Matlock day out a huge attraction for gardeners

MOTHERING SUNDAY – There will be a Mothering Sunday Service for the Parish of the Barkwith Group at St Mary’s Church, East Barkwith at 10am on Sunday, March 18.

On Thursday, March 22, there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church, East Barkwith at 9am.

COUNCIL – The next meeting of East and West Barkwith Parish Council is to be held at 8pm on Thursday, March 15, in the village hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend and will have an opportunity to raise matters of interest before the council meeting formally opens.

HALL – One session of prize bingo was cancelled in February due to the difficult travelling conditions.

The second session went ahead without a problem and £45 was raised thanks to those who gave their support.

Yvonne Bryson was the organiser and arranged the prizes, Shirley Booth was caller, Yvonne checked the cards and Grace Clark served tea and biscuits during the interval.

GARDENERS – Les Robinson, the outings organiser for the Barkwith and District Gardeners Association, plans some very popular trips, but his latest visit generated so much interest in the early stages that he had to book a second coach.

The destination was Hopton Hall near Matlock.

Here they were able to wander around the grounds at their leisure, admiring the snowdrops which were looking their best in the lovely sunshine and enjoying refreshments in the cafe.

Two hours later they climbed back on board the coach to travel on to Massam Mill, the former Cromford’s Old Cotton Mill which has been restored with shops on two floors and the ground floor preserved as a museum.

The coach parties had the option of taking their time there, browsing around the range of shops or spending part of it in the museum hearing a fascinating talk on life at the mill during the Industrial Revolution and of the hardship endured by the workers who slaved away from an early age to earn a pittance.

There were no compensation for injured workers in those days either.

They were told of one shocking instance where the parents of a girl who had been dragged into a machine were sent a bill by the mill owners claiming for the cost of the material wasted when blood was spilled on it.

On the way home, Les arranged a call at the Elite Fish and Chip Shop.

The next outing is to the Harrogate Spring Show in April and he is almost fully booked for the remainder of the year with two coaches again for Christmas at Castle Howard.

Les will soon be circulating suggestions too as he starts planning and booking for 2013 so that his regular travellers can indicate where they would most like to go.

Thanks were expressed to Les for his efforts.