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Talk of the Dales

Report of the Matlock and district Antiques and Collectables Society Annual General Meeting Friday 12th May 2023

Twenty people attended the AGM held at the Imperial rooms Matlock. The Chair gave a report on the successful year and the treasurer reported the accounts were in good condition with no need to increase the subscription again. The reports were both accepted. The current members of the committee were willing to stand again and were duly reappointed.

The members were then given a very entertaining talk on the History of Silver Hallmarking by David Alan

He explained that Sterling Silver is composed of 925 parts silver and 75 parts of another metal to give it strength. This was altered to 952 parts silver in 1698 and was a disaster as the goods made were too weak and had to be reinforced.

The guild of goldsmiths based in London is one of oldest gaining a royal charter in 1327 and goods were marked with a Leopard’s head. More marks were added over the years which are still in use today and include the date, the maker, and the location of the assay office.

Mr. Alan allowed us to handle many beautiful items from his collection including a jug which had been created from a flat sheet of silver.

It is still an offence to alter a silver object and a fine can be imposed by the chief goldsmith.

The next meeting is Friday 8th September 2023 at the imperial rooms Matlock at 2.30pm.

More information Chair Mrs. M Wood 01629 584716


Baslow WI Darlings

WI Resolution – Clean Rivers for People and Wildlife – Janette Lobley

Janette is Baslow WI's Climate Ambassador, she's definitely a Greeny. She has a monthly Green Display Board with hints and tips on improving our attitude to climate change, nature , sustainability, the lot. She's passionate; who better to discuss the pro's and con's of river quality?

Reminisce with Ann McPhie

Always popular, a light hearted presentation of our many “good times”. Friendly, happy occasions caught on camera by our celebratory photographer, Ann McPhie. We do get about, you know. It's lovely to remember.

President Judith Barton's Charity fundraising choice

Edale Mountain Rescue, cheque presentation.

They deserve every penny.

St George's Day Lunch- Jo's Pantry

Tender beef, perfect roast potatoes, it was good. No, it was better than good, it was delicious. We'd decorated the Village Hall in a red and white theme and we were also decked out in red and white. Quite a splash of colour. Sign me up for the next Lunch.

Coronation Litter Pick

Bin bag bulging, I returned to the WI litter picking group, triumphantly waving a lady's shoe and a neatly wrapped pair of green socks, expecting a glorious reception. But, guess who, dashed my hopes. Guess who was swirling a black pair of men's underpants found in the Car Park. I mean, Lorna is supposed to be taking a sabbatical, not stealing my thunder.

All our Members either litter picked near their own home or favourite countryside spot. Little Darlings.

Crowning Glory – Christine Thompson

You can't miss it, our talented and skilled Christine has transformed Baslow's Royal Mail Post Box.

Calver Walk – Marion Hartley

Marion's dog Daisy can climb trees! I didn't, but I was tempted. And Daisy had her own menu when we lunched at the Calver Craft Centre. We walked about four miles but didn't notice because there was so much to see, bluebells, wood anemones, stitchwort, even a Heron stalking along the river bank.

For the Diary

14th June 2pm BVH “From Creamery to Cracker” Cheese Making – Alan Salt

16th June Polyanna Pickering's Gallery, Whitworth Institute Lunch – Janette Lobley

24th June 2pm BVH WISA – Christine Thompson

Jane Walker



A new bus service, the Breezer Hope Valley Service, will tour part of the Peak District over the summer months.

The service will use an open top double decker so that passengers can enjoy the Derbyshire countryside and is being operated by local bus operator Hulleys of Baslow as a commercial service.

It will operate weekends and bank holidays, and seven days a week during the May bank holiday week (May 27 to June 4) and the school summer holidays (July 22 to September 3).

The Breezer starts at Baslow Nether End and then goes to Calver, Grindleford, Longshaw, Hathersage, Hope and ends in Castleton.

At Baslow the bus connects with the 170 service from Chesterfield and at Hope it connects with the train from Manchester.

The service runs hourly with the first bus leaving Baslow at 9.20 am and Castleton at 9.45am. The last bus leaves Baslow at 5.35pm and Castleton at 6pm.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to visit the Peak District without needing to use a car and a service that we very much welcome.

“What finer way can you enjoy the views than from an open top double decker bus? It gives everyone a brilliant way to get out and about over the summer months, with a variety of ticket options for those coming into the county by public transport, or for our residents travelling from outside of the Hope Valley.”

This service will cost £2 each way. Or passengers can take advantage of a Derbyshire Wayfarer ticket, which is £

6 for children and £8 for adults and includes all Derbyshire bus services for the day.



Changes to the X17 Matlock to Sheffield route are about to start. The service will go from an hourly service to every 30 minutes between Sheffield, Chesterfield and Matlock, with every other journey also being extended onto Matlock Bath and Wirksworth.

The cash to pay for this comes from the Government, as they awarded Derbyshire County Council £47m to improve bus services in the county.

The new service will start on 27 May.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, said: “This is great news for everyone who currently uses bus services, and we hope will tempt more people to give the bus a go.

“These improve-ments with the X17 service are in response to people asking for more services so we are confident they will be used.

“Using the bus can be a real alternative to using the car for every journey, and for many in the county they are their only form of transport.”

Roads Minister Richard Holden said: “People up and down the country deserve a modern, reliable, and affordable public transport system. That is why we have provided Derbyshire County Council with £47 million to boost its bus services.

“Supporting all bus operators in Derbyshire with increasing the frequency of the X17 service is great for local residents, who will now benefit and be able to make the most of the fantastic work, business and leisure opportunities Derbyshire has to offer.”


Bakewell Choral Society Concert Saturday June 24th

Bakewell Choral Society are holding their summer concert on June 24th at the Medway Centre, Bakewell at 7.30pm. The programme consists of a selection of Madrigals and Spirituals conducted by Alan Eost, interspersed with poetry readings on the theme of love and freedom. The choir are to be joined by Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham from Winster, who will be providing two selections of folk duets.

The concert should provide an enjoyable variety of items suitable for a summer evening. Tickets cost £10, and are available from The Little Vagabond Bookshop, Unit 9, Orme Court, Bakewell DF45 1ES, online at or at the door. There are free tickets for students, accompanied children, and carers accompanying anyone needing care to attend.


Gala Week in Cressbrook

Put 11th June and 17th June in your diaries and come to Cressbrook and celebrate our annual Gala Week in the village. At the beginning of June the building of the Wells – designed by Sophie Godber begins. This starts with puddling the clay, petalling the clay with flowers by many volunteers over a few days, following Sophie's design and finally putting the finished Well up on the village green ready for Sunday 11th June which is the beginning of Gala Week. At 2.30pm Cressbrook Band will play, the Wells will be blessed, there will be teas, coffees and the usual fabulous cakes to enjoy, with stalls to buy plants, garden produce, ceramics, postcards and greetings cards, craft-work and other items. Saturday 17th June the bar in the club will open at 7.30pm and as dusk approaches, torches will be lit, Cressbrook Band assemble in the road to play and everyone can dance down the road accompanied by the torch bearers and afterwards there will be more music in the club. Come and enjoy this annual event with us.


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