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Sir William Hill Climb celebrates its 5th year

September 2015 saw the Tour of Britain pass through the beautiful Peak District. We were lucky enough to see the race as it passed through Grindleford and children from the local playgroup cheered as the riders zoomed over the bridge. Inspired by this momentous visit a group of local cyclists organised the first Sir William Hill Climb – a gruelling 1.77km ride which climbs 200m with an average gradient of 11%. The event has been run each September since that first year to raise funds for Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup.

The event has seen some great moments over the years. In 2016 the winner of the women’s race tackled the climb twice, unhappy with her first performance. While a more sedate ride was made by a couple on a tandem! 2017 saw the National Hill Climb Champion Adam Kenway take on the challenge, finishing in just 6:34 minutes and in 2018 we saw our fastest ever female finish, Hatti Archer completing the ride in just 8:05 minutes.

On Saturday 14th September we will celebrate the 5th year by combining with the Grindleford Goat to offer a day of cycling, with events for the whole family.

The day will start with the GOAT, a super friendly sportive event. Cyclists will be setting off throughout the morning on the 108km Billy ride, the 56km Nanny or the 15.3 km Kid which has been given a new look route this year.

There is also an exciting new Gruff Gravel Track for those who enjoy being off road and finding their own way round.The afternoon will see the younger members of the family showing off their cycling skills in our Track Stars event. Prizes for the fastest riders completing a timed circuit of a grass track with medals for everyone taking part.

In the evening The Sir William Hill Climb is there for all those keen for a challenge. Peakland Cycles will be there to sort out any last minute mechanical problems and are providing prizes for the 3 fastest men and women. There will also be prizes for fastest 50+ man and woman, fastest local man and woman as well as a prize for best effort. We would love to see you there taking part or cheering on the intrepid riders.

After all of that cycling excitement unwind at The Sir William Pub with live music and BBQ, a chance to reflect on your performance and rest tired legs.

The fabulous hill climb t-shirt will be on sale at both the Track Star event and at the climb, available in both children’s and adult sizes. We are extremely grateful to White’s Calver Spar for sponsoring the t-shirts.

There really is something for everyone and participants will be supporting the Grindleford Community shop and Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup.

For more information and details of how to sign up for any of these events please visit the website

Wine or water stall great success

I enjoy seeing the huge marquee going up on the field ready for the Grindleford show and look forward to seeing the wonderful local produce, especially the flowers and cakes!

But first there is work to be done organising  the playgroup wine or water stall.

Preparations start back in June as we reach out to local businesses for donations of wine for the stall. This year we were incredibly successful and we would like to thank all of the local businesses who supported us.

Derwentwater Arms, Calver                        Miners Arms, Eyam

Merchants Yard, Tideswell                           Majestic, Sheffield

Morrisons, Meadowhead                              Valley Engineering Co.

Special thanks must go to Tesco Abbeydale Road Community Champion who donated 8 bottles of wine for the stall.

With the wine sorted we had then to collect a huge number of entries, fill these with water and wrap the lot.

Fine weather saw a good number of visitors to the show and the stall proved very popular with a brisk trade in the mystery bottles.

Thank you to everyone who supported us on the day, we raised £168 and this will go towards new equipment for the playgroup.

Arise Kings and Queens…


We have reached the end of the school year, a time of many emotions. A sadness of having to say goodbye to some children but lots of excitement seeing them head off to new adventures.

This year we said goodbye to 24 children as they start a new chapter at school.

Before they left we knighted them all as kings and queens of the forest in our traditional ‘Knighting Ceremony’. In the weeks leading up to the end of term each child works to make their own individual sword using different tools and techniques. Parents and families are invited to join us in the woods for the morning and each child is knighted with their swords.

There was some teary eyes as we looked back over the children’s time with us and lots of laughs as stories were recalled.

We are so lucky to be a part of so many children’s journeys!

Easter Holiday Club Debrief

Over the last two weeks of Easter holidays GEP has opened up its doors and ran three holiday club sessions. We have been joined by a mix of familiar faces and some new faces from an array of different local villages for a morning of fun up in the forest. Luckily the weather was kind and allowed us to be outside for all three sessions, providing all of the children a chance to enjoy some quality time at our forest school site, making new friends and memories whilst getting pretty muddy!

On the first morning the sunshine shone and the children got creative building dens and painting rocks. Our tree train was ridden and wands were made out of sticks and natural materials.

After the Easter weekend we held our second morning, joined by a slightly smaller but equally as enthusiastic group as the previous week. It was clay morning and everyone really enjoyed making clay ‘boggles’ and other creatures around the site.

Our third and final session was ‘minibeast day’. As a team we conducted a successful minibeast hunt, finding snails, caterpillars, centipede and spiders. This inspired the children to build their very own bug hotel for all of their new friends to stay in. Afterwards the animal care continued as we made bird feeders to take home.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us, we will be confirming dates for Summer holiday club very shortly so stay tuned!

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Thank you Book Barn!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Eyam Book Barn for their generous donation of £138.79 to Playgroup.

Inspired by one of our favourite books, ‘Mix It Up’ by Herve Tullet, we used the money to purchase new equipment that allowed us to explore colours and change.

The changing seasons provides the perfect opportunity to explore natural colours and watch the progression of change. Our new equipment provided opportunity for the children to extend this learning whilst having fun!


5th year of comedy night raises the roof in Eyam


This week the Eyam Mechanics Institute opened its doors to GEP’s fifth official Comedy Night.

This year, due to overwhelming interest the decision was made to extend our run and put on a second show.

Rob Rouse hosted as audiences were entertained by award winning comedians Phil Nicol, Helen Rutter and Brennan Reece as they used the opportunity to preview new material before they head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A mixture of stand up, story-telling and comedy drama was presented over the two nights and the audiences laughed and cried along with the hilarious and sometimes moving performances.

Over 140 people braved the heat to join us and helped us raise £1427.20 which will go a huge way to helping playgroup next year.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to putting the nights on, special thanks to Rob, Helen, Phil and Brennan.

Keep your eyes peeled for information on the next Eyam Comedy Fringe Festival!