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Harvest Time

A lovely picture showing harvest time around Smalley

Harvest Time in Smalley

Picnic at the Pavilion - July 10th 2016 - Update

A highly successful first event for Smalley Community Group.

Almost 300 people came along to the “Picnic at the Pavilion”, on Sunday 10th July. After an uncertain start, the weather was kind, the sun shone on Smalley. Thanks go to the Cricket Club for being so accommodating, and to the Mayor of Amber Valley for attending. The venue was perfect. Activities including Splat the Rat, Spin & Win, Golf, Mini Football, Name the Teddy, and a Singalong kept the children entertained. The DJ, music and commentary created the desired atmosphere, as did performances by the Teapot Singers and Kilburn Community Choir. Village groups were represented and could showcase their work e.g. Smalley Art Group. The Grand Raffle, Tombola and Know Your Smalley Quiz provided interest, a competitive edge, and some income towards establishing our group and future events. The organising committee saw the day as a resounding success. The relaxed atmosphere, the range activities many of which were free, the opportunity for villagers to get together; all served to achieve our stated aim of “creating opportunities for the whole village to come together, facilitating events which are inclusive for everyone in order to promote a caring sharing community in Smalley”.

A huge thankyou to everybody that made the Picnic at the Pavilion a hugh success. Here are some photos from the day -

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Picnic at the Pavilion - July 10th 2016

The first annual Smalley Residents - Get Together - bring your themos and your hamper!

For a copy of the flyler either click here - Picnic at the Pavilion alternatively, click on the picture below -

Smalley picnic at the Pavilion


In The Local Area - LHE Restoration Plan

UK Coal are now in the process of restoring the Lodge house site. By October 2015 the finishing date, they will have recreated the old bridle paths, and put in some new ones. These will border Smalley and Shipley Country Park. The map shows where the paths will go. It is hoped that the cycle club will use the bridle paths for training and events.

Note that bridle paths can be used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists, but while Section 30 of the Countryside Act 1968 permits the riding of cycles on public bridleways, cyclists must give way to users on foot or on horseback.

Click the image below to download a detailed .pdf of the plan -

LHE Restoration Plan  

New Car Park - Part II

In response to a number of comments from residents complaining of the small size of the newly paved area for parking adjacent to the football pitch on the Dobholes Lane Recreation ground, Smalley Parish Council, at a Council Meeting on Monday 19th of January, have taken the decision to further extend the parking area and increase it to approximately twice the size.

Increasing the area thus, will clearly permit a greater number of vehicles to park off the roadside, though still insufficient to accommodate EVERY visitor to the ground, but with new signs due to be erected shortly, advising visitors of the available alternative parking area close by on the Stainsby Meadow, it is expected that the current situation will be improved considerably.

A timescale for this further work will be largely dictated by the speed which our requested permission from Amber Valley Planning is received, but in the meantime Smalley Parish Council have begun negotiations with 3 local Contractors in order that Contracts for the work can be in place and for work to commence upon receipt of the necessary permission.

"Disconnected Jottings" Courtesy of Mick Bull - Councillor

New Car Park - Part I

The new parking area adjacent to the football ground on Dobholes Lane has now been completed with a smooth coat of tarmac, and though not as large as would be ultimately desirable, it does mean that now spectators leaving the site in inclement weather will no longer draw mud across the footpath and onto the highway as they leave.

Also the entrance to Stainsby meadow sports area has been renovated with the road now repaired and left with an even coating of tarmac.


In response to requests from the young users of the MUGA area, Smalley Parish Council have elected to add a further line of fencing along the side of the MUGA which faces the football pitch, reducing the number of times a wayward ball on that side bounds off down the slope in the direction of the main football pitch. (At least when the ball runs off in that direction the person retrieving the ball "benefits" from the extra exercise ???)

"Disconnected Jottings" Courtesy of Mick Bull - Councillor

Events in November 2014


17/11/14 - Heanor Floral Arts Group

On Monday the 17th of November, at 7.00pm, Heanor Floral Art Group are holding a Christmas Flower demonstration in the Welfare Centre, Wilmot Street, Heanor with the theme, "In Festive Mood" by John Chennell of Wellingborough. Members admission at £4.00 and visitors at £6.00

Christmas Flower Demonstration

22/11/14 - The Church Cafe

The following Saturday, November 22nd, St John The Baptist Church Hall in Smalley will become "The Church Cafe" where friends can come along and enjoy 'Fun, Fellowship and Friendship' while enjoying tea, coffee and home made cake (and no doubt a jolly good chinwag), with all proceeds going towards our school support project for the Seed of Hope in Uganda


29/11/14 - Advent Winter Fayre

The following Saturday (phew) there is more fun promised at the Advent Winter Fayre in Smalley Church Hall, between the hours of 11.00am and 2.00pm there will be Festive Refreshments, Light Lunches, Tombola, Raffles, Stalls and Decorations to buy. All proceeds from this very worthy event will be shared between Church Funds & Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. ALL are welcome.


New Car Park - 17/10/14

Work is due to start within the next week on the creation of a more formal car parking area overlooking the football pitch on Dobholes Lane, which will include concrete edging marking the extent of the area and also a Tarmac surface laid to avoid the area churning up during inclement weather. Hopefully this should overcome minor problems which have been experienced in the past.

In addition to the parking area works, it will be noted that a series of concrete posts will be placed between the existing Pavilion and the boundary hedge to prevent vehicles being driven further across the site in the direction of the new MUGA and the Play equipment.

A little further down Dobholes Lane, the first part of the entrance road in the direction of the Tennis Courts is in very poor condition and as part of the same contract as the Parking area overlooking the Football ground, the area of poor quality tarmac at the beginning of the entrance road will also be replaced.


September 2014 - Playpark opening

Offical Playpark Opening in Smalley

A Smalley playground played host to Derby County football stars to mark its grand opening after an £85,000 refurbishment.

Rams players Chris Martin and Rhys Sharpe joined residents and council officials to mark the opening of the new look park on September 10.

The modern play area was made possible by a grant from UK Coal, which awarded money to many community projects in the area as part of an agreement for its opencast mining near to the village.

Chairman of Smalley Parish Council, Steve Bower, said the new park was something residents of the village were really eager to gain.

SPC are greatful to the Ilkeston Advisor for featuring an article regarding the playpark opening.

Parish Event - Harvest Thanksgiving Service 28th September

At 9-30am Sunday September 28th St John the Baptist Parish Church Main Road Smalley celebrates with a Harvest Thanksgiving Service. At the Service, gift offerings of a small basket or box with gifts of tins or fresh produce from around the world can be brought forward for the Bishops Harvest Appeal. All are welcome.


Smalley Flower Festival Beginning June 27th 2014

The next big thing happening in Smalley in the Parish Church is a wonderful Flower Festival opening on Friday 27th which will run for a week. The Theme ‘This Bountiful Earth.’ Open 11am – 7pm. On Sunday night the Derwent Singers who are an exceptionally good choir are to sing a concert starting at 6-30pm cost £7 per ticket, which can be bought at the door St John the Baptist Church Main Road Smalley post code DE7 6DS. Too good to miss.


New - Recreation Park on Dobholes Lane

A short while ago, we brought you the plans for the new recreation park on Dobholes Lane. We are now very proud to bring you photos from the brand new recreational park facilities. Click on each image to see a larger view.


Plum Pudding 10k Run

Congratulations to Councillor Martyn Miller and his son Daniel Miller have just completed the 10K Pudding run. 881 runners competed this year, Dan finished 626th in a time of 59mins 20secs, and Martyn was 464th in 54mins 20secs.

Martyn commented - "I was 15 seconds slower than last year - must be getting old!". We all think they did brilliantly.

Both Daniel (left) and Martyn (right) can be seen in the photos below. They are both wearing the same black t-shirts with and "X" on the front

Daniel Miller Martyn Miller

Planned Recreation Park on Dobholes Lane

Please click here to see the plans and learn more about the planned recreatin park on Dobholes Lane



Smalley Parish Council are looking for volunteer snow wardens to help clear the snow from the pavements during the forthcoming winter months.

If you feel you would like to participate in this scheme and would like further details please contact K Richardson – email address

Needed volunteer Snow Wardens

Smalley Over 60’s Fellowship

For many years the Fellowship Members have met in Smalley Church Hall on Wednesday afternoons, a group enjoying each other’s company for a couple of hours. Sadly at Christmas, due to age and poor health the present committee need to retire.
Is there someone or several people reading this who might offer time and energy to step up and run this group?
If you would initially like more information please telephone Jan Walker on 01332 880530.


Planning Permission - 99 New Homes

Amber Valley Borough Council have granted planning permission for the building of 99 houses off Heanor Road Smalley, despite opposition from local residents and Smalley Parish Council.


UK Coal Funds - Exciting Project Funding

The Parish Council are delighted to have secured monies from the UK Coal funds (Smalley Opencast) for two key Smalley projects. £23000 for Smalley Richardson School’s Early Years Outdoor Learning resource. £88000 for the Dobholes Lane Playpark. More details to follow.


Team Smalley @ Water Wipeout 2013

Last Saturday, Parish council member Martyn Miller & his son Daniel, both competed in a 5K 'mud & obstacle race' at Holme Pierpont near Nottingham, alongside over 2000 other competitors!

Martyn achieved a finishing time of 43 mins 47 seconds in his group of 640 runners, finshing in a very respectable position of 40th, with Daniel finishing in 50th place at a time of 3 seconds after his father!!

Given the severity of the event & their respective ages (50+ and 15), I believe they both deserve huge congratulations not only for taking part & completing the course in such magnificent times, but also for representing our village, as they raced under the title of "Team Smalley".

Shown below is a video of what they faced -

Martyn and Dan, before and after Water Wipeout

Interested? visit the Water Wipeout Offical Website


Thanks to the Smalley Litter Pickers

The Council would like to formally thank the "Smalley Litter Pickers" who on June 29th gave up their time to help keep Smalley beautiful.

Well done everyone, it was a huge success