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24 Hutcliffe Wood Road, Beauchief, Sheffield, S8 0EX. DRONFIELD Guides were bemused when they attended last month’s spectacular Peak 2010 Camp at Chatsworth.

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They learned they were playing host to eight international guests; five of them from Japan, two from Russia... and the other from Chesterfield. It then transpired that their Chesterfield Guiding colleague, Suzie Gilley, had actually flown in from Chesterfield County in Virginia, USA.

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WHAT’S in a name? There’s a new clothing business opened in Dronfield called Curious Chloe... and we were curious to know just who Chloe was, so we asked.

Suzie Gilley (left) is welcomed to Peak 2010 by Marilyn Pointon of Dronfield Guides

Chloe isn’t the owner, neither does she know anything at all about fashion or clothing. She does, however, look rather good in fur, for Chloe is the owner’s pet chinchilla.

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IT was an honour to represent Dronfield at a recent gathering of civic leaders and mayors at the Brailsford home of the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Fiona Cannon. I spoke to representatives from around the county and several of them had questions to ask about Dronfield, how I became Town Mayor and my Chain of Office. Closer to home, I was delighted to visit Northfield School and learn about the children’s efforts at growing their own produce. Just down the road, it was a thrill to open exciting new children’s play equipment in the playground alongside Stonelow School. I remember using this playground when I was a child! Across the valley at Dronfield Woodhouse there was an impressive turnout for the blessing of the well dressings, this year celebrating the work of the Guides and Edale Mountain Rescue. I met many more local young people at Chatsworth where I was invited to join local campers at Peak 2010. This spectacular event provided an opportunity for members of Scouting and Guiding in Derbyshire, together with their invited friends from Scouting and Guiding in other parts of the UK and overseas, to experience an international camp. The camp theme was ‘One World – Our World’ and I was delighted to see the young people from Dronfield and their leaders enjoying the event and making new friends from far and wide. Thank you to everyone who is playing a part in helping my Mayor’s Appeal. The Civic Service raised £500 and coffee mornings in the Civic Hall have been well supported. Thanks to my mum Denise, mother-in-law Susan and friend Joyce Emmens for their help. The next coffee morning is on Thursday, August 19th, so please come along! Coun Philip Blackburn, Dronfield Town Mayor


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BUILDING A FIRST CLASS REPUTATION ITH more than 25 years experience in the roofing and building trade,

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His own business, launched eight years ago, has tackled hundreds of roofing jobs and construction tasks, mainly in the Dronfield and Sheffield areas. Ready to take on virtually any roofing or building task, no matter how large or small, Shaun and his colleague Andy Dixon are determined to retain their high standards of workmanship at a time when other roofing and building firms are cutting back on quality in order to reduce their prices. Said Shaun: “The cheapest quote isn’t always the best quote. Like with Shaun Elliott (right) with colleague Andy Dixon most things, you get what you pay for and we will not compromise on quality by using inferior products. The estimates we provide are based on high quality, industry-approved materials. “We are proud of our high standards and reliability and people also like the peace of mind they get by choosing a local roofing or building firm, as opposed to one from out of town.” Although their S. Elliott Contractors blue van has become a familiar sight locally, Shaun and Andy - both former Henry Fanshawe School pupils - have also been called upon to do work as far away as London. Free estimates are given for all roofing jobs including re-roofing projects, repairs, upvc soffits and fascias, tiles, flat roofing and cladding, plus new buildings, extensions and conversions. If you are looking for a reliable roofing or building company in the local area, then look no further than S. Elliott Contractors. Added Shaun: “We work as a team. We are not plumbers or electricians but we do work hand-in-hand with other experienced local tradesmen who we trust in order to be able to offer the complete service.”

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Clocks, coins, model railways and stuffed You would never believe the treasures Dronfield area folk have tucked away in their lofts and cabinets. A recent there really can be cash in your attic. Dronfield Eye’s Kat Withers looks at some of the more unusual items on FASCINATING antiques from Dronfield and the surrounding areas have been valued by experts from ELR Auctions, with many owners deciding to enter their precious items into auctions later this year. By the time the Peel Centre opened its doors, there was already a line of people waiting to discover if they had hidden treasures in their home. Organised by ELR Auctions, a Sheffield based company established in 1840, the valuers focused mainly on sporting memorabilia, the military, toys, books, coins and collectables, with no items being turned away. Commercial director, Liz Dashper, who lives in Dronfield and organised the auction, explained: “We have many existing clients from the Dronfield, Coal Aston and Dronfield Woodhouse areas and we wanted to be able to reach more of the people who may find it difficult to get into Sheffield to see us. We thought it would be a great idea to bring our specialist team to them!” Some of the items valued will be included in fortnightly antiques and collectable auctions, others in specialist sales and some in the next quarterly antique and fine art auction on Friday, October 15th. Specialist coin valuer Mark Thompson was shown a collection of late 19th and early 20th


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century sovereigns and half-sovereigns from a lady in Dronfield that he estimated should make around £1,200 to £1,500 at a specialist coin auction. Mark also expected a Hornby Dublo Duchess of Montrose train set, in its original box with a selection of early 20th century Triang tinplate vehicles, to bring in £120 to £180 at the specialist toy auction in September. Saleroom manager and auctioneer Robert Lea valued a late 19th century musical box decorated with butterflies at £300 to £500 for two ladies from Dronfield Woodhouse, who then decided to enter it into an October auction. Another pair of sisters from Dronfield Woodhouse, Chris Hayes and Susan Bownes, brought along a mid-19th century walnut mantle clock that they found while sorting through their parents’ house. It is of very good quality and estimated to sell for £200 to £300 in ELR’s October antique and fine art auction. Furniture and collectables valuer Andrew Jameson also inspected an early 19th century burr elm sarcophagus shaped tea caddy, which he valued at £50 to £80. However, one of the most unusual items on the day was a pair of early 20th century stuffed tortoises!

Two of the many fascinating coins which were discovered when a locksmith opened the cabinet

dronfield EYE Furniture and collectables valuer Andrew Jameson of ELR Auctions examines a mid-19th century walnut mantle clock while its owners, Dronfield sisters Chris Hayes and Susan Bownes, look on

tortoises.... free valuation session at The Peel Centre proved that show, some of which will now go on to be auctioned

Dronfield’s treasure chest of coins unlocked THE mystery of a locked chest and lost key has been finally been solved after a Dronfield Woodhouse family hired a locksmith to open their cabinet. The small mahogany coin cabinet, which had remained locked for some time, was found to contain 24 shelves of coins ranging from Roman to Victorian, many in near mint condition and displaying key dates. Owner of the cabinet, Keith Bedingfield, of Chatsworth Place, Dronfield Woodhouse, decided to auction it at ELR and since then a team of specialists have been cataloguing the coins for a specialist coin auction on Friday, August 20th, at the Sheffield Saleroom. Auctioneers expect a lot of interest in the collection, which includes an 1819 half-crown and a Uruguayan 1840 20 centesimos. Marketing for the sale has already begun throughout the coin collecting community. ELR commercial director Liz Dashper said: “This is a unique collection which we are delighted to be able to research, catalogue and offer onto the coin market. A great deal of time must have gone into compiling this collection and we very much look forward to the sale.”


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A Hearty welcome for singing twins LOCAL entertainers Francine and Nicola Gleadall - ‘The Twins’ - joined in the festivities when a local inn and restaurant celebrated its first anniversary. The Dronfield pair, famous for their appearances on BBC’s ‘Your Country Needs You, entertained visitors to a special birthday celebration at The Hearty Oak, Dronfield Woodhouse. • Twins’ new TV role - page 46

How’s this for a backing band, Dave? The Cruisers had better look out! Local singer Dave Berry is teaming up with the best vocalists for miles around - members of the internationally renowned Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir

Dave Berry receives a special tie from members of Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir me to take a voice test I might fail!” DRONFIELD singer Dave Berry’s Love and The Rose. Chairman Roger said: “We are delighted to biggest hit has been given a Meanwhile, the singer’s recently-published have him as president because he has been a autobiography, Dave Berry - All There Is To splendid new rendition by one of the splendid ambassador for Sheffield over the Know, continues to sell far and wide. Several north’s most famous choirs. Dave is the new president of the internationally renowned Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir and members greeted him to their practice night by performing The Crying Game as he walked in. Said Dave: “What a welcome that was! I’d never heard it sung by a male voice choir before and it was a tremendous sound; it was quite an emotional experience for me.” After being welcomed to the choir by chairman Roger Pont, Dave joined in the rehearsals, sitting in the baritone section and singing numbers such as Portrait of My


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years. “ We had been rehearsing The Crying Game for about a month because we wanted to make him feel really welcome and it seemed to go down very well.” Dave, who still sings all over the world and recently returned to his Dronfield home after a lengthy Solid Silver Sixties tour, with 64 dates across Britain, intends to play an active part in choir life when time allows. He added: ”It is a tremendous honour to serve such a distinguished choir as president. My only worry is that, after 50 years in the music business, if the musical director asks

orders were received from the continent following a recent concert in Belgium. Elsewhere, they have been snapped up by fans in Australia, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland and Finland, as well as all parts of the UK. Signed copies of Dave Berry - All There Is To Know are available from Dronfield Eye on 0114 2357777, • A donation of £500 has been made by Dave and Dronfield Eye to local Rotary causes following the successful ‘Evening With Dave Berry’ production at Dronfield Civic Hall in June.

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Party at the Hearty THE Hearty Oak, Dronfield Woodhouse, was recently “the party place to be” when a number of fabulous events, including an 18th, 21st and 50th birthday celebrations, were held there in July. Guests enjoyed buffets and a chocolate fountain, barbecues, bouncy castle, a bucking bull, fun sumo wrestling and lots of birthday cake whilst dancing the night away to great disco sounds.

ALL or part of The Hearty Oak is available free to hire for any occasion so book now for birthdays, weddings, Christenings, retirements and business meetings for between ten and 200 people. An outside marquee and seating is also available. Buffets, barbecues and hot dishes can be served from £4.95 per person. Visit our website at for details.

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Green-fingered Northfield School pupils with Dronfield Mayor, Coun Philip Blackburn, headteacher Rebecca Timperley, governor Coun Mick Emmens and eco-schools teacher Victoria Jones

Northfield pupils are proud to be green THE Artsmark Gold Award has been presented to Stonelow Junior School for its commitment to, and excellence in, arts education. The award was presented to the school by Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts which distributes money from the Government and National Lottery. Headteacher Alison Perkins said: “I’m delighted that the Arts Council has recognised Stonelow’s dynamic arts education programme. “Our students have really enjoyed working with Martin Blackham on film making and many other visiting artists. I’d like to thank all our staff for their hard work in achieving this award.”


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THERE was an early start to Green Britain Day at Dronfield’s Northfield School with parents, grandparents and other visitors calling in to enjoy a cooked breakfast. They were also given the opportunity to buy a range of fresh produce grown by pupils at the school. A special guest at the event was Mayor of Dronfield Coun Philip Blackburn, a former pupil at the Falcon Road school.

Right: The Mayor, Coun Philip Blackburn, with pupils manning the plant and produce stall

Hello to all our customers and future customers from Mark, Dawn and the lads. The MOT bay has been at one of its biggest demands, hand in hand with servicing and tyres this July. We are now hoping we can accommodate the ever growing needs of all our present and future customers with the addition of the new MOT tester on site. However please do remember an MOT can be carried out 28 days before expiry to save last minute problems. Unfortunately winter wont be long coming so make sure all maintenance is up to date, don't forget our tyre bay and tracking facilities. We are renowned for being competitive on price, as with all your motoring needs, what matters to us is that we can be of assistance to everyone throughout the area.

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dronfield EYE Festive market plan THE switching on of Dronfield’s Christmas lights is to be brought forward this year, with a street market and live music. This winter the festive lights will be switched on Friday, November 26th, with an ice-skating rink behind the library also taking place over the weekend. There are also plans to host an all-day Victorian Farmer’s Market down High Street on the Friday, with local traders and societies being encouraged to take part. Steps are being taken to close the road from the Dronfield Peel Monument down to the bottom of the street. Other suggestions for the evening include open air entertainment and international stalls at the market.

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Council has the power POSSIBLE power efficiency and renewable energy is being investigated by Dronfield Town Council in an attempt to reduce the carbon footprint at three of its premises. The sites of the suggested improvements are Dronfield Civic Centre, Gosforth Lodge In Cliffe Park and Coal Aston Sports Pavilion. Following a meeting of the council’s Recycling and Energy Work Group, Coun Richard Bull reported various measures for improving energy efficiency, such as new boilers, replacing the current striplighting and fitting solar panels to the roof. Coun Simon Temple remarked that it would be a good idea to take a lead and set an example to the local community in terms of renewable energy. Although grants are available, some of the actions are expensive and would not see a monetary payback for over ten years. So it was decided that an expert would be consulted before making a decision on any expensive work.

Reunion for Players NORTON Players are to stage a 30th anniversary celebration party and are looking for previous members who might want to attend. The event will take place from 7.30pm on Saturday, September 25th, at Coal Aston Village Hall and there will be a disco and food. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Pauline on 0114 2746124 so organisers know how many to cater for.

Herculean challenge THE newly formed Steel City Herculeans have been set the appropriately Herculean task of raising £3,000 for charity in less than 12 months. The five-strong group all answered a request for volunteers from the charity Cancer Research earlier this year. One of those who responded was 22-year-old Frances Horsfield, of Dronfield Woodhouse, who works as deputy team leader with Irwin Mitchell. The first event is Family Fun Day at Weston Park on Sunday, August 22nd. Entry is free and the day includes craft stalls, face painting and a bouncy castle as well as a treasure hunt.


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Peter Wright who has retired after 21 years as headteacher at William Levick School, Dronfield Woodhouse

Peter’s heading into retirement Bidding a fond farewell to life in Dronfield after 21 years as headteacher at William Levick School is Peter Wright who retired this summer. Kat Withers talks to him about his career AFTER more than 21 years as headteacher at William Levick Primary School, Peter Wright has retired and although he’ll miss the children and fellow staff members, he is looking forward to pursuing some of his hobbies. The headship at Dronfield Woodhouse was Peter’s second, having been head of Woodthorpe C of E Primary School, Staveley, near Chesterfield. Peter, who has been teaching for 37 years, said: “Everywhere I have been I have enjoyed it and I have never regretted a moment of it. I shall miss school a lot and I have been privileged to work with such outstanding staff. I’ll miss the children and I’ll desperately miss my colleagues.” And Peter, who can’t praise his team at William Levick enough, added: “I always tried to do a good job by the staff as well as the children and had such a good team supporting me. It was a lovely team to work with. We’re all different but we worked together.” Starting his career in 1973 at Hasland Junior School, Chesterfield, teaching different age groups, Peter, of Temple Normanton, then moved to Clowne Junior School. Despite having been a head teacher from the age of 34, Peter continued to teach; giving assemblies most days and covering classes. Talking about the children, he added: “I have been very involved with the children on a day-to-day basis. Every day’s been different and I was never bored. Dronfield’s a lovely place to be and the families are lovely people.” Now Peter has some free time he is looking forward to walking with his wife Janet and also gardening. He is also very interested in local history and is planning a trip to visit his son, Ben, 28 in Bermuda. Following in her father’s footsteps, daughter Anna, 26, works in Hinkley as a secondary school PE teacher. On the highlight of his career, Peter said: “My proudest achievement is the ethos of this school. The number of people that come in for the first time and say it is a warm, friendly place. Our children are well looked after and happy and because they are happy they do well. It’s a place that people speak warmly of and that’s enough for me.”


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Since vintage fashion hit the catwalk recently, local fans of fashion have had to travel to Sheffield city centre to get their vintage fix. Not so anymore. Becky Shields has followed in the footsteps of celebrities like Lily Allen and opened her own vintage clothes shop right in the heart of Dronfield. Named after Cleo, her pet chinchilla, Curious Cleo stocks clothes from the 1980s right back through the decades for both men and women. There are even 1920s gowns currently on order. Becky, who has taken specialised requests from customers and hunted down specific, rare items of clothing from as far away as America, said: “I’m environment conscious and liked the idea of using what’s already there and being fashionable.” The items in the shop - everything from clothes to accessories and shoes - are all sourced by Becky, who has always been interested in fashion and wears vintage clothes herself. She explained: “I go round everywhere and anywhere and anything I find that I like, I buy.” Born and bred in Dronfield, Becky is able to advise customers on the different styles of clothing and what items are specific to each era and added: ”You don’t have to be scared to try things on because they look different on to when they are on the hangers.” Curious Cleo, 97 Chesterfield Road, Dronfield, is open 10.30am-5pm Mon-Sat and 2pm-4pm on Sun or you can view and buy items online at


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Gluten-free eating Dear Dronfield Eye,

REGARDING the letter in a recent edition referring to coeliac friendly venues, I would like to make the following comments. Sharon must explain to people that she is coeliac. This is an illness requiring a strict diet. It is not a matter of choice like being vegetarian or vegan. Fortunately most major food retailers fully understand the condition and all supermarkets, including Marks and Spencer, have good choices for coeliacs. It’s been nearly 20 years since my wife was diagnosed coeliac and during this time we have holidayed in Europe and the UK, eating out on a regular basis. However, it’s still necessary to speak to a waiter and quite often the chef will come and talk to you. My suggestions for eating out locally are The Coach and Horses at Dronfield, The Old Pump at Barlow, The Bistro at Wentworth and The Ashford Arms at Ashford-in-the-Water. All these places have been excellent when we have been. The Green Steps Chip Shop at Hickmott Road, Sheffield, does gluten free fish and chips, plus a variety of pies. Wok Wonder, Greendale Shopping Centre, Green Lane, Dronfield, also understands the problem. If you visit Whitby, the Magpie Cafe is a must. I hope this is of help to Sharon. Pat Jackson

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dronfield EYE The Dowager Duchess takes a close look at the Millthorpe masterpiece

Well dressing’s seal of approval There was a special visitor to Millthorpe well dressing this summer, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire whose 90th birthday the floral image celebrated. Kat Withers reports THE Dowager Duchess of Devonshire came to see the Millthorpe well dressing that was decorated in honour of her 90th birthday. The well dressing, which depicted the Duchess’ former home, Chatsworth House, as well as some of Derbyshire’s main tourist attractions, was designed by Glinis Denial, who has been involved in the well dressing all her life, learning the art by helping her parents as a child. Although Glinis does the bulk of the design and decides what materials are going to be used to decorate the dressing, it is a group effort and volunteers decide on the theme together. Arranging the invitation to the Duchess was Janet Welton, who has been helping with the Millthorpe well dressing for 15 years. She explained: “We wanted to do something to recognise the Duchess’ 90th birthday and incorporate tourism in the Peak District. We do something for her every year and this year was of some significance. It’s important, but gets An image of Millthorpe well dressing is presented to the Dowager Duchess forgotten if you’re not careful.” of Devonshire by some of the talented people who created it The theme of tourism links to the Duchess as she has recently received a Lifetime Achievement said: “Thank you all so much, it’s been fascinating to come and see. I’m Award in the first Visit Peak District and Derbyshire’s Excel Tourism very impressed by it. It’s wonderful, I think it’s marvellous.” Awards for her major contribution. Donations from the well dressing went to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, which has been used to The well dressing, which took a 12-strong team of local ladies eight airlift three local people this year, as well as numerous others. days to put together, clearly impressed the Dowager Duchess, who


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dronfield EYE Holmesfield children celebrate life of Florence Nightingale THE tradition of well dressing is being continued and passed from one generation to the next by Holmesfield Village Society and pupils from Penny Acres Primary School.

The finished children’s well at Holmesfield

Students from the school designed this year’s Holmesfield Children’s Well Dressing, which depicted Florence Nightingale; 2010 being the centenary of her Penny Acres School pupils Osian Wilson, death. Bethany Micklethwaite and Ryan Sheldon Organiser Rita Butler, who arranged the children’s well dressing for 13 years, said: “Well dressings are always at the site of water. In this case an old village pond. We fill the central part of the frame with about four inches of clay and then decorate it with natural materials.” This year the display included a wide selection of flowers, including camomile and hydrangeas, leaves, weeds and even horse hair for rats’ fur. All the materials are carefully pressed into the clay one by one using a stick. The horse hair came from animals belonging to Mich Oglesby, one of the founder members of the Holmesfield Village Society. Around 20 junior school pupils from Penny Acres took it in turns to lend a hand throughout the week so that the well dressing was ready for the blessing by the Vicar, Rev William Eardley, on the Friday; after which members of the public could admire the decoration. Other youth groups from the local community also got involved, with 3rd Holmesfield Scouts helping to puddle the clay the week before the decorating began. Cath Woollen, who has helped organise the well dressing for seven years, explained: “Puddling is mixing the clay with water to get the right consistency. Then we throw it at the frame and decorate it. It’s nice to see everybody involved.”

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1, An afternoon craft session for Dronfield Guides and some of their international guests. 2, Ten-year-olds Olivia Wright and Annabelle Davies. 3, All eyes on dessert. 4, Dronfield Leaders serving guests Marina Kornikhina and Sofia Efremova from Volgograd, Russia

Camping reaches a Peak at Chatsworth It was Derbyshire’s largest event of the summer and Dronfield youngsters were out in force at Peak 2010, the huge camp for Guides and Scouts. Mike Firth reports from the Dronfield Guides Sahara sub-camp FORTY-nine Guides from Dronfield, Coal Aston and Unstone attended this year’s massive Peak 2010 Camp at Chatsworth - and they invited Dronfield Eye to join them for tea! The event featured almost 6,000 young campers and the Dronfield girls and their eight leaders shared their week with international guests from Japan, Russia and America. There were all manner of activities, from abseiling to archery, circus skills to climbing and well dressing to woggle making. Dozens of local Scouts also attended the event which is staged in the grounds of Chatsworth House every five years.

Left: Dronfield Guide Georgia Ellin (11) Right: Some of the Dronfield Scouts who attended Peak 2010

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Coming up roses

When villagers threw open their garden gates, more than 258 visitors streamed in to inspect their blooms. Kat Withers talks to two of the couples whose pride and joy featured in the annual Coal Aston Open Gardens event ELEVEN picturesque gardens were opened to the general public for this year’s Coal Aston Open Gardens, raising £1,437. Organised by Coal Aston Methodist Church, the rain held off while dozens of green-fingered enthusiasts admired the best gardens the village has to offer, with proceeds going to the church and Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project for the Homeless. Previous ‘Dronfield in Bloom’ winners, Margaret and Wilfred Grimes, of Eckington Road, threw open their gates and even arranged a cake stall, which raised around £50 and was manned by their three grandchildren. This is the second year the couple, who raised around £100 this year, have taken part in the open gardens event. Wilfred, who built a hideaway cabin at the bottom of the garden, said: “The garden was packed. There was a couple from Rugby and people from the other side of Doncaster.” Philip and Anne Dawson Describing her gardening as her second passion, after her grandchildren, Margaret explained: “I suppose I dedicate quite a lot of time to it. I work Monday to Friday so all weekend I’m in the garden and weekday evenings. We have been here 17 years and over the years the garden has changed quite a lot.” She added: “The event brings the village together, that’s what’s nice about it.” Stonelow Road couple Anne and Philip Dawson also welcomed queues of people into their garden, which backs onto Firth Wood. The couple, who have lived in the house for 25 years, both help in the garden and have gardened all their lives. Philip said: “This year is the second time we have taken part. We had ever such a lot of people and they were queuing to get down the steps and back up. We got a lot of compliments. We have been married 55 years and have been gardening all that time.”


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Margaret and Wilf Grimes

Henry Fanshawe School, Green Lane, Dronfield. Saturday, September 18th 10am - 4pm. ARE you looking to make better use of your spare time? If so, you couldn’t wish to live in a more active place than Dronfield where there are scores of activities for young and old. The district is overflowing with clubs, societies and groups covering a diverse range of activities and interests. Now a free exhibition, organised by The Rotary Club of Dronfield, is to be staged to showcase many of these S18 organisations. Rotarians staged such an event two years ago, attracting in excess of 1,000 visitors, and their second Dronfield Festival of Leisure

THE first Dronfield Festival of Leisure two years ago, pictured above, helped to raise the profiles of many local leisure and voluntary groups and celebrate the diverse range of activities available in and around the town. More than 1,000 visitors attended the event promises to be every bit as popular, with more exhibitors this time around. The event is to be staged at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School on Saturday, September 18th, from 10am until 4pm and dozens of organisations will be participating. In addition to information stalls and static displays, the 2010 event will also feature live performances and demonstrations. The advice is to arrive early at the

school’s main Green Lane entrance to give yourself plenty of time to see everything, from tennis to town twinning, walking to weaving and floral art to Fairtrade. Dronfield Festival of Leisure 2010 will provide the perfect opportunity to learn about local activities and talk to the people involved. The event is to be opened by the Mayor of Dronfield, Coun Philip Blackburn, and refreshments will be served.

Trophy time for town Rotarians THE initial Dronfield Festival of Leisure almost two years ago was such a success that organisers from The Rotary Club of Dronfield have received a prestigious award to mark the event. The local group has been presented with one of Rotary’s top community awards in recognition of the success of the Festival of Leisure and also to celebrate their work in providing benches in Sindelfingen Park. Local Rotarians Ian Collins, David Oldale and President Eric Beach are pictured with their trophy and certificate.

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C by Or lu t ga b he n of R is D ot ed ro a nf r y ie ld Apolo Project for Bolivia Jill Bethell Ashgate Hospice Emily Evans Chesterfield Canal Trust Stephen Thompson Chesterfield Film Makers David Oldale Coal Aston Village Hall P Bradburn, 40 Barnard Ave, Coal Aston, S18 3BP Coeliac UK Mike Davidson Cowley Riding School/Sheffield Riding for the Disabled Mich Oglesby Cowley Riding School, Holmesfield, S18 7SD

Ramblers celebrating the tenth year of the Dronfield 2000 Rotary Walk

Diabetes UK David Oldale Dronfield 2000 Rotary Walk Society Chris Burke

Dronfield Cardio Club Norma Phillips Dronfield Carers Support Group Lou Jolley Dronfield Health Centre Dronfield Civic Society Judith Vernier Dronfield Disabled Club Mrs M Ollenbuttel, 33 Snape Hill Crescent, Dronfield, S18 2GO Dronfield District Scout Council Pat Millington Dronfield Dolphins Swimming Club Ann Basford Dronfield Eye Magazine Mike Firth, 24 Hutcliffe Wood Road, Sheffield. Dronfield Fairtrade Steering Group Jodie Thorpe Dronfield First Responders Joyce Emmens Dronfield Floral Art Group Rosemary Grayson, 21 Long Acre Road, Dronfield Dronfield Footpaths & Bridleways Society

Dronfield & District Natural History Society Mrs B Best, 58 Longcroft Road, Dronfield Woodhouse, S18 8XX Dronfield Band Cathy Dewsbury Dronfield Camera Club D J Veale, 5 Heathfield Close, Dronfield S18 1RJ

Dronfield Band members performing at Coal Aston Gala

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Dronfield Horticultural Society stages an annual show at the Civic Hall

Dronfield Hill Top Sports & Social Club Dick Armitage Dronfield Horticultural Society Doug Oxspring Dronfield in Bloom Wendy Temple 115 Coniston Road, Dronfield S18 8PG Dronfield Light Opera Group Alan Powell 18 Hanbury Close, Dronfield 01246 415679

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Edale Mountain Rescue Team Neil Hayter Friends of Chernobyl’s Children Geoff Oldale, 2 Trevose Close, Walton, Chesterfield S40 3PT Friends of Dronfield Station P Hayward

Dronfield Oddfellows Mrs E Kirby, 3 Eskdale Close, Dronfield Woodhouse S18 8PQ Dronfield Parish Church Pat Winstanley Dronfield Players Alison Pashley Dronfield St John Ambulance Susan Towndrow Dronfield St John Ambulance Band H Roebuck Dronfield Swimming Club Chris Jones Dronfield Tennis Club Jack Ranson Dronfield Town Twinning Federation B Widdowson Dronfield Women’s Institute

Some of last year’s Dronfield in Bloom prizewinners

Hallamshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Sarah Clayton Holmesfield Gardening Association Pat Morton, Newlands, Millthorpe Lane, Holmesfield S18 7SA Holmesfield Village Society Bernard Hoare Leabrook Valley Green Team Norman Crowson NE Derbyshire District Council Paul Newton

Dronfield Woodhouse S18 8XX Plant Aid Dr J Bethell Rotary Club of Drone Valley Ann Ward Rotary Club of Dronfield Andy Ledbetter Royal Scottish Country Dance Society - N Derbys Branch Audrey Beach Royle Art Group David Rodgers, 36 Prospect Road, Coal Aston S18 2EA Safe Haven Spiritual Community Geoff Oldale, 2 Trevose Close, Walton, Chesterfield S40 3PT Sheffield Wildlife Trust Lorraine George Talking History Maureen Taylor The Akademy John Moseley The Garden at Staveley Hall Jayne Collins Vicky’s Exercise to Music Vick Bullen Woodlands Fitness Centre Matt Sanderson

Norton Woodcarvers (N. Derbys BWA) Mr HS Giblett, 117 Snape Hill Lane,Dronfield S18 1UY Young Dronfield Tennis Club members in Cliffe Park

Old Dronfield Society Cathy Kearrns, 30 Longcroft Road,

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Lea Brook Valley volunteers will be at the Festival of Leisure

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Everything will go smoothly on the day If you’re planning a marriage and fear that something, somewhere may go wrong, spare a thought for bride Princess Maria del Pozza della Cisterno who had enough bad luck for two. Kat Withers reports

WEDDINGS.... little girls spend hours planning them, parents relish the opportunity to interfere in their children’s lives one last time and men fear their fiancées turning into bridezillas at the mere mention of the word. Whatever your opinion, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to avoid them, especially at this time of year. Instead, bear these interesting, and downright bizarre, facts in mind for next time the subject arises. Most people would agree weddings are never simple. Not so in Texas where an old law means that you only have to publicly introduce your partner as your wife or husband three times and you’re legally married. Also in the US, in Wisconsin the boundaries of marriage have been extended to cover the sacred bond between man and house. Both men and women living there can legally marry their own home. While the idea of marrying your home may seem odd, spare a thought for people with objectum sexuality, a condition that makes you attracted to inanimate objects. One sufferer has married a fairground ride,


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What are you planning for your big day? while another has married the Eiffel Tower. If bad things come in threes, on her wedding day Princess Maria del Pozza della Cisterno had enough bad luck for two. The day in 1867 she married the King of Italy’s son, the best

man shot himself, the palace gatekeeper cut his own throat and her wardrobe mistress hung herself. As if the suicides weren’t enough, the King’s aide fell from his horse and was killed instantly, the stationmaster was crushed to death under the honeymoon train and the colonel leading the wedding procession died when he collapsed from sunstroke. If you’re struggling to choose a best man you could always revert to the old Scottish tradition where all contenders attempt to kidnap the bride-to-be and the most successful is rewarded with the role of best man. Of course you could always not have a best man and avoid the customary, embarrassing speech; side stepping infamous one-liners such as ‘I can honestly say that in all the years I’ve known him, no-one has even questioned the groom’s intelligence. In fact, I’ve never heard anyone mention it.’ Wherever you stand on weddings, love them, hate them or indifference, with more than 300,000 married in the UK every year and an average of £15,000 spent on each wedding, don’t expect to stop hearing about them anytime soon.

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My fond recollections of ex-teacher Memories of a former teacher are recounted here by reader Robert Chappell, together with other letters from the Dronfield Eye postbag. Email us at Dear Dronfield Eye,

I WAS sorry to read in your July issue about the passing of Mr Outram, who was my second year form teacher at Dronfield Junior School in - I think -1954. I remember Mr Outram as a kind and helpful teacher, rather more "laid back" than his collegues, and one who was able to do his job without resorting to the rather strict discipline used by others, who admittedly were all working with large class sizes and somewhat basic teaching equipment in those days. Mr Outram had no requirement for the "slipper" and "flying chalk", as other former pupils will no doubt recall from those days at the school. My father worked for the engineering firm Moore & Wright who had a factory in Green Lane. On one occasion he wanted to take me out of school for a day to travel with him to the British Industries Fair at Castle Bromwich where Moore & Wright had a trade stand. Mr Outram explained that the school could not grant a day off for such purposes, but with a "nod and a wink" suggested that a oneday sick note would be in order. I got my day out, and the school records were kept in order! Robert Chappell, Hereford Dear Dronfield Eye, I READ your kind words about Nellie Hallatt who passed away last month. Nellie will be missed by all of us in the village. I am writing to you as we recently opened our


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garden as part of the Coal Aston Open Garden Day in which we served refreshments with all the donations going to the Coal Aston War Memorial appeal, however quite a few people did say that we should have some kind of memorial in remembrance of Nellie. So we wondered what might be tasteful and what would be a appropriate tribute for Nellie, who was once the landlady of the Cross Daggers and in her later days ran the village paper and sweetie shop. We came up with the idea that a nice plaque fitted to the bench outside the Daggers and looking over to Nellie’s sweetie shop would be fitting. We have spoken to Anthony the landlord of the pub and he is more than happy to allow us to fit a plaque on his bench outside the pub and he also very happy to give the bench a good sand down and a few coats of creosote so it is in keeping with a nice new plaque. We do understand things like this can be very delicate so we have spoken to Jenny, Nellie's daughter, to see if she would be happy with this arrangement and feel it would be nice for her to choose the wording which will appear on the plaque. I would like to ask if it would be at all possible for you to would publish these details should anyone wish to make a donation towards the plaque. Donations can be made either to us directly at the address below Peter Bennett and Anita Rothery, Blacksmith's Cottage, 87 Eckington Road, Coal Aston

Dear Dronfield Eye, DURING the last financial year £12,823 has been raised locally for Christian Aid. £7,336 came from the annual house-to-house collection in May and £5,346 from The Lent Project. We were able to allocate £5,000 to a specific african project, and the European Community promised to add £3 to every £1 that we raised so that £5,000 became £20,000. Thank you to all who have helped in the past year and all the generous people who donated. Our next big fund raising event will be our annual Coffee Morning and sale of paper-backed books at the Civic Hall on October 9th. David Grime, Treasurer, Christian Aid, Manor Crescent, Dronfield Dear Dronfield Eye, I THOUGHT I should let your readers know that advertising in the Dronfield Eye really works. We hoped to attract new members for our ‘Happy Circle’ which meets at St Paul’s Methodist Church every Wednesday 2pm to 4pm for a chance to dance and socialise. The week after our advert was printed, we got five new members including three ‘young’ ladies of 55, 57, 59 which will significantly reduce our average age. Although the newcomers didn’t pick up all the dances straight away, they had a go and enjoyed a cup of tea and biscuit in the interval. Thank you Dronfield Eye. Happy Circle members

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Language courses now enrolling MEADOWHEAD language College offers fantastic value-formoney adult language evening classes in French,

German, Spanish, Italian and Greek. And if numbers permit it also offers Mandarin Chinese and Russian. Adult members consist of parents, staff and members of the wider community, including local business people. You are welcome to join any of the levels to suit your ability in your chosen language; choose from Complete Beginners, Intermediate, Intermediate plus or Advanced Conversation groups. With experienced and qualified English and native speaking tutors, excellent Language College facilities, and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, classes flourish with adults wishing to learn a language for holiday, work or hobby purposes without the stress of exams! Also on offer is a new interactive and fun computer course to learn a language at your own pace. With a ten-week interactive computer-based course, you can teach yourself the basics from a choice of 18 languages in a state-of-the-art language lab. Choose from: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Urdu. Places for all courses are limited so don’t delay and call to enrol today or attend an enrolment evening on Thursday, 9th September, from 6-7pm to meet the tutors and discuss your needs. Courses begin on 23rd September. Teacher lead courses: £50 per ten-week term OR £90 if you enrol for terms now (Autumn/Spring terms, saving £10); interactive computer courses: Only £35 for a ten-week term Location: Meadowhead School, Dyche Lane, Sheffield, S8 8BR When: Thursday evening between 6pm until 8.45pm. Contact: Alison Huff – 0114 237 2723 ext 300 Email:

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WAXING has never been as pain wax and leave it to set before quickly peeling it off. free as the new hot wax The advantage of hot wax is that you don’t treatment at Passion, which is especially get the same stinging and tenderness designed for more delicate areas. I went along to the popular Dronfield salon, located in the Civic Centre, to find out about the benefits of waxing and to try out the hot wax treatment for myself. With more than seven years experience in waxing, I knew I was in safe hands with beauty therapist Rachel Pashley, who immediately made me feel relaxed and welcome. Rachel, of Princess Road, Dronfield, has been working as the beauty therapist at Passion for a year and alongside waxing also does facials and nails, which she has more than ten years experience in. She explained that whereas with warm wax you use strips and rip them off to tear out the hair, with hot wax you apply a thicker layer of


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afterwards that you do with strips and the hair can be removed when it’s shorter. Rachel added: “There’s less redness and discomfort with hot wax. It’s mainly for small, delicate areas like the under-arm and bikini line. It’s perfect for Brazilians and Hollywoods too. It makes waxing as pleasurable as can be.” Having never waxed my under arms before I was expecting the worst, but I needn’t have worried because it was no worse than pulling off a plaster and, although a hot wax takes slightly longer than using strips, it hardly took any time at all. Talking in the private, comfortable room where all the waxing is done, Rachel said: “Hot waxing isn’t new but it’s starting to get more popular again, especially in Sheffield.

People prefer it and they come in and request it.” Waxing has many benefits over shaving, and only needs to be done every four to six weeks, depending on hair growth. You don’t get a rash, there’s less chance of in-growing hairs and the hair re-grows slower and finer, to the point where eventually often the hair doesn’t grow back. I would definitely recommend the hot waxing to anyone, whether new to waxing like myself or experienced waxes, and I’ll be back before my holiday. The experienced team at Passion offers a range of different treatments alongside waxing, including hairdressing, manicures, pedicures and spray tans. They operate late night openings until 9pm Wednesday and Thursday and booking is advised at all times. Passion, Civic Centre, Dronfield, tel 01246 415972.

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NHS patients of 3SL Dental have been treated to a brand new surgery at a smart new location. Officially opened by Dronfield’s MP Natascha Engel, the new location, alongside Stubley Medical Centre, has two surgeries and is welcoming new and old NHS patients. Owners of 3SL, David and Jennie Ward, of Holmesfield, have more than 40 years of experience between them and are keen to dispel the myth that NHS waiting lists are impossibly long. With regards to the high quality services offered at the friendly, family-run practice, David explained: “We have one-off sessions for treating people that haven’t seen a dentist in the last year and have problems they need fixing.” Located just up the road from the original 3SL dental surgery, off Stubley Lane, which is now solely for private care, the new, modern, child-friendly surgery will house a dentist and, on some days, also a therapist. All too aware of the fear some people have of the dentist, Jennie added: “We’re trying to make it nice to visit the dentist. Some people seem to hate the smell so we’re use lavender and lime grass in the surgery to change that.” David and Jennie are also just about to launch another practice in Sheffield. To discover more information about 3SL Dental Practice, call 01246 415981.

Dronfield’s Hazel Helliwell writes: Many of you have asked me why I chose a Commander and the police force for my main characters. As I have told you previously Love Never Fails began in my mind in October 2007 after two more of our young soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan, and possibly there was unforgiveness and hurt in the bereaved. So, I needed someone carrying unforgiveness who should have known better. The character mustn’t be bland but have impact. I prayed and searched my mind. Right someone in authority- police. Who? What about a Commander in the London Metropolitan police force? Yes. A lady who has lost someone she loved. Her fiancé had been killed in Afghanistan 4 years previously and, unknown to only him, she had accused his Colonel of neglect.. Amanda was born a Christian, super intelligent, highly SAS trained action girl, and with her expertise a Commander at the age of 26. Then I have been questioned, why Italians in the story? When I was a young girl through a relative for a while I knew an Italian family and I loved them. They were glamorous and I have never forgotten them. Another question is “why did I use a pen name?” ‘Samantha’ is for personal reasons and ‘Arran’ because when I was 17 years old our Ranger group went with our captain to the Isle of Arran, Scotland. We were climbing Goat Fell, 2,856 feet with a male tour guide when a thick cloud descended as we climbed up slippery loose stones. It was very scary. When we reached the summit I was thanking God I had achieved it. So, I chose ‘Arran’ as I have never forgotten this victory. The times in my life when I have been faced with a difficulty I have remembered the Isle of Arran and how God helped me. My friends laugh about me writing about wines as if I am an expert when they know I am teetotal! There's nothing wrong with alcohol in moderation.

Dronfield in Bloom is a voluntary committee celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. They aim to make Dronfield a better place in which to live, work and play. This is one of the needs Unfailing Love’s royalties is supporting (see June Dronfield Eye for more details of Dronfield in Bloom.) I chose kites for the front cover as the family, friends and community greatly enjoyed this all-age healthy sport, having relaxed fun together.

You will appreciate when writing one has to be very careful; once written and published things cannot be altered. I have done intensive research through the Internet, our local libraries and my son Stephen has helped me greatly with studying maps for my four books. My fourth book will be published shortly; a second sequel to Love Never Fails. This one again will be paperback, 223 pages, price £7.99. The causes to receive the royalties from this will be the Salvation Army, Dr Barnardos and RSPCA. I have called it A New Beginning because this is what it is. With Amanda being unable to ride Tarquin or any horse after her knee was shattered, Tarquin lived at a trusted stud farm to perform. An Irish family horse business bought a colt and two mares of Tarquin’s and through this a great love between the Young family and the Irish family was born. This not only blessed all of them but also the Derbyshire community. I am very grateful for a wonderful friend Robin putting me in touch with one of his relatives in Ireland who answered a query I had and who also provided beautiful Irish names I have used with great pleasure. Last but by no means the least, I give God all the Glory for how I have loved creating these four books and prayerfully I will continue when I am inspired. "Love Never Fails, Unfailing Love and Jason and Marigold" are available from Amazon, Waterstones, and all good book shops.


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Memories of Coal Aston legend ‘Nellie’ In last month’s Dronfield Eye we reported the death of one of the S18 district’s most familiar residents. Here we include a little more on the life and times of Coal Aston’s ‘Nellie’ Hallatt both the shop and Cross Daggers. Eventually Nellie returned to the shop full-time where she built up a thriving business with paper rounds all over Coal Aston and dozens of loyal customers. The couple ran the shop day in day out, with no holidays or days off other than occasionally shutting early on a Sunday to visit their daughter, Jennifer’s, caravan on the coast before leaving to return home the Her commitment to her same day. Jennifer even had to get customers knew no bounds, married on Boxing Day so the shop sending her family to other wouldn’t have to shut! Although shops when she ran out of Nellie and Wally bought a caravan to newspapers and selling retire to, everyone knew Nellie would some editions from her back never retire. door on her weaker days, Nellie had two grandchildren, even the day she died. Darren and Larissa, who had paper Born and bred in Coal rounds as soon as they were old Gone but not forgotten... Wally and Nellie Hallatt Aston, Nellie was one of six enough, and was also a greatchildren to Stanley and Ellen grandma to Sherrie, Sienna and Lily, who she after he returned from serving in the RAF in Lockwood. Excelling in Latin and maths at spoilt with sweets. the war. Dronfield Grammar School, she had dreams of Together they worked hard, Nellie at Hunters Every Christmas Nellie would send becoming a chemist or teacher but had to Food in Dronfield and Wally at Moore & chocolates to the doctors, bank accountant, leave school early to care for the family and Wright’s, to save for the Cross Daggers pub, her customers and more recently the their shop after the death of her mum. Cross Lane. They both enjoyed running the ambulance crew. Her family would like to thank Villagers used to go to the shop, which then pub for eight years, arranging weekly whist everyone for the lovely cards and all their sold groceries, with their ration books and it drives and darts matches, but when Nellie’s business to Nellie, a Coal Aston legend who was here that Nellie met husband-to-be Wally father fell ill they found themselves running will never be forgotten.

AFTER 50 years of running Coal Aston’s village sweetshop and newsagents, Ellen Hallatt has sadly passed away. Known as ‘Nellie’, she will be sorely missed by her friends, family and customers, who she dedicated her life to.

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Fran and Nicola Gleadall are presenters on the new internet TV programme linked to the award-winning First News publication

New role and new band for twins It has been a busy summer for Dronfield’s singing twins Francine and Nicola Gleadall who have made their bows as TV presenters and formed a brand new band. Kat Withers talks to them on the other side of it.” “It was different and it can be quite difficult to get people back on track if they get distracted,” agreed Immediately recognisable from their Fran, who would love to appearances on X-Factor and as runners up interview Tim Burton to on Your Country Needs You with Andrew Lloyd find out what goes on Webber, Nicola and Francine Gleadall also inside his head. released a version of Slade’s Cum on feel the Despite neither twin Noize in 2006. finding themselves starNow turning their attention and skills to TV struck when meeting presenting, the pair also interviewed Piers celebrities like the XMorgan, boy-band The Wanted and Jason Factor judges and Bradbury from The Gadget Show in the first Andrew Lloyd Webber, A double take as Fran and Nic meet the Jedward twins four episodes of the children’s online TV show. Fran said: “I suppose I Talking about being the interviewers rather might be if I met people that write great music, several times this summer and are putting than interviewees, Nic said: “It was weird being together a set list and a few songs to record in like The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac or even the near future. Lady Gaga.” Hoping to perform songs from different On the popularity of First TV, Nic, who musical genres at corporate events, the twins would have most liked to interview the late write their own music as well as covering Freddie Mercury, explained: “Lots of kids songs, five of which the band learnt in just two really like it; children like watching hours. interactive things on TV.” Nic said: “We’re trying to get a few songs While the talented duo wait to find out if written and recorded... but the other day we another 13 episodes will be made in London, they are keeping themselves busy had a song writing session and nothing came.” Agreeing with her sister, Fran added: “Some with preparing for their final year of songs just take a couple of hours and some university. Both are studying English at take months. It just depends on the sort of Sheffield Hallam, performing at local mood we’re in. charity events and launching a new band. “I would also love to record a few covers but The yet to be named six-piece band, change them like they do in the live lounge on A recent charity show saw Fran and Nic made up of the twins and four male Radio One.” entertain children from Belarus and the instrumentalists - two from Sheffield and To see Nic and Fran in action as presenters, two who went to Henry Fanshaw School families from Sheffield who hosted with Fran and Nic - have already rehearsed go to them this summer

PRODUCERS thought they were seeing double when Dronfield’s favourite twins were chosen to be presenters for First News’ online TV show and interviewed X-Factor twin’s Jedward.


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CALLING all home improvement and DIY enthusiasts! Right here on your doorstep is a corner of decorating heaven. Chesterfield Decorator Centre at Sheepbridge offers everything you could need for your interior or exterior decorating project and much more. The centre, one of the area’s most popular suppliers of products to many professional decorators and interior designers, welcomes both trade and public customers. High quality products adorn the shelves at fantastic prices. And, better still, experienced staff are on hand to offer free help and advice whatever your decorating query. Feature walls are proving to be the latest key interior design style. And if it is striking wallpaper you are looking for you will certainly find a perfect match in the centre’s extensive range. With over 10,000 different patterns to choose from in an impressive library of wallpaper sample books, you really will be spoilt for choice. Simply make your selection and order the number of rolls you require, which can usually be collected within 48 hours. Good quality lining papers and paper hanging equipment are also in stock. Chesterfield Decorator Centre stocks trade paints which give better coverage than retail paint you would find in a superstore or hardware shop. They contain

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more pigment or colour giving better coverage a factor important for the professional decorator as time is expensive and they do not want to have to be painting rooms two or three times because the paint is too weak. As well as giving that oh-so-important better coverage trade paint is longer lasting so you do not have to decorate as often. Thousands of litres of paint bases are stocked which are then coloured in situ by a state of the art computerised tinting machine giving the customer access to 8,000 different shades and colours. Special effects paints for marbling and creative finishes, for example Polyvine crackle glaze, used over emulsion for an antique finish is held in stock and a full range of varnishes and stains for both interior and exterior surfaces including Sikkens is also available. Want a budget range of contract paints for painting factory or garage walls and floors, plus epoxy repair mortar to fix any damaged patches of concrete? The floor paints area available in a wide range of colours. At Chesterfield Decorator Centre you can also ensure you have the right tools for the job with the Hamilton Acorn range of paint brushes and decorating tools which is the number one trade tool line in the country, as well as cheaper alternatives.

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Independent surgery where vets treat pets as if they are their own APPY to remain a privately-run H independent business, Dronfield’s Ark Veterinary Surgery provides a highly professional service for clients and their pets, while at the same time remaining a friendly place to visit. At a time when many other veterinary clinics have been swallowed up by large corporate groups, the people behind Ark Veterinary Surgery are proud of the unrivalled personal service they are able to provide. Their proud boast is "We treat your pets as though they are our own" and the service they provide includes on-site emergency cover, 24 hours a day, every day of the week. An out-ofhours service is staffed by Ark’s own vets and

nurses at their own premises, with full access to your animal’s records. They are one of only a few practices left in the Sheffield area still offering this service At Ark Veterinary Surgery, the aim is to provide the highest standard of care for all pets, and their owners, whilst including you in the decision making process at all times. They believe that clients and their pets value seeing familiar, friendly faces. Whenever possible, they will arrange that your pet is seen by the same dedicated vet each visit to ensure continuity of care. The Ark team of vets comprises of practice partners Ian Lowe and Julie Wakerley, plus Matthew Bayliss and new addition, Ben Saffrany.

Ark clients can take advantage of a lifetime of protection for their pet for just ÂŁ99*. When you vaccinate your pet, you can join an exclusive Vaccines For Life Plan. This one-off payment then entitles your pet to free boosters, every year, for the rest of their life. And although cats, dogs and rabbits account for much of the work at this practice, vets are also happy to see exotic pets at the surgery: snakes, other reptiles and even meerkats call in for treatment! Ark Veterinary Surgery is at 1 Holborn Avenue, off Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, S18 2NA. Tel: 01246 415270. * Terms and Conditions apply







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Move more and live longer Change4Life is a healthy lifestyle initiative which has attracted support from both the public and private sector. Locally you can find out more at Woodlands Fitness Centre A FITNESS club in Dronfield is backing a Government initiative to get people in the UK to eat well, move more and live long. For a limited time, Woodlands Fitness Centre at Sheffield Road is offering discounted membership to people who join up as part of the Change4Life initiative run by the Department of Health. Fitness instructor Aimee Morris said: “We had a really good response; we’ve had a lot of beginners and people over the age of 40 joining up which is fantastic because they are usually the hardest people to get in.” Change4Life has attracted support from both the public and private sector including retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, national and local media and physical activity groups. Matt Sanderson, owner of Woodlands Fitness Centre, said: “It’s great to hear of so many gyms and leisure centres, private business and Government working together within local communities to really drive this fantastic initiative to encourage people to lead a healthier lifestyle.”

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For a free estimate.. CALL ANDY 01246 238661 or 07742 717687


CGLI Qualified Sheffield,

S17 4PY

Est 1955

33 Old Hall Road, Brampton, Chesterfield Specialists in all types of caravan repairs and servicing, also accessory shop Wandacare approved Caravan Repairer Warranty work on Coachman, Compass, Buccaneer, Elddis, Herald etc

AGENTS FOR POWRTOUCH CARAVAN MOVERS With FREE 5 year parts and labour guarantee No VAT changes

Telephone 01246 231898



The Polyroof system comes with a 20-year insurance-backed guarantee See TUFF-ROOF before you order your fibreglass roof. Over 10000 satisfied customers in the area will confirm that we supply a superb product Richard Wragg guaranteed to last. There is no better protection for

Permanent solution to your flat roof problems your flat roofs than a TUFF-ROOF

Tel: 01246 411 411

Unit 22, Lucas Works, Sheffield Road, Dronfield S18 2GG

Is your boiler more than 5 years old? Then you could be burning away hundreds of pounds each year! • If you own or rent you can replace it from as little as £950 and save on those growing bills • Advice on available grants upto £2000 • Finance available (subject to status) • Over 60’s can save upto £300

JH Plumbing & Heating Contractors Ltd • If you are looking to change to gas then contact us • No job too small • All other plumbing work undertaken • Fully insured professional company

0844 879 48 24 (local rate)

Nigel Clarke Painter Decorator Artexer 13 Dark Lane, Calow Tel: 01246 204226 Mobile: 07724 175814

Now offering Hypnotherapy & Deep Tissue Massage


DECORATOR Glyn Thompson

• PAINTING • • • •


Free quotations on request

Tel: 01246 241818 / Mob: 07986 970340

n o t w s tising?

Ta d v e r

contact Louise at Heron Publications on 0114 2357777


LOGOS PC REPAIR Computer problems sorted out at home and at your convenience.

Telephone David Noyce on

0770 8651983 0114 2557570 WORKSOP SURFACING TARMACADAM & BLOCK PAVING CONTRACTORS REQUIRE WORK URGENTLY Owing to a delayed start on an original contract we are finding it difficult to keep our men and machinery in full time work in this area. Therefore we would be pleased to give, at a reduced rate, free estimates and advice on all forms of resurfacing and construction work including excavating, draining, kerbing etc.

ENQUIRIES OF ANY SIZE WELCOME AN EXAMPLE OF OUR REDUCED PRICES FOR APPROXIMATELY THREE TO FOUR WEEKS We can spray tack coat to receive macadam, supply and lay dense bituminous macadam to an average thickness of 2 inches, consolidated and top dressed with a fine seating grit. From £8.00 per square metre + VAT Materials are laid by machine where possible.

YARD CLEARANCE - BLOCK PAVING SPECIAL OFFER Due to the completion of a large contract we have surplus to requirements large quantities of various coloured block paving which can be offered to the public at reduced rates whilst stocks last. Eg. We will dig up your existing drive, etc, lay a new foundation and block pave the area at an unrepeatable price of £35.00 +VAT per square metre. Enquiries of any size welcome without obligation - all work guaranteed.

Telephone: 0800 5878085 / Mobile: 07788 663654



0114 2890225


Do you require help with your computer or the internet? With over 10 years computer experience I can solve those stressful problems when your PC is not working properly.

Dave Dronfield

Computer Servicing, Repairs & Maintenance • Hard Drive Upgrades • RAM Upgrades • Software Issues • Virus Problems

• Spyware Problems • Slow PC • Frequent Crashes • PC Won’t Boot

Need help setting up internet connections or advice on PC security? Want advice on how the internet can help you?

Call now on 0114 283 9615 or 07944 670135

Chesterfield driving school • Fully qualified A.D.I. • New and nervous? - no problem. • Driven before? - assessment lessons. • Block booking discounts. • New drivers get your 1st hour free when you book 2 hours. • Introduce a friend and get next lesson half price. • Fast pass intensive courses Office: 01246277103 • Pass plus registered. Mobile: 07872570395 • Help with theory test. e mail: • Driver development.


Top quality skincare & make-up products Do you want to earn extra money? Pass books to friends & family. Earn 30% plus free products, or book a party or a beauty treatment. Tel: 01246 554994 / 0787 886 3094

Rubbish Removed Most items taken. Building and gardening waste, single items, cookers, washing machines, carpets, settees, beds. radiators, baths, DIY, etc. Clearance and removal service.. Gardens, garages, sheds, cellars, lofts, full & part house clearances Phone waste services for a free quote 07860210156 Licensed waste carrier. Identification and environment agency certification shown at the door.

Often cheaper than a skip and you don’t have to fill it!

‘A’ rated energy saving windows Energy saving replacement sealed units All types of uPVC window repairs Fascias, Gutters & Soffitts

0114 2586656 / 07976028129

Saxton & Co Accountants Friendly local practice offering qualified Accountancy, Book-keeping and Tax Return services.


For a free initial consultation contact Mark on:


01246 290268

or email

Quality Products...

WHEN Sonia and Brian Pickering moved to the area a year ago, they needed almost the whole of their new house re-carpeting on a budget without sacrificing quality; and Layers had just the answer. The couple, who moved to Dronfield from Yorkshire to be closer to their daughter and two grandchildren, have had carpet on the stairs, landing and three bedrooms, with luxury vinyl tiles downstairs in the kitchen, hall and study, laid by the excellent team of fitters from Layers. Sonia, of Solway Rise, said: “Layers have been fantastic. Together, we spent a lot of time working out what we wanted downstairs. They have been really helpful and really good. “They even came and took our lounge carpet up and safely stored it for us while we were re-wiring and then brought it back and relaid it.” The professional team at Layers particularly impressed the couple with how understanding they were about time and budget constraints, as the rooms were being decorated one at a time. Praising the personal attention they received, Sonia explained:

“The staff really spend a lot of time with you. They were really nice and lovely. They laid everything out so we could see what it would look like before we put it down and they didn’t leave any mess; they always left it nice and clean. After reading several testimonials in Dronfield Eye, Sonia and Brian got in touch with Layers at Hilltop, who offer a full service, from an initial consultation, to a measuring and fitting service; even helping to move furniture and dispose of old carpet. Layers laid down a stunning striped Telenzo Piccadilly on the stairs and landing and an eye-catching Cormar natural berber twist in the bedrooms. Then to complete the perfect look, Layers also put down beautiful damastone Knight Tiles by Karndean in the kitchen, finished off with a subtle border, creating a bespoke design unique to their home. Sonia added: “The house was done from top to bottom. They have been very good and I would definitely recommend them. They just go that extra bit further for you, particularly in sticking to your budget. They sat down and sorted it out with us. Now our grandchildren will be putting it to the test during their summer holidays!”

...Quality Service. CALL into the Layers showroom at 55 Highfields Road, Dronfield Hilltop, to meet the expert team, shop manager Paul and estimator Richard who can advise you on all your flooring needs. Paul and Richard have more than 50 years combined experience in the flooring industry so you can rest assured you are in the best hands when you choose Layers.

Layers have a huge choice of floor coverings for every area of your home, including carpets, vinyl cushion floors, laminate, real wood and design flooring, such as Karndean and Polyflor. A free measuring and quotation service is offered, and the Layers team members are happy to uplift and dispose of your old carpet as well as move and replace furniture. Home visits and sample loans are also

available for those who can’t get to the showroom within its opening hours of 9am to 5pm. The fitting service is second-to-none with expert fitters who have been with the company since day one. You won’t be disappointed with the first rate service you will receive from the carpet shop on your doorstep - Layers.

Dronfield Eye 59  

All the local news of Dronfield (issue 59)

Dronfield Eye 59  

All the local news of Dronfield (issue 59)