Clear skies and an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the the Queen’s Birthday Beacon last Thursday.
Furness Vale Field Day 2016
Come and celebrate with us – improvements finally beginning!
With work starting on the field at Yeardsley Lane, we have to thank local resident and generous supporter, Nigel Marshall, for allowing us to use his land at Calico Lane, off Station Road (map to follow) as a temporary venue for our annual Field Day.
In addition to showcasing several ever-popular Live Bands and a first visit from Walthew House VIP steel band, there will be the usual mixture of Bouncy Castle; BBQ; Bar; Children’s Activities; many and varied stalls and, of course, our popular Dog Show. This year we can enjoy refreshments ‘chez Nigel’, afternoon teas provided by Friends of Furness Vale Station. See our timetable for further information on activities.
It’s been a long and challenging journey, but we are delighted that we have now taken on the lease of the field and, at last, the vision of the community for its transformation can begin. The drainage and landscaping is being funded by Sport England, Bernard Sunley, Fields in Trust, local and county councils and our own fundraising.
We are also thrilled to have been chosen for the top award of £12,000. in Tesco’s Bags of Help grant scheme. Thanks to all those who voted for us. This funding will provide picnic tables, flower beds and other environmental features.
FURNESS VALE COGS
FIELD DAY EVENT (Free entry)
Lodge Farm Field, Calico Lane
MAY 21st 2016
12 noon – 6pm
- Live Bands – various styles
- Walthew House VIPs Steelband
- Refreshments tents (Beer/tea/coffee)
- Stalls (Dealers, tabletop sales, charity, local organisations)
- Family games (PAS) at 1pm
- Children’s entertainments
- Dog Show at 3pm
- Huge Raffle
- Information tent – all about COGS
Dog Show starts 3pm (register before 2.30pm at info tent)
Enquiries or to book stalls ring 01663 744764
COGS (Community Organising Green Space) Furness Vale Registered Charity No 1154212
Local residents are being asked their views on proposals to stop paying for local bus services and community transport to help us deal with the biggest budget cuts in our history.
By 2020, the funding we get from central government is expected to be more than a third less than in 2010.
This means we need to review what we spend on paying for local bus services which don’t carry enough passengers to be run commercially (subsidised buses).
We’re also reviewing the amount of money we give to Derbyshire’s six community transport schemes to run Dial-a-Bus (DAB) ‘shopping buses’.
We’re already scaling back on our support for DAB services meaning that from this year we will fund one of these trips a week for every community, town or village, to a nearby town centre or supermarket. Some areas currently have several services a week.
But we are now putting forward further proposals to help save £4.4m on transport costs.
The new proposals are to:
- Withdraw all county council funding for subsidised buses from October 2017. This means that unless they can be run commercially they will stop.
- Withdraw all county council funding for DAB services from October 2017. This means that unless they can be funded from elsewhere they will stop.
- Provide some funding – £1.3m – for a new Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service. This could be used by passengers currently using subsidised buses and those using DAB.
- Provide a new Door-to-Door Plus service for people who currently use DAB but would be unable to use the proposed DRT service.
DRT services would have to be booked. Passengers then turn up at a named location, on a specific day and at a given time. The drop off point is usually a nearby town.
Councillor Dean Collins, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:
“We are facing unprecedented cuts and must review all our services, particularly those, like subsidised buses and community transport, that by law, we do not have to provide.
“We know from previous consultations that public and community transport is vital to helping people get out and about, enabling them to maintain their independence and wellbeing, but unfortunately, the fact is, we just don’t have the money to continue funding these services to the level we have previously, so we need to look at running things differently.”
Following previous consultation, from 1 April 2016, the Gold Card flat-rate return fare will increase from £2 to £3 after 67 per cent of Gold Card holders who responded to a proposal to raise the fare indicated they would be prepared to pay the higher price.
Originally it had also been proposed to withdraw funding for aCTive Travel journeys to healthcare services but these will now continue until 2020, using money from reserves.
Councillor Collins added:
“We do listen to residents’ feedback. This is why, although they could be run by a different operator, we are continuing with transport to healthcare for the most vulnerable, because it was clear from the original consultation that these were vital services for people who would have no other way of getting to essential appointments.
“No decisions have yet been made on these latest proposals and I would encourage people to take part in this new consultation so we are well aware of the public’s view of our plans.”
The consultation will run for eight weeks until Sunday 24 April 2016.
Printed copies will also be available from local libraries and community transport schemes.
The Kinder Children’s Choirs of the High Peak have been one of the major success stories of the cultural life of Derbyshire since their formation in 1991 by their conductor Joyce Ellis. Famously, auditions are not required to join the Choirs; neither are children precluded for reason of cost, with bursaries being given when needed. The organisation embraces a holistic approach promoting traditional familial values, personal development and responsibility of its young members.
The choirs perform regularly in a wide variety of venues including cathedrals and national concert halls, as well as all over Derbyshire. Highlights of this last season include a concert for H.R.H. Prince Edward at Chatsworth and concerts in Normandy. 2016 is the 25th Anniversary of the choirs. Exciting events are planned including concerts in special and beautiful venues such as Buxton Opera House, Buckfast Abbey and Exeter Cathedral.
If the kids fancy a spot of sleuthing in the park on Easter Sunday, then why not pop down to the Whaley Bridge Memorial Park on Easter Sunday (27th March) at 3pm, and join in the fun!
All welcome. The event is being run by the Uniting Church.
St Patrick’s Irish Night, on Tuesday 15th March at 7.30pm at Whaley Bridge Bowling Club
Music, Hot Pot Super (Beef, Lamb, Chicken or Vegetarian), Raffle
Tickets: £6.00 (including food) available from Footsteps
All proceeds to Footsteps, Whaley Bridge