Allotment Corner by Dave Hobson
I have long harboured a wish to grow my own vegetables so when
Mandy at the Childers offered me half of her plot I jumped at the chance.
The plot is next to the pub and is, effectively, a quarter of the allotment
worked for so many years by Owen Twyford. I started work over a fine
Stanton News and Information Letter
week-end in early September 2008. The soil is excellent, dark and fri-
able, but it took me three days of solid labour to clear it of all weeds and July 2009
define a nice rectangle of garden. Occasionally I worked under the
watchful eye of John Twyford, such pressure. “Muck!” he exclaimed.
Perhaps I misheard. He repeated, “Muck, you’ll do nothing without well Welcome to the new look Snail ! Thank you to Heather and
rotted muck.” You can always rely on good advice from fellow allot- Richard of Holly House for sponsoring this edition. If you are
menteurs. interested in sponsoring future copies, please ring or email
me ( tel 636902 , email@example.com ). In future edi-
Then my first planting; spring cabbage, purple sprouting broccoli and tions, local businesses can be listed at £20 per year. Please
winter cauliflowers, to harvest in the spring, hopefully. I tended the little contact me with details .
plants with all the love of a doting father, a bit of lime was added to the From next month, I plan to include an up to date Stanton
soil and a measure of organic fertiliser. Every time I walked passed the Directory, listing contact details for all village activities. I ran
allotment I checked progress. They were doing well for a bit and then out of room this month, but thanks to everyone who is helping
disaster; slugs, snails, caterpillars, some kind of white fly in abundance me to compile this. Also in future editions, regular features
and then pests eating the stems at soil level, cut worm or wire worm will include “ Allotment Corner “, “Chord of the Month “,
maybe. I abandoned my organic aspirations and went to work with slug “Recipe of the Month” and Puzzle Page .
pellets and something called derris dust. Several plants died and had to If you want to contribute to any of these, and more besides,
be replaced. These cabbages were getting expensive. the copy date for the August edition is July 16 .
Then I remembered John’s advice, muck, where could I acquire this pre- Stanton in Peak Book Group
cious commodity? garden centre? not at four quid a bag. So, on a cold
November day, off I went to my brother’s in law farm near Buxton to fill Stanton in Peak book group meets on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening
eight fertiliser bags with manure in various stages of decomposition. every other month. The books we choose are mainly contemporary, with a
sprinkling of classics, and from a variety of genres. Whether you are an keen
Loading the muck into the back of my nice clean car I became aware of reader, or just wanting to get back into the habit, we would love to welcome
its other properties; it stinks, it gets everywhere and it’s extremely heavy. you to the group. We discuss the book we have read in an informal and fairly
Driving with the windows down I returned to Stanton and with supreme light hearted manner, before moving on to talk about local news over a glass
physical effort unloaded the bags over the wall onto my plot. Four quid a of wine and nibbles.
bag at the garden centre was looking cheaper by the minute. We hope that 1 book every two months is a realistic target , even for busy
lives. This month we are reading The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink, and are
But now summer’s here, I’ve harvested spring cabbage, broccoli, spin- meeting at Sue Hobson's house on Wednesday July 15th, at 8.00pm. Sep-
ach, lettuce, and rocket and I’m looking forward to leeks, onions, garlic, tember's book is The Children's Book by AS Byatt.
carrots, broad beans, kidney beans and summer salad. Despite its tribula- If you are interested in joining us, please phone Amanda Chappell (630058)
tions you can’t beat growing your own. Working on my plot is pure for details.
pleasure, sharing a word or two with others on the allotment, sharing
plants and watching the world go by in Stanton, marvellous!
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The Flying Childers
WI in June Opening hours - Wed - Fri 12 - 2pm.
Sat & Sun 12 - 3pm and every evening
We had neither President (Faye) nor Secretary (Barbara) at our meeting, due
to illness, so Vice-Pres. Jo stepped into the breach. She was pleased to wel- from 7pm. Food served 12 - 2pm.
come potential new member Michelle. Tel: 636333
Business included a couple of invitations to other WIs during the summer
months and plans for our trip to the National Arboretum at Alrewas. Saturday 4th July - Folk Night in the
The Derbyshire Federation had replied to Faye’s letter stating our concern over pub from around 9pm - some traditional
the food wasted in the Home Economics section at Bakewell Show, especially and some easy listening type stuff with a variety of musical instruments.
in the current financial situation. All they could suggest was that people with
ideas should join the Show Committee. Sadly this response didn’t really sur-
prise us. Thursday 16th July - Acoustic Night -
hosted by Keith Stevens from around
Our speaker was Mike Kelley who had worked for 20 years for an oil company 8.30pm. Come & join in or just enjoy the music! All musicians welcome -
in the Yemen and in the Sudan. Because the governments of those countries
needed his expertise to set up training centres for local people, teaching them any level! ( if this turns out to be popular we would like to make it a regu-
how to run and maintain pipelines and pumping stations, he was allowed into lar spot)
places normally forbidden to foreigners. His talk was called ‘Behind Closed
Doors’ and his slides enabled us to glimpse the violent, male-dominated soci-
ety of the Yemen and the freer but poverty-stricken life of the Sudanese. Friday 17th July - Treasure Hunt by car round some of the local villages.
Setting off from the pub around 6.30pm or soon after. Entry - £4 per car
Our competition, ‘A Strange Household Object’ brought in some very weird donated to the RNLI. This will be followed by a barbeque - everyone wel-
and wonderful items and was more of a quiz than a competition!
Next month’s talk is on Reflexology so I’m hoping the speaker wants someone
to demonstrate on! Why not come along? – 7.00 Tuesday 14th July, Reading Thursday 23rd July - Quiz Night - 9pm . A fun quiz featuring general
knowledge, music & picture quizzes. £1 to enter includes sandwiches
PS thanks Ali for all your work with Snail and good luck Hilary from now on. etc afterwards. (June quiz Thursday 26th) Supper Nights - once a month
on a Thursday. These continue to be popular and we are booking well in
advance, but do let us know if you are interested and will fit you in at
some point. We also do a steak supper now & then on a Tuesday . Thanks
Gardening Swap Shop Mandy
There are so many enthusiastic gardeners in Stanton, a fact
witnessed by the number of you who opened your gardens
earlier this month. The tour of the village on the evening before
the Open Gardens event resulted in several requests for cuttings
and seedlings, and as ever, generous Stantonians oblige! Stanton Baby
It was suggested that we might be able to semi-formalise the sharing of excess "Heather and Richard of Holly House are pleased to an-
seedlings and split plants, possibly using Snail as a forum to offer our surplus gar- nounce the safe arrival of James Cameron McLaren-Hall on
dening treasures, or make requests if we are looking for something specific. I per-
sonally would like to say a big thank you to Graham Barber for the 4 Lupin seedlings Tuesday 2nd June 2009. James was born at Chesterfield
he gave me last summer, which have grown into 4 magnificent plants, each with Royal at 2.52 am and weighed 6.5lbs. Mum and baby are
different, but tonally compatible flowers! doing well. James has already been out several times for
dinner, had his first trip to the Flying Childers and visited
Any suggestions, offerings or requests to Amanda (630058) or Hilary (636902)
Bakewell and Chatsworth. Thank you to all who have sent
cards and gifts."
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www.stanton-in-peak.co.uk Alpine Odyssey By Daphne Binns
Following the 2008 Open Gardens, we were able to purchase the domain
Alan and I have recently returned from
names www.stanton-in-peak.co.uk and www.stanton-in-peak.co.uk … our
a holiday in the French Alps , mainly in the
village website was born !
Ecrins National Park.
As we travel and sleep in a campervan it was easy for us to move about and
The website is still very much ‘work in progress’ and is run/updated on a
stay in different areas. In fact we rarely stayed more than three days in one
purely voluntary basis.
place. One might think that we should find the same flowers in every area we
In an attempt to encourage regular visitors to the site, we have been running visited. Not a bit of it! I made a list of plants seen in each place and the
a monthly photographic competition … please see the website for information variation in species was tremendous.
on how to take part in this.
Our first main stopover en route for the Alps was in the Vercors mountains
Information currently available on the website is as follows … west of Grenoble. This area is breathtakingly rich in flowers. In early May
the roadsides were vibrant with colour – six species of orchid, horseshoe
• What’s happening … Email your events for us to publicise
vetch, saponaria, a bright blue bugle and most exciting of all, large patches
• Snail … Available here to read each month of trumpet gentians growing on rocky slopes. As I am passionately fond of
• Open Gardens … Details on the current and future OG alpine flowers I was in my seventh heaven!
• Photo Competition and Winners Gallery …
Next we stayed in the Valle de Fressiniere and here we found many more
• Stanton in the Past … Please forward any information of interest plants including the delightful bird’s eye primrose, globeflower( of English
• Stanton in Peak Primary School … gardens ) and in damp meadows , acres of pheasant eye narcissus.
• For Sale … Sell you unwanted items
Those interested in climbing will have heard of La Berarde, a small hamlet
• Links … For local businesses … send us yours ! surrounded by mountains over 13,000 ft. We walked up two mountains on two
Get in touch … firstname.lastname@example.org successive days of brilliant clear sunny weather. Here the “wow” factor was
obviously the scenery- glaciers and snow on the heights- but in the plant
In the not too distant future we are world the alpine pansies and forget-me-nots were outstanding. Among my
hoping to add a tab for the Village favourite alpines are cushion plants, and here there were many around the
Hall in the future from where bookings form could be down loaded. snowline.
Please, please contact Our last stop was at the empty ski resort of Vaujany. If we thought that
previous flowers could not be surpassed we were wrong. By now it was June
with any suggestions of how
and the meadows and roadsides were a mass of blues, pinks and white. On
we might improve the village
higher ground were a mass of beautiful yellow anenomes with blooms 5 cms
site and make it work YOU !!!
Sadly next day we had to start our return home. I hope this gives an inkling
as to why I am so passionate about alpine flowers. Nearer to home I am com-
Drink up! ‘Stanton Man’ winning photo June 2009 by Jo Wild pleting a survey of common plants in Stanton-in-Peak . Watch this space!
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Stanton Open Gardens Holy Trinity Church, Stanton-in-Peak
A big thank you to everyone who supported the Open Gardens event in July
any way. Amazingly 61 hardy souls paid £3 for the privilege of walk- 5 9.30am Family Worship - Mr Peter Bird
ing through the rain (and hail) on Sunday to look at the various gar- 12 9.30am Morning Prayer - Mr Geoff Hol-
dens. After bucks fizz, strawberries, and various other delicious land
things in the gardens, they were then rewarded by a cuppa and a cream 19 8.30am Holy Communion - Rev Clive
tea in the village hall. A total profit of £320 was made! If the weather Thrower
had been kinder there would have been many more visitors I'm 26 9.30am United HC at Birchover - Rev
sure. Once again the villagers who opened their gardens walked round Derek Gibling
the open gardens on the night before the event and had a glass of wine
or two en route. It would be great if a few more people could open Following the retirement of Rev Ossie Post
their gardens next year. All our gardens are different - it is not a com- the Church Council has invited visiting
petition - and the comments from the visitors are so lovely. We are clergy/speakers to conduct the services.
trying to support local, national and international charities so please Please come along and give them your support.
think about it. If you have any suggestions or ideas about the event
please contact me. Holy Trinity Church are holding a COFFEE
Sue Hobson, Tel: 636377 Mob:07530 184076 MORNING on Sat 25 July 10 - 12 noon in
E-mail: email@example.com Stanton Village Hall. Stalls include: bric-
a-brac, cakes, books, plants, raffle, tom-
STANTON IN PEAK POST OFFICE bola, games, etc. etc. Items for the above
can be left with Sue Hadfield or Kate Wild.
Offers of help to serve coffee or with a
VILLAGE HALL, MIDDLE STREET stall welcome. Please contact Kate 630054.
Proceeds to Church funds. KW
OPEN: MONDAY 0845 – 1215 THURSDAY 1330 – 1700
FULL RANGE OF POST OFFICE SERVICES AVAILABLE INCLUDING POSTAGE,
FOREIGN CURRENCY (TO ORDER), FINANCIAL SERVICES, BILL PAYMENTS Stanton in Peak Monday Night Social Group
ETC. SMALL SELECTION OF CONFECTIONERY,STATIONERY AND GREETINGS (aka tittle tattle night)
For the past 12 months or so, a regular early doors slot at the Flying Childers has
Ken Bond (1929-2009)
been established, when people can drop in for a drink, discuss village affairs, and plan
Ken Bond was a popular and greatly loved member of the village. He
future village events. Sometimes there is nothing formal to discuss, and the event
lived at 2 Main Rd for 40 years. He did the paper round for over 12
becomes a gentle gossip room ( hence the alternative title of tittle tattle), but serious
years, come rain or shine, and always knew exactly what money to fund raising events, such as Open Gardens, the wonderfully successful Cottongrass
collect from each household on Saturday mornings. He mowed Stanton Theatre production, and music on the green, were all kick started on a Monday
cricket ground for 15 years. Ken`s working life was in quarries, at night! Ideas and enthusiasm are the life blood of such a group in so small a village. If
Endcliffe in Stanton Lees, and then working for Humphry Davy in you have an idea for an event that you would like to see realised, an idea for how we
Bakewell. He is survived by his son , Stuart . Ken died after a short should spend funds raised, or would just like to find out the latest tittle tattle, please
battle with cancer on Mar 9. He will be greatly missed . HC come along, any Monday, from 7.15 to 8.45.
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