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Life Support/Defibrillator Training

You may be aware that about four years ago we were fortunate in obtaining a defibrillator for the village, from East Midlands Ambulance Service. It is kept on the wall of the Church Hall. EMAS also provided a training session for twenty villagers. There have recently been a few requests for another training session for new people or as a refresher. We would have to pay £500 upwards this time, depending on numbers, however there are grants we can apply for and we hope to raise funds towards this at the picnic in July. It would most likely be a three hour session one Saturday in late 2017/early 2018. In order to seek funding we need to demonstrate sufficient interest, so please let us know asap if you would like to take part. Phone 01773 521557 or email:

Neighbourhood Plan

There was an excellent turn out of 34 for the meeting on 9th February. Joe Dugdale, from Rural Action Derbyshire, gave a summary of the Neighbourhood Planning process and explained how this sits in the context of Local and National Government. After a lively discussion and sharing of views, there was a show of hands to decide whether Brackenfield should begin the process of developing a Neighbourgood Plan. This was agreed by a two-thirds majority and seven people offered to form the steering group, with two more coming forward after the meeting. The Parish Council is applying to the County Council to establish Brackenfield as a Neighbourhood Area, after which we will be able to apply for a grant to assist with costs. The steering group will convene and plan first steps, with the guidance of Joe Dugdale. If anyone who was not able to attend the meeting would like to join the steering group, please call 01773 521557 or email

Picnic On The Green

We are continuing to plan for this village event on Sunday 16th July 2017. We hope that as many Brackenfield residents as possible will come along with family, friends and a picnic from 1pm to 5pm. Well behaved pets on a lead are welcome. Children are also welcome to come with their parents/guardians, who will be responsible for them at all times. Please remember to bring picnic chairs if you need them and/or rugs and umbrellas if the weather is unkind (or for sun shade!) The Church Hall will be open so we can use the toilets and in case of wet weather. There will be opportunity for chatting with neighbours old and new, to find out what is going on in Brackenfield and how to get involved and to suggest ideas for the future. There will be information about the Neighbourhood Plan Process and Village Association. 

There will also be plenty of music and fun: 

• Fire engine and crew from Alfreton
• Our local Police Community Support Officer, Kate Hodnett
• Red Cross First Aider on site
• Drinks on sale, provided by The Plough
• Local History tales and stories
• Village Map...where do we live
• Music provided by Gypsy Jazz
• Family Treasure Hunt
• Welly Wanging competition
• Raffle (main prize, a night in The Lake District)
• Coconut shy; skittles
• Face Painting
• Drawing and colouring

Save The Date: Sunday Afternoon July 16th 2017 from 1pm to 5pm. Bring your own picnic for an afternoon of music, fun, meeting neighbours old and new. Activities for children. For more information contact

New Website For Brackenfield Village

There have been a few developments since a little group of Brackenfield folk started planning the “Picnic on the Green” gettogether for July 2017. Councillor Barry Lewis kindly offered a grant from the Members' Community Leadership Scheme, to help towards costs. We soon realised that in order to accept the grant and to obtain the necessary public liability insurance for the picnic, we would need to become a “constituted association.” We have, therefore established the Brackenfield Village Association with a committee of five people to start things going.

Many villages now have their own websites and they are a great way of sharing information and news, advertising events and businesses, cataloguing local history and linking to other organisations such as churches and Parish Councils, for example. Now that we are starting a Neighbourhood Plan it is really important that we can communicate clearly and easily with as many people as possible, whilst remembering of course, that not everyone is connected to the internet. Councillor Lewis is very supportive and has provided a grant of £465 from the Members' Community Leadership Scheme to pay for technical support to get a website up and running. Richard Smith, from Uxello Website Design is building the website and Martin Philips, who is a member of the Parish Council, is working with Richard to co-ordinate the design and content of the website, which is

If you have information, pictures or suggestions about what to include please contact Martin at There may also be businesses and organisations in and around Brackenfield who would like to be represented on the website and Martin is keen to hear from them. Martin has also launched an embryonic Facebook page: brackenfieldvillage. Do have a look and “like” it to keep in touch.

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