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.

And now… an humerous interlude

When you run a website like this one, us lucky admin type people get to create content and also see the behind the scenes statistics of what posts people have looked at, and what they’ve liked reading.  It helps us plan future posts and see what you, our lovely readers like, and what you don’t.

Stay with us, there’s a reason for all this…

Another thing that we get to see is what search terms people have typed in, resulting in our page.  It’s another way we can figure out what people might be looking for and want to read about.  So today, we take a look at the stats and search terms people have used and find this:


So for the people or persons looking for ‘satin worship elvaston castle‘ we’d like to say that there’s places you can get some nice silks in the south of our lovely county, and we hope you find some suitable satin to worship soon :)

More Stonehenge landscape revealed

Good folks, the Stonehenge Landscape projects preliminary findings have now been released, showing the surrounding landscape covered in shrines, longbarrows and other structures.  Do you agree with Parker-Pearsons theory of Stonehenge being a focal point for a landscape of burials for the Beaker People? Or Lockyears theory of a temple to the sun?

Not that kind of Beaker...

Not that kind of Beaker…

You can find out more on the recent research HERE

What lies beneath: More evidence at Stonehenge

Like Jaws, just in case you thought it was safe to go back in the archaeological waters, there comes news of a new survey at the site and surrounds.  There have been several more buried features discovered with the help of an extensive geophysical surveying project, which we here at your webmasters end, hope will be fully excavated with due professionalism soon :)  If you’d like to read the Smithsonian article on the project, it’s HERE.


Cromford Moot August 27th

Salutations all,

We hope you have recovered from camp suitably by now and beg your attention to let you know that there’s going to be a moot at Cromford this month.  Details below:

Cromford Moot & Meditation
Wednesday 27 August, 7pm

The Bell Inn, Cromford
(Upstairs room)

Guided meditation, tarot readings, please bring anything you wish to share – crystals, runes, whatever you’re interested in!