News in brief

driver charged: A man has been charged with drink driving following a collision in Matlock. A Ford Focus collided with a parked Peugeot 106, on Chesterfield Road at around 6.30pm on Friday. The Ford Focus driver failed to stop but the car was later found abandoned on Hurst Rise. The driver later came forward and reported the collision. He has been charged with drink driving and failing to stop and report a collision.

plant sale: Dethick, Lea and Holloway Horticultural Society will be hosting a Spring Plant Sale on Saturday the May 21. The event will take place in the Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall in Holloway from 10am to 12noon. Hardy perennials, tender perennials, bedding, tomatoes, salad plants and vegetables will be on offer as well as a cake stall, refreshments and tombola.

hearty event: There are still places available for people in Derbyshire to get on their bikes and help celebrate the British Heart Foundation’s 50th birthday. The BHF needs cyclists to help continue this work by taking on the 20 or 40 mile on-road Peak District Bike challenge on Sunday May 8. For more information, contact 0800 169 3672, email visit

on track: Work has started at Peak Rail to open the Riverside Station. Steam trains will once again be chugging in to Matlock Station after almost 50-years – as work to extend a heritage rail line begins.

folk music: BBC Radio Two Young Folk Award finalist, David Gibb, will be performing with his band, the Pony Club, at Darley Dale’s Whitworth Centre on May 6. The show will start at 7.30pm and David will be playing songs from his latest album. With support from Lucy Ward (also BBC Radio Two Folk Award finalist) Further information at

royal visit: HRH Prince Edward will visit Derbyshire County Council’s Lea Green centre on Friday May 6. During his visit he will meet young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards scheme and present the authority with a licence to continue its DofE work. Prince Edward will meet some of the 150 youngsters who will be taking part in activities including high rope courses and a team swing.

Volunteer awareness: Mountain and cave rescue will be hosting an event to demonstrate their skills and give people an insight into their work on May 2 in the Spring Gardens in Buxton. Buxton Mountain Rescue Team will also be taking part with an equipment display in the Spring Gardens Shopping Centre. Team leader, Neil Carruthers said: “The Bank Holiday is a good chance to reach a wide range of people with information about what we do, how we’re funded and what they can do to support us and to make sure that we’re around to help if they ever need us.”

cancer collection: Over £244 was collected in Matlock town centre for Marie Curie Cancer Care Great Daffodil Appeal and £916.15 was collected in Bakewell town centre for the charity, last month. This money will be used to fund the Marie Curie Nursing Service in Derbyshire.