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Committee Meetings 2018 – The Family Tree at 7.30 pm


23 May, 4 July, 8 August, 3 October, 14 November

If you are interested in joining the committee or would like to help out with the events then please come along or contact us via the website.


Whatstandwell Social Club Events – 2018


22 & 23 June        Whatstandwell Festival

15 July                Open Gardens

1 September        Home Crafts and Produce

30 September      Proposed new running challenge

3 November         Bonfire Night

8 December         Winter Gathering

17 December       Carol Concert


Dates for your diary in 2018


22 & 23 June 2018 – Whatstandwell Festival.


Following a successful trial last year, this annual event will again be held over two days.

The venue, as usual, will be Hankin Farm, where camping and caravan pitches are available for the adventurous.

Commencing on Friday afternoon through the evening, then from early afternoon on the Saturday until late in the evening. The bands are booked, the entertainments are arranged. Food and drink has been organised for the weekend. There will be circus performers again, activities to get involved in, chainsaw sculpture, live music... all you need to do is book your tickets, turn up and enjoy the fun!!

Entrance costs………… Full week end (inc. souvenir glass) £15

Fri only £5

Sat only £10

12 – 18s half price

under 12s free.

(please note that under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.)

Check the website for how to get your tickets and further details of the event. There will also be advertising notices posted up nearer the time.


Whatstandwell Open Gardens 2018


Open Gardens charity this year is Peak District Mountain Rescue

As mentioned in last quarter’s CACN, this will be held on Sunday 15th July this year. I discover that, for the first time, there will be a Crich Open Garden event – the weekend before. A welcome opportunity to compare and contrast what gardeners have been able to do on the Derwent hillside in Whatstandwell as opposed to the higher tops of Crich. Interesting to be able to see what does well in each of the two very close but quite different areas.

As well as the horticultural delights on display, there will be refreshments available, with facilities here and there, musical entertainments and plant and hopefully craft sales. You can also enjoy some of the fine fare on offer at The Family Tree. For those who have visited before, there will be at least one new garden this year.

The opening times are 13:00 to 17:30. All gardens will be clearly marked on the tickets which are available from the gardens and from The Family Tree, which is situated at the bottom of the village by the A6 bridge over the Derwent. A recommended route will be indicated on the map.

Whatstandwell has a regular bus and train service. Parking is available at the train station, next to the canal bridge or at the Family Tree for their customers. The gardens are best viewed on foot by taking a stroll around the village following the map that is supplied with the unchanged admission fee of £4 for adults; free for children and dogs (dogs on a lead please!).


Whatstandwell Craft and Produce Show


This annual event will this year be held on the 1st September. Details of all the classes, as well as whether a Craft section will be reintroduced will be included in the next edition of CACN but, for those who would like to enter the photographic competition, The four categories for the photos are Winter, Sport, Portrait and Animals

From the author’s point of view, this early growing season so far has been more or less the opposite of last year. So much rain and such very low temperatures for sowing and growing on seedlings. Without heat mats or much in the way of light there is little chance of any prizes for me in the home-grown categories.


Coming up later in the year………..


“Hindersitched up”


A new running challenge. Details will be in the next CACN and on the website when the event is finalised.


Winter Gathering


All being well this will be another chance to enjoy this new event which last year was very popular. Designed to appeal to all ages from the very young to the not so very young!