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Whitwell Community Orchard Free Family Fun Day on 23 August 2023

Book your place on the Community Orchard Family Fun Day – see flyer for more details.

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Extreme Wheels Summer Holiday Tour Dates 2023

Whitwell Parish Council continue to provide funding for Extreme Wheels Holiday provision in Whitwell providing a range of Action and Extreme sports sessions throughout the summer holidays

Please make use of this free to use facility on your doorstep, no need to book, just turn up.

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Whitwell Parish Council are pleased to announce that the new playground equipment on the QE11 Welbeck Street Recreation Ground will officially be declared open by the King’s representative the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire CBE at the Whitwell Gala event on Welbeck Street Recreation Ground on Saturday 24 June 2023.

The Gala will be held from 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm with the official opening scheduled for 2.15 pm.

Representatives from the three funders, Tarmac, Veolia and Viridor who supported this huge £250,193.00 project are also invited to attend.

More details about the Gala can be found here:-

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Extreme Wheels Roadshow

The Extreme Wheels Roadshow will be visiting Whitwell at Easter on 5 April and 14 April 2023 1-3 pm at the Bakestone Moor Recreation Ground.

These are free sessions so just turn up – see flyer below for details:-

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Help Whitwell Parish Council Plant a Second Orchard Hedge

As part of Bolsover District Council’s (BDC) Community Woodlands Project We are creating a traditional village orchard for Whitwell.

We have 670 hedging whips to plant in a 112m long double row of mixed native species hedgerow.  This will be amazing for wildlife and provide much needed shelter for the orchard and bungalows.

Staff and pupils from Whitwell Junior school, Scouts and Guides, Parish Councillors, the Bolsover Community Woodlands project and community volunteers came together to plant the first 270 native hedging whips for National Tree Week.

You are now invited to join volunteers on Saturday 14th January between 10.00am-3.00pm to help plant a further 670 whips along the boundary. You will need to wear protective clothing, wellies or sturdy boots and bring gardening gloves, spades and wheelbarrows if you have them please.

Katherine Church, BDC’s Community Woodlands Project Officer is organising the day so please get in contact with her or the Parish Council if you have any questions or would like to let her know you are coming email:  Tel: 01246 242414.

It would also be good to form an orchard planning and support group with residents involved, so please let the Parish Council know if this would interest you.

Planting of orchard fruit trees will be arranged for Wednesday 22nd February.  We have selected a date during half term in the hope that children will be able to attend with their families, as those that attended the hedge planting with school really enjoyed the experience.

Please see the plan below to help you find the orchard, which is the triangle piece of land (points A-D) on the outskirts of the village accessible via a footpath from Claylands Road (point E).


Armistice Event

This year’s Armistice Event will be held on Sunday 13 November 2022.

The parade will assemble 10.15 am at Bakestone Moor to march off at 10.30 am, arriving in The Square at 10.50 am. The service will be conducted by the Rev Keith Cocking.

Please note , road closures will be in place as per the map below:-

9.00 am-12.00 part closure marked in blue, 10.45am-12.00 full closure marked in red.

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Extreme Wheels Roadshow coming to Whitwell at Half Term on 1 June 2022 between 1-3 pm, Bakestone Moor Recreation Ground

Free sessions – just turn up!


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons

Good viewpoints for the Whitwell beacon are:

The public footpath over the tunnel top; The top of the bunding at the end of Franklin Avenue; Whitwell Station either platform or up on the footbridge.

Please collect paper copies between 7pm to 8.30pm from the Whitwell Community Centre car park

Whitwell and Hodthorpe with Belph Parish Councils are proud to be part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and Associated Activities on June 2, 2022. Whitwell and Hodthorpe with Belph has announced plans to light a Beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the evening of Thursday, June 2, 2022.

The Beacon is one of thousands being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth, and forms part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee Weekend.

The Beacon will be lit at the Tarmac Quarry Tunnel Top and will be visible in surrounding villages.  It will be one of over 2,022 lit by charities, communities and faith groups all over the UK.

Both Councils are extremely grateful to Tarmac Quarry Whitwell who have generously constructed the Beacon, at their own expense, and permitted it to be sited within their boundary.

In addition, beacons will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals and the Principal Beacon lighting will take place in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. This will take the form of a lighting installation with The Queen’s Green Canopy ’Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections onto the front of Buckingham Palace. This innovative new way of taking part in the beacon lighting will reflect the Royal Family’s long history championing environmental causes.

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Beacons said; “Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, thousands of beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.  They will enable local communities to join together to pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events.

“For the first time, town criers, pipers, buglets and choirs from the UK and the Commonwealth will come together to join in the celebrations in their own individual and special way. It is wonderful to see the range of support for beacon lighting, which will highlight both the diversity and unity of the nation and the Commonwealth. The Queen has lit up our lives for 70 years through her dedicated service and commitment. We would like to light up the nation and the Commonwealth in her honour.”

Tom Munro, Chair Whitwell Parish Council said; “We are proud to be part of this momentous celebration. It is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked with beacons and music. We are honoured to be part of this special event for Her Majesty, The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth on her Platinum Jubilee.”

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and Associated Activities have been conceived and organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek and his dedicated team.

Timeline for many Beacons lightings, although events might change at individual locations

·  From 7pm to 8.30pm leaflets for a Family Friendly Stroll around the parish will be available from the Whitwell Community Centre car park.

·  At 9.35pm local time across the UK and Commonwealth, traditional and Northumbrian pipers and pipe bands will play Diu Regnare, a unique tune specially written for the occasion  by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, the world’s leading piper.

·  At 9.40pm buglers linked to local beacon lightings across the UK and the capital cities of the Commonwealth will officially announce the lighting of the beacons with a  specially written bugle call, entitled Majesty.

·  Then at 9.45pm exactly local time, and to coincide with the lighting of the beacons, community choirs across all nations will sing Song for the Commonwealth,which has been written and composed by Lucy Keily, from Australia and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu from Nigeria.

Details of the event and those taking part can be viewed by going to the Guide to Taking Part found at

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RAIL SAFETY AWARENESS PROJECT with Free Multi-Sports/Football Training Sessions

Whitwell Parish Council has match funded this project being held at the MUGA/skate park at Bakestone Moor on Wednesdays 8-9pm, organised by Bolsover District Council and EMR Community Rail Partnership. The project will promote rail safety awareness along with free sports and will be held every Wednesday until the end of March 2022.

Please come – all welcome to attend.

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Whitwell Parish Council Summer Club 2019

This year’s Parish Council Summer Holiday Club will take place from 22 July – 9 August 2019

There will be 3 weeks of fun filled days for children in full-time education aged 4-11

The cost is £6 per day for children who live in Whitwell and £9 per day for non-residents.  This includes 2 fruit snacks and drinks (packed lunches are required).

The Holiday Club is held at Whitwell Primary School

Registration Forms and covering letter are now available to download here: