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The Risley Lanx Paul Merton talks to Steve Orme Walk - Beyond Dovedale’s Crowded Footpaths Cover illustration by Hazel Lale

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LOST HOUSES OF DERBYSHIRE by Maxwell Craven

Risley T Hall This page: J B Robinson’s 1860 copy of J L Ffythce’s painting of the original hall at Risley. [M Craven]

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here is still a Risley Hall in the village today, a pleasant hotel and in itself full of interest, having been built in the 18th century and expanded by the famous local entrepreneur E T Hooley. Yet before that, there was a very impressive house of much greater importance than its successor. There is only one real picture of it, a woodcut made by the eccentric mid-Victorian carver, Joseph Barlow Robinson, copied from a lost painting which in the 1860s was still hanging in the present hall.


Top left: An eighteenth century drawing of part of the medieval great hall range, castellated in the 1590s [Private collection] Top right: J B Robinson’s drawing (detail of the lost painting) of the Elizabethan Risley Lodge. [M Craven] Bottom left: An 18th century drawing of the banqueting house [Private collection] Bottom right: Richard Keene’s photograph of the terrace banqueting house, from a glass slide [M Craven]

The house depicted by Robinson and used to illustrate his Derbyshire Gatherings was of two parallel ranges running north to south joined at one end by service accommodation and at the other by a three storey gabled range which may have been a remnant of an earlier house; there are overtones of Groby Old Hall. These all formed a central courtyard, de rigeur for the grander houses in the later Middle Ages and early Tudor period. It was built of ashlared Crawshaw Sandstone (a type of coal measures sandstone) quarried from Stanton-by-Dale and not from stone from the demolished Dale Abbey, as locals would have you believe. The house was, after all, built a decade before the Dissolution! It had two storeys with attic dormers, the garden front being broken up by four huge attached chimney breasts supporting triple

stacks, there being two bays of windows in the central portion but only one between the outer chimney breasts, which with the end bays made a façade of six bays. The entrance range contained an off-set surviving Medieval great hall, probably cheek-by-jowl with an embedded ornamental ‘gatehouse’ entrance into the inner courtyard, as in the main front at Hengrave, Suffolk. This range was topped by a row of three hexagonal cupolas. The resemblance of the garden front to the slightly larger but exactly contemporary Longford Hall (which mercifully survives) is striking and again the garden front of Hengrave is also very similar, dating from 1525-1538. The builder was George Willoughby of Risley, eldest of the sons of Hugh, who had died in 1511. George married an heiress, Elizabeth Neale, which probably enabled

Elizabeth d’Ewes, née Willoughby, one of Sir Henry Willoughby’s daughters and heiresses. [Private collection]

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was an impressive three hundred foot terrace, partly moated, decorated with a banqueting house, obelisks, statues and balustrading, all very much in the style of the very late 16th century. This managed to outlive the main house by a century, the banqueting house with its merlon-esque door-light and crow-stepped gables being very reminiscent of the entrance front of Grafton Manor, in Worcestershire. Nevertheless, as time went by, the obelisks and statues were either stolen or re-used elsewhere and the entire ensemble became romantically overgrown.

The garden front of Longford Hall, 2012 [M Craven]

Richard Keene’s 1865 photograph of the bridge at the west end of the terrace, from a glass lantern slide. [M Craven]

Robinson’s drawing of the 300 foot terrace, 1860. [M Craven]

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him to replace the medieval house of the family which came to Risley through the marriage of justice Sir Richard Willoughby with Isabel, the heiress of the Morteyne family who had held the estate since the Domesday survey. Hugh had died quite young and George’s marriage came later, so the date of both wedding and building must have been around the 1520s which certainly agrees with the architecture. The account of the house by William Woolley written c1713 when the house still stood, merely mentions a large, convenient building with good gardens, especially for fruit and suitable to the estate, though no exact building. The most notable feature of the setting of the house

These works and no doubt improvements to the house itself, like the pedimented mullion and transom cross windows (also in evidence at Grafton Manor), may have been done by George’s son Sir John or by his younger brother Michael. Michael built the church nearby in 1593 as a domestic chapel to the hall (it was not, curiously, consecrated until 1632) and it may be that this spectacular terrace was also his doing, although it is not clear why this younger son was doing any building at all, unless it was on behalf of the young Sir John. It is a measure of the size of the house by this time that in 1670 it was taxed on no less than 33 hearths, putting it amongst the larger local houses; Bolsover Castle only had three more. There was also a secondary seat on the hill to the NE of the house called Risley Lodge, which had been built, probably by Michael for his own use, at exactly the same period as the church. This was taxed on a mere 4 hearths in 1670, when John Charlton was the tenant. The site, part of a secondary estate in the village called Wood Hall, long in separate ownership, was acquired in 1587. The new house, designed primarily as a lodge – a place to retreat to from the main house in the same way that The Hagg related to Staveley Hall, Wothorpe to Burghley (Northants and Lincs) and Hardwick to Chatsworth – was three gables, of two storeys with attics and six bays wide, with the notable (and quite possibly later) addition of a tall domed lantern on the roof. Thus there was much improvement being made to the Willoughby’s estate in the last years of Queen Elizabeth. Unfortunately, Sir John’s son Sir Henry, created a baronet in 1611, (one of only the second set of creations of this honour) died


without male issue in 1649, leaving four daughters and co-heiresses. The youngest married Sir Symonds d’Ewes of Stowlangtoft, whereby she became ancestrix of the Derbyshire Cokes, but the Risley estate passed to the husband of the eldest, Anne (d1688) who married Sir Thomas Aston of Aston, Cheshire. Sir Thomas had no need for a large house in Derbyshire, but he died relatively young and Anne resided at Risley with her second husband, the Hon Anchitel Grey, second son of the Earl of Stamford. He made some alterations, amongst which was a new coach house and stables, paying a brick-maker £4 – 12s – 6d for 20,0000 bricks for the latter, completed (according to a date stone) in 1695. He lived at Risley until he died in 1702, as did his only daughter, Elizabeth, who died unmarried in 1723 having provided the village with many amenities including the incomparable Latin House for the schoolmaster she appointed.

although his nephew and heir built a Regency replacement on a new site. Hancock did, however, leave the terrace in place along with the stable range, which has been unfortunately totally altered over the years. Yet in 1791 Hutton, just before Hancock embarked upon building the present house, could write of the site that “The family, the noble estate and the venerable hall are all mouldered to destruction”. The estate remained with Hancock’s heirs, the Hall family until sold to J L Ffytche in 1860 and it was Ffytche who was the last known owner of the ancient oil painting of the house. It was eighteen years later that Ernest Terah Hooley bought the estate, but

despite going bankrupt in 1896, managed to keep the estate from his creditors until 1927 and contrived to remain living in the house as a tenant until 1941. In his time the grounds were re-landscaped by William Barron & Sons, eliminating most of the surviving vestiges of the Willoughbys’ house (one also imagines that Hooley may have sold off the terrace statues) and Nottingham County Council owned the site until the present hall was sold in 1987 becoming an hotel not so long afterwards. The church, which became a parish church in the 19th century, is now the chief survivor of this once grand and ancient country house.

In 1723, the estate then reverted to the Astons. But the house, tenanted by Richard Aston, a younger son, was surplus to requirements and having failed to sell in 1743, was let to a family called White, whilst Richard’s son, whose elder brother Sir Thomas had, at his death, left the Aston estate to his sister and her heirs, lived at the Lodge. This was Sir Willoughby Aston, 5th Bt, who served as MP for Nottingham from 1754 to 1761 and remained there until his death in 1772. He also got Joseph Pickford to replace the old Willoughby family town house in Corn Market Derby (the building which spans Lock-up Yard) in 1764 as his town residence. Sir Willoughby however, had long since divested himself of the responsibility of keeping the big house running and it was demolished in 1757, the materials from it being advertised for sale in the September. His son of the same name sold the estate in 1772, the intending purchaser being offered …the farm and outhouses, barns, stables, coach house, two dovecotes, malting office etc, three orchards, two gardens, two very fine large walks and a very fine more [moor]… The buyer was John Hancock, who later built the earliest phase of the present hall, demolishing the Lodge shortly afterwards,

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Jules Hudson talks about his lifelong passion for old buildings and shares his experience and advice on tackling a renovation project. Ever since I was a boy growing up in Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, I’ve had a fascination for buildings and places with history. Be they Medieval manor houses or workers’ cottages, every kind of building has a story to tell. They may have witnessed great events, been home to some of our most famous countrymen and women, or they may simply exemplify the work of the craftsmen who created them long ago. When it comes to a tangible sense of the past, you can’t go far wrong with an historic building. It’s this pedigree, founded on character and history that attracts most of us to old buildings and whether or not you own one, or simply like to visit those open to the public, they always have the ability to inspire. Since my mid 20s I’ve been lucky enough to have indulged my passion for the renovation and restoration of buildings with two distinct projects; the first began nearly twenty years ago in Wales and the second is currently underway in Herefordshire. During those years in between I’ve visited and studied many hundreds more all over the country. Most not surprisingly have been listed, a factor that many people I meet keen to find a new home in the country are often nervous about. There is no need. Listing does not prevent restoration or repair, but it does of course signal that the property in question is worth taking notice of, usually with good reason. Some 92% of all listed buildings are like my own home, Grade II. A further 5.5 % are Grade II*, leaving the top 2.5% in the exclusive Grade I club. Whatever the status of your building there is much in the old saying that those who own them today are merely their guardians for the

future. As I write, sitting in paint spattered jeans and steel toe capped boots, I can hear our builders working away in the background; what we do today will be judged by conservators and history buffs in decades to come. At the end of the day we all try our best, using the best advice and materials available.

‘It will take longer than you think, but by the end, you’ll also probably have fixed more than you ever thought you’d need to.’ Taking on any restoration project can be daunting, especially when it escalates in cost and scale. There is sadly nothing new in this, indeed Channel 4 have made a success out of it with Grand Designs for years. The key thing is to have some sort of schedule, some idea of how you are going to afford it and above all else a good degree of patience and pragmatism. It will take longer than you think, but by the end, you’ll also probably have fixed more than you ever thought you’d need to. However, in doing it you will have learnt a huge amount about your property, which will have combined with the toil and the worry to create a relationship with the building that will make it very much your own. When assessing what to take on and how the project might unravel, here are my top tips for staying ahead of the game:

Start at the top. Water, next to fire, is the most damaging thing that can affect your home. Making sure the roof is sound and the building in general is free from damp is absolutely vital. Direct water itself wrecks fixtures, finishes and fittings. Damp will create the prefect environment for wood boring beetles to consume your home from the inside out. Yes

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timber can be treated to kill them, but unless the source of the damp itself is removed, they will return. If left unchecked the results can be disastrous. In our current home I have seen an oak beam that was installed in 1580 crumble into dust thanks to Death Watch beetle. Roof trusses and floor joists can all fall victim to ‘woodworm’, but if the right, dry conditions are maintained, they should never show up.

Let your home breathe. In the last ten to fifteen years we have learnt much more about the respiratory needs of buildings. Many a product has flown off the shelves in the past offering the promise of a damp free home or a warmer one. Most of these ‘wonder’ solutions, either in the form of paints, plastics or cement renders have done no more than form an impervious membrane that has stopped moisture and condensation from leaving our houses. The result again is damp with damaging results. These days we are once again returning to more traditional materials such as lime render and timber, because they’re breathable, organic, and as has been proven over hundreds of years, they work. We are also seeing a welcome resurgence in the old skills needed to use materials like this.

‘As I write, sitting in paint spattered jeans and steel toe capped boots, I can hear our builders working away in the background; what we do today will be judged by conservators and history buffs in decades to come.’ Repair or Replace? When it comes to conservation and restoration, this question is the guiding principle for many in the business. If the original can be saved then that’s the ideal. However there are of course many decisions to

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be made when renovating and replacing with new can add peace of mind and often save you precious pennies. It’s up to you at the end of the day, but if that fireplace for example can remain where it’s always been to share its many fireside memories, it might well be worth trying to give it a new lease of life. Personally, I love rescuing components; it saves having to track down a copy and the reward in having returned something to its original purpose is incredibly satisfying.

It’s a Team Game. I’m all for doing the donkey work around the place, knocking down, clearing up, painting etc and I’ve always maintained that the builders and other craftsmen that we employ work with us, not for us. Getting the right set of experts around you is key, from architects (if you need one) to plumbers and roofers. We always go on recommendations, particularly having moved to a new area. Over the last 18 months or so we have built up a


reliable contacts list of trades who have become friends above all else. Getting your team to share in your vision for what you are trying to achieve can deliver immeasurable results. Sharing the endeavour and the ideas needed to bring a project to its conclusion is one of the most rewarding things I know. It also means it’s fun, which at the end of the day is what will keep it moving, and you sane.

Finishing Touches. I see many wonderfully renovated buildings that are let down because no attention has been paid to their outside spaces. Drives, pathways and gardens all need the same attention to detail as the interior. If your house needs painting, remember to use a genuinely breathable paint or lime wash to allow it to breath, and think about an annual schedule of maintenance. Ensure gutters are clear of leaves and moss, and that water buts aren’t leaking against walls causing damp. Check your windows for worn and flaking paint, and cast your eye over the roof and replace any slates and ridges that might be working loose. Simple jobs undertaken as they come up today will save you facing potentially huge bills in the future. Jules Hudson is supporting the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) 2013 Maintenance Campaign for homeowners up and down the country. See www.JulesHudson.com or www.spab.org for more information. Jules is now an official ambassador for Heat Holders. See the competition on these pages.

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Risley Lanx Not far north of the site of Risley Hall (described elsewhere in this issue) lay a smaller estate called after its principal residence, Wood Hall, understood to have been a moated house in a small valley, demolished in 1587 by the Willoughbys of Risley Hall, when they acquired this estate from Lord Sheffield, whose family had in turn acquired it from a branch of the Babingtons in 1503.

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In 1729 an exceptionally fine repoussé work rectangular silver tray or lanx was discovered by some agricultural labourers adjacent to the site of Wood Hall. It was black and very brittle so, seeking to gain some advantage from their find they broke it up, distributing pieces amongst themselves. Subsequently however, news leaked out and the estate’s bailiff was able to recover the central relief panel and five other pieces of the edge; these were presented to Richard Aston, younger son of Sir Thomas Aston 2nd Bt, then his elder brother’s tenant at the hall.

by Maxwell Craven It was first examined by the antiquary William Stukeley FSA who identified it correctly as a late fourth century silver Roman dish or lanx of a type that was then unknown in the British Isles. He also recorded the inscription engraved on the reverse of the central plaque:

EXSUPERIVS EPISCOPVS ECLESIAE BOGIENSI DEDIT The fragments were last heard of as being in the possession of Jane, dowager Lady Aston, recorded by Samuel and Daniel Lysons in 1817 but since then they have not been heard of at all. The missing pieces were probably melted down soon after the object was dug up. Several issues arise from this. This first to dispose of is the fact that in 1991 this object re-appeared complete, but as a recasting in Roman silver of 26 different pieces. It was eventually bought for £100,000 from George Greenhalgh, who alleged the object had been in his family for many generations and had been recast from moulds made from the original fragments. It was then donated to the British Museum. Its last airing was at the Emperor Constantine anniversary exhibition at York in 2006. The forged Risley Lanx

Stukeley’s drawing of the Lanx

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Subsequently it was discovered that the Greenhalgh family were professional forgers, and that Shaun Greenhalgh, George’s son, had fabricated the entire thing in his shed – very sensibly using melted down Roman silver coins, which fooled the British Museum’s forensic team completely - basing it on a learned article published after its re-emergence and from Stukeley’s engraving published in 1736. It must have taken a high degree of skill to make and although he was sent down at Her Majesty’s pleasure, one cannot help admiring his skill, which took in a good many scholars. One article published in Minerva in the 1990s came close to unmasking the hoax, for although the authors grudgingly accepted it as genuine, they managed to highlight all the obvious discrepancies between the forged lanx and Stukeley’s image, most notably in the disposition of the lettering of the inscription. Had the object been authentic, one could have added a nought onto the £100,000 price tag accepted by the forgers and it reminds one of the old adage that is in permanent currency in the antiques trade: if the price seems too good to be true, the item for sale probably is too!


The Corbridge Lanx

Nevertheless, the six pieces of the original lost object were undoubtedly authentic and were matched, later in the same era by a similar find made at Corbridge (Roman Corstopitum) in Northumberland. A round tray of similar vintage was discovered as part of the Mildenhall treasure in World War Two as well. The type of silver relief represented by all three can be seen in miniature too on the top panel of the delightful Proiecta casket from the Esquiline Treasure, also in the British Museum. There are several points of interest. Personally I suspect that the tray was known about prior to 1729, for in the late 16th century the son of a Derby attorney was christened Exuperius Turner, the name being a fairly rare late Roman one and two 5th century Gallic Bishops bore it as well as three known high ranking civilians. Yet as a local 17th century Christian name it is incredibly rare, so one suspects that the lad took his name from an object that bore it and was then in the public domain. His father, incidentally, acted as attorney for the Willoughbys of Risley Hall. They were Catholic at the time and the dish may have been found a century before (Silver Hill, significantly lies within the parish) but later hidden from the Queen’s zealous local persecutors at the time of the Babington Plot and the Armada: 1586-88. The 1729 find spot was more or less on the site of their recently acquired second house, Wood Hall, demolished and replaced by the family in the later 1580s or early 1590s; conceivably this was done before anyone remembered that the object had been buried for safety! Then there is the problem of how it came to Derbyshire. Stukeley believed it must have been looted from Bayeux during the Hundred Years’ War in 1421 by a Willoughby (or other local grandee) and presented to the Abbey of Dale in gratitude for a safe return. After all, the find spot is but a short distance from the Abbey’s former lands; their home farm Boyah Grange, for instance, is barely half a mile away. This argument is no longer accepted and the leading experts favour a primary find spot in the area, even if as I believe the object was buried twice. Indeed, most of them dismiss my belief that Exuperius Turner’s name was inspired by a previous manifestation of the object and consider it to have been instead a fresh discovery in 1729. People did, they argue, occasionally choose obscure classical names for their children even then. To which I reply yes, but this is not really a classical name at all, but a late antique one, rendering such a scenario much less likely. If the tray was a primary deposit as modern scholarship believes, then Exuperius may well be an unrecorded British bishop (which is perfectly likely as only three British bishops from Roman times are recorded) and the Bogienses could easily be an unrecorded sub-group of the dominant Midlands grouping, the Corieltauvi (previously known as the Coritani).

The Mildenhall dish

Top panel of the Projecta project The French scholar Camille Jullian in 1921 established that Bogiensi was the adjective from Civitas Boiorum, the City of the Boii; the name mutated during the Frankish period into the French Pays de Buch in the Arcachon district near Bordeaux. An 18th century identification from the Roman name for Bayeaux is no longer accepted. From this it is inferred that a sub-group in Britain called the Boii could easily have existed, for tribal names were duplicated in Roman Britain, eg. the Dumnonii in the West Country who co-existed with the Dumnonii in SW Scotland. After all, in the Risley context, Boyah Grange lies close to Wood Hall. Professor Cameron derived this tentatively from a Saxon ‘Boie’s enclosure’ although the name Boie is nowhere attested. When he wrote, British place name elements in England were usually dismissed as unlikely, but modern research has overturned this tenet. The first element of Boyah Grange could indeed derive from a local grouping calling themselves the Boii. In consequence, their church (to which the lanx was given) must lie hidden somewhere near, presumably in the Trent Valley, as must a relevant settlement. A nice south facing slope like the northern part of Risley parish, might even harbour a substantial villa. Who knows? And somewhere, unless the executors of Lady Aston long ago sold them for scrap, there must still lurk in some private collection or dusty attic, the six original pieces of the lanx found in 1729, rather than Mr. Greenhalgh’s rather skilful ‘Sexton Blake’, now consigned to the more distant storerooms of the British Museum!

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Archers of Ashover

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Traditionally bowmen from Ashover, Men of Asher as they were known, fought with Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt. Of them only the name of their leader, Thomas Babington remains, but as Brian Spencer discovered, one of the local pubs, The Crispin has direct links to that momentous event in English history.

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Archery was an important part of every man’s life in medieval times, either for hunting, or to support his lord and master in battle. The word ‘butts’ is a common appendage to the locality of many villages. Ashover is one such place where in a private field a little way from domestic property, a line of earth ridges can still be seen. This is where the butts or targets were set up and where the local archers fulfilled their legal obligation to practise their skills. The English, sometimes known as Welsh, longbows they used with great skill were upwards of 6ft 6inches (2metres) long and made from yew grown in churchyards up and down the land; the flax or hempen drawstrings needed 470 Newtons (105ft/lbs) to pull and loose an arrow towards a target 200yds away. As a result the left arms of longbow archers grew longer than their right, such was the strength needed to hold the fully stretched bow. The crude two finger salute is also related to these men. It originated as proof that they had the strength and ability to pull back and hold a drawstring; it was the custom in those days to hack off the index and middle fingers of archers when they were taken prisoner. Although a prehistoric longbow dating from 2665BC was found at Ashcott Heath in Somerset and Ötsi the Iceman was carrying one, none survive from the Middle Ages. However, when Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose was raised from the Solent, it was found to be carrying 137 whole longbows and 3500 arrows. Names linked to the industry of making bows and arrows remain with us to this day – if you are called Bowman, Archer, Fletcher (makers of arrow flights) or Arrowsmith, then it is a clear link to your ancestor’s profession. Clichés like ‘fast and loose’ (archery commands), or ‘adding


Far left and above: The Derwent Bowmen Left: Thomas Babington, decendant of the leader of the bowmen at Agincourt.

another string to your bow’ can trace their origins to the military exploits of long ago. During the Middle Ages, battles tended to be set pieces governed by traditional rules of knightly chivalry. Heavily armoured mounted noblemen would charge each other armed with lance and mace, but as every student of Shakespeare knows, this was all to change when King Henry V headed an expeditionary force across the Channel in order to regain England’s lost territories. Despite being heavily outnumbered with around 7000 Englishmen, many of whom were suffering from dysentery, against upwards of 36,000 mostly mounted French troops, Henry led his men in a series of hard fought battles. Starting with an attack on the fortified seaport of Harfleur, where Shakespeare has Henry rallying his ‘band of brothers’ to go ‘once more into the breach dear friends’, his tiny army living on meagre rations marched inland in pouring rain to confront the much larger force at Agincourt. Hard though it was the rain became the ally of the English during the later battle. Known today by the French as Azincourt and inland between Calais and Boulogne, the Battle of Agincourt took place on 25 October 1415, Saint Crispin’s Day. Heavily outnumbered, King Henry chose to hold his mounted knights to the rear, deploying

his bowmen in the front rank and to both flanks. With a line of sharpened stakes pointing towards the French, skilled master bowmen placed poles as distance markers at intervals along what was to become the field of battle. As the French cavalry made their first and fatal charge, the lead archer gave the order to let loose their arrows. What happened next even the most optimistic Englishman could not have predicted. In their haste to be the first to capture or kill King Henry, the French armoured foot knights and horsemen were bunched up in a solid mass, making an unbelievably easy target for the English arrows. Those Frenchmen not killed by the first volley were drowned as the crush of bodies pushed them into the mud. The rain that had tormented the English on their forced march now came to their aid. Maddened with blood lust the victorious English armed with leaden clubs set about slaughtering the survivors as they struggled to get away; bodies were stripped of armour and valuables, leaving the nude bloodied corpses for the crows. The classic film made as a morale booster during the second World War with Laurence Olivier as Henry V shows the arrows in the battle scene converging into a solid mass rather like a swarm of bees and with it the mounted French falling like wheat against the scythe. Although without proof it is nice to imagine one of Henry’s band

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Left: Derwent Bowmen still use long bows. Insert: The Crispin Inn links with Agincourt.

of brothers returning to Ashover and as Shakespeare puts it ‘—strip his sleeve and show his scars, and say, these wounds I had on Crispin Day’. Maybe we can further imagine that proud medieval archer opening a pub next to the church and calling it The Crispin Inn, serving ale to ‘—- Gentlemen (who were) now a-bed (who) shall think themselves accursed they were not here’.

Brave though he was he was turned out of his inn and forced to watch while all his ale was drunk or tipped on to the floor. The Parliamentary Roundheads who arrived later were not much better, if at all, for they stripped lead from the church windows in order to make bullets. ARCHERY TODAY – ALIVE AND FLOURISHING

Thomas Babington of Dethick the local landowner who led the Bowmen of Ashover returned to his home and seems to have faded from history, no doubt relaxing on past glories. For a few centuries afterwards, Ashover enjoyed a degree of prosperity exploiting the rich veins of lead beneath the surrounding hills and quarrying good quality limestone. This prosperity manifests itself in the fact that another Thomas Babington a hundred years later was able to pay for expensive alterations to the parish church. When he died in 1518 he was commemorated by the still painted effigy of him lying next to his wife Edith who had preceded him in 1511. A few years later another Babington, Anthony, was involved in a failed plot to free the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots and died horribly for his misguided bravery. The present Crispin Inn is certainly old, maybe built on the foundations of one older. It was certainly in business during the Civil War. A plaque on the wall nearest the church tells that in 1646, Job Wall, the then landlord and an ardent supporter of the Parliamentary Cause withstood a unit of the King’s Troops, refusing to sell them drink as they already had had too much.

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The medieval skills of archery are still with us even in the twenty-first century, albeit for more peaceful ends. Up and down Derbyshire and for that matter throughout the land, archery clubs using modern equipment, practise and compete in the way the Archers of Ashover would have done in days gone by. One of these clubs, the Derwent Bowmen, meet regularly on a sheltered field behind the Three Stags Heads at Gold Close near Darley Bridge. Formed in 1962 the group of local archers of both sexes compete in the East Midlands Archery Society and Derbyshire County Archery Association trials. Along with competitive events, Derwent Bowmen also stage demonstrations such as that at the Chatsworth Country Fair. Although several members of the club favour the traditional longbow, most use hi-tech equipment with a complex array of sights and counter balances costing around £800 which would be the envy of those men who fought beside King Henry V at Agincourt. The Derwent Bowmen’s website gives all the details of membership and training days.


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arly October, the beginning of another winter signalled by clocks being put back one hour, with darker evenings being one implication. This affects man’s activities but not the natural world. Many domesticated creatures have to adjust for a short period, but fortunately they are resilient. The cosmic clock ticks on, unaffected by the tinkerings on the speck of dust that is our planet. We are passengers on this piece of rock hurtling through space on its never-ending journey around the sun. If it speeds up we would travel deeper into space, any slowing down and we would be pulled closer to the sun, perish both thoughts. At this point in the earth’s orbit the northern hemisphere is tilting away from the sun, the source of our light and heat. As this tilt becomes more pronounced, until December twenty-first, each ray of sunlight falls onto a greater area of land, winter being the result.

reminded of the twittering of swallows by the nests they built, tucked between beams and pantiles. There are no physical signs left by the willow warblers but their wistful songs linger in the memory as do the calls of the cuckoos. Butterflies and dragonflies are still active but it won’t be long before many of the latter die, their lifespan is not much longer than a month. Butterflies die, some hibernate and some migrate despite looking so fragile. The still mild days are much to the liking of many insects and bats are gorging themselves prior to hibernating. At the moment resident birds are dominant as the summer visitors depart. Winter visitors have not arrived to fill in the gaps; it may be that northern Europe is also enjoying a mild autumn. A few days ago I saw a young grass snake, about nine inches long, on a cool, wet morning, heading for an outbuilding in search of a warm, dry place to hibernate. It shammed dead when it saw me but became aggressive when I got too near. All the instincts for survival were displayed, of extreme importance to a creature that has to fend for itself from the moment it hatches. It will have to find somewhere safe if it is to avoid the pair of magnificent herons that frequent the stream.

The often bleak winters I remember as a child, made bleaker by a number of factors unconnected with the season, now seem to be a thing of the past. ‘Global warming’ is a subject occupying many minds, it may be the reason. In this day and age with air-conditioned transport, light available at the touch of a switch, better constructed and insulated buildings, warmer clothing etc, man can isolate himself from many of the effects of winter. The natural world has to adopt strategies to cope with the rigours of winter; safety nets don’t exist in the great outdoors. The only creatures able to escape to warmer climes are birds and insects, the rest have to hibernate or simply battle on. All are full of danger, many of the dangers caused directly, or indirectly, by man.

Many deciduous trees are still clothed in green and few leaves have fallen. Roadside verges and edges of fields are still lush and green, recent rains and warm soils providing ideal growing conditions. In among the green are spikes of yellow and orange snapdragon-like flowers of the common toadflax, white dead nettle, hawkbit and dandelion flowers. Clusters of vivid pink berries shine out from the twigs of spindle trees, husks of sweet chestnuts lie below the trees, their contents already being eaten by squirrels, small rodents and some birds like jays. Masses of sloes are crying out to be picked for sloe gin. Red haws are shining out on hawthorn bushes, as are large acorns on many oak trees. Sweet-smelling white flowers and masses of cream, hairy seeds of traveller’s joy, or old man’s beard, currently adorn some hedges and small trees. This woody climber is a member of the clematis family, perhaps more of this in another article.

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Our stroll around Belper began pleasantly enough at Beaurepaire Gardens across the bridge from Strutt’s Mill complex. Beaurepaire meaning Pleasant Place was the base of Edmund Crouchback, Earl of Lancaster’s hunting estate in the 13th century and the name Belper is a corruption of his Beaurepaire, but it was Jedediah Strutt who began the development of Belper five hundred years later. The gardens are the brainchild of Peter R Davies, set out in a series of small memorial beds by volunteers; some are complete and flourishing, but others as they say, are still in the planning stage. It is over the bridge that the most important tangible feature of Belper’s history stands. This is Strutt’s Mill, a complex of three mills that grew out of his original stone-built North Mill. Strutt began his working career as a stocking manufacturer using his improved stocking frames. Through his contacts with Richard Arkwright he diverged into cotton spinning and placed Belper firmly on the global map. Although the brick-built East Mill swamps the older, it is North Mill that holds the tangible history. Following a fire, the replacement mill was built around an iron frame to make it as fireproof as possible, a feature that seems to have worked. The mill also had its internal structure made from hollow pots surrounded by cement to make it as light as possible; all this and more can be seen in the fascinating museum of the Strutt dynasty. Stocking making in the modern Courtaulds factory has come full circle over the way on the site of the old West Mill. Making our way into the River Gardens we were puzzled by the number of photographers whose telephoto lenses were all pointing towards the upper corner of East Mill. A family of peregrine falcons had just fledged and we could plainly see the proud dad sunning himself between harassing the local pigeon population. River Gardens were laid out following the creation of the graceful Horseshoe Weir, one of the finest in Britain. The land was originally used to grow willow for skip making, but the lake was developed for boating under the watchful eye of one of yachtswoman Helen Macarthur’s ancestors brought south from the Strutt sporting estate on Skye. The well tended gardens, always a pleasant spot throughout the summer still maintain their Edwardian ambience, with local bands playing in the ornate stand. Over the main road from the gardens, a sturdy property built in 1847 and known locally as ‘The Old Nick’ was Belper’s former police station. Preceding the huge complex at Ripley, for many years it was the headquarters of Derbyshire Constabulary after it was formed in 1857.

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Above: The Riverside Gardens and North Mill. Below: The weir on the Derwent.


Turning left by Long Row School, founded in1818 when the philanthropic Strutts realised the advantages of an educated labour force, we came to Long Row itself. This was the second phase of millworkers’ houses built around 1790 by the Strutts. Grit-built houses on the left and at the bottom right have a continuous roofline with an extra storey; those beyond and on the right are made of brick ascending in stepped pairs. The extra storey was used mostly by men operating stocking frames, while the women and children worked in the main spinning mill. All the houses had substantial gardens where vegetables could be grown, or perhaps a pig could be kept; the grassed-over track next to the Drill Hall is still referred to as Piggy Row where family pigs took their last walk down to a pork butcher at the corner by Bridge Street.

Belper’s other male dominated industry was nail making.

Providing workplace opportunities for the menfolk was a stroke of genius by the Strutts for it meant that there was no risk of families moving away from the mill and men could continue to work in what were probably better surroundings. Besides stocking frame knitting, Belper’s other male dominated industry was nail making – the town’s soccer club is known as ‘The Nailers’. Only a few of these nailmaker’s shops remain, the best, erected in the early 19th Century is on Joseph Street, while others hide beneath sections of garden sheds or incorporated within garages. The bulk of Strutt’s houses, mainly semi-detached and back-to-back are in the area known as The Clusters, built around 1818-1820 on William, George and Joseph Streets, named after Jedediah Strutt’s sons. These with some more modern in-filling were the last properties to be made for Strutt’s employees. Along with the housing, the Strutts, pillars of Non Conformism, built a Unitarian Chapel on Field Row in 1788 beyond the top of what became

Above: A nailer’s cottage Below: The River Gardens.

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Joseph Street. All three streets as well as Long Row have a gap cut into them about half way along. This is where George Stephenson drove his North Midland Railway through a deep cutting when the railway came through Belper on its way to Leeds between 1838 and 1840. Four or five houses on both sides of each row had to be sacrificed in order to keep the noise of passing trains as far as possible from the residents. The stone flagged and cobbled market place where Farmers’ Markets are held on the second Saturday each month is a link with an older Belper. A cluster of pubs, surround the centre of open air commerce, still holding on despite the downturn of their trade; two of them, the Black Swan and Cross Keys a handshake apart are on opposite corners of the narrow side lane connecting the Market Place to New Road. King Street is Belper’s main shopping street where along with the usual multiples, small independent, well supported shops cater for most needs. There are two butchers based at either end of the street, one of them is run by Jerry Howarth whose skill at black pudding making easily beats the French in international competitions. A genuine cobbler can be found in a side street; tea shops tempt shoppers to ease tired feet, maybe as a break between browsing in the book shops, stocking up with fresh produce at the attractive greengrocers, or perhaps buying flowers at Colin Armstrong’s florists. All this and more is alongside an old fashioned sweet shop, Sweet Memories, where you can buy toffees from a bygone era straight from the colourful array of bottles. At the bottom of King Street and across the main road the small well stocked shop theme continues with jewellers and dress shops alongside A Tomes Ironmongers. This is a genuine ironmonger where you can buy your screws and nails as required in the quantities you need and not have to over-buy in pre-packed lots. George’s fish and chip restaurant is opposite and its popularity is obvious by the frequent queues waiting outside. Starting back at the market place end of King Street, where the street widens on the left, the Ritz Cinema with its standard easy to watch screen, beats the multiplexes so easily that it has become not simply somewhere to watch films, but a place where friends meet and socialise with a glass or two of wine. Next to the cinema is Belper’s Memorial Gardens. As this year is classed as Belper in Bloom it caused a wry smile to see the novelty beds of vegetables growing alongside a magnificent array of brightly coloured begonias. Perhaps the vegetables are Belper Town Council’s answer to austerity, but it certainly was an eye-catching display and one can only surmise about what might happen to all the

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succulent lettuces, healthy cabbages, runner beans and carrots when they are ready to eat in a few weeks time. Standing amidst this cornucopia of flowers and vegetables is the ‘Belper in Bloom’ mosaic made by the 1st Alton Manor Scouts – the De Bradelei Troop from hand painted pebbles. Belper has a factory shop in what was once the Brettles factory along with the town’s share of supermarkets, large and not so large, from the Co-op and Somerfield to Morrisons at the far end of town on the way to Derby where two metal swans are frozen in flight above the colourful traffic island.

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Gardening

october No garden visits this month I’m afraid, well I’ve been busy starring in a new World War Two movie that will be out next year. Yes, yours truly was given the opportunity to be in a film and having spent an entire Sunday on a muddy battlefield of browns and greens, I was keen to see a bit more colour. The best way of doing this is to introduce autumn and winter containers which look fantastic now and last right up to next year’s summer bedding.

A good tip is to three quarters fill a container with multi-purpose compost, position a layer of spring flowering bulbs – either daffodils or tulips, making sure the bulbs are not touching and the ultimate height of the variety of bulbs you select is only a couple of inches above the flowering heads of the bedding. Apply more compost on top of the bulbs then plant up with Pansies or Violas. It’s easy to colour coordinate your tubs with the more modern varieties of bedding and bulbs. The bedding will look really colourful from now right up to when the bulbs start to appear in the spring, but you need to do it now as ‘dry’ bulbs will not be available later in the season.

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In the Greenhouse: Clear fallen leaves from the greenhouse roof and guttering, clean glazing to let in maximum light and clear out old crops and

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growing bags, adding all to the compost heap. Insulate the greenhouse with bubble polythene. Pick and lay out green tomatoes from outdoor crops to ripen under cover or on a window sill, speed the process up with the help of a banana. Chillies and peppers should still be cropping so continue to harvest, but if you have just picked the last crop why not try preserving them in olive oil to make chilli oil. Check heaters are working efficiently and buy fuel. Sow pots of hardy winter lettuce.

General Garden Maintenance: Spike compacted lawns and brush sand and sulphate of iron into the holes to improve drainage, this ‘greens them up’ whilst killing and preventing moss. Apply an autumn lawn food. Order bare root roses and prepare the soil well before planting. Look in nurseries or garden centres for their new season collection of seeds or send off for seed catalogues. Clean out bird boxes; remember that nesting birds are a useful friend in the garden. If using holly as a decoration, throw a net over branches to protect the berries from hungry birds. Collect and compost any fallen autumn leaves. Collect seeds and berries from shrubs and flowering plants that you want to propagate and also take hard wood cuttings from cornus, ribes, salix and roses – please contact me for advice about certain plants and shrubs. Plant out spring bedding, including pansies, wallflowers and forget-me-nots Buy primroses and primulas for seasonal winter colour. Pile bark mulch over the crowns of hardy fuchsias, dahlias and agapanthus etc to provide winter protection.

Plants for Autumn Colour: Nandina domestica: Leaf Colour Abelia : Leaf Colour Heuchera: Leaf Colour Enkianthus: Leaf Colour Euonymus alatus: Leaf Colour Acer palmatum: Leaf Colour Prunus ‘Ko Jo No Mai’: Leaf Colour Cotinus ‘Little lady’ or ‘Grace’ Arbutus unedo: (Strawberry Tree): Leaf Colour Leucothoe ‘Rainbow’: Leaf Colour Berberis: Leaf Colour Conifers: Foliage Colour Pyracantha: Berries Cotoneaster: Berries Berberis: Berries Sorbus (Rowan / Mountain Ash): Berries / Leaf Colour Azalea (deciduous): Leaf Colour So there are plenty of ways to get colour in to your garden, visit your local garden centre or plant nursery for inspiration. If you need any help or advice, please contact me (remember to quote Country Images in your email) And remember it's FREE! shrubman@ntlworld.com or 01332 700800


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Paul Merton

“I haven’t written a joke for 25 years,” he laughs. “In Edinburgh one year we were in a bar 20 minutes before the show was due to begin. We wanted to write down which impro games we would be doing in the show but we realised we didn’t have a pen or paper. So we had to borrow the waiter’s pen and notepad.”

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voted one of the ten greatest wits of all time. He has been described as “one of the ten greatest wits of all time” and his latest show has been dubbed “an absolute must-see” by a critic who “laughed so much my face hurt”. Now Paul Merton is coming to Buxton with a group of friends who share his love of improvisation. Paul Merton’s Impro Chums is a totally unplanned show which brings out the best in Merton, widely respected as one of the team captains on the BBC TV programme Have I Got News For You? for more than 20 years. The Impro Chums have performed at the Edinburgh Festival as well as on tours around the UK. They create a unique comedy each night based entirely on suggestions shouted out from the audience. Their finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off lead to an unforgettable evening’s entertainment. The bonus is that his chums comprise Mike McShane, the heavyweight actor and comedian who was a big hit on the Channel 4 series Whose Line Is It Anyway?; Richard Vranch who supported Merton on his Out Of My Head show; Lee Simpson, like Vranch a regular with the improvisation-based Comedy Store Players; and Suki Webster, co-writer of some of Merton’s television documentaries who four years ago became his third wife. So what is the secret of their success? Paul believes it is because the format requires no preparation. “I haven’t written a joke for 25 years,” he laughs. “In Edinburgh one year we were in a bar 20 minutes before the show was due to begin. We wanted to write down which impro games we would be doing in the show but we realised we didn’t have a pen or paper. So we had to borrow the waiter’s pen and notepad. “That’s the great thing about this show – there’s no stress involved whatsoever. We don’t have any script or props. “On one occasion I remember the comedian Owen O’Neill was astounded that with absolutely no preparation we were about to do a show in front of 1,000 people in Glasgow that would have them cheering from the rafters. “Now other comedians like Phill Jupitus and Marcus Brigstocke have started doing impro with us. ‘Hang on,’ they say, ‘you don’t have to write any jokes and you do it with your mates? Where do we sign?’”

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Paul James Martin was born in Parsons Green, London to an English father and an Irish Roman Catholic mother. He has often said he was inspired to go into comedy at an early age after watching clowns at a circus. On joining the actors’ union Equity he found that someone else had already registered the name Paul Martin, so he changed it to Merton – the district of London where he grew up. His television breakthrough came in 1988 with Whose Line Is It Anyway? Before the series finished he was also demonstrating his verbal dexterity on Have I Got News For You? He then replaced Nick Hancock as host of Room 101 for more than 60 programmes; became a regular on the radio shows I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Just A Minute; presented a four-part documentary series Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns featuring the work of Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin; and presented a documentary on the British films of Alfred Hitchcock. For the moment, though, he is relishing being on tour with friends who include his wife Suki. Merton, 56, married actress Caroline Quentin in 1990 but they separated seven years later. He then had a relationship with producer and actress Sarah Parkinson. They were married three months before her death from breast cancer in 2003. Suki Webster who became Mrs Merton in 2009 shares her husband’s views about improvisation.

“The only skill you have to learn is don’t plan and don’t worry. The key is simply listening and reacting to what the other person has just said.” Paul agrees that “planning doesn’t work because it throws the other performers who don’t know what you’ve planned. It sounds very difficult and crazy to go on stage with nothing planned, but that’s the show’s strength. “We’ve all worked together for a long time and know we can rely on one another.” Mike McShane agrees: “We know how to play to each other’s strengths. If it goes belly up, someone will cover you. “Deep in your heart you’re always aware that it’ll never fall apart – someone will stick their neck out and help you. We all support each other. It’s about constantly reviving the dying patient on stage!” In a public poll in the Guardian in 2007 Paul Merton was voted one of the ten greatest wits of all time. Two years earlier Channel 4 asked comedians to list their top 20 greatest international comedians in history; among them was Paul Merton. He has been nominated for numerous awards, mainly for Have I Got News For You? He won top TV comedy personality in 1992, best comedy entertainment personality in 1999 and best entertainment performance in 2003. But I get the impression he is not in show business simply for awards. His passion for improvisation, especially the show with his chums, continues. That is largely because they are constantly able to keep it fresh. “As a performer,” says Paul, “you can never be bored because you’ve never heard it before and you’re doing something that five seconds ago you didn’t know you were going to do.” The Chums have established a loyal following which has been built up over several years at twice-weekly sessions at The Comedy Store in London. In fact they all still perform there as members of The Comedy Store Players. “You never see tired impro and that’s what audiences love,” says Paul. “At The Comedy Store we’ve had the same people in the front row for years. We’ve even had marriages between fans. It’s great for them because they know it’ll always be different. “It’s such a joy performing with the Chums. Our motto is: if it’s funny, it’s justified. “That spirit of ‘anything can happen’ will continue. With good health, we can carry on for years. “To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, if you’re bored of impro, you’re bored of life!” Paul Merton’s Impro Chums will be at Buxton Opera House on 1st November

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On many fine days, or for that matter on some that are not so fine, the area around the Dovedale Narrows can become so crowded that queues often build up as walkers try to cross the famous stepping stones. What they do not realise is that only a short mile or so downstream, the Dove together with its partner the River Manifold meander gently between sylvan meadows where the chance of meeting another walker is rare indeed. This walk starts from the Tissington

Trail car park and cycle hire on the outskirts of Ashbourne. It then climbs the spur of high ground separating the Dove from its tributary Bentley Brook before dropping down to the pretty village of Mapleton and by so doing enters the lower reaches of Dovedale. The river is followed upstream through meadows and scattered copses as far as Coldwall Bridge; here it leaves the valley to climb up to Thorpe and then onwards to reach the tree shrouded Tissington Trail, following this all the way back to the car park.

Helpful Information 7 miles (11 km) of moderate meadow and riverside walking followed by the level track-bed of Tissington Trail. Short muddy sections close to the river. Regular bus services to Ashbourne from outlying areas with connecting service (Bowers 442) to the Tissington Trail car park and cycle hire. Access to the car park (pay and display) is from the Mapleton/Thorpe road above Ashbourne Recommended map: Ordnance Survey Landranger Series, Sheet 119 – Buxton, Matlock and Dovedale, 1:50,000 scale. Refreshments: beside the cycle hire depot near the car park and two pubs slightly off route at Mapleton and Thorpe.

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The Walk • Leave the car park by turning right, downhill and over a hump-backed bridge crossing Bentley Brook. • Look for the tree-lined drive to Callow Hall Hotel and go through a field gate on the right a few yards prior to the drive. • Walk up the field and roughly parallel to the drive as far as a grassed over mound. • Keep to the left of the mound and cross a small wooden stile, continuing to walk uphill. • Go through a narrow pedestrian gate well to the right of the hotel’s outbuildings and follow the edge of their sheltering trees. • Where the woodland boundary turns left, go forwards and away from the trees, through a boundary hedge and into a gently rising field. • Aim for the field’s far boundary hedge on your right and look out for a stile. Climb this and turn left, but ignore the farm track and walk steeply downhill, then through a gap in another boundary hedge. • Join the access drive to Callowend Farm and turn left to follow it for a few yards down to the road. • Turn right at the road to walk past the village sports ground and scattered houses as far as the first houses in Mapleton proper. • Opposite the first house in the main village, leave the road by turning left to enter a riverside meadow. Bearing half right, cross this and walk on as far as a stile next to hump-backed one-arched Okeover Bridge over the River Dove. Cross the road and go through another stile, continuing to walk upstream beside the tree-lined river. Mapleton is the home village to Okeover Hall which lies on the opposite, Staffordshire, side of the river.The tiny 18th century church has a curious octagonal dome for a bell tower built on the foundations of an even older structure.The Cokaynes, an ancient Derbyshire family, had links with the village as far back as 1587 when Thomas Cokayne produced an English/Greek dictionary designed to help students intent on translating the New Testament. • The path winds its way pleasantly beside the river, in and out of clumps of trees and over narrow side streams for well over a mile. Ignore any side paths. • Go past an idyllically situated farm house on your right and follow its unsurfaced drive as far as Coldwall Bridge. Coldwall Bridge is one of Derbyshire’s oddities. It is simply massive but never carries traffic heavier than farm tractors, or walkers crossing over from Staffordshire into Derbyshire.The bridge was built to carry the coach road from Cheadle in Staffordshire by way of Thorpe and onwards to Alfreton, but the road fell into disuse through lack of traffic. The only link with this bygone time is a roadside marker a little way above the bridge which shows that it is eleven miles to Cheadle. This part of the walk is along the southern extension of the Limestone Way. • Follow the track uphill from the bridge, leaving it as indicated by a finger post to cut a wide corner of the track and so into Thorpe village. • Bear left beside the first houses for about a hundred yards and then right to walk down a short access drive, leaving it beside the last house to continue downhill along a wide grassy path. Thorpe although close to the fleshpots of Dovedale is a hidden gem. Its houses cluster around the church built in Norman times, but still following a layout that would be recognised by earlier Saxon settlers. Its pub, the Dog and Partridge a one-time coaching inn, is outside the main village, beside the

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cross roads a quarter of a mile to the left of the next part of the walk. • Go gently downhill beneath the church and cross the head of a side valley and climb up to a side lane • Turn right uphill along the lane, past a single house and then a large farm to reach a ‘T’ junction with a slightly busier road. • Cross the road and go through a stile on the other side to walk steadily downhill through a field used by a number of friendly horses. • Cross another stile and drop down by way of a stepped path to join the tree-lined Tissington Trail, following it all the way back to the car park picnic site and refreshments cabin. Tissington Trail follows the track-bed of a pre-Beeching railway. It ran from Uttoxeter to Buxton by way of a junction with the High Peak line (now another trail), at Parsley Hay between Hartington and Monyash. There is a strange but true story about three Scottish bagpipers who as a change from competing at Ashbourne’s Highland Gathering decided to march along a banked section of the trail. In front of them appeared a group of heifers that had escaped from a nearby field. Coming the other way were a group of girls riding ponies. The heifers now in the middle of skirling pipers on one side and horses the other panicked and tried to jump the boundary wall. Unfortunately this was beyond their ability and so they were left sea-sawing wildly until a passing Peak Park ranger had to sort out the chaos!

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‘Our House’ The Madness Musical Theatre Royal Nottingham 8 - 12 October The Olivier Award-winning musical OUR HOUSE began a National Tour and will visit the Theatre Royal Nottingham for one week. Inspired by the music of Madness and written by Tim Firth, this raucous musical comedy is an uplifting tale of life and love, heartbreak and hilarity set in London’s famous Camden Town in the mid-80s and featuring the greatest hits from the mighty Madness back catalogue including Our House, Baggy Trousers, My Girl, Driving in My Car, The Wings of a Dove, Night Boat to Cairo and the all-time classic It Must Be Love.

DIARY m Royal Centre Nottingham & Concert Hall 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk October 1 A Midsummer Night’s Dream 4 Sean Lock 4 Northern Ballets Ugly Duckling 7 Think of England 8 Our House 8 The Good Old Days of Music Hall and Variety 9 BBC Philharmonic 12 The Hollies 13 The Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra - with Strings! 15-19 To Sir With Love 16 M People 17 The RAF in Concert 2013 18 An Evening of Burlesque 20 Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra 22-26 The Butterfly Lion 23 An Acoustic Evening with Al Stewart 24 Milton Jones: On The Road 26 Symphonic Grace - Paloma Faith with the Guy Barker Orchestra 26 Theatre Royal Family Open Day 27 Alison Moyet 28 Bryan Ferry 28 to Nov 2 Chin-Chin 29 Jamie Cullum 30 Sixties Gold 31 An Evening of Music and Song November 2 Beanbag Music Club

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6-9Nottingham Operatic Society- Oklahoma 6-10 Slava's Snowshow 11-16 The Duck House Derby Live, www.derbylive.co.uk October 1 Royal Flush 2 Romeo’s Daughter 3 Ed Byrne 4-6 Derby Folk Festival 5 Old Woman, The Buffalo and the Lion 6 Lau Nottingham Playhouse Box Office 0115 941 9419 www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk October 4- 19 Charlie Peace - Discover a man whose life became legend in the Victorian age. Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre. www.buxtonoperahouse.org October 4-5 Teechers 4 Dwyres 5 Brian Appleton - History Of The World In 3 Darts 5 Comedy Club 4 Kids 6 Eric And Little Ern 6 Tideswell Male Voice Choir & The Military 7 Sleeping Beauty 8 Les McKeown & The Bay City Rollers 7-8 Romeo And Juliet 9 Cissie & Ada 9 Romeo & Juliet: 10 Aida 11 Dracula: Blackeyed Theatre in association

with South Hill Park. 12 Sixties Gold 14 Stewart Lee – Much A-Stew About Nothing 16-20 James and the Giant Peach 21 Macbeth: Theatrical Niche 22 Essence of Ireland A story of love separated by immigration with Irish music, song and dance. 23 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) Enjoy the madcap men in tights for the complete works of Shakespeare, performed in just one show. 24 The Hollies - The Sixties band that hailed from Manchester perform all their classic hits, including Stop, Stop, Stop, Just One Look On A Carousel and He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother. 24 Ralph McTell 26 Small Worlds Step inside Mimika’s white canvas dome (which holds 25 people) erected inside the Arts Centre for an atmospheric show featuring animal puppets, projections and an evocative soundtrack. 5 You Might as Well Live: An Evening With Dorothy Parker Playing the music of the 1920s and 30s, David Frederickson’s new play features the words, wisdom and wisecracks of one of America's foremost jazz age writers. 27 Ballet Cymru: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 27 Milton Jones – On The Road. The funny man returns to repeat his sell-out January 2013 show featuring his own hilarious


AIDA Renowned Opera and Ballet director Ellen Kent is bringing her opulent adaptation of Aida (the grandest of all operas) to:

Buxton Opera House on Thursday 10th October. This brand new production brings the dusty pains and dramatic grandeur of ancient Egypt to the stage in Verdi’s classic tale of war, jealousy and revenge, alongside the doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl Aida and the Egyptian hero Radames. With opulent sets and costumes and a full orchestra, the traditional production is as stunning visually as it is musically. The piece features some of the greatest music Verdi left as his legacy to the world, with the much loved arias Celeste Aida, Ritorna Vincitor and the great chorus piece Triumphal March. To do justice to Verdi’s stunning music, Buxton Opera House welcomes the majestic Chisinau National Opera and National Philharmonic, accompanied with international guest soloists – an experience not to be missed! Theatre goers can expect to see the stage literally light up as the

drawings and his celebrated one liners! 28 Treasure Island Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic adventure tale with Hawkins, Long John Silver, parrots and pirates. 28 Gareth Gates 29 The Merry Wives of Windsor Shakespeare’s epic tale of puffed up & degenerate Sir John Falstaff, who sets upon the idea of seducing two of Windsor’s wealthy merry wives. 29 Eric Bibb With a four decade career and 35 albums, Eric shows why his cross genre music (folk, gospel, acoustic blues and down-home country) is still as current as ever. 30 How To Catch a Star A funny and imaginative tale of a little boy who wishes he could catch his very own star, with music and puppetry. 31 The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live! The groundbreaking radio show adapted for stage, packed with laughter, sound effects, a live band and HD projections. November 1 Paul Merton – Impro Chums 1 Buxton Buzz Comedy Club More first-Friday-of-the-month stand-up from some new and not-so-new faces on the comedy club circuit: Daliso Chaponda, Pete Teckman, Chris Washington and compere, Rich Wall. 1 The 6th Buxton Soul Night A great mix of 100% oldies, rare and not so rare Northern Soul, with a large dance floor and bar until 1am.

classic Triumphal March incorporates an incredible pyrotechnic display with a magnificent ‘wall of fire’ (inspired by Vulcan, the Lord of Fire and his temple). Regal sets used in the show have been inspired by the Valley of the Kings and colourful costumes have been based on designs found in Egyptian tomb paintings! Sung in Italian with English surtitles the show is described as ‘Visually and vocally gripping from start to finish.’ Show starts 7.30pm. Ticket are priced from £21 to £36 and discounts are available. To buy tickets call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

2 & Sunday Buxton Adventure Festival 2013 An adventure-packed weekend with ten inspirational speakers, talking about mountain biking, hill walking, free running and more. Tickets: £10 (adults) and £5 (for students and under 16s). 2 The Secret Garden in Concert When Mary Lennox is orphaned, she has to return from India to live with her distant uncle in Yorkshire. Forming a friendship with local boy Dickon, Mary begins to take an interest in the mysterious house… 2 An Audience with Nigel Farage 3 51 Shades of Maggie 4-5 Three Phantoms West End stars Matthew Cammelle, Stephen John Davis and Glyn Kerslake – take to the stage together to offer a powerful celebration of The Phantom of the Opera. 6 Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive Following Cheap Flights, comedy trio and global internet sensation Fascinating Aida bring their brand new show Charm Offensive to Buxton. 6 Hazel O’Connor performs live, her unforgettable songs from the movie Breaking Glass, including Eighth Day, Will You and Big Brother. 7 David Copperfield: Hotbuckle Productions Capturing the haunting beauty of the Yarmouth coast and bustling Victorian London, Hotbuckle use their distinctive style to tell the beloved story of Dickens's favourite child. 8 November 7.30pm English Touring Opera: Coronation of Poppea

Palace Theatre Mansfield www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre 01623 63313 October 2 Dracula 3 Formby 4-5 Sophie’s Academy of Performing Arts 6 Home Service 9 Dancemania 11-12 Albert Herring 13 A ‘60s Night Out - Ivy League & Paper Lace 19 Ha Ha Holmes - The funniest comedy event of the year!!! Its elementary! It is also downright hilarious as comedic national treasure Joe Pasquale, direct from his West End run in Spamalot, takes on the role of Sherlock Holmes. As one of the UK’s top stand-ups. Joe brings mirthful merriness to the proceedings. 20 Essence of Ireland is on Sunday 23 Postman Pat Live 24 The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra 25 Andy Parsons – I’ve Got a Shed 26 Jamie Allan: 31 Coldplayer. Join Coldplayer as they play tribute to one of the most iconic bands of our time. With a fully live session which will bring the thrill of a stadium show to the intimate vice of the Palace Theatre. November 2 Let’s Hang On 5-9 Whistle Down The Wind 10 The Nutcracker

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DIARY m BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS WALK at CARSINGTON WATER With all the summer visitors still around Swallows, Warblers possibly an Osprey - you can get more from your bird watching by joining the volunteers to help you to identify the migrants and learn some bird calls. Why not join us for a leisurely 2-hour stroll to see what is around and where to find them. All walks start from the visitor centre at 10am prompt and are on the first Sunday of EVERY month. Adults accompanied by children are always welcome - bring binoculars and appropriate wear. Future dates -6th October and 3rd November. Due to the popularity it is essential that you ‘phone 01629 540696 to ensure that a place is reserved for you. DERBY CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER at 7.30pm at the Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB A concert by ELOISA-FLEUR THOM (violin) and MARK AUSTIN (piano) Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F, Op.24 “Spring” Brahms: Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108. Strauss: Violin Sonata in E flat, Op.18 Tickets £13 and £12 (concessions). For further information ring 01332 830585 or visit www.derbychambermusic.org Alfreton Male Voice Choir and Treble Clef Girls Choir in a charity concert for British Heart Foundation. 7.30 p.m., 12th October 2013 at the Postmill centre Market St. South Normanton. Tickets £6. 01773 607804 or on the door. Allestree Flower Group Tuesday 15th October 2013 Flower demonstration by Sue Spencer entitled 'Quintessentially English'. At the Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree Admission £3 members, £5 non members Time 7.00 pm for 7.30pm. For further information please contact the Chairman on 01283 702601 or email angela.cason@ntlworld.com Darley Abbey Historical Group 18 October - 'The History of Archery' by Mel Bond Mel, a member of the Forest Bowmen Field Archery Club, talks about the history of this sport, which was one of the most popular spectator sports at London 2012. All meetings start at 7.30pm and are held in Darley Abbey Village Hall, Abbey Yard off New Road, Darley Abbey,, DE22 1DS. There is a

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charge of £1 for members of the Historical Group and £2 for visitors. 'WE'VE CHANGED OUR NAME and how better for us to honour this momentous occasion than with a concert of music from maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber and those who have influenced him. ASHFIELD HARMONY (formerly Kirkby Light Operatic Society) cordially invite you to join them at Ashfield School, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, on Saturday 16th November 2014 from 7.00 pm for 'ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND FRIENDS - IN CONCERT'. Andrew is celebrating 40 years of presentations in the West End this year, so expect to hear many of your favourites from 'Phantom of the Opera', 'Evita', 'Aspects of Love' - so many for us to choose from! To add to your pleasure for the evening, the wonderful NEWSTEAD BRASS BAND will be playing some of their favourite music, too. It's an evening not to be missed. Admission £7. (£5 for under 16's and full-time students). More details from Secretary, Carolynne, on 01773775176.' Little Chester Local History Group Thurs.Oct 17th, a talk to be presented by Stephen Flinders,'A taste of Tudor Times in Ilkeston' We meet at 7.30pm in Chester Green Community Centre, Old Chester Road, Derby. We are a thriving, vibrant society and new members would be made very welcome. Annual subscription £6. Visitors £2. For further information Tel. 559615 Little Chester Heritage Centre, St. Paul's Church, Mansfield Road, Chester Green, Derby. Along with our Roman Artefacts come and see our exhibition 'Aspects of nursing and hospitals in Derby through the Ages' This exhibition can be seen every Sun 2-4pm until Oct 27th. Admission is free with refreshments available. For further information Tel 363354. Bobby Ball Saturday October 19th sees Bobby Ball visit The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton. Bobby Ball half of the comedy duo 'Cannon and Ball' will share his testimony and his faith journey. The event is organised by Borders Mission Methodist Circuit. The evening will commence at 6.30 with The Ashfield School Vocal Ensemble, a group of young people with amazing voices. Cup cakes and tea/coffee will be served before Bobby Ball takes the stage. Tickets are £7.00 and are available from Peter and Sue Stamenkovic Tel: 01773781904 or email suestamenkovic@virginmedia.com

Lesley Smith (Historian and Curator of Tutbury Castle) AS NELL GWYNNE Saturday October 19th 7.15 for 7.30 pm Glebe Field Centre, Crich Tickets £10 including refreshments Available from the Glebe 01773 857894 Deirdre Offord 01773 853722 Lynda Gray 01773 857921 The Mickleover Art Group invites you to our final professional artist demonstration of the year which will be given by the very popular Charles Evans. It will take place on Thursday 24 October at All Saints Church Centre, Etwall Road, Mickleover commencing at 2pm until 4pm approx. A £3 entrance fee will apply (all of which will be donated to charity) and free light refreshment will be provided. Uppertown Social Centre 12th October Pat Jordan and Finians Rainbow 7:00 for 8:00pm £11 including supper. Contact Eddie Marriott for information and tickets on: 01246 590502 or 07966 154798. Website www.uppertown.org Belper Historical Society Wednesday September 4th 2013 at 7.30pm Illustrated talk “Evolution of Shopping in Belper” by Mary Smedley Venue St. John’s Chapel, The Butts Admission £2 for non-members Derbyshire Horticultural Association 98th Annual Show The show takes place in the Sports Hall of the Royal School for the Deaf Derby on Ashbourne Road, Derby on Saturday & Sunday 26th & 27th October. There are competitive sections for vegetables, chrysanthemums, dahlias and floral art attracting high quality exhibits. All details of the individual classes and entry forms as well as general information about the show are contained on our website www.derbyshirehortassoc.co.uk All members of the public are welcome and other attractions include a photographic exhibition and competition organised by Derby Photographic Society, display and demonstration by Derby Bonsai Society as well as a raffle and refreshments. Admission for the public is £1 and is open to the public on Saturday 2.30 pm to 6pm and on Sunday 11am to 4pm Prize Giving is at 3.30pm with the raffle drawn at 4pm on Sunday 27th October.


Half Term Fun at Denby Visitor Centre There’ll be lots of spooky activities at Denby Visitor Centre this half term holiday in the Haunted House of Horrors, and fun activities like clay modelling and decorating Halloween themed items to take home. Sessions will be held at 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3pm daily between 21st October and 1st November. Booking is always recommended for this popular event!

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SIDMOUTH DELIGHTS OF DEVON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-18 Oct (HB) £341 BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20-21 Oct (HB) £96 BOURNEMOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21-25 Oct (HB) £298 MYSTERY WEEKEND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26-27 Oct (HB) £100 TORQUAY TURKEY & TINSEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-15 Nov (HB) £246 WARNERS DICKENSIAN NIDD HALL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18-22 Nov (HB) REDUCED PRICE NOW £286 HISTORIC HOUSES AT CHRISTMAS, BLENHEIM PALACE & WADDESDON MANOR . . . . . .22-24 Nov (HB) £157 KENT COASTAL TURKEY & TINSEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .02-06 Dec (HB) £262 SKIPTON YULETIDE FESTIVAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .07-08 Dec (HB) £98 LONDON CHRISTMAS SHOPPING & MEDIEVAL BANQUET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08-09 Dec (HB) £119 LUDLOW TURKEY & TINSEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08-12 Dec (HB) £268 LLANDUDNO HOLLY & MISTLETOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-15 Dec (HB) £291 SOUTHPORT AT CHRISTMAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23-27 Dec (SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PACKAGE) £461 EASTBOURNE AT CHRISTMAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23-27 Dec (SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PACKAGE) £399

EUROPEAN COACHING 2013 IRELAND, BRAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-17 Oct (HB) £327 BELGIUM, BRUSSELS CHRISTMAS MARKET . . . . . 05-08 Dec (BB) £220

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NewtonHouse

Elegant Country House set in approximately 3 acres on the Tissington Trail in the heart of the Peak District…

A Perfect Wedding Venue - Our wedding team will co-ordinate everything you and your guests need to make your special day unforgettable – Marquee Available.

Celebration & Special Occasions plus Christmas Events Catered for. Contact our Events Co-ordinator for further details. Accomodation Available – Newton House is a perfect Bed & Breakfast Hotel on the doorstep of the Tissington Trail, Dovedale and The Peak District. Saturday October 26th - Halloween Party, Fancy Dress, Disco & Buffet Advance Tickets £7.50 £10.00 On the Night 7.30 p.m till late

THE NEW MUST HAVE FREE MOBILE APP FOR GOLFERS IN DERBYSHIRE & NOTTS With LIVE UPDATES from each golf course RoundSeeker gives you the very latest golf round offers. All the offers are direct from the golf courses themselves, ensuring you get the very best deals.

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Derbyshire

&

Galleries Artists Looking In at Leabrooks Gallery

This month’s exhibitions are dedicated to the exceptional work of two very talented women: Lynn Smith, painting in watercolours and oils and Lynda Walker, who works in acrylics. Both are technically gifted with a keen eye for colour. Lynn Smith’s work is exhibited in the Main Exhibition Room of the Gallery from the 5th until the 18th October, 2013 and focuses on exquisite floral images executed in watercolour. Lynda Walker’s work, exhibited from the 19th October until the 1st November,2013, demonstrates her fascination with a number of subjects as she has developed her artistic vision. Her images allow the viewer to look into her life as an artist: a rare privilege for those who are curious about the artist’s perspective. All this at very affordable prices!

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

For a free Auction Catalogue please contact us on 01773 528743 • 07969 645952

For the ideal gift, Norma is now taking commissions. Working from your photographs she catches the character and spirit of your much loved pet. Norma will also capture in water colour any image personal to you to give as a bespoke present to someone special. Call Norma Gent on 01773 836907.

kleeford@btinternet.com www.kleefordcoins.webs.com Also accepting lots for future auctions. Please call for details.

Norma Gent derbyshire artist ◆ Pets, Portraits, Scenes, Still Life, Executive Caricatures, Victorian Life.

01773 602961 Open: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Wednesday by appointment. Sunday 11am-4.30pm

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Framing

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The Ideal GIfT Christmas Commissions now being undertaken Call Norma Gent on 01773 836907.


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2013

Celebration Menus The Newdigate Inn

Fisherman’s Rest

Celebration Dinner Menu

Christmas Menu

25th November - 23rd December Starters

Minestrone soup topped with croutons Classic prawn cocktail Chicken liver & brandy paté with onion chutney Mozzarella sticks coated in herb breadcrumbs with a tangy salsa dip Mains

Oven roast turkey breast Portobello mushrooms, spinach, nut & cranberry wellington Roast silverside of beef Sweet chilli salmon

Starters

Homemade soup of the day Paté with toast Mains

Roast turkey Steak & stilton pie Homemade roast vegetable loaf served with all the traditional trimmings Desserts

Traditional Christmas pudding Lemon cheesecake

Desserts

Traditional Christmas pudding Citron torte Vanilla ice cream Luxury Irish cheesecake Cheese & biscuits Coffee and mints

pre-order & deposit required for parties of 6+ To book please call 01773 828771

THe

3 Courses £16.95 per person, including coffee

2 courses £14.95 3 courses £17.95

Christmas Fayre Menu Monday to Saturday from 26th November until 22nd December

A great family pub 3 Courses only £16.95 pp Available Monday Saturday 12noon til 9pm

C sta hri Join rti stm us ng as fo D fa r o ec yr ur em e m be en r1 u st

Fishermans ReST

David and his family would like to extend a warm welcome to old and new customers

The Newdigate

• Now serving home cooked honest pub food • Real Ale and outside decked area • Family friendly and walker & dog friendly Now opeN eveRy dAy

High Lane East West Hallam, Ilkeston Derbyshire DE7 6HW

overlooking the banks of the River derwent between the beautiful peak district towns of Belper and Matlock, the Fisherman's Rest is blessed with gorgeous views of the derbyshire countryside.

T: 01159 320 604 Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs: 11.30am - 11pm. Friday: 11.30am - Midnight Saturday: 11am - Midnight. Sunday: 12noon - 11pm

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01773 828771 Broadholme Lane de56 2JF 1mile north of Belper right in the countryside just off A6


2013

Celebration Menus VIVO Italian

Horsley Lodge

Christmas Party Menu

Christmas Menu

Starters

Zuppa del giorno ~ freshly made mixed bean soup Carpaccio di spada ~ thinly sliced marinated swordfish Peperone ripieno ~ stuffed peppers Tartelletta di agnello ~ lamb ragoût tartlet with goats’ cheese

Starters

Roasted red pepper & tomato soup Chicken liver parfait with spiced pear chutney Seasonal melon and air cured ham Duo of smoked & citrus cured salmon Mains

Mains

Orata natalizia ~ fillet of sea bream, on a bed of cannellini beans Tacchino ripieno ~ stuffed breast of turkey Bistecca alla griglia ~ sirloin steak with mushrooms and cream Timballo di riso ~ rice with mushrooms in a tomato sauce Other vegetarian options are available, please ask! Desserts

From our a la carte menu

2 courses (starter and main) £16.95 3 courses £20.95

Vibrant, Friendly Family Run Italian Restaurant

Traditional roast turkey Roast topside of beef Fillet of salmon with shellfish bisque Goats’ cheese spinach & walnut strudel Desserts

Traditional Christmas plum pudding Dark chocolate & raspberry torte Cheese and biscuits with festive chutney

Two courses £9.95 Three courses £12.95

Horsley Lodge is the perfect venue for your

Special Lunchtime Early Evening Menu – available every lunchtime and Monday to Wednesday 5.30pm to 7.00pm

2 Courses from £7.95* Open Monday to Saturday 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.00pm

Perfect for Parties Book now for Christmas!! *£8.95 during December

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Our Highlander Restaurant is open throughout the festive period and our Party Nights are being held on the following dates: 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st December…. for more information please call on the details below

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The Elaichi is in the heart of Belper with easy parking across the road. The restaurant is thoughtfully laid out; downstairs there are sofas so you can sit in comfort and have a drink whilst ordering or waiting for your takeaway, upstairs is just for diners, with a further floor which can be booked out for parties. The first thing I noticed, as I love a pint of Cobra, was the beer pump and next to it a beer called Mongoose. I have never seen this drink before but apparently, after speaking to the staff it is brewed in Leicester by some ex-employees of Cobra. What a beer.... I have been converted so it’s Mongoose all the way for me from now on. We were shown to the first floor restaurant which is stylishly decorated with the space in this old building being used to great effect. We started with the traditional poppadoms, pickles, sauces and an onion salad. This was all washed down with a Mongoose (it’s not every day you can say that). We were told by one of the waiters not to expect them to be busy because it was a Tuesday, but it was interesting to note that as the evening went on they did fill up, a birthday party in one corner, about 10 businessmen out to entertain and a scattering of couples who decided to come for their tea instead of cooking at home. This to me was already a good sign that the food we were about to receive was going to be special. A note for all, we asked the waiter to choose our food for us, I can not recommend this enough so give it a try and don’t just stick to your usual curry. We started with the Shole Kebab – skewered tandoori chicken with minced lamb and this was my favourite. The skewered chicken curled around the minced meat inside, with the combination of the two a perfect match and full of flavours. Our other starter was a Chicken Tikka stir fry – onions, peppers, sweet sauce and pieces of tandoori chicken; the large pieces of onion and peppers gave the dish a real crunch which

complemented the earthy taste of the marinated chicken. I recommend you order the Bullet naan bread, don’t worry I had not come across this before either but you will enjoy it. We also chose a cheese and garlic naan and then our waiter chose for us the special fried rice – eggs, peas, onions - and the lemon chilli rice with pineapple to accompany our main courses. I must admit I would not have picked the chilli rice with pineapple but I’m glad the waiter did. This, along with my lamb literally made my mouth water. The sharpness of the pineapple with the succulent lamb made for a dish I would definitely order again. Between us we tried three different curries; my partner had the Chicken Tandoori Butter Murgh, pieces of tandoori chicken cooked with sultanas, roasted almonds, cashew and pistachio nuts all cooked in a creamy sauce, this was a medium heat. Recommended to us was the King Prawn Tawa – a dry(ish) Bangladeshi curry with peppers and onions, this is a dish that you would find in south eastern Asia. You may not have come across a Tawa dish before, but if you favour a dry dish not covered in sauce where you can taste the spices, then this is the dish for you. The Shai Lamb is a lamb shank cooked in The Elaichi’s special sauce and you know when you’re going to get something different if, at the end of the description on the menu it says in brackets ‘Exclusive’. I must say when they brought this dish to me it caught the eye of the other diners; a succulent lamb shank, where the meat just fell off the bone, sat on a base of.......well, I would like to tell you but it is their secret recipe so all I can say is it was delicious, this dish I would highly recommend. The dessert menu features traditional Indian desserts but all attractively garnished with fruit. All our dishes were beautifully presented. The waiters are very knowledgeable about their menu and happy to recommend a dish that will suit your palate. The menu caters for all tastes and preferences with over 30 vegetarian dishes and 12 fish dishes including scallops, sea bass and monk fish. Starters start from £2.95 and mains from £6.45 so good value as well as very tasty.

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Award Winning Bangladeshi Cuisine

Newly Fully Refurbished Open 7 Days a Week Including Bank Holidays Sunday - Thursday 6.00pm till 11.30pm. Friday - Saturday 6.00pm till Midnight

01773 826900 You may place your order or book your table online

www.elaichirestaurant.com 84 Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1AZ

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Celebration Menus

2013

Pub People Menu Christmas Fayre Menu Monday 25th November - Tuesday 24th December Starters

Fresh cream & basil soup Rustic chicken liver pate Chilled Scottish smoked salmon, haddock & trout mousse Spicy butternut squash Mains

Traditional British free range roast turkey crown Scottish salmon fillet Sweet potato & parsnip bake Roast topside of beef Desserts

Christmas pudding Dark chocolate torte Festive date & walnut pudding Tarte au citron Coffee and mince pie

Adult ÂŁ15.99, child ÂŁ8.99

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Wining & Dining


C h r i s T M a s 201 3 at

The Forest Lodge

Christmas Party Menu

To book telephone 01623 824443

(1st -24th December 2013)

& Entertainment Nights 3 courses £23.50 – 2courses £16.95 Entertainment Nights £31.50

Forest Lodge

Visit our website and discover our Christmas Menus at www.forestlodgehotel.co.uk

award Winning inn Great atmosphere! Tasty food! Comfy accommodation!

4 Church street, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire NG21 9Qa

Tel: 01623 824443 email: reception@forestlodgehotel.co.uk

The

Rising Sun

Rise End, Matlock,

The Rising Sun is situated in the heart of Derbyshire with breath taking views of the Peak District and within walking distance of the High Peak Trail and Black Rocks.

Derbyshire DE4 4LS d Winning Meat Supplied By Awar Butcher Owen Taylor

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

Christmas Day 3 Course Meal £40.00

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

Christmas Party Menu 3 Course £17.95 2 Course £15.00

www.therisingsunmiddleton.co.uk

Mince Pies with every meal.

Complimentary Coffee and

live Music last Saturday of every month

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Dining Out at

The Fox and Goose, Wigley It’s been some time since we visited The Fox and Goose in Wigley and there have been some notable changes since then, so they kindly invited us back to sample their new game menu, both devised and beautifully executed by new head chef, Marcus Jefford. The Inn is situated on top of Pudding Pie Hill, on the edge of the Peak District between Chesterfield and Sheffield on the old road and as it was a clearer evening this time, we could take full advantage of the outstanding views over Chesterfield and the Linacre Valley from our window seat in the Orangery. We were greeted very warmly by every member of staff, but I must give a special mention to Hannah our waitress for the evening, as she possesses that very special, but unfortunately rare talent of noticing that you might need something just before you’ve thought to look up and ask for it, all without hovering ‘with intent’, a valuable asset in any restaurant. Marcus came over to explain his new menu and a little about the changes he is bringing to the restaurant. The Fox and Goose has always been proud of the fact it strives to use as much fresh and local produce as is possible and that will not be changing. With the game season upon us, Marcus is trying to source as much locally caught food as he can in order to provide new and interesting dishes for diners to enjoy. Hannah brought us over some olives, breadsticks, homemade bread and hummus (yum!) to whet the appetite along with our drinks while we waited for the starters to be prepared. The first dish to arrive was ‘The Fox and Goose Plate’; home smoked goose breast, in delicate slivers with pickled walnuts and beetroot purée accompanied by homemade rustic toasts and a little pot of goose liver parfait which was very rich and absolutely incredible. The goose breast was perfectly pink and we fought a bit over the third slice but ended up dividing it perfectly. Along with this, the kitchen sent us a plate of potted salmon and shrimp with saffron butter, served with rustic toasts, pressed cucumber and salad leaves. Every mouthful was delicious. I loved the little tiny kilner jars as (had I have been in the privacy of my own home of course) my finger would have reached right to the bottom….. For the main courses we were served confit of duck leg and a ‘taste of venison’, both of which were superbly cooked and presented. The high standard of cooking and

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presentation does not falter throughout the meal. The locally sourced duck leg had a very crispy skin yet with succulent moist flesh inside and was huge, I don’t know what Derbyshire ducks are fed on but it works! The leg arrived perched on top of a rosemary mashed potato, drizzled with garlic oil and served with wilted greens. Our ‘taste of venison’ was just that; three very generous slices of steak, cooked fairly rare as is our preference. Next to the steak was a hotpot containing shoulder of venison braised in chicken wing jus, so tender and tasty it was hard to believe it was only the shoulder, we thought there were different cuts in there. To accompany the meat was a celeriac purée and pickled red cabbage. I can’t really rate the quality of the food highly enough but it isn’t surprising when you learn where Marcus learned to cook. We spoke to him between our main and dessert, which is just as well as we were both extremely full and I was very worried I wouldn’t manage any more. He was working at Marco Pierre White’s Mirabelle in Mayfair as a pot washer aged 15, when one day one of the chefs noticed his interest and asked him whether he was interested in learning how to cook, Marcus jumped at the chance and was immediately set to work, chopping and peeling, whilst simultaneously burning and cutting various body parts but loving every second of it. Well and truly hooked, he left school and trained

at Westminster College,Vincent Square. Since then he has worked at some very prestigious restaurants, including Sir Terence Conran’s Alcazar in Saint Germain des Prés, Paris and at Hadrian’s Brasserie in the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. He also worked at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyons, alongside some very famous chefs. Our desserts, thankfully beautifully delayed by our chat, were brought across for us to sample and we were delighted to be able to do them all justice; a perfectly baked strawberry Bakewell tart, no soggy bottoms here(!) with a scoop of strawberry sorbet, a blueberry and elderflower crème brulée served with a pistachio biscotti and the pièce de résistance; a deliciously gooey, rich chocolate fondant with salted caramel, peanut crack and surprise – all three desserts were quite amazing, the chocolate fondant was our firm favourite but I’m not going to ruin the surprise). Marcus told us that they will be introducing a Barter Board in the bar, where presumably you can trade your hunting and fishing ‘spoils’ with others, but if you want to find out more then you will have to pay them a visit! The bar is worth it alone, with a fine selection of locally brewed Derbyshire Guest Ales and extensive wine list. The Fox and Goose are organising an abundance of events over the next few months and leading up to the festive season so visit the website for more information. Highly recommended.


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

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

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

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Private and Funded Clients welcome Stanton Hall Nursing Home is a Grade 2 listed building within five acres of private grounds and offers twenty-four hour nursing and residential care in a homely environment with scenic surroundingsfor the mature client. Stanton Hall’s aim is to provide an excellent standard of care delivered by staff that are qualified and trained to the highest degree including Registered Nurses and Care Assistants with NVQ qualifications. Resident’s individuality is respected at all times and their family ties and friendships maintained.

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Top right: Classic black shift dress with leopard zip jacket from Pomodoro, just one of the exciting new labels available from ‘Upstairs @ Clarkes’. Grosvenor Road, Ripley. Bottom right: Gorgeous soft knit jumper by Oui, great for chilly autumn days and very versatile.This lovely collection is available at Jillian Hart Fashions, 40-44 Babington Lane, Derby. Telephone 01332 347647 Below: Striking Ruby and Contemporary Diamante Crystal hand cut and decorated with Swarovski Crystals. Visit England Barker to see our range of glasses & vases Presentation Boxed 2 Ruby Diamante Flute Champagnes £57.50

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With everything from leisurely downtime to strictly business, Fred Bennett men’s jewellery has all bases covered

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Bottom: New Collections of Royal Crown Derby available from Tudor Jewellers of South St, Ilkeston and High St, Alfreton Middle left: Stylish ladies’ brogues by HB add a smart elegant touch to an outfit and are now in stock at John Barclay Shoes located at 46, Babington Lane, Derby. For more details regarding the HB collection call into the shop or telephone 01332 342260 www.johnbarclayshoes.co.uk Middle right: The lovely autumn/ winter collection by Aria is now available at Panache of Beeston.The clothing is stylish, smart and perfect for the onset of autumn and winter. Call into the shop at 1 Stoney Street, Beeston, Nottinghamshire or telephone 0115 922 5278 for more details regarding the collections in stock. www.panache-nottingham.co.uk

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For Christmas 2013 Decléor have launched a range of beautifully packaged coffrets. So if you’re looking for the perfect gift or simply want to treat yourself, now is the time. If you’re 40+ why not try the anti ageing coffret? This collection contains the New! Prolagene Lift Day Cream plus the New! Prolagene Lift Eye Cream (worth £44) absolutely free. For advice on the entire Decléor range contact a member of the team at Senses Skin Care Centre – 01773 835866

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Right: Faroe Super Chunky is a beautiful yarn inspired by the timeless landscape of the ancient Faroe Isles.The yarn comes in a range of gently blended colours that are perfect for creating cosy, chunky outerwear knits.Yarn and pattern available from U-duit & The Wool Shop, Church Street, Ripley.

Below left: From comfortable wide fitting shoes for everyday, to footwear for special occasions there is something for every budget including the great new Tredflex range for men. Tarltons, 185 Nottingham Road, Somercotes, Derbyshire.Tel 01773 602816 Below right: This waterproof hiking jacket from Jack Wolfskin, features underarm ventilation zips for increased air circulation.The weatherproof outer material is especially smooth and soft with a short system zip, allowing it to be combined with a warm inner jacket, transforming it into a winter jacket to keep out the cold and wet.The new colour range is now in store at Rock Fall UK, Alfreton.

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Top right: Love Hector’s Emporium is the new ‘bricks and mortar’ shop opened by local textile artist Alison Baker on the Market Place in Crich. Alison has been trading independently running craft and sewing workshops along with selling hard to find fabrics and haberdashery from home for the past four years.The business has grown so much that Alison decided it was the right time to expand with fabric, haberdashery and quality tuition all in one place.”

Middle right: 100% genuine luxury sheepskin Boots, Mules and Gloves available from The Leather Shop Belper

Bottom right: The latest fashions in designer eyewear are now arriving at Hurst Opticians, High Street, Ripley. Below: Autumn warmers available at Marcelles Fashion, 20 Midland Road Derby

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My experience and what facial aesthetics can do for patients, Graham Wilkinson is an experienced facial aesthetic practitioner, who began providing facial aesthetic treatments, as a natural extension to his surgical and general dental skills. Facial aesthetics is used to combat the natural ageing process by using a combination of techniques such as Botulinum injections, filler injections, and collagen induction therapy to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, fill in deeper lines and wrinkles and reshape the lips. Using a holistic ‘total care’ approach the forehead, naso-labial, crows feet, eyebrows lines, smokers lines and marionette lines at the corners of the mouth can be softened and filled to give a natural youthful appearance. Skin tone, hydration can be improved by stimulating the body to produce new collagen and elastin, which also breaks up and reduces pigmentation, reduces and fades acne scaring and smooths and softens fine lines and wrinkles. All treatments are designed to give a natural youthful result tailored to individual needs. G.W. Refine Specialist Dental Care.

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Top right: Lovely suede clutch bags in a gorgeous array of colours that will enhance any outfit this autumn/winter. These lovely handbags are now available at Frox,The Courtyard, Draycott Mill, Draycott, Derbyshire.Telephone 01332 875572 www.froxshop.com Middle right: From the studio of Kay Hobson Bridal Design ‘Thank Heavens For…’ is an online boutique for children, offering the very best in handmade children’s couture where no two outfits are the same. ‘A lovely little shop for lovely little girls’ www.thankheavensfor.co.uk Bottom right: Primsisters Country Décor have over two floors of beautiful shabby chic gifts and now, due to demand, have brought their decorations for the festive season forward to mid October. Two floors will be filled with handcrafted Christmas décor. 8 High Street, Belper T: 01773 828883

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Give Your Skin A Real Treat with Dermalogica Autumn is here, bringing a little rain and wind with a drop in temperatures. Don’t neglect your skin, it will now need some TLC with the colder weather to come. Hydrate and replenish with the following treatment masques from Dermalogica. Skin Hydrating Masque - £31.90 75ml A refreshing, moisturising masque of calming botanicals and antioxidant vitamins that restores critical moisture to dry, stressed skin. Unique cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid traps moisture to deliver time released hydration for lasting suppleness. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour.

Skin Refining Masque - £29.30 75ml A deep-cleansing clay masque to help purify and refine oily skin. Use all-over or exclusively in the T-zone after cleansing to help purify, lift surface impurities and wick away excess oils that can trigger congestion and enlarge pores. Refreshing and calming formula refines without over-drying for smoother texture. Formulated without artificial fragrance and colours.

UltraCalming™ Relief Masque - £39.10 75ml A soothing, gentle masque to minimise sensitivity and redness. Use this creamy, calming treatment after cleansing or anytime skin needs lasting relief from sensitised skin flare-ups and redness. Contains our exclusive UltraCalming™ Complex to interrupt inflammatory triggers that lead to sensitisation, while helping to minimise discomfort, burning and itching. Oat and ginger actives help relieve and restore skin while fighting future flare-ups. Formulated without artificial fragrance and colours. For more information and stockists visit www.dermalogica.co.uk

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Fresh Design, Improved Economy And New Features For Discovery For 2014, Discovery has been given a new ‘face’ and numerous detail exterior changes. A new front grille, new front bumper, new headlamp design, new daytime running lights with a distinctive LED signature, plus two new alloy wheel designs, further enhance the Discovery’s appearance. To give vehicles a heightened level of distinction, the optional ‘Black Design Pack’ remains available for 2014 models, with revised detailing, plus 20-inch black alloy wheels. New ‘Discovery’ badging In recognition of the Discovery’s established identity, the refreshed exterior design for 2014 also incorporates a change of identity for the vehicle in many markets. For the first time ever, the name ‘Discovery’ name replaces ‘Land Rover’ on the bonnet and the number 4 will be removed from the tailgate leaving just the word ‘Discovery.’ Engine badging moves from the tailgate to an ingot mounted on each of the front doors. This sidebadging will reflect the engine type and appear as ‘SDV6’ in the UK market. In the USA and the Middle East the vehicle’s badging will remain as previous models.

Nissan Qashqai Scoops Third ‘What Car?’ Used Car Of The Year Award* Qashqai wins Best SUV for third year in a row * What Car? rates Nissan’s crossover for its running costs, reliability and driveability The Qashqai continues the UK success story for the Sunderland-built family car. If you want a reliable, stylish and affordable used crossover, look no further than the Nissan Qashqai. That’s the verdict of What Car? magazine, which has just named the British-built family car Best SUV in its annual Used Car Awards for the third year running. Once again, the Qashqai saw off high quality competition to take the top spot and confirmed its status as the best-value compact crossover on the market.

Improvements in fuel efficiency Underlining Land Rover’s commitment to power with sustainability, the 2014 Discovery will continue to be available with the class-leading 256PS 3.0 SDV6 – with CO2 emissions reduced from 230g/km to 213g/km, and fuel consumption improved to 35.3mpg. All models are equipped with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. New driver aids and premium audio The new range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features for the 2014 Discovery include: Wade Sensing (a technology unique to Land Rover), Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection and T-junction Cameras. To align the 2014 Discovery with other Range Rover vehicles, it will be available with Meridian premium audio. The standard system features 8 speakers and 380 Watts of power, while the Meridian Surround system produces an impressive 825 Watts output and features 17 speakers.

What Car? judges praised the Qashqai’s intelligent design, five star EuroNCAP safety rating and exceptional affordability, with editor-in-chief, Chas Hallett commenting: “For the third year running, the Qashqai wins the used SUV category. Motorists love its chunky looks, visibility and safety features. It’s really a small family car in disguise.” The judging panel also highlighted the Qashqai’s strong reliability record, along with its high levels of in-car technology and standard equipment. Jim Wright, managing director of Nissan GB said “The fact that the Qashqai is still winning important industry awards six years after its launch speaks volumes for its design and quality. The whole workforce is extremely proud of the Qashqai and we’re thrilled INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST their hard work is continuing to Service and Repair Facilities be recognised.” New & Used Parts Available Launched in 2007, the Qashqai is no stranger to awards Volvos and VOLSAA UsedSaabs at ceremonies. It scooped 13 key ENGINEERING Competitive Prices Volvo & Saab Specialists industry titles in its first year and has become the most decorated British-built car ever. The UK-produced Qashqai has been UNITS 2/3 FOX STREET a global success story for DERBY DE1 2BW Nissan, selling over 1.8 million www.volsaaengineering.co.uk vehicles worldwide.

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It’s a numbers game Talk on Life by GP

Numbers play a vital role in our lives. Remembering numbers has become a necessity. Where would we be without our PIN? As a kid at school the times table was the closest I came to having to remember numbers (apart from the hook to hang my coat on), or reciting the 7 ancient wonders of the world some of which I still can’t remember. I was pretty good at the times table until it came to the 7s. 8x7 9x7 got me every time. I came to a grinding halt at that point which meant either a scolding from Mrs Ambleton (which due to being north Derbyshire kids meant we added an H) or ‘start again at the 2s’. I managed to get through because I was quick at 7x8 and 9x7 and I used to replace it. That’s a great way but it doesn’t happen like that with a pin number does it? You get nothing at the mini bank for an incorrect answer. Remembering the home phone number came next and depending on when you were born of course, started at 1 digit and then grew into having to remember not just the number but the area code. I am quite surprised at how many people can remember their first home phone number but if you ask them their mobile they struggle and then have to key in a code to unlock the mobile in order to find out! It would appear that 4 digits are easy for us unless that is of course you change the digits depending on what you are accessing. Getting into the compound at work requires a 4 digit code, undoing the alarm 4 more digits, opening the computer 4 digits or more if you want to complicate it. Then with on-line banking we are asked to create a password and a memorable number. Now it’s getting tricky and we start to think, ‘I should be writing this down’ but where? Putting it into your phone we are told is dangerous because if we lose it then someone will have access to all our personal things. That is of course if they can work out the code to unlock your phone which we, who set it up, have trouble remembering anyway.

A recent visit to a website where I wanted to buy something resulted in a real problem because the last time I went on I had forgotten the password and so I had to create a new one which was lovely. Now the problem was that the next time I went on and asked for a prompt I was given a clue which reflected the first password that I had previously forgotten! Oh and they also want you to include a number in the password too. Remembering your car registration was always a vital part of getting past the second question when stopped by the police. Obviously the first question was “is this your car sir?” That’s a trick question in anybody’s language. Who drives their own car nowadays? It’s either a company car, your partner’s, hired or yours that you changed recently. So, private registration numbers make it a lot easier. In America they call private registration plates ‘vanity plates’ which is great coming from a country where they plaster where you live all over their plates!

How many can remember their National Insurance number? I’ve no idea of mine but many can. I went to visit an elderly gentleman a while ago who was very poorly. He was an old soldier and as a laugh I said ‘stand easy’ to him. He immediately stood up and recited his name rank and number. As I write this article the aim is to write 750 words so I’m now on 620 so I must keep going for another 130 words. Who says we aren’t slaves to numbers? 122 now. Oh that’s 120. This could go on forever like the Enigma code.

Summer joke.

Work it out!

I was at the beach when I saw a bloke with a donkey and a sign reading ‘Rides from 2.50’. So I paid my money and jumped on. We got about halfway down the promenade and I was loving it. I didn't want it to end but he said he had to get back to his donkey.

All these number have something in common. What is it? 1804. 1968, 1888, 2400, 2172.


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