Dale Abbey Parish Council

Serving the people of Dale Abbey

Clerk: Laura Storey
PO Box 8108
Derby
DE1 0ZU

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.

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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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MESSAGE TO DERBYSHIRE RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE’S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

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30 October 2020

Urgent information for local groups, societies, clubs, parish and town councils – please share widely. Thank you

MESSAGE TO DERBYSHIRE RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE'S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

Hello, I'm Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire.

It's my job to protect the health of Derbyshire people and a huge part of mine, and my team's work, is to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities.

Despite all of our best efforts in sticking to the rules and doing the right thing, confirmed cases continue to rise across the county as they are nationally.

From tomorrow, the whole of Derbyshire will be placed on the Government's tier 2 'high' Covid alert and I'm urging everyone in your community to follow the tighter 'lockdown' rules to help avoid the county being moved to the even higher tier 3 level.

As well as following the national guidance to wash hands, make space and cover your face, the following Government restrictions will be in place:

  • people shouldn't mix indoors with anyone who isn't in their household or support bubble – whether at home, someone else's home, pubs, restaurants, hotels or other hospitality venues, leisure venues or shops
  • outdoors, people should stick to the rule of 6, including children.
  • if going on holiday, this should only be with the people they live with or that are in their support bubble
  • family and friends can provide informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble - the bubble is limited to two households only so that informal childcare is provided by the same carers each time
  • people can only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances
  • all businesses, leisure facilities and other places which are allowed to open by law can remain open providing they meet COVID-19 secure guidance
  • pubs, bars restaurants and other hospitality venues close at 10pm - drive-through services, click and collect and delivery services can continue after 10pm

I realise that these extra restrictions will be frustrating but if anyone is under the illusion that they're not at risk, I'm afraid they're wrong. You only have to look at what's happening over the border in places like Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham to know that this isn't over.

I'd like to ask you all to summon your famous Derbyshire spirit and follow this guidance to keep yourself and your loved ones safe – particularly as we're seeing a lot of community transmission.

Test and Trace data should continue to be collected in venues such as pubs, restaurants and cafes.

And for parents and carers it also means making sure teenagers and young people are following the rules as they can pass the virus on to elderly or vulnerable relatives.

We all have a duty to do what we can to stop the spread of this contagious virus so our children can keep on learning, for example, and to protect our health and care staff looking after vulnerable people and ensuring people can still access routine or vital hospital treatment.

I'm really proud of the way our communities have supported each other through this epidemic but we simply cannot afford to take our eye off the ball.

You can find out more about the restrictions or to sign up for coronavirus news, guidance and support for your area at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/covidmeasures

Visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronaviruscases for more information about cases in Derbyshire and for information on how to stay safe go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thanks for your time – let's Do this for Derbyshire.

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Posted: Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:43 by Laura Storey

MESSAGE TO EREWASH RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE’S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

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The Borough of Erewash has now been placed on 'high' alert under the Government's new three tier Covid system and so we need your help to spread the message about restrictions that are now in place please. These are all detailed below in a message from Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire.

If possible, please can you share this information in your newsletter, or on your website/social media pages if you have them or any other communications channels that you use.

Thank you for helping us to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities. We really appreciate your time and support.

Sally Furness

Communications Officer

Derbyshire County Council

MESSAGE TO EREWASH RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE'S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

Hello, I'm Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire.

It's my job to protect the health of Derbyshire people and a huge part of mine, and my team's work, is to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities.

Despite all of our best efforts in sticking to the rules and doing the right thing, confirmed cases continue to rise across the county as they are nationally.

The Borough of Erewash has now been placed on 'high' alert under the Government's new three tier Covid system.

This means the following restrictions are now in place in Erewash:

  • Different households or support bubbles should not mix indoors – at home, someone else's home, pubs, restaurants, hotels or other hospitality venues, leisure centres or shops
  • Outdoors people should stick to the Rule of Six, including children
  • If going on holiday, this should only be with the people they live with or that are in their support bubble
  • Family and friends can provide informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble. The bubble is limited to two households only so informal childcare is provided by the same carers each time
  • Only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances
  • All businesses, leisure facilities and other places that are allowed to open by law can remain open providing they meet Covid-19 secure guidance
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants and other hospitality venues close at 10pm. Drive-through services, click and collect and delivery services can continue after 10pm
  • You can take part in sport and physical activity outdoors but organised indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it's possible to avoid mixing with people you don't live with or share a support bubble with. There are exceptions for people with a disability.

You can read the full restrictions at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/restrictions

Test and Trace data should continue to be collected in venues including pubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels and hairdressers and also cinemas, theatres and concert halls.

Of course we should all continue to wash our hands, stay 2 metres apart where possible and wear a face covering, unless exempt to avoid contracting the virus and passing it on.

I'd like to ask you all to follow this guidance to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. For parents and carers it also means making sure teenagers and young people are following the rules as they can pass the virus on to elderly or vulnerable relatives.

We all have a duty to do everything we can to stop the spread. I'm really proud of the way our communities have supported each other through this epidemic but this isn't over – we simply cannot afford to take our eye off the ball.

I understand that it is frustrating but it is more important than ever that we all stick to the rules.

Thanks for your time – let's all stick together and do this for Derbyshire.

You can find the latest information about cases in Derbyshire here

www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronaviruscases

For more information on how to stay safe visit:

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Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:52 by Laura Storey

Parish Council Meetings

If you would like to participate in the Parish Council Zoom meetings please contact the Parish Clerk

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 11:31 by Laura Storey