Community Notices & News

Walking Festival 2019_Frontsheet

Autumn Footprints 2019 - the Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival

Taking place between 14-29 September 2019 the Autumn Footprints Walking Festival offers a great choice of 42 free guided walks with something for everyone.

Although all walks are free, there may be a charge for parking at some locations.  Also advance booking is strongly recommended.

For full details of all the walks and how to book please download the Autumn Footprints leaflet.

Evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday Bus Services in West Hallam

It would appear that some residents of West Hallam are not aware that, at present, we do still have an evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday bus service.  Other people are aware that there are buses, but are a little confused about times and routes.  

We hope this information (provided by a local resident) will clarify the situation and encourage more people to use this service.  It is currently subsidised by Derbyshire County Council and is in danger of being withdrawn if it is not being used.

The route is the old number 11 route, along High Lane and through West Hallam village.  Times are as follows,


Weekdays and Saturdays

Buses leave Ilkeston for Derby at   19.35     21.05     22.35

Buses leave Derby for Ilkeston at   20.20     21.50     23.20


Sundays and Bank Holidays

Buses leave Ilkeston for Derby at   09.15     11.05     13.15     15.05

Buses leave Derby for Ilkeston at   10.00     12.00     14.00     16.00


Note that some of these buses run to Ilkeston Community Hospital.

As there is apparently not a dedicated timetable for this service you can request a print-out of the timetable from the Information Office at Derby Bus Station.  

It is a YOURBUS number 11 which operates this service and the times are listed as an addition to the Black Cat (Mansfield / Derby) timetable.

Mobile library DCC

Mobile Library Service

Derbyshire Library Service has two mobile libraries, based at Buxton and Long Eaton, serving around 150 communities across the county. These communities are visited once every four weeks and the mobile libraries offer a range of services for everyone including fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, large print books, books on tape and books on CD as well as a selection of local studies books and information.

The mobile libraries have a lift for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems.

To view current routes/timetables please visit Derbyshire County Council’s website (opens in a new window)


Derbyshire Trusted Trader Scheme

Finding a company that you can trust to do some work for you can be a bit daunting – how can you be sure that you won’t get ripped off? What if things go wrong? How do you choose between lots of different companies? These sorts of dilemmas were a driving force behind the setting up by Derbyshire County Council of the Trusted Trader scheme to help local people find traders and businesses that do a good job at a fair price and provide good customer service.

That was back in 2008 and the popular scheme has gone from strength to strength. These days there are nearly 17,000 searches each month on the Trusted Trader website, by people looking for reliable companies to use. Another ringing endorsement for the scheme was a recent survey which gathered feedback from more than 16,000 people who had used a Trusted Trader and an impressive 94% said they were very satisfied with the service they received.

So people can have lots of confidence when employing one of the 1,200 traders who are part of the scheme. In the very unlikely event of someone having a problem with one of the traders then help is at hand.

Find out more about all aspects of Trusted Trader at or call 01629 53614801629 536148. Enquiries are also welcome from businesses interested in signing up to the scheme – membership brings lots of benefits and costs only £70.


Citizens Advice Bureau 

Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts is a generalist advice service. Using the CAB Service's unique information system they can give you free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information on a wide range of subjects.

There are free local advice sessions for registered patients of both the West Hallam Medical Centre and the Dales Medical Centre held fortnightly, run by the CAB, at West Hallam Medical Centre offering advice on a broad range of matters.

You can book an appointment by calling West Hallam Medical Centre on 0115 9440088 or visit the CAB’s own web site for more information (opens in new window).

For people who are not patients of either practice you can call the CAB on 0844 375 2712 to arrange an appointment elsewhere or for more information please visit

West Hallam and District Coffee Club

Meet in the Methodist Church Hall, 10am till 11.30am, on the last Wednesday of each month except July (outing) and August (holiday break). Speakers on all other months.    

Further information

West Hallam and Mapperley Church and Community Magazine 

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