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Park Farm Centre

The city satellites of Allestree, Quarndon and Duffield

Ashley Franklin discovers three villages that are changing and developing and, in the case of Allestree and Duffield, villages with wealthy amenities and activities, and considerable retail clout

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War Memorial and the Cock and Magpie

History and charm at Old Whittington and Barlow

Mike Smith visits Old Whittington and Barlow and finds history, allure and lovely places to dine

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Cressbrook Mill

Discovering Georgian Derbyshire

Mike Smith goes on an architectural tour of the county

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Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr with their children (standing) Amabel, Jamie, Francis, (seated) Johnnie, Minna and Hugh in front of Melbourne Hall  Photo: Hugo Burnand

The gardens at Melbourne Hall with Lady Ralph Kerr

Pat Ashworth tours the garden at Melbourne Hall in company with Lady Ralph Kerr

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Jon Santry with Daniel Ezra playing Ghana Jones in 'The Village' which starts on BBC One in August  Photo: BBC Pictures

Hayfield - fighting fit for the return of BBC’s The Village

As the second series of BBC’s The Village begins, Andrew Griffiths meets New Mills’ Jon Santry – gym owner, martial arts expert... and actor

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Events

The peleton squeezes around the hairpin at Woodhead

When Le Tour de France came to Derbyshire

Geoff Ford decides that a 4.10am start and a 10-mile walk for five minutes of action was well worth it...

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John Godber's 'April in Paris' at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield Photo: Robert Day

What’s On in Derbyshire – September 2014

A look at what’s in store for Derbyshire and the Peak District

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The Devil's Horsemen Stunt Display Team in thrilling action

Derbyshire County Show 2014

Glorious sunshine and all the promised entertainment and excitement ensured that thousands of visitors descended on the Elvaston Showground for the 135th Derbyshire County Show

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Sinfonia Viva's 'Dark Clouds'  Photo: Gareth Chell, GTC Photography

Derbyshire’s World War One - Heritage projects around the county

Tom Williams of the Heritage Lottery Fund tells some ways in which the Fund is helping with county commemorative projects

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Sibling Secrets by Mary Herbert

Exhibitions in Derbyshire – August 2014

A round-up of exhibitions in Derbyshire during August

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Local People

Simon Storey

Simon Storey - Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Chief Executive

Nigel Powlson meets Simon Storey at the 3aaa County Ground

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Peter playing Derby Cathedral organ

Peter Gould - Derby Cathedral’s Master of Music

There are 277 church organs in the Derby diocese and before Peter Gould retires as Derby Cathedral’s Master of the Music he’s aiming to play every one of them

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Jon Santry with Daniel Ezra playing Ghana Jones in 'The Village' which starts on BBC One in August  Photo: BBC Pictures

Hayfield - fighting fit for the return of BBC’s The Village

As the second series of BBC’s The Village begins, Andrew Griffiths meets New Mills’ Jon Santry – gym owner, martial arts expert... and actor

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Steve Chappell, Chief Crown Prescutor for the East Midlands

The Chesterfield childhood of Chief Crown Prosecutor Steve Chappell

David Marley talks to Steve Chappell about his early memories of growing up in rural Derbyshire and his delight at returning to his native county to become the region’s Chief Crown Prosecutor

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Michela Griffith with one of her Streamscapes

Longnor-based photographer Michéla Griffith

The cottage where photographer Michéla Griffith lives with her husband Alan has easy access to some of the finest countryside that a landscape photographer could wish to find

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Walks

Kinder Reservoir with backdrop of Kinder Edge

Peak District Walk - Hayfield

Snuggled into the foothills of Kinder and overlooked by Lantern Pike, Hayfield has numerous claims to fame, the most recent being as a location for the BBC drama series ‘The Village’

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Derbyshire walk - Norbury and Ellastone

Derbyshire Walk - Norbury and Ellastone

This walk is a dance with the county border as Sally Mosley saunters from Staffordshire over the Dove and dabbles into Derbyshire, exploring a quartet of pretty villages in quintessential middle England along the way

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Coalpit Bridge

Derbyshire Walk - Bakewell

Most famous for its puddings and tarts, Bakewell is the only town in the Peak District National Park. It straddles the River Wye and sits snugly between the rolling limestone hills of the White Peak and the dramatic escarpments and moors of Dark Peak gritstone. On home ground, Sally Mosley takes us on a lovely walk along beautiful Lathkill Dale and back to the town

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Hardwick from across the lake

County Walk - Hardwick Park

In a scenic landscape of regal standing, Bess of Hardwick built a palace with as many windows as possible. From this elevated position she could admire her kingdom and glorious panoramic views. Hardwick is now in the ownership of the National Trust and on the 400th anniversary of the death of its architect, Robert Smythson, we can all enjoy what Bess created. Sally Mosley follows in her footsteps...

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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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Food and Drink

Devonshire Arms Beeley

Short break - The Devonshire Arms at Beeley

The Devonshire Hotel Group, conceived and owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, contains a small but perfectly formed selection of country hotels and pubs, all of which bear full investigation! Kate Houghton writes.

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A choice of flavours

Behind the scenes at Matlock Meadows ice cream parlour

Andrew Griffiths visits Masson Farm, the home of Matlock Meadows

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The Red Lion, Birchover

Dining out at The Red Lion, Birchover

A Sardinian-influenced menu incorporating Peak District produce makes for a unique dining experience in Birchover

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Lydia, Henrietta, Geoff, Rosemary and Oliver Brown

Ice-Cream Heaven - Bluebells Dairy in Spondon

Derbyshire has much to be proud of and a recent entrant in the county’s ranks of makers of world-class produce is the Bluebell Dairy at Brunswood Farm near Derby

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Brewer Alistair Boyd

Hope Valley Brewery at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

A visit to the country’s only charity brewery at the newly refurbished Castleton Youth Hostel

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Derbyshire Life Food and Drink App

Introducing The Menu by Derbyshire Life

The long-running need for the ultimate Food & Drink guide in Derbyshire is solved this month with the launch of a brand new service for our readers

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Homes and Gardens

Millbridge Barn, Castleton

Derbyshire Properties - Millbridge Barn, Castleton

In addition to enjoying excellent countryside views, this stone- built barn conversion is also located within walking distance of the popular Peak village of Castleton

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Ivy Cottage

Derbyshire Properties - Ivy Cottage, Breadsall

This picture perfect 17th century Grade II listed cottage, located in the village of Breadsall near Derby, has a wealth of original features including exposed timber frames, original ceiling beams and traditional fireplaces

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Bank House, Winster

Derbyshire Properties - Bank House, Winster

Bank House in Winster strikes the perfect balance between a modern family home and a well-preserved period property

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Sarah pours tea in the B & B guest lounge

Chevin Green Farm - a tea-themed bed and breakfast near Belper

Penny Baddeley visits Sarah Marley of Chevin Green Farm in the Amber Valley

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Greenlands Farm

Peak District Properties - Greenlands Farm, Edale

This 17th century property, which was converted from a small cottage and attached barn, has panoramic views from its elevated position and is surrounded by 15 acres of land

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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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Showcase

Pottery Beach

Summer fun for Kids at Denby

Pottery Beach is now up and running daily at the Denby Pottery Visitor Centre for the duration of the School Holidays.

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Denby Pottery Beach

Summer fun for Kids at Denby

Promotional feature: Pottery Beach is now up and running daily at the Denby Pottery Visitor Centre for the duration of the School Holidays.

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Ingleby Gallery

Art at Ingleby Gallery

Promotional feature: Ingleby Gallery is located in a hamlet which lies on the south of the Trent Valley near to Swarkestone, surrounded by tranquil pasture and offering excellent views of the open countryside. It is in a an old cart horse stable which dates back to the 18th Century when it was part of Sir Francis Burdett’s Foremark Estate.

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Old Vicarage School Choir and Staff outside Derby Cathedral

The Old Vicarage School, Derby

The series of Lunchtime Concerts at Derby Cathedral this year included a wonderful hour of entertainment from very talented children in the ‘Winners’ selection from the Derby Arts Festival 2014. The Cathedral audience was enthralled by the varied performances, which included the Choir and individual pupils performing from the Old Vicarage School in Derby. The School Choir were winners of the Anne Huxley Rose Bowl and Ravensdale Trophy, beating other Schools to win these two Classes with Honours and Distinction. Adjudicator Alison Sutton wrote of the Signed Singing performance “Really evocative singing – fluid and compelling. Excellent sense of timing and pace. The Signing is full of conviction”. The Old Vicarage School Headmaster, Matthew Adshead, said “I am in awe by the many talents of our wonderful children. They learn British Sign Language from our Nursery Class upwards and to use it in such an impressive way is a credit to them all and our dedicated staff”.

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Heart of the Country Shopping Village

Heart of the Country Shopping Village

With a blend of 20 individual shops, distinctive boutiques and award-winning restaurants , Heart of the Country Shopping Village offers a fantastic shopping experience.

Heart of the Country shopping village has everything for the Bride to Be, with specialist shops, The Bridal Rooms, Allen Brown Jewellery and Anthony John Salons. Family owned and managed, the Stubbs’ ensure the village retains its rural feel by cultivating trees, flower beds and hedgerows. Visitors can enjoy lunch in courtyards surrounded by flourishing fauna and gardens, take a relaxing stroll through woodland, and shop in peace, away from the hustle and bustle of the high street.Heart of the Country is easily accessible via the A38, located 2 miles south of Lichfield. It boasts ample free parking, disabled facilities as well as woodland walks. Visit www.heartofthecountryvillage.com for more information, along with a map and directions.If you’re planning a wedding , Heart of the Country is a superb place to visit and offers a wonderful choice of shops and boutiques, including:

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Discover

Holly Bush Inn

Holly Bush Inn

A warm welcome awaits you at our family run pub, a hub for real ale drinkers and walkers alike!

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Outside The Lathkil Hotel

The Lathkil Hotel

The Lathkil Hotel is a family run traditional country pub situated in the village of Over Haddon, 2 miles from the historic market town of Bakewell. Nestled on the hillside of Lathkill Dale it enjoys the most spectacular, unrivalled panoramic views of any pub in the Peak District.

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The Shire Horse

The Shire Horse

THE SHIRE HORSE – A TYPICAL ENGLISH COUNTRY PUB ….

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The Dusty Miller Inn and Restaurant

The Dusty Miller Inn and Restaurant

The Dusty Miller Inn and Restaurant has been owned by the Fazakerley family since 1976. There have been some big changes structurally over the years but the most recent refurbishment is probably the most dramatic.

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The Wingerworth Pub & Kitchen

The Wingerworth Pub & Kitchen

There is something decidedly different about the menu at The Wingerworth Pub and Kitchen.

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