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December 2013 / January 2014 Delivered to 9,000 homes Issue 28 | FREE


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Hello everyone!

Welcome to the Christmas/New Year edition!

Advertising Enquiries: Ruth Brown

How festive are you feeling? I do love Christmastime – everything about it (well, almost!) I love the tree, the decorations, the carol singing, the mulled wine, the mince pies and the snow (on Christmas Day). I love buying gifts for my nearest and dearest but if there’s one thing that I am slightly ‘bah-humbug’ about, it’s doing all the gift-wrapping! In fact, this year I’m not succumbing to the ‘buy 10 rolls, get 10 free’ offer on wrapping paper. As lovely as the paper may look, I refuse to be drawn in. The paper doesn’t look half as lovely when it’s been handled by yours truly and virtually screwed up around an ‘impossible-shape-to-wrap’ Christmas present! This year, things are going to be different, I’m taking a stand – the paper is dumped! I’m favouring the good old gift bag – I can just drop the present in, put a few twirly bits on the bag, write the label – job done!

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Winners’ Corner

As we’re in the season of over-indulgence, you might be ready for a bit of relaxation and healthy-living in the New Year. You could win yourself and a guest an overnight spa break at Ribby Hall Luxury Spa in Lancashire. Our last winner had a marvellous time there; turn to page 23 to find out more and to enter.

CONGRATULATIONS Mary Smith of Belper who has won a bottle of Champagne

The regular Prize Crossword is in its normal spot on page 6. The Fisherman’s Rest on Broadholme Lane, Belper is a great place to dine out; just complete the crossword to be in with a chance of winning a delicious Sunday Lunch for 2.

CONGRATULATIONS Mr L Salmon of Belper who has won a 2 Course Sunday Carvery for 2 at Horsley Lodge

As we draw to the end of another year, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading this little magazine and for supporting the local businesses who advertise within it. If you’ve not already done your Christmas shopping, then please do try to shop local wherever possible.

CONGRATULATIONS Mrs Ann Priestley of Kilburn who has won a copy of a book by a local author

I can’t sign off without saying a huge “thank you” to my wonderful team of distributors & distribution coordinators who reliably deliver All Things Local through your letter boxes. I appreciate them all, particularly given some of the weather conditions they go out in to make sure you receive your copy!


Competitions & Puzzles Prize crossword – Win 2 Course Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Fisherman’s Rest 6 Champagne Sudoku 30 Children’s Puzzles 59 Friendship Blooms – FREE FLOWERS! 65

I wish you all a happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. See you next year! Karyn

Business & Professional 2 Lifestyle 10 Gifts, Galleries & Exhibitions 14 Food, Drink, Entertainment 17 Health, Beauty, Fitness 22 Motors 28 Home & Garden 32 Children & Education 54 Community 60

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Just complete the simple crossword, cut out and return to: Prize Crossword, All Things Local, 74 Woodhouse Road, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0NA. Remember to provide your name, address and telephone number. Closing date: SATURDAY 28 DECEMBER 2013.


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Business & Professional

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL policy. The cover comes as standard with many Legal Matters policies, so it may not have been specifically brought to your attention when you took out Shacklocks Solicitors

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By now you may have seen or heard the government’s adverts to persuade you to join in, rather than opt out of the forthcoming Auto Enrolment pension schemes. A new law means that every employer must automatically enrol workers into a workplace pension scheme if they: • Are aged between 22 and State Pension age • Earn more than £9440 a year • Work in the UK You may not see any changes if you’re already in a work place pension scheme; this will usually carry on as normal. But if your employer doesn’t make a contribution to your pension now, they will have to by law when they ‘automatically enrol’ every worker. There will be the right for an employee to opt out, but the employer will have to automatically enrol the member before the member can opt out. (Only the employee can “opt out” if they choose to). Employers cannot offer incentives to workers to opt out. For the vast majority of firms with fewer than 50 employees the Staging Date will fall between April 2015 and April 2017. Employers can’t turn a blind eye to Auto Enrolment – it is happening.

Currently there are approximately 22,000 regulated financial advisers in this country and 1.35 million employers where Auto Enrolment will be relevant. There is a huge shortfall of advisers available to look after the employers. The Government offers employers a choice of joining their Auto Enrolment Scheme called NEST. NEST will provide low cost, highly automated processes for employers to allow them to meet their legal obligations. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that NEST will be able to meet the huge demand with their limited resources to ensure employers meet the criteria and help them with the huge task of introducing the new schemes in the near future. It would be wise to start asking your employer what they are proposing and what they are doing about implementing their scheme. A note to employers: Don’t leave it to the last minute. Seek advice at least 12 months before your Staging Date as finding quality, reliable advice will be in very short supply after next year.

Business & Professional

Money Matters Auto Enrolment Pension Schemes

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By Kevin Glover, Belper IFS

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Days out with Dennis Go by Bus? Why Not?? My wife Barbara suggested I write about a journey which will offer some lovely scenery at this time of the year (fingers crossed that snow doesn’t hamper any days out.)

A quick break here and then you are back again at Bay 21. It is ‘yourbus’ once more with service number 114 to Ashbourne at 12.58pm arriving there at 1.47pm. This a new service which travels via, Quarndon, Kedleston and Hulland. You now have a little over an hour before your next bus leaves for Belper. Time for a pub lunch perhaps. Ashbourne has quite a wide selection of antique shops if that is your fancy.

As usual, this outing is free to bus pass holders.

From the same bus station where you arrived, the ‘yourbus’ service number 113 at 3.00pm follows the route of the 114 back as far as ‘Cross o’ th’ Hands and then travels via Turnditch and Hazelwood arriving in Belper at 3.35pm.

Non bus pass holders should buy a ‘Derbyshire Wayfarer’ ticket on the first bus which covers everything.

It is only a short walk up King Street to the bus stop to catch Trent Barton’s 6.3 back to Ripley arriving at just after 4.30pm.

The first bus is ‘yourbus’ service 141 to Matlock. (‘yourbus’ buses are normally painted maroon but can be white).

Home in time for tea!

This leaves Sainsburys at 10.10am and Ripley Market Place 3 minutes later, arriving in Matlock at 11.00am.

Anyone interested in some of the buses used are invited to try my transport ‘blog’ on

The route takes you via Heage, Nether Heage, Crich, Holloway and then along the Derwent Valley through Cromford and Matlock Bath. Leave the bus at the railway station where there are toilets and walk over the river to the bus stop outside the Co-op. The ‘Transpeak’ bus service to Derby leaves at 11.30am and you are in Derby at 12.20pm (Bay 21).

By Dennis Basford Please note: All details and timings are correct at time of going to print and the author/publisher accept no responsibility should any details/timings change after publication.



All Things Local would like to wish all our readers and advertisers a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Scott & Lyndsey would like to welcome you to their new Barber’s Shop. OPEN:

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Crafts for Christmas Paint a Pot, and Craft Sessions on 23rd & 24th November, and 7th & 8th December

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The Better Life Chickens, like babies, don’t come with an instruction manual. There’s plenty of advice out there and probably even a poultry equivalent of Dr Spock (he’s not the one with the ears). But you only really get to know your ‘chooks’ by observation. It wasn’t long before we found out that Sweet Pea and Pepperami were so ill named that they may as well have been swapped at birth. Pepperami turned out to be the good-natured one, while it was Sweet Pea who was a bit of an animal - even before she went broody.

True, there was a rather touching scene where Sweet Pea and the cat shared the picnic table with Anne, but do bear in mind that chicken and cat were on opposite corners, facing outwards, like a warring couple in a beer garden. Much to my surprise, the chickens are very tolerant of other birds. They come in greater numbers now because the feeders are within the cat free zone. Sweet Pea did, however, take exception to one jackdaw and swung it around by the throat. Not quite West Country hospitality, as I understand it. Occasional visits from a wood mouse went unchallenged, but appearances from a rat sent them into uproar. We knew this because they made a noise like a Lambretta starting on a cold morning. My master plan, of sealing every gap in a dry stone wall, was at best, entertaining (for Anne and the cat), and at worst, futile. A far better approach was ensuring no food was left out overnight, much as Anne had suggested two days before. The chooks appeared to open a crèche when three young blackbirds (known to us as ‘the step-kids’) spent time with them and even shared their porridge. We reasoned that perhaps the parents had busy day jobs because we seldom saw them until sundown. Sweet Pea rather took to them and after a while one of the step-kids started following her around. It also developed a habit of scratching at the ground beside her.


Since the picnic table truce, the chickens are largely indifferent to the cat as she sits, mildly fascinated, on her side of the fence. But the villain of the piece was our neighbour’s dog, who thought that enthusiastic clucking was an invitation to visit. The first we knew about it was an almighty screech, followed by a flash of chocolate brown retriever as he bounced around the garden. I went outside and he was delighted to see me, if a little confused about how to get back home again. (Never a trebuchet handy when you need one.) The miscreant was returned to its mortified owner, who muttered apologies and assured us that he only wanted to play. Both birds escaped from the compound, which was probably for the best. Pepperami shot inside the front door and set up camp behind the shoes, as if it were a witness protection safe-house. Sweet Pea was nowhere to be seen. We searched high and low - we even searched the dog for trace evidence (trust me, it is a greedy dog). Finally, Anne heard clucking at the far end of the garden. There, on top of a six-foot arbour, sat an indignant chicken. I’m still not entirely sure how she managed it. By Derek Thompson Derek Thompson is a writer and humourist based in the West Country. His writing blog can be found at and he is also a regular at

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Gifts, Galleries & Exhibitions

ARTicle: The Cherry Orchard

The ever growing cultural landscape in Belper has produced many new ventures – but few more innovative and exciting as The Cherry Orchard Art and Craft Gallery situated at the bottom of the Market Place directly below the Cross Keys pub.

on their commitment to Belper – both in terms of giving an outlet to creative people but also by making a friendly, welcoming environment for customers. They recognise that people can often be intimidated by galleries. Nothing of the sort here…the kettle is always on and there is a wide range for people to browse with absolutely no obligation to buy. As well as traditional original paintings, the gallery also stocks prints, jewellery, ceramics, wood craft, textiles and cards – with a novel approach that you can design your own card which they will produce for you. This is part of a new printing service they are offering to produce artists’ prints, greetings cards and wrapped canvases at an incredibly good price.

Kelly and Suzanne outside The Cherry Orchard

Owned and run by friends and artists, Suzanne Parnell and Kelly Nixon, the gallery came to fruition as a result of the first Belper Arts Festival and their realisation that there is so much local creative talent coupled with their desire to give it a platform. They actively encourage young and emerging artists in particular who may not have yet found a vehicle for their talents and they also want art to be affordable and not the preserve of just a few.

For sale at The Cherry Orchard, “Glide ” by local artist Jenny Oldknow

Plans are already afoot for the future and The Cherry Orchard brand will be popping up in various places around Belper as they forge partnerships with other businesses. You will see, for instance, The Cherry Orchard AT Fresh Basil and The Cherry Orchard AT North Mill. They are also planning to be a ticket and information hub for next year’s Arts festival. The gallery is open from 10 – 5, Tuesday to Saturday. For more information just pop in and see them or go to their website

Inside The Cherry Orchard

The vast majority of work is produced in Belper by Belper people. Suzanne and Kelly are very strong


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Pointless Products and Absurd Apps!

In the midst of a recession that has taken more dips than a Hob Nob in a hot cuppa you’d think we’d be pulling at the purse strings. What amazes me is the array of pointless products marketed at us in a time of austerity - and what is more that we KEEP buying them! This week alone I’ve had a flyer for a knife that cuts my vegetables into pretty shapes, an email about a baby monitor with a TV screen to watch my baby on and the offer of a Zippo Lighter App - all at a cost I may add. For starters I like my vegetables - well vegetable shaped, secondly if I’m going to watch my baby on a screen in another room, how about I sit in the same room as them and get the pleasure for free and thirdly who in their right mind would

want to use a mobile phone to simulate a pretend lighter with which to light their imaginary cigarette! Bonkers! I guess what I’m saying is that the best things in life are free. A joke from a friend, a compliment from a loved one, a smile from my little baby girl. So let’s enjoy these things and stop buying into these short lived ridiculous products that only take from us and give nothing real back. As ever this is only my opinion and you may take it or leave it, but smile in the knowledge that it comes to you - gratis, like all good things!


Just a Thought …

By Fliss Goldsmith of Belper

'We've moved!' After 5 years on Oxford Street Ripley,

The Award Winning Gift Shop, Scented Willow has moved on to the next street, Grosvenor Road, Ripley. With a fresh, new look we still offer a wide variety of unique gifts; mostly made locally or fair trade & cruelty free. These include candles, bath bombs, hand made soap, jewellery, bags, scarves, incense, wind chimes and oil burners. Our first class service includes FREE gift wrapping. We have lots of gorgeous gift bags already made up for you to take away; saving you time and money, and that’s what we enjoy creating the most! So why not treat yourself or someone special to a gift that’s just that bit more thoughtful.

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Travel Colourful Grenada Glowing like an emerald in the southern Caribbean, Grenada is small enough to drive around in a day but amazingly diverse, from the sheltered Caribbean coast in the west, fringed with white powdery sand, to the Atlantic shore on the eastern side and its sprinkling of volcanic beaches battered by Trade Winds.

There are quiet bays, forests and mountains, blessed by blue skies and the occasional shower of ‘liquid sunshine’. The air smells of flowers and spice and the picturesque capital of St George’s comes straight out of a fairy tale. Basking on the west coast of this exotic English-speaking island, the town is laced with pastel-hued houses and quaint colonial dwellings clinging to luxuriant slopes. Fort George keeps watch on a rocky promontory, its old cannons pointing out to sea, an arduous climb on a sunny day but when you reach the windswept battlements festooned in valerian, the view takes your breath away, stretching over the hills, town and harbour, and along the coast meandering far into the distance. The capital has three harbours, none prettier than the horseshoeshaped Carenage glinting with sails and water taxis waiting to ferry beach lovers to the sweeping sands of Grand Anse across the bay. Later, there will be time to explore the West Indian market selling palm leaf hats, batik, sweet potatoes and spices along the shore or feast on fresh fish and traditional spinach-like callaloo soup in a cool waterside restaurant. Sweetcorn sizzles on roadside barbecues and church bells chime crystal clear as the last cruise ship sails into the sunset. You couldn’t dream of a better place to relax on a balmy evening, lulled by the beat of steel drums somewhere in the hills. One sixth of Grenada is preserved as nature parks and wildlife sanctuaries, where


copper-coloured monkeys swing in the trees and the call of tropical birds echoes all around. At over 2000 feet, the vast crater lake of Grand Etang glistens right at the heart of the National Park, a land of deep gorges and lush mountains with flamboyant and rainbow trees, bamboo groves, babbling streams and spectacular waterfalls tumbling through tangled rainforest. Below these steamy highlands, mangos, oranges and papaya grow on fertile slopes and nutmeg, the ‘black gold’ introduced by the British, leaves its scent wherever you go. It drifts around the hairpin bends, the telegraph poles painted red and green, the hamlets and their rickety wooden huts on stilts and the nostalgic plantation houses peeping through the trees among old sugar mills and sulphurous springs. Far below, the fishing fleet bobs at anchor in Gouyave and Levada beach awaits the return of breeding turtles. On the glass-bottom boats, wide-eyed visitors marvel at urchins, buttercup fish gleaming like gold, giant starfish, brightly-striped parrot fish and great clusters of underwater fern swaying in slow motion. On the secluded beach of La Sagesse, palms rustle in the breeze while the sun lights up Coral Cove and the lovely fjords indenting the south eastern shore. But most enticing of all are the tropical blooms, orchids, ginger lily, heliconia and many more splashing myriad scents and colours from shore to shore. It’s little wonder that in the past 15 years, Grenada has claimed as many medals, including ten gold, at the Chelsea Flower Show. By Solange Hando

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After a tour of Cape Town with The Lightyears, I stepped off the plane into the freezing London air with my drummer at my side. ‘I’m not sure I can get used to this weather again,’ said Tony, zipping up his jacket. ‘I don’t mind it myself,’ I replied. ‘I quite like the weather in Britain.’ Tony dropped his bag on the tarmac and gawped at me. ‘You like our weather?’ he croaked at me. I scratched my head. ‘Um… yeah. Is that… okay?’ ‘No, it is not okay!’ he retorted, looking almost hurt. ‘It’s un-British, mate.’ There I was; displaying heartfelt pride in my good old Blighty, and I was shot down for being unpatriotic. But I can’t blame Tony, because you lot all feel the same way, don’t you? For you - the people of the United Kingdom - complaining about the drizzle is an obligatory national pastime, whereas expressing any kind of affection for the British climate is tantamount to punching the Queen. But consider this. As a nation, Britons simply look better in the winter. Wrapped up in our high-collared coats and flowing scarves, we’re striking, almost continental. But strip us bare and stick us in a pair of Speedos and we just look creepy. In South Africa, the climate and the food and the lifestyle have gifted the locals fit, lean, lusty bodies - bodies that actually look good on the beach. I, on the other hand, can tell you with near-on scientific accuracy that I look at least a thousand times better in a long winter coat than I do in swimming trunks. This is because I am hopelessly Beach Uncool - and if you’re reading this and you’re British then, I’m sorry, unless you’re one of those tedious people who use ‘bench-press’ as a verb and don’t eat any carbohydrates (or you’re a liar), you are too. For those unfamiliar with the concept of Beach Uncool, allow me to furnish you with an anecdote. A very good (English) friend of mine recently married a strapping Capetonian rugby player, and during the early stages of their courtship I happened to accompany them on a family trip to the beach. After a few hours the washboardstomached boyfriend announced that he was

hungry and suggested picking up some fresh baguettes from the nearby kiosk. His new girlfriend’s mother, however, had other ideas. ‘No need to spend all that money,’ she replied gleefully, ‘I’ve brought a picnic!’ He then watched with a combination of terror and confusion as his future mother-in-law produced a bright orange cool bag, reached inside and pulled out a flask of lemon squash and a tin-foil pouch filled with cold mackerel wraps.

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I should add, of course, that there is no shame in being Beach Uncool. It doesn’t mean you have to stay away from the coast altogether, but if you want to look good while doing it, go in the winter. That’s when the Brits look good on a beach. When we’re windswept, rosy-cheeked, and preferably accompanied by a dog. An imposing mist cloaking the horizon, flecks of salty sea spray clinging to our skin, trussed up in thick scarves and chunky knitwear. That’s the look for us. Not pink as a packet of cheap ham, knobbly-kneed and trying to figure out how all that sand got into our pants and eating mackerel wraps. That’s not cool, and it never will be. One other thing. Whilst we’re on the subject of being un-British, I really think that, as a national dish, fish and chips are massively overrated. Don’t tell anyone though. I’ll be deported. By Chris Russell

Chris plays piano in South London power-pop band The Lightyears. The Lightyears, voted the UK’s BEST POP/ROCK ACT at the Indy Awards, have played Wembley Stadium, toured across four continents and released a record with Sting’s producer. Chris is currently working on his first novel, “Mockstars”. Read more of Chris’ blogs and tour diaries at

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Poem: Christmas “I’ve got to do something to put it right” Said the elf as he shuffled out into the night “I’ll make a rich broth for Rudy to drink And very soon he’ll be back in the pink” T’was Christmas Eve at the North Pole Everyone busy – no elf on the dole Sawing and painting – it was all quite manic When Santa ran in all of a panic

The pot was bubbling, in went sherry and truffles, Mushy peas, beans, curry and Brussels Rudy loved it and licked his lips His nose turned red, he shook his hips

“Rudolph is ill” the bearded man said “His nose is quite green – he’s prostrate in bed I think he’s poisoned – chocolate he’s eaten Whoever’s done this deserves to be beaten

Santa delighted harnessed Rudolf up Ate a mince pie, quaffed ale from his cup They climbed higher and higher up into heaven All presents delivered at warp factor seven.

“Everyone knows a reindeer’s diet Should be balanced carefully, never fry it Carrots, oats, red bull and hay Is all that is needed for pulling my sleigh From the back of the room a red faced elf Said “Santa, it was me – I’m ashamed of myself I’ll leave your workshop all glitter and gold And I’ll be forgotten, lonely and cold”


By Sue Parker of Belper With apologies to Santa & Rudolph

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Ginger Christmas Puddings These fruity mini puds flavoured with stem ginger are much lighter than a traditional rich Christmas pudding and don’t need to be made weeks in advance. Makes 6 Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes Ingredients: 175g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 175g self-raising flour ½ tsp baking powder 175g light muscovado sugar 1 tsp each ground mixed spice and ground ginger 3 large eggs 100g dried mixed fruit 50g glace cherries, chopped 50g stem ginger, finely chopped 4 tbsp stem ginger syrup Softly whipped cream or brandy butter, to serve Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. Butter six small pudding basins (each about 200ml capacity) and line the bases with circles of baking parchment. 2 Place the butter, flour, baking powder, sugar, spices and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat together with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes until pale and creamy. Fold in the dried mixed fruit and two-thirds of the cherries and stem ginger.


4 Stand the basins in a roasting tin and pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the basins. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until risen, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into a pudding comes out clean. 5 Leave the puddings to stand for 10 minutes then turn out onto serving plates. Mix the remaining cherries and ginger with the stem ginger syrup and spoon over the puddings. Serve with cream or brandy butter. Tip For a boozy flavour, gently heat the stem ginger syrup with 1-2 tbsp of rum or brandy then pour over the hot puds just before serving.

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Music Scene: A Night at the Victoria Inn, Derby

After re-opening in June 2011, The Victoria Inn, or ‘The Vic’ to most, is a recognised music venue on the national circuit, and attracts a broad spectrum of talent and is unique in the sense that you never know who you are going to see. Not only does it aid cultural diversity, but also music too. Many famous bands today have played at the venue way back before they made it big, for example; Snow Patrol, Biffy Clyro, The Subways and Kasabian, to name a few. If you want to see live bands with a range of genre, then this is the place to come for it. When I arrived the place was heaving with music enthusiasts, which is always great to see. I think it’s important we keep local gigs and venues alive and kicking for as long as we can. I’ve seen many unsigned bands that have impressed me whilst attending gigs like this, so I encourage you to seek local talent when and where you can. The main headline for tonight was a band called Canterbury, a rock band from Surrey that formed in 2005. They played an energetic set performing various songs from their debut album ‘Thank You’ and their current album ‘Heavy in the Day’ which was released last year. Each song they played was flawless and beautifully composed, and the crowd loved it. Despite their young age, they have something special. They are due to release their third album in January next year, after effectively officially leaking their debut album, they received fantastic feedback and this moved the band from their relatively local status to a more well-known, yet still underground, name within the UK music scene. Their success has taken them to new heights supporting various bands such as Billy Talent, Enter Shikari, Twin Atlantic, You Me at Six and Deaf Havana. Always moving forward, giving more, getting better and better, I can only see great things for the boys in Canterbury. Eva Plays Dead were also playing and have been widely recognized for their powerful female vocals, infectious rock riffs and their ability to make a hell of a lot of noise. Formally known as BuryTheLadybird, this Derby band has gone from strength to strength to establish themselves as a well-known act across the UK. Commitment and hard work is more than apparent from their stage shows and their ability to tour to all corners of the UK all year long. With a strong fan base, and great on-stage persona, it’s not hard to enjoy yourself when you go and see these guys. All four members have a lot of


character and they have so much fun on stage both with the crowd and between themselves as a band. One of the many things I really like about this band is the energy they all have. They have the attitude that you have to work hard to make it; their openness and willingness to chat to people before and after the show, make them all approachable and even more likeable as a band. The LaFontaines were performing too. Combining portions of hip-hop, pop, rock and electro into one melodic element of noise. Formed in 2008 from Motherwell, Scotland, their energetic set soon got everyone on their feet. Their unique genre mash up has gained critical acclaim, and has also earned them a large following of fans. Lead singer Kerr OKan’s humour and charm did not go un-noted as he made every attempt to engage with the audience and did well to encage a potentially challenging mid-week audience. The heavy bass accompanied by OKan’s ability to blast out the lyrics apace created a potent mix, and you cannot help but think that a bigger stage awaits the Motherwell band. The LaFontaines are immediate and in your face, a consistent battery of heavy guitars with rap lyrics. Best served live and loud. And finally the band Continental Keys, were also present. Performing an acoustic set, there was an atmosphere of calm before the storm. Armed with just a guitar and his voice, it was an intimate set. If I could describe his sound, it’d be a cross between Ben Howard and Bon Iver, amazing songs yet simply composed. A free download of a few songs are available via their Facebook page.

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Derbyshire Walking: Whatstandwell, Gregory Dam & Crich Stand Supplied by Rob Bradford

Distance: 4.75 miles (7.6 km) Start Point: Whatstandwell Station OS Map: Explorer OL24 The Peak District: White Peak Area 1:25000 Map Ref: SK 333 541 Parking: Pay & Display Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

The Walk: A steady walk of under five miles with an easy start along the Cromford Canal from Whatstandwell Station to Gregory Dam and the canal tunnel. From the canal the route climbs up towards Upper Holloway passing through a deer park along the way, then it’s on to Wakebridge before skirting Cliff Quarry to arrive at the Memorial Tower on Crich Stand. The Tower marks the high point of the walk and the beginning of a gradual descent past the National Tramway Museum to Crich Carr then back down to the Cromford Canal and Whatstandwell Station.

Whatstandwell Station Footbridge

From the car park at Whatstandwell Station walk up onto the platform and cross the footbridge over the track, then up the next flight of steps to exit right and come out onto the tow-path of the Cromford Canal, this is the only place on the canal system that I can think of where you can find a current railway timetable on the canal side; I’m sure George Bradshaw would have approved. Turn left and walk along the tow-path to pass beneath a road bridge a short distance ahead, beyond the bridge continue along the canal side for a distance of around a mile until you approach Gregory Dam and Gregory Tunnel. Gregory Dam is a canal basin (now largely silted up) at the entrance to the short Gregory Tunnel that allows the canal to pass beneath a rocky outcrop. At Gregory Tunnel leave the tow-path and take the path on the left up the slope to a wooden footpath marker post, turn right (signed Holloway ½ mile) and pass through the tall metal kissing gate into the former deer park. Alternatively pass through the canal tunnel and take the path on the left up the hill to the same footpath marker post. Once through the metal gate into the former deer


park (I say former as I have walked this path several times and am yet to see any deer) walk up the slope keeping the fence line to the right. Continue on past the cottage then with the wall to the right until you reach a second tall kissing gate where the path exits the deer park. Once through the gate turn immediate right through the low stone wall then forward between high hedges until the path exits onto Leashaw Road. Turn left and walk up the hill, looking to the left the large house on the hillside is Lea Hurst former home of Florence Nightingale. Continue up the hill and turn second right then walk to the end of the cul-de-sac and along the vehicle track as it bears left; at the end of the concrete road the path becomes a flight of steps up between the houses. These steps mark the beginning of the steep ascent to Upper Holloway. At the top of the steps pass through the metal gate onto the pavement of the road between Holloway and Crich, this road can be quite busy so please watch out for traffic. Closing the gate behind you cross the road and take the path on the other side just to the right of the cottage opposite. The somewhat overgrown path follows the line of the garden fence to a rather awkward step-up squeeze stile in a retaining wall at the end of the cottage garden. The path heads up wooden steps to the left and begins a steep winding stepped climb up through the woodland, after a while the path reaches a bench. Given that the trees and shrubs just about obscure the view I can only assume the bench is here to give respite from the climb. From the bench (which I estimate to be about half way up the slope) continue up the path to the top of the wooded hillside. Just before the path exits onto a road take the path to the right across the hillside on a bracken lined track that runs across the bottom of the gardens of the houses to the left. To the right as well as a steep drop, are fine views across the Derwent Valley. Continue along the path through the bracken until it reaches a stone squeeze stile in a low wall. Staying with the path continue across the top of the slope with more fine views to the right to a second stone stile with way-marker plaques attached, pass through this stile then keeping the wall to the right on to a makeshift stock gate. Pass through the stock gate and into a field, with the field boundary to the right, walk along the edge of the field. As the path enters another area of bracken, negotiate a second home-made stock gate at a stone stile to continue through the bracken on the far side. The path soon enters another open field; once more walk along the edge of the field with the field edge to the right. Crich Stand with its Memorial Tower is visible ahead in the distance. Continue through the fields past a bench angled to take in the view and enter into the final field. Unlike the previous field the path is not from corner to corner; the exit to this field is via a dip through the hedge line on the far side, about twenty or so metres to the left of the corner of the field. Follow the path down the dip to come out onto a vehicle trail, turn right and follow the trail until it comes to open ground with a footpath marker post ahead. From the marker post walk diagonal left along the obvious path across the grass towards Crich Stand on the hillside ahead. At the end of the path go through the stone stile and exit out onto the Crich to Holloway Road crossed earlier in the walk.

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View from Upper Holloway towards Crich Stand

On reaching the road, head left down the hill to a road/ driveway on the left with a footpath sign, turn down this road and head towards Cliff Farm. Walk up the driveway into the camping area with a lone house directly ahead, then take the path to the right before the house and go around the metal barrier to a wooden stock gate. Follow the path up into the woodland to the point the path turns left and levels out as it continues through the woodland. Along this section the bells and other tram noises from The Crich Tramway Museum may be heard nearby. The path continues for a while then swings almost 180° to the right to lead up to the end of the tram line, it is possible if the timing is right that a tram may be arriving or preparing to turn around as you pass the terminus of the line.

Double Decker Tram

Take the wide gravel track up the slope on the far side of the tramway, then following the course of the power continue to the point where the path splits; there’s a lines narrow path to the right and a continuation of the wide track ahead and slightly left. Follow the narrow path to the right along the edge of the quarry towards the Memorial Tower on Crich Stand. Along this stretch at certain times of the year there is a variety of fauna and flora with plants such as Harebell and Speedwell and numerous butterflies including, comma, painted lady and ringlet. Stay on the path through some areas of gorse and high weeds to exit through wooden posts onto a wildflower meadow, with the Memorial Tower on its manicured Memorial Tower on Crich Stand

From the Tower take the path and driveway down the hill past the house and tea rooms to the road at the end of the driveway. Turn right through the wooden gate and follow the well-made path along the edge of the field to exit through a similar gate at a road junction. Take the road ahead towards the church and past Crich Tea Rooms to an alleyway footpath between the houses on the right just before the church. This is marked with a wooden post stating ‘Whatstandwell 1¼ mls’. Go down the alleyway and exit onto the end of a cul-de-sac, turn left and walk down the road to a turning space near a junction; at this point take the wide footpath over an old tramway bridge then right between way-marked stone gateposts into a field. Walk up the field along a well-worn path to a stone step stile in the field wall then forward with a wall to the right. Go through a squeeze stile that moves the wall to the left and on down the field and exit through a gap in a wall into a field of long grass. Cross the grass to a gap in a wall beneath some trees to enter into an even more overgrown paddock. Cross this paddock and leave through a stone wall amongst trees (beware of a drop on the other side) down onto a vehicle track.

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bank just ahead up to the right. It is possible to visit the Tower if so desired and there are 360° views across this part of Derbyshire to be had at the top of the climb.

Cross the track and follow the path down the stepped slope with a handrail to the right until it reaches another track, cross this track too and descend the flights of steep stone steps (take care as these steps could be slippery if wet) to exit onto a lane from between two cottages. Turn right then left at the stone bench and drinking trough onto a continuation of the footpath and another short flight of stone steps. At the bottom of the steps follow the path until it becomes a lane between houses, as the lane bends right take the narrow lane down between some cottages and gardens on the left. If you miss this continue to the road junction and turn left. At the end of the narrow lane re-join the road and follow it downhill to the junction at Crich Carr Primary School. Turn right at the junction then cross the road and take the footpath (marked footpath to railway station) between the houses. Walk down between walled gardens and paddocks to the bridge across the Cromford Canal. On the far side of the canal there is another footbridge over the railway line. Cross this bridge too and descend down onto the platform at Whatstandwell Station to complete the walk.

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

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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Citroen wants to make MPVs desirable and has created the seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso to fit the bill. But can it really manage it? What is it? Citroen is patting itself on the back after its new five-seat Picasso has attracted more than 2,800 orders from UK buyers this year, 300% more than the French firm was forecasting. And now the company is getting très excité with the arrival of this new seven-seat version called the Grand C4 Picasso with tweaked styling at the front and a totally different rear. Over the old Grand Picasso, this car’s wheelbase is 11cm longer but crucially for any supermarket car parking, it’s only 1cm longer in overall size than the old model. What’s under the bonnet? There are two petrols both co-developed with BMW and 1.6-litres in capacity. They come with power outputs of 120bhp and 156bhp, the latter being turbocharged. But of far more relevance to UK buyers are the diesels. There are two 1.6-litre units with 92bhp and 115bhp power outputs. While the lower-powered diesel impressively emits just 98g/km of CO2 and returns a claimed 74.3mpg, we only had the opportunity to drive Citroen’s brand new 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engine. It pushes out a healthy 148bhp and yet manages 67mpg and 110g/km (or 117g/km when the six-speed automatic gearbox is fitted). It’s the engine that makes the most sense in a car this size, but it isn’t the quietest unit around.

tailgate and keyless entry and start, and every Grand C4 Picasso comes with Bluetooth, alloys and USB connectivity. Cars can also be specced with Citroen’s new 360-degree camera system and a park assist feature which helps drivers parking in tight spots by controlling the steering. There’ll be four trims and eight body colours, and indicative prices range from £19,200 for the VTR VTi 120 to £27,900 for the BlueHDi 150 automatic Exclusive+. Any rivals? This is a vibrant and highly-competitive segment. Key players include the Ford Grand C-Max, Renault Grand Scenic and new cars such as the Kia Carens. The Citroen has style in spades compared to the competition. What’s it like to drive? Gone is the overwhelming feeling of fragility and in comes a sense of robustness. The Grand C4 Picasso’s ride is the car’s piece de resistance; it really mixes a floaty ride with capable body control admirably well. It’s definitely the most stylish and classy car in its segment thanks to Germanic shoulder lines and distinctive LED lights at the front. The interior is a step-up too however we’re not fans of the ‘infotainment’ system. The lack of buttons looks great but fiddling with features is a chore. Got the sat-nav on? You’ll have to come out of that menu and into another one for temperature controls via the touch-sensitive buttons. Meanwhile, our pick would be the six-speed manual as the automatic is not the smoothest. The verdict There’s no denying Citroen has pulled off a masterstroke here. With the two rows of seats folded flat, this car has 2,181-litres on offer making it the most stylish mini-van around.

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Gardening Fruit Planting The garden may be quieter than usual at this time of year, and it’s certainly not likely to be yielding vast quantities of crops, but this near dormant time is perfect for planting fruit. There’s nothing like growing your own fruit but you may have been put off thinking that it’s too difficult to manage, too time-consuming or requires an orchard rather than an average sized garden or back yard.

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Cloudy2Clear Windows – Service With A Smile!


It’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director John Kendall feels that it’s all about service. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although

that obviously helps. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.’ Cloudy2Clear service the Ripley & Alfreton areas and John is finding that his approach is a major

factor in his success.‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for,

which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated.’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give John a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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Children & Education

Short Story: The Perfect Gift

Craig had never been in a long term relationship before. If he’d known way back in October when he first started seeing Tansy that she would still be around in December, he might have planned things better.

To her credit Tansy had shown no signs over the last few weeks of either being annoying or being annoyed with him. Not only did she laugh at his jokes, she never complained when he played computer games all evening, and would even turn up on the frostiest of Sunday mornings to watch him play football. Craig didn’t like to jinx it but thought it was all going extraordinarily well.

That was until the other day when, over the phone, Tansy dropped a bombshell. Her exact words were: “Do you mind if we give the cinema a miss tonight? I’m saving up to buy you something special for Christmas”. Three thoughts struck Craig as he hung up – the first was that Tansy still expected to be his girlfriend at Christmas and that was two whole weeks away, the second was that he had a bonus night off from boyfriend duty, and thirdly that if he hoped to still be seeing Tansy on Boxing Day he would also have to buy her a present, and he hadn’t budgeted for that. Not that Craig didn’t have any money. Recently he had been saving up to buy a particular pair of football boots. Craig realised he faced the first big test of his relationship: which to choose - the boots, which he loved, or Tansy, whom he rather liked. A Saturday spent Christmas shopping in town was no fun for even the most committed boyfriend. The shops were crowded and hot, but Craig came prepared. He congratulated himself for subtly asking Tansy what she might like for Christmas, and was very pleased with her for hinting that she might like a new bag to go with her Christmas party outfit. Initially Craig believed that buying a bag could not be difficult, but after almost an hour trawling the department store, his confidence waned. He discovered that bags came in many sizes, colours and prices, and he realised that all he really knew about ladies’ bags was that, according to his Gran, you were never supposed to look inside them. He regretted not paying more attention to Tansy’s taste in bags.


In need of a break from all those bags, Craig headed to the Sports department. Here it was less crowded and the air-conditioning was welcoming. Across the room on a Perspex plinth he saw his dream football boots beckoning; they were truly an object of beauty and Craig experienced a bittersweet ache. Underneath the stand he noticed a sign which read ‘Free bag with every purchase’. Free bag? Craig’s mouth went dry. Beside the sign was a black fabric drawstring bag, of the type he used to keep his school swimming kit in. Black, he remembered his Gran saying, goes with everything; could it go with Tansy’s Christmas party outfit? It was a good size, she could easily fit her purse and even her swimming kit in it. It was waterproof, which was also a bonus. He wondered if she would mind that it said ‘I Love Sport’ in red writing on it? Red was a very festive colour, and, he reasoned, she could always turn it inside out if she didn’t like that detail. Half an hour later, a triumphant Craig boarded the bus home carrying his brand new boots in Tansy’s bag. This Christmas, he thought, was going to be the best Christmas ever. By Jackie Brewster

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Santa at Heage Windmill! Santa Claus has advised that he will once again be visiting Heage Windmill to meet all the nice children of the area, on Sunday 1 December. He will be arriving in a horse drawn carriage between 12.30pm and 1.00pm. After brief refreshments he will be ready to meet the children, in his grotto under the windmill, from about 1.00pm until 4.00pm.

In addition, there will be various stalls and refreshments to entertain families. The cost is £4 per child, who will in turn receive a present from Santa but then, parents go free!

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The Diary of a Local Mum Tidy up time! I seem to spend an inordinate proportion of my time putting things back where they belong. Don’t get me wrong, I’m never going to be an ‘Anthea Turner Perfect Housewife’ (I just wasn’t made that way), and my house is far from spotless – but I am being driven slowly mad by ‘stuff’ all over the place, and things never being where you expect them to be when you need them.

It always amazes me how long the process of trying to return things to their home takes. It takes much longer and is a lot less fun than making the mess in the first place. Part of me is tempted to give up altogether and just leave things where they are, but apart from the fact that soon you can’t find space on the floor to walk, or anywhere on the table to eat, you can never find anything when you need it! As I am sure you’ll have gathered, it’s not (usually) me that creates the havoc, I have two small whirlwinds that do that for me (and one much larger whirlwind who really ought to be old enough to know better but we won’t go there now). These same culprits are also the ones that break down in tears when their favourite toy/very important drawing/ homework/half eaten packet of crisps isn’t where they think it should be. Ironic. During the morning rush as we try to make it out of the door there are very often tears as the toy that they have decided, at the last minute, absolutely has to accompany them to school that day isn’t in the toy box where it should be. Or behind the sofa where they think they last put it. On one occasion the said toy, it transpires, had actually been eaten by the hamster but again the less said on that matter the better (hamster and Moshi Monster both survived the incident unscathed, I hasten to add). My daughter’s glasses are one of the worst. I have to say, she’s pretty good at putting them in the same place each night when


she takes them off but on the odd occasion when we discover, at 8.35am – coat and shoes on time, that they aren’t there, they could be absolutely anywhere! Cue 5 minutes of blind (literally on her part) panic, turning the house upside-down looking in the most obscure places you can think of to try and locate them. This destruction, as you can imagine, takes at least 5 times as long to put right later on. I also seem to be the only person in the house who has the ability to look for things when they go missing. For all of the other members of my family ‘having a good look’ for something involves walking into a room and standing there, waiting for it to leap out from its hiding place and into your arms. Apparently they seem to think that every night while they’re sleeping I creep round the house doing a full inventory and plotting the exact location of everything we own! Cries of “Mum, where’s my Lego man’s sword?” (have you seen the size of those things? Needle in a haystack doesn’t come close) or “Mum, where did you put Hans Solo?” (when did you last see me playing with Hans Solo?) can often be heard, and to their dismay are rarely greeted with “On the third stair down, darling” or “In the porch, in Dad’s left boot” without several hours (often days) of searching first. Sometimes, weeks can go by before things turn up, and very often that’s not a good thing. Like the time I found a half-eaten chocolate mouse in my handbag as I reached in for a pen at a meeting. Let’s just say it hadn’t been yesterday’s treat. Bleeuurrrghh! Now, where did I put that Anthea Turner book?

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We are now able to offer 15 hrs ‘childcare’ to children aged 2+ years as of the dates shown above. If you are in receipt of benefits* you may be entitled to a ‘Free Place’ call 01629 539319 and they will carry out a check for you. Once you have received a confirmation letter - call us for availability! From January we are offering ‘afternoon sessions’ to ALL CHILDREN 2+ as detailed above at a cost of £8.00 per session for non-funded children. If your child is attending the morning nursery this will alllow you to access up to 32 1/2 hrs week of childcare per week for £40 or less!!


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“A major strength is pupils’ outstanding behaviour.” “Good teaching ensures good progress.” “Pupils’ above average attainment and good social skills prepare them effectively for the future.” “Children care very much about each other and healthy lifestyles are promoted well.” “Pupils work hard and the more able are challenged well.” (OFSTED Feb 2010)

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


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Your Horoscope December 2013 and January 2014 The Cosmos during December and January December: Love, romance and partnerships will be an important theme during this month. The love planet Venus is in the more serious sign of Capricorn and turns retrograde on the 22nd. This is always a time of introspection and often suggests examination of what needs adjusting and changing within relationships. The warrior planet Mars remains in hard working and practical Virgo, but moves to relationship minded Libra on the 8th. The new moon in Sagittarius on the 3rd is a powerful time to start looking at your goals and plans for 2014. What do you need to let go of in 2013 so that inspiration and creativity can kick start your new ideas? The Winter Solstice on the 21st is a very special time as it illuminates beginnings and endings and is a powerful day of vision and clarity, bringing an abundance of productive energy. Stay tuned to the stars, have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderfully successful New Year! January: Happy New Year! With the challenges and changes we have seen during 2013 and will continue to see throughout this year, we must all be sure to stay in a positive space and work hard for better outcomes. We’ll all still need to look at more creative ways of working and bringing more kindness, fairness and compassion into all that we do. This month is a ‘blue moon’ month, which means we have two new moons in the same month. The first one is on the 1st January and then the second one is on the 31st. Both dates bring plenty of opportunity to get new projects off the ground and make some brand new starts at things we’ve always wanted to do. Communicative Mercury moves from practical Capricorn to innovative Aquarius on the 12th, bringing even more scope for brilliant ideas with successful outcomes.

ARIES: MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Energetic Mars, your ruling planet, changes signs on the 8th bringing all relationships and partnerships into focus and adjustments will need to be made. The new moon in Sagittarius on the 3rd highlights a deep need for laying down concrete plans for change and transformation in the New Year. January: Assertive Mars, your ruling planet, is in balanced and relationship focused Libra all month. Your partnerships may feel very demanding and time consuming, so it’s essential that you take time out for rest and relaxation. Creativity peaks after the 12th, as Mercury changes sign and brings fresh ideas. TAURUS: APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Abundant Jupiter in sensitive Cancer brings new and exciting ideas for Taureans this month. New projects that involve other people could well get the go-ahead now. Renewed creativity will be available as motivational Mars moves into artistic Libra on the 8th. The new moon on the 3rd could bring a financial surprise! January: The New Year starts with an abundance of energy and a longing to broaden your horizons and work towards new accomplishments. Both new moons fall in important areas of your chart and the longing for new goals is strong. While this new pace may seem unsettling at first, you’ll soon get used to it. GEMINI: MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Relationships are high on the agenda this month. With Venus, the love planet, in serious-minded Capricorn you may want a few answers from certain close partnerships. The new moon in Sagittarius on the 3rd suggests significant change and new beginnings, particularly in the love sector of your chart. January: The New Year begins with abundant Jupiter highlighting the financial sector of your chart. Adjustments need to be made and a total review of your earning potential is now on the cards. Confidence should be high and it’s a positive time to finish off what needs finishing and discard what is no longer current. CANCER: JUNE 22 - JULY 22 December’s Sagittarian new moon on the 3rd is very significant and brings lots of inspirational and dynamic energy for you to work with. Work and career matters will be highlighted and it’s very important that you set the pace for whatever needs changing in these areas of your life. January: This month puts your home and family life into the spotlight and has you questioning if you are spending enough time in these areas. Both January new moons put relationships and financial matters high on the agenda. Transformational change is possible now as you discover a more manageable work/life balance. LEO: JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Energetic Mars moves into balanced Libra on the 8th, highlighting the communication area of your chart. Any ideas for new and exciting changes in these areas could now get the go-ahead. The Sagittarian new moon on the 3rd is very important for you, it sets a new agenda and it’s a very strong time for creativity. January: With energetic Mars in Libra still in the communication area of your chart, forceful but diplomatic interaction is on the agenda. Where it has been difficult to get your message across, the energy shifts now, particularly after the 12th as Mercury changes sign to give you a more innovative approach. VIRGO: AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Hard working and practical, you can still use the powerful energy of Mars in your sign until the 8th. The move into Libra brings a more creative streak and imaginative ideas should be flowing well. Things that aren’t working can benefit from reorganisation now. The new moon in Sagittarius on the 3rd focuses on change. January: Reorganisation of money matters is brought to the very top of your agenda. Energetic Mars assists in innovative new ways to be creative and up your earning potential. Mercury, your ruler, changes signs on the 12th and you’ll notice a difference in your resourcefulness and in your interaction with others.


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SCORPIO: OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 The Sagittarian new moon on the 3rd illuminates the financial sector of your chart, prompting you to check out all monetary matters. This is a pivotal month with lots of powerful energy available. As always stern Saturn demands some restraint, but also allows you to build solid foundations for a positive 2014. January: The New Year begins with mighty Jupiter highlighting the adventurous and expansive side of your nature. Far away journeys for 2014 could well be coming into focus now, some of these may even be work related. The new moon on the 1st is important for boosting your confidence in the way you communicate.


LIBRA: SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Your ruling planet Venus is in serious-minded Capricorn and highlights the domestic sector of your chart. Changes to your living arrangements will be on the agenda. The Sagittarian new moon on the 3rd allows you to present your innovative ideas with an abundance of enthusiasm and confidence. January: With motivational Mars in your sign all month your energy levels should be at an all-time high, and there’s a new sense of originality to all your creative projects. Venus, your ruler, remains in Capricorn, enabling beneficial and sound business decisions to be made, particularly in the first week.

SAGITTARIUS: NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 The powerful new moon in your sign on the 3rd puts the focus on transformational new beginnings. Pivotal Mars in Libra after the 8th ensures that artistic talent and creativity can come to the forefront. Renewed energy and confidence help you to be assertive and direct about getting what you desire. January: Financial matters and communications are the two main focal points for you this month. Both new moons bring you a much needed energy boost for adjustment and change, and creative ideas should be abundant. With Jupiter, your ruler, also highlighting your income, this could be a really lucky year. CAPRICORN: DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 Assertive Mars moves into harmonious Libra on the 8th and spotlights the career sector of your chart. You can charm your way to the top and your intuitive powers will be working very well for you. You should also have more energy to pursue a new relationship, or put some energy back into an existing one. January: The new moon in your sign on the 1st day of the year sets the pace for 2014. Energetic Mars is at the most elevated point in your chart and urges you to fight for change and new beginnings. Intellectual Mercury leaves your sign on the 11th and highlights any concerns you have about your income. AQUARIUS: JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Travel and faraway places are your main focus after the 8th, as motivational Mars moves into Libra. Any difficult or complicated dealings with others should improve after the Sagittarius new moon on the 3rd. Venus in serious Capricorn indicates that professional matters are also in strong focus. January: This year begins with a new moon in a deeply introspective sector of your chart. This is a pivotal year and any plans that you make now have a good chance of being very successful. The second new moon on the 31st is in your sign and lights the way for bringing your ideas to the public. PISCES: FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Changes in your professional life are in the spotlight during December. The pivotal Sagittarian new moon in your career sector on the 3rd has you feeling rather restless and totally open to exciting new experiences. You’ll feel motivated to open your mind to new and far reaching ideas. January: Energetic Mars is charging through the monetary sector of your chart, bringing issues around finances, inheritance and legacies to the forefront. Creative thinking and planning are important now as both new moons brings renewed confidence to face any issues that are causing you problems.

By Christine Chalklin – Astrologer

NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Make 2014 your best year yet, take advantage of my New Year special offer of £45 for a personal forecast for the year ahead. As a trained life coach and a Bach flower essence therapy practitioner I offer a full motivational and transformational coaching programme. Your unique personal birth map can help you to successfully plan your year ahead. I work with clients all over the world and all my consultations are available by telephone or Skype. Please contact me for more information. Tarot card readings for wisdom and guidance are also available. Christine Chalklin, Inspirational Astrologer and Transformation Life Coach Email: Telephone: 07813 483549 To advertise contact Ruth: T: 01332 883140 M: 07545 261034 E:



Local History: The Cromford and High Peak Railway

The Cromford and High Peak Railway, or The High Peak Trail (as it is known today over part of its length), formed a connection between the Cromford Canal and the Peak Forest Canal. “Crewe Goods” leaving the Buxton Tunnel c 1880

From 1854 the line operated a passenger service with only one train each way daily. It was not the fastest of journeys as one reported trip from Cromford to Buxton took six hours and passengers had to walk up the inclines; the service ended in 1876. Considering the nature of the railway with its numerous inclines, there were a few accidents. One that is worth recording was in 1888 when a brake van carrying gunpowder parted from the train at the summit of the Cromford and Sheep Pastures incline. The van gathered speed and unable to round the curve at Cromford Wharf, passed over the canal and the double track railway before landing in a field but only one canister of gunpowder exploded. Subsequently a catch pit was installed, which still exists. In 1971 the track bed from Dowlow near Buxton to Cromford was bought by Peak Planning Board and Derbyshire County Council who turned it into the High Peak Trail, popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Much of the infrastructure of the railway no longer exists but the engine house at Middleton Top, together with the beam engine, is preserved as a Visitor Centre. The beam engine is occasionally in operation using compressed air rather than steam. For further reading I recommend John Marshall and A Rimmer’s books The Cromford and High Peak Railway.

The railway was originally conceived as a canal in 1820; however, it soon became apparent that making a canal over such a mountainous terrain, and supplying it with water on the dry limestone uplands, was never going to be practical. So the idea was dropped and a railway proposed to carry minerals and goods between the Cromford Canal and the Peak Forest Canal at Whaley Bridge. With a length of 33 miles and a summit height of 1,200 ft, it was surveyed by Josias Jessop, son of William Jessop. An Act of Parliament to build the railway was granted on 2 May 1825 and the Cromford and High Peak Railway Company incorporated on the same day. Josias Jessop was appointed consulting engineer and estimated a building cost of £164,000, which proved to be a major under-estimation. Following the untimely death of Josias in 1826, Thomas Woodhouse was appointed resident engineer. The railway was built in the manner of a canal but where there would have been flights of locks, inclined planes were built, and to reduce the numbers of embankments and cuttings, the line follows the contours, as does a canal, giving the line a very winding route and many tight bends. The railway was laid to the Stephenson gauge of 4ft 8½in, using fishbelly rails supported on stone blocks not wooden sleepers. When the line was first opened, horses were the prime mover but in 1833 the first steam engine was obtained, named Peak, a 0-40 with 5ft wheels and 12in by 16in cylinders, built by Robert Stevenson. This was followed by a second engine in 1835 and a third in 1842. Records show that after 1840 engines were built in the workshops at Cromford from purchased parts. The first part of the line from Cromford to Hurdlow was opened in 1830. From Cromford the line climbed over one thousand feet in five miles, through five inclines ranging from 1 in 14 to 1 in 8. Rolling stock was hauled up the inclines by stationary steam engines built by the Butterley Company, who supplied a total of nine engines. Each engine powered a winding gear that powered an endless rope or chain that was later replaced by wire rope, and the rolling stock was attached to the rope by chains. The second part of the line, from Hurdlow to Whaley Bridge, was opened in 1831. In 1892 parts of the railway were closed and it was completely closed in September 1967.


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Ongoing throughout Dec: Sight Support Derbyshire are selling Christmas cards. 10 for £3.50. or email: tel: 01332 287027. 7th: Derwent Brass together with the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir perform their Christmas Concert in aid of the Macmillan Nurses. 7.30pm at the Landau Forte College Theatre, Fox St. Derby. Tkts: 01332 605578 or 7th: The Derwent Singers present Handel’s Messiah directed by Richard Roddis. 7.30pm at The Priory Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Church Street, Tutbury, Staffs DE13 9JE. Tkts & info: 01283 561826. 8th: Derby Hospitals Charity “Jingle Jog”. 5km Fun Run, Markeaton Park, Derby. Making patients’ lives better. Register online Info: 01332 786445 or email 10th: South Derbyshire Members Centre of The National Trust AGM. Landau Forte College, Fox Street, Derby at 7.30pm. Chairman D’Arcy Payne will talk about his life as a District Officer in the former Rhodesia. 13th: Derwent Brass with guests Derby Central Salvation Army Band. Derby Cathedral, Iron Gate 19.30. Tkts: Foulds Music, Iron Gate or or call 07891 231551. 14th: Derbyshire Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild Christmas Buffet and Christmas Challenge. Derbyshire House, Sherwin St, Derby DE22 1GP. 1.30pm for 2.0pm. Tel: 01773 835995 or email 14th: Mighty Wonder, Christmas Concert by the Sitwell Singers. Conductor Malcolm Goldring. 7.30pm St Werburgh’s Church, Church St, Spondon. Tkts: Foulds Iron Gate Tel:01332 662519. or on door. 16th: Mighty Wonder, Christmas Concert by the Sitwell Singers. Conductor Malcolm Goldring. 7.30pm at St John the Evangelist Church, Bridge St, Derby. Tkts: Foulds Iron Gate Tel:01332 662519 or on door

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10th: Derby Natural History Society (indoor meeting). Wildlife Safaris with Lee Broderick LRPS. Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree 7.15pm. Contact 11th: Derbyshire Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. The talk will be “Batik - the people behind the cloth”. Derbyshire House, Sherwin St. Derby DE22 1GP. 1.30pm for 2.00pm. Info: 01773 835995. email 21st: South Derbyshire Members Centre of the National Trust. Landau Forte College, Fox Street, Derby at 7.30pm. John White as a Butler of bygone times and talks about gracious living. 31st: Sight Support Derbyshire’s Centenary Raffle draw. Tkts £1 each. email: tel: 01332 287027.

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Clubs, Societies, Groups, Classes Codnor & Waingroves

3rd Codnor Scouts For girls and boys aged 6-14. All clubs meet at the Old Cricketer’s Bungalow at the side of the Old Welfare, Codnor. Beavers – Tuesdays 5.15pm till 6.30pm. Cubs – Tuesdays 6.45pm till 8.15pm. Scouts – Fridays 6.30pm till 8.15pm. Ann Cantrill 07817 636232. Amber Valley Rotary Club Meets Tuesdays 6:45 for 7:00pm at Codnor Castle Inn, Ormonde Fields Golf Centre, Nottingham Road, Codnor. New members are welcome. Please contact us first if you are interested. Contact us on 07850 440001 or by our ‘Contact us’ page on Codnor & District WI 2nd Tuesday each month, 7.15pm at Methodist Church Hall, Mill Lane, Codnor. 01773 714098. Derbyshire County Council Children’s Centre – Come Out & Play in Codnor. Peveril House, Codnor. Play and information for families. Wednesdays 1.30pm-3.00pm. Telephone 01629 532601 or email: Jog Codnor Jog Derbyshire Group. Meets at the Poet & Castle Pub. For all abilities. Tuesdays at 7pm Contact: Ben 07500 600171 Tiny Talk Baby Sign Language Class Mondays 1.30-2.30pm at Waingroves Community Centre, Church Street, Waingroves DE5 9TX Trish Wright: 07795 554375 or

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1st Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Scout Hut, Highfield Road, Kilburn, Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm. Call 01332 882535 or 07545 551890 for details. 3rd Horsley & Kilburn Brownies Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm at Kilburn Methodist Chapel Brown Owl (Trish Rose) 01332 881786 1st Horsley & Kilburn Rainbows Scout Hut off Highfield Road, Kilburn, Friday 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Jenny Fox: 01773 743436. 1st Horsley & Kilburn Scout Group For boys & girls aged 6 to 14, at Scout HQ Highfield Road, Kilburn. Group Scout Leader David Hall: 01332 881492. Amber Community Choir A time of singing and fun, no experience needed. Hunters Arms, Kilburn. Alternate Thursday evenings from 7-9pm. For more info ring Cathy: 07986 450580. Chatterbox Café Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn, every second Friday, 10am to midday, in conjunction with Mobile Library sited on car park. Coffee, cakes; relax, chat or read. Enid: 01332 780486. Denby Footpaths Group Maintenance and preservation of local footpaths; community walks, circular routes. Jane: 01332 781305, or e-mail Derbyshire County Council Children’s Centre – Denby Delights Drop In and Play Session. Denby Free Church of England Primary School, Denby. Tuesdays 1.45pm-3.00pm. Telephone 01629 532601 or email: Intermediate Adults Dance Classes Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Latin American and Ballroom, Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Patricia Cooke: 01332 660837. Kilburn Christian Fellowship Meet in Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn, 5pm to 6pm on the second Sunday of each month, refreshments. All ages welcome. Godfrey: 01332 781200 Kilburn Life Group 8 Sitwell Drive, Kilburn. 10am to 11.30am first and third Wednesday of month. Discuss issues on life matters. Cynthia: 01332 882713. Kilburn Striders Jog Derbyshire Group. Meets at car park opposite Pickford Gardens. For all abilities. Meets at various times. Please call Ross for details. Ross: 07791 683056 Kyleburn Historical Society Kilburn Baptist Chapel Schoolroom, Highfield Road, Kilburn, every third Thursday, 7.30pm. Speakers. Chairman. Keith Staley: 01332 881853. Mums & Minis Denby Bottles Church, Danesby Crescent, Tuesdays 10am to 12noon. Mike and Alison James 01773 743104 Probus Club For retired people. Meet at Denby Lodge, Denby on the second Thursday each month at 10.45am. New members welcome. Mr H Hunt: 01773 570483


Stay ‘n’ Play Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Every Thursday 9.15am to 11.15am term time only. Tae Kwon-do & Self Defence Kilburn Village Hall Adult & Junior classes Sat: 10.00-12.00noon. Sun 9.30-10.30am Panthers 4-7 yrs Sat: 9.00-10.00am & Wed 5.00-6.00pm Contact Shirley 07779 812468 The Wednesday Club Denby Institute first Wednesday every month. 2.15pm. Betty: 01332 880726. All welcome. Walking for Health Meet outside the Bourne Cafe, Denby Pottery Visitor’s Centre. Thursday 9.30am. Various routes led by trained walk leaders. Contact: 01283 563483. Whist Drive Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Fortnightly on Wednesdays 2pm. 01773 741586

Horsley Woodhouse 1st Sitwell Scout Group For cubs aged 7 ½ to 11. Meet every Weds 6.30-8pm. Sitwell Scout HQ off Church Lane, Horsley Woodhouse DE7 6AW. Other sections to open soon. Info:, Email: Dance Night Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Monday 7.00pm, Line Dancing with Megan; and at 8.15pm Sequence Dancing with Merrilyn. Eric: 01332 881566 or 07790 863997 Horsley Woodhouse Joggers Meet at the church hall, Horsley Woodhouse 7.00pm Thursdays. £2 per session. Beginners group for new or returning joggers. Contact: Sam Draper 07891 571488. Horsley Woodhouse Pre-School Methodist Church Hall, Main Street. Term Time: Under 3’s Monday & Wednesday 1.00pm to 3.30pm. Over 3’s Monday to Friday 9.15am to 12.15pm. Call 07969 964842 during opening hours. Horsley Woodhouse Royal British Legion Horsley Woodhouse Over 60’s Club meets in the hall, alternate Tuesdays at 2pm. Bingo, dominoes and cards. Outings for members at regular intervals. Subs £8 per year. Come and join our friendly group. Call Don 01332 881379. Orchard Group Dominoes, Scrabble, and Whist at Orchard Community Centre, off Fairfield Road, alternate Tuesdays 2pm. 01332 883240. Over 55’s Gentle Exercise Class Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Wednesday 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Pauline Clarke: 01773 712829 or Eric 01332 881566 Tae Kwon-Do Practical Self Defence Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Adult & Junior Classes, Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm. Contact Shirley 07779 812468 Walking for Health Meet outside the Working Men’s Club, Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, 9.45am on Wednesdays. Free walk led by trained volunteer walk leaders; 2 to 3 miles long, though fields. Call Tor Pitts on 01283 563483 or 07977 439309. Whist Drive British Legion Hall, Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, every Friday 7.30pm. Malcolm Parkin 01332 880160.

Ripley 1st Ripley Scout Group Cubs, Beavers, Scouts 6/14 years for boys and girls. To join call group scout leader, Ron Ashton on 01773 745420 4th Ripley Rainbows For girls 5-7 years; 5pm to 6pm on Thursdays at The Guide Hut, Outram Street, Ripley. Call April on 01773 742740. Allsorts Activities for 0 to 5-year-olds. Free group on Thursdays 10.15am to 11.15am at Salvation Army Church, Heath Road. Further details: 01629 533900 Alphabet Childminding Group Meet at Denby Institute and Ripley Children’s Centre. Childminders wishing to join the group can call Marion on 07952 798808, Claire 07891 956715, Trina 07875 142583. Amber Valley Access Group Contact Keith Boot 07980 591801. Email Amber Valley Camcorder Club Marehay Miners Welfare, Derby Road, Ripley, meet alternate Tuesdays 7.45pm from September to June. Geoff Thompson: 01773 748559. Amber Valley CVS Volunteers needed to work with various organisations. Supports older people, families, children, helps and supports local groups giving advice on funding, as well as offering training, facilities and resources. Further details: 01773 512076.

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

Amber Valley Talking Newspaper People who have difficulty reading can receive tapes of local news (weekly) and magazines (monthly) free of charge. Info: Mike Johnson 01773 513889.

Ripley Ladies Group Meet 1st Tuesday of every month 7.30pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. New members very welcome. Contact Gill 01773 744580.

Breastfeeding Support Group Free group on Mondays 10.00am to 10.45am at Salvation Army Church, Heath Road. A chance for breastfeeding mums to meet and provide support and advice. British Red Cross First Aid Group Salvation Army, Heath Road, every Thursday at 7.30pm. First Aid training to support Event First Aid. Adele Gregory: 01629 593329, e-mail Agregory@ or visit: Bumps & Babies Free play and support sessions for parents-to-be and under ones. Includes community nursery nurse support and baby weighing. Salvation Army, Heath Road, Ripley, Mondays 10.45am to 11.45am. Centre Stage Theatre Arts Dance, drama and singing for young people 5 to 18. Every Thursday evening during term time, at Mill Hill School, Ripley. Call 01332 232940 or email for details.

Ripley Leisure Centre Badminton Club Meet Thursdays 7.30pm – 10.30pm at Ripley Leisure Centre. Players of a club or local league standard are welcome. Ladies, Mens & Mixed teams. Info: Kay 01332 883622 Ripley Memory Cafe Third Thursday of each month, 2pm-4pm, Field Terrace Community Room (opposite Co-op), Field Terrace, Off Slack Lane, Ripley DE5 3HL Info: Isobel Barker 01332 208845 or e mail: Ripley Morris Men Male Cotswold Morris Side, meet every Thursday at Fritchley Church Hall, Fritchley, 8pm to 10pm. New and experienced dancers and musicians welcome. 01773 743560. Ripley Poetry Reading Group Meet at Ripley Library, Grosvenor Road, Ripley, twice monthly, Thursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm. Janet Dawson 01773 513247.

Disability Derbyshire Join our support group for people suffering from depression and anxiety. Last Tues of each month 10.30am-12noon. Field Terrace Community Room, Ripley. Info & attendance confirmation: Disability Derbyshire 01773 740246. Friendship Circle Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley, every Thursday 10am to 12noon.

Ripley Recorded Music Society Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Meet twice a month, Thursday evening at 7.30pm until 9.30pm. To promote interest in an appreciation of classical music through the recording medium. Concert visits & Christmas social. Contact Bob Astill, Secretary (01773) 714368.

Greenhillock’s Fellowship Club for over 50’s. Wood Street Methodist Church, Ripley, Wednesdays 2pm to 3.30pm. Quality entertainment, speakers, social afternoons, quizzes, day trips. David: 01773 605585.

Ripley Rotary Club Meet Tuesdays 6:40 for 7pm at Lumb Farm Country Club, Derby Road, Marehay, Ripley. New members welcome. Contact Secretary on 01773 747415 or email:

Hearing Help (AV) Social group every 3rd Wednesday 11.45am-2.30pm. Lip Reading Group every Friday 10am-12pm. At 156 Derby Road, Ripley. 01773 570976. Jelly Tots Free play session for children 0-5, at Field Terrace Community Room, Ripley, on Mondays 2.15pm to 3.15pm. ‘(runs term times only) 01629 533900. Little Rascals A play session for parents under 25 and their children. Support and advice available if needed. Wednesday 1.30pm – 2.45pm (term time only) at Ripley Children’s Centre, Sandham Lane, Ripley. 01629 533900. Moorwood Moor Angling Club Ponds on Inns Lane, South Wingfield, daily 6am to 10pm. More details on membership, and junior teach-in sessions from John and Kath: 01773 746486 Musical Dimension Singing group available for bookings – all monies raised donated to local charities. Practice nights Tuesdays 7.30pm at Marehay Methodist Chapel, Ripley. Call 01773 742017 for details and to book or visit Parents-to-be Friendship Group Free group on Mondays 10.00am to 10.45am at Salvation Army Church, Heath Road. A chance for new parents-to-be to meet. Ripley (Amber Valley) Lions Club Meet every first Monday of the month at the Kestrel Inn, Marehay, 8pm. Geoff Bacon: 01773 608786. Ripley Absolute Beginners Jog Group Meet Ripley Leisure Centre 9.00am Saturday mornings. Email: or Tel Ryan 07854 035770. Ripley Amateur Drama Group Meet every Mon at Mill Hill School. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Info: Terry Thorpe 01773 743471 Ripley and District Gardening Club Every third Saturday at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley 3pm to 5pm. New members very welcome. Ripley & District Twinning Association Twinned with Chateau Renault, France. Monthly meetings. Details from Roland: 01773 746543.

Ripley Royal British Legion Branch 3669 Meet first Thursday of every month at The Sir Barnes Wallis, Maple Avenue, Ripley. 7.30-9.00pm. All welcome. Info: Chair Dean Fowler 07966 442387 or email Ripley Running Club Meet at Ripley Leisure Centre, Derby Road, Ripley every Tuesday at 6.45pm Runners of all abilities welcome. More info: Eleanor Robinson on 01773 541950, or Ripley School of Dancing Marehay Miners Welfare, Derby Road, Marehay, Ripley. Ballroom, Latin American & Classical. Children’s class Saturday 9.45am - 11am. Adults practice/ tuition class Monday 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Private lessons by appointment: Brenda Jackson 01773 749948. Ripley Tuesday Club Club for over 60’s. Meet every Tues, 2-4 pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. Speakers, Bingo, other events and days out. All welcome. Contact Eileen Towndrow 01773 741329 Ripley WI Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley, 2nd Thursday every month, at 7pm. Contact Pat 01773 744804. Tae Kwon-Do Classes Ripley Infants School, Kirk Close, Ripley DE5 3RY. Tues & Fri at 6pm. David: 01773 744031. The Ripley Art Group Meet every Weds at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. 2pm-4pm. For retired people. New members welcome. Info: Jeff Barber 01773 570255. Twistin’ Tots St Joseph’s RC Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Fridays 9.30am- 11.30am, Music and Play session for babies 0 to 5 years. Jacqui: 07977 578359. WaistWise Free NHS Weight Management Service, available throughout Amber Valley all year round. To find your nearest one call Derbyshire Health Promotion Service on 01246 868468. Wood Street Toddler Group Ripley Methodist Church, Wood Street, Ripley. Tuesdays 9.30am to 11.15am (term time only). Come for a coffee, chat and a play. All welcome. 0-5 years. Sue 01773 570364.

Ripley & District U3A Monthly meetings at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Dates vary. Many different interests catered for. Call Tony 07773 897621.


Ripley Cadets Parade on Monday & Thursday 18.45-21.00 at the Cadet Centre, Mill Hill School. Open to all young people 12-18. Contact: Jo Moody 0785 2102104

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Ripley Green Garters Ladies North West Morris Dance Team meet every Tuesday at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Dancers and musicians welcome. 01773 743560.

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Amber Valley Stroke Group Meet alternate Fridays at St Joseph’s Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Supporting stroke survivors. Call Mary 01773 747813.

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Book Reviews Cold Enough for Snow

husband and wife, along with their two children, is despicable, Smith and Hickock come across as alarmingly normal and recognisable. Capote has written a very clever true crime work of non-fiction, brought to us in the style of a novel. The whole thing is a bit disturbing really...and at the same time, you just can’t put it down.

Tom Jones once sang ‘Baby, it’s Cold Outside’, so as winter descends why not curl up in front of the fire with our selection of books that will chill you to the bone…one way or another.

Into Thin Air by John Krakauer Sometimes the most extraordinary stories we read are those that are true. This is certainly the case in Krakauer’s account of 24 hours of hell at the top of Mount Everest. With photos documenting the scale of the ‘murderous storm’ that bore down on Krakauer and his fellow climbers, it’s clear to see why five lost their lives. Dealing with the guilt that comes from surviving such a disaster whilst others didn’t, Krakauer’s writing is incredibly compelling and the retelling of the 1996 disaster will leave you gasping.

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier This is the story of two people: injured Civil War veteran Inman, and Ada, the woman who waits for him. To reach her, Inman must leave his hospital bed and walk the long way home to Cold Mountain. Of course, his epic journey means he encounters many a strange character along the way. Ada, meanwhile, has her own internal struggles to contend with as she battles with her upbringing and the future that Cold Mountain represents. This brilliant and beautifully-written book is one everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. You’ll be transported, without ever leaving your armchair.

The Spy Who came in from the Cold by John le Carré Spymaster le Carré’s thriller has stood the test of time with reading audiences continuing to be gripped by the powerful combination of love and betrayal that would leave Daniel Craig running crying to his mummy. Set in 1960s Berlin, spy Alex Leamas is basically ready to throw in the towel. Of course, ‘one final assignment’ always spells disaster ahead. Is this really a case of ‘mission impossible’ and will he live to walk away from this one?

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson With his hauntingly beautiful descriptions of the wild nature of America’s Pacific Northwest, Guterson’s story of a murder soon reveals itself to be one of a complex love triangle. It’s 1954 and well-respected local fisherman, Carl Heine is found dead in one of his own fishing nets. Local Japanese-American, Kabuo Miyamoto is accused of killing him. In the grip of a terrible snowstorm, the town of San Piedro is forced into dealing with its recent history, and a wave of Anti-Japanese sentiment following World War 2. To complicate the matter, the local newspaper reporter is in love with Kabuo’s wife. If the snow falls and covers everything, is all forgotten?

Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes One for the younger readers is Ali Sparkes’ novel about two children who are ‘frozen in time’. Freddy and Polly were put into cryonic suspension in the 1950s by their father. But the experiment was only meant to be for a couple of hours; something went drastically awry. Enter Ben and Rachael, who unwittingly uncover the human ice-lollies. Suddenly it looks like the summer hols aren’t going to be so dull after all.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote It’s 1959 and a Kansas family is brutally murdered. This hugely controversial book focuses on their two killers: Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. Whilst there’s little doubt that the killing of a


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Your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team would like to offer advice to residents for a crime-free Christmas and New Year. It is a busy time of year but there are a few things you should remember to help ensure you and your family stay safe and secure. Here are some useful tips you can use to help protect you, your home, your valuable presents and your cash from the sadness and distress that crime could bring: Light up the night at home As it gets darker earlier, use a timer switch to ensure your lights come on when you aren’t at home. Most burglaries happen when a property is empty and leaving a light on is an effective way of deterring burglars.

Keep all valuables out of sight Don’t make your home a target for thieves – keep your doors and windows locked and keep all your valuables and Christmas presents out of sight.

callers won’t mind. If you are suspicious, report the incident to the police. Keep your car safe If you are Christmas shopping, make sure you park in a well-lit car park and lock your car. Never leave any valuables in your car, such as mobiles or satellite navigation systems. Keep yourself safe Personal safety is paramount. If you are going out, make sure you have your keys, money, phone and plans to get home. Make sure someone knows what time you will be back.


Upbeat: Help to Prevent Crime over the Festive Season

Don’t drink and drive Drink or drug driving can be fatal. If you are going out for the evening, stick to soft drinks if you are driving. Nominate a designated driver who can get you all home safely. Know your alcohol limits We want people to go out in the Amber Valley and have a safe and enjoyable evening out. Anti-social behaviour, particularly related to alcohol, is one of our top priorities and we will be taking action against those who commit it. Know your limits.

Mark your property with forensic security marking fluid or an ultraviolet pen Property which is lost or stolen can be returned to its owner quickly if it is marked with the house number and postcode.

Online shopping Make sure you use a secure online payment service and use credit cards rather than debit cards. Don’t give out your personal or financial information online unless you know your contact is legitimate and mark off your online transactions against your bank statement.

Be on your guard against bogus callers Don’t let anyone into your house that you are not expecting or who does not have an appointment. Always check identification and call the company if you are unsure. Genuine

If you would like more advice or to contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police or visit the website:

Useful Numbers Doctors & Hospitals, Emergencies Appletree Medical Practice 01332 842288 Arthur Medical Centre 01332 880249 Amber Pharmacy 01332 782844 Crimestoppers 0800 555111 Drug Helpline (24 hour) 0800 776600 Heanor Memorial Hospital 01773 710711 London Road Community Hospital 01332 265500 NHS 111 Out of Hours (24 hour helpline) 111 Police (non emergency) 101 Ripley Hospital 01773 743456 Ripley Medical Centre 08444 994468 Royal Derby Hospital 01332 340131 RSPCA Emergency 0300 1234999 Samaritans (24 hour) 08457 909090 Severn Trent Water 0800 7834444 Water Floodline 08459 881188 Whitemoor Medical Centre 0844 5769200

Post Offices Belper (Strutt Street) 01773 820108 Codnor 01773 742029

Duffield 01332 840105 Heanor Post Office 01773 713034 Holbrook 01332 880248 Horsley Woodhouse 01332 880221 Kilburn 01332 880045 Little Eaton 01332 832780 Ripley (Derby Road) 0845 722 3344 Smalley 01332 882222

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Barber: Fellas 10 Bathrooms/Wetrooms: Amber Developments 34 Bathrooms: Arctic Interiors 48 Beauty Therapy: Essentials Beauty 26 Beauty Therapy: Nails & Beauty by Laura 11 Bedrooms: Contour Furnishings 36 Building Work: Amber Developments 34 Building Work: JJN 34 Building Work: Peak Building 48 Building Work: TDB 44 Building Work & Maintenance: Rob Morley 45 Business Directory: Age UK 62 Car Body Repairs: B A Kelf 28 Car Body Repairs: Martin Buxton 30 Car Servicing Repairs: Crosshill Garage 31 Car Servicing Repairs: CX Automotive 30 Car Servicing Repairs: Little Eaton Garage 31 Care Home: Ashfields 63 Care Home: Ashmere 64 Carpet Cleaning: Roy Milner 4 Carpets & Flooring: Mill Floorings 37 Chemist: Hurst 13 Children’s Store: Children’s Choice 1 Chiropractor: Scott Alletson 22 Cleaning: Lindsay Phillips Property Care 4 Computer Repairs: Enterprise PC Care 7 Copywriting: Full Stop Copywriting 6 Counselling: Lisa Wakefield 4 Curtains & Blinds: Premier Blinds 43 Dance & Drama: Ripley Academy 55 Dental Practice: Glendair 26 Driveways: Amber Valley Driveways 33 Driveways: JGS 46 Driving Instructor: Mason Driving School 31 Education: Derbyshire County Council Adult Education 58 Education: Kilburn Infant & Nursery 57 Electrical Store: Reliance Electrical 41 Electrician: ABH 41 Electrician: Andy Hill 36 Electrician: Darren Blagg 43 Electrician: JSP Electrical 45 Electrician: Steven Blagg 45 Electrician: TME Electrical 33 Family Law: Family Matters Financial Advice: Belper IFS Florist: Margaret’s Florist Function Room & Banqueting: Butterley Hill Lodge

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Garden & Property Services: Guy’s 43 Gifts: Hurst 13 Gifts: Scented Willow 15 Gymnastics & Cheerleading Classes: Trix Academy 55


Hair Salon: Polished


Interior Design: JLO Design Interior Refurbishment: DJM Interiors Ironing Service: Crease Free

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Jewellery: Silver & Porcelain 11 Joinery: R & D Joinery 46 Joinery: Regal 45 Kitchens: Arctic Interiors 48 Kitchens: Holtams 53 Landscaping: Langley Landscaping Legal Advice: Chesterfield Law Centre Loft Ladders: More Than Loft Ladders

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Mediation: FMF Ltd Mobile Disco & Entertainment Nights: A Disco UK

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Nails: Nails and Beauty by Laura 11 Nails: Polished 26 Optician: Specsavers 3 Painting & Decorating: Chroma Painting & Decorating: Roy Milner Personal Trainer: Alex Robinson Pest Control: Vista Environmental Plastering: Claxton Plastering Plumbing & Heating: Black’s Plumbing & Heating: Derbyshire Plumbing & Heating: Huckle Plumbing & Heating: Mark Denton Plumbing & Heating: Peak Prom Dresses: Designs by Marlaine Property: Langridge Homes Public House: The Holly Bush

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Restaurant: The Bear 21 Restaurant: Denby Lodge 18 Restaurant: The Holly Bush 21 Roofing: Bill Kiely 52 Security: Prestige 34 Solicitors: Shacklocks 8 Sports Massage: Essentials 26 Stoves & Solid Fuel Fires: Wayne Smedley 36 Tarmac Specialist: JGS Tiling: Wayne Shooter Tiling: Wayne Smedley Tree Care: Amber Tree Management Tree Care: Clip ‘Em & Fell ‘Em Tree Care: Greg Long Tyres & Exhausts: ETS

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Visitor Centre: Denby Pottery


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