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I Blame The Fridge

A bumbling opinion. Change is a fact of life and Chatsworth Road is no exception, some old traditional businesses have disappeared recently and you know what I think is to blame. The fridge. Now bear with me on this. To see where this starts you need to go back to a time before there were white electric powered boxes in the kitchen to keep all our food conveniently fresh. It was the early 1900s when the first vapour compression refrigeration was invented, but it wasn’t until 1913 that the first domestic fridge was sold (according to Wikipedia). So what did
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Barrow Hill Roundhouse – Doorstep days out!

I’ve heard of Barrow Hill Roundhouse, I know it has something to do with trains and hosts a Real (or Rail) Ale festival but apart from that I haven’t thought much about it. A Roundhouse is used for servicing and storing locomotives and turning locomotives around – it’s a large shed with a giant turntable in the centre. What I hadn’t realised is: Barrow Hill is a unique heritage site, being the last operational roundhouse engine shed in Great Britain. It’s only 6 or 7 miles away, which as days out go, is pretty close by And… it’s hosting a
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Penk Insurance – ‘We do business insurance too!’

We often talk about the benefits of having local independent businesses and a case in point of how those benefits translate into tangible things is Penk Insurance. Penk have been based in Chesterfield for almost 30 years. Jenny and David Penk, who own the business, live in Walton, employ local people who also spend their money locally and they do their bit for the community around them, sponsoring events, maintaining the planter outside their office and generally getting involved and doing positive things in the community – our community. The insurance products they sell are competitively priced and they do
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LPH Chiropody & Podiatry

LPH Chiropody & Podiatry have been in touch to tell us about an award they picked up recently, and without even trying! Louise at LPH says “this award came out of the blue, through mystery shopping by live patients.  We got the email telling us of the award whilst on holiday, along with a photo of the mystery shopper. Their email said “We are excited to inform you that LPH Chiropody and Podiatry has been selected as a top Podiatrist business in Chesterfield in our annual Yocale Book Local Community Choice Awards for 2017. The Book Local Community Choice Award
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Creatives Collaborate

Clare Gage brings pottery classes to StraightCurves S40 advertiser StraightCurves has long been the place to find a craft course in Chesterfield, if you’re feeling creative. Now local potter Clare Gage has joined the team to encourage you to try your hand working with clay. Clare says, ‘I grew up going to pottery classes and it’s fabulous to be able to teach others.’ Karen from StraightCurves is excited about this new addition to her team of tutors. She says, ‘It’s great for our customers to have the opportunity to learn with Clare, an award winning ceramicist who is based in
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Rotary Club

Satelite Club Awards Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show ‘Rotary is where neighbours, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.’ This is very true of the Chesterfield Rotary District where members of the recently formed Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield have significantly contributed to a prestigious award presented each year to only one club in Rotary District 1220, which covers 69 Rotary clubs throughout Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and parts of  Lincolnshire. ‘The Gordon Taylor Trophy’ for the Best Club in District 1220 has been presented to Chesterfield Rotary Club by District Governor
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The Final Push – any spare pennies (or pounds) for FOSP!

The Friends of Somersall Park Group have had a great year! With several successful funding bids including £10,000 from Tesco Bags of Help, and more recently a tremendous £25,000 from Viridor, they are now getting closer to the total needed for the planned replacement of the Play Area. ‘Our total fund now stands at £53,000. We have had several generous donations from local individuals and groups, and are inching closer to the required amount of £80k. It finally feels that we will get there and we would urge any local people who would love to see an amazing new Play
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That VAN! Chesterfield Foodbank

Recently we recieved a note from Ian Birchmore, the Project Manager at Chesterfield Foodbank. It lifted spirits here at S40 Local, from an article we did a few months ago some fantastic news for the Foodbank. Dermot whoever you are, can I express a huge thanks for taking the time to read the article and even more thanks for the actions you then took. You are a star. Ian’s note is below. As you probably know Chesterfield Foodbank has been saving up for a small van to carry all our food and toiletries from donor to client. It was worked
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Autumn Garden Tips

If you have heavy clay soil, make a start on digging it over, leaving the lumps to be broken down by frost over winter. If you have any used compost, which will improve the soil structure, incorporate it as you go. When leaves have fallen, this is the time to give your soft fruit: blackcurrants, blackberries and all the hybrids, some shaping while they are dormant. Remember that next year’s crop will fruit on the previous year’s growth, e.g. raspberries & blackcurrants. When your crops of tomatoes etc. have finished, thoroughly clean greenhouses and cold frames while the days are
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Barlow Red ‘B’arrows? – At local events near you this summer!

“One of the premier aerobatic display teams, representing the speed, agility and precision of…” wait a minute there was a mistype in my Google search, this was the Red Arrows! Clearly, the Barlow Red Barrows have a lot to live up to… I went to meet David Johnston at the Tickled Trout, who set me straight. “We are a squadron, a bunch of 13 pilots at the moment, fitness isn’t important, we’re not actual pilots, we’re fuelled by beer, bacon butties, chips etc.  Squadron HQ is right here at The Tickled Trout in Barlow. We’re ground based, moving at speed,
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