Little Wickets set to continue - Howzat!
Youngsters from across our District can enjoy some cricket fun at Clowne Sports Centre, as we are starting up our Little Wickets sessions again as part of our Super Tots program.
The sessions offer children from 2½ up to 7 years old the chance to take part in fun and exciting sessions that are run by experienced, qualified and fully vetted Little Wickets coaches and assistants.
The sessions start with some fun warm up games and then introduce exciting skill based activities and games which all have cricket at their heart and are based on the ‘FUNdamentals of movement’ - developing hand eye co-ordination, individual skills and team co-operation.
Each session has a particular theme whether it is batting, bowling, catching, throwing or fielding but all of the elements of the sport are incorporated into the sessions.
The six-week course starts on Wednesday 20 April at 2 – 2.45pm (1st innings for pre-school kids) and 4 - 4.45pm (2nd innings for Reception, Years 1 and 2 children) and will take place at Clowne Sports Centre, The Arc, S43 4JY. All the sessions are bookable and payable in advance for the 6-week block at a price of £30 (£5 per child per session), with sibling discounts available.
For your peace of mind, a Newcomer’s Guarantee is also offered, so if your child is not enjoying it after a couple of weeks a refund of the unused sessions at £5 each will be provided.
Previous sessions have received fantastic feedback from parents:
• “My son loves Cricket and talks about the Little Wickets session throughout the week
• “I'm a big believer in confidence through sport and seeing my son develop his skills at such a young age is inspiring
• “My son loves the sessions and is improving his hand-eye coordination”
Date issued: 13 April 2016
Site Development at Engineering Firm Creates New Jobs for Clowne
Work has commenced at Clowne based lifting equipment manufacturer Penny Hydraulics on a £1.5M site development at their Clowne premises which will create 10 new job opportunities within the next 2 years.
Penny Hydraulics Ltd was founded in 1978 by mining engineer, John Penny. The company offered nationwide hydraulic garage equipment and mining equipment repairs. As Japanese imports started to become more common and the mining industry started to decline, the company diversified into new markets, primarily lifting equipment including cranes for commercial vehicles.
Today, although the core business remains cranes for vans, the company has diversified, venturing further into the lifting equipment industry with goods lifts, winches and tyre handling equipment. The firm currently employs 90 people, over 90% of which are from Clowne and its surrounding villages.
Following a record year in sales, Penny Hydraulics is set to better this again in 2016 with the end of year turnover set to exceed £7M. Various large contracts for customers including BT and Royal Mail have helped to boost sales along with the introduction of a new 1000kg capacity goods lift that the company introduced in 2015. A new line of over 470 hydraulic vehicle mounted cranes added to the existing crane range in April
2015 has also played its part.
The business remains family owned and is currently run by 2nd generation family members and a board of Directors. Robin Penny, son of founder John Penny and current MD of the company, shares some of the secrets to the company’s success to date as he comments, “we have to continually invest in the people, the systems and the site that make up our business otherwise we will fall behind our competitors. To do this we need to make a profit and so we are always looking at ways to improve our margins. Training, green technologies and access to European funding are just some of the areas we have used to increase our profits by reducing overheads and increasing productivity.”
The changes implemented have included a new compressor, LED lights, solar panels, the installation of more efficient computers and screens, the implementation of waste controls, solvent recycling & driver training. By analysing and making changes to the premises heating system, the company made a saving of over 30% per year on their heating bill. Robin comments, “It is thanks to this constant monitoring and adjusting that our profit has historically been very healthy and projections continue to be excellent. Such investments make commercial sense in the long-term but also means that our operation makes much less of an environmental impact”.
Robin attributes financial prudency as another attribute to the success of the company as he states “unlike many companies, our business has always been run prudently and has grown steadily through decades of hard work”. The benefits of this now, are that the company has no loans or overdrafts, owns all of its premises, owns all company fleet vehicles and owns all its own plant & equipment.
Robin continues “This puts us in a strong financial position and sets us apart from many other businesses who rely heavily on credit
to run their businesses. We can survive the downturns that seem to have become part of the economic landscape.”
The work that is currently underway at the Penny Hydraulics site, on Station Road in Clowne includes a new warehousing facility to allow increased levels of stock, a new production facility to allow increased turnover of products and a new office building to offer space to expand the Design Team and improve customer perception. New job opportunities will include mechanical engineers, administrators, welders & fabricators,
offering excellent employment opportunities within the region.
The development comes at a time when the industry body StartUp Britain announced that the District of Bolsover generated more entrepreneurs per head of population in 2015 than any other area of the country outside London, with 25 new companies registered per 1,000 people. In addition, the authority has the fastest projected rate of employment growth of any Derbyshire authority. Robin thinks that Bolsover District Council has a lot to do with this, stating, “The Council is very active in supporting local businesses, giving training, advice and help with accessing funding. They have been very helpful and are a real partner to us in what we do.”
Access to a funding development grant of 15% towards the project costs has enabled Penny Hydraulics to start the site development sooner than originally anticipated. The ‘Invest to Grow’ grant focuses on growth, innovation and the creation of sustainable jobs in the East Midlands area and was administered by Derby University.
Local construction company, Lindrick Construction Services Limited, a Worksop based firm who are also family run, will be carrying out the work which is set to be completed at the end of 2016.
Date issued: 11 April 2016 (issued by Penny Hydraulics)
Arts Development To Fire Communities Imagination
A brand new strategy that aims to increase arts and cultural activity across Bolsover District and inspire people to get involved has been agreed.
The Arts Development and Public Art Strategy 2016-2020 (5.37MB) highlights the importance of developing arts and cultural activities for people to take part in and enjoy and also aims to raise the awareness of the important role they play in society and local communities.
The Strategy places emphasis on arts contributing to good planning, which can in turn lead to pleasant, attractive and distinctive places.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “We have consulted with a wide range of people and organisations to get to this point and we now have a plan that will guide our arts development over the next four years.”
The Strategy has three main strands to it:
- Unique places and spaces – using the arts to help make the District an attractive place to live, work and visit, attracting developers to invest in the area.
- Effective growth through partnerships – work with a wide range of partners at local, regional and national level to raise additional funding and plan projects with impact.
- Inspiring arts for all – increase access to high quality arts.
Councillor Dooley added, “We have always been a progressive authority in terms of providing arts and cultural activities within our local communities from our world renowned Festival of Brass to the Food and Drink Fayre in Bolsover.
“As you can see, the arts is not just about the opera or galleries, it’s so much more than that. It’s about creating events, projects or schemes that fire people’s imagination, that help create distinct communities and that improve people’s skills and learning experiences.”
Arts and culture also contributes greatly to the local economy and national research has shown that for every £1 spent by local authorities on arts, grant aid and partnership working brings in another £4 (arts development UK local authority spending survey 2013).
Date issued: 8 April 2016
New Contact Centre due to open in April
Residents in Bolsover town are set to get a new Contact Centre as we are relocating our current office onto Cotton Street.
The Contact Centre will be relocated from its current location in Sherwood Lodge to the former Natwest Bank property on Cotton Street and will be open from 9am on Tuesday 19 April 2016.
The property has been refurbished and will give customers the chance to make face-to-face enquiries about council services, make automated payments and will also be home to JobCentre Plus as well.
The current Contact Centre will close at 5pm on Friday 15 April and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 19 April 2016. During the day’s closure (Monday 18 April 2016) residents and customers can still access council services and make automated payments, at our three other Contact Centres in Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton or use the website.
Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Councillor Terry Connerton said, “We are delighted with the new property and can’t wait for it to open. It’s in the perfect location, right in the heart of the town and brings back into use an empty property.
“There will be no change to the service provided as customers will be able to do everything they currently can at Sherwood Lodge, but with the added benefit of also having JobCentre Plus under the same roof as well.”
Phil Higginson, Midland Shires District Manager said, “We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with Bolsover District Council. The co-located model of working not only protects public funds, by delivering an efficient service, but much more importantly delivers a synergy of all local services for the benefit of the local community. We believe this an excellent model of future working that meets DWP’s vision for 2020. ”
Date issued: 7 April 2016