News from 2013

18th November 2013

25th Anniversary of Darley Dale / Onzain Twinning Association 

Visit to Onzain on weekend 21/22 June 2014

We need to start to get an idea of the numbers of people who may be interested in going to France for the anniversary weekend next year.

For those who haven't been on a twinning visit before, a brief outline of what happens is set out below.

On the weekend of 21/22 June we are taking a group of "Twinners" to Onzain 
More than likely, this will involve travelling on the Friday and Monday before and after the actual weekend

Details of travel modes will be available soon - these will include approx. prices for coach, air or car

Apart from travel costs, the only other expense is whatever individuals wish to spend themselves

Accommodation is provided by our twinning families in Onzain, for which there is no charge. However, we do ask all our group to take a 'thank you' present for their hosts

Our friends in Onzain will be arranging a variety of events over the weekend and there will be opportunities to buy local products, souvenirs and wine (direct from the vineyards) around the town centre and surroundings 

During our stay, there is usually a concert consisting of entertainment from both towns - already the Winster Morris Dancers are going and Darley Dale Brass Band hope to confirm very soon. The three primary schools around Darley Dale will be asked if they would like to take a small group of children, parents and a performance group

If you think you may be interested in joining in this weekend, please get in touch with us via the Contact Us page on the website or emailing the Secretary directly with your name and contact details together with the numbers of adults and children in your party. We are sorry but we cannot accommodate children who are not accompanied by adults.

We will be reviewing numbers early in the new year so please respond by 1st January 2014.

17th October 2013


The Rocky Halloween Show - TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

Saturday 16th November 2013

7.30pm  in the Terrace Room, Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale

Further to our earlier notice about this fundraising event, we have a new date which is:

Saturday 16th November 2013, in the Terrace Room, Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale

The format for the evening will be similar to recent events:

Live music by the folk group "Arf Arted" (their fee for the night will be donated to  Ashgate Hospice)
Table snacks provided by the Twinning Association
Bring your own drinks
Prize for best fancy dressed Halloween freak
Doors open 7.30pm

Fancy dress is encouraged but is definitely optional.

Please bring your own drinks - there will not be a bar.

Tickets priced £6 for members, £7 non-members, available from Rob Annable Tel 01629 823193 or email or contact your local committee member.

Please support this fundraising evening and support both the Twinning Association and Ashgate Hospice.

7th September 2013

25th Anniversary of Darley Dale / Onzain Twinning Association June 2014

 We have received an invitation to visit Onzain over the weekend 20/21/23/23 June 2014 to join in with 25th Anniversary (1989-2014) celebrations. Please reserve these dates in your diaries as this should be a great weekend. We are hoping to encourage as many members as possible (and their familes) to travel to Onzain and also take with us members of other local groups to demonstrate the wide range of interests that exist in Darley Dale. Planning is in progress and further updates will be announced.

Social /Fundraising event Saturday 2nd November 2013- NOW CHANGED TO 16th NOVEMBER

We are planning another social event at the Whitworth Centre  on Saturday 2nd November based on a Halloween / Rocky Horror theme. It should be good so keep a look out for further news on ticket sales. Please put this in your diaries.

27th April 2013

Onzain visit to Darley Dale Saturday 4th May to Monday 6th May 2013

Final details are as follows:

Saturday 4th May
Arrival at Manchester Airport 16:30pm, Kevin picks up in hired minibus and delivers to Whitworth at 18:30pm for DDTC Reception with tea/coffee, introduced to hosts, depart for homes.

Saturday 4th May
Evening at home for meal with hosts.

Sunday 5th May
09:30am meet at Tansley Village Hall for walk down Lumsdale . Frank Mason leading. Duration of walk about 2 hours. Circular walk back to Tansley Village Hall.

Sunday 5th May
Lunch 12:30pm to 14:00 pm meet at Tansley Village Hall for light sandwich lunch.

Sunday 5th May
14:30pm meet at Black Rock for walk to Cromford Canal & Meadows. Frank Mason leading. Duration of walk about 2 hours. All cars to be parked at Cromford and drivers taken back to Black Rock. 

Sunday 5th May
19:30 pm meet for communal party in Whitworth Centre Terrace Room. Meal served at 20:00 pm, beef in beer casserole followed by a seasonal crumble and cream.

Monday 6th May
Morning - free time with hosts
Lunch - lunch with hosts

Monday 6th May
14:30pm meet for gentle walk along Hall Dale, leading to The Plough in Two Dales and meet Winster Morris for a pint and typical English scene in a village pub. Mike Doyles leading, duration of walk about 1.5 hours. Finish about 17:00pm.

Monday 6th May 

Evening meal with hosts. 

Meet at Whitworth main car park at 20:15hrs for minibus to the airport hotel leaving Darley Dale at 20:30pm.

17th April 2013

Onzain visit to Darley Dale 4th - 7th May 2013

We now have some details of the weekend programme which of course could be subject to change. The outline details are as follows, timings are to be confirmed:

Saturday 4th May - French arrive late afternoon. We will pick them up in a minibus from Manchester Airport and bring them to Darley Dale for a brief reception and introduction to hosts. Evening meal with host families.

Sunday 5th May - Morning walk down Lumsdale, lunch in Tansley followed by an afternoon walk from Black Rock to Cromford Canal/Meadows. Sunday evening a communal party at the Whitworth with food and music.

Monday 6th May - Morning and lunch is free time with hosts. Monday afternoon a gentle walk in Hall Dale followed by a drink at The Plough in Two Dales where at 4pm we will meet Winster Morris for a special performance! Evening meal with hosts after which at about 8.30pm guests will depart by minibus to a Manchester Airport hotel where they will stay until check in for their flight departure at 06.30am.

Some hosts may make individual arrangements with their guests to get them from and back to Manchester Airport but the above arrangements are organised by the Twinning Association. If hosts are in contact with their guests, it may be prudent to make sure that they are aware of this minibus on Monday evening and the need to book into a hotel at Manchester Airport. The alternative is for hosts to be either taking their guests to the Airport or waving goodbye in Darley Dale at about 02.00am on Tuesday morning!

Association members who are not hosting on this occasion are most welcome to join in all the walks (including their dogs if they have family membership - only joking!). Members not hosting are also welcome to join in the evening party on the Sunday night on purchase of a ticket (about £8 to cover cost of food). There is of course no charge for the hosts and their French guests as costs will be covered by the Twinning Association. Please let Bill know if you would like a ticket asap as numbers are limited due to the size of the room.

More information to follow as it becomes available.

12th April 2013

Fishpond Choir

Some forthcoming event details from Vicki Clemerson

April 2013

Music from around the world
Saturday 27th April, 7.30pm
St Peter's Church, Alstonefield, 7.30pm
Tickets £10 adults, £3 children, Family £20 (2+2)
from Cathy Reavy on 01335 310125
or from Alstonefield Post Office or Natural Choice in Ashbourne

This next one, in May promises to be something special ...

Saturday 18th May, 7.30pm
A concert in aid of 
The Alzheimer's Society 
Dementia UK's Admiral Nurses
St John's Church, Walton, Chesterfield
Tickets £10 from Lynne Atkin on 01246 525907
or Sweets and Treats, Mansfield Road, Hasland

Following these, and for which details will follow, are ...

Saturday 28th September 
Youlgreave Church

Saturday 12th October
Joint concert with London choir Men2Sing
in Wirksworth Church


Some information on Easyfundraising is included on the About Us page, have a look at the link below:


Onzain visit to Darley Dale May 2013

Details of the programme over the weekend are being finalised now and will be published shortly. We are expecting 16 visitors from Onzain and are planning some walks on the Sunday and Monday, including a communal get together and meal on the Sunday night.

Photo Diary

We are trying to complie a list of Twinning Association events over the years and include a photograph which typically represents what went on at the time. If you know of an event which we've missed please let Bill know and perhaps include a photograph which we can put on the website. Have a look at the Photo Diary page


25th February 2013

Work experience & exchange opportunities

Recently we have had a number of requests from Onzain to help with giving work experience or exchange opportunities to young people from Onzain, principally to help them with learning English language. Reciprocal arrangements are usually available where our young people get some hands on French language experience.

I have added the recent opportunities to those which have already been notified to members and the full list is given in the School Links page of this website. 

If anybody feels they can help or would like their own children to benefit please use the contact form to get back to me and I will pass the details onto Onzain. Parents/carers would have to liaise with Onzain themselves to make all the arrangements.

22nd February 2013

Songs of The Beatles - SOLD OUT

All the tickets for our Beatles night on Saturday 16th March 2013 have been sold and a waiting list has been started. 

If you would like to go on the waiting list for any cancellations please e-mail Bill Jameson and we'll let you know if any more tickets become available.

It should be a great night !

20th January 2013

Jameson Hills perform music of The Beatles

We are pleased to announce the revised date of the above fundraising evening as Saturday 16th March 2013 in the Terrace Room, Whitworth Centre.

Details have been e-mailed to members but in summary doors open at 7:15pm, there will be 2 sessions of music finishing at about 10:00pm.

Tickets £5 members, £6 non-members and £2.50 for under18's with an adult.

Bring your own drinks, table snacks will be provided.

Please order and pay for tickets in advance from any committee member.

Have a look at Jameson Hills website for a sample of their music:

Please support this fundraising/social event and get your tickets early as there is limited room capacity.

The booking office is now open ! Tickets are selling !

Onzain visit to Darley Dale, Saturday 4th to Tuesday 7th May 2013 (Early Spring Bank Holiday Weekend)

Onzain has accepted our invitation to visit Darley Dale over the early spring bank holiday weekend. They will be arriving here on the Saturday and returning the following Tuesday. We need to give them an idea of how many visitors we can accommodate so would members please e-mail Sandy Doyles and let her know whether or not you can host a visiting family over this weekend. Please let Sandy know by Monday 11th February.

Work Experience in Onzain Summer 2013

Last year Onzain invited some German students to work alongside some local French students doing a week's work experience on a local authority community project involving helping gardeners maintain flower beds and prepare for next season. This year Onzain have invited a student from Darley Dale to join the project for a week of work experience and French language speaking. The student must be over 16 years old and be entitled to work in the EU. He/she will be hosted by a French familiy in Onzain and be paid 150 euros for the week.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone doing A-level French - who also likes gardening ! Please e-mail Bill Jameson if you would like the contact details in Onzain. Parents/carers would have to liaise with Onzain themselves to make all the arrangements.