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.

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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

Views sought on waste services

Over the Christmas and New Year period, households in Elton will continue to have their waste collected on Wednesdays as usual.

Although Monday 28 December is a Bank Holiday, crews will collect waste as normal on this day – resulting in collections being unchanged for Elton residents.

Other points to note regarding waste collections over the Christmas period…

  • Crews WILL NOT be able to collect any additional household waste. So, please make sure all household waste is contained in your grey bin or 4 black standard sized sacks on collections day.
  • Crews WILL take excess recycling. Simply place extra materials at the side of your recycling containers, making sure it is easily identifiable as recycling materials.
  • To help with the busy period, garden waste collections will be suspended from 19 December 2020 to 2 January 2021 inclusive.
  • Food waste will still be collected weekly over the Christmas period.
  • REAL Christmas trees will be collected from the edge of your property between Monday 6 January and Friday 31 January for collection on the day your garden/recycling waste is collected. Please make sure all decorations are removed and the tree is cut down to no more than 5 metres in height.
  • Non-glitter cards and wrapping paper can be left in your blue bin insert or blue bag.

You can always check what dates and what bins are to be collected by visiting

If you have questions relating to you waste collection or have any other issue of concern, please get in touch.

Colin Swindell
District Councillor

Judging in the Best Elton Christmas House Decoration took place at 4pm on Sunday 13 December. Our judge was Helen Forggatt, Civic Chairman of the Derbyshire Dales.

Helen braved the wet and windy weather to walk around the village looking at all the lights. It was a tough decision but the winners were…

1st – Alan Cooper
2nd – Andrew Cooper
3rd – Barry Swindell

Each received a cash prize.

Images of the lights can be seen below.

Helen said how wonderful it was to see the village looking so bright and the incredible effort everybody has made. There were so many original ideas and some real hidden gems tucked away down each street.

After such a dismal year, it was lovely to see our community doing what it could to lift people’s spirits and have a bit of fun.

A big thank you again to Helen for joining us and to everybody who took part.

Merry Christmas 🎅🎄🎁 🍷

Sadly, the current Covid restrictions mean that there will be no community celebration in Elton to see in Christmas and light the trees.

But don’t despair! The trees are up and lit as usual in the churchyard and town mere.

Thanks to everybody who helped make it happen.

Elton Parish Council hope that the Christmas trees will add a little joy and light over the festive season and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a much happier and healthier New Year.