Did you know there are over one hundred and seventy Chesterfield Champions and that S40 Local is one of them?
The Chesterfield Champions scheme is just one part of the Destination Chesterfield project.
According to the website: ‘The Chesterfield Champions scheme is a powerful network helping to drive the development of our economy, shape our future and showcase all that is good about us. It’s a direct statement of belief from organisations about their commitment to Chesterfield and its successful future. It is also about providing organisations with access to a range of services and support that will have a direct impact on their success as well as increasing Chesterfield’s profile.’
Chesterfield Champions come together once a month together with the council and project leaders to be informed of local developments and plans, this enables Champions to better promote Chesterfield.
The Champions are proud of Chesterfield and are keen to attract investment and future development. The positives they emphasise are our great localities, access to the M1, rail links and the easy reach of the East Midlands, Birmingham and Doncaster airports… not forgetting our neighbour the Peak District and the people it attracts.
Markham Vale and the Waterside offer superb investment opportunities, whilst Chesterfield is considered a great place to live, with good schools, the world renowned Twisted Spire and a wonderful community spirit.
The Chesterfield Champions most recent meeting at St Thomas’ focused on the town providing events, this is based on research which shows people are choosing to spend their money on experiences, days out etc, things that create memories.
Chesterfield continues to organise well attended events such as the Rail Ale Festival, the Festival of Cricket, fun days at the market with the 1940’s and Medieval markets, which prove to be very popular. In addition a wide range of events are taking place locally, Barrow Hill Roundhouse will see Jools Holland and his orchestra playing in May, Lionel Richie has been announced at the Proact in June. During the meeting at St Thomas’ discussion focused on future events people might like to see and how we can encourage both businesses and residents to get involved in these events.
The future is exciting for Chesterfield and it’s great to know that the Destination Chesterfield programme is delivering:
The Chesterfield Food & Drink Awards
Made in Chesterfield Month
Chesterfield Retail Awards
Right now we have the Chesterfield Observation Wheel offering us new and exciting views of the area.
Councillor Steve Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “Since the construction of the wheel it has created a real stir in the town. It is a landmark you can see for miles around.
“It is a real coup to get this ride in Chesterfield because it normally operates from big city sites.
“We are getting really positive comments from the businesses and traders in the area who say that even during the construction more customers have been drawn in by the sight of it being built.
Now the ride is open we are sure it will prove a real boost to the economy and a welcome attraction for visitors.”
The Wheel is in town for just one month and operates daily until Sunday 11 March. Tickets are adults £6, concessions for adults or people with disabilities £5 and children (under 1.4 metres) £4.
For more info or to book advance tickets see chesterfieldwheel.co.uk
I’ll continue to keep you posted on local events through S40 Local and our What’s On guide, all you need to do is support events that interest you and spread the news.