Busy in Bolsover and Barlow…..

Bowling at AlfretonOur Bolsover area Groups continue to meet regularly with a variety of activities including Ten-pin bowling and meals out.

Pictured left and below are some of our ace bowlers from the South Normanton Group who meet each month at the Genesis Centre in Alfreton for a bite to eat and a game of Ten-pin Bowling.Bowling Gp members & volunteer


“It’s good to come here and be with other people. We have a laugh and a chat – that’s what life is all about!”    – Kath

Bowling at Genesis
“I didn’t bowl at all before I came to this, it’s fun and good to meet up with everybody” – Jim

The Group is organised by Chloe who is based at the Sight Support office in Bolsover Hospital, and supported by volunteers who guide our visually impaired bowlers.Bowling Group Sept 2015


Chloe also organises the outings and activities for our Shirebrook Group who meet each month. In September the Group went to the Hardwick Inn (near Hardwick Hall) for a meal.

Hardwick Inn meal

There were 12 visually impaired members who came to the meal, supported by volunteers and Sight Support staff. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the chance to have a chat. Hardwick Inn - meal

“It’s lovely to get out of the house – I’ve met someone I used to know from my dancing days here! I wouldn’t have done that if I was sitting at home on my own!” – Freda.

Meal out - Hardwick Inn“It’s good to be with other people who understand (with sight loss) who enjoy ‘normal things’ here” – Peter

Birthday boy!


The Group also celebrated Morris’s birthday (pictured on the right, with his wife Winnie) by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and giving 3 cheers!


Barlow Well Dressing – Donation

Colour pic Barlow Well Sept 2015

A big thank you goes out to the kind donation of £100.00 sent to us from the Barlow Village Well-Dressing group. The completed Barlow Well Dressing is pictured on the left – the design is taken from a drawing by M Groves and the well was dressed by a team of local people.

Thank you to the Group in choosing Sight Support Derbyshire as one of their named charities and for the donation, which will go towards helping local people with a visual impairment, with services and support.


Until next time…….

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker

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‘Up North’ Events in August…..

Fundraising lunch in Chesterfield

B&W themed lunch room‘O what a lovely afternoon it’s been!’  said Jean, a lady who regularly attends our social groups and who enjoyed our Black & White themed fundraising lunch on 11 August.

With over 40 people with a visual impairment joining the lunch at the Parish Spire Tea Rooms in Chesterfield, it made for a happy and lively afternoon. Everyone dressed up in black and white to keep with the theme and a prize for best dressed wasBest dressed winner & second also awarded – this was chosen by those attending the lunch, and the winner was……….Thurston, with Pat as a close second (pictured on the right with Maureen).

raffle winner3 raffle draws were taken, with lots of prize winners and the afternoon raised a whopping £180.55 which will go to Sight Support Derbyshire.

Andy gave us some entertainment by singing a range of tunes, which got toes tapping and shoulders swaying! He also ran a themed song quiz throughout the breaks – Many comments were made on his singing and his lovely voice. Many thanks to Andy for supporting the lunch.

EvaHuge thanks also go to Maureen and the North Derbyshire staff for arranging and organising a wonderful afternoon!

Until next time……

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker


WW1 Heritage Project

1914 image crop

As many of you are aware over the last 8 months we have been working along with Tony Daw from our Derby office on a project to represent both the First World War and the role of Sight Support Derbyshire in those early days when it was first set up 101 years ago.

In recent weeks members have enjoyed trips, enactments and have also contributed to much of the work that has now been magically transformed in to a stunning tactile wall hanging with the assistance of Jenny and Maureen from Spiral Arts.

Members who had worked on the project were invited to the Post Mill Centre in South unveiling of bannerNormanton the 6th August where they enjoyed a free lunch and were able to witness the great unveiling of the work of art.

The final artwork was made out of a material which represented that of a www1 soldier’s uniform, appliqué squares were made by our visually impaired members to represent postcards sent to loved ones during this time, and words of comfort and what sight support meant to the members were then sewn on to bandages and placed in the pockets.

Celebration event WW1 bannerI must say a huge thanks to everyone who has helped to make the project a real success and to the Spiral Arts ladies Maureen and Jenny for putting all of the ideas together creating a wonderful tactile display.

The end project display banner looks and feels amazing and will be available for viewings around the county – Dates and venues for this are to be confirmed …. Watch this space for more information.

Karen Robinson – North Derbyshire Services Manager

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Medieval Market in Chesterfield……

Market wench

As part of the Mayor of Chesterfield’s Annual Appeal, the town of Chesterfield held a lively Medieval Market on 28 July.

Medieval musicians


The centre of Chesterfield was bustling, with lots of shoppers, visitors and medieval stall holders and traders. The last ‘real’ fairy also made an appearance with a one-eyed fox, along with medieval musicians and armour clad soldiers around the busy market square.

Last fairy & fox

This year the Mayor of Chesterfield (Barry Bingham) has chosen 3 charities for his Appeal. Funds raised through his Annual Appeal are to be shared between: Sight Support DerbyshireNenna Kind and  The Chesterfield Royal Hospital Eye Centre.

Many thanks to the Mayor for his support.


Until next time…..

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Project Development Worker

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Messing about on the water……

Canal trip membersSome of our Spire Support group members enjoyed a ‘grand day out’ on the Worksop Canal in July. The Chesterfield Canal Trust boat trip included a ride along the canal through 4 locks on the fully accessible  ‘Hugh Henshall’.  Canal Trust volunteers steered us through the locks, running up and down the towpath opening and closing the sluice gates and locks……keeping us all entertained! (pictured right)volunteers opening the locks

During the boat trip Sandy, one of the Canal Trust volunteers, explained a little about the history of the canal and the building of the boat, and then passed around a nail and piece of wood, so that we could learn about how the boat was made (pictures below left and right).

nail and wood demoThe group returned back to dry land for a meal at the Lockkeepers Inn, and a chance for everyone to talk about the canal boat cruise, Margaret said “I really enjoyed the boat trip as I’ve never done that before”.

Canal boat trip

Due to the success of this first canal trip, Maureen has organised for further Canal boat trips in other canal areas, in August and September, with our Clay Cross and Dronfield groups – we hope they enjoy the day as much as we did!

Until next time…..

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker

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We are here…….

Our North East Derbyshire Project is thriving!

If you would like to find out more, receive some support or get involved please let us know.

If you, or someone you know could be:

  • Recently diagnosed with sight loss
  • Needing support with information and specialist equipment
  • Or wanting more information on eye health matters

We have existing Groups and support across North East Derbyshire – please take a look at our new Information Poster (link is on the top right hand side of this page as a picture of Sight Support bunting) or click here

Also, if your organisation would like more information on eye health awareness we would welcome sharing this with you – please get in touch.

Until next time…..

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker

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Changes at Derby Head Office

Sight Support Derbyshire’s Head Office in Derby will be moving in August…..

The Head Office will therefore be closed for the move from Thursday 30th July until Monday 10th  August when we will re-open.

The Derby office base will be moving across Derby from it’s current location on Nottingham Road to our NEW address:

Suite 2.2-2.10 2nd Floor, Litchurch Plaza, Litchurch Lane, Derby DE24 8AA.

Our Head Office telephone number will remain the same: 01332 292262 and all staff email addresses will also remain the same.

All North Derbyshire services, support and groups at Sight Support Derbyshire will remain the same and continue to run from our Chesterfield and Bolsovcer Offices as usual:

1, St. Margarets Drive, Chesterfield S40 4SY. Tel: 01246 551727                    Bolsover Hospital, Welbeck Road, Bolsover. Tel: 01246 562136

If you have any questions please get in touch with us, and we will be happy to help.

Until next time…..

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker

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Our Latest results….good news!

We now have a new link on the right hand side of our blog page, which shows a ‘radar chart’ of statistics (please click on the chart type image), showing a summary of results from health and well-being questionnaires undertaken with service users who attend our groups and activities here in North East Derbyshire.

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