Wirksworth & District


We hold events open to all the membership and guests, including monthly coffee mornings with speakers these are held in the Memorial Hall at 10.15 on the first Wednesday of the month.

We also hold occasional special events and activities.

Dates for your Diary
September 2022
Wed Sep 7thSocialMonthly Coffee morning held in the Memorial Hall at 10.15

Our talk will be ‘Alternative accommodation in the Wirksworth area’. A quirky look at some of our more neglected buildings with local artist and photographer Gavin Muschamp.
October 2022
Wed Oct 5thSocialMonthly Coffee Morning held in the Memorial Hall at 10.15

Ranald and Viv Macdonald present a talk on their experiences at the Summer Olympics in London 2012.
We (and our dog Bramble) spent 24 nights in our campervan on a temporary campsite on the edge of the London Olympic Park. Viv had a role on the Communications Team in the Hockey Centre and Ranald had a roving role hosting artists performing around the Olympic Park as well as answering questions from visitors.
This talk will look at our experiences and go behind the scenes a bit more than was projected in the media. It all seems a long time ago!
November 2022
Wed Nov 2ndSocialMonthly Coffee morning in the Memorial Hall at 10.15.

Speaker Peter Chivers topic Derbyshire Almshouses

Almshouses were one of the earliest forms of social housing that are still proving relevant today. The talk explores the history of Almshouses, their purpose, design and architecture and what it was like to be an Alsmhouse resident.
December 2022
Wed Dec 7thSocialMonthly Coffee Morning 10.15 in the Memorial Hall.

The speaker is Martin Bennett from Derbyshire Ramblers, who will speak about our local footpaths and wonderful Rights Of Way network.

Mince pies will be on offer
February 2023
Wed Feb 1stSocialFrom Trent to Mersey in the wake of narrow boat "Cressy"

In 1939 Tom and Angela Roly set out to explore the canals of England in the narrow boat 'Cressy'. The account of their cruise was a book called Narrow Boat and this inspired the national movement to preserve and cherish our inland waterways. Eighty years later Alastair Clark set out on a bike to follow the part of their voyage which followed the Trent and Mersey canal.
March 2023
Wed Mar 1stSocialMonthly Coffee Morning held in the Memorial Hall at 10.15
Alan and Christine Piper, authors of 'Lumsdale: The Industrial Revolution in a Derbyshire Valley', will be talking about the history of Lumsdale from lead smelting in the 16th century through cotton spinning in the 18th and bleaching in the 19th to its present state of 'picturesque decay'.

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