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MARCH MAY - JULY - MAY 2018 2018


Joanna Lumley


James Martin


Buxton Fringe Festival



Barbarellas EAT



After 8 years at the busiest pub in Buxton - the Old Clubhouse, Nick Watterson and Barbara Sandle know a thing or two about top quality service. Now in its 7th year, Barbarellas Wine Bar caters for a different market; a place where people can chill out, relax and have a drink and a bite to eat. The restaurant is in a period style grade II listed building oozing with character and individuality after their tireless renovations.

The focus is on a high standard of service throughout, with Nick in charge front-of-house and Barbara, who trained in silver service at London’s Dorchester Hotel, overseeing the kitchen. All food is fresh and locally sourced. The menu includes light snacks and sandwiches, salads and a range of main courses, all available up to 8pm. Antipasti and cheeseboards are offered in the evenings. Barbarellas also offer a selection of wines, cocktails, real ales and continental lagers.

Food and drink is available over two floors. The first floor, accessed from an impressive staircase, provides a relaxed, music free environment. Board specials are always on offer and change daily throughout the year. Barbarellas also boasts a private function room that hosts 45 guests perfect for any party or other occasion.

Nick and Barbara hope to welcome you soon...

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inside Time to get in the Garden… Pull Weeds… not your back! Spring is sprung and it’s time to get the garden ready for the summer BBQ season. It’s a time when more of us spend time outside planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds.


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Gardening can be a wonderful workout as we have to bend and twist, reach and pull. Gardening can be enjoyable, but it is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. The back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when using your green thumb. A warm-up and cool-down period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity. To make gardening as fun and enjoyable as possible, it is important to prepare your body for this type of physical activity.





If you feel muscle aches and pains after your day in the garden, there are ways to alleviate the discomfort. Apply a cold pack on the area of pain for

the first 48 hours or apply a heat pack after 48 hours, and consider seeking the services of a doctor of chiropractic in your area. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. While best known for their expertise in treating the musculoskeletal system and their use of spinal manipulation, DCs have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling. Consider visiting a doctor of chiropractic next time gardening activities leave you with aches and pain.

“I’m in pain” “Can Chiropractic help me?”

OFFER PRICE £39 Expiry date 31st July 2018

Your initial visit will include: • A private consultation with chiropractor • X rays if necessary (normally £60) • Spinal examination, orthopaedic and neurological tests • A confidential report of our findings • An explanation of our treatments procedure if we determine Chiropractic cannot help you

For a limited period we will complete a full consultation, examination, Neuro Scan, X ray, full report of findings and one treatment all for

£39.00 (Normally £142.00) We treat these conditions • Headaches, back pain, neck pain If you are experiencing any of • Prevention of migraines these symptoms please call our • Muscle spasms, joint pain clinic today for an appointment • Tired all the time, tension


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Chris Wright Denture Clinics

Are your Dentures causing you teething troubles? Many denture wearers suffer with poor fitting, worn out or artificial (false) looking dentures that cause the wearer to feel a lack of confidence in their dentures. This can present itself when chewing or even by just worrying about the denture dropping during a conversation. All these are issues that Chris Wright Denture Clinics specialise in correcting. Over recent years there have been many improvements in both the way we construct dentures and in the materials and denture teeth that we use. This means that the end result looks more natural than ever before. Why not call for a FREE Consultation to find out more about these new innovations in denture design and manufacture?

Dentures Need Regular Servicing Dentures are in constant use almost 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are also in a pretty hostile environment in the mouth, being attacked by strong acid, bacteria, hot, cold and spicy food. Denture material absorbs liquids and food odour. Daily cleaning is essential as well as professional ultrasonic cleaning in a dental laboratory at least once a year. Due to constant bone resorption



dentures will become loose sooner or later. Loose dentures will increase damage to the gums and bone structure, and increase the risk of breakage. Have them re-lined as soon as possible to get a good fit. It only takes a day or two. Have your dentures inspected by a Clinical Dental Technician at least every two years, or more frequently if necessary.

Your Dentures need Attention 1. When they become loose. 2. When teeth or denture base discolours. 3. When tooth surfaces become flat. 4. When denture base does not fit around natural teeth (in partial dentures). 5. When you develop deep lines around your mouth.

6. When your chin sticks out, and the corners of your lips are constantly wet, developing sores. 7. When you stop smiling and feel embarrassed.

My Dentures have become loose! This is easily remedied by a procedure know as Re-lining. A new layer of Denture base is added to your existing Denture, improving the fit and restoring confidence.

Dentures on Implants

This type of Denture is constructed in conjunction with the Dental Implant Surgeon. This is a very good procedure when the patient has limited control and retention of their Dentures. The finished Dentures ‘click’ into position offering the ultimate in Denture Retention.

Should I have a spare set of Dentures made? Yes, it is very important to have a spare set of dentures for emergencies in case of breakage.

Constructing a Good Set of Dentures Constructing a functional and aesthetically pleasing set of dentures is the most difficult task in dentistry. We are not only replacing lost teeth, but also lost tissue matter and bone. In other words, we have to re-create your facial features as they were before the loss of your natural teeth. In most cases we do not know what your teeth looked like, what size they were or what position they were in originally. We have a few indications but mostly we have to rely on our visual and artistic judgement. At the same time we have to use our technical expertise in order to make the denture stable and functional. Denture construction is more art than science.

What is a Clinical Dental Technician? A Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) is a qualified dental technician that has under gone further Education and Training in



areas such as Medical Emergencies Cross Infection Control and Oral Pathology (cancers and anomalies) to name just a few sections that make up the Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology as Awarded by the Royal Collage of Surgeons (RCS).

then contact the GDC to see if they are registered not just as a dental technician but as a CDT.

It is this qualification that allows the clinicians at Christ Wright Denture Clinics to be able to be registered and regulated with the General Dental Council (the official body for protecting the public with regards to dentistry) and carry indemnity insurance. It is this qualification, which means that only Dentists and Clinical Dental Technicians are the only Dental Professionals permitted to supply dentures direst to the public. A dental technician is not qualified to supply a denture directly to the public. However, despite this being an act of Mal practice many technicians will still practice illegally without informing the patient that they are not qualified. If you are unsure if your denture provider is qualified; ask them for their GDC registration number,

Chris Wright Denture Clinics can offer all aspects of denture care including; •

Free Consultations

Denture cleaning and polishing service

Repair of broken or cracked dentures

Relining existing dentures to improve fit

New full dentures

New partial dentures (following treatment plan from dentist) *

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It is illegal for anyone who is not a GDC registered Dentist or Clinical Dental Technician to make a dental appliance directly to the public. This includes dentures or tooth whitening. Anyone providing these services should be reported to the General Dental Council or Trading Standards as they are practicing dentistry without the appropriate qualifications or indemnity insurance.

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Twittering on With Angela Kelly Help -The English Language is being murdered! AS a fan of the English language I get positively bad-tempered when I hear it being mangled and manipulated. It’s not just people who pronounce “th” as “f” or fail to sound the “g” in words ending in “ing” or “endin’” in “in’” as it comes out. What really gets my linguistic goat is the current obsession with creating your own words. For example, why put “ness” on the end of a word just because you fancy doing so when a perfectly good word covering that meaning already exists? It’s enough to make you break out in a bout of angriness!

the former comes close to the latter in the hearts of ordinary people. She’s probably got a long way to go in the charity and personality stakes currently but it is early days. Meghan is already proving to be an effective style icon, especially for the British fashion industry. Every coat and dress she wears to a public occasion tends to sell out immediately. One tiny denim firm now has back orders for three months after the bride-to-be wore a pair of £230 black Hiut jeans on a visit to Cardiff. The small company, based in Cardigan in West

And, when one of Radio 4’s presenters told A Point of View that he hated the expression “going forward”, it heralded a flow of listeners’ pet word hates. These included “cheeky” as in “I’m just having a cheeky beer” (why have an insubordinate beer at all then?) and using “so” to start a question (so what has “so” to do with anything?). I’m sure there are plenty of words that irritate people today but among my annoying choices are “meet with” when “meet” is enough on its own, “go figure” (an Americanism that strings two pointless words together). Irritating over-used phrases include “car-crash interview” (upsetting for anyone who has ever been in a car crash and a bit over-the-top for any kind of interview), “going forward” (as opposed to going backwards? What’s wrong with “in the future”?) and “Listen up, people” (more Americanisms used as a means of getting attention: try “Hello, everyone” as an opening gambit). Anyone who tries to qualify “unique” as in “completely unique” is on a loser as “unique” means one of a kind so needs nothing else with it. “Fit for purpose” has become wildly overused as a “one-size fits all” phrase (another couple of words we hear far too much about and in every kind of situation). “For free” is also one word too many as “free” also stands alone in this context. It would be easy to blame social media but I actually think that TV and laziness are mostly at fault here. I mean, why bother thinking about the best way to express anything when you can probably construct whole sentences just using trendy modern phrases that mean nothing at all? It’s a no-brainer!

Harry and Meghan’s modern fairytale WE do love a Royal Wedding – especially when it involves such a likeable lad as Prince Harry. The comparisons between Meghan and Princess Diana have already been made quite favourably, although time will tell if

Wales, has already had to move to a bigger factory to meet demand as orders flood in from Paris and New York – all thanks to the Meghan effect. Interestingly, Meghan does seem to be a universally-approved choice of partner for the popular young prince. Even the Queen, who must be hard to impress, has sanctioned the match (both officially and unofficially). It’s probably no real surprise that the public seem to like her as well. In 2018, we are obsessed with celebrities of all kinds and particularly entertainers so to have an actress marrying our prince seems like the right kind of modern fairytale. You just hope, don’t you, that the two of them find their place in society and that they’re happy. Harry needs to have the kind of fulfilling work that a young man with so much energy demands and his new bride will want to step into some kind of meaningful role in public life that allows everyone to get to know her better.

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In the meantime, let’s just wish them a very happy married life.

Coffee and crème eggs on tap for home-workers WORKING from home – or remote working as it’s known – is a modern trend that has been happily embraced by thousands. An office is now almost an essential home area for the many who have chosen to work either independently or just away from head-office. Now, perhaps not too surprisingly, a study has shown that people who work for themselves are happier, too. In spite of the long hours, the possible stress of finding and keeping work and the lack of work colleagues for banter and approval, being your own boss can actually be better for you. The study, by experts from the universities of Sheffield and Exeter, looked at 5,000 people from various fields around the world. It found that the self-employed felt more engaged with their work, mostly because they enjoyed

more freedom around their working environment, took on bigger challenges and met higher standards. There are more than four million people in Britain who spend at least half their time working at home. I’ve been a home-worker for the past 12 years and never regretted the move.

Networking provides plenty of opportunities for meeting people and is a genuine source of work offers. And I can wear my PJs until 11am if I want to – provided I don’t Skype anyone. I can have a coffee when I want, stick on a wash load or even binge on Cadbury’s crème eggs between jobs if that’s my choice. No wonder we’re a happier lot!

SHOW APARTMENT NOW OPEN Thomas Fields, Brown Edge Road, Buxton SK17 7AG Viewings by appointment – please call our Sales Consultant on 07590 182580 (Thurs, Fri, Sat 9am-5pm). Or for further information call our Central Sales Team on 0345 608 4021 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Come and speak with our friendly Sales Consultant to find out more about our new Extra Care Court, Thomas Fields for people over the age of 55

Key benefits and services: • 53 safe and secure two bedroom apartments for rent,, shared ownership and outright purchase • On-site care team 24/7 • Tailored care and support if you need it • 24 hour emergency alarm • Dedicated Housing Manager • A range of impressive communal facilities

Outright purchase from £175,000 Shared Ownership from £41,250 at 25% % share Terms and conditions and resale fees apply.






Hoburne Ownership. Get away from it all in the Cotswolds.



Hoburne Cotswold is made for fun on the water. Four lakes for fishing and pedalo adventures. 65 acres of water park for canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. For landlubbers, there’s walking and cycling in the beautiful towns and villages nearby. And at the end of the day, your very own Hoburne Holiday Home to come back to.

Model featured Prestige Forester SU £99,995

• New luxury caravans and lodges come fully furnished including decking and 2018 site fees.* • With luxury caravans starting at £69,995 and lodges from just £132,995, your dream of the ideal Cotswold retreat could become a reality. • And as an owner, you can enjoy our heated indoor and outdoor pools and restaurant whenever you like. All this comes with the peace of mind from a family owned business with over 100 years’ experience.

To request a brochure or book a park visit 01285 896241 Hoburne Cotswold, Broadway Lane, South Cerney, Gloucestershire GL7 5UQ Open 7 days a week 9am-6pm. Open days throughout May. *Decking subject to pitch. 2018 site fees to 30th November.




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South West Coast, Torquay Abbey Lawn Hotel

A stunning seaside resort located in Devon, Torquay is a jewel in the English Riviera. The iconic palm trees and international marina could fool you into thinking you were in the Mediterranean!

Price Includes: 4 or 7 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Abbey Lawn Hotel 5 day tour: visits to Plymouth & Newton Abbot

Abbey Lawn Hotel Hotel Facilities ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

Ensuite Rooms Traditional English Breakfast Lunch available Waiter service Table d’hote menu *A la carte menu Lift to all floors Lounge & Bar Wifi in public areas Garden Conservatory Heated indoor swimming pool ✓ Ballroom/dance floor ✓ 24hr reception ✓ Porterage *supplement applies

8 day tour: visits to Dartmoor & Exeter and Teignmouth

South Coast, Eastbourne Imperial Hotel

Imperial Hotel Hotel Facilities

Shanklin, Isle of Wight Ocean View Hotel

Located on the historical Isle of Wight, Shanklin is home to our very own Ocean View Hotel. The Isle of Wight has captured the hearts of many household names we all know and love today, from Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens to the Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Price Includes:

4 or 7 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Ocean View Hotel 5 day tour: visits to Osborne House & Ryde & the Military Museum 8 day tour 18A: visits to West Island Tour & Ryde via Havenstreet & Ashley 8 day tour 18B: visits to West Island Tour & Osborne House


Thu 14 Jun

£239.00 £214.00

Wed 08 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

Sat 14 Jul

£249.00 £224.00

Mon 13 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

Thu 19 Jul

£249.00 £224.00

Sat 18 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

Sun 29 Jul

£249.00 £224.00

Thu 23 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

Fri 03 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

8 day tours: 11A 7 nights, DBB Sat 21 Jul

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 04 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 28 Jul

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 25 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

5 & 8 Day tour supplements per person: Front Facing Room £5.00 per person per night Premier Room (including front facing view) £10.00 per person per night

5 day tours: 05M 4 nights, DBB £249.00 £224.00

Mon 13 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

✓ Traditional English Breakfast

Sun 29 Jul

£249.00 £224.00

Sat 18 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

✓ Lunch available

Fri 03 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

Thu 23 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

Wed 08 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

Tue 28 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

✓ *A la carte menu

4 or 7 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Imperial Hotel 5 day tour: visits to Brighton & Battle and Hastings (1066 Country) 8 day tour 15A: visits to Windsor & Royal Tunbridge Wells 8 day tour 15B: visits to Chartwell House & Brighton

5 day tours: 01M 4 nights, DBB

Thu 19 Jul

✓ Table d’hote menu

Price Includes:


✓ Ensuite Rooms

✓ Waiter service

Eastbourne, of Saxon origin, is an unspoilt elegant Victorian seaside resort. Nestling under the Sussex Downs it enjoys a very clement climate all year round, it has one of the top sunshine records in the UK and offers a variety of ways for you to unwind and relax.



✓ Lift to all floors

8 day tours: 15A/15B 7 nights, DBB

✓ Lounge & Bar

Sun 22 Jul

£409.00 £384.00

Sun 19 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 28 Jul

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 25 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

✓ 24hr reception

Sun 29 Jul

£409.00 £384.00

Sun 26 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

✓ Porterage

Sun 05 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 01 Sep

£409.00 £384.00

✓ Wifi in public areas ✓ Ballroom/dance floor

*supplement applies

Ocean View Hotel Hotel Facilities ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

Ensuite Rooms Traditional English Breakfast Lunch available Waiter service Table d’hote menu *A la carte menu Lift to all floors Lounge & Bar Wifi in public areas Garden Heated indoor swimming pool ✓ Ballroom/dance floor ✓ 24hr reception ✓ Porterage *supplement applies

5 & 8 Day tour supplements per person: Premier Room £5.00 per person per night

5 day tours: 08M 4 nights, DBB Tue 19 Jun

£249.00 £224.00

Thu 19 Jul

£249.00 £224.00

Sun 24 Jun

£249.00 £224.00

Tue 24 Jul

£249.00 £224.00

Wed 04 Jul

£249.00 £224.00

Sun 29 Jul

£249.00 £224.00

Sat 14 Jul

£249.00 £224.00

Fri 03 Aug

£249.00 £224.00

8 day tours: 18A/18B 7 nights, DBB Sat 23 Jun

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 11 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 30 Jun

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 18 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

Sun 22 Jul

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 25 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

Sat 04 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

Sun 26 Aug

£409.00 £384.00

5 & 8 Day tour supplements per person: Sea View Room £5.00 per person per night Premier Room (including sea view) / £10.00 per person per night

Freephone 0800 083 9900 or contact your local travel agent • Visit us online at:

*offer applies to new bookings only Offer Ends 31st July 2018

Robinsons Holidays Wins

3 Top Awards at UK Coach Rally 2018

3 Top awards for Robinsons Holidays - at the 64th UK Coach Rally 2018 - one for driver/ engineer William Brayford, one for their Jonckheere coach, and one for the company itself were presented by the North East Traffic Commissioner, Kevin Rooney. William (Billy) Brayford of Robinsons Holidays, won the prestigious and coveted title of UK Coach Driver of the Year at the national event in Blackpool. To achieve this accolade he underwent a full weekend of gruelling tests to evidence his excellent driving skills. The tests involved road runs and off road driving assessments against 48 other drivers from other coach companies right across the UK. The coach Billy used for the tests was Robinsons oldest in their fleet of 22 - a  2004 registered, Volvo B12B coach with a Jonckheere Mistral 50  body - which has been owned by Robinsons from new and maintained in their own garage throughout. The garage team have done such a great job that the coach too won its own award for being the best Jonckheere in the show, despite much newer ones being in the competition. The more modern coaches in the Robinsons own fleet were all away on tour providing high quality holidays for their passengers. A third award was also presented. This was for the Robinsons Holidays company itself because of its longevity - being the longest established coach company in the competition and known for its heritage and traditional values.

Congratulations to Billy for the individual driver award, to the maintenance team in the garage for the Coach award, and to Robinsons Holidays overall for the company award. Robinsons Holidays, Park Garage, Great Harwood, Blackburn BB6 7SP. Freephone 0800 083 9900 WWW.50PLUSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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Taking My Dog

ON A FOREST HOLIDAY By Natasha Blair from Silver Travel Advisor How glad I was that I didn’t allow my initial feelings of trepidation to influence my stay with Forest Holidays. Being a townie, and despite having a dog, I had never considered taking a holiday in the middle of a forest. Poppy, my Coton du Tulear and I had an unexpected, wonderful, relaxing time. Forest Holidays are spread throughout the country and I chose the one nearest to London, at Blackwood Forest in Hampshire. A big added bonus to this holiday was not having to endure the hassle of airports.  The minute we arrived we were immersed in nature. Our cabin was modern, airy, and spacious with, at the back, a hot tub with views of trees as far as the eye could see. A real plus was that Poppy was allowed access everywhere even in the reception/shop where there was a small cafe with a terrace, the focal point for meeting other guests, and more importantly, other dogs to play with. Dogs are supposed to be kept on a lead in areas where there are deer, but as we never saw any, she had free rein for the majority of the time.  On the day we arrived, Gail one of the two forest rangers, was running a fungus foray. I had hopes of teaching Poppy to sniff out truffles but sadly none were to be found. However, Gail did show us lots of different species, warning us not to eat any unless we knew for certain that they were edible as it could be dangerous. What surprised me were those growing out of tree barks that I had, up until now, thought of as parts of the tree. I had always thought of fungi as soft and moist but in reality over time they can become hard. It certainly taught


me what to look for in the future. Thankfully dogs know not to eat mushrooms. We also looked at trees, crayoning pieces of paper on their barks to make patterns, and were told how to identify a tree by its particular leaf. Although perhaps not something that I would remember, it certainly gave me the taste to learn more, and question what I see. The time of year obviously dictates what is growing, and sadly we were just too early to see the profusion of bluebells that apparently coats one of the meadows.  Shelters made from long branches could be seen everywhere. These, David the other forest ranger, explained were made as part of the survival class although given the number around parents were also helping their children to make them on their own. In this course, participants learn the three basics of how to keep warm, forage for food, and provide shelter. Although the class is geared to youngsters, as the activities are family oriented the adults also participate, and enjoy it as much. I learnt how to light a fire safely using what I could find, and how to build a shelter, along with the sort of things I would need to consider such as the direction of the wind. David also had a box of goodies from which he took out containers filled with bugs for us to identify, showing us where to find them under fallen barks. The one and a half hour courses are charged as an extra but as the atmosphere is so informal and the foresters enjoy what they are doing I found that they went on for a lot longer. 

High Peak

Bookstore and Café

book browsing heaven with a welcoming café

in the heart of the Peak

Bicycles are hired out by the day for £15. Having never learnt to cycle as a child and living in London, I took lessons but was never brave enough to practise. Here with so many trails and few cars, it was the ideal environment and I am proud to say that I now can. As someone commented, for the novice car driver, this is also an ideal environment to become a more proficient driver. The lodges are based in forests owned by the Forestry Commission. Virtually everyone, while I was there, had a child or a dog or both.  The 60 cabins of varying sizes are modern with underfloor heating, a kitchen, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge, as well as a log-burner in many cabins. If you are travelling as a couple you could treat yourself to the romantic environment of a Golden Oak Hideaway cabin. There are also a number of Treehouse cabins which sleep up to ten people; this is essentially a four bed cabin sleeping eight people connected by a bridge to a Treehouse which sleeps two people. The treehouse is ideal for family holidays when those of us who go to sleep early or have a nap in the afternoon can do so without spoiling the younger members’ enjoyment.   The accommodation is self-catering but if the cook in the family wants a holiday too, freshly prepared food is available in the cafe as well as tasty meals that can be heated up in your cabin.   Forest Holidays offers an ideal environment for those who love the peace and quiet of the countryside with activities on hand, a hottub on the deck and space for quality time in the heart of beautiful woodlands. For more information, please contact or call 03330 110 495. There are special discounts for Silver Travel Advisor members with Forest Holidays. Visit and type Forest Holidays into the search box to find out more.

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From 1st June.

7pm start. £3 per person. •

Light breakfast from 9.30am. Light bites all day.

Great coffee, tea & soft drinks all day to 5pm.

Delicious home-cooked lunch: 11.30-3pm.

An extensive and eclectic range of fiction and non-fiction titles, many at less than half-price.

Children’s room with a great selection of books.

Large, free car park.

Dogs welcome throughout the bookstore.

Open daily: 9.30am-5.30pm Sundays: 10.30am-5.00pm (café closes half-an-hour before the bookshop)

Tel: 01298 71017

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Certificate of Excellence Awards We are proud to announce that six of our group... The Barrowfield, Devonshire, Daish’s, Bournemouth Sands Claremont & Prince Regent Hotels – have been awarded the coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017.


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IT’S ALL ABOUT ME NOT many people can go from championing the Ghurkas to starring as a crazy fashion guru to presenting the BAFTAs and still remain absolutely fabulous but Joanna Lumley can. Now, the 71 year-old is embarking on her first ever live tour, All About Me, later this year when she hits the road for a 30date itinerary all over the UK and Ireland, finishing in Boston, USA. “The thought of this tour, travelling across the British Isles and Ireland, has completely taken over my waking hours,” she admitted. “It’s utterly thrilling to start planning the stories I can tell and the rapture (and gratitude, to be fair) with which I shall greet the audiences. Nothing like this has come my way before, and I may have to be dragged off with a hook at the end of each show.” The tour should prove a fascinating one as Joanna’s life so far has certainly been full and interesting and began in the same out-of-the-ordinary way it has continued. She was born in Kashmir, India, to British parents. Her father was a major in the Ghurka Rifles and she spent most of her early childhood in the Far East where he was posted. Although she was an aspiring actress, it was as a model in the Swinging Sixties in London that she first found success. Statuesque and with striking good looks, she caught the attention of famous-name photographers including the late Lord Patrick Lichfield. She was designer Jean Muir’s muse and house model for several years before going freelance to become one of the top 10 most-booked models of this exciting decade. Her acting career included appearances in On the Buses, Dracula and Coronation Street (where she was Ken Barlow’s early love interest) and she was a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Her acting breakthrough, though, came as Purdey in The New Avengers’ TV series in 1976. More than 800 girls auditioned for this role to appear alongside actor Patrick McNee but producers obviously saw something special in Joanna and her subsequent success in the series – along with her trademark Purdey haircut which became a musthave style – made her a hit with the public as an all-action heroine.


Roles which followed included Sapphire in Sapphire & Steel in 1979, opposite David McCallum, in a cult sci-fi series which gained many fans. During the 1980s, Joanna honed her theatrical skills in Hedda Gabler and as Elvira in Blythe Spirit. Joanna also made appearances in several films including the 1982 hit Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther the following year. She also had a screen-stealing role in iconic hit film Shirley Valentine in 1989. While the public had long ago accepted her versatile acting talents, the role that really shot her to international acclaim came along in 1992 when she joined Jennifer Saunders in the TV comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. She played fun-loving fashionista Patsy Stone to Saunders’ PR guru Edina “Eddy” Monsoon and this re-invention as a comic actress caught the public’s enduring attention. It also won Joanna a string of awards including BAFTAs and cemented her status as a muchloved and admired entertainer. She has always been quick to attribute Ab Fab’s success to the writing of Jennifer Saunders, commenting: “You cannot get better than the writing. The writing has to be the best you can get, then you can build on it. You can’t make bricks without straw “Jennifer’s writing for Ab Fab was absolutely stunning and unbeatable and individual and hysterically funny.” The public, however, long ago embraced both Patsy and Joanna as their own and she has been a regular fixture on national TV screens ever since. She has also built up a successful film career as a character and voice-over actress. Her silky, upper-class English tones are immediately identifiable and her enduring beauty and charm have made her a natural for presenting programmes of all kinds. In 2009, she became a strident spokeswoman for the Gurkhas in the UK and helped persuade the British Government to allow those who had served in the Army the right to settle here. Not too surprisingly, when she visited Nepal she was feted by crowds and thanked by Nepal’s President and

CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Prime Minister for her work in championing the Ghurkas’ cause. She does have strong views about standing up to be counted and once stated: “You have to feel more involved than just writing out a cheque. Charity is almost the wrong word – I think people are beginning to feel more responsible for the world.”

And, however unlikely another Ab Fab series might currently seem, what is certain is that thousands of fans are about to be fascinated by a glimpse into the world of Joanna Lumley on her tour. As for Joanna, she is both excited and grateful for this, insisting:

“Oh people! This is especially for you from me, with masses of love. I think it will be fabulous!”

NORTH WEST TOUR DATES 9 October 2018 Symphony Hall, Birmingham 19 October 2018 Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham 6 NOVEMBER 2018 De Montfort Hall, Leicester * For full details of Joanna Lumley’s tour and tickets go to


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LIVING It may be anything from a tiny patch of grass to a paved garden or something lush that stretches over a large area. Whatever the size of your garden, this time of year is when we really appreciate getting outside on fine days and enjoying that private piece of England. And more and more we are now making the very best of our gardens. If you’re planning a garden or improving one, it’s worth deciding first of all how you want to use it. Is it purely a place to grow flowers and vegs? Is it for relaxing, for cooking and entertaining or as a children’s playspace? Is it a “working” garden that has additional storage or even a garden studio? Once you have decided on its main purpose, come up with a wish-list of things you would like in it – and prune this to fit your budget. Some garden experts suggest, as a rule of green thumb, living with your garden for a year to experience every season and what this means to your garden. Each garden has its own subtle annual patterns and styles – and it needs to suit the property it adjoins to complement it properly. Make the garden that fits the right location: if you’ve got a city garden your space will probably be overlooked by buildings creating shade so use plants that have a chance of blooming. If your garden overlooks your neighbours consider hedges and trees for privacy, but if it’s bordered by open rural space and lovely views think about lowering fences so it blends in seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. All this helps you to enjoy your garden more. PATHS can create an illusion of space and areas of greater interest; a winding path makes a more fluid design than a straight one and you can make individual areas for sitting or just admiring the greenery. Use path materials to complement those used on the house, matching the tones but varying the layout, perhaps adding a secondary, smaller material to give the path a more distinctive look. Do you want to stride boldly around your paths or are they a more subtle way of enticing people through the garden? In a narrow garden, a fan effect of paths can help the space look wider, or just lay wide rectangular slabs in a less formal way. A PATIO can prove to be a real sun-trap and a place where you can enjoy al fresco dining and entertaining. You can


make your own decked area relatively easily, but don’t forget to treat it with stain and preserver products that will protect it from sunlight, water damage and mould. POTS and PLANTERS placed distinctively around your garden can look great on a patio with a large shrub, can screen areas or make small areas of fascination throughout your garden. Ensure, however, that they are portable enough to move around – if you get tired of them in one place then you can move them to another. Highlight all this with subtle LIGHTING. Invest in beautiful lanterns or LED lights in styles to complement your garden and spotlight your hard work. To take your lifestyle out into the fresh air, AWNINGS are a welcome all-year-round home accessory. They allow for outdoor dining and entertainment and can easily extend living areas outside day or night. They offer shade when it’s hot and protection when it’s not and these days come in beautiful shades and with smooth mechanisms that make using them a pleasure. PERGOLAS, GAZEBOS and ARBOURS come in all shapes and sizes, too, offering a quirky and interesting attraction or simply as a way to enhance your garden walks. The wood used blends in beautifully with the surroundings yet they offer a talking-point and bring a different element to your garden. Everyone loves a BARBECUE in the garden and gas or charcoal-burning mobile models are available in various styles and prices to suit all pockets.


There are even brazier-like barbecues that heat the area on chilly evenings.

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You can, of course, build your own barbecue from brick, ensuring beforehand that it’s at the most practical and comfortable height for the people using it and that it doesn’t pose a fire-risk.

Gardens are great places in which children and grandchildren can play and there’s a wealth of PLAY EQUIPMENT available – everything from climbing frames, slides and swings to exotic treehouses.

Gardens are also wonderful for their relaxing qualities, so finding ways to get nearer to it – and even work within it – make sense for many of us. GARDEN STUDIOS are one clever way of doing this – individually built rooms with plenty of glass and airiness that allow us another handy room outside the house.

And if all you really want to do in your home outdoor space is garden, you can make your life easier with every kind of GARDEN EQUIPMENT. Choose from the latest labour-saving lawnmowers, trimmers and strimmers to all manner of small tools to create the garden of your dreams – and even be kind to your knees with the latest comfy kneeler!

We all know the healing and relaxing power of water which is why PONDS and WATER FEATURES are all so popular in our gardens today. They don’t have to cost a fortune – you can create a small pond on quite a modest budget, install a pump and put in suitable plants plus fish for a reasonable amount. And water features can be as big or small as you want, all involving that lovely sound of trickling water that calms the soul. If you really want to, literally, push the boat out you could invest in a SWIMMING POOL. You could have a small one in the open air or something larger in its own purpose-built home. Choose carefully and this could provide luxury swimming on site all the months of the year. HOT TUBS have also become very popular in this country over the last decade. Again, these can be used all year round and provide a relaxing and healthy way to chill out at home.


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Taking control of your investments BY DOUGLAS CHADWICK, CHAIRMAN, SALTYDOG INVESTOR LTD I decided to take control of my own financial destiny and have never looked back. At the time I only had access to around 40 funds, and had to track their progress long hand – the world is a very different place now.

How to ‘Do it yourself’ To make the most of your investments you need to follow a few simple steps: • Take advantage of the low cost fund supermarkets and discount brokers • Use tax-efficient wrappers like ISAs, SIPPs and Investment Bonds • Manage risk by understanding the relative volatility of different funds • Monitor your progress

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At Saltydog Investor we don’t believe that people should necessarily work longer, pay more into their pensions, or take out insurance for their twilight years. Yes, these things would help, but why doesn’t anyone suggest the obvious – make your current savings work harder. If you’re frustrated by the lacklustre performance of your pension, ISAs and other savings then why not do something about it? Many years ago, I was blissfully unaware of how poorly my investments were performing, assuming that my IFA was actively managing them to maximise my profits. I had sold my first business in 1985 and invested some of the proceeds in two Skandia Investment Bonds. I was withdrawing 5% per year, but was astonished when 15 years later I had seen no capital growth. I challenged my IFA and to my amazement found that I was still invested in the same property and balanced managed funds that they had recommended when the bonds were first taken out. The world had moved on, but my investments hadn’t. I’d learnt the hard way that the financial industry generally promotes passive investing. You are put in a fund and are then expected to stick with it through thick and thin, while the fund managers and advisers sit back and count their commission. This is why it’s frequently reported that many tens of billions of pounds are left floundering in underperforming funds offered by some of the world’s largest financial institutions.


Tracking 40 funds by hand was laborious, but possible; keeping tabs on the thousands of Unit Trusts, OEICs, Investment Trusts and ETFs that are readily available to the private investor is a completely different proposition. At Saltydog Investor we analyse all these funds and present a summary on a weekly basis in a way designed to help private investors see which sectors are currently performing well, and which are the best performing funds within those sectors. We combine the Investment Association sectors into our own proprietary Saltydog Groups which are: • • • • •

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These groups help indicate the potential risk associated with each fund within them. Combine this with our up-to-date performance data and it’s easy to see whether the increased risk associated with the more volatile funds is currently being rewarded.

Skin in the Game We also run a couple of demonstration portfolios to show how our data can be used and publish details every week. These are real portfolios and show what we’re doing with our own money. The ‘Tugboat’ is designed to be very cautious and avoiding losses when markets fall is as important as making gains when they rise. The ‘Ocean Liner’, shown on page 17, is slightly more adventurous.

Take Control For too long the financial institutions have had it all their own way. They have taken their charges, regardless of performance, and grown fat on the apathy and inactivity of the private investor. The politicians are just as bad. To punish us for living longer, and to make up for their incompetent management of public finances, we are now being told that we will have to work longer, and then survive on smaller pensions. Fortunately things are changing. Advisors are no longer able to take trail commission every year from your investments, and the investment houses have been forced to introduce funds where the hidden costs that used to go to the middle men now stay within your investments. The recent growth of on-line trading has been astonishing. The way we shop, bank, arrange our insurance, book our holidays, and choose our utilities providers has changed forever. Surely our approach to investing will follow suit. If you use one of the many fund supermarkets, switching between funds only takes a few minutes and the costs are minimal. The Saltydog data makes shortlisting the funds that are

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James Martin's

AMERICAN ADVENTURE Chicken ‘Bonne Femme’ Bonne femme translates as ‘good woman’ or ‘good wife’, and refers to the simplicity of this tasty dish. In culinary terms, it has come to refer to a dish with a mushroombased sauce. There are lots of versions of Bonne Femme, made using oysters or sole as well as chicken. This is my version of a Louisiana Creole classic. The Worcestershire sauce adds a great depth of flavour.

4 tablespoons olive oil 100g (31/2 oz) lardons or chopped streaky bacon 100g (3/4 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1.5kg (3lb) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces 1 green pepper (bell pepper), deseeded and diced 3 large Spanish onions, sliced 2 celery sticks, diced 125g (41/2 oz) white button mushrooms, sliced 300g (101/2 oz) new potatoes 5 garlic cloves, chopped 150g (51/4 oz) chorizo sausage, diced 4 tablespoons white wine 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 15 drops of Tabasco a few sprigs of tarrago

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Place a large roasting tray over a medium heat. Drizzle half the oil into the tray, then add the lardons or bacon. Stir into the hot oil and fry until crispy, tossing every now and then. Once the bacon is cooked, lift out with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl. Spread the flour on to a plate and season well. Dip each piece of chicken into it to coat completely. Fry the pieces in the tray, in batches and over a medium heat, adding the remaining oil, as you need to. When each piece is golden on one side, flip over and brown the other side, then place


in the bowl with the bacon. With the tray still over a medium heat, add the vegetables, potatoes, garlic and chorizo, stir in, then pour in the wine. Deglaze, stirring in the sticky bits and juices from the base of the pan, then add the Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Return the cooked bacon and chicken to the tray and season. Transfer to the preheated oven and cook for 35–40 minutes. Sprinkle with tarragon before serving.

Bow Pasta with Clams, Crayfish & Cajun Spices

SERVES 6 1 tablespoon salt 500g (1lb 2oz) bow pasta 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon ground white pepper 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon celery salt 4 tablespoons butter 5 garlic cloves, chopped 4 tablespoons white wine 500g (lb 2oz) clams 300ml (1/4 cup) double (heavy) cream large handful of cavolo nero, chopped 500g (1lb 2 oz) crayfish tails sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 10 drops of Tabasco 25g (oz) Parmesan cheese

We definitely need to eat more of these little fellas, as American crayfish have taken over from the UK crayfish in our rivers and streams. It’s easy to find containers of the cooked tails in the supermarket. This pasta dish is so simple to make and uses American kale, also called ‘black cabbage’ or cavolo nero. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add the salt and the pasta, stir in and simmer for 10 minutes until al dente. Mix the paprika, white pepper, thyme, oregano and celery salt together in a bowl. Melt the butter in a large pan over a low to medium heat. Once the butter has stopped foaming, add the garlic, herbs and spices and cook for a minute or two. Pour in the white wine, then add the clams and

cream and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and cook for 2 minutes. As the clams start to open, add the cavolo nero followed by the crayfish. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain the pasta, keeping a little of the water, and tip into the pan with the sauce. Season and keep cooking for another 2 minutes. Add the Tabasco and grate half the Parmesan into the sauce. Spoon onto a large serving bowl and grate over the rest of the cheese.


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Philly Cheesesteak Invented by a hot dog guy for a taxi diver who wanted to grab something quick to eat, the Philly cheesesteak has become massive in its home city of Philadelphia. Its fame has come at a price, however, and unfortunately it is now easier to find a bad one than a tasty one. This has to be made with great beef, normally rib-eye, cooked quickly then sliced up. Provolone cheese is another must. Other than the hoagie – the type of bread it sits in – the rest is up to you.

SERVES 3 4 tablespoons olive oil 3 x 20cm (8 in) hoagies or baguettes, cut in half lengthways 6 large spring onions (scallions), cut in half lengthways 2 little gem lettuces, leaves pulled apart 50g (3/4oz) cherry tomatoes 500g (1lb 2oz) rib-eye steak, thinly sliced 3 pickled onions, sliced 2 mozzarella balls, torn 300g (3 cups) grated provolone cheese

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Heat a griddle pan to hot.

Place the baguettes in a parcel of foil or baking parchment, top with the lettuce and tomatoes.

Drizzle the oil over the cut sides of the baguettes and place cut-side down onto the griddle. Toast until charred. Brush a little oil over the spring onions (scallions) and griddle them for 2–3 minutes, again until charred.

Oil the griddle and place the steak on the griddle to cook for 1 minute on each side. Then cut up in to strips while on the griddle.


Place the strips of steak into the baguettes. Add the slices of pickled onion, mozzarella, provolone cheese, and top with the spring onions. Place in the oven for 5 minutes before serving.


Bourbon Pecan Tart Another classic American dessert, this moreish tart is packed with crunchy pecans, smothered in bourbon-flavoured sticky goodness. If you’d like to glaze the cake, warm 2 tablespoons golden syrup (light corn syrup) in a pan and brush all over the tart after baking. SERVES 8 For the pastry 250g (I3/4cups plus 2 tablespoons) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra for rolling out 125g (1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon) butter, diced, at room temperature 1 medium egg, beaten For the filling 4 tablespoons butter 100g (3oz) treacle 4 medium eggs 175g (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) caster (superfine) sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 6 tablespoons bourbon whiskey 500g (1lb 2oz) pecans To serve double (heavy) cream or vanilla ice cream

To make the pastry, put the flour into a large bowl, add the butter and rub in using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pour the egg into the middle of the mixture and stir in well, then lightly knead the mixture to bring it together. Add 1 tablespoon of water if the mixture feels a bit dry and doesn’t come together into a smooth dough. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap in clingfilm (plastic wrap) and rest in the fridge for 20 minutes. Lightly flour a clean work surface then roll out the pastry into a large circle, around 2mm (1/8in) thick. Keep turning the pastry every time you roll it to keep the shape even. Use to line a 26cm (10 in) fluted loose-bottomed tart tin, 3cm ( deep. Line the tin with the pastry. Press into the flutes and edge of the base of the tin, then leave the remainder hanging over the edge.

melt the butter. Stir together. Take the pan off the heat and cool a little. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until mixed well then pour in the cooled butter mixture, cinnamon and bourbon and stir everything together. Put the tart tin on a baking sheet. Spread the pecans all over the tart case, then pour the filling over the top. Bake for 35–45 minutes until the filling is firm. Once cooked, cut all the overhanging edges off the tart using a sharp serrated knife. Cool the tart until warm, then lift the tart out of the tin and transfer to a plate. Cut the tart into slices and serve with cream or ice cream.

Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Make the filling. Put the butter and treacle into a small pan and heat gently to

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Out & About

A GUIDE to some amazing events around the region 1st - 9th June

10th June

Derby Book Festival 2018

Edale Country Day

2018 is a landmark year of political and social change, of debates and campaigns, of inclusion and challenging the status quo. The Derby Book Festival programme reflects the multitude of voices we’re hearing this year.

If you've always wondered how to shear a sheep, that's just one of the skills you can see at Edale Country Day on Sunday 10th June. It's one of the big events in Edale's calendar when the village playing field comes alive in a celebration of country life.

At the heart of the programme lies the very best in contemporary literature. From the international bestsellers: Kate Mosse, Lionel Shriver and Louis de Bernières to some of the most lauded new debut authors. Derby

With falconry displays, rural crafts and vintage vehicles, as well as lots of children's activities, there will be plenty to see and do, and the fantastic range of high quality stalls, many of them selling hand-crafted items, provides a great opportunity to find that extra special gift. Edale Playing Field, Edale 17th June

Sweetness Overload Desserts & Crafts Charity Festival This dedicated desserts & drinks festival will bring together a range of sweet treat stalls to delight your tastebuds! All proceeds will go directly to St. Vincent de Paul’s Summer camp for disadvantaged children and families.

6th - 8th July

Timber Timber - an extraordinary new festival exploring the transformative impact of forests. Celebrating woodland culture in all its forms, join us for an intoxicating experience where music, art, philosophy and sustainability weave together into an unforgettable, exhilarating weekend. We'll be inviting artists, musicians, scientists and thinkers from across the world to dive into the poetry of nature, explore what forests and woodlands can mean to us and our relationship with nature.

July - September

Summer Nights Film Festival Summer Nights is a festival of outdoor film screenings in beautiful heritage locations throughout the summer. Summer Nights is organised by QUAD, Derby's Centre for Art and Film. Bring your picnic and your friends, or sample the tasty treats on offer at each venue, and enjoy the splendour of the great outdoors along with films to stimulate your senses and create the perfect cinematic experience you will never forget. Market Place Cathedral Quarter, Derby

It’s FREE to attend, simply join us on the day and see how sweet life can be! London Road, Derby 24th June

Timber will bring communities together to play and create in our arboreal wonderland, where the tonic of wildness rules supreme. Feanedock, National Forest

Vintage Motorsport Festival The Vintage Motorsport Festival heads to Donington Park for a glorious day of motor racing dating back to the very cradle of the sport. Many of the cars racing at this event are rarely seen in action, and are some of the most entertaining to behold. Castle Donington, Derby

7th July 2018 - 8th July 2018, 6th October

Antique & Collectors Fair Antique, vintage and retro pieces for you and your home. Come and browse our stalls and have a lovely day out. Relax and have a cup of tea and cake in the café at the beautiful Derby Conference Centre. Derby Conference Centre


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26th - 27th August

Grand Medieval Joust Experience a spectacle of speed and skill as four of the most masterful knights in the kingdom, mounted on their magnificent steeds. Choose your champion and see who is victorious in this colourful display of chivalry and courage. Surround yourself if pageantry and marvel at falcons in flights. The living history encampments will take you back in time, where you'll be kept entertained by the court jester and merry musicians. Budding knights can enjoy their own hero moment as they test bravery in the hobby-horse jousting. Bolsover Castle, Castle Street

27th - 29th September

Derby Festé 2018 Join Derby Festé to celebrate 250 years of circus. The city comes to life with world-class performances including daring acrobatics, energetic parkour and a stunning parade. Prepare to laugh, gasp and take away some unforgettable moments as Festé fills Derby with fun, colour and celebration. Derby 27th - 29th September

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show We are delighted to welcome the RHS back to Chatsworth in 2018. Visit the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show website www. to book tickets and find out more. For discounted tickets and exclusive access to RHS member day, become an RHS member. Chatsworth

OUT & ABOUT 12th and 14th July

CLAIRE FORD: UNBOXED - Claire Ford Feel like you're stuck outside the box? Then how do you think inside it? Comedy with real heart. Through storytelling, clowning and double-walled chipboard, Unboxed promises more ‘brilliant, unique and boundarybending comedy’ (TalkFringe) from a ‘masterful physical theatre performer.’ Broadway Baby. One half of Buxton Fringe Awardwinners The Kagools. Underground at The Old Clubhouse 14th and 21st July

GERARD HARRIS: ATTENTION SEEKER - That's Enough Drama/Gerard Harris

a selection of events from the AMAZING Buxton Festival Fringe 8th and 15th July

The shy, repressed joke-writer for a famous comedian accidentally crashes into the stand-up spotlight and the rest is history. Except history is normally written by the winners... OffBroadway and worldwide Fringe hit from Montreal (via Surrey). ***** ‘Incredibly smart, funny.’ Edmonton Journal, Canada. ‘Hilarious!’ Dominion Post, NZ. ‘A masterful storyteller.’ Stage Whispers, Australia Underground at The Old Clubhouse

10,000 DECISIONS (PREVIEW) - Robyn Perkins Everyone makes bad decisions, right? In this brilliant new stand-up show, Robyn Perkins (English Comedian of the Year Finalist) uses a series of hilarious personal anecdotes, family stories and neuroscience to make a random decision. **** ‘A golden performer whose charisma alone on stage is refreshing.’ Voice Magazine Green Man Gallery 8th July

ADAM VINCENT: STUCK IN THE SUBURBS WITH YOU - Australian Stand Up Adam Vincent See this award-nominated Australian stand up who writes for The Last Leg. See how family demands, societal expectations and unfulfilled joys are controlling his life. ‘Makes me laugh louder and more inappropriately than most people I know.’ Adam Hills. Nominated for Individual Comedy Award at Buxton Fringe 2017. Green Man Gallery 12th - 13th July

ALEX KEALY: MONETIZE THIS! - Alex Kealy Political comedian/ball of anxiety Alex Kealy creates cerebral stand-up from humanity's self-destructive tendency to quantify everything. Underground at The Old Clubhouse

A traditional pub with log fires serving homemade, locally sourced food and real ales. You can choose to dine in either the relaxed and cosy bar or the more formal dining room. In addition to our Main Menu and Specials we offer a Weekday Senior Menu and a Sunday Carvery. We can Cater for all types of Functions - both inside and outside. Have a look at our website or Facebook page for information on our events such as Beer Festivals and Charity Nights. The High Peak Trail (leading to the Tissington Trail) is only yards away and are also bordered by many other footpaths, including the Limestone Way, Midshires and Pennine Bridleways. If you wish to stay a while longer, we also have a caravan and campsite with hard standings and electric available. The modern shower/toilet block benefits from underfloor heating and the views are stunning. If you would like to discuss bookings for a table, function or campsite pitch, please call us on 01298 83345 www Ashbourne Road (A515), Pomeroy (nr Flagg)Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9QG


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Friday 15 June 7.30pm

Tuesday 29 May to Saturday 2 June 7.30pm Matinee: Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm


£20-£30 (Discounts available)

Sunday 17 June 2pm & 7pm


£22.50-£25.50 (Discounts available)

Friday 1 June 1pm



£7 in advance, £10 on the door Friday 1 June 8pm

BUXTON BUZZ COMEDY CLUB £7 in advance, £10 on the door Sunday 3 June 3pm


Friday 8 June 7.30pm


£25 (Discounts available) Sunday 10 June 7pm

£5-£8 matinee, £6.50-£9.50 evening Tuesday 19 June 7.30pm

JOSS NAYLOR AND STEVE CHILTON £17.50 (Discounts available) Thursday 21 June 7.30pm

MARK ANTHONY AS PRINCE £25 (Discounts available)


Thursday 21 June 7.30pm

Tuesday 12 June 7.15pm

Saturday 23 June 7.30pm

£15.50 (Students/Children £12.50)

£14.50-£18 (Discounts available)






JULY Friday 6 to Sunday 22 July


Wednesday 25 July 7.30pm


Monday 30 July to Sunday 5 August


AUGUST Tuesday 7 August 7.30pm


£15 (Discounts available) Friday 10 August 7.30pm

RHYTHM OF THE DANCE £27.50 (Discounts available) Sunday 12 August 7.30pm

THE JAMES BOND CONCERT SPECTACULAR £22.50 (Discounts available)

Crooners Little Women

Elkie Brooks Woody Mann

Elkie Brooks

Joan Collins

Peppa Pig’s Adventure

Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 August Saturday 1pm & 4pm, Sunday 10am & 1pm


£17-£20 (Family discounts available) Monday 20 August 7.30pm


Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 August Thursday & Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm


£14.50-£19.50 (Discounts available) Saturday 25 August 7.30pm


£14.50-£19.50 (Discounts available) Sunday 26 August 7.30pm


SEPTEMBER Sunday 2 September 7.30pm


Friday 7 September 8pm

BUXTON BUZZ COMEDY CLUB £7 in advance, £10 on the door Saturday 8 September 7.30pm

THE FLOYD EFFECT – THE BELL AND THE MOON TOUR £18.50-£20 (Discounts available) Sunday 9 September 7.30pm

YOU WIN AGAIN – CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF THE BEE GEES £28.50 (Discounts available) Thursday 13 September 7.30pm


£20.50-£22.50 (Discounts available) Saturday 15 September 7.30pm


Friday 21 September 8pm

WHITNEY – QUEEN OF THE NIGHT £25-£27 (Discounts available) Saturday 22 September 7.30pm

RIP IT UP THE 60’S £33.50-£41.50

Sunday 23 September 7.30pm


£24.50 (Discounts available) Wednesday 26 September 7.30pm


£27-£37 (Discounts available) Thursday 27 September 7.30pm

BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS £20 (Discounts available)

Thursday 20 September 7.30pm

Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 September 10am & 1pm

£24 (Discounts available)

£18-£23 (Family discounts available)



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16th - 22nd July

7th - 8th July

15th July

CHELMORTON VILLAGE FESTIVAL 2018 - Chelmorton Festival 2018

PETER PAN A MUSICAL ADVENTURE by Stiles and Drewe - Mad Hatters Music


A great range of family-friendly events including: Pub Quiz, Tractor Rally, Scarecrow Competition, Dog Show, Dry Stone Walling, Silver Band, Raffle, Tombola, Saturday Stalls, Church Exhibition, Art and Photography Exhibition, Weigh the Sheep, Saturday Night Live Band, Croquet, Strawberries and Cream. Chelmorton Institute html

n this delightful youth production we join Peter and the Darling family as they are whisked away to the famous land full of colourful characters. Mixing swashbuckling adventure with an infectious score, Peter Pan is guaranteed to bring forth one's inner child, and send you reeling ‘Just Beyond the Stars’. St Thomas More School html

Nominated for the Vocal Performance Award for our Buxton Festival Fringe debut in 2017... we're back! New venue, more songs, more singers, more fun to be had. Come along for an evening of fantastic contemporary songs performed by our 60-strong choir, smaller ensembles and fabulous guest performers. The Palace Hotel html

18th - 19th July

AN EVENING OF CLOSE-UP & STAGE MAGIC - High Peak Magic Society Cards, coins, rings and ropes all feature in the magic, and hold on to your watches as these guys move from table to table performing mystifying, sleight of hand miracles. The Palace Hotel html

7th July

22nd July

ACAPPELLA AND CAKE Ordsall Acappella Singers

GIVE PEAS A CHANCE Serpentine Community Farm

Frequent visitors to the Buxton Fringe, Ordsall Acappella singers will be bringing you their well-known Acappella and Cake. Come and listen to us for an hour of our close harmony singing followed by tea and cake. United Reformed Church html

Open air (shelter in polytunnel if rainy) acoustic set amongst Serpentine Community Farm's raised beds and gardens. Will Hawthorne (even his name is green-themed) will sing and play for us. Come early for coffee and cake, stay later to see what we're growing. Serpentine Community Farm html

Chatsworth House Offer Book for a minimum of a three-night stay & receive two complimentary Chatsworth House tickets (excluding special events)

Situated within the heart of the Peak District, The Old Hall Hotel is a stunning destination for a summertime break, offering the very best of Buxton.

From just £119 per room, our package includes: • A glass of Pimms on arrival • A two-course dinner (starter & main course) • An overnight stay in a unique bedroom • Full English breakfast

To book call 01298 22841 or visit The Great British Summer Break offer: subject to availability for stays between 1st June & 30th September 2018.


Buxton Welcomes Rula Lenska Taking time off from her busy filming schedule for Coronation Street Rula Lenska will appearing at the Rotunda Theatre in her one woman show From Dzików to Willesden Green as part of the Buxton Fringe. It is based on her mother’s memoirs and I asked Rula how it had all come about: ‘At one time the BBC was interested in doing a documentary about the two of us going back to Poland, in her footsteps so to speak. She was born to a very high aristocratic family and then of course the war happened and they all had to escape leaving everything behind. Had a terrible time in concentration camps, and then came here as refugees. It’s an amazing story and not just a horror story about the war but an incredible journey, and she was the most amazing woman.’ Rula’s mother had left about 5 hours of audio tape for a BBC archive interview, which Rula transcribed and shortened to a viable length for performance. I asked her if her mother ever talked to her about her past? ‘She talked a lot about her childhood, but she didn’t talk too much about the really hard times in concentration camp – most of that I got from the tapes.’

Despite growing up in England Rula’s parents demanded that they spoke only polish at home and on Saturdays there was polish classes, polish singing and dancing. ‘Everything you could possibly imagine,’ Rula laughs. ‘Apparently, when I was about eight, I said to my mother; It’s just my luck to be born a Pole and a Catholic – it’s ruined my whole weekend! I hated it, I was born here, I wanted to be like everybody else. Now I’m very grateful because I’m very proud of my heritage, my soul definitely feels Polish and I love going back there.’ Had Rula had always wanted to act? ‘Yes,’ she said, ‘but my parents weren’t best pleased. My father wanted me to go into the United Nations because I spoke languages, he didn’t think acting was a suitable job for an aristocrat’. Were there any parts she hadn’t played that she wanted to; ‘ One of my greatest wishes was to play Joan of Arc, and I haven’t done enough Shakespeare and I’ve always wanted to do more Chekov.’ Will she be doing anymore solo pieces in the future? ‘Yes, I’ve got a play being written for me about Rita Hayworth and her latter years.’ A part I think she would be perfect for. I finally asked Rula if she ever regretted renouncing her Polish title. ‘I’ve never renounced it,’ she replied, ‘My father did to become an American citizen, but not me. Why would I use it anyway – Countess Rula lenska sounds like a stripper!’ Ladies and Gentlemen, the wonderful Rula Lenska Rula Lenska: From Dzików to Willesden Green Sunday 15 July, 3:30pm at The Rotunda Theatre, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, part of the Buxton Festival Fringe. Box Office Tel: 07487228993 Online:

OUT & ABOUT 14th July

8th July

5th - 8th July




Join the town for the biggest event in the calendar. Dozens of floats, bands, dance teams and party animals parade as part of the Well Dressing celebrations. Process with the Fringe team. Last year we had a large carrot! Note: Carnival is on the Fringe's middle Saturday for 2018. Around the Town html

Join us in one of Buxton's jewels for an afternoon of free entertainment. Music, dance, theatre, magic, children’s entertainment! Bring a rug, a picnic, family and friends. Pick-up a map and join a treasure hunt through the Gardens organised by University of Derby students. Leave it all to us. Pavilion Gardens html

7th July

6th - 21st July

5th - 9th July




Fit Up Productions are bringing Fringe to the market! They will be performing fantastic street/circus shows on their fabulous outdoor stage. There will also be the Fringe's finest performing their work! This family-friendly event will pass the hat in the tradition of street theatre! The Market Place html

The multi-award-winning Shakespeare Jukebox returns to the Opera House forecourt with scenes and speeches from the Bard’s work performed with energy and humour, and all for charity. Just pick the piece you want to see from the Jukebox playlist, make a donation and prepare to be entertained and amazed! Buxton Opera House html

The latest in the award-winning After Shakespeare series examines King Lear through the eyes of two of the play's most compelling characters. This powerful oneman play is a thought-provoking reworking of the original text to provide a unique insight into the mind of the disturbed King Lear himself. Underground at The Old Clubhouse html

When Holmes unknowingly murders his client, the game is on to catch the criminal! But are Watson's rent and Moriarty's thirst for detective fiction manipulating events? Expect hilarity, satire, metafiction and plot twists galore! Sell-out show at Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes. Underground at the Arts Centre html

National Helpline 0800 917 7650

Alcoholics Anonymous has over 4,400 groups throughout Great Britain dedicated to helping those with a serious alcohol problem learn how to stay sober. Groups are made up of people from all walks of life and all age groups. Through friendship and mutual support, members assist each other in coping which is made easier by meeting others with the same problem. There are no dues or fees for membership and anonymity is carefully preserved. Anyone who believes they have a drink problem can contact Alcoholics Anonymous by using the helpline number above or email; Further information may be obtained from the web site above or from the General Service Office at the address below. For information: P.O. Box 1, 10 Toft Green, York. YO1 7NJ Tel: 01904 644 026


Peak Shopping Village If you’re planning a trip out in beautiful Derbyshire over the summer months be sure to put Peak Shopping Village on the itinerary. With shops, a restaurant and café, a superb indoor play centre all set in the stunning Derbyshire Countryside we can guarantee you won’t feel the usual stresses of a town shopping centre experience. Your hassle-free visit starts with FREE parking in the accessible carpark with stunning views of the Derbyshire countryside. Enter the village and you can enjoy a great range of stores such as Pavers Shoes, Regatta, Leading Labels and many more. If you have any little ones in tow, then a trip to Peak Adventure is a must. With a 4-tiered playframe and a toddler area there’s bags of potential for energy burning fun. The Peak Adventure café has a superb range of quality food too and its very own pizza oven, so any calories burned can easily be replaced! If you fancy a bite to eat either indoors or outside in the sunshine then Massarella’s

Restaurant & Café offers a range of fresh daily specials from the hot plate, paninis & toasted sandwiches, Derbyshire Cream Teas and a tempting array of cakes and pastries. Events at the Village add a different dimension to the site. The monthly Makers Market gives you the chance to explore and shop artisan stalls in addition to the great brands on offer at the stores. There is always live music at the markets too. The Return of the Plundering Pirates, the villages annual summer fair returns on 29th July which always proves to be a brilliant and fun family day out. With live

variety interactive entertainment, treasure hunts, face painting, crafts and much more which are all free to enjoy. Don’t forget Peak Shopping Village is a dog friendly site and dogs are also welcome in many of the stores too. To showcase this feature, we support Just For Dogs rehoming charity by hosting a fundraising novelty dog show with 12 classes such as dog with the waggiest tail to the dog with the most appealing eyes. It’s always a hugely enjoyable day where enthusiastic dog owners get to show off their furry friends. Plan your visit at




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espite being within Sheffield's border, the Strines Inn could be a world away. Nestled amongst breathtaking moorland scenery, it is one of the local landmarks in the Peak District National Park.

Originally a manor house, it was built in 1275 for the Worrall family, although most of the present day structure is 16th Century. After becoming an Inn in 1771 when John Morton leased the property from the Worrall's, it got its name from an Olde English word meaning the meeting of water, quite appropriate as nowadays it overlooks the Strines Reservoir. In the height of Summer the Inn attracts hundreds of visitors on a daily basis. The glorious sunshine and stunning views perfectly compliment the excellent food and drink available, with many dishes being homemade. The Strines Inn is also famous for its numerous peacocks, the previous Landlord having introduced several pairs twenty years ago, there are now over thirty of them. There is also accommodation available for those people looking to escape for a few days to relax. All rooms have Four poster beds and En-Suite facilities.


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2018 ART EXHIBITION - Burbage Art Group This popular, long-established exhibition features accessible works using watercolours, oils, textiles and more. Free cakes, refreshments and children's quiz make this a family occasion while the high standard of work has resulted in wider recognition for several of its artists. This friendly group meets on Wednesday evenings and welcomes newcomers. Burbage Institute 6th - 22nd July

COLLECTORS AND CURIOSITIES: BUXTON AND BEYOND - Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Buxton Museum was founded in 1893 making us 125 years old this year! Our summer exhibition will celebrate some little-seen objects and artworks, many from outside the Peak District, and the people who donated them. Join us for an exhibition preview on Friday July 6th, 5-7pm. Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Interactive Technology Bringing Financial Planning To Life One-dimensional meetings with your Adviser are a thing of the past. You can now scope out ‘what if scenarios’ in real-time with proven industry-leading software and see how that impacts your lifestyle now and in the future. The problem with traditional financial forecasts you will be familiar with is that they only show one investment at a time, and this doesn’t relate in a joined up way with your holistic plan of what you want your future to look-like. At Four Oaks Financial Services we have augmented the advice of our team of qualified Financial Advisers with best in class software. This enables us to show our clients what their projected financial future will look like based upon all of their financial inputs such as salary, pensions and investments across their life-time. The number one benefit of this software is it visually and simply shows our clients ‘what would happen if’. Our clients are now able to make life’s big decisions with confidence. Such as when they can afford to move to a bigger house, go part-time, retire, or what the impact of helping their children financially would have on their desired retirement lifestyle. We would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about our approach to lifestyle financial planning.

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For The Future You Dream Of For complete peace of mind arrange a meeting with one of our qualified financial advisers and be assured of tailor-made financial advice and expert financial planning for now, for your future and your family’s future. • Lifestyle Financial Planning • Pensions • Investments & Savings • Financial Protection • Mortgages • Estate Planning • Private Medical Insurance • Long Term Care • Corporate Services

The value of pensions and investments and the income they produce can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested. Estate planning is not regulated by the FCA. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on the mortgage.

The value of pensions and investments and the income they produce can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested. Martin Ward is the Managing Director of Four Oaks Financial Services Limited. He began his career in financial services in 1982 and has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in the Financial Services sector.


Four Oaks Financial Services Limited 168 Birmingham Road, Shenstone Wood End, Lichfield WS14 0NX TEL: 0121 323 2070

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Derbyshire issue 49  

Local magazine for the over 50 that includes holidays, leisure, out and about, travel

Derbyshire issue 49  

Local magazine for the over 50 that includes holidays, leisure, out and about, travel