Heritage Cafe - Ashover Light Railway -8 January 2019
Richard gave an informative, engaging and entertaining overview of the history of the Light Railway (Passenger and Freight) which ran from 1925 to 1950. The talk was supported by lots of powerful photos of the route, engines, carriages, local industrial sites such as quarries and social occasions. The audience appreciated the detailed description of General Jackson's Clay Cross Company, which was huge in its day, being the largest company in Europe at one point. It was interesting to hear that thousands of visitors flocked to Ashover for their “holiday” from Clay Cross and to see photos and technical drawings of the End of the Rainbow Cafe.
Richard explained, in layman's terms, some of the complexity and engineering challenges of building the railway, which was an impressive undertaking and built on a very tight budget using reclaimed parts and spares from elsewhere. Sadly, though very well used, it was not maintained and fell into dis-repair, eventually being superseded by lorries and passenger buses.
After a brief break, Richard concluded his talk with an account of the Ashover Light Railway Society and their ambitions to reconstruct the Cafe, for which they have all the parts and drawings. This would make an excellent museum and education centre as well as a cafe. Ideally, this would be at Ashover Butts but they are also looking at recreating a section of railway at Rowsley.
Fantastic talk. Very enjoyable. Nice company and refreshments. Well worth coming to.
Lovely to have such a knowledgeable speaker who is passionate about this subject.
Heritage Cafe - January 2019
Ashover Light Railway
Richard Booth, Chairman of the Ashover Light Railway Society, will give a presentation about the history of this former narrow gauge freight and passenger line, part of which ran through the Amber Valley, from around 1925 to 1950. There are remnants of the track bed submerged under Ogston Reservoir.
Brackenfield Heritage Cafe
Social get togethers for the over 50s with a focus on local history. Meetings usually take place at Brackenfield Church Hall, from 10:30am to 12:30pm, with a guest speaker. Admission is £3.00 per person on the door and includes refreshments. Open to residents of Brackenfield, Wessington and the surrounding areas. Please get in touch if you would like to come along, so we know how much cake we need!
Heritage Cafe - December 2018
Martha Jasko-Lawrence, Curator of Archaeology at Museums Sheffield, brought some fascinating examples of mediaeval Brackenfield Pottery to show the group. These were all finds from the kilns which were excavated in 1972 after local farmer, Mr Prue, found some pottery sherds in his fields. The collection has moved round several museums over the past forty years and is now stored in the archives in Sheffield, so it was good to give some pieces an airing. One member of the group took part in
the dig and was delighted to see the finds again after forty six years. Thanks to Stuart Band for additional photographs.
Feedback was as follows: "Lovely opportunity to meet local people and find out about local history" & "Very interesting and friendly, pity it's only once a month"
Friday 14th December 2018 at 6.30pm at Brackenfield Church Hall
Christmas Tree Switch On Ceremony - Guest appearance by Santa on his Sleigh!
Bring a weatherproof decoration to hang on the Tree, Refreshments from 6.30pm: Mulled wine and a mince pie (£2.00), Prosecco and a mince pie (£3.50), Mince pie (50p), Children's squash free
Lights Switch On at 6.45pm followed by Carol Singing + Christmas Raffle 50p or £2.00 a strip
Christmas Welcome Ring Workshop
Thursday 13th December 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at Brackenfield Church Hall
Make your own traditional door welcome ring. £25 including all materials and refreshments. To book contact Gilly on 07926 189366
This is a repeat of last year's event which was enjoyed by all: "It was good fun; a really enjoyable social event and my Christmas ring was much admired!"