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The Christmas Gift Guide

Stuck for something for a loved one for Christmas? Below are ideas for gifts and the bonus is they’re all from local businesses who advertise with us. Take a look and don’t forget to let them know where you saw them. Happy Christmas.
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Time to get Festive Christmas Markets

Each and every year Christmas Markets spring up around the world signalling it is the beginning of advent and, more importantly, it’s Christmas time! This centuries old tradition dates back to a time when seasonal markets took place regularly throughout the year, specifically Christmas markets, which were happy occasions for locals who were becoming weary of the long winter nights. It is often thought that Christmas markets originated in Germany, before it became a nation state, the earliest known Christmas market, ‘December Market’, was situated in Vienna, Austria and dates back to the year 1298. They were traditionally held in
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Community Christmas

Some thoughts on how you can get in the festive mood locally. With the nights drawing in, the half term holidays and bonfire night behind us, thoughts turn towards Christmas, not in a ‘get the decorations up’ sort of way… well not yet anyway, but more in a… Who’s making Christmas dinner? Is Mum coming to us this year? Has anyone got any ideas what they might like for Christmas?… sort of way.  We also start putting Christmas activi ties on the calendar, the things that might make us feel festive, or the things that over the years have become
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Chesterfield Food & Drink Awards 2017 Words

Chatsworth Road’s Blu Bistro & Coffee House has been named as Chesterfield’s Restaurant of the Year at the town’s 2017 Food and Drink Awards. Judges described Blu as a ‘hidden gem’ which far exceeded their expectations. “From the minute we were greeted to the end of the evening the whole experience was a sheer delight. A truly exciting, gastronomic journey. The cooking techniques were outstanding, as were the combinations of flavours.” It was a successful night for many of Chatsworth Road’s businesses and S40 Local advertisers. Bottle & Thyme, who opened their doors in December last year, celebrated its first year in
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Sauced Here

A new local alternative to the supermarket basket that supports the local independents. No matter what our best intentions to shop local and support independent retailers, it can be difficult, particularly if you work full time. You can’t get out to the shops, or you just don’t likespending your free time shopping, AND for many people the convenience of home delivery from a supermarket, ordered online really helps! But… Luke Osborne, the man behind Sauced Here, is making online local shopping just as easy. The idea is simple.  Sauced Here does exactly what the supermarkets do. It enables you to
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Photography In A Minute

Creative professional Manuel Delaflor offers his tips on creating perfect photos. With this issue, we are presenting a series of articles related to photography, and we will start right from the beginning: The rules of composition. Forthcoming articles will always be interesting and use clear, non technical language. We hope you like them! Rules of Composition Nowadays, almost everyone has a (sort of) camera with them at all times. We are talking about the ever-present “smartphone”, which most of the time includes not just one but two cameras; The “selfies” one and a “proper” one in the back. Now, even
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Jack’s Back

Club Legend Jack Lester has returned to Chesterfield FC to lead the struggling League Two side up the table, just like he did when he was their striker. After finishing at the bottom of League One last season, Chesterfield FC has had a rocky start to the 2017/18 campaign. Kicking off their first two months with just one league victory over Port Vale back in August, the mood around Proact is unsurprisingly glum. The club sacked caretaker manager Guy Branston who was appointed as director of recruitment and development back in April and took charge of the club on an
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13 Bends Design

Meet Kelly Bond designer, illustrator, part of the team at S40 Local, singer… and a busy mum. For those of you who regularly drive out to Bakewell, you’ll perhaps see where the name for Kelly Bond’s graphic design business, 13 BENDS DESIGN came from. A local reference with a creative feel, and the next stop on our virtual tour of West Studios. Kelly doesn’t have a full-time space at the studios, she is self-employed, but also supports me with S40 Local, doing advert design, layout and illustrating the fantastic cartoons that we feature. Check out this Christmas cartoon opposite (I
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Bells, Cakes & Ducks for Pudsey

  Over £1000 has been raised for BBC Children in Need by Old Brampton’s Bell Ringers. The bell ringers held an #APealForPudsey Bells & Cakes event, supported by other members of Old Brampton Church. On Sunday 5th November ten bell ringers, including five 11-18-year-olds, rang a sponsored 45-minute non-stop ringing relay on the six bells. During the ringing cakes and refreshments were served and a fun duck race was held, all helping to raise money. There were 36 passes in the ringing relay, each involving a bell ringer passing their rope to another ringer while keeping the bell ringing. It
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New Creative Courses: West Studios

At West Studios (Sheffield Road) they have established a number of creative courses starting in the New Year, all run by professional tutors. If you’d like to learn a new skill get in touch to book your place. Ceramics Workshop Intro: working with clay. 6 week course. £185.00 including all materials. Start – 08.01.18, Monday 6pm-9pm Start – 11.01.18, Thursday 9am-12 Start – 12.04.18, Thursday 1pm-4pm Advanced Ceramic Techniques 6 week course. £185.00 including materials. Start – 11.01.18, Thursday 1pm-4pm Start – 09.04.18, Monday 6pm-9pm Printmaking Skills Intro to Print: Collagraph & Lino. 5 week course. £135.00 including materials. Start
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