Jubilee bench project

Whatstandwell jubilee bench project
Whatstandwell jubilee bench project

To mark the year of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the village the Committee of the Whatstandwell Social Club wished to undertake a project to not only permanently mark an event which has only occurred twice in our country’s long history but also provide an amenity to the villagers of Whatstandwell and visitors to the village. The project that has been undertaken is as follows:

As most villagers know there was a bench seat on Main Road, directly opposite the Shaws Hill turn and at the top of the bridleway down to Thurlow Booth and the canal. The bench seat was in very poor condition and additionally the lovely views of the valley that the seat once afforded are now obscured by scrub trees/bushes on the adjacent private land.

The committee have recently obtained the permission of Derbyshire County Council, through the good offices of Clive Ludlam, clerk to Crich Parish Council, to replace the bench with a substantial cast iron and wood replacement and this is now complete. A plaque has been placed on the bench to mark the Queen’s Jubilee and a new litter bin put in position.

Additionally in due course the committee hopes to erect an information board detailing the unique juxtaposition of the four transport modes going through the valley of road, rail, canal and river.

We have also obtained the permission of the landowner to cut down the scrub trees obscuring the view and open the vista of the valley once more. In this regard we now have the permissions from Amber Valley Borough Council, given the conservation area status of the district, to proceed with this work which will commence in the New Year.

We hope that villagers will welcome this substantial improvement of

an existing amenity and the marking of an historic event in the life of our nation.