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Hello readers and welcome!

Summer is now in full swing and at the time of writing this message back in June, we were in the midst of a mini-heatwave. We have spent some glorious days away in our caravan since I last wrote. We recently stayed in Cromford for the ‘Celebrating Cromford’ weekend. There was a lovely atmosphere with lots of activities and live music throughout the weekend in various locations around Cromford. The following weekend, we went to the Whatstandwell Festival; a 2-day festival situated at Hankin Farm with lots of entertainment for both adults and children. We keep reminding ourselves how lucky we are to have such wonderful places to visit and all well within a 30 minute drive from home. I’m currently looking for adult distributors to deliver All Things Local in Holbrook and Horsley Woodhouse. There’s an advertisement within this magazine, so please do contact me if you have your own transport A mini-heatwave for the ‘Celebrating Cromford’ and are interested in earning weekend. some money whilst getting some exercise! Many thanks to Horsley Lodge for providing a Vintage Afternoon Tea for two as this edition’s crossword prize. It’s a lovely, welcoming venue where you can sit and relax The view to Crich Stand from the Whatstandwell and watch the golfers go by. We often pop there; sometimes for a Festival meal and on other occasions just for a refreshing drink whilst the sun goes down over the golf course. Whether you’re holidaying at home or abroad this year, I wish you a wonderful summer with plenty of bright, hot sunny days to come.

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BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Legal Matters Business & Professional Shacklocks Solicitors

Legal Matters:

In each edition legal advisors from Shacklocks deal with important legal topics. This month Marion Vesey (pictured) invites us to think about Ben Stubbins, Solicitor andbenefit Head of the making a decision that will Family Department at Shacklocks LLP future generations.


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Money Matters: LISAs, CISAs and & JISAs!!!

can continue to save and receive the 25% bonus up to the age of 50. Saving into a LISA must stop at 50. Access prior to 60, (if not used for the house purchase), will be penalised as the bonus will be lost and a 5% charge will be applied.

The Financial Services Industry has always been a great source of acronyms. You will probably either love or loathe them - which seems to be how many people view the industry too!

If accessed after 60 years old, investors will receive the whole fund tax-free, including the bonuses. A pension is different on several conditions. A pension fund is presently accessible from 55, but only 25% is tax-free and the remainder taxed as earned income. Tax relief (and not a bonus) applies to pension contributions, and this can offer more value than the 25% bonus with a LISA in some cases. Employers can contribute to pensions but not to a LISA. The LISA is designed to complement a pension, rather than replace it. It is an inducement to encourage saving for retirement or to accumulate a deposit for first time buyers.

Since the start of the new tax year this April, we now have the new LISA. So what is it? The Lifetime Individual Savings Account was created to provide another tax efficient means to save for the future and it was given with a valuable tax incentive to encourage more people to save. Cash ISAs, (and their predecessors (TESSAs)), and Stocks and Shares ISAs (and their predecessors (PEPs)), have been around a long time offering tax efficient means to save either into cash-based savings or asset-backed investments in a tax advantaged way. Then there is a Junior Individual Savings Account – the JISA, but there are also EIS, VCTs and of course pensions too! So, firstly, the LISA. Similar to a Cash ISA and a Stocks and Shares ISA, not only does the asset grow in a tax efficient environment, but it also potentially benefits from a conditional tax advantageous bonus too. CISAs and Stocks and Shares ISAs do not. The LISA is designed as a savings vehicle for those aged 18 to 40 who want to save up to £4,000 per annum. It forms part of the £20,000 ISA limit for qualifying individuals aged 18 or over. There is a bonus incentive of 25%, which means that for every £4 you save, the government adds a £1 bonus. The money built up can then be used to either buy a first-time property up to £450,000 or individuals

So next time you are thinking of your savings, also think LISA. TTFN (ask your parents if you don’t know this one!)

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Just a Thought... Solution Pollution Every day, everywhere I look, in most conversations I hear, there is a common factor. Solutions. People are looking for solutions to problems. People want to offer solutions to others’ issues.

Sometimes when we have a grievance, a problem or a predicament, we don’t actually want an answer. We just want a listening ear. What we really want is someone to agree with us that life is hard sometimes and we are doing everything we can, but stamping our feet and falling face first into a bowl of ice cream to soothe our frazzled mind is absolutely fine. Spot on. Result!

I am, I’m afraid, a little worn out by this solution pollution.

So I’m asking in the nicest way possible, Super Woman who suggested batch making homemade kale and spinach quiche to feed to my children throughout the week so as not to miss any nutritional needs, hold your well-meaning tongue. Tell me you know how hard it is to keep on top of everything (even if you have got it all sorted and pity my inability to spin all the logistical family/work life plates) and stomp with me to the nearest Mr Whippy van. I’ll even buy you a Cornetto if you’ll just keep your solutions to yourself!

I understand that it is a mostly helpful trait within humans to want to solve their loved ones’ problems and that really is a good thing. There is I feel, however, a time when this is not helpful and is in fact detrimental to the situation at hand.

By Fliss Goldsmith of Belper

Some people quite frankly just like the sound of their own voice and throwing their metaphorical hat into the solution ring gives them a reasonable platform to be heard.

Days out with Dennis Go by Bus? Why Not??

lunch with you. If you want to cut out the lunch stop, catch all the following buses but an hour earlier.

One of my regular correspondents has set me a challenge to find a reasonable day out on a Sunday. Sunday services at best are a shadow of weekday services and at their worst do not exist at all.

If you have taken the lunch stop then Hulleys service 170 at 14:10 takes you from The Square, stand C, to Chesterfield, New Beetwell Street, arriving at 14:58. The 170 travels via Baslow and as it runs down into Chesterfield wide views of the town and its crooked spire can be seen ahead and off to the right.

However Trent Barton have recently revised their Sunday The Sixes service to include Bakewell, which opens up a number of possibilities. As usual, bus pass holders travel free whilst paying passengers are advised to buy a Derbyshire Wayfarer from the first driver of the day. We start then with Trent Barton 9.1 from outside Peacocks in Ripley at 10:20, which drops you in Derby at 10:50. Walk on and into Derby Bus Station where Trent Barton’s The Sixes 6.1 at 11:05 is your next bus and is going to Bakewell. This bus travels via Belper, Wirksworth, Matlock Bath and Matlock to terminate in Bakewell at 12:45. I have allowed time in Bakewell for a lunch stop and my choice would be a picnic down by the river. There will be no shortage of birds who will be quite delighted to share your


In Chesterfield, toilets and a Tesco are available in the shopping centre if you cross the road and go up the escalator. Trent Barton’s The Comet, which departs from stand B14 at 15:15, has you back in Ripley by 16:00.

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The Better Life The Zen of Chickens You can learn a lot about life from a chicken. Behind that beak and those golden eyes lies a creature bristling with poultry wisdom. Here’s a sample of what I’ve picked up from both Sweet Pea and Pepperoni. Be in the moment. Chickens seem to have a very short attention span, unless they’re on the trail of a worm. However, they’re actually demonstrating an ability to detach from the superficial, which – to a chicken – is anything inedible. Be curious about the world. Chickens are life’s little explorers. They can find that hole in the fence which I blocked with some feeble bamboo canes and never got round to repairing properly, the last wild strawberry, or a snail who thought hiding behind the coop was a foolproof survival strategy. Celebrate your successes. The commotion a chicken makes before, while and after laying an egg is surely one of Nature’s cruellest jokes. Short of ringing a dinner bell, it’s the most efficient way of summoning any fox within a two-mile radius. Despite that, I defy any smallholder not to be impressed at the ‘scraps, grain and grit in, followed by egg and fertiliser poop out’ magic trick performed most days.

The early bird really does get the worm. Although the slightly delayed bird may succeed in taking it off you, if you don’t pay attention. Opportunity not only knocks, it grabs too. Care for your environment. Once again, chickens lead by example. Whether it’s pulling up the weeds*, providing some essential pest control or aerating the soil, chickens are constantly on the lookout for ways to contribute. * A word of caution – an unchecked chicken gets a little over enthusiastic in its gardening duties! Play to your strengths. Chickens don’t fly or glide and their singing isn’t up to much. But...they don’t waste food, or an opportunity, and they make eggcellent companions. By Derek Thompson

Be how you feel. Our cat learned early on that it’s wise to keep out of the path of a broody, moody hen. She also discovered they can run surprisingly fast and launch themselves at unwitting felines. Me? I learned that the term ‘an affectionate peck’ doesn’t apply to poultry. Make time to relax. When they’re not eating, advertising their egg-laying prowess, playing tug-of-war with snails or enjoying dirt baths, chickens like nothing better than sitting still and watching the world go by. Or, if it’s a sunny day, a spot of Chicken Yoga might be in order. You can forget about downward dog, cat posture or doing the cobra. For chickens, the yogic routine is a few luxurious wing stretches, some flexing of the neck and then it’s time to sprawl out in the warm. And if it’s cold outside? They snuggle up together in what I call the ‘tea cosies’ posture. Eat your greens – and give peas a chance. Impressionable children the world over would have no qualms about devouring chard, lettuce or spinach (to name but three) if they had a chicken for a role model. And, being life’s gourmet connoisseurs, chickens will also happily try tomatoes, grapes, porridge, roast potatoes, bananas, raisins and spaghetti. Although someone we once met, who declared that she fed her hens leftover bacon and eggs did, I feel, overstep the mark a little.


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Travel Prague - Golden City of Bohemia On a majestic loop of the Vltava river, the ‘Golden City of Bohemia’ greets you with a touch of Venetian charm. Islands, bridges, canals, swans gliding along the banks, traditional steamers and tourist boats, it’s a romantic place where water tumbles over the weir and spires and domes mingle their reflections from morning to night. Whatever the season, the Vltava mirrors the mood of the sky, as meek as a lamb or impatient and wild, but along the banks life moves at a leisurely pace and there’s always plenty of time to enjoy a candle-lit dinner at the water’s edge or stroll under the bridges. For in the Czech capital, every bridge has a story to tell, none more so than the Charles Bridge with its foundation stone laid at the auspicious time of 5.31am on 9th July 1357. Today Prague’s best loved icon still spans the river for over 500 metres, guarded by 30 statues of saints sculpted by famous Bohemian artists. For locals and visitors alike, it’s the heart of town: the place to see and be seen, watch the artists painting the scene, listen to music and enjoy the sunset when the river shimmers like gold. For 450 years it was the only bridge across the river, but others followed, linking the town on the right bank to the castle district on the left. On the hilltop, beyond the luminous vineyards, so unexpected in a city, the UNESCO castle rises proud and strong, once the residence of the kings of Bohemia and still housing the presidential offices. It’s a vast complex with an enticing maze of towers and gates, museums, galleries and quaint medieval cottages strung along the Golden Lane. At the heart of it all is St Vitus Cathedral where the crown jewels are kept under seven locks and keys.


Not so far away is the Lesser District with its parklands and mini Eiffel Tower, but across the river the Old Town begs to be explored, an eclectic mix of styles from Renaissance and Baroque to Rococo, Art Nouveau and more. It’s an open book in the history of art but sooner or later the Old Town Square holds you spellbound. Horse-drawn carriages rattle on the flagstones, bustling café terraces serve goulash, potato pancake and desserts doused in butter and cream, flowers bloom all around and crowds gather by the astronomical clock to watch the figurines come out to mark the passing of time. Others stroll under the arcades or wander in the lanes in search of Bohemian glassware, porcelain, colourful textiles or garnet, the traditional Czech stone. The more energetic climb to the top of the town hall tower to gaze in wonder at the most fabulous views over the fabled ‘City of 100 Spires’ and the river wandering through its myriad treasures on the way to the Elbe. According to legend, a Bohemian princess once dreamed of a city whose fame would reach the stars as it flourished on the banks of the Vltava. Perhaps this is why the ever-changing river has inspired so many writers and artists, including the 19th century Czech composer Smetana who dedicated a Symphonic Poem to its journey across the land. He called it ‘Ma Vlast’, my homeland, and today, with its unrivalled heritage and convivial ambience, Prague, its capital, is one of the most visited cities in Europe. By Solange Hando

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Book Reviews: Lazy Days Whether you’re stretching out on a sun lounger, or just grabbing an hour’s peace and quiet in your garden, a good book is a summer essential in our opinion. Standard Deviation Katherine Heiny Graham’s second wife, Audra, is warm, sociable and always ready to throw herself headlong into any situation. The total opposite of his first wife, Elspeth, in fact. So, when Elspeth unexpectedly comes back into Graham’s life, he finds himself wondering how on earth he could have fallen in love with two such different women, and whether he’s ended up with the right one. If you like quirky characters, wry humour and reflections on the absurdities of everyday life, this book is for you. Palace of Curiosities Rosie Garland Abel and Eve are not like other people. Abel’s body heals itself. He has no idea how old he is, but his fractured memories suggest he’s been alive for a very long time. Eve – the Lion Girl – is covered from head to toe in golden hair. Together they are the two main attractions in a show featuring extraordinary people. Set in Victorian England, this is a beautiful tale of humanity and what it means to be ‘different’ in a world that prizes convention. Reservoir 13 Jon McGregor A teenage girl goes missing while on holiday in an English village. Seasons come and go and life goes on, but the girl’s mysterious disappearance continues to affect village life. Some people dream of finding her alive, others of discovering her body. This is not

a crime novel, more a glimpse into human nature. There are a lot of characters, and you get to know each one as they go about their daily lives. It’s a quiet book, but it certainly draws you in. 100% Real Sam Talbot If you’re looking for inspiration for healthy, tasty summer recipes, this book could be just what you need. While its focus is on clean eating, it’s not just about chia seeds and green tea. Recipes include White Fish Curry, Jerk Chicken, and Dark Chocolate Soufflé with Rum Cream. Recipes are accompanied by full page photos, and are, on the whole, easy to follow. From light lunches and snacks to dishes to impress friends, you’ll find yourself reaching for this cookery book time and time again. Once in a Blue Moon Lodge Lorna Landvik A warm, comfortable kind of story with great characters, first loves, old flames and family dynamics. Once in a Blue Moon Lodge follows a family over two decades – Nora, her mother Patty Jane and her grandmother Ione. It’s the sequel to Patty Jane’s House of Curl, but works as a stand-alone novel. There is a large cast of characters, and the timeline is hard to follow at times, as it jumps from past to present. Nevertheless, it’s a very enjoyable beach read. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Joanna Cannon It’s 1976 and 10-year-old Grace’s neighbour, Mrs Creasy, has gone missing. With her best friend Tilly in tow, Grace sets out to solve the mystery. It soon becomes apparent that the community is hiding plenty of secrets, some of which go back almost a decade. Grace comes across as rather naive for her age at times, but she’s very likeable. A funny, easy read that will make waiting around at a station or airport much more bearable. By Kate Duggan

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Beer Beers of the Month: August It’s the fashion among ale-drinkers to while away a hot August afternoon with a golden ale – you know, one of those modern pale ales that’s so overburdened with exotic hops that all you can taste is nettles. But for those of us who still believe that sunny afternoons were made for cricket not rock festivals, I have a couple of beery suggestions that are still refreshing and still hoppy, but less abrasive and altogether more mellow. Although founded in 1777, Dorset’s Badger Brewery has become a trailblazer in the bottled beer market, with an innovative range that is unafraid of ingredients like liquorice, ginger, and elderflower; and the moment you uncap a bottle of 4.5% alcohol Golden Glory, you know what’s in it: peach blossom. So – a fruity beer for that summer sundowner? Why not? The Belgians use loads of fruit, and they’re (supposedly) the best brewers in the world. Golden Glory pours an attractive dark gold with a thick foamy head. The nose is heady with peach to the exclusion of all else; on the palate, though, the peach is less pronounced. There’s still an overtone, but the more traditional malt comes through strongly, and then in the finish there’s what there ought to be – hop bitterness. St Peter’s Brewery of Suffolk celebrated its 20th birthday last year but has loads of history behind it. Its home is a moated Tudor farmhouse deep in a maze of lanes, which was built with bits of architectural salvage from the nearby priory, including an entire church window of intricately-carved tracery. A truly unique place, and well worth a visit. Its huge bottled range includes grapefruit beer, honey beer, a stout, a porter, an IPA and many others; but in August we’ll try the Organic Ale at 4.5% alcohol. The beer is a dark gold colour, and there’s a hint of biscuity malt offset by lemony hops in the aroma. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with a palate that balances rich toffee, an overtone of marmalade, and just a suggestion of barley wine that makes the beer drink above its weight. The finish is all hop, though, long and dry and bitter, making it the perfect quencher for all that fine August weather I hope we’ll be getting.


Beers of the Month: September There’s something a bit mournful about September. It’s still technically summer, and there can be glorious days. But everything’s just beginning to slide: summer seems tired and dusty somehow, as if it can’t wait to be properly autumn, to ripen and bear fruit. Then the kids go back to school and with that, whatever the weather, summer’s lease hath had its all too short a stay. A marketing slogan currently going round the beer world proclaims: “There’s a beer for that!” What beer, though, accompanies seasonal melancholy? Something light, something spritzy, something to prolong the sensations of summer? Or something a little heavier, perhaps? Something somewhat warming, something to prepare one for the chills to come? Being of a naturally Eeyorish disposition, I decided on the latter. Cameron’s of Hartlepool is almost unique in that, having suffered half a dozen changes of ownership in the last 30 years, it has somehow managed to avoid being closed down and demolished. It has now emerged from the great corporate ceilidh as a thriving independent and, although not well-known under its own name, is the UK’s 11th biggest brewery. Its flagship beer is Strongarm, a 4.1% ale launched in 1955 as prosperity returned to the region and better-off drinkers demanded something a bit meatier than ration-era swill. More like a strong mild than a bitter, it pours a delightful orange-garnet with aromas of toffee and apple. The palate is rich, with butterscotch balanced by more of that fruity hop; the finish becomes less malty and more fruity still. Over the Pennines in Cumbria is Jenning’s of Cockermouth, another old-established brewery which, unlike Cameron’s, has changed ownership only once in 200 years and is now an outpost of the Marston’s Empire. Sneck Lifter was introduced in 1990 as a seasonal ale for winter; however its alcoholic strength of 5.1%, while low for a winter beer, was ideal for a year-round strong ale similar, say, to Greene King Abbot. Sneck Lifter is almost the same colour as Strongarm, but despite its greater strength has a fresher, grassier aroma with a rich undertone of leather. In the mouth, a robust liquorice flavour and a hint of Marmite are balanced by an underlying freshness well-suited to the season. More hop emerges in the malty finish. By Ted Bruning

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Short Story Aunty Josephine’s Kiosk The early morning sun glittered on the waves. Neville paced in front of Aunty Josephine’s Kiosk and checked the time. Apart from a chap walking his spaniel on the beach and a solitary teenager playing on roller skates down the promenade in the far distance, there was not a soul about. No sign yet of Josephine. Yesterday he’d overheard two locals talking in the pub about how Josephine now used wheels to get about. He saw his opportunity. He’d make her an offer for the kiosk; less than it was worth, but if she was getting frail she would be easy to negotiate with. Personally, he found the seaside dull, but there was money to be made from a beach full of holidaymakers. He watched the spaniel run after its ball into the surf, then glanced again along the promenade. It was still deserted apart from the teenager, who he could now see was a girl in a lime green helmet weaving perilously in and out of the bollards. He wished he had that much energy.

colourful buckets, spades and windmills. In his youth, Neville had seen her vault over the counter to rescue a lilo from being snatched by the wind. She could blow up a beach ball in three puffs. Back then, Neville recalled, Josephine had been a force to be reckoned with. Once the deal was done, he’d get rid of all the buckets and nonsense. He couldn’t imagine anyone built sandcastles anymore. He’d sell expensive cappuccinos instead, that’s what people liked these days. “Any idea when she’ll get here?” Neville asked. “I’ve got an appointment to discuss kiosk business with her.” “You’re brave.” The gentleman chuckled knowingly.

To his relief, he heard the unmistakeable hum of a mobility scooter struggling up the ramp from the arcades. He buttoned his jacket and, preparing the concerned smile that he’d been practising since yesterday, he turned graciously to greet Josephine.

“The last chap who tried that had to dig his own grave.”

To his disappointment the rider of the mobility scooter was just a gentleman in a turquoise bomber jacket. He nodded to Neville as he rolled past.

“I’ve not got the best eyesight.” The man squinted along the promenade. “But isn’t this her coming towards us now?”

“Excuse me!” Neville called. “I don’t suppose you know when Aunty Josephine arrives to open up?”

Neville followed the man’s gaze, but the promenade was still deserted apart from the girl.

The gentleman applied his brakes and turned to face Neville.

“That’s just a teenager on roller skates,” Neville said. “Is she wearing a green helmet?” the man asked. “Yes,” Neville answered.

“Any time now.” He glanced at his watch. “Though to be fair, she’s been arriving a little late these days.” Neville nodded sympathetically. He was a canny enough businessman to appreciate that everyone who knew Josephine would be sad to see her in decline. Technically speaking Josephine was nobody’s aunty, yet she was as much a part of the fabric of this seaside town as the smell of fish and chips. She’d been the proprietor of the promenade kiosk for donkey’s years. From Easter until October she would hang out rows of


“Obviously, her situation’s now changed,” Neville said dismissively. “Do you actually know when she’ll get here?”

“Is she doing stunts with the bollards like Evel Knievel?” the man asked. Neville nodded, his mouth agape. “That’ll be her then. Good luck with your meeting!” He rode off on his scooter with a pip of his horn. “I’m sure she’ll be happy to sell you a spade.” By Jackie Brewster

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And Another Thing... Tom’s Emporium

At 8am on Saturday morning, I awoke to the prospect of a blissful day spent pleasing no one but Yours Truly. Such is the joy of having grown up kids – no more gymnastics, swimming or football practice – hurrah! So, what to do? A stroll round the park with Olly, my faithful hound? A trip to the corner shop to splurge four quid on a ream of newsprint? A long leisurely morning in the kitchen creating my signature dish – jambon et œuf buttie à la sauce tomate? Unfortunately, my hopes for the perfect Saturday morning were dashed by my dearly beloved Sarah, who had the answer for which I hadn’t been searching: “Tom, are we finally going to clear out that garage?” Knowing that resistance was useless, I peered through the dusty gloom and began yanking old bikes, boxes of records and other long forgotten bric-a-brac from the darkest recesses of the garage. Then my eureka moment: “Sarah I’ve had a brilliant idea – and don’t look at me like that – let’s take this lot to the car boot sale!” Realising that the car boot bee was firmly stuck in my entrepreneurial bonnet, Sarah reluctantly agreed and so, with the Mondeo Ghia packed to the gunwales with twenty years of dedicated hoarding and with my wallpaper paste board firmly secured on the roof rack, we headed off to a dusty farmer’s field located somewhere in the neighbouring parish. In very short order I had set out my stall. Sylvanian houses to my left, fondue set to my right, golf shoes (worn once) in the middle. And so, with my thermos gently steaming, we waited for the hordes of bargain hunters to descend. Eventually a wizened old dear, nearly bent over double, shuffled up to our makeshift emporium. She rattled one of my Tupperware containers (helpfully marked odds and sods) as I craned my neck in an attempt to catch her drift. “How much for this zip?” she enquired. I examined the dusty old fastener. “Err, that particular item, madam, is five pence.” “Is that your best price?” “Yes.” “I’ll leave it thanks.” As the ancient shopper shuffled away, Sarah began testily rearranging her gnomes. “Tom, if we’d just gone to the tip we’d be home by now.” “Did you know Lord Sugar began on a market stall?”

Just then I spotted a mature gentleman sporting a handle-bar moustache and wearing a tatty blue blazer surreptitiously rifling through my collection of 45s (for anyone born after 1986, 45s are small plastic discs which when placed on a turntable produce music). I observed him as he carefully examined the soundtrack of my youth. Then he paused, replaced the discs in the cardboard box, and as his fingers danced gently across the dog eared covers said, “How much do you want for this lot?” Giddy with the expectation of my first sale, I was just about to announce the very reasonable figure of a tenner when Sarah stepped forward and said, “Twenty five please.” Fearful of losing the deal I decided to give the old chap some encouragement. “But we will take less!” As the gentlemen wandered off Sarah glared at me and said, “By the way, I’ve put your application for The Apprentice in the bin.” “You scared him off with that ridiculous price!” As the argument continued Mr Handlebar reappeared and asked, “Will you take twenty?” Suddenly, the thought of my precious collection falling into the hands of this chancer had me incensed. Searching around the market for support I yelled, “Twenty quid? For this collection? Are you trying to insult me? Twenty!?” “Tom, we’re not in a Souk. Take the money and shut up.” As the clouds gathered we packed up and headed home, a total of £37.18 to the good. The following week I was sitting quietly enjoying Bargain Hunt when Sarah plopped the local rag into my lap. “Recognise him?” She pointed to an article entitled ‘Local Collector Unearths Rare Madonna Imported Single’. “I knew there was something dodgy about that moustache!” “What I’m more worried about is the thought of a teenage Tom prancing around his bedroom singing along to ‘Holiday’.” And so the happy memories of a gilded youth recede just a little further into the distance... By Tom Hughes Follow Tom on Twitter @groomsdaybook

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Be it in the summer or winter, fresh air draws athletes outside in any weather. However, with rising temperatures in the summer, some hazards may arise. High intensity training raises the heart rate, metabolism and body temperature in a short time and to a very high level. With very high temperatures outside, many people experience an increased susceptibility to cardiovascular problems or (in the worst case) sunstroke. Less severe symptoms such as nausea, dizziness or cramps may also affect your performance and leave you feeling unwell after exercising. In this edition’s article, I will give you a few tips for doing workouts outside safely, even in the summer: Workout in the shade Can you do your run/walk in the woods? Think safety first. Can you get up earlier and perform your workout early in a morning, or late at night? If possible, avoid the peak

Water intake High temperatures are accompanied by increased fluid loss due to perspiration; it is therefore advisable to drink about a litre more than you would normally. Adequate water intake is necessary to ensure minerals lost in sweat are replaced, as these minerals are vital for proper functioning of muscles. With mineral deficiencies, cramps are just one of the possible symptoms that may occur. Dress for the conditions Wear the correct breathable clothes that wick away the sweat and keep you feeling cooler. A hat will keep the heat away from the head and protect the eyes, but I do feel that wearing one makes me hotter as the heat can’t escape through the head. Try either way though, as it is personal preference. And don’t forget to apply sun cream, especially if you’re going to be outside for long periods of time. Happy summer training – don’t let the heat stop you, but be prepared! By Alex Robinson You can 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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This path was formerly the route of the Great Northern Railway from Heanor Gate to Ilkeston. Osborne’s Pond was opened in 1791 as a feeder reservoir for the Nutbrook Canal, which joined with the Erewash Canal near to Stanton Gate. From Osborne’s Pond the route is now part of the Nutbrook Trail. Follow the trail to the old Station House standing to the left of the route. From here, go across the road, (noticing the old rails in the road), and follow the track with the green fence on your right and pass the entrance to Michael House School on your left. At the end of the track, the path slopes up to a disused pit headstock. The ‘Piper’ headstocks are all that remain of the Woodside Colliery which opened in 1847 and closed in 1961.

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Motoring The Stars of the New York Motor Show James Baggott reports from the show floor of The Big Apple’s recent new car showcase. It may be held in the city that never sleeps, but walk around the New York Motor Show’s tiny halls and you may be in danger of drifting off. Thrilling and packed with big reveals this event was not, however, there were still a few new car unveils that could stave off unintentional narcolepsy – for a few minutes at least. In reality this show has very little real substance – and it’s dominated by the American manufacturers. Despite that, we managed to find six new models that caught our eye.

Mercedes AMG GLC 63 & GLC 63 Coupe

The only real European manufacturer to take the New York event seriously, Mercedes took the wraps off the car it’s billing as ‘perfectly at home off road or on the race track’. Featuring a 4.0-litre V8 with either 469bhp in standard guise, or 503bhp in ‘S’ trim, it’s an SUV capable of hitting 60mph in just 3.9 seconds. With a top speed of 155mph, the Germans say it’s a super sporty car with ‘everyday usability’. Prices are expected to start at around £65,000 with first deliveries in October.

Hellcat’s 707bhp lump and adds a bigger supercharger and increased boost pressure, resulting in 60mph in just 2.3 seconds – which puts it on a par with a Bugatti Chiron. Bonkers.

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Unlike in the UK, the luxury arm of Nissan is rather successful in the States; thus the brand feels a Range Rover rivalling concept is a good idea. The Infiniti QX80 Monograph is currently billed as a ‘design study’, but the manufacturer says it signals its intent to enter the large SUV segment. Whether it’ll be made remains to be seen, but even if it is, a UK version is doubtful.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

In the seemingly ever-raging battle to produce the world’s most powerful SUV, Jeep has made a bold claim for the title with this – the 707bhp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Quite why any manufacturer wants the title is beyond us, but Americans have snapped it up nonetheless. Capable of 60mph in 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 180mph and a standing quarter mile in 11.6 seconds, this might just be a Jeep Cherokee that’s mildly acceptable to own.

Jaguar F-Type 2.0-litre

Before you dismiss this tiny 2.0-litre four cylinder in a hairy-chested sports car, know this: it’s still pushing out a not-so-weedy 296bhp. Jaguar hopes that a 0-60mph time of 5.4 seconds, 155mph top speed and a 52kg weight reduction will be enough to temper the scowls of those who sneer at this diminutive engine size. It’ll also bring the entry level price of an F-Type to £100 under £50k.

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glazed roof providing the maximum amount of light to the room below.

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.

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Homes & Gardens position, as lots of sunlight increases the algal growth. Bear in mind, however, that a pond close to trees will become clogged by leaves in autumn! Make sure that the pond is as deep as possible, as algal growth is much more likely in shallow water, and avoid putting in too many fish as their excreta raises the water’s nitrogen level, which encourages algae. Surface floating plants, particularly water lilies, will help to shade the water’s surface – ideal if the pond is in a fairly sunny site.

Gardening It’s Not Always Good To Be Green Water features are great in a garden but the chances are that from time to time you will have been frustrated by the water turning green. Generally, this will be due to one of many different types of algae infestation, and will get worse during warmer weather, but what should you do about it? Blanket weed is long filaments of tangled algae, making a mass resembling a dense green blanket. Remove by pulling, raking or by using a stick or bamboo cane that you twirl into the algae, then compost it down in your compost bin. Surface floating pond weeds such as duckweed, which looks like lots of very tiny oval leaves floating on the water’s surface, can be a real nightmare too. It builds up very rapidly as a bright green surface layer and the best control is to regularly scrape the weed off using a good-sized kitchen sieve. Again it can be composted, but make sure you remove all of it or it will soon be back. Try to avoid the build-up of algae by creating your pond carefully and taking precautions with what you grow and keep in it. Avoid a very sunny

You should also include a selection of oxygenating plants, available from your local garden centre or pond plant supplier. Some of these float in bundles in the water, others can be grown in containers, and all of them help raise the oxygen level in the pond and so decrease the algae problem. A spout or fountain will also oxygenate the water, but note that water lilies do not like water that is in motion. Note that if you keep changing the water in an attempt to keep it clear, the pond never gets the chances to create its own natural balance and the situation will not improve. Be patient and usually, provided you try all the above, the pond will eventually sort itself out and clear water will return. You can use proprietary physical and chemical controls for algae, but make sure that whatever you choose is suitable and can be used safely around wildlife and your pond fish. Using barley straw to clear algae in ponds does work, but it is essential that the straw is from barley and no other cereal crop. If you can get hold of this, cram some into an old pair of tights and submerge in the water by weighing them down with several bricks. Alternatively, buy pads of barley straw (sometimes mixed with lavender stalks), and these will help do the job for you. By Pippa Greenwood Visit Pippa’s website for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring Collection’ of gorgeous UK-grown garden-ready vegetable plants ready for delivery in September. You’ll also find many gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls, copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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The Diary of a Local Mum Sunny Days As I write this we are in the throes of a mini heatwave. I’m not going to pretend that this is going to be the shape of things to come because we know the drill – it’s British summer. We expect whatever we get, like it or lump it. I happen to LOVE the sun and I hate to moan because prolonged periods of good weather can be such a rare occurrence. I try not to do or say anything that may scare it away. However, I know not all agree and I have to admit that the heat can be problematic, especially where babies and children are concerned. Simple things suddenly become much more difficult. I say ‘simple’, nothing’s ever quite that straightforward with kids anyway, is it...maybe the word I’m looking for is ‘essential’. You know, eating, sleeping, dressing... those kind of vitally important day-to-day things. After a few days of heat (or even just hours in some cases) and a lack of the above, everyone starts to get a bit cranky. The shine starts to come off the sun (no pun intended), just a little. There are a few things that kids need to help them through sunny weather which, although they help and/or add enjoyment, all present their own unique challenges: Sun cream Absolutely vital, but incredibly difficult. Children hate standing still for any length of time especially when the sun’s out and there’s fun to be had. Likewise, babies will never happily lie there while you plaster them from head to toe in gungy white cream when they’re already hot and uncomfortable. But, trying to ensure you’ve carefully covered every inch of a constantly moving and increasingly slippery object is not easy. Your child suddenly becomes a contortionist as they almost dislocate their own shoulder in a bid for freedom while you determinedly hang on to their arm, spraying as fast as the dodgy blocked up nozzle will allow. Once is difficult enough, but when it comes to reapplication? Not the highlight of a sunny day.

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Ice cream Definitely the more popular of the summer creams, this one will not send kids running off in all directions but rather causes a swarm of children to gather from all corners of the neighbourhood. Children you’ve never even seen before appear from all angles during the very first notes of the ice cream van’s merry tune. There are momentous decisions to be made, which apparently can’t be rushed, no matter how long the queue or how quickly the ice creams are melting. Then follows a race to eat the treasured purchase before it drops off its cone, gets tangled with their hair, or generally melts all over them, providing much more effective coverage than the sun cream did. And then, the wasps descend...cue screams, running, flapping, ice creams flying all over the place, and tears...lots of tears. Hats All the advice tells parents to ensure their precious little ones are protected from the sun with a hat. Has anyone managed to get a child, of any age, to keep a hat on? Ever? If you have, I take my hat off to you (sorry, couldn’t resist). I’ve purchased hats of all shapes and sizes which have, over the years, been repeatedly thrown from pushchairs, left behind, lost, deliberately hidden, or just met with a flat refusal. I give up. Thankfully, my children have very thick hair which would be a challenge for any sunbeam to penetrate. Water An absolute must on a sunny day. Playing in water is most children’s favourite thing about summer – and quite rightly so. From paddling pools to water slides, sprinklers, buckets, bombs and pistols kids love an afternoon in the garden chucking water at each other and squealing with delight as they get soaked, cool off and generally have a great time. The fun usually ends abruptly, however, when someone bursts into tears because...wait for it... they got wet. Hmmm... Enjoy the sun everyone!

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Local History The History Makers Hidden in an archive drawer in Ripley Library are two folders with hessian covers and stencilled titles. They date from 1931 and are the work of 5 members of the local Women’s Institute: Marion and Mabel Turner, Evelyn Jowitt and Mavis and Enid Langton. Their aim was nothing less than a history of Ripley from the earliest times to the (then) present. They begin: “Ripley has no history”, and then set out to disprove that statement. They are remarkable for several reasons. Firstly, they are very thorough: in a time before the internet, the women had to go to the British Museum to look at the earliest documents, and then to translate them from Medieval Latin! They examined all kinds of documents and accounts, in London, Derby and locally in churches and council offices. Secondly, they are particularly interested in the role of women, and find many instances of women playing important roles in the town’s history. They use their own drawings, diagrams and graphs and try very hard to depict what life was like in the town in the past.

Others recalled the annual pleasure trip on the Cromford Canal, and attending Dame School before council schools were established. One woman commented: “I suppose we had slates and pencils and made marks, but I don’t remember anything but play. The teacher went on with her housework.” The folders make fascinating reading, not least because they give glimpses of ordinary life in Ripley in the 1930s. We hope soon to be able to reprint them for a wider audience. By Ripley and District Heritage Trust

They love picking up interesting trifles. For example, they discovered that, in the 13th century, William de Luy paid his rent for Pentrich Mill to the Abbot of Darley in the form of one pound of cumin (yes, the spice) per year, and that no fewer than 3 vicars of Pentrich died in one year during the Black Death. They tell the story of how, in 1776, whilst attending a cock fight in part of a mill overhanging the river Amber, several men got so excited they jumped up and down, making the floor collapse and tumbling them into the river. One man drowned. They found that several women were elected constable, like Rosamund Walker in 1696. The constable had to deal with local law and order, and bring the offenders to the local court. Offences included giving shelter to rogues and beggars and keeping greyhounds or selling ale without a licence. Speaking of ale, they also discover in the parish accounts money for buying ale for men – and women – mending the roads, and the church bell ringers! When they came to more recent history, the authors used memories of older local people: some 80-year-olds in 1931 remembered the 1860s and 1870s. One man remembered a local pit where the power was supplied not by steam engine but by a man-powered ‘gin’, a winding wheel pushed by men walking in a circle. To advertise contact Ruth: T: 01332 883140 M: 07545 261034 E:



Your Horoscope August and September 2017 August brings an abundance of dynamic Leo energy; the lion is roaring, bringing passion, love and romance and just in time for the holiday season! The love planet Venus is in sensitive Cancer until the 26th, providing some lessons in evaluating the real worth of relationships and partnerships. Mars, the warrior planet, remains in Leo all month, offering plenty of opportunities for creative ideas to flourish. Take care after the 13th as the trickster planet Mercury moves into retrograde motion. As usual during this three week phase there may be hitches and glitches with travel plans and all forms of communication; be sure to check everything at least once, preferably twice. The full moon in Aquarius on the 13th is a great time to start a new adventure or begin a creative project. The Leo new moon on the 21st is also a total solar eclipse; this powerful energy brings hidden matters to the surface, both globally and personally. During an eclipse nothing is clear and everything is hidden, therefore it’s probably best to wait a while before making any important decisions, particularly those around love and romance. September is always a busy month as the diligent Virgo sun turns attention to concentration and study; schools and colleges start their new term and hard work begins again. The love planets Mars and Venus have just enough time to enjoy fun and games; make the most of it as Mars enters Virgo on the 5th followed by Venus on the 20th. The full moon falls in dreamy Pisces on the 6th; do take advantage of your intuition as the time is right for proceeding with a cherished vision. There is great relief as Mercury turns direct on the 5th and the Virgo new moon on the 20th brings interesting opportunities for making new plans. ARIES: MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 August: It’s all change this month as the Sun and Mars occupy the love and romance sector of your chart – fun and games are in the spotlight and the focus may well be on any children that happen to be in your life. There is an abundance of creative energy available – be sure to make the most of it! September brings renewed action in the work and relationship sectors of your chart. Mercury in industrious Virgo assists objective communication on all levels. An exciting creative opportunity may come your way this month as Uranus and Mars, your ruler, work harmoniously in your favour. TAURUS: APRIL 21 - MAY 21 August: Home and family are still a strong focus this month, particularly during the first half as fiery Mars contacts the Sun in Leo. Venus, your ruling planet, is in sensitive Cancer until the 26th, enabling you to reach out and communicate your needs in relationships. The total eclipse on the 21st may unearth a secret. September turns your attention to love and creativity; Energetic Mars joins the Sun in Virgo giving you renewed determination to make a relationship work. A new friendship could become more important to you in the weeks ahead and the Virgo new moon on the 20th is pivotal. GEMINI: MAY 22 - JUNE 21 August: Creative communication is at the top of your agenda for the first few weeks of August, as energetic Mars joins with the Sun. This imaginative and resourceful area of your chart is longing for change, making this the time for that long-held vision to become a reality. September: Home and family life come into focus during September as the Virgo Sun illuminates this important area of your life. Certain decisions that you have been putting off for a while will need your full attention now. With the love planet Venus favouring communication, it’s important that you speak your mind. CANCER: JUNE 22 - JULY 22 August brings your focus to your financial situation as the Sun and Mars light up this section of your chart. Brilliant new ideas for making money abound as creativity is at an all-time high and you are able to let your imagination run wild. The total eclipse on the 21st may bring up some hidden secrets. September shines the spotlight on communication and everything to do with your self-esteem. The Pisces full moon on the 6th highlights your interactions with others; important changes are on the horizon and you should be feeling ready to forge ahead. The full moon on the 20th challenges you to be courageous. LEO: JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 August: The heat is on for roaring lions this month as the Sun and Mars join forces in your sign. Lucky Jupiter is in focus around the 10th, so be sure to use this creative energy wisely and make your plans for the months ahead. The total eclipse in Leo on the 21st is a major turning point. September: Your assets and cash flow all loom large during September as the Sun aligns with transformational Pluto. The 9th is particularly powerful and could turn out to be a turning point. Jupiter enhances communication and usually brings optimism and good luck, but also warns of overstretching yourself. VIRGO: AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 August: Don’t try to force the pace this month, particularly after the 13th as your ruler Mercury enters the retrograde phase in your sign. Prepare for interesting life changing events and, although you should proceed with

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Community caution, it’s time to ditch some of your perfectionism and celebrate your achievements. September is your birthday month and the new moon in your sign on the 20th heralds the start of an important phase for you. Exciting new beginnings are evident and with mighty Jupiter challenging maverick Uranus be prepared for a roller-coaster few months ahead. Expect the unexpected! LIBRA: SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 August: The Sun and energetic Mars are strong in a pivotal point of your chart this month. This continues the trend of bringing new opportunities your way, especially through group endeavours. You appear to be on a roll: make the most of personal ambitions. The Leo solar eclipse allows old friends to reappear in your life. September: Abundant Jupiter is spending the last full month in your sign and the potential for abundance and success remains favoured. Challenged by the unconventional planet Uranus, this cycle highlights the need to release yourself from some restrictions and obligations that no longer serve you. SCORPIO: OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 August: It’s all change this month as the Sun and Motivational Mars stir up a pivotal sector of your chart. Your goals and ambitions find new focus as powerful Pluto links with Jupiter in your communication area, enabling you to be direct and forthright in your dealings with others. September brings restless energy to Scorpios as Mars and Venus, both in Leo, highlight a pivotal sector of your chart. Goals and ambitions are in the spotlight and the Virgo new moon on the 20th emphasises some exciting new opportunities coming your way. SAGITTARIUS: NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 August: Advancement, travel and broadening your horizons are the main themes of the month. Finances are also important as Venus in Cancer gives you extra intuition where resources and investment are concerned. At the full moon on the 7th your focus turns to completion and success. September sees many Sagittarians contemplating some big lifestyle changes as Saturn, Uranus and Mars form a productive alignment and set the tone for the month. Reorganisation is essential and it’s definitely time to look at new potentials, particularly around the time of the new moon on the 20th. CAPRICORN: DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 August: Love planet Venus in Cancer is dominating your relationship sector until the 26th. With heightened intuition and sensitivity you may well breathe a sigh of relief as any conflicts and disagreements should lessen now. The Solar eclipse on the 21st makes this a very powerful time for endings and beginnings. September: Powerful and transformational Pluto in your sign is set to make a positive alignment to the Sun around the 8th. The whole month suggests that you’ll have the opportunity to make some interesting new arrangements that may even include a completely new way of life. AQUARIUS: JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 August: An abundance of fiery energy in your opposite sign of Leo ensures that this will be an exciting month. Challenges may come from all directions, but take this opportunity to increase your social connections. The full moon in your sign on the 7th is a call to trust your instincts and pursue your goals, even if others aren’t in agreement. September: During September the radiant Sun illuminates your resources and financial arrangements. Your intuitive powers remain strong and, as transformational Pluto comes into focus around the 8th, you should see the culmination of an ambitious project. The 20th is a key date for transactions. PISCES: FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 August: Work and everyday matters are the main focus for this month. It is a good time to make creative changes to your diet, nutrition and fitness routine. The Sun and Mars are in good positions for extra vitality and stamina. You can expect plenty of rewarding times with people who are close to you. September turns out to be a favourable time for your relationships as the Sun illuminates this important sector of your chart. Jupiter in Libra ensures that time spent with a partner becomes more rewarding and romantic. The Sun – Pluto alignment on the 8th suggests a transformational opportunity coming your way.

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Holiday Advice As we welcome the warmer summer months, holiday time is fast approaching and in this edition of All Things Local your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team is offering advice on how to make your home more secure while you’re away. There’s a lot to prepare for before you take a break away from home but we would urge residents to make sure that home security is also on the checklist. The most important advice is to do your best to make sure it looks like someone is home. If you can, arrange for a relative, trusted friend or a neighbour to look after your house. Ask them to open and close your curtains and to collect any post while you are away. You can repay the favour by offering to do the same for them. How you can help your house look lived in: • Cancel any milk, newspapers or other deliveries. • Cut the lawn and trim back bushes and plants.

They won’t look so overgrown while you’re away. • Avoid discussing travel plans where strangers may overhear about your absence from home. • Try not to leave valuable items, like your TV, stereo, DVD and computer equipment where thieves can see them. • If you normally leave valuable bicycles or other items in your shed, consider storing them in the house. • Place important documents and valuable items locked in a safe or leave them with other family members. • Security mark your belongings and keep a list of the make, model and serial number of these items. Take photos of any valuable items that can’t be marked, like jewellery. • Make sure you have up-to-date buildings and contents insurance. • Use automatic timer switches to turn your lights on when it goes dark. Finally, before you leave your home, check you’ve locked all external doors and windows, any side or back gates, and that your shed, garage or any other outbuildings are secure. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set. We hope you enjoy your holidays; don’t forget your tickets and passport and stay safe. For more information you can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling 101, or visit the website:

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We also cater for all types of floral needs, including: births, birthdays, anniversaries, one-off small dinner parties to a large company dinner. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us:

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Friendship Blooms Show your appreciation for a fellow member of the community; it may be a friend, a family member or maybe someone you’ve come into contact with who Julie Hurst of provides a wonderful service Margaret’s Florist or who works hard to make a difference. Let All Things Local surprise them with a fresh bouquet of flowers. All Things Local has joined forces with Julie Hurst (pictured) from Margaret’s Florist in Ripley, to offer readers the chance to show their appreciation for a fellow member of the community. The recipient of this issue’s bouquet is Marlene Lockley of Pentrich. She was nominated by her friend Marion Haynes of Ripley. Here is what Marion wrote: “I would like to nominate my friend Marlene Lockley of Pentrich who I have known since early childhood. She was born not far from me in Ripley. We have been good friends for over 75 years. Every Thursday or Friday morning for many years, Marlene comes to visit me and we enjoy a coffee and love to talk about old times. When my husband John died 4 years ago, she has always been there to talk to me and help me through my sad times. I think a bouquet would be a nice surprise for her.” Marion Haynes Nominate someone to receive the next bouquet. All you have to do is state, in no more than 100 words, who you are nominating. Include their address and the reasons why you are nominating them. You can nominate more than one person if they are living/working at the same address… and remember – flowers don’t just have to be for women! The only rule is that the person receiving the flowers must live or work within the Ripley postcode area (DE5). Just write your nomination on a piece of paper and send to Friendship Blooms, All Things Local, 74 Woodhouse Road, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0NA or email your nomination to putting

Marlene Lockley (left) receives the bouquet from her friend Marion Haynes.

‘Friendship Blooms’ as the subject. Please include your full name, address and daytime telephone number on your nomination. Closing date for nominations for the next issue is Wednesday 23 August 2017.

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Little Black Book

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

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

Horsley Woodhouse

1st Sitwell Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, aged 6 to 14. Sitwell Scout HQ off Church Lane, Horsley Woodhouse DE7 6AW. Info: Email: Dance Night Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Monday 7.00pm, Line Dancing with Megan; and at 8.15pm. Eric: 01332 881566 or 07790 863997 Horsley Woodhouse Joggers Meet at the church hall, Horsley Woodhouse 7.00pm Thursdays. £2 per session. Beginners group for new or returning joggers. Contact: Sam Draper 07891 571488.

Denby & Kilburn

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.

1st Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Scout Hut, Highfield Road, Kilburn, Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm. Call 01332 882535 or 07545 551890 for details.

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.

3rd Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm at Kilburn Methodist Chapel Brown Owl (Trish Rose) 01332 881786 1st Horsley & Kilburn Rainbows St Clements Church, Church St, Horsley Thurs 6.00pm – 7.00pm. Contact Sarah 07454224088 1st Horsley & Kilburn Scout Group For boys & girls aged 6 to 14 at Scout HQ, Highfield Rd, Kilburn. Contact: Richard Ward, 01773 857232 or 07795 420505. Chatterbox Café Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn, every second Friday, 10am to midday, in conjunction with Mobile Library sited on car park. Coffee, cakes; relax, chat or read. Enid: 01332 780486. 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 Kilburn Wine Circle Kilburn Village Hall, Church St., DE56 0LU. Every third Wednesday of the month to taste wine. Contact David Savidge 0115 930 3712 or Phil Bacon 01332 883267.

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Mums & Minis Denby Bottles Church, Danesby Crescent, Tuesdays 10am to 12noon. Mike and Alison James 01773 743104

Orchard Group Dominoes, Scrabble, and Whist at Orchard Community Centre, off Fairfield Road, alternate Tuesdays 2pm. 01332 883240. Over 55’s Gentle Exercise Class Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Wednesday 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Pauline Clarke: 01773 712829 or Eric 01332 881566 Tae Kwon-Do Practical Self Defence Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Adult & Junior Classes, Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm. Contact Shirley 07779 812468 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.


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

Little Black Book Amber Valley Stroke Group Meet alternate Fridays at St Joseph’s Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Supporting stroke survivors. Call Mary 01773 747813.

Ripley Ladies Group Meet 1st Tuesday of every month 7.30pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. New members very welcome. Contact Gill 01773 744580.

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

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

Centre Stage Theatre Arts Dance, drama and singing for young people 5 to 18. Every Thursday evening during term time, at Mill Hill School, Ripley. Call 01332 232940 or email for details.

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

Disability Derbyshire Join our support group for people suffering from depression and anxiety. Last Tues of each month 10.30am-12noon. Field Terrace Community Room, Ripley. Info & attendance confirmation: Disability Derbyshire 01773 740246. Friendship Circle Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley, every Thursday 10am to 12noon. Greenhillock’s Fellowship Club for over 50’s. Wood Street Methodist Church, Ripley, Wednesdays 2pm to 3.30pm. Quality entertainment, speakers, social afternoons, quizzes, day trips. David: 01773 423854. Hearing Help (AV) Social group every 3rd Wednesday 11.45am-2.30pm. Lip Reading Group every Friday 10am-12pm. At 156 Derby Road, Ripley. 01773 570976. Ivy Grove Surgery Patient Group Meet 7pm last Wednesday monthly (excluding August and December) at Ivy Grove Surgery, Steeple Drive, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3TH. New members very welcome. For further information email or visit

Ripley Residents’ Association Meetings last Monday of each month 6.30pm, Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Advice and guidance on issues or concerns residents may have in a friendly, supportive setting. Info: Ruth Burton 07815301528. Ripley Rotary Club Meet Tuesdays 6:40 for 7pm at Lumb Farm Country Club, Derby Road, Marehay, Ripley. New members welcome. Contact Secretary on 01773 747415 or email: Ripley Royal British Legion Branch 3669 Meet first Thursday of every month at The Sir Barnes Wallis Public House, Maple Avenue, Ripley 7.30-9.00pm. All welcome. Info: Chair Dean Fowler 07966 442387 or email Ripley Running Club Meet at Ripley Leisure Centre, Derby Road, Ripley every Tuesday at 6.45pm Runners of all abilities welcome. More info: Eleanor Robinson on 01773 541950, or

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

Ripley School of Dancing Ballroom, Latin American & Old Time Classical. Children’s class Saturdays 9.30 – 11.30am. Adult’s practice/tuition class Mondays 7.30 – 8.30pm. Private lessons by appointment at Marehay Methodist Chapel, Ripley. Brenda Jackson 01773 749948.

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 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 (Amber Valley) Lions Club Meet every first Monday of the month at the Kestrel Inn, Marehay, 8pm. Geoff Bacon: 01773 608786.

Ripley WI Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. 2nd Thursday every month at 7pm. Contact: Christine Byard 01773 745170.

Ripley Absolute Beginners Jog Group Meet Ripley Leisure Centre 9.00am Sunday mornings. Email: or tel: Ryan 07854035770

Tae Kwon-Do Classes Ripley Infants School, Kirk Close, Ripley DE5 3RY. Tues & Fri at 6pm. David: 01773 744031.

Ripley Amateur Drama Group Meet every Mon at Mill Hill School. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Info: Terry Thorpe 01773 743471

Twistin’ Tikes Music for ages 3-5, 1.30-2.30pm, Planet Happy, Heage Rd Ind. Est., Ripley. Contact Jacqui 07977578359,, www.facebook/twistin tots.

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

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 August / September 2017 August

5th & 6th: Cromford Mills Family Fun: Scarecrow Festival, 10am-5pm. Free entry (small charge for some activities). Meet the living scarecrows, follow the scarecrow trail, enjoy games, crafts, pony rides, petting zoo and more! Info: or 01629 823256. 12th: Specialist Plant Fair at Carsington Water, Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST, 10am – 4pm. Free entry to Plant Fair & Country Park (car parking charges apply). Info: 12th & 13th: Cromford Mills Family Fun: Animal Magic, 10am-5pm. Free entry (small charge for some activities). Meet animals, find out about fascinating creatures and enjoy games, crafts and other activities. Info: or 01629 823256. 19th: Breadsall and District Gardening Club 57th Annual Flower Show & Plant Sale, Breadsall Memorial Hall, Brookside Road, Breadsall, at 2pm. Admission 50p. Refreshments, raffle, tombola, plant & produce stall. Awards at 3.30pm followed by auction of flowers and produce. 19th & 20th: Cromford Mills Family Fun: Pirate Festival, 10am – 5pm. Free entry (small charge for some activities). Step aboard and set sail for a weekend of pirate adventure. Info: or 01629 823256. 26th & 27th: Cromford Mills Family Fun: Toys & Games, 10am – 5pm. Free entry (small charge for some activities). Join us at the Toy Factory and enjoy a weekend filled with fun and games! Info: or 01629 823256.


8th: Tour of New Normanton, Derby, 2 – 3.30pm. Join Danny Wells on this FREE guided tour of an area rich in terms of different nationalities, languages and faiths. Contact: or 01332 360737. 9th: Normanton Faith Tour, 10am – 2pm. A FREE opportunity to visit places of worship in the Normanton area of Derby to explore the buildings, find out more about worship and meet members of different faith communities. Details: or 01332 360737. 9th: Little Eaton (52nd Annual) Produce Show, 3pm, Little Eaton Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, Little Eaton DE21 5EA. Admission £1 adults, 50p children. Entries accepted from 9am-11.30am. Info: Margaret McKay on 01332 831916. 14th: Arkwright Society Lectures: The Strutt Family Homes, with Adrian Farmer & Mary Smedley. Gothic Warehouse (ground Floor) Cromford Mills, 7pm (includes cheese & wine 7-7.30pm). £7.50, advance booking recommended (opens 31st Aug). Booking & info: or 01629 823256. 15th & 16th: Belper Musical Theatre & Belper Junior Musical Theatre’s Autumn Concert at Belper School, John O’Gaunts Way, Belper DE56 0DA. Friday & Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm. Tickets £10 (£8 conc.) or 01773 825281. 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 October/November 2017 please e-mail it to Deadline is Wednesday 23rd August 2017.

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

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

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Bathrooms: Dale Interiors 47 Bathrooms: Metro Bathrooms 48 Beauty Therapy: Essentials Beauty 24 Beauty Therapy: Serene Retreat 25 Bedrooms: Contour Furnishings 34 Bedrooms: Dale Interiors 47 Bedrooms: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse 35 Builder’s Merchant: Browns 38 Building Work: Property Developments Belper 48 Building Work: TDB 32 Building Work: Thorp Developments 54 Building Work: XL Construction 44 Car Body Repairs: B A Kelf 31 Car Body Repairs: Martin Buxton 29 Car Sales, Servicing, Repairs, MoTs: Geoff Cox 2 Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Little Eaton Garage 29 Care Home: Ashmere 69 Carpet Cleaning: Roy Milner 71 Carpets & Flooring: Mill Floorings 41 Carpets & Flooring: T Nutt & Sons Ltd 7 Children’s Soft Play Centre: Planet Happy 59 Children’s Store: Children’s Choice 1 Chimney Sweep: Sooty & Sweep 4 Dental Practice: Glendair Driving Instructor: Mason Driving School

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Education: Derbyshire County Council Adult Education 6 Education: Kilburn Infant School 57 Electrician: Andy Hill 32 Electrician: Crocodile Electrical Solutions 50 Electrician: McPherson-Davis 44 Electrician: TME Electrical 4 Estate Agent: Amber Homes 36 Estate Agent: Leaders 11 Financial Advice: Belper IFS Florist: Margaret’s Florist Foot Health: The Chiropody Clinic Foster Care: Barnardo’s

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Garage Doors (remote controlled): Prestige Security 54 Garage Repairs: VSF Ltd 33 Garden Living: Cabin Master 3 Garden Machinery Sales/Service: Easy Service & Sales 45 Garden & Property Services: The Garden Guy 32 Hair: Louise Brown Hair Studio Hair: The Salon Hair: Serene Retreat Home Care Specialists: Helping Hands Home & Garden Maintenance: H & H House & Garden

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Joinery: R & D Joinery


Kitchens: Dale Interiors Kitchens: Holtams Kitchens: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse

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Ladies Fashion: Que Landscaping: Langley Landscaping

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Mobility: Derbyshire Mobility


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Painting & Decorating: Roy Milner Personal Trainer: Alex Robinson Pest Control: MW Pest Control Plastering: Claxton Plastering Plastering: McPherson-Davis Plumbing & Heating: Blacks Plumbing & Heating: LEEVA Plumbing & Heating Plumbing & Heating: Mark Denton Plumbing & Heating: Richard Fearn Property Services: Total Care Property Services Public House: Marquis of Ormonde

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Restaurant: Alison House Restaurant: Denby Lodge Restaurant: Marquis of Ormonde Roofing Specialist: J.A.L Roofing

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Security: Prestige Solicitors: Shacklocks Sports Massage: Essentials

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Tree Care: Able Tree Surgeons Tree Care: Clip ‘Em & Fell ‘Em Tree Care: The Garden Guy Tyres & Exhausts: ETS

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Windows, Doors, Conservatories: JJL 45 Windows, Doors, Conservatories: Trade Windows 55 Windows, Doors, Conservatories: Weatherseal 32 Windows - Replacement Glass: Cloudy 2 Clear 43

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All Things Local - Ripley Edition - August/September 2017  

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All Things Local - Ripley Edition - August/September 2017  

A community magazine distributed FREE to 9,000 homes and businesses in Ripley, Codnor, Marehay and Waingroves in Derbyshire.