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Welcome to the June edition of Country Images As midsummer(!) approaches it’s hard to grasp that the nights will now start to draw in so, whilst the good weather is here, let’s make the most of the daylight hours. The Olympics would appear to be a major event this summer and we have tracked down the story of 3 Alfreton lads who took part in the 1928 Olympics. If you are looking to create a cosy corner in your garden we have local businesses who will help to invent your own special place. Brian Spencer is up in Appleby in Westmoorland to unearth the history of the Big Fat Gypsy Horse Fair Maxwell Craven digs into our architectural past at Tupton Hall We do hope that you enjoy this issue

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Every June since at least 1685 the sleepy Cumbrian village of Appleby is invaded by upwards of 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers who come from all over Britain and the Republic of Ireland, not only to buy and sell horses, but to socialise and take part in a kind of parliament. Brian Spencer looks at their unusual lifestyle.

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A few years ago, while driving along the A65 between Settle and Ingleton, I spotted a brightly painted traditional gypsy caravan parked in a layby. The horse was peacefully grazing on the verge, watched by the family of Mum, Dad and three children as they waited for their kettle to boil, suspended over an open fire. Being somewhat nosey I pulled in to find out a little of what seemed to be their idyllic way of life. Apparently they were not real Gypsies or even Travellers, but every year they took to the road in their beautifully restored caravan, aiming to reach Appleby in time for the annual horse fair. From the first Thursday in June to the following Wednesday, the largest horse fair in Europe descends on Appleby. This annual event takes place on a field just outside the village, a field which is now known as Fair Hill, but in older times was called Gallows Hill. No one seems to know why the site was chosen, but it has been used for centuries, almost certainly before King James II granted the village its Royal Charter in 1685. Traditionally Gypsies and Travellers from all over Britain and Ireland come to meet up with old friends, celebrate

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their music, history and folklore and conduct business, particularly buying and selling horses. This part of the fair, horse trading, is both exciting and bewildering to anyone not steeped in Gypsy traditions. To show the animals at their best they are ridden bare-backed at breakneck speed on public roads, but before the buying and selling can actually take place, young people wash the horses in the River Eden making them look their best in order to tempt prospective buyers. Men (it always tends to be men) stand around in silent groups just below the campsite, seeming to ignore the horses tethered a short distance away. No one appears to do any bidding in the strictest sense of an auction, but suddenly and without warning the whole group becomes animated when both buyer and seller, after spitting on their palms and noisily slapping them together, signify that the deal is done. There are several different Gypsy groups visiting the Fair. The Romany Gypsies, or Romany Chal, are a distinct ethnic group made up of extended families, whose origins are traced back to Northern India over 1000 years ago. Each extended family, or clan, will have its own Head Gypsy or Sheara Rom. The second major group is the Travellers; their ethnic origins are unclear, but it is widely thought that they were in Britain before 1506, when the first Romany arrived in Scotland. It has even been suggested that the ancestors of the Travellers brought ironworking and blacksmithing into Britain. Even though both Travellers and Romany Gypsies share a similar culture, their ethnic origin is quite different. The Traveller community includes Irish and Scottish Travellers and the Welsh, who call themselves Gypsies or the Kale, have been in Britain since around 1400. Each of these cultures has its own distinct family groups.

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There is some intermarrying between Traveller and Gypsy families, and they certainly share a number of common characteristics – for example skill with horses, strongly defined gender roles and strong moral values regarding courtship, the sanctity of marriage, loyalty and honour; it soon becomes evident to anyone visiting the fair that pairing of the unmarried is certainly high on the list of reasons for coming to Appleby. The TV documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding was mostly filmed in and around the Appleby Horse Fair. Girls in all their finery parade up and down, strolling past boys who despite their apparent nonchalance are quite obviously eyeing up the ‘talent’. The only time we were aware of an active police presence was when they had to break up a rather violent disagreement between two lads who fancied the same girl. Although there is a kind of Gypsy and Traveller Parliament, held mainly to protect their interests in the outer community, Appleby Fair is not an ‘organised’ event and is not run or licensed by any organisation. Until 2007 it was simply co-ordinated by a kind of ad-hoc committee, but since 2008 a group of public sector organisations including the police, district and county councils, RSPCA, fire and ambulance services, NHS and

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Photographs on this and the opposite page, clockwise from top left: Two lads from Ireland busk for pocket money. Crown Derby for house proud caravan dwellers. Everything from children’s dresses to horse tethers is on sale at the fair. A Vanner, the favourite horse used by Gypsies, is put through its paces pulling a traditionally painted cart.

the Highways Agency took over the co-ordination of the Fair so that it can continue as safely and enjoyably as possible while considering the impact it has on local people. Apart from the slight young male, hot-headed disagreement while we were there, exciting though it was, we saw nothing that could be said to be anything other than a group of people carrying out their time honoured traditions. All horses in particular although of widely differing qualities were in excellent condition; speaking to a vet and an RSPCA officer on site, they were able to confirm that the animals were well cared for and all the vet was looking out for was the possibility of any horse with the beginning of a contagious disease. But as he said, ‘no one in their right mind would deliberately bring in a sick horse’. Amongst the more easily recognised breeds of horses, the traditional speckled grey Gypsy Vanner stands out. This sturdy medium height creature has its ancestry almost as far back in time as its owners; a placid, hard working beast, it can pull a caravan at a steady pace, uphill as well as on the flat, for as long as its driver demands. Travelling people, despite living in small mobile homes whether it is a horse-drawn caravan, or one of the palatial chromium plated motor homes, are probably more house proud than the average ‘four walls and a roof’ dweller. This pride is soon evident by the number of stalls selling the most expensive ornaments, such as top of the range Royal Crown Derby, or stainless steel water carriers. Everything a travelling family could desire is on sale in rows of stalls around the site, from the humblest horse rope tether to the most elaborately flounced child’s dress in all the garish colours that can come out of a dyer’s vat. Visitors to the Fair may well hear a variety of languages being spoken. As well as English, many speak Romany and you might hear English or Irish Cant (similar to Cockney), Shelta, Welsh Romany, as well as French and German, as the visiting families are widely spread over Europe. With the onset of darkness, horse trading stops for the night, but with campfires flickering among the horsedrawn carriages, the whole site takes on a magical aspect; it is then that the musicians, fiddlers, flutes and penny whistles being traditional Gypsy instruments, draw out their nostalgic tunes from both sides of the Irish Sea and beyond. Appleby is an ancient market town of some 2,500 inhabitants. Sitting below the west slopes of Cross Fell, the highest point in the Pennines (2930feet- 893 metres), its oldest part is a single medieval street running uphill between the church and castle (privately owned), where the indefatigable Lady Anne Clifford made her home after the Civil War. Several local coach operators run day tours to the Horse Fair. country images


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One of the strengths of an auction house like Bamfords, where I work, is that it is so adaptable. For instance, items of national importance can be taken on and attract international bids. In recent years this has been greatly aided by the advances of technology giving us the ability to post catalogues on the internet and offer an online bidding facility. These days this not only applies to fine art sales but to fortnightly general sales too. Having bidders on line slows the selling down a trifle but makes each sale available to a much wider public. We can also sell items with a strictly local appeal just as successfully and there is so much of local interest out there. This means collectors who specialise in locally originating artists or locally produced wares can come along to a sale and be guaranteed a good selection - and have an excellent chance of getting something at a reasonable price, too. Some of our less well known local artists deserve to be much better known. One is the late Ronald Pope, primarily a sculptor in timber, stone, ceramics and metal, and a fairly prolific and

accomplished one, too. If his work has a fault, it tends to abstract or semi-abstract modernism expressed in a very emphatic mid-20th century way, although some of his later works in metal are clearly influenced by Giacommetti in their spare verticality. This means that he is slightly out of fashion at present, which might, combined with the credit crunch, be an excellent reason to start seeking his work out and perhaps begin a modest collection. Metal has generally struck me as the medium in which he felt really at home, having honed his skills as an engineer at Royce’s during the war. Yet at Bamfords three years ago there was a fine sculpture in terracotta and another two in fired brick-clay, media that lend themselves well to the sort of texturing that he liked. Pope was born, not in Derbyshire but in Gloucestershire, in August 1920 and his work at Rolls-Royce came about through his having gained a BSc in engineering in 1941. Two years later though, the artist inside the engineer was struggling to gain expression so he signed up to attend Derby Art College part time as a student, proceeding thence to the Slade in London in 1946 to study under F E McWilliam (the Ulster-born surrealist sculptor, 1909-1992) and later ceramics at Woolwich Polytechnic under Heber Matthews, gaining his diploma in 1948. Thereafter he returned to Derby to lecture in art at his alma mater as well as at Nottingham, whilst gaining a national following for his sculpture.

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He lived for some years in Derby before renting the romantic retreat at Knowle Hill, by Ticknall, an impossibly romantic and sequestered house now a Landmark Trust holiday let but then part of the Foremark estate. Here he was the last resident before it fell into decay in the 1970s. He later moved with his family to Melbourne. In the years leading up to his death, he stopped producing sculpture and returned to painting watercolours, mainly atmospheric landscapes of Derbyshire and Norfolk. He died on 14th May 1997 leaving a widow and two children. Derby Museum has a particularly good collection of his work of all periods but regrettably, little of it is currently on display. His work also suggests that he was much influenced by that of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth; his style is certainly part of

this genre however he used to claim that he actually drew inspiration for much of his work from landscape forms within the Derbyshire Peak District and Lake District, and from his belief in the essence of harmony within the human spirit. He never seems to have gone in for the culture of self promotion within mainstream art and his relative isolation in Derbyshire enabled him to develop highly individual sculpture, in various forms and styles, over four decades. Yet his work was much favoured by the diminishing coterie of architects wishing to use sculpture to enhance their buildings and was commissioned by a number of very distinguished ones including Sir Basil Spence, the architect of the new Coventry Cathedral.

He said of him in 1970, “The paradox of life is his theme - death and resurrection, light and darkness, order and chaos, vertical and horizontal man. The polarity is calmly accepted as true, the resolution of apparent contradictions attempted - almost tenderly in his paintings and drawings, but tautly in his sculpture. The male/female idiom of some of his sculpture shows a reconciliation and unity which is not only basic to understanding his work, but is an essential part of a long-sought and emergent personal idiom of himself as an artist." Ronald’s work was widely collected locally in his lifetime and from time to time comes up for sale. If you see a piece, it would make a worthwhile investment, especially as prices are still – perhaps undeservedly – modest.

Personally, I prefer his metal creations. The Steel Cube and Struts is very much of its time, the cube taking on almost the appearance of a Troika pot! A green patinated underwater work, Woman Swimming Through Reeds, was particularly striking, too. Before he went to the Slade, Ronald Pope painted as much as he sculpted and his work is delightful, assured and entirely figurative, unlike his carving and sculpture. We have one of his watercolours at home, a particularly agreeable small mountain landscape that was painted when he was fifteen although I saw recently a particularly fine Yorkshire landscape done in his Rolls-Royce period as a wedding present for a friend in 1942, when he was his best man. The late Ron Beddoes, Provost at the Cathedral for 25 years until his retirement to Edensor in 1980, was a keen and perceptive aficionado of contemporary art and commissioned many works for the Cathedral from a number of artists. He valued Ronald Pope’s works highly, commissioning work from him including the Lenten processional cross, the altarpiece for St. Catherine’s Chapel and for the Bridge Chapel, the altar (of local stone) and tall metal candlesticks.

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If you go down to the woods today‌ Brian Spencer meets the man who made the wood carvings on the Sculpture Trail at the Crich Tramway Village. Over the past few years I have become more and more conscious of imaginative wood sculptures, usually in or near countryside visitor car parks, or in woodland glades close to popular walks. Often depicting a bird or some other wild creature, all of them are carved from the remains of a dead tree trunk, or perhaps made from a log culled from felled timber. The earliest example of this form of art, for art it certainly is, is to my recollection the one now regrettably in the later stages of decay, close to the engine house at the top of Sheep Pasture Incline above Cromford on the High Peak Trail. Carved from the bulk of a fallen tree, it cleverly shows (or at least it did until the ravages of wood rot took over), a man imaginatively carved from a side branch. Wearing protective gear of hard hat and goggles and holding a chain saw, beyond him are owls, badgers and other woodland creatures that he has just brought to life. The Sheep Pasture sculpture was the first work of Andrew Frost who lives in Cromford but works mainly from a corner of the Woodland Sculpture Trail at Crich Tramway Village. Andrew is an artist by inclination, but a woodsman by profession. He worked for several years on Scottish forestry projects and with timber readily available, began his career as a woodcarver in 1998 with, as we have said, the Sheep Pasture man with his woodland friends. If you wander along the Crich trail, away from the Bowes-Lyon Bridge, the first

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sculpture you will come to is a carving of the rare breed Bagot goat that stands defiantly on top of a pile of rocks, looking for all the world like a Billy Goat Gruff from the Hans Andersen children’s fable. Incidentally the troll he tricked is further on inside the wood. The billy goat is a fitting introduction to the Woodland Sculpture Trail and beyond it is a labyrinth made from locally quarried limestone blocks and based on a German design of interlocking spirals, known as a ‘Wunderkreis’, or wonder ring. A party of children from Wessington Junior School were happily following the magic path towards a tall wooden spiral that marks the centre of the maze and is just one of Andrew Frost’s work. Twin stone pillars, the rocks of Peakland, one made from gritstone and the other limestone, that mark the entrance have slots filled with coloured glass glowing in even the poorest light. It’s easy to pick out Andrew’s outdoor workshop from the piles of logs in all shapes and sizes waiting for him to bring to life in some form or other. Here we found him putting the finishing touches to the head of a troll who was destined to hide in some secluded dell deep in the woods. Having seen smaller scale wood carvers at work with fine chisels and files, it was an eye opener to watch Andrew work with nothing more than a chain saw. All he seemed to use was a medium length saw, the kind of thing that would be used for cutting logs, but in his skilled hands a wicked troll was taking shape, just waiting to jump out on some unsuspecting passer by. For closer detail Andrew used a short saw that almost came to a point at its tip.

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If you go down to the woods today… An angle grinder more at home in metal work and a power file complete the tools needed to bring a figure alive from a log of wood. Only occasionally does he need to use conventional wood chisels or hand files.

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The sort of occasion needing these conventional woodworking tools became obvious when Andrew showed me the bust of RSM Stokes, ex Coldstream Guards who, until recently was in charge of military ceremony and marching discipline at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. To mark RSM Stokes’s retirement his colleagues commissioned the wood sculpture of him and it was from this that I was able to realise the intricacies and problems of wood carving on the grand scale. For realism, Andrew was planning to carve the Sergeant Major’s Sam Browne leather belt and his medals with painstaking attention to detail by using wood chisels; all within the constraints of a single massive log. On the problem side of working with wood, incidentally he mainly uses oak for its durability or yew for colour, what he was working on was splitting, but he planned to overcome this by packing the cracks with special fillers. From a critical point of view as an ex soldier, I noticed that the figure’s cap was rather on the small side of realism, certainly not Guards’ style, but that did not seem to faze Andrew as he planned to saw it off level and replace it with one the correct size. All this just goes to show that wood sculpting on a grand scale is not the easiest of occupations, but I am sure that RSM Stokes will be pleased with the result when he sees it in pride of place in the Sergeants’ Mess at RMA Sandhurst.

As befits a woodland situation, the Green Man appears several times in his enigmatically benign form and you can almost imagine him being the friend of all the woodland creatures that will come out once the sun goes down. Not though, I would hope, the monster ant that despite its apparent ferocity seems to attract children who just love to play on its smoothly rounded back. Along with the Green Men and insects, whose real life counterparts no doubt seek refuge in the artistically piled twigs and branches, there are several other examples of Andrew’s work where he has created the gracefully curved abstract shapes that fill the rest of the Woodland Trail. On our way out we stopped again to thank Andrew for his help and could not avoid noticing a welcoming chair being carved from a single massive log as work in progress by Rick, Andrew’s ‘apprentice’. Apparently Rick, who is an electrician by trade, like so many at present is from time to time without work, so to fill this void he is successfully turning his hand to wood carving.

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Tupton Hall from SE c1925 (M. Craven)

In 1929 the County Council acquired an architecturally important small country house near Chesterfield with the intention of turning it into a school to expand the educational provision of the burgeoning suburbs of the area. In 1936 it opened as the Clay Cross Secondary School, the old house being surrounded by modern buildings. Two years later, one of the Council’s builders, undertaking routine maintenance work, allowed a blowlamp flame to get into the wrong crevice and the entire building caught fire and burned out. The following year the shell was dismantled and replaced by a modern building. Thus ended a 327 year story which, in architectural terms at least, is somewhat enigmatic.

Tupton Hall was built in 1611 for Thomas Gladwin, a Yorkshire gentleman who purchased it from the Hunts of Ashover (and subsequently of Aston-on-Trent) and was proud enough of his status to emulate his former patron, Bess of Hardwick, by having his name and that of his wife Helen, carved on the balustrade on the top of the house. Not only that, but the architect of Tupton was almost certainly John Smythson (or conceivably his elderly father, Robert), the man who at this time was building the closely related ‘Little Castle’ for Bess’s son, Sir Charles Cavendish. Both houses are examples of what are called ‘Midland High Houses’, providing a style of building in which the most important rooms were set on an upper floor of an unusually tall building by

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the standards of the day. Early examples included Wingfield Manor, Prior Overton’s tower at Repton and Eastwood Hall; the idea was fully developed with Robert Smythson’s three masterpieces, Wollaton Hall, Worksop Manor and Hardwick. John Smythson continued his father’s work, both at Bolsover which began as a modest High House and gradually mutated into a great ducal palace and at Welbeck. Several smaller houses were influenced by this style - Holme Hall, Bakewell, Cutthorpe Old Hall, Mosborough, Overton, Tissington, Alsop, Stydd and North Lees Halls in Derbyshire alone - and a number of them may well have been the Smythsons’ work, especially those erected by the followers and others whose lives

Tupton Hall: Dining Room ceiling (Private Collection)

fell within the ambit of the Shrewsburys and the Cavendishes. Tupton was iconic in its Smythson-style sophistication. Built over vaulted, possibly earlier, cellarage, the three bay ends of the house were of no less than five low (12 ft) storeys and included the staircases (the best one, in carved oak, rising right up through the house) whereas the centre three bays of the five bay, south front are of only three tall storeys (16 ft) with string courses over the window tops. The top floor is really an attic storey and the ‘state’ rooms were originally the central section’s first floor rooms, easily the loftiest. It was set in a park of 60 acres and was taxed on 6 hearths in 1670. The house was rebuilt to suit standard Georgian taste around 1755. The five storeys at the east end were rebuilt in conformity with the ‘state rooms’ but leaving the string course still cranked over the missing fourth floor mullioned window and the inserted deep window out of line with those alongside. Within, a new dining room was created with a particularly lushly stuccoed Palladian ceiling centred by the Gladwin coat of arms (ermine a chief azure on a bend over all gules a gladius argent hilt and

Tupton Hall from SW c. 1900: children of Mr. Barnes seated on lawn (M. Stanley)

'Tupton Hall' - the c18th engraving of another (lost) house entirely (M. Craven)

pommel or) and the other important rooms were provided with fine Georgian polished limestone chimneypieces. A mildly Gothic service wing and peristyle enclosed a farm court at the rear, suggesting the Lord was a keen agricultural improver, although most of the estate’s income derived from the exploitation of coal reserves. The enigma I mentioned lies in a well-known engraving published in the 18th century, clearly labelled Tupton Hall. This shows a high house of the same period but of four equal storeys and three by six bays. Here, the centre section of the long front is shown as being lower overall – three storeys instead of four – the ends being effectively towers, again a typical Smythson conceit, presaged by the towers of Hardwick, Oldcotes and Barlborough Halls. It is topped by a balustrade continued on both levels. There is only one string course, between the ground and first floors. If this is Tupton, then an awful lot of rebuilding must have gone on, to say the least. Even the number of bays on the south front differs, which suggests that in fact we are either looking at a view done by the engraver from (imperfect) memory or at a view of a completely different house altogether, subsequently mistitled Tupton.

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Architect's elevation: south front 1930

Architect's elevation: east front.

7. Architect's elevation: north front, seemingly much less affected by Georgian alterations

Architect's elevation: west front.

The first possibility is in reality extremely unlikely. Furthermore, that amount of rebuilding to have changed a house with two towers into the one seen in photographs would have shown up in the fabric, even from photographs. As it is, we have the County Architect’s Department drawings made of the house in 1930 to double check and they make it pretty clear that the house was as rebuilt in c1755 and that there never were towers at either end. That said, one might reasonably ask which house it is in the engraving which regrettably is a question one cannot at present answer. There were a handful of houses which were built in this style but which did not survive, being replaced entirely in subsequent generations and of which no images are known to exist. The mystery – unless a reader can clear it up – remains. Meanwhile the house and estate descended to Lemuel Gladwin, who opened up the coal pits on the estate, a move which

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ultimately paid for the modernisation of the house. His daughter and heiress brought it to her husband William Allwood of Wickersley (Yorks) and their heiress in her turn to the father of William Allwood Lord, who seems to have done the rebuilding. Lord’s son sold it all to Dr Frederick Packman whose tenant, Joseph Cokayne, was a timber merchant grown rich on supplying his landlord with pit-props. In the late 19th century the tenant was Arthur Gorell Barnes, a member of a local family also grown rich on mineral extraction and now represented by 5th Lord Gorell of Brampton. The last tenant prior to the sale of the house to the County Council by the Packmans’ executors was Major H. H. Jackson of the Clay Cross Company family. Tupton Hall was eccentric, intriguing and small enough to have made a manageable home. Its destruction in July 1938 was a sad day and a great loss to an area today not over-furnished with historic buildings.

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Gardening Yes, I know this is June’s issue but I have just found out (May 14th) that I will be going to Chelsea Flower Show this year on media day. So by the time you have read this it will all be over but because of the publication deadlines for Country Images, I’m going to have to include pictures from the day next month (July) – it’s very strange writing about an event that hasn’t happened yet......! Hope you’ve got all your red, white and blue colour schemes all ready for the Jubilee celebrations, but if you haven’t there’s still time to ‘dress up’ the garden for the partying. 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. Normally, bedding plants run out by the middle of June.

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“I was just going to make this movie and that was going to be it – I was going back to my boarding school in Camberley in Surrey. Which is what I did for a year and nobody thought any more about it until Walt Disney saw Tiger Bay and got in touch wanting me to do Pollyanna. And one thing led to another.”

Speaking almost laboriously slowly and sounding more like a newly qualified drama school graduate than a Hollywood A-list actress, Hayley Mills is probably the antithesis of most people’s idea of a genuine star.

half-dark, with a very thin blue light, it’s terribly easy to put on the wrong thing and come out of the wrong door. There was a bit of that bumping into the furniture backstage, which was really awful.

She makes no outrageous demands, answers questions honestly and apologises profusely for not switching off her mobile phone, which goes off while we’re chatting.

“Everybody got a cold or a throat infection, then I got an abscess on a tooth and had to go to London on the train and have root canal therapy and then go back and do a show. Everything was thrown at us in that first opening week.”

The interview took a long time to arrange, but you get the feeling that it was nothing to do with Hayley. She is very keen to talk about her current project, the stage play Ladies in Lavender which is coming to the East Midlands. It is her first appearance on stage in this country for nine years and despite a career lasting more than half a century, she still gets nervous, incredibly so. When asked for advice about acting, Noel Coward once famously said “speak clearly and don’t bump into the furniture”. This must have been on Hayley’s mind during the first performance of Ladies in Lavender, the stage play of the 2004 film written by Charles Dance, which starred Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. “The opening in Northampton was life-threatening - it was so frightening. It’s quite a complicated production – there are a lot of lighting cues, music cues and costume changes and in the

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Despite that, the tale of two sisters living in a picturesque village in Cornwall whose lives are turned upside down when a handsome young violinist is washed ashore near their home has found favour with critics. Hayley though, does not read reviews. “It’s much too discombobulating. If they’re bad, they’re devastating. And if they’re good they throw you and make you self-conscious.” Hayley plays Ursula, the part Judi Dench depicted so memorably in the film. Hayley has tried to put her own stamp on the role.

“You have to find your own journey. A character has to come from your own private sources. As Meryl Streep says, you have to pack your own bags.”

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Ladies in Lavender is currently on an eight-theatre tour including Nottingham where audiences will be able to experience what Hayley believes is “the most wonderful play” which she could not refuse to do.

“I remember my parents sitting me down and saying ‘this is what’s involved – it will mean you will do a film every year. What do you feel about that? It will interrupt your schooling.’ Of course my eyes lit up!

“I’d seen the film of course and when I read the play I thought I just had to do it. I wasn’t sure that the subtle quality of the film would translate onto the stage because the mediums are so different.

“Apparently, although I don’t remember this, I said ’will it mean I can buy a pony?’ They said ‘yes’. I said ‘okay, I’ll do it then’.” Since then she has had a varied career in films, television and on stage; her credits include Whistle Down the Wind, Roy Boulting’s comedy The Family Way, three episodes of The Love Boat, Tales of the Unexpected and Murder, She Wrote.

“But Sean McKenna has written a brilliant – and I use the words advisedly – adaptation. It focuses more clearly on the emotional journey of all the characters involved, particularly Janet and Ursula, the two sisters.” Hayley’s own journey has been remarkable. Born the daughter of actor Sir John Mills and playwright Mary Hayley Bell, the younger sister of actress Juliet Mills was only 12 when she had her first film role in Tiger Bay in 1959. It earned her a BAFTA award for most promising newcomer. “I don’t think anybody thought anything was going to happen beyond that,” says Hayley. “I was just going to make this movie and that was going to be it – I was going back to my boarding school in Camberley in Surrey. Which is what I did for a year and nobody thought any more about it until Walt Disney saw Tiger Bay and got in touch wanting me to do Pollyanna. And one thing led to another.” Hayley utters the words as a matter of fact, yet the role catapulted her to superstardom and won her an Academy Juvenile Award. It prompted Walt Disney to offer Hayley a contract.

Her career has taken off again over the past few years, appearing as Caroline in the ITV drama series Wild at Heart. She was not in the first series but got a part through what she describes as “another extraordinary incident in my life”. Hayley says: “I was going to Paris on Eurostar with my partner (Indian-American actor Firdous Bamji) for his birthday. “Amanda Holden (Sarah Trevanion in Wild at Heart) was on the train. I didn’t know her but she saw me and texted the producer and suggested me for her mother in the series.” Hayley has spent five months of each of the past six years in Africa filming Wild at Heart. But the programme will shortly be coming to an end. After the Ladies in Lavender tour, she will be going to Africa again, this time for about five weeks, to record a two-hour special which will be shown around Christmas. Few people know what will happen in the last episode. Hayley is one of those who have not been let in on the secret: “I’m most curious to find out how they are going to round it off. Are we all going to get squashed by a herd of buffalo or something?” After that she is hoping Ladies in Lavender will transfer to the West End – “it deserves to” – and she would like to remain a part of it: “That would be perfect.” Hayley considers herself “extraordinarily lucky” still to be working at the age of 66. “It is ironic because the older one gets – and I’m talking about all actresses because it is females who have a tough time as we get older – the more experienced you become, the more life you’ve lived and the better you become. “But at a time when you’re really able to use your talent and your experience, the work starts getting thin on the ground. I’ve been very, very lucky.” Ladies in Lavender is at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from 18 to 23 June

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m n h y walk with rambler This month’s walk is on the western part of the Peak where it makes its last dramatic sweep before the Cheshire Plain and Manchester’s suburbs. The walk is mostly through the hunting park of Lyme Hall, a twice altered Elizabethan mansion once home to the Legh family, but now jointly run by the National Trust and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here and though officially a captive, she was allowed to travel to and from Buxton to take the waters, for she suffered badly from rheumatism. A herd of red deer have roamed the woods and nearby moors for centuries. Inside the hall there is a painting of a servants’ ball. It was painted at the height of the Edwardian age when this great sporting estate was enjoying a golden era and captures the moment when Lyme was at its best, but life would never be the same again after the tragedy of the Great War. Spend time if you can to admire the hall’s lavish interiors, treasures and beautiful gardens set against a back drop of sweeping moorland. The walk starts from the hall’s car park and climbs through woodland with tantalising glimpses of the hall before reaching out on to the high moor of Sponds Hill. At the top of the climb and away from the hall you will pass a pair of enigmatic stones which have stood there for centuries without divulging their original purpose. On the return leg of the walk the way is through a delightful wood where the path is lined by masses of purple rhododendrons in late spring.

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ABOUT THE WALK 5 miles (8km) of Easy/Moderate walking on fairly good paths throughout, but with muddy sections in wet weather; one 478ft (146m) climb. Car parking: Pay (free to National Trust members) at the start of the walk. Trent Barton ‘TP’ Nottingham/Manchester hourly buses stop at the park entrance about 1½ miles from the start of the described walk. NB - if using the bus the climb past Lyme Cage hunting tower not only avoids traffic on the drive into the park, but is a rewarding diversion. Refreshments at the old saw mill beyond the car park. Recommended map: Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 1; 1:25,000 scale The Peak District, Dark Peak area.

THE WALK From the car park bear right and then left away from the hall and go through a kissing gate to follow a wide track with trees on your left and a rough open field to the right. Go through another gate and into a mature wood, continuing to follow the wide track. On the first part of the walk keep your eyes ready to take advantage of gaps in the trees. Beyond them is the


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classic view of Lyme Hall across its ornamental lake. Closer to hand and just through the trees is a (usually) green and slimy pond. This is where Colin Firth (aka the dashing Mr Darcy) in the BBC version of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, emerged in his sexily clinging wet shirt. Go through the gate in the top of the wood and follow the still wide track climbing towards an isolated moorland farmhouse. Cross the moorland boundary wall by a

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The Bowstones rough field as indicated by waymarks. Go over a side stream and then past a timber holiday cottage set in an old quarry to reach the access drive to two converted old farm houses. Bear left along the drive as far as the road beside a small chapel Do not join the road, but turn immediately right and then go down another access drive away from the chapel. Go down to a wide bridge next to what was once a keeper’s lodge.

ladder stile and walk on towards the access drive to Bowstones Farm and turn right. Bowstones. These are two stone pillars enclosed by a low fence near the farm. The name suggests that they might have been used in the making of bows, but they probably pre-date these weapons by at least a thousand years. Follow the enclosed moorland track as far as a second gate. Turn right on leaving the gate to follow a narrow path alongside the moorland boundary wall. At the bottom of a shallow depression, look over the wall on your right to the distant view of Lyme Hall and its surrounding pine woods. Closer to hand, about a hundred yards beyond the wall, a wire fence

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protects the ruins of a deer shelter. Hollows dotted around the moor are the long abandoned remains of shallow coal pits. The path widens into a track and then starts to bear left away from the boundary wall, passing trough an old gate; beyond the gate follow the track for about 120 yards and then bear right to make for a slight depression on the skyline. Cross a stile and begin to go downhill through the heather of a rough moor. Aim for a tiny cottage sheltering amidst a pine wood. Turn right beside the cottage and follow an access drive for about a hundred yards and as far as a stile on your left. Cross the stile and bear right to follow a narrow but well defined path across the

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Turn right at the cottage and go through a gate to follow a wide track, gently uphill through mature woodland (West Park Woods). In late spring rhododendrons make a contrasting splash of pink and red against the dark green of the pines. At the top of the woods go through a gate and join the wide macadamed track on its far side. Follow it as it curves right and then downhill back to the car park. As you begin to descend along the track the magnificent Palladian frontage of Lyme Hall can be seen to its best advantage. A Dutch garden now out of sight at the top of the retaining wall between the car park and house is well worth a closer look. Accessed through the hall, it is famous for its displays of tulips in late spring.


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DIARY m Derby Assembly Rooms, Derby Theatre & Guildhall Theatre 01332 255800 June 1 One Night in Vegas 1 Dodgy: Stand Upright in a Cool Place Tour 3 Derby Jubilee Celebrations & Festival of Youth - Market Place 7 University of Derby Graduate Fashion Show 8 The Tom McConville Band 8-10 Cirque du Ciel: ShangHi 9-10 Barry & Stuart: Show & Tell 10 The Big One at Chaddesden Park 13 sinfonia ViVA residencies: A collaborative singing and instrumental project 15-16 Kaleidoscope Players present One Night in the Spotlight 20 We'll Meet Again: The Diamond Jubilee Show 22 Sing–a–long–a Grease 23 Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order 24 Joe Longthorne 29 London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay: Evening Celebration 30 The Darley Park Concert Darley Park July 1 Grimethorpe Colliery Band 2-8 Wimbledon. Market Place 4 The Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete World of Sports (abridged) 5 Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Everest, The Eiger and more 6 Let's Hang On 7 Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary 11-14 Gatepost Theatre Company: A Space Oddity 11-15 CAMRA Beer Festival 16 The Royal Ballet Metamorphosis:Titian 2012 Royal Centre Nottingham & Concert Hall 0115 989 5555



June 3 Dionne Warwick. Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describes the familiar and iconic voice. 4-9 South Pacific. This breathtaking and lavish Lincoln Center Theater production 4 Nigel Kennedy Gala Concert. There are few violinists who have changed the classical landscape like him. 7 Buddy Holly - A Legend Reborn 9-10 English National Ballet & Flawless The UK's national ballet company with the World Dance Champions. 11-16 Death by Fatal Murder. Pratt is back! 14 The Drivetime Concert The Drivetime Concert is the perfect place to experience the hair-raising sound 15 Magic of Motown 18-23 Ladies in Lavender 21 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. From the saga that changed Life, The Universe And Everything 25-30 Avenue Q 26 Strictly Presents...Dance to the Music 27 James Morrison 30 The Best of Russell Watson July 2-7 Birds Of A Feather. One of BBC TV's most popular and fondly-remembered sitcoms. 3 George Benson. Musical legend George Benson visits the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. 5 The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert 6 The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain® 13 Oliver Samuels - Who A Di Don? Lacemarket Theatre Box Office 0115 9507201 June 18-23 Boston Marriage July 16-21 Jack The Ripper

The Final Test Derby Theatre Mon 2 – Sat 7 July Calling all cricket and comedy fans! The world premiere of a wonderful new comedy about cricket, The Final Test stars Colin Baker, principally known for two very contrasting roles - as the scheming and universally-loathed Paul Merroney in The Brothers and as the sixth incarnation of the universally-loved Doctor in Doctor Who, Peter Amory who played Emmerdale bad boy Chris Tate, Grange Hill’s Karen Ford, who played the art teacher, Miss Booth for seven years and Nicola Weeks. Peter and Ruth have had a long and happy marriage. Or so Peter believes. They both have their own interests – he loves listening to the cricket on the radio, she likes to travel. But all is not well as Peter discovers one afternoon when he’s dozing on his deckchair and listening to the last test from The Oval. His wife announces that she has sold the house and she’s moving to Bexhill-on-Sea with her lover. When the new owners move in they discover they have an elderly cricket-loving squatter living in the garden. The Final Test is the first stage play by highly-acclaimed novelist Chris Paling. It’s a touching and poignant comedy about marriage, cricket and the dangerous lure of Bexhill-on-Sea. Tickets: £8 - £24, concessions £8 - £21. For more information and to book tickets call the Derby Theatre Box Office on 01332 59 39 39 or book online at Tickets: Adults: £8 - £24 Concessions: £8 - £21 Box Office: 01332 593939

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Nottingham Arena May 22 and June 5 Westlife June 9-13 Download 2012 19-23 Mrs Brown Rides Again July 11-12 Blink 182 supported by All American Rejects 20-22 Disney Live - Mickey’s Magic Show Sept 3-8 Michael McIntyre Nottingham Playhouse Box Office 0115 941 9419 June 2 Francesca Martinez 7 Andrew Motion 13 Buddy Holly and The Cricketers 16 you Havent seen Nothing Yet Presented by B-Cos Productions Comedy: Musical comedy with a host of guests. 16 Liam O”Kane Liam O’Kane is a Nottingham based singer-songwriter and the lead singer of Ska/Reggae band Jimmy the Squirrel. 22-23 Reduced Shakespeare Company The Complete World of Sports (abridged) Comedy: Experience a marathon of madness and mayhem that sees the world’s great sporting events shrunk down to theatrical size. 23 Hare and Tortoise Family Friendly: An enchanting new adaptation of Aesop’s well known story. 23 Kalagora Indian-born poet Siddhartha Bose explores the megacity with a collective mix of theatre, poetry and video. 29-30 MADD College Nottingham Presents their latest showcase of musical theatre and dance.

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DIARY m July 6-8 Angelina Ballerina. Ballet Girls and Hip Hop Boys. Family Friendly. Everyone’s favourite little star pirouettes onto the Playhouse stage in her brand new Mousical! 13 -11 August Grandpa in my Pocket comes to the stage for the first time! Buxton Opera House June 1The Big Chris Barber Band 1The Ash Girl 2 Diamond Jubilee Last Night of the Proms Concert 2 The Ash Girl 3 Jazz at the Arts Centre - The Steve Chadwick Quartet 3 An Audience with John Motson 4 Dancing Queen 5 The Parson’s Pirates British touring theatre troupe who specialise in comic operettas – Opera della Luna will be delighting Buxton Opera House audiences yet again with their much-loved version of

the Gilbert & Sullivan inspired classic The Parson’s Pirates. The Parson’s Pirates is particularly impressive as a feat of storytelling since the second half of the evening comprises a full performance of The Pirates of Penzance, presented by a cast of just six performers (and many costume changes!). Certain to have you rolling in the aisles, this production is a classic in the Opera della Luna canon. The production features live music performed by an on-stage band. 6-9 Murder Mistaken



8 Recitals at the Arts Centre - Jing Ouyang (piano) 8 Buxton Buzz Comedy Club 9 Murder Mistaken 10 Così Fan Tutte 11- 12 Gulliver’s Travels 14 The Fantastic Mr Fox In order to feed his family, Mr Fox has been using his crafty skills to rob the local farmers. These farmers are the meanest, nastiest farmers around: Boggis, Bunce and Bean, but although Mr Fox is a master of trickery, the farmers are sly and sinister, so much so that one fateful night the farmers ambush Mr Fox and shoot off his tail! But for how much longer can Mr Fox outwit his farmer enemies and steal their food from right under their noses? Come and join the Kaleidoscope Junior Theatre Company as they tell this charming story of the lovable rogue, Mr Fox and his wildly mischievous antics. 14 - 16 The Final Test 16 Flat On My Back, Seeing Stars 17 The Velveteen Rabbit 17 Jamie Andrew 17 Nearly Dan in Concert - The Spirit & Sound of Steely Dan 18 Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete World of Sports (abridged) 19 Beanbag Stories - Summer Sun 19 Cool Britannia 20 The Bear, The Telephone & Hand of Bridge 22-23 Mort 24 The Kinder Children’s Choirs of the High Peak - Gloriana 29 Buxton Buzz Comedy Club 30 King Arthur & The Sword in The Stone (Outside in the Pavilion Gardens) 30 Voices (Pavilion Arts Centre Studio) July 1 Jazz at the Arts Centre - Peter Frank’s Dixieland All Stars (Pavilion Arts Centre) 1 King Arthur & The Sword in The Stone (Outside in the Pavilion Gardens) 4 Buxton Festival Fringe 2012 4-8 A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Poole’s Cavern (Poole's Cavern) 6 Contemporary Dance Triple Bill 6 Sinful - 7 Comedy Shorts for 7 Deadly Sins (Milton's Head) 7 Buxton Festival 2012.Visit web site for details. Palace Theatre Mansfield 01623 63313 June 6-7 Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play 9-10 Expressions Academy of Performing Arts - Expressions The Show 9 13 There'll Always Be An England 14 Halfway To Paradise - The Billy Fury Story 16-17 Excelsior School of Dance - Alice 19-20 Copacabana 23-24 Let's Dance Studio - Wonker

Wonderland 29 to July 1Stage Door - Live, Love Dance! Friday 29 June - Sunday 1 Jul Nottingham Royal Concert Hall Sun 14th Octob

The one and only Ray Davies brings his songbook of classic British hits – from his days in The Kinks up through his recent solo repertoire – to the forefront ofthe national psyche with an appearance at Hop Farm June 29th and a UK tour with his band later this year. Tickets now on salefrom / 0844 338 0000. Prices start at £32.50 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall Sun 14th October

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Folk ‘n’ Roots Music

THE TOM MCCONVILLE BAND Friday June 8th 8:00pm BBC Musician of the Year, TOM McCONVILLE, is one of the leading players of our time, creating his own unique, instantly recognisable style. Thurs June 21st. Join us for our AGM (membership £6 per annum) followed by an illustrated talk entitled 'My Life in the Music World - Memories and Melodies' by Alan Hopkin. Meetings at 7.30 pm in Chester Green Community Centre, Old Chester Road, Derby. Admission non-members £1. Annual membership £6. For further information Tel Derby 559615. BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS WALK at CARSINGTON WATER The reservoir is filling up with water, just in time for the summer migrants’ return and from March-June onwards, this is the best time of the year to join the Volunteer Rangers and start looking for swallows, martins and warblers, perhaps the great northern diver and maybe an osprey, in a leisurely free 2 hour walk. Volunteers will help you identify at least 30 different species and give plenty of useful tips on bird watching. 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 - 1st July and 3rd June. To ensure a place book on T:01629 540696 Allestree Art Whether you are a raw beginner seeking encouragement and advice or a seasoned artist looking for an informal venue in which to paint with like-minded people, Allestree’s art group welcomes you. We meet on Monday mornings between 10am and 12noon at the Memorial Hall, St. Edmunds Close, Allestree. There will also be an opportunity to exhibit your work at Kedleston Hall and Elvaston Park. For further information contact Joan Garrett 0n 01332 552906 or Wallace Spence on 01332 557858 Uppertown Social Centre Sat 16th June Jo-Ann and Becky, The Haley Sisters Country, Folk, Blues and Rock 7:00 for 8:00pm £12 including supper.Contact Eddie Marriott for information and tickets on: 01246 590502 or 07966 154798. Website Derby Wine Circle Social club with a variety of activities. Meetings are held on the 1st Friday monthly at 7.30pm in The Evergreen Club, Cornhill, Allestree. Contact Des Wall on 01332 551447 Allestree Flower Group Tuesday 19th June 2012 A Flower Demonstration by Shasha Gallagher entitled ‘Joy in my Heart’. At the Evergreen Hall, Time 7.00 For 7.30 pm Admission £3 members, £5 non members. Further details contact the Chairman on 01332 675727 Duffield Singers Summer Concert Wednesday 27th June 7.30pm at Trinity Methodist Church. King Street. Duffield. DE56 4EU. Join us for a lively evening of popular music and song for a summer’s evening! Tickets available from choir members and on the door. ALL WELCOME! DARLEY ABBEY GARDENING CLUB Friday 22 June 2012 “FROM THE TROPICS TO THE TRENT” – An illustrated talk by Ian Cooke will be given at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall, Abbey Yard, Darley Abbey. Admission for non-members £2. Further information can be obtained from Kathryn Redfern on 01332 553270. 60 country images

Little Chester Local History Group Thurs June 21st. Join us for our AGM (membership £6 per annum) followed by an illustrated talk entitled 'My Life in the Music World Memories and Melodies' by Alan Hopkin. Meetings at 7.30 pm in Chester Green Community Centre, Old Chester Road, Derby and all are welcome. For further information Tel 559615. Ashbourne Animal Welfare Ark Royal Jubilee Open Day and Fun Dog Show. Sunday 3rd June 11am - 4pm. The Ark, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne. Dog Show starts 12.30 classes inc. Most Handsome Prince, Pretty as a Princess etc. We are holding a Street Party with stalls, music, facepainting and right royal lunches and teas There will be tours of the cattery and kennels and a chance to meet some of our residents. Dog lovers can also enter the Doggie Sports and give their dog the chance to Save the Sausage or Dive for a Duck! Microchipping is available at only £10 to promote responsible pet ownership. For more info please ring 01335 300494 or visit The Watson Players Present Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel Derby Theatre – Studio Theatre Walk within the Westfield shopping complex. Wednesday 20th – Saturday 23rd June 2012 8pm & Saturday Matinee 3pm Dancing at Lughnasa – a drama that mixes memory and desire, humour and sadness a play startlingly true, tender and fresh. This extraordinary play, widely regarded as Friel’s masterpiece, is the study of five unmarried sisters named for Friel’s mother and sisters, (“those five brave Glenties women”) who live in a modest cottage in Donegal. On the threshold of the autumn of 1936, the household revolves around the eight year old love-child, Michael. Book your tickets today from Derby Theatre Box Office, Theatre Walk - within the Westfield Shopping Complex. Tel: (01332) 593939 or buy online at www. The Marlowe Players. The Marlowe Players are putting on Ray Cooney and John Chapman’s farce “There Goes The Bride”. Set on the morning of his daughter's wedding, things don't go to plan for Timothy Westerby as the day starts with a bang to the head and things take unexpected and bizarre twists with hilarious consequences. The production will be at Darley Abbey Village Hall, Abbey Yard (off New Rd), Darley Abbey from Tues 3rd until Sat 7th July, 2012. Tickets are all priced £6.00 and doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. To book please contact the Marlowe Players Box Office on 07961 607372 or visit the website: Art Challenge at The Windmill There is a great opportunity rapidly approaching for all the artistic minded persons in the area to participate in the ‘Heage Windmill Art Challenge’ . The challenge is for them to compete against like minded persons and to produce a wonderful image of the beautiful six sail wind mill at Heage in the media of their choice. The competition will take place on Sunday June 10th and they will need to register at the mill between 10am and 10:45am, when they will be able to start work. Making the images will continue apace until everything stops at 2:45 pm, to be followed by judging and awarding of prizes in both the senior and junior categories. Entry forms are also available before the day at the windmill mill on Chesterfield Road, Heage, or can be obtained from

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June Events at Denby Browse a wide selection of over 40 vehicles from leading manufacturers at the Denby Motorhome Show over the Jubilee Weekend 2nd – 4th June (free entry). Join in the festive atmosphere with entertainment by the popular ‘Victory Belle’ as they sing live in the courtyard on Monday 4th. In the Denby Craftroom there will be special ‘craft sessions’ running all week where everyone can have a go at making unique Jubilee Souvenirs. Sessions last an hour and include modelling with raw clay, decorating a selection of fired pieces and painting on mugs or plates. Entry is £4.25 per person and includes unlimited raw clay items to keep and up to 2 fired souvenirs (to keep a plate or mug there is a firing charge of £7.95). To book call 01773 740799. Denby’s special 200 limited editions ‘Great British Byngo’ for 2012 are available now, exclusively from the Visitor Centre Reception shop in two sizes with presentation box and certificate. Call or pop in for details. Family Fun Weekend at Denby takes place on 23rd and 24th June with a selection of fun inflatables, pedal karts, face painting, Pinxton puppet shows and other activities. Plus Pottery Beach opens from 18th July. For details of all forthcoming events at Denby see or call 017743 740 799.

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Wildness! Wildlife Artist Pollyanna Pickering is proud to present an exhibition of a collection of over fifty new paintings to officially launch the new book Wildness.

This beautiful book is a collaboration between Pollyanna and Richard Bonfield, poet in residence for the Born Free Foundation. The anthology features a retrospective of his poems alongside a specially selected portfolio of paintings from Pollyanna’s archive, many of which are reproduced here for the first time, along with new pieces created especially for the project. Pollyanna will be opening her private gallery at Brookvale House, Oaker, Matlock, DE4 2JJ (AA signposted) from 16th June – 1st July 10am – 6pm, visitors will be able to view the paintings on display to the public for the very first time, in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Admission is free. Many branches of the creative arts thrive on collaboration. A company of actors work together with a team of directors and producers to create a film or play. Musicians come together in bands or orchestras to work quite literally in harmony with each other. However most wildlife artists work alone, spending hours and days in isolation in a studio to create a piece of work. So when Pollyanna was asked if she would collaborate on a project for the Born Free Foundation she jumped at the chance to work alongside their poet in residence, Richard Bonfield, to compile a book which would feature a retrospective of his poems alongside a specially selected portfolio of paintings from her archive, many of which will be reproduced here for the first time. “It was an interesting experience to spend time with Richard working on a project of this nature – we spent hours selecting our favourite poems and then discussing which paintings we felt would best complement the words. It was incredible how many 'natural' matches there seemed to be. It was a very interesting experience to get another perspective on my work from someone who is also creative, but in a very different field.” Pollyanna also found that Richard's expressive and thoughtful poetry also suggested new pieces of work – while he wrote new poems inspired by her paintings. The resulting book 'Wildness' will raise funds for both The Born Free Foundation and Pollyanna's own charitable foundation. Pollyanna has a longstanding association with Born Free, first working with them in 1990 when she travelled with their international vet to see five tigers who had been rescued from appalling conditions in a British roadside zoo, in their new home

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in a sanctuary in Southern India. Since then she has visited many of their international projects, with exhibitions of the resulting paintings raising funds for their work – as well as providing exclusive Christmas card designs. Ten percent of all sales at the exhibition will be donated to the charity. The foreword to Wildness has been written by Born Free founder, actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna. When Virginia invited Richard to accept the post of 'Poet in Residence' she commented “The beauty and vulnerability of nature, the need to live in harmony with other creatures, their plight when we don’t – all this is expressed in the most poignant, perceptive and original language in Richard’s poetry”. The combination of these inspirational, thoughtful and often humorous poems alongside Pollyanna’s expressive and powerful images has created a book which conveys both the untamed beauty and plight of endangered animals. The book will be printed by one of the most environmentally ethical printers in Britain using non-soya vegetable oil based inks and launched at an exhibition of the same name at Pollyanna’s private gallery in Derbyshire in June. A special celebration day will also be held at the gallery in July when Pollyanna, Virginia and Richard will all be present to sign copies of the book.

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The theme of the book 'Wildness' reflects The Born Free Foundation's commitment to taking action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animals from suffering. They believe that the place for animals is in their natural habitat, in the wild. Meanwhile Pollyanna believes that the unique quality of her work comes from the time she spends studying real animals in their natural habitat. Zoos and reference books are no substitute for experiencing the heat and dust of the Masai Mara, or the biting, vicious cold of the High Arctic. It is this dedication which brings unmistakable realism and vitality to her work. Pollyanna’s determination to paint only animals which she has observed in their natural habitats has lead her into a remarkable and unique series of journeys into some of the most inhospitable areas of the globe. Her expeditions to study threatened species have taken her across five continents, from the jungles of India to the deserts of North America. She has painted big cats in the rain forests of Central America and wolves in the forests of Transylvania. One of her most challenging expeditions took her to the wastelands of Siberia where she braved temperatures as low as -60 to paint the Amur Tiger. The award-winning book 'Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons' was inspired by Pollyanna’s most famous journey – she was the first westerner to visit a remote area of the Tibetan Borderlands of China where she worked in a clinic for rescued pandas. 'On Top of the World' tells of her expeditions into the High Arctic to paint polar wildlife and her fourth book ‘The Eye of the Tiger’ is an account of her travels in India. In 2007 Pollyanna was granted a fellowship from Canada based society The Worldwide Nature Artists Group in support of her expedition into the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Pollyanna is the first woman ever to be granted a fellowship by the group – and the first artist to be selected from outside Canada or North America. She has most recently returned from Vietnam and Thailand with a folder full of sketches of tigers, elephants and other wildlife, which will provide the inspiration for future exhibitions of work. Later this year she will fulfil a longheld ambition, travelling to Rwanda in search of the mountain gorillas. All the paintings in the book bring back specific memories from Pollyanna's journeys - from the heartstopping moment when a huge African elephant turned in a cloud of red dust to charge her

open jeep, to the joy of watching a male lion patiently play with a young cub, gently allowing his tiny offspring to pull at his tail and mane and clamber onto his back. Although many of the animal subjects are those you would expect to find in a book inspired by the beauty of nature, there are also some unexpected creatures to be found between the pages - including a ‘Daddy Long Legs’, vultures and even a yeti! Richard's thoughtful musings on this mythical creature - "Sometimes glimpsed amongst the frangipani, he lumbers on the edge of our imagination" are partnered with a sketch Pollyanna made while trekking in the Himalayas. Here she visited a very remote Buddhist monastery, where she got into conversation with the sole caretaker monk, who took her into a part of the temple which was hardly ever shown to either foreign or local visitors. There she was shown an object mounted on a pole, which through her interpreter she was told was a yeti scalp which had been in the temple for many generations and was regarded as a holy relic. No photography is allowed in the interior of any Buddhist temple in Bhutan, but Pollyanna was able to sketch an outline of the scalp in her expedition journal. Later she also completed a ‘photo fit’ sketch of a yeti, working from descriptions given to her by the local villagers, who regularly report sightings of and encounters with yetis in the mountains. Richard has composed many new poems for the anthology, inspired by his love of the natural world and the wonderful work of the Born Free Foundation. The combination of these inspirational, thoughtful and often humorous poems alongside Pollyanna’s expressive and powerful images has created a book which conveys both the untamed beauty and plight of endangered animals. Claire Riggall, the former editor of Poetry Nottingham says in her preface “In this handsome volume, Pollyanna Pickering’s superb portraits of wild creatures partner the poems in a veritable marriage made in animal heaven. Her skill and empathy are breathtaking and the resulting pages magnificent.” Pollyanna enjoyed working on the book “Wildness” alongside Richard so much, that the pair are already planning their next joint project – a book which will celebrate the beauty and diversity of British Wildlife. In the meantime however she is hard at work completing the paintings to be featured in her next book 'The Way of the Wolf' , which will document two of Pollyanna's journeys to paint wolves in the wild. Firstly she followed in the footsteps of Dracula, travelling to Transylvania, home to the highest remaining density of wild European wolves and then to the mountains of Ethiopia, home to the only wolf in Africa, the most endangered wolf species in the world. The book is due for publication next year. As well as the Wildness book, two new limited edition prints will be exclusively launched during the forthcoming exhibition. Also on display throughout will be Pollyanna's extensive ranges of greetings cards, fine art and limited edition prints and a wide variety of giftware including books, stationery, china mugs, cross stitch kits and much more. 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. All of Pollyanna’s books will be available and she will be pleased to sign any copies purchased at the exhibition. Further information and directions to the gallery can be found at country images


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Looking lively at Leabrooks Gallery This month Jenny Oldknow, a talented water colourist, is filling the main Exhibition Room at Leabrooks Gallery with a range of endearing but life-like portraits from the animal kingdom. She conveys the energy and unique qualities of her subjects in a clean, economic style which testifies to her keen powers of observation as well as her skill. Everyone, of whatever age, will find something to enjoy in this exhibition and very probably, something they would like to purchase! Exhibition runs from 9th June - 29th June. Ruth Gray, like Jenny Oldknow, a successful member of the Desperate Art Wives group, is also exhibiting her work at the Gallery. Don’t forget the Jubilee Weekend, Derbyshire Open Arts at Leabrooks Gallery. 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.

The Ridgeway Gallery Is delighted to host its second solo exhibition of paintings by Michael Barnfather, one of England's leading landscape painters. Michael was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, later studying at the Derby College of Art. Whilst working for Rolls Royce as a technical artist, he pursued his love of painting and received acclaim for his work at various exhibitions and galleries. Having spent nine years as an amateur artist, he turned professional in 1964. His style is unique and instantly recognisable, combining broad panoramas and tightly drawn detail with great skill, producing pieces that are just as satisfying in close-up as from a distance. There is an opportunity to meet Michael at the gallery on Saturday 30th June.

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The Elvaston Steam Rally Started 35 years ago by a group of dedicated steam enthusiasts as a one day event to raise funds for local charities, the Rally has gone from strength to strength to today’s two day extravaganza which draws crowds of 12,000 – 15,000. This year’s event is to be held at the Elvaston Castle Showground on 7th-8th July 2012.

Team. All the profits made from the rally are donated to charity. So come and enjoy a great day out and help to support local charities at the same time - Adult admission is £8, concessions £6, with accompanied children free and ample free car parking, there is also a free bus service available from many areas. For more information see the Rally web site

There will be a record number of steam exhibits this year, ranging from steam road rollers and ploughing engines to magnificent showman’s engines. There will also be static engines, tractors, vintage cars and motorbikes, military vehicles and models. They aim to make a fun day out for all the family with vintage fairground rides, children’s entertainers and many stalls selling everything from hardware to attractive jewellery and gifts including outdoor food and drink facilities. There will also be a full weekend’s events in the main arena including a falconry display and performances by JC Balls Dancing Diggers. Elvaston Castle Steam Rally has donated over £100,000 to charity over the years; this year we will be presenting cheques to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and Derby Mountain Rescue

Renishaw Hall – a treasure on your doorstep

Renishaw is famous for its Italianate gardens which were laid out in the late 19th century by Sir George Sitwell, the brilliantly eccentric great-grandfather of the current owner Alexandra. The gardens are ideal for group tours, offering plenty to see in a realistic timeframe for a day visit or even as part of a stop within a day’s schedule. Groups will love the gardens with the delphiniums, roses and herbaceous borders looking particularly lovely. New for this Jubilee year is the Royalty and Renishaw exhibition.

Visit during July or August for stunning High Summer events such as guided garden walks; see the highly crafted sculpture exhibition by Lorraine Botterill; sample local food and purchase beautiful plants at the August Food and Plant Fair Weekend on the 11th and 12th August. This year on the 25th August Chapterhouse Theatre Company will perform Pride and Prejudice in the gardens at Renishaw. To book a group tour, please contact the Events Office on 01246 432310 or country images


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Valley Lodge: Bakewell Road, Matlock DE4 3BN

Mayor Alan Cox visited Belper care home, Spencer Grove, to celebrate their recent achievements.

Spencer Grove have also recently been awarded a certificate for completion of the Macmillan ‘Life Enhancing Care Programme’. The programme is aimed to train and support staff so that they can keep residents who are at the end of their lives in the care home, in familiar surroundings, cared for by specially trained staff, who they know.

Following an unannounced inspection in November 2011 the Care Quality Commission have found Spencer Grove to be ‘fully compliant’ in accordance with the new Essential Standards of Quality and Safety.

Additionally in the last week Spencer Grove achieved the ‘End of Life Quality Award’, which is the Derbyshire equivalent of the Gold Standards Framework. The award recognises Spencer Grove’s commitment and passion for end of life care and the high quality of nursing provided.

As one of the first homes in Belper to be inspected under the new Health & Social Care Act, and found to be fully compliant, Spencer Grove are really proud of their outstanding report, which included comments such as “Staff interacted positively with people at all times. Conveying warmth, acceptance and respect, whilst promoting their privacy, dignity and inclusion. “Staff observed were also seen to adopt a relaxed pace with people and to appropriately support the individual reality of people with significant confusion”.

Milford Care Director, Pierre Falleth commented “We are extremely proud of the achievements at Spencer Grove. The home has only been open for three years and has already achieved numerous prestigious awards for its care and facilities. The home has in fact become so popular that we’re looking to open up several new care suites this month, with unique facilities where people can have their own private lounge, kitchenette and en-suite as well. This is a modern alternative to the traditional care home”.

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10 years ago and on a wet Tuesday evening we were mystified as to why!

A Noble Difference at


The Marquis Walking into the Marquis of Ormonde on Codnor's Denby Lane was quite a shock to the system, gone is all the old wood cladding and the pool table, in fact it has been totally gutted and is now unrecognisable. This fresh, clean approach is all down to a man who decided to buy his own local pub and turn it into a place where he could enjoy eating good quality, well prepared fresh food and enjoy a drink in comfortable, pleasant surroundings. A noble quest I am sure you will agree, after all isn’t that what we all crave? The Marquis of Ormonde's owner John is a local businessman with a very down to earth approach and we had opportunity after our meal to spend a little time with him while he explained his passion for the Marquis, his local for years and just a short walk from his home. John wants everyone to enjoy it too, his name is on it and you will probably see him there enjoying a drink. Let’s start at the beginning though. As we entered through the main door on a wet Tuesday night the newness hit us straight away. New carpets, fresh paint, logs burning in a central fire, well laid tables, a bright welcoming bar and Shaun the manager to greet us with a cheery smile. With 2 new chefs installed to provide freshly cooked food at very reasonable prices, Shaun was confident that we would enjoy our evening. Shaun’s background was in ‘high end corporate hospitality’ in one of the richest areas of South Africa, before moving to England

Shaun gave us a choice of tables, provided a drink and gave us menus and as usual we asked for recommendations. “It’s all good” said Shaun, a bold statement but then he is confident in his chefs to come up with the goods. Our waiter for the evening Sonny, also explained the dishes he has enjoyed since joining the Ormonde team 3 weeks ago. His fresh friendly approach to looking after us was just what was needed from a waiter, not too fussy but there when needed. My paté starter was absolutely delicious, lightly flavoured with orange and thyme, a medium consistency, served in a pot with clarified butter on top along with slices of crostini and delicious rich beetroot chutney. A good start and I would have to say I was surprised. Perhaps it’s not fair to say that but when a place changes so much you think 'can the food match the change?'. My wife’s fishcakes were lovely, a very fine crisp coating and white flakes of fish inside. Circled with a drizzle of oil and balsamic vinegar which was in sharp contrast to the fish. For my main, Shaun said he had enjoyed the beef pie with caramelised onions. Being partial to this I decided to try it. It was piping hot with small chunks of meat that just fell apart in the mouth, the sauce rich with the onions. Topped with a light pastry crust this was served in an individual dish and was exceptional. My wife surprised me by ordering the chicken marinated in piri piri sauce. She said the chicken was rich like butter, a good sized portion and the coating interestingly was spicy and then the heat kicked in. Hand cut chips and a cool salad of three beans with dashes of red chili kept the theme of the dish going. Rhubarb and apple crumble and a Tia Maria crème brulée with espresso coffee were our very different desserts and they capped off a lovely evening. Having only opened 3 weeks ago, we have to say we were impressed with the all round success of our evening. Keep this up guys and a fine reputation is assured.

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Bluebell Country Inn & Restaurant

Opening times are Lunch 12 - 2.30pm for food and evening 6.30 - 8.30pm mid week and 6.30 - 9.00pm Friday & Saturday.

New Day and Evening Menus available Friday 8th June

Ladies Evening every Wednesday Two course meal £14.95 with a complimentary glass of wine.

Sunday is lunchtime only 12 - 3 pm. The bar opening time is 12 midday until 11.30 each night.

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La Rock Restaurant

Once in a while something very special happens and it’s often very unexpected. Our visit to La Rock Restaurant in Sandiacre, Nottinghamshire was just one of those occasions. Easy to pass by without giving a second glance, La Rock hides in a quiet street, waiting to be discovered.

Dining Experience

From the moment we walked through the door, into the glass roofed reception area, we sensed the evening may be quite different from our expectation. We were greeted by Matt Roe, the restaurant manager and straightaway felt comfortable and relaxed. Matt chatted to us, giving us a brief history of the building and also explained his love of food with great enthusiasm and passion. Whilst we pondered over the interesting menu choice, I had a glass of Merlot and my husband had a Peroni lager before being escorted to our table. The dining area is simple and uncluttered, the oak tables inlaid with slate, matching perfectly with the clean bare brick walls, to create a warm, rustic atmosphere. We ordered our starter and main course and our waiter Malcolm presented us with an amuse bouche for two, compliments of the chef, consisting of a mini farmhouse loaf, salted butter squares, chicken liver mousse and special Scottish recipe chutney, made from apples, tomatoes, sultanas, onion, chilli and vinegar. We were both very impressed by this dish, simple but wonderfully tasty, if this was the standard we could expect, then we were truly in for a treat. Our starter arrived, for me the pear and stilton ravioli served with walnut beurre

blanc, tarragon and pea shoots. The Colsten Bassett Stilton was a perfect accompaniment to the sweet pear, the walnut beurre blanc adding a nutty flavour and all blended beautifully to create a terrific starter. My husband had the British scallops with garlic purée, cucumber, mint, vanilla oil and lime. Again, the flavours in this dish were superb, the sweet scallop meat being offset by the zesty lime with the fresh hint of mint in the background. Both starters were excellent. Matt and Malcolm brought our main course; I had chosen twice-roasted belly pork, oyster mushrooms, pickled mooli, coriander, anise, orange and mango. The food was presented with real care and attention to detail, perfectly cooked and a joy to eat, the orange and mango a sophisticated addition to the pork with the oyster mushrooms providing balance. My husband had Gressingham duck breast, seared foie gras, plum, creamed apple and a clove jus. The medium cooked duck breast had a crispy, slightly salty skin and combined with the plum and apple with a hint of clove, made an exceptional dish. Both main courses were served with fresh vegetables and the whole experience was a delight. Malcolm offered us the dessert menu and described some of the dishes to us. After much deliberation I chose the ‘Textures of Chocolate and Lime’ and my husband decided on the interestingly titled ‘La Rock Full English’. My dessert was simply beautiful, a design of chocolate sitting on a bed of chocolate soil, with lime ice-cream, truffles, white chocolate and syllabub. My husband’s ‘Full English’ was just that, a clever use of meringue, ice cream and fruit to create a dessert

version of a breakfast plate, complete with a cappuccino mousse. Served on a piece of slate, this dessert is guaranteed to raise a smile and was a credit to the skill and imagination of the owner and chef, Nick Gillespie. Our meal was finished off with coffee and a 10 year old Suntory Yamazuki Japanese whisky from the large selection of malt whisky and liquors on offer. As if we hadn't been treated to enough gastronomic delights Matt served up our final surprise of handmade petit fours, a combination of chocolate, fudge and a delightful creation made from salted peanuts, white chocolate and chilli that really packed a punch. Throughout the meal both Matt and Malcolm described each course to us as they presented it and we were very impressed with their knowledge and attention to detail. One interesting thing was that Matt did not write down any orders, he simply noted them to memory with ease. When we commented on this after our meal he explained that as well as being the restaurant manager he was also involved in the creation of some dishes which helped explain his expertise. To sum up we have never had such a complete dining experience; from the relaxed surroundings to the excellent food, the evening was exceptional. Nick, his wife and his staff are to be congratulated on their achievements and should be very proud of La Rock. As we said when we first arrived, La Rock is a secret, special surprise, so when you have been don't tell too many people, as it is our secret too!

The White Horse Woolley Moor

Situated in the rolling hills of Derbyshire

Lunch & Evening Menu Monthly Menu & Special Board Opening Times Badger Lane, Monday to Saturday: 12.00 - 15.00 Woolley Moor Derbyshire, DE55 6FG and 17.30 - 23.00 Tel. 01246 590319 Sunday: 12.00 - 15.00 Booking advisable to avoid disappointment

The White Horse – Woolley Moor Offer monthly menu changes each month and is available all day Monday to Thursday. It is in addition to their normal menu and offers a number of courses for a set price. From salmon goujons with lemon crème fraiche to pork loin steak with mash, roast vegetables and red wine sauce, the quality and service still remains the same. Prices range from £10 to £16, to reserve your table telephone 01629 590319

The Holly Bush M A R E H AY (Free House)

We would like to welcome old and new customers

• Exceptional food • Friendly chef and staff • Real ales from around the counties • Log burner to keep you warm on those cool evenings • Completely refurbished to our high standards • Serving the famous steak pie and fish & chips.

We look forward to seeing you at The Holly Bush where a warm welcome awaits you.

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Pesto and Fresh Tuna Pasta Salad Ingredients 225g fresh medium pasta shells 1 /3 cucumber 100g cherry tomatoes 150g fresh tuna fillet Fresh lemon juice Olive oil Method 1. Fill a large saucepan with water. Add a generous pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Add the pasta and cook according to packet instructions. 2. Dice the cucumber into small chunks and halve the cherry tomatoes. 3. Strain the pasta and place in a large bowl. Stir in the pesto. 4. Heat some oil and a knob of butter in a flat-bottomed pan. When the butter has melted add the fillet of tuna, cover with a lid and gently cook. 5. Gently prise apart the centre of the tuna to check that it is cooked. It should only take a few minutes. 6. Roughly flake the tuna and stir into the pasta, along with the chopped cucumber and tomatoes. Season and add a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil.

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Tel 01332 843032

Broadholme Lane DE56 2JF

Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, Duffield, Derbyshire DE56 4AQ Open Tues-Sat 9am-5pm Sundays 10am-4pm

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2nd - 5th June Jubilee Weekend & Derbyshire Open Arts Exhibition

1mile north of Belper right in the countryside just off A6

Twenty five years of Natural Choice Twenty five years ago saw the start of a new venture in Ashbourne. At 32 St Johns Street, Steve and Roy Parker had decided on something quite different for the people of Ashbourne and the Derbyshire Dales. One move and three expansions later and the results speak for themselves at their 17th century, town centre property of 24 St Johns Street. Over the last century the type of businesses at number 24 have come full circle and Natural Choice couldn’t have a better base for all that it offers. Natural Choice Milestones: Circa 1625 - 24 St Johns Street was built. 1919 - Mr James Osborne, a pharmacist in Ashbourne from 1870, produced a herbal mixture for the ‘relief and cure’ of epilepsy, actually on the premises and distributed it worldwide. 1987 - (June 29th) - Natural Choice opens at 32 St Johns Street. 1989 - Expansion including 30 St Johns Street. 1992 - (January) Move to 24 St Johns Street . 1992 - (May) Opening of the Therapy Rooms above the shop. 2006 - Basement retail area closes and the rear ground level space was expanded. 2012 - June 29th is both Natural Choices 25th Anniversary and the Olympic torch reaches Ashbourne!! Today Natural Choice offers an extensive range of whole foods, special dietary foods, fair trade, organic, cruelty free skincare, green household products, gifts, cards, recycled glassware and relaxation music. In our Therapy Centre we have a wide range of qualified therapists to complement our holistic approach to health and we are always available to offer free advice and information.

Natural Choice Healthfoods, Organic and Fairtrade, Therapy Centre.

We have an extensive range of wholefoods, nutritional supplements,cruelty free products, gifts, cards, jewellery, fair trade goods, new age and relaxation music. We are proud to offer in our

THERAPY CENTRE A wide range of qualified therapists to complement our holistic approach to health. Information and free advice always available. 24 St John Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1GH Tel/ Fax: 01335 346096 Email:

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Wedding Dreams

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Step out in style whatever the occasion…. Stunning Selection of Wedding Outfits starting from £129.00 in sizes 10 – 22

Hats, fascinators, shoes, bags and jewellery available to complement all outfits.


46 Babington Lane, Derby 01332 342260

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

40-44 Babington Lane, Derby 01332 347647 Opening Times: Mon - Sat 9.30 - 5.00

Panache Ladies Fashions

Jewellery Accessories Shoes & Bags Hats & Fascinators

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

0115 922 5278

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Wedding Dreams Gorgeous Polka Dot Dress and Bolero by Michaela Louisa perfect for weddings, Ascot and special occasions; the classic outfit‌ available at Jillian Hart Fashions, 40 – 44 Babington Lane, Derby tel: 01332 347647

The stunning Cabotine collection is available at Panache, perfect for weddings or a special occasion. The shop located at 1 Stoney Street, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, also stocks a lovely range of shoes, bags and accessories. If there is a special occasion on the horizon a bespoke range of fascinators can be made. For more information regarding their collections telephone the shop 0115 922 5278. 01773 852277 1 Newbridge Road, Ambergate Derbyshire DE56 2GR

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Beautiful nude peep toe shoes by Peter Kaiser perfect for weddings and special occasions to complement any outfit. The Peter Kaiser collection is available at John Barclay Shoes located at 46, Babington Lane, Derby. For more information call into the shop or telephone 01332 342260

Kay Hobson Designer

Designs Dressmaker

Jubilee Garden Party Event

Telephone Kay on

01773 828268

for an informal chat or appointment email:

Exclusive bridalwear & accessories individually designed for you. Handmade Tiaras, Flowered Veils, Waistcoats and Hats etc.

Buy 3 Beads and get the cheapest bead free Half Price Silver Snap Bracelet for the first 25 Customers

formal and occasion wear for children from birth to 10.

Derbyshire’s Largest Dress Agency Offering Designer Clothing, Fabulous Jewellery, Accessories & Gifts… Wanted - Quality Ladies Clothing, Handbags & Accessories…

Current Season

Pippa Handbags in stock Join us for drinks and nibbles on Friday 8th June 10am - 4pm

england barker jewellers The Courtyard, Draycott Mill, Market Street, Draycott, Derbyshire DE72 3NB

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

Tel: 01332 875572

“Occasions in Serenity” Restaurant Dining with Full

Menu & Specials Board

Let’s go to a Wedding Marlaine caters for your entire wedding party…

Stunning New Bridal Collection Now In Stock Bridal by Appointment Only Alteration Service Available

Designs by Marlaine

A complete Wedding Day service for a perfect day! (Including Civil Ceremonies License.) Thurs – Fri 5.30pm – 8.30pm. Sunday Roast 12noon – 2.30pm. Saturdays: open for weddings, special events and private functions. Derby Road, Marehay, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 8JN T: 01773 744299 E:

82, High Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire. DE55 7BE Tel: 01773 830787 Book Your Appointment Now!

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Wedding Dreams The ideal Father’s Day gift; silver plated Swarovski cufflinks from the Fred Bennett men’s jewellery collection. Available from England Barker Jewellers, High Street Ripley.

'Thank Heavens For... Occasion wear for your little angels'. The online shop specialising in formal and occasion wear for children from birth to 10 years. Visit our website at www.thankheavensf

Stunning New Mother of the Bride Collection now available at Designs by Marlaine. The collection is available in up to size 24 with prices to suit all budgets. Designs by Marlaine will cater for your entire wedding party! For more information regarding the collection telephone or just pop into the shop. 82 High Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire. tel 01773 830787

Specialist Needlework Shop X-Stitch - Surface Embroidery Daylight Magnifying Lamps & Bulbs Tapestry - LoweryWorkstands DMC • Anchor • Books • Tablecloths • Tapestry Wools • Threads • Frames • Hoops • Embroidery Charts • Fabrics • Metallic Threads Chapel Studio are pleased to be able to offer you a complete and professional wedding service. Photographs can be taken at the bride’s home prior to the ceremony, as well as at the church and reception. We also cater for the smaller wedding at the church or registry office where fewer photographs may be required. Tel: 01773 852277.

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We are a good wool shop Established



‘Picture Framing Service Available’

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

Upper Stones

City centre choice Town centre service

FASHION Formerly Marcelles Sizes 14 to 30

Friendly personal service from assistants who care, in a truly independent store that’s big enough to stock the quality brands you want.

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

An independent department store, with Fashions, Lingerie, Accessories, Shoes, Mens, Homeware and Coffee Shop.

20 Midland Road Derby DE1 2SL

Pop in soon and free yourself from chain store sameness.

Tel: 01332 298208 email: full of surprises

Free Parking


8-18 Grosvenor Road, Ripley Tel: 01773 742151

Your wedding at the

Bentley Brook Inn

beautiful rings made for you…

David Nidd Jewellers of Belper

High Quality Watchmakers • Jewellers • Silversmiths

15 Bridge Street, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1AY Tel: 01773 880470

The Bentley Brook Inn has a full wedding license and is the perfect place to hold your wedding and reception. Ideal country location amidst beautiful scenery. Packages tailored to suit your needs at realistic prices

Telephone: 01335 350278 Fax: 01335 350422 Bentley Brook Inn, Fenny Bentley, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1LF country images


Wedding Dreams Welcome to Upper Stones Fashion, now back in our original shop at 20 Midland Road, Derby. We are happy to welcome customers old and new to visit us and see our extensive new collection of casual and occasion wear. Although a smaller unit, we still offer the same personal service and exciting labels as well as a selection of hats, fascinators, bags and jewellery. With free parking, call in to our new store, Upper Stones Fashion on Midland Road, Derby.

Precis’s signature use of bold bright colours lifts and contrasts beautifully with the crisp sophistication of black, ivory and navy. Available from the fashion department at Clarkes of Ripley, Grosvenor Road, Ripley.

Sublime tussah silk dk has the most subtle texture, understated lustre and luxurious drape, made from luxurious and soft silk it is machine washable. This classic design and yarn is available from the Wool shop, U-duit, Church Street, Ripley.


Babies, Children & Grownups

U-duit 7a Church Street, Ripley, DE5 3BU Tel: 01773 745824 84 country images


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St. Tropez spray tan £15 normally £25 Gel Fx nails £15 normally £25 Minx nails £18 normally £25 Eyelash tint,eyebrow shape and eyebrow tint £17.50 normally £23 Colour, cut and finish £45 Elemis lime and ginger salt glow, with free deep tissue back massage £33.05 worth £62.50




TEL: 01773 741945

12 & 18 Nottingham Road, Ripley, Derbyshire Beauty Salon Tel 01773 741945 Hair Salon Tel 01773 741962

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

We are having a Right Royal Sale. Up to 70% off Frames and Sunglasses Designer frames: Lulu Guiness Fendi Pucci Janet Reger CK Christian LaCroix Diane Von Furstenberg Plus many more Designer Sunglasses

Hurst Opticians

5 / 7 H i g h S t r e e t R i p l e y 01773 748112/744333 FREE Sight Tests for over 60s and children under NHS *Conditions apply, when you order complete frames (frame value £69 or over) and lenses to include single vision, bifocal and varifocal. Terms and conditions apply.

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Jane Allsop, proprietor of Cakes for Special Occasions, produces stunning cakes for really special occasions including weddings, birthdays, christenings, anniversaries and more. Customers with special dietary requirements can also be catered for. With a really personalised service, Jane works with her customers from start to finish, with cakes made to the customer’s design and requirements. For further information regarding Cakes for Special Occasions contact Jane Allsop by telephoning 01773 761423 or visit her website

A cocktail of spring and summer colours to compliment the sunniest days . A very attractive range available from Inspired Interiors, Grosvenor Road, Ripley,

Loake shoes are for those who want contemporary designs with traditional quality and craftsmanship. Available now from Rock Fall, Major House, Wimsey Way, Alfreton. DE55 4LS

Derbyshire’s Largest Dress Agency recently held one of their well followed Fashion Shows in conjunction with the Mayor of Erewash. Models showcased some of the superb designer clothing on offer along with fabulous jewellery and accessories. Frox sell pristine ‘once loved’ ladies clothing at unbelievable prices. Max Mara, Coast, Karen Millen, Olsen, Planet and All Saints are just a few of the many brands they stock. Everything from cocktail to casual, hats to handbags, sunglasses to sandals - with exciting new items arriving daily! A beautiful, stylish, light and airy place to visit, friendly service and free parking awaits you. If you’ve not paid them a visit - what are you waiting for? Telephone 01332 875572 or visit the shop at The Courtyard, Draycott Mill, Market Street, Draycott, Derbyshire. DE72 3NB

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Designer and the Seamstress

Unique wedding gift ideas Weddings hats, handbags, jewellery and Italian design ladies outfits now available 182 Victoria Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 8AT Sonia 07935 206111 or John 07910 390744 Open 10am till 4.30pm (Closed Wednesday & Sunday)

Sewing Corner

T: 01629 760299 Open; Tues, Weds, Fri 9.30-5.30 Thurs, Sat 9.30 – 2.00

Using sterling silver and 14ct gold, choose and combine your favourite charms to create a unique piece of PANDORA Jewellery

It’s all in the name of…

A comprehensive range of Fabrics, Silks, Cottons, Satins, Laces, Curtaining and Felts. Curtains, Curtain Tracks, Poles, Trims, Tie Backs and Key Tassels. Haberdashery. Throws and Fitted Bed Covers. Hats Sold & Hired. Tiara & Veils. Suit Hire. Wools, Needles and Patterns.

135 Dale Road, Matlock DE4 3LU

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vanity Hair & Beauty

UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP 3-4 Highfield Road Kilburn, Belper DE56 0LT T: 01332 880609

Tudor Jewellers South St, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5QT Tel: 01159 303 004

Unique range of ladies’ accessories at affordable prices We offer a wide choice of wedding hats, fascinators and co-ordinating bags, jewellery and scarves to add the finishing touch to any outfit. We also have a range of clothing direct from Italy

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


Colouring • Perming Cutting • Styling • Blow dry SPECIAL PENSIONER RATES RING FOR APPOINTMENTS

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Wedding Dreams Chic of Ashbourne, Bakewell and Buxton offer a wide and varied selection of ladies wedding hats, fascinators, bags, jewellery and scarves to make that special day even more special. They also offer a unique range of Italian clothing; you will be spoilt for choice. Telephone Ashbourne for further details 01335 347247

Minx Nails helps women extend their fashion right to their finger tips. The latest must have accessory, worn by many famous celebs’, it is now available from Alison Clare Beauty Salon, Nottingham Road, Ripley.

Wedding Designs Finding your perfect wedding dress is one of the most exciting parts about your wedding planning and wedding dress designs come in all shapes and sizes.

Wedding Packages Vanity Hair and Beauty offer bespoke wedding packages tailor-made to suit your individual taste and needs. Whether in the salon or the privacy of your home or at your chosen venue,Vanity will provide expert hair, makeup and nails. Telephone 01332 880609 for further details

Sewing Corner make stunning and unique wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns to your own design including neckline, train length, fabric and colour at very competitive prices. For further details telephone 01629 760299

Unique Designs The Designer and the Seamstress is a lovely boutique, it’s full of pretty unique pieces from vintage chairs, handbags and bespoke Italian dresses. If you are looking for that unique dress, scarf or jacket this is the place to visit. It is well worth a trip to Kirby in Ashfield, you will be amazed at what you find. Call Sonia on 07935 206111

Join the Fake Bake Elite! The choice of Beauty Editors, the choice of Senses... Skin Care Centre. Many people fear fake tan, frightened by orange hands, stained feet and streaky legs... and it’s not surprising because most of us will have had a poorly applied tan at some point in our lives. Senses... Skin Care Centre along with Fake Bake, their chosen tanning brand, are trying to change attitudes. Fake Bake became an instant success after it was voted No1 self tanner. Senses Skin Care Centre is re-launching Fake Bake with a product evening, being held at the Alfreton Salon on the 14th June. The evening will include a talk and demonstration on spray tanning and will also see Senses... showcase the revolutionary 60 minute tan along with some brand new retail products so that you can keep that golden glow for longer. Senses... will be offering a 50% discount on all spray tans at the event with an extra 5% if you bring three or more friends. Please contact the salon to reserve your space at Senses Skin Care Centre, 25 High Street, Alfreton. 01773 835866,

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DENTURE CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE Having a General Dental Council registered Clinical Dental Technician, we are now able to offer patients consultations to discuss their denture requirements, taking into account their needs and wants, which we can then turn into reality, utilising many years of working with dentures. In a discreet and professional environment, the team at Refine Specialist Dental Care are able to offer patients denture services without requiring prior clinic registration, nor will our patients endure a long wait for appointments.

In the image-obsessed culture we live in, many people point to the smile as the first thing they notice. National Smile Month, taking place from 20 May to 20 June, is the ideal opportunity for people to find out more about what good oral health how to obtain it and how to keep it. What do people really think about bad teeth? According to the general public, missing and stained teeth don’t make them smile. In total, 57 per cent of respondents labelled missing teeth as the oral health problem least desirable to the way you look, with stained teeth turning off nearly one in five people (18 per cent). Dr Carter says “Images portrayed in the media of celebrities have lead to a society where image and the way we look is an important facet of daily life.Young people particularly associate celebrities with attractiveness, achievement and affluence, so it is only natural they will seek to mimic what they see on TV and in print. Whether it’s the way we dress, do our hair or invest time in dieting, image is a large driving force behind today’s culture. The same holds true for teeth. Celebrity smiles can be particularly endearing, so it is little wonder survey results indicate missing and stained teeth are the least desirable oral health issues for the way you look. Tooth loss can be attributed to a number of causes, but the most common reasons are tooth decay and gum disease. Since gum disease is totally preventable with a good home oral care routine this tooth loss is totally unnecessary and with a little extra care we can all keep out teeth for life. It is important that a good oral health routine is learnt at an early age which will set children up for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Simple things such as brushing for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning in between the teeth daily with interdental brushes or floss, cutting down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks and visiting the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend will help to prevent both tooth decay and gum disease and reduce the chances of losing any teeth.”

We specialise in creating beautiful, natural dentures that are tailored to your individual needs and budget. We do all our work 'in-house' from taking the impressions to designing and constructing the denture.

Mark Melbourne GDC registered clinical dental technician, RCS (Eng)

Our Dental Services Include:

• Full Dentures • Partial Dentures • Implant Retained Dentures • Copy Dentures • Relines For a no obligation

FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION Call Refine Specialist Dental Care on 01773 830560 Transform your confidence Alfreton Primary Care Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7AH country images


Images Directory To advertise call 01773 830344 MERRETT CATERERS Established Over 60 Years Experienced and Professional Service All types of catering and budgets catered for We can provide an extensive choice of menus, which can be amended to our customers’ specific requirements. Celebrations, Parties, Corporate Events, Business Lunches, Sporting Events, Conferences, Christenings, Weddings, Contracts and Funerals Call us for prices and menus FOOD HYGIENE RATING 5

Alfreton Computers specialise in • Computer Repairs • Laptop Repairs • IT Support • XBOX and PS3 Repairs • Website Design.

We are your local, friendly Computer Shop. 20 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE

Quote “Country Images” and get 10% off your computer repair

5-7 Rodgers Lane, Alfreton.

Tel: 01773 863393 Mobile: 07711066568

The Complete Building Specialist


01773 520481 • New Builds • Roofing • House Extensions • Loft & Garage Conversions • Natural Stone Work • Property Refurbishments • Window Fitting • General Building Work • Driveways & Block Paving • Bathroom & Kitchen Alterations

Contact Dale on

01773 528 726 or 07740 678 687


Property Services

A complete installation service on your Kitchen or Bathrooms including plumbing, electrics and tiling.

FREE QUOTATIONS & CONSULTATIONS 07855 593716 • 01773 813665


Dry Stone Walling Services Removal of all traces of grease, fat and nasty built up layers from ovens, hobs, extractors or microwaves. No aerosols, no mess, no fuss…


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

For free advice phone 01773 832676 Established 1985

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National availability… local service. Spectacular results, 3 hours between appointments

Why call Perce Electrical… Well, we are: • Highly trained and experienced • NICEIC registered • Members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen • Fully insured • Reliable, clean and courteous • Give free quotations • Use a Gas Safe plumber for heating, bathroom & kitchen alterations

Telephone: 01773 782899 Mobile: 07776 144262 ww:

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IT and Phones TELEPHONE, INTERNET, TV AND SKY, EXTRA POINTS FROM £50! 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


*Reupholstery *Loose Covers *Bespoke *Wide selection of fabrics 1 New Road, Heage. Derbyshire

01773 853338


All types of building work undertaken Tel: 01773 828516

Furniture Restorers n Spray Finishes n French Polishing n Upholstery n Cane Seating n Kitchen Repolishing n Repairs

16 Heanor Road, Codnor, Ripley

Mobile: 07966 207758

Telephone: 01773 742103

Aerial Specialists Freeview & Digital n Analogue DAB and FM n Aerials Approved fitters n Sky Multi Room Multi point n European Satellite Free estimates n Satellite Services n OAP Discounts n All work fully


Tel: 01773 761 575 Mobile: 07986 816867

All Aspects of Decoration Work Undertaken Internal & External Works Paperhanging Painting & Gloss Works FULLY INSURED AND TRUSTED TRADER MEMBER For all enquiries

Tel: 01773 825341 Text/Mobile 07963 321201 email:


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

Even the small jobs count! Roofing

Re-roofs, slating, re-bedding chimney pots, lead flashing, re-bedding ridge tiles, roof repairs, cleaning roofs


Fencing timber/concrete, flagstones, slabing, block paving, Tarmacing


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

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

Mobile: 07960 849642

For your free quotation please call Darren Hutsby on

Tel: 01773 856082

Insurance work undertaken

07912 691958 01773 532121


Complete Plastering

• Landlord Certificates • Solid Fuel Installer biomass • Central Heating • Solar Thermal • Bathrooms • Showers • Tiling

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

I.S Plumbing & Heating

Ian Smith 07843 675998

Tel:01773 834006

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

No job too small FREE QUOTES

01773 301922


Amber Valley Driveways

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

For a professional finish on: Blockpaving • Fencing Tarmac drives & paths laid Patios & slabbing • Excavation • New for 2012 power jet cleaning for drives, patios, block paving etc.

For free quotations please call

01773 836145 07800 928564

Phone Brendan on

01773 857341 07521 516272

Call Us Now For A Free No Obligation Quote COMPETITIVE PRICES • FULLY INSURED Fast, friendly, no mess, reliable services

Call Anthony for a free no obligation quote & advice

Tel: 01773 512209 or 07902 272541

• Aluminium Welding • Quality Wrought Iron • Automated Gates • Stainless Steel Welding • Ornamental Gates & Railings • Security Bars & Gates • On Site Welding

Tel: 01773 741416 | Mobile: 07970 208290 Unit 2b, Bradley Park, High Holburn Road, Codnor Gate Industrial Estate, Codnor, Derbyshire. DE5 3NW country images


Images Directory To advertise call 01773 830344 Architects & Planning

High pressure cleaning and sealing We clean: Block Paving, Patios, Concrete Driveways, Tarmac, Brickwork, Stonework. Graffiti Removed • Leave the job spick & span

Bring your driveways and patios back to life

Tel:01773 768955 • M:07886 742856 MARTIN SHIPMAN Plumbing & Heating

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



Tel. 01773 744389 Mob. 07776 150274

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PLUMBING All plumbing work undertaken. Specialist in Bathroom & Kitchen installations and general maintenance. Leaks and drips repaired. Call John on

01773 830493 07812 845473 Domestic and Commercial work Top quality tiling for floors and walls Full bathroom installations Specialists in bathroom installations and tiling for kitchens, bathrooms, extensions and conservatories

Contact Keith Bond

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

Please call Phil Lingwood

on 01773 742936 or 07811810761

Flat Roof Problems?


Derbyshire Rubber Roofing Ltd Specialising in superior materials with total protection for all Flat Roofs, with a life expectancy of 50+ years! HOMES. GARAGES. EXTENSIONS. DORMERS. PORCHES. OFFICES. FACTORIES. WAREHOUSES .SCHOOLS. COLLEGES. CLUBHOUSES

Professional service from experts with over 25 years’ experience.

Soffits and Fascias are fundamental to a house’s exterior, their primary purpose is to keep the guttering system attached to the building. The underside is called the ‘soffit’ and the ‘fascia’ is the part that your gutter is attached to, bargeboards are also an important part of this construction; these are fixed to the gable end of the roof which protects the roof rafters.

• Maintenance free • Rot-proof, frost-proof & highly resistant to ageing • Moss & fungus resistant • Fire resistant & easy installation • Long life span offers excellent value for money • Environmentally friendly materials • Finalist in World Roofing Championships.

PVCU soffits and fascias saves endless hours of painting and upkeep. Replace your exisiting timber soffit and fascia boards and give your home the ‘just painted’ look which will last for years. PVCU soffits and fascias protect the roof space from the elements and prevent expensive damage.

T: 01773-513500 Up to 25 years’ Insurance Backed Guarantee

For a free home consultation to get a maintenance free roofline tailored to your home, please ring Classic Design 01773 761260 or visit

To advertise in the Directory call

01773 830344


Quality Grounds Maintenance


Tel: 07812783102 Web:

Please call your local surveyor for FREE survey & quotation


... from Modernisation to Restoration

DECORATORS Interior & Exterior Private & Commercial

Fitted Kitchens

Tel/Fax: 01773 820656 Mobile: 07966 296925

Skirting Boards

Doors Stud Walls 1st & 2nd fix joinery

34 George Street Belper

Mob:07500 015534

All aspects of building work


Extension Specialists, Alterations & Renovations, Maintenance & Repairs, Upvc Conservatories, Windows & Doors, Soffits & Fascias, Fireplaces, Woodburners & Flues

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

01773 819933 07980 435236

Tel:01773 747288

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Building Services

Tel: 01246 463161 Mob: 07530 607010

Quality building services. Project management. New build, extensions, renovation and alterations. City and Guilds Qualified. Work carried out to a very high standard. • General Handyman Services • No Job Too Small • House Clearance • General Joinery • Garden Maintenance • Painting & Decorating • Free Assessment Given with No Obligation • Competitive Rates (Discount given for the elderly) If what you want isn’t among this list. Give me a call and if I can help, I will!

Free quotations, for a warm and friendly service, please call:

01332 780275 or 07971 978657

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‘Fare and Fairs’ Early summer and the countryside is at its best with all the promise of full summer to follow. The land has had a good soaking, putting money in the bank for farmers and wildlife but as we know, the weather is a critical component in any season and fortunately is beyond the control of man. Cereal crops and oilseed rape are now in full flower and grass is deep and lush so winter seems far away; how quickly things change in response to warmer conditions and more hours of light. I had arrived at a gap in a tangled, old hedgerow from where I had a good vantage point to view the deeply rural scene. Such hedgerows are becoming less common, as was evident from the slice of countryside that stretched into the distance. My thoughts wandered back in time when there were far more old hedges surrounding smaller fields that were not trimmed geometrically by mechanical cutters. As boys, we traipsed for miles along such field boundaries that provided food and shelter for a whole variety of plants and animals. In those now far-off days, we made much of the countryside for food and many activities. Throughout the summer we would forage for and collect blackberries, raspberries, wild strawberries, cow parsley, pignuts, elderberries and elderflowers, sloes, crab apples, horse chestnuts, nettles, coltsfoot and dandelion flowers, rosehips, mushrooms, daisies, burdock, watercress, a variety of wild flowers, fruit from abandoned gardens and semi-wild trees, walnuts and sweet chestnuts. Any ideas what they were all used for? Many forms of livestock have been turned out into lush meadows. I find it very satisfying to see many animals grazing contentedly and thus far I have seen herds of dairy cattle, beef cattle, flocks of sheep and lambs, pigs, hens, ducks and geese. One hand painted sign at the end of a farm drive said ‘Eggs and Hens for sale’. Many farmers are now selling produce from these creatures at farm shops and farmers’ markets, all this giving greater confidence in the origins and quality of some of the foods we eat. Many young trees have been planted in field boundaries and one farmer had erected simple barriers to stop his cattle browsing on such trees until they have put in a few years’ growth.

I saw had changed little over sixty years. The attractions included the waltzer, cake-walk, dodgems, various types of roundabouts, a helter-skelter, haunted houses, a ghost train, a palace of fun and stalls where you could throw darts with a win every time, play hoopla, roll coins and buy candy floss and hot dogs. There is still an air of magic about these visiting fairs for many children, but for how long? This is a time of year when plants, insects, birds and animals are deeply involved in reproduction. If one has the time and inclination it is possible to experience many moments of beauty and wonder at the micro and macro level.. Here are a few I have recently seen and heard:a small white butterfly feeding from a cowslip flower, a buff-tailed bumblebee, a cock crowing from a far-off farmyard in the early morning, newly shot barley two hundred days after being drilled, flowers opening on cow-parsley plants, the sound of bees feeding on willow catkins, a crow’s tail sticking over the edge of its nest, the songs and calls of skylarks, curlews and peewits, the sight of shelduck, mallard, coots and greylag geese on and around a pond, pink and white crab apple blossom, swooping, twittering swallows, creamy mare’s tails against a deep blue sky, the yellowness of a dandelion flower, rain lashing against a north-facing window, a pied wagtail attacking its reflection in a mirror, rapidly growing tadpoles, purple flowers on ash trees, a dunnock bursting into song a few feet from me, a pair of red-legged partridges feeding in the early morning sun and the wistful song of a willow warbler. Bye for now,


Over the centuries, people who lived in the countryside had the opportunity to see visiting entertainers and fairs at different times of the year. These were in addition to local activities and events that took place within and between communities, many now no longer taking place. One such fair visited the local market town recently, dating back over eight hundred years and it still attracts thousands of people from the surrounding countryside. I didn’t have to think of my childhood as I drove along the wide main street. I was thrust back in time and what


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The Good Life? March saw plenty of attention given to our climate in ‘Climate Week’. I watched one programme which highlighted the problems we have with methane and it showed that just one joint of lamb produces lots of methane, due to the fact that sheep produce plenty of methane because they have wind. I was wondering about this though, surely animals throughout the history of time have trumped, so methane has always been there? Animals have always been used on farms and nearly everyone had a horse; horses pulled stagecoaches, the postman used a horse, in fact virtually every delivery around Britain relied on a horse, being as there were 17 million people in the UK in 1750. That’s a lot of methane. Possibly, one cure would be to give animals ‘Rennies’ to cut down on wind. I did have this idea that getting rid of my car may be the answer and just to catch the local bus. I soon abandoned that idea though, as the bus always seems to be broken down and not only that, kicks out so much black smoke in any low gear that nothing would be gained in the process. I even came round to completely abandoning my principles and watched Gardeners’ World for tips on growing my own vegetables. Previous attempts have yielded very little success and would not have fed us for very long - a day or two at the most and that’s stretching it. Can you live on red onions? I’m not sure! I did plant some apple trees in the thought that I was helping photosynthesis, but according to the NHS web site apples cause flatulence. So, rather than help I was adding to the problem. So what do I plant? Well apparently it is the time to plant carrots, beetroot, broad beans, salad onions, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, spinach, leeks, lettuce, rocket, coriander, mixed salad or stir fry leaves, radish, turnips, peas, lettuce and Swiss chard. Can you see any problems in that list? Well cabbage, sprouts and broccoli are all known to cause wind thereby my healthy eating kick is once again making a problem not only for the atmosphere but everyone around me.

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I have realised that it is a fight to help the climate but there is another process, cut out the middle man and just rear some sheep and then eat them! We tried that once. A friend who has a farm asked if we would like fresh lamb when available. We said yes but then foolishly took the children to see our designated animal (Olga) growing up. When it eventually arrived frozen and in bags ready for the freezer none of us could eat it. Hey ho......looks like lettuce this year.

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