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Talk of the Dales

Editorial contributions from our readers play a vital part in the success of the Peak Advertiser. We are very grateful to everyone who takes the time to send us their articles and photographs, but from time-to-time we receive more than we can possibly have space for in the paper.

Here on our website we now have the opportunity to publish a selection of those stories that didn’t appear in our latest issue.



Introduced by Club member Ken Watson, the speaker at a recent meeting of the Bakewell and District Probus Club was Melanie Gilbert, who has been the Musical Director of the Matlock Gilbert and Sullivan Society since 1992.   


Declaring herself to be a lifelong enthusiast for the collaborative works of William S. Gilbert, as librettist, and Arthur Sullivan, as composer, Melanie gave examples from several of their operettas to demonstrate their skill and talent. Although their musical association started as early as 1871, it was not until seven years later that their first truly successful comic opera, HMS Pinafore, was staged. Thereafter, a series of such operettas followed at fairly regular intervals over the next two decades. During this time, their works were produced by Richard D’Oyly Carte in the Savoy Theatre, from which they came to be known as the Savoy Operas. Indeed, the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company continued to perform and promote Gilbert and Sullivan's works for over a century.


As the speaker pointed out, the partnership between Gilbert and Sullivan was not always particularly harmonious. Gilbert tended to be confrontational and his libretti were often disconcerting to Sullivan who, as a serious composer, wanted his musical accompaniment to be artistically satisfying. However, in spite of these differences between the two men, they continued to write and compose works that have stood the test of time and, well after a hundred years since their first performances, remain popular and, in many cases, remarkably topical.


Further details of Bakewell and District Probus Club can be found on its website at www.bakewellprobus.org

Pictured: Tony Byrne (on the left of the photo), Melanie Gilbert, and Ken Watson (on the right).


On Sunday the 19th of January 2020, the Derbyshire & Lancashire Gliding Club played host to the Edale Mountain Rescue team for one of its regular training sessions. The exercise had previously been cancelled due to poor weather, but all indications were favourable and the event was given the “go ahead”. There was added excitement this time as the exercise included a visit by HM’s Coastguard helicopter!     The conditions were just right for the combined, gliding and helicopter operation. Having first made its contact with the glider launch point, the helicopter arrived on schedule. It was a very impressive 12 tonne Sikorsky S-92. The Edale Mountain Rescue Team were introduced to the capabilities of this modern, powerful machine and could try first-hand how to adapt their rescue techniques to its special capabilities. The Helicopter Crew gave briefings about new rescue and medical equipment, techniques and methods of operating as well as the mysteries of how a helicopter flies.     The invitation had been extended to other local Mountain Rescue teams who also took the opportunity to come along to join in and see the helicopter; their numbers were only restricted because of two real “call outs” for their assistance during the event.     As the forecast low scraggy cloud drifted in later in the afternoon, gliding operations were stopped before the helicopter departed without fuss.     With thanks to all, the day was a great success for everyone involved and many exaggerated flying stories could be heard later, in that cosy clubhouse!


Pictured: Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club played host to the Edale Mountain Rescue


Exciting times are ahead at South Darley C.E. Primary School as rising pupil numbers has meant that they have been able to bring back a third class for the first time in 9 years. Recently the school, which is situated between Winster and Darley Dale, has had to split their children simply into Infants and Juniors but the appointment in January of the young and eager Mr Pass has enabled the Juniors to now be taught in two smaller classes.


Headteacher, Paul Wilde, said ‘Having only 14 children in our Y5/6 class, and 24 in our Y3/4 means we can now tailor our teaching even more to the individual needs of the children. Even though we already achieved an outstanding grading for children’s behaviour, personal development and welfare in last year’s Ofsted Inspection, we always believe we can improve and provide more for our children and families and this latest announcement demonstrates this.’


Mr Pass, the new teacher said ‘I am delighted to join such a lovely school. The staff and children are great and have made me feel extremely welcome. I look forward to lots of exciting things happening over the next few years’.


The school is available to look around if you are considering schools in the coming months. Just call the school office to make an appointment.

Take strides in the East Midlands for a Parkinson’s cure

People across the East Midlands are being asked to sign up to their local Walk for Parkinson’s event and stride towards a Parkinson’s cure by funding groundbreaking research.


This month, charity Parkinson’s UK has launched its annual Walk for Parkinson’s fundraiser. All the money raised from the walks will go towards the charity’s vital work to change the lives of everyone affected by the condition.


Walks taking place in the East Midlands include Calke Abbey in Derbyshire (26 April) and Burghley House in Lincolnshire (27 September). The walks suit a range of ages, abilities and fitness levels, so there’s something for everyone.


Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and currently there is no cure. An estimated 145,000 people across the UK are living with Parkinson’s, including 10,256 people in the East Midlands. There are over 40 symptoms of Parkinson’s including loss of mobility, tremor, pain and depression, and every hour two more people are diagnosed.


Parkinson’s UK is the largest charitable funder of Parkinson’s research in Europe, and over the past 50 years have invested £93 million into researching Parkinson’s and treatments. The charity is accelerating breakthroughs in research, and the money raised from Walk for Parkinson’s will take Parkinson’s UK a step closer to finding a cure.


Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark is supporting the Walk for Parkinson’s events. Dave was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011 at the age of 44, and as Parkinson’s UK’s Champion of Walking he has helped to raise over £300,000 for the charity through walking challenges.


Dave said: “Parkinson’s is brutal, and every month it throws a new obstacle at me. Some day, it may rob me of my ability to walk, talk, or even smile, but I keep fighting and remain positive. This year I’ll be taking on my biggest challenge yet by trekking for 18-days to Everest base camp in the Himalayas, raising money for Parkinson’s UK.”


To sign up to a walk near you, please visit: parkinsons.org.uk/walk


If you can’t attend an event, there’s an option to organise your own walk. Visit Parkinson’s UK’s website to find out more.

Pictured: A group taking part in a Walk for Parkinson’s event in 2016

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