Neil Fletcher became a member of Hathersage Parish Council in 1984 and was elected Chairman in 1993 following the resignation of Councillor Eric Beeley. He was a very hardworking and diligent Chairman for many years and the Parish Council will be eternally grateful to him for his many hours of research into the minutes of the council from which he produced the book “The First Hundred Years 1894 to 1994”, the proceeds of which went to the village Millennium Fund. As part of one of the Millennium Projects he also wrote an article for “Hathersage Remembers”, in which he recalled the activities of his younger days at Hathersage Swimming Pool, to which he cycled from his home in Grindleford. He met Jennifer Thompson, a local village girl; following their marriage they moved into Barnfields where their two children, Nicola and James, grew up. Jennifer developed multiple sclerosis soon after the birth of James and Neil very lovingly cared for her for many years. He had moved a few years ago to Castleton but will be fondly remembered by many, walking round the village with his sheepdog.
Derbyshire leaders have joined together to ask visitors to respect local communities this coming bank holiday weekend and to consider if they could come later in the year instead. A joint message has been signed not only by Council Leaders across the county, including the Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Garry Purdy, but also by the Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer of Derbyshire, East Midlands Ambulance Trust and local NHS Foundation Trusts.
During the current pandemic Hathersage Parish Council decided to take advantage of the Government’s scheme to furlough the pool staff. As such the Swimming Pool website is not being updated but there is still progress to report with the refurbishment works. The primary contractor has been able to do limited work within the restrictions and now sub-contractors are starting to return, again within the restrictions. You will see from the photos here that the pool has been relined, new lane markings added and the rubber crumb is being laid. What you can’t see is the magnificent new pumping and filtration plant that is also fully installed. In the coming days the refilling of the pool will begin and the commissioning of the new equipment soon after.
While no one yet knows when swimming pools and leisure centres will be able to reopen and under what restrictions, the Parish Council is considering some options that may or may not be used to assist in this. It was thought better to have had some thought about these things rather than none and to just sit and wait.
Swim England are actively canvassing the Government over the benefits of swimming and how this type of exercise, especially when outside, can be beneficial to people with many and varied ailments but especially in these difficult times. We hope that this pressure continues to ensure the success of swimming pools of all sorts around the country and the underlying cost savings and benefits to health are acknowledged.
Be assured that the intention is that Hathersage Swimming Pool will reopen as soon as possible along the guidelines that are published at that time. All the staff are eager, while patient, to return at the appropriate time and welcome you back to this magnificent facility.
The management of Brookfield Manor have contacted Hathersage Parish Council this week about the abuse by some of the permissive path over their drive to where the public footpath from the allotments to Coggers Lane crosses it . . Access is permitted by Brookfield Manor for the residents of Hathersage to have passage over the land by the use of their gate controlled by a combination lock. It has been noted that some people have been walking dogs OFF the lead and this has led to a sheep being mauled and DOG FOULING of the land.
Please keep dogs on leads and clean up after your dog so that Residents are allowed to continue to use this convenient route.
The Parish Council are grateful to Brookfield Manor for allowing the residents of Hathersage this concession which is appreciated by many residents.