Current issue – 8th December 2014
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£12 OFF a case of award-winning prosecco at John Hattersley wines, Bakewell – see page 1
2-for-1 offers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Bulls Head, Foolow – see page 1
up to 50% OFF Chippendale Kitchens at Midco, Bakewell – see page 2
£50 FOR YOUR OLD SPECS at The eye Place, Bakewell – see page 3
25% OFF SELECTED KITCHENS plus FREE wall & floor tiles on selected bathrooms at Whitworth Interior Projects, Rowsley – see page 5
Pay no VAT on orders taken before 31st December at Polar Windows, Chesterfield – see page 5
Animal Feed SALE at Ryton Feeds, Bakewell – see page 8
£250 OFF A NEW BOILER at Valley Heating Services – see page 9
FREE Taster Sessions at Fitness Fusion, Bakewell – see page 10
MASSIVE HALF PRICE Clothing Sale at Carrs Billington, Bakewell – see page 12
10 SESSIONS £175 with Alicia Smedley, Personal Trainer – see page 14
BUY 1, GET 1 HALF PRICE on canvas prints at Mad-4-Ink, Bakewell – see page 14
LOWEST PRICE PROMISE at Lee Holmes Carpets, Matlock – see page 18
FREE LOCAL DELIVERY OF XMAS TREES at Calver Sough Nurseries, Calver – see page 20
Lots of XMAS OFFERS & TASTINGS at Whites Spar, Calver – see page 22
10% OFF IN STORE at Sickleholme Service Station on production of the advert on page 22
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Two pages featuring where to dine out this Christmas.
Four pages taking a look at Christmastime in the Hope Valley. What to do, where to go and plenty of gift ideas.
Plenty of gift ideas on pages 32 and 33.
ENJOY A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS WITH DALEDIVA AND HELP THEM TAKE ON THE WORLD!
Award-winning Derbyshire chorus DaleDiva can help you get into the Christmas spirit with a series of festive concerts and market stall events.
The Divas are on their way to the World Championships in Las Vegas next year and are hosting a programme of events to add their musical festive sparkle and also to raise funds.
The Matlock Bath-based women’s four-part harmony chorus won at national convention this year which means it will be ‘Going for Gold’ singing against some of the best choruses in the world on the famous MGM Grand stage in October 2015.
It will be the Divas’ biggest challenge yet to raise £65,000 over the next 10 months to help get every Diva to Vegas.
DaleDiva musical director Ally Law said: “The Divas have got a very exciting new year coming up and we’re ending a fabulous 2014 with our busiest Christmas yet.
“We’re so proud to be representing Derbyshire and our country in the World Championships and are doing everything we can to get the whole chorus to Vegas.
“We’re appealing for sponsors and have drawn up a packed programme of fundraising events over Christmas and the coming year. With help from our local community we know we can do it and appreciate every little bit of support we get.”
Tickets are now on sale for two ‘Christmas with DaleDiva’ concerts at Bakewell Methodist Church in Matlock Street, Bakewell on Thursday 11 December at 7.30pm and at Holy Trinity Church in Derby Road, Matlock Bath, on Thursday 18 December at 7.30pm. Tickets for both events are £7 and available from www.dalediva.com or by calling 01629 56988 or 07594 890 625.
Festive shoppers can also see the Divas in action on Saturday 13 December busking in Matlock in the morning, moving through Matlock Bath and on to Masson Mills Shopping Village in the afternoon.
The chorus has drawn up a packed programme of extra Las Vegas fundraising events over the coming year and people can also help by visiting its ‘Going for Gold’ webpage to see how they can donate and get involved from as little as £1 at www.dalediva.com
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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD HOUSE MUSEUM
Christmas looms ever nearer with its attendant festivities: carols, mince pies, Christmas puddings, cards and nativity plays! Up at the Old House Museum, although our season ended on 5th November, we shall be re-opening for our usual Victorian Christmas Weekend on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December.
Come and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas of yesteryear! You’ll find the atmospheric old house festooned with natural branches and swathes of leaves, decorated with red berries and ribbons, the scent of the greenery and oranges and cloves, and the sound of carols and Christmas music:
Saturday 13th Dec: 12.00 mid-day: Lady Manners School Wind Band,
Saturday 13th Dec: 2.00pm: Rough Truffles Choir,
Sunday 14th Dec: 11.30am Holy Trinity Church Choir from Ashford in the Water.
Mrs. Greaves, famous for her creation of the Bakewell Tart, will be turning to another page of her recipe book to make mince pies. The houseplace will be dominated by a great Christmas tree complete with Victorian decorations and surrounded with wrapped presents. There’ll be tasty mince pies and cookies with mulled wine and hot chocolate to warm the cockles.
There will be children’s craft activities for younger visitors to enjoy.
So why not take a stroll up the hill and enjoy the Christmas spirit? You could combine your outing to the museum with a visit to the church, standing nearby, to wonder at their Christmas Tree Festival where a multitude of ingeniously decorated trees fill the church with lights and joy.
Bakewell Old House Museum – Victorian Christmas. Saturday 13th December and Sunday 14th December 11am-4pm. Adults: £3.50 Children £2.00.
OUR THANKFUL VILLAGES
by Julie Bunting
Amongst this year’s WW1 commemoration services, readers may have spotted a few references to Thankful Villages. This term was coined in the 1930s by writer Arthur Mee, who initially estimated 32 villages in England and Wales which remarkably had lost no sons in the First World War. Every man who served had returned home, though it would have been a close shave for many. Of one Yorkshire village, ‘Thirty men went from Catwick to the Great War and thirty came back, though one left an arm behind.’ By dreadful contrast, one Gloucestershire family lost five sons.
Modern-day researches have identified some 50 parishes in England and Wales to which all soldiers returned. No Scottish or Irish settlement can be counted amongst the lucky few (at the time of WW1 all of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom).
Generally speaking, the WW1 monument in a Thankful Village stands in gratitude for its rare good fortune. Of interest to our readership area, we can refer to only two such examples – at Butterton and Bradbourne. Respectively, 15 and 18 men left to fight and all came home again.
Overall, the two World Wars claimed the lives of almost two million soldiers fighting for Britain. Incredibly, there also exists a shortlist of 13 Doubly Thankful Villages, which twice welcomed home every single one of their service personnel. None of these however lie within the Peak District.
Sally Mosley’s Favourite Walks ~ CRICH & FRITCHLEY
With the memory of Remembrance Day still in her thoughts, Sally opted for a walk around Crich, starting at Crich Stand, an iconic landmark some 1000 feet above sea level, but first and foremost a Regimental Memorial to the Sherwood Foresters and of the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment. (The pristinely maintained site is closed to vehicles on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the Stand is not open in poor weather conditions). It was a glorious sunny day and before setting off Sally spent several minutes scanning the far horizon, eventually locating both Bolsover Castle and Hardwick Hall in the distance.
To read the whole of Sally's walk please follow the link below and in this issue it features on page 48.
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