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Centenary room open day

Open day for the new village hall extension was held on Sunday 25th March. Visitors were encouraged to inspect the newly built community room, as well as the changing rooms and toilets completed in 2014.

Representatives on the various subsections of the club were present, as well as other interested parties. Complimentary refreshments were provided.

Lots of local people attended on a beautiful spring afternoon, as well as members of the management committee of the Club. Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire visited during the afternoon, and was very supportive of the efforts of Ridgeway  in  providing such excellent community facilities.

The Sports & Social Club was formed as a war memorial to the first world war. 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of that war and so on the day the main village hall was named as the ‘Memorial Hall’, and the new extension was named as the ‘Centenary Room’.

 

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New hall extension complete.

The new extension to the Village Hall is now substantially complete. Bult of matching brick and tile materials, the new extension forms an unobtrusive addition to the existing village hall building.

Work was started in September, and the extension has been built and fitted out to a high standard.

The extension comprises a main room of 65 sq. metres, which is about one half the size of the main hall.
It is a thoroughly modern building, with up to date levels of insulation. There is under-floor heating, supplied by a high efficiency boiler. The lighting is all LED.

There is also a good sized storeroom which also houses a small kitchenette, and a corridor linking to the existing changing rooms and toilets.

We were helped greatly by a grant of £48,000 from Biffa Award, part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

It is expected that the new room, once commissioned, will come into use in the early part of 2018.

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Busy Farmers and Craft Market

Sunday’s Craft and Farmers Market was a busy affair. Despite the time of year,  the weather was ideal, and a record number of people attended.

Stalls included artisan bread, cheese, preserves, locally reared meats, mushrooms, handmade chocolates, cakes, honey and draught and bottled real ales. Lots to buy and lots to eat and drink on-site.

Lots of lovely Christmas gifts were available – a wide range of crafts, including jewellery, candles, soaps, cards, bespoke clocks, pens, textiles and much more.

There were songs with a seasonal flavour  from a local singer, Renate Reynolds.

Mulled wine, mince pies, tea and coffee were prepared by volunteers of the Sports & Social club and were very popular.

 

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New Hall Extension to go ahead

We are pleased to announce that the proposed extension to the village hall is to go ahead.

Planning permission was obtained last year, and we have now received the confirmation of a grant of £48,000 toward the building costs. This grant comes from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to communities and environmental projects across the UK.

Mick Mason, Chair of Ridgeway Memorial Community and Sports Centre said: ‘This Biffa Award grant is fantastic news, not just for the club, but for the whole community.  The new extension will give us more room to hold an even wider variety of activities to benefit everyone, especially the range of activities we can offer during the day.

Work is planned to start as soon as possible, and we hope to be completed by late November 2017.

 

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Coffee & Cake Afternoon well attended

The recent Coffee & Cake Afternoon held by the Ridgeway in Bloom team was very well attended.Held in the village hall, there was lots of interest for visitors.

Chesterfield Canal Trust was present with their mobile information trailer. Eckington Town Team was represented with its Heritage Trail.  Moss Valley Wildlife Group had information and leaflets about the wildlife and geography of the beautiful Moss Valley. Handley Rose Nursery was selling a variety of roses and there was an exhibition of Ridgeway history.

Refreshments were available, with a selection of biscuits and cakes. The afternoon was a success, and funds were raised for  ‘Ridgeway in Bloom’.

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Lively Craft and Farmers market

Sunday’s Craft and Farmers Market was a busy affair despite the cold weather. Lots of people attended, and the weather stayed fine, despite storm ‘Angus’ causing havoc in southern England.

Stalls included artisan bread, cheese, preserves, locally reared meats, mushrooms, handmade chocolates, cakes, honey and draught and bottled real ales. Lots to buy and lots to eat and drink on-site.

Lots of lovely Christmas gifts were available – a wide range of crafts, including jewellery, candles, soaps, cards, bespoke clocks, pens, textiles and much more.little-things-5

Mulled wine, mince pies, tea and coffee were prepared by volunteers of the Sports & Social club and were very popular.

Atmospheric live music on site, from a local singer, and Bessemer Brass, a local brass quartet.

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Annual Carnival is a hit

carnival4carnival2The 2016 Ridgeway Carnival took place on the 10th July, and was a resounding success.

Despite poor forecasts, the weather on the day was good, with only a small rain shower mid-afternoon. There were lots of stall and attractions;

carnival1carnival3Funfair – Dog show – Punch & Judy – Fire engine – Giant inflatable bumpers

Goal Shoot – Army display.

 

Refreshments were available, as well as Strawberries, Pimms  and Prosecco.  Hot Dogs and Burgers were cooked at the on-site barbequeue, and hot roast pork sandwiches were available.

Punch and Judy 3Outside hallThe fully stocked bar was open inthe main hall, and an outside bar was operating at the top end of the field. Entertainment was provided by the Paradise Steel Band.

 

 

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New website

Hello! and welcome to www.ridgeway.club

Welcome to the new website of Ridgeway Sports & Social club.  The site has been re-engineered to allow the web team to create new content easily. We hope you will enjoy visiting.

The site has information about the Village Hall, and the sports clubs and other users.

As you can see, www.ridgeway.club is our new address, which is much easier to remember.

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Sad News

The Board of Management has been saddened to hear of the death of Mick Rudd, a lifelong village resident,  and a member of the Board as part of his long involvement as Secretary of Ridgeway Athletic FC.   Our condolences go to Mandy and Stephanie at this sad  time.

Mick’s funeral is to be held on Friday the 4th December at 1:00 pm at Ridgeway Church followed by a cremation at Brimington cemetery.

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