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The New Inn on The Wharf

Shardlow - South Derbyshire’s waterway village

Ashley Franklin returns to Shardlow to find it still a perfect place to work, live and while away the hours watching the boats go by

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The Farming Life Centre opens its doors for the PCF Open Evening last July

The Farming Life Centre at Blackwell - supporting farming and rural life in the Peak District

A recent funding round by The Prince’s Countryside Fund announced a grant renewal for The Farming Life Centre at Blackwell, Pat Ashworth pays this valued resource a visit to find out more...

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The South Front at Kedleston Hall

Five favourite buildings in Derbyshire

On his travels in pursuit of articles for Derbyshire Life, Mike Smith has come across several remarkable buildings with split personalities, ranging from a spectacular country house with two contrasting façades to a far more modest building with an undistinguished exterior that masks a dramatic interior...

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Remains of the Chancel East Window

Dale Abbey - a look at the village’s historic ‘Association for the Prosecution of Felons’

Dale Abbey is a beautiful place. Its many famous landmarks – notably the magnificent east window arch which is all that remains of the original abbey – have made it a popular site for tourists visiting Derbyshire over the years... Photographs by Roger Summers

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Edale Church and Church Cottage with the backcloth of Kinder Scout

The Peak District villages of Hope and Edale

Mike Smith explores the River Noe from its source at Edale to its confluence at Hope

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Poole's Cavern

Where to go at Easter - Derbyshire and the Peak District

From castles to show caves, a selection of some of the fascinating places to visit around the county at Easter

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Cheers as Stuart is carried through the streets in a tradition which dates back centuries

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2014

Once again crowds from home and abroad arrived at Ashbourne to participate in this now legendary annual event... Photographs by Andrew Eyley

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Spring Light, Alport by Mark Preston

Exhibitions in Derbyshire – April 2014

A round-up of exhibitions in Derbyshire during April

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Derby Cathedral

Holy Week Services at Derby Cathedral

Services held at Derby Cathedral in April

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Local People

Brian Clough and Peter Taylor sign for Derby County in the presence of Chairman Sam Longson

Sam Longson - the man who brought Brian Clough to Derby County FC

Mike Smith is fascinated by a newly-published autobiography that sheds fresh light on a very special chairman-manager relationship that brought unprecedented success to Derby County before it ended in acrimony

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Senior Long Distance winners

Belper Marlins Swimming Club Presentation Evening

The Belper Marlins held a Presentation Evening to celebrate its members’ achievements

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Sir Nigel Gresley

The Derbyshire roots of Sir Nigel Gresley

Geoff Ford traces the roots of Derbyshire’s own ‘steam legend’

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Glyn Bailey

Composer Glyn Bailey and ‘Lawrence - the Musical’

Mike Smith meets writer, composer and performer Glyn Bailey

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Katie Lane models her blue Hugget

Katie Lane - the Alstonefield-based designer of the ‘Hugget’

In need of a warm comforting embrace? Katie Lane, the young designer and maker from Alstonefield, talks about her life and how the ‘Hugget’ came about

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Ashover Rock

County Walk - Ashover

Nestling at the head of the Amber Valley, the widespread parish of Ashover covers a rolling landscape criss-crossed with old tracks, paths and bridleways. Sally Mosley takes us on a route through countryside that is a paradise for walkers and also packed with interest for local historians

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County walk

Peak District Walk - Hope Valley

Sally Mosley explores the dramatic Hope Valley - an adventure playground for walkers that offers Peaks to conquer in every direction with the reward of far reaching views

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Hopton Hall

County Walk: Hopton and Carsington

Sally Mosley takes us on a walk that includes the picturesque side-by-side villages of Hopton and Carsington. Set in a landscape heavily influenced for centuries by man’s intervention, they abound with curiosities and relics from the past while nestling beneath limestone slopes now topped with futuristic features

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Monsal Dale from the viaduct in summer - used this before, avoid if poss

County Walk: Ashford-in-the-Water and Great Shacklow Wood

A varied walk crossing fields, following the Monsal Trail, tunnel and Dale before climbing up through the delightful Great Shacklow Wood

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Gone Roaming in Shardlow

Walking the Derwent Valley Heritage Way

Ashley Franklin concludes his journey down the Derwent Valley with an 11.25 mile watery walk involving three canals and two rivers

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Bakewell Show

Bakewell Show

For two days packed with family fun you can’t beat Bakewell Show.

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Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House is one of Britain’s leading receiving theatres, presenting around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, musical concerts, pantomime and opera as well as a lively Fringe Theatre and Community and Education Programme.

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Kedleston Heating

Kedleston Heating

Leading suppliers of wood burners/wood burning stoves fireplaces, multi fuel stoves, gas stoves, boilers and more.

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Alison House Hotel

Alison House

Alison House is a Georgian style House built by the Arkwright Family and set in the Derwent Valley world Heritage site.

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Ecclesbourne Interiors

Ecclesbourne Interiors

Ecclesbourne Interiors designs and makes superb handmade, made-to-measure curtains, blinds, cushions, pelmets, valances, swags and tails.

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Food and Drink

Chunu Miah

Meet the Owner - Chunu Miah, Red Chilli

Chunu Miah grew up in Bangladesh but moved to Derby as a teenager. He has since owned some of the county’s most popular Indian restaurants, including the award-winning Red Chilli in Littleover. Chunu shares his advice on choosing Indian dishes and making Indian desserts...

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Daniel Laycock

Meet the Chef - Daniel Laycock, Peak Edge Hotel

Daniel Laycock is head chef at the Peak Edge Hotel at Stonedge, near Chesterfield. The hotel’s renowned Red Lion Bar & Bistro has earned a wealth of awards in recent years. Daniel talks about his experiences in the food industry and his hopes for 2014...

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Dining area

Dining Out - The Wingerworth Pub & Kitchen, Chesterfield

Creative dishes in modern surroundings are on offer at this Chesterfield gastropub

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Bottled samples

Whaley Bridge Brewery

Nik Cook resumes his tour of the county’s micro-breweries with a visit to Whaley Bridge

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Gastro Pub of the Year the Red Lion Bar and Bistro at Stonedge

Derbyshire Food & Drink Awards 2014

Celebrity chef Valentine Warner joined Councillor Janet Hill, vice chair of Derbyshire County Council, to present the Council-run awards at Chesterfield Football Club’s Proact Stadium

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Homes and Gardens

Bradley Hall  Photo: Simon Foster

Through the keyhole at Bradley Hall

Hidden down the country lanes east of Ashbourne is historic Bradley Hall

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Riber Hall

Derbyshire Properties - Riber Hall, near Matlock

Grade II listed Riber Hall has been at the centre of the local community for hundreds of years

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Weston Hall

How historic Weston Hall became an elegant country house hotel

Turning an historic hall in need of renovation into a country house hotel would seem to many people more terrifying than exciting. Not so to Kay and Mike Petrouis. Ashley Franklin reports...

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Bubnell Hall

Derbyshire Properties - Bubnell Hall

Recognised as one of ‘Derbyshire’s great family houses’, Bubnell Hall is a glorious country residence

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Hilltop Farm

Derbyshire Properties - Hilltop Farm, Heathcote

Parts of this unique Grade II listed farmhouse are believed to date back to 1600, making it one of the earliest buildings in Heathcote

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Life TV

Tower College *VIDEO*

Promotional Feature: Tower College has a happy, secure, family atmosphere in which the pupils thrive.

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The Hall Residential Care Home *VIDEO*

Promotional Feature: The Hall is a luxurious 5 star residential home for the elderly. The home has been lovingly restored and now offers the very best of facilities and must surely be the finest home in the area.

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Tourism boom in Derbyshire

Promotional feature: Holidaycottages.co.uk expand their Derbyshire portfolio

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Denby pottery

Easter at Denby Visitor Centre

Promotional feature: There’s a lot on at Denby this Easter

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Darley Classic Period Mouldings Before and After.

Restoring Classical Period Features in Your Home

Removing the elegant classical features of your home is not the only option – instead there are skilled craftsmen at hand to help you restore your home to its former glory.

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The Peak Edge Hotel

The Peak Edge Hotel aptly located in the fifth most romantic place in the UK

The Peak District has been named the fifth most romantic place in the UK according to a poll commissioned by entertainment channel Lifetime. The Peak Edge hotel, in the heart of The Peak District, seeks to capitalise upon the amorous atmosphere of its location by providing an ideal venue for a wedding or simply a romantic break.

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Dr Niki Baxter

Women’s health: Abnormal bleeding – a cause for concern?

Promotional Feature: Dr Niki Baxter runs a friendly Women’s Health Clinic at Claremont Private Hospital in Sheffield, where she regularly sees ladies with all types of common health concerns including abnormal or unexpected vaginal bleeding. Here she shares a straightforward guide about abnormal bleeding.

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