Ockbrook & Borrowash Parish Council

Serving the people of Ockbrook & Borrowash

Clerk RFO: Sarah Kitchener
The Parish Hall, Church
Street, Ockbrook, Derbyshire
DE72 3SL

Tel: 01332 664100

  • Flower planters in Borrowash

    Borrowash Planter

    Flower planters in Borrowash

  • Flower planters in Borrowash

    Flower planters in Borrowash

    Flower planters in Borrowash

  • Balmoral Cemetery taken May 2020  looking at the flower display.

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    Balmoral Cemetery looking at the flower display.

  • Borrowash , Taken December 2017 looking from the old canal , over the train track towards Ambaston

    Borrowash , Taken December 2017 looking from the old canal , over the train track towards Ambaston

    Photographed by James Baggulay

Ockbrook & Borrowash Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make Ockbrook & Borrowash a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Parish Council meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month. There are no meetings in August or January.

The Parish office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm.

Lock Down 3.
Deans Drive Play Ground Gym equipment is still CLOSED.

Deans Drive Gym Equipment with a temporarily closed sign attached

Please note our gym equipment at Deans Drive play park is now CLOSED due to the new lockdown. They will reopen on the 3rd December 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

Allotments are now full, but you can be added to the waiting list by contacting the Clerk

Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council Allotment Enquiry

Latest News

Community News 2020 02

Posted: Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:58 by Sarah Kitchener

Information for local groups, societies, clubs, parish and town councils

22 February 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Community News. We've written this for local groups, clubs and parish and town councils, to keep them up-to-date with news from the council. Our aim is to send this newsletter out every fortnight. More »

Please feel free to share this newsletter with your members or residents, or use the information in the newsletter on your website, or in your publications.

If you've any queries please email us at news@derbyshire.gov.uk

We're still doing it for Derbyshire

Some of our staff have been making short videos talking about their roles and how they have had to be adapted during the pandemic.

From adult community education tutors embracing online teaching, to care home staff adapting with PPE, library staff offering a book and borrow service and many more, the message is clear that we are still here to support you.

Each video includes details at the end of how to find out more about that particular service if you think it may help you. You can find the full playlist of still doing it for Derbyshire videos on our YouTube channel or watch them on our website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/stillhere

community testing

Symptom free? Please get a covid test
If you live in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire or High Peak you are invited to visit a coronavirus community testing centre.

The centres are there so that you can get regular checks to find out if you're carrying the virus even though you haven't got symptoms. You don't need an appointment.

The centres have been set up because one in three people who have coronavirus don't have any symptoms and could be spreading the virus without realising it.

Further centres in Erewash and Derbyshire Dales will open later this month. Meanwhile our centres in Swadlincote and Heanor will remain open too.

Finally our centres in Shirebrook and South Normanton will stay open with a new venue opening for the Bolsover district area soon.

If you do have coronavirus symptoms please don't visit our centres. Self-isolate at home and arrange a test through the NHS.

You can find out more information on community testing including the location and opening times of all our centres on our website.

Restoration plan for Elvaston Castle

Elvaston Castle and Garden Trust (ECGT), in partnership with us, is planning to restore the 321-acre estate, including its many listed buildings and historic features.

Following a comprehensive public consultation and many months of work with the National Trust, ECGT is preparing planning applications that they hope will reverse decades of underinvestment and secure the estate's future.

Once the home of the Earls of Harrington, the Stanhope family left Elvaston Castle after WWII. We rescued the site in the 1960s when it was threatened by development for mining and opened it as Britain's first country park. During recent decades, shrinking local government budgets have meant that we have struggled to meet rising running costs.

The trust plans to restore the buildings to their former glory while retaining the grounds as a country park free to visit.

Free childcare for two-year-olds

Do you have a child who is two years old, or almost two?

You could qualify for free childcare worth thousands of pounds.

If you meet the criteria, your child can start the term after their second birthday and access up to 570 hours per year of free early education funding. These hours can be flexible dependent upon your chosen provider's delivery model.

The funding will remain in place until your child becomes eligible for the three and four year old funding.

Find trustworthy health apps

Online and digital health and wellbeing services have seen a huge boom in recent years but with thousands of apps out there it can be hard to know what is trustworthy.

That's why we, in partnership with the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA), have launched a health and care apps library.

The library contains hundreds of independently reviewed apps to meet your needs

Change lives – foster for Derbyshire

If you can give hope, help and a home to a child that needs it, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for people from all walks of life to become foster carers. You don't need any special qualifications, all you need is to be over 21 and have a spare room. We provide training, a wide range of benefits and financial support.

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Get Covid Facts not Covid Fiction

Get Covid Facts not Covid Fiction

Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2021 13:40 by Sarah Kitchener

Get Covid Facts not Covid Fiction

Derbyshire County Council is launching a new campaign aiming to help people get the facts about coronavirus.

There's lots of misleading information circulating on social media and in the news, leading people to wonder what is true and what is not. More »

The new campaign 'Covid 19. Get the Facts' provides trusted, professionally sourced information about some of the main issues people may have questions about.

This includes the Covid vaccinations, the importance of prevention measures such as wearing a face covering and social distancing, as well as information about a wide range of other Covid-19 related topics.

Keep an eye out on our social media for the new campaign, and you can also read up on all the facts at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/covidfacts » Less

community news 2021 02 02

Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2021 13:10 by Sarah Kitchener

Information for local groups, societies, clubs, parish and town councils

2 February 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Community News. We've written this for local groups, clubs and parish and town councils, to keep them up-to-date with news from the council. Our aim is to send this newsletter out every fortnight. More »

Please feel free to share this newsletter with your members or residents, or use the information in the newsletter on your website, or in your publications.

If you've any queries please email us at news@derbyshire.gov.uk

Thank you for getting tested

Thank you to everyone in the Swadlincote area who's been getting tested to help stop the spread.

Our centres in Swadlincote, Heanor, Shirebrook and South Normanton are open for people who live or work locally to the centre.

Swadlincote was the first area to get community testing in Derbyshire and since then 246 people have tested positive at the three sites which opened before the latest national lockdown was introduced in December.

That means 246 people were identified who didn't know they had symptoms.

The centres in and around Swadlincote were set up on a temporary basis but we're keeping the Midway Community Centre open so that people in the Swadlincote area can continue to get regular checks to see if they have the virus.

Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates on community testing including when it will be available in your area.

Government launches new coronavirus campaign

Got coronavirus symptoms? You must book a test and stay at home – no matter how mild your symptoms might be.

While it might be tempting to nip to the shop for essentials, go for a walk or even pop into work, self-isolation really does mean staying at home. And a short film produced by the Government serves as a stark reminder as to why it's so important to self-isolate if you have the virus or symptoms and why we should all be staying at home as much as possible.

Focusing on accounts from nurses, doctors and Covid-19 patients on the seriousness of this second wave. You can watch the video here.

We know self isolating can be a challenge for some people but help is at hand. Our Community Response Unit can help with things like delivering prescription medication or shopping if you have no friends or family to call on. You can request help online or call 01629 535091. They can even arrange for someone to call you for a chat if you are lonely and have no one to talk to.

And you may be entitled to a £500 payment if you need to self-isolate cannot work from home.

Keep going Derbyshire. Together we'll get there. #DerbyshireSpirit

Free childcare for two-year-olds

Have you got a child who is two or almost two-years old?

You could be eligible for free childcare.

Childcare is an important part of a child's development. It can help them improve their speech and language skills, make friends and get ready for school.

It's quick and easy to apply.

Competition time for writers and poets

Are you a budding writer or poet?

Derbyshire libraries have received funding from Arts Council England to take part in BBC Novels That Shaped Our World – a programme that celebrates the novel and reading.

As part of the project, our libraries are exploring the theme of 'isolation' through a writing competition open to all residents aged 16 and over who live in the county, not including the city of Derby.

The competition opened on 1 February 2021 and closes on 31 March 2021. Entrants must write up to 500 words. They can submit fiction, memoir or poetry, but all entries should centre on the theme of isolation.

Entries should be sent to ask.library@derbyshire.gov.uk with the name of the participant and a contact number or email.

Sign up to ShopAppy

Looking for that perfect gift? Or perhaps a treat for yourself? Why not ShopAppy and support local businesses at the same time?

ShopAppy is a website that allows shops, cafes, restaurants and other local businesses and community organisations to display their goods and services online.

Simply log on to Shopappy.com and search for businesses in your areas.

Around 270 Derbyshire businesses have already signed up to the scheme. And we're offering free membership for Derbyshire businesses up until the 30 November – so if you run a business sign up today.

ShopAppy runs five webinars each week for businesses to find out how it works, listen to the experts and ask any questions.

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