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Welcome... to our June edition. Our area is endowed with tremendous history and yet carefully intertwined with that are businesses that are thriving in the 21st century. The ruins of Codnor Castle still proudly stand and Codnor has to be one of Derbyshire’s busiest ‘through’ villages. Duffield s Castle no longer exists but we can still stand where it once did. The businesses in these villages here are thriving and offer everything needed for today’s modern life. Shipley Park still has vestiges of mining days gone by and a walk round here is highly recommended.

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Codnor Castle Brian Spencer visits one of only two remaining medieval Derbyshire castles, the other being Castleton, where the architecture still follows the original builder’s design. A site of historical interest, Codnor is where a rare gold coin dating from the reign of Henry V was found a few years ago.


o the east of Codnor, a one-time colliery town barely recovered from the loss of its industry, the dramatic ruins of a once formidable castle stand in mute remembrance of a time long gone. This is Codnor Castle once home to the De Greys, known to many as Barons Grey of Codnor; but Codnor was just one of their many estates spread across the face of England and Wales. They ranged from Thurrock in Essex, Ruthin in Wales, together with Wilton, Rotherfield and Chillingham, home of a rare herd of wild cattle in Northumberland. Holding great power and influence, Codnor was the home base of senior members of the family. The date of the castle’s foundation cannot be given accurately, but it is fair to say that it, like Castleton, was first built soon after the battle of Hastings. This was when the newly crowned King William began a

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reign of terror, forcing his will upon the subject Saxon people. England was divided piecemeal amongst the knights who had fought with him on that fateful autumn day in 1066. Most of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire he gave to William Peveril who quickly set bout erecting fortifications, first with a timber palisaded motte and then with stone. Codnor Castle was built high above the Erewash Valley, surrounded by 2000 acres of deer park that later became part of the Butterley Iron Company’s Codnor Park and stripped of its valuable coal and minerals. Despite its parlous condition, what remains of the castle now stands in mute memory of an ancient splendour. From what is left it is fairly easy to visualise the powerfully strong three-storied keep, massive curtain walls and a ditch flanked by two round towers. Whilst the lords and ladies lived in the keep, lesser mortals and

supporting staff would be found in the outer bailey, a structure built later than the keep. Overlooking the rolling hills of north Nottinghamshire and also part of central Derbyshire, the castle’s first line of defence on the eastern side was a deep ditch, or moat. To the west there was a courtyard strongly fortified by huge round towers with battlements augmented by strategic loopholes cut through the walls where archers could fire down on attackers. Around 1211 Codnor Castle became the feudal home of the Greys; Richard Grey was one of Henry III’s loyal barons. An illustrious family in their time, another Richard entertained Edward II after fighting against rebels at Burton-on-Trent; another was sent by Henry V to bring Hotspur’s son back from Scotland. Henry Grey last of the line, kept away from knightly pursuits by attempting to turn base metals into

gold. Tragic Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for a mere nine days in 1554, was a member of the family. It is thought that the Greys built the present castle, but it was the Zouch family who were among the last owners, living

there until a little under 300 years ago, before finding a better life in Virginia. The final resident of the castle was Sir Streynsham Masters, High Sheriff of Derbyshire, who bought Codnor Estate in 1692, living there until his death in 1724. No one else was interested in living in

such a cold draughty place and so its gradual destruction began, simply through neglect. Later depredations of the surrounding countryside due to underground and open cast coal mining accelerated the steady decline. Today all that survives is a length of the great boundary wall of the upper court, portions of the dividing wall, here and there a doorway, a window frame and a fireplace, all standing in defiance of the elements overlooking the wide swell of the Erewash Valley. Farmsteads have been built with dressed stone pillaged from the ruins, the one next to the castle dates from the 17th century. With the passing of the lords of Codnor, the park has changed beyond all recognition, much of it taken up by the Butterley Company, who laid out part of the land above the castle, but that in its turn was later disrupted by open cast mining. Where man has disrupted, nature is steadily recovering its own. | 9

Codnor Castle Today The castle stands at the end of an extremely rough semi-private road from Langley Mill and the best access to the site is along a footpath immediately to the north of Codnor Golf Course; free parking is plentiful in the town centre. Whilst access directly on to the castle itself is strictly forbidden and for safety reasons it is surrounded by a high security fence, nevertheless it is easy to admire the ruins from the safety and comfort of the right of way from Castle Farm to Codnor Park which runs alongside the security fence. Today the ruins are cared for by the Codnor Castle Heritage Trust. This mostly voluntary organisation is committed to ongoing archaeological surveys of the site

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in order to preserve what is left and guarantee it for the future as a site of national historic importance. The Trust has developed an educational programme, visiting schools and public events in order to give interpretations of medieval life and inform the public of the fantastic local heritage on its doorstep. Around six years ago the Trust approached the Channel 4 Time Team who, compèred by the ebullient Tony Robinson, carried out one of their intensive three-day surveys. Despite the state of the surrounding land having been disturbed by coal and ironstone mining, the team was able to prove that the inhabitants of

Codnor Castle enjoyed a high standard of secure living. Three phases of construction were brought to light, including a drawbridge and a spacious Great Hall where the Lords Grey held court. Not only was the team able to trace the foundations of the curtain wall, the twin-towered gatehouse and rounded angle towers, but they also discovered masses of animal bones and oyster shells. Despite the team managing to unearth much of the architectural history of Codnor Castle, all this was eclipsed by the finding of a Henry V gold coin, possible the most exciting find by this ambitious team. The coin was later put on display in Derby City Museum and Art Gallery.

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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. At this early period there was also a family

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 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. This situation did not persist for long, for Vincent

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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)]

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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 and the Lowe’s original manor house.

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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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.

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 resembled a scaled down version of the

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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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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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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.

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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 | 35

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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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.

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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.

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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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History&Mystery There is a lushness in both cultivated and wild plants this year partially due to spells of wet weather punctuated by warm, sunny spells. Wild creatures are now mostly hidden, their presence signalled by song or when they break cover. Hares are a good example, but I did have the good fortune to see eight together in a field of winter barley. I told a young man of my acquaintance about this who promptly asked if I had been looking in the mirror! Summer visitors are now a familiar part of the tapestry. The first swallows arrived at the beginning of May and I had the good fortune to see and hear a cuckoo at close quarters, not in the least put out by the cool breeze and heavy rain. They must experience wide weather variations during their year, more than us. On meeting another country-wise gentleman, as I attempted to restore some order to a grass verge, our conversation embraced many rural topics, one of which was the variety of plants and the richness of their growth, unaided by man. We chatted about the wild flowers around us on which insects and butterflies were feeding. I later gleaned a few names from my reference books eg Pellitory of the Wall, Red Goosefoot, Love Lies Bleeding, Sticky Mouse Ear, Ragged Robin, Goldilocks Buttercup, Treacle Mustard, Shepherd’s Purse, Lady’s Mantle, Dovesfoot Cranesbill, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Fool’s Watercress, Creeping Jenny and Scarlet Pimpernel, the origins of each deep in our history. The natural world is full of surprises and wonder, both seen at the end of a warm, sunny day. The sun was low and fiery over the western hills, its ever-fading light allowing other objects in the sky to take their place in the unending drama. Swallows were flying high, gorging themselves on the last of the day’s insects above the fields of oilseed rape, deep, rich yellow dabs on the landscape. The only sounds were those of birdsong, as bats emerged, flitting around us, the flittermouse, each feeding on hundreds of tiny insects located by radar in its dark, mysterious world. Personally, such moments are precious, underlining the beauty, diversity and savagery of nature. As night closed in, we watched and listened as a thunderstorm developed far to the southeast, the power it displayed difficult to comprehend. Within a few minutes, we had marvelled at it and the tiny bats, each triggered by the sun.

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As each day goes by, I am finding out more about our new surroundings by meeting people, reading and from my own observations, the beginning of another fascinating chapter. I am already looking at the landscape, picturing it at different stages of our history but more of this at another time. Whenever I look around me there is always a deep, historical dimension to all I see and as I browse over maps of the locality there are many names marked on them to fire the imagination such as Winterwalk Wood, Lovesome Hill, Goose Close Farm, Nigh-no-Place, Cocked Hat Plantation, Fox Covert, the Warren, Scrat Hill, Poole’s Waste, Tender Heads Plantation, Cross Rein Farm, Motte, Moat, Castle, and The Glebe and I have not yet scratched the surface. As with many aspects of nature and history, they make me very much aware of just how ephemeral are our passages on this planet and how important it is to appreciate it all. The human element has been very important in the shaping of the countryside and still is by the people who live and work in it, especially the farmers. Were it not for their efforts our unique rural landscape would not exist. As I look out in every direction I see a workplace, not a museum, that is forever changing, often in small and unseen ways. During the last few weeks, crops in fields have grown, lambs have become sheep, cattle have been turned out to graze in lush meadows and beautifully tended gardens have caught my eye. As with farmers, gardeners work side by side with nature, understanding its many moods better than most. As I travel through this beautiful landscape along narrow, and now leafy lanes, I see where many hedgerows and trees have been planted, three young trees in particular, growing in a field of corn, protected by fencing, being special examples. I hope that one day, future generations will thank these farmers for enhancing the countryside. The landscape would be far, far less beautiful without trees, the lungs of our planet. There was a time when all I see now would have been forest, before man appeared on the scene, a reminder that what to us look like natural landscapes are in fact man-made. Bye for now,


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John Challis?

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.

Seeds of Doom alongside Tom Baker.

“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

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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.

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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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 June 1 Rod Stewart Nottingham Playhouse Box Office 0115 941 9419 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. 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 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



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 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.

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!

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 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 | 61



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 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: Facebook: Duffield carnival Twitter: @duffieldcarnival Email: 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 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 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. The Dalesmen performed at Derby Cathedral in March 2012 with the stunning classical music duo Opera Babes again to a capacity audience and so they decided that the beautiful Cathedral, with its stunning ambience and superbly responsive acoustic production of sound, was perfect for their summer concert programme. The Dalesmen have invited and will be singing with Eastwood Collieries’ Male Voice Choir providing a combined choir of over one hundred voices. 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




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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 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. | 65

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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. | 67



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.

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.

And now for something completely different …at Leabrooks Gallery From the 1st to the 14th June, 2013, a textile artist has joined forces with a highly innovative ceramicist to produce a fascinating exhibition of work which makes the most of colour and form. Peter Wood, the ceramicist, produces unique, handmade tiles characterised by variegated glazes and vibrant colours; these are cleverly combined with textiles and objets trouvé by textile artist, Zoe Marsh. This exhibition is followed by one which is very different but equally original: from the 15th to the 29th June the work of contemporary artist, John Rattigan, is featured in the Exhibition Room. His anthropomorphic images in pastel and ink convey a perception of human nature as well as both bird and animal life which is thought provoking but also very entertaining.

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 or call 01283 733 988.

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

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ANTIQUE AND COLLECTORS SALE Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 20th, 21st, 22nd June 10 am Viewing Wednesday, 19th June from 11am to 7pm and on the mornings of the sale from 9am

SUMMER FINE ART AUCTION Saturday, 29th June 11am Look Forward to the Future

Viewing Friday, 28th June from 11am to 7pm and on the morning of the Sale from 9am

Free Valuation Days held every Friday

A late Victorian ormulu and porcelain mounted mantle clock, circa 1880 Guide price £2,000 - £3,000

10 am to 4 pm   (except Bank Holidays)

If your child’s choices for Year 7 are worrying you, take a look at what Ockbrook School has to offer. We operate an open door policy and welcome visits between 10am and 2pm | 69

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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 £15 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 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.

The sun shines on Amber Valley!

Improve your Freedom and Independence…

Why not visit Alfreton, Ripley or William Gregg VC, the three award winning Leisure Centres in Amber Valley where there’s something to offer everyone this summer with a wide range of activities for all ages. All our centres have large, fresh, swimming pools and high quality family changing facilities. Our pool programme offers a range of sessions for all types of swimming. So whether you like to kick start your day with an early morning swim, splash about with the kids or enjoy a quieter session just for adults, we have something to suit you. Take advantage of our current offer and enjoy unlimited use of the pool and aqua exercise classes for six weeks for just £25.

We offer a packed programme of fun and exciting sessions for children aged from 6 months to 18 years and all our centres run additional sessions during school holidays. All this and much more, visit our website for more details and use the links to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information

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“Takes me out & about and keeps me mobile”

Coxbench Hall OPE N S G A R DE N Y SUNDA T 4th AUGUS from 2.30 to 4.30pm

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

Come and see these new 2013 models plus many more in our large showroom

Free parking Large indoor and outdoor test area Expert advice available

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Showroom open: Monday to Friday 9:30-4:30

Alfreton Road, C oxbench, De rby DE21 5BB

(Saturday and Sunday by appointment only)

Tel: 013 32 880 200 Fax: 01 332 88 1199

Unit 4-5 Securiparc, Wimsey Way, Somercotes, DE55 4HG .uk e. mai l: of fice@ coxb ench-hall

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

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

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

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Supporting You to enjoy your life and make the most of opportunities and friendships



to The Meadows

Exciting News! We are having a bit of a makeover at Reminiscence Lounge Designed with yesteryear in mind but enhanced with contemporary comfort – reminisce a while over a cuppa! Enjoy a warm and inviting dining experience in our newly decorated Autumn Dining Room. Street themes in our corridors and traditional front doors for bedrooms. More on the way! – Lounges are being decorated to reflect the Summer Season with bright, contemporary and cheerful shades and furnishings. Many new stylish furniture and a new residents’ kitchen for activities such as baking.

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Friday 14th Ju … from 2.30pm

With lots of d les an activities, raff ts! en refreshm

Recent comments from Relatives “We are eternally grateful for the dignity and care shown to [our relative] by Julia and her wonderful staff. Thank you all.” March 2013

“…for everything that you have done and all the joy you’ve brought – Thanks again.” February 2013 “You have all been outstanding in every way from attending to all her needs and care whilst giving us all the help and support we needed to get through such a difficult time. Words cannot say how grateful we are for everything you have done. So thanks again for all your hard work and dedication. It will never be forgotten.” February 2013

To arrange a visit or an informal chat regarding The Meadows Telephone 01773 520491 76 Mansfield Road, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7JL ExcELLEnT RESuLTS (FuLLY coMpLIAnT) In cARE QuALITY coMMISSIon InSpEcTIon ocToBER 2012

Spanish Omelette Preparation time: 10 mins Ingredients 3 eggs 3 tsp cold water Salt and pepper 40g (11/2oz) butter 1 small onion 1 tbsp cooked diced potato 1 tbsp cooked peas Method 1. Heat the butter in an omelette or frying pan, add the onion and cook slowly until soft.

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2. Add the cooked diced potato and peas. 3. Place the eggs, water and seasoning in a bowl and whisk lightly. 4. Add the egg mixture to the vegetables in the omelette pan. Cook as plain omelette until the underside is golden brown. 5. Place the pan under a preheated grill until golden on the top.

Canal Inn Bullbridge hill

Serving home made food using locally sourced ingredients Tuesday-Saturday 12-2.30pm & 5.30-8.00pm Sunday 12-2.30pm

Daily Special 2 COuRSe ROaST DInneR


TueSDay TO SaTuRDay lunChTImeS

Boots, Barkers & Bikers Welcome! large Car Park extensive Beer Garden

Food & Drink The White Horse @ Woolley Tel: 01246 590319

Seasonal Lunchtime 10% OFF Menu’s available for Derbyshire Gold card holders

A61 To Higham

To Clay Cross B6036

Steve and andrea welcome you to the

Badger Lane

Ogston Reservoir

Opening Times Badger Lane, Monday to Tuesday: 12.00 Woolley Moor Derbyshire, DE55 6FG - 15.00 and 17.30 - 23.00 Tel. 01246 590319 Sunday: 12.00 - 15.00 Booking advisable to avoid disappointment

Certified Caravan and Camping with electric hook up. Open all year

The Canal Inn Bullbridge hill, Ripley, Derbyshire De56 2eW

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‘The best fillet steak I’ve had for 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.


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.


Rising Sun

Rise End, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 4LS

01629 823247

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

Come along and see the all new Rising Sun!


A traditional family run pub serving good beer and excellent homemade food

NEW SUMMER MENU Why not try our

Piled High Fillet Steak Meat Supplied exclusively by CN Wright Award Winning Butchers of Codnor, cooked to your liking, served with home made, hand-cut chips, mushrooms, tomatoes and beer battered onion rings Carvery served Wednesday and Sunday!

Tel: 01773 745222

Extensive Main Menu available up ‘til 9pm

Monday-Saturday Specials 12 - 3pm, 5 - 6.30 pm

Booking Advisable


Codnor Denby Lane, Codnor, Derbyshire, DE5 9SP

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Dining out at

The Cardamom

Club Recently my friend Judith and I had the very great pleasure of attending a pre-opening night at The Cardamom Club in Derby, situated next to Pentagon Island near to the Cricket Club. It was clear as soon as we entered that this was not just a restaurant. As you walk through the door it is more reminiscent of an exclusive club; everything gleams and glistens, from the stunning water feature at the entrance and all the fixtures and fittings right through to the glasses and cutlery. Ash, the Creative Executive & Manager and Annette, our waitress for the evening, greeted us by the door and it was clear from the outset that their sole aim is to make their customers’ evenings as enjoyable as possible. We ordered a bottle of white wine which arrived with some delicious chocolate and smoked chilli coated strawberries. We were sent four starters to wrap our taste buds around. First arrived two pan fried king scallops with a carom crust, served on a bed of samphire with a mango and chilli marmalade. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the accompanying wonderful flavours didn’t detract from their delicate taste at all. As soon as we’d finished our first bite we both realised we were in for a real treat if the rest of the food was going to be to this standard. Our next dish was a variety of free range chicken tikka pieces; kasundi mustard, curry leaf and green herb and crème fraiche and black pepper, served on a bed of cucumber spaghetti with pomegranate seeds and coriander chutney. Every single chicken piece was cooked to perfection and incredibly juicy. Then arrived a trio of lamb seek kebabs; little rolls of minced lamb, one flavoured with spring onion and chutney, one with prune and black pepper and one with mint, they were all filled with a moist creamy yoghurt based centre, delicious! Our final starter was a vegetarian option; a roasted beetroot samosa with cottage cheese and

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pepper skewers served with two bhajis, one on a tamarind chutney and one on a coriander chutney. The pastry on the samosa was really crisp and tasty, freshly made on the premises – a samosa will never taste as good again I fear. All our starters were presented as works of art; so beautiful that for a while, all you wanted to do was look at them.

Champagne Bar & live music Ash explained the ideas behind The Cardamom Club which he is clearly very passionate about, genuinely wanting to run an establishment where the customers’ expectations are always exceeded. This is a venue where you will be able to spend your whole evening if you want to, as the space has been cleverly separated into different sections. Along with the central main bar and restaurant which will serve traditional ‘true’ fine Indian cuisine, there is also a champagne bar geared for entertainment and live music, however it’s far enough away from the main restaurant so as not to disturb anyone wanting a quiet family meal. To the side of the

main restaurant there is another room which will provide more of a fusion menu, based on the chef’s selection. There is also a private dining room which can be booked a few weeks in advance for any function; a ‘chef’s table’ with specially prepared menus, hence the need to book. Our main courses were brought to us personally by the Executive Chef, Harrie Haran. We started with a Goan style, gilt head sea bream curry; filleted fish surrounded in a tangy coconut and cocum sauce, with lemon rice and masala fried whitebait pakora. The fish was cooked to perfection and the sauce was delicious, quite pokey which I like, yet beautifully layered without any flavours either outdoing or competing with the other, there is immense skill in this, especially with a curry and we really enjoyed it. The next dish to arrive was a slow roasted Gressingham duck leg, accompanied by spiced lentils and beans, a duck samosa and a roomali (translated as handkerchief) roti which was a type of flatbread. Harrie has an amazing cv, despite it having to be gently cajoled out of him as he is a truly modest character, far more interested in talking about his food than himself. He has

been working for 30 years in the industry and his pedigree explains the eclectic dishes and flavours we were lucky enough to enjoy. He grew up in southern India where he trained and worked for 10 years, after this he moved to the United Arab Emirates working in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai for 12 years before moving to London and working at Quilon, the Michelin starred restaurant on Buckingham Gate. Now he is bringing all this knowledge to us where he is providing progressive, experimental but real Indian fusion dining, I feel we are very lucky.

Fresh spices, seasonal produce and local suppliers

proclaimed this her favourite dish of the evening and again, the sauce displayed this incredible marriage of flavours without any being lost or detracting from the dish. Harrie explained that he is devoted to using as much local, seasonal produce as he can; he is using a local butcher, there will be regular menu changes and he will not have any processed food in his kitchen, no colours and no preservatives. Everything that can be made in-house will be and anything that is bought in will have been personally sourced or designed by him, including the special kulfi which is being made to his own recipe by a Derby based company. Not content with using mass produced, bulk bought spices either, everything used will be stone ground to order which of course means always fresh with no loss of flavour. It is a refreshing attitude and one that maybe explains why Harrie’s food just tastes so very good. Our next dish was another vegetarian

Although we were really getting a bit worried about not being able to eat any more (I have a feeling that we were probably just supposed to sample each dish instead of polishing them all off but there was just no way anything that delicious was going back to the kitchen!), Harrie arrived at our table with a dish of bhuna salli gosht; braised Derbyshire texel lamb in caramelised onion, ginger, garlic and tomato sauce with fiery spices, reduced and topped with fried potato shreddies, Judith

option, a Portobello mushroom filled with kadai paneer served with okra tempered with white sesame seeds, cumin pilau and a beetroot raitha. Although I am not a vegetarian, I was for a long time and remember always being bored with the vegetarian options on a menu, I still look at them now and am rarely enthused so it is wonderful to find somewhere, where you can be assured of not only a choice but also the opportunity to experience something new, despite not eating meat. Finally two delicate little swans arrived, crafted from choux pastry, filled with a light mango soufflé, swimming on a warm pool of white chocolate cream, very beautiful, not too sweet and just perfect to round off the meal. The Cardamom Club is opening on the 28th March, I can’t recommend it highly enough – we will certainly be going back for seconds, maybe even thirds…

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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. 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 centre: 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. Below right: Big is Beautiful! Designs by Marlaine have a super mid-season sample sale on bridal wear from the Sonsie range with sizes from 14 – 26. The shop in Alfreton is well worth a visit if you are planning a wedding. Designs by Marlaine can cater for your entire wedding party! For more information telephone or call into the shop…82 High Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Telephone 01773 830787

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At Polka Dot Florist, we pride ourselves on having the freshest flowers available at a great price.

special occasions • Weddings • funerals

Our friendly team will give you help and advice on all your wedding flowers Call us on: 01773 744491 9a Grosvenor Rd, Ripley, DE5 3JE

stunning outfits Available for Weddings and special occasions

Your Professional Mobile Family Hairdresser

Cutting edge of the latest trends

Becky Hair

Cutting • Highlights Blow Dry • Wedding/Party Hair Ring foR Appointments

Mobile: 07772 608192

Upper Stones FASHION

Formerly Marcelles Sizes 14 to 30 Free Customer Parking

“Mother of the Bride Occasion Wear Specialists for over 20 years”

40-44 Babington Lane, Derby Tel: 01332 347647 Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm


The BesT… Marlaine caters for your entire wedding party…

Stunning New Bridal Collections always in stock Bridesmaids, Ladies Suits and Party Dresses etc… Book Your Appointment Now! General Tailored Alteration Service Always Available

Mid Season Sample Sale Bridalw ear from


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

Designs by Marlaine

Tel: 01332 298208

82, High Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7BE Tel: 01773 830787

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Clarkes of Ripley Centenary celebrations!

Right top: 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. Right Centre: Beautifully crafted, classic deck shoes from Loake, available from the Factory Shop, Rock Fall Ltd, Wimsey Way, Alfreton.

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.

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Step out in style…

Hurst Opticians

FREE pair of prescription sun glasses!* Spring & Summer Collection


5 / 7 H i g h S t r e e t R i p l e y 01773 748112/744333

46 Babington Lane, Derby 01332 342260

FREE Sight Tests for over 60s and children under NHS

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

*Conditions apply, when you order complete frames (frame value £69 or over) and lenses to include single vision, bifocal and varifocal. Terms and conditions apply.

Celebrating 100 years Keeping It Sweet For city-centre choice and town centre service Friendly personal service from assistants who care, in a truly independent store that’s big enough to stock the quality brands you want. An independent department store, with Fashions, Lingerie, Accessories, Shoes, Mens, Homeware and Coffee Shop. Pop in soon, and free yourself from chain store sameness.

full of surprises 8-18 Grosvenor Road, Ripley Tel: 01773 742151 | 83


Dental care that’s second to none Right: For all of us at Glendair Dental Practice in Alfreton, dentistry is more than just a job, it’s a passion. We continually update our skills to provide excellence in dentistry and to offer our patients the very latest dental advances whether they would like a beautiful smile, functional teeth or perfectly pink gums. Our highly-skilled team of dentists, hygienists, hygiene therapists and nurses is totally dedicated to helping patients enjoy the confidence of having a fresh, healthy and attractive smile. We combine state-of-the-art dental technology with considerable dental expertise and a very calming approach. Our ethos has always been to treat our patients as we would like to be treated ourselves. So you can imagine how delighted we are when we hear our patients describe our team and practice as lovely, gentle, thorough, genuine, interested, fabulous, brilliant, helpful and caring. Read what they have to say at Our 30-minute new patient appointment is completely free – so why not pop in and meet our team? Call us now on 01773 832164 to book. We look forward to meeting you. Glendair Dental Practice, Limes Avenue, Alfreton, DE55 7DW 01773 832164

Below: e Colibri Renaissance continues, bringing you a wide range of luxury products designed in London for both style and technical excellence: from jewellery and accessories to pens and leather goods. From Whites Fine Jewellers, Oxford Street, Ripley.

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When one of the biggest professional skin care companies launches a BB Cream… you know it’s going to blow all of the others out of the water! With Wild Pansy extract to hydrate, Samphire to lock in moisture, Mineral Pigments to even out skin tone and Grapefruit to treat blemishes Decleor’s BB Skin Perfector really is an incredible all round moisturiser that protects and hydrates for 24 hours... if you thought you knew BB Creams, think again! Since its launch it has already being named as the best BB Cream in many magazines and by many skin care experts. Senses Skin Care Centre in Alfreton stock the entire Decleor range including the BB Skin Perfector. 01773 835866

New Summer Styles

A contemporary design and traditional craftmanship

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

38 Oxford Street Ripley DE5 3AP 01773 743585 Ferrari official licensed writing instruments. Luxury lighters, cuff links and key rings from Colibri. | 85

SIMPLE Simplicity is key to Trilogy’s philosophy. We want beautiful, not complicated lives. They make fuss-free products with clear information so you can decide what works best for your lifestyle and your skin.

PURE Products that work in true harmony with your skin need natural ingredients in their purest form. Pure is also about purity of intent; being responsible with every choice we make, big or small, and trying to do better ethically, environmentally and socially.

VITAL Their promise to you is natural skincare that works, delivering real results that add to your daily joie de vivre.


Refresh & Shine Shampoo £12.50 (250ml) Benefits : Enjoy renewed hair full of bounce. Antioxidant and protein rich Keracyn™ protects by coating the hair shaft with a restorative botanical shield.

Refresh & Shine Conditioner £12.50 (250ml) Benefits: Antioxidant and protein rich Keracyn™ from artichoke protects from sun and oxidisation damage by coating the hair shaft with a restorative botanical shield.

Smooth & Nourish Shampoo £12.50 (250ml) Benefits : Give hair new life and enjoy intense moisture recovery and repair. Ideal for colour treated or heat damaged hair.

Smooth & Nourish Conditioner £12.50 (250ml) This helps to smooth hair cuticles to fight frizz while maintaining and preserving shine.

Refresh & Shine Shampoo: This took a lot of product to work into a lather, but gave squeaky clean results. It worked well with the conditioner. 3/5

Smooth & Nourish Shampoo: I wasn’t keen on this – I found it made my hair dry and I needed to use a lot of it to lather up! 3/5

Refresh & Shine Conditioner; Loved the conditioner, easy to spread through and very light. Rinsed out quickly and left my hair very manageable. 4/5 JP

Smooth & Nourish Conditioner: I found this excellent – it left you hair feeling silky and shiny and is excellent on coloured hair. 5/5 CB

TARLTONS Stylish Selection of Shoes, Sandals, Handbags and Accessories for all occasions

Essential Accessories for Summer

Stockists of other Leading Brands 185 Nottingham Road, Somercotes, Derbyshire

Tel: 01773 602816 Telephone or call into the shop for more details Closed all day Wednesday

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Derbyshire’s Premier Dress Agency Tel 01332 875572

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


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7a Church Street, Ripley DE5 3BU Tel: 01773 745824 | 87


REFINE Specialist Dental Care to help you smile!

Below: Tarltons shoe shop in Somercotes Derbyshire stock a great range of footwear for men by Loake, Padders, DB, John White and the new exciting footwear called Tredflex. This great new range is made from South American leather and offers style and comfort, looking great with any outfit especially denim! The shop also stocks a lovely range of ladies’ summer sandals and co-ordinating handbags. Tel 01773 502816 regarding the collections on offer.

Many people need dentures, but why put up with ill-fitting false teeth that affect your confidence and appearance? The denture experts at Refine, believe there is a better way. Our innovative techniques take into account the factors of your age, personality and gender to restore your smile and help achieve a more natural, youthful look. At the Refine Denture Clinic, individuals deal direct with Clinical Dental Technician, Mark Melbourne, who makes their teeth. Mark provides the most natural looking complete dentures and precision partial dentures direct to patients, by working with a dentist. Are you nervous having dental treatment ? Do you have problems eating ? Have you lost confidence ? Have you seen a photo of yourself and wondered where your smile has gone? At REFINE Mark can help you resolve these problems as well as make a positive difference during your treatment. For full contact details please see our advert opposite.

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

01773 853338

Lovely 19thC flint cottage. Newly renovated, equipped & furnished. Cosy & warm. Dog welcome. Short Breaks Available Lynne Siddons CT, FVCM (Hons)

PIANO, KEYBOARD & THEORY OF MUSIC Private tuition. CRB checked For all age groups to exam standard or just for pleasure. For details telephone

Head Office/Showroom 28 Church Street Ripley Derbyshire DE5 3BU


Plumber & Electrician Natural Gas/L.P.G. • Central Heating • Boilers • PAT Testing • Power Flushing • Pipework • Gas Fires & Fireplaces Cookers & Hobs • Leisure Homes Landlords Safety Certificates Electrical Inspections

our g al l y For e glazin ! bl dou s needs ir repa Misted Glass Units Replaced Door/Window Locks Door/Window Handles Window Hinges General Servicing Tel: 01773 783391 or 07930 311816

Faults / broadband problems fixed or proved to service provider. Wires to external buildings, loud external bells, Ethernet & TV around the house.

Friendly ex BT Engineer. 1 yr guarantee! BT QUALITY 1/2 THE PRICE! Call Dave 07729 037667

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on 01773 742936 or 07811810761


Mobile: 07960 849642



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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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in darkness on Thursday night; 24 stages in total including some absolute classics and finishing the event with the Great Orme road will be brilliant.” Cave gave particular credit to several new initiatives being introduced to encourage locals such as him and his co-driver Ieuan Thomas to enter the season ending World Championship event. These include a special discounted entry fee (reduced from £2600 to £1500) for crews with British passports plus MSA competition licences as well as free entries to top drivers from the MSA British Rally Championship. "The organisers are aiming to help national competitors to do the event with reduced entry fees, so this is great news, as more drivers will be able to compete on what sounds like the start of a new era for Wales Rally GB." A full range of tickets for the 2013 Wales Rally GB are available from Friday 7 June with a World Rally Pass giving access to all 24 competitive stages already on sale at a special ‘pre-sale’ discounted price of £90* (rather than £99) on offer until 30 June. For the latest updates follow Wales Rally GB on Twitter @walesrallygb, join the conversations on Facebook at or visit the website | 95

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Still learning after 30 years! David Palmer has built a fine reputation as one of Derbyshire’s leading driving instructors over the past 30 years. With numerous passes to his name, as an ADI Plus Pass Instructor, he prides himself not only as someone who has patiently helped many local people learn to drive and pass their driving test, but also as someone who provides ongoing service to help all hone and improve on their driving skills. We don’t become the world’s best driver overnight so additional lessons can be very helpful. David offers a friendly, efficient approach to those learning to drive and his outgoing personality puts the nervous learner at ease.

Refresher Our driving skills over the years can and definitely do become rusty. Who hasn’t felt the wrath of someone we may have inadvertently ‘cut up’ due to a possible lapse of concentration, or failed to spot the changing red light and had the customary horn blast or worse still our partners constantly pointing out errors, with comments like ‘slow down it’s 30 here’ and ‘oooh you got a bit close there’ or just the sharp intake of breath which scares the wits out of you because you think you’ve run someone over. Wars have started over less! There are many things that affect our driving - busier roads, advanced years, illness and also periods of time when we are off the road due to varying circumstances. Driving in advanced years is probably one of the biggest areas that David is currently helping people with and to that effect he is now offering ‘refresher’ courses designed to ensure that our driving days last longer and become safer. Contact details for David are T: 01773 540639/ 07971 062625 E:

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Can I have chips with that?

Talk on Life by GP

Gastropub? It's the latest in a craze to describe pubs doing high end food, or so it is claimed. Soon they will all be gastro. Which word do you normally put with gastro though? You see when I hear the word gastro I immediately put enteritis onto the end which then changes the entire interpretation of the name from high end to bottom end! Who comes up with these new names and do they really think them through? We’ve had taverns, public houses, alehouses and of course in the old wild west, saloons that served customers such as fur trappers, cowboys, soldiers, prospectors, miners, and gamblers. Mind you the latter lot were a bit more dangerous. So, names of pubs change over the years and the new ones don't seem to last too long in the same way that the mad, novel idea of fish and chips in a basket didn’t, probably due to the vinegar that dripped through onto the table and eventually onto your Brutus flares! They drew the line at soup in a basket but I bet some fool tried it in the kitchen. However they say retribution is quick and lo and behold this week I visited the Bulls Head in Wilson where they were doing chips in a basket with a twist!! The twist is that the basket is wrapped in foil so it can’t leak and it’s proving a real winner..... and so the wheel turns. What will tomorrow bring? Chicken Maryland perhaps, followed by Black Forest Gateau and obviously the obligatory candles in Mateus Rosé bottles?! I might open a 70s themed restaurant now in true ‘Life On Mars’ style! Obviously pubs have to change to keep up with demands of the 21st century. But what is it that we actually want? A new name? Not really.... it’s good food and drink we need. It doesn’t matter how posh the sign is over the door it’s what happens in the cellar and how good the chef is in the kitchen that matters. We lost the best drinking pub in Derbyshire many years ago, it happened about 200 years after the Ludite

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revolution, but I will leave it to you to work out where it was (answers by pigeon, telegram, horseback, dog, postcard or email please). Over the last few years, as our drinking and eating habits have changed, we have seen pub after pub close. No longer do we see folks sat playing dominoes with a pint next to them until the wee small hours. The ‘lock in’ has gone! So has the outside toilet! Quite a few years ago (30) I decided to go for a Sunday walk in the Conwy valley with a good friend. Exhausted and thirsty at the end we chanced(!) upon a pub in a tiny Welsh village. On entering the room all went very quiet and we ordered our beers amidst hushed Welsh talk, then sat outside enjoying the afternoon sun. Finishing our second beer we set off back to our accommodation and noticed two things: one the beer was strong and two it was a long way home. It was then that we realised that we just may have been served something a little stronger than asked for(!) however we managed to make it home, late but just in time for our cooked lunch. We learned a lesson here. When in a strange country (Wales!) watch carefully what you are being served. Subsequently the pub has become a favourite of mine when visiting the Conwy valley. It sits in a tiny village and has a beautiful garden across the road and a stream which bubbles gently along and presents an idyllic place to sit and while away an afternoon. The Ty Gwyn hotel in Rowen (I wasn’t going to reveal that secret) has had a number of owners in the thirty odd years since our first visit and the current ones have developed a thriving family business. It’s neither pretentious nor is it called gastro. It’s exactly how a pub should be, a hubbub of village activity. The beer and food are both great, the fire’s ablaze and welcoming. It does traditional, generous pub food as it should be. The open fires crackle away with the stove a little over enthusiastic on our visit, kicking out a bit of smoke but soon rectified and flaming away offering a warm glow to the room. Now that's the beauty of the normal, country, non gastro pub, it’s real honest to goodness ‘mine host’ hospitality. Friday night was fish, chips and peas night and of course the Welsh singers doing a bit of practice, which we missed because they started singing later than we expected. That’s the Welsh you see, full of surprises and J W Lees Bitter! So getting back to basics, if we are to have gastropubs in place of saloons, inns and alehouses now, it would be great if the high end was actually acheived and not the bottom end because all we really ask for is good beer, with well cooked and presented quality food (even chips in a basket). Happiness sorted.

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