Tansley Village

Snippets of Tansley news from old newspapers

Our Patriotic Rector is very keen on the war and he is the first to don the uniform of the Home Guards in which the Revd Brodie Mais looks quite military-like.
We learnt on a visit to Tansley the other day that not only is the Rector keen on the Home Guards but he is a capable Recruiting Officer, and that this week alone six young men have joined the services from the Matlock district through his influence. Bravo Commandant Brodie Mais!
We understand that notwithstanding the unfortunate attitude of the Parish Council in not getting out the census of the men of military age, there is already a list in existence. This is good news.

(High Peak News, June 5th, 1915)


An appeal was heard from Tansley Wood Mills on behalf of 5 employees, Joseph Johnson, George Smith, Thomas Marsden, Joe Woodhouse and George Goodall. It was explained that the work they were engaged in, fettler and packers at the mill, couldn’t be carried out by women and untrained people. Exemption from call-up to the Forces was granted for six months on condition that the men remain in their present occupation.

(High Peak News, 11th March 1916)

An impromptu meeting was held in the school on Tuesday evening to consider the formation of a Rifle Club for Tansley. The Rector, Rev. T. Brodie Mais, presided, and he read the Rules and Regulations of the Rifle Association. Mr McMunn proposed and Mr. Smith seconded a resolution that a Rifle Club be formed for the parish of Tansley. This was carried unanimously. The Rector was elected hon. secretary. Over twenty names were given in as willing to join and it is hoped many more will, on hearing about the installation of the club, send in their names to the hon. secretary. It was suggested that steps should be taken to establish a shooting range in or near the village. There is a suitable site, the one formerly used by the Matlock Volunteers.

(High Peak News 30th June 1900)

Revd J.Brodie Mais shoulders the rifle

It is well known what a keen interest the Revd J.Brodie Mais takes in the Home Guards movement. He is commandant of the Tansley contingent and was the first in the locality to wear the Home Guards uniform. The Rector has this week created another splendid record. He is the first to buy a rifle for practice. This is a Martini costing 2-10s-0d and it is a splendid one too. The Rector turned out for drill at Matlock with the rifle and fixed bayonet on Tuesday night.

(High Peak News, October 30th 1915)

Letter to the Editor

Sir, There are three mills in this district and all should make their appeals to the Bakewell Rural Tribunal but I find that one firm appeals to the Matlock Tribunal. Appeals of one firm have, I understand, been granted, yet another firm asks only for its Manager to be exempted. Every man of military age has been called up and the Head of the firm has taken a deep interest in reporting, and encourages men to go away in this grave crisis feeling he could not conscientiously make appeals when all men should take their part in fighting for King and Country even when it did mean sacrifice of business.
Business cannot be called first in the present day and may I ask for answers to the following queries? 1- Why one of the three firms should have its appeal heard at Matlock ? 2 - Are we all trying to end the war by sending all available men into the Army and Navy ?
Yours faithfully.

(High Peak News, 27th May 1916)