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Hello readers I know it seems like a distant memory now but I hope you all enjoyed a lovely time over Christmas and the New Year. Ours was a little different … In our house, Roy my husband is usually the first up and out of bed and he always brings me a welcome delivery of tea before I slide from under the duvet to take on the day ahead. Well, a few days before Christmas the roles were reversed as I got up first for an early appointment. So I did the decent thing and half-asleep, I went down to the kitchen and popped the kettle on. Roy never did receive his eagerly-awaited and very rarely-delivered cuppa though! As I ascended the stairs with a mug of piping hot brew in each hand, I spotted Thomas our ginger cat lying across one of the steps (well camouflaged by the biscuit-coloured carpet) just at the very last moment. It was too late! Whilst Thomas escaped injury, I ended up in an undignified heap on the stairs and a visit to Ripley Hospital confirmed I’d fractured at least one rib. This turned our Christmas and New Year plans completely upside-down. Anyone reading this who has suffered the same injury will know exactly what the pain is like. Well, to cut a long story short Roy has been an absolute star as I’ve not been able to do anything at all. For the first time ever, he did the Christmas food shop single-handedly and he cooked our Christmas Day dinner – the full works too! He did such a great job of it that I think it would be selfish of me not to let him have another go next year. Thank you to Roy for taking such good care of me. We’ve just celebrated our 21st Wedding Anniversary and my only regret is that it’s taken me this long to realise what a great chef he is. He’s definitely much better than me at making and delivering the morning cuppa too! Many thanks to The Bulls Head at Denby Common for providing a 2 course Sunday lunch for 2 people as this edition’s crossword prize – turn to page 6 to enter. You may want to book a local restaurant to celebrate St Valentine’s Day on Wednesday 14 February or Mother’s Day on Sunday 11 March. We are very fortunate to have so many lovely restaurants in the area to choose from – including The Bulls Head. Wherever you choose, make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

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Winners’ Corner CONGRATULATIONS Mrs F Staley of Horsley Woodhouse who has won a bottle of Champagne.

CONGRATULATIONS Amanda Smith of Ripley who has won a 2 course Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Coach & Horses, Horsley.

Don’t forget that British Summertime begins on Sunday 25 March 2018 so your clocks will need to be put forward by one hour. Best wishes and I’ll see you again in spring. Karyn Karyn Milner, Publisher/Editor E: T: 01332 882882 or 07977 272770 W: Follow us on Twitter @ATLMagazines

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Contents Competitions & Puzzles Prize crossword – Win a 2 Course Sunday Lunch for 2 People at The Bulls Head, Denby Common 6 Children’s Puzzles 82 Champagne Sudoku 87 Friendship Blooms – FREE FLOWERS! 87 Business & Professional 2 Lifestyle 12 Food, Drink, Entertainment 21 Motoring 28 Health, Beauty, Fitness 34 Home & Garden 44 Children & Education 80 Community 85

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Down 1 2 3 4 5 6 12 14 16

Couch (4) Colourful bird (6) G.P.s (7) Passenger boat (5) Sporty (6) Scatter (8) Keeps you dry (8) Checked cloth (7) Emergency (6)

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Legal Matters Business & Professional Shacklocks Solicitors

Legal Matters:

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

Dealing with Financial Matters when a Marriage Ends If you feel that your marriage has Making a Will is a serious business. It is a irretrievably broken downcause and to time which gives many people stop and think about how they want to be there is no reasonable prospect remembered when they are gone. of reconciliation then you should Many people are attracted by the idea of consider divorce. doing something to help others less

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your spouse. Aand Charitable Trust can be set up either during your lifetime with savings and If you do not built receive right advice then you might investments upthe already, or alternatively end up with what seems like a good through a specially prepared Willdeal thatnow willbut you may back in a few years regret resolving only takelook effect following yourand death and financial matters in the way you will therefore not deprive youdid. of capital or income during your lifetime. If you are considering a divorce then the time to seek legal advice is now, so do not delay.

Our team at Shacklocks have a particular speciality in preparing arrangements this Shacklocks LLP currently offer all newoffamily kind andanalso of free acting professional clients initial halfashour appointment. trustees to enable wishes to to beany fulfilled and Before committing yourself financial instructions benot followed. settlement, to why take the opportunity of speaking to one of our experienced family

Iflawyers you aretothinking supporting charities see howofwe can help you? Contact through Will on or 01773 during822333 your lifetime Marcellayour Kilbane or email with a lump sum, why not talk to us about the different ways in which we can help you benefit those good causes, and how to make the most of the tax rules that enable a charitable cause to benefit. Call us at Shacklocks to talk about how we can help you to help your favourite local causes. Marcella Kilbane Telephone Shacklocks on 0845 602 2344 or email me at

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Money Matters: Flexibility in Retirement‌ Needed or Not? Britain is seeing a radical social change with retirement. Once upon a time, not so long ago, men retired at 65 and women aged 60. As people live longer (men to 84.3 years on average and women to 86.5), it has put more pressure on the State to fund pensions as well as the NHS to maintain people in reasonable health. A quirk of statistics though shows that a female has a 50% chance of living to 89 but, once at that age, has a 50% chance of living to 94! That same female at 94 then has a 50% chance of living to 98! Recent additional pension reforms (April 2015), coinciding with economic conditions such as quantitative easing and other fiscal policy, have contrived to make the cost to retire extremely expensive for many people. Increasingly, fewer people aspire to retire completely once they hit their State Pension Age and it appears to be a good job too. Many people now look to retirement as not the end of their working career but as a different stage of their later life which may result in a more flexible or part-time approach to work. For many it is not just a financial need they are addressing but the need to maintain social contact, routines or just to exercise their body and minds. So, it makes sense that the flexibility of living in retirement may lead a person to need flexibility in their retirement solutions too. Traditional solutions,

such as annuities, offer solid and sustainable lifetime income but with very little flexibility. Once in payment, a lifetime annuity cannot be stopped or accelerated. But such certainty of income helps with financial planning. If only you knew how long you were going to live! Similar can be said of scheme benefits from defined benefit schemes such as a final salary scheme. Once a decision is made over accessing some benefits from some solutions, then it is irreversible. Current pension legislation has created greater choice of retirement solutions which can provide greater flexibility, but with it comes aspects of uncertainty such as how long is an income likely to be sustainable? What if the investment markets fell in value? How would it impact the retirement income when we don’t know how long we are going to live? In short, additional risks. So, receiving advice and guidance on your options in retirement is essential.

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Book Reviews: Hidden Gems We usually focus on new releases for our book reviews, but this time we’ve scoured the back catalogues for a few gems you might have missed. Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel From Kirsten – child actor turned travelling thespian – to aspiring doctor Jeevan, the novel tells the individual stories of several people before, during and after a pandemic that wipes out most of the population. Gripping, beautiful and all too plausible, Station Eleven is a must for fans of Margaret Atwood, Erin Morgenstern and Suzanne Collins. The Crow Road Iain Banks The Crow Road covers some pretty big themes – love, death, religion, drugs and fractured families being just a few of them. Prentice McHoan returns home for his grandmother’s funeral and soon gets drawn into trying to solve the mystery of his Uncle Rory’s disappearance. It’s a dark, intense novel and far from an easy read, but the wit and sheer beauty of the writing could well make it one of your all-time favourites. Harry Potter series JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay There can’t be many people who haven’t heard of the boy wizard by now. If you’re a fan, you might want to consider upgrading your paperbacks for the hardbacks illustrated by Jim Kay. One is being released each year, starting with The Philosopher’s Stone in 2015, so the first three are currently available to buy. Kay’s illustrations are superb and incredibly detailed. Prefer e-readers? Check out the


Kindle in Motion editions, which animate parts of the illustrations, so you can watch Harry fly through the air in hot pursuit of the golden snitch while you’re reading. Why Mummy Drinks Gill Sims Gill Sims is the author of a hugely successful Facebook blog – Peter and Jane’s Mummy. Why Mummy Drinks was released last autumn and quickly became a bestseller. Written in diary format, it tells the story of Ellen, a 39-year-old mum of two, who’s trying to balance work and children, while navigating playground politics, irritating in-laws and an ex-boyfriend. The ensuing drama is extremely funny and very relatable if you’re a mother who isn’t quite ready to hang up her dancing shoes. Cuckoo Song Frances Hardinge Cuckoo Song was first published in 2014, the year before Frances Hardinge’s Costa Award-winning novel The Lie Tree. Eleven-year-old Triss wakes up from an accident to find things aren’t as they were. She can’t satisfy her immense hunger for a start; her sister is terrified of her; even her dolls have turned against her. Is she going mad, or is the truth even more terrifying? A thoroughly enjoyable, fantastical read, Cuckoo Song is sure to prove a hit with fans of Neil Gaiman and Angela Carter. The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie If last year’s hit film Murder on the Orient Express has tempted you to dip into the works of Agatha Christie, why not start with her very first novel? Published in 1920 and set during World War I, it introduces readers to the brilliant mind of Belgian refugee Hercule Poirot. The murder of a woman has everyone pointing the finger at one man. It’s down to Poirot to find out the real culprit before it’s too late. While The Mysterious Affair at Styles is not considered Christie’s finest work, there are still plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked.

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Hobbies Felting

Whether you were learning to sew at school, playing a musical instrument, driving a car or trying on hats, you are almost certainly likely to have used an object made with felt at some time in your life. This surprisingly versatile material is not only perfect for craft purposes but it also has a range of industrial uses, particularly in the automotive industry. Once viewed as a functional and slightly dull material, its image has been transformed by textile artists who revolutionised its use by using felt to make artworks, clothing and fashion accessories. Felt can be made from all types of wool fibre as well as other animal fibres such as alpaca, cashmere and angora. It’s not possible to turn synthetic fibres into felt on their own, but some synthetics can be combined with wool to give more resilience and longevity. Felting is a simple process and, once created, the fabric can be used to make a wide range of items, from sculptures and wall hangings to rugs, slippers, cushion covers and even quirky items of jewellery.

Wet felting This is a method of creating a flat piece of felt. All you need to get started is a mat made of thin bamboo strands (like a sushi mat), some wool fibres, a bar of soap, a piece of bubble wrap and a length of nylon netting, plus warm water and detergent in a spray bottle. Lay out the bamboo mat and place even layers of fibres along its surface, each layer set at a 90 degree angle from the one underneath. Then cover with nylon netting, spray with a water and detergent mix until soaked through and agitate and compress the fibres beneath the netting (using soapy bubble wrap) until they hook together to create a single piece of fabric. When the material has matted together you can use the bamboo mat to roll and squeeze the water out of the felt before leaving it to dry.


If you are creating a picture or wall hanging, you can lay different coloured fibres onto the final layer to create a visual image before squeezing out the water and drying the artwork.

Needle felting This is a popular technique for creating 2D and 3D shapes, in which special notched needles are used to tangle and compress a mass of fibres in order to create a sculpture or piece of jewellery.

Nuno felting This is a technique developed by Australian fibre artist Polly Stirling, who bonds wool fibres onto a thin background fabric such as silk gauze or muslin. Nuno techniques can create anything from a delicate scarf to a thick winter coat. Textile artist Rosiepink has posted some easy-to-follow, free “how to” guides online, supported by three eBooks on creating felt artworks (see http://rosiepink.typepad. Alternatively, look for a copy of “A Beginner’s Guide to Feltmaking” by Shirley Ascher and Jane Bateman (you could try your local library), which gives step-by-step instructions on felt-making as well as suggesting a number of felt projects. Making felt is easy and very rewarding, with the potential to create a wide range of vibrant and exciting artworks and objects. It only takes a few simple tools, a bag of fibres and some imagination to get started, so if you ever felt like learning a new skill, felting may be for you. By Kate McLelland

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I See the Moon, the Moon Sees Me

In January, this was also a supermoon. This is when the moon appears 14% bigger in the sky than usual when viewed with the naked eye. A supermoon is said to strongly affect the natural world.

The moon. An ever-present celestial body; Earth’s only natural satellite.

The moon has a powerful, observable effect. Its gravitational force pulls water in the oceans to create the tides. As the human body is around 60% water, some suggest that it has an influence on our emotions.

Since ancient times, the moon has been linked with magic, mystery and madness. This profound connection has inspired countless artists, poets and songwriters. Humans have long been connected to the phases of the moon and to the full moon in particular. This year, however, in an event that only happens once every 19 years, February will be without a full moon. This is because January and March have two full moons. The second full moon to occur in the same calendar month is also referred to as a blue moon.

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It has long been believed that aberrational behaviour increases around the time of a full moon. It is said that admissions to hospitals and prisons rise. In the 18th century, prisoners could plead lunacy if accused of murder on the full moon and campaign for a lighter sentence. The word ‘lunacy’ derives from the Roman Goddess of the Moon, Luna. Studies have shown that people experience a reduction in sleep quality when the moon is full. I have noticed that my daughter always has a few nights of erratic and disturbed sleep when the moon is at its peak. Dreams can also become much more vivid and memorable, especially if you consume a lot of cheese. Apparently, in a survey conducted in 1988, 13% of those surveyed believed that the moon was made of cheese. Whilst this would be amazing, I’m not entirely convinced. Many people do feel a connection to the phases of the moon. The new moon is the best time to set your intentions, whereas the full moon is the time of reaping the benefits and showing gratitude for what you have gained. So, why not keep an eye on the skies and ponder the power you might gain from the full moon? Dancing naked round the garden and howling are optional, of course.

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Travel The French Ardennes In north-eastern France, the Regional Nature Park of the Ardennes rises towards the Belgian border, festooned in hills and vales, fast-flowing rivers, dramatic rocks, lush hedgerows and deep forests home to wild boar and deer. Haunted by ancient legends, laced with trails and glorious views, it is largely undiscovered and a haven for nature lovers, covering 117,000 hectares. Trekking, cycling, horse riding, kayaking or sailing on the rivers, there are many ways to explore and maybe spot the beavers at work, a black stork or a peregrine falcon, a black woodpecker or a hazel grouse sitting on a branch. Wild orchids and carnivorous sundews peep here and there and golden broom and purple heather splash colour on the higher slopes. The scenery is forever changing but most endearing is the green finger of land pointing north and the valleys of the Meuse and its tributary the Semoy. Tumbling down from the Belgium uplands, the Semoy meanders through verdant countryside on its way to the Nature Park across the border. There, from the village of Hautes-Rivières to the confluence with the Meuse, a 20km long cycle path follows every bend of the river, punctuated by rocky outcrops and viewpoints such as the ‘Cross of Hell’, a name which leaves plenty to the imagination. In clear weather, you might just see the Croix Scaille, at 503 metres the highest point in the French Ardennes. The Meuse meanders on and on, revealing its most stunning panoramas when you follow the trails along the crest. For many visitors, the true icon of the valley is Monthermé, nestling crescent-shaped at the tip of a peninsula, stretching out like a green dragon’s tongue as the river almost closes a perfect loop. The water glistens as blue as the sky and densely wooded hills roll as far as you can see in all shades of green. A path climbs through the forest to a series of precipitous rocks where you

French Ardennes, Meuse valley, Monthermé. Montherme©D.Truillard

can look down on Monthermé and one of the most spectacular river loops in France. In the distance the silhouettes of the ‘Four Sons of Aymon’ rise on a rocky ridge above the village of Bogny. According to legend, the knights escaped from Charles the Great on a magic horse, taking refuge in the Ardennes where they were turned into rocks. In this fantastic landscape legends abound, from the Devil’s Castle to the Spinner’s Bench or the rocks of the Ladies of the Meuse, petrified for being unfaithful during the crusades. In the spring, Monthermé comes into its own with a popular festival dedicated to the legends of the Ardennes and the ‘little people’ who hide among the rocks. Festival over, it is time to ramble along the trails – 47 of them – from easy strolls to more demanding climbs, criss-crossing the park all the way to Givet at the northern tip, taking in the star-shaped citadel of Rocroi, the lakes, the laurel forest and the slate route around Fumay. The people of the valley are proud of their heritage and that includes the industry which remains a valuable source of income. Just like the wartime memories, it is part of the Ardennes but in this little corner of France, off the beaten track, you’ll discover sleepy villages of yellow or blue-tinged stone, fortified churches, castles, abbeys or isolated farms with a beautiful backdrop of verdant hills and valleys. By Solange Hando

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The Better Life Winter Flue Jab “We should have done this last year,” Anne stared reproachfully at the anaerobic fireplace puffing in the little back room. The cat glanced in my direction and then walked off in disgust. She was right of course - Anne, I mean. In my defence, we hadn’t needed to light the fire during the summer and I hadn’t decided then that it was high time I had a special place to do my writing. It seems that chimney sweeps are a curious blend of the ancient and the modern. Our regular ‘traditional’ sweep arrived in a top-of-the-range Land Rover Defender (i.e. a proper Land Rover) with a set of poles, a vacuum cleaner, a laptop and a tiny camera. The sheets went down and it didn’t take him long to diagnose the problem. “You’ve got a bad case of Jackdaw-itis,” he said as we gathered around his laptop. The camera was swiftly replaced with a brush and we retreated to the kitchen to put the kettle on. Our sweep made an array of interesting noises and did battle, calling us back in a little later – as witnesses – once the jackdaw nest had yielded. It was a complete mess and my comment about there being some good kindling in there failed to win Anne over.

We added a date on our gardening calendar for the new cowl to be fitted, weather permitting, and sent him on his way. I look forward to his next visit; I want to hear about his 20-year-old tortoise. Once Trevor left I was true to my work and went outside to sift the debris for kindling. I also started wondering whether a log burning stove would be better for the back room, on the grounds of efficiency and aesthetics. After all, there’s always a faint chance that one of my books will eventually need a back cover photograph of the author at work. By Derek Thompson

However, we weren’t out of the woods yet, so to speak; we were about to get an education. Yes, we knew that we needed a cowl fitted; and no, of course we didn’t burn much unseasoned wood. Pine is the worst culprit – it clogs up the chimney and is liable to spit. Burning driftwood indoors is another no-no, due to salt corrosion on cast iron, and wooden pallets may be treated with chemicals. Lesson over, we brought out tea and Anne’s ginger shortbreads to accompany tales of terrible chimneys in the area – a list we’d now joined. We listened, enviously, as Trevor (not his real name) told us about his chickens – Molly, Polly and Dolly (named by his children). He regaled us with the story of the fox that came near the chicken run at 11pm every night until they left it an alarm clock, a plan that backfired when it went off because it freaked out the hens. Trevor also has a mini-orchard of five trees. I knew enough to drop into the conversation, “M9 root stock,” which seemed to impress him. He revealed his skill at dowsing, having located a water source in a field for a local farmer, using just a forked hazel stick and a pendulum (for a second opinion). Some of his stories were genuinely quite odd, although the cat seemed to really take to him and she’s an excellent judge of character.


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Just a Thought... It’s Not Bunny Anymore As we emerge from winter into slightly brighter days and a sense of newness, it begins. The run up to the next festivity … and that, of course, is Easter. Eggs abound in every shop on every street in every town. Cascades of chocolate run like rivers betwixt every shelf and aisle and checkout. Cute creatures adorn every purchasable item; cheerful chicks, leaping lambs and the absolute favourite of all Easter depictions, the fluffy bunny. It is, of course, a consumerist dream and a disposable packaging nightmare rolled conveniently and distressingly into one. Who can refuse their child’s shrieks and pleas for a choccie chick or a hot crossed bunny?! I do think a thought should be spared for our planet

as well as our purses and, of course, sanity at this time. Plastic packaging is immediately discarded to the bin, and then to landfill and then … well then, to nowhere. It does not break down; it lingers in our seas, rivers, plants, fields, crops and animals. It seeps its toxic components into our water and food supply and, essentially, into us. I’m not blaming Easter personally for the choking of our own planet by plastic products! I am using it as an example of something that seems frivolous, fun and festive when the bigger picture is more frantic and frightening. So please, if you can, buy produce in paper or loose, take your own bags to carry shopping , ditch the packaging and say no to plastic this Easter and beyond. Crucifying our own planet in plastic just isn’t bunny anymore.

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Pauline Latham OBE MP We are now well on our way into 2018 and I have a busy year ahead with a number of ‘Meet your MP’ sessions and a variety of events planned, so please keep an eye on my website and Facebook page for further details which will be published in due course. I was pleased to be able to visit and support Bluebird Care’s event to celebrate them being a provider and a Living Wage Employer. Bluebird Care is based on Bridge Street in Belper and I heard how it is dedicated to providing high quality homecare services to older people, families and children with specialist care needs in Amber Valley. Bluebird Care is committed to ensuring people have the option to receive high quality care in their own homes and has grown into a leading care at home provider, delivering around 20,000 visits each day across the country.

Bluebird Care (Derbyshire Dales & Amber Valley) started paying the Living Wage to their employees in the summer of 2016 and became accredited in October 2016. The Living Wage is based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living. On 7th November 2017, it was announced that the Living Wage has risen to £8.75 an hour across the UK and £10.20 an hour in London, where the cost of living is higher. The increase came at the start of Living Wage Week, which falls traditionally in the first week of November, reflecting the real increase in the cost of living. Late last year, I visited Chevin Green Farm in Milford, Belper. This is one of Derbyshire’s best kept secrets; a lovely boutique Bed and Breakfast set in beautiful grounds. It is also home to ‘Bespoke Hair’, a delightful hair salon offering a range of services which is owned by Trish Hall. Chevin Green Farm has several barn

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conversions where people live and is also home to Nicholson Tax and Accounts who are so lucky to be based in such a wonderful location. I was delighted to formally open the first Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Charity shop on King Street in Belper. It is hoped that the shop will inspire people about wildlife as well as raising money for the Trust. You can support them in several ways by donating your unwanted items, by buying wildlife gifts from the shop or by becoming a member. I really enjoyed my visit to the local army cadets in Belper where I had the opportunity to speak to the young people who attend and meet their adult volunteers. A range of activities were on display including cadets taking part in a drill, personal camouflage and concealment and Heartstart training that teaches cadets potentially life-saving skills. This is an excellent hobby for young people and will stand them in good stead for the future. I was pleased to be able to host a Diabetic Awareness Day last November in Oakwood. Several specialist stalls attended the event including Weight Watchers, Wilsons Pharmacy, Derby Diabetics UK Group, Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Foundation Trust who talked about their X-PERT programme which is delivered in Derbyshire. Representatives from Allestree and Darley Diabetic Self Help Group were also present and talked about an alternative way of managing Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. A Silver Star Diabetic Van also attended the event and anyone passing by or who was at the event, was able to have their blood sugars tested to see whether they were at risk of Diabetes. Finally, towards the end of last year, I was asked to judge the Christmas Jumper competition at Morley Primary School. This is the start of Christmas for me and something which I always enjoy doing because I love seeing all of the excited children in their wonderful creations. Wishing you all the very best for 2018!

Mrs Pauline Latham OBE MP

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Chorizo and Prawn Paella This one-pan supper can be on the dinner table in less than one hour. Serve with a crisp green salad and some crusty bread for a delicious and filling midweek meal. Serves: 4 Ready in: 50 minutes Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 250g chorizo sausage, diced 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 4 celery stalks, chopped 225g paella rice Few strands of saffron 850ml hot chicken or vegetable stock 200g raw king prawns (thawed if frozen), peeled with tails left on Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp paprika Method: Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan and fry the chorizo sausage for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion, garlic and celery to the pan and fry gently for 8-10 minutes, stirring, until softened.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve in warmed bowls sprinkled with the paprika.

Add some diced red or yellow pepper and a handful of chopped fresh parsley for extra colour and flavour.

Stir in the rice and saffron strands and cook for 1 minute, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes, until the rice is almost tender and nearly all the liquid has been absorbed, stirring frequently. Add the chorizo and prawns to the pan and cook for a further 5-6 minutes, until the prawns are cooked through and pink. To advertise contact Ruth: T: 01332 883140 M: 07545 261034 E:


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Word on Wine What is ‘Wine’? Most soft fruits with high sugar content can be made into some form of wine. The start is to allow the fruits to ferment with yeast. The yeast can either be ‘wild’, as found around or on the plants, or artificially added to give a particular taste and result. From the sugars of the fruit the yeast produces a gas, carbon dioxide, which gives the fizzy sensation on the tongue when young and the bubbles to sparkling wines, and alcohol, for that relaxed feeling. Wines produced from grapes have been available for a long time. Since before man settled into groups and started to cultivate the land, fresh fruit was gathered and, if left too long, fermented into an alcoholic drink. One of the oldest known wild grape vines originated thousands of years ago in an area by the Black Sea in what is now Georgia, Armenia and eastern Turkey. This grape was well suited to quick fermentation and easily turned into wine, due to its natural sweetness. It is the only vine species native to Europe and the Near East. Due to its pivotal role in the development of wine growing it has been give the botanical classification of Vitis vinifera – ‘the wine-bearing grape’. From this original vine species there are now 10,000 varieties of grape vines. Some have been naturally developed and some have been created by man by cross-fertilisation. Many are fairly obscure, with only a small proportion being commercially viable for the production of wine. There are only 12 out of the 10,000 that constitute the main wine grapes of today, most of which are French in origin. These are the 6 reds and 6 white varieties that you mainly see on your supermarket shelves: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sémillion, Syrah (Shiraz), Reisling, Merlot, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Gerwürtraminer and Gamay. These 12 grape varieties have been taken all around the world by growers, and tried in all sorts of locations. People searched the globe for similar locations to those in which they knew the vines had been grown in Europe. Some vines like cool hillsides by big oceans while others like the sunny plains of places like Spain. Where the growers found the right spot, the grapes blossomed to give a distinctive signature wine for the country. Today, from its small beginnings, wine production has become a major industry all over the world. Growers and winemakers control all aspects of its production, from the initial selection of the grape variety, to the location of the vineyards, the nurturing of the plants,


the way the grapes are harvested, the way fermentation starts, temperature-controlled storage and special delivery. So, the next time you open a bottle and sip the wine just think of the history and work that is in the glass and enjoy every drop. If you like wine and would like to learn more, why not come along to one of our monthly meetings? Visit our website at or our Facebook page for details. Alternatively, please contact me on 01159 303712 for more details of our meeting and the variety of wines we will be tasting.

By David Savidge, Kilburn Wine Circle

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Motoring Honda Civic Type R In the look-at-me stakes, Honda’s new Civic Type R screams attention-seeker with its tryingtoo-hard fins, wings and ice-white paintwork. Honda appears to have added needless frippery to its new Type R, though they’ll tell you it’s about aerodynamics and downforce – but does that really matter on the A38? Inside, it’s a much more traditional Honda formula. It’s a combination of harder plastics, an infotainment system that isn’t up to the standards of rivals and a seating position you’ll either love or hate. However, this is a machine that’s utterly fabulous on the road. Fast, grippy and with a gearbox that delights, it’s a hot hatch to take the fight to the very best in its class. The large, winged bucket seats are comfortable, and the driving position suits us. When started, the cackle from the exhaust sounds exactly how every hot hatch should. Moving off on smooth asphalt, the Type R feels well set up. The ride is firm but a small amount of jostling is part and parcel of a hot hatch – particularly a fast Honda. Though the Civic Type R feels quick, the real surprise is just how much speed you can carry through corners. The body is 38 per cent stiffer than the car it replaces, and this added rigidity makes itself known almost everywhere. The turn-in is quick, but the limited-slip differential means that you can fire the R into bends and it’ll just grip. The experience is helped by the car’s seating position, which is now 50mm lower than the older model and completely transforms the entire drive. There’s next to no body roll, and the front two wheels cope admirably with the 316bhp being sent through them. You won’t torque steer either – the steering stays unaffected even when accelerating hard, and this gives you a huge amount of confidence. Arguably, the test location played into the hands of the Type R – the green, rolling hills and mountains of south Wales coupled with tight, technical roads contributed heavily to the hot hatch experience. It’s a match made in driving heaven.

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However, the Type R has always been slightly tarred by that ‘boy racer’ brush. But this car has real character, something lacking in quite a few others on sale today. Even the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine has its own personality, popping and growling as you push it through the bends. In the rain, the R got better. Despite some scrabble from the front tyres on soaked tarmac, the Civic continues to impress. Everything about it feels alive, particularly along the wide open sections of the A4059 north of Penderyn. The short, notchy six-speed manual is a joy to use, while the characterful engine provides more than enough shove to keep things interesting. Put simply, it’s a far more involving car to drive than you’d expect. On these roads, the Type R seems perfect. Yes, the interior foibles could make it a difficult one to live with day-to-day and you’ll have to get used to the strange looks from passers-by, but on Welsh A-roads when the sun is (occasionally) shining, there are few cars quite like it. Model: Honda Civic Type R (as tested: Honda Civic Type R GT) Base price: £32,995 (as tested: £33,520) Engine tested: 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol Power (bhp): 316bhp Torque (Nm): 400 Max speed (mph): 169 0-60mph: 5.5 MPG: 36.7 Emissions (g/km): 176 By James Baggott

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Footnotes: Corns Are No Joke

It’s quite strange how people joke about how painful corns can be, because anyone who suffers from them knows they are no laughing matter.

Corns come in two varieties, Helloma Durum, the hard corn, and Helloma Molle, the soft corn. Soft corns develop between the toes and hard corns anywhere else. They are always caused by the same thing – pressure. When the foot encounters too much pressure, from footwear being too tight or standing on hard surfaces for too long, it produces hard skin to protect itself. However, if the cause of the pressure remains, the constant production of hard skin actually increases the pressure, which ultimately results in a corn due to death of the skin at the living layer. The usual treatment of corns is to remove the centre (enucleation) and, in some instances, padding and/or treatment with a chemical such as silver nitrate. Unless the cause is removed, however, they will come back. With soft corns between the toes and hard corns usually on the outside of the little toe, it can be as simple as buying wider or bigger shoes. It’s a little known fact that your shoe size can increase by a half to a full size in your late thirties or forties. Hard corns, particularly on the ball of the foot, can be more difficult if you spend a lot of time on your feet. They usually require regular routine treatment to prevent them becoming painful again. If you do suffer from painful corns you have my sympathy, as I have suffered with them myself – which is why I don’t joke about them.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

Alex Robinson

assisting with weight loss, improving muscle tone and increasing fitness. These classes are popular with both men and ladies, and are refreshingly different from the usual fitness classes, as one client explains:

New Year, New You!

We all do it…every year we make resolutions and then, part way into January, they’re already starting to slide. Why? Because we make the same old vague, uninspiring resolutions every year. ‘Get Fit’. ‘Lose Weight’. ‘Go to the gym’. It’s no wonder they’re hard to stick to!

This year, why not ditch the boring resolutions and go all out for a ‘New Year, New You’ by trying something NEW! Not diets, not treadmills – but something that will actually engage, inspire and motivate you. And, most importantly, make a difference. I offer a range of options from personal training, using bespoke programmes tailored to you which are delivered with boundless encouragement and enthusiasm, to dietary programmes designed to make you rethink your approach to fuelling your body. I also offer weekly boxing sessions at three local venues (Ripley, Milford, Little Eaton) which provide a fantastic all over body workout perfect for

“I first went along to the boxing class when a friend suggested it. I had no idea what to expect – I thought maybe we’d be flouncing about to some music and punching the air, so when I saw gloves and pads I felt quite intimidated! However, we were made to feel really welcome and were given plenty of help and guidance to make sure we learnt the correct technique. I went from thinking ‘I’m not sure this is for me’ to absolutely loving it! It’s really hard work but the time flies by and I always come out on a high. It feels great to do something totally different and out of my comfort zone. I’ve never stuck at any fitness class for long before (there was always an excuse not to go) but I really hate it if for any reason I can’t make boxing. I never thought I’d say it, but I’m hooked!” So, make a resolution to try something new this year and make 2018 the year that you actually achieve those fitness goals. By Alex Robinson View Alex’s profile on the National Register of Personal Trainers ( and the Register of Exercise Professionals ( Contact Alex on 07817 337861 or email

Hatton Boxing Fitness Classes Little Eaton, Milford & Ripley

Hatton Boxing is a non contact fitness class. Designed to assist with weight loss, give muscle tone and increase fitness levels, with all the fun of training! If you’re serious about getting fitter, stronger and leaner, there’s no better class! It’s also fantastic for getting rid of any frustrations from the day.

Tuesdays: Little Eaton Village Hall. Mixed class Wednesdays: Riverside Fitness Gym. Mixed class Thursdays: Ripley School of Boxing. Ladies only Option of 30 mins fitness yoga for extra payment (Ripley only) All classes are £5 7.30pm – 8.15pm.

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Derbyshire Walking: Belper to Blackbrook Walk Type: Hilly countryside with several steep climbs Distance: 7 miles (11 km) Time: Allow 3 1/2 - 4 hours Waymarking: Routeway 14 OS Map: Explorer 259 (1:25,000) Derby Landranger 128 (1:50,000) Derby Start: Belper River Gardens car park (pay & display), A6 Belper. Grid Ref SK 24/34 345 483 This walk provides a wider view of the influence and heritage created by the Strutt family in Belper. Starting and ending with close views of the cotton mills, much of the walk passes through farmland previously owned by the family. The farm produced fresh meat, milk and vegetables for employees to purchase, through the employer, to help maintain their health.

The Route 1. Turn right out of the car park towards Belper, turn right at the traffic lights into Bridge Foot, go over Belper Bridge crossing the River Derwent then up Belper Lane, taking the first turn right onto Wyver Lane. 2. After 1km go past the sign at the start of Wyver Lane Nature Reserve and then take the next left onto the bridle path up to Wyver Farm. Follow the field boundary, keeping the wall on your left, until you reach the farm.

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Wyver Lane Nature Reserve is managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and provides an excellent local example of an increasingly rare habitat – inland wetlands. With fringing reeds, grassy banks and trees, it attracts a wide variety of bird and insect life. On the track up to the farm you will be rewarded with some excellent views through to Crich Stand and Broadholme on the A609 behind you. Follow the track through several gates and through the farm buildings and keep straight ahead so that the tall wall is immediately on your left-hand side. Go through the gate between the high wall on the Wyver left and theNature Reserve Lane Wyver Lane Nature Reserve cowshed on the right. 3. Go through the next two gates (close together) and continue straight ahead with the field boundary (hedge

then stone walls) on the right, through four fields and into Belper Lane End hamlet, joining the public road beside Chapel House. Turn right along the road (beware of the traffic) towards the former Bulls Head public house. At the public house turn right and take the left-hand fork signposted to Shottle. At Gorses Farm (after about 150 metres) turn left between the house and farm buildings up a track. This bends right and, after 100 metres, becomes an uphill footpath between stone walls. This track is known as Narrow Lane.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness 4. At the top go straight across down Wilderbrook Lane to a stile about 100 metres on the left (if you reach a footpath sign on the right you have gone too far!). Go through the squeeze stile and down a track between two stone walls. Keep the hedge on your right and continue straight ahead over a stile in a stone wall. Pass through a squeeze stile and cross a field and then over another stile into Hillside Farm. 5. Keep close to the stone wall on the right and after 25 metres go through a squeeze stile on the right. Cross the next field, keeping the field boundary on the left. Pass through a squeeze stile and cross an area of scrubland to reach Wilder Brook. Cross carefully over the stepping-stones. The path now heads uphill, to pass a large oak tree and then goes between two hedges. At the top of the field, cross a squeeze stile to enter an area of scrubland. Cross the scrubland, with the barn to your right, heading for the left corner. At the next stile continue through two fields with stone walls on the left. At the top of the second field pass through the squeeze stile (on your left) by the gate opening. Continue uphill to the top of the field, with the wall on your right. Turn left just before the gateway and head down the field, keeping the wall on the right. Pass through the gap at the bottom right-hand corner of the field to follow the track, with the wall now on your left. Continue down the track, through two fields, to a gate at a bend in the road. 6. Do not go through the gate to the road. Turn left just before it to follow the path towards the wood. Follow the track as it bends left, and pass through a gate into the woods. After 200 metres, turn right down the track. Follow the path to cross Black Brook. Bear left, climbing steeply uphill through the pinewoods.

The Ford over Lumb Brook

7. At the top of the hill go through the gate in the wall, head straight across two fields to a squeeze stile. At the next field, turn right and follow the field boundary, keeping the wall on your right. Pass the pond on your left and continue straight ahead through two fields until you reach a sandy track. Turn right and follow this track all the way down to join the A5l7 at Blackbrook. 8. Cross the road (beware of traffic) and turn right. After 100 metres, turn left into the bridleway and cross over Lumb Brook by the wooden bridge next to the ford. Follow the lane up the hill for 500 metres to Lumb

Farm. Then continue straight ahead and after 30 metres take the footpath (by the gate) on the left to follow part of the Midshires Way. At the next stile, go almost straight on towards a stile at the edge of the woodland. 9. Continue straight ahead up through the wood to a large stone wall with steps. Climb the steps and follow the path as it turns left and along the edge of the field. Climb the two stiles close together and continue straight ahead up the track to the road. Cross the road (beware of traffic), turn right and then take the first track on the left to pass by Chevin Mount. After the sharp right-hand bend turn left through a squeeze stile (leaving the Midshires Way) and go steeply down two fields with stone walls on the left to join the road. Turn left at the road and after 100 metres turn right onto the track and over a stile at the track end. 10. Where the stone wall ends, turn left and go diagonally left across a field to the bottom right-hand corner. The line taken here is almost directly towards the East Mill which is clearly visible ahead of you. Continue down a stone path, and cross three fields to turn left at the wicket gate just before the River Derwent. 11. Keep the river on the right and go through one field. At the track, turn left and then immediately right to cross over a bridge. Just after the bridge, on your right, there are small gaps in the stone wall. These are designed to allow floodwater to escape. Travel up two fields with the stone wall on the right. Join a track at the Severn Trent pumping station. Follow the Belper River Gardens lane running parallel to the River Derwent to join the main road again at the river bridge beside Strutt’s North Mill, home of the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre. Cross the road (beware of traffic) and turn right; follow the road as it bends round. Go left at the traffic lights to return to the start of the walk.

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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Short Story Precious Dan leaned against a lamp post covered in posters, watching the house at number fifteen. The curtains were drawn and the place seemed deserted. If Alan was the creature of habit that Dan thought he was, any moment now he’d be returning home with his tray of chips and a battered sausage. Alan had dropped Dan’s sister-in-law, Pam, off on New Year’s Day, with the promise to come and collect her the day after. He hadn’t been seen since. “Do you think they’ve had a row?” Dan had asked his wife Amy. “Pam’s being tight-lipped,” Amy said. “She just flops on the settee all day eating your chocolate liqueurs and sniffing.” Dan would never describe Alan as much of a catch, but he felt compelled to reunite these two lovebirds – if nothing else, just to get his sofa back. On cue, a shadowy figure crept through the shadows and slipped through the doorway into number fifteen. Dan crossed the road and hammered on the door. There was no answer. The letter box was wedged open with a copy of the same poster about a missing sphynx cat that had been stapled to the lamp post. He pushed it to one side and shouted, “Alan, it’s Dan, I know you’re in there.” There was silence. “I’m not interested in what’s gone on between you and Pam,” he called. “I just want to know you’re okay.” The hall light came on. The door creaked open and Alan stood in the hallway holding his battered sausage. “Is Pam alright?” he asked, taking a bite. “She’s worried about you,” Dan said. “We all are.” Alan’s face crumpled. “I’ve done something unforgiveable,” he said. Dan’s heart sank. Was he going to be stuck with his sister-in-law indefinitely?

“I can’t promise you that.” Dan followed Alan into the lounge. “Just tell me what’s happened.” “I need more time.” Alan perched on the arm of the sofa and regarded his chips mournfully. “Time for what?” Dan said. “For the cat’s fur to grow back,” Alan said miserably. “I beg your pardon?” Dan said. “I went out for a few ales with Dufty after I dropped Pam off.” Alan ate another chip. “And the next morning I discovered I’d shaved Precious.” “Do you mean Pam’s cat?” Dan asked in surprise. “Yes, Precious the cat,” Alan nodded. “I’d shaved all her fur off. No idea why. I don’t even remember doing it.” His shoulders heaved. “I’ve made her a little jumper.” Dan felt a powerful urge to laugh. “Alan, Precious is at our house with Pam,” he said gently. “You brought her in her basket, remember?” Through the cat flap climbed a fierce looking bald cat wearing a ragged tube sock. Dan looked at the cat, and the cat scowled back. “If that’s not Precious,” Alan said nervously, “what is it?” “It’s a sphynx cat.” Dan crouched down and examined the cat’s collar. “Her owners have been looking for her.” “I’ve shaved a stranger’s cat!” Alan wailed. Dan was about to explain that sphynx cats were supposed to be hairless when he stopped himself. “I can fix this for you. No one need ever know,” he said instead. “But first, phone Pam and beg her to come home.” “I owe you Dan.” Alan licked ketchup off his fingers. Staring warily at the cat he picked up his phone.

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Homes & Gardens cut. Always cut to an outward-facing bud (so that the new growth produced from that bud grows outwards). Secateurs are good for removing dead and dying stems as well as for formative pruning (where you are helping to ensure the plant grows in the direction you want it to), and for pruning to encourage flowering.


Time to Get Pruning At this time of year the weather is often perfect for pruning and cutting back woody plants, so take advantage of the fact that deciduous trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are now devoid of leaves and get stuck in. Here’s how to make sure your pruning will really benefit your plants: • For a small hedge or to roughly reshape a shrub, a good, sharp pair of well-oiled shears should do the job. Angle the blades to make a level trimmed surface. To make a neat and level surface when cutting the top of a hedge, use a taut string as a guide line. For large hedges consider using a powered hedge cutter or hedge trimmer, but make sure you can use it safely! • When removing stems at various heights and of varying thicknesses, use ‘loppers’, which are much better at cutting through relatively thick stems than shears or secateurs and yet also allow for accurate positioning of the cut. When cutting back branches above your head, wear protective headgear and goggles. • Secateurs are used for the most precise pruning of smaller woody stems. Provided they are good and sharp, you can make a perfectly clean and accurate

• To remove larger tree branches or if you have fruit trees to prune, then a pruning saw is the perfect tool. Use a sawing action for best results and make the cut a few millimetres from the main stem to which the branch you are removing is joined. A cut like this will heal quickly and the wound will be smaller and less prone to fungal rotting. • Check the best pruning time for the plants you have in mind. Although most hedges and many shrubs can be cut back now, there are exceptions. • Some trees – mainly those in the Prunus family such as cherries, plums, apricots, damsons, peaches and nectarines – are very prone to a potentially fatal fungal infection known as ‘silver leaf’. To reduce the likelihood of this, prune these trees in the summer unless there is no alternative. • Pruning tools should be really sharp; if blunt, the job will need more effort and may result in damage to the plant from a jagged cut or crushed stems. • Create sloping cuts whenever you can so that rain and moisture runs off (wetness encourages wood rotting), and cut close to but not on top of a bud to allow new growth without dieback – you will need to use secateurs, loppers or a saw to do this. • Stand back from time to time when pruning to check the overall appearance of the plant and judge which part to tackle next, as close up it is harder to see how your pruning is affecting the overall shape of the plant. By Pippa Greenwood Visit Pippa’s website and you’ll find some great gardening things: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ (where you receive your chosen garden-ready vegetable plants in the spring accompanied by weekly advice and tips from Pippa) plus Nemaslug, bio-controls, gardening tools, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books and more!

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And Another Thing... Tom’s Year of Change

This January signified, as so often, a new beginning, a new start. Sarah, my Dearly Beloved, plonked a cup of green tea in front of me and announced: “Tom I have decided that 2018 is the ‘Year of Change’. I have new dreams for this family. But first, tell me about your resolutions.” Replacing my copy of Diesel Injectors for Dummies on the coffee table, my thoughts turned for the first time to the impending twelve months. “Well for starters, I am determined to avenge Nigel for his 4-0 whitewash on the pool table in the bar of the Old Paraffin Lamp. But of course that means more practice, so...” Apparently, my punishing training schedule on the threadbare green baize in the bar of our local was not the kind of resolution Sarah had in mind. A glossy tome was unceremoniously plonked into my lap. “Welcome to Whitefield Gardens, your new Johnson Ian Home. What on earth is this?” “Come on, grab your coat – we’re going house hunting.” Weaving the Mondeo around the exposed ironworks of an unadopted road, I eased my chariot into the visitor’s car park. Slaloming through a strange wrought iron maze, Sarah guided me into an office adjoining a newly constructed house. “This is the show home, Tom, isn’t it lovely?” “The architect hasn’t half gone to town on the study hasn’t he? I could fit three desks in here.” A middle aged lady wearing an azure blue suit, sporting Shirley Temple curls and a face the colour of burnt ochre rose from behind her desk and announced, “Sir, this isn’t an office, this is the garage.” Wondering how easy it would be to smash the Mondeo through the double glazing, I followed Shirley Temple and Sarah through a white door into a white kitchen. I was about to step onto the shiny marble floor when our host span round and, holding up two blue plastic bags, requested that we put them on so as not to bring in any dirt into the show home. I dutifully complied and followed the two ladies towards the beautiful surroundings. As Sarah engaged Miss Temple in a conversation about light fittings, I decided to chip in with my twopenn’orth. “So how much is this pad anyway?” The two ladies turned to face me. Shirley Temple smirked, Sarah was appalled. “Tom, those blue covers are not for your head – take it off!” “Oh right, I wondered why I had two anyway.” “No, not on your hands, on your feet!”

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Suitably protected, I popped my head into a cupboard under the stairs. “Someone’s left a toilet in here.” A stony-faced Miss Temple corrected me. “That’s the downstairs cloakroom, sir. And through here is the lounge.” I followed Sarah into a modern-day front parlour where I nestled into the soft furnishings. “This armchair is very generous, I bet with a squeeze we could both fit on here.” “Tom, that’s the sofa. By the way I love the wallpaper.” Shirley Temple beamed. “Thank you! We’ve had the whole house dressed by our interiors team.” “When are they going to finish it off? What about the rest of it?” “Tom – that is called a feature wall.” Suitably chastised we adjourned upstairs to a collection of pokey rooms, most of which seemed to contain toilets. “Look Sarah, there’s another loo in here!” “Tom, they are en-suites. I just love the way they’ve designed it all.” “Bit cramped though isn’t it? Imagine shoehorning all our stuff into here?” “Well that’s the whole point, isn’t it dear – we are going to have to declutter!” Miss Temple, irked at my candid remarks, through the most insincere of smiles said, “Maybe, sir, our Heritage Range of homes has not been aimed at you.” “Then who have they been aimed at? Lilliputians with weak bladders?” On the way home (conducted mainly in silence), I detoured to our local DIY store in an effort to repair marital relations, where I allowed myself to be frogmarched into the home interiors section and vigorously schooled on the benefits of the ‘feature wall’. One wallpaper table later, it appeared that 2018 was, indeed, going to be the year of change… By Tom Hughes Follow Tom @groomsdaybook

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Animal Tales Mysterious Moggy I like to think my cat is normal but on occasions she proves me wrong. When the day turns from light to dark, that’s when her mood changes. All her strange characteristics come out, making her unique. As I walk through the kitchen, unaware that the cat already has me in her sight stalking me like her wild relatives would, she crouches ready to pounce like a coiled spring.

My colossal hooves stormed rapidly across the woeful, boggy moorland, sinking into the saturated soil. My belly bobbled along as I moved over the uneven, rutted ground. The sun began to play peek-a-boo with the clouds. I came to the edge of the stony steps and peered across the murky valley. A gust of frosty air blew defiantly towards my nostrils conveying fluttering; a blossoming scent. Cautiously, I edged carefully down the steep, sloping hillside, taking care not to lose my footing. I reached the flowing river’s bank; just as I began to slurp the leaf filtered water, my eyes caught on to a glowing strawberry roan. Her glossy mane beckoned my name, my whole body from head to toe shuddered. Do I go over?

Then, unloading with all her energy her claws apparent but in a playful manner, she leaps towards my feet – her prey – striking with a direct hit whilst still purring playfully. She has my feet in her talons with almost a smirk on her face! Even though I shake my foot briskly, her grasp will not loosen. Her big brown eyes look up at me, waiting for my next move. As if she is almost waiting for me to stroke her soft coat, knowing she’s after a treat, she releases my foot and gracefully strolls to her food bowl like the spoilt princess she is. When she’s had her fill of her prize she once again returns to her throne, curled up on my lap, and falls into slumber with almost victorious peacefulness. I look down at her as she sleeps; she’s dreaming of her next mischievous attack and I can’t help but smile.

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Strawberry Roan

Do I look handsome? Of course I do. I glided over with my chest sticking out. My glistening eyes craving her attention, wanting and waiting for her striking eyes to pay attention. The cavernous water was the only thing keeping us apart. I began to wade across this bottomless, fast flowing stream; with each stomp of my hooves, I pulled and pushed the water away so that I could be closer to her. Without warning, a strong current grabbed my leg and tore me downstream. My thoughts were lost with agonising pain shooting up my legs. This is it: my life and soul will be gone and forever forgotten. Is this the end? With an uproar, I pounced like a lion searching for its prey. My body was thrown across the rocky bank but I clambered to my feet… The water was strong but not strong enough to win this battle. Determinedly, I continued forward across the wild flowered meadow to be at one with my glowing strawberry roan.

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The Diary of a Local Mum What’s the Plan…? Sorry to generalise, but I think I’m fairly safe with this one… sorting out the daily routine and the busy family agenda usually falls to mum. Being the organiser of the family calendar is one of those roles that’s automatically assumed by the matriarch, simply because it’s of such vital importance that no one else wants to accept any responsibility. Days, weeks and months are planned with military precision, the hectic schedule usually dictated by a plethora of clubs, activities, appointments and social events. Children are delivered and collected here, there and everywhere with more speed and coordination than Amazon Prime. On occasion, however, a gap arises in this frenzied timetable. A glorious day of nothingness shines forth on the calendar. A small, glowing square, radiating promise and possibility. “What shall we do today?” comes the cry; expectant faces looking at Mum, the organiser of everything, who always holds the answer to such questions. Suddenly, the excitement is replaced by panic. Everyone is expecting an answer. It’s like giving a presentation in an interview that you’ve not prepared for. Your head goes blank, your mouth goes dry; you’ve got nothing! There are faces staring eagerly at you, waiting for an answer. This day has got to be SPECIAL! A free day is so rare, we must fill it with experiences we’ll never forget…making fun family memories… “Erm… erm… I’m not sure yet…” Faces fall.

lights up as he reaches for a pen too. Even the dog’s ears prick up. What have you done?!? Frantic scribbling ensues. You make a strong cup of coffee, check your bank account online then bury your head in your hands…the foreboding task of finding a common theme amongst the outlandish requests then trying to match expectations to budget is almost too much. And it’s nowhere near wine o’clock. Questions like ‘How far away is Edinburgh?’ and ‘Can you fly to Italy in a day?’ are enough to send you rummaging through your bag for your diary. Surely there must be some sporting fixture or an important training session that you’ve overlooked?!? Anything to help you out of this hole of your own making. No one’s going to be impressed with your idea of a nice walk and a picnic when Google has already been employed to help with suggestions. Finally, the lists are finished. Proposals range from ‘go indoor skydiving’ to ‘watch The Lion King in London’. Dad’s ideas, surprisingly, all involve wheels – and usually engines too. Even the more doable such as ‘go swimming’ are conditioned with parentheses ‘(with diving boards and lots of slides, like the waterpark on holiday)’. “Ooh, ha ha, look at these – some great ideas! But I’m not sure they’re all possible...” Faces fall, Dad’s included. Mum is no longer the manager of all social activity; she is the harbinger of doom. A fun sponge, poised to suck the excitement and promise out of the day and replace it with practicality. “I’ll tell you what, you lot go and watch the TV for a few minutes and I’ll write my list, then I’ll cut them all up and put them in a bowl and we can pick one out. No matter what comes out, we’ll do it – no arguments.” You add, “Ooh, this is going to be exciting!” to keep up the pretence, as a cunning plan begins to form. Half an hour later, a picnic is packed, boots are on and the dog is jumping around excitedly (he’s the only one) as you prepare for a lovely stroll in the beautiful countryside. Well, a little cheating never hurt anyone... And everyone enjoyed it. Fun was had; memories were made. The skydiving can wait for another day.

“What do YOU want to do?!?” (Excellent move, turn this one around. Phew. Breathing space.) “Why don’t you make a list?” As soon as the words have escaped your mouth, you realise the error of your ways. But it’s too late. The kids have scuttled off to get pens and paper, preparing their imaginations to run wild. Dad’s face

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Friendship Blooms Show your appreciation for a fellow member of the community; it may be a friend, a family member or maybe someone you’ve come into contact with Sue Hopkins, The Flower Shop who provides a wonderful service 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 Sue Hopkins (pictured) from The Flower Shop in Horsley Woodhouse, to offer readers the chance to show their appreciation for a fellow member of the community. The recipients of this issue’s bouquet are the staff and residents at Smalley Hall Residential Home, nominated by Bridget Gregory of Kilburn. Here’s what Bridget wrote: “I would like to nominate all the staff and residents of Smalley Hall Residential Home. The staff are wonderful and nothing’s too much trouble. I would like to say a big thank you to them all for looking after my mum Hazel. She suffers with Dementia and has been at Smalley Hall for 3 years. All the staff are very caring and supportive to all her needs and to all of the residents of whom I’ve become friends with. Just chatting, having a laugh, playing games and listening to them. They make me smile and cheer me up. What better way to say a big thank you to them all than with one of your lovely Friendship Blooms bouquets.” Bridget Gregory

Front L to R: Karen Swift (Activities Coordinator), Hazel Taylor and Jeanette McCallen (Manager) receive the bouquet from Bridget Gregory (back).

Blooms’ as the subject. Please include your full name, address and daytime telephone number on your nomination. Closing date for nominations for the next issue is Wednesday 28 February 2018.

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Nominate someone to receive the next bouquet. All you have to do is state, in no more than 100 words, who you are nominating. Include their address and the reasons why you are nominating them. You can nominate more than one person if they are living/ working at the same address… and remember, flowers don’t just have to be for women! The only rule is that the person receiving the flowers must live or work in the distribution area of All Things Local Village Edition (listed on front cover). Just write your nomination on a piece of paper and send to Friendship Blooms, All Things Local, 74 Woodhouse Road, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0NA or e-mail your nomination to putting ‘Friendship

Just complete the Sudoku grid above, cut out and post to Sudoku Competition, All Things Local, 74 Woodhouse Road, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0NA. Closing date Wednesday 21st February 2018. Remember to include a piece of paper with your name, address and contact telephone number. The winner will be notified by telephone initially. Entrants must be aged 18 or over.

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they are inside the shed or garage;

In this edition of All Things Local, your local Safer Neighbourhood officers are sharing their top tips to help you to protect your gardens and sheds this spring.

• Ensure that valuables are kept out of view from passers-by and consider covering your windows from the inside to prevent thieves from taking a look;

With spring approaching, it may be time to think about digging out your tools and turning your attention to the garden now that the weather is (hopefully) improving. Many people store their gardening equipment, tools, bikes and BBQs in their shed and, unfortunately, this means that these outbuildings are often seen as an easy target by thieves.

• Mark all valuables with a property marking system such as SmartWater as this makes your belongings much less attractive to thieves as they realise that the goods can easily be identified as stolen and traced back to the original owner;

Thankfully, there are steps that can be taken to boost your security and help to protect your tools and gardening equipment from being targeted by criminals. Crime prevention advice includes: • Fit a good quality lock to secure your shed, garage or outbuilding and make sure that it is appropriate to the strength of the door and frame; • Consider purchasing a shed alarm to help to deter a thief and secure any bikes with a quality chain even if

• Don’t leave items in your garden that could make the life of a thief any easier. For example, a ladder left out in your garden could be used to get into the upper floor of your home or onto the top of your shed. Likewise, other tools and gardening equipment left outside could be used to break into your home. Just taking a few minutes to lock these items away will greatly increase your security. If you would like more advice or to contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, call 101, the non - emergency number for Derbyshire police or visit the website:

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Your Horoscope February and March 2018 February is the perfect month for love and passion; Venus, the love planet, obligingly moves into starry-eyed Pisces on the 11th, just in time for a super romantic Valentine’s Day on the 14th! Communication planet Mercury stays in Aquarius until the 17th, offering great opportunities for individualistic thought and freedom of speech. The Chinese New Year arrives on the 16th as 2018 welcomes in the year of the Dog. Dog energy is all about loyalty and honesty, coupled with a strong desire for justice and fair play. This could be just what is needed in the year ahead. Mars remains in adventure seeking Sagittarius all month, ensuring that the quest for freedom and exploration is strong. The new moon in Aquarius on the 15th is a wakeup call for us all to be more authentic and to purposefully follow our truth. March moves the mystical sign of Pisces to the forefront. Whether you are a sun sign Pisces or not you too can connect with the collective stream of creative imagination and bring your visions to fulfilment. This is particularly relevant during the first week of the month, as no less than five planets occupy this intuitive sign. It’s all change after the 6th as Mercury and Venus move into dynamic Aries and achieving your own positive goals becomes a reality. Mars, the warrior planet, moves into level-headed Capricorn on the 18th, offering a much welcome boost of practical energy. Health reviews and lifestyle change are also on the cards, better nutrition and fitness regimes will both help to improve your drive and vitality so that you can make the most of the change in the season after the Spring Equinox on the 20th. There are two full moons this month – the first in Virgo on the 2nd and the second in Libra on the 31st. The new moon falls in Pisces on the 17th. ARIES: MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 February: Friends and social encounters are at the top of your agenda during February, particularly around the Aquarian new moon on the 15th. Motivational Mars is travelling through adventure seeking Sagittarius, inspiring you to broaden your horizons and to learn new things. March is an introspective month for usually extrovert and passionate Aries. Normally fiery and dynamic, this month you will need to step back, take stock and reflect. You will feel the energy shift as Mercury and Venus move into your sign around the 7th, as they both bring an abundance of creative energy. TAURUS: APRIL 21 - MAY 21 February: Venus, your ruling planet, is in innovative Aquarius until the 11th bringing your goals and ambitions into the spotlight. Restless thoughts may fill your mind as a professional review is now on the cards. The new moon on the 15th could lead to an exciting romantic adventure. March: Venus, your ruler, is in soft and dreamy Pisces for the first week of March, opening up opportunities for social activity, new friends and even a new romance. The energy shifts on the 7th as fiery Aries energy begins to build. The new moon in Pisces on the 17th brings an opportunity your way. GEMINI: MAY 22 - JUNE 21 February: Restless Gemini is eager to be on the go again. The Sun, Mercury and Venus are all in Aquarius ensuring that your mind is busier than usual. It’s certainly the right time for expansion on all levels and this month is definitely favourable for learning something new and exciting. March gets off to a good start with five planets occupying the most pivotal point of your chart. Career expansion, particularly on a creative level, is at its best as your goals and ambitions continue to be favoured. The Pisces new moon on the 17th is particularly rewarding. CANCER: JUNE 22 - JULY 22 February: Your financial affairs arrive in the spotlight during this month; currently your primary concern is improving your income and finding innovative ways to do so. Forceful Jupiter in Scorpio brings creative and intuitive ideas to the forefront and the new moon on the 15th opens up opportunities. March: Five planets in mystical Pisces open up your need to go out and broaden your horizons on all levels. Intuition and creativity are both favoured and the new moon on the 17th is pivotal as you begin to feel a restored sense of courage and confidence to reach for what you want. LEO: JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 February: The warrior planet Mars is journeying through open-minded Sagittarius in the most creative and playful area of your chart. Pioneering new ways of increasing income are important and, as Venus moves into Pisces on the 11th, a lucky breakthrough looks increasingly possible. March: This month puts your financial dealings, legacies and resources firmly into the spotlight; you may question if everything is as it should be as a review looks more than likely. Dynamic Mars leaps into down-to-earth Capricorn on the 18th, bringing your health and wellbeing into focus. VIRGO: AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 February: The Sun, Mercury and Venus are all in individualistic Aquarius, highlighting the need for a rethink in the health and wellbeing sector of your chart. Try not to overemphasise your problems; after the 15th you should have more confidence to present yourself in a positive new light. March looks all set to bring your undivided attention to your personal relationships. With the planetary emphasis in Pisces you’ll need to examine your feelings

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Community and beliefs. It’s important to consider what may no longer be working for you; the new moon on the 17th may give you the courage to change things. LIBRA: SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 February: The Sun, Mercury and Venus are lighting up the love and romance area of your chart, making this a very positive month on all levels. Abundant Jupiter in Scorpio offers new opportunities for financial success, possibly in faraway places. Breakthroughs arrive after the 15th. March highlights your work, your health and your daily routines. Look for the chance to reschedule and reorganise workday responsibilities so that you get more time and space for own personal interests. Your ruler and four other planets in Pisces allow you to be more patient with yourself. SCORPIO: OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 February: Your home and family are in the spotlight during February as planetary energy puts the emphasis on spending time and attention on personal relationships. Your ruler, transformational Pluto, assists with strategies and communication, emphasising hard work and determination. March brings a dramatic shift to your personal energy as creative and innovative ideas come to the surface. After the 7th both Mercury and Venus in Aries ensure that your self-esteem is at an all-time high and that you find the courage to take risks in areas you wouldn’t normally consider. SAGITTARIUS: NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 February: Three planets light up the communication area of your chart, allowing your confidence to soar and earning you the respect of colleagues and friends. Innovative new ways of getting your message across are important themes for this month. The Aquarian new moon on the 15th brings positive advancement. March turns your attention to your home and family. The concentrated energy of five planets in your domestic area leaves you no choice as you feel compelled to improve or even extend your accommodation. The heat is on as Mercury and Venus arrive in Aries around the 7th! CAPRICORN: DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 February: Transformational Pluto in your sign connects with expansive Jupiter in Scorpio; new friends arrive to help plan your year ahead and make some sweeping changes. With the Sun and Venus in your money sector, a financial review is certainly part of this new direction. March brings a reassessment of your life and career goals as five planets highlight the communication and learning sector of your chart. The powerful new moon on the 17th moves you to broaden your intellectual horizons. Open your mind to inspiration and develop faith and gratitude. AQUARIUS: JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 February: It’s your birthday month; make sure you enjoy it as the love planet Venus stays in your sign until the 10th. After the new moon on the 15th your thoughts turn towards an exciting new vision for 2018. Life should be flowing smoothly helping you redefine yourself, both personally and professionally. March beams the spotlight on financial arrangements and new and creative ways to expand your income. It’s all change as Mercury and Venus both move into energetic Aries around the 7th; you could well discover a real talent that will become the foundation of future abundance. PISCES: FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 February: This month allows your imagination to run wild as three planets in quirky Aquarius occupy the most introspective part of your chart. Make time to connect with the cosmos and enjoy the journey. The pace picks up as Venus enters your sign on the 11th, leading to new insights and some romantic adventures. March: Happy birthday Pisces! Five planets in your sign are pointing to the fact that this is likely to be your best month ever! Prepare your creative insights and focus on your goals and ambitions. The powerful new moon in your sign on the 17th brings deeper understanding to many areas of your life.

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Local History: A Lost Cause? The End of an Era.

Recently the Derbyshire Branch Headquarters of the British Red Cross in Matlock was closed and the building sold. This has marked what can only be seen as a gradual but substantial reduction in the last few years in service to the community and in membership. It also meant that a new home had to be found for the archive of material which I and others have been collecting and cataloguing for the last twenty years. One of the Society’s archivists came at my invitation to see the material, and he thought it important enough as a comprehensive county collection to go to the national archive in its entirety. I packed up boxes of committee meeting minutes, photographs, newspaper cuttings, training manuals and annual reports as well as uniforms, badges and medals from 1909 to the present. A large quantity of nursing equipment was boxed up including feeding cups, bedpans, inhalers and foot warmers, used by the Society in both world wars and which later had been used for training. All this and much more was delivered to London in October 2017. This led me to thinking about what has been lost. The British Red Cross has been modified and adapted steadily over the years to keep it relevant to current needs while retaining its recognisable international ethos, purpose and identity. However, like many other organisations, the Society has latterly suffered drastic reorganisations over relatively short periods of time, which older members of long standing came to view with some disquiet. The new Charter introduced on January 1st 1998 removed executive powers from the branches and transferred them to National Headquarters. What has followed has been a succession of restructuring of the organisation leading to the introduction of some new services and the loss of others. In 2009 in my history of the Derbyshire Branch I wrote: “Some who remember past activities may regret the abandonment of the training to support the nursing profession, and the loss of the youth and junior cadets. “Centres of activity” in the local community are being abandoned in favour of recruitment of volunteers to a particular service, organised by a manager over an area covering

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three counties not just Derbyshire.” Now, with the closure of Red Cross House, it is indeed the end of an era. At least some memory of the achievements of Derbyshire Branch members rests now in the National Archive. Important Notice Belper Town Council has decided to reduce costs by not opening the Heritage Centre to the public on a Saturday or for meetings in the evening after March 2018. Society members should be available at the Centre on the last Saturday of February and March as usual from 9.30am to 12 noon to answer queries about Belper’s history, but please phone the Secretary on 01773 559089 to make sure we will be open then if you wish to contact the Society. After March 2018, our lecture programme will take place at Strutts on Derby Road. On 7 February, Dave Savage of Derwentwise will describe “Restoring Iconic Views in the World Heritage Site”, and on 7 March Jane Middleton Smith will talk about “W. W. Winter, Photographers of Derby” and the project to archive their material. These talks will be at 7.30pm at the Heritage Centre, Belper. The 4 April meeting at Strutts at 7.30pm will hear Ian Coker on the evolution of Denby in “Pits, Pipes, Pots and Pig Iron”. All are welcome to come; the cost to visitors is £3. Please contact the Secretary if you need further information.

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Clubs, Societies, Groups, Classes Belper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belper Art Group Meet at Strutt’s Centre, Derby Road, Belper every Thursday 7-9pm, Room 109. All abilities welcome. Further details from Club Secretary Teresa Bailey: 01332 840608

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Denby & Kilburn 1st Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Scout Hut, Highfield Road, Kilburn, Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm. Call 01332 882535 or 07545 551890 for details. 3rd Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm at Kilburn Methodist Chapel Brown Owl (Trish Rose) 01332 881786 1st Horsley & Kilburn Guides Kilburn Methodist Hall, every Thursday in term time. 6.30pm-7.30pm. Contact: Claire 07545551890 or Amy 07496167260. 1st Horsley & Kilburn Rainbows St Clements Church, Church St, Horsley Thurs 6.00pm – 7.00pm. Contact Sarah 07454224088 1st Horsley & Kilburn Scout Group For boys & girls aged 6 to 14 at Scout HQ, Highfield Rd, Kilburn. Contact: Richard Ward, 01773 857232 or 07795 420505. Chatterbox Café Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn, every second Friday, 10am to midday, in conjunction with Mobile Library sited on car park. Coffee, cakes; relax, chat or read. Enid: 01332 780486. Denby Footpaths Group Maintenance and preservation of local footpaths; community walks, circular routes. Jane: 01332 781305, or e-mail Derbyshire Archery Club Now meet at John Flamsteed School. Shooting at times outside school hours. Frequent tournaments at Kedleston Hall in the summer. Regular beginners’ courses throughout the year. Information on or phone Neil Bryan 01773 824903. Intermediate Adults Dance Classes Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Latin American and Ballroom, Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Patricia Cooke: 01332 660837. Kilburn Christian Fellowship Meet in Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn, 5pm to 6pm on the second Sunday of each month, refreshments. All ages welcome. Godfrey: 01332 781200 Kilburn Community Choir A time of singing and fun, no experience needed. Meet at Old Oak, Horsley Woodhouse 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 7-8.30pm.Contact 07986 450580 or 01332 780276. Kilburn Life Group 8 Sitwell Drive, Kilburn. 10am to 11.30am first and third Wednesday of month. Discuss issues on life matters. Cynthia: 01332 882713. Kilburn Striders Jog Derbyshire Group Meets at car park opposite Pickford Gardens. For all abilities. Meets at various times. Please call Ross for details. Ross: 07791 683056

Kilburn Wine Circle For those who like wine and would like to learn more. Meets 3rd Wednesday each month at Kilburn Village Hall. Info: or contact David: 01159 303712 Stay ‘n’ Play Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Every Thursday 9.15am to 11.15am term time only. Tae Kwon-do & Self Defence Kilburn Village Hall. Adult & Junior classes Sat: 10.00-12.00noon. Sun 9.30-10.30am Panthers 4-7 yrs Sat: 9.00-10.00am & Wed 5.00-6.00pm Contact Shirley 07779 812468 The Wednesday Club The Denby Village Cricket Club, 1st Wednesday every month 2pm–4pm. Ann Goddard: 01332 780220. All welcome. Toddlers Inc. Meets at Denby Bottles Methodist Church, Danesby Crescent, Tues 10am – 12noon, in and out of term time. Contact: 01773 743104. Walking for Health Every Thursday, meets 9.30am outside Bourne’s Café, Denby Pottery Visitors Centre, DE5 8NX. 60 minute duration. Also, Progression Walk (120 minute duration) meets 9.30am, same location, first Thursday each month. For details of either walk contact Amanda Gowing 01773 523325; Whist Drive Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Fortnightly on Wednesdays 2pm. 01773 741586


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EXPLORERS – Children’s Bible Club Emmanuel Community Church, 32 Chapel Street, Duffield. Wednesdays during term time, 3.30pm - 5pm School years 0 – 6. Contact Chris 01332 841386.

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

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

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


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1st Sitwell Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, aged 6 to 14. Sitwell Scout HQ off Church Lane, Horsley Woodhouse DE7 6AW. Info: Email: Dance Night Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Monday 7.00pm, Line Dancing with Megan; and at 8.15pm. Eric: 01332 881566 or 07790 863997 Horsley Woodhouse Joggers Meet at the church hall, Horsley Woodhouse 7.00pm Thursdays. £2 per session. Beginners group for new or returning joggers. Contact: Sam Draper 07891 571488. Horsley Woodhouse Pre-School Methodist Church Hall, Main Street. Term Time: Under 3’s Monday & Wednesday 1.00pm to 3.30pm. Over 3’s Monday to Friday 9.15am to 12.15pm. Call 07969 964842 during opening hours. Horsley Woodhouse Royal British Legion Horsley Woodhouse Over 60’s Club meets in the hall, alternate Tuesdays at 2pm. Bingo, dominoes and cards. Outings for members at regular intervals. Subs £8 per year. Come and join our friendly group. Call Don 01332 881379. Orchard Group Dominoes, Scrabble, and Whist at Orchard Community Centre, off Fairfield Road, alternate Tuesdays 2pm. 01332 883240. Tae Kwon-Do Practical Self Defence Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Adult & Junior Classes, Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm. Contact Shirley 07779 812468 Walking for Health Every Wednesday, 9.45am meet, 60-90 minute duration. Meets at various points around Horsley Woodhouse. For detailed schedule contact Amanda Gowing 01773 523325 Whist Drive British Legion Hall, Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, every Friday 7.30pm. Malcolm Parkin 01332 880160.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1st Ripley Scout Group Cubs, Beavers, Scouts 6/14 years for boys and girls. To join call group scout leader, Ron Ashton on 01773 745420 4th Ripley Rainbows For girls age 5+. Visit for details Academy Crafters Meet at Ripley Academy every other Wednesday from 6.30-8.30pm, £2. Get together with likeminded people and craft! Contact or search ‘Academy Crafters’ on FB.

Aim Excelsum School of Music Band practice on Mondays – 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Unit F, Sitwell Business Centre, Heage Road Ind Est, Ripley, DE5 3GH. Suitable for 6+ years of age and parents, of all abilities. For further details please email: Alphabet Childminding Group Meet at Denby Institute. Childminders wishing to join the group can call Marion on 07952 798808, Claire 07891 956715, Trina 07875 142583. Amber Valley Access Group Contact Keith Boot 07980 591801. Email Amber Valley CVS Volunteers needed to work with various organisations. Supports older people, families, children, helps and supports local groups giving advice on funding, as well as offering training, facilities and resources. Further details: 01773 512076 Amber Valley Movie Makers Marehay Miners Welfare, Derby Road, Ripley, meet alternate Tuesdays 7.45pm from September to June. Geoff Thompson: 01773 748559. . Amber Valley Stroke Group Meet alternate Fridays at St Joseph’s Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Supporting stroke survivors. Call Mary 01773 747813. Amber Valley Talking Newspaper People who have difficulty reading can receive tapes of local news (weekly) and magazines (monthly) free of charge. Info: Ellen Hughes 01773 608954. Amber Valley WASPI Women Against State Pension Inequality. Group meets7pm, every second Thursday at Coffee Shop Sainsbury’s Ripley. or email All welcome. Baby Sensory Multi-award winning baby learning and developmental classes suitable from birth to 13 months. Tuesday’s, 10am and 11.15 at Ripley Leisure Centre. Booking essential: or contact Marie 07989 443734 for details. Beehive Ukulele Club Meets every Thurs at the Beehive, 151 Peashill, Ripley at around 8.15 (teacher arrives at 9.10) £5 per week. Contact Julie Johnson 07968 309191. Centre Stage Theatre Arts Dance, drama and singing for young people 5 to 18. Every Thursday evening during term time, at Mill Hill School, Ripley. Call 01332 232940 or email for details. Disability Derbyshire Join our support group for people suffering from depression and anxiety. Last Tues of each month 10.30am-12noon. Field Terrace Community Room, Ripley. Info & attendance confirmation: Disability Derbyshire 01773 740246. Friendship Circle Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley, every Thursday 10am to 12noon. Greenhillock’s Fellowship Club for over 50’s. Wood Street Methodist Church, Ripley, Wednesdays 2pm to 3.30pm. Quality entertainment, speakers, social afternoons, quizzes, day trips. David: 01773 423854. Hearing Help (AV) Social group every 3rd Wednesday 11.45am-2.30pm. Lip Reading Group every Friday 10am-12pm. At 156 Derby Road, Ripley. 01773 570976. Ivy Grove Surgery Patient Group Meet 7pm last Wednesday monthly (excluding August and December) at Ivy Grove Surgery, Steeple Drive, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3TH. New members very welcome. For further information email or visit Moorwood Moor Angling Club Ponds on Inns Lane, South Wingfield, daily 6am to 10pm. More details on membership, and junior teach-in sessions from John and Kath: 01773 746486 Musical Dimension Singing group available for bookings – all monies raised donated to local charities. Practice nights Tuesdays 7.30pm at Marehay Methodist Chapel, Ripley. Call 01773 742017 for details and to book or visit Ripley (Amber Valley) Lions Club Meet every first Monday of the month at the Kestrel Inn, Marehay, 8pm. Geoff Bacon: 01773 608786. Ripley Amateur Drama Group Meet every Mon at Mill Hill School. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Info: Terry Thorpe 01773 743471 Ripley and District Gardening Club Every third Saturday at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley 3pm to 5pm. New members very welcome. Ripley and District Heritage Trust Meet Ripley Town Hall Thursdays 2pm-4pm. New members welcome – contact Tim Castledine on 01773 746954. Ripley & District Twinning Association Twinned with Chateau Renault, France. Monthly meetings. Details from Roland: 01773 746543. Ripley & District U3A Monthly meetings at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Dates vary. Many different interests catered for. Call Brian 01773 603222. Ripley Cadets Parade on Monday & Thursday 18.45-21.00 at the Cadet Centre, Mill Hill School. Open to all young people 12-18. Contact: Jo Moody 0785 2102104 Ripley Classical Music Group Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Meet twice a month, Thursday evening at 7.30pm until 9.30pm. To promote interest in an appreciation of classical music through the recording medium. Concert visits & Christmas social. Contact Philip Outram, Secretary, 01773 746939.

Little Black Book Ripley Green Garters Ladies North West Morris Dance Team meet every Tuesday at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Dancers and musicians welcome. 01773 743560. Ripley Hospital League of Friends Ripley Hospital, second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. To raise funds for the health, welfare and comfort of patients and staff. Mrs Phyllis Holmes: 01773 747355 Ripley Ladies Group Meet 1st Tuesday of every month 7.30pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. New members very welcome. Contact Gill 01773 744580. Ripley Leisure Centre Badminton Club Meet Thursdays 7.30pm – 10.30pm at Ripley Leisure Centre. Players of a club or local league standard are welcome. Ladies, Mens & Mixed teams. Info: Kay 01332 883622 Ripley Memory Cafe Third Thursday of each month 2-4pm, Field Terrace Community Room, Off Slack Ln., DE5 3HL. (Opp. Co-op) Info: Helen Aldridge 01332 208845 or email Ripley Morris Men Male Cotswold Morris Side, meet every Thursday at Fritchley Church Hall, Fritchley, 8pm to 10pm. New and experienced dancers and musicians welcome. 01773 743560. Ripley Poetry Reading Group Meet at Ripley Library, Grosvenor Road, Ripley, twice monthly, Thursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm. Janet Dawson 01773 513247. Ripley Professional & Business Women (RPBW) Encouraging women to share ideas and interests. All ages, professional and retired welcome, from Ripley & surrounding areas. 2nd Monday each month, 7.30-9.30pm, Lumb Farm, Derby Road, Marehay DE5 8JN. Contact Ripley Residents’ Association Meetings last Monday of each month 6.30pm, Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Advice and guidance on issues or concerns residents may have in a friendly, supportive setting. Info: Ruth Burton 07815301528. Ripley Rotary Club Meet Tuesdays 6:40 for 7pm at Lumb Farm Country Club, Derby Road, Marehay, Ripley. New members welcome. Contact Secretary on 01773 747415 or email: Ripley Royal British Legion Branch 3669 Meet first Thursday of every month at The Sir Barnes Wallis Public House, Maple Avenue, Ripley 7.30-9.00pm. All welcome. Info: Chair Dean Fowler 07966 442387 or email Ripley Running Club Meet at Ripley Leisure Centre, Derby Road, Ripley every Tuesday at 6.45pm Runners of all abilities welcome. More info: Eleanor Robinson on 01773 541950, or Ripley School of Dancing Ballroom, Latin American & Old Time Classical. Adult’s practice/tuition class Mondays 7.30 – 8.30pm. Private lessons by appointment at Marehay Methodist Chapel, Ripley. Brenda Jackson 01773 749948. Ripley Tuesday Club Club for over 60’s. Meet every Tues, 2-4 pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Speakers, Bingo, other events and days out. All welcome. Contact Eileen Towndrow 01773 741329. Ripley WI Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. 2nd Thursday every month at 7pm. Contact: Christine Byard 01773 745170. Tae Kwon-Do Classes Ripley Infants School, Kirk Close, Ripley DE5 3RY. Tues & Fri at 6pm. David: 01773 744031. Twistin’ Tikes Music for ages 3-5, 1.30-2.30pm, Planet Happy, Heage Rd Ind. Est., Ripley. Contact Jacqui 07977578359,, www.facebook/twistin tots. Twistin’ Tots Fridays at Planet Happy, Heage Rd Ind. Est., Ripley. 9.30-10.30 & 11-12 noon. Music and play for under 5s. Contact Jacqui 07977578359,, www.facebook/twistin tots. WaistWise Free NHS Weight Management Service, available throughout Amber Valley all year round. To find your nearest one call Derbyshire Health Promotion Service on 01246 868468. Walking for Health Ripley Health Walk, every Friday, meets 1pm at Ripley Leisure Centre Reception or Ripley Medical Centre, Derby Road DE5 3HR (30-45 minute duration). Also, Follow-on Walk (90 minute duration) every second, third & fourth Tuesday. Meet at the entrance to Ripley Leisure Centre at 11am. For info on either walk contact Ripley Leisure Centre 01773 514727.

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Bereavement Matters You get to see a lot of things in this job but I never thought that I would ever attend a funeral wearing a pair of Union Jack socks underneath my work trousers, which I found myself doing last year. Normally, what I wear fits in with the decorum and feel of the occasion. If I am at a funeral I usually combine my suit with a black and silver striped tie and a pair of plain, black socks. On this occasion, the Union Jack socks were entirely appropriate, which is why our team of pallbearers were wearing them too. What’s more, just before we lifted the coffin out of the hearse, I gave a count of three and we raised our trouser-legs to show the assembled mourners our patriotic socks in all their glory. It was appropriate because the funeral in question had a funky sock theme, with all mourners instructed to choose their hosiery accordingly. Usually, we would not have joined in, but we were asked to play our part and it would have seemed wrong to say no.

This is why we have also, for the first time in our history, extended the official range of pallbearers’ ties from plain black to all colours of the rainbow and are making “choice of tie” an official service for customers. I am all for this sort of thing. Our socks and ties have gone down well with families and have helped to put them at their ease, while we do so many colour-themed funerals these days that it seems only right that we reflect the proceedings too. We always ask our families first and would never go over the top, but it’s another move towards making sure each funeral is a unique occasion held to mark the life of a unique person, which can only be a good thing in my book.

By Anthony Topley Funeral director, Gillotts Funeral Directors, Abbott Street, Heanor

Community Diary February / March 2018 February: 3rd: Ship of Fools Comedy Night at No.28 Market Place, Belper, 7.30 for 8pm. Tickets £8; bring your own drinks. Bookings: or 07804 563371. Info: Facebook twentyeightbelper. 11th: Strutt’s North Mill Talks: The Strutts & Waterpower by Ian Jackson, at No.28 Market Place, Belper, 5pm. £4, booking essential: or 01773 880474. 14th – 17th & 21st – 24th: Belper Musical Theatre presents: Sister Act. 14th – 17th at Derby Guildhall Theatre (book via or 01332 255800); 21st – 24th at Belper Community Theatre, Belper School, John O’Gaunts Way (book via or 01773 856190). March: 1st: An Evening with Leigh Timmis, Round the World Cyclist and Adventurer, at Derby Guildhall Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets £14.75 from or 01332 255800. 3rd: Ship of Fools Comedy Night at No.28 Market Place, Belper, 7.30 for 8pm. Tickets £8; bring your own drinks. Bookings: or 07804 563371. Info: Facebook twentyeightbelper. 11th: Mothering Sunday service at Waingroves Methodist Church, 10.45am. 11th: Strutt’s North Mill Talks: Transport in Belper by Adrian Farmer, at No.28 Market Place, Belper, 5pm. £4, booking essential: or 01773 880474. 18th & 19th: Book Sale at Waingroves Methodist Church, Friday 3 - 4.30pm & 6.30 - 9pm; Saturday 10am – 12 noon. 25th: Palm Sunday Parade, Waingroves Methodist Church. Meet at Waingroves Community Centre at 10.30am. 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 April/May 2018 please e-mail it to Deadline is Wednesday 28th February 2018.

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Index Accountant: Amber Accountancy Accountant: Easy Accounts Ltd Accountant: Yeomans Accountancy Ltd Aerials: Aerial Technology of Ripley Aerials: AMC Aerials Airport Transfers: All Star Chauffeurs Airport Transfers: Connect Cars Airport Transfers: Derwent Cars Airport Transfers: Holbrook Travel Animal Welfare: The Cats Protection League Architect: Green 2K Design Art Gallery: Duffield Art Gallery

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Bathrooms: Arctic Interiors 57 Bathrooms & Showers: Bathtime Heanor 63 Bathrooms: Duo Kitchens & Bathrooms 51 Bathrooms: Metro Bathrooms 79 Beauty: Serene Retreat 42 Beauty: Vanity 43 Bedrooms: Contour Furnishings 44 Bedrooms: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse 77 Blinds: Dragon Blinds of Allestree 67 Builder’s Merchant: Browns 52 Building Work: Bennett Construction 47 Building Work: JJN Building Services 60 Building Work: Keystone Developments 48 Building Work: L B Building Services 69 Building Work: Thorp Developments 76 Building Work: XL Construction 62 Car Body Repairs & Servicing: B A Kelf Car Body Repairs: ChipsAway Car Body Repairs: Martin Buxton Car Parts & Accessories: Belper Autotech Car Sales: T C Harrison Car Sales, Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Geoff Cox Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: 20Ten Garage Services Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Little Eaton Garage Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Wood Lane Garage Care Homes: Ashmere Care Homes Carer Services: Amber Valley Total Care Carer Services: Right at Home Carpet Cleaning: Roy Milner Carpet/Upholstery Cleaning: Jonelle Carpets & Flooring: Ian Wilson Carpets & Flooring: Mill Floorings Carpets & Flooring: T Nutt & Sons Children’s Store: Children’s Choice Chimney Sweep: Sooty & Sweep Cleaning: Jonelle Computer Support: Eaton PCs Computer Tuition: Computer Tutor for U Conservatories, Windows, Doors: Abbey Glass Curtains & Blinds: Class Curtains

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Delicatessen: The Deli Ripley 23 Door Maintenance & Repair: Door Maintenance & Repair 58 Education: Kip McGrath Education: One to One Tuition Electrician: Andy Hill Electrician: McPherson-Davis Electrician: TME Electrical

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Financial Advice: Belper IFS 10 Florist: The Flower Shop 86 Footcare: Amber Feet 38 Fuel: Browns 52 Funeral Directors: Gillotts Funeral Services 101 Furniture: Finewood Studios 67 Garage Doors: Ockbrook Garage Doors Garden Living: Cabin Master Garden Machinery Service/Sales: Easy Service & Sales Garden Services: AJS Grounds Maintenance Garden Services: Jaam Properties Garden Services: Really Useful Gardens Garden Services: Team Morley Garden Services: TS Garden Services Garden Services: Your Aspect Garden & Property Services: The Garden Guy Golf Club: Chevin Golf Club Golf Club: Morley Hayes

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Hair: Amber Hair 34 Hair: Serene Retreat 42 Hair: Vanity 43

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Health & Fitness: Breadsall Priory Leisure Home & Garden Maintenance: H & H House & Garden Home Care Specialists: Helping Hands Horse Box Repair: PE Loading Ltd Hotel: Horsley Lodge Hotel: Morley Hayes

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Joinery: Bethell’s Joinery Joinery: R&D Joinery

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Kitchens: Arctic Interiors Kitchens: Dream Doors Kitchens: Duo Kitchens & Bathrooms Kitchens: Holtams Kitchens: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse Kitchens: Oatenvale Kitchens

57 59 51 45 77 58

Ladieswear & Accessories: This Boutique Landscaping: Browns Landscaping Services: Langley Landscaping Services Ltd Loft Ladders: More than Loft Ladders

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Make-up Artist: Make-up Artist East Midlands Massage: Equilibrium

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Osteopath: Osteopathy Derby Oven Cleaning: Spring Fresh

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Painter & Decorator: Duffield Decorators Ltd Painter & Decorator: Roy Milner Painter & Decorator: Ryan Absalom Painter & Decorator: TCA Painting & Decorating Personal Trainer: Alex Robinson Pest Control: Breadsall Pest Control Pest Control: MW Pest Control Plastering: Claxton Plastering Plastering: McPherson-Davis Plastering: Palmac Plastering Plumbing & Heating: Belper Plumbing & Heating Plumbing & Heating: GFS Plumbing & Heating: Ian Foster Plumbing & Heating: LEEVA Plumbing & Heating Plumbing & Heating: Martyn Young Heating & Plumbing Plumbing & Heating: MDA Plumbing & Heating: RK Plumbing & Heating: Richard Fearn Plumbing & Heating: Scott Plumbing & Heating: Verisafe Plumbing & Heating: Woodward Property Maintenance: David Grey Property Maintenance: R & N Property Maintenance Psychotherapy: Lizzy Gilbertson-White Public House: The Bulls Head Public House: Denby Lodge Public House: Marquis of Ormonde

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Restaurant: Denby Lodge Restaurant: Horsley Lodge Restaurant: Marquis of Ormonde Restaurant: Morley Hayes Retirement Homes: Richmond Villages Roofing: Bill Kiely Roofing Roofing: County McAndrews Roofing: J.A.L Roofing Roofing: Lords Roofing

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Security: Prestige Social Club: Kilburn Welfare Solicitors: Killingworth & Parrott Solicitors: Shacklocks Solicitors: Smith Partnership

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Taxi: Holbrook Travel Tree Care: Alton Manor Tree Surgeons Tree Care: Chevin Tree Services Tree Care: Clip ‘Em & Fell ‘Em Tree Care: The Garden Guy Tree Care: Joe Rice Tree Services Tyres & Exhausts: ETS

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Washer/Oven Repairs: Washer Care Wedding Cars: All Star Chauffeurs Windows, Doors & Conservatories: JJL Double Glazing Windows, Doors & Conservatories: Smartglaze Windows, Doors & Conservatories: Trade Windows Windows, Doors & Conservatories: Weatherseal Wood & Multi-fuel Stoves: Browns Wood & Multi-fuel Stoves: Peak Stoves

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All Things Local - Village edition - February/March 2018  
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