Dale Abbey Parish Council

Serving the people of Dale Abbey

Clerk: L. Storey
PO Box 8108

Tel: 07810 717534

  • Carpenters Arms

    Carpenters Arms

  • Dale Abbey Cave

    Dale Abbey Cave

Hidden away in the Erewash valley, Dale Abbey is affectionately known as the 'Jewel of Erewash'.

It is rich in history with its Abbey Ruins, All Saints Church and Hermits Cave.

Many visitors flock to the area each year to take in the scenery, of which the local people are rightly proud.

Dale Abbey is roughly mid-way between Derby and Nottingham, some four miles south-east of Ilkeston.

The historic importance of Dale began around 1130 when a Derby baker had a vision of the Virgin Mary, telling him to go to Depedale (the old name, meaning deep valley) to worship God.

The Hermitage (pictured above) is a scheduled ancient monument located within Hermit's Wood. This wood is a relic of the ancient forest that used to cover much of this part of Derbyshire and is itself on the County Register of Biologically Important Sites.

Although Augustinian Canons came to Depedale in the 1150's it was not until about 1200 that the Abbey of St Mary was founded. The abbey flourished and owned 24,000 acres of land until the disolution of the monasteries in 1536.

Today however all that remains of this splendid building are the 13th century east window and the abbey gatehouse which is behind the former Methodist Chapel, now the Gateway Christian Centre. The former gatehouse was used as a jail in the 18th and 19 centuries.

Walls and stone from the abbey are incorporated in a number of local buildings. Excavations in the 1870's, 1880's and 1930's exposed parts of the abbey including the Presbytery.


The unique semi-detached Church of All Saints, part of which was built by the hermit, became the chapel for the abbey infirmary. The stonework by the hymn board is believed to be part of the original building.

The Church is in regular use and has hardly changed since 1634, retaining it box pews. Attached to the Church is the Verger's farmhouse, a former public house which was demolished and rebuilt around 1883. This eventually became a private dwelling, which it remains to this day.

To the east of the abbey window are the earth banks which dammed the Sow Brook to make a monastic fishpond. To the north is the former village school.

The village and its surroundings were made a Conservation Area in 1972 to safeguard the beauty, peace and historic interest of the area.

On the hill north of the village is the Cat and Fiddle windmill, one of the last in Derbyshire to retain its machinery. It was built in the 18th century and is one of the oldest types of mill.

The area many footpaths enable visitors to enjoy the village and the surrounding countryside.

A warm welcome awaits you!

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We are contacting you regarding the above as a consequence of your status as either a Specific or General Consultation Body as per the Local Planning regulations. This email is to notify you of Erewash's Borough Council's progress in reviewing its Core Strategy Local Plan document. More »

At the Full Council meeting held on Thursday 3rd March, Erewash councillors approved an eight-week consultation on the draft Core Strategy Review (Regulation 19 - Publication version). Taking into account previous consultation responses from 2020 and 2021, this document now contains several draft policies covering the following matters:

  • Housing strategy and allocation sites;
  • Employment;
  • Town, Local & Village centres;
  • Transport; and
  • Green Infrastructure

This consultation is open from Monday 14th March to Monday 9th May 2022. All duly-made responses to the consultation will be forwarded on to the independent Planning Inspector as part of the Council's submission of its Plan to the Secretary of State. More information about the consultation, including key documents and an online representation form, will be available from Monday 14th March 2022 on the Council's website at the following location:


Yours faithfully

Steve Birkinshaw

Head of Planning and Regeneration

Erewash Borough Council - Planning Policy


Tel: 0115 907 2244 (ext. 3150)

Planning & Regeneration

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Posted: Fri, 11 Mar 2022 15:38 by Parish Clerk

Help set policing priorities in Erewash

Help make sure your residents views are fully represented by Derbyshire Police More »

Derbyshire is a hugely diverse County. Different areas require a different approach to policing and will have different priorities. The needs of residents in Erewash will not be the same as those in High Peak.

It's important to me as Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner that the priorities I set for policing, community safety and victims services reflect the issues that matter most to you and your residents. I also understand that people want to see the police service that they pay for. They want to see the problems that affect them, in their neighbourhood, being addressed effectively.

That is why I am running my 'Listening to You' survey.

This survey lets Derbyshire residents tell me their policing priorities. Using the results from this survey, I will work with the Chief Constable to ensure that resources are balanced efficiently with your residents' concerns, and investment is used wisely to improve front line policing.

If you could please complete and share the survey link below with your Parish Councillors and on your social media, e-newsletters and mailing lists it would be greatly appreciated:

Listening To You – Your policing priorities

The results of the survey will be published in the Summer, and I will be happy to share a copy of the results with you when they are published.

Thank you in advance for your help. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them.

Kind regards,

Angelique Foster

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Office of the PCC for Derbyshire

Email: PCCOffice@derbyshire.police.uk

Web: http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk

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Posted: Mon, 28 Feb 2022 18:16 by Parish Clerk

Community Safety

Protect Yourself Online

Whether you are a child, a parent / carer or an older adult, if you use a device to go online you could be a target for fraudsters. Luckily, there is a wealth of very useful information available for you to reduce the risk of you being a target. More »

  • Protect your device – ensure the latest updates are installed as this helps to prevent it being vulnerable
  • Don't use the same password for every site, ensure passwords are not easy to guess and include a combination of letters, numbers and special characters
  • Make sure you use an anti-virus software and spyware software – you can get free versions or pay for a subscription and the level of protection will vary. However they will help you to avoid being a victim of identity theft, fraudulent websites and much more

There is a wealth of information available to help you stay safe online. The following are some recommended ones:

Get Safe Online


Children and young people:


Older adults:



Fraudsters will also try other methods to con you out of your money and these scams can be hard to spot, but there are a few things that you can look out for. These can include:

  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is
  • If you're being asked to transfer money quickly or in an unusual way such as iTunes vouchers or money transfer services like MoneyGram or Western Union or by someone you don't know
  • If you have been asked for personal information like passwords, card details or PINs from an organisation who wouldn't normally ask for these details eg. the NHS
  • If you receive an unusual email or text message to suggesting 'you missed a delivery' particularly when you aren't expecting anything

You can find more information about scams on the ActionFraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

This is a trusted organisation who works to combat fraud and financially-motivated crime. It also provides a way to report scams, as well as lists of different scams and what to look out for.

Further information can also be found at AgeUK: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/

You can also sign up to receive alerts about scams in your area on the ActionFraud website or you can sign up to the National Trading Standards email alert system to find out about scams across the country on: https://eastsussex.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=dafe4e690c111df03a8f7e9c1&id=72393d4c03

Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

ASB is a term that you hear a lot, but do you know what classes as anti-social behaviour? The law defines anti-social behaviour as behaviour that 'causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person'. However, this does not mean that anything constitutes ASB; there are a number of other considerations that professionals use.

Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Constabulary developed and launched an ASB Hub where you can find information on what is and what isn't ASB, how you can report it, what action can be taken and much more. To have a look at the hub go to: https://view.pagetiger.com/asb/derbyshire

If you want to report ASB to us, you can call 0115 907 2244 or use Erewash Borough Council's General Enquiry Form: https://www.erewash.gov.uk/index.php/contact-us.html

You can also report it to Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or online at: https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/.../report-antisocial.../

If you are struggling to cope with anti-social behaviour that you are experiencing, Remedi may be able to offer you free support to help you, head over to: http://www.remediuk.org/

If you have reported anti-social behaviour three or more times within 6 months, and you feel your concerns haven't been dealt with, you can apply for a Community Trigger. For more information use the following link: https://www.erewash.gov.uk/communi.../community-trigger.htm; » Less

Posted: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 14:55 by Parish Clerk