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Chatsworth Road Festival 2014

Issue no. 57 – Autumn 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. FESTIVAL A festival or gala is an event ordinarily staged by a community, centering on and celebrating some unique aspect of that community and its traditions, often marked as a local or national holiday.   CELEBRATE Publicly acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity.   CHATSWORTH ROAD FESTIVAL 11 days to celebrate living and working on or around Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield. Events and places to relax, taste, shop, pamper, play, socialise, create, inspire, learn, explore and enjoy. In this, the Festival’s fourth
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The Wombles of Walton Dam.

Words by Nicola Chapman.  Issue no. 56 – August 2014. If you went to Somersall Park and Walton Dam for the duck race in June you’d be forgiven for feeling as though you’d entered a fairy festival, set in a glade in a wood, beside the river. Stalls had been assembled, food and drink were being served, people meandered around, pleased to be out of the heat of the sun; chatted, socialised and caught up with friends and neighbours. It felt like a little bit of magic. Well that’s not the only magic happening around the dam – there are
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Rebuilding a Bright Future for Animals in Need

Chesterfield Animal: Centre Rebuild Appeal. Issue no. 56 – August 2014. Words by Penelope Morgan. Chesterfield and North Derbyshire RSPCA has just launched a fundraising campaign to raise an initial target of £250,000 by the end of 2016. The money will be used to modernise and update the accommodation for the animals in their care. I visited the Chesterfield RSPCA animal shelter on a rainy July afternoon to see for myself what this appeal is all about and why the rebuild and refurbishment is so important. I can tell you first hand that the roof of the rabbit and guinea
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Scarecrow Festival

Issue no. 56 – August 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. August approaches and yet again the threat of invaders grows. Scarecrows! It’s the time of year when residents of Holymoorside and nearby parts of Walton start stuffing straw down trousers and building scarecrows to adorn gardens, walls, roofs, seats etc for two weeks from 21st August. This year’s theme is “Nursery Rhymes” and the Scarecrow Trail will coincide once again with the Holymoorside Well Dressing and parish events including a flower festival, which are planned to commemorate WW1. Leaflets showing scarecrow locations can be collected from the village shop. Anyone
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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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