Samhain Ritual and Celebration reminder

Just a little reminder folks that the open Samhain ritual and celebration evening is fast approaching. In simple words, it means that everyone is welcome.  All traditions, paths, beliefs and hair lengths, we’d love to see you there :)

We will be up at Eyre Chapel, Newbold, Chesterfield from 7.30pm on 1st November with a ritual and foodshare marking the occasion, along with our famous pumpkin carving competition (with prize for the best one), fancy dress competition (for those that fancy it, also with a prize) and new for this year – the Spookiest Named Food, with, you’ve guessed it, a prize up for grabs :)

There will probably be music and dancing somewhere along the way, so come along to mark the occasion with your community, dance, sample spooky food and present your pumpkin!

Looking forward to seeing you all there :D

Samhain Celebration Approaches

The Wheel turns and Samhain approaches, so for the festival, Chesterfield Pagans are planning an open gathering and ritual celebration night.  This will be at Eyre Chapel, Newbold, Chesterfield (the same place that the monthly drumming takes place) on 1st November at 7.30pm.

As usual, there will be a ritual marking the occasion, together with music and dancing afterwards, and some fun, family orientated activities:

Fancy Dress Competition – for those that fancy it!  For children and adults alike, with a prize being awarded for the best costume

The return (or should that be revenge) of the Pumpkin Carving Competition – with a prize awarded for the best one

And a new competition for this year – Spookiest Named Food – as this one’s new,  we’ll explain: the celebration will be a food share, so please bring a little something with you.  It doesn’t have to be enough to feed everyone and if it’s homemade, please mark your food meaty, veggie or dessert!  For those wanting to enter this competition we’d like you to bring a themed item and present it with it’s title, an example could be hotdogs wrapped in pastry bands with eyes put on with a little food colouring presented as ‘Mummified Hot-Dogs’.  It doesn’t have to be complicated, or expensive, and there’ll be a prize awarded for the best one.

Looking forward to seeing you all there (and sampling your spooky food!)

Food Banks

In the current economic climate, paying for food is becoming increasingly difficult for those on a tight budget.  As Winter approaches, some are having to make the decision to either pay for food, or pay for heating.

There are places which provide food and support through crisis, within 5 miles of Chesterfield centre, there are 9 food banks available to help.  Most of them provide a hamper with 3-4 days worth of food, including tinned and dry goods, fresh fruit and veg and bread, to help that person or family cope either in a crisis, or long term.  The majority of food banks in this area are based at Christian churches or community centres, relying on public donations to help support those in need.

The centres will happily take donations of tinned and dry goods, however small, and usually have a list of preferred donations so just give them a call to make that your donations are suitable first!  You can sometimes see them at major supermarkets, where they will offer a list of suitable donations and invite you to pick one up with your weekly shop and donate it.

If you find yourself in crisis, you can talk to the Citizens Advice Bureau about managing money and debt.  To access a food bank service, you must be given a voucher which you can take to the centre.  You can obtain a voucher and a referral from the CAB, your GP, Sure Start, your health visitor, or social care professionals.

You can find a list of available food banks in your area of Derbyshire HERE

The Chatsworth Road Festival: Tales from the Tea Room

The Chatsworth Road Festival is nearly upon us again!  Running from 4-12th October 2014, the festival covers business and services down the length of Chatsworth Road with events such as food tastings, an archaeological dig, discounts, late night openings, storytelling, theatre and music performances, a seed swap, apple pressing, beer tasting and the return of Man Vs. Meringue.

You can pick up a handy guide to the festival or for more information, follow them on Facebook: Chatsworth-Road-Festival, on Twitter @chatsrdfestival or on their website


Ahem, as part of the festival, Open Book Writers (what your lovely web team belongs to) will be launching their first anthology and performing their work at ‘Tales from the Tea Room’ at St Thomas Church Cafe, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield.  This will be on Tuesday 7th October at 7-9pm.  Tickets are £2, you can reserve by contacting them on or Dawn on 01246 569705.  Come and listen to the authors performing a selection of their work, ask them questions, buy your own copy (for six of your finest English pounds, all right £5.99 to you…) have it autographed, and have coffee and cake :)

Don’t say we never do anything nice for you ;p


Do you know… book donation

If, like your friendly web team, you find yourself with too many books and not enough shelf space, you’re left with only one option: to cull the herd of knowledge down a bit and re-organise.  Otherwise you start growing stacks of books on the floor, or on any other available flat surface like literary stalagmites…

Good news! Whilst you can take them into a Charity Shop of choice for them to be sold on and make a little money for your chosen cause, did you know that you can take them into Chesterfield Library to add to their collection?  We only use them as an example, as a) we’ve donated books there before, and b) they’re local to our area…

We’d advise that you don’t use those donation bags which are opportunistically posted through your door – books put into those are often collected by a third company, who pulp them and give a small set donation to the charity.  It’s the same with the book collection bin at recycling centres such as Stonegravels *sad face*

The whole process of donating to a library isn’t very complicated:

Check that your books are good quality and still readable and then just pop them along to the main counter, talk to one of the lovely librarians and say that you’d like to donate them :)

You books will enjoy a new lease of life; after being tagged they could find themselves winging their way around the county, into and out of different branches and mobile libraries, bringing their shiny information to new readers.

Interfaith: an update concerning heavy metal and Christianity…

Those of you who saw us at the last moot will know this already, but for those who didn’t, we gave an update on the interfaith work that we’ve been exploring.  Recently we sat down and had a very civilised cup of tea and slice of cake with the lovely Rev. Mark Broomhead who shepherds the Order of the Black Sheep in Chesterfield.  Their premises at The Gates between the Low Pavements and Beetwell Street in Chesterfield town centre are very gothic, with rooms beautifully decorated in dark victoriana complete with skulls and candles (aside from the cafe rooms, which are 1950’s style) (their gallery is HERE).  Their community is made up of those who feel marginalised by the mainstream church, but still wish to grow in Christian worship.  Their sacred space doesn’t have pews, pulpit or a conventional altar, but piles of beanbags (black naturally) and not a hymn in sight…

Amongst other things, the church runs a Geochurch and a foodbank, as well as attending Bloodstock heavy metal music festival (to run the welfare tent), and the arts, faith and justice festival Greenbelt.