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Welcome to Amber Valley Voice Christmas is just around the corner and of course, another new year...I wonder what resolutions I’ll have this year!!


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Well one of them is something that I am currently working on now and that is to push for the local community to like and share our Facebook and twitter pages. As an added incentive, as soon as we reach 500 likes on Facebook, we will be drawing 2 winners, a reader and a business. The business will get a free full page advert in their choice of mag and the reader will receive a £50 gift voucher for any of our advertisers in any of the mags...we can’t say fairer than that for the click of a button!! Now, whilst we are on the competition trail…… QS Chapman and Chubb are offering our readers a fantastic opportunity to win not just once but TWICE! Each month, we will ask a question relating to the QS adverts in the mag and you could win from a variety of prizes from a box of luxury chocs to a high street voucher. However, at the end of the 6 month period, if you have entered every month and got the question correct, you will be entered into a further prize draw to win either a £50 voucher and bottle of Champs from Chapman & Chubb or a hamper full of goodies...your call, just answer the question below and Quality Solicitors Chapman and Chubb Competition Question:’ve got to ‘What do QS Chapman and Chubb not make a fuss out of?’ be in it to win it!!! Answers by 6th December to T&C’s apply

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South Wingfield Social Club Events

7th Dec - Live Band ‘Fitz n Startz playing 60’s and all decades of music. £3 per ticket purchased from the club or via Mick on 07545 938994 and includes FREE raffle ticket and supper. 18th Dec - Annual Carol Concert with dance show, brass band, youth club kids singing with FREE mince pies and mulled wine. Contact Mick (as above ) for more info.

AmberGold & Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir Concert AmberGold is a voluntary charity for people with learning disabilities who live in the Amber Valley area, was formerly known as Alfreton, Ripley & District Mencap Society. Friday 17th January 2014 at Riddings Community Centre at 7:45pm. Tickets are £5 on the door or in advance from England Barker Jewellers & Jenny’s Lingerie Ripley.

Lessons & Carols at St Martin of Tours

Everyone is warmly invited to attend the traditional service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday 15th December at 4:30pm at St Martin of Tours, Parish Church of Alfreton.

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Leabrooks Gallery Christmas Fair

The annual opportunity to get in the mood for the seasonal festivities! Come and have a browse and pick up a bespoke Christmas gift for a loved one. Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November from 10am . .Birchwood Methodist Church Autumn Brunch Saturday 23rd November from 10am onwards. A variety of stalls including the famous Birchwood Brunch… a must see if it isn’t already in your diary! Note: Not all readers will receive this in time.

Upcoming walk with Alfreton and District Rambling Club

We walk on alternate Sundays and meet in the car park near Alfreton Library at 9:30am. Bring a drink and packed lunch. Suitable footwear and clothing required. New faces made welcome. . For more info call Terry on 01773 835437 or Dave 07543 100655. Upcoming walks: 8th Dec - Tansley, 8 miles 22nd Dec– Chatsworth, 8 miles

5th Jan - Scarthin, 8 miles 19th Jan - Tinkersley, 8 miles

Leonard Cheshire Craft Fayre A wide variety of stalls to peruse and refreshments to enjoy at Riddings Community Centre on 30th November, 10am until 4pm. For more information or to book a stall contact Julie Watlow on 07738 033056.

St Martin of Tours, Parish Church of Alfreton Saturday 14th to Monday 16th December 2013 Light Refreshments available during the Festival. Lunch 12pm to 2pm



11am - 4pm each day *1st


Priz FLE e £5 0 CA S

Admission £2 Under 12’s Free when accompanied by an adult

St Martin’s Church is at the west end of Church Street - past the War Memorial

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Weddings priced according to what you want, or simpler version weddings from ÂŁ450

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Book Review - The Bellweather Revivals by Benjamin Wood

Eden Bellwether is a brilliant, posh and decidedly strange young Cambridge student. He has been cosseted and indulged by parents who, like his sister Iris, can’t quite decide if he’s a genius or something a little weirder. So far as Eden himself is concerned there’s no question. His academic brilliance is obvious. But he also believes he can heal people, using the power of music. This isn’t using music to get you in the right mood for a party, or listening to a bit of baroque to influence the brain waves before an exam, Eden believes he can mend limbs, cure cancer and....well if it sounds interesting, you need to read The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood to find out what else.

We’re told the story by Oscar, a real outsider, who falls in love with Eden’s sister and becomes increasingly disturbed by the strangely unhealthy sibling relationship. As events spiral out of control the tale turns into a pretty gripping read. This is a first novel and one which has faint echoes of other stories you might have read – the unsettling undergraduate clique of Donna Tartt’s Secret History, elements of Brideshead Revisited. But at heart it’s a gothic suspense story which takes the idea of a possible fine line between genius and insanity and runs with it. Maybe just the thing for a dark winter night...

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Christmas services Christingle service - Sunday 22nd December - 4.30 p. m. Christmas eve communion - 11.15 p.m. Christmas day family service - 10.30 a.m.

Services every Sunday 10.30 a.m. with Sunday school and crèche 6 p.m. evening worship

All are welcome Rev'd John Peters. Watchorn church, Derby road, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7AQ Tel: 01773 832063,

12 This month we bring you a walk I’ve planned for quite a while and I’m really glad I eventually got around to it. Ogston reservoir is beautiful and this walk will give you the opportunity to see a number of nice views. There are a number of opportunities to let your dog run off the lead but there are a few stretches of road so take care and use pavements when possible. 4 1/2 mile circular walk around Ogston Reservoir A moderate and very scenice walk for you and your dog. The route should take around 2 – 2 1/2 hours. There are some hilly sections and the terrain is varied with some uneven and muddy parts so a good pair of boots or wellies is highly recommended at this time of the year.

1. Begin in the “Fishermans Car Park” off Ogston New Road. Exit the car park onto the road taking care as the pavement on the other side only runs a short way. Turn right and Continue to the end of the road and turn left onto Butterfield Lane. 2. Opposite the church take a signpost on your right for Wessington. Cross the field and pass through a hedge. Cross this field, turn left at a way post through a gap in a hedge then cross another field, pass through another gap and proceed to a stile and onto the road. 3. Cross the road and directly opposite, take the stile by a gate onto a footpath. Continue along this path with hedges on either side. At the end of the hedges continue ahead to cross a field. Pass through a hedge and cross another field heading for a footbridge across the stream. 4. Take the left hand path after crossing the stream and follow the path alongside the der a e R ffer stream on your left until you reach a O bridge. Take the steps onto Ogston Lane and continue before taking a right hand turn onto Crow Lane. 5. Carry on along the road past the houses until it brings you to a fork. Turn left here along Hurst Lane. Follow this road for a 50 FREE Messy Mutz reasonable distance as it bends round to the poop scoop bags right and then continues along the side of with every purchase of the reservoir, becoming South Hill Lane. Millers Complete Dog Food 6. At the end of this road turn left and taking with this coupon care for traffic walk a short way along the B6014, before taking a footpath sign on your right into a wooded area. Cross a stile, keep the hedge on your right and follow the path along the side of a field. Cross a stile by the farm and turn left to join the farm track.


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At the road, cross straight over and take a footpath straight ahead. At the end of the path turn left onto Beresford Lane. Very soon on your left take a stile over a wall on your left. 8. Cross the field, keeping the hedge on your left and at the end of the field turn left onto Badger Lane. Walk down this road as it heads towards the reservoir. At the bottom turn right onto the B6014, using the footpath, crossing the reservoir. 9. Take the next left onto Quarry Lane. Continue along the road before taking a signposted path on your right, just after a house with a ‘Methodist Church’ sign. Follow the path alongside the hedge and then uphill and across the field, heading for the top corner. Turn left onto a path and follow to a farm road. 10. Turn right and continue ahead, taking a footpath on your left just before reaching a building. Pass through a stile by a gate and follow the path down the side of the field, towards the reservoir. 11. At the road turn right onto Ogston New Road. Make use of the pavement on the opposite side and follow the road as it takes you back to the car park. This walk is for illustrative purposes only. The Amber Valley Voice takes no responsibility for anyone who chooses to follow this route and encourages all walkers to obey all byelaws and signs and to respect the area they are walking in, ensuring they pick up all dog mess and obey the countryside code at all times.

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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MARKET Alfreton Indoor Market - Update The new frontage was completed in July and the new roof completed in September. A notice board is shortly to be erected to the left of the front doors. Look out for upcoming events, special offers and activities. Three new kiosks have been erected at the rear of the market. Ripley Smoke and Kathy’s Cosmetics, perfumes and hair accessories are now open for business. The third kiosk will be open for business mid-October and will sell Leather handbags and accessories. Hidden Gems, Carries Crafts & Impact Upholstery are now trading on the market. Hand of Goth are now trading 4 market days and hair extensions are available from T Wilde. The availability of car boot stalls has been extended to all trading days. Casual traders are also welcome subject to availability. Stalls can only be pre-booked if payment is received in advance. Open from Monday 16th December every day until Christmas Re-open Tuesday 31st December – normal trading Look out for various activities during December including Magic Mel on the Market, Carol singers and children’s competitions. For more information contact Vicki England – Markets & Town Centre Officer on 07971 126363 or Christmas Opening Hours:-


Keep the Christmas Season Crime Free with Derbyshire Police Although it is a busy time of year, there are a few steps people should remember to help ensure they stay safe and secure: Light up at home

If you can, use a timer switch to ensure a light comes on when you aren’t at home. Most glaries happen when a property is empty- leaving a light on can deter burglars.


Keep all valuables Don’t make your home a target– keep your doors and windows locked and keep all your valuables, out of sight: including gifts, out of sight. Online shopping:

Make sure you use a secure online payment service and use credit cards rather than debit cards. Don’t give out your personal or financial information online unless you know your contact is legitimate and mark off your online transactions against your bank statement.

Keep yourself safe:

Avoid using expensive mobile phones and other equipment in the street and if you are going out in the evening, make sure you have your keys, money, phone and plans to get home. Make sure someone knows what time you will be back.

Keep your car safe:

Make sure you park in a well lit car park and lock your car. Never leave any valuables in your car, such as mobiles or satellite navigation systems.

Don’t drink and drive:

Drink or drug driving can be fatal. If you are going out for the evening, stick to soft drinks if you are driving. Nominate a designated driver who can get you all home safely.

Know your alcohol limits:

We want people to go out in the Amber Valley and have a safe and enjoyable evening out. Antisocial behaviour, particularly related to alcohol, is one of our top priorities and we will be taking action against those who commit it. Know your limits.

We wish you a safe and happy Christmas, and if you would like more advice, or to contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team then please call 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police or visit the website:

KLEEFORD COIN AUCTIONS Regular monthly sales of Coins, Medals, Bank Notes, Tokens, Small gold and Silver items

Do you have unwanted coins, banknotes or medals in a box at home? Call me for a free professional and without obligation valuation.

Green Gables has a cheerful and friendly atmosphere, with many of our residents choosing to take part in a variety of trips We pride ourselves on supporting our residents to be independent and to take part in community activities as they wish

01773 528743 or 07969 645952

We currently have bed vacancies. For information please contact Linda Barker on: 01773 832 422

email on Also accepting lots for future auctions.

Green Gables. Wingfield Road, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7AN

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Local women’s choir ‘Sonara Singers’ have recently hit the heights to raise over £3000 for The Air Ambulance Service. helping to save whenever it can.”




Sonara Singers chairwoman Lorna Brooks and Musical Director Liz Moulder recently visited the operating base of the Derbyshire Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and presented a cheque for £3006 to Funding officer Sophie Spencer who said, “This is marvellous, with no Government funding we completely rely on generous people such as Sonara presented a concert at The Painted Sonara Singers. Every donation helps to keep Hall, Chatsworth House when they sang a us flying and saving lives every day of the variety of songs including madrigals, songs year.” from the shows and Adele. The choir practise each Monday evening at Musical Director Liz Moulder said, “The the Postmill Centre, South Normanton and choir really enjoys singing to an audience, women interested in singing will be made but it’s also a real honour to be raising very welcome. money for The Air Ambulance which is To Advertise please call Emily on 01773 604178 or 07891 639638





Mrs S Doherty DipCFHP MPSPract Fully qualified and insured local foot health practitioner. All in the comfort of your own home.

Problematic conditions including:  Nails Trimmed  Thick nails

 Callus reduction  Corn removal


Day, evening or weekend appointments available

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Gardeners Calendar - Nov/Dec

Time to give roses a bit of care before the weather sets in properly. Cut off most of the year’s growth and take out large woody stems. This will prevent wind rock which damages roots. If your roses have suffered from blackspot, remove affected stems, but also make sure you remove damaged fallen leaves from around the bush to prevent spread of the disease. Specimen or special plants grown in pots this year may be at least partly protected if you move them to a sheltered corner away from too much wind and frost. External house walls can create a warmer micro climate –especially if your garden faces south. Wrap terracotta pots in bubble wrap to avoid them cracking – you see you know there was a reason why you kept it!

It may seem like hard work but if you get a nice day it’s worth working some organic matter into the soil before the real frosts start. It helps the worms do their work. Top Tip

Gather and stack bits of wood and logs to create a winter home for hedgehogs, amphibians and insects.

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Out and About


A daily guide to some of the local clubs and groups in your area Monday Baby Massage - The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton, DE55 2AA - 2pm - 3pm. Ages birth - 4 months. Contact the children’s centre on 01629 533735 for information on the next course. Alfreton Jog Club (for those that can run for at least 30mins at a steady pace) - meet at 7:10pm at Alfreton Leisure Centre. Contact Anne or Amy at

Tuesday Little Ones Group - Alfreton Children’s Centre, Grange Street, Alfreton, DE55 7JA - 1.30pm - 3pm - Contact - 01629 533066 South Wingfield Youth Club - Fun & activities for kids aged 6-14 at South Wingfield Social Club, 43 High Road, South Wingfield. DE55 7LX from 7pm - 8:30pm. Contact Michael Hobson on 07545 938994 for more information.

Wednesday Alfreton Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Parent & Toddler Drop in Session Alfreton Nursery School, Grange Street, Alfreton, DE55 7JA - Term time - 9am - 10am - Contact Angela Stanton : 01773 520031 Watchorn Tots Parent and Toddler Group Watchorn Church, Derby Road, Alfreton. Term time 10am - 11.30am Contact Judith - 01773 526012 PEEP 2/3’s - Alfreton Children’s Centre, Grange Street, Alfreton, DE55 7JA - 9.30am - 11am (term time only) Supports mums, dads and carers to create the best start for their children by making the most of everyday learning. Contact 01629 533066 In-betweenies - Alfreton Children’s Centre, Grange Street, Alfreton, DE55 7JA - 1.30 - 3pm. Group for children with mums, dads and carers up to the age of 25. Contact - 01629 533066. AVRUFC Senior Section - training during close season takes place at Amber Valley RUFC, Lower Somercotes (opposite Pye Bridge Ind Est.) starts at 7pm - 8.30. Contact Stuart Artliff 07966 867946 or Gareth Pilkington 07772 366157. Amber Valley Chess Club - meets once a month at the Community Rooms, Parks Avenue, South Wingfield. Call Paul on 01773 833007 for dates & times. Everyone welcome, Free to non team players

Wednesday Crafty Crew - Alfreton Children’s Centre, Grange Street, Alfreton, DE55 7JA - 1.30pm - 3pm . Contact 01629 533066. Alfreton Singers - Swanwick School & Sports College(formerly The Delves) 7.15 -9pm. Mixed choir of friendly singers. All styles of music. Contact

Claire on 01773 835316 for more info.

Alfreton Town Juniors U14’s - 7-8pm at Somerlea Park astro pitch, call Ben on 07972 927236 for more info.

Thursday Top Tots - Alfreton Children’s Centre, Grange Street, Alfreton, DE55 7JA. 1.30pm - 3pm. Fun play session with arts, crafts and song time aimed at children ages 1-3 years. Contact 01629 533066 Weighing Clinic - Alfreton Children’s Centre, Grange Street, Alfreton, DE55 7JA. 1pm 2.30pm. Come and have your baby weighed and see someone from the health team. Contact - 01629 533066 Cypress Parent Support Group - The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton, DE55 2AA. 10am - 11.30am. (3rd Thursday of every month) A support group for parents and carers of children and young people with additional need and/or Disabilities. Contact 01629 533735. Breastfeeding Group - The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton, DE55 2AA. 1.30pm - 3pm. Make new friends, share tips and discuss any issues you may have. Contact - 01629 533735. Alfreton Society of Painters - 7pm- 9pm at Pennytown Court Community Rooms. Visit for more info. Alfreton & District U3A - Meet every second Thursday of each month at Christ the King Church Hall, Nottingham Road, Alfreton at 2pm. Contact David Thomson on 01773 602147. Alfreton Male Voice Choir Rehearsals - 6:45pm at Palmer Morewood Social Club, Hall Street. New members welcome-no audition, just a love of singing.




Alfreton Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Parent & Toddler Drop in Session. Alfreton Nursery School, Grange Street, Alfreton., DE55 7JA - Term time -1.30pm - 2.30pm. Contact Angela Stanton 01773 520031 Childminding Network - Alfreton Children’s Centre, Grange Street, Alfreton, DE55 7JA. 9.30am 11.30am. A chance for local childminder’s to meet. Contact - 01629 533066 Tiddlers and Toddlers Group - Alfreton Children’s Centre, Grange Street, Alfreton, DE55 7JA. 12.30pm 2.30pm. Run by parents and open to all. Contact 01629 533066


Greenwood Archery - Meet at Swanwick Pentrich Road Football Club on Highfield Road at 10am. Call Simone on 01773 602605 for more details.

AVRUFC Junior Section Coaching - Amber Valley

RUFC (opp. Pye bridge Ind Est.) starting at 10am. Contact Stuart Artliff 07966 867946 or Gareth Pilkington 07772 366157. Ages from 4 upwards. Alfreton Heritage Trust - The Heritage Chapel on Rodgers Lane is open between 2 & 4pm. Visitors are welcome to browse & test the knowledge of Trust members. Contact Rachel Walker on 01773 832349 or visit

Other Guiding offers opportunities in the following sections:

A.D.A.S.C Football Club - various training ses-

sions for 5 - 16 year olds. Availability for 5 year olds to start training next season and 6 & 7 years olds required for the summer league. Contact Barry on 01773 836017

Rainbows age 5-7yrs Brownies aged 7-10yrs Guides aged 10-14yrs Adult Leaders 18yrs + Senior Section aged 14-25yrs

If you or your daughter would like to know more about Joining visit or call 0800 1 69 59 01

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE YOUR NON-PROFIT MAKING GROUP IN FUTURE EDITIONS, PLEASE E-MAIL Please note that some of the groups listed incur a small charge and we would always recommend that you contact a group prior to attendance.

Index of advertisers

Your quick guide to everyone and everything in your magazine...

Accountant Poulter Blackwell Smith Craven

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Auctioneer Kleeford Coin Auctions


Beauty Body & Sole Builder R H Building Services Cleaning Services Clean Away Dentist Glendair Electrical Goods Spavens Events/Community Alfreton Bus. Club Alfreton Indoor Market

Derbyshire Police Leonard Cheshire St Martins Church Watchorn Church

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Foot Practitioner S Doherty


18 Insurance Brokers Binsured 4

Interior Design Arctic Interiors

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Pet Care & Supplies Seals Fodder Room


Photographer Blue Ice Photography


Plastering Complete Plastering


Plumbers B Sole Plumbing Flowfayre

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Restaurant Sylhet Spice

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19 Joiner S Statham Joinery


19 Optician Derbyshire Home Eyecare


Roofing Derbyshire Rubber Roofing ST Roofing

10 Oven Cleaning Services Ovenblaster UK


Solicitor QS Chapman & Chubb


Windows & Doors Window Wizard

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Painter /Decorator Duffield Decorators

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With the festive season just around the corner, you will be pleased to learn that most Insurers will include cover for all those presents and extra shopping that accumulates in the run up to Christmas [applies to all religious festivals]. Please check your existing cover and then give us a call to see if we can offer the right cover for less

B Sure to B Insured this Christmas to pay up. You may still be covered under the ''personal possessions away from the home'' section of your home insurance policy however this is often an optional section that may or may not have been selected.

If you have a few minutes then please give us a call and we would be happy to review your requirements and offer you Protect your purchases a free quotation. We often save people hundreds of pounds on their home Be careful however about leaving any insurance and I'm sure you would find shopping in the car whilst returning for the extra cash useful. that last little present you've forgotten. If the bags are not hidden [ie not in the Protect your business boot] then your motor insurer is unlikely Finally, if you are lucky enough to run your own business then please let us quote you for your public liability, professional indemnity and/or commercial vehicle cover. We deal with a range of specialist insurers that are determined to offer more commercial insurance and may help you make a significant saving as well as giving you the chance to ensure that your current policy provides the cover that you actually need. Many shop insurance providers have also reduced their premiums recently and you may be paying far more than you need to for first class cover. B Sure to B Insured and call us on 01773 529977 or visit 102 - 104 Nottingham Road, Somercotes, DE55 4LY | 01773 529977 | e:

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