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Country Park A once devastated landscape covered with small scale limestone burning has changed into a pleasant hillside, where a mature beechwood criss-crossed with meandering footpaths leads to three interesting features. Brian Spencer explores its byways. Along with paths meandering through the woods and across the open hilltop, there are three specific features that will provide plenty of interest to young and old. Starting from the car park and picnic site, these are:

Poole’s Cavern Arguably the most natural cavern open to visitors in the Peak District; even though it was never mined, it has links with ancient people from long before the Romans settled in what became Buxton. Formed by the action of floodwater from at least the end of the last ice age, meandering passages are lined with stalactites that range from delicate straw-like growths to huge columns that seem to hang without support. Rainwater falling where there are still large amounts of waste lime powder, percolates down through the earth, becoming laden with calcite which precipitates in what has been aptly called the ‘Poached Egg Chamber’, or on a bank that looks just like a snow drift sparkling in sunlight. The stream flowing through the cave rises far into the hillside, way beyond the end of the public access section, eventually to form part of the Derbyshire River Wye. When Poole’s Cavern was first developed as a tour cave, it was decided to remove a large section of glacial sediment blocking the easiest entrance to the cave. By doing this, links with the cavern’s earliest users came to light in the shape of animal bones, iron objects and pottery, suggesting that people had sheltered in its damp recesses since at least Neolithic times (between 2000 and 1500 BC). Bronzesmiths plied their trade in its shelter during the Roman occupation, making domestic objects for the wives of soldiers stationed on what were then the wild uplands of Peclond.

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Victorian kiosk and the entrance to Poole’s Cavern

Around the early 1800s Grin Low hillside was devastated by the results of two centuries of quarrying and lime burning, leaving a lunar landscape of humps and hollows where whole families lived like troglodytes in hollowed out spoil tips. As part of his ambition to turn Buxton into a northern spa, the 6th Duke of Devonshire planted the 100 acre wood with a mix of broad leaf trees such as beech, oak and sycamore together with a few conifers. These have now grown into maturity and along with the grassy moor around Solomon’s Temple they have created what is now designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Swathes of rare sub-alpine species bloom in sheltered nooks and crannies, along with many wild animals and birds that make their home here. Open glades where lime burning kilns once polluted the atmosphere have been colonised by plants enjoying the highly alkaline soil; there are several species of orchids to be found in some of the sunny hollows.

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Who Poole was, the man who supposedly gave the cave his name has never been proven, but the traditional explanation is that an outlaw called Poole or Pole sheltered in the cavern sometime around 1400–1460. There was a Poole family living at Hartington, a mere 10 miles away and records dating from 1432 state that John Poole Esq held a large area of land in ‘Buckstone’; it could be that as law abiding people they owned the cave, or maybe a renegade member of the family hid there. Whichever story is true will probably never be known, but what is on record is the visit Mary Queen of Scots made in 1580 during her spell of captivity in the Peak. A hundred years later, Charles Cotton listed the cave as one of his ‘Seven Wonders of the Peak’ and in so doing put the attraction on the visitor map. Sir John Betjeman visited the cave in 1980 and thanked the guide for ‘moving his unwieldy body through the vast wonders of the cavern’.

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Victorian, Poole’s Cavern, cave guides Poole’s Cavern as a show cave rose to fame when it became popular to visit Buxton’s thermal waters. Around the middle of the nineteenth century, tourists had to make the best of light provided by hand held candles, later to be superseded by gas lighting, the piping of which can still be found along the walls. In 1976 the Buxton Civic Society took over ownership of the cave and modernised it with electric light along with firmer walkways. A Visitor Centre with a small museum help explain the history of Poole’s Cavern and special events such as concerts with performances using the excellent acoustics of the Poached Egg Chamber take place from time to time.

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Go Ape A few yards uphill from the play area beside the car park, a purpose-built modern wooden building marks the start of ‘Go Ape’, billed as the UK’s number one tree-top adventure. After being fitted with safety harnesses, adventurers tackle zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and complex high-wire crossings linking a course through the forest.

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There are at least four ways up to the airy ridge-top tower known as Solomon’s Temple – you could even fit it in with a quick spin around the orienteering course if so inclined. The name given to the tower links it to the original benefactor who paid for it as a ‘job creation scheme’ for unemployed quarrymen. Built in 1896, the folly or look-out tower, call it what you will, overlooks not only Buxton, but a wide swathe of Peak District scenery. The effort of climbing the hillside from the car park should only take about 25 minutes, following the wide woodland path and the effort is well worthwhile. Don’t worry if you hear explosions coming from the group of buildings on the hillside to your left. They will be coming from the Explosion and Fire Laboratory of the Health and Safety Executive, where they have been known to assess the explosive characteristics of custard powder! Please note that picking wild flowers on the SSSI, while possibly tempting, is illegal and in any case they don’t last five minutes away from the parent plant. Admire them and maybe take photographs, but please leave them for others to enjoy. | 13

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Richard Keene’s 1857 photograph of the garden front [M Craven]

Osmaston Hall DERBY

Osmaston is one of the small settlements surrounding Derby which by the early 20th century had become eaten up and later on entirely devoured by the fast expanding County Borough. It is of interest as a settlement because the tenant of the larger estate in the township at the time of King Edward the Confessor was one Osmund. Whether the settlement was a recent one that had taken his name or an earlier one named after one of his homonymous forebears we shall never know, but it represents a rare phenomenon. Osmund, whose ancestors would have been Norse, rather than Anglo-Saxon, survived the Conquest, for he turns up in the Domesday Book as the tenant of Henry de Ferrers at Codinton (now Cottons Farm) not far away. 22 |

The estate passed from the Osmastons to the Folchers and from them to the Bradshaws, but the first country house about which we can be certain was built by Nicholas Wilmot. It was purchased for him by his father, Robert Wilmot of Chaddesden and passed to Nicholas, his younger son, in 1637. It was probably contemporary with the family’s Chaddesden house, also built around this period. We have a pretty good idea what this house was like as the family were descended from a line of thrifty former Derby merchants, so when the house was replaced in the 1690s, the old one was not done away with, but retained and included as part of the new house, acting as its service wing. It was of two storeys, stone built and had a three gabled façade with attics. The stone, ashlared throughout, was Millstone Grit Sandstone, probably Rough Rock from Horsley Castle

The park land was re-landscaped by the locally based William Emes Above: The Avenue, part of Emes’s planting in the 1770s; Richard Keene leans against a tree, right, photograph by his friend and assistant, J A Warwick, 1857 [Bamfords] Right: View of the entrance front from Emes’s lake, also from Keene’s 1857 photographic survey [M Craven] Quarry. Originally it probably had a pair of cross-wings either side of this façade, for at the hearth tax assessments of 1662, it was taxed on 20 hearths, which suggests that it was of a good size. Comparable in size were West Hallam, Hassop, Egginton and Radbourne Halls, of which only Hassop survives, albeit completely rebuilt in the 18th century. It may be that what we know of the old house was only the new part and that the remainder, long demolished, was much older, perhaps built by the Bradshaws. When Sir Nicholas Wilmot (as he had become on the back of a booming legal practice) died, his son Robert, MP for Derby 1689, decided to start again. His house built c1696, was much more four square, of three storeys, nine bays

wide with, on the garden front, a central segmental pediment (triangular on the entrance front) crowning the rather compressed middle three bays supported by giant composite pilasters and with plat band between the storeys. The fenestration was originally of mullion and transom cross type, later replaced by sashes, with the windows under the pediments given a more ornamental treatment.

An odd architectural style The architect was clearly not a man drawn from the first rank of his profession as the façades are full of solecisms. To use a giant order in the centre and quoins at the

angles is odd and the giant order itself ends not in a frieze as one might expect, but with little chopped off pieces of an imagined one called dosserets, without which the cornice and balustrade would have risen directly from the vertical surface of the wall. The central section and pediments were built in Keuper Sandstone, perhaps from Weston Cliff, but the remainder was brick, although by the beginning of the 19th century these parts of the house had been stuccoed over in Bookhouse’s Roman Cement which was made in Derby at a riverside works on The Morledge. The pediments boasted the Wilmot arms set in ornamental carving and broken slightly back that, on the entrance front rose on three superimposed Orders: Doric, Tuscan and Ionic, an unusual but not essentially incorrect architectural combination. The house’s sides were set off | 23

The fast-decaying house was unceremoniously demolished in March 1938 Above: The house in extreme decay: entrance front, February 1936. Photograph by F W Scarratt. [Bamfords] Right: The Tapestry Room c1872, with Samuel Fox’s rather unexciting furniture contrasting with the Gobelin tapestries! Photograph by Richard Keene [Private collection] by four small pavilions joined to the house by links, all originally with tall parapets centred by eccentric arched features framing oval blind oculi. The interiors were apparently very fine. An un-built design for Melbourne Hall of

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exactly the same date by the sculptor and mason turned architect Sir William Wilson has generally similar awkward proportions and wayward detailing, despite having a much more Francophile and exuberant upper storey and the same hand was almost certainly at work at Osmaston.

Wilson was born in Leicester in 1641 and trained as a statuary mason. He obtained his knighthood through the good offices of his then rather grand fiancĂŠe, the widowed Lady Pudsey in 1682. He did much of the carving at Dudbury Hall and was responsible for the wayward Gothic of St

Mary’s at Warwick. His Melbourne plan is dated 1697. Nothing of his known oeuvre betrays the hand of anything but a second rater. Nevertheless, William Hutton said of it, ‘This house is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture I ever beheld’ which probably says more about Hutton’s appreciation of architecture than Wilson’s ability. Nevertheless, Osmaston Hall was quite grand and an eminently suitable seat for the Wilmots, raised to a baronetcy in 1772. Sir Robert’s father had commissioned Bakewell to make new gates for his entrance – the ironsmith’s last known work; his eyesight was failing around 1750 when this commission came his way. Sir Robert had the pavilions on the garden front replaced by a simple three bay single storey pedimented one with Venetian windows, very much like one added to Chaddesden Hall at about the same time by his cousin there; possibly the architect was Joseph Pickford. At the same time he had the park land re-landscaped by the locally based William Emes, forming an adjunct to gardens originally laid out in the 1690s by George London and Henry Wise, whose work at Melbourne happily survives. Emes provided the lake which went some way to enlivening a rather flat landscape which he enclosed with groves of planting at the fringes. The estate stretched to 3,709 acres.

probably to designs by Richard Leaper, which survived until the Second War. The Fox family lived there until the noise and pollution of the foundries on Cotton Lane drove them out in the 1880s. In 1888 the Wilmot-Hortons sold the house and estate to the Midland Railway, who continued to develop the latter, also expanding their carriage and wagon works onto it and building railway lines practically to the front door. They used the house as offices and storage. Part of Emes’s park became the Royal Showground (also a golf course), hosting the event regularly until 1933. Nemesis came when the LMS railway sold what remained to Derby Borough Council

in 1937, who planned a housing estate on the site, although the intervention of the war allowed a transformation into an industrial one instead, the Ascot Drive Estate. The fast-decaying house was unceremoniously demolished in March 1938. After the war the historic parish church of St James went, along with its vicarage, although to some extent it had been replaced in 1904-1906 by Percy Currey’s superb St Osmund’s, with its complex of almshouses and vicarage, forming a sequestered ‘arts-and-crafts’ campus beside the canal, which itself had invaded the parkland in 1794. Today you would be hard put to it to know that a grand house had once sat in an elysium of green parkland at all.

A pretty little thatched lodge on the corner of Osmaston Road and Ascot Drive Sir Robert Wilmot, the 3rd baronet (1784-1841), married the heiress of the Hortons of Catton and later moved there, away from Derby’s burgeoning industry and its accompanying pollution. The family, later the Wilmot-Hortons (their surname forming the basis for the name of the suburb of Wilmorton which they developed on the estate in the 1870s), let the house in 1814 with 32 acres of grounds to the Fox family, relatives of the Darwins and the Strutts. They built a pretty little thatched lodge on what is now the corner of Osmaston Road and Ascot Drive, | 25

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During my years working at the Museum in Derby we held two exhibitions devoted to the locally based artist, Ernest Townsend. The first was in about 1980 and I well remember the night of the preview. The Exhibitions Department had invited a number of London critics and as people were dispersing, the man from The Guardian I think it was, came up to my colleague and said, “Well, if that man hadn’t stayed in Derby most of his life wasting his talent on Aldermen and Freemasons and gone to London instead, he would today have been as famous as Sargent or Orpen.” This was praise indeed and how typical of Derby to produce an artist who elected to stay at home, sacrificing fame to the milieu in which he was comfortable. After all, one does not have to look further than Joseph Wright who resolutely eschewed life in the capital, for another example. Ernest Townsend was born in Parliament Street, St Luke’s, Derby, one of the sons of James Townsend, a skilled carriage builder with the distinguished Royal Warrant holding firm of Holmes & Co of London Road. The family had originally come from Gloucestershire. Young Ernest was educated at Abbey Street School before being articled to the architectural practice of Wright & Thorpe in St James’s Street. His mentor there was the junior partner, Thomas Harrison Thorpe, who recognised

his talent and encouraged it, as a result of which he transferred to the Derby College of Art on Green Lane where he flourished under its distinguished founding head, Thomas Charles Simmonds. Townsend was certainly not ignorant of London either, for after Derby Art College, he was enrolled on a full-time course at London’s Heatherley School of Fine Art. After doing well at Heatherley, he went on to take a five-year course at the Royal Academy Schools, being enrolled as a student in the School of Painting on the 28th January 1902. Amongst his tutors were John Singer Sargent and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Here too he made the acquaintance of Aubrey Beardsley, Alfred Munnings, Augustus John and Laura Knight, the latter of course being another Derbyshire-born artist. He later went on to exhibit 15 paintings at the Academy between 1910 and 1937.

Scholarship & Prizes As an impecunious art student, he lived with his elder brother, William Paulson Townsend, an art journalist who had become Design Master at the Royal School of Needlework. Ernest earned extra money by working for the magazines William was associated with, in particular the Art Worker's Quarterly. In 1904 he won the Royal Academy's Landseer Scholarship for figure painting and the following year the Academy's Creswick prize for Willows and Weeds, a painting donated by his family after his death to the Derby Museum. After some time in 1907-8 spent in Paris and Holland, Townsend returned to Derby, taking a studio high up in a Georgian house at 31 Full Street. He set up home in a cottage at Coxbench with his wife, Doris Campbell, whom he met through membership of the Derby Sketching Club and married in London in 1912. The first picture he had accepted for exhibition at the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition was of the venerable former principal of the Derby Art College, T C Simmons, the painting of whose portrait led to a lifetime of official commissions in the

Portrait of T C Simmonds, 1910 [Private collection]

Searchlights & Shellfire 1941 [Derby Museum]

Borough and surrounding area. Another accolade was through his entering a painting for the Olympic art exhibition, staged as part of the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, along with his friends Sir Alfred Munnings and Dame Laura Knight. In 1915 he was commissioned to paint Winston Churchill and many other notable commissions followed including a life-sized one of George VI now in the collections at Derby Museum. He was particularly gifted at informal family groups and some of his huge set-pieces, like the Museum’s Hospital Carnival Day 1935 are tours-de-force. He also shows the same fascination with light (and indeed balloons) as Joseph Wright in such works as The Balloon Shop and another similar picture in the Museum’s collections. Contemplative works like The Potter (sold at Bamfords in 2007) also betray a strong Dutch feel and all enhance his merit when compared with most of his provincial contemporaries.

The Balloon Shop [Bamfords]

He was also one of the artists commissioned by Alfred Goodey to paint aspects of the Borough for posterity and several of his canvases, all the more interesting for being atypical of his normal oeuvre, form part of the 500 or so paintings given to the Museum in 1936. When the Second World War broke out, Townsend painted one or two remarkable canvases reflecting events, like the Museum’s Searchlights and Shellfire, a painting of searchlights probing the night sky above the Bridge Chapel in Derby, contrasting very strikingly with the writer’s own painting by him of the same subject, without of course the searchlights or the night sky! He was also commissioned to design and oversee the application of camouflage to the huge Rolls-Royce factory in Derby, the scheme which he worked out using models in his studio. Indeed, his death on 22nd January 1944 aged just 64 was always said to have been the result of overwork. Ernest Townsend was an artist who never realised his full potential and looking at the very best of his pictures, one can see why. But then, if he had gone to London to make his fortune as a fashionable portrait painter, we in Derby would probably never be able to afford his work and the City would have been the poorer for his absence.

Hospital Carnival Day, Derby, 1935 [Derby Museum] There are a remarkable number of beautifully painted flower pictures by him, mainly just a posy in a pot against a plain background. I recall buying one at Neales for £70 about 25 years ago and it still much pleases my wife. Similar ones were fetching around £120-150 each at Bamford’s last year. Someone who knew the artist in his later years told me, a long time ago now, that the Townsends were always a little hard up and Ernest painted these little gems as wedding, Christmas and birthday presents. That being so, it ensured that works by this important but much under-rated artist could be bought for relatively modest prices, as opposed to his larger set-pieces and portraits which usually do rather well at auction.

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Bringing The Plumber Back To The High Street - Flowfayre Opens New Sutton In Ashfield Store.... Flowfayre Plumbing & Heating Engineers began trading in 1970 when it pioneered the installation of some of the first electric showers on the market. Since then they have continued to provide a professional, quality plumbing and heating service around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Their aim is to bring the plumber back to the high street.

Nestled on Chandos Pole Street, off the busy Ashbourne Road in Derby is Derwent Blinds, a local family business which has gained a genuine reputation for fine workmanship and exceptional customer service. Established for over 16 years, long serving key members of staff have numerous years of expertise, knowledge and general know how regarding the making of bespoke blinds and the way they are manufactured. 2013 sees their new extensive factory showroom open to the public. Customers can visit the showroom and view the many leading brands on offer including Louverlite, Eclipse, Decora, Drapes, Arena and Velux with access to the latest trends and colours. The staff pride themselves on a personal and friendly service, meeting the precise needs of their customers, dealing with products that are mainly manufactured in the UK ensuring quality control from start to finish and a work ethos of ‘you get what you pay for’. The company offers the discerning customer a full range of blinds, including verticals, rollers, venetian, pleated and roman as well as specialising in conservatory roof blinds and clients are welcome to visit the workshop to view bespoke blinds being manufactured. Derwent Blinds, Telephone: 01332 344286, Factory Showroom Open Mon-Thurs 9.00 - 4.30 and Fri 9.00 - 12.00

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July The National Garden Scheme JAnyone that reads my gardening article in Country Images magazine every month knows how passionate I am about the National Garden Scheme (NGS) – For those who are not aware, this is where talented and passionate people open their gardens to view to complete strangers! Last month was my 40th Birthday (I know I don’t look it) and I was lucky enough to have been given a Saturday off so decided to visit an open garden which I have heard much about. The Dower House in Melbourne, South Derbyshire simply took my breath away. The mixed herbaceous perennial borders with their clever mix of pastel colours would have put any Chelsea Flower Show garden to shame. Usually herbaceous plants are over used in some gardens but this garden had a balanced mix of evergreen shrubs, topiary, climbers, trees, manicured lawn and roses. Like myself Griselda Kerr describes herself as a complete ‘plant-o-holic’ and that badge is well placed. Griselda - I salute you.

Remember there are lots of NGS Open Gardens this month so go and visit some, you may be inspired to open your own garden next year . Look out for yellow posters in garden centres & nurseries.

Allotment or Vegetable Patch: • Spray apple trees and gooseberry bushes with a fungicide to help prevent mildew – ‘Fungus Fighter’ is very good. • Keep looking out for woolly aphid as the recent weather has been perfect for them and spray with an insecticide. • Start to ‘lift’ early potatoes • Sow a later crop of peas between the start and middle of July • If you haven’t already, thin out heavy crops of apples, pears and plum by removing any weaker looking fruit. • Feed fruit trees and bushes with liquid sulphate of potash, such as a tomato feed. • Feed tomato plants every time you water with a suitable tomato fertiliser. • Water celery plants regularly if we suddenly have hot, dry weather.

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General Garden Maintenance: • Feed the lawn with a suitable lawn fertiliser - ideally one that also contains iron. • Keep mowing the lawn regularly, but don’t cut too short if weather stays warm. • Remember to water newly planted trees & shrubs well if there is a lack of rain. • Apply a deep layer of bark mulch around newly planted or established trees & shrubs to retain much needed moisture and help suppress weeds. • Feed hanging baskets and patio pots with a liquid fertiliser every week. • Top up bird baths regularly with fresh water. They are very quickly drying out in recent hot weather. • Turn over and refill compost heaps to help the composting process.

Plants that are a must this month: Verbena bonariensis: Very popular herbaceous perennial with tall green sparse-leafed stems and flat lavender purple flowers which attract butterflies and bees. Ideal for the back of a border as it will reach about 150cm (5ft). If this is too tall try Verbena rigida, this will reach 60cm (2ft) both are classed as half hardy but planted in-between other plants should give enough winter protection.

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'Pondering' I have access to three ponds and all the wildlife they support. One was created for horses to drink from when these magnificent animals provided most of the power on the farm, horse power was later used to measure an engine’s capacity. The second one was dug for ornamental purposes and the third, which is quite deep, as a reservoir to irrigate surrounding fields. Each is fed by a spring, the levels always the same, overflows taking water into the stream. The water is constantly being changed and as a result these ponds are havens for water-loving creatures and plants. Ponds are now seen less and less in the countryside as changes, in farming especially, have rendered most of them redundant, many having been filled in or left to become overgrown. I refer to my childhood on occasions to underline many changes that have taken place in a period of over sixty years, I hesitate to keep writing ‘when I was a lad’ or ‘nipper’ but ponds were commonplace in fields where livestock drank before water was piped to troughs.

Hours of pleasure Duckponds were also commonplace in those days; the small, mixed farms usually had free range flocks of poultry, ducks and geese, not for ornamental purposes, but as an important source of eggs and meat. Many of these ponds were quite small, but a few were large enough and deep enough for us to swim in on hot summer days. They also provided us with chances to see and catch, if we were lucky, great crested newts, minnows, sticklebacks, snails and many other creatures that we kept successfully in 2lb jam jars on the kitchen windowsill until we were told to return them to the ponds. Frog and toadspawn were easily found and taddies used to be seen in dozens of ‘aquaria’, being fed on goodness knows what but surviving quite happily. These ponds provided us with hours of pleasure and discovery as we tried to find out what we had caught in our home-made nets.

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This is only one example of how we came to know and understand the countryside and the world of nature. Here are some of the names of creatures and plants that lived in these ponds, many ancient names that summed up some of the characteristics of the creatures and plants in question; watercrow foot, bulrushes, spike-rushes, water dropwort, purple loosestrife, yellowflags, codlins-and-cream, kingcups and water parsnips, pea mussels, water boatmen, rat-tailed maggots, pot worms, water spiders, pondskaters, whirligig beetles, water crickets and many others. All these creatures were part of a food chain, at the top of which are a number of creatures, some almost dependent on ponds. Making your own list would be an interesting exercise especially if it is based on your own observations.Creating a garden pond should not prove to be too difficult, providing the bottom and sides are waterproof, the water supply, preferably natural, is quite clean and the area at your disposal is large enough. Avoid making straight-sided ponds because frogs, toads and hedgehogs find it hard to climb out of the water. A simple piece of plastic mesh, anchored at the bottom, would help any creature trying to scramble out of the pond. Help creatures to climb out but make them safe for young children so they don’t fall in. If you come across an ‘ideal’ pond, look at the features it has that encourage a diversity of creatures to live in it. Water-loving creatures will soon find your pond by flying over it and walking over land from another pond or stream. Create a safe habitat and it is amazing how quickly it will become occupied by a whole variety of creatures. The life in the pond will provide a source of food for other predators; one we frequently see is a kingfisher and you can’t get much better than that. The school holidays should provide ample time and opportunity for pond construction and then pond watching; it is very important to involve children wherever possible. Streams are more than adequate substitutes for ponds especially if they are near enough to be seen on a regular basis. These miniature rivers and the life in them are ever-changing, a whole range of processes taking place within their banks. One is the changes in water levels that reflect precipitation. Standing alongside a babbling brook is a most pleasurable experience.

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Mark Benton Starring in Hairspray at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham



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It is described as ‘the musical with everything’ and ‘the ultimate feel-good show’ which has played to sellout houses around the world. Now Hairspray is returning to Nottingham with a stellar cast.

Hairspray The comedy has won more than 40 awards including several in the West End and on Broadway. Such is its popularity that it will stay in the city for a fortnight.

Marcus Collins…

Mark Benton, one of the hardest-working actors on stage and screen, will be joined by former EastEnders’ actress Lucy Benjamin and The X-Factor finalist Marcus Collins in the show. It picked up three awards in the West End in 2007-8 for best new musical, another three later on for best musical and on Broadway it scooped eight Tony awards and ten Drama Desk awards. Michael Ball won the Olivier Award for best actor in a musical in 2008 for his portrayal of Edna Turnblad and said he would jump at the chance to play the part again (Country Images, May 2013). On the current tour Edna is being played by rotund Mark Benton. He can currently be seen as Chalky in the BBC drama Waterloo Road. Benton lives on the south coast with his wife and three children. So how did he feel about touring with Hairspray? “It was a tricky decision, if I’m honest,” he says “but I thought if I don’t do it now, I’ll probably never do it. “It would have been nice to do it in the West End but that wasn’t an option so you kind of go, ‘I want to do the show’ and if you want to do the show, you have to go on tour. “Actors are essentially nomads, so you go where the work is.”


So how did the loveable 47-year-old end up playing an overweight washer-woman living in racially segregated Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, a part which involves singing and dancing eight times a week? “I’ve always tried to do different things and keep people guessing.

Typecast? “I remember when I left college someone said, `Being big, don’t you worry about being typecast?’ and I thought, well, if I’m being typecast, I’m working.” Benton studied at the prestigious London drama school RADA but does not read music, so he knew he would be taking on a new challenge in Hairspray. He has also never played an American before. “Part of it is that you want the fear; you want that thing of `I don’t know if I can do this’. “It’s also great for me to try to do stuff that I’m not necessarily comfortable doing. That’s all part of the game, I suppose.” Benton is coming to terms with a part that requires him to wear a costume that can leave him dripping with sweat after a show. “I’ve had the fat suit on and it’s a killer, although it’s only when you take it off that you realise your T-shirt is soaking wet. “I’ve wanted to lose weight for a while now, so I think this is going to be an easy way to do it.”

Previously Benton played Eddie in Craig Cash’s BBC TV pub comedy series Early Doors, appeared alongside Derbyshire actress Gwen Taylor in the Central TV sitcom Barbara and his face has popped up in television shows including Hustle, Land Girls and comedian John Bishop’s one-off drama special Panto!

Hairspray tells how Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has a passion for dancing. She wins a spot on a TV dance programme and is transformed overnight into a celebrity.

On stage he has worked at the Old Vic and the Donmar Warehouse as well as the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The musical opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London in 2007, recouping its costs in record-breaking time and playing more than 1,000 performances to well over one million people.

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Lucy Benjamin…

and Mark Benton

Lucy Benjamin has now joined the cast. She played Lisa Fowler in EastEnders and the storyline in which she shot Phil Mitchell was watched by more than 22 million people.

“To me, this feels like a dream job,” he says of his Hairspray role.

The diminutive 42-year-old appears as scheming TV executive Velma Von Tussle and has big shoes to fill – previously the role was played in the West End by Tracie Bennett who won an Olivier Award and Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1988 film version.

“When I get to perform and feed off the audience knowing that I’ve got so many other people around me that I can interact with and feed off their energy, that to me is the new challenge that I’ve been wanting.”

“It’s almost best not to think about who’s come before you,” she says. “What you have to do is put all that to bed really and make it your own; otherwise, you start imitating.”

The 25-year-old connects with the story of Hairspray: “I grew up as one of the few black kids in a predominantly white area of Liverpool, which was interesting, so this show really is an example of art imitating life or life imitating art.

Being well known for her part in EastEnders was not an automatic guarantee that she would get the Hairspray role.

TV & Theatre “The crossovers between TV and the theatre are happening more and more and the two go hand in hand really. I had to audition as much as the next person. “I had two big auditions in front of a panel bigger than The X-Factor, with ten of them sitting there with pads and paper; it was scary stuff. “You’re really put through your paces and the fact is you’ve got to be able to do it.” Former hairdresser Marcus Collins was a finalist on The X-Factor in 2011 when he was mentored by Gary Barlow. The final was watched by 14 million viewers. Since then he has toured the UK, had an album and a single in the top ten and performed in front of royalty. But the Liverpudlian says his career has really taken off this year with his musical theatre debut as Seaweed Stubbs, the dancer who mentors Tracy Turnblad. At Christmas he will make his panto debut as Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at Derby’s Assembly Rooms.

“My mum is white and my dad black and they met in the late 1980s when inter-racial relationships were just starting to be okay. “A lot of my family were a bit het up about it and didn’t want controversy coming to their doors; they didn’t need it. There were a lot of questions and eyebrows raised about it, so this felt like something I could really relate to.” Collins says the offer to do Hairspray arrived at the right time. “This was just what I wanted. I’d been thinking while I was performing to all the cameras (on The X-Factor) that I wanted to learn something else. I was ready for a new challenge and I feel already as if I’m starting to develop a lot more in my dancing and my acting.” Some people have already got a head start and have got their tickets for Hairspray in the can. The show that encourages people to let their hair down is heading for another sellout. Hairspray is at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from 2 until 13 July.

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m n h y walk with rambler Eldon Hole, Old Moor Oxlow


The dramatic feature of Eldon Hole comes early on this walk. It is slightly off route, but well worth the short diversion to see the largest visible pothole in Derbyshire; the deepest by a long way is Titan on the other side of Eldon Hill, but it lies completely underground.


ldon Hole’s main surface feature is the massive chasm in the earth’s surface; 111 feet long, 20 feet wide and 245 feet deep. A low dry-stone limestone wall surrounds it and even though there is a gate allowing cavers access to its depths, all non speleologists should keep to the outside and content themselves by admiring nature’s handiwork while just imagining the subterranean terrors far below. The hole has been known since at least 1586, but when Thomas Hobbes described it as one of the Wonders of the Peak in 1636, tourists who were in the habit of dropping stones into its depths thought the rumbling sounds the rocks made came from Hell. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to plumb its depths and Hobbes erroneously claimed it was ‘two hundred ells deep’ (about 550 feet), but Charles Cotton of Dovedale angling fame went one better stating that it was over 884 yards deep!

Eldon Hole

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The first recorded account of a descent into Eldon Hole was given in a guide book dating from 1659. In it the writer who was using information 60 years old, reported that on the orders of Henry Cavendish of Chatsworth House, George Bradley from Peak Forest was lowered 240 feet and then required an extension of a further 320 feet of rope before he managed to reach the bottom. No doubt in an attempt to please his titled employer, Bradley reported that alongside the bones of deer and sheep he had also seen human remains. Although there was no explanation of this grisly find, folklore often claimed that the bodies of missing, presumed murdered, travellers were dropped down the convenient hole. In later times adventuresome miners bent on making an easy shilling or two, would lower one of their number into the hole simply to entertain gullible tourists.

5¼ miles (8.4 km) of moderate walking on mainly grassy paths. There is one steady climb of 460 feet (140 metres), followed by a level walk across a grassy moor to descend alongside a beechwood guarding an abandoned lead rake. Recommended Maps: Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 1:25,000 scale; White Peak OL24 covers the section between Peak Forest crossroads and Old Dam, then the Dark Peak for the main part of the walk. Refreshments are available at the Devonshire Arms (meals and open daily). Park on Church Lane to the right of the traffic lights, but take care not to block driveways or field entrances.

In more modern times cave explorers have managed to clear most of the rocks dropped by inquisitive tourists. From the bottom of the pothole they found that Eldon Hole is linked to a complex system of underground passages. These find their way into Peak Cavern in Castleton, confirming the author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe’s thought that the Peak District was hollow. This walk starts in the pretty village of Peak Forest and climbs rapidly up on to the limestone moor to the side of Eldon Hill. Turning east at its highest point, the path crosses the site of an ancient mining field before dropping down Oxlow Rake to reach Peak Forest which is conveniently close to the Devonshire Arms.

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The Walk • From Church Lane walk up to the mini village green at Old Dam and using the Dark Peak map turn left by the modern bungalows to follow the Perry Dale road. Perry Dale is supposed to refer to pear trees that once grew here. The whole district was once the headquarters of the royal hunting ground of the Peak – the word forest in Peak Forest refers to this fact and has nothing to do with trees. In medieval times Peak Forest was a far more important settlement, a fact which is denoted by place names; Chamber Farm was where the bailiff lived and the hounds kennelled at Dogmanslack. Rabbits were bred for their fur as much as flesh in Conies Dale. • Turn right into Eldon Lane and follow it uphill past three farms as far as a gate beyond the third. • Go through the gate and turn left on to an intermittent path alongside the dry stone wall. • Look ahead for the chasm of Eldon Hole surrounded by a low wall and a few stunted trees. DO NOT ON ANY ACCOUNT GO THROUGH THE METAL KISSING GATE, BUT BE CONTENT TO VIEW THE HOLE FROM THE SAFETY OF FIRM GROUND. KEEP DOGS AND CHILDREN UNDER CAREFUL SCRUTINY AT ALL TIMES. • After viewing the hole return to the gate and turn left, continuing uphill along a faint path roughly following a stone wall on your right. Humps and hollows on either side are the surface remains of ancient lead mining activity. Imaginative names abound such as Clear-the-Way, Starvehouse and Hollandtwine and speak evocatively of T’Owd man’s imagination. Portway Mine suggests that it was on or near the prehistoric track from the Trent Valley to the sacred site of Mam Tor. • Reaching the top of the climb, go through a field gate and turn right to follow a moorland cart track. Hard to your left on reaching the end of the climb, the dark limestone crag on the near skyline is just one part of the abandoned Eldon Quarry. • Go through a second gate, continuing to follow the wide track until it is joined by another coming from the left from Rowter Farm. Look out for another gate this time

on your right and marked with a signpost indicating the Limestone Way. Turn right here. The signpost opposite points the way to Castleton and looming over the horizon is the rounded bulk of Mam Tor, the Shivering Mountain. Hidden from view across the intervening fields is the locked entrance to Titan, the deepest cave system in Britain. • Bear right and follow the wall that is on your right down and across Old Moor. • Where the land rises look out for a gate to your right and go through it and then over a slight rise to begin to go downhill towards a line of mature beech trees. The trees screen the remains of Oxlow Rake where mining lead close to the surface poisoned the ground. The trees fulfilled a dual task, to keep cattle out and to act as a windbreak to the nearby farm. At this point it will be necessary to switch to the White Peak map. • Where the path from Oxlow joins the farm access lane, look out for a stile in the wall

immediately beyond the farm garden. Climb over a stile and follow the wall as far as a stile in the next boundary. Cross this and go diagonally left as far as the gate into a third field. Follow the wall on your right and on reaching another gate go through it and turn right along Old Dam Lane. Look out for a tiny walled field over the wall to your right of the lane. This was a ‘pinfold’, the place where straying stock were kept until claimed by their owner.The name Old Dam is a bit of a misnomer, if only due to the fact that no surface running water can be found hereabouts. • Go to the left round the corner at Old Dam and left again by the renovated farm house. Look out for a stile to its right and then following a series of stiles across little fields, go past the remains of the village pond to reach the main road, the A623. • Turn right along the main road for a few yards in order to reach the Devonshire Arms. The traffic lights ahead mark the turning into Church Lane.


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favourites Lempen Puppets will return with The Golden Princess on Thursday 25 July, a story of a one-legged musician, who sits alone by the sea happily playing the most beautiful music, until a golden carriage draws up with a mysterious, but beautiful princess…


There are also puppet shows with more adult themes on offer: The Madness of Order (Thursday 25 July) encompasses live music from Sheffield band The Cuckoo Clocks together with psychedelic shadow puppetry and projections (ages 14+) and A Bag of Ancient Greeks (Friday 26 July, for ages 13 +) is a fast moving show which features all 19 characters from three famous legends Orpheus, Scylla and Oedipus, performed using a mixture of stand-up and unruly Punch & Judy object manipulation.

Buxton Puppet Festival is flying into town from Monday 22 to Saturday 27 July with an extravaganza of the finest puppetry from across the country. Stunning puppet shows and workshops are set to take place in the Pavilion Arts Centre and Pauper’s Pit, plus free street performances are up for grabs throughout the week!

Performances This year there are a variety of puppet performances (suitable for ages 3 to 103)! The Puppet Gruffalo is sure to draw the crowds in on Wednesday 24 July with a full marionette stage version of Julia Donaldson’s classic tale about a cunning mouse who outwits the Gruffalo. Puppet Festival

To celebrate the memory of Chris Agnew, puppeteer and co-founder of Buxton Puppet Festival, Funny Wonders will present a film Only Smarties Have The Answer on Saturday 27 July, a piece which retells accounts of human rights abuses in psychiatric institutions.

Workshops There are many workshops available during the week including lessons in how to be a puppeteer, how to use recycled materials to create a simple rod puppet, how to recreate video games through shadow puppetry and junk puppet making.

Street Performances Free Street performances will take place on the Opera House Forecourt from Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 July and include performances of The Enchanted Forest, The Funny Farm, The Jungle Rumble and The Land of Happy Ever After.

DIARY m Gatepost Theatre Company Gatepost at the Movies Wed 3 – Sat 6 Jul, 7.30pm Sat Matinée 2.30pm Guildhall Theatre Relive the magic of the silver screen as Gatepost Theatre Company visit some of MGM's famous musicals from six decades with their new show for Summer 2013 – Gatepost at the Movies. The show will take audiences on a movie tour from the fantasy world of OZ, to the arrival of the talking picture and onwards to meet with characters from Mid West America, New York and a finishing school in France. With a vocal tribute to James Bond and a live band, this should be a night to remember. Formed in 2003, Gatepost Theatre Company is an amateur theatre company specialising in drama, singing and dance, with members aged from 15 upwards. Tickets for the show, on at Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre from Wed 3 – Sat 6 July, are priced at £10.25, concessions £8.25 are available from the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at

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Derby Live, July 3-6 Gatepost Theatre Company presents: Gatepost At The Movies 10-14 Derby City Charter's 36th annual CAMRA beer festival Darwin Suite & Market Place Derby City Charter's 36th annual CAMRA beer festival Featuring a huge variety of real ales, ciders and perries, with great entertainment Come and enjoy Derby City Charter's 36th annual CAMRA beer festival taking place from Wednesday 10th - Sunday 14th July 2013. This exciting event will take place in the Darwin at the Assembly Rooms and for the first time in a large marquee based on the Market Place in the heart of Derby giving the festival a different and fresh feel. There will be a huge variety of different real ales to choose from including a bar featuring the city's many breweries all together which we are proud to say will be a first for the city. Different Derbyshire ales will also feature along with an abundance of beers from across the country. A fantastic variety of ciders and continental drinks will also be available to choose from. We are pleased to announce that the mead stall will also return this year due to its popularity last year. Many other stalls will also feature including Pipers Crisps, Merry Berry

Chocolates, CAMRA merchandise & membership, a cheese stall and a variety of hot food to hopefully cater for all tastes. There will be a good variety of entertainment as usual and this will be announced soon but please check Derby CAMRA’s website for further information. This year's festival theme will be celebrating the life of the famous clockmaker and scientist John Whitehurst FRS who was born 300 years ago and lived in Derby. 20-25 Caribbean Carnival A weekend of celebration with the Caribbean Carnival The Carnival Parade leaves Peartree Junior School on Saturday at 1pm arriving in the Market Place at 3pm until 6pm. On Sunday the action moves to Osmaston Park from 12 noon onwards. 25 to 1 August Derby by the Sea 26-27 Formby 30 Derby Visitor Centre: Family Fun Day Market Place August 8-18 Funfair Markeaton Park 29-4 September Moroccan Market of Handicraft. Market Place September 1 The Darley Park Concert 13 Neil Innes

Summer School of Theatre FOR 8 TO 16 YEAR OLDS For one week over the summer holidays, Derby Theatre will run a Summer School of Theatre for 8 – 16 year olds, where they will produce a Play in a Week, from Monday 29th July until Friday 2nd August. During this exciting summer project, young people will work in a real theatre setting, with professional theatre practitioners, to create a play in just one week. For young people with an interest in theatre this is a great opportunity to work with professional theatre practitioners, share ideas and put them into practice and performance, gain an insight into producing a show within a professional theatre environment, be involved in the production and be a part of the decision-making relating to how the play develops. The end product will be a live performance, shown to family and friends, on the final day. Caroline

Barth (Head of Learning, Derby Theatre) said: “We are really excited about working with the talent and energy of young people of Derby and Derbyshire. Our professional theatre practitioners will work with the group to make a performance to share for friends and family. This is a great opportunity for everyone, from young people who haven’t been involved with us before to those who would like to develop their passion for theatre.” There are a total of 50 places available (25 for 8-11 year olds and 25 for 12 – 16 year olds). Interest in the summer school is expected to be high; so early enquiry and booking is recommended. The whole week costs £65 per person. To book a Derby Theatre Summer School place: email Matt Clay at: For further enquiries, including information about limited subsidised places that may be available to certain young people, contact Caroline Barth, Head of Learning at:

WHAT’S ON LOCALLY email: Nottingham Playhouse Box Office 0115 941 9419 July 5 A Tale of Enus 6 Frankie Rudolf 8 An Evening with Howard Marks 9 The Duckworth Lewis Method presented by Word in your Ear in association with The Cricketer 12 Orthopaedics Got Talent 2013 13 Spotlight Dance 2013 August 8-10 Enron by Lucy Prebble Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre now bring this remarkable story about power and deception to the stage. 9 From Page to Stage - The Lost Plays Revue with Giles Croft 24-25 Aliens Love Underpants Family Friendly: This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is delightfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre. July July is packed with “Buxton Festival”events happening at the Opera House and surrounding venues. Please check the web site for a full list. 23 Peter Hook & The Light

26 Bellowhead 25 Jack Bruce & His Big Blues Band 26 Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

27 July to Aug 13 Gilbert and Sullivan Festival The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company - The Pirates of Penzance August 22 As You Like It 21-24 Hello Dolly It is fifty years since Dolly first said Hello! to an adoring public at its preview in Detroit prior to a triumphant opening on Broadway and twenty-five years since Present Company first performed on Buxton Opera House stage – two major musical anniversaries. Hello Dolly! held the record for the longest running show on Broadway, with 2844 performances over seven years and Present Company has now presented over fifty shows at Buxton Opera House. After bringing Mack & Mabel to Buxton in 2000 and La Cage Aux Folles in 2004, Present Company is now delighted to complete the trio of Jerry Herman’s musical masterpieces with his greatest triumph, Hello Dolly! Palace Theatre Mansfield 01623 63313 July 4-6 Brassed Off is back! And so are some of the old cast! With the closing of two large coal mines in

the past year and the possible threat of more closures as UK Coal try to remain a sustainable business, the original film and stage play of Brassed Off, first produced in the late nineties, continues to resonate in communities across the whole of Britain. Mansfield Palace Community Theatre returns this year with the highly successful 2011 production of Brassed Off, directed by Christopher Neil. September 13-14 The Wiz Derby Theatre (formerly Derby Playhouse) Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, Box Office: 01332 593939 July 2-6 James and the Giant Peach 11 Develop: Full Day Chaired by Lyn Gardner (The Guardian) A day for emerging artists to network, take part in skills-based workshops and to meet and hear from industry professionals. 24-25 The Comedy of Errors A servant and master from far off Syracuse arrive in Ephesus in search of long-lost twin brothers. In no time at all they are trapped in a terrifying chain of chaotic events. Tormented by a wild wife and a moody mistress, challenged by a crazy jeweller and damned by a demonic doctor, the terrified twosome run headlong into a climactic happy ending which defies all probability. A summer Turkish delight not to be missed! | 53



BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS WALK at CARSINGTON WATER The Great Northern Divers have their summer breeding plumage and have gone north to do what breeding birds do at this time of the year. But they are replaced by all the summer visitors, Swallows, Warblers, Terns, Swifts, etc - and there is every chance of seeing an Osprey. Join us for a leisurely 2-hour stroll with the volunteers to see what is around, learn how to recognise the summer migrants and where to find them. All walks start from the visitor centre at 10am prompt and are on the first Sunday of EVERY month. Adults accompanied by children are always welcome - bring binoculars and appropriate wear. Future dates - 7th July, 4th August and 1st September. Due to the popularity of these walks, it is essential that you telephone 01629 540696 to ensure that a place is reserved for you. Jumble Sale: Darley Abbey Community Association's annual Jumble Sale will be held in the Darley Abbey Village Hall (Abbey Yard, off New Road, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1DS) on Saturday, 3 August 2013, from 10am until 12noon. Admission 30 pence. Donations of jumble gratefully received. To arrange collection, please call either Anthony Attwood (01332 552078) or John Gabb (01332 558934). Allestree Flower Group Allestree Flower Group Tuesday 16th July 2013 Floral demonstration by June Borrowdale entitled 'Blooms, Bugs and Twigs At the Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree Admission £3 member £5 non members Friends and visitors welcome. For further details please contact our Chairman on 01283 702601 Uppertown Social Centre Sat 13th July Jo-Ann and Becky, The Haley Sisters Country, Folk, Blues and Rock 7:00 for 8:00pm £12 including supper. Contact Eddie Marriott for information and tickets on: 01246 590502 or 07966 154798. Website Best Folk ‘n’ Acoustic Music in Derbyshire Fri 7 June 8pm - THE BOYS FROM TANGLEFOOT - Ritchie-Parrish-Ritchie . Concert Room, Nailers Football Club, Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1BA Ticket Hotline 01773 853428 For tickets and information ‘phone Ticket Hotline 01773 853428

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More stunning wildlife photos – coming to the Pavilion, Matlock Bath in July! Between July 6th and September 1st an exhibition of winning photos from the British Wildlife Photography Awards (2011) will be on show at the Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath. This fabulous exhibition, includes photos of otters, kingfishers, harvest mice and even a water vole hiding on the bank of the Cromford Canal. Helen Crane, one of the organisers and a local resident says, “We had such an enthusiastic response to the photos from the international wildlife photo competition last year, we decided to put on this exhibition which celebrates the beauty and diversity of nature right here on our doorstep!” Open daily at the Grand Pavilion, South Parade, Matlock Bath, 10.30 – 5pm from 6th July to 1st September 2013. Admission for adults is £5 (£3.50 early bird tickets: 10.30-11am Monday to Friday);

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ASHOVER SHOW Wednesday 14th August 2013

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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Travel Back In Time To Edwardian Britain Crich Tramway Village is winding back the clock to the early 1900s during its Edwardian Weekend on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July, a time when the suffragette movement was in full swing, First World War soldiers patrolled the streets and horse drawn trams were a regular spectacle. The Edwardian Weekend offers visitors the opportunity to ride in a traditional horse drawn tram, visit the strict Edwardian classroom for an authentic look at how school used to be and of course, no Edwardian event would be complete without a performance of the Music Hall and a Brass Band. Free seats for everyone! Anyone attending the event with an Edwardian vehicle or dressed in period costume will get reduced admission. Visit to find out more. Crich Tramway Village is open daily until 3rd November 2013. It is situated near Matlock, Derbyshire, eight miles from M1 junction 28. Admission prices for the Edwardian Weekend: Adult £14 Senior £12.50. Child (4-15) £9 Family (2 adults, 3 children) £39 Information line 01773 854321

Two Cracking Days At The Bakewell Show For two days packed with family fun you can’t beat the Bakewell Show - just ask our 60,000 visitors! This year organisers are adding a new dimension....a special Equestrian Day on August 6th - the day before the official show on August 7th and 8th - to accommodate new classes including dressage and ridden heavy horses.

Mountain Rescue will also be doing a demonstration. Derbyshire Police Ozbox initiative which aims to keep young people out of trouble will also be in the area which can be found near the horticulture tent. The latest cars are on show, together with treasured vintage examples and for shopaholics there is a wonderful range of trade stands selling everything from water features and wellies to exclusive fashions in exquisite silk and wool. There’s even a beach where the kids can have fun with Punch and Judy, donkey rides and candy floss while mums and dads rest their weary legs in the deck chairs. On the Village Green there is an opportunity to admire different country crafts and enjoy Hamlet the Musical - the 15 minute theatre production by the Storybag Theatre Company. Bakewell Show is tremendous value for money - children under 16 are FREE and adults booking before the show get a special discount. Log on to or call 01629 812736.


SUMMER COAL PRICES NOW ON… Stock up while the price is right

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Another new attraction this year is an area dedicated to the Emergency Services. The county’s Air Ambulance will be bringing the fuselage of a helicopter for young visitors to sit in and also be putting on rescue demonstrations throughout the day. The Fire Service will be demonstrating the way to handle a chip pan fire safely and Edale

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Welsh Anthracites in 4 Sizes. In stock for immediate delivery. also Sunbrite, Coke Mix, Supertherm, Briteheat, Mixed Ovoids, BEST HOUSE COALS. Derbyshire's Leading Coal Merchant.


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Summer Deep by David Carson Shaw David Carson Shaw’s work is primarily concerned with aspects of landscape and the built environment with changing moods through the seasons. He is interested in the relationships of people, fauna and flora in these environments. His paintings aim to portray a sense of permanence and happiness, yet with an awareness of the sadness of time passing. David’s paintings can be seen at the Ridgeway Gallery in Bakewell, where new paintings by Ivan Taylor, Michael Barnfather and James Preston are also available from July.


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A Question of Perspective at Leabrooks Gallery Greg Howard’s atmospheric landscapes fill the Exhibition Room at Leabrooks Gallery from the 6th until the 19th July, 2013. His water colours of Derbyshire and the countryside in general, communicate a knowledge and understanding of familiar scenes which lend a special poignancy to his interpretation of his subjects. This exhibition is followed by one which contrasts with it in many ways: the medium is acrylic, the perspectives all linear and the images inspired by the immediate environment. Carol Barton-Jones’s exhibition of Optical/Op Art, from 20th July until 2nd August, 2013, conveys her passion for colour and her interest in simplifying the presentation of her subjects

As pets become loved members of your family, capture their images by commissioning a pet portrait from Norma Gent. Norma will happily discuss your personal requirements. Call in or ‘phone The Studio, 2 The Galleries, New Lane, Alfreton.


Norma Gent Derbyshire Artist u Pets, Portraits, Scenes, Still Life, Executive Caricatures, Victorian Life.

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

Leabrooks House Leabrooks Rd Somercotes, Derbyshire





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

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Picnic Chicken Wrap

Ingredients 8 chicken breasts 8 small tortilla wraps 8 tbsp guacamole Mixed lettuce leaves Marinade 2 garlic cloves, crushed Juice of 1 orange 2 tbsp light soy sauce 3 tbsp clear honey ½ tsp fresh mild green and red small chillis, chopped very finely

Traditional tea room set in fantastic surroundings

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Method 1. Place the garlic, orange juice, soy sauce, honey and chilli into a bowl. Season to taste and stir. 2. Slice the chicken breasts at an angle into ½ inch wide strips. Place in a large shallow roasting tin and pour over the marinade and turn the strips of chicken breasts over to coat all sides. Cover with foil or cling film and chill in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour. 3. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Remove the foil or cling film from the roasting tin and turn the chicken in the honey marinade once more. 4. Place the roasting tin in the oven and cook the chicken for 25–30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes through cooking and basting with the glaze. Cook until the chicken is tender and slightly blackened. 5. Remove from the roasting tin and leave to cool on a plate. Once cooled, slice the chicken into bit-sized pieces. 6. Lay a tortilla on a board. Place a spoonful of guacamole onto the centre and spread out a little. Add a handful of the mixed lettuce leaves and top with several strips of chicken. 7. Fold the tortilla over the filling, leaving the chicken slightly sticking out. Fold a paper napkin around the tortilla to keep it secure; this will also make it easier to eat on a picnic.

Food & Drink

The White Horse @ Woolley Tel: 01246 590319

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Opening Times Monday: Closed (Open Bank Holidays) Tuesday to Saturday: 12.00 - 15.00 & 17.30 - 23.00 Sunday: 12.00 - 17.00

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

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Extensive Main Menu available up ‘til 9pm

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Rising Sun

the traditional village pub at its best

ne of the saddest things I noticed on a recent visit to north Wales was the scarcity of the village pub. Twenty years or so ago we were spoilt for choice as to where to go for Sunday lunch or which pub garden to sit and have a drink in on frequent visits to my parents’ home. Now we head off with great anticipation only to find in the same location, a close of expensive houses, or the same pub boarded up either awaiting demolition or with a tired ‘for sale’ sign hanging outside. What a pleasant change to find the total opposite and someone with the initiative to completely refurbish, install experienced chefs in a brand new kitchen and breathe life again into a local village pub. This was our recent experience on a visit to the Rising Sun at Rise End, just outside Wirksworth on the road to Carsington. Exposing many original features and using modern muted shades, the Rising Sun has been restored to a lovely local with space for drinkers, diners and families. On the bar were a selection of beers including Pedigree, Timothy Taylor’s and Doombar which my husband says is becoming very popular in Derbyshire. The menu offered a variety of choice from an ‘all day’ breakfast, ploughmans, ciabattas and sandwiches, to a three course meal. We had the whole evening to ourselves and so indulged in the full 3 courses. I started with a dish full of whitebait, very lightly coated in breadcrumbs then fried, which I dipped into mayonnaise, this was garnished with rocket. A bowl of mixed olives in oil and herbs accompanied chunks of fresh warm bread and a dish of balsamic, forming the perfect summer evening starter for my husband. This I followed with pangasius which is a lovely

moist white fish, covered in a crispy, golden beer batter and hand cut chips. This may have been a traditional pub meal but it was very well executed.

The Chef’s Special As a complete contrast, my husband’s curry was the chef’s special; chicken tikka masala served with a mini naan and a spicy dish of mango chutney, this medium dish was full of tender white chicken pieces and very filling. Overhearing the next table of holiday makers ordering the Bakewell pudding because ‘it was the local dish’, we decided to do the same. With rich flaky pastry and that lovely ‘eggy’, almond filling it was a true Bakewell pudding. Over a coffee I looked back at the menu and was really impressed by the reasonable prices. The presentation was certainly a notch above the usual and talking to the manager we realised that this was because the chefs come from a well known Derbyshire hotel which was reflected in the quality and freshness of the food served. We had enjoyed a very relaxed evening, good food, a lively atmosphere and good service. This is the traditional village pub at its best... Long live the village pub!

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Quality Foods From Farm to Plate Suppliers of quality meats for 90 years for the finest restaurants and retail customers

Meat is hung at Leabrooks to give it’s customers the very best in eating quality

Prime quality livestock is supplied from local farms

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

The on site bakery still produces meat pies which are made in much the same way as they were in the early days

Award winning home cured bacon and pies are included in their extensive range

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


Rising Sun

Rise End, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 4LS

01629 823247

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

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!

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

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r e t r a h C y t i C y b r e D h t 6 3 . l a v i t s e F r e Sum mer Be The 36th Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival will be held from 10th-14th July 2013 in the Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby. The theme for the festival will be John Whitehurst FRS, an eminent clockmaker and scientist who was born 300 years ago and lived in Derby. We will be teaming up with the Derby Museum on this theme. Opening Times Advanced tickets are now available for the evening sessions from the Derby Live website. As a special offer, anyone buying a ticket for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will get a free ticket for the Wednesday evening. Note CAMRA members get free entry to all sessions on production of a valid membership card.

10th July (Wed) 8:30 to 23:00 11th July (Thur) 11:00 to 23:00 12th July (Fri) 11:00 to 23:00 13th July (Sat) 11:00 to 23:00 14th July (Sun) 12:00 to 14:00 (beer permitting!) Free entry to all. The festival will feature an outside 40m by 20m marquee in the market place with an outside seating area to complement this. Beers

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will also be available from the Darwin Suite inside the Assembly Rooms. A Derby City bar will again feature in the Darwin foyer, where we will showcase the amazing variety of breweries we are lucky enough to have in the city of Derby.

Real Ale The festival is again attempting to stock at least one beer from every Derbyshire brewery, with a special bar in the Darwin Foyer showcasing the miriad of brewers we are lucky to have in the City of Derby. Brewery bars from Fullers, Blue Monkey and Muirhouse will give you the ideal reason to walk around and see what is on offer. We have sniffed out some new breweries for you to complement the old stalwarts! We are also hosting the Champion Beer of East Midlands and the some of the local rounds of the Champion Beer of Britain, so good quality is our aim as ever.

Continental Inside the Assembly Rooms next to the Darwin Suite entrance we have the Continental Bar. For the first time we will feature four continental beers served from the tap, with two from Belgium and The Netherlands (Senne and De Molen) and one coming all the way across the Atlantic (Flying Dog). There will also be a large range of bottled beers from many different countries on offer.

Our independent microbrewery is housed within a renovated barn on the Chatsworth Estate in the beautiful Peak District.

Cider The festival will feature two cider bars to keep you apple lovers happy. These will be situated in the main marquee and in the Darwin Suite.

We are using the finest ingredients to create traditional craft ales with a local theme.

Mead Mead will again be featured but now in a new location in the foyer of the Assembly Rooms. As we were drunk dry last year we have ordered more stock - so all we can say is try and drink us dry again!!

The Pub People Company… Local pub company Pub People are going from strength-to-strength, taking on new pubs and reinvesting in existing ones. The Queen’s Head in Marlpool, situated between Ilkeston and Heanor is a real cask ale haven and was purchased as a freehold just before Christmas. Since taking over, the company, based in South Normanton, have perfected the range of cask ales and real cider and also introduced some North American craft beer and some new wines. The Steampacket in Swanwick, near Country Images HQ, received a considerable investment just two months ago reopening after a three week refurbishment. The pub re-established itself, after years of looking tired, as the best local in the village. A brand new range of five cask ales, wines and bottled beers from around the world as well as a premium snack menu which is proving so popular with the customers that a more extensive sandwich menu is being put together as we speak! Not too far away from Swanwick, in the village of Langley Mill sits another new Pub People investment. The Great Northern is also newly acquired and no time was wasted with a complete refurbishment and overhaul. The pub reopened in the middle of June after a huge refurbishment and the result is a beautiful pub serving the best home-cooked food and local real ale for miles around. The three pubs are in the diamond that Pub People have drawn in the East Midlands and continue to stay within these boundaries. Next up on the agenda is a huge project at a new pub in Keyworth in Nottingham. The Keyworth Tavern was closed at time of going to print and is scheduled to reopen on August 5th. All the details, photos and downloadable versions of menus are available on Pub People’s website ( as well as on their Facebook page. | 65

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to The Meadows Recent comments from Relatives

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

To arrange a visit or an informal chat regarding The Meadows Telephone 01773 520491 76 Mansfield Road, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7JL EXCELLENT RESULTS (FULLY COMPLIANT) IN CARE QUALITY COMMISSION INSPECTION OCTOBER 2012

To arrange a visit or just for some friendly advice, do not hesitate to contact us

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Country Images on-line has just got even better… has been completely redesigned to give you even more access to the best of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, including all the latest walks, our dining our reports, information from local galleries and not forgetting our Enhanced online editions of Country Images Magazine Read all our Dining Out Reports

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Sustain and enjoy independence throughout your retirement years in elegant surroundings with the support of top quality family-style care. This high quality retirement home is a beautiful Georgian building set in 4.5 acres of parkland, featuring a stream, pond and sensory gardens, just north of Derby City. l Highly trained staff l Superb home cooking l Lift to all floors l Most rooms have en-suite toilets l Ample lounge space with large conservatory l Call Care System to all rooms l Loop System l Own mini-bus l Extensive activities and entertainment

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Instant Sunshine Top right: From quirky to simply classic, England Barker has the latest 2013 collection of Radley watches from just £65. England Barker Jewellers, High Street, Ripley.

Bottom right: Beautifully embroidered dress in nude from Pomodoro, sizes 12-18, reduced from £135 to £67.50. Just one of many items reduced in the sale at Clarkes of Ripley, Grosvenor Road, Ripley. Below: Super Vendula Boutique handbag and matching purse available at Jillian Hart Fashions. These stylish accessories are great for enhancing your summer outfit and are in stock at Jillian Hart Fashions, 40-44 Babington Lane, Derby or telephone the shop 01332 347647.

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England Barker Jewellers SPECIAL OFFER

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75% OFF Fresh and new, just for you. There's nothing more colourful than life. The stories, the memories, the special occasions. Now's the season of weddings, graduations, christenings, birthdays and days for mothers, sisters and grandmothers. Come celebrate the time of her life.

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Summer Sale Celebrating 100 Years

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Instant Sunshine Top right: Using Sirdar Americana dk, create this versatile summer top. Yarn and pattern from The Wool Shop, U-duit, Church Street, Ripley

Middle right: Comfortable stylish shoes for summer days by Adesso available from Panache of Beeston, they also stock shoes by Earth Spirit, Gabriella Handbags plus a lovely range of jewellery. 1 Stoney Street, Beeston, Nottinghamshire or telephone 0115 922 5278.

Below: With handcrafted frames, premium polarised lenses and the eye for detail that Paul Smith is famed for, their new season sunglasses are set to have you smiling through the blue skies ahead. Available now from Hurst Opticians, High Street, Ripley.

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The perfect shop for Sewers and Novices! Haberdashery, Classes & Courses, Parties, Teenagers After School Club, Gifts Ideas

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Instant Sunshine

Middle right: Tarltons shoe shop in Somercotes, Derbyshire stocks a great range of footwear for men by Loake, Padders, DB, John White and the new exciting footwear called Tredflex. This great new range is made from South American leather and offers style and comfort, looking great with any outfit especially denim! The shop also stocks a lovely range of ladies’ summer sandals and co-ordinating handbags. Tel 01773 602816. Below: With sparkling beauty and absolute purity ‘Diamonfire’. All set in tarnish resistant silver and using the most exclusive of all synthetic stones. Each stone is carefully weighed, cut and polished, just as a diamond is. Using the brilliant 57 facet cut, to maximize the sparkle in every stone. Bridal Collection available now from Whites Fine Jewellers Ltd, Oxford Street, Ripley.

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With limits on luggage allowance, the new Decléor Travel and Try Me Kits are a great way to get all of your holiday skin care essentials in your case without adding too much extra weight. With prices starting at just £23.50 it’s also a great way to try out the delightful Decléor range. Speak to one of the therapists at Senses... Skin Care Centre in Alfreton to find the perfect match for your skin. Senses... Skin Care Centre 01773 835866

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Instant Sunshine Top right: Trendy satchel handbags in an array of colours including polka dot! A perfect accessory to an outfit this summer. These super and extremely popular handbags are available at Frox located at The Courtyard, Draycott Mill, Market Street, Draycott, Derbyshire. For details regarding availability and colours call into the shop or telephone 01332 875572.

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Paul Bullock ItEC/VtCt Qualified at Elite Hair & Beauty Salon 233 nottingham Rd, somercotes Alfreton, Derbyshire.

Tel: 07766 996345 Home visits possible

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Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow £25.50 Hello ... it’s flawless time! Benefit’s new oil-free brightening liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural complexion you can believe in. It’s you ... just more luminous and healthy looking. Details : SPF 25 • Oil-Free formula natural finish • Hydrating benefits • Light-diffusing properties • Available in 9 shades

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Play Sticks £26.50 A cream to powder foundation stick that helps promote a healthy complexion while giving natural – looking coverage. Scribble in any fun shape and blend for a satin-matte finish. With four silk-smooth shades to choose from, there’s a play stick to flatter most skin tones! Play sticks are perfect for fast, easy coverage : concealer, foundation and powder all-in-one!

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Stylish Selection of Shoes, Sandals and Handbags for all occasions Summer shoes also available in wide fitting


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Specialists in Damp Proofing Tanking • Renovation & Home Alterations No Job Too Large & No Job Too Small ALL WORK GUARANTEED OVER 33 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE Excellence Comes as Standard For all enquiries

Tel: 01773 409591 Mob: 07763 154 870

SUNSET WINDOWS The Area’s Favourite Window Company



Block Paved, Pattern Imprinted Concrete, Patios & Paths Cleaned And Sealed & Tarmacadam Refurbishment Local and Trusted Business



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

Tel:01773 513339


in the following areas…

Call now for a quote 01773 768955 - 07886 742856

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

Please call Phil Lingwood

on 01773 742936 or 07811810761

Ripley: Amber Heights. Little Eaton. Please call Garry on

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The Complete Building Specialist

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

Contact Dale on

01773 528 726 or

07740 678 687


DARREN MAYES DECORATORS Interior & Exterior Private & Commercial


Tel/Fax: 01773 820656 Mobile: 07966 296925

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

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

34 George Street Belper

Mobile: 07960 849642

Keeping you safe for 30 years


Tel: 01773 856082

Pyronix ENFORCER wireless alarms No mess, no fuss installations. Easy to use


(01773) 856800


Dry Stone Walling Services

01773 853338 Lynne Siddons CT, FVCM (Hons)

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

Heage, Belper, Derbyshire DE562AG


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

NSI Gold company


01773 745303 or 07837 080253 TELEPHONE, INTERNET, TV AND SKY, EXTRA POINTS FROM £50! Faults / broadband problems fixed or proved to service provider. Wires to external buildings, loud external bells, Ethernet & TV around the house.

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

MARTIN SHIPMAN Plumbing & Heating

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



Tel. 01773 744389 Mob. 07776 150274

From Concept to Completion

• All Skip Sizes Available • Grabhire • Competitive Rates

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

For free advice phone 01773 832676 Established 1985

Summer Special! £5.00 Discount on production of this advert

“Over the years we have built a solid reputation for high quality workmanship and complete customer satisfaction, whatever the job.”

Valid until 31/7/2013

Phone: 01773 822898

The Gate Maker

(Formally Stately Gates)

50% OFF Any size available as all our gates are made to measure View a selection of our exclusive products Bow 4ft tall x 7ft gap £470 NOW £235 Top 4ft tall x 12ft gap £826 NOW £413 6ft tall x 7ft gap £706 NOW £353 6ft tall x 12ft gap £1260 NOW £630


Flat 3ft tall x 7ft gap £336 NOW £168 Top 3ft tall x 12ft gap £686 NOW £343 6ft tall x 7ft gap £558 NOW £279 6ft tall x 12ft gap £1050 NOW £525

01773 745822

Phone now for your FREE on site quotation Fitting service available • Advertised gate is in our standard weight material, please ask about other weights

Stonework & Restoration Barn Conversions New Build / Bespoke Design & Build Roof Work Plastering Ground Works Joinery Works All uPVC installations incl conservatories Orangery Windows Doors soffit facias. Decorative external finishes incl Dry & Wet Dashing, Monocouche Internal Re-furbishments Kitchen and Bathroom Designs

Prestige Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Spotless Service Guaranteed! Family Run Business with Over 15 years’ Experience • High Quality Professional Service at Reasonable Prices • Deep Cleaning Service Keeping your Carpets, Curtains & Upholstery in Perfect Condition Specialist Cleaning and Care for Leather Upholstery

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Covering North East Derbyshire & The Peak District

FOR ALL ENQUIRIES Telephone: 01246 277311 Mobile: 07973 911404 | 81


All types of building work undertaken Tel: 01773 828516

Mobile: 07966 207758

A.Eley & Son

Furniture Restorers

Amber Valley Driveways


For a professional finish on:

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

Blockpaving • Fencing Tarmac drives & paths laid Patios & slabbing • Excavation • Power jet cleaning for drives, patios, block paving etc.

16 Heanor Road, Codnor, Ripley

Telephone: 01773 742103

Even the small jobs count!


Re-roofs, slating, re-bedding chimney pots, lead flashing, re-bedding ridge tiles, rubber flat roofing


Fencing timber/concrete, flagstones,  slabbing, block paving


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

Insurance work undertaken


01773 608278 Mobile 07817 591686

All joinery work undertaken Kitchens and Bedrooms fitted UPVC windows doors and conservatories

For a free quotation call Justin on

T:01773 775166 M:07815 287092

WEATHERSEAL Windows, Doors and Conservatories

07870 642169

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

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


01773 301922

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

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

Over 20 years’ experience

Fast, friendly, no mess, reliable services

01773 819933

Loft Conversion Specialist

‘Part P’ Qualified

No job too small

Tel: 01773 512209 or 07902 272541



COMPETITIVE PRICES • FULLY INSUREd Call Anthony for a free no obligation quote & advice

01773 836145 07800 928564


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

01773 857341 07521 516272

* Very competitive rates * Underfloor heating * Extra sockets to a full re-wire * Showers and extractor fans * Security garden lighting * All work undertaken

For your free quotation please call Darren Hutsby on

07912 691958 01773 522927

For free quotations please call

Phone Brendan on

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

07980 435236

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


Tel: 01773 747265 Mobile: 07967 419 504 Email:

A Local Family Run Company


Builder Bricklayer 07974 272103 01773 821943 BELPER BASEd


Designer and the Seamstress

Inspirational And Unique Ladies Fashion, Individual Gift Ideas



182 Victoria Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 8AT Sonia 07914 755891 or John 07910 390744 Open 10am till 4.30pm (Closed Wednesday & Sunday)

Just find the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire village

Let Us Help you Fall In Love With your Smile Designer Smiles at Desirable Prices Dentures Direct From The Laboratory Full Home Visit Service Evening & Weekend Appointments Available

Nick Smith, 81-83 London Rd Derby, DE1 2QS 01332 331 688 • GDC Registered Clinis in Derby, Nottingham & Mansfield

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Across. 1 Tread on 4 TV Series 9 Sort through 10 Automobile 12 On the edge of  13 Mathematical constant  14 Thought 15 They bring may flowers 17 Knights who say this 18 -- and you 19 detective Inspector 20 Barely Sufficient 24 Bother 27 Frozen water 28 Human Resources 29 value 31 protects 34 Employ something 35 Near somewhere in short 36 Replies 39 Song 41Colour 42 Rectangle 44 The state as they exist 45 Go to cure drink problem 46 After a cut 47 Mine 48 Take to court  Down. 1 You earn them 2 Goals 3 Enthusiastic praise 4 Must be obeyed! 6 Listening devices 7 Rub out 8 Footwear 11 Fire residue 14 Internal  16 Wilts 21 Computer virus 22 Top card 23 I agree 25 There around 5 --26 Uniform Resource Locator. 29 leather 30 Quiet 31 Harsh 33 went off course  37 dance 38 Mother of 11 sons  40 Top flight 43 Space

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Independent Jaguar Service Centre MGA Derby continues to grow and succeed in offering Jaguar clients the highest quality customer service. This year they are celebrating 25 years in business. Another reason to celebrate is due to their new larger ‘high tec’ premises on Victory Park, Derby, next to Rolls Royce. MGA pride themselves in using the latest diagnostic technology available and MGA are also an Autologic Jaguar diagnostic centre, Autologic often out performs dealer equipment too.  Over time vehicle manufacturers bring out new software upgrades and enhancements that are designed to fix faults on your vehicle and upgrade various systems. Typical software upgrades are designed to rectify common problems such a transmission/ engine/ infotainment or battery drain faults. With direct online access to Jaguar’s technical information and over 45 years of combined experience


MGA are in the perfect position to take care of your pride and joy. MGA’s 4 wheel alignment system lets them accurately align the 4 wheels of your car using laser technology and setting up to factory spec by adjusting camber, caster and toe. This will effectively reduce tyre wear, enhance handling and save on fuel. European Union legislation changed the way cars can be serviced and repaired, giving motorists the opportunity to choose who they want to look after their vehicle without invalidating the manufacturer’s or dealer’s warranty, therefore MGA can carry out normal maintenance, servicing and repairs during warranty periods. Talk to MGA before booking your next service or MOT.


01332 770054 01332 291348


Unit 2, Victory Park, Victory Road, Derby DE24 8ZF


Derby’s Premier Independent Jaguar Service Centre An alternative to servicing at a main dealership • Collection and delivery to suit you X Type, S Type, XF and XJ fixed price menu • Servicing from £210.00 84 |

Derbyshire's Leading Caravan & Motorhome Accident Repair Centre

automotive Ltd Need your Air Con checking/re-gassing?

Caravan and Motorhome Repairs including:-

• MOT for cars and bikes • Servicing and repairs • Fuel injection engineers • Air-con service & repairs

Shower tray repairs in-situ now available. Smart Repairs on Caravans, Motorhomes and Cars. Accident Repairs. Damp Repair Specialists. Caravan Tyres supplied, and fitted. Insurance Work Undertaken. Caravan/motorhome worktop repairs now available using the Konig repair system.

• All makes and models • Citröen specialists since 1994

Tel: 01773 748333

19 Wellington Street, Ripley. book on-line at

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

Call Sarah or Chris for friendly advice on

01773 513823 Visit our website for more information on any of the services we offer.

Or call in to our workshop at Prospect Court, Nottingham Road, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3AY

MOTs - £33.99 Service & MOT - £99

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

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Service and MOT Centre

Station Garage Belper



ON WEDNESDAY JULY 10th AT 7pm Station Garage in Belper are hosting a free evening, created for women and looking at the basic knowledge of car maintenance and repair. The evening will be run by the Garage’s female apprentice, Cat Treanor and the friendly mechanics at Station Garage Belper.  Some ladies find garages intimidating but with the help of their friendly staff; Jason, Nathan and Adam, who will be assisting

on the Ladies Night, they can dispel that fear. It is sponsored by the Good Garage Scheme. during the event there will be a raffle, where you can win a free MOT and other prizes. drinks and snacks will be available. Various representatives from around Belper and derby will be manning stalls to promote their local businesses. Station Garage is a family run business, established for 20 years in duffield and now for 7 years in Belper. Owner Ann Smith would like to introduce the new member of the team Catherine Treanor. Catherine has completed  2 week’s work experience at the VW/Audi dealership in Germany and has been nominated for the derby Peak Manufacturing and Engineering work based award.


help keep emissions down If you get your car serviced every 6 months you can cut down your car emissions, prolong its life and save money on running costs all at the same time

Have your motor home serviced and MOT’d Air Conditioning Serviced Members of the

TELEPHONE 01773 882651/882643

All Major Cards Accepted.

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Grave days of our lives! Talk on Life by GP I’ve just had a day out in Huddersfield. Why? you may ask. that's why.


f you've ever been to Huddersfield you will know it’s a place where beautiful Victorian architecture runs bang into the bad style and building of the 70's. Lovely ornate stone and brick buildings come face to face with ageing pre-cast concrete blocks placed in rows and mystically called buildings. The old stone buildings will possibly last another 100 years and yet the concrete looks far from healthy, as though it should be down by now. What was once a mill town full of lovely buildings has slowly given way to the developments of current architecture. Standing in the way of architectural progress is never a good thing but the main word here is progress. I read with interest Maxwell Craven’s ‘Lost Houses’ articles and although I understand that some buildings have just come to the end of their useful life, I do feel that replacing them with eyesores isn’t the way. Our local towns have some beautiful buildings which I love to look at and I hope that we can retain them. If you look above the shop façades you will see some beautiful detail. As I drove through the mazy streets of Huddersfield, thinking ‘another road system designed by Etch a Sketch’ to reach my destination I realised that finding dead ancestors is a lot harder than finding living ones and they can’t move! Searching for a death record at the Parish Office for someone born in 1813, I was told “If you can’t find a death record it probably means they are still alive”! He shouldn’t be hard to find then, I thought, he’s 200 years old! So, because said so, I ended up in a graveyard just on the outskirts of Huddersfield in the pouring rain, tripping over brambles, moving away ivy and getting soaking wet in a quest to find my wife’s dead ancestors. Trying to catch my mum at home is easier than this. Locating a grave in an untended graveyard proved more difficult than I expected. I started off with youthful vigour like an intrepid explorer hacking his way through undergrowth quickly ticking off graves - ‘Smith’: no, ‘Hardcastle’: no, ‘Ostlethwaite’: no, etc until after 25 minutes I slowed down, not due to lack of energy or because up to this point I’d fallen over 3 times hurting my knees, wetting my trousers (on the ground!) and had water dripping off the end of my nose, but because I’d (fatally) started reading the wording on all the headstones. If you’ve ever done this it’s quite fascinating what people write about those who have passed away but also it gets a bit depressing constantly reading dead, died, passed away, moved on, tragically

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sadly etc. Who were these people and what sort of life did they lead? You can get quite wrapped up in it and I was starting to feel that a day off work relaxing could be better spent in happier climes. I thought my wife was going to die of apoplexy when she saw her name on one headstone - A bit ‘Back to the Future’-esque. But that’s the point, you are bound to come across someone with the same name as yours eventually. On one headstone was written this: (I have adjusted the names and dates slightly to illustrate what I’m saying). Here lies Alan Ostlethwaite Born April 23rd 1800 died on June 1842 aged 42 also Helen Ostlethwaite born on July 21 1796 died August 1844 aged 48 also Elizabeth Ostlethwaite aged 18 months who died suddenly on March 22 1838 also James Ostlethwaite aged 6 months who died on April 12 1840. I was struggling with this one and assumed that this was a headstone that had been raised later to commemorate the family. What happened to these children who died so young with their parents cut off in their prime? So a little digging took place (not in the graveyard) into the history books and I found out that in 1842 when the General Strike, also known as the South Lancashire Plug Rioters, started it seems that quite a few lost their lives and Alan and his family could have been amongst those who suffered. Now there is a moral to this story and it’s that you can waste a lot of time on your day off finding out about people who are not related to you! Because this family wasn’t in any way, shape or form connected to my wife. No-one is buried there of her family either so this was turning into a great day out; wet, depressed and no further on. Coffees in Greggs and an Eccles Cake (well, when in Rome!), an search and a warm up later we knew someone from the family was christened here aged one, just two months after her father died presumed lost at sea, which we knew anyway and could have stayed at home in the warm and dry looking at the internet. But then that wouldn’t have been a nice day off in Huddersfield would it? I’m not going back. Or maybe I will, because after I had written this article and put it in the file ready for proof reading, I sat at home and on the TV came a new BBC2 series called TOWN featuring historic towns in England and guess which was first? Yes - Huddersfield! Obviously I had not seen the best bits because it looked quite nice from the air, with canals and open green spaces.


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