Working Groups

The responses to our consultations suggested to us that as well as Communication & Engagement, there are 2 key areas in which to focus the efforts of Big Local; People and Place and these have resulted in six working groups being identified.  For more information about the groups and their projects, please click on the links below:

As well as the projects that are already up and running, we are always keen to hear about new project ideas and to welcome volunteers to sign up to groups to drive ideas forward. Please see the Events section of this website for details of working group meeting dates or contact our support workers Dallas Asher on 07825 183569 or Karin Evangelides on 07825 294346 who will also be able to provide information about our current volunteering opportunities.

The role of the Working Groups is to:

  • Raise awareness and involvement
  • Try to understand the main issues, locally
  • Assess the challenges and barriers
  • Establish a number of long-term goals
  • Set down some short-term milestones
  • Develop an Action Plan
  • Collect the evidence and review progress

We want to involve as many local people as possible so if you are interested in joining one of the Working Groups, please contact our support workers Dallas Asher on 07825 183569 or Karin Evangelides on 07825 294346 for more information.

Living Environment Working Group

The Living Environment Working Group's aim is to make the village centres more attractive for local people and visitors, to promote Grassmoor and Hasland's existing offer and attract new interest from outside the area from both visitors and inward investment.

The group has worked with various local groups and businesses to enhance the seasonal appeal on the high street including Christmas Trees for local businesses and summer flowering displays in Hasland village centre and environmental projects such as the wildflower project to raise awareness about biodiversity, bees and pollination.

Recent activities have been setting up a Village in Bloom Competition for Grassmoor whom are not included Chesterfield in Bloom, there are three catorgories to apply for from the whole garden to something smaller like a planter or hanging basket, you can find details of how to apply here. If you would like to share your ideas or get involved, please get in touch.

Community Facilities Working Group

The Community Facilities Working Group has the aspiration for the equitable provision and quality of facilities in the two villages, in particular with the natural community hubs, community gardens, allotments and parks.

 Hasland Hub and Barnes Park Pavilion 

We have established bases for the Support Workers at Grassmoor Community Centre (GCC) and the Hub at Penmore Business Centre in Hasland to give residents easy access to GHBL and a place for Board and Working Groups to meet. One of the longer term aspirations identified throughout our consultations has been the provision of a Hasland Hub. A Specification & Appraisal Framework has been developed to guide organisations interested in developing a proposal on the expectations of the GHBL Partnership for any potential hub. Alongside this, the group is working with Grassmoor Parish Council to support the development of the Barnes Park Pavilion rebuild project. 

Defibrillators Defibrillator in Eastwood Park

The group has overseen the installation of defibrillators at Grassmoor Methodist Church and in Hasland at the Working Men's Club, Eastwood Park Sports Pavilion and Hasland Resource Centre.  Staff and volunteers have been trained to use these by East Midlands Ambulance Service and our thanks go to the organisations hosting the units. The group is now looking into the possibility of installing more units in the villages and identifying suitable locations for these.


Spare ThymeSpare Thyme Community Allotment

The Spare Thyme community allotment project aims to offer a community or shared allotment to a range of residents from both villages. The project has had a very successful first season and the plot has produced a good crop of various vegetables and fruitsThe small but energetic group of gardeners are planning next year’s planting are seeking more members to help with the gardening and to enjoy the produce – if you are interested, please contact Philip Arrandale on 07759 795927.



 Mill Lane Allotments

In Grassmoor, Mill Lane Allotments were assisted to have running water and publicly accessible toilets installed to support the allotments to engage with the local community. The Allotments held their first Open Day in 2015 and are planning to repeat this in August 2018. For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eastwood Skate Park

Another exciting development that the group has delivered is Eastwood Park’s Skate Wheels Park with funding support from Viridor and GHBL, and working in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council. This facility has been sought after for many years and the young people of Hasland were instrumental in the design and decision making for this project. Opened in 2017 it has already become a well-used facility that receives great feedback from its users.

Green & Open Spaces Working Group

GOSWG Kissing GateThe Green & Open Spaces Working Group's aim is to develop the range of community assets associated with the walkways and green infrastructure which link the two communities of Grassmoor and Hasland and their surrounding areas.

The Green & Open Spaces working group (GOSWG) volunteers have worked with statutory bodies over recent years to open up and improve footpaths and green spaces in and around the communities of Hasland and Grassmoor, replacing stiles with gates to enable many walkers who previously found the paths inaccessible to enjoy our fantastic countryside.

Continued minor maintenance has been undertaken on the footpaths with planning for improvement tasks for next spring taking place. A latest Avenue Footpath implementation meeting took place in December with NEDDC, DCC at Mill Lane. It received new impetus with a firm action plan promised for the next meeting in January. Key information expected at that meeting includes: -

Engineered scheme and budget costings for the Green to the Avenue, confirmation off anticipated start date (currently August 2019)

Update on progress with Network Rail regarding the path from Ingleton Road to the Avenue and update on the adoption of the Bridge over the railway at the Mill Lane end of the Avenue Washlands / Avenue Country Park.

When all permanent access points are complete the Avenue Country Park and the Lagoons section  of the Grassmoor Country Park is open to the public, the group can finally prioritise round walk routes, signage and where agreed, interpretation boards, seating and Geocaching.




EPPC ShelterAnother exciting project was the construction of a petanque facility in Eastwood Park which was opened in 2016 and attracted over 50 members during its first few weeks.  Offering moderate exercise in a friendly sociable setting, Easwood Park Petanque Club now offers several sessions a week.  The paved area adjacent to the court has recently been extended and a new shelter constructed to ensure that members can play all year round. The club is well established now in the Mercia Petanque Region that takes in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. AGM is set to be held on 21st February 2019 

at Hasland Working Men's Club ( subject to confirmation)

For more information about session times please see our poster or contact the Club Secretary on 01246 550392 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Friends of Grassmoor Country Park 

100 trees planted by FOGCP

FGCP was set up early in 2018 as a result of the Green and Opens Spaces Working Group  identifying that Grassmoor Country Park still has great potential for further development .  The group's aim is to work with Derbyshire County Council and other partners on initiatives to develop GCP into a more attractive, usable and relative green space for local communities. The group organises various activities throughout the year - for more information please contact Peter Myers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Friends of Grassmoor Country Park have had a successful first year which has seen a new car park constructed. Volunteers have been extremely active coppicing, ground clearing in various areas and tree and shrub planting to improve diversity. An Ecology Survey was carried out on behalf of Friends of Grassmoor Country Park that has resulted in the park receiving Derbyshire Wildlife Trust designation. Please see here for the Grassmoor Country Park Ecological Survey report.


Please click here for our GOSWG- EPPC - FoGCP August update!

Senior Citizens Working Group

The Senior Citizens Working Group aims to support inclusive social activities across a range of interests which provide older people with opportunities to engage and participate within their community.

Coffee Tea ITCoffee, Tea & IT Plus Generation Games

Coffee, Tea and IT Plus, a project that enables older residents to bring in their electronic devices and learn how to send emails, shop online and get in touch with friends. Running alongside these sessions are Generation Games physical activities and most recently Strictly No Falling with three volunteers, David Maric, Barbara Arandale and Kyle Wall-Billyeald, now qualified to instruct Chair Based Exercise. Sessions run throughout the year, every Thursday in Hasland, for more details please click here or contact our GHBL Support Workers.



Men In ShedsMen In Sheds 2

The Men in Sheds (MiS) project encourages likeminded individuals (men and women) to get together to make and repair wooden items which are then sold at community events to generate an income and has also been commissioned to make garden furniture and other items for local groups.  The group meets every Tuesday and Friday at 2-5pm in their workshop at the rear of Grassmoor Methodist Church and are always keen to welcome new members. If you want to learn new skills or share your passion for repairing things, then come along and have a chat or call Rob on 01246 852467.



Grassmoor Past & Present History Group

Grassmoor Past and Present is a new local history project set up under GHBL. The project is in its infancy but already has a Facebook page that is open to members to post their memories, photographs and knowledge of the village and its history. You can access the Facebook page by clicking on to the following link. Members of all ages are welcome to attend our monthly meeting at Grassmoor Community Centre, dates can be found in the events calendar of our website and below together with minutes of our meetings.

The guiding committee has identified the following research topics;-

  • Mill Lane Allotments - history attached to Chatsworth Estates
  • Grassmoor Community Centre
  • Barnes Colliery
  • World Wars Cenotaph Project
  • Grassmoor Families
  • Grassmoor - when it was established, how it developed, undiscovered treasures

Anyone interested in finding out more or joining the group, please contact Karin Evangelides through Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Minutes of 21st November 2018 here

Minutes of 24th January 2018 here

Dates of meetings 2019 here



Working Age Families Working Group

The Working Age Families Working Group is focusing on activites to increase employability skills, community enterprise and business engagement and to tackle issues such as financial exclusion, healthy eating and social isolation.

DUWC Advice Sessions

To ensure people have access to support on issues such as debt and financial exclusion GHBL has commissioned Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre to run drop in sessions at Hasland Hub every Wednesday afternoon between 1.30 - 3.30pm. Similar sessions are held at Grassmoor Community Centre on Thursday mornings between 10am - 12noon, funded by the Parish Council.

Pit Stop Diner

The Pit Stop Diner (PSD) at Grassmoor Community Centre was set up to alleviate loneliness, build community cohesion and tackle food waste. The PSD runs on the first Saturday of the month and uses food provided by Fare Share and Tesco that would otherwise go to landfill. Through this project we have been able to offer volunteers the opportunity to gain experience in hospitality and food handling and some of our volunteers have gained Food Hygiene qualifications. Responsibility for this popular and successful project has recently been taken over by Grassmoor Community Centre. 

Residents tell us that they like the welcoming environment of PSD and how it brings the community together to enjoy a great low cost meal together. GHBL Volunteers assist with preparing and serving the food and, as well as learning skills such as working as part of a team, many have gained Food Hygiene qualifications, skills which can help them into employment.

 Community Cinema

Another successful project, the Community Cinema funded by Star People, was started in Grassmoor to give local people the chance to see the latest films at an affordable cost. Film showings take place throughout the year and have proved to be very popular, with craft activities before showings awarding prizes for the best work, and the option to bring along your own food or purchase refreshments from the café, these events give families the opportunities to relax and socialise together at a fraction of the usual cost. Showings are supported by volunteers, helping them gain valuable skills in event management and custome service.

Children & Young People Working Group

The Children & Young People's Working Group's focus is on activities for different age groups of young people, including sports, cultural, educational or recreational sessions and developing links with young people and their parents and carers through their schools, groups and community events.

Summer Activities

The group has worked hard engaging with partners and activity providers to run a series of activities in the summer holidays at both Eastwood Park and Barnes Park.  This has helped develop links with young people and their parents and carers as well as providing fun things for children and young people to do in the school holidays. It is hoped to run these again in summer 2021 and we are busy applying for funding to deliver these, but we really need more volunteers on hand to enable us to make sure everything uns smoothly on the day.  If you can spare some time in the summer holidays, whether for one session or more, please get in touch as soon as possible to ensure the activities go ahead. 

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