Radio Coverage for Exhibition

On 21st July 2015, Andy Potter from Radio Derby visited the exhibition and talked to the main contributors – Charles Beresford, Dominic Hodgkinson, Mike Greenan and Laura Smith. Listen to the interviews on the BBC iPlayer.

It starts about 2hrs 12 minutes into the programme and runs for about 25 minutes with music between sections. This will only be available to listen to until August 20th 2015 so listen before it’s too late.

Matlock Bath Christmas – then & now

Published in the Derby Telegraph December 30th 2014

Seniors’ Christmas Lunch

Isn’t it good that some long standing customs continue! As part of our research for ‘The Great War – Life in The Bath’ project, we discovered the following newspaper article about an event that took place at Christmas 1914 in the village.

The Matlock Bath annual custom to fete the aged residents has been continued this year despite the hostilities. The difference this year is that over 40 Belgian refugees attended. The three-fold programme commenced at 3pm with pictures followed by dinner and then a concert. Over 200 people sat down to dinner, the bill of fare consisting of roast turkey, roast beef, ham and sweets. The menu cards had been tastefully hand painted by Miss Cardin and bore the flags of the allies. They were in great demand as souvenirs of the function. The portrayal of Father Christmas at the end of the event by Mr A J Bates was describes as ‘excruciatingly funny’ as he gave personal gifts to everyone.

The 2014 Parish Council Seniors’ Lunch took place on Monday 8th December at the High Tor Hotel with 28 sitting down. The menu included turkey, slow cooked beef, salmon and nut roast and the three delicious courses were rounded off with coffee and mince pies. We do not think that those present would take too kindly to being called ‘aged residents’ but all appreciated the chance to meet in a social atmosphere and enjoy good food and pleasant company. All very similar we are sure to the event 100 years ago.

We believe the event in 1914 took place in the Pavilion but as yet we have not discovered any photos. Maybe a menu card still exists somewhere? If anyone has more information about this event or any other information that will enrich our World War One project please get in touch. Full details of this and all other Parish Council events and activities can be found on our website – or by contacting the clerk on 07914 420545.