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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.

That wasn't the case in our 3rd August paper so here are a few examples of articles that are in the paper. 



Matlock Derwent Valley Lions Club were unable to hold their annual BBQ, when it would be the usual practice to install the new President. So instead. retiring President Lion Colin Turnbull met incoming Lion President Bill Lansdowne in his garden and handed over the chain of office for the coming year. Lion Colin thanked all members and supporters for their work over the previous twelve months, although for the last few months activities have been somewhat curtailed. Lion Bill said "I hope we can soon get back to some kind of normality and pick up our fund raising events and provide service to the local community, as well as our national and international commitments".

Pictured: Out-going President Lion Colin Turnbull gives in-coming President Lion Bill Lansdowne some stick as he hands over the chain of office



Well, if Lockdown causes this level of invention, maybe it’s not all bad! The Hathersage Players have moved from Stage to Screen with their latest thrilling drama, “Murder at Hathersage Hall”.


Modelled upon a Cluedo-style, eight suspects with names you’ll recognise like Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum, fight it out amongst themselves when caught in a web of suspicion. Whilst all the actors perform to the Players’ usual high standards, special mentions must go to Mike Thomson for his rip-roarious Dr Brown and Tim Saunders, who so manically keeps the whole show on the road as Keith Orange. Behind the scenes, Rob Hall (Writer and Director) and Nick Wardle (the thankless Producer and Editor) have done a great job.


Filmed entirely in accordance with Lockdown restrictions and utilising their YouTube Channel for the broadcast, this ‘whodunnit’ features sections improvised over Zoom as well as a gripping finale (shot as live) outdoors in Hathersage Hall Business Centre. The whole production was complemented by Live Chat so that the online audience could share comments upon the suspects as the broadcast progressed.


At the time of writing, the rave audience reviews as well as 375 online views point to the success of this production. The broadcast will stay online on their YouTube Channel for a good while if you want to grab it over a night in and a bottle of wine, but if you watch it, don’t tell anyone who the murderer is…!


Literally Zooming through the agenda, Hathersage Horticultural Society held an on-line annual.


President Wendy Ellicock thanked the committee for its behind the scenes efforts before handing over to treasurer Chris Eagles for the financial report. Despite good reserves, the society has been operating at a slight loss over the past 5 years but the decision to raise subscription rates by £1 – now deferred to 2022 – should plug this whole for some time to come.


The accounts were approved, an auditor appointed and various committee members re-elected. It was also agreed that the abandoned programme of events for the current year should be carried forward to 2021 in its entirety.


The date for the next AGM was fixed as March18th. Facebook Flower Show 1 - 7 September We may not be having a horticultural show this year but that does not mean we can’t show of our horticulture!


From September 1-7th members of Hathersage Horticultural Society will be invited to take and submit photos of their gardens and allotments, hanging baskets and window boxes and not just flowers but plants, fruit and vegetables grown in the village for display on the society’s Facebook page.


A maximum of 5 photos per member please so we can all enjoy and celebrate the summer and each others’ gardening successes in a different way.


The photos need to be taken during the first week in September and submitted straight away so we get an exact showtime snapshot of the season.

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