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LOST HOUSES OF DERBYSHIRE by Maxwell Craven

Denby Old Hall, south front, photographed by Richard Keene in the 1870s [Private collection]

Denby Old Hall Denby Old Hall was a house of extraordinary architectural importance which was heedlessly cleared away by one of the old monolithic nationalised industries without a thought for the priceless heritage of our County. That fact that it was listed Grade II* cut absolutely no ice with the National Coal Board, keen to open-cast the site. To be fair though, before 1st January 1969, listing (even at Grade II*) afforded no real protection to an historic building and merely signified that the person intending to demolish had to inform the Local Authority and the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England), in case the latter wished to record the structure before it bit the dust. The house as it appeared at the end of its life was also a complete enigma and it was swept away in January 1966. To look at the building, it is easy to realise that here we have two houses conjoined. The structure only had one main front, on the south. To the right was a twin gabled portion of sixteenth century date (if not earlier), with a projecting two-storey porch, the entrance part of which is remarkable for its lack of any ornamentation whatsoever. The windows were low four-light mullioned ones, the stonework roughcast coal measures sandstone, with crude long-and-short quoins. The two rendered gables forming the attic storey seem hardly to belong to the stonework which supported them.

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To the left was something much more architectural. A two storey parapetted façade sported a full height square projection at each end, there were rectangular windows with paired sashes (originally they would have been mullion and transom crosses) suspended from a thin string course. The projection at the right hand side included a round arched entrance ensigned by a tablet carved with a coat-of-arms. The RCHM(E)’s architect’s plan drawn in 1966 is just as confusing, exacerbated by numerous stud walls put in

when the house was divided for miners’ accommodation. The rear elevation bore little resemblance to the formal front and was extensively rebuilt in brick. To attempt to make sense of all this, it is important to look at the history of the estate the house once serviced. Anciently, the manor of Denby was held by the Rosel family, the heiress of which married Lawrence Lowe in the 15th century. That the Rosels had a capital mansion at Denby by the early 13th century is highly likely especially as they had a park with full rights to hunt at that era.


Denby Old Hall, earlier part of the house from the SE January 1966 [Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England)]

The history of the house and the estate At this early period there was also a family who took their name from the place and their last representative, John de Denby left two daughters and co-heiresses who married William Rosel of Denby and William Barnack respectively, who jointly granted it to Richard, Lord Grey of Codnor before 1334, the year in which he managed to procure a Royal Charter to hold a market on Thursdays. This separate holding was called the Denby Park Hall estate, Park Hall itself, the much later stone gabled house that was once its focus, still stands. It was after many vicissitudes eventually purchased by Vincent Lowe of Denby Old Hall thus re-uniting most of the original estate.

Denby Old Hall: the tablet over the entrance with the arms of Robey impaling the earlier, unauthorised version of the arms of the Wilmots of Chaddesden, 1966. [RCHM(E)]

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Denby Old Hall, view of the house from the SW; the poor quality stonework of the later parapet is clearly visible [RCHM(E)]

Architectural detective work

This situation did not persist for long, for Vincent settled the Park Hall estate on his younger son, whose descendant Jasper inherited the Old Hall estate as well, on the death of his kinsman in 1563. Thereafter, the Lowes decided to concentrate their holdings on Park Hall and sold the Old Hall to Robert Wilmot of Chaddesden, who died in 1638. At this date the house appears to have consisted of the older part, which was probably built by 1563 and may well have

incorporated elements of an even earlier house. How much bigger it was at this juncture is also unclear. The south wall, if the architect’s plan is to be believed, appeared to be entirely uniform right in width, layout and consistency along the newer façade up to but not including the westernmost projecting part. If so, the house probably had a great hall in the part that was later modernised and the whole façade was probably united by a gabled roofline and must have been the vestiges of the Rosel’s

Denby Old Hall: rear elevation. The original, three storey 1657 part of the house would have been built to a depth level with the end of the gable nearest the camera. Note the vernacular Georgian nature of the later rear north wall. [RCHM(E)]

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and the Lowe’s original manor house. The estate came via Robert Wilmot’s son Edward’s daughter Dorothy (who was not in fact an heiress) to Thomas Robey of Castle Donington (1598-1679). They married (she was his second wife) in April 1656. Grace, the daughter of their grandson married William Strelley of Oakerthorpe. The Old Hall estate was settled on her brother Thomas, but he died prematurely in 1763 when it was bequeathed to Thomas’s friend Francis Green of Wigwell Hall and after a long legal battle it finally passed to Strelley. It remained amongst their descendants, who mainly let the house as a tenanted farm except for Robert Strelley Parker in the 1850s to the ’70s, who farmed it in hand but latterly had Thomas Robinson living in the older part of the house as farm manager. He was succeeded by his daughter Mrs Eckersley who died in 1893, after which it became a farmhouse again. The last farmer there, a tenant of the Drury-Lowe owned colliery company, was William Evans throughout the inter-war period.

resembled a scaled down version of the garden front at Doddington, Lincolnshire. Inside there survived one original room from the c1657 build, square panelled in oak, typical of the pre-Civil War period, but with the refinement of each set of panels being divided up by fluted Doric pilasters, hinting at the influence of Inigo Jones which was to become much more prevalent in the generation following the Restoration. The great hall would have occupied the central section of the ground floor with the original staircase in the NW angle. When the Robeys passed the house to the Strelleys, it was rebuilt. The upper storey was removed – a vestige of this operation was betrayed by the irregular stonework

above the first floor sill band: much less ordered than below and incorporating elements of old balustrading – and the whole north range of the house was removed and made good as a late Georgian brick façade not even built on the alignment with the main façade. The hall was divided as two rooms and a corridor, with a new Regency staircase installed against the east wall. Further sub-division was effected after the second war to afford accommodation for three families in separate units. By the time the house came to be demolished, it was in a very sorry state, and its importance may not then have seemed obvious. Nevertheless it was a sad loss to the county.

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Reduced in size It is clear from the coat-of-arms over the door - Robey impaling Wilmot (ancient) that the house was expanded, very much in the John Smythson idiom, immediately after the couple’s marriage in 1656. In 1670, they paid tax on a reasonably substantial 13 hearths, unequivocally establishing that it has since been reduced in size, the architect’s plan of 1966 suggests that there were only six or seven then at most. Thomas Robey held a minor position at court and even during the Commonwealth was raking in a good income from his coal mines. Once married, with the estate settled on them, they decided to build a fine new house with the ultimate intention of replacing the old one. It seems clear that the intention was to create a house with an E-plan, probably double pile and of three storeys, topped with a parapet of balustrading mixed with merlons. For some reason, the eastern portion of the house that was to replace the older house was not built, but with the two run together, the Robeys still had a house of reasonable size. Had it been completed to full height and width, it would without doubt have

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Local Antiques by Maxwell Craven

PAKTONG and other alloys

There are myriads of alloys in existence, some still made, others long neglected. In the ancient world, an alloy of gold and silver was called electrum and was widely used to save on gold in making sheet covering or jewellery and it continued in use in the modern world. Not so long ago Bamford’s sold a pair of electrum Art Deco cufflinks for a very modest sum. On the last Sunday in April I gave a talk from the pulpit of the Cathedral at evensong about John Whitehurst, FRS. This was part of the rather low-key celebrations in Derby to commemorate his birth three centuries ago in Congleton. That he lived and worked in Derby for 44 years seemed to me justification enough for the celebration. Whitehurst was not just a provincial clockmaker, but also a member of the celebrated Lunar Society, a scientist and natural philosopher at the spear head of the Enlightenment. He was an engineer of talent, an innovator and the father of British geology.

1. John Whitehurst bracket clock with tombac movement, c. 1770 [Bamfords]

As a geologist, Whitehurst welcomed to his house in Derby (plus a tour of the Peak District) the young Swedish geologist J J Ferber. Whitehurst showed him how to make a gold-coloured metal called ‘tombac’, from calamine, iron and copper, which he seems to have been using in the movements of his more superior clocks. Today the term is still used, but for a rather different alloy having a high copper content and 5-20% zinc, to which  tin, lead or arsenic may be added for colouration. It is nowadays a cheap malleable alloy mainly used for medals, ornament, decoration and some munitions.

has been to produce an alloy which will look like silver but not require any of that precious metal in its preparation. The Chinese cracked this problem before the fourth century AD, when a treatise speaks of ‘white copper’ produced in the Imperial province of Yunan. According to Arabian legend, the biblical King Solomon had a miraculous white metal ring made of lead, iron, copper, tin and zinc, each element controlling an evil spirit! Yet the metal described in the Chinese treatise by them later came to be known by the rather debased Chinese-derived term of paktong which, in the eighteenth century, began to be smuggled into Europe by ambitious (or greedy) sea captains. It had to be smuggled out of China as well as into Europe, because paktong was used by the Imperial Chinese authorities for coinage and consequently its export was barred with draconian laws in place to prevent this from happening. The one certain thing if you were caught was that you would lose your head! Chinese people were even barred from mining it without state authorisation.

Another hybrid metal popular in Georgian times was paktong, popularised by the eminent Scots born architect Robert Adam along with Whitehurst’s friend and fellow Lunar Society member Matthew Boulton. A great goal throughout the ages

Mining paktong seems an odd offence though, bearing in mind that it was produced by smelting the mineral pentlandite and copper. Pentlandite – identified and named by the Anglo-Irish geologist J B Pentland – is a naturally occurring

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sulphide of iron and nickel with some cobalt. This was then combined with zinc to produce paktong, whose alleged magical properties continued to be current into the 19th century. In the 18th century both Adam and Boulton were importing paktong – by this time more or less with Imperial sanction – but at a colossal cost, quoted at £1500 per ton! Their aristocratic clientele were only made all the more eager to have items made from it due to its exclusivity, rarity, beauty and cost so nothing ever changes. Whilst Boulton made candlesticks, belt buckles, tea urns and cruets, Adam had elegant fire-grates and fenders made, to go with his Neo-Classical chimneypieces. The alloy was after all eminently strong, easy to work and highly decorative.

Ottoman Turkish coffee set in tombac, 19th century [Private collection]

Yet, even whilst paktong was being pre-eminent in Britain, its demise was imminent. In 1751 the element nickel was isolated and as an addition to copper produced a white metal that was much cheaper to make than paktong and had most of the same qualities. The mixture was 65% copper, 18% nickel and nearly the same again of zinc and since its arrival at around the end of the 18th century, has been the basic mixture of nickel-silver or German silver. It is the main component of most countries’ ‘silver’ coinage, having taken over from actual silver as countries went from the gold standard to token currency. Nevertheless, the colour of nickel silver has a slightly yellowish tinge and was never as good as paktong, nor as desirable. A paktong Robert Adam’s style fire-grate from the late 18th century was recently sold for almost £5000 and a pair of candlesticks might well set you back the thick end of £1000 – more if marked, from Matthew Boulton’s Soho works at Birmingham.

1980 Moscow Olympics ‘bronze’ medal made of (modern) tombac

Modern alloys Nickel silver, on the other hand, ended up most popular as the base material on which to silver plate - hence ‘EPNS’ (electro-plated nickel silver) stamped on very many white metal objects that pass through salerooms. This is in contrast to paktong, which polishes up spectacularly and is much less susceptible to staining. Another favourite alloy for plating on in the 19th century was Britannia Metal or Britannium, also evolved from the commoner alloy pewter in the 19th century as a silver substitute.

Robert Adam inspired paktong firegrate, c1774 [MC]

Pair of paktong candlesticks by Matthew Boulton, c1785 [Bamfords]

Thus, less commonly, one sees items marked EPBM for ‘electro-plated Britannia metal’ However, as a derivative of pewter and ultimately from lead, this constitutes an element of another story to which I can return on another occasion. Meanwhile, tombac’s most memorable recent use was in making the bronze medals for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. If you want to buy a Whitehurst clock with his form of tombac wheelwork, you are looking at quality bracket clocks at the very least and with his name on one, prices are going to start at £4,000.

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DuffielD By Brian Spencer

Leafy side roads lined with pleasant houses, home for many Derby commuters, fill a sheltered hollow where the Ecclesbourne joins the River Derwent. Regular flooding by the latter meant that development is kept above the meadows that line both sides of the meandering river. The village became the administrative centre controlling Duffield Frith, a hunting forest, but the only reference to its earlier Saxon occupation was in the Domesday Book when Duvelle was part of the Wapentake of Morleyside. It was in this time that the foundations of the parish church were laid at the opposite end of the town and closer to the river. Dedicated to the eighth century martyred Northumbian prince St Alkmund, it is one of only six in the country. Its position, well away from the town and close to the flood plain is explained by its original purpose, as a place of refuge for travellers crossing the hazardous River Derwent. In medieval times Duffield’s purpose in life was serving the needs of royal huntsmen who came to enjoy the chase over the Chevin and beyond. Until the 13th century wolves abounded in the area and one of the jobs of the steward in charge was to prevent them killing off the fallow deer. Duffield Frith extended from Wirksworth and the then tiny hamlet of Belper in the north, through Heage, Makeney and Hazelwood across to Windley. Hardly anything remains of the castle built by Henry de Ferrers. Standing on a high earthen mound above what is now the A6 before

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Castles and Cattle

it crosses the railway line near Chevin Golf Club, there are only a few stones left to indicate the position of the motte and its outer bailey. Originally the settlement’s main occupation was farming. Flaxholme, the area a little to the south of the main village was where flax was grown, providing textile fibres before the advent of cotton. Many of the farm houses in and around the village date from at least the seventeenth century and Ashtree Farm on Duffield’s main street has cattle that seem to hark back to older


times. These are English Longhorn Cattle, a beef breed whose long curling horns seem to hint of a certain wildness; wild they may look but they are remarkably docile, even if not exactly disposed to being photographed.

Duffield Castle

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Nearby textile magnates like Richard Arkwright and Jedediah Strutt provided cotton thread for the framework knitters who comprised the non-agricultural workers, but Duffield’s gradual expansion took place in three stages. The first was when the Derby to Chesterfield turnpike replaced the old coach road on the far side of the valley inn the 18th century. Several of the older buildings in and around the centre of the village date from this time and at least one of them, Archway House looks very much as though it was originally a coaching inn. The second phase was when the railway came to Duffield. It was the railway providing easier communications into and out of Derby that led to the third and greatest spread of residential properties. Starting at the north end of the village where the A6 crosses the main line, the first feature is the Chevin Golf Club and its carefully manicured greens. Next is Henry de Ferrer’s stronghold which is reached by a short flight of steps through dense undergrowth currently being cut back by the National Trust. From the scant remains it looks as though the castle was quite small and was composed of an outer wall surrounding a palisaded tower on top of a man-made earth mound; a stone beehive-like structure protects the top of the castle’s well.

Ecclesbourne Valley

Duffield ,A6

Duffield ,A6

The main road leads on into the village centre where shops and pleasant cafés provide for both residents and visitors alike. Just before the road swings left to cross a railway bridge, there is a side road to the left. This goes down to Duffield’s two railway stations where main line trains do not stop, however the Derby to Matlock trains do and are well used by commuters and shoppers travelling to and from Derby. The second station is adjacent, but no longer connected to the main. This is the southern terminus of the Ecclesbourne Valley Line from Wirksworth. Unlike many post-Beeching closures, the line was abandoned piecemeal, first to passenger services in 1947 and then to freight in 1964, but even then the line was kept open for occasional goods traffic until 1989. In 1992 a group of enthusiastic volunteers got together to found Wyvern Rail, using the original logo of what became the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. Gradually and with thousands of voluntary man-hours of labour, by 2011 the ten-mile long track was finally reopened from Wirksworth to Duffield. Running to a basic timetable of five return trains each way, it is now possible to enjoy the unspoilt scenery of the little known Ecclesbourne Valley. For train times and running days together with details of special events throughout the year, check the web site www.e-v-r.com

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Known only to narrow gauge railway enthusiasts, from 1874 until 1916 there was a fifteen-inch mile long narrow gauge track on the far side of the valley directly opposite Duffield’s twin stations. This was the brain child of Sir Arthur Heywood who lived at Duffieldbank. Something of an experiment he not only used the line to link nearby quarries as well as running passenger services, he also saw the military advantages of the quickly laid track and lightweight rolling stock. Despite the ‘blimpish’ attitude of the military, narrow gauge railways systems were used extensively to transport men and materials through the mud and carnage of the Western Front in the Great War of 1914-18. Sir Arthur died in 1916 and his rolling stock was sold to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in the Lake District.

Millenium Meadow Returning to the village, a section of the water meadows on the flood plain beyond the main line’s embankment has been dedicated as a nature reserve. Known as the Millennium Meadow, unspoilt by modern farming methods it is full of wild flowers and the haunt of both visiting and local birds. Passing the cafés and shops and then Ash Tree Farm and its English Long Horn Cattle, the Derbyshire Building Society’s one time head office, Duffield Hall is now on the market as a result of the general belt-tightening of banks. Almost opposite is a side

road to the left that passes the cube-like edifice of the local Baptist Chapel. This is where the old road ran along the valley before the turnpiked 18th century Derby Road came through. There is some thought about a side road that came this way from the Roman Rykneild Street in the east to serve the lead mines around Wirksworth. If this is correct then it probably crossed the river by a ford below Duffieldbank. Until the imposing 13th century bridge was built, travellers between Ashbourne and Nottingham were regularly drowned as they tried to cross the river. As a result a small chapel was built by monks who offered prayers and succour for those attempting the perilous river crossing. With an inn on the east bank and a church to the west, travellers were well cared for and as a result the church, later dedicated to St Alkmund, came to serve as the parish church for Duffield. Like most, St Alkmund’s has been added to across the centuries. Sturdy Norman columns support the nave roof and tiles of rare Derbyshire Red Marble pattern the floor. Many old churches have, if you search, some curious and often amusing memorials or relics. In St Alkmund’s the thing to look for stands in the north chapel. Dating from 1600 it is a memorial to Anthony Bradshaw, his two wives and eighteen children. Each is formally shown wearing Elizabethan fashion; no allowance is given for their age and each is only titled by the letter ‘B’ for Bradshaw a single initial for their first name. Anthony Bradshaw was the Deputy Steward of Duffield Frith and great uncle of John Bradshaw who sat in judgement over Charles 1st. So the next time you drive up or down the A6, pause a while in Duffield and maybe find more about its long history.

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A Tour Around

PReHiSTORiC PeAKlAND By Brian Spencer

Derbyshire and the White Peak in particular have been inhabited for thousands of years.

This feature picks out a selection of four of the main links to our ancient past. It is possible to visit them all in one day, but far better to save them for at least two enjoyable trips into the White Peak. They all lie in a rough triangle between Brassington, Monyash and Birchover. Three main roads link these villages, the A5012 with a turn off to Brassington for Harborough Cave and Minninglow; the A515 to Parsley Hay and Long Rake lane towards Youlgrave for Arbor Low, and the A524 from the top of the Via Gellia finds its way to side lanes leading up on to Stanton Moor.

The first people to roam its uplands were hunter gatherers who came from the milder south. They were following wild game grazing on tundra-like moors at the end of the last ice-age. Later as conditions became much drier and warmer, Neolithic settlers created small farms, living in tight communities on what later became places such as Big Moor above Baslow, or on Stanton Moor near modern Birchover. No doubt they could communicate with each other through speech, but so far any form of the written word has not been found. What they did leave though, was something to puzzle archaeologists right up to the present time. All over the Peak District, mounds and circles made of standing stones or earth banks have been linked to everything from druidic rites to massive astronomical calendars. A glance at a large scale Ordnance Survey map of the White Peak will indicate with Gothic script such things as tumuli (earth mounds), stone circles, or hill forts. These features and sites are all that the ancients have left us, an enigmatic puzzle to entertain anyone from the serious student of archaeology, to a curious wanderer interested in why a particular mound or circle of stones came to be made and for what reason.

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Site of the Harborough Cave


The home of Iron Age people and then Romano-British settlers Harborough Cave This is the first of the four, but unlike the others is a natural feature that was lived in continuously from prehistoric times until around 300 years ago. To reach it take the side lane from Wirksworth to Brassington that runs beside the High Peak Trail. Where it forks at its highest point, take the right fork and drive on for about 200 yards almost as far as the brickworks. Park away from the works entrance and look for a stile on the right. Cross this and follow the footpath uphill through bracken and towards a line of rocks. The cave takes a bit of finding, but is tucked away in a fold on the

cliff’s lower face. This was the home of Iron Age people and then Romano-British settlers who left amongst their rubbish, animal bones including a perforated bear’s tooth, items of broken pottery, brooches and harness fittings, many of which are in both Sheffield and the British Museums. Around 200 years ago Daniel Defoe author of Robinson Crusoe visited this spot during the tour he made around England and Wales. Here he spoke to a leadminer’s wife and her five children and was impressed by the cleanliness of the cave-dwelling.


Minning low From almost all points of the compass, the clump of trees marking the site of Minning Low stands out on the broad remote hilltop three miles to the north of Brassington. To reach it make your way through Aldwark as far as the A512 and turn left. Follow this road to Pikehall and go left along a minor road as far as Minning Low picnic site (signposted), on the High Peak Trail. Follow the trail southwards for about a mile and at its second right-hand bend, leave the trail and turn left through a concessionary gate. Aim uphill towards the prominent clump of trees on the skyline. They conceal the largest of Derbyshire’s chambered tombs, a group of upright stones capped by others, along with two cairns the smallest of which dates from the early Bronze Age. This once contained a stone cist unfortunately damaged long ago by treasure seekers. The other larger cairn covered five stone burial chambers; approached by entrance passages, four are still visible and retain their massive limestone capstones. It is thought that the burials inside the cairns relate to a period dating from the Bronze Age to the Romano-British settlements of the 3rd-4th centuries AD.

Minning Low

Arbor low Return to the car park at Minning Low picnic site and drive back to the A5012. Turn left and follow the road up to the A515 at Newhaven. Turn right as far as Parsley Hay and go to the right on the side road signposted to Monyash for about 300 yards, then right again on the Youlgrave road for about a mile. Take the signposted farm track on the right as far as the small car park for Arbor Low stone circle. To reach the circle climb over a stone stile and bear left uphill until the monument comes into view. This late Neolithic henge is a circle of about 50 recumbent stones surrounded by a ditch and an earth bank 7 feet high and 80 yards in diameter. At its centre is a U-shaped setting of large stones thought to be a ritualistic site. The entrance to Arbor Low henge is along an earth causeway from the south. While there appears to have been another entrance opposite, it is blocked by a later cairn containing cremations of several people whose descendants left a bone pin and two food vessels in a cist, or shallow

stone-covered hole around 1800 BC. All the stones are lying flat, giving the thought that they may have fallen from the upright, but to look at them, all shapes and sizes lying at roughly the same angle, and without any obvious foundation holes, it is possible they were deliberately laid flat. Built in such a prominent position with wide ranging views in all directions, with several of the stones aligned to winter and spring solstice sunrises and sunsets, it is hardly surprising that it has been suggested that Arbor Low was the cult-site of a religion that worshipped Mother Earth and fertility. Not far away, about 350 yards to the south west, is a 15 feet high mound called Gib Hill that was probably associated with the henge and is where a cremation urn and food vessels were found in 1848. Such was the importance of the site that it was used by the Romans to align their road from Derventio (Derby) to Aquae Arnemetiae (Buxton).


9 Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor

King Stone, Stanton Moor

Arbor Low A late Neolithic henge consisting of a circle of about 50 recumbent stones

Stanton Moor Go by way of Youlgrave as far as the A524 and turn right. Follow this road up to turnings either for Stanton in Peak or Birchover (there are pubs in both villages) and drive up on to Stanton Moor. Park by the entrance to the moor. Walk uphill past the curious Cork Stone and its iron handles installed by quarrymen in the 1800s. Ignoring the first path on the left walk on to the next and follow it over the heather moor. Stanton Moor is a major site of Neolithic tombs, together with circles both of earth or stones in the Peak. The first ancient feature is a small cairn on the right of the path that shows signs of being crudely excavated in Victorian times, then about 100 yards further on is the largest cairn to be found on the moor – you can spot it from the two bushes growing out of its summit. At the centre are the remains of a small stone burial chamber that contained the cremated remains of a young boy. It takes a bit of finding but there is a circular earth bank on the left (look out for a narrow path through the heather). This is the first of two major circles on the moor. The second and better known is a hundred yards further on. This is Nine Ladies Stone Circle and their attendant King Stone which is a little to the west. Folklore tells us that the circle is actually nine girls who were turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath; the fiddler who played for them is now the King Stone. Exploring Stanton Moor and seeking out its many cairns can be continued by following the edge path as its bears right away from Nine Ladies. The views are excellent and to bring the walk back to slightly more recent times, it passes a lonely tower set on the moor’s eastern edge. It was built to commemorate the Reform of Parliament Act in 1832 when Earl Grey was Prime Minister and began the slow move towards universal suffrage.

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June 100 years of gardening excellence What an incredible RHS Chelsea Flower show celebrating 100 years of gardening excellence (and it certainly was) with lots of new varieties of plants, a number of which were named Chelsea. The stand out gardens for me were The Brewin Dolphin Garden, The SeeAbility Garden, Stoke-on-Trent’s Story of Transformation, An Alcove (Tokonoma) Garden and The M&G Centenary Garden – ‘Windows through Time’ but all were inspiring in their own way. The fashion seemed to be straight lines, boxes and rectangles and again many pastel colours with the odd bright red or purple bloom poking through. Most plant nurseries or garden centres will still have plenty of plants to brighten up the garden – as the season started cold, most summer bedding plants have been delayed. In years’ past most bedding runs out by the middle or end of June.

General Garden Maintenance: • A great time to sow new lawns with grass seed – remembering to water well if we finally get some sunny weather. • Feed the lawn with a suitable lawn fertiliser. • Lower the blades of lawn mowers. • Plant out container grown trees and shrubs - remembering to water well if there is a lack of rain. • Cut back climbing plants that look straggly. • Turn over and refill compost heaps to help composting process. • Apply bark mulches around newly planted or established trees & shrubs to retain moisture and help suppress weeds. • Look out for greenfly and blackfly developing on shrubs, perennials (mainly lupins) and roses, spray with a pesticide. • Pick off dead flowering heads of rhododendrons and azaleas. • Remove ‘suckers’ from standard roses, ornamental and fruit trees with secateurs.

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Allotment or Vegetable Patch: • Check for signs of woolly aphid on fruit trees. • Protect strawberries from birds by covering them with netting. • Hang pheromone traps or bird feeders in apple and plum trees to control pests. • Water strawberries and gooseberries to help fruits to swell. • Stop cutting asparagus by the end of June to allow the ‘ferns’ to form. • Feed fruit trees and bushes with liquid sulphate of potash, such as a tomato feed. • Feed tomato plants every time you water with a suitable fertiliser.

In the Greenhouse: • Paint greenhouse glazing with ‘Coolglass’ to help with keeping temperatures down and reduce scorching to foliage. • Water tomatoes regularly to help prevent fruit splitting. • Try hanging sticky traps over plants to catch any whitefly. • It’s important to water growbags and pots regularly, sometimes

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daily if needed in very warm weather. • Take out side shoots of developing tomato plants • Liquid feed any planted up hanging baskets. • Place pots of tagetes (you will find them with the bedding plants) near greenhouse doors to deter whitefly. • If going on holiday this month, set up a watering area using a growbag tray and some capillary matting.


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A Gardener’s

notes To recreate your little bit of Chelsea, here are 3 you should include. Clematis: Clematis is a must have in the garden. Very versatile they can be grown in a pot, used as a screen, grown through trees or used as ground cover. The hybrid varieties such as ‘The President’, ‘Hagley Hybrid’ or ‘Nelly Moser’ have big dinner plate sized blooms. The species varieties such as ‘Tangutica’ and ‘Alpine Constance’ have smaller flowers but masses of them. If you decide to grow one in a pot, pick a variety that grows no more than 6ft – Raymond Evison Clematis do a range that grows no more than 3 to 4ft which is perfect for a container. My personal favourites are ‘Rebecca’, ‘Ice Blue’, ‘Oh La La’, ‘Cartmanni Early Sensation’ (evergreen – winter flowering) and this year’s new additions at the Chelsea Flower Show ‘Chelsea’, ‘Giselle’ & ‘Samaritan Jo’. If planting in the ground make sure the soil is well drained and the base of the clematis is shaded by a shrub or a very thick layer of bark.

Weigela Rubidor: There are many varieties of Weigela but ‘Rubidor’ is by far my favourite with the vivid bright golden leaves that contrast well with the crimson flowers. Compact growing ideal for a container needs little care apart, but the old flowers need pruning back straight after flowering. Height 4ft - needs a sunny well drained position.

Escallonia: Fantastic evergreen shrub with healthy looking, glossy leaves and either white, pink or red flowers. Will happily grow in sun or shade and in any type of soil. Prefers a slightly sheltered position – my personal favourite varieties are ‘Apple Blossom’, ‘Iveyii’ and ‘Red Elf’ but all varieties will make a great evergreen hedge if planted about 2ft apart.

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The man known as the UK’s most famous dodgy car-dealer speaks lucidly, quickly and relishes talking about the many achievements in his long career. To millions of people he is Boycie, a regular in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses and its successor The Green, Green Grass. But John Challis is far more than a character in a long-running comedy series. He has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company and at the National Theatre as well as appearing in countless television programmes including The Sweeney, Doctor Who and Coronation Street. The 70-year-old has drunk with the Rolling Stones and hell-raising actor Oliver Reed; has been married four times and is now on tour with his show Only Fools And Boycie in which he tells stories from his remarkable life. So who is the real John Challis? “I’ve no idea really,” he tells me from his home at Wigmore, Herefordshire. “I’m a man who needs an audience.” About his new show he says: “I find it exciting being on stage. I enjoy telling my story and I’ve found a way to tell it that people seem to like. It’s a thrill.” One of the anecdotes he tells is how the Beatles wanted him for a part in their fantasy adventure Magical Mystery Tour only for the dates to clash with his first television role. That will no doubt form part of his show in the Darwin Suite at Derby’s Assembly Rooms this month. “It all started when someone suggested that I do a little show on cruise ships. It just seems to work – it’s like a conversation really. It generally works well in an intimate atmosphere, so that’s why we’re going to smaller venues.”

The early years John Challis was born in Bristol but was brought up in south east London. His father was a civil servant and did not encourage John to tread the boards. That came from his mother who had been

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involved in amateur dramatics.

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“I think in retrospect my father was more worried than anything because it’s an insecure profession and he was very much a hard-working, self-made man. He never saw acting as a proper job.

“I went around being nasty and threatening people with my gun which I never got to fire. I was quite good at looking threatening because I’ve got a big, dark face and I’m quite tall, so I played a lot of villains.

“Mind you, he was forced by my mother to come along and see a couple of shows I did and I think he quite enjoyed them. “One of them, Dirty Linen, was a Tom Stoppard play I did in the West End for over a year. My father found that hilarious. But he thought all the restoration comedy that I found myself doing was entirely frivolous.” John reveals the desire to take on another persona was with him from a very early age. “I was fascinated by copying things, particularly people, much to my mother’s annoyance. She was always telling me off for staring at people and copying them. I don’t know why but I could always do it. I suppose it’s showing off really. I was interested in being other people. “I found it a good way to get through school because I could make people laugh. The only other thing I was good at was sport. That’s all I did at school impersonated the masters, I was in all the school plays, played a lot of sport and did no work whatsoever really.”

“But comedy was never far from the surface really and I always found some sense of humour somewhere. It was invaluable later because I do pantomime every year and I play the villain - but always with a sense of humour, I hope.” John has been in Coronation Street twice, as a football hooligan who threw Ena Sharples’ handbag through a shop window and later a policeman who gave Len Fairclough a really hard time when he was “accused of murdering his fancy woman at the time”.

The Beatles and Only Fools… He describes not being in Magical Mystery Tour as a “terrible disappointment”. His agent sent him to meet John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. John Challis was offered the part as a courier on the Beatles’ coach.

The RSC came calling and in the mid-1960s John appeared in a number of plays including Hamlet which starred award-winning actor David Warner and was directed by Sir Peter Hall.

“I couldn’t believe I was going to work with the Beatles. But I was already contracted to the BBC to do a new soap opera called The Newcomers. In my naivety I thought they would release me. The dates only clashed by a couple of days. But they refused.”

He would have liked to play Doctor Who although he was never offered the part. But he did appear in a story called The

However, one date he could make was his debut as Terrance Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in Only Fools And Horses. One episode


attracted a record audience for a sitcom – more than 24million viewers. John had been trying to make it in America – “it was a fantasy really if I look back on it” – and flew back for only one day to film his scenes. “I just liked it immediately. It sounds odd but some things you do you’re not sure about, particularly in comedy. But that just made me laugh out loud as soon as I got the script.” So what is it about Boycie that makes him such a great character to play?

“I don’t know. It’s a mystery to me because he’s such an unattractive character really, so pompous and full of his own self-importance. “I started in about the fourth series in the mid ‘80s. We were all getting letters from people who said ‘I love that character’ and you think: why? He’s awful. “But I suppose I’ve just got that quality as a performer that makes people smile. “Boycie represented the slightly less attractive side of the society in the Nag’s Head but he needed to be there really for

Del to bounce off because that was what Del aspired to be, a man who always had money. “Boycie was a pompous figure to be knocked down, so that was his value in the series.”

Remembering Boycie Many people will always remember John Challis as Boycie despite all his other roles. He acknowledges that in the titles of the two parts of his autobiography as well as his stage show. He even set up his own publishing company, Wigmore Books, with a friend to bring out the first volume of his story. “It’s been very exciting. I’m not a natural writer but I can write - I just need organising. I’m completely chaotic about things. But it’s been great going out selling it. “I do book signings all over the place. Every time I do a show I take my books with me and it’s quite fun to do. It’s back to the old days when I used to charge around the country doing a show in a different town every day. I’ve always quite enjoyed that gypsy existence.” Half an hour after we first started chatting, John Challis tells me he has no plans next year to celebrate 50 years in showbusiness. No doubt he will still be telling stories about his sparkling career and showing off to an appreciative audience. • John Challis appears in Only Fools And Boycie in the Darwin Suite at Derby’s Assembly Rooms on 7th June. Being Boycie and Boycie And Beyond are available from Waterstones and at www.wigmorebooks.com.

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Shipley Country Park Not all that long ago the thought of a walk around what is now Shipley Country Park would have been met by howls of derision. Then the site would have been a mess of mud, gaping water-filled holes and massive earth moving machinery. All this is now gone and the park has reverted to its natural state, mainly through restoration carried out jointly by the NCB and Derbyshire County Council. Originally, Shipley Estate as it was then known, was owned by the Miller-Mundy family who from the 16th century onwards made a fortune from the sale of coal that lay beneath their land. Prior to that the first mention of the estate was in the Domesday Book when it was classed as a hunting forest. The Miller-Mundy family built Shipley Hall on a mound that is now a central feature of the country park; William Eaves a follower of

Capability Brown landscaped the grounds nearest the hall. The family began to seriously exploit the coal reserves around 1765, digging the Nutbrook Canal to carry coal and goods by way of the Erewash Canal and onwards to the Trent. Later and especially with the creation of the Midland Railway, side tracks served the coal field, running alongside the route of the canal and eventually taking over from it. Scandal hit the family in 1882, a scandal so great that had it happened two hundred years later it would have filled the News of the World. The brief facts were that Ellen Miller-Mundy ran off with Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, the young Earl of Shrewsbury. Aided and abetted by her three brothers all five left the country in a hurry, due mainly to the fact that the brothers were already facing a charge of conspiracy to murder. Apparently they had planned to murder their eldest brother who was owner of Alfreton Hall and split the proceeds from the sale amongst themselves. In 1948 the demand for coal to revitalise UK industry was so great that the Labour

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Government authorised the large scale expansion of open cast mining, making it possible to tap into seams of coal deemed too close to the surface and therefore unsuitable for conventional methods of deep mining. As a result the once pristine acres of manicured parkland were turned into a moonscape similar to the Somme in the Great War. Restoration of the site began in 1976 with a joint scheme operated by the NCB and Derbyshire County Council. Since then with imaginative landscaping and tree planting Shipley Estate, now known as Shipley Country Park, is available for the enjoyment of all, whether horse riding, cycling, walking, keeping fit on the track or simply picnicking and walking the dog. A big change to an area where once the privileged few hunted, or later civil engineers ripped coal from beneath the ground. This walk follows a series of carefully graded footpaths and bridleways in and around the limits of the park. It is easy to follow, but a word of caution, signposting could be better and so the safest suggestion is that if you go astray, don’t worry, go back to the last easily recognisably described feature and try again.

Helpful Information About 6 miles (10km) of gently undulating country; partly in woodland with country lanes and a short stretch of quiet road through the village of Mapperley. Easy walking throughout and no steep climbs. Muddy section near Mapperley Park. Refreshments at the Rambler Café near the Visitor Centre at the start of the walk and the Black Horse in Mapperley a little over half way round. Recommended map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25000 scale – sheet 260: Nottingham/ Vale of Belvoir. Nearest public transport. Frequent buses from Derby and Nottingham serve nearby Heanor. Car Parking (Pay and Display) at the start of the walk. There are two children’s play areas on either side of the car park and a trim track for keep-fit enthusiasts beyond the visitor centre.

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The Walk • From the A608 Derby to Heanor road, follow the brown road signs to Shipley Country Park and drive past the industrial estate into the car park • Bear left out of the car park and follow a wide path towards trees. Cross the deep cutting where once the Nutbrook Canal flowed. • Turn right on to the cinder track bed of an abandoned railway and follow it with a few houses on the left, past two ponds partly screened by scrub willow on the right. Both the railway track and Nutbrook Canal served the numerous mines of the area. All that remains of the latter are the series of ponds passed along the way. Nowadays they are the haunt of wildlife and a place where contemplative anglers spend their time. • Cross a low road bridge and continue along the trail until it reaches a minor road. Turn right and go down the tree lined rough road until it begins to bear right. • Go past a road barrier and then turn left at

a track junction. Walk along what is now a surfaced track, past a security fence surrounding a large lake. The lake is the only tangible reminder of the site of the controversial and now closed Britannia Park, later called the American Adventure Park. • Bear sharp right at a track junction where the main crosses the lake’s outflow and go past a boggy reed-filled hollow. • When the track reaches a ‘T’ junction, ignore the signpost pointing to Long Eaton and then turn right on to an unsignposted track going past Lodge Farm. The wooded land on your left once past Lodge Farm is Woodside Nature Reserve, owned and maintained by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. • Bear left on the track away from the farm and follow it down into a dip then up to a junction. Turn right here and continue past a bridleway on the left signposted to West Hallam. • Join the surfaced road and follow it through Mapperley Village. Go over the crossroads and continue past the Black Horse pub for about a quarter of a mile. • A few yards beyond a play park (picnic

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seats here), backed by a group of attractive bungalows on your right. Walk on for a little way and then look out for a kissing gate on the right. Go through it and walk diagonally half left across the field in front. Cross a muddy ditch by a plank bridge marked by two stiles and go forwards to a field track. Ignoring the signposted stile in the hedge to your front, turn sharp right to follow a faint path over two fields. Cross a footbridge and climb up to an abandoned macadamed track. Turn right and follow the track around the boundary of old open cast workings until it reaches a by-lane. Turn right along the lane to drop down to a bridge over a stream serving Mapperley Reservoir. Walk on until a side lane turns to the left towards an old farmhouse. Walk up to and then past the farm, bearing right and then left towards pine woods. Turn left along the woodland boundary and follow a path leading directly to the Visitor Centre and the Rambler’s Café.

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DIARY m Derby Live, www.derbylive.co.uk June 7 Only Fools And Boycie 7 Kaleidoscope Players present Oliver 8 Bourgeois & Maurice: Sugartits 11-12 Blackeyed Theatre, in association South Hill Park, presents Teechers 14 Steve Howe 20 Blueflint 21 Ifs Buts & Babies by Avelia Moisey & Jill Neenan 25 The Watson Players present Calendar Girls By Tim Firth 28 Wren Band: When The Moon Is Full... 29 McClean's Back Darwin Suite July 3-6 Gatepost Theatre Company presents: Gatepost At The Movies 10-13 Derby City Charter's 36th annual CAMRA beer festival – Wednesday Evening Darwin Suite & Market Place Lacemarket Theatre Box Office 0115 9507201 June 24-29 The Female of the Species In this contemporary farce Margot Mason is an academic suffering from writer’s block when a deranged former student handcuffs her to a desk and threatens to shoot her. Things go from bad to worse for Margot when her

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daughter arrives and encourages the student to pull the trigger. Based loosely on the real life event that famously happened to Germaine Greer. Nottingham Arena www.nottingham-arena.com June 1 Rod Stewart Nottingham Playhouse Box Office 0115 941 9419 www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk June 6 The Magnets 10 An evening with Stuart Maconie 13 Ewan MclannanThis brilliant guitarist and singer-songwriter plays folk songs from around Britain and further afield, but with an inevitable concentration on the tradition of Scotland where he grew up. Recently nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, his debut album ‘Rags & Robes’ was chosen as a Top Ten Album by MOJO Magazine. 14 Sonia Sabri Jugni (meaning female firefly in Sufi poetry and Punjabi folk music) is an explosion of dance and music with soaring live vocals and percussion inspired by Qawaali, and powerful contemporary choreography driven by

the passion in folkloric dance styles. Choreographer Sonia Sabri and Musical Director Sarvar Sabri build a heartfelt collaboration of a predominantly female cast of renowned artists making Jugni one of the most inspirational dance shows of the year. 21-22 Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama present their 2013 gala performance of musical theatre. 27 The Ashes July 2 Alec Stewart Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre. www.buxtonoperahouse.org June 1 Morgan & West 2 Alice In Wonderland 3 George Orwell’s 1984 5-9 Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors 7 Recitals at the Arts Centre - The Mosaic Guitar Duo 7 Buxton Buzz Comedy Club - June (Pavilion Gardens) 8 A Lot Of It About / Broken 9 Jazz at the Arts Centre - The Gary Taylor Jazz Quintet 10 The Illegal Eagles 11 Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells ‘For Two’ 14 The Winter’s Tale 14 -15 The Jungle Book

Cole Porter’s timeless classic, High Society. This brand new theatre production will visit the Theatre Royal Nottingham from 4 – 8 June as part of an extensive tour of the UK and Ireland. The production stars Michael Praed as Dexter Haven and the cast also includes Sophie Bould as Tracy Lord, Daniel Boys as Mike Connor, Keiron Crook as George Kittredge, Marilyn Cutts as Margaret Lord and Alex Young as Liz Imbrie. Adapted from the hit 1956 film, High Society fizzes with a host of beautiful Cole Porter ballads including ‘True Love’, ‘You’re Sensational’ and the unforgettable ’Did You Evah!’. The original film starred Bing Crosby (Dexter Haven), Frank Sinatra (Mike Connor) and Grace Kelly (Tracy Lord), her last film role before she became Princess Grace of Monaco. Music & Lyrics (producers) played to over 175,000 enthusiastic theatre-goers with its inaugural production of The King and I, attracting gross revenues in excess of £4m and, with Curve Leicester, a prestigious nomination for Best Touring Production in the 2012 UK Theatre Awards. Music & Lyrics is a consortium of the UK’s largest independent No. 1 presenting venues that has been created to stimulate and create new musical theatre productions.

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DIARY m 16 Summer Time 16 Celtic Fiddle Festival 17 Celebrity Cook Off Live 18 The Rat Pack is Back 19 An Intimate Evening with Lucinda Williams featuring Doug Pettibone 21-22 Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales 22 Brighouse & Rastrick Band 23 Heroes 28 Buxton Buzz Comedy Club 29-30 King Lear July 5 A Festival Double Bill 6 Peter Conrad (in conversation with Stephen Barlow) – Songs of Love and Death 6 The Reunion – The cast of La Colombe from 1983 6 Entertaining Buxton 6 Buxton Military Tattoo 2013 (The Dome, Devonshire Road, Buxton) 6Worbey & Farrell 6 A.N. Wilson – The Potter’s Hand Palace Theatre Mansfield www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre 01623 63313 June JUNE 31 May - 1 June Devas Dance School 2 Thank you for the Music 5 Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band

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8-9 Expressions Academy of Performing Arts 12 Happy Days are Here Again 13 Teechers by John Godber 15-16 Excelsior School of Dance 18-19 Grease 20 The Counterfeit 60s Tribute Show 28-29 Stage Door Derby Theatre (formerly Derby Playhouse) Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, Box Office: 01332 593939 www.derbytheatre.co.uk June 5 Graduate Fashion Show 7 Degree Show: Live Music 8 The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs 8 Face Value 11-22 The Seagull 22 Imagine. In its 17th successful year First Stage brings you Imagine. A talented cast of more than 180 local youngsters will be dancing and singing their way through a fantasy adventure. Open your imagination as storybooks and fairytales come to life in this truly magical performance. Experience stunning choreography and glittering costumes as students perform many favourites and original pieces which have earned them a multitude of awards from competitions across the Midlands.

Steve Howe Derby LIVE’s Darwin on Fri 14 Jun, 8pm. Steve Howe has been active in the guitar world for over 50 years, performing & recording with bands like Yes, Asia, GTR, ABWH, Tomorrow, and his own trio, as well as having a considerable solo output. Starting in the '60's guitar boom, he was persuaded to listen to all forms of music by his siblings. Chet Atkins, Wes Montgomery and Julian Bream spearheaded his broad interest in all

25-29 Blue Remembered Hills July 2-6 JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Written by Roald Dahl Adapted by David Wood James lives with Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, the most revolting aunts in England. They make him work and slave and never let him play with other children. Then one day he meets a mystical old man who gives him a bag that contains the strongest magic the world has ever known. When James accidentally spills the bag near an old peach tree, the most incredible things start to happen – and James embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with the most amazing group of characters you could ever meet! The Birmingham Stage Company proudly presents Roald Dahl’s amazing story, following its acclaimed productions of George’s Marvellous Medicine, Horrible Histories and The Jungle Book. If you’re looking for fruitfilled fun and wizzpopping wonders, then don’t miss James and his Giant Peach!

styles of playing. Through blues, rock, soul, psychedelia, progressive, jazz & classical, Steve developed a distinctive way of playing & writing. Co-writing Roundabout, Close To The Edge, Topographic Oceans & Awaken within Yes, spurred him on to seek other collaborations and establish his mission to compose his own solo repertoire. Poll successes, gold & platinum albums, sell out tours, & touring internationally, has meant that he's been kept very busy. For the last 5 years, both Yes & Asia have been highly productive. Tickets priced at £19.25 £19.25 are available from Derby LIVE Derby LIVE’’s Box Office ’’s Box Office on 01332 255800

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BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS WALK at CARSINGTON WATER The Great Northern Divers have their summer breeding plumage, and have gone north to do what breeding birds do at this time of the year. But they are replaced by all the summer visitors, Swallows, Warblers, Terns, Swifts, etc - and there is every chance of seeing an Osprey. Join us for a leisurely 2-hour stroll with the volunteers to see what is around, and learn how to recognise the summer migrants, and where to find them. 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 - 2nd June, 7th July, 4th August and 1st September. Due to the popularity of these walks, it is essential that you Tel: 01629 540696 to ensure that a place is reserved for you. Darley Abbey Historical Group The Darley Abbey Historical Group will be holding an exhibition of research, maps and photos. On Saturday 8th June From 11am to 4pm in the West Mill, Darley Abbey. DARLEY ABBEY DAY Our Mills – our History – our Heritage Saturday 8th. A Day for all the Family. Official Opening at 11.00 in St. Matthew’s Church. Organ music, Photography competition, Talent competition, Dance, Historical walk, Historical exhibition, Open gardens, Scarecrow competition, Art exhibition, BBQ and music, Mill games – and much more Little Chester Heritage Centre Little Chester Heritage Centre, St. Paul's Church, Mansfield Road, Chester Green, Derby. From Sun June 16th, along with our Roman Artifacts, you can peruse our exhibition of The History of Derby Canal and see how much of Derby has changed over the years We are open every Sun. 2-4pm, admission is free with refreshments available. For further info. Tel. 01332 363354 The Derwent Singers and The Sitwell Singers Celebrate with us on Saturday 22nd June 2013 at 7.30pm in Derby Cathedral when The Derwent Singers and The Sitwell Singers present their 40th Anniversary Concert of the splendid Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. Directed by Malcolm Goldring, soloists include Faye Newton and Philippa Hyde with instrumentalists including Nicolette Moonen, Jamie Savan, Paula Chateauneuf and Michael Overbury. Further information: 01283 561826 or tickets@derwentsingers.org.uk Allestree Flower Group Allestree Flower Group, Tuesday 18th June 2013. Flower demonstration by Jan Travis entitled 'This, that and a bit of tat' Time 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm.Venue - Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree Admission: £5 members, £3 non members. Friends and visitors welcome. For further details please contact our Chairman on 01283 702601 Derbyshire Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild The next meeting of the Derbyshire Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild will be held on Saturday, 11th May 1.30pm for 2pm at Derbyshire House, Sherwin Street, Derby DE22 1GP. The talk will be “Rethinking Embroidery” by Kit Watts. Duffield Carnival Duffield Carnival would like to invite you to join us on Sat 29th June for a street procession followed by lots of fun on Eyes Meadow. We have an arena with sheep racing as our main attraction this year, plus music, fairground rides, stalls and an evening of live bands. Procession at 1.45 pm, through onto Eyes Meadow til 9pm. Further info on

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WHAT’S ON LOCALLY email: diary@imagespublishingltd.co.uk Facebook: Duffield carnival Twitter: @duffieldcarnival Email: duffieldcarnival@gmail.com Uppertown Social Centre Sat 15th June Ursula and Connor MacKay (The Singing Brickie) Irish Country 7:00 for 8:00pm £11 including supper. Contact Eddie Marriott for information and tickets on: 01246 590502 or 07966 154798. Website www.uppertown.org Best Folk ‘n’ Acoustic Music in Derbyshire Fri 7 June 8pm - THE BOYS FROM TANGLEFOOT Ritchie-Parrish-Ritchie . Concert Room, Nailers Football Club, Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1BA Ticket Hotline 01773 853428 For tickets and information ‘phone Ticket Hotline 01773 853428 www.prpromotions.org.uk The Dalesmen perform ‘A Summer Festival of Song’ in Derby Cathedral Last November the Dalesmen delivered their 25th Anniversary concert to a packed audience in Derby Assembly Rooms and following on from that and another successful run of performances, the choir has chosen the magnificent Derby Cathedral in which to perform their major 2013 concert, entitled ’A Summer Festival of Song’ on Saturday June 29th at 7.15pm. A major feature of the concert will be four nationally acclaimed soloists to include the warm sweet tones of Soprano Samantha Hay described by The Times as ‘outstanding’, Contralto and multi talented musician and teacher, Gail Davies who has appeared live on Radio Three accompanied by one of the North of England’s top choirs, Tenor David Watkin-Holmes who was winner of the revered Mario Lanza competition and the deeply resonant Baritone Julian Empett whose performance of William Walton’s ‘The Twelve’, was described by Gramophone Magazine as “on magnificent form”. The programme for the evening will cater for a wide variety of musical tastes and the combined choirs will include within their repertoire ‘American Trilogy’, a song popularised by Elvis Presley and guaranteed to make the spine tingle as the choirs reach the final crescendo and the rich tones from the Cathedral organ swell to arrive at the song’s emotive climax. Another popular favourite regularly featured in the Dalesmen’s programme and which will be included in the concert is ‘You Raise Me Up’ originally written by the Secret garden duo and subsequently recorded by over one hundred artists including Josh Groban. There will also be a selection of music from Handel’s ‘Messiah’ including the ever popular and stirring ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ always a good bet for the big occasion which the concert promises to be. This will be the 26th year since the formation of the Dalesmen by founder members, one of whom was their late President the Reverend Reg Dean who having reached the incredible status of Britain’s oldest man at his 110th Birthday on November 4th 2012 sadly died in January this year. Tickets for the ‘Summer Festival of Song’ are £12 for all seats from The Cathedral Bookshop Irongate; Fould’s Music Shop Irongate; Age UK, The Morledge, Derby. (10.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday) or by post with cheques payable to Dalesmen MVC (please add postage 80p) and send with your name and address to Age UK Derby & Derbyshire, 15 The Morledge, Derby, DE1 2AW - enquiries 01332 343232: Tickets also available online from www.www.dalesmen.org. Proceeds from the concert will go to Age UK Derby & Derbyshire.


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Elvaston Castle Steam Rally 2013 Elvaston Castle Steam Rally is an annual event organised by a group of enthusiastic volunteers to raise money for local charities. Over the years we have raised over £100,000 for local good causes. The first ever steam rally was held in 1950 and was a challenge between two engine owners as to who had the better engine. Today we can see the development of that meeting with many more exhibits and all the owners justly proud of them. This year we have Herbert Slack’s 87 Key Gavioli Fairground Organ exhibiting with us. This is of great local interest as up till 2011 it had been kept at Crich Tramway Village and was only played infrequently due to environmental noise legislation. Mr Ian Howard, a local steam enthusiast, heard that it was to be moved to a collection in the south of England, so along with his supporters set about negotiations to become the custodians of the Gavioli, keeping it in Derbyshire, the county it had been in for most of its existence. This was the first mechanical organ to enter preservation and it has never been played outside or visited an event since 1923. We are extremely pleased this year to have been given the opportunity to be a venue for one of the Steam

Apprentice Club’s organised build workshops. The Steam Apprentice Club was launched to give under 21’s the opportunity to learn about the construction of traction engines. The apprentices are building a one third scale model of a Burrell traction engine to be completed in time for the National Traction Engine Trust’s 60th Anniversary. Visitors to Elvaston this year will be able to watch this build in progress. It’s not a day just for steam enthusiasts but a great day out for all the family. This year we have the JC Balls Dancing Diggers, a falconry display, dancers, bands and a fairground, as well as lots of stalls to browse around and hundreds of exhibits from models to motorbikes. You can also come and camp with us for the weekend. We take tents, caravans and motorhomes. We don’t have hook ups as the camping is in a farmer’s field but there are toilet facilities, waste disposal points and free hot showers. Camping charges include free entry to the rally. After all the hard work getting everything ready last year we had to cancel because of a waterlogged site. It would have been more appropriate to have a boat show rather than a steam rally. This year the organising is almost done, the exhibitors are booked, the entertainment scheduled and the volunteers on red alert. All we need now is an expert who knows how to make the sun shine. If anybody knows one please get in touch.

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Pollyanna PiCKeRing

Last Chance to

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A few months ago wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering found herself sitting just feet away from a wild gorilla in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda. As she completed some rapid sketches she realised that she may be one of the last wildlife artists to have the opportunity to observe these and other critically endangered animals in the wild. Inspired by this experience along with the book and subsequent television series ‘Last Chance to See...’ Pollyanna has created a remarkable new collection of paintings of endangered species, which will be exhibited to the public for the first time from the 22nd June – 7th July in the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of her private gallery at Brookvale House, Oaker, near Matlock (AA signposted). Visitors will be welcome between 10am – 6pm each day (admission free.) Pollyanna's determination to paint only animals which she has observed in their natural habitats has lead her into a unique series of expeditions to some of the most inhospitable areas of the globe, travelling across five continents in her quest to observe and sketch some of the rarest animals in the world – from polar bears in the melting ice of the high arctic to Amur tigers in the Siberian wastelands and wolves in the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania. Her sensitive and thoughtful paintings capture the beauty and fragility of the world we share. In 1989, author Douglas Adams (best known for the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series of books) and zoologist Mark Carwardine made ‘Last Chance to See’; a series of BBC radio documentaries travelling to various locations in the hope of encountering species on the brink of extinction. A book of the same name was published the following year. In 2009, the BBC aired a television follow up series, with Stephen Fry replacing the late Adams as Mark Carwardine’s travelling companion. Pollyanna recognised a parallel between her painting expeditions and the journeys made by the Last Chance writers and broadcasters, in the way in which they are able to share their experiences of the natural world and encounters with some of the world’s most vulnerable creatures – in her case through her award winning artwork. This exhibition will include the very first paintings from her recent treks in Rwanda to observe mountain gorillas, as well as artwork inspired by recent travels through the wilds of Vietnam and Thailand.

Vietnam and Thailand In Vietnam she made an emotional visit to the Animals Asia Sanctuary to meet Polly, one of their resident moon bears. The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation was able to fund Polly's rescue from an illegal bile farm and continues to fund his ongoing care at the sanctuary. “Having seen the images of the dark claustrophobic shipping containers where Polly had been living on the bile farm and knowing of the unbelievable agony he must have suffered during the bile extractions, it was just amazing to finally come face to face with 'our' bear and see him looking so happy, healthy and relaxed” Pollyanna commented. “It was a very emotional moment seeing Polly” she said “I truly believe that of all the pain and cruelty humans inflict on animals, the farming of bears for bile has to be the worst. I am so grateful that through the incredible work carried out by Animals Asia, my Foundation and all our supporters have been able to give this beautiful

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bear the opportunity to live out the rest of his life in peace and comfort, free from pain and abuse.” While in Thailand, Pollyanna volunteered in a tiger sanctuary, bottle feeding and caring for tiny cubs – as well as having the opportunity to sketch adult tigers as they splashed and swam in lakes within the grounds of a Buddhist temple. She also spent a few days volunteering at an elephant sanctuary near Chiang Mai. The sanctuary provides a home for elephants which have been abused and ill-treated Staying and working at the park, Pollyanna with her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise began their days by feeding the elephants – and cleaning out their enclosure. “We learnt how to recognise healthy elephant poo and which dietary alterations were needed if the elephant's digestive systems were not working as they should be – knowledge I am sure that will prove useful in the future!” Pollyanna commented. “We also learned how to ride the elephants 'mahout' style – sitting behind their ears, and guiding them with a series of commands.” Twice a day Pollyanna and Anna-Louise would bathe their elephants – riding them into a lake, then splashing them down with buckets of water, while scrubbing their backs with brushes. “This was undoubtedly the elephants’ favourite part of the day” Pollyanna recalled “and ours too! I don't think I have ever been so wet and muddy and messy in my life – as we washed the elephants they would gather trunks full of water and spray them over us as well! - but I also don't think I have ever laughed so much either!” In the calm of the evenings and early mornings, Pollyanna was then able to sit with her sketch pad and enjoy this amazing opportunity to capture the character of the elephants. Pollyanna’s hands on approach to animal welfare, combined with her artistic skill resulted in her being the most recent recipient of the most prestigious International Award in the field of Wildlife Art – The Artists for Conservation's Simon Combes Conservation Award, which recognises her support for conservation through artistic excellence. Pollyanna travelled to Canada to receive the award at a VIP gala dinner, and the striking bronze trophy will be on display in the gallery throughout the ‘Last Chance to Paint…..’ exhibition.


AFC President and Founder, Jeff Whiting told us: "We are very proud to honour Pollyanna for her long-term dedication and contributions to conservation causes around the world. Pollyanna has shown extraordinary leadership in giving back to the subjects she depicts so passionately in her paintings." During the AFC Festival Pollyanna also gave two keynote lectures, appearing on Canadian Breakfast Television to chat about her award and the work of the AFC. "I am most honoured to receive this prestigious award from the AFC. I think it is wonderful that the AFC formally recognises the unique and valuable role which wildlife art plays in the world of conservation. I believe that I have been very fortunate to able to use my artwork to both fundraise for and raise awareness of the plight of endangered species around the world and I feel humbled to be given this award for following my passion and vocation." says Pollyanna.

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Pollyanna will be on hand throughout to chat to visitors and sign copies of her popular books including ‘Wildness’ - her acclaimed collaboration with Richard Bonfield, the Born Free Foundation’s poet in residence. Ten percent of all sales will be donated through Pollyanna’s charitable foundation to fund a cheetah education programme in Namibia. Ninety percent of Namibia's wild cheetah live on farmlands and come into conflict with farmers and livestock and game farming interests. The Foundation is aiming to raise US$5,000 to fund a environmental education program for the farming community. This would enable The Cheetah Conservation Fund education team to conduct a weeklong training course for 30 farmers. Pollyanna told us “I firmly believe that education programmes of this kind are one of the most important factors in ensuring the continued survival of cheetahs in the wild, where they belong”.

Pollyanna is passionate about the well-being of the wildlife she paints as much as she is about accurately interpreting her subjects. She is a tireless campaigner for the welfare of endangered, sick and vulnerable creatures. For fifteen years Pollyanna ran her own wildlife sanctuary, 'Brookvale Bird Rescue' - funded entirely by her painting. She is the Founder of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation which raises funds for the protection and rescue of wildlife, endangered species and the environment as well as emergency disaster relief. Two new limited edition prints will be exclusively launched during the exhibition. Also on display throughout will be Pollyanna's extensive range of greetings cards, fine art, limited edition prints and a wide variety of giftware featuring her designs, including stationery, china mugs, cross stitch kits, collector’s plates and much more. There will even be a sneak preview of some of Pollyanna’s latest Christmas cards commissioned by charities including Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Blue Cross. Several ranges are exclusive to the gallery, including signed sets of her postage stamps issued in Africa, first day covers for the Royal Mail and a display of giftware commissioned by Harrods.

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A Very Cornish Affair! Hansons ‘Trelawny – Noble Contents from a Historic Cornish Home’ Auction Hansons recent sale ‘Trelawny – Noble Contents from a Historic Cornish Home’ was truly an event to remember. The entirety of the lots in the sale descended from the noble Trelawny family who can be traced back to 1066, and played a major part in Cornish history. The sale included a wealth of objects from the 17th – 19th century, all acquired by one of Britain’s oldest and most noble families. “The sale was a very Cornish affair,” commented Charles Hanson “together with our Cornish friends in the room, online and on phonelines, we were delighted to serve a range of pasties, scones and cream teas to our clients.” Viewing day was accompanied by an educational evening, in which our vendor conducted a lecture regarding the history of the family, and answered the many questions regarding the fascinating collection. This sale of completely market fresh Cornish treasures captured our client’s imagination, as 95% of the lots offered were sold with gusto. Stealing the show was a remarkable mantel clock, bestowed by William II to Bishop Jonathan Trelawny’s brother, Charles in return for his part in the safe escort of William and Mary from Torbay to claim the throne in the Glorious Revolution of 1689, both landing him favour with the monarchy and leverage in the release of his brother the Bishop.  The clock was crafted by Jos Foster of London in the late 17th century, with elaborate brass decoration and it attracted the

interest of several bidders in the room, six phonelines and countless online bids. The rarity and age of the clock appealed to enthusiasts and this wonderful piece exceeded its estimate to make £10,600. This sale of a magnificent collection descended from the Trelawny family bought a taste of the South West to Hansons Derbyshire auction centre. With a packed saleroom and a great variety of quality lots there was a buoyant atmosphere in the room, with much of the lots bought by our Cornish clientele. Commenting on the sale, manager of Hansons Auctioneers Charles Hanson commented “it was a delight to sell this fine collection of Cornish objects from the noble Trelawny family. We had a sale to remember, full of theatre, drama and romance” For further details on Hansons forthcoming sales please email service@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk or call 01283 733 988.

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

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Denby Visitor Centre - June 2013 Get set for summer dining in the Denby Factory Shop this month with sizzling offers from 12 piece tableware sets in a wide choice of patterns, to serving sets, glassware, cookware and cast iron all at great prices. Tickets to watch a demonstration by popular TV Chef James Martin go on sale on July 8th. James will be on stage at 11am and 2pm on 6th October and each demonstration will be followed by book signing sessions. Tickets are ÂŁ15 per demonstration and can be bought at the Visitor Centre Reception or by calling 01773 740799. Events in June at Denby Visitor Centre include The Crooked Spire Classic Car Tour on Sunday 16th June (the cars will arrive at Denby between 12.30 and 3pm) and a performance by the Bourne Concert Band in the Denby Courtyard between 11.30 and 12.30 on Sunday 30th June. See www.denbyvisitorcentre.co.uk for further details of events and offers. Denby Visitor Centre is just 2 miles south of Ripley off the A38 and is open daily .Centre entry and parking are free. Denby, Derbyshire DE5 8NX Tel: 01773 740 799.

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The

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The party will include: • Dancers • Singers • Music • Hog Roast and BBQ provided by Greedy Pig Butchers • Special Guest appearances • Plus the chance to win £500 worth of shopping vouchers • Much more to be confirmed Please check our website www.parkfermshoppingcentre.co.uk and our facebook page to find out how to take part and win Proud sponsors of…

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In addition to the main events a Farrier Competition will be held. Edward Hicklin, Chairman of the Society said “These shoeing competitions date back as early as the mid-19th century, and were classes with prizes to encourage farriers to take part, as following the Crimean War the Army had lost so many horses to lameness, partly as a result of inappropriate farriery”.

Sunday 23rd June 2013

Bigger And Better The Derbyshire Agricultural & Horticultural Society is proud to present their 134th Derbyshire County Show to be held at The Showground, Elvaston, Derby, on Sunday 23th June 2013, with gates opening at 8.00 am. As ever the show offers a wide variety of attractions for the whole family, with Bouncy castles and fun packed child-friendly amusements, catering for all ages. In the main ring ‘JASON SMYTH’S ADRENALINE TOUR STUNT SHOW’ starring ex-world championship moto-cross rider Jason Smyth. The display is crammed with spectacular tricks. Jason will enthrall the audience with his precision as he catches items of memorabilia 30ft in the air above his articulated rig. After the show spectators are invited to visit the Adrenaline Tour display stand to meet Jason and the team. Cyril the Squirrel and his Racing Terriers Display Team - will also present their Amusing packed, high speed racing display. All the little Terriers are family pets and enjoy their lives out of the arena on a farm in West Norfolk. Some compete at agility, one or two work in the shooting field, whilst the rest just have fun doing what terriers do! ‘The Daily Mail & I.T.V. Gardening Question Time - returns again this year, consisting of three sixty minute slots, during this time the panelists will judge the Flower Show. There will be a ‘Question & Answer’ slot put to the audience whereby the panel ask the general public certain questions. If /when they answer these questions, and they generally do, they have a choice of some very expensive prizes!

In keeping with a Traditional County Show, audiences will be entertained all day long with a multitude of horses, cattle, sheep, goats, shires, rabbits, cavies (guinea pigs), and a fascinating Bee section. Then at 3.00pm a special treat; the ‘Grand Parade’ displaying a gathering of Vintage cars, Motorcycles and Tractors, as they join together with the day’s champion animals. Mrs. Ann Evans, in her second year as President commented “For me this is one of the most enjoyable parts of the day seeing competitors and exhibitors all come together with a spectacular result and as President I am really looking forward to presenting the winners once again with their trophies”. James Lewis, winner of the National Auction Championships and Expert Valuer on BBC TV’s ‘Flog It’ and ‘Cash in the Attic’, will be holding a valuation day whereby you can bring along any item, large or small for expert analysis and valuation. Who knows maybe some fantastic antique will be re-discovered. The society are also very proud of its’ Dog Show which has always been a very popular event with exhibitors and visitors to the County show and has steadily grown over the years to what it is today - 200 classes consistently attracting entries of over 1000 dogs, means any competitors can stand a chance of qualifying for the Best of Breed winners and eligible for entry at The Crufts Dog Show. Completing the scene there are the beautiful and unusual displays in the Horticultural and Floral Art Marquee, a Craft and Antiques marquee including Rural Crafts, Countryside and Countryside Pursuits Area, and many more attractions just waiting for a visit. For those who appreciate the finer things in life pop into the Food Hall, where traditional and international goodies will be on offer to tempt your palates. All this together with a varied selection of trade stands, The Derbyshire County Show is “a truly fabulous day out for all the family and one not to be missed!” Visit the website for more information: www.derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk

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Spread Eagle PUBLIC HOUSE Rob, Chris and Staff Welcome you to… A Super Village Pub in the heart of Etwall Village serving a great selection of 5 different real ales, Lagers and Spirits

Selection of 5 different real ales 28, Main Street, Etwall, Derbyshire DE65 6LP

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The White Horse at Woolley Moor The White Horse at Woolley Moor offers really great food and good hospitality. Their wide and varied menus change on a regular basis and their bar snacks are not bad either! They are currently offering one, two and three course dishes from £10, £13 and £16, Tuesday through to Thursday and Friday and Saturday lunchtimes. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, offering great food and service.

Telephone: 01246 590319

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

Telephone: 01283 732254

Nico’s Family Italian Restaurant Welcome to Nico’s Italian Restaurant situated just of Ashbourne Road, Derby. Our friendly staff are keen to help you and your family enjoy your dining experience.

12 Brick Street Derby DE1 1DU 01332 208220 www.nicosderby.co.uk Email: eat@nicosderby.co.uk

Families Welcome

Open Monday to Saturday 6pm – 10pm

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‘The best fillet steak I’ve had for a long time’ The Marquis of Ormonde is a traditional village pub on Codnor Denby Lane, which proudly and rightly, boasts fine ales and quality food. Local businessman John oversaw the restoration of the Marquis in the summer of 2012 and since then this popular public house has grown in strength in what we know is a very competitive industry. He had a vested interest in making sure the Marquis measured up to his standards as it was his local. The crisp, clean, modern décor along with quality furnishings forms a very pleasant place to drink and eat, with comfortable semi circular settees providing ideal seating for families and groups. We were given a cheerful welcome by manageress Kerry who quickly and efficiently showed us to our table, took a drinks order, then ran through the specials board for evening. We warmed to her pleasant disposition and ability to put us at ease quickly. There were one or two gathered around the bar and with my favourites; Doom Bar, Taylor’s Landlord and Speckled Hen on tap, I was a happy man. As it was Friday night the restaurant area was filling up quickly and we watched as some very pleasant dishes of food were served.

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choice for main as the starter was quite large and I wanted room for the steak. I was up to the task though and as I sliced the steak and Kerry asked ‘is everything ok?’ I told her it was and it genuinely was the best fillet I have had for a long time, beating even a five star restaurant we dined at recently. So, impressed by the steak, I asked where it was from and was not surprised to be told that the butcher used by the Marquis is C N Wright at Codnor who are renowned for the quality of their meat.

We both decided to have a paté starter although very different in content. Both were served with a mixed leaf side salad and generous slices of ciabatta bread, mine was a deliciously smooth liver paté with a pot of spiced chutney which set my lips tingling. My wife chose the pyramid of creamy stilton supported by slices of pear, a classic combination.

Jane chose the chicken in sweet chili, lightly pan fried with the chili just adding a touch of heat and a pot of sweet chili sauce to dip into, it went well with hand cut chips and a pot of chunky coleslaw.

For my main course I just couldn’t resist the ‘Pile ‘em high’ fillet steak. When the starter arrived I immediately doubted my

When it came to sweets we were quite full but the display of desserts in the chilled cabinet a few feet away proved too much

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to resist. Our sweet was part apple pie, topped with a buttery crumble and drizzled with a toffee sauce which, as the sweet was served warm, just melted down between the crumble into the apple, served with a pot of single cream and it was absolutely beautiful. As this is John’s own pub he is often to be seen around and after our meal he came and sat with us to chat. He is delighted with the progress the Marquis has made this past year, and the next few weeks will see further improvements to the outside. It has quickly become part of village life again. The choice of food ranges from fillet steak at £16.95 to the Sunday lunchtime carvery at £7.95. We had a thoroughly lovely evening in a very relaxed atmosphere.


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Rising Sun

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The Rising Sun is situated in the heart of Derbyshire with breath taking views of the Peak District and within walking distance of the High Peak Trail and Black Rocks. Serving great homemade food from local suppliers with a range of real ale. Cask Marque accredited. Child and dog friendly!

Steve and Laura would like to welcome you to the newly refurbished Rising Sun! Large beer garden to rear of the building ideally located just off the High Peak Trail near Matlock Bath and Carsington Water

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The Bulls Head Wilson

...with low beams and small alcove areas At the outset I should say I had never heard of Wilson. Was it in Derbyshire? Yes it was and just a stone’s throw from Melbourne, so after a quick trip down the A38 we arrived in the most idyllic village with timber and brick cottages and a pub dating from the early 1700s, which is famous for its beers.  Formerly a Punch Tavern, The Bulls Head is now owned by Kevin Hall who has been landlord here for the past 15 years and has now put his own stamp and character on the place. It is definitely a pub of two halves, the bar area traditional and antiquated, then you emerge from here into a large dining area tastefully decorated in Farrow and Ball colours with low beams and small alcove areas.  The new chef James, has a background in fine dining and has known Kevin for most of his life so this union is a natural one where business is concerned. Over the past 15 years Kevin has also been chef at the Bulls Head so having James on board with his undoubted talent alongside Kevin’s all round experience of the industry they create a winning team. We arrived for lunch and after ordering our drinks, which included a pint of Doom Bar from a popular Cornish brewery, we were seated in the restaurant for our meal. My friend was delighted to see a trio of his favourite beers on tap; Tribute, Timothy Taylor’s Landlord and Doom Bar all of which are very popular. The main course menu is varied and includes steaks, traditional English dishes, curries, fish dishes and vegetarian options. But to begin at the beginning I started with spinach parcels; triangles of crisp, buttery pastry filled with spinach and pine nuts, with a pleasantly dressed salad was served as accompaniment. My friend chose asparagus as this has such a short season you have to make the most of it while it’s here. Served wrapped in a generous portion of parma ham, the spears were really tender and the mayonnaise very creamy.

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I followed this with breast of chicken which was really moist, helped in part by the warm stilton filling which oozed through the meat, the chorizo gave the dish a bit of heat and the bacon stopped the breast from drying out. A dish of well cooked seasonal vegetables were served alongside new potatoes and for a change a chasseur sauce. It was a generous portion, nicely cooked and presented. Homemade steak and stilton pie was my friend’s lunchtime choice. This is also served as a special on their ‘Early Doors Menu’, served 5pm-7pm Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm-2pm Wednesday to Saturday and with a drink (from a selection) comes in at just £5.90. It was filled with lean beef and stilton always makes for a rich deep sauce. Crushed new potatoes and peas were served to accompany this. Room for a pudding was getting tight but when we heard that they were all homemade by the chef’s mum, we couldn’t resist. What a good choice, the lemon meringue was absolutely delicious, a very crumbly meringue with a sharp lemon base, not thick with cornflour like many and thin crisp pastry. It was a perfect finish. As we enjoyed our coffee we discussed returning one evening and bringing my friend’s mum and sister, it’s always a pleasure to find somewhere new.

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Right: Fabulous’ wedding dress from the Diamond Collection by Suzanne Neville. Strapless dress in silk satin and ruffle tulle, with a sweetheart neckline, button back and fishtail skirt. www.suzanneneville.com Below left: New to Upper Stones Fashion ‘Mona Lisa’, co-ordinates for your wardrobe which suit all occasions, sizes 16 to 30. Now available from Upper Stones Fashion, 20 Midland Road, Derby. Below right: Beautiful dress with gorgeous detail by Michaela Louisa, perfect for weddings, special occasions and Ladies’ Day at Ascot! Michaela Louisa is available at Jillian Hart Fashions, 40-44 Babington Lane, Derby or telephone 01332 347647 regarding the collection.

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Anise by Ian Stuart A dramatic mermaid gown with intricate folds and pleats. www.ianstuart-bride.com

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Below: Step out in style with the new Spring and Summer collection from Peter Kaiser at John Barclay Babington Lane, Derby.

Escape to the Country. After 20 years of being associated with the Park Farm Centre in Allestree, Strutt’s Directors – Mark and Peter wanted to try and do something completely different. They closed one fashionable contemporary salon and opened two new businesses - ‘Urban’ and ‘Rural’. The Urban Studio, based in Chaddesden, Derby is a traditional salon but the ‘Rural Retreat’ is somewhat unique and something which sees visitors travelling for miles. Why? Well, not only is it Mark and Peter’s home but it is an actual working dairy farm, set in the very pretty rural location of Mackworth Old Village amidst a few hundred acres of pastureland and arable farmland. When you visit, incidentally by private appointment only, you are not just going along to have your hair done in some everyday, stereotypical stylised salon, you are going for a great experience as well and of course usual first class hair service that Strutt’s has offered for so many years. Peter says “We’ve not turned our back on our loyal customers from Allestree, our Rural Retreat is literally five or so minutes away from the old salon (you can actually see it from the roof top car park at Park Farm) so we have retained most customers as well as attracting many new ones too. One advantage over many businesses is that we have adequate off road, secure and free parking. For those clients who don’t drive we provide a door to door service which is inclusive in the price”. Looking around the huge house, set in its own landscaped gardens it’s easy to see why this venture has been an instant success. When you arrive at the farm you are quite often greeted by Pearl, Flo and Elsie three very friendly, occasionally noisy, English Pointers…… Weather permitting then it’s great to sit outside with a coffee and a slice of home made cake and just take in the fabulous uninterrupted views of the fields and meadows…. The only interruption to the tranquillity comes from the mooing of cows and the clucking of the very friendly chickens. Mark says. “It was a sad and huge decision not to renew the lease and to leave Park Farm after nearly 20 years there. Excessive rents and rates are something we no longer have to think about. We had considered moving into the city to bigger and cheaper premises but when we secured planning permission for the farm then this seemed the sensible option as we are so unique…It’s more of a trip out now for most. We are off the beaten track… as the advert says… but everyone who comes here says we are well worth finding”.

trutt’s SBeauty Hair &Salons It’s not always wise to go for a cheaper alternative. Strutt’s Hair and Beauty Salons A Fabulous Service at a decent price with Senior and Principal Stylists. Free off road Parking, Complimentary Drinks included

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Off the beaten track …but well worth finding! Strutt’s Rural Retreat at Mackworth House Farm, 67 Lower Road. Mackworth Village. DE22 4NF


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Right top: A stunning style from Jacques Vert in a beautiful butterfly print. The floaty tiered layers add beautiful movement and flattering drape.  Perfect for a wedding, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom or other special occasion. Available from Clarkes of Ripley, Grosvenor Road. Right Bottom: Using essentials cotton dk, this summery, short sleeved cardigan with a scalloped front border is from a Rico knitting idea compact pattern. Both yarn and pattern are from a wide selection available at U-duit, The Wool Shop, Church Street Ripley.

Frox, Derbyshire’s largest dress agency, recently held one of their popular and well followed fashion shows in support of local charities. Models showcased an array of fabulous designer clothing, along with a great range of accessories and jewellery and Cameo Cupcakes even made ‘Frox’ special cakes. Frox sell ‘once loved’ ladies clothing at unbelievable prices, Max Mara, Karen Millen, Coast and Crea are just a few of the many brands available to buy. Everything from cocktail to casual, hats to handbags, sunglasses to sandals… with exciting new items arriving daily!The shop located in Draycott Mill, offers a great friendly service along with free parking. Telephone 01332 875572 for more details or visit Frox, Draycott Mill, Draycott, Derbyshire. www.froxshop.com

Clarkes of Ripley Centenary celebrations! Below: David Clarke and his sister, Deborah are seen with a brass plaque presented to them by the staff of Clarkes, Ripley. The presentation of the commemorative plaque was a complete surprise and accompanied by some bubbly to toast the family business trading for 3 generations over 100 years.’ Clarkes of Ripley, Grosvenor Road, Ripley.

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Right top: Beautifully crafted, classic deck shoes from Loake, available from the Factory Shop, Rock Fall Ltd, Wimsey Way, Alfreton. Right bottom: New to Darley Abbey Mills – Pure Fitness – offering unlimited classes and full use of the gym for only £30! Don’t want a Contract? Pay as you go for only £4! Classes held regularly Zumba, Zestfit, Fight Club etc., call them for details.

Below: Bright and colourful tote bag by Joules from Clarkes of Ripley, Grosvenor Road.

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FIA World Rally News

Two top Welsh rally drivers Elfyn Evans and Tom Cave have given their enthusiastic support to exciting new plans to revitalise Wales Rally GB, the UK’s season-ending round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Both Evans and Cave attended last Friday’s special media launch at Venue Cymru in Llandudno where more details for a new look rally based in Deeside, North Wales were revealed. In between a ceremonial start in Conwy and jubilant finish in Llandudno, November’s itinerary features 24 competitive classic stages, more than half of which are either totally new or haven’t been included in the World Championship since the Nineties. “The new rally route in north and mid-Wales looks fantastic,” enthused Evans, 24, who marked his card as one of the sport’s brightest young prospects by winning last year’s WRC Academy. “In my view, the stages selected are the best in the world. Drivers coming to Wales Rally GB from all over the globe in November will be in for a treat this year. “As a driver, I’m very excited too,” continued the 24-year-old from Dolgellau. “The forest roads in north Wales are very fast and flowing and that will suit my driving style. They’re very challenging for drivers, great viewing for spectators and the event will be a fantastic finale to this year’s World Rally Championship. Wales Rally GB is the event I enjoy the most.” Like fellow countryman Evans, Cave is impressed with the radical revisions being made not only aimed at spicing up the competitive action but also at introducing new fans to what’s one of the world’s most spectacular sports. "There are a huge number of changes for this year, including of course the move from Cardiff to Deeside. This means that around a third of the UK population is now within driving distance of the rally, which is amazing. From a driver's point of view, it looks like it will be a fantastic finale to the 2013 season. Three stages

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