Current issue – 2nd February 2015
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10% OFF all orders over £50 in February 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 Gallery Kitchens at Midco, Bakewell – see page 2
£50 for your old specs when purchasing new ones at The Eye Place, Bakewell – see page 3
25% OFF your initial consultation with Jo Dall, Health Kinesiology, Matlock – see page 5
25% OFF SELECTED KITCHENS plus FREE wall & floor tiles on selected bathrooms at Whitworth Interior Projects, Rowsley – see page 7
20% OFFenergy efficient windows at Polar Windows, Chesterfield – see page 9
30%OFFin the hot tub sale at Project Pool – see page 9
CRAZY VAUXHALL CORSA OFFERS at Bristol Street Motors, Chesterfield – see page 11
ex-display kitchen SALE at The Courtyard, Tideswell – see page 13
£250 OFF A NEW BOILER at Valley Heating Services – see page 15
FEBRUARY OFFER Sebastian Cellophanes shine enhancer service FREE with every new appointment at Halo Hair, Bakewell – see page 16
SPECIAL OFFERS FOR PEAK ADVERTISER READERS at Stephen Toon Hearing Care, Chesterfield – see page 18
12 MONTHS FOR THE PRICE OF 8 at Woodlands Fitness, Rowsley – see page 18
FREE TASTER SESSIONS at Fitness Fusion, Bakewell – see page 18
2-for-1 ITALIAN NIGHT all you can eat 3 course buffet on Thursdays at The Millstone at Hathersage – WITH THE VOUCHER ON PAGE 21
10% OFF all food at Losehill House Hotel, Hope on presentation of the advert on page 48
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Two and a half pages full of wonderful ideas on how to treat your loved one this Valentine's Day.
Two and a half pages offering advice on how to reduce our carbon footprint.
BASLOW W.I. DARLINGS
My Time at the Royal School of Needlework – Nicola Hilton
Nicola’s needlework has to be seen to be believed; delicate stitchwork using the finest of thread, harmonised colour and tone, different textures and techniques all combining to produce breathtakingly beautiful bejewelled embroidery. Unsurpassable presentation and exhibition of needlework, illustrating her early designs, as a student, through to her current commissioned work.
Animal Anecdotes, next month. Please leave your animals at home but bring us your “Tall Tails” for Social Time 11 February.
Leader- Vikki Watson.
Aperitifs and nibbles were served in the salubrious Baslow Bus Shelter Bar, much to the amazement (and amusement) of bus passengers queuing for their bus to Bakewell. No doubt they’ll be joining Baslow W.I and then they can take part in the Annual Challenge of getting through the “Kissing Gate” before strolling onto Chatsworth for lunch and Christmas shopping.
We’ve “made it” darlings, we were included in the D.D.D.C. Biker Girl’s Christmas Lunch at Hassop. Of course, there was the obligatory bike ride, working up an appetite in the pouring rain. Our fingers numb, our feet frozen and soaked to the skin, listening to our top D.D.D.C. Trainer Ruth T. saying, “No gain without pain!” Yep, that's about right.
Floral Farewell to Val P, Team Member and friend. Flower patterned scarves, pretty brooches, corsages and single stemmed button holes all worn in remembrance of Val and her love of flowers.
11th February- The Work of a Vet – David Newton. B.V.H. 2pm. Plus Animal Anecdotes.
Saturday 21st February 2 Baslow W.I. Jumble Sale. Leader – Christine Thompson. This is the time and this is the place “to be seen” and “seen to be”, bringing your jumble for us to recycle into a year of outings, fun, friendship and learning. Where would we be without your generosity?
Judy Bennison joins the W.I. Team as Outings and Walks Co-ordinator.
25th February W.I. Social Afternoon B.V.H. 2pm Leader Christine Thompson. Free admittance to all Baslow W.I. Members and this year Christine is offering Tuition in all spheres of sewing.
27th February. 10.30am Walk and Lunch. Bulls Head, Holymoorside – Leader Sue Ayres.
MEET THE FLOCKERS
One of the greatest wonders in the world is happening right here, right now, right in your own backyard. From October until March on a windswept summit a working mine becomes the unlikely venue for a very unusual phenomenon. Every day like clockwork, come sun, rain or snow, tens of thousands of starlings flock together half an hour before dusk in a pre-roost ritual known as a murmuration.
The story begins way back in 1973 when British Fluorspar Ltd built a dam on the top of Middleton Moor to facilitate in cleaning up the valuable commodity. Into the dam was poured ton after ton of slurry, creating through settlement one of the most important wildlife habitats in the whole of the White Peak - an artificial lagoon. Between 1979 and 1981 around its barren edge sprouted vegetation, especially reeds – lots and lots of reeds. The stage was now set for the players; an appearance that would take a quarter of a century.
Roy Frost, co-author of the Birds Of Derbyshire with Steve Shaw, published last year, commented, ‘The first big roost at MM [Middleton Moor] was in the 2007 – 8 winter when 7,500 were estimated. By 2009 – 10 there were 15,000 plus. Last winter (2013-14) saw a huge increase to anywhere between 40 and 70 thousand and, of course, there are large numbers present again now.’
The site of the murmuration (SK 203 749) is located directly adjacent to the southern side of Thunderpit Lane (also known on Google Maps as Thunderpit Lane, Derbyshire Dales District) roughly halfway as the crow flies between Wardlow and Stoney Middleton. For directions take the A623 Chapel-en-le-Frith to Chesterfield road east towards Chesterfield. Approximately two miles past the Anchor Inn look out for a junction on the right for Cavendish Mill marked by a small black sign with a symbol of a lorry. Follow this lane around the hairpin bend and then take the first junction on the left also marked Cavendish Mill. You are now on Thunderpit Lane. Access to the site is via the second gate on the right. But before entering leave your vehicle in the lorry park towards the eastern end of the lane where the quarry authorities kindly permit free public parking. Do not under any circumstances obstruct the passage of heavy goods wagons on the thoroughfare.
Derek Stables, maintenance foreman at the mineral works, stated emphatically, ‘We’ve made a concession: as long as members of the public stay within the cordoned area and obey the signs then we will continue to allow access. There is a bird hide but there’s only one way in and one way out. You’re not to wander around the site because it’s full of quicksand.’
The author expresses his gratitude to Dave Richardson, Vice Chairman, Derbyshire Ornithological Society.
For further information readers may contact the author, Stephen Middleton: email@example.com
Words and pictures by Stephen ‘Mid’ Middleton
FAMILY CHURCH SERVICES BACK IN HARTINGTON
Family Church Services are set to return to Hartington on the third Sunday of every month.
Sarah Lacey, who led the services for ten years prior to an 18 month break last year, is happy to be back and involved in St Giles’ Church life once more.
This is an open ended arrangement subject to changes in the White Peak Benefice.
Sarah is also Chairman of Hartington C of E Primary School Governors and she said: “I am really looking forward to coming back to lead the services. The services are short and child-friendly and all children are welcome, from ages 0 to 100!
“I am open to ideas for future family services, including open air services on the Village Green, an agricultural and animal service at a local farm and a living nativity play at Christmastime.
“We’ll serve some jolly-good homemade biscuits following the service too!”
Family Church Services take place at St Giles Church in Hartington on the third Sunday of every month. They will start at 10am and last for approximately 45 minutes.
Sally Mosley’s Favourite Walks ~ WINSTER
Winster must surely be one of the most photogenic villages in the Peak District. Although currently in the throes of winter so with few flowers or leaves on the trees, Winster radiated warmth and colour for Sally's visit through a succession of gaily painted doors as well as cheerful and often amusing house name plates. It was a delight for Sally to wander around the ginnels, alleyways and yards of this spick and span settlement which simply oozes charm and friendliness.
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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