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Committee Meetings 2018 – The Family Tree at 7.30 pm


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


1 September        Home Crafts and Produce

15 September      Hindersitched Up; running event

3 November         Bonfire Night

8 December         Winter Gathering

17 December       Carol Concert


Whatstandwell Festival 2018 - Report.


The Social Club were delighted to hear from many Festival goers who thought that this year’s event was the best yet. It was again held over two days, from the afternoon of Friday 23rd through until late on the Saturday. Activities this year include circus workshops, yoga with Kerry, another excellent chainsaw sculpture from Frosty (auctioned for charity) and a pottery workshop.

The main entertainment area included our two new spacious marquees with a large informal seating area (straw bales). Refreshments included a Prosecco bar, pizza van and hot sandwich stall as well as the ever popular Family Tree barbecue. Inside the barn, the bar this year was rigged up like a mini beer festival with a wide range of local ales, lager and cider, with of course wines, and soft drinks if preferred. The weather was glorious once again and in the evening lights gave a nice atmosphere to the outdoor area.

Music-wise, there were great acoustic sets on the Saturday from Ollie Oldroyd and Declan Kitts who even managed to adlib his way through a power failure. In the Barn the live bands, including No Danger, the Natterjacks and Facsimile all turned in great performances and had most folk up and dancing. Once the bands had finished the disco took the show through to an end.

The pre-event ticket sales seemed to work well and will be available in the same way next year.

Finally thanks as ever to all who helped in putting the show on. Special thanks to the Dancing Duck brewery who set up the beer racking and chilling system – nice! To the Cliff Inn for their help and support and to Sam at Hankin Farm for hosting the Festival and organising the Hay Bales. Hopefully see you all next year – and if you enjoyed it, tell your friends. We look forward to seeing you and to another friendly fun packed family Festival.



Whatstandwell Open Gardens 2018 – Report.


After weeks of scorching weather, there were concerns this year that gardens would resemble deserts with previously prized collections having turned to brown and withered plants. In the event, all our gardeners managed to nurse them along so that on the day there was still plenty of colour and life. Well done! This year’s event had three new gardens open as well as several regulars so our visitors had all on to get round them in the heat. Especially with the tempting additional distractions of plant sales, cakes at the school, tea and scones, performances from our local choir and ukulele ensemble, even art exhibits and Well Dressings! A collection of quite remarkable paper sculptures as well as watercolours and felt-work pieces certainly added to the enjoyment of the gardens themselves. It is hoped that the artists concerned might consider presenting again next year!

A big thank you then to anyone involved in the event. All who helped with the organisation, entertainments and refreshments, all our visitors who chose to spend the afternoon with us rather than in front of the football or the tennis!, and all our gardeners without whom of course there would be no show. Here’s to next year!

The beneficiary this year was the Derby Mountain Rescue team


Coming Events


“Hindersitched up”


Scheduled for Saturday 15th September the inaugural Whatstandwell Time Trial Hill Climb running event is open to all.

The climb is around 500ft over the course of a mile or so. Competitors will start at one minute intervals from the Family Tree at the bottom of the village on the A6 and finish in the field opposite the Cliff Inn at Crich. The first runner will go at 5pm. Entrance is £5 of which £3 is a redeemable voucher towards a drink either at the Cliff or the Family Tree at the end of the run.

The run will be fully marshalled and there will be awards for fastest male and fastest female in the categories: a) juniors (up to 15), b) seniors (15 – 49) and c) veterans (50 plus). There will also be an award for fastest Whatstandwellian.

There’s no need to register in advance, just turn up on the day ready to run.


Bonfire Night.


The date for your diary is 3rd November. It has to be said that numbers have been rather hit and miss in recent years so if you would like to see the event continue please give us your support on the night. Hope to see you there!


Winter Gathering


The second Winter Gathering will be at the Family Tree on the 8th December.


Carol Concert


The Carol Concert will be held on Monday the 17th December at the school.

Further details of the Winter Gathering and Carol Service will be on the website nearer the time [].