Food lovers are in for a treat on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July as Bolsover Food and Drink Festival returns for a fourth year.
The popular event, which attracted over 6,000 visitors last year will once again fill the streets with culinary delights together with live music and street entertainment.
Bookings have been coming in since January with a wide variety of traders serving up all kinds of sweet and savoury morsels to enjoy at the event from our street food vendors or take home produce from specialist artisan producers together with a great selection of tasty tipples including several local real ales.
Award winning writer, cook book author and chef presenter, Richard Fox will be coming to Bolsover providing some tasty recipe ideas in our demonstration kitchen with opportunities to sample his creations. We also have a guest appearance from Chesterfield amateur cooks, Andy Reeves and Raechel Parker who were regional winners Channel 4’s My Kitchen Rules
There will be street performers, who have performed at events across the United Kingdom, most recently returning from Glastonbury providing their unique entertainment at the event together with live music over the two days.
“We’re expecting an even bigger selection of food and drink producers this year,” said Andrew Tristram, Bolsover Town Clerk. “Last year’s event was a huge success and this year looks like being our best ever with many new traders coming to the town, plus lots of entertainment and, of course, the sunshine!” he said.
“So it’s no surprise that stall holders have booked again, and this means we can expect an even bigger event this year. Look out for updates on our Facebook page.”
Bolsover Food and Drink Festival 2017 will take place in Bolsover Town Centre from 10am on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July and is free to visitors.
The event is organised by Old Bolsover Town Council.
The Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Ros Kerslake, has been visiting Bolsover District Council’s £10m New Bolsover, New Beginnings project to see how it is progressing.
Ros and her colleagues enjoyed a brief presentation which outlined the history of the project and highlighted the achievements so far. She then went on a tour of the Model Village which included a visit to one of the community engagement projects called the Pumpkin Patch and a peek inside properties currently under refurbishment.
The Model Village is seeing major investment in the three-year project that is providing essential repairs and original architectural features restored.
Thanks to the help of the National Lottery players’, we are restoring and upgrading New Bolsover Model Village which was built by the Bolsover Colliery Company in 1891 to accommodate its workforce and is a lasting legacy to the coal mining industry which dominated life in the town from 1891 to 1993.
The project has also seen an innovative community development programme to encourage local people and participants alike to feel proud of their local area and appreciate its rich history.
Chief Executive of the HLF, Ros Kerslake OBE said. “I was delighted to get the chance to visit this visionary project, and to see how National Lottery players’ support is helping to preserve and important part of the UK’s coal mining heritage. New Bolsover represents a great example of how to successfully engage the local community in restoration and repair”.
Approx £10million is being spent on the project which is made up of £8million from Bolsover District Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA), £1.9million from Heritage Lottery Fund and £40k from Derbyshire County Council.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “It’s great to see the Chief Executive of HLF so interested in our project and we look forward to welcoming her back as the scheme progresses. New Bolsover was a model of how to do things in the 19th century and, thanks to this inspirational project and National Lottery players, it will become a model of how to get the best out of historic properties in the 21st century.”
The Teenage Cancer Trust is £3,700 better off thanks to the generosity of Bolsover District Youth Councillors.
Over the last year, Youth Councillors have been busy organising a range of fundraising activities at schools and in the community in support of the charity. This included bag packing at a local food store, raffles and tombolas, choir singing at Dobbie’s Store in Barlborough and guess the name of the teddy.
The Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Mary Dooley who was at the cheque presentation, praised the young people for their kindness and generosity.
She said, “The Youth Councillors have been very creative in coming up with ways to raise awareness and funds, taking time out of school and sacrificing their lunchtimes to raise money. The amount raised will go directly to Teenage Cancer Trust to help them continue to provide excellent care and support to young people fighting cancer.”
The Youth Council is made up of pupils from all secondary schools within the District and the Council award them a budget to spend on projects it identifies each year.
The aims of the Youth Council are to consult with young people to improve service delivery, engage young people in local democratic processes, help schools with the teaching of citizenship and develop a positive image of young people across Bolsover District.
For more information about Young Voice, please call Richard Gadsby on telephone 01246 242300.
Pinxton Girls Can, a new campaign which is aims to inspire local women to get active by championing the successes of people just like them, is launching in Pinxton.
A localised version of This Girl Can, the hugely successful national campaign led by Sport England, Pinxton Girls Can will focus on the village of Pinxton and aims to break down barriers to women getting active.
Dedicated campaign pages have been set up on Facebook and on Instagram at @PinxtonGirlsCan, and organisers are keen to hear from local women who have a story to share, need help to get active, or would be interested in becoming a Pinxton Girls Can ambassador.
To kickstart the campaign local women are also invited to a Party in the Dark, where participants will be able to enjoy music, quizzes and Bingo, as well as having the chance to try dance-based activities such as Zumba and Latin in Line in short manageable blocks – all whilst helping to raise money for a worthy local cause.
The Pinxton Girls Can ‘Party in the Dark’ will be held on Wednesday, July 12 at Pinxton Village Hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Tickets must be booked in advanced, and can be purchased for a suggested minimum donation of £5 each, with all proceeds going to charity.
Andrea Stone, Development Manager at Derbyshire Sport, said: “We want to break down the barriers that women face when they think about being active. We want to show them that women just like them are active, having fun, and making new friends, and that they can do it too.
“We also want to hear from them – what do they enjoy doing, what keeps them from being active, what are their fears, what would they like to do, and what support do they need.
“All the activities, personal stories and ambassadors that are shared through Pinxton Girls Can will be specific to the area, making this a very local campaign.”
To find out more, or share your own photos or stories, visit the Facebook page or follow the campaign on Instagram at @PinxtonGirlsCan