At Wirksworth Festival this year, the Mercian Scribes will be exhibiting work on the theme ‘Letters, Words and Language’ in the Library. There will be approx.

20 pieces with many having part or all in another language, for the 3 weeks Friday 9th September – 30th September. The Library will be open in normal Library hours. We have exhibited for the 2 previous years, and this year we are going to display a piece of calligraphic work in
the shape of a large decorated pig, for the first 2 days of the Festival, 9th/10th September.

This year the organisers of the Lichfield Festival asked local artists, schools, shops to each decorate a pig – and Peter Halliday, our tutor, was asked to do one for the Cathedral. As St Chad’s Gospel is in Lichfield Cathedral, Peter decorated Pearl Margarita with Celtic decorations – the main one is the six-section St Chad’s Cross.

The Latin quotation says ‘neque mittatis margaritas vestras ante porcos’; ‘Do not cast your pearls before swine’. The pigs were all auctioned off and Pearl Margarita raised £1,300 with the new owner kindly lending her to us.

If anyone would like to be a ‘pigsitter’ for an hour, in the Library, please contact me: 4 Ireton Court, tel. 370459.

Village Rounders – September Diary

The first Village Rounders & Picnic event was judged a success by all those that attended. A common theme of the comments received was – “it is really good to have an event that allows both children and adults to get involved”.

After about 90 minutes of Rounders we all relaxed with our picnics, snacks and drinks and shared stories of summer camping expeditions and other local events both past and future. So if you couldn’t get to this years event then look out for the 2012 gathering as it is really worth jotting that date in your diaries. If anybody took pictures of the event please forward them to our new Photo Editor.

The next family event with picnic will be on the 11th September (Grandparents day apparently!) on the village field. I hope to see you all around 2pm for Petanque. French dress is optional but French wine and bread are mandatory!

Voyezvous, là Votre Ami.

Garden Party – September Diary

The Garden Party at the Beehive originally arranged for July 17th was postponed due to the weather until September 4th. However, it is now apparent that very few of the people who usually help to operate the event are able to be present.

So reluctantly the event is now being cancelled. September 4th is now certain to be a lovely sunny day.

Shop News – September Diary

Thanks and congratulations to Ashley Spendlove as he leaves us on Sept 18 to take his place at University. He has been a very reliable, steadfast and cheerful Sunday shop worker and filler-in at other times. Thanks and congratulations too to George Tyler who has helped us in the shop
here and there and now moves on to University. We will miss you both!

Darcie Collington and Jess Bevan-Beirne will take over the Sunday shift between them so two new smiling faces to greet you as they start regular work in the shop.

We need more help – we want to build up our volunteer group more to cope with the many demands of the shop. We are asking for two hours a fortnight which can be in the mornings (11-1) or in the afternoons (3-5) or even the 5.30-6.30 shift on a Friday.

Jen (sister of current volunteer Lucy) is starting this month and Maurice (recently moved into Rose Cottage) in Sept.
Thanks so much to them. Can you help too?! Please see Nikki in the shop (8.30-11) weekdays.

The Book Group


The Book Group will meet in the Barley Mow at 8:30 on Wednesday 14 September to discuss Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell. Everyone is welcome to join.

Wakes 2011 Programme events and results

Saturday: Film at the KIC (Kirk Ireton Cinema) – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Sunday: Trinity Sunday band: Holymoorside Brass Band

Monday: The Thomas Walker Cup Darts competition

  • Mens winner               R. Spencer
  • Mens RU                    S.Brooks
  • Ladies winner             V. Thompson-Browne
  • Ladies RU                   J.Beech
  • Juniors winner             J.Ford
  • Juniors RU                  B.Ford

Tuesday: Two events Village Football & Tingle Factor

Result – Uppards 6 – 5 Downards

The Tingle Factor

Speaker Music
Maggie Jones Sang – Amazing Grace
Tony McLennan aka Mac Imagine – John Lennon
Mike Walsh The May Morning Dew – the KeanesGoodbye pork Pie Hat – Bert Jansch & John Renbourn
Sister Merle The cattle Song  – Fanshaws African Sanctus
George Tyler In your atmosphere (live) – John Mayer
Kath Stevens Mothers Birthday Song – Daniel O’Donnell


Polyphony & Puddings – Songs from the Shows by “The Ashbourne Singers” in the Holy Trinity Church


Petanque Competition:

The Jacques Tati Medal was won by the Mac & Lucy aka the McLennan family.

Welly Wanging Contest

Junior Results:

1st  Josh Middleton – 44.7m

2nd Mikey Bevan- Beirne – 33.6m

3rd  Frances Cammiss Low – 33m

Adults results:

1st  Alex Middleton – 75.4m

2nd  Chris Knowles  – 74.6m

3rd   Angus Duncan (aka Iggi’s dad) – 71.6m

Jean Mayfield Cup and saucer short story competition

Winner – Christopher Martlew

Highly Commended were Emily Heron & Francis Cammis Low

Call My Bluff – the panel v the audience

The panel were Lewis, Ron & Sarah – a narrow victory of 5-4 in favour of the panel.


Fun Run winner of the “Stan Smith Kirk Ireton Wakes Memorial trophy was:

1st    Dick Hargreaves in  a time of 17mins 13 seconds

2nd   Sam Edwards 17mins 36 seconds

3rd   Kevin Spencer 18mins 02 seconds

Surprise Celebrity Quiz – Robbie Williams & Barry Bingo

Jane Newsham cup winners were “Team Fusby ” who were Sarah Burkinshaw,  Sorcha Mayes,GeorgiaBrookes, Liz Stafford , Russ Nairne, Mimi & Bridget Fletcher, Alan Greatorex & Alan Rose. 

Wakes Day Events 

Floats: Winner KICA with “Alice in Wonderland”

The School : Oliver Twist, The Morrison’s family: Super Heros & The Bevan Beirne’s Moulin Rouge troop.

Fancy Dress:


1st  Moulin Rogue Girls – Nicky, Jess & Whizzy

2nd Sherlock Holmes and Watson – Ben & Mikey Bevan Beirne

3rd  Super Heroes – the Morrison family

Junior Winners

Eva Seaton

Al Giovanelli

Lewis & Grace

BMW Marching Brass Band.

Kirk Ireton Gold Cluck

Winner: ‘Doughnuts’ a West Sussex White run by Kate Grace from the ‘Grace’ coup of Milford.

Photographic Competition

Winner: Lucy Burton (aka McLennan)

The Longcliffe Engineering Challenge

Best Looking (pimped) vehicle: Angus & Iggi Duncan

Furthest travelled vehicle: Lucy Knowles

Fastest Vehicle: Sion & Steffan Edwards

The Soapbox Challenge – Sadly No Entries 

Wheelbarrow race

Best Looking Wheelbarrow: Iain Low & Francis Cammis Low

Fastest (due to lane infringement) – Edward Watson & Sam Edwards

Kirk Ireton Raffle Prize Winners

Main prize of £100 – Tony Sharpe (from Brassington)