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Welcome to the 7th Anniversary Edition of All Things Local.

Advertising Enquiries: Ruth Brown

Yes, it’s been 7 whole years since the Village edition of this little book first dropped through letter boxes throughout the Amber Valley & Erewash regions. Just after its launch, the magazine was so well-received by advertisers and readers, it wasn’t long before we launched our Belper and Ripley editions.

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All 3 editions continue to thrive; many readers use the advertisers within these pages and long may that continue. It’s great to see so many local trades and businesses continuing to get a great response from our readers. Thank you all for ‘keeping it local’ whenever you can. If you know someone who would benefit from more local business then please give them Ruth’s details (see opposite) and she’ll be more than happy to help.

Editor’s Letter

Hello everyone!

Winners’ Corner

We have a fantastic prize to be won with this issue’s Prize Crossword – a 2 night stay for 2 people with bed, breakfast and evening meal at The Derby Hotel, Blackpool worth £130.00. The hotel offers en-suite rooms, a fully licensed bar, sea views, home-cooked food, car parking and is open all year. Take a look online at Trip Advisor for some great reviews! Turn to page 6 to complete the crossword puzzle to be in with a chance of winning.

CONGRATULATIONS Glenda Harrison of Little Eaton who has won a bottle of Champagne

The football season has only recently finished (although of course, there’ll be more football from Brazil very soon) and I must say a huge “well done” to Holbrook St Michaels under 14s. They’re a new team and have just completed their first season (2013/14) in the Derby City Football League wearing a kit sponsored by All Things Local (see picture). The lads finished in a very respectable mid-table position winning half of their 16 matches and drawing 2 – an excellent start for a new team!

CONGRATULATIONS Stephen Bagnall of Belper who has won a 2 Course Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Bulls Head, Denby Common


It’s time for me to sign off now. Have a lovely couple of months with plenty of sunshine, regardless of whether you’re home or away.

Karyn Milner, Publisher/Editor

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Legal Matters: The Employment Tribunal system is changing…again

In each edition legal advisors from Shacklocks deal with important legal topics. This month Marion Vesey (pictured) invites us to think about making a decision that will benefit future generations.

Making a Will is a serious business. It is a In this edition, Clare McShane, Partner and time which gives many people cause to LLP, Employment Law specialist at Shacklocks stop and think about how they want to be explains why if you are considering bringing remembered when they are gone. Employment Tribunal proceedings, taking legal advice is now even more important thanofever Many people are attracted by the idea before. doing something to help others less

fortunate than themselves after they pass No longer free, whenif you a claim away, particularly theirbring family are in the Employment Tribunal you to pay adequately provided forare or required if they have noa fee of either £160 or £250 some depending uponthe theidea type of close family. Whilst still like claim and if theremajor is a hearing to decide yourthere case, of supporting national charities, you alsowho haveprefer to payto a hearing of either are will many benefitfee more local £230 or £950,or taking the close possible pursuing your causes causes to cost theirofheart, possibly case to £1200 in Tribunal alone. involvement Those who where they have had afees personal cannot affordsupport it can apply for fee exemption, or received during their lifetime.but the rules are strict; you will need to submit evidence and you’ll need tothat applyour early to make sure youwith have a Something team will discuss decision before your timeislimit bringing Tribunal clients in this situation thefor idea of setting proceedings is up. The timetrust limitwhich for most types up their own charitable can of claims is to 3 months it continues to run even continue provideand support for charitable whilst you’re waiting for a decision on the feehave causes of their choosing long after they remission, so you won’t have to spare! passed away. Creating yourmuch owntime charity means that your trustees can provide Clare says:to“Ifthose your claim is successful, you are support who need help most. likely get be theafees back in addition to any in Theretocan great sense of satisfaction compensation; if you lose your knowing thatbut your trustees will case carrythen out you lose fee, so it’s you important to know youryour wishes after have gone andwhether that you a strong case at the outset and to make yourhave name will be associated with such good deeds you arethe noright longer sure thateven you after are bringing typearound. of claim and that you are arguing it on the strongest grounds.” At Shacklocks we have set up a number of charitable trusts over the or so we to Once you have identified the150 claimyears you are going have there been isinnow business and westep stillinlook after bring, an additional the process those you trusts today. One of the charitable before submit your claim to the Tribunal and trusts we look the after, for example, that is to submit details to ACAS. was established by a will in the 1940’s to provide accommodation for elderly residents.

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BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ACAS Early Conciliation was introduced earlier Legal Matters this year and (with limited exceptions) became mandatory for all Tribunal claims on 6th May Shacklocks Solicitors 2014. The new system requires that the details

of a claim are provided to ACAS before the claim is submitted the isEmployment Tribunal 70 years later the to trust still in order forthat ACAS to try to help the parties providing accommodation. reach a settlement at an early stage. The Early Conciliation period willwe lastlook up to 6 weeks and if Another of the trusts the parties cannot reach an agreement during after was set up by a client that period, willpeople provide a Conciliation who wantedACAS to help Certificate. Onlymedical then will you be able to pursue with particular your case in the conditions. HerTribunal. kindnessThe hastime limit for bringing your claim willtopause while you’re enabled her trustees provide dealing with ACASto and again when the financial support a start gifted certificate is issued. young musician who has experienced a number of health issues that have interfered ACASher acteducation, as an impartial intermediary. Theyto with to enable that child willeducated not adviseinyou the strength of your case, be theonmost appropriate what settlement offers you should make or environment. whether you should accept an offer made to you. legal Trust advice,can youbemight findeither yourself in AWithout Charitable set up the middle a negotiation process without ever during youroflifetime with savings and knowing the true or value of your claim. investments builtstrength up already, or alternatively Clare goes on to say:prepared “There are no that second through a specially Will willchances. A settlement reached through ACAS is legally only take effect following your death and binding, so once agreed, youyou areof extremely unlikely will therefore not deprive capital or to be able to change mind and you will no income during youryour lifetime. longer be able to pursue your claim in the Tribunal. It is therefore vital that youhave takeaadvice early so you Our team at Shacklocks particular can make in an preparing informed decision about whether speciality arrangements of this to settleand youralso caseofand how as much for. Without advice, kind acting professional you might up walking less than trustees toend enable wishesaway to bewith fulfilled andyou deserve.” to be followed. instructions you are having difficulties at work,charities feel you have IfIf you thinking of supporting been the your victimWill of discrimination, have been unfairly through or during your lifetime or constructively to about find out with a lump sum,dismissed why notand talkwant to us the different wayscontact in which weMcShane can helpatyou where you stand, Clare benefit those causes, and or how to make Shacklocks LLPgood on 01773 822333 the most of the tax rules that enable a charitable cause to benefit. Call us at Shacklocks to talk about how we can help you to help your favourite local causes. Telephone Shacklocks on 0845 2344 or email me at Clare 602 McShane

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This summer is predicted to be one of the hottest for many years. Scientists have stated that they are 75% certain that this summer will be the hottest on record. This news will surely be enough to cheer a lot of people up. Sunny weather generally makes people feel happier and less worried about life. In terms of evolution, worry must have been a necessary part of life in survival terms. But generally speaking we aren’t living in caves on the look out for man-eating prehistoric beasts (depending on where you live of course). When I was a child I recall getting irritated with adults who seemed to be constantly worrying about one thing or another. I adopted an attitude of ‘I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it’ rather than get stressed over things that may or may not happen in the future. However, I have found that the older I get, the more I do seem to worry. And generally it’s about silly little things rather than great life changing events! I remember my grandparents had a picture displayed in their kitchen with the quote “today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” Back in those days my sister and I had no idea what it meant. But now it has become much clearer. There really is no benefit to worrying about things. It is said that 85% of what we worry about never actually happens. Although I have no idea how they managed to reach that figure.

something to do but it won’t get you anywhere”. So take a break from the worry and let some happiness into your life.


Don’t worry. Be happy.

If you are able to get away abroad this summer, you could take a trip to a ‘happy’ country? According to the latest World Happiness Report, Scandinavian countries rate as some of the happiest in the world. With Denmark top of the list. So presumably they tend to worry a lot less over there. Where is the happiest place in Britain? Well it depends on which research you look at. The Office of National Statistics reports that residents of the Orkney Islands claim the highest levels of life satisfaction, self-worth and happiness. Closer to home, however, an analysis of people’s smiles on Instagram photos online revealed that Derby was in fact the third happiest (or most smiley) town in Britain. Personally, I’m happy enough right where I am. When I first moved to this area I felt like I was permanently on holiday. Recently I have been lucky enough to move to a different house with far reaching views over the valley. So I shall be happy to look out over the beautiful view of Milford with the river, fields, hills and trees. Perhaps I’ll even put on some Bob Marley, relax and remember not to worry about a thing.

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Just a Thought … Common Sense, a Real Rarity

Lately I find myself constantly astounded at how we as a society are bereft of any level of common sense.



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Firstly there are the inane questions we are asked on a daily basis. Questions which, if we had any common sense, would not require asking. Only yesterday as I was making my way through the check-out at my local supermarket was I faced with a prime example. As my weekly shop was being whizzed through the till by the chirpy assistant I was asked, ‘would you like a bag for those?’ As it has been a good ten years since my training with the Moscow State Circus as the world’s most prolific juggler I endeavoured to inform the assistant that, yes indeed a bag, or perhaps several would be required to transport my fifty plus items from shop to home.

Then there are the cautions, everywhere you go. On the bus we are told ‘don’t distract the driver’, on our take-out coffee, ‘contents may be hot’ but to top it all, last week when buying a bag of cashews I was helpfully informed by the manufacturer, ‘caution: may contain nuts’! Well I should certainly hope so; otherwise I’m rather concerned at what these imposters masquerading as cashew nuts actually are! After that level of stating the obvious I think I need a lie down – would you like a bed for that madam?!

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The Better Life Wood Glorious Wood When I was growing up in London, my relationship with making the fire began and ended with a plug and a switch. Things are much different now; living in the West Country, where burning almost anything else would be preferable (and cheaper) to putting on the oil-fired central heating. Logs are a bit of a science. We’ve found oak, beech and ash to be best, in order of preference, but conifer wood does the job too if it’s properly seasoned. Our usual supplier is about five miles away and by the time we’ve unloaded his trailer and I’ve stacked the wood in the garage, I’m usually so warmed up that I try to convince Anne we can skip the fire for a day. Then I’m literally and figuratively out in the cold.

Using local and sustainable sources of wood fits in perfectly with our Better Life approach. When we lost our cypress tree, after a succession of gales split the main trunk so that I could look right through it, nothing was wasted. Even the smaller branches were stored and dried out for a year to make a plentiful supply of kindling. It was a sad day indeed though - not least for the chickens, who once escaped their compound and sought asylum in the upper branches, in a series of impressive short take-offs. The previous year, our ash tree had to come down because it was pushing against a neighbour’s garage wall. That also served us well, a year later. Even so, I never feel good about losing a tree. Not only do our remaining trees provide an important habitat for birds and other wildlife, they also give us some privacy in the garden, so the neighbours can’t see how poorly the last of the chard is doing. As our gradual conversion from urbanites to ruralites has progressed, we have become expert in the art of foraging for kindling. When you know where to look, just like love, it’s all around you. For example, a local farm shop often has a supply of unwanted wooden fruit boxes. We’ve also found hidden treasure in skips - always with the owner’s permission. And once, when our foraging fame spread, a neighbour alerted us to a pub renovation a couple of villages away, where we managed to fill the back of the car with wood that would otherwise have become landfill. A wood merchant has occasionally furnished us with offcuts and sawdust for the chickens, in exchange for eggs, which seems a pretty good deal all round. And of course, the nearby woods are a boon. Every time there’s a gale, we’re off into the woods, rucksacks at the ready combining exercise with recycling. I think the villagers


are used to us now, although I did once hear someone singing Good King Wenceslas - the part about a poor man gathering winter fuel. It’s less about saving a pound or two and more about being consistent in our philosophy. There’s a certain delight in making use of something that no one else wants, whether it’s wooden offcuts, windfall or abandoned and broken pallets, especially when it also helps to reduce our fuel bills. I like to think of us as the Wombles of Wood. By Derek Thompson

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This time, we are taking a trip to my home city, Sheffield and coming back via Bakewell. As always it is more about the journey than the destination. This outing is free to bus pass holders. Non bus pass holders should buy a ‘Derbyshire Wayfarer’ ticket on the first bus which covers everything. The only critical bus of the day is service 275 run by ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ which leaves Sheffield Transport Interchange on Pond Street at 12.44pm. Getting to Sheffield then… Trent Barton’s 6.2 and 6.3 service leaves King Street in Belper at 3 and 33 minutes past the hour to Ripley. From Ripley - Trent Barton’s ‘red arrow’ service leaves Ripley Market place for Chesterfield on the hour and half hour and takes 40 minutes to get there.

The city centre is within easy walking distance. Next is service 275 from bay D3 to Bakewell. A longish journey that takes in Hathersage, Grindleford, Eyam (the plague village) and Calver Sough arriving in Bakewell at 2.04pm.


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This service is the highlight of the day and starts with a climb up and over the moors, then dropping down into the Derwent Valley at Ladybower Reservoir. From Bakewell, Trent Barton’s 6.1 service to Derby leaves the stop on Matlock Street on the half hour arriving in Belper 1 hour and 15 minutes later. To find Matlock Street, with The Rutland Arms Hotel facing you it is the main road to the left and the bus stop is about 50 yards down. People who might be interested in the buses used are invited to try my transport ‘blog’ on A note for anyone thinking of following my outing to Uttoxeter that was published in the August/September edition last year: The X50 service linking Uttoxeter with Derby has been withdrawn. It is still possible to access Uttoxeter from Derby but using Trent Barton’s ‘swift’ service.

Leave this bus and walk back from the stop a few yards and down the hill to ‘Beckingham Way’ coach station stand ‘C’ where ‘Stagecoach’ service X17 departs at twenty past and ten to the hour taking 40 minutes or so to get to Sheffield Transport Interchange. This is usually a double decker and the best views are to be had upstairs. Sheffield Transport Interchange has toilets, a shop and a cafe which are all easily available.

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




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Pauline Latham OBE MP Summer is here at long last and the first half of the year seems to have flown by. We are so lucky to have such beautiful countryside here in Derbyshire and at this time of year I love to go walking at weekends when I am at home in the constituency with family and friends.

In my role as MP, I am extremely lucky to work with a number of outstanding charities and I am a UK Board member for Free the Children. This encourages children to get involved with social action projects and to complete a local and a global act of charity each year. In return, Free the Children put on a free event at Wembley Arena for those children who have been involved. This event took place earlier in the year and speakers at the event included the Vice-President of the USA Al Gore, education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, Prince Harry and music from Ellie Goulding and Dizzee Rascal. The aim of the project was to reward the children for their acts of charity and to encourage them to continue with their charity projects. You may have previously read about the Jobs Fair that I hosted earlier in the year at the University’s Enterprise Centre. I formally opened the event, together with Prof John Coyne the ViceChancellor of the University, before opening the doors to around 1200 job Jobs Fair seekers. There were 60 local businesses in attendance on the day that had job vacancies, apprenticeships and training opportunities on offer. A range of workshops were offered including sessions on CV Writing, Job Hunting and Interview Preparation. I am very pleased to have received some very positive feedback from employers who attended the event who have


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Unique Bronze Sculpture Officially Unveiled at Belper River Gardens A beautifully unique bronze sculpture has been officially unveiled at Belper River Gardens, part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site by Amber Valley Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mark Robertson. The result of a conversation between local sculptor, Rachel Carter, and representatives of the Derwent Valley Heritage Site, the beautiful bronze sculpture, designed and created by Rachel, is being donated to the people of Derbyshire.

The piece, which was first displayed at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2013, has been created by hand weaving with moulded wax which has been shaped using the form of natural willow branches to create a spherical sculpture. Once completed the wax sculpture was then sent to a foundry to be cast into bronze. The sculptures Rachel creates in this way are totally unique and she is the first artist to use this method of capturing the essence of a material in wax and then in bronze. Each


sculpture can only be cast once in bronze – ensuring each piece is one of a kind. “The Belper River Gardens are part of the renowned Derwent Mills World Heritage Site, the birth place of the Industrial Revolution, and as such hold a special place in the history of Derbyshire. However, before that the gardens were willow beds Sculptor Rachel Carter with Amber Valley used by the local Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mark Robertson community to weave baskets, so the location has a great significance for me and my work,” explains Rachel. “Permanent sculptures are not usually allowed to be installed on World Heritage Sites so this is very unusual and a great honour for me. It is also a way for me to give something back to the community that has supported me for so long,” adds Rachel. The sculpture has been funded by the Arts Council of England, the Manufacturing Advisory Scheme and the University of Derby, where Rachel studied for her BA (Hons) Applied Art and Design. For further information about Rachel and her work please visit

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Caroline Bridges produces such stunning photographs that you would assume she’s been a photographer all her life. In fact, Caroline bought her first DSLR camera just three years ago, to take pictures of her children and dogs. “I used to have a small compact camera” explains Caroline, “but I’d get very frustrated that, because children and dogs don’t stay still for even a second, photos came out blurred, or I missed the action Caroline Bridges altogether! I read up on what I needed, invested in an entry level DSLR camera and started to do a lot of research in to how to use it – little did I know it would be the start of an amazing new chapter in my life!” Caroline started taking photos of her children, her dogs, and at the gun dog events that she and her family attended. She posted pictures on Facebook and was soon attracting many comments and admirers. She joined a local photography club and began to learn more and more. Coupled with her obvious natural flair, the tips she learnt helped her to improve - and the interest in her work grew!

Even though I’d taken the plunge and left my life-long career, I still didn’t push things. Opportunities just kept appearing – it was all meant to be! At this point, Caroline had never dreamed that her hobby could become her career. “On a whim I entered the BBC Countryfile Calendar Competition 2012 and was shortlisted into the last 30 from 50,000 entries. Around the same time people started asking me to take photographs for them. It occurred to me then that this could become more than just a hobby!” Caroline left her career in pharmacy where she’d worked for 28 years, began a part-time job locally, and dedicated

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Caroline was also approached by a local estate agent to photograph their high-end properties. The first property sold within weeks and her photograph was used on the front cover of Self Build & Design magazine. “I now work regularly for Self Build & Design as well as two local estate agents. I travel all over the country photographing some truly amazing properties – it’s like a dream come true!” Caroline is perhaps still best known for her beautiful photographs of dogs. She has travelled as far away as Perth in Scotland photographing working dogs in the field. Her work has featured on various dog websites including the Kennel Club of Great Britain and is soon to be on the front cover of bestselling countryside magazine ‘The Field’. Her talents don’t end there though! She is also the official photographer for Belper’s Beaurepaire Dance Festival, in which her daughter participates, and, more recently, Caroline has begun landscape photography. ‘The Rocks Stand Still’, taken at Padley Gorge, was her first entry to the Derby City Photographic Club and was highly praised; her peers at the club include the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013. “It has all been very surreal and I feel honoured to have had such interest and support. I absolutely love what I do, and every time I get a phone call or an email about a new opportunity I get such a buzz.” Caroline’s amazing work can be viewed at Photography or on her website where you can also find details of how to buy a print or book Caroline for a photo shoot.

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Travel: The Leaning Tower of Pisa On 5th January 1172, a widow named Berta di Bernardo passed away in Pisa, a prosperous city bristling with thousands of impressive towers. Yet, the cathedral didn’t have one of its own so the pious Berta left 60 ‘soldi’ in her Will to put things right. The foundations were laid 18 months later.

Problems arose almost straightaway. The marshy ground struggled to accommodate the heavy marble blocks and for the next two centuries, it was all stop and start for the free-standing tower. Completed at last in the 1370s, it is the only monument in the cathedral ground which does not bear a signature. The tower kept on leaning throughout the ages, though little was done until the belfry of St Mark’s in Venice collapsed in 1902. The time had come to keep a close eye on Pisa and after long years of deliberations, it was decided that the tilt would be checked every year in June on the same day with the same instrument. All sorts of plans were hatched, injecting 90 tons of liquid cement, which almost led to disaster, lifting the tower to strengthen the foundations, which never came to fruition, but eventually in 1990, the ‘Iron Lady’ was forced to close her door. A new commission set to work, binding the weakest point with concealed steel cables, then piling tons of lead on the north side while Alpine climbers installed a new monitoring system. For fear of vibration damage, the bells fell silent for seven years. In 1995, ‘Black September’ struck in the middle of the night as, following the injection of liquid nitrogen to secure anchors, a successful technique used in the London underground, the tower suddenly tilted at an alarming rate, causing great anxiety as diggers and cranes were frantically moved to the north side to increase the counterweight, before lead could be added. The battle was finally won in 2001 with tons of earth painstakingly removed under the tower, a few


hundred grams at a time, to lower the side opposite the overhang. After 12 years and millions of Lire, the leaning tower re-emerged, safe and beautifully pristine, despite its somewhat diminished iconic slant. Today, the visitors are back, just 30 at a time, climbing the 293 marble steps spiralling inside, slippery and smooth, hollowed out in the centre by millions of footprints. The incline takes you by surprise before you even step through the door and is most apparent on the lower floors as you lean one way then the other, but the view from the top is superb, the entire piazza at your feet, the cathedral and baptistry gleaming on extensive lawns, the red roofs of Pisa, the Tuscan hills and the blue waters of the Mediterranean glistening in the distance. But whether you climb up or stay on the ground, the tower remains a unique focal point in this superb World Heritage Site. Rising to a lofty 56 metres, it looks like a giant wedding cake, eight creamy tiers decorated with a total of 207 delicate columns. Yet, it is an amazingly resilient building with over 32,000 marble blocks encircling a hollow cylindrical centre. Monitoring continues on a daily basis but experts are confident now that the tower is safe for at least 200 years. The pious lady of Pisa would be pleased. By Solange Hando

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Morley Hayes Morley Hayes is probably best known locally for its excellent golf – but many people may not realise just how much it has to offer for golfers and non-golfers alike!

Morley Hayes was opened in 1991 by brothers Andrew and Robert Allsop, initially as a driving range and restaurant. In the last 23 years it has grown and developed to meet increasing demand and now comprises: 9 and 18 hole golf courses, driving range, golf shop and changing rooms, 3 function suites, a 32 room luxury hotel, two separate restaurants and two bars! Despite its growth, however, the business has never lost its personal touch and all visitors – whether diners, golfers, hotel residents, wedding guests, or those enjoying afternoon tea with friends – are warmly welcomed. The brothers are still heavily involved in every aspect of the day to day running, and their attention to detail is evident in every area.

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For those who have never visited, a trip to Morley Hayes is highly recommended. Set in a stunning location just off the main road outside Morley village, with beautiful grounds and far reaching views, Morley Hayes is perfect for any occasion. The setting makes it a popular wedding venue, and the three function suites provide the flexibility to cater for parties, functions and corporate events of varying sizes. For golfers, the driving range along with very well maintained 9 and 18 hole golf courses means it’s the perfect place for golf all year round – and with no membership, pay and play is a great, flexible option. If you’re just learning, or if you’d like to improve your game, the East Midlands Golf Academy is based at Morley Hayes, offering individual and group lessons for children and adults. Of course you’ll need to refresh after your game, so you can relax with a drink in the Spike bar!


Entrance to the Dovecote Restaurant

If you’re dining, the 2 AA rosette Dovecote Restaurant offers exquisite meals throughout the day – from a three course Champagne breakfast (available three mornings per week), to delicious lunches, afternoon teas (available from 2-4pm on Fridays, with or without Champagne!) and award winning a la carte evening meals. Due to its popularity, reservations are a must in the Dovecote, especially for their legendary Sunday lunches. Meanwhile, downstairs, Roosters Bar and Restaurant offers more traditional bar snacks, lighter meals, drinks and cakes. In the sunshine there’s no nicer place to be than outside in Roosters courtyard, enjoying the views and soaking up the tranquillity with a drink or two. No matter where you dine at Morley Hayes, the chefs use excellent quality produce, which is always sourced as locally as possible. For visitors to the area, corporate hospitality, wedding guests, or couples looking for a special getaway, the luxury of the Morley Hayes AA 4 star hotel is unbeatable. There’s a choice of rooms from standard to penthouse suites, all offering superb facilities and stunning views of the Derbyshire countryside. Include a Champagne breakfast or dinner in the Dovecote with your stay to make it really special. Working in conjunction with local attractions, Morley Hayes can offer admittance to many of Derbyshire’s most popular tourist destinations including Chatsworth House. Throughout the year, Morley Hayes also runs various events including walks, special short breaks, and the very popular Christmas craft fair which runs annually on the last Monday in November and sees many of the area’s finest producers of foods and crafts come together to sell their wares. To find out more about events and facilities at Morley Hayes, or to book golf, a table in the Dovecote Restaurant, or a room in the hotel, visit If you’d prefer to just call in, Roosters is open from 10am every day and no reservations are necessary, so pop in at any time for a drink or a delicious home-cooked meal and experience a taste of what Morley Hayes has to offer.

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Word on Wine The grape variety that I would like to talk about in this edition is the Riesling grape. Riesling wines are normally associated with Germany, where it has been grown since the 15th century but it is thought to have originally come from Orleans in France. Back in the 1970s and 80s German wine meant only one thing; sweet mass-produced wine like Liebfraumilch, Black Tower and Blue Nun, which supposedly contained Riesling grapes. Most German wines were not then considered as quality wines.

Over the years, the way that the winemakers treat this great grape from Germany, by making good quality wine in place of mass-produced wine, has greatly improved. This has been helped by other countries, notably Australia, New Zealand and France, taking the Riesling grapes and turning them into world-class wines. The grape makes a range of wines from dry examples to sweet ‘ice wines’ for desserts and cheeses. The Alsace region of France is one of the regions that has taken the Riesling grape and turned it into their own signature wine. Over the centuries, Alsace on the west side of the River Rhine has passed back and forth between Germany and France following various wars. This has resulted in the region being a mix of German and French styles. The region lends itself to growing a whole range of vines but is best known for its white grape wines.

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One good example of this wine is ‘Riesling Les Princes Abbés 2011’ produced by Domaines Schlumberger. Founded in 1810, this is one of the largest and most respected wineries of Alsace. The vines are grown in the Grand Cru Saering, Kessler and Kitterié vineyards in Alsace. Grapes were picked in October 2011, pressed, fermented in temperature controlled tanks for one to four months, and then matured for six to eight months before bottling in June 2012. Grapes: 100% Riesling. Appearance: Bright and luminous, golden yellow colour with silver reflections. Nose/Aroma: Elegant, open wine with lemon and floral notes and hints of grapefruit zest, and yellow peaches. Taste: Crisp/dry bodied wine with lemony freshness and grapefruit/orange overtones. Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%. Food match: Ideal partner for seafood such as oysters, clams and crab. Available from: Majestic Wines £13.99 per bottle (special offers available). Hope you enjoy this wine. For more information on the wine please visit or


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R:ED are an acoustic duo playing the best songs from the last 6 decades! Formed in Oct 2013, the group are brothers Rob and Edd from Belper. They have been playing together in different bands for the last 18 years. The group’s current set up is a stripped back sound consisting of acoustic guitar (Edd) and Cajon drum box (Rob) with two-part harmony. This is something very different for the brothers but is proving to be very popular. They believe the reason for this is that nothing is off limits. Because they are doing their own take on some great well-known songs, it means they can tackle almost anything without trying to sound anything like the original versions. Rob and Edd are influenced and play all genres of music from Burt Bacharach right through to Kanye West so they’re always guaranteed to end up playing something for everyone. At the moment R:ED are trying to get as many local gigs as they can to get their name about and in doing so have played at several open mic nights. As a result they have been booked by a number of local venues and are adding to this list all the time (see current gig list opposite).

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As well as the acoustic stuff they also perform as John Lennon (Edd) and Ringo Starr (Rob) in a local Beatles tribute band, The Beatroot Beatles who formed in 2006. This is a very popular show particularly on the wedding circuit. Rob and Edd are joined in this group by their younger brother Tom (Paul McCartney) and friend Ian Hughes (George Harrison) In 2012 The Beatroot Beatles auditioned for the West End show ‘Let it Be’ in which they got down to the final 16 whittled down from the 1,000s who applied, only to narrowly miss out. You can find R:ED on Facebook under - For any enquires please email –

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I went to a dinner party last week, and afterwards I started reflecting on how things change when you make those tentative first steps across the border into your thirties. There was a time when my band was throwing a lot of parties - just ask our neighbours (actually, please don’t) - but as we approached the end of our twenties, weekly blow-outs slowly became less frequent, eventually to be almost entirely replaced by The Dinner Party. This started me thinking about how The Dinner Party represents a microcosm of how the world subtly changes when you reach this oft-feared milestone. First of all, there’s that word ‘Dinner’. It crept in quietly, sometime around 28-years-old, and now it’s hanging around casually in a corner of the room next to its evil twin ‘Party’ as if to say: ‘Hi there, don’t mind me - I’m just going to pop myself down here and make sure nobody turns the stereo up too loud or pukes in the herb garden’. Dinner used to be a thing you avoided in order to maximise just how trolleyed seven crates of Raspberry Hooch was going to render you. Now, however, it’s very much the raison d’être of your evening. But we’ll come to that later… Upon your arrival at The Dinner Party, you’ll be keen to catch up on everyone’s news. And by news, I mean Who’s Getting Engaged, Married and/ or Pregnant. If, like me, you’re doing none of these things, you will form a small sub-strata of society in some forgotten alcove of the conservatory; a whispering coven of maverick free-thinkers who believe there are things in the world worth talking about other than how massive Jemimah’s engagement ring is. With these people you will proceed to talk for at least half an hour about how massive Jemimah’s engagement ring is.

praise the hosts for their use of artichoke hearts in the salad, because, as it turns out, being on the cutting edge of salad represents important social currency to the over-thirties.

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As the evening progresses, you’ll find out who’s on a diet (EVERYONE) and who’s taken up some over-priced alternative therapy that’s convinced them to give up totally normal things like red meat and socks. And if the Pinot Noir has done its job, eventually the conversation will turn nostalgic and you’ll all start gushing about how things were different when you were kids, more innocent somehow. ‘Radical’, for example, used to be how a Ninja Turtle described a high-risk skateboarding move. Now it means ‘Have dirty bomb, will travel’. Personally, I love being in my thirties. It feels more majestic than the hurried scramble of my twenties. And yes, it may now be a scant occurrence that I find myself tearing up the dance floor and drinking Guinness from a shoe, but perhaps those occasions will be more glorious for their rarity. Just don’t judge me if, now and again, I break into an excitable sweat at the sight of a nice bowl of vine-ripened tomato salsa. Everyone has their vices... 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.

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He’s the most successful driver in the World Rally Championship’s history, with an incredible nine titles to his name. He holds the record for fastest ascent of the buttockclenching Pikes Peak hill climb – and if you haven’t seen the video, go do it now at But most of all he’s an all-round nice guy and a massive car nut. Sébastien Loeb is a legend among rally car fans and a hero to petrol heads. After years of dominating the world’s rally stages with Citroen, the 40-year-old is now starting at the bottom rung of the ladder once more and taking on a new challenge – competing in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with Citroen. Here, in an exclusive interview, Loeb talks crashing his first car, gives his tips for driving on the limit, tries to sell us his Lamborghini Aventador and says he simply doesn’t care how he does in WTCC as long as it’s not finishing last. My first car was a Renault 5 GT Turbo. My friends all drove BMWs, Golf GTIs and Peugeot 205 GTIs at the time I was growing up. We all loved cars. I picked the Renault because I wanted a fast small car. My grandmother helped me buy it second-hand.


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with a short gearbox, big brakes, better suspension, a roll cage and sports seats. It was a road car, but very quick and great fun to drive. These days I don’t really have much of a car collection. I have my Citroen C4 WRC car that was given to me as a present. I will keep that forever – it’s very special. I like to change my other cars regularly though. I have a Citroen DS5, a Lamborghini Aventador and a Porsche 911 Turbo. I’m changing the latter for a Cayenne and am selling the Aventador – do you want to buy it? I used to drive everywhere on the limit. I realised I had a talent behind the wheel in my Renault 5 when I was quicker than all my friends. I’ve always liked to drive through corners fast and picked up the skill of sliding when my dad would take me to a field in his old saloon and he’d let me handbrake turn it. I always enjoyed those times. My best piece of advice to upcoming rally drivers is to try and get noticed. I started off in a competition in France that had 15,000 entrants. I won the regionals and then everyone was pitched against each other in a national final. I won, but the judge chose the second placed guy over me. So I tried again the following year and won it again. I then had a call from the guy who is now my team manager who spotted my perseverance. So my advice is: keep trying. In rally you need good notes. You need to be able to anticipate what’s coming up next and you can only do that with good pace notes. You have to focus on what you’re doing at that moment, maybe that’s adjusting brake pressure, but also think about what’s around the next bend.

It didn’t last too long – I crashed it. I’d had the GT Turbo for about a year before I drove it into a pole. I drove it too hard. I bought another one with a broken engine – there were lots of those around – and I swapped it over.

Winning the World Rally Championship in front of my friends and family was a career highlight. Of course my first World Championship was very special – it finally felt like I’d achieved something – but when I won the final stage, in my home town, in front of my friends and family, well, that was something else. It was a very proud moment.

I eventually part exchanged it for a Fiesta RS Turbo. This was no good in comparison as it had too much power going through the front wheels. It under-steered all over the place. I soon got rid of that and moved on to a Peugeot 205 Rallye, after that two 205 GTIs, then I swapped into a Saxo VTS.

want to be in the queue this year. World I don’t Touring Cars are very different and I’m starting from zero again and learning how to improve. Racing is different to rallying: you’ve got other cars on the track at the same time for a start and you need to be perfect everywhere, with every braking point and every corner. These are all new things to me, but I will get the rhythm. I want a good position, but I prefer finishing first…

I have to say the Saxo was my favourite. I used it to recce rallies in before I competed in them. I modified it

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Ecclesbourne Equestrian Team: County Challenge Champions Ecclesbourne School riders are celebrating after successfully claiming the title of County Challenge Champions in the 80cm (novice) show jumping class. Schools from all over the UK battled it out at the prestigious NSEA (National Schools Equestrian Association) event in Buckinghamshire on 26th April. The Ecclesbourne School earned its place at the final after beating 12 other schools and 93 competitors from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire at the County qualifier at Broomfield College on 6th April.

At the championships, 44 schools were represented by 131 individual riders. The Ecclesbourne team was the tenth school into the arena and then had to endure a nail-biting wait having to watch the remaining 34 schools compete. Competition was fierce but they couldn’t match the skill and determination of the Ecclesbourne team which was the fastest of only a couple of teams to successfully jump clear in both rounds. The team of Tara Foster, Stephanie Faulkner, Jenny O’Driscoll and Jess Buxton are all pupils at the Duffield

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Derbyshire Walking: Osmaston Park Supplied by Rob Bradford Distance: 3.5 miles Start Point: Osmaston Village Hall OS Map: Explorer 259: Derby, Ashbourne & Cheadle 1:25000 Map Ref: SK 1994 4388 Post Code: DE6 1LW Parking: Roadside with limited off road Tea Shops: None

A relaxing shortish walk from Osmaston’s thatched Village Hall down to the village green and duck pond, then on through Osmaston Park and its woodlands. The route also passes between two ornamental lakes near an old water mill with its large water wheel. The route then passes along a Rhododendron lined track down to a stream and some footbridges. Osmaston Village Hall

Although the walk is generally OK for families with children parts of the walk beyond the lakeside section can be rather muddy; a minor diversion to avoid the worst of the mud is made should you wish. Beyond the mud, the walk returns along farm tracks to the village pond passing the sports ground along the way. The Walk: From the car park and the thatched village hall, turn right and walk down to the village green and duck pond with its bench made from old horseshoes. At the pond turn left and take the middle path of the three rights of way signed ‘Bridleway to Shirley’. This path is a section of both the ‘The Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk’ and ‘Centenary Way’ national long distance footpaths. Follow the wide track as it gradually descends through fields to the ornamental lakes and the nearby old water mill. Walk past the mill and begin the short and fairly steep climb up into the woodland. At the top of the slope the path flattens out near a junction of paths where the two national footpaths go their different ways. Take the path to the right and follow the ‘Centenary Way’ along a rhododendron lined vehicle


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track. Ignoring paths to both left and right continue ahead to another junction of tracks. Continue ahead as waymarked at this junction, beyond the junction the track becomes heavily strewn with rubble and much rougher under foot. From this point the sound of running water should become audible as the track descends to a stream crossed by a ford and concrete footbridge.

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Cross the footbridge above the stepped cascade, then follow the path on Second Footbridge the other side for a short distance to a point where the track splits. Bear left as way-marked and walk forward to a second footbridge and ford across another stream. Cross this stream and continue forward to a way-marked wooden stock gate with a chain closure. On the far side of the gate follow the vehicle track across the meadow as it runs parallel to the ornamental lake to the right, or take the unofficial path beside the lake’s edge. Walk along the line of the lake to a stand of woodland on the lakeside, cross the small water course that feeds into the lake and approach a wooden stile into the woodland which roughly marks the half-way point of this walk. The official footpath here is between the edge of the woodland and the fence, but this being an Osmaston walk - it contains the obligatory section of mud! Looking at the reeds and wetland plants along the muddy section suggests this is more of a permanent feature than just a winter footpath condition which is when I wrote this walk. Luckily there is an alternative; ignore the stile and the muddy path beyond and continue to walk in the meadow with the fence and woodland to your right, follow the fence line enjoying the view of all the mud you are missing until a stile back onto the official path is reached. The very

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Once back on the path, cross a wooden step stile into an arable field ahead, walk along the edge of the field keeping the fence line and slope down to the stream to the right. Follow the curving edge of the field to another wooden step stile just to the left of a large tree in the fence line ahead. Cross into the next field and continue to follow the edge of the field as before. As the path approaches a third wooden step stile on the far side of the field, it once more becomes a bit muddy, but it’s not too bad and should be fine during the summer months. Cross this final stile into an open grassy field on the other side, keeping the old metal boundary fence of Osmaston Park to your right. Walk forward to a point where the fence curves into a wide drive into the parkland.

‘Exit’ and continue through more woodland. Once again woodpeckers could be heard, hares were also seen along this stretch just before leaving the woodland at a cattle grid. At the cattle grid there is a gate to the left, but as is often the case the ground near the gate is somewhat churned and muddy, although I suspect this might not be the case during drier weather. Once past the cattle grid, to the left is the village sports ground, keep following the track (now a driveway) to a junction where again the walk takes the track to the left. Ahead now is a tree lined wide avenue with the tower of St Martin’s Church visible in the distance. Walk along the drive to another cattle grid next to the gate house, here again to the left is a gate, but as before there is a muddy approach. Cross the cattle grid or pass through the gate and walk to the end of the driveway to the junction of three paths near the start of the walk, turn left and head back to the village pond, then turn right to head back towards the church and the village hall.

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fact that this stile is present where there is no adjoining footpath suggests that this alternative route is wellused. Should you choose to cross this stile there is still a chance of encountering mud on the far side, so you can ignore the stile and continue to follow the fence line to the end of the meadow and pass through a farm gate on the right to rejoin the mapped footpath.

A View across Osmaston Park

Enter the parkland through the old wooden five bar gate, this gate may well need lifting slightly to both open and close, don’t be too rough with it though as it was already off its top hinge when I went through it! Walk along the track through the woodland, look for the fallen tree that has lifted the bank of the stream that flows beside the track and look for signs of nest holes amongst the roots; woodpeckers were also active in this area on the morning of my walk. Pass through a second five bar gate on the far end of the woodland and follow the track as it swings left into a grassy lane. Walk up the track to a pair of farm gates near an old building in open fields, go through the gate and stay on the track as it passes through Osmaston Park. As you pass through the park look to the right for a tower poking up above the tree line in the distance, this is all that remains of what was once the great house of Osmaston Park. Continue to walk along the track to a half-timbered cottage just beyond which the track divides. At this junction take the track to the left, thoughtfully signed

Along the way back to the car park and the end of the walk look out for the innovative re-use of the former village phone box, now re-purposed as an information kiosk for the village.

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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: Fashionable at Fifty “Girls. Who can tell me the difference between leggings, jeggings and treggings?” Felicity smiled, hiding her disappointment that only two people, Edna Flewit and Doris Cartwright, had turned up for her ‘Fashionable at Fifty’ workshop at Buckledon Village Hall. Neither of them were a day under seventy five. Only Ted, who was there to lock up, raised his hand and replied, “I couldn’t say to be honest, but my wife makes me wear them sometimes”.

Ted had been loitering at the back, listening and jangling his keys, until he finally pulled up a chair. It aggrieved Felicity that he was getting a free workshop but at least he interacted. Unlike Edna, whose chin had sunk into her bosom. Either she was snoring or had a chainsaw in her handbag. Handyman Ted, was a regular fixture in the village, yet his interest in fashion came as a surprise. When Felicity commented that pop socks were a wardrobe essential, Ted had nodded sagely, announcing he preferred ten denier.

“Do demonstrate”. She stood back, trying not to smile. Who would have guessed that Ted was such an expert on ladies wear? He seemed very open about it – leggings, pop socks, and now pashminas, what else did he have in his repertoire? Whatever people get up to in the comfort of their own home is entirely their own business, Felicity reminded herself liberally. Yet, she couldn’t wait to tell her mother.

Glancing discreetly at his ankles, Felicity saw no sign of hosiery - only thick woollen socks that would benefit from either a darning needle or the dustbin.

Ted meanwhile had re-tied the scarf leaving one long swathe which swung like a pendulum, and woke poor Edna up with a start.

She moved swiftly on to ‘Capsule Wardrobes for a Weekend Away’. Doris became suddenly animated about a night she’d spent at a hotel by the motorway services, after Mr Cartwright had hammered through a hot water pipe. Felicity worried they were heading off the subject.

“That’ll scare the birds”, he grinned.

She decided to wrestle back control of the room with ‘Ten Ways to Wear a Pashmina’. “Who’d like to volunteer?” she asked, and was about to whisk out her expensive pashmina when she saw Doris wipe her fingers down her slacks. Luckily she had a good polyester substitute, with none of the drape but washable at 40 degrees. No hands went up but Ted stood up and walked to the front. Ted allowed Felicity to demonstrate a style of wrap she was rather proud of – the Parisian Twist. It was her own invention.

“I beg your pardon?” Felicity objected to her girls being called ‘birds’. “The pigeons”, Ted said, “this is how I tie my scarecrow’s scarf”. “Scarecrow?” Felicity was confused. “You don’t wear them yourself?” “Why would I wear a lady’s scarf?” from the man who was clearly wearing a lady’s scarf. “What about leggings?” “My Long Johns?” He patted his thighs, “the missus insists on them when I’m at the allotment”. “Pop socks?” Felicity raised her eyebrow.

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Felicity decided it was best not to say.

“I like to tie a scarf with more swish to it”, he said, untangling himself.

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One of the most important things you can do for your lawn is to aerate it – ideally in spring and autumn when grass is growing strongly. Aeration increases the grass root zone by getting air, water and nutrients down to where it is needed. If you have tried to do this with a fork or other hand-held tool, you will know how difficult and time consuming this can be. It is impractical on all but the smallest lawns. It can also cause serious back discomfort or injury through repeatedly stepping on the tool! There are two types of mechanical aeration used on domestic lawns: Hollow-tine aeration is used on severely compacted lawns - it removes soil from the turf to a depth of approximately 2 ½ inches. The cores are then removed from the lawn otherwise they form seed beds for weeds and can lead to an uneven surface. Due to the loss of turf soil, this should not be done more than once every two years unless fresh soil is being put back in - those of you who play golf will have seen this done on the greens. In dry conditions, hollow-tines can also exacerbate water

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Book Reviews How Daddy is Doing With Fathers’ Day just around the corner we thought we’d put together a collection of books about dads and their offspring. Whether they’re doting or disastrous, destructive or departed, this is a day for celebrating the role of these most influential of men.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy Although this book is set in a post-apocalyptic world and is, quite frankly, a bit terrifying, it’s a fantastic tale of a man who’ll do anything to protect his boy. Together they walk through the battered remnants of America, heading to the coast and hoping for salvation, with only each other to rely on. The landscape is brutal, chilling and ash-ridden and father and son must find food and shelter where they can, away from the dangers that lie in wait. Often described as a masterpiece, Cormac McCarthy’s novel is haunting and yet reassuring that the bond between parent and child can withstand anything. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl ‘The most marvellous and exciting father a boy ever had’ - you can’t do much better than that accolade. Nine-yearold Danny idolises his father and adores hearing his fantastic stories and tales of daring-do. Danny’s seemingly simple existence is his own personal bliss: growing up in a traveller’s caravan and tinkering with cars in his spare time. Then his dad comes up with a master plan in the form of a pheasantsnatching adventure and Danny’s world becomes that much more exciting. Roald Dahl’s story of a boy and his love and admiration for his dad is so heartwarming, you’ll want to start finding the extraordinary in the ordinary and realise that you too, can be the champion of the world. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller There’s no way that Willy Loman is winning any Father of the Year prizes anytime soon and yet his son Happy is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps. His other son, Biff has more of the measure of the man having once caught his father in a compromising situation. Whatever the drop-out Biff and the hapless


Happy decide to do with their lives, Loman himself is all washed up as a salesman and facing a precipice. Arthur Miller’s play is set using a series of flashbacks as we watch this family and their own American Dream vaporise before our very eyes. Loman commits one final act of desperation for his sons, and the reader is left to decide whether or not he was heroic in the end. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Show me the person who wouldn’t want Atticus Finch as their father-figure. Atticus is an attorney and is often hailed as being the personification of all that is moral and just. He’s adored by his two children, Scout and Jem who try to make sense of the happenings in the sleepy southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus must face the disapproving eyes of the town’s residents as he defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Scout and her brother Jem aren’t allowed into the courtroom but they sneak in and hide out on the ‘coloured balcony’ to watch their father in action, and the trial that will change Maycomb forever. And When Did You Last See Your Father? By Blake Morrison In his memoirs, the author recounts his relationship with his own father, throughout his dad’s life and after his death. It raises questions as to whether or not we ever see our parents as adults in their own right, or simply as our parents. How do we deal with family secrets and is it destructive to reveal them? Do we ever really get to know our parents and how they view the world? It might be time to put the kettle on, call the folks and see if there are any skeletons in the closet. Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown A bit of light relief comes in the form of Jeffrey Brown’s ponderings over Darth Vader’s propensity for fatherhood. What if Vader uttering the immortal words, “Luke, I am your father” opened the floodgates for some father-son bonding and making up for lost time across the galaxies. What if he was completely misinterpreted and it was a just a stern telling off from daddy? Brown’s comic illustrations reveal life as it could have been if he and Luke had been able to build a relationship and end up as allies rather than enemies, revealing what a hands-on dad Lord Vader could really have been.

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Advice David McPhee, Advice by David McPhee home andby family. conversion – though you may still need I’m thinking of extending my home but Arcitect permission for any extensions or major how do I ensure my project goes smoothly? Architect 3) Get fixed price quotes. alterations.

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The Diary of a local Mum Pets The ‘great pet debate’ began in our house a little over two years ago. The kids were desperate for a pet, and my husband and I, having both been brought up with animals, thought it was only fair that our children experienced that lovely, rewarding relationship for themselves. So the answer, in essence, to the “pleeeeeease can we have a pet” question was yes. The big issue was... what to have.

It was a definite no to my son’s first request – a bull. His favourite animal by far, but not one that is ever likely to reside in our shed. It was also a quick no to my daughter’s “can I have a horse?” The same with sheep, although to give them their due they put in a reasoned argument for this one “You’d never have to mow the lawn again Dad!” The favourites, from an early stage in the discussions, were a dog, a rabbit or a hamster. I love dogs, but with busy lives we didn’t think we’d have the time to give it all the care, attention and exercise that it needed. I’d never kept rabbits before but everyone we spoke to suggested that you should have them in pairs and that just sounded dangerous to me (the phrase breeding like rabbits must have some basis in reality, after all), so the hamster was coming out as a favourite. I did my research, spoke to friends with hamsters, even did a little hamster babysitting... and the decision was made. We bought Lulu just under two years ago, and she was fabulous! I had never imagined that a hamster could be so entertaining, and become such an integral part of the family. She kept us amused with her advanced cage acrobatics, and kept us on our toes with a few escape attempts. She’d dash around the house in her little ball, getting under our feet and tripping us up (usually on the hunt for more food). She visited


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The Cromford Canal Company A dispute between the Cromford Canal Company and Mr Henry Hunter. The Hunter family had been major land and colliery owners in Kilburn and the surrounding area for three hundred years. They resided in Kilburn Hall until the estate was sold in 1919. Their connection with the village still exists in the form of the Hunters Arms (was the Hunter Arms) built in 1879 (see picture), the family crest is carved in the front facing wall and appears on the inn sign. On the 28th May 1795, Mr Henry Hunter made an application for compensation of £264 7s 6d, the value of 2 acres, 2 roods and 23 perches of coal from his colliery at Pentrich, which he was unable to get owing to the construction of the canal.

The Canal Company had authority, vested in them by an Act of Parliament, to prevent anyone acting in any way that could damage the canal but had to pay compensation where appropriate. The Company replied to Mr Hunter stating that as they had not restrained him from getting the coal he had no claim for compensation, however, the Committee would make inquiries as to what effect the getting of the coal could have on the canal and the value of the coal to be purchased. Mr Hunter renewed his claim on the 25th January 1796, and in reply the Committee referred him to the opinion of Mr Le Blanc, in respect of the compensation to be paid for coal left for the security of the canal. He was also advised to appoint two “indifferent persons” referees, to determine the quantity of the coal to be left and its value. Mr Hunter Jnr. wrote on the 13th July 1796 that their referees differed from Mr Le Blanc’s opinion, and in reply the Committee requested to peruse the proposals made by the referees. On the 6th September 1796 Mr Hunter’s attorney requested a Mr Gibbs’ opinion, which was that the coal had improved in value due to the building of the canal, and should be considered. The Committee stated that this opinion be referred to a Mr Fenton, a competent judge, and Mr Hunter receive compensation conformable to his estimate. Further investigations revealed that Mr Hunter, as lessee of the colliery from the Duke of Devonshire, is at present precluded from getting the coal in question. Mr Hunter again renewed his claim on the 4th July 1798 and the Committee requested a Mr Walker to inspect the colliery and report on what coal shall remain unworked. Mr Hunter was offered £30 compensation on the 21st November 1798, if he will agree to be restrained from getting coal from under the canal. The dispute continued during 1799 with claim, counter claim and the threat of legal action. Eventually on the 4th February 1800 a Mr John Deakin, with the consent of both parties,


was appointed as arbitrator and in his words “do take upon myself the burden of arbitration to make the final award.” The award was that the Company should pay Mr Henry Hunter compensation of £32 for 1 rood and 5 perches of coal to be left under the canal. Mr Deakin also directed the Company to pay him 10 guineas for his time, chaise hire and expenses on this business. The conclusion of this dispute could not have been the one that Mr Henry Hunter expected. Having made a claim in 1795 of £264 7s 6d, and to receive five years later £32, plus all of the legal fees he must have incurred, must have made him question; was it all worth it? To find out more about the Cromford Canal, its history and plans for its restoration go to The Friends of the Cromford Canal website,

By Bert Crump

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Belper Fair

Fairs have changed in character over the years. Some were hiring fairs at which workers were employed for the year at a wage agreed between master and hired hand. Others involved the sale of animals and produce from the farms, such as goose and horse fairs. Then there were fairs which were like markets today, where produce of all kinds was sold, and craftsmen such as glove and shoemakers plied their trades. Centuries ago they were held on specific days, licensed by statute. The dates for fairs held on The Butts in Belper were January 28th, Whitsuntide (May 15th or June 9th) and October 31st. At these, horses, cattle and sheep were bought and sold. In modern times, fairs have become events for entertainment, often organised by families with generations of tradition in the business. The Proctor family set up their roundabouts and rides in Belper market place and on the Coppice, as they have done for decades, in the spring and October.

church into the fairground, and took up positions on John Proctor’s biggest roundabout, namely “The Dragons”. Hymns were sung and prayers given by the minister. On the Monday night all the takings from the fair were pooled and given to various hospitals. The last known service that I can remember was about 1935. I can remember the toffee stalls and the machines where it was being churned. Also the brandy snap being made on stalls lined up in front of Loverocks Clothing Shop.


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The brandy snap was made in a large pan. A large spoon was used to take a portion, then after rolling it in the hand into a ball shape, it was dropped into a small machine like an old fashioned mangle, and rolled flat, then wrapped around a short rod and left to set. The first day of the fair was called “The Hiring Day”, at which young men and maidens were hired by local farmers. Each person hired was given a shilling to spend at the fair. It was also Horse Sale Day. All this took place on The Butts.” 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. On July 2nd the subject will be “Fairground Art” by Neil Calladine. Neil is an expert on the history of fairs and fairground people, and is particularly knowledgeable about the Proctor family who run Belper Fair on the Coppice each year. 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.

The Historical Society has a letter written in 1971 describing a memory of childhood visits to the fair in the 1930s, and the following is an extract from it:

By Pat Marjoram Chairman, Belper Historical Society

“On the Sunday of Belper Fair Week, Canon Coope and the choir of St Peter’s Church paraded from the

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Your Horoscope June and July 2014 The Cosmos during June and July June: Although international tension may be easing off this month there are still some volatile events that cause concern. Fortunately the Sun in Gemini brings hope for much better communication and global discussions. Positive dialogue is also helped along by energetic Mars now gathering speed in Libra, the sign of harmony and balance. Mercury goes into retrograde motion on the 7th; as usual my advice is to take care with travel plans and all things to do with communications. Venus, the planet of love and romance, is in her own sign of Taurus until the 24th. This is a time of enjoyment and sensuous pleasure; make the most of the abundance of nature as the evenings get longer right up to the longest day on the Summer Solstice on the 21st of June. July: On the 16th the mighty planet Jupiter leaves the sign of Cancer and moves into the sign of Leo for a one year stay. Jupiter in Leo brings the quality of a regal planet to a regal sign - There is a feel-good factor here, lots of positive energy for creative opportunities and prosperity! There can also be a real feeling of liberation from attitudes or circumstances that may have limited or restricted you from being all that you could be. Leo is the sign of the lion make sure that you roar like one! Full moon in Capricorn is on the 12th and the new moon in Leo is on the 26th.

ARIES: MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 With Venus in a pivotal part of your chart this month, pampering is high on the agenda. You may have a yearning for luxury and indulgence and there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy whatever comes your way. The desire to spend will be strong so you may need to guard against impulse buying. July: Optimistic Jupiter arrives in the creative sector of your chart on the 16th - it’s now time to get those innovative ideas back on the agenda and start to work with them! The full moon in Capricorn on the 12th brings advancement and career opportunities your way. TAURUS: APRIL 21 - MAY 21 With the love planet Venus in your sign until the 24th you should feel at your most magnetic during June - the powers of attraction are definitely on your side! The communicative Gemini Sun brings your confidence to an all-time high, romance and new friendships may turn out to be especially fulfilling. July: Your home and family become your main focus after Jupiter changes signs on the 16th of the month. You may have some grand ideas about redecoration and refurbishment, be sure to use the powerful energy of the full moon in Capricorn on the 12th to put them into practice. GEMINI: MAY 22 - JUNE 21 The radiant Sun is in your sign, bringing joy and abundance to many areas of your life. It’s a time for big ideas and new inspiration for all round success. Try to get your plans underway before the 7th when your ruler Mercury goes into the retrograde phase. Relationships are favoured after the full moon on the 13th. July: Mercury, your ruling planet moves forward again after the 2nd - you’ll breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you can now get your projects going again. After the 16th as Jupiter moves into the communication area of your chart, important opportunities come your way. CANCER: JUNE 22 - JULY 22 Venus is in a pivotal part of your chart this month, ensuring that your social calendar is busier than ever. Group activities, networking and having fun with friends and relatives are all high on your agenda. The new moon in your sign on 27th brings a sense of a new beginning. July: Jupiter leaves your sign on the 16th and won’t return for another 12 years. This abundant time should have brought many rewards for most Cancerians. Jupiter now highlights the financial sector of your chart – can you turn some of your ideas into money making ventures? LEO: JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 June is a strong month for making connections, particularly professional ones. Your goals and ambitions are stimulated and energised by motivational Mars in Libra. Determination is in full swing, giving you the drive and enthusiasm to accomplish anything you set your heart on. July: Get ready for action, mighty Jupiter is arriving on your doorstep on the 16th – he’ll be staying for a year, so be sure to use him wisely! Any ideas around expansion, particularly by reaching out and helping others are bound to go well. A business opportunity could come your way on the 12th. VIRGO: AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Your money and your assets are in the spotlight this month as Mars moves forward in the financial sector of your chart. Try to finish any reviews and decision making before Mercury, your ruling planet goes retrograde on the 7th. Domestic issues come to the forefront after the full moon on the 13th. July: Your ruler turns direct on the 2nd and you’ll breathe a sigh of relief as your life gets back to normal! From the 16th Jupiter


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LIBRA: SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Motivational Mars is now gaining in forward motion in your sign. This shines the light on your partnerships and relationships so that feelings and emotions intensify. You may find you’ll need to tread carefully, especially around the time of the Sagittarian full moon on the 13th. July: Abundant Jupiter will light up the social sector of your chart from the 16th. During this cycle, romance and friendships or group associations can be positively tied together. You may find more romantic opportunities through friends, groups and associates and you’ll certainly bring your creative energy to any group setting.


will be occupying a mystical part of your chart and this is the perfect time for you to find deep inner wealth and inspiration in solitude and meditation.

SCORPIO: OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 A spectacular aspect between Saturn in your sign and abundant Jupiter in Cancer sets the month off to a good start. You are steady, insightful and intensely focussed so this is a really good time for any problem solving whether on an emotional or on a practical level. July: After the 16th abundant Jupiter shines brightly at the highest point of your chart. The year ahead bodes extremely well for your career and indeed for any projects or goals that you want to achieve. The full moon on the 12th brings exciting new ideas to expand your horizons. SAGITTARIUS: NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Making progress with a career project may have been rather challenging lately. With Mars in Libra now moving forward you can bring about a positive breakthrough with the help of trusted friends or colleagues. The full moon in your sign on the 13th brings an unexpected opportunity. July: Expanding your horizons through higher learning or travel will start to figure strongly as Jupiter moves into Leo on the 16th. This is a time for aligning your behaviour with what you intuitively believe to be right. You are taking more ‘me’ time, which is in fact long overdue. CAPRICORN: DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 Love, creativity and fun are top priorities for Capricorns during this month as Venus, the love planet moves to a pivotal position. Slow-moving Pluto in your sign asks you to be very honest with yourself about your needs and feelings. The Cancer new moon on the 27th brings some clarity. July: Your funds and assets come into strong focus as abundant Jupiter moves into your financial sector after the 16th. This is a brilliant time to make the most of your talents as there’s a real feeling of liberation from attitudes or circumstances that may have held you back AQUARIUS: JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Domestic matters are in the spotlight for Aquarians this month. Venus in Taurus gives you a sense of opulence and luxury, bringing lots of creative ideas for home improvement. The Sun in Gemini puts fun and games onto the agenda so home entertaining should also figure strongly. July: Relationships and partnerships figure strongly as mighty Jupiter highlights this sector of your chart. You’ll find that exciting new people come into your life who can offer help with your creative projects. The new moon in Leo on the 26th brings an opportunity your way. PISCES: FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Communication and creative self-expression are top of the agenda for Pisceans during June. Venus lights up a pivotal position in your chart, bringing a strong urge to reach out to others in new and innovative ways. The full moon energy on the 13th brings professional opportunities your way. July: Creativity and new ideas around your work and daily life will start to surface after the 16th. With Jupiter now in Leo you‘ll feel much more courageous about getting your projects off the ground. Use your intuition and be sure to trust it, particularly around the full moon on the 12th.

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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 Sam McGuinness of Horsley Woodhouse, nominated by her friend Katy Last. Here’s what Katy wrote:

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“I’d like to nominate my good friend Sam McGuinness for one of your Friendship Blooms Awards. Sam is always working for the benefit of our village. She has organised the provision of a new play facility for the children of Horsley Woodhouse at the Sitwell Rec. for all to enjoy. She has also arranged not one but two community balls this year. She is a Parish Councillor as well as a working mother of three young children. Above all, she is a great friend to many, myself included, and I think she deserves some public recognition for her efforts. Thanks.” Katy Last



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Clubs, Societies, Groups, Classes Belper 1st Alton Manor Scout Group Beavers, Cubs and Scout group – More details from Group Scout Leader Darren Barnes: 01773 880019. 1st Belper Rainbows Belper Lane, Belper, Thursday evening, for girls 5 to 7. Details from

Belper Harriers Joggers Jog Derbyshire group.Meets at Belper Leisure Centre. For all jogging abilities. Tuesdays 7pm. Contact Geoff: 07802 657321 Belper Historical Society Talks programme on first Weds of the month at St John’s Heritage Centre, The Butts at 7.30pm. Email or call 01332 880600. Belper Hope Café and open mic Salvation Army Hall, Belper Market Place, Sunday 7pm to 9pm. Quiz. David Howarth: 07726 694618.

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

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.

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 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

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 Stage Productions St Mark’s Church Hall, Over Lane, Openwoodgate, Friday 7.30pm. Adults and children rehearse for fun, family shows to be performed at The Robert Ludlam Theatre, St Benedict’s School, Derby. Info: 07758 625372. 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 07971 111061 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 Folk Club Every Tuesday at The Old Kings Head, Days Lane, Belper, 8.30pm. Details from 01246 865170 or

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

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.

Bumps and Babes Group For new and expectant parents every Monday 10-11.30am in the Belper Community Hall.

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;

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. Citizen’s Advice Bureau Free advice in all GP surgeries in Belper, contact your surgery for appointment. For appointment at Bureau, 103 Bridge St., call 0844 375 2712 between 9.30am and 4pm. 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

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. 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:

Compassionate Communication Practice Group Belper Unitarian Chapel. Learn how to use non-violent communication (NVC) to enhance relationships & resolve conflicts. Info: Fran Hill 01773 827452, 07955 588356 or

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

Fibro Lifestyle Informal self-help support group for people with Fibromyalgia. Meetings held last Tuesday of each month. Info: Brenda 01773 827019.

Shape Fitness Strutt’s Centre, Mondays 7.30pm. Pilates with fitness, come and join the fun. Contact Dawn 07917 728912.

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

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.

Fleet Indoor Bowls Belper Would love to see new members at our very laid back, friendly club. Monday evenings. Average age 50+ but all ages considered. Phone: Annette 01773 824945. Folk Friendzy Traditional Dancing for youngsters 5-19 years old at Belper Community Hall (behind Belper Library, Bridge Street, Belper.) Saturdays 9am to 12.30pm. Also at Fleet Arts Centre, The Fleet, Belper on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 9pm. New dancers welcome. 01773 743741. Friends of Belper Parks A community group who holds events and work parties to improve and maintain Belper Parks. See website or ring Dave 01773 824743. Friends of Belper River Gardens Organising concerts, events and taking part in working parties to make use of and help improve Belper’s unique Edwardian riverside gardens. Trevor 01773 821920 Genus (Belper District) Scout Network For boys and girls 18-25. Contact network leader Adam Thompson 01332 841744; email or visit Goryukan Belper Aikido Club Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper DE56 1UU, Tuesday & Thursday nights. Contact Henry Sensei on 07538-757073/Email: L D Camera Club Meet alternative Tuesdays at the Conservative Club, Campbell Street, Belper, 8pm. T Swift: 01773 853437. 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. 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 Parent & Toddler Group at Fleet Arts Every Thursday from 10am to 12pm. All Welcome.

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Bereavement Support Group The Cottage Project, Chapel Street, Belper every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 10am to 12noon. 01773 880364.

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


Kilburn Striders Jog Derbyshire Group. Meets at car park opposite Pickford Gardens. For all abilities. Meets at various times. Please call Ross for details. Ross: 07791 683056 Kyleburn Historical Society Kilburn Baptist Chapel Schoolroom, Highfield Road, Kilburn, every third Thursday, 7.30pm. Speakers. Chairman. Keith Staley: 01332 881853. Mums & Minis Denby Bottles Church, Danesby Crescent, Tuesdays 10am to 12noon. Mike and Alison James 01773 743104 Probus Club For retired people. Meet at Denby Lodge, Denby on the second Thursday each month at 10.45am. New members welcome. Mr H Hunt: 01773 570483 Stay ‘n’ Play Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Every Thursday 9.15am to 11.15am term time only. Tae Kwon-do & Self Defence Kilburn Village Hall Adult & Junior classes Sat: 10.00-12.00noon. Sun 9.30-10.30am Panthers 4-7 yrs Sat: 9.00-10.00am & Wed 5.00-6.00pm Contact Shirley 07779 812468 The Wednesday Club Denby Institute first Wednesday every month. 2.15pm. Betty: 01332 880726. All welcome. Walking for Health Meet outside the Bourne Cafe, Denby Pottery Visitor’s Centre. Thursday 9.30am. Various routes led by trained walk leaders. Contact: 01283 563483. Whist Drive Kilburn Village Hall, Church Street, Kilburn. Fortnightly on Wednesdays 2pm. 01773 741586

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 Baby and Toddler Group Playgroup for babies and pre-school children, every Wednesday 9.30-11am, Duffield Methodist Church, King Street. Duffield Gardening Club Weston Centre, Tamworth Street, Duffield, first Saturday each month, 10am. Slide shows, outings, activities, coffee. 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 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 Will Leech – 01332 841386.

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.

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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.

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. Steve 07970 969874 or

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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.

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 June/July 2014 June

7th: Sight Support Derbyshire’s annual Duck Race, Derby City Centre. Tel: 01332 287027 email: 14th: Ripley & Dist. Spiritualist Church, Argyll Rd, Ripley, Evening of Spiritual Mediumship, 6.15pm with Lisa Bonito-Day. £4 on door. 14th: Derbyshire Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild meeting presents ‘Georgian Embroidery and Costume’ by Alison Larkin. Derbyshire House, Sherwin St., Derby DE22 1GP. 1.30pm. Enq: 01773 835995 or 16th: Heanor Floral Arts Group present ‘Love Is In The Air’ by Elizabeth Bishop. Wilmot St Welfare Centre, Heanor 7pm. Membership available. Visitors £5. 19th: Kyleburn Historical Society presents Wingfield Manor by Graham Lee, Kilburn Baptist Chapel Schoolroom, Highfield Rd, Kilburn. 7.30pm. Guests £2 at the door. 20th - 6th July: Ashbourne Festival, info: or Visitor Centre 01335 343666. 21st: Derby Rotary present ‘A Midsummer Night at The Opera’, 7.30pm Derby Cathedral. Tkts £15 from Foulds Music Shop,by post c/o 17 Castle Hill, Duffield DE56 4EA, Enq: 01332 840923, 01332 824509, 01332 863653. Proceeds to various charities. 21st: Duffield Carnival invites you for a street procession followed by lots of fun on Eyes Meadow. Theme “Let’s go...Rio de Janeiro”. 1.45pm ‘til 9pm.Info: Facebook: ‘Duffield carnival’ Twitter:@duffieldcarnival Email: 27th until July 4th at various times, St John the Baptist Church, Smalley, Flower Festival. Refreshments. Info: 01332 880179, 28th: Gala Day at Kilburn Welfare Social Club, 1.30pm. Bouncy castle, BBQ. Enq: 01332 881538 28th: The Derwent Singers directed by Richard Roddis sing to celebrate “This Bountiful Earth”. St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth 7.30pm. Tkts & info: 01283 561826 or 28th: Waingroves Methodist Church Roast Lunch at 12.30pm 29th: The Derwent Singers directed by Richard Roddis as part of The Flower Festival, St. John’s Church, Smalley. 6.30pm Tkts & info: 01283 561826 or

July 6th: Kyleburn Historical Society visit to Wingfield Manor with Graham Lee. 12th: Derbyshire Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild meeting presents ‘Multi-Media Textiles and Magnification’ by Anna Krystina Casey. Derbyshire House, Sherwin St., Derby DE22 1GP. 1.30pm. Enq: 01773 835995 or 18th: Waingroves Methodist Church Book Sale 3pm-4.30pm & 6.30pm-9pm. 19th: Waingroves Methodist Church Book Sale 10am-12noon. 19th: Horsley Woodhouse Carnival, Sitwell recreation ground. £2 entry for adults. Children free. Fun dog show, craft tent. Enq: or 07917 752523. 19th: AmberGold, a society for people with learning difficulties, fund raising 60’s Disco. 7pm at Riddings Community Centre. Adm £8. Tkts from England Barker Jewellers, Ripley or 01773 744854. 20th: NGS Open Garden 2014, Wharfdale, 34 Broadway, Duffield, DE56 4BU. Info: or 21st: Heanor Floral Arts Group present ‘The Italian Job’ by Linda Smith. Wilmot St Welfare Centre, Heanor 7pm. Membership available, Visitors £5. 25th-10th Aug: Sight Support Derbyshire’s Beach Event “Derby by the Sea” 10am-5pm, Marketplace, Derby. Telephone: 01332 287027 email: 27th: Newstead Brass Band Concert, Highfields Complex, Codnor 2.30pm. Cream teas available. Free event. 29th to 1st August: Waingroves Methodist Church United Holiday Club, details to be confirmed.

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Bathrooms: Arctic Kitchens & Bathrooms 80 Bathrooms & Showers: Bathtime Heanor 75 Beads & Craft Accessories: Clare’s Beautiful Beads 19 Beauty: Elle Vie 39 Beauty: Prestige 45 Bedrooms: Contour Furnishings 60 Blinds & Curtains: Premier Blinds 72 Building Work: Bennett Construction 51 Building Work: Darren Wallis 57 Building Work: JJN Building Services 63 Building Work: Peak Building 83 Car Body Repairs & Servicing: B A Kelf 34 Car Body Repairs: ChipsAway 36 Car Body Repairs: Martin Buxton 35 Car Servicing, Repairs (Mobile): JB Motors 36 Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Crosshill Garage 34 Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Little Eaton Garage 36 Car Servicing, Repeairs, MOTs: Marehay Vauxhall 32 Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Shaws Garage 35 Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Wood Lane Garage 35 Care Home: Ashfields 99 Care Homes: Ashmere Care Homes 96 Carer Services: Amber Valley Total Care 97 Carer Services: Right at Home 100 Carpet Cleaning: Roy Milner 75 Carpets & Flooring: Ian Wilson 70 Carpets & Flooring: KA Flooring 82 Carpets & Flooring: Mill Floorings 49 Carpets & Flooring: T Nutt & Sons 7 Children’s Store: Children’s Choice 1 Chimney Sweep: Sooty & Sweep 76 Cleaning: Allestree Cleaners 4 Cleaning: Domestic Dreams 15 Cleaning: Dust Busters 4 Cleaning: Helping Hands 4 Cleaning: Jonelle 4 Cleaning: Lindsay Phillips Property Care 62 Community Organisation: Amber Valley Games 101 Computer Support: Computer Repair 4 U 9 Computer Support: Linden Design PC Support 8 Computer Tuition: Computer Tutor for U 91 Conservatories, Windows, Doors : Abbey Glass 112 Craft Activities: Crafts Cornucopia 19 Dentist: Bywater Dental Dentures: Amber Technology Domestic Help: My Domestic Goddess Door Maintenance & Repair: Door Maintenance & Repair

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Education: Derby Grammar School 89 Education: One-to-One Tuition 91 Electrician: Andy Hill 67 Electrician: JSP Electrical 76 Electrician: Karl Chamberlain 57 Electrician: Sandbed 80 Electrician: TME Electrical 56 Estate Agent: Hall & Benson 3 Events: Donington Park Racing 33 Financial Advice: Belper IFS Florist: The Flower Shop Footcare: Amber Feet Footcare: Foundation Footcare Funeral Directors: Gillotts Funeral Services Furniture: Fishbone Furniture

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Kitchens: Arctic Kitchens & Bathrooms 80 Kitchens: Holtams 55 Kitchens: L J Joinery 72 Kitchens: Oatenvale Kitchens 69 Ladies’ Wear & Accessories: The White Island Clothing Co 14 Landscaping Services: Langley Landscaping Services Ltd 84 Lawn Care: Lawn3 61 Loft Ladders: More than Loft Ladders 69 Log Supplies: Premier Log Supplies 67 Mediation: FMF Ltd Mobility: Clark & Partners Mobility: DMS (Derby Mobility Services)

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