Situated close to Beeley Moor on the edge of the Peak District National Park, and
within a short driving distance of Bakewell and the Chatsworth estate to the west,
and Chesterfield to the east, the parish of Holymoorside and Walton covers an area
of 1,485 hectares of mainly farm and moorland with the village of Holymoorside at
its centre. The village has a school, two public houses, three churches, a post office/general
store, funeral director and a village hall.
The parish of Holymoorside and Walton had, at the last census in 2001, a resident
population of 2164 people living in 906 residences and although much of the land
is laid down to mixed farming only 26 residents were employed in agriculture with
most residents earning their living outside the parish, commuting to nearby Chesterfield,
Sheffield or further afield.
A regular bus service (currently 2 an hour at peak times) provides transport into
Chesterfield town centre for banking and shopping and the railway and bus stations
for travelling further afield.
Holymoorside village hall provides recreational and educational opportunities for
the parish with regular classes and activities and is a popular venue for private
social events. Football matches are held on the village recreation ground most weekends
in season and there is a bowling green, tennis courts and allotments to rent. Community
groups also meet in the village school, URC meeting room and at the Community Develpment
Centre in Walton. Browse the Local Directory for more information. A mobile library
services Holymoorside village every week.
Holymoorside and Walton Arts Festival Society organise a programme of events which
take place in June this and every year. The society promotes arts events in the community
and welcomes all ideas and help. Anyone who would like to get involved can contact
the society’s chairman, Ann Grindbergs on 01246 567118.
The Holymoorside Well Dressing takes place in August each year. Well Dressing takes
many hours of work and everyone is welcome to watch or help - no experience is neccessary
just lots of patience! A total of 140 bags of clay are used to prepare for well
dressing and volunteers to help remove them from storage will be well received. Anyone
wishing to participate in any way can contact John Botham on 01246 567822.