Monday, 13 November 2017

Bargains, Votes and 'Mucking In'

  • Got some good clothes you no longer need? Interested in picking up a bargain in good quality men’s and women’s clothing, in a convivial setting? We may have just the thing for you! May I remind you that our Re-use and Recycling group has organised a ’Clothes Swap’ evening at Hayfield Cricket Club this Thursday 16th November, drinks and nibbles provided.

    The evening is designed to offer a boutique shopping experience focussed on good quality adults’ clothing (no underwear) for those who themselves bring at least one quality item. The details are set out on the attached poster. We hope this venture will go with a swing. If you’d like to know more, contact Ruth Wilson on 07766 475661 or via

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  • Many of you know Kinder Kids are raising funds to build a community garden at the back of St Matthew's Church, to be used for outdoor learning and which will also be open to the public every day. They plan growing areas for children to learn about food and waste, as well as planting to encourage wildlife. The land is currently overgrown, a bit of an eyesore. They're half way to securing funding support from Aviva via its community projects scheme but need public votes to help secure more cash. Can you help? All you need to do is open the link below, register with the site and then cast your 10 votes to Kinder Kids Community Garden. Just use the search bar, type in Kinder Kids with Hayfield as the location: you'll find the project outline there and you can vote - it's free, quick, and easy. The scheme needs as many votes as possible are needed: it's in competition with others for the cash. Voting closes on 21st November so please consider giving the project your prompt support. Thanks. The link is:
  • Hayfield Civic Trust is holding its near-annual clean up/out of the historic Hayfield Sheep Wash below Booth Farm (at the very top of Kinder Road near the reservoir gates) on Sunday 19th November 10.00-1.30p.m. Could you help keep the Sheep Wash, which the Civic Trust comprehensively restored a number of years ago, in good condition? Around half a dozen fit volunteers are needed (not a suitable event for primary school-age children). What's involved? Netting weed and leaves from the water, weeding the exit slope and the walls, strimming the surrounding area and the holding pen with a petrol strimmer, collecting and removing the debris, and cleaning the information board. Meet at the War Memorial at 9.50a.m. for a lift to Booth Bridge, or make your own way there (local parking is very limited). Wellingtons and gardening or rubber gloves essential, and be prepared to stand in the river! Tools will be provided. A volunteer to ferry rubbish away would be appreciated. If you can give your time to this valuable activity, please leave a message on 01663 743847, so the organisers have an idea of how many volunteers they're likely to have. A poster's attached to show how effective and worthwhile this work is!

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Apple Day & Chinley Station Petition

A couple of things to remind/advise you about:

  • if you've an apple tree or two and want to juice your own apples, come along to Apple Day Saturday at about noon, with your fruit and bottles, and you can use our juicer before we get going with the community orchard crop and more a little later. And if you just want to sample/take away some of the community orchard crop, it would help a great deal if you could bring a bottle or two........thank you!
  • if you're a rail traveller, or want to be, you may want to know that tomorrow, Friday, Ruth George MP will be receiving a petition from the Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group at Chinley station (SK23 6AZ) at 12.30p.m.. The petition, signed by over 800 people, is addressed to the Minister for Rail at the Department for Transport and demands the Department provide better access to Chinley station, currently limited to a footbridge with steep steps. A 2016 station survey, completed by 443 people, cited poor access as the main obstacle to using the railway at Chinley by people across all age groups. Currently:
    1. It is impossible for a person travelling alone with a young child in a pushchair to use Chinley station
    2. It is impossible for wheelchair users to access the station
    3. It is very difficult for people with luggage to use the station
    4. It is inconvenient for cyclists to use this station
    5. There have been numerous injuries sustained by people slipping on the footbridge in poor weather, the worst of them requiring 5 figure settlement by Network Rail.

So, do please think about whether you can support the petition handover tomorrow.

Monday, 25 September 2017

AGM Minutes

Apologies for the delay in publishing the minutes from this year's AGM. You can download them here.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

An Invader In Our Midst

You may - or may not - know that our river, canal and stream sides are vulnerable to a pernicious foreign invader which, once established, progresses to overwhelm virtually all other vegetation, eliminating the biodiversity of such settings. It goes by the name of Himalayan Balsam and is in, and around Hayfield, Birch Vale and Little Hayfield.

Several of us have been having a go at uprooting the plant, as we're encouraged to do by English Nature, the Wildlife Trusts and other reputable bodies. But we need more people to be aware of the plant and take action where they (that's you!) can. Sustainable Hayfield supporter Sue Wyatt has put together this attached poster to advertise the threat and advise what needs to be done. For all its height - it can grow up to 2 metres tall - it really is very simple to uproot and break its stem, requiring little strength: children can do it. But the time to do it is now! So, if you see some close to home or at a favoured place, please spend a few minutes yanking it out and save us all more problems down the line.

Download our Himalayan Balsam Factsheet

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Summer Newsletter

Our summer newsletter is out! In this issue...

  • THOUGHT OR TWO......

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Free Illustrated Talk - The Science Behind The Moors for The Future Project

Thursday July 20th, Royal Hotel, Hayfield

You've probably seen the posters dotted around about this Thursday's free talk. It follows directly on from our (very brief) AGM, starting at 7.30p.m.

Now here's your personal copy - as a memory jogger! It should be a fascinating and inspiring evening as MfTF show how they are progressively 'greening' our local moors, managing down carbon emissions, reducing water run-off and flood risk and increasing species diversity, as part of Europe's largest moorland conservation project. We hope to see you there!

Earlier that day, the project is running a 'Community Science' event for volunteers who want to help in identifying some of the mammalian wildlife found on and around the moors. The free training event runs from 1.30-4.30p.m. at New Mills Volunteer Centre, Union Road, New Mills. It will introduce Community Science's latest survey - 'Tails of the Uplands'. It will provide those attending with information on the ecology and field signs of otters, water voles and mink in order to help them, as volunteers, to perform field surveys to monitor their presence in and around the Peak District and South Pennines. The session is indoors and there'll be a chance to sign up for a further outdoor session at a later date. No prior experience is needed, just bring your enthusiasm!

If you're interested, contact