Burgundy Bins at Last!

Its finally happened, we’ve got proper kerbside recycling bins!

It’s taken a long time (7.5 years since we first asked), but finally we’ve got proper recycling facilities without having to cart big bags of recycling down to The Square, the supermarket or household waste recycling centre. Hopefully we’ll now see the recycling figures for Bolsover rise and a lot less paper blowing around the village on collection days.

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Residents Association Coffee Morning

The Whitwell Residents Association will be holding a Coffee Morning (tea available as well) on Saturday 28th May 2011 at 10:30 AM in the Whitwell Community Centre, everyone is welcome.  Along with the coffee and tea there will also be cake, biscuits and toast as well as a raffle.  The Residents Association would love to see you there, you don’t need to be a member and it’s a great opportunity to air your views to some of your Parish Councillors and socialise with others in the village.

Whitwell Parish Council Meeting – 18th May 2011

The first Parish Council meeting for the newly elected Whitwell Parish Council has now taken place.  A number of issues were covered, along with the business of filling various committee posts on the council.  Updates from the District and County councillors were also provided.

Chair/Vice Chair

  • As noted in our post about the Chair/Vice Chair the positions have been filled by Cllr. Stuart Maiden and Cllr. Sandy Frow.

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Creswell Crags – Wellington Bomber Memorial

On Saturday 21st May 2011 at 10:30 there will be an unveiling of a memorial to commemorate the members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) who died when their Wellington Bomber crashed in a field near Hennymoor Farm close to the Crags.

The Wellington bomber had taken off from RAF Gamston as part of a routine training exercise, and went down after the failure of it’s starboard engine and shortly after the port engine.

The memorial commemorates the lives of the men of the RCAF:

  • Navigator Lowell M Brehaut P.O., Aged 21
  • Wireless Operator/Air Gunner James R Clarke Sgt., Aged 20
  • Bomb Aimer Walter W Cooper F.O., Aged 32
  • Bomb Aimer John L Lee Sgt., Aged 19
  • Pilot Willis D Murdie W.O.1, Aged 26

It also commemorates the life of RAF Pilot Officer Herbert Sydney Keeton of Creswell who was shot down in his fighter over the North Sea.

As part of the ceremony the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster bomber will be doing a fly-past as there are no flying Wellington Bombers any more.


Unfortunately the fly-past could not take place due to the high winds, but none-the-less it was a great occasion with the locally carved stone memorial being unveiled to the families of those that died and the Canadian High Commissioner.

If you are a member of one of the families and would like a copy of any of the above photos, or a complete set of photos from the ceremony then please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to provide a copy to you.

Whitwell Parish Council – Chair & Vice Chair

The first Parish Council meeting of the newly elected council has taken place.  The positions of Chair and Vice Chair have now been filled:

  • Chair: Cllr. Stuart Maiden (4 for, 4 against, Chair took deciding vote)
  • Vice Chair: Cllr. Sandy Frow (4 for, 4 against, Chair took deciding vote)

For both positions Cllr. Tom Munro had been proposed along side.

Whitwell Well Dressing 2011

The well dressing will take place from July 2nd to July 9th, with the dedication taking place at 2:30PM on Saturday 2nd on the village green (on the High Street).

As usual there will be two well dressings, the one on the Village Green and one down at the pump in The Square.

We look forward to some good summer weather and some great photos of this years well dressing – so if you’re involved or get any good photos then please get in touch.

Residents Association Meeting – May 2011

The next meeting of the Whitwell Residents Association will take place on the 19th May at 7:30PM in the Community Centre.  This is an open meeting, so anyone is free to attend and it will also incorporate the Police Community Liaison meeting as well.

If you want to get involved with what is going on in the village or have your say then the Residents Association is a good place to start – As it says on the tin, it’s there for the residents of the Parish and we’d like to know what you think and what you want, that’s why we’re here.

PC Meeting – May 2011

The May 2011 Parish Council meeting will be held at Whitwell Community Centre on Wednesday 18th May 2011 – the 3rd Wednesday of the month, not the 2nd as is usually the case.

The change of date is because of the recent council elections and the requirement to provide councillors with the agenda 3 clear days before the meeting (5 days including the day they are provided with it and the day of the meeting).

The agenda for the meeting can be found at the top of the page here: Whitwell Parish Council – Meetings – Agendas and Minutes