  • You should work from home where possible. You should only travel to work if you cannot work from home and it is safe to do so. Avoid public transport and travel by car, bike or on foot.
  • Stay at home and isolate yourself if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus.
  • For full details on the government’s guidelines, visit
  • People with underlying health conditions or considered to be vulnerable from infection with Coronavirus should continue to self-isolate.
  • Elton residents who are self-isolating can get support by calling either Colin Swindell on 07816 986 956 or Carolyn Wilson on 01629 650 757. We will get one of our volunteers to assist.
  • Derbyshire County Council has set-up a Community Response Unit in partnership with other voluntary organisations. This unit aims to help with shopping, checking-in on people, collecting and delivering prescriptions and preparing meals. Register for help online at or call 01629 535 091.
  • For NHS advice on the symptoms of Coronavirus, how to prevent it spreading and advice on self-isolating, visit

Local Services Update

  • At the start of the lockdown, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire County Council suspended nearly all non-essential services. Some of these services are set to resume and others are under review and will be restarted when the safety of staff and the public are not at risk, social distancing can be adhered to and staffing and resources are available.
  • Council offices remain closed to the public. If you need services, you should call the District Council on 01626 761 100 or County Council on 01629 533 190.
  • Help and support is still available for anybody struggling to meet their normal payments to Derbyshire Dales District Council, such as council tax. Please contact the Revenues Section preferably by email at call 01629 761188.
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council will be reinstating charges at all of their carparks from Saturday 16 May.
  • Derbyshire County Council has now reopened some of its countryside carparks, such as Cromford Meadows.
  • The collection of household waste and recycling is running to schedule. Food waste continues to be collected fortnightly along with your grey wheelie bin or black sacks
  • Garden waste collections are still suspended, but a committee of Councillors will decide next week whether to make additional funding available to hire agency workers to resume the service. We will keep you updated.
  • Household Waste and Recycling Centres are due to reopen to the public on Monday 18 May. 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.
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council parks are open to allow local people to exercise but are asked to stick to government guidelines on social distancing. Tennis courts and multi-use games areas are now open again. Children’s play areas and public toilets remain closed.
  • Weekly markets in our towns remain suspended.
  • Elton Parish Council has begun meeting via ZOOM on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. The public can request to join the meeting or submit questions and comments by emailing the Parish Clerk, Janice Jackson at
  • Elton Village Hall and Elton Church remain closed.
  • Elton Jubilee Field remains open for use to allow people and children to exercise. We ask everybody using the field to continue using common-sense, adhere to social distancing rules and be respectful of others. The children’s play equipment remains closed and not to be used.
  • Winster shop is open to the public with service at the front door. Please queue maintaining a 2 metres distance with other customers. Online orders for collection or delivery can be placed at or call 01629 650 683.
  • Winster Post Office remains open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 12:30pm

Please email or call me on 07816 986 956 if you need further details on the above points.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Colin Swindell
Written on behalf of Elton Parish Council

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Derbyshire County Council are set to re-open their Household Waste and Recycling Centres from Monday 18 May 2020. Please see their message below.

Please read the following information carefully and in full. For further details, questions or comments, Elton and Gratton residents should contact their County Councillor, Simon Spencer, at 

Statement take from the Derbyshire County Council website…

The safety of site staff, residents and the wider community is the number one priority for us and new measures are being introduced at all of our sites so that users and staff can stick to social distancing rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help manage traffic.

These include a traffic control system based on odd and even number plates and limiting the number of vehicles on site at any one time.

To help the centres run smoothly users are being asked to follow these golden rules:

Our household waste recycling centres will reopen with restrictions in place from Monday 18 May – but residents are only advised to visit them if they have waste they cannot store safely at home.

The safety of site staff, residents and the wider community is the number one priority for us and new measures are being introduced at all of our sites so that users and staff can stick to social distancing rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help manage traffic.

These include a traffic control system based on odd and even number plates and limiting the number of vehicles on site at any one time.

To help the centres run smoothly users are being asked to follow these golden rules:

1. Only travel to your local recycling centre if it is essential because you can’t continue to store waste safely at home without it causing injury or harm. No other reason for the journey would be considered a legitimate purpose. Please use your kerbside bins and bulky waste services where possible or store until sites are operating as normal.

2. If your journey is essential then check which day you can access the recycling centres based on your vehicle number plate and please be prepared to queue as social distancing measures mean fewer vehicles will be allowed on site at any one time.

3. Vehicles will be allowed into recycling centres on certain days depending on whether the last number on their number plate is odd or even. Vehicles with 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 as the last number will be allowed in on even numbered dates in the month and those with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be allowed in on odd numbered dates in the month.

4. Avoid taking excessive amounts of waste to keep vehicles moving in and out as quickly as possible to help reduce queue times. That means leaving vans and trailers at home for the time being.

5. Wear protective gloves, appropriate footwear and clothing and only bring what you can safely handle as staff will not be able to help you carry your waste as they normally would.

6. Keep the number of people on site to a minimum by travelling alone – unless you need another adult from your household to help carry your waste – stay at least 2 metres away from staff and other users and wash your hands when you get home.

7. Stay at home if you have had coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days, are self-isolating or at high risk of contracting the virus.

Our recycling centres open 7 days a week from 8.30am-6pm in the following locations: Ashbourne, Bolsover, Bretby, Chesterfield, Glossop, Ilkeston, Loscoe, Northwood (Darley Dale) and Waterswallows – near Buxton.

They do not accept business or trade waste.

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Parish Council Meetings to Resume from Thursday 14 May 2020

Parish Council Meetings to Resume from Thursday 14 May 2020

Parish Council meetings are set to restart on Thursday 14 May at 7:30pm.

Due to social distancing guidelines, the Parish Council cannot meet in person. A meeting will be held remotely via Zoom.

Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting and raise questions or comment on parish issues under the agenda item of ‘Public Participation’.

If you want to join the meeting will need to have access to Zoom and should email the Clerk, Janice Jackson, who will then forward them an invitation to join the meeting. You can email the Clerk at

If you cannot join the meeting but wish to raise a question or make a comment, please email it to the Clerk at the above email address and it will be raised at the meeting.

Parish Council meetings will continue to be held via Zoom until restrictions are lifted. Meetings will be held on first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm as usual.

Elton Parish Council

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