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Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon 2017

Set a Date for Sunday 22 October 2017 One of the region’s leading independent estate agents has been announced as the title sponsor of the 2017 Chesterfield Half Marathon. Redbrik Estate Agency, which has five offices based in Chesterfield and Sheffield, has pledged its support to the event with a five-year sponsorship agreement with race and event organisers MLS Contracts Ltd. The Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon will take place this year on Sunday 22nd October and is set to be one of the town’s biggest and most successful community participation events and is backed by Chesterfield Borough Council. Applications for
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10 Garden Tips For July

There’s quite a lot to do in the garden around now, but pottering around it in summer is one of the rewards for the effort put in over the rest of the year – don’t look on it as work but as relaxation. As well as routine things like mowing the grass and weeding, here are ten other things that may be necessary (depending on what you grow). If you have to water, do so in the evening when there will be less evaporation and the water has a chance to soak into the soil. Using a hose is more
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Derbyshire’s Black Gold

How Derbyshire’s oil fields were stumbled upon in 1847. Words: Trevor The Ink The fossil fuel people associate with Derbyshire is coal. Rightly so, because coal mining was big business hereabouts and goes back a long way. But did you know that there were oil wells in Derbyshire too? In fact Britain’s first oilfield was in Derbyshire. Oil is sometimes found seeping into coal mines. This happened in 1847 at Ridding Colliery just south of Alfreton, where the influx became a major nuisance. The colliery had sunk a deeper shaft than normal (250 yards) and they had problems with incoming
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Wendy Kirkland . . . Piano Divas – and all that Jazz!

Jazz in Chesterfield and beyond owes a great deal to the brilliant talent, energy and enthusiasm of Wendy Kirkland. She is a very skilled jazz keyboard exponent, composer and vocalist and has been part of the UK wide Jazz music scene for more than 10 years. Switching to jazz in her late teens, Wendy started piano lessons at aged 8, going on to win a Derbyshire Music scholarship and gained her ABRSM grades. Wendy continued a playing career as accompanist to singers and as a keyboardist in club bands.  After being persuaded to sing by a friend, she quickly learned
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NGS Macmillan Unit

The NGS Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital is the culmination of a five-year project to bring cutting edge cancer treatment to Chesterfield. The £9.6M project completes in early June and opens its doors for outpatient treatments in a purpose-built facility that the staff are clearly extremely excited about in, not only due to working in the great new space and facilities but also about the new level of care they’ll be able to offer patients. Dr Roger Start is the Lead Cancer Clinician at the trust and has been leading a series of early bird tours of the facility
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Blue Oxen

West Studio tennant April Spence takes a refreshingly ethical approach to fashion. West Studios is the creative space on Sheffield Road, the old boys grammar school and the place S40 Local calls home.  I share my studio space with six other small businesses, and there are five other studios each with a similar number of occupants. One of the newer occupants is April Spence, and Blue Oxen is her sustainable and ethical women’s wear label run from her studio. April recently turned 20 and came to Chesterfield College after getting off to a shakey start studying fashion retail in Nottingham’s
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The Chippy

What’s Rick’s favourite day? Fry-day! Beer batter, local spuds and passion, we meet Rick from Chatsworth Road’s newest Fish & Chip shop, The Chippy. Rick Douthwaite at The Chippy at 134 Chatsworth Road  remembers proper fish and chip shops, “As a young boy when you walked into a fish and chip shop you had a simple choice to make, you could have fish, chips, sausages, fishcake, peas, gravy and some scraps… bits of golden batter piled up on top of you chips,” says Rick. Over recent years many fish and chip shops have expanded their menu and offer far more
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BBQ Season

Gastronamis tempt our taste buds ready for BBQ season. I absolutely love this time of year, a sunny afternoon in the garden, BBQ lit, glass of wine poured! Heaven…and the perfect way to start summer. If you love entertaining at home or simply just want an excuse for a party, there’s no better way to do it than by having a BBQ.  There are so many tasty things you can cook which don’t have to be complicated or time consuming at all. Everyone loves the usual burgers and sausages but why not impress your guests with something a little different. 
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Chesterfield Food Bank

Helping local people in crisis. I think the majority of people would prefer Chesterfield to be a place without a need for a food bank, but as Ian Birchmore, Foodbank Manager of Chesterfield Foodbank explains, that day is some way off at the moment. “New figures show 2,424 three day emergency food supplies given to local people in crisis by Chesterfield Foodbank in 2016-17 – over 674 went to children, compared to 2,122 in 2015-16. “It is deeply concerning that we are still seeing an increase in the number of three day emergency food supplies provided to local people in
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Heritage Lottery Fund for St Thomas’ tower

St Thomas’ Church, Brampton has received £97,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for repairs to its Grade 2 listed church tower. An ugly steel framework has secured the tower pinnacles since one was blown off in 1962.  The work will involve properly securing the pinnacles so the framework can be taken away, re-slating the roof and repairing the interior walls at the top of the tower. The grant will also pay for a two year Heritage Awareness Programme to: recruit and train new welcome volunteers deliver a series of walks, talks and tours including self guided leaflets deliver
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