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Straight Curves: New Home for 2015.

Karen Rogers is a bit of a whirlwind, her new business StraightCurves opened in December 2013 and featured in S40 Local. Since then Karen’s been busy, very busy.  Her energy is catching and she sweeps people along with her, enthusiastic in every discussion, plans being hatched and ideas tweaked and developed ready to be delivered. Her business StraightCurves opened just 13 months ago, a creative hub and space in the newly refurbished office suites above Chesterfield’s Market Hall and already they’re on the move, having taken a short trip to a new home at 104 Saltergate, directly opposite the old
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Believe in yourself!

  With a range of creative activities and interventions as varied as the people they work with and the social issues they tackle, Qdos Creates, together with Barnados Leaving Care Service launch their first Chesterfield based programme in January. Qdos Creates is based in West Studios, Chesterfield and have been delivering performances, workshops and accredited courses regionally and nationally for young people and adults since 1995. The ten week Chesterfield course called “Believe in Yourself” is for young people who are moving on from the care system in Derbyshire.  The workshops are co financed by the European Social Fund and
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Penk Insurance

Putting customer service back into your insurance It’s generally not until the insurance renewal letter drops through the letter box, that I am reminded that one of my insurance renewals is due, be it for the house, car, van or business.  Even though I get the reminders in advance, it’s a task I will often leave until the last minute and  find myself rushing to get the best price whilst not  being  confident that I have the right policy that fully meets all my needs. When you search on the internet,it’s very confusing with lots of assumptive questions  and hidden
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‘It’s about you joggers who go round and round and round’

  Last year saw the first marathon in Chesterfield for over 20 years.  It was a great success and helped put Chesterfield and Derbyshire back on the running map. The weather was good, the event was well organised and runners and spectators arrived in huge numbers to support each other, swell the town’s income a little and of course raise money for the event’s organisers, Kids n Cancer UK, a national charity who has its headquarters in Chesterfield. As I write there are 36 weeks until the next event starts.  If you’re looking for a challenge, fancy raising money for
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Klasse’ Fitness & Body Shaping Studio

Body Fat Breakthrough. If you’re looking to get fit in 2015, Klasse’ Health and Wellbeing Centre are here to help. Designed around the most powerful and result-driven concepts and technologies, backed by research and proven by science. We offer three key programmes for maximum benefit: POWERPLATE™ Spinning Core Strength Training. POWERPLATE™ creates stimulation to complement the demand of earth’s gravity, toning your body without placing excessive loads on the musculoskeletal system. It improves blood circulation and lymphatic return as well as metabolic function, muscular tone, stability, balance and spinal stability. How it works: the vibration technology behind Powerplate™ enhances motor
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#HNY

  As January the first arrives, conversations about New Year resolutions begin.  A quick view of the internet suggests a third of us make a resolution or two and a survey (Wikipedia) suggests over half of us don’t even make it through the first week, and just 8% of us achieve them long term. We’re already three weeks into 2015, a good time to take stock.  If you made resolutions perhaps you’re doing brilliantly at them… but if not why not take time to review them and give them a bit of a kick start? The main things we resolve
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‘Every childhood is worth fighting for’

Supporting our 9 to 11 year olds. Recent child abuse revelations have brought many of us up short – we’ve perhaps believed it is something that happens elsewhere, but recent cases have been closer to home than we’d care to believe. In fact NSPCC research brings it closer still, showing that on average two children in every primary school classroom are suffering from abuse or neglect and the majority of cases go undetected. For over 28 years Childline, run by the NSPCC has been giving children somewhere to turn, but research has identified a gap.  Concern about the low number
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David Lacey : Concrete Rivers

Seed Creative network describes David Lacey as ‘one of the UK’s freshest and most promising talents. A gifted singer/songwriter with the most powerful and emotive voice you’ll ever hear. A multi-instrumentalist, David has spent his time exploring how different music is performed around the world and brought it all together in his own writing style. His feel-good acoustic pop songs harbour heartfelt lyrics that tell tales of fleeting romance, hope and escapology. See him perform live and you’ll find an uncontrollable smile on your face and an unforgettable tune in your head.’  An accolade indeed. David is a Chesterfield lad
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Parka: Big Ego

Describing themselves as an ‘Indie’ pop band, Parka have existed in their current line up for 6 months, playing together around the Chesterfield and Sheffield area, most recently performing at the Stand Road firework display in front of a 10,000 strong crowd. Parka are Casey Lowry, lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Billy Hewitt, lead guitar and backing vocals; and Jezza Edgington on bass  guitar. Also, the newest member of Parka;  Tom Barker who plays the drums. Their recently recorded ‘Big Ego’ has enjoyed airtime on BBC’s Dean Jackson’s introducing show, they’ve been interviewed and played live on Peak FM and
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Gaz Simmonds

Gaz Simmonds has appeared in S40 Local previously, back in June 2013 we met Gaz and talked about his EP ‘My Wife, my Cat & my Family’ and more recently you may have heard him performing at the Victoria Inn as part of the Chatsworth Road Festival. Today I’m chatting with Gaz about his latest work to help promote the Shoe Box Appeal, part of the Samaritans Purse charities, Operation Christmas Child project.  Gaz and a band of four other musicians have records a Christmas EP consisting of three tracks, ‘Oh what a day’ written by Gaz, together with covers
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