Still time to donate to our jam jar appeal

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Generous Belper News readers are still digging deep for our jubilee jam jar appeal - as the campaign enters its fifth month.

We have so far raised more than £250 in pennies and next month all the hard work will start paying off when we hand over the final total to Amber Valley Borough Council and they start making arrangements for our tribute to mark Her Majesty’s 60 year reign.

However, there’s still time for one final hunt around the house to see if there are any loose coppers that you could spare. We currently have at least enough for a mature tree and a plaque - but your contribution could help land us a second tree.

The plantings will get their own Royal seal of approval when they are recorded in an official collection of records to be presented to Her Majesty The Queen.

The Belper News and Amber Valley Borough Council have teamed-up to enter the planting or plantings into the Jubilee Woods project run by the Woodland Trust.

Borough council bosses favoured location is currently the Memorial Gardens but that would have to be agreed with Belper Town Council.

The News Corner shop on King Street has kindly been collecting jam jars from generous readers. We would like you to donate the pennies you would normally keep in containers, such as jam jars and the likes.

If you wish to donate your pennies you can drop them off at the News Corner, at the top of King Street, opposite the Market Place in Belper, or at our office in Ilkeston at 8 Heanor Road.We’ll do the rest and will print updates in the paper and online at