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Church Re-Roofing Project

Church Re-Roofing Project

Great news. The project to re-roof the church and fit solar panels has now all the required permissions in place and orders have been placed for these works to start.

It is anticipated that works will commence in July 2024, the solar panels will start to be fitted in August 2024 – and all being well, the works will be completed by October 2024.

There clearly will be some disruption throughout this time but the contractors will seek to minimise this and ensure continued (if on occasion, limited) access to the church and the community shop.

St Helen’s PCC  29 May 2024

BT Disaster at Shop

BT Disaster at Shop

Due to multiple failures by BT and Openreach over the last 6 months the Community Shop will not have an active phone line or broadband connection after 24th May. Card payments are being continued via a cable link to the nearest house.  Visitors to the churchyard should be careful not to trip on the cable.  A complaint has been lodged with Offcom and it is hoped there will be a resolution before too long.
In the meantime people wishing to order bread or other items are asked to come into the shop to do so.

Shop 10th Birthday, 23rd June

Shop 10th Birthday, 23rd June

This June will mark ten years since the Community shop opened in the former vestry at St Helen’s Church. Since then, the shop has weathered events like the Covid lockdown and continues to thrive and pay its way. It is also working with the church to make a range of improvements, which will see solar panels and batteries installed when the church is re-roofed. As a significant consumer of electricity for fridges, freezers, kettles etc this will benefit both the shop and the church.

To mark this milestone, the shop will be holding a birthday event in the churchyard from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday 23rd June. Sunshine pizza will be there and there will also be tea, cake, activities and music. Everyone in the village is invited to join in the celebration.

Grindleford Goat Charity

Grindleford Goat Charity

We are very pleased to announce the Grindleford Goat Charity is now open for bids. The latest edition of The Grindleford News will carry an article explaining who we are, what we are about and how we hope to benefit residents of the Parish of Grindleford, including community groups that work and play within our environs. Have a look at our Goat webpage for full details: www.grindlefordgoat.co.uk

Updated Website

Updated Website

I have been asked to look after the village website. The first thing that struck me was that it had a lot of out of date information on it. The second is that things have changed since the website was first set up. News is now more likely to be shared on Facebook or Whatsapp and many of the village organisations now have their own websites. I see the website as being a point of reference for people wanting to find out about the village. As such, it is important that the information is reliable and up to date and I am in the process of going through the content to bring it up to date.

In addition to this, I am aiming to simplify the design and introduce a range of new security features. One of these is to replace visible email addresses with links to code that will call your email program.

If you have up to date information that you would like adding or news, please email us:

New Shop Management Team

New Shop Management Team

A new management team has taken over at the community shop. Kaori Carter and Fiona Outram are now managing the shop on a job share basis. They are taking over from Peter Ragdale who has managed the shop with great success for the two and a half years. Peter will be continuing to volunteer at the shop and, no doubt, giving support to the new team.