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Links to past copies of the parish newsletter can be found on the ‘Newsletter’ page of this website.

Elton Echo Issue 63 (Winter 2020) - Remembrance Day Special

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.

Christmas House Decoration Competition 2020

Please see below the latest update on how local services and facilities have been affected by the latest restrictions to reduce Coronavirus infections across England.

We hope you find this information useful and we 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. We also continue to provide regular updates and information through email and the village website. To sign-up, please send your email address to elton@live.co.uk or visit www.eltonderbyshire.com. Please get in touch if you need further details, to ask questions or seek support.

Government Guidance, Self-Isolating and Support

  • Government guidance has changed. Residents are asked to stay at home as much as possible to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, reduce pressure on our NHS and save lives. You can go out, but this should only be for exercise or essential journeys.
  • You should only leave home for essential or specific purposes. There are exceptions which include:
    1. Work and volunteering – if you cannot work from home and your workplace is Covid-secure.
    2. For essentials – including shopping, collecting prescriptions, postal services, to get money etc.
    3. Medical appointments – including dental, hospital and doctor appointments.
    4. Education, school and childcare.
    5. To meet with and provide care for others in your ‘support bubble’.
    6. To exercise outdoors – there is no longer a time limit or distance you can travel.
    7. Other exceptions include private prayer at a place or worship and funerals.
  • You should limit your time outdoors as much as possible and not meet indoors with people from another household. You can spend time outdoors with people from your household or support bubble and one other person. At all times limit contact with other people as much as possible and always keep a 2 metre distance.
  • Stay at home and isolate yourself 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 are closed. Pubs and restaurants are also closed, but takeaway is permitted.
  • There are no formal requests for people with underlying health conditions to shield or self-isolate. It is advised, however, that anybody with a chronic health condition should stay at home as much as possible and limit contact with others unless it is essential.
  • 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. We will get one of our volunteers to assist.
  • 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 www.derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 535091.
  • For NHS advice on the symptoms of Coronavirus, how to prevent it spreading and advice on self-isolating, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

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.
  • 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 revenues@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or call 01629 761188.
  • All car parks remain open and charges apply as normal.
  • Parks, country parks, play equipment and public toilets all remain open for use. Please follow Coronavirus safety measures when using these facilities – using hand sanitiser where provided, maintaining a 2 meter distance with others and wearing a face covering in public and 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 continues to operate on Mondays. Stalls will be sited on Granby Road only (not the Market Place) with around 20 traders selling essential goods only. A one-way system and hand sanitiser stations will be in place and customers are asked to wear face coverings at all times. Numbers will be limited, so please expect queueing at times. Other weekly markets are currently suspended.
  • 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 janicejackson86@hotmail.co.uk. Minutes and agendas are available on the village website www.eltonderbyshire.com
  • Elton Village Hall remains closed to the public and bookings are suspended for the time being. Access will be granted solely for Elton School to carry our PE lessons throughout the winter months.
  • Elton Jubilee Field and the play equipment remain open for use to allow people and children to exercise. Anybody using the Jubilee Field is asked to use common-sense, adhere to social distancing rules and be respectful of others.
  • The 172 bus service continues to operate. A copy of the timetable will be placed in the village notice board and is available to view on the website www.eltonderbyshire.com
  • Government guidelines no longer prohibit the use of public benches.

Please email elton@live.co.uk or call me on 07816 986 956 if you need further details on the above points.

PLEASE NOTE: Coronavirus/lockdown restrictions are set by national government. If you have questions relating to these, please contact your Member of Parliament, Sarah Dines. Enforcement of restrictions and rules are a matter for Derbyshire Police who can be contacted on 101 from any landline or mobile phone. 

County, District and Parish Councils and Councillors have no say or influence over these matters and do not have the powers to enforce the law. 

Stay safe.

Colin Swindell
Written on behalf of Elton Parish Council

A Harvest Festival Service is to be held at Elton All Saints Church on Sunday 11 October 2020.

The service will start at 9.30am and everybody is welcome.

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

Elton All Saints Church

Elton All Saints Church

Elton All Saints Church will he holding a Creation Service on Sunday 13 September. The service will commence at 9.30am in Elton Church.

Everybody is welcome to attend.

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

Elton All Saints Church

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 on the Newsletter page of this website.

Elton Echo Issue 62 (Autumn 2020)

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.

Contributing to the Elton Echo

Items or articles to be published in the next issue of the Elton Echo should be sent to the editorial team, preferably via email or on CD in ‘MS Word’ format. Written articles are accepted.

Email:  eltonecho@tiscali.co.uk
Deliver to:  Stride Cottage, Main Street, Elton, Matlock, DE4 2BW

The Fish and Chip van will be back in Elton and resuming service this Thursday (tomorrow) between 5pm and 7pm. He will be in his usual spot outside the Duke of York.
He will be back every Thursday from now on between 5pm and 7pm.
Please spread the word as not everybody receives these emails and please support the chippy van if can.

VJ Day - A Preface to 'Elton Remembers'

VJ Day – A Preface to ‘Elton Remembers’

To view the VJ Day preface to Elton Remembers, please click here or on the image to the right.

We marked the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on our village web site by publication of a scanned copy of the previously existing booklet Elton Remembers and a digital version of a new Supplement to it.

On Saturday 15 August 2020 we mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day.  VJ Day was the final end of World War Two.  We don’t currently know whether any of the 23 men from Elton who served in the armed forces in that war were serving in the Far East on VJ Day.  (It would be good to check if we can!) However, if the Japanese had not surrendered, many of those who were serving elsewhere and had not been demobbed and who hoped their war had ended on VE Day would have been sent to the Far East to fight there.  Defeat of Japan by the invasion of the Japanese mainland would have been very, very bloody.  Victory over Japan was therefore a great relief to them and to all their families and loved ones.

To coincide with VJ Day, Elton Local History Group has prepared a Preface to Elton Remembers and its Supplement.  It is an extract from an article written by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, president of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission,  for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.  He has kindly given permission for its use as part of Elton Remembers.  It sets our local remembrance into the national and indeed international context.  This is now published here on our web site.

There are some possible next steps in the business of Elton Remembers:

  • Rework the original Elton Remembers into a fully digitised format, rather than a scanned copy.  Amend it as appropriate.
  • Work through some of the projects suggested in the Supplement, including research from historical sources and interviews with the last few individuals who remember Elton during World War Two, to improve and possibly finalise it.  This might be of interest to young people and possibly Elton School.
  • Combine Elton Remembers, the Supplement and its new Preface into one digital book to be published on our village web site.
  • Then consider printing copies to order.

Elton Local History Group would welcome any volunteers who would like to help on these next steps.

As Lord Kitchener might have put it, with a stern face and a pointing finger:

“Your Local History Group Needs You!”

Or as President John F Kennedy might have put it with rather more charm:

“Ask not what your Local History Group can do for you. Ask what you can do for your Local History Group.”

Elton All Saints Church would like to let the community know that the church is now open again for individual private prayer on Sundays between 10am and 4pm.

All Saints Church

Everybody is asked to adhere to all of the Covid-19 safety measures displayed.

Thank you
Sent on behalf of Elton All Saints Church

Services update from Colin Swindell – District Councillor

Please see below the latest update on how local services are continuing to change following the easing of lockdown. I hope you will find this information useful. Also below, is a brief comment on future updates.

As always, please share with friends, family and neighbours.

Latest services update

> Food waste collections will be returning to weekly collections from 27 July 2020.

> The delivery of garden waste sacks is currently underway across the Derbyshire Dales and should be completed by 27 July 2020. If you have not received your supply by this date, please get in touch.

> The delivery of food caddy liners is due to commence on 7 September 2020. If you are in desperate need of these bags, please get in touch as I have a limited supply.

> The Derbyshire Dales District Council’s verge mowing team are now back to full capacity. The teams are tackling a backlog of uncut grass verges across the district. It is hoped that all areas will be reached in the coming weeks.

> Public toilets in our market towns, that are operated by Derbyshire Dales District Council, are now open every day between 10.30am and 5.30pm. All facilities are being closely supervised and cleaned regularly.

> All parks and play areas operated by the District Council have reopened. People are asked to stick to social distancing guidelines, use common sense and be respectful of others.

> The Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Darley Dale is now accepting vans and trailers onto the site. Restrictions still apply on which day your vehicle can visit the site depending on your vehicle registration number. This is to keep queues to a minimum and maintain social distancing. Please see www.derbyshire.gov.uk for more details and to ensure you do not have a wasted journey.

> A decision has been made to cancel both the Matlock Bath Illuminations and Matlock Victorian Christmas Market for this year.

Future updates

From the outset of the pandemic and the UK lockdown, I have been sending out comprehensive and detailed updates to residents in my council ward. This was to ensure everybody was kept informed about how services were being affected in a rapidly changing situation. With lockdown and restrictions easing, most services are now returning to normal. For this reason, I will continue to keep you updated on service changes, but less often and only as and when it is absolutely necessary.

Furthermore, the support group that was set-up to help self-isolating residents will also be wound down. I have spoken to the dozen or so people who were depended upon support from volunteers and they have all told me that they are able to look after themselves or feel it is safe enough to leave their home. We will continue to keep volunteers on record and standby should the need for the support group arise in the future – fingers crossed this won’t be the case – and residents can contact me at any time if they do need assistance.

The Parish Council would like to thank everybody who has volunteered and supported others in the community over recent months. Thanks must also go to everybody who has stepped-in and done their bit to help keep the village clean and tidy when services have been suspended.

Thank you,

Colin Swindell
District Councillor