Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Three Things - this week!

Do you remain concerned about the level of smells emanating from Ardern Quarry, drifting over the village. You may not know that the owners of the quarry are seeking to develop the quarry's capacity, involving more extraction and, eventually, more likely infilling with waste, all involving more lorry traffic. Initial responses have not been positive, and the owners are now appealing their right to proceed as they plan. The appeal is being heard in public, starting tomorrow, Tuesday 16th January, 10.00a.m. at St George's Hall, New Mills. It relates to the application CM1/1115/117 'Extraction and removal of mineral reserves'. You can attend to show your interest in the matters under discussion

Our last newsletter mentioned the Candlelit supper being held at St Matthews this Wednesday evening. This was taken from the St Matthews magazine. However, it seems that the nature of the evening has since changed and is much more specific. Claire Crook, local retired GP, will be talking - after the supper - on 'Restoring the heart to health care in Uganda', building on links made between St Matthews' church community with a district in Uganda, and going further. Claire will be looking at approaches being developed to ensure more whole-person health care there. Sounds interesting..... The meeting's open to all, doors open at 7.30p.m. for a 8.00p.m. start, cost is £2 and there'll be a bring and share supper. After Claire's talk, there'll be some live music, so, all in all, a rounded and varied evening!

On Saturday, 20th January, from 10.00a.m., we'll be joining with other volunteers to do some necessary maintenance work on our increasingly successful and bountiful Hayfield Community Orchard. We'll focus on trees on/around the Old School Field on Swallow House Lane. Pruning's a priority and several trees need reducing in height. The Parish Council has bought tree guards that need fitting around the trunks of the trees before strimming of grass resumes. Several trees have also become unstable and need straightening and staking. if you'd like to join us, turn up at the gate on Swallow House Lane. If you haven't pruned before, don't worry, you'll be paired with someone who has. We've a limited supply of secateurs so, if you can, please bring your own: if you can't , we'll sort you out! The following Saturday, we'll be doing the same at the Recreation Ground on Valley Road, also at 10.00a.m., and you'll be doubly welcome!

Friday, 5 January 2018

Sustainable Hayfield Winter Newsletter

Happy New Year to you!

Our Winter 2018 newsletter is ready for download. We hope it is of interest to you, for local updates and news from around the world! Do let us know if you've any comments or suggestions to make.

And we hope to see you at some of our events, listed!

In this issue:


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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 ruthwilson_58@hotmail.com.

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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: https://www.aviva.co.uk/good-thinking/community-fund/
  • 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.

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