More people than I’ve seen in 10 years of living in Whtiwell turned out today to pay their respects in the glorious sunshine.
The parade this year started at Hodthorpe Club and came up Welbeck Street and down hangar Hill in to The Square, led as usual by Whitwell Brass Band.
It doesn't seem like twelve months since we were last posting pictures of Whitwell's wonderful remembrance service, but alas it is.
Due to the wonderful weather we're having at the moment the 2012 Gala moved to the Community Centre in a slightly slimmed down form, but that didn't dampen spirits (unlike the occasional shower). To us the new venue created amuch better atmosphere in the closer confines of the Community Centre and grounds.
The day also saw musical performances from Whitwell Brass Band in the morning, and local band After Hours later in the day with a great selection of rock classics and newer covers as well.
For the younger visitors the highlight was Savage Skills (as featured on ITV's Lets Get Gold) and their freestyle mountain bike stunt displays throughout the day.
The 40th year of the Whitwell Well Dressing saw an impressive display of 3 scenes, one created entirely by the members of the Scouts and Guides without any adult help.
The rain (mostly) held off, the sun shone (on and off), the band played, people sang, drank tea and ate scones whilst being entertained by Casper and the Fleas – Whitwell’s very own ‘Uke’ rock band.
Hopefully the Scouts and Guides have raised themselves some well earned funds in the process.
Whitwell Against Alkane will be holding a public meeting on 5th July at 7:30PM in the Community Centre.
As we already know, Alkane Energy Plc. withdrew their planning application last month leaving WAA with funds left over from the various fund raising activities. The plan was always that any money left over would be distributed to local projects/groups – this meeting is to help decide where that money should go, so WAA need input from as many people as possible.
The 2012 Whitwell Well Dressing Festival will commence on Saturday 7th July from 1PM with a parade around the village and celebrations at the two village pumps.
This year is the 40th year for the Well Dressing Festival in Whitwell and to celebrate the Scouts and Guides have produced a book showcasing many of the designs over the years.
We'd like to wish all the 111 walkers taking part in the 2012 Louise Smalley Walk good luck.
This year sees the walkers start at Monsal Head (at 4AM!) and return to Whitwell some 41 miles later – if it wasn't for such a good cause (the National Autistic Society this year) we'd think you were mad.
Good luck and here's hoping the wind dies down and the rain holds off.
Whitwell Forward and Bolsover District Council are bringing the Extreme Wheels Roadshow to Whitwell Primary School on Thursday 24th May between 6-8PM.
This is a free to attend event, although there are a few rules:
- Helmets must be worn at all times
- Minimum age is 7 years old, although under 9s must be accompanied by an adult
- A parental consent form must be returned on the day
- Consent forms can be found here: http://www.bolsover.gov.uk/extreme-wheels
Not only will this provide some much needed activity in the village for the younger members of our community but it is also a great opportunity for opinions and voices to be heard as the Extreme Wheels team will be doing video questionnaires to find out what our younger people want in the village, especially with regards to scate-parks etc. which the Parish Council is already looking in to.
We're in May already and that means May Day celebratinos at the community centre.
This year saw comedy skiffle group Kick 'n' Rush perform as well as May Pole dancing to music provided by Whitwell Brass Band.
Once again the Whitwell Community Centre will be hosting May Day celebrations on Monday 7th May from 1PM.
This years celebrations will include:
There will also be stalls and displays from local groups as well as burgers and refreshments available including the bar being open.