Scams victory for pensioners

Posted 10-01-2019










Doreen Moore with Trading Standards enforcement officer Rachel Daniels

Our trading standards officers are urging people to be `scams aware’ after two Derbyshire pensioners were separately scammed out of a combined total of £52,500.
John Lowry, from Ilkeston, was tricked into visiting his bank and transferring £30,000 from his account into the fraudster’s account following a call from what he thought was his bank’s fraud team. He was later told by his real bank they couldn’t help him get his money back as he’d made the transfer himself.
Trading standards worked with Mr Lowry and called in the Financial Ombudsman Service to get him his money back, which resulted in him being reimbursed in full.
Doreen Moore, from Hatton, lost £22,500 after receiving a call at home, with the caller saying they were from Sky, and then a further call from what she thought was her bank saying she’d been scammed and needed to move her money to protect it.
They both praised trading standards for the work they have done in fighting to get their money back.
People who may have fallen victim to a scam, or need advice, can call Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 03454 040506 or visit
In addition, residents who have been a victim of any kind of fraud can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit


Council Leader welcomes £2m Government support for flood-affected farmers
Published: 7 January 2020

Derbyshire County Council Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, has welcomed the Government’s announcement of funding for farmers affected by flooding.

The £2m Farming Recovery Fund was announced on 6 January 2020 to support farmers who suffered uninsurable damage to their property in the November floods.
Councillor Lewis said:
The floods in November affected many farms in the county and I am delighted to see that farmers are able to apply for funding to help them put right the damage caused.
“I’d urge all farmers affected to find out more by looking on the Government’s website and then put in an application.”

The Farming Recovery Fund will pay to help cover unexpected costs such as rebuilding fences and stone walls.

Applications are open until 31 July 2020.

Farmers who have already repaired the damage caused by the flooding should keep records of all relevant evidence, including receipts and before and after photos.

Posted 16.08.2019

Chesterfield’s Food Producer of the Year finalists announced

The finalists for the 2019 Chesterfield Food Producer of the Year title have been selected after a special tasting event held at Casa Hotel.

Crooked Pickle Co, Derbyshire Distillery and Moss Valley Fine Meats are all named as finalists in the category, which is sponsored by Edge Events Management Ltd.

The winner of the Food Producer of the Year title will be announced by celebrity chef, Brian Turner, at the 2019 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards ceremony, which is being held at the Winding Wheel in October later this year.

The food and drink producers now join over 30 businesses that have been shortlisted across 14 categories in the seventh annual awards.

Organised by Destination Chesterfield and sponsored by The Chesterfield College Group, the prestigious awards recognise the very best food, drinks, service, venues, apprentices and apprentice employers in the town’s growing hospitality sector.

Crooked Pickled Company prides itself on its ‘tasty and inventive pickled vegetables’ and supplies its range to shops, delis and cafés throughout Derbyshire. Delighted to be shortlisted, Owner Felix Mendelsöhn commented: “It validates all of the efforts that has gone into the business in the short time of its existence and shows that we are doing something different to the norm. We combine traditional pickling methods with unusual recipes to offer customers unique and exciting products.”

New business Derbyshire Distillery is based in Staveley and was established in 2018. It produces small-batch gins, vodkas, and liqueurs. David Hemstock, Co-Founder and Head Distiller at Derbyshire Distillery said: “It’s fantastic to have made it as a finalist in the Food Producer of the Year category, especially in our first year of trading. We are passionate about the quality of our products and are now investing heavily in increasing production and extending our sales outside the local area.”

Moss Valley Fine Meats, which is run by fourth-generation farmers, joins Derbyshire Distillery and Crooked Pickle Company in the finalist line up. It produces pork, bacon, ham, and sausages at its own butchery from pigs bred and reared on the farm in North East Derbyshire. Delighted to be a finalist, Stephen Thompson, Owner at Moss Valley Fine Meats, said: “We are really pleased to be shortlisted. We are busily expanding the butchery to be able to supply across Derbyshire and this is a great springboard to help us showcase our products.”

Details of all finalists in the 2019 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards can be found at:

As well as Edge Events Management Ltd, other supporters of the awards include Apprentice Town (Led by Chesterfield Borough Council), Banner Jones Solicitors, BHP Chartered Accountants, Casa Hotel, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire Times, Distinctive Magic, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), Elder Way (Jomast Developments), FEAST – Food and Drink Forum, Hoods Florist, Jumble Creative Design, Kier Group, Learning Unlimited (The Chesterfield College Group), Magnifica, MSE Hiller, Owen Taylor & Sons, Peak FM, Reflections Magazine (Bannister Publications Ltd), Shorts Chartered Accountants and Vicar Lane Shopping Centre.

Posted 05.08.2019

Reserved Matters planning approval granted for office accommodation at Chesterfield Waterside

Only weeks after the green light was given for the construction of 173 new homes at Chesterfield Waterside, permission has been granted to deliver 32,000 sq ft of high quality, ‘Grade A’ office accommodation together with ground-floor retail space of 5,286 sq ft at the £340 million development.
Chesterfield Borough Council has granted reserved matters approval for the layout, scale, appearance, and landscaping of the seven-story office building which represents the first step in delivering Phase 1 of the Basin Square neighbourhood at Chesterfield Waterside.
Designed by Bond Bryan Architects, the new office building is the first grade A office building to be delivered in Chesterfield for some time and will provide much needed ‘Grade A’ office accommodation for the town’s businesses.
The site’s location adjacent to Chesterfield town centre will enable occupiers to benefit from the full range of services that the Town can offer. The site is also situated adjacent to Chesterfield train station and benefits from excellent access to the A61, providing an attractive location to businesses throughout the region.
The developer of the Waterside site, Chesterfield-based Bolsterstone Group Plc, is already engaged in commercial negotiations with occupiers for the majority of the space within the new building.
When complete, the first phase of the £75 million Basin Square neighbourhood will also see the delivery of residential apartments, a hotel and multi-story car park, all sited around a high-quality public realm area overlooking the newly constructed canal basin.
Bolsterstone reports significant interest from both investors and occupiers in all aspects of Phase 1 of Basin Square and hopes to be in a position to make further exciting announcements shortly.
Peter Swallow, managing director of the Bolsterstone Group Plc, commented: “I am delighted that Chesterfield Waterside continues to move forward apace. The granting of reserved matters planning approval for the office building at Basin Square is another major milestone for the development and also Chesterfield’s business community, as the local property market is currently lacking in the supply of high quality, large floorplate office space. It is an exciting stage in the development’s timeline.”
Welcoming the news, Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s deputy leader, said: “Chesterfield Waterside is a substantial development for the borough with business, retail and resident elements.
“I’m really pleased to see the development move a step forward with the reserved matters approved for the high-quality office accommodation at Basin Square and look forward to work beginning on-site.
“With its central location and excellent transport links, Chesterfield is a great location for business and we have a proven track record of growing local businesses and for existing businesses locating here and this will complement the current business accommodation in the borough.”
The scheme is making significant progress in 2019 with Avant Homes beginning the construction of 173 two, three and four-bedroom homes at the site. Named Waterside Quarter, Avant Homes’ £36 million development will form part of The Park character area of Chesterfield Waterside and will be the company’s largest site in the Chesterfield area to date.
Recognised as being one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, Chesterfield Waterside is being led by Chesterfield-based Bolsterstone Group Plc working in conjunction with Arnold Laver Group and Chesterfield Borough Council.
For further information about office accommodation at Chesterfield Waterside visit

Posted 31.07.2019

College students battle it out to be named Chesterfield’s Young Chef of the Year for 2019

College students battle it out to be named Chesterfield’s Young Chef of the Year for 2019

Three Chesterfield College students are in the running for the prestigious 2019 Young Chef of the Year Award, following a Master Chef style competition judged by food industry professsionals.

Part of the annual Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards, the award, which is sponsored by Owen Taylor & Sons, recognises Chesterfield College’s most promising Level 2 Cookery student.

In a specially organised cook-off, Jake Parkin (18) from Swanwick, Sophia Johnson (18) from Dronfield and Callum Fitzpatrick (18) from Bramley Vale, each prepared a two course meal for judges Chris Mapp owner of the Tickled Trout, Andrew Wilson, Head Chef at Casa Hotel and Richard Taylor, Managing Director of Owen Taylor & Sons.

Jake’s seasonal menu included duck breast with celeriac puree, fondant potato and a five spice jus followed by fresh strawberry cheesecake, sorbet, strawberry salad and Swiss meringue.

Commenting on the competition, Jake said: “I started cooking at around five years old with my grandma – making cakes and doing some other baking. I quickly learned I had a passion for it and I know it’s something I definitely want to pursue. Who knows, maybe one day I could be the next Gordon Ramsey!”

Sophia chose to cook lamb rack and croquette, pickled courgetti, mint salsa verde and confit potatoes followed by hedgerow chocolate brownie, crumble, Italian meringue and yoghurt sauce.

Sophia commented on the cook-off: “I felt really pleased with how it went, I’d done plenty of practice runs so felt really prepared and calm. The timings went really well so I had time to think about the presentation. Being a finalist is an exciting achievement and my aim was just that the food I served on the day was a success – and it was!”

Callum prepared roast duck with celeriac, peach, duck spring roll and a red wine jus followed by vanilla poached Asian pear with caramel and cinnamon biscuit for the judges.

He added: “I was surprised to be a finalist but it is really exciting and just goes to show that hard work pays off. I did a lot of online research in preparation for my menu and decided to cook duck and pear as these were things I’d never used before. I absolutely loved plating up the dishes as it is so good seeing the creation come together.”

Commenting on Jake, Sophia and Callum’s performance, Andrew Wilson, Head Chef at Casa Hotel enthused: “All three young chefs were competent in presentation and dealt well with the pressure of cooking two dishes from scratch whilst being observed and questioned about the dishes they were preparing. They had all obviously researched, planned and practised to be able to achieve the high standard of cooking that they presented to the judges.”

Richard Taylor, Managing Director of Owen Taylor & Sons,added: “It was a very good effort from all three students today. The food was delivered with acceptable presentation, but one shone and I look forward to seeing that person on the awards night.”

Fellow judge Chris Mapp said: “The students worked really hard and produced some well-presented, nice food. You could tell that a lot of thought went into the dishes with how they’d pieced them together, which is great for people of such a young age.”

Ian Matthews, Hospitality and Catering Tutor at Chesterfield College, commented: “I am actually incredibly proud of all of the students, to be doing what they have just done, under pressure at Level 2 is extremely impressive. The balance and composition of the dishes were just fantastic. It’s been an amazing experience for them and all of these experiences of a real working environment, including our Taste Restaurant, will help them to stand out to future employers.”

Following the cook-off, the winner of the 2019 Young Chef of the Year Award will be announced by celebrity chef, Brian Turner at the glittering Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards which is organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with Chesterfield College and will be held at the Winding Wheel on Wednesday 23 October.

A former winner of the prestigious Chesterfield Young Chef of the Year title includes James Greatorex, who went on to work in Michelin-starred restaurants, The Fat Duck and L’Ortolan.

In addition to Owen Taylor & Sons, other supporters of the awards include Apprentice Town (Led by Chesterfield Borough Council), Banner Jones Solicitors, BHP Chartered Accountants, Casa Hotel, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire Times, Distinctive Magic, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), Edge Events Management Ltd, Elder Way (Jomast Developments), FEAST – Food and Drink Forum, Hoods Florist, Jumble Creative Design, Kier Group, Learning Unlimited (The Chesterfield College Group), Magnifica, MSE Hiller, Peak FM, Reflections Magazine (Bannister Publications Ltd), Shorts Chartered Accountants and Vicar Lane Shopping Centre.

For more information about the awards, visit

Posted 25.07.2019

Speaker line-up announced for 2019 Chesterfield Investment summit

One of the 100 most influential women in technology, Polly Barnfield OBE, is headlining the speaker line-up at the third Chesterfield Investment Summit which is being held on Wednesday 11 September.

Founder and CEO of Maybe*, Polly is part of the UK Government’s High Street Task Force which was launched by High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP on 2 July to support local leaders to revitalise high streets and town centres.

As part of her presentation, Polly will address how Chesterfield businesses can use social media analysis to attract shoppers and revitalise the modern high street.

The free to attend the event, which is being held at Casa Hotel in Chesterfield from 8.30am – 12 noon, will give delegates a detailed overview of investment opportunities in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

The event is organised by Derbyshire Economic Partnership, Destination Chesterfield and Marketing Derby joint partners in the EU funded Invest in D2N2 project with a focus on promoting Derbyshire both nationally and globally as the place to invest for growth and quality of life. The event is also part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

In addition to Polly Barnfield, speakers at the event will also include by Peter Storey, Head of Markham Vale at Derbyshire County Council who will update on the 200-acre business park considered to be Derbyshire’s flagship regeneration scheme and Huw Bowen, Chief Executive of Chesterfield Borough Council.

As well as the keynote speakers, there will be a networking breakfast, exhibition and a question and answer panel with speakers and local decision-makers.

Commenting on the event, Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield, said: “The town is renowned for bucking the trend, from retail figures to tourism, but we must not rest on our laurels. The annual Investment Summit is an excellent opportunity for the business community to come together and understand the investment potential of the town, be enthused for the future and work with each other to ensure we achieve Chesterfield’s potential.”

Places at the free event are limited and booking is essential. To secure your place, please visit