Hognaston Parish Council
Hognaston lies close to Carsington Water and is set amongst the rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales. Although it lies outside the Peak District National Park it is very good walking country, with a network of footpaths radiating from the village centre. Agriculture has always been important to people here, as shown by the buildings in and around the village, and censuses show a wide range of village trades linked to this - but Hognaston was also the 'bread-provider' for the local area, with 3 village bakeries operating well into the 20th century.
With a population of around 250 Hognaston can no longer support a school, post office or local store, but 'Red Lion' and the Village Hall provide foci for village activities, and the community is an active one as evidenced by the existence of a number of well-supported village groups - these include a play association, a gardening club, a 5-a-side football group, a book club, and a footpaths group.
The Parish Council has recently raised a considerable sum to refurbish the village play area with equipment for children of all ages - this caters for the needs of the children of the village and their grandparents! The Village Hall runs a regular LiteBite lunch for villagers, as well as the annual village fete. St Bartholomew's Church dates back to the Norman period and the views from the churchyard are spectacular - in addition to the weekly services the PCC holds monthly Coffee Mornings, many for local charities, as well as an annual Harvest Horkey.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the village community, though, is the mutual support offered by its members to each other in times of need.