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Hello readers I’m sat writing this message at the beginning of March and feeling rather grateful that I work from home. It has not stopped snowing all day! How times have changed; in my youth, there was no such thing as a ‘snow day’. If the buses couldn’t get through, my friends and I would walk to school … and then back home again at the end of the day. I can’t ever remember a time when my school was closed due to snow. Of course, we don’t get frequent, heavy snowfall anymore like we used to, so it’s a treat for children to have a day or two off school to go out sledging and building snowmen. Hopefully, by the time you read this message the snow will be long gone and we’ll be looking forward to some lovely, warm sunshine and barbecues in the garden. I love it when the nights start to draw out and the gardens start to wake up. Thank you for continuing to read All Things Local. When you call any of the advertisers from within these pages, please don’t forget to mention where you got their number from. We pride ourselves on being a small, local independent company and it’s great to be able to put you in touch with such a wide variety of local businesses. Many thanks to The Marquis of Ormonde on Codnor Denby Lane for providing a Sunday Carvery main course for 4 people as this edition’s crossword prize. Turn to page 6 to enter. Enjoy the next couple of months and I’ll see you again in the summer.

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Contents Competitions & Puzzles Prize crossword – Win a Sunday Carvery Main Course for 4 People at The Marquis of Ormonde 6 Children’s Puzzles 58 Friendship Blooms – FREE FLOWERS! 65 Champagne Sudoku 68 Business & Professional 2 Lifestyle 10 Food, Drink, Entertainment 18 Health, Beauty, Fitness 23 Motors 30 Home & Garden 32 Children & Education 55 Community 60

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Legal Matters Business &Solicitors Professional Shacklocks

Legal Matters:

In each edition legal advisors from Shacklocks deal with important legal topics. This month Marion Vesey (pictured) invites us to think about making a decision that will benefit In this generations. month’s article Victoria Astle, future


Solicitor withis Shacklocks LLP, explains Making a Will a serious business. It is a time which gives many people cause the value of a second opinion if to you stop and think about how they want to be think you didn’t get a fair share of remembered when they are gone. your spouse’s pension on divorce.

Many people are attracted by the idea of doing something to help others less According to the Office of National Statistics fortunate than themselves after they pass 107,071 couples got divorced in 2016. Following away, particularly if their family are a relationship breakdown it is wise to seek the adequately provided for or if they have no advice of a solicitor in respect of the division of close family. Whilst some still like the idea the financial assets. Your solicitor can help you of supporting major national charities, there achieve a fair result based on factors such as are many who prefer to benefit more local financial means, length ofto marriage and any causes or causes close their heart, possibly period pre-marital cohabitation. where of they have had a personal involvement

or received support during their lifetime. Whilst this naturally includes addressing your current financial and circumstances, it may Something thatneeds our team will discuss with also be important to you to achieve a result which clients in this situation is the idea of setting will ensureown security in yourtrust retirement. Depending up their charitable which can on the length of your marriage of career, continue to provide support and for stage charitable itcauses is likelyofthat significant sums of money may their choosing long after they have have already built up in your pension. The Courts passed away. Creating your own charity are becoming moretrustees willing to take into account means that your can provide pre-marriage contributions in respect of pensions support to those who need help most. and there of different arrangements There canare beaanumber great sense of satisfaction in that can bethat reached ensure will bothcarry parties get knowing yourto trustees out what areafter entitled your they wishes youto.have gone and that your name will be associated with such good Along former home, a deedswith eventhe after youmatrimonial are no longer around. pension is often the largest asset an individual owns. Retirement a long way off of At Shacklocks wemay haveseem set up a number but the value of a pension never or beso we charitable trusts over theshould 150 years overlooked underestimated, includes have been or in business and weand stillthis look after State and Additional Pension as thosePension trusts today. One of State the charitable well as we any look private or occupational pension. trusts after, for example, was For anyone who has large companies, the established by aworked will in in the 1940’s to provide accommodation for elderly residents.



70 years lateror the trust is still public sector civil service, their pension is likely providing that accommodation. to have a significant value. Another of the trusts we with lookfinancial disclosure, Sometimes, when dealing after up by aofclient somewas or allset elements pension are missed or who tobe help people theirwanted value may underestimated. The cash with particular medical equivalent transfer value is not the only factor conditions. kindness has that needs toHer be considered so it is important enabled her trustees to by provide that pensions are valued someone who financial support to a gifted understands the complexity of the particular young has experienced a pensionmusician products.who A Pensions Actuary may number of health issues the thatoffset havevalue interfered be instructed to consider of with her education, child pensions, any benefitstoinenable pensionthat sharing orto be educated in the most appropriate pension attachment and any tax implications, to environment. ensure that the pensions of both parties have been considered in their entirety, and to produce Aa Charitable Trust can be set up either report of their findings to help the settlement during your lifetime with savings and process. If full disclosure was not obtained at the investments built up already, or alternatively time, and as a consequence you were unaware of through a specially prepared Will that will a valuable asset, the result achieved may have, in only take effect following your death and fact, been unreasonable and unfair. will therefore not deprive you of capital or income during your lifetime. Shacklocks LLP are, unusually, both solicitors and team independent financial have advisors with years Our at Shacklocks a particular of experience in advisingarrangements clients about pension speciality in preparing of this entitlement upon divorceasand in helping clients kind and also of acting professional who maytohave beenwishes poorlyto advised. trustees enable be fulfilled and instructions to be followed. If you think you may have missed out on fair are share of the of assets on divorce and Ifayou thinking supporting charities would benefit from a second opinion, through your Will or during your lifetime contact Victoria in the with a lump sum, Astle why not talkLitigation to us about Team at Shacklocks LLP onwe 01773 822333 the different ways in which can help youor on 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 Victoria Astle

Business & Professional

Money Matters: Making the Most of Time As I write this, we are in the grip of the “Beast from the East” and the snow is falling deep and crisp and freezing! The schools are closed, people are stuck in drifts and milk is selling out fast! People exclaim, “Why are they not prepared when they knew it was coming?”. This led me to thinking about planning. We have the Met Office and their abilities to forecast all sorts of weather. We, too, have diaries to plan and organise important tasks and dates. But, what about planning for another important date, your retirement for example?

Do we fail to plan or plan to fail?

Apart from changes in future legislation, we know our State Pension Ages – for me it’s presently 68 years old but it’s dependent upon when you were born. So that is just over 21 years away. Now I have a point in the future when, in theory, I shall receive my State Pension. I’m realistic though. I have seen many changes to pension legislation over the years and can’t rule out many more future changes. I can envisage a time when my SPA may be more than 70 years old. So now I know when I am likely to be able to retire (or want to retire), then it’s up to me to plan for that time. I may stop or reduce the hours I work. Today, I also have a budget that I can find to help save for those days ‘at grass’. The sooner I start to save for it, the better.

As an example: if I was to save £200 per month gross into a savings vehicle which achieved level 7% PA growth with ongoing monthly costs of 1% PA, equally assumed the following ages, depending on the starting age, at 68 I would have… 35 years old – I would build a fund of £238,034 (Total Premiums saved £79,200) 45 years old – I would build a fund of £115,445 (Total Premiums saved £55,200) 55 years old – I would build a fund of £46,573 (Total Premiums saved £31,200) The relevance is that, given we know a time in the future, we ought to be looking at making the decisions and journey towards saving as easy as possible. So the point above illustrates the sooner we start, the better. Making a decision and acting is more important than making a decision but not taking steps to act. So whether it’s about health, finances or a relationship – it’s time to move on from winter and crack on with spring.

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Ten tips to bring your treasures back to life Many years ago in London’s famous Portobello market, I came across a grimy old box made of wood. At first glance it didn’t look like anything special, but on closer inspection I saw that some fine veneer work was visible in places. “Ten quid. A bit of wire wool and some washing up liquid straight out of the bottle, and that’ll come up lovely.” It sounded unlikely, but I paid the stallholder and took the box home, where I nervously began to rub the surface with a steel wool pad. As the dirt melted away I uncovered an intricate inlaid marquetry design, and my grimy box eventually emerged as a beautiful antique that I’ve loved ever since. Although I was successful, I suspect most experts hearing of my method would tear out their hair. Remember these points before starting your own projects: • Some antiques are valued for their patina and certain items – such as old coins – should never be polished. • Check very old items for cracks that may break during cleaning. • If in any doubt, do some research or ask an expert. • Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cloths.

Here are ten tips for restoring your vintage bargains: • To remove general grime from old prints, gently roll a piece of doughy, fresh bread over the surface. • To remove old, rusted-in screws, first clean around screw head edges, heat the screw head with a hot air gun, then the turn screw a little TIGHTER, before undoing (use caution with heat if the object has a varnished or painted finish).

• For a bright shine, polish chrome with baby oil and cotton wool. • To clean a gilded object, use a clean white cotton cloth, cotton balls or Q-tips, and the barest amount of clean, cool water. After you have dampened the cleaning material, remove excess moisture on a dry piece of cloth before you apply it. • Rub undiluted household bleach into dirty hairline cracks in pottery and rinse off, to reduce the crack’s visibility. • Use half a lemon and salt to clean brass and copper items. Apply, rinse off, dry carefully and clean with impregnated wadding, polishing finally with a soft cloth. • To repair a pottery item, clean the pieces with a mixture of mild dishwashing liquid and warm water and let them dry completely. Apply clear, slow-setting two part epoxy glue and hold the pieces in place with modelling clay so they don’t fall apart whilst drying. • Remove dust and dirty marks on old leather by dipping an artist’s paintbrush in methylated spirits. Use sparingly, working on a small area at a time. Whenever you carry out a restoration project, you should decide whether you want to keep the item or sell it on before you get started. If you want to keep it, you can restore it to your personal taste. If you’re selling, it’s wise to do some research on the current market before you start restoration.

• Age marks on porcelain can be removed by soaking overnight in baby bottle sterilizing liquid.

Although it may seem strange, some buyers may actually want the rust stains and marks of use that show an item has been handled and loved for many years.

• Use Steradent tablets to get rid of water marks in old glass vases.

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Just a Thought... Less Urgency, Immediately! Is it me or is everyone in a rush presently? Not just everyone, but everything seems to be at hyperspeed. I am guilty of wanting ‘everything done yesterday’ myself, I’ll admit that much. There does seem to be a rather dangerous epidemic of furiously fast living going on. We all have a phone or a tablet or some device that constantly beeps at us reminding us that we haven’t done something. It may be something important like a work deadline; alas, more often than not, it is more akin to ‘take chicken out of freezer’ or ‘make dentist appointment’. We are rushing from home to work, to school, to the gym, to Rural Spanish Cookery classes, probably! Our food is eaten as if it was an Olympic event with medals abound for those finishing in record time. If our Internet buffers for the merest

moment we are driven to an adrenal crisis with stress pouring from every pore. Stuck on hold? Anything more than 1 minute and we’re sure we’ve been waiting half an hour (OK, this one IS annoying!), and Suzanne needs to be at ballet en route to the meeting about the proposed bypass (the road bypass, not heart surgery, although it feels in this moment like we may require it!). WE ARE BUSY PEOPLE! This needs to change; we need to slow down, enjoy things more, notice things more, be present more. Let’s eat and enjoy, say no to certain invitations, make time for ourselves in our increasingly hectic lives. Do it, do it now, commit to it… Just to be on the safe side, you’d better put a reminder in your Smartphone so it will vibrate annoyingly at you every 15 minutes for evermore!!

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The Better Life Make Do and Spend As spring approaches it’s time to celebrate - our local National Trust gardens are once again open for business. Forget the telly and the Internet, when you really want to get inspired by Nature you need to be out there amongst it. Obviously, you also need to be dressed for the part, which was how ‘Wellygate’ came about. For those of a more rural disposition, wellies are a way of life. We pop to the shops in ours – you learn a lot about customer service by the reception your footwear receives. This time of year people are generally forgiving, unlike Anne’s wellies. When she noticed a split along one boot, she wasn’t unduly concerned; she even took my suggestion of a bicycle repair kit well. She improvised for a while with a plastic bag (a tad sweaty, I gather) and finally, accepting that 10 years is a good innings for boots, we checked for replacements online. The same brand (no names, no pack drill) is now manufactured overseas – a sign of the times and, apparently, terrible customer reviews. I was delighted though because this gave us more reason to repair them, apart from my fondness for saving money. We went into town for some sealant and on the way back we detoured to the National Trust, where I gallantly lent Anne my wellies and trusted to my weatherproof boots. The sight of a few daffs, a smattering of cyclamen and a good show of snowdrops will gladden the heart of any gardener; it’s as if Nature is whispering that spring is definitely on its way, meantime here’s something to tide you over. Our walk completed, we bought some discounted cyclamen and retired to the tearoom, where I discovered my supposedly weatherproof boots had come out in sympathy. Luckily for us, we’d bought a large tube of sealant. Back home, we learned that a couple were moving out of their rented cottage soon – something to do with the landlord, upcountry, ringing in the changes (and the till). This was sad news indeed, as we’d bartered with them several times and our battered aluminium greenhouse was enjoying a new lease of life there. They grew the best rhubarb and, thanks to them, I saw my first tayberry in their garden. Villagers had been invited to pop up the following day if they wanted any cuttings and seeds, or to buy some of their stock. Next morning at 10 o’clock sharp we trundled up the lane (there are no proper roads), Anne carrying a tin of home baked scones. As we rounded the bend we joined a trail of neighbours who had all decided


to put in an appearance – an event somewhere between community spirit and plant envy, with a whiff of the Boxing Day sales about it. There were people already milling about in the garden, secateurs and plastic bags in hand. Anne delivered the scones, while I went on a plant hunt worthy of the Bolithos. I’m now delighted to have 10 rosemary cuttings … thanks to the cineole compound in our Rosmarinus officinalis, and along with our new rhubarb plant, what better way to remember your neighbours? By Derek Thompson

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Travel Belgrade Whichever way you arrive, the first sight of Belgrade takes your breath away, the ‘White City’ rising like a sphinx above the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Up on the hill, the iconic spire of St Michael’s, the Orthodox cathedral, dominates the old town but all eyes are set on the citadel spreading along the ridge, 125 metres above the valley. This strategic location fired up battles and invasions for almost 2,000 years, razing the city to the ground 44 times, but in the new independent Serbia peace has come and the old fortress sprinkles towers, turrets and walls in the wonderful oasis of Kalemegdan, the city’s central park. Birds twitter all around and there are statues and flower displays, grand staircases, fountains and gates, a few crenellations, a couple of museums and churches and lots of winding paths and shaded seats where locals come to chat or play chess. Visitors stroll along the beautiful cliff top promenade to enjoy the views, the modern city in the distance, the bridges, the cruising boats anchored along the Sava, the green waters of the Danube flowing around the Big Island’s nature reserve. Excavations have revealed the presence of the Vinca, one of the oldest prehistoric cultures in Europe, the Celts, Romans and many others, but surviving fortifications only date back to the 18th century, rebuilt by Austro-Hungarian and Turkish rulers. The ‘old town’ is even younger, claiming 200 years at the very most, but is stylish and colourful with tree-lined streets, outdoor restaurants and stunning buildings ranging from Romantic or Renaissance style to neo-Baroque, Art Nouveau or early Deco, in white or pastel hues. The wide pedestrian street Knez Mihailova is everyone’s favourite, the place to meet friends, enjoy a drink or browse the luxury shops before heading to the vast Republic Square. There you can gaze at the equestrian statue of 19th century ruler Prince Michael, the National Theatre and the National Museum containing some 290,000 exhibits from around the world. Most valuable is the Miroslav’s Gospel, the oldest Cyrillic


manuscript of its kind, with 362 illuminated pages dating back to around 1180. Belgrade has myriad churches, including Saint Sava rebuilt in the 20th century and now one of the largest in the world, honouring the country’s medieval patron saint and founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Saint Sava is set on the Vračar plateau but nearer to the town centre is an elegant cluster of former palaces, now turned City Hall and Presidential Seat, enhanced by lawns and flower beds. Look out for the House of the National Assembly across the park, pristine white and fronted by sculptures of ‘Black Horses Playing’. Relaxed and cosmopolitan, easy to walk around, Belgrade is a delightful capital, from the gently buzzing centre and waterways to the lovely Botanical Garden or the secluded Bohemian District around Skadarska Street. Once home to gypsies, this steep cobbled lane is full of old charm, a hideaway for writers, artists and savvy visitors. There are intriguing paintings and trompe l’oeil, antique and ethnic shops, small galleries and inviting flower-draped terraces serving delicious food and wine at affordable prices. Guitar, harmonica, violin or tamburitza, traditional music sounds in every corner, late into the night but a world away from the throbbing nightclubs and floating restaurants along the Sava. Meanwhile on the cliff-like ridge, all is quiet and the old citadel glows high above the mighty rivers. By Solange Hando

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And Another Thing...

Tom and the Business Opportunity Sarah was tidying up in the lounge when she chanced upon my newly purchased motoring publication. “Ferrari Owner? Tom? Have we won the lottery?” I entered carrying a cardboard box. “Not yet dear, but soon we will be rolling in it!” “Tom, what are all these boxes doing in the hall? And why have you got a funny look in your eye?” “I’m excited, that’s all. In these boxes is our future…our fortune.” Unimpressed, Sarah ran a knife down the packing tape and opened up the carton. “Why have you got boxes of coffee and tea? Don’t tell me you’re opening a cafe because the hours are a killer and…”

of steaming hot PG Tips. Incensed, I shooed her back into the kitchen. “Are you insane woman? Now pour that away and open a box of my product. Then wait until the end of the presentation when they can all have a taste.” Had she never seen Dragon’s Den?

“Don’t be silly. And this isn’t just any old coffee or tea, darling, this stuff is special coffee – it’s the elixir of life. It lowers cholesterol, promotes good health and generally makes you feel fantastic!”

Then it was time to present my pitch to my potential distributors. Carefully, I explained that once they became one of my downline, I would earn a royalty from each bag of tea they sold. Realising from the look on Uncle Billy’s face that my future wealth was not the main motivation for him being there, I skilfully changed tack.

“Well that’s very nice, darling, but why have you bought so much? This lot will last us a lifetime.”

“And of course, if you recruit your own distributors, then you get your own royalties!”

Then the full horror hit her. She plonked herself down on one of the boxes and put her head in her hands. “Tom, first it was water filters, then it was perfume, then it was vacuum cleaners, then it was those buy-to-let seminars. Do you remember them? If I hadn’t stopped you we’d be homeless by now.”

A voice from the back (Mr Green from number 11) piped up, “So it’s a pyramid selling scheme?”

My sheepish grin gave it away. Sarah strode into the kitchen and, after a hefty shove, managed to squeeze into the garage. “Tom, you can’t move in here.” It was obvious that Sarah viewed my shrewd investment as just another one of my hair-brained schemes. I felt that she deserved an explanation. “Sarah darling, this is a new way of doing business. This is Multi-Level Marketing.” “So you’ve signed up for yet another pyramid scheme.” Before I could protest there was a knock on the door. “Hi Uncle Billy, what brings you here?” asked Sarah. “Tom said there was a meeting tonight? A business opportunity? I could do with a few extra quid on top of my pension. And so could cousin Arthur.” And so, before you could say Bentley Continental, our front lounge was full to the brim with relatives, neighbours and, bizarrely, the man who had arrived to read the gas meter. Flip chart in place, there was hushed chatter as I nervously paced the 80% wool twist. Then disaster – Sarah entered with a tray full


“No, it’s a business opportunity,” I beamed. “Well I’m not convinced, and while you’re at it, any chance I can have my hedge clippers back?” Another hand went up. Feeling threatened, I decided to deal with the doubters head on. “Listen pal, if you’re not on board, you’re free to go.” “Sorry, can I just get into that cupboard? I need to take a gas reading.” Finally, Sarah appeared with the elixir of life – the herbal coffee. My captive audience began sipping. They looked around at their fellow delegates. Then they took another sip to confirm my worst fears. It was absolutely horrible. As the last of my audience departed, Sarah, shaking her head, had some advice for me. “Look Tom, you don’t have to prove anything to me. I think you’re wonderful as you are.” Beaming, I went to hug her. She responded with a shove. “Listen Donald Trump, you can have a hug after you’ve emptied the garage and taken that lot to the tip!” By Tom Hughes Follow Tom @groomsdaybook

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Restaurant at Horsley Lodge Bookings have boomed since Chef David Smith launched his new menu at Horsley Lodge. His aim is to “create a nice restaurant that offers something for everyone.” As well as Taylor’s steaks and classic mains, Chef has added pies, pizza and tapas, so it certainly covers a lot more bases. Skill and creativity are shown off in a number of dishes like the pork with black pudding mash, mashed carrot and swede, sage and cider jus. Horsley Lodge has remained fiercely independent

for 27 years, and the chef makes the most of produce and ingredients found local to the 180 acres in which Horsley Lodge proudly sits, even venturing onto the hallowed turf to find apples, horseradish, sloes, and wild berries. The kitchen garden is coming on a treat this year with a herb garden and a harvest of strawberries, tomatoes and heritage carrots planned. The drinks book contains a colourful list to match the tapas and pizza - the trendy Poretti beer has made an appearance. For more information, menus, or to make a booking visit or call 01332 780838.

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Praan Indian Restaurant Formerly The Grand Belper Indian restaurant, Praan is now open for business under new management with a new name, a new interior … and an exciting new menu too! Abdul Hameed took over The Grand in late 2017 and is pleased to have now completed the planned refurbishment: “It’s a very spacious and welcoming restaurant but it was starting to look a little tired! We’ve now updated and upgraded it, so diners can relax and enjoy their meal in a new modernised interior.” explains Abdul, who has been in the restaurant trade for the whole of his working career, so brings a wealth of experience to his new venture. He previously ran a restaurant in central Birmingham but, when the site was sold off for redevelopment by the landlord, he began to look for other opportunities. He heard about the The Grand in Belper and was immediately excited by the prospect of what he could bring to the town. “My aim is to offer the highest quality dishes and something a little different. We’ve developed a whole

new menu which is traditional but with a modern twist – it’s certainly not run-of-the-mill. As well as a few familiar favourites we have an emphasis on fish and some new, exciting dishes, all created using fresh produce and quality ingredients.” In addition to the new name, new management and new look, Praan also has a new chef, who has been instrumental in developing the menu. “He’s very experienced and has previously worked in some top restaurants; we’re thrilled to have him on the team!” Praan offers delicious dishes to eat in or takeaway, so if you want to try something new, tasty and different, visit Praan at 8 Strutt Street, Belper DE56 1EE (situated downstairs) or call 01773 823885. The restaurant is open every day from 6pm – 11pm. All Things Local readers can enjoy a special re-opening offer in the advert opposite – delicious, quality food and even better value!

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Spice-crusted Baked Salmon Fillets This salmon dish is ideal for easy weekend entertaining. Bake the day before and, when cold, cover and chill in the fridge overnight. Allow to come to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Serves: 6 Ready in: 1 hour Ingredients: 6 x 150g salmon fillets 2tsp mild chilli powder 2tsp ground coriander 2tsp ground cumin 1/2tsp freshly ground black pepper Squeeze of lemon or lime juice 2tbsp olive oil To serve: 6tbsp mayonnaise or soured cream 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped Zest and juice from 1 lime Lime wedges and spring onion curls (see tip), to garnish Method: Preheat the oven to 200C, 180C Fan, Gas 6. Run your fingers along the top of the salmon fillets and remove any fine bones with tweezers. Mix together the spices and rub over the surface of the salmon fillets. Season with a little salt. Place the salmon pieces in a foil-lined roasting tin. Whisk together the lime or lemon juice and oil and drizzle over the salmon.


Bake for 20-25 minutes until the salmon is just cooked to the centre. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely. Arrange the cold salmon fillets on a platter. Mix together the mayonnaise or soured cream, spring onions and lime zest and juice. Serve the salmon and mayonnaise garnished with lime wedges and spring onion curls.

To make spring onion curls use a sharp knife to thinly shred a few spring onions. Place in a bowl of iced water and leave in the fridge for about 1 hour until curled. Drain on kitchen paper before using.

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Word on Wine With warmer weather supposedly fast approaching, our minds turn to a sunny day and a nice cool white wine. Let’s take a trip to Spain for a wine that you may not associate with that country... In the north-west corner of Spain, sitting between two of the best known Spanish red wine regions of Ribero del Duero and Toro, is the Denominación de Origen (D.O.) Region of Rueda. Rueda is in the high plateau region of Castile and León, with the river Duero running east to west through the region before it finally ends on the Atlantic coast in Portugal. Rueda was the first D.O. Region certified in Castile and León in 1980. The region in this high plateau has characteristics of a typical continental climate with long, cold winters, a brief spring period and dry, harsh, hot summers. The wine is a Sauvignon Blanc from Rueda made by Felix Solis S.L. in their Viña Albali range of wines with grapes from the Castronuña region on the river Duero. This is a good, lighter alternative to strong New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Felix Solis S.L. winery in Valdepeñas, founded in 1975 on the road from Madrid and Cadiz, now has the biggest family-owned winery in the world, producing a range of 14 different wines. The wines are made using a combination of traditional methods and modern winemaking techniques by a range of experienced winemakers. The Solis family owns 400 hectares of vines and works in partnership with 5,000 familyowned vine growers.

Available from: Majestic Wine, Ashbourne Road, Derby £8.49 per bottle (£7.49 for 6 mixed bottles) For more information about this wine visit or Felix Solis wineries at, where you can also see more of the wines from Spain. If you like wine and would like to learn more, why not come along to one of our monthly meetings? Visit our website at or our Facebook page for details. Alternatively, please contact me on 01159 303712 for more details on our meeting and the variety of wines we will be tasting.

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Some technical information about the winery: the almost automatic winery covers 120,000m² and can bottle up to 150,000 bottles an hour. The large cellar houses 50,000 American oak barrels, and has the largest temperature controlled warehouse in Europe, storing up to 45,000 pallets of wine. The total storage capacity is 200 million litres of wine! The grapes for this wine are picked around the second week of August, when the grapes are at their optimum ripeness to create a well-balanced white wine. The juice undergoes a short period of cold maceration for around 6 hours, followed by fermentation at 14>16ºC in stainless steel tanks for 15>17 days. Prior to bottling, the wine spends a short ageing period on the grape lees to produce an elegant, fresh and fruity wine. Technical Details: Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Appearance: Clean, clear wine Nose / Aroma: Tropical notes of melon, lime, peach, mango and passion fruit Taste: Fresh on the palate with lively grapefruit flavours and a crisp herbaceous finish Alcohol by Volume: 13% Food match: Serve chilled (8 > 10ºC) with seafood and cheese dishes To advertise contact Ruth: T: 01332 883140 M: 07545 261034 E:


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Why We Need to Talk About Mental Health We start many conversations with, “How are you?”. Our standard response is often, “I’m good thanks” – regardless of how we are really feeling. Think about the number of times you’ve asked after someone’s wellbeing in the last month or so. Studies suggest that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year, so the chances are, we all know someone who is having a difficult time – and you may be too. How many times has someone replied to your question and opened up about their mental health? They probably haven’t. Have you? What are your reasons for not doing so? Talking about mental health can be really difficult. The stigma associated with it can make it hard for people to share how they are really feeling. For years, we have brushed mental health under the carpet and, despite work to try and change this, it’s still seen as a taboo area. Consider the impact of mental health problems – just two of the symptoms of depression are: - We don’t want to see other people - Our self-esteem takes a nose-dive

Living with depression is tough and talking may be the last thing you feel like doing. But by opening up about mental health, we can slowly lift the lid on this devastating issue. If you have a friend you are worried about, you can help by: - Planning plenty of time for your conversation - Treating them with sensitivity and warmth - Showing you are really listening by letting them speak without interruption - Recognising they are still the same person; keep the conversation relaxed and open - Asking them what you can do to help – not offering your own solutions A broken arm is visible but mental health problems can remain unseen. We can help by looking out for signs that our friends, family and colleagues might be struggling. By Nicola Tatham If you are feeling overwhelmed or know someone who is struggling to cope, Freedom Therapy ( offers one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy for a wide range of issues. Please email our therapist, Nicola, on or call 07855 833296. We can arrange a free half-hour consultation to discuss your needs.

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planned, but if someone comes to me and they are bored, tired, not feeling it, then I can mix it up and add something new. By the time they leave the session they feel brilliant and the likelihood is that, if they didn’t have an appointment with me, they would have gone home and opened a bottle, to de-stress.

It’s easy to become complacent about your own health and fitness. Busy lifestyles and family demands placed upon us make it easy to put barriers in the way, with excuses like “I don’t have enough time”, “I’m too busy”, or just a general lack of motivation.

The benefits of a personal trainer can be astounding. It’s no longer seen as a luxury or just nice to have; for some people it’s a lifestyle choice that keeps them motivated, enabling them to cope with whatever life throws at them. I think one of the biggest advantages of a personal trainer is accountability. Sometimes with all the things we have to organise, sort out and arrange in our family life as well as our working life, when it comes to health and fitness, you have nothing left – hence why people like classes: you only have to turn up and follow. A gym is more lonely and often, after the first induction, people keep with the same programme for months and then wonder why they are bored and not getting results. That’s where, as a personal trainer, I come into my own. Clients have programmes in the background which I have

The bond a personal trainer develops with clients means that you can discover what actually motivates them, set them personal goals, or let them rant for an hour while they train. They trust you so, if you set them a hard new goal, they know that if you believe they can, then they can. I also offer boxing for fitness classes, so if clients want to do extra fitness, they can join those classes too. The classes are run by me so, again, there is no slacking because I know the levels of fitness my clients have…“No hiding place”, someone said when describing the class! The most important thing with health and fitness is that it should be fun. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box… By Alex Robinson View Alex’s profile on the National Register of Personal Trainers ( and the Register of Exercise Professionals ( Contact Alex on 07817 337861 or email

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Derbyshire Walking: Shipley to Smalley Walk Type: Countryside with some steep climbs Distance: 6 miles (10 km) Time: Allow 3.5 hours Waymarking: Routeway 16 OS Map: Explorer 260 (1:25,000) Nottingham, Landranger 129 (1:50,000) Nottingham Start: Car Park at Visitor Centre, Shipley Country Park (Pay and Display). This walk offers a chance to look at the heritage and influence of the Miller-Mundy family and coal mining on the country estate of Shipley and the surrounding area. The landscape has been restored following significant deep mining and opencast mining, creating an environment now teeming with wildlife and a network of pathways.

The Route 1. Leave the car park down the track to the right of the disabled car parking spaces near the Visitor Centre. After 15 metres, turn right to go along a single-track tarmac road (beware of traffic). Continue straight on down this track to the right of the Visitor Centre, with the small wildlife garden on your left. Pass through a wooden gate and continue. Take the path on the right through the metal gate and continue with the hedge on your right. 2. Where the path turns, look for a metal gate on your right. Go through and into a field. Head uphill, following the fence on your right, passing through two metal gates. The land you are now walking on was once an open cast mine, beginning in 2008 and completing in 2017. Shipley Country Park itself was opencast from 1970 until July 1974. A further two years were spent contouring the site, seeding fields and meadows, planting trees and constructing facilities for the public. Shipley Country Park opened to the public on 26th May 1976.

Upon reaching another gate pass through and onto a stone track. Follow this track until you reach a junction. Cross the junction and enter a field. In the field follow the fence on your right around the corner, and then head towards the copse. As you head towards the dip, look for a squeeze stile in the trees. 4. Cross the stile and head uphill and slightly to the right, to find a stile to the left of another copse. Follow the path uphill, with the hedgerow on your left. At the top, cross the stile and continue straight on along a wide stone path. Head for the gate and stile beneath the pylons and follow the footpath uphill, as it turns into a track for the next 600 metres, until you reach the junction of paths at the back of houses. 5. Pass through the metal gate then turn left to pass through a second gate and follow the track behind the housing. Pass through gateposts and into the field. Continue straight on with the hedge on your right. Pass through the gap into the second field then turn right to follow the field boundary, with the hedge on your right. Turn left at the corner, keeping the hedge on your right. Pass through the gap and continue into the next field, now with the hedge on your left. Smalley Dam

Upon reaching a fence turn left, and follow the fence until you reach another metal gate. Pass through and continue straight on, with the fence on your right, to the next gate. 3. Go through this gate and turn left, to travel uphill with the fence now on your left. Look left to see Home Farm and extensive woodland in Shipley Country Park and further across to the panorama of the Trent Valley. These views open up to give other aspects later in the walk so remember to keep looking back.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness 8. Continue up the hill along the road for 450 metres until you reach the woodland on the right. Turn into the woodland and take the left-hand fork up the hill. Bear left through the woodland towards the water tower.

Shipley Water Tower

Continue to the end of the hedge and then go through the gap into the open field. 6. Bear diagonally right downhill, crossing the field towards the small woodland. Follow the path, with the trees on your right. Go over a stile into the area around Smalley Dam with its welcoming seats. Leave the dam area over a stile and turn left up the lane. Follow this lane/bridleway for the next 2 kilometres passing by Smalley Lodge and Manchester Wood and down into Shipley Country Park.

9. At theWater top of the hill the path joins the surfaced path Shipley Tower

(Beech Walk). Follow the path past large beech trees and round behind the water tower. (The path leads down to the site of Shipley Hall, once the home of the Miller-Mundy family). Follow the path towards the Hall site and then turn left to follow the track as it zigzags down to join the old coach road. Turn left and follow the track down towards Derby Lodge. 10. Turn right along Shipley Lane and, after 50 metres, turn left through the gap into the field. Head uphill just left of two major trees on the skyline. Beyond the trees, bear right and head for the squeeze stile in the hedge. Once through, bear left and connect up with a surfaced path. Continue on the surfaced path (with the plantation on the right) and follow the path as it bears right to return to the Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre, approximately 600 metres. For more information about the history of the Shipley estate, call in at Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre.

Smalley Lodge

7. Turn right through the pedestrian gate into John Smalley Lodge

Wood. Continue through the coniferous woodland and, at the T-junction of the paths, turn right, and follow the path round over the footbridge and round to the left. At the junction of paths turn right to follow it into Square Wood. Take the main path through the wood and follow this path for 700 metres as it passes alongside Mapperley Reservoir to the road (beware of traffic). Turn left to walk along beside Mapperley Reservoir. Mapperley Reservoir was constructed in the early 1820s to assist in the water supply of the now disused Nutbrook Canal, which opened in the 1790s to link the collieries at West Hallam and Shipley with the Erewash Canal. The reservoir is now a valuable wildlife and recreation feature.

Walk supplied by Amber Valley Borough Council and Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield, as part of their ‘Routeways’ series of walks:’

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 BMW X3: Truly Capable The wheels are spinning, but the BMW isn’t going anywhere. Every revolution of the alloys sinks the new X3 deeper into the huge blood-orange dunes of the Saharan desert. We’ve been tackling one of the toughest off-road routes I’ve ever experienced – from deep, rolling dunes to sharp, rocky trails – and the fact that only now, close to our final destination, one of my colleagues has managed to half bury a BMW is a testament to the X3’s abilities. Nestled in a lunar landscape, beneath a carpet of stars so bright they look superimposed on the sky, is our camp – a long way from the madness of Marrakesh, where our day began. We set off on our epic drive towards the Atlas Mountains, the roads from the city quickly opening up into out-ofthis-world landscapes. Soon we’re crossing the Tizi n Tichka mountain pass, one mighty hairpin after another.

We’re quickly back in the groove, drifting the off-roader around sandy corners and clattering over sharp rocks. As the desert eases, we experience the barren, flat, dry river beds of the Oued Draa, Iriki Lane and Erg Chigaga, all stages of the famous Dakar Rally. On the edge of the desert, a rear tyre loses pressure but BMW chaperones soon change the wheel and we continue. We’re enjoying the X3’s comfy new interior and smart multimedia system when another tyre bursts. It takes an hour for the BMW support car to arrive, and it looks like we’ll miss the flight from Marrakech.

Our X30d – with a new 260bhp, 620Nm engine – is the pick of the range, and on these roads it’s swift and enjoyable. At midday we arrive in Ouarzazate, and the famous Atlas Film Studios, where we drive our BMWs through the gates of the Game of Thrones city set. By dusk we’ve covered nearly 300 miles and have taken in the stunning Anti-Atlas Mountains. We pass through M’Hamid, the last conurbation before the desert, in a dusty convoy of 15 brand new BMWs. Our camp is an hour of off-roading away and our X3 drifts and slips its way like a rally car across the challenging terrain, with just the lights of the cars in front illuminating the impenetrable darkness. It’s the blackness that catches out a colleague when approaching the camp, resulting in the BMW being beached in a position that takes seven men and shovels to retrieve it from.

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The next morning, we’re told today will be tougher than yesterday. Five hours of harsh off-roading will be followed by a dash back across the mountains to the airport.

And so begins a rush to the airport, but from screeching hairpin bends to blink-andyou’ll-miss-them overtakes, the BMW takes it all in its stride and we arrive with minutes to spare. Sat, perspiring, exhausted but elated on the plane, we smile – we made it. The BMW X3 may have two new tyres, but it’s been returned unscathed and we’re taking off just 25 minutes after arriving at the airport. All credit to BMW. There aren’t many firms who’d put their cars, or a bunch of journalists, through what we experienced. It’s proven it’s a truly capable car, able to transport you and your family on any adventure – and I for one am certainly looking forward to the next one. By James Baggott

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Glazed Timber Extensions – A Versatile Addition to Your Home Jon Pilkington suggests how you can transform your property with a timber glazed extension.

In contrast, both a garden room and orangery will feature a semi-glazed roof. Typically a garden room will feature a tiled roof to blend with the existing lines and style of the property to which it is attached. This design can create amazing vaulted ceilings which can also feature roof glazing to the gables, increasing the amount of natural light to the room.

Timber glazed extensions such as a garden room or An orangery roof will usually be flat, finished with lead orangery are a chic addition to any home whether or a modern alternative such as single ply polymeric roof traditionally styled or contemporary. When designed membrane, and can feature a striking roof lantern sympathetically to the property and built using modern providing natural light to the room below. manufacturing techniques, a timber-glazed extension will Your questions answered by Jon outlast, outperform and be far more attractive than any All extension types typically feature brickwork to different “off the shelf” UPVC conservatory. extents, withJon conservatories often using low level walls Ltd Pilkington, Pilkington Architecture to support the main structure. There is usually more These extensions can be integrated into the existing variation with garden rooms and orangeries as these room structure and will give a natural flow out into the can be predominately made from brickwork, or a garden to enjoy all year round. As well as being properly combination of brick and timber framing. insulated and ventilated, these types of extension can also BEDROOM CAN LIFT part VALUE or simplytimber to extend kitchen. beNEW as physically secure as any other of theBY home. Whichever glazedthe extension You can usually in a or A QUARTER! you choose, whethersqueeze garden room How do these differ from conservatories? groundiffloor cloakroom as well! orangery, well designed, manufactured and installed it has the potential to Research by Nationwide Building Society While all these styles extensionor areloft typically connected completely transform the way thethat suggests that an of extension conversion The research also suggests towhich a property, the a differences in design and style can be property is used. in floor area of creates double bedroom can add a 10% increase considerable. 12% to the average price of your home. a homeJon adds Contact on approximately 5% But, getdesign this………..the also suggests to its 523901 value. or email The roof is perhaps theresearch most noticeable 07768 difference a conservatory usually featuring a fully creatingwith its own bathroom could increase the


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Bearing in mind that moving up the property ladder from a three-bedroom to a four-bedroom house costs an average of £40,000 (not including legal fees and other moving costs) a two storey extension or loft conversion can be accomplished for around £30,000 - £35,000. Not much difference you may say but consider this……..with a two storey extension you also gain the floor area downstairs. This could be for that much-needed study/home office, family area for the kids,

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As the number of homeowners prepared to put their homes on sale is falling, extending an existing home is becoming increasingly attractive to many.

Many contractors are still quoting competitively, while a surge in re-mortgages, confirmed by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, suggests many homeowners could have raised finance for building work. So….if this type of project has been something you’ve been considering then take advantage of the free initial consultation offered by Pilkington Architecture.

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JHC Security Ltd Feeling safe and secure in your own home is essential. That’s why, when it comes to home security, you need a reliable and knowledgeable firm that you can trust. JHC Security Ltd based in Ripley, run by Joshua Clark and his partner, Hannah, is approaching its first anniversary. In the year since the couple set up the business, they have helped many people locally with security systems from intruder alarms to CCTV, and access control. They offer wired or wireless systems and all the latest technology including police monitored systems, app-controlled systems and video doorbells. Using apps, you can monitor your home and stay in control of your security systems even while you’re out or away! Joshua worked in home security for six years before deciding to set up his own business with Hannah. “We set out to offer a personalised service – not just ‘packaged’ options, but tailored solutions to really meet the needs of individual customers. The first year has gone really well and we’ve had so much positive feedback. We just want to do a good job so we’ll always go the extra mile to make sure our customers are happy and, most importantly, feeling safer as a result of our installations. Customers always deal with

myself or Hannah and know that it’ll always be me coming to do the work, which gives added trust and reassurance.” JHC Security offers a range of products and services, including both installation and maintenance of systems. “Maintenance is just as important as the initial installation as, aside from the fact that you want your system to be reliable, failure to keep up regular maintenance can invalidate home insurance. We’re SSAIB accredited, so we issue certification that will be accepted by insurance companies and we can maintain all systems, not just those that we’ve installed.” For more information, advice or a quote for installation or maintenance, contact Joshua or Hannah on 01773 424005 or visit Also, see their Facebook page ‘JHC Security Ltd’ for regular offers and updates. They have recently become members of the Trusted Trader scheme, so check out their profile at Don’t miss the special offer for All Things Local readers in their advert below!

INTRUDER ALARMS & CCTV We can provide you with a range of security solutions to suit your budget and tailor-made to suit your needs Specialising in the installation, repair and maintenance of various security systems including Intruder Alarm, Fire Alarm systems, Police Monitored Systems, CCTV and Access Control We also install Outdoor Security Lighting Our team are experienced and dedicated, giving you peace of mind

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Homes & Gardens Next, mix some sieved garden soil or loam with horticultural sand (about one part soil/loam to nine parts sand) and brush across the lawn and into the holes you’ve made. The result is a drainage system over those compacted areas. If the soil in the garden is quite heavy or contains a lot of clay, the whole lawn will benefit from aerating. I recommend you buy, borrow or hire a ‘hollow-tine aerator’, either as a hand operated one, a machine or a mower attachment. This cuts cylinders of soil from your lawn and when filled with the ‘top-dressing’ mix above will result in longer-lasting drainage channels.


Any moss should be removed, so apply moss killer and then rake it all out after the time specified on the pack. The lawn will look worse initially, but it allows more air to the roots of the grass plants and gives them more space to grow and spread too.

It has rained so much in recent months that my lawn has taken a battering, though the flower and vegetable beds are starting to pick up.

Lawns that have suffered from waterlogging benefit from a suitable feeding regime. Whether you choose a granular or liquid feed, make sure that it is spring lawn formulated to give the balance of nutrients lawns need now. Granular feeds must be watered in unless it rains shortly after application.

Overhaul your lawn Over-wet conditions can cause roots to die off and will reduce the oxygen in the soil. Worse still, any areas of the lawn you’ve walked on or moved a wheelbarrow over will have become compacted or squashed. Thus, the air spaces in the soil are dramatically reduced and the heavier your soil is, the worse the problem is likely to be. So, for green grass that’s ready for summer, it’s time to get to work.

Walking on a very wet lawn soon wears it out and kills off grasses. To repair bald or thin patches, roughen up the areas using a rake and then sprinkle a suitable seed mix on to match the existing grasses. If you’ve not got many patches to sow, you can buy small patch repair packs.

Check over your lawn mower and see to anything that needs sorting. If necessary, take it to a reputable outlet for a service as soon as possible.

Once all the work is done, keep off your lawn for a few weeks to allow it to take advantage of all that TLC and grow really well.

If your grass needs cutting, make sure you don’t set the blades too low for the first few cuts, as this weakens growth and makes weed invasion more likely.

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After mowing, you can relieve some of the soil compaction to allow air down to the roots, making for better growth and healthier grass. If only small areas are compacted, drive a garden fork into the lawn every 4-6 inches or so, getting the fork tines to a depth of 4-6 inches, then gently ease the handle of the fork back and forth to enlarge each drainage hole.

Visit Pippa’s website and you’ll find some great gardening things: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ (where you receive your chosen garden-ready vegetable plants in May accompanied by weekly advice and tips from Pippa) plus Nemaslug, bio-controls, gardening tools, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books and more!

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Short Story The Third Egg “How do you blow an egg, Ben?” Ben looked up from his laptop. He’d been pretending not to watch Leanne, who was sitting at the dining table with her craft basket and a box of eggs. “You’ve got to make a hole at both ends Lea – otherwise you’ll be blowing forever.” “I realise that now,” she pouted, “but look, I blow really hard and nothing comes out.” She pressed her lips against the end of an egg, puffed out her cheeks and blew. The light fitting shook. “I’ve got to blow three,” she said breathlessly, “and I can’t even manage one.” “Here, let me do it.” Ben wasn’t sure it was good for Leanne’s face to turn that colour. “I don’t want to spoil the surprise.” Leanne put the egg back in its box. “You’re not supposed to see any of this.” “What surprise?” Ben said. “I’m going to decorate an egg each for the twins.”

“But, sweetheart, an eggshell won’t last five minutes in the hands of a toddler,” Ben said kindly. “The egg’s just a decoration,” Leanne shrugged lightly, “something cute to put in the egg cups.” “What egg cups?” Leanne’s hands shot up to her mouth. “Now I’ve really spoilt the surprise!” “Come on Lea,” Ben laughed, “show me.” Leanne cautiously lifted the lid of her craft basket and pulled out two yellow egg cups. “I decorated them at ‘Paint a Pot’ with their names on.” “They’re pretty,” Ben grinned. “Tweedledum and Tweedledee will love tucking into their chucky eggs using them.” “You have to stop calling them that!” Leanne laughed. “Let me help you blow the eggs,” Ben offered again. “I promise your secret is safe with me.” “Alright then,” Leanne frowned. “Here, hold it over the bowl so we don’t get yolk everywhere.”

She seemed to be weighing her words carefully. “Make them look like little yellow chicks.”

Ben weighed the egg in his palm and gave it a shake. “Leanne,” he said carefully, “I don’t suppose there’s any chance you’ve boiled these eggs?”

Ben raised his eyebrows. “For Easter,” she added.

“Yes,” she said, “I thought you were supposed to?”

“Wouldn’t they rather have a chocolate egg?”

“How did you hope to get a hard-boiled egg out of a hole the size of a pin?” Ben laughed.

“My sister said too much chocolate’s bad for them.”

“I thought it was a magic trick?” Leanne said.

“I bet she did!” Ben chuckled.

“That would be quite a trick,” Ben agreed. “And why did you say you needed three?”

“She said don’t buy them chocolate, give them money instead.” Leanne frowned. “I’m not falling for that one again.”

“I didn’t, did I?” Leanne said, and hid behind the lid of her craft box.

“Yeah, what was it at Christmas?” Ben laughed. “Don’t buy them presents, get them Top Shop vouchers.”

“Yes, you said you needed to blow three eggs.” Leanne took a deep breath.

Leanne giggled.

“That will be because the third one is for you.” She lifted another egg cup out of the basket.

“Aren’t we supposed to spoil our nephews with chocolate?” Ben closed his laptop. “Then, when we’ve got kids of our own, your sister can get her own back. That’s the deal.” Leanne blushed, and busied herself with her craft basket.

“That’s lovely,” Ben smiled. “And what have you written on mine?”

“I might get them some chocolate as well,” Leanne smiled. “I just wanted to make them something as a bit of a keepsake.”

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She gently turned the cup to face him. In neat gold lettering it said: ‘DADDY TO BE’. By Jackie Brewster

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Callback Casting Agency For local young people with a passion for acting, something new has come to Belper… Captive Audience Theatre Company, which runs various classes in the town, has set up a casting agency! Callback Casting Agency aims to put talented local youngsters, aged 18 and under, in touch with film, TV and theatre roles across the country. Fliss Goldsmith has been tasked with setting up the agency, in conjunction with Captive Audience’s Larry Waller. She explains “Most casting agencies are based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, but there’s a huge pool of talent locally and we want to put these young people forward for opportunities in TV, film or theatre. Just because we’re not in a big city, it doesn’t mean we can’t compete talent-wise!” Fliss may have started the agency from the ground up but, using her background and contacts in the industry, she already has some promising leads and a few successful placements too! “We’ve got one young man into his first production at Derby Theatre, we’ve also submitted for the West End Production of School of Rock, we’re in touch with the casting director of BBC’s ‘Doctors’, and we’re speaking to Gary Davy casting about potential roles in a feature film. There are exciting things afoot already, and it’s still early days! We’re also looking to forge links locally with The University of Derby and other organisations which may need local young actors to be involved in their media and advertising productions.” Many of the children involved in Captive Audience have already signed up to Callback and, although attending Captive Audience is not essential, Fliss explains that it does help if they know and have seen the young people performing so that they’re familiar with their abilities and capabilities, and are therefore able to put them forward for appropriate roles. “We judge on a case-by-case basis, so there

are no prerequisites and no previous experience is needed – you can start completely from scratch, but you do need to be passionate! You don’t have to come to Captive Audience every week, we just need to know what you can do, although training is always beneficial – even Hollywood actors still train regularly and, of course, it’s lots of fun, too!” The basic cost of signing up to Callback is £50, which gives membership of the agency, and includes a set of professional headshots and a profile on the website for casting directors to see. All students also have a personal CV and all aspects of management are taken care of. There is a second level which is optional but can increase exposure, involving inclusion on ‘Spotlight’, known as the ‘Home of Casting’ which all industry directors will be able to see. Callback can organise and manage this on your behalf, but you would be required to pay the Spotlight fee directly. For young people thinking of getting involved in acting, Captive Audience’s classes are held at the Strutt Centre in Belper and there are various classes for all ages and interests, costing £5.50 each: Tuesday 5-6pm: Junior Musical Theatre (Reception to Year 6) Tuesday 6-7pm: Senior Musical Theatre (Years 7+) Saturday 10-11am: Senior Drama Saturday 11-12pm: Junior Drama Saturday 10-11am: Junior TV/Film/Radio (Years 3-6) Saturday 11-12pm: Senior TV/Film/Radio (Years 7+) Workshops are also run during school holidays for members and non-members, which are fun and exciting – a good way to try something new. For anyone wishing to gain industry recognised qualifications, Captive Audience also teach for LAMDA exams. For more information visit If you’d like to find out more and take the first steps to getting your name, face and skills (or your child’s) out there for exciting potential roles, email It might be the best email you ever send (and, when you/ they are on the stage or the big screen, remember where you heard about it)!

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The Diary of a Local Mum Fancy That! As I write this, I am recovering. Recovering from the phenomenon that is World Book Day. Ah-ha, I hear you cry… that little gem. To those who aren’t parents, World Book Day seems like a marvellous idea. It encourages kids to read, enjoy fabulous books, let their imaginations loose on wonderful journeys of fiction… it’s a brilliant day to be celebrated across the land. Many famous authors are behind it and schools make the day exciting and enjoyable – and quite rightly so. And parents get this too. Of course we do, we want to encourage our children to read, to fall in love with literature, to develop a lifelong relationship with books. However, in order to do so it seems we should dress them up as a fictional character which can be … erm … a little challenging. The first challenge is agreeing on a character FROM A BOOK! Now, I make a rod for my own back when it comes to this by insisting that the character is from something that started life as a book. Not a film or a TV show; an actual book. I’ve no idea why I’ve decided to make life even more difficult with this rule of my own making. It’s not stipulated by school or anyone else as far as I know. But while the kids are clamouring to be their favourite film character and waving a printed comic-strip version of Despicable Me under my nose, I’m resolutely scouring the bookshelf for inspiration. That hurdle overcome, eventually, a suitable character is agreed on. We then have the problem of time. Inevitably, despite being given plenty of notice from school (and, let’s face it, we know it’s coming every year) we’ve left it a little late and we’re restricted to homemade costumes using whatever’s in the dressing up box and craft cupboard. I’m aware that we look like poor relations in comparison to some of the wonderfully

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elaborate costumes that arrive at school (although seemingly not quite as painfully aware of this fact as the kids are…) but we have to make do. So, having compromised on characters and cobbled something together, we arrive at the third hurdle. And this is the big one. My son HATES dressing up. As he gets older the characters he wants to dress up as have to become more and more ‘normal’ looking (i.e. totally unidentifiable as a character from a book). He’s now even rejecting props. This isn’t a problem for school; they’re very understanding and accommodating. I, however, seem to turn into demon mum, pressurising him into at least carrying something or wearing a mask until he gets somewhere in the vicinity of the school door. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I don’t want to be seen to be not making an effort, or just because I personally quite like a bit of fancy dress and I can’t let it go. Either way, I really do need to work on it... Then, as you are all no doubt aware, to add insult to injury, after all the preparations, creations, last minute changes, and a hefty dose of bribery, this year’s World Book Day suddenly became World Snow Day instead! All in all, it’s a lesson learnt for me. Next year, and at Halloween, and Christmas, and any time we see a face painter at a carnival, I vow to leave him be. Never again will I coerce him into fancy dress. Next year’s World Book Day will be a calm, happy affair. He will be dressed as an unidentifiable, inconspicuous hero from his favourite book and we’ll spend the time reading together instead of battling over the wearing of a wig. But if you do happen to call round to my house on World Book Day next year you may find that the door’s answered by Gangsta Granny or Miss Trunchbull because, as much as I moan about it, I’d miss it really. I do love a bit of fancy dress…

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Book Reviews: Be Happy With a Book Whether you love curling up with a psychological thriller or prefer biographies, enjoy flicking through a cookbook or need business advice, we’ve got just the book to keep you and your e-reader happy. Anything You Do Say Gillian McAllister A split second decision has lasting implications for the protagonist in this tense psychological thriller. Late at night, believing that she’s being followed, Joanna lashes out, pushing her pursuer down a set of concrete steps. Does she call an ambulance, or walk away? Both scenarios are then explored. Ingenious, original and fast-paced, this is perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Girl on a Train.

her job hand-pollinating fruit trees, when her son is taken seriously ill. The History of Bees was a surprise international bestseller last year and is ideal for fans of dystopian fiction. Ultimate Fit Food Gordon Ramsey Planning to get a bit fitter before the summer? Gordon Ramsey’s latest book might help. It’s split into three sections, each of which offers a range of dishes to promote general wellbeing, achieve weight loss or provide fuel for work-outs. There are recipes for everything from healthy snacks and breakfasts to impressive main courses, and plenty of treats are included too. The emphasis is on dishes so delicious you’ll almost forget they’re good for you.

How Not To Be a Boy Robert Webb Actor and comedian Robert Webb has turned his hand to writing, with great success. How Not To Be a Boy is part biography, part reflection on the expectations that are put on boys and men to act a certain way. Webb reveals his grief at losing his mother and his difficult relationship with his father, and ruminates on how trying to ‘act like a man’ has had a negative effect on his life. Through it all, Webb writes with his trademark humour, taking the reader from laughing out loud to blinking back tears in moments.

The Paying Guests Sarah Waters It’s 1922, but the roaring twenties have yet to reach the quiet corner of London where Frances and her mother live. Frances has resigned herself to a life spent looking after the family home, but the arrival of lodgers Lilian and Leonard Barber reawakens her life, energy and passions. Paying Guests was published in 2014 and was named ‘Fiction Book of the Year’ by The Sunday Times, for good reason. A modern classic, it’s beautifully written, with believably flawed characters, plot twists and a building tension that’ll keep you reading ‘just one more chapter’ until late into the night.

The History of Bees Maja Lunde The History of Bees tells the stories of three people, all connected by bees. In 1851, William is attempting to build a revolutionary beehive to bring honour and fame to his family. In 2007, George is struggling to keep the family bee farm going. Almost 100 years later, Tao is enjoying a rare day off from

Start Me Up Various Authors If you’re thinking of setting up your own business, take advice and inspiration from people who’ve done just that. Enterprise Nation is a website for small businesses and has recently released a free ebook. Start Me Up features stories from 100 entrepreneurs, including the owner of Cool Cold Brew, which will soon be available in Sainsbury’s, and the founder of the fastest growing baby food brand in the UK. You can download Start Me Up from the blog at

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Local History Francis Wright: The Butterley Billionaire Francis Wright was the son of John Wright, a Nottingham banker who with Outram, Jessop and Berisford founded the Butterley Company. He was a very devout and God fearing man who, in the mid1800s, became the sole owner of the Company and one of the richest men in Derbyshire. He was, by today’s standards, an extreme evangelical Christian concerned about the low morals of his workers. He believed that the devil finds work for idle hands so saw nothing wrong in making money for himself and the company as a means of improving the morals of his workers. With the income from Butterley he built for himself, his wife and 12 children a magnificent and ultra modern 70 roomed manor house, described as second only to Chatsworth, on 5000 acres of parkland at Osmaston near Ashbourne. Guests were welcomed via an imposing entrance hall to be ushered into spacious dining and sitting rooms or, if on business, escorted to the library to meet Francis. Its conservatory contained exquisite Butterley made ironwork. Amazingly for the time, all rooms Osmaston Manor, home of Francis Wright were equipped with central heating. There was a bake house and brew house, indoor tennis court and even a basement railway to distribute coal and supplies. Like other wealthy Victorians he had a butler, Swiss governess and 18 servants. A kind man (but a puritanical killjoy who tried to ban the Ashbourne Shrovetide football match) he got on well with his workers and commanded respect rather than affection. Despite becoming a Justice of the Peace and High Sheriff of Derbyshire he never gave up day-to-day control of Butterley, driving his horse and carriage the 40-mile return journey to Ripley. The difference in his opulent lifestyle and the life of his workers he saw as God’s work and only by his and their hard work and strict Christian ethics would this ever change. Driven by this extreme religious fervour he became one of Derbyshire’s most respected philanthropists helping pay for churches and schools in Ripley and Long Eaton’s Trent College. In his crusade for better morals and education for his workers, he also provided the money to build the

self-contained model villages of Codnor Park and Ironville. Good quality terraced housing, churches, schools, shops, social clubs and a workers’ educational institute were all provided and mostly still exist. Such was his reputation that on his death in 1873 over 1200 Butterley workers followed his cortege. His fortune was valued at nearly two billion pounds at today’s values. The Manor House was left to his eldest son who sold it to pay off his debts; it was eventually demolished in 1965. The grounds are now private and used as a wedding venue. By Ripley & District Heritage Trust Find out more about the Wright family and the Butterley Company on the DVD “The History of the Butterley Company”, priced £5 plus p&p which is now available from the Ripley and District Heritage Trust at

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Your Horoscope April and May 2018 April: Mars, the planet of courage and enterprise, starts the month in alignment with stern Saturn, reaffirming that it’s the perfect time to be more grounded and cultivate patience and persistence. Mars connects with transformational Pluto on the 26th; this is a dynamic combination of energies that must be handled with extreme caution. Globally we may see some very challenging events, as both these powerful forces come together in the sky. Venus, the planet of love and romance, starts the month in sensual Taurus; enjoy this excellent placement for injecting more passion into new or long-standing relationships. Mercury moves out of the retrograde period around the 15th; a welcome release as communications and transactions begin to flow more smoothly. An energy boost arrives with the new moon in Aries on the 18th. May is an exciting month as Uranus, the planet of revolution and radical change, moves into Taurus on the15th, marking the start of global transformation over the next seven years. Taurus is an earth sign ruling money, business and possessions; during this long transit we can expect huge upheaval in these and many other sectors of life, hopefully paving the way for positive change. Venus in versatile Gemini until the 19th offers the perfect opportunity for socialising and having fun. Dynamic Mars leaves practical Capricorn and moves into faster-paced Aquarius on the 16th. Mars in this sign enjoys experimentation and diversity; it could be the ideal time for taking a risk with ideas that have never been tried before. The new moon is in practical Taurus on the 15th and the full moon is in adventurous Sagittarius on the 29th. ARIES: MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 April: Your ruler, dynamic Mars, joins Saturn in practical Capricorn, shining the light on your career and your ambition. Your earning ability is ripe for change so take advantage of an opportunity to meet new people who can influence your progress. The full moon on the 30th illuminates a breakthrough. May: The Taurus Sun starts the month in challenging aspect to Jupiter, illuminating the financial axis of your chart. It may be time to take another look at all matters concerning your wealth and assets. It’s all change for new beginnings after the 15th as the maverick planet Uranus arrives in Taurus. TAURUS: APRIL 21 - MAY 21 April: Venus, your ruler, sheds her bountiful light on your sign until the 25th. This should have you feeling at your most confident as this is your cue to shift gear and turn up the pace. The transformational Scorpio full moon on the 30th brings interesting relationship opportunities your way. May: The Sun is in your sign and is soon to be joined by the rebel planet Uranus. The next seven years will see plenty of change, your new motto could be – expect the unexpected! Venus, your ruler, moves into sensitive Cancer on the 20th, offering a chance to clear up some emotional matters. GEMINI: MAY 22 - JUNE 21 April: Finances and assets loom large during April as a reassessment becomes necessary and you take stock and review your options. As Mercury, your ruler, turns direct on the 15th things start to flow again and the powerful new moon in dynamic Aries on the 16th brings courage and confidence to the surface again. May: Venus in your sign offers a pleasing social period as opportunities open up and you can bask in the limelight. Practical matters also look encouraging and you’ll feel ready to put in lots of hard work. Relationships come into focus after the Sagittarian full moon on the 29th. CANCER: JUNE 22 - JULY 22 April: Relationship matters are in the spotlight as three planets occupy this sector of your chart. Proceed with caution as dynamic Mars and transformational Pluto go head to head around the 25th. Abundant Jupiter shines a helpful light, empowering you to live your life the way you want to. May: Energetic Mars is still busy in the relationship area of your chart, working in close proximity to powerful Pluto and giving you the determination to stand firm on a recent issue. Venus moves into your sign on the 20th enabling you to focus exclusively on your needs and wants. LEO: JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 April: Retrograde Mars in Aries may have held you back over the last few weeks, but after the 15th the winds of change arrive. A much higher profile leads you to being in the right place at the right time, particularly as energetic Mars is busy in your work sector all month. May: Your ruler, the Sun, is at the highest point of your chart, illuminating the way for bigger and brighter career prospects. The arrival of the maverick Uranus on the 15th means that the next seven years could be full of surprises in connection with all your professional dealings. VIRGO: AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 April: Mercury, your ruling planet, moves forward again on the 15th revitalising your mind and bringing clarity on financial issues. It’s a good time to capitalise on professional matters as people around you will be very receptive to your plans. The new moon in Aries brings an energy boost. May: This month brings a sense of adventure and exciting new possibilities as the Sun offers opportunities to broaden your horizons. Communicative Mercury in dynamic Aries ensures that you enjoy popularity and recognition. Use positive thinking to get the very best out of social endeavours.

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Community LIBRA: SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 April: Home and family move into the spotlight during April as Mars, Saturn and Pluto highlight the domestic sector of your chart. Some important and lasting decisions may need to be made; be sure to proceed with caution. Venus in Taurus ensures that finances are positive. May: The new moon in Taurus on the 15th illuminates the important decisions that you have taken in recent months; success looks almost certain. Improved communications show that you can make a powerful impact on others and your optimism and confidence can make all the difference. SCORPIO: OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 April: Jupiter in your sign continues to give you some long term help in building your trust and your self-confidence. Communication is highlighted this month as you look at new ways to connect with friends and family. The dynamic Aries new moon on the 16th brings an exciting opportunity your way. May: Uranus, planet of rebellion and change, arrives in your opposite sign on the 15th. Over the next few years you will determine who you really are, what matters most and what your ultimate goal is. The Sagittarius full moon on the 29th brings a financial challenge to the surface. SAGITTARIUS: NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 April: Money matters and new ways of earning your living are important this month. Mars and Saturn, both in practical Capricorn, can turn dreams into reality, providing that you build firm foundations. Your love life looks exciting, especially around the Sun Uranus Conjunction on the 18th. May: Energetic Mars moves into Aquarius and illuminates the communication area of your chart on the 16th. You could also profit from a new sense of resolve when it comes to getting things done. It’s time to let go of outmoded situations and discover inspirational new ways forward. CAPRICORN: DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 April: This is a potent month for Capricorns as Mars, Saturn and Pluto align themselves in your sign. This combination can give you great courage and desire to overcome any habitual patterns that no longer serve you. Difficulties should start to ease as Mercury goes direct after the 15th. May: Pluto, Saturn and dynamic Mars remain strong in your sign, paving the way for determination and success on many levels. Uranus enters Taurus on the 16th setting the scene for the winds of change to blow away any cobwebs in your social and romantic life. AQUARIUS: JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 April: This month bodes well for successful communication and transactions, particularly after the 15th when Mercury goes direct and the new moon gives you an energy boost enabling some major shifts to take place. Venus shines on your home and family life until the 24th. May: Mars moves into your sign on the 15th offering you the opportunity for renewal and clearing out. It’s time to rid yourself of anything that is not essential, even if it requires some serious soul searching. This is the start of a dynamic phase of change and self-determination. PISCES: FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 April: Finances are improving this month as the combination of the Sun and Mercury indicates some new insight. A breakthrough arrives with the Aries new moon on the 16th. Venus shines a positive light in Taurus and shows you ways to earn through your own creativity. May: How you relate to others is about to be challenged; a new plan of action is on the cards as you become more open to making some major decisions. Inspirational new ideas start to form with the new moon in Taurus on the 15th. Mars and Pluto in Capricorn ensure that you thrive on practical challenges.

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Upbeat Advice to help you stay safe and secure

• Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home. • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to your garden and secure any sheds.

In this month’s edition of All Things Local your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team would like to remind people about a few steps they can take to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. In particular, following a number of burglaries and thefts reported in the Amber Valley area, we want to help you to keep your home, sheds, garages and gardens, and your vehicles secure, and to reduce the potential distressing effects of crime. Here are a few of our essential tips you can follow to help prevent crime at home: • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave your house, or even if you’re in the garden or another part of the house. • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox. Remove valuables from view of any windows. • Install a burglar alarm and good outside lighting. • Leave radios or lights on a timer to make the property appear occupied.

For your car: • Remove everything from the car; don’t even leave a jacket where it can be seen. • Close all windows and doors (including sunroof) and make sure that it is locked. • Never leave your car unattended with the engine running while it is defrosting in the winter. • Park in a garage if you have one, a driveway, or a well-lit area. Local residents are our eyes and ears. If you see something suspicious, report it to us as soon as possible, no matter how minor you think it might be. Your call could prevent a neighbour from suffering a crime, or could help officers to catch an offender. Your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team are on hand to offer information, and can help target your concerns, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. To report any suspicious activity, call Derbyshire Police on 101, except in an emergency when the number is always 999. You can also check your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, email us or even follow us on Twitter. Visit to find out more.

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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 Hurst of provides a wonderful service Julie 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 Julie Leam from Ripley. Julie was nominated by her daughter Vanessa Greer also from Ripley. Here is what Vanessa wrote: “I would like to nominate my mum Julie Leam for a lovely bouquet of flowers. Just over 7 years ago my dad died the day after my son James was born and we also lost my grandma and grandad that year. My mum has been very strong and generous and took 26 of the family away on a wonderful holiday. A bouquet would help to show her how grateful we are. Many thanks.” Vanessa Greer

Julie Leam (right) receives the bouquet from her daughter Vanessa Greer.

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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 Guides Kilburn Methodist Hall, every Thursday in term time. 6.30pm-7.30pm. Contact: Claire 07545551890 or Amy 07496167260. 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. Denby Footpaths Group Maintenance and preservation of local footpaths; community walks, circular routes. Jane: 01332 781305, or e-mail 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. 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 For those who like wine and would like to learn more. Meets 3rd Wednesday each month at Kilburn Village Hall. Info: or contact David: 01159 303712

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. Betty Holloway 01332 880726. All welcome. Toddlers Inc. Meets at Denby Bottles Methodist Church, Danesby Crescent, Tues 10am – 12noon, in and out of term time. Contact: 01773 743104. 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. Sitwell Arms Crown Green Bowling Club New members wanted, all ages welcome. Contact Tony: 07939 004479 or 01332 880858 Tae Kwon-Do Practical Self Defence Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Adult & Junior Classes, Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm. Contact Shirley 07779 812468 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 Whist Drive British Legion Hall, Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, every Friday 7.30pm. Malcolm Parkin 01332 880160.

Ripley 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 Academy Crafters Meet at Ripley Academy every other Wednesday from 6.30-8.30pm, £2. Get together with likeminded people and craft! Contact or search ‘Academy Crafters’ on FB. 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

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 Movie Makers Marehay Miners Welfare, Derby Road, Ripley, meet alternate Tuesdays 7.45pm from September to June. Geoff Thompson: 01773 748559. . Amber Valley Stroke Group Meet alternate Fridays at St Joseph’s Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Supporting stroke survivors. Call Mary 01773 747813.

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 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.

Beehive Ukulele Club Meets every Thurs at the Beehive, 151 Peashill, Ripley at around 8.15 (teacher arrives at 9.10) £5 per week. Contact Julie Johnson 07968 309191.

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

Friendship Circle Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley, every Thursday 10am to 12noon.

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

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 Amateur Drama Group Meet every Mon at Mill Hill School. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Info: Terry Thorpe 01773 743471 Ripley and District Gardening Club Every third Saturday at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley 3pm to 5pm. New members very welcome. Ripley and District Heritage Trust Meet Ripley Town Hall Thursdays 2pm-4pm. New members welcome – contact Tim Castledine on 01773 746954. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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Community Diary April/May 2018 April: 6th: Fashion Show by Blue Sky Fashions, Little Eaton Village Hall 7 – 9pm. High Street / top brand clothing at bargain prices. Tickets £5: 07967 825215. Proceeds towards Trix Academy Gymnastics Club’s participation in the World Gymnaestrada, Austria 2019. 7th: Evening of Clairvoyance with Rob Brown at Field Terrace Ripley DE5 3HL (car park at rear of The Pear Tree pub, Derby Road). 6.15 pm, £5.00 on the door. Enquiries: 07773 684305. 14th: Derbyshire Embroiderers’ Guild meeting. Talk by Marion Aniss on ‘Awe and Wonder’ followed by an afternoon workshop. St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby DE1 3AX, 10.30am – 4pm. Visitors welcome. Contact: 01773 835995. 15th: Family Fun at Waingroves Methodist Church, 4pm. 20th: Defibrillator Awareness Day hosted by MP Pauline Latham OBE & Cllr Simon Spencer, 10am – 12pm at Strutts Community Centre, Derby Rd, Belper DE56 1UU. Demonstration by East Midlands Ambulance Service. Free to attend – call 01332 676679 or email to register. 21st: Attic Sale at Waingroves Methodist Church, 10.45am – 12noon. 24th: Derby Barbershop Harmony Club Free Open Rehearsal Night 7.30-9.30pm at Chester Green Community Centre, City Road, Derby DE1 3SA for any male with/without experience. Contact Gordon 01332 518594,, May: 5th: Evening of Clairvoyance with Bernicia at Field Terrace Ripley DE5 3HL (car park at rear of The Pear Tree pub, Derby Road). 6.15 pm, £5.00 on the door. Enquiries: 07773 684305. 10th: James Rippendale Guitar Recital 7pm at No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. £8 (u16 free). Tickets from Oxfam Bookshop, King St, Belper. 11th: James Rippendale Guitar Workshops. Beginners 2-4pm; Intermediate/Advanced 5-7pm. £15. Advanced booking & own instrument required. Phone 07854 290629 to register. 12th: Derbyshire Embroiderers’ Guild meeting. Talk by Kate Greatorex, professional weaver and textile artist, on ‘Fleece to Fibre’, followed by an afternoon member-led workshop. St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby DE1 3AX, 10.30am – 4pm. Visitors welcome. Contact: 01773 835995. 12th: Well Dressing Dedication 11am followed by lunches, Waingroves Methodist Church. 13th: Well Dressing Service 10.45am, Waingroves Methodist Church. 18th: Rome, Naples & Beyond…Music from Due Piccolo e Grande, Baroque music on rare instruments. 7.30pm, No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. Suitable for all ages. Adults £7, accompanied u16’s free. Tickets from Oxfam Bookshop, King St, Belper. Facebook/DuoPG. 20th: Family Fun at Waingroves Methodist Church, 4pm. 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 2018 please e-mail it to Deadline is Wednesday 25th April 2018.

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