Community Space

Located within the Parish Church, it is the ideal place to hold a meeting or activity for small informal groups or larger parties (up to 30 people can be accommodated).

The Community Space has comfortable seating and tables (if required), modern audio-visual equipment, tea and coffee making facilities and a toilet with baby changing area that is accessible for persons of reduced mobility.

Use of the Community Space is free of charge to anyone who lives within the Parish of Shirley. This is kindly funded by the Shirley Parish Council.

There is a small hire charge for anyone living outside the Parish, which is dependent upon the facilities required.

If you wish to make a booking or an enquiry about using the Community Space, please contact John Fletcher on 01335 360645 or if he is unavailable please contact the United Benefice Office in Brailsford on 01335 361239.

Please note: The premises are fitted with CCTV to comply with safeguarding requirements for children and vulnerable adults, for your own protection and to deter theft and acts of vandalism or malicious damage. However, access to view recorded footage will only occur if there is a suspected incident or a complaint is received and the Clergy strictly control all viewing access.

Neighbourhood Watch

We are all aware that we live in a very safe community and we are very grateful for that but we cannot afford to become complacent.

The Role of Neighbourhood Watch

To help prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness.

To assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity.

To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable members of the community.

Keeping Residents Informed

The joint co-ordinators are Hugh Tyler and Debbie Leeney and their role is to manage the scheme within the village and local community. Information received from the Derbyshire Alert system is cascaded down to 9 representatives who each cover of section of the village. If you are unsure who your representative is then please contact Hugh or Debbie.

What to do in the event of an incident

  • If you are a victim of crime or attempted crime, dial 999 immediately.
  • For non-urgent crime or any concerns dial 101.
  • Report any incident or suspicious activity immediately, or as soon as possible, to your representative or to Hugh or Debbie who can then pass information on to other residents.

Becoming a Member of Shirley Neighbourhood Watch

We would strongly advise that all residents within the parish join the scheme. It is very easy to do. Simply visit the national website enter your postcode, select Shirley and apply to join. Alternatively, talk to your representative.

Links To Useful Websites

Derbyshire Alert is the community messaging system for the whole of Derbyshire, brought to you by Derbyshire Constabulary. By registering with Derbyshire Alert, you can receive news and appeals, local crime information, and prevention advice to your e-mail, telephone or as a text message.

Crime Prevention Advice

Excellent crime prevention and personal safety advice is available from the Safety Advice pages at Derbyshire Police. Specific advice on sheds and outbuildings is also available from them together with information on internet crime via their Cybercrime Hub page.

Other information on scams and fraud, vehicle crime, home security and burglary can be found at Personal safety on the Ourwatch site

Contact Details

Hugh Tyler: Tel: 01335 361015.

Debbie Leeney: Tel: 07544 233 432


Neighbourhood Watch meetings minutes are below:

16th May 2016
7th June 2016
1st November 2016
10th April 2017
14th May 2018

Regular Events

Below are regular events in and around Shirley. Contact the clerk if you want your event listed here.

Brailsford and District WI

Meets at Brailsford Institute on the second Thursday of every month at 7.30pm. Contact Daphne Brown on 360524, email

Brailsford Folk Dance Club

Meet in Brailsford Institute on the first and third Thursdays of each month (except August) between 7.45 and 10.00pm. Members £1.50, non-members £2.00 including tea, coffee and biscuits. For more details contact John Topliss on 01332 516719.

Brailsford Handbell Ringers

Meets every Tuesday between 7.15 to 8.45pm in Brailsford Methodist Church. For more information contact Roy Howard on 360506.

Brailsford Millennium Craft Guild

Meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, except December, in Brailsford Institute between 7.30 and 9.30pm. For more information contact Roy Howard on 360506.

Coffee Club

Tea, coffee, biscuits and a natter between 10.00 am and midday every Monday at St Michael’s Church.

Shirley Local History Club

Meets on the third Tuesday of each month at St Michael’s Church.

About is the website of Shirley village in the Derbyshire Dales district of the UK.


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Sian Bacon
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Shirley Local History Club

17th century graffiti on a pew in the church.

Set in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales Shirley village has been in existence since Saxon times and has many interesting buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, including the well renowned pub The Saracens Head.

St Michaels Church, a centrepiece of the village since the 14th century, retains its medieval features but also boasts modern technology worthy of the 21st century.

Tours are available for clubs, schools, any interested organisations and private groups.

For more information please contact Malcolm Phillips, treasurer at

The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at St Michael’s Church.

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  5. Technical information about this website’s accessibility

    Shirley Parish Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard apart from some older Portable Document Files which may not be compatible with screen reader software.

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This statement was last updated on 18 November 2020.