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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 Friendship Blooms – FREE FLOWERS! Champagne Sudoku

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Business & Professional Lifestyle Food, Drink, Entertainment Health, Beauty, Fitness Motors Home & Garden Children & Education Community

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Light wind (6) Add up (6) Not pretty (4) Take away (8) Tenth month (7) Deprived (5) Two times (5) Remaining (7) Booklet (8) Assists (4) Floats (6) Unlocked (6)

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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

Mrs IIottor pursued herheart, estranged late causes causesa claim closeagainst to their possibly mother’s estate. The total estate wasinvolvement worth in the where they have had a personal region of £486,000 andduring in her Will, deceased or received support theirthelifetime. had left her entire estate to charity. Despite the deceased’s and team after a will longdiscuss legal battle, Somethingwishes, that our withMrs Ilott wasinawarded £50,000.is the idea of setting clients this situation

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continue provide forv charitable In the moretorecent casesupport of Nahajec Fowle, causes their choosing long against after they have Ms ElenaofNahajec brought a claim her late passedestate. away. The Creating own charity father’s estateyour was worth in the region means that Ms your trustees provide of £240,000. Nahajec hadcan almost no contact support to thosefor who need helpbefore most.his death with the deceased several years There be aleft great sense satisfaction and Mr can Nahajec a Will and aof letter of wishes in knowing that your trustees carry out specifically disinheriting all threewill of his children. your wishes after you have gone and that Ms Nahajec claimed that she had made attempts your name will be associated with such good to reconcile with her late father and that their deeds even after you are no longer around. estrangement was not of her choosing. She further claimed that she we wanted improve prospects At Shacklocks havetoset up a her number of and as a consequence required funding to goso to we charitable trusts over the 150 years or Veterinary Ms Nahajec was awarded the have beenCollege. in business and we still look after sum of trusts £30,000. those today. One of the charitable

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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 victoriaa@shacklocks.co.uk. 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 marionv@shacklocks.co.uk. 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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Lifestyle

Hobbies

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

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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 (www.musicteachers.co.uk). 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 (www.makingmusic.org.uk) 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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Just a Thought... The 4 Days of ‘Crew Yearsmas’ 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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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. 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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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!” 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 flambé! 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,

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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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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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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.

Dennis Basford

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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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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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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Recipe

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

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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.

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Baking

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 www.soultreewine.com If you like wine and would like to learn more, why not come along to one of our monthly meetings? Visit our website at www.kilburnwinecircle.weebly.com 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,

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By David Savidge, Kilburn Wine Circle

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Alex Robinson

The Benefits of a Personal Trainer The image of a personal trainer yelling and pushing their clients until near collapse may scare some people away from hiring one, but the benefits of using a personal trainer should be considered carefully.

Motivation

It’s often difficult to maintain motivation on your own, but regular sessions with a personal trainer enhance this. Even if you don’t use a personal trainer for every session, knowing that you’ll meet with your trainer soon will motivate you during workouts. You also get the satisfaction of showing them the improvement you’ve made as your exercise program proceeds.

Accountability

While some provide ‘tough love’ motivation, they typically work with clients in a non-threatening way, helping them to achieve specific fitness goals. Understanding the potential benefits can help you decide whether a personal trainer is for you…

Personalised Workout

While you may have fitness goals in mind, a personal trainer will break these down into smaller, specific, realistic goals, continually assessing your progress towards them as you train. They can create a personalised workout plan based on what you want to achieve, typically giving better results than a general plan. Because they know your physical condition and medical background, they can adjust your program as you progress.

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An experienced trainer will use a variety of exercise methods, so you won’t get bored. Also, if a specific exercise does not work for you they can change it to one that provides the same physical benefits but suits you better. They will help you to make adjustments as your fitness level improves to ensure continued progress. By Alex Robinson View Alex’s profile on the National Register of Personal Trainers (www.nrpt.co.uk) and the Register of Exercise Professionals (www.exerciseregister.org). Contact Alex on 07817 337861 or email alex.robinson.pt@gmail.com.

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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.

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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. www.denbychurch.org.uk. 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.

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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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Health, Beauty & Fitness

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.

If you’ve had a cold or flu for a while, you need antibiotics

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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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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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Motoring

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

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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.

Verdict

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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Aerial Technology Trading since 1998, Nigel Burton of Aerial Technology Ripley is certainly an expert in his field – which is why local people rely on his services when looking for that all important clear TV reception. There may be various options available nowadays, from Sky TV to Freeview, but whatever you choose you want the best picture to watch when relaxing at home. And that’s where Nigel can help! Nigel can ensure that your aerial technology is working properly and that you’re receiving the optimum signal. “I can sort all kinds of problems,” says Nigel, “from old aerials that have broken down and are allowing water into the system, to fitting of new digital aerials or satellite dishes, or home networking systems. I’ve fitted hotel-grade systems to large houses that run from one master satellite dish, allowing a perfect reception all over the house!” His work tends to be split 50/50 between troubleshooting and fitting new equipment, and while

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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!

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Totalcare Property Services Damp can manifest itself in many different ways within your home – from condensation on windows and pooling on sills, to damp curtains and carpets, to black spot fungus on walls and in bathrooms, or even rising damp. Luckily, whatever the problem, John Bull of Ripley-based Totalcare can provide a solution. With 30 years’ experience in the damp proofing business, there’s not much John doesn’t know about how to solve issues caused by damp. With all that experience comes a great deal of knowledge! “Condensation occurs when warm air hits cold brick or glass and is especially problematic in older properties. We’re experts in condensation control, and can fit a unit in the roof which will totally eliminate the problem and turn a damp house into a much more pleasant environment.” The REMCON condensation unit runs quietly and efficiently, and is very low maintenance. It provides all-year round ventilation creating a healthier living atmosphere – and comes with the reassurance of a

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John is also an expert in cellar conversions, turning a cold, damp, underground room into a dry and habitable space that can be used for anything from storage to an office. “By fitting a drainage membrane system, that damp cellar that no-one wants to go into can become a useful part of your house again.” In addition, Totalcare Property Services can also treat other related problems such as wet rot, dry rot, woodworm or furniture beetles that can wreak havoc with the timber structures in your home. If your home is suffering from damp-related problems, give John a call on 01773 748619 or 07890 220848 and let him find the solution for you. For more information visit www.totalcareproperty.co.uk.

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With 16 years’ experience, Crocodile Electrical Solutions are committed to delivering the best service to our customers, with High Quality Workmanship. We provide professional electrical and CCTV installation services for domestic and commercial needs, having a real focus on customer satisfaction. Our installations are carried out by fully trained City and Guilds electricians who are competent to BS7671 2015 to ensure the highest professional standards.

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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?

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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.

• Don’t buy a real tree too early. • Opt for a tree produced by a member of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association – look for the BCTGA logo. • Choose a tree with a good, full shape, not lopsided and with minimal gaps. Check the needles – they should be glossy (for those varieties where this is a characteristic) and the correct colour. They must be free from pests and diseases – avoid anything yellowed or inclined to shed, or with white fluffy bits. Never buy an already netted tree since you can’t see what you’re getting! • If you buy one quite early then the most important thing is to keep it outside – recut the end of the trunk and put the tree in a bucket of water in a sheltered spot outside. Remove any net as it is important to get air circulating around the needles. • When you bring a tree inside, avoid putting it anywhere too warm or close to a heat source, and make sure that you use a stand with a water reservoir that is kept topped up. When Christmas is over, make sure you recycle your tree – many councils and garden centres now offer this service. By Pippa Greenwood Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com for great gardening gifts: a stylish ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gift card (a perfect Christmas present, where the recipient receives their chosen garden ready vegetable plants in the spring and every week Pippa emails with topical hints, tips and advice), gardening tools, raised bed kits, GrowerFrames, signed books and more!

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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!’

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‘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!

Friday 22nd December / 4.30pm-6.30pm / £10.95 Planet Happy Christmas Party! inc. Time on the play frame, build your own Christmas bear, buffet and a visit to Santa in his grotto to receive a present!

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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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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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One is prepared to travel to the other side of the world to meet her match. And one is a killer. A real page-turner that will keep you reading until late into the night. The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene E. V. Harte Dolly lives in a tiny house in London, with her 21year-old daughter. So far, so ordinary. But the way Dolly makes ends meet is anything but ordinary. Dolly is a tarot reader and, when she hears about the discovery of a dead body, she can’t help but remember a recent client she had a very bad feeling about. But will the police listen to her suspicions? A lighthearted read that combines crime, humour, fantasy and romance in one engaging tale. All the Little Children Jo Furniss A family wild-camping trip turns into a fight to survive in this gripping debut novel. Marlene and her sister-in-law have taken their children to a forest for a short holiday before the start of term. When they spot columns of smoke in the distance, and not an electric light in sight, they start to suspect something has gone badly wrong. As the enormity of the situation unfolds, and Marlene finds more children in need of protection, she needs to decide how far she’ll go to protect her family. Gripping. The Betrayals Fiona Neill Sometimes there are four sides to a story. Daisy has just got her life back together after battling through years of OCD. But then a letter arrives addressed to her mother, which threatens to open old wounds and reveal the secrets Daisy has tried so hard to keep hidden. The Betrayals was awarded the Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 Thriller award, and it’s easy to see why. An emotive novel about the complexities of family life, mental illness, betrayals and the fallibility of memories.

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Local History Funny Money Almost all older people will remember the Co-op Dividend. Ask anyone over 60 and they can usually remember their – or their parents’ – “Divi” number. In the days before loyalty cards and electronic funds transfer, this was a primitive way of getting some money back on what you spent: you shared in the profits. Less well known are the Co-op tokens. These were metal, or later plastic, coins that you could buy at the Co-op; you then used them to buy milk (often they were left on the doorstep with the empties) or sometimes bread from the Co-op milkman. In some places they were used to buy coal too. The advantage was that you got your “divi” on them when you bought them in the shop: if you just paid the milkman in cash, you didn’t get any dividend. In some areas, a different system was used. In Wakefield, for instance, the tokens were handed to customers in the shop according to how much they spent. Once they had collected a lot of lower value tokens, they could exchange them for higher value ones. At the end of the year, when the dividend rate was declared, they would present the tokens as proof of how much they had spent and claim the percentage dividend back. This replaced the earliest system (dating from 1860 in the case of Ripley) where the customer gave the shop assistant their divi number which was written in a ledger with the amount they spent. The customer was given a “check”(a slip of paper with the amount spent recorded on it). One family remembered keeping the checks on a piece of wire in their larder, ready for the great day when the “divi” was declared. From 1910, Ripley Co-op adopted the Climax Check system, and were processing 30000 checks a week. Many are the tales of children sent to buy a bag of sugar who forgot to give the divi number or lost the check on the way home, and suffered the consequences! In the 1960s stamps were used instead of tokens; the customer stuck them in a book and exchanged the book for cash or goods at the end of the year. Each Co-op produced their own tokens. They were usually thin metal discs stamped on one side with their

value and the name of the issuing Co-op. Ripley, being one of the biggest Co-ops in the area, issued thousands between roughly 1920 and 1960. The lowest value token was a halfpenny, which was an unusual six-sided token; the highest we’ve seen is a rather splendid £3 token, a brass oval shape. Nowadays, in a strange twist, the tokens have become collectible items; you can buy and sell them on eBay. By Ripley and District Heritage Trust

JOB VACANCY The Flower Shop has a vacancy for a part-time florist, offering 1.5 days (13 hours) per week, with extra hours for holiday cover and during busy periods. Must be able to work unsupervised.

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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.

NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. How can you turn 2018 into your best year ever? Â

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By booking a personal astrology consultation you can start to work positively by maximizing your unique potential and gaining insights into the auspicious cycles during the year ahead. Consultations are available in person, by telephone or Skype. Book now for a revealing personal astrology consultation. Please contact me for more information.

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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 www.immobilise.com 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: www.derbyshire.police.uk.

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.

Margaret’s Florist

Florist For All Occasions Specialist In Funeral & Wedding Flowers

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

Tel: 01773 740243

Margaret’s Florist, 14A Chapel Street, Ripley DE5 3OL Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri: 9am - 4.30pm. Weds: 9.30am - 12.30pm. Sat: 9am - 2pm.

www.margaretsflorist.biz

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Community

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

All Things Local has joined forces with Julie Hurst (pictured) from Margaret’s Florist in Ripley, to offer readers the chance to show their appreciation for a fellow member of the community. The recipients of this issue’s bouquet are Dennis & Barbara Basford of Ripley. They were nominated by Editor of All Things Local, Karyn Milner: “Dennis Basford has been writing the ‘Days out with Dennis’ articles in All Things Local for the last five years. Many readers (me included) have enjoyed following Dennis and his wife Barbara on their many bus journeys across Derbyshire and its neighbouring counties. Dennis has thoroughly researched every trip and provided up-to-date information to allow readers to get out and about and enjoy travelling by bus. Dennis has decided to ‘retire’ his article and I would like to thank him and Barbara for the countless miles they have travelled together in order to keep us so well-informed over the years. Thank you both.” Karyn Milner

Dennis & Barbara Basford receive the Friendship Blooms bouquet.

Closing date for nominations for the next issue is Wednesday 20 December 2017.

Nominate someone to receive the next bouquet. All you have to do is state, in no more than 100 words, who you are nominating. Include their address and the reasons why you are nominating them. You can nominate more than one person if they are living/working at the same address… and remember – flowers don’t just have to be for women! The only rule is that the person receiving the flowers must live or work within the Ripley postcode area (DE5). Just write your nomination on a piece of paper and send to Friendship Blooms, All Things Local, 74 Woodhouse Road, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0NA or email your nomination to karyn@allthingslocal.co.uk putting ‘Friendship Blooms’ as the subject. Please include your full name, address and daytime telephone number on your nomination. To advertise contact Ruth: T: 01332 883140 M: 07545 261034 E: ruth@allthingslocal.co.uk

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Clubs, Societies, Groups, Classes Codnor & Waingroves 3rd Codnor Scouts For girls and boys aged 6-14. All clubs meet at the Old Cricketer’s Bungalow at the side of the Old Welfare, Codnor. Beavers – Tuesdays 5.15pm till 6.30pm. Cubs – Tuesdays 6.45pm till 8.15pm. Scouts – Fridays 6.30pm till 8.15pm. Ann Cantrill 07817 636232. Amber Valley Rotary Club Meets Tuesdays 6:45 for 7:00pm at Codnor Castle Inn, Ormonde Fields Golf Centre, Nottingham Road, Codnor. New members are welcome. Please contact us first if you are interested. Contact us on 07850 440001 or by our ‘Contact us’ page on www.rotary-ambervalley.org.uk 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: ironvillecc@derbyshire.gov.uk 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 denby-footpaths-group@hotmail.co.uk 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 dacarchers.co.uk 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.

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 http://www.progressive-selfdefence.co.uk 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; amanda.gowing@ambervalley.gov.uk. Whist Drive Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Fortnightly on Wednesdays 2pm. 01773 741586

Horsley Woodhouse 1st Sitwell Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, aged 6 to 14. Sitwell Scout HQ off Church Lane, Horsley Woodhouse DE7 6AW. Info: www.1stsitwellscoutgroup.co.uk. Email: gsl@1stsitwellscoutgroup.co.uk. 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 http://www.progressive-selfdefence.co.uk 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 amanda.gowing@ambervalley.gov.uk. Whist Drive British Legion Hall, Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, every Friday 7.30pm. Malcolm Parkin 01332 880160.

Ripley 1st Ripley Scout Group Cubs, Beavers, Scouts 6/14 years for boys and girls. To join call group scout leader, Ron Ashton on 01773 745420 www.1stRipleyScouts.org 4th Ripley Rainbows For girls age 5+. Visit www.girlguiding.org.uk for details

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

Academy Crafters Meet at Ripley Academy every other Wednesday from 6.30-8.30pm, £2. Get together with likeminded people and craft! Contact gilli.p189@gmail.com or search ‘Academy Crafters’ on FB.

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.

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: info@aimexcelsum.co.uk

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.

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.

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

Amber Valley Access Group Contact Keith Boot 07980 591801. Email info@avag.org.uk www.avag.org.uk

Kilburn Wine Circle For those who like wine and would like to learn more. Meets 3rd Wednesday each month at Kilburn Village Hall. Info: www.kilburnwinecircle.weebly.com or contact David: 01159 303712

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

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

Ripley Hospital League of Friends Ripley Hospital, second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. To raise funds for the health, welfare and comfort of patients and staff. Mrs Phyllis Holmes: 01773 747355 Ripley Ladies Group Meet 1st Tuesday of every month 7.30pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. New members very welcome. Contact Gill 01773 744580.

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

Ripley Leisure Centre Badminton Club Meet Thursdays 7.30pm – 10.30pm at Ripley Leisure Centre. Players of a club or local league standard are welcome. Ladies, Mens & Mixed teams. Info: Kay 01332 883622

Amber Valley WASPI Women Against State Pension Inequality. Group meets7pm, every second Thursday at Coffee Shop Sainsbury’s Ripley. www.waspi.co.uk or email waspiambervalley@gmail.com. All welcome.

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 derbyshire@alzheimers.org.uk

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: www.babysensory.com/en/ClassDetails/centralderbyshire or contact Marie 07989 443734 for details.

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

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

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

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

Ripley Professional & Business Women (RPBW) Encouraging women to share ideas and interests. All ages, professional and retired welcome, from Ripley & surrounding areas. 2nd Monday each month, 7.30-9.30pm, Lumb Farm, Derby Road, Marehay DE5 8JN. Contact rpbwmembership@gmail.com

Disability Derbyshire Join our support group for people suffering from depression and anxiety. Last Tues of each month 10.30am-12noon. Field Terrace Community Room, Ripley. Info & attendance confirmation: Disability Derbyshire 01773 740246.

Ripley 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.

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

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: ripleyrotaryclub@aol.com

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 ivgpatientgroup@gmail.com or visit www.ivygrove.org.uk 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 www.musicaldimension.co.uk 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 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 dean.fowler1@btinternet.com 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 mail@ripleyrunningclub.com www.ripleyrunningclub.com 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.

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

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

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

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, info@twistintots.co.uk, www.facebook/twistin tots.

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. www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/ripley.htm 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.

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.

TO INCLUDE YOUR NON-PROFIT MAKING GROUP IN FUTURE ISSUES, E-MAIL helen@allthingslocal.co.uk DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE TUESDAY 2ND JANUARY 2018. Please note that only groups and classes which are held in the distribution area of All Things Local will be included.

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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) www.derwentsingers.org.uk; tickets@derwentsingers.org.uk 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 www.brownpapertickets.com. BYO drinks. Info: facebook.com/twentyeightbelper. 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 www.sitwellsingers.org.uk, 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: shipoffoolscomedy@yahoo.co.uk or 07804 563371. BYO drinks. Info: facebook.com/twentyeightbelper. 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

January:

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 helen@allthingslocal.co.uk. Deadline is Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

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Deadlines for February/March 2018 Edition:

Little Black Book & Community Diary: Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Advertisement Bookings, Editorials, Cancellations and Copy Amendments: Tuesday 2nd January 2018 New Advertiser Copy: Wednesday 3rd January 2018

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

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

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

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Bathrooms: Metro Bathrooms 48 Beauty Therapy: Essentials Beauty 26 Bedrooms: Contour Furnishings 34 Bedrooms: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse 35 Builder’s Merchant: Browns 36 Building Work: TDB 48 Building Work: XL Construction 44

Home & Garden Maintenance: H & H House & Garden Hotel: The Derby Hotel Blackpool

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Joinery: R & D Joinery

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Kitchens: Holtams Kitchens: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse

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Landscaping: Browns Landscaping: Langley Landscaping

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Oven Cleaning: Spring Fresh

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Car Body Repairs: B A Kelf 31 Car Body Repairs: Martin Buxton 33 Car Sales, Servicing, Repairs, MoTs: Geoff Cox 2 Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Little Eaton Garage 33 Care Home: Ashmere 69 Carpet Cleaning: Roy Milner 71 Carpets & Flooring: Mill Floorings 47 Carpets & Flooring: Pinxton Carpets 42 Carpets & Flooring: T Nutt & Sons Ltd 7 Children’s Soft Play Centre: Planet Happy 57 Children’s Store: Children’s Choice 1 Chimney Sweep: Sooty & Sweep 4 Computer Repairs: HT Computers 4

Painting & Decorating: JB Decorating 42 Painting & Decorating: Roy Milner 35 Personal Trainer: Alex Robinson 27 Pest Control: MW Pest Control 4 Pharmacy: Hurst Chemist 11 Plastering: Claxton Plastering 4 Plastering: McPherson-Davis 44 Plumbing & Heating: Blacks 34 Plumbing & Heating: LEEVA Plumbing & Heating 38 Plumbing & Heating: Mark Denton 42 Plumbing & Heating: Richard Fearn 34 Property Services: R & N Property Maintenance 54 Property Services: Total Care Property Services 49 Public House: Marquis of Ormonde 17

Delicatessen: The Deli Ripley Dental Practice: Glendair Driving Instructor: Mason Driving School

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

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Education: Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Education: Kip McGrath Heanor Electrician: Andy Hill Electrician: Crocodile Electrical Solutions Electrician: McPherson-Davis Electrician: TME Electrical

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Security: Prestige Solicitors: Shacklocks Sports Massage: Essentials

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