The Story of Excavations at Fin Cop

Clive Waddington, a leading archaeologist from the Archaeological Research Services will give a talk on ‘The Story of Excavations at Fin Cop’ at Taddington Institute on Wednesday 31 October 7:30. For anybody who isn’t familiar with the story, Fin Cop is the site of the Iron Age hillfort at the end of Monsal Dale next to the A6 and is clearly visible from Taddington. The story of the excavations carried out by Clive and his colleagues assumed national importance as it provided unique and indeed gruesome evidence of events which took place on the site over 2,000 years ago.

Tickets are just £3 in advance or on the door – but book early to avoid disappointment. Refreshments (not included) will be available after the talk. You can book tickets by emailing us at or calling 07929 151 688.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019


The RHS have asked us whether we would like to do a Well Dressing for their annual flower show in June. They apparently have a stand highlighting the Derbyshire tradition of Well Dressing and ask villages to participate. If there are a number of participants it then becomes a competition with the designs being voted for by the visiting public – the prize is an engraved trophy.

The RHS will pay towards the cost of producing the Well Dressing, but we as a village would be responsible for producing it here and transporting it to the flower show. We would also need to have people on hand every day of the show to maintain the Well Dressing and to talk to people about it and the village etc. There is a minimum size requirement and the middle board of our well dressing would be suitable rather than using all five sections, which would make it both easier to complete and to transport to Chatsworth.

We already have on board an artist who is willing to do the design and four people who would be happy to be on the stand at the show, but we need to know if there are enough people in the village who think this is a good thing for the village and who would be willing and available to help put this all together. The show runs 5-9th June with set up on the 4th and clear up on the 10th, so we would need volunteers for:-

1. People with petalling knowledge, specifically those who can identify which flowers/materials can be used/sourced to make the Well Dressing successful – they would need to be available for the week preceding the show.

2. People who would like to help with the actual petalling, experience not needed – available as above

3. People to clay the board – approx. one week before the show

4. 3-4 People who could transport the well dressing and erect it on site on Monday 3rd or Tuesday 4th June.

5. 3-4 People to dismantle and bring it back on Monday 10th June

6. Somewhere undercover where we could petal for the week preceding the show

Can people let us know what they think, good or bad, and whether they’re able to help – what we don’t want to do is compromise our own Well Dressing Week in August.

As to what it will bring to the village – advertising and more awareness of our own Well Dressing week and promoting our village to the tens of thousands of visitors at the flower show which could hopefully produce more visitors to the village – benefitting everyone as it will make Taddington a more thriving village.

Please send your comments to by Friday 5th October. Thank You.

Taddington Produce Show 2018

The 2018 Taddington Produce Show will be held on Sunday 2 September in Taddington Village Institute (Main Street, Taddington, SK17 9UD).

Please bring entries down to the Institute between 9:30 and 11:30.
The judges will then do their bit before we open up at 2:00 for you to see the display and find out the results. Don’t worry if your veg and flowers aren’t as amazing as usual this year – everybody’s in the same boat and … it’s the taking part that counts!

There will be hot drinks and cakes available between 2:00 and 4:00 and of course the RAFFLE.
Proceeds from the raffle go towards the flowers around the village and at the Institute.

Raffle prizes include:
Filled planter (Calver Sough Garden Centre)
Drink and cake for 2 (Calver Sough Garden Centre)
Reflexology Voucher (Bakewell Chiropody)
Box of chocolates (Holdsworth Chocolates)
Magnum of Prosecco (Morrison’s)
Brewery tour for 2 (Peak Ales)
Meal for 2 (Steve & Jane at the Queens)
3 bottles of wine (Steve & Jane at the Queens)
Drink and cake for 2 (Taddington Saturday Café)
Brewery tour for 4 (Thornbridge Brewery)
Admission for 2 to Thornbridge Hall Gardens
Bottle of champagne (Waitrose)

Thanks to the Parish Council, all our raffle donors and to all of you for supporting this event.

2018 Taddington Produce Show categories


Wells Week “Walkies” & BBQ

A reminder that the first Wells Week walk will take place on Monday 20th August to raise money for Wells Week. Please come along and bring your dog, your children and your friends! All ages and abilities welcome.

We’ll meet in the churchyard at 18:00 and start the walk at 18:30. We’ll be walking on fairly flat (as flat as Taddington allows), stock free footpaths and bridleways in the countryside around the village. There will be a short (about 45 minutes) and longer (an hour or so) route to choose from. The longer walk will be led by our local historian who will provide lots of local historical information and tales.

The walk will be followed by a BBQ in the churchyard, with burger, salads and a glass of Pimms, beer or a soft drink included in the ticket price which is £5 for adults, £2.50 for children (under 16) and £12.00 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children).

All welcome – you don’t even need a dog!

Pre-booking or purchasing tickets in advance is not required but if you are planning to come on the walk, or even just considering it, please let us know as it will really help us with the food and drink requirements.

All proceeds to the Well Dressing fund.

Lanes Races 2018

A reminder that the Lanes Race will take place as usual on Tuesday the 21st of August. The race starts from the Institute at 7:00 pm, so do come down to see the runners off or cheer them on towards the end, or both – we expect the fastest runners back at the Institute before 7:30, so they will make their appearance in Town End at the bottom of The Gates/The Old George/Hades Lane before then! Or you might catch glimpse of them near High Mere some time in between.

Food (beef chilli and a couple of veggie options) will be available for everybody (runners and spectators) from 7:00.

Registration for runners is from 6:30 – the Institute will be open from 6:15.

Thank you for supporting this Taddington tradition.

UPDATE: A record number of entrants, in recent memory anyway! Well done all.
The results can be viewed here.