In living memory Chelmorton had a school (which the village fought hard to save), post office, shop, greengrocers (operating from a garage), more than one butchers and you could buy green top milk from the Mellors on the Ditch. There was both the Church and a Methodist Chapel (now a house) and of course The Church Inn (www.thechurchinn.co.uk). Now all that remains is the Church and the pub, be thankful for small mercies!
Chelmorton however is not too isolated and the village is in striking distance of most modern amenities. The list below is a brief summary of our local services and we hope the information will be helpful to holidaymakers, visitors, new residents as well of those of us who have been here for years. We would welcome further ideas and suggestions.
There is a minor injury unit at Buxton Hospital London Road (01298 214000) on your right as you enter Buxton on the A515. Full A & E facilities are available in Macclesfield, Stepping Hill Hospital (Stockport) and Chesterfield.
There are two GP practices in Buxton. The Stewart Medical Centre (01298 22338) and The Elmwood Medical Centre (01298 23019).
There are alternative GP services in Bakewell and Tideswell.
Buxton has four dental practices all centrally located
There is an excellent Derbyshire County Council Nursery School (01298 85208) in Flagg, the next village going towards Bakewell, with 20 places for children aged 2 -5.
The local Primary Schools are in Taddington, Monyash and Harpur Hill (this side of Buxton).
At the secondary level most children from Chelmorton go the Buxton Community School. There is also St Thomas More Catholic School in Buxton as well as Lady Manners School in Bakewell.
Buxton has a wide range of both small (Tesco Express plus petrol and open nearly 24hrs, Sainsburys, Co-op both in upper Buxton) and large (Morrisons plus petrol on the A6 as you enter Buxton from the south, Aldi, Waitrose both centrally located) supermarkets. There used to be several butchers in Buxton but now there is just one Mycocks in upper Buxton. There is also Lomas in Spring Gardens that sells more than just meat (Derbyshire oatcakes included) and Redfern’s farm shop in Harpur Hill. There is no fish shop in Buxton though a van comes from Grimsby to the market place every Tuesday (8.30-12.00) and a fish van (Morris) visits Chelmorton on Wednesday. Fresh fish is also available from Waitrose and Morrisons.
Bakewell has one large central supermarket (Co-op) together with numerous smaller shops and delis selling a range of products including Bakewell puddings! There are two petrol stations opposite each other on the A6 leaving Bakewell to the south. Bakewell has a large general market on Monday, the same day as the cattle market. The nearest village shop to Chelmorton is in Ashford in the Water – just off the A6 going towards Bakewell.
There are several farmers markets in the area but the biggest and probably the best is in Bakewell on the last Saturday of the month except for December when it is generally the last Saturday before Christmas. There is an excellent range of local produce from game and meat to pies, cakes, vegetables and even local wine. Get there early for the best selection (8am-2.00pm). There is also a smaller farmers market in Buxton in the Pavilion Gardens (2nd Thursday of the month).
Buxton has a famous Opera House that has been beautifully restored and is open all year with wide range of performances (plays, dance, opera, music and comedy) as well as being host to the established Buxton Festival in July each year. (www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk)
Further afield there are theatres with excellent reputations in Sheffield, Manchester and Stoke on Trent.
There are several film groups in the area with a very active one in Buxton (films almost every week either in the new arts centre in the Pavilion Gardens or the ‘Paupers Pit’ in the Old Hall Hotel (www.buxtonfilm.org.uk) . There are also monthly films (2nd Sunday) in the Medway Centre, Bakewell (www.thrower.org.uk/bashfilms/season).
A wide range of cinemas can be found in Manchester, Stockport and Sheffield and in Stockport the restored art deco Savoy Cinema is certainly worth a visit.
Swimming and Fitness
There are public pools and fitness facilities in Buxton and Bakewell as well as Ashbourne and Matlock. The Palace Hotel in Buxton also has a small pool and fitness Centre.