Your District Council is proud to be once again playing its part in this year's Royal Shrovetide Football.
In addition to hosting the official Shrovetide Luncheons at our Ashbourne Leisure Centre for an eighth consecutive year, the District Council will be on the streets at 5am on Wednesday to remove around three tons of rubbish after the first day's play between the Up'ards and Down'ards.
The District Council’s Clean & Green Team will also remove rubbish from the Recreation Ground so that Ashbourne looks spick and span by 9am on day two – and it will be another 5am start on Thursday.
Hosting the prestigious Shrovetide Luncheons means some disruption to usual timetables at Ashbourne Leisure Centre.
Chairman of the District Council's Community & Environment Committee, Councillor Jo Wild said:
"We are proud to support such a tremendous local tradition as Royal Shrovetide, and my thanks go to our clean and green team who work hard to ensure the town looks at its best when it is truly in the national and international spotlight.
"Our leisure staff started preparatory work last Friday when the sports hall stores were cleared ready for the bars to be set up, and this was followed by carpet laying over the weekend, when they were joined by the Shrovetide Committee and volunteers to put up the decorations, flags, pictures and memorabilia, along with chairs and tables for 500 people.
“The lunches have become bigger and better since they switched to the leisure centre, with the sports hall being transformed beyond recognition to seat 500 people for a three-course meal.”
On Tuesday afternoon, leisure centre staff not involved in the game tidy and clean up ready for the same again on Wednesday. After Wednesday's lunch, everything will be taken down, put away and cleaned up ready for re-opening of the leisure centre for business as usual on Thursday morning.
The Shrovetide ball is the "guest of honour" at the lunches, leaving the leisure centre at 1.45pm and paraded to the starting plinth at the District Council's Shaw Croft car park for a 2pm start.
- The District Council also extends the opening hours of its public loos in Ashbourne for both Shrovetide days.