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Activities Postponed!

Due to the delayed relaxation of COVID regulations the planned Coffee Mornings and Big Picnic have been postponed – new dates will be confirmed after July 19th – watch this space!

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Lockdown at Derwenthorpe – craft project

Given the 3rd Lockdown the craft group are planning a small scale collective textile project: “Lockdown at Derwenthorpe”. This is likely to be a smallish scale wall hanging.

Residents are invited to make a six inch square with words or image(s) that represent lockdown at Derwenthorpe to them, made with fabric sewn, hand stitched, knitted, appliquéd or stuck on to plain material. Some of the craft group will do appliqued letters, and those of us with quilting skills will put together the completed squares and letters into a hanging, with the direction of those artistically skilled in layout and colour combinations. Packs containing a background material square and a selection of material scraps, are available for those who haven’t suitable stuff in their stash.  

If you would like to get involved in this project (please indicate if you would like either a pack of materials or guidelines) or to the join the Craft Group, please contact us by email via


Aglow 2020 images

photos by John Pugh

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Count down to Derwenthorpe Aglow!

From 1st December 2020 over 60 households are brightening Derwenthorpe (and beyond) with colourful, seasonal, stained ‘glass’ windows made of card and tissue paper. They will be displayed throughout December so there’s plenty of time to see them all!

Follow the Trail Map below and take a walk around to discover all their joyful creations!

Aglow participants please print off this poster and display it in your door window, or next to your art work.

We’ve still got some starter packs available so email if you want to join in, however it’s too late now to be included in the trail map.

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Zoom link for Aglow workshop

Topic: Aglow Workshop

Time: Saturday Oct 24, 2020 14:00
Join Zoom Meeting

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More Aglow 2019 photos!

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Aglow videos

David has kindly produced two videos demonstrating how to make a stained glass window from tissue and card.

Basic instructions…
For more complex shapes etc…

More about Derwenthorpe Aglow.


Veg stall banner

We, the craft group, are currently working on another banner for whenever Joe’s Sunday fruit and veg stall returns. It‘s a work in progress but you can spot some samples of veg, fruit and wildlife on display in members’ windows around the estate.


Derwenthorpe Chatter

Derwenthorpe Chatter WhatsApp Group

The demand for practical support with shopping, prescriptions, etc is being increasingly met through other channels. We’re still here to help any resident who needs this type of support, but we’re also trying to help residents connect with each other. Although lockdown restrictions are being lifted, it’s likely to be a long time before we can freely socialise. And, for those with underlying health conditions, it’s not clear how long they will need to stay at home.   

All residents of Derwenthorpe are welcome to join the Derwenthorpe Chatter WhatsApp group.  It’s a great way during lockdown (and beyond) to easily get in touch with others living in Derwenthorpe.

What’s the group about?

As the group is for residents, what’s discussed will be up to you.  You’ll be able to find out and share information with others on what’s going on in and around Derwenthorpe.  This might be a recommendation of a  local takeaway or shop, a nearby walk you’ve enjoyed, upcoming events, ideas for entertaining your children, a film or TV programme you’ve enjoyed (or hated!) or you just want to know which day your green bin is due to be collected.

There are plans to try an online quiz and if there is sufficient interest in specific topics, separate WhatsApp groups can be created.

How do I join?

Contact us on if you would like to join the WhatsApp group and we’ll send you further details, including information for those who have not used WhatsApp before.  If you have any problems, let us know and we’ll help get you started.  If in the future you decide you no longer wish to participate, it’s easy to remove yourself from the group. 


Neighbour Network is working well

Derwenthorpe Neighbour Support Network is up and running – Contact us on 0771 287 2343 or

There was a lovely response to the leaflet circulated a few weeks ago with many neighbours volunteering their help. Between us we have been able to respond to all the requests of support so far: Neighbours have grocery shopped, collected medicines and posted letters and parcels. We have had telephone conversations and, at a safe distance, had a person to person chat. We have also been able to sign post people to other sources of help where needed.

Lockdown and self isolation can be lonely and stressful. As the situation may go on for a lot longer it was felt that offering a range of opportunities to link up with neighbours in our community may be helpful. It may be for a chat, information or to share interests, all of which can be done by telephone or online.

There are plans for a Derwenthorpe WhatsApp group. Want to be a part of that?   Please send your details or make contact.

  • Are you interested in gardening? Perhaps you have some plants or seeds to swap
  • Do you have some favourite local walks to share?
  • Would you be interested in a quiz
  • Do you need help with IT over the phone?
  • Do you like cooking? Please share your recipes and tips.

If you would be interested please contact us on 

0771 287 2343 or