Derbyshire news in brief

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A man who claimed more than £1,800 in benefits he was not entitled to has been ordered to repay the cash. Gareth Larner 31, of Victoria Street, Creswell, last month pleaded guilty at Chesterfield magistrates’ court to falsely claiming benefits from Bolsover District Council. Larner had claimed housing benefit and council tax support totalling £1,811 last year between February 3 and June 30 while failing to declare he had been in full-time employment. He was ordered to repay the money he wrongly claimed and must pay a fine of £186 and costs of £100.

• A new team to help adults with mental health issues and those with drug and alcohol problems has been launched. The team, which is based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, will provide round-the-clock support to medical staff. Gavin Boyle, Royal chief executive, said: “By offering immediate help across seven days a week, we are offering a consistent high-quality service to those that need this vital support.”

• Tickets have gone on sale for a fundraising ball to help teenagers and young people with cerebral palsy. The black-tie event, which is being organised by cerebral palsy sufferer Ellie Simpson, will be held at Casa Hotel, in Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, from 7pm on Saturday, October 17. Tickets are £45 per person or £450 for a table of ten. Order tickets by emailing elliecpteensuk@outlook.com. Visit www.cpteensuk.org for more information.

• A new pilot project aims to make it easier for residents in Bolsover and north east Derbyshire to get a free NHS Health check. Derbyshire County Council is supporting a scheme to offer the checks in workplaces, social clubs and other venues rather than a doctor’s surgery. If you are a Bolsover or north east Derbyshire resident and want to find out if you are eligible for a check, call your GP or 01246 515208.

• Rents for council houses in Chesterfield are set to increase for 2015/16. The 2.2 per cent rise, which will come into force on April 6, was agreed by Chesterfield Borough Council last week. The rise is substantially lower than the 2014/15 increase of 6.31 per cent. Council leader John Burrows said: “It’s always difficult when we have to set increases but this is the lowest rent rise for many years.”

• A couple who feared they had lost their wedding momentos in transit have been reunited with them. Teresa and Andrew Hardwick, who moved from Chesterfield to Texas last November, contacted us after finding out their wedding cake flowers and her bridal bouquet were missing. They have now received them from Holmewood shipping company Simpsons.

• A new team to help adults with mental health issues and those with drug and alcohol problems has been launched. The team, which is based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, will provide round-the-clock support to medical staff. Gavin Boyle, Royal chief executive, said: “By offering immediate help across seven days a week, we are offering a consistent high-quality service to those that need this vital support.”

• A food bank to aid Chesterfield people who are going hungry has been set up. Co-operative Funeral Care, on Newbold Road, has launched the facility on behalf of the Salvation Army. People can donate produce – including tinned food and biscuits – at the business.

• Inspiring more Chesterfield youngsters to achieve better qualifications is one of the aims of a £197,000 project led by the University of Derby. The university will work with Chesterfield College to inspire young people to consider higher education, helping them to build fulfilling careers.

• A Staveley shop has reopened after undergoing a major revamp. The Original Factory Shop, in Market Street, relaunched at the end of January. Store manager Carla Lambert said: “We’ve listened carefully to what customers have been telling us and believe the store’s new layout will be just what they want. It will be more spacious, brighter and more family friendly.”