BinsAll bin collections will be one day later than usual this week.

This is due to the rounds being cancelled on Monday because of widespread flooding and road closures across the Derbyshire Dales. Furthermore, the floods resulted in the waste tips closing which meant that SERCO could not operate.

SERCO will be working on the Saturday to complete a 5 day week of collections.

Thank you

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

Damage to Darley BridgeOn the afternoon of Tuesday 22 February, significant damage was caused to Darley Bridge. This means that the road will remain shut for a while longer.

The damage was caused whilst works were being undertaken to remove debris, branches and wood clogging-up the water flow under Darley Bridge. From what I am told, a 360 degree digger that was working on the bridge backed into the wall behind it. This has left a large hole on the roadside with a drop to the river on the other side. It has since been covered-up and made safe using temporary barriers.

Derbyshire County Council have made the decision to close the bridge to vehicles – although some residents have told me of their frustration at HGVs and larger vehicles have been let through.

I appreciate and understand the inconvenience the prolonged road closure will cause residents in South Darley and surrounding villages. With Oker Road still closed due to the landslip, this will mean a long-diverted route to reach the A6 and Matlock. Furthermore, it will lead to increased pressure on the smaller roads in and around nearby villages.

Many vehicles have also been using the Gated Road between Wenslees and Oker as a cut-through. I want to appeal to motorists not to use this road. It is in very poor condition and has been unmaintained for many years. It is unsuitable for vehicles and will cause damage.

This evening I have emailed the County Councillor covering Darley Bridge and asked that she provides details about County Hall’s plans to repair the bridge and a timescale for reopening the road. As soon as I have a reply I will update you again.

I appreciate the last few days have been very trying and difficult for local residents, particularly South Darley residents. I want to stress again that I understand the inconvenience this is causing. Residents have made this perfectly clear to me on several occasions and I understand.

I will do my best to get clarification on the situation and apply pressure where I can to get the road open at the earliest opportunity.

Darley Bridge – Closed due to risk of flooding

The main road and bridge at Darley Bridge are now closed to pedestrians and vehicles.

A flood warning is now in place at Darley Bridge and along the River Derwent. The water level at Darley Bridge is very high and flooding is now likely. Please keep away.

Please do not attempt to pass through and over the bridge. It has been closed for your safety! By ignoring the road closure you are not only putting yourself in danger but others as well.

Anybody travelling between Winster and Matlock is reminded that the road through Oker is also closed due to the landslip. Please take an alternative route.

It is advised to only travel if necessary. If you must travel, please be mindful of water on the roads.

Regular updates about Darley Bridge and the flood response can be viewed at the Facebook Page ‘Cllr Colin Swindell – Elton, Winster & South Darley’.

The Elton ElfThe Elton Elf is back – and delivering the goods this Christmas to raise money for Ashgate HospiceFollowing the success of last year’s fundraising effort (to raise money for new play area in Elton), I am once again donning the elf outfit for charity.
 
From Monday 20th December to Christmas Day, I’ll spend my time working as a postie dressed as a Christmas elf to raise funds for Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield.
 
I’ll be working around the Matlock area delivering parcels and mail, raising money for an important local charity and hopefully spreading some Christmas cheer! And looking a complete plonker as well!
 
Please donate if you can and spread the word. 
 
Trust me, this is one hot and uncomfortable outfit to be working in – especially with the tights!
 
Ashgate Hospice helps people with a life-limiting illness, assists those who care for someone who has a life-limiting illness or support those grieving the death of a loved one.
 
 
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
 
Colin Swindell

Following the success of last years event, the competition for the Best Elton Christmas House Decoration was held again in December 2021. Judging took place on Sunday 12 December and our Judge this year was Cllr Tony Morley from Doveridge.

After a walk and drive around Elton to view the lights and decorations at each house, Tony decided that the winners were….

1st – Alan Cooper of 11 East End with his ‘Santa on a tractor’.
2nd – Georgi Hardy of 3 Alice’s Cottages with her ‘Tree-cycling’.
3rd – The Jones family of Blakelow House, Back Lane with the ‘house bow’.

Images of the lights can be seen below.

This is the second year the competition has been held and the second year that Alan Cooper has won the competition! Can he be beaten?! Maybe next year….

Tony said what a delight it had been to see the lights and the amazing efforts some households had gone to. He went on to say that it was a tough to pick the winners but it was lovely to see the village looking so bright and festive.

A big thank you again to Tony for being our judge and to everybody who took part.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2022!!

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Santa Claus visited Elton on Friday 3 December 2021 to see the boys and girls – both naughty and nice!

Santa set-up his grotto in Elton Village Hall and met 30 very excited children (and some who were a little bit more nervous!). 

Each child got to speak with Santa, tell him what they want for Christmas and went away with a small gift.

Santa said… “All the children were very well behaved and full of Christmas cheer. It was lovely to visit Elton and I hope to be back next year to see you all again!”

Christmas Services at Elton All Saints ChurchA list of services At Elton All Saints Church this Christmas: 

Wednesday 8th December – Compline at 8.00pm

Sunday 19th December – Carol Service at 4.30pm

Christmas Eve – Crib Service at 4.00pm

Christmas Day – Eucharist at 8.30am

Everybody welcome!

Elton Parish Council invites all Elton households to participate in the…Elton Christmas House Competition

Elton Christmas House Decoration Competition!

Judging from 4pm on Sunday 12thDecember No need to register, just make sure your lights are switched on.

£50, £20 and £10 cash prizes for the best decorated house front in Elton.

The top three winning places will be determined by an impartial, non-resident judge.

This is not a competition for the most lights. The winning entries will be judged on the most original and imaginative displays.

Where possible, prizes will be presented in person on the night.

Good luck & have fun!

The Lighting of Elton's Christmas TreesElton Parish Council invites Elton & Gratton residents, family and friends to the Christmas tree lighting.

Taking place on Sunday 5th December at 6.00pm.

There will be carol singing with the Tideswell Band   ♫♫    Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

Meet and sing and light the tree at the Mere (telephone box), walk to the church and light our second tree. Proceed inside the church for mince pies and merriment.

Sausage rolls, savoury snacks, buns and mince pie donations to the Church between 4-6 pm on the day would be much appreciated.

Elton Santa's Grotto♪♫♫♪   Santa ♪ Claus ♪ is ♪ coming ♪ to ♪ Town   ♪♫♫♪

Friday 3rd December 5.30pm – 7.00pm at Elton Village Hall.

Children and families can book a 5-minute slot with Santa by emailing Colin at elton@live.co.uk or by calling/texting 07816 986 956. There is no charge.

Let us know your preferred time and how many of you there will be (big kids & little kids). Priority will be given to Elton/Gratton children and families.

Santa will be arriving at around 5:15pm, so please feel free to come along and give him a big welcome.

We hope you’ve all been good!