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Arts & Minds

Words: Simon Paterson Ian was viewing the art in West Studios when I bumped into him. We started chatting and it was clear I needed to tell his story. Back in 1997 Ian had a breakdown and suffered with serious mental health issues until events in 2008 lead to him experiencing what he recognised as his wake-up call! Ian was admitted to the Hartington Wing at the Royal Hospital on the psychiatric ward. At the time they had a day unit which was open to out patients. The day unit had an attached art room which patients were encouraged to
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Challenge accepted, Meet this month’s cover Artists.

Words: Paul Chapman & Simon Paterson Images: Defeye Creative Defeye Creative step up to the ‘S41 Cover Artist Challenge’ this month. But who are they? Based in the studio next door to S41/S40, Defeye is a full-service creative agency, they produce intuitive creative content with video production, design for print, design for web and digital. They also make a good coffee and have a cooler looking studio than me! The team of four have skills across all platforms, Tom and Matt, have a film and photography background, Phil, print and web design and Steve, digital development. “One of our shared interests
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Spoilt for choice, The rise of the independents.

Words: Jennie Sim Images: Pizza PI and Pump & Grind Living in Chesterfield and being a complete foodie has never been so good, it’s as if there is an underground movement taking place to challenge our taste buds like never before! Independent venues are opening, sticking around and giving us much more of a taste adventure than your typical stand-alone chains. #localbusiness The independents are really grasping the need for an ‘alternative’ menu option and by alternative, I mean healthier option, gluten free, vegan or vegetarian. Allergies, intolerance’s and dietary choices are on the increase …. 2019 is the year
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Westfield Infant School Community Defibrillator

Words & Image: Mrs Risorto (Westfield Infant School) Last year on Valentine’s Day, the whole school got our ‘Hearts Racing’ to raise money for a community defibrillator. Following staff first aid training, including using a defibrillator, it was unanimously felt by the staff that having easy access to one would hugely increase the chances of saving someone’s life. This would benefit our whole school community on a daily basis, along with being accessible for our local community. To raise funds, we had a sponsored obstacle course; which truly got our hearts racing and tested our stamina! Everyone came dressed in
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S40 Community News

Rotary Club – Chesterfield Supporting the ‘Three Bedded Bays Project’. The Rotary Club of Chesterfield is delighted to support the ‘Three Bedded Bays Project’ at Ashgate Hospicecare, a £750k major upgrade of the in-patient bays to provide a more flexible, cost effective, pleasant environment. This donation of £2,750 is from the proceeds of Chesterfield Rotary’s 2018 Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show. Local Schools Public Speaking Competition 2019. The final of the Chesterfield Public Speaking Competition for local secondary schools was held on Friday 18 January 2019 and organised by Chesterfield Rotary for the 53rd consecutive year. The winner, in
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Coping.

Hi everyone, My name is Shelley Chapman and I’ve been asked to write regular articles for you, as I do talks on various radio stations, to groups and also help women, all over the world via social media and my book “Menopause Matters, How to Master the Menopause, Survive, Thrive and Feel Alive” get through the menopause as easily and naturally as possible. This stage of a woman’s life will happen to just about every female on the planet, so you’re certainly not alone. The problem, is that no-one talks about it and the help is sparse at best. That’s
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The perfect pooch

Words: Sue Laughton No doubt we all have a special relationship with our beloved canine friends, but how well do you really know them? I have been discussing this with local animal trainer and all-round doggy specialist Sue. Sue has owned lots of different breeds of dogs for over 30 years and even taken in a few that have needed a temporary home and someone to love them. A few years ago, after binging on Caesar Milan, Sue decided to put all her experience to good use and study to be a dog trainer. Sue has a fantastic insight for
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ECO Bricks

Words: Simon Paterson Images: FB Ecobricksuk With ecobicks we have the chance to put the positive qualities of plastic that were once so problematic – longevity, durability – to good and green use! An ecobrick is a two-litre plastic bottle filled to the brim with plastic! Anything from crisp packets and sweet wrappers to baubles and toys can be cut up and stuffed into a plastic bottle to a set density. The lid is then screwed on and the bottle is used as a building brick, brilliant! Ecobricks enable us to take personal responsibility for our plastic and are great
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Plastic’s not fantastic

  Words: Nicola Chapman Images: Steph’s Suatainable Stuff Steph Mannion is creative, innovative and inventive, and has been trying to live more sustainably for some time, but it wasn’t until some life changes resulted in her being jobless, that her hobbies and interests converged – Steph’s Sustainable Stuff was born. Steph had been caring for a lady for 9 years – the lady died in April last year, around the same time that Steph’s mum died, and Steph found she didn’t have the emotional capacity to take on another caring role immediately. During this time, she bumped into a friend
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Pomegranate Youth Theatre & Gekkota Arts

Words: Carole Copeland Images: Gekkota Arts The Pomegranate Youth Theatre offers weekly drama workshops that are available to all, regardless of their ethnic or social background, at a low cost. The Pomegranate Youth Theatre was formed in 2002 from an external drama group consisting of 10 to 15 members. It has grown to an existing group of up to 90 young people ages 7-30, drawn from all around Chesterfield and outlying area. The fun workshops provide a service to teach all aspects of stagecraft with professional facilitators which promote teamwork, social skills, emotional intelligence, creativity and confidence. The young people
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