Category: General

  • Busy July for society’s blue plaques scheme

    July will be a busy month for the society’s blue plaque scheme, with two new plaques to be unveiled alongside the fitting of one replacement. The first plaque will be unveiled at Chesterfield Football Club – commemorating the origin of walking football. It’s very kindly sponsored by the club’s community trust.   Two further plaques…

  • Society committee visits Dunston Hall

    The society have previously expressed its concern about various aspects of recent works at Dunston Hall, but have been reassured following a visit to the premises made in late April. The committee saw at first hand the considerable and high quality work that has been carried out on the grade II listed house itself, into…

  • Town trails available

    We are sometimes asked if there is a trail available looking at Chesterfield town centre. We’re pleased to advise that there are, in fact, two and they can both be downloaded for free. One of our committee members, local historian Janet Murphy, has written two trails. One looks at Chesterfield’s black and white buildings, the…

  • Successful 18 April members’ meeting

    Chesterfield and wider area initiatives, issues, problems and opportunities were discussed with Chesterfield Borough Council’s Economic Development Chief, Neil Johnson, at our members’ meeting on 18 April. We’ll be circulating details of the discussion threads to our members in due course. We also received some suggestions about the future format of meetings such as this,…

  • Visitor Information Centre set to close

    The Society is very disappointed at the decision to close the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre (VIC). We feel it is not clear how the supposed ‘digital’ delivery aimed at providing information in future will actually work. It can’t, for example, replace the availability of such things as hard copy leaflets that have been available at…

  • Our latest Blue Plaque – 87 New Square

    Information on our latest ‘blue plaque’ to be unveiled at 87 New Square, at the beginning of February. The latest in the Chesterfield and District Civic Society’s ‘blue plaques’ series has been kindly sponsored by Leverton UK Ltd. They are responsible for the restoration of the plaque’s destination – 87 New Square – and its…

  • Society responds to Borough’s budget ‘conversation’.

    Chesterfield and District Civic Society has submitted its response to Chesterfield Borough Council’s budget ‘conversation’. The Society understands that Chesterfield Borough Council needs to make service cuts, as it is predicting a £4 million budget shortfall. This is the result of the cumulative effect of reductions from central government funding, inflation, and the lingering negative impact…

  • Plaque progress

    We have been continuing to review our blue plaques scheme, including where we might have new plaques and of current plaques in need of replacement. Current plaques needing replacement After receiving a report on the existing plaques, the Civic Society committee has prioritised two as in most urgent need of replacement. Both contain factual errors…

  • Help our buildings at risk list get a refresh

    We are working on a refresh of our unloved and heritage buildings at risk list and want your help in revising it. The list is an attempt to build a register of buildings, locally, that we feel are important. They may be listed, empty, or suffering from neglect and visibly deteriorating. Sometimes they may just…

  • New chairman for society

    We have a new chairman of the Chesterfield and District Civic Society – Howard Borrell. Howard will be well-known to many. He was a Chesterfield borough councillor until earlier this year, where he took a particular interest in planning and town centre regeneration issues. Howard will certainly be well-known to fans of Chesterfield Football club;…