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History Of The TDCA

Although there was an earlier Association formed in 1930, The Tideswell and District Community Association (TDCA) as we know it today was formed in 1987, with Audrey Hopkins as Chair, Hazel Fell as secretary, and Michael Bond as treasurer.
What do we do? The first event organised was a bonfire and fireworks display in 1987, subsequently held annually until being prevented by Covid. Over the years the
TDCA has run many fund-raising events including coffee mornings, car boot sales, dog shows, treasure hunts, and even sheep roasts, with our main source of income over the years being the 200 Club which has allowed the TDCA to provide small grants for a long list of local organisations, plus helping to improve the environment of the village by providing flower troughs.

Who are we? The
TDCA and all they achieve would not exist if it were not for the efforts of a dedicated committee of volunteers who give up their free time to make these fund-raising events and grants possible.
Our immediate past Chair Sandra Howard joined the
TDCA in 1996 serving as secretary until 2014, becoming elected chair in 2015. Sandra has been heavily involved in a number of hugely time-consuming projects including the Sports Complex project which was initially headed up by Eric Simpson with Sandra being secretary during the Lottery application. It was under Sandra’s time that the very popular Tideswell Proms was introduced which we are hoping will return in full in 2022. After an impressive 25 years-service to the TDCA Sandra stepped down as Chair in August this year but remains a much-valued committee member.

Taking over the chair in August this year is Bernard O’Sullivan, who moved to Tideswell in 2014 and from the onset felt it was important to contribute to village activities. He joined the
TDCA association in 2016 and became chair in August this year. Bernard told the VV “Sandra’s achievements as chair will be a very hard act to follow, and trying to emulate her stewardship is quite a daunting prospect, but I believe that a vibrant active community spirit is only achieved through our volunteers and through the support of the wider village, please help us to support the village”

The future? Once life has returned to something approaching normal, the
TDCA will continue to come up with all sorts of meetings and events including sports to benefit groups and associations and include everyone in the village. One major project currently being planned involves a wholesale re-think of the sports complex including refurbishment of the interior of the main pavilion. Leading this project is the Tideswell and District Sports Committee (TDSA) a TDCA sub-committee. It is hoped that the newly re-thought interior layout will reflect changing interests and demands and provide the people of Tideswell with sports and recreation facilities for everyone suitable for the next twenty years.

The TDCA welcomes applications from local clubs and associations, for more information please email the
TDCA directly on  info@tideswell-dca.co.uk

Tideswell Sports Complex

Early in 1993, when all options had been exhausted trying to find a building or site for a village hall a public meeting was called, under the Chairmanship of Eric Simpson, to ask local resident's if there was any other project that the village would like us to undertake.

Eric and architect Brian George had toyed with some plans for a sports complex – these were welcomed by the meeting and our greatest challenge was born.

The complex was to be sited on land surrounding the school and the initial aim was to provide a level football pitch, cricket pitch, bowling green, tennis courts and netball courts. The word level came to haunt the scheme as there was virtually no level land in the area so the earth movers, stone crushers and a lot of bulldozers would be needed.

The first task was to lease the land for the site. Not an easy job as there were three land owners involved in the area that was needed. The second hoop was fund raising. This initially took the form of applications to the Foundation for Sport and the Arts, whose grant would depend on us raising 10% of what was needed, initially the costs were in excess of £300,000 – so local fund raising was under way. In this we were massively supported by many local bodies and groups without whom the 10% would have been impossible to raise

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Under the guidance of three committees, all overseen by Eric, the scheme got under way with the Duchess of Devonshire planting a tree near the school to mark the start of work.

As the scheme progressed the Foundation for Sport and the Arts was taken under the wing of Sport England (Lottery funded) and off we went with the plans for their agreement. They liked what they saw but were far more ambitious than we had been and they up graded the planned facilities to a much higher standard and, of course, a much higher cost. The final bill for the project grew to in excess of £1.4 million but we had started so we had to finish and the local fund raising moved up a few levels. We were greatly helped with fund raising by the support of our patrons – amongst these being the Duchess of Devonshire, Lord and Lady Hilton, Lord Morris of Castle Morris and Seb Coe – together with representatives from each of the sports we were catering for. Local public bodies, councils etc were also very supportive with the match funding we needed.

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Seven years and many stresses and strains later the complex was finally finished in 2000 and was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Sir Peter Hilton with the various new clubs coming into play over the early part of the year.

We now had a good level football pitch and a junior pitch, a (nearly level) cricket pitch, two tennis courts, a bowling green, netball court and two superb pavilions with changing facilities and all mod cons. There were also areas on the complex for use by the children of Bishop Pursglove school.

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Eric Simpson

The Sports Complex had been Eric's dream and without his enthusiasm & guidance it would never have become a reality. We have Eric to thank that Tideswell has a sports facility to be truly proud of.

In memory of Eric Simpson RIP 1996

The Sports Complex Today


If you prefer you can telephone TDCA directly on
07831 344 722 or 01298 872 478