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Why Don’t You?

They’re here again, the school summer holidays. To help you plan the remaining five weeks I thought I’d suggest a few activities close to home, and for just a few £s. I’ve taken a look at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s events, the National Trust sites locally and then a selection from the website Visitchesterfield. Whatever you do, enjoy the time and have a great summer. Wildplay Friday | Mysterious mini worlds Friday 17, 24 & 31 August 2018 No need to book – just drop in! Enjoy a wild summer holiday learning all about nature! Join Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) every
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A night at Bottle & Thyme

Relax with Botanical cocktails and a great new menu. When Gavin Grainger from Bottle & Thyme invited us down to try their new evening menu we jumped at the chance and weren’t disappointed. We’ve been in a number of times and enjoyed the food and ambiance of their cafe, restaurant and bar. It’s a place that’s open all day and that morphs and changes as the day progresses and the clientele come and go. In the morning it’s a chilled place for a breakfast or brunch, they serve a lunchtime menu, coffees, teas and cake throughout the day, serve two
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Somersall Park Becomes Buzzing Community Hub Once More

As someone raised in our local area, my childhood memories of Somersall Park were of a place filled with fun – children paddling in the river, finding sticklebacks beneath the stones, and families meeting for picnics and rowdy games of football, cricket and rounders. As a teenager, the space felt familiar and safe, even after the families had gone home for their tea. Moving back, with young children of my own, I was better able to appreciate the beauty of the space on our doorstep – but, for me, the park had lost its homely appeal. It was rare to
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Retail Awards

Destination Chesterfield’s Retail Award Winners 2018 Specsavers has been named as Chesterfield’s favourite store. The Burlington Street branch of the national opticians’ chain was crowned Retailer of the Year at the 2018 Chesterfield Retail Awards on Wednesday 13 June. Commenting on the award win, Gareth Webster, Retail Director at Specsavers said: “Winning Retailer of the Year is a proud moment for us all. Word of mouth recommendation is the bedrock of our business and this award embodies that. It means the world to us. “Even though we’re a chain, each store is invidually owned and we try to personalise our
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Steel City Office

Chesterfield law firm BRM open their first satellite office in Sheffield. We all need legal services at some point in life, whether it’s making a will, buying, or selling a house or one of many reasons that need support. When we do, it’s great to be able to select a local business. BRM Solicitors in Chesterfield have provided legal expertise for over 35 years. Recently their continued success has led to them opening a new office to serve their expanding client base in Sheffield. I met with Adrian Sheehan, director, and Head of Property at BRM to learn a little
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Palace Roofline

With great online reviews Shane from Palace Roofline calls into the studio. Palace Roofline is driven by local owner, Shane Calton, who we chatted to earlier this year when he celebrated ten years in business. He’s been in touch recently to share with us the fantastic ratings he’s achieving on many websites and to talk about a range of new products they’ve been installing locally. “From the first installations, ten years on, we’ve now completed so many local installations that I’ve lost count. The high-quality products and fantastic team working with me have resulted in some great reviews online, I
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Opportunities Aplenty

Journeys of Exchange with the Erasmus+ Project June this year was a good month for me. I learned “hello” in sixteen different languages. I hosted a conference in the centre of London and took selfies at Nelson’s Column. I spent a weekend in Turin, soaked up the sites and ate some of the best food of my life. And the best part? It didn’t cost me a thing. Erasmus+ is an EU funded programme which aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe, offering exciting opportunities for young people to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad. The
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Meet JG Sweep Services

JG Sweep Services started up business earlier this year as a chimney sweep. The image of the Victorian child being sent up a chimney is long gone, today it’s a highly controlled and technical job and having a clean chimney will ensure your stove burns safely and efficiently. Today a growing number of people are looking for alternative ways to heat their homes (200,000 stoves installed per annum) and many are opening up old fireplaces and installing wood burning stoves, many with back boilers. These burners use wood, wood derived biomass, some enable coal to be used and they’re a
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Community Within Community

Conelly Court & Chester House celebrate 30 years of supported independent living in Brampton Connelly Court and Chester House, on Chester Street, Brampton, celebrate 30 years of providing secure homes in July this year and the service they provide is appreciated by the residents, some of whom have been there 20 years or more. Connelly Court, together with the neighbour block Chester House, consists of 60 flats, 36 at Connelley Court are warden aided and 24 are general needs (Chester House), which house approximately 70 residents with disabilities or those over the age of 55. Since 2013 there has been
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Cider & Music at The Tramway Tavern

Over the bank holiday weekend of 25 to 27 August, Brampton Brewery’s Tramway Tavern will be hosting a Cider and music festival. The Shambles Duo perform on 25 August and includes Kelly Bond, of 13 Bends Design, responsible for the fabulous cartoons featured in S40 Local each edition and her husband Chris. Chris Sheldon the guitarist from The Shambles is also a talented Luthier, he makes beautiful bespoke stringed instruments for many musicians across Derbyshire. Chris studied his craft as a youngster and has built up his Brampton based business over the last 30 years, providing anything from small repairs,
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