Horsley Parish Council

Serving the people of Horsley

Clerk/RFO: Laura Storey
P O Box 8108, Derby
Derbyshire DE1 0ZU

Tel: 07941 052009

Horsley Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make Horsley a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Horsley is a small, charming Derbyshire village situated 5 miles north of Derby in the Amber Valley area. It has a population of less than 500 and its main street is lined with mature trees. It has a church, a village green with chestnut tree, a primary school, a pub and a quality golf course (with a restaurant and function room) on the outskirts.

Horsley has a flourishing community with a bowls club, a monthly Ladies Night and a W.I. It has an active parish council and walking is a popular activity with some beautiful surrounding countryside.

Horsley boasts one of the most attractive village churches in the county, sitting on a hill, set amongst flowers and trees. Dedicated to St. Clement, it also serves the communities of Coxbench and Kilburn. It dates back to the 13th century but has been restored and altered much over the years. It has a strongly buttressed 14th century tower and spire, a pretty porch with a medieval crucifix and a lovely array of windows with the 15th century clerestory under a handsome parapet of battlements and pinnacles.

The present Church of England school opened in 1828, enlarged in 1874 and is still thriving today. The village pub is called the Coach and Horses, serving food as well as alcohol. There was another pub in Horsley called the Ship Inn, which dated back to 1625, but this is now a private house.

The village possess two rare features. Firstly the stone pillar box on French Lane. It is unique in Derbyshire and possibly England. Second, three fountains given to the village in 1824 by the Rev. Sitwell, a relative of the Sitwells of Stainsby Hall in nearby Smalley. He had arranged for spring water to be pumped from the Old Hills to the village. The fountains are called Blanche, Rosamund and Sophia.

Latest News

Thunderstorm forecast - warden information

The Situation

The weather forecast across Derbyshire over the coming days is for thunderstorms, which may bring the risk of flooding from both surface water and from small and large watercourses in the area. The Environment Agency is working hard along with our partners to prepare for any impacts the weather may potentially bring. More »

Storms are expected from this afternoon and through to Sunday, with high temperatures in area creating the possibility of short bursts of heavy rain throughout the next five days.

While it is usually possible to forecast with general atmospheric conditions could cause thunderstorms, it is often not possible to forecast the exact location of individual flood events, making assessment of impacts challenging.


Surface water flooding can happen very quickly depending on where thunderstorms occur, the amount and intensity of the rainfall and the local drainage network. Dry ground conditions due to the recent weather conditions could also result in faster surface water run-off, with the added risk of loose debris washing down and causing drainage blockages.

We urge you to regularly check local weather forecasts and the Environment Agency website for flood risk information on a regular basis.

We also want to make sure you are equipped with up to date information to be able to support your communities during times of flood risk. Please see the below resources to aid you in your work going forward.

Met Office Severe Weather Warnings can be found at


You can access live flood warnings through the Flood Warning Information Service at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings

Thunderstorm information and updates can be found at https://www.weatheronline.co.uk/weather/maps/forecastmaps?CONT=ukuk&MAPS=gww&LAND=KP

You can keep an eye on river levels by visiting https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/river-and-sea-levels

We would also encourage you to consider activating your community flood plans and contacting fellow wardens and volunteers in your area to ensure maximum resilience in preparation for weather impacts.

Please take some time to become re-familiar with the Gov.uk advice on how to prepare for flooding as well as the Derbyshire LRF's web page on the risks of driving through flood water at https://www.derbyshireprepared.org.uk/documents/90/Dont_Drive_through_floods_-_EA_and_Derbyshire_LRF_May_21.pdf, to ensure Wardens and communities are following safety best practice.


The Environment Agency and partners are following the current Government guidance for working safely during Coronavirus. As a vital link to your communities, we ask that all Flood Wardens also adhere to Government advice to ensure the health and safety of all. Information on the current guidelines can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Please Note

This email is for information only and there is no need to reply. Our Incident Team are currently dealing with a large volume of calls and responsibilities, but will continue to update you with all new information as the situation progresses. For any emergencies, please call 0300 200 3176.

We thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to protecting people and properties from the risk of flooding.

The Flood Warning Duty Officer Team » Less

Posted: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 15:35 by Laura Storey

14 June – News from Derbyshire County Council – Extra funding for community groups, Nutrition and Hydration Week, Talk Fostering

Latest news in this edition:

Extra funding for community groups More »

Focus on nutrition and hydration

Plea for Glossopdale to 'keep going'

Join our online event about fostering

Extra funding for community groups

Are you part of a group that's supporting your local community through the coronavirus pandemic?

We're allocating an extra £50,000 to groups in Derbyshire which are doing their bit to support people in their local area.

We are making the money available to local community groups via the Public Health Covid-19 fund which was set up in June 2020.

From helping a Chesterfield cancer support group to hold online sessions and enabling a Ripley running group to lead Covid-secure runs, a total of 34 community groups are set to benefit from the latest round of grants.

Focus on nutrition and hydration

Would you know how to spot the symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration in older friends and relatives?

As part of Nutrition and Hydration week next week we're encouraging anyone with older relatives or neighbours to look out for key signs they may be dehydrated or starting to become malnourished.

Signs of dehydration may include:

  • dryness of the mouth, lips and tongue
  • sunken eyes
  • dry inelastic skin
  • drowsiness
  • confusion or disorientation
  • dizziness and low blood pressure.

Signs of malnourishment may include:

  • reduced appetite
  • lack of interest in food and drink
  • feeling weaker
  • getting ill often and taking a long time to recover
  • wounds taking a long time to heal
  • poor concentration
  • feeling cold most of the time
  • low mood or depression
  • clothes starting to become baggy or too big.

More information, advice and support can be found by clicking the below links;




If you become concerned about the health of an elderly relative, consult an appropriate health care professional.

Plea for Glossopdale to 'keep going'

We're urging people who live or work in Glossopdale to remain vigilant as coronavirus cases continue to rise, including the Delta variant which spreads more easily.

Derbyshire's Director of Public Health Dean Wallace has renewed his calls for residents and people who work in the Glossopdale area to remain cautious, continue to get tested and have the vaccine when it's their turn.

Anyone with any of the three main symptoms of Covid should self-isolate immediately. The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.

They should not leave the house and should book a Covid-19 test or ring NHS 119.

Residents without symptoms can visit a community testing site, pick up free testing kits from a local pharmacy or order rapid testing kits to be delivered to their home. Find out more about our community testing.

Join our online event about fostering

If you're thinking about offering a home to a child who needs one, we want to hear from you.

Prospective foster carers can join a 'Talk Fostering' event on Wednesday 16 June from 10am until 11am to find out how you could change a child's life.

The event is informal and relaxed. You can just listen in or you can ask as many questions as you like.

» Less

Posted: Tue, 15 Jun 2021 16:03 by Laura Storey

Derbyshire Flood Warden Newsletter Spring/Summer 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of the Derbyshire Flood Warden Newsletter. More »

Since our last newsletter, the world has changed significantly for all of us, with Covid-19 impacting the way we work, travel and communicate with communities.

Flood Resilience work for the Environment Agency has been no exception, with changes to issuing flood alerts and incident work being adjusted to accommodate government social distancing rules.

Throughout all the change our Flood Wardens have remained steadfast and constant in their support in the protection of communities. Whether you've been raising awareness through leaflet drops, publishing on Parish websites, joining online training sessions or writing community plans, your work makes all the difference.

We hope this newsletter will help you to keep you up to date with all the latest developments seen over the past year, as well as provide you with useful information and links to resources to help you in your flood warden role as we begin our careful journey out of lockdown.

Storm Christoph

Storm Christoph hit the United Kingdom between the 19th and 21st of January 2021. Here at the Environment Agency, the bulk of our response started on the 13th of January and ran through to

February, with recovery efforts still ongoing. Whilst we're used to flood events, this one had an added sting to its tail – Covid 19. This meant that our ways of working differed from normal, with the majority of our staff responding to incidents from home whilst our field teams had additional safety measures to think about. 82 flood warnings were issued across the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire), alongside 58 flood alerts. However, as usual our flood wardens stepped up to the plate, working tirelessly to feed information into our incident rooms and take actions in their communities off the back of these conversations.

Recovery has been challenging too, with details of flooded properties harder to come by as we were not able to send out our Community Information Officers (CIOs) post-flood. As such, the information that wardens have been sending in is valued now more than ever. So on behalf of the East Midlands' Flood Resilience Team and the entire Environment Agency, we'd like to say thank you.

Virtual Flood Warden Training

Throughout February and March a series of training sessions for East Midlands flood wardens were delivered by the Environment Agency in partnership with Communities Prepared and Nottingham and Derbyshire Local Resilience Forums. The 5 week training programme took new and existing flood wardens through a variety of topics ranging from incident management and water safety to fundraising and marketing, ensuring attendees received a rounded knowledge base for their flood warden role. The East Midlands had an exceptional turn-out, with 104 delegates taking part in the series – the highest attendee rating for a Communities Prepared webinar in their training history.

Lucy Jarvis, Flood Resilience Team Leader at the Environment Agency said "The response from the East Midlands was overwhelming and goes to show how committed our communities are to promoting flood awareness and improving resilience across the area. Thank you to all the presenters and facilitators that made the training such a success and of course, a huge thank you to our flood wardens for giving up their time to attend and contribute so productively to the sessions."

More training sessions are being planned for the autumn, with a view to mixing refresher sessions on the warden role with more focussed units on topics of warden interest. We'd love to hear your suggestions for what subjects you'd be keen to learn more about - whether it's how to access insurance for your warden group, or an overview of Natural Flood Management schemes in the East Midlands, we're keen to know your ideas; Contact us at mailto:floodresilience.eastmidlands@environment-agency.gov.uk

Expansion of flood warning system helps protect more homes than ever

The EA have successfully bid for over £5m from HM Treasury via DEFRA to provide a flood warning service to the remaining 26k un-serviced, high risk properties in England.

350 of these high risk properties fall within Derbyshire, with a further 1800 medium/low risk.

We are currently in the process of installing new river level monitoring devices, which when coupled with forecasts, will help to trigger the new flood warnings. We will then be working with these communities to raise awareness of flood risk, promoting registration to the service and supporting the community with flood preparedness activities.

New warnings will be offered to the following communities in Derbyshire and will all be live by Summer 2022:

  • Markeaton and Bramble Brooks at Derby City
  • Coppice Brook at Belper
  • Bradwell Brook at Bradwell
  • Peakshole Water at Castleton
  • Golden Brook and Stream at Breaston
  • River Wye and Hogshaw Brook at Buxton
  • Via Gellia at Cromford
  • Bailey Brook at Langley

Keeping a 'weather' eye on your Summer Holidays

With lockdown restrictions finally easing and our thoughts turn to visits and holidays around Britain, we've got advice on how you can keep up to date on accessing seasonal weather information around the country.

Tourism & Travel

Whether staying nearby or going further afield, the Visit England website contains very useful general travel information on places to stay, things to do and link to current restrictions on the Visit England* Lockdown roadmap


*For travel to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, check Government advice and respective national tourism sites before planning your break.


This Met Office WeatherReady guide to staying safe and healthy during summer is comprehensive for planning travel


The Met Office also have specific resort related beach weather forecasts and tide information


When travelling to an unfamiliar place we can be less aware of risks compared to our local, more familiar ones. During summer, thunderstorms, intense rainfall and flash flooding can occur. Several extreme summer weather events at tourist destinations took place at Coverack & St Agnes in Cornwall also huge mudslide caused by prolonged rainfall on the Jurassic Coastline, Dorset.

What to do in a flood - Met Office

Inland Waters, Rivers & Sea

Did you know? You can search & check river and sea levels anywhere in England (by postcode or typing in the location)

River and sea levels in England - GOV.UK (flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk)


It is difficult to predict when and where thunderstorms and flash flooding will happen and the situation can change quickly. Keep an eye on local weather and flood warnings, whether at home or on holiday.

Chance of Thunder Storms – Weather Online

Wherever you are going this summer, we wish you safe and pleasant travels!

Next Edition

Our next Flood Warden Newsletter will be winging its way to you in autumn and will be full of winter weather messages, project updates and training opportunities.

Until then we wish you all a wonderful summer and thank you once again for your commitment to your communities.

East Midlands Flood Resilience Team

Useful Links

Flood Warnings



Weather Forecasts

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ (a display also showing EA Flood Alerts and Warnings on the front page)

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/uk UK weather forecast short and longer term

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/specialist-forecasts/coast-and-sea - Met Office resort specialist related weather (never seen this one before, quite handy has beach forecast & tide info)

https://www.holiday-weather.com/country/uk/ Holiday weather UK Search (showing resorts etc) – this is a commercial site but has useful info on rainfall and flooding on there

Holiday Weather Information

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-on-accessing-green-spaces-safely (link to current guidance on outdoor activities, leisure, tourism attractions, in nature)

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do (link to current guidance staying away from home overnight)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-those-leading-a-nomadic-way-of-life/covid-19-guidance-for-those-leading-a-nomadic-way-of-life » Less

Posted: Tue, 15 Jun 2021 16:00 by Laura Storey