Asian Dance Workshops a Hit

Asian Dance Workshops a Hit


Hasland Village Hall came alive to the sights and sounds of Asian Dance in July at The Asian Association of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire’s Asian Dance Workshops.

Local residents of all ages enjoyed trying on traditional clothes and scarves and taking part in a mixture of Bollywood style and semi classical dances, as well as dances from other parts of India such as Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Participants were wowed by the “lovely costumes”, commenting that “the dances were beautiful” and that they had “thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”

Dance teacher Sanjukta, who ran the workshops, said “We got a lovely response from the audience and it was great to see that everybody was willing to join in and take part."

Eastwood Park Gala

Pictured l-r Dave Brennan, Nigel Combes, David Maric, Steve LeeToby Perkins MP and Stephen Wright at Eastwood Park Gala.

Eastwood Park Gala

Hasland Gala was held in glorious weather with the official opening performed by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Cllr Alexis Diouf and his wife Vicky-Anne, who helped celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Hasland VIllage Hall.

Attractions included a heritage display, Hasland Gala Royalty, fancy dress competition and dog show. There was a fairground, bands, Punch & Judy Show, OzBox, birds of prey, stalls and displays for all ages. Refreshments were on sale throughout the event. Bailey Kennady was crowned Hasland Gala Queen, Shannon Winters as Junior Queen, Lilly Hinksman as Petal, Ellie Hulett as Princess, Amelia Pickering as Personality Princess and Edward Kennady as Pageboy.

MP Toby Perkins attended and spent time visiting many of the stalls and attractions including Grassland Hasmoor... Big Local which was manned by Big Local Representative Dave Brennan,  Stephen Wright Chairman of the Interim Steering Group, Steve Lee NEDDC Strategic Partnership Co-ordinator, Barbara and Philip Arrandale, David Maric, Nigel Combes and Ian Mather, Janey Ray, Mr & Mrs Leverton and Sushri Wells.

Thanks go to photographer Rob Whitehead and to everyone involved for helping make the day a great success.

Click here to see more photographs from the Big Local Weekend. 

Grassmoor Fun Day

Pictured l-r Steve Lee, Cllr Pam Hemsley, Stephen Wright, David Maric, Barbara Arrandale, Natascha Engel MP, Debbie Ladds and Dave Brennan at Grassmoor Fun Day.

Grassmoor Fun Day

Despite heavy rain in the morning the Grassmoor Fun Day went ahead as planned. The loyal community turned out in strength to support the event and enjpyed a wide variety of stalls and activities including Healthy Eating, three bouncy castles, a climbing wall, sports activities and competitions by the young people.

MP Natascha Engel spent most of the afternoon visiting all the stalls and attractions and speaking to everyone, accompanied by Stephen Wright, Chairman of the Interim Steering Group. She was introduced to Local Trust Chief Executive, Debbie Ladds; Dave Brennan, the Big Local Representative who supports and advises the local committee; Steve Lee NEDDC Strategic Partnership Co-ordinator who does a great deal of work and planning on the Steering Group's behalf; Barbara and Philip Arrandale, David Maric, Nigel Combes and Ian Mather.

Stalls and displays included NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group staffed by Sue Higginson and Jean RIchards; a healthy eating workshop run by Coral Thorp from Chesterfield Children's Centre; Chesterfield Time Bank; Staveley Armed Forces and Veterans Association staffed by Joe Roberts, Julie Dixon, Margaret Cooper and Marian and Joe Gerrard; St James' Chruch Temple Normanton staffed by Maureen Raybold, Kath Potter, Margaret Sheikh, Barbara Marshall and Julie Marshall. 

Rykneld Homes volunteers and staff Jan and Terry Blanksby, Jessica Blanksby, Jude Milburn, James Lindsay, Hazel James, Charlie Hibbert, Jonathan Hibbert, James and Josh Heath and Harvey Connor - these young people are to be congratulated for all their hard work and their polite and friendly manner.

The Royal British Legion Biker Branch were present, and Grassmoor Brownies under Sandria Mather and Amanda Millward.  The Mentally Handicapped Stall was run by Mr and Mrs Bestwick and Michael Bestwick; Friendship Club with Iris Woodhead, Maureen Walker and Angela Alton; Grassmoor Allotments with Richard Egerton; Spire Nursery stall and Janice Bedford who also ran a stall. St John Ambulance were in attendance with David Chapman, Sandra Smith and Irene Buttry.  The bouncy castles were supplied by Dave at Kids Stuff, Sporting Futures by Andy Wilson and the climbing wall by Ian Webb.

Thanks go to the team of people who supplied the transport for chairs, tables and marquee and to the team who erected and dismantled the marquee and to the litter pickers. These groups include David Knott, Nigel Combes, David Maric, Pam and Keith Hemsley, Philip and Barbara Arrandale and official photographer Rob Whitehead.  Thanks also go to Woodleigh Motors who kindly loaned a van at short notice to help with transport and to everyone else who has not been mentioned for all the help and support given to make the Fun Day the success it was!

Finally thanks go to the sponsors, Derbyshire County Council, Grassmoor Parish Council, Big Local and Rykneld Homes.

Click here to see more photographs of the Big Local Weekend.


Stage 3 Funding Awarded!

Stage 3 Funding Awarded!

Grassland Hasmoor Big Local... has been awarded Stage 3 funding. This will enable us to form our Big Local Partnership and start creating our Big Local Plan.  We will be supporting various initiatives and activities over the coming months including Grassmoor Fun Day on 7th June and Eastwood Park Gala on 8th June.


Keep checking the Events page of our website for details of what's happening and when.

Community Profile

Community Profile


We spent several months consulting with local residents about their priorities for making Grassmoor and Hasland even better places to live. This work along with some key local statistics, photographs and other local information has been used to create the Grassland Hasmoor Community Profile.

The profile was submitted to the Local Trust and appoved in Spring 2014 which has enabled us to move on to the next stage of the Big Local Pathway.


Click here to download the Grassland Hasmoor Community Profile.

Getting Started – Getting Involved2

Getting Started – Getting Involved

Between June and October 2013, 441 questionnaires were filled in by people who live or work in Grassmoor and Hasland to help identify what local people see as the main priorities on how to improve the area.
Questionnaires were filled in at Grassmoor Community Centre, Penmore Stores and on our online survey as well as through a number of local community groups who applied for small grants
Thanks to everyone who took the time to give their views, this information will be used to help decide key priorities in the area.

The Hotpot Events "share your hotpot of ideas!"

Two Hotpot Events were held in November for residents to come along and over great food and conversation hear about what has been happening, share their  ideas for the future and see how to get involved. The response was extremely positive with 35 people attending the Grassmoor event and 37 at Hasland.  

At the events Dave Brennan, our Local Trust representative, gave an overview of what Big Local is and what it aims to achieve, Diane Sheppard from Links CVS gave an update on what we’ve achieved to date and Steve Lee from NEDDC and Dave summarised the feedback received  from the questionnaires and explained how this had lidentified key themes for working groups to be formed around. Attendees were then able to have a chat about what they had heard over food before being invited to sign up to the groups.
More information about the working groups can be found on this website under Working Groups.  

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