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Heritage Researcher Vacancy "Middleton Remembers"

68 residents and 100,000 headstones; Middleton remembers those who died in World War 1

Applications are invited for the position of Heritage Researcher - Freelance
Closing date 12 noon Monday 28th May 2018

Follow this link for further details.

Fri, 18 May 2018 11:11 by John Rowe

National Lottery support for Middleton Remembers First World War project

Middleton Parish Council has received a National Lottery grant of £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Middleton Remembers project. Awarded through HLF's First World War then and now programme, the project will find out as much as possible about the soldiers of Middleton who died during the First World War in time for the centenary of the end of the war in November this year.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, a new memorial including all of their names will be installed on the village green and dedicated in a ceremony on Remembrance Day. After this, research will continue into how the war impacted on the community after the war, and the role it played in producing more than 100,000 headstones for the Imperial War Graves Commission from the Hopton Wood Stone Quarry in the centre of the village. More »

The project will provide lots of new opportunities for people of all ages in Middleton to get involved in the research and commemoration event. A new research group will be created and support will be provided for Middleton Primary school to capture family history and build a clear picture of what life was like at this time.

Research will be carried out with help from professionals and the information gathered will be placed on the Middleton Parish Council website for everyone to access.

Commenting on the award, Dawn Greatorex, Chair of Middleton Parish Council said: "We are thrilled to have received the support of the National Lottery. Middleton produced thousands of headstones to support the remembrance of those who died in the First World War yet does not have a memorial to all its own villagers who died in the conflict. This project will provide an opportunity for new residents to learn more about this important period of local heritage alongside families who have lived here all their lives.

"We started to explore ideas to commemorate the end of the First World War last summer and we have had lots of interest and support from many groups and individuals to develop this project."

Funding has also been received from County and District Councillors' Local Community Fund, Steeple Grange Light Railway, Middleton Parish Council, Wirksworth World War 1 Committee and Wirksworth Town Council.

This project is being led and co-ordinated by Middleton Parish Council. It will support greater partnership working between the various groups in the village, as well as those connected to the village. The project will provide opportunities for children in the primary school to get involved to inspire and support their learning.

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Olwen Wilson, Councillor, Middleton Parish Council on 07958 106546, email studiowilson7@icloud.com

See also the "Middleton Remembers" pages on our website.

Heritage Lottery Fund and support for First World War heritage

  • To date, £94million in HLF grants has been awarded to projects across the UK so they can mark the Centenary and explore all aspects of First World War heritage that matters to them. Through its First World War: then and now programme, HLF is making at least £1million available per year for six years until 2019. It is providing grants between £3,000 and £10,000 enabling communities and groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict. To find out how to apply for funding visit www.hlf.org.uk/thenandnow If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project, it can apply to HLF through its open programmes www.hlf.org.uk/firstworldwar
  • To join the conversation on social media use #understandingww1
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Thu, 17 May 2018 18:00 by John Rowe

Chair's Report 2018

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council took place on Monday 14th May 2018 where Cllr Dawn Greatorex was re-elected Chair and Cllr Rob Rawlinson vice Chair.

Cllr Greatorex gave a report on the work of the Parish Council over the last year.

"My key starting point is to say that it has been a very busy year for Middleton Parish Council. Another year has flown by and it's time to reflect on what we have achieved as a Council, what has gone well and what the future holds. In a year of unforeseen national and international change, the Parish Council has continued its work on maintaining and improving facilities in the village, with a focus on ensuring that our residents can enjoy a beautiful, safe, clean and pleasant community environment. More »

We recently welcomed Glynnis Spencer as a new member, after having been co-opted onto the Council. The Parish Council still has one casual vacancy to fill. If upon reading, or, listening to this report you are interested in becoming a councillor, please speak to one of us on the Parish Council, or John (our Clerk) outside of this meeting.

Reluctantly, we have had to make a small increase of 3% to the precept for the financial year 2018/19. Whilst efforts continued again this year to reduce costs, and we have made many inroads towards achieving this, things are getting more expensive.

This year has seen the submission of 10 planning applications on which the Parish council has commented on, and in doing so we have strived to keep the best interests of all those in the Parish at the heart of our comments.

The Parish Council and Village Hall committee has jointly purchased a new notice board which has been sited near the pavement outside the Village Hall.

We have made a number of grants this year to village voluntary bodies, including the Village Pump. Middleton Parish Council continues to welcome grant applications from local organisations who provide an activity or service to the community of Middleton; details of our grant policy can be found on our website.

Affordable housing in our community has also been an issue close to the heart of the Parish Council – consequently, we have requested of DDDC: "that 30% are affordable in developments of over 10 dwellings as part of its Local Plan."

The Parish Council are pleased to announce it has been successful in receiving a £9,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for: "Middleton Remembers Project, to mark the First World War Centenary." With part of the money we will erect a war memorial on the village green to protect the heritage of the village. I would like to thank Cllr Wilson for her work entailed in this project. The money will also be used to support community activity by commemorating the centenary of WW1. The Parish Council will soon be in a position to progress with the project and has already been liaising with the Village Green committee regarding the design of the memorial. The drawings for the proposed design are on display at the Nelson for the community to view. An opportunity for the community to discuss the design will be provided at the Village Green AGM, to be held at the Nelson on the 11 May '18. The building of the memorial will then be invited for tender on the Parish Council website. The memorial will be sited near where the BT phone box once stood.

The Parish council continues to review its policies and has gradually put in place a series of new policies, in order to keep up to date with government legislation, all of which have been added to our website. One of newest policies is a Parish Action Plan – the primary aim of this policy being to improve the quality of life for people living in Middleton, by taking into account the aspirations of the Parish Council regarding issues that matter in the village and how it aims to fulfil them. We aim to fulfil the changing needs of our parish through a comprehensive communications strategy. For instance, one of our aspirations is to ensure we fill the remaining casual vacancy, in order to be fully representative of the community. We also aim to protect the rural environment of the parish. Additionally, we also aim to introduce measures to reduce speeding traffic in the village by promoting Community Speed Watch. Also, we aim to improve parking and pedestrian safety in the village.

Furthermore, the Parish Council is currently looking at the ramifications of the GDPR General Data Protection Regulations, which come into force in May; John, our Clerk, has attended a briefing on this and we will take such actions as are needed.

The longer I have been on Middleton Parish Council, the more I realise that Middleton has an abundant community spirit, with many unsung hero's working incredibly hard to maintain our village like quality, as we embrace the growth of our village. We have many community groups and events, which are well attended and loved, so on behalf of the Parish Council I would like to say thank you, to the following: the Village Hall committee, Middleton in Bloom (who received silver gilt in 2017), The Millennium Garden committee, The environment committee (whom amongst many things organise the open gardens and produce show), The village green committee (who put on the Christmas Lights), Middleton Book Group, Middleton Mountain Bike group, Middleton Cinema and Jane Monaghan at the Nelson, for hosting many community get togethers', such as Knit and natter, choir practices and band practices.

Jane Monaghan was awarded the Roll of Honour in 2017 in acknowledgment of all her work in the community.

Finally, I would like to finish my report by thanking all the Parish Councillors, also John, our Clerk, and our two caretakers Hilary and David Casey, for their contribution and dedication in working to improve our Village, whilst trying to maintain the elements that make our community such a pleasant place to live in. It is through the diversity of our council that we best serve our parishioners, with the community at our heart, ensuring that Middleton remains a vibrant, pleasant and safe place to live and one in which we can all take pride in.

Thank you.

Cllr Dawn Greatorex,

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Thu, 17 May 2018 11:38 by John Rowe