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Elton Jubilee Field was founded in 1977 when the village came together to fundraise and purchase the field for the community and wider public to have a safe place for sports, play and recreational activities. The field is a registered charity (no. 507662) and managed by a small committee of volunteer trustees.

Over the past decade the field has undergone a much needed improvement project which aims to replace the dilapidated Pavilion with a state of the art club house and install a new multi use games area and new children’s play area. A massive amount of fundraising has been undertaken over the years from within the village to build the clubhouse and make it a reality. The focus is now turning to purchasing a new children’s play area to replace the old one which has been in place for over 20 years.

Images below show plans and a visual image of the proposals. The amount needed to get the new equipment is £48,000 plus VAT. This is a tall order but something we are willing to work tirelessly to raise on behalf of our committee, community and young children.

As well as fundraising through a Just Giving page online, we will be applying for larger grants from other sources. In the meantime, however, this page is an opportunity for you to show your support, contribute what you can and help show community spirit in making this happen. Please help however you can – financially or by spreading the word.

To make a donation, please visit

Thank you in advance for any support you give.

Colin Swindell (Elton Jubilee Field Trustee)

Charity Number 507662

Visual Image of Proposed New Play Area

Visual Image of Proposed New Play Area


Plans of proposed new play area

Plans of proposed new play area


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The church in Elton will, from this month, be reducing the number of services we offer regularly to two a month. In the second Sunday of the month there will be a 9:30am Eucharist and on the 4th Sunday of the month there will be Evensong at 6pm.

There will still be an additional service this Sunday (2nd June) at 9:30am as a one off as well.

We’re always happy to discuss new opportunities for the use of the church, so if you’d like to discuss anything please feel free to contact Rev’d Carla on 07767087530.

With every blessing

Sent on behalf of Rev’d Carla Vicencio Prior

Wirksworth Team Ministry Vicar

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Food Caddy Liner

Food Caddy Liner

Clarification on Garden Waste Charges

A number of people have recently contacted me to ask when charges for the collection of garden waste will come into effect and how much it will be. The charges and when they will be brought in have not yet been agreed. At this stage they are only proposals which have been set out in the new waste contract which will begin in August 2020 – when the current contract with Serco will come to an end. If charges are brought in for garden waste, they might not even start until 2021. The new contract is currently being reviewed by potential contactors and hasn’t yet gone through a formal tendering process. So, things could still change in the months ahead and I will continue to keep you updated as the new contract begin to take shape. For now, garden waste collections remain free of charge for at least another year.

Food caddy Liners

Free food caddy liners are currently being delivered to households across Derbyshire Dales. Residents who have subscribed to the District Council’s compostable sack scheme for garden waste will also receive a free roll of 42 compostable sacks. Properties that currently use black sacks for household waste can subscribe to the compostable sack scheme for garden waste online. Any household that has not received their caddy liners or compostable sacks by the end of May should contact the District Council no later than the end of June on 01629 761100.

As always, please get in touch with me if you have any issues with waste collection services or the delivery of your caddy liners and compostable sacks.

Colin Swindell
District Councillor

Telephone: 07816 986 956

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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 below.

Elton Echo Issue 58 (Summer 2019)

Elton Echo Issue 58 (Summer 2019)

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.

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Bake Sale Thanks

Bake Sale Thanks

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I am song

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Many people will know the work of the late famous and much-loved Cornish poet Charles Causley (of Timothy Winters fame). His relative Jim Causley is a widely-respected folk musician, who brings to Winster his settings of Charles’s poems, along with anecdotes and information from the family archive, to which he has unique access.

The result is a marvellous show, combining the beauty and humour of the poems with the top-class musicianship of Jim and fascinating insights into the life and beliefs of the poet himself. Support is provided by two other fine musicians, Derbyshire’s own Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham.

Jim is a multi-instrumentalist with a beautiful bass voice and an easy stage manner. The Guardian says he has ‘a natural gift for entertainment’ and he creates an immediate rapport with the audience. He has been nominated no fewer that six times as Singer of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Geoff Lester of Winster Entertainments Group said: ‘I saw this show in Whitby Folk Week last year and booked it without hesitation. The queue for the CD stretched right round the theatre.’

The show is on Saturday 15 June in the Burton Institute, Winster DE4 2DQ. It starts 8pm and the bar opens 7.15. Tickets are £10 from Winster Post Office (local people please use this outlet) or 01629 650090 or

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A message to thanks and summary of election results from you District Councillor, Colin Swindell….

I wanted to write a belated message of thanks to everybody who voted and voted for me in the recent local elections. For those of you who have not yet seen the results for the Winster and South Darley Ward, it was as follows…

Charlie Foster Philips (Labour) 22 votes (3%)

Colin Swindell (Independent) 758 votes (97%)

Turnout for 57.6% – the highest for any ward across the district

The vote I received was far greater than anything I imagined. I was overwhelmed when I saw the number of ballot papers being counted and very grateful for the trust that residents have put in me.

I want to thank everybody who took the time to vote for me and to those people who supported me through leafleting, putting up posters, garden boards and spreading messages of support. I couldn’t have done it without you and I will continue to work tirelessly and represent you to the best of my ability.

Thank you also for the many messages of congratulations I have received following the result. I’m still getting round to replying to them all.

Now that the elections are over, its back to work and getting on with the job. Throughout the campaign a lot of problems, concerns and issues were raised with me. I have already begun the work of addressing these. If you raised an issue of concern with me, I will be in touch with you in the coming weeks to update you.

The controlling group now have a majority of just 1 councillor – down from 9. I am hopeful that is now an opportunity for the council to adopt a more cooperative approach to things, where there is cross-party consensus and opposition councillors are listened to a lot more.

I will uphold my promise of not siding with any party and will not join any voting block or coalition. I will vote, for or against items, on a case by case basis. I will only support policies, ideas and services that benefit my constituents, our communities and the wider Derbyshire Dales.

Overall Summary of the Derbyshire Dales Results

Overall across the Derbyshire Dales, the controlling Conservative group have retained control of Derbyshire Dales District Council with a reduced majority – they now have a majority of 1 down from 9.

The Liberal Democrats take over from Labour as the official opposition. The Lib Dems gained 5 new councillors on their 2015 return and Labour one. The Greens were winners too, taking two seats, and the voters also returned 3 Independent councillors. It means the Conservatives hold control by a single seat, taking 20 of the available 39 seats.

The last result of the Count at Wirksworth Leisure Centre was declared at 4.45am – a single vote victory for the Green Party candidate Matthew Buckler in Stanton.

So the final result was:

• Conservatives 20 seats

• Lib Dems 8

• Labour 6

• Independents 3

• Green Party 2

The overall Derbyshire Dales turnout was 41.6%.

Written by Colin Swindell (Independent District Councillor and Candidate 2019)

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