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

Thursday, 13 July 2017

So much going on!

A number of imminent dates for you, depending on your interest.......

  • Thursday 13th July, 8.00p.m. at The Royal, our food group is meeting at The Royal. The meeting's open to all. If food's your thing, why not join in the discussion?

  • Saturday 15th July, 11.00-1.00p.m., a Family Session at The Library Garden, when we'll be picking fruit - it belongs to all of us and it's hanging, ripe to be picked - for you to take home, and we'll have some minibeast hunting too, to spy out the diversity of the garden. A poster's attached - as a reminder!

    Download the flyer

  • Thursday 20th July, Sustainable Hayfield AGM, 7.30p.m., The Royal Hotel. The agenda and notes of the last meeting are attached. If you're interested in what we get up to, come along: it will be very brief..........and is followed by our planned presentation from colleagues from the Moors for The Future Project, who'll be giving us the lowdown on the scientific work behind the Project, Europe's largest of its kind, which is already transforming our local moors. It's sure to be an uplifting occasion, practical work with obvious and concrete benefits. Join us and be enthused! It's free and open to all. Posters are now out and about advertising the event.

    Download: 2017 Agenda | 2016 Minutes

Monday, 3 July 2017

Will You Be There?

As June turns to July, here's three 'notices of events' you may wish to join us in:

  • this Wednesday, 5th July, our Recycle and Re-Use group are joining forces with The Threadmill at Bank Vale Mill for another 'sew-in' in support of the charity Dress A Girl Around The World, on this occasion to make enough dresses for girls, and shorts for boys, to send to communities in impoverished countries. The action starts at 7.00p.m., and should go through to 9.00p.m. There's a range of ways you can help - from sewing through donating good quality cotton material, dress or clothing you no longer need tor donating money towards supplies and postage costs. The details are on the attached poster. If you plan to attend, that's great - please let The Threadmill know via its Facebook page or email Pennie Roberts at Thanks!

  • on Saturday, 15th July, our Food group is holding a family session at the library garden from 11.00 - 1.00pm. The session will involve some fruit picking - mainly blackcurrants and raspberries - and we are going to have a few recipe sheets and do some children's activities. Everyone welcome!
  • on Thursday, 20th July, from 7.30p.m., a real treat awaits you at The Royal Hotel. We're having our AGM, which usually lasts around 20-25 minutes, and we're following this with what is sure to be both a very informative and uplifting talk from Joe Margetts and Tom Aspinall from the Moors For the Future project on the underpinning science behind all the work they've been doing to conserve our local South Pennine Moors, in what's the biggest moorland conservation project in Europe (they're the ones with helicopters delivering lime and seeds to the uplands), and the amazing impact this is already having on the health of the local peat blanket. Entitled 'Carbon, Climate, Water and Wildlife - the Scientific Work to combat the Catastrophe of Bare Peat', the talk will provide illustrations of the vital importance of our local peat bogs - which store the bulk of the UK's land-based carbon - and whose steady degradation over 200 years has meant increased carbon emissions, reduced water retention, increased risk of flooding, and diminished wildlife. This is all being reversed by this inspirational project......the moors are starting to flourish again.........and we're getting the chance to learn about the scientific basis of the work. Make sure you get a seat!

Friday, 26 May 2017

REARRANGED Election Husting - and More!

After the unavoidable cancellation of this week's election husting, we're deighted to confirm this has been rearranged for next Thursday, June 1st, 7.30-9.30p.m. at The Royal Hotel, Hayfield. This is indeed good news.

We're very grateful to the Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates, Ruth George and Charls Lawley, for again agreeing to join us. Again, we're dispappointed - having offered several alternative dates - that the Conservative candidate, Andrew Bingham, has confirmed he is unable to attend any husting in Hayfield. We hope, even now, that might change, but it seems unlikely. But this means there'll be more opportunity to hear from the remaining candidates and to establish their position on key issues.

We hope we'll get a good turnout for the husting and that you'll be among those attending. We'll send further information in due course.

And, coming up this weekend, let's not forget the celebrations taking place in the village. First, tomorrow, and throughout the weekend, are the 120th Anniversary celebrations of the Peak and Northern Footpath Society's erection of the signage to the Snake Path, up Ashop Clough and onto Kinder, meshed with the 85th anniversary of the Kinder Trespass. A feast of activities are on offer at The Royal hotel, with stalls, music and presentations, and with commemorative walks and Jazz in the Cricket Club on Sunday. Full details here:
 And Hayfield Artists are also 'at home' at various venues around the village (The Packhorse, Ashlar on Market Street, and Throstle Farm, Little Hayfield, amongst the county-wide exhibitions of works, all part of Derbyshire Open Arts (long) weekend. Finally, Handmade Hayfield is hosting its regular exhibition of artisan- made-products at The Royal Hotel on Sunday, from 11-5.00p.m. It's all happening!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Election husting postponed

Following last night's appalling incident in Manchester, and the Prime Minister's announcement of the suspension of general election campaigning until further notice, we have decided to cancel the planned husting at The Royal Hotel. We have notified all the candidates of this.

At some point, we anticipate campaigning will resume and we have asked each of the candidates whether they might be able to attend a rearranged husting, if that can be organised, most likely in the latter part of next week. It is important that voters can meet candidates in such settings and that discussion of some of the key issues informing election of a new government can proceed. We shall of course keep you informed about that.

Our thoughts are with those bereaved and injured, and those working hard to save and repair lives.

Thank you.