Spring flowers in Ockbrook
Spring flowers in Ockbrook taken March 2021
Flower display in Borrowash 2021
Flower display in Borrowash 2021
Flower planters in Borrowash
Flower planters in Borrowash
Balmoral Cemetery 2020 05
Balmoral Cemetery looking at the flower display.
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.
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022
AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THE PARISH COUNCIL ARE HOLDING A SPECIAL EVENT ON THE 5TH OF JUNE 2022 TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN'S PLATINUM JUBILEE.
THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OCCASION AND WE ARE PLANNING A VERY SPECIAL DAY OF CELEBRATION!
WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOCAL BUSINESSES TO GET INVOLVED.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY TO TAKE PART THEN PLEASE CONTACT:
* THE PARISH CLERK ON 07860 702904 email@example.com
* CLLR JANE WHITE ON 07393 291704 firstname.lastname@example.org
* CLLR ANA-MARIA STEVENSON ON 07949 352388 email@example.com
Our allotments are now full, if you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact the Clerk.
Posted: Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:09 by Sarah Kitchener
Save money while going green
Do you run a business in Derbyshire? As the UK gears up for the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow in November, now is the chance to go that One Step Greener and commit your business to reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. More »
Join thousands of other small businesses taking action on climate change by signing up to the SME Climate Commitment at the Government's business climate hub, where you'll also find tips and resources to help you go green.
When you commit, you'll get the tools to help you understand your emissions, how to tackle them, and how to share what you're doing with your customers and your community.
Taking action also has business benefits – simple steps can reduce your running costs, attract new customers who want to buy sustainably, and help you seize new opportunities.
And we, at Derbyshire County Council, have a Green Entrepreneurs Programme offering training and business development opportunities for businesses and communities looking to develop green energy and low carbon solutions. We also have the DE-Carbonise Programme offering businesses in Derbyshire Free Carbon Reduction surveys, or speak to the local Growth Hub.
Have your say on county bus services
We want your views on plans to improve bus services in Derbyshire, so please fill in our consultation questionnaire.
Earlier this year the government published a new National Bus Strategy which sets out a framework for how bus services can recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, and a vision for future improvements across England.
The strategy means we, and bus services in the county, must work together to create a bus service improvement plan. This will involve developing bold plans for making the services better and encouraging more people to use them.
The Government has pledged £3 billion in funding across the country to help deliver these plans, and Derbyshire is aiming to secure a fair share of that funding.
Some of the possible changes that we are seeking views on are:
* better bus stop facilities
* greener buses
* more flexible services, like on demand services
* a range of simple, low-cost, day, weekly and monthly tickets that can be paid for using contactless cards which would allow travel on all bus services and trains
* more reliable services by using more dedicated bus lanes
* real time bus information at more bus stops.
The closing date is the 20 August 2021.
Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week
We're working together with partners to support Anti-Social Behaviour Week to help make your community safer.
The national week – which runs from July 19 to 25 – aims to raise awareness of the issue and provide help and support to people and communities affected by it.
Partners include Derbyshire Constabulary, borough, district and city councils, housing providers, Derbyshire Victim Support, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Together we've created an online 'hub' of information on what anti-social behaviour is, which agency to report it to, how organisations tackle it and what support that is available if you're experiencing it.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing anti-social behaviour we'd appreciate your help to spread the word.
Please also share information on where to report anti-social behaviour here: Reporting anti-social behaviour (saferderbyshire.gov.uk)
A first for libraries in Derbyshire
Derbyshire's first community-managed library is set to open its doors in August.
Woodville Library is to be the first of our libraries to transfer over to community management as part of our innovative Libraries for Derbyshire strategy.
The library, in Hartshorne Road, will close its doors as a council-run library at 7pm on Friday 23 July and the community group behind the new venture will re-open on Saturday 21 August at 10am.
The group will then settle into the running of the library and are looking forward to planning activities and events later in the year.
Take the Summer Reading Challenge
Our libraries are urging children aged four to 11 to keep up their reading skills over summer with the Summer Reading Challenge.
Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays but our libraries can help by giving them regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure.
The Reading Agency's annual Summer Reading Challenge, supported by our libraries, is part of that. The disruption of education for pupils caused by Covid-19 means the scheme is more needed than ever.
This year's theme is Wild World Heroes – encouraging children to stand up for the planet.
Children can sign up at their local library, choose their reading goal (six books is recommended), then read any books of their choice to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE. There is a website too, so the fun can carry on at home.
A 'spring clean' for our roads
This summer, with the help of the district and borough councils, we'll be carrying out our usual yearly maintenance programme on all the dual carriageways in Derbyshire.
We'll be cutting the grass on the central reservations and at the sides of the roads, picking up litter, emptying the gullies and drains, fixing any potholes, and any other bits of maintenance work that needs carrying out.
A welcome return for our Woodland Festival
Plans are shaping up for the return of our popular Woodland Festival to Elvaston Castle Country Park on Sat 18 and Sun 19 September.
Now in its 20th year the festival is a weekend feast of entertainment for all the family celebrating traditional and contemporary woodland crafts but with much more on offer as well. Professional demonstrators and performers showcase their skills alongside outdoor theatre, storytelling, working horses and traditional fairground rides. There are also many stalls selling gifts and crafts plus refreshments. More info on the Derbyshire Countryside Facebook page.
Posted: Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:09 by Sarah Kitchener
Change a life – foster for Derbyshire
We're always looking for people to help us transform the lives of young people in our care. Could you become one of our foster care heroes?
We've just launched our new 'All about fostering' email bulletins. We'll walk you through everything you need to know about fostering with Derbyshire County Council in bitesize chunks through a series of six bulletins – each covering a different topic delivered straight to your inbox. You can sign up to the bulletins here More »
We welcome foster carers aged over 21 from all walks of life – single, married, straight, gay or trans, from any ethnic origin, working or not, renting or homeowners and we're looking for carers for children of all ages and abilities.
If you have a spare room and are interested in fostering our fostering team would love to hear from you. We offer weekly payments, allowances and full training and support.
For more information about fostering in Derbyshire you can also visit our website.
Nightwatchmen coming to record office
More than £3,000 has been raised in a crowdfunding campaign to buy a recently re-discovered nightwatchmen's logbook.
The logbook details the 'goings-on' in Belper by night in the 1830s.
The book of reports, from 1833 to 1836, had been missing for decades, but resurfaced and was up for sale for £3,000.
Derbyshire Record Office and Belper Historical Society joined forces to secure the book for the record office where it will be well looked after and freely available for everyone to see.
They launched a crowdfunding campaign on 1 July which reached £3,400 in just a few days – 27 days ahead of target. Please visit our website
Interested in alternative energy?
Could you think about retraining in the field of alternative energy? A unique opportunity has opened with the launch of our Green Entrepreneurs Scholarship Scheme.
We've set aside a £100,000 fund offering grants of up to £1,500 to help Derbyshire residents learn new skills in the alternative energy industry.
It's part of our wider Green Entrepreneurs Programme which we fund and run in partnership with the University of Derby to help support green economic recovery across Derbyshire.
The grant will allow individuals to study around their existing responsibilities. Applicants will demonstrate their plans for studying and gaining skills and qualifications in low carbon technologies that contribute to a net-zero carbon economy. Please visit our website
Help if you're anxious about needles
Did you know that there are strategies you can use to help with needle phobia?
If you, or someone you know, would like help to deal with needle phobia, this video developed by Dr Vic Jeganathan could help.
Aware that up to 10% of people are affected by a phobia of needles, particularly in the younger age group, Vic and his colleagues developed the video to help ease anxieties and offer practical support and advice to anyone worried about getting the Covid-19, or any other, vaccine.
Vic is a research officer with Derbyshire Community Health Services who works for the county council's public health team on covid-related matters.
Take part in our domestic abuse survey
We'd like you to help shape our services following the introduction of the new Domestic Abuse Act.
We, along with Derby City Council, are running a domestic abuse needs survey to find out the level of support needed for those affected by domestic abuse.
The new Act defines a wide-ranging legal definition of domestic abuse which incorporates a range of abuses beyond physical violence, including emotional, coercive or controlling behaviour, and economic abuse. Please visit our website
Healthy eating campaign in schools
Our catering service is asking all primary schools in the county to get behind our new healthy eating campaign.
Our Food Explorers campaign aims to spark children's curiosity around food, widen their knowledge of different foods from around the world and help them to make healthier choices.
Primary schools are being sent information and an activity pack for them to use with their students. The activity pack, 'Adventures of a food explorer' includes videos and activities.
The pack includes information on how fish on the school menu is caught and how Quorn is made. Activities include an obstacle challenge at Lea Green Learning and Development Centre to show how different food types affect physical and mental performance.
If you have a child at primary school why not see if your child's school is taking part?