Elder Way Co-op Redevelopment – A talk by Adam Hearld

Wed 2 Nov   :   Elder Way Co-op Redevelopment

 A talk by Adam Hearld of Jomast Properties Ltd, the site developers

Jomast Properties Ltd – Website

 

In the Suite at the St Thomas’ Centre at 7.30pm.

There will also be an update on our involvement in current and recent local issues such as The Shrubberies, Thornfield House and Hurst House.

Free to members, guests £2.

St Thomas’ Centre
For location details and directions , please click on the picture .

We are a friendly Society  discovering much about the rich industrial history and archaeology of the broader Chesterfield and north-east  Derbyshire area. We have monthly meetings with talks on fascinating local heritage, and our members receive quarterly Newsletters full of details about “What’s On”. We visit local and not-so-local sites of interest, and we carry out surveys and limited excavation within the area.

For more information visit our website

‘Parliament at Work’ – an insight into the reality of the life at Westminster .

UK PARLIAMENT WEEK EVENT

 ‘PARLIAMENT  AT WORK – a view from the inside’

Sat. 18 Nov. at the St. Thomas’  Centre,  Chatsworth Road, with contributions from the current local Members of Parliament Toby Perkins MP and  Lee Rowley MP, and former MPs Natascha Engel and Paul Holmes .

The doors open at 9.30am for tea, coffee and biscuits

Meeting 10am – 12.30pm.

The event is held in conjunction with ‘UK Parliament Week’ at the invitation of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. John Bercow.

Further Information on Parliament Week can be found here

Admission :

Society members and under 18s free.

Others £2.00.

St Thomas’ Centre

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Civic Society AGM Wednesday 6th September 2017 – Agenda

CHESTERFIELD & DISTRICT CIVIC SOCIETY

 

NOTICE AND OFFICIAL AGENDA FOR

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD AT

THE ST. THOMAS CENTRE ON WEDNESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2017

AT 7.30PM – TO BE FOLLOWED BY A TALK

ON “CHESTERFIELD STREETS AND HOUSES“-  

 BY PHILIP RIDEN

AGENDA.

  1. To receive any apologies for absence.
  2. To receive and adopt, or not, after any necessary amendments, the Minutes of the previous AGM.
  3. To receive and adopt, or not, the Chairman’s Report (available at AGM).
  4. To receive and adopt, or not, the annual accounts of the Society (available at AGM).
  5. To elect Officers and Management Committee comprising: Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and Members of the Committee. All present incumbents are willing to continue in office.  They are :
Chairman,

Philip Riden

Secretary/Treasurer

Frank Gorman

Committee Members:

Daniel Botham

David Botham

Liz Cook

Janet Murphy

David Palmer

Hugh Quigley

Ian Thomason

6. Close of formal business.

7. Open discussion forum – at Chairman’s discretion.

Thornfield

CHESTERFIELD AND DISTRICT CIVIC SOCIETY
PRESS RELEASE

Civic Society urges Council to save historic building

Chesterfield and District Civic Society has written to the Borough Council asking them not to allow the demolition of what the society believes is the last building in the town associated with the Chesterfield Canal. Thornfield, a stone-built Georgian house of the early 1830s, is part of the former offices of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce on Canal Wharf, which the Chamber wishes to redevelop for housing. The Civic Society is in favour of new houses being built there, but wishes to see Thornfield retained.

 

Philip Riden, the society’s chairman, explained that Thornfield was built by Joseph Gratton, who was the Chesterfield Canal Company’s ‘agent’ (general manager in modern terms) between 1802 and 1839, when he was presented with a silver tea service by the company on his retirement. Gratton also designed the town’s original gas and waterworks on Foljambe Road and had a draper’s shop on High Street. He was a keen amateur scientist and made fireworks for public shows which he put on in the Market Place. ‘Joseph Gratton was clearly a remarkable man’, commented Mr Riden, ‘and his home at Thornfield is important as the last surviving building in Chesterfield connected with the canal. This brought prosperity to the town 200 years ago and will do so again once it is fully restored’.
The Civic Society has asked the Borough Council to issue a Building Preservation Notice to protect Thornfield from demolition for six months, during which time a plan can be worked out to incorporate it in the redevelopment scheme. In the meantime, the society has written a short history of the house, which is available on their website.

 

 

The history can be found here as a PDF : Thornfield History

 

 

Chesterfield & District Family History Society Annual Fair

The Chesterfield and District Family History Society Annual Fair will be held on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at the PROACT Football Stadium on Sheffield Road , Chesterfield .

The Civic Society has a stall at the event and other exhibitors cover Genealogy , Local History and Crafts .

Admission is £1 , including entry to the raffle , while children are free . Full details , with a full list of exhibitors , can be found here  :

CADFHS Annual Fair 2017