Great Ridge - Joe Parker
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.



River Network link with Sainsbury’s to feed the county. Sainsbury’s are supporting the local innovative food bank, who also delivers ! “ We are a bit like a Uber Eats for the marginalised, we’ve also just opened another local foodstore and distribution service” says Terry Eckersley CEO.


River Network has partnered with local Sainsbury’s store to help serve the county with our growing food bank, helping local families who are in need. Store Manager John Bailey said “we are really happy to have partnered with River Network to help feed the local families who need our support, and I know all our colleagues will be excited also ” Linking with Sainsbury’s is going to provide a welcomed support to local communities. River Network’s CEO Terry Eckersley said” I’m really happy to have partnered with such an amazing company, I love the philanthropic foundations of the Company and it’s a great strategic fit ! and we are looking forward to serving the county with their support” Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire has written to River Network thanking us for the support of the foodbank and unique delivery service during the crisis last year.


River Network now has a growing team over 45 staff and lots of volunteers  on the teams spreading all across Derbyshire, Derby, Matlock, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Ashbourne, Glossop and Buxton.


Foodbank team leader Adam Bridger simply says “ I just love helping people “Executive Assistant Lauren Toft helping us administratively support the foodbank. Lauren has come from a retail background with experience working and talking to members or the public and local community. Laurens teaching and education background is also helpful with our new home schooling hub. Lauren says “I’m looking forward to working and getting to know the local community and support the charity. I’m looking forward to what my future holds working for River Network and very grateful for this opportunity ” Since being with River Network Lauren has excelled in training in Domestic Abuse, represent at County Level in Youth Work forum, and got qualified in Health and Hygiene supporting Foodbank. If you need support, want to donate or partner with River Network see link below.


If you are aged 16-24 and are interested in joining the river network team contact your work coach or local job center. We are offering many new kick start jobs available across Derbyshire www.RIVERNETWORK

Pictured: Terry Eckersley CEO, River Network and Store Manager John Bailey



Derbyshire County Council is doubling down on efforts to cut the use of single-use plastic with a commitment expected to drastically reduce the amount of unnecessary waste it produces.


At a meeting held on Thursday 12 October, Cabinet members approved a new approach in which staff will be supported to:

• Recognise and avoid buying and using single-use plastics for use in council buildings and services, where possible

• Look for more sustainable alternatives

• Where suitable alternatives aren’t available, make sure that single-use plastic products contain a recycled content of at least 30% or can themselves be recycled

• Work with suppliers to minimise their use of single-use plastics and encourage them to provide sustainable alternatives to any single-use plastic products they supply

• Work with event organisers to reduce and eliminate where possible single-use plastic across all Derbyshire events held on council land and property

• Raise awareness of the importance of disposing of single-use plastics properly to reduce the negative impact on wildlife, the environment and health.


Continue to help local communities and businesses by sharing best practice, supporting and promoting positive initiatives, campaigns and actions for reducing waste. Single-use plastic can be described as any disposable plastic item designed to be used only once or for a short period of time. It is often used in packaging, consumer products, cosmetics, personal protective equipment and healthcare products.


There are some benefits to using single-use plastics such as in packaging to help maintain food safety and hygiene.


But plastic contributes to climate change because the chemicals used to make almost all plastics come from fossil fuel production. The more plastic that is made, the more petrochemicals are needed. And the more petrochemicals are needed, the higher the demand for fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal.


The council’s commitment to reduce its use of single-use plastics is part of its drive to reduce emissions generated by the county council to net-zero by 2032 or sooner and help the rest of Derbyshire reduce carbon emissions generated within the county to net zero by 2050 or sooner.


Net zero means reducing carbon emissions right down to the lowest possible level and off-setting those that cannot be cut through measures such as planting more trees and other forms of habitat creation to absorb excess carbon from the atmosphere, making the overall net emissions zero.


Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis said: “We’ve all seen the pictures on TV of the damage plastic can cause to our marine life and wildlife if it isn’t disposed of correctly.


“By reducing single-use plastics or removing them where possible, we’re leading by example to help benefit the natural world, not just on the ground or in our oceans, but all around us.


“Derbyshire County Council is leading a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reduce carbon emissions generated in Derbyshire to help meet ambitious targets needed to tackle climate change.


 “And reducing demand for carbon-emitting processes used in plastic production is a step forward on our journey to net zero carbon emissions.


“But reducing the amount of carbon emissions generated in Derbyshire isn’t something the county council can do on its own. We need everyone to play a part.


“It’s a big challenge but the benefits are massive. Changes we make now will help global issues like protecting our marine life from rising sea temperatures and local issues too like preventing recent extreme weather events from happening more regularly.”


People who keep birds are being urged to take steps now to reduce the risk of their flocks catching avian flu this winter.


Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards are backing the call issued by the UK’s four Chief Veterinary Officers to take action now to protect kept birds and avoid any outbreaks of the disease, more commonly known as bird flu.


There are currently no cases of avian flu in the UK, but over the past year 26 outbreaks have been confirmed nationally in kept poultry and captive birds, with more than 300 cases confirmed in wild birds. Two cases affected parts of Derbyshire.


Bird keepers are being urged to be extra vigilant in their care and to improve biosecurity standards as the risk of migratory wild birds infecting domestic birds rises as winter approaches.


Measures that owners can take, whether they run a large commercial farm or keep a few pet chickens in the back yard, include:


• keeping the area where the birds live clean and tidy, controlling rats and mice and regularly cleaning and disinfecting any hard surfaces


• keeping chickens and turkeys separate from ducks and geese


• carrying out regular maintenance checks on sheds


• placing birds’ feed and water in fully enclosed areas that are protected from wild birds and remove any spilled feed


• putting fencing around outdoor areas where birds are allowed and limit their access to ponds or areas visited by wild waterfowl


• cleaning and disinfecting footwear before and after entering premises where birds are kept.


Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said: “If people keep birds, now is the time to start putting extra measures in place to protect them as the risk of avian flu increases during the migration season.


When avian flu is suspected or confirmed restrictions are immediately put in place, with our trading standards officers on the ground ensuring people are aware and know what they need to do.


“The restrictions cover large areas and can have a huge impact on farms. It’s so important that people take preventative steps now to try to avoid outbreaks in our county again this winter.”


More information, including what to do if avian flu is suspected and how to sign up for news alerts is available from Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency at or go to the county council’s website at birdflu