Here to view the play area designs, costs and details? Please go straight to the bottom of the page…

Dear resident

You might be aware that over the past 20 months I have been fundraising on behalf of the Elton Jubilee Field Committee to purchase a new children’s play area. I am writing to every household in Elton to update you on the project so far.

We now have plans and quotes from three different suppliers and we want to know what you think. Tell us which design you like best and which we should continue to fundraise towards.

Below are details about the project so far, how you can have your say and make a donation if you wish. If you have further questions, please ask.

Why do we need a new play area?
The existing play equipment on the Jubilee Field has been in place for along time – parts of it for over 25 years! There are visible signs of wear and tear and rusting. The wooden play frame is rotting in places and will not meet safety standards in the foreseeable future. Increasing numbers of children in Elton means there is a growing need to put in place safe and exciting equipment on which children can play.

How much has been raised so far?
This type of equipment is not cheap and raising funds to pay for it is a long process – especially during in a pandemic. Since the project began in August 2019, just over £12,000 has been generously donated by local residents and businesses. Donations continue to trickle in. This puts us in a good position to apply for larger grants and match-

funding. Grant applications are already underway and we are awaiting responses.

Who are the suppliers that have provided the designs and quotes?
We have three sets of plans and quotes from reputable UK based suppliers. These are Playdale, Wicksteed and Fawns. Each design includes similar range of equipment, but they differ in style, materials and costs.

Where can I view the designs?
The designs and details you need are here to view on this website. Please view them at the bottom of this page. They can also be viewed on Elton’s noticeboard at the town mere (by the telephone box) and on the Jubilee Field Facebook page (@eltonjubileefield). Each design has an illustration of the play area and accompanying notes about the equipment, cost, materials and guarantees.

How can I give my feedback on the designs?
At your convenience, please look at the designs and let us know what you think. You can have your say by completing

the small questionnaire over the page and return it to me at the above address or by emailing Please try to give your comments by 31 May.

How can I Make a Donation?
Due to the pandemic, fundraising has been limited. We have been fundraising where we can and asking local residents and businesses to donate. We welcome donations of any size! If you wish to make a donation, please give it to me at my home address or I can collect it from you. Please makes cheques payable to Elton Jubilee Field. For BACS details please get in touch using the details above. We will ask anybody making a donation to complete a simple Gift Aid form so that we can claim and extra 25p for every £1 you donate. A receipt will also be given for every donation received.

Thank you!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope you have found it useful. Please take the time to tell us what you think. We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of the project. If you have any further questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes

Colin Swindell
On behalf of Elton Jubilee Field Committee

Play area designs, costs and details…

Design Option 1 – by Playdale

Option 1 - Playdale

Total quote: £46,809

Includes 8 items: 12 play feature multi-play unit with slide for older children, 10 play feature multi-play unit with slide for toddlers, children’s swings, toddler (cradle) swings, inclusive team swing, inclusive roundabout for wheelchair access, seesaw and springer

Materials: All swing frames and multi-play units made from laminated timber with steel post footing. Toughened ropes on climbing frame. All remaining items (swing seats, chains, slide, springers and roundabout) are made from metal or plastic.

Surface protection: Safety Grass – a honeycomb matting that is installed into the grass to provide grass retention, but improve impact-absorbing protection.

Guarantees: 20 years against laminated timber items above ground and 15 years below ground. 25 years against steel structural items. 3 years against chains. Up to 2 years against swing seats, ropes and nets.


Design Option 2 – by Wicksteed

Option 2 - Wicksteed

Total quote: £29,968

Includes 7 items: 10 play feature multi-play unit with slide for older children, 12 play feature multi-play unit with slide for toddlers, children’s swings, toddler (cradle) swings, roundabout, seesaw and springer

Materials: All equipment is made from metal or plastic for extended lifespan

Surface protection: Safety Grass – a honeycomb matting that is installed into the grass to provide grass retention, but improve impact-absorbing protection.

Guarantees: 25 years against steel structural failure and 10 years against plastic panels


Design Option 3 – by Fawns

Option 3 - Fawns

Total quote: £42,002

Includes 9 items: ‘Pick-up sticks’ climbing adventure climbing frame for older children, 5 play feature multi-play unit with slide for toddlers, children’s swings, toddler (cradle) swings, basket swing, roundabout bowl, 2 springers and zigzag twister.

Materials: All swing frames and multi-play units made from timber with steel post footing. Toughened ropes make up part of the older children’s climbing frame. All remaining items (swing seats, chains, slide, springers and roundabout) are made from metal or plastic.

Surface protection: Safety Grass – a honeycomb matting that is installed into the grass to provide grass retention, but improve impact-absorbing protection.Guarantees: 15 years against timber items. 25 years against steel structural items. 10 years against plastic parts. 5 years against steel corrosion.


he road closure in Winster is now taking place on 16th April. This is one day less/later than previously planned. 

Severn Trent expect the works to be completed in one day. 

The road will be closed and an alternative route in place (please see earlier post).

Please share with friends, family and neighbours who might find this information helpful.

Sent by Colin Swindell
District Councillor


Please see below two updates for planned road closures in the Winster and South Darley Ward which have been provided by Colin Swindell – your District Councillor.


The road closure planned for 12th April 2021 has been CANCELLED.

This closure has now been RESCHEDULED to take place between 2nd June and 4th June 2021. I will post a reminder nearer to the time.


WHEN: 15th April to 17th April 2021.
REASON: to facilitate new water main.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Main Street, Elton Road, B5056, A6 Bakewell Road, Dale Road North, Eversleigh Rise, Wensley Road, Winster and vice versa.

Please share this information with friends and family who might use these routes for daily commuting and travel.

When road closures are in place, please keep in mind that surrounding roads will be busier than normal as other vehicles try to find an alternative route.

When planning an alternative route, please remember that Oker Road, Oker and Lees Road, Stanton, remain closed due to landlips.

PLEASE NOTE – road closures are the responsibility of Derbyshire County Council. As your District Councillor I am passing this on for your information only. I do not have any influence or further details on these matters. Any questions or complaints regarding these road closures should be made directly to County Hall on 01629 533190.

Colin Swindell (District Councillor)

Photographs of Elton and surrounding area with all year round scenic views of the surrounding countryside. 

Photographs taken by Mike Fowkes of Elton in 2020/21.

Click on one of the pictures below to enlarge and start the image carousel.


Elton All Saints Church

Elton All Saints Church

There will be a church service will be held on Sunday 28th March starting at 9.30am.

There will also be an Easter Service on 4 April at 11am.

Both services will be held in Elton Church.

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 be asked to use hand sanitiser and provide details for NHS Track and Trace. 

Elton All Saints Church

A Eucharist with a Mothering Sunday service will be held on Sunday 14 March.

The service will start at 9:30am and will be held in Elton Church.

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 be asked to use hand sanitiser and provide details for NHS Track and Trace. 

Elton All Saints Church

Derbyshire Dales waste collections continue to be impacted by Covid-19. A number of crew members have contracted the virus and others are having to isolate as a result.

This means that your waste collections over the next week or so are likely to be affected.

If your bins are not emptied on your scheduled collection date, please leave them out at the kerbside. Where possible crews will return at a later date to catch-up with collections in areas that have been missed.

Unfortunately, there isn’t the staff or resources to return for all missed collections. Residents can either take their waste to the Household Recycling Centre at Darley Dale or leave double the amount of waste for collection the following fortnight

Please also note that until staffing levels return to something like normal, all garden waste collections are suspended to allow crews to focus on recycling and household waste collections.

A big thank you for your patience and understanding. Please continue to support our collection teams who are still working in difficult circumstances.

Please see below a few messages from Colin Swindell, District Councillor…

Recycle Your Christmas Trees

Waste collection crews are collecting and recycling REAL Christmas trees from the kerbside between now and 29th January.

Please leave your tree out for collection on the same day as your garden/recycling waste. Make sure the tree is cut down to no longer then 5ft and remove all decorations and pot.

Council Tax Refund SCAM

Local residents are being warned about a scam in Derbyshire Dales area where the caller is claiming to be from the District Council and advising that you are to receive a Council Tax refund.

This is a *SCAM*!

The fraudster states money will be paid direct to your bank account, reassuring the “customer” that he is not asking them for any bank details as the Council already hold the resident’s bank account details. He asks for confirmation of the resident’s full name, date of birth and the name of the bank they use.

Do not give out any information if you receive this type of call. If you are concerned that you may have revealed sensitive information, please contact your bank.

Early Bird Discount for Garden Waste End Soon

A reminder that the Early Bird discount period for the new Derbyshire Dales garden waste scheme ends on 31 January. So far, there have been around 10,500 subscriptions.

To find out more and to subscribe, please visit

I want to say a big thank you to everybody who donated funds to my Elf Fancy Dress Fundraiser. 

I spent the last 3 days at work before Christmas, on the post, dressed as a Christmas Elf to raise money for the new children’s play equipment on Elton Jubilee Field. Pictures below!

We managed to raise just over £2,500 with the promise of more donations yet to be received. Thank you to everybody who gave generously and kindly. Every donation made a difference.

Colin Swindell

The UK government has announced a national lockdown across England starting on 5 January 2021. New restrictions and guidelines are now in place to stop the spread of Coronavirus and reduce pressure on our health services.

Below is brief outline of the new restrictions and an update on how local services and facilities have been affected. I hope you find this information useful. I will continue to keep you updated if/when things change or develop.

Please, where possible, pass this information on to your friends, family and neighbours to help keep them informed. I will continue to provide regular updates and information through email, website and noticeboards. To sign-up for email updates, please send your email address to or visit

Please get in touch if you need further details or to raise questions.

Government Guidance

  • The UK Government has issued an order to ‘Stay at Home’. Residents are now asked to stay at home to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, reduce pressure on our NHS and save lives. You must not leave home or be outside the place you live unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • You can leave home to…
  1. shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
  2. go to work or provide voluntary or charitable services – if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
  3. exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  4. meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary.
  5. seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm.
  6. attend education or childcare – for those eligible.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.

  • You should not meet with anybody indoors or with people not from your household or support bubble.
  • You should only meet or exercise outdoors with people that you live with or in your support bubble.
  • Stay at home and isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus which include a high temperature, a new/continuous cough or loss/change to your sense of taste or smell.
  • Non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and hair dressers and salons must close. Takeaway food is permitted.
  • Anybody with an underlying health condition or deemed to be clinically vulnerable should shield/self-isolate and limit their times outdoors and contact with others.

The above is a brief outline of the current guidance. For full details on the government’s guidelines, visit

Getting Support and Advice for Those Self-isolating

  • 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. There are a number of volunteers from the community who are ready and happy to help with shopping, prescription collections and other day-to-day tasks.
  • Derbyshire County Council has set-up a Community Response Unit in partnership with other voluntary organisations to help with shopping, checking-in on people, collecting and delivering prescriptions and preparing meals. Register for help online at or call 01629 535091.
  • For NHS advice on the symptoms of Coronavirus, how to prevent it spreading and advice on self-isolating, visit

Local Services Update

  • 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 or call 01629 761188.
  • All car parks remain open and charges apply as normal.
  • Parks, country parks and play equipment remain open for local exercise. Please use hand sanitiser where provided, maintain a 2 meter distance with others and wear a face covering in enclosed spaces.
  • Leisure centres and gyms are closed.
  • Waste collections and most District Council services will continue as normal. Please continue to present your bins and containers for collection as normal.
  • Bakewell Market will continue to be take place every Monday, but stalls will only be available for traders selling essential goods. The market will be much reduced and situated on Granby Road. When visiting the market, please wear a face covering, follow the one-way system and use hand sanitiser provided.  
  • Elton Parish Council continues to meet 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 is closed. No bookings are being taken at this time.
  • Elton Church remain closed but will open on Sundays for private prayer.
  • Elton Jubilee Field remains open for use to allow local people and children to exercise. We ask everybody using the field to continue using common-sense, adhere to social distancing and be respectful of others. The children’s play equipment is open for use.
  • Elton’s Post Office Outreach service continues to run out of the School House every Thursday between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
  • Winster Shop and Post Office remain open. Please visit or call 01629 650 683 for further details. Only 3 customers in the shop at one time, follow the one-way system and wear a face covering.
  • Public benches can be used, but people are asked to maintain social distancing.

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


Coronavirus/lockdown restrictions are set by national government. If you have questions relating to these, please contact your Member of Parliament, Sarah Dines.

The enforcement of restrictions and rules are a matter for Derbyshire Police who can be contacted on 101 from any landline or mobile phone. 

Coronavirus testing is carried out by the NHS and you should call 111 for details.

Residents are asked not to contact GP surgeries about testing or vaccinations. Call 111 for details about testing. The NHS will contact you when it is time for your vaccination. Please help to keep the telephone lines at your local surgery free for those needing urgent medical attention.

County, District and Parish Councils and Councillors have no say or influence over Coronavirus testing and do not have the powers to enforce restrictions. 

Stay safe.

Colin Swindell
Written on behalf of Elton Parish Council