Villagers issue rallying call to save ‘dying Glapwell’

Rachel Hibbert by Glapwell Community Centre
Rachel Hibbert by Glapwell Community Centre
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RESIDENTS are joining forces to put their ‘forgotten village’ back on the map.

Once a thriving mining community hosting many annual events, Glapwell folk fear their village is slowly dying and are calling for support to revive their neighbourhood.

Resident and parish councillor Rachel Hibbert (53), said: “In days gone by, in the heyday of the mines and factories, our village was a thriving community with many traditions.

“Unfortunately the community spirit of those days seems a distant memory and the village is slowly dying.”

Rachel said the village’s downfall began in the 1970s when the colliery closed.

It now no longer has a regular bus route to the nearest town of Bolsover, the school bus service has also been cut, the petrol station has been lost, the chapel demolished and the final straw was the demise of the miners’ welfare, which is now up for sale.

Lifetime resident Susan Turner (61), said: “There’s nothing much for the young ones to do. Losing the miners’ welfare was a big blow.

“The lack of buses is a problem too. For people without cars they can feel very isolated.”

Rachel, who was brought up in the village and remembers a happy childhood of carnivals, maypole dancing, brass band concerts, barn dances and balls, said in recent years Glapwell had struggled to find an identity.

It has a Sheffield postcode, a Derbyshire address with a Mansfield dialling code at one end and a Chesterfield dialling code at the other.

She added: “A lot of people say there’s not enough in the village and they feel left-out and a bit forgotten.

“We want the people who live here to be proud of the village. It’s a lovely place, we just need to bring back a bit of community spirit.”

Residents have formed Glapwell Community Development Group in a bid to try and turn around the village’s fortunes.

The group hopes to raise funds to carry out essential repairs to the community centre as well as restarting past events – and last year members relaunched the popular carnival.

But Rachel fears the carnival will not continue without more support.

She said: “We desperately need more volunteers. We want to apply for funding and grants so that Glapwell will no longer be the forgotten village.”

l To find out more about Glapwell Community Development Group or to get involved contact Rachel by emailing rachel.hibbert@tiscali.co.uk