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Public notice regarding payment disruption

Due to an essential upgrade to the Councils cash receipting system, we will not be able to take payments via the Automated Telephone Payment line, or the payments pages on our website from 2.00pm on the 25th April 2016 for approximately 3 hours. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The payment kiosks located at our Contact Centres are not affected by this upgrade, and will be fully operational during this time.

The Great British Food & Drink Festival back at stunning Hardwick Hall

Set in the grounds of the magnificent Elizabethan country house, Hardwick Hall provides a stunning venue for The Great British Food & Drink Festival. The event will be held for three days between 30 April and the 2 May 2016 and opens its gates at 10am each day.

The Great British Food Festival organisers have added on a number of new attractions for 2016, organiser, Daniel Maycock said: "We really enjoyed last year here at Hardwick Hall and we are back bigger than ever. We’ve added a BBQ demo area and cooking from a camper demos, as well as even more tasty street food and top producers. This year we have also added a gift and craft marquee, so we’ll have even more great stalls!’. cup cakes

Amongst the attractions, visitors will be able to watch a number of local and celebrity chefs demonstrate signature dishes and bakes. Chefs from the local area will be on stage alongside stars from the BBC's Great British Bake Off, like Luis Troyano and Howard Middleton. Any budding home bakers out there will also have the chance to enter the ‘Cake Off’ held at 1.30pm each day. Enter your cake to win a fabulous prize and get free entry into the show.

For anyone who loves BBQ's, Tony Smith finalist of ITV's 'BBQ Champ' will be running demonstrations throughout the weekend giving tips of how to get the most flavour from your BBQ this summer. Tony has a very successful street food and catering company 'Man Meat Fire' specialising in US style low and slow smoked barbecue and Southern Soul food which you can sample over the weekend.

Children will have the opportunity to learn new cookery skills in the Diddy Cook Classes which can be booked online or on the day at the Information Point for £3.50 per child. It goes without saying that there will also be a variety of great food and drink exhibitors show casing a range of delicious local and regional products. A great foodie day out for the whole family.

Visitors can enjoy a full day of activity at the Festival and take advantage of a 2 for 1 offer to gain entry into Hardwick Hall and Gardens.

To find out more about the Festival and book tickets on line visit the website.

Event Ticket Prices:

  • £7.50 for Adults
  • £3.50 for Children 5-12 years
  • £6.50 for Seniors over 65 years
  • Family Ticket £20.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
  • You can pay to enter on the door, these events are not advanced ticket only.
  • Tickets are available online before the event and will be emailed out automatically
    (we don't post out tickets).
  • There is usually a fast lane queue for those with advanced tickets.
  • Adult tickets are for anyone 13 years and over.Child tickets are for kids aged 5-12 years.
  • Children 4 & under are free and do not need a ticket.
  • One carer goes free with each disabled visitor (proof of being a carer needed).
  • Entry fee at some events can include access to hall or gardens. See venue page for details.
  • Entry fee includes free car parking. Disabled parking available near event entrance.
  • Cake off entries get one free adult entry to the festival per cake entered.

Date issued: 20 April 2016

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.Little Wickets April 2016

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”

To book a place on the sessions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your child’s/children’s name, date of birth and a contact telephone number or alternatively telephone 0115 924 8476 to make a booking.

The Little Wickets sessions are an expansion of our Super Tots program which also includes Balanceability, Mini Dribblers and Open Play sessions. More information can be found here.

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. Penny Hydraulics

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)

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