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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Some Good News

Good News 1
Derby City Council Planning Committee have approved the proposal to install a surfaced path alongside the River Derwent through Darley Park.
This will give all weather access to the park from Handysides Bridge through to Darley Abbey and form the start of the Derwent Valley Cycleway which will eventually put in a traffic free route along the Derwent Valley to Matlock.

Good News 2
The White Peak Loop from Matlock to Rowsley is now officially open after considerable delays caused by Peak Rail locking the railway crossing at the Matlock end. Other than that the route has been complete for quite some time.
Derbyshire County Council have done a superb job here both with the construction of the route and in overcoming the problems with Peak Rail.
You can access the route best by train from Derby and it makes a superb flat 5 mile each way ride. Trains go hourly. See my Blog Two Wheels and a Camera for photos and video.  Go to http://simssycling.blogspot.co.uk and wind back to March 2016.
Or just click HERE

Litter Pick at Mickleover

 A very successful litter pick today on the Mickleover Greenway.
Thanks to all who came along to fill several bin bags with assorted litter, much of which had been hidden from view until the recent flailing of the undergrowth by Derbyshire County Council.

Team photo on the seat opposite the Veteran Oak Tree.
Left to right - Val Sims with Barney, Jimmy-Floyd  Roguesantacruzlualuaroylita Hawkins (aka Michael), Janet Dent, Ian Dent, Mavis Ratcliffe, and Tim Mackervoy.  Following behind and picking up litter which the leading team missed were (below) Christine Selden, with Charlie and Freya

Very well done everyone. The Greenway has never been so clean. See you at Breadsall in March.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

You are invited to .................

Thursday 1st February
Informal Lunch at Don Amott's Cafe in Hilton.
It is likely that the flooding of the Greenway at Egginton Junction Bridge will still be blocking the path, so avoid this by cycling on road via Etwall or Hilton.

Sunday 18th February
Litter Pick on Mickleover Greenway.
Meet at Mickleover Station at 10am.

Monday 26th February
Rangers Meeting at Eagle PH in Agard Street.
Start 7pm.

Thursday 1st March
Informal Lunch at Don Amott's Cafe in Hilton.

Sunday 18th March
Great Northern Run on Mickleover Greenway.
Organised by HUUB Events. Rangers assisting by unlocking gates and marshaling.

Sunday 25th March
Litter Pick on Breadsall Greenway.
Meet at Breadsall Station 10am

Sunday, 7 January 2018

A Welcome Sight

It was a bitterly cold morning on the Mickleover Greenway today and a most welcome sight in the car park was that of Michael Fraser who was dispensing delicious hot coffee from his beautifully equipped van.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Message from The Tree Fairy

The Christmas Tree on the Mickleover Greenway has been even more striking this year, with a record number of decorative items being placed upon it by the Public.

The Tree Fairy has posted this message.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Flood Warning

The Mickleover Greenway (NCN Route 549) is unusable at Egginton Junction Bridge due to flooding. This is a regular occurrence at this time of year and if you are coming along on Thursday to the Rangers Lunch, you are advised to travel via Etwall or Hilton villages.  Either way leave the Greenway at Old Station Close.

 View looking Northwards from above Egginton Junction Bridge,

View looking Northwards from below Egginton Junction Bridge.

Happy New Year

We start 2018 with the first of our informal monthly lunches at Don Amott's Cafe in Hilton.
Be there at 12.30pm on Thursday 4th January.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Compliments of the Season

            A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our Rangers and Friends

Monday, 18 December 2017

Rangers Christmas Lunch

The Umpteenth Derby Rangers Christmas Lunch was held on 14th December, 17 people attending after some organisational difficulties.
Sadly three of our number were incapacitated by influenza and two were on a cruise in the Bahamas (smart move there considering our local weather).
Random photos here - sorry if I missed anyone.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Lunch

Final list of bookings reveals 20 people coming along this year to Don Amott's at 12.30pm on Thursday.
Here is a high tech spreadsheet of the menu choices, so please check that these are correct and if not mail me ASAP at lezderby@gmail.com
Two possible sources of error:-
a. The organiser (me) has made a mistake (highly unlikely!).😇
b. You have forgotten what you ordered (quite possible).😕

Snow on the Path

Looks nice but with temperatures well below freezing overnight the hard packed snow is smooth and slippery so no cyclists to be seen on the Mickleover Greenway.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Sustrans 40th Anniversary

This year saw the 40th anniversary of Sustrans and at a recent ceremony in Leicester, the Derby Ranger Group were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their work in 2017.

Also receiving an award was artist Pat Wilson who has so beautifully re-painted our RBS mileposts at Mickleover, Alvaston Park and Darley Fields.
Pat travels around the NCN doing this work and has painted 16 of the posts so far. Watch out for her work - you can't miss it.

Here we see Pat at work on the post at Mickleover Station.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Past

Occasionally St Helen's Church in Etwall, hold a Christmas Tree Festival. There will not be one this year, but last year's event was very successful with close on a hundred trees, decorated by various local organisations on show in the church.
With NCN 54 passing close to the church and some of our Rangers living in the village we decided to take part.
Click HERE to see the video of our display.

Christmas is a coming

Yes, coming along fast now and the People's Tree on Route 54 about a mile from Mickleover Station has once more been nicely decorated by the Public.  Every year the tree gets bigger and we get more decorations. Only very tall people can reach the top now.

A smattering of snow enhances the scene and more to come over the weekend we hear.
Better than the tree in Derby Market Place by all accounts.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Rangers Chrismas Lunch

With our Christmas Lunch now only 7 days away, we need to finalise bookings and menu choices. Apologies for some communication problems due to the breakdown of my PC and it's consequential hospitalisation.
Please book menu choices by code thus:-
LS 1a 2b 3c
VS 1b 2a 3a
Mail that to lezderby@gmail.com ASAP please.
Here is the menu. Gluten free available if ordered.

Tomato & Basil soup with Roll (order 1a)
Beef & Vegetable soup with Roll (order 1b)

Turkey & Stuffing Roll (order 2a)
Beef & horseradish Roll (order 2b)
Jacket Potato with Cheese (order 2c)
Jacket potato with Tuna (order 2d)

Christmas Pudding with Cream (order 3a)
Christmas Pudding with Custard (order 3b)
Lemon Meringue Roulade with Cream (order 3c)

Coffee, Tea and Mince Pies as required (no need to order)

The cost is £10 per person.
Pay on the day (to me). Cheques accepted but no credit cards or foreign coins.
Bring your own alcoholic drinks as required
Confirm 12.30 pm on Thursday 14th December at Don Amott's Cafe via Isis Way Hilton. Plenty of free parking for cars and bikes.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Five Years Ago

 The Mickleover Greenway and several houses alongside, including Mickleover Station, were flooded by extremely heavy rainfall.

 View looking towards Etwall from the bridge piers.

Meanwhile, below the bridge which carries the path over Heage Lane at Etwall ............................

Mickleover Greenway Closure

Photos here of the works about 1/2 mile from Mickleover Station to install a new 2m dia. culvert beneath the path.

 The approach looking towards Mickleover.

 Sadly it was necessary to fell several mature trees.

The pipe will direct water from the South side of the path to the North side, alleviating the serious flooding of nearby houses some years ago.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Forthcoming Events

Thursday October 5th at 12.30pm sees us back at Don Amott's Cafe in Hilton for our next Informal Lunch.

At the recent Rangers Meeting, it was suggested and agreed that we should have a change of venue for the November Lunch and combine that with a ride to the Bennerley Viaduct. Ian Dent will lead the ride which will include lunch at a nearby hostelry.  The date for this is Thursday 2nd November.  Start from Derby Market Place at 10 am.
Total ride distance 28 miles including homeward route via Shipley Park.

Railway enthusiasts will no doubt be interested in a lecture at the Mickleover British Legion on Thursday 26th October at 7.30pm.
The subject is the building from scratch of a Patriot Class Locomotive which is in hand by a dedicated team of enthusiasts. Every one of the old class of the LMS Patriot class locos was scrapped in the Beeching cuts of the early sixties.
Entry to the lecture costs £4 (which will obviously go to a very good cause) and there is free car parking on site. The building is just off Western Road in Mickleover.
Alternatively you can park cars and bikes at our house which is a short walk from the Legion.

This is what the loco will look like when completed.
It will be named "The Unknown Patriot".

Also if you fancy a ride out to Longford on Wednesday 4th October you can see country pursuits such as horse drawn ploughing and manual hedge laying/cutting at the Breadsall Ploughing Match to be held at School House Farm.  Entry £6.

Sunday, 24 September 2017


Rangers meeting tomorrow Monday 25th September 7pm at the Eagle PH in Agard Street Derby.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Informal Lunch 7th September

Seven of us turned up for today's lunch at Don Amott's Cafe.
Left to right Steve, Ian, Les, Mavis and John.
Only five qualified for the photo as Phil and Sue arrived later, after we had put the camera back in it's bag, drunk the tea, and eaten all the food.