The Voice of Holbrook

Holbrook Parish Council

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Welcome to the Parish of Holbrook

Arkwright Hall


The Parish of Holbrook lies about 7 miles north of Derby and includes the part of Coxbench that lies west of the Bottle Brook. 


Holbrook is at the heart of the Parish.  It has many of the advantages of a traditional English village:  a vibrant and diverse community life with churches, pubs, cafe, sports clubs, village hall, schools, garage, shop and a Post Office.   


Arkwright Village Hall, Holbrook

Nov & Dec Parish News


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  • Message from Hannah Owen

I am sorry to have to start this news by saying that my very special time as Clerk at Holbrook Parish Council is coming to an end. I have so enjoyed my time here as Clerk and would like to thank all the Councillors I have worked with over the last 5 and a half years. We have recruited a new Clerk called Siobhan Burton who will be taking up the position towards the end of December 2020. I am sure you will all show Siobhan the same welcome I received and I have no doubt she will enjoy her time with you all.


  • Seasons Greetings

Somehow we have managed to navigate our way through this difficult year and Christmas time is upon us. For many this will be a different Christmas and the PC would like to send our very best wishes to all the residents of the Parish. We hope that 2021 sees a return to a more normal existence.


  • Covid-19 Update

The latest tier system is beginning from early December and we would like to remind everyone to follow all the advice that is provided regarding the tier we fall into.

We strongly advise all residents to keep up to date with advice and guidance from NHS England and the Government and we all need to do our bit.

We do not know when face to face meetings will be possible so the Parish Council are holding their monthly meeting via Zoom. This is likely to be the case until at least the Spring. If you wish to join the meeting please contact the Clerk by email ( to request the log in information. Please note the next PC meeting will be 27th January 2021.


  • Mellors Lane Park

We are hoping to move forward with our plans to improve Mellors Lane Park including new play equipment. In the meantime we would like to remind users of the following information.  Please continue to follow the below guidance:


  • The Coronavirus has not gone away
  • Only 1 adult to accompany each play area user
  • You are using this facility at your own risk
  • Respect other users by retaining 2m social distancing (it's only 1 metre-plus where 2m isn't possible)
  • Strictly follow the Government’s Covid-secure guidance
  • This is not a controlled environment, which means the virus could be transmitted via the play equipment
  • Please carry and use your own anti-bacterial hand sanitiser after touching the play equipment


  • Flower Bed Sponsorship

We have a number of flower beds that are sponsored in the Parish. Thank you to Steve Varney of Holbrook Travel for sponsoring the bed on Pond Road, and for Holbrook Garden Group and Holbrook Green Team for their support and maintenance of the Chapel Street and Makeney Road beds respectively. We will be writing to all our sponsors officially to say thank you.  Anyone wishing to sponsor a Flower Bed, please contact the Parish Clerk.


  • Bulging Stone Walls in the Parish

The Parish Council are very concerned about the state of many walls in the Parish.  At the last meeting it was decided that we would compile a report of all the bulging and damaged walls in the Parish and send the information to Derbyshire County Council.


  • Community Speed Watch

We are sadly taking one step forward and two steps back with this. Due to Covid, and the changes in gatherings, the training for Community Speedwatch is a little tricky to organise but we are working on it and will get the ball rolling as soon as we can. We have had some volunteers come forward and have been moving the project forward but there is always a welcome for others to join us so, if you would like to take part or would like to raise concerns regarding a particular area where speed is an issue, please contact the Parish Clerk via email


  • Budget/Precept 2021/22

The Parish Council has set the precept for 2021/22 at £28068.44. This is a slight decrease of 0.05% on the amount last year. The Council did not wish to increase the amount after such a difficult year for everyone.













The Parish Council continues to ask local authorities to look into the issues in our Parish. Sometimes it is a numbers game - the more concerns raised about an issue, the higher priority the issue is given.  Below is a reminder on how to contact the County and District Councils.










   Parish Information
Parish Groups
Road Works and Closures within the Local Area


Information with dates can be viewed by clicking on this link here

For DCC matters please contact Kevin Buttery or Call Derbyshire.
Cllr Kevin Buttery tel: 07969145479 or 01332 781092.   email:

Call Derbyshire tel: 01629533190 or  email:



For AVBC matters please contact Trevor Ainsworth

Cllr Trevor Ainsworth tel: 07970 741787 or 01332 780833  email:

AVBC contact tel : 01773570222 or email:

  • Contacting the Parish Council

The Parish Council is very conscious that the Parish of Holbrook isn’t just Holbrook Village so we are always keen to hear from all residents of Holbrook and Coxbench, we would be really keen to hear from you on anything you feel the Parish Council should be aware of. If you wish to contact the Parish Council, please don’t hesitate to do so. You can contact the Parish Clerk by email on

Parish Flower Beds

Thanks to Steve Varney of Holbrook Travel

for his continuing sponsorship of the Pond Road Flower Bed

Thanks to David Skelton and Holbrook Garden Group

for their continuing support and maintenance of the Chapel Street Flower Bed

Thanks to the members of Holbrook Green Team

for their support and maintenance of the Makeney Road Flower Bed

Hannah Owen has asked to express her sincere apology to Steve Varney from Holbrook Travel for incorrectly referring to his business by a different name in the latest edition of Holbrook Magazine. Holbrook Travel has very kindly been a flower bed sponsor in the Parish and we are very grateful to Steve. Hannah would like to personally offer her apologies for this error. The Parish Council are very grateful to Holbrook Travel for their long-standing support.