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We’ve teamed up with Island Cottage Holidays and Isle of Wight Distillery to offer one lucky winner the chance to win £500 of holiday vouchers and a gin set

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We’re compiling a guide to the businesses that still need your custom to survive, the companies introducing special schemes to help people in the community, services that will help you adjust to working from home or being isolated from others.

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A definitive guide to the fascinating history of one of the county’s most popular villages – Matlock Bath: A Perfectly Romantic Place – has just been published

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Fifty years on, author Christopher Nicholson celebratesa new edition of the book inspired by a lifelong passion

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Much of the fabric of Belper, Holbrook and Makeney was shaped by one family: the Strutts. Jon Millhouse and George Henshaw, of Derby-based Planning & Design Practice Ltd, discuss what they have discovered about the Strutt family’s built legacy through their projects and research.

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Mike Smith discovers superb accommodation and great places to eat and drink in the Blackbrook Valley between Eccles Pike and Chinley Churn.

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Mike Smith visits the ancient upland village of Youlgrave, which has its own very distinct character and atmosphere

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A great history and splendid modern developments are creating an exciting place to live and visit.

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Mike Smith visits the winners of Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust’s Deborah Devonshire Award, commended for their work on the Grade I listed Long Mill at Darley Abbey.

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A local father-and-daughter team has created an innovative invention that provides an alternative place to leave a tribute. Lynne Dixon reports on the Love Lock Tree

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Once a year Moors for the Future takes stock and monitors the depth of the water table on their restored moorland. Andrew Griffiths joins them to learn how their work on the hills can help prevent flooding in our towns and cities.

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Neighbourhood know-how, people and places

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Mike Smith takes the old Roman Road from Derby to Chesterfield to explore Higham, set on the narrow sandstone ridge above the Amber Valley

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Ashley Franklin reports on the life and atmosphere that a new wave of drinking and dining businesses has brought to the village.

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Mike Smith invites you to trace the history of the famous Derbyshire spa town.

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Buxton

Will it be festive cheer for the High Street in Derbyshire? Winner of the first ever Best British High Street Award in 2014 – out of 135 contenders – Belper was nominated again this year. The town is teeming with gift, homeware, fashion and jewellery stores which are part of a wide spectrum of shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants – over 160 – with few empty units to be seen. There is no denying that the High Street is in decline but no one seems to have told Belper.

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As Tissington Hall prepares for its sixth Christmas opening, Pat Ashworth discovers what is in store for visitors

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A look at the festive themes and events at the county’s great houses

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Christmas

Catherine Roth talks to Paul Halksworth about his new book which explores the history of the ruined stately home

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