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Chesterfield’s Walton Mill   I’ve always had a strong passion for photography…   And it wasn’t until I started my course that I realised I wanted it to be more than just a hobby, I wanted a career in photography. I have been applying to universities for photography courses and have secured offers for September 2018. My name is Ellie Rhodes and I’m studying photography at Chesterfield College. I chose to go to Chesterfield College after my A Levels at Brookfield Community School to gain more UCAS points because at the time I wanted to train as a Children’s Nurse.
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Not Words: When Words Fail Art & Image Speak

Pomegranate Youth Theatre and Gekkota Arts, Chesterfield have received a National Lottery grant of £26,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for new project, ‘Not Words’.   This immersive drama and art project will explore the visual legacy of local suffragettes, such as Marjorie Hamilton, and how this contributed to the use of strong images by women war artists in World War One. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, archive material will be collected to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 and the Representation of the People Act of 1918, which granted the vote to some
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Secret Chesterfield

Did you know Chesterfield had its own magic well?   What about the priest who singlehandedly saved the town from a dragon? You’d be forgiven, I suppose, for not knowing much about Derbyshire’s turn of the century oil rush, or the two hundred Napoleonic POWs who brought glove-making to Chesterfield. A new book by local author Richard Bradley, entitled Secret Chesterfield, delves into the histories of our much loved market town. It is a combination of both fact and folklore, of the history which has quietly slipped into obscurity, or was never well-known in the first place, and of the
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Brampton Manor

Brampton is a 16th Century Manor House, nestled up a stunning driveway on Old Road in the heart of Brampton.   Over the years the Manor House will have been through some significant changes and it’s changing again, although this time it’s more of a realignment that will see it continue to be a central part of our local Brampton community. You may have been passing and seen the ‘For Sale’ sign and wondered what was going on at The Manor? Well here is our opportunity to let you know exactly what has been happening: “When the decision was made
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Derbyshire Open Arts

26 May to 3 June 2018   Thinking of refreshing your walls, home or outfits? Well hold on a wee bit as Derbyshire Open Arts is coming soon. Artists are busy getting ready to open their studios, or group together in bigger venues to show their new work. So get your diaries out and pencil in a trip or several trips out over the end of May Bank Holiday. To whet your appetite, take a look at the website where you can browse over 100 artists showing across Derbyshire – South, North, West and East. For some artisans this is
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Textile Exhibitions … in a Box!

25 Years of the Chesterfield Embroiderers’ Guild     Almost three years since their 25th Anniversary Celebrations exhibition, this latest one is a celebration again, this time of the history of the Derwent Valley Cotton Mills. Taking place at West Studios, Sheffield Road, the exhibition runs from 14 April to 11 May.   “We’re really excited and pleased to be exhibiting at West Studios” says Barbara. “the space is a much-needed addition to the Chesterfield arts circuit and a fantastic base at which to display our work within a stone’s throw of the town centre.   West Studios is in
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Menopause Matters, a Read for All

As I sit in a quiet corner of a busy Chesterfield café, a gust of mild Spring air rushes in, declaring the arrival of a vibrant middle-aged woman whose energy is nothing short of contagious.   She is author Shelley Chapman, who has recently self-published her first book entitled Menopause Matters. The book takes a light hearted approach to demystifying the menopause; far from full of medical jargon stripped from a GCSE textbook, it is an interactive journal designed to assure those who are undergoing a similar experience that they are not alone.   “It’s a natural process, like puberty in
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Is your kitchen 1st Class?

Husband and wife team Dave & Helen Oxley at 1st Class Kitchens bring us up to date with the latest news.   Spring is in the air and there’s the usual flurry of spring cleaning activity at the showroom of 1st Class Kitchens at 456 Derby Road with updated ranges showcasing the latest units and appliances on display. 1st Class Kitchens is owned and run by husband and wife team Dave and Helen Oxley from Walton. Dave is often found on site making sure the kitchen project is running to plan and Helen is on hand at the showroom to
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Still Fresh

Ten Years On, Lime Living Celebrates I remember Lime Living emerging onto the streets of Chesterfield; their striking signage seemed to offer a fresh approach to buying and selling homes – well that was ten years ago.  Jamie Wajs and the team at Lime Living celebrate reaching that milestone in April this year.   “Good quality housing stock in Chesterfield is very sought after” says Jamie, “whether it’s property for sale or rental. Properties continue to move quickly and we have a waiting list of people looking for rentals.”   I was asking about the state of the housing market.
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Young Contemporaries 2018

Creative Studio, West Studios, Collaboration with Chesterfield College Art and Design Students: Young Contemporaries 2018       May 2018 brings us a new collective of Chesterfield College Art and Design students, who will form the Young Contemporaries 2018. In collaboration with the West Studios Tenants Open Studios on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May, this creative group will host their first contemporary exhibition as professional artists. The group will be exhibiting a combination of work created within their courses alongside personal projects. Throughout the journey these young artists will work with the professional creative businesses based at West Studios.
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