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Hello readers

and welcome to the autumn edition! We’ve had a busy couple of months since I last wrote. We’ve completed a few more caravan expeditions throughout Derbyshire and spent a weekend in the beautiful and historic city of York (without the caravan). Roy and I had only ever been to York as children, so neither of us could remember it. After our most recent visit though, I can guarantee we won’t leave it so long next time! We caught the train, and if you plan it carefully you can be in York in well under 90 minutes from Derby Train Station. I may have mentioned in the past that in order to maintain a modicum of fitness, I regularly visit Alex Robinson a personal trainer from Marehay who I met through advertising within this magazine. I’d like to give a big shout out to Alex as she is taking part in the New York Marathon in November – raising money for SANDS. This charity operates throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care that bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. To find out more about this charity and to help Alex to raise much-needed funds, you can go online to:

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BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Legal Matters Business & Professional Shacklocks Solicitors

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In each edition legal advisors from Shacklocks deal with important legal topics. This month Marion Vesey (pictured) invites us to think about making thathow will benefit Amy Holta decision talks about Shacklocks future generations. can help you get the treatment you

Personal Injury

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70 years later the trust is still providing that accommodation.

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Athe Charitable Trust can be set up can either correct rehabilitative treatment be just as during your with savings important as lifetime compensation. We prideand ourselves on investments builtour upclients already, or alternatively not only ensuring get the right level of through a specially Will that will but compensation for theprepared injuries they have suffered only take effect following your death and also in getting them the treatment needed in order to will therefore not deprive you of capital or make the quickest recovery possible.” income during your lifetime. Wherever possible, we willhave try toahelp you by Our team at Shacklocks particular arranging the appropriatearrangements recommended of treatment speciality in preparing this such and as physiotherapy, CBT or steroid kind also of acting astreatment professional injections, at no cost to fulfilled you. trustees toquickly enableand wishes to be and instructions to be followed. Amy Holt is a solicitor in the Personal Injury

at Shacklocks and an accredited IfTeam you are thinking ofLLP supporting charities through your Willmember or during yourAssociation lifetime Senior Litigator of the with a lump Injury sum, why not talk us about of Personal Lawyers. For to advice on any the different ways in which we canon help you personal injury claim contact Amy 01773 benefit good causes, and how to make 822333those or the most of the tax rules that enable a charitable cause to benefit.

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Money Matters: Take a Chance on Me... Does ‘Risk-free’ Investing Exist? ‘70s Eurovision song contest winners Abba once sang about ‘taking a chance (on me)’. In keeping with this idea, we could talk about taking a chance with investment risk too. People often approach us requesting investment opportunities which are ‘without risk’ such as cash ISAs or cash deposits. As you may be aware, interest rates have been at record low levels for several years now. The Bank of England Base Rate has been 0.25% since August 2016 and, prior to this, 0.50% since March 2009. 10 years ago, in August 2007, the Base Rate was 5.75%. In October 1989, it was over 14%! Whilst this has been great news for people wanting to borrow money, it has been disastrous for retirees needing interest off their savings to subsidise their income. Increasingly, we are asked about how returns can be improved upon, without taking risk. Risk – a four letter word that sends shivers down people’s spines by even the very mention of it. At this point we would challenge our client as to what they perceive as risk, and usually it is met by the singular response of “The threat of losing my money”. But this is an interesting topic. There are lots of different types of risks associated with savings and investments. Often, the public is concerned with the possibility of a bank or building society financially collapsing, whilst in possession of their money. Indeed, in the ‘noughties’ this created noticeable but often unfounded panic, such as with the Northern Rock. History has shown that the Banking System has had difficulties but these occurrences have been rare, and in any event the Financial Services Compensation Scheme offers some level of support when such events occur. Today, banks must report their financial position more

robustly to flag any impending weakness in their balance sheets. Other concerns over risks associated with alternative types of investment include capital risk, market risk, longevity risk, changes to legislation, currency risk and many more besides. A primary risk we discuss with our clients is inflation risk. It’s a risk that is often overlooked by investors. Clients feel that if they can deposit cash with an institution today, tomorrow the money is still there for them to access, usually without notice (and it is, mostly). There is a perception that the capital is secure, and in many ways it is. However, inflation risk means that the true value (or purchasing power) is being reduced by the effect of inflation, if the inflation rate is greater than the savings rate. Inflation often is greater, even in times of higher interest rates. Today, the Retail Price Index, a commonly used measure of the rising costs of living, is presently 3.6%(*). So, in real terms, cash deposits can be making a negative return and the value of your savings will diminish. This can be quite problematic, especially as interest on savings accounts are often 1% PA gross and below. Therefore, whilst the £10 you deposited yesterday is still in your account today, its purchasing power has been lessened. So, if you think keeping your entire wealth in savings accounts is risk free, then perhaps you might need to think again. *(source O.N.S Aug 2017. Other measures of inflation are published).

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Hobbies Astronomy: a hobby that’s (literally) out of this world The spectacular appearance of the Perseid Shower, every year in high summer, is an event that demonstrates just how exciting watching the night sky can be. The Perseid Shower is a stream of space dust and particles that flows behind the rather unromantically named Swift-Tuttle comet, forming a glittering procession of meteors. If you made the effort to stay up late (or get up early) to watch this natural light show this year you’ll have had a good introduction to astronomy. Studying the stars and planets can be an incredibly rewarding hobby, whether you are a beginner, observing with the naked eye, or a tech-lover equipped with a substantial telescope and accessories such as a CCD (charge-coupled device) camera for capturing those night-sky panoramas. First steps As an amateur astronomer you’ll need to become thoroughly familiar with the night sky: understanding how it changes, not just throughout the hours of a single night, but season by season, and even when viewed from different latitudes. Most beginners will be tempted to buy a telescope, but remember if you live in an urban area where there is light pollution it’s unlikely you will get a clear view of the night sky, however powerful your telescope may be. The size and quality of the lens is important, but be warned: many of the instruments sold by non-specialist shops are simply not up to the job. The views of space you can expect with a standard telescope may not match the stunning shots taken from space (without the blurring effect of the earth’s atmosphere), but with a little effort you should be able to see the rich detail on the Moon’s surface, the rings of Saturn and the planet Jupiter’s surface contours, together with its four larger moons. Once you become


more familiar with the night sky you may also be able to locate and view distant galaxies and star clusters. Learning about astronomy There are many online sources of information, books and software packages to help you get to grips with this vast subject: a list of publications is available from the Royal Astronomical Society’s website ( If you want to make a serious study of astronomy, there are a number of distance learning courses available. The Open University offers a certificate in “Astronomy and Planetary Science”, which provides a basic introduction that can be studied in separate modules: see the OU website at for more information and costs. Alternatively Liverpool John Moores University offers short courses for just over £200 (see Joining the astro community Astronomy is fun, but it can be even more enjoyable when you link up with others. The British Astronomical Association has supported amateur astronomers since 1890 and on their website ( you can chat to other enthusiasts via BAA’s online forums or find out about meetings and events taking place all over the country. Astronomy Clubs UK ( is also a fantastic resource where you can search for a local club, find blogs and podcasts or search out places to visit. Whether you’re interested in how the universe was formed, the movements of the planets or the prospect of meeting an alien life form, astronomy is a fascinating and far-ranging topic. It’s a hobby that’s literally out of this world, and there’s no better place to start than in your own (suitably dark) back yard. By Kate McLelland

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An Epic Bike Ride If ever you wanted proof that you can do anything you set your mind to, Leigh Timmis of Derby is it. He has spent the last 7 years cycling around the world, with no support, no mobile phone, and only his bike, Dolly, for company. The incredible adventure has changed Leigh’s life and helped him to raise money for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre too. At 28, Leigh had a successful job and was, in many people’s eyes, living the dream. However, it wasn’t his dream. Battling depression, he made the decision to travel and then, combining this with his passion for cycling, he bravely set off to circumnavigate the globe.

Leigh, with Dolly, on salt flats in Bolivia

being invited people’s Leigh, with Dolly,into on salt flats inhomes Boliviaand sharing meals despite not

speaking their language, relishing the warmth of my sleeping bag in sub-zero temperatures. It was almost like meditation – my senses felt so alive.” “It was an incredible but humbling experience and now that I’m back I’m only just starting to realise the opportunities it’s created. The adventure’s far from over. The bike is still my constant and, when the strains of life get on top of me, I cycle out to the Peaks to experience that freedom again. I’ve joined a local cycling club and I can see that cycling changes people’s lives in many ways – from weight loss, to headspace, to socialising with likeminded people.”

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The Better Life Time to Reflect By the time we reach November, the harvest will officially be over (bar some sprouts and a couple of leeks); it’s our time for pause and renewal. Just as October 31st signifies the Celtic New Year, we celebrate our growing successes and consider our failures, much like a Better Life school report. A bit like the spuds I planted recently, it’s a mixed bag. Biology – The so-called weed that flourished in the raised bed turned out to be an oriental poppy, bearing 16 flower heads. Full marks for bird poop or windfall, and my procrastination.

Top marks for Anne’s homemade fennel bread

TopReading marks– I’ve forstarted Anne's homemade fennel bread to read seed packets more carefully,

Geography – My guerrilla gardening efforts at work were a little underwhelming. The four mange tout I secreted in the communal garden struggled (insufficient light) until, finally, the sole survivor yielded two actual mange tout. Must do better! Home Economics – Full marks to Anne and the garden. The butternut squash survived the mollusc hordes (as I’ve said before, there’s never a hedgehog around when you need one, although we did once find a poop on the front doorstep) and, along with homemade fennel bread, rhubarb crumble and lettuce, were the standout successes.

so that we plant according to the climate and soil from now on!

Our main growing lessons: - Assume there will be losses even early on and plant accordingly. - Be decisive when it comes to taking ailing plants out. Otherwise they’re taking up nutrients as well as space. - Experiment. Much as the experts would love to tell you otherwise, there are no hard and fast rules – only what works on your patch of soil. Be bold! Overall, I’d give us a B minus for effort and a C plus for achievement. And now we move up a year! By Derek Thompson

PE – I clocked up 250 cycling miles in 12 months, commuting to my part-time job – aside from the mile-long round trip for the Post Office run (amble!). Also, digging for victory helped to cancel out the calories. History – I was better at recording planting dates on the calendar for forward planning, helping to ensure the garden remained productive and sustainable. A WWII crop rotation leaflet proved useful too, once laminated for outdoor service. Chemistry – Our do-it-yourself plant feeds seem to work, but the trial became skewed when I felt sorry for the underprivileged specimens. We made nettle feed for growing and comfrey feed (donated by a neighbour) for flowers or fruits. Both Anne and the cat were put off by the stench though, so we’ll need a quarantined area next time. Woodwork – Full marks again, to our neighbour. If you can find yourself a retired carpenter with tools and free time, it’s well worth bartering to sort out their computer problems! Physics – A raised bed with insufficient soil is little more than a wooden frame. I think I discovered some as yet unidentified law of volume that states it always takes more bags of soil and compost than you have to hand. Drama – Somehow, we cornered the market this year in micro garlic. Indoors, the chilli peppers, alas, burned brightly but briefly – except on the tongue. In a surprise twist the rogue tomato seed in the compost proved to be sun gold, yielding dozens of belladonna beauties. Maybe I’ll grow to like the taste one day.




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Days out with Dennis Go by Bus? Why Not?? This is a short but very rural day out that, in wintertime, gets the traveller out and about early and home before dark. Bus pass holders as usual travel free of charge whilst fare payers should get a Derbyshire Wayfarer on the first bus of the day, which covers everything. Belper Bus Station at 09:30 sees us on Trent Barton’s 6.2 going to Derby Bus Station where we should arrive at 09:58. Next up is Trent Barton’s Swift at 10:20 from Derby Bus Station Bay 24 which is going to Uttoxeter however, you should leave it in Ashbourne Bus Station at 10:57.

Arrival at Matlock Railway Station (where there are toilets) is an hour later. Walk across the bridge into town to the bus stop outside Marks & Spencer. Trent Barton’s The Sixes 6.1 back to Belper Bus Station leaves at 12:55, travelling via Wirksworth and arriving back in Belper at 13:45. You could, of course, have an hour exploring the delights of Matlock and catch the same 6.1 service at 13:55. Or, you could lengthen the day by catching Little’s service 141 from the same stop at 13:07 which will take you to Ripley, arriving at 14:00 or thereabouts – a very scenic journey, travelling via Holloway, Crich and Nether Heage. If you choose this option, leave this bus at Ripley church, walk back across the Market Place and catch Trent Barton’s 6.2 or 6.3 at 3 or 33 minutes past the hour. The choice, as always, is yours.

Your next bus, which is Your Bus service 110 going to Matlock, leaves from the same place at 11:40, so you have time for a short break. Toilets are available in the adjacent Sainsbury’s; for a coffee, tea or a snack you will need to go into town to find a café.

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The journey to Matlock is one of the most rural I have travelled in Derbyshire and requires the driver to be extremely cautious however, it is a beautiful journey.

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Just a Thought... Times are Changing As we all know by now, but annually forget, the clocks go back in October. It’s actually one of my favourite times of year. It never ceases to entertain me when the morning of clock adjustment dawns. The chaos, the panic, the confusion abound in abundance! What’s even more entertaining is that I am actually one of the chief culprits. In this age of technology where all our gadgets and gizmos have their own mind (and frankly a far more organised and logical one than mine), we don’t have to worry about minor things such as the clocks going back – or do we? Do we trust that all of our digital appliances will automatically reset themselves to the appropriate time? Of course we do not, we are human and putting complete faith in what is essentially a robot is a leap too far.

So cunning plans begin to form – what if we don’t put the old fashioned, battery operated wall clock back? Then we would know the next morning that this clock is one hour ahead. Genius! Except the next morning we can’t remember if we deliberately did or did not put that one back and when comparing it to our mobile phone we now have no idea which one, if either, are correct. Panic! It’s a Sunday, the shops don’t open until 10am, but is it now 10am or 9am or possibly even 11am?!! The level of national mental wrangling with this one particular issue surely calls for mandatory support lines to be put in place to guide people who are slowly losing cognition through the time maze. Yes, that’s what I’ll do for next year; I’ll set up a helpline for anyone to call who is in need of some guidance. Lines won’t open until 10am; well it is a Sunday for goodness’ sake!

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Travel Reims: A Royal City at the Heart of Champagne In the Champagne region, just 45 minutes east of Paris, the colourful city of Reims owes its fame to history and some of the world’s most illustrious vineyards. Here champagne is almost an everyday treat, but on special occasions you might meet the lovely Queen of Champagne draped in a crinoline holding up to 100 glasses, full to the brim. The Romans planted the vines and, by the end of the first millennium, the wine had earned its place on royal tables. This was a still white wine made from black grapes but, when bottled, bubbles arising during the second fermentation could cause explosions. Even Dom Pérignon, the local monk who greatly improved it, tried hard to suppress them. Yet as early as 1531, sparkling wine had been successfully produced in Limoux near Carcassonne, and when the problem was eventually solved in Champagne, sparkling wine quickly gained favour. Today, champagne is on the scene wherever you go in this endearing city, even in the cathedral. Almost totally destroyed in WWI, Notre-Dame has been painstakingly rebuilt, including its old stained glass windows, with a panel dedicated to wine making and Dom Pérignon. Bright contemporary windows by Chagall are a stunning contrast, while the latest addition is a gift from Angela Merkel as a sign of reconciliation. Many of the statues and sculptures are copies of the originals which are kept in the adjoining Palais du Tau, the former Archbishop’s palace, alongside royal treasures. Just walk down the aisle and you will see a plaque marking the spot where Clovis, the first King of the Franks, was baptized by St Rémi on Christmas Day 496, followed by 3,000 of his men. According to legend, the King was anointed with a miraculous oil carried by a dove. The oil was later stored in St Rémi’s Abbey and only brought to the cathedral for coronations, returned to its rightful home after the ceremony in exchange for hostages the monks


kept just in case. Altogether, 25 French kings were crowned in Reims Cathedral, the last one in 1825. Most notable perhaps was Charles VII, who regained his throne during the Hundred Years’ War aided by the charismatic John of Arc. Charging on horseback, sword drawn, her statue rises dramatically in front of the cathedral. Back in town, trams glide quietly through the streets while visitors and locals lunch on Erlon Square, ‘the Champs-Elysées’ of Reims, guarded by the slender Subé fountain and its Victory statue. Others relax in the parks, wander around gleaming stores and quaint shopping arcades or head for St Rémi, now a basilica, the Fine Arts Museum or the ‘Musée de la Reddition’ where at 2.41am, on May 7th 1945, the German High Command surrendered unconditionally to the Allies in the school which served as their headquarters. Today, Reims hosts concerts and exhibitions all year round, first class theatre shows and festivals, celebrating Champagne, folk culture or the legendary Joan of Arc. But no visit to the city would be complete without a guided tour in a Champagne House, such as Veuve Cliquot, named after a 27-year-old widow who in 1804, well ahead of her time, took over her husband’s business. Cavernous chalk pits, originally dug by the Romans for building material, are now the Cliquot wine cellars, a vast underground maze stretching for 25km on three levels and storing 100 million bottles of champagne in perfect conditions. By Solange Hando

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Fascinating Fungi UK Fungus day on the 8th October aims to raise awareness of the importance of fungi and the fungal kingdom. I don’t know why but I have always been intrigued by mushrooms... they are just the strangest things. They aren’t animal, vegetable or mineral. All mushrooms are fungi but not all fungi are mushrooms. According to a fungi is a living organism that is distantly related to plants, more closely related to animals but rather different from any of these groups. So that clears that up then!?! According to some children, when cooked, they have the same texture and consistency as a slug. (When the mushrooms are cooked, not the children of course). Mushrooms are in fact the fruit of the fungi, the majority of the fungi structure is hidden underground like a web in the earth. This hidden quality is perhaps what inspires their mystical nature in folklore and fairy tale. Mushrooms even have a ‘fingerprint’. If you leave one on a piece of paper for a few hours then lift it off, you will see the spores on the sheet in an intricate pattern. These prints are specific to different mushrooms and they can produces millions of spores every hour. Even if you are not partial to the consumption of mushrooms, fungi have plenty of other uses that you are sure to be thankful for. This huge range of uses includes antibiotics, making bread, alcohol, cheese and Quorn products. So, the fungal kingdom is utilised for many things. When out walking you will notice plenty of fungi in woodlands and close to trees. Fungi attach themselves to tree roots and have a symbiotic relationship with them, providing water in exchange for nutrients. In fact, 95% of all plant species have this intimate relationship which

allows both species to thrive. Fungi play a major role in decomposition. The millions of tonnes of dead plant matter is simply recycled by various types of fungi and the cycle of life goes on. Overall, fungi are vital for life on Earth and some suspect that they originally came from outer space ... or is that just me?! If you are interested in finding out more then take a look at the British Mycological Society for further fascinating fungi facts.

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Pauline Latham OBE MP The summer months in the constituency were busy but enjoyable. I was delighted to open Belper Games again this year, which took place over three days in July. This year’s event started on a Friday evening with the screening of The Jungle Book and it was good to see so many families and people of all ages having such a great time. The event, now in its sixth year, was bigger and better than ever; there was a real ale and cider festival, a streetstyle market, showground, medieval archery, slides, space-hopper races, and a huge variety of different musical acts. The Belper Games is now one of the area’s largest community events and raises money for three rare charities; The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust, Ataxia UK & The Scleroderma Society along with several other local causes and projects. A further event held over the summer was the Morley Gala, the first the village has held in 26 years. It offered a wide range of fun-filled entertainment including several craft stalls, a bouncy castle, a sale of plants by Broomfield College in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, displays by the Women’s Institute, a concert by Morley Junior School, a vintage car show featuring the Jaguar Driver’s Club, and even a big screen displaying the tennis for fans of Wimbledon! There were also specialist beers and ciders, a hog roast, and Bluebells Dairy was there selling their delicious ice-cream. I must take this opportunity to congratulate the pupils of Morley Primary School after they completed an astonishing 9000 Morley Primary School's sponsored triathlon event mile journey in June Morley Primary School’s sponsored triathlon – the distance from event Morley Primary School in Derbyshire to its sister establishment, Morley Primary School in Australia. Staff and pupils undertook a sponsored triathlon in a variety of ways in just three weeks by running, swimming, and cycling and had lots of fun achieving their goal. The school ran a number of events to help reach the required distance, including a whole school cycle, junior rollers event, and Children’s Ramathon Derby on Sunday 4th June. There was also a well-deserved party at the end to celebrate everyone’s hard work.

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One of the businesses I visited over the summer was Motostop in Belper. Conveniently located on King Street, it sells a range of motor accessories and parts and has recently diversified into DIY items. By visiting small businesses like this, I am able to hear about the challenges that they are facing and it allows me to feed this information back to the Minister. Visiting in Belper VisitingMotostop Motostop in Belper I met with a group of volunteers from Little Eaton over the summer to see a project they are currently working on. We walked through brambles and nettles so that I could see an area of land that they would like to improve for the community. It has amazing potential and they are currently seeking funding to help with their project which will encourage wildlife.

Finally, if I can help you With volunteers from the Little Eaton Project within my role as an With volunteers from the Little MP, please contact my Eaton Project Constituency Office on 01332 676679 or email me on

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Lifestyle Snatching the tickets from the enormous hand, we trudged through the mud towards the Ghost Trail, which amounted to not much more than a wander through a soggy wood with a bored-looking girl clad in rags who had painted her face white. “And ‘ere be where, in ancient times, a terrible thing ‘appened wot gave all us villagers a most terrible fright.”

And Another Thing... Halloween Story

After blasting out Monster Mash for the third time in a row, I pulled the Mondeo Ghia onto the path, shut the door, pointed the key over my head to plip the lock and then – blast! I remembered what I had forgotten to purchase – a pumpkin! “Oh, don’t bother about that Tom – now wrap up warm, we’re taking Hannah and her friend Laura to ScaryFarm for Halloween. Come on, it’ll be fun.” Unsure of future subsidies, some farmers had taken to adapting their land for different uses, and our local bumpkin had plumped for a “Halloween Experience”. Skidding around on a muddy field strewn with straw, the Mondeo struggled to gain purchase on the slippery terrain. “We’ll never get off here later, look at how it’s churning up.”

Feeling distinctly underwhelmed by her dreary soliloquy, I whispered to Sarah, “Thirty five quid to listen to this pile of old baloney?” Clearly exasperated at my refusal to get into the spirit of the evening, Sarah dragged me away to a large tent where she plonked me next to the industrial heater and shoved a cup of mulled wine under my nose. “Now drink this and shut up. I’ll drive home.” “Well, best of luck getting out that field dear.” Heartened by the spicy brew, my spirits lifted. “What’s up next on this Scarefest, then?” “The Maze of Horrors. Follow us.” We joined the queue at the entrance to a copse of freshly planted leylandii as muffled screams of terror emanated from deep inside the man-made evergreen forest. Hannah and her friend began giggling. “Our mates were here last night. Dad, it’s dead scary!” “Rubbish, it’s just a load of students in fancy dress.”

But before we decided on the first attraction, a far more terrifying prospect awaited: the chap on the gate selling tickets.

And so we entered. Round each dark bend we crept, waiting for a horrible ghoul to appear. Then, out jumped a slip of a girl sporting a grey wig. The girls screeched in delighted horror. I rolled my eyes. “Is that it?” I groaned. Then we ventured deeper into the woods. Leading the way, I turned a corner to be greeted by – and I kid you not – a seven foot ginger monster with huge claws and red eyes.

“Two adults and two children, please.”


The ruddy-faced farmer’s son with the carrot top glared at the two sophisticated young ladies by my side. “How old are they?”

Terrified, I hid behind my wife for safety, screaming, “Sarah! Make it go away!” But Sarah couldn’t help, she was too busy doing some screaming of her own. Outside the maze, my Dearly Beloved embarked on a most unwelcome debrief.

“Tom, stop moaning – now what do you want to do first, the Ghost Walk or the Scary Maze?”

“They’re both fourteen!” I blurted out. Eyes narrowing, he flipped through his day glow pad and ripping off four tickets sneered, “Aren’t they a bit young for wearing all that muck on their faces?”

“So Tom, did you enjoy that?”

“Excuse me young man, I think we’ll decide on the appropriateness of their appearance, thank you.”

“Have you stopped shaking yet?”

“Thirty six quid mate.” “Thirty –are you taking the…?” “Ten quid for grown-ups, eight for the ‘children’” “How much for a family ticket?” “Thirty five.”

“It was OK.”

Sat back in the car Sarah revved the engine as we spun ineffectually around in the mud. A knock on the window heralded salvation. “Need a push?” It was the giant farmer’s son who effortlessly heaved us onto firmer ground. And do you know something – as I turned to thank him, I swear I saw his eyes glowing red... By Tom Hughes Follow Tom on Twitter @groomsdaybook

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Beef and Pepper Stroganoff This is a fabulously quick and easy supper that is packed full of flavour. Serve with a watercress or rocket salad, if liked. Serves: 4 Ready in: 25 minutes Ingredients: 350g tagliatelle 1tbsp olive oil 4 flash-fry steaks (each about 125g), cut into thin strips 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 1 large red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 300ml carton half-fat crème fraiche 2tsp coarsely ground black pepper 1-2 tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley Method: Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the tagliatelle and cook for 8-10 minutes or according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and stir-fry the steak strips over a very

high heat until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes until golden then add the pepper slices and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Return the steak strips and any meat juices to the pan and stir in the crème fraiche and ground black pepper. Heat through gently. Stir in the parsley and adjust the seasoning to taste. Drain the tagliatelle and divide between four warmed shallow pasta bowls. Spoon the steak mixture on top and garnish with a little more freshly ground black pepper.

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Short Story Hair of the Dog “The Euclidian Geometry course is cancelled,” the registrar informed Eugene brusquely. “Too few people signed up.” “How many?” Eugene asked in astonishment. “Just you.” The lady avoided eye contact. “I suggest you choose something else.” Eugene was perplexed, yet relieved, because he didn’t want to study Euclidian Geometry either. His sister had spent the entire summer bullying him into attending a night class. “You’ve got to get out there and meet new people,” she’d insist during their evening dog walks. “Choose anything. Just be creative with it.” Eugene believed his knitting brought out his creative side, but, according to his sister, knitting wasn’t going to help him meet new people.

“Nothing expensive.” Megan smiled and blew at the froth on her coffee. “Though it does help if you have access to a dog.” She’s one of the taxidermy crowd, Eugene thought. He had wondered what people who stuffed animals for a hobby were like. It turns out, he thought, they were rather nice. “So you’re working on dogs this term?” he asked as casually as he could. He’d assumed they’d start on something small like a vole. “Dogs are ideal,” she said, “particularly the long-haired kind.” “My sister has a Collie,” he said slowly, fearful of what he was agreeing to. “But she’s not dead.”

He sat in the college cafeteria and took the dog-eared brochure from his satchel. The college offered everything from Origami to Beginners Taxidermy. There was too much choice.

Megan snorted, spraying her coffee across the table.

“Penny for your thoughts?” A lady in a fluffy black beret put her coffee down on his table.

Goodness me, thought Eugene, is she talking about a leg or a tail? He would have to have a serious discussion with his sister about how much she really wanted him to take an evening class.

“I’ve been ordered to choose a course that is both creative and sociable, or my sister will never speak to me again,” Eugene said. “Any advice?” “What sort of thing are you into?” The lady smiled sympathetically and held out her hand. “I’m Megan by the way.”

“That’s fine,” she laughed grabbing a napkin, “we only want the bits that drop off her.”

“Perhaps you could bring some next week?” Megan said, as though it was decided. “If not, I’ve got plenty of my Cocker Spaniel, Wilson, to share.” Eugene wondered what part of Wilson he would be entrusted with.

“Nice to meet you, I’m Eugene.” He shook the proffered hand. “That’s a lovely beret.”

“That’s very generous.” Eugene realised there was no backing out.

“Thank you,” she grinned. “I made it myself.”

“You’d better go and sign up, class starts in five minutes.” Megan finished her coffee. “Just tell them you want to join ‘Chiengora – wear your best friend’.”

“Beautiful wool,” Eugene said. He had an eye for these things. The corner of Megan’s mouth twitched as she regarded Eugene thoughtfully. “I believe you’ll fit in just fine on my course,” she said finally. “We’re a friendly bunch.” “Which course is that?” Eugene asked. “Perhaps we shouldn’t discuss details here.” She glanced over her shoulder. “Some people are a bit squeamish about it.”

“Wear your best friend?” Eugene asked. He’d remembered seeing that mysterious course title. “Knitting with dog wool.” Megan gathered up her bags. “I’ll see you in class.” Eugene beamed with relief. “I can lend you some knitting needles,” she called across the cafeteria.

Well, that rules out origami Eugene thought.

“No need,” he said, because he always carried some in his satchel.

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accommodation in the very competitive Blackpool market. Boasting a 3-star AA rating it can be found just fifty meters from the promenade. Ivan worked in a number of Derbyshire’s leading restaurants prior to setting up The Derby, ensuring good food is to be found here.”

The Derby Hotel in Blackpool has been shortlisted for a national award that celebrates the best independent hosts and hoteliers from across the UK. The Derby, run by Ivan and Tim – who formerly ran Bingorama of Belper – has been shortlisted for the ‘Budget with a Twist Award’ at Britain’s premier annual awards for independent hosts and hoteliers. The eviivo Awards celebrate the best of Britain’s world-class – and world-famous – bed and breakfasts, guest houses, inns and small, independent hosts and hotels.

He added: “eviivo are proud to be working with many of the finest businesses in Britain’s vibrant hospitality sector. These are often small, family-run businesses that play a significant role in driving tourism and jobs to their local community. Their devoted, independent hosts take immense pride in their service and our awards shine a light on many fine examples. Alongside traditional establishments, we see all types of accommodation, including converted castles, train carriages and yurts. What unites all of our customers is their passion and tireless dedication to offering a fantastic guest experience. We look forward to once again celebrating the very best in the industry at this year’s awards.”

The Budget with a Twist Award is specifically for those properties that offer rooms at an average daily rate of under £50, whilst still providing clean, comfortable accommodation and something more interesting and quirky than a soulless budget-chain hotel. Ivan commented: “At The Derby we work so hard to give our guests a fantastic and unique experience. We are absolutely delighted to have that recognised through this shortlisting and we just hope we are successful on the night.”

Conveniently located on Derby Road, North Shore, Blackpool, The Derby has nine welcoming rooms including en suites and family rooms. They also offer a variety of packages including illuminations specials, family specials and festive stays. To find out more about this unique hotel visit

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Footnotes: Itchy Feet Many people suffer from itchy feet from time to time – and I don’t mean the urge to travel or move on to a new situation. Most cases of itchy feet turn out to be a fungal infection normally referred to as Athlete’s Foot. However, this isn’t always the case as there are other conditions which can cause intense itching. Perhaps the most common of these is dermatitis in one form or another. An increasingly common type that we come across is footwear dermatitis caused by the patient becoming sensitive to chemicals used in the manufacture of shoes, ranging from adhesives, to Chromium used in the tanning of leather, or even dyes. The only way to deal with this is by avoiding your normal footwear for a while to see if the symptoms decrease. If it turns out that the patient is indeed allergic to a particular pair of shoes then the only sensible thing to do is throw them away. Another condition which arises from time to time is Pompholyx – a type of dermatitis which is easily recognisable due to tiny fluid filled spots, resembling individual grains of tapioca. Treatment is by soaking the feet with a very weak solution of potassium permanganate and, in severe cases, the use of steroid creams. Whatever the cause, itchy feet don’t have to be endured – they can be cured. By Peter Waugh

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Derbyshire Walking: Holbrook Walk Type: Undulating countryside with steep climbs Distance: 4.5 miles (7.2 km) Time: Allow 3 hours Waymarking: Routeway 20 OS Map: Landranger 128 Derby, Explorer 259 Derby, Uttoxeter, Ashbourne & Cheadle Start: The Spotted Cow Public House, Holbrook (parking by kind permission of Holbrook Horsley Church Horsley Church Community Society). Grid Ref SK 364 448

3. Cross the main road (beware of traffic) and turn right. After about 30 metres, turn left to double back through a gap in the stone wall and follow the footpath which cuts diagonally across the field to the woods (to the left of the large oak). Enter the woods; this area is known as The Dumble. Cross over the stream and on through a squeeze-stile, looking for a second squeeze-stile in the stone wall to come out onto the track. 4. Turn right up the track and after 250 metres go through the wicket gate at the left hand side of Rachdale Lodge and Day Park Cottage houses. Now look for a large tree next to a short section of stone wall, more or less ahead. Head across the field to the large tree. Daypark Farm to the left is one of the oldest buildings in the parish. There are records of it dating back to the fourteenth century. It is within an area called the Duffield Frith, a royal hunting forest.

The Route 1. From the Spotted Cow, cross the road, turn left and after 25 metres turn right into Stoney Lane. Follow this steep road downhill as it becomes a path, travelling with allotments on the right. 2. At the end of the allotments turn right to follow a track (beware of traffic) all the way through Nether Farm and onto the main road. There are good views all the way down the valley. Horsley Church, with its impressive spire, dates back to the 13th Century. The church also serves the communities of Coxbench and Kilburn.

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5. Go through the wicket gate to the left of the tree and then through the second wicket gate on the left of the field gate. Now head diagonally left to the left corner of a wood. Go through the gap to have the wood now on the right hand side. After about 50 metres, go over a stile and immediately left so the holly hedge is now on the left hand side. Go to the end of this field, and then continue straight on across the next field to reach a stile and wicket gate into a wooded area. 6. Cross the stile and after 20 metres turn left to go downhill (this is part of the Midshires Way). Follow the path as it continues downhill. The path runs into a tarmac road (Whittaker Lane) and housing and then down to the main road. 7. Turn left past the Bell and Harp pub. Continue along this road, crossing it at a safe point, and on in the same direction. Just into Coxbench, take time to notice the ‘lay-bys’ (Knappers Bays) intermittently on the right.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness Cottage, turn right up a path and up the steps. Cross the field, straight ahead, to pine trees. Go through the gate and across the former farmyard. 10. Go over a stile and straight on to a small gate. Go through the gate and head towards the electricity pylon in front. Turn left before the pylon to go through the hedge at a squeeze-stile. Now head diagonally right to go under the electricity wires and then bear left towards Horsley church. 11. Go through the squeeze-stile at the right hand end of the stone wall by the graveyard. Follow the path and turn right to come out at the Village Green. Turn left downhill along Horsley Road for 500 metres.

St Anthony’s Well, Coxbench St Anthony's Well, Coxbench

Continue all the way past the Fox & Hounds pub, then bear right at the old station (beware of traffic) over the railway line through to the B6179 (old main road). There are nine Flint Knappers lay-bys which are believed to be areas where workers sorted out the different stone types from the local quarries. The stone was then transported by the horse drawn tramway (the gang-way) to then be transported by canal. 8. Go straight over the road (beware of fast traffic) and under the A38. Turn left past St Antony’s Well and up Horsley Lane. Follow the lane round (beware of traffic; there’s no pavement), uphill, until reaching the last bungalow on the right hand side. 9. Turn left to double back up a track so Burn Brae and Rock Cottage houses are on your right. Just after Rock

12. Turn left down Tants Meadow (beware of traffic) and turn right at the main road. Travel along this road for approximately 350 metres, passing the garage and then later a shop. Cross the road (beware of traffic) at this straight section and continue right for 70 metres. Turn left through an open gateway area opposite number 23 and cross the stream via the bridge. This track now goes under the A38, bears left over a cattle grid and then right over a bridge, crossing the former railway line. 13. At a sharp left hand bend in the track go through a squeeze-stile straight on to be left of the electricity pylon. Follow the footpath which runs uphill, next to the hedge. Continue straight on when the hedge takes a sharp right hand bend. 14. Go through the squeeze-stile opposite and slightly diagonally right to follow a track (with hedges on both sides) uphill towards Holbrook. This comes out at Brown’s Lane. Turn left onto Moorside Lane and left again, back to the start. Walk supplied by Amber Valley Borough Council and Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield, as part of their ‘Routeways’ series of walks:

We have taken reasonable steps to ensure that this walk is safe and achievable by walkers of a realistic level of fitness. The publisher accepts no responsibility for any injuries caused to readers whilst following the walk. Always wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Walk details correct at time of going to print. It is advisable to carry the relevant OS map with you when walking the route.

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Book Reviews: Autumn Entertainment From new releases to true classics, there’s plenty to keep you entertained from our choice of books this autumn. How to Stop Time Matt Haig Tom Hazard looks like he’s 40, but he’s been alive for centuries. People notice when you age so slowly, so Tom has to change his identity every eight years – a new name, new job, new friends. Falling in love isn’t an option and it’s best not to get too attached to anyone, as they’ll only die. But Tom craves an ordinary life. Beautifully written, this book is begging to be devoured in one sitting. Home Fire Kamila Shamsie After years of raising her younger siblings, Isma is free to live her own life and to start a career in America. Back in the UK, her sister, Aneeka, is struggling in a society that sees her hijab as a threat. Enter Eamonn, the son of a well-known London politician, who will have a lasting effect on both women. This reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone covers some pretty big issues, from religion, politics and extremism to love and family ties. However, Shamsie’s skilful writing means the themes never suffocate the story. A powerful book. Entrepreneurial You Dorie Clark If you’re fed up of the daily grind and fancy setting up on your own, this book might prove a good starting point. The tagline is a good indication of the content – ‘Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive’. Clark offers advice on

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Motoring BMW M760Li xDrive Those of you hoping this was BMW’s M7 need to look away now. Although this may be the fastest BMW ever made, if you’re after a full-blooded M car like the M2, M3 or M4, the M760Li will leave you a little disappointed. BMW says that’s because this is a car for buyers with something of a split personality. One moment they may be keen on a country road assault so they can enjoy the glorious V12, the next they might want to kick back and relax in the massaging seats and just cruise along.

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The 7 Series has long been a luxury choice for the type of buyer who still enjoys driving, and the M760Li is the epitome of that. With several driving modes sporty drivers are well catered for, as throttle response is quickened, gear changes swifter and it has a taut and agile feel in bends when its sport setting is active. The comfort setting is a different story – mellower, more relaxed, it eases over bumps and floats along beautifully. With its gaudy chrome touches and in matt grey, the looks of the M760Li won’t be for everyone. Inside though it’s a wonderful place to spend time, and for those who are chauffeured, the back seats are arguably more comfortable than up front. There are multimedia screens to enjoy, cushioned headrests and massaging, reclining seat backs.

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The 7 Series feels a little smaller in the rear than rivals from Mercedes and Audi. The driving position is a little cosseting too, with controls wrapped around you, but it’s easy to get settled and comfortable.

2017 6.6-litre unit boasts a whopping 601bhp, 800Nm of torque and with 60mph reached in just 3.6 seconds, this is the fastest accelerating BMW ever – not bad for a model that’s not a ‘proper’ M car. However, the M760Li only returns 22.1mpg and emits 294g/km.

Behind the wheel

The BMW is a true Jekyll and Hyde car with distinct personalities behind the wheel. On the track it is incredibly swift, the V12 makes a pleasing sound, and body roll is not too intrusive. It’s all helped by four-wheel drive that has a rear wheel drive bias when needed. The steering is a little light in the comfort setting, though, especially for track work, but in sport mode it’s far better.

Value for money

At £132,310, you’d expect to get some goodies thrown in, and fortunately you do. Lightweight 20-inch alloys, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system and Car Play are included, as is an advanced parking system, adaptive LED headlights, a head-up display, and massaging seats. There’s even rear-seat entertainment and a panoramic glass sunroof thrown in too. The extensive options list includes executive lounge seating to make rear passengers even more comfortable, night vision and BMW laser headlights.


In a world where downsizing is the buzzword, it seems hard to believe that a manufacturer would launch a 6.6-litre petrol drinking V12. It might not be the M7 that many performance BMW fans crave, but it’s as close to it as we’re going to get. It’s great fun to drive, sumptuously luxurious and wonderfully relaxing when you want it to be – all in all, a very competent and exciting 7 Series indeed.

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• QualityÊÊ aerialsÊinstalledÊ andÊmeterÊ aligned.

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Cartwright’s Maintenance Services Lawn mowing services Small lawns, estate lawns Weekly, fortnightly, monthly Strimming • Hedge cutting Small tree felling and Pruning General garden maintenance Fully insured

Contact Darren 07972 498518 Email



Insured • Reliable • Professional For all types of plastering and rendering including ■ Skimming ■ Rendering Overboarding ■ Stud walls ■ Coving ■ Walls Insulated

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A small friendly family run business

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GARDENING SERVICES No job too small Regular weekly / fortnightly round if required One-off jobs Over 25 years’ experience

Please call Tim 01773 827364 or 07748 043920 Based in Belper

Friendly and reliable service

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Little Job

building company

Over 30 years’ experience

A Little Company for the Little Jobs

All types of building & renovation work undertaken From small jobs to extensions

All of our trades personnel are time served professionals in:

Work also includes:


Masonry • Roofing Plastering • Joinery Electrical • Plumbing

Loft & garage conversions Velux windows fitted Solid fuel stoves fitted

All work insured and guaranteed

Polite & friendly service

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For All Your Garden Machinery Requirements


collection and delivery

Service • Sales • Repair Low cost • Fixed price

Petrol lawnmowers serviced from ÂŁ49.95 Ride on Lawn Tractors serviced from ÂŁ104.95 Petrol Strimmers serviced from ÂŁ29.95

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Bathtime Heanor Limited For all your Bathroom Needs

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AAfamily over years familybusiness business for for over over  30  years Contemporary & Traditional Bathrooms Bathrooms and Showers

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• Marbrex panels & Karndean flooring V V   !  ! Visit our extensive 2 floor showroom today               Free quotations given Tel: 768805 or email: T T 01773 01773 768805 or 10 Street, Heanor DE75 7AH    Church Open 10-4pm, Saturday 10-2pm  Monday Monday- Friday to Friday 10-4pm, Saturday 10-2pm 10-2pm Closed and Sundays  Wednesdays Wednesdays Wednesdays and Sundays www.bathtimeheanor .co . To advertise contact Ruth: T: 01332 883140 M: 07545 261034 E:


Friendly, Local, Reliable Service Fully Insured

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General DIY Home Maintenance Flat pack assembly Painting interior and exterior Child home safety Garden work from lawn mowing to patios and much, much more...... Call for a FREE quote 07562 648 506 Based in Belper

Free Quotes Local, Reliable, Professional and Mature Businessman Please call Steve for advice and a free no-obligaton quotation.

• Tree Surgeon - Insured & Qualified. • Hedges Trimmed or Removed. • Fencing - Installation & Maintenance. • Other work includes, Jet Washing, Decorating, Gutters & General Handyman.

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Why are we one of the best Plumbing & Heating companies in the Midlands? We only charge if you are happy We always turn up on time We give you one price and stick to it Our business is built on recommendations All aspects of Plumbing & Heating covered


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Plumbing & Heating Services include:

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Roller Garage Doors - Industrial Shutters - Awnings - Retractable/Fixed Grills Glass Verandas


I offer a complete and quality electrical service from hanging a light fitting to a full rewire Work includes: • Full/partial rewires • New sockets outside/inside • Security lighting/burglar alarms • CCTV/ Access control systems • Smoke alarms • Intercom system/disabled alarms • Home cinema systems


estimates given Competitive rates, Out of hours & weekend services available

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Garden Maintenance • Jet Washing Painting and Decorating Internal and External Guttering Cleaning and Replacement • Man with a Van

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Plastering & Tiling Services Quality Work – at very competitive prices No job too small • FREE no obligation quotes

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TA WINDOWS Windows • Doors • Conservatories For all your double glazing requirements

Over 20 years experience Other services include:

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Replacement sealed units Fascias, soffits & guttering Conservatories - full & part refurbishment Lock repairs & upgrades

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10 year insurance backed warranties 10 year insurance backed warranties Please call Tim

Covering Belper and the surrounding areas

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• Best value for money • Free design and planning service • Quality 18mm colour co-ordinated cabinets • Extensive door styles to choose from • Granite, solid surface and laminate worktops • Latest CAD 3D design software • No pressure selling • Large car park • Experienced friendly designers

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FOR ALL YOUR DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS Full & Part Rewires Fault Finding Fuse Board Change Extra Lighting/Sockets Emergency Call Out Free Quotation Fully Insured & Fully Guaranteed

No deposit required payment taken upon satisfactory completion of work

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Ian Wilson Carpets est. 1979

“Our choice is hard to beat and so are our prices” Supplier and fitter of top quality carpets, laminate flooring, vinyls, and decorative vinyls. • Massive range in stock • Quick turn around • Excellent service • Covering all of Derbyshire • Free samples • Choose from our excellent range at home • Own team of dedicated fitters for carpets and hard flooring

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Contact: Mob: 07971 437901 10 Openwoodgate, Belper DE56 0SD Tel: 01773 880398 14c Town Street, Duffield DE56 4 EH Tel: 01332 843989

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Homes & Gardens

Property Matters Don’t Delay, Act Today!

3. Planning application – The finished design will often require planning permission. If it goes smoothly this can take up to eight weeks.

Things Always Take Longer Than You Think

4. Production drawings – You should always wait for planning approval before proceeding with the more detailed technical drawings as these can be difficult and expensive to change should the planners require any amendments to the layout. These drawings can take another two weeks to produce.

We’ve noticed over the years that homeowners want their extension finished and ready for the summer, or by Christmas – and you can understand why. Unfortunately, however, most homeowners start to think about things a couple of months too 5. Building Regulations approval and tendering – You can late. We get calls in early January from customers run these concurrently, but they will both take more or wanting a summer completion when they really less another three weeks. needed to start the ball rolling in November or Your questions answered bytheJon December. Similarly we get calls in the height of 6. Construction phase – Depending on size and summer when Easter is a better bet for a ChristmasPilkington, complexity this can Pilkington vary from 6 weeks to 6 months, but Jon Architecture completion. on average most extensions are built in ten to twelve weeks. Here’s why: This gives you a total of between six and seven months 1. Design lead in – even in these times any designer worth from start to finish. NEW BEDROOM CAN LIFT VALUE BY of or simply to extend the kitchen. his salt has some work on his books. Be suspicious You can usually squeeze in aon an A QUARTER! someone who can start right away. At least two weeks So, don’t delay! If you’re planning lead in is reasonable extension is going to require planning ground that floor cloakroom as well! approval, give us a call today in readiness Research by Nationwide Building Society 2.suggests Survey andthat design – Your designer needs to make for completion the summer months. an time extension or loft conversion The researchinalso suggests that a which measured surveyaofdouble your house, then discuss your needs creates bedroom can add a 10% increase in floor area of and wishes, draw up a design and amend it a couple of Contact Jon on 12%until to the average priceit.ofThis your a home addsor approximately 5% times you’re happy with canhome. easily take two 07768 523901 email this………..the research also suggests to its value. toBut, threeget weeks.


creating its own bathroom could increase the average price by as much as 23%! Bearing in mind that moving up the property ladder from a three-bedroom to a four-bedroom house costs an average of £40,000 (not including legal fees and other moving costs) a two storey extension or loft conversion can be accomplished for around £30,000 - £35,000.

Not much difference you may say but consider this……..with a two storey extension you also gain the floor area downstairs. This could be for that much-needed study/home office, family area for the kids,


As the number of homeowners prepared to put their homes on sale is falling, extending an existing home is becoming increasingly attractive to many. Many contractors are still quoting competitively, while a surge in re-mortgages, confirmed by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, suggests many homeowners could have raised finance for building work. So….if this type of project has been something you’ve been considering then take advantage of the free initial consultation offered by Pilkington Architecture.

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I have been in business since 1976, one of the oldest roofing companies in Derbyshire.

Covering Belper, Duffield and surrounding areas

All works are carried out by myself (no subcontractors) ensuring the very best in personal service from start to finish.

All Roofing Repair Work

My reputation has been built on my high quality work.

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Feel free to view many customer recommendations on DERBYSHIRE TRUSTED TRADER or WHICH ROOFER websites

Chimney & Leadwork

Recommendations are also available from The Church of England for works on their historical buildings.

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Friendly & Reliable Handyman Service With over 20 years experience in the DIY trade

No job too small & good rates Plumbing repair and maintenance Painting and decorating Bathroom installation / Tiling Garden services Building flat packs DIY jobs around the home


Please call Tim (Belper based) 07955 743124 /01773 825226


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Verticals Rollers Venetians Romans Wooden Pleated Perfect fit Intu Conservatory blind specialists

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Belper based

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Rewires & Partial Rewires. Wiring of New Extensions. Showers Installed. Extra Sockets, Extra Light Points & Switches.

Telephone Points. Exterior Lighting. TV Points (Not Aerials). Extractor Fans, Kitchens & Bathrooms. Free Quotations - No Job Too Small. Part P Registered.

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McPherson-Davis & Sons

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

Additional sockets to full re-wire

Kitchen or bathroom tiling

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Additional sockets installed from £40 Full re-wire from £2000 • Board change from £250 Full room plastering (4 walls and ceiling) from £250 Prices inclusive of materials and relevant electrical certificate

Call to arrange your free no obligation quotation

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WEATHERSEAL Windows, Doors & Conservatories Full Insurance Backed Guarantee High Security Internal Glazing Bead as Standard Hook Bolt Door Locks as Standard All Kinds of Repairs Undertaken No high pressure sales. No sub contractors

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Local Family Run Company

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We have over 20 years experience - you can be assured of quality work

All aspects of heating and plumbing including

New Boilers • New Central Heating Service and Repairs • Landlord Certificates 209764

Worcester Bosch Accredited Installer Fully Insured Based in Duffield we are polite, friendly, clean & tidy

Please call 07974 314280

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Please call for a friendly, free no obligation quote.

ELECTRICAL • All aspects of electrical work from an extra socket to a full rewire. • Fault ďŹ nding and repairs. • Showers repaired or new ones ďŹ tted. • Burglar alarms & telephone points installed. • No job too big or too small.

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Building and Maintenance

Brickwork • Joinery • New Build Extensions • Alterations • Renovations • Plastering Friendly & Reliable

Please call Aaron 01773 436833 • 07762 116200

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Painting, internal & external


Treating garden fences/gates and sheds


Out of hours/weekends


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All work guaranteed


No job too small


Free quotes

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With many years’ experience within the construction industry. Our work includes:

Extensions • Renovations • Conversions Kitchens • Bathrooms • Repairs We pride ourselves on dedication, reliability and quality. For a free no obligation quote or to ďŹ nd out more about what we can offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Children & Education

Animal Tales A Day in the Life... My name is Psam, I am a 4-year-old black and white cat and this is a day in my life. Most of my days are made up of sleeping, playing with my little sister, getting loads of attention and going outside exploring. Today I start off my day by sitting on the top of the sofa with my eyes slowly shutting. I hear a noise and all of a sudden my eyes open; I wait to see what happens. The door swings open and is followed by my owner. She comes in and I shoot off the chair over to the other side of the room. They say I’m like a dog because of the way I act when I want a fuss – I run over to people and lift my head up to reach their hands, or sit on their lap so they will fuss me more. Today my owner walks over to the window and I jump up onto the window ledge; she strokes me a little bit more and then opens the window for me to go exploring.

Well, I haven’t managed to find anything to bring back today and I am starting to get tired now so I make my way back home, thinking about the warmth of the house and the way I sink into the sofa so that it feels like it’s hugging me. I see the window open and I jump up; it’s like I am flying. Running over to the food, I have a quick snack. I then stroll to the sofa where I normally lie down. My sister is lying there so I curl up next to her. Slowly, my eyes start to shut and I feel the warmth wrap around my body as I fall asleep.

By Gemma Poxon Student at Derby College – Broomfield Hall

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I leap out of the window onto the vibrant green grass below. It’s cold on my paws. I run from the grass onto the concrete, then just sit and think about where I should go next. I run over to the park, jumping over the dirty brown gate. Walking along the side of the park I look for anything I can take back home to my owners to show them that I appreciate what they have done for me. I see something. I get down low with my back up in the air, ready to pounce. Then I hear the gate open; I turn around quickly still in pouncing position. I turn back around and the animal has gone. I am confused. Now, where did it go?

Intermittent Internet Connection

Since the upgrades to Windows 10 there have been a variety of issues. One in particular that has been reported by some of my customers is Intermittent Internet for no particular reason. It seemed to be those who upgraded their PCs from Windows 8 to 10. The checks I made initially were • Rebooting the Router • Contacting the Broadband provider No issues were found but it was still unreliable. I switched off the internal wireless and replaced it with an external WIFI dongle. This seemed to resolve the issue. For help, advice or training call 07810562532 email:

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The Diary of a Local Mum Time To Yourself I remember distinctly the moment that I realised how all-consuming motherhood was going to be. Yes, it may not have hit me until after I’d given birth but, to my credit, the realisation struck fairly shortly afterwards. My daughter was born at 6am so, as you can imagine, by the time that night came I’d been awake for what felt like an eternity and was more than ready for a little shut-eye (‘Ha ha’, you say! Yes, you know...). Come 2am, she still wouldn’t settle. I’d fed her what felt like a million times, she’d drop off, then as I put her down...squawk! A midwife helpfully suggested that maybe she needed changing. “What, now?” I naively replied. She just chuckled. And that’s when it hit me. Day or night, my time was no longer my own. I was completely at the beck and call of this tiny little bundle. As parents will know, this situation doesn’t change as babies grow into toddlers, young children or teens. From retrieving socks that have been thrown from a pram to reading umpteen bedtime stories, or acting as a taxi service, you’re basically a glorified servant (Are you in fact even glorified? It’s questionable...) for the next, ooh, 18 years at least. You will crave a moment to go to the toilet in peace, to finish a cup of tea while it’s still warm, or even to finish a conversation with another adult. As they grow older their reliance on you changes. They develop a social life (cast your mind back into the murky depths of your memories, you may just about remember what one of those is) and you’re required to ferry them here, there and everywhere. On occasion, however, the stars align and between lifts you are left with ...Time To Yourself. So, what do you do??? You’ve been craving a moment to yourself FOREVER! You need to spend this time wisely. You’ll get together with a friend for an uninterrupted chat, yes, that’s what you’ll do. Of course, a few phone calls later and you

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discover this ‘free time’ phenomenon only strikes one parent at a time. ‘Oooh, lucky you! Enjoy!’ they all coo. ‘Yes, I will!’ you think. ‘Now, what shall I do? I know...I’ll enjoy some pampering!’ But the very nature of Time To Yourself is that it comes unannounced. And hairdressers and beauticians get booked up in advance by people who are able to plan ahead. ‘Ah well, I’ll just relax with a book. That’ll be nice.’ You put the kettle on, and curl up on the sofa with a book. Two pages in, you look up and notice the thick layer of dust under the TV. ‘Hmm, I’ll just get that while I’ve got the chance.’ You get up and go to get a duster, immediately realising you need the loo. ‘Ooh, a chance to wee in peace!’ you chuckle. Diverting to the toilet, you notice that chipped paint on the skirting board that’s been irritating you for ages. A quick trip to the garage and, armed with a tin of paint and a brush, you sort it. ‘Ah, that looks better. I feel better for doing that! I might see if there’s any more I can do while I’m at it...’ Then you remember the toilet. The need is more urgent now. As you sit with time to think instead of children firing questions at you as you answer the call of nature, your mind wanders back to the dust... ‘Oh yes, that’s what I was doing...’ so you grab the duster and polish the TV, the windowsill, the fireplace, the coffee table... ‘Ah, my book! I’m meant to be relaxing and enjoying myself, not cleaning!’ so you sit down and turn the page. Then the doorbell goes. The kids are back. You’ve read three pages. Your phone beeps; your friend has messaged: “Did you enjoy your Time To Yourself? You lucky thing!” Erm...

By Helen Young

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

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NEW RETIREMENT VILLAGE GRAND OPENING SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER 10AM – 4PM Be one of the first to view the fabulous new Retirement Village and Care Home in Derbyshire. With its sumptuous restaurant and bar as well as its exclusive Wellness Spa and pool, Richmond Astonon-Trent takes retirement living to a new level. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to view our luxury 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, the state-of-the-art care home as well as all the other wonderful facilities.

VILLAGE FACILITIES • 1 & 2 bedroom apartments • Activities & events team • Transport service • Restaurant, bar & café • Wellness Spa & pool • Hair & beauty salon • Landscaped gardens • Care team on site 24 hours a day • Care Home providing nursing & dementia care

For more information, 01332 895612 contact the village advisers: Richmond Drive, Aston-on-Trent DE72 2EA


Your Horoscope October and November 2017 October moves the zodiac sign of Libra to the forefront. Libra is the sign of the scales and whether you are a sun sign Libra or not you too can take this opportunity to find more stability in your life. October is also a pivotal month for marking Jupiter’s entrance into the intense and secretive sign of Scorpio. The shift occurs on the 11th, announcing the beginning of a yearlong period of exploring and confronting the complex mysteries of life and death. Jupiter tends to exaggerate the aspects of any sign that it travels through. In Scorpio, Jupiter has taken the plunge in search of truth, wisdom and untapped resources that have been lurking in the shadows. We can all use this investigative, probing energy to understand and heal buried issues that we may have been rejecting. Venus enters the balanced sign of Libra on the 14th, joined by warrior planet Mars on the 23rd. With the new moon in Libra on the 19th there is great opportunity to find the true meaning of a balanced life. November brings the deep and mysterious sign of Scorpio into the spotlight; this is your cosmic invitation to review anything in your life that has outlived its purpose. Venus, the planet of love and romance, enters Scorpio on the 7th and then on the 13th there is a brilliant alignment with the bountiful planet Jupiter – the chances are, romantic attachments can blossom as they become more passionate and intense. Mercury’s arrival in visionary Sagittarius on the 6th opens minds to a wide range of new interests. The new moon is in emotive Scorpio on the 18th; this Scorpio new moon is also the perfect time to renew your well-being before the winter sets in. ARIES: MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 October: Finances and resources are high on the agenda as Jupiter shines a beneficial spotlight on to this area of your life. Things need sorting out and a new plan of action should lead to some brilliant financial decisions being made, particularly those concerning a partner or a close friend. With the emphasis on the partnership sector of your chart, November will surely turn out to be a busy and rewarding month. Your ruler, dynamic Mars, shows you that the heat is on, then after the 19th you can begin to take things a bit easier. Financial matters may need some attention around the new moon on the 18th. TAURUS: APRIL 21 - MAY 21 October: Abundant Jupiter arrives in the relationship area of your chart on the 11th highlighting the themes of the past months. This could be the start of a new chapter in your life: don’t let your doubts colour the decisions you make – you have more options than you think. November: The radiant Sun and mighty Jupiter are both shining a beneficial light on all your partnerships and relationships this month. The 13th is a particularly auspicious day and things should run smoothly and be very much to your liking; prepare for new encounters and rewarding relationships. GEMINI: MAY 22 - JUNE 21 October: Mighty Jupiter arrives in powerful Scorpio on the 11th, highlighting work and all matters to do with health and wellbeing. You should be feeling determined to make those important changes. It’s time to draw up some constructive plans, as what you want is well within your reach. November: Three planets occupy the work and wellbeing angle of your chart; daily routines and general health will be your top priorities this month. Mercury, your ruler, gets energetic and motivated in fiery Sagittarius after the 6th as interesting new opportunities come your way. CANCER: JUNE 22 - JULY 22 October brings abundant Jupiter into the most creative part of your chart. Friendships and romance are also strongly linked and new relationships are set to flourish. Your home is extremely important as both Venus and Mars draw attention to where improvements can be made. November: The Moon, your ruling planet, starts the month in fiery Aries, illuminating the career and ambition sector of your chart. Communication is good as the Sun, Jupiter and Mercury ensure that your confidence and self-esteem are at their highest. This could be the month for brilliant breakthroughs! LEO: JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 October: Mighty Jupiter moving into Scorpio on the 11th puts the spotlight on your home and family. This is the start of a major period of renewal and regeneration; you may need to slow down the pace of events and clear up unfinished business. The Libra new moon on the 19th is a key date. November: As dynamic Mars powers up your financial sector you’ll be on the lookout for new ways to make money. Abundant Jupiter lends a helping hand and ensures there isn’t much that you can’t achieve this month! The Scorpio new moon on the 11th brings a domestic issue into the spotlight. VIRGO: AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 October: Abundant Jupiter lights up the most interactive area of your chart from the 11th; this offers an excellent time to communicate your goals and persuade those around you to help. Play safe with professional and financial decisions until after the Libra new moon on the 19th. November: Three planets in the communication corner


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Community of your chart ensure that this will be an important month. High energy, successful interaction and new projects are the main themes to keep you occupied. Your confidence is strong and you have the determination to do things your way. LIBRA: SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 October: Enjoy the last days of abundant Jupiter in your sign and be sure to clear up any unfinished business that needs your attention. By the 22nd both Venus and Mars have moved into your sign, helping you collaborate brilliantly and actively promote your future goals. November: With dynamic Mars in your sign all month you have the opportunity to be more assertive and to step up into a more important role. Jupiter is strong in your financial area and the new moon on the 18th could see a boom in your income, or even a lucky breakthrough. SCORPIO: OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 October: Abundant Jupiter enters your sign for a one-year stay on the 11th. This is the right time to follow your heart and initiate any major changes that could bring improvements in the near future. Your personality makes a big impact, particularly after the 17th when communicative Mercury enters your sign. November is your birthday month and the fabulous new moon in your sign on the 18th brings the start of a brand new cycle of transformation and personal growth. Dynamic Mars is confronted by powerful Pluto on the 19th, ensuring that spiritual and psychological regeneration are also important themes. SAGITTARIUS: NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 October brings an introspective slant as mighty Jupiter moves into intense Scorpio on the 11th. Certain events may now have a nostalgic tone so don’t be afraid to focus your attention on matters from the past. After the 22nd both Venus and Mars highlight your goals and ambition. November: The friendship angle of your chart comes into focus this month, making you aware that it has never been more important to listen to others when making important decisions. As communicative Mercury enters your sign on the 6th, long held dreams and aspirations can begin to take shape. CAPRICORN: DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 October: Mighty Jupiter moving into a sociable area of your chart on the 11th brings opportunities for exciting and transformational group endeavours to unfold. You should find that fresh starts are easier to make at this time, so give yourself permission to forge ahead! November: The Sun, Jupiter and Mercury are all in Scorpio, stirring up anything to do with friendships and group endeavours. Romance is also favoured as the love planet Venus moves into passionate Scorpio on the 7th, increasing the chances of meeting someone new. AQUARIUS: JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 October: Abundant Jupiter lights up the highest point of your chart after the 11th, ensuring that professional results show just how effective past efforts have been. It’s the perfect time to maximise your potential and put your powers of judgement to the test; the culmination of a project is in sight. November: Goals and ambition are favoured this month as the Sun illuminates this area of your chart. Mars and Venus are both in Libra increasing the chances of a new romance, or reviving desire in a current partnership. A breakthrough comes around the time of the new moon on the 18th. PISCES: FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 October: Broadening your horizons becomes increasingly important this month as optimistic Jupiter opens your mind to transformation through new learning and travel. Apply your energies to constructive pursuits; you should have the determination and staying power to plan and organise tasks. November: Stern Saturn, at the highest point in your chart, makes a brilliant aspect to innovative Uranus keeping you focussed and attentive to any new prospects that may further your career. The new moon in Scorpio on the 18th offers exciting opportunities and opens your mind to new horizons.

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The recipient of this issue’s bouquet is one of All Things Local’s contributors, Fliss Goldsmith of Belper. Fliss was nominated by our Editorial Copywriter & Coordinator, Helen Young. Here’s what Helen wrote: “I have the pleasure of working with some fabulous contributors in my role at All Things Local and we are grateful for all of their wonderful articles, but one lady in particular has made an incredible effort of late. Fliss Goldsmith, who writes the brilliantly entertaining ‘Just a Thought’ article, has had a really tough few months suffering with health problems as well as juggling the demands of a business and a young family, yet she never fails to deliver a great article for ATL readers’ enjoyment. More recently her luck seems to have turned a corner thanks to her writing talent and exciting things are afoot for her! I admire her courage in the face of adversity, her determination, her wit and her continued loyalty to All Things Local. Thank you Fliss!” Helen Young

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PC Richard Parkin said: “Individuals that made these phone calls falsely identified themselves as representatives of different police forces from around the country.

A Recent Wave of Fraud To help us protect you following a recent wave of fraud, please take the following advice: “Never withdraw cash at the request of a stranger.” That is our urgent message to the Derbyshire community and All Things Local readers, particularly the elderly. The advice follows a spate of incidents in the Derbyshire area recently where people received phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be police officers. The vulnerable victims were instructed to make large withdrawals of cash and to take the money home and await collection. Four people received these phone calls in August and cash was collected by the fraudsters from two vulnerable victims.

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The fraudsters told the victims their bank accounts were being used fraudulently or that they had people in custody and, in order to protect the money in their accounts, it needs to be withdrawn and collected by a police representative. Elderly people are clearly being targeted as part of a criminal strategy, so please talk to friends and family if you believe they might be vulnerable to this type of crime.” “Put simply, a genuine police officer will never call a member of the public and ask them to withdraw money. If that’s the claim being made, it is highly likely that an attempted fraud is taking place. Put the phone down and call 101.” More information and advice about how to protect yourself from fraud can be found on the Derbyshire police website:

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Community Diary October / November 2017 October

7th: Sitwell Singers’ concert of French music: Requiem and Quatre Motets by Duruflé, and motets by Fauré, César Franck and Saint Saëns. 7.30pm, St John the Evangelist Church, Derby DE1 1DY. Tickets: £10 (u16 free) from, 01332 662519, Foulds Music Shop, or on the door. 9th: ‘Images of Belper Transport’ FREE talk by Adrian Farmer, 7 – 8.30pm No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. Refreshments available; donations welcome. Booking essential via Belper Library or call 01629 533192. 21st: Roast lunch 12.30pm, Waingroves Methodist Church. To book: Pam 01773 746350 24th: ‘New Discoveries’ FREE illustrated talk by Adrian Farmer, 7pm No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. Refreshments available; donations welcome. Booking essential: or 01629 536831. 28th: Cromford Photography Walk, 11am-1pm. Bring your camera and join photographer Helen Chester LRPS on a guided walk around Cromford. Meet outside the ‘Shop in the Yard’ Cromford Mills. Cost: £5. Tickets & info: or 01629 823256. 28th: Concert: Chapel Park Band & Waingroves Friends & Neighbours, 7.30pm at Waingroves Methodist Church. 28th & 29th: Family Fun at Cromford Mills – Witches, Wizards & Goosebumps. 10am – 4pm. Free entry (small charge for some activities). Fancy dress, stalls, unusual animals, games, spooky trail. Info: or 01629 823256.


10th & 11th: Book sale at Waingroves Methodist Church. Friday 3-4.30pm & 6.30-9pm; Sat 10am-12 noon. 12th: Remembrance Sunday Service, 10.45am, Waingroves Methodist Church. 18th: Roast lunch 12.30pm, Waingroves Methodist Church. To book: Pam 01773 746350 19th: Afternoon Tea at Horsley Woodhouse Village Hall, fundraising for Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity), 12.30pm. Tickets from Helen Pope: 07449 495976. 27th: Milford & Belper Christmas Lights Switch On, by Town Mayor & Father Christmas. 5pm Milford Triangle Garden, 5.45pm Belper Memorial Gardens. Stalls and Santa’s Grotto on King St, Belper. 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 December 2017/January 2018 please e-mail it to Deadline is Wednesday 25th October 2017.

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Local History: Sunday School Treats at Belper Wakes

The following extract in our archive from Derby Mercury, 6 July, 1859 describes the activities held during Belper Wakes for the children attending the Sunday schools. The number of children involved seems remarkable today, but was not unusual then. “Belper, on Sunday and Monday last, presented an unusually animated appearance, it being the period of the wakes. It has for many years been customary to hold the Sunday-school treats on the wake Monday, and this custom was nearly universally observed on the day in question. The St. Peter’s Sunday-school, numbering upwards of 500 children, made a procession through various streets of the town, and took tea in the National School-room, after which amusements of various kinds were most heartily entered into by them, in the paddock kindly lent to them for the occasion by C. W. Wilkinson, Esq. The Christ Church Sunday-school, amounting in number to about 200 scholars and friends, took tea in Messrs. Strutt’s School-room, kindly lent for the occasion. The children were addressed by the Rev. S. Danby. They afterwards entered heartily into amusements of various kinds in a field lent by the Messrs. Strutt. The Wesleyan and Pottery (Wesleyan) Sunday-schools assembled in their respective places of worship. The former numbered about 450 scholars and friends, and the latter about 500. The procession of both schools united in King-street and proceeded to the Butts, where a ring was formed, when the whole assembly sang, after which they separated, the former proceeding to the “Lady Well” in the park, where they once more joined in singing, after which they were addressed by the Rev. P. Featherstone. They then proceeded to their School-room, where they partook of tea, after which amusements of various kinds were entered into. The Pottery Sunday scholars proceeded from the Butts to their chapel, where tea was served out. They then adjourned to a field of Mr. Marriott’s for the purpose of amusement.

Duffield Wesleyan Sunday School about to set off on a Wakes trip

The Sunday-school in connection with the Wesleyan Reformers had a procession of scholars and friends in number about 300, through parts of the town, after which they partook of tea in the chapel. About 200 friends also partook of the same beverage in the school-room of the building. After tea the children went to the field of Mr. Moreton, in Market-street-lane, where they entered most zealously into amusements of various kinds. The Independents held their annual Sunday-school treat on the same day, when the children belonging to the Sabbath school, Cow Hill, assembled along with the children attending the Sabbath school in the Independent Chapel. In number amounting to about 250, they proceeded through various parts of the town. They then went to the chapel, where tea was provided for them, after which they proceeded to the Barn Croft, which had been kindly lent for their use by Mr. T. Crofts, draper, where various amusements were enjoyed.” Members of Belper Historical Society are available at St John’s Heritage Centre on the last Saturday of the month between 9.30 and 12 noon if you wish to discuss Belper’s history with them. Our next talk at the Heritage Centre on Wednesday, December 6th at 7.30pm is “The Restoration and Operation of Heage Windmill” by Brian Naylor. All are welcome. We charge £3 for visitors.

By Pat Marjoram Chairman, Belper Historical Society

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Clubs, Societies, Groups, Classes Belper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belper Art Group Meet at Strutt’s Centre, Derby Road, Belper every Thursday 7-9pm, Room 109. All abilities welcome. Further details from Club Secretary 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 Belper Women’s Group Every Wednesday at 10am at Holbrook Road School. Talks and social events. New members welcome. Call Marie on 01773 824406. Bereavement Support Group The Cottage Project, Chapel Street, Belper every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 10am to 12noon. 01773 880364. Blossom Ladies’ Club Meet fortnightly on Wednesdays at The Old Kings Head, Days Lane, Belper, 2 3.30pm. New members welcome. Contact Phyllis: 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.

Fleet Indoor Bowls Belper Would love to see new members at our very laid back, friendly club. Monday evenings. Average age 50+ but all ages considered. Phone: Annette 01773 824945. 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;; 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. Mid Derbyshire Green Party 1st & 3rd Monday of each month. 7pm at Fleet Arts Centre, The Fleet, Belper. Info: Sue MacFarlane, 01773 423758. 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. 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:


Little Black Book 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. 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. 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. 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.

Meet at Belper Leisure Centre Reception, John O’Gaunts Way DE56 0DA. Contact Belper Leisure Centre 01773 825285. 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.

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

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.

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

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:

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.

Jog Codnor Jog Derbyshire Group. Meets at the Poet & Castle Pub. For all abilities. Tuesdays at 7pm Contact: Ben 07500 600171

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

Stay & Play At Waingroves Methodist Church, every Wednesday during Term Time, 1.30pm - 3pm. Contact Ruth Beresford: 01773 743345.

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.

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

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:

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

The Highedge Historical Society Welcomes new members. Parkside Methodist Church, Parkside, Heage on second Monday of each month at 7.30pm.

3rd Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm at Kilburn Methodist Chapel Brown Owl (Trish Rose) 01332 881786

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

1st Horsley & Kilburn Rainbows St Clements Church, Church St, Horsley Thurs 6.00pm – 7.00pm. Contact Sarah 07454224088

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.

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

Kilburn Wine Circle Kilburn Village Hall, Church St., DE56 0LU. Every third Wednesday of the month to taste wine. Contact David Savidge 0115 930 3712 or Phil Bacon 01332 883267. Mums & Minis Denby Bottles Church, Danesby Crescent, Tuesdays 10am to 12noon. Mike and Alison James 01773 743104 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

Little Black Book 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

The Wednesday Club The Denby Village Cricket Club, 1st Wednesday every month 2pm–4pm. Ann Goddard: 01332 780220. All welcome.

MASSIVE – Youth Drop-In Centre Emmanuel Community Church, 32 Chapel Street, Duffield, Fridays during term time. MASSIVE XTREME: (School years 7-9) 4 - 6:30pm, MASSIVE: (School years 10-13) 7 - 9:30pm. Contact Ashlyn: 01332 841386

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;

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.

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

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.

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;

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Community Lunch Emmanuel Community Church, 32 Chapel Street, Duffield. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. For the older person in the community. Info: Lynda 01332 840821 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 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. EXPLORERS – Children’s Bible Club Emmanuel Community Church, 32 Chapel Street, Duffield. Wednesdays during term time, 4 - 5:30pm School years 0 – 6. Contact Chris 01332 841386. 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 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.

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 Friendship Club First Thursday of every month. 2pm -4pm at the Sports and Social Club, Shaw Lane, Holbrook. Call David Robinson for more information 01773 828304 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.

Horsley & Coxbench Horsley & Coxbench WI Horsley Village Hall, Church Street, Horsley, second Monday each month. 7.15pm. Tel: Janet 01332 883466. Horsley Over 60’s Club Horsley Village Hall, Church Street, Horsley, alternate Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Contact Barbara Watts: 01773 745008 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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Horsley Woodhouse

1st Sitwell Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, aged 6 to 14. Sitwell Scout HQ off Church Lane, Horsley Woodhouse DE7 6AW. Info: Email: Dance Night Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Monday 7.00pm, Line Dancing with Megan; and at 8.15pm. Eric: 01332 881566 or 07790 863997 Horsley Woodhouse Joggers Meet at the church hall, Horsley Woodhouse 7.00pm Thursdays. £2 per session. Beginners group for new or returning joggers. Contact: Sam Draper 07891 571488. Horsley Woodhouse Pre-School Methodist Church Hall, Main Street. Term Time: Under 3’s Monday & Wednesday 1.00pm to 3.30pm. Over 3’s Monday to Friday 9.15am to 12.15pm. Call 07969 964842 during opening hours. Horsley Woodhouse Royal British Legion Horsley Woodhouse Over 60’s Club meets in the hall, alternate Tuesdays at 2pm. Bingo, dominoes and cards. Outings for members at regular intervals. Subs £8 per year. Come and join our friendly group. Call Don 01332 881379. Orchard Group Dominoes, Scrabble, and Whist at Orchard Community Centre, off Fairfield Road, alternate Tuesdays 2pm. 01332 883240. Over 55’s Gentle Exercise Class Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Wednesday 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Pauline Clarke: 01773 712829 or Eric 01332 881566

18 months – 4 year olds. Contact Fliss Goldsmith 07718 487079 or for FREE trial session 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


Tae Kwon-Do Practical Self Defence Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Adult & Junior Classes, Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm. Contact Shirley 07779 812468

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:;

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

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.

Whist Drive British Legion Hall, Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, every Friday 7.30pm. Malcolm Parkin 01332 880160.

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;;

Little Eaton

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

Milford Baptist Church 23 Chevin Road, Milford. Sunday Worship 10:30am, modern and relevant, coffee after. Kaleidoscope, Interactive Bible Study 1st/3rd Wednesdays 1:30pm. Bible Study, Thursdays 7:30pm. Coffee Morning 1st Friday of month 10am – noon. Disabled friendly. Enquiries 01773 822370 Milford & Makeney WI Meet at Milford Baptist Church, 23 Chevin Road, Milford, DE56 OQH. On first Monday afternoon of the month at 2.00pm. Jo: 01773 825478. Milford Pre-School Milford Primary School, Chevin Road. Morning, afternoon and lunch club sessions for 2-4 year olds; new 9am – 3pm option for 3 & 4 year olds. Government funding can be used for certain sessions. 01332 842913. Pilates with Tabitha Thursday 2-3 at the Riverside Fitness Centre. Call 07957397333 for more info.

Morley & Smalley

Morley Book Club Informal meetings every four to six weeks. Details from Beryl Toms: 01332 880107. Morley WI Morley Hayes, Main Road, Morley, 2nd Tues each month. 7.30pm Contact Linda Jones: 01332 833008 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. 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 Smalley Mothers Union Meets at Stainsby Lodge, Smalley on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2pm. Contact Jan: 01332 880530. 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 Camcorder Club Marehay Miners Welfare, Derby Road, Ripley, meet alternate Tuesdays 7.45pm from September to June. Geoff Thompson: 01773 748559. Amber Valley CVS Volunteers needed to work with various organisations. Supports older people, families, children, helps and supports local groups giving advice on funding, as well as offering training, facilities and resources. Further details: 01773 512076 . 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.

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.

Baby Sensory Multi-award winning baby learning and developmental classes suitable from birth to 13 months. Tuesday’s, 10am and 11.15 at Ripley Leisure Centre. Booking essential: or contact Marie 07989 443734 for details.

Ripley 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

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

Ripley 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.

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.

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

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.

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

Ivy Grove Surgery Patient Group Meet 7pm last Wednesday monthly (excluding August and December) at Ivy Grove Surgery, Steeple Drive, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3TH. New members very welcome. For further information email or visit

Ripley 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.

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 Absolute Beginners Jog Group Meet Ripley Leisure Centre 9.00am Sunday mornings. Email: or tel: Ryan 07854035770 Ripley Amateur Drama Group Meet every Mon at Mill Hill School. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Info: Terry Thorpe 01773 743471 Ripley and District Gardening Club Every third Saturday at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley 3pm to 5pm. New members very welcome. Ripley and District Heritage Trust Meet Ripley Town Hall Thursdays 2pm-4pm. New members welcome – contact Tim Castledine on 01773 746954. Ripley & District Twinning Association Twinned with Chateau Renault, France. Monthly meetings. Details from Roland: 01773 746543. Ripley & District U3A Monthly meetings at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Dates vary. Many different interests catered for. Call Brian 01773 603222. Ripley Cadets Parade on Monday & Thursday 18.45-21.00 at the Cadet Centre, Mill Hill School. Open to all young people 12-18. Contact: Jo Moody 0785 2102104 Ripley Classical Music Group Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Meet twice a month, Thursday evening at 7.30pm until 9.30pm. To promote interest in an appreciation of classical music through the recording medium. Concert visits & Christmas social. Contact Philip Outram, Secretary, 01773 746939.

Ripley 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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Home & Garden Maintenance: H & H House & Garden 56 Home & Garden Maintenance: The Handyman Lee 54 Home & Garden Maintenance: MLR Landscapes 50 Home Care Specialists: Helping Hands 78 Homewares: Jackpot Homewares 17 Hotel: The Derby Hotel Blackpool 25 Kitchens: Holtams Kitchens: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse

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All Things Local - Belper Edition - October/November 2017  

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