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Two items of interest for Smalley residents.
The parish church will be open for private prayer and meditation on Wednesdays, 10am-3pm.
The post office, next door to The Bell Inn, has reopened and the hours of business are: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am-1pm.

New forest planned near Smalley

While the recent weather may not have been to our liking for spending time out in the fresh air, the warmth and the rain will have been very welcome to the thousands of saplings which have been planted on a site close to Smalley.

Further details are available here.

Dobholes Lane and Stainsby Meadow Recreation Grounds

Please note that the play equipment on Dobholes Lane and Stainsby Meadow Recreation Grounds in Smalley are closed for the foreseeable future due to the current COVID19 pandemic. More information can be found here

Smalley Scarecrows

Any visitor to our village over the last week could be forgiven for thinking we had been overrun by scarecrows! The sheer number of them - every shape, colour and dimension has been seen along the length and breadth of the parish, and all designed to amuse our friends and neighbours - is a real testament to a strong community spirit. For more information click Here.

VE Day

Friday 8th May 2020 will see VE commemorations take place across the country. Smalley Parish Council remembers and respects all those who fought for a better world and we will join with you in celebrating their achievements this week. Under more usual circumstances there would have been public displays of thanks and celebration taking place in the village. This year however, under the difficult circumstances that we find ourselves in, we will all have to pay our respects as best we can while observing social distancing and keeping each other safe. Further details about VE Day can be found at Here Take care and stay healthy.

Coronavirus Partnership Update

Click on the links below to view the latest updates
Community Response Unit Briefing
Information on food supply

Community News - Community Response Unit

Community Response Unit launched to help those in need

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

Our Community Response Unit is now ready to take requests for assistance from members of the community who don’t have friends or family able to help them.

Help is available for people across the county if they are:

Self-isolating because either themselves or a member of the household is at risk

Struggling to meet basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions


Have underlying health conditions

Aged 70 or over.

Volunteers from over 200 different organisations will be able to help with shopping, fetching prescriptions or offering a befriending service.

Volunteers could be asked to help with food shopping and delivery, checking up on people who are isolated with a phone call or online help to prevent loneliness and check whether there is anything they need, or collecting and delivering prescriptions.

How to get help

Residents needing help should visit the Community Response Unit information on our website or phone 01629 535091. At this stage the phone line will only be available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm.

How to give help

Organisations are still looking to recruit more volunteers. Anyone who wants to help and is aged 18 to 70 and fit and well should also visit the Community Response Unit information on our website to register their interest.

Some organisations are looking for volunteers to offer a befriending telephone service, so anyone who wants to help but can’t leave their house could offer this kind of assistance.

More information can be found here

Playing field changing rooms improvements

Work has recently been completed to improve the changing facilities available at the Dobholes Lane playing field. A new emergency exit door has been installed along with some additional improvements to the interior of the block. Have a look the next time you are in the area.

Smalley Community Group

Plans are in place to hold a festival-style week linking the Smalley Art Group Exhibition, Smalley Church Flower Festival, and Smalley Picnic at the Pavilion & Outdoor Film Night. Activities will run from Friday 15th to Sunday 24th May. During the week we hope activities will include a “History of Smalley” illustrated talk, a Tennis Club Open Night, the Smalley Choir Concert, a WI Open Night, an evening “Walk on the Wildside”, and “Nosey Gardens Day”. The next planning meeting, which is open to all, will be at Amber Valley Total Care (the old Nag’s Head) on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30pm. Please circulate the invitation to anyone you may know, and come along if you have any interest in the plans or have further ideas. You will be very welcome.

Steve Bower.

Smalley Community Group.

Woods and Forests in Smalley

Towards the end of 2019, volunteers gathered in Smalley Wood, off Dobholes Lane, to plant over 100 trees that had been given by the Woodland Trust. Families turned up in wellington boots, and armed with shovels and a handful of saplings each, disappeared into the wood to find the perfect spot in which to plant their trees and thereby make a lasting contribution to a wood that has been around for many generations. As many of you may have noticed, this was not the only activity in Smalley over recent months connected to the Woodland Trust. Following the purchase in 2019 of the open cast mining site on the Heanor side of Smalley by the Trust, hundreds of saplings have been planted and 2020 has seen the start of work to allow access to the site. A road is being created from the A608, which will lead down to the UK’s first Young People’s Forest, at Mead. The 400-acre site will adjoin Shipley Country Park, from which there will be connecting paths leading in and out of the new area. There will also be a new car park from which visitors can explore the forest and surrounding land.

Smalley Community Group

Later this year the usual Smalley Art Group Exhibition, and Smalley Church Flower Festival will take place, 15th/16th to 24th May. The Smalley Picnic at the Pavilion and Film Night will be on Sunday 24th May. We are hoping other Smalley-based activities can be arranged over that week to link events in a festival style. On Tuesday 28th January at 7.30pm, there is an open meeting in the Church Hall for anyone interested in the above idea. You are invited come along if you would like to be involved in any way no matter how small. Please circulate the invitation to anyone you may know. Tuesday 28th January at 7.30pm. Smalley Community Group.

Smalley Road Runners - July 2020.

All abilities welcome on a 5 mile run through Smalley, Shipley Park and Mapperley Woods.

Please see the poster or Facebook link for more details here

In addition to the race, everyone is always made welcome at our club sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights. We run from Heanor, starting at 7pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Reflective Clothing at the ready!

Now that our mornings and early evenings seem just as dark as the rest of the night, it is perhaps a good time to remind residents about the usefulness of reflective clothing.

If you walk your dog before work, or before your evening meal, chances are you are walking in the winter gloom. Now ask yourself this: can you be seen by others? Will drivers see you clearly when you cross the road? You may not want to don a high-viz jacket, but there are lots of effective, but inexpensive reflective strips that can used as and when required, and easily removed during daylight. Local shops, as well as online retailers will be able to help if you do need to buy something.

During these winter months, please be visible when out and about, in order to stay safe.

Police and Crime Commissioner visits Smalley

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Hardyal Dhindsa, attended the Smalley Parish Council meeting on 21 October 2019 as part of his #D383 tour. The tour of 383 towns and villages across Derbyshire has allowed Commissioner Dhindsa to hear the views of local people and talk about concerns and successes specific to their communities.

Commissioner Dhindsa and members of Smalley Parish Council

Pictured - left to right, back row - Russ Saysell, Wayne Judson, PCComm Hardyal Dhindsa, Steve Bower, Brian Leivers and Lian Pizzey. Left to right, front row - John Saddington, Terry Pride, Graham Rogers and Jan Walker.

He also provided an overview of his priorities for the county, which include supporting vulnerable community members to be safe from crime, be it drug, alcohol or mental health related, and working to tackle cyber crime. Further details about the Commissioner Dhindsa's priorities can be found at the PCC's website, where you can also find contact details. Have a look on Twitter at #D383 for stories about the tour.

Poppies in Smalley

You may have noticed a large number of poppies have recently appeared on lampposts around the village. Borough Councillor Alex Stevenson organised the delivery of the these poppies, and he and volunteers put them up in the village. If you would like to buy a poppy to wear yourself, these can be bought from The Bell Pub. There will be a Remembrance Ceremony at the Richardson Endowed Primary School on Monday 11th November at 9.30am, where a wreath from the Parish Council will be laid at the memorial.

Smalley Richardson School Remembrance


We have some exciting news!

From October we will be running a monthly Souper Saturday. It will be a chance for you to join friends and neighbours for some lunch and a get together!

You will get a bowl of soup, a bread roll, dessert and a cup of tea or coffee all for the following price:

Adults £5

Children £3

Souper Saturday be taking place on the following dates: Doors open at 11.30am.

Saturday 12th October 2019
Saturday 9th November
Saturday 7th December
Saturday 11th January 2020
Saturday 8th February
Saturday 14th March

Time: 11.30 – 1.30

Venue: Smalley Village Hall

Booking is advisable.

To book your place please contact Jean on : 01773768229 / 07743710173 or Christine on 01773715582 / 07989059307

Download a free book!

Smalley is a small Parish, long and narrow in shape and divided in two by the road that runs its its length. On either side of the road there are a network of footpaths that cover the whole Parish, a clear reflection how people move between villages and places of work

We have now added a free book, detailing those footpaths, that are nowadays a great way to explore the countryside and get some exercise

Download the book here - Smalley Footpaths

About Smalley

Smalley was mentioned in a Charter of 1009 by King Æþelræd Unræd ("Ethelred the Unready") relating to a manor known as Westune (modern-day Weston-on-Trent) which land included the areas now known as Shardlow, Great Wilne, Church Wilne, Crich, Smalley, Morley, Weston and Aston-on-Trent. Under this charter Ethelred gave his minister, Morcar, some exemptions from tax.

Smalley Parish Church

Smalley's Parish Church of St John the Baptist was built in the late eighteenth century on the site of a much earlier church. The transepts were added in 1844 and the unusual and almost detached tower was added some years later. A 7th century Saxon Cross is part of the porch.

The bell tower was built to house five bells donated by Rev. Charles Kerry and the chime of five bells is said to be the heaviest in England with the largest bell weighing over 2 tons.

Its pub, The Bell Inn, was voted "Best Derbyshire Pub of 2006".

As you take a tour of our site you will see current activites and things we are developing for our local community

News & Forthcoming Events

Playing field changing rooms improvements

Work has recently been completed to improve the changing facilities

available at the Dobholes Lane playing field.

Click here for more information.


Smalley Post Office is now open for business

Opening hours 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday

Click here for more information.

Boys School Reunion

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Tree Planting Day

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Election of Parish Councillor

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Treetops Hospice Care Needs Your Help!

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Derbyshire Police Crime Prevention

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Caretaker for the Pavilion

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Smalley Post Office

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Burglaries in Main Road, Smalley

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Councillor Jan Walker Celebrates 50 Years

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Pictures from the Picnic at the Pavillion

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Cemetery Guidelines

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New Car Park News

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Advent Winter Fayre

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The Church Cafe

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Christmas Flowers

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Smalley Playpark Opening

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Flower Festival

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Dobholes Lane - New photos

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Plum Pudding Race 2013

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Dobholes Lane - Park

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Snow Wardens - Requried

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Over 60’s Fellowship - New Article

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Planning Permission - 99 New Homes

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Reminder - No meeting in August

UK Coal Funds - Exciting Project Funding

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June Minutes - Now Posted

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See Team Smalley @ Water Wipeout 2013

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Thanks to the Smalley Litter Pickers

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Need Pest Control?

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Forthcoming meetings

Parish Council Meetings are usually held

on the 3rd Monday of every month.

The exact date will be shown in the

minutes of the previous meeting.

See the next Agenda here

See Previous Minutes

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Traffic in Smalley

For live traffic updates for traffic in and around Smalley click here - Traffic in Smalley, Derbyshire

You can change the forward time from ‘today’ to ‘next 12 months’, and type the address underneath this to see your location.

Icons will appear on the map showing various types of road works from ‘full closures’ to ‘slight incursion’.

Hover over the icon to see brief detail, dates, and address.

Left click on the icon to see more detail, i.e. Contractor, site detail, works detail, etc.

Police Contact Details

If you are interested in crime prevention and meeting your local policing team in Shipley, Smalley and Horsley - please visit -

The non emergency contact no is 101