News from 2011

5th December 2011

Fishpond Choir Concert Christmas 2011

The Fishpond Choir is a strong supporter of twinning and one of our organisation members. Their Christmas concert is next Saturday, details below:

Fishpond Choir Christmas concert at the Cavendish Institute, Edensor on 10 December 2011 - 7:30pm. The Winster Mummers will appear during the interval also.

Tickets are £7 (adults); £4 (children under 14); Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £20.

Ticket lines: 01629 534204 or 01773 550660 or on the door. 

28th November 2011

"Allo Allo" 2012

We are pleased to announce that Cafe Rene will open its doors again for one night on Saturday 25th February 2012 . Please make a note of this and try to support this twinning social and fundraising event which was a great success last year. Details are being finalised now and the format will be similar to last time but we have not yet confirmed the entertaiment. 

Madame Edith is pushing for the main caberet slot but we have managed to resist her so far. Please support this event  in great numbers to prevent Madame Edith from taking over and damaging our ears!

Further details of tickets sales, etc will be sent out soon, but it's never too soon to start thinking about your "Allo" Allo costume so we can once again bring Cafe Rene to life.

Visit to Onzain Friday 4th to Monday 7th May 2012

Our friends in Onzain Jumelage have confirmed that they will be delighted to receive us for a twinning weekend on the above dates in May 2012.

Unfortunately, the 4 primary schools will be unable to send some young musicians on this particular visit but we hope this will be achieved on a future visit. We are therefore still working on ideas for a main theme and will issue details are they are developed.

The visit is definately "on" so please start thinking about your own intentions. In the new year we will be asking for names of those intending to travel to Onzain so we can provide  some numbers for the hosting families in Onzain. We will also need an idea of anticipated travel arrangements to decide whether or not we will need to book a coach.

More details to follow in early 2012.

5th October 2011

Visit to Onzain Friday 4th to Monday 7th May 2012

We have proposed to Onzain that we have a twinning weekend in Onzain on the above dates in May 2012. We are waiting for official confirmation but please put these dates in your diaries. We have deliberately kept away from the late May bank holiday which will be combined with the Queen's Jubillee as many people may not wish to travel at this time.

We are hoping to encourage young musicians from the 4 primary schools and their parents to join in this visit to make friends and play music with school children in Onzain. Look out for further updates !

28th August 2011

Twinning Association Newsletter Summer 2011

Follow the link to see our latest newsletter

 /public/Newsletter Summer 2011.pdf

20th August 2011

Many of our twinning members will be aware of the Darley Dale wall hanging which the Darley Dale Stitch, Knit and Natter group designed and made from an idea from our late friend Maggie Cole. The wall hanging is now in the Hotel de Ville in Onzain, marking the 20th anniversary of our twinning link.

If you would like to see more of this type of work, the Darley Dale Stitch, Knit and Natter group are holding an exhibition of patchwork, knitting, embroidery, lace making, spinning etc at Darley Dale Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 8th October 2011, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Admission One Pound.

More details on the attached poster:

 /public/Stitch Exhibition.pdf

22nd June 2011

We are now ready for our  French visitors from Onzain this coming weekend and looking forward to a good weekend of dance, music, cultural exchange and above all....plenty of fun !!


At our AGM last night Shirley Davison, who was the very first Chair of our Twinning Association, announced an opportunity for everybody to help in a local charity project involving Highfields School, Tansley House Care Home and First Taste. The project is in a competition with another charity to win £60.000 funding to make a film demonstrating how music and the performing arts can help dementia sufferers. If they are successful, the film will become an important resource in the treatment of dimentia nationwide.

The project will be featured at 6pm on Central ITV News on Tuesday 28th June for 2 minutes only and viewers are invited to vote for the charity to win the prize. Voting will be by telephone at 11p per call and each household can have up to 10 votes, so the total cost of voting will be just over £1.

Shirley's project is called VOYAGE, so please vote for them if you would like to support this project.

The official "flyer" for the competition is on the attached link:

/public/Vote for Voyage.pdf

6th June 2011

Planning for the French visitors from Onzain for 24th- 27th June is going well and we almost have all our hosts in place. We are still short of accommodation for a couple of teenage youngsters and also 2 youth leaders aged about 27. If anybody can help at this late stage, please contact Sandy.

Sandy has written to all hosts with further information and provided details of the weekend programme which is as follows. Please note that all members of the Twinning Association are welcome to join in any or all of the events whether they are hosting or not. We need to know numbers attending the Saturday concert and need to collect £5 each for the meal for members wishing to attend but are not hosting.


Friday 24th June
6.00pm Hosts and Guests meet at MENCAP Centre. Tea/coffee provided. We will also collect the money here (£5 each) for additional meals for Saturday night as detailed in Sandy's letter to hosts.
Evening with families

Saturday 25th June
Early morning with families then head to Bakewell for 12.00 and 2.00pm performances for La Valcissienne, the dance group from Onzain.

Lunch with families in Bakewell - suggest picnic or cafe
Afternoon Bakewell Day of International Dance 
Details on

7.00pm - 10pm  Evening concert and Fish and Chips supper at Darley Dale School featuring Lah Di Dah chorus, Darley Dale Band and Tom & Bill on guitar and accordion who we enjoyed so much at our Allo Allo evening. We may even get a performance from the musicians of La Valcissienne !

The meal will be fish & chips from a mobile fish & chip van so if anybody has any special dietary requirements, please let us know and we will see what we can do. Also we will include a drink on the night but you are welcome to bring your own top up drinks, as we did at the Allo Allo night. We need to know the total numbers attending by Friday 17th June.

Sunday 26th June
Morning with families for walks, resting, swimming
Early Lunch( or Brunch) with families
Afternoon - Darley Dale Fun Day 12 noon - 8pm
Details on
Evening meal with families

Monday 26th October
Morning Guests depart (Time not known) Please provide a picnic for the coach journey.

 Don't forget the informal meeting for hosts after the AGM on Tuesday 21st June where the details will be filled in and all questions answered !

Also remember we are planning a return trip to Onzain in 2012

12th April 2011

Onzain has confirmed that they will visit Darley Dale on the weekend of 25/26th June 2011 and will include the dance group La Valcissienne who will take part in the Bakewell International Day of Dance and the Darley Dale Fun Day. The total number of visitors will be about 55 people including a group of youngsters in their early teens.