Internet is growing very rapidly and is playing an increasingly
important role in the lives of communities. It provides the
means of re-generating and adding to community spirit through
newsletters, notice boards, email facilities and other features.
It is also a wonderful tool for archiving people's memories and
stories of life, that otherwise might be lost.
of the optional categories for the prestigious Calor Village of
the Year Competition is Information Technology, when the
following questions are asked.
1. Does your village have a web site? How does it work and
how does it benefit the community? Do local people know about it
- and how do they use it?
2. Do you have a village email directory to put local users
in touch with one another?
3. Has website brought any direct benefits or services to
4. How easy is it for local residents to learn IT skills?
Can they train locally?
There are many excellent town/village websites in Derbyshire and
the Peak District, some have been launched by local community
groups and councils and others by enthusiastic and dedicated
individuals. The sites contain a wealth of fascinating
information and whether you are familiar with the town or
village you visit you are bound to find something of interest.
list of the sites that I have found to date are shown below. I
would like to hear from anyone with details of any other
suitable site to add to the list.
Provides a shopping guide and other
useful information, including events and
places of local interest.
- Comprehensively detailed site
dedicated to Ashbourne and the
surrounding villages and towns.
- Attractive website containing local
information, history and genealogy
community website, includes village
history and tour, images, and details of
community life and events.
Virtual guide to Bakewell, including
details of events, weather forecasts and
- A website providing useful information
for visitors and local people on events
in the village.
- Apart from local parish business, a
what's on guide, newsletter, and
photographs are included on this site,
plus links to other local sites.
- This council site provides all the
information you would expect for local
people, but the visitor is well served
with an excellent tourism section.
- Community, historical and general
information about this pretty, unspoilt
Peak village. Excellent 'Then and Now'
- The site evolved as a Millennium 2000
project to transcribe the Parish
Records, to which has been added
historical and community information.
A friendly independent, and very easy to
use web site with excellent pictures and
loads of interesting information about
the spa town.
- Once known as Bugsworth, the village
is popular with visitors who come to see
the Bugsworth Basin, once Britain's
largest inland port.
- Entertaining community site with lots
of local information, there is even a
- Council website, with local
information, details of events and an
interesting historical review.
- Comprehensive village website with
accommodation an attraction details,
plus heritage and genealogy sections.
Crammed with well illustrated
information, this is a site you must not
miss if you intend visiting Cromford.
- Website containing a wide range of
information, including council business,
history photographs, events and tourism
- The website provides community and
visitor information and includes a list
of nearby places of interest.
- A very attractive and detailed
website, with information on about
everything relevant to Duffield and
general tips and advice.
of the village with photos dating back
to the early 1900's - is a great
resource for local people and visitors.
- This website provides historical
details of the development of the Edale
Valley and also includes an
- Community site with information,
articles and local features including
- Historical information with a special
page recalling the Eyam Plague, also
includes an accommodation guide.
- Comprehensively detailed community
site, with a tourism information
- Website dedicated to people of 'Old
Glossop' with local information and an
interesting map of the area dated 1897.
Great Longstone - Website provides information and links of use to residents of
Great Longstone and surrounding hamlets.
- A well documented, award winning community
website with a picture gallery and
- Interesting parish website supplying
community information, that also takes a
look at the future.
well documented site covering local history
and news - with a good collection of
- A super, regularly updated site that
concentrates on providing a pictorial view
of the town and surrounds.
- An excellent well illustrated website full
of information about Leek, there is even a
weather forecast supplied.
- Local site for Longdendale, provides
information about the villages in the area.
All the usual community information, but
with a 'Pets lost and found' section and a
games zone, this website provides that
little bit extra.
- An exceptionally detailed website of the
local history and genealogy of Matlock and
Look out for the interesting old Shell
Poster on the home page of this well
Attractively designed website which will be
of interest to visitors and local people -
- A colourful website with an immense amount
of local information in the 600 plus pages.
- Information for visitors wishing to stay
and eat in the village, plus parish council
- Provides a shopping guide and other useful
information, including events and places of
- Entertaining site with lots of information
and some good 'old and new' photographic
- Included in the local information is a
Parish Profile and Photo Tour, plus details
of nearby attractions.
- Community Association website - comprehensive details of village
matters, plus news items and photographs.
Swadlincote Community Site
- Local community website for Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England. Contains
News and Local Information.
- Brief details about the town, with an
helpful map showing how to get there and
where to park for private transport users.
- Colourful site with plenty of information
and an interesting bygones gallery.
- A delightful website containing not only
local information and history, but also some
- Parish Council website, includes 'Past and
Now' pictures, business details, sport and
- Community website with local information,
including a potted history and events
- A personal site by Barry Thomas with a
particularly good tourism section.
- A visitor friendly site with event and
accommodation details and a good selection
of images, plus a comprehensive business
- Community website initiated and supported
by Whaley Bridge Town Council and of
interest to visitor and local person alike.
- One of the first, if not the first village
website in Derbyshire, contains plenty of
- Parish Council website that includes an
history section as well as photographs,
public transport and footpath information.
- Comprehensibly detailed website, with
sections on Activities, Attractions,
Facilities, Images and Information.
- Derbyshire's online network devoted to the
county's community groups. ***
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pleasant walk of just over four miles, click below.
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new sub-section has been added to this website, based on the
Discover Derby Supplement, published by the Derby Evening Telegraph
during March 2005. The most recent additions are:
below for details.
Please let me know about other local websites, in or close to
the Peak District and Derbyshire so that they may be added. I am
looking for sites that are of general interest to the local
communities they serve and are not mainly sales orientated.
future of this feature will depend on the re-action it receives.
My hope is that the success of the websites listed on this page
will help encourage other communities and individuals of the
importance of setting up a local website.
Personally, I regularly visit local websites for information and
enjoyment, most have history sections, photographs and the like
as well as community information. I therefore decided, that
rather than just list sites on my Links Page, the least I could
do was to set up a feature.
On a regular basis I intend
featuring a town/village - mainly in photographic form, and hope
that visitors to this page will take the opportunity to visit
that website for further information.
The first website to be featured.
Set among pleasant
rolling countryside in South Derbyshire is the fascinating town
The town, or as some
call it the village - it has only a parish council - possesses a
wealth of historic buildings, a famous country house with formal
gardens, one of the finest Norman churches in the country, a
lovely 20 acre Pool where you can feed the ducks, or just rest
awhile and admire the scenery.
Melbourne has a wide
variety of small industries. It is well stocked with shops that
meet the needs of local people and visitors alike, and there is
a wide selection of places to eat and drink.
There are a large number of specialist websites in Melbourne and
Barry Thomas, in setting up his personal site, has done a superb
job in pulling everything together into a very impressive site.
Apart from the coverage of community affairs, there is plenty of
fascinating information for the visitor, including places to
visit in the locality.
"It started out as an attempt to teach myself web design
- to a not very high standard!
My advice to anyone doing the same is to make their site as
simple as possible to update and try and keep some interest
by updating as often as you can.
I know from my own experience – working full time – that
this is very difficult!!"
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