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What's happening around Ashbourne this weekend?

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

What's happening around Ashbourne this weekend?

Hen racing championships - will you be going?

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What are your plans for the weekend?

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are due on Saturday, lasting through the afternoon and potentially clearing during the evening.

Sunday, on the other hand, looks set to begin cloudy but clearing through the day with long sunny spells forecast in the afternoon.

Temperatures will stay within the 20s but will feel warmer in the sunshine.

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But don’t let that put you off getting out and enjoying the many activities happening around the region this weekend.

We have complied a list with ideas for fun things to do this weekend – whatever the weather!

1. World Championship Hen Races are being held at the Barley Mow in Bonsall on Saturday, August 2 at 1.30pm. The races have been held in Bonsall for nearly 25 years. The history of hen racing in the area goes back well over 100 years when local villages competed against each other in the summer for fun. Chickens are raced over a track of approx. 12 metres, and they are given three minutes in each heat to cross the finish line. It's fast, furious, and seriously fun.

2. In Ashbourne on Sunday, the day the nation marks 100 years since war was declared on Germany in 1914, Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin will read out a declaration as it would have been conveyed in 1914 from Ashbourne Town Hall Balcony at 2.15pm. He will be joined by East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer. Meanwhile, the market square will be transformed into a vibrant 1914 market with stalls offering goods from the period. A procession will follow the declaration to St Oswald's Church where, at 3pm, a service will be held followed by the laying of a specially-commissioned wreath at the memorial gates in Park Road. A genuine 1914 scouts bugle has been brought out of a bank vault and will be used to play the Last Post at both services.

3. Among other events happening this weekend is the Sinfin festival. The free event, which runs from noon to 4pm at Sinfin Moor Park on Saturday, will include a bouncy castle, soft play area, sport tasters as well as arts and crafts.

4. A football fun day is being held at Rolls-Royce Pavilion, in Moor Lane, Saturday, from 11am to 5pm. Organiser Ash Delaney said: "We are holding a sponsored assault course for children, which includes dribbling a ball, running backwards and holding a ball between their legs and jumping. The funds will go to Cancer Research UK, as one of the players' dad has terminal cancer."

5. Wyaston Village Hall Derbyshire Dales Woodcraft Club meets every first Saturday of the month in Wyaston Village Hall from 10am until 2pm. This week the club will hear from wood turner Guy Ravine. To find out more call 01335 344933.

6. Warslow Village Hall Villagers will gather for their annual gala on Saturday, from 1pm beginning with the crowning of the Gala Queen and with other attractions including birds of prey.

7. Tissington Village Hall A craft fair takes place Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and the event runs on each day from 11am until 4pm.

8. Ashbourne Hash House Harriers are meeting at the Manifold Inn, Hulme End, near Hartington at 11am on Sunday. The group will enjoy a run/walk of around 5 miles followed by lunch afterwards in the pub. It’s free to attend and all are welcome. Wear running or walking gear. For more information call 07557 980669.

9. Ashbourne Leisure Centre Ashbourne Cycling Club meets each Saturday in the car park for two rides of varying pace from 8.30am. To find out more call 07891 320041.

10. St John The Baptist Church Mayfield. From 3pm on Sunday a service will take place to commemorate the centenary of the start of WW1. A display of photos will be on from 10am until 5pm.

11. St John's Church Hall Ashbourne Town Band rehearse in the hall from 6pm until 8.30pm on Sunday, junior band at 6pm, main band at 7pm.

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If you know of anything else going on that we haven’t mentioned let us know

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