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Hello readers and welcome to the Christmas/ New Year edition! Crikey! That’s another year almost done and dusted. At the time of writing this, the clocks have just gone back, the nights are drawing in, the heating is on and I’m in a reflective mood. It’s a special birthday for me next year – the big five-‘oh’! I’m absolutely astounded at the pace the years have whizzed by since my youth. I’m not entirely sure how you’re supposed to feel when you’re 50 but I just don’t feel I’m quite ready for it yet! Is it just me or do some months seem to go by so quickly it’s almost like they’ve never happened? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could turn the years back just like we do with the clocks? I doubt I’d have done anything differently though, so I guess I just need to embrace it and get on with it! Christmas is just a few weeks away and I’d like to extend my thanks to all who have supported the magazine over the past year and wish you all a lovely end to 2017. Particular thanks go to my wonderful team of distributors who ensure you receive your regular copy of All Things Local every couple of months. I would also like to thank Dennis Basford, who has been writing the ‘Days out with Dennis’ articles for All Things Local for the last five years. Dennis has decided to ‘retire’ his article after this edition. Many thanks also to The Coach & Horses in Horsley for providing a 2 course Sunday lunch for 2 people as this edition’s crossword prize – turn to page 6 to enter.

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Contents Competitions & Puzzles Prize crossword – Win a 2 Course Sunday Lunch for 2 People at The Coach & Horses, Horsley Children’s Puzzles Champagne Sudoku Friendship Blooms – FREE FLOWERS!

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BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Business & Professional Legal Matters 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 making aAstle, decision that will benefit Victoria Solicitor at Shacklocks future generations. LLP , discusses the circumstances in

Inheritance Claims

Makingaadisappointed Will is a serious family business. It is a which member time which gives many people cause to or loved one might have grounds stop and think about how they want to for be a remembered when they are gone. claim for inheritance from an estate. Many peopleCourt are attracted of The Supreme case of Ilottbyv the The idea Blue Cross doing help others less and Orssomething has created to much discussion in recent years fortunate than themselves after they around the question of when someone canpass bring a away, particularly if their family are claim seeking inheritance even when the deceased adequately provided for or if they have no chose to disinherit them and sometimes even when close family. Whilst some still like the idea they had becomemajor estranged from the deceased. of supporting national charities, there are many who prefer to benefit more local

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trusts we look after, for example, was Victoria Astle,by Solicitor established a will ininShacklocks’ the 1940’sLitigation to provide department explains: Inheritance (Provision for accommodation for“The elderly residents.



Family & Dependants) Act 1975 allows those who fall into particular categories to bring a claim against 70 years later the trust is still an estate when they consider that they have not providing that accommodation. received reasonable financial provision either in a Will, or whereof thethe deceased did not Another trusts we lookleave a Will, under the rules was of intestacy then apply.” after set upwhich by a client

who wanted to help people Those who can pursue a claim include: a spouse or with particular medical civil partner ofHer thekindness deceased;has a person who, during conditions. the wholeher of the periodtoofprovide two years before death, enabled trustees was livingsupport in the same financial to ahousehold gifted and living as the young musician experienced a husband or wife orwho civil has partner of the deceased; a number of health issues that haveofinterfered former wife, husband or civil partner the deceased with education, toaenable child to any who her has not remarried; child of that the deceased; be educated in the most person who was treated by appropriate the deceased as a child of environment. the family; or a person who was being maintained by the deceased immediately before they died.

A Charitable Trust can be set up either during your lifetime and When deciding a claimwith of thissavings kind, the Court will investments built up already, or alternatively consider various factors including: the current financial through a specially prepared Will that will resources of the Claimant; their financial needs in the only take effect following your death and foreseeable future; financial of any or other will therefore not the deprive youneeds of capital beneficiary or Claimant; the size and nature of the income during your lifetime. estate; and any financial obligations the deceased may

haveteam had toatthe Claimant or other Our Shacklocks have a beneficiaries particular of the estate. Finally, the Courtarrangements may also consider speciality in preparing of any thisother factors it considers relevant, example the conduct kind and also of acting as for professional of the Claimant. trustees to enable wishes to be fulfilled and instructions to be followed. If you are concerned that you have not been

Ifadequately you are thinking of for supporting provided followingcharities the loss through your Will oror during of a family member loved your one, lifetime Shacklocks with whyFor notmore talk to us about may abelump able sum, to help. information the ways which we can help you anddifferent to arrange an in appointment, contact benefit causes, and how Victoriathose Astlegood on 01773 822333 or 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

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Money Matters: Feeling Charitable This Christmas? It’s the most wonderful time of the year but perhaps thinking of Christmas gift ideas is becoming a challenge? Often we field questions from people concerned about the size of their estate and whether they will pay Inheritance Tax (IHT). The answer depends upon the size of their estate at the time of their demise and other factors too. However often people become confused over the tax that may be payable upon making gifts such as those to family or friends at times like Christmas or their birthdays. Certain gifts are classed as exempt and others are not. Each person has an Annual Gift Allowance of £3,000 that they can make which is exempt from future Inheritance Tax calculations. Other exempt gifts include a Small Gift Exemption of £250 per person which can be made to as many people as you wish. Other exempt gifts include an additional £5000 as a wedding or civil service gift to a child or £2500 to a grandchild or great grandchild. Many people are unaware of normal gifts out of your income (not capital) for example Christmas or birthday presents – but you must be able to evidence that you can maintain your standard of living after making the gift. Other exemptions include payments to help with another person’s living costs, such as an elderly relative or a child under 18. Gifts made to registered charities are also exempt so this could be the moment you decide to do more to help, maybe?

It is possible to gift away more than these sums too, but this is where matters can become complex.

The 7 Year Rule:

Gifts outside of the above exemptions may be subject to IHT upon the demise of the person making the gift. This will largely depend upon the type of gift and size of the person’s estate at the time of the death and when the non-exempt gifts were made. The value of a person’s estate is based upon their worldwide assets, plus non exempt assets (even ones they may no longer own if gifted away). If there’s Inheritance Tax to pay, it’s charged at 40% on gifts given in the 3 years before you die. Gifts made 3 to 7 years before your death may be taxed on a sliding scale known as ‘taper relief’. IHT may only be relevant if the estate (including all of the non-exempt gifts made and assets) are in excess of the Nil Rate Band, but this could be more complex and beyond the scope of this article. But giving gifts is a nice thing to do, especially at Christmas. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2018.

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Just a Thought... The 4 Days of ‘Crew Yearsmas’

sauce with everything from dusk until dawn. The television schedule lets loose with repeats of some good and some not so good shows, punctuated on occasion by the news in the hope that people will grasp onto that thread of normality and surface for a moment from the chaos.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. December is filled with festive fun and frolics from start to finish. That is not quite true though, is it? You see, once Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and even Boxing Day have faded into a slightly warm and fuzzy memory, you are in no man’s land until New Year’s Eve. The 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th of December are a vortex of indecision, adrift from purpose or aim. These are to be known as the 4 days of ‘Crew Yearsmas’, because they are neither Christmas nor are they New Year; they are the bridge betwixt the two periods and over that bridge rides havoc! People have no idea what day of the week it is, Monday? Thursday? Who knows anymore?! Mealtimes drift into each other, based largely on leftover turkey, cold stuffing and cranberry

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Once December 31st arrives this confusion and malaise is shaken off with the vim and vigour of New Year’s Eve celebrations; more fun, festivities, energy and excitement. I wonder what goes under the radar in the 4 days of Crew Yearsmas, what grand scale crimes, national politics and general misgivings go on without even a cocktail sausage being dropped in recognition. I’ll keep a close eye on the news at that time this year perhaps . . . well, I would if the remote wasn’t coated completely in Cranberry Sauce! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and the best Crew Yearsmas ever.

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soon, which I’m really excited about!” “We stock sizes from XS to XL – or even XXXXL in some brands, so there’s something for everyone. Many of our customers are younger men looking for the latest from their favourite brands but there’s certainly no age limit and we’ve got styles that appeal to all ages.” With Christmas approaching (and men being notoriously difficult to buy for) Strut Menswear should be your first port of call when shopping for the men in your life. From stocking fillers like ‘Happy Socks’ to belts or clothing they’ll want to shed their Christmas jumper for, you’re bound to find a gift that will put a smile on their face…or, if the decision’s too hard, play it safe with a gift voucher. And, with a customer loyalty scheme every £ you spend earns you points back in return! So, for a stylish winter, call into Strut Menswear 21 Strutt Street, Belper, open Monday to Saturday, or visit or strutmenswear for a flavour of what the shop has to offer.



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Jackpot Homewares Bringing something truly fresh and unique to Belper, Jackpot Homewares on Bridge Street is bursting with Scandinavian inspired gifts, decorations and interiors. Much more than a gift shop, Jackpot is a lifestyle store, especially for those looking to embrace the Danish concept of ‘hygge’. ‘Hygge’ is a Danish word, which sums up their approach to wellbeing. It’s all about appreciating time and the small, simple things in life such as snuggling up under a cosy blanket with a beautiful scented candle burning. Jackpot stocks a range of textiles, candles and cosy soft furnishings as well as books to help you to achieve a more hygge way of life. Jackpot’s owner, Neil Hunt, has an art background and an evident flair for interior design. His creativity shines through the shop, and customers often want to recreate the charming, characterful look in their own homes. “People are inspired by the design – the rustic elements, textiles, reclaimed wood, inviting natural textures and contrasting splashes of colours. I’ve travelled a lot in Scandinavia and they do interiors so well, which is why I wanted to introduce the look to my home town of Belper. My Great Grandmother owned the general store on King Street in the

‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s – so opening my own shop here felt like the right thing to do!” As well as products sourced from Sweden, Finland, France and the UK, Neil also sells individual handmade pieces that he’s created including lamps and pictures made from local maps, and charming little houses built from reclaimed wood and slate. For Christmas, Jackpot has become even more inviting, with handmade felt and traditional glass blown decorations, carved wooden pieces and beautiful gifts bringing a hint of nostalgia. Stunning wreaths, made from limes and chillies or pinecones and dried roses, smell divine – perfectly encapsulating Christmas in a scent. Call into Jackpot Homewares, 13 Bridge Street, Belper to see (and smell!) the fabulous range and quirky style for yourself (open Thursday to Saturday, and Sundays leading up to Christmas). Visit or call 07757 700702 for more information.

Scandinavian inspired, Jackpot Homewares is Belper’s New Gift & Interior Store Since opening the shop on Bridge Street, we are becoming the place to go for Scandi inspiration. This winter we have some beautiful Nordic blankets, throws and cushions, Swedish lambswool and sheepskins and continental candles to help you create your cosy winter hideaway. Our range of top quality books will enable you to bring that sense of hygge into your home on cold winter nights. We also stock Moomin cards, wrapping paper and other items decorated with illustrations by Finnish author Tove Jansson. This Christmas we will also be stocking traditional festive decorations made of glass, felt and wood, handmade wreaths, and gifts for family and friends.

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Days out with Dennis Go by Bus? Why Not?? I always knew when I wrote my first ‘Days Out With Dennis’ article nearly five years ago that someday there would come an end to it as a series. There are only so many days out to be had when starting and finishing at the same place and I think I have covered them all (or most of them). This then, is my farewell piece during which I will dwell briefly on what have been some of my highlights and hopefully some of yours. Bakewell has always been one of my favourite towns. It can be an expensive place but sitting by the river and sharing your lunch with the birds is free and you can get as much entertainment as you wish for by doing so. The road as it twists and turns climbing out of Crowdecote on service 442 heading north from Ashbourne to Buxton.

Many thanks must go to Karyn Milner (our editor) for her enthusiasm and encouragement without which this series would never have started. Once it had, I was kept on the straight and narrow by Helen Young whose own articles you may have read in the magazine. A gifted writer herself. Thanks must go to my wife Barbara for her company and patience on many a ‘route proving’ journey. Neither of us will ever forget a bitterley cold Buxton in January! The Bus Pass has been the best thing that any government has ever done for me but beware: do not take it for granted. It came at the whim of a politician and it could be gone just as easily. Derbyshire is well blessed with bus links but money is tight in the county so get out and use the routes that are there and while you can. Finally, should you want to catch up with the articles you may have missed, they are all on the internet. Google ‘All Things Local’ and follow the links. Thank you for your company,

The walk along the dam wall at Carsington Water on any day of the year is sure to be invigorating. The journey from Chesterfield to Matlock on service X17 on a clear day where the views stretch for miles.

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The experience of meeting people who have done some of the journeys and listening to their stories.

Note from editor: Many thanks to Dennis for providing us with a fabulous series and many great days out over the years!

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Pauline Latham OBE MP Earlier in the year I arranged to visit Beer Metropolis and the Shiny Brewing Company which are based in Little Eaton, Derbyshire. Beer Metropolis is a Craft Beer Wholesaler, and there is also a tap room and bottle shop open to the public. Sharing the same space is the award-winning Derby based brewery the Shiny Brewing Company, who have been operating from Little Eaton for two years. I was fortunate enough, along with my husband Derek, to be given a tour of the brewery by Pedro Menon (Director) where we saw the brewing process and were shown the recent investment made by the business in new equipment. We were also introduced to new members of the 12-strong team. My tour finished with a tasting session of Shiny lager and I have arranged for one of their ales to be sold in the Strangers bar in Parliament as a way of promoting them.

of personal difficulty, have overcome enormous hurdles to lead a normal life and have become an inspiration to others in one way or another. The awards were presented by Lucy Martin, the BBC weather presenter. Those recipients from my constituency included Finn Bailey, a year 8 student at Ecclesbourne School, who despite having a visual impairment is attending mainstream school and has made such The Pride of Belper and Duffield Awards incredible progress. The Pride of Belper and Duffield Awards A further nomination was Jenson Brough, a pupil at St John’s C of E Primary School in Belper who, some years ago, was diagnosed with Perthes disease, a rare and debilitating medical condition which causes severe pain and restricts movement in the hip joint. As a young child, Jenson was therefore unable to walk for long periods or participate in physical sports and activities which made it difficult for him to join in playing with his friends. Despite the challenges of the disease, Jenson has remained focussed and has developed a passion for swimming. Recently Jenson has received the brilliant news that his condition has improved and he can now kick a football and run. Ben Dawson, a pupil from Long Row Primary School, suffered a period of illness and had to stay in a high dependency unit before being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Despite his condition, Ben has remained positive about his condition and has made new friends through attending Derby Diabetes Fun Club trips.

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During the summer months, I met with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and visited the Wyver Lane Nature Reserve in Belper. This is a great place to visit as there are viewing hides so that you can watch the birds on the reservoir. The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust do an excellent job maintaining areas of beauty so that we can all enjoy them. They are wanting more new members to join, so please consider becoming a member Visiting the Wyver Lane Nature by visiting

A further nominee was Sam Smith, a year 8 student at Ecclesbourne School, who has a progressive visual impairment. Sam remains committed and is determined to learn and succeed. He is learning to use a long cane and in the future will have training with a guide dog. I also heard the incredible story of Elise Morris who attended Belper School and Sixth Form Centre and now attends Derby College. Elise was a typical teenager until suddenly she was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia. Elise had to undergo chemotherapy and a number of painful lumbar punctures. The effects of the disease caused her weakness in her limbs, making walking difficult. However, Elise continued to smile and remain positive. In the summer, Elise set up a fundraising event called a ‘Day for Smiles’ to help provide funds for a number of organisations that supported her during her treatment. I felt honoured to meet these inspirational young people who, I am sure, will go on to do incredible things despite the challenges they face along the way. May I take this opportunity of wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!


In October, I was delighted to be invited to attend the fourth Pride of Belper and Duffield Awards organised by the Belper and Duffield Rotary Club. The awards were for deserving young people who, despite having some kind

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The Better Life Here’s Looking At Yule, Kid Even though we’ve had it planned for months, Christmas is always a magical time. Our decorations go up late – sometime between the Winter Solstice and Christmas Eve – apart from the wreath that Anne makes from anything seasonal in the garden or the woods. It’s a Heath Robinson affair with holly, hebe, laurel, pinecones, acorns, or anything else we see on our travels. (One year it included a little plastic helicopter, until Anne made me take it off.) In lieu of an indoor tree, I’ve started hanging baubles on the silver birch in the garden. We’ll skip the village carol service – you may recall ‘Carolgate’, where we ended up sitting in the pulpit due to a scarcity of seats – but we’re certainly not of the “Bah! Humbug!â€? brigade. (A bar of chocolate would be a different matter altogether.) I know I’ll wake up early on the big day like an excitable child. We’ll begin with the ceremonial unwrapping of the cat’s present, accompanied by tea. After that, it’s a small present each, quite possibly swapping packets of heritage seeds, and then off for a walk. After a bracing stroll, it’s back home for festive (cinnamon) porridge and present time again. This year I’ll surprise Anne with a new addition to her charm bracelet – an Irish thruppenny bit, sporting a hare. It’s nostalgic recycling, as it was once a part of my boyhood coin collection. Both of us have a thing for hares. We’ve gone back down the sloe gin route this year, after I promised not to say that it tastes like medicine again (don’t worry, she never reads these columns until the following month). In fact, this year it’s a Better Life Christmas altogether. Anne’s chicken is locally sourced, while my nut roast is my own work (I think we all realise that Anne will probably need to rescue it). Similarly, the veg is either home-grown or produced in the area. We’ve skipped festive crackers so that I can read from a list of jokes I wrote and couldn’t sell. For example: This year, due to cut backs, Father Christmas is only making ‘Made in China’ stickers. The eagerly awaited Christmas pud is Anne’s pet project; she’s been feeding it with a monthly sup of brandy since last December, so it’ll definitely flambĂŠ! She has also promised ice cream (we got the machine cheaply through an ad in the local paper) using some blackberries from the freezer. And Anne’s big present? Well, in the past we’ve had a fox, bats, a toad, shrews, moles and at the very least a hedgehog poo in the front garden, so I thought it’d be fun to capture some evidence. The new wildlife camera can take pictures in daylight or at night-time,

so at the very least we’ll see just how active the cat is nowadays. In the evening there’ll be cards or a Scrabble tournament, as we watch the Yule log burning and argue over whether you’re allowed to put down ‘zo’ if you can’t say what it is. Then, after victory and defeat, we’ll raise a glass of sloe gin by candlelight and start thinking about the Boxing Day garden tidy-up. Cheers! By Derek Thompson



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What your brain can gain from a music-making hobby… When did you last pick up a musical instrument and play a piece of music from beginning to end? Last week? Last month? Last year? Sadly for most people the answer is quite likely to be: “Not since I was a child.” Musicians are most likely to develop their abilities during childhood. It’s the ideal time to learn basic skills such as reading music and playing an instrument, but as children turn into teenagers it’s not unusual to find that the pleasures of learning and playing are sacrificed to the pressures of taking exams, studying at college or university and – eventually – taking up full-time work. Although it may be hard to find the time to make music as a busy adult, much attention has recently been focused on the physiological benefits of learning to play an instrument. For example, a study based on 157 sets of twins discovered that those who were able to make music were 33% less likely to suffer from dementia. Recent research has also suggested that playing music can improve listening skills, encourage better self-discipline, help with memory and even increase the IQ of both children and adults. In 2009 the University of Zurich conducted research with people aged 65 and over and discovered that playing an instrument for an hour a week produced strong changes in the brain. So whether you’re returning to an instrument you once loved to play, or learning for the first time, you can enjoy your hobby in the knowledge that you’re not just bringing pleasure to others through your music, you are enhancing your brain’s capabilities. If you’re feeling insecure about your musical skills, those first few steps towards learning (or returning to) a musical instrument will be crucial. There are many resources out there, so take your time exploring the


options to find a solution that’s tailor-made for your level of skill and experience. You may be able to access adult education services. Pick up a prospectus at the local library or search online to find a suitable course. Some adult learning institutes let you try a taster session so you can decide if the lessons are appropriate before you book an entire course. Alternatively, find a local tutor by searching the Music Teachers UK website ( This organisation offers a free service to help musicians with every aspect of education and performance and the site provides some valuable information, including a helpful guide to selecting a music teacher. If you are returning to music and have retained some basic (if rusty) skills, you might enjoy joining up with a local amateur music group, or even putting together a group from scratch. Making Music ( helps its members to set up, run and develop music groups in their communities. Whatever your interest in music, whether it’s performing to concert level or joining an amateur ukulele orchestra, it can be a hugely rewarding hobby. Apart from the hours of pleasure you’ll get from playing, science suggests that your brain is likely to stay sharp well into old age. By Kate McLelland

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Eight Reasons to Appreciate Spiders

different habitats. In fact, spiders live on every continent apart from mainland Antarctica.

Although a matter of debate, it is hypothesised that we are born with only two innate fears: the fear of heights and the fear of loud noises. Presumably this is why my daughter is afraid to use hand dryers in high-rise hotels...

I’m not alone in my quest to change the perspective on spiders. Recently, the actress Alison Steadman published a book called ‘Spider!’ This amusing children’s tale encourages people to appreciate our hairy companions. I’m sure it would make a fabulous Christmas gift as well as inspiring a future generation of spider supporters.

All our other fears are said to be learnt. This may be through our own experiences, or by witnessing the behaviour of other people around us.

8. They have contributed to Christmas. Many folk tales credit the humble spider as the creator of tinsel.

You don’t need to wait until ‘Save a Spider Day’. Start rescuing the little critters from the clutches of Spider Haters and spread appreciation for these misunderstood little fellows.

One very common fear is that of spiders. I have a friend who purposely keeps her hair long so that she can cover her ears at night time. She is petrified of the idea that a spider might take up residence in her ear. So here are eight facts that might just help change your opinion of our eight-legged companions: 1. They have their own special day. National ‘Save a Spider Day’ is in March.

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2. Spiders make great characters. Apart from the most famous – Spiderman, of course – who can forget the tale of Charlotte’s Web?


3. They have a pretty cool design. They have 8 eyes, they can climb walls, create amazing and intricate webs, and they even have 48 knees! 4. They love to eat insects. One spider can be responsible for eating around 2000 insects over a year. They are used as organic pesticides for this very reason. 5. They are scientifically useful. Spider venom is being utilised in research for medicine. Their silk is inspiration for construction and new technology.

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6. Spiders make a tasty snack. Okay, perhaps not the humble house spider but their larger cousins are considered a delicacy in Cambodia. A crispy exterior and a soft centre, but perhaps not to everyone’s taste. 7. They are rather numerous. There are over 40,000 different types of spider found over the world. They are highly adaptive and exist in many

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Travel Canada: Glimpses of Toronto Through the leafy gorge of the river Don the city rises like a mirage on the horizon, a gleaming cluster of buildings dwarfed by the slender silhouette of the CN Tower. At just over 553 metres, Toronto’s communication tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Western hemisphere and the city’s most iconic landmark. Lifts take you to the observation platform, with its glass floor said to withstand the weight of 14 hippos, and provide access to the SkyPod 100 metres above. The view takes your breath away, from the wooded ravines and sprawling city to the meandering shore of Lake Ontario and the lush ribbon of islands where town folks can escape and connect with nature. In clear weather the spray from Niagara Falls, over 70 km away, is visible. But before making your way to the Falls, as most visitors do, it is worth spending time in this ‘most lovable’ North American city with record temperatures of highs and lows but on the same latitude as the French Riviera. Trams glide through the streets at a leisurely pace, tulips nod in the parks and hundreds of rooftop gardens, now compulsory in all major developments, freshen up the air. The original settlers, known as First Nation, had long lived in the area when Europeans arrived in the early 17th century. The French set up a fur trade but were later replaced by the British, who bought the land from the First Nation for the princely sum of £1,700 plus merchandise. Yet it was only with the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century that the city truly blossomed. According to BBC Radio, Toronto is ‘one of the world’s most diverse cities’, home to 230 nationalities, speaking 160 languages and accounting for an inner city population of 2.8 million. So Ontario’s provincial capital is larger

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Toronto: CN Tower and Rogers Centre on Harbourfront, seen from the lake.

Toronto: CN Tower and Rogers Centre on Harbourfront, seen from the lake.

than Ottawa or any other Canadian city. But laid out as it is on a grid pattern, it is surprisingly easy to explore on foot, from the business centre to Little Italy, China Town, Portugal Village or the bustling Dundas Square on Yonge Street, the place for casual eating, nightlife and cheap theatre tickets. Old and new mingle effortlessly: here the historic Parliament and University buildings, there the old City Hall with a clock tower reminiscent of Big Ben, the stylish harmonious complex of the New City Hall, just steps away, the multi-purpose Rogers Centre, home to the Blue Jays baseball team and concert venue – think Madonna or the Rolling Stones – or the Union Station opened by the Prince of Wales in 1927. Markets beckon with local colour, St Lawrence for fresh produce, Kensington for all things hippy, arty and cool, while the ultimate shopping therapy is found in the vast Eaton Centre. For top designer wear or celebrity spotting, however, it’s the Mink Mile in the Bloor-Yorkville district. Then you can wander the cobbled lanes of the Distillery Historic District, lined with bakeries and micro-breweries, visit the Royal Ontario Museum or the Ripley’s Aquarium where you can pet a stingray, or chill out under pink parasols on the imported sands of Sugar Beach. Then there are restaurants and ice cream parlours, coffee and cake shops, but sooner or later the lake calls you back with ferries to the islands and boats cruising nonchalantly along the harbour front, past the mighty CN Tower which dominates the skyline wherever you are in Toronto. By Solange Hando

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And Another Thing... Tom Meets Parker Knoll

Whilst slumped in front of the TV one Sunday afternoon, I watched through the patio doors as the angry wind of late summer forced Sarah’s line of washing into a headless dance routine. Tired, bored, overcome with ennui, I sneered at a smug couple deciding not to cash in and buy a ramshackle pile of bricks on a Place in the Country. What to do? I decide to enlist the help of My Dearly Beloved. “Sarah? Do you want to have another stab at Line of Duty IV?” Enter my betrothed, purposefully wiping her hands on a tea towel. Clearly unimpressed with my virtually supine position, she said, “Thomas (immediate use of my Sunday name – bad start), do you think I’ve time to gawp at the box all day?” “But darling, it’s Sunday – a day of rest after the travails of the week.” “Well that’s fine, but I’ve got a house to run and anyway I’m not ploughing through the whole thing if you’re going to shout, ‘As if that would happen!’ every five minutes. And can you sit up properly? Look at that cushion; it’s practically on the floor. Actually, come to think of it…” As Sarah inspected the condition of our oldest item of soft furnishing, my blood slowly turned to ice. “In fact, that’s made up my mind – I’ve put up with this tatty old thing for long enough.” “Are you leaving me?” “Not you, this sofa; it’s a disgrace.” “Olly likes sleeping on it.” “Well, when the new one arrives he will be relegated to his bed under the stairs. You’ve got to stop treating him like a baby.”

Through the double doors we went. A tired-looking chap in early middle age padded over. Wearing a badly fitting tie and a short-sleeved shirt, he did his best to raise a smile. “Welcome to Furniture World. And today sir, you’re in luck. We’ve an offer on our Guardprotect™ – guaranteed to resist every stain, which by the way also includes vomit and blood.” Back outside on the pavement, Sarah and I had words. “Do you have to be so rude?” “I’m here to buy a couch, not re-enact an episode of CSI Miami.” We trudged into the next emporium where a wild-eyed woman with her hair in a tight bun clopped over at such a pace she was forced to use an armchair as a makeshift break. “Hi guys! I can see you’ve already been acquainted with Parker Knoll.” I looked around. “Is he the store manager?” A quizzical look from our new friend. “No sir, now sit down here next to me, come on, get comfy.” Gingerly, I eased myself down onto the sofa which, I had to admit, was indeed very comfortable. As the woman prattled on, my hand reached out absent-mindedly for the tag hanging off the arm. I turned it over and glanced at the price. Ninety seconds later, we were standing back outside the shop, where Sarah sighed, “Tom, I’m meeting Hannah now for lunch. Listen, come to think of it, it’s you who always sits on the blasted thing so I’ll let you decide.” And with that, off she went to meet our daughter.

I glanced over at my slumbering Best Friend, who – mirroring his master – raised an eyebrow of concern.

Later that evening, as I was sat in front of the TV working out who Balaclava Man could be, in walked Sarah, who after looking around said, “So, where’s this amazing piece of furniture you’ve bought then?”

So, strapped into the Mondeo Ghia, off we set towards that vast expanse of corporate real estate – the retail park.

I pointed to the corner of the lounge. “Luxurious, soft and incredibly comfortable, I think you’ll agree.”

“Let’s try this one first.” Sarah pointed at a bland unit sat in between an industrial sized chemist and a massive pet shop. We parked up and alighted onto the fading tarmac. Involuntarily, my shoulders began to sag.

Sarah’s gaze alighted upon Olly, curled up asleep in the middle of a huge round furry dog bed, comfy as anything. “You see, darling, you’re right once again – we did need something to keep him off the sofa.”

“What’s up with you?”

I glanced over at my best friend, who mirroring me once more, gave me a conspiratorial wink.

Half-heartedly I raised a solitary finger and pointed to a garish sign in the window. “Look Sarah, they’re actually having a sale. What amazing good fortune.”

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The Grand Belper Indian Restaurant Now Taking Bookings for Christmas Day CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH JUST £29.99 Starter Shahi Machli prawns wrapped in smoked salmon served on a bed of creamy masala sauce. or Mix Platter chicken tikka, seekh kebab, onion bhaji vegetable samosa. Main Course Sikandari Raan lamb shank marinated in garlic, ginger, spices and hung yogurt. Slow roasted. or

Hariyali Murgh fillet of chicken marinated in spices and herbs slow roasted served on a bed of medium/mild sauce. Lime & Mustard Pilau Rice or Pilau Rice Choice of Naan Breads Dessert Gulab Jamon or Glazed Pineapple or Kulfi Coffee and Mints

TRADITIONAL £29.95 Starter Prawn Cocktail or Soup Main Course Roast Turkey with all the trimmings Dessert Christmas Pudding or Glazed Pineapple or Ice Cream Coffee and Mints

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The Derby Hotel North Shore Blackpool

Welcome to The Derby Hotel in Blackpool, situated on Derby Road, North Shore Blackpool. Less than 50 yards from the promenade

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Salmon and Monkfish Filo Wreath This festive wreath makes a great alternative to traditional roast turkey and can be prepared in advance the night before. Serves: 6 Ready in: 1 hour 30 minutes, plus chilling time Ingredients: Sunflower oil, for greasing 100g butter, melted 270g pack filo pastry, thawed if frozen 450g salmon fillet, skinned and diced 450g monkfish fillet, skinned and diced 225g cooked peeled tiger prawns 2 tbsp lemon juice 3 tbsp chopped fresh dill Salt and freshly ground black pepper Lemon wedges and dill sprigs, to garnish Method: Use the sunflower oil to grease a 1.2 litre capacity ring mould, then line the mould with cling film. Brush the sheets of pastry one by one with melted butter and use nearly all of them to line the ring mould. Overlap the pastry sheets slightly as you go and repeat the layers 3-4 times. Leave the excess pastry to drape over the side of the mould. Mix the salmon, monkfish and prawns in a large bowl and stir in the lemon juice and chopped dill. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spoon the fish mixture into the pastry-lined mould, pressing down gently. Fold the excess pastry in over the filling and top with more buttered sheets of pastry, cutting


them to fit and completely cover the filling. Stamp small star shapes out of any remaining sheets of buttered pastry and place on a plate. Cover the ring mould and the plate with cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour (or overnight). Carefully invert the ring mould onto a large baking sheet and then remove the mould and the cling film. Re-melt any remaining butter and brush all over the pastry. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C/fan 170C/ Gas Mark 5 for 40-45 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden. Bake the pastry stars on a separate baking sheet for 5 minutes until golden. Allow the wreath to stand for 5 minutes then transfer to a serving platter and decorate with the pastry stars. Garnish with lemon wedges and dill sprigs.

Filo pastry sheets can vary in size so simply cut to fit. Don’t worry if they tear, just place another piece of buttered pastry on top to cover the tear.

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Chocolate and Walnut Biscotti These crunchy Italian biscuits are perfect for dunking into a festive coffee or serving as an after dinner treat. They also make a great foodie gift packed into clear gift bags and tied with ribbon and a Christmas label! Makes: 20 Ready in: 1 hour, plus cooling time Ingredients: 50g unsalted butter, softened 100g golden caster sugar 1 medium egg, beaten Finely grated zest from 1 orange 50g dark chocolate chips 50g walnut pieces 1/2 tsp baking powder 175g plain flour, plus extra for kneading Method: Preheat the oven to 180C, fan 160C, Gas 4. Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in the egg and orange zest. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnut pieces. Sift over the baking powder and flour and stir well until combined. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead to a soft dough, adding a little more flour if necessary.

Divide the dough into two pieces and shape each to an oval shape roughly 20cm x 10 cm. Place on a large baking sheet and flatten slightly. Bake for 20-25 minutes until firm and light golden. Cool for 5 minutes. Transfer the two pieces of semi-baked dough to a chopping board and, using a sharp knife, cut each piece into 10 slices. Return the slices, cut-side down, to the baking sheet and bake for a further 8-12 minutes until crisp and golden. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

The biscotti will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. You can change the nuts – try pecans, toasted almonds or hazelnuts, if preferred.


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Word on Wine We recently enjoyed a very interesting tasting of wines made in India. These were presented by a company from Birmingham, Soul Tree Wines, who had visited India and found that few wines made in India were exported to the United Kingdom. Much to our members’ surprise, the wines are not strange grape varieties but very recognisable varieties of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is thought that grapevines were introduced into India around 4000 BC by the Persian invaders but wine was not made till around 2000 BC, following the gradual invasion of the Aryan tribes from central Asia. Over time in India, wine had been seen as a status symbol of the Kshatriya caste of aristocrats and warriors, rather than a drink for the masses. During Victorian Britain’s rule, wine production continued with new vineyards being planted and Indian wines being exhibited at the Great Calcutta Exhibition of 1884. Unfortunately in the 1890’s, at the same time as vineyards in Europe, the vineyards were badly affected by grape phylloxera. This gave an opening for imported drinks to take hold and from Britain came beer, particularly Burton IPA, and Scotch whisky. From Portugal came red wine fortified by spirit, to help it survive the long sea journey and heat. Port was the result, which then became popular back in Britain. Since Independence in 1947, wine production has slowly returned to India; they have now begun to make sufficient wine to allow it to be exported. The wines we tasted are from the Nasik Valley, 950m (1950ft) above sea level, 100 miles NE inland from Mumbai on the west coast of India, in the Western Ghats mountain range. The mountains have some of the world’s most diverse flora and fauna; the Nasik Valley has forests to the north and west where wild leopards and tigers roam. The valley has sandy clay loam soil with mineral deposits from the Godavari river and the volcanic activity from when the Indian tectonic plate collided with Asia. This area is the wine capital of India, producing 70% of all the country’s wines.

they have to cut back the summer growth and only let the vines produce grapes in the winter months, harvesting in February / March. The wine that I describe below is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. It has typical Sauvignon Blanc characteristics without the strong overtones of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The whole range of wines, in my opinion, are worth trying. Technical Details: Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Appearance: Clean – clear colour with a faint tint of yellow. Nose / Aroma: Vibrant with grassy citrus, gooseberry with hints of elderflower and nettles. Taste: Refreshingly crisp green herbs with smooth textures and pleasing finish. Alcohol by Volume: 13%. Food match: Serve chilled 8 > 10º C with salads, seafood and curries. Available from: Soul Tree Wines, Birmingham, £9.50 per bottle (+ delivery) For more information, or to buy the wine, visit 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 Facebook page for details. Alternatively, please contact me on 01159303712 for more details of our meetings and the variety of wines we will be tasting.

The wine is made especially for Soul Tree by a winemaker based in Nasik from grapes from various farms in the region. Due to the tropical conditions, the growers have a problem in that the vines grow all year round. As the summer heat would produce raisin type grapes,

By David Savidge, Kilburn Wine Circle

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Derbyshire Walking: Denby Walk Type: Undulating walk across open countryside Distance: 2.8 miles (4.5 km) Time: Allow 2 hours Waymarking: Routeway 21 OS Map: Landranger 128 Derby and 129 Nottingham Explorer (1:25,000) 259 Derby, Uttoxeter, Ashbourne & Cheadle Start: Car park off Church Street, Denby Village SK 399 465 This is a short walk around the countryside of the village of the Danes – Denby. Much of the walk is along restored former coal opencast land and has some excellent views and historical features of interest.

The Route 1. Cross the playing field to the right hand corner and cross the stile. Here you can see the old vicarage. 2. Follow the footpath through the trees and turn left into a field. Follow the hedgerow on the left to the stile in the far corner of the field. Cross the stile and turn right, following the top of the bank around the pond. 3. After passing the pond on your left, turn right through a gate and over the stream. Follow the footpath through


the trees to a wooden footbridge. Cross the bridge and go up along the path to Denby Cricket Club. Follow the drive to the main road. As you follow this path around to the Cricket Club you are passing by the ‘copper yard’ where copper was smelted from the middle of the 18th century. A hamlet of approximately 15 houses stood here as workers’ cottages; look for the bricks on the floor. Facing the Cricket Club across the road is the United Methodist Chapel, built by Mr. Joseph Bourne Snr. (founder of Denby Pottery) in 1841. It closed its doors for the last time around 1975. 4. Turn left and walk along the pavement for 200m and cross the road by a row of houses (beware of traffic) and turn right onto Dumbles Lane. After 100m, turn left into the field. Cross into the next field at the side of the metal gate. Cross this field to a stile at the side of two

wooden electricity poles. Cross the next field, aiming for the cottage partially hidden by trees. Cross the next stile and then turn back onto the lane. 5. Follow the footpath down the side of the cottage, pass over the stream and turn left onto the restored former opencast land. Follow the footpath through the planted trees and turn right over the next stile. Head up the hill, following the hedge line, cross a double stile and turn right. 6. Keep to the hedgerow over this field. Cross the

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double stile and keep going straight ahead to a farm track. Cross the stile into the copse; pass through and over the next stile onto the hill. Extensive views can be seen in all directions at the top of the hill, which was formed from the restoration of the former opencast mine. North is particularly fine with views up the Derwent Valley and landmarks like Crich Stand and Alport Heights clearly visible on a clear day. 7. Go straight over the top of the hill and down towards Flamstead House Farm. On entering the farmyard, take the path on the left that passes the near side of the cottage and head diagonally right down the field, dropping down to a bridge crossing the stream. 8. Follow the hedge on your left up the hill and take the stile on your left, hidden in the trees. Turn left around the large ash tree and, at the track, turn right. 9. Follow this track for 1km, then take the footpath on the right (on a left hand bend) towards the church down the field passing electric pylons 15m to your right. Cross the stream on the concrete bridge and head up towards the path on the right of the churchyard. Here is St. Mary the Virgin church which dates from 1135AD, though there is reference to a religious building on this site as early as the 10th century. In the churchyard is a vaulted burial ground for members of the Drury-Lowe family built in 1904. 10. On exiting the path, cross the main road back to the start point in the car park (beware of traffic). A little further down the road from the car park is John Flamsteed Memorial Park, dedicated to the first Astronomer Royal. It’s worth a visit to look at the information board about his life and work.

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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Footnotes: A Season of Good Will Hello up there, this is a message from your feet. We have served you faithfully throughout the year and, to be honest, you don’t seem to have given us much of a thought. The festive season is almost upon us and we would like to make a few little requests: firstly, can you please remember that when you go on your marathon shopping trips it would be nice to do it in comfortable shoes, not high heels. We would like to be in something warm as we don’t like chilblains and, believe us, you won’t like them either. It would also be nice if you could find time to put us up for a little rest now and again. While we’re talking, it would also be nice if you could find it in your heart to give us a little treat for Christmas – maybe a little soak as we don’t seem to get one very often now you’ve had that shower installed. A bit of cream would be lovely too, as we do get a bit dry carrying you around all day. Obviously we’d like you to keep our nails trimmed (especially that thick one as it makes it difficult for us to work comfortably and we will have to complain if you don’t). One last thing, if you don’t look after us and we do have to complain a little bit, please don’t say nasty things about us ‘killing you’ or being ‘more trouble than we’re worth’ and please don’t tell everyone how ugly we are; remember we have feelings too. Merry Christmas everyone! By Peter Waugh

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Fighting Colds and Flu: Myths and Magic Cures Colds can make life miserable and flu can make us quite ill. But which cold and flu facts are true, and are there really any cures?

If you have a high temperature, it’s the flu MYTH. Colds can sometimes cause a high temperature, although it’s usually short-lived and not above 38oC. However, sweats and chills normally indicate flu.

It’s pointless to avoid someone with a cold or flu; you’ll get it anyway MYTH. Flu and colds are highly contagious, spread by air and direct contact, but you can stay germ-free by avoiding sufferers or by both practising good hygiene. • Clean hands and high-contact surfaces regularly (e.g. door handles, touchscreens), especially after touching the nose or mouth. • Don’t share cutlery, cups or towels. • Ensure the contagious person has tissues nearby to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin them immediately. They should use the ‘vampire’ cough (into the inside of their elbow) if they’re caught tissue-less.

The flu vaccine doesn’t always prevent flu, so it’s not worth having TRUTH and MYTH. Flu vaccines are produced in advance, so experts must predict the three or four flu strains that will be prevalent next winter. While you may catch an unexpected or rarer flu strain you’re not protected from, the vaccine will protect you from most strains you’ll encounter. It’s vital if you’re vulnerable or have low immunity, e.g. if you’re a carer, over 65, pregnant or have an existing medical condition.

Getting very wet and/or cold can give you a cold or the flu MYTH. However, cold and wet conditions can put your body under stress, making it more vulnerable to germs.

The flu vaccine gives you flu MYTH. The vaccine contains inactive viruses, but it may cause a temperature and aching for a while.

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MYTH. Your doctor may give in and prescribe them, although they know antibiotics don’t kill viruses. When a patient is ‘cured’ after a week’s antibiotics, in truth that extra week just allowed them to finally fight off their virus. Antibiotics are only useful if you get a secondary bacterial infection.

Magic Cures Prevention: Good hygiene works. Boost your immune system to help you resist viruses or fight them off by reducing stress and getting adequate sleep. Regular zinc reduces the number of colds children get and should work for adults too. Regular probiotics and garlic may have some preventative effect, but research is sketchy. Vitamin C and Echinacea really don’t prevent colds and any symptom reduction is negligible to non-existent. However, Vitamin C may be of limited benefit to people already under physical stress (e.g. marathon runners). Decongestants and antihistamines: when used separately, they have very little or no effect. However, when used together, particularly with painkillers, they may cause a slight improvement in symptoms. Ipratropium bromide (Rinatec) nasal spray does seem to alleviate symptoms, particularly a runny nose. Cough suppressants: Any benefits are negligible. Vapour rubs do seem to alleviate night time coughs a little and improve sleep, but in studies over 25% of users reported a burning itching sensation at the application area. NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, e.g. ibuprofen) can reduce fever and help with aches and pains. If you have a cold or flu, stay hydrated, alleviate the symptoms and take heart – researchers are working to modify peptides that can combat cold viruses. By Alison Runham

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Motoring Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe Edition 50 What is it?

The Mercedes AMG GT C Coupe Edition 50 is the second-hottest model in the sports car line up and sits slightly below the utterly bonkers GT R. Only available currently as a 500-production ‘Edition 50’ special run, it features a monstrous engine, thunderous soundtrack and super GT looks.

What’s new?

The engine steals all the headlines, but technical refinements include active rear axle steering, electronically-controlled locking differential and a wider track than its lesser powered GT and GT S siblings.

What’s under the bonnet?

All GT models feature the same 4.0-litre V8 with a ‘hot inner V’ – a compact engine design that places the turbos on the inside of the engine’s ‘V’, so they spool up quicker. Power output for the GT C is a whopping 549bhp backed up with 670Nm of torque, which means 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 197mph.

What’s it like to drive?

On the road, it feels big and wide. Visibility isn’t great and placing it takes practice. It’s got fantastic levels of grip though and despite those tyre-shredding performance figures, it puts those huge lumps of power down impressively well, aided smoothly by a quick seven-speed auto gearbox. The steering feels heavy, perhaps even a little slow at times, but it’s communicative. As the name suggests, this is definitely a performance GT rather than a lithe and supple sports car. On paper, it might be a rival to an Audi R8 or Porsche 911 Turbo S, but both of those would feel far more sports car than this. The GT C is muscle; more raw power and less finesse.

How does it look?

That muscle car look might be exactly what buyers are looking for, though. Its long, blunt nose, tight rear and low stance will win the most buyers. It’s a unique look – something that’s pretty unrivalled on the road – and one Mercedes is pegging a lot of the GT’s success on.

What’s it like inside?

Inside the driver is surrounded by a focused cabin. A large, somewhat intrusive transmission tunnel is littered with


buttons and dials and the multimedia system is frustrating. The touch-sensitive trackpad is clunky and the graphics look dated, especially when compared to the likes of Jaguar Land Rover. The interior feels incredibly cramped too. Taller drivers will find their knees butt up against the bulkhead and the seats don’t recline far enough.

What’s the spec like?

Standard spec on the GT C includes 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels, Burmester sound system, parking sensors and camera, keyless go and an AMG performance steering wheel finished in nappa leather. It’s topped off by red brake calipers with AMG lettering.


If you can see past the complicated naming strategy to pick the right model, you’ll be rewarded with a technologically advanced, blisteringly fast and characterful GT. It’s cramped inside for taller drivers, and some of the multimedia system can be infuriating, but there’s no denying the GT C is staggeringly quick, exciting to drive and looks the muscle car part. Buyers will have a tough choice between this and the very capable alternatives from Audi, Porsche and McLaren, though – while Mercedes will be hoping its AMG heritage and booming soundtrack will pull in the punters. Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe Edition 50 Base price: £139,855 Engine: 4.0-litre V8 twin turbo Power: 549bhp, 670Nm Top speed: 197mph 0-60mph: 3.5 MPG: 20mpg Emissions (g/km): 259 By James Baggott

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Winter Driving Tips Iain Betson passes on some winter driving tips. Stop! When snow is falling fast, don’t drive unless you really have to. In terrible weather, putting things off until conditions improve is best. Winter ailments can leave you exhausted and sluggish. If you don’t feel like you can drive safely, don’t risk it. Car maintenance Keeping the car well maintained is doubly important in winter. Worn tyres won’t hold the road in wet conditions as well as those with a good, deep tread. Make sure all exterior lights are working and that windscreen wiper blades are in good condition. Check the oil, coolant and washer fluid levels.

In the wet Take simple precautions when driving in heavy rain. Slow down: the wetter the roads, the longer your braking distance, and the heavier the rain, the worse your visibility. Drive cautiously and leave a good distance between you and the vehicle in front. In snow and ice Again, slow down and leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front. Use your headlights if necessary. Brake and accelerate gently. It’s not always easy to tell if you’re driving on ice, though if your tyres are making less noise than usual you may well be. If you do skid, don’t brake – you’ll lock the wheels and lose control. Instead, depress the clutch and steer into the direction of the skid. When the car straightens, steer as normal. Emergency Stopping Apply the brake, without locking the wheels. If the vehicle starts to skid, ease pressure from the pedal and then reapply. Press the clutch in just before you stop. Safe winter motoring! By Iain Betson


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Book Reviews: Indulgent Escapes Looking to escape the in-laws for a couple of hours? We may have found you the perfect book to indulge in. Dark Matter Blake Crouch Jason Dessen hasn’t achieved all he planned to with his life, but on the whole he’s content. So when he’s kidnapped and escapes to find his home has changed, his wife isn’t his wife and his son doesn’t exist, he’ll stop at nothing to put things right. But is he the college professor he believes himself to be, or the genius scientist others seem to think he is? A really intriguing book, with a fast-paced storyline, lots of twists and turns and a very clever narrative. You won’t want to put this one down. How Hard Can It Be? Allison Pearson Teenage kids, ageing parents, a next-to-useless husband, menopausal woes – Kate Reddy has them all. And now she needs to get back into working life – a decade after leaving her stressful job as the manager of a hedge fund. No easy feat when you’re approaching 50. This is the sequel to the bestselling ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’, but works just as well as a stand-alone novel. A brilliant read, it’s laugh-out-loud-funny in its depiction of the trials and tribulations of the sandwich generation. The One John Marrs Imagine a world where a simple DNA test can help you to find your one true soulmate. Would you take it, even if you think you’ve already found love? The One follows five people in their search for their DNA match. One is desperate to start a family. One is the head of a global company. One is already engaged.

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Homes & Gardens The Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana) is now the biggest-selling Christmas tree in the UK. Its shiny green broad needles are quite soft and almost impossible to shift, so it’s ideal for those who hate mess! The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is less widely available, but its combination of good looks and needle-holding ability makes it worth considering. It has a narrower base than the Norway spruce so is also useful in smaller houses. So, how do you choose the best tree of the type you’ve decided on and keep it looking good?


Get Real This Christmas Christmas is well and truly just around the corner and whilst your thoughts may be on gifts, meals, crackers and cards, don’t forget the tree. And I mean a REAL Christmas tree, complete with needles and, if you choose the really traditional route, that wonderful aroma. For those concerned about the impact on the planet, British-grown trees are most definitely not an ecological disaster zone – think of them as a crop plant rather like a field of cabbages, except that typically Christmas trees will use less fertiliser and fewer chemicals than many classic crop plants. To make sure you get what suits you best, there are a few things to think about before buying your tree: The Norway spruce (Picea abies) is the traditional tree, with gorgeous, short dark green pointed needles and that unmistakable Christmassy aroma, but it is the most likely to drop its needles. However, if well treated it won’t perform badly and it is the lowest-priced of the real trees. The Serbian spruce (Picea omorica) is quite similar to the Norway spruce and is the favourite festive tree in central Europe, with a distinct blueish tint to the underside of the needles. Typically slender, it is a good choice for smaller sitting rooms and has decent needle retention – but no smell.

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Homes & Gardens

Property Matters

your first port of call. Their imagination and vision can yield unexpected results from even the most awkward of sites.

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

Is it the right time? Most Local Authorities are short on housing supply – they need more sites with planning approval for houses. Whilst they would love to meet this need with just large sites of, say, 300 houses, the small sites with just one or two plots still contribute to their housing targets. So, why wait? If you think you may be sitting on a plot of land you have nothing to lose!

Are You Sitting on a Building Plot?

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

Watch points: PROPERTY MATTERS Getting planning permission in a conservation area is a

bit trickier. As a general rule you can’t apply for outline Your questions answered by Local Jon Planning permission in a conservation area – most Authorities will ask for a full detailed planning permission. Ltd Pilkington, Jon Pilkington Architecture

Reduce the risks and maximise your profit Small scale developers and certainly individuals looking to build their dream home need the comfort of knowing the site has planning permission. It doesn’t cost a lot to get what’s known as ‘outline planning permission’ compared BEDROOM BYyour toNEW the uplift in the value CAN of the LIFT land. VALUE Don’t waste money having full designs prepared and obtaining full A QUARTER! planning permission – the people thinking of buying your site may havebytheir own ideas and be unwilling to pay Research Nationwide Building Society more for your expensively arrivedoratloft design solution. suggests that an extension conversion

which acreates a double bedroom can add Employ good designer the average price of with yourexperience home. in A12% good to local architectural practice But, get research also suggests housing thatthis………..the knows the local planning policies should be creating its own bathroom could increase the average price by as much as 23%! 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,

As with conservation areas you can’t get outline permission on listed buildings. You have to prepare and submit a fully detailed design and planning application.

simply to extend kitchen. If or you’re in greenbelt landthe – forget it! You can usually squeeze in a in The only things generally permitted greenbelt those that preserve the groundare floor cloakroom as well! open nature of the greenbelt, like a golf course. The research also suggests that a 10% Jon increase Contact on in floor area of a home addsorapproximately 5% 07768 523901 email to its value.

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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Short Story Christmas on Yarrow Avenue “What took you so long?” Gladys dragged Jean, heavily laden with shopping, through her front door. She thought she could trust Jean to do this one simple job. Naturally, she couldn’t do it herself. She had to wait in for a delivery of champagne and smoked salmon – her Christmas treat to herself after a very trying year. “The traffic was awful,” Jean said, mopping her forehead, “and the queue for Santa’s grotto seemed endless.”

“Have you bought something festive like I asked you?” she asked.

This stopped Gladys in her tracks.

“Yes indeed,” said Jean, opening the bag. “I thought carefully about what you said.”

“Who’ve you been taking to Santa’s grotto?” “No one,” Jean said cheerfully, unwinding her scarf. “I went on my own.” Gladys shook her head; this was definitely a conversation for another day. “Was there any sign of the carol singers?”

“So, what have you got?” Jean reached into the bag with a grin. “Two litres of cherryade and a jar of pickled walnuts.” Gladys was horrified. “What on earth were you thinking?” “Everyone likes cherryade,” Jean protested.

“Yes,” nodded Jean, “they’re just outside number six.”

“It hardly yells Seasons Greetings!” Gladys said. “Is that all they had?”

“You’re really cutting it fine,” Gladys tutted. “Tell me you’ve got the refreshments?”

“Oh no, they had plenty of things,” Jean said. “You told me to use my initiative.”

“You bet.” Jean held up a bag. “It’s all here.”

“More fool me,” muttered Gladys. “Wait, what’s that?” It was unmistakeably a dozen singers cheerfully bringing Good King Wenceslas up Gladys’s drive.

“Good,” Gladys sighed with relief. “I’ve got paper plates ready, let’s get cracking.” It had been a troubling few months for Gladys in her self-appointed role as Chair of the Friends of Yarrow Avenue. After distributing all her admonishing leaflets concerning wheelie bins, barbecues and inconsiderate parking, she’d assumed her mantelpiece would be heaving with Christmas cards. But there was just one solitary one of an Easter chick from Jean. It rankled that her neighbours didn’t realise how important she was to them. But she’d found her chance to reinstate herself. Every year a dozen of the more musical residents went carol singing round the avenue on the Friday before Christmas. They were rather good. Last stop was always the Dawson’s next door, who would invite everyone in for mulled wine and mince pies. For some reason, Gladys noted, everyone thought this was marvellous. Two days ago, Gladys got it on very good authority that the Dawson’s would be away for this year. Apparently, they’d got a late deal on a Nordic cruise that was too good to refuse, so Gladys saw her chance to provide some refreshments of her own.

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“Quick, Jean.” She crouched behind the coat stand. “Turn off the lights – we’ll pretend we’re not in. Tell me no one saw you coming up the drive?” “They all saw me,” Jean frowned. “I said, ‘See you round at Gladys’s for refreshments.’” “What am I going to do?” Gladys shrieked. “I can’t give them this, they’ll get indigestion. I’ll never hear the last of it.” “Have you got anything else in?” Jean asked hopefully. Gladys groaned. If she was going to get back into the neighbours’ good books she realised she would have to make the ultimate sacrifice. So, the carol singers enjoyed well-deserved glasses of champagne with smoked salmon. Meanwhile, Jean sat at Gladys’s breakfast bar with a tumbler of cherryade and a jar of pickled walnuts, which, coincidentally, was exactly what she’d asked Santa for. By Jackie Brewster

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McPherson-Davis & Sons

Electrical & Plastering Services A family run business based in Denby Village Here are just some of the services we offer

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A.Allsop of Heage

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Animal Tales Disaster Strikes! Loving dogs is in everyone’s heart; even if they don’t think it. It’s everyone’s second nature. I’ve always grown up with dogs so knowing when they need feeding, walking and washing comes naturally to me but, on odd occasions, they still take me by surprise; especially this one occasion… It had been about 6 months since I’d got my new puppy, Roly. He had the cutest face; it could melt hearts. Oh, and his eyes were the darkest of browns and his fur was as black as the monstrous sky at night.

do it again’ and your feelings towards the situation change instantly, like a switch going off in your mind. Loving dogs is in everyone’s heart; even if they don’t think it is. It’s everyone’s second nature; even when their dog is covered in a rainbow of wool!

I can tell you now: wherever Roly was, trouble closely followed. But, on this particular day, things went from normality to disaster…

I got up, got changed, fed Roly etc. just like any other day. I kissed Roly goodbye before I left for school and didn’t think anything could happen until I got home from school…and then things took a turn for the worse. I opened the door to my house and didn’t notice a thing until I turned around; then, and only then, did I notice that my house had been completely redecorated with pieces of wool scattered over the floor like confetti which trailed to the stairs and onto the landing. I went upstairs to investigate further and to see who the culprit was. Who was responsible for the rainbow explosion around my house? Suddenly, my senses kicked in and I could sense something lurking behind the door. Slowly, the culprit emerged out of hiding. I looked and saw it was the one and only – Roly! He looked at me with heavy, darkened eyes knowing he had done wrong. All different colours from the wool clung to his fur – from blue, to purple, to orange and red. It looked like a rainbow had formed on his fur! Instinctively, I went to shout at him but something stopped me in my tracks; his deep brown eyes told me a different story… Being only a young puppy, my heart softened when he looked at me and then I knew I didn’t have the heart to do it. Any dog owner knows this feeling when their dog does something so unexpected it takes you by surprise. Then they give you ‘that look’ which either says ‘I know I’ve done wrong’ or ‘I’m sorry I won’t


By Karla Littlefair Student at Derby College – Broomfield Hall

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The Diary of a Local Mum Mums’ Night Out Firstly, to all the mums who have paled as they read that title – don’t worry, I’m not about to write an exposé. What happens on a mums’ night out stays on a mums’ night out. Although, to be honest, it’s nothing outrageous. Ok, actually, I AM going to expose the truth. The giggly, ridiculous, letting-your-hair-down truth. Firstly, a mums’ night out takes a lot of planning and coordination. Not because they’re complex evenings filled from beginning to end with a schedule of exciting events. No, because finding one free evening on the family calendar is difficult enough but matching that free evening to several other calendars is nigh impossible. Eventually, the date arrives. Excitement is building. You forewarn the kids: “Mum’s going out tonight!” “What?!?” “Where??” “Who with?” “Can we come?” “What time will you be back? Can we wait up?” “For a meal. With some other mums. NO! Late. NO!” Preparations begin. And by preparations, I don’t mean the kind of pre-child night out preparations like painting finger and toe nails, having a long, leisurely soak in the bath, shaving legs, moisturising, trying on several outfits… No, I mean preparing a meal that you’re not going to eat (and, let’s face it, they probably won’t either), coordinating collection from various afterschool and sports clubs, ensuring everything’s ready for the bedtime routine and the following morning’s activities… Your phone pings constantly as people check arrangements and the reality that you’re actually going out in public begins to filter through the group: ‘Has anyone booked a taxi?’ ‘Oh no, forgot that! Yes, we’d better!’ ‘Can we make it half an hour later? My husband’s not home yet.’ ‘That’s fine, not even showered yet. Might just have to wear extra perfume!’ ‘What’s everyone wearing? Just realised my wardrobe is 10 years out of date!’

‘Hadn’t even thought about that yet! Hope something fits…’ ‘Aaarrrgghhh, baby’s just been sick on my only decent top!’ Finally, and with only ten minutes to get ready (compared to the four hours you used to spend, back in the day), you step out the house. I say step out – you manage to squeeze through a gap in the door without the kids following you, eager to be involved in this rare phenomenon of ‘mum going out’. With lipstick on, hair down, something resembling a high heel and your mum uniform of black jeans and a top, you feel … well, not quite a million dollars … but slightly more glam than usual. The taxi drops you off. The drinks are ordered. And, relax! The off-duty feeling washes over you (washed down by the wine that seems to be flowing alarmingly quickly). The conversation flows even faster – mostly revolving around, you guessed it, the kids. You swap stories and realise that everyone’s facing the same struggles, worries and self-doubts. You begin to get to know these other parents who you usually exchange just a few words with at the school gates. You discover they’ve all got first names of their own (they’re not just ‘so and so’s mum’), they’ve got interesting backgrounds, jobs, and they even had lives before children! Suddenly, you’re no longer out with a group of mums but real people; new friends. There’s much giggling, a lot of wine, some food (because someone finally remembers that you had booked a table and it’s probably a good idea to eat), and then the realisation that you actually can’t walk in heels any more as you stagger back to the taxi, clinging to your new friends for support – in more ways than one. The next morning the kids seem to be awake earlier than usual and your ‘adult headache’ has well and truly kicked in. But there’s a smile on your face regardless. You give your kids an extra big cuddle because you really did miss them last night. Your phone beeps: ‘Tom’s Mum’ flashes up. Smiling, you quickly rename her in your phonebook with her own name. It feels good to be you again (well, good might be a stretch too far, but it’s nothing paracetamol can’t sort).

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Christmas is Coming! Thursday 7th December / 11am-1pm / £8.95 Planet Happy Toddler Christmas Party! inc. Time on the play frame, meal bag, craft as well as a visit & present from Santa in his grotto!

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School Information Belper Long Row Primary Belper School Codnor Community Primary School C of E Controlled Denby Free C of E Primary Ecclesbourne School Frederick Gent School Fritchley CE (Aided) Primary Heage Primary Heanor Gate Science College Herbert Strutt Primary Holbrook C of E Primary Horsley C of E Primary Horsley Woodhouse Primary John Flamsteed Community School Kilburn Infant & Nursery School Kilburn Junior Langley Mill C of E (Controlled) Infant School & Nursery Little Eaton Primary Lons Infant School Loscoe Primary School (C of E) Meadows Primary Milford Primary Morley Primary Pottery Primary

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Stamp and Deliver Once again, local Scout groups will be running the Stamp and Deliver scheme this Christmas, delivering cards within the local area and raising money for charities. The 2017 scheme will operate from Monday 4th December until 2pm on Tuesday 19th December. All cards must be posted in one of the iconic yellow postboxes by that time. Cards are collected, sorted and delivered by local Scout groups in the delivery area, who receive a proportion of the sale of the stamp. The stamps cost 30p each and can be bought from over 200 outlets in the area. The scheme has been running since 1982 and in that time has raised over £1 million for local charities. The 2016 scheme raised £5000 which was split between the two nominated charities: Umbrella and Children First Derby. Umbrella is a charity based in Derby supporting disabled children, young people and their families. More information on their work can be found at Children First Derby is another local charity that supports local children and families, helping to provide supervised contact, support and mentoring services:

In 2017, the Stamp and Deliver scheme will be supporting a further two local charities: The Children’s Air Ambulance and Derby Mountain Rescue Team. The Children’s Air Ambulance flies critically ill children across the UK to the specialist care they need. The helicopter not only flies fast, but also serves as a flying intensive care unit for children. These lifesaving missions are funded by donations as they do not receive any government funding. See for details. Derby Mountain Rescue Team is a voluntary emergency service which attends callouts in response to requests from the Police. The team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and consists entirely of unpaid volunteers: Full details of Stamp and Deliver sales points can be found at All cards posted will be delivered by Christmas Eve. It is important to check the delivery area, which is shown on the website and is also available on leaflets at the sales points. Unfortunately cards posted to addresses not listed cannot be delivered… and make sure all cards are in the yellow postboxes by the deadline of 2pm on Tuesday 19th December.

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The Very Best in Retirement Living and Support A move to a Village Suite at Richmond Aston-on-Trent Retirement Village provides far more than just a new home. It means having your own home with hotel-style services including all your meals, laundry and cleaning taken care of. It’s a great social community with lots going on, along with luxury facilities including your very own Wellness Spa. Plus there is the reassurance of expert help and assistance tailored to your individual requirements. But most of all, it’s a place to call your own. Independent Living | Assisted Living | Care and Support

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Make sure of what you wish for make a will Most of us have an idea of what we want to happen after we have gone. Who will look after things in the first few days, who will arrange our funeral and most of all, who we would choose to inherit after our death. Without a will, legislation decides who is entitled to your money, and that may not be who you would want it to be. Trust us to advise you on such important arrangements. Make sure you have a Will in place - later may be sooner than you think.

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Your Horoscope December 2017 and January 2018 A star filled festive season and a prosperous New Year to all! December: Fiery Sagittarius is in the spotlight for December as the festive season begins and the year draws to a close. Venus, also in Sagittarius until the 25th, brings just the right amount of energy to make those pre-Christmas festivities sizzle! Mars, the planet of drive and motivation, moves from balanced Libra into wilful Scorpio on the 9th. This change presents an opportunity to move towards goals with renewed stamina and determination. The biggest planetary shift of all occurs on December the 20th as Saturn, the planet of discipline and responsibility, enters the sign of Capricorn for a two and a half year stay. Capricorn represents our basic foundations, it’s also a no frills sign that deals with business, structure and power. On a personal level we may become more focussed on achievements and social status, and self-restraint may become one of the most appreciated qualities. January: Stern and disciplined Saturn starts 2018 in Capricorn for the first time in 30 years. The flavour of the year ahead is down to earth and focussed, even unrelenting at times. Belt-tightening will be a major theme this year. Venus, the love planet, moves from down to earth Capricorn into unpredictable Aquarius on the 18th, bringing unusual relationships and partnerships into focus. Mars and Jupiter are both in determined Scorpio, highlighting the need to stick to your plans. There are two full moons this month; the first is in Cancer on the 2nd and the second one in Leo on the 31st. The new moon in Capricorn on the 17th is the most auspicious time to set out your goals for the year ahead. ARIES: MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 December: The spotlight is on adventure and travel as four planets illuminate this area of your chart. You’re making your plans to ensure a very successful 2018 as this exceptional planetary energy urges you to forge ahead with your ideas. Personal development is also positively highlighted. January: Saturn now in focussed Capricorn has arrived at the point in your chart concerned with higher knowledge and education. This is an important year for Aries as renewed focus on top priority projects really gets underway. The full moon on the 2nd highlights family matters. TAURUS: APRIL 21 - MAY 21 December: Your finances and assets are top priority for you this month as four planets occupy this important sector of your chart. Saturn’s transit into Capricorn on the 20th entices you to take the opportunity to do something fresh and brand new, ultimately broadening your career prospects. January: Stern Saturn is at a high point of your chart confirming that this is another important phase for developing your career, particularly as further education and travel play a big part. It’s a good time to make important decisions before Mars moves into Sagittarius on the 27th. GEMINI: MAY 22 - JUNE 21 December: Four planets occupy the relationship area of your chart this month signalling that it’s time to deal with any past issues that may be holding you back. The full moon on the 3rd in your sign is important and paves the way for you to channel your energies into constructive new possibilities. January: Serious Saturn is now in the financial sector of your chart ensuring that a close review is necessary. Knowledge gained during 2017 will assist you in making important decisions. A short-term goal also needs attention; for best results use the innovative new moon energy on the 17th. CANCER: JUNE 22 - JULY 22 December: Uranus, the planet of surprises, makes many exciting aspects this month. The new moon in Sagittarius on the 18th is particularly important to your work. A sensational opportunity looks set to come your way so be prepared to have a broader perspective on all areas of your life. January: 2018 starts with a potent full moon in your sign on the 2nd; optimism and positive thinking will make a vital difference to your current plans and help things go your way. The Capricorn new moon on the 17th highlights relationships; use your intuition to make the right decisions. LEO: JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 December: Creativity is high on your agenda this month as many of your new ideas and projects can now move forward and finally get underway. The Gemini full moon on the 3rd is of particular relevance for you, highlighting your dealings with others and your talent for inspiring those around you. January: Four planets light up the work and daily routines sector of your chart as planning and restructuring become a strong focus this month. Your health also takes priority as disciplined Saturn nudges you forward towards a new and innovative wellbeing regime. VIRGO: AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 December: Home and family life are in the spotlight this month as four planets illuminate the domestic sector of your chart. You may need to avoid rash decisions and the instinct to hurry certain projects. Things should settle down after the 23rd as Mercury, your ruler, returns to forward motion. January: Four planets in responsible Capricorn occupy the most creative part of your chart; this is definitely the month to let your ideas

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Community run wild. Energetic Mars connects with Jupiter in Scorpio, giving you the determination and stamina to follow through. The new moon on the 17th is ideal for laying new foundations. LIBRA: SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 December: Communicating and connecting are very much on the agenda this month. You have a talent for organising and now is the perfect time for clearing up any unfinished tasks before considering more far reaching plans. The winter solstice on the 21st brings a career opportunity into focus. January: Your home and family come to the forefront this month as four planets light up all things domestic. Venus, your ruler, moves into innovative Aquarius on the 18th creating important insights for you to act on. The Aquarian new moon on the 17th brings a new sense of adventure. SCORPIO: OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 December is a powerful month for Scorpios; restructuring earning potential and establishing new contacts gives you a head start. Mars, your secondary ruler, moves into your sign on the 9th offering renewed strength and determination to pursue and develop new ideas and objectives. January: Saturn, Venus, the Sun and Pluto are all crowding the communication area of your chart. Business plans and ideas are positively highlighted now while your mind is sharp and at its best. Jupiter is strong in your sign encouraging future plans, but do remember to keep your options open. SAGITTARIUS: NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 December: With four planets occupying your sign, this is the month for new plans and ideas to take shape. Your sense of independence and individual freedom is sharpened, but best not to take any unwise risks. The full moon on the 3rd brings an important relationship issue into focus. January: Saturn, the planet of duty and responsibility, stands firm in the financial area of your chart. You would do well to have a period of reassessment; don’t tempt fate with any risky ventures. Your ruler connects with energetic Mars and shines on all your intuitive and productive abilities. CAPRICORN: DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 December: Stern Saturn, your ruler, is about to enter your sign for a two and a half year stay; this is a brilliant time for you to conserve your energy and focus on achievable goals. Use this month to tune into your inner strength as the power to make your mark is the highest it has ever been. January: Four planets occupy your sign at the start of this very important year. Energetic Mars connects with abundant Jupiter shining a very positive light on friends and group endeavours. The Capricorn new moon on the 17th gives you a good instinct for new partnerships; use your intuition for developing romantic plans. AQUARIUS: JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 December: Motivational Mars enters your sign on the 5th bringing your vitality and energy to a new level. Mighty Jupiter is abundantly active in Libra, positively boosting your optimism and good faith. The full moon on the 6th illuminates your creativity and brings a personal opportunity your way. January: Energetic Mars connecting with abundant Jupiter in Scorpio augurs well for your achievements during 2018. The full moon on the 2nd highlights an important work opportunity; use this trend to focus on important goals. The second full moon in your opposite sign on the 31st sees the start of an exciting new partnership. PISCES: FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 December: Four planets culminate in the career angle of your chart this month; prepare to be inspired for a change in direction. Group and team work are positively emphasised, particularly after the 25th as Venus moves into Capricorn, offering perfect timing for your personal ambition to flow. January: Mars and Jupiter, both strong in Scorpio, are making waves in the travel area of your chart. This month is perfect for planning a journey, enjoying some culture or engaging in discussion. Positive breakthroughs will be sure to occur if you follow your intuition with renewed vigour and self-confidence.

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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 provides a wonderful service or who works hard to Beverley Kennedy, Floraline make a difference. Let All Things Local surprise them with a fresh bouquet of flowers. All Things Local has joined forces with Beverley Kennedy (pictured) from Floraline, Gregory’s Way in Belper, to offer readers the chance to show their appreciation for a fellow member of the community. The recipients of this issue’s bouquet are Charles and Sandra Beresford of Belper. Charles and Sandra were nominated by Anne Marshall, a member of the congregation at St Mark’s Church, Openwoodgate. Here’s what Anne wrote: “I would like to nominate Charles and Sandra Beresford for Friendship Blooms. Charles is a retired vicar and has been helping out at St Mark’s Church for several years now. We have recently had our kitchen and Church renovated to modernise and make it more usable for the community of Openwoodgate and Belper. Both Charles and Sandra have done a lot of the ground work to get this project completed. They deserve the Friendship Blooms as a thank you from all of us at St Mark’s, for all the hard work they have put in so willingly.” Anne Marshall

Charles and Sandra (right and centre) receive the Friendship Blooms bouquet from Anne Marshall.

your full name, address and daytime telephone number on your nomination. Closing date for nominations for the next issue is Wednesday 20th December 2017.

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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 in Belper. 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 e-mail your nomination to putting ‘Friendship Blooms’ as the subject. Please include

Just complete the Sudoku grid above, cut out and post to Sudoku Competition, All Things Local, 74 Woodhouse Road, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0NA. Closing date Wednesday 20th December 2017. Remember to include a piece of paper with your name, address and contact telephone number. The winner will be notified by telephone initially. Entrants must be aged 18 or over.

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Codnor Park: 88 Glass House Hill, Codnor, DE5 9QT The Firs: 90 Glass House Hill, Codnor, DE5 9QT Smalley Hall: Main Road, Smalley, DE7 6DS King William: Lowes Hill, Ripley, DE5 3DW

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Community Diary December 2017 / January 2018 December:

1st: Ripley Christmas Lights Switch On – 6.30pm. Characters, carols, rides, fancy dress competition. Tel: 01773 832211 3rd: Belper Christmas Food, Real Ale & Craft Festival, 10am – 3pm. Huge range of food, products & Christmas goodies. Free entry. 3rd: Ripley Michaelmas Market 10am – 4pm. Entertainment, craft stalls, food. Tel: 01773 832211. 12th: Waingroves Methodist Church, Friends & Neighbours Christmas Gathering 7.45pm 15th: Christmas Concert by Friends in Harmony, conducted by Jan Johnson. Little Eaton Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, DE21 5EA; 7pm. Tickets £6.00 on the door, includes light refreshments. 16th: Derwent Singers Christmas Concert with Derby Concert Band. 7.30pm St. Luke’s Church, Parliament Street, Derby, DE22 3RL. Tickets £10.00 (£5 u25); or 07837 671821. 16th: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, written & performed by Marty Ross (not for the nervous!). 7.30pm, No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. Tickets £8/£6 BYO drinks. Info: 16th & 18th: Join Sitwell Singers in a Christmas celebration of carols, songs & readings. Saturday 16th at Christ Church, Bridge Street, Belper, DE56 1BA; Monday 18th at St John the Evangelist Church, Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 1DY. Both start 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 (u16 free) from, 01332 662519, Foulds Music, Derby, or on the night. 17th: Ship of Fools Comedy Night Christmas Special at No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ; 7.30pm. Tickets £8: or 07804 563371. BYO drinks. Info: 19th: Waingroves Methodist Church Carol Singing around Waingroves. Meet at Community Centre, 6.30pm. 24th: Belper Christmas Carols by the Tree. Candlelight procession from St John’s Chapel 7.45pm, carols on Market Place from 8pm. 24th: Waingroves Methodist Church Nativity Service 4pm


1st: New Year’s Day Heritage Walk, from Strutt’s North Mill, Belper (DE56 1YD) 2pm, £4 (U 16s free). Town-based walk, looking at the history of Belper’s schools and education. Followed by refreshments in Unitarian Chapel. 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 February/March 2018 please e-mail it to Deadline is Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

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should they be stolen or lost, and then recovered by the police.

Protecting Christmas Gifts

If you receive some expensive or valuable gifts this Christmas, think about protecting your property. Never leave valuables (laptops, tablets, mobile phones, wallets, purses, car keys, and jewellery) on view from the outside of your home or your car.

Please also use Immobilise to register your expensive gifts from Santa. It is the world’s largest free property register which can be used by both members of the public and businesses to record their valued possessions or company assets. All registered items and ownership details are then viewable by the police on the national property database - NMPR. This online checking service is used thousands of times each day by UK police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property, and every week there are hundreds of cases where information from Immobilise helps with criminal investigations or reunites property with its rightful owners. Visit to register your valuables.

Consider marking your gadgets using a specialist property marking fluid, such as Selecta DNA or Smartwater as this can help make them less attractive to thieves, and more easily identified

Your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team will be able to offer advice on crime prevention. To contact your team call 101, or visit the website:

We hope you will enjoy a happy and peaceful Christmas and, looking forward to the New Year, we hope that 2018 will be a safe one.

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Local History:

Well Dressing in Victorian Belper The noted Belper sculptor Joseph Barlow Robinson, in his account of the origins of Belper well dressings, tells us that the first attempt was made by a few young men who resided in the town for the ‘Wakes’ in 1838. They made a bower of small dimensions over the Mill Lane well on the road leading to the park. Inside the bower was a design made of flowers and moss. Robinson was so pleased with the general effect that he planned to dress another well the following year. In 1839 Robinson chose a well near the Brookside, calling it Manor well. His father was a builder and so lent poles and planks for use in building the super structure. A man named German Wheatcroft loaned his largest wagon covers to roof in the structure. Robinson goes on to describe the structure as being of considerable dimensions, and permission had to be granted for a wall to be demolished to extend the structure into a field. The front was to Robinson’s own floral design and was so large that it had two doors set in it, one for entrance and one for exit. Inside the bower were a number of curiosities arranged on shelves such as stuffed animals and birds, models and fossils. In 1840 Joseph Barlow Robinson organised the dressing of Green Well. This proved a huge success and so the following year an even larger bower was erected. In April 1842 Robinson left Belper to work elsewhere and as no-one was prepared to take on this ambitious project, the well dressings ceased for a while. The well dressings were revived in 1851 when for several years the ‘tap’ at Bridgefoot was dressed, and also one on Derby Road opposite the old station. Their popularity spread to other areas of the town where there was a tap or pump available to be decorated and so the custom was established, bringing great numbers of people into the town during The Wakes. Charles Willott described the 1889 Wakes as a great success. Monday was the children’s day. On Tuesday the Midland Railway Co. ran ‘specials’ from Sheffield and Derby bringing hundreds to see the beauty and entertainment which Belper offered. There was dancing and every kind of side show imaginable. The tap dressings and street decorations drew the people

Pictured: very early - probably late 19th century - dressings on The Butts and at the White Swan

to all parts of the town judging for themselves which they considered the best. There was £50 in prizes to be won by the tap dressers and competition was very keen. Not for the first time the Butts took first prize of £8 and another £2 was added to this. The Market Place took second prize of £5, Bridgefoot third prize of £3 and the Duke of Devonshire public house took fourth place. There were similar prizes awarded for the street dressings. These Victorian well dressings died out about the turn of the century due, in part, to the intense rivalry between the well dressing groups leading to fighting. There was also a shortage of new volunteers to take part and learn the art to continue the tradition.

By Pat Marjoram Chairman, Belper Historical Society

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Clubs, Societies, Groups, Classes Belper

1st Alton Manor Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scout group – More details from Group Scout Leader Darren Barnes: 01773 880019. 1st Belper Rainbows Belper Lane, Belper, Thursday evening, for girls 5 to 7. Details from 1st Belper Scout Group Belper Lane, Belper. For young people aged 6 to 14, male & female. Contact: or Group Scout Leader Sandra Nix 01773 829373

Belper Civic Forum Civic association for Belper parish (including Milford) particularly concerned with planning, services, town improvement and heritage matters.Email or Roger Shelley 01773 829176 Belper Community Church Meets three times a month at Whitemoor Centre 10.30am Sundays on John O’Gaunts Way. Modern Church for all ages. Tel: Henry Ford 01773 828619. Belper Community Cottage Community Centre, 16 Chapel Street, Belper, run by volunteers for the people of Belper. Four meeting rooms for hire at very reasonable rates. To hire or to look around call 01773 880364. Belper Countryside Joggers Jog Derbyshire group. Meets on Belper Lane across from the Talbot Hotel. Mondays at 7.45pm (beginners), Thursdays at 7.30pm (intermediates). Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club Belper Congregational Church, Green Lane, Belper. Concerts on 3rd Saturday monthly. Social evenings on alternate Thursdays 7pm to 10pm at Belper Heritage Centre. Nigel Dawes: 01773 827204.

1st Openwoodgate Scout Group St Mark’s Church Hall, Over Lane, Belper. For boys and girls 6 to 14. Group scout leader Sharon Marshall: 07809 408 829.

Belper District 50+ Forum Congregational Church, Church Walk, off Green Lane, Belper. Quarterly open meetings, Fridays 10.30am-12.30pm. Various themes relating to over 50’s. Ann Homar 01773 829556.

2nd Belper Guides 2nd Belper (St Peter’s) Guides for great activities, challenges, fun weekly meetings, camps and sleepovers. Girls aged 10-14. Contact Donna at

Belper Folk Club Every Tuesday at The Old Kings Head, Days Lane, Belper, 8.30pm. Details from 01246 865170 or

4th Belper Scout Group Central Methodist Chapel, Chapel Street, Belper. For boys and girls 6 to 14. Group scout leader Roland Jakes: 01773 827626. Air Cadets Belper New recruits needed ages 13-18. Meet every Tuesday & Thursday 6.45pm to 9pm at Cluster Road, Belper. For more information call 07736 248923.

Belper Freedom Feed Em At No28 The Market Place, Belper. Community focussed food for all! Alternate 4th Tuesday and Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. 3 courses, prepared by volunteers, pay what you want, proceeds to charity. Booking essential via Facebook ‘Belper Freedom Feed Em’ group. All welcome. Vegans, veggies, food allergies catered for.

Alzheimers Society Belper Support Group First Tuesday of the month 2-4pm, Belper Cottage, 16 Chapel St. DE56 1AR. Info: Helen Aldridge 01332 208845 or email

Belper Gardening Club Meets 4th Monday each month at No. 28 Belper Market Place DE56 1FZ, 7.30-9.30pm. (Aug and Dec date may change). Guest speakers, plant and seed swaps, trips and events, skills workshops, socialising. Email: Tel: 07966 307000/01773 821288.

Andante Cantabile Small friendly, supportive piano group for adult learners and returners. Build your confidence, with tips for technique and sight reading. Grade 2 upwards. Over 18. No upper limit to age or skills. Meet every 2 months, free. Barbara 01773 599042

Belper Hammers Volleyball Club Looking for new members of all ages and ability. Social training session at Belper Sports Center Thursdays 7pm-8pm, adult session Thursdays 8pm-9pm, female only Wednesdays 7pm-8pm, Junior session Fridays 7pm-8pm Contact Will on 07791 071059 or

Baby Sensory Multi-award winning baby learning and developmental classes suitable from birth to 13 months. Fridays 10am, 11.15 and 12.45 at The Lion Hotel. Booking essential: or contact Marie 07989 443734 for details.

Belper Harriers Joggers Jog Derbyshire group.Meets at Belper Leisure Centre. For all jogging abilities. Tuesdays 7pm. Contact Geoff: 07802 657321

Baby World and Me Parent and baby group: a special world inclusive of core values of explore, play and bond. Suitable from birth to toddling . Visit or contact Edwina on 07719 555991. Free trial class available. Baby Yoga Suitable from 8 weeks old to crawling. Belper Community Hall Thursdays 9.45am - 11am, 6 week courses run during term time only. Small class sizes mean limited places. To book or for further information please contact Laurie Lowe at Little Sage yoga tel: 07545 479693 email: or visit Badger Explorer Scout Unit Christ Church, Bridge Street, Belper. Teenagers, male and female, 14 to 18. Explorer leader Paul Maddison: 01773 880422.

Belper Historical Society Talks programme on first Weds of the month at St John’s Heritage Centre, The Butts at 7.30pm. Email or call 01332 880600. Belper Junior Musical Theatre Singing group for 7+ years. Meet on Wednesdays at the former Strutt’s School on the corner of Gibfield Lane, Belper, 6pm - 7.15pm. Call: 01332 881766. Belper Krav Maga Academy Belper Leisure Centre, Kilbourne Road, Belper. Martial Arts club; train on Mondays & Fridays 8.30pm to 9.30pm both nights. Details on Belper Marlin Swimming Club GET INVOLVED: Competitive Swimming. Main sessions at Belper Leisure Centre Friday 8-9, Sunday 5-7. Details and contacts:

Belcanto Male Chorus Male singing with a difference. Belper Baptist Church Bridge Street Belper DE56 1AZ Contact 0162956478.

Belper Meadows Bowls Club Belper Meadows, off Bridge Street, Belper. More details from secretary Graham Sheldon 01773 827548, or New members welcome.

Belper Aiwakai Karate Club Training for all ages and abilities at Belper Leisure Centre, John O’Gaunts Way, Belper on Fridays at 6.30pm. The general club finishes at 7.45pm followed by advanced session running until 8.30pm. Dave Johnson 07954 371945.

Belper Meadows Tennis Club Meet behind Christ Church, off A6, The Triangle. Adult social nights Tuesdays and Thursdays. New members of all ages and abilities welcome.

Belper Art Group Meet at Strutt’s Centre, Derby Road, Belper every Thursday 7-9pm, Room 109. All abilities welcome. Further details from Club Secretary Richard Nayler: 07500 151811

Belper Model Railway Group Strutt’s Centre, Derby Road, Belper (opposite Babington Hospital), Wednesdays 7pm to 10pm. Details from Stephen Shepherd (secretary) at tel no: 01283 703300.

Belper Bicycle Club Meet 1st Monday in every month (apart from Bank Holidays) at the Strutt Club, Campbell Street, Belper 7pm. New members welcome of all ages who are interested in cycle racing, either to compete for the team or as social members. Website or Jonathan Marshall 01773 829590.

Belper Musical Theatre Musical theatre shows performed every February and singing concerts performed at intervals throughout the year. Meet 7.30pm on Wednesdays at former Strutt’s School, Gibfield Lane, Belper. Call: 01773 825938.

Belper Bridge Club Meets every Friday at 6.50pm at the Masonic Hall, Campbell St, Belper. All welcome. Belper Buggies Walking/fitness group. Meet at the bandstand at Belper River Gardens 1.30pm on Wednesdays. Free session. Contact: Sam Draper 07891 571488. Belper Cadets Parade on Monday & Wednesday 18.45 to 21.00 at the Drill Hall, Clusters Road, Belper (near Long Row School) Open to all young people 12-18. Contact Darron Moody 07921 501981.

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Belper Chess Club Every Wednesday at The Old Kings Head, Days Lane, Belper. Start time 7.30pm. Secretary R Harrison Tel: 01773 824885 or 07971 111061 e-mail:

Belper Netball Club Fun and social netball training sessions for all ages (over 16) and abilities. Saturdays 11am-12 and Wednesdays 8-9pm at Belper Leisure Centre. £3.50 per session. New members welcome. BelperBacktoNetball/ Belper Players Mondays at Strutt Centre, Derby Road and Thursdays at Lion Hotel, Bridge Street at 7:30pm. Wanting new members – actors, backstage and front of house. Secretary Joyce Towle: 01335 370827. Belper Pop Quiz Club The Strutt Club, Campbell Street every Sunday, September to April at 8.15pm (entrance through Arkwrights Bar). Friendly pop quiz with music and questions. Join a team or form one of your own. More info Belper Singers Chamber choir of 24 voices, repertoire includes sacred and secular works, mostly unaccompanied. Vacancies for experienced tenors and basses. Rehearsals Wednesdays, 8pm to 10pm, Congregational Church, off Green Lane, Belper, DE56 1DB. or email

Belper Social Club for the Disabled Every second Wednesday at The Whitemoor Centre, John O’Gaunts Way, Belper, 7.30pm. Barbara Pickering: 01773 823803.

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Belper Stage Productions Rehearse on Mon evenings at 7.30pm in The Blue Room, Robert Ludlam Theatre, St Benedict’s School, Duffield Rd, Darley Abbey DE22 1JD. Adults & children rehearse for fun. Info: 07758 625372

Derbyshire Children’s Centre Alder Road, Belper. For a guide to free activities in the area, call 01773 826651 or e-mail for further details.

Belper Stroke Club Belper Leisure Centre, off Kilbourne Road, Belper, 2pm to 4pm on alternative Tuesdays. Contact Derek Payne 01773 825219,

Dru Yoga Mixed ability class Tuesdays 6 – 7.30pm at Strutts Community Centre, Derby Road, Belper. Contact Kath for info or to book: 07586 298809; Facebook: Kath’s Dru Yoga.

Belper Sub-Aqua Club Belper Leisure Centre, off Nottingham Road, Belper, every Wednesday 8pm to 9pm - scuba training for beginners. Tony Slator 01773 825137.

Fleet Arts The Fleet, Belper. A local charity delivering high quality arts opportunities within the community. Rooms for hire including Music Rehearsal space at very reasonable rates. Details: 01773 820484, Email or visit

Belper Tae Kwon-Do School Belper Leisure Centre, Kilbourne Road, Belper. New beginner classes, age 4 and above, Saturday 9.30am to 10.30am; Wednesday 5.15pm to 6.30pm. New beginner adult classes, Sunday 7.30pm to 9pm, and Wednesday 8pm to 9.30pm. 4th Dan, Karl Duro: 07946 593363. Belper Toy Library Weds 10am – 12noon, Belper Community Hall and Thurs 1.30pm – 3.30pm, The Bungalow, Belper School, John O’Gaunts Way. ‘Stay & Play’ session fee £2.50 per family (up to 3 children), additional visitors 75p each. Includes 1 week’s free toy hire (for members), craft activity, refreshments. One-off lifetime membership fee £10, discounted to £7.50 if join at session (group & child minder membership available). Email: Call: 0845 3102738 Belper Town Wind Band Methodist Church Hall, Openwoodgate, Belper, on Tuesdays, 7.15pm. Brass and wind instrument players any age, average to good abilities, welcome. Gaynor Lovett: 01332 881875. Belper U3A Self help social and education group for retired people. Open meetings on 1st Friday of the month. 10am at Strutt’s, Derby Road, Belper. New members welcome. Roma (01773) 821499. Belper Ukulele Group Every other Tues, 6.30-8pm at Belper Unitarian Church. All welcome, with or without a ukulele - we have spares. Music sheets available. Beginners welcome! Search Belper Ukulele Group (BUG) on Facebook. Belper WI Meet 1st Tuesday of the month at Congregational Church, Green Lane, Belper. 7.15pm. President Joan Blower 01773 853862 Secretary: Tel: 01773 821424

Folk Friendzy Traditional Dancing for youngsters 5-19 years old at Belper Community Hall (behind Belper Library, Bridge Street, Belper.) Saturdays 9am to 12.30pm. Also at Fleet Arts Centre, The Fleet, Belper on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 9pm. New dancers welcome. 01773 743741. Friends of Belper Parks A community group who holds events and work parties to improve and maintain Belper Parks. See website or ring Dave 01773 824743. Friends of Belper River Gardens Organising concerts, events and taking part in working parties to make use of and help improve Belper’s unique Edwardian riverside gardens. Trevor 01773 821920 Genus (Belper District) Scout Network For boys and girls 18-25. Contact network leader Adam Thompson 01332 841744; email or visit Goryukan Belper Aikido Club Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper DE56 1UU, Tuesday & Thursday nights. Contact Henry Sensei on 07538-757073/Email: Karate with Ronin Budo Mondays Belper Strutts Centre 7-8pm and 8-9pm; Saturdays Fleet Arts, Mini Ronins 1-2pm (5-7 years), Little Ronins 2-3pm (7-11 years). Info: Charles Spring 07980639437;;

Belper Women’s Group Every Wednesday at 10am at Holbrook Road School. Talks and social events. New members welcome. Call Marie on 01773 824406.

Learning Through Drama St John’s School, Belper, Mondays, 4.30pm to 5pm; and Long Row School, Belper, Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5pm. Speech and drama tuition by qualified teachers for ages 5 to 15. Call: 07914 539719.

Bereavement Support Group The Cottage Project, Chapel Street, Belper every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 10am to 12noon. 01773 880364.

Mid Derbyshire Green Party 1st & 3rd Monday of each month. 7pm at Fleet Arts Centre, The Fleet, Belper. Info: Sue MacFarlane, 01773 423758.

Blossom Ladies’ Club Meet fortnightly on Wednesdays at The Old Kings Head, Days Lane, Belper, 2 3.30pm. New members welcome. Contact Phyllis:

Mindful Yoga Mondays 6.30-7.30pm Tuesdays 11am – 12 at The Strutts Centre. Gentle yoga for all abilities and ages. Please contact Lynda: 07763778339.

Bumps and Babes Group For new and expectant parents, every Monday 10-11.30am at No 28, The Market Place, Belper. Run by Amber Valley NCT. BYTE (Belper Youth Theatre) Drama & Performance Arts for 11 to 16 year olds at Long Row School, Belper, on Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm. Call 01773 828724. CAP Debt Centre Belper Free, in-depth, at-home Debt Counselling Service, open to anyone. Monday - Friday 8:30 – 17.00. Ring 0800 328 0006 for an appointment. Citizen’s Advice Bureau Free advice in all GP surgeries in Belper, contact your surgery for appointment. For appointment at Bureau, 103 Bridge St., call 0844 375 2712 between 9.30am and 4pm. Chatterbox Social group for adults with a learning disability. Crafts, Games, Bingo etc. Refreshments available. Mondays 10am-12 (except bank holidays) at ‘The Loft’, 78a King St, Belper. £3.50 admission. Info: Debbie 07898984636. Cheerleading Classes Belper Leisure Centre, for ages 5 and over, Saturday 10.20am 11.20am. Classes also in Heanor and Smalley. Full details from Nicky Horton: 07748 148626. Chevin Probus Club For retired professional/businessmen in Belper, Duffield, Little Eaton and surrounding area. Meet at 10.30am for coffee on third Monday each month at Lion Hotel, Bridge Street Belper for talks/lunches, 11am. Occasional trips out for members and partners. Eric Allen: 01773 823105. Community Crafts Card-making classes at Belper Community Hall, Bridge Street, alternate Thursdays 10am to 12noon. £5 per session. Kelly Austin: 01773 763841, or Compassionate Communication Practice Group First Saturday of the month, 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Strutts Centre. Learn how to use Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to enhance relationships & resolve conflicts. Info: Fran Hill 07955 588356 or Creation Station Creative classes for babies/pre-schoolers and parents. Wednesdays at The Strutts Centre, 10:00 – 10:45 (15months to 5 years) and 11:15 – 12:00 (6 months to 14 months). Contact Kay 07875054266. Dalesmen Male Voice Choir of Belper Practice at the old Herbert Strutt School, Strutt’s Centre, Derby Road, Belper, 7.15-9.30pm, Mondays. New members welcome, or just sit and listen. Paul: 01773 748986.

No. 28 Community Hall, Belper Market Place Café on Belper Farmers Market days (2nd Sat each month) and on other public occasions with stalls, exhibitions and activities. Heritage-related events, community themed activities, art exhibitions. Community and private hire available. Info:; Parent & Toddler Group at Fleet Arts Every Thursday from 10am to 12pm. All Welcome. Pilates with a Twist Classes in Belper at Fleet Arts – Mondays 6.30pm. Booking is essential on 07970 022101 or email Looking to run more classes in Belper so please get in touch if you’d like a daytime class in the area. Pilates with Tabitha Thursday 9.30 at Vanessa’s Dance School, Derwent Street. Call 07957387333 for more info. Playball Multi-Sport Coaching Session at Fleet Arts For children aged 2 to 4 yrs. Fridays 1.30-2.45pm term time only. Contact: 07935 600027. Pregnancy Yoga Classes at No. 28 The Market Place, Belper. Wednesdays 6.30-8pm. Gentle pregnancy and birth-specific yoga exercises. Experienced pregnancy yoga teacher/NHS midwife Alison Talbot. 07877 970112 Reiki Share Group For Reiki Level 1 or above. Meets first Fri of month at Fleet Arts, Belper. 7pm-9.30pm. New members welcome. Info: Judy 07875 367270. Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield Monday evening 7.30pm at the Lion Hotel, Bridge Street. Info: or Nick Blurton 01773 824607. Rough Truffles Community Choir Singing songs from around the world. Choir is open to everyone, regardless of experience, ability or confidence. No auditions, songs are taught by ear, so no need to read music. Meet upstairs at the Queens Head pub, Chesterfield Road, Belper, every Monday at 8.00pm. All welcome. Details: Royal British Legion (Belper) Club Strutt Street, Belper. Entertainment every Saturday evening from 8.30pm. Also alternate Tuesday evenings from 8.30pm. More info: 01773 822151 Everyone welcome. You don’t have to be ex-military to join.


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Royal British Legion, Women’s Section Royal British Legion, Strutt Street, Belper, last Wednesday each month, speaker, 1-3pm. Also, day after at 10am is a coffee morning with raffle and stalls. New members welcome. 01773 826691.

St Clement’s Church, Horsley; St Susanna’s Church, Horsley Woodhouse; St Mary’s Church, Denby. Serving the parishes of Horsley, Denby, Horsley Woodhouse, Kilburn and Coxbench. For all church-based enquiries contact the parish office 01332 880284.

Simply Yoga Mixed ability hatha yoga classes (for men and women). Wednesday evenings 6.30 – 7.30pm and 7.45pm – 8.45pm Room 109 Strutts Centre. Contact Suzy 07756 271366 or ‘Simply Yoga’ on Facebook.

Emmanuel Community Church, 32, Chapel Street, Duffield. Church office 01332 841386, email:

Yoga with Tabitha Vanessa Millar Dance School, Derwent Street. Monday 7-8. Call 07957387333 for more info. Shape Fitness Strutt’s Centre, Mondays 7.30pm. Pilates with fitness, come and join the fun. Contact Dawn 07917 728912. Shottlegate & District WI The Hut, Lambhouse Lane, Shottlegate, Nr. Belper DE56 2DZ Meet 1st Wednesday of Month 7pm. Details: 01773 827195 Special Friends Parent led play and support group for 0-5’s with additional needs. Siblings welcome. Second Wednesday of every month 9.45-11.45am. Belper Children’s Centre, Alder Road, Belper. DE56 1LP. SSAFA (Belper) Lifelong support for our Forces and their families. Volunteers always needed. Call the Drill Hall, Cluster Road, Belper on 01773 828116 or email Star Roles After-School Drama Club at Fleet Arts For children aged 6 to 11 yrs. Fridays 4.30-6pm term time only. Contact: 01773 880479 or 07760 376467. Strutts Centre Ltd Derby Road, Belper. A thriving community centre run entirely by volunteers. If you wish to hire a space or want more details of the many varied activities held here, ring Strutts on 01773 599993 or visit websites or The Chevin Singers Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper, term time Tuesday 10am to 12noon. Unaccompanied singing. No need to read music or have any singing experience. £3 per session. Call 01773 822253 or just turn up at Strutts. The Drop Inn Centre Independent Youth Centre & Charity Advice, support & alternative education for young people Open: Mon 4.30pm - 9.30pm, Tues 6pm - 8pm, Thurs 7pm - 9.30pm. More info: Andrea Fox 07960 576257 email: The Highedge Historical Society Welcomes new members. Parkside Methodist Church, Parkside, Heage on second Monday of each month at 7.30pm. Tiny Talk Baby Signing and Toddler Talk 0-3 yrs. Teach your baby to communicate before they can talk. Help your toddler learn skills needed for pre-school. Tuesdays 11-12noon at The Fit Pit Ground Floor, East Mill, Bridgefoot, Belper DE56 2UA. Contact or 07812 420396 Transition Belper Community organisation and charity working towards a low carbon local economy. Meet at the Go-Green Cafe between 10am and 1pm on the fourth Saturday of each month at No 28, Market Place, Belper. See or email Phone: 07773 667316. Twistin’ Tikes Thursdays 1.45-2.45pm - a new music class for ages 3-5. The Fit Pit, East Mill, Bridge Foot. Contact Jacqui 07977 578359 or Twistin’ Tinies Tuesdays, 1.30-2.40pm. Musical fun and baby-bonding activities for parents and carers with babies age 0-18 months. Suitable from birth. Contact Jacqui, 07977 578 359,, www.facebook/twistintots Twistin’ Tots Mondays 9.45-11.30am and Tuesdays 9.45-11.45am Belper Community Hall. Music and play for under 5s. Contact Jacqui 07977 578359 or Pippa 07535 259958 or Umbrella – Parent/Carer’s Support Group Working to improve the quality of life for disabled children and young adults and their families in Derby City and South Derbyshire. Meet second Thursday in the month, Strutts Building, Derby Rd., Belper DE56 1UU. 10am-12noon. Info: Alisha 01332 785658. Walking for Health Every Wednesday, 10am meet, usually outside Babington Clinic, Babington Hospital (please check prior to walk). 90 minute duration. Detailed schedules & info from Amanda Gowing 01773 523325; Also, Beginner’s Walk every Wednesday 2.15pm, 30 -45 minute duration. Meet at Belper Leisure Centre Reception, John O’Gaunts Way DE56 0DA. Contact Belper Leisure Centre 01773 825285.

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Whitemoor Day Service Adult care - Activities for adults with learning disabilities, at 100 John O’Gaunts Way, Belper. Unit manager Jeannette Simms: 01629 531906 or 07975 707240.

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

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. Ann Goddard: 01332 780220. 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


1st Duffield Scout Group For boys & girls aged 6 to 14 at Scout HQ, Hall Farm Road, Duffield. Group Scout Leader Alan Hudson: 01332 840377. Adult Ballroom Dance Classes Beginners and improvers at The Ecclesbourne School, Wirksworth Road, Duffield. Thursday 7.30-8.30pm & 8.30-9.30pm term time only. Diane 07935212228 Adult Yoga and Meditation Mondays at Meadows Primary School – Meditation 7-7:25, Hatha Yoga 7:30-9pm (term time only), Tuesdays Yoga 7-8pm (term time) in Ecclesbourne School Sports Hall. For details Contact Anita 01332 842070;; Facebook: YogaNita;

Little Black Book Ignition St Alkmund’s Church Duffield, Parish Hall every Tuesday night during term time from 7.30pm to 9pm for school years 10 to 13. 01332 840536. Impact St Alkmund’s Church Duffield, Parish Hall, every Monday night during term time from 7pm to 8.30pm for school years 7 to 9. 01332 840536. Jog Duffield Jog Derbyshire group. Meets at Eyes Meadow. All abilities welcome. Monday 6pm, Tuesday 9.30am and Thursday 6pm. Contact Julie 07934 494121 Kick Fit and Abs Blast Duffield Meadows Junior School – aerobic and conditioning classes. Kick Fit on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm, £3.50. Abs Blast on Wednesdays 7.30pm to 7.55pm, £2. Or both for £5. Matt Elliott: 07971 923248 or e-mail MASSIVE – Youth Drop-In Centre Emmanuel Community Church, 32 Chapel Street, Duffield, Fridays during term time. MASSIVE XTREME: (School years 7-9) 4 - 6:30pm, MASSIVE: (School years 10-13) 7 - 9:30pm. Contact Ashlyn: 01332 841386 Messy Church Methodist Church, King Street, Duffield, first Sunday of the month 10.30am - 11.15am. Bible stories, crafts, fun and activities for children of all ages. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Coleen 01332 841788. Music at Duffield Non-profit making music society and registered charity. Info: Pilates with Tabitha 9.30 Tuesday at Hazelwood Church Hall. Call 07957387333 for more info. Scottish Country Dancing The first step to a healthier lifestyle. Reduce stress levels, get fitter, boost your social life. Hazelwood Village Hall, Tues 8-10 pm. Opens mid-Sept. Details: Mrs Penny Bee 01629 822476. Seedlings Toddler Group at Emmanuel Community Church Chapel Street, Duffield Tuesdays 9.30 –11.30am (term time) email: Songs of Praise St Alkmund’s Church Duffield, Parish Hall, 1st Monday every month at 2pm. Service with traditional hymns, short talk, and cream tea. 01332 840536.

Amber Painting Group Friendly Art Group meets every Friday at 1.30 -3.30, Methodist Church Hall, King St, Duffield. New members welcome. Tel: 01332 840707.

Sparks St Alkmund’s Church Duffield, Parish Church Hall, every 1st Sunday 10am for Primary School aged children. Songs, stories, games and meet Sparky. 01332 840536.

Baha`i Faith Discussion Group Friendly informal meeting for anyone interested in Oneness of Religion. Every 2nd & 4th Monday, 7.30pm, 53 Broadway, Duffield. Details: 01332 841486

The Duffield Club Private members snooker/social club at 13 Town Street, Duffield. Call Glyn: 01332 842421

Community Lunch Emmanuel Community Church, 32 Chapel Street, Duffield. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. For the older person in the community. Info: Lynda 01332 840821

Who Let The Dads Out! Toddler Group for Dads, Grandads and male carers and their children age 5 and under. Every 2nd Saturday in the month at Duffield Baptist Church, Makeney Road. DE56 4BD. 9 am – 10.30am. Enq: Robin Merrifield , 01335 372039.

Creation Station Creative Classes for babies/preschoolers and parents. Tuesdays 9:45-10:35 (15 months to 5 years) & 11-11:45 (6-14 months) at Duffield Scout Hut. Kay 07875054266. Derwent Valley Training Band Music Block, Ecclesbourne School, Mondays 5.45pm to 6.30pm for brass and wind players all ages, from beginners to Grade 3. Kath Hoblyn: 01332 840405. Derwent Valley Wind Band Concert Hall, Ecclesbourne School, term time only on Mondays 6.45pm 8.15pm. For brass and wind players of all ages. Grade 3 and above. Tony Rawcliffe 01332 841501. Duffield and District Bowling Club Meet at Milford Bowling Green behind Nealies. Paul Greenwood: 01332 840478 or e-mail New members welcome. Duffield Art Group Weston Centre, Tamworth Street, Duffield, every Friday 2pm. New members welcome. Sylvia Owen: 01773 824534. Duffield Baby and Toddler Group Playgroup for babies and pre-school children, every Wednesday 9.30-11am, Duffield Methodist Church, King Street. Duffield Gardening Club Weston Centre, Tamworth Street, Duffield. First Saturday each month,10am. Slide shows, outings, activities, coffee. Chairperson Sandra Dare 01332 841658 Duffield Pre-school Duffield Meadows School, Mon-Fri. For children aged 2yrs to school age. Thur & Fri lunch club. Contact: 07955 168892 or Duffield Singers Friendly community choir. Meet every Wednesday at St Margaret’s Church, Hall Farm Road, Duffield at 7.45pm. New members welcome, bass, tenor, alto & soprano voices

Yoga with Tabitha Tuesday 10.45am at Hazelwood Church Hall, Thursday 7pm at Ecclesbourne School, Friday 11.30am at Hazelwood Church Hall. Call 07957387333 for more info.

Holbrook 1st Holbrook Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scout Group. Meet at Arkwright Hall, Moorside Lane, Holbrook. Leader Mark Hudson: 01773 827083. Drumming Group Meets last Fri of month (may differ) 7pm – 9.30pm at The Arkwright Hall, Moorside Lane, Holbrook. Contact Pat Dunnicliffe or Del Woods on 01332 880984 Info: Holbrook Baby & Toddler Group Holbrook Methodist Church, Moorside Lane, Holbrook. Fridays 9.15am to 11.15am, term time. £2 per family. Rosemary Woodward: 07795 602478 Holbrook Garden Group Holbrook Moor Methodist Church, Moorside Lane, Holbrook, third Monday each month, 7.30pm. All welcome. David Skelton: 01332 881221. Holbrook Miners Welfare Bowls Club Holbrook Miners Welfare Club Shaw Lane, Holbrook. Details from Sharon Stevens: 01332 781403. Holbrook WI Holbrook Sports and Social Club, Shaw Lane, Holbrook. First Wednesday each month. 7.30pm. Lilian Phipps 01332 881419.

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Duffield Tae Kwon-Do School Duffield Meadows School, on Mondays 4.50pm to 6.20pm and on Fridays 4.50pm to 6.20pm. New beginner children’s classes from aged 4 upwards. 4th dan, Karl Duro: 07946 593363.

Horsley & Coxbench WI Horsley Village Hall, Church Street, Horsley, second Monday each month. 7.15pm. Tel: Janet 01332 883466.

EXPLORERS – Children’s Bible Club Emmanuel Community Church, 32 Chapel Street, Duffield. Wednesdays during term time, 4 - 5:30pm School years 0 – 6. Contact Chris 01332 841386.

Horsley Over 60’s Club Horsley Village Hall, Church Street, Horsley, alternate Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Contact Barbara Watts: 01773 745008

First Duffield Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association Ages 5 –11. Meet 6.15 – 7.30 Tuesdays, Duffield Baptist Church Hall, Makeney Road DE56 4BD. Details from 01773 689983

Ladies Night Informal evenings with talks, crafts and social events every 3rd Tuesday 7.45 pm, in Horsley Village Hall Church Street, Horsley. 01332 881025 or 01773 741977


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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. 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.

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Baby Sensory Baby development classes at Little Eaton Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, Little Eaton. Meet every Tuesday 10am to 11am. Call Claire 07967 485855 to book your free trial visit. Fitness Training Fast Fitness, Little Eaton Park, Mondays 6-6.30pm, £2.50 Circuit Training, Little Eaton Village Hall, Thursdays 6-7pm, £5.00 Contact: Ailsa Waters 07929 610558 Little Eaton Crown Green Bowling Club St Peter’s Park, Vicarage Lane, Little Eaton. Andy Hardwick 01332-834725; e-mail Little Eaton Dance School Little Eaton Village Hall, Little Eaton Park. Meet Saturdays, children 2 and over. Fun classes in ballet, tap, modern, jazz and acrobatic dance. Julie Law: 01332 835392 or 07342 973166.

Little Eaton Teen Yoga Workshops New weekly class (term time only) at Little Eaton Village Hall 4.30-5.30pm, for 10-16 yr olds. Fun class for stretching and strengthening, relaxing body and calming the mind. Contact or 07880721035. Teen Yoga Workshops for 8-18yr olds various Sundays at Little Eaton OAP Hall. Fun and friendly. OAP Hall Barley Close, Little Eaton. £8.50p/h for hire (regular users) or £10p/h (one-off use). Craft Group Monday 1-3pm; Booticamp Babes Tuesday/ Thursday 9.30-10.30am; Oakwood Yoga Tuesday 5.45-9pm; Little Eaton Players Drama Group Thursday 7.30-9.30pm. Over 55s Coffee Morning first Wednesday of every month. Contact Susan Kirkland 01332 832577 for enquiries or bookings. The Friends in Harmony Choir Rehearse at Parish Rooms, Vicarage Road, Little Eaton, Tuesdays 7.15pm – 9.15pm. New singers welcome. Conductor Jan Johnson: 01332 550183 The Village Pre-school Little Eaton At Little Eaton Village Hall (lower hall), St Peter’s Park. Open Monday – Friday 9:00-3:30 (Lunch Club 12:00 - 12:30). Contact 07493 925900 Twistin’ Tots Little Eaton Village Hall, Vicarage Lane. Wednesdays 1.30pm – 2.30pm, Music session for babies 0 to 5 years. Jacqui: 07977 578359. Youth Club New Village Hall, Little Eaton. Every Friday 4.30pm-6.30pm for Year 7 to school leavers. Chill out and have fun with friends. Snacks available. Helen 07970 767667


Amber Valley Tai Chi Chuan The Martial Art of Tai Chi. Kawagishi Dojo (formerly the Riverside Garden Centre). Tuesdays & Thursdays - 6.30-8pm, beginners welcome. Advanced class 8-8.30pm. Phone: 01332 890460; e-mail:; Belper Aiwakai Karate Club Training for all ages and abilities at Kawagishi Dojo, Milford on Tuesdays at 6.30pm-8.30pm. The general club finishes at 7.45pm followed by advanced session running until 8.30pm. Dave Johnson 07954 371945. Karate & Kick Boxing with Ronin Budo Karate Thursday 7.30-8.30pm; Kickboxing Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm (7-11 years), Thursday 8.30-10pm open class. Info: Charles Spring 07980639437;; Milford Baptist Church 23 Chevin Road, Milford. Sunday Worship 10:30am, modern and relevant, coffee after. Kaleidoscope, Interactive Bible Study 1st/3rd Wednesdays 1:30pm. Bible Study, Thursdays 7:30pm. Coffee Morning 1st Friday of month 10am – noon. Disabled friendly. Enquiries 01773 822370 Milford & Makeney WI Meet at Milford Baptist Church, 23 Chevin Road, Milford, DE56 OQH. On first Monday afternoon of the month at 2.00pm. Jo: 01773 825478. Milford Pre-School Milford Primary School, Chevin Road. Morning, afternoon and lunch club sessions for 2-4 year olds; new 9am – 3pm option for 3 & 4 year olds. Government funding can be used for certain sessions. 01332 842913. Pilates with Tabitha Thursday 2-3 at the Riverside Fitness Centre. Call 07957397333 for more info.

Morley & Smalley

Little Eaton Diamonds Football Under-12s. Training Wednesdays 6pm-7pm, matches Sundays. New players welcome. Tim: 07967586849;

Morley Book Club Informal meetings every four to six weeks. Details from Beryl Toms: 01332 880107.

Little Eaton Gardening Club Meet at the Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, DE21 5EA every 1st Wednesday evening of month 7-9pm. (Autumn & Winter) Excursions during summer months & December event. Visitors welcome. Info: Moira Hutchison 01332 831966.

Morley WI Morley Hayes, Main Road, Morley, 2nd Tues each month. 7.30pm Contact Linda Jones: 01332 833008

Little Eaton Jog Derbyshire Group Meet under Village Hall balcony. For all abilities. Tuesdays 7pm. Fridays 9:15am (during school term time) Saturdays 8:15am Lesley Crane 07973 440589 |

Smalley Art Group Draw and paint at Smalley Institute, 79 Main Road, Smalley, every Tuesday 10am-12 noon, 1.15-3.15pm and 7-9pm. Wednesday 10am – 12 noon. Joining details from Jean Furmston 01332 780804.

Little Eaton Lawn Tennis Club St Peter’s Park, Vicarage Lane, Little Eaton. 3 hard courts, open all year. New members welcome. Visit for application form.

Smalley Lawn Tennis Club Off Dobholes Lane, next to cricket ground. Membership forms at Bell Inn, Smalley or Flower Shop, Horsley Woodhouse. New members welcome. Visit

Little Eaton Players Amateur dramatic group staging several events a year. Rehearsals on Thursdays at Little Eaton OAP Hall, Barley Close, Little Eaton, 7pm. Steve 07970 969874 or

Smalley Mothers Union Meets at Stainsby Lodge, Smalley on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2pm. Contact Jan: 01332 880530.

Little Eaton Playschool United Reformed Church, Alfreton Road, Little Eaton. Sessional play, care and learning. Monday to Friday for children 2 years to school age. Free funded places for 3 year olds. New play area and large garden. 07887 990783 or Little Eaton WI Second Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, Little Eaton. 7.30pm. President: Sue Tulloch 01332 832510; Secretary: Jackie Elliott 01332 831517

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Little Stars Drama Class Little Eaton Village Hall. Every Thursday 4-5pm for 5-10 year olds. Big Characters Drama, every Thursday 5-6pm for 12-18 year olds. Dinky Drama, every Friday 10-11am for 18 months – 4 year olds. Contact Fliss Goldsmith 07718 487079 or for FREE trial session

Smalley WI Church Hall, Main Road, Smalley, on third Thursday each month, 7.15pm. Secretary Ann Upton: 01773 715800.


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 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

Amber Valley Camcorder Club Marehay Miners Welfare, Derby Road, Ripley, meet alternate Tuesdays 7.45pm from September to June. Geoff Thompson: 01773 748559.

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

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

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. Ripley Poetry Reading Group Meet at Ripley Library, Grosvenor Road, Ripley, twice monthly, Thursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm. Janet Dawson 01773 513247. Ripley Professional & Business Women (RPBW) Encouraging women to share ideas and interests. All ages, professional and retired welcome, from Ripley & surrounding areas. 2nd Monday each month, 7.30-9.30pm, Lumb Farm, Derby Road, Marehay DE5 8JN. Contact Ripley Residents’ Association Meetings last Monday of each month 6.30pm, Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Advice and guidance on issues or concerns residents may have in a friendly, supportive setting. Info: Ruth Burton 07815301528. Ripley Rotary Club Meet Tuesdays 6:40 for 7pm at Lumb Farm Country Club, Derby Road, Marehay, Ripley. New members welcome. Contact Secretary on 01773 747415 or email: Ripley Royal British Legion Branch 3669 Meet first Thursday of every month at The Sir Barnes Wallis Public House, Maple Avenue, Ripley 7.30-9.00pm. All welcome. Info: Chair Dean Fowler 07966 442387 or email Ripley Running Club Meet at Ripley Leisure Centre, Derby Road, Ripley every Tuesday at 6.45pm Runners of all abilities welcome. More info: Eleanor Robinson on 01773 541950, or Ripley School of Dancing Ballroom, Latin American & Old Time Classical. Children’s class Saturdays 9.30 – 11.30am. Adult’s practice/tuition class Mondays 7.30 – 8.30pm. Private lessons by appointment at Marehay Methodist Chapel, Ripley. Brenda Jackson 01773 749948. Ripley Tuesday Club Club for over 60’s. Meet every Tues, 2-4 pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Speakers, Bingo, other events and days out. All welcome. Contact Eileen Towndrow 01773 741329. Ripley WI Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. 2nd Thursday every month at 7pm. Contact: Christine Byard 01773 745170. Tae Kwon-Do Classes Ripley Infants School, Kirk Close, Ripley DE5 3RY. Tues & Fri at 6pm. David: 01773 744031. Twistin’ Tikes Music for ages 3-5, 1.30-2.30pm, Planet Happy, Heage Rd Ind. Est., Ripley. Contact Jacqui 07977578359,, www.facebook/twistin tots. 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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Bathrooms: Bathtime Heanor Bathrooms: Metro Bathrooms Bedrooms: Contour Furnishings Bedrooms: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse Blinds: UK Blinds Builder’s Merchant: Browns Building Work: A Allsop Building Work: Bennett Construction Building Work: JJN Building Work: Little Job Building Co Building Work: Thorp Developments Building Work: XL Construction

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Car Body Repairs: B A Kelf Car Body Repairs: ChipsAway Car Body Repairs: Martin Buxton Car Sales, Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Geoff Cox Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: 20Ten Garage Services Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Little Eaton Garage Car Spares & Accessories: Belper Autotech Care Home: Ashmere Care Homes Carer Services: Amber Valley Total Care Carpet Cleaning: Roy Milner Carpet/Upholstery Cleaning: Jonelle Carpets & Flooring: Ian Wilson Carpets & Flooring: T Nutt & Sons Children’s Soft Play Centre: Planet Happy Children’s Store: Children’s Choice Chimney Sweep: Sooty & Sweep Cleaning Services: My Domestic Goddess Computer Repairs: Computer Repair 4 U Computer Supply, Repair & Tuition: PC User

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Education: Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Electrician: A Hallam Electrician: Andy Hill Electrician: Darren Blagg Electrician: JB Electrical & Security Systems Electrician: Lecaw Electrical Services Electrician: McPherson-Davis Electrician: TME Electrical Estate Agent: Your Move

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Financial Advice: Belper IFS Florist: Floraline Foot Health: Amber Feet Fuel: Browns

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Garage Doors: Ockbrook Garage Doors Garage Repairs: VSF Ltd Garden Centre: Meynell Langley Garden Centre Garden Living: Cabin Master Garden Services: Jaam Properties Garden & Property Services: The Garden Guy Gift Shop: Hurst Chemist

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Handyman: TCA Home Maintenance 64 Home & Garden Maintenance: H & H House & Garden 57 Home & Garden Maintenance: The Handyman Lee 63 Home Care Specialists: Helping Hands 86

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Homewares: Jackpot Homewares Hotel: The Derby Hotel Blackpool

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Kitchens: Dream Doors Kitchens: Holtams Kitchens: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse

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All Things Local - Belper Edition - December 2017/January 2018 edition  

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A FREE community magazine distributed to 9,000 homes & businesses in Belper, Derbyshire.