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Welcome to Wings


NOTHER warm welcome

to Wings and an edition

which reflects on some of

the special things which

happened in our patch in late


Congratulations once again

to everyone who takes the

time and makes an effort to

ensure that these events

take place for the enjoyment

of us all.

Wingerworth’s well

dressings again looked

simply fantastic, along with

the village scarecrows.

Down the road in Clay

Cross, meanwhile, the

summer Beach Party was


Issue 132 - October/November 2019


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once again well supported and thoroughly enjoyed by younger

visitors. They surely had to blink twice when they discovered a

whole seaside scene, complete with donkeys, had landed in the

middle of their town.

Also in this edition, Wingerworth Parish Council offers a

reminder of many of the groups, societies and clubs in the

village. If you’ve ever considered offering your help to a

worthy local organisation, this could be your starting point.

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Wildflowers are

talk of the village


ICK and Nicki Humphreys were tired of their mossy front

lawn but instead of concreting it over, as many people do,

they have turned it into a wildflower meadow!

Now nearby residents of the couple, who live on Chartwell

Avenue, Wingerworth, are full of praise for the garden, on a

corner at the junction with Hilltop Road.

Nicki said: “Rick was fed up with our ‘mossy’ front lawn, so

decided on some drastic action in order to attract butterflies and

bees. We cleared all the grass and weeds and then sowed six

boxes of wildflower seeds, not really knowing whether or not it

would work; happily, it’s exceeded all expectations!

“We’ve had some lovely comments, and several people asking

how we achieved the display; the bees and butterflies have

loved it!

“We didn’t feed it at all, just prepared the ground, then plenty of

watering. We’re hoping it will be even better next year; we’ve got

some more poppy seeds, so hopefully more reds and purples.”

Call for cycling provision

A Wingerworth mother has called for a cycle

track with ramps to be provided in the village

for older children who have been criticised for

riding in a local wood. John Winter reports


LTHOUGH a new play area has been opened in Wingerworth for

younger children, and a MUGA for those who play football or

basketball, Kerry Cunningham, of Windsor Drive, is hoping for provision

for young cyclists.

She said: "The park is wonderful, but there isn't the space for

teenagers to ride their bikes safely around younger children."

Kerry's two boys and their friends have taken to riding their bikes in

woods off Longedge Lane, where there has been an unofficial track for

many years. But recently there have been complaints from residents

about noise and the cyclists’ ramps have been vandalised.

"They have been keeping their noise to a minimum and although it is a

privately-owned wood, children have been playing there for 30 years,

but now they are being endangered," she said.

"Someone not only decided to wreck the bike ramps but then drove

nails into the wooden boards and concealed them at the bottom of the

ramps, resulting in damaged tyres, but thank goodness no damaged


She said the boys had caused no damage to the cycle track that was

already there or the woods and had received two commendations


Some of Wingerworth’s young cycling enthusiasts who carried out a ride in aid of charity

around the village for

their exemplary


They were praised on

social media for warning

a dog owner of the

danger that the nails

driven into the board

might injure their dogs,

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for calling at a house at

Chartwell Drive to ask if

they could place their

Local lads who helped to remove

rubbish from woodland

rubbish in a bin as there were none where they were going. They were

part of a group pictured on the village Facebook page collecting rubbish

that had been left in the woods.

The boys were also part of a large group that did a 30-mile bike ride

from the village to raise money for a good cause.

Said Kerry: "My husband has a rare genetic immune deficiency

called X-linked hyper IgM, which affects one in every million males

born. We lost his brother to it.

“My point is that these boys aren't doing anything wrong. They raise

money for charity and they look after the woods.”

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Teddy Adlington-Stringer winning through to earn a fight for a UK lightweight cage-fighting title

Teddy targets twin titles


INGERWORTH folk enjoy their sport - usually sedate

pastimes such as bowls, tennis, fishing or cricket.

Not so Teddy Adlington-Stringer whose chosen activity is a whole

lot wilder!

Teddy is a cage fighter, and a very successful one too. Since

Wings last reported on his progress at the start of the year, Teddy

has gone on to win his three subsequent contests and now has a

couple of very important events ahead of him.

He explained: “Most recently, I won a number one contender fight

against a tough opponent, Aftab Javed. This win has set me up for

the lightweight title fight on October 5th in Preston on UK Fighting

Championships 11, against Connor Hughes.

“I can’t wait to test myself against a tough competitor.”

The following month, Teddy will be going to Bahrain to compete in


EW funding is being released to

support community groups tackle

crime and prevent reoffending across


Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Hardyal Dhindsa is inviting charities, notfor-profit

bodies and voluntary organisations

to apply for a grant under his Community

Action Small Grants scheme, which will be

available for new projects that support his

crime prevention goals.

The commissioner has ring-fenced £75,000

from his budget which will be distributed in

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they live. I'm very grateful to those

organisations which care enough about

people to want to help and this funding is

the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation World

Championships, after being selected to represent England in the

tournament for his weight division.

He explained: “This tournament takes place from 11th-16th of

November and is a knockout-style format. You have a fight each day

and if you win you progress to a final to compete for a gold medal.

“Fighters from many different countries compete in this tournament

so this is an opportunity to test myself against the best amateur

fighters in the world, which really excites me.

“Other than that, it’s just a matter of lots of hard training, two or

three times a day, in preparation for my next fights!”

Teddy, a member of Chesterfield-based gym, 53 degrees, is now

hoping local backers will come forward to help sponsor his career in

the sport.

intended to support those efforts."

Last year, the commissioner funded a

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EOPLE often remark that the only

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Organised by the Town Centre Group,

all manner of seaside attractions were

again brought in over the August Bank

Holiday weekend - including sunshine.

Top left: The sights, sounds and smells of

the seaside come to North Derbyshire

and pictured with the donkeys are, from

left: Diana Yates, one of the event

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OLICE are reminding people to be alert following reports of

a gift card telephone scam.

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Wingerworth and Clay Cross area who have contacted police after

taking a phone call from someone claiming to be from their bank.

They were told that money had been taken from their bank

account and sent abroad. In order to get that money back, the

caller said they needed to purchase a large amount of Google Play

vouchers, and give them the codes to verify their account.

Similar scams have been reported in Derbyshire in the past, and

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victims, claiming to work for HMRC.

Tammy Barnes, fraud protect officer for Derbyshire Police, said:

“Phone scams similar to these have been reported in the past, and

are generally an attempt to target elderly and vulnerable people.

“Remember that gift cards and vouchers can be used only to

purchase goods or services on the website of the business issuing

them and that no reputable organisation would ask for payment of

a bill or debt using vouchers or gift cards.”

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be taken or internet connection would be lost - another scam.

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• Police are investigating attempts to break into cars parked on

drives in Wingerworth.

Five-week-old Phoebe, a bouncy puppy, earned her keep when

she alerted her family to an intruder in their garden on Deerlands

Road, at 3am. Police were called but the intruder ran off.

There have been several reports of a hooded man attempting to

get into cars on Deerlands Road and Spindle Drive early in the

morning, and there were similar incidents elsewhere in the village

over the past few weeks.

A car on Joseph Fletcher Drive was broken into and the interior

trashed. Binoculars were stolen from a car on Lydgate Drive.

• A dedicated rural and wildlife crime team is now operating

across Derbyshire to tackle issues that affect our rural and

farming communities.

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equipment, preventing the persecution of protected species and

the illegal trade in endangered species.

The team, who had previously focused only on the Derbyshire

Dales area of the county, will also work with local communities on

area-specific wildlife and rural issues.

The expansion has been made possible by extra funding from the

increased council tax precept, which was secured by Derbyshire’s

Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa.

He said: “Now, thanks to the increase in the amount derived from

the local council tax, we are able to boost the capacity of our rural

crime team which will make a visible, dedicated difference to the

way rural communities can be policed.

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them that we have been able to launch this specialist county-wide


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Cull is cancelled in county

Badgers are safe in Derbyshire after the

Government acted to stop a proposed cull, but

campaigners are determined to continue their

fight to further protect the popular animal.


ADGERS are being culled across Europe over fears they are

spreading bovine tuberculosis among cattle, but a licence

for a cull across Derbyshire was refused after a “direct

intervention from the Prime Minister”, it has been reported.

Boris Johnson's girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, was reported to be

“delighted” the cull was called off in a move that will save

thousands of the animals.

Tim Birch, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Head of Living Landscapes in

North Derbyshire, said a petition signed by 4,500 people urging

their MPs to join the fight against a badger cull in the county was

only part of the reason the Government decided not to go ahead -

the first area of the country where this has happened.

Another significant fact was the badger vaccination campaign that

is being carried out in Derbyshire, the largest such campaign in the

country, whereby 650 badgers have so far been vaccinated against

bovine TB.

"We have been running this programme in conjunction with the

Government, who have put £300,000 into it, so it would have made

no sense for them to give the go-ahead to shoot badgers because

they would end up shooting badgers that had been vaccinated," he


Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has obtained the support of 47

landowners and farmers who allowed access to their land for the

vaccination programme.

Research at Nottingham University revealed that only four per

cent of road-kill badgers had bovine TB, which supports the

Wildlife Trust's view that the problem is that badgers need

protecting from bovine TB in cattle, rather than the other way



Derbyshire leads the way in the badger vaccination programme,

making it less likely that the Government will introduce a cull here,

and the Wildlife Trust has established a vaccination training centre

at Edale where they help other Trusts to protect badgers.

A Wildlife Trust spokesman added: “It's been a busy few weeks

fighting the cull since we found out Derbyshire was shortlisted but

it's not the end of our work. Now we will continue to expand our

badger vaccination programme to ensure that Derbyshire’s badgers

remain healthy and safe for years to come and we’ll use our

findings to better inform the Government’s strategy for managing

bovine TB.

“Sadly, it does mean that the cull has been expanded elsewhere

and there will be months of terror for badgers across England!”

Lee Rowley, MP for Ne Derbyshire, commented: “Reductions in

badger populations are being proposed because they are believed

to spread bovine TB, which is currently rampant in certain parts of

the UK.

“The UK is, I’m afraid, in the middle of an epidemic of this disease

and we need to try to stop what is happening here.

“On a personal level, I would not want to see population reduction

in badgers - or any other animal - unless it is deemed necessary.”

Glasses raised to WI scarecrow


T was a very posh scarecrow - a nicely-dressed lady sitting outside the Parish Hall

enjoying a glass of wine - which captured the spirit of the annual scarecrow

competition held as part of the Wingerworth Well Dressings.

Created by the Women’s

Institute, the lady with

the pearls was a magnet

for people with cameras

who wanted to have their

photograph taken sitting

next to her.

The well dressings, at

the Sheepwash and near

Salem Chapel, started

with a blessing and

attracted visitors from

many parts of the

country, some doing

tours of Derbyshire well


Other scarecrows in the

village were as follows:

‘Tommy’, Barker

Cottage, Swathick Lane;

‘Sgt Fred’, 12 Davids

Drive; ‘Last letter Home’,

43 Davids Drive; ‘George the Paratrooper, 6 Windsor Drive; ’Private Norman Dee

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ORTH East Derbyshire District Council’s planning

committee has rejected a plan for 67 homes on the A61

Derby Road near the Four Lanes Ends roundabout against the

advice of council officers.

The committee rejected it on the grounds that the socio-economic

benefits did not justify such an encroachment on the countryside and

settlement development limit. They had concerns over the Highway

Authority’s response which failed to acknowledge recent accidents

and had previously declined an application to build a bungalow so

close to the roundabout.

The applicant may appeal against the decision.

One recent accident occurred on 15th July when a motorcyclist

was in collision with a vehicle on the A61 adjacent to Halcyon

Approach in Wingerworth, resulting in the rider being hurt and the

road closed for over three hours. All three emergency services were

in attendance.

Parish councillor David Hancock commented: “I have lived next to

this junction for over 34 years and during that time I have witnessed

countless horrific accidents, resulting in major injuries, damage and


At a recent meeting called to enable residents to raise concerns

and offer suggestions over ongoing safety concerns along the A61,

Coun Hancock stated there were too many accidents on that stretch

of road and, while all may have different causes, there are things

which could be done to try and minimise these.

The point was raised by one resident that while, on paper, the

number of casualties has reduced over recent years, the number of

fatalities has actually increased so it would be disingenuous to try

and present a picture of an improving situation.

Speed concern

Coun Hancock said: “Speed is also a major concern along the A61.

The speed limit along the road isn’t consistent and the changing

nature of the area, with increasing construction works, is turning the

A61 into a built-up residential area. There is an urgent need to

review the speed limit along the stretch of road from Clay Cross to

Chesterfield, taking into account the number of proposed dwellings.

“The overwhelming opinion of residents and councillors is that

speed cameras are the most effective way of controlling speed.

Short-term, we believe that residents and parish councils could play

a role in recruiting more volunteers to the Community Speed Watch

programme. But, as this lacks teeth when it comes to enforcement,

it is not a long term solution.”

• A proposal for several new consulting rooms to be built at

Wingerworth Medical Centre is likely to get the go-ahead by NE

Derbyshire District Council planning officers under delegated


There was a brief discussion regarding the proposed extension at a

meeting of Wingerworth Parish Councii when a member asked why

an extension was needed that would reduce the parking area when

there was so much empty space within the upper floor of the main

building. It was left that members could raise their own comments

if they felt so inclined. One did so.

Now senior planner Denise Knipe has written to parish councillors

saying permission will be granted under delegated powers unless

they ask for it to go before the planning committee.

The officer stated that with the planned housing growth for the

borough it was recognised that an increase in medical provision

would be required and Section 106 money has been requested to aid

the expansion of medical practices around the borough.

The proposal seeks to provide an additional eight rooms with the

layout and extensions not dissimilar to the original approved layout.

It was not considered necessary to justify the expansion given the

clear housing growth position set by the emergying Local Plan,

commented the planning officer. There have been no objections from

the Highways Authority.

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Deer Park Primary School

Digging for victory

DEER Park brought home the silverware for the second

year running at the Wingerworth Produce Show held at

the end of August.

We entered the Peter Rhodes Trophy which is open to

both Wingerworth Primary Schools. Each school had to

enter three carrots, three beetroot, five tomatoes and two

lettuce. Deer Park also came first in the Onions

Housewives’ Choice class.

All the children at the school had a part to play in

growing and looking after the fruit and vegetables. A

great achievement for our creative gardening team.

Climate change support

A SPECIAL assembly was held at Deer Park in which the

school was presented with a cheque from NE Derbyshire

District Council to fund work on Climate Change.

This followed a request from the children themselves for

the school to become actively involved in looking at climate

change in a very positive manner. Consequently, all

children and staff will be working across the school on this

important issue, culminating in a themed week at the end

of this term which already has a number of exciting

activities booked in.

Headteacher Simon Beardall commented: “We are

delighted to have been awarded the grant to help us begin

our work on climate change. Our pupils first brought our

attention to this important issue through our work on

values and caring for others and our world. Therefore, I

am delighted that our local council can support our work

and projects around climate change.”


Coun Diana Ruff

presents the

cheque to Ben

Bentley, chair of


Simon Beardall,


Vicky Western-

Taylor, teaching

assistant, and

the two oldest

and the two

youngest pupils

at the school

Junk Percussion

AS part of commitment to music and our diverse

curriculum, all children in Year 3 are part of a

Junk Percussion project that really hits the right

rhythm. Here is what the children think:

In Junk Percussion, you do rhythms with junk,

and you do clapping, stamping and games. You

even get to play a bin! It’s tremendous. At the

My trip to Multi-Sports Day

MY class and I went on a coach with our teachers to Graves Park in Sheffield

to play Multisport with lots of children from other schools. The coach to

Sheffield set off just after I had had my lunch and it felt like a long time to get

there, but I was very excited.

At the event, we got into pairs and went in a long line and walked into the

sports hall. We played tig, shooting stars, obstacle course, hoop-flipping,

zumba and bean bag throwing. Shooting stars is a game like dodgeball and I

really enjoyed it because we threw the Galaxy to get to Mars and we had

wings. I really enjoyed having wings because it was fun, and I liked being a

space rocket and blasting off into the air.

When we had finished, we all went back on the coach to school. This journey

seemed even longer as I did not want the fun to end with my friends. It was a

great day and I would really like to do it again soon. By Seb K, Year 2

Summer Reading Challenge

MORE than 100 young children who attend Deer Park Primary School

keen to build their skills and confidence with reading took part in this

year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Run by Derbyshire County Council, the scheme encourages four-to-11-yearolds

to read six books borrowed from their local library.

This year’s challenge was Space Chase, aptly named to coincide with the

anniversary of the first moon landing. It ran through the six weeks of

summer holiday and the school had a special assembly celebrating all

children who took part on their return to school.

University experience

FOUR Deer Park pupils joined another 23 children from other local schools in

visiting Bath University for three days. We took part in lots of different sporting

activities, such as fencing, judo and trampolining. We did badminton on the

second day and it was really fun and exciting, if a little hard! In the evenings

we played some other sports such as basketball and volleyball.

We all had a great time. It is an amazing place where lots of professional

athletes train because the facilities are so good. We stayed in the rooms the

university students stay in. They were really nice and we had a small taste of

what life would be like if we decide to go to university. Tyler B & Holly H, Y6

Guide Dog at Deer Park

WE raised money for the Guide Dogs to help people with visual impairments.

In an assembly, we created a powerpoint to show the school how helpful

Guide Dogs can be for the world. They are really tame. They help us by doing

all sorts of things but mainly to help blind people cross roads and do other

things. It was such fun to do the power-point, also we got a Guide Dog to

come to school and surprise everyone. The dog was called Demi, a German

Shepherd. We were a bit nervous but we soon got over it. Also we raised quite

a bit of money to help the Guide Dog charity. What we did to raise money was

a raffle and a guess the number of jelly beans in a jar.

Phoebe H, Halle G & Ellie B, Y5

end, you do a performance. You either get to play

a stick, a bucket or a bin to make music with.

Myla, Year 3

Junk percussion is amazing and exciting

because you learn new rhythms by clapping your

hands. You can play a broomstick, a shaker, a

bucket or even a bin. You can play a rhythm on

the piece of junk that you are given. Playing a beat

with a piece of junk is amazing.

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When a reservoir was created to provide water

for industry, it also provided a haven for

birdlife. John Winter profiles the work of Ogston

Bird Club which is 50 years old in 2019


F you ever wished you had more wild birds in your garden, and

your pulse quickens every time you see a bird you particularly

love or can’t quite identify, then just a few miles down the road is a

place you will enjoy.

Around 250 species of birds have been recorded at Ogston Reservoir,

set in the beautiful quiet Amber Valley near Clay Cross, which is a

greater number of birds on a single site than anywhere else in the

county, including the giant reservoirs at Carsington and in the Hope


Many are associated with water and wetlands, and the site is a popular

resting place for migrant birds - sometimes 200 swoop in at once – but

there are also plenty of birds you might find in your garden, woodland

and fields.

There to help you identify them are members of Ogston Bird Club,

which has three hides overlooking the waters, and has also created

mud-flats, scrapes, a kingfisher pond and a shingle-covered island to

suit individual species. It’s one of the largest bird clubs in the country.




pictured by

Steve Walker


William Radford’s image of a Blackcap

It was in the largest of the hides that I found nine-year-old William

Radford, youngest of the club’s 630 members, but as enthusiastic as

any, with a camera and lens nearly as long as his arm and twice as

heavy, who was hoping to get a shot of a kingfisher.

“I have seen about four kingfishers in different places, but I have never

been able to get a photo here,” he said. “It’s the amazing colours that

attract me.”

William visits Ogston most days, and when his mum asked him what he

wanted for his ninth birthday he chose a tour of five RSPB nature

reserves in Norfolk. It was only fitting that on the actual day a kingfisher

settled down right in front of him.

The longest-serving, and founder member, is Phil Shooter, now aged

82. He has been instrumental in setting up a number of bird and wildlife

clubs in north Derbyshire, co-wrote ‘Where to Watch Birds in Derbyshire’

in 1982 with Norman Richardson, and taught classes in ornithology

across the district for many years.

He and Dave Robinson erected the first hide, little more than a garden

shed, at a time when the diary used for recording sightings was hidden

in a drystone wall.

Another member, Steve Walker of David’s Drive, Wingerworth, said:

“Having done most of my bird watching and associated photography at

various sites in Yorkshire in the past, I was delighted to discover the

wonderful variety of bird life and the facilities on offer within easy

travelling distance from Wingerworth. I promptly joined Ogston Bird

Club and since then I’ve tried to visit as often as possible – every day at

all times of year there is something to see and share with other club

members who are very friendly and knowledgeable.”

Ogston Bird Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. As a

registered charity its prime objective is to study and record the birds of

Ogston Reservoir and the nearby woodlands, to make the records

available to the community, and to maintain and improve the habitat for


Perfect terrain for birds and bird-spotters

ird sightings

the benefit of birds and other wildlife “thereby advancing the

education of the public in the birds and other wildlife in the


The club also owns and manages the Jim Mart Nature

Reserve in the hamlet of Press, near Ashover, a great place to

see dragonflies and butterflies in the summer.

Club members have exclusive access to three well-placed

observation hides and the club also runs a full programme of

trips further afield throughout the year.

Members take their responsibilities seriously, with work

parties out once the summer is over, and an Open Day where

members of the public can visit the Ogston hides, sampling

the joy that members get in sharing their love of birds. One

Saturday a month, members and non-members can take part

in a guided walk to see the birds.

Ogston was created by flooding the valley in 1958/59 in order

to provide water for the carbonisation plant in Wingerworth,

now closed. Most of the village of Woolley was submerged, as

well as farmland, roads and part of the Ashover Light Railway.

Villagers were relocated into council houses in the hamlet of

Badger Lane, now known as Woolley Moor.

The reservoir is now used as a holding ground for water from nearby

Carsington Reservoir, is used by a sailing club and stocked with

rainbow trout by a fishing club... a great attraction for raptors such as

the Osprey!

It has become a famous winter gull roost, has a healthy population

of breeding birds, attracts waders and winter wildfowl and thousands

of migrating birds break their journeys here on their way to breeding

grounds or warmer climates.

The records are impressive. Last year, for example, two new species

were sighted. A White Stork passed over on May 1st and a Manx

Shearwater (scientific name Puffinus Puffinus) arrived on June 14th

after a night of high winds.

Tawny Owls are common residents, utilising a nest box, as are

Kestrels, Great-Spotted Woodpeckers and Mandarin Ducks, and there

were 13 sightings of Kingfishers from September onwards. A pair of

Great Crested Grebes nested just off the north bank of the reservoir

and were noted to have three chicks on July 31st.

Buzzards are resident raptors, seen consistently through the year.

Spectacular visitors recorded included Goshawks, with three

sightings in August, Marsh Harriers, a Crane (on April 21st),

Sanderling (a single visitor on May 28th was scared off by a Peregrine

Falcon) and Osprey, which pass through on their way between their

Scottish breeding grounds and their wintering quarters in Africa.

There were slightly fewer sightings of Red Kite, just two occasions –

two birds on February 16th over Ogston Hall and three individuals

passing over on May 28th.

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on the club website, and there is an active group

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Young enthusiast William Radford

Kingfisher photographed by Steve Walker




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COLOURED pencil drawing of Michonne, a character in TV’s

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There were more than 250 exhibits from 45 exhibitors, ranging from

cakes and artwork to flowers and vegetables. Deer Park School won the

Schools Trophy.

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Hunloke Park Primary School


Welcome to


A HUGE welcome to our new

reception class.

Our reception staff are very

impressed with how quickly the

children have settled down and

how independent they all are when

coming into school in a morning.

They have all shown that they are

excited to be in school and are

ready to learn.

The application process will soon

begin for pupils starting school in

September 2020. If you would like

to visit Hunloke Park and meet Mrs

Murphy, our headteacher, please

contact the office and we will

arrange a mutually convenient


Putting the ‘Fun’

in Fundamentals

Y2 pupils recently had the opportunity to take part in a Multiskills/Fundamentals


They were able to develop their core PE skills using the

correct movement techniques, all while having fun.

Everyone had a fantastic time at Graves Sports Centre in

Sheffield. This was a super event held by Qualitas with great

behaviour from all involved. Huge thanks to our Year 6

leaders who were shining beacons for Hunloke Park.

Roman workshop

CHILDREN in Years 3 and 4 attended a Roman workshop in school.

A man was dressed as a Roman and he showed us some of the equipment

they would have used. Some of us were able to dress up as Romans (Marty

and Dylan).

We learnt interesting facts, such as how they dyed horsehair and put it on

top of their helmets. We saw a replica of a shield and learnt how useful

they were. We re-enacted gladiators fighting predators and we had realistic

animal masks during the battle (Finley, Ellie and Maisie).

We put our thumbs up or thumbs down, indicating the gladiator’s freedom

after the battle. We were able to see a real sword. We learnt how they

raced in chariots and acted it out (Ash, Pippa and Oliver).

We really enjoyed it, it was fun and we leant many interesting facts (Tom).



Record-breaking students

Tupton Hall

Sixth Form

records were

broken as this

year’s students

(pictured right)

collected their

A Level results


UPTON Hall Sixth Form secured its highest ever number of

top exam grades with 21 per cent being A* or A. The

percentage of A* - B grades was 48.1 and the pass rate was

one of the highest ever, at 99.3 per cent.

Head of sixth form, Charlotte Burton, said: “It is no surprise to us

that these results are so fantastic as these students have

demonstrated they are an exceptional cohort.

“As well as studying hard for their A Levels, they have balanced

work commitments to the wider community and personal

challenges. They were compassionate, supportive, funny and driven

to surpass their targets in order to achieve their aspirations.”

Emily Else is one of the highest achieving students, securing grade

A* in geography, and A in biology and chemistry. She is now

studying medicine at the University of Sheffield.

Emily said: “Studying for A Levels has been very stressful and a

lot of hard work. As well as my studies, I’ve worked at a doctor’s

surgery and volunteered on the wards at Ashgate Hospice to get

some experience to support my application to study medicine.”

Sarah Musk achieved an A* in art, having not even taken the

subject at GCSE. Her other grades, an A in design and technology

and an A in geography,

allow her to embark on a

degree in interior

architecture and design, at

Coventry University. She

said she had always

wanted to do something

creative and being allowed

the flexibility of taking

product design alongside

art had made it possible.

Callum Rogers and Oliver Dilks

Other top grade recipients

included the following:

Dominic Handbury-Smith, A* A* A* A in chemistry, maths, further

maths and biology; Willow Arme, A* A A in sociology, law and

business, alongside an A in AS Level geography and an A in

Certificate in Financial Studies; Catie Varley, A* A* A* in art,

geography and maths and an A in AS Level further maths; Lara

Bennett, A* A* A in history, law and English literature plus a further

A in AS Level geography.

Meanwhile, younger students were rewarded for their hard work

when they collected their eagerly awaited GCSE results.

With changes to the examination and grading system making it

tougher for all, there was significant improvement in the

percentage of students achieving both standard and strong passes

in both mathematics and English. In addition, the overall progress

made by all students had improved on the previous year.

Headteacher Andrew Knowles said: “This group of students were

hard working and committed. They worked well together and with

the staff, leading to outstanding individual performances.

Emily Else, Catie Varley and Courtney Moseby

are delighted with their A Level achievements

“Young people are not statistics, and so we are delighted that so

many of them have excellent results that reflect their ability, effort

and commitment.

“They have been well prepared by our committed and skilful staff

to whom I am grateful for their conscientious hard work in

teaching, supporting and nurturing them throughout their time at

the school.”

One of the highest achieving girls was Sarah McGrogan, with nine

top grades at either 9 or 8. She is now studying A Levels in Spanish,

English language, maths and psychology at Tupton Hall Sixth Form.

She said: “I was not expecting this at all. I think it’s down to the

way I revised – using flash cards and revising effectively rather

than just staring at a book. Revision sessions have also helped, as

well as the support of my teachers.”

Jack Redman, who achieved eight grades 9 or 8, was another

high-flyer. He will study French, maths, further maths and physics

at Tupton Hall.

On opening his

envelope, he said: “I’m

absolutely speechless;

it’s unbelievable. I

wasn’t expecting many

top grades at all, never

mind this many.”

Jack was selected to

attend a summer

school at Cambridge

University. Eventually,

he hopes to pursue a

degree in engineering

Celebrating their GCSE

successes are Georgia Hagues-

Stirk and Leah Harrison

or physics.

Lucy Astell also did

exceptionally well,



Above: Olivia Buckley and

delighted mum Sally

Left: More big smiles as GCSE results

are revealed at Tupton Hall School

achieving eight grades 8 or 9.

She said: “I came along with two of my friends to collect my

results. I was nervous but I knew I had worked hard and done my

best. Studying for my GCSEs has taken up a lot of my free time

doing things I like but it has paid off in the end.”

Lucy is now taking A Levels in biology, English literature,

geography and physics at Tupton Hall.

Meanwhile, Olivia Buckley did not allow a severe football

concussion injury affect her success as she scored highly with nine

grades 9 to 7. Her bravery and determination to do well shone

through as she collected her results with her mum, Sally”

Olivia said: “I’m so happy. My head injury caused me a lot of

trouble during the exam period but I battled through and didn’t let

it stop me.”

Proud Sally said she was “elated” on seeing the result of her

daughter’s hard work. Olivia, too, has joined the sixth form.


Wingerworth Parish Council

Wingerworth’s super summer events


HE parish council would like to thank everyone who supported

recent village events, including the Wingerworth Well Dressing,

Scarecrow Festival and Alternative Flower Festival, and the

Wingerworth Produce Open Show.

Parish Council Open Surgeries

REMINDER that the next Parish Council Open Surgeries


will take place on: Thursday, 17 October, 7-8pm, and

Saturday, 19th October, from 10:30-11:30am.

Community Engagement

OMMUNITY Engagement Committee members are


continuing to look at ways to communicate effectively with

all members of the parish.

They have recently set up a Parish Council Instagram account

and a page on Next Door. If you have any suggestions on how

we can share information please contact the clerk by Facebook,

email or telephone; or speak to a member of the committee

(full list available on the Parish Council website). Clerk –

Charlotte Taylor

Email Telephone 07834 390171.


Facebook: Wingerworth Parish Council

Instagram: wingerworthparish


Parish Rooms

HE parish council is


working with the North

East Derbyshire District

Council Procurement Team

to procure an architect

/project manager to provide

support with the Parish

Rooms refurbishment


Updates will continue to

be shared at council

meetings, via social media

and in Wings.


Wingerworth Parish Council

Time to take up tennis?


O you know that there are three tennis courts available for

your use, located adjacent to the cricket pitch and the bowling

green in Wingerworth?

The parish council has, at a significant cost, recently upgraded

these courts to a very high standard, but sadly they are underutilised.

There is a myth that these courts are a private facility owned by

Wingerworth Tennis Club. That is not the case. Wingerworth Tennis

Club is a non-profit making organisation, a member’s club made up

of like-minded tennis enthusiasts who hire the courts from the

parish council and manage their use on the council’s behalf.

In return, they have dedicated use of the courts in the form of

Club Sessions held on Saturday and Sunday mornings, 9-11.30am,

and Wednesday evenings in the summer, 5.30-7.30pm.

Outside of these times, the courts are available for hire by anyone

at £3 per hour from The Lateshopper at the top of Allendale Road.

The parish council and the tennis club are working closely

together to promote wider awareness and greater use of the

courts, not just exclusively for tennis, but for health and fitness in


With school half-term approaching, the courts will remain

unlocked and available to all, free of charge, from Monday, 28th

October, through to Friday, 1st November, between 10am-3pm,

and Saturday 2nd November 11.30am-3pm. So wrap up, come

down and have a go!

The question is often asked why are the courts locked when not in

use when that did not use to be the case? Sadly, even Wingerworth

does not escape acts of mindless vandalism by a small minority.

The parish council has to protect their investment.

Looking ahead to next year in warmer climes, consideration is

being given to widening the use of the courts by arranging

programmes for cardio tennis and walking netball for persons of all


Both of these activities will be led by qualified personnel. No

tennis skills are required. If this appeals to you, please show your

interest by contacting Liz Marsden at Wingerworth Tennis Club

(details at the foot of this article).

During next year there will be other tennis opportunities for:

• Schoolchildren to attend Taster Sessions in March and April. All

attending will receive a certificate and the opportunity for further

coaching at the tennis courts under the LTA’s “Tennis for Kids”


• Families to participate in informal tennis on a weekly basis

through a scheme ‘Tennis For Free’,;

• Coaching sessions organised by Wingerworth Tennis Club who

will host their annual Open Day in April. Their current membership

is modest at circa 30+ members.

They are keen to welcome greater membership to all age groups,

irrespective of ability, particularly families and youngsters. Details

of club membership can be found at info@wingerworthtennisclub. or by contacting Liz Marsden,

Come on down make use of this wonderful facility. Remember:

‘Playing Tennis is for Life, not just Wimbledon Fortnight’.

Dates for your diary

19th October – Village Litter Pick,

meeting at the Parish Hall at 9am.

22nd October – A61 meeting at the

Parish Hall at 7pm.

17th October - Parish Council Open

Surgery, 7-8pm.

19th October - Parish Council Open

Surgery, 10:30-11:30am.

6th November - Parish Council

meeting at the Parish Hall at 7pm.

11th November – Parish Council

Remembrance Service at the Parish

Hall, 10:45am.

23rd November – Annual Craft Fair at

the Parish Hall.

29th November - 3rd December –

Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints


4th December - Parish Council

meeting at the Parish Hall at 7pm.

13th December – Carol Concert and

switching on tree lights at 6:30pm.


INGERWORTH Parish Council usually meets on the first Wednesday of

each month at the Parish Hall. Meetings commence at 7pm when

members of the public are welcome to attend.

A ten-minute session will be held near the start of each meeting for public participation. To contact

the Parish Council, telephone Charlotte Taylor, Clerk to the Council, on 07834 390171, or write to her

at: 36 Hawksley Avenue, Chesterfield, S40 4TW. You can also email her at wingpc@


Wingerworth Parish Council

So much happening in our village


HE Community Engagement Committee has been compiling

information on the groups in Wingerworth and on these

pages is a list of details gathered to date.

If you are part of a local club or society that we have missed,

please contact the parish council clerk so we can add your details for

future events

Wingerworth Horticultural Society

Meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30pm at

Wingerworth Parish Hall. Speakers give talks on all types of

subjects, with many bringing plants for sale relating to the topic.

The programme up to Christmas is as follows:

28th October, Plants for Different Places; 25th November, Bark,

Berry and Leaf -Texture in the Garden; 9th December, Annual

General Meeting (usually with a short slide show of places the

society has visited this year).

Visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in joining the

group please contact Tony Clay on 01246 270643.

Wingerworth Community Festival

Meets monthly from September to May (more frequently

towards the Fun Day), usually at the Church Centre,


The group started in 2012 with the aim of creating community

events that bring local people together and encourage community


The main activity is planning the annual Wingerworth Fun Day

which involves over 35 local organisations and businesses, and has

become a wonderful celebration of local opportunities, facilities

and talents. Each year the event attracts approximately 1,000


As well as planning the Fun Day, fundraising and co-ordinating the

entertainment, services and activities and managing the many

volunteers needed on the day, committee members take on specific

roles or tasks led by their skills and the amount of time they are

able to offer.

The group also organises an annual women-only disco and are

open to helping plan other events inspired by local people.

To find out more, share ideas or get involved, contact Teresa

Randon on: 07885 739122

Wingerworth Guides

There are currently a Ranger Unit, Guide Unit, two Brownie Units

and two Rainbow Units that meet in Wingerworth.

If you are interested in joining or volunteering, or would like more

information, you can contact the group via wingerworthdgg@gmail


Wingerworth Music Club

Meets on the third Monday of the month (except January and

August) from 7:30-9:30pm in Wingerworth Parish Hall.

Members of the club present a programme of classical and light

classical music on CDs.

Visitors and prospective members are welcome to attend any

meeting. Contact Lois Gent, chairman, on 01246 851795.


Wingerworth WI

Meets on third Tuesday of each month at 2pm at the Church

Centre, Wingerworth.

A user-friendly group which welcomes all women to their

meetings, with an interesting range of speakers, other social

activities and outings.

The committee is being updated, so if you are interested in joining

the group, please contact the clerk to the parish council who can

put you in contact with a member of the new committee.

Wingerworth Pilates

Meets every Monday from 1-2:10pm, during the school term at the

Church Centre, Wingerworth.

Elaine runs the classes and is a qualified mat pilates instructor.

You do need to book in advance to attend the sessions. If you are

interested and would like to find out more, please contact Elaine on

07790 265776.

3rd Wingerworth Scouts All Saints

Meets every week (day depends upon which section you join, see

details below) at the Scout Hutt on Longedge Lane.

Scouting's purpose is to actively engage and support young people

in their personal development, empowering them to make a

positive contribution to society.

There is flexibility within Scouting which means that all young

people, regardless of their abilities, can enjoy and achieve.

You can find out more by contacting Denise Booth Group Scout

Leader on: 0792 7607320.

Beavers: Wednesday, 5.15-6.30pm, age six to eight.

Cubs: Wednesday, 7-8.30pm, age eight to ten.

Scouts: Thursday, 7.30-9pm; age ten to 14.

Cannon Events Running Club

Avenue 5k & 1,500m run jog walk last Sunday of the month, in the

Avenue Country Park in Wingerworth.

Kids running club, Tuesday 5:15-6pm. Adult running club Tuesday

& Thursday 6:30pm, both at Sharley Park Leisure Centre. Cannon

events kids running club Saturdays 9-10am, Avenue Country Park,


You can find out more by contacting John Cannon on 07902


Wingerworth Footpath Group

Meet every Monday morning at 9am in the Parish Hall car park.

The group has been operational for the last 12 years, after the

parish council asked Mike Sims, as an experienced rambler, to

“look after” the parish Rights of Way.

Today it consists of half-a-dozen or so retired residents who not

only enjoy the local countryside, but also volunteer to manage and

maintain the 45 footpaths and bridleways.

In addition to vegetation clearance, the group installs and repairs

gates, stiles and boardwalks. Other tasks include improving the

surface condition, drainage problems, dry stone walling and hedge


INGERWORTH Parish Council usually meets on the first Wednesday of

each month at the Parish Hall. Meetings commence at 7pm when

members of the public are welcome to attend.

A ten-minute session will be held near the start of each meeting for public participation. To contact

the Parish Council, telephone Charlotte Taylor, Clerk to the Council, on 07834 390171, or write to her

at: 36 Hawksley Avenue, Chesterfield, S40 4TW. You can also email her at wingpc@


Wingerworth Parish Council

No special skills are required, just enthusiasm to ensure that the

Rights of Way are fit for purpose for all members of the public.

If anyone would like to join our group or seek further information,

contact Mike Sims, the chairman on, 01246 276803.

Wingerworth Tots and Toddlers

Meet on Tuesdays 1-2:30pm during term time at Wingerworth

Parish Hall. Cost is £2 per session, with the first session free.

This is a parent and baby/toddler playgroup ages 0-4 years. It

includes a baby section with playmats and toys, various toddlers’

toys such as cars, jigsaws, happyland, scooters, trikes, dressingup,

crafts plus lots more. Children get juice and a biscuit and

grown-ups tea or coffee and a biscuit.

Contact the group via their Facebook page or through Nicola on

07989 024138.

Wingerworth Badminton Group

Meet on Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:30pm at Wingerworth Parish

Hall. The group is currently full, but if you wish to make contact

you can call Lynn Bowler on 07841340351.

Wingerworth Morning WI

Meets on the second Friday of every month (excluding August) at

9:45am at the Church Centre, Wingerworth.

They have a craft group, arrange outings throughout the year to

various interesting places/restaurants and have speakers or

entertainment at most meetings.

You can find out moreby contacting Ann Coy on 01246 231819,

Wingerworth Community Association

Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month between September

until May at 7:30pm at Wingerworth Parish Hall.

They are a small friendly group with a varied programme of guest

speakers, followed by refreshments. A full list of the programme of

booked speakers is available. Further information from Pat Hollins

on 01246 209854.

Wingerworth Martial Arts

Meets on Wednesday evenings, 6:30–8:30pm, at Wingerworth

Parish Hall. Martial Arts class suitable for all ages and abilities

from six years upwards. Contact Neil Baker on 07958 277551 for

further details.

Wingerworth Table Tennis Club

Meets most Mondays and Fridays, 7:30-9:30pm, at Wingerworth

Parish Hall.

The club welcomes all, whether you are looking for competitive

sport, keeping fit or social recreation. They run six teams in the

Chesterfield Table Tennis League.

Website: Further information from

David Harris, chairman, on 07821 510083 or wingerworthttc@

Friends of Wingerworth Parks

The group is currently dormant, whilst looking for a new chair and

new people to inspire future activity.

Established in Spring, 2014, it is a constituted group of residents

aiming to improve facilities at Wingerworth Parks for the benefit of

all residents, raise funds for equipment and encourage goodwill

and involvement of the wider community. The group works closely

with the parish council and together they have already achieved a

Multi-Use Games Area, refurbished play area at Allendale Park,

and raised funds to start improvements at Chartwell Park.

The group welcomes new ideas and new members. To find out

more, share ideas or get involved, contact Teresa Randon on


Wingerworth Tennis Club

See feature on previous page.

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The school’s Parent

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Friends of Ashover School, worked tirelessly last academic year to

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The whole school community came together to support the

‘Project Playground’ and raised a staggering £20,000 which went

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The markings included The Daily Mile track, hop-scotch, What time

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court and a dart board. The works also included a football area with

inlet fencing to create goal mouths.

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T will soon be bonfire season and Mr and Mrs Edwin Peat

have agreed once again to allow the Wingerworth

celebrations to take place on their land at Nethermoor Farm,

Nethermoor Road.

The date is Saturday, November 2nd, with gates being opened

around 6.30pm and the fire being lit around 7pm, followed by a

fireworks display

This event is very much a part of the annual village calendar and it

is looked forward to by both young and old. It is with thanks to local

sponsors and to the leaders and helpers of 3rd Wingerworth Scout

Group that the event continues to be held

If anyone wishes to help sponsor the event, or you would like to

offer help in any way, Group Scout Leader Denise Booth would love

to hear from you on 07927 607320. The local Scouts are this year

celebrating their 60th anniversary.

Refreshments will be available on the night, including beefburgers,

sausage cobs, jacket potatoes, crisps, sweets, bonfire toffee, hot and

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As a journalist in north Derbyshire for more than 40 years, Wings

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there was one special place he had missed out on... until now

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T a time of year when people’s appetites change, nowhere is better prepared to

greet diners on chilly autumnal days than The Old Blue Bell Inn at North Wingfield.

Calling in at this historic pub and restaurant with daughter Olivia on a distinctly dreary

Tuesday evening, our mood was immediately lifted by the warm and genuine welcome we

were afforded as we were shown to a table in the cosy bar area. A candle was flickering

and gleaming cutlery was awaiting us.

Chef Jamie Woodhouse has compiled an attractive four-page menu offering everything

from grills, burgers, sizzlers, pub classics, sharing platters, and lunchtime specials. As if

that were not enough, there is a ‘main meals’ selection too!

Parts of this building have been around since the 15th century and it clearly has a

following of enthusiastic diners - but this was our first visit. It wasn’t long before we could

see why so many people are raving about the food on offer.

For starters, Olivia selected a warming Cauliflower Cheese Soup (£4.45), while I

thoroughly enjoyed the flavours of my Ox Cheek Hash with Wilted Spinach with a goldenyolked

Fried Egg perched on top (£5.50).

Mains saw Olivia opt for Gammon Steak, a 12oz cut of tender meat with two eggs, plus all

the trimmings: large onion rings, grilled mushroom, tomato, a basket of hand-cut chips and

a salad garnish. She was delighted with it and it was great value at £12.95.

On my side of the table, meanwhile, I was served a beautifully-presented Pan-Fried

Salmon Fillet, an attractive island of pale pink in a Bacon and Sweetcorn Chowder

(£12.95). Absolutely beautiful it was too, tasting every bit as good as it looked.

Replete, we didn’t think we had room for desserts, but a quick glance at the tempting

selection saw us decide to share an Apple and Ginger Crumble (£4.45). It was a shareable

size too, and we opted to enjoy it with piping hot custard.

Well pleased with having sought out this venue (it isn’t the easiest to find, but it’s well

worth it) we made a mental note to return one Sunday afternoon to enjoy its weekly

carvery. Chef Jamie told us his most recent serving had satisfied the appetites of no fewer

than 224 customers, with a whopping 130 kilos of quality roasts being carved.

Everything we ordered was well cooked, piping hot and served with a smile. Recommended.

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WHEN it comes to providing a great

experience for their customers, you

would struggle to beat the enthusiasm

displayed by Olivia Elliott and Jamie

Woodhouse, general manager and

head chef respectively at The Blue Bell

Inn, North Wingfield.

Olivia and Jamie (pictured below)

both had humble beginnings in the

catering and hospitality business. Olivia

was just 13 when she began as a potwasher

at a pub in her home village of

Cutthorpe and then progressed to

waitressing. Jamie also started washing

pots at The Admiral Rodney

establishment at Loxley in Sheffield.

Olivia’s career later took her to work

in other dining establishments and

then she became events and catering

manager at Sheffield Town Hall, a role

which saw her organising major

functions for the city’s Lord Mayor and

other dignitaries, plus catering for


She initially arrived at The Blue Bell -

which can trace its building’s history

way back to the 15th century - on a

part-time basis, but was soon offered a

full-time role overseeing all aspects of

the large, historic venue.

Jamie arrived at The Blue Bell in

June, bringing along 25 years

experience in the catering trade.

“Cooking was something I always

wanted to do,” he said. “I was inspired

by several top chefs but also by my

mother who cooked fantastic food and


Jamie, from Sheffield, has already

introduced an exciting, extensive new

menu which is proving popular with

The Blue Bell’s customers, old and new.

Food is served seven days a week in

both the restaurant and cosy bar and

ingredients are sourced locally and

from suppliers tried and trusted by


There are dishes to suit all appetites,

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special Sunday carveries, it is already

advised to book your table in advance.

Christmas Day is already fully booked,

but festive fayre will be served

throughout December and special

menus are now available.

Added Olivia: “The owners have

given us free rein to run the place how

we like, as long as we keep our

customers happy and make them want

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