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Country apRil 2014


Toad in a Hole by Richard Whittlestone

In this issue: Warwick Davis, Swanwick Old Hall, A Walk round Dale Abbey, Home Emporium, Shopping in Alfreton, Three Centuries of Clock Making, Out and About and much more‌ Y O U R c O m p l i m e n ta RY l i F e S t Y l e m a G a Z i n e eSt 1994


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The Hall at Swanwick is today regarded as the delightful 18th century villa built for Hugh Wood by Joseph Pickford of Derby in 1771-1772, which in its 19th century expanded form now forms the centrepiece of the former Grammar School in the village, to which the celebrated county architect George Henry Widdows built elegant and well-thought-out additions to accommodate the school.

Swanwick (Old) Hall

Yet when that house was built, Swanwick Hall was a different building entirely, standing on a different (but nearby) site. It was demolished as long ago as 1812, yet was an important and opulent building which deserves to be remembered.

Picture above: Swanwick, the remains of the old hall built by Thomas Brailsford and enlarged in the 1670s by George Turner, seen in the 1960s. It was reduced to a farmhouse in the 18th century [M Craven]


n estate at Swanwick belonged to the Zouches of Codnor Castle towards the end of the 16th century, but they were beset with financial difficulties and sold it to Humphrey Alsop, a cadet of the Alsops of Alsop-en-le-Dale who wanted it for its coal deposits. However, in the end the Alsops failed to exploit the coal and sold on to Thomas Brailsford of Seanor, in North Wingfield in 1613. It was Brailsford who built a house on the west side of the main road which became the true Old Hall. It was of coal measures sandstone, gables and modest in size, being assessed for tax on just four hearths in 1670. A portion of it survives, hemmed in rather by subsequent structures.

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The Civil War did the loyalist Brailsfords no favours and having compounded their modest estate, were forced to sell, the purchaser being George Turner of Alfreton, who once again was after the coal under the estate rather than the agricultural value of what was on top of it. He enlarged the Old Hall in 1675 (date stone) and was succeeded by his grandson John, the first of the family to be accorded the style of gentleman. It was this John who built a new house nearer the church. What he built was quite advanced for its era; brick, four square, flat roofed, three storeys and with a main south front of seven bays, but unrelievedly flat. There were bands between each stoey, stone

quoins, mullion and transom cross windows and a top balustrade, the detailing all being in coal measures sandstone from Pentrich. The only other detailing was on the main front, where the entrance had a triangular pediment over and the window above was ensigned by a segmental one. The west front was of four bays, but bay two was blind except for an oeuil-de-boeuf on the first floor, lighting the staircase. There is no account of the interior, but the contemporary plaster ceilings of Tupton Hall and Crich Manor House both sported dining room ceilings with exuberant displays of ovals decorated with fruit and flowers and were probably done by the

Left: Engraving of 1789 of the Hall at Swanwick, taken from an oil painting in the possession of the Thoroton family [M Craven] Below: Hugh Wood’s villa, now the hall, as it was in 1991, as a school [M Craven]

same stuccadore, possibly the highly accomplished Joseph Needham of Derby, who seems to have done quite a bit of work of this type in Derby and round about, although it was his son Joshua who attained considerable eminence, through working with Francis Smith of Warwick. The form of the house was quite advanced for Derbyshire, the flat roof with balustrade and plain façade hark back to Inigo Jones’s Queen’s house, Greenwich (1616 & 1629-30) and Banqueting House, Whitehall (1619-1622). It recurs at Wilton (Isaac de Caus & Inigo Jones, 1636-1640), albeit on a grand scale with angle towers. A more immediate precedent was set by Sprotbrough Hall in Yorkshire, built in

1685 for Sir Godfrey Copley 2nd Bt who, like Turner, was a coal owner and who a decade later employed George Sorocold of Derby in the creation of the waterworks in his park. Like Swanwick, it was three storeys, had a main façade of seven bays, a pedimented entrance and top balustrade. It also had bands between the floors, although at Sprotbrough they were waved over the curved heads of the windows, a refinement lacking at Swanwick. It differed also in being a far more ambitious house, having a pair of lower five bay wings either side of the main block which broke forward at the ends to form a generous cour d’honneur, with ogee topped towers positioned on the insides of the angles. This model of house flourished further in

Buckingham House, London (now Buckingham Palace, William Winde, 1703) and Wotton House, Bucks (possibly John Keene 1704) before taking off in a big way with the later provincial Baroque of Francis Smith of Warwick, as exemplified just up the road at Alfreton Hall, built in the 1720s.

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Regrettably, we do not know the name of the architect of this impressive and architecturally up-to-the-minute house. Sprotbrough was designed by John Etty of York, who is not known to have worked in Derbyshire, although such a link is of course possible. More likely it was done by a local man, perhaps George Morledge of William Trimmer of Derby. The property itself passed into the hands of trustees in 1736, one of which was the manager of Turner’s coal mines, Anthony Tissington (1703-1776). He subsequently became the tenant of the house, leasing it from the Turner heirs, the Thorotons of Flintham, Nottinghamshire. Anthony Tissington was a neglected but important figure. He was born in Darley Dale in 1705 to a lead mining entrepreneur and was the fourth successive member of his family to bear his name. In 1730 he married Sarah Wall of Cowley, daughter of another successful lead trader. By the 1750s he controlled mines in Scotland, Wales and various parts of England, not only extracting coal, but also ironstone and lead. He was a friend of Erasmus Darwin and John Whitehurst, who had a twelfth share in the Tissington firm, netting him more than £50,000 over a period of about 14 years, which was good going in the mid-18th century. Whitehurst’s codification of geological strata, as set out in his scientific chef d’oeuvre, An Inquiry into the Original State and Formation of the Earth (1778 & 1782) benefited from his collaboration with the mine owner, who gave him access to his mines and in return the Derby clockmaker was able to predict from the strata where his friend should sink shafts to guarantee finding the precious minerals. In 1767 Tissington was elected FRS and acquired a town house in Derby. His brother George lived at Winster and his cousin, another George, was also involved in the family enterprise. In 1770 Tissington moved out and let the house to John Balguy, a portrait of whose wife, painted by Joseph Wright, has recently been acquired by the Holburne Museum at Bath. They moved out in 1791 when John, by then Recorder of Derby, moved to Duffield Park. At this stage, there seems to have been some difficulty in finding a tenant and the house lay empty.

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Elizabeth, Mrs John Balguy by Joseph Wright. [Holburne Gallery, Bath]

Meanwhile in 1771, another local mine-owning family, the Woods, acquired part of the former Turner estate and Hugh Wood (another client of Joseph Wright) commissioned Joseph Pickford of Derby to build him a neat compact villa which survives as the core of the former Grammar School. Hugh’s son, the Revd John Wood, normally resident in a Pickford-designed vicarage in old Edensor village as chaplain

to the Duke of Devonshire, decided to buy the empty Hall - the Woods’ house did not acquire this name until the 19th century - to expand his small park and in 1812 it was unceremoniously demolished. A strange coda to all this lies in the posterity of Tissington. His daughter Mary married John Tatlow of Codnor, farmer (another minor coal owner) and their descendant, Revd Dr W Tissington Tatlow, a Canadian, was from 1911 director of the non-conformist conference centre set up in Swanwick Hayes, a large stone house erected nearby in 1865-67 by Derby architects Stevens and Robinson for FitzHerbert Wright of the Butterley Company family and extended in 1893-96.

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Three Centuries of Clockmaking The Derby firm of John Smith & Sons, better known today as ‘Smith of Derby’ is the heir and continuator of a long tradition. Indeed it would have been possible to have viewed 2008 as a tercentenary of the establishment of a continuous tradition of clock-making that has gone on uninterruptedly, mainly in Derby.

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The essential link in the chain that stretches back to 1708 is in the first John Smith, of a Derby family but born in Hognaston in 1813. He was incidentally, linked to at least one Derby brazier working in the eighteenth century and to be a brazier in the Derby of that pre-industrial era can have meant only one thing, he was working in the clock trade. He was also related to the Howards and Harlows of Ashbourne and the Brownswords of Derby and Nottingham. Smith served his apprenticeship from 1827, starting when he was fourteen and although the relevant paperwork has been lost we have his own testimony that this apprenticeship was served with the firm of John Whitehurst II – the great John Whitehurst’s nephew and chosen successor. Assuming this was for six years as the usual term for a Whitehurst apprentice, he would have qualified in 1833 which was the year his master died and was succeeded by his son, John Whitehurst III. The firm although started by John Whitehurst in Derby in 1736, was an offshoot of that of his father, going back to 1708 in Congleton, Cheshire. John Smith worked for Whitehurst’s, which was nationally famous for turret clocks as well as for a variety of domestic and office clocks, watches and instruments, until 1840/41, when he resigned due to his failure to get on with the firm’s foreman, Thomas Woodward. He set up on his own account at 46 (now 126) Nuns’ Street (the old brick Tudor farmhouse) shortly afterwards, founding the firm that still bears his name today. In 1860 Smith moved his business, then still making and repairing domestic clocks and watches, to 6 King Street (long since demolished) and then in 1865 his success enabled him to transfer

to much more commodious premises at 27 Queen Street – an extraordinary coincidence, for this was the house originally built by the father of John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, rebuilt in 1764 for the great John Whitehurst himself, after whose time (from 1793) the eminent British painter, Joseph Wright took up residence there, dying in the house in 1797. A blue plaque unveiled in January this year records two of these men; Whitehurst’s is elsewhere. Left: Small turret clock movement from 1907 [Smith of Derby Ltd] Below: Drop dial fuse railway wall clock from the 1870s [Derby Museum Trust]

At Queen Street, Smith was able to turn to the manufacture of high quality turret clocks and over the following two generations this began to form the backbone of the business. This was of course alongside long case, bracket and various types of wall clock, not to mention other spin-offs from his Whitehurst years; watch-clocks and barometers. He even made a few, mainly silver, pocket watches, but these are very rare and tend to date from the years prior to 1865. Quite a lot of his output was for the regional railway companies, especially the Midland Railway and station and signal box wall clocks as well as staff silver watches can still be found at reasonably modest prices. Smith died in 1883, but there seems to have been a rift in the lute concerning the succession. The eldest surviving son, George Samuel Smith, seems to have seceded around 1875 and set up on his own account in St Peter’s Street. This business lasted until George’s death in 1925 and clocks made by him can still be found. The main business was continued by the younger sons, Frank Simon and John Henry. They died in 1913 and 1910 respectively, leaving the firm in the capable hands of experienced clock makers Jack Warden and Will Hayes, overseen by Frank’s widow Emma; this situation was maintained until her son Howard Smith (1907-1983) came of age in 1928. John Edgar Howard Smith was the man who kept the firm alive through the great recession and the dark days of the Second World War, when he took on contracts for all sorts of unlikely work to keep those men who weren’t away at the war in productive work and to ensure the firms’ survival. He was also very hands on and never asked a man to do what he would not do himself. The early twentieth century also saw a retail arm launched in a shop on the inside corner of Market Place and Corn Market in Derby, well remembered for its plethora of clock dials on the outside wall, giving the time alongside that in four world capitals. When this was wound down in the 1960s, the place was demolished and a rather shiny bank built on the site.

From the collector’s point of view, however, this widened the picture for although the firm stopped producing their own domestic clocks between the wars, they were selling (with their name on) a whole variety of different clocks and watches – mantel clocks, a few of the odd-looking long cases of the period, watches, aneroid barometers and so on, mainly UK sourced from first rate manufacturers, but also from good makers on the continent. Furthermore, other distinguished firms have been pulled into this continuing tradition through the acquisition of two other long-established clock making firms, Joyce & Co of Whitchurch, and Potts of Leeds. Between the 1930s and the end of the 20th century no domestic clocks were made, only turret clocks and items relating to them with innovations and improvements coming thick and fast. Of recent years however, the firm has reintroduced some exceptionally high quality domestic clocks, bearing the Whitehurst name. They are definitely going to become tomorrow’s high-end antiques. Meanwhile it’s worth tracking down the mid-to-late 19th century wall clocks which should sell at auction for £300-£400 or a good bit more if in exceptional condition. The maker’s name ‘John Smith & Sons of Derby/Midland Clock Works’ or similar, allied with Midland Railway, LNWR or, after 1923, LMS on the dial will, however, carry a premium, for clock enthusiast + railway enthusiast = serious competition!

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the bus station situated in the centre it’s an easy town to nip to and do the weekly shop. Whilst many towns have lost synonymous names linked with historical high streets, Alfreton has retained the likes of Burtons and W H

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Smith. Various cuisines are catered for from traditional English food to the ever popular Asian delicacies. As is our want these days, the growth of the health and leisure industry affects Alfreton too with cafĂŠs, hairdressers and nail salons all springing up. Gone is the coal and iron industry, in have come the more delicate touches in life! Are we getting soft? Alfreton Leisure Centre

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Riddings The Dallas of Derbyshire Well not quite, but as Brian Spencer discovered, Riddings was once the site of the world’s first oil refinery.

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oday, Riddings is a pleasant suburb of Alfreton, but in times gone by it was hive of noisome activity, exploiting the riches from beneath the land. Coal and ironstone from local mines combined in a fiery alchemy to create the iron building blocks of the Industrial Revolution.

During mining operations in the New Deeps Pit above Pye Bridge, a black, treacly substance began to infiltrate the maze of underground workings, making life even more difficult for the miners toiling in already filthy conditions. This ‘black treacly substance’ proved to be a form of crude oil, something unknown at the time, but happily it coincided with the fact that local industrial entrepreneurs happened to have scientific minds. As a result rather than dismiss this strange substance as simply something the miners had to put up with, they enlisted the help of a Scottish chemist who was already starting to investigate the means of producing cheaper ways of making oil for lanterns, the only artificial light at the time.

Around 1800 Riddings was a tiny rural hamlet spread around what is still known as the Market Place. Its inhabitants were mainly self-employed handloom and stocking frame workers, or farm labourers working on nearby farms. The rest dug coal or ironstone from shallow pits as their forebears had for generations before. It was the convenient presence of both coal and iron that attracted the attention of three Derby men, named Saxelby, Edwards and Forester, who founded what they chose to call Alfreton Ironworks; later and more accurately known as Riddings Ironworks. Of the three, Saxelby was the only one with any previous knowledge of the iron trade, being part owner of St Peter’s Foundry in Derby’s St Peter’s Street, | 41

near what is now the Westfield Centre; however, he was also first and foremost, a pharmacist by profession, but fortuitously, a scientific ironworks owner. Of the other two investors, Edwards was a lawyer and Forester a consultant physician at what was then the Derbyshire General Infirmary. Production began in earnest two or three years later, when David Mushet a Scotsman with a reputation for innovative experimental work took over management of the firm. By 1806 the ironworks had the highest rate of pig-iron production in Derbyshire with 1,450 tons a year coming from the firm’s single furnace, far outstripping their nearest rival Butterley’s 883 tons. As with many industrial companies in time of war, Riddings Ironworks benefited from the struggle against Napoleonic France, supplying iron cannon balls and shot. After the war, rather than go into recession the firm had the foresight to switch production to cast-iron pipes in order to meet the growing demands of water and gas suppliers, an example not only of being in the right place at the right time but more importantly, taking advantage of the opportunity.

Riddings House The next owner was James Oakes, another Derby man who bought out the original owners in 1809. David Mushet the ironworks manager also sold the shares he bought when joining the firm, possibly because as an ambitious man, he was in any case planning to move on, this time to the Forest of Dean. It was during James Oakes’s time that Riddings Ironworks started to make considerable profits and as the wealthy sole owner, Oakes was able to spend money on a big scale. In 1818 he bought the Riddings estate from Lancelot Rolleston of Watnall and by so doing became the owner of the whole village. Making himself a kind of lord of the manor, Oakes built Riddings House and laid out almost 300 acres of parkland on the eastern side of the village; all of it remains virtually intact almost two hundred years later, giving the village a certain rural charm. Considering the proximity of at least four coal mines as well as the ironworks belching out fumes and black smoke, he did well to preserve this rural idyll. It was around 1847 that miners working in the Old and New Deep Pits beyond Hollyhurst Terrace near Pye Bridge found they had to struggle with a black, treacly substance oozing out of the seams where they were working. Conscious that it was making working conditions even more difficult, Oakes began to investigate, if only to find a way of working round the problem. Even though he did not have the scientific training of the earlier owners of the company, Oakes was astute enough to try and find what the substance was and, if possible, find a use for it. To this end he was fortunate in being the brother-in-law of an eminent Scottish research chemist, Sir Lyon (later Lord) Playfair.

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Above: Riddings House. Below: The farm weighbridge and a detail from the granary. Right: The tramline used for moving feedstuff.

Left: Spring Road Old Nottingham Road.

The world’s first oil refinery Oakes sent a sample of this strange substance to Playfair’s laboratory in Edinburgh where it was quickly identified as petroleum, or naphtha, a substance that had been known since biblical times; Noah is supposed to have used something similar to waterproof his Ark. Unfortunately there was no other known use for this material, but Playfair showed a specimen to a fellow researcher called James Young. As it happened Young was working on a method of extracting lamp oil, a crude form of paraffin from shale quarried near Edinburgh. Realising he had could by-pass several stages of producing oil from shale, Young took out a lease on the petroleum seeping into Oakes’ mines and erected a simple refinery, probably the world’s first, within the confines of Riddings Ironworks. Production of refined oil was not immediate, but after several experiments, Young was able to split, or fractionate the crude oil, for that is what it was, into lamp oil and a simple lubricating oil. Until Young came along, whale oil was used in lamps and grease from these huge animals found use as a lubricant in the booming Lancashire cotton industry. Both products were expensive and these new and far cheaper products that came not from the sea, but from deep below ground, were soon in great demand. With the supply of crude oil from Riddings mines coming to an end, Young concentrated his researches into making shale oil and in so doing, managed to produce a more refined form of burning oil. This became known as ‘paraffin’, making his fortune and with it the nickname ‘Paraffin Young’. Even though the black, treacly substance continued to seep into the coal workings for at least another 40 years, it was no longer in sufficient quantities to warrant its refining and so after a brief moment in its part of the history of the oil industry, Riddings slipped back into comparative obscurity, never to become another Dallas

or Dubai. It is unlikely that James Oakes benefited greatly from the oil strike, but his empire based on coal and iron smelting grew rapidly and with it the commensurate growth of the village of Riddings. Retaining its ancient heart, Riddings expanded in a grid pattern around the parkland of Riddings House, a late Georgian manor Oakes built for himself. No doubt as a means of screening the ugly effects of his industry, he also planted belts of trees which in their maturity still form the eastern boundary of the village. He endowed a parish church in the style popular to Victorian hearts, and also built houses for his employees, specifying that they should have large gardens. This was to encourage the householders to grow their own vegetables and maybe keep them out of the pub, for Riddings was developing a certain notoriety for lawlessness. Despite building new houses, he kept many of the older properties, such as the 17th century Moulders’ Arms on Church Street, the only surviving thatched pub in Derbyshire. The service wing of Riddings House also has some interesting features, such as the octagonal granary or the tramline across the cobbled yard along which wagons of feedstuff could be pushed. Riddings Ironworks merged with Stanton Ironworks soon after the First World War and the plant closed down in 1969. The last of the Riddings pits had already closed before that war, but several of the Oakes mines around Pye Bridge continued under Nationalisation, with the last ton of coal hauled to the surface in the 1980s. The last members of the Oakes family to live in Riddings left in 1981, bequeathing to the village the old-established football and cricket grounds and the site of a new community centre; all within Riddings Park. Today, the village is a mix of old and new domestic properties, together with a number of industries mainly on its northern boundaries, with its coal, iron and oil heritage left to history. | 43

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A Change of Mood A

s I write this we are nearing the 21st of March, a very important date, marking the transition from winter to summer. What a relief! Perhaps it is my age but this winter has been inordinately long, wet, windy, cold and dark. Only yesterday we had some very heavy showers accompanied by strong, cold winds. Despite all this, the primeval clock followed by the natural world ticks on, affecting every part of nature. Tree silhouettes are becoming more ‘fuzzy’, swelling buds are making sharp outlines softer and changing the colour of many trees. A line of lime trees, forming a short avenue, have a distinct reddish hue. Beyond them winter wheat is bright green and growing fast, pushing upward out of the brown soil, as are many spikes of bulbs and perennials. The pace of change is slow at the moment as spells of cold weather sweep eastwards but it is inexorable, the sun is becoming the dominant force as winter is pushed back into the past. Not one living creature be it plant, bird, animal, insect or fish wishes to be left behind, stragglers often become the weak ones for whom there is little help or pity. A nearby rookery is a hive of activity as the residents get ready for the spring. There are no flights en masse to the feeding grounds from winter roosts as separate groups concentrate on life around their rookeries as they have done from time immemorial. A pair of collared doves is already nesting in the outer branches of a nearby conifer. Green woodpeckers are ‘yaffling’ and greenfinches are churring having been silent all winter and one can detect an air of excitement among all birds. Queen bumble bees are feeding on early spring flowers, refilling their tanks before starting on the creation of this year’s colonies. Male birds are donning courtship plumage and beginning to proclaim ownership of their small part of the planet, pushed into hidden little corners from which they hope to rear families to continue the life of their species in the face of increasing hardship. The whole spectrum of life is engaged in the most important activity, the survival of their species.

Clear skies have recently provided the opportunity to see some of the wonders and splendours of the night sky, in this case the Moon and Venus. I have the good fortune to see much of the sky without the problem of light pollution. The sun had set as I stood looking south-westwards as these two heavenly bodies started their routine to dance across the sky before setting in the west. The sun had set in a blaze of orange and red and as darkness descended the colour faded gradually, ebbing away to shades of purple. The different silhouettes of trees edged the western horizon, black and still, making a frame for the theatre in which many birds were now singing. Song thrushes were the most vocal, their songs carrying over the countryside in the quiet, still air, each one singing from the territory it had claimed. Blackbirds were beginning to sing, many not yet tuned in. The countryside was beginning to disappear as the light faded and the church tower to the west was just visible. The songs of robins could be heard along with the calls from a covey of grey partridge. Tawny owls were hooting, starting their activity, a large grey heron flapped heavily by to its roost, closely followed by three fast-flying mallard. There is much to see as day turns to night; long may it all continue, it is in our hands. A large dog could be heard barking, or perhaps baying at the moon, somewhere to the north-west, excited by one of the many creatures starting its day unseen by man. The following morning dawned clear, the ground white with frost. The songsters of last evening began the day along with rooks and owls still looking for a meal. On this occasion, the light was brighter by the minute encouraging the nocturnal creatures to seek their daytime hiding places, but there was no guarantee they would be safe.

Bye for now,


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WOW April already? – We are now past March and the dreaded chance of the ‘s’ word; the weather is looking and feeling more like summer than spring so things are really moving on. April is always a busy time for gardeners, your local plant nurseries and garden centres will have plenty of new season plants in, including the start of some of the summer bedding plants. Having some success last year with my vegetable plants I’m still going to try and grow a few, but Michelle (my wife) wants to re-design our garden after taking a lot of inspiration from garden visits we did together last year. I really cannot wait to start, as this time we will be including more plants into the design. The current one was suited to little (now big) Lewis growing up but now we want a garden for us. To get inspired yourself, look out for the NGS Open Garden booklets. The reason I love the open garden scheme is because these are real gardens that easily relate to our own gardens. Pick up a yellow booklet for dates and locations from any good plant nursery or garden centre and also look out for the yellow posters – the open gardens are a great source of inspiration.

In the Greenhouse: • Protect any seedlings from cold • Water any seedling trays or pots with copper fungicide to help prevent damping off disease. • Remember to increase ventilation on warm days • If too hot, put up shading to protect plants • Buy plug plants to grow on for pots, bedding displays and baskets • Sow French and runner beans in pots • Sow melons, cucumbers, marrows and courgettes in a heated propagator • Check plants regularly for signs of peat or disease • Plant tomatoes in grow bags or large pots

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“I like to break the ice. If someone’s a little bit uncomfortable about what they should say to me, I’ll make a self-deprecating joke about myself. Then they relax because they know I’ve got a sense of humour and they won’t be worried about accidentally saying the word short!”



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He’s the small man with big talent. Warwick Davis has had a stellar career since he landed his first film role in Star Wars at the age of 11. Now he is on his way to Derby as founder of his own theatre company and co-producer of a touring farce. At the beginning of the year he set up the Reduced Height Theatre Company for actors who are under four feet tall. His troupe is undertaking a three-month tour of Philip King’s 1945 comedy See How They Run. So why did Warwick set up the company? “The first reason is a selfish one, me wanting to appear in a play. I love going to the theatre and would always sit there and wish I was up there with the actors. “I’ve been fortunate to do pantomime for many years and I debuted in the West End last year in (the Monty Python musical) Spamalot. But I still had the desire to do a play in a more traditional sense. “I thought that after 33 years, perhaps the time had come for me to take action, produce something and cast myself in it. “At the same time I was aware of colleagues of mine who are also short actors and their desire to do something which challenges them a bit more. They haven’t had the opportunities that I’ve had in my career. “So I thought maybe I should form the Reduced Height Theatre Company, put on the plays ourselves and celebrate the acting abilities of the group. “When you come to watch See How They Run there’s no reference to our size whatsoever. I did scale the set down to accommodate us, so when you watch the play you actually forget that we’re short actors and enjoy the play and the performances.” Warwick Ashley Davis was born in Epsom, Surrey in 1970. He had spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital, a rare disorder of bone growth that results in dwarfism. His parents were told he would not live to see his teenage years. When he was 11 his grandmother heard a radio commercial asking for people under four feet tall to audition for a part in the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi. Director George Lucas picked Warwick for the role of Wicket. Warwick’s career ballooned after that. He played the title role in Willow, a fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, before being cast as Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter franchise. On television he has played a satirical version of himself in the BBC comedy series Extras; starred as a fictional version of himself in Life’s Too Short, written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant; and last year was cast in one of his favourite shows,

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Doctor Who. But Warwick admits there have been low points in his career and at one point he even thought about giving up. “The worst part for me was in the early ‘90s when there was no work for about eight months. You start to question whether this is the career for you. “We had no money and it was a pretty difficult time. I was considering what else I could do. I’m quite good at graphic design and thought maybe that was the kind of business I needed to develop. “Just as that was at the front of my mind a script came through the door for a series of films called Leprechaun. They were horror films. I did the first one of those and six more. My career just started to fall into place again.” His lack of work had coincided with problems in his personal life. He had married Samantha who has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. She became pregnant with their first child but Lloyd survived only nine days as he inherited both their genetic conditions.

Warwick admits it was a hard lesson to learn. Now they have two children, Annabel who is 16 and 11-year-old Harrison. “It’s important when you’re an actor that you balance your work life with your family life,” says Warwick. “My family totally understand what I do and why I do it. “Where possible they all come with me on trips, particularly in school holidays. We’ll travel together. During half term they’ll come and stay where I am. We try to make sure we’re together as much as possible.”

One of the best things he has done He confesses that See How They Run is one of the best things he has done. “Being in Star Wars is something I’ll always be immensely proud of. It was an ambition of mine for years to be in Doctor Who. “Now I’m proud of everyone in See How They Run. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do a farce. The pace has to be there, the precision has to be there to make it work. “I’m pretty proud of being able to put on a tour and actually do what I dreamed of.” Warwick admits taking See How They Run around the country was a risky proposition. “My co-producer made me very aware of the fact that you have to attain a certain level of sales to make sure you don’t end up losing money. “But I enjoy a challenge. It makes you so proud watching the show happen and seeing the audience enjoying themselves. “It’s such a gratifying feeling to give an audience a very entertaining evening as a performer. You get twice that when you know you’re responsible for making the show happen.” Despite the rigours of touring, Warwick is not content to sit back and wait for his agent to ring with his next job. “When you’re an actor or in the entertainment business, you’re only as good as your last piece of work. You have to keep a momentum going. If you drop off the conveyor belt they forget about you. “Even though I’m on tour at the moment I’ve already worked out my next two jobs. I’ve had a meeting developing new stuff for later in the year. You have to be proactive.

“You’ve got to get out there and create work - give people ideas, inspire them to think about you in different ways for roles. That’s what I’ve spent my days doing.” Twelve months ago Warwick presented his first television programme, an inspiring documentary for ITV about the Ovitz family - a touring Jewish musical troupe which included seven dwarfs who survived Auschwitz. More presenting will follow. This month he has a new show on ITV called Weekend Escapes With Warwick Davis in which he champions the great British holiday. He is also working on another programme for ITV but cannot release details just yet. Whatever he does, Warwick’s humour will no doubt be evident. He is the first to make jokes like the ones on the Reduced Height Theatre Company’s Facebook page which ask whether the tour is a short engagement and if there are any half-price tickets.

You’ve got to have a sence of humour “Whether you’re short or tall, you’ve got to have a sense of humour about yourself,” says Warwick. “I like to break the ice. If someone’s a little bit uncomfortable about what they should say to me, I’ll make a self-deprecating joke about myself. Then they relax because they know I’ve got a sense of humour and they won’t be worried about accidentally saying the word short!” Expect Warwick Davis to take even bigger strides in his career over the next few years. And that’s no tall story. See How They Run is at Derby Theatre from 7th until 12th April

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The Hermit’s Walk around Dale Abbey m n h y walk with rambler This short walk visits the monastic heritage of Dale Abbey. Within sight of Kirk Hallam and Ilkeston, it crosses open fields in order to reach rare natural woodland. This is where a 12th century hermit built a cave in the soft sandstone which can still be explored. Beyond it is a unique church that shares its roof with a house and then, a few yards further on the mutely soaring arch of a great window speaks of the glory of a long abandoned abbey. The Carpenters’ Arms is • From Pioneer Meadows take the central conveniently halfway round the walk. of three surfaced footpaths beside bushes and trees out to a wooden footbridge Coal, sand, clay and ironstone that fuelled over Sow Brook. industries like the Stanton Ironworks Pioneer Meadows is an area of public open travelled from shallow pits along a narrow space. In summer it is filled with gauge railway whose route can still be wildflowers growing in grassy spaces traced by the line of overgrown between woodland and even has a small embankments and cuttings. A pond that is fish pond. now the haunt of patient anglers once • Bear right after crossing the footbridge provided water power for the bellows of a and walk alongside the bottom edge of a simple iron foundry. ploughed field. • Enter the second field and about two Useful Information thirds of the way across bear left, slightly 3¼ miles (5.23km) of easy walking along uphill towards a line of electricity mostly flat, undulating field paths which pylons. Cross a stile and head to the can be muddy in wet weather. right of the pylons, walking towards a Waymarks with the figure ‘1’ denote the line of bushes beside a stream... route of this Erewash Valley Country • Do not cross the stream, but turn right Walk. beside it and then cross the trackbed of a Recommended map: Ordnance Survey former light railway. 1:25,000 Pathfinder series – Nottingham The old railway once linked Stanton south & west. Sheet SK43/53 Ironworks with two collieries around Free car parking at Pioneer Meadows Arbour Hill near Dale Abbey and also local Recreation Ground. clay pits and a sand quarry. Public transport via Ilkeston to Kirk • Follow the line of a hedge next to the Hallam trackbed and then bear left across the Refreshments: Carpenters’ Arms at Dale next field to its far corner. Abbey offers cooked food as well as • Go right through a gateway to follow a sandwiches. Good selection of real ales. track towards a group of cottages and

The Walk farm buildings. Bear left away from them, towards Furnace Pond. The now naturalised pond, a favourite spot for modern anglers, was dug in the 18th century to create a head of water providing power to work bellows for blast furnaces on the site of the nearby farm cottages. • From the pond, follow the farm lane up to its junction with Hixon’s Lane. Turn right and facing traffic follow Dale Road About half way along the road, look over the hedge on your right. Standing on the distant ridge top, the Cat & Fiddle white-painted four-sailed windmill is a major feature in the area. Privately owned it is opened occasionally on advertised days. • At the junction at the end of Dale Road, cross over the delightful named Potato Pit Lane and go through a bridle gate opposite into a field. • Bear slightly right, gently uphill towards woodland, entering it at the far corner of the field. The wood is called Hermit’s Wood and is an ancient relic of the dense forest covering the surrounding area in medieval times. Almost totally natural, it is a mix of magnificent specimens of beech, oak, ash and lime. In spring the woodland floor is

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carpeted with bluebells, wood anemones, yellow archangel and ramsons (wild garlic). • Following the bridleway into the wood, almost immediately look out for a flight of steps climbing up to your left. Follow them up to the hermit’s cave dug out of an outcrop of soft sandstone. The cave must have been a snug hideaway in its time for not only did it have windows and a door, but also a wood framed lean-to extension that would have kept the cold and rain away from its occupant. He was a Derby baker who in 1130 AD following a vision of the Virgin Mary, hid himself away in this then remote spot, in order to pray. Later he achieved popularity as a preacher, which in time led to the founding of the nearby abbey. His well is a little further down the slope and at one time it was considered to have curative powers. • Go down a continuation of the steps, away from the hermit’s cave and turn left on reaching the bridleway once more. • At a path junction within sight of Church Farm, turn left, uphill to follow a newly created path around the farm and as far as the entrance drive to both farm and All Saints’ Church. Turn left at the drive

and then immediately right into the graveyard in front of the church. The building, a ‘hotchpotch’ of styles, is a rare example of church and house (and until the 19th century, a pub) sharing the same roof. Part of the church dates from around 1150 AD; originally it was probably built as an infirmary or leper colony. When it is open, it is worth going inside if only to see the unusual features such as the medieval font and 17th century pulpit. • Leave the church by way of its lower gate and walk along the road for a few yards, then out towards the houses of Dale Abbey village. The magnificent arch of the abbey’s east window is one of the few tangible remains of this once important foundation. If short of time and in order to view the window from a public footpath, go through the stile almost immediately on your right on reaching the road, returning to this point to rejoin the walk. If time allows, ask for permission at the cottage built around the chimney of the abbey’s kitchens and walk out on to the excavated remains of the abbey. A large green painted hut to your right on entering the site contains many of the artefacts unearthed during archaeological digs.

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• Bear right with the village street and walk as far as its junction with Moor Lane directly opposite the Carpenters’ Arms. • With your back to the pub, follow the road to the left, past the old school and enter the next field beyond the playing field. • Cross the field, bearing right towards and slightly to the right of a group of stables. • Cross a footbridge with a waymark ‘1’ on its face and go straight ahead alongside a hedge (do not bear right towards the wood). • Bear left under power lines, go over the next stile and turn right alongside a hedge. The path follows the line of an abandoned narrow gauge section of the Stanton to Dale tramway. • After two more fields, cross a footbridge over a deep gully. Climb steeply out on to the field and follow the path to the left of Ladywood Farm. • Continue with the path along the brow of the broad hill and go through a small recreation ground to enter Kirk Hallam by way of Wirksworth Road. • Pioneer Meadows is to the right, downhill, along Wirksworth Road.

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2 Romeo and Juliet Black Box Theatre Company 4 Pether String Trio 5 Hidden. A darkly comic story about how six people’s lives interweave and unravel. 6 Let’s Hang On - The unique sound, mood and electric atmosphere of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. 4-5 The Merry Widow 7 The Illegal Eagles 10-11 HMS Pinafore 11-12 Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre Company students (aged 14 to 17) are busy rehearsing for their latest drama production, James Graham’s Bassett, taking place at Pavilion Arts Centre on Friday 11 & Saturday 12 April. It’s the citizenship class at Wootton Bassett School and the supply teacher has gone ‘a bit nuts’, doing a runner and locking the pupils in. That’s bad enough, but tensions are higher today than normal, a day when only yards from their confinement a repatriation of fallen British soldiers is happening along the high street – as it has over a hundred times before through this quiet Wiltshire town. And this one is more personal than most… Dean needs the toilet, Aimee needs a coffee, and Leo… well, Leo really, really wants to be at the repat and is determined to escape! As factions form and secrets are revealed, maybe he’s not the only one who’ll want to get away. Bassett is a pacey, funny and exhausting look at young people who have inherited a world at war; who, as they grow older, are starting to ask questions about these conflicts, their country, and themselves. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets for Basset are priced at £7 and (discounts are available). Call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at 12 Bobby Socks & Blue Jeans 13 The Marriage of Figaro 14 Dotty The Dragon 15-16 Who's Who 18-19 Taking Charlie 22 The Sooty Show 24 The Ken Dodd Happiness Show 25 Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure For Kids 26 The Just So Stories 29 The Simon & Garfunkel Story May 2 Ruby Wax – Sane New World 2 Soul Legends 4 Pavilion Arts Centre Studio 4 Ben Martin Trio 4 Peak District Music Centres Gala Concert 5 Old MacDonald Had A Farm 8 Broken 8-10 Faulty Towers The Dining Experience 9 Joe Brown - In Concert Palace Theatre Mansfield 01623 63313 April 5 On Tour with Elvis

FOLK ‘n’ ACOUSTIC MUSIC: 6 Thank You For The Music 8 Suggs-My Life Story 11 The Sooty Story 27 Down to Earth - An Evening with Monty Don May 1- 3 Syncopation Derby Theatre Box office 01332 59 39 39 April 2-5 Institute 7-11 See How they Run 21-26 The Mousetrap 29 - May 10 A Taste of Honey

Sat 10 May 8pm - FEAST OF FOLK featuring HOME SERVICE - Winners ‘Best Live Act’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013, one of the folk scene’s greatest bands, led by Derbyshire’s own, JOHN TAMS, who formed the band 30 years ago to play the music at the National Theatre. They have recently held a reunion playing at most of the major UK Folk Festivals. It’s great to have them here in John’s home county. Also on the bill is the fabulous French singer, Flossie Malavialle, with her gutsy guitar style, a truly impressive voice and excellent stage presence. Plus, the amazing young duo, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2013, and ‘Horizon Award’ 2014, who play fantastic fiddle and guitar, with vocals to match! Great Hall - Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AH Tickets £18.50, cons £17.50, under 16s £9 Box Office 01332 255800, Ticket Hotline 01773 853428

Derby City Council’s Derby Live To Produce The First Derby Comedy Festival Derby audiences love to laugh and will soon have plenty more to tickle their funny bone, as the first Derby Comedy Festival is launched this June. Derby City Council’s Derby LIVE will work alongside other arts organisations in the city, including Déda, Derby Independent Theatre Network, Derby Theatre, Funhouse Comedy, Furthest From the Sea, QUAD and Sinfonia Viva, to organise over a week of events running from Fri 13 – Sun 22 Jun 2014.

The People's Theatre Company, Nottingham proudly present Twelfth Night Or What You Will Written by William Shakespeare (abridged and adapted by Dan Maddison and Jupe Lustig) Directed by Dan Maddison

1st - 5th April 2014 at 7.30pm Wednesday and Saturday matinées start at 2pm The Nottingham Arts Theatre, George Street, Nottingham, NG1 3BE

Councillor Martin Repton, Derby City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said: “Derby Comedy Festival is going to be a superb addition to the city’s cultural scene, bringing a host of fabulous acts to various venues around the City Centre this summer and I’m proud to be involved. This is a first for Derby and it’s going to bring colour, energy and interest to this part of the country, really putting Derby on the map. “The Festival will feature many comedy genres including: stand-up, improv, puppetry, children’s comedy, burlesque and theatre and will appeal to a wide range of audiences. With a programme packed full of the hottest comedic talent, from local comedians and Visit for show times and prices and to book tickets online. Ticket prices are £12 adult £10 concession (Students, Senior Citizens and Children) Groups of 10 people or more £8 each. Box Office 0115 9476096 Tickets are also available from Nottingham Tourism Centre, Smithy Row, off Market Square. Synopsis 12th Night is a Shakespearean comedy, which tells a story of a set of twins, one of whom is thought to be dead. As the story unravels and

actors to rising stars and household names, the festival will bring a host of vibrant and appealing events to Derby audiences.” The Festival will take place in a range of venues including: Assembly Rooms Great Hall, Darwin and ’45 Suite; Bar1; Déda; Derby Theatre Studio; Guildhall Theatre and QUAD; along with an outdoor programme on the Market Place on Saturday 21 June. To keep up to date with the latest line-up and news around the festival visit, pick up a festival guide from early March and keep up to date via @DerbyComedyFest on Twitter and the Derby Comedy Festival page on Facebook.

we begin to become familiar with the characters and the plot, we find there is a twist in the story, as the dead twin is not only alive but …! This play is a full on piece of Shakespearean comedy genius, which focuses on a love triangle, gender swapping, true love, copious amounts of beer, pretty ladies and some old tunes sprinkled in for good measure. The play is full of intrigue and mischief, a definite must see from the award winning People’s Theatre Company, which is to be performed at The Nottingham Arts Theatre on George Street. | 63

DIARY m BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS WALK at CARSINGTON WATER Bird watching continues whatever the weather, with the bonus that birds such as Robins get much closer hoping for food. Why not come and see the winter visitors and learn more about those birds that have arrived from colder climates; our regular visitor, the magnificent Great Northern Diver is back and maybe Waxwings will also return in big numbers as in 2012/13. Our free leisurely monthly 2-hour stroll is the ideal way to see what is around and learn from the volunteers where birds hide away. 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 - 6th April and 4th May. Due to the popularity of these walks, it is essential that you book (Tel 01629 540696). ASHFIELD HARMONY (formerly Kirkby Light Operatic Society) are jetting off to America for their next Concert at ASHFIELD SCHOOL on SATURDAY 10th MAY, 2014. Won't you join us as we wing our way through the wonderful music of George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter, then take our connection to 'Chicago' and onwards with the music of Simon and Garfunkel and The Carpenters? Brilliant Nottinghamshire saxophonist, ALISTAIR PARNELL, will make us 'Smile' as we fly over 'Wichita' on our journey through 'THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK'. Our Secretary, Carolynne, can reserve your seat now by phoning 01773 775176 - cost just £7 or £5 for under 18s or full-time students. Join us on board. Take-off time will be 7pm prompt. Hand luggage only, please! Darley Abbey Historical Group 'Contradictions of Quaker Pegg’ presented by George Dury Find out more about William "Quaker" Pegg and his porcelain painting. All meetings start at 7.30pm and are held in Darley Abbey Village Hall, Abbey Yard off New Road, Darley Abbey,, DE22 1DS There is a charge of £1 for members of the Historical Group and £3 for visitors (this has increased from £2) For further information contact Sheila Hartle on 01332 557597. 'Matlock Artists Society has booked the big gallery at Arkwright Mill, Cromford for its annual exhibition, from 5th -18th July. This year our society reaches its 25th anniversary which we plan to celebrate on 5th April. We also plan to make our exhibition a huge success, by advertising widely to attract lots of visitors. We have just heard from our chairwoman,Val Fletcher, and are delighted by the news, that the

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Duke and Duchess of Devonshire have accepted our invitation to open our exhibition at the preview evening on Friday 4th July. The exhibition opens daily from 10am to 5pm and admission is free. Entries are judged by professional artists and winners will be awarded trophies. There will be paintings, prints, cards and some ceramics for sale There are shops, a car park and refreshments available on the site.' DERBY CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY FRIDAY 11TH APRIL at 7.30pm at the Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB A concert by THE EBLANA STRING TRIO with ANDREW DUNLOP (piano) Beethoven: String Trio in C minor, Op.9 No.3 Lawrie Rose: Piano Quartet Dvořák: Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat, Op.87 The Eblana String Trio and Andrew Dunlop are delighted to be giving the first performance of a new work by Lawrie Rose, a Vice-President of our Society. Tickets £13 and £12 (concessions) For further information ring 01332 830585 or visit Nods Theatre Company present "The Robin Hood Caper" by Fred Carmichael. April 2-5. Four old people meet to report on their good works in the "Charities Anonymous Club" at the home of Flora Langley's nephew, a market town journalist in danger of losing his newspaper to a corrupt councillor. What can they do to help? The Royal Oak, Ockbrook, curtain up at 7.30pm Tickets £8 and £7 concession available from 01332 679405 or 07827 816022

Music at Duffield presents - Manus Noble (guitar) 12 April at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) MAIN HALL, Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, Derbyshire, DE56 4GS. "Another future star was sighted in the guitarist Manus Noble...he steered a sparkling course through the timbre tapestry...Remarkably self-assured, Noble dispatched everything with refined technique, kissed by poetry" The Times. Supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Ticket prices: Adult £13, Concession £12, Student £6. Individual tickets are available at the door or from John Norreys (Tel: 01332 841503) and also online at Uppertown Social Centre Uppertown, Ashover, S45 0JF. Sat 5th April. The Arthur Doherty Band. Irish and Folk Night 7:00 for 8:00pm £12 including supper Contact Eddie Marriott for information and tickets on: 01246 590502 or 07966 154798 Website The Derwent Singers Saturday 12th. April 2014 at 7.30pm. at Christ Church, Bridge Street, Belper, DE56 1BA, The Derwent Singers present Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor, Pizzetti's Requiem Mass and music by Tudor composers directed by Richard Roddis. Tickets and information 01283 561826 or Heanor Floral Art Group Heanor Floral art group are a friendly group that enjoy flowers, demonstrations by professional arrangers, raising money for local charities and various social activities. Everyone most welcome. Club membership is available and visitors £5 entrance fee.

Allestree Flower Group Tuesday 15th April 2014 Annual General Meeting with Drinks and Nibbles. Time 7.00 for 7.30 pm Venue: The Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree Admission: Free members, £2 non members For further details please contact our Chairman on 01283 702602 or email: Media Secretary The Mickleover Art Group The Mickleover Art Group are pleased to invite you to an exhibition of members work which will be on show at the School Room Hartington from the 19th to 26th April. The exhibition will be open from 10.00 to 16.30 and works will be on sale. Little Chester Local History Group April 17 Lady Elizabeth Willoughby - a talk by Daryle Greaves describing Elizabethan Life at Wollaton Hall. We meet in Chester Green Community Centre, Old Chester Road, Derby at 7.30pm. Non-members £2 Annual subscription £6. For further information Tel.559615.

Fly Fishing for Trout and Winter Grayling Derbyshire - Small club has vacancies for 2014 3 miles on Lower Dove tributary ~ Sutton Brook tel: 01332 345033 or 07967 667 110

Spring Out & About Scotland Nurseries - a garden centre steeped in history “Situated on the outskirts of Tansley Village, on the B6014 just off the A615, James Smith (Scotland Nurseries) is steeped in history. Established as a tree and shrub nursery some 250 years ago and now a flourishing and expanding Garden Centre, its uniqueness is that the garden centre shop, restaurant, cafe and farm shop are all set within the charming old stone buildings, tastefully restored with a relaxed and spacious atmosphere. Expert staff for advice, quality plants, pots, planters, obelisks and everything you need for a perfect garden. Award winning Farm Shop offering fresh local produce (Best Deli in Derbyshire - Bakewell Show 2013). The Chocolate Shop Cafe (Finalist in ‘Best Tea Rooms in Derbyshire’ - Derbyshire Food & Drink Awards 2013) and The Heathers Restaurant offers a fine selection of tempting cakes, snacks and lunches all freshly prepared on the premises. Why not have a FREE coffee in The Heathers Restaurant on us? Just bring this advert with you on your next visit! We hope to see you soon”. | 65

Spring Out & About DC Leisure - SwimTag

Monitor your swim progress with SWIMTAG. SwimTag is available at all 3 of our DC Leisure centres at Alfreton, Ripley and William Gregg at Heanor. Not heard of SwimTag? Whatever you decide to do in the pool simply swipe your membership card at the SWIMTAG docking station in reception, pick up your wristband, wear it in the pool then return it to the docking station after your swim. The SWIMTAG wristband then automatically uploads your results to your own personal SWIMTAG online account. Monitor calories burned, distance, time, strokes and much more. You can see what the exercise has burned off with its calorie counter. You can even challenge yourself against friends and other pool users and engage with other SWIMTAG users in the online communities on Twitter or Facebook. Call us now and ask for our Aquatic Advisor to help you get started with SWIMTAG today! Or visit Reception to find out more. Use of SwimTag within our centres is complimentary with all memberships. See it in action on our YouTube channel or for more information check out Available at selected sessions to help and motivate you to achieve that little bit more, so that you can keep improving and progressing your training. For more information follow this link to the SwimFit website

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T: 01773 608616 Major House, Wimsey Way, Alfreton Tr. Est., Alfreton DE55 4LS Mon-Fri: 9.00-5.30 Sat: 9.30-5.00

Spring Out & About Crich Tramway Village

1940’s Event

Sunday 20th and Monday 21st April Step back in time to 1940’s Britain with Crich Tramway Village at our Easter 1940’s Event. Visitors 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. 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! Children will be able to take part in the Crich ‘Boot Camp’ and the evacuee scenarios and also learn how to rag rug in the Learning Centre. Historic wartime road and military 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. Wartime songs will be belted out by an authentic concert party throughout the weekend with Marina Mae, Kevin Mac, George Formby and traditional dancing. Plus performances by Masquerade. The Red Lion public house will be serving drinks and wartime styled meals. Plus, dress up in 1940’s clothes and we offer a reduced admission charge.

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Spring Out & About Meynell Langley Gardens, family run since 1941 Meynell Langley Gardens has been a family run business, since opening in 1941, by the Walker family. They offer a large and varied range of plants, shrubs and trees and their knowledgeable staff are always on hand to give help and advice. Each year we look forward to spring when the garden starts to wake up and you see the first signs of the colour. Many of the spring flowering plants are ready for planting now, such as Primulas,Viola and Pansies and will provide colour right through to the main summer bedding season. Now is the best time to plant fruit trees, shrubs and ornamental trees. You may give some thought to preparing some of your vegetables such as broad beans, lettuce and potatoes.Starter plants for hanging baskets and containers are ready now if you have a greenhouse or sunny window sill. Why not visit the fabulous Tea Rooms in the grounds of the Nursery, where you can choose from a selection of cakes, delicious sandwiches and lunch time menu, so once you have chosen your bedding plants, shrubs or ordered your hanging baskets why not stay a little longer and enjoy the surroundings of Meynell Langley Gardens.

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By now you will be seeing several spring bulbs flowering in your garden such as daffodils and crocuses, brightening up your surroundings, as the days gets longer you can spend more time in your garden and start planting and preparing your boarders, pots and hanging baskets. At Wyaston Nursery near Ashbourne this lovely family owned business grows all their own produce ensuring healthy and top quality plants. They offer friendly, helpful assistance when choosing plants, shrubs and trees with a wide,varied selection that will provide colour and interest in your garden throughout the year. Now is the time to start preparing your hanging baskets too and Wyaston Nurseries offer an expansive selection of vibrant bedding plants, shrubs and evergreens for a lasting display. For the keen vegetable grower there is an abundance of vegetable and tomato plants to choose from too. Visit Wyaston Nurseries you won’t be disappointed. Open seven days a week and bank holidays.

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Walks from The Fox & back for The Goose! Ramble on over to Pudding Pie Hill this spring, The Fox & Goose is a perfect base for a stroll around The Linacre reservoirs & the beautiful surrounding Peak District. Park up at The Fox & Goose and head on down the road, through Catchford Wood, Copey Wood & Birley Wood to join the Linacre Reservoirs. The reservoirs allow for you to choose the length of your route and whether you choose a long ramble or just a short stroll you’re sure to be hungry by the time you return. A meal by the fire at The Fox & Goose is just the remedy. With a choice of great sandwiches, pub meals and seasonal menus, there really is something for everyone. Our bar area welcomes well behaved dogs and we will provide you with the covers for those muddy boots. As a Country Images reader bring this page along to get 10% off your bill Monday - Thursday lunchtimes. The Fox & Goose, Pudding Pie Hill, Wigley, Old Brampton, Chesterfield S42 7JJ Contact 01246 566335

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The All new Coachman Vision The product of many years of development, Coachman’s brand new Vision range is the next step in their continuing quest to create the perfect family caravan. Designed from the ground up,Vision caravans feature a sleek, aerodynamic style, with advanced materials and a unique construction that makes them both durable and lighter than any Coachman that has gone before. With advanced features and contemporary styling, the Vision range is accessibly priced and practical, without cutting corners or compromising on the trademark Coachman quality. Step inside and you’ll find sumptuous furnishings, attractive wooden interiors, quality finishes and all the features you’d expect from a high-end tourer. See the Coachman range now at Glossop Caravans.



Galleries Artists 24ct gold and glass fused together create these gorgeous artworks. Joy and Darrell Greenhalgh design and individually hand craft each piece. They can also make something especially for you, enjoying the challenge of creating the right glass for the right place and it is wonderful to view the finished piece in your home, it always becomes a talking point! Be inspired and visit their gallery and workshop at Caudwell’s Mill, Rowsley.

Wildlife artist Richard Whittlestone holds his annual spring exhibition from April 12th. Expect to see a host of new original paintings together with a selection of new limited edition prints. Subjects range from a life sized tiger to a tiny goldcrest, all produced with stunning accuracy and deft brushwork in acrylics on panel. Richard, who has been professional for over twenty five years began painting at five years old and sold his first paintings aged thirteen. His trademark hidden fly which appears in all of his paintings, became a staple part of his work in 1990. “Customers who bought work before that date regularly bring their pictures in to have a fly painted in! - it’s most amusing” says Richard. Well worth a visit, the exhibition runs from Saturday 12th to Sunday 27th of April at Richards’s gallery on the beautiful Chatsworth estate.

“Phenomenal” was the word used by Nigel Kirk to sum up Mellors & Kirk’s highly successful March Fine Art Sale. Eighty per cent of lots, including many of the highest priced, sold to online bidders many in China, America and Eastern Europe. One of the more eye catching lots was a particularly attractive tea caddy. Tea caddies, those small boxes in which it was felt necessary to lock away very costly tea in case the servants of the house indulged in the fashionable luxury of the wealthy, are highly collectable. Few are quite as unusual as the Regency mahogany, marquetry and penwork example that turned up in the Nottingham auction. It was profusely decorated with a crocodile to the front and an odd, friendly elephant on the lid, symbolising the Indian origin of the tea inside. As if to underline the message the back was boldly lettered YOU CAN’T ME BUY MY VALUE’S HIGH beneath two spotted snakes. It was much admired at the Sale and sold for an unexpectedly high £4,100.

Original water colour paintings by artist Norma Gent are available from her studio at No2 New Lane Galleries, New Lane, Alfreton. Work in progress is this lovely family of elephants.



Ashover Show will be held on Wednesday 13 August 2014


Distinctive and exclusive glass art to enhance your home Unique and individual Glass fused with 24ct Gold, Platinum and Silver We welcome you to visit Gallery and Workshop on a beautiful Peak District river island.

Greenhalgh Glass, Caudwells Mill, Rowsley, Derbyshire 07906 728280

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2 galleries - 2 miles apart - 2 artists Martin Sloman and Karina Goodman gallery2gallery is a trail of history, heritage and culture in an area of historical and natural beauty. Karina Goodman at Studio 61 Gallery, Holloway and Martin Sloman of Cromford Studio & Gallery introduce you to the trail from gallery2gallery which takes in areas of historical & natural beauty and is part of The Derwent Valley World Heritage Site with a lovely book shop, tea rooms & other exciting businesses along the way! Cromford: Holloway: Both are working art studios & offer a warm welcome. Through her work,Yvonne Coomber embraces a poetry of structure which is inherent in her subject. Brought up on a farm in the Emerald Isle, her life has been greatly influenced by the simplicity and beauty that is woven into the land there and shaped by the gentle passion that runs through the people and culture. After attaining a degree in philosophy and literature at Brighton University and formal fine art training in Sussex, she now works full time as a professional artist in Totnes. A new selection of Yvonne’s prints are now available at Out Framed, The Market Place, Ripley.

Norma Gent Derbyshire Artist Quality framing service including: • Sporting Memorabilia & Medal framing • Artwork, Posters & Photographs • Canvas and Needlework stretching • Ready Made Frames • Computer aided mount cutter Stockists of: • Original Artwork and Prints from Local & National Artists • Jewellery & Gifts

◆ Pets, Portraits, Scenes, Still Life, Executive Caricatures, Victorian Life.


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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Why choose Glendair Dental Practice for implants? By Matt Lamb, implantologist at Glendair If I were to have an infection, had to have a tooth extracted or wore dentures, I would choose only one option - dental implants. Dental implants change lives. Patients love them and this gives me a great feeling of job satisfaction. They are the only option to truly replace like with like. Implants are a dynamic treatment using many of my skills as a dentist. My patients feel reassured that I provide complete implant solutions. They are proven to work - the implant manufacturer I use, market leader Nobel Biocare, has been designing implants for 40 years. I have patients who travel long distances to see me because they have trust in our approach and the results I achieve.

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Choosing to have dental implants is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly - and should never be made on price alone. There are always cheaper options available but as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. We offer transparent pricing for implants and interest free credit. Give us a call or pop in to find out more. Glendair Dental Practice, Limes Avenue, Alfreton, DE55 7DW. 01773 832164

care homes for loved ones All Ashmere Care Homes follow a simple philosophy, to provide an active lifestyle, secure homely surroundings and a caring community. Our aim is to give our residents a worthwhile new chapter in their lives. All of our homes have a thoughtful schedule of indoor and outdoor activities and games designed to be enjoyed by everyone. In addition to the homes’ own facilities, we also have a wealth of centralised facilities available to all of our residents, including a hydrotherapy pool. Ashmere also offer nursing, residential and dementia care, both short and long term in their homes. And of course, each home provides high quality around-the-clock care delivered by our thoughtful well trained staff.

West Hallam: Newdigate St, West Hallam DE7 6GZ Codnor Park: 88 Glass House Hill, Codnor DE5 9QT The Firs: 90 Glass House Hill Codnor DE5 9QT Valley Lodge: Bakewell Road, Matlock DE4 3BN

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0845 602 2059 For more info visit:

Regional finalists at the Care Awards 2012

King William: Lowes Hill, Ripley DE5 3DW Smalley Hall: Main Road, Smalley DE7 6DS Kidsley Grange: 160 Heanor Road, Smalley DE7 6DX Sutton Court, Lodge & Manor: Sutton NG17 2AH

Coxbench Hall Residential Home

Open Gardens For Charity at Coxbench Hall Make Sunday 4th May (2.30 to 4.30pm) a date for your diary. There aren’t many care homes that can boast 4.5 acres of managed parkland and gardens for residents.

2.30 - 4.30pm Sunday 4th May

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 just north of Derby City set in 4.5 acres of beautiful gardens that are open in the summer as part of the National Gardens Scheme. ● Highly trained staff ● Lift to all floors ● Superb home cooking ● Most rooms have en-suite toilets ● Own mini-bus ● Ample lounge space with large conservatory ● Loop System ● Call Care System to all rooms ● Extensive activities and entertainment

Alfreton Road, Coxbench, Derby DE21 5BB

Tel: 01332 880200 Fax: 01332 881199

Twice a year Coxbench Hall, which is settled in countryside between Little Eaton and Belper, opens its gardens to the general public as part of the National Gardens Scheme in order to raise funds for the NGS’s chosen charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care. There is an entry charge (£3pp), every penny of which goes to the charities. We can recommend a tour of the gardens which include ponds, a stream, woodland walk, wild nature garden, sensory garden, followed by a cup of tea with a slice of delicious home-made cake whilst sitting at one of the numerous patio tables or park benches.

30 YEARS OF FAMILY-RUN CARE Coxbench Hall is a residential home for ladies and gentlemen in their later years (see the main advert or ‘Google’ Coxbench Hall for more detail). This year is an important year for the home, as the first residents stayed there in 1984: 2014 is the family’s 30th anniversary. As part of the celebrations the residents will be treated to extra entertainment this year, though garden parties, brass bands and monthly restaurant-quality themed dinners are the ‘norm’. Everyone at Coxbench Hall wants the residents to have the best quality of life that it’s possible to have.


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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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Stanton Hall A caring lifestyle for all ages

Stanton Hall Suite • Nursing Care • Dementia/Confusion • Respite Care

• Residential Care • Physical Disability

• Day Care • Palliative Care

Private and Funded Clients welcome Stanton Hall Nursing Home is a Grade Two listed building within five acres of private grounds which offers twenty-four hour nursing and residential care in a homely environment with scenic surroundings for all our clients. Stanton Hall provides an excellent standard of care delivered by qualified staff that are fully trained including Registered Nurses and Care Assistants with appropriate NVQ qualifications. The individuality of our residents’ is respected at all times with family ties and friendships maintained throughout.

Stanhope Suite A purpose built unit for Younger Adults

& The Crompton Suite Both suites offer Palliative Care, Day Care & Respite Care for those with: • Physical Disabilities • Parkinson’s Disease • Multiple Sclerosis • Motor Neurone Disease • Huntington’s Disease • Brain Injuries

Main Street, Stanton by Dale, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 4QH Telephone: 01159 325387 | Fax: 01159 442054 | Email: | 77

Dining Out at


Rising Sun T

he Rising Sun is situated in Middleton, just outside Cromford and Wirksworth, with breathtaking views across the Derbyshire countryside. It makes an excellent watering hole if walking The High Peak Trail and both walkers and dogs are made very welcome by Steve and Laura. The beer garden has been redesigned and now provides a fantastic location for those lazy, sunny afternoons as well as a wonderful children’s play area to keep the whole family happy. I spent a lovely afternoon there in the heatwave we enjoyed in May last year and ate a fantastic meal in the busy beer garden, so this establishment comes recommended on two counts. My daughter and I visited on a Monday evening this time and were warmly welcomed by our waitress Sarah and landlord Steve. The menu is well thought out and caters for everyone with traditional pub dishes offered alongside a few dishes with a twist and flavour of the more exotic. Cesca decided on the Open Duck Wong Tong for her starter; shredded duck and red chillies with spring onions flavoured with coriander and layered between crispy wong tong sheets - not for the faint hearted - it had quite a kick which was completely to her taste. I chose the Goat’s Cheese Courgette Roulade with a poached beetroot dressing, served with a salad and toasted French bread. This was delicious, the courgettes mixed into the roulade gave the dish a good contrast of texture along with the sharp tangy cheese being tempered beautifully by the sweet beetroot. After these dishes had been devoured (we were very hungry) our mains arrived. I had plumped for the Oven Baked Fillet of Scottish Salmon, accompanied by a chive mash, root vegetables and a hollandaise sauce which was served separately to allow me a choice of how much to add. Needless to say I polished the whole jug off as it was extremely tasty and complemented the tender salmon cut perfectly without overpowering it. Our other choice for the main course was the Slow Roasted Belly Pork on a bed of parsnip mash with honey glazed root vegetables, finished with a honey and mustard sauce. As Cesca is still not wholly convinced on the wondrous delights of the parsnip, despite years of persuasion, she wondered whether she could have it with normal mash and it proved no problem whatsoever for the kitchen. The pork was an absolute triumph. I have had this a few times over the past few years and have sometimes been a little disappointed but here it was cooked properly and

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obviously roasted for hours so that the crackling was as it should be with the pork remaining tender. I kept trying to steal a bit but she was not sharing after the obligatory mouthful that I have to have ‘for professional reasons’ obviously! The sauce was declared perfect and ‘very tasty’. I complimented Steve on this and he told me that the chefs start it off as soon as they arrive at about 11am which explains the perfection but he also revealed that all their meat is provided by Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd from Leabrooks, who are butchers of excellence as we all know. After a short gap we chose our third course from the dessert menu, there were a few real ‘proper puds’ on there like a treacle sponge and custard but as I was fairly full up I could only manage the Raspberry Cheesecake and requested a small portion which came beautifully presented with strawberries and a pot of cream. A Chocolate Fudge Cake also arrived at the table, served warm in a pool of melted chocolate and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Both desserts finished our meal off perfectly and tasted as good as they looked. The portions at The Rising Sun are very generous but not too big to be overwhelming and the vegetables are cooked properly, retaining a crunch which is always a relief to me. The bar is well stocked with a good selection of real ales as well as lagers and a selection of wines so whether you are passing on the way back from a walk in the glorious surrounding countryside and fancy nipping in for a pint and a bar snack or wish to have a three course meal I am sure you will receive as warm a welcome as we did. With Mother’s Day and Easter Sunday approaching with an opportunity for a family get together, the offer at The Rising Sun of 3 courses for £15 is an absolute steal but you will probably need to book quite quickly as they are nearly fully booked.


Rising Sun

Serving great homemade food from local suppliers with a range of real ale. Cask Marque accredited. Child and dog friendly!

Easter Sunday Lunch Menu Starters • Cream of White Onion Soup • Wild Rocket, Potato & Sweet Pea Soup • Smoked Mackerel Paté • Classic Prawn Cocktail • Atlantic Peeled Prawns • Homemade Chicken Liver Paté • Smoked Bacon & Brie Salad • Warm Salad with Sautéed Garlic Potatoes & Slow Roasted Tomatoes • Potato & Chive Rösti • Golden Breaded Wild Mushroom & Mozzarella Risotto Balls

Main Courses • Slow Roasted Pork Loin • Pan Seared Lamb Chops • Creamy Wild Mushroom Chicken Fillet • Oven Roasted – Potato Rösti, Buttered Carrots, Savoury Cabbage & Bacon Lardons served with a Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce • Duck Leg Confit • Homemade Smoked Haddock & Spring Onion Fishcakes • Oven Baked Pangasius topped with a Citrus & Chive Cream Cheese & Herb Breadcrumbs • Leek & Pepper Crumble • Mediterranean Vegetable, Cranberry & Brie Parcel

Rise End, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 4LS

Classic Car Night Tuesday 1st April 2014

Desserts • Apple & Cherry Crumble • Homemade Syrup Sponge Pudding • Homemade Sherry Trifle Exotic Fruit Salad • Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae • Homemade Chocolate Mousse • Rum & Raisin Crème Brulée • Cheese Board Selection with a Chilli & Red Onion Marmalade, Savoury Biscuits, Celery & Grapes

Due to our overwhelming success, booking is now advisable, call 01629 823247 or visit

Grand National Race Day

Seafood Night


Wednesday 9th April


Saturday 5th April 2014

Sunday 20th April

Greek Night Thursday 3rd April

£30 per ticket includes: Pimms Reception, Gourmet Buffet with dessert to follow, Glass of fizz and wine per person Racing to be viewed on big screen and 4 additional TVs, Live entertainment throughout the day

Fine Dining Evening with Saxy performing LIVE in the bar

St. George’s Day Wednesday 23rd April

Friday 18th April

We are pleased to announce our new fantastic selection of lunchtime specials …given a swirl of modernity thanks to a recent renovation. Reclaimed brick and stone walls with solid oak beams mean the original character of the building has stayed intact but expect plenty of 21st century touches. Bedrooms feature stylish fabrics, with on-trend

wallpapers, crisp white bed linens and chic scatter cushions. Downstairs the welcoming wood-panelled bar serves real ales, cocktails and everything in between while the restaurant dishes up homemade meals using locally-sourced ingredients.

The White Hart Inn Inns Lane Moorwood Moor Alfreton, DE55 7NU Tel: 01629 534888 Mob: 07980 573152 | 79

Ingredients 450g Cod Fillet 300ml Milk 40g Butter 25g Flour 100ml Dry White Wine Salt and Pepper 3 Shallots, finely diced 1 Clove of Garlic 115g Tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 tsp Herbs 55g Cheddar Cheese, grated

Tangy Gratin of Cod

Method 1. Place the cod in a saucepan with the milk and poach for 7 minutes. Strain off all the liquid and reserve. Remove the skin from the fish and flake into a bowl. 2. Put half the butter and flour into a saucepan and whisk until thickened and smooth over a low heat. 3. Whisk in the wine and season to taste. Stir in the flaked cod. 4. In a frying pan, melt the remaining butter and gently sauté the shallots and garlic until soft. Add the tomatoes and herbs and simmer for 5 minutes. 5. In an ovenproof dish spoon in the tomato mixture, pour over the fish mixture and top with the grated cheese. Place under a hot grill for 5 minutes until golden brown.

Never use your knife to convey your food to your mouth, under any circumstances; it is unnecessary, and glaringly vulgar. Feed yourself with a fork or spoon, nothing else – a knife is only to be used for cutting. Hints on Etiquette and the usages of society. Published 1834.

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Quality Foods From Farm to Plate Award winning home cured bacon and pies are included in their extensive range

The Leabrooks shop with highly trained & experienced butchers who will be more than happy to help you

Home deliveries free of charge in the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire areas for orders over ÂŁ50 Owen Taylor and Sons Ltd, 27 Main Rd, Leabrooks, Nr. Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1LA T: 01773 603351 F: 01773 540306 E: W:

The Bear Inn at Alderwasley, Belper is set in the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire countryside and offers fantastic food, drink and welcoming atmosphere. The Inn, which dates back to 1528 is bursting with character and tradition. Bradley Boston recently joined the Bear Inn as head chef bringing a wealth of experience and introducing menu changes. All their produce is fresh and locally sourced with regular menu changes to match the season fruit and vegetables.

As well as wonderful pub-food such as homemade steak and potato pie and the Bears own gourmet burger with chefs own Jack Daniels sauce. There is also Every Sunday (12-5pm) the magnificent carvery for the whole family. There is also a wide and varied selection of wines and beers; such as Doombar and Thornbridge Jaipur.

The Bear Inn & Hotel Wirksworth Road, Alderwasley, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 2RD Tel: 01629 822 585 Open 7 days 12 – 11pm | 81

RELAX with style

Top right: From the designer Elena Grunert in sizes 16 to 30 comes a collection of leisure wear which will inspire your spring and summer wardrobe for sunny days and holidays to come. Visit Marcelles, Midland Road, Derby. Top left: If you are looking for an outfit that has style and sophistication then this gorgeous dress by Michaela Louisa is a perfect choice and available at Jillian Hart Fashions. The shop is located at 40-44 Babington Lane, Derby. Telephone 01332 347647 or call into the shop regarding the great Spring/Summer collections now arriving. Bottom right: Striped cowl neck tunic (£65) teamed with cropped jeans (£50) in neutral by Pomodoro. Available from Clarkes of Ripley, Grosvenor Road, Ripley. Bottom left: Thursday 27th February saw Clarkes of Ripley launch their new season’s collections with their Spring Fashion Show. The Coffee Shop was packed for all three shows with ladies enjoying a complimentary bucks fizz whilst models displayed casual wear from Joules, Dash, Pomodoro, White Stuff and a brand new label to Clarkes, Adini which was greeted with much enthusiasm. Day wear came next from Eastex, Jacques Vert and Windsmoor. The finale was occasion wear from Précis and Jacques Vert, beautifully elegant with layered lace and finely stitched detailing. Fascinators and wide brim hats with matching accessories provided the finishing touches. The models were all members of Clarkes’ experienced staff and Deborah expertly coordinated each individual outfit with accessories from the store. As always the event provided much inspiration and was enjoyed by all.

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The Occasion Wear Specialists for over 20 years‌

Spring/Summer Collection by

Marcelles FASHION Sizes 14 to 30

20 Midland Road Derby DE1 2SL

40-44 Babington Lane Derby Tel:01332 347647

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Tel: 01332 298208

Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm Free Customer Parking

New Season - New Brands - New Look!


100 years full of surprises

8-18 Grosvenor Road, Ripley Tel: 01773 742151 Friendly personal service from assistants who care, in a truly independent store that’s big enough to stock the quality brands you want. With Fashions, Lingerie, Accessories, Shoes, Mens, Homeware & Coffee Shop.


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RELAX with style

Right top: Tonic the Salon consists of a small team of self-employed stylists all with individual styles and techniques. Tonic pride themselves on customer service and communication skills which have made them very successful over the years. Tonic has been trading for five and a half years with a combined stylist experience of over twenty years. Why not give them a try! Tel: 01773 880004 Right centre: Make a date in your diary this May for a fabulous evening of fashion at the Frox Fashion Show with all profits from ticket and raffle sales going towards their chosen charity, Headcase. This annual event takes place on Monday 12th May 2014 and is seated so limited numbers apply, tickets are now on sale. Frox stock a fabulous range of second hand designer clothing, handbags, jewellery and accessories. Below left: Lovely nautical stripes never date and are a staple item in any ladies wardrobe. The lovely Spring/Summer 14 collection by Aria can be worn smart casual and is now available at Panache of Beeston. Call into the shop at 1 Stoney Street, Beeston, Nottinghamshire or telephone 0115 922 5278. Below centre: Stay in tune with the latest fashions in frames and sunglasses at Hurst Opticians, High Street, Ripley. Below right: Put on some Hollywood glamour for the most glamorous and exciting night of the high school year. For the most exciting and extensive selection of glittering dresses in the area visit Glitz and Glam, Grosvenor Road, Ripley.

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Spring/Summer Collection

NOW IN STOCK Also stockists of  Jewellery, Accessories, Shoes, Boots and Handbags Collections by: Libra, Eugen Klein, Peruzzi (Italian Knitwear and Trousers), Aria, Kirsten, Gollehaug and Viz-a-Viz to name but a few…




Panache Ladies Fashions

1 Stoney Street Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2LA Open: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm

0115 922 5278

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FREE Second Pair of Prescription Sun Glasses!*

Hurst Opticians

5/7 High Street Ripley 01773 748112/744333 FREE Sight Tests for over 60s and children under NHS *Conditions apply, when you order complete frames (frame value £69 or over) and lenses to include single vision, bifocal and varifocal. Terms and conditions apply. | 85

Lumb Farm

your complete venue Lumb Farm has been established in Marehay as a venue for over 30 years and is set in peaceful countryside. It was formally a fully working farm. With beautiful surroundings and a new refurbished venue, Lumb Farm has an outstanding reputation for weddings and receptions.

Our attention to detail ensures your special day will go smoothly while our venue styling, flowers and surroundings are second to none. Inside we have bar facilities, relaxing seating areas for your guests to meet and chat. Ample space and seating outside with plenty of parking for guests. We can host your civil ceremony and our license means that you can make Lumb Farm your complete venue, Lumb Farm can cater for up to 80 guests for your ceremony, 120 for a formal sit down meal and up to 250 for an evening reception. Our wedding co-ordinator is always on hand to help organise your special day, ensuring that from the moment you arrive to a red carpet welcome, to the time that you leave, your day will be as perfect as it can be. We have recently undergone extensive refurbishment externally and internally to give you the best service possible. Whatever your meeting or conference needs we have the ideal facilities.

For more information on this fantastic venue please visit All weddings booked for 2015 on will include the use of a brand new wedding chapel which is being built this year.

Country Club

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

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 – 3pm. Saturdays: open for weddings, special events and private functions.

Derby Road, Marehay, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 8JN T: 01773 744299 E: 86 |

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Half Price Colour or Highlights throughout April 2014 with emma and Holly

Book an appointment for a Cut and Blowdry and receive 10% Off (When quoting Country Images Magazine)

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in the heart of Belper Town GHD Offer… Mk4 & Gold Classic GHD Straighteners

£20 off until end of April 2014

21 Strutt Street, Belper, Derbyshire De56 1uN Open Monday - Saturday Stockists of GHD and Moroccan Oil, Loreal Professional and Matrix Colour

ANNUAL CHARITY FASHION SHOW AND LADIES EVENING Monday 12th May 2014 Village Hotel, Chilwell, Notts. £15 per ticket - Doors open 7pm Enjoy a complimentary drink while you browse & shop before the show. Entertainment, Raffle and Goodie Bag

Invite a friend or two for an amazing night out of shopping and fashion

TICKETS Now On Sale… Tel 01332 875572 This event is seated so limited numbers apply - tickets are sold on a strictly first come basis and must be paid for and collected before the evening.

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

Spring/Summer 2014

Now arriving in store! religion • smash • Bohemia • Pako Litto • dr denim • Traffic People • Voi Jeans • B.Young • My Best Jeans • Paper dolls • dead Lovers aCCEssOrIEs/sHOEs • Blowfish • ruby shoo • White Leaf scarfs,Jewellery


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RELAX with style

Right centre: Set to be one of the most popular yarns for the summer this new, subtle, self patterned yarn is 50% cotton and has unlimited possibilities! Pattern and yarn are both available from U-duit, The Wool Shop, Church Street, Ripley. Below left: Great for spring and summer these stylish loafers by HB are now available at John Barclay. If you need to update your shoe collection ready for warmer weather or a special occasion the shop located in the centre of Derby is well worth a visit! John Barclay Shoes, 46 Babington Lane, Derby. Telephone 01332 342260 Below centre: Fabulous spring and summer fashions are now available in store at Que Ladies Wear with many accessories including shoes by Ruby Shoo, bags, jewellery and scarves. Tanya who has worked at Que for many years has now taken over as shop manager. Carol is still taking an active role in the everyday life of running the shop. Business as usual. 13 Church Street, Ripley. Below right: The discerning shopper can find super, stylish footwear at Tarltons a traditional shoe shop located in Somercotes, Derbyshire, with free parking right outside the shop.From comfortable wide fitting shoes for everyday, to footwear for special occasions there is something for every budget including an extensive range for men. Call into the shop and let Elsie and Julia offer you sound help and advice. Tarltons, 185 Nottingham Road, Somercotes, Derbyshire. Tel 01773 602816

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This month sees the launch of a brand new range from Decléor. Decléor, the leaders in Aromatherapy Skin Care, have developed a collection of incredible products directly aimed at women in their 30s. The products are focused on skin correction and ageing prevention. The protective nature of the products help to guard the skin against free radical damage and external factors which lead to skin ageing. Book in for a free consultation at Senses… Skin Care Centre and one of their expert therapists can guide you through the entire range and ascertain if it is the perfect range for your skin. Senses… Skin Care Centre, Alfreton 01773 835866


Spectacular 20% Off

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You will discover luxurious, contemporary, leather goods, handbags, fashion accessories and beautiful gifts close to you at THE LEATHER SHOP  BELPER.

The Fabulous

Leather Shop of Belper

2a Chapel Street, Belper, Derby DE56 1AR Tel: 01773 822794

Your Personal Style Welcome Spring with a 20% discount on a Colour and Style analysis.

Celebrate the New Season with the right colours to give an instant update and make you feel good. With our differing sizes and shapes, we should all be proud of our uniqueness. Learn how to bring it all together, to express your personality and create your own signature style. Discount valid to 31st May, 2014. Gift Vouchers are available Professionally trained Style Consultant. The studio is located just south of Matlock.

For more information:

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Wild about nails with WILD ABOuT BeAuTy... BeneFICIAL BeAuTy WITH A HInT OF WILD. Wild about Beauty co-founders Louise Redknapp and international makeup artist Kim Jacob first met over seven years ago on a photo-shoot for ‘Red’ magazine. Louise developed skin pigmentation after the birth of her son Charley; it was Kim’s style of makeup application that gave Louise the confidence that she could achieve a natural, fresh and glowing look without the need for heavy makeup. From that day Kim became Louise’s personal makeup artist with their friendship and professional relationship growing through their mutual outlook on beauty, fashion and lifestyle.


With an indepth knowledge of cosmetic chemistry, Kim has created ranges for FCuK, Boots and Bayan SPA. This experience, along with her passion for natural-health and holistic treatments for herself and her family led Kim to develop her own line of natural mother and baby skincare ‘Angelique’. It was through Louise and Kim’s experiences and their wealth of knowledge from years spent in front of and behind the cameras, along with their shared desire to create a skin-loving cosmetic range that ‘Wild about Beauty’ was born.

Give your look the edge with our selection of seasonal and signature nail colours. Specially formulated without the use of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP.

Signature Nail Varnish £9 Give your look the edge with a selection of signature colours ranging from bold purple to classic nude. Offering easy streak-free application and long-stay colour wear.

Seasonal Nail Varnish £9 Give your look the edge with our selection of trend-led, limited edition shades.

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Comes in fabulous colours! It goes on beautifully and dries really quickly but would last longer with a top coat. 4/5 CP

This applied really evenly and dried extremely quickly. I loved the colour Harry, a nude purple! Fab. Lasted well even through washing up! 5/5 VP

I was a little worried to begin with as the first coat went on very thinly with streaks, the second however was perfect, and dried really rapidly to a good hard shine. For a dark shade it wore very well. 4/5 JP

Spring into Summer... A Great Selection of Footwear For Ladies and Gentlemen Professional dance shoes also on sale

TARLTONS for stylish shoes & accessories 185 Nottingham Road | Somercotes | Derbyshire Tel 01773 602816 Ample Free Parking

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One of our passions is creating beautiful hair for weddings and special occasions.

115 Ripley Road, Heage, Derbyshire DE56 2HU 01773 852495

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Mobile: 07960 849642 Tel: 01773 856082


*Re-Upholstery *Loose Covers *Bespoke *Wide selection of fabrics 1 New Road, Heage, Derbyshire

01773 853338

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All work carried out by our own skilled craftsmen with over 20 years of experience.

• CCTV, Alarms & Electric Gates • Secure 4 Acre Exercise Field • Off-lead Exercise • Indoor Agility Course • Grooming Parlour • Free Overnight Practice Stay • Fish Tanks For Evening Viewing

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Home visits a pleasure for a Free Quotation for re-upholstery or furniture repair.

Newly designed boarding kennels & cattery to give your much-loved dog or cat a safe and happy environment in which to spend their holiday!

Stud Walls

Dry Stone Walling Services

Please call Garry: 01773 830344 or email

Coxmoor House Kennels and Cattery

Skirting Boards

All work to full conservation and listed building specifications. Also: Mortared Stone Walling.

For free advice phone 01773 832676 Established 1985

MARTIN SHIPMAN Plumbing & Heating

Boiler Breakdowns • Full Central Heating Systems • Bathrooms & Showers • All Aspects of Plumbing • NO VAT


Tel. 01773 744389 Mob. 07776 150274

Abbey Restorations

ANtique & ModeRN FuRNituRe RepAiRed, Re-poliShed Stripping Service, Re-upholstery – New & Modern, Cane & Rush Seating Free Quotes • Over 40 years’ experience

Darley Abbey Mills, Darley Abbey, Derby

Tel: 01332 344547 Mobile 07830877996


Quality Fencing & Gates

Award Winning Bangladeshi Cuisine

Supplied and erected at the right price! Any job – big or small Experienced tradesman – fast and friendly service Open 7 Days a Week Including Bank Holidays Sunday - Thursday 6pm till 11.30pm. Friday - Saturday 6pm till Midnight

Call us now for a free quote on

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The Elaichi offer a Meal for two up to the value of £20.00

Whiteley Road, Ripley, DE5 3QL

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, Office Village, Keys Road, Alfreton, Derbys DE55 7FQ or email: Entries to reach us by April 16th 2014 First correct entry drawn wins the prize. Terms and conditions apply.

Glass Balustrade & Staircase Specialists



Fine bespoke architectural metalwork in steel, stainless steel, brass, copper & glass. Contact us now for a free quotation or just to discuss your requirements

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Amber Valley Driveways All types of building work undertaken Tel: 01773 828516

For a professional finish on: Blockpaving • Fencing Tarmac drives & paths laid Patios & slabbing • Excavation • Power jet cleaning for drives, patios, block paving etc.

Mobile: 07966 207758

A.Eley & Son

Furniture Restorers

Phone Brendan on

■ Spray Finishes ■ French Polishing ■ Upholstery ■ Cane Seating ■ Kitchen Repolishing ■ Repairs

01773 857341 07521 516272

16 Heanor Road, Codnor, Ripley

Telephone: 01773 742103

J H JOINERY SERVICES LTD Loft Conversion Specialist

Even the small jobs count!

Over 20 years’ experience


Roofs jet washed, re-roofs, slating, re-bedding chimney pots, lead flashing, re-bedding ridge tiles, rubber flat roofing

All joinery work undertaken


Kitchens and Bedrooms fitted

Fencing timber/concrete, flagstones, slabbing, block paving

UPVC windows doors and conservatories


Re-pointing chimney stacks and walls, soffit & fascias, gutter

Insurance work undertaken

For your free quotation please call Darren Hutsby on

07912 691958 01773 522927

All Plastering, Artex Cover-ups, Repair work, Coving, Drylining & Insurance work undertaken

COMPETITIVE PRICES • FULLY INSURED Fast, friendly, no mess, reliable services

Call Anthony for a free no obligation quote & advice

Tel: 01773 512209

or 07902 272541


From Papering a Wall to Total Room Refurbishment A Complete Service • Decorating • Joinery, Coving, Dado etc • Electrical Alterations • Laminate Flooring • Kitchen Fitting • Tiling To discuss your requirements and for a free quotation

For a free quotation call Justin on

T:01773 775166 M:07815 287092

Complete Plastering


Tel 01773 605947 or Mobile 07779 291577

WEATHERSEAL Windows, Doors and Conservatories

07870 642169 All types of general building work, re-pointing, plastering, brickwork and general alterations undertaken.

No job too small FREE QUOTES

01773 301922

Your 5 Star Piece of Mind… • Full Insurance Backed Guarantee • Shoot- Bolt Locking With Push Button (Autolock Handles as Standard) • High Security Internal Glazing Bead as Standard • A Rated Energy Efficient Windows As Standard • Hook Bolt Door Locks as Standard

Suppliers and Installers of uPVC Fascia Board No High Pressure Sales – Guaranteed • Each Quotation Attended by the Proprietor • Our own Fully Experienced Installers, No Sub-Contractors • 20 Years’ Experience in the Window Trade

Tel: 01773 747265 Mobile: 07967 419 504 Email:

A Local Family Run Company

PAUL HASLAM Domestic & Commercial No Job Emergency Call Outs Maintenance Too Small Full Rewires For a friendly, Repairs reliable service Testing contact Steve on Telephone Points TV Points 07968 337250 Consumer Unit Upgrades 01773 741853 Showers

Builder Bricklayer 07974 272103 01773 821943 BELPER BASED


SUNSET WINDOWS The Area’s Favourite Window Company

WINDOWS DOORS CONSERVATORIES FASCIAS & SOFFITS REPAIR WORK Head Office/Showroom 28 Church Street Ripley Derbyshire DE5 3BU

Tel:01773 513339

JGS Construction Services Ltd Belper, Derbyshire

DEREK STAPLETON All types of work undertaken, Kitchen Work Top Replacements, Kitchens, Joinery & UPVC work undertaken Over 40 years’ experience (Time served City & Guilds)

CONTRACT PLANNING SERVICES Established 1979 • Why move? Extend your property and invest in your home • Plans drawn to your requirements • Plans and forms completed to council standards • Free estimates

Please call Phil Lingwood

on 01773 742936 or 07811810761

All aspects of building work Extension Specialists, Alterations & Renovations, Maintenance & Repairs, Upvc Conservatories, Windows & Doors, Soffits & Fascias, Fireplaces, Woodburners & Flues

For free quotations please call

01773 836145 07800 928564



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01773 768955 07886 742856

INVEST IN YOUR HOME. Call now for all your building requirements from concept to completion. Offering high standards of workmanship at prices you can afford.

01773 819933

Holiday Apartment The Tower, Sandy Close, Crantock, Cornwall Luxury S/C Holiday Apartment for 4 (Couples/Families Only) Outstanding Atlantic and Country Views Glorious Beach and NT Coastal Footpath (4 minutes walk) Parking, Dog Friendly and No Passing Traffic

For Booking and Enquiries Tel: 01637 830394 Email

DARREN MAYES DECORATORS Interior & Exterior Private & Commercial Tel/Fax: 01773 820656 Mobile: 07966 296925

34 George Street Belper

07980 435236

M Scott Joiner

• All aspects of Internal & External Joinery • Staircases • Windows & Doors • Flooring & Skirting • Kitchens • Decking

Tel: 01773 602446 Mob: 07960 222298

DOUBLE GLAZING REPAIR SERVICE All UPVC door and window repairs undertaken, misted or broken double glazed sealed units replaced

Tel: 01773 836031 Mobile: 07882 682294 | 95

THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ S 63 AMG COUPÉ: BREATHTAKING AND IRRESISTIBLE Affalterbach. The new S 63 AMG Coupé is the latest dream car to augment the Mercedes-AMG model range. Exciting lines underpin this two-door model's design. Dominance and sensual purity combine to lend the vehicle irresistible presence and effortlessly superior sportiness. Equally impressive is the combination of high driving dynamics, ambitious lightweight construction and groundbreaking efficiency. As the most powerful member of the BlueDIRECT engine family, the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine is a paragon of poise and assurance. Boasting an output of 585 hp and 900 Nm of torque, the S 63 AMG Coupé delivers exceptional performance with remarkably low fuel consumption. And there is a world first in the shape of the curve tilting function, part of the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension system, to further enhance both driving pleasure and comfort.

S63 AMG Coupé Spec at a glance: Displacement Output at 5500 rpm Combined Consumption CO2 emissions 0-62 mph Top speed

5461 cc 585 hp 27.9 mpg 237 g/km 4.3 s 155 mph

H.J.Morris Motors Ltd. Established in Alfreton for 25 years!

MOTs - £33.99 Service & MOT - £99

Servicing & Repairs For All Vehicles • Cars • Vans • light Commercial • Classic Cars • brake & Clutch • Car engine tuning & Conversion Gear box Repairs • Steering • Vehicle inspection

Unit 1A, MOnk ROAd, AlFRetOn, deRbySHiRe de55 7Rl

Tel: (01773) 836511 96 |

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 8.30–5.30pm Sat 8.30–12.30pm

Holiday Time is here again established in 2010 Chris and Sarah at S&C Caravan Services specialise in providing excellent caravan repair services, including motorhome habitation servicing and repairs. Their workshop is located in Ripley and offers a comprehensive range of caravan repair services. Taking care of their customers has always been their number-one priority, leading to the high standard of the repairing performance. The high quality of service reflects in the fact that they are approved by Alko and Truma, the leading suppliers of products to the European and UK caravan industry.

S&C Caravan Services are experienced caravan engineers, available to service or repair your touring caravan, camper van or motor caravan. If you need reliable and trusted caravan or motorhome repair services, look no further. Dedicated to helping you with professional and friendly experts that you can rely upon at all times. Due to their success over the last 10 years, Sarah, Chris and their staff have now expanded the business to include bodywork repairs on all motor vehicles, from a small scratch to a full respray and their expertise in this field shines through. With over 30 years’ experience within the autobody work field you are guaranteed an expert job.

S&C Caravan Services repair all types of caravan panels and have invested £15,000 in a state of the art body shop with DuPont colour matching. With the HBC caravan repair system you acquire a perfect finish due to specially designed vacuum tools, level-rail and a specially developed Mouldmaker which recreates the original pattern of the damaged area. They have recognised that there has always been a problem matching caravan paint colours, so after a lot of thought and wanting to give customers the best possible service, S&C decided to purchase a DuPont spectrophotometer, a tool that takes a photo of the paint, then matches it from 50,000 different colours to give the best possible paint match new or old. They then mix and tint all paints in house using all DuPont paint system so customers can rest assured that they are getting the best possible service available. All fully insurance backed through many of the leading caravan insurance companies.

Derbyshire’s Leading Auto Body Repair Centre

Accident Repair Work • Welding • Full Re-sprays • Accident Repair work • Insurance work • From small dents to full re- sprays Call Sarah or Chris for friendly advice on

• Free quotes • Brand new low bake spray booth • Colour matching with Dupont colour matching system • 30 years’ experience

01773 513823

S&C Auto Body Repairs

Derbyshire's Leading Caravan & Motorhome Repair Centre

Shower tray repairs in-situ Smart Repairs on Caravans Accident Repairs Caravan/motorhome Worktop Repairs now available Damp Repair Specialists Insurance Work Undertaken Visit our website for more information on any of the services we offer.

call in to our workshop for a free quote at Prospect Court, Nottingham Road, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3AY | 97

View the latest German, dutch, French and english handmade furniture, appliances, suites and worktops in our showroom

121 Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts. 5 minutes from junction 28, M1.

We offer a supply only or supply and installation service, with fully qualified installers to make your new bathroom and kitchen a reality. For great design, quality and real value visit SolutioNS kitchen and bathroom showroom at

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121 Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts. Telephone: 01623 515793

Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm. Sat 9am - 5.00pm. Sun 11am - 4.00pm

Established 1972

Transforming your Conservatory into a Room for All Seasons

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Wetherby Road, Ascot Drive, Derby DE24 8HL | 01332 371883

Falcon Close, Hawkins Lane, Burton Staffs DE14 1SG | 01283 567080

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We are highly satisfied with all the work that Wayne and Nick have done for us. They were very clean, tidy and professional in everything they did, Can’t thank them enough, brilliant!!! Will recommend. Mr and Mrs Tatham - Sutton in Ashfield

Freephone 0800 389 65 28 Alfreton 01773 832222

Showroom: 159 Mansfield Road, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7JQ (Next to Railway Station)


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