Work has been completed recently to completely replace the old gents and ladies toilets in the Memorial Hall. With modern fixtures and fittings, tiled throughout and with energy saving fittings for bothy energy and water usage, both toilet areas are a vast improvement on the old ones. In addition the soffits, fascias, guttering and fall pipes on the patio have been replaced and new energy saving lighting has been fitted, including an an extra light to make the patio much brighter for users. The patio lights now come on at the same time as the driveway lights.
The AGM of the Sports and Social Club Board of Management will be held on Tuesday the 18th June at 7:30 pm in the Memorial Hall. All are welcome to attend. The Committe is always interested in people who may be willing to stand on the Coommitte and become a trustee of the club. The club is a focal point of the village for community events but always needs help and new people to take on the running of this charity for the present and future generations.
Work is ongoing to replace the old outdated toilets in the Memorial Hall. The new gents toilets are already finished and the ladies toilets are in progress. This work is being done without affecting the day to day operation of the hall or its users.
Ridgeway Tennis Club kicks off it’s summer season wth an Open Day on Sunday the 7th April from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Junior and Adult tennis coaching starting on Monday the 8th April – 5:30 to 6:30 for juniors at £3 per session and for adults from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for adults at £4 per hour.
Go to the ‘Sports’ link at the top of the page and then go to the tennis club website where you will find more details.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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’.