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One Man’s Mission

Alastair Meikle is a cycling advocate, the ‘go to guy’, who keeps abreast of developments, reviews plans, makes suggestions and works with the council and developers where possible to improve the cycling infrastructure of the area… plus he is a man who uses his bike for getting from a to b and would encourage more to do so. He doesn’t do all this alone, but in December Alastair was awarded with the ‘Contribution to Sustainable Travel Award’ by Modeshift, an organisation who support sustainable travel, to recognise the continued work done and success he’s achieved. I’m sat in the straw
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New Life. The old Co-op.

Work has begun to redevelop the former Co-op department store on Elder Way, Chesterfield. The £10.5 million redevelopment by Jomast Developments is part of the Northern Gateway project led by Chesterfield Borough Council. The store has been empty since closing in July 2013. When completed, the building will include: • Seven ground floor family restaurants and bars • A 92 bedroom Premier Inn hotel on the first and second floors • A health and fitness centre in the basement Adam Hearld, commercial director, Jomast Developments, said: “This has been a difficult and complex project to get off the ground and
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Church On The Bus

The ‘crooked spire’ topping the Church of St Mary and all Saints is without a doubt Chesterfield’s most famous landmark. But just a few hundred meters away another unusual but lesser known church meets regularly, notable not for its architectural oddity but for the fact that it is a church on wheels. The Church on the Bus exists to serve the homeless in Chesterfield and Matlock areas, to be ‘a place of hope for the homeless’. This can take many forms, whether it is providing food, drink and clothing, giving counselling, prayer, or just being a safe and dependable place
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The Horse and Jockey

Helen Miller and Philip Stuart are the masterminds behind a great new business which was established in November last year. ‘The Horse and Jockey’ offers a full mobile bar service that can be sited at your event. They just pop up the serving hatch and the party can begin. The sister and brother were both having similar thoughts, Helen a Prosecco Bar and Philip a Gin Bar, when after discussing their plans at a local football match they decided to combine their ideas and create a high quality vintage mobile bar. They then spent some time designing the interior to
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Photography In A Minute

Creative professional Manuel Delaflor offers his tips on creating perfect photos. Camera Settings In general, the way to obtain the photo that YOU want to create is by changing the camera settings, which are there for one purpose alone: To allow us to get the proper exposure of whatever we are interested in. I will tackle the 4 most important settings. 1. The Frame Remember, everything in the frame is YOUR responsibility. 1) ISO: It allows us to select how sensitive to the light our sensor is. The more sensitive (the larger the number) the least light you need to
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Our Community

It’s really easy to fall into the habit of thinking everything in the world is bad and getting worse, especially if you follow the news. Personally, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming and I need to switch off. I’m not denying bad things do happen BUT, there is another side and most people are generally good. Everyday people do kind, generous, helpful things, for their neighbours, in the community and occasionally for complete strangers. People give up their time to volunteer to support charities, to offer activities for young people or do kind things for others. In December we
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Ashgate Hospicecare: £103,025 Grant

Ashgate Hospicecare is thrilled to receive a generous grant from the Westfield Health Charitable Trust. The money will be used to create a beautiful garden room and dementia friendly courtyard for patients, families and visitors, to ensure there is a space where families can make positive memories and remember their lives together. Graham Moore, Chairman of the Westfield Health Charitable Trust, said: “It is a pleasure to be funding the improvements on the Inpatient Unit at Ashgate Hospicecare. Karen Walker, Ward Manager of the Inpatient Unit at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “We are really proud of our ‘Outstanding’ rating from the
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Chatsworth Road Medical Centre PPG Update:

Five Ways to Wellbeing ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ is a major initiative aimed at helping people improve their wellbeing. It covers, Be Active, Keep Learning, Connect, Take Notice and Give – details are displayed on the PPG Notice Board at the Chastworth Road Medical Centre. Are you aware of the ways patients can access facilities for health and wellbeing? Locally there is a focus on people affected by mental health issues. Health, Wealth and Wellbeing days, are special days with lunch and entertainment to help combat loneliness and isolation and ‘Time for You Cafes’ run days where special facilities such
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Whitecotes Playing Field

From the Friends of Whitecotes Playing Field. Many of you may know the lovely green open space adjacent to Boythorpe Cemetery as ‘Foolow Field’ or ‘the cow field’. At the moment there is only a small playground there badly in need of refurbishment. It is now known as Whitecotes Playing Field and the ‘Friends of’ group chaired by local councillor Keith Falconer was set up on 1st Aug 16. After consultation with the local community we adopted aims to secure its long-term future which would improve the facilities there while at the same time protecting the wildlife and preserving the
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16 for 2018

Destination Chesterfield Manager takes on Sixteen Challenges in 2018 for the Alzheimer’s Society Tupton resident, Dom Stevens is set to complete sixteen challenges in 2018 for the Alzheimer’s Society and aims to raise at least £1807 throughout the year. The first four challenges started on the 1st of January with Dom giving up alcohol, caffeine, cheese and crisps for 12 months. The sixteen challenges include Dom’s first skydive, a marathon, obstacle races and many more. Details of all sixteen challenges can be found at www.facebook.com/superseven18/ Dom Stevens said: “I am training hard and supporting this charity for two reasons. One
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