Welcome to the Hathersage & Outseats website – we hope you enjoy it and find it informative.
Parish Council elections are held every 4 years. As they were last held in 2011, they fall due in 2015 – and, for administrative ease, they will take place on the same date as the General Election, Thursday 7 May. The 14 successful candidates in our Parish Council election will take office from Monday 11 May. Fresh faces on the parish council are always very welcome, to help us do the best possible job for our village. If you are thinking of becoming a candidate, the Parish Clerks at (for Hathersage) email@example.com or (for Outseats) firstname.lastname@example.org are happy to offer advice on the process.
Alternatively, guidance is available at
www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/141799/Part-2a-Standing-as-and-independent-candidate-P-and-C.pdf , or at
The nomination form for standing for election as a parish councillor can be found at the latter of those addresses; it must be submitted to the District Council offices in Matlock by Thursday 9 April.
The village of Hathersage enjoys an enviable position in the Hope Valley in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The village is set close to the River Derwent with the rugged backdrop of Stanage Edge to the north. Hathersage is unusual in having two parish councils – Outseats Parish covers approximately the area north of the A6187 and west of Hood Brook, with Hathersage Parish covering the remainder of the village. On 1 April 2015, the current 2 parishes will be abolished, and replaced by a single new parish council covering the entire village, called Hathersage Parish Council.
Hathersage has a long history, going back to Norman times and before. The 12th century Church of St Michaels and All Angels overlooks the village and Little John, of Robin Hood’s Merry Men, is said to be buried in the graveyard. There are well established links to Charlotte Bronte who stayed in the village and used places in the locality as the setting for her novel Jane Eyre. In the 18th and 19th centuries, industry grew up in the village and there is a lasting legacy from the mill buildings some of which have been turned into present day apartments.
The village of today has a population of 2,000 people with three churches, a village school, pubs, cafes, and a wealth of amenities, not least the open air heated swimming pool, open for over 6 months of the year. This is a vibrant community with many groups and organisations in its midst, serving a wide age range and interests from sport to horticulture and history. The proud traditions of Well Dressing and Gala still take place each year in July, and all year round visitors come here for the wonderful walking and climbing nearby.