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!

Latest News

MESSAGE TO EREWASH RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE’S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

Important Public Health message from Derbyshire County Council More »

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

Parish Councillor Vacancy

PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY

We currently have a vacancy for the Village Ward that we are looking to fill by co-option. We invite anyone who is interested in being considered to notify the clerk via e-mail or post. In particular we would like to hear of any specific skills or interests that you believe would benefit our group. More »

The position is unpaid and includes approximately 11 meetings a year, depending on the level of involvement. You would be required to demonstrate all the standards of behaviour that are reasonable to expect of someone in public service.

What we can offer is the chance to work with a varied group of people in a non-political atmosphere, the opportunity to practise your skills outside your normal home or business context, an insight into the workings of local government, and above all the potential to make life in the Parish better in some way.

A Parish Councillor must be:

  • a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and
  • 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election
  • for the whole of the 12 months prior to nomination he/she must:
    • have been an elector of the parish and either occupied or owned/rented premises in the parish, or
    • resided within 3 miles of the boundary of the parish, or
    • had his/her principal or only place of work in that area

You cannot stand for election if you:

  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
  • have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine

Please contact the Parish Clerk via the contact details above. We look forward to hearing from you. » Less

Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2020 10:02 by Laura Storey