Category Archives: Reviews of past events

Donna Louise Charity Coffee Morning, October 19th. 2018

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CHARITY COFFEE MORNING, October 19th. 2018

A HUGE Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our PHOENIX Charity Coffee Morning on October 19th.

  • Bill Barber and members of The Art Group

  • The furniture team

  • Members who donated bottles, cash, toys, gifts, preserves & home bakes

  • Our photographers, Jim & Ken

  • The Refreshment team

  • The ladies folding raffle tickets

  • Members who attended the event

  • And my ‘Partner in Crime’, Kathy Turner, for her support in planning and organising the event.


The total amount raised for our local charity,



Was an amazing £734.00!

A special Thank you to the members of the GENTLE EXERCISE GROUP who gave generous donations for the raffle prizes, baked cakes and hosted the event with so much enthusiasm.

Prue Bradley (right) introduced Ray & Jenny Barron to the event

Sue & Marie having fun selling tickets for the Bottle Tombola. (below)


Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Blue John Cavern, April 25th. 2018

 David Barker organised an outing to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Blue John Cavern on April 25th. 2018.



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Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works. Catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century.

Abbeydale Works was once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. It is now a group of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

See the Manager’s House and Worker’s Cottage, waterwheels, workshops, tilt hammers, a grinding hull, steam engine and the last complete surviving crucible steel furnance in the UK!

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet has been restored and transformed following a 3 year £1million Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project completed in 2016.

The new gallery tells the story behind the works, its people and their working lives.

The world famous Blue John Cavern in Castleton in the  Peak District has been said to be the finest that can be seen by the general public in Western Europe.












Many of our members enjoyed an outing to the charming town of Uppingham and Rockingham Castle, on Wednesday August 1st 2018.


Many thanks to Jim Bergin for the photographs in the following slideshow.






Date for your diary: Outing to Masson Mills, Tuesday September 18th 2018

Pat Wilkinson arranged an outing to 

Sir Richard Arkwright’s MASSON MILLS, followed by a visit to Carsington Water

Masson Mills Working Textile Museum

Masson Mills house a fascinating collection of authentic historic textile machinery dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In 2010 the collection was described as “possibly the UK’s finest collection of working textile machines” and includes machinery originally from Masson Mills, along with a large collection of other items and artefacts from textile mills all over Britain.



Masson Mills Weaving Shed

Masson Mills Shopping Village really is a unique shopping experience with sixty different retail concepts set over five floors, all under one roof. – with designer clothes, jewellery, lingerie, golf, gifts, beer, whisky and food, ladies and men’s clothing from The Edinburgh Woollen Mill and much more. ‘City centre shopping without the city’ The shopping village adjoins Masson Mills Working Textile Museum.


Carsington Water was the last major reservoir to be built in the 20th Century.  Set amongst beautiful scenery it is so accessible to so many and feels a little bit like a ‘day at the seaside’ with an infectious ‘feel good’ factor.