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RDSSP Seated VolleyballDisability sport in the Derbyshire Dales is set to receive a welcome boost after the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, Derbyshire Sport and Derbyshire Dales District Council received an £7,935 joint award from Sport England to purchase new equipment.

The money will be used to purchase New Age Kurling equipment and Seated Volleyball kit which will open up opportunities to increase numbers of young people in local secondary schools and community clubs playing these inclusive disability-friendly sports for the first time.

Janice Price, Partnership Development Manager at the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, which develops opportunities for high quality PE & sport in the Derbyshire Dales and Hope Valley, said: “This is great news.  We’re committed to building on the legacy of the Paralympic games to inspire students with special educational needs and physical disabilities and support them to make sport and physical activity a part of their everyday life." 

"Our students with Special Educational Needs have a strong record in competitions like the School Games and this will help us widen the range of sports on offer.  New Age Kurling and Seated Volleyball are also both brilliant sports because people of all abilities are able to play them together.  I’m really grateful to both Derbyshire Sport and Derbyshire Dales for their support in securing this bid.”

Lisa O’Keefe, Sport England’s Director of Insight, says: “We know that many organisations and clubs delivering sport struggle to provide sporting opportunities for disabled people because of a lack of access to specialist equipment. We are delighted to award these vital funds jointly to Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, Derbyshire Sport and Derbyshire Dales District Council which will play a transformative role in opening up sport to many people who previously found it inaccessible.”

The award is part of Sport England’s ‘Get Equipped’ fund which was designed to build on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. £1 million of National Lottery funding is being distributed to organisations across England to allow them to provide specialist equipment which will help make sport a practical choice for many more disabled people inspired by the Games.

The number of disabled people playing sport regularly is on the rise. In December, Sport England’s Active People Survey - an annual, in-depth measure of the nation’s sporting habits – revealed that a record number of disabled people in England now play sport each week. The number of disabled people aged 16 and over playing sport once a week has increased by 62,000 over the last year, bringing the total number to its highest recorded figure of 1.67 million, 351,000 more than in 2005 when London won the bid to host the Games.

However, non-disabled people are still twice as likely to play sport as disabled people (39.2 per cent compared to 18.5 per cent) which is why Sport England continues to focus attention and investment to address this imbalance.


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Some weeks ago an email from Australia landed in my inbox. "Can you help me?" it asked. "I am trying to find a relative who I know lived in the area in order to share family history with them." The enquirer was unsure if the people they were looking for were still with us or still lived in the Valley.

After some further details were given, I did a little digging, made some enquiries and was able to suggest a line to follow and I am pleased to report that today I received an email saying that they had now found one another and will be in contact to share their family's history.



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A £15,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to the arrest of the people responsible for the robbery that took place in the Hathersage branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Two men, described as white, around 5ft 11inches tall, wearing balaclavas and gloves and dressed in dark hooded tops and armed with a gun and a crowbar, broke into the bank in the early hours of the morning of Thursday 20th February. When staff arrived, they were threatened and forced to hand over a substantial amount of money. The men then left the bank at around five minutes past nine.

The incident has left staff traumatised and police are urging anyone who thinks they may have information, or who saw anything suspicious, to contact them on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A portion of the money was protected by dye packets that explode if tampered with, releasing a red dye that will remain visible for some time.

Residents of Hathersage who have CCTV are being asked to contact the police on 101.

There is a significant police presence in Hathersage and enquiries are ongoing.

Click here to view the CCTV footage

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HOPE VALLEY ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL next festival - February 2015. check back later in the year for the date or click the link below for information.

This exciting annual event in the Hope Valley calendar raises funds for the local school, adult education premises and community hub that is Hope Valley College.

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harmony comes to hope valley

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Folk hopefuls in Hope to be given a chance to shine

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Local pre-schoolers celebrate magic of advent with lantern festival
preschool pictureUnder 5’s from Hathersage and Grindleford pre-schools have come together to celebrate the start of the Christmas season at a magical evening of candlelight and carols at the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate.

Undeterred by the ferocious wind and rain, children and their families followed a winding path of brightly coloured lanterns through woodland to the Estate’s Moorlands Centre where staff welcomed them in with cheery carols. The children were invited to walk through an advent spiral of winter greenery and add a candle to the display, until the room was lit by flickering candle-light. Staff were delighted to see so many entranced little faces!

The event marks a period of close collaboration between the two organisations since Grindleford Pre-school came under new management in September 2012.


preschoolKath Bransby, Supervisor of Hathersage Playgroup, said “The children were delighted with this magical experience. It has been a great opportunity to see families from right across the local area come together in celebration”.

Chair of Grindleford Pre-school, Jane Campbell, commented “We are so grateful to Hathersage Playgroup for welcoming us into their world and providing us with such inspiration and support. Grindleford Pre-school is revitalised and the proof is the delight the children now take in their time with us”.

The event ended with a hearty supper for all at the Estate’s popular café.

For further information about Grindleford Pre-school, call Jane Campbell on 07786 574 676 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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