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Chesterfield Carnival 2014

We catch up with Maria Davison who’s rather busy at the moment… Issue no. 54 – June 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. Saturday 26 July is Chesterfield Carnival day, a free event for the community at Stand Road. It’s the brain-child of Maria Davison with a group of friends who wanted to raise funds for Ashgate Hospice following the sudden death of a colleague’s wife. “She went from illness to passing away in a couple of months. Friends asked if we could do anything in her memory. We talked about a bench, but wanted to do something different. We felt
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Celebrating 25 years, Chesterfield’s Polar Windows

Issue no. 54 – June 2014 Words by Mike Snow. The area’s largest manufacturer and installer of conservatories, windows and doors, employing 27 staff, 9 fully-skilled fitting teams and a reliable portfolio of carefully-selected quality tradesmen. The domestic business now spans a 35-mile radius across Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Their range, however, covers more than just double glazing; with a whole host of high-quality enhancements for the home, including soffits and fascias, porches and garage doors; from flat roofs and solid warm roofs to extensions and conversions. In fact, with the impending launch of Polar Home Improvements, they have the
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BIKE WEEK. 14th – 22nd June 2014.

Issue no. 54 – June 2014. Words by Paul Chapman. The Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 sees the world famous road race starting from Leeds. On the second day a 200km stage route starts in York and finishes just 16 miles away on the roads near Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. This is sure to be a bumper year for all things cycling, with the success of Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, to the Tour De France winners of Sir Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Chris Froome (2013). This is all great news, many people are taking to two
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New Challenge for 2014?

The Chesterfield Marathon Lucy Shakespeare from Princes takes us through her training advice. Issue no. 54 – June 2014. Words by Lucy Shakespeare.   The 18 week marathon training plan is already in progress and started on 12th May so if you want to start you are behind the plan but if you are already running it may be possible to adapt a program to your needs and get you marathon fit. It’s important for everyone to have the support of fellow runners but also for everyone to be able to run at their own pace. By running together people
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St Thomas’ War Memorial

Issue no. 53 – May 2014. Words by Val Woollven. I have always been interested in War Memorials. Some of them celebrate name, rank, regiment and honours, others just solemly name the dead. Most places have one memorial and many of the family names recorded there can be found on current gravestones. Places without War Memorials are called ‘Thankful Villages’. The War Memorial at St Thomas’ in Brampton is unusual. Featured on the top is a swastika, not an emblem that you would associate with a structure designed and built to honour the dead of the Great War. I was
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University of the Third Age.

Issue no. 53 – May 2014. Words by Elaine Kirk. U3A stands for The University of the Third Age, but it isn’t a conventional university. Third Age refers to those who are retired or semi-retired. It is an organisation designed to give people in their third age the opportunity to meet socially as well as learn and share knowledge. You don’t need qualifications to join and no degree can be gained. ‘It beats watching television! U3A groups are full of real characters with a wealth of living under their belt. They are all willing to share and pass on their
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Meet the cast of The Wizard of Oz.

The latest production by Peak Youth. Issue no. 53 – May 2014. Words by Mike Spriggs. Peak Youth, under the direction of Mike Spriggs, have chosen to perform the Wizard of Oz at the Pomegranate Theatre during the first week of June. “The show contains many memorable songs, great characters and has something to suit all tastes” explains Mike. Following his acclaimed performance as Fagin in last year’s show, Josh Holmes takes the part of the Scarecrow with Kai Jackson playing the Tin Man and Sam Hall the cowardly Lion. The part of Dorothy, the show’s heroine, is taken by
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Sheffield Ski Village needs you!

Issue no. 53 – May 2014 Press Release Slightly outside the S40 area, Sheffield Ski Village, ravaged by arsonists and closed for over a year – is now the focus of a committed project to bring it back to glory. We wanted to feature this for a number of reasons. Firstly, to have world-class snowsport facilities so close to Chesterfield would be extremely positive for people in the area, and secondly, when I saw this featured on Look North, the spokesperson was Victoria Crampton, personal trainer, who previously advertised with us, so I felt compelled to learn more. It was
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Holymoorside Horticultural Society

Issue no. 53 – May 2014 Words by Paul Chapman Holymoorside (HMS) Horticultural Society “It’s simply about enjoying growing plants” Peter Forrow, chairman explained. “Previously known as the Holymoorside Horticultural and Produce Society, we dropped the ‘produce’ tag some time ago, and now cover all aspects of growing”. Many members have allotments along Chander Hill Lane and there is an adjoining group which focuses on growing fruit and vegetables who meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall. If you visit the Harrogate Spring Flower show you’ll soon realise a daffodil is not just a daffodil,
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An Elysium Make Over

Issue no. 53 – May 2014 Words by Paul Chapman “If you find yourself alone, riding in the green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled. For you are in Elysium, and you’re already dead!” Ridley Scott’s film Gladiator.   Gladiator is one of owner, Richard Clarke’s, favourite films but luckily for us Elysium is alive and well – in fact it’s five years old and has recently been refurbished. “I’ve been in the hairdressing trade for 25 years this year” explains Richard, “and this is my first venture on my own.” Situated on the corner
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