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Bakewell’s 18th International Day of Dance

We have received the following from Day of Dance and wish them every success for 2022.

"We are back! After two quiet years on the streets of Bakewell, we are so excited that the 18th Day of Dance will be held on Saturday 25 June, filling our picturesque town again with the music and dance from around the world.

The Day heralds the start of Bakewell Carnival Week, there is a Farmers Market and with local well dressings on show, it is a day out not to miss, so join the several thousand people who travel from around the country to enjoy the dancing, colour and fun. More »

This year up to 30 groups will be displaying dance styles from around the world at six outdoor venues from 11.00am to 4.30pm. Come and watch the displays, then join in and have a go!

You can travel the world with lively upbeat dances from Hollywood shows, American Line Dancing and the more traditional style from the Appalachian Mountains. We are delighted to welcome back La Tierra Flamenco dancers as well as the very colourful Indian beats, who always put on such a brilliant show. Ballroom and Bollywood will be on offer along with a taste of Salsa from the Rueda Academy. Old favourites such as Black Pig Border Morris and Timberline Steve who has drawn in the crowds for years with his precision line dancing group. Watch out for the captivating Jose Oliva of Feel It and Dance, who will again be bringing his energetic dancers and entertaining us with some rhythmic Zumba numbers and maybe a flavour of Spanish too. Joining in is a must with this one. To add to the colour of the whole day, traditional British dances will be well represented with plenty of Morris and clog dancing. Hour long taster dance workshops will also be on offer at the Town Hall at £3.00 per workshop. This year we've got Traditional French dance, irresistible Argentinian Tango and fun filled Lindy Hop. All aimed at beginners and more experienced dancers. Local dance team, Well Heeled Appalachian Dancers continue to host this event which draws so many people into the town and gives Bakewell a real buzz for the start their carnival week.

Bakewell Day of Dance is very much a community event involving local groups and interests. There will be opportunities to join in and learn a few basics of the individual dances or you can just relax and enjoy the performances – and it's all free! Don't be put off if it rains as there will be an alternative wet weather programme in the town hall from 12.00 am.

For further information about these and the rest of the day, visit our website.

The whole day will be rounded off in fine style with a ceilidh at Bakewell Town Hall, with music and calling provided by the ever popular Well Dressed Band. The international flavour of the day will continue here with some dances from around the world. Proceeds of the evening will go to a Bakewell based charity supporting Rwandan people (www.thegobokarwandatrust.co.uk).

For more information on the day or tickets for the ceilidh ring Jude on 01629 815469 or Di on 01629 812104. You can also visit our website www.bakewelldayofdance.co.uk" » Less

Posted: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 11:14 by John Rowe

Mayor's Report 2021-22

The following report was presented to the Annual Town Meeting held at Town Hall on Wednesday 13th April 2022 by Acting Mayor Cllr Paul Miller.

"It was with great sadness that in October 2021 the Town Council received the news of the passing of the Mayor, Hilary Young. Cllr Young was a stalwart of the Town Council and of local civic life, bringing thought, knowledge and experience to the role and serving the Bakewell community for many years. He will be missed. More »

Earlier in the year another long serving member, Cllr John Riley, retired. He first attained office in the 1960s – back in the days of the Bakewell Urban District Council, before the formation of the Town Council. Sadly, we learned this morning that John passed away yesterday evening at Chesterfield. His steadfast service and dry sense of humour will be very much missed.

I would like to thank our County and District Councillors, Alasdair Sutton, Alyson Hill and Mark Wakeman as well as Peak Park Member Kath Potter for all their work, seen and unseen, on behalf of Bakewell.

Thanks are due to my fellow Town Councillors for their contributions and support. It has been another year marked by rapid changes necessitated by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. We have welcomed two new members to the Council through co-option; Cllr Mark Wakeman and Cllr Helen Garvey.

The Town Council met on 16 occasions during 2021-22, with a return to "physical" meetings beginning in June 2021 following the withdrawal of the ability councils to meet remotely. We feel that virtual meetings have a valid role in our work and we have lobbied nationally for their return. Council meetings are currently held on the first Monday of the month and members of the public are welcome to join us and may make representations in Public Speaking.

Over the year we have commented on a total of 85 planning applications and appeals. We have undertaken project work and made representations on a wide range of issues including:

  • Drainage issues
  • Flooding
  • Love locks on Weir Bridge
  • Representations to DCC regarding speeding on Baslow Road
  • Requested additional signage to deter the feeding of birds at Riverside Walk
  • Streetscene issues
  • Support for a ban on the use of disposable barbeques
  • Supporting Access Only status between Baslow Road and Station Road
  • The control of banners and informal advertising
  • Town centre repaving
  • Town centre trees
  • Travellers
  • Tree and Woodland Management

We have provided responses to consultations and surveys on:

  • DCC Consultation on Residential Care Homes (Gernon Manor)
  • DDDC Public Space Protection Orders
  • DDDC Verges for biodiversity planting
  • NHS Newholme Development Brief
  • PDNPA Supplementary Planning Document; Conversion of Historic Buildings

The Town Council has appointed representatives to Bakewell in Bloom, Bakewell Town and Community Trust Liaison Committee and the Bakewell Branch of the Royal British Legion

We have participated in DDDC "Closer Working with Town and Parish Councils" meetings, briefing sessions for Chairs and Clerks organised by the Derbyshire Association of Local Councils, and liaison meetings with the Peak District National Park Authority.

Our website, www.bakewelltowncouncil.gov.uk, continues to provide access to agendas, minutes, supporting documents and a whole host of other information. Page views over the last twelve months have exceeded of 80,000.

We continued to offer Christmas trees to traders in the town and provided the public Christmas tree at Bath Gardens.

We have supported community based organisations with grants:

  • £13,851 to Bakewell Town and Community Trust,
  • £500 to the Bakewell Swimming Club
  • £244 to Bakewell Speedwatch
  • and pledged £600 to the Bakewell Model Radio Controlled Car Club

We have successfully applied for grants for:

  • £92,000 Riverbank Revetment Reinstatement Project at Scot's Garden (Heritage Lottery Fund)
  • £450 Community Speedwatch Equipment (DDDC Local Projects Fund)
  • £4,943 Welcome Back Fund banners and brackets
  • £2,701 Walling Grant – Parsonage Field (PDNPA)

It has been good to see a return to a more recognisable way of life in recent months, though there is still some way to go as COVID-19 infections remain high. We look forward to the days when we can again fully enjoy the activities and events that make life worth living and which helps the Bakewell community prosper." » Less

Posted: Mon, 25 Apr 2022 12:00 by John Rowe

Nominate Bakewell’s Finest - Bakewell Town Council’s Certificate of Merit Award

Back after a two year break nominations are invited for valued members of Bakewell's community who have, over the past twelve months, gone the extra mile to make good things happen that are not simply part of their day job.

Mayor Cllr Paul Miller said "This is your chance to thank the people who make a positive difference to our community, by formally recognising them through our Citizen's Award Scheme. We will show our appreciation to them with the presentation of a Certificate of Merit at the Annual Town Meeting at Town Hall on Wednesday 13th April 2022" More »

Nominations should be forwarded to John Rowe, the Town Clerk, at townclerk@bakewelltowncouncil.gov.uk. Please include your name and contact details and brief details as to why your nominee should receive an award. Nominations can also be made by telephone on 07717 137 526. The closing date for nominations is 5pm Monday 11th April 2022. » Less

Posted: Wed, 30 Mar 2022 14:01 by John Rowe