Future Events Diary

Mayfield Heritage Group Meetings – all welcome

Next Meeting:  Mon 5th June 2017  at 7.00 pm      

Church Rooms, Church Lane, Mayfield  DE6 2JR   

New Meeting Times for Summer

From the beginning of May , 017 The Mayfield Heritage Group will meet at the new time of 7.00pm in the evening. The first 7.00 meeting will be on the 8th May

After May’s meeting the meetings will take place at 7.00pm on the first Monday of each month at the Church Rooms, Church Lane, Mayfield. The summer meetings will be on the following dates

Monday, June 5th                 7.00pm
Monday, July 3rd                  7.00pm
Monday, August 7th           7.00pm

For further details contact: sharonamy@lineone.net



We are working on organising our 2017 schedule of exciting and informative events. We will be adding more events on this page throughout 2017 and we are particularly excited about a larger event that we are to hold in summer 2017. Please bookmark this page or return in the near future.

The visit to the Emma Bridgewater Factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
Past Events in 2016

25th January 2016: 7.00pm   An evening talk on Calwich Abbey with Fran Carlisle incorporating information on Mary Granville Delany.

Portrait of Mary Granville Delany by John Opie 1782
Portrait of Mary Granville Delany by John Opie 1782

This is the second talk by Fran and she will be giving her talk as if she was  Mary Delany from the 18th century. Mary closely associated with Calwich Abbey as her brother built this 18th Century House, however, Mary was important in her own right with her own story to tell.

Review of the event


Monday 14th March 7.00pm – Mr. Pat Smith will talk about the history of Mayfield Mill and The Terrace – 7.00pm

Mills and Terrace talk

The event is to be held at The Church Rooms Mayfield at 7.00pm. There is a small charge of £3.00 per person and this will include refreshments

Read a Review of Pat’s talk

Mon 18th April- Visit Rolls-Royce Heritage Museum, Derby– More details to follow. Contact Fran or Bob Carlisle for more details – meet at 10.00am

RR Jet Engine
Rolls-Royce Civil Aviation Jet Engine. Visit Rolls-Royce Heritage Museum 14/04/16

Read a review of the Roll Royce visit

Mon 2nd May (Bank Holiday)
“ Living in Staffordshire 100 years ago.The Great War in Staffordshire, and how it affected the community.”
By Stafford & Stoke on Trent Archive Service 7.30pm

Sat 25th June – Mayfield Well Dressing

Thur 30th June – Well Dressing Supper

Fri 1st July – Wood Leighton Open Gardens 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Monday 10th Oct – Visit the Emma Bridgewater Pottery Factory & Shop

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Factory tour starts at 11.30am.  Followed by lunch in the café. Tour cost is £2.50 per adult, redeemable against any shop purchase over £12.95.The factory tour is on the ground floor, there are no steps and lasts about 45 minutes. 


Previous Events with reviews 2015

Tuesday 24th November:   1.00pm Visit Smedley Clothing factory at Lea Bridge, Cromford. This is the oldest factory in continuous operation in the world. Her Majesty The Queen visited it last year.

John Smedley Factory © Kayti Peschke Photography

John Smedley Factory               © Kayti Peschke Photography

Smedley Factory Visit

Twenty members of the Mayfield Heritage Group, plus friends, went to the historic Smedley Factory in the Derwent Valley on 24 November 2015 to visit the reputed oldest continuous working factory in the world. The factory was founded in 1784 by Peter Nightingale (a relation of Florence Nightingale) and John Smedley.

Smedley visit
An interesting talk was given by the Smedley’s Archivist

On a cold day, we were given a very warm welcome by the John Smedley team which included a fascinating talk and visual presentation on the history of the Smedley Factory and what the company is now doing to research its history. We were reminded of the importance of the Derwent Valley in promoting the Industrial revolution and the Smedley family’s role not just in developing the factory at Lea but also other investments in the area such as the hydrotherapy hotel, called Smedley’s Hydro, at Matlock (now the home of Derbyshire County Council).

The tour of the factory itself was fascinating seeing the way in which modern and highly specialised knitting machines mechanisation was blended with the individual skills of workers who, for example, were hand working garments to finish off the final quality product. It was emphasised on several occasions during the visit that only perfect products will be sold and this quality philosophy of the Smedley factory was evident on the way we were treated by all staff. Special thanks go to Janette Chorley at Smedley’s for arranging our visit and making us so welcome.

The visit to Smedley was a reminder of the wonderful heritage we have in our local area which in the case of the Derwent Valley is recognised in its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation received in 2001.


mail:  mayfieldheritage@gmail.com

Mayfield Church Rooms,  Church Lane,  Mayfield  DE6 2JR