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!!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!

Free Parking in December 2021For another year, Derbyshire Dales District Council are providing free parking from 2pm throughout December. This is to help local people support our market towns and traders in the run-up to Christmas.

Along with the Residents’ Parking Permit, it gives Derbyshire Dales households 21 hours free parking throughout December.

Please note that this only applies to off-street car parks that are operated by Derbyshire Dales District Council. These can be identified by the Derbyshire Dales District Council logo on the pay and display boards.

On-street car parking is operated by Derbyshire County Council and charges will apply as normal.

The team on site in Elton will soon be looking to move past the Duke of York pub. This is the section of the road which get really narrow so vehicles won’t have access through this section and will have to follow the diversion. 

The team will only need to replace the water pipes up to The Bungalows/Pinfold Cottage, West End. The water pipes further along were replaced not that long ago, so there is no need to go all the way down West End. We expect it to take 4 weeks to complete this section of work. 

Once the section on West End is complete, the team will need to connect the pipe that is currently fenced off at Oddo Farm to the connection point at the other side of the entrance to the farm. We are expecting this section to take up to 2 weeks to complete. Cliff Lane will remain open at all times for access. This will hopefully solve the current leak at the bottom of Dark Lane and close to the farm entrance. 

As part of the works, the team also hope to reconnect the old pump on the main street through the village.

The team on site in Elton will soon be looking to move past the Duke of York pub. This is the section of the road which get really narrow so vehicles won’t have access through this section and will have to follow the diversion. 

The team will only need to replace the water pipes up to The Bungalows/Pinfold Cottage, West End. The water pipes further along were replaced not that long ago, so there is no need to go all the way down West End. We expect it to take 4 weeks to complete this section of work. 

Once the section on West End is complete, the team will need to connect the pipe that is currently fenced off at Oddo Farm to the connection point at the other side of the entrance to the farm. We are expecting this section to take up to 2 weeks to complete. Cliff Lane will remain open at all times for access. This will hopefully solve the current leak at the bottom of Dark Lane and close to the farm entrance. 

As part of the works, the team also hope to reconnect the old pump on the main street through the village.

A Harvest Festival Service is to be held this Sunday, 10th October, at Elton All Saints Church.


The service will begin at 11am and everybody is welcome to attend.


Thank you

Elton All Saints Church