Doveridge Clubs and Organisations

Bell Ringers

A group of CAMPANOLOGISTS gets together most Sunday mornings to ring the five bells in Saint Cuthbert’s Church.

Practice is on Tuesday evenings at Sudbury Church.


The Bell Captain, Mrs Margaret Smith (Tel:01889 563039) if you are interested in learning how to ring.

Entry last updated on 28 November 2020

Bowls Club

Can be found between 1 & 3 Hawthorne Close. The club was formed in 1987 and they opened the pavilion & green in 1995.

League Matches: The club play in the Needwood Mixed Veterans League. Matches start 1.30pm Mondays.

Friendly Fixtures: Are played mainly on Wednesday starting at 6.00pm. There are about 24 fixtures per season against other local teams.

One to One ‘Coaching for Beginners’ – contact Brian Gillingwater Tel: 01889 568359

Club Competitions: Five knockout competitions are run each year for club members.

Club Nights: Tuesday night is club night but any night you may find someone on the green playing a few practice matches with whoever turns up.

Do come along. You don’t need any Bowls. We have Club Bowls for beginners.

Membership is only £25 payable on fifth game attended.This fee includes entry to all 5 knock-out competitions.
Fresh faces always welcome. No previous experience needed

Contact for further details:

Chairman: Rob Flemming
Treasurer: Brian Burton Tel: 01889 564639

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Dove Vale Senior Residents Club

The club was formed in 1971. Meetings are held twice a month on Tuesday afternoons at 2.45pm in the Doveridge Village Hall. There is a wide variety of entertainment; speakers, musical afternoons, slide shows with an occasional bingo or games afternoon. Twice a year steak and kidney pie lunches are held, also tea parties. Outings – both full and half days are held throughout the year. To join the club, prospective members need to be 60 or over.


Mrs. P. Prime, Tel: 01889 563176

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Doveridge Preservation and History Society

Mission Statement

Doveridge Preservation Society is committed to promoting the preservation of land and buildings of beauty or historic interest, footpaths, land of ecological or scientific importance, as well as the general character of the area within the parish of Doveridge for villagers and visitors and future generations to enjoy.


Rural view Doveridge Preservation Society is keen to promote interest in the variety of habitats in and around the village, from hedgerows and trees to ponds and plantations. Through this we hope to promote the preservation of such habitats in order to encourage the wildlife of the area. Through tree preservation and judicious planning, such habitats can be maintained. Caring for our local environment is a vital contribution we can make to the village.


” Did you know that if all the footpaths around the village were joined up, they would cover a distance roughly equivalent to the distance from Derby to Stoke-on-Trent and back?”

“When did you last take a walk on the wild side and head off into the area beyond the A50?”

Doveridge Preservation Society worked with the Derbyshire Dales Paths Partnership (3P’s for short) in order to repair stiles and replace bridges, opening up the footpaths around the Doveridge Parish for all to enjoy. You can walk from Lower Street to Abbotsholme and Marston Montgomery and Somersal Herbert using the footpath network. The Society is keen that this network of paths remain an asset for villagers and visitors to enjoy for years to come and encourages their use. Only by walking the paths will they remain open and available. Paths can quickly become lost to vegetation or agriculture if they are not used.

To give you the opportunity to choose which walks you would like to go on this year, we will be publishing a list of the walks we plan to do. Keep an eye on our notice board by the Village Hall for the latest news or check the web diary.


“History is….. people, buildings, landscape, personal memories…. history is the minute just gone.”

The preservation of local history is vitally important to a village community. The history of Doveridge goes back beyond the Domesday Book. The village has grown in size and seen many changes over the years, from the rise of the Cavendish family, the building of Doveridge Hall, the changes in agriculture, the increase in buildings and population, as well as differing occupations and advances in transport and communication.

Doveridge Preservation Society is keen to keep the history of our community alive and accessible.

The Millennium book produced in 1999/2000 aimed to record some of the images and memories of the last 100 years of the 20th Century. As a Society we are keen to continue recording our village history through memories, photographs, landscapes and buildings and hope to build up a comprehensive archive that can be made available to villagers and visitors in the future. We have recently produced a leaflet that gives a brief history of some of our buildings as you take a walk around the village, and we hope to produce further publications in the future.

Doveridge Preservation Society meetings are normally held on the first Monday of the month in the Doveridge Village Club at 8pm. Again keep an eye on the notice board by the Village Hall.


For further information on any aspect of Doveridge Preservation Society please contact Tim Deville – Tel: 07950 695030 (Chairman)

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Doveridge Primary School PTA

As a registered charity, we aim to support Doveridge Primary School by providing and assisting in the provision of such facilities and items for education that the school requires. We plan fun events for the children, their families and wider community and hope to raise money at the same time. Events have included a Family Magic Show, Christmas Fayre, a Wild West Evening, children’s Easter Party, Ladies’ “Pamper” Evening and Summer Fair. We are always looking for new ideas and advertise our events on posters around the village and welcome everyone.

Our A.G.M. is held in September to which parents and staff are invited to form a committee for the school year ahead.

For further details, contact:

PTA Chair Person
Doveridge Primary School
Chapel Green

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Mulberry Theatre Company

The Mulberry Theatre Company has been based in Doveridge in the local Village Hall for over  20 years. The Company has over 30 members and many local supporters within the village and from the surrounding area.

The Company puts on 2 productions a year in June and January. The Mulberry pantomimes have become a feature of the village Christmas and we usually have over 300 people come to join us in the Christmas festivities over the three days of the production.

The summer shows have varied over the years and ranged from comedies, Murder Mysteries and more serious shows such as Oliver Twist, Cold Comfort Farm and the WW2 drama Lilies on the Land.

The Company is open to all, young and old alike. We are a friendly group with a passion for putting on shows. We are usually working towards the next performance. So watch out for our new shows!!

Should you have any queries about the Company or want to join us, please contact:
Kevin Chidlow : Tel: 01889 567461 or

More information on our web pages at: or on our facebook page


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Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch logo Doveridge Neighbourhood Watch was set up in March 1985 following a spate of house burglaries in the area and was the first in Derbyshire. Unlike a lot of Watches, Doveridge neighbourhood Watch is active and regular bi-monthly meetings are held in the Village Club.

How does it all work? The village is divided up into about forty areas. A Street Co-ordinator, normally living within the area, will pass any relevant information to you and deliver any literature. There are also a number of notice boards around the village with up to date information and crime alerts. A quarterly calendar is circulated with ‘What’s On’ in and around the village. This includes dates of the Neighbourhood Watch meetings, which anyone can attend. The calendar also gives details of recent crimes in the area and is available for residents to circulate any information of benefit or relevance to the village. The Watch owns a stamping kit, an engraver and UV pens for post coding your property. These can be borrowed free of charge. You may be able to get a discount on your home insurance because you are covered by Neighbourhood Watch.

Police contacts

For all non-emergency calls use 101

The Derbyshire Constabulary web site provides daily news bulletins, information about local policing and advice.

In case of an emergency use 999

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Playing Field – Pitch Planner

The Doveridge Football Clubs (DFC and Summer League) have an agreement in place to use  the field for their football fixtures.

They provide the Parish Council with their fixture list before the beginning of their season and can put proposals and suggestions to the Parish Council for consideration.

You can see when the pitch is in use by clicking on the planner below.

Sand Lane Pitch Planner 23-24

If you have any concerns – please contact the Parish Clerk.

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St. Cuthbert’s Church

St. Cuthbert’s is a gem. It has stood for over 900 years as a beacon to the Christian faith of the people of Doveridge, a grade 1 listed building mentioned in Domesday Book (1086) and added to in later centuries with the last major structural change in the fifteenth century. A parish room, kitchen and toilets were added in 1983 (referred to as the Octagon). The church is located in a very peaceful location at the end of Church Lane and with a churchyard that extends down to the flood plain of the River Dove.

The church is open each day for prayer and for viewing.

In the churchyard is an ancient yew tree which is believed to have been 600 years old when the church was started. If you come to visit, please take a moment to look at the back of the trunk.

The church is lovingly cared for today by the people of Doveridge and continues the unbroken tradition of Christian Worship that was started so long ago. Visitors are welcome to worship with us (and to refreshments in the Octagon after the service).

The normal service pattern is:

1st Sunday – 10.30 am United Service of Holy Communion in one of the 7 Benefice Churches. (Check magazine or notice board)

2nd Sunday – 10.00 am SOAP Short service for small ones and parents, 11.00 am Holy Communion

3rd Sunday – 11.00 am Living Worship

4th Sunday – 8.00 am Holy Communion, 11.00 am Morning Prayer

5th Sunday – Baptisms

For confirmation of services (and details of the church in which the United Service is being held) see the church notice board or the parish magazine.


Rector: Revd Dr John Vickerstaff, The Rectory, Main Road, Sudbury, DE6 5HS: 01283 585098


  • Trudy Jones, 4, Cross Road, Uttoxeter, ST14 7BN. Tel 01889 565123
  • Phil Slack, 4 Waterpark Road, Doveridge. Tel 01889 564190


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Summer League Football

Doveridge F.C. is one of the leading teams in the Ashbourne and District Summer Football League. Over a long and consistent period of time, the team has been a perennial title contender, and since 2000 alone, Doveridge has won the League Championship in three out of the five seasons, whilst also lifting numerous other trophies.

The Summer League season starts in early April and runs through until the end of August. Matches are typically played on a Monday and a Thursday evening, with kick-off times from 7-7.30pm depending on the time of year/light. Other cup games are occasionally held on a Wednesday, with Cup finals on a Saturday.

Doveridge are always looking out for new players, and with friendly warm-up matches starting mid March at Doveridge, potential players are welcome. The only prerequisites to playing are that the player should not have played in a league over the preceding Winter (i.e. 2006/7 Winter season). Players should also be over 16 years of age.

Should anyone be interested in playing, or require any further information then please call either Mick Hulme (07840 912563), Reg Baxter (07899 984737) or Simon Oborn (07970 052215).

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Tennis Club

We are a small friendly club and are fortunate to have two courts in the centre of Doveridge, located in the playing fields on Sand Lane.  We have social tennis on Sunday mornings from 11am until 1pm and Wednesday evenings from 6pm until dusk.  Our members are also warmly invited to play matches in the Burton League. We hold regular coaching sessions for both adults and children, as well as cardio tennis fitness sessions. Please Check out our Calendar of Events page and get in touch for more details.

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Club officials

  • Chairman and Treasurer – Will Jones
  • Welfare Officer – Suzanna Thorpe
  • Secretary and Match Secretary – Tessa Moore
  • Membership Secretary – Charlotte Brace

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The Doveridge School House Trust Fund

The Doveridge School House Trust Fund was established in 1981 to provide grants for the education in the doctrines of the Church of England and other education, including social and physical training.

Grants are available for individuals and organisations who can meet the following conditions
1 Young people between the ages of 16 & 25 who are pursuing further education and are resident or have a parent resident in the Parish
2 Any village organisation which has, as its main objective, the education of children and young people (including religious education and social and physical training)

Grants are available for items such as:

  • Text Books
  • Field Trips
  • Coaching Courses
  • Work Materials

Applications for grants for the academic year have to be made to:
Mr NRS Hansen
Hall Lane

Please provide details of yourself or organisation and the project or items for which the grant will be used.

Closing date for applications is 31st October

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WI logoVisitors are always welcome to join us! You may be surprised what we get up to and how much fun we have!! Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm. (excluding August).

Some of us have travelled to London, Finland, Scotland and New Zealand – and all because we belong to the WI !!!

During the year we invite a range of speakers to entertain us at our monthly meetings; we also organise outings, craft classes, walks, theatre visits, gardening sessions and other activities members are interested in.

Twice a year we join our fellow members of the Appletree Group (which includes Hatton, Hilton and Marston and Sudbury WI’s) for a fun evening. We have a Produce Show annually.

Twice a year we can join members from WI’s across the whole of Derbyshire for a special day with an expensive speaker!

As members we are also able to attend many events arranged across the County e.g. belly dancing, quizzes, archery, food hygiene.

We can access on-line courses at “Denman on-line” There is an extensive range of subjects from cookery, all forms of craft, to well-being exercise classes, history and geography and considered learning courses lasting one or two years.  See link to the website:  Denman

While the W.I. is the biggest women’s organization in Britain, it’s a great way of meeting people over a cup of tea (or glass of wine!) here in Doveridge. Whatever you are interested in doing, make a start by joining us – we are known for being friendly.

Just turn up at a meeting! It could change your life!


  • President: Sue Watkins 01889 564401
  • Correspondence Secretary: Monica Mills 01889 569435

Useful links

Entry last updated on 4 December 2023