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WELCOME LETTER Hello readers

Well, autumn’s here already! We hope you all enjoyed the summer (soggy as it was, in parts!) and the tentative return to something that resembles normality. Fingers crossed rates of COVID-19 will remain manageable and we’ll continue throughout autumn and hopefully into the festive season with much more freedom to spend time with those we love doing the things we enjoy. There’s no doubt that these past 18 months or so have been a challenge but there have been some silver linings amongst the clouds and, as Christmas approaches, we can hope for better times ahead. Providing there’s no return of restrictions, this autumn it’ll be nice to enjoy some of the traditions that we missed out on last year, such as Halloween and Bonfire Night. The ‘Halloween House’ on Rawson Green will be opening again this year on 31st October for their wonderful Halloween walk through. Each year, homeowners Gary and Lesley transform their front garden (at 17 Rawson Green, Kilburn DE56 0LN) into a spooky trail that’s open to all and, in doing so, raise hundreds of pounds for Children in Need. After the event was cancelled last year due to lockdown, expect something truly spook-tacular this year! It’s open from 4pm and all are welcome. Bonfire Night this year falls on a Friday and there are a number of organised local displays that weekend. If you’re planning a bonfire party at home please do take care and be safe – and remember to check for hedgehogs who may be nestling in the bonfire pile before you light it! Also, be mindful that many pets (and some small children) aren’t keen on fireworks so limiting your fireworks parties to that weekend only can help towards minimising their distress. Don’t forget, daylight saving time ends on 31st October, so you’ll need to put your clocks back an hour… which means an extra hour in bed! This also means that it will be darker earlier on, so remember to wear reflective clothing and carry a torch when you’re out and about in the evenings. The summer evenings of sitting in the garden

enjoying a drink in the late evening sunshine may be over, but there’s still enjoyment to be had from wrapping up warm and toasting marshmallows over a fire pit! Our beautiful local countryside looks even more stunning during the autumn months, when the leaves begin to turn giving an array of rich colours to the landscape. There’s nothing nicer than a refreshing walk on a crisp autumn day … and if it happens to end in one of our lovely local hostelries then that’s even better! Talking of which, we’d like to thank The Queens Head in Little Eaton for kindly providing a two course meal for two as the prize for this issue’s Crossword Competition – and, of course, there’s the usual bottle of Champagne up for grabs in our ‘Champagne Sudoku’ competition, too. There’s also a Wordsearch Competition in this edition - you could win a signed copy of ‘Sarah-Jane’s Secret’ a book written by local award-winning author Janet Scaife and set in Milford. Try your luck at one, or all three competitions … you never know! Enjoy the next couple of months and we’ll be back again with our December/January issue just before the festive season gets into full swing! All the best, Team ATL

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BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL Business & &&Professional Professional Business Legal Matters Shacklocks Solicitors Whilst the idea that the someone abroad The difficulty is that CETV travelling for one scheme

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These are allcourse types of Trust. helping you to understand the true worth speciality in preparing arrangements of this The ‘hop-on hop-off’ e-scooters are often left of pensions and to helpacross receive a fairby kind and also ofstrewn acting asyou professional abandoned and pavements Shacklocks LLP have been dealing with Trusts financial which meet your trustees tosettlement enable wishes towill be fulfilled and their users which,though invariably, causes difficulties for for many years, not quite as far back needs. Shacklocks LLP family law team instructions to followed. others using thebehighway, namely pedestrians. As as the Crusades! If you would like to know are currently offering all new clients an ainitial result, there has been a rise in people suffering more about Trusts and how they may be of freethinking half hour To Ifhelp you in are of appointment. supporting charities significant injuries. your circumstances contact Cassandra find out more, contact Ben your Stubbins and through your Will or during lifetime Worton or Farmeror atemail Shacklocks his team onRichard 01773 822333 with a lump sum, why not talk to us about LLP onhave 01773 822333 or 01623 or There been instances where 626141 individuals the different ways in which we can helporyou email have been operating an e-scooter whilst being benefit those good causes, and how to make under theofinfluence of drugs alcoholafor which the most the tax rules thatorenable users can be prosecuted under the law. These charitable cause to benefit.

regulations also apply when operating individually owned you have beenhow involved Call us ate-scooters. ShacklocksIfto talk about we in an accident involving an e-scooter then you can help you to help your favourite localmay need specialist personal injury advice. To find out how causes. we can help you, please contact us at one of our offices: Allestree Telephone Shacklocks on on 01332 559281, Ben four Stubbins 0845 602 email me at on 01773 Belper on2344 01773or822333, Ripley 743513, or Mansfield on 01623 626141. Cassandra Worton


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Business & Professional

Money Matters: Business & Professional

10 Belperand IFS: the OurTipping First Decade TheYears Gretaof Effect Point

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that the make need for financial advice and a solution should and also profits for investors. not be seen as a one-off. Financial products and solutions were probablySocial, right atGovernance the time, but just are how much Environmental, (E.S.G) a set of has standardssince for companies and investment. It is increasingly changed their inception? hot on the radar for many investors seeking financial solutions

that the needfunds for advice andina solution should in companies thatfinancial can help contribute to change. Memberor 10 years ago, Belper Matters: Independent Financial (whether held pension wrappers Making a Difference Through Investments Investment Money not be seen asthe a one-off. Financial products and countries ofstructures Unitedsuch Nations created a set ofsolutions 17 goals/ alternative as Stocks and Shares ISAs), Solutions was formed after its founder (me,

Kevin10 Glover) made redundant fromDecade The Yearswas of Belper IFS: Our First The impact that mankind is having on the Derbyshire Building Society. 10 years ago, Belper Independent Financial environment is becoming increasingly clear. Since then, Belper seendata the loss offounder The Derbyshire, Solutions washas formed after (me,the Scientific research and is its showing how Woolworths, Somerfield, Thomas Cook and Britannia Kevin Glover) was made redundant from The way we live is damaging the planet to almost Building Society toBuilding name but a few long-standing Derbyshire Society. beyond salvage. institutions that are now confined to history.

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impacting the public occupying this same planet.and signposting the need for

advice. What financial about you – what has changed in your lives over So, what more could we do? Where our money is invested the last 10 years? How many jobs have you had? Has What about you – what your lives over can determine outcomes. Wehas askchanged all of ourinclients if they your family extended or tragedy struck? How many the last 10 years? How many of jobs have you had? Has are concerned over the destination their investments or times have you moved house? How many pension family extended tragedy struck? How many pensionyour funds. Demand foror investments that exclude certain schemes have you been a member of and simply left, timesinvestment have you moved house? Howfuel many pension underlying in mining and fossil companies through one reason or been another? How many cars, left, schemes have you member and simply are increasingly requested. Buta it’s not all of about exclusion. through one or How many cars,too – Inclusion of theother rightreason types of another? companies is important, partners and life events have occurred? partnerstoand otheralternative life events have occurred? those looking explore renewable energies or

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Travel: Staycation

Cosy Autumn Getaways in the UK Our summers may be temperamental, but there’s no doubt that the UK excels when it comes to cosy autumn staycations. With ongoing uncertainty about holidays abroad, campfires under the stars, crisp forest air and cosy log cabins sound like an appealing alternative. As autumn rolls in and the leaves on the trees turn golden, collectively we roll up our polo necks, dust off our welly boots and prepare for a season of cosy campfires and walking in the woods. It’s hard not to love autumn; a lovely transitory period between summer and winter, it’s the perfect time to explore the great outdoors without worrying about getting too hot or too cold. Tempted? Here are just a few ideas for autumn getaways to get you started. Get lost in the woods It goes without saying, one of the best places to find – and lose – yourself in autumn is inside our country’s dense woodland. Admire the everchanging hues of the leaves, varying from rich gold and fiery red to forest green, while searching for signs of wildlife. The New Forest National Park is one of the best forests to experience this. The red, orange and yellow leaves contrast beautifully against the backdrop of open heath and moorland. After a long walk, retreat into a cosy cottage at one of the New Forest’s local villages, complete with a wood stove fire.

shoulder season. Swap swimming shorts for jeans and amble along a blustery beach that – if you’re lucky – you could have almost entirely to yourself. Holkham beach in Norfolk was made for autumn strolls. This striking expanse of sand still manages to feel stark and unspoilt, despite being a worldrenowned filming destination. Watch the waves crash against the shoreline before warming up afterwards with lunch at the Victoria Inn, known for its locally grown ingredients. Book a city break Often stiflingly hot and busy in warmer seasons, the UK’s cities are much more suited to autumn staycations than summer breaks. Bath’s famous spa culture makes it perfect for this kind of holiday. You can wallow in the city’s outdoor, naturally heated Thermae Spa, whatever the weather. In fact, the colder it is outside, the cosier you feel! Can’t decide whether you want to spend your staycation soaking up city sights or retreating into nature? Many cities in the UK, like Sheffield, are perfectly positioned next to areas of outstanding natural beauty, offering the perfect fusion of rural and urban. Sheffield sits on the doorstep of the Peak District, inviting you to spend your days hiking and eating in cosy rural pubs, before returning to the centre to sample some of the city’s famous ale. Treat yourself to a little luxury Sometimes, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, it just matters where you call home. And what better place to call home for a week than a gorgeous log cabin, complete with a firepit, king-size bed and steaming hot tub?

Stroll along empty beaches Anyone who argues that our beaches are just for summer hasn’t been to the right beach in the UK’s


From luxury lochside lodges in the Scottish Highlands to gorgeous beach cabins right on Cornwall’s world-famous sands, there’s nowhere better to escape the daily grind. Spend the day exploring your surroundings before retreating to your luxury lodge for board games, drinks around the fire and a late-night dip in the Jacuzzi.

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Short Story I-Spy “Maggie, wake up!” Suzette nudged her friend urgently. “Look out the window at that woman over there!” “Are we there yet?” Maggie grunted drowsily, rubbing her eyes. “Of course we’re not!” Suzette snapped. “We’re miles away.” After several choruses from the back row of ‘The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round’ the wheels had suddenly ceased turning. “Emergency roadworks,” the coach driver had announced dryly. “Looks like we’re all just going to have to be patient before we can play with our buckets and spades.” Maggie had promised her a fun day trip to the seaside. Just a short coach ride, she’d said, where they could amuse themselves with travel games and chat. Then Maggie had promptly nodded off the moment the coach left the station and all Suzette had seen so far was grass verge, petrol stations and road signs. Right now they were bumper-to-bumper through a nondescript village, no glimpse of the sea in sight. “Just look at her over there.” Suzette prodded her finger at the window. “Isn’t she the spitting image of that woman?” “What woman?” Maggie adjusted her glasses and followed her gaze. “You mean that woman over there trimming her hedge?” “Yes, her,” Suzette insisted. “Wait until she turns round, then you’ll see what I mean.” The woman continued to trim the hedge, oblivious to her captive audience. “It’s her, isn’t it?” Suzette said excitedly. “That woman, oh you know, she used to be the treasurer for the dramatics society, it’s on the tip of my tongue.” “Oh,” Maggie nodded, “you mean Mrs Newton-Dainty? Yes, she had a coat like that.” She yawned. “But didn’t she pass away five years ago?” “That’s what we were told, but you know what, Maggie,” Suzette frowned, “I always thought there was something suspicious about it, didn’t you?” “Not really, she was very frail,” Maggie shrugged. “I thought she had a good innings to be honest.” “But it was sudden, wasn’t it?” Suzette remembered now. “And I’d just given her my deposit for the Christmas meal.

I never did get that back.” “Good grief,” Maggie snorted. “Trust you to think of something like that!” “But here she is now,” Suzette raised her eyebrows, “trimming her hedge, bold as brass!” “Suzette, are you seriously suggesting she faked her own death?” Maggie helped herself to a mint. “For the sake of ten quid?” “She might be one of those con artists,” Suzette’s eyes widened. “Manoeuvres herself into a position of trust and then, poof, vanishes with her ill-gotten gains.” “But we went to her funeral,” Maggie protested. “I thought it was very moving.” “Empty coffin,” Suzette nodded sagely. “Easy to pull off, with a backhander to the right person.” “She’s got a double garage,” Maggie observed. “Must be a lot of Christmas meal deposits paid for that.” She tapped sharply on the window as the coach crawled forward. “What are you doing?” Suzette gasped in horror. “Trying to get her attention,” Maggie said. “Then we can wave at her.” “Don’t!” Suzette slunk low in her seat. “She’ll know we’re on to her.” “And then what?” Maggie laughed. “Set her underworld connections onto us?” “I don’t know!” Suzette shrugged, exasperated. “Pull your hat down anyway.” The woman put down her hedge trimmers and turned round, revealing herself to be not a woman at all but a teenage boy. “Oh, it isn’t her,” Suzette said flatly. “I have to say,” Maggie waved gaily at the boy as they drove past, “that was the most exciting game of I-Spy I’ve ever played.” By Jackie Brewster

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Post a Letter Today! World Post Day is marked on the 9th of October. This is the date when the Universal Postal Union was established in 1874. We are so used to communicating via modern means – text messaging, mobiles and emails – that we miss out on the joy of the good old-fashioned letter. Time saving and convenience have been prioritised over meaningful connection. How many ‘friends’ do you have on social media? How many of them are you regularly in contact with? Sending a letter, card or gift shows true thought and care towards the recipient. Writing a letter, buying a stamp and then walking to the post box all takes effort and energy. This effort could even be appreciated years later. I recently discovered letters I wrote to family whilst studying (this term is used very loosely) at university. It transported me 20 years back in time.

So why is it still important to handwrite letters?

power – there is more permanence in your words. When you’ve posted it, there’s no recall option! We need to write our truth and things we are happy to share with others. It’s good for your mental health According to one study, reading and writing is good for your health. It can slow the rate of cognitive mental decline by up to 15%. Letter writing keeps you mentally alert. Daily writing works your brain which increases your ‘cognitive reserve’. This effectively helps ward off dementia. What was the last letter you received in the post? Another reminder to return overdue library books? Or is that just me? Receiving a handwritten letter will be the highlight of someone’s day. Sure to bring a welcome smile, the effort of letter writing will definitely be appreciated.

By Jessica White

It focuses us in the moment Sending an electronic message takes hardly any time. We can message on the move – and many of us do. Whilst taking the kids to school or walking the dog. We are ultimately distracted from life. Writing a letter requires us to set aside quality time to sit with pen and paper. It focuses us on the current moment giving us time to pause. We are more conscious of what we want to express. It prompts us to think about the reader We are no longer casually posting a picture of our dinner on social media. We are engaging in a relationship with a particular person. We consider how they will interpret our words and the value of our message. Whilst writing a letter, we are connected to the person we are writing to. It improves our writing skills Let’s face it, some people rarely pick up a pen. When they do, they can’t remember how to physically write. They have been glued to screens and laptops for so long it really is becoming a forgotten art. The act of writing is slower. This means we are more aware of our errors; it’s not as easy to delete them. We are forced to think carefully before we put pen to paper. It encourages honesty I’m sure we’ve all experienced sending a message, regretting it and hastily pressing ‘delete for all’. This can’t happen with a letter. The written word has more staying


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Just a Thought... You Did That on Purpose

Do you remember having childhood disagreements where a teacher would utter that most cutting statement, ‘You did that on purpose’? You would then leap to the defence of your actions citing 173 reasons why this absolutely was not the case and hoped you would not have to wait it out, sat for an age in the naughty corner! I have often thought on those Halcyon days with a greater degree of wisdom than I had at the time (age will do that to you). I think that we were supposed to feel that doing something with intent and therefore ‘purpose’ was something negative. I understand that was probably because the intent in question was to put glue into Melanie Smith’s hair (32 years too late but, sorry!) However, as we have grown older (not ‘up’ – that’s optional and I have opted out!) I think we rather fear living ‘on purpose’.

We have desires and dreams that smoulder in our soul but when we dare to consider adding intention to this heady mixture with the outcome of a purpose, we simply stop and put the lid back on that package of possibility. Maybe we need to tap into our childhood vim and vigour when it comes to really going for something in our adult lives. So next time you find yourself musing over whether to change career, run a 5k or buy that Penny Farthing (I still want one) I want you to close your eyes, take a deep breath, visualise the splat of the glue in dear Melanie’s hair and GO FOR IT! Live your life full of intent and absolutely ‘On Purpose’. If you don’t, there will be a seat waiting for you in your favourite corner…

By Fliss Goldsmith of Belper

Life List: Break-Up Presents These days, everyone seems to get recognition, whether it’s baby showers for men (when did they become ‘baby showers’?), sports day participation medals, a 100% school attendance prize, or redundancy greetings cards. If you ask me it’s a slippery slope, but it does suggest a niche market for my new separation concierge business, Break-Ups Inc. • Duplicate DVD box sets and albums, so no one loses out. May require negotiated access and extensive research. Photo albums too, for anything not already defaced by scissors or jam. • New social media identities for each of the combatants – I mean, former partners, complete with fake identities and pictures. And never the twain shall meet. • Separate appointments with a financial advisor, but not one either of them has recently started dating on the quiet. • A top ten list of recipes for one, or ready meals for one, depending upon skill, aptitude and access to condiments. • A skydiving voucher (refundable) to experience something scarier than the end of a relationship. This one does contain a parachute.

• A speed-dating invitation (redeemable for up to a year) because they need to get back on that horse. • A solitaire set each, to remind them of their newfound independence. • The game, Twister, for when it’s time to start socialising again. • The Little Book of Excuses (e.g. it’s me, not you). • A blank notebook, entitled: All the things you didn’t do well. Both individuals complete their copy and then swap. It’s the perfect parting gift. By Derek Thompson

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Angelo’s at Chevin Golf Club Since opening in Duffield three years ago, Angelo’s Bistro at the Kings Head has become a popular destination, widely known for its delicious Italian food and excellent service. When the opportunity recently arose for the team to expand their business to the local Chevin Golf Club they jumped at the chance, and now bring their renowned quality and service to this stunning location nestled at the foot of the Chevin. Open to members and non-members, the bar and restaurant welcomes everyone from golfers to family groups. Their extensive menu is more traditional than Angelo’s Bistro but equally as delicious, with breakfasts, light bites, lunches and their ‘all day’ menu available daily, as well as à la carte evening meals (served from 6pm – 8.30pm) and Sunday lunches (12 – 5.30pm). Sitting outside on the terrace, when the weather permits, you’re afforded beautiful views – you’d never believe you’re just a stone’s throw from the A6! Inside there’s a large dining area and conservatory with a glorious outlook and a separate

private function room, making this the perfect location for a party, wedding, baby shower, wake or any other event. “With different areas available we can accommodate groups of all sizes and will work with you to plan exactly what you want for the occasion, from a finger buffet to a sit-down meal.” explains manager, Hollie (pictured centre). “After all this time away from friends and family it’s so nice to be able to get together once again, and we’re thrilled to be able to host long overdue celebrations!” On Fridays and Saturdays throughout December they are offering ‘Dinner and Dancing’ evenings, with a 3-course seasonal menu and DJ, ideal for groups or work Christmas outings. They’re already proving very popular so booking is essential – large groups can be accommodated but do plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Of course they also welcome more ‘spur of the moment’ visits at other times – booking is not always necessary if you want to just call in for breakfast after the school run, a lunchtime catch up or an evening meal after a walk on the Chevin. You’ll always receive a warm welcome at this hidden gem – and you’ll soon find yourself becoming a regular visitor! For menus and booking information, visit

We are open to members and non members all day, every day from 9am Serving breakfast, lunch and À la carte menus O ering fresh co ee as well as a great selecon of lagers, ales, wines and drinks from our bar Come and enjoy the amazing views over The Chevin whilst enjoying a drink or delicious meal We oer a great venue for any occasion including weddings, birthday pares, christenings and family gatherings Christmas menus now available for lunch and evening pares

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Beer West Coast IPA The beer style known as India Pale Ale, or IPA for short, has its own distinct history and origin. As the British Empire expanded further east into India, they found the climate unsuitable for brewing the country’s traditional ales. As a precaution to keep the beer flavourful during the months-long journey from England to India, the beer was treated to an abundance of hops, far more than the typical recipe would allow. This new bitter ale was a hit, and eventually the beer became lighter and easier to drink while still packing that hop punch. As the American craft beer scene blossomed in the 1980s and 1990s, this new wave of breweries sought to redefine forgotten traditional European styles, including the IPA. Over time, American IPAs evolved into their own subgroups. One of the most popular IPA styles in recent years is referred to as the West Coast IPA. West Coast IPAs are notable for their big tropical and citrus fruit aromas. The malt base is relatively mild, giving those bright fruit notes prime billing and expanding from the smell into the flavour. There is no balance here — West Coast IPAs are all about the hops. The mouthfeel is light to moderate and the finish is crisp and dry. The slightly aggressive alcohol percentage (6 to 8 percent) is masked by the orange, pineapple, and papaya flavours. Great examples include what many claim to be the best of type: Russian River – Pliny the Elder (8%) A true leader in the hop-wars of the west coast, Pliny the Elder hits you over the head with hoppy bitterness and manages to smooth the rough edges out enough to become an enjoyable brew. Pentrich – Mark it Zero (8%) Imperial West Coast IPA hopped with Simcoe and Chinook.


NEIPA The New England IPA is a relatively new style originally brewed out of Vermont. It showed up on the beer consumer radar around 2011, but it was not until after 2015 that the style really exploded and became one of the most sought-after styles. The style supposedly began 14 years ago with an IPA called the Heady Topper, brewed by The Alchemist brewery. Brewer John Kimmich experimented with an IPA recipe, deciding not to filter nor pasteurise the beer – both common methods used to extend a beer’s shelf life. This resulted in a thicker IPA with microscopic compounds, enzymes, and cultures that added both flavour and aroma. Customers started to recognise it for its distinct taste, aesthetic appearance which was unusually murky, almost like orange juice; hence it’s nickname, the hazy IPA. Neon Raptor – A Few Moments Later (7.2%) This is a soft, almost spongy New England IPA with Simcoe, Amarillo and Columbus hops. It’s citrusy and yellow and great to share with neighbours. Verdant – Even Sharks Need Water (6.5%) Simcoe, Citra and Galaxy combine with a super-fruity house yeast strain to make a classic New England IPA – just a hint of bitterness, and a balance of sharper citrus fruits to stop the tropical aroma being too sweet.

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Afternoon Tea The Dovecote Restaurant Served 2-4 pm Thursday to Saturday Delivery and Collection 2-5 pm Thursday to Saturday (Free delivery within a 5-mile radius and Derby City)

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Book now for Christmas Our family business serves exceptional food including à la carte, pastas, meats, fish, pizzas & weekly specials.

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Word on Wine Hopefully we will be enjoying an Indian summer when you read this, and we can still enjoy a glass of chilled white wine. The wine I would like to introduce to you is Torrontés. This is becoming the signature white wine variety of Argentina. The variety is believed to be a descendant of an indigenous grape variety from Galicia in north-west Spain, although there is no genetic evidence of this. A lot of people have emigrated from Galicia to Argentina over the centuries, but the wine produced in Spain is different from the Torrontés wine of Argentina. The Torrontés grape in Argentina is suited to being grown in the dry, high altitude areas with long dry summers producing a wine with pure fruit flavours. A lot of Torrontés, which produces a fragrant, overalcoholic and sometimes bitter wine, is blended with other white grape varieties to produce easy drinking wines. However, in a few cases, with care, the wine can produce an easy drinking wine on its own. One good example of this is the Vinalba Torrontés 2020 from the Valle de Uco area of Mendoza in Argentina from Majestic Wines. This is a 100% Torrontés unoaked wine with pure fruit flavours of white peaches, lychees and pears. The vines are, on average, 10 years old and, due to the dryness of the region, are grown 950m above sea level in the foothills of the Andes mountains. They use low frequency irrigation to keep the vines alive but also control growth vigour and sun exposure to produce high quality grapes. The grapes are harvested in late March by hand in small trays to prevent damage. The grapes are then meticulously sorted before being pressed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks using specially selected yeasts, and is temperature controlled between 14 – 16ºC. The juice is macerated on the skins for 8 hours.

Available from: Majestic Wines, £9.99 (reduced to £8.99 as part of six or more bottles) For more information please visit and to purchase the wine. If you like wine and would like to learn more, please visit our website or visit our Facebook page for details of our future tastings for 2021 and 2022.

By David Savidge, Kilburn Wine Circle


Technical Details: Grapes: 100% Torrontés Appearance: Clean, pale yellow tint. Nose / Aroma: Fresh and inviting aroma with bright tropical notes and citrus hints. Taste: Complex and refreshing taste with pineapple and white peach. Alcohol by Volume: 13.5% Food match: Spicy food especially Chinese or Indian, or just on its own as an aperitif.


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Christmas Time at Horsley Lodge “We’ve got a whole lot of festive fun going on!” From a Christmas Market to Parties, Lunches, Dinners and Breakfast with Santa. Christmas Day and Boxing Day Lunch All details are in our Christmas brochure, available at

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Indonesian Chicken with Buckwheat Noodles A hearty meal in a bowl, lightly spiced and packed with nutrient-rich vegetables. This dish contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory ingredients including ginger, garlic and turmeric together with immune-supporting shitake mushrooms and coconut. Buckwheat noodles, also called soba, are a nutritious staple in Asian dishes. Preparation time: 15 minutes Marinate: at least 1 hour Cooking time: 18 minutes Serves: 2 Ingredients: 1 lemongrass stalk, chopped Handful of coriander leaves 1 small onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 cm piece of root ginger, grated 1 tbsp coconut sugar or honey 1 tbsp tamari soy sauce 1 tbsp fish sauce ½ tsp turmeric 1 tsp garam masala 400ml coconut milk Salt and pepper 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs or 2 chicken breasts, cut into large chunks 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil 1 red chilli, deseeded and diced 1 bunch of pak choi cut into strips 100g mangetout 4 shitake mushrooms, sliced 60g cooked buckwheat noodles or rice noodles Handful of bean sprouts 2 spring onions, chopped


Nutrition per serving: 394kcal, fat 16.5g (of which saturates 7g), carbohydrate 29.2g (of which sugars 24.1g), protein 32.3g. Method: Place the lemongrass, coriander, onion, garlic, ginger, coconut sugar (or honey), tamari soy sauce, fish sauce, turmeric, garam masala and coconut milk in a blender and process until smooth. Pour over the chicken. Season with a little salt and pepper. Marinate for at least one hour. Heat the coconut or olive oil in a wok or frying pan. Drain the chicken, reserve the marinade and stir fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes. Add the chilli, pak choi, mangetout and mushrooms and cook for a further minute. Add the marinade and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Toss in the noodles. Sprinkle over the bean sprouts and spring onions to serve.

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Derbyshire Walking: A High-level Dovedale Walk National Park: Peak District Dovedale Manifold Valley Distance: 9.5 miles / 15.4 km Ascent: 1665 feet / 505 metres Time: 6 hours 30 minutes Grade: Moderate Author: Lou Johnson Start: OS grid reference SK146508 Postcode DE6 2AY (approx. location only) what3words start: gains.tenses.plankton

Dovedale is very popular with walkers and can become overrun with visitors on the valley floor path, especially on the southern section from Thorpe to Milldale. However there are other options and this Peak District walk goes some way to avoiding the crowds! By staying with the high ground on either side of the dale one can enjoy the views in peace and also better appreciate the excellent White Peak scenery en route. The Route 1. There is a large car park a few hundred metres south of Thorpe Cloud (grid ref. SK146508) where there are toilets and a cafe. Leave the car park and head north along the lane, turning right over the first footbridge with the first objective – the shapely summit of Thorpe Cloud – in view. The old path has been diverted to assist with

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renewal/erosion work and the approach is now from the east over a longer and easier line. The summit of this small top is soon reached and provides a good vantage point for the next stage of the walk. 2. Head off the summit down the steep path towards the stepping stones over the River Dove. Go through the gate and follow the main path for a few hundred metres north. Then turn right to head up the side of the dale on a clear rising path that takes you to the top of Lover’s Leap. The crowds have now been left behind and, apart from a short busy section at Milldale, you will have the landscape to yourself for much of this round. 3. After enjoying the view at Lover’s Leap turn east. Take the clear path that heads towards Moor Barn and continue on the waymarked route to reach a right of way that goes north (grid ref 160518) to Bostern Grange Farm. Continue through the farm to follow a farm track forking left almost immediately to stay on a northerly course across fields. At the path junction (grid ref 149541) ignore the path heading directly to Milldale, instead opting for the slightly more circuitous route

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over Shining Tor. This offers a very pleasant approach to the hamlet of Milldale providing an excellent taste of the northern half of Dovedale. Note that Milldale can be very busy especially during holiday weekends, which is in complete contrast to the outward high level section of the route. 4. In Milldale, cross the bridge and take the path (signed but half hidden by the toilets) that leads steeply uphill and south along the western bank of the Dove. There is a warning notice about the path being impassable after heavy rain and this should be heeded if the river is high. The path is muddy in places (but offers a quieter route to the main path on the eastern side of the river) and leads to Hall Dale - an excellent example of a dry valley. 5. Stay on the west side of the river to reach Ilam Rock where a path climbs steeply up through the woods. There now follows a pleasant high level walk along the western rim of Dovedale to reach Air Cottage. Turn west to Ilamtops Farm and south on a signed right of way to reach Bunster Hill. There are many paths in this area but it is best to aim due south to reach a col between Bunster Hill and a small outlying top. From here, the onward route to the Izaak Walton Hotel and the car park becomes obvious. Even on a busy weekend when the Thorpe Stepping Stones and Milldale are bustling with people, you can enjoy a quiet walk away from the crowds by following this route. Not bad for such a busy part of the Peak District National Park! Walk supplied by Walking Britain (walk no. 1195). For more walks, or to download a GPS file for this walk, visit

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

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Footnotes: Athlete’s Foot In the warmer temperatures of the summer and autumn months we are more likely to suffer from Athlete’s Foot which is a fungal infection. Fungi love warmth and moisture the exact conditions inside our shoes or boots particularly in hot weather, although sandal wearers can quite often suffer as well, due to the skin becoming dry and losing its protective oils. The main symptoms of the condition are itchiness and a feeling of intense heat on the feet. A red scaly rash may be visible particularly between the third, fourth and fifth toes on one or both feet. There is often a painful stinging sensation if we try to scratch the affected area and, in severe cases, cracked and peeling skin which is prone to further infections. Good hygiene is very important to treat the condition and also to avoid it spreading. You must change your socks and tights regularly and pat your feet dry rather than rubbing them with the towel after washing. By Peter Waugh, Amber Feet

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3. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet Studies have shown high levels of sugar decreases white blood cell production by 50%! We need to eat a diet based on whole foods and load up on antioxidant fruit and veg, which will boost our overall health and help protect against viruses.

5 Ways to Boost Your Immune Health Never before has it become so apparent how much we need to take control and help ourselves to stay fit and heathy. With flu season just round the corner and Covid-19 going nowhere, we all need to try and boost our immune system, so we have the best chance of staying well. Here are 5 tips to staying healthy and super-charging our immunity: 1. Stay on top of your vitamin D levels This super nutrient not only strengthens your bones and dampens inflammation in the body, but it also staves off colds and flu. Recent research has shown that if your levels are low you are 36% more likely to catch a cold. As vitamin D is classed as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, we definitely don’t get much of this over winter. 2. Strengthen your gut The microbes in your gut not only help your body digest your food, but they regulate your metabolism and immune system. In fact, 70% of your immune system is in your gut. Eating fermented food (bio-live yogurt, miso, kimchi, kefir) is a great way to boost your gut bacteria, along with popping a good probiotic. This is definitely on my further education list as I firmly believe this is the key to overall health.

4. Sleep Getting enough sleep is crucial for a cold-free winter and also for speedy recovery. Having recently had a cold I can vouch for this. Lack of sleep increases the levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in your body; this will definitely take its toll on your immune system. 5. Zinc and vitamin C When you start to feel run down, reach for zinc and vitamin C. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, fresh fruits and vegetables and should be part of your winter regime. Zinc is found in fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and seeds, and can help curb flu-like symptoms and also shorten the duration if you do get the dreaded flu. We can do so much to help ourselves and give our bodies a helping hand! By Alex Robinson Level 4 Personal Trainer with additional qualifications in GP referrals – Pre- & post-natal exercise. Personal Trainer for over 15 years, supporting and helping people to meet their goals in fitness and lifestyle changes, from losing weight to running marathons. 01773 512410 • 07817 337861

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• I have been a Personal Trainer for over 15 years, supporting and helping people to meet their goals in fitness and lifestyle changes, from losing weight to running marathons. • Over the years I have competed in various amateur sports to a high standard, including 24 hour endurance running to cross training events. • I am a Level 4 Personal Trainer with additional qualifications in GP referrals - Pre & post natal exercise Master Trainer in corrective exercise Hatton Boxing for Fitness - Boxercise Master Trainer CIMPSA & NRPT registered.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

Poem: Wellies Who doesn’t love a splash in a muddy puddle… Wellies come in different styles There’s ‘Unicorns’ and ‘Frogs’ Faces from ‘Minions’ and ‘Frozen’ ‘Spacemen’, ‘Butterflies’, ‘Dogs’ Wellies come in different colours At varied heights below your knee Some have wedges, some have a heel Thick soles, ridged and rubbery Wellies are so useful They keep feet nice and dry Much easier to put them on Than take them off – you try You stand one legged and wobbly Extend forward wellied foot Kicking and flicking and flipping Shaking and swinging – it still stays put Stood one foot in front of the other You carefully place toe to heel Applying that pressure quite firmly As your front foot, you try to reveal If that doesn’t work, try the back foot And stood with front heel to back toe Ease your back foot gingerly upwards A good wiggle might just help it go But if your wellies are still stuck and not budging You’ll just have to sit down and wait For someone to crouch down and help you Find your feet that you must extricate So you stick out one leg to your helper The welly with both hands they grasp Twisting, turning and pushing and pulling Your foot’s sudden release makes them gasp One’s free, now’s the turn of the other Repeating the same plan once more Always one more stubborn than ‘t’other This time, your help ends up flat on the floor Finally free of your waterproof footwear They can now be rinsed clean of their grime Tidied away, proudly standing together Waiting for your next fun welly time!

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The Best Used Electric Vehicles For those looking to make the switch to electric on a budget, plug-in power doesn’t have to break the bank. Electrification is taking the car world by storm and battery-powered vehicles are really starting to surge in popularity. A knock-on effect of this is that more EVs are entering the used car segment, so let’s look at some of the options. Nissan Leaf – £5,000 This well-sized electric car has been on sale for quite some time now and a £5,000 budget will get you a very early model. Though it won’t offer the longest range, it provides a great EV entry point.

174 miles. It’s smart inside and offers great value for money, thanks to a healthy amount of standard equipment. Vauxhall Corsa-e – £20,000 Since becoming part of the PSA Group, Vauxhall has been through a transformative period, with cars like the Corsa and Mokka showcasing the firm’s new direction. The electric Corsa-e is easily one of the best second-hand EVs on sale. It has a range of up to 209 miles – one of the best around – and is packed with features, too. Peugeot e-2008 – £30,000 Peugeot is also undergoing change as part of the PSA Group. The e-2008 uses the same powertrain as the Corsa-e but in a more practical, family-friendly SUV body style.

Renault Twizy – £10,000 With its scissor doors and bug-like design, the Twizy stands out from the crowd. It might not be the most practical option nor the strongest in terms of range – it’ll do around 62 miles fully charged – but for city dwellers it’ll be a very appealing prospect. BMW i3 – £12,000 BMW’s classy i3 has aged remarkably well, with used models showcasing the clever design and innovative interior that won it fans originally. £12,000 will get you a decent example with reasonable mileage. With a range of around 160 miles, it’s suitable for most journeys. Volkswagen e-Golf – £15,000 Prior to the introduction of Volkswagen’s ID range, one of its most prominent offerings was the e-Golf. Practical and well made, it delivers everything people want and a £15,000 budget will net a later model, giving a range of around 186 miles. Hyundai Ioniq Electric – £18,000 Hyundai’s Ioniq Electric – also available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid – has seen decent success, owing to its smart design and a range of around

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You’ll get 206 miles from a charge, while the e-2008’s quirky looks help it to stand out. Tesla Model 3 – £40,000 The Model 3 is Tesla’s BMW 3 Series-rivaling car. At £40,000, you’ll be able to net a standard-range model with low miles, capable of delivering up to 254 miles of range. You’ll be able to use Tesla’s excellent Supercharger network, too. Jaguar I-Pace – £50,000 Right at the top of today’s budgets sits the Jaguar I-Pace. It’s a large and roomy SUV with a hightech interior, giving a range of 292 miles between charges. As a do-all SUV, it’s hard to beat. As Jaguar’s first foray into the EV segment, the I-Pace is impressive to say the least.

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Proud to be a 5 star rated Autotrader dealer. We now have well over 300, 5 star customer reviews We are a local, established father and daughter run business Cars can be valued and collected from your drive We will price match or better any genuine 'We Buy Any Car' or similar quote We pride ourselves on offering reliable, value for money cars to suit every budget

All of our cars are sold HPI clear, with a valid MOT certificate, service checked, valeted and smelling nice! Nearly all of our cars come with a minimum 6 months warranty and 12 months breakdown cover. Extended warranties are also available.

Please contact us in whatever way you feel most comfortable for more information. 07734476530 • 01159 699815 • Dave & Carly Betts • Single Ply Yard, Awsworth Rd, Ilkeston DE7 8JF

Unit 9b Goods Road, Belper DE56 1UU


SPECIALISTS IN CAR BODY REPAIRS Maintenance & Repair of Motor Vehicles Garage also specialises in: • Repairs • Bringing your car to MOT standard

• Air Con • 4 wheel checking /alignment

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Top Quality

Painter & Decorator Reasons to choose me: ◘ I am experienced in ALL ASPECTS of painting

and decorating and am HAPPY TO GIVE ADVICE.

I can carry out all of your INTERIOR OR EXTERIOR decorating needs - domestic, commercial or industrial.

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Visit our showroom at Chapel Street, Belper DE56 1AR

• 5* Reviews • 15 years’ experience • Family business Book your free home measure and consultation today

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• Conservatories • Replacement glass & locks • Windows & doors • Fascias, soffits

Specialist in uPVC & Aluminium

• Porches

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• Bi-folding aluminium doors

• Flat roof solutions

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Thinking of changing your

FASCIAS, SOFFITS & GUTTERING? We have our own scaffold so no need to pay out any extra cost on using another scaffold company. We take off all the existing rotten timber. (We never go over the existing wood that leads to even more future rot.) Licensed waste carriers so the majority of the time there is no need to have any skips on the drive. Our under tiles fascia system is designed to stop birds going in your roof Variety of colours to suit different styles of property.

Warmer Roof - The latest way to transform your conservatory Make your conservatory into a usable all-year-round living space making it warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Warmer Roof means not only will you be able to get the most out of your conservatory even during the winter, but you can also see significant savings to your energy bills. Designed exactly to the specifications of your existing conservatory, available with roof vents for ventilation and extra light. Fully insulated & building regulations approved, no planning required. Comes in a choice of colours. Plastered ceilings finish. Call us to discuss further and start making the most out your conservatory this winter! Call us for a free no obligation quotation and free advice 01332 780125 E: Based in Denby Great customer care is a priority. Realistic quotations

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Groundwork • Landscaping • Digger Services We start every project by providing a thorough consultation to understand your goals and needs Our list of services include: Turng ● Tree Care ● Ponds and Water Features ● Patios and Paths Tarmac Driveways ● Groundworks ● Foundations Levelling and Shaping ● Trenching ● Drainage and Pipework Equine Arenas ● Contract Digger and Driver Hire

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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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Gutters Cleared Removal of leaves - moss grass - growth & debris

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Here are just some of the services we offer • • • • • • •

Full re-wire Additional sockets Electrical vehicle charging Hot-tub electrics New fuse boards Underfloor heating All plastering works

Family run business based in Denby Village

Call 01773 742038 or 0779 304 6896

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Hello, I’m Pete, I own & operate GutterPRO across East Derbyshire. Because it’s my business, you’ll get a personal service and be certain I’ll clear up thoroughly after the job.

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We offer a comprehensive range of furniture and accessories to design your perfect bathroom • Wet rooms • Baths and showers • Furniture

• Radiators • Accessories

123a Old No�ngham Road, Derby, DE1 3QQ 01332 292911

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WINTER IS AROUND THE CORNER AGAIN! WE OFFER A GREAT SELECTION OF QUALITY COAL, SMOKELESS FUEL AND SEASONED HARDWOOD LOGS AT SUPER COMPETITIVE PRICES. Available in 50kg open sack and 20kg pre packed (cash and carry) along with kindling, relighters etc. Kiln/barn dried logs are available in either nets or bulk bags. All excellent quality less than 20% moisture.


TEL 01773 305777 or 07970 215726 Unit 1, Derwent Works, Matlock Road, Ambergate, Belper DE56 2HE (On the A6 at the same turning as the classic car museum and gin disllery)

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NAPIT (Part P approved contractor) • Over 30 Years’ Experience • Full & Part Rewires • Security Systems & Data Points • New Extensions, Fully Wired • Small Jobs Welcome • Free Quotes, No Obligation • Fully Insured

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Small Building Works Over 20 years' experience


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PLUMBING AND LONG RANGE WIFI SOLUTIONS Plumbing, Bathrooms, Showers, Taps, Tiling Long range Wi-Fi solutions Call Nick 07561 826328

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Hilltop Builders Walls & stone work specialist Small extensions • Conservatories Brickwork • Patios • Pointing up Groundworks • Fireplaces • Lintels

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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 • No pressure selling • Experienced friendly designers • Latest CAD 3D design software • Granite, solid surface and laminate worktops • Large car park

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From our family to yours

As a family run, independent business with over 30 years’ experience we pride ourselves on being able to provide a fully personalised and expert service which is unrivalled by larger retailers. Our extensive showroom boasts an impressive range of kitchens, worktops, bedrooms, tiles and accessories. Our team of highly experienced designers and installers are here to help create the kitchen or bedroom of your dreams.

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Quirky Britain

Britain’s Quirkiest Bonfire Night Celebrations November is the month for firework displays, when adults and children gather together to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ as fiery fountains erupt, Catherine wheels spin and rockets light up the night sky. It’s a fun family event, but our 21st century firework displays seem like pretty tame stuff when compared to the bonfire festivities enjoyed in times gone by. Fire festivals have been held for thousands of years but the practice of marking 5th November with bonfires and fireworks began as a rowdy celebration to mark the deaths of the conspirators who tried to blow up England’s parliament in 1605, with activities calculated to make any modern-day health and safety officer run for cover. While it’s no bad thing that firework displays are now controlled and regulated to avoid accidents, some of the devil-may-care spirit that was once the hallmark of November 5th seems to have been lost. However, there are certain parts of the UK where risk and excitement are an essential part of the enjoyment. Anarchic fun in Sussex Welcome to Bonfire Night in Lewes, Sussex, where the smell of burnt gunpowder is always accompanied by a faint whiff of anarchy. It’s a night of celebration that promises activities that are – to quote the website – “not suitable for very young children … the frail or if you have breathing problems.” Each year this bonfire event turns the normally sleepy town of Lewes into a heady combination of raucous street bands, rowdy processions, heaving crowds and huge effigies – usually in the form of hated public figures of the day – made for the sole purpose of being consigned to the flames amidst cheers, jeers and cat-calls. The town uses Bonfire Night as an opportunity to uphold the traditions of free speech and to remember the dead, particularly the seventeen Protestant martyrs who were burned at the stake in Lewes between 1555 and 1557 under the reign of ‘Bloody Mary’ (Queen Mary I). Their martyrdom is marked annually by a procession of 17 burning crosses. Tar Barrel Racing in Devon Another place you might prefer to avoid on Bonfire Night

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if you are of a nervous disposition is Ottery St. Mary, in Devon. This tranquil West Country town changes character on the night of 5th November, becoming the stage for a perilous and fiery race through the streets. Only those who were born in ‘Ottery’, or who have lived there for most of their lives, are allowed to take part in this exhilarating and risky spectacle, which involves setting light to huge wood and iron barrels soaked in tar. The contestants then carry the burning barrels through the town at great speed. Some families have been taking part in the races for many generations and almost 10,000 people turn up each year to cheer them on. Up Helly Aa Another quirky UK fire festival takes place at the end of January and has been successfully banishing the winter gloom for residents of Lerwick in Shetland for almost 140 years. This day-long festival, a celebration of Viking roots, sees a thousand local male ‘guizers’ – clad in fancy dress and carrying flaming torches – follow a specially-made Viking galley along a route through the town. The climax of the celebrations is the ship’s fiery send-off to Valhalla. As in Lewes, there’s a spirit of satire and mischief in the air, with sketches poking fun at local figures and a large number of ‘guizers’ dressing in drag. These celebrations – tapping into our primitive feelings about fire as something to be loved, feared and respected – are a powerful way of bringing communities together. Although no-one would want to return to the days when members of the public could be injured when activities got out of hand, it’s good to know that some UK communities are still prepared go to such lengths to let their hair down and celebrate together. By Kate McLelland

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Tree & Garden Services Hoppinghole Wood, Milford

Your Local Friendly Gardening Company Call or text for a free quote

07718 143719 01332 840075 Grass Mowing & Edging Hedge Trimming & Removal Trees, Conifers & Bushes Pruned / Removed Fortnightly, monthly or just when you need us

All Taps Fitted Radiators, Thermostatic Valves Shower Replacements & Pumps, Toilets Bathroom Installations, Walk-In Shower Enclosures Heating System Power Flush, All General Plumbing Call Mark - 07794 368614 or 01332 491300 No job too small! Your local & reliable plumber


LOCAL BUILDER TDB Building Over 20 years experience For all your building needs including:

■ Extensions ■ Loft Conversions ■ Roofs ■ Joinery ■ Renovations ■ Property Maintenance

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JUST REPLACE THE DOORS AND WORKTOPS Transform your kitchen with a makeover by Dream Doors, Derbyshire’s locallyowned, family-run business with the reassurance of a national brand behind it. It’s so easy! Not only will a Dream Doors makeover save you £1,000’s, you’ll also miss the stress, upheaval and mess that comes with a traditional refit. Changing as little or as much as you like, from a simple door swap to a complete new kitchen, we offer everything you need to make your kitchen dream a reality. Made-to-measure doors and cabinets. Fully fitted and guaranteed.

Visit the Derby Kitchen Showroom at 20 The Strand, Derby DE1 1BE. or let us bring the showroom to you!

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TME Electrical

All Types of Domestic and Commercial Work Undertaken

Sockets - Lighting - Fuseboxes - Rewires Kitchens - Phone - TV Emergency Call Out Service. Free Quotes

Periodic Inspections, Landlords Certification,

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Domestic and Industrial Electrical Engineers

A family business Over 20 years’ of experience For all your electrical needs including:

• Electric Vehicle Charging Points • Personal Heating Systems • Wiser wireless radiator thermostats Save up to £350 on your EV charging point with an OLEV grant.

Building and joinery services Conversions and Extensions Property Maintenance

No job is too small. Breakdown service

Please call us for a free no obligation quotation

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John the

T: 01773 829 222 M: 07973 506 053

Painter & Handyman

2 Burbage Close Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0DW

Worcester Bosch Greenstar 8000 Style Combi

Mature and experienced Pain�ng & decora�ng, interior, exterior & wallpapering Many years in the building trade Reliable with own tools

No Job too small

‘If you need a handyman I can turn my hand to most things’

W: E:

• Gas / Oil Boiler Installations • Gas / Oil Boiler Replacements • Gas / Oil Boiler Servicing & Repairs

Please call John 07966 765785 Based in Ripley




• Central Heating Installations • Gas Safety Inspections • Landlord Safety Certificates • Under Floor Heating


Roller Garage Doors – Industrial Shutters – Awnings – Retractable/Fixed Grills



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SINGLE £799.00* DOUBLE £1150.00*

We also supply sectional garage doors and composite front doors.

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Gardening Garden Trends – What’s Hot and What’s Not Passion for gardens has probably never been greater. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that we were all obliged to follow, outside spaces have taken on a whole new vibe. The trend for utilising even the tiniest of outdoor areas is probably here to stay – at least for the next few years. Many of us have created garden ‘rooms’, where the inside flows into an outdoor kitchen and dining area. The lines between indoors and out have blurred. It is no longer unusual for people to install outdoor fridges, cookers, storage, food-preparation surfaces and, of course, seating. The latter will probably include a dining table with chairs but also an outdoor lounge with comfortable furniture. Sometimes this can take up most of the garden, but hopefully there will be some attractive planting to provide screening, perhaps a soothing water feature and definitely a firepit so that everyone can stay outside during the evening. Gardens need life But is this impressive display of luxury any good for gardens? Paving over lawns and restricting planting to very limited zones isn’t great for biodiversity. Beware of creating a desolate, cheerless space with little life to be found. Most people love the softness that plants bring to hard landscaping, therefore every opportunity should be taken for prioritising plants over paving. Ideally, we should aspire to create a garden that can perform many functions. A seating place amongst the planting enables us to enjoy it to the full. Above all else we should make provision for wonderful plants

that will attract pollinators, provide structure, movement, scent, colour and soak up the excesses that the sky deposits. Plants absorb pollution, they clean the air and produce oxygen. Just relax by some lush planting and see how it makes you feel – plants really are good for us. Allow a little rewilding in your garden and consider it a compliment when spiders and insects populate your space. Don’t be tempted to prune your hedge every time it grows beyond the picture-book rectangle. Try to change the way you see things and avoid the concept of a tidy garden. These can be hostile places in terms of nature. What’s been trending in gardens over the last two years? • Al fresco dining, often with built-in appliances and heating and even a retractable canopy. • The concept of extending interior decor into the garden, decorating gardens with lanterns, ornaments, colourful accessories, rugs and cushions. Some even sacrifice kitchen dressers, sofas and throws in a bid to make a bold outdoor statement that creates a cosy space. • Grow-your-own. At least fourteen per cent of adults in the UK are following a meat-free diet. Almost half the population now grows fruit and vegetables at home. Not only is it fun and rewarding, but it can be completely chemical-free too. • Dry stone walling, gabion walls using wire baskets filled with stones, rocks and boulders are all increasing in popularity. These contemporary features combine style with function and they provide wonderful nooks and crannies that are valuable for wildlife. • Porcelain garden paving is the surface of choice for a growing number of householders. Porcelain can look like stone but is less porous therefore it doesn’t turn green quite so easily. It’s long-lasting, tough, slip-resistant and contemporary. • Sowing seeds and planting for wildlife. There has been a record demand for wildflower and other seeds over the last eighteen months, with sales increasing more than 600 per cent. By Caroline Knight

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Heroic dogs with skills that save lives While technology offers some amazing new ways of tracking down lost people and animals, there are many rescue scenarios where dogs’ natural skills have proven infinitely superior to high-tech gadgets. Here we look at the way their unique abilities are being harnessed to save lives. ‘Newfies’, superdogs of the sea Possessed of unusual strength and resilience, Newfoundland dogs were highly valued by Canadian fishermen, who also prized their calm and loyal nature. With their muscular build, thick coats and webbed paws, Newfoundlands are completely at home in the water. At Portishead Marina near Bristol, a charity called Newfound Friends makes the most of the Newfies’ remarkable talents. The dogs not only work in children’s hospices as therapy dogs, they also take part in sea rescues and rescue training, showing off their skills at festivals across the UK. Ellie Bedford, a volunteer and trainer with the charity, told the TV channel Beastly: “No human can do what these dogs can do. I’m a lifeguard myself and I would struggle to tow two people, whereas these guys can pull in ten people.”

rescue mission in some of the areas worst hit by the bushfires, a very special Australian Koolie dog – aptly named ‘Bear’ – was brought in to search for surviving koalas. Bear was brought up in a domestic setting, but with his high energy levels and obsessive/compulsive behaviours it quickly became clear that he was never going to be a family pet. Fortunately an animal conservation charity spotted his potential after he was abandoned by his owners. “He was a very high-energy young adult and apparently ate the whole flat he was living in,” his trainer Romane Cristescu told the Australian Geographic magazine. Ironically the qualities that made him unsuitable as a pet have made him the perfect rescue dog. Romane puts Bear’s previous bad behaviour down to boredom, commenting: “his worst nightmare is to be left behind when you go to work.” However, once the dog started his koala detection training, he showed an outstanding ability to locate suffering animals. Raising rescuers’ spirits Bear rescued a hundred koalas that would otherwise have died in the blackened and burned-out landscape of the Australian bush. In addition to this impressive record, he has also played an important role in keeping his human team-mates’ spirits up.

A bad start for Bear Today many different breeds are used in search and rescue operations, but the victims they search for are not always human. The terrible bushfires in Australia displaced and killed up to three billion wild animals, including thousands of koala bears. During an epic

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It seems that hero animals such as Newfound Friends’ therapy dogs and Aussie koala tracker Bear not only protect humans and animals, they also have a profound effect on our mental health. Australian travel presenter and wildlife campaigner Tyson Mayr told the au website: “I quickly saw just how much of an impact [Bear] was having, not just with the koalas he was saving, but also the smiles he was bringing to the already tired and exhausted wildlife carers, rescuers and vets from around the country.” By Kate McLelland

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Book Reviews: Chilling Reads It’s all about the spooky, criminal, weird and macabre this issue… Triflers Need Not Apply Camilla Bruce This is a fictionalised account of the life of mass murderer Belle Gunness, who started her killing spree back in 1900. In the novel, a horrific attack as a young woman sets Belle on a very different path to that of her peers. She realises that while women may not have legal power, they can be just as ruthless as men. As the bodies pile up, so too do Belle’s finances. But how long can her appetite for murder go unnoticed? You’ll veer between pity and loathing for the main character, with perhaps a touch of horrified admiration at times. The Rising Tide Sam Lloyd Lucy seems to have it all, until one day her family’s yacht is found drifting at sea, empty. She soon realises her husband is missing, and with him her children. A storm is brewing that threatens to wipe away any clues and any hope of finding survivors. Atmospheric and with twists galore, The Rising Tide will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World Elif Shafak If you didn’t read this book back when everyone was talking about it two years ago, don’t let it slip through your fingers again. The central character is Leila, who lies murdered and dumped in a rubbish bin in Istanbul. As her brain shuts down, we’re taken through her life up until that point. Not the happiest life to be sure, but one rich in friendship.

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And those friends will stop at nothing to make sure Leila isn’t just another victim in an unmarked grave. A startlingly unique, vivid read. The Man Who Died Twice Richard Osman Sequels rarely live up to the hype, but boy does this one deliver. The Thursday Murder Club has another crime to solve (which is lucky as the pensioners were getting a bit bored). Elizabeth has received a cry for help from an old flame – one she neither likes nor trusts. But he’s in danger and she’d rather he didn’t end up dead. As you’d expect, there are plenty of red herrings to throw them (and you) off the scent. Cosy crime at its best. The Haunting Season Various authors There’s a time-honoured tradition of curling up on a cold winter’s night to devour a ghost story. You might not be reading the tales in The Haunting Season by candlelight, but they’re sure to delight nonetheless. Eight leading authors have contributed, including Laura Purcell, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Andrew Michael Hurley. While each story is set in winter, the similarity ends there. Some verge on horror while others are more deliciously spooky. A Slow Fire Burning Paula Hawkins A multi-layered mystery with unreliable characters, A Slow Fire Burning is certain to appeal to domestic noir fans. Daniel is found dead on his houseboat. Laura is the last known person to see him alive and was seen leaving with blood on her clothes. And then there’s Carla, Daniel’s aunt, who’s still grieving for her son and sister. And Miriam, the woman who says she found the body. Plus several other characters, all with their own stories to tell and secrets to hide… By Kate Duggan

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The Diary of a Local Mum Any Dream Will Do

Have you ever looked at your kids and wondered what their future holds? What they’ll do when they grow up, where they’ll go, the adventures they’ll have, what they’ll achieve? Many children’s dreams change throughout their young lives – and, let’s face it, will continue to change throughout adulthood, too (if I’m entirely honest I’m still not sure what I want to do when I grow up!) others seem to be born to follow a particular path, loving to dance, sing or showing a particularly inquisitive mind or caring nature from being tiny tots. As wide-eyed toddlers, your children may want to be astronauts, pilots, firefighters, zoo keepers, explorers. As they grow and discover more about the world they may be inspired by those they meet to become nurses, teachers, vets, scientists or musicians. They may harbour ambitions to be an Olympian, travel the world, make films, take photographs, write books or create art. As teenagers, they may well acquire a desire to be a You Tuber or a professional gamer, both of which are apparently now viable career options… But, as parents, what should we do with these dreams? Encourage them no matter what, or rein them in with a healthy dose of realism to prevent future disappointment? We inevitably want to protect our kids and, in doing so, it’s tempting to shield them from potential failure. It’s hard not to meddle when you think their dreams are improbable or impractical, but you don’t want to rain on their parade and squash their ambitions before they’re even given a chance. Imagine looking back and realising you’re the reason they didn’t follow their heart? Did Charli D’Amelio’s parents advise her to stop wasting her time on TikTok? She’s now got several million ways to prove them wrong! Even if it doesn’t work out maybe we need to let them fall in order to learn how to get back up again?

It’s also difficult not to let our own experiences, regrets, mistakes or dreams influence the way we encourage or advise our kids, but sometimes we just have to bite our tongue and watch them take their own journey, with our full support and encouragement regardless. It’s true that not everyone will manage to accomplish their heart’s desires but by following a certain path and doing the things they enjoy, hopefully they’ll find happiness and fulfilment along the way. I recently heard an interview with stand-up comedian Chris Ramsey, which really resonated. He said his parents encouraged him to have a backup option, in case comedy ‘didn’t work out’. He refused, saying that would have given him a reason to give up … which, given his TV appearances, sell-out tour and award-winning podcast, he clearly didn’t. He had his sights clearly set on success and claims the ‘fear factor’ of having no other option drove him when times were tough. I would probably have advised the same as his parents, but his comments made me rethink my stance. If he’d trained in something else ‘just in case’ would he still have a sell-out stand up tour? Possibly not. I do believe that, if you want it enough, most people are capable of most things (obviously there are certain caveats, but generally speaking!) and I tell my kids “Don’t believe anyone who tells you you can’t.” I was thrilled to hear cyclist Mark Cavendish echo this exact sentiment in a recent interview after coming back from illness to win the green jersey in this year’s Tour De France, storming to victory in four stages and bringing his overall total to a record equalling 34 stage wins. He well and truly silenced his doubters by proving them wrong. So, whatever your dreams are kids, you go and chase them. They’re your dreams and there’s nothing too big or too small. Whether you want to open a café, climb Everest, fix cars or become Prime Minister … follow your heart and know I’ve always got your back.

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Belper School Monster in the Village This is a snippet of Belper School student Herbie Gribble’s upcoming fantasy novel that he is in the midst of creating. In this extract, in the fantasy world, our protagonist finds himself lost in the forest, after wandering off before the harvest festival. Now he faces an unseen and unknown foe… Movement. In the bushes. Rustle. Rustle. Nothing. And then the smell hit Dig, like a rotten carcass left out in the summer sun, it invaded his nostrils. He stumbled back away from it, trying to get as far as possible until he fell over a log and landed on his back. He lay there, in the dark, he knew not for how long, but as his terror began to slowly eek away, he became acutely aware of the lack of noise. The village lay silent in the distance, most of the lights out or dimmed and whatever had been hunting him seemed to have left. Rising to his feet, he made his way through the trees towards the last glimmering lights. As he began to draw near, he smelt the same rotten smell but magnified as though it lay upon the whole village. The sky was still black and there was miasma in the air. The stars still shone down but the stench of death lay heavy on the air. Reaching the edge of the treeline he stopped dead in his tracks, the houses of the village were in a state of decay, wood was rotting, and stone walls were falling apart in a state of disuse. There was not a sound to be heard apart from that of a building collapsing in the distance as its supports gave way. Of the villagers there were no signs and the lights Dig had seen seemed to have long since gone out.

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Walking slowly past the decaying houses Dig found himself in the centre of the village. Strewn about the ground next to one of the still smouldering bonfires were bones. The bleached skulls of the men and women he had known stared up at him as he stood there stupefied. There was no flesh left clinging to their bones and they were not charred by flame. Dig then remembered, of the stories he heard in the inn that told of horrors that were once men. Horrors that feasted on people’s flesh and wore decay about them like a cloak. He looked away and turned to the looming cliff and there, almost indistinguishable stood a monster. It was faceless and stood like a person but yet was horribly different from one. The same low groan-that-was-a-screech reverberated off the cliff wall. It had no face, no sign of there ever being eyes or a nose however a mouth cut across its face like a scar. Surrounded by crimson blood and filled with needle teeth. He blinked and it had gone, the groan-that-was-a-screech cut short. Dig stood where he was for the rest of the night, expecting at any minute a cold, hard hand against his throat. It never did come. When the golden eye bathed the land in light the next day, he finally overcame his paralysis. Looking around the village Dig found nothing he could use, if not for the embers in the fires it would seem as if the village had been abandoned decades ago. As the eye reached its zenith Dig decided there was nothing left there for him. He could act upon his dreams of seeing the world, although the reason of his departure was not as he imagined it would be. Setting his back towards the granite wall he left his village for good, knowing that its people now lived only in him and in the heavens with the Dragons. By Herbie Gribble, Year 11

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Parenting Teaching Kids to Be Savvy Savers Most of us have made mistakes with money at some point. Help your children to avoid the same financial pitfalls by giving them the knowledge and skills to build on in the future. Teach them the value of money Rather than buying your children sweets each week, give them pocket money, some of which they can use to buy sweets and some of which they can save for a bigger treat. It’s good for children to earn at least part of their pocket money by doing chores. They’ll learn that money doesn’t come for nothing and be less likely to waste it. To make life easier, you could use an app and debit card like RoosterMoney or Go Henry, which were created to help children get to grips with their finances and earn money through chores. Help them to budget Encourage children to save up for something they really want rather than just waiting for Christmas or their birthday. You could start by explaining how much they’d need to save each week to achieve their goal. Younger children tend to need quicker results, so start with a small goal that can be achieved in a few weeks rather than months. Give them responsibility Part of appreciating the value of money is learning through mistakes. It’s tempting to step in and stop your child from spending their pocket money on things that you know they will quickly discard. Offer advice but let them make their own decisions on low-value

items. They may well then think twice next time they want to buy a blind bag or an expensive Tshirt. When older children are ready, you could give them more responsibility for budgeting for the things they need by giving them an allowance for clothes, school dinners, travel expenses, toiletries, days out and so on, and helping them to work out a monthly budget. Again, they can earn more through chores if they want to save up for high-value items. Discuss money Don’t be afraid to talk about money with your children. You could share how much you’re setting aside each month for next year’s holiday for example, and talk about your own experiences with money. You can also help your child to see that, while it’s good to shop around for the best price, cheap doesn’t always mean best value. However, try not to make your child worried about family finances. It’s fine to talk about not being able to afford something or how you’re saving up for a big purchase, but you don’t want your child to lose sleep worrying that you won’t be able to pay the bills. Learn from the experts Make the most of children’s love for online games. MyBnk is a UK charity on a mission to help children build good money habits. It has created a series of fun online courses for ages 5 to 21. You can access them for free at our-courses.

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Fanny Finnerty Hall 1866 - 1909 If you happen to go for a stroll in Belper Cemetery, the gravestone of Fanny Hall can hardly escape your notice. This impressive memorial stands in the central area opposite the funeral chapels and commemorates Fanny, her husband Albert and their son Henry. Fanny Finnerty spent her life among travelling show people. She was born in Birmingham in 1866 and her father was a confectioner and a showman. At 5 years old she was with her family in Chesterfield lodgings and the next information I could find was when Fanny married Albert Hall at Duffield Church in December 1888, as shown on their marriage record.

Like her father, her new husband was described as a confectioner whose own father Henry was the landlord of The Grapes, but the Halls were also showmen and very much involved in the funfairs which travelled round the Midlands. In 1891, after their first child Nelly was born, the family were in a caravan in Derby where Albert ran a rifle shooting saloon. The Hall family partly owned the fairground site at Derby’s Morledge where Fanny and Albert lived with other travelling showmen. Co-owners of the site were the Proctors (of Belper Fair fame) and the two families were close and connected by marriage. 1901 finds Fanny and Albert living in a caravan at West Bars, Chesterfield and by now they had three children Nelly, Henry and Ernest. Albert was again running a rifle saloon. Fanny would have been extremely busy helping her husband in the fairground business, most likely keeping accounts and organising their lives on the move as well as bringing up their three children.

Tragically their son Henry died at the age of 16. On the grave stone he is described as “a jewel lent to us”. Fanny died a year later at the age of 43, her life was all too short and life-expectancy at that time was not high, but who knows? She might have died of a broken heart after losing Henry. By 1911 Albert had settled down in Belper with his two remaining children as landlord of the Nag’s Head on High Pavement, following in the footsteps of his publican father. If the family wanted to give Fanny and Albert a splendid memorial, they achieved their aim.

It stands close to the path, my attention caught by its light-coloured stone and her name in full view. There must be many women like her who lie in unvisited graves and I don’t want her to be completely forgotten for who, as a child, has not enjoyed a visit to the fair? Next to Fanny’s grave are other members of the Hall family who have been fairground people for hundreds of years. Today Halls are still in Derbyshire with the Merry Go Round café, amusements, fish and chips, coffee, donuts and sweet shop in Matlock Bath. Belper is inextricably linked to the fair and if anyone wants to know more about this aspect of our history there will be a new book in the autumn. I am looking forward to “Belper’s Fairground Heritage” by Neil Calladine who is our town’s By Viv Scott own local historian of fairs and show people.

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2019 brought a new story to life: The One Meant to Last, a romance touching on reincarnation, set in England, Vietnam, America, and Spain. A year later I wrote Owls on the Bonnet, a different kind of romance for me concerning dementia. My stories are all fiction, but this was one I felt I needed to write. My mother had died a year before I began writing it and she had dementia, an awful illness that takes a person away but leaves their body behind. I feel the act of writing that book was very cathartic for me and something I had to do.

family saga set in the local village of Milford in the 1950s. Sarah-Jane Holbrook is fourteen and the only daughter of an abusive mother and a drunken father who is in prison more than he is out of it. Looking for the love that seems to have evaded her life, Sarah-Jane gets friendly with local farmer’s son, Terry Miller. But fate is not kind and Sarah-Jane finds herself looking after her brothers, and fighting to keep them all together when the local bobby takes an interest and the authorities get involved. Sarah-Jane loses the battle and finds herself alone, her only real friend the local wise woman who lives close by. When she thinks things can’t get any worse, Sarah-Jane finds herself pregnant, and the father of her baby is going to marry someone else. All alone in the darkness of night, she gives birth to a daughter, but is illprepared. In desperation she makes a decision, little knowing how it will change her life. But everything has its price and Sarah-Jane finds herself in a position where she has to keep one very big secret, or lose everything. Janet Scaife Bio. In 1991 I won The Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writer of the Year Award with my first novel. That was the beginning. I had always wanted to write but had never felt I would be able to do it. Then one day I told myself, if you don’t try, you will never know. I went to Woolworths at the bottom of King Street in Belper and bought the cheapest typewriter I could find, then a pack of paper from Frearson’s. Then I went home and began writing. Those first few pages were done over and over again, and I was soon returning to Frearson’s

for more paper. But I soon got into the habit of getting one page to run on to another and far less got ripped up. After winning the award my career took off and I wrote several sagas for Transworld under their imprint Corgi books, all set locally in Derbyshire. But unfortunately, ill health began to get in the way. Arthritis had affected my spine and sitting for long periods had, quite literally, become a pain in the backside. My writing began to suffer and I gave up. Several years, and medical procedures later, I began to think about having another go. If James Bond can say ‘Never say Never’, so can a 68-year-old gran who has remained at age 31 inside her head. She is 72 now, but that is only a number and the one that matters is still the one inside her head. It was 2017 when I published what I call my first second chance book, Aphrodite’s Child, a romantic saga set in Cyprus. The follow-on, Casanova’s, was published in 2018.

This year my fifth ‘second chance’ book has been published: SarahJane’s Secret. For this I have returned to the family saga set locally in Milford in the 1950s. I was born in Milford and lived there until I married, except for a couple of years between ages 6-8 spent in Allestree, where I now live. The story begins in 1950, a decade I remember well. I chose the cottages that once stood on Swainsley to set the beginning of the story, where my childhood friend Pat lived. They pulled the cottages down somewhere around 1963. I have lived in Allestree for the last 32 years now, in the house where I lived when my first book got published and where I am still writing, and will continue to do so, hopefully, for some time to come. I am always interested in my readers and what they think of my writing, good or bad, and can be contacted at I answer all emails, but sometimes it can take a bit of time before I am able to get back to everyone, so please be patient. Sarah-Jane’s Secret can be purchased from Amazon £6.99 or £1.99 for Kindle


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Friendship Blooms Show your appreciation for a fellow member of the community; it may be a friend, a family member or maybe someone you’ve come into contact with who provides a wonderful service Beverley Kennedy 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 Beverley Kennedy (pictured) from Floraline, Gregory’s Way in Belper, to offer readers the chance to show their appreciation for a fellow member of the community. The recipient of this issue’s bouquet is Pauline Ewins of Belper. Pauline was nominated by Jessie Mayes and the team at Leaders in Belper: “We would like to nominate ‘our lovely Pauline’, who lives near our office. We worked with Pauline briefly a few years ago and ever since she has popped into branch with treats (bless her soul). She calls in every week with cakes, bakes and sweet treats. She also gave our branch manager a beautiful drawing which he was truly touched by. When we had a power cut, she delivered homemade sandwiches as she was worried staff would go hungry and, during lockdown, she often checked on us to see if we needed anything (even if we said ‘We’re ok, thank you’ she’d still bring us some shortbread or chocolates!). The lady is a true treasure, such a kind-hearted soul and we would love to say thank you for her continued kindness throughout the years.” Jessie Mayes and the team at Leaders Nominate someone to receive the next bouquet. All you have to do is state, in no more than 100 words, who you are nominating. Include their address and the reasons why you are nominating them. You can nominate more than one person if they are living/working at the same address… and remember – flowers don’t just have to be for women! The only rule is that the person receiving the flowers must live or work in the distribution area of All Things Local, Belper Edition (listed on front cover). Just write your nomination on a piece of paper and send to Friendship Blooms, All Things Local, 74 Woodhouse Road, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0NA or e-mail your nomination to putting ‘Friendship Blooms’ as the subject. Please include your full name, address and daytime telephone number on your nomination.

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Index Aerials: AMC Aerials Aerials: Satellite Aerial Services Airport Transfers: Holbrook Travel Animal Welfare: The Cat’s Protection League Antique Dealer/Collector: Henry Ash Architect: Green 2K Design Architect: Pilkington Architecture Author: Janet Scaife

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51 55 59 55 57 2 40 49 56 44 65 49 39 47

Car Body Repairs: B A Kelf Car Body Repairs: ChipsAway Car Body Repairs: Martin Buxton Car Leasing: Cocoon Vehicles Car Sales: Net Cars Ilkeston Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: 20Ten Garage Services Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: EDM Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Little Eaton Garage Caravan Servicing: EDM Carpets & Flooring: Brian Gration Carpets & Flooring: Ian Wilson Carpets & Flooring: T Nutt & Sons Cleaning/Sanitising: Time For You Computer Support: PC Support

33 33 35 34 32 31 34 34 34 63 38 7 11 11

Dentures: Beautiful Dentures Dog Grooming: The Fur Dresser

26 4

Education: Derbyshire County Council Adult Education 70 Electrician: A Hallam 65 Electrician: Andy Hill 56 Electrician: Devenport Electrical 42 Electrician: JB Electrical & Security Systems 57 Electrician: McPherson-Davis 39 Electrician: Midlec 49 Electrician: MJK Electrical 59 Electrician: TME Electrical 49 Fencing: ColourFence Financial Advice: Belper IFS Florist: Floraline Foot Health: Amber Feet Fuel: Browns/Signal Fuels

48 10 76 27 40

Garage Doors: Garolla Garage Doors: Ockbrook Garage Doors Garden Living: Cabin Master Gutter Clearance: Gutter PRO Gym (Ladies only): Gymophobics

62 65 3 39 23

Home & Garden Maintenance: The Handyman Lee Home Improvements: Next Generation

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Hotel: The Derby Hotel Blackpool


Kitchens: Belper Kitchens & Bathrooms Kitchens: Dream Doors Kitchens: Holtams Kitchens: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse Kitchens: Sonna Kitchens

51 47 45 59 36

Landscaping: Langley Landscaping Landscaping: Mount Pleasant Landscaping Loft Ladders: More than Loft Ladders

52 38 50

Optician: Belper Opticians Oven Cleaning: Oven Wizards Oven Cleaning: Spring Fresh

1 44 56

Painting & Decorating: John the Painter Painting & Decorating: Roy Milner Painting & Decorating: TCA Home Maintenance Personal Trainer: Alex Robinson Pest Control: MW Pest Control Plastering: Claxton Plastering Plastering: JM Plastering & Property Maintenance Plastering: McPherson-Davis Plastering: S Beresford Plumbing & Heating: Belper Plumbing & Heating Plumbing & Heating: LEEVA Plumbing & Heating Plumbing & Heating: MDA Plumbing & Heating: NPC Plumbing & Heating: Richard Fearn Plumbing & Heating: Woodward Property Maintenance: 3Sixty Property Solutions Property Maintenance: A R Maintenance Services Property Maintenance: JM Plastering & Property Maintenance Property Maintenance: Simon Owen Response Public House: The Kings Head Duffield

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Restaurant: Angelo’s Bistro at The Chevin Restaurant: Angelo’s Bistro at The King’s Head Restaurant, Function Room, Hotel: Horsley Lodge Restaurant, Function Room, Hotel: Morley Hayes Restaurant: Nonno’s

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Security: Prestige Solicitors: Ellis Fermor & Negus Solicitors: Shacklocks Solicitors: Smith Partnership Speech Therapy: Roxanne Kent

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Taxi: Holbrook Travel Tree Care: ArborEx Tree Care: Charnwood Tree Services Tree Care: Clip ‘Em & Fell ‘Em Tree Care: Greg Long Tree & Garden Services: Mark Hudson Tree & Garden Services: Pennine Tyres & Exhausts: ETS

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