I find Derbyshire pretty good to be honest, I've never had a problem with them. Usually after the interview it's only a week or two, but they bought my new ticket with them on my last renewal.
Oh, and hello from another in Derbyshire.
There used to be a group train on a Sunday morning at Blyth.
I'm not a member but I know a couple of people that have been to events and have enjoyed it