The officially recognised community group for Holme Hall residents in Chesterfield
All people who live within a 2 km radius - not Facebook "friends" that you've never met and never will !
Next Door - now has 1215 LOCAL members
All LOCAL people; join us and make this a better community for all Holme Hall residents
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It's cold, but Holme Hall Unite's daffodils - 14,000 planted in 2015 - are still popping up !
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the Beast from the East now looking very likely to hit us this coming weekend
There are more definite signs now of progressively colder conditions moving in from the East this week. It should be mainly dry though until later in the period, when eastern areas may begin to see a scattering of wintry showers. It'll also turn increasingly frosty at night.

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The next few days will bring rather mild and quiet weather. During the second half of the week temperatures are expected to drop but the really cold air over the continent may take some time to reach the UK. 

Tonight wet weather pushes southeastwards. Clearer conditions return to the north and west with a touch of frost possible by the morning.

Tomorrow it remains damp in East Anglia and the south eastern corner. Elsewhere it becomes mostly dry and bright but in the north west scattered wintry showers are possible.

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hrough Wednesday and Thursday high pressure becomes centred over northern England. That allows an easterly flow to develop across the southern half of the UK and it should be mostly dry. Temperatures start to drop but the really cold air will still be over central Europe.

During Friday and Saturday it is expected to be mostly dry. In the west the temperatures will probably remain close to the seasonal average but it is likely to be quite chilly in the east with the possibility of a few wintry showers in south eastern coastal counties. 

During the second half of the week the bitterly cold pool of air over central European is expected to begin heading towards the UK.

By Sunday the bitterly cold pool of air over continental Europe could be starting to approach eastern England. A number of computer models now show that scenario. An alternative outcome is possible - but now looking less and less likely

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Our Lunch Club ...
We are now holding our Lunch Club every two  weeks - so why not come and join us for a nice lunch with some good company ... and make some new friends at the same time, too?

A pub lunch with a group of  like minded friendly people. Make new friends and enjoy some great company ! Ideal if you are on your own. No going to the bar to order your meal to find your table has gone when you return ! 
Get in touch to join us for our next meeting on Wednesday Feb 21st  - simply click here to send us an e mail
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What's On - in and around the Chesterfield area - click here for more
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Further trips to be announced in the next few days ...
Taking place during Easter week - and as this is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 a popular choice has been the National Arboretum, read more about this amazing National Memorial by clicking here,- to be followed by some leisure / shopping time in Lichfield.

Following a 
Holme Hall Unite Committee meeting last week further trips are now in the planning stages - with some suggested destinations including Chester / Cleethorpes / Lincoln / Newark and also Southport.

All of these outings receive a subsidy from Holme Hall Unite. The exact cost for each destination will be announced once we have confirmed the coach booking. If these excursions are of interest - get in touch with us - just click here - to be kept informed. The last excursion to be announced was fully booked within a week !
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the pocket guide to SCAMS ... click here for more information 
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Would you like to see a Community Hub in the local area?
As we all know, there is no meeting place on the estate. Would you be willing to support a Community Hub in the Holme Hall area? 

Somewhere that will hold regular meet-ups? A coffee morning for elderly / lonely / vulnerable? A Knit & Natter group maybe? A crafts group or perhaps a book club? 

Somewhere you can meet your friends and neighbours? An access point for local Councillors? Cooking demonstrations / healthy eating classes / stop smoking group / weight loss classes - the possibilities are almost endless. Let us know what you think - AND do tell us what you would like to see happening at the new meeting hub - click here to contact us.
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Read the full County Council Scams Bulletin - January 2018 - by clicking here
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Being a volunteer can transform your life - click here to read article in the Guardian
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Community Gardening is good for your well-being
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What's Going On - in and around the Chesterfield area - click here
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Let's Big-Up our area .......
The reputation of an area can affect just about everything from house prices and investment to the pride of local residents who live there.

The portrayal of an area is often linked to the perceptions of people living or working in an area, including estate agents, researchers, public officials and journalists.
There is some evidence that living in an area with a negative reputation can impact upon the opportunities and wellbeing of local residents who live there.

Negative perceptions of a neighbourhood can sometimes come from those who don’t actually know the area very well, with some residents believing negative perceptions don’t reflect the reality of their area.

Recent research undertaken by a collaboration of researchers based at the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) showed that when residents in neighbourhoods with a negative perception took steps to create a more positive image, it worked.

The research was part of the Communities in Control study, which is evaluating the health effects of the Big Local programme. This study adds to the research about effective ways to support greater control and impacts on health, which is why it is so important.

The study looked at two areas between 2011 and 2016, and focused on newspaper coverage. In both areas, nearly 40% of the coverage was negative for the neighbourhood.

Where areas took direct action to combat stigma, this seemed to be effective in promoting more positive images. 

The study found that actions to tackle reputation included a range of different approaches - publicity work to promote good news stories in the media, festivals and cultural events to encourage people to visit or physical improvements to neighbourhoods to increase pride in the area. Read more on this research - just click here.
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Universal Credit started in Chesterfield last November - find out more here 
and click here to read our "where to get help" leaflet
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Holme Hall Unite's Community Garden - Phase II is now underway ... 
The plans for the garden this year are extensive, and will be fully revealed in due course. 

To start with, eight new raised beds and a pergola have now been delivered. We also have some volunteers ready for cleaning out the stream and the trees area at the bottom of the garden (as part of the Community Payback scheme). The bird and bat boxes are finally going up too (now the trees are free of leaf).

As this year is the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 we will have a strong display of poppies again this year to add to the celebrations taking place to commemorate this anniversary.

If you would like to be involved in helping take the garden to the next level get in touch with us by clicking here and we will keep you informed of developments.

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What's Going On - in and around the Chesterfield area - click here
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http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news

Chesterfield Farmers markets (held on the 2nd Thursday each month) - 2018 - 18th February / 8th March / 12th April / 10th May / 14th June / 12th July / 9th August / 13th September / 11th October / 8th November / 13th December

Upcoming Artisan markets (held on the last Sunday of the month in New Square) - 2018 -  Feb 25th / March 25th / April 29th / May 27th / June 24th / July 29th / Aug 26th / Sept 30th / Oct 28th / Nov 25th / Dec 23rd

Pomegranate Theatre (film screenings) - 
Feb 2nd - 8th .... The Greatest Showman / Feb 2nd - 8th ..... The Darkest Hour / Feb 9th ..... Marjorie Prime / Feb 9th .... Walk With Me / Feb 17th ..... Jumanjii : Welcome to the Jungle / Feb 17th & 18th ..... Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri / Feb 23rd - 25th ..... Ferdinand / Feb 23rd - 25th .... The Post / March 4th ..... Coco / March 11th & 12th ..... Journey's End
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A number of members of Holme Hall Unite attended the annual meeting of members from Central England Co-Operative Society recently, held at Ringwood Hall. The Chair gave a short overview of the garden project and thanked the Co-Op members for their contribution towards our new garden

the Co-Operative backs Holme Hall Unite !

Holme Hall Unite has been backed by Central England Co-Operative with the award of the Making A Difference community dividend for 2016

The funding from the Co-Op Award is going to help pay for the wildflower meadow in our new garden
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What's Going On - in and around the Chesterfield area - click here
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Identity fraud has hit record levels .... 28,000 fake websites
.... with around 86% of identity frauds now being perpetrated online.

One victim, Emily, a teacher from Essex, unknowingly purchased bridesmaids shoes from a counterfeiters' website. Her identity was stolen and fake websites were set up in her name - websites which were used to sell more counterfeit goods.

"I think of myself as someone who is 'tech savvy' and so I was horrified when I discovered that I had been scammed," said Emily. "This goes to show that anyone can become a victim of this, no matter what walk of life they are from." Read more on this story - click here.
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Next Door - with members on EVERY street on the estate 
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Next Door featured on Peak FM ...
70 other neighbourhoods launch following Holme Hall Unite
The free network, which launched in the UK just 9 months ago, has seen residents band together across more than 70 neighbourhoods across North Derbyshire at a time when one in five Brits feel lonely

The aim is to provide a trusted forum for neighbours to work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, a remedy for the 22 per cent of people in the East Midlands who feel disconnected to the place they live and the 10 per cent of people who can’t name their next door neighbour. 

Residents are using the app to organise street parties, share local advice and recommendations for babysitters or gardeners, for neighbourhood watch efforts, to find lost pets and start community fitness clubs. Click Here to read more on this item.
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What's Going On - in and around the Chesterfield area - click here
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Holme Hall Unite's tree planting - the video !

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You may remember that at the back end of last year 
Holme Hall Unite (with Holme Hall PrimarySchool and also Chesterfield Borough Council) planted over 100 new trees on Loundsley Green roundabout. 

We brought along singer Emma Stevens (who has been featured on Radio Two’s Terry Wogan and Chris Evans shows as well as supporting Take That in concert) to entertain the planters. 

The video has now been released to coincide with Emma’s new album “To My Roots” (on the day Emma was slightly throw off course when the children from Holme Hall Primary started singing along with her on the chorus !) The video was shot in Wales, Chesterfield and Kent.
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What's On - in and around the Chesterfield area - click here
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What's On - in and around the Chesterfield area - click here
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Meet our local Neighbourhood Ranger 
My name is Sean Carrington and I am your local Neighbourhood Ranger for Holme Hall

I have been patrolling this area since May 2015 and my main duties are to perform Fire Safety Inspections on blocks of flats in the area and to make sure Holme Hall is clear and free of rubbish/fly tipping. I also report any repairs that I find along the way in common areas. 

If you see me walking or driving around the area and would like to speak to me please feel free to flag me down or just say hello. I am here to help!

Here are a few things to remember as a Council tenant at Holme Hall:

· Don’t leave any items in the communal areas in blocks of flats, including rubbish bags, bikes, pushchairs, etc

· Make sure your bin store is clean and tidy and that you use the recycle bins correctly

· To report any repairs/damage that you find in your block of flats/Houses

· Not to smoke in any communal areas inside the block of flats

· If you’re a dog owner to clear away any dog fouling that your dog makes

· Report any graffiti you find in the area

The areas I cover are: - Blocks of flats - Hipley Close, Oakamoor Close, Atlow Close, Hatton Drive, Cauldon Drive, Mercaston Close and Hanbury Close.  Streets – Carsington Close, Foston Drive, Holme Hall Crescent, Norbury Close, Rodsley Close, Ruston Close, Sheldon Road, Shirley Close, Sudbury Close, Taddington Road, Tissington Close, Wardgate Way and Yeldersley Close 

If you would like to speak to me direct or in private, please call 01246 345069 or email here
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