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Fans flocked to Derby Arena to see Sir Bradley Wiggins (left) and Mark Cavendish.

CAVENDISH AND WIGGINS LEAD INSIDE DERBY CYCLING REVOLUTION M E PAG

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ark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins, two of the greatest names in world cycling, put on a spectacular show as international cycling made its debut on Derby’s new velodrome track. Revolution, Britain’s leading track cycling series, staged its opening event at the Derby Arena with some of the world’s top track cycling stars. The four sessions, over three days, were all sold out and fans from across the country were treated to top class action

with a variety of races from single flying laps to 40km endurance races over 160 laps. There were top racers from France, Belgium, Holland and much of Europe, but it was Cavendish and Wiggins that the crowds wanted to see. With the cyclists based in the ground floor infield area, the crowds gathered around the Great Britain team, hoping to catch a glimpse of their heroes before they took to the track. The pair joined forces for the event-closing Madison race,

the first time they have ridden together since they missed out on an Olympic medal in the Madison in the 2008 Beijing games. Both riders subsequently concentrated on road cycling, with Cavendish taking 26 Tour de France stage wins while Wiggins became the first British winner of the Tour, in 2012, before taking Olympic gold in the men’s time trial. The 40km Madison race is a fast and furious relay where each rider, in turn, catches his teammate to give him a sling-shot to continue in the race. No longer

an Olympic discipline, it still got a hectic schedule.” provides an excellent spectacle Belgium's Kenny De Ketele and and Cavendish and Wiggins had Moreno De Pauw finished eleven the crowd roaring as they racked points adrift with 100% ME's Chris up the points as they won five of Latham and Mark Stewart in third the eight sprints, before Wiggins a further six points behind. crossed the line first to seal the The biggest cheer of Friday victory. evening’s opening session was “We've qualified now and got also reserved for Wiggins and some points,” said Sir Bradley the British men’s pursuit team following the race. “I don't know as the they completed their 4km whether that's enough to ride final in 3 minutes 54.974, just the Madison (at the World three seconds outside their 2012 Championships), I'm not too sure. I'm retired now anyway, I've got plenty of freedom but 'Cav' he's >> Continues on page 2


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CAVENDISH AND WIGGINS LEAD DERBY CYCLING REVOLUTION >> Continues from front page Olympics world record, some seven seconds ahead of the British Academy 100% ME squad. Wiggins, Steven Burke, Ed Clancy and Owain Doull, set a fast pace that left the British youngsters toiling, but they still finished well ahead of the Netherlands and Austria. Derby City Councillor Martin Repton was on hand to congratulate the winning riders, less Sir Bradley who was fined 200 Swiss Francs for his absence. “A superb event and a superb occasion for Derby and the Midlands,” said the Councillor, who is an enthusiastic cycling fan. “We’ve got up to 2000 people here which is incredible, a really enthusiastic crowd, people from Derby and way beyond as well. “We’ve seen a really exciting schedule of events, topped for me by the last race where we saw Great Britain winning with Bradley Wiggins leading the national team. Absolutely superb and exhilarating, so good to see such an important event. This is the last major event when all these top class world cyclists will be gathering before the Olympics in Rio next year. It’s really important, not only for Derby, but nationally as well, so we are really proud to have this event here in Derby.”

Mark Cavendish has unfinished business on the track and would love another crack at an Olympic medal next year. Prior to the Derby Revolution meeting, the Manxman had just two weeks of track training, but showed that he could be a serious contender. Cavendish was entered in the Omnium, a six-discipline compendium of track cycling ranging from single lap sprints to endurance races, where his chief rival was Olympic bronze medallist Ed Clancy. In the opening Scratch Race Cavendish finished eleventh, his rivals marking every move and refusing to let him get away. “Every other country is racing as a team, for us it's a selection race and he had no support,” said the GB endurance coach Heiko Salzwedel. “It was every man for himself, but that's perfect, in a way. There were eleven current or previous World and Olympic champion sprinters out there and the standard was incredible. I've never seen racing like it.” Cavendish was second in the

Pursuit and, in the Elimination race, rode aggressively, never dropping below fifth place. He was ahead in every sprint, eventually settling for fourth place behind Clancy. Clancy dominated the following day, establishing a 28 point lead over Cavendish after victories in the 1km Time Trial and Flying Lap as they lined up for the Points Race finale. With points to be gained in a sprint, every ten laps, Cavendish did reduce the deficit by ten points, but with two sprints remaining the final positions were settled and Clancy took the event by 228 points to 210. Team Wiggins’ Jonathan Dibben gained a lap on the peloton to win this final race. Cavendish has now gained 72 of the 90 points he needs to continue his Olympic dream and was planning to complete the task at an event in Germany later in August. He would then be eligible for the UCI’s World Cup meetings over the winter and the Track World Championships in London next March.

“A superb event and a superb occasion for Derby and the Midlands”

Mark Cavendish still wants that elusive Olympic medal.

Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins celebrate their Madison victory with Miss Derby Cristel Warne.

Mark Cavendish on the Derby banking.

Ed Clancy celebrates his Omnium victory.

Steven Burke, Ed Clancy and Owain Doull with Cllr Martin Repton after their Pursuit victory.


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COUNCIL CONSIDERS ACTION OVER STATE OF BELPER MILLS

The Grade I listed North Mill.

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he condition of Belper’s historic mills has deteriorated significantly, requiring urgent repairs to protect them, according to the local authority. Amber Valley Borough Council has said it is considering a compulsory purchase order to protect the listed buildings, part of a Unesco World Heritage site. Local historian, Roger Shelley, says the North and East Mills are very important to the town. “Without those Belper would be really diminished in the eyes of the residents and the large number of tourists who come to the town.” He said that the condition of the mills was causing concern, but was not a surprise. “To anyone who

wanders around the buildings, both from the outside and if you do get into the inside to the upper levels, you will be aware that there are window panes missing and parts of the roof are leaking. Because the buildings are on such a scale, although you can’t necessarily see any damage that it’s causing from the ground, it’s still happening, but it’s on a much bigger scale and so the cost is multiplied. It’s fair to say that any problems have been building up over a number of years and that solutions won’t be a quick fix either.” The Grade I listed North Mill and the Grade II listed East Mill are both on the Derbyshire County Council ‘at risk register’. Council officials, together with a structural engineer, were able to inspect the buildings earlier in the year after the owners, First Investments, were threatened with a warrant. The inspection revealed a number of leaks in the North Mill while water damage in the east Mill was found on several floors. The North Mill, also known as Strutt’s Mill, was built in 1804 by William Strutt following a fire which destroyed Jedediah Strutt’s original timber-framed mill in 1803. The mill was sited to take advantage of the power of the River Derwent, but cotton mills were prone to fire as the cotton dust easily ignites. The younger Strutt had been experimenting with iron framing for buildings and his mill became the first fire-proof mill and the blueprint for the modern sky-scrapper. The mill’s historical significance was recognised when World Heritage status was granted in 2001. The seven-storey East Mill was built in 1912 by the English Sewing Company. Amber Valley Borough Council are in the process

"A positive strategy to secure the mills' future had been discussed with the council in principle. of preparing a list of repairs they believe the owners First Investments, an offshore property holder and investment company, need to make to protect the mills. If the owners fail to act, the council has said it could begin the process of compulsory purchase of the two buildings. First Investments have issued a statement which reads: "A positive strategy to secure the mills' future had been discussed with the council in principle. Based on the council's initial reactions, architects have been commissioned to prepare plans for a mix of residential, retail and office uses for the properties to form the basis of a planning application. "This would negate the need to pursue a time consuming, complex and inflexible grant route which may not yield a result and secure the fastest solution to the regeneration of the Mills. A comprehensive planned maintenance programme was on-going, tackling roof leakage problems as these occurred, as well as other essential work which historic buildings of such size require and that this would continue to protect them." Roger Shelley believes that the mills, when repaired, would be a great asset to Belper. “The potential for doing all sorts of things is immense, from rather nice apartments with fantastic views through to small business units and leisure use.”


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around 300 juice flavours anf vaping equipment to new and experienced vapers alike. They make their own flavours on the premises and are always more than happy to give people advice on how vaping can help people quit smoking. Derek had been smoking since his teenage years and has not touched a cigarette since he started vaping two years ago. He said: “I am much healthier now, have lost six stone in weight and have saved a small fortune since I quit cigarettes. “I get real job satisfaction from what I do, especially when smokers come into the store and tell me that

Issue 32 | Derbyshire Guardian 5 they really want to quit and wonder whether vaping might help. “In the first week we opened we had four people give up smoking and take up vaping instead and this really makes me happy because so many people are desperate to stop smoking.” His store is bright and modern and Derek loves to point out how much money customers could save by switching smoking for vaping. He said: “Based on a £6.50 pack of cigarettes and someone smoking 20 a day then they could save more than £2,370 by taking up vaping instead.” The juices Xtreme Eliquids are made to a 20/80 PG/ VG mix which are ideal for those who are intolerant to higher levels of PG and great for cloud chasers who like the really big vape clouds. When it comes to flavours then they offer everything you could possibly think of…and then some. While they have the ever popular drink, fruit, dessert and tobacco flavours there is also their new 50 shades of vape range which contains, as you might expect, some very suggestive flavours. Flavours in the range includes ‘spank me’, ‘let’s get kinky’, ‘bite me’ and ‘dark and dirty.’ Derek’s son Ashley is often found in the lab above the shop where he makes the juices for both online and offline customers but he can also be found helping out on the shop floor too. He said: “It is great being part of a family business and I love helping people and making sure they get exactly what they want. “We are very friendly here and encourage people to drop by and have a chat about vaping or to ask any questions that they may have. Helping people is all part of the service.” Visit Xtreme Eliquids at 70 Babington Lane, Derby, call 07510 755505 or find them online at www. xtreme-eliquids.co.uk

DAVENPORT URGES COUNCIL TO CHOOSE OLYMPIC POOL

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NEW MD FOR BOMBARDIER Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has appointed Richard Hunter as new Managing Director and Head of Projects for Bombardier Transportation UK, effective October 1, 2015. This appointment reinforces Bombardier's focus and commitment towards building a sustainable business within the UK market and further strengthens its current leadership team to ensure the continuing success of Bombardier's local business. Noel Travers will continue in his existing role then transition into a new role once Mr Hunter takes over. Throughout the last year Mr Travers has held the interim Managing Director UK position and under his leadership Bombardier has further strengthened relationships both with key stakeholders and clients, alongside demonstrating ongoing dedication to our UK Market, local community and employees.

There is a great deal of activity in the UK market at the present time, including our recent major contract with Transport for London to supply new Bombardier Aventra trains for Overground and West Anglia Metro services, and I'm delighted to welcome Richard to his new role as UK MD.

The council are considering options for the future of Moorways Pool.

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ouble Commonwealth gold medallist Ross Davenport is urging Derby City Council to include an Olympic-sized swimming pool in their plans for the Moorways complex. He added that the facility must also have enough spectator capacity to attract major events to the city. The council is currently considering five options for the replacement of the existing building which was given a stay of execution in March. Two of the options include an Olympic-sized, ten-lane, 50 metre pool, but three options include for a 50 metre pool with just eight lanes. The national swimming championships are currently held at Sheffield’s Olympic-sized Ponds Forge, opened in 1991 with a seating capacity of 2,600. Ross, from Belper, fears that the council may choose their Option A and that includes the smaller pool with seating for just 350 spectators, together with a gym, athletics track and café. "The Olympic trials for the British team could be held

Ross Davenport shows off his Commonwealth Games medals.

at Moorways with an Olympic-sized pool, but there would have to be more seating than for 350," said Ross. "The Queen's Leisure Centre pool (in Derby) has 250 seats and that's standing-room only for just the Derbyshire championships.” Ross added that a pool of Olympic size would be large enough to allow high-level training, club swimming and public lane swimming at the same time. He also thought that a small pool for those learning to swim would be an important addition. The Olympic pool is included in the council’s Option D, which includes for separate public and teaching pools, and Option E which also includes a 25 metre six-lane pool at Springwood Leisure Centre In Oakwood. Moorways Pool was due to close at the end of March as the council looked to save the £350,000 running costs, towards the £22 million in the face of cuts to its grant from the Government and other pressures, before building a new 50 metre pool on the same site. A petition successfully called for the closure to be postponed, but the reprieve is just for twelve months. The council have yet to give details of what

alternative arrangements it could put in place for leisure swimmers who currently use Moorways Pool. The pool is also used for training by City of Derby Swimming Club and new World Champion Adam Peaty. Ross Davenport came to national attention when he won two gold medals and one silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. His gold medal success came in the 200 metre freestyle and the 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay, which also earned a gold medal for Derby’s Dean Milwain. Ross also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and retired from swimming following the 4 x 200 metre freestyle final in London in2012. Derby City Council earmarked £40,000 to seek advice from experts with experience of designing swimming pools and leisure centres to work with the Amateur Swimming Association and the council. The proposed facilities require specialist design knowledge which Derby City Council do not have inhouse, although they have undertaken some survey work which will be handed to the design team to assist with the options appraisal.

Richard Hunter will be based in Derby and report directly to Per Allmer, President of Bombardier's Western Europe, Middle East and Africa (WMA) region. Allmer commented, "There is a great deal of activity in the UK market at the present time, including our recent major contract with Transport for London to supply new Bombardier Aventra trains for Overground and West Anglia Metro services, and I'm delighted to welcome Richard to his new role as UK MD. I also take this opportunity to thank Noel Travers for his dedication to the UK market over the past year, the importance of his continued support cannot be understated." Mr Hunter moves from Bombardier Transportation's Asia Pacific region where he currently serves as President and is responsible for the company's rolling stock and services businesses across Asia and Australia. He began his career at London Underground Limited in 1989, later joining the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore in 1996. There he held various roles Project Managing the delivery of new rapid transit systems. In 2004 Mr Hunter joined Bombardier Transportation as Engineering Director for the company's London Underground Projects and from 2005 he held several positions as Senior Director in Project Management before becoming Vice President and Head of Bombardier Transportation's Asia Pacific Rail Control Solutions division in 2008 and the President of Asia Pacific Region in 2013.


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BRITISH STARS DOMINATE INTERNATIONAL EXTRAVAGANZA

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he Revolution series event was dominated by British cyclists getting their first taste of Derby’s new Arena. Among the stars were some that had captured our hearts with a stunning British performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Olympic golden girl Laura Trott OBE dominated the Womens Omnium, taking victories in the Scatch and Elimination races, 500m Time Trial and Flying Lap, ahead of Belgian rider Jolien D’Hoore who won the Pursuit. Trott had a six point advantage heading into the Points Race finale which D’Hoore reduced to three, with two point-scoring sprints remaining. Trott was alive to the Belgian danger and locked on to D’Hoore’s back wheel, covering every move by the Belgian, out-sprinting her rival in the penultimate sprint and following D’Hoore over the line for the final time to take the win by three points. This was Laura Trott’s first visit to the new Arena, a venue she feels will have a bid part to play in the future for the sport. “I think it’s important to have more indoor tracks,” she said. “For me, growing up, there was just Manchester, a long way to travel from Hertfordshire. There are more and more now and the youth were always really good where the tracks were, so I think it’s really good for the growth of the sport. This is a really nice track, I like it,” she added. Trott’s fiancé Jason Kenny, Olympic sprint champion, led the men's Kierin race out with two laps to go. Lewis Oliva pushed hard in a photo finish, but Kenny just held on. Kenny's form looks to be heading in the right direction at exactly the right time with Rio in mind.

Katy Marchant won the 500m Time Trial by 0.18 seconds from Jessica Varnish and then took her second win of the weekend in the Women’s Keirin. She led from the front, increasing her speed all the way to the line. Sandie Clair finished second with Dannielle Khan in third while Varnish won the Kierin minor final to finish in seventh place. Callum Skinner took a surprise win in the 1km Time Trial when he went head-to-head with current World Champion, Francois Pervis, beating him by more than a second. Pervis’s time was only good enough for third place behind fellow Frenchman Quentin Lafargure. Ciara Horne began the Women’s Pursuit final faster than former World Champion Joanna Rowsell Shand but Rowsell Shand finished strongly to win by two seconds. Katie Archibald won the Women's Scratch Race, gaining a lap over the rest of the field half way through the 15km, with Laura Trott talking second place. Councillor Martin Repton hopes the event will provide inspiration for local youngsters. “All the household names are here, Laura Trott and Bradley Wiggins. The top French cyclists are here as well, with teams from Holland and Russia, a superb array of talent. We had the aspiration to have a facility like this in Derby and what we are passing on now is inspiration that we see from the athletes out there today, cycling, and we see the young people here wanting to take part, wanting to be part of this. Let’s hope that over the coming months and years we will have people who can be a new Bradley Wiggins and a new Laura Trott. That’s why I think that this facility in Derby will ensure that’s what we will have in years to come. Superb.”

Laura Trott at speed in the Omnium Time Trial.

Laura Trott, with Miss Derby Cristel Warne, after her Omnium victory.

Jason Kenny leads the Keirin pack behind the ‘Derny’ motorcycle.

Keirin winner Jason Kenny.

Green light for New Derby coach park Approval has been given for a city centre coach park in Derby on Phoenix Street. Derby City Council’s Tourism Team has been working with the landowner to submit an application to convert part of a car park into an official coach park to take a maximum of twelve vehicles. This central facility will appeal to group organisers and help to attract more visitors to the city. Now that the site is officially approved for the next three years, Derby City Council’s Tourism Team will be able to enhance their promotional activities to attract more coach groups to boost attendance at events, attractions and increase overnight hotel bookings. Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader for Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Communities and City Centre Regeneration said, “We are delighted that this planning application has been approved.

Making coach parking easy and convenient is essential for encouraging group organisers to the city. Hassle-free parking experiences will help to encourage repeat visits and longer stays which will benefit the local economy greatly”. Landowner, Patrick Hillier, has worked hard to make the site easy to access by widening the entrance, adding signage to the coach park bays and having friendly, helpful staff on site to welcome drivers. Derby City Council’s Tourism Team will continue to work closely with Patrick to develop better promotional communications with coach operators to encourage increased group visits to the city. Coach operators are advised to phone and book their parking in advance by calling 07985 655531. Full details of coach parking facilities can be found at www.visitderby.co.uk/travel/coach-parking


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Racing past the capacity crowd on Derby’s velodrome track.

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erby’s new Arena is the first in the Midlands to house a velodrome and Revolution was the first cycling event of its kind in the region. All four sessions, over three days, were sold out, but it wasn’t only local cycling fans who wanted to get a taste for the top level international competition. Keen cyclist Steve Martin cycled from his home in Gedling, Notts, to join friends at the Arena and was quite impressed. “It’s pretty good. I’m surprised there’s not many seats, I think Manchester has more and London has seats all around, but it looks pretty

good. I’ve seen it on TV a few times. I’m pretty close to signing up to do a track day. It’s good to see ‘Cav’ in the flesh again and it looks like top competition today. It’s really good.” This was a first visit to Derby for Mark Stokes, who came with his family from Atherstone in Warwickshire. “It’s also my first time at a velodrome. This is brilliant, we’ve had a great day. It’s a brilliant venue and a great facility for the area.” Mark is also a keen cyclist, although he concentrates more on triathlon, but enjoyed his first visit to a track cycling event. “We’ve had a great day and we’ll definitely think about coming back again.”

Mark Stokes , from Warwickshire, with son Lewis.

Steve Martin, from Gedling, with Chloe Franklin.


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REVIEW TO DECIDE FUTURE OF BELPER HOSPITAL

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m u c h - l o v e d community hospital in Belper could be closed following a review of NHS services in the Belper area. The NHS South Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group is to review how health and care services are provided in Belper. The Babington Hospital is used to provide a variety of communitybased services such as podiatry and physiotherapy together with long-term rehabilitation for patients following treatment at some of the region’s larger hospitals. The hospital is not ageing particularly well, however, and running and maintenance costs are high. The local NHS group that looks after health services across Belper wants to review all of those services to ensure that the community gets the best practice and the best value for money, and that could see them recommend closure of the Babington Hospital. “The hospital itself is quite a big building and old now,” says Dr Ian Lawrence, Chair of Amber Valley and South Dales Locality for the NHS South Derbyshire CCG. “Because of that it is getting more and more difficult to convert the building to meet the current modern safety standards needed for providing health care. The building is old and to bring it up to the standards we need would be exceedingly expensive and, in some cases, not possible. We need to understand what we need

the beds for and how we might best provide those. It may well be different to how they are currently provided.” The hospital building began life, on Babington Meadow in 1840, as a workhouse constructed from Derbyshire stone at a cost of £8,700. It was designed to accommodate up to 300 inmates. In 1889, a large new infirmary was erected at the west of the site and, later, a further block was added at the south-west of the site. After 1930, control of the site passed to Derbyshire County Council and it became Babington House Public Assistance Institution. Between 1930 and 1941, the council undertook an extensive modernisation scheme and, during the Second World War, the hospital participated in the Emergency Medical Services scheme. Following the inauguration of the National Health Service in 1948, the institution was renamed Babington Hospital, providing care for 155 geriatric and 16 maternity patients. As the population increases and ages, the intermediate care services provided by Babington Hospital are trying to keep people out of hospital and living independently for longer. That seems to be one aim of the review, to offer more care at home for more people and, like all the other health care services in Belper, the hospital will be part of that review. The future of the hospital will not be certain until the review has been completed. The question

The main block of Babington Hospital. is not purely about the running costs, though, as Dr Lawrence explains. “There are several different pressures on the NHS in Belper and money is only part of it. One of the greatest pressures, particularly in terms of towns like Belper, is that we are living longer

and, as you live longer, you get illnesses that you continue to live with, rather than dying from them. This puts pressure on services, as there is more to do. The second pressure is one of manpower. Even if we had all the money in the world, we don’t have the doctors and highly trained nurses that we

need to continue to provide the services in the way that we do. “What we want to do is put the facts in front of everybody and have an open and honest debate, what is it we want for the future, what we have now and how we might best move from here to there.”

The health review last until the end of the year, followed by a proper consultation, with a decision on the future of the hospital likely to be announced in the middle of next year.

The entrance lodge at Babington Hospital.

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Easy Living with Care is coming to Clay Cross RESIDENTS are set to start moving into stylish yet affordable Easy Living with Care apartments in Clay Cross. Smithybrook View is a development of 90 self-contained apartments for people aged 55 and over, who have an assessed need for care or support. The apartments are available for rent and to buy at the scheme in the heart of Clay Cross, off Market Street. The apartments and facilities, which include a coffee bar, restaurant, lounge, hairdressers and beauty suite, have been sensitively designed to make living easier. They offer independent living and a community lifestyle – all behind your own front door. All areas are accessible, wheelchair and dementia friendly, there is also a buggy store, walkin bathrooms and an assisted bathing suite. Smithybrook View

provides the reassurance of “round the clock” on-site care team. It is the final of three such schemes run in partnership between Derbyshire County Council and Chevin Housing Association, part of the Together Housing Group. The other schemes are Potters Place in Chesterfield and Maple Mews in Alfreton. The scheme will provide a mixed community of people with a range of needs and abilities, including people with impairments, frailties, disabilities, and dementia. It will be a place which provides care and support, so people can continue to live independently, and promotes a culture of respect and understanding. A specialist day centre, run by Derbyshire County Council, will also be located on-site, while the restaurant, coffee bar, hairdressers and beauty suite will

be open to the public. If you want to find out what life could be like at Smithybrook View, a show flat is open on Saturdays between 11am and 2pm or to view by appointment call 07720 560391. An open event is being held at Maple Mews in Cressy Road, Alfreton, on Wednesday 19th August between 10.30am and 3pm. For more information on renting or buying For Smithybrook View applications to apply to rent are made through Rykneld Homes’ Choice Based Lettings Scheme, call 01246 217650. If you are interested in buying an apartment, please call Rosa Homes on 0845 077 0027. There are a couple apartments left to rent at Maple Mews, if you are interested please contact 01773 573100. See advert on Page 59.

Martin & Co Issue Stark Warning To Landlords Amidst Government Crackdown

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ollowing recent Governments reports that landlords who fail to evict illegal immigrants will face up to five years in prison, a Derby based letting agency is warning landlords to conduct thorough checks on tenants. Martin& Co Derby is in support of new laws that will allow landlords to evict illegal immigrants without a court order and stronger punishments for rogue landlords who are making money out of illegal immigration. As the crisis in Calais continues to intensify, with thousands of migrants attempting to breach security at the Channel Tunnel every day, a new blacklist of rogue landlords is being introduced that will allow councils to keep track of who has been convicted in a bid to make it harder for illegal migrants to live in

“It is always good to see tougher crackdowns on rogue landlords being introduced and we completely agree with the stronger punishments.”

the UK. Managing director at Martin & Co Derby, David McKnight, said: “It is always good to see tougher crackdowns on rogue landlords being introduced and we completely agree with the stronger punishments. “Obviously this problem is currently a hot topic in the news and it is essential that more is done to stop landlords making money from illegal immigrants. Equally, it is important and good news that landlords are being given more eviction powers.” The proposals, which will be included in the upcoming immigration bill, will include a new criminal offence of failing to conduct checks or remove tenants that have no right to reside in the UK and will carry a penalty of up to five years imprisonment. The Home Office will be able to issue a notice confirming tenants no longer have the right to rent property, which will triggering a power for landlords to end the tenancy, without a court order. Landlords will have a requirement carry out "right to rent" checks on tenants' immigration status before they are able to rent the property. Mr McKnight added: “It is vital to crackdown on rogue landlords who are breaking the law as they are exploiting vulnerable people. "We have recently heard more about 'bed sheds' where rogue landlords are offering back garden spaces to tenants, which is just totally unacceptable. We cannot emphasise enough how important it is for landlords to run thorough checks before renting out their properties to potential tenants, which is why it is imperative to use a reputable letting agent.” Martin & Co is a member of ARLA, the Association of Residential Letting Agents and follows a professional code of conduct. For more information, please visit: http://www. martinco.com/lettings-agents/derby or contact Martin & Co Derby on 01332 291922.

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espite its name, Vapey Jacks is not just the latest social space in Derby for the vaping community‌ it is open to all.

Vapey Jacks, in Derby City Centre, is a great new place for people from all walks of life to kick back and unwind in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.

This is an over 18’s establishment which sells fantastic coffees, premium bottled beers and ciders and where unwinding from the stresses of the working day is positively encouraged. The establishment opened for business at 27 Green Lane in July and has already build up quite a fan

base from people within and outside of the local vaping community. Derby Vapers have already made it the new home of their regular meetings and workers from many nearby local businesses use it as a great place to enjoy their lunch breaks or to hold informal meetings. The atmosphere is relaxed, inviting

and informal and if you want to being in the lunch you made at home or bought elsewhere then that is not a problem at all. On the vaping side of things, they have that very well covered too. Owners Blake and Mark Lowis are both passionate vapers, are very knowledgeable about the industry


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and are only too happy to share their passion and knowledge with others. If you want to know anything from how to transition from smoking traditional cigarettes to vaping or have a technical question about a particular piece of vaping kit then they will be only to willing to help you out. Vapey Jacks also sells vaping equipment and juices - they actually make up their own juices in the shop to order for customers so that you know that you are getting fresh, quality juice each and every time. Brothers Blake and Mark are passionate about the vaping community and put in 14 hour days, seven days a week to get Vapey Jacks up and running. It looks as though their hard work has paid off as they are quickly establishing the venue as a cool place to hang out whether vaping is your passion or not. Blake said: “We are thrilled to have such great support from the local community because the whole community element is very important to us. “Derby Vapers decided to hold one of their regular meetings at Vapey Jacks on August 15 and it went really well. “They had a great time, they said they loved the relaxed atmosphere and we were honoured to have them here. “It looks like they will be holding regular meetings here so to be the home base for Derby Vapers is wonderful news and will help get the message across that we are here and open for business.” Craig Harrison from Derby Vapers said: “We had a great time at Vapey Jacks and it was a great turnout for an informal meet.

“Everyone made us feel so welcome and the event was a huge success. It is great that Derby now has a venue like this where we can get together, relax, vape and talk about our hobby. “Our next event at Vapey Jacks will be on Saturday September 19 at noon. Everyone is invited. Come along if you are a vaper and bring your non-vaping friends too and people who want to stop smoking are also most welcome…the more the merrier.” Blake said it was really encouraging that Vapey Jacks was also part of the wider community with many office and shop workers coming in on their lunch breaks and local office staff using it as a venue for meetings. He added: “We never wanted to be seen as a vaper’s only venue where non vapers were not allowed in…far from it. “This is a place where people can come and relax, unwind from the stresses and strains of life and enjoy themselves. “Whether you vape or not is totally irrelevant and there is certainly no sense of ‘us and them’ here. Our policy is that everybody is welcome but because we serve alcohol on the premises and it is an establishment where vaping takes place we do have a strict 18+ admission policy.” Vapey Jacks is also getting lots of enquiries, and firm bookings, for groups who want to use the venue for parties and private functions. It is open from 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday and from 10am - 8pm on Saturdays but functions can also be booked for Sundays. For more information call 01332 365038 or check out the Vapey Jacks Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/vapeyjacks


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hen the Selfish Giant builds a high wall round his lovely garden to keep the children out, the North Wind blows, the Frost comes and the Snow dances through the trees. The Giant wonders why spring never comes to his cold, white garden. Then one day the Giant looks out to see a most wonderful sight, the children have brought spring. As the snow melts so does the giant's heart. This wonderful production created by Image Musical Theatre is preceded by a rehearsal workshop where some of the children are chosen to take part in the show while the remainder of the audience are rehearsed into four chorus songs. W: www.imagemusicaltheatre.co.uk T: @imagetheatreuk F: facebook.com/imagemusicaltheatrecompany

“A right royal treat for all the family” Dorset Echo

“A Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.” Parent

“As always, fantastic for adults and children” Local School

Bank Holiday Fun at the Heaton House BIG Weekend This August bank holiday weekend sees the 22nd Heaton House BIG Weekend with various activities, performances and appearances from people off the TV & raising money to support local and national charities including Cancer Research UK and East Cheshire Hospice. Enjoy the BIG Weekend Beer Festival featuring fantastic real ales, craft beers, ciders, live music all weekend plus appearances from Darth Vader, Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano, Flog It’s Adam Partridge, Peppa Pig, KITT from Knight Rider & stuntman Mark Stannage. The weekend also

features miniature ponies, outdoor games, acoustic music tent, Heart FM Angels, face painting, sheep shearing, large fun fair with extreme rides, classic cars, owls, falconry, bubble football, tug ‘o war, dog show, wood modelling, archery, mini diggers, dance displays& campers karaoke. The BIG Tent Event Sunday night sees performers off the TV including the Royal Variety Performance. Line up always secret, always funny and always sold out. Add to the weekend a dose of camping, outdoor games, BIG Weekend bar, funfair, inflatable slides, traditional English games and a whole host of other activities and you have the best weekend away in the North West this Bank Holiday.

COME AND MEET BARRIE OUR NEW RESIDENT BUTCHER. From traditional butchery to modern day cuts, he’s always happy to advise.

Lamb chops £8.80 a kilo Feed the Family with 5 kilos of mince beef and 5 kilos of chicken breast for £38 Wide selection of fresh meats, home made pies, cooked meats, sausages and burgers made on premises.

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TOTALLY TINA plays CHESTERFIELD Winding Wheel on Thursday 1st October 2015! Having headlined the 2015 Glastonbudget Festival in May earlier this year (the biggest tribute festival of the year), Totally TINA comes to Chesterfield – Winding Wheel on Thursday 1st October! Totally TINA is an award-winning tribute to the Queen of Rock and Roll, Tina Turner, being given the “Official UK number one” honour by the Agents Association of Great Britain. Currently touring the UK theatres in a full production version with live band, dancers and our leading lady Justine Riddoch. Rather than being a biography, this show focuses on Tina's live concert career, replicating scenes from various tours over the last 50 years with custom twists and turns created by Justine and her cast. Justine has been singing professionally for over 22 years now and has worked extensively in theatres and on national TV, she is also a much sought after session vocalist for some of the biggest record labels in the UK. In her early career she could be seen treading the familiar cabaret scene as a dynamic vocalist and could boast knowing over 5000 songs, becoming a human juke box at venues. But it was in 2002 that her career would change direction. After winning ITV's “Stars in their Eyes” as Anastacia, her tribute show “Justine is Anastacia” was in great demand and she spent the next 6 years performing as her around the world, enlisting a live band to create more of a show feel. When Anastacia stopped releasing albums and her popularity waned, it was time to change direction again. Having been told on many occasions she really sounded like Tina Turner, Justine set herself the challenge to become the closest copy she could be. But this was going to take some transformation. After hours of scrutinising video footage, watching

mannerisms and movements, hand making the all important wig, deciding which costumes to copy, listening to patter and hundreds of versions of the same songs from different decades, the band and Justine created Totally TINA. The boys in the band were informed that girls would have to be a big big part of this and surprisingly no one complained! A troupe of professional dancers were hand-picked, choreography based on Tina's live shows and our own unique creations were created and the whole production was rehearsed, tweaked and rehearsed again. So get ready to Shake your Tailfeathers, with the Queen of Rock and Soul, Live from Nutbush and Simply the Best! Tickets for the CHESTERFIELD – Winding Wheel show taking place on Thursday 1st October are available from: Thursday 1st October TOTALLY TINA CHESTERFIELD – Winding Wheel Time: 7.30pm Box Office No: 01246 345222 Website - http://www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/ shows/totally-tina.aspx#.VbaCVvlViko For more information on TOTALLY TINA, check out the following website / social media links: Website – http://totallytina.co.uk/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ TotallyTinaTribute Twitter – https://twitter.com/TotallyTina1 YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=pqUysKm1Wbs

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Foodie fun for the whole family at the Stone Food & Drink Festival! The 2015 Stone Food & Drink Festival, set to take place on Fri 2, Sat 3 & Sun 4 October, will offer even more for families this year; thanks to some great new attractions at Westbridge Park. Alongside old favourites like the demonstration kitchen, the Talks & Tastings Tent and stalls from 100 artisan producers, there are some exciting new additions to the festival’s ‘Little Foodies Zone’ on festival Saturday and Sunday. ‘Professor Panic’ and his performers from Panic Circus will keep youngsters entertained with free puppet shows, circus workshops, clown shows and giant bubble fun in his traditional Circus Big Top. There will also be free kids’ cookery classes, a fun yet educational foodie ‘treasure trail’ around the festival site, craft activities and face painting. Grown-ups, meanwhile, will not be disappointed; with packed demonstration and talks programmes and adults’ cookery Masterclasses. Dining options

are varied; from global ‘street food’ on the go to gourmet three course meals, light lunches and classic afternoon teas in the pop-up restaurants, while the beer tent and elegant champagne and cocktail bar means there really is something for everyone. With a great lineup of live bands set to keep crowds entertained over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Westbridge Park once again looks set to be party central over the ‘big weekend’, whilst local businesses get into the festival spirit for a whole week; running a host of events and special offers. Entry to Westbridge Park will cost £7pp (accompanied under 16s free) or £15 for a three day pass. To take advantage of discounts and a special ‘fast track’ lane to avoid queues, advance tickets can be booked at www.stonefooddrink.org.uk, where the full festival programme will also be available shortly.

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Elen Studio Photography Having a photoshoot with a newborn baby can be an exhilarating task and a great perk to your first few days of parenting but when working with such a fragile model in a photoshoot you need to know every aspect of newborn photography safety when it comes to taking pictures. Photograph editing software is your photographer’s best friend when working with new born babies. As their fragile and weak body cannot take the weight you will be required to assist the photographer in order to get the best shots. Holding the baby in place and then editing your arm or hand out of the picture is the safest method in taking new born baby photographs. Having you act as a spotter to support and touch the baby helps to avoid any number of potential accidents which could result in severe injuries. Moulding the baby into classic photographic poses such as the Froggy Pose needs the assistance of a parent to touch the baby to not only make sure that the baby is safe but also for reassurance for you and your baby. Once your baby is in position for the photograph it is best to keep your hand on the baby. Your newborn’s startle reflex can result in injury and can happen very quickly. Keeping your hand on your baby means you are there in case the baby involuntarily tips forward or backward. Being there to catch and support the baby is the most important safety measure there is. These newborn photography safety measures

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Auctioneers & Valuers Antiques | Jewellery | Watches

FELLOWS AUCTIONEERS UPCOMING AUCTIONS Thursday 10th September – Fortnightly Auction of Jewellery Monday 14th September – Vintage Jewellery & Accessories Thursday 17th September – Antique & Modern Jewellery Monday 21st September – Silver & Plated Ware Thursday 24th September – Fortnightly Auction of Jewellery Tuesday 29th September – the Watch Sale

apply to all newborn baby photoshoots so don’t be surprised if you are asked for help. Keeping your baby safe in all photographs is of the highest importance so don’t worry about being camera shy, all you’ll see is your beautiful baby.

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cross section of model aircraft are displayed by highly skilled pilots, many of whom are world class. Aircraft flown at the event include large jets, military fighters and bombers from both world wars, together with civil light aircraft. Alternatively the thrills and spills of air racing, both radio control and control line, are demonstrated as are precision aeroplane and helicopter aerobatics. The event enjoys full trade support with over 70 stalls selling a range of aeromodelling items. In addition to this, there will be a selection of craft stalls. There will also be an extensive modellers swapmeet on Sunday morning for those wanting to grab a bargain. There are a range of refreshment and bar facilities on site available from early morning until late into the evening and camping facilities (including hot showers) are also available. Day gate entrance is £10-00 for adults and £7-00 for concessions. Admission for those under 18’s is free making it a great value family day out.

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Top Local Ballet Dancers to dance with International Principal Dancers

In June this year, English Youth Ballet held a huge audition to find some of the most promising young dancers from Derbyshire for their acclaimed production of Nutcracker at the Buxton Opera House. Award-winning EYB will present the full-length classic featuring a cast of professional principal dancers and 100 young aspiring Derbyshire dancers this November. The Derbyshire dancers will experience the life of a professional dancer during the 10-day intensive rehearsal period whilst they are coached by EYB’s teachers and principal dancers. EYB’s 8 exquisite principal dancers have previously danced in some of the world’s finest companies such as English National Ballet and Boston Ballet. The Nutcracker is one of the world’s favourite classical ballets - loved by all ages. It tells the story of a young girl, called Clara, who is given a nutcracker doll for Christmas. Clara has a magical dream in which the

nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince. Together Clara and her Nutcracker Prince embark on an exciting and dangerous adventure. They must defeat the evil 7-headed Mouse King if they are to begin their exciting journey. They travel together through the Snow Forest to reach their destination - the glittering palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of the Sweets. Tickets are now on sale for this unmissable dance event. It would also be the perfect introduction to ballet for children. EYB offers audiences the unique opportunity to see top professional dancers performing alongside some of the young stars of the future. The 4 performances of Nutcracker are on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November at the Buxton Opera House. For tickets call 01298 72190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk


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rack open the champagne, break out the party poppers and dig out the cheesy 90s music, because Virgin Balloon Flights has turned 21. Since our launch in 1994, we have quickly grown to become the biggest commercial hot air balloon company in the UK. With tens of thousands of happy passengers already having enjoyed an unforgettable flight through the UK skies, we are looking forward to taking many thousands more up, up and away. Just some of the famous faces to have flown with us over the years include eminent physicist Stephen Hawking, soul diva Beverly Knight and singersongwriter Newton Faulkner. But despite this momentous milestone, we don’t want you to get carried away buying us a present. Instead, we would love to see Derbyshire Guardian readers get carried away on one of our hot air balloon flights by knocking up to £50 off two of our most popular gift packages.

So if you haven’t flown with us yet, come and join the party by taking advantage of our celebratory offer. In the East Midlands, we have launch sites at Bakewell, Tissington, Nottingham and Uttoxeter, although the national vouchers included in our gift packages allow you to fly from any of our launch sites across the country – and there are more than 100 of them.

Since our launch in 1994, we have quickly grown to become the biggest commercial hot air balloon company in the UK.

Book your sky high adventure by visiting www.virginballoonflights.co.uk/offer/ DerbyshireGuardian or call 01952 212750 and quote ‘Derbyshire Guardian’.

Auctioneers & Valuers Antiques | Jewellery | Watches

AN AUCTION OF DERBYSHIRE BLUE JOHN, MONDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2015 The buzz of excitement around Blue John continues to radiate from the Antiques Department at Fellows, as new consignments are added to the catalogue and public interest builds after viewing at the NEC’s summer Antiques for Everyone fair. This necklace was consigned from a walk in valuation only last week; it is formed from 26 panels of cushion-shaped Blue John, set in silver and stamped for the famed Art Deco designer Thomas Mott of Birmingham. With an estimate £300-500, it will be entered into the auction on the 5th October in the Jewellery Quarter along with approximately 250 other wonderful pieces. Blue John is often fashioned into jewellery, as it is extremely beautiful however notoriously fragile, this unique fluorite is easily broken when shaped into larger pieces. It is only found in the limestone of Castleton, in the Peak District of North Derbyshire. Staff from Fellows visited the Castleton mines to learn more about this semi-precious material, and listened to retired miner Peter Harrison speak about extracting Blue John, and the ‘lost seam’ which has recently been rediscovered. The collectability of Blue John stems from its rarity; in the UK this material is found only at Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern at Castleton in Derbyshire, during the 19th century it was mined for

its ornamental value, however today mining is limited to only one tonne per year. Fellows will shortly announcing tour dates around the Derbyshire area, where you can visit and view the collection, and speak to Fellows staff to learn more about this material. Keen collectors and enthusiasts will already be aware of Blue John and its mythology, however for the uninitiated, it provides a fascinating story; the Romans believed that drinking wine from a chalice made in this material would prevent drunkenness, and there are many mysteries surrounding the name itself. Whatever the truth, it’s not hard to see how Blue John has captivated collectors for hundreds of years. This collection is thought to be one of the largest of Blue John, and uniquely brings together a vast range of objects from neo-classical style urns and ornaments, to tiny bowls and cups to contain your trinkets, with items on sale from £30 to £30,000 there is something to suit all budgets and tastes. Email info@fellows.co.uk to register your interest in the Blue John collection at Fellows, and be the first to know when Derbyshire tour dates are announced to see the collection yourself. Visit www.fellows.co.uk to sign up to bid in this auction, and view the full calendar of forthcoming weekly auctions on the Fellows website.

Wedding Fayre - September 20th 10am-3pm Free Entry, Canapes, Wine Tasting & Goodie Bags Come and visit a host of local suppliers who will offer suggestions for your big day and meet the Yew Lodge team. Talk to our wedding co-ordinator who will be on hand to answer any questions and see our rooms dressed for a wedding to help with ideas!

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The Blue John Sale Monday 5th October at 10am Featuring a collection of over 250 lots of beautiful Derbyshire Blue John, view the collection free of charge on these dates. Derbyshire Viewing Events Thursday 24th September - Ashbourne Town Hall 12 - 6pm Friday 25th September - Buxton Old Hall Hotel 12 - 8pm

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Stephen Toon Hearing Care The Stephen Toon Hearing Care is an acclaimed hearing aid provider championing good ear health. With a split base in Derbyshire and Oxford, Stephen Toon Hearing Care is an independent, innovative establishment which provides caring, compassionate, hearing advice to clients across the country. From diagnosing ear problems to recommending which hearing aid to use, Stephen Toon Hearing Care will take care of all your hearing needs. One of their most popular treatments is the Micro-suction Ear Wax Removal which safely removes your ear wax build-up either at the practice or in the comfort of your own home. Stephen prides himself on going the extra mile, chatting to clients to really understand their needs. Stephen said: “Getting to know my patients is the most important thing I do when trying to restore someone’s hearing. I can learn a lot more about patients’ hearing needs, than just looking at hearing graphs.” Stephen has comprehensive experience in the industry. He has also previously worked with the BBC as audiology consultant for a television series, so you will never be in a safer pair of hands. To find out more about Micro-suction Ear Wax Removal or how to improve your hearing, call Stephen Toon now on 01246 766 912 or go to website www.stephentoon.org.

Homestead Retreat

The Homestead Retreat is Derby’s new luxury day spa and urban beauty sanctuary with a difference. Housed in a stunning Grade I listed Georgian building on exclusive grounds, it is the perfect place to unwind. Its ideal setting on the outskirts of Derby city centre means it is easy to access, whilst spagoers can revel in tranquil surroundings as they enjoy lush scenery. There are a variety of spa packages to suit every taste. Facial treatments include the Meso-Lift Facial which lifts, tones and tightens the skin for that fresh and vibrant look. The Thalgo Eye Expert meanwhile, is an ultra-relaxing treatment that includes an intense cleanse and gentle massage of the eye area. You can chill out in the hot-tub or sip coffee in the oak panelled dining room in the afternoon. Whatever season you take your spa-break, rest assured you will enjoy the beautiful décor and first class hospitality at all times. This family-run business has four dedicated treatment rooms, Medi-Spa and offers various luxury

and traditional spa and beauty treatments. From Swedish massages to manicures and pedicures, there is something for everyone to indulge in. Loyal customers continue to vote with their feet and happy, satisfied spa-goers have helped cement the stellar reputation of The Homestead Retreat. It boasts an impressive five star rating from every single customer review on Trip Advisor and Facebook. Visitors new and old alike are treated like VIPs and receive exemplary customer service, ensuring return visits are packed with fun and enjoyable moments. For groups of 12 or more, you can have your day package on an exclusive basis where we close the gates to the public. The Homestead Retreat is the place to be for a well deserved break, much needed TLC or celebratory gift for that special someone in your life. If you want to recharge your batteries, earn some brownie points of a partner, or just take time out to unwind, call The Homestead Retreat now on 01332 673 807 or go to website www. thehomesteadretreat.co.uk.

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Come visit us at The Homestead Retreat As soon as you set your eyes on this stunning Grade 1 Listed Georgian Building you will see Quality, Excellence and Class. Straight away you will share our vision that with its imposing faรงade and original features set in secluded grounds all on the edge of the City of Derby it is the perfect retreat to house our own Day Spa. An urban retreat to unwind in the Hot Tub, take coffee in the Oak Panelled Dining Room or simply drift away whilst having one of our extensive range of Luxury Spa Treatments by Thalgo. A vision built around a passion for service in the solitude of this magnificent home steeped in history. A vision built around satisfying the need to take a break from your busy lifestyle but without the need to travel too far from home.

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the question "why not?" when giving talks to various women’s groups in the area. The response is usually “I haven't got time" or “I don't know how to put it on". Well, the answer is here ladies, Permanent Make-up (also known as Micropigmentation). By Dawn Cragg MBE Owner, This is actually cosmetic tattooing on the face. Although we have to Practitioner & Trainer use the word permanent, it is a ost women do process which fades gradually take pretty good over 2 or 3 years.A dramatic care of their skins difference can be made by these days due to defining the eyebrows. This is advertising and the very important because the brows quest to look younger for longer. frame and lend expression to the Unfortunately however, a lot of you face. People with "hair loss", (i.e. don't wear make-up, especially Alopecia, on Chemotherapy, Male during the daytime. I have asked Pattern Baldness etc) will benefit

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Emmerdale Cricket Match Raises Funds for Cancer Charity Cromford Meadows Cricket Club is delighted to announce that the charity cricket match against the Emmerdale All Stars helped to raise £1500 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Just under half of that (£693) was put directly into the charity buckets by the extremely generous people attending the event. The rest is made up from programme sales, afternoon tea and other donations from C.M.C.C. and friends of the club. Club Chairman Alex Bunting said: "It was a fantastic afternoon that will live long in the memory. On behalf of the club I would like to thank to everybody that turned out and gave so generously. What a great way to mark 150 years of cricket on The Meadows." Emma Jane Jones, Regional Manager –Midlands of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research said: “We are so grateful to Cromford Meadows Cricket for organising such a spectacular event in this amazing setting. It is fantastic that this event raised so much money and that so many members of the community came out to support the Cricket Match. Every penny raised helps us in our mission to beat blood cancer, improve the lives of all those affected, and stop people from dying. It is only with the support of volunteers such as these that we are able to continue to fund our lifesaving work’

SAY ‘CHEERS’ TO THE CHALLENGE AND DITCH THE DRINK FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK

MEN AND women in Derbyshire are being challenged to ditch the drink this September to raise money for Cancer Research UK. After a summer of boozy holidays and ‘one too many’ at weddings, the charity is urging people to sign up to Dryathlon, the original

fundraising campaign that invites social drinkers to take a monthlong break from alcohol. For the first time the campaign will take place in September as well as the New Year, offering supporters the exciting opportunity to take part in Dryathlon outside of

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January. ‘Dryathletes’ pledge to stay dry for a month and either get sponsored or donate the money they would have spent on alcohol to the charity. Lisa Millett, Cancer Research UK spokesperson, said: “We’re so excited to launch Dryathlon in September and we hope that men and women across the region will take on this new challenge in the autumn. “It’s the start of a new season, so this is the perfect opportunity to kick-start the month with a clear head. We’re confident that men and women in Derbyshire will say ‘cheers’ to the challenge and help us bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.” Supporters can register to take part in Dryathlon as individuals or set up a team and get their friends, colleagues or relatives involved to motivate each other along the way. And for those who find the one month challenge a bit too daunting, there’s the ‘tipple tax’ which allows Dryathletes to donate a £20 penalty for each time they fall off the wagon. In January 2015, 54,000 people took part in Dryathlon across the UK and helped raise a fantastic £5 million to help beat cancer sooner.

Following this September’s campaign, Dryathlon will be returning in January 2016 ready for those looking for a booze-free start to the New Year. Lisa said: “Since our launch three years ago, our army of Dryathletes have shown true grit and determination in banning the booze for a brilliant cause. Now, there’s double the opportunity to feel the benefit of going dry. “We’re urging people to commit to Dryathlon now so they’re ready and raring to go on September 1. Every pound raised by our Dryathlete heroes will help fund life-saving research.” Every day 67 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East Midlands*. Dryathlon aims to raise money to accelerate groundbreaking research to help more people survive and ensure more families stay together. Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Thanks to advances in research, more people in Derbyshire are surviving cancer than ever before. But more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

bérico Tapas Derby is a restaurant based on Bold Lane in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Derby. It’s up for Best Restaurant of the Year and Best Customer Service at this year’s Derby Food and Drink Awards and I couldn’t wait to see what the big fuss was about. From stepping foot in the place, you know you’re in for a treat. Set in a Grade II listed building that was formerly the Magistrate's Court, the 80 cover restaurant has an eclectic décor with a Moroccan twist. The foyer oozes cool comfortable luxe and the concierge certainly know how to take care of their customers as they swish away your coat and glide through the restaurant to show you to your seat. I had the Express Offer for a quick bite to eat during lunch break. Service was with a smile and brilliantly efficient. It’s a lovely light and airy space and the waiters were knowledgeable and beautifully courteous. The lunch menu consisted of Catalan Bread, two tapas and dessert. The bread (toasted and topped with tomato, garlic and herbs) was perfectly pleasant and the right side of garlicky. My two tapas dishes were Grilled Mussels (with spicy alliolli and tobiko) and Triple Cooked Patatas Bravas. The mussels came nestled in their own shell, with a snippet of spring onion topped with an unctuous cheese mixture – which can only be described as little mouthfulls of heaven. The cheese and onion combination is classic, but I’ve not seen this paired with fish – which is inventive and genius in equal measure. The tobiko (flying fish roe) garnish was beautiful and elevated the dish to Michelin levels of magnificence. Tobiko is usually seen in sushi and it was really clever to use it for dramatic value and to augment the fish aroma of the mussels. I’ve had mussels before, but these were the best I have ever tasted (hat-tip to the chef whom

I believe has magic fingers for creating such a fantastic dish). The Patatas Bravas were wonderfully crunchy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. The potatoes went very well with the alliolli for a light and dreamy, creamy kick. For dessert, it had to be Churros and Hot Chocolate. These were generously long fingers of delicious crisp pastry. The sauce was nice (I have a very sweet tooth so would have preferred it sweeter), but overall, it was a bowl of gooey loveliness. There is a decent selection on the food menu and the wine menu doesn’t disappoint either, which includes a comprehensive range of Sherries too. For delicious food that doesn’t cost the earth, that will make you feel like you’ve dined in an exclusive Monaco eatery, check out Ibérico Derby. Star Rating 1-10 (1: “I’d rather eat my own shoe, I hated it that much” – 10: “I’d pillage for a meal here”.) Food: 10 Value for money: 9 Ambience: 10 Rate or Slate? Rate. Catalan bread, 2 tapas and dessert £12.95 per person. Address: 9-11 Bold Lane, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3NT Tel: 01332 345456 Website: www.Ibéricotapas. com/locations/derby.

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At The Royal Raj Restaurant we provide various styles of food cooked by highly trained chefs who are continuously committed to using the finest, freshest ingredients, from local produce. We also endeavour to use fair trade products and organic spices in our lovingly designed menu, which echoes the historical background of our dishes to bring to you a wide variety of choices. Let us do all the hard work, and deliver to your door step! If you live within a 3 mile radius we will deliver for free! You can also pop in to collect your food and enjoy a drink in our luxury seating area whilst we prepare and cook your order.

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Derby’s Food and Drink Awards 2015 Finalists Announced Over 1,600 nominations were received for the seventh annual Derby Food and Drink Awards, showcasing the strength of the city’s food and drink industry. Marketing Derby’s John Forkin praised the variety in the finalists and winners. "Each year, the standard gets better. To be a finalist is a tremendous achievement. "The food and drink sector in Derby goes from strength to strength." The awards includes ‘Best Customer Service’, which will be voted by the readers of the Derby Telegraph. The rest of the awards will be decided by a panel of mystery judges.

Best International – Sponsored by Flint Bishop Finalist – The Spice Lounge Finalist - Lorentes Finalist – Okra Best Café – Sponsored by Bespoke Inns Finalist – Bean Caffe Riverside Finalist – Cube at Deda Finalist – Café Caruso Boutique Best Bar – Finalist – The Distillery Finalist – The Brooklyn Social Finalist - Mansion Best Pub Finalist – The Silk Mill Ale and Cider House

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ive local law firms in the East Midlands have agreed to work with the University of Derby’s Law School to offer work placements for LLB and Joint Honours students as part of an agreed sponsorship prize. Derby Law School has previously worked with The Smith Partnership, Geldards and Flint Bishop to offer this sponsorship prize, but more recently they have announced that they will also be working with Banner Jones and Elliot Mather. Each law firm will offer work experience for the student awarded with the best grade for each subject from the next cohort of students in September 2015, with the placements taking place in June 2016. Toby Netting, Head of Family Law at Banner Jones said: “We are so pleased to be sponsoring the prize for family law as we believe it is vital to encourage those with a passion for law to be the best that they can be. “Banner Jones is a full service law firm, so the placement will give them a great foundation as to what it’s really like to work within family law services, while giving them a flavour for other departments as well. We believe this is a great opportunity for anyone looking to start a career in this area of law.”

The winning student will work within Banner Jones on a two week placement in June 2016, primarily within their main office in Chesterfield. Scott Atkins, LLB Programme Leader at the University of Derby, added: “We are delighted to work with such prestigious law firms around the East Midlands, which will enable us to offer prizes for the benefit of our dedicated law students. “The prizes underpin the strong connections formed with local law firms which provide a vital link between the Law School and the world of work. These connections also include students being mentored and taught by members of the local judiciary and practitioners, which emphasise the real-world learning that we offer to students.” This year marks the 20th anniversary since the first cohort of law students graduated from the University of Derby. Law was first introduced at Derby in 1991 and has some of the country’s most advanced facilities, including courtrooms, crime labs, interviewing suites and a crime house. The Law School also offers a prize sponsored by the Her Majesty’s High Sheriff of Derbyshire, which rewards volunteering in the county. For further information about studying Law at Derby, go to: www.derby.ac.uk/law

Open Door Adult Learning Centre The Open Door Adult Learning Centre is a leading learning services provider based in Sheffield. It offers affordable learning options in a diverse range of courses to suit every taste and budget. From ‘Mental Health Awareness’ to ‘Making it in Fashion’, there is something for everyone at the Open Door Adult Learning Centre. Achieving charitable status after its recognition of

diligent work in the community, one of the Open Door Adult Learning Centre’s key aims is inclusivity. It aims to aid community regeneration by providing training courses to all, irrespective of age, race, disability, ethnicity or gender. The ethos of making learning accessible for the local community is quite literal, as frequent buses stop within yards of the centre.

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We are currently recruiting for the following Apprenticeships:-

Webs furniture training Webs Training Limited has been one of the regions leading training providers delivering quality furniture manufacturing training for nearly 50 years. As a quality provider of apprenticeship and work based training, we work with local, regional and national employers to secure apprenticeship opportunities for young people aged 16-23. As employees, apprentices earn a wage from day one and work along-side experienced staff to gain job specific skills. With our new purpose built, state of the art workshops and classrooms and dedicated staff, we aim to support our learners to fulfil their full potential. All apprentices are funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and there is no charge to the apprentice for the course. For employers with up to 1000 employees, and looking to recruit a 16-23 year old, you may qualify for a Government grant of £1500* (*conditions apply). For young people aged 16-18 who are not quite ready to go into an apprenticeship, we offer the Ambitions Study Programme which will help to prepare young people for the world of work. The programme will provide learners with an opportunity to develop work related skills in the furniture industry, whilst working towards nationally recognised qualifications. The course runs over 3 days a week for 30 weeks and is supported by the Education Funding Agency (EFA)

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Established over 40 years ago, DFS is a successful and growing business, which is now the largest company of its kind in Europe. DFS are constantly moving forward and as well as being one of the UK’s top employers for 2014 and 2015. They have won the Youth Employment category in the UK Employee Experience Awards for their existing Apprenticeship Programme and as a growing and successful business there are also great career progression opportunities for those who demonstrate the right skills and attitude. A number of vacancies are currently available in two of their five factories based at Alfreton and Doncaster. Apprenticeships are available in both Upholstery and Sewing Machinists. As Apprentices in either job role, you will develop the sills which will enable you to upholster/sew all types and styles of furniture/cushions and other allied items as instructed, whilst maintaining acceptable quality standards within expected timescales. You will be taught how to examine work for faults, reporting any cutting or sewing faults immediately to your supervisor and how to operate the tools, equipment and machines required for the job. The apprenticeship will take 2 years, working Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm and Fridays 8am to 2pm. Training will be delivered in partnership with Webs Training Ltd based at Beeston. The qualifications you will work toward will be:NVQ Diploma Furnishings

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Diploma in Soft Furnishings Functional skills in maths and English where required and; Employment Rights and Responsibilities Ideally all applicants will have attained GCSE grade C or above in English and maths. As well as have a passion for learning and positive attitude to developing your skills. All Apprentices will also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, which will develop personal skills and behaviours. For more information or an application form contact the Webs Recruitment Team on 01159 677771 or email info@webstraining. com


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Apprentices take on roomsto-improve challenge Apprentices from Derby Homes are set to help Mackworth Estate Community Association complete its transformation of a church hall into a thriving community hub. The hall, which is located next to St Francis of Assisi Church in Mackworth, was originally used as a family centre which closed in 1999. In 2012 the building was handed over to Mackworth Estate Community Association to restore as a community centre. The Association has since undertaken a massive refurbishment programme, but has been unable to complete the final two rooms due to a lack of funding. The Association’s Chair is Mackworth ward Councillor and Mayor of the City of Derby, Paul Pegg. “To finish the project we need to board and plaster two more rooms,� he explains. “Once completed, we’ll use one as a store room for the football team, and the other will become a meeting room. Derby Homes has agreed to help

and we were very pleased to learn that the work will be done by their team of apprentices.� Derby Homes is supporting the project in partnership with Derby College, which delivers the college-based element of the apprenticeship learning programme. Building materials have been donated by Buildbase Builders Merchants. Shaun Bennet, Director of Investment and Regeneration at Derby Homes says: “Our third year apprentices will lead on the task using the skills they’ve developed during their training. They will also get the chance to gain management experience as they supervise first year apprentices who will also be helping out. “This is a fabulous opportunity for the apprentices to apply their knowledge, build their confidence and contribute to a very worthwhile community initiative.� Work is expected to begin on 10 August.

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Kay advises that if in doubt, a good way to find out if your photographer is practicing safe conduct is to go onto the Baby and Newborn Photography Association (BANPAS) website where parents can search for fully insured photographers in their area. Helen McGlynn, Co-owner of BANPAS said “"As an association, BANPAS are very concerned that amateur or hobbyist photographers may try to recreate some of the complex poses which require expertise in both photography and editing. Newborn photography requires patience and skill - our clients are delicate new-born babies. We are keen on raising awareness amongst parents on how to choose a safe photographer, as shown in the beautiful work produced by Kay" To find an approved photographer visit www.banpas. co.uk To find out more about Kay Oliver Photography visit www.kayoliverphotography.co.uk call 07989 322308 or email info@kayoliverphotography.co.uk


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lanning permission was granted by Derby City Council last night (Thursday 23July) for the next stage in the creation of a new multi-million pound, world class RollsRoyce aerospace campus. These plans comprise research and development, office and supporting staff facilities all set in a landscaped environment. The proposal builds on the existing facilities which would be replaced over several years and includes the closure of the section of Victory Road that currently runs through the site. Following approval Rolls-Royce will now progress to more detailed

designs of the development. A separate permission was granted for the realignment of Victory Road, around the perimeter of the site linking Moor Lane with Merrill Way. Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Martin Rawson, said: “The Council and Rolls-Royce have been working in partnership to secure this new road which enables the wider campus ambition to move forward. This demonstrates the commitment of Rolls-Royce to Derby for years to come. This is an exciting step for Derby and Rolls-Royce.”

The Tax Benefits Of Thinking Inside ‘The Box’ – The Patent Box. by Pete Miller of The Miller Partnership Is your company making trading profits through exploiting patents? If it is, have you considered the amount of tax relief you could be saving with the Patent Box? Introduced on April 1 2013 to encourage UK innovation and entrepreneurship, the Patent Box is a relief which will, in due course, allow companies who own patents to cut their overall Corporation Tax rate substantially. It is being phased in over five years from April 1 2013, with relief standing at 60% of the maximum in FY 2013, at 70% in FY 2014 and reaching 100 % in FY 2017. So, if you or your client is a trading company with profits from exploiting patents after March 31 2013, you might want to consider what Patent Box relief could do for you. First, you’ll need to ask the following questions:

We’ve also been working with our clients to ensure that they will continue to qualify for relief through the Patent Box should their business be affected by group reorganisations, sales or mergers, for example. Patent Box is particularly generous in that even if you don’t yet hold a patent, you could benefit by applying for one now. The notional relief available starts to accumulate from the time the patent is applied for and can be claimed once the patent is granted. And applying for a patent might not be as expensive as you might think. To find out more, please contact The Miller Partnership by phone or email right away for a free consultation. If you’re eligible for the Patent Box we’ll do the necessary tax computations. But remember, this relief is only available from the time you apply for the patent, so don’t delay.

• Does the company own patents which it exploits as part of its trade? • Or does the company exploit someone else’s patent under an exclusive licence? • Does the company have intellectual property that could be patented so that patent box relief can be claimed?

Why Fi? I just did something completely different for 2 weeks. And I am all the better for it. Those of you who regularly read my blog, will have noticed the recent lack . . . . while I take my annual family camping trip, to the sunny climes of Cornwall. You should try it . . . . Yet again ( for our 9th successive year) we were blessed with lovely weather once it finally stopped raining on the day we went. We did have to sit in the car for almost 2 hours debating on the feasibility of pitching a brand new tent in the pouring deluge . . . . . . knowing that it would not go well if we were forced to such inevitability. But it never got to that, as the clouds cleared and our neighbour on the campsite gave us a hand in the blustering winds instead. Then apart from the usual one other rainy day, (spent playing bananagrams, backgammon, lego, reading and watching DVD’s in our large tent) we had lovely sunny weather, for beach days and free (National Trust membership enabled) trips out. I still have not purchased a smart phone, tablet or any other portable internet device for my own use either and thanks to the assistance of my colleague and webmaster Dennis at DBN web design, who monitors my business emails . There is no urgent need to either. I seem to spend so much time hooked up to my desktop monitor the rest of the year that I really do relish the break. My husband has his tablet that came with his smart phone contract, and my son has his ipad but hey . . Why Fi? . . . with no internet access for his popjam and online games, he had lots of fun playing with his new lego instead and me well . . . well . . . Why Fi? There is limited wifi on the campsite within in a small location, for emergency use really . . .

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, the Patent Box may well be available to you.

and the 3G and 4G, was so poor on my husbands phone that it may as well have not bothered . . .

In recent months I’ve received many inquiries from companies and/or their accountants in sectors as diverse as home interiors and civil engineering – and most stand to benefit substantially from this welcome tax relief.

. . . so Why try?. . . . Why Fi?

pete.miller@themillerpartnership.com

Somewhat irritatingly, his “What’s App” was working, and my lovely sister, who is visiting the UK this week managed to message me via this.

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But other than that, I completely shut myself down from technology, and . . . . . did something completely different for 2 weeks. I will add – we do now use the sat nav – to get us around – so a bit of technology there but this means I can relax in the car and leave the nice lady to tell my husband where to drive and she doesn’t lose her temper when he ignores her – she just recalculates! We do camp in as much luxury as we can, and treated ourselves to a brand new bigger tent for our growing needs this year a heater, for those cooler evenings ( I have wanted one of these for years, and hubby has said no before?) plus a fantastic easy Qeedo Palm pop up beach tent, and a couple of beach chairs – for that relaxing afternoon reading with your toes in the sand. Main upside to camping – appreciating the pleasures of the really simple things in life. Main downside to camping . . . no dishwasher, and no tap – without walking 200yards. But over the years we have put together, a great kitchen, with all the utensils and pots I need to create home from home meals. Electric hook up means hob, fridge, lights, heater, DVD player – (not always all at once or it trips the power). Its a complete change from being at home, at my youngest son must have enjoyed it so much, as he is convinced it was shorter that usual and you know what they say about time going faster the more fun you are having. I could have easily stayed another week, but hey ho here I am back working again. So I hope you are all making sure you get a decent break and if you have not got a decent answer to the . . . Why Fi? Then consider shutting down too – its all still here when you get back – and I am all the better for it. thanks for reading x


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Air & Ground - Warehousing & Distribution Experienced Staffordshire warehousing and distribution business Air & Ground will be concentrating on building up its client base across the West Midlands in 2015. The company, which was formed 19 yearsago, is diversifying into offering storage and logistics services after initially being establishedin the civil and military aviation support sector. The expertise and problem solving abilities the company developed working with some of the biggest names in aviation are now being offered to companies of all sizes across the UKthat need to find a flexible and scalable solutionto meet their storage and distribution need and free up floor space at their premises and cut staffing costs.

Warehouses Air & Ground Supply Chain Director Matthew Powell, who acts as the first point of contact for Air & Ground’s new customers, said: “We havegot extensive storage capability for a wide range of palletised goods and we welcome hearing from potential new customers who need spaceof any size for their business’s needs.” Air & Ground, which has its headquarters in London Road, Shirleywich, near Stafford, has 60,000sq ft of capacity within its existing three warehouses in the village of Hixon, but will also identify extra warehousing within the area to meet customer’s requirements. “We are finding new clients from many different industries. We have just signed contracts with a local print company to store printing material and a local exhibition company to store items from reception desks to exhibitionstands to reception desks. “If we have not got what a customer need salready then we will go out and find somethingthat suits them. We are able to provide a solutionto meet any warehousing needs. “We have real expertise in the field of hard-tofind goods and we have got the licences to export goods to the United States and Europe soif a customer needs those to export then we canstep in and also organise shipping,” explained Mr Powell. Air & Ground is also re-joining the UK Warehousing Association which will enableit to offer a pallet network for its customers. “It is something that we are looking to build up alongside the warehousing,” added Mr Powell. “In the past the majority of our business wasin the military and aviation field, but we now in the midst of diversification and growing the business in new areas for the 21st Century. “We have been doing storage and distributionfor 10 years now, but we are now concentrating on ramping that up. We have unique skills and abilities that we have developed over the years and we are now looking to utilise them in a different way. “We have a 22-strong team within the business and we will certainly be looking to take on more warehousing staff as we grow and takeon extra sites,” said Mr Powell. The existing team has specialist skills incomputer- controlled stock control, inventory management and large parts handling. Its Hixon warehouses of 15,000, 30,000 and 45,000 sq ft are all secured with ADT alarms and 24-hour CCTV security systems and areequipped to handle high value goods. The facilities, which stand nine metres to the eaves, provide multiple loading bays and equipment such as 10-tonne overhead cranes.There is also a drive on container port facility. Air & Ground also has a fleet of goods handling vehicles and equipment including forklift trucks, said Mr Powell: “We prideourselves on being able to handle goods andpallets of all sizes, including large and awkward items, and we offer a mixture of storage choices. Some of our units have floor storage andothers are racked. “We have the flexibility and ability to handlethe largest items. “That was proved by us having previously won contracts to store parts for the wings for the giant Airbus A380 aircraft,” explained Mr Powell.


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Business: A Day In The Life Of Mark Johnson

Integritas Financial Planner Mark Johnson APFS in the Hot Seat

Integritas Financial Planners are based in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire. They provide bespoke financial advice in the East Midlands and beyond, working with people to plan for a safe and stable future. Their dedicated and diverse client list is comprised of individuals, small and medium sized businesses. Looked after clients receive holistic financial planning and stellar support to help them achieve and maintain their financial goals. Mark Johnson is a fiduciary and the powerhouse financial brains behind the business. A graduate of Management Sciences from Warwick University, he worked with various IFAs before setting up Integritas Financial Planners. He only decided to go solo with the growing realisation of wanting to provide a compassionate financial service tailored for the individual. The company name itself was borne out of this need to maintain and champion personal integrity. This holistic approach lies at the heart of Integritas Financial Planners’ operation and galvanises the company ethos of providing the best service for every client, every time. Mark said: “I have a very strong belief that people should be treated as individuals. I strive to provide

bespoke advice and under previous employed roles, I have had to categorise the client to fit them into a company’s process. I found pigeonholing people like this disheartening, because everyone is a unique individual and should be ultimately treated this way. At Integritas Financial Planners we ensure that the client is always in control. The client is the one in the driving seat. We prepare the client for every outcome and eventuality and that events unfold in a manner that the client is comfortable and happy with. “I also wanted to have a better work-life balance, because I feel it is important to make time for people that you care about in your life. The flexibility of being self-employed is of course another boon, especially with a growing family. I am proud and extremely happy to announce that we have another addition to the family on the way and providing a solid future for my family has only strengthened my core belief of making solid financial planning advice accessible for all.” So, how does being an independent Financial Planner compare with being a father? Mark said: “It’s an exciting time, sometimes a little daunting but ultimately rewarding when I realise I am helping people safe-guard their future.” Mark’s day kicks off with an early alarm, followed by breakfast and a punctual, on-the-dot 9:00 am start. He checks through his emails received throughout the night, prioritising myriad tasks and his work-load accordingly. No two days are the same for Mark and a typical day is virtually non-existent at Integritas Financial Planners. To really get under the skin and into the brain of how Integritas Financial Planners’ work, The Derbyshire Guardian grilled the financial genius about his daily activity. When the Derbyshire Guardian interviewed Mark, he had a mid-morning meeting on Thursday with a client from a former company. Prepatory work for this meeting had to be done in advance, where a Meeting Pack was compiled which included relevant paperwork and regulatory disclosures. The purpose of the meeting was to re-engage with the client,

I have a very strong belief that people should be treated as individuals. I strive to provide bespoke advice and under previous employed roles, I have had to categorise the client to fit them into a company’s process.

What does a Financial Planner do all day? Is it being embedded in the world of endless Excel spreadsheets and reviewing figures from the crack of dawn like a Countdown guru? We caught up with Mark Johnson, founder and Financial Planner extraordinaire at Integritas Financial Planners.

something Mark is an expert at. Mark says: “Connection, lucid communication and being on the same page is key. It doesn’t serve anyone if honesty is not there from the outset. It’s also about managing clients’ expectations, so clarity at every stage of the process is imperative.” For the client in question, Mark went through existing pension providers to create a detailed list. The outcome of Thursday’s meeting was to be reviewed by Mark the following day, including next steps and waiting to hear back from the client if they had any follow-up questions. That same afternoon Mark had another client meeting, this time about Final Salary pension. In this case, Mark had to run through a full analysis then undertake extensive research on Fund Panels. Mark’s calendar also includes Annual Reviews, where clients take advantage of a formal policy review to address any change in clients’ attitudes to risks, plans and to make relevant amendments to investment portfolios. Mark spends a lot of time analysing policies, whilst looking into around 12 – 15 client files during the day. At the close of business which

is usually 5:30pm he compiles a To Do List, which is one of the first things he refers to the following morning. The world of finance is in a state of flux with a new government and a shift in the political landscape. So what does he think about the recent pension reform? Mark said: “We at Integritas Financial Planners specialise in pension advice. We will look to recommend a retirement strategy that includes a number of possible sources of income to help you achieve the life you want to live in retirement. The reforms are fantastic news for pension savers who now have unprecedented flexibility and control over their pension pots. Yet I also advise caution, because people need to fully understand consequences of their actions including tax implications that may interfere in retirement planning.” Mark is keen to help people on both sides of the transaction – clients and fellow IFAs alike. He took time out of his busy schedule to provide mentoring

advice for another IFA looking to join the network with a view to setting up his own business. It is this considerate and astute stance that has seen Mark achieve Chartered status, the gold standard of excellence and integrity within the financial services industry. It turns out putting a Financial Planner in the hot seat is informative and fun. It is more than just working with figures, balance sheets and pension pots. It is creating a sustainable roadmap bespoke to an individual to safeguard their future and lifestyle. From Business Advice Overview to Personal Protection, make Mark Johnson your first port of call to steer you through muddy and obscure financial waters. If you have any burning financial questions, or want to find out more about Mark, and see how Integritas Financial Planners can help you, please call 01283 777 014 now or go to website www.integritasfp. co.uk.

Integritas Financial Planners Ltd is an appointed representative of Tavistock Financial Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


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The Painting Parlour, a new “Paint A Pot” studio in Little Eaton, Derbyshire is feeling all patriotic after the birth of Princess Charlotte. So much so, that the owner Jo Monahan pledged to give away free baby print plates to all babies named Charlotte in the Derby area throughout the month of May. When the requests for appointments started pouring in, Jo thought maybe she had been a bit hasty. But true to her word the following Monday, Jo opened the doors of The Painting Parlour and welcomed all the gorgeous babies in. Jo said: “We had such a lovely day, it was like an exclusive baby Charlotte Club.” The babies, mums and grandmas appeared to enjoy the whole bonding experience too. The mums were so impressed with the lovely setting and choice of brightly coloured and tastefully decorated baby print plates, that all of them had extras done while they were there. The Painting Parlour not only specialises in baby

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DOG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION LAUNCHED After a record breaking year and international acclaim last year, the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition returns for 2015. The Kennel Club is urging budding and experienced photographers to submit their canine images to the annual competition, which attracts international coverage and is viewed by tens of thousands of people from around the world. The competition is now open and free to enter. Breaking all records, more than 13,000 entries from over 60 countries were entered in the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition last year, making it the biggest canine photography competition in the world. Heidi Hudson, Dog Photographer of the Year curator, said: “The Dog Photographer of the Year competition is the largest competition in the world solely dedicated to dog photography. We are looking for memorable and charismatic images from photographers who can capture those wonderful moments which reflect our contemporary experience living with dogs as best friends, family members, working partners and assistance providers. “The competition is free to enter and we urge both professional photographers and amateurs who have a keen eye and a passion for photography, to enter. We have had numerous amateur photographers win various categories including the overall competition, some going on to make a professional career from the exposure of winning Dog Photographer of the Year.”

Steph Gibson from Australia was selected as last year’s overall winner of the competition with an image of her dog Swing working with sheep on her farm, which was the winner of the ‘Dogs at Work’ category. Photographers are invited to send in their images in the following categories:

The Border Collie Trust Great Britain in Staffordshire is a registered charity which rescues and rehomes Border Collies and Collie crosses throughout the UK Dogs are accommodated in comfortable and secure, purpose built kennels where their health and wellbeing is top priority. Founded in 1976 by Hazel Monks, the Border Collie Trust Great Britain has gone from strength to strength. Trustee Ben Wilkes said: “Our staff provide a high quality of care for all dogs. Keeping them healthy, safe and happy whilst they find a new home is of paramount importance to us.” If you are thinking of adopting, the first step is to complete a Rehoming Application form available from the website then co-ordinate a visit to the centre. Your application will tell us more about you

and your circumstances, so we can best match a dog to be your next lovable pet. Adopting a dog is a serious decision not to be taken lightly. The Border Collie Trust Great Britain have the dogs’ best interests at heart and are happy to reserve a dog for you to meet. Full details of the kennel’s opening times can be found online. Border Collies are intelligent, intuitive, sensitive and eager to please. If this sounds like the perfect pet for you, please get in touch now by calling 01889 577058 or via email on info@bordercollietrustgb.org.uk.

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DOGS TRUST CALLS ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO CLEAN UP THEIR DOGS’ DOO

Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy join forces for The Big Scoop 2015 campaign We are a nation of dog lovers, owning over eight million dogs in the UK. With eight million dogs comes a lot of dog waste, in fact the UK dog population produces over 1,000 tonnes of doggy doo a day, that’s the equivalent of 200 elephants, three airplanes or 100 double decker buses. Despite the majority of dog owners being responsible and picking up after their pooch, dog waste remains a prominent and unpleasant issue in the south West. To launch its third annual anti-fouling campaign, The Big Scoop 2015, Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy are calling on councils, communities and local people to unite as ambassadors for the campaign, becoming ‘Scooper Heroes’ and spreading the message to ‘bag it and bin it’.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has 22 Education and Community Officers around the UK, including one for the South West who visit schools to talk to pupils about being responsible dog owners. Scott Spencer, Dogs Trust Education and Community Officer for the Midlands said: “It’s the small minority of irresponsible dog owners who leave their dog’s mess on footpaths, in parks and green spaces. Many people may not realise that when it comes to disposing of dog waste any public bin will do! Dog owners simply need to pick up their dog waste in a poo bag and place it in any bin.” Scott is encouraging local pupils and communities to get behind The Big Scoop 2015 campaign and spread the message about responsible dog ownership: “A part of the The Big Scoop campaign we’re getting school pupils to take part in a poster competition. We are encouraging pupils to use their artistic skills to make a poster deterring dog owners from ignoring their dog’s waste and spreading the campaign’s key message. The winning poster will be shared online, and the chosen artist will be awarded with Dogs Trust goodies. All schools will also receive The Big Scoop leaflets, posters, capes, poo bags and rosettes to get young people behind the campaign.”


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ransby Horses Rescue and Welfare is one of the largest equine welfare charities in the UK. Dedicated to the wellbeing of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, Bransby Horses has been looking after equines since 1968. The charity continues to go from strength to strength and operates out of two busy equine rescue centres in Lincolnshire and Herefordshire. For over 46 years, the horse rescue charity has been helping equines who have been neglected or mistreated. Equines that have been rescued from their injurious surroundings are immediately administered expert medical treatment and put at ease in a comfortable environment. Animal welfare is at the beating heart of the Bransby Horses operation, which is why they strive to provide the best care the neglected equines so rightfully deserve. Between the two sites there are currently 457 animals in the centre, with an additional 295 enjoying time in loan homes. Bransby Horses continues its wonderful crusade to prevent and relieve cruelty to equines; this year alone, as of August 19th, they have rescued 94 animals. Their latest good news story is the birth of baby donkey Nipper, who was born in August following his parents being rescued as abandoned in Girton, Nottinghamshire in May. As part of the rescue mission, the Bransby Horses team were called for support after two jenny donkeys and two entire jack donkeys were seen wandering along the main road. A local resident who didn't recognise these animals quickly opened her gate and guided them to safety. Unfortunately no Microchips were identified on any of the four equines and so far no reports have been received of any lost or stolen equines matching their descriptions. It is everyday situations like these that sees animals trot through the doors at Bransby Horses, the

majority of which have suffered cruelty or neglect. Once an equine enters Bransby Horses, they begin their journey to wellbeing and rehabilitation. Many of the equines have been abandoned and are poorly fed. The charity’s first steps are to try and help the animals get back to peak physical and mental health by delivering solid care, expert veterinary support and gentle handling to help get the animals back on track. Many of the equines have been traumatised and it takes compassion and commitment from the Bransby Horses team to put animals at ease whilst finding the best housing solution for them. The charity’s altruistic aims include protection of equines from unnecessary suffering and promoting knowledge of their care and treatment amongst the public. Bransby Horses takes pride in their rewarding work and regularly have Open Days. This is a fantastic chance for people to learn more about equines and the charity themselves. The next Open Day is Sunday 27th September. The admission is free; however there is a suggested £1.00 donation for parking to help towards the care of their animals. It is a fun day out for the family, as you can enjoy demonstrations, craft stalls, shopping and falconry. For the little ones, there is face painting, and a bouncy castle, perfect to keep them entertained for a few hours. Bransby Horses is a charity completely funded by public donations. They are currently fundraising to build a specialist intensive care unit and towards treating equine cancer in their animals and would love your support. Please go to the following respective websites for more information and to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/ BransbyHorsesICUnit/ http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/ bransbyhorses/sarcoidtreatment

To find out more about Bransby Horses and the wonderful work they do, ways to help or to volunteer your time to their cause, please call 01427 788 464 now or visit their website at www.bransbyhorses.co.uk


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This Months Car Reviews by Syd Taylor

Maserati Ghibli S

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aserati - the very sight and sound of the name thrills. Here is a graphic exemplar of the evocative power of language. If you need nudging to respond to the word, I'm afraid mine reader that not only do you know nothing - but you are simply not worthy of the appellation 'motorist'. For the latter, a dollop a day of grey porridge, for a century at least, may eventually restore the proper red-blooded pulse to the cheeks. Then and only then can you be moved by such an introduction as this. Behold! - A 'Maser'. A simply marvellous motor car of mythological evocation. I have to tell you that a spell behind the wheel will bind you to the Maserati magic for all time. Like few other motor manufacturers Maserati extends a cupped handful of God-like anticipation, scooping up lucky drivers and passengers and elevating them towards a rarified realm of true resolution. How seductive are sepia memories of times past. The Ghibli S sits before me. In silent contemplation I look at the shape and the feelings within me mirror the very same feelings that ran through my mind aeons ago when the great Fangio drove the 250F to victory after victory. Nowadays at race tracks the world over, ghosts lurk in the shadows whispering the immortal name of one of the worlds most charismatic motor maufacturers: awakened from their slumbers, perhaps, by the sound of a new Ghibli S - a

mean, moody and magnificent brute with which Maserati have lifted the lid on pressure cooker plebeian misery and let the sun shine i n on the salubrious interior of one of the sportiest, most luxurious four door coupes you can buy. To me this is a tiger on a leash. Ask me to exchange it for another marque and I would return a blank stare of amazement. Beautiful inside, everything reflects the sporting nature, yet it is so refined, with every adjunct to comfort in an interior with plenty of room for four. It oozes dignity, style and technological brilliance, representing a complete harmony of all elements. And fittingly, a Bowers and Wilkinson surround sound system (£3,360 extra!) transported me to ethereal heights. Powered by a Ferrari-built 3.0 litre V6 twin turbo that develops a whopping 404bhp and drives through an eight speed ZF auto. gearbox to the rear wheels, The Ghibli S goes very quickly. 'Give me the figures!' I hear you say. Well, if you must. I'm prepared to tell you that 180mph is possible - and for schoolboy readers who dream of pretty meaningless 0-60mph times - it does it in a jiffy. Fuel consumption of 27.2 mpg is claimed. 'And what's the astronomic price tag?' You enquire. I'm pleased to report that for a car of this standing

it's certainly not 'astronomic' at £63,760. The test car was, however, 'loaded' with factory fit options to take it to a still reasonable £80,853. But for the experienced driver, let me tell you that this car really shines when you use that Coliseum of torque. Put it into Sport mode, move from military power and engage full afterburner and it's 'Azakaboom! Next stop the moon - If you get my meaning. And all this with an intoxicating cacophony of sound like the bellow of a Minotaur. Such performance demands good control and handling and the Ghibli grips like Garibaldi - ever safe, secure and perfectly poised. Skyhook electronically variable active damping suspension tunes ride and handling to suit gentle driving or exuberant enthusiasm. Brembo brakes (the very best!) haul you from speed as surely as if you had hooked an arrester cable on the deck of the USS Nimitz. Drive one of these and you'll be dashing off poetry like Dante - albeit swapping internal for 'infernal' combustion. If you have the means I urge you to purchase one for it is true to say that legendary marques depend upon the discerning for the perpetuation of their exquisite values which would otherwise be lost - and the sands of time would obliterate magnificence.

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here's no denying that Fiat has the 'style thing' sewn up. In an age of Eurocloned cars where ubiquitous plainness adorns their metallic shrouds, Fiats of every kind draw immediate attention to their snazzy svelteness. The Italian tradition of fine car styling persists

to advantage in a Fiat range that amply covers every conceivable motoring need. For those eager to hit the supermini trail, the Fiat Punto which has been well established for over twenty years, purveys a perky zestiness. And now it does so even more with the ÂŁ12000 limited edition, five seat, threedoor Jet Black that should appeal to younger buyers. Its looks are as snappy as a smartsuited fun lover on the razzle and I have to say that it packs above its weight in the style stakes. With black metallic paint, tinted rear privacy glass and body-coloured side skirts to enhance its slippery

flanks, it somehow conveys in a mysterious Italian alchemy, the smart cut of cutting edge fashion. Of course, this Punto is far more than just a pedestal-enhancing piece of sculpture. Above all else it's a motor car - and a mighty fine one at that. Inside you get a leather covered steering wheel, power windows, lots of airbags and automatic dual zone climate control. There's cruise control too and a stop/ start system to help economy. Fiat deserve enormous praise for adopting the most intelligent approach to 'stop/start' yet. While most manufacturers make the system always default to stop/

start mode every time you switch on - in a Punto the infernal system STAYS switched off until YOU choose to switch it back on. It appears as zippy as lemon zest and when put to purpose delivers what the appearance leads you to expect. The 77bhp 1.4 litre engine drives through a slick operating five speed gearbox and is able to take you to over 100mph. It's no out-and-out sports car but it does deliver sports car excitement in a responsible way - but you do have to make full use of the five gears to keep the engine spooled up in its power band. The chassis dynamics of a Punto are such that the car could certainly handle much more power (Which it gets in some variants) - but the responsible 'thinking' motorist will feel that this is a car that makes sense while delivering a treat for the senses. I found the road manners to be exemplary thanks in part to the sports suspension - which some might say does not have a foam mattress feel. But for me, that's a bonus, for here is a car to make one feel fully alive. It turns in with the tenacity of Tarzan twisting purposefully on a vine, brakes to a stop in less time than it takes to think and swishes up to speed with sashay panache that's as good as a wink at the gods - and for a bonus it delivers impressive fuel figures of nearly 50mpg overall (claimed). It goes without saying that technophiles will not feel shortchanged at the cars electronic enhancements which make

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most attractive and competitively priced medium car, the Civic has over the years, acquired a legendary reputation for copper-bottomed reliability coupled with a cascade of golden benefits that elicit paeans of praise from ecstatic owners. A Civic stands out from the crowd with looks that draw the eye and tempt one to try its virtues. Now slightly re-styled, there's a new sleek front bumper, rear bumper and side skirts. It's not only stylish, but highly efficient

aerodynamically too. Ownership of such a car is tantamount to owning a Saville Row suit tailored from indestructible material - for few cars give the impression of being capable of outlasting all the miles you can throw at them. But the Civic seems to shrug at the ever unwinding road, as if to say 'Really my virtues are from another world entirely and tar-macadam actually tickles my fancy.' If you think that I am too effusive in my praise, I can reveal here that under pressure of a thorough journalistic interrogation at a press event, a prestigious manufacturer's most senior engineer in the UK declared that they benchmark Honda engineering above all other. In diesel guise the Civic represents a magical combination of dependability and dash and with the 118bhp 1.6, DTEC engine

under the bonnet, this variant breathes out so little noxiousness at 94g/km that you pay no road tax. 'Strangled is it?' I hear you say. Not a bit of it. This engine pulls like a train and delivers smooth punch per pound in excess of what you'd expect of a car in this class - all the way to 130mph. If you press the Eco button you might be lucky and get that claimed 79mpg - but given that the steering and suspension are so well atuned for enthusiastic driving and encourage 'enjoyment' of the car, around 65mpg overall is more realistic. Tootle about and experience the comfy ride if you want - but it's hard to resist exploring the excellent dynamics. In short, this is a Honda that gobbles up the miles without gobbling up the fuel - and all wrapped in a 'feel good' package of proper design that eschews gimmicks in favour of some sensible suavity. To take one example, how many cars present such a sleek yet practically styled dashboard? Always the aim is to help the driver - but never at the expense of comfort in the roomy interior (There's a huge boot too). The mid range SR variant tested - now reduced and terrific value at ÂŁ23,140 - is highly specified. There's leather seating, a sunroof, privacy glass, cruise control and a rear view camera - not forgetting a Garmin navigation system. All this in contrast to some manufacturers who charge for air in the tyres.

A Civic is a family car par excellence - with the added bonus that it is fun to drive. Say what you like, but there aren't many cars that can manage this and put a smile on your face as well. We've all heard of 'civic virtue' well here is a virtuous Civic that does not require a town criers stentorious soundings to draw attention to the peerless benefits. Oyez! Oyez! The Civic diesel is the car for today. From highway to byway, motorway to away-a-day, this Civic sets the seal on civilised transportation.

life more pleasurable for those who take pleasure in that sort of thing. I always thought Bluetooth implied a visit to the dentist - but junior friends assure me it's a very handy thing to have. For me, the main thing has to be the car, the driver, the passengers and the road. And here this Punto Black orchestrates a merry melody of

magical motoring. Excellent in its class, superior in its sophistication, it heralds a renaissance of the simple pleasures of delightful driving. In my view we have a lot to thank the Italians for with their characteristic feel for the finer things in life. Don't say 'Ciao' to this Fiat. Say 'Well, hello there!'


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he Bom Sucesso Golf Course is a stunning golfers’ paradise located near the medieval town of Óbidos, Portugal. Boasting a wonderful climate of approximately 25°C with a whopping 10 hours of sunshine a day in autumn, the Bom Sucesso Golf Course is the perfect place to tee off and catch some rays. The Bom Sucesso Golf Course is challenging and beautiful in equal measure. Keep an eye out for the 17th and 18th, which are striking holes that will take your breath away. After a fun afternoon of golfing, you can satisfy your appetite with a bite to eat at the fantastic Clubhouse eatery. Acclaimed for its ambiance, it is also good value for money. With excellent service and delicious food for your delectation, the Clubhouse is the perfect pit-stop

to eat your fill, rest your legs and then restart your golfing journey. The villa in Foz Do Arelho is in the vicinity of the Bom Sucesso Golf Course and is the best place to hole up during your golfing holiday. The villa is situated in a gorgeous, relaxing spot and within two minutes’ walk lies a stunning lagoon with footpath leading to a soft, sandy beach. The four bedroomed luxury villa is ideally situated to catch the sun all day. The modern kitchen with wine cooler is great for throwing dinner parties and after dinner, you and your guests can lounge in the large terrace BBQ area. There are plenty of local bars and restaurants within walking distance and this coupled with the beautiful coastline ensures the villa is the ideal spot for the holiday of a lifetime.

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asa Joan is just a five minute drive to the 18 hole 72 PAR golf course at Salgados, which is set just behind the beautiful sandy beach of Praia de Gale, close to Armacao de Pera. All the other golf courses located in the Central Algarve are within easy driving distance. The villa is perfect for golfing holidays and is available to rent all year round. All amenities, i.e. pharmacy, bank, bars, restaurants, local shops etc, are within a 5 – 10 minutes’ walk. Beaches are a 5 minutes’ drive away. The main local tourist attractions are within 20 minutes’ drive. The villa is also popular with couples with young

families, cot and highchair available at no extra charge. Casa Joan is fully registered and has the mandatory Tourism Licence, so all health and safety requirements are met, and regularly checked. Our villa management team provides a free backup service 24/7. With easy road links to Faro airport, just a 40 minute drive, Casa Joan is the perfect golfing and holiday villa. Visit our website for more details and pictures. Email or call Deborah quoting ‘DG915’ to receive a 5% discount before 31 December 2015 – Happy Holidays!

Large 3 bedroom apartment located in Guia, Albufeira and close to Salgados golf course and easily accessible to the Algarve’s large range of championship golf courses.

Villa in Foz Do Arelho, Silver Coast, Portugal Relaxing Peaceful Location 2 Minute Walk To The Lagoon With Footpath Leading To A Lovely Sandy Beach A brand new modern luxury detached villa finished to a beautiful standard in the exclusive area of foz do Arelho, lovely views of the lagoon from all areas of villa and garden. The villa is in a wonderful position which catches the sun all day and only a few minutes walk to the lagoon and beaches. There are 4 bedrooms all with spacious ensuites and a separate bathroom. All bedrooms leading to a large covered terrace and pool area with seating and 8 sun lounges. The kitchen is modern with all high quality equipment and a wine cooler, with access to another large terrace BBQ area, including a relaxing area with outside dining, also with gated steps leading down to the pool. The villa is local to bars, shops and great restaurants. There is a separate gym and family TV games room, including console and dvds. A fantastic location for relaxing and exploring the beautiful coastline with a range of activities. E.g all water sports, golf, cycling, jogging, horse riding, historical sites and many more. Ideal for a family holiday.

Sleeps 8 4 beds all on suite + separate bathroom, heated swimming pool, free wifi, garden, BBQ, parking For further information visit us at www.ownersdirect.co.uk: 8150785 or call: 351913576655

Valmi C is a very spacious, self-contained beautiful apartment in the Quinta dos Alamos complex in Guia, Albufeira famous for the invention of piri piri chicken. Accommodation is for 6 people (we also have a “put you up” bed for one additional if required). Facilities include three bedrooms (1 double bed, 4 single beds), 1 en-suite bathroom, separate bathroom, hairdryers. A lounge and dining area with seating for 6 includes satellite TV, Wi-Fi, comfortable seating and fireplace. Outside is a private garden with seating, built in barbecue and a shared pool. The fully fitted kitchen includes oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, utility room with washing machine, iron & board and safe. many championship level golf courses are all in close proximity to Guia due The ma to the town being located in central Algarve; the nearest airport is Faro approximately 30 minutes away. Guia village is a few minutes’ walk with all local amenities. Roughly 22 restaurants are dotted about town, are all to a high standard with great choices for both food, wines and beers. The Algarve Shopping Mall is very close by for all your shopping needs including Continente, a very large supermarket. Beaches, Zoomarine, water parks and Sir Cliff Richard’s winery are also very close.

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Large 3 bedroom apartment located in Guia, Albufeira Valmi C is a very spacious, self-contained beautiful apartment in the Quinta dos Alamos complex in Guia, Albufeira famous for the invention of piri piri chicken. Accommodation is for 6 people (we also have a “put you up” bed for one additional if required). Facilities include three bedrooms (1 double bed, 4 single beds), 1 en-suite bathroom, separate bathroom, hairdryers. A lounge and dining area with seating for 6 includes satellite TV, Wi-Fi, comfortable seating and fireplace. Outside is a private garden with seating, built in barbecue and a shared pool. The fully fitted kitchen includes oven, gas hob, microwave, fridgefreezer, utility room with washing machine, iron & board and safe.

The many championship level golf courses are all in close proximity to Guia due to the town being located in central Algarve; the nearest airport is Faro approximately 30 minutes away. Guia village is a few minutes’ walk with all local amenities. Roughly 22 restaurants are dotted about town, are all to a high standard with great choices for both food, wines and beers. The Algarve Shopping Mall is very close by for all your shopping needs including Continente, a very large supermarket. Beaches, Zoomarine, water parks and Sir Cliff Richard’s winery are also very close. Rates are very competitive (see website for details) and we offer discounts for golfers booking from September to April.

Apartment in Lower Largo, Nr. St Andrews, Fife, Scotland A charming apartment conveniently located in a quaint narrow lane, in the original part of an old fishing village 12 miles from St Andrews. Ideal for couples, families and people with mobility problems. The view from the lounge is over to the bridge and harbour. It is adjacent to an interesting inn, the village shop, a renowned hotel/restaurant, the pier, harbour and beach. Known as the

East Neuk this is an area of outstanding natural beauty with picturesque villages and sandy beaches dotted all along the coast. The Fife Coastal Path passes through the village. Fife is the home of golf with a huge choice of courses nearby. This is an ideal base for enjoying the beaches and sea air, relaxing amidst the quiet pace of village life. Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh are all within a 1 hour drive.

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Walking in Paradise

With its rich history and picture perfect backdrops, an ordinary wander around Guernsey can lead to something extraordinary.

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or true escapism, the discovery of hidden coves and feeling the fresh, salty air sweeping off the coast; a walk around Guernsey is a feast for the senses. Whether exploring the rugged coastal cliff paths or meandering along sleepy, sun dappled rural lanes lined with hedge-veg, the island offers treasure around every corner. Measuring just 25 square miles, there are a whole host of activities for the adventurous, culture vultures or those who wish to sit back and drift away with the slower pace of life. If you enjoy history, you can walk around castles older than the Tower of London and visit ancient burial sites dating back to the Neolithic period. The coastline bears the marks of the Occupation in World War 2 by Nazi Germany (between June 1940 and May 1945) with fortifications and a network of bunkers still standing. One the island’s best natural attractions are its 27 beaches. Along the west coast, Vazon Bay recently won the title of Britain’s Cleanest Beach (2014) and nearby Grandes Roques Bay also featured in the top 10. One of the most beautiful bays on the island and a sun-trap in the summer is Fermain Bay. A south coast gem, the pebbled beach can be reached only by foot and the tranquil, clear turquoise waters are a sight to behold. This beautiful setting feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of St Peter Port, Guernsey’s capital and yet, is only a five minute drive away. Overlooking the picturesque bay and commanding fabulous views of arriving cruise ships and the largest Channel Island, Jersey, the four star Fermain Valley Hotel is in the perfect location. In the warmer months, its landscaped gardens (just over six acres) are in full bloom and are an alternative to the rustic charm of the valley. A naturalist’s dream, the area is home to many different species of birds, butterflies and both local and exotic plants are tended to by the hotel’s dedicated team of gardeners. A relaxing stay at Fermain Valley lends itself to leisurely lunches on the terrace whilst soaking up the scenery or enjoying afternoon tea in The Valley Tea Rooms with fresh, homemade treats which has fantastic views down the valley. After exploring the south coast or if you have travelled further afield,

enjoy a glass of wine in Ocean restaurant – serving fish caught fresh off the coast or dine in The Rock Garden Steakhouse; a casual spot to catch up with friends. Retire back to your room and relax on sumptuous bedding, enjoy the complimentary sherry, handmade chocolates, luxury toiletries and individually appointed rooms with most of the 45 bedrooms benefitting from sea views. Whether you are an avid walker or someone who likes to watch the world go by, with a flight time of just over an hour from Manchester, this island of paradise is waiting to be discovered. www.fermainvalley.com

One of the most beautiful bays on the island and a sun-trap in the summer is Fermain Bay. A south coast gem, the pebbled beach can be reached only by foot and the tranquil, clear turquoise waters are a sight to behold.

Fly & Stay 3, 5 and 7 night luxury breaks from £320* per person Discover Guernsey and relax in the luxurious surroundings of Fermain Valley Hotel. Packages include flights from a selection of UK airports, Guernsey airport transfers, bed and breakfast, complimentary use of the hotel’s facilities including the indoor pool, sauna and private cinema and at least one dinner* in the 2AA rosette Ocean restaurant. For prices and more information, please phone Hotel Reservations free on 0800 316 0314 or email book@fermainvalley.com quoting FLYAWAY2.

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GT40s dominate the front ranks as the Four Hours gets underway.

DONINGTON MASTERS FESTIVAL GT40S SHOW ENDURANCE PEDIGREE Roger Wills and James Littlejohn took the honours as Ford GT40s dominated the Masters Four Hours, the centre-piece of the Masters Festival weekend of classic racing at Donington Park. GT40s filled the first three places, ahead of a mouth-watering field of 29 classic pre-1966 sports cars in a true endurance test that ran into the Saturday evening. Jason Wright’s GT40 led the early laps, from pole position, but Wills quickly moved into the lead, up from seventh place, followed by the GT40 of Tony Wood. Wright lost a little ground towards the end of the first hour, but by then it had become a race of attrition with several fancied cars falling by the wayside in the early stages. Julian Thomas’s E-Type Jaguar retired from fourth after getting debris in the engine. Craig Davies was briefly fourth in his GT40 before the engine caught fire in the pitlane and Richard Meins’ GT40 then assumed fourth before he, too, retired with a blown engine.

The Wright/Michael Gans/Andy Wolfe GT40 was back with the leaders in the second hour and the three GT40s traded places as the race continued. Martin Stretton, in the Wood car, was forced to make an extra pitstop to deal with a misfire and cracked exhaust, so the pair were just pleased to finish. It was now a two-horse race, but Wills advantage was wiped out by a safety car period and Andy Wolfe grabbed the lead when racing resumed. “All I could think was ‘I have to do it all again,’” said Wills afterwards. Eventually he succeeded and had pulled 14 seconds clear at the flag. Tony Wood nursed his sick GT40 home in third, while Andrew Haddon and Phil Keen were the first non-GT40 home, fourthplaced in their AC Cobra. The following morning Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield took a comfortable victory, in their rebuilt Lola T70, in the Masters Historic Sportscar Championship.

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Tommy Gilmartin (leading) and Mike Connon took a win each in Scottish Sports and Classics.


66 Derbyshire Guardian | Issue 32 They had looked set to win at the Historic Festival, earlier in the year, before Voyazides crashed just 5 minutes from the end of the race. Much of the car’s bodywork has been replaced and the pair duly returned to winning ways, taking the flag 49 seconds ahead of Jason Wright and Andy Wolfe who claimed their second podium of the weekend, this time in their Lola T70. Chris Beighton’s Sunbeam Tiger led the first Masters 70s Celebration race until he ran wide at the Old Hairpin, trying to resist a challenge from Mark Wright’s Escort. Wright, himself, went off at the Esses, forcing him to retire with an oil leak, leaving Beighton to challenge Joe Ward’s Vauxhall Firenza for the lead. The Vauxhall’s oil pump failed a lap from home leaving Beighton to cross the line over a minute clear of Nicholas King’s Aston Martin DB4Lightweight. In the absence of Beighton and Ward, Wright took victory in race 2 with King again placed second. Steven Dailly took two wins in the Scottish BMW Compact Cup, as the series had an away-day from home circuit Knockhill. Race 1 was spoiled by an extended safety car period, Dailly winning the two-lap sprint to the flag from Gary Clark and Shaun Forsyth. The following day Dailly had a more comfortable victory ahead of Michael Courts and Clark. Tommy Gilmartin (Morgan Plus 8) had a tremendous scrap with Keiron Baillie (Lotus Seven) in the first Scottish Classic Sports and Saloon race, to win by just 0.8 seconds. Mike Connon’s Lotus Seven was in the mix in the early stages, but retired at half distance. Connon won the following day’s race from Gilmartin, while Adam Southgate took a pair of Toyo Tires Porsche Championship wins in his Boxster.

Simon Hadfield and Leo Voyazides won the Historic Sports Car race.

Four Hours winner Roger Wills.

Scottish BMW Compact Cup podium: Shaun Forsyth (second), Steven Dailly (first) and Gary Clark (second).

Steven Dailly took two Scottish BMW Compact Cup wins.

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allying returns to Donington Park with the first competitive rally event at since 1998 on 25th October. Donington have been granted planning permission to host two days of national rallying events per year and the first event will be the Dukeries Rally organised by the Nottinghamshirebased Dukeries Motor Club. The event will be in a new single venue asphalt rally format. The Dukeries Rally has been held each year since 1959, and the 2015 running will be a round of several regional Motorsport Association rally championships with an entry of up to 90 cars expected. Donington Park and Dukeries have previous history, with the Dukeries Rally using the pre-war layout as a stage in the years 1968 to 1970. Total stage distance in the 2015 edition will approximately 55 miles across eight stages, encompassing the Donington Park track and a small amount of off-track mileage also. Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate commented: “We are very pleased to be able to confirm a first event, the Dukeries Rally in October. This confirms what we always thought, that Donington Park is an exceptional venue to host all

“We are delighted to be organising a stage rally at such an iconic motorsport venue as Donington Park and that this new event will maintain the continuity of the Dukeries Rally name.”

Perez won the 2014 Dukeries Rally. forms of motor sport, including stage rallying, and we look forward to working closely with Dukeries Motor Club and establishing a long term relationship which will see national rallying become a regular fixture at Donington Park.” Dukeries Motor Club Chairman David Baugh said: “We are delighted to be organising a stage rally at such an iconic motorsport venue as Donington Park and that this new event will maintain the continuity of the Dukeries Rally name.” In 2014 Chesterfield ace Steve Perez took a recordequalling fourth victory in the Dukeries Rally, after success in 2006, 2009 and 2010, in his VK Energy Ford Focus WRC as he and co-driver Paul Spooner headed for the BTRDA National Rally title.

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DONINGTON - BRITISH TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP OLIVER STORMS TO TREBLE Stuart Oliver took three wins from four, and the lead of the BTRA British Truck Racing Championship, as the series visited Donington Park. Mansfield’s Ryan Smith won race two, but it was a disappointing weekend for Mat Summerfield, the reigning champion from Stapenhill, near Burton. Summerfield got off to a bad start with his first nonfinish of the year, for his MAN, after a collision in Saturday’s race one. With the Division Two runners at the head of the grid, Steven Powell (Foden Alfa) held the lead for four laps before Oliver got his Volvo ahead and Smith followed in his MAN on the next lap. Oliver was 9 seconds clear at the flag with Steve Thomas (MAN) rounding out the podium while Powell took Division Two honours ahead of Heanor’s Ryan Colson, making the most of a new engine in his Iveco Atkinson. For the reverse-grid race two Oliver and Smith had the handicap of starting from the back row having to pass all their Division One rivals to get to the front, while also safely negotiating their way through the slower Division 2 trucks. Smith as usual was really up to the task avoiding the inevitable opening lap contacts taking the fastest race lap of 1m. 27.445s and an average speed 81.47mph as he charged through to the head of the pack, followed closely by Oliver. At the end of 11 laps, Smith held a comfortable lead of 1.019 seconds over Oliver with Mat Summerfield having better luck to finish some 22 seconds behind in third. Tony Smith (Sisu) won Division Two from Adam Bint (Volvo) while Ryan Colson took his second podium of the day. Saturday’s pleasant sunshine gave way to stormy conditions on Sunday with the Donington circuit extremely slippery and challenging for all the drivers. Stuart Oliver was sublime in these treacherous conditions, working through the field to take both victories. In race 3 he took the flag 2 seconds head of Steve Thomas’s MAN with David Jenkins (also MAN) in third. For the final race he was 11 seconds clear of Smith with Luke Garrett (ERF) making the overall podium as he took his second class win of the day.

Mansfield’s Ryan Smith at the head of the pack in his One Call Insurance MAN. After 5 rounds, of 9, Oliver is five points clear of Summerfield, whilst only 17 points cover the top five drivers, which also includes Jenkins, Smith and Thomas. Steve Powell is comfortably ahead in the Division Two standings despite only one win over the weekend. He looked set to take his second win in the final race, but received a ten-second penalty for a jump start, dropping him to second in class.

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Two Division 2 podiums for Heanor’s Ryan Colson.

Stuart Oliver makes the most of Sunday’s drenched circuit.

Race 4, Division 2 podium: Steven Powell (third), Luke Garrett (first) and Adam Bint (second).

Mansfield-based Ryan Smith celebrates with team, family and friends after a first, two seconds and a sixth position.


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ADAM PEATY MAKES SWIMMING HISTORY

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dam Peaty made history at the World Swimming Championships, in Kazan, Russia. The 20-year-old, from Uttoxeter, returned with gold medals for the 100 and 50 metres breaststroke and another as part of the 4 x 100m mixed medley relay team. On the way, he lowered his 50m world record and helped the relay team to set another world record. The City of Derby star is the first British swimmer to take the 100m breaststroke world title since David Wilkie won the 100m and 200m in 1975, and the first to claim three titles. Peaty had ground to make up in the 100m final as his great rival, Cameron Van der Burgh of South Africa, made the turn inside world record pace. After his slow start, Peaty put in a massive effort to overhaul Van der Burgh in the final 25m to take the win in 58.52 seconds. Van der Burgh took silver in 58.59 seconds while Great Britain’s Ross Murdoch was third in 59.09. “I was a bit disappointed with the time in the 100 but that’s a problem for next year, now,” Adam told the Derbyshire Guardian. “I was so far behind at the turn. Down the last 50 of that 100 metres there was no mercy at all and I just fought for every inch.” This was Adam’s first World

Adam Peaty, World Champion.

Championships and a taste of what to expect in the Olympics in Rio next year. He was catapulted into the spotlight in 2014 when winning gold in the 100m breaststroke and 4 x 100m medley at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow. He then went to the European Championships in Berlin, returning with four gold medals including the 50m and 100m breaststroke and setting two world records. Earlier this year, Adam broke the world record for 100 metre breaststroke at the British Championships by almost half a second, to become the first man to record a time under 58 seconds. “I went a 58.9 last year at the Commonwealth Games and a 58.6 at the European so I knew I was capable of doing a 57, it was just where and when, so I achieved that and I was over the moon with that because I never thought I would achieve that sort of a time. It’s great to be the first person under 58 seconds.” The day after taking his first world crown, Adam was back in the pool qualifying for the 50 metre breaststroke, and the competition with Van der Burgh intensified. In the morning heats as Van der Burgh lowered his 2009 world record to 26.62 seconds matching the time Adam set last year, but not be ratified due to a clerical error. Adam qualified easily enough, in 26.68, before

After the 50m final: Cameron Van der Burgh (South Africa, second), Adam Peaty (GB, first), Kevin Cordes (USA, third). taking the world record outright in the afternoon semi-finals with a stunning 26.42. “The 50, I was really happy with that,” said Adam. “Cameron equalled mine in the morning, so it was only right to go

out there and get it back, really.” The following day’s final was a real fight for Adam, and a thrilling finish. A couple of missed strokes, early on, had Adam behind, but he dug deep and battled all the way to touch the wall in 26.51 seconds, just 0.15 seconds ahead of Van der Burgh. “I got the world record yesterday and secured the title today,” said Adam after the race. “I couldn’t really ask for more!” Back home in Uttoxeter, Adam spoke about his rivalry with 27-year-old Cameron Van der Burgh. “We’re good friends. When we’re racing it’s all hell, really, there is no mercy in there, but outside the pool we’re good friends. We really get on and have respect each other’s abilities. “I’m quite aware of him in the race, you do kind of click on to where people are around you, but if they are behind you, you don’t know where they are. You can go out fast and not know where anyone is. Until you touch you never know what kind of position you are in which is a really good feeling. Now I know exactly what cards he’s

Adam Peaty made history in Kazan.

going to play next year so he’s just given away a good kind of position really.” With a second individual title in the bag, Adam was in the pool later the same day with the 100m mixed medley relay team. Russia and USA had both lowered the Australian world record time during the meeting, but in the final, the British team of Chris Walker-Hebborn (backstroke), Adam (breaststroke), Shiobhan Marie O’Connor (butterfly) and Fran Halsall (freestyle) raced to a new world record of 3 minutes 41.71, almost five seconds inside the original Australian time. “It’s a really good feeling, three times World Champion,” said Adam, “but going into the meet I was really confident. I knew what I wanted to achieve and what I would be happy with. It’s not about this year now, it’s not about living in the past. It’s all about moving on for next year and the Olympics, it’s a journey really.” The family were there to greet him on his homecoming but, of course, Adam is now a national hero, too.

“It was really good, kind of strange, East Midlands and all the news channels there again, but I get used to this now. The family’s great, really good support. How does Adam feel about becoming a household name? “It’s not what you expect at the age of 20 but I’ve worked extremely hard to get to this position and I’m going to continue to work hard for the rest of my career. I don’t mind when people come up to me in the street, it’s kind of a nice position really.” Adam is on a short sabbatical before he sets out on the road to Rio. “I’m just relaxing the body and soul before we go at it again. It’s the Olympic year and you need as much break as you can get because it’s going to be a hard season with training and hopefully it’s going to be a really good season of racing. I haven’t spoken to my coach, but I think it’s European Short Course next, so that would be good to go out there again and maybe get a few more titles. I still have to go for more Olympic qualifiers, in April, Olympic trials in Glasgow.”


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OUT-OF-LUCK RAMS STILL SEARCHING FOR FIRST WIN >> Continues from back page in space on the left side of goal, met it perfectly to bury it in the net from ten yards. Russell admitted that he had deserved to be on the bench for the Middlesbrough match, but would come to the rescue again three days later to save a point with another late equaliser away to Birmingham City. Cyrus Christie came in at right–back as Baird moved to fill the gap alongside George Thorne in midfield. Derby came close to taking the lead when Tom Ince’s superb 30yard drive curved away from Tom Kuszczak in the Birmingham goal, crashing against the post. Scott Carson had a great game in goal for the Rams, but could do nothing about Stephen Gleeson’s 30-yard shot, on the stroke of half-time, which took a deflection of Chris Baird. Carson was at full stretch, the ball just creeping between his finger tips

Chris Baird has taken on the role as captain.

and the foot of the post. In an end-to-end game, both sides created chances and the Rams levelled on the hour when Ince turned and found Russell whose left-foot drive gave Kuszczak no chance. Both Darren Bent and his replacement Andreas Weimann hit the post and the Rams had a shout for a penalty when Martin went down in the box. The referee decided he had dived and booked him, so, for a third successive game, it remained 1-1. The head coach was satisfied with the performance against the Blues. “We were tired at the end and showed later in the game that we had played Saturday, Tuesday and Friday. They gave everything in the second half and I’m pleased with the performance that they put in. “We find ourselves not coming away with the right result again and everyone is disappointed

because we want to be winning football matches. That’s four draws in the league now and we will take the positives out of that. We are creating chances, we’re defending well and if we keep doing that we are not going to be too far away from getting our first three points of the season.” There has been much speculation in the media, around the Rams looking for a midfield replacement, linking them with Michail Antonio at Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town’s Jason Butterrfield, Southampton’s Harrison Reed and Dale Stephen’s at Brighton. It seems that the Rams have had bids rejected but there has been no comment from Derby County and no deal has yet been done. It is hoped that Bryson, Hendrick and Hanson may have recovered and in time to be available for the next game at home to Leeds.

RETURNEE THORNE HOPES TO REPAY FANS FAITH S

even summer signings have given a fresh look to the Rams squad, but the return of George Thorne is, effectively an eighth new face, given that twelve months ago he was side-lined with the same anterior cruciate ligament injury that has now ruled out Will Hughes. Thorne arrived, on loan, from West Bromwich Albion where he made his first appearance as a 16 year-old, eighteen months ago and made his Derby County debut in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest. He immediately won approval from the fans with strong performances as the Rams, rejuvenated under Steve McClaren, made the steady progress which took them to the Wembley play-off final with QPR. His signature on a permanent deal became one of McClaren’s key objectives ahead of the 201415 season and the deal was completed in July, Thorne signing on a four-year contract believed to have been around £3 million. Just three days later, Throne suffered his knee injury in a preseason friendly against Zenit St Petersburg that put him out for most of the season. This was his second such injury, having

ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee early in 2013. Thorne made a good recovery and returned to action for the first hour against Sheffield Wednesday in February, looking strong in midfield and helping the Rams to a 3-2 win. It still may have been too soon, however, and a torn thigh muscle on his third appearance against Watford, ended his involvement in the runin. It was a great relief, then, when Thorne completed the 90 minutes against Villarreal in the preseason fixture at the iPro and, after such a long spell out, and that represented a ‘big thing’ for him mentally. “The fitness is coming along nicely,” he told Derby County’s website. “The 90 minutes on Wednesday was tough as it was the first for just over a year and obviously we came up against a really good side on the night. It was tough on the legs, but I was really pleased to get it done. Mentally, that was a big thing for me.” Thorne played the holding role in the 4-4-2 formation, at the back of the middle diamond shape. He looked very comfortable in and was involved in much of the

Rams play. In the following game at Burton, he teamed up for the first time with Chris Baird in a 4-23-1 formation. That experiment brought security to the backline and Thorne thinks the variety of choice Clement has worked on will be beneficial to the Rams in the long-run. He added: “It was the third different formation that we have tried. It’s good to have different formations going into the new season. You never know when you are going to need to change things up. We played quite well within it and Chris Baird has been playing in that formation for a number of years now.” Thorne’s experience and support will help Will Hughes come through the recovery from his anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in the opening game at Bolton. At one time these injuries could have been career threatening, but Hughes will see that Thorne has come back, fit and strong and playing well. Paul Clement will miss the flair that Hughes brings to the side, and had quickly come to recognise his abilities. “There are not many players around like him,” he said. “He’s very technical, he’s got a lovely left foot, he’s calm and

George Thorne appreciates the fans’ support. composed on the ball, so he’s going to be difficult to replace. He also did very well in the games leading into the first game. He’s in good hands, the surgery went well and we hope he’s going to have a nice quick rehabilitation from the injury and be back with us soon.” So far Thorne has been on the park for the whole of each league game and part of the Capital One Cup defeat and, as the injury list has grown, Thorne’s presence

has been vital. “I feel good and I’m getting through 90 minutes in games at the moment, so I am pleased,” he said. “I can’t remember the last time I played three games inside seven days. Gradually, I feel I am finding some form and it’s a nice feeling to have the crowd rooting for you as well. Their passion and support doesn’t go unnoticed and I really hope we can repay that faith.

“I know, having been out a long time, that things won’t just fall into place for me and I have to work hard. There will be games when it won’t happen for me, but I’ll try as hard as I can to reach the standards I know I am capable of achieving. I like having the responsibility of getting on the ball and dictating the game, I have the trust of the head coach and the players around me to do that.”


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DERBY RANKED TOP EAST MIDLANDS CITY IN SPORTING POLL

The new Arena is attracting world class talent, such as Sir Bradley Wiggins.

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erby has emerged as the leading sporting city in the East Midlands in a poll of sporting cities in the UK. Placed eighth overall, in the poll of 48 UK cities, Derby is well head of local rivals Leicester and Nottingham who both appear towards the bottom of the top twenty. Derby was also named as the country’s best city when providing Value For Money, and this was rated the most important factor in a survey of sports fans. The ESPN Sporting Cities 2015 survey, carried out by experts at the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Sport & Exercise and the University of Bath’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Science, went through as much information as possible to ensure robust and balanced results. Each city chosen had to have a

population of at least 130,000 and feeder cities were included in the larger metropolis they served, such as in Manchester. Eight focus groups, with sports fans, were held across the country to find out what fans believe makes a great sporting city and to determine the key criteria. They produced a list of twelve factors which sports fans were asked to rank in order of importance in the survey. The survey had over 5,000 respondents, each of whom had to be regular watchers of live sport in their city to ensure authenticity and accuracy of the survey’s findings. Derby was placed eighth in the overall survey behind a top three of Manchester, London and Glasgow. Newcastle and Birmingham, cities often thought of as having strong sporting heritage, were 16th and 17th while East Midlands neighbours

Derby County offer good value and a great atmosphere. Leicester and Nottingham were only 18th and 20th respectively. Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care, was delighted to see Derby ranked so highly. “I thought that

was well deserved,” he said, “in terms of our ambitions for the city which are matched by the people of this city and beyond who come and use our facilities. “Adam Peaty, who has just won 3 gold medals, represents the City of Derby Swimming Club, Whether it’s people here, taking part in sports or cycling, I think it’s a testament, it gives me encouragement, when its difficult financial times for investment in sport, we see people responding to that, the public from all ages, from all backgrounds taking part and it ensures that in league tables that we can hold our own with any other city in this country.” One reason for Derby’s high placing in the survey was the outstanding value sports fans get in the city. Value for Money was ranked the most important of all the twelve factors, and given 16% weighting within the overall results. It was based on the ratio of the lowest home adult ticket price for the professional football, rugby union, rugby league and cricket clubs in a given city, to the city’s median weekly wage. Derby (100) was given top rating in this most important category ahead of Peterborough (92) and Oxford (88) whilst London ranked only 7th and Manchester, Britain’s best overall sporting city came 9th. Nottingham was considered 10th best for value whilst Leicester trailed in 23rd place. Whilst Derby County and Derbyshire CCC keep ticket prices to reasonable levels, Derby has also performed well in other economic surveys because of the hi-tech companies in the city and the associated salaries. The result of seven of the categories were from analysed statistics such as Club Success (average win-loss ratio of professional clubs) , Venues (ratio of venue capacity to population) and Participation which looked at

the percentage of adults regularly participating in sporting activity. Derby was placed in the top half in all these categories, 17th in the Venues and Participation categories. “I think that by having local authority services, such as the new Arena, we try to make sure that the widest range of people possible, from all backgrounds and financial situations, can take part in sport because we believe sport is for all, not just for elite,” added Councillor Repton. “It’s for everybody to take part in. The benefits from that are people feeling good, feeling healthier, less demands on our health service, and also a pride in themselves, a pride within their families and a pride within the city. It’s very good news.” Indeed, Derby fell out of the top half in only the Sporting History section which looked at the average major trophy haul of the professional clubs. This made slightly strange reading considering Derby was b e h i n d C ove n t r y and Brighton. G l a s g o w headed this list which featured the major cities, each with multiple clubs from several sporting codes. Derby fared very well in two of the five fan-response categories, placed sixth in Atmosphere (ranked the third most important category)

and in Local Talent. The later was a measure of satisfaction with the opportunity for young people to play for local teams, while Atmosphere recorded fan satisfaction with sporting atmosphere and culture within their city. One only needs to be at the iPro for a Derby County home match to appreciate the fervent support of the local fans and what a great atmosphere they generate. Although it is one of Britain’s smaller cities, Derby has, for many years, been well known for the level of support the Rams receive, frequently having the highest match attendance of all clubs in the Championship. Sadly, the survey did not cover a broader range of sporting activities. The success of Derby’s new Arena with its velodrome track and, now proven sporting versatility, could well have pushed the city further up the final rankings.


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CLEMENT PLEASED WITH PRE-SEASON PROGRESS D

erby County’s new head coach Paul Clement was pleased with the progress made through the pre-season period as he prepared for his first season in charge. After his appointment at the beginning of June, Clement has had six weeks to work with his squad ahead of the new season and used the pre-season friendlies to get to know his players and experiment with different formations. “I’m pleased with how pre-season has worked out and I’m ready to get the season going now,” Clement told the Rams website. “We have got through it in terms of the workload, the games, and shared the minutes around as well. We’ve tried a few systems in the games that we have played, which is important so we know we can switch formation, as and when required.” After below par performances against Grimsby and Northampton, the Rams began to gel and returned from continental victories against SV Meppen and FC Utrecht to face classy Spanish side Villarreal in their only pre-season home fixture. This was just what the Rams needed, a side against which to measure progress, so far. If reality is to match expectation, the Rams will have to face, and overcome, many stiff tests in the coming months. Villarreal started brightly and took the game to the Rams, who dealt well with the early pressure, Richard Keogh putting in a solid performance. Derby had one early opportunity when Andreas Weimann ran on to a lovely ball from Will Hughes, but his header did not trouble Villarreal ‘keeper Mariano Barbosa. The Spanish side opened the scoring after 27 minutes when Lee Grant parried Antonio Rukavina’s drive into the path of Leo Baptistao who had a simple task from close range. Villarreal had probably had more of the game at this

“I’m happy with the way pre-season has gone on the whole. We have some really good footballers here, we’ve seen a lot of them taking the ball and sharing it amongst each other with good movement, Hopefully we will see lots of that this season.” point, but Derby were matching the Spanish side in the middle of the park, with Clement employing 4-4-2 with a diamond formation in midfield. George Thorne looked good playing the holding role, with Hughes and Jeff Hendick wide, while Tom Ince sat behind the front two of Weimann and Chris Martin. Having used a 4-3-3 formation against Grimsby, the Rams switch to 4-4-2 was producing ever-improving results. Will Hughes looked better as the game progressed and had an excellent second half, asking questions down the left and switching inside to cause the Spanish side problems. Derby had much more of the play in the second half and Hendrick and Martin both had early chances to level. Hughes then set up Ince, but his shot was just too wide and another drive from Hendrick just sped past the far post. The Rams were a little fortunate when Manuel Trigueros’ effort came back off the post, but they

Hendrick heads goalwards after a free-kick.

Goal celebrations after the equaliser against Villarreal. responded in style. Hughes took a quick free-kick to Ince whose square pass found Weimann in space. Substitute ‘keeper Areloa could not hold the Austrian’s low shot and Weimann gratefully turned the rebound into the net. Derby were now full of confidence and Martin, having beaten the ‘keeper was unlucky to see his shot cleared off the line. Johnny Russell and Darren Bent were among four substitutes who came on towards the end and Russell immediately looked threatening. He burst through the Spanish line, only to be brought down in the area and give Derby a chance to wrap up the game. Sadly Bent’s penalty was not well struck and Areloa was able to save. All in all, a satisfying team performance to send the fans home happy and please the coach. “I thought we played really well in the second half, we took the game to Villarreal and had plenty of chances to go on and win the game,” Paul Clement said. “I was really pleased with what I saw in the second half. Tonight was a great opportunity to get some of the players up to the 90 minute mark.” For the final pre-season outing away to Burton Albion, who are looking forward to life in League 1 for the first time, Clement switched the Rams to a 4-2-3-1 line up with Chris Baird and Thorne jointly playing the holding midfield role. Baird had switched from his mid-week position of right-back where he was replaced by Cyrus Christie. Russell, Ince and Weimann formed the forward midfield trio behind lone striker Darren Bent. Derby’s seventh signing of the summer, Jason Shackell, was included for the first time and played the full 90 minutes, as did Scott Carson, Craig Forsythe and Johnny Russell. Twelve of the squad were given a full match at some point during the pre-season programme. Goals from Bent, Weimann and Russell earned Derby a deserved 3-1 victory at Burton and left Clement satisfied as the focus shifts to the real task ahead. “As I said, I’m happy with the way pre-season has gone on the whole. We have some really good footballers here, we’ve seen a lot of them taking the ball and sharing it amongst each other with good movement, Hopefully we will see lots of that this season.”

The new formation appeared to satisfy the head coach, especially as it had not been tried in training. This will give the Rams options and, hopefully, make them less predictable, which became one of their downfalls as last season progressed under Steve McClaren. “I thought, in spells, it looked good,” said Clement. “We were a little bit inconsistent over the game today, but there are certainly lots of positives. We didn’t actually have time to try the formation in training, so we put it straight into a game situation. “They are very good in terms of responding to different formations and personnel in different places, so I have to be pleased with how it worked, considering we didn’t practice it on the training pitch.”

Jeff Hendrick congratulates goal scorer Weimann.

Alex Pearce joins the attack for a corner.

Andreas Weimann coolly puts away the rebound for Derby’s goal against Villarreal.

Darren Bent had his penalty saved by Areloa.


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OUT-OF-LUCK RAMS STILL SEARCHING FOR FIRST WIN P aul Clement’s first posting as head coach was never going to be easy. The Championship is a notoriously difficult division to escape from, at the right end, and a slice of luck is always welcome. So far luck has been difficult to find for Paul Clement and the Rams. At the time of writing Derby remain unbeaten, but are still searching for their first win after four games and the coach has lost most of his recognised midfielders. Paul Clement described himself as ‘satisfied with a clean sheet’ after his first competitive game as Derby County’s head coach ended in a goalless draw at Bolton Wanderers. Summer signing Chris Baird has taken over the captain’s armband from Richard Keogh, who has given the new skipper his full support. Craig Bryson returned after missing the final two pre-season games and Scott Carson was handed the ‘keeper’s jersey. The Rams played their best football in the opening twenty minute spell when Russell clipped the bar, but then Craig Bryson limped off with an injured knee. Worse was to follow when Will Hughes went down after half an hour. He appeared to catch his studs in the turf and twist awkwardly, his hand immediately in the air, trying to catch the referee’s attention, whilst clutching his right knee and clearly in some distress. The 20-year-old was stretchered off the field and three days later Clement learned that he would be without his young play-maker for at least six months. Hughes had injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee requiring immediate surgery. Not for the first time, Derby seemed lost without Hughes. For all the money spent in the close season, it is Hughes that provides a spark that ignites the rest of the side. More than once, under Steve

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McClaren, the Rams seemed to flounder when Hughes went off and now the England Under 21 star will be out until February at least. Bolton sensed Derby’s lack of direction and increased the pressure, hitting the woodwork three times in the final 15 minutes. The Capital One Cup game at League Two Portsmouth was a chance for Paul Clement to give some squad members more time on the pitch, but a poor display saw the Rams follow several other Championship clubs who had left the competition the previous night at the hands of lower-level opposition. Jason Shackell’s 73rd minute equaliser was the high point, but Conor Chaplin quickly restored Portsmouth’s advantage for a deserved victiory. A much-improved performance in front of 29,000 fans, for Clement’s first league game at the iPro, followed but the Rams had to come from behind after Tony Watts 25-yard strike, early in the second half, took a deflection off Richard Keogh to leave Carson helpless. Derby created chances and Chris Martin opened his season’s account when he got on the end of a pass from Jamie Hanson with a low, left-foot finish from twelve yards. Paul Clement was pleased with the improved performance. “The players pushed right to the very end,” he said. “We would have been extremely disappointed if we had come away with

nothing based on the amount of possession that we had, the way that we controlled the game and with the amount of chances that we created.” Clement was also pleased to see Chris Martin on the score sheet. ”He didn’t score during pre-season and he was a little disappointed with that. It has taken him time to get a little bit of fitness back, because he missed the first two weeks because he was still recovering from the injury that he had towards the back end of last season.” Derby enjoyed long spells of possession in the home game against Middlesbrough, but found themselves behind again. George Friend's shot from inside the box was deflected into the path of Kike, who made no mistake from six yards. There were more midfield injury woes for Paul Clement as Jamie Hanson (concussion) and Jeff Hendrick (deadleg) were replaced by Ryan Shotton and Johnny Russell before half time. Clement's side finished the opening period strongly and would have gone into the break level but for a super fingertip save from Konstantopoulos to keep out Ince's curling free-kick. Finally, just two minutes from time, the Rams got their reward for a performance full of character. Shotton’s long cross just escaped Chris Martin’s head, but Russell, >> Continues on page 69

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