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Gas leak in Clay Cross 3 June 2022

Derbyshire Fire Service was called to a major gas leak in Clay Cross today 13th June 2022 around 12 midday.

Fire Service In Attendance

The leak was caused by a rupture in a gas main on the new development at the bottom of Bridge Street, Furnace Hill.

Police Closed Bridge Street

Businesses on Furnace Hill had to be evacuated and Bridge Street closed and cordoned off. People have been advised to keep all windows closed and keep away until its all been made safe.


Highlight Crafts Celebrates one year anniversary with official opening.

Highlight Crafts Ltd formally opened its purpose-built office doors in Clay Cross, Derbyshire with Lee Rowley MP

Highlight Crafts Ltd. Has officially opened its doors in Wingfield Court, Clay Cross after marking one year in business. 

The craft company, founded in May 2021, has seen exponential growth across its product ranges, profit turnover and staff recruitment in the last 12 months. The company began with three staff and now is responsible for 28 – all from the local Derbyshire & surrounding areas. The roles cover various areas across the business including graphic design, marketing, web development and creative production. 

“We are excited to be officially marking our one year of trading with the official office opening,” said Karl Shaw, Managing Director of Highlight Crafts Ltd. “We moved into our purpose-built space in November 2021, and have just seen the business grow from strength to strength. We are already planning for additional warehousing and training space!”

The official opening was attended by guests of honour including Mr Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, the High Sheriff of Derbyshire Mr Michael Copestake and Mr Gerry Morley Councillor for Clay Cross North.

Mr Rowley said: “It’s fantastic to see a new business who are doing so well making a difference in Clay Cross and bringing new jobs and opportunities to the town. It has been so insightful to see all the work Highlight Crafts is doing and I look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength.” 

Highlight Crafts is a market leader in the craft sector, particularly with its flagship die cutting brand Two Red Robins. A quintessentially British papercraft range, each collection flows into the next allowing customers to tell stories within their craft makes. All of the dies, papers, stamps, fabrics and more are designed, created and sold from the heart of the Peak District. 

“I am highly impressed with Highlight Crafts and have loved seeing everything that goes into making their products – and the sheer enjoyment everyone feels in the office,” said The High Sheriff. “There is so much talent and enthusiasm oozing from the new purpose-built building here in Clay Cross!”

Councillor Morley added: “It can only be a good thing for our area, local people in local jobs! To see all the staff enjoying their creative roles in a friendly, family atmosphere it’s just wonderful for Clay Cross.”

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New Leisure Centre For Clay Cross

Council approves plans for new leisure centre and community hub in Clay Cross

North East Derbyshire District Council have approved plans for a new community hub with leisure centre.

The work should start early 2023 and is part of the £24.1m Clay Cross town Deal.

The new centre there will be a large fitness suite, sports hall, main pool and learner’s pool. Outside will be a full-sized floodlit pitch and walking and cycle rout around the park.

Under construction 1972

This year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the building of the Swimming Baths on Shirley Park. The leisure centre sports hall was added later in the early 80s

Clay Cross Town Investment Plan

Walk Around Kenning Park

Winter 2022

Short video of Kenning Park

Clay Cross School Building (Demolished 2022)

One of the last old Victorian School buildings in Clay Cross is in the process of being demolished. January 2022


Since the School was built in 1894 it has served to town with the education of many. I’m sure a lot of people still living today have very fond memories of their time at the school. 

The Stone that was laid when the school was being built

The new School was opened on Sharley Park in 2009 and since then the old school has been left to go to ruin and become dangerous. 

Derbyshire County Council first applied for permission to demolish the building in 2016. Work was due to start in August 2021 but was delayed and finally started January 2022.

The other school buildings were demolished in 2013 to make way for Smithy Brook that was built in 2013 to 2016

Other parts of the old School buildings still stand and are still used today as the adult education centre.

Clay Cross Adult Education Centre
Video 13th January 2022

Clay Cross Today Jan 13th 2022

Happy New Year

Its 2022

Id like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas

Id like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas

Lets hope thing are going to get better for the year 2022

The Village Idiot Video Of Clay Cross

Andy The Village Idiot makes his video of Clay Cross.

The Youtube channel (The Village Idiot) has made a very informative video about Clay Cross. The video was filmed around the town in November 2021.

The channel has lots of other informative videos of towns in the East Midlands and elsewhere.

The ambition of Andy is to visit and film every civil parish in England.

Visit the You Tube site The Village Idiot

New Mining Tubs In Clay Cross

The Mining Tubs on High Street Clay Cross have been replaced and stand proudly back in their original place.

The old tubs were removed in 2020 because they were rotting away. At the beginning of September 2021 the new tubs were put in place.

The Tubs on High Street

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