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Flower Festival in Brackenfield Church & Art and Embroidery in The Church Hall

Sat 25th May 10am-6pm, Sunday 26th May 10am-6pm & Monday 27th May 10am-6pm

Light Refreshments in The Church noon-4pm

All proceeds to support The Church Hall

Recent Heritage Cafe

The Heritage Cafe was once again very well attended for Julia Hickey's stimulating talk about the Babington family, the religious and political context leading up to the plots to assassinate Queen Elizabeth 1 and the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots at Wingfield Manor. The thirty mile exclusion zone wherever Mary was housed, certainly cramped the style of Bess of Hardwick, who's fourth husband, George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, was her custodian at times.

The next speaker, on Tuesday 4th June at 1030am, will be Michael Parkin on the Pentrich Revolution.

April Spring Walk

A relaxing and sociable three-mile walk was enjoyed by 16 local people and 5 dogs, led by Peter Pilsbury. The morning closed with a well-deserved cup of tea and cake.

Thanks to all the organisers, helpers and supporters.

Local Elections

North East Derbyshire District Council is holding a further briefing session for prospective election candidates for the forthcoming local elections in May 2019.

The briefing session will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 13 March 2019 at North East Derbyshire District Council, District Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG and will last approx. one hour.

The briefing will be hosted by the Returning Officer, Dan Swaine and will cover the nomination process, key dates of the election timetable, the election campaign, polling day and arrangements for the verification and count of the votes.

The briefing is open to all candidates and agents. It will be relevant to first time candidates or those standing again who require a refresh on the process.

All potential candidates and elections agents are welcome to attend but are asked to contact the Electoral Services Team to register their interest either by emailing or by telephone on 01246 217058.

Heritage Cafe visit to Derby Museum

The Heritage Cafe visit to Derby Museum and Art Gallery was a huge success and we are grateful to Lucy Bamford, Senior Curator of Art and the Joseph Wright Collection, for her fascinating and absorbing insight into Joseph Wright of Derby and his work. Renowned throughout the world, Derby is proud to house the largest collection of paintings and drawings by this artist of the 18th century "Age of Enlightenment". An hour was barely time to scratch the surface and some of the group plan to return. The exhibition of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, some so small that a magnifying glass was required to see the detail, was an added bonus and
there was also time for drinks, snacks and chat in the Museum cafe. The painting being discussed is "A Philosopher giving a Lecture on the Orrery" (1766)

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