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Parish Council July Meeting Report; Dedication of the Middleton Memorial, Middleton in Bloom judging, Grant Award, White Lines, Speed Data, Public Participation Review

The last meeting before the summer break took place on Monday 8th July 2019 in the Committee Room of the Village Hall.

Cllr Peter Slack, chairing, reported that 150 people attended the dedication of the Middleton Memorial in warm sunshine on the afternoon of Sunday 30th June 2019 at the Village Green. Robert Shields DL, Chairman of Longcliffe Quarries Ltd., President of Derbyshire Royal British Legion unveiled the memorial. Cream teas were served afterwards at The Nelson. More »

Thanks are due to everyone who contributed to making Middleton look its best for the visit of the East Midlands in Bloom judges. Britain in Bloom judges will be visiting at the end of July. The Parish Council approved a grant of £500 to Middleton in Bloom.

It was reported that white line painting at the Water Lane junction is within the current year programme of Highways work and awaits scheduling.

CCllr Irene Ratcliffe reported that the last full speed check in Middleton dated from 2005 and offered to pay towards the £195 cost of a new test from her DCC Leadership Fund.

A revised procedure for the Public Participation was approved for use, a copy is appended to the meeting minutes.

Consideration of undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan for Middleton was deferred to the December 2019 meeting.

The Parish Council currently has three casual vacancies. To find out more about the role or to express an interest contact the Parish Clerk.

The next meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled to take place at 6.30pm on Monday 9th September 2019 in the Committee Room of the Village Hall. » Less

Posted: Sat, 20 Jul 2019 09:02 by John Rowe

Middleton Remembers

Middleton Remembers

Like so many communities across the United Kingdom and around the world, the First World War
changed the lives of families in Middleton forever.

The aim of the Middleton Remembers project has been to commemorate the centenary of the end
of the First World War and create an appropriate tribute and focal point for future remembrance
and reflection.

There are a number of elements to this project which received generous grants from The National
Heritage Lottery Fund and Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund amongst others. On 11 November
2018 Middleton joined with Steeple Grange Light Railway and Wirksworth World War 1 Project to
mark Remembrance Day with a series of commemorative events, which resulted in replica
headstones being placed at Steeple Grange Light Railway and Wirksworth Memorial Gardens. More »

Leading up to Remembrance Day, research was carried out to identify those connected with
Middleton who served in the First World War. The starting point was the names listed on the Holy
Trinity Church memorial and Chapels' Rolls of Honour, but other criteria used included being born in
Middleton by Wirksworth, recorded on the census in 1911 or having Middleton by Wirksworth as
the residence on the Army Service Record. Pen portraits were produced to convey something of the
lives and personal stories behind the names - where they lived, their relatives, their trade and their
experiences on the battlefield.

This research was used as the basis for a new memorial which brings together the names of those
connected with Middleton who served and died in the First World War. The memorial is made of
Derbyshire limestone and its design is in keeping with traditional styles. The dedication service on
30 June 2019 commemorates the centenary of the formal ending of the First World War.

Research is continuing to understand the impact of the First World War on the community at the
close of the war and in the years immediately after, including the role of the Hopton Wood Stone
Company in producing over 120,000 headstones which were sent to cemeteries in France, Belgium
and beyond to Egypt, Iraq and Turkey. Drawing on census and military service records, newspaper
articles, Parish Council minutes, Trade Directories, Commonwealth War Graves Commission archives
and family memorabilia, a final document will be produced over the summer of 2019. This will be
shared through the Parish Council website and displays in local venues.

Middleton Remembers has created an opportunity for new residents to learn more about this period
alongside families who have lived here all their lives. It has also bridged the generations. Pupils at
Middleton Community Primary school have gained an insight through visits, poetry and history
workshops, also funded by the project.

It is acknowledged that there are other men who served who had connections to the village in other
ways. Consequently, many of these will be included in the final document to ensure their memory is
also honoured. The findings ofthe project will be placed on Middleton Parish Council website and
archived with the Derbyshire Record Office as a lasting record of Middleton's community during this
important period of history.

Middleton Remembers is co-ordinated by Middleton Parish Council and supported by The National
Heritage Lottery Fund; Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund; County Councillors' Local Community
Fund; Better Derbyshire Dales Fund; Wirksworth WWl Group; Steeple Grange Light Railway; Charity
Plant Sales and Middleton Village Green Committee
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Posted: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 09:02 by John Rowe

Casual Vacancies; 3 Councillors

The Electoral Officer of Derbyshire Dales District Council has advised the vacancies should be filled by co-option.

Nominations are invited from individuals interested in being co-opted to the Parish Council. Please send your nomination, to include your name, address and contact details to the Parish Clerk by email or post at the address below

Closing date

9.00am Monday 1st July 2019

Co-option will take place by interview at a Parish Council meeting to be held in the Committee Room of the Village Hall at More »

6.30pm on Monday 8th July 2019

Parish Clerk: John Rowe
c/o 1 Devonshire Villas, Upperwood Road,
Matlock Bath,
Telephone: 07717137526

E-mail: clerk@middletonbywirksworth-pc.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Mon, 03 Jun 2019 09:00 by John Rowe