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Just Andrew

JustAndrew is a Youtuber/aspiring director with 450 subscribers, working around the local area, who’s entrancing vlogs are a glitch-infueled wonder to behold. The vlogs which he started doing in May of last year consist of surprisingly good electronic music, (not dance music, so calm down) timelapses, random cuts and weird artistic shots of buildings. (Which is definitely not a casey neistat rip-off at all.) While he doesn’t say much, instead saving his words for insightful comments such as ‘I like these signs,’ and ‘We’re at a food tasting festival, to see what we can taste.’ The vlogs serve more as
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Chatsworth Road Celebration 2017

This will be the seventh year the Chatsworth Road Festival takes place. Between Thu 5 and Sunday 8 October local groups, clubs, organisations, and businesses will put on events and promotions to celebrate where we live. The festival is abit unique as there’s no village green where we can meet, with bands playing, carnival parades, stalls, cakes and activities, so the guys who organise it refer to it as a ‘celebration’. There will be bunting I’m sure, hung by those taking part and you’re never likely to be more than six feet from a cake or two! It really is
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Bernie Clifton – The Interview

Upon a chance encounter at a Count Arthur Strong gig, I stumbled across the 70s variety entertainer Bernie Clifton, I decided to find out a little more about the man behind the bird. Read the full Interview below. “Why did you start wanting to entertain people?” “When I was a lad, growing up in St. Helens, I was a plumber, and I was working on building sites in bathrooms. And bathrooms have got great acoustics to resonant and I used to sing mi little heart out as a fifteen year old thinking ooh I’ve gotta sing, and I could always
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Hard Hat Day @ St Thomas’ Church Tower

The flyer said ‘Have you ever wondered what it feels like to view the world from a scaffolding platform?’ I was invited along on a Hard Hat Tour of the work taking place at St Thomas’ Church Tower. Heritage Lottery funded, the work is being done to secure the four pinnacles at the corners of the main church tower and remove an ageing old strap system that was installed in the past to secure the old stonework. It was a fascinating tour and with a difference. When I agreed to go I didn’t think about how I’d be getting to
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Summer Garden Tips

The INSPIRE COMMUNITY GARDEN is continuing to develop and a pizza oven is in place towards the top of our plot. Our cropping this year has been very impressive. Why don’t you come to have a look at our garden and meet the volunteers involved in the project? We may be lucky and inspire you to get out our spade at home or, if you have the time, to join us and benefit from our crops. The entrance is via the bottom of the Ashgate Road Car Park (S40 4AA). Second Early potato varieties will be ready to harvest now,
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Illustrator: Craig Burr

This month’s cover illustration comes from Craig Burr, Craig has been homeless for two years.  He previously ran his own IT company but when circumstances conspired against him and a relationship ended, he was left in debt and without a roof over his head. I was introduced to Craig via Betty Frost who runs a local, community based art group at St Augustine’s Church, for people struggling with mental health or other wellbeing issues. Craig explained “When I first became homeless I became involved with other people in the same situation, this had a negative impact on me and I
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Johnson’s Ironmongers – The End of an Era

When I think of Johnson’s Ironmongers my mind automatically replays the iconic Two Ronnie’s, ‘Four Candles’ sketch, and I feel a similar sense of fondness for both. In my mind it could just as well be Phil Johnson serving me! I didn’t know Phil Johnson well, although I’ve visited the shop numerous times over the years, but I know it as the kind of place you can go and pick up just the quantity you need, of whatever it is you’re after, get good advice and great service!   Many of you will know that Phil is no longer with
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A Day at the Races – World Class Women’s Cycling in Chesterfield

Women’s cycling might not yet have the profile of some other sports, but on Saturday 10 June Chesterfield and Derbyshire hosted the top women’s cyclists in the world as they competed in day four of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, the penultimate day, preceding the final day in London. It was a grey start to the day, but that didn’t stop Chesterfield coming out in support of the event. Alastair Meikle of Wheely Fun Wheels and founder of the Chesterfield Cycle Campaign, had arranged activities for local schools and clubs, in particularly aimed at, but not exclusively for, girls.  Groups
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Chesterfield Canal Trust Receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Chesterfield Canal Trust has been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK The work the Trust does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE. The award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. Trust Chair Robin Stonebridge said, “Receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary
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Summer Berry Trifle – Recipe

Entertaining guests this summer? Been invited to friends and need to take dessert? Just fancy something nice and sweet on a summer’s evening? Then look no further than my quick and easy summer berry trifle. It’s quick to make and tastes delicious and is sure to put you in the mood for summer! Serves 4  Ingredients: 250 g ready prepared vanilla custard 225g strawberries 150g raspberries 130g madeira sponge 20g caster sugar 300 ml double cream Method: Using a blender puree 100g of the strawberries and 40g of the raspberries. Add in the sugar and 75ml of water. Put the
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