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Food for thought, Chesterfield Foodbank

Issue no. 54 – June 2014. by Nicola Chapman It’s widely publicised that a growing number of people are finding it difficult to make ends meet with the rising cost of living, freezing of wages, benefit changes and the incidence of zero hour contracts taking their toll. Food banks are increasingly filling a need for short term support for many vulnerable people. The Chesterfield Food Bank was established in June last year, affiliated to the Trussel Trust, it provides an emergency supply of food to people and families, for three days, with a maximum of three visits in total. Ben
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Flower Festival and Organ Recital at the Crooked Spire, Chesterfield.

Issue no. 54 – June 2014. Words by Debbie Walters. Next year is the centenary of the Women’s Institute and as a lead-up to this milestone, there is a Baton Relay around the whole of the country – rather like the Olympic torch but smaller! The Baton will be arriving in Chesterfield on Thursday 19 June 2014 and all WIs have been encouraged to ‘do something’’ to mark the event. Rutland Group of WIs, which covers the Chesterfield area, has decided to hold a flower festival and organ recital in The Crooked Spire. The Mayor will be in attendance, along
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Chesterfield Golf Club

Issue no. 54 – June 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. Light exercise, a couple of hours outdoors with plenty of fresh air and sunshine and a chance to unwind from day to day cares. A way to build social and business contacts or spend time outdoors with loved ones, spouses, siblings, friends or just enjoying a challenge. If this is what you’re looking for, then maybe golf could be the answer… For S40 Local readers, Chesterfield golf club offers a fantastic environment for playing, socialising and belonging. It’s a true ‘Members’ Golf Club’ run by the members for the members.
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Chesterfield Carnival 2014

We catch up with Maria Davison who’s rather busy at the moment… Issue no. 54 – June 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. Saturday 26 July is Chesterfield Carnival day, a free event for the community at Stand Road. It’s the brain-child of Maria Davison with a group of friends who wanted to raise funds for Ashgate Hospice following the sudden death of a colleague’s wife. “She went from illness to passing away in a couple of months. Friends asked if we could do anything in her memory. We talked about a bench, but wanted to do something different. We felt
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Celebrating 25 years, Chesterfield’s Polar Windows

Issue no. 54 – June 2014 Words by Mike Snow. The area’s largest manufacturer and installer of conservatories, windows and doors, employing 27 staff, 9 fully-skilled fitting teams and a reliable portfolio of carefully-selected quality tradesmen. The domestic business now spans a 35-mile radius across Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Their range, however, covers more than just double glazing; with a whole host of high-quality enhancements for the home, including soffits and fascias, porches and garage doors; from flat roofs and solid warm roofs to extensions and conversions. In fact, with the impending launch of Polar Home Improvements, they have the
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BIKE WEEK. 14th – 22nd June 2014.

Issue no. 54 – June 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. The Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 sees the world famous road race starting from Leeds. On the second day a 200km stage route starts in York and finishes just 16 miles away on the roads near Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. This is sure to be a bumper year for all things cycling, with the success of Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, to the Tour De France winners of Sir Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Chris Froome (2013). This is all great news, many people are taking to two
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New Challenge for 2014?

The Chesterfield Marathon Lucy Shakespeare from Princes takes us through her training advice. Issue no. 54 – June 2014. Words by Lucy Shakespeare.   The 18 week marathon training plan is already in progress and started on 12th May so if you want to start you are behind the plan but if you are already running it may be possible to adapt a program to your needs and get you marathon fit. It’s important for everyone to have the support of fellow runners but also for everyone to be able to run at their own pace. By running together people
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St Thomas’ War Memorial

Issue no. 53 – May 2014. Words by Val Woollven. I have always been interested in War Memorials. Some of them celebrate name, rank, regiment and honours, others just solemly name the dead. Most places have one memorial and many of the family names recorded there can be found on current gravestones. Places without War Memorials are called ‘Thankful Villages’. The War Memorial at St Thomas’ in Brampton is unusual. Featured on the top is a swastika, not an emblem that you would associate with a structure designed and built to honour the dead of the Great War. I was
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University of the Third Age.

Issue no. 53 – May 2014. Words by Elaine Kirk. U3A stands for The University of the Third Age, but it isn’t a conventional university. Third Age refers to those who are retired or semi-retired. It is an organisation designed to give people in their third age the opportunity to meet socially as well as learn and share knowledge. You don’t need qualifications to join and no degree can be gained. ‘It beats watching television! U3A groups are full of real characters with a wealth of living under their belt. They are all willing to share and pass on their
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Meet the cast of The Wizard of Oz.

The latest production by Peak Youth. Issue no. 53 – May 2014. Words by Mike Spriggs. Peak Youth, under the direction of Mike Spriggs, have chosen to perform the Wizard of Oz at the Pomegranate Theatre during the first week of June. “The show contains many memorable songs, great characters and has something to suit all tastes” explains Mike. Following his acclaimed performance as Fagin in last year’s show, Josh Holmes takes the part of the Scarecrow with Kai Jackson playing the Tin Man and Sam Hall the cowardly Lion. The part of Dorothy, the show’s heroine, is taken by
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