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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 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. Turn to page 25 to read more and to find out how you can help to raise funds.

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BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Legal Matters Business & Professional Shacklocks Solicitors

Legal Matters:

In each edition legal advisors from Shacklocks deal with important legal topics. This month Marion Vesey (pictured) invites us to think about 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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the accident, from a friend loved one or a Another of the trusts weor look professional carer, to help you after was set up by a client with the housework, to getwanted dressed,towashed, prepare food, etc. who help people Shacklocks will seek to recover compensation for with particular medical this also. WeHer would recommend conditions. kindness has that you keep a note of who provided you with what sort of care enabled her has trustees to provide and If your memory fades, this “care diary” financial to a gifted could also prove invaluable evidencing any young musician who hasinexperienced a claim for care and assistance. number of health issues that have interfered with her education, to enable that child to be educated in the most appropriate Rehabilitation environment. Amy Holt, Personal Injury Solicitor at Shacklocks said, “We understand that to our clients, getting

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.

Call us at Shacklocks to talk about how we can help you to help your favourite local causes. Telephone Shacklocks on 0845 602 2344 or email me at Amy Holt

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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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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.

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. We start once more outside Peacocks in Ripley where either the Nines at 09:25 or the Comet at 09:33 will carry you off to Derby. Although technically before the 9:30 start time for bus pass holders on the Nines, I have never had a problem using my pass on this bus.

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!

By Fliss Goldsmith of Belper 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. 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 for both options detailed below. At this stage the traveller could either: Catch Little’s service 141 from the same stop, which will take you back to Ripley at 13:07, arriving at 14:00 or thereabouts. Or, you could lengthen the day by catching Trent Barton’s The Sixes back to Belper Bus Station at 12:55, which travels via Wirksworth and arrives back in Belper at 13:45. Return to Ripley is from the King Street, Belper stop at 03 and 33 minutes past each hour. The choice, as always, is yours!

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. Your next bus is Your Bus service 110 going to Matlock which 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 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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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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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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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


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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.

“Do I need any special equipment?” he asked tentatively.

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Food, Drink & Entertainment 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.”

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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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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

Paul Saxby, Events Director at eviivo said: “The quality of the entrants to the eviivo Awards this year was once again extremely high. The Derby offers good value

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Alex Robinson Raising Money Through Sport Taking part in an organised sporting event can be beneficial in many ways. Whether it’s a run, cycle ride, mud run, swim, climb, walk, or whatever you choose, it can give you something to aim for – a focus for your training and a great sense of pride and fulfilment when you complete the challenge. Such events can be really enjoyable, whether you participate alone or in a group, as there’s a great sense of camaraderie on day. They also provide an excellent opportunity to support one of the many worthy charities who rely heavily on funds generated through sponsorship. On 5th November I will be running the New York Marathon to raise money for Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity. Sands helped a client of mine, Helen, who recently suffered the devastating loss of her baby, Austin, who was stillborn at 21 weeks, after a diagnosis of Lethal Skeletal Dysplasia: “Sands provide a lot of support to anybody who has been affected by the death of a baby and promote research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. The blankets, clothes, foot/handprints, photos, memory box, teddies and support they have provided has been invaluable to us and we want to raise money for them

to ensure they can continue the good work they do. We really appreciate Alex running the New York marathon in Austin’s memory to raise money and awareness.” Helen is also a member of Smalley Road Runners. She will be taking part in the ‘Matthew Walker 10K Christmas Pudding Race’ on 19th November (10am, Shipley Park), after which she’ll be hosting a fundraising afternoon tea from 12.30pm at Horsley Woodhouse Village Hall (see Community Diary for ticket details). This takes place three days after what should have been Austin’s due date, so will be a very poignant event for the family and a fitting tribute to Austin. If you would like to support Helen’s fundraising for Derby Sands and Sands (national) please visit fundraising/Austinbp where you can make a donation and read more about her personal story and other planned fundraising events. Raising money for this very worthy cause has certainly added an extra dimension to my training; knowing that people have sponsored you and that you’re helping a charity that is close to your heart can really help you to dig in when it gets tough. By Alex Robinson You can view Alex’s profile on the National Register of Personal Trainers ( and the Register of Exercise Professionals ( Contact Alex on 07817 337861 or email

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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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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.

Looks and image

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.

Space and practicality

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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Mill Floorings If you’re on the look-out for good quality, excellent value flooring for your home, then don’t be fooled by the big stores advertising ‘big discounts’. Mill Floorings, in Langley Mill, was opened by owners Ken Mather and Patrick Jalbert as the antidote to these large chain superstores, offering genuine quality and value on all types of flooring, all year round. Combined with Ken and Patrick’s excellent customer service, unrivalled product knowledge, and team of professional fitters, this makes Mill Floorings the perfect choice for anyone wishing to revamp their floors. Patrick explains “Ken and I have both been in the industry for many years, working together on and off in the past for various large, well-known companies. We became increasingly disillusioned with the inflated prices and silly offers, and wanted to offer good, proper service and quality.” Ken adds “We decided that the time was right to do a better job ourselves so we created Mill Floorings, with the sole purpose of bringing good service and the best possible price to the local community – and that’s what we’re doing!” And it seems that the local community certainly appreciates the good service and great value prices – as Mill Floorings is just about to celebrate its 4th anniversary! The showroom,

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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,

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As the number of homeowners prepared to put their homes on sale is falling, extending an existing home is becoming increasingly attractive to many. 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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Homes & Gardens air circulation and efficient loss of excess heat. Make sure that the greenhouse doorway is wide enough for easy access – ideally wide enough to push a wheelbarrow through, as this makes jobs such as changing the soil or bringing in compost easier.


Gardeners in Glass Houses... A greenhouse is a purchase you won’t regret, literally transforming your gardening activities and opening up a whole new range of possibilities – but what should you consider? A greenhouse needs to be sited well away from large trees, to prevent shady conditions within, as well as falling branches or other tree debris damaging the glass and clogging the guttering. If you are going to want to install any electrical equipment, bear in mind that the further the greenhouse is from the existing supply, the more expensive it will be to install underground armoured cable. Choose the largest greenhouse your space and budget allows, as many gardeners end up wishing for something larger. But any greenhouse is better than none, so if 4ft x 4ft is the only option, then still go for it! Most greenhouses have a frame made from wood or metal (typically aluminium). Many prefer the look of wood, but it will need regular maintenance unless it is western red cedar. Whichever you choose, make sure it is sturdily constructed, especially if you live in a wind-prone area. Plenty of ventilation helps reduce the temperature, particularly in the height of summer, preventing damage to plants or even their death. It also improves air circulation, so reducing problems with plant diseases. Consider roof vents, which aid

A greenhouse should be erected on a solid base – perhaps paving slabs, concrete or bricks – or on a skirt or surround of paving or concrete. A solid path up the centre is practical and can be combined with an open bed up one or both sides. A bed has the advantage that it can be filled with quality soil and planted directly, making maintenance of crops like tomatoes straightforward. A solid base means greenhouse crops must be grown in containers. I recommend greenhouse staging, usually made from slatted wood or metal, as a perfect place to stand seed trays, pots and propagators. Most greenhouses are fitted with horticultural grade glass, but this can be replaced with safety glass or reinforced glass if the garden is used by children. Plastic, polythene or corrugated plastic ‘glazing’ are also available; these are generally lower cost and less of a potential hazard – but check how long they will last and consider how they will look. Useful extras include: shading, guttering and a linked in water-butt, and an electrical supply which allows heating, lighting, fans and installation of a heated propagator.

My Top Reasons for Getting a Greenhouse: • You can grow a wider range of crops with ease. • It provides a longer growing season. • You can raise plants from seed and save money. • It will dramatically reduce the risk of problems such as tomato blight. • Plants get plenty of natural light and are more likely to thrive. • It makes a perfect gardener’s hide-away! By Pippa Greenwood Visit Pippa’s website for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring Collection’ of gorgeous UK-grown garden-ready vegetable plants ready for delivery in September. You’ll also find many gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls, copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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The Diary of a Local Mum 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...

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Local History The Butterley Liftpark Can you remember Butterley’s Liftpark (sometimes referred to as the ‘Wulpa’), which stood at the entrance to the Works at the junction of the Coach Road and the A61? Built in 1962, it was intended for use as an advertisement for vertical parking and for further technical development. Working very much on the principle of the funfair’s big wheel it had a car-carrying capacity of 20 cars on a ground area of just 24 x 20 ft with a height of 75 ft. Each car-carrying cabin travelled perpendicularly up or down instead of describing a circle. This was known as the Paternoster system and was first applied to vertical parking in America in 1926. A Swiss engineer, Herr Wullschleger, patented improved guiding systems, which resulted in the Liftpark becoming a commercial proposition. Butterley Company bought the licence to manufacture and sell liftparks in the UK and Northern Ireland. To park a car the motorist simply had to drive into a cabin, get out of the car and enter the control kiosk to turn a key. The cabin and car then moved up one side of the structure, an empty cabin taking its place. On returning, the motorist had only to replace the key in the required slot and the car was brought back to ground level in a time of approximately 30 seconds. Alternatively the Liftpark could be controlled by an attendant. It was envisaged that the Liftpark could be built as a free standing fully cladded unit or adapted for enclosure in buildings such as a tower blocks of flats or offices.

abandoned. This came at a time when the Company itself was undergoing major internal problems at Board level which resulted in the first of many take-overs, initially by Hanson’s Wiles Group. It is worth noting that the writer has spent a considerable time working in the Far East and has seen Liftparks utilising the same chain and cabin design in high rise buildings in both Seoul and Tokyo, obviously using computerised control systems. Perhaps it was not so much a ‘white elephant’ after all! By Ripley and District Heritage Trust

The maximum size of car was up to 19ft in length and 5ft 9inches high. On the official opening day, the Company Chairman, M.F.M. ‘Monty’ Wright used his Rolls Royce Silver Cloud measuring 18ft long by 5ft 7 inches high as a parking demonstration vehicle. It must have been a tight fit! The project was not a commercial success probably (amongst several other reasons), because the idea was well before its time and its operation relied upon state of the art 1960’s electronics, rotary limit switches and photo electric cells. Several were however sold, the two nearest being in Nottingham near Canning Circus. Perhaps today’s advanced computers would have added a totally different dimension to the project’s success. The Company was, in fact, preparing designs for 40 and 60 vehicle units, but the end came in 1967 when the Butterley Liftpark was dismantled and the project To advertise contact Ruth: T: 01332 883140 M: 07545 261034 E:



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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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.

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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Friendship Blooms Show your appreciation for a fellow member of the community; it may be a friend, a family member or maybe someone you’ve come into contact with who Julie Hurst of provides a wonderful service Margaret’s Florist or who works hard to make a difference. Let All Things Local surprise them with a fresh bouquet of flowers. All Things Local has joined forces with Julie Hurst (pictured) from Margaret’s Florist in Ripley, to offer readers the chance to show their appreciation for a fellow member of the community. The recipient of this issue’s bouquet is Joyce Parke of Codnor. She was nominated by her friend Sheila Emmas-Williams of Ripley. Here is what Sheila wrote: “I would like to nominate a fellow member of Ripley OAP Association to receive your Friendship Blooms. Joyce Parke from Codnor regularly provides lifts to our Club for several less able members. When we have a special celebration and at Christmas, Joyce always likes to donate some special refreshments and doesn’t ask for anything in return for these kind acts. Finally when the Club gives flowers to a member who has been ill, Joyce uses her special talent to prepare a small floral arrangement and deliver this. So in recognition it would be lovely for her to receive flowers herself.” Sheila Emmas-Williams Nominate someone to receive the next bouquet. All you have to do is state, in no more than 100 words, who you are nominating. Include their address and the reasons why you are nominating them. You can nominate more than one person if they are living/working at the same address… and remember – flowers don’t just have to be for women! The only rule is that the person receiving the flowers must live or work within the Ripley postcode area (DE5). Just write your nomination on a piece of paper and send to Friendship Blooms, All Things Local, 74 Woodhouse Road, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0NA or email your nomination to putting

Joyce Parke (right) receives the bouquet from her friend Sheila Emmas-Williams.

‘Friendship Blooms’ as the subject. Please include your full name, address and daytime telephone number on your nomination. Closing date for nominations for the next issue is Wednesday 25 October 2017.

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

Denby & Kilburn 1st Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Scout Hut, Highfield Road, Kilburn, Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm. Call 01332 882535 or 07545 551890 for details. 3rd Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm at Kilburn Methodist Chapel Brown Owl (Trish Rose) 01332 881786 1st Horsley & Kilburn Rainbows St Clements Church, Church St, Horsley Thurs 6.00pm – 7.00pm. Contact Sarah 07454224088 1st Horsley & Kilburn Scout Group For boys & girls aged 6 to 14 at Scout HQ, Highfield Rd, Kilburn. Contact: Richard Ward, 01773 857232 or 07795 420505. Chatterbox Café Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn, every second Friday, 10am to midday, in conjunction with Mobile Library sited on car park. Coffee, cakes; relax, chat or read. Enid: 01332 780486. Denby Footpaths Group Maintenance and preservation of local footpaths; community walks, circular routes. Jane: 01332 781305, or e-mail Derbyshire Archery Club Now meet at John Flamsteed School. Shooting at times outside school hours. Frequent tournaments at Kedleston Hall in the summer. Regular beginners’ courses throughout the year. Information on or phone Neil Bryan 01773 824903. Intermediate Adults Dance Classes Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Latin American and Ballroom, Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Patricia Cooke: 01332 660837. Kilburn Christian Fellowship Meet in Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn, 5pm to 6pm on the second Sunday of each month, refreshments. All ages welcome. Godfrey: 01332 781200 Kilburn Community Choir A time of singing and fun, no experience needed. Meet at Old Oak, Horsley Woodhouse 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 7-8.30pm.Contact 07986 450580 or 01332 780276. Kilburn Life Group 8 Sitwell Drive, Kilburn. 10am to 11.30am first and third Wednesday of month. Discuss issues on life matters. Cynthia: 01332 882713. Kilburn Striders Jog Derbyshire Group Meets at car park opposite Pickford Gardens. For all abilities. Meets at various times. Please call Ross for details. Ross: 07791 683056 Kilburn Wine Circle Kilburn Village Hall, Church St., DE56 0LU. Every third Wednesday of the month to taste wine. Contact David Savidge 0115 930 3712 or Phil Bacon 01332 883267.

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

Horsley Woodhouse

1st Sitwell Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, aged 6 to 14. Sitwell Scout HQ off Church Lane, Horsley Woodhouse DE7 6AW. Info: Email: Dance Night Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Monday 7.00pm, Line Dancing with Megan; and at 8.15pm. Eric: 01332 881566 or 07790 863997 Horsley Woodhouse Joggers Meet at the church hall, Horsley Woodhouse 7.00pm Thursdays. £2 per session. Beginners group for new or returning joggers. Contact: Sam Draper 07891 571488. 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 Tae Kwon-Do Practical Self Defence Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Adult & Junior Classes, Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm. Contact Shirley 07779 812468 Walking for Health Every Wednesday, 9.45am meet, 60-90 minute duration. Meets at various points around Horsley Woodhouse. For detailed schedule contact Amanda Gowing 01773 523325 Whist Drive British Legion Hall, Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, every Friday 7.30pm. Malcolm Parkin 01332 880160.

Ripley 1st Ripley Scout Group Cubs, Beavers, Scouts 6/14 years for boys and girls. To join call group scout leader, Ron Ashton on 01773 745420 4th Ripley Rainbows For girls age 5+. Visit for details Academy Crafters Meet at Ripley Academy every other Wednesday from 6.30-8.30pm, £2. Get together with likeminded people and craft! Contact or search ‘Academy Crafters’ on FB. Aim Excelsum School of Music Band practice on Mondays – 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Unit F, Sitwell Business Centre, Heage Road Ind Est, Ripley, DE5 3GH. Suitable for 6+ years of age and parents, of all abilities. For further details please email: Alphabet Childminding Group Meet at Denby Institute. Childminders wishing to join the group can call Marion on 07952 798808, Claire 07891 956715, Trina 07875 142583. Amber Valley Access Group Contact Keith Boot 07980 591801. Email

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

Ripley Hospital League of Friends Ripley Hospital, second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. To raise funds for the health, welfare and comfort of patients and staff. Mrs Phyllis Holmes: 01773 747355

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

Ripley 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

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

Ripley Memory Cafe Third Thursday of each month 2-4pm, Field Terrace Community Room, Off Slack Ln., DE5 3HL. (Opp. Co-op) Info: Helen Aldridge 01332 208845 or email

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

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.

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

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 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

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

Ripley 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.

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

Ripley 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:

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

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

Greenhillock’s Fellowship Club for over 50’s. Wood Street Methodist Church, Ripley, Wednesdays 2pm to 3.30pm. Quality entertainment, speakers, social afternoons, quizzes, day trips. David: 01773 423854. Hearing Help (AV) Social group every 3rd Wednesday 11.45am-2.30pm. Lip Reading Group every Friday 10am-12pm. At 156 Derby Road, Ripley. 01773 570976. Ivy Grove Surgery Patient Group Meet 7pm last Wednesday monthly (excluding August and December) at Ivy Grove Surgery, Steeple Drive, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3TH. New members very welcome. For further information email or visit Moorwood Moor Angling Club Ponds on Inns Lane, South Wingfield, daily 6am to 10pm. More details on membership, and junior teach-in sessions from John and Kath: 01773 746486 Musical Dimension Singing group available for bookings – all monies raised donated to local charities. Practice nights Tuesdays 7.30pm at Marehay Methodist Chapel, Ripley. Call 01773 742017 for details and to book or visit Ripley (Amber Valley) Lions Club Meet every first Monday of the month at the Kestrel Inn, Marehay, 8pm. Geoff Bacon: 01773 608786. Ripley Absolute Beginners Jog Group Meet Ripley Leisure Centre 9.00am Sunday mornings. Email: or tel: Ryan 07854035770

Ripley Running Club Meet at Ripley Leisure Centre, Derby Road, Ripley every Tuesday at 6.45pm Runners of all abilities welcome. More info: Eleanor Robinson on 01773 541950, or Ripley School of Dancing Ballroom, Latin American & Old Time Classical. Children’s class Saturdays 9.30 – 11.30am. Adult’s practice/tuition class Mondays 7.30 – 8.30pm. Private lessons by appointment at Marehay Methodist Chapel, Ripley. Brenda Jackson 01773 749948. Ripley Tuesday Club Club for over 60’s. Meet every Tues, 2-4 pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Speakers, Bingo, other events and days out. All welcome. Contact Eileen Towndrow 01773 741329. Ripley WI Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. 2nd Thursday every month at 7pm. Contact: Christine Byard 01773 745170. Tae Kwon-Do Classes Ripley Infants School, Kirk Close, Ripley DE5 3RY. Tues & Fri at 6pm. David: 01773 744031. Twistin’ Tikes Music for ages 3-5, 1.30-2.30pm, Planet Happy, Heage Rd Ind. Est., Ripley. Contact Jacqui 07977578359,, www.facebook/twistin tots.

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

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.

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

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.

Ripley and District Heritage Trust Meet Ripley Town Hall Thursdays 2pm-4pm. New members welcome – contact Tim Castledine on 01773 746954. Ripley & District Twinning Association Twinned with Chateau Renault, France. Monthly meetings. Details from Roland: 01773 746543. Ripley & District U3A Monthly meetings at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Dates vary. Many different interests catered for. Call Brian 01773 603222. Ripley Cadets Parade on Monday & Thursday 18.45-21.00 at the Cadet Centre, Mill Hill School. Open to all young people 12-18. Contact: Jo Moody 0785 2102104 Ripley Classical Music Group Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Meet twice a month, Thursday evening at 7.30pm until 9.30pm. To promote interest in an appreciation of classical music through the recording medium. Concert visits & Christmas social. Contact Philip Outram, Secretary, 01773 746939. Ripley Green Garters Ladies North West Morris Dance Team meet every Tuesday at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Dancers and musicians welcome. 01773 743560.

Walking for Health Ripley Health Walk, every Friday, meets 1pm at Ripley Leisure Centre Reception or Ripley Medical Centre, Derby Road DE5 3HR (30-45 minute duration). Also, Follow-on Walk (90 minute duration) every second, third & fourth Tuesday. Meet at the entrance to Ripley Leisure Centre at 11am. For info on either walk contact Ripley Leisure Centre 01773 514727.

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

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

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Education: Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Electrician: Andy Hill Electrician: Crocodile Electrical Solutions Electrician: McPherson-Davis Electrician: TME Electrical Employment Consultancy: Encore Estate Agent: Amber Homes

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All Things Local - Ripley Edition - October/November 2017  

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

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