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Welcome to the spring edition!

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This is the biggest ever edition of All Things Local and it’s crammed full of articles and lots of information on products and services available on your doorstep. If you use anyone from within these pages, please don’t forget to mention where you found them.

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I’m sat typing this message at the beginning of March - the sun is shining and the sky is blue – if only I could press the pause button and keep it like this for the remainder of the year (with slightly warmer temperatures of course!) Since I last wrote, my husband and I have managed to escape for a couple of days away into the Peak District. We had a lovely time staying in Hartington and despite the torrential downpours; we donned our waterproofs and walking boots and walked along a lovely trail to Biggin for a nice pub lunch at The Waterloo Inn. It was lovely to sit and warm up next to their real open fire. The walk in this edition is based around Hartington and Biggin; a beautiful area. I often remind myself how lucky we are to live in this part of the UK.

Winners’ Corner CONGRATULATIONS Martin Latimer of Morley who has won a bottle of Champagne

The Bull’s Head at Denby Common has recently changed hands and is now independently owned by local people. Thank you to the new owners for sponsoring this issue’s Prize Crossword with a Sunday Lunch for 2 people. Turn to page 6 to complete the crossword for your chance of winning.

CONGRATULATIONS Rachael Moon of Kilburn who has won a 2 Course Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Holly Bush Inn, Marehay

Belper has changed a lot over recent years with the exciting opening of new shops, bars, restaurants and galleries. It really has become a vibrant little town and one which I love to visit and while away a few hours. The 2nd Belper Arts Festival takes place from 18 April until 31 May. Last year’s inaugural event was a massive success. Turn to pages 26 and 27 for details of this year’s event. Activities are plentiful, so try and go along to experience first-hand some of the local talent that Belper has to offer.

CONGRATULATIONS Helen Pope of Horsley Woodhouse who has won a service for her car from ETS Tyres & Servicing

There are a few bank holidays coming up, so I hope you all have a lovely time … and you never know, the BBQs might even get an early outing! Let’s hope so. Have a lovely Easter and happy St George’s Day for 23 April.


See you back here again in June.

Competitions & Puzzles Prize crossword – Win a 2 Course Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Bull’s Head, Denby Common 6 Children’s Puzzles 104 Friendship Blooms – FREE FLOWERS! 112 Champagne Sudoku 124


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Legal Matters: Divorced - Done and Dusted?

In each edition legal advisors from Shacklocks deal with important legal topics. This month Marion Vesey Maybe you didn’t useusa to solicitor. (pictured) invites think Maybe aboutyou did but once you receivedthat the decree you didn’t making a decision will benefit take matters any further. Maybe you thought future generations.

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Life’s Little Things There is a book on my shelf called ‘The Secret Life of Dust’. Although I have had it for years, I have not yet got around to reading it. The title, however, inspires me. Simply because the author has taken one little thing that we rarely ever think of and written 200 pages about it! We might vaguely consider dust when we are cleaning but never realise there is a wealth of incredibly significant information related to such a little thing like dust. And I’m sure I could find out all about it if I ever read the book... Just as this book blends in amongst many other books on that shelf, so do other little things in life.

On a recent stroll with my Mum I realised I had walked on merrily chatting to myself. I turned back to find her standing staring into space. Thinking she was having a senior moment I returned to her side to find out what the problem was. She told me she was listening to the birds singing. I hadn’t even noticed the sound of any birds I was so focused on getting from A to B. At first I thought it must be some effect of her new, super hearing aids but the more I listened the more I could hear. As we continued to walk, she strayed off the path and started inspecting a branch. She explained how the colour of the buds can help you identify a species and proceeded to name the trees alongside the river. I realised that although I had looked at these very trees every day on my walk, I had never really seen them.

We are often so bombarded with sensory information that we have to focus on one particular thing. For example, whilst writing this, I have eaten a snack bar. But thinking about it now, I didn’t even really taste it. Just automatically stuffed my face. I know factually that it was supposed to have tasted of chocolate, honey and peanuts yet I can barely remember the sensation of eating it. Is it a case of not being in the moment? It can be so easy to do things automatically and unconsciously whilst thinking of a hundred other non-related things. I can quite easily think of something I need to do and walk downstairs only to find it has been erased from my mind completely. I used to laugh at my Mum for this and tell her that the doorway must have wiped her brain. It can easily be remedied by going back to the place where you first thought of the thing and usually it pops back into your head. It is very easy to become a human doing rather than a human being. Since contracting ‘baby brain’ I have a ready excuse as to why I haven’t accomplished my extensive ‘to do’ list. My friend and I recently went into a shop to buy chocolate, packed it in a carrier bag, paid for it and then left it on the counter as we walked out. Neither of us were aware of this error and it had to be pointed out to us by the observant assistant. Noticing we were each pushing a pram, she helpfully said that we could blame it on ‘baby brain’. So when we drift off and stop living in the moment at least we have an excuse that we’re certainly going to fall back on for many years to come.

As Henry David Thoreau, the author and philosopher puts it, “it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Sure enough, after my tree identification lesson I was able to see not only different trees but a variety of different plants, flowers and fungi too. Things I had looked at pretty much every day but never really seen before.


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Just a Thought … Thoroughly Modern Mayhem

As a 21st century woman my understanding of what ‘society expects’ of me is a far cry from that of my mother’s generation. We once applauded women who were homemakers, wives, mothers. They were the cornerstone of the community and much heralded for being so. After the dawning of equality, or at least the perception of it, women decided they could have it all. Career, children, perfect house, social life, financial independence.



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The new millennium promised a surge of female leaders and innovators who could also juggle their family life as perfectly as their mother’s before them and all with a plastic grin plastered across their faces. We have more choice and opportunities than our predecessors could have ever dreamed of. Sadly as the years have passed it seems that ‘having it all’ evolved into ‘doing it all’ as we run ourselves

ragged trying to fulfil a wondrous if not rather ludicrous vision of modernity. I am not saying that women have to choose between being a mother or homemaker and pursuing a career - rather that we should not vilify those that do. We need to realise that some days it is ok not to save the world, it is ok not to be perfect and it’s even ok not to be totally ok. Perhaps if we cut ourselves some slack we could realise that what ‘society’ expects is only driven by our artificially high expectations of ourselves. While we have more options than previous generations we must realise that they are just that - optional and we do not have a duty to undertake all of them.

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The Better Life Confessions of an Eco-Worrier

As soon as we adopted our new way of life – in the countryside and living off the land – it became apparent that being ‘green’ came with the territory. We’re novices really though, but I think I’m doing my bit… In these times of global warming, arctic winters, unpredictable weather and failing crops, many people are asking: “What has the environment ever done for me?” Well, it’s put up with us human beings, for one thing. And it spends more time in the garden than I do. But I do worry that some of my efforts may back fire. The more I look into it, the less being green seems to be black and white. I think I have the basics covered. I recycle, I compost; I even Freegle and Freecycle. My paper, cardboard, tins and glass (but not the broken glass, apparently) can all be put out for local council collection. But they won’t take plastics. So, to make the journey economically viable, I drive everything over to my nearest recycling bank – in the out-of-town supermarket car park. Which makes sense, when you think about it, as supermarkets have recycled many of our local shops. I also take unwanted clothing there for the charity containers. Then I hide and watch other people filch the items out again, which I suppose is double recycling. I try to do my bit in other ways too. I use the most energy efficient light bulbs, although the only way I can afford to kit out the whole house, and have spares, is by using cheap UK internal flights rather than expensive trains. Okay, so I have to drive to the airport as well, but the café there sells organic coffee so I’m really supporting the planet in two ways at once. I opt for organic food wherever possible and I go for minimal packaging. Like the flat-packed mange-tout flown in from Kenya and the still-to-be-ripened apples from New Zealand. Of course, I’d eat more British organic apples if they grew when I actually wanted to eat them. So much for global warming extending our summers. I run a two-seater sports car, to discourage other people from travelling by road – in my car. And I always put my foot down to minimise the time spent pumping out exhaust gases. Obviously, I’m tempted to put a wind turbine on my roof, but apparently it’s a 25-year payback and it earns me less putting electricity back into the national grid than I pay per unit to use it, which is a bit of a swizz. I’d buy an inverter to use my own electricity off the vine, but I’m not sure the


throughput from the turbine could power my dishwasher and Jacuzzi. All in all though, I feel like I’m doing my bit. So, as I raise a glass of organic Australian Merlot, I feel confident that my lifestyle choices will inspire others. Oh yes, nearly forgot – I know the Scouts appreciate my stamp donations, saved from the hate mail that keeps coming my way. 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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Days out with Dennis Go by Bus? Why Not?? We have been doing these outings together now for a year so I thought it time that we did something a bit different. Buses are involved but in between, we are going for a walk. Nothing strenuous, mainly flat with slight ups and downs. As usual, this outing is free to bus pass holders. Non bus pass holders should buy a Trent Barton ‘zigzag’ ticket on the first bus which covers everything.

The first bus is either a Trent Barton 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 or 6.4 from Belper Bus Station. These are Derby services and there is one or other of these every quarter of an hour starting on the hour. Leave the bus at the first stop after the A6 crosses the A38 at Allestree. Ask the driver for Church Lane, Darley Abbey. Walk back and turn right along Church Lane, passing the church and continue ahead up Abbey Lane to the junction. The path you want into Darley Abbey Park is to the left of the yellow grit bin. A shallow climb and the path drops down to toilets and a cafe. Walking away from the cafe, turn left down the hill. After 40 yards or so take the well-worn earth path to the right and walk

round to your left. Continue through and out of the car park keeping the river on your right. Cross the river at the bridge and being careful of the traffic follow the road until you see a blue direction sign. Turn right onto Folly Road. From the bottom of Folly Road, the footpath takes you through the park (toilets again) and along City Road. After the cricket ground, turn right across the car park and cross the river by the bridge. Go down the steps and straight ahead. At one point the path takes you under a road bridge. Pass the Silk Mill and the back of what was Full Street police station in Derby. Cross the main road and continue along the back of Derby Council House, veer right and you are at the back door of Derby Bus Station. The ‘Sixes’ service leaves Derby Bus Station (Bay 22) at regular intervals to take you back to Belper. People who might be interested in the buses used are invited to try my transport ‘blog’ on

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Heanor Floral Art Group Fundraising for Local Charities Heanor Floral Art Group is a friendly group that enjoys flowers, demonstrations by professional arrangers, raising money for local charities and various social activities. The group were delighted to recently donate a cheque for £1300 to the The Charlotte Blackman Memorial Fund. Charlotte was tragically killed by a landslide whilst on holiday. The fund has been set up, to raise awareness and vital funds for local charities and organisations that support Autistic and Vulnerable Children. The fund has purchased a 15-seater minibus and the cheque from Heanor Floral Art Group will help towards the running costs for that. The funds were raised by a garden party at the home of the President of Heanor Floral Art Group. Heanor Floral Art Group was also pleased to announce a donation of £100 to the Meningitis Trust raised by tea and cakes and donations. Heanor Floral Arts meets the 3rd Monday of the month except for Easter - that will be 2nd Monday. The group meet at the Wilmot Street Community Centre in Heanor. Everyone is welcome. Memberships are available and visitors are charged just £5. For further information go to

L to R: Floral Art Group President Dorothy Allsop BEM (British Empire Medal) with Rachel Blackman & Eileen Pierrepont, Chairwoman A programme for the remainder of the year is below:

2014 Programme for Heanor Floral Arts 14 April 2014 In Grandma’s Day by Beverly Atis 19 May 2014 Somewhere under the Sun by Di Smith 16 June 2014 Love is in the Air by Elizabeth Bishop 21 July 2014 The Italian Job by Linda Smith 18 August 2014 The Spirit of Sherwood by June Borrowdale 15 September 2014 The club celebrates Harvest Festival 20 October 2014 A Jewellery Collection by Jean Fordham 17 November 2014 In Festive Mood by John Chennell 8 December 2014 Christmas Party

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Stately Brides Over the years Stately Brides has helped hundreds of brides to look amazing on their wedding day, but now the Belper boutique is celebrating an anniversary of its own – five years in business! Owner Leanne Whysall explains - “Five years ago I left a secure job to follow my dream. Setting up Stately Brides was a big risk but I have never regretted it – it’s all I ever want to do! The boutique is doing fantastically well and I love helping brides to find the perfect dress; it’s a privilege to be involved in such a special and personal event.”

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Bodnath Kathmandu In the fabled city of Kathmandu dotted with so many temples and shrines, Bodnath shines above all others, protected by UNESCO and hailed as the most sacred site in the whole valley. Framed by the snowy peaks of the Himalaya, it claims one of the world’s largest stupas, throbbing with Tibetan culture, almost at the heart of Nepal’s capital.

Built around the 9th century AD, possibly earlier, as a shrine for holy relics, the 36 metre high structure is shaped like a mandala – the Buddhist cosmos - and designed to symbolise the five elements, from earth at the base to water, fire, air and ether at the top. Draped in garlands of prayer flags, the concentric terraces rise towards the central column where the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha look in every direction. It’s a massive gleaming monument, whitewashed every year and blessed with saffron water at festival time. Set on the ancient trade route heading for the Bagmati river, Bodnath has long attracted Tibetan merchants. In the 1950s, when the Chinese invasion sent refugees across the border, many settled in Bodnath, an auspicious place where their ancestors had prayed on their way to distant lands. Today, some 50 monasteries are scattered in the area, all glistening roofs, golden banners and paintings and gardens fragrant with roses and juniper. In the nearby alleyways, silversmiths, stone carvers and sculptors turn out all sorts of auspicious items while on the edge of the stupa, one-man shops trade in Tibetan craft and Buddhist memorabilia. Tourist groups pop through the gate now and then but they don’t stay long, a few souvenirs, a couple of pictures from a rooftop café and they’re off. The stupa returns to its true self, a deeply spiritual place calling you back wherever you are, tinkling with prayer wheels and bells, echoing with the chanting of monks, cymbals and gongs. By late


afternoon, the Tibetans arrive, hundreds of them, old folk leaning on bamboo staffs, women with babies on their back, young men with mobile phones, pretty girls chatting to their friends, child monks following their guru, others skipping around. It’s a daily ritual, a religious and social gathering all in one and whether you watch or take part, you will gain merits for the afterlife. Jeans, T-shirts or Tibetan dress, all walk clockwise around the temple, seven times, fingering prayer beads or spinning wheels. There’s time to gossip and exchange news, take a rest on a bench or buy grain to feed the pigeons for luck. Monks in red robes meditate in lotus position, worshippers place offerings in the alms bowls, rice, coins, bananas, green oranges, and the clapping of wooden boards sends shivers down your spine as the most devout prostrate tirelessly, all the way around the stupa. Up on the hill top, the peaceful nunnery of Kopan looks down on the scene, starting its own devotions as the sun sets over the city. But Bodnath really comes into its own at festival time, be it the full moon, Diwali - the festival of lights - or most spectacular of all, the Tibetan New Year. When darkness falls over the Kathmandu valley, myriad oil lamps glow around the stupa. Eerie shadows move in the flickering light, masked dancers spin and twirl on the flagstones and the stirring call of long horns rises towards a starlit sky. By Solange Hando

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Pauline Latham OBE MP Spring is here and I love it when the mornings and evenings are lighter. The first few months of 2014 have been busy and I always enjoy being out and about in the constituency meeting the many varied local organisations and groups.

Recently I have been involved with a number of health issues and one visit I made in my constituency was to the home of a little girl called Isabelle and I was really moved by her story. Isabelle went to school with nothing apparently wrong but after her parents were sent for by school she ended up in intensive care at 10pm that night. Seven-year-old Isabelle had been struck down with Meningitis B. Owing to the septicaemia that she developed as a result of contracting the disease, she is now a quadruple amputee, and requires prosthetic limbs to be able to move around. However, I was overwhelmed by her personal strength, positivity and how bubbly she is despite the challenges she has faced. Following my meeting with Isabelle and her parents, I have taken part in a Westminster Hall Debate calling for the Government to establish an immunisation programme against this killer disease. I just want to take this opportunity of detailing some of the symptoms of this awful disease. These include fever, headache, vomiting, muscle pain, fever with cold hands and feet, drowsiness, confusion, pale blotchy skin, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights and seizures. There may also be a rash that does not fade under pressure but this can be one of the last symptoms to be displayed. The rash is incredibly dark red and in Isabelle’s case, when she became very ill it started to merge into several large blobs. I feel that an immunisation programme would ensure that fewer people would suffer the pain of this terrible illness, like Isabelle. No parents should have to make the decision that Isabelle’s parents did in order to save her life. This is why I am championing this campaign. I have also visited local Derby artist, Paul Cummins recently, who has been commissioned by the Tower of London to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War. His work will consist of 888,246 ceramic poppies to signify each British and colonial soldier’s life lost in the war. When I visited his workshop in Pride Park, I saw the poppies being made. It was an amazing sight to see the thousands of poppies that had all been made


individually by hand. The installation is a large scale one, and Mr Cummins has teamed up with stage designer Tom Piper to bring it to the Tower of London. The unveiling of Paul’s work will take place on 5th August and a programme of events will accompany the A visit to Paul Cummins’ studio, surrounded by installation which ceramic poppies will remain until 11.00am on 11th November 2014. Finally, I must mention my really enjoyable visit to the Massive Drop-In youth centre in Duffield. It’s a great place for 11-18 year-olds from Duffield and the surrounding area to attend on a Friday evening. There is a large range of activities such as Xbox, table football and darts and I had a go at decorating a biscuit! It provides young people with space to relax and things to do during the holiday period such as paintballing, laser tag and art workshops. The centre has proved incredibly popular with over 600 local young people attending over its lifetime. Massive encourages the local youth to engage with community projects, and occasionally collaborates with the Duffield and Belper Rotary club with their initiatives. The centre also provides volunteers for local events, such as the Duffield fireworks night and the flu vaccination clinic at Appletree Medical Centre. Massive however needs more volunteers to continue running its clubs on a Friday night. If you would like more information on volunteering for the scheme, please either call Massive on 01332 841386 or e-mail them at

Mrs Pauline Latham OBE MP is Member of Parliament for Mid Derbyshire.

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Clare’s Beautiful Beads was a feature of Belper’s main shopping street for six years, and many customers may be missing the wonderful shop.

Well don’t worry – Clare’s Beautiful Beads has not gone! The shop has simply relocated to owner Clare Wadey’s guest house on Far Laund, and is still open to the public. In fact, with tables where you can sit and ‘have a go’ as well as homemade cakes and drinks, many would say that the shop is even better than it was before! “Our guest house opened in March 2013, and after a few months of running both the high street shop and the guest house, I decided that it made perfect sense to relocate. We’re exactly the same – with the same stock, similar layout, just no shop window! Having the shop at home also gives me more flexibility to offer workshops and advice, and cater for individual or group requests. I’m running beading courses or weekends, where groups of friends can come and stay in the guest house and spend a couple of days learning and creating!” The shop is open every Tuesday from 11am – 3pm, and at other times by prior arrangement. Customers are invited to call in and browse, or stay a while, have a drink and a chat, and get started on a project – making the most of Clare’s expert advice and inspiration. “The shop was created to provide a relaxing environment where people can take a bit of time out of their busy lives, put their worries aside and immerse themselves in something creative, enjoying the company of friends and other like-minded people.”

Clare is very friendly, and welcomes everyone from experienced beaders to those wanting to try something new. She also offers jewellery repairs, to bring life back to those broken pieces that have been condemned to the drawer for years! To visit Clare’s Beautiful Beads, either call in to Rennie Rose House, 200 Far Laund, Belper between 11am – 3pm on Tuesdays, or contact Clare on 01773 599818 or email to arrange an alternative time at your convenience.

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Belper Arts Festival 2014 The first Belper Arts Festival was held last spring and was described by the local press as a ‘triumph’ and by visitors as ‘an outstanding achievement’. The 2013 Belper Arts Festival attracted 11,000 visitors to its 137 events over 28 days. The second Belper Arts Festival is set to be even bigger and better and this year has something of an international flavour to it.

“Four Strings and the Truth” is a ukulele concert featuring Canadian musician Manitoba Hal who has joined forces with Belper’s own Phil Doleman for the closing concert. The annual play competition was won by “A Serious Person”, a short play written by John Doble who lives in NewYork. Fleet Art will be hosting a concert of Indonesian music.

Three Men in a Bow Tie - a night of comedy and comedic music at Number 28 on 16 May at 7.30pm

Belper’s artists bookend the Festival with an Arts Trail on 4/5 May and Open Houses Art on 24/25/26 May. Sandwiched in between are 150 events covering theatre, music, literature, photography, film and dance. Amongst them is Belperamble, an open air event that combines street theatre, performance and a walk. Following the interest last year, poetry and storytelling take their places in the programme. Sophie Snell will be performing her acclaimed “7 Deadly Sins” and Marty Ross brings his gothic “The Blackwater Bride” for an outing at Number 28 on Belper Market Place.

Red Ruff - Belper’s own ‘Supremes’ perform at Number 28 on 10 May at 7.30pm

The community based Festival will take place between 18th April and 31st May 2014.

Sali Gresham, the organiser/director of the Belperamble which takes place on 17 May (street theatre and walk). Sali is also appearing as Rita in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita at Number 28 on 1 May at 7.30pm

It will include literature, art, theatre, film, photography, dance and music at venues throughout Belper. The organisers describe it as a Festival of inclusivity, not exclusivity where everyone is welcome to take part.


Amongst the poetry is Derbyshire’s Poet Laureate Helen Mort and an evening at Fresh Ground that combines good food and rhymes.

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Photography comes in the shape of Roger Morgan whose “Night Visions” exhibition and installation will feature at the Old School House. As the title implies, these are images of Belper and its surroundings taken during the night. Roger is keeping those images close to his chest until the exhibition opens on 4 May. A different perspective comes from mountaineer Nigel Vardy who will be giving an illustrated talk entitled “Pictures from a Ledge”. Variety is the key to the musical content with St. Peter’s Church hosting concerts by the award-winning Helix Ensemble, the very popular Hot House Jazz, concert pianist Benjamin Frith and Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir.


A Festival highlight will be Dave Culleton performing “V”, the controversial 45 minute poem that was written by Terry Harrison 30 years ago. It’s a piece that is widely regarded as one of the most influential and powerful poems of the last sixty years. It’s strictly for adults.

Storyteller Sophie Snell brings her fantastic show 7 Deadly Sins to Number 28 at 7.30pm on 18 May

along your instrument, learn songs with other musicians and, towards the end of the festival, play a concert. Public demand has meant a recall for “A Cream Tea with Jane Austen” and it is at the heart of the literature content. Willy Russell’s play “Educating Rita” returns and Belper Players feature a series of established plays titled “Mixed Doubles”. “Rhythm and Moves” gives a sprightly start to the dance programme at the Ritmo Studios. The organisers are keen to keep ticket prices as low as possible with some events being free and others based on the popular ‘Pay What You Can Afford’ principle.

BBC Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter brings his new one man show “Pottering About” to Number 28 on 3 May at 7.30pm

For the last week of the Festival, music will fill a marquee at the Rugby Club with such diversity as the Beatroot Beatles, Belper’s Got Junior Talent, Sing and Dance for the NHS plus the one day Newfound Festival, a festival within a festival. Local performers Amy and Lily, Chelsea Anne Richter, QHQ, Belper Singers, Latestarters and Ella Juster will be joined by many others. Pete Castle is a good friend of the Festival and he will be running a series of workshops under the heading of “Build a Band”. The idea is simple. Take

Look out also for early bird offers. Tickets can be bought online at, or from The Cherry Orchard Gallery on the Market Place. Alternatively you can call 07845 400914 or email: A FULL DIARY OF EVENTS FOR THE BELPER ARTS FESTIVAL 2014 IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT Further information can also be found on Belper Arts Festival on Facebook

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While browsing the racks of Majestic Wines in Derby, I came across a bottle of wine from Chile that got my attention. The label on the bottle declared that the wine was ‘Wild Ferment’ Pinot Noir made by the Errazuriz Company in Chile.

In making homemade wine in the past, I know that yeast has to be added to the grape juice to start the conversion of the sugar in the juice to produce alcohol. So what had this winemaker done differently to put on the label the special note that this was ‘wild ferment’? In modern wine making the winemaker wants to control the process of making wine, so that at the end they have a wine that is either consistent to the brand type that the consumer is used to or that is at least saleable.

With ‘wild fermentation’, Mother Nature is allowed to have a hand in how the wine turns out. The ‘wild yeast’ that creates the process of making wine comes from two sources. It can be the airborne yeasts that have settled on the skins and stalks of the grapes while the grapes have been growing, or from enzymes within the grape juice and pips. Both of these processes need to be carefully watched to ensure that the wine does not become vinegar, as we all know can happen to home brewed wines. When the winemaker wants complete control over the outcome of the fermentation process, he stops this natural fermentation taking place. This can be done by either sterilizing the grapes before they are crushed with Sulphur Dioxide (SO²) gas or sealing the crushed grapes in a sealed vat and pumping Carbon Dioxide (CO²) through the juice. With both these methods, the winemaker can then add his own choice of yeast to produce a wine of a particular style. The gases soon disappear, as they are both by-products of the wine making process. With this ‘Wild Ferment’ Pinot Noir wine the grapes were carefully taken off the stems and kept at a low temperature of 8°C for 5–7 days. They are then allowed to ferment in open top tanks, so that the natural yeasts can go to work. The grapes are allowed to ferment for 10–20 days with the skins in the tank before the juice is extracted and placed in oak barrels for 10 months. When the winemaker thinks the wine is ready it is then bottled. Because Chile is in the Southern Hemisphere, the grapes were harvested in the first weeks of March. The preceding November to February had been hotter than previous years and the resulting harvest was good. The winemaker thinks this wine is ready for drinking now but will age gracefully for up to a further four years. Hope you enjoy this wine.


For more information on the wine please visit or Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir Appearance: Ruby red with bright violet tones. Nose/Aroma: Red fruit of cherries, raspberries and exotic fruits. Additional aromas of dill and red tobacco and floral notes of roses and lavender. Taste: Medium, well-bodied wine with red fruits taste and light notes of toast and hazelnuts. Alcohol by Volume: 13.5% Food match: Ideal partner for meat dishes such as lamb. Available from: Majestic Wines £13.99 per bottle (special offers available)

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Music Scene: Lucille Lucille is a rhythm and blues band from Derby, who formed around the end of November 2013 after a few line up changes. Carl and Scott decided on a band of this style after a few months of playing R‘n’B and Blues as a duo around the acoustic scene in Derby. The band have some recordings already but are planning on more in the coming months. People can find them on Facebook for updates and gig dates;

Why decide to call the band Lucille? We originally performed under a different name and with different members, and felt a change of name would suit our current project more. So we decided on a name that was more authentic to our style of music and gives a nod to the influences we have found in Rhythm and Blues culture. Such as BB King’s guitar and the Little Richard song. How do you all know each other? We all met performing solo acoustic projects, and bonded over a shared love of Rock ‘n’ Roll music and Rhythm & Blues. It was also something a little different to play this style of music and we have so far found some success in doing it. What do you all do when you’re not making music together? We spend our days working and spend our evenings performing 3 or 4 times per week in our band and on solo projects around Derby, Derbyshire and The Midlands. Do any of your favourite bands/musicians have any influence in your songs? Definitely! To play our kind of music we draw influence from various different sources. In particular American music has influenced us, Chess records for instance; Willie Dixon, JD McPherson and Jimmy Sutton have been strong influences on the music we have been making.

What does 2014 hold for you as a band? We’re really busy, we’ve been approached to play this year’s Rock and Blues Festival as well as Y-not and Derby Folk Festival, as well as trying to focus on making a record.

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It was reported in the news (I say ‘news’, but that’s actually a bit of a grandiose term for what I’m about to tell you) that hit TV show The Only Way Is Essex has boosted the British economy by nearly £1.5 billion. The programme has permeated our collective psyche to such an extent that we’re now haemorrhaging an average of £100 each every year, on fake tan, white stilettos, false eyelashes and luxury watches. This confuses me. In case you were wondering, I have actually seen several episodes of TOWIE (as it’s affectionately known in the press) and found it bizarrely compelling, in much the same way I’m temporarily mesmerised by a company of gibbons running amok in a shopping centre and eating chips out of bins. But the notion that the show could be watched with anything other than an acute sense of irony never occurred to me. In a nutshell, TOWIE follows a clique of bronzed Essex guys and girls endlessly bumping into one another in one of the same four locations and having short, baffling conversations consisting almost entirely of the phrase ‘Y’alright?’ repeated ad infinitum until somebody gets bored and wanders off to hold a charity fashion show or pedicure their dog. And that’s it. It’s self-consciously cretinous. Logic suggests that whilst inevitably turning the central characters into celebrities, it would also turn them into figures of ridicule, but the opposite seems to have occurred. I mean, we all love Homer Simpson, right, but nobody deliberately piles on four stone and paints themselves yellow. Of course, I’m in a band, and I write pop music, so I can’t distance myself entirely from the celebrity phenomenon, because in a broad sense that’s my business. But I can’t help feeling like we may finally have reached the end of the line. Pamela Anderson was a bit dippy, but at least she could act. Katie Price isn’t my cup of tea, but at least she’s considered by some to be a businesswoman of note. The cast of TOWIE, however, as far as I can tell, are just twits in wigs.

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Humour: The Joy of Essex

At some point, somewhere along the way, it became de rigueur to celebrate mediocrity. I suspect that even the most hardened of TOWIE fans would have to admit their admiration for Kirk, Lauren and the gang has very little to do with their oratorical skills or grasp of the fourth law of thermodynamics. People like them because they’re famous, and they’re famous because people like them. So it’s sort of a terrible self-fulfilling circle of futility. What can we do about this? Take to the streets with flags and banners and lobby the government? Storm the country’s schools educating our burgeoning youth about the perils of worshipping false idols? Who am I kidding? There’s nothing we can do. Society as we know it is crumbling and we’re powerless to stop it. So with that in mind, maybe the only option really is to flatten your vowels, whack on a knock-off Rolex, pop down to your local Tan-Tastic and set the thermostat to Fanta. Because, if you don’t, before long you might be the only normal human being left. And then you’d be in real trouble. By Chris Russell Chris plays piano in South London power-pop band The Lightyears. Voted the UK’s BEST POP/ ROCK ACT at the Indy Awards, they’ve 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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Owners Dave and Lorraine extend a warm welcome

The Holly Bush Inn 51 Brook Lane, Marehay DE5 8JA Open daily from 12pm

Bank Holiday Saturday 24th May

Charity event for the Ripley Music Festival 12 great bands performing from 1pm onwards - Come along and join in the fun!

Relaxed dining with our home cooked snacks and meals served 7 days a week Food served Mon - Sat 12pm till 2.30pm & 6pm till 9pm Sunday 12pm till 7pm (Open all day every day for drinks) Thursday - Steak & Quiz night Saturday - Live entertainment Sunday - Jamming

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Set in beautiful countryside with fantastic accommodation, food, drink and excellent atmosphere. The perfect venue for any occasion, including weddings.

Delicious Sunday carvery with a variety of meats including forerib of beef

NEW menu now available, all meals are home cooked Open 7 days a week. Food served Mon to Thur 12pm till 2.30pm & 6pm till 9pm Fri, Sat & Sun 12pm till 9pm, Sunday carvery 12pm till 5.30pm

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Easy Lamb Rogan Dhansak This recipe does use fresh ingredients but ‘cheats’ a little by using a jar of sauce rather than creating it from scratch which saves time, but still produces a delicious and authentic dish. Unlike many curry type dishes, the lentils make this very thick so there’s no need for rice. It reheats perfectly and so can be cooked the day before ready to eat at short notice the next day. Serves 4 to 6 Ready in 4 hours Ingredients: 800g diced leg of lamb or lamb steaks 3 whole peppers, red, green, yellow, sliced. 1 chopped and diced onion 2 carrots peeled and finely diced 2 sticks of celery chopped and finely diced 2 jars of Rogan Josh sauce (recommend Loyd Grossman) Half a teacup of dried red lentils 2 – 4 whole red chillies sliced Bunch of fresh coriander Olive oil Salt and pepper For serving, naan bread and sour cream Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2. Add a splash of olive oil to a frying pan and cook the onions, carrot and celery until they take on a bit of colour, then put these into a large casserole pot. 2 In the same pan put about half the diced lamb and fry until sealed, then put into casserole pot, repeat with the rest of the lamb.

3 Fry the peppers for a couple of minutes, then put them into casserole pot with a pinch of salt and a good grind of pepper. Add the chillies to taste – 4 chillies will give a medium heat but use fewer chillies and remove the seeds if you don’t like it too hot. 4 Pour in the two jars of Rogan Josh, then add a bit of water to the jars, put the lid back on and shake. Chop half the coriander and add to the pot with the liquid from the jars and stir thoroughly. You need the casserole pot filled to near the top, so add water if necessary. Don’t worry if it looks a bit watery, the lentils at the end will thicken it all up. 5 Put into the oven, giving it a stir after about 2 hours. 6 After 3.5 hours sprinkle over lentils and stir in. Put back into the oven for another 40 minutes. 7 Just before serving sprinkle the rest of the fresh coriander on top and then serve with naan bread, and sour cream.

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A great new race season at Donington Park starts here... March 18 March – BTCC PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAY 22/23 March - National Car Races 29/30 March - Sports & Saloon Car Races (750 Motor Club) April 1 April - BRITISH SUPERBIKE PRE-SEASON TEST DAY 6 April - Historic Sports Car Races 12/13 April - Thundersport GB Motorcycle Races 19/20 April - BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 26/27 April - GT & Formula Car Races May 3/4/5 May - DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL 10/11 May - Sports & Saloon Car Races (BRSCC) 17/18 May - National Motorcycle Races (No Limits)

23/24/25 May - FIM SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 31 May/1 June - Sports & Saloon Car Races (BARC) June 7 June - Aston Martin Races 8 June - Morgan Sports Car Races 21/22 June - National Motorcycle Races (BEMSEE) 28/29 June - Motorcycle Endurance Races (Hottrax) July 12/13 July - International Formula Cars & Support Races (BRSCC) 19 July - Vintage Sports Car Races 26/27 July - National Motorcycle Races (NGRRC) August 2 Aug - Fun Cup Endurance Race 3 Aug - MG Sports & Saloon Car Races 8/9/10 Aug - CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE FESTIVAL

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What’s the spec like? It seems to have everything you could want from this type of saloon. The Q50S Hybrid retails at £41,635 and comes absolutely loaded with tech and electric wizardry. The headlines are: full leather upholstery, NASA-developed ‘fatigue free’ front seats, climate control, parking sensors, Bluetooth with streaming and Infiniti’s clever new infotainment system. The latter not only looks neat but works well too – although we weren’t behind the wheel for long so we can’t say how easy it would be to live with. The Q50S has another crafty little piece of tech too. Called Active Lane Control, the system reads the white lines on the road and keeps the car tracking safely between them.

Infiniti Q50 S Hybrid What is it?

Remember the Infiniti G37? No, we didn’t think so. When it quietly appeared on the scene in 2009, it was one of the first Infinitis Brits could buy. But with, how should we say this, interesting styling, a thirsty 320bhp 3.7-litre V6 petrol under the bonnet and acres of switchgear poached from low-rent Nissans, it wasn’t terribly successful.

Any rivals? Well, it’s the three big guns that make up the biggest competition – namely, BMW’s 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4. There’s no doubt the Infiniti matches the Bavarian threesome in many areas and it does have individuality up its sleeve too. For other left-field choices, there’s also the Volvo S60.

But that was then and Infiniti now has a far more appealing proposition for the nation’s fleet managers used to buying 3 Series BMWs and Mercedes C-Classes. We’ve already driven this car abroad but now we’re one of the first to slip behind the wheel of a British car – and Infiniti UK is understandably proud of its latest product. “It’s a halo car for us,” a spokesperson told us on our test drive. “A real performance car with the added benefit of low running costs.”

What’s it like to drive? There’s no doubt it’s smooth and relaxing to drive. Complaints have been aimed at the Q50S’s steering-by-wires system that can feel artificial. But on our admittedly short test drive, we had little complaint. While it doesn’t match the sheer precision of the 3 Series, the Q50S can be set up for the driver’s tastes – whether sporting or comfort – and is perfectly adequate. A hybrid saloon will spend most of its time navigating city streets and motorways – and for this the Q50 would seem to excel. The verdict This is a car with some of the tightest shut-lines in the business and seriously impressive build quality. Add in smooth driving dynamics and European styling, the Q50S is a fine car. Whether it’ll make a dent in the executive saloon car market is yet to be seen, but Infiniti deserves to do well with this car.

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What’s under the bonnet? We have the all-wheel-drive Q50S Hybrid on test – you could opt for a version fitted with Infiniti’s new 2.2-litre diesel – and it sports a 364bhp 3.5-litre V6 petrol mated to a 50kw electric motor. It tops out at 155mph and reaches 60mph in 5.1 seconds. To put that into perspective, a BMW M5 will reach 60mph in 4.1 seconds but the Q50S will return a combined MPG of 41.5 and emit 159g/km of CO2. It’s quick and punchy, but it won’t be the best-seller in the UK – that’ll be the diesel.

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Model: Infiniti Q50S Hybrid AWD Price: £41,635 Engine: 3.5-litre V6, hybrid Power: 364bhp, 544Nm Max speed: 155mph (limited) 0-60mph: 5.1 seconds Range: 41.5 mpg (combined) Emissions: 159g/km CO2

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Staff at Marehay Vauxhall are celebrating after being presented with the highlycoveted Vauxhall Customer Excellence Award for the third year running. The yearly award by the British manufacturer recognises and rewards top performing retailers for the quality of service they give to their customers, using only customer satisfaction as the judging criteria.

“When a customer visits our dealership, they can feel confident that they will be receiving truly dedicated customer service. We pride ourselves on our customer care and we’ll be doing our very best to ensure that we score even higher next year.”


Marehay Vauxhall Customer Excellence Award for Third Year Running

The retailer in Marehay was one of 45 Vauxhall retailers in the country to have the highest and most impressive combined scores from Vauxhall’s Purchase Satisfaction and Service Satisfaction surveys, calculated at the end of 2013. Over 127,000 responses were collected, helping to generate an accurate and continual picture of Vauxhall customer experience.

To celebrate this special accolade, Retail Operator, Ian Beardsley and his team were presented with their Customer Excellence Award in February by Ian Dodds, Plant Quality Manager at Vauxhall Ellesmere Port – the exciting home of the next-generation Vauxhall Astra.

Ian Dodds, Plant Quality Manager at Ellesmere Port, says: “We are very proud that Marehay Vauxhall has again this year pulled out all the stops to make our customers’ purchasing and servicing experiences as positive as possible. The award is testament to their consistent standards and all round high performance.”

Ian Beardsley, comments: “Once again we’re delighted to receive this award and would like to thank all of our customers for representing us in such a positive light in Vauxhall’s satisfaction surveys and therefore helping us to secure this incredible accolade.

For further information about the retailer award and for details of vehicles in the Vauxhall range, contact Marehay Vauxhall at Derby Road, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 8JN. Alternatively, call 01773 570470 or go online to

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Are you just putting on a brave face...? BARBER SHOP

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

One-to-one counselling can help you find yourself again. To book or for more information contact Jayne on: 07855 758117 E:


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We invite you to join us at our new, state-of-the art dental practice in Allestree near Derby. We are proud to provide the following services:

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Hair • Beauty • Nails • Tanning Lyndi & Vicki welcome new clients. 50% OFF your first cut & blow dry!

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Footnotes: Baby Steps I think most people would agree that shoes are, on the whole, a good invention. They have made life a lot more comfortable than it would otherwise be. In fact, most of us can’t imagine going around barefoot, especially on our damp and cold little island. I certainly wouldn’t like to try it. However, it is interesting to note that wearing shoes has altered the way that human beings walk and not entirely in a good way. Due to the protection offered by shoes, we nearly all walk by coming down on our heel and rolling forward to our toes which we then use to push off into the next step. Nothing could be more natural, it seems, but none of us started to walk that way. If you don’t believe me, watch the way a baby starts to walk. They all start by placing the ball of the foot on the floor, gently rolling back onto the heel and then forward to the toes before pushing off. This all makes sense when you consider that the ball of the foot is considerably wider and therefore more stable than the heel, it also means that the calf muscles take more of the load than the bones in the lower leg. This in turn takes strain off the knees and, to a lesser extent, the hips. So should we all ditch our shoes and walk barefoot? Probably we should, but with our climate and hard, rough pavement and road surfaces it isn’t a trend I will be starting.

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Toenail cutting Callus (hard skin) Corns Ingrowing toenails Thickened and hard to cut nails Treatments just £20 (Approx 1 hour). Gift Vouchers available and discounts for group bookings. For a fully insured, professional foot treatment in the comfort of your own home please contact Laura on 07815 556961 for more information.

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Special offer until 30th April, FREE eyebrow shape with every cut and blow dry

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For your beauty treatments call Kayliegh, she will be happy to discuss your needs. Her treatments include waxing, massage, spray tanning & eye treatments

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Alex Robinson Personal Trainer Alex Robinson (pictured) is popular in the local area for her skills as a personal trainer. Here’s another testimonial from one of Alex’s clients:

My friend and I have been training with Alex for about three years now. We had previously felt that our fitness had not been improving and that we were not seeing our true potential. Despite feeling hesitant about seeing a personal trainer, my fears were immediately allayed when I met her. She was keen to find out more about us and what we wanted to achieve from the training. Importantly she was happy to accommodate the two of us training together. This helped us to stay motivated and despite our varied interests and overall goals, Alex has always been keen to accommodate all of these. The sessions have been constantly varied, definitely challenging, ultimately rewarding, and we’ve had a laugh along the way too!


In addition to this Alex helped me to continue to train, confidently and safely throughout my first pregnancy, and as such my return to a reasonable fitness level post-pregnancy was so much easier. Indeed I successfully completed a 10K race only three months after having my baby.

Alex Robinson

The result of my continued time with Alex has left me more confident about myself, and it has helped me to enjoy exercise even more. Perhaps most importantly she has helped me to consider my whole wellbeing not only focusing on my fitness level and goals but she has helped me to address factors that impact on these; such as nutrition, my general health, and the balancing of work/home life pressures. Alex is a very motivated and committed individual who strives to make exercise challenging yet most of all fun. Caroline

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Prestige Beauty has relocated from Duffield to 8 Market Place, Belper. Susan Basile, Prestige’s owner is very excited about her new salon and with over 16 years’ experience she brings a wealth of knowledge to the heart of Belper. Prestige offers a full range of advanced beauty treatments and holistic therapies, designer nail treatments and anti-ageing clinics. Salon owner, Susan works hard to remain abreast of new developments in the industry. “I’ve recently invested in a new Genesis ultrasound and light therapy machine, which is absolutely fantastic – I’m so excited about introducing it to my new clients in Belper.” Alongside the current facial and body treatments available at Prestige – which include ‘microcurrent’ for lifting and toning skin, and microdermabrasion for resurfacing and cell renewal – the Genesis machine gives a ‘plumping’ effect, and tightens sagging skin. “It’s great for sun damaged skin, uneven pigmentation, age spots, puffiness or post-acne scarring. On the body it treats cellulite, stretch marks, and rough or uneven skin. The light therapy stimulates cell regeneration, aids drainage of the lymphatic system, and helps to promote collagen production. It really is amazing!” says Susan. Susan is friendly, enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable about all of

her products Susan Basile and treatments. She first started her beauty career in 1995 as a master nail technician, and offers creative nail extensions, Shellac gel polish, minx wraps, and an all new product called ‘Brisa Lite’, providing three weeks’ wear. For those preferring a more natural nail look, Prestige use ‘nailtiques’ products, which contain special formulas to encourage natural nails to grow healthily.

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Prestige Beauty Therapy, Nails, Tanning & Hair

The hair salon offers the very latest cutting and colouring techniques and advanced hair care products, giving you stunning results. Whether you are in need of an essential treatment, a quick fix, or one of Prestige’s half or full day spa packages, Susan and her team are committed to fulfilling your needs. “Our aim is to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations, offering the highest possible standards of hygiene and service at all times. We offer late night opening, gift vouchers and bespoke gifts too.” comments Susan. For more information or to book an appointment, call into the salon or telephone 01773 820000

Spa Day Packages from £120 including lunch and sparkling wine Gift vouchers available to treat that special person! BEAUTY & HAIR SALON

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Derbyshire Walking: Hartington Station to Biggin Supplied by Rob Bradford Distance: 3.25 miles (5.2 Km) Walk Area: Hartington Meadows Start Point: Hartington Station OS Map: Explorer OL24: The Peak District White Peak Area 1:25000 Map Ref: SK 149 670 Parking: Pay and Display Tea Shops: One Duration: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

A wishful thought along the way: “Dream of Noise and Wheels and Coal and Steam”

A three and a quarter mile walk from Hartington Station on the Tissington Trail to the village of Biggin and the Hamlet of Heathcote. The walk sets out along the former Midland Railway track bed that is now the Tissington Trail before crossing fields into Biggin. From Biggin there is a short walk across more fields to Heathcote before the final short leg back to Tissington Station, no steep hills a few step stiles but nothing too strenuous on this route.

The Walk: From the car park take the Tissington Trail south towards Ashbourne (the opposite end of the car park to the vehicle entrance). Walk down the trail past the buttress of an old footbridge then under the Line-side Marker road bridge. Just beyond the road bridge on the left is Ruby Wood, just off the trail is a secluded picnic area with lots of mole hills and a large wooden carving of a mole. As the trail heads roughly south it becomes raised above the surrounding countryside offering fine views on both sides of the Derbyshire landscape. Walk on along the trail for just over three quarters of a mile beyond Ruby Wood, passing under a second bridge bearing a poem plaque, then enter into a shallow cutting. As the trail leaves the cutting look for an old railway marker post on the left bearing the number 3. Not far beyond the marker post on the right a footpath descends from the trail and enters neighbouring fields via a stock gate. Head across the field along an obvious path that runs with a dry stone wall to the left after a few yards. Follow the line of the wall to a squeeze stile in the corner of the field, then pass through the stile into the next field. A view from the trail near Ruby Wood


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On the far side of the inn is the driveway to the Biggin Hall Hotel, turn right and walk up the driveway keeping to the right of the buildings to a high step stile in the wall ahead. Cross the stile and enter into a field, walk across the field to an exceptionally narrow and awkward squeeze stile in the far left corner of the field. Keep the wall to the left and continue ahead to a slightly less awkward stile and exit into another field. The exit stile for this field is to the left of the power lines; do not go through the gate directly ahead into the walled farm track as it is a bit of a mud bath. Walk directly across this

field and go through a stock gate to join the walled track, continue ahead in the same direction to pass through the farm and into Heathcote. At the junction of roads and tracks near the house with the dovecote, continue directly ahead. After a short distance the rough road arrives at White House Farm where the track splits, turn right and walk up the farm track to begin the final section of the walk back to Hartington Station. The track at this point looked as if the wheel ruts could be muddy so I chose to walk up the centre of the track, to be honest it turned out not to be too muddy at all. Walk up the track and stay with it as it swings sharp left then sharp right, after swinging right the track exits into a large field. Keeping the field boundary to the right, walk up the field to the gate clearly visible in the distance. Continue in the same direction through the next four fields until the route reaches a wooden step stile, cross over the stile and enter on to a narrow walled footpath. Walk along the path as it runs parallel to but above the Tissington Trail, notice along the way the parapet of the missing footbridge whose buttress was passed near the start of the walk. From this point the path descends to merge with the Tissington Trail just short of Hartington signal box and the end of the walk.

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On the far side of this field is a footpath marker but it roughly aligns with the corner of one of the houses on the outskirts of Biggin and is therefore difficult to see. If you  walk towards the crest of Wolfescote Hill in the distance, or the tower of St Thomas’s Church the marker post will become more obvious slightly to the left as you approach the far side of the field. Cross the stone step stile in the wall into a final field, then keeping the stone wall to your right walk towards the outhouses of the house on the far side of the field. Cross another step stile in the corner of the field then continue down between the houses and through a squeeze stile to join the road through Biggin. Turn right and walk down through Biggin, there are no footpaths, but the grass verges are broad and there is very little traffic. Continue down through the village past St Thomas’s Church (on the left) to The Waterloo Inn.

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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Short Story: The April Fool Gemma Paterson insisted her husband Larry agree to a total embargo on April Fools’ jokes following the events of last year. After hiding the cling-film behind the ironing board, just in case, she embarked on her daily commute. Stuck in irritable traffic, Gemma fantasised about the house she would buy if they could afford to move closer to her work. Larry seemed to idle away his days in pyjamas now he was self-employed. Gemma suspected he invested more time surfing the net than chasing contracts. She was at her desk, opening the mail when Larry called. “Thank heavens you picked up,” he gasped. “You’ll never guess what’s happened.”

“There’s a chap at the door called Mr Dalwinnie. He wants to buy our house, and guess what Gem, he’s willing to pay twice the market price.”

“Not necessary,” Gemma said curtly. “Just tell him what I’ve said.” She hung up the phone and chuckled to herself. Larry must be losing his touch if he thought she would fall for that. She was grateful at least that no cling-film had been involved and the bathroom floor didn’t need mopping. For six months after last year’s April Fools Day, Gemma’s poor embarrassed mother refused to visit them or their facilities.

Gemma sighed with disappointment; so much for the embargo. Knowing how dearly she wanted to move, Larry’s lame joke seemed a little cruel. She resisted the urge to hang up.

Her 4:30 meeting overran and she crawled home in rush hour traffic. As she pulled into her street she was surprised to see a self-hire van parked on the drive with Larry and Uncle Tony manhandling the sofa into it.

“Put him on,” she said mildly. Another man came on the line.

“What are you up to now?” she asked suspiciously.

“Surprise me.” Gemma wedged the handset under her chin.

“Greetings Mrs Paterson,” a voice said jovially. “I’m Frank Dalwinnie, perhaps I should explain?” “Go ahead,” Gemma yawned. He was putting on an awful accent, but it was unmistakeably Larry’s Uncle Tony; another joker with too much time on his hands. “I recently won the lottery,” he continued. “How wonderful for you,” Gemma said dully. “Indeed.” He took a deep breath. “It’s always been my dream to buy back the house I grew up in. I’m a sentimental old fool, but I’ve so many happy memories there.” “That’s sweet,” Gemma said, glancing at the time. “Er, yes,” he replied uncomfortably. “I’m willing to pay twice what it’s worth for the inconvenience.” “Fine, it’s a deal.” She yawned. “But it has to be cash and it has to be today.” “Wonderful,” he gasped. “Shall I put your husband back on?”


“Thank heavens you’re home.” Larry slumped onto the sofa in exhaustion. “I’ve been on the go all day. I thought I was the impulsive one, but you definitely win the prize.” “What are you talking about?” Gemma asked, locking the car. “You know, selling the house in one day,” Larry said, a note of uncertainty creeping into his voice. Gemma remembered the April Fool and groaned, “Not funny, Larry. I just want to go inside and put my feet up. It’s been a long day”. He laughed nervously. “But I’ve already handed the keys over to Mr Dalwinnie.” “We’ve had to empty the house, and find you somewhere temporary to live,” Uncle Tony grumbled, mopping his brow. ”All in eight short hours.” “At first I thought it was revenge for the cling-film, but then I remembered you’d banned April Fools’ jokes.” Larry handed Gemma a thickly stuffed envelope. “Here, you’d better look after the cash.” By Jackie Brewster

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You only need to see Dean Bennett’s own home to know that he’s a fantastic builder. He built the beautiful house five years ago along with two other neighbouring homes for other members of his family. They are located on a stunning plot in Horsley Woodhouse with far-reaching views over the Derbyshire countryside. He has been a self-employed builder for over 25 years, and has always lived and worked in the local area. “I have experience in all kinds of building work, from small works to complete builds, roofing to plastering, managing every project from start to finish. I’ll carry out jobs of all sizes, taking care of every aspect from digging out to decoration if necessary!” Dean employs another experienced builder and works regularly with a team of reliable sub-contractors for larger jobs or specialist areas. The team are very friendly and knowledgeable, offering practical advice and solutions to achieve the best outcome to meet customers’ needs and budget. They are currently very busy with domestic extensions, which are popular as homeowners maximise the potential of their plot, adding extra living space as well as value to their home. “Whatever we do, whether we’re building a new property or carrying out some internal remodelling, everything is finished to a very high standard.”

Bennett Construction also offers complete project management – liaising with everyone from building control to planning authorities and architects as well as other trades to ensure the project runs smoothly and to schedule, with minimal downtime. “I can run the whole job, which usually makes it cheaper for the customer and removes a great deal of the hassle and stress.”

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Dean’s professional approach includes the provision of a firm quotation, rather than an estimate, as well as written contracts for both parties for larger projects. “Having everything in writing provides additional assurance and peace of mind,” explains Dean “and unless plans or circumstances change within the project I will always stick to my firm price – there are no hidden extras!” If you have a project that you’d like to discuss with Dean, give him a call on 07970 860460 or email


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It is easy to overlook how important a role your lawn plays in environmental matters. It is the unsung hero and I will attempt to change your perception of the amazing grass plant. Lawns act as external ‘air conditioners’ trapping and removing dust, dirt and smoke particles – making the air more breathable. They absorb other air pollutants including the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide which causes acid rain. Lawns control soil erosion by reducing water run-off and capturing soil particles suspended in water. Rainfall is cleansed by lawns as it passes into water courses and replenishes underground supplies. Lawns absorb solar radiation during the daytime, releasing it slowly at night time. Due to its irregular surface it scatters light and radiation reducing glare and solar heat gain in your home. On a sunny summer’s day, temperatures of lawn surfaces can be as much as 5 – 8 degrees C (10 – 14 degrees F) lower than over concrete or asphalt surfaces.

Whilst enjoying your lawn, I hope you can also now appreciate that you are making a significant contribution to a healthy local environment.

Tips for the spring growing season Firstly, the significant amount of rain throughout the winter has leached nutrients from the soil. The application of a balanced, slow release fertiliser will give your lawn the required nourishment to keep it in good health and help resist stress-induced diseases.

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Secondly, the mild winter and warm spring has stimulated weed growth and these should be treated whilst they are growing vigorously. Fewer weeds equals more grass for the summer. I am available to do free assessments on your lawn condition and advise the most appropriate treatment programme to recover or maintain your lawn.

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Kilburn-based Karl Bennett is a skilled and experienced tiling specialist, offering a reliable service for all your domestic floor and wall tiling needs. Karl has been serving the local area for the last ten years, after changing his career and retraining as a tiler. He’s an absolute perfectionist, which shows in his high quality finish. “My motto is ‘if it’s not good enough for me, it’s not good enough for anyone else’ – and trust me, I have high standards!” says Karl. A big believer in preparation, Karl will spend the necessary time ensuring surfaces are 100% ready before commencing the tiling. “The right preparation makes all the difference to the finish.” he explains. Most of his work comes through recommendation from happy customers, who will often use Karl time and time again for projects throughout their home. “I get a great deal of satisfaction from my work – there’s nothing better than seeing a great looking finished project that has been prepared well, executed well, and finished well. Of course it’s very rewarding to receive compliments too!”

Karl’s experience enables him to offer customers advice on the practicality and aesthetics of their tile choice. “Choosing tiles can be difficult, so if you’re not sure I am happy to advise on durability, practicality, and of course how the finished project will look in the room. Everyone’s tastes are different, but sometimes it helps to know the tricks that can affect the visual impact of the tiles.” He can also recommend retailers for the best quality and price. “I can either supply tiles or advise customers on where to shop and give accurate measurements to prevent wastage. I always supply my own materials like adhesive, grout and trim though, so that I can guarantee quality and the best price for the customer!”

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For larger projects, such as bathroom installations, Karl is happy to work with the customer’s own tradespeople, or manage the whole project using his own contacts to supply reputable and reliable plumbers, builders and plasterers. “I can oversee projects to make the process simple and straightforward for the customer – and often more cost-effective too.” For a free, no-obligation quote, contact Karl on 07966 671757 or email

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A Complete Room Design £99 • Free Initial Colour Consultation • Uniquely Created Individual Room Design • Sample Board • 3D Visual Graphics Whether it’s a few new cushions or a complete new room, JLO can design the look you want. We will source all the items needed, and match all the colours. JLO Design can make any items to order and we can provide the tradesmen to do all the work. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy!

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We’ve all heard of “curb appeal” but architectural details can enhance the enjoyment of your home in addition to adding to its value Major renovations are expensive. Architectural details and accents are much more economical. Here are some fundamental considerations with regards to simple architectural changes that can make your home look and feel special. 1. Roofing materials From cedar shakes to slate, they set a home apart from the rest. Some routine maintenance is required, but if properly installed these roofs can be as durable as synthetic shingles with a significantly dramatic appearance. 2. Stone, marble and granite Trend evolves and so does design. We seem to be moving from the aesthetic of granite to the functionality of synthetic surfaces. This is up to you. Once again, what you choose should define how you feel, who you are and the feeling you want to project. 3. Woodwork A house framed in high-grade golden-oak feels secure and cozy; another house with mahogany woodwork in dark reddish-brown tones feels strong and secure. Choose your woods and your stains wisely. They will define how you, your family and your guests feel. 4. Corbels, cornices and columns Whether on the exterior or interior, there are iconic symbols that make a place elegant and special. The key is to pick your spot and discipline where and how you incorporate them into your overall design. 5. Lighting Dramatic, romantic and innovative lighting can create a space that’s comfortable, professional or simply functional. Lighting should vary across a space to complement the function of an area and can also change the mood of an area from one occasion to another. 6. Innovative painting Beyond the base coat is the opportunity to add texture, colors, accents, decals or designs that make a room special, fun or sophisticated. Exterior painting can also create a gingerbread look that sets your house apart. 7. Gutters Gutters that are dented, bent, drooping or simply missing can lead to water damage and indicate a general lack of maintenance. Repair or replace gutters when needed. Pristine gutters are natural accents to many homes including copper as a special plus-up.

8. Sculpted details In metal or natural woods, they can make a room feel like fine furniture. 9. Skylights They invite natural light into a room and are especially desirable for parts of a home that have a northern exposure.

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10. An aquarium An aquarium built into a wall between rooms makes a dramatic and natural statement. Salt-water or fresh-water aquariums offer a dynamic addition to any room that acts as a gathering point for family and friends. 11. Vaulted ceilings They add a sense of space and grandeur to a bedroom, living room or den. Trim can further define the design and highlight the feature. 12. Inlays Inlays in the corner of a hardwood floor bring an elegant richness and warmth to wood. Varying types of wood from burled oak to cherry create an accent that sets any hardwood floor apart from the ordinary. Tile designs also present great options. 13. Windows Rotting or rusting frames are embarrassing and can cause significant problems. Refurbish, refinish or replace any window that appears to be compromised by water. Windows reflect who you are. An upgrade to a bay-window can make a big difference. 14. The Doors Exterior doors create an impression; especially the front door. Don’t play this cheap. Back doors can be inexpensive. Front doors make a statement. Invest in a great looking front door. It’s the first impression of you and your home. 15. Exterior lighting Replace those old, corroded lights. It’s not expensive and it’s easy to do. Shop the sales and look for exterior lights that not only correspond to your home’s decor, but your exterior design. Many of these improvements you can do yourself, or let the professionals handle it. That’s up to you. What’s important to remember is that the details matter and can make a big difference in how you feel about your home and how appealing it can be when you choose to sell it.

By Jackie Lowery, JLo Design If you would like more tips and advice or if you would like to JLo Design to make any changes to you home call Jackie on 07715 562 801 or go to

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As this is our last article for a while we would like to take the opportunity thank all our customers for their support in making this our most successful winter yet! As you know from our previous articles we have applied for, and are proud to say, that we have obtained Woodsure accreditation; this not only makes sure that we work to a national recognised standard, but also ensures that you can have the peace of mind that you are receiving a quality, consistent, ready to use product. Already we are working hard to improve our productivity for next winter as we are, with your help, looking to double our output. Subsequently we already have a good quantity of wood stacked and drying nicely which will be ready for the end of the summer. Worry not, we still have plenty of wood that we are processing to keep us going well into spring time and to keep you all supplied with quality firewood.


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As part of our endeavours to improve our customer service we have ventured forth into the realms of technology by setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts where we are trying to regularly post new information that becomes available to us and keep you informed as to all that is happening at Premier Log Supplies. However, we are still readily available on our good old fashioned telephone number and please do not hesitate to contact us by this method should you have any queries or wish to place an order.

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Premier Log Supplies: To Customers New and Old

Once again we would like to say a big thank you for all your support and custom over the last year.

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Home Brewing Revival Maybe it’s the rubbish they put on the telly these days. Maybe it’s the fact that computer games are, at bottom, all the same. Maybe it’s because pubs are quite expensive now. Who knows? One thing’s for sure, though: crafts and hobbies are making a big comeback.

And not unnaturally, if you’re going to spend all your evenings and weekends bent on the obsessive pursuit of artisanal perfection, you want the end result to be something that you can be proud of and that your friends can enjoy. Marquetry, macramé, sure they’re fine. But nothing beats beer, really; and that’s why home brewing is emerging as one of the most popular hobbies in the country. In days of yore, the main reason why people brewed their own beer was that they were either broke or miserly. Students were the worst offenders, producing vile brews in grimy cupboards that even they could only just force themselves to choke down. Hobbyists who brewed their own would inevitably and gloatingly tell you how much their beer had cost them to brew and would compare it triumphantly to the price of a pint in the pub. “You’d have to be mad to pay that when it costs less than half as much to brew your own!” they would cry, before forcing you to drink some of the stuff. And as soon as you’d managed to escape, guess where you’d head... That’s not it any more, though. These days it’s more to do with lifestyle, and home brewing guru Nigel Sadler puts it down to what he calls the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall effect. Chelmsford-based Nigel runs a training company called Learn2brew and says he’s seen interest in home brewing skyrocket in recent years. “Crafts in general have a much wider appeal now than they used to,” he says. “Home brewing, home winemaking, and home cider making have really taken off. Partly it’s because there are now so many microbrewers that people have the chance to try many different beers and are getting generally more interested in the whole subject. Partly it’s because TV chefs and lifestyle presenters like Hugh


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Because once you’ve mastered the basic techniques the beer world really is your oyster. Fancy a Belgian lambic-style beer, sour and quenching? Or a volcanic barley wine made to a recipe nearly 200 years old? Or just an inexhaustible supply of everyday quaffing beer? You can have it. And you can have all the shiny equipment your heart desires, too – an insulated thermostatically controlled mash tun; a refrigerated stainless-steel conical fermenting vessel with floating lid; even a paraflow! Or, of course, you can just stick with your bucket... That’s the beauty of home brewing: it can be as simple or as advanced as you like.

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sampling different beers. From brewing with kits you venture into trying your own recipes – something stronger and darker for winter, maybe, and paler and more refreshing for summer. Then before you know it you’ll have graduated from using malt extract into buying whole grains (or full mash, as home brewing buffs say), and from there it’s all too easy to get hooked.

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Be readydoes for this. Even though some dirt, disruption What it mean for my new home or PROPERTY MATTERS PROPERTY MATTERS and noise may be necessary, builders should leave the extension?

Advice David McPhee, Advice by by David McPhee In simple terms everything gets thicker! We will site safe and tidy each day and be respectful of your

home and family. I’m thinking of extending my home but have to include increased levels of insulation in Arcitect how do I ensure my project goes smoothly? Architect 3) Getelement; fixed price quotes. every floor, walls, windows and roofs.

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through before you can start building. bedroom can add 12% to the average Fences, Walls and Gates Ensure your designer has the right knowledge and The Building Regulations. You will of need to apply for planning permission if you wish to price your home.

experience, and that he has allowed sufficient time to erect or add to a fence, wall or gate and: design your extension. Whilst shouldn’t getbe this………..the research also used •But, It would over 1 into metre highyou and next each to a overpay, highway are divided several parts covering ifThey the design too low, either has misunderstood by vehicles (orfee theis footpath of suchhe a bathroom highway); or over 2 suggests creating its own some technical aspect of a building’s construction. what your project involves or he values his time too metres high elsewhere; or could increase the average price by asisisthen cheaply. If your designer doesn’t value his knowledge Most years at least one part of the regulations • Your right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates beware why should removed an articleyear 4you? direction a planning or updated and this it’s theorturn of Partcondition; L - energy much-by as 23%! • Your house is a listed building or in the curtilage of a listed

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Laying a new driveway will often require planning matter more and more.

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exactly the same area with brickof pavers may need planning increase in floor area a home adds permission.

Can I use solar panels turbines to 1) Get really detailed set to ofor drawings approximately 5% itswind value. You willa not need planning permission if from a newaor offset my energy losses? properly trained, experienced and insured architect. replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) This defines the worksis and minimises any risk of as The simple answer yes. beware, the surfacing which allows water toBut drain through, such misunderstanding or incorrect As the number ofrating homeowners gravel, permeable concrete blockassumptions. new way the energy ispaving goingortoporous be asphalt; or if the rainwater is directed a lawn or on border to drain prepared to put theirtohomes sale is

calculated ignores “bolt on devices”. naturally. 2) Get 3 quotes fromthese local builders with references extending an existing home ismetres, Iffalling, surface to be covered is should more than five square government has decided to focus on –The athe well connected architect be able to help planning permission will be needed for laying traditional, with this. Check those references! Ask how long the becoming increasingly attractive to reducing consumption by increasing the energy impermeable driveways that do not provide the water to work will take. Define facilities willthe beforavailable efficiency of the builtwhat envelope. It’s green to many. run to a permeable the builder - Toilet? area. Electricity? Water? mantra – Reduce, Re-use, Re-cycle and top

You are very unlikely to be granted planning permission

priority is to don’t reduce. 3) Get a contract. Your architect canquoting prepare this for Many contractors are for drives that comply withstill these conditions. you. But you can do itjob yourself - wemake recommend thejob JCTof Many builders or odd menawho an excellent competitively, while surge in Homeowners it’s very simple butaware contains all laying your newContract, or replacement drive are not of these Watchpoints: regulations. the essential elementsconfirmed and it’s written plainCouncil English. re-mortgages, byinthe Conservatories are still exempt provided:

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3. Youmyth not extend existing central heating urban arose because they are perceived as lightweight 5) Pay ondo time, but don’t your overpay! It’s reasonable to be or even Bebut especially cautious if your conservatory So….if this type of project has been into itfortemporary. asked a deposit, no more than 5% of the contract will extend out more than three metres if you are attached, value. that builders normally ask forgo payment at something been considering or fourAfter metres if you’ve you are detached. If you out sideways fortnightly intervals. should give youofa the list house. of what this must be less thanHe 50% of the width Resources: then take advantage of the free initial he’s asking you to pay for. metres If the work the listridge has been Height is restricted to four or theon existing height The Planning Portal done pay promptly, yourby builder may needgarden, cash flow consultation offered of thethen dwelling. Area is restricted toDavid 50% ofMcPhee your You can access all the latest parts of the building to finish But if the has nothave beeneaten done and any your shedsproject. or greenhouses etcwork may already Architect. into this 50%the allowance. then reduce amount it is complete. regulations here … oruntil of course, consult your local chartered architect.

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I need to lie down in a darkened room. We have just returned from taking the kids for a ‘treat’ – a trip to a famous toy store (you know the one, the back to front letter is obviously a coded warning). We set off what feels like days ago (apparently it was just a couple of hours), along with purses full of saved up pocket/birthday/Christmas money, and most of our sanity. We have returned with no money, sanity in shreds, a pink guitar, a toy dog, yet another Star Wars figure, something that flashes and makes a lot of noise for no apparent reason, and a tiny plastic penguin. I left my will to live somewhere in aisle 3. There had been considerable excitement in anticipation of this trip (from them; less so from my side – the memory of last year’s trip had faded but not been totally erased). The past few days have involved much research into the toys they may buy, as well as a fair bit of brainwashing from TV advertising. They’d each counted their pennies and knew how much they had to ‘invest’. We set off in high spirits and during the 20 minute car journey they changed their minds several times about what they’d buy. However, once they set foot in the store, all planning went straight out of the window. They stood, looking in awe at the huge banks of all their favourite toys: Lego stacked to the ceiling (which, when you’re viewing it from quite close to the floor, is jaw-dropping); soft toys piled high and three times the size of a small child; the latest computer consoles and games, making last year’s models look like museum pieces. After a few seconds’ pause to take all this in, they were off. “Can we look over here, Mum?”, “Mum, have I got enough for this one... two... no, three of these?”, “Mum, look what this does, it’s amazing!”, “MUUUUUMMMM!!! LOOOOOK!!! I’ve ALWAYS wanted this!” The initial excitement was all good fun. Seeing their little faces light up as they made

discoveries about all the ‘life-changing’ goodies on offer was great. But, after half an hour or so, we did have to start thinking about making a decision. I ventured the question “So, what would you like to spend your money on?” and the panic set in. The realisation struck that they had to choose just one or two of these amazing toys, and that the money in their purses imposed a very real limit on this. My daughter’s approach was to maximise her spending potential. She looked for offers, bargains, anything that meant she could get more for her money – but she also wanted to spend everything she could, down to the very last penny (hence the tiny plastic penguin). Trying to find things that a) she liked, b) were a bargain and c) added up to the exact total of the money in her purse, took forever.

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In the meantime, my son had fallen for the most expensive little dog I have ever seen. It must have been a pedigree. He’d never expressed a desire for a little dog before, but he was prepared to blow half of his budget on it and no amount of persuasion could change his mind. And then, because you can never leave a toy shop without a Star Wars figure (most of them already reside under his bed), came the task of finding one of the few Jedi he hasn’t already got, for less than the price of a collie. I had to subsidise this, just to get out of the place. All of this involved every ounce of my patience, a lot of negotiation, much explanation about money and value, and several near-to-tears moments (not just from the kids). They, thankfully, have arrived home happy. I am physically and mentally exhausted. I used to love shopping...

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Local History: Letters from the Battlefield, 1914-18

It will not have escaped your notice that commemorations for the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War are underway.

I hope that we will not be suffering from “battle fatigue” by 2018! However, it provides an opportunity to look in detail at the profound effect that the conflict had on our society. It will help present and future generations become aware of the selfless courage and devotion to duty of the armed forces abroad, and of those working on the home front to sustain the fighting troops and keep industry functioning. Communications is one area that has seen immense change. It is difficult to realise the importance of the postal service in 1914 when mobile telephones, television and the internet did not exist. People wrote letters to each other, sometimes every day, and deliveries and collections of the post were made several times daily. Soldiers at the front also saw writing home as a regular task, and the Post Office organisation responded to make this possible. The mail to the troops on the battlefield was as much of a priority as ammunition supplies were. Morale was improved by the receipt of a letter from someone at home. Special large sorting offices were set up in London and France, and field post offices close to the front lines sorted the post into bags for regimental companies and platoons. Each unit collected their letters every day and took them to the trenches for distribution to the soldiers. It was estimated that from London to trench took about two days, and twelve and a half million letters were delivered each week. In return, precious notes, written in pencil on flimsy paper by the soldiers, were sent home and treasured by their families. Some time ago, this Society was given a collection of correspondence between members of a Belper farming family, which we are cataloguing into the archive collection. There are many letters from a son serving in France who was sadly killed in 1916, and others from one who survived that war and served in the next. We intend to exhibit material from our collection as part of the commemorations for the Great War.


Our April talk will be on a similar theme, when Clive Tougher talks about “One Man’s War”, illustrated by some letters from a soldier at the front. Clive was Education Officer for the Sherwood Foresters’ Museum. Belper Historical Society arranges talks which are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm at St John’s Heritage Centre. All are welcome, and there is a charge of £1.50 for visitors which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the talks for the rest of the season have had to be re-arranged as follows: “One Man’s War” by Clive Tougher on April 2nd; “Old Photographs of Belper” by Adrian Farmer on May 7th; “Belper Channels: Town Paths and Rights of Way” by John Morrissey and Brian Deer on June 4th; “Fairground Art” by Neil Calladine on July 2nd. Members of the Historical Society work on the Society’s archive at St John’s Heritage Centre, The Butts, Belper on the last Saturday of the month between 9.30 and 12 noon. If you have any queries or items to discuss, or just wish to look around the oldest building in Belper and the displays there, we will be pleased to see you. Entry is by the south porch door, and the car park is accessed from St John’s Road.

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The Cromford Canal

The Cromford Canal Company was inaugurated in 1789 and sold in 1852; in its 62 years of existence was it a commercial success? The share capital for the canal was £46,000 sold in £100 shares, sold only to the great and good of Derbyshire. After some initial problems in the construction of the canal - it partially opened in 1792 and fully opened in 1794 - the subscribers soon started to see a return on their investment. The first recorded payment of a dividend was on 24th June 1802 when £6 per share was paid. There are then no recorded payments of dividends until 1812 when £14 per share was paid. The records between 1800 and 1812 are incomplete but it is likely that payments were made during this period. From 1812 to the sale of the canal in 1852 an average dividend of £16 per share was paid. The minimum payment in these years was £8 in 1813, peaking to £28 in 1841. The financial success of the company owed much to the calibre and integrity of the management committee appointed annually by the General Assembly. Several members served for many years, often under the Chairmanship of one of the Gells of Hopton. When the canal was first proposed William Jessop stated that this was a “Proposition pregnant with Public Benefit”. Before the cutting of the canal, goods could only be transported by roads which were in poor repair and the costs were high. The advent of the canal increased dramatically the volume of goods transported and at a greatly reduced cost. There are few records of the volume of coal transported prior to the building of the canal but in 1802-3 some 111,763 tons of coal were transported on the canal rising to 210,798 tons in 1840-1. The total volume of goods transported in 1802-3 was 154,775 tons rising to a peak of 320,571 tons in 1840-1. Revenue for the company was from tolls, which in 1802-3 amounted to £5,780 and in 1840-1 £12,086. A broad average per ton for both periods was £9, not much inflation in those days.

The opening of the canal resulted in the opening of many coal mines in the Erewash Valley, providing much employment. As well as many mines, the canal also served the iron furnaces, limestone and gritstone quarries, lead works, cotton mills and a hat factory.


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Everything and anything was transported, including people. In 1797 a Mr Redfern ran a packet boat between Nottingham and Cromford, charging five shillings for the best cabin and three shillings for the second cabin. In 1800 Mr Mathew Hopkins ran a “Common Boat” to carry small consignments and parcels. In the canal records such goods were referred to as sundries and were the second largest by weight carried on the canal. By this time the canal network had expanded such that goods could be transported economically to almost anywhere in the country. It is true to say that the “Public Benefit” prediction was achieved. Competition from the ever expanding railway network and a severe reduction of the dividends paid to shareholders, due to this competition, persuaded the company to seek a buyer. After much negotiation the company was sold in 1852 to the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway – that became the Midland Railway – for £103,500. For a company, with a share capital of £46,000, this seemed to be a good deal. To answer the question, “was it a commercial success?” the answer must be yes! To find out more about the Cromford Canal, its history and plans for its restoration go to The Friends of the Cromford Canal website,

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Your Horoscope April and May 2014 The Cosmos during April and May April: is likely to be a turbulent month; the planets present great challenges in the sky which will reflect on severe challenges here on earth. The main themes are the continued urge for freedom and openness clashing with dominance and secrecy. Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars confront each other with a volatile mix of power, freedom, expansion and aggression, which will peak around the 22nd of the month with a grand cross formation of these four planets in the heavens. Two eclipses will also bring matters to a head with a total eclipse on the 15th and then the Solar eclipse at the end of the month on the 29th. Difficult though this month may turn out to be, the need for equality and change is great and hopefully some good will come out of the turmoil. The relationship and love planet Venus moves into Pisces on the 6th, this placement can be looked upon as very positive for kindness, consideration and compassion. May: Continues the theme of unpredictability, challenge and explosive energy, with the urge for freedom and openness still clashing with dominance and secrecy. Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars continue to confront each other in the heavens with the grand cross formation. The powerful agenda of a volatile mix of power, freedom, expansion and aggression remains. Things may lighten up after the 8th as Mercury moves into Gemini, the sign of communication and dialogue. The Sun is in the constructive sign of Taurus and this practical energy can be used beneficially to get new projects off the ground. Taurus is also the sign of nature and many will benefit from getting outdoors and enjoying the pleasures of the natural world. Mars, the warrior planet, has been in retrograde motion since the beginning of March – at last forward motion begins on the 20th and energy levels will begin to return to normal

ARIES: MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 April could turn out to be quite introspective and reflective for usually outgoing and gregarious Aries. The full moon on the 15th in your opposite sign of Libra demands that you take time out to review your relationships. For the best results, you need to be cautious and stay adaptable. May: After the 20th Mars, your ruler, moves into direct motion and any plans that have been held back over the last few months can begin to gather momentum. You can now put your energy into money making schemes. Stern Saturn in your financial area keeps you in touch with reality. TAURUS: APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Venus, your ruling planet, moves from logical and detached Aquarius into compassionate and romantic Pisces on the 6th. You may need to take a complete break from responsibilities and demands of family and friends. Take time out to nurture and pamper yourself. May: Three days into the month your ruler Venus moves into fiery and passionate Aries, putting your friends and all sociable activities into the spotlight. You also question old belief patterns as you learn new things. Allow your cosmic gifts of practical creativity to come to the forefront. GEMINI: MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Venus moves into a pivotal position in your chart on the 6th. Your goals and ambitions are in the spotlight and a cherished dream that you have had for some time could now come to fruition. Expansive Jupiter is well placed in the financial sector of your chart, bringing golden opportunities your way. May: Indicates that sweeping change is imminent as you try out new forms of communication and a ‘brand new you’ comes into focus. Mercury, your ruler, is in your sign from the 8th bringing the potential for improvements to your social life. Seize your chances and have fun. CANCER: JUNE 22 - JULY 22 The grand cross aspect pattern brings up all sorts of questions concerning your relationships, your career and the way you come across to others. Although it is a positive month for moving forward, you need to stay totally attuned to your inner self and not let yourself be swayed by strong personalities around you. May: Holds some brilliant opportunities and potential for expanding your social and business networks into areas where you can flourish. Mighty Jupiter, strong in your sign, challenges you to take up creative projects and make fresh starts. Doubts and fears can now be put aside. LEO: JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Your ruler, the Sun, forms a powerful connection with the boisterous planet Uranus early this month. Excitement and innovation are the themes for April. New ideas can really get underway as Mercury, the planet of communication moves into the pioneering and forthright sign of Aries on the 8th. May: Draws your attention to your goals and ambitions. The radiant Sun and communicative Mercury highlight a pivotal point of your chart, urging you to explore all angles and possibilities. Follow your enthusiasm and curiosity and you’ll find doors are suddenly opening for you. VIRGO: AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Communicative Mercury, your ruling planet, moves to a powerful position on the 8th. Your mind is sharp and some financial issues may need re-examining and rearranging. It’s a good time to capitalise on professional matters as people around you will be very receptive to your plans, the 14th is a key date.


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LIBRA: SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 The full moon on the 15th brings your partnerships and relationships into the spotlight leaving you feeling quite challenged to keep life on an even keel. Try not to burden yourself with too many obligations to others. Venus, your ruler, moves into Pisces on the 6th bringing great opportunities for creative thinking and new plans. May: The warrior planet Mars has been in retrograde motion in your sign since March, slowing so many things down and bringing annoying setbacks. After the 20th it’s all systems go as you regain your sense of adventure and innovative projects, plans and possibilities start to appear.


May: Brings up some unanswered questions and the chance for total re-orientation. Financial issues that have been on hold since March can now resume momentum as Mars turns direct. Don’t rush to sort things out; the full moon on the 14th brings opportunities and offers you hadn’t thought of..

SCORPIO: OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 The disciplinarian planet Saturn remains in your sign and forms a stunning aspect to communicative Mercury this month. New prospects should abound, making it the perfect time to strike while the iron is hot. You’ll be able to turn personal or professional situations to your advantage. May: Relationships are in the spotlight during May as the Sun and Mercury occupy your opposite sign of Taurus. You may feel the need to break free from the old ways of doing things, but do keep an open mind as wonderful opportunities for growth and development are available to you this month. SAGITTARIUS: NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 April is an innovative month for Sagittarius. Your ruler, the mighty Jupiter, is favourably placed creating lots of energy for expanding your horizons. Be sure to pay attention to detail with any new projects as this will be crucial to your long term success. The 15th is favoured for social interaction. May: Puts the emphasis on love, relationships and creativity as Venus moves into passionate Aries on the 3rd. Spending time with close friends and family is also well favoured. Your generosity of spirit has much to offer and you should feel more confident and powerful than ever before. CAPRICORN: DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 Communication and social and professional interaction are the highlights for Capricorns this month. Mercury makes a marvellous connection with your ruling planet Saturn, allowing exciting opportunities to come your way. Venus moves to Pisces on the 6th, shedding light on romantic matters that could get serious. May: Your home and domestic situation feature strongly during May as you question your purpose and your values. Venus, in dreamy Pisces, allows rewarding and relaxing moments to surface and your creativity is at an all-time high. The full moon on the 14th brings interesting people into your life. AQUARIUS: JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Under current planetary trends your financial matters come to the forefront giving you a much clearer focus for planning ahead. The Sun travelling thorough Aries and connecting with Uranus, your ruling planet, bring you drive and energy for new ideas. The new moon on the 29th brings your home into focus. May: Ensures that positive communication is emphasised, particularly after the 3rd as Venus changes signs. Involvements with new networks and new study programmes will fire your enthusiasm and your interest. Try to remain open to all possibilities and utilise your talents to the full. PISCES: FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Your personal charm and charisma are at an all-time high this month, particularly after the 6th as the love planet Venus moves into your sign. Your intuitive powers are also enhanced and as Venus moves to connect with deeply sensitive Neptune around the 11th, romantic matters could come to a head. May: Venus leaves your sign on the 2nd bringing financial affairs to the forefront. Stay open and alert to all possibilities as it is a good time to make creative changes. Jupiter ensures that your personal charm and popularity remain high, go with the flow as exciting opportunities appear.

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Friendship Blooms Show your appreciation for a fellow member of the community; it may be a friend, a family member or maybe someone you’ve come into contact with who Sue Hopkins, provides a wonderful service The Flower Shop or who works hard to make a difference. Let All Things Local surprise them with a fresh bouquet of flowers. All Things Local has joined forces with Sue Hopkins (pictured) from The Flower Shop in Horsley Woodhouse, to offer readers the chance to show their appreciation for a fellow member of the community.

The recipient of this issue’s bouquet is Helen Pope of Horsley Woodhouse, nominated by her mum Hilary Pope. Here’s what Hilary wrote: “I would like to nominate my daughter Helen for the ‘Friendship Blooms’. I lost my lovely mum last April after a long battle with dementia and breast cancer. Helen has been a wonderful support to me, both prior to mum’s death, staying overnight at The Royal with mum until we could get back from holiday to look after her, and since April she has been a terrific support to both me and my husband. I don’t know how I would have got through these past few months without her cheerful smile, sunny disposition and enduring love for us. Thank you Helen.” Hilary Pope Nominate someone to receive the next bouquet. All you have to do is state, in no more than 100 words, who you are nominating. Include their address and the reasons why you are nominating them. You can nominate more than one person if they are living/working at the same address… and remember – flowers don’t just have to be for women! The only rule is that the person receiving the flowers must live or work in the distribution area of All Things Local Village Edition (listed on front cover). Just write your nomination on a piece of paper and send to Friendship Blooms,


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Upbeat Every neighbourhood in Derbyshire has a Safer Neighbourhood policing team, made up of police officers and PCSOs who work alongside other local agencies to make sure your area is a safe and pleasant place to live, work and visit. One of the key priorities for your Safer Neighbourhood policing team is to target anti-social behaviour. On average, across the Amber Valley, police receive approximately 100 calls per week about anti-social behaviour. As evenings get lighter, and during school holidays, this can sometimes increase.

What is anti-social behaviour? Anti-social behaviour can be classed as anything from low-level persistent nuisance to serious public disturbance. It is behaviour which can cause nuisance and annoyance, is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, can create significant and persistent problems in neighbourhoods, or leave communities feeling intimidated and afraid. Examples of anti-social behaviour include: • Noise nuisance • Criminal damage, vandalism, graffiti • Intimidation/harassment • Litter/rubbish, fouling of public areas, fly tipping • Drug or alcohol misuse and drug dealing • Nuisance motorcycles • Misuse of fireworks This is not an exhaustive list, but the key issue is the impact they have on victims, witnesses and our local community. So, what is not classed as anti-social behaviour? Here are some questions which help to explain what is not classed as anti-social behaviour: Q. What if young people are hanging out on the street? A. Ask yourself, are they really doing anything wrong? If not then it is probably not anti-social behaviour. Children should be allowed to play safely, and young people talk to each other, within reason. Q. What if kids are playing football in the street or riding around on their bikes and I find it annoying? A. It is not against the law to play in the street. Often issues can be resolved by talking to your neighbours. Q. My neighbour has a BBQ in the garden to celebrate his birthday every year. I find the noise and the smoke from the BBQ very annoying. Is it classed as anti-social behaviour? A. It would only be an example of anti-social behaviour if the behaviour were persistent rather than a ‘one-off’ every year.


What to do if there is a problem: The police and other agencies, including the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership and Derbyshire County Council, will always take positive action to deal with anti-social behaviour. Before you report an anti-social problem though, it is worth considering if there is anything you can do to sort out the issue, providing it is not too serious. Talking to the person and making them aware that they are causing a nuisance can sometimes be enough to stop the problem, especially if they just don’t realise their actions are disturbing you. Once aware, they may be willing to change their behaviour so that the problem stops. If you think that speaking to them might help, here are a few tips on how to approach the person: • Try to stay calm and friendly • Explain what the problem is, how you feel and how it affects you • Listen to the other person and try not to interrupt them • Try not to shout, even if the other person does. Try to stay in control and not be abusive • Having listened to each other’s views, try to reach an agreement • If the person is being unreasonable, abusive or aggressive, then leave the discussion If the problem continues once you have tried talking to the person, or if the problem is so serious that you don’t want to confront them, then you should report it to the appropriate agency for help. How do I report it? Anti-social behaviour problems can be reported to your local housing provider, council or the police. The agency that you need to report it to depends on the nature of the problem and those involved. The Safer Derbyshire website can help you to find the appropriate agency for your concern, visit: Remember, your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team are always on hand to help. If officers are unable to resolve your concern, then they may have advice on which agency to turn to. To contact your team or report anti-social behaviour to Derbyshire police call 101, except in an emergency (where a crime is in progress or life is at risk) when the number is always 999. For more information about your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, or to email them, visit the website:

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As a local charity working primarily in the Amber Valley area for over 30 years our services have become a lifeline for many people; by supporting them to regain their independence and providing encouragement and motivation they are able to achieve their goals and aspirations. To continue providing much needed services to those in our community we need your help to raise money or volunteer to help sustain and expand our existing services.

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Belper District 50+ Forum Nailers Function Room, The Triangle, Belper. Quarterly open meetings. Various themes relating to over 50’s and work with schools and care homes. Ann Homar 01773 829556.


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

1st Alton Manor Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scout group – More details from Group Scout Leader Darren Barnes: 01773 880019.

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

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Belper Historical Society Talks programme on first Weds of the month at St John’s Heritage Centre, The Butts at 7.30pm. Email or call 01332 880600.

1st Belper Scout Group Belper Lane, Belper. For boys and girls 6 to 14. Group scout leader Sandra Nix: 01773 829373.

Belper Hope Café and open mic Salvation Army Hall, Belper Market Place, Sunday 7pm to 9pm. Quiz. David Howarth: 07726 694618.

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

Belper Junior Musical Theatre Singing group for 7+ years. Meet on Wednesdays at the former Strutt’s School on the corner of Gibfield Lane, Belper, 6pm - 7.15pm. Call: 01332 881766.

4th Belper Scout Group Central Methodist Chapel, Chapel Street, Belper. For boys and girls 6 to 14. Group scout leader Roland Jakes: 01773 827626. Alzheimers Society Belper Carers Support Group First Wednesday of each month, 7pm-9pm at Belper Cottage, Chapel Street, Belper DE56 7FG (opposite the bus station) Info: Isobel Barker 01332 208845 or email: Aroma Run by Belper Community Church at The Greyhound Inn on Whitemoor Lane. 3rd Sat each month 10.30am. Free cake & coffee. Quiz & chat. Families welcome. Tel:Henry Ford 01773 828619. Baby Sensory Baby development classes at the Lion Hotel, Belper. Every Friday at 10am. Call Claire on 07967 485855 or email to book your free trial. Baby Yoga Suitable from 8 weeks old to crawling. Belper Community Hall Thursdays 9.45am - 11am, 6 week courses run during term time only. Small class sizes mean limited places. To book or for further information please contact Laurie Lowe at Little Sage yoga tel: 07545 479693 email: or visit Badger Explorer Scout Unit Christ Church, Bridge Street, Belper. Teenagers, male and female, 14 to 18. Explorer leader Paul Maddison: 01773 880422. Belper Aiwakai Karate Club Training for all ages and abilities at Belper Leisure Centre John O’Gaunts Way, Belper on Fridays at 6.30pm. The general club finishesat 7.45pm followed by advanced session running until 8.30pm. Dave Johnson 01773 856245. Belper Art Group Meet at Strutt’s Centre, Derby Road, Belper, every Thursday 7pm to 9pm in Room 19. All abilities welcome. Belper Bicycle Club Meet 1st Monday in every month (apart from Bank Holidays) at the Strutt Club, Campbell Street, Belper 7pm. New members welcome of all ages who are interested in cycle racing, either to compete for the team or as social members. Website or Jonathan Marshall 01773 829590. Belper Buggies Walking/fitness group. Meet at the bandstand at Belper River Gardens 1.30pm on Wednesdays. Free session. Contact: Sam Draper 07891 571488.

Belper Meadows Bowls Club Belper Meadows, off Bridge Street, Belper. More details from secretary Graham Sheldon 01773 827548, or New members welcome. Belper Meadows Tennis Club Meet behind Christ Church, off A6, The Triangle. Adult social nights Tuesdays and Thursdays. New members of all ages and abilities welcome. Belper Model Railway Group Strutt’s Centre, Derby Road, Belper (opposite Babington Hospital), Wednesdays 7pm to 10pm. Details from Stephen Shepherd (secretary) at tel no: 01283 703300. Belper Musical Theatre Musical theatre shows performed every February and singing concerts performed at intervals throughout the year. Meet 7.30pm on Wednesdays at former Strutt’s School on the corner of Gibfield Lane, Belper Call: 01332 881766. Belper Players Mondays at Strutt Centre, Derby Road and Thursdays at Lion Hotel, Bridge Street at 7:30pm. Wanting new members – actors, backstage and front of house. Secretary Joyce Towle: 01335 370827. Belper Singers Chamber choir of 24 voices, repertoire includes sacred and secular works, mostly unaccompanied. Vacancies for experienced tenors and basses. Rehearsals Wednesdays, 8pm to 10pm, Congregational Church, off Green Lane, Belper, DE56 1DB. or call 01773 852835. Belper Social Club for the Disabled Every second Wednesday at The Whitemoor Centre, John O’Gaunts Way, Belper, 7.30pm. Barbara Pickering: 01773 823803. Belper Stroke Club Belper Leisure Centre, off Kilbourne Road, Belper, 2pm to 4pm on alternative Tuesdays. 01773 824804. Belper Sub-Aqua Club Belper Leisure Centre, off Nottingham Road, Belper, every Wednesday 8pm to 9pm - scuba training for beginners. Tony Slator 01773 825137.

Belper Cadets Parade on Monday & Wednesday 18.45 to 21.00 at the Drill Hall, Clusters Road, Belper (near Long Row School) Open to all young people 12-18. Contact Darron Moody 07921 501981.

Belper Tae Kwon-Do School Belper Leisure Centre, Kilbourne Road, Belper. New beginner classes, age 4 and above, Saturday 9.30am to 10.30am; Wednesday 5.15pm to 6.30pm. New beginner adult classes, Sunday 7.30pm to 9pm, and Wednesday 8pm to 9.30pm. 4th Dan, Karl Duro: 07946 593363.

Belper Chess Club Every Wednesday at The Old Kings Head, Days Lane, Belper. Start time 7.30pm. Secretary R Harrison Tel: 01773 824885 or 07970 809502 e-mail:

Belper Thursday Club Belper Community Hall, Bridge Street, Belper. Alternate Thursdays. Social meetings for retired ladies and gents. £1.50 admission. Call: 01773 825619.

Belper Civic Forum Civic association for Belper parish (including Milford) particularly concerned with planning, services, town improvement and heritage matters.Email or Roger Shelley 01773 829176 Belper Community Church Meets twice a month at Whitemoor Centre 10.30am Sundays on John O’Gaunts Way. Modern Church for all ages. Tel: Henry Ford 01773 828619. Belper Countryside Joggers Jog Derbyshire group. Meets on Belper Lane across from the Talbot Hotel. Mondays at 7.45pm (beginners), Thursdays at 7.30pm (intermediates). Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club Belper Congregational Church, Green Lane, Belper. Concerts on 3rd Saturday monthly. Social evenings on alternate Thursdays 7pm to 10pm at Belper Heritage Centre. Nigel Dawes: 01773 827204.


Belper Krav Maga Academy Belper Leisure Centre, Kilbourne Road, Belper. Martial Arts club; train on Mondays & Fridays 8.30pm to 9.30pm both nights. Details on

Belper Toy Library The Bungalow, Belper School, John O’Gaunts Way, Belper DE56 1RZ All Welcome to Come Play & Take Away - “Stay & Play” Session 1.30 - 4pm £2.50 entry fee includes craft activity, refreshments, 1 free toy hire. Lifetime membership is £5.00. School, Group & Child-minder membership also available upon request. E-Mail: Over 2,000 toys available for hire visit or contact mobile 07528 165120 or 0845 310 2738. Belper Town Wind Band Methodist Church Hall, Openwoodgate, Belper, on Tuesdays, 7.15pm. Brass and wind instrument players any age, average to good abilities, welcome. Gaynor Lovett: 01332 881875. Belper U3A Self help social and education group for retired people. Open meetings on 1st Friday of the month. 10am at Strutt’s, Derby Road, Belper. New members welcome. Roma (01773) 821499. Belper WI Meet 1st Tuesday of the month at Congregational Church, Green Lane, Belper, 7.15pm. President Joan Blower 01773 853862; Secretary Lynda Foulk 01773 827256.

Bereavement Support Group The Cottage Project, Chapel Street, Belper every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 10am to 12noon. 01773 880364. Bumps and Babes Group For new and expectant parents every Monday 10-11.30am in the Belper Community Hall. BYTE (Belper Youth Theatre) Drama & Performance Arts for 11 to 16 year olds at Long Row School, Belper, on Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm. Call 01773 828724. Cheerleading Classes Belper Leisure Centre, for ages 5 and over, Saturday 10.20am 11.20am. Classes also in Heanor and Smalley. Full details from Nicky Horton: 07748 148626. Chevin Probus Club For retired professional/businessmen in Belper, Duffield, Little Eaton and surrounding area. Meet at 10.30am for coffee on third Monday each month at Lion Hotel, Bridge Street Belper for talks/lunches, 11am. Occasional trips out for members and partners. Eric Allen: 01773 823105. Community Crafts Card-making classes at Belper Community Hall, Bridge Street, alternate Thursdays 10am to 12noon. £5 per session. Kelly Austin: 01773 763841, or Dalesmen Male Voice Choir of Belper Practice at the old Herbert Strutt School, Strutt’s Centre, Derby Road, Belper, 7.30pm Mondays. New members welcome, or just sit and listen. Paul: 01773 748986. Derbyshire Children’s Centre Alder Road, Belper. For a guide to free activities in the area, call 01773 826651 or e-mail for further details. Diddi Dance Pre-school dance group at Belper Community Hall, Bridge Street, Belper. Meet on Thursdays 9.30am to 10.15am for children 16 months to school age. No classes at Christmas. Debi Walker: 07805 784445 or Fibro Lifestyle Informal self-help support group for people with Fibromyalgia. Meetings held last Tuesday of each month. Info: Brenda 01773 827019. Fleet Arts The Fleet, Belper. A local charity delivering high quality arts opportunities within the community. Rooms for hire including Music Rehearsal space at very reasonable rates. Details: 01773 820484, Email or visit Fleet Indoor Bowls Belper Would love to see new members at our very laid back, friendly club. Monday evenings. Average age 50+ but all ages considered. Phone: Annette 01773 824945. Folk Friendzy Traditional Dancing for youngsters 5-19 years old at Belper Community Hall (behind Belper Library, Bridge Street, Belper.) Saturdays 9am to 12.30pm. Also at Fleet Arts Centre, The Fleet, Belper on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 9pm. New dancers welcome. 01773 743741.

Pregnancy Yoga The Purple Lotus Yoga Studio, North Mill, Belper Wednesdays: 6pm-7.30pm. Breathing, relaxation, and gentle stretching with experienced pregnancy yoga teacher/NHS midwife. Alison Talbot 07877 970112; Reiki Share Group For Reiki Level 1 or above. Meets last Fri of month at Fleet Arts, Belper. 7pm-9.30pm. New members welcome. Info: Judy 07875 367270. Ronin Budo Karate Club Training on Tuesday 7.30-8.30pm & Thursday 7-8pm at Belper Strutts Centre. More info: Call Charles Spring 07980 639437 or go to or email: Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield Monday evening 7.30pm at the Lion Hotel, Bridge Street. Info: or Nick Blurton 01773 824607.

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

Rough Truffles Community Choir Singing songs from around the world. Choir is open to everyone, regardless of experience, ability or confidence. No auditions, songs are taught by ear, so no need to read music. Meet upstairs at the Queens Head pub, Chesterfield Road, Belper, every Monday at 8.00pm. All welcome. Details: Royal British Legion(Belper) Club Strutt Street, Belper. Entertainment every Saturday evening from 8.30pm. Also alternate Tuesday evenings from 8.30pm. More info: 01773 822151 Everyone welcome. You don’t have to be ex-military to join. Royal British Legion, Women’s Section Royal British Legion, Strutt Street, Belper, last Wednesday each month, speaker, 7.15pm. Also, day after at 10am is a coffee morning with raffle and stalls. New members welcome. 01773 826691. Scottish Dancing Hazelwood Village Hall, Hazelwood. Opens mid-Sept. Details from Robert Bee 01629 822476 Shamanic Journeying Group Meet 3rd Friday of the month. St Johns Chapel, The Butts, Belper 7pm – 10pm Contact Pat Dunnicliffe or Del woods on 01332 880984 Info: Shape Fitness Strutt’s Centre, Mondays 7.30pm. Pilates with fitness, come and join the fun. Contact Dawn 07917 728912. Star Roles After-School Drama Club at Fleet Arts For children aged 6 to 11 yrs. Fridays 4.30-6pm term time only. Contact: 01773 880479 or 07760 376467. Strutts Centre Ltd Derby Road, Belper. A thriving community centre run entirely by volunteers. If you wish to hire a space or want more details of the many varied activities held here, ring Strutts on 01773 599993 or visit websites or The Chevin Singers Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper, term time Tuesday 10am to 12noon. Unaccompanied singing. No need to read music or have any singing experience. £3 per session. Call 01773 822253 or just turn up at Strutts.

Friends of Belper Parks A community group who holds events and work parties to improve and maintain Belper Parks. See website or ring Dave 01773 824743.

The Drop Inn Centre Independent Youth Centre & Charity Advice, support & alternative education for young people Open: Mon 4.30pm - 9.30pm, Tues 6pm - 8pm, Thurs 7pm 9.30pm. More info: Andrea Fox 07960 576257 email:

Friends of Belper River Gardens Organising concerts, events and taking part in working parties to make use of and help improve Belper’s unique Edwardian riverside gardens. Trevor 01773 821920

TinyTalk Baby Sign Language Class, Tuesdays 10am to 11am in term time. Christ Church, Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1BA. Details from Dawn Holt, 01332 781059,

Genus (Belper District) Scout Network For boys and girls 18-25. Contact network leader Adam Thompson 01332 841744; email or visit

Toddler Group Every Wednesday 10-11.30am in the Belper Community Hall

Goryukan Belper Aikido Club Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper DE56 1UU, Tuesday & Thursday nights. Contact Henry Sensei on 07538-757073/Email:

Transition Belper Community organisation and charity working towards a low carbon local economy. Meet at 7.30pm first Tuesday of each month at Strutt’s Community Centre, Derby Road, Belper. See or email Phone: 07773 667316.

L D Camera Club Meet alternative Tuesdays at the Conservative Club, Campbell Street, Belper, 8pm. T Swift: 01773 853437.

Tuesday Club St Mark’s Church Hall, Openwoodgate, Belper, alternate Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Socials, speakers, trips for active retired 55+ ladies and gents and is non-denominational. 01773 820664 or 01773 747195.

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

Twistin’ Tots Belper Community Hall, Bridge Street, Belper. Tuesdays 9.45am-11.45am, Music and Play session and 2pm-3pm, Music session. For babies 0 to 5 years. Jacqui: 07977 578359.

Meditation Group Belper Unitarian Chapel, Field Row off Green Lane. Every 2nd Wednesday 7.45-9.15pm. All welcome – no experience necessary. Andy Phillips 01773 823160 or

Umbrella – Parent/Carer’s Support Group Meet second Thursday of the month @ Strutts, Derby Road, Belper (opposite Babington Hospital) 10.00am – 12pm. More details: Alisha 01332 785658

Parent & Toddler Group at Fleet Arts Every Thursday from 10am to 12pm. All Welcome. Playball Multi-Sport Coaching Session at Fleet Arts For children aged 2 to 4 yrs. Fridays 1.30-2.45pm term time only. Contact: 07935 600027.

Walking for Health Meet at Babington Clinic, Derby Road, Belper (or occasionally at Belper Train Station) on Wednesday 10am. Free walk led by trained volunteer walk leaders. Call Tor Pitts on 01283 563483 or 07977 439309. Belper Beginners Walk. Meet outside Belper Clinic, Babington Hospital. Wednesdays 2.00pm.


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

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

Yoga Classes Whitemoor Medical Centre, Whitemoor Lane, Belper. Tuesday, 5.50pm to 6.50pm. Gentle Yoga, Thursday 9am to 10.30am. Book with Rachel Jennings: 01332 780580.

Kyleburn Historical Society Kilburn Baptist Chapel Schoolroom, Highfield Road, Kilburn, every third Thursday, 7.30pm. Speakers. Chairman. Keith Staley: 01332 881853.

Yoga Classes The Purple Lotus Yoga Studio, North Mill, Belper Mondays: 7pm-8.30pm, Tuesdays: 9.45-11.15am, and Wednesdays: 7.45-9.15pm Alison Talbot 07877 970112;

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

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. 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 Intermediate Adults Dance Classes Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Latin American and Ballroom, Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Patricia Cooke: 01332 660837. Kilburn Christian Fellowship Meet in Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn, 5pm to 6pm on the second Sunday of each month, refreshments. All ages welcome. Godfrey: 01332 781200 Kilburn Community Choir A time of singing and fun, no experience needed. Hunters Arms, Kilburn. 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 7-8.30pm. Info: Cathy 07986 450580. 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.


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

Duffield 1st Duffield Scout Group For boys & girls aged 6 to 14 at Scout HQ, Hall Farm Road, Duffield. Group Scout Leader Alan Hudson: 01332 840377. Adult Yoga and Meditation Term time only: Mon at Meadows School, Park Road, Duffield . 7pm – 7.30pm Meditation followed by Yoga 7.30 – 9pm. Thurs: Yoga 1.15 – 2.30pm Duffield Scout Hall, Hall Farm Road. Info: Anita 01332 842070. Amber Painting Group Friendly Art Group meets Fridays 1.45-3.45pm, Methodist Church Hall, King St, Duffield. New members welcome. Tel: 01332 842016. Derwent Valley Training Band Music Block, Ecclesbourne School, Mondays 5.45pm to 6.30pm for brass and wind players all ages, from beginners to Grade 3. Kath Hoblyn: 01332 840405. Derwent Valley Wind Band Concert Hall, Ecclesbourne School, term time only on Mondays 6.45pm 8.15pm. For brass and wind players of all ages. Grade 3 and above. Tony Rawcliffe 01332 841501. Duffield and District Bowling Club Meet at Milford Bowling Green behind Nealies. Paul Greenwood: 01332 840478 or e-mail New members welcome. Duffield Art Group Weston Centre, Tamworth Street, Duffield, every Friday 2pm. New members welcome. Sylvia Owen: 01773 824534. Duffield Gardening Club Weston Centre, Tamworth Street, Duffield, first Saturday each month, 10am. Slide shows, outings, activities, coffee. Secretary Ken Cheesley 01332 841770. Duffield Pre-school Duffield Meadows School, Mon-Fri. For children aged 2yrs to school age. Thur & Fri lunch club. Contact: 07955 168892 or Duffield Singers Friendly community choir. Meet every Wednesday at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Farm Road,Duffield at 7.45pm. New members welcome, bass, tenor, alto & soprano voices. Email: Duffield Tae Kwon-Do School Duffield Meadows School, on Mondays 4.50pm to 6.20pm and on Fridays 4.50pm to 6.20pm. New beginner children’s classes from aged 4 upwards. 4th dan, Karl Duro: 07946 593363. Families at Four St Alkmund’s Church Duffield, Parish Church Hall, every 4th Sunday 4pm. Games, stories and songs for families. 01332 840536. Fusion Club for 5 to 11-year-olds at Emmanuel Christian Centre, 32 Chapel Street, Sundays 11am to 12noon. Parents welcome to stay. Family service first Sunday every month. Ignition St Alkmund’s Church Duffield, Parish Hall every Tuesday night during term time from 7.30pm to 9pm for school years 10 to 13. 01332 840536.

Jog Duffield Jog Derbyshire group. Meets at Eyes Meadow. All abilities welcome. Monday 6pm, Tuesday 9.30am and Thursday 6pm. Contact Julie 07934 494121

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

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Kick Fit and Abs Blast Duffield Meadows Junior School – aerobic and conditioning classes. Kick Fit on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm, £3.50. Abs Blast on Wednesdays 7.30pm to 7.55pm, £2. Or both for £5. Matt Elliott: 07971 923248 or e-mail

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:

MASSIVE – Youth Drop-In Centre Emmanuel Community Church, Chapel Street, Duffield. Fridays 4.00pm-6.00pm (School years 7-9) 7.00pm-10.00pm (School years 10+) Contact Tom 01332 841386 or Elle 01332 840805.

Dance Night Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall, Main Street. Every Monday 7.00pm, Line Dancing with Megan; and at 8.15pm. Eric: 01332 881566 or 07790 863997

Messy Church Methodist Church, King Street, Duffield, first Sunday of the month 10.30am - 11.15am. Bible stories, crafts, fun and activities for children of all ages. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Coleen 01332 841788.

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.

Music at Duffield Non-profit making music society and registered charity. Info:

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.

Seedlings Toddler Group at Emmanuel Community Church Chapel Street, Duffield Tuesdays 9.30 –11.30am (term time) email: Songs of Praise St Alkmund’s Church Duffield, Parish Hall, 1st Monday every month at 2pm. Service with traditional hymns, short talk, and cream tea. 01332 840536. Sparks St Alkmund’s Church Duffield, Parish Church Hall, every 1st Sunday 10am for Primary School aged children. Songs, stories, games and meet Sparky. 01332 840536. The Duffield Club Private members snooker/social club at 13 Town Street, Duffield. Call Glyn: 07739 190976 Tiny Talk Baby Sign Language Class Wednesdays 10-11am at The Scout Hut, Duffield. Becci Davies: ‘Tra La La’ Singing & story sessions. Thurs mornings – age appropriate groups upstairs at The Pattenmakers Arms. Info Clare: 07932 815668 Email: Who Let The Dads Out! Toddler Group for Dads, Grandads and male carers and their under 4’s. Every 2nd Saturday in the month at Duffield Baptist Church, Makeney Road. DE56 4BD. 9 am – 10.30am. Enq: Robin Merrifield , www.debc. 01335 372039.

Holbrook 1st Holbrook Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scout Group. Meet at Arkwright Hall, Moorside Lane, Holbrook. Leader Mark Hudson: 01773 827083. Drumming Group Meets last Fri of month (may differ) 7pm – 9.30pm at The Arkwright Hall, Moorside Lane, Holbrook. Contact Pat Dunnicliffe or Del Woods on 01332 880984 Info: Holbrook Baby & Toddler Group Holbrook Methodist Church, Moorside Lane, Holbrook. Fridays 9.15am to 11.15am, term time. £2 per family. Rosemary Woodward: 07795 602478 Holbrook Friendship Club First Thursday of every month. 2pm -4pm at the Sports and Social Club, Shaw Lane, Holbrook. Call David Robinson for more information 01773 828304 Holbrook Garden Group Holbrook Moor Methodist Church, Moorside Lane, Holbrook, third Monday each month, 7.30pm. All welcome. David Skelton: 01332 881221. Holbrook Miners Welfare Bowls Club Holbrook Miners Welfare Club Shaw Lane, Holbrook. Details from Sharon Stevens: 01332 781403.

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.

Little Eaton Adult Yoga Little Eaton Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, Little Eaton, DE21 5EA; Wednesday 7.45pm to 9pm, term time only. Anita: 01332 842070. Baby Sensory Baby development classes at Little Eaton Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, Little Eaton. Meet every Tuesday 10am to 11am. Call Claire 07967 485855 to book your free trial visit. Fitness Training Fast Fitness, Little Eaton Park, Mondays 6-6.30pm, £2.50 Circuit Training, Little Eaton Village Hall, Thursdays 6-7pm, £5.00 Contact: Ailsa Waters 07929 610558 Little Eaton Crown Green Bowling Club St Peter’s Park, Vicarage Lane. Valerie Kaye: 01332 834389 or Maurice Walkerdine: 01332 880168. Little Eaton Dance School Little Eaton Village Hall, Little Eaton Park. Meet Saturdays, children 2 and over. Fun classes in ballet, tap, modern, jazz and acrobatic dance. Julie Law: 01332 835392 or 07815 564096. Little Eaton Jog Derbyshire Group Meet under Village Hall balcony. For all abilities. Tuesdays 7pm. Fridays 9:15am (during school term time) Saturdays 8:15am Lesley Crane 07973 440589 Little Eaton Lawn Tennis Club St Peter’s Park, Vicarage Lane, Little Eaton. 3 hard courts, open all year. New members welcome. Visit for application form.

Holbrook WI Arkwright Hall, Moorside Lane, Holbrook, first Wednesday each month. 7.30pm. Lilian Phipps: 01332 881419.

Little Eaton Players Amateur dramatic group staging several events a year. Rehearsals on Thursdays at Little Eaton OAP Hall, Barley Close, Little Eaton, 7pm. New members welcome. Richard 01332 831141.

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Little Eaton Playschool United Reformed Church, Alfreton Road, Little Eaton. Sessional play, care and learning. Monday to Friday for children 2 years to school age. Free funded places for 3 year olds. New play area and large garden. 07887 990783 or

Horsley & Coxbench WI Horsley Village Hall, Church Street, Horsley, second Monday each month. 7.15pm. Tel: Janet 01332 883466. Horsley Over 60’s Club Horsley Village Hall, Church Street, Horsley, alternate Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Secretary Betty Holloway: 01332 880726.

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Impact St Alkmund’s Church Duffield, Parish Hall, every Monday night during term time from 7pm to 8.30pm for school years 7 to 9. 01332 840536.

Little Eaton WI Second Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, Little Eaton. 7.30pm. President Barbara Adams 01332 832267. or secretaryMarian Ford 01332 840628.


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Minds of Little Eaton OAP Hall, on Barley Close, Little Eaton, every Thursday 10am to 12noon. Groups and agency talks, confidence-building, quizzes, art/ crafts, local walks, visits. Contact Sandra Tilling or Jenny Godfrey: (0115) 9308696. 50p donations for entry. OAP Hall Barley Close, Little Eaton. £7.50 per hour for hire. Screen is available for slide shows. OAP coffee morning, first Wednesday every month, 10am; Whist Drive, Thursdays 2pm to 4pm; OAP Keep Fit, Fridays. Susan: 01332 832577. The Friends in Harmony Choir Rehearse at Parish Rooms, Vicarage Road, Little Eaton, Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9pm. New singers welcome. Conductor Barbara Lowe: 01332 833861. The Village Pre-school Little Eaton At the new Little Eaton Village Hall, St Peter’s Park. Mon-Fri & all day on Mondays and Wednesdays. “Pop In” for Carers & under 5’s Fri am. Freeflow indoor and outdoor play. 07890 028346, 01332 834555 Twistin’ Tots Little Eaton Village Hall, Vicarage Lane.Wednesdays 1.30pm – 2.30pm, Music session for babies 0 to 5 years. Jacqui: 07977 578359. Youth Club New Village Hall, Little Eaton. Every Friday 4.30pm-6.30pm for Year 7 to school leavers. Chill out and have fun with friends. Snacks available. Helen 07970 767667

Poems for Pleasure WEA class meet at Baptist Church, Main Road, Smalley. 11-week course, from Wednesday September 30 to December 9, 10am to 12noon. Secretary Wyn Harvey: 01332 880013. Smalley Art Group Draw and paint, at Smalley Institute, 79 Main Road, Smalley, every Tuesday 10am to 12noon, and 7pm to 9pm. Joining details from Jean Ross: 01332 781319. Smalley Lawn Tennis Club Off Dobholes Lane, next to cricket ground. Membership forms at Bell Inn, Smalley or Flower Shop, Horsley Woodhouse. New members welcome. Visit Smalley WI Church Hall, Main Road, Smalley, on third Thursday each month, 7.15pm. Secretary Ann Upton: 01773 715800.

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

Chevin Road Baptist Chapel Sundays 10.30-11.30am, Junior Church and coffee. Wednesday Club, various speakers alternate weeks. Thursday: Bible Study 7.30pm. Friday: monthly Coffee Mornings. Modern Interior, disabled friendly. New toilet and outside platform lift. Info: 01773 821965.

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.

Derbyshire Archery Club Meet at the archery field behind Nealies at Milford. Shooting on Wednesday and Friday nights at 6.30pm. Regular Tournaments at Kedleston Hall in summer. Beginners Courses start in May. Information on or phone Ray Lunn on 01773 825184. Midas After-School Club Milford Primary School, Chevin Road. Mondays to Fridays 3.30pm to 6pm. Diana Lawday: 01332 842913. Milford & Makeney WI Meet at Holy Trinity Church Hall, A6 Milford, on first Monday afternoon of the month at 2pm. Jo: 01773 825478.

Amber Valley Access Group Contact Keith Boot 07980 591801. Email Amber Valley Camcorder Club Marehay Miners Welfare, Derby Road, Ripley, meet alternate Tuesdays 7.45pm from September to June. Geoff Thompson: 01773 748559. Amber Valley CVS Volunteers needed to work with various organisations. Supports older people, families, children, helps and supports local groups giving advice on funding, as well as offering training, facilities and resources. Further details: 01773 512076. Amber Valley Stroke Group Meet alternate Fridays at St Joseph’s Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Supporting stroke survivors. Call Mary 01773 747813.

Milford Pre-School Milford Primary School, Chevin Road, Mondays to Fridays 9am to 12noon, funded sessions for 3 to 5-year-olds; Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm to 3pm for 2 to 3-year-olds. Diana Lawday: 01332 842913.

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

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Breastfeeding Support Group Free group for breastfeeding mums & mums to be interested in breastfeeding. Thurs 1.00 – 2.30, Ripley Children’s Centre, Sandham Lane, Ripley. Info: 01629 533900.

Morley Book Club Informal meetings every four to six weeks. Details from Beryl Toms: 01332 880107. Morley Evergreens Two outings a year and Xmas dinner. Further details from Secretary Kath Davies 01332 880719. Anyone receiving a pension (retirement, disability, widowed) is eligible for membership. Morley Village Youth Club Morley Village School, Main Road, term time only, Wednesdays, 7pm. Open to children and ex-pupils of Morley Village School, and children of that village. Secretary: Dawn Lockwood: 07799 061177. Morley WI Morley Hayes, Main Road, Morley, 2nd Tues each month. 7.30pm Contact Pam: 01332 664587


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: Centre Stage Theatre Arts Dance, drama and singing for young people 5 to 18. Every Thursday evening during term time, at Mill Hill School, Ripley. Call 01332 232940 or email for details. Disability Derbyshire Join our support group for people suffering from depression and anxiety. Last Tues of each month 10.30am-12noon. Field Terrace Community Room, Ripley. Info & attendance confirmation: Disability Derbyshire 01773 740246. Friendship Circle Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley, every Thursday 10am to 12noon.

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

Hearing Help (AV) Social group every 3rd Wednesday 11.45am-2.30pm. Lip Reading Group every Friday 10am-12pm. At 156 Derby Road, Ripley. 01773 570976.

Ripley 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.

Little Rascals A play session for parents under 25 and their children. Support and advice available if needed. Tues 1.30pm-2.45pm. (Term time only) Ripley Children’s Centre, Sandham Lane, Ripley. 01629 533900 Messy Mondays Come along & get messy. Free group for children to explore & experiment with new textures & experiences. Mons 10.15am-11.15am, Wood Street Methodist Church. 01629 533900. Please wear old clothes. Moorwood Moor Angling Club Ponds on Inns Lane, South Wingfield, daily 6am to 10pm. More details on membership, and junior teach-in sessions from John and Kath: 01773 746486 Musical Dimension Singing group available for bookings – all monies raised donated to local charities. Practice nights Tuesdays 7.30pm at Marehay Methodist Chapel, Ripley. Call 01773 742017 for details and to book or visit Ripley (Amber Valley) Lions Club Meet every first Monday of the month at the Kestrel Inn, Marehay, 8pm. Geoff Bacon: 01773 608786. Ripley Absolute Beginners Jog Group Meet Ripley Leisure Centre 9.00am 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 & 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 Ripley Green Garters Ladies North West Morris Dance Team meet every Tuesday at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Dancers and musicians welcome. 01773 743560. Ripley Hospital League of Friends Ripley Hospital, second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. To raise funds for the health, welfare and comfort of patients and staff. Mrs Phyllis Holmes: 01773 747355 Ripley Ladies Group Meet 1st Tuesday of every month 7.30pm at Field Terrace Community Centre, Ripley. New members very welcome. Contact Gill 01773 744580. Ripley Leisure Centre Badminton Club Meet Thursdays 7.30pm – 10.30pm at Ripley Leisure Centre. Players of a club or local league standard are welcome. Ladies, Mens & Mixed teams. Info: Kay 01332 883622 Ripley Memory Cafe Third Thursday of each month, 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 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:

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Greenhillock’s Fellowship Club for over 50’s. Wood Street Methodist Church, Ripley, Wednesdays 2pm to 3.30pm. Quality entertainment, speakers, social afternoons, quizzes, day trips. David: 01773 423854.

Ripley 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. Unicorns Support group for parents & carers of children with additional or complex needs or disabilities. 2nd Weds of month. 1.15pm-2.45pm, Ripley Children’s Centre. Tel: 01629 533900. 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.

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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.



Community Diary April/May 2014 April

4th: Race Night at Ecclesbourne School, Wirksworth Rd., Duffield DE56 4GS. Doors open 7pm. Tkts to be bought in advance from school. £3. 5th: “Old Building: Young People – Our Heritage” A Charity concert with young musicians, in aid of The Drop Inn, Belper. 7-9pm Unitarian Chapel, Long Row. Free entry. Info: 01773 822829 5th: Ripley & District Spiritualist Church, Argyll Road, Ripley – Evening of Spiritual Mediumship. With Marilyn Parkin of Worksop. 6.15pm. £4 on the door. 8th: ‘A World of Music’. The Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road. An evening of music from different faith traditions. 7pm. Refreshments. Free entry. 12th: Ripley & District Spiritualist Hall, Argyll Road, Ripley. Spring Fair. Bargains Galore. Refreshments. 2.30-4pm. Admission 20 pence. 14th: Heanor Floral Art Group, Wilmot St. Welfare Centre, Heanor. 7pm. “In Grandma’s Day” by Glenice Yates. Membership available. Visitors £5. 17th: Kyleburn Historical Society, Kilburn Baptist Chapel Schoolroom, Highfield Rd, Kilburn. 7.30pm. Stanton at War by Stephen Flinders. Members and under 16’s free, Guests £2.


10th: School Fair, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, The Broadway, Derby. DE22 1AU. 11am-2pm. Free entry. Fun activities, craft stalls & food. 15th: Kyleburn Historical Society, Kilburn Baptist Chapel Schoolroom, Highfield Rd, Kilburn. 7.30pm. Kilburn & Neighbours – Past & Present by Brian Key. Members and under 16’s free. Guests £2. 19th: Heanor Floral Art Group, Wilmot St. Welfare Centre, Heanor. 7pm. “Somewhere Under the Sun” by Di Smith. Membership available. Visitors £5.

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