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Hello readers I’m out of control! Well, at least I was a few weeks ago and I must confess, I liked it … a lot! Before you think I’m one sandwich short of a picnic, let me explain… Roy and I have been married for 20 years and I have organised almost everything during that time. Roy will be the first to admit that most holidays, weekend breaks, concerts, meals, nights out (you get the gist) have been organised by yours truly. Organising must be in my genes, it just comes naturally. So, when I discovered that Roy had booked us a surprise anniversary break to Venice, it sent me into a bit of a spin. I am the research queen, and won’t book anything until I’ve trawled through numerous reviews and drawn my own conclusions. I needn’t have worried; Venice is a beautiful city and this break now tops our list of favourite European city destinations. We spent 4 days exploring the maze of quaint alleyways, bridges and canals; and much to the delight of my new fitness activity tracker, we walked miles and miles! Roy chose a lovely hotel just a few paces from St Mark’s Square. We didn’t venture much into the square until night-time … I have a bird phobia so I needed to wait for the pigeons to go to bed! I’d definitely recommend visiting Venice out of season; I can imagine that during the summer months it could get extremely busy when the cruise ships are in town. The weather was beautiful in February, cold but clear blue skies and abundant sunshine. A lot of bars and restaurants along the banks of the Grand Canal have heaters so you can sit out and watch the world go by. Another bonus with Venice is the absence of road noise and traffic pollution. Getting around is so simple on the local ‘Vaporetto’ water-bus. This mini-break has taught me that it’s good to lose control from time to time and let someone else take the lead. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. The job is Roy’s now; I wonder where he’s taking me next … Back to this edition - thank you to The Coach & Horses in Horsley for providing a 2 course Sunday lunch for 2 people as this edition’s Crossword prize – it’s in its usual spot on Celebrating our 20th page 6. Please continue to support the local Anniversary in Venice businesses that advertise within this little magazine as in turn, you are supporting your local economy.

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Contents Competitions & Puzzles Prize crossword – Win a 2 course Sunday lunch for 2 People at The Coach & Horses, Horsley 6 Children’s Puzzles 50 Friendship Blooms – FREE FLOWERS! 57 Champagne Sudoku 60 Business & Professional 2 Lifestyle 10 Food, Drink, Entertainment 14 Health, Beauty, Fitness 19 Motors 28 Home & Garden 32 Children & Education 49 Community 52

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BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Business & Professional Legal Matters Shacklocks Solicitors Whilst the idea that someone travelling abroad

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In each edition legal advisors from Trusts Shacklocks deal with important legal topics. This month Marion Vesey

Cassandra Worton, Partner with Shacklocks (pictured) invites us to think about LLP and a member of the Society of Trust and making a decision that will benefit Estate futurePractitioners, generations.explains some of the mystery behind Trusts.

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may leave their property in Trust to be managed whilst they are away is still very useful today, 70 years later is to stillhome to protect and Trusts may be the usedtrust closer providing that accommodation. manage property or money in other circumstances too. For example, a parent may set up a Trust in Another of the wetheir lookWill for a child, or their lifetime or trusts through after setson upor bydaughter a client who is not able to for anwas adult who wanted help people manage their to own affairs perhaps because of with particular medical disability or mental capacity issues. A married conditions. Her kindness person may provide in theirhas Will for their surviving enabled her trustees to provide spouse to have a life interest in their half of the financial support to aprotecting gifted that half of the family home thereby young musician who has experienced a be home for the next generation. A Trust may number of health issues that have interfered used where someone receives damages as a result with her education, enable that child to of a personal injury ortoclinical negligence claim. be educated the appropriate A couple mayinset upmost a Trust to keep their family environment. assets in the bloodline in case of changes in family and marital arrangements which may take the Aassets Charitable Trust can be set up either out of the family, or someone with a during secondyour familylifetime may setwith up asavings Trust toand make special investments up already, or alternatively arrangementsbuilt for their two families. A person through a specially prepared Will that will in with charitable intentions may set up a Trust only effect following your theirtake lifetime or on death for the death benefitand of those will not deprive you of in capital or whotherefore they particularly wish to help the future, income during your lifetime. and by doing so leave a lasting legacy: many of the charities we see now may have been set up in this Our at are Shacklocks have a particular These all types of Trust. speciality in preparing arrangements of this kind and alsoLLP of acting as professional Shacklocks have been dealing with Trusts trustees to enable wishes to be fulfilled and for many years, though not quite as far back instructions to be followed. as the Crusades! If you would like to know more about Trusts and how they may be of Ifhelp you in areyour thinking of supporting charities circumstances contact Cassandra through Will or Farmer during your lifetime Wortonyour or Richard at Shacklocks with a lump sum, why not talk to us about LLP on 01773 822333 or 01623 626141 or the different ways in which we can helporyou email benefit those good causes, and how to make the most of the tax rules that enable a charitable cause to benefit. Call us at Shacklocks to talk about how we can help you to help your favourite local causes. Telephone Shacklocks on 0845 602 2344 or email me at Cassandra Worton

Business & Professional

Money Matters: Auto-enrolment

(It is either here or about to arrive!) Depending whether you are an employer or an employee, a cold shiver may have just shuddered down your spine. For many employers the very mention of ‘AE’ will be enough to stop them digesting the remainder of this article. Fear and dread has probably flooded through their minds by now. There are over 1.4 million employers in the UK alone. 300,000 have so far fulfilled their duties. 7 million employees have joined or begun saving into them. Statistics suggest the schemes are quite popular, with roughly 80% of employees taking the opportunity to save rather than opt out. AE applies to even the smaller business – businesses employing upwards of 1 employee need to meet the new rules. Terminology such as ‘eligible’, ‘non-eligible’ and ‘entitled’ all represent a category of employee that each member of the workforce needs to be assessed as. Not just initially, but every pay period, whether that’s weekly or monthly, as examples. There are 33 new compliance processes that AE brings that employers must adhere to. Employers cannot coerce, discourage or incentivise non-participation of joining an AE scheme. Employers evidenced as doing this will be heavily fined. Employers will also have to establish a scheme for employees to opt out from as employees must be

enrolled first, before they can use their right to opt out. For employers, it is not just the compulsory contributions they are compelled to make (1% rising to 3% by 2019), but maintaining the necessary paperwork to evidence the compliance and running of the scheme. So as an employer you need to understand your duties and obligations. Who as employers will you turn to for help? For many it’s their accountant, financial adviser, online, DIY or NEST. Support is there, but it’s key to plan. Time will become an even more precious commodity. When is your company’s Staging Date? Best advice says to plan at least 12 months before your SD. Beware of the limited resources available to you though. There is only so much support and 700,000 employers stage in 2017. As more employers approach their deadline, the supply of help may be less available. Don’t leave it too late. Enrolment is compulsory, even if an employee then decides to opt out. So please don’t bury your head in the sand about AE. It is on our doorstep and will not go away. Plan your next step now, not in 12 months’ time. This is your friendly warning.

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Just a Thought... A Moment to Paws I’m writing this article in honour of someone who taught me what it is to truly live. To live a life with generosity of spirit. To find joy in the everyday and to meet hardship with bravery and hope. This is for you, Eddie Hilton. Eddie was named after the main character in the much loved 90’s TV show ‘Ab Fab’. She was named this because she was bouncy, lively, ditzy, fun and fantastic from the minute she entered our lives. I should mention at this point that she was a chocolate labrador, but to her that was a mere heritage distinction – because she thought she was a person. Most of the time, so did we! Not because we were mad but because we were madly in love with her. She had the most gentle nature and the most welcoming waggy tail. She was abandoned by someone at the tender age of 18 months and by chance found and rescued by my father. She stayed by his side for 13 years and brought incomprehensible

Days out with Dennis Go by Bus? Why Not?? It seems that some of you fancy going a bit further afield so this time we are going to Melton Mowbray, famous for its pork pies and Stilton cheese. We start with Trent Barton’s The Comet service from outside Peacocks in Ripley to Derby Bus Station at 9:33. At Derby Bus Station catch the Kinchbus Skylink service to Loughborough from Bay 7, leaving on the hour and then at 20 minute intervals past the hour. The route takes you via East Midlands Airport and the journey time is about 75 minutes. Leave this bus at Lemyngton Street, walk ahead, cross the road, and turn right down Baxtergate where you’ll find some bus stops. From stop BA (check this, as it can change), the next bus is Centrebus service No. 8 going to Grantham. This departs at 35 minutes past the hour. Leave this bus 43 minutes later in Melton arriving at stop S4 in St. Mary’s Way. For the town centre, walk back from the bus, round to the left and then to the right. The return is via Nottingham. Centrebus service 19 departs St. Mary’s Way from stop S1. This takes you, at 15 minutes to the hour, to Broadmarsh Bus Station in Nottingham in about 50 minutes. At Broadmarsh Bus Station, platform 1 bay 6 sees you on the FREE


joy to our world. At the hardest of times she was the only thing that glued us all together as a family and at the best of times she sat back and bathed in the tranquillity of life. Eddie loved to love and knew nothing of anger, hatred or discrimination. Her utterly wonderful life came to an end this year and the hole that has been left feels at times like a gaping chasm. However, when I feel the gnawing sadness of her departure I try to harness the absolute joy of her existence. Her legacy is this: everyone should be a little more Labrador. Long may it last. We love you Eddie xxx

By Fliss Goldsmith of Belper to all Centrelink service to the Victoria Bus Station, which runs every 10 minutes or so. The environmentalists amongst you will be pleased to note that this service is run with pollution-free electric buses. From Victoria Bus Station bays 7 or 8, Trentbarton’s Rapid One will take you back to Ripley at 17 minutes past the hour. Ticketing Whilst bus pass holders go free, inevitably those without passes will find these outings more expensive. Where savings can be made by using day tickets etc., I will point them out. A Derbyshire Wayfarer day ticket should cover the Trent Barton and Kinchbus services. The Centrebus service requires a separate ticket. People who might be interested in the buses used are invited to try my transport ‘blog’ on

By Dennis Basford Please note: All details and timings are correct at time of going to print and the author/publisher accept no responsibility should any details/timings change after publication.

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The Better Life Pump Ups the Volume This year, our aim was self-sufficiency in water for the garden. The addition of a Rainwater Hub – fixed to the wall and intersecting a downpipe (never underestimate the value of a competent neighbour) – means that we now have a gravityfed system of connected water butts. Like many homes these days we’re on a water meter, so it makes economic as well as eco sense. Our back-up system is a subterranean tank at the rear of the house, which – fortunately for us – was a present to the previous owners from their grown-up children. (Sometimes chocolates, flowers or socks just aren’t enough!) The only downside is that you have to prime the top chamber with water each time and then pump like billy-oh until the scraping sound stops and the spout gurgles with water. And then away you go. Although, I have to say, Anne humming the Popeye theme while I pump cast-iron doesn’t add much to the experience. Recently we noticed that the pump needed more priming even though it was delivering less water. My reactive solution was to impersonate Stephenson’s Rocket until the pump shrieked in pain. Luckily, taking the pump apart was a job I could actually do for myself, thanks to my trusty antique mini wrench (a £1 bargain at a local car boot sale). To be fair, the warped shaft was both not my fault and my fault – like a Zen riddle. Specifically: I didn’t manufacture the inferior quality pump shaft, but I had bought it online because it’d seemed like a bargain.

leather hat and motorcycle belt combo. Alas, I was never born to be wild though – born to bewilder, perhaps. A week or so later, we collected the parts and I redeemed myself by putting the pump back together. I’m no expert, but I’d say the pump is now working brilliantly. We’ve learned valuable lessons too – the benefits of using local craftspeople, how buying cheaply can be a false economy, and that my feet can’t touch the road on a standard Harley. Fortunately for me, my eco-bike suits me down to the ground. By Derek Thompson

“There’s a blacksmith down on the industrial estate,” Anne revealed, as I looked on – not for the first time – in awe. My admiration faded a little when she added, “And we’d better buy a proper gasket as well, while we’re about it.” I always get a thrill at meeting craftspeople. Not only are they doing something that I can’t (which could cover anything beyond growing mint and writing unpublished novels), but they are also artisans with a heritage. The suitably burly blacksmith shook his head in dismay as I handed him the warped shaft. I felt as though I’d insulted his profession. He told us that he’d made a few cast-iron pump shafts recently and he liked to make them individually. Now, you don’t get that at your local DIY store. Next on Anne’s list was the gasket, which entailed a visit to a leather outlet. The old-timer behind the counter, who, frankly, looked a little leathery himself, gave me a withering smile when I meekly passed over the ailing gasket. He seemed to take a shine to us though, recommended that he manufacture a new gasket from quality hide, and then tried unsuccessfully to sell me a


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Travel Angkor Wat, Cambodia From the 9th to the 15th century, the Khmer dynasty ruled one of the largest kingdoms in south-east Asia. Today Angkor, their ‘capital city’, is a unique history book highlighting the different styles and cultures which evolved over the 300 years it took to complete. It’s a World Heritage site, a ‘lost city’ claiming hundreds of temples and ruins scattered in a vast archaeological park. Most iconic is Angkor Wat, the best preserved temple and the largest religious structure in the world. It was built in the 12th century to honour the Hindu god Vishnu, was later used for Buddhist worship, and is featured on the national flag. Rising like a dream above the plain, it’s the finest example of Khmer classical architecture, stylish and harmonious with towers and colonnades reflected in a lotus pond. It’s a breathtaking sight, especially in the soft light of dawn tinged in silver and gold. The sandstone glows, almost surreal, birds stir in the trees and monks in saffron robes meditate at the water’s edge. The causeway leading to the entrance is still deserted and for the early pilgrims, this is a sublime vision of heaven as lotus-shaped towers mirror the five peaks of Mount Meru, the home of the gods. The first westerner to set eyes on Angkor Wat was a Portuguese monk in the 16th century, who spoke of ‘a building like no other in the world…with all the refinements the human genius could conceive.’ But the gods must have played a part, for whatever the time of day, the temple is pure magic, shimmering in the cool of the morning, burning in the midday heat, silhouetted against the darkening sky in the last rays of the setting sun. So from morning to dusk, the visitors pour in, spellbound as they shuffle around the lower gallery, marvelling at the bas-reliefs stretching for 800 metres around the central temple and regarded as the greatest artistic legacy in Angkor.

There are epic legends and battle scenes but most highly praised is ‘The Churning of the Ocean Milk’, where devils and gods fight for immortality, the latter led to victory by some of the 3,000 heavenly nymphs, or apsara, found in Angkor Wat. They also line the walls on the second level, encouraging meditation before the near vertical climb to the top, an act which requires unflinching concentration and a very slow descent. Visitors clamber down backwards and one can’t help wondering how the high priest ever managed to preserve his dignity. But when you’re up there, the world is at your feet, the courtyards, the galleries, the entrance gates at each cardinal point, two of them large enough to accommodate elephants. The oversized moats glisten like oceans, the outer walls mark the edge of the world and the forest spreads as far as you can see, hiding more vestiges from a glorious past. It’s a sacred replica of the universe, they say, and you can feel the vibes in the air. Back on the ground where city and palace once stood, cicadas whir in the trees and lizards bask in the hot sun. ‘Close your eyes’, whisper the guides, ‘and feel the past clinging to the stones.’ Then, for a moment or two, you step back in time, sitting in the Royal Court, bewitched by the wonderful Apsara and dreaming of the legendary sevenheaded snake who built a rainbow bridge to link heaven and earth by the lofty towers of Angkor Wat. By Solange Hando

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Beer Beers of the Month: April All the talk in the beer world for the last two or three years has been of craft brewers and craft beers. But what’s the difference between the craft brewers of today and the straightforward microbrewers of yesteryear? Well, to the naked eye the most obvious distinction is that craft brewers are much more adventurous in typography and graphic design. Their labels tend to be an undisciplined jumble of colours and fonts and there are generally far too many words, none of which tell you much about the actual contents. So let’s turn to the contents now, and compare an ultramodern hyperactive craft IPA to a version made by a brewery that’s been ploughing the same row for so long now it must surely have succumbed to boredom long ago. Punk IPA at 5.6% abv comes from Brewdog, the pioneering Scottish craft brewer that came to fame through its use of negative marketing, courting controversy to gain the media’s attention. This is perhaps the country’s best-selling craft beer – but is it any good? Well, it’s certainly interesting. My little tasting panel identified aromas of Rooibos bubble bath (honest!), lemongrass, basil, straw and peach, while the palate was honeyed, viscous, sweet, and not unlike a passionfruit J2O – certainly with none of the bitterness you’d expect from an IPA. Similarly the finish – peppery, with a hint of chilli, but with no discernible hop bitterness. Adnams, like many an old-established brewer feeling threatened by these crafty newcomers, has also gone down the bonkers-labelling route for its Innovation IPA (a hearty 6.7% abv); with far too many words, a completely made-up back story, and a list of exotic hop varieties which looks impressive but means nothing to you and me. The beer, though, pleased: sweet citrus notes on the nose – mandarin or perhaps tangelo; a richer, creamier mouth feel than Punk IPA with a slightly soapy sweetness; and a rich, dark, lingering finish. So, then: both excellently fruity and complex beers. Neither of them a bit like an IPA, though.


Beers of the Month: May Something like 1,000 new breweries have opened in Britain in the last 10 years, and even though pubs are closing and alcohol consumption is dropping, almost none of them have gone bust. Clearly they’re doing something right, and much bigger, older, uglier breweries are trying to figure out what. And – joining being a function of not beating – some pretty unlikely candidates are turning to that ol’ sincerest form of flattery. The unlikeliest of them all being Guinness, perhaps the biggest one-product beer factory in the world. Back in December we had a look at Guinness’s West Indies Porter and we liked it. Now it’s (sort-of) summer, we’re looking at Guinness Golden Ale (4.5% abv) – and do we like that too? Well, no. For a start, it’s not golden – in fact it’s closer to copper than gold. And then there’s the nose: “like feet, or warm Stilton – lactic and sour,” was one comment. “Sugary – diabetic trucker’s pee,” was pithier still. The palate? “Thin and sharp.” “Where’s the malt?” “Soda water.” And the finish? Short and sharp with a hint of sour apple. So, not a favourite, then. From Black Sheep of Masham, North Yorkshire, which celebrated its silver anniversary last year, comes a more promising attempt at a “craft” beer. Black Sheep is best known for its eponymous bitter, which is a superbly executed albeit dead traditional malty brown beer formulated with the Yorkshire palate firmly in mind. A golden ale, whose floral hop aroma should burst out of the glass at you like a flowerfilled hand grenade, is something of a departure. Have they nailed it with Golden Sheep (4.7%)? Yes they have – although admittedly it’s more of a fruiterer’s than a florist’s. This is a Yorkshire thing. Yorkies are more about malt than hops and a golden ale is usually more about hops than malt – most even have a dose of wheat malt to keep that body light. But this is a curvaceous mill-girl of a beer: malty nose with notes of lime and cherry; rounded Pimms-y palate ripe with strawberries; then green fruit or even apricot in a long, astringent, thirst-quenching finish. By the ‘eck! Wakes week must be early this year! By Ted Bruning

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Thai Green Curry This classic curry is great for a mid-week family supper – it’s quick to make and tastes delicious! Serves: 4 Ready in: 35 minutes Ingredients: 200g Thai jasmine rice 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced 2 tbsp Thai green curry paste 1 large red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 1 large courgette, sliced 450g chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks 400ml can coconut milk 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp fish sauce Squeeze of lime juice 2 tsp Nigella seeds Method: Cook the rice in a large pan of boiling, lightly salted water for about 15 minutes until tender, or follow the packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion for 5 minutes. Stir in the curry paste and cook

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And Another Thing... Tom Spoils a Good Walk From the other end of the Sunday breakfast table, my Dearly Beloved stared at me in disbelief. “Tom, what on earth are you wearing?” Sporting my Pringle jumper, Farah slacks and Michael Jackson glove I replied, “What does it look like? I’m off to spoil a good walk. Nigel has asked to make up a four-ball.” “Does he know you can’t play?” “Rubbish, I made par at Royal Birkdale.” “You mean you beat Evan and Hannah at crazy golf on Southport pier? Well off you go then!” After squeezing the Mondeo Ghia between two shiny Germanic tanks, I breezed into the club house to be greeted by Nigel with Simon and Chris – two tall chaps clad from head to foot in Ping and Nike. “Tom! Ready for a spot of match play?” “Sure! Where do I go to rent some bats?” After kitting myself out with a half-set from the club shop, we strolled onto the first tee. With the dew glistening on the immaculate fairway, I squinted at the flag fluttering gently in the mid-morning mist. With the pines swaying imperiously to my right, the club house nestled serenely on my left, surely this was golfing Nirvana. As agreed, Simon had first dibs at the green. A suggestive wiggle of his haunches then – thwack! His small white missile was sent into a perfect trajectory towards the hole. Nigel was up next, and proceeded to hook his effort into the light rough. Third to tee off was the debonair Chris, who effortlessly located the fairway. Soon it was all eyes on me. After dithering over my weapon of choice, a clearing of throats told me that my procrastination was getting on everyone’s wick. There was only one thing for it – death or glory. It was time to deploy the heavy artillery. “The driver, Tom? Feeling brave?”

sitting happily on the tee, awaiting further instructions. Without skipping a beat I spat on my hands and announced, “Okay, enough practice swings – let’s get off the mark.” Like a coiled spring I unwound my twisted torso and whoosh…into the air she went, arcing beautifully into the sky. Unfortunately the item in the stratosphere wasn’t the ball – it was my club. With all the dignity I could muster, I trudged off to retrieve my equipment. After my fellow golfers were back up off the ground, I decided to follow Nigel’s advice: “Tom, why don’t you play it safe with a three-iron?” And so we slogged onwards. Finally, as dusk began to fall, we reached the eighteenth, by which time Simon and Chris, not unreasonably, had had quite enough. And then it happened. On the final fairway I took a battered seven iron and swung it in the general direction of the pin. Thwack! I connected perfectly and up went my ball – a pure golf shot, rising gracefully skywards before plopping down gently onto the green…then - a hop, a skip…and unbelievably, in she rolled! “Did you see that? Did you see that!?” Nigel put his head in his hands as Chris turned to Simon and sighed, “How I pity his poor wife.” Back home I rushed upstairs and started rummaging in the back bedroom as Sarah called out, “Tom where have you been? It doesn’t take that long to play, surely?” “Well it does right now, but as I practice more and more I’ll go round quicker! Here they are!”

I blew out my cheeks and narrowed my eyes. After a quick check on the position of my target, I pulled back my mighty masher and let fly. Immediately after my swing I was up on one leg, leaning forward to check the progress of my effort. “Can you see it?”

“Listen, if you think I’m staying at home every Sunday while you cut sods out of the fairway, you can bog off! And take off Granddad’s plus fours, you look ridiculous. Now go and set the table.” And so, as I miserably decanted the Merlot, I wondered if Tiger Woods ever had as much trouble getting out the house.

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Seeing everyone’s posts of their meals was brilliant as I got so many ideas, the food didn’t need to be boring. The weight and inch loss I’ve had have been fantastic and this group was just the right thing for me to achieve the results I have craved for so long.” Ang, 30-day Body Transformation Group Member. If you’ve been making excuses and want to see real results in a month that really could transform your body for good, then contact Alex Robinson today! The cost of joining the 30-day programme is £50 and you’ll receive all associated dietary advice, daily exercises and support from Alex and other group members, all via a secret Facebook group. Call Alex on 07817 337861 or email There’s nothing stopping you achieving the body you want! You can view Alex’s profile on the National Register of Personal Trainers ( and the Register of Exercise Professionals (

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Derbyshire Walking: Kirk Langley Walk Type: Undulating countryside, gentle rolling hills and country lanes. Distance: 7 miles (11 km) Time: 3 – 4 hours Waymarking: Routeway 4 OS Map: Explorer (1:25,000) 259 Derby Landranger (1:50,000) 128 Derby Start: Kirk Langley Church, Kirk Langley, just to the west of the A52 (SK287 389)

A walk through rolling fields and downs on the edge of the Derbyshire Peaks, taking in the boroughs of Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales District and South Derbyshire District, and touching along parts of the historic Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk.

As you walk up the rise you will notice a number of burrowed holes in the bank. You are passing through a ‘live’ badger sett. You may even be able to smell the musky aroma of the badgers as you pass by. It is quite safe to continue to walk through this area and badger groups are quite anxious that the general public are aware of sett locations, in order to deter illegal ‘badger baiting’. Continue across the field keeping the hedgerow on your left. Turn right, keeping the hedge to your left and proceed up the field. Continue through the gap into the second field. Walk on until you reach a gate which leads to a driveway and onto the metalled road of Burrows Lane. 2. Turn left and walk down the lane for about 300 yards to a bridle path sign by a gate on your left. Go through the gate and follow the bridleway down the field edge, through a wicket gate and to a footbridge at the bottom.

The Route 1. With the church on your left, walk west along Church Lane for about 500 yards, passing Langley House (beware of traffic). Ignore the first footpath sign on your right. As the road bends to the left, turn right onto the farm road leading to Nether Burrows. Continue to follow the road for about 1 mile and bear right just prior to Nether Burrows Farm. After approximately 200 yards bear left into the yard of the next farm and turn right between the farmhouse and the barn. Bear diagonally left across the next field and aim for the entrance into a little wooded valley. Proceed through the bamboo for a few yards and use the stepping stones to cross the small stream. Continue ahead, slightly uphill and exit into a field (you are now in Derbyshire Dales District).

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7. At the road junction, bear right and look for a stile on your left just opposite the lane leading to Radbourne Church (you are now leaving the Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk). Go over the stile and cross the field to a gap in the electric fence. Continue to a stile in the far right-hand corner. Immediately cross another stile. Cross the field heading towards another stile at the right-hand edge of a wood. In the next field bear right down the slope to the diagonally opposite corner, cross another stile and join the road. Turn left and walk up the road to the junction. 8. Just opposite the junction go over a stile on your right. Continue slightly to your left through a plantation of trees and through a gate into a field. At the far right-hand side a gate takes you into another field. Aim slightly to the right towards a gate next to a stile. Proceed over the stile, keeping the hedge on your right, until you come to a well-concealed gap on your right. Go through the thicket into the next field. Continue straight up the middle of the field to the finger post visible in the distance. This is Long Lane once again (beware of traffic). Cross over to the stile opposite and follow the path with the hedge to your left, over four more sets of stiles. As you approach the buildings of Kirk Langley, look for a stile on the left, which takes you into the next field. Head down the field towards the house on the left, to find a stile. Cross the stile into a garden and then, straight ahead, another stile takes you into the lane. Turn right to return to your starting point. Walk supplied by Amber Valley Borough Council and Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield, as part of their ‘Routeways’ series of walks:

6. Go over the footbridge and cross the next field, keeping the pylon to your left and three trees to your right, aiming for the Oak tree in the far hedge. Go through the gap in the hedge to the left of the tree and over the footbridge. Carry on into the next field. Bear right, aiming for the stag-headed Oak tree. Cross the stile and bridge into the next field. Proceed diagonally left to a stile over a wire fence. Continue past a small coppice, whilst heading the same direction until you reach another bridge and stile. Continue over one more small field and you will reach a narrow stile through a hawthorn hedge onto the surfaced road. Turn left and walk up to Radbourne Village. Radbourne Hall is visible on the hill, in the distance to your right, behind the tree line.

We have taken reasonable steps to ensure that this walk is safe and achievable by walkers of a realistic level of fitness. The publisher accepts no responsibility for any injuries caused to readers whilst following the walk. Always wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Walk details correct at time of going to print. It is advisable to carry the relevant OS map with you when walking the route.

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Motoring New Audi Q5 Replacing ultra-successful cars is never easy for a manufacturer, but that’s the challenge Audi has faced with the Q5, the brand’s best-selling SUV. Built at the manufacturer’s most advanced ‘smart factory’ in Mexico, the refreshed off-roader is packed with clever technology, features revised engines and a fresh look that the maker hopes will continue to win over buyers. But has it done enough?

Looks and image

The new Q5 may be a little less flashy than its Jaguar F-Pace rival, but that smart new octagonal nose, dramatic headlights and sharp body creases give it fantastic presence on the road. That’s helped by a wonderfully squat stance and perfect proportions.

What’s under the bonnet?

There are three engine options to pick from – but the best seller, and our pick of the bunch, is the 187bhp, 400Nm, 2.0-litre TDI, which will account for 60 per cent of sales in the UK. This comes as standard with a clever new Quattro Ultra all-wheel drive system that can switch seamlessly between two and four-wheel drive automatically. Fuel economy is 56.5mpg with emissions of 132g/km, and it hits 60mph in 7.7 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 135mph. A 2.0-litre TFSI petrol option with 250bhp is also available. It’s capable of returning 40.9mpg and emits 157g/km. A feisty 3.0-litre V6 TDi completes the line-up, producing 284bhp and a stonking 620Nm of torque.

Behind the wheel

The new Q5 is quite simply brilliant to drive. We tested the car on a variety of terrain, from motorways to cities and beaches to dirt tracks; it took them all in its stride. On the road it’s quiet, refined and accomplished, while in the grit it was surefooted and secure. The revised 2.0-litre diesel engine is punchy and works brilliantly when combined with the 7-speed S-tronic gearbox – overall it’s by far and away the best choice of transmission. Inside, the quality is clear. Solid, good quality materials are everywhere and the leather seats are comfortable and perfectly adjustable. There is plenty of space around the driver and logically placed controls for the multimedia system. There’s also a three-zone climate control system, an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the optional virtual cockpit, which replaces the dials with a 12.3-inch high resolution display.

Space and practicality

The new Q5 is bigger and wider than its predecessor – but still 90kg lighter. Inside there’s more headroom and rear knee-room, while boot space is up 10 litres. Two adults will sit comfortably in the back, but a large transmission tunnel seriously eats into rear legroom in the middle seat. Safety systems are plentiful and buyers can opt for active lane assist, pre-sense assistance which helps detect if a crash is imminent and can apply the brakes for you, and cross-traffic assistance at the rear that will help when pulling out of parking spaces. In slow moving traffic it’s even partly autonomous, slowing down and speeding up in jams while keeping you in your lane.

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Audi has moved the game on with its new Q5 but not ruined a recipe that has won it so many admirers. Stylish, comfortable and great to drive, it’s now packed with even more clever technology and features. With best in class performance and economy, and some highly tempting optional extras, we’d be very surprised if any of its rivals managed to usurp it at the top of the sales charts any time soon. By James Baggott

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Short Story The Friends of Yarrow Avenue “What time do you call this?” Gladys was straightening papers at her mahogany desk when Jean came shuffling into the study. “We can’t have dawdling – the Press are coming.” “Sorry,” said Jean, “I just bumped into Mr Pike at number three.” “How’s he?” Gladys asked. “He’s got these temporary dentures,” Jean said. “They’re absolutely huge. He reminds me of that old cartoon dog, what’s his name?” “False teeth, whatever the size, are hardly an excuse for leaving his bin out,” Gladys muttered tartly. “Did he have anything to say for himself?” “Nothing much.” Jean began unwinding her scarf. “Just some remarks about the tulips.” “Remarks?” Gladys sat upright. “What sort of remarks?” One thing she’d discovered since appointing herself Chair of the Friends of Yarrow Avenue was that there were always remarks. She’d thought her neighbours would be glad of a cheerful reminder that it was time to take down their outdoor Christmas lights, or attend to the guttering. Who wouldn’t be glad of a note suggesting that they tackle their privet? All she got was remarks. Things would change after today. A man from the Gazette was coming to photograph the tulips they’d planted on the avenue’s grass verge. She’d had her hair done specially. With the right publicity, Gladys imagined, she’d finally get the recognition she deserved. “He said that given where they’d been planted,” Jean settled herself at the card table which doubled as her desk, “he thought they were offensive.” “Offensive!” Gladys scoffed. “Who could possibly be offended by tulips?” “I know!” Jean picked up her stapler as though she’d never seen one before. “Have you walked down to admire them yet?” Gladys had not; she preferred to drive along the avenue. Her role was purely organisational. It was Jean, as secretary, who’d gone out in the freezing fog with a dibber to plant them last Autumn.

“So why are they offensive?” Gladys asked. “They’re not. At least, I don’t think they are.” “What aren’t you telling me?” Gladys narrowed her eyes. “Don’t bother taking your coat off, we’re going to have a look.” Gladys strode through the hall with Jean hurrying behind her. “At first, I decided to plant them so they spelled GOOD DAY!” Jean said. Gladys froze. “Please tell me you didn’t?” She imagined some dreadful municipal park planting scheme. “I didn’t,” Jean said. Gladys breathed a sigh of relief, and set off down the garden path. “I just planted GOO.” Jean stammered. “I see.” Gladys marched purposefully towards the corner of the avenue. “So the tulips just say GOO?” “Well no,” Jean continued. “I remembered you’d said we should promote our residents’ association. So after GOO, I began to spell out FY – you know for the…” “Friends of Yarrow Avenue,” Gladys interrupted. A little tacky, she thought, but at least people would know who was responsible for the tulips. “Yes,” Jean said, catching her breath. “Only I ran out of bulbs before I could do the A.” “Please tell me my flowers don’t spell the word GOOFY?” Gladys cried. They turned the corner to see poor Mr Pike and his temporary false teeth with the photographer from the Gazette. “Goofy!” Jean laughed cheerfully, “Yes, that was the cartoon dog’s name.”

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Homes & Gardens the surface, and level it off to make it easier to sow the seeds evenly and at the same depth. You can make your own tamper using a piece of wood with a small block of wood nailed to it to make a ‘handle’.

Gardening Flower Power You can inexpensively and easily grow a huge range of flowers from seed at home. Just about every perennial flower is available to grow from seed, and once they have reached flowering size they’ll just keep on performing! There are lots to choose from, including lupins, silene, Echinaceae, geranium, perennial poppies, delphiniums, gaillardia, hollyhocks, rudbeckia and salvia. Pay a visit to your local garden centre or use a seed catalogue and start planning; you could save a fortune, and all from a packet or two of seed. To start, you need containers to sow the seeds into – I like to use half-sized seed trays, RootTrainers or smaller individual cells – and some good quality compost and your chosen seeds. It helps if you have something to tamp down the compost too, plus labels, a permanent marker, a dibber and some vermiculite (for covering seeds that need some light to germinate well). Sieve compost through a compost sieve to remove the larger lumps, leaving fine compost perfect for seed sowing. If you sieve it straight into the pots, cells or trays, make sure you collect up any that falls on the surface below. Once the compost is in the tray or pot, firm it down so that there are no large gaps beneath

It is easier to look after seedlings if the seed has been sown in straight rows; make the rows using a plastic plant label. Check the packets for the correct depths for the seeds, and if you are sowing seeds in small cells then it is easier to make the holes using a dibber (or a pencil if you don’t have one). RootTrainers are ideal for larger seeds such as sunflowers. Don’t sow too densely or the seedlings will need more thinning out and will be more likely to become drawn, leggy and weak. Once in place, just cover the seed with compost. If you are sowing larger seeds into cells, just pop the seeds into the prepared holes and cover to the required depth. Next, use a watering can with the rose attached and water thoroughly. If the seed sown was quite small, it is best to stand the tray in a shallow tray or bowl of water, so the compost absorbs water from below – this way the seeds are less likely to be displaced. Finally, label your seed trays clearly, ideally with a permanent marker. Many perennials need heat for the seed to germinate reliably. Put the trays, pots or cells into a propagator, standing each on moist capillary matting. Once the seedlings appear, gradually lower the temperature and then prick each one out into its own pot. Keep them fed and watered as they grow and in just a few weeks or months you will have some great plants ready for the garden. By Pippa Greenwood Visit Pippa’s website to buy gorgeous UK grown vegetable plants accompanied by weekly advice emails from Pippa, or to peruse the really useful selection of Pippa’s favourite gardening items including SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls for leather jackets, vine weevils and other pests, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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Property Matters Are You Sitting on a Building Plot? Too much garden and not enough time for gardening? Some of you out there have very large gardens that you either don’t want or don’t need. Turn them into building plots, make some money, put your lawn mower away and put your feet up this summer…

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Not everyone can do this, but if you have an unusually wide and/or long garden, especially if you live on the corner of two streets, there’s a strong chance you may have a building plot!

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Small scale developers and certainly individuals looking to build their dream home need the comfort of knowing the site has planning permission. CAN It doesn’t costVALUE a lot to get what’s NEW BEDROOM LIFT BY known as ‘outline planning permission’ compared to the uplift A QUARTER! in the value of the land. Don’t waste your money having full designs prepared and obtaining full planning permission – the Research byofNationwide Building Society people thinking buying your site may have their own ideas suggests that or expensively loft conversion and be unwilling to an payextension more for your arrived at design solution. which creates a double bedroom can add

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The Diary of a Local Mum Will it be OK? Owing to enthusiastic participation in various sporting activities (and sprinkling of general carelessness), my children have unfortunately picked up quite a collection of injuries over the past few months. Thankfully, none of them have turned out to be too serious and they’ve managed to heal well enough to continue to put themselves in enjoyable competitive peril. However, when the said injuries occur, the first thing they ask when the tears have dried and they turn to me for reassurance is ‘Will it be ok?’ To which I always respond, ‘Yes, it’ll be absolutely fine, don’t worry!’ whilst simultaneously suppressing rising panic. I, of course, have absolutely no clue at that point of the severity of the injury, the estimated duration of the healing process (usually the second question), whether it will still hurt tomorrow, and whether they’ll still be able to go to school/their friend’s party at the weekend/the next scheduled sporting event. I can usually reassure them with conviction that their toe, leg, finger, head and, most recently, tongue (yes, really) won’t fall off – but beyond that, there’s little basis to my promises of ‘it’ll be fine’. I have done first aid courses in the past so I do know the basics (RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation is usually a default, although this was trickier with the tongue incident) and I can ask all the right questions (‘Does it tingle?’, ‘Does it hurt if I do this?’, ‘Can you feel this?’) but I have very little clue what to do with the answers (apart from more internal panic). Thankfully, wonderful local NHS staff have been able to step in at this point with expert knowledge, meaning that my only really useful input is coordinating appointments, acting as a taxi service and repeating the ‘it’ll be ok’ mantra. But, that’s what parents do. Sometimes, kids just need to hear ‘it’ll be fine, don’t worry’ in any

situation, and I can imagine even in the most traumatic of circumstances parents around the world all say the same to their little ones as they protect them from what can often be a very harsh reality, staying by their side and supporting them as the severity of the situation unfolds. Thankfully, we’ve never had to cope with anything more serious than a broken bone and my heart goes out to families who, day in day out, have to keep children’s spirits high as they battle physical or mental illness, life-changing injuries, devastating changes in personal circumstances, or the injustice of war, famine or natural disasters. Being a constant, reassuring presence whilst also having to deal with your own emotions, worries and the practical day-to-day difficulties that life throws at you must be overwhelming. I know there are many fantastic organisations, professionals and charities out there to support families and children in such situations, and watching Children In Need, Comic Relief and other similar fundraising events really reiterates not only what some children and families have to endure, but also the wonderful work that is done to help those in need. Many of us, myself and my children included, are very fortunate to lead happy, relatively carefree lives, sheltered from much of what goes on in the wider world. Sometimes a small issue can disturb our day-to-day status quo and feel like a big deal when actually, it really isn’t anything major in the grand scheme of things. As I write this, Comic Relief is approaching, so on Friday 24th March I plan to spend the evening laughing at the genius of some of our best-known comedians, crying as I see what some children have to endure, and smiling along with them as their lives are changed for the better by the care, support, and generosity of strangers. And I’ll be making a donation, as my way of saying ‘Don’t worry, it’ll be ok.’

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Local History Dirty Old Town Walk along the Ripley Greenway, even on a winter’s day, and there is a sense of peace. The deep cutting as it skirts the town centre limits the traffic noise, and the path is a green corridor with vegetation on either side. And yet, this old railway line reminds us of Ripley’s industrial past, when life was very different. It was one of many lines, both passenger and pit, that virtually surrounded the town. You couldn’t really move out of Ripley without crossing a railway line of some sort: the line to Ripley pit crossed the iron bridge on Nottingham Road, both the Midland Railway and pit lines crossed Derby Road at Marehay, whilst the Butterley works railway actually went under the road at Butterley corner. Even going West to the hills you were accompanied by the Ambergate – Ironville line. Steam engines, especially pulling heavy trucks laden with coal, are noisy and dirty things. On the Butterley Company’s 20 miles of track, they ran trains from 5am to 10pm, sometimes through the night. In the works itself, the incline from the furnace yard to the Top Plain was so steep that it took two or even three engines to pull a bridge section up. Add to this the smoke and noise of the blast furnaces, kept alight 24 hours a day for years, steam engines at work pumping air to provide the blast and the constant ring of hammered iron, and you have a town where peace and quiet would be a rare and precious thing.

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Added to the sounds and smoke of the works and the railways, everyone had coal fires for heating and cooking. Imagine what all this grime and soot would do to the washing on the line, let alone the air quality. It seems ironic, then, that the line which was once part of all this noise and dirt, can now be described as a “green lung” for the town. By Ripley and District Heritage Trust

For Edie Barnes Wallis, the mother of the famous aircraft designer, who lived for a time on Butterley Hill, the works even lit up the night. She said : “All night long the sky pulsated with the glow of the fires, on a cloudy night much more than on a clear, up and down, up and down, across the window blind.” She was interested in the works, and passed on the interest to her sons : “Not far from us was an engine house with an endless rope, for drawing trucks of coal up the steep hill from the canal and a pit nearby. My children always called this engine house ‘the pit that sighs’ because when the bell rang for the laden trucks to come up, the engines started with a kind of sob, and for 15 minutes or so it went ‘Ah-ha, ah-ha, ah-ha’, as you do when you sigh profoundly. I heard it sighing every day as I fed my fowls in my garden. The children loved to go and watch the trucks slowly stealing up the gangway.”


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Book Reviews Our books this month are all about change, from shifting viewpoints to rewriting history. Homegoing Yaa Gyasi Homegoing follows the descendants of two African sisters – one sold into slavery, the other married off to a slave trader. We meet warring tribes in Ghana, brutalised slaves on American plantations, men forced into hard labour once slavery has supposedly been outlawed, drug addicts and numerous other characters. Brilliantly written, vivid and, at times, harrowing, this is one of those books you’ll find yourself recommending to anyone who’ll listen. Stickertopia, The Flower Garden Mitchell Beazley Walk into any bookstore and you’re likely to see at least one shelf dedicated to grown-up colouring books. So it’s not too much of a surprise that sticker books are having a similar grown-up makeover. This one includes 30 garden illustrations, from Klimt’s garden path to the butterfly garden in Bronx Zoo. You can add extra colour and detail with stickers of flowers, leaves, butterflies and birds. It’s surprisingly relaxing, and there’s something rather satisfying about putting your own mark on the designs. All Our Wrong Todays Elan Mastai No one expects Tom Barren to amount to much. They certainly don’t expect him to go back in time and completely change life as they know it. But that’s what happens. In Tom’s world, 2016 looks rather different than it does to us. The discovery of a clean, almost effortless form of energy back in the 60s has made the world something of a utopia. But then Tom becomes the first time traveller, and accidentally rewrites history. When he gets back to 2016, everything has changed.

Take Courage, Anne Brontë and the Art of Life Samantha Ellis Anne is often seen as the ‘other Brontë’. Most of us would struggle to remember the names of either of her books. In part, this is because of the way she’s usually portrayed – quiet, reserved and, well, less interesting than her siblings. Ellis goes to great lengths to show that this was far from the case. Anne’s novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, was, in many ways, more subversive and ahead of its time than those of her sisters. As Ellis talks us through her research, a very different Anne Brontë starts to emerge. Take Courage is far from a dry clinical biography; Ellis is clearly indignant at Anne’s treatment and the book is a real pleasure to read. Good Me, Bad Me Ali Land Can a child brought up to be a killer change her fate? That’s the question posed in this gripping psychological thriller. Milly is in foster care with a new family and a new name. All she wants is a fresh start. But Milly’s mum is a serial killer, and Milly was the one who put her behind bars. As the trial approaches, Milly has to decide what she wants from life, and how far she’s willing to go to get it. The Art of Contribution Ann Skinner The Art of Contribution aims to help people live a more meaningful life. Life coach Ann Skinner shares her advice for making a positive impact on the world. The book is broken up into short, easily digestible chapters. They focus on lessons that Skinner has learnt herself, from embracing imperfections to contributing not ‘from a place of feeling that some things in the world need fixing, but from a place of wanting to add joy to it’.

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Your Horoscope April and May 2017 April: Venus, the planet of love and romance, starts and finishes the month in passionate Aries; interestingly she dips back into mystical Pisces from the 3rd to the 28th, highlighting sensitivity and compassion within relationships. Fantasy may win over reality as this seductive energy draws you in. Dynamic Mars plods through practical Taurus until the 21st – perfect for getting things done as this energy is stabilising and brings the opportunity to be more grounded and persistent. Tricky Mercury is preparing to go retrograde on the 10th, it’s best to finalise any important correspondences before then. The full moon in Libra on the 11th highlights themes around harmony and balance; you’ll need to ask yourself if you are taking on too much and pay attention to where rest and relaxation may be necessary. An energy boost arrives with the new moon in Taurus on the 26th. May sees the sign of Taurus the bull moving into the spotlight; this sign is down to earth and constructive and this stable and practical energy can be used beneficially to keep your projects going at a steady pace. Taurus is also the sign of nature, spring is here – be sure to get outdoors as much as possible and enjoy the abundance of the natural world. The planet Mercury finishes its retrograde motion on the 4th, ensuring that things will flow much more smoothly as the rest of the month picks up pace. The full moon in Scorpio on the 10th increases self-awareness and intuition and enhances emotional intensity. The new moon in Gemini on the 26th is lively and curious, increasing our hunger for knowledge and developing our capacities as thinkers and communicators. ARIES: MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 April: Your ruler, dynamic Mars, is in practical Taurus and shines the torch on your finances this month. Your earning ability is ripe for change so take advantage of an opportunity to meet new people who can influence your work progress. The full moon on the 11th illuminates a breakthrough. May: Mars, your ruler, remains in the upbeat sign of Gemini all month; plans, projects and anything to do with communication should be gathering momentum as May unfolds. The Scorpio full moon on the 10th brings investments and shared resources into the spotlight. TAURUS: APRIL 21 - MAY 21 April: Mars is steadfast and strong in your sign until the 21st. This is your cue to shift gear and turn up the pace. Finances are also a high priority this month and you should have some new money making ideas up your sleeve. The full moon in Libra on the 11th brings interesting opportunities your way. May: The Sun is in your sign until the 21st and energetic Mars in Gemini continues to give you an extra boost of vitality. Venus, your ruler, is in fiery Aries all month, bringing you a chance to clear up some emotional matters that have been bothering you for quite a while. GEMINI: MAY 22 - JUNE 21 April: Abundant Jupiter brings renewed confidence and courage around the time of the full moon on the 11th. Creativity is in the spotlight and you’ll need to take stock and review your options as a brilliant idea can now turn into reality. Try to get important communications out of the way before the 10th. May: Mercury, your ruler, returns to direct motion in your sign on the 4th opening up the possibilities for innovative ideas and exciting new plans to pick up pace and move ahead. The full moon in Scorpio on the 10th sheds light on an exciting opportunity for the future. CANCER: JUNE 22 - JULY 22 April: Domestic matters get the go ahead after the Libra full moon on the 11th, when any setbacks and delays should start to ease. Abundant Jupiter shines a helpful and powerful light, empowering you to live your life on your own terms. Take advantage of the auspicious new moon on the 26th. May: This month brings a pleasing social period your way, opportunities open up and you can bask in the spotlight. Practical matters also look encouraging and you’ll feel ready to put in quite a lot of hard work. After the full moon on the 10th you find that help comes from unexpected quarters. LEO: JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 April: Mercury, the planet of commerce, starts its retrograde motion on the 10th highlighting your career sector and ensuring that some reassessments need to be made. Jupiter’s challenging aspect to transformational Pluto acts as a wakeup call. This is the catalyst to self-empowerment. May: Energetic Mars in Gemini remains in a pivotal sector of your chart, bringing all sorts of new developments to your social life. Relationships may be the most exciting part of your life right now as a deep friendship, or even a love affair could become particularly rewarding for you.

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Community VIRGO: AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 April: Dynamic Mars is directing the spotlight on to education and travel making this month a great time to make plans, but do try to keep your options open. The powerful full moon in Libra on the 11th brings your finances into focus; money matters may require careful handling. May: Dynamic Mars is at the highest point of your chart all month, illuminating the way for brighter career prospects. Avoid wasting energy on trivia and take care not to be distracted. The Taurus new moon on the 25th highlights a brilliant opportunity and a new beginning. LIBRA: SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 April: The important full moon in your sign on the 11th illuminates your ability to be successful and shows the need to find a good balance and a positive outlook. As Dynamic Mars moves into Gemini on the 21st, be watchful for opportunities through friends, groups and associates. May: Further learning opportunities and long distance travel are both in the spotlight this month. Venus is in fiery Aries all month ensuring that confidence and intuition are at a peak. Take this opportunity to further develop new projects, particularly around the Scorpio full moon on the 10th. SCORPIO: OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 April: Your relationships are set to get a boost as energetic Mars highlights this area of your chart; Venus is well positioned to bring love and romance your way. With Mercury going retrograde on the 10th you’ll also need to pay close attention to the small print on any transactions. May: The full moon in your sign on the 10th illuminates the important decisions that you have taken in recent months. Successful work projects now coincide with your determination to succeed in all areas of life. Dynamic Mars in Gemini is strong in your financial sector. SAGITTARIUS: NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 April: Work and lifestyle issues are in the spotlight this month; it’s a good time to spend time on finding a better balance in these areas. Mars is powerful in Taurus giving you stability to go ahead with creative and innovative ideas. Ambitious viewpoints have a good chance of success around the 26th. May: Mars in Gemini brings your relationships and partnerships into the spotlight this month. With the love planet Venus strong in fiery Aries, passionate romance is also on the cards. The Scorpio full moon on the 10th is rather introspective, heightening reflection and intuition. CAPRICORN: DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 April: Mercury and Mars both occupy an extremely creative sector of your chart, making this a good time to develop any expansive career plans that you may have. The full moon in Libra on the 11th illuminates a new opportunity and allows you to make a lasting impression on those around you. May: This month brings a sense of adventure and exciting new possibilities. The Sun and Energetic Mars are both in pivotal positions in your chart, ensuring that you enjoy popularity and recognition. Use positive thinking to get the very best out of any new social endeavours. AQUARIUS: JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 April: Home and family look set to occupy your time this month as home improvements become a top priority. Vibrant Mars is strong in practical Taurus, giving you extra energy to complete outstanding projects. The full moon in Libra on the 11th brings a boost to forthright communication. May: Your ruler, the maverick planet Uranus, is in spectacular aspect to practical Saturn all this month. Apply your energies to constructive pursuits and connecting with influential people: your intellectual powers are sharp, particularly after the 4th as Mercury goes into direct motion. PISCES: FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 April: It looks like a busy month for Pisces as the Aries Sun illuminates the financial sector of your chart and kick-starts your desire to make money fast. A bold approach should pay off; try to strike before Mercury goes retrograde on the 10th. The new moon on the 26th is great for energetic communication. May: Your home and your family are in the spotlight this month as energetic Mars stirs up the domestic area of your chart. A new plan of action is on the cards and you may need to make some major decisions. Creativity and intuition flow after the full moon on the 10th.

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Upbeat Preventing Doorstep Crime

Check the identity of any caller and contact the company they work for to see if they are genuine. Use a number from a bill or telephone directory rather than one that they give you. If you have a neighbour that you trust, call them to see if they can check who is at your door. If you really must open the door, use a door chain or bar and make sure any other doors and windows to your home are locked and shut first.

During the past few weeks there have been reports of incidents in the Amber Valley where someone has knocked on the door of a home unexpectedly, and used an excuse to distract the resident. They have later found that cash has been stolen. Older adults are more at risk of becoming a victim of bogus callers as they tend to be more trusting and willing to let someone into their home. How can you protect yourself? The best advice is simply don’t open the door, especially when you don’t know who is calling or are not expecting anyone. A genuine caller will have ways to contact you if it is important. Alternatively, shout through and ask them to come back another time when you can arrange for someone you trust to be with you.

Is the caller trying to sell you something or offering to repair or work on your house or garden? Tell them you are not interested and ask them to leave. Genuine businesses won’t need to drum up business by cold calling. If you are worried the repairs might be urgent, contact a firm that you know or has been recommended to you. If you know someone who might be at risk please make sure they are aware of this advice. Offer to help, or put them in touch with a tradesman you know is reliable. Most importantly, please keep an eye on people calling in the area or acting suspiciously. If they are using a vehicle, or if a car or van that you wouldn’t normally see has been in the area a while, take down the registration number, colour, make and model if possible. Report any information about suspicious callers or activity to the police on 101. Always use 999 in an emergency, where you are concerned about someone’s safety or think a crime is in progress.

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Friendship Blooms Show your appreciation for a fellow member of the community; it may be a friend, a family member or maybe someone you’ve come into contact with who Julie Hurst of provides a wonderful service Margaret’s Florist or who works hard to make a difference. Let All Things Local surprise them with a fresh bouquet of flowers.

All Things Local has joined forces with Julie Hurst (pictured) from Margaret’s Florist in Ripley, to offer readers the chance to show their appreciation for a fellow member of the community. The recipient of this issue’s bouquet is Marlene Brown of Ripley. She was nominated by her husband Terry Brown. Here is what Terry wrote: “I would like to nominate my wife Marlene. We have been married for 50 years on 25 March 2017. Marlene deserves a gold medal for putting up with me all these years, so I am sure a bouquet would be very nice. She has been a terrific wife, a real ‘Jewel in the Crown’. I look forward to the next 50 years.” Terry Brown Nominate someone to receive the next bouquet. All you have to do is state, in no more than 100 words, who you are nominating. Include their address and the reasons why you are nominating them. You can nominate more than one person if they are living/working at the same address… and remember – flowers don’t just have to be for women! The only rule is that the person receiving the flowers must live or work within the Ripley postcode area (DE5). Just write your nomination on a piece of paper and send to Friendship Blooms, All Things Local, 74 Woodhouse Road, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0NA or email your nomination to putting ‘Friendship Blooms’ as the subject. Please include your full name, address and daytime telephone number on your nomination.

Marlene receives the bouquet from husband Terry, assisted by their grand-daughter Chloe.

Closing date for nominations for the next issue is Wednesday 26 April 2017.

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Little Black Book

Clubs, Societies, Groups, Classes Codnor & Waingroves 3rd Codnor Scouts For girls and boys aged 6-14. All clubs meet at the Old Cricketer’s Bungalow at the side of the Old Welfare, Codnor. Beavers – Tuesdays 5.15pm till 6.30pm. Cubs – Tuesdays 6.45pm till 8.15pm. Scouts – Fridays 6.30pm till 8.15pm. Ann Cantrill 07817 636232. Amber Valley Rotary Club Meets Tuesdays 6:45 for 7:00pm at Codnor Castle Inn, Ormonde Fields Golf Centre, Nottingham Road, Codnor. New members are welcome. Please contact us first if you are interested. Contact us on 07850 440001 or by our ‘Contact us’ page on Codnor & District WI 2nd Tuesday each month, 7.15pm at Methodist Church Hall, Mill Lane, Codnor. 01773 714098. Derbyshire County Council Children’s Centre – Come Out & Play in Codnor. Peveril House, Codnor. Play and information for families. Wednesdays 1.30pm-3.00pm. Telephone 01629 532601 or email: Jog Codnor Jog Derbyshire Group. Meets at the Poet & Castle Pub. For all abilities. Tuesdays at 7pm Contact: Ben 07500 600171 Stay & Play At Waingroves Methodist Church, every Wednesday during Term Time, 1.30pm - 3pm. Contact Ruth Beresford: 01773 743345. Walking for Health Waingroves Woodland Walk, first Tuesday each month 11am – 12.30pm. Meet at The Marquis of Ormonde, Codnor Denby Lane DE5 9SP. Info: Ripley Leisure Centre 01773 514727.

Denby & Kilburn 1st Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Scout Hut, Highfield Road, Kilburn, Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm. Call 01332 882535 or 07545 551890 for details. 3rd Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm at Kilburn Methodist Chapel Brown Owl (Trish Rose) 01332 881786 1st Horsley & Kilburn Rainbows St Clements Church, Church St, Horsley Thurs 6.00pm – 7.00pm. Contact Sarah 07454224088 1st Horsley & Kilburn Scout Group For boys & girls aged 6 to 14 at Scout HQ, Highfield Rd, Kilburn. Contact: Richard Ward, 01773 857232 or 07795 420505. Chatterbox Café Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn, every second Friday, 10am to midday, in conjunction with Mobile Library sited on car park. Coffee, cakes; relax, chat or read. Enid: 01332 780486.

Mums & Minis Denby Bottles Church, Danesby Crescent, Tuesdays 10am to 12noon. Mike and Alison James 01773 743104 Stay ‘n’ Play Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Every Thursday 9.15am to 11.15am term time only. Tae Kwon-do & Self Defence Kilburn Village Hall. Adult & Junior classes Sat: 10.00-12.00noon. Sun 9.30-10.30am Panthers 4-7 yrs Sat: 9.00-10.00am & Wed 5.00-6.00pm Contact Shirley 07779 812468 The Wednesday Club The Denby Village Cricket Club, 1st Wednesday every month 2pm–4pm. Ann Goddard: 01332 780220. All welcome. Walking for Health Every Thursday, meets 9.30am outside Bourne’s Café, Denby Pottery Visitors Centre, DE5 8NX. 60 minute duration. Also, Progression Walk (120 minute duration) meets 9.30am, same location, first Thursday each month. For details of either walk contact Amanda Gowing 01773 523325; Whist Drive Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Fortnightly on Wednesdays 2pm. 01773 741586

Horsley Woodhouse 1st Sitwell Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, aged 6 to 14. Sitwell Scout HQ off Church Lane, Horsley Woodhouse DE7 6AW. Info: Email: Dance Night Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Monday 7.00pm, Line Dancing with Megan; and at 8.15pm. Eric: 01332 881566 or 07790 863997 Horsley Woodhouse Joggers Meet at the church hall, Horsley Woodhouse 7.00pm Thursdays. £2 per session. Beginners group for new or returning joggers. Contact: Sam Draper 07891 571488. Horsley Woodhouse Pre-School Methodist Church Hall, Main Street. Term Time: Under 3’s Monday & Wednesday 1.00pm to 3.30pm. Over 3’s Monday to Friday 9.15am to 12.15pm. Call 07969 964842 during opening hours. Horsley Woodhouse Royal British Legion Horsley Woodhouse Over 60’s Club meets in the hall, alternate Tuesdays at 2pm. Bingo, dominoes and cards. Outings for members at regular intervals. Subs £8 per year. Come and join our friendly group. Call Don 01332 881379. Orchard Group Dominoes, Scrabble, and Whist at Orchard Community Centre, off Fairfield Road, alternate Tuesdays 2pm. 01332 883240. Over 55’s Gentle Exercise Class Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Wednesday 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Pauline Clarke: 01773 712829 or Eric 01332 881566 Tae Kwon-Do Practical Self Defence Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Adult & Junior Classes, Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm. Contact Shirley 07779 812468

Denby Footpaths Group Maintenance and preservation of local footpaths; community walks, circular routes. Jane: 01332 781305, or e-mail

Walking for Health Every Wednesday, 9.45am meet, 60-90 minute duration. Meets at various points around Horsley Woodhouse. For detailed schedule contact Amanda Gowing 01773 523325

Derbyshire Archery Club Now meet at John Flamsteed School. Shooting at times outside school hours. Frequent tournaments at Kedleston Hall in the summer. Regular beginners’ courses throughout the year. Information on or phone Neil Bryan 01773 824903.

Whist Drive British Legion Hall, Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, every Friday 7.30pm. Malcolm Parkin 01332 880160.

Intermediate Adults Dance Classes Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Latin American and Ballroom, Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Patricia Cooke: 01332 660837. Kilburn Christian Fellowship Meet in Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn, 5pm to 6pm on the second Sunday of each month, refreshments. All ages welcome. Godfrey: 01332 781200 Kilburn Community Choir A time of singing and fun, no experience needed. Meet at Old Oak, Horsley Woodhouse 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 7-8.30pm.Contact 07986 450580 or 01332 780276. Kilburn Life Group 8 Sitwell Drive, Kilburn. 10am to 11.30am first and third Wednesday of month. Discuss issues on life matters. Cynthia: 01332 882713. Kilburn Striders Jog Derbyshire Group Meets at car park opposite Pickford Gardens. For all abilities. Meets at various times. Please call Ross for details. Ross: 07791 683056

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Kilburn Wine Circle Kilburn Village Hall, Church St., DE56 0LU. Every third Wednesday of the month to taste wine. Contact David Savidge 0115 930 3712 or Phil Bacon 01332 883267.


1st Ripley Scout Group Cubs, Beavers, Scouts 6/14 years for boys and girls. To join call group scout leader, Ron Ashton on 01773 745420 4th Ripley Rainbows For girls age 5+. Visit for details Aim Excelsum School of Music Band practice on Mondays – 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Unit F, Sitwell Business Centre, Heage Road Ind Est, Ripley, DE5 3GH. Suitable for 6+ years of age and parents, of all abilities. For further details please email: Alphabet Childminding Group Meet at Denby Institute. Childminders wishing to join the group can call Marion on 07952 798808, Claire 07891 956715, Trina 07875 142583. Amber Valley Access Group Contact Keith Boot 07980 591801. Email Amber Valley Camcorder Club Marehay Miners Welfare, Derby Road, Ripley, meet alternate Tuesdays 7.45pm from September to June. Geoff Thompson: 01773 748559.

Little Black Book Amber Valley CVS Volunteers needed to work with various organisations. Supports older people, families, children, helps and supports local groups giving advice on funding, as well as offering training, facilities and resources. Further details: 01773 512076. Amber Valley Stroke Group Meet alternate Fridays at St Joseph’s Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Supporting stroke survivors. Call Mary 01773 747813.

Ripley Ladies Group Meet 1st Tuesday of every month 7.30pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. New members very welcome. Contact Gill 01773 744580. Ripley Leisure Centre Badminton Club Meet Thursdays 7.30pm – 10.30pm at Ripley Leisure Centre. Players of a club or local league standard are welcome. Ladies, Mens & Mixed teams. Info: Kay 01332 883622

Amber Valley Talking Newspaper People who have difficulty reading can receive tapes of local news (weekly) and magazines (monthly) free of charge. Info: Ellen Hughes 01773 608954.

Ripley Memory Cafe Third Thursday of each month 2-4pm, Field Terrace Community Room, Off Slack Ln., DE5 3HL. (Opp. Co-op) Info: Helen Aldridge 01332 208845 or email

Amber Valley WASPI Women Against State Pension Inequality. Group meets7pm, every second Thursday at Coffee Shop Sainsbury’s Ripley. or email All welcome.

Ripley Morris Men Male Cotswold Morris Side, meet every Thursday at Fritchley Church Hall, Fritchley, 8pm to 10pm. New and experienced dancers and musicians welcome. 01773 743560.

Baby Sensory Multi-award winning baby learning and developmental classes suitable from birth to 13 months. Tuesday’s, 10am and 11.15 at Ripley Leisure Centre. Booking essential: or contact Marie 07989 443734 for details.

Ripley Poetry Reading Group Meet at Ripley Library, Grosvenor Road, Ripley, twice monthly, Thursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm. Janet Dawson 01773 513247.

Centre Stage Theatre Arts Dance, drama and singing for young people 5 to 18. Every Thursday evening during term time, at Mill Hill School, Ripley. Call 01332 232940 or email for details. Disability Derbyshire Join our support group for people suffering from depression and anxiety. Last Tues of each month 10.30am-12noon. Field Terrace Community Room, Ripley. Info & attendance confirmation: Disability Derbyshire 01773 740246. Friendship Circle Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley, every Thursday 10am to 12noon. Greenhillock’s Fellowship Club for over 50’s. Wood Street Methodist Church, Ripley, Wednesdays 2pm to 3.30pm. Quality entertainment, speakers, social afternoons, quizzes, day trips. David: 01773 423854. Hearing Help (AV) Social group every 3rd Wednesday 11.45am-2.30pm. Lip Reading Group every Friday 10am-12pm. At 156 Derby Road, Ripley. 01773 570976. Ivy Grove Surgery Patient Group Meet 7pm last Wednesday monthly (excluding August and December) at Ivy Grove Surgery, Steeple Drive, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3TH. New members very welcome. For further information email or visit Moorwood Moor Angling Club Ponds on Inns Lane, South Wingfield, daily 6am to 10pm. More details on membership, and junior teach-in sessions from John and Kath: 01773 746486 Musical Dimension Singing group available for bookings – all monies raised donated to local charities. Practice nights Tuesdays 7.30pm at Marehay Methodist Chapel, Ripley. Call 01773 742017 for details and to book or visit Ripley (Amber Valley) Lions Club Meet every first Monday of the month at the Kestrel Inn, Marehay, 8pm. Geoff Bacon: 01773 608786. Ripley Absolute Beginners Jog Group Meet Ripley Leisure Centre 9.00am Sunday mornings. Email: or tel: Ryan 07854035770 Ripley Amateur Drama Group Meet every Mon at Mill Hill School. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Info: Terry Thorpe 01773 743471

Ripley Professional & Business Women (RPBW) Encouraging women to share ideas and interests. All ages, professional and retired welcome, from Ripley & surrounding areas. 2nd Monday each month, 7.30-9.30pm, Lumb Farm, Derby Road, Marehay DE5 8JN. Contact Ripley Residents’ Association Meetings last Monday of each month 6.30pm, Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Advice and guidance on issues or concerns residents may have in a friendly, supportive setting. Info: Ruth Burton 07815301528. Ripley Rotary Club Meet Tuesdays 6:40 for 7pm at Lumb Farm Country Club, Derby Road, Marehay, Ripley. New members welcome. Contact Secretary on 01773 747415 or email: Ripley Royal British Legion Branch 3669 Meet first Thursday of every month at The Sir Barnes Wallis Public House, Maple Avenue, Ripley 7.30-9.00pm. All welcome. Info: Chair Dean Fowler 07966 442387 or email Ripley Running Club Meet at Ripley Leisure Centre, Derby Road, Ripley every Tuesday at 6.45pm Runners of all abilities welcome. More info: Eleanor Robinson on 01773 541950, or Ripley School of Dancing Ballroom, Latin American & Old Time Classical. Children’s class Saturdays 9.30 – 11.30am. Adult’s practice/tuition class Mondays 7.30 – 8.30pm. Private lessons by appointment at Marehay Methodist Chapel, Ripley. Brenda Jackson 01773 749948. Ripley Tuesday Club Club for over 60’s. Meet every Tues, 2-4 pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Speakers, Bingo, other events and days out. All welcome. Contact Eileen Towndrow 01773 741329. Ripley WI Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. 2nd Thursday every month at 7pm. Contact: Christine Byard 01773 745170. Tae Kwon-Do Classes Ripley Infants School, Kirk Close, Ripley DE5 3RY. Tues & Fri at 6pm. David: 01773 744031. Twistin’ Tikes Music for ages 3-5, 1.30-2.30pm, Planet Happy, Heage Rd Ind. Est., Ripley. Contact Jacqui 07977578359,, www.facebook/twistin tots.

Ripley and District Gardening Club Every third Saturday at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley 3pm to 5pm. New members very welcome.

Twistin’ Tots Fridays at Planet Happy, Heage Rd Ind. Est., Ripley. 9.30-10.30 & 11-12 noon. Music and play for under 5s. Contact Jacqui 07977578359,, www.facebook/twistin tots.

Ripley and District Heritage Trust Meet Ripley Town Hall Thursdays 2pm-4pm. New members welcome – contact Tim Castledine on 01773 746954.

WaistWise Free NHS Weight Management Service, available throughout Amber Valley all year round. To find your nearest one call Derbyshire Health Promotion Service on 01246 868468.

Ripley & District Twinning Association Twinned with Chateau Renault, France. Monthly meetings. Details from Roland: 01773 746543. Ripley & District U3A Monthly meetings at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Dates vary. Many different interests catered for. Call Brian 01773 603222. Ripley Cadets Parade on Monday & Thursday 18.45-21.00 at the Cadet Centre, Mill Hill School. Open to all young people 12-18. Contact: Jo Moody 0785 2102104 Ripley Classical Music Group Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Meet twice a month, Thursday evening at 7.30pm until 9.30pm. To promote interest in an appreciation of classical music through the recording medium. Concert visits & Christmas social. Contact Philip Outram, Secretary, 01773 746939. Ripley Green Garters Ladies North West Morris Dance Team meet every Tuesday at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Dancers and musicians welcome. 01773 743560. Ripley Hospital League of Friends Ripley Hospital, second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. To raise funds for the health, welfare and comfort of patients and staff. Mrs Phyllis Holmes: 01773 747355

Walking for Health Ripley Health Walk, every Friday, meets 1pm at Ripley Leisure Centre Reception or Ripley Medical Centre, Derby Road DE5 3HR (30-45 minute duration). Also, Follow-on Walk (90 minute duration) every second, third & fourth Tuesday. Meet at the entrance to Ripley Leisure Centre at 11am. For info on either walk contact Ripley Leisure Centre 01773 514727.

TO INCLUDE YOUR NON-PROFIT MAKING GROUP IN FUTURE ISSUES, E-MAIL DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL 2017. Please note that only groups and classes which are held in the distribution area of All Things Local will be included.



Community Diary April / May 2017 April

1st: Attic & Pre-loved Sale, Waingroves Methodist Church. 10am – 12noon. 1st: Derby Bach Choir’s Spring Concert at Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm. Reserved seats £20, unreserved £16, students £5, u16s free. Tickets from Foulds music shop (01332 344842) or 1st: Ship of Fools Comedy Night at No.28 Belper Market Place. Tickets £7, booking 07804 563371 15th: Easter Egg Hunt 9am – 1pm, Treetops Hospice Care, Derby Rd Risley DE72 3SS. Children £4 (incl. Egg Hunt and Easter Egg), adults £1. Fun and Games for all – Peppa Pig, Storm Troopers, donkeys, archery, rides...! 0115 949 1264 21st: Quiz Evening with Pie & Peas Supper, Smalley Church Hall, 7.30 pm. Tickets £6 including supper & hot drink, from 0 1332 831649 or 831830 (book by 16th April). Proceeds to St Matthew’s Church, Morley. 29th: Somercotes Choral Society presents ‘Sounds American’, 7pm David Nieper Academy (formerly Alfreton Grange), Grange Street, Alfreton, DE55 7JA. Ft. guests ‘Yesteryear’ (from TV’s The Naked Choir). Admission: £8 (U16 £4). Contact: Carole 07905 242750 / Jane 01773 780984. 30th/1st May: Belper Arts Trail: over 120 artists showcasing diverse mix of fine art, printmaking, photography, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewellery & more! 10.30am - 4.30pm both days; 53 venues across Belper. Trail guide £3. Info:


1st & 29th: Car Boot Sale, Treetops Hospice Care, Derby Road, Risley, DE72 3SS. Gates open 7am (sellers), 7.30am (buyers). Buyers: Adults 50p, under-16s free. Refreshments available, bouncy castle, on-site car park. Sellers: car £10, car & trailer £12, large van £15. Info:, 0115 9491264 5th: Ship of Fools Comedy Night at No.28 Belper Market Place. Tickets £7, booking 07804 563371 6th: Well Dressings at Waingroves Methodist Church. 11am Blessing of the Wells followed by lunches & refreshments. 20th: Derbyshire Day 10am-4pm, No.28 Belper Market Place. Local writers & artists including 2pm Helen Moat book launch. Info: Facebook: twentyeightbelper 29th: Plant Hunters’ Fair at Carsington Water, Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST, 10am – 4pm. FREE ENTRY (charge to park). Further details: Please check events with the venue/organiser as the publisher accepts no responsibility if events are changed/ cancelled following publication. If you have a one-off event or special excursion for June/July 2017 please e-mail it to Deadline is Wednesday 26th April 2017.

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Little Black Book & Community Diary: Wednesday 26th April 2017 Advertisement Bookings, Editorials, Cancellations and Copy Amendments: Wednesday 26th April 2017 New Advertiser Copy: Wednesday 3rd May 2017

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Useful Numbers Doctors & Hospitals, Emergencies Post Offices Appletree Medical Practice 01332 842288 Arthur Medical Centre 01332 880249 Amber Pharmacy 01332 782844 Crimestoppers 0800 555111 Drug Helpline (24 hour) 0800 776600 London Road Community Hospital 01332 265500 NHS 111 Out of Hours (24 hour helpline) 111 Police (non emergency) 101 Ripley Hospital 01773 743456 Ripley Medical Centre 01773 303591 Riversdale Surgery 01773 822386 Royal Derby Hospital 01332 340131 RSPCA Emergency 0300 1234999 Samaritans (24 hour) 08457 909090 Severn Trent Water 0800 7834444 Water Floodline 08459 881188 Whitemoor Medical Centre 01773 880099

Belper (Strutt Street) 01773 820108 Codnor 01773 742376 Duffield 01332 840105 Heanor Post Office 01773 713034 Horsley Woodhouse 01332 880221 Kilburn 01332 880444 Little Eaton 01332 832780 Ripley (Derby Road) 0845 722 3344 Smalley 01332 882222

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Index Accountant: Amber Accountancy Aerials: Aerial Technology Ripley Airport Transfers: Connect Cars Architect: Green 2K Design Architect: Jon Pilkington

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Bathrooms: Arctic Interiors 45 Beauty Therapy: Alison Clare 21 Beauty Therapy: Essentials Beauty 22 Beauty Therapy: Unique Hair & Beauty 26 Bedrooms: Contour Furnishings 37 Bedrooms: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse 34 Building Work: Property Developments Belper 39 Building Work: TDB 37 Building Work: Thorp Developments 38 Building Work: XL Construction 39 Car Body Repairs: B A Kelf 29 Car Body Repairs: Martin Buxton 28 Car Sales, Servicing, Repairs, MoTs: Geoff Cox 2 Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Little Eaton Garage 29 Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Marehay Garage Services 28 Care Home: Ashmere 61 Carpet Cleaning: Roy Milner 4 Carpets & Flooring: T Nutt & Sons Ltd 7 Children’s Soft Play Centre: Planet Happy 49 Chimney Sweep: Sooty & Sweep 4 Dental Practice: Glendair Driving Instructor: Mason Driving School

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Education: Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Electrician: Andy Hill Electrician: McPherson-Davis Electrician: TME Electrical

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Financial Advice: Belper IFS Florist: Margaret’s Florist Foot Health: The Chiropody Clinic Foster Care: Barnardo’s

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Garage Repairs: VSF Ltd 33 Garden Living: Cabin Master 3 Garden Machinery Sales/Service: Easy Service & Sales 44 Garden & Property Services: The Garden Guy 37 Hair: Louise Brown Hair Studio Hair: The Salon Hair: Unique Hair & Beauty Home Care Specialists: Helping Hands Home & Garden Maintenance: H & H House & Garden Hotel: The Derby Hotel Blackpool

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Joinery: R & D Joinery


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Kitchens: Arctic Interiors Kitchens: Holtams

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Landscaping: Langley Landscaping


Mobility: Derby Mobility Services


Oven Cleaning: Spring Fresh


Painting & Decorating: Roy Milner Personal Trainer: Alex Robinson Plastering: Claxton Plastering Plastering: McPherson-Davis Plumbing & Heating: Mark Denton Property Development: Langridge Homes Public House: Marquis of Ormonde

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Restaurant: Bas Peri Peri Restaurant: Denby Lodge Restaurant: Marquis of Ormonde Restaurant: Rice Bowl Roofing Specialist: J.A.L Roofing

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Security: Prestige Solicitors: Shacklocks Sports Massage: Essentials

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Take Away: Bas Peri Peri Trampolining, Freerunning, Fitness: Oxygen Freejumping Tree Care: Able Tree Surgeons Tree Care: Amber Tree Management Tree Care: Clip ‘Em & Fell ‘Em Tree Care: The Garden Guy Tyres & Exhausts: ETS


Visitor Centre: Denby Pottery


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Windows, Doors, Conservatories: JJL 32 Windows, Doors, Conservatories: Trade Windows 41 Windows, Doors, Conservatories: Weatherseal 38 Windows - Replacement Glass: Cloudy 2 Clear 35 Windows - Replacement Glass: Glass Ex 38

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All Things Local - Ripley Edition - April/May 2017  

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A FREE community magazine delivered to 9,000 homes & businesses in Ripley, Codnor, Marehay & Waingroves in Derbyshire