Hasland Magazine issue 2

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Art in Hasland


Meet the local artists creating their beautiful work in our area.

Merry Christmas to one and all Local events, community news & what’s on guide Amazing family making a difference in Malawi Jade Ashmore on her boxing career so far Hasland Christmas Greetings card now on sale Food review and beauty treatment tried & tested Hasland Playhouse Theatre update Great competitions to enter Travel Review - Vietnam....... and more! 3900 copies distributed to homes and businesses in Hasland and nearby

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Welcome to Hasland Magazine

I’m very proud to be delivering the second issue of the Hasland Magazine. I have had an amazing response to the first issue and some lovely comments from readers. Thanks to everyone who got in touch.

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I love this time of year and can’t wait for Christmas and all that goes with it. If you still have lots of shopping to do take a look at the Christmas Gift Guide for some ideas of things you can buy locally or that are offered by local tradespeople. There’s nothing better than shopping local, it’s what keeps our community thriving. There is a lot going on in Hasland. Check out the What’s On Guide for info about Christmas Tree Festivals, Christmas Flower Arranging, Festive Music Concerts and much more. I will be updating the Magazine Facebook page with anything I come across after publication too. I attended remembrance services in both Spital and Hasland last month. Our area certainly did itself proud when it came to paying our respects. The poppy displays in Hasland were wonderful. Do you have any charity events, achievements or news that Hasland residents may find interesting? Send it over to me and I will be happy to share it in the magazine or on Facebook. I’m also open to suggestions about what you would like to see in the magazine. If you have an interesting story to tell then give me a call for a chat. I’m very grateful to the companies who have advertised in this edition. There can’t be a magazine without the advertisers so please have a look at their ads and if you decide to visit their business, let them know where you saw the ad! Some have added vouchers or discounts to their ads that you can redeem when you mention us. The next edition will go to print early January and be delivered by the Enter end of January. If you would like to place an ad please get in touch.

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What’s Going On?

Got a local event you need to shout about? Send the info to trudyfordesign@gmail.com and I will include it in the next issue which covers February & March.

25th November Phoenix Concert Band ‘Lest we forget’ concert. Swanwick Hayes Alfreton in conjunction with Amber Valley Voices Choir. 25th November Christmas Jumper Open Day ‐ Studio 1 Photography 10am‐4pm Come along in your Christmas Jumper and enjoy a festive photoshoot. You can order prints or Christmas Cards. Tel: 01246 203331. 1st December Open Night at Derbyshire Bridal Boutique. Prom & Wedding Gowns on show with mini catwalk, Skin Tropics, Handbys Catering, 7pm‐9pm. Tel: 07935 429500. 1st December Craft Fair at Chandlers Bar, 46 St Mary’s Gate S41 7TH. 12noon‐6pm 8th December Phoenix Concert Band at Rose Hill United Reformed Church Christmas Concert in conjunction with Minerva Choir. 9th December Phoenix Concert Band at Loundsley Green Church Carol Service. 9th December ‘Music for Christmas’ concert at St Paul’s Church, Hasland ‐ (see ad opposite). 15th December The Avenue, Chesterfield. Happy Mondays with support from Tom Hingley and The Kar‐Pets and The Wonderwhys. 15th December A Christingle Service ‐ Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 3pm. Open to all. 16th December Carols & Mince Pies at Hasland Village Hall. (see ad opposite) 24th December Haland Methodist Church ‐ 6pm Community Candlelit Service. Families welcome. Refreshments served afterwards. 11.30pm Service leading into midnight and celebrating Christmas Morning. 29th December The Avenue, Chesterfield ‐ Northern Soul All Nighter! 30th December Phoenix Concert Band at Chatsworth House ‘Carols in the Stables’ 1pm‐4.15pm with a guest choir. Visit www.phoenixband.net for more info on the events. 12th January New Year Party ‐ Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 3pm‐4.30pm. Fun, games and party food. Open to all including those attend Messy Church. Let the Messy Church know if you would like to attend. Val Gratton ‐ 01246 558450 or Angela Goggins 01246 203035. Every Monday HIIT Interval Training for Women with Manda Croft’s Fitness. Hasland Methodist Church at 6.45pm. Visit www.movewithmumma.co.uk for more details Badminton Hasland Hall School 7.30‐9pm ‐ Term time ‐ Contact Margaret Link 07976 365678 or 01246 235665 Zumba Hasland Hall School 7‐8pm ‐ Natalie 07702 027451 Ringcraft Dog Club Hasland Village Hall ‐ 7.30‐10.30pm ‐ Mrs Cost 01246 235826 Yoga Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 9.30‐11am ‐ Dave West 01246 823536 Community Lunch (last Monday of the month) ‐ Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 12noon‐1.30pm Brownies Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 5‐6.30pm ‐ Dawn Ward 07584 565326 Football Training Eastwood Park ‐ evening Walking for health in Hasland 2nd Monday of the month ‐ 10am ‐ 01246 239897 Hampton Painting Group 12‐3 pm at Hasland Working Mens Club. Contact Gloria Harrison on 01246 231381. NB Dance Academy Hasland Junior School • 4:30‐5:15pm Ages 3‐6 Years • 5:15‐6:00pm Ages 7‐12 Years • Contact 07779 283033 or Facebook ‘NB Dance Academy ‐Hasland’. Modern, Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics, Street Dance, Lyrical & Musical Theatre. Regular exam and competition entry’s or just for fun. Danceworks Chesterfield Hasland Methodist Church ‐ Children’s Musical Theatre & Adult Dance. Contact Elly on 07399 503888. Slimming World 5.30pm & 7.30pm at Ikon Church ‐ Lynda 07938 021797 Every Tuesday Hasland Stay & Play Group 9.30‐11.30am Hasland Youth Centre. Free of charge. Catering for babies to 4 years of age. A variety of different toys for the children. Snack and drink provided for children. Activities include baby corner, storytime, singing, messy play and craft. We are also looking for new volunteers to help us to run the group. Ballroom Dancing Hasland Village Hall ‐ 7‐10pm ‐ Hayley Draper 01142 695703 Friendship Group for Men Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 2‐4pm Brownies Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 6‐7.15pm ‐ Miss L Haselhurst 07881 294143 Guides Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 7‐8.45pm ‐ Ms Annie Bradley 01246 277697 Brownies (Lisa) ‐ Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 6‐7.30pm Guides (Helen Swain) Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 7.30‐9pm Mobile Library Eastwood park ‐ 1st Tuesday of the month Chesterfield Garland Dancers 7.30pm Methodist Church, Jawbones Hill, Derby Road S40 2EN. All welcome ‐ dancers and musicians ‐ contact the secretary first on enquiry@chesterfieldgarland.org. 6

Zumba Gold Hasland Methodist Church 11.30am‐12.30pm. Louise Berry ‐ Tel: 07790 338091 Community Choir Hasland Hall School (term time) 7pm‐8.30pm. Christina McKechnie 0776 3308773. Every Wednesday Jumping Clay Mini‐make session for toddlers (age 2 and above) at Mason’s Coffee Lounge. Buggy Fitness 11am at Eastwood Park. Visit www.movewithmumma.co.uk for more details Football ‐ Hasland Hall School Sports Hall ‐ 5.45‐8.45pm ‐ Matt Chatfield 07917 733532 Line Dancing Evening ‐ Hasland Working Men’s Club Tel: 07750 669520 Ashfriend Bereavement Group ‐ 2‐4pm ‐ Val Gormon 01246 229329 Dance Classes Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 4.30‐5.30pm ‐ Ely Starbrook 07399 503888 Keep Fit Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 6.15‐7.15pm ‐ Amber Blackstock 01246 568632 Ladies Circle ‐ Every other Wednesday ‐ Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 7.30‐10pm. A variety of speakers, outings and meals throughout the year. Margie Hodgkin 01246 823795 Crafty Chit Chat ‐ Every other Wednesday ‐ Hasland Methodist Church 7‐10pm ‐ Friendly, welcome group. Angela Goggins 01246 203035 Rainbows Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 5.15‐6.45pm Wednesday Youth Club Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 7‐9pm Jumping Clay Toddler Group Masons Coffee Lounge. Make Odd Bodd Buddies every Wednesday in term time (except 24th October). 10am‐10.30am, 10.30am‐11am or 11am‐11.30am. Age 2‐5. £2.50 per make.Booking recommended ‐ call Lucy on 07557 738286. Big Local Senior Citizens IT Queries 3rd & 4th Thursday of each month. Support with your IT  Queries. Bring your own device along. £1 donation for cuppa and biscuits. Call 07759 795927 for more information. First Wednesday of each month Nightingale Ladies Probus ‐ 10am at The Old House, Loundsley Green. Coffee and a speaker (Ladies over 50). Contact Joanne on 01246 850149 Every Thursday FITCLUB Circuit Training 7‐8pm ‐ Hasland Hall School Gym ‐ Kat Burton 07955 353186 Slimming World Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 9am‐11am ‐ Lynda 07938 021797 Pilates Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 11.15am‐12.15pm ‐ Jane Biggin 07773 516334 Weight Watchers Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 5.30‐7.45pm ‐ Wendy Starkey 01246 233715 Mums & Toddlers (Viv) ‐ Hasland youth Centre 9‐11.30am Rainbows Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 5.30‐6.45pm Walking Football Eastwood Park ‐ 10‐11am MUGA Jog Group Eastwood Park ‐ 7pm MUGA Walking for health in Hasland 4th Thursday of the month ‐ 10am ‐ 01246 239897 Yoga Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 7pm‐8.15pm. Contact Rachel Longmate 07850 055803 or email longmater@yahoo.com. Big Local Senior Citizens Working Group. 10am‐12 noon. Chair based exercise and generation games. 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at Grassmoor Methodist Church. 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at The Hasland Hub, 2 Saxton Close, Hasland. Call 07759 795927 for more information. Every Friday Buggy Fitness 11am at Eastwood Park. Visit www.movewithmumma.co.uk for more details Under 10s Football 7‐8pm ‐ Hasland Hall Sports Hall ‐ Dave Hoult ‐ 01246 864457 Weight Watchers Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 8.30pm‐10.45pm Wendy Starkey 01246 233715 Beavers, Cubs & Scouts Hasland Youth Centre ‐ 5.30‐9.30pm. Call Richard on 07713 833465 Youth Centre Football Eastwood Park ‐ Evening 1st Friday of each month Chesterfield Stroke Group 2‐4pm ‐ St. Thomas Church Centre, Brampton. Tel: 07797 284885. Email: chesterfieldstrokegroup@yahoo.com. A peer support group to help stroke survivors (and carers) make the best recovery they can. Every Saturday Danceworks Chesterfield Hasland Methodist Church ‐ Children’s Tap, Ballet, Modern &  Acro. Contact Elly on 07399 503888. Coffee Shop at Wesley’s ‐ Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 9.30am‐12.30pm. A variety of homemade cakes and refreshments. All welcome. Angela Goggins ‐ Tel: 01246 203035 Junior Football League ‐ Eastwood Park ‐ 10am‐noon Every Sunday Junior Church (3+years) ‐ Hasland Methodist Church ‐ 10.30am ‐ Mrs Val Davies 01246 850305

Do you have anything to add to our guide? Or spotted any mistakes? Let me now ‐ trudyfordesign@gmail.com.

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Issue 1 competition winners Loot at Hasland Theatre winner C. Watson You Win Again at Mansfield Palace winner G. White Tabby McTatt ticket winner V. Wyatt Ringwood Hall Spa winner J. Taylor Wheelgate Family Pass winner E. Morley

Friends of Eastwood Park & Phoenix Concert Band Carols & Mince Pies Sunday 16th December

Every Wednesday in term time 3‐5pm


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Youth worker with DBS check present at the club. Children in Year 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Eastwood Park Village Hall Performance by Phoenix Concert Band Refreshments by Friends of Eastwood Park Sponsored by Councillor Brady, Councillor Allen & Cllr Serjeant Tickets £5 per adult Children under 14 free Available from Hasland Chiropody 38 Mansfield Road Tel: 01246 279521 or from Gill Horn Tel: 01246 275978

Christmas Tree Festival Hasland Methodist Church

24th November to 1st December Over 20 Trees on display Trees can be viewed each day as follows: Saturday 24th November 9.30am‐4pm Sunday 25th November 1pm‐4pm Monday 26th ‐ Thursday 29th November 12pm‐4pm Friday 30th November 12pm‐7pm Saturday 1st December 9.30am‐4pm (Coffee Shop open both Saturdays) Festival Ends On 1st December with an Advent Lunch Thanks to Hasland Businesses and Residents for their support. All proceeds will go to The Mayor’s Charity Appeal & Church Funds

THE BRIDGE INN  BLUES AWAY TRAVEL The Bridge Inn Blues Away Travel has been running at least one coach to every Chesterfield FC game since August 2009. We also arrange weekend trips for two or three games per season. You can always be assured of a friendly welcome and a good day out when travelling with the Bridge Inn. For information please contact Paul or Kimberley by private message through Facebook or on 07722 878620.

Upcoming trips: Barnet ‐ Saturday 1st December 2018 Departure: 7:45 am, Price: A: £26, U16: £13 Leyton Orient‐ Saturday 22nd December 2018 Departure: 7:30 am, Price: A: £26, U16: £13 Solihull Moors ‐ Tuesday 1st January 2019 Departure: 12:00 pm, Price: A: £15, U16: £8 Aldershot Town ‐ Saturday 19th January 2019 Departure: 7:30 am, Price: A: £28, U16: £14

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Hasland Methodist Church 9.30AM ‐ 12.30PM Saturdays A variety of Homemade Cakes and Refreshments We have a selection of light snacks and a choice of teas, coffees & squash served in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Children made welcome We thank the teams of volunteers, who serve every Saturday, and we always welcome any new helpers

Friday 30th November Hasland Methodist Church 9.30am‐1pm £25 ‐ All materials included. There Will be a demonstration and assistance. Please bring secateurs or flower scissors and lightweight gardening gloves if you have them. Coffee and cake provided Proceeds go towards Mayor’s Charity Appeal Tel: 07516 488377 7

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Festive Hasland Greetings Christine Roe is a local photographer who went to school in Hasland and still lives nearby. I recently found out that she has created a fantastic Hasland Christmas Greetings Card featuring an image of Eastwood Park. Christine told me “I'm usually out and about with my camera as soon as it snows, trying to stock up on my photographs around the district. However, I was in the Canary Islands earlier this year when it snowed heavily and I returned just as the snow had all disappeared! Most people would see that as an advantage but I was despairing that I wouldn't have any snowy pictures for this year. Fortunately, a couple of weeks after this we had another brief flurry so I dashed around taking as many local scenes as I could. The snow makes everywhere look so beautiful. Although I have a conventional background in photography and have been passionate about it for the last thirty five years, I now love to post process images and produce photographic art. I am an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, and have had my work exhibited both nationally and internationally. I print my work myself in my small home studio, so they are Limited Editions but without the hefty price tag. Prices start at £15 for a mounted print. I have thousands of images and a vast array of subjects to choose from. If anyone is interested in buying mounted prints or framed prints, which make great gifts, please get in touch. My work is on display in Masons Coffee Shop in Hasland and the Greetings card is also available in ‘Just for You’. So far it has proven very popular and I've already had to have a reprint after the first batch sold out within the first couple of weeks.”

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Treatment Review

Laser treatment at The Luxe Lounge I CONTACTED DIONE FROM THE LUXE LOUNGE BEAUTY CLINIC AS I WAS CONSIDERING LASER HAIR REMOVAL. Dione is a fully qualified practitioner and uses an NHS approved Laser IPL machine for this purpose as well as for acne treatment, correcting skin pigmentation and for skin rejuvenation. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but Dione talked me through the whole process and tried a patch test on my underarm before booking me in for my treatment.

Dione explained that the hair root has to be in place when the treatment takes place so hairs should be shaved for at least 2 weeks prior to the appointment rather than waxed or plucked which removes the hair follicle temporarily. The laser works by destroying the hair follicle so that it no longer has the ability to grow back. Hair grows in cycles so a course of treatment is advised for laser hair removal in order to catch all of the hairs at the right stage of growth for removal. I completed a thorough questionnaire and medical history form with Dione to make sure that the treatment was suitable for me and that I fully understood the process. Once that was complete I was ready for the patch test.

The Luxe Lounge is very private and stylish. The treatment couch is extremely comfortable. I was given protective eyewear and Dione instructed me to lay with my arm above my head and she prepared the laser machine. She explained that she would start the test with the machine on a very low setting and would steadily increase it ‐ it was up to me to let her know when

I could clearly feel the laser working as that meant that it was at the correct level for my skin. The slight sting indicates that hair follicles are being successfully destroyed. She increased the power four times until I could clearly feel a warm tingle each time she used the laser. The feeling wasn’t painful, just mildly uncomfortable. The patch test was soon complete and I was booked into the salon for my appointment. I returned the following week and after Dione checked that nothing had changed in my health the treatment began. I expected this to take quite a long time but it was all finished in around 15 minutes. Before beginning any hair removal Dione checks that there is no hair present in the area being worked on and then applies protective gel to the skin which carries the laser light over the area so that skin is not burned by the laser. Dione explained to me that she sets the machine for each individual client once she has decided on the type of hair that they have as well as their skin type. She recommends a course of 6 treatments to each area where hair removal is desired to achieve the full effect.

I can’t wait to see the effects the treatment has had and would definitely be happy to return for further sessions. I expected laser treatment to be much more painful than it was and actually it was quick and relatively pain free. I had no soreness or irritation after the treatment either. If you would like to book a consultation with Dione you can contact her at the Luxe Lounge on 07739 834731.

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Hasland Magazine Now is the chance to have a tidy up collect all fallen leaves and stack them in a wire container to make leaf mould, alternatively you can put them into black bags and fork air holes into them and store away for the winter. Make sure all trees and shrubs are secure in the ground and have no rubbing branches as these You can still plant shrubs and trees as long as will need to be removed. Prune established the ground is not waterlogged. You can also plant them in tubs to brighten a patio or hide a deciduous trees, it is better to do this early in manhole cover. Put a 6inch layer of crocks in the winter as the days are usually milder and more pleasant, although this can be done anytime bottom to cover the drainage holes, over this between leaf fall and buds bursting. Aim for an have a layer of course peat, plant firmly in a open wine glass shape to allow air to circulate mixture of good soil, peat and sharp sand and fruit to form where it will receive maximum enriched with a handful of bone meal. Also light. scatter bone meal over the garden between plants and carefully fork into the soil removing Remove the growing point from Sweet Peas weeds at the same time. sown in October, when 2‐3 leaf pairs have formed, this will encourage side shoots to In most areas outdoor‐flowering develop. Chrysanthemums can be cut back and treated like other herbaceous plants, but if you have a Outside containers should be insulated before it cold frame lift the plants and place on the floor gets really cold, by wrapping in fleece and close together with a scattering of soil between standing on feet. Do this when it is mild and not the roots leaving the crowns well exposed. In frosty otherwise you will seal in the frost. spring the plants will produce a plentiful supply If you are going to make wreaths or table of cuttings. May perennials should now be cut decorations, make sure the birds don't eat all down to ground level, although any with the berries by covering a small area with fleece attractive seed heads can be left as long as or sacking to save them for later, also this can they're not made messy by the wind. Also seed apply to Christmas Roses which can be covered heads can attract birds into the garden to eat with a bell cloche to save them. insects and grubs from other plants. Now is ideal to plan your borders for all round Alpines will stand any amount of cold but colour and decide which new plants you would dampness will kill them. Remove all fallen like to introduce to give an added lift to a dull leaves that land on the rock garden and cover border next year. choice plants especially those with woolly Merry Christmas and see you all in the New Year. leaves with glass or plastic domes.

As winter draws in now is your chance to plant the last of your bulbs, Tulips being the last to be planted for spring colour 2019. Lilies can also be planted but they can be planted anytime between now and April as long as the soil conditions are good.

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Food Review: Sunday Carvery

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The Riverside Club is well known locally for it’s big screen sports, friendly atmosphere and function rooms. Did you know that they have an extensive family food menu and also offer a Sunday Carvery in a ‘pop‐up’ restaurant in their spacious function room? Tony and Mick went along on behalf of Hasland Magazine to try the traditional Sunday lunch to see if it lives up to ‘Sunday standards’. It certainly did! They booked a table and on arrival were taken through to the spacious dining room. The tables were well spread out and nicely presented. The bar and serving staff were approachable and friendly. The drinks and desserts were outlined in a menu on the table and the carvery was laid out to the side of the room. Starters are available from the main Riverside menu but the boys decided to head straight for the main course. At the carvery station they were offered a choice of freshly cut beef, pork or gammon along with Yorkshire puddings, stuffing, boiled potato, mashed potato, roast potato and several vegetables including peas, sprouts, carrots and roasted parsnips as well as cauliflower cheese. There is also a nut roast option available for vegetarians and vegetarian gravy is available too. There was mint sauce and horseradish as accompaniments. There is the option to go back for more if you can possibly fit it in! All this for £6.45 per person or £5.45 for children. The dessert menu is fantastic too: After Eight Cheesecake, Bakewell Tart, Profiteroles, Strawberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake and Syrup Sponge ‐ all served with cream, ice cream or custard for just £3.45. Tony tried the Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake with vanilla ice cream which he said was fantastic. They also sampled the After Eight Cheesecake with ice cream and chocolate drizzle sauce which was delicious. There is a choice of coffees, hot chocolate and tea as well as drinks from the bar.

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The tale of Lotty Lollipop Local artist Gemma Bannister is the creator of the beautiful nativity set featured on the front cover of this issue. She told me about her home business and the fabulous artwork she produces, including her bereavement figures to help those dealing with loss:

I'm Gemma, owner of Lotty Lollipop! I live in Hasland and I'm lucky enough to work from the studio I built at the bottom of my garden. Originally from Yorkshire, I married my teenage sweetheart and we have three children, two dogs, several pet rats and lots of washing! How and why did I start Lotty Lollipop back in 2009? I guess the simplest answer is Lotty was born! Having spent 5 years in the corporate world, as a creative person I felt trapped and frustrated, but it wasn’t until I had my first child (Lotty) that I realised something had to change. At that point I decided I wanted to live life differently: to spend my days making art and bringing happiness to others and to be in a position where I could work and watch my little ones grow at the same time and so the Lotty Lollipop Story began In the beginning there were angels and fairies, wedding fayre's and custom peg dolls. There was a crazy idea to build a studio in the garden and there was still a house to run and life, there are always the highs and lows of life. Mine has helped shape Lotty Lollipop into what it is today. It began with a girl, with a dream, and it grew and grew... Business was going really well and I was loving what I was doing; my dolls were named as one of the Top 5 Most Popular Favours in England at the Wedding Industry Experts Awards in 2015 and featured in a major in‐store display at Harrods alongside perfume by Dion Dore but life has a way of changing your path and so it was with me when I lost my beautiful friend Kate. I was devastated. Her loss taught me a lot, about who I am as a person, who I want to be and the type of business I wanted Lotty Lollipop to be. I also realised there is still so much to say about grief and loss but that so many of us simply cannot find the words. I began creating my Bereavement Gifts to help friends and family support one another. It’s through this side of my business that I get to meet some incredible people with truly inspirational, touching and often devastating stories to tell. I know what I do can’t in any way make up for the pain of loss: but I hope that these little token gestures of love help in some way to alleviate and uplift the spirit – even if just a little. Recently we have added collections for Mental Health, Autism Awareness, Recovery as well as additions to our Christmas and Professional Collections. The lives and experiences of the Lotty Lollipop team help shape our products, each of us bringing something different to the table and each with our own favourites. Alongside our team ideas, we continue to create custom orders and many of your ideas have evolved to become permanent products in the Lotty Lollipop Collection too. Follow Lotty Lollipop on Facebook to see Gemma’s beautiful products.

The Showroom on Derby Road opened it’s doors on the 4th November with a celebration day. The family team already have a beautiful store on Shuttlewood Road in Bolsover but have decided to branch out in our direction. When you visit their stores you soon realise that the styles that they offer aren’t your everyday bathrooms and kitchens. As well as classic clean lines they love quirky and colourful products. The showrooms are stunning and offer something for every taste. This is a family run business and it’s clear that they are massively proud of their products and the service that they offer their customers. Go and take a look around. You’re sure to find some THE inspiration for your dream bathroom or kitchen and the team will be happy to help you plan the perfect SH OW room. R

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Stunning centenary display

Have you seen the stunning display of hand knitted poppies cascading inside and outside Hasland Methodist Church to commemorate 100 years passing since the First World War? I saw the display inside the church after being kindly invited by Sandria Mather who is part of the Crafty Chit Chat group that meets in the church. Sandria has also been involved in a similar display in Grassmoor. I was amazed at the sight. So much time has gone into creating the display. I was sent photographs by Angela Goggins from the group, showing the eye catching display outside of the church and of the group hard at work. Many people have contributed to the displays including the Crafty Chit Chat group, members of the church and friends from the local community. This has been a truly fitting tribute to those who lost their lives through the conflict. The effort and skill that has gone into knitting and sewing the poppies is amazing. The Crafty Chit Chat group is a community group that started at church and has since grown from 6 members to approx 25 regulars. They meet at the Methodist church on alternate Wednesday evenings from 7pm‐10pm and all are welcome to join them.

We will remember them On Monday 5th of November I attended a remembrance service at Spital Cemetery which took place by the side of the grave of war veteran, Henry Miles. This was the third annual ceremony to be held at the cemetery. The service was attended by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Stuart Brittain and the Mayoress Ann Brittain, Councillor Shirley Niblock and Liz Cook, chair of Friends of Spital Cemetery. Those who came along included Drew Lilleker who brought his beautifully restored ‘Lest We Forget’ 1916 WW1 Model T Ford and his 1943 WW2 Ford Jeep.

The Last Stand was played perfectly by Hasland resident John‐Charles Tanner with additional readings by Lyn Pardo. Members of the Royal British Legion paid their respects including Ken Truswell and Mick Bridge from the Worcester and Sherwood Forestry Regimental Association. They told me they need new young members to keep up these important traditions and to learn to play the instruments that make the ceremonies so poignant. New members are welcome at the group which gathers at the Royal British Legion on Glumangate in Chesterfield each Tuesday.

Hasland Remembrance Service was well attended by the local Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows as well as local ministers, councillors and many residents. Despite a drizzly day there was a large turnout to pay their respects around the cenotaph. The service was led by three local ministers from St Pauls Church, Hasland Methodist Church and Hasland Baptist Church. It was wonderful to see such a cross section of ages of the community gathering together. Hasland has proudly showed off many displays of poppies this year including shop window displays and church fronts.

Drew Lilleker with his colleague from Harold Lilleker & Sons and his son, Nathan. They are pictured with local councillor Amanda Serjeant.

Hasland Methodist Minister Rev Margaret Mwailu in her Poppy adorned robes.

Poppy displays in Just For You and Ibbotsons in Hasland. Many local businesses had impressive displays.

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Your Digital Legacy There is no doubt that the digital world is here to stay as we all find we live our lives increasingly online, through the use of various social media platforms to shopping, and even controlling our heating via an online app. We’re told to keep account details private to prevent online fraud, but have you ever considered what might happen to those accounts when you’re no longer around if no one knows you have them? As a law firm we help families every day by administering the wishes of their loved ones and we have noticed over the last few years that this has become more challenging because of money sat in online only bank accounts; PayPal accounts; online retail accounts and online betting accounts that family members just didn’t know existed. We think if you wrote a list of all of your online accounts you’d probably be surprised at just how many you have! Over 52% of the UK population, according to a recent YouGov survey, have left no arrangements for anyone to access their online accounts upon their death. So what can you do? We recommend that you can keep a hard copy list of these assets and accounts and make sure that a copy is filed with your Will. We advise that you do not include the account log in details in the list, but don’t worry this will be enough information to allow your executors to contact the organisations and deal with any assets. You may also wish to consider what you would like to happen to your social media accounts, as well as how and where your photos and videos are stored and who should have access to them in the future. You can outline all of these things in your Will. If you have written a Will already but haven’t included your digital account list then don’t worry, you can always add it in. We advise that you regularly review your Will to make sure that it’s up to date and valid. Circumstances can change quickly, such as the breakdown of a relationship, the arrival of a new grandchild or even a change of address, so remembering to update your Will is important. It may also we worth talking to your parents as they may also have online accounts that need to be considered in their own Wills. Our team at Banner jones are experts in all types of Wills, so if you have a question please don’t hesitate to call us.

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KEEPING HASLAND FIGHTING FIT Jade Ashmore is a 20 year old boxer from Heath. She has her own 1‐2‐1 personal training business and also teaches boxing and fitness classes at BuzzBox Fitness Club in Hasland.

training business that I've pushed myself to do rather than working in a commercialised gym. I have time to go to the gym and do my own sessions and am very happy.

Jade is on a mission to inspire local children and youths to keep active, learn self defence skills and to have some respect for themselves and others. I chatted to her about her journey into the world of female boxing:

As I was coming to the end of school I got a letter offering me a place at college to do an advanced apprenticeship in sporting excellence, where I would study full time and get to train with England coaches. I studied at Bradford College for three years, gaining a Level 1 qualification as an England Boxing Coach, a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching, a Level 2 Diploma as a Gym / Fitness Instructor and a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. During this time I was selected onto the England Boxing Team where I attended many international tournaments. I won a Bronze medal at the European Championships, a Gold medal at the Tri‐Nations (British champion) and many more. I’ve boxed in Canada against their Olympian Mandy Bujold. I have also been to Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary for the European Championships, France, Germany and Poland and Belarus where I represented Team GB. I still travel to Bradford three times per week as I box out of the Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy and I train with England and Team GB Coach Mally MacIver.

Tell us how you got started in boxing... I started when I was around 13 years old. We (myself and my brother and sister) joined our local boxing gym just for a bit of self defence and fitness and I really enjoyed it. As I started to improve, I really wanted to start to compete at amateur level so I moved around a couple of gyms until I found one where they would sign me up to box. My first fight was for OzBox when I was 15 years old. I won the Derbyshire Belt when I was 18 and I won my first National Title on my 4th fight. I followed this with the English Title Belt which I won on my 6th fight.

Why choose boxing though? I like boxing because there is always something new to learn. You can only ever get better and their is always competition so you have to push yourself every time. When I first started boxing I had no confidence at all. I was shy and didn't like public speaking or anything like that. Now I am a lot more self‐assured. I hold classes for up to 20 people at a time and I feel confident in myself. It keeps me active and healthy ‐ not only physically as my mental wellbeing improves when I'm in a boxing gym doing my sessions. I'm only 5’2” so when people see me they are surprised that I actually box. My friends and family have always supported me with my boxing and never doubted that I can go far. I'm now running my own personal 24

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Hope and a future in Malawi

Priscilla Hills is a local resident and retired teacher. She and her family have been fundraising for children in Malawi for over 20 years. Her parents were both missionaries who met and married in the Congo.

Priscilla had three sisters and twin brothers, one of which had been the black sheep of the family for a very long time. Despite his family’s support and years of prayers her brother, John Searle (now 81 years old), was 48 before he changed his ways, found christianity and decided to live his life in a positive way. He became a pastor in a village in Cambridgeshire. His life motto became ‘he who is forgiven much ‐ loves much’. He was introduced to a Nigerian Pastor who was studying in Cambridgeshire but was a missionary and lecturer in Malawi. The Pastor invited John to attend a Pastor’s conference in Malawi, an event that was held every two years. John accepted the invitation and travelled to Malawi in August 1998. When he saw the Pastors arriving at the conference he was shocked and upset to see that they were mostly very thin and poorly dressed, many of them had no shoes or had holes in their clothes. John asked why this was and was informed that it is customary in Malawi to take in your sibling’s children when they lose their parents. As the life expectancy in Malawi was around 49 years this happened often and some of the Pastors had up to 11 children. The Pastors in the towns were generally more comfortable as their congregations had work and could contribute to the upkeep of the church. It was a different story in the more remote areas and countryside where the only ‘wage’ a family received was from their yearly harvest of Maize. Returning home John was determined to help and set about raising funds for ‘Pastor’s relief’ so that he could help the families back in Malawi. Meanwhile John’s wife had decided to try a new business venture. Bottled mineral water was a fairly new concept at this time and she decided to load up her bicycle basket with bottles of mineral water and take to the streets of Cambridgeshire. She handed out the bottles for free and then returned a day or two later to ask for feedback and to see whether anyone would like her to deliver water regularly for them to 26

purchase. This started a thriving business that would survive to the present day. When she needed to take a break for a hospital procedure she convinced her son to look after the business for her. Over time the family became involved. She had previously promised herself that as a gesture of her Christian faith she would donate a percentage of her business profits to charity. Initially the family chose an international charity. John returned to Malawi August 1998 to look for land to build a village for orphan children whom he had decided to help. He set about building the village with a Malawian friend. His devotion to the poor and needy in Malawi had begun. Land was initially donated by local churches and people in the area began making bricks and began building the village. In June 1999 the village of Namisu began. Eventually the family decided to begin their own charity from the proceeds of the mineral water sales so that they could monitor the funds which were directed to the projects they were involved in in Malawi. In 1999 they launched ‘Aquaid Lifeline'. Each person that bought the mineral water was effectively contributing to the charity.

Namisu Orphan Village This project is well under way. The Lifeline Fund has employed 80 local people who have moulded and fired 400000 bricks by hand! Both men and women have helped with this work. A borehole has been drilled for the village water supply, a 99 year lease has been granted for the land and we are presently obtaining estimates for the building work. Our aim is to complete 6 orphan houses in the year 2000. (Extracted from Aquaid’s bi‐annual newsletters.)

The family produced two newsletters a year that they would hand out to customers to update them on the projects that they were working on in Malawi. Since that date in June 1999 the charity has gone from strength to strength due to the dramatic increase in contributions from the mineral water company. There are now 13 centres over Malawi catering for the needs of more than 3000 orphans and needy people. In these day centres the children can all meet and have porridge for breakfast before attending school. The nursery age children stay in the day care centres whilst the primary children attend the school. They all then come together again for lunch and as school ends at 12 noon in Malawi the older children also receive some additional teaching at the centres in the afternoon. Some students have been to visit the forests to learn about the effects of deforestation in the hope that they might help to reduce the devastating effects of this in the future. The original village in Namisu still thrives. Aquaid now employs local widows to look after orphaned children in the village who also attend the school. In 2006 there were 219 children living in the village. Aquaid Lifeline has also built two primary and two secondary schools and are passionate about providing the best possibilities for their children. Many have benefitted from university education and are now employed in various professions including medicine, accountancy, business management etc. The fact that some have managed to secure roles involving science is quite a feat as no‐one can study medicine or sciences at a higher level unless they have studied science in school and laboratory classrooms are a very expensive part of a school to build. Others have been trained as nurses and teachers as well as in useful trades such as vehicle maintenance, carpentry, tailoring, brick laying, painting and catering. John is a huge believer in educating orphans to ensure that they find purpose in life. Aquaid have also always tried to employ as many disabled workers as possible in cleaning, cooking and tailoring roles as these people would be unlikely to be able to earn a wage elsewhere.

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Priscilla with her namesake ‘baby Priscilla’

children with disabilities. She donated a section of her own precious land and the project was built and named ‘The Dawn Centre’. Priscilla herself took a group of young people from Dronfield on a trip to Malawi with her and whilst there they helped to decorate the ‘Dawn Centre’ when it was completed. Miriam later donated the rest of her land to build a disabled children’s home which would house 24 boys and 24 girls. Some children even learned to walk as they were given physiotherapy and the attention that they needed to overcome their problems.

Priscilla’s Malawi journey A new life for Joseph Joseph was abandoned by his starving mother, malnourished and suffering from a dreadful chest wound which was seriously infected. Aquaid co‐ordinator wrote: “This is how I found Joseph in February 2002. I could see that without Aquaid’s intervention and help, Joseph would never survive. Below is a photograph of Joseph, taken by me in May 2002, strumming a guitar which I took out as hand luggage. This fine young boy is a wonderful testimony to the quality of care and love of all our staff at The Aquaid Orphan Village. (Extracted from Aquaid’s bi‐annual newsletters.)

Once trained, some go on to have roles in the village, for example the tailors produce the school uniforms and the knitters provide the orphans with warm winter jumpers. In addition Aquaid Lifeline has built the only centre in Malawi catering for the residential care for disabled children, including education, physiotherapy, and vocational training. This part of the project began in 2010 when a local widow called Miriam decided to take action on behalf of her disabled son. She formed a group with other parents of disabled children and motivated them to begin to make bricks in order to build a day care centre especially for

Priscilla’s son is a film producer and director and he visited his uncle’s projects in Malawi to make a film. When Priscilla retired he suggested that she should go to Malawi as she had never been. Like her brother before her she was shocked and appalled by the poverty that is present in the country. She felt she had found her calling in Malawi and has since been involved with the schools and villages whenever possible and has visited Malawi an impressive 14 times. A teacher herself before retirement, she offers tips and advice to the teachers in the schools. Although the majority of the funding for these projects comes from the water company, there are other community groups who have adopted the charity. Priscilla occasionally holds fundraising events so that each time she visits Malawi she can contribute something new. Over the last two years she repainted the original school with the funds that she had raised and also refurbished and decorated the school library. Her fundraising methods are varied and innovative including refurbishing a table that she was given with the help of local group ‘Men in

The dawn of the Dawn Centre In October 2008, Miriam challenged me with the news that in the catchment area of our children’s village at Namisu there are more than 40 severely disabled children. I asked why I had never seen them ‐ “They’re kept out of sight” I was told, “They are seen as a disgrace. They don’t go to school. They don’t see or meet anyone”. Miriam herself, a widow of 27, has three children including a five year old son called Blessings, who suffered from Cerebral Malaria leaving him disabled at 4 months. With a gift from a Cambridgeshire lady in memory of her late mother ‘Dawn’ the ‘Dawn Centre’ was founded and work began. (Written by John Searle and extracted from Aquaid’s bi‐annual newsletters.)

Sheds’ and sold for £50. She held two Spanish themed events, including an afternoon at Hasland Baptist Church. She is currently raising funds to take over to buy blankets for the 175 Pastors in the area. Their houses are very cold in the winter and they have no beds or means of keeping warm. They receive a hunger allowance of £10 per month from the charity. The average cost of a blanket in Malawi is £12‐ £15. The water business now provides £50000 each month to the running of the charity. You can visit their web site www.lifelinefund.org.uk. If you would like to contribute to Aquaid Lifeline’s projects in Malawi you can hand in a donation at Hasland Baptist Church. Mark the envelope with ‘For Aquaid Malawi’ and the money will be taken over by Priscilla towards the purchase of the blankets. Thanks to Priscilla Hills for sharing her family’s fundraising story. 27

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by Hasland Theatre Company In September Hasland Theatre Company performed ‘Falling’ by Shelley Silas. I hadn’t heard of the play before and wasn’t sure what to expect of my trip to the theatre on the 4th night of the show. The theatre is always a delight to visit. There’s a real sense of occasion when arriving and even though it’s a small place it has all the atmosphere and acoustics of a much larger theatre. I had been told in advance that the playwright herself, Shelley Silas was coming along to watch the show on this particular night. I have no idea how the cast must have been feeling knowing that they had to impress not only the audience but the creator of the show. The show began and we were introduced to Linda and Pete, played amazingly well by Nicky Beards and Steve Cowley. The story unfolds of their struggle and dreams of having a child of their own. Linda is clearly becoming exhausted by the journey and Pete can only see the option to continue to try. It’s an incredibly emotional story which is lightened regularly by dark comedy moments and the arrival of the couple’s niece Grace, played by Lilly Beards. The whole show featured just four actors but I was completely immersed in their story. Lilly Beards showed an amazing amount of maturity in this part, showing her perfectly normal teenage personality and the angst of the character along with dark moments of insecurity brought on by her relationship and then her vulnerabilty as she tells her aunt and uncle that she is pregnant. They were joined on stage by Grace’s Mum, Kate, played by Ann Hawskswood. This character had to go through a rollercoaster of emotion, discovering that her teenage daughter was pregnant and being a shoulder for her sister to cry on over her lack of child. Ann did a fabulous job of both her deep and meaningful and her comedy moments.

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I was amazed by the quality of the production as a whole. I really enjoyed the musical interludes which were a throwback to 2002 when the play is set. I was also really surprised by the quality of the set and attention to detail as I had previously only attended ‘concert’ style events at the theatre. There was a furnished living room on the stage with a ‘patio’ area to one side, giving the show two entirely different spaces to act in without having to constantly rearrange the set between acts. The show was directed by Tristan Weston with assistant director John Fox. This was Tristan’s last show before he moved away. He didn’t get to see the show on stage but I hope he enjoyed the positive feedback which I’m sure the rest of the team passed on to him. After the show Shelley Silas went backstage to meet the cast. It was the first time she had seen the play performed since it’s premier. I definitely think that Hasland Theatre Company did her proud and I can’t wait to see the next show.



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Kerry’s Marathon Mission

School’s Running Fun Sophie Edmonds from St Peter & St Paul’s School told us about the School’s amazing achievements at the half marathon.

Local mum of two Kerry Salt decided to challenge herself to attempt the Redbrik Chesterfield half marathon last October. She wanted to raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice who have supported her family over the years. Kerry told me her story:

Our team of 76 runners did everyone proud on the day. Some of the adults haven’t run since being at school and so this was a real challenge for them. However, they rose to it, trained hard and ran with a smile on the day! The children that entered the fun run were easy to see as it was a sea of red ‘#teamSPSP’ T‐shirts on the start line. Everyone has said how much they thoroughly enjoyed the event and have asked if we’re doing it again next year! We were raising money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and set ourselves a £5000 target. We’re waiting to hear from them with a total as we had several individual JustGiving pages set up alongside our main #teamSPSP JustGiving page and some of us collected sponsor money separately. Our home‐made flapjack and chocolate brownies (lovingly made by Mrs Wigfield) went down a treat in our team gazebo and visitors to the gazebo included the Mayoress of Chesterfield, Anne Brittain! All in all, it was a great success. On behalf of the whole team I would like to thank everyone who came out to support the events, it really makes a difference to the runners! Well done to the race organisers, it was excellent and a huge well done to everyone who competed and raised lots of money for very good causes.

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SNOW WHITE IS BRINGING MARLENE TO MANSFIELD Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the greatest pantomime of them all? It’s almost panto time and did you know that the star casting for this year’s panto at Mansfield Palace Theatre ‐ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ‐ is Sue Holderness. Sue will be playing the villain of this year’s festive family feast, which runs at the Leeming Street Venue from Saturday 1 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019. Sue is a much‐loved British actress, best known for her role as Marlene in John Sullivan’s hit BBC1 sitcom Only Fools and Horses. Sue played this iconic role from 1984 until the final episode in 2003. Such was the success of the character, that Sue and her on screen husband (John Challis) were asked to co‐star in the hugely popular spin‐off The Green Green Grass, which ran for four series, and three Christmas specials. Sue’s numerous other TV credits include The New Avengers, Minder, Heartbeat, Cold Feet and Casualty. Alongside her work on screen, Sue also works extensively on stage. Among Sue’s many theatre credits are the acclaimed one‐woman play Our Kid, about Myra Hindley, Quartet, Calendar Girls (four UK tours) and An Inspector Calls (UK tour). Sue has been a guest on a number of TV shows, with recent appearances including Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Loose Women and All Star Mr & Mrs, which she won! Sue was also one of the celebrities on Channel 5’s Five Celebrities go in Search of Santa. Sue will be searching for Santa from Nottinghamshire this year, as she takes to the stage in the role of Wicked Queen for UK Productions. She tells us: "I’m greatly looking forward to frightening the good folk of Mansfield this year as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s one of my favourite pantomimes, having everything you could possibly want at Christmas time ‐ wonderful music, great comedy, a moving love story and a very scary Wicked Queen. Come and enjoy the fun… if you dare!” Sue is in high demand for pantomime every year, usually playing the role of the ‘baddie’. She did play the Good Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk at Richmond one year, but discovered that she greatly prefers being bad! Mansfield Palace Theatre’s Cultural Services Manager, Andrew Tucker, is delighted with the casting for this year’s 62 show run of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: “We take great pride in presenting big name popular stars in our pantos and it is a treat to add Sue to the list for the first time.” Sue will be joined on stage by the hugely popular Adam Moss, returning to Mansfield for the fourth time following great reviews from customers year after year. He says: “Well what can I say Mansfield? I’m back, and it’s all your fault! I’m absolutely delighted to be playing Muddles in this year’s panto. I couldn’t think of going anywhere else ‐ and you lot won’t let me! I can’t thank the people of Mansfield enough, because without your comments and loyalty to the theatre and myself, I wouldn’t be returning.” The Theatre has already sold over 70% of tickets for this year’s pantomime run. To book tickets for the show which includes signed and relaxed performances, please visit mansfieldpalace.co.uk or call Box Office on 01623 633133. 34

The women’s dancing group was formed in 1977 and have been bringing their cheerful costumes and style of north‐west clog dancing to Derbyshire and beyond since that time. The dances are part of a living tradition. As people moved from rural areas to the newly industrialised cities, they took their dancing traditions with them and adapted them with their brightly coloured garlands. Many dances were developed in the mill towns of the North West during the 19th century. Often they are processional using wavers and jingle sticks made from the bobbins used in the mills. Most dances bear the names of towns where they originated, eg Horwich. The movement of the mill machinery ‐ the patterns of the wheels and cogs ‐ can be seen to have inspired some of the figures. As time went on dances were further developed and new ones are still being written. Chesterfield Garland Dancers have written new dances themselves – one was written in 2000 to celebrate the millennium and is called ‘Chesterfield’. The women practise together during the winter and then dance mostly outdoors in the summer. They dance at well‐dressings, carnivals, festivals, outside pubs, residential homes and stately homes. They have danced in many places around the world, visiting Chesterfield’s twin towns in Europe and China and beyond. They are accompanied by a group of talented musicians that play acoustic instruments. The dances still have a place in the 21st century ‐ they are fun to learn and are a great way to keep fit and make friends. Nothing lifts the spirits more than music and movement. The group meets on a Tuesday evening, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church on Jawbones Hill, Derby Road, S40 2EN. Anyone is welcome ‐ dancers and musicians ‐ to come along and have a try but contact the secretary first (enquiry@chesterfieldgarland.org) in case they’re not meeting. For further information go to: www.chesterfieldgarland.org.uk

Junior school superstars raise funds for MacMillan Lola & Leia from Hasland Junior School recently decided to do a bake sale for MacMillan Cancer Care at school. Their Mum contacted Sarah Wilson, the community champion from Tesco in Clay Cross to ask for some support. As well as donating cakes for the sale, Sarah got in touch with the MacMillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and arranged for the girls to have a tour of the new MacMillan unit. The bake sale itself raised £54.12 for the charity and will be used to buy hats for cancer patients.

Tesco Champions help at The Green The community champions have also recently contributed items for Christmas Fair at The Green Nursing Home which takes place on Saturday 15th Dec 2‐4pm. The activities co‐ordinator at The Green, Deanna, is pictured below with some of the donations which included 2 bottles of wine, various tombola prizes and a hamper made up of kitchenware. Everyone is welcome at the Christmas Fair. Proceeds will be used to provide extra social activities for the residents.

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Senior Citizens IT Queries On the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of each month we offer support with your IT  queries. Bring along your own electronic devices and we will help you out. It’s great fun too! We ask for a £1 donation and in return you receive a cuppa and biscuits! For more info see our posters on the community notice boards or call Phillip on 07759 795927, or check our website www.grasslandhasmoor.co.uk.

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Hasland’s Panto Superstars

It seems we have quite a few future stars in our midst in Hasland as our area seems to produce a lot of Pantomime success year in and year out. Here are some of the dancing and singing heroes that made the cast of our local pantomimes this year. Well done to any other local talented youngsters who are involved too! Emma Scragg, Maddi Crowther & Cerys McGarry have all been invited to join the cast at Buxton Opera House for their Pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’. All three are part of the senior dance troupe for the upcoming pantomime. Rehearsals are going brilliantly. Emma is 15 years old and attends Hasland Hall School. She has been dancing at Academy School of Dance for close to 11 years. She has lessons in Tap, Theatrecraft, Ballet, Modern, Freestyle and Gymnastics. She has previously been involved with both Chesterfield Pomegranate and Mansfield Palace Theatre pantomimes. Maddi is 14 years old and also attends Hasland Hall School. She studies dance at Directions Theatre Arts in Chesterfield. She has classes in Ballet, RAD, Tap, Gym, Theatrecraft and Modern. She is a bit of a panto veteran having been part of either Mansfield or Buxton pantomimes 3 times. Cerys is also 14 years old and a student at Hasland Hall. She attends dance classes at Directions Theatre Arts in Ballet, RAD, Theatrecraft, Tap, Gym and Modern. Cerys has been dancing for close to 10 years.

Left‐right: Maddi, Cerys and Emma

Alice Slater, Sophie Gilbrook and Chloe Harris are part of this years pantomime at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield ‐ Cinderella. Alice is 10 years old and attends St Mary’s Primary School. She studies dance at Diane Bradbury School of Dance as well as Musical Theatre at Chesterfield Studios. She enjoys Theatrecraft, Modern Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Gym lessons as well as singing lessons by Emily Morris at Chesterfield Studios. This will be Alice’s first pantomime where she gets to dance alongside Naomi Wilkinson and X Factor star Rhydian Roberts. Joining Alice at Chesterfield is Sophie Gilbrook, also ten years old. Sophie is a student at Hasland Junior School and studies dance at Diane Bradbury School of Dance as well as Musical Theatre at Chesterfield Studios. She also enjoys Theatrecraft, Modern Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Gym lessons and she too has singing lessons with Emily Morris. She has been dancing for around six and a half years. Sophie comes from quite a theatrical family! Mum Sue teaches musical theatre at Chesterfield Studios and takes the lead role this year in ‘Rudolph the Robot Reindeer’ at the Rose Hill Theatre. Sophie’s Dad, David Gilbrook is also part of Imagine Theatre Company and this year stars as Belle’s father in the Southport Theatre Pantomime production of Beauty and the Beast. Chloe Harris is 12 years old and is in year 8 at Hasland Hall School. She attends Gym, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe and Theatre Craft classes at Directions Theatre Arts as well as being part of their Contemporary troupe, Song and Dance troupe, Disneyland annual tour team, Performers and Musical Theatre group. She has been enjoying her dance lessons for close to nine years. She has previously performed in Peter Pan at both Mansfield Palace and Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre. She is also on two associate dance programmes with Midlands Jazz and with Mike Denman Musical Theatre and was on the School of Ballet Theatre UK Associate Programme last year. She even managed a dance with Pasha from Strictly!

Left‐right: Alice, Chloe &  Sophie

Desert’ at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield as well as ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Made in Dagenham’ at The Pomegranate. He also sang the solo ‘Walking in the Air’ at the Winding Wheel. He took the lead in Chesterfield studio’s production of ‘Honk’. Thomas also enjoys singing lessons with Emily Morris.

Emily Heard is 12 years Thomas Slater is becoming fairly used to being on stage having had great success with auditions over the last few years. Thomas is 13 years old and attends St Mary’s High School. He is part of the Pomegranate Youth Theatre and Chesterfield Studios. He enjoys dance lessons at Diane Bradbury Theatre Dance School in Ballet and Modern Jazz and is also part of the Nottingham TV Workshop. He has enjoyed musical theatre for about three and a half years and has picked up dance over the last year. Thomas has taken part in Peter Pan at the Pomegranate Theatre in the past but has also enjoyed success on stage with parts in ‘Priscilla, Queen of the

Thomas Slater

old and has attended Directions Theatre Arts for 9 years. Her classes include Theatrecraft, Ballet, Modern, Pointe and Gym and she is also part of the Song & Dance Troupe, Performers and the visiting Disneyland Troupe. She has made it into the Chesterfield Panto this year and has also previously appeared in Peter Pan at The Pomegranate Theatre. She is a student at Hasland Hall School.

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We are looking for budding young footballers as the club kicks off the fresh season with new kits. Players from Hasland Community Football Club have been sporting the club's brand new kits in recent weeks ‐ thanks to a host of new sponsors and new kitwear supplier, EV2 Sportswear. The new kit, which is currently being rolled out across the entire club, combines various elements of historical kits to form a brand new one. Unique to Hasland CFC, the kit will take the community club into its second decade and marks what is a new era for the local outfit. It will be accompanied with a new range of manager wear, training wear and also accessories ‐ such as hats ‐ for parents, players and volunteers alike. Bringing everyone involved in the club closer together. Meanwhile, youngsters aged four to six are invited to get involved with the club's popular Mini Kickers programme which continues to go from strength to strength.

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Designed to be fun, safe and completely inclusive, all are welcome at the sessions ‐ which takes place on Tuesday evenings between 6 and 7pm at the Hasland Hall Community School sports hall. Run by a team of qualified and DBS checked volunteers, the programme gives kids an introduction into not only football, but sport as a whole. For just £3 a session, with the first being free, youngsters can have fun with their friends, get active and learn the FUNdamentals of the beautiful game. Each session is pre‐planned and with a dedicated group of coaches, children are given a healthy combination of both attention and independence. Anybody interested can just turn up ‐ the only requirements are shin pads and a drink.

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CHESTERFIELD PANTHERS Rugby Union Football Club THE PANTHERS HAVE MANY HASLAND PLAYERS IN THEIR TEAMS ‐ GRAHAM BELL TELLS US MORE ABOUT THE CLUB AND THEIR SUCCESS. This season will see the ‘Centenary’ of organised rugby in Chesterfield. The club was founded at a meeting in the Portland Hotel, Chesterfield on the 6th December 1919. The club has had various titles, the first being Chesterfield and District Rugby Club which in 1923 became Chesterfield RUFC, this remained until the current name was adopted after the reunification with North Derbyshire RUFC. In the early days matches were played at Blackwell Colliery grounds where players had the luxury of after match baths. From there the club played at Highfields and Brookside, where they changed in the stables at the Terminus Hotel. Finally, in 1927 the club acquired it’s own ground at Stonegravels where they remained until moving to Dunston Road in 2012. The late 1980’s saw the development of junior rugby and the introduction of the “Community Rugby Development Programme”. Encouragement of rugby in local schools over the next few years saw the club outgrow the facilities at Stonegravels. From this time on many boys, and now girls, from Hasland joined the junior sides, some progressing to play for Derbyshire and Notts, Lincs and Derby at junior level before

moving on to senior rugby. Notable amongst the current senior sides are former Hasland Hall pupils, Lee Laughton, Glen Grayson and Jordon Grayson. Jordan is Assistant Manager to the 1st XV and is working with “Rugger Eds” bringing the game to children in local schools. The clubs current management and coaching has connections with Hasland Club. President, Graham Bell, a resident of Hady, is often to be seen in Hasland and Phil Arnold, Club Chairman, attended Hasland Hall School 1964‐70. Hasland residents Ben Perrin, Gavin Harris, Steve Thorp, Craig Watson, Rob Speer, Rob Frear and Tom Bell work with Junior and Mini teams. Jackie Walker, another former Hasland Hall student, who played with Chesterfield Ladies, is now coaching with ‘The Panther Cubs’ a fun group for 3‐6 year olds. The club will be holding a “Centenary Exhibition” at Chesterfield Museum from September to Christmas 2019, if you have any information, connection or history with the club we would love to hear from you.

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Beautiful Ha Long Bay at dusk

Travel report:Tour

An Bang Beach, Hoi An

of North & Central Vietnam

Last year my family and I decided to try a travelling adventure, exploring Vietnam. We built our holiday from the flight up ‐ choosing hotels, trips and activities to match our wish list and budget. Here’s a rundown of our tour of this fabulous country ‐ and tips on how you can do the same!

We are a family of 5. At the time our children were aged 13, 9 and 6. We wondered if the youngest was old enough to cope with the travel but she loved every minute of it. When I told some friends that we were taking the kids to Vietnam we saw a few raised eyebrows ‐ “Is it safe?”, “Won’t they get sick?”. Of course we had considered every risk we could think of before we decided to travel but we simply didn’t find anything to put us off. I have always longed to travel the Far East and South East Asia but my husband got the bug more recently after watching The Top Gear Vietnam Special! When he saw the amazing roads and magnificent scenery and beaches on offer he was hooked too. Skyscanner is my usual flight finding tool, the best deal and most direct flight that came up was Heathrow to Hanoi (Direct / 11.5 hours /  £420 per adult & £330 per child) with Vietnam Airlines. Research suggested it wasn’t the plushest of airlines but we were more than happy with the service, seating and entertainment so would definitely use them again. After a few months of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum planning we landed in Hanoi. My parents had decided to join our trip too so the 7 of us waited in the arrivals lounge for our pre‐booked driver to arrive. He whizzed us through the streets of a City that I can only describe as mad. The streets are teeming with scooters with riders carrying all kinds of cargo ‐ 1000s of eggs, enormous pot vases, shrubs and trees. It seems all business and goods in Hanoi are transported on the lowly scooter using a road system that has a magic of it’s own. Every single person toots their horn at the other and the scooters create roughly 12 lanes of traffic on each main road. We took to marching across the roads bravely and holding out a hand to the traffic to ‘use the force’. Madness and mayhem but this system works. Every bit of pavement is taken up either by parked scooters or small stalls. Every street is overflowing with shops and businesses, above, side by side and below each other, selling all kinds of wares. We stayed 4 nights in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. This is split into different shopping zones and is a fabulous place for the braver tourist to walk around and soak up the culture and do some souvenir shopping. After a short sleep to recover from our flight we took a half day City tour, taking in Hoen Kiem Lake, a beautiful large lake in the middle of the Old Quarter with a serene Pagoda in the middle on a small Island. We also visited the famous B52 Bomber which remains in place in another small lake as a Beautiful shrine display reminder of the horrors of 42

the Vietnam War. We stopped off at the Ho Chi Min Mausoleum, where visitors flock to see the resting place of ‘Uncle Ho’ who many see as the President who was the driving force behind Vietnam's struggle against French colonial rule. We went on to The Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius. This was the first university in Vietnam and originally built in 1070. This was our first glimpse into the more serene architecture of Vietnam. The beautiful temple was surrounded by ornate gardens including Bonsai Trees, orchids and tropical plants. We finished off with a trip to a traditional ‘Egg Café’. Our guide explained this traditional coffee served in Hanoi ‐ Strong and black with a raw egg whipped in just before serving. My husband was the only one brave enough to try this and he actually quite liked it and said it was a bit like a coffee with egg custard flavour! For our Hanoi hotel we chose the ‘Hanoi Chic Hotel’ at just £40 per night for a family room with 2 double beds, air conditioning and a delicious breakfast. Perfectly adequate as a crash pad whilst sightseeing and a place to leave our luggage whilst we left Hanoi for the next part of our adventure ‐ a Ha Long Bay Cruise. I booked the majority of our tours and transfers through a Hanoi travel agency called Lily’s Travel. I really can’t recommend this small business highly enough. I found them on TripAdvisor and they had many great reviews by backpackers. I sent them a list of all of our needs and they priced everything individually and gave us some great advice. You can easily find them online if you want to book a similar trip. There are many cruise companies offering trips around the stunning Ha Long Bay. This beautiful area comprises of 100s of islets off the North East coast of Vietnam. The scenery is exquisite. We opted for the mid‐range ‘Apricot Cruise’ ship on a full board basis. We had a large family cabin, plus 2 twin cabins. Adults $95, children $50. We used a private transfer driver to make the return journey from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay (approx 3.5 hours). We boarded our ship and soon set sail for ‘Surprise Cave’. This place was amazing, larger than any cave I have ever seen with amazing rock formations and stones inside. Next we moved onto an islet with a man made beach at the base, perfect for a cooling swim. Alternatively you can hike up to the top of this islet for stunning views across Ha Long Bay from the Pagoda viewpoint. The food on board was tasty and plentiful, with my vegan and my children’s vegetarian diets catered for too. The night sky whilst on board the ship was fantastic and the staff on board were knowledgeable about the area and really friendly. After a great breakfast we set off on our optional kayaking trip. We travelled in twos under a cave entrance and into an idyllic lagoon where we paddled around happily. This was the exact taste of adventure that I was looking to give

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Picturesque Hoi An

my children when I planned this trip, topped off to total perfection when we spotted a large colony of monkeys along one side of the rocks in the lagoon. We were able to sit in the kayaks and watch them from around 20 feet away. The perfect trip! After lunch we disembarked and returned to our Hanoi Hotel for one more night before flying to Hué airport the next morning. We stayed at the Roseleen Boutique Hotel in Hué for just one night. This cost £62 for a spacious family room for the night with breakfast with a lovely pool on site. The weather in Hanoi had been a little rainy as expected as the north’s rainy season lasts until September, but we were a little disappointed that the rain followed us to Hué. We dived in the pool anyway as the children were so excited. Thankfully the next morning as we set off for our Hué City tour the rain stopped and stayed away for the rest of our time in the central coast of Vietnam. Hué was the ancient capital of Vietnam and boasts some amazing architecture and temples. That evening we took a walk around the lovely night markets and walked by the Dragon River to see the many Dragon Boats offering cruises. We had a small tour of the city the next day but the main reason for this stop off was that we wanted to travel by road to see the stunning scenery between Hué and Hoi An, where we intended to spend a full week by the beach. This famous strip of coastal road includes Lang Co Beach and the Hai Van Pass, before passing by the vibrant modern View from the Hai Van Pass City of Da Nang with it’s beautiful city beaches, before finally arriving in Hoi An ‐ a world heritage sight. The Hai Van Pass is a high cliff road offering unbelievable views of the coast and mountains of central Vietnam. We had an unforgettable day travelling south and the views from the top of the pass are beautiful. We chose to stay at ‘Life Beach Dragon Bridge, Da Nang Villa’, a small ‘homestay’ very close to An Bang Beach, around 10 minutes by taxi from Hoi An. We wanted to be near the beach after so many days sightseeing, especially as we were travelling with children. We weren’t disappointed, the beach was stunning with a busier side with bars and restaurants with music for if you wanted to socialise, but a much quieter side if you Lang Co wanted to simply play in the sand and waves. We spent an idyllic week in our 2 bedroom suite. There is a shared kitchen to use if you require it but the food nearby was so cheap and delicious that we didn’t use it at all. Breakfast was provided every morning ‐ fresh tropical fruit,

Views above the clouds at Ba Na Hills

Tower ride inside the mountain at Ba Na

bread and jam and cereals ‐ delicious! The small pool was perfect for a cooler dip after a hot day at the beach. The temperatures at this time of year often hit 35˚C.

French town, Ba Na Hills

As well as beach fun we took a day out to nearby Ba Na Hills ‐ definitely the most bizarre location I have ever visited. This is a French style theme park located on top of a mountain range around 1 hour inland from the city of Da Nang. There is a French village built on top of the mountain range and a kids theme park actually inside the mountain with rides and all manner of video games. The park is accessed via the longest cable car system in the world which soars above the mountain range, through the clouds and up to Ba Na Hills. It has to be seen to be believed! Nearby world heritage site ‐ Hoi An ‐ was a huge highlight of this week. We spent two happy evenings perusing the shops and eating out in this gorgeous pedestrian village with it’s ancient architecture, Japanese covered bridge and nearby perfume river. Hoi An is famous for its brightly coloured lanterns which light up the village and river at night. It’s a wonderful sight as the evening arrives and the lanterns begin to twinkle in the tiny streets and riverside. On our last night we visited Da Nang City for a dinner cruise under the famous bridges of Da Nang, including the magnificent Dragon Bridge. The bridge lights up at night and also breaths fire, water and steam at 9pm at the weekends ‐ it’s a truly amazing sight in what seems to be a vibrant modern city ‐ I would love to go back and explore it some more. After flying back from Da Nang Airport to Hanoi we finished our holiday with a night in a fantastic rental house back in Hanoi (booked using AirBnb). We had use of a large pool included and fitted in a few hours of souvenir shopping nearby before flying back to Heathrow overnight. If you would like any more info on how I booked the trip send me an email at trudyfordesign@gmail.com. We booked our flights using ‘Skyscanner’ then through TravelTrolley. We booked our hotels using a combination of Booking.com, Booked.net and Opodo depending on who offered the best prices for the hotels we like. We booked our internal flights through Vietjet airlines, who offer bargain domestic flights throughout Vietnam, Thailand, China, Burma and Malaysia Budget at a glance: Hotel beer £1.50 / regular bar/beach beer £1 / town or backstreet beer 80p Bowl of Pho noodles £1 / town restaurant meal £3 / beachfront meal £5 Wine up to £30 per bottle as it is imported. Local wine £10 per bottle Taxi journey ‐ from 50p for small trip to £50 for a large minibus for a full day. Internal flights ‐ roughly £80 return for Hanoi ‐ Hue distance. Currency ‐ Vietnamese Dong. Rough translation 100,000 Dong = £4 £1000 spent on food, drink, souvenirs, short trips and tips for 5 people over 15 days ‐ we didn’t scrimp either! The shopping is excellent too! 43