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Community and history for the over 50s........
All meetings at Brackenfield Church Hall from 10:30 to 12:30 £3.00 admission (includes tea/coffee and cake) - If this will be your first visit, please contact Mike on 01773 521557 or 07940 510531

Tuesday 6th November: Doug Bradbury (MBE): Life and Times of a Farrier
Based in Clay Cross and curator of his own museum, Doug received his MBE in recognition of his work as a senior examiner and trainer of apprentices and has many tales to tell of his life working with horses (including pit ponies).

Tuesday 11th December: Martha Lawrence: Brackenfield Pottery Martha is Curator of Archaeology at Sheffield Museum. She will be bringing some of the finds from the 1972 excavation of pottery kilns at Woolley.

Tuesday 8th January: Richard Booth: Ashover Light Railway. Richard is Chairman of the Ashover Light Railway Society and he will be giving a presentation about the history of the railway.

Local History Cafe - Update

The Brackenfield LHC got off to a really good start with fifteen people attending the first session on Tuesday 9th October. Katherine Brown and Chrissie Van Mierlo from Crafting Relationships introduced the project. Christine gave an overview of some of Brackenfield's history, arising from work being done for the Neighbourhood Plan. Photos prompted stimulating discussion about life before the reservoir, the Ashover Light Railway, Amber Valley Camp School and the Green before it was
levelled and when water had to be fetched from the spring near Trinity Chapel. There was plenty of chat over drinks and cake and ideas for future sessions were discussed. The next dates are Tuesday 6th November, Tuesday 11th December at Tuesday 8th January. If you missed the first session but would like to come along please contact Mike on 01773 521557 or 07940 510531.

Table Top Sale - a sucessful afternoon

There was quite a social buzz in the Church Hall on Saturday 6th October, where ten "table toppers" filled the space with all kinds of goods and customers dropped in to catch a bargain, a hot drink and delicious homemade cake.

A Sucessful Italian Evening

We have received some lovely messages following the very successful Italian Night:

"Thanks for a super night..we really enjoyed ourselves" & "The food and wine was lovely and so much choice!! Everyone was so


Hopefully another night will be organised for 2019

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