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Barlow & Stenhousemuir

A Perfect Match. Issue no. 56 – August 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. Dave Hattersley is a local lad through and through, born three doors down from the, now gone, Terminus on Chatsworth Road. Today he lives in Walton, he and his brother Andrew are directors of the family business, Hattersleys Funeral Directors. Dave is one of the board members of Brampton Brewery and helped them set up and open the Tramway and the Rose and Crown. He also plays football for Barlow Kingston Rovers FC. Stenhousemuir is a small town in the Forth Valley area of Scotland, north of
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Memories of a bygone Brampton.

Issue no. 56 – August 2014. Words by Phillip Robinson. In March 1962, in Robinson and Sons Ltd company magazine, The Link, an article appeared featuring the building where Palfreyman’s Music and The Barbers now reside. Written by Philip Robinson and illustrated by Alec (Jock) Turner from the company, Jock has provided us with this piece to reproduce for you, to provide a new perspective for some, and a moment of reminiscence and nostalgia for others. The Bestwicks of Brampton. Castles are not the only buildings with historical associations, enshrining old memories. Shakespeare was born in a cottage, as were
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Wildlife at the Avenue Washlands

Issue no. 55 – July 2014. Word by The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) manages 42 nature reserves across the county, performing a role to conserve and protect our wildlife. But did you know one of the newer reserves, The Avenue Washlands, is just over 3 miles away in Wingerworth, just south of Chesterfield on the A61. And now is a great time to discover more about the reserve at the free, all-day wildlife ‘Dawn to Dusk’ extravaganza. The event, organised by the Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Local Group, kicks off at 4:30am on Saturday 12 July
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Tour de France

Issue no. 55 – July 2014. by Paul Chapman The Tour de France hits Derbyshire for one day on 6th July, before finishing in Sheffield. Recently I was in the Yorkshire Dales and the way they’ve embraced the event is staggering, hand knitted bunting everywhere, yellow bike trails, painted buildings and every village green and cricket pitch is converted to a camp site for the weekend. The route finishes at Don Valley Bowl on 6th July at approximately 4pm and this provides a great opportunity to see the finish. The site will boast a whole host of events including a
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Chesterfield, The Centre of Industrial England.

Issue no. 55 – July 2014. Words by Cliff Lea. At times I’m sure we’re all guilty of taking our local area for granted, so when we hear Chesterfield played host to archaeologists and historians from across the East Midlands and as far afield as London, during May, for a packed conference entitled “Chesterfield – the Centre of Industrial England”, we’re perhaps prompted to see it with fresh eyes and renewed appreciation! The visitors came to hear about the rich industrial heritage of the Brampton area and the industries, almost all of which are long gone, which played such an
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Coming Soon…

S40 Local’s website is due a makeover, but how does a small business achieve this? Issue no. 55 – July 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. If the phrase SEO conjures up an image of SPAM emails from dodgy sounding companies and individuals, trying to sell their services, then join the club. But during a conversation with Liam Jacques of Brampton Picture Framers I started to become a bit more curious about how SEO services could help. Liam told me how he’d approached designing BramptonFraming.com and that by understanding the importance of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) their site now sees significant
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Renishaw Charity Classic Car Show

Issue no. 55 – July 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. I really enjoyed watching Phillip Glenister hosting ‘The Love of Cars’ recently, a TV show in which six classic cars were restored back to their original state, helped by a small group of engineers before they were put up for auction the final show. Each year I aim to get along to the Renishaw Hall Charity Classic Car show and each year, either I forget or the weather is appalling.  This year however things were different, the sun was shining and it was a glorious day although the ground was
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Libby’s

Chocolate by Royal Appointment. Issue no. 55 – July 2014. Word by Paul Chapman. Libby’s at 479 Chatsworth Road, famed for eclectic unique gifts, cards, jewellery, scarves and antiques, is bringing something extra special to Chatsworth Road: A new and exclusive range of chocolates, hand-made by Barry Colenso, the master chocolatier who designed and crafted the chocolate leaves and flowers for the chocolate biscuit Royal Wedding cake of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Barry has an impressive CV: Head Patissier at the Savoy in London and commissions by the Royal Family including the Queen Mother’s 85th birthday cake, and
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Chatsworth Road Festival

4th to 12th October 2014. Issue no. 55 – July 2014. ‘Tempus Fugit’ or ‘Time Flies’ as my father-in-law says! As I write, planning for the 2014 Chatsworth Road Festival is well underway. There are only a few weeks left to send details of your event to the Chatsworth Road Festival Group so we can include it in the Festival Guide. So if you haven’t done so already please go to www.chatsworthroadfestival.wordpress.com, fill in a form and either email it to chatsworthroadfestival@gmail.com or drop it in to Created Gallery. The Festival, now into its fourth year, promises to be the
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8 MILES

The Recent History of the Chesterfield Canal. Issue no. 55 – July 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. 8 miles… is all that remains to be restored to link the land locked Chesterfield Canal back to the River Trent. “Chesterfield Canal opened in 1777 providing access to Chesterfield and Staveley works from the River Trent to the East enabling goods and fuels to be brought into the area,” explains Rod. “It featured ‘Norwood tunnel’ a 1.75 mile long straight tunnel, dug by hand, with a view from one end to the other. The tunnel was built to obscure the canal from
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