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:

 

To see our July 2021 volunteer snapshot please click here

 

  • 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
  • Submit Funding Proposals to GHBL Board
  • 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.

Built Environment Working Group

The Built 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.

In previous year’s the Working Group has linked up with local business and community groups to provide summer flowering displays in Hasland village centre and environmental projects such as the wildflower project to raise awareness about biodiversity, bees and pollination. Since 2018, the Working Group has established an annual programme of events that local residents both look forward to and participate in that help to create a sense of place. These include Grassmoor Village in Bloom, Grassmoor Village in Lights and Christmas Trees on Hasland and Grassmoor High Streets. 2020 has been a most unique and difficult year because of the Covid-19 pandemic but GHBL working groups have continued to deliver their programme wherever it has been possible to do so. The Built Environment Working is no exception and Christmas 2020 will once more see Christmas trees light up and twinkle outside Grassmoor Methodist Church, Hasland Methodist Church and Hasland Working Men’s Club.

 

If you would like to share your ideas or get involved please contact Dallas Asher or Karin Evangelides Big Local Support Workers.

 

Grassmoor in Lights Competition

 Grassmoor in Lights had another glittering year, several of the residents brought extra sparkle to the community and lit up their gardens and houses.

The competition results are in!

BUSINESS- First prize; The Sportsman inn. Second prize; The Peak Pharmacy. Third prize; Clare's Cafe.

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RESIDENTS- First prize; Maurice Wardle. Second Prize; Joint winners Sandy and Jade, Sean Rowland. Third prize; Sabrina Smith, Sharon Fletcher.

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Community Development Working Group

The Community Development 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 

GHBL has established office facilities and access to meeting spaces in Grassmoor Community Centre (GCC) and Hasland Working Men's Club in the Hub @ the Club, Hasland's Community Hub. Access to this facility is via the Community Access door on Hasland Road, near the bus stops. Support staff work part time so check their availability before visiting. GHBL Partnership is working closely with Grassmoor, Hasland and Winsick Parish Council and other stakeholders to develop a brand new Sport, Leisure and Community Hub in Barnes Park, Grassmoor. This facility will be a great asset to the village and provide a much improved offer for sport and leisure activities in the future. 

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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.

 

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Spare Thyme Community Allotment

 

The Spare Thyme community allotment project at Mill Lane allotments, Grassmoor aims to bring together young and old, male and female, novice and experienced, skilled and unskilled people on a shared allotment which is managed and harvested on a cooperative basis.

2021 will be our third season and we are looking for likeminded people to join in and enjoy the satisfaction of growing, harvesting and eating our own food. 

We are well settled on plot 26.  We have a tool shed, and a new potting shed and a rotovator.  In 2020 we have expanded our horizons by taking on a second plot, number 27 just next door.

We hope to bring more people from the community of Grassland Hasmoor Big Local together to learn new skills and to benefit psychologically, physically and socially.

If you are interested please call Philip on 01246 239897 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

                                                                        

   Mill Lane Allotments

In Grassmoor, Mill Lane Allotments were assisted to have running water and publicly accessible toilets installed (open to the public during events) to support the allotments to engage with the local community. The Allotments activities have grown and now incorporates 2 plots on behalf of Spare Thyme Allotments. The Allotments held their first Open Day in 2015 and have held community events on a regular basis from then on. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 lockdown and continuing restrictions the summer Open day 2020 had to be cancelled and this year's Christmas Grotto and Grassmoor Village in Lights Awards event is being reviewed in an ever changing situation. 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

 GREEN AND OPEN SPACES WORKING GROUP

 

The Green & Open Spaces Working Group's aim is to continue to develop and improve 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 improvements and maintenance have continued on the Public Rights of Way which included replacing all the stiles with accessible gates, improved signage, infilling the worst areas of the footpath surfaces, interaction with local Landowners, Hedge cutting and much more.

Our ongoing presence on local action groups contributed to the installation of the cycle path along Furnace Hillock Way connecting Winsick to the main Hasland – Grassmoor Road and to the ongoing central link to the new Avenue Country Park We were also involved in the wonderful new link path from Storforth Lane in Hasland to Derby Road and the improved cycle path int Chesterfield. We continue to actively lobby DCC 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.

 

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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.

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  Please click on to the link here and here to see our newsletters for October and November

 

 EASTWOOD PARK PETANQUE CLUB (EPPC)

Another exciting project initiated by the Green and Open Spaces Working Group was the construction of a Petanque facility in Eastwood Park which was opened in 2016 The club has currently over 40 Members playing the friendly sport of Petanque (French Boules).  Offering moderate exercise in a friendly sociable setting, Eastwood Park Petanque Club now offers several sessions a week. The EPPC welcomes players with or without experience who wish to leisurely social play or those who wish to develop into competitions. The club is now well established in the Mercia Petanque Region that takes in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. No experience or equipment is required. (During the current COVID restrictions we are operating under strict protocols, hopefully for not very much longer. Please still make contact to discuss the options and register your interest.

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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 (FGCP)

GCP 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 initial aim was to work with Derbyshire County Council and other partners on initiatives to develop GCP into a more attractive, usable and relative green space for our local communities and wider interested people. 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 achieved most of our initial aims and much more. We have planted over 100 trees, countless wild flowers, we have seen a new car park constructed. And access paths resurfaced Volunteers have been extremely active carrying out repairs and improvements to the Picnic tables, coppicing, ground clearing in various areas 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.

Our ongoing aim is to see the Lagoons section of the GCP integrated with the rest of the park creating a 2.5km round route and opening up the fantastic views over Chesterfield and beyond

 

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If you want to play a part in the further development of this wonderful local facility please contact

Peter Myers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

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

Senior Citizens Working Group

The Senior Citizens Working Group supports inclusive social activities across a range of interests which provide older people with opportunities to engage and participate within their community whilst keeping fit and improving their digital awareness.

Coffee, Tea & IT Plus, Strictly No Falling, chair based exercise and Generation Games.

Coffee, Tea and IT Plus, is a one to one project that enables older residents to bring in their electronic devices and improve their digital awareness as they learn to send emails, shop online, get in touch with friends, take photos and anything else they wish to try. scwg wedbsite 2

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Running alongside the C, T & IT sessions are Generation Games physical activities such as new age kurling and Boccia, both of which can be played sitting or standing and Strictly No Falling chair based exercises. Three volunteers, David Maric, Barbara Arrandale and Kyle Wall-Billyeald, have taken part in an Age UK Derby Derbyshire training course and are fully qualified to instruct Chair Based Exercise classes

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Sessions run throughout the year, every Thursday morning 10:00 to 12:00 in the Hasland Hub which is located within Hasland Working Men’s Club.

For more details please click here or contact our GHBL Support Workers.

                                                                            

Men In Sheds

 

New items 2Do you enjoy making or repairing things? Would you like to learn new skills or share your skills and knowledge with others? Do you have some spare time? Or would you just like to meet up and socialise with like minded people over a coffee? If so you are invited to come and meet us at one of our weekly sessions.

We have two fully fitted workshops suitable for most woodwork projects, we are happy to provide advice on DIY projects and provide training for new members no matter what skills or experience you have. We have members who have worked with wood related jobs for most of their adult lives and some with little or no experience.

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Like most other groups we have been unable to meet up during the lockdown, our group has been busy working on projects at home and a grant from Derbyshire County Councils Covid 19 funding scheme has enabled us to carry on working. Many of our new projects are aimed at supporting wildlife and we hope to see our nesting boxes, bee & bug hotels and bat roosting boxes in use in the local community, we have also been experimenting with pyrography designs. We plan to attend local functions this summer including Grassmoor Fun Day and Hasland Gala where a full range of our hand made products will be on sale. We aim to reopen our busy workshop when Government rules permit indoor meetings and we are looking forward to welcoming new members to our group.If you want to learn new skills or share your passion for making things then come and have a chat with us. We are a very friendly bunch so feel free to come and have a look around our workshop. We are also very keen on recruiting more Ladies to our group for more info ring Rob on 01246 852467

Grassmoor & Hasland Men in Sheds meet every Tuesday & Friday from 14.00 to 17.00 in their workshop at the rear of Grassmoor Methodist Church, Chapel Road Grassmoor S42 5EJ.

 

Grassmoor Past & Present History Group

Grassmoor Past and Present is a local history group open to all who are interested in researching family or local history. Through the group Facebook page members can 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/386169955470875/. If you wish to make contact with lost family and friends this is a good place to start. Membership is free and open to all. The group also holds monthly committee meetings and members of all ages are welcome to attend. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 lockdown and continuing restrictions meetings are not taking place but as soon as restrictions lift they will resume at Grassmoor Community Centre, dates for 2021 can be found in the events calendar below

The members committee are involved in research and the current topics are: - local families and named people on the Methodist Church and school foundation stones

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..

 

 

Employment and Skills 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, Hasland Working Men's Club, Hampton Street, Hasland S41 0LH every Wednesday afternoon between 1.30 - 3.30pm. Similar sessions are held at Grassmoor Community Centre, New Street, Grassmoor S42 5EE on Thursday mornings between 10am - 12noon, funded by the Parish Council.

 

 Community Cinema

We will aim to resume the highly successful Community Cinema once Covid 19 guidelines allow

Grassmoor and Hasland Youth & Children Support Group

The Grassmoor and Hasland Youth & children Support 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. The Summer Activities Programme 2021 is going ahead and will be a 6 week holiday programme offering Samba Sports activities; Mondays and Wednesdays, 11am - 3pm Eastwood Park, Hasland. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am - 3pm Barnes Park, Grassmoor. Wanted volunteers on hand to enable us to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day.  If you can spare some time in the summer holidays, whether for one session or more, please get in touch with one of our support workers as soon as possible by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

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'Make at Home Meals' bags for youngsters were provided by Fare Share/Rural Action Derbyshire and administered by GHBL volunteers during the summer and half-term holidays and we hope these will continue so watch out for information as each holiday approaches. During May 21 half term our volunteers distributed 4 large shopping bags of food to each of 59 local families. A huge thank you goes out to our volunteers and Grassmoor Community Pavilion.  

Valley Cids Blend Youth Outreach Project

Youth Workers are out and about in Grassmoor every Monday evening between 6.30 - 8.30pm providing a weekly detached youth activity programme for young people aged 11 - 18

 

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