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January 2016


The 2nd of April 2016 will celebrate the 50 years anniversary of the Induction of Holy Trinity Mapperley, not only for Church of England purposes, but as a dual purpose building for the village.

Throughout these years the building has been used by the village school, Parish Council, and polling station for elections, games evenings, musicals, drama, concerts, two pantomimes, History Society presentations and various celebrations.

Throughout, the PCC (Parochial Church Council) responsible for the building have arranged many improvements, chairs replacing bench seating, carpet tiles, window blinds, and curtains at the chancel step, emergency lighting, fitted kitchen, modernised toilet, and modern audio system. Externally we have new fascias, there is now a ramp to allow easy access for wheelchairs and prams and we continue to plan for future improvements.

It would therefore be fitting to celebrate and we would welcome volunteers to join us to arrange suitable events in addition to our celebration church service.

Bill Skinner

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February 2016

See website for full MPC information

Mapperley Parish Council

The January PC meeting held on 4th January the following matters were discussed.

Mapperley Farm has applied for a permanent licence so that events including weddings can take place. One resident voiced his concerns but was assured by the owners that no events would get out of hand.

We again discussed the diversion of the footpath but are waiting for news from DCC.

A resident had identified a car parked in a lay-by and someone 'living in it', the environmental health and the police to be informed.

An inspection of the playground equipment had shown some action needs to be taken and the clerk will instigate what is needed.

A resident brought up the matter of dog fouling and if you do not clear up after your dog you will be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £1000.

Finance was discussed and the parish precept was set. 

March 2016

By David Coleman (TV and Radio personality)
To be held on Thursday 7th April At Holy Trinity Mapperley
7pm for 7.30pm start
Refreshments Raffle
Ticket Entry £2.50
 Available from Elaine Sarson, Pauline Fearn and Bill Skinner

May 2016

Tales of a Pit Man Review

Thursday evening April 7th was our Tales of a Pit Man show performed by David Coleman in Holy Trinity Church Hall, Mapperley.  The event was organised in conjunction with Holy Trinity to form part of their 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

Performing to a sell out audience David’s story took us through the history of mining and of the working day of a miner.  It was hard, with accidents and fatalities all part of their daily life.  David spoke of a particular miner who was severely injured with many broken bones and injuries which seemed impossible to recover from and in fact died twice. That miner was David himself!  He spent 5 years in hospital and during that time wrote poems and stories which he uses now to pass on his knowledge of mining. His talk was very humorous but also serious when he told us about the hardship of many miners.  He had some very interesting artefacts on display including a miner’s lamp and a ‘snap’ box.

He spoke of his pride having known and worked with George Pearson who was his Training Officer at Moorgreen Pit in the late 60’s early 70’s.  He thought very highly of George. Many of you may remember him. He gave Holy Trinity many years of service.  It was made extra special as George’s daughters were both there Anne Ball and Lyn Reeve. If your group or school would like to book David he can be emailed at

David’s money made on the night went to Wish Upon A Star.

Thank you to Bill Skinner our MC, Joan Waterfall and Pauline Fearn for manning the door and raffle and everyone who attended for their continued support.

Elaine Sarson
Mapperley History

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Mapperley Village Memorial/ Lych Gate
It is 94 years this month since the War Memorial was unveiled.

On Saturday May 13th 1922 at 3pm the Lych Gate was unveiled by Captain Drury-Lowe of Locko Park, followed by the Dedication of the Lych Gate and Consecration of the Churchyard extension by the Lord Bishop. The Lych Gate is dedicated to the memory of the men who died from the village in the Great War.

Several members of the Mapperley Colliery Company attended the service to remember the Martin Brother's; Britus and Luther.

The names of the three fallen, two were brothers, are inscribed on a tablet placed within the memorial gate in memory of George Harrison, Notts and Derby.

Britus Martin - K.R.R.
Luther Martin - R.F.A. who died for Country in the Great War 1914 - 1918.
Their names liveth forever".

  • The Lych Gate is constructed of substantial oak beams with a tiled roof, surmounted by a cross, the entire structure resting on a stone base.
  • In bold, carved letters, the inscription: "In Memoriam" is located on the cross beam, meeting visitors as they approach the gate.
  • The structure was erected by Mr R. Slaney from High Lane, West Hallam, to plans drawn by the architect Mr H. Tatham Sudbury of Ilkeston.
  • Prior to the unveiling, the Bishop of Derby (Dr. Abraham) consecrated the gate as an important addition to the churchyard.
  • The Sherwood Foresters Band from Derby accompanied the singing of two hymns. "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" and "For All the Saints".
  • A detachment of officers and men from the regiment supplied the firing party, with the guard of honour formed by the Ilkeston St. John Ambulance Corps. This was followed by the Last Post, the ceremony closing with the National Anthem.

Among the guests was Mr. Quarrell (Chairman of the Mapperley Colliery Company), Major B. H. Beaumont-Checkland and Mr. G. Spencer all representing the Colliery Company.

Elaine Sarson 

June 2016

Mapperley History - Mapperley Stocks

A commemorative set of stocks erected May 27th 1967 to mark the fact that on
 28 May 1267 King Henry III granted to Simone De Arden the right to hold a weekly market.
These were commissioned by the committee who organised the 700th Anniversary celebrations commemorating the granting of the Royal Charter.
Bernard Mellor, Joiner and undertaker built the stocks. He worked from the old Church Institute in Mapperley.  Ken Birkin who was our local builder did the brickwork and base.

Next year 28 May 2017 will be the 750th anniversary

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July 2016

Mapperley Parish Council

Notes from Mapperley Parish Council Annual Parish Council meeting held prior to the regular meeting
We had a report from the footpath officer and discussed funding for coming year. We have a healthy bank balance and will again be purchasing hanging baskets for the village.

The History Project and website is going well. Created and run by Elaine Sarson. We were reminded that next year will be the 750th anniversary of the granting of a charter to the village for holding a weekly market. 50 years ago there were events in the village and received visitors from all over the world.  If anyone has any good ideas for next year please contact a council member.

The Parish Council meeting - No news on the bus situation.  An invitation to the new manager at the pub was to be sent for the next meeting.  The defibrillator still needs fixing in the village, a local resident offered to make enquiries as to the type we have purchased and whether we need an electrical supply.  The notice boards are to be smartened up, a councillor offered to do this. The County Councillor told us that building on the old American Adventure ground would probably not start for 2 to 3 years due to checks on whether the ground is contaminated.

We are still short of 2 councillors, please give it some thought and come along to support your village.

Mapperley Parish Council
Janet Mallett, Alison Quinn, Andy Quinn, Dave Morgan

Vacancies – please contact a Councillor or the Clerk. 
Steve Freeborn

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Old Black Horse Mapperley village

Under New Management and following further refurbishment

Nick and Cara Would Like To Welcome You To The Old Black Horse
Meals Are Served
Monday to Saturday 12 - 9pm.  Sunday Roast 12 - 4pm
Quiz Nights each Tuesday at 9pm with Free snack food provided
We very much look forward to welcoming you

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August 2016

Holy Trinity Mapperley. 50 years 1966 – 2016
60’s sing-along night at Holy Trinity Friday 1st July 2016 7pm

October 2016

Mapperley History Project

My website now includes lots of West Hallam history and old newspaper articles. If you have anything you would like to add, which could be your old photographs or documents and your memories, then please get in touch. I would love to hear from you.

Elaine Sarson

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Mapperley History Project

On Wednesday, September 7th, historical storyteller Pat Ashcroft performed to a full Old Black Horse pub in Mapperley Village, telling stories about the history of the local area. The pub was the ideal venue for Ashcroft to regale the crowd with stories of Shipley Hall, and the Miller-Mundy family that ran the estate from the 18th century.  With tales of mystery, intrigue and scandal. Ashcroft opened the discussion up to the group, who in turn shared their own experiences and theories on the history of the area.

The Old Black Horse Pub, under the new ownership of Nick and Cara, provided tea, coffee and biscuits, and all proceeds from the successful event went to The Mapperley History Project, established and run by Elaine Sarson, who organised this talk and to Leukaemia Research.

Ashley Carter

November 2016

Notes from Mapperley Parish Council Meeting

An allotment on Church Lane is being auctioned by Bagshaws.

The road known as The Pool. Information has been gathered by the residents from various sources including legal and official (AVBC). All the information states it is a private road owned by the frontiers of the road. If anybody has different information, which is of legal standing can they provide the evidence before or at the next meeting (November)

The notice boards have been spruced up.

The council is going to look into the possibility of a vending machine for essentials.  The village of Brassington has one as it too has no village shop.

By the time you read this the defibrillator should have been attached to the school railings. We will organise training sessions.

We are looking and getting advice on having the 30mph sign being moved further out of the village.

We have had complaints re the foot path coming up the hill being overgrown. The responsible parties have been informed.

We are inviting the police to attend a meeting to discuss the parking problems, too many residents are finding they cannot access their own properties because somebody has parked across their drive. We are also asking AVBC to let us know how much they collect from parking fees at our side of Shipley Park.

We have a vacancy for a snow warden.

We still need 2 more councillors; this would stop us having to postpone meetings because we are not quorate.


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