Local Elections -Thursday 2 May 2019

Since the arrival of polling cards a week or so ago, a number of people have been in touch to ask who/what is up for election. Below is an explanation sent on behalf of the Parish Council.

Local Elections across the Derbyshire Dales and other local authorities in England will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019. In these elections voters will choose who represents them on Parish, Town and District Councils.

In Elton specifically, a ballot will be held to elect your District Councillor only.

There are two candidates in this election…

1 Charlie Foster-Philips (Labour Party Candidate)

2 Colin Swindell (Independent)

Elton and Gratton residents can cast their vote in Elton Village Hall between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 2 May.

Normally you would also be electing your representatives for the Parish Council, however, no ballot will take place this time round.

There are 6 seats on Elton Parish Council and 6 candidates put their names forward. As there are not more candidates than seats, an election is not required.

The 6 candidates for the Parish Council who have been elected unopposed are…

1 John Moseley

2 Colin Swindell

3 Nigel Mason

4 Maralyn Marsden

5 Cath Dawe

6 Clare Jackson

I hope that this makes the situation clear. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Sent on behalf of Elton Parish Council


Everybody is invited to Elton Village Hall this Easter Monday for refreshments. On offer will be tea, coffee, sandwiches and cake.

The event is being held between 11:30am and 2:30pm. All proceeds will go to Elton All Saints Church.

Following a community collection in Elton and Winster for retiring postman of 25 years, Peter Wheeldon has sent a message of thanks to local residents.

A total of £1650 was raised and presented to Pete along with numerous cards and well wishes.

A heartfelt thank you message was presented in a card through Winster Post Office and put on display in the Village Shop and noticeboards.

In case you haven’t seen it, here is the message from one much loved, missed and grateful postman.

‘A big THANK YOU to the people of WINSTER AND ELTON for your kind wishes and cards and the fantastic much appreciated gift I have received from you.

I am very humbled and was left speechless at your extremely kind generosity and for still thinking of me.

I thank you all so much for your friendship and helpfulness over the last 25 years and will miss delivering the mail to you but won’t miss the bad weather!

Many, many grateful thanks from PETE THE POSTMAN & family’

Elton All Saints Church

Revd Carla Vincencio Prior

Revd Rod Prince

16TH APRIL TUESDAY – COMPLINE by candlelight at 8pm
A short, sung evening prayer service.  We enter and leave in silence.
Led by Canon David Truby

Revd Lindsay Pearson

A Team Service for all our parishes and visitors – lighting the Team parishes Easter candles for 2019.
Canon David Truby and all Clergy

Revd Carla Vicencio Prior

 More information can be found at www.wirksworthteamministry.co.uk


Below is a message from Canon David Truby of the Wirksworth Team Ministry which updates the community on the installation of new toilets and proposals to change Sunday Service provision.

“Residents in the village will have seen the activity around the church as we have been making progress on the provision of a new toilet facility in church. We are grateful to all those who have contributed towards its cost through our ‘Flush Fund’, which, along with grants from the Diocese of Derby and the Exton Trust have enable the work to proceed. The new facility will enable us to make the back of the church more accessible and useful for meetings and events which will help contribute towards the life of the village. We plan to have a thanksgiving service on 19th May at 3pm, to which everyone is welcome”.

“One other issue that we have been grappling with of late is the question of service provision on Sundays. Attendance has been tailing off over a period of time, and preparation for services is left to a very small group of people. This year, it is unlikely that we shall be able to elect a new churchwarden, which leaves us with no one to take on the particular responsibilities that are borne locally”. 

 “The church council has considered the possibility of moving to just two services per month (though the major festivals of Christmas and Easter would happen as normal). Before we commit ourselves to such a course, we are keen to hear the views of all those who consider themselves to be ‘stakeholders’ in the life of the church. Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting is to take place on Tuesday 9th April at 7.30 and people may wish to offer a view at that. Otherwise you could just let Anne Wellington, our churchwarden, know or email me on david.truby@outlook.com”.

“With thanks and best wishes”.

Canon David Truby


As you might be aware, Elton’s postman of 25 years, Peter Wheeldon, planned to retire this coming May.

Sadly, due to ill health, Peter is currently unable to work and it looks unlikely that he will return to work before his retirement.

A collection for Peter is being held by Carolyn at Winster Post Office where you are invited to make a donation if you wish.

Alternatively, Elton residents are welcome to put their donation in an envelope through the school’s letterbox where it will be collected by Julie Stone.

Please mark your envelope ‘Donation for Peter’.

Thank you.

Written by Colin Swindell on behalf of Carolyn Ludlam (Winster Post Office)

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Elton Echo Issue 57 (Spring 2019)

Elton Echo Issue 57 (Spring 2019)