Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Your last chance...

A reminder that tomorrow evening, Wednesday, at 7.30p.m., at the Royal Hotel, may be your last chance to see the newly-re-edited film account of the Hayfield to New Mills railway, using contemporary footage and featuring live interviews with local people, as the centrepiece of the illustrated lecture by Colin Divall and Dave Postlethwaite, entitled 'From Rail to Trail'.

Colin and Dave's previous presentations were 'sell outs', and had to be foreshortened to accommodate all those people who turned up to the 'world premier' of this filmic account . We've stepped in, with Colin and Dave's generous help, to give all those who missed out first time around the chance - free - to see this unique material and learn about the success and demise of this local line. We can't guarantee there'll be another such local opportunity.

Will you be there? There's plenty of space at The Royal.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Two Invitations

1. This Saturday is, of course, May Queen Day. Sustainable Hayfield is to have a 'walking procession' in the parade, which really just consists of a number of us walking in Sustainable Hayfield's bright green (of course!) T shirts, with several people carrying one of our banners. We've already got a few people signed up but would welcome more. Have you a little time to spare, and quite fancy being part of the parade? If so, please contact Laurie James, so we know how many T shirts we'll need. We'll meet at the bus station at 1.00p.m., and the parade moves off at 1.30p.m.. It's about 45 minutes' slow walking, and then off - to home or to the crowning ceremony or the Fair. We want to support the oldest continuous procession of its kind in England and this year, the more so, since the May Queen Committee is making a particular effort to encourage people to separate out their waste, promoting recycling.

2. You may know the Civic Trust some weeks back organised a presentation by Colin Divall and Dave Postlethwaite, both Sustainable Hayfield supporters, which was in effect a world premier of some filmic representation of the Hayfield to New Mills branch railway line, edited from original footage shot by Ken Rangeley, and featuring live eye witness accounts of the railway. Entitled 'From Rail to Trail', reflecting the line's eventual closure and incorporation into the Sett Valley Trail, it was a great success. More folk turned up than could be seated, and so two shorter sessions were organised, with many people asked to return an hour or so later. And still others didn't know or couldn't make the event, a unique representation of Hayfield's history! So we've stepped into the breach and, with Colin and Dave's generous agreement, we're hosting 'From Rail to Trail' next Wednesday evening, May 16th, free of charge, at The Royal Hotel, 7.30p.m. This may be your last chance to see this unique account of the railway line, and the stories behind its success and demise. You - and your children - are very welcome to join us. We hope for a good turnout, but there's good capacity at The Royal, so we hope will be able to view in some comfort. See you there?

Monday, 16 April 2018

Sprint 2018 Newsletter

2018's spring newsletter is now available for download. In this issue:



A Sunny Success!

Thank you so much to all those supporters, with other villagers, who turned out yesterday to participate in the Great Hayfield Litter Clean Up.

'Great' it was! The sun shone and over 70 people turned out to do their bit (up 40% on last year!), collecting around 80 full bin bags of rubbish, of which we were able to segregate about 15 bags' full, to go for recycling. This is a great achievement, and says much about how we/you care about the village we live in.

We got a barbecue set, chairs, a road-sweepers' broom, a hand-crafted 2 foot high snowman, several balls, scaffolding poles, crates, garden netting, and bottles and cans a plenty (roll on the refundable deposit scheme), together with hub cabs, wing mirrors, and bumpers from the A624. A right royal haul!

So............thank you to all who joined in, gave up some of their time, and showed what we can do when we all pull together!

And well done!

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Spring Clean - This Weekend

The weather forecast for Saturday looks set fair (no snow!), so we should be all action stations for the Great Hayfield Litter Challenge (10-2.00p.m.), organised by the Civic Trust, Parish Council and ourselves.

We hope, as someone who's indicated interest/commitment in us living less wasteful lives, that you'll be able to give an hour or more of your time Saturday to help Hayfield look its best and rid ourselves of some 'grot spots'.

Report in at the village hall with your protective gloves (and wellies if you're interested in tackling the river) and get your 'territory' for attention. Help-yourself refreshments are available at the village hall.

Last year around 50 people turned out: it would be great a similar number again!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Spring Clean Postponed

The decision has regrettably had to be taken to postpone the Hayfield Village Spring Clean this weekend - owing to the fact that it´s not much like spring currently!

We're sorry this has had to be done, but consider this is for the best and we will advise of a rearranged date as son as this is confirmed.

Friday, 2 February 2018


A few things to update/remind you about: 
  • Our last newsletter advised a working party at the Library garden on Feb 10th. This has had to be changed and brought forward to this Saturday, February 3rd, still between 11-1.00p.m. The emphasis is on cutting back/out unwanted vegetation and preparation of beds, ahead of spring. There'll be some tools available but if you can bring your own, that would be grand. All volunteers appreciated, if you can find the time!
  • As predicted by our last newsletter, the Government has now issued its public consultation on improving air quality by taking action on wood-burning stoves, and other wood and coal-burning in premises, given growing evidence of the harm particulates from such sources do to householders' and wider neighbourhood health. If you're interested/want to comment, go to the Defra website (defra.gov.uk) and search for 'consultation on domestic burning of wood and coal'. It's a short notice consultation, opening on 30th January and closing 28th February.
  • a reminder that, in partnership with the Parish Council and Civic Trust, we'll be supporting the 'Great Village Clean Up', on Saturday March 3rd. Details are being firmed up but the event is confirmed for between 10-3.00p.m., with the Village Hall the registration point for volunteers, and where there'll be refreshments. You can turn up when you like and litter pick for as long as you like. Equipment will be provided but bring your own protective gloves. Volunteers will be provided with a territory (street, river, open land) to make spick and span. Last year's event had around 55 volunteers and collected around 50 bags of rubbish. If you can make a date in your diary now, we'll stand a chance of getting a similar turnout!