High Days & Holidays

For well over one hundred years villagers have been joining forces to not only to have a ‘good old knees up’ but also on a more serious note, to fund raise for many local good causes. Before the National Health Service, hospitals were funded by public donation and like many other villages Jacksdale held an annual ‘Hospital Parade’ with decorated drays and pageants to raise funds. There were Whit Monday Temperance parades when local chapels such as Pye Hill Methodist’s joined the procession up to the nearby Monument at Codnor Park. Westwood held gala days and gardening shows and locals set off in Charabancs on day trips to feast upon the delights of the Derbyshire Dales. Here you can find out how this tradition continued with the famous ‘Jacksdale Jamborees’ of the 1980’s and more recently, in 2009, with the return of a village day of commemoration known as ‘Soldier Day’ to annually celebrate the return of our soldier statue on the village war memorial.

Jacksdale Hospital Day 1918 - St Mary's Church in background