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LATEST NEWS FROM THE MAYOR OF CHESTERFIELD

His Worship, The  Mayor Of Chesterfield

Chesterfield's New Mayor Takes Office

Chesterfield's New Mayor Takes OfficeThursday 12th May 2016
Chesterfield has welcomed its 376th mayor, with Councillor Steve Brunt taking up the reins for the coming year.

The new Mayor was sworn in at Chesterfield Borough Council's annual council meeting yesterday evening (Wednesday 11th May).

Councillor Brunt was elected as a Labour member serving Brockwell ward at the local elections in May 2015. He had previously served as a ward councillor for Holmebrook ward serving from 1987 to 1999... READ MORE & VIDEO...

A Day To Think Of Friends Who Never Came Back

A Day To Think Of Friends Who Never Came Back - Armistice day in Chesterfield.Thursday 12th November 2015
Once again, Chesterfield paid its own tribute to the heroes of war as, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the town joined others across the nation to fall silent and remember those who served, and fell, in wars throughout the last century.

As shops, schools and businesses observed two minutes' silence throughout the towns and villages, several hundred gathered outside the Town Hall to pay their respects to veterans and current servicemen - including several schools, nurseries and Public Services students from Chesterfield College... READ MORE...

Wearing Poppies With Pride - Chesterfield Remembers

Wearing Poppies With Pride - Chesterfield RemembersTuesday 10th November 2015 Once again, Chesterfield residents turned out in their thousands to support and remember the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces throughout the last hundred years and beyond.

They came to remember and, in scenes replicated across the UK, Chesterfield's veterans shared their private memories of war on the most public of occasions - Remembrance Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon, on a rainy and cold Autumn day, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, along with other Councillors and... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Chesterfield To Remember The Fallen

Chesterfield To Remember The FallenTuesday 3rd November 2015
Chesterfield residents have the opportunity to gather to remember those who have died in the First World War and subsequent conflicts in events for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

The annual Remembrance Sunday service takes place this Sunday 8th November, at 2.30pm at St Mary and All Saints' Church, the Crooked Spire.

Everyone is welcome to attend but residents are advised to be seated by 2pm as the church becomes very full... READ MORE & VIDEO...

Honour For Two Former Chesterfield Borough Councillors

Honour For Two Former Chesterfield Borough CouncillorsFriday 2nd October 2015 Former councillors Stewart Bradford and David Stone have been made honorary aldermen of the borough in recognition of their long service to Chesterfield Borough Council.

They both received the honour at an extraordinary council meeting held on Monday 28th September.

Stewart Bradford was first elected as a Labour member of the council in May 1983 serving until May 1995 and again from May 1999 until retiring at the local elections earlier this year. READ MORE...

Reception And Offices Unveiled At Brimington Crematorium

Reception And Offices Unveiled At Brimington CrematoriumFriday 25th September 2015 A new reception area has been opened at the Chesterfield and District Crematorium in Brimington, offering more comfortable facilities for bereaved relatives.

The facilities were opened by Chesterfield mayor, Councillor Barry Bingham, after work which has taken place over the last few weeks.

The improvements include: A relocated reception area so that visitors can be greeted by staff as soon as they enter the building; A ramp, handrail and automatic doors installed to improve access to the building; A private consultation... READ MORE...

Cheque Presentation In Honour Of Alderman Jim McManus

Cheque Presentation In Honour Of Alderman Jim McManusTuesday 15th September 2015 A presentation of a cheque for £1,000 has been made to Macmillian Cancer Support in memory of Alderman Jim McManus.

Donations were received in lieu of flowers at Jim's funeral last month in aid of the new Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre.

Jim was a councillor from 1987 until retiring at the local elections earlier this year.

He served as the borough's mayor in 2001 to 2002 and was the council's executive member for housing from 2011 until 2015. READ MORE...

Funeral Arrangements Announced For Alderman Jim McManus

Funeral Arrangements Announced For Alderman Jim McManusWednesday 19th August 2015 It's been announced that the funeral of Alderman Jim McManus will take place on Tuesday 25th August.

Jim's family have asked that people gather at Staveley Methodist Church at 12.30pm with the service due to take place at 12.40pm.

The funeral cortege will drive past the Town Hall, Rose Hill on its way to the church.

The service will be followed by a private cremation at Chesterfield and District Crematorium for close family and friends. READ MORE...

Chesterfield To Remember VJ Day And End Of World War II

Chesterfield To Remember VJ Day And End Of World War IIFriday 14th August 2015 Chesterfield residents are invited to attend a special ceremony to mark VJ Day (Victory over Japan Day) and the end of the Second World War.

Taking place tomorrow - Saturday 15th August - the ceremony will be held at 10.15am at the war memorial on Rose Hill, opposite the Town Hall. The event is organised by the Chesterfield and District Combined Ex-Service Associations and supported by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Revd Patrick Coleman will give an address at the service, which... READ MORE...

Borough Council Pays Tribute To Alderman Jim McManus

Borough Council Pays Tribute To Alderman Jim McManusTuesday 11th August 2015 Chesterfield Borough Council is paying tribute to Alderman Jim McManus, who died peacefully this morning.

Jim was a member of the council for 28 years. He was first elected in 1987 and retired at the recent elections held in May.

He served as the borough's mayor in 2001 to 2002 and was the council's executive member for housing from 2011 until earlier this year.

During this time, all of the council's housing reached the... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Sets It's Stall Out For Medieval Day

Chesterfield Sets It's Stall Out For Medieval DayFriday 31st July 2015 Once again Chesterfield stepped back in time earlier this week, as the town hosted its annual Medieval Market, an event which brings thousands into the town to celebrate and support the wealth of charities that help residents throughout the year.

This year, not only did the market see charity events and stalls held - but major stores also played their part in raising vital funds. The manager of Marks and Spencer on the High Street was strapped in the stocks at lunchtime, where he had sponges thrown at him by staff and visitors to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. READ MORE & AUDIO...

Paying Respects To Our Former Mayor, Alderman Whyatt

Paying Respects To Our Former MayorTuesday 30th June 2015
The funeral of former Chesterfield mayor Alderman Thomas Whyatt took place this Tuesday morning 30th June.

The cortege passed the Town Hall, Rose Hill, at 9.25am with the service at Chesterfield Crematorium at 9.40am.

Mr Whyatt represented Brimington North ward as a councillor before retiring in 1999. He served as mayor of Chesterfield in 1985/86 and was made an honorary alderman in 2004 in recognition of the service he had given to the borough.

Chesterfield's 'Ordinary Hero' Parades Through Town

Chesterfield's 'Ordinary Hero' Parades Through TownSunday 24th May 2015 Two weeks ago, lifelong Chesterfield resident Barry Bingham, was worrying whether he would win back his seat in the council elections - and after an emotional, and whirlwind fortnight, he was unveiled publically on Saturday 23rd May 2015 as the 375th Mayor of Chesterfield.

After being sworn in at Chambers last Wednesday evening, he paraded through town on Saturday morning - again with family and fellow dignitaries - to attend his Civic Service at the Crooked Spire.

Hundreds of shoppers and well wishers lined... READ MORE, AUDIO & VIDEO...

"Thank You For Making Me Mayor!" Cllr Bingham Takes Office

Thank You For Making Me Mayor! - Cllr Bingham Takes OfficeThursday 21st May 2015 Councillor Barry Bingham awoke yesterday to his first full day as the 375th Mayor of Chesterfield.

A lifelong resident of Chesterfield, Barry was born in New Whittington and attended Edwin Swale school in Chesterfield before beginning a career in engineering.

On Tuesday night, in the Council Chambers at the Town Hall, Barry was duly elected Mayor of Chesterfield for the year 2015/16.

A Councillor since 2007 and standing as a Liberal Democrat... READ MORE...

Welcoming Chesterfield's New Mayor Cllr Barry Bingham

Welcoming Chesterfield's New Mayor Cllr Barry BinghamFriday 15th May 2015 Councillor Barry Bingham will become Chesterfield's 375th mayor at a ceremony at the Town Hall this week.

The new mayor will take up his position at Chesterfield Borough Council's annual council meeting on Wednesday 20th May at 5pm.

Councillor Bingham was raised in Old Whittington and New Whittington, he worked at the Staveley Coal, Iron and Chemical Company for 38 years.

He has served as a Liberal Democrat councillor since 2007... READ MORE...

Mayor Joins Forces With Rotary To Help Children In Baback

Mayor Joins Forces With Rotary To Help Children In BabackTuesday 21st April 2015
Chesterfield Scarsdale Rotary Club along with members of Clay Cross, Chesterfield and Matlock, were invited to a meeting at the Town Hall by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield in order to hold a fund raising event for the Mayor's Appeal.

Rotary President Neil Baker announced that at least £3,500 will be donated by the club towards a project in the Mayor's birth village in Senegal, to provide safe and healthy sanitary and dormitory facilities for the 'children of Baback' who must board in the town of Thies, the nearest secondary school to... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Chesterfield 'Cheques' Out Charities After Inaugural Marathon

Chesterfield 'Cheques' Out Charities After Inaugural MarathonTuesday 10th February 2015 Over three thousand pounds has been donated to local good causes from funds raised by the inaugural Kids 'n' Cancer Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon.

Many local charities will each receive a sum of £100 from organisers of the event - staged on September 14th 2014.

Representatives from eight of those - including Chesterfield Samaritans, Fairplay, Ashgate Hospice, Pathways, Helen's Trust, Sick Children's Trust, Chesterfield Sands and The Mayor's Appeal gathered at Maison Mes Amis... READ MORE...

Happy Birthday To The Mayor Of Chesterfield, Cllr Alexis DioufHappy Birthday To The Mayor Of Chesterfield

Chesterfield's Mayor - Cllr Alexis Diouf - Wednesday 4th January 201




The town of Chesterfield and The Chesterfield Post would like to wish it's Mayor, Cllr Alexis Diouf, a very happy 60th birthday today.

From all friends and family and colleagues.

Local Jewellers Have Designs On Repairs As Workshop Opens

Local Jewellers Have Designs On Repairs As Workshop OpensWednesday 29th January 2015 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield were in attendance on Monday morning to open a new phase in the life of a local jewellery shop.

Chesterfield
girl, Abi Makin, has now taken up residence in the workshop at Green+Benz on Glumangate, where she will be repairing jewellery, alongside creating and forging her own designs such as the 'pod people'.

The workshop has long been something which Managing Director of the store, Helen Dimmick, has been keen to develop and, with the help, advice... READ MORE...

Mayor And Mayoress Of Chesterfield Light Up New Whittington

Mayor And Mayoress Of Chesterfield Light Up New WhittingtonMonday 8th December 2014 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield switched on the Christmas lights of New Whittington this weekend - as the village launched it's first Christmas Market.

Families enjoyed festive treats, raffles and games at St Patrick's Hall and carols were sung. There was also a visit from Santa himself!

Having attended the Village Fayre in the Summer, the Mayor, Cllr Alexis Diouf declared himself delighted to be back, telling the crowd, "We loved how welcoming the place was and tonight has been the same! I hope next year..." READ MORE...

Chesterfield Receives Visit From Namibian High Commissioner

Chesterfield Receives Visit From Namibian High CommissionerThursday 27th November 2014 Chesterfield has been pleased to receive the High Commissioner of Namibia, Steve Katjiuanjo, today - to pay tribute to the 20th year anniversary of twinning between the town and Tsumeb in Africa.

The High Commissioner took up the post, based in London, in December 2013, having begun his political life as a student agitator before becoming a senior civil servant in the Prime Minister's cabinet in 1997 - becoming Permanent Secretary in 2005 and latterly, Justice Secretary in 2007.

His Excellency and his wife, Christophine, have spent the... READ MORE...

'Most Wanted' Mark Leeson Opens Salon In Chesterfield

'Most Wanted' Mark Leeson Opens Salon In ChesterfieldMonday 17th November 2014 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield attended the opening of the salon of a Global hairdressing icon - and local lad - who has now opened a salon in the town, bringing not only his famous brand, but several jobs.

Mark Leeson, from Tibshelf, is one of the most respected names in the hairdressing industry and the opening of Mark Leeson in Marketplace, Chesterfield, coincides with Mark's 30th anniversary in hairdressing.

During this time, Mark has notched up an incredible... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Tributes To Twin Town Darmstadt - Centre For Comet Landing

Tributes To Twin Town Darmstadt - Centre For Comet LandingThursday 13th November 2014 The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Alexis Diouf, has this morning paid tribute to the efforts of scientists at the European Space Agency, in Chesterfield's twin town of Darmstadt, as they analyse and celebrate the success of the Rosetta Mission - which has seen a robot probe, Philae, land on a comet.

His Worship said he is delighted for the team in Germany in a town he has been proud to visit recently, "We would like to pass on our congratulations to our Twin Town of Darmstadt in their involvement in the ESA Launch and successful landing on the comet." READ MORE...

Launch For Chesterfield's Latest Landmark

Launch For Chesterfield's Latest LandmarkThursday 13th November 2014 Chesterfield's latest landmark, 'Growth', the sculpture at Hornsbridge Island, has been officially launched.

Chesterfield's Mayor, Councillor Alexis Diouf, switched on the low-energy lights which will illuminate the sculpture at a ceremony held yesterday evening.

The project, led by Chesterfield Borough Council, was in response to requests from local businesses to improve the gateways into the town centre.

The sculpture was designed by Derbyshire-based artist... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Town 'Steels' Itself During 'Made In Chesterfield' Week

Town 'Steels' Itself During 'Made In Chesterfield' WeekThursday 13th November 2014 Chesterfield Champion Franke Sissons Ltd, kicked off an entire week dedicated to celebrating the town's manufacturing heritage, by unveiling a brand new sculpture which has been designed and made by the firm's apprentices and students from Parkside School.

The unveiling of the sculpture at Chesterfield Coach Station was the start of a series of Made in Chesterfield events organised by Destination Chesterfield.

The week is designed to celebrate the town's manufacturing heritage as well as raise awareness of the wealth of job and career opportunities in the... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Takes Pride In Remembering

Chesterfield Takes Pride In RememberingMonday 10th November 2014
They came to remember and, in scenes replicated across the UK, Chesterfield's veterans shared their private memories of war on the most public of occasions - Remembrance Sunday - this year, the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One.

At 11am, the town came to a standstill as villages, shops and supermarkets observed one minute's silence to honour the fallen of many wars. Services of Remembrance were also held at various points across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire throughout the day - with more... READ MORE, AUDIO & VIDEO...

Chesterfield Remembers The Glorious Dead

Chesterfield Remembers The Glorious DeadWednesday 5th November 2014 Chesterfield residents will come together to remember those who have died in conflicts since 1914.

The annual service of remembrance takes place at St Mary and All Saints' Church (the 'Crooked Spire'), on Remembrance Sunday, 9th November, at 2.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend the service in church but people are advised to be in their seats by 2pm as the church becomes very full.

The service will be followed by a parade from the church... READ MORE...

Famous Faces Bag A Bargain At Chesterfield's 1940's Market

Famous Faces Bag A Bargain At Chesterfield's 1940's MarketFriday 31st October 2014 Chesterfield is proud of its market and yesterday, stallholders stepped back in time, donning 'Forties Finery' as the town launched its annual Chesterfield Markets Festival.

Thousands packed into town and entered into the spirit of things, with residents, visitors and re enactors selling forties themed goods - and goodies - and entertaining guests.

The Festival, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, in conjunction with Chesterfield Market Traders, will evolve over the next... READ MORE & VIDEO...

Mayoral Best Breakfast For Derbyshire Carers Association

Mayoral Best Breakfast For Derbyshire Carers AssociationFriday 24th October 2014 As part of the Derbyshire Carers Association's (DCA) Autumn fund-raising campaign for Carers, Chesterfield's Mayor, Cllr Alexis Saliou Diouf and the Mayoress, Vickey-Anne Diouf, got up early this morning to take part in 'Britain's Best Breakfast in Derbyshire', part of the Carers Trust national campaign.

This fun, innovative breakfast event took place from 8am to 11am at Rose Hill United Reformed Church, opposite the East entrance of the Town Hall.

Wanting to encourage people to wake up to the... READ MORE & AUDIO...

New Look For An Old Favourite

New Look For An Old FavouriteMonday 20th October 2014 It's a familiar building to most of us but inside, there has been substantial renovation - and The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield said they were "delighted" to be asked to cut the ribbon which declared the 'new look' Rose Hill United Reformed Church officially reopen.

The church has seen substantial improvements which have resulted in new disabled facilities, a fully serviced catering kitchen (and a smaller coffee counter in The Sanctuary) along with a full AV system and a bright and airy conference room.

Situated next to The Town Hall, Rose Hill URC is part of... READ MORE...

Former Chesterfield Mayor Joins UKIP

Former Chesterfield Mayor Joins UKIPMonday 6th October 2014 Last years Mayor of Chesterfield has joined UKIP to become their first councillor on Chesterfield Borough Council.

Cllr Paul Christopher Stone
, who represented Barrow Hill and New Whittington and has been a councillor for the last 13 years, told us, "Like most people today, I am very unhappy with main stream politics. All three main parties no longer represent the principles on which I was elected.

"Nationally, UKIP, Independents and the Greens are working together on the Local Government Association. Locally I have built up a good..." READ MORE...

Tributes Paid To Former Chesterfield Mayor, Trudi Mulcaster

Tributes Paid To Former Chesterfield Mayor, Trudi MulcasterFriday 19th September 2014 Tributes have been paid to former Chesterfield mayor, Trudi Mulcaster, who, it has been announced today, died on Wednesday after a long illness.

Mrs Mulcaster was a Liberal councillor for the former West ward between 1973 and 1979, and Liberal Democrat councillor for West ward from 1996 to 2007.

She served as Mayor of Chesterfield from 2006 to 2007, supporting the charity Pathways of Chesterfield, helping the homeless in the borough, during her year of office. READ MORE...

New Royal Baby On The Way!

New Royal Baby On The Way!Monday 8th September 2014 It's been announced this morning that HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second baby.

A statement from Clarence House this morning read, "Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness). Her Royal Highness will no longer..." READ MORE...

Opening Doors For Young Carers

Opening Doors For Young CarersThursday 4th September 2014 As part of an innovative new project by Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA), 28th August saw young carers flocking to the Post Mill Centre, South Normanton for a well-earned Celebration Event, attended by VIP guests The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf and Mrs Vickey-Anne Diouf.

Young carers and siblings had the chance to boogie the night away to hot DJ music, enjoy a huge healthy buffet and experience the unique opportunity to meet and chat to other carers in an informal setting and, importantly, in an environment away from daily pressures and responsibilities. READ MORE...

Namibian Commonwealth Bronze Medallist Visits Mayor

Namibian Commonwealth Bronze Medallist Visits MayorFriday 1st August 2014
With just under a week of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow left, one medal winner came to Chesterfield yesterday to see the sights - and meet the Mayor and the society that celebrates the twinning of Chesterfield with the Namibian town of Tsumeb.

Johanna Benson
, 24, and a member of the Namibian Para-Sport team competing at the games, was invited here by Derek Sherratt, a member of the Tsumeb Society, after he met her whilst attending an event at which the Namibian High Commissioner was present. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Steps Back In Time To Sample Medieval Life

Chesterfield Steps Back In Time To Sample Medieval LifeWednesday 30th July 2014 Queen Elizabeth was in Chesterfield yesterday - though sadly for royal watchers, it was Queen Elizabeth I rather than our current monarch!

Her Majesty was, like thousands of visitors, taking in the annual Medieval Market - a fun family day which also enables charities to promote their activities and spread their message.

The event with a medieval theme is organised by Chesterfield Borough Council and many stallholders on the open-air market were in... READ MORE & VIDEO...

"I Am Very Lucky!" Interview With The Mayor Of Chesterfield

I Am Very Lucky! -  Interview With The Mayor Of ChesterfieldMonday 14th July 2014 The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Alexis Diouf, has been in post for two months and says that he is thoroughly enjoying the mayoral experience so far.

Talking to The Chesterfield Post in his parlour last week, he told Lia Green that being Mayor of Chesterfield has been a huge honour for a boy born in Senegal, before moving to Chesterfield - a town which he says he has been made to feel at home in.

His Worship told us he had wanted to be Mayor, "To pay back people who put so much faith in me, Chesterfield people..." READ MORE & AUDIO...

Former Mayor Thanks Chesterfield For Its Support

Former Mayor Thanks Chesterfield For Its SupportTuesday 8th July 2014 Former Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Christopher Stone, has today announced the total made for his nominated charities during his mayoral year (2013/14).

Just over nine thousand pounds was raised via various charity events and Cllr Stone says that he wishes to place on record his thanks for everyone who helped or donated.

The monies were divided as follows: Pathways of Chesterfield, a Special collection, money raised was £105, Food Banks/Soup Kitchen... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Turns Out To Welcome Home The Lancers

Chesterfield Turns Out To Welcome Home The LancersThursday 3rd July 2014 "It's a warming feeling knowing that you're doing something that everyone is so proud of. It's a special feeling to know that I am part of an organisation that keeps this country and other countries safe!" - Trooper Daniel O'Keefe from Whitwell, speaking to The Chesterfield Post just before he, alongside his comrades from the 9/12th Lancers, marched through Chesterfield this morning as part of their homecoming parade after returning from an eight month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Battalion were awarded The Freedom of The Borough in 2012 and regularly return to the town, cementing the proud links that... READ MORE, PICS & AUDIO...

Chesterfield Project Serves Former Armed Forces Personnel

Chesterfield Project Serves Former Armed Forces PersonnelSunday 29th June 2014 For the past six months, The Armed Forces Hub has taken place at the Proact Stadium - a project aimed at supporting veterans of all ages who are looking to make the transition back into civilian life.

The scheme aims to provide all of the services that veterans may need coming away from the Armed Forces under one roof, signposting veterans towards vital information.

The official opening of the event took place on Friday 27th June, with dignitaries such as the Mayor of Chesterfield, Alexis Diouf, The Mayoress Vickie-Anne Diouf, as well as the MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins and... READ MORE & AUDIO...

New Chesterfield Church Unveils Works Of Art

New Chesterfield Church Unveils Works Of ArtTuesday 3rd June 2014 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, and several councillors from the planning committee, were guests of honour as Chesterfield's newest church was officially opened on Saturday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has just been built at Stonegravels, on the site of the former bus offices, and houses a growing congregation - along with missionaries who travel from around the world to serve in the town.

The Mayor and Mayoress, and residents of the town who had... READ MORE...

Mayor Officially Opens Towns Newest 'High End' Business

Mayor Officially Opens Towns Newest 'High End' BusinessTuesday 3rd June 2014 As Chesterfield town centre begins to see small signs of the economic recovery, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield were in attendance at the official opening of Chesterfield's newest 'high end' business, which has been hailed a hit by customers and seen brisk trade since it opened its doors two months ago.

The Pandora Store, on Low Pavements, is owned by MD of Green + Benz, Helen Dimmick, who has traded in Chesterfield for years and felt that there was enough consumer confidence around to extend into another shop, specialising in the popular jewellery brand. READ MORE...

Chesterfield's New Mayor Parades Through The Town

Chesterfield's New Mayor Parades Through The TownMonday 19th May 2014 It's been a busy and undoubtedly emotional few days for Chesterfield's 374th Mayor, Senegal born Cllr Alexis Diouf.

After being sworn in at Chambers last Wednesday evening - where he made a heartfelt speech to his fellow councillors and family asking, "Who would have thought that the little boy chasing goats in Senegal would end up here today?" he paraded through town on Saturday morning - again with family and fellow dignitaries - to attend his Civic Service at the Crooked Spire.

Hundreds of shoppers and wellwishers lined the route... READ MORE & VIDEO...

"I Will Do My Best To Make Chesterfield Proud Of Me!"

Chesterfield's New Mayor, Cllr Alexis Diouf - I Will Do My Best To Make Chesterfield Proud Of Me!Monday 19th May 2014 In a sometimes emotional evening, in front of family and friends last Wednesday, 14th May, Cllr Alexis Diouf became the 374th Mayor of Chesterfield.

A local councillor since 2003, Senegal-born Alexis had previously told The Chesterfield Post that he was very much looking forward to becoming Chesterfield's First Citizen - having lived in the town for over 33 years after marrying a local lady, Vickey-Anne.

Cllr Ray Russell, Leader of the Lib Dem party, made the... READ MORE...

Welcoming Chesterfield's New Mayor And Mayoress

Welcoming Chesterfield's New Mayor And MayoressWednesday 14th May 2014 Councillor Alexis Diouf becomes Chesterfield's 374th mayor at a ceremony at the Town Hall, Rose Hill today, Wednesday, 14th May.

Councillor Diouf has lived in Chesterfield since 1980, he was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa and was elected as Liberal Democrat councillor for Walton ward in 2003.

Born in 1955, he recently retired as social services manager in Derbyshire County Council's adult social services department. He has also worked as a social worker at Walton Hospital, for the United Nations in Mali... READ MORE & AUDIO...

A Mission To Help The Community For New Staveley Centre

Centre In Staveley Opens With A Mission To Help A Mission To Help The Community For New Staveley CentreCommunityTuesday 6th May 2014 A new Community Centre in Staveley was opened on Friday 11th April, by his worship the Mayor of Chesterfield, with the Open Day also attended by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, Barry Dyke and Helen Elliot.

The Harmony Studio Community Centre, in conjunction with Staveley Harmony DECCA, is run by local Staveley people, who have themselves previously been in need of help from the community.

People such as Yvette Dislins, the founder of Staveley Harmony DECCA, who is physically disabled after suffering a stroke four years ago... READ MORE...

New Minister For Chesterfield Churches

New Minister For Chesterfield ChurchesTuesday 29th April 2014 It's been announced that The United Reformed Churches at Rose Hill, Chesterfield, and Calow, have recently welcomed their new Minister.

After a period of nearly two years without a Minister, the churches will now be led by the Reverend Rosemary Solomon, who, in front of a large congregation of Church members, invited guests, and members of the public, was officially inducted to the two churches at a service at the Rose Hill church.

The service was led by Rev. Peter Meek, Moderator of the... READ MORE...

Mayor's Appeal Fundraiser Tonight! Tickets Still Available

Mayor's Appeal Fundraiser Tonight! Tickets Still AvailableWednesday 23rd April 2014
The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield are inviting everyone to a Charity Fundraiser at The Winding Wheel, this evening.

Starting at 7.30 pm - Tickets are only £5 and proceeds will be in aid of a number of local good causes:

The Nenna Kind Hospital Transport Fund - to get local people to Weston Park for Radiotherapy Treatment. There are 10,000 appointments per year for people living in Chesterfield and there are many who have difficulty getting there. READ MORE...

Mercians March Into Town. Chesterfield Salutes It's Heroes

Mercians March Into Town. Chesterfield Salutes It's HeroesFriday 4th April 2014 Members of the 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment have, this morning, marched past the Town Hall as they exercised their Freedom Of The Borough of Chesterfield.

Beginning at Rose Hill, the Battalion marched down the High Street and back along Knifesmithgate - and were applauded by shoppers and residents of the town throughout.

Dignitaries, including Her Grace The Duchess of Devonshire, The Lord Lieutenant, Mr William Tucker and The Mayor... READ MORE, VIDEO, AUDIO & PICS...

Crowds Turn Out For New Asda Living Store In Chesterfield

Crowds Turn Out For New Asda Living Store In ChesterfieldFriday 22nd November 2013 Asda Living opened today, (Friday, 22nd November), at Ravenside Retail Park, with a festive themed opening and more than 400 queuing customers.

Spire Junior School
decked the halls with holly and performed some festive hymns, and Brampton Primary School's nursery class helped cut the ribbon with the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Stone; after 3 year old, Marc Dawson, won the competition to design a Christmas card.

Store manager, Kym Ashley, said: "Thank you to everyone..." READ MORE...

It's A Privilege - Chesterfield Remembers The Fallen

It's A Privilege - Chesterfield Remembers The FallenMonday 11th November 2013 Chesterfield came to a standstill today on the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month, as a two minute silence to honour the fallen heroes of war was observed on Armistice Day - the anniversary of the moment the guns stopped in World War I.

A single shot marked the start of the silence, which was also observed in shops and businesses around the town.

Dignitaries, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield and Leader of the Council John Burrows - along with the Chief Executive... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Remembers

Chesterfield RemembersSunday 10th November 2013 Chesterfield's veterans came in their hundreds to remember and share their private memories of war, on the most public of occasions - Remembrance Sunday.

Services of Remembrance were also held at various points across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire throughout the day - with more taking place in the evening.

On Sunday afternoon, on a cold but sunny Autumn day, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, along with other Councillors, and dignitaries including The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker... READ MORE & AUDIO...

Andy's Here For The Beer (And The Mayor Has His Chips!)

Andy's Here For The Beer (And The Mayor Has His Chips!) at the Chatsworth Road FestivalMonday 14th October 2013 It's been a weekend for tickling tastebuds with competition rife in Chesterfield during this year's Chatsworth Road Festival, with the 2013 'Champion Chips' and 'Best Bitter in the Borough' competitions.

Firstly, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield were lucky enough to spend time placing chips on the table during the Chip Challenge, with the eventual winner declared as the Brampton Fish Bar.

It's a rough job but someone had to do it - with Cllr Stone tasting the chips 'blind" - the plates were not labelled and only when he decided which were... READ MORE...

Vicar Lane Hosts BHF Great British Bag-athon Event Launch

Vicar Lane Hosts Launch Of BHF Great British Bag-athon EventFriday 20th September 2013
British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops are launching their biggest stock donation appeal, the Great British Bag-athon, with an event on Friday 27th September at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre.

BHF shops are urging Chesterfield's local community to join in and fill up bags full of unwanted things for the Great British Bag-athon to help fight heart disease.

The event will be officially launched by the Deputy Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf, when he donates the first bag of items... READ MORE...

Old Whittington's Gala Day Is A Hit

Old Whittington Gala A Great SuccessFriday 5th July 2013 Old Whittington Gala is a genuine community event and firstly, the Gala Committee would like to acknowledge, with thanks, the help of agencies and organisations without whose support the event would be difficult to stage. In particular, this years Gala sponsors, Julie and Manjit Sihota from the Nisa local store.

This year's gala was held on Saturday 29th June on The Village Green, keeping up with the 24-year tradition of holding such an event within the village. This year, the Gala's visitors enjoyed a fine, dry and warm day, with about two thousand local residents coming out to enjoy the sunshine, see what was on... READ MORE...

Tributes Paid To Hon Alderman Michael Caulfield

Tributes Paid To Hon Alderman Michael CaulfieldThursday 20th June 2013
Tributes have been paid to Honorary Alderman - and former Chesterfield mayor - Michael Caulfield who died on Sunday, 16th June.

He was elected to Chesterfield Borough Council as Labour member for the Moor ward in 1970. He represented the ward until 1987, when he was elected as member for Dunston ward, which he represented until 1999.

He served as Chairman of the Environmental Services and Control Committee from 1978 to 1995 and as Mayor of the borough in 1984 - 85. READ MORE...

Annual Procession Of Witness Takes Place In Chesterfield

Annual Procession Of Witness Takes PlaceTuesday 28th May 2013 Hundreds of shoppers and residents lined the streets in brilliant sunshine, to watch the annual Procession of Witness (Whit Walk) take place in Chesterfield on Bank Holiday Monday.

Led by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, His Worship Cllr Paul Christopher Stone and Mrs Barbara Wallace, alongside Rev. C. van d'Arque, President of The Christian Education Council, the procession wound it's way around the town centre. This year's event was titled 'Jesus is Alive'.

Seventeen floats or vehicles took part in this year's parade... READ MORE...

Town Turns Out To See Mayor Parade To Civic Service

Town Turns Out To See Mayor Parade To Civic ServiceSunday 12th May 2013 Hundreds of people lined the streets of Chesterfield yesterday to see the 373rd Mayor of the town, His Worship Cllr Paul Christopher Stone, parade from the Town Hall to the Crooked Spire during his Civic Service.

Dignitaries, including, The Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Cllr George Wharmby, Leader of the Council John Burrows and Chief Executive Huw Bowen, were also at the service which was officiated by The Reverend Canon Michael Knight and The Mayor's Chaplain for 2013 /14

During the service hymns including... READ MORE & VIDEO...

Chesterfield's New Mayor, Cllr Paul Stone, Takes Office

Chesterfield's New Mayor, Cllr Paul Stone  Takes OfficeThursday 9th May 2013
Councillor Paul Christopher Stone will, this morning be waking up to his first full day as the 373rd Mayor of Chesterfield.

A lifelong resident of Chesterfield, Paul was born in Ashgate in 1968, and attended schools in Chesterfield before teaching martial arts. He also holds an equity card, and has appeared in such TV shows as Boon and The Upper Hand.

Last night, in the Council Chambers at the Town Hall, Paul was duly elected Mayor of Chesterfield for the year 2013/14. READ MORE...

"It's Been A Privilege" His Worship The Mayor Leaves Office

It's Been A Privilege -  His Worship The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Donald Parsons Leaves OfficeThursday 9th May 2013
Yesterday saw the 373rd Mayor of Chesterfield take office, after being sworn in at a Council Meeting in the evening.

Cllr Paul Stone took the oath of office last night at the Council's annual meeting, assisted by Mrs Barbara Wallace as Mayoress.

Councillor Donald Parsons and his wife Diane have been Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield for the past year - a year which has taken in the Queen's Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Torch parade... READ MORE & VIDEO...

The Mayor's Charity Appeal Christmas Coffee Morning

The Mayor's Charity Appeal Christmas Coffee MorningTuesday 27th November 2012 The Mayor of Chesterfield holds his Charity Appeal's Christmas Coffee Morning this Thursday, 29th November from 10am to 1pm at the Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield.

Admission is just £1, including a free drink and you can enjoy a stroll around the various stalls to look for that extra special Christmas present. Cakes, a Tombola, Christmas Cards, Grand Raffle prize draw and lots more.

All proceeds raised goes to the Mayor's chosen charities of the Nenna Kind Cancer Support Centre, Armed Forces Chesterfield, Staveley Armed Forces and Veterans Association and Shoe Boxes for Afghanistan.

The Mayor's Parlour will also be open for visitors to see the civic insignia and historic memorabilia.

Chesterfield Remembers

Chesterfield RemembersMonday 12th November 2012
They came to remember and, in scenes replicated across the UK, Chesterfield's veterans shared their private memories of war on the most public of occasions - The 11th day of the 11th month and by sleight of the calendar, Remembrance Sunday.

At 11am, the town came to a standstill as villages, shops and supermarkets observed one minute's silence to honour the fallen of many wars. Services of Remembrance were also held at various points across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire throughout the day - with more taking place in the evening. READ MORE...

A Day To Remember

A Day To RememberWednesday 31st October 2012 Chesterfield's Civic Remembrance Service will take place on Sunday, 11th November, at the Parish Church, starting at 2.30pm followed by a parade to the War Memorial on Rose Hill, in front of the Town Hall, for a wreath-laying ceremony at approximately 3.15pm and members of the public are invited to attend both events.

Councillor Don Parsons, Mayor of Chesterfield said: "Remembrance Day is a very special day for many people who have either lived through wars or lost family and loved ones in past and present conflicts.  We expect to have large numbers in the Parish Church, so would ask that people either arrive early..." READ MORE...

Buy A Poppy And Wear It With Pride! Chesterfield Remembers

Buy A Poppy And Wear It With Pride! Chesterfield RemembersMonday 29th October 2012 The 2012/13 British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched in Chesterfield by the Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Donald and Mrs Diane Parsons, on Saturday as they bought the first 'official' poppy of the campaign.

Every year, the Poppy Appeal raises millions of pounds through the selling of poppies which symbolize the fallen in wars throughout the years. Those millions go towards helping and supporting service personnel and their families as they cope with life after war, injury and disability and even bereavement.

Last year, Chesterfield residents raised a staggering £47,000... READ MORE...

A Royal Celebration For Chesterfield's Diamond Couples

A Royal Celebration For Diamond CouplesMonday 17th September 2012 Twenty two couples from Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire attended a special event last week.

The couples, who all celebrated 60 years of marriage this year, were invited by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield to a special Jubilee afternoon tea at Chesterfield Town Hall.

Councillor Donald Parsons, Mayor of Chesterfield said: "We wanted to do something special in this Jubilee year to celebrate the couples who have lived through the ups and downs of our country over the past 60 years..." READ MORE...

The Car's The Star As Kids'n'Cancer's Raffle Winner Announced

DRAW FOR THE KIDS'N'CANCER CAR AT AUTOWORLD TOMORROWMonday 3rd September 2012 Chesterfield based charity Kids'n'Cancer and local car dealership Autoworld, worked closely together during the Summer to complete a cycle ride which saw 12 riders travel across the UK and France, to complete the Tower to Tower to Tower challenge and raise money for cancer stricken children.

As a further fundraising initiative Autoworld donated a Suzuki Alto car which has been raffled over the last months at various events.

The prize draw has now been made - and the winner of the car is... READ MORE...

One Year On - The Pride Of Chesterfield Pass Out

One Year On - The Pride Of Chesterfield Pass OutMonday 20th August 2012 Virtually one year ago to the day, we reported on how several young men from Chesterfield had taken the Oath of Allegiance in front of the then Deputy Mayor (now Mayor) Donald Parsons and joined the Armed Forces.

They all told The Chesterfield Post at the time that it was something they had always wanted to do and were all looking forward to getting started on their 46 week initial training.

A phone call last weekend from a very proud dad of 2 of the boys... READ MORE...

Get Your Dancing Shoes On In Chesterfield This September

Get Your Dancing Shoes On In Chesterfield This SeptemberMonday 20th August 2012 Chesterfield will once again host an amazing display of dance styles on Saturday 8th September when the 'Day of Dance' takes place at Rykneld Square (next to the Crooked Spire Church) in the town centre.

The event will kick off at 10.30am and there will be a continuous programme of dancing right through to 3.30pm. Why not come along and find out more about different types of dance styles and you never know, you may get a chance to take part as well.

Firm favourites Chesterfield Morris and Garland Teams... READ MORE...

Special Invitation To Diamond Wedding Anniversary Couples

Special Invitation To Diamond Wedding Anniversary CouplesWednesday 18th July 2012 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Councillor Donald Parsons and Mrs Diane Parsons, have today extended an invitation to all couples celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in 2012 to a special event in September.

The event is part of the Council's celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee and will take place at the Town Hall between 3-5pm on September 13th. Cllr Donald Parsons, Mayor of Chesterfield said: "This is a very special year for the Queen and certainly a very special year for those couples who have reached their 60th wedding anniversary, so we'd like to have a joint celebration to mark these very significant achievements."

Any couples interested should contact Tara Eyre on Tel: 01246 345237 or email tara.eyre@chesterfield.gov.uk

Grants Allocated To Four Chesterfield Sports Clubs

Grants Allocated To Four Chesterfield Sports ClubsTuesday 10th July 2012
Chesterfield Borough Council has told us that it has awarded around £1,000 in grants each to four Sport Clubs in the Borough.

Chesterfield Athletics Club, Chesterfield Boccia Club, Chesterfield Swimming Club and Colin Deaton Table Tennis Club were all successful in their application to the 'Clubs for All' grants programme.

'Clubs for All' offers grants to not for profit sport clubs, or groups to develop new or existing activities which aim to increase participation in sport. READ MORE...

Local School Treats The Mayor

Local School Treats The MayorMonday 9th July 2012 A group of schoolchildren from Chesterfield took along their own hand made treats when they went to tea with the Mayor on Friday.

Pupils from Inkersall Primary School had enjoyed a baking lesson with Cllr Helen Elliott, who regularly visits the school, ahead of the visit. Having made a selection of buns, cupcakes and decorated cakes the children then delighted the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield by sharing them in the Chambers.

The confectionery was well received by everyone, and three of the children won baking books after a competition... READ MORE...

Staveley Armed Forces Day Flies The Flag For The Services

Staveley Armed Forces Day Flies The Flag For The ServicesSaturday 7th July 2012 Thankfully for organisers the rain held off for the first event of a local Armed Forces Day, held to celebrate the contribution our Service personnel make to lives both here and abroad, and the sacrifices they, and their families make.

Events have been held to commemorate their work and lives throughout the UK over the last few weeks and today, it was the turn of Staveley. At 10am a March of Cadets and Veterans left the Market Square, led by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield and Leader of Staveley Town Council, Barry Dyke and headed for Poolsbrook Country Park for two days of festivities... READ MORE...

Staveley Armed Forces Day Soldiers On

Staveley Armed Forces Day Soldiers OnFriday 6th July 2012 Despite the heavy rain and dreadful conditions underfoot, the Staveley Armed Forces Day is, at the moment, still going ahead tomorrow at Poolsbrook Country Park.

Come 10am, a procession of soldiers and veterans, led by the Mayor of Chesterfield and local dignitaries will parade from the Market Square in Staveley to the Park through the streets which, like last year, will undoubtedly be lined with applauding well-wishers.

The day aims to celebrate and support ... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Based Regiment Receive Town's Highest Honour

Chesterfield Based Regiment - 575 Sherwood Foresters Field Squadron (Air Support) (Volunteers) - Receive Town's Highest HonourSunday 1st July 2012 Yesterday (30th June) was Armed Forces Day, a day dedicated to celebrating and supporting the work of service personnel past and present and honouring the sacrifices they and their families make.

Throughout the UK, services and parades were held in towns and cities, and The Olympic Torch was held aloft at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire - carried by war hero Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry, who was awarded the VC after saving the lives of 30 fellow soldiers during the Iraq conflict.

Chesterfield was no exception - and, at the end of a week... READ MORE...

A Day To Remember - A Moment To Shine

A Day To Remember - A Moment To ShineFriday 29th January 2012 We have talked for days about the travelling spectacle - months in the planning and played out on streets across the country - which came to town today in the shape of a Golden Torch.

However, behind the planning and the preparation were human stories - of hope and triumph and belief.

The Chesterfield Post has interviewed many of the torch bearers in the run up to the day itself and we were fortunate today to speak to the family of the 'first leg' Torch Bearer, Sam Clift, 26 - as they waited for her at the White Hart. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Flies The Flag For Its Armed Forces

Chesterfield Flies The Flag For Its Armed ForcesTuesday 26th June 2012 Yesterday saw the beginning of Armed Forces Week in Chesterfield - seven days which will see the town celebrate the work and sacrifice of our servicemen and women who put their lives on the line in conflict and also show its support for their families and friends left behind.

At 10.30am, a moving event saw a flag raised at the Town Hall War Memorial on Rose Hill, marking the formal opening of the week, supported by hundreds of the public and service personnel. Mayor of Chesterfield Councillor Don Parsons was particularly proud to be involved in the ceremony, having chosen Chesterfield and Staveley Armed Forces Days as recipients of his Mayoral Appeal... READ MORE...

Veteran Takes A Hike For The Mayor

Veteran Takes A Hike For The MayorTuesday 22nd May 2012 One intrepid Chesterfield veteran is about to don his hiking boots in aid of The Mayor's Appeal and walk over 200 miles to raise cash to help serving soldiers and their families, and also those whose lives are turned upside down with cancer.

John Collins
is 65 and Chesterfield born and bred. He served with the Royal Engineers for many years and still regularly supports forces charities. Next Friday (25th May) he will begin a 220-mile walk that will take him across the Border area of Scotland, from Port Patrick near Stranraer to just outside Berwick on Tweed where he'll finish on the 14th June. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Town Centre Choir Festival Is On Song

Chesterfield Town Centre Choir Festival Is On SongMonday 21st May 2012 "Anyone and everyone can sing!" - that was the message being relayed through song in various parts of the town centre on Saturday during the Chesterfield Town Centre Choir Festival.

Despite the dismal weather, shoppers were treated to classics and songs from the shows by local choirs and also singers who had travelled from around the region to take part in the day, organised by Andrew Booth, Musical Director of one of the choirs, Carolare.

Crowds gathered to watch 22 choirs in all perform... READ MORE...

Chesterfield's New Mayor Celebrates At Civic Service

Chesterfield's New Mayor Celebrates At Civic ServiceSunday 13th May 2012
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Chesterfield yesterday to see the 372nd mayor of the town, His Worship Cllr Donald Parsons, parade from the Town Hall to the Crooked Spire during his civic Service.

Dignitaries, including MP Natascha Engel, The Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Cllr George Wharmby, Leader of the Council John Burrows and Chief Executive Huw Bowen, were also at the service which was officiated by The Reverend Canon Michael Knight and The Mayor's Chaplain for 2012/2013 Reverend Richard Harris. READ MORE AND VIDEO...

Introducing The New Mayor And Mayoress Of Chesterfield

Introducing The New Mayor And Mayoress Of ChesterfieldWednesday 9th May 2012 Councillor Donald Parsons was born in Poolsbrook in 1951 and attended both Shuttlewood school and then what is now Springwell.

60 years on, he still lives in Poolsbrook and is their elected representative on Chesterfield Borough Council. Today Don , born and bred in Chesterfield, became the town's 372nd Mayor.

In a ceremony held in Council Chambers and watched by family and friends, Donald signed the Oath of Allegiance and became Chesterfield's First Citizen for the year 2012/13. READ MORE...

Ladies And Gentlemen ... Chesterfield Has A New Mayor

Ladies And Gentlemen ... Chesterfield Has A New MayorWednesday 9th May 2012

Today will see the 372nd Mayor of Chesterfield take office, after being sworn in at a Council Meeting this evening.

Councillor Donald Parsons
(pictured with his wife Diane) represents the Middlecroft and Poolsbrook Ward and currently serves on the Appeals and Regulatory and Licensing Committees. His wife, Diane will become the Mayoress for the next year.

Further news from Cllr Parsons Swearing In Ceremony later.

Markham Burial Ground Restored

Markham Burial Ground RestoredMonday 30th April 2012 One Hundred years to the day since Rosa Markham became the first person to be buried there, a ceremony to open and to dedicate the restored Markham burial ground has taken place.

Charles Markham gave his former family home Tapton House to Chesterfield Borough Council and although the Council decided at a later date to lease much of the grounds to Sheffield International Venues (SIV) for use as a golf course, the small burial ground known as Markham's Rest remained the direct responsibility of the Council. Markham's Rest is the resting place of eight members of the locally well known Markham family. READ MORE...

A Piece Of Civic History For Jubilee Celebrations

A Piece Of Civic History For Jubilee CelebrationsFriday 27th April 2012 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield have, this afternoon, accepted a very special medallion.

The silver piece, designed and created by Sarah Stevenson, a graduate from Sheffield Hallam University, is to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The medallion counterweight will be fixed to the Mayoress's collarette that is worn on Civic occasions and during Mayoral events.

The Mayor's office won the title of National Civic Office in 2011... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Firm Takes Rural Communities Global

Chesterfield Firm Central Technology Ltd Takes Rural Communities GlobalFriday 20th April 2012 A local firm is helping connect rural communities to the virtual world, as it launches its super fast broadband.

Central Technology
on Berrisford Way, Sheepbridge, is an undoubted business success story for Chesterfield. Launched in 2000 by Richard Thompson and Christopher Barr, it has grown to a limited company - after investment in 2010, the company now has 18 employees and has just recruited an apprentice.

Yesterday, with the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield in attendance, they launched the 'Superfast Derbyshire' service... READ MORE...

Fairtrade Goes Bananas In Chesterfield

Fairtrade Goes Bananas In ChesterfieldFriday 9th March 2012 As Fairtrade Fortnight comes to an end this week, yesterday saw events taking place in Chesterfield aimed at promoting the scheme.

Fairtrade is a national initiative - backed by most major retailers and many councils - and aims to support producers and farmers throughout the third world, to get a fairer price for their goods on sale in the UK and to encourage better working conditions and local sustainability in countries throughout the developing world. By participating in the scheme farmers are guaranteed a price for their products that will never fall below the market value. READ MORE...

Talent On Tour In Chesterfield

Talent On Tour In ChesterfieldMonday 27th February 2012 The Mayor's Charity held another successful evening with the Talent on Tour night at the Phoenix Suite, Chester Street, Chesterfield on Friday 10th February.

The Acts that appeared were all from the 'Chesterfield's Got Talent' final night held last October at the Winding Wheel. The top three acts were Conner Fletcher, Elizabeth Unwin, and Edward and Lucy, the winners and stars of the show. Also on stage was Alan Stapleton the Singing Bus Driver and, appearing by popular demand, the country and western singer Dalton Stone who had flown in from Norway where he was working to appear at the charity event. READ MORE...

Lancers Capture Chesterfield Town's Highest Honour

Lancers Capture Chesterfield Town's Highest HonourSunday 12th February 2012 A regiment with close links to Chesterfield was given the highest accolade the town can bestow on Friday night at a special council meeting attended by servicemen, their families and local dignitaries.

The 9th /12th Lancers (Prince of Wales') were granted Freedom of Entry To The Borough in recognition of their close links with the town and the number of new recruits who come from the town.

Welcomed by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Peter Barr, Major General James Short and Lieutenant Colonel William Fooks from the Regiment... READ MORE...

'Freedom Of Entry' Granted To 9th/12th Royal Lancers

Freedom Of Entry to the borough of Chesterfield is Granted To 9th/12th Royal Lancers - Prince Of Wales' RegimentFriday 3rd February 2012 The 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales') Regiment is to receive The Freedom of Entry to the Borough in recognition of the Regiment's importance in the region and its close association with the Borough of Chesterfield.

The honour will be granted at a Special Council meeting at Chesterfield's Town Hall on Friday 10th February at 6.30pm.

Cllr Peter Barr, Mayor of Chesterfield said: "The Freedom of Entry to the Borough is a very special honour and is rightly given to a Regiment..." READ MORE...

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorated At Town Hall

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorated At Town HallFriday 27th January 2012 Chesterfield Borough Council has marked the twelfth annual Holocaust Memorial Day - Friday, 27th January - by placing a Book of Commitment in the foyer of the Town Hall.

The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Peter Barr, Cllr John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Cllr Ray Russelll Leader of the Opposition group of the Council and Huw Bowen, Chief Executive of the Council were the first to add their signatures to the book.

The book will be available for members of the public to sign... READ MORE...

Market Traders Go Bananas At Police Station

Market Traders Go Bananas At Police StationThursday 12th January 2012 One market stall has formed a productive relationship with a flagship scheme run by Derbyshire police. And now, as it completes its move to a different place on the Market, the organiser of the police sessions was proud to help open it.

Country Crop sends free bananas and oranges for youngsters who attend Ozbox at Chesterfield police station every Tuesday.

Ozbox chief Sgt Steve Osbaldeston said: "I was delighted to have been asked to attend the opening of the new stall ... READ MORE...

The Mayor 'Cheers' On Local Business

The Mayor 'Cheers' On Local Business when he opened the new Garderners Arms on Glumangate this weekendMonday 19th December 2011 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield have officially opened the refurbished Gardeners Arms pub on Glumangate.

As reported earlier in the Chesterfield Post, the once popular drinking destination is hoping to recapture some lost trade and is now open for both nights out and also lunches and morning coffees.

Cllr Peter Barr is committed to supporting businesses in the town during his official year and was optimistic about the future for new licensees Tiffany Bumford and Aaron Smith as they embark on their new business venture. READ MORE...

Pride Of Chesterfield Take To The Streets

Pride Of Chesterfield Take To The StreetsMonday 28th November 2011

The horrors of war experienced by 200 brave men were forgotten for a short while today as the 9/12th Lancers marched through Chesterfield this morning on a Homecoming Parade after their six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The day was the chance for the town to show their support and appreciation for the Regiment which has strong connections to Chesterfield and, people lined the streets in their thousands to pay tribute to the soldiers and their endeavours in the war torn country. READ MORE...

90 Years On - A Town Still Remembers

90 years on - Chesterfield Town remembersMonday 14th November 2011

Hundreds took to the streets of Chesterfield yesterday to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday, the 90th since the Poppy Appeal began.

A crowd lined the streets to watch the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, MP Toby Perkins and Council Leader John Burrows lead a procession of dignitaries including the Duchess of Devonshire and her son The Earl of Burlington, service personnel and cadets from the Crooked Spire to the Cenotaph on Rose Hill where wreaths were laid. READ MORE...

Dark Knight To Light Up Chesterfield

Dark Knight To Light Up ChesterfieldMonday 14th November 2011 It's been announced that Batman will join the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Peter Barr, for the annual Christmas lights switch-on in Chesterfield on Sunday 20th November.

The annual event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, is a firm favourite with old and young with thousands turning up to enjoy the day's entertainment.

Highlights will include the Pantonic All Stars Steel Band who will play their rousing music in Burlington Street, train rides in the town centre and Vicar Lane on Lenny the Land Train, fun fair rides and of course Father Christmas... READ MORE...

A Town Wears It's Poppies With Pride

Chesterfield wears it's Poppies with prideFriday 11th November 2011 This year's Remembrance Day has extra resonance - bearing the date 11/11/11 and at 11am this morning crowds gathered at various sites throughout the town to pay their tributes to those injured or killed in wars.

The 2011/12 Appeal is also the 90th of the Royal British Legion campaigns and, again marked a milestone in the Charities work with Forces Personnel and their families.

Today, outside the Town Hall, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield stood proudly alongside Veterans, soldiers and their families... READ MORE...

Apprentices Gain Employment

Chesterfield apprentices gain employmentWednesday 2nd November 2011 Chesterfield Borough Council's apprenticeship programme has been a major success, with nearly half of those taking part ending up in employment.

Out of the original 30 apprentices there are just two remaining and they are due to complete and leave the scheme by the end of the year.

Six of the apprentices have gone on to gain employment at the Council working in IT, housing and the SpirePride team. Others have found jobs at local firms with one re-locating to China after gaining a university place. READ MORE... 

A Heroes Welcome In Chesterfield

A heroes welcome in chesterfieldMonday 31st October 2011 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, with the support of Chesterfield Borough Council, are introducing the Heroes Welcome Scheme to Chesterfield with a launch on Monday 7th November at 10.00 a.m. at the Town Hall.

This scheme is a public show of support for the armed forces personnel and gives businesses the opportunity to indicate a warm welcome and special acknowledgement to serving or former armed services personnel and their families.

Chesterfield will be the first town in Derbyshire to launch the scheme. READ MORE...

The Mayor Harps On For Charity

The Mayor harps on for CharityFriday 28th October 2011 Despite the dismal weather people turned out in their hundreds to take part in Day One of Chesterfield's Annual Arts and Market Festival.

The four-day event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, will see a host of activities and concerts taking place at various locations around the town centre, including a Continental Market, dancing, beer festival and Festival of Light.

Sean Carrington is Marketing and Promotions Officer for the Market and he explained the thinking behind the Festival... READ MORE...

Poppy Appeal Launch 2011 Details

Poppy Appeal launch 2011 DetailsFriday 14th October 2011 A reminder that this year's Poppy Appeal Launch is on Saturday, 29th October 2011 and will begin at 11.00 am outside Marks and Spencer - the market entrance.

Like last year, in attendance will be:  The Mayor and Mayoress, Town Cryer, RBL buglers, Officers of the RBL and there may be some members of the RBL Riders Branch.

The procession will then move down to Boots, along the outside of the Low Pavements and up into the Precinct outside Tesco.

The Mayor's Appeal Beer Tasting Event - Friday 21st October

Mayor's Appeal Beer Tasting event, Friday 21st October 2011Wednesday 12th October 2011 The Mayor's Appeal presents Beer Tasting on Friday 21st October at the Town Hall, 7.30 - 9.30pm (Bar and soft drinks available).

Entertainment from Brampton Community Band, Tickets are £7.50 and are available from the Town Hall, Ashgate Hospice & Ashgate Hospice's Chesterfield Shop.

Special thanks to Brampton Brewery and Cheese Factor who are supporting the event. All money raised will go to the Mayor's Appeal Charities, Ashgate Hospice and the Nenna Kind Cancer Drop In Centre.

Talent On Show Is A Credit To Chesterfield

The Talent on show is a credit to Chesterfield - Mayor Peter Barr at 'Chesterfield's Got Talent 2011' show.Tuesday 11th October 2011 It's become one of the highlights of the Mayoral calendar since it began 3 years ago, and, on Saturday evening hundreds of people packed out Chesterfield's Winding Wheel in order to watch 14 acts compete to become the winner of 'Chesterfield's Got Talent 2011'.

The evening was held to raise money for the Mayoral Appeal, which this year will see Ashgate Hospice and The Chesterfield Cancer Drop In Centre (Nenna Kind) benefit from funds raised from various events.

The acts were varied, and included drummers, singers, dancers... READ MORE...

Meeting Of The Mayors

Metting of the MayorsFriday 30th September 2011
The Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Peter Barr, welcomed the Mayor of Kunshan, who represents one of the fastest growing and highly successful areas of China, to the Town Hall this week.

The Mayor of Kunshan's visit to the Town Hall was part of his trip to the Fusion Group whose headquarters are based in Chesterfield.  The Fusion Group has a manufacturing venture in Kunshan as well as joint ventures in 18 other countries. It's one of Chesterfield's largest private sector employers with over 350 employees based at its headquarters on the Chesterfield Trading Estate. READ MORE...

Mayor Visits Bible Exhibition

Chesterfields Mayor and Mayoress visit Bible ExhibitionMonday 12th September 2011 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield recently visited an exhibition put on by the Chesterfield Christadelphians.

On show in Eastwood Hall all last week were ancient documents, showing how the Bible survived intact down the centuries to reach us today and archaeological exhibits demonstrating the accuracy of many of the Bibles historical passages.

The Mayor was received by Peter McEvoy, Secretary of the Chesterfield Christadelphians, who was dressed as William Tyndale, the 15th Century Scholar who was martyred for translating the Bible into English. READ MORE...

Girls Don Their Walking Shoes For 'Priceless' Moments

SANDS girls don their walking boots for 'priceless' moments for grieving familiesSunday 11th September 2011

A new Chesterfield charity is fundraising hard in order to buy a valuable piece of technology which will help parents of stillborn babies to have more time with their child by preserving the body for long enough for families to say goodbye.

SANDS Chesterfield, set up by a group of mum's locally who have all lost a baby, say that the 'Cold plate' will give much needed comfort to parents and are hoping to raise the sum of around £1,500 in order to purchase one for Chesterfield Royal Hospital as soon as possible. READ MORE...

Chesterfield's Mayor And Mayoress Have A 'Beauty-ful' Evening

Chesterfield's Mayor and Mayoress have a beauty-ful evening at the Therapy LoungeWednesday 7th September 2011 The Mayor and Mayoress recently paid a visit to the Therapy Lounge, Hasland Road, to officially present them with Collin Resultime 5 Star Salon of Distinction Award.

Carly Smith
and her team gained the award, after being judged by Collin Resultime Area Representative to be the best Salon in the Mid-West Region using this range of products.

The award was given on the ambiance and decor of the salon, professionalism and knowledge of the staff, and their commitment to continued training. READ MORE...

Pride Of Chesterfield

Pride of ChesterfieldFriday 26th August 2011 It was a proud but nervous moment for 16 new recruits to The Army this morning as they swore an Oath Of Allegiance to The Queen in front of the Deputy Mayor of Chesterfield at the Town Hall.

The young soldiers, including twins, were officially becoming part of several regiments including The Mercian, The 9/12 Lancers, The Royal Artillery and The Mechanical Engineers. One young man was going on to become a member of The Household Cavalry.

The boys swore their Oath in the Mayoral Parlour ... READ MORE...

An Audience With Dave Berry For The Mayor's Charity Appeal

Dave Berry performs at the Red Lion in aid of the Mayor's Charity Appeal 2011/12Friday 26th August 2011
Dave Berry will be appearing at the Red Lion Hotel on Darley Road at Stonedge on Friday, 16th September from 7pm, with proceeds in aid of the Mayor's Charity Appeal for 2011/12.

Dave will be in conversation about his career along with a showing of vintage Film Footage from the 1960's. There will be welcome drinks and a three-course meal followed by dancing to Dave Berry & The Cruisers.

Tickets are £45 and are available from the Town Hall.

Shopping Made Easier At Newly Refurbished Store

Shopping Made Easier at newly refurbished  Chesterfield Sainsbury's StoreWednesday 24th August 2011 "It's a store that's at the heart of the community" - that's Sandy Parsonage, representing the Board of Sainsbury's who, this morning opened it's Chesterfield store's doors to customers for the first time since undergoing a refit and extension to the premises.

The Store on Lockoford Lane first opened in the town 22 years ago to the day and it's newly refurbished 60,000 sq ft of floor space now holds new facilities including a 24-hour Pharmacy. It's also brought around 70 new jobs to the town.

The Mayor of Chesterfield and Paralympian, Sophie Wells, opened READ MORE...

Do YOU Have Talent?

Tuesday 23rd August 2011 For the third year running, the Mayor of Chesterfield will once again be hosting 'Chesterfield's Got Talent' and is looking for talented acts from across the Borough.

This year's event is being held at the Winding Wheel on Saturday 8th October and applications should be submitted by 23rd September.

So do you have what it takes to win 'Chesterfield's Got Talent'?

One person who did was Chelsea Redfern - the first winner of 'Chesterfield's Got Talent' back in 2009 after judges said "You could win a place on X Factor".  READ MORE...

Sainsburys Chesterfield Extension Nears Completion

Sainsbury's Chesterfield extension nears completionMonday 22nd August 2011 Work to extend and improve Sainsbury's is nearing completion, with the store set to re-launch to customers at 9.00am on Wednesday 24th August.

Chesterfield Mayor Peter Barr
will be at the store for the official re-launch ceremony on Wednesday morning, and will be joined by Dressage Rider and Paralympic hopeful, Sophie Wells

Current Store Manager, Darran Bateman, will join the pair to open the doors to the extended store, which will boast over 20,000sq ft of new sales space, bringing the total to nearly 60,000sq ft. READ MORE...

Former Mayor Thanks Chesterfield For Kindness And Cash

Former Mayor thanks Chesterfield for  kindness and cashTuesday 16th August 2011 It was a busy year for The Mayoral Couple of 2010/11, Councillor Keith Morgan and his wife Pat as they undertook many duties to raise the profile of the town and it's people.

The Mayoral year is also about raising money for charity though and the Mayor and Mayoress recently declared themselves very proud to hand over cheques to their charities, Fairplay and The Samaritans totaling over £14,000.

After the ceremony Cllr Morgan and his wife spoke with us and told us how they had enjoyed the opportunity to help the charities last year. READ MORE...

Helping The Rotary Fight Against Polio

Chesterfield Rotary helps fight against PolioMonday 15th August 2011 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Cllr. Peter Barr and Mrs Jean Barr, have added their support towards the worldwide eradication of polio at the Rotary Club of Chesterfield's stand at the Tesco Community Fair on Sunday, 3rd August.

Members of the Rotary Club were raising funds for this cause by selling bottles of the renowned Wilkins Tomato Ketchup, thousands of bottles of which had been donated nationally to Rotary by Wilkin & Co. to help the polio campaign.

It is hoped that after enjoying the ketchup, buyers will then collect... READ MORE...

Every Stall Helps...

Every Stall Helps...Monday 8th August 2011 It was a bumper turnout as hundreds turned out to support the second Community Fair held by Tesco at their Lockoford Lane store.

Over thirty charities and organisations held stalls to promote their causes, and attractions such as bouncy castles and fairground rides kept the children entertained. There were also food demonstrations and face painting.

Opened by renowned local Health Campaigner Wendy Watson and the Mayor of Chesterfield, the event was a successful follow up to last year... READ MORE...

Open Day At The B2net - And A Chat With Mark Crossley

Mark Crossley spoke to the Chesterfield Post about his new book at the recent Open Day at the B2net stadiumTuesday 2nd August 2011
It was another successful turnout at the b2net as a crowd estimated at 4,000 attended the first Open Day there.

Last years was held as Saltergate approached it's final hours and this was an opportunity for families to celebrate a successful first year in the club's new home.

Also there and promoting his new book was goalkeeping coach Mark Crossley and The Chesterfield Post chatted to him about the book's final chapter, unwritten at the time of our last interview and about life at Chesterfield Football Club. READ MORE...

Remembering What's Gone Before

The 11th Duke Of Devonshire visits the Chesterfield Town HallMonday 1st August 2011 This year marks the centenary of the 9th Duke of Devonshire being Mayor of Chesterfield, and to celebrate the occasion, the current Duke joined many civic dignitaries and charity officials for a ceremony at the Town Hall.

Victor Christian William Cavendish succeeded his uncle in 1908 and held many public roles, including Chancellor of Leeds University and Governor General of Canada (1916-21), returning to take up a role as Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1922. He was pivotal in issuing the Devonshire Declaration which secured the rights of native African Kenyans over those of European settlers... READ MORE...

Hasland Allotments Go Green By Spending Pennies

Chesterfield Mayor Cllr Peter Barr opens Hasland allotment's new 'green' toiletsThursday 28th July 2011 The Mayor has officially unveiled a new facility on an allotment site in Hasland, believed to be the first of it's kind in the area.

Plot holders of Penmore Allotments have taken delivery of a composting toilet and Roy Ackrill, the Penmore Allotment Association club secretary says that the toilet was a must have "The members requested it, so we found the funding for it, mainly through grants which we were lucky enough to get and it fulfils the green credentials."

It wasn't an easy task to get it up and running though, "It took about 6 of us to fit it, after it arrived from the company in Wales..." READ MORE...

Surprise In Store For Civic Secretary

Surprise In Store For Civic SecretaryMonday 25th July 2011 She's the woman who says that she knows everything that happens with regards to the Mayoral diary … so it was quite a shock when Civic Secretary Vivien Miller turned up for her regular meeting in the parlour so find that SHE was about to become the centre of attention.

She was in fact about to be presented with an award from the Parachute Regimental Association for her work with the Shoebox appeal and, during the presentation, a citation was read out from Major General JB Shaw which praised Vivien's support for the troops currently stationed in Afghanistan by helping to find and fund donations to the Shoebox appeal... READ MORE...

Civic Opening For Spireites Open Day

Civic opening for Spireites Open DayFriday 8th July 2011 Chesterfield Football Club has announced that the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Cllr Peter Barr and Mrs Jean Barr will officially open Chesterfield FC's first Open Day at the B2net Stadium at 11.00am on Sunday 31st July 2011.

They will also be accompanied by the town's Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress, Cllr Donald Parsons and Mrs Parsons. The Open Day includes many attractions for fans to enjoy, with side shows, music, demonstrations, hands-on activities, competitions, children's events and refreshments (including traditional roast Sunday lunch if booked in advance).  READ MORE...

Forces Share Their Life With Chesterfield

Forces share their life with ChesterfieldWednesday 22nd June 2011 Once again Chesterfield was today taking part in a week aimed at supporting and honouring Armed Forces connected with the town, past and present.

Eastwood Hall
was packed as local residents, veterans and schoolchildren from various schools in the town gathered to meet current serving personnel and chat to veterans who had served in previous campaigns including WW2. Displays and memorabilia also took pride of place in the Hall on Rose Hill.

The event was another part of Armed Forces Week... READ MORE...

Chesterfield Pays It's Respects To Services

Chesterfield pays its repsects to armed services on armed forces weekMonday 20th June 2011 Chesterfield has this morning saluted its soldiers, past and present, at the beginning of Armed Forces Week.

The week is an opportunity for the nation to honour the Armed Forces Community, from current serving troops to veterans.

His Worship the Mayor, Cllr Peter Barr joined local veterans, cadets members of the public and school children, to raise the Armed Forces Day flag outside the Town Hall. The flag has been specially designed for Armed Forces Day and will be raised on a temporary flagpole by the war memorial. READ MORE...

Mayor Flies Chesterfield's Flag Abroad

The Mayor flies Chesterfield's flag abroadMonday 20th June 2011 Last week, His Worship The Mayor, Peter Barr had just returned from a trip to Darmstadt as we spoke with him.

The visit is an annual one by Chesterfield's Mayor, as part of the twinning celebrations between our two towns. The Mayor told us they were invited by the Lord Mayor of the German town and, during the few days there took part in many ceremonies.

The main one is an 8km walk around a forest - The Grenzgang - during which all visiting Mayors (as Darmstadt is twinned with as many as 15 towns there are quite a few!) will see and stop at various stalls from all the twinned towns... READ MORE...

Town Pays It's Respects To Former Mayor

Chesterfield Town pays its repsects to former mayorFriday 10th June 2011 Over a hundred councillors and council employees lined the steps of the Town Hall today to pay their respects to former Mayor of the town Cllr Nicky Qazi who died after an illness, aged 81.

At 9.45 am his coffin and family cars passed through the town in order that people could pay their respects to a man described as a 'true gentleman'.

Cllr Qazi was Mayor of Chesterfield In 2004, having served as a Lib Dem Councillor since 1987. He was active in local politics until the very end and one of his last public appearances was at the recent election count at Queen's Park. READ MORE...

Chesterfield Armed Forces Day 2011

Armed Forces Day 2011 in ChesterfieldWednesday 8th June 2011 Chesterfield is to honour once again the Armed Forces Community, from current serving troops to veterans.

It will be an opportunity for the town to show support for the men and women who make up our Armed Forces Community.

Monday 20th June 2011, 10.30 a.m: Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony. The War Memorial opposite the Town Hall. READ MORE...

Former Chesterfield Mayor And Councillor Dies

Former Chesterfield Mayor and Councillor Nicky Qazi diesWednesday 8th June 2011 It's been announced that Nicky Qazi, a much respected and admired former Mayor and Councillor of Chesterfield Borough Council has died, aged 81 years.

Nicky was elected as a Liberal Democrat Councillor for the Brockwell Ward in 1987, a seat he held until he retired in May 2011. He was appointed as Mayor of Chesterfield in 2004, with his wife Adrienne (now deceased) as Mayoress.

Originally from Pakistan, Nicky graduated from University in Lahore with an Engineering degree.  READ MORE...

Crowds Turn Out For Churches

Crowds turned out for the 'Whit Walk' - the Annual Procession of Witness through Chesterfield TownMonday 30th May 2011
Despite the heavy rain hundreds lined the streets to watch the Annual Procession of Witness (the 'Whit Walk') through the town centre.

Lead by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Peter Barr and the President of the Christian Education Council Mrs C Sharratt this year's event commemorated The Year of The Bible - in particular the 400th anniversary of The King James Bible.

10 floats from churches including Whittington Moor Methodist, Central Methodist and The Ragged School were driven through the town... READ MORE...

The Outgoing Deputy Mayor and Mayoress' Civic Thanks

Outgoing Deputy Mayor, Mick BagshawMonday 23rd May 2011 As reported in The Chesterfield Post this year’s Council election results produced a seismic shift in power, with many longstanding Councillors losing their seats.

One of those was Mick Bagshaw who was just completing his year as Deputy Mayor and expected to become Mayor for 2011/12. Members of the press have today received the following from Mick and his partner Ruth asking us to convey the message to residents of the Borough. We have published the letter in full.

CIVIC THANKS "After receiving so many messages..." READ MORE...

The Start Of Things To Come

His Worship the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Peter BarrMonday 23rd May 2011
Unsurprisingly it's been a quiet but pivotal week for Chesterfield's new Mayor Cllr Peter Barr.

Sworn in on Wednesday, and with his civil service held on Saturday, events have so far centred on marking the beginning of his year in office.

A year in office that he didn’t expect - the Mayor and his Mayoress wife Jean had expected to play the role of deputy to Mick Bagshaw but after the local election result saw him lose his seat, they had to step into the role a year early. READ MORE...

New Mayor Brings Town To A Standstill

The new  Mayor's Parade bring sChesterfield town to a standstillSaturday 21st May 2011 As we reported on Wednesday 18th May, Councillor Peter Barr has this week become Chesterfield's 371st Mayor, and today, in a Civic Service he was introduced to the town and his Mayoralty celebrated with a service at the Parish Church of St Mary's and All Saints (The Crooked Spire).

Hundreds of people lined the streets of the town to witness the party leave the Town Hall just after 10.30am to parade through the busy Saturday town centre to the church.

Attended by dignitaries His Grace The Duke of Devonshire... READ MORE...

So... Just Who Is The New Mayor Of Chesterfield?

Chesterfield's New Mayor, Cllr Peter BarrWednesday 18th May 2011
Peter Barr was born in Chesterfield in 1940 and as a young boy spent many hours watching the craftsmen working in his Grandfather's coach building business, Metcalf's on Saltergate. This influenced his interest in engineering and making a hobby of car maintenance.

Peter completed a Certificate in Engineering at Chesterfield 'Tech' whilst on day release from his employer, James Neill.  He held various positions in the magnet department of the company from shop floor supervisor to production planning and costing. READ MORE...

Outgoing Mayor's Response To The Council

Outgoing Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Keith Morgans speechWednesday 18th May 2011 Cllr Morgan responded to the New Mayor with a speech which we replicate in full here. "Distinguished guests, Members of Council, Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you all for attending this evening which draws a close to our most enjoyable Mayoral year.

Since last May we have participated in many events, mostly within the Borough but as Civic representatives we have attended the High Sheriff's Reception, Chatsworth House and a Buckingham Palace Garden Party. READ MORE...

Chesterfield's New Mayor Takes The Oath

Chesterfield's New Mayor, Peter Barr takes the Oath todayWednesday 18th May 2011 Chesterfield has a new Mayor tonight after Cllr Peter Barr was sworn in as the 371st Mayor of Chesterfield. His wife Jean as Mayoress will accompany him throughout his year.

He took the Oath at around 5.15 pm tonight in front of a packed Council Chamber and accompanied by his new Cadets.

Proposed by Cllr Ray Russell who said that Cllr Barr was "Well-liked and can talk to anyone, qualities which will stand him in good stead." He was seconded by Councillor Stuart Britton. READ MORE...

On Parade For The Mayor

On Parade For The MayorTuesday 17th May 2011 It was a case of 'all change' this week as this year's Mayoral Cadets were sworn in at the Town Hall by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield.

Firstly however there was the matter of thanking the 3 cadets (one from each cadet force) who have been on hand at Mayoral events this year.

Thanking Dan Almond (Army), Arran Turner (Sea) and Michael Bown (Air)  the Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Keith Morgan paid tribute to not only the youngsters, but their parents and Commanding Officers... READ MORE...

A Draw For The Mayor At The B2net

The Mayor makes the football raffle charity draw at the B2net on MondayFriday 29th April 2011 The Mayor's Appeal 'Football Raffle' was drawn during half time of the game against Bury on Easter Monday at the B2net.

All monies raised by the sales of tickets will go towards the Mayor's Appeal, which supports two local charities - the Samaritans and Fairplay.

Afterwards we talked to the Mayor who thanked fans for their support. Tickets had been on sale since January he revealed that over £1,000 had been raised.

His Worship also praised the Directors of the club ... READ MORE...

Procession Of Witness

The Mayor in the Procession Of WitnessTuesday 26th April 2011

Picture of this year's Procession Of Witness, lead by The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield and Rev Michael Knight.

Readings and hymns were conducted around Chesterfield, with a final service in the Crooked Spire.


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The Mayoral Week...

The Mayoral WeekThursday 24th March 2011 The Mayoral week began with the Complimentary Dinner, a 'thank you' to all the councillors and council workers who've been part of the Mayoral year. Held in Committee Rooms 1 and 2, it was described by the Mayor as a "delightful engagement", with all councillors in attendance.

During his speech, The Mayor took the opportunity to congratulate his Secretary, Vivien on winning the 'National Civic Officer of the Year' award!

Saturday brought the swimming gala at Queen’s Park. Although the Mayor and Mayoress enjoyed the swimming and wished to congratulate... READ MORE...

Catwalk Capers For Charity Evening

Catwalk Fashion Show at Mataln for Mayor's CharitiesSunday 20th March 2011 Models, made up of Fairplay girls, council staff, and friends and family of Mayoral staff and Chesterfield Post staff strutted their stuff on the catwalk, raising over £750 towards the Mayors Appeal.

The Charity Fashion show, organised by the Mayor's office and Matalan Assistant Manager Kieran, was held to raise cash for charities, Fairplay and the Samaritans.

Matalan donated clothes worn by the models for the evening and Hair and Beauty students from Chesterfield College volunteered their time to make up the models and compere for the evening, Mayor's secretary, Vivien. READ MORE...

Pastors, Potatoes and Poppies

Pastors, Potatoes and Poppies - a week in the life of Chesterfield's MayorFriday 4th March 2011 It's been another busy week for the Mayor, beginning with the visit of Camilla to the Royal hospital to officially open the new wards.

The Mayor and Mayoress were part of the official greeting party. "One of the nicest things to happen on the visit," said the Mayor, "was that an elderly lady patient had heard that Camilla was there and was determined to meet her, standing on two crutches in the corridor, waiting for her to pass. Concerned staff had offered her chairs but she was not to be deterred. She was prepared to sit and wait. As she left Camilla spotted her and, sailing through the press ranks went to speak to her asking how she coped with the crutches - it made her day." READ MORE...

The Mayoral Week...

Friday 11th February 2011 Last week was a relatively quiet one for the Mayor, as events pick back up after the Christmas period but, as ever, a productive one.

The Mayor and Mayoress attended the Parkside School GCSE presentation evening for students that had been due to take place in December but, like many things,had been cancelled due to the bad weather. "It was," said the Mayor, "a lovely event, which wouldn't normally have been at this time of year, I was very proud of the students."

Brampton Church over 50's club had held an event for the Mayor's Appeal at which His Worship gave a talk about his duties and the origins of The Chain. They were then treated to afternoon tea. READ MORE...

A Day To Remember And Respect

The Mayor and Mayoress sign the Holocaust Commemoration book in the Town HallFriday 28th January 2011 The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield joined forces yesterday with The Chief Executive of Chesterfield Borough Council, Huw Bowen, to pay tribute to those who suffered in the Holocaust by signing the Commemoration Book in the Town Hall, along with Leader of The Council, Cllr Ray Russell and Leader of the Opposition John Burrows who also joined them.

Anyone wishing to pay his or her respects by signing the book should visit the Town Hall main reception where the book will be open until February 4th.

Residents in North East Derbyshire can also sign... READ MORE...

Festive Fundraising For The Mayor And Mayoress

Friday 21st January 2011 It's been a quiet Christmas for the Mayor and Mayoress - but, though there weren't many engagements over the Festive period, it was still a profitable one for their charity.

The Mayoral Couple chatted to us about their memorable moments over Christmas and thanked the people of Chesterfield for their generosity. They also looked back on their months as Mayor and Mayoress and reflected on the journey so far. READ MORE...

Pride Of Chesterfield

Pride Of ChesterfieldFriday 17th December 2010
Ten young soldiers, after undergoing a gruelling selection process, today swore their Oath of Allegiance to the Queen during an emotional ceremony at the Mayor's Parlour.

The lads, from Chesterfield and it's surrounding areas were watched by their families and friends as they joined up to four Regiments.

Matthew Beddingham and Callum Dawes were joining the Mercians Infantry and are off to Catterick on the 9th Jan 2011. READ MORE...

In The Course Of Another Busy Week...

Pride Of ChesterfieldSaturday 27th November 2010
In the course of another busy week this week, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield had attended Pathways AGM.

This Charity, situated on Sheffield Road, provides a shelter which feeds the homeless in Chesterfield. The Mayor reported that it was a phenomenal facility, which is well known in Chesterfield, "The facilities are superb" said the Mayoress.

Overnight facilities for the homeless in the town are still an issue... READ MORE...

A Busy Week...

Wednesday 22nd September 2010 The Mayoral Year is a busy one, with a high profile, public role that runs alongside the council duties. We caught up with the Mayor at the end of a very busy week of engagements.

Invitations are coming in to the Town hall all the time, unbelievably some already for Carol Concerts, and the Mayor expressed his gratitude to the Deputy Mayor who takes on some of the workload in order that people are not disappointed. READ MORE...

You Are Cordially Invited

Friday 17th September 2010 Event: Table Top Sale and Fayre - Location: Fairplay centre, Alexandra Road West, Chesterfield, - Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm. The event is part of the Mayors Charity Appeal and is in aid of Fairplay and the Samaritans. The event will be opened at 2.00pm by Keith Morgan, the Mayor of Chesterfield. There will be a wide range of things for sale including bric-a-brac, Fairplay and Samaritans stalls, tombola, face painting, refreshments and cake stall. READ MORE...

"Chesterfield Is Doing Well!"

Wednesday 1st September 2010 Our Discussion with His Worship the Mayor of Chesterfield this week began on the subject of the Development of Chesterfield. Although the Mayor is impartial and cannot be political regarding these things, His Worship the Mayor, Keith Morgan, says that he's impressed with the way the town has developed, and moved on, particularly in these difficult economic times. The work in particular of the Economic Development Department has been impressive.

Chesterfield Borough Council has kept it's head above water during the economic downturn; in fact the number of shops vacant in the town centre here is significantly lower than the average in the rest of the UK. The development of the Market and Yard areas of the town has been particularly pleasing. READ MORE...

Counting Cuppas

Friday 27th August 2010 So, just HOW many cups of tea will the Mayor drink during official engagements in his year of office?

That's the innocent question posed by the Mayor's Secretary which led to the Mayoral Cup Appeal being launched. It's proved to be a huge hit already and has bought out the competitive streak with some folk ringing up to ask just how many the Mayor drinks at each event and how many events he’ll attend this year!!

It's the major focus of the Appeal campaign this year and begins by encouraging people of all ages to participate in events throughout the town by paying a pound and having a guess how many cuppas the Mayor will drink whilst representing the Borough. READ MORE...

The Mayor And The Armed Forces

Monday 16th August 2010 Chesterfield has very close links with all the Armed Forces and those ties remain something which the Town is immensely proud of.

When we caught up with the Mayor this week much of our conversation centred on the sacrifices our Armed Forces make.

One of the saddest duties for the Mayor of Chesterfield is the writing of letters of condolence to the families of fallen soldiers. READ MORE...

Welcome To The Mayor's Column!

Pride Of ChesterfieldThe Mayoral Parlour is a real paradox ... steeped in tradition with souvenirs from visiting dignitaries lining the cupboards and robes of office in the corner.
However look through one of the vast windows and you have a birds eye view (possibly one of the best around) of the hustle and bustle that is modern Chesterfield life.

 
The role of Mayor in this Borough is a civic one. The elected Councillor must be non political during his/her time in office, and serve every member of the community without political prejudice. READ MORE...

The Mayors’ Appeal.

Two local charities will benefit from the year.

Ashgate Hospice
 
 
The Cancer Drop In Centre (Nenna Kind Centre).
 
 
The Mayoral Appeal will help both charities meet their needs. There are many charity Appeal Events scheduled for the year ahead ( below ) - more are being added throughout the weeks. For more information or dates please contact the Civic Secretary Vivien Miller
Email -vivien.miller@chesterfield.gov.uk
Tel: 01246 345239
Fax: (01246) 345252
www.chesterfield.gov.uk

You can make a donation in the following ways .
By cheque - Please make payable to "The Mayor's Appeal"
Cash - given in to The Mayor's Office, Rose Hill, Town Hall, Chesterfield.

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