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Schoolgirl inspired by Olympic challenge

An Olympic rowing challenge inspired a young Palterton school girl so much that she went out and bought her own rowing machine.

After taking part in Bolsover District Council’s and Bolsover School Sports Partnership’s Row to Rio challenge, Jessica (10) from Palterton, was hooked and went straight home to ask her parents to buy a rowing machine so she could keep up the sport at home. Jessica using her rowing machine

Jess now rows every morning to her favourite music and is challenging herself to achieve more and more each day. She even involves her friends by asking them to come and have a go on her rowing machine.

Jess said, “After taking part in the challenge, I really enjoyed it and wanted to keep rowing on a regular basis; so I asked my parents to buy me a rowing machine. I love it and row whenever I can.

“I really feel that the rowing has helped improve my fitness and stamina, which has helped with my dancing as well. I am also a Change for Life champion at school, so I keep asking my friends to come and have a go and have pledged to keep students fit whilst having fun.”

The ‘Row to Rio’ challenge is a partnership event between Bolsover District Council and Bolsover School Sports Partnership and involves over 10,000 children from 44 schools from across the area. Their challenge is to row the distance from Bolsover to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (5,830 miles) in just 88 days.

Jess’ mum Rachel said, “Jess came home from school buzzing with enthusiasm about the 'Row to Rio' activity she had been involved in. Having never been on a rowing machine before, we were surprised how excited and eager she was to continue rowing.

“We bought her a rowing machine the same week and she loves it. We have seen a definite increase in her fitness levels and alongside dancing she intends to keep up the rowing; fitting in practice in any spare moment.”

Each school has four rowing machines for two days and a fun chart is displayed where the children can track how far they have travelled in the form of a boat/Rio logo which shows the start and finish destination and how the school has contributed towards the end goal.

To date, the challenge has seen 24 schools take part and reach an amazing 4,500 miles and is due to be completed on 15 July 2016.

 Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “This is what it’s all about. A simple challenge like this helping inspire a young person to take up the sport! We are always encouraging our youngsters to be more active and hopefully Jess’ story will inspire others to take up a life-long interest in sport and physical activity.”

Date issued: 31 May 2016

Footpath 18, Sookholme Road, Shirebrook Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

We have approved the making of a public spaces protection order under Section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The order will place restriction on access to a section of  definitive Footpath 18 to the rear of Sookholme Road.  The PSPO order (30.5kb) and Map (263kb) will be implemented on or after 13th June 2016.

Members of the public will be notified again once the Order has been implemented.

First Aid World Record Breakers!

A World Record attempt for the most people at one time learning simple, life saving first aid skills has been a resounding success.

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1,795 school children and local residents took part in a World Record attempt and undertook a first aid lesson at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield, at the same time.

The previous World Record was held by Emirates Transport in Abu Dhabi on 27 April 2013 and saw 1700 participants take part.

The World Record attempt was organised by the Community Save a Life Scheme, in partnership with Bolsover District Council. Chesterfield FC, British Heart Foundation, Rotary International and Inner Wheel supported the event.

The event took place on the pitch at the Proact Stadium on 20 May 2016 and the aim of the event was to give people the skills and confidence to deal with everyday first aid occurrences such as fainting, choking, serious bleeding, a heart attack and cardiac arrest.

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Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “I’m delighted the attempt was a success and I hope it gives local people a boost in confidence if they ever find themselves in a first aid situation.

“Well done to everyone who took part and supported this event in particular Cllr Deborah Watson and Cllr Jim Clifton who helped navigate this event to its’ success.”

Dr Cheryle Berry, from the Community Save a Life Scheme, said: “This is the first time this has been attempted on such a large scale and I am absolutely thrilled with the response from the local schools, I’m so proud of them all.

“Today has been a dream come true and it’s such a boost for the Scheme, I would Iove to see it put on the National Curriculum.

I would also like to thank Bolsover District Council for their community leadership, which has been second to none.”

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Glenn Pollard, Guinness World Records Adjudicator said: “This has been one of best organised events I have ever adjudicated.

“The success of this attempt is testament to everyone involved.”

Date issued: 20 May 2016


Old Car Park In Clowne To Be Developed 

The development of a former car park in Clowne has been granted planning permission by our Planning Committee.

The application is for the building of nine houses, each including a private drive with access off it to a mobility shop car park and a turning area for service vehicles.

The site was previously a car park to the former college which is now closed off and is overgrown. The site is accessed off Rectory Road by a driveway which also serves the mobility shop to the south of the site access.

Work on the site must take place within three years and as part of the planning conditions, the applicant, Mr Dan Stack must deliver a development sympathic with the existing landscape character and housing style of the area and also safeguard and enhance wildlife habitats, views, hedgerows and existing trees.

The proposal will see each of the three bed semi-detached houses benefit from two parking spaces and the terraced houses will have a parking/turning area to the front with two spaces for each.

Date issued: 12 May 2016

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