Helen Cunningham

Helen Cunningham

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 22:25

DE4 Food

DE4 Food


DE4 Food is now trading weekly, with a wide range of produce available from local food producers.


To read more about the journey we have travelled to get this social enterprise set up please read this article.



Wednesday, 18 April 2012 17:15

HIdden Gems of Matlock

Wow - what a fantastic Totally Locally meeting we had last night!



Now we need to get all the Hidden Gems of Matlock listed on our new Totally Locally soon to be arriving website.


So we need you to nominate your Hidden Gems of Matlock....


Who is your Hidden Gem?


Which shop, cafe, business, person around Matlock


would you recommend?


We need your help to find out about the Hidden Gems in our area – those shops, businesses and people that stand out and make the Matlock area unique and special.  People tell us it is really hard to write about their own shop and that it’s easier to write about other peoples, so here is our little guide to help you write about each other!

If everyone writes something about each other telling people about all the great shops, people will get excited about it and it makes a fantastic start to the website and campaign!


Please can you copy and paste these questions into your email and email the answers to me Helen at


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Tell us the name of your favourite shop/business?  Address?  (If known)



Who is the owner?  (If known)



Why is it your favourite shop?




What is the thing you love about it most?  (It could be good service, great food, etc.)




What makes them special?  (It could be the fact that they are supporting their local community or it could be something that made you smile)




What do they sell?




Is their anything that they do outside their business that impacts on where they live, their town and community?




Do you know it they stock any locally made products?  If so, what and where are they made?




What is your name and shop/business?



If you’d like to see a few examples to get you going visit www.totally-locally.co.uk and click on Hidden Gems.  If you’re a bit nervous it’s OK just write what you think, you’ll get the idea.




If you have any photos of your own business that you would like to be used please email them to me as well.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:50

Matlock's Going Totally Locally

Matlock's Going


Totally Locally

First meeting organised by Matlock Town Team and Transition Matlock

Tuesday 17th April

6pm  at Moca Bar Dale Road.


All Local Independent Business Owners,

shop traders,

cafe and restaurant owners,

bed and breakfast owners,

local food producers

and all other local business

owners welcome.


Do you want to help Matlock

get an extra £2.5 million

a year into the local economy?

This would mean more jobs, better facilities

.....and Matlock would be a much better place to live....



it sounds fantastic ....lets do it...



Join us  on Tuesday 17th April 6pm at Moca Dale Road



Come along and find out about the magic tenner,

fiver fests, and the hidden gems of Matlock.



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Tree Planting at Castle View SchoolA new orchard has been planted at Matlock’s Castle View Primary
School as
part of a project with Little Green Space and Transition Matlock to
the school grounds greener.

Richard and Penny Bunting from Little Green Space, and Rob Clarke from
Transition Matlock, joined teacher Caroline Jones and the school’s
gardening club today (Tuesday 13 March 2012) to plant eight fruit
The new orchard was funded through a Derbyshire County Council
Action Grant, with support from Lorna Cross Nurseries in Tansley.

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 17:41

Local Money

LOCAL MONEY: how to make it happen in your community

by Peter North

Local Money

“Whoever controls money controls our lives. Taking back that power for good, not harm, has to be at the heart of new thinking after the crash. Without change, the next one could be Armageddon. This book tells every community everywhere how to make local money work for local good.” – Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist


“A local currency is essential for greater local resilience. Peter North’s comprehensive and well-written survey of local money systems is the best guide by far for communities planning to launch their own currency.” – Richard Douthwaite, author, The Growth Illusion and The Ecology of Money


In past recessions and depressions, a popular response from communities has been to create their own forms of money. The jobs aren’t there, and the money has dried up, but needs remain. Avoiding dangerous climate change means cutting as much carbon out of our economies as we can, and we can do this by cutting unnecessary transport through localisation. How can local money facilitate this?


An inspiring yet practical new Transition Book, Local Money helps you understand what money is and what makes good and bad money, and reviews how people around the world and in the past have experimented with new forms of money that they create themselves.


The book draws on the track record of experimentation with local money to show those in the Transition movement and beyond what has been tried, what works, and what to avoid. Different models of alternative currencies are reviewed, from the Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) and TimeBanks, which work within communities, to paper currencies such as Berkshares, German regional currencies and Ithaca ‘hours’, which circulate between local businesses as an alternative to their losing trade to the national chain retailers. Currencies like Ithaca ‘hours’ can also easily be used to enable people to exchange services locally at agreed hourly rates.


How can local banks and bonds help us move our cities, communities and homes on to a more sustainable footing? The book suggests how groups can create future forms of local money that can deepen local resilience and support the development of more local production of the things we need, such as food and power.


The Author: Peter North teaches Geography at Liverpool University. He first heard about local currencies while doing a Masters in Peace Studies in 1992, and has been exploring local currencies worldwide since then. He is one of the founder members of Transition South Liverpool.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 11:02

what? why? how?

The What?   Why?  and How?

Guide to Transition


There is a wealth of information on the Transition Network website.     The following links all take you to the Transition Network site.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 13:57

Northwood recycling centre

Matlock recycling centreRecycling just got a lot easier in the Matlock area with the opening of Derbyshire County Council’s new household waste recycling centre on Harrison Way, Northwood, Darley Dale.

Transition Matlock members and their children were in attendance for the opening ceremony of this fantastic new facility on 11th August. A children’s “Junk to Funk” workshop was held, giving kids a chance to reuse waste materials to create guitars and drums, then use their creations to stage a concert for guests.

Matlock recycling centreA range of household items can be taken to the Northwood Recycling Centre for free, including:

•    Electrical items (large and small)
•    Wood (any kind of wood even if treated, as it goes for chipboard manufacture)
•    Chipboard
•    Green garden waste such as cuttings and clippings
•    Clothes, textiles, bed linen, curtains etc
•    Paper and cardboard
•    Glass, cans, metals and plastic bottles (any plastic bottle e.g. shampoo, bleach, milk, etc)
•    Oil (automotive and cooking)
•    Tyres (maximum of four from a domestic vehicle)
•    Soil or rubble (maximum of two 25kg sacks)
•    Car and household batteries
•    Furniture
•    Low energy light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
•    Small amounts of hazardous household such as fertilisers, pesticides and up to two sheets of asbestos (double wrapped in plastic)
•    Cartons
•    General household waste that cannot be recycled

Matlock recycling centreThe centre is open seven days a week from 8.30am until 6pm – except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Almost the only thing that cannot be recycled at Northwood is kitchen waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings, teabags and eggshells, and plastics that are not bottles.

For more information, see www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/rubbish_waste/recyling_centres/default.asp.

Wednesday, 09 March 2011 13:44

Matlock Food Hub

Matlock Local Food Hub


Food that’s fresh, local, tasty & affordable

The Matlock Local Food Hub hopes to offer you a way to shop locally, eat what’s in season and the chance to find out where your food comes from.  For freshness and flavor, food direct from small local producers is hard to beat. 

So why don't more people buy 'local and direct'?

Sourcing more than a small amount of our weekly shop locally takes time and planning, making supermarket shopping a convenience difficult to resist. But the Food Hub concept has been designed to make direct sales of local produce just as convenient both for the consumer and the producer.

What is a Food Hub?

A Food Hub provides access to affordable local produce to all –online -  in a way every bit as convenient as the supermarkets.  The majority of produce sold through the Food Hub is grown or produced within 35 miles of Matlock.  We aim to do this by bridging the gap between producers and consumers; creating a network that makes fresh, local food affordable.  If produce is not available within 35 miles of Matlock e.g. flour, wine, we will source the most local supplier where possible.


How does it work?

The Food Hub provides

-       An online shop  - connecting consumers and local producers

-       A regular and convenient pick-up location for collecting your online order or

-       A delivery service to your workplace or your home

-       Each season, different producers offer farm visits so you can see where and how your food is produced

-       And you can volunteer to help out if you want to!

It is managed and operated by producer and consumer members.  We aim to provide a practical, friendly supply chain for small scale and family food enterprises, developing a model that enables producers and consumers to work for mutual benefit. 

Benefits for Producers and Growers.
The Food Hub concept allows producers, especially smaller ones, to concentrate on producing rather than sales and marketing, which means greater efficiency. Producers can get on with what they do best - whether it's making sausages, growing carrots or producing grass fed lamb. 

It offers:

-       Minimal marketing & single delivery point

-       Up front orders & payments, at higher than wholesale prices

-       Offer as much or as little produce (a heavily fruiting apple tree in your garden!) as you like, when you like

Benefits for Consumers
The connection between food, land, producer and consumer can add a dimension to your experience of food wholly lacking from the drudgery of the weekly supermarket shop. 

-       Know where your food comes from & visit local farms

-       Fresh food at affordable prices

-       Buy exactly what you need in the quantities you need

-       Delivery to your workplace or home

Buying food directly from farmers puts your money to work at the grass roots of our local economy, where it does the most economic good for the most people.  If you want to give your family the best food produced around Matlock, increase environmental sustainability, and boost rural economic development, join the Matlock Local Food Hub.

If you would like to fill in our survey to help in our market research it is online here, and should only take a moment or two to complete:


The Matlock Local Food Hub is recruiting more members before we launch later in the year.  We welcome all ideas and if you are a grower, producer or consumer we would like to hear from you. Contact Helen for details of our next meeting, and how you can get involved.

Helen Cunningham

T  01629 57236

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Work at Castle View school by Transition MaltockTransition Matlock and Little Green Space have launched a project with Matlock’s Castle View Primary School to make the school grounds greener – with benefits for the pupils, the environment and wildlife.


A team of volunteers from the groups recently spent a day at the school, constructing large wooden planters for the playground, which will allow the children to grow vegetables and plants to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.


The groups have also provided 150 native broad-leaved trees so that every pupil can have their own tree. The children are planting the trees in personally-decorated pots. Eventually they will be replanted in the school grounds to create a small woodland.


Each tree will provide a home to literally thousands of animals and insects, while also soaking up carbon dioxide, providing shade for the children in the summer and creating outdoor learning opportunities.


The project has already received some generous support, with sustainable compost manufactured from green waste and stone chippings for the planters donated by Vital Earth of Longcliffe; liners for the planters by Twiggs; pots by the National Trust; free trees by the Woodland Trust; and tree labels by Lorna Cross Nurseries in Tansley.


Work at Castle View school by Transition MaltockLittle Green Space has also received a Derbyshire County Council Greenwatch Action Grant, which will fund the creation of an orchard at the school. The Greenwatch grant will also fund the creation of bee and butterfly gardens at Matlock's All Saints' Junior School and All Saints’ Infants School.


Following discussions with Castle View Head Teacher Peter Hooper and the school’s Parents and Friends Association, the groups hope to work with staff, parents and carers to create more green features, such as an orchard, wildflower planting and a kitchen garden.


Studies show that access to green spaces is good for children’s mental and physical health. The project will also strengthen outdoor learning opportunities and support the National Curriculum.


For more information please visit www.transitionmatlock.org.uk and www.littlegreenspace.org.uk.

Together with other community groups, individuals and the Matlock Mercury newspaper, Transition Matlock is working hard to create new spaces for growing food, so that as many local people as possible have the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of growing their own fruit and veg. As part of this, we are trying to help address the huge waiting lists for allotments. That includes asking our local councils to help sow the seeds of change, and to do everything they can to provide the community with extra, much-needed allotments.

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