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March Following a wintry February we approach March with the snowdrops now in flower as a sure sign of spring. It’s amazing the effect this rebirth has on people’s moods as everyone seems much happier and full of optimism. We also approach the time when as the sun shines, a few more days out come to the fore. Check out our LEISURE section for things to do this spring.

Our home feature this month concentrates on HOME RESTORATION - a major look at companies who can help us to keep our homes in tip top condition. Brain Spencer visits Quarry Bank Mill one of the Industrial Revolution’s historic mills, amazingly less than half a mile from Manchester Airport. Maxwell Craven reveals the history of another Lost House of Derbyshire - Wirksworth Hall. Rambler discovers strange rock formations with fanciful names on his walk around Ladybower.

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Brian Spencer visits the finest example of an 18th and 19th century lead mine existing in Britain.


MINE A pair of tall chimneys, a sturdy pit-head winding wheel, a lonely cottage and a ruined stone engine house stand in a field off the Bakewell to Chelmorton road, high on the limestone plateau near Sheldon. They are the surface remains of one of the Peak District’s ancient lead mines; mines where fortunes were lost and murder took place, but with only a small financial reward for all the effort. In spring the field on which the remains stand is ablaze with masses of wild flowers, many quite rare, especially those such as lead wort or mountain pansy, plants which thrive on land often poisonous to other species. As with much of the eastern edge of the White Peak, the area around Sheldon is riddled with a complex of narrow lead veins. Early records show that small scale working took place around 1740, the first of a dozen shafts dug within a matter of yards of each other. This first attempt doesn’t seem to have come to much, an early indication of the years of frustratingly unprofitable effort that came later. However, twenty years on George Goodwin of Monyash decided to try his luck by sinking a shaft into the Shuttlebark Vein close by the boundary wall to the west of the cottage. Later to be known as the Magpie Engine Shaft it was seriously deep and movement of stone and men required the efforts of a horse-gin, or engine, to reach 360 feet beneath the ground before water prevented further exploration. This like many others that followed produced little, if any ore.


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Being abandoned, the next person to try his luck with the mine was Joshua White who successfully applied to the ancient Monyash Barmote Court to take on the mine’s title. He was probably one of the few people to make any money out of Magpie Mine for he wisely sold his shares to one Peter Holme and partners. They worked the mine for another seven years, digging narrow climbing shafts and expanding along one or two narrow veins, but even they abandoned work in 1793. Rising prices of lead in 1801 encouraged Holme to try again, this time by taking over the rights of surrounding veins and reopening the old Shuttlebark Engine shaft in order to link the different veins. Holme and his partners were so confident of success that they celebrated the event with beef and ale. Unfortunately this confidence was short lived, for like Goodwin nine years earlier, water

prevented the miners from going any deeper; Holme is on record of saying , he ‘could not go (further) because of the watter’. Even using a horse gin in an attempt to lift some of the water was ineffective.

A profitable time The most profitable time came in 1810 when a passage or ‘gate’ was being driven at a lower level and quite unexpectedly rich veins of lead ore were found . This was the only time Magpie Mine recorded any profitable results; £360 in a matter of a few months, quite an appreciable amount in 1813. By 1820 around £2000 had been paid out to shareholders. Unfortunately this was the only time the mine could show any return on the appreciable sums invested by hopeful entrepreneurs. By 1835 the mine had closed with only

The main features that are immediately seen are the cottage, two chimneys, head gear dating from the 1950s and a tall partly ruined engine house.

A reconstructed wooden horse gin

sporadic mining until a short-lived reopening in search of other minerals as well as lead, but again this came to nothing. Such is the crowded nature of the complex series of lead veins which lie beneath the surrounding fields, that separate mines were operating within a matter of yards of each other. Three of these mines; Maypitt, Redsoil and Dirty Redsoil, lie to the east and south east of the present day mine buildings. Magpie’s Shuttlebank Vein runs between them and as a result the years from 1824 to 1835 were marred by expensive legal disputes. These disputes developed into outright quarrels, culminating when Magpie miners broke into what the Maypitt miners called their own. There seems to have been more than a little skulduggery on the part of the wily then owner of Magpie Mine, a man by the March 2013 Country Images


name of Brittlebank. Somehow or other he managed to persuade the local Barmote Jury that he had prior rights.

A murder charge As can be imagined feelings ran high between the various sets of miners and matters came to a head in 1833. On the pretence of lighting fires underground in order to break up the surrounding rock, a common practice at the time, one was lit by Magpie miners in a section adjoining Redsoil Mine. Whether a warning had been given remains unclear, but Redsoil miners continued to work close by until the inevitable happened and three of their number were overcome by sulphurous fumes. Twenty-four Magpie miners were

arraigned on a murder charge at Derby Assizes six months later. It was then that the crafty Brittlebank produced a statement claiming that the Redsoil agent had sent his men underground knowing the mine would be full of gas. The Magpie miners were acquitted, but not before the widows of the dead men laid a curse on the mine, which apparently still stands.

A water problem Underground water was a constant problem as work went deeper and so around the 1840s a ‘Cornish Engine’ was installed in order to lift water 684 feet from the lowest workings. The tower in which this 40-inch diameter monster was installed still dominates the site, but it was

Dominating the skyline beyond the winding wheel is the tower that once housed the 40-inch and later 70-inch pumping engines.

unable to cope with the ever constant flow of water. Despite a 70-inch replacement pump being installed, water continued to flood the mine, so work began to drive a sough or drainage channel from the mine and into the River Wye. It took over eight years to complete the passage and in fact the last section became a race between men and the pent-up waters of the mine, but on 18th August 1881 water began to flow into the Wye. Even in modern times Magpie Sough has not been without excitement. In 1966 debris blocked the sough close by its exit. The subsequent pressure caused an explosion which created a massive crater which can still be traced above the restored sough portal. Five million gallons of water still flow through it every day.

Above left: The explosives store, strong circular walls and deliberately weak roof. Above right: Tail of Magpie Sough. Right: Capped off shaft to Red Soil Mine - scene of the infamous murder.

Visiting Magpie Mine today Following careful restoration and preservation of the surface remains along with capping shafts, the site can be easily explored. The main features that are immediately seen are the cottage, two chimneys, head gear dating from the 1950s and a tall, partly ruined engine house. Starting from the cottage now used as a field centre by the Peak District Mines Historical Society (PDMHS), a clockwise tour reaches all these easily recognisable features. The mine agent lived at the cottage that dates from around 1840. It was only a two-up and two-down affair as the adjoining building was used as a smithy. Next is the square ‘Derbyshire’ chimney built around the time of the cottage in order to serve a boiler driving a simple winding engine, or ‘whimsey’. The remains of a horse operated ore crushing circle can still be seen a little to its left, but the oddest feature is over to the left of the square chimney and towards the 1950s era winding gear. This is the black corrugated iron shed which housed the winding engine; it can claim to be the only Grade II listed corrugated building in Britain. Dominating the skyline beyond the

winding wheel is the tower that once housed the 40-inch and later 70-inch pumping engines prior to the sough. Only the foundations of a boiler house remain, but its circular chimney still defies the elements. Its circular design follows those powering Cornish mines and was built by a team of Cornish miners who settled in Sheldon. Square chimneys are traditionally a Derbyshire design. Moving on from the engine tower, the small circular stone structure about a hundred yards in the direction of Sheldon was used to store explosives. Its shape and deliberately weak roof meant that any accidental explosion would be directed safely upwards. If you follow the wall going to your right away from the powder store, it leads past narrow climbing shafts to a reconstructed wooden horse gin, a winding mechanism built above the site of the Redsoil ‘murders’. Even though the climbing and winding shafts are safely capped, care must be taken when walking around this complex example of the Peak District’s mining heritage.

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Local Antiques by Maxwell Craven

One of the many effects of the Arts and Crafts movement which arose with William Morris and his circle in the 1860s was a gradual proliferation of art pottery – pottery hand made and hand decorated, or at least hand embellished. It was a trend which really got into its stride in the 1880s and continued into the third quarter of the last century. Every region in England seems to have had a pottery of this type and Derbyshire was no exception, one of the prominent potteries of this type locally was that at Langley Mill on the edge of Heanor.


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I first became acquainted with Langley art pottery in 1994 when Derby Museum, where I then worked, mounted an exhibition of Langley running to 223 items, accompanied by a useful catalogue. Since then I have seen specimens pass through the saleroom at Bamfords – not in any great numbers but in a steady trickle and realising decent but mainly still affordable prices. Langley as an art pottery grew out of a typical east Derbyshire pot making concern. In 1865, James Calvert, a druggist from Belper, Derbyshire, established the Langley Mill pottery on the site of a former brick-works. Historically, this area was already one of the major producers of mainly salt-glazed stoneware pottery and several other similar potteries were already operational at the time, although most were concentrated further north in the Chesterfield area. The choice of site was dictated by the presence of a reddish clay ideally suited for the making of stoneware and which was frequently found in association with deposits of the local coal measures sandstone. Furthermore, Langley Mill is on the East Derbyshire coalfield and was then served by both the Erewash canal and the Midland Railway: a perfect concatenation of raw materials, fuel and communications. Initial wares from the pottery were salt-glazed ink pots, ginger-beer bottles, polish pots, pitchers, hot-water bottles and so forth. By the mid 1870s, following a failed attempt to sell the business, Calvert went into partnership with William Adshead (also a Belper man), re-branding the firm as Calvert &


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Adshead. This arrangement had broken down by 1881, however, when Asdshead seems to have been replaced by Calvert’s son William, the pottery thenceforth becoming J. Calvert & Son. Throughout this period, the initial products of the pottery were everyday items such as salt glazed inkpots, ginger beer bottles, polish pots, pitchers, jugs and mugs etc. These items were produced both for Calvert’s own pharmaceutical business as well as being supplied to other similar concerns. In 1883, the brothers Albert and John Lovatt, joined the partnership and the pottery then traded as Calvert & Lovatt. The brothers were again natives of Belper and had previously worked for the Denby pottery of Joseph Bourne & Sons. This marks the beginning of the period in which the firm produced ‘Art pottery’ during which the Lovatt connection made itself felt financially, allowing Calvert a change in direction to the manufacture of fine art wares, alongside the usual domestic pottery. Talented artists like Mary Helen Goodyer (c1856–1941), George Leighton Parkinson (1864–1938) and William Calvert’s second daughter, Eleanor ‘Daisy’ Calvert (1874–1925) joined the firm and their products are amongst the most sought after today. In 1895, with James Calvert dead, William Calvert left the pottery, dissolving his partnership and briefly ending the production of art pottery at Langley Mill. The general difficulties experienced by the pottery industry during the

Left: Langley Osbourne Cache Pot

1890s and disappointing profitability of the Langley art wares due to its relatively high production costs, seems to have been significant factors in this hiatus. The company was renamed Lovatt & Lovatt, and after a while resumed the production of art, domestic and industrial stone-wares. Art pottery production reached its apogee from about 1906 until the outbreak of war, a period of unparalleled prosperity, innovation and expansion. In 1913, following Albert Lovatt’s death, the pottery was converted into a private limited company, Lovatt & Lovatt Ltd. It thus continued through until 1929 when John Lovatt died, the last of the second generation of the family. Within a year the onset of the great depression led to a collapse in orders and the company was forced into voluntary liquidation on 18th July 1930.

Below: 1950s Windsor Green Jug

In 1931, the Pottery was acquired as a subsidiary of James Oakes & Co (Riddings) Ltd, better known as the firm that had pioneered the extraction of oil from shale in the 1840s and as a coal mining company. They kept the Lovatt name (as Lovatt’s Potteries Ltd) but changed production changed mainly to gift and domestic wares. The new proprietors also introduced a substantial programme of modernisation, including the installation of a gas-fired Dressler kiln to replace the traditional round kilns. The Dresslers allowed continuous production and were much more efficient in both fuel and labour. New ranges of distinctive domestic wares were quickly introduced including Marlborough, Sapphire, Rosslyn, Mavis and Hotspot. Production of the old Lovatt & Lovatt decorative and art wares mostly ceased and gilding was no longer used. At this time, the use of local clays was phased out and substituted by clays from Devon and Cornwall. During World War II, practically the whole of the pottery production was devoted to supplying His Majesty’s Forces and Government Departments, although production slowly returned to the manufacture of both ornamental and domestic wares. In 1959 the pottery came under the control of Joseph Bourne & Sons, the proprietors of the Denby Pottery and production changed primarily to the manufacture of oven-to-table, gift and domestic wares. The name of the pottery was changed to Langley Pottery Ltd in 1967 and the new owners decided to rationalise production at Denby. Closure took place in December 1982, with a special commemorative plate being produced to mark the last firing of the kiln and the sad end of 117 years of stoneware production. The site was eventually sold and the remaining buildings demolished in 1987. In 1997, the site was redeveloped and is now a small retail park.

The important period for collectors however, is that from 1883 to 1930, when exceptionally fine quality art pottery was being made and decorated. Over that period seven impressed and three printed marks were used. Parkinson, Goodyer and Calvert all signed their work with monograms. An ovoid vase possibly designed by Daisy Calvert c1880 with an incised relief owl on a pine tree sold for nearly £500 last spring at Bamfords and a pair of unsigned baluster ones from the same period fetched £120 on the same occasion. Last summer we sold a fine Calvert & Lovatt ovoid vase by G L Parkinson in sgrafitto with a ruined church for £320 and a 1930s Bonzo dog for £85. It’s certainly a pottery worth collecting - assuming you like their idiosyncratic wares!

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Wirksworth Hall by Maxwell Craven

Wirksworth Hall, part of the east front and the library in the earliest 20th century (from a postcard)

The Hurt family of Casterne long had lead mining interests in and around Wirksworth, increased by a marriage alliance with the Wigleys who were in the same business and who had dominated Wirksworth in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the late 17th century the Hurts inherited the Alderwasley estate from the Lowes, who also had a dominant presence in the town. William Wolley records in his history of the county, that in 1713 the Hurts owned a house on the approximate site of the later hall called The Hill or Hillside. This was the home, from his marriage to Anne Wigley in 1701, of Francis Hurt, younger brother of Charles who had inherited Alderwasley. The former was succeeded at The Hill by his nephew, another Francis Hurt, a younger son who in 1767 inherited the Alderwasley estate, leaving The Hill tenanted. This Francis had been born a seventh son, with no realistic prospect of inheriting the family estates, so had devoted himself to developing and building up his lead mining interests and a successful iron forge in the Derwent Valley at Alderwasley. This enterprise in due time made the family exceedingly rich and paid for a fine new house at Alderwasley.

Francis Hurt married another scion of a Wirksworth lead-trading dynasty, Mary daughter of Thomas Gell of The Gatehouse. They had two sons, of whom the younger, Charles, married in 1780 at the age of 22. His bride was the only daughter of that other great entrepreneur of the middle Derwent Valley, Richard Arkwright. The couple began to build or rebuild at The Hill, the new house being renamed Wirksworth Hall. Whilst this was happening they lived at Rock House in Cromford with Sir Richard Arkwright, but were able to move late in 1781. Also in 1780, Charles had become a

…and dressed with local stone co-founder of the Wirksworth and Ashbourn Bank [sic] in Wirksworth, established at the junction of St. John’s Street and The Causeway, in the former Beresford town house and effectively at the end of The Gatehouse drive. The bank’s prime mover was locally-born lead entrepreneur John Toplis, keen to put his vast profits to good use. Charles Hurt later encouraged Toplis to invite his brother-in-law the younger Richard Arkwright to join as well. Therefore, in 1802 Arkwright became a partner, recapitalising the bank in 1804.

Hurt’s new house was a substantial and remarkable well-proportioned brick residence of two and a half storeys on a stone plinth and semi-basement, five bays wide, the central one being canted out and containing the neat pedimented entrance. The hipped roof rose behind a dwarf parapet resting on a stone modillion cornice. The first floor was marked by a sill band with plat band below, attached blind balustrading appearing beneath the windows which was a favourite motif of Joseph Pickford of Derby, to whom the house may be confidently attributed. The stone dressings were of Ashover Grit from March 2013 Country Images


Clockwise from top left: The Old Manse in 1985 [M Craven] Wirksworth Hall, the perron and entrance [Robert Innes-Smith] Wirksworth Hall east front, c. 1900 [Robert Innes-Smith]

Gorsey Bank. The inside was plain, although the chimney pieces were carved by Pickford’s associate George Moneypenny. The new house contained three main reception rooms, three main bedrooms with dressing rooms and sitting rooms en suite, then ten other bedrooms including servants’ rooms on the upper storey. The entrance was reached via steps up to a small perron graced by a decorative wrought iron rail, probably the work of William Yates, son of Benjamin, the successor of Robert Bakewell. The entire ensemble was set off with a fine wrought iron screen to the street, dateable to the mid-1720s and firmly attributable to Robert Bakewell of Derby. It is unlikely it was made for The Hill, which was clearly older than the screen, but was probably brought from Casterne Hall, the Hurts’ secondary seat near Ilam, which certainly did have such a screen and gates when rebuilt. Casterne became vacant in 1767 with the death of Nicholas Hurt, Charles’s bachelor grandfather and was thereafter down-graded to a tenanted farmhouse. If this supposition is correct, the gates which were probably made in 1731, when the house took on its present form, would have been removed as those which once graced Norbury Hall were for the same reason in 1755. The nearby Old Manse was without doubt built at the same time - perhaps by Pickford’s foreman, the cornice is simpler than the hall’s although the doorcase is very similar. It is still extant, facing Coldwell Street, along with a pedimented stable block with a gauged brick


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Diocletian window (examples may be seen on Pickford’s hunting stables at Markeaton and riding school at Calke Abbey), all contiguous with the service range containing three Serlian or Venetian windows. The attribution to Pickford is firm for, apart from stylistic indicators, Hurt would have known the Derby man as a client of the family’s iron works; as Robert Adam’s clerk of works at Kedleston,

An extension to house a library of 35,000 books Pickford had ordered grates and balusters for the house from there. Charles Hurt, apart from being a banker, was an astronomer, natural philosopher and intellectual, his friends including Sir William Herschel, William Strutt FRS and White Watson of Bakewell FLS. He was also a correspondent of John Whitehurst FRS. Hurt’s astronomical telescope is still preserved amongst his descendants, but his impressive library of 35,000 books was

dispersed after his death in 1834. It was to house this library that a single storey extension was added to the south side of the house, designed tactfully in exactly matching style, with a three bay shallow canted south face and a top balustrade extended from the banding below the first floor of the main house. The architect is not known, but it was probably the work of William Maskery of Wirksworth who designed the adjacent Grammar School, albeit in Gothick. Once Charles had died and his library was sold, his son Richard turned the library into a handsome ballroom, but on his death the house and estate passed to his third daughter, Margaret, who in 1838 married Reverend Nathan Hubbersty (1803-1881) son of the headmaster of the Grammar School. They lived away from Wirksworth at Nathan’s cure and when they did return to Wirksworth took up residence at The Gables, opposite the hall now called the Manor House which was part of the lead-rich 400 acre estate. The house they let to James Hurt, a younger son of the Alderwasley branch until he inherited Strelley Hall in Nottinghamshire

(of which his wife was the heiress) two decades later. In due course, the Hubberstys decided to sell up. The purchaser was Nicholas Price Wood (1810-1868) of Burslem, who in 1843 had married Hubbersty’s sister Agnes Eleanor. They took up residence and although Wood had died three years before, the 1871 Census tells us that his widow then still employed a butler and seven indoor staff, a decade later there were two servants fewer. The house and estate though had passed to the husband of their daughter and heiress, who was also her cousin, John Baddeley Wood of Henley Hall in Shropshire. Consequently, when Agnes Eleanor died in 1892, the house once again lay empty and no doubt looked a little forlorn as the Woods removed the Bakewell gates and screen to Shropshire, where they still stand, the screen tactfully extended, impressively guarding the drive to Henley Hall.

mention of the subsidence in the particulars! G S Marple seems to have paid £1,250 for the hall and two cottages and £650 for two further cottages, outbuildings and the stable block. Dr. Broster (senior) who occupied the Old Manse appears to have moved to The Gables, recently vacated by Mrs. Meade-Waldo and was succeeded there by his son, also the town’s GP for many years. After a further three years lying empty, the house was demolished and the site developed, although it took about 70 years to complete the process. Thanks to the removal of the iron screen to Shropshire, that remains, the most resplendent vestige of a once fine house.

The Bakewell gate and part of the screen at Henley Hall, Salop. [the late Edward Saunders]

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That was how things remained until 1896, when the recently widowed Cecily Meade-Waldo took up residence. She was the widow of Edmund Meade-Waldo of Hever Castle in Kent and was keen to see out her days near her brother, Brigadier Chandos-Pole-Gell of nearby Hopton Hall. It was at this stage that the house began to show signs of serious wear and tear. Apparently there was a good deal of cracking to plaster inside and two of the gauged brick window lintels began to drop. A survey was carried out in 1906 by the deputy barmaster and the cause appeared to be subsidence due to the presence of two worked out lead mining rakes intersecting as a large void beneath the house, for which he could suggest no simple remedy. As a result Mrs. Meade-Waldo moved to The Gables, leaving the house empty again.

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MARCH March and gardening goes into full swing. I do believe that nature is all about balance or yin and yang, call it whatever you want. So a miserable, wet year in 2012 should give us a fantastic summer in theory (keeping my fingers crossed). It’s Mothering Sunday this month (10th). There will be a huge selection of ready planted baskets or containers in the garden centres if you don’t have the knowhow to plant your own. This saves you the effort and also saves buying extra plants and compost you don’t need. Don’t buy that wilted bunch of flowers from the petrol station!

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Sow vegetable seed as it’s cheaper than buying bigger plants. Crops from vegetables often produce more than you can use so again swop the surplus with friends or family. Nurseries and garden centres will have a grow-your-own section with seeds, trays, compost etc to get you started. Sow the following crops outside or under cloches: carrots, beetroot, broad beans, salad onions, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spinach, leeks, lettuce, rocket, coriander, mixed salad or stir fry leaves, radish, turnip, peas, lettuce and Swiss chard. Spread a layer of sulphate of potash fertiliser around fruit trees and soft fruit. When they appear, spray new leaves of peaches and nectarines with copper fungicide to reduce or prevent peach leaf curl. Sprinkle cabbages and other brassicas with pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish & bone.

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Check fruit trees for ‘suckers’ or grass around the truck and remove, also put a handful of garden lime around the base of the fruit tree. Plant early seed potatoes outside in rows, in large pots or potato bags.

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Topping Up Snow had taken all the colour out of the landscape, it now looked like an early monochrome photograph. Two newly pushed up mole tumps, dark brown in colour, were superimposed on the snow-covered field. No sounds, the countryside suspended in time, waiting for the next happening. A blackbird broke the spell with its alarm call. I had the privilege, earlier in the day, to see a pair of mistle thrushes feeding on the guelder rose fruits and seeds beyond the reach of the wood pigeons. Interesting to see how this sugar-rich banquet had been eaten, first by pigeons and magpies, then by blackbirds and thrushes, then those at the end of the fragile twigs by tits, robins, hedge sparrows and mice. Nine long-tailed tits, in all probability a family from last summer, were feeding from the peanut holder. Some of the young will stay with the parent birds to help the overworked birds look after their numerous young, twelve to fifteen in number, in the process learning a lot about

parenthood when they mate and have young to rear. Larders of berries are rapidly emptying and I recently saw a cock pheasant and a greenfinch eating small hips from a cultivated rose bush. The fruits are at the end of their productive cycles but the seeds, passed through the birds, are beginning another cycle. They will possibly fall to the ground miles away wherever the birds rest and some may well germinate; seed dispersal is another interesting natural happening. New plant growth can be seen in and around the stream, under hedgerows and on the woodland floor with yellow aconites, snowdrops and daffodils now blooming. As I turned into the field, a cluster of snowdrops at the base of a footpath signpost were shining out brightly in the greyness, complementing the drifts of snow around them, they are aptly named. The church tower across the field blended in with the mist and gloom, not such a landmark as it is against the sunset, its shape broken by the snow clinging to its sides. The day had started well, I was out and about before six o’clock in the darkness, just as the first snow began to fall, large flakes floating down out of the blackness above and around me. The cat was trying to catch the snowflakes, not quite coming to terms with the fact that it had caught nothing but still continuing with its play. A robin sang from the blackness, primeval instincts impelling it to proclaim its territory. I continued down the field edge, the snow and deepening grass making walking difficult.

The snow came from the south east, clearly shown by the snow covering the trunks and branches of trees facing that direction, I picked up a handful of snow, thinking of its origins. A deep depression had brought moist air from over the North Atlantic and when this hit a huge block of cold Arctic air the result was the snow. A heron strained to get airborne from the frozen pond, steering a route through the trees before disappearing into the gloom, no doubt as hungry as when it arrived. I followed the tracks of waterhens, roe deer, rabbits and other creatures, clearly visible in the snow alongside the stream. I arrived at the point where the meandering broad track from the field stopped at the stream. I had assumed badgers and other creatures had made this track but I was wrong, judging by the dozens of three-toed tracks made by waterhens. The deeper water below the steep stream bank posed no problems for the birds before they climbed the steep slope. Waterhens prefer to skulk among vegetation, only flying weakly as a last resort. Fluffy seed heads on bulrushes stood out, looking like poorly-made sticks of white candyfloss. A large flock of feral pigeons suddenly appeared above me from the direction of the fields of oilseed rape where they had gorged themselves but the plants will recover. A cock blackbird had almost totally immersed itself in a deep puddle as it energetically bathed, the benefits far outweighing the discomforts of mites in its feathers. The snow quickly melted as temperatures rose and more heavy rain raised water levels once more, ‘February fill dyke, be it black or be it white’. This is the time of year when water penetrates the ground before new plant growth really begins. Bye for now,


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set in an idyllic spot, one of the Industrial Revolution’s historic mills is amazingly less than half a mile from Manchester Airport. Brian spencer visited samuel Greg’s mill at styal. Now a National Trust property, Quarry Bank Mill was built in the heyday of the textile boom started by Richard Arkwright. Hidden in a deep sylvan valley, the mill was powered by the River Bollin, a stream flowing from the western boundary of the Peak District.

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ichard Arkwright developed his mechanised spinning methods in rural Derbyshire, hiding from the traditional hand spinning and weaving areas. As the mechanised industry grew, the development of Manchester and the Lancashire mill towns was linked to the expanding port of Liverpool and its access to world markets. A major part of its success was in being part of the highly profitable triangular trade between Africa, America and Britain. On the first leg of this trade, items such as guns, cloth, iron goods and simple objects like beads were exported from Europe to Africa where they were exchanged for slaves. As many as 1.5

million enslaved Africans were shipped in horrendous conditions to the cotton plantations of the southern states of America and the Caribbean. On the final leg, raw cotton travelled back to Liverpool, completing the triangle that made fortunes for a few but misery for thousands. One of the families to take advantage of this trade was called Greg who originated in Northern Ireland, but had widespread interests in Liverpool. Around 1760, Belfast-based Thomas Greg, the then patriarch of the family fell on hard times. Having a family of around eight girls and four boys, he was forced to send

Dark and Satanic it is not, for unlike many later factories it owes its preservation to the fact that unlike those mills which grew around Manchester’s Cottonopolis, it was not run by a labour force living in the squalor of back-to-back mean terraced houses, Quarry Bank Mill’s employees lived in pleasant rural surroundings in the Cheshire countryside.

the elder sons to wealthier members of his extended family. One of these boys was called Samuel who, at the age of eight, was sent to live with a bachelor uncle, Robert Hyde, in Manchester. Robert and his brother Nathaniel were prosperous Manchester textile merchants importing linen yarn from Belfast. This they put out to Lancashire hand loom weavers to turn it into fustian, a hard wearing linen cloth which was then sold throughout Britain and Europe. With a wealthy unmarried uncle paying for his upbringing, Samuel was educated at Harrow School before joining his uncles’ March 2013 Country Images


Looking round for somewhere to build his first mill, Greg chose the wooded valley of Quarry Bank near styal in Cheshire. company as a travelling salesman throughout Europe. He was made a partner in 1780 and then two years later, when Robert Hyde died Samuel inherited £10,000, a small fortune in those days. When Nathaniel retired, Samuel took over the business, by then one of Manchester’s largest merchant-manufacturers. Aged just 26, Samuel was not only a wealthy young man, but he had the enthusiasm and background knowledge to look for new business opportunities. Like so many entrepreneurs, Samuel Greg was the right man in the right place at the right time. Richard Arkwright had perfected his waterframe, the first successful


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water-powered cotton spinning machine which not only speeded up the process of cotton spinning hundreds of times over, but the quality of finished yarn was far superior to that made by hand. Fortuitously the American War of Independence ended in 1783, opening up vast new markets, but almost as important, Arkwright’s patent on his invention expired, allowing manufacturers to install their own unlicensed machines. Looking round for somewhere to build his first mill, Greg chose the wooded valley of Quarry Bank near Styal in Cheshire, a spot where the River Bollin, joined by the River

Dean flows steadily all year round. It was here that he installed the first waterframes based on Arkwright’s designs; Samuel Greg’s fortunes were on the rise. Building the first stage of the mill only took a year, a functional edifice, lacking any embellishment such as an omnipresent clock to dictate workers’ lives. He kept the mill small for the first twelve years, producing sufficient yarn to satisfy the needs of a small hand loom factory he inherited in Eyam along with numbers of outworkers. War with France meant a growing demand for fabric to clothe the nation’s soldiers and sailors and it was this along with other business opportunities

samuel Greg, no doubt aided by the humanitarian ideals of his wife Hannah, developed the nearby hamlet of styal as an estate village. Here they built terraces of cottages that were far superior to those surrounding Manchester.

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that prompted Greg to expand the mill. Power still came from water flowing down the River Bollin and the second of eventually four wheels; each one more powerful than the rest, was erected – the last and still functioning being a 32 feet diameter by 21 feet wide monster. To keep pace with the demands of these wheels, a dam was built to hold back enough water. However, as the bottom of the wheel pit came lower than the river, a tunnel was built to carry the tail-race downstream to a group of rocks known as Giant’s Castle. In 1789 Samuel married Hannah Lightbody, the daughter of a Liverpool merchant with

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samuel and Hannah decided to move to the healthier surroundings of styal. Here they built Quarry Bank House, a pleasant two-storied late Georgian villa set among an attractive semi-wild garden.

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roots. Not only were decent homes available, but a village shop run by the company was opened, supplying everyday needs at fair prices. Run later as a co-operative until it closed in the 1960s, unlike many factory shops, there has never been any evidence of Greg taking advantage of a captive market. With him there was no unfair pricing or adulterating basic commodities such as flour with chalk. Hannah Greg also provided for the workers’ spiritual needs by building two Nonconformist chapels in the village. Whilst on the face of it, Samuel Greg was well ahead of his contemporaries as a caring employer, he did however, follow the practice of employing so-called ‘apprentices’. Children being small were ideal as they could easily crawl under machinery in order to clean it, and they did not eat as much as an adult! This supply of cheap labour came from orphan children who were taken from Poor Law workhouses up and down the country as a


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means of easing the drain on public finances. There are however, recorded incidents of misbehaving children being harshly punished; for example any who ran away, even in an attempt to see their mothers, were locked in solitary confinement on their return. That being said, most of the children lived in far better conditions at Styal than say, those at Litton Mill near Tideswell. The Apprentice House where the Styal children lived is set amidst its own vegetable garden and orchard, a short walk from the mill, so at least they were better fed. Again by standards of the day, they were also housed in quite reasonable conditions, sleeping in light airy dormitories and were given a basic education in reading and writing during the evenings and on Sundays. The company founded by Samuel Greg expanded and flourished until the collapse of the textile industry in the middle of the twentieth century. Quarry Bank Mill survived until 1952 when with just thirteen

workers remaining out of a labour force once numbered in hundreds, the mill finally closed. By then the village-based estate had been transferred to the National Trust by the current owner, Alexander Greg in order to save it from urban encroachment. The mill followed in the late 1960s and remains a fascinating record of Britain’s industrial heritage.

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Theatre audiences in Derby will soon have the opportunity to see another side of an actor who was responsible for one of the most memorable catchphrases of recent times. Arthur Bostrom, the man behind vowel-mangling police officer Crabtree in ‘Allo ‘Allo who is famous for his “good moaning” greeting, will be playing no fewer than three parts in Sebastian Faulks’ tale of love, courage and sacrifice, Birdsong. It is now 20 years since the BBC broadcast the ninth and final series of the sitcom about a small-town café in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.Yet people still recognise Bostrom and he looks back on those times with affection. “Sadly quite a few of the cast have died. Those of us who are still around are very proud of it.” But Bostrom admits that the part of Crabtree, the idiotic English undercover officer disguised as a gendarme, proved to be a double-edged sword: it propelled him to international recognition but it was difficult to shake off. “It was a millstone for a short while. If you ask me if I’d rather not have done it, of course I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. Every actor dreams of getting something like that. It was a great break and I loved it. It was good but it was limiting. “In recent years I’ve done a wide variety of things. I’ve started to get back on television again. It’s exciting. There’s no bitterness whatsoever as far as I’m concerned.” Born in Rugby, Warwickshire, Arthur Bostrom got his break in ‘Allo ‘Allo when he was 30. Apart from the television show, the stage version played in the West End for five seasons and also toured the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He has worked in many theatres around the UK, performing in classics as well as comedy, opera and panto. Two years ago he worked with the Original Theatre Company, performing on tour in the war-time farce See How They Run and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Now he is working for the same organisation on Birdsong which is on tour for a gruelling seven months. Speaking to me from Coventry during the second week of Birdsong, 58-year-old Bostrom speaks softly and confidently; he seems happy with his life and career.


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He admits he has not yet read Sebastian Faulks’ novel: “I like to portray the play just as it is. Birdsong works beautifully as a play. “I’ll certainly read the book after I’ve done it because in a way it can be confusing. I haven’t seen the TV adaptation either. It can influence you whereas we’ve got to concentrate on this version and make it work.” Bostrom says he had no reservations about committing to the tour which does not finish until August. “These are difficult times and for actors it’s feast or famine. I love doing live theatre and it’s a play that I like. “I enjoy touring as well. Not everybody does but I like the experience of a different theatre in a different town or city every week. “There are several theatres on this tour that I’ve never played, Derby being one, so I’ll really enjoy that experience because every theatre is different and every audience is different. So there’s never a

“I’m actually going to be touring with a caravan – something I’ve never done in my life before. dull moment being an actor!” Bostrom who now lives in Manchester hopes to have the time to explore Derbyshire and take in the surroundings. “I’m actually going to be touring with a caravan – something I’ve never done in my life before. “It seemed a good idea for a very long tour, take your home with you. So I shall be out in the countryside near Derby “The Caravan Club are sponsoring me so I’ll see beautiful Derbyshire country.” Faulks’ best-selling novel was adapted for the stage in 2010. Sir Trevor Nunn directed the West End version which has been changed so that it can be taken around the country. Only three members of the 12-strong cast play one role. Bostrom

plays the pompous Berard, a sapper and a colonel. “They are three very contrasting parts so that’s always interesting for an actor.You don’t often get to do that within one production. It shows what you can do.” Once Birdsong goes silent, Bostrom has no idea what he will be doing or where he will be going. “It’s an exciting and also a terrifying thing being an actor – you never know what’s coming next. There can be a phone call or meeting and off we go again. I’ve no idea what I’ll be doing – something exciting I hope.” But while he is in Derbyshire he intends to be pursuing another of his interests: writing. He has written his first novel although he does not expect it to be published. “It’s not bad but I regard it as a practise novel. I’ve an idea for a new book so while I’m on the road in my caravan I’m going to be spending at least a couple of hours every day writing. “It’s not another novel but it’s hard to describe – it’s certainly autobiographical. It’s something I think I can write so I’m going to have a go at that and see where I get with it. It’s all practise – you get better the more you do it.” But no matter what happens in Arthur Bostrom’s career, he intends to continue acting – there are still things he would like to do. “I’ve never done a feature film – I’d love to do one but it’s just not come my way. I’ve done films for television but not a feature film and that would be very interesting. But you never know. “Really I’m as interested in getting something published with my writing as I am with acting. I think the two things can co-exist quite

“There are several theatres on this tour that I’ve never played, Derby being one, so I’ll really enjoy that experience because every theatre is different and every audience is different. So there’s never a dull moment being an actor!”

happily.You just don’t know. I just enjoy it and while I still enjoy it I just keep going. I like a challenge.” You wonder how Bostrom finds time to fit everything in: recently he became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and last year he was one of three judges for the Portico Prize for Literature – a biennial competition celebrating the regional and literary identity of the north of England. “When things like that are offered, you do what you can. I did the Portico Prize last year and read 69 novels which was quite interesting! “I’ve always written but I’m getting serious about it now, so that was rather a good thing to do – to see what’s out there and read a wide variety of things. That was fantastic.” He takes plenty of time before answering my last question, about how he would like to be remembered. “As someone who made people laugh. That’s a great thing to have achieved. People say ‘thank you for all the laughs you gave us’ and I think that’s a wonderful thing. “These are tough times so it’s needed even more. I’ve enjoyed being able to do that.” Reviews of the Birdsong tour so far indicate that Arthur Bostrom has even been able to raise a smile as Berard, portraying the French councillor with an artificial English accent. But if you go to see it, resist the temptation to call out “good moaning”!

Birdsong visits Derby Theatre from April 16th until 20th .

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ne of the duties a walking guide author must be aware of is the need to monitor any changes that might have occurred since the guide was published. My Collins Walks in the Peak District (twenty walks all over 5 miles), was published last year. Bearing in mind that Collins like me has to be prepared for any amendments to future editions, I am gradually working my way through the list. This walk is one from the guide and as will become evident, I did find one small but important change that has occurred since I originally planned the route.

Strange rock formations with fanciful names The walk is one with ever changing views over the Derwent valley and its moors. It starts near Ashopton Viaduct and climbs steadily across the flank of Crook Hill where the route follows an ancient packhorse way. Strange rock formations with fanciful names dot the eastern skyline and the eye is carried easily across the heights from scene to scene. Quiet forest glades lead down to the man-made lake of Ladybower where a quiet road along its eastern shore is followed all the way back to the car park on the busy A57. During summer weekends and bank holidays, the road from Fairholmes Visitor Centre to the dale head is free of all but essential traffic. A bus service carries pedestrians to various points along the road and a cycle hire scheme also helps visitors enjoy the tranquility and beauty of this secluded valley.

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6½ miles (10.5km) of moderate walking mostly along well defined tracks and forest trails; one 580ft (177m) climb. Park in the roadside layby on the A57, Snake Road, near Ashopton Viaduct. Public transport: TM Travel 89/A service run one bus each way on summer Sundays from Chesterfield to Fairholmes. TM Travel 222 route also connects trains at Bamford station during winter as well as summer. Their 240, 241 & 242 service via Sheffield Interchange is slightly more frequent. Refreshments available every day at the Fairholmes visitor centre kiosk. Recommended Map: Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 1. 1:25,000 scale. The Peak District – Dark Peak area.

The Walk • From the layby follow the main road across the viaduct and turn right at the far end. Follow the Derwent Valley road for about 80 yards (73m). • Go left, through a narrow gate and then bear diagonally right, uphill on a faint path across three fields. • Nearing Crookhill Farm look out for a

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diversion sign and follow its direction uphill towards and to the right of the farm. This is the alteration mentioned above. Originally (and still marked on the OS map), the right of way went to the left of the farm and involved a convoluted way through the farmyard. The new path is much easier to follow. • Climb the stile next to a cattle shed and

walk towards a bridleway beyond the farm. Turn right at a finger post pointing towards Birchinlee. • Follow the track around the twin slopes of Crook Hill and out on to the open moor. Use waymark posts to reach the upper edge of a forestry plantation. Continue forwards with the trees on your right.

Pause below Crook Hill and look to the east, across the deep cleft of flooded Derwent Dale. The eastern skyline is marked by rocky outcrops, more in keeping with Dartmoor Tors than Derbyshire. Most of the crags have names, but two in particular should be obvious from their shape, even from this distance: one is the ‘Salt Cellar’ and the other the ‘Coach and Horses’ (marked ‘Wheel Stones’ on the OS map), which is just like a 19th-century mail coach. Even though it is man-made and completely alters the appearance of the dale, Ladybower Reservoir makes an attractive contrast to the wild moors beyond. South-westwards from Crook Hill and across the Woodlands Valley arm of the reservoir are the heights of Win Hill and Kinder Scout.

• Keeping to the left of the forest boundary, walk forwards at the footpath junction. Another viewpoint: this time towards Kinder Scout’s eastern edges that dominate the Ashop Valley and the northern shoulder of Win Hill. Mam Tor’s undulating ridge further to the right marks the boundary between the Dark and White Peak. • Turn right along the access track to Lockerbrook Farm and then continue forwards past the farm buildings for about 200yds (183m). Lockerbrook Farm is used as an outdoor pursuits centre run by the Woodcraft Folk an organisation similar to the Boy Scouts but run by the Co-operative Society. • Look out for a concessionary footpath sign

beyond the farm. Turn right here to walk downhill across a field and into the forest. Follow waymarks down through the mature trees to the valley road. • Cross the road and make your way through the Fairholmes visitor centre and picnic site. Join the access road and follow it below Derwent Dam. Derwent Dam. If you are fortunate as we were, you may see water cascading over the dam when the reservoir is full, making it the largest waterfall in the Peak District. The dam with its distinctive towers was used by the famous Dam Busters Squadron during training for the wartime raids on the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr.The same dam was used in the film of the courageous exploit and vintage Lancaster bombers repeat the flight on special occasions. • Bear right with the surfaced road, uphill and past scattered houses until it reaches Grindle Clough where the road becomes a wide gravel track following the reservoir bank.

A plaque at the side of Mill Brook tells the sad story of the lost village of Derwent. All that remains is a poignant pair of ancient gateposts now almost lost amidst the undergrowth, but once showing the way to Derwent Hall and its village. Until it was destroyed for reasons of safety, the church spire used to become visible during periods of drought. A graceful packhorse bridge which once stood near the village now crosses the River Derwent at Slippery Stones towards the valley head. • Continue to follow the gravel track all the way back to the main road where the layby is to your left, opposite. There is another drowned village lying roughly beneath the viaduct. This was Ashopton, once reached by a steep tree-shrouded lane below the A57. Its tranquility ended in 1943 when the sluices were shut and water drowned an idyllic valley together with its farms and moorland hamlets. A couple of slightly more modern houses on the hillside to your right still bear the proud name of Ashopton.

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BIRDSONG Derby Theatre Tue 16 – Sat 20 April. Following 2010’s West End hit, an exciting, brand new stage adaptation of Birdsong, which is currently receiving rave reviews, will mark the very first touring production of the play, and will be presented at Derby Theatre from Tue 16 until Sat 20 April. Over 22 venues across the UK, a dynamic cast of 12 shape Faulks’s much-loved wartime epic into an intimate story of love and sacrifice, set against the backdrop of the Western Front. In pre-war France, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford finds he must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with unprecedented horror, the war-hardened Stephen clings to the shrinking memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him. Birdsong is performed by a dynamic ensemble company, including award-winning actress Sarah Jayne Dunn (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Hollyoaks); Charlie G Hawkins (EastEnders); Arthur Bostrom (‘Allo ‘Allo); Tim Van Eyken (War Horse); Tim Treloar (National Theatre, RSC) and introducing newcomer, Jonathan Smith as Stephen Wraysford. Stage version by Rachel Wagstaff. Country Images March 2013


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16-17 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 16 Blofeld & Baxter 8:00 PM 18 The Irish House Party! 19 The ELO Experience 21-24 White Horse Inn 22The 5th Buxton Soul Night (The Octagon, Pavilion Gardens) 23 Mavis Sparkle 25-30 The Rise & Fall of Little Voice 29-30 Blackbird (Pavilion Arts Centre) 31 Don Pasquale April 1Robin Hood And His Very Merry Men 2 The Best of Kendal Film Tour 2013 3 Josh Widdicombe 4 The Solid Silver 60s Show 5 Recitals at the Arts Centre - Solo Piano Recital 5 An Evening With Julian Lloyd Webber 5 Buxton Buzz Comedy Club - April 6 Bringing Down The Moon 6 The Russian Cossacks 7 Tideswell Male Voice Choir & Huntingdon Male Voice Choir 7 Rhydian Roberts plus support TOR 9 The Brothers Grimm 9 T’Pau 10 Acker Bilk & Kenny Ball 11 Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! Palace Theatre Mansfield 01623 63313 March 2 Classic Clapton 6-10 Me and My Girl 13 The Irish House Party 14 A Celebration of John Denver 15 An Evening of Burlesque 16 Chris Packham Wild Night Out! 17 Roy Orbison and Friends Derby Theatre (formerly Derby Playhouse) Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, Box Office: 01332 593939 March 2 Hardeep Singh Koli: Indian Takeaway Writer and Celebrity Masterchef, Hardeep is on a mission to find the best Indian takeaway in the UK

RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY Labyrinth of Love Tour 2013 Theatre Royal Nottingham Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 March 2013 The New Year heralds a new era for the Rambert Dance Company as it prepares to take up residency in its new home on the South Bank. Construction is now well under way and the Company recently celebrated the building’s Topping Out ceremony, when the highest part of the structure was put in place. The £19.6m facility will not only enhance the work seen by audiences on stage but will offer unique opportunities for choreographic and music development, and double the reach of the Company’s learning and participation work. Rambert moves into its new home in autumn 2013. Country Images March 2013




BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS WALK at CARSINGTON WATER With all the summer visitors, including the ospreys, now back in Africa, now is a chance to come and see the winter thrushes, the ducks, and - he's back!!.. the great northern diver, so come for a leisurely 2-hour stroll with the volunteers to find the diver and get some useful tips on bird identification. All walks start from the visitor centre at 10am prompt, and are on the first Sunday of EVERY month. Adults accompanied by children are always welcome - bring binoculars and appropriate wear. Future dates - 7th April. To ensure a place tel: 01629 540696 to book. Darley Abbey Historical Group Friday March 15H1 2013 “Felucca and Pharaohs" Presented by Mr and Mrs Fitzpatrick. Little Chester Local History Group Thursday March 21st - an illustrated talk by Robert Mee about Vic Hallam and his Building Company - ' From Chicken Coops to Schools'. Some of our members may have had personal involvement.!! We meet at 7.30pm in Chester Green Community Centre , Old Chester Road, Derby. Admission non-members £2. For further information Tel. 559615. Uppertown Social Centre Uppertown, Ashover, S45 0JF. Sat 9th March Murphy's Marbles Irish Folk Evening 7:00 for 8:00pm £12 including supper Contact Eddie Marriott for information and tickets on: 01246 590502 or 07966 154798 Website Allestree Flower Group Tuesday 19th March 2013. Flower demonstration by Jean Eggleston entiltled 'Betwixt and Between' Venue - Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree. Admission £5 non members, £3 members. For further details contact our Chairman on 01332 675727 or email: Kyleburn Historical Society MARCH 21: OF FIRE AND FRIENDSHIP – JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, HIS LIFE AND FRIENDS by LUCY SALT (ART CURATOR DERBY MUSEUM) Meetings at Kilburn Baptist church schoolroom, Highfield Road, Kilburn. 7.30pm. Admission for non-members is £2.00. Belper Historical Society Wednesday 6th March talk by John Barnett on “The poor law in action in Muggington, 1795-1834” Before the modern welfare system, people were dependant on “the poor law” which, if they could have it, gave minimal parish relief to the very needy. Belper Historical Society meet at St. John’s Chapel, Belper at 7.30pm Charge for non-members £1.50. Rufford Art Society 2013 Exhibition The Art Society at Rufford Country Park has been successful for many years and this talented group is now presenting another major exhibition in the Rufford Craft Centre Gallery. The society runs on a membership basis and meets regularly at Rufford, where members can enjoy the wonderful facilities on offer by Nottinghamshire County Council. Saturday workshops are extremely popular with members and are supported by visiting professional artists who come with expertise to add to what is already a very


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gifted group. There will be a variety of work on display, the majority of which will be for sale, comprising all types of art form including textiles, painting, sculpture and original prints. There will be works for all tastes and budgets, reflecting the diversity of the group. Rufford has a lot to offer and visitors will be able to have a coffee or even lunch after a wander round the gallery or lakeside. The members of the Rufford Art Society acknowledge how lucky they are to work in such a wonderful venue with its beautiful parkland and arboretum. This exciting show opens with a preview on Sunday 10th March from 2-4pm and will be open from 10.30am – 4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday until 16th April 2013. Admission to the gallery, which is fully accessible via a lift, is free of charge. Derbyshire Horticultural Association Annual Lecture 11th March 2013 At 7.30pm "Confessions of a Plant Manager" By Mark Smith (Swarkestone Nursery) Venue : Evergreen Hall, Allestree, Cornhill, Derby, DE22 3FT Tickets £5. available from Peter Cooke on 01332 553429 Swing the Alphabet Known across the Midlands for playing vibrant, swinging music for listening and dancing, the Henley Farrell Big Band has undertaken an exciting new musical project. They will take you on a musical journey and swing their way through the alphabet with the band's latest project 'An A to Z of Big Band'. This exciting concert night will see the band visit every letter of the alphabet as they perform some of the greatest music from the diverse library of the big bands. During the evening you will enjoy listening to laid back swing from some of the biggest names in big band as well as hard driving grooves from more modern masters. The show will feature music from the likes of: Woody Herman, Count Basie, Michael Buble, Gordon Goodwin, Ella Fitzgerald and many more stars of the Big Band world from the past and present. Whatever your big band tastes, the evening is certain to provide you with the perfect flavour to tickle your musical taste buds! You can listen and watch the band perform 'An A to Z of Big Band' at Belper Community Theatre, John O'Gaunts Way, Belper Derbyshire, DE56 0DA on Saturday 9th March at 8:00pm. The venue provides an intimate, friendly atmosphere and ample parking. Refreshments will be available supplied by the 1st Alton Manor Scouts. Tickets are priced at £10 : Tel. 07583 714526 Past concert nights have been with enthusiasm and acclaim and this latest instalment promises to deliver in music and entertainment: “...this was a real crowd-pleaser, which attracted not only the usual jazz/big band fraternity, but also a healthy proportion of younger people who were clearly thrilled by the musical delights on offer.” -- South Wales Evening Post Activities club The Band’s concert nights The club where activities provide the ideal opportunity for and people mix. you to enjoy the whole range of • Organised by members for musical styles encompassed by the members the big band idiom. Whether you • Age 40+ new members are a fan of the classics, mad on welcome the modern, or entirely new to • Varied monthly events big band music, this show is sure programme to entertain and will provide you • We do walking, dancing, with unforgettable musical parties, holidays etc. moments. phone: 07549 173096

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Barton Boat Company Ltd can cater for all occasions; Birthdays, Anniversaries, Honeymoons, or just a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Ask us about our celebration packages to make your holiday special. Visit our website for more details Easter at Denby Visitor Centre

Are you bored with the same old hotels and bed & breakfasts in the area? Are you looking for something different and unusual to remember your visit to the midlands, why not stay on our Boatel.

Enjoy fun in the Denby Craftroom over the school holidays with special Craft Sessions lasting around an hour. Have a go at modelling with clay, decorating Easter items to take home and painting your own egg cup, plate or mug. Sessions are at 11am and 2pm between Sat 30th March and Fri 5th April and entry is £5.95 per child, £2.50 per accompanying adult. The entry price includes unlimited clay items to take home and two decorated items (to keep ‘paint your own items’ there is an additional charge). Booking is advisable – call 01773 740799. Standard family Craftroom Tours are also available throughout this period at 12pm and 3pm daily. Don’t miss the Easter Sunday Factory Shop Marquee Clearance Event in the courtyard (doors open 10am). This annual event will have lots of great dinnerware, cookware and accessory bargains - and when they’re gone they’re gone! Enjoy a carvery in Bourne’s Restaurant. Plus the kids can enter the Easter Bonnet Competition at 1.30pm and join in the Easter Egg Hunt at 2pm to win lots of prizes. For details of all events and offers at Denby Visitor Centre see Denby Visitor Centre, Denby, Derbyshire DE5 8NX. Open daily with free centre entry and parking. Tel: 01773 740 799 Country Images March 2013


Double Double Letter Answers

JJ 1 Jump Jet 2 Janis Joplin 3 Jenny Jenkins 4 January Jones 5 Julie and Julia 6 Janet Jackson 7 Jack and Jill 8 Jack Jones 9 Jean Jaques Rousseau 10 Jingle Jangler 11 Jungle Juice 12 Jermaine Jenas 13 Jay Jay 14 Jesse James 15 Janie Jones 16 Jenifer Juniper 17 Jig a Jig 18 James Jordan 19 James Joyce 20 James R Justice 21 Jenny Jenny 22 Jungle Jack 23 Jumping Jack 24 Janet James 25 Jungle Junction 26 Jim Jams 27 Jump Jockey 28 Judge Judy 29 Jam Jars 30 Jam and Jerusalem 31 Janet and John 32 Julie Julie 33 JJ 34 Just Jimmy 35 Jane Jetson. 36 Jibber Jabber 37 Jade Jagger 38 Jolly Jaunt 39 Just the Job 40 Jimmey Jewel 41 Jet Jaguar 42 Jo Jackson 43 Jasper Jax Jacks 44 Joe Jordan 45 Jukebox Jury 46 Juicy J 47 Jammy Jams 48 Judge Jules 49 Jemima J 50 Joe Jackson



1Lucy Locket 2 Looby Loo 3 Last Laugh 4 Liar Liar 5 Lager Lout 6 Lang Lang 7 Late Lunch 8 Larry Lamb 9 Larry Lloyd 10 Linda Lusardi 11 Liver Leaf 12 Law Lords 13 Late Late 14 Lip Liner 15 Lay Lady Lay 16 Lord Lucan 17 Lucy Liu 18 Long Life 19 Long Live Love 20 Lost Love 21 Lovers Leap 22 Low Loader 23 Likely Lads 24 Ladies in Lavender 25 Leo the Lion 26 Labour of Love 27 Little and Large 28 Lilo Lil 29 Loose leaf 30 Light Lunch 31 Like for Like 32 Life and Limb 33 Lager and Lime 34 Legal Limit 35 Linger Longer 36 Little by Little 37 Live and let Live 38 Loft Ladder 39 Lava Lamp 40 Lenny the Lion 41 Love Letter 42 Lake Lucerne 43 Lubbers Line 44 Leona Lewis 45 Leg of Lamb 46 LA Law 47 Latitude and Longitude 48 Laser Lights 39 Loop the Loop 50 Living like Larry 51 Lord Licorice 52 Liquid Lunch

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I’ve decided that you are getting cleverer with the double letter quiz. This year we have had slightly fewer entries but more of you are answering a lot more questions and getting very close. What shall we do when we run out of letters? Interestingly some decided to either do JJ or LL which wasn’t quite the idea! Others decided that if they wrote badly we would mark them up right. It’s not GCE marking here. It’s strict stuff. Spell it wrong you’re out! Well not really we’ve let you get away with a bit. There were some slippy ones this year Spongebob got a lot. Also there are a few models beginning with LL but you’ve got to get the right one. We do hope that you had some fun. Thanks for entering into the spirit of it all. If you didn’t win just think of the enjoyable time spent doing it. I get the same results from hours of planting vegetables - nothing! The winner of

A champagne breakfast for two at Blenheim House, Etwall is: R Innes, Crich The winner of a pair of tickets to a show at Buxton Opera House is: M Rostron, Mickleover The winner of a pair of tickets to see War Horse The Concert at The Assembly Rooms, Derby is: Brett Hardy, Pilsley The 6 last runners up will receive a pair of thermal or Farah socks courtesy of Clarkes Of Ripley, Winners: C Wheatcroft, Darley Abbey C Inger, Clifton Village J Bowler, Littleover W Rouse, Matlock J Wilson, Ripley H Inger, Brampton

SLACKS TRAVEL Luxury coach travel with guaranteed seats & local boarding points BRITISH COACHING 2013 WARNERS LITTLECOTE AT EASTER . . . . . . . . . . . .01-05 APR (HB) £368 EASTBOURNE AT EASTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .01-05 APR (HB) £ 283 BABBACOMBE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 APR-03 MAY (HB) £190 MYSTERY WEEKEND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .04-05 MAY (HB) £96 TENBY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .06-10 MAY (HB) £299 ISLE OF WIGHT, SHANKLIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-17 MAY (HB) £236 SIDMOUTH DELIGHTS OF DEVON . . . . . . . . . . . . .15-19 MAY (HB) £349 GREAT HOUSES & GARDENS OF NORFOLK . . . . .20-24 MAY (HB) £317 CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24-25 MAY (HB) £159 BOURNEMOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27-31 MAY (HB) £255 HEART OF ENGLAND, MALVERN & WORCESTER .27-31 MAY (HB) £327 LLANDUDNO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 MAY-03 JUN (HB) £293 EASTBOURNE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .03-07 JUN (HB) £241 GREAT YARMOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .06-10 JUN (HB) £326 WONDERFUL WILTSHIRE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .06-10 Jun (HB) £310 PAIGNTON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08-12 Jun (HB) £299 DISCOVER DURHAM INC. BEAMISH . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-14 Jun (HB) £330 WARNERS NIDD HALL BAND THEME . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-17 Jun (HB) £296 GUILDFORD DELUXE WEEKEND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-16 Jun (BB) £162 BARNSTAPLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-20 Jun (HB) £331 WOBURN EXPERIENCE & WREST PARK . . . . . . . . . .21-24 Jun (HB) £241 LYTHAM ST ANNES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-30 JUN (HB) £143 WEST COUNTRY HORSE, BOAT & STEAM TRAIN . .05-08 JUL (HB) £ 291 WARNERS HAYLING ISLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08-12 JUL (HB) £ 356



GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-28 MAY (HB) £327 IRELAND MAGICAL MAYO & CONNEMARA COAST 26 MAY-01 JUN (HB) £499 AUSTRIA, TRAINS & BOATS OF THE TYROL . 26 JUL-04 AUG (HB) £723 ITALY, LAKE MAGGIORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05-14 AUG (HB) £733 IRELAND, BANTRY BAY & WEST CORK COAST . 08-14 SEPT (HB) £487 ITALY, LAKE COMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05-14 OCT (HB) £741 IRELAND, BRAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-17 OCT (HB) £327 BELGIUM, BRUSSELS CHRISTMAS MARKET . . . . 05-08 DEC (BB) £220

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The Chestnut Centre Conservation and Wildlife Park The award-winning Chestnut Centre is a firm family favourite. Since the centre was set up by keen conservationists Carol and Roger Heap over 30 years ago, it has grown into a popular wildlife attraction. Set in 50 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds in the Peak District National Park, with a stream running through the valley, the Chestnut centre is home to four species of otter, including the endangered giant otter, and 17 species of owls. There’s other indigenous wildlife too, such as pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and sika and fallow deer. Every spring there are enchanting new arrivals, such as baby polecats, otters or young deer. There are special events throughout the year, such as Owl Encounters or Batty Bats, when you can find out more about these fascinating creatures. Every day of the week there are also meet the keeper sessions, animal feeding times and deer encounters. With lovely woodland trails, a cosy tearoom and well stocked gift shop, the Chestnut Centre has everything for an enjoyable and informative day out. Special activities are available for school parties and groups, including animal encounters, storytelling and wildlife quizzes and trails. The Chestnut Centre is in Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, Derbyshire SK23 0QS. Tel: 01298 814099; email

Enjoy 1940s Style At Crich Tramway Village You may need your tin hat and gas mask if you visit Crich Tramway Village during its special 1940’s Weekend on Easter Sunday 31st March and Monday 1st April. You can expect air-raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft and you will need your identity card for a real taste of life during the Second World War. Plus, if you dress up in 1940’s clothes we offer a discounted admission fee! Policemen and members of the Home Guard will be patrolling the period streets and visitors must always be ready to show their identity card or risk being arrested as a spy! Beware the spivs selling black market goods and watch out for unexploded bombs. However the trusty ARP will be on hand to deal with any incidents including the incendiary bombs. The Red Lion public house will be serving drinks and wartime styled meals. Historic wartime road vehicles will be on show and on the move, mingling with a range of vintage trams which visitors will be able to ride on as often as they like. Some trams will have blackout masks fitted along with anti-blast netting on the windows, blue coloured lamps and white steps. Crich Tramway Village is open from 10am both days until 10pm on Sunday 31st March and 6pm on Monday 1st April. A big incentive for visitors to the 1940’s Weekend is that anyone dressed in 1940’s costume – civilian or military – will be admitted at a reduced price. The Village is situated near Matlock, Derbyshire, eight miles from M1 junction 28. Admission prices for the 1940’s event: Adult £14 Senior £12.50. Child (4-15) £9 Family (2 adults, 3 children) £39.00. Information line 01773 854321

Welcome to the Ashover Show 2013 Wednesday 14th August 2013 will see a very exciting redevelopment of the Ashover Show Ground, as numbers of visitors continue to increase each year the ground is being extended and the layout re-organised to accommodate the demand for this traditional family locally run event. One of these is the new larger food tent, always popular with visitors. Further details are available on their web site

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Haddon Hall Haddon Hall is one of Derbyshire’s most historic houses and offers a unique insight of life for the Tudors. Throughout 2013 an exciting programme of special events will give visitors the opportunity to experience medieval England as it really was. The popular Tudor Group will be holding special weekends throughout the season illustrating life and traditions to include cookery weekends and Tudor wedding preparations. There will be family fun for everyone to enjoy at special Easter, Halloween and Christmas events. A variety of musical evenings are held throughout the summer including Proms in the Garden and there will be special late night openings every Thursday during June and July when the Hall along with its beautiful gardens will remain open until 8pm. Haddon opens for the season on Thursday March 28 for the Easter weekend and full details of opening times, admission prices and special events can be found at

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Snowy Owl Flys To Hansons Auctioneers! Flying into Hansons 23rd/24th March Fine Art Sale from the snowy north is this delightful mid-Victorian silver pepperette in the shape of an owl. Standing 7cm in height, with red glass eyes he would have graced the table of a wealthy upper-class Victorian family.



Tim Rose Exhibition 3rd to 17th March 2013

Wealthy Victorians had a great desire to display their wealth and one way this was achieved was by the table display!

Tim Rose is a British watercolour artist specialising in architectural images of buildings, gardens, still life and cityscapes. He works from life whenever possible to capture atmosphere and light. Tim has a degree in Fine Art and is a member of the Royal Watercolour Society. He has worked as a professional artist for more than 20 years, enjoying architectural perspective with impressions drawn from plans which he illustrates in watercolour for display, publication and presentation. He has painted the interiors and exteriors of some great cathedrals, country houses and their gardens which he relishes and often uses as examples in his demonstrations and workshops. For more information regarding the exhibition contact Gill Watson at Ingleby Gallery. Tel: 01332 865995 email:

All kinds of table accoutrements would be on show from spoon warmers, cruets, menu stands, wine coasters, mirrors, figurines, flowers, candelabra, crisp linen table napkins and specially coloured wine glasses for the different drinks that accompanied every course. Indeed it became a fine art and hostesses would compete with each other for the most elegant and adorned table! A far cry from today where tray, fish and chips and a bottle of ketchup are more the norm! Made by reputable makers, Richards and Brown and dating from 1865 this bygone from an era of elegance is sure to have many bidders trying to catch him! Estimate Auction Price: £200-300. For more information contact Hansons , Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire. Tel 01283 733988

Norma Gent With spring flowers about to pop up above the cold ground and daylight hours lengthening, the opportunities arise to put brush to paper. Norma Gent holds watercolour classes weekly and special day workshops once every 3 months with something for beginners to the more experienced.Visit Norma at her studio - 2 The Galleries, New Lane, Alfreton.

INGLEBY Gallery Ingleby, Derbyshire, DE73 7HW

T: 01332 865995 Open: Wednesday to Friday 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday Noon – 5pm

Sunday March 3rd to Sunday March 17th ‘Exhibition’ by Tim Rose 66

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Norma Gent Derbyshire Artist u Pets, Portraits, Scenes, Still Life, Executive Caricatures, Victorian Life.

KLEEFORD COIN AUCTIONS Regular monthly sales of Coins, Medals, Notes, etc

SPECIAL DAY WORKSHOP Saturday 16th March Watercolour Classes Tuesday mornings & evenings & every Thursday 9am - 10.45am St Thomas’s Community Centre Somercotes Framing Now Available The Studio, No 2 The Galleries, New Lane, Alfreton.

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For a free Auction Catalogue please contact us on 01773 528743 • 07969 645952 Also accepting lots for future auctions. Please call for details.

Senad Delivering Excellent Support and Education… SENAD have been delivering excellent support & education to people with disabilities in and around Derbyshire for ten years. We specialise in delivering support to people with Learning Disabilities, Physical & Sensory Impairments, Autism, Mental Health Issues and Acquired Brain Injuries. To build on the outstanding support that the children & adults receive in our homes and schools, the launch of the Community Support Service (CSS) has provided a much needed solution for people as they enter a different phase of their lives.

ree Day Antique & Collectors Sale ursday, Friday, Saturday 14th, 15th and 16th March at 10am Viewing on Wednesday 13th March from 11am till 7pm and on the morning of the sale from 9am.

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The CSS team recruit experienced professionals to provide support & care for people in their own homes; either as a route to a greater level of independence (e.g. moving from residential accommodation to support in their own home) or on an hourly basis to enable people to access learning, employment or social activity. Our services are usually funded through Local Authorities and/or privately and we use the time to apply a Person Centered Plan, identifying what achievements each person is aiming for. Our CQC inspection highlighted that both our staff and customers are happy with the positive support network we provide – we work as a team to improve people’s lives.

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March 2013 Viewing ursday 21st March from 11am – 7pm and on the morning of the sale from 9am.

ree Day Antique & Collectors Sale ursday, Friday & Saturday 25th, 26th and 27th April at 10am. Viewing Wednesday 24th April from 11am till 7pm and on the morning of the sale from 9am.

Free Valuations Every Friday 10am -4pm (Except Bank Holidays)

Whitehurst long case clock dated 1791, eight day movement, late eighteenth century brass dial. To be sold in our March Fine Art Sale

For further information telephone 01332 200300

A Support Team with YOU at the Centre We know that choosing a support provider isn’t easy! We specialise in the delivery of support and care for people of all ages who have: Learning Disabilities Autism and sensory impairments Physical disabilities and complex health issues Acquired brain injuries or associated mental health issues Challenging behaviour and communication issues Our role is to support you in the environment of your choice and to enable you to maximise your opportunities (this could include your access to the local community, improving your social circles and exploring the possibility of you becoming a working citizen on the electoral role).

T: 01332 200300 E: Senad Community Support Services 7, St James Court, Friargate. Derby. DE1 1BT

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Fantastic Results at Derby High School! Derby High School is top of a league table comparing the performance of pupils across Derbyshire in last year’s A and AS-levels.The average points score per pupil in last year’s A and AS-levels at the school, in Hillsway, Littleover, was 1,154.1. This score meant that the school ranked 33rd nationally, out of more than 4,000 mainstream and independent schools, and 13th out of all independent schools across the country for A and AS-level results. Denise Gould, Acting Head Teacher at Derby High School, said: “These fantastic results reflect the positive attitude and hard work of our students as well as the excellent teaching and personal encouragement of our dedicated staff. We are very proud indeed of all our students’ achievements, including their many successes in music, sport, drama and charity work.” The school also achieved joint top ranking – with 100 per cent - in a league table showing the percentage of pupils in the city who achieved five or more GCSE grades A* to C last year, including English and Maths. Jenny Sample, Director of Studies at Derby High School, said: “We are pleased, as always, with our GCSE results; our five-year average of A and A* grades is now 69% and many girls gained a clean sweep of the top grades.The results are excellent overall but also contain many individual success stories of girls achieving their own personal goals.”

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Coxbench Hall Top quality care in unique

Close Care Georgian surroundings for Apartment people in their later years Now Available us or Call in to seefor a us t ac nt co d Brochure an our DVD

Main Street, Stanton by Dale, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 4QH

Telephone: 01159 325387

Fax: 01159 442054


Stanton Hall Nursing Home a grade 2 listed building within five acres of private grounds and offers twenty- four hour nursing and residential care in a homely environment with scenic surroundings.

Coxbench Is About Caring! Sustain and enjoy independence throughout your retirement years in elegant surroundings with the support of top quality family-style care. This high quality retirement home is a beautiful Georgian building set in 4.5 acres of parkland, featuring a stream, pond and sensory gardens, just north of Derby City.

Stanton Hall’s aim is to provide an excellent standard of care delivered by staff that are qualified and trained to the highest degree including Registered Nurses and Care Assistants with NVQ qualifications.

Stanton Hall is able to offer clients the following levels of care: Nursing Care, Residential Care, Dementia/Confusion, Physical Disability,Palliative Care, Day Care, Respite Care

Resident’s individuality is respected at all times and their family ties and friendships maintained.

There is also the Stanhope Unit which is a Specialist Younger Person Care annex.

l Highly trained staff l Superb home cooking l Lift to all floors l Most rooms have en-suite toilets l Ample lounge space with large conservatory l Call Care System to all rooms l Loop System l Own mini-bus l Extensive activities and entertainment

Coxbench Hall Alf reton Road, Coxbe nch, Derby DE 21 5BB

Tel: 01 332 88 0200 Fax: 01332 88119 9 www. coxbenc h-hall. e.mail: offi ce@cox uk

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Didn’t fit me! I've spent most of my life buying size 9.5 shoes. The only exception to this rule was when purchasing either football boots, wellies or trainers where an extra size was needed to accomodate thicker socks. It's a well known fact (allegedly) that correctly fitting shoes when you're little keep your feet in good shape.

As a kid my feet used to be measured to find my exact size. How come then, when the assistant shoe fitter said 'he's a size 6’ I always came out with a size or two bigger because 'he'll grow into them'. The whole ‘kids forming feet principle’ was blown away due to lack of budget and projected foot size. The woman who measured our feet must have wondered why on earth she bothered as ‘we’ll take 8’s was announced’. So, once again it was time to learn to walk due to having no idea where my feet ended. The same principle applied from feet upwards. I was probably the best dressed first year kid at our school in my new uniform but nobody could tell whether I was an underheight anorexic 6th former or the result of a fire damage sale! If I turned my head too quickly in my cap I left it behind. Any passing osteopath would have had a field day! Only lots of Brylcreme would keep it in place. Whilst most kids wiped their noses on their cuffs I couldn’t reach mine! I wasn’t alone in the ‘he will grow into them’ class. Looking at an old school picture we all looked a bunch of misfits. I take a size 9.5 shoe, well I always did until I picked a pair up only to be told ‘they come in size 9 or10’. No half sizes anymore. So I have to squeeze into 9 or get bigger socks for 10. As we get older I’ve noticed that ‘he’ll grow into it’ becomes ‘I’ll slim into it’ as we buy clothes a size too small. We all have a magic mirror at home that irons out the lumps and bumps as we look into it and tells us ‘by gum you look good in that’. Talking of things that fit (or don’t) I stayed in a hotel in Rhodes many years ago which had a clothes shop with resident tailor(!) who stood outside saying to guests ‘quality hand-made suit ready in four days’. My last made-to measure suit was when I was single and it took 4 weeks and 4 fittings. (Just the lapels!). I’ve still got it in the loft! Quality stuff, but it doesn’t fit anymore! I’ve been into some big names suits since but none made as well as that one. Having got sick of clumps of chips, undercooked eggs and crème caramel I

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gave in after three days and went into the shop, to look rather than endure lunch. I fell for his plausible patter somewhat in the manner of Zorba! Having chosen ‘English finest cloth’ he asked which zip size I wanted. I’d never been asked that before. I suddenly had a vision of a sleeping bag. How hard are they to unzip? Surely zips are all one size on suits? I should have looked at the old men sitting drinking beer and smoking in the Tavernas with their legs open, to visualise my future suit. Lots of measuring took place and writing down in a notepad of all the relevant details - all for show obviously because the first fitting was in the style of a clown. The jacket was draped over me and out came the chalk as he made marks all over it, I think he was a frustrated ex schoolteacher who had taken up tailoring to rid himself of tension and inflict upon the populace a style of clothing to keep himself cheerful as he watched them walk by. Who buys a wool suit when on holiday in 38 degrees centigrade? (Me). People warned me not to buy gold but no one said anything about a suit. The trouser fitting followed in a similar vein. The gusset was big enough for a kangaroo pouch and obviously more chalk markings ensued. He spent a long time down there and to be honest I was getting worried about him but hey trousers need to fit properly. A few rapid flurries of stitching and it was done and ready to be made up at the tailors(!). After a while, realisation set in that it is nearly impossible to make a suit in four days. Or, it’s possible to nearly make a suit in four days. They were onto a winner because having paid a deposit and with the captain revving the airplane up on the runway I was bound to pick it up and run. This suit then travelled 2000 miles back to England only to languish in a wardrobe unworn. I had always thought that the idea of a pin stripe was that the lines go vertically. I say this because the lines on the jacket after careful checking (back in England of course) showed that the material hadn’t been cut correctly. The trousers not only had room for me but also the Elgin marbles! (yes I know they are sculptures but it sounded funny when I said it). The pockets were just dummies. I still leave my pockets sewn up today because I’m always worried that I'll find I've been done again. Was I going back to complain? I did return about 4 years later but I was over the problem by then (and fatter) having given the suit to a blind, hunchback with one leg longer than the other and top half longer than the bottom, who thought it was great. He went on to enjoy a great career in panto in MY suit! *Mouse Trap-the Revenge.You may remember my attempts at ridding the loft of mice, well eventually I did. Months of silence has been brilliant and so in November 2012 I went up to sort a few things out and for some inexplicable reason, decided to set two traps near the loft hatch, then promptly forgot about them. Last week I needed something from the loft, opened the hatch and two traps complete with dead mice landed on my head. Oh joy. *I felt quite smug this month. Whilst others have trotted(!) off after bargains such as ‘two million beefburgers for a fiver’ etc, I’ve always favoured the local butcher who rears and slaughters his own cattle. Having a smaller piece of tasty quality meat rather that a ton of rubbish has always seemed better to me. I would prefer half a packet of quality crisps than a whole packet of crisps with no flavour. In life you generally get what you pay for! I wonder who ate Shergar!!


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Mascarpone and Cod Filo Parcels This is a real change from battered cod and the mascarpone topping just seeps down into the cod giving it a very rich taste. The parsley, lemon and capers are traditional accompaniments and rightly so because they complement perfectly. Ingredients 1 large piece of cod loin. 1 packet of filo pastry Melted butter 250g of mascarpone Fresh parsley A jar of capers 1. Preheat the oven to 200°c/400°f /gm6 2. Working quickly because filo pastry dries out, remove 1 sheet of filo pastry and using a pastry brush, brush it with some of the melted butter. Put a second sheet of filo on top and brush that with melted butter - repeat this until you have 4 sheets sandwiched on top of each other.

3. Cut a fillet of cod from the main piece, rinse under running water and dry. Then place in the centre of the filo. Chop the parsley finely and mix with the capers and mascarpone, then spoon a generous portion on top of the cod. 4. Pull up the sides of the pastry and scrunch together, peeling out some of the top leaves Brush lightly with melted butter. Repeat the procedure for each piece of cod. 5. Lightly grease a baking sheet and space the parcels carefully on this. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until the parcels are golden brown. 6. Serve with a slice of lemon and a dressed salad.


Bulls Head at Wilson

New Free House Opening Times: LuNcH 12noon – 2pm Wednesday - Saturday DiNNER 5.30pm – 9.00pm Tuesday – Saturday SuNDAy LuNcH 12noon – 3pm

is 16th Century Coaching Inn boasts the finest in real ales offering fresh homemade cuisine, prepared using local and seasonal ingredients.

Book Now For Mothers Day 10th March Renowned for Quality Steaks Telephone 01332 863921 Bulls Head Row, Main Street, Wilson, Nr Melbourne, Derby DE73 8AE. March 2013 Country Images


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The Bridge at Derby Newly refurbished. Whether you’re after a coffee, a light lunch by Derby’s only pub with a riverside garden or a full evening meal cooked by our excellent chef, The Bridge at Derby is the place to be! Only 3 minutes away from Derby City Cathedral - over the Millennium Bridge and turn left. 3 Mansfield Road, Derby, DE1 3QY info@Thebridgederby.Co.Uk

Telephone: 01332 380863

The Marquis of Ormonde A warm welcome awaits you at the newly refurbished Marquis of Ormonde on Denby Lane, Codnor, Ripley. They offer fresh food served daily and cater for all occasions with their function room, fully licensed bar offering a selection of real ales, drafts, spirits and fine wines . They also offer a lunchtime specials menu, a midweek carvery and a traditional Sunday carvery.

Telephone: 01773 745222

The Bluebell Country Inn The Bluebell Country Inn & Restaurant is set in the idyllic village of Farnah Green; near Belper with its smart and contemporary dining room they offer a wide and varied lunchtime and evening menu choices using only the very best local produce. They include an excellent and varied vegetarian menu too; the food is freshly prepared to order and served by staff for which nothing is too much trouble.

Telephone: 01773 826495

The Blenheim House Owners of the Blenheim House – Etwall, Phil and Helga Ritchie-Smith would like to welcome you to our relaxing and informal bar and restaurant. In the bar we serve a range of traditional dishes as well as some modern favorites offering an excellent alternative to our fine dining restaurant. Open from 11am for coffee and teacakes through to lunch and dinner we are here all day. Blenheim House, Etwall, Derbyshire ‘Eat, Drink, Sleep’

Telephone: 01283 732254

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With news stories abounding regarding meat products which contain ‘dubious’ elements it is even more important that we know the source of the food that we eat. Changing our buying habits has never been more important to ensure the food we buy is exactly what it says on the label. On this page are family businesses with a trading history that they are proud to boast about. The shops display awards for the quality and freshness of produce and you can shop with utmost confidence.

The Duffield Dairy Burley Meadows Farm, Duffield For the freshest milk delivered from our farm to your doorstep in Duffield, Quarndon, Little Eaton and Holbrook. Also commercial deliveries throughout Derbyshire.

Barry Fitch Butchers Quality butchers and bakery Ample on-site parking, superb lamb and beef straight from our own farm in Little Eaton, free range chicken, game, quality pork. Barry Fitch Butchers provide you with delicious, locally produced foods.

Tel: 01332 831217

Whole. Semi-skimmed and Skimmed milk available

To place an order or to find out more contact John on 07813172124 or go to

135, Alfreton Road, Little Eaton, Derby DE21 5DF

Also available Double and Single Cream, free range eggs and potatoes

Winner ire rbysh 3 201 De Drink & Food Local Award - er u d Pro c

Robin Maycock Famous for their fresh locally sourced meat, bakery and deli counter.

Quality Meats from local farms in and around the Peak District

. Stafford Ltd , R .G Set in beautiful Derbyshire countryside with free parking outside

HOLLOWAY VILLAGE BUTCHER Lea Shaw Road, Holloway, Nr Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5AT 01629 534333

Providing customers with quality and FA R M S H O P tasty produce.


Choose from our home reared Hereford beef and lamb, local pork homemade sausages and burgers [all with our personal guarantee of provenance] home reared chickens and free range eggs Like us on facebook for a weekly update of what’s happening on the farm and for this week’s sausage flavours Oakfield Farm, Belper Road, Stanley Common. Derbyshire, DE7 6FP •

Telephone: 0115 930 5358

Farm shop open Saturday 9am – 3pm

Qu ality Butchers All kinds of meat available e Very Best Turkeys, Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Pork, Geese, Ducks all locally sourced Fresh Homemade Pies, Quiches, Pork Pies, Cooked Meats and Fresh Bread also available

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Right: The fabulous new spring/summer collection by Michaela Louisa is available at Jillian Hart Fashions. This super dress and matching bolero jacket would be perfect for any special occasion or cruisewear. Jillian Hart are located at 40-44 Babington Lane, Derby Telephone 01332 347647 for more information regarding their collections.

Below: This nautical jumper is set to make waves. With a slash neck, block stripe and anchor detail, it is made from cotton, wool and angora. ÂŁ69.95 from Clarkes of Ripley, Grosvenor Road, Ripley.

Below right: At Chic not only will you find a super range of accessories such as jewellery, scarf ’s and gift ideas, they also have a beautiful selection of Ladies stylish Italian Fashion wear to suit all sizes and ages and will inspire any visitor to update their wardrobe and even handbag too! Well worth a visit or call at our Bakewell or Buxton showrooms. 01335 347247

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3b Portland Square, Bakewell DE45 1HA 01629 812514 10 The Market Place, Ashbourne DE6 1ES 01335 347247 Unit 8 Cavendish Arcade, Buxton SK17 6BQ 01298 79244

CHIC FASHION SHOW WEDNESDAY 20TH MARCH AT 7.30PM 40-44 Babington Lane, Derby Tel: 01332 347647

The Coach House Suite, The Royal Oak Hotel, Mayfield Road, Ashbourne Tickets £8.00 including glass of wine Raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust

Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm

The Outlook Is Bright For city-centre choice and town centre service Friendly personal service from assistants who care, in a truly independent store that’s big enough to stock the quality brands you want. An independent department store, with Fashions, Lingerie, Accessories, Shoes, Mens, Homeware and Coffee Shop. Pop in soon, and free yourself from chain store sameness.

full of surprises 8-18 Grosvenor Road, Ripley Tel: 01773 742151

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Clockwise from top left: Labelled as easy to knit, using creative twist super chunky, this stylish gilet layers up for a fashionable spring look. Pattern and yarn from Rico design, available from U-duit the Wool Shop, Church Street, Ripley.

Upper Stones Fashion bursts into spring and summer 2013 with the zest and vitality fitting any follower of fashion. With wonderful European designer wear renowned for its fit and quality, in sizes “14 to 30”, from casual jeans to a mother of the bride outfit. Visit Upper Stones fashions, 20 Midland Road, Derby.

Walk in style e Gabor Spring/Summer 2013 Collection NOW AVAILABLE

Gorgeous black court shoes with metallic toe by Gabor part of the lovely spring/ summer 2013 collection and now available at John Barclay. These lovely shoes are a versatile accessory towards a new spring/ summer wardrobe! John Barclay, International Footwear, 46 Babington Lane, Derby. Tel: 01332 342260


46 Babington Lane, Derby 01332 342260

K&S • Van Dal • HB • Peter Kaiser • Rieker • Camel • Gabor

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Ladies and Men’s Hair Abbey Lane, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1DG Appointment Service 01332 551440 Late nights Wednesday & Friday Free Parking


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Tudor Jewellers South Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5QT

Telephone: 01159 303 004 On the premises jewellery repairs available

Upper Stones FASHION

Spring/Summer 2013 lines now in stock “Mother of the Bride Occasion wear Specialists for over 20 years”

20 Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SL Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Tel: 01332 298208 Free Customer Parking Formerly Marcelles - Sizes 14 to 30

Country Club & Leisure Facilities Life is too good to go without a smile Wearing dentures may not be your choice but you can choose where to have them made • Cosmetic Dentures • Natural Looking Dentures • Denture Cleaning and Relines • Implant Retained Dentures • Caring for Nervous Patients • Emergency Repairs • Free Consultations From standard dentures to the ultimate in denture construction

A complete Wedding Day service for a perfect day! (Including Civil Ceremonies Licence)

Roderick L. Patterson DipCDT RCS (Eng) Qualified Denturist & Swiss Denture Concept Clinician

01332 960 146 20 College Street, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 4ND

Luxury accommodation now available Please call for further details

Restaurant Dining with Full Menu & Specials Board Thurs – Fri 5.30pm – 8.30pm. Sunday Roast 12noon – 2.30pm. Squash and Snooker available. Saturdays: open for weddings, special events and private functions.

Derby Road, Marehay, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 8JN T: 01773 744299 E:

Clockwise from top left: is the new website embracing three shops offering a huge range of textile related supplies and classes. White Peak Embroidery and Heirs & Graces are in Darley Dale giving the discerning embroiderer and patchworker real choice - as well as a vintage tea room for light lunches during your visit. The Compleat Knit is in Matlock and is dedicated to hand knitting with a wide range of yarns, as well as meeting all your needs for felting, spinning and weaving. All shops offer specialist tuition and there is always expert friendly advice on hand. Shops are open Mon Sat 10am to 5pm Coming soon to Rock Fall, Scarpa hiking boots. Pictured is the Scarpa SL Activ, a definitive hill and mountain all-rounder, this boot will take you from Snowdonia’s craggy peaks to Everest Base Camp. Available from Rock Fall UK, Wimsey Way, Alfreton, DE55 4LS. For a great spring look visit Frox, Derbyshire’s premier dress agency offering a fabulous range of second hand designer brands in clothing and handbags. Frox also stock a great range of jewellery and accessories. Frox, The Courtyard, Draycott Mill, Draycott, 01332 875572

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Fancy a new look?

Don’t have a bad hair day – remember Strutt’s are truly renowned as Independent Colour Correction Specialists so how about a Colour, Cut and Finish with a Manicure thrown in for good measure!

Join our VIP Diamond Club 47, Albert Road, Chaddesden, Derby DE21 6SH Book NOW on-line or call 01332 385476 or 286576


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D ressini Main stockists of: Condici, Ian Stuart, John Charles, Linea Raffaelli to name but a few. Sizes 8 to 22 Over 2,000 stunning outfits for mums and guests. Visit our website: or email: 9-11 Market Place, Market Bosworth, CV13 0LF Tel: 01455 290234

Below - top to bottom: Small traditional shoe shop Tarltons have been in Somercotes, Derbyshire for over 100 years offering a personal service if required. They stock many brands including Equity, Wauldlaufer, Marco Tozzi, Lotus plus many more. There is easy access for parking outside the shop, plus free parking nearby. Offering shoes for all occasions and slippers all year round, plus handbags by David Jones. A warm friendly welcome awaits you! Tarltons, 186 Nottingham Road, Somercotes, Derbyshire Tel: 01773 602816 Peter’s Shoe Repairs now open in Park Farm Centre – for all your shoe/ boot repairs and key cutting. Opening discounts available, pop and see us in Unit 9 opposite Scarsdale Vets!

Specialist Needlework and Wool Shop X-Stitch - Surface Embroidery LoweryWorkstands, Purelite Magnifying Lamps • DMC •Anchor • Books •Tapestry Tablecloths •TapestryWools •Threads • Frames Hoops • Embroidery Charts • Fabrics • MetallicThreads


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7a Church Street, Ripley DE5 3BU Tel: 01773 745824

Peter’s Shoe Repairs & Key Cutting

NOW OPEN at Park Farm Centre 33 years experience Speedy Service Also Build Ups and Orthopaedic Shoes


TARLTONS Super Lightweight Sandal by Adesso Stretchy and Comfortable to fit your feet… £30.00

Stockists of Leading Brands Telephone or call into the shop for details.


20% DISCOUNT on 2 pairs or more

Open: Mon through Saturday 9-5pm except Wednesday – half day 9-1 pm

Just Ring Pete on 07594172106

185 Nottingham Road, Somercotes, Derbyshire

Unit 9, Park Farm Centre,

Tel: 01773 602816

(opposite Scarsdale Vets),

Closed all day Wednesday

Allestree, Derby

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England Barker Jewellers 1 High Street, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3AA T: 01773 747226



A contemporary design and traditional craftmanship Rock Fall UK Ltd Major House, Wimsey Way, Alfreton Tr. Est., Alfreton DE55 4LS Mon-Fri: 9.00-5.30 Sat: 9.30-5.00 T: 01773 608616 March 2013 Country Images


La Source Warming Foot Soother 150g £16

Nourish Those Hands & Feet This winter weather is taking its toll on our hardworking hands and feet. Try these products from Crabtree & Evelyn to revive your dry, rough skin!

Gardeners Hand Therapy 100g £14 After a long day of handling thorny situations, Gardeners Hand Therapy is just the help you need. Containing a blend of nutrient-rich Shea Butter, moisturising glycerine, deodorising clover and soothing bisabolol from camomile this hand therapy will help nourish and condition work-roughened hands. *Shea Butter Rich Formula *Soothes *Conditions *Restores softness Fragrance : Fresh green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme.

Tried & Tested Gardeners age defying Hand Remedy. Made my hands feel like silk, and left my skin moisturized but not greasy. Loved the packaging too, I thought it would make a lovely gift. 5/5 jp

Exfoliate, moisturise and condition feet in one easy step with La Source Warming Foot Soother, formulated with anti-oxidant rich marine extracts and moisturising macadamia nut oil and shea butter for silky soft feet. Fragranced with a light sea breeze scent for a moment that is as refreshing as a stroll along the beach. *Self warming formula helps relax tired feet *Exfoliates, moisturises and conditions *Free of parabens, mineral oil and propylene glycol Fragrance: A crisp, clean scent of refreshing aquatic notes, musk and gentle shoreline breezes

Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Hand Therapy 50g £9 This award winning hand cream now comes in the wonderful new tartly sweet pomegranate fragrance. The intensive Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Hand Therapy is a neat handbag size, for treatment and care on the go. Formulated with a blend of shea butter, macadamia nut, pomegranate, grapeseed, and argan oils to moisturise and soothe hands and myrrh proven to help condition cuticle and nails the Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Mini Hand Therapy will help to leave hands softer after every use. *Conditioning shea butter *Macadamia nut, pomegranate, grapeseed, and argan oils to moisturise and soothe hands *Myrrh to help condition cuticle and nails *Apply as needed for daily moisturising Fragrance: The tart sweetness of pomegranate coupled with a burst of citrus and fresh fig leaf.

La Source Warming Foot Soother As soon as this touches damp feet it instantly warms which is a lovely sensation. The shea butter is really thick and my feet felt lovely and soft, moisturised and smooth all week! VP 4/5 Pomegranate argan and grapeseed hand cream. This is an intensively conditioning hand cream that after the first use leaves your hand beautifully soft and smells gorgeous! You only need to use a small amount and its doesn't leave your hands greasy as some Hand creams tend to do. 5/5

Try Something New Spring 2013

Including Spinning & Weaving Centre Derbyshire’s iendliest shop for the discerning embroiderer

Specialising in Knitting, Crochet, weaving, spinning and felting 22 Firs Parade, Matlock, DE4 3AS 016290593700

Derbyshire’s Premier Dress Agency Tel 01332 875572


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The New Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Win a Pair of tickets to the Catton Park Game and Country Fair. 13 & 14 April, Walton-on-Trent, DE12 8LN A game and country fair with action packed arena demonstrations and activities for all the family. A dedicated Kids Zone featuring bushcraft, low ropes, outdoor games and interactive learning for all ages. On-going cooking demonstrations by Tim Maddams from the TV series River Cottage and other local chefs in the food all. A great family day out. Just find the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire village in the crossword below and send the place name on a postcard to: Crossword Comp. Country Images, Unit 5, Keys Road, Alfreton, Derbys DE55 7FQ or via email to: Entries to reach us by March 16th 2013










Auris Touring Sports offers dynamic design, best-in-segment functionality and large, flexible loadspace. As the hybrid battery is located beneath the rear seats, there is no compromise in the size of the loadspace and its luggage capacity. The new model will broaden the appeal of Auris and is expected to help increase the model’s European

segment share to more than five per cent by 2014, its first full year of sales. Conversely the hybrid’s CO2 emissions are a class-leading 86g/km; indeed emissions performance across the range is highly competitive with the 1.33 and 1.6 petrol units rated at 127 and 139g/km respectively and the 1.4 D-4D diesel at 109g/km.



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Darley Abbey & Allestree Cleaners Ltd Domestic & Commercial Cleaning Competitive Rates • Honest Reliable Cleaners Telephone Sue 01332 557974 or 07504 857436 Abbey Lane, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1DG (Located next to Headlines by Julie) 90

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Stunning Recently Refurbished Restaurant at Duffield


Newly Expanded Dining Area at Midland Road, Derby.

When you dine at either of our restaurants, you can rest assured that you and your taste buds are in good hands. That’s because many of the signature dishes have been crafted by Shariat Ullah whose chef’s whites saw action in kitchens of some of the world’s top hotels before arriving in Derby.

Bookings Now Being Taken for Mothers Day, and Private Functions at both our Duffield and Derby restaurants. Perfect for family, friends and corporate parties.

Early Diner 2 for 1 Offer Starting From 5.00pm to 7.30pm Available 7 Days a week (tables must be vacated by 7.30pm) Offer Applies to Main Course Only

Why not try our Authentic Indian Cuisine in the Comfort of your Own Home? Our Take Away/Delivery Menu Prices are 50% LESS than our Dining In Menu

For reservations 2B Tamworth Street, Duffield, Derbyshire. DE56 4ER T: 01332 841111 Viceroy Derby 8-9 Midland Road, Derby. DE1 2SN

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