CLIF-FEST 2019 – Sunday 14th July

CLIF-FEST 2019 will take place on Sunday 14th July from 12pm until 6 pm at Clifton Cricket Club, Chapel Lane, Clifton.  There will be a variety of food stalls, a BBQ and cider stand, our usual bar stock plus real ales and our local speciality Nelson’s Gin.  Live music will play all afternoon with local acts and performers all supported by Dogs on Bees.  There are a range of novelty stalls, cakes, games and fun with  Ladies Prosecco Cricket and the junior 5 aside football running all afternoon. Entry is one pound per person on the gate and thanks to your support, we hope to build on the success of previous years to help the Clifton village community of charities once more.

Clif Fest Picture The profits are split using a risk-based reward scheme between the Cricket club, Clifton WI, Clifton Village Hall Committee, Clifton School and Clifton Church, all of whom come together to contribute to the effective running of the day.

Any volunteers would be much appreciated before during and after the event and we also welcome new local stall holders and bands. If you would like to be involved in any aspect or have the skills to lend a hand, please contact Sally Archer(07790184854) or Helen Craven (077866382374).  CLIF-FEST offers a warm welcome to everyone from the surrounding areas to come and join us at our beautifully refurbished cricket club and playing grounds for a fun family day ‘out, out’!


Village Picnic CLIF-NIC! June 1st

Clifton Smith Hall Management Committee invite you all to join them for a Village Picnic ( a CLIF-NIC!) on the playing field on Saturday June 1st from 3.00pm – 6.00pm. 

Please bring your own food and drink and chairs, but we will provide the action!  There will be some games and activities – something for everyone!

There is no charge to join in, but if you are involved in a village organisation and would like to use the opportunity for some fund raising please let us know – you will be very welcome. Contact either Helen Craven  07786638274 or Jackie Nicholson 01335 342514

Signs of the Times!

Earlier this year The Parish Council commissioned two road signs on entering the village on Watery Lane and Sides Mill Lane.  We must extend our thanks to District Councillor Andrew Shirley who contributed £388 from the Local Projects Fund towards the signs and also to Ashbourne Shrovetide Committee for allowing us to site the sign on Watery Lane.

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Above: the sign on Sides Mill Lane

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Above:  The sign on Watery Lane

ClifChat Followup

At the ClifChat Event in September we asked people to give us their suggestions and thoughts on what matters to them in the village.  We have compiled a list of suggestions which can be viewed here.

At the next Parish Council Meeting in November (Wednesday 21st, 7:30 public participation is welcomed) we will be looking into Traffic issues which was a hot topic (some traffic matters are already being progressed).   We also attended a recent meeting about rejuvenating the Neighbourhood Watch in the village which was another suggestion from ClifChat so that will be discussed at a future Parish Council Meeting too.


September ClifChat Success

On Saturday 8th September the Parish Council hosted the first ClifChat event at Clifton Smith Hall.   The idea behind it was to bring Clifton residents together and find out their ideas for how we could improve the village and engender a sense of community.  ClifChat was well attended by residents and we are very grateful that representatives from many local bodies also gave their time to attend including the local fire service, District Council, County Council, Revd Duncan Ballard and Revd Amanda Marshall as well as a small party from Clifton Cricket Club!

Also the Parish Council would like to give special thanks to Nicky Taylor-Smith, Jackie Nicholson, Katy Hall and  Helen Craven for their help with the refreshments which were well received by all attending!


We have compiled a list of comments and thoughts from those attending that we will review and use to form an action plan.  We will be holding another ClifChat event in the near future – watch this space.


Reporting Road Faults

Members of the Parish Council attend meetings held at District and County level from time to time.   At a meeting at County Hall, in 2017 Derbyshire County Council talked about a new service they have implemented on their web site called the Traffic Hub.  This allows residents to report any kind of road fault from potholes in the road to problems with street lighting.  It uses a mapping facility to pinpoint the problem.  In the example below a street light on Cross Side is being reported.    The link to report any road (or pavement) related problem is at

Map - reporting a street lamp fault

Clifton Cricket Club Defibrillator Training Postponed

Clifton Cricket Club have recently taken delivery of a Defibrillator which means the village now has access to two defibrillators (the other one is at Clifton Smith Hall).

We reported in the Newsletter that a free training session for the cricket club’s defibrillator was due to be held in August.

Unfortunately ,the trainer who was to deliver the training is having an operation and so we have had to postpone the training for now.  Once the session has been rescheduled we will let you know of the new date.