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Chesterfield Discussion / Update on HS2
« on: January 24, 2017, 02:57:49 PM »
A chance to have your say on the HS2 which is set to go ahead.
I for one wouldn't be happy if they were thundering in close proximity to my house.

A series of public information events are being held in Derbyshire about the Government's revised plans for a high speed rail link between London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester (HS2).

People living in communities where HS2 is proposed are being urged to go along and find out how they might be affected and how to have their say.

The Government's preferred route now includes:

A new alignment for the route through north Derbyshire taking the track closer to New Bolsover and then following the M1 corridor.

A new spur line from Hilcote to Stonebroom near Clay Cross linking to existing track to allow trains designed to run both on high speed and existing lines to travel to Chesterfield. The spur would include a flyover junction with the main route near Hilcote.

An elevated line through Long Eaton.

A new and longer route to the Staveley Maintenance Depot which will serve HS2 lines in the Midlands bringing up to 800 jobs.

Opportunities for passengers to use high-speed services at Chesterfield station by diverting some trains on to existing lines as they run to and from Sheffield.

Experts will be on hand to talk to residents about the new proposals and the compensation and assistance schemes for affected properties at events being held by HS2 Ltd in:

Long Eaton − Saturday 28 January 2017, at West Park Leisure Centre from 10am to 5pm
South Normanton − Thursday 2 February 2017, at The Post Mill Centre from 12pm to 8pm
Staveley − Friday 3 February 2017, at The Speedwell Rooms from 12pm to 8pm
Bolsover − Saturday 4 February 2017, at Bainbridge Hall from 10am to 5pm.
Our Leader Councillor Anne Western said:

"Routing HS2 through Derbyshire with trains stopping at Chesterfield would boost the local economy, bring more jobs and provide opportunities for local businesses to expand.

"But we will not forget that there will be some communities who will be adversely affected by the rail line. We're continuing to work with HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport to minimise the disruption to communities and make sure we get the best possible outcome for Derbyshire residents, businesses and others along the route while maximising the economic benefits that HS2 will bring.

"We're carefully studying the proposals and will press the Government to make changes and improvements to minimise the negative impacts so that we get the best possible deal for Derbyshire.

"But it's important that local people have their say too and these drop-in events will spell out what the plans would mean for local residents and how they can make their voices heard."

The main track is now proposed to pass near to, or through:

Long Eaton
McArthur Glen East Midlands Designer Outlet
Hardwick Hall
Doe Lea
Sutton Scarsdale
Carr Vale
New Bolsover
The new spur line from Hilcote would pass near to or through Blackwell, Newton and Stonebroom and some work would also be needed on the existing track between Stonebroom and Danesmoor.

The proposed spur line to the maintenance depot would pass through or close to Woodthorpe, Poolsbrook and Staveley.

You can get more information about the proposals, the events and how to take part in the consultation (opens in a new window)

Paper copies of all the consultation documents will also be available in some Derbyshire libraries.

Chesterfield Discussion / Launch of new Derbyshire Connect bus service
« on: January 24, 2017, 02:34:35 PM »
This is a new one on me, not our area I know but I'll be interested to see how it works out.
I'm wondering if it's a possibility for our area ?

Passengers are being offered a week's free travel to mark the launch of our new-style bus service.

'Derbyshire Connect' goes into service on Monday 13 February around the wider Ashbourne area. And for the first week, all passengers can benefit from free travel to any destination.

In advance of its official launch the bus is also going on tour at various venues around Ashbourne and in Wirksworth.

Derbyshire Connect will run along the principles of a 'Demand-Responsive-Transport (DRT) service − the first of its kind in Derbyshire.

This means it can be more flexible than conventional 'turn up and go' services. These generally have the same start and end destinations with fixed, timetabled stops along the way.

Journeys on Derbyshire Connect will need to be booked between a week and up to two hours before the time of travel. But because journeys are pre-booked, routes can be planned to cater to individual passengers' needs meaning many more pick up and drop off points can be offered on different days of the week.

Bookings can be made by calling 01335 342951 or by email at

Derbyshire Connect is initially being run as a trial for up to a year. It will be operated by Ashbourne Community Transport and serve villages north of Ashbourne and to the east as far as Wirksworth.

It will run 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm, Saturday. There is no Sunday service.

Any kind of passenger will be eligible to use Derbyshire Connect for any type of journey, including current users of conventional bus services, community transport users, young people, older people, visitors and groups. It may also be used for non-emergency patient transport.

After the initial free travel period fares will be £2 adult single, £3.80 return, £1.20 child single, £2.40 return.

Gold Card holders will travel free-of-charge after 9.30am weekdays and anytime Saturdays. b_line2 cardholders will get 25% discount off adult fares and primary school pupils will pay the appropriate fare or travel free as an entitled student.

Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins, said:

"This is a first for Derbyshire and will provide people with the opportunity to tailor journeys to suit their individual needs. It will be a bus for everyone from passengers needing to get to essential services to residents and visitors wanting to make leisure trips.
"Because we have never run this type of service before we are piloting it to see if we need to make any changes but in the longer term the aim is to roll out other Derbyshire Connect services in other rural parts of the county."

Tour dates for the bus are:

St Oswald's Hospital, Ashbourne, Monday 30 January, 9am to 12 noon
Ashbourne Market Place, Thursday 2 February, 9am to 12 noon
Shawcroft Car Park, Ashbourne, Thursday 2 February, 1pm to 4pm
Carsington Water Visitor Centre, Saturday 4 February, 10am to 2pm
Wirksworth Market Place, Monday 6 February, 9am to 12 noon
M&S Car Park, Ashbourne, Wednesday 8 February 9am to 12 noon
Sainsbury's Car Park, Ashbourne, Wednesday 8 February 1pm to 4pm

General Discussion / Re: Nuisance Calls
« on: January 22, 2017, 07:23:54 PM »
I had one a while ago and I left the phone on answer machine even though sat at the side of it.
My answer machine begins with ---- if you are a cold caller -- sod off !  ::)

The chap calling waited until the record came on - then started singing ?????  :))

That's the first time they have ever made me laugh

General Discussion / Re: Nuisance Calls
« on: January 18, 2017, 10:19:13 AM »
Get a phone with a 'block' option any that filter through the TPS you can block the number once you realise it's a Nuisance call.
Doesn't stop them from altering the number they are calling from though.

General Discussion / What is the most boring Christmas song - ever!
« on: December 25, 2016, 12:37:51 PM »
I reckon it has to be this one??

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: TO ALL OUR MEMBERS :-)
« on: December 24, 2016, 11:08:09 AM »
Thank you Fly.
Sending good wishes to all from us xx

General Discussion / Re: Another twitter testy thing
« on: December 16, 2016, 08:08:30 PM »
Is that Twitter - orb Twidder?  MD ^-^ >:

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Bus Fare increases from 02/01/17
« on: December 16, 2016, 06:06:34 PM »
Thanks scimitar  (y)  MD

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Bus Fare increases from 02/01/17
« on: December 16, 2016, 04:13:46 PM »
Are the day riders going up scimitar?

Old Chesterfield Photos / Re: Old Miner
« on: December 02, 2016, 08:08:36 PM »
I'll see you this evening then :)

Thoughts on it Pete?

Old Chesterfield Photos / Re: Old Miner
« on: December 01, 2016, 05:10:22 PM »

Old Chesterfield Photos / Re: Old Miner
« on: December 01, 2016, 02:11:51 PM »
Yes - hope so Pete.!!

Fun Stuff / Go on Smile -------
« on: November 29, 2016, 06:40:30 PM »
A doctor that had been seeing an 80-year-old woman for most of her life finally retired.  At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her.  As the doctor was looking through these his eyes grew wide as he realized Grandma had a prescription for birth control pills.  "Mrs. Smith, do you realize these are birth control pills?"  "Yes, they help me sleep at night."  "Mrs. Smith, I assure you there is absolutely nothing in these that could possibly help you sleep!"  She reached out and patted the young doctor's knee and said, "Yes, dear, I know that.  But every morning, I grind one up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16-year-old Granddaughter drinks.  And believe me it definitely helps me sleep at night."  You gotta love Grandmas!

A man was riding on a full bus minding his own business when the gorgeous woman next to him started to breast-feed her baby.  The baby wouldn't take it so she said, "Come on sweetie, eat it all up or I'll have to give it to this nice man next to us."  Five minutes later the baby was still not feeding, so she said, "Come on, honey.  Take it or I'll give it to this nice man here."  A few minutes later the anxious man blurted out, "Come on kid.  Make up your mind!  I was supposed to get off four stops ago!"


Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam.  The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of Mother's Milk.'  The question was worth 70 points or none at all.  One student was hard put to think of seven advantages.  He wrote:
1)  It is perfect formula for the child.
2)  It provides immunity against several diseases.
3)  It is always the right temperature.
4)  It is inexpensive.
5)  It bonds the child to mother and vice versa.
6)  It is always available as needed.
And then the student was stuck.  Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test he wrote:
7)  It comes in two attractive containers and it's high enough off the ground where the cat can't get it.  He got an A.


An old Italian man in Brooklyn is dying.  He calls his grandson to his bedside.  "Guido, I wan' you lissina me.  I wan' you to take-a my chrome plated 38 revolver so you will always remember me."  "But grandpa, I really don't like guns.  How about you leave me your Rolex watch instead?"  "You lissina me, boy!  Somma day you gonna be runna da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a couple of bambinos.  Then one-a day you gonna comea home and maybe finda you wife inna bed with another man.  Whatta you gonna do then?  Pointa to you watch and say, 'Times up!' "


A woman and her 12-year-old son were riding in a taxi in Detroit.  It was raining and all the prostitutes were standing under awnings.  "Mom," said the boy, "what are all those women doing?"  "They're waiting for their husbands to get off work," she replied.  The taxi driver turns around and says, "Geez lady, why don't you tell him the truth?  They're hookers, boy!  They have sex with men for money."  The little boy's eyes get wide and he says, "Is that true Mom?"  His mother, glaring hard at the driver, answers "Yes."  After a few minutes the kid asks, "Mom, if those women have babies, what happens to them?"  She said, "Most of them become taxi drivers."

ooooppppssss - sorry  MD


An elderly, but hardy cattleman from Texas once told a young female neighbor that if she wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gunpowder on her oatmeal each morning.  She did this religiously and lived to the age of 103.  She left behind 14 children, 30 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a 40 foot hole where the crematorium used to be.

« on: November 29, 2016, 06:21:01 PM »
A man and a woman were having a quiet, romantic
dinner in a fine restaurant. They were gazing
lovingly at each other and were holding hands.

The waitress, taking another order at a table a few
steps away, suddenly noticed the woman slowly
sliding down her chair and under the table - but the
man stared straight ahead. The waitress watched
as the woman slid all the way down her chair and
out of sight under the table.
Still, the man stared straight ahead.

The waitress, thinking this b_ehaviour a bit risqué
and worried that it might offend other diners, went
over to the table and, tactfully, began
by saying to the man "Pardon me, sir, but I think your
wife just slid under the table.

"The man calmly looked up at her and said, "No,
she didn't. She just walked in."      :-[

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