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Welcome to our
HESTERFIELD folk are always happy to support a good
cause and the Mayor’s Appeal has benefitted from their
generosity for many years.
This fund traditionally aids local charities and other deserving
groups. Two local good causes are celebrating receiving funds
raised by the Mayor’s Appeal in the past year.
During the mayoralty of Coun Stuart Brittain and his wife and
Mayoress, Anne Brittain, £16,857.13 was raised through a series of
The money has been shared equally between their chosen
charities, Ashgate Hospicecare and Citizens’ Advice Chesterfield.
Coun Brittain said he was thrilled to be able to present these two
worthy causes with cheques for £8,428.56 each.
E hope you enjoy reading November’s edition of Twist,
especially our guide to some of the attractions on offer
in and around the town in the run-up to Christmas. Deborah
Wain has interviewed the stars of this year’s Pomegranate
Theatre pantomime. You can read what they have to say on
Also, we have an opportunity for one lucky reader to win a pair of
tickets for a night out with a difference - to see the The Red Hot
Chilli Pipers, the outrageously entertaining bagpipe band. See
Elsewhere, we report on a new book which recalls one of
Chesterfield’s blackest moments, the Pottery Cottage murders of
more than four decades ago. Read about it on page 24.
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The widow of a joiner who died from asbestosrelated
cancer tells Twist’s Deborah Wain about
the tragedy, ahead of a local conference to raise
awareness of the dangers of the deadly dust
HEN Lyn Wood met her husband of 44 years, Paul, they
were both working on the Isle of Man.
Lyn had a job as a hotel barmaid while joiner Paul worked on a
construction project. One of his jobs was working with liquid
asbestos. It was sprayed, set and drilled. Paul was left to sweep up
the dust created and handed a pint of milk to wash down what was
Working with asbestos was something Paul did throughout the
1960s, 70s, and 80s, without any protection, and, explained Lyn, he
had no idea of its dangers.
Paul retired from joinery, aged 65, and he and Lyn went on to make
the most of their time; spending a happy few years together, touring
Europe in their motorhome.
Looking back, Lyn had noticed that Paul had begun to get
breathless and tired walking the couple’s dog, Woody, in the area
around their final home together in Harthill. However, it wasn’t until
Paul was recovering from knee replacement surgery, in 2015, that he
developed a pain in his side and was eventually diagnosed with
mesothelioma affecting the lining of his lungs.
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos dust. There is no
cure and prognosis is brutally short.
Lyn and Paul had no idea that Paul’s work was linked to his illness
until they were contacted by the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team
(DAST) through the Northern General Hospital, where Paul was a
Lyn said: “Joiners were one of the professions high on the list of
being affected. Paul was completely shocked to discover this – it
changed him overnight.”
Sadly Paul, who had two children and three grandchildren with Lyn,
passed away in Rotherham Hospice that October, aged 69, only two
months after diagnosis.
Paul and Lyn had been planning to move to a bungalow in Unstone
Lyn, from Unstone: ‘Joiners were one of the
professions high on the list of being affected’
Lyn with Paul
before his illness
before his death. Lyn decided to go ahead with the move and now
feels at home here.
DAST subsequently helped Lyn successfully claim Government
compensation for Paul’s death.
She said: “It has allowed me not to have to worry financially but it
doesn’t make up for not having Paul here with us.”
Lyn described Paul, who hailed from Newcastle and had a passion
for motorbikes, as a “popular guy” with a great sense of humour.
Asbestos - widely used for its durability, fire-proofing and cost -
was finally banned in 1999, but since then 40,000 men and women
have died of mesothelioma in the UK alone. The country has the
highest incidence of asbestos-related deaths in the world.
Chesterfield-based DAST and Sheffield and Rotherham Asbestos
Support Group (SARAG) help over 500 victims of asbestos-related
diseases every year, assisting with benefits, and compensation.
Joanne Gordon, from DAST, said: “The groups witness every day
the devastating impact on families of a disease that should not
be happening. The effects of exposure to the deadly dust –
asbestos, has been known for over a century, yet was not
banned until 1999.
“From the 1900s until the ban in 1999, 6.1 million tonnes of
asbestos had been imported into the UK, leaving a deadly
legacy for working people.
“Many people believe that, because asbestos was banned, it is
no longer a danger. However, much of the six million tonnes of
asbestos used in the country remains in place.
“Research undertaken by the Asbestos in Schools (AiS)
Group, in 2015, established that 85 per cent of schools
contained asbestos. Asbestos also remains in public buildings,
social housing and our homes.”
Lyn is keen to support DAST’s efforts to raise awareness of
the number of deaths due to asbestos-related cancer and the
danger it still poses.
“Asbestos is still being harvested in South Africa and used in
the US. Unfortunately, while ever there is money to be made,
human life is nothing in comparison to profits,” she said.
Paul’s name was among those of victims projected on to
Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire Church at a celebration of life
event earlier this year.
DAST and SARAG are now coming together for a conference
to celebrate 20 years since the ban. Lyn will be among
volunteers running the conference,
The event aims to provide awareness, information and advice about
the legacy of asbestos and consider what can be done to help
prevent future ill health.
Delegates will also watch the film ‘Breathless’ which sees
filmmaker, Daniel Lambo, set off on a quest to find the truth about
the deadly asbestos industry following the deaths of his father and
many others from his village. His search takes him to the largest
asbestos waste dump in India.
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industry, but in its success in our town.
The black-tie event, held at the historic Winding Wheel this year,
brings the celebration into the heart of the town where darker
evenings are soon to be illuminated by the stunning Christmas
lights which are to be switched on on 17th November.
There are few things that bring people together quite like
Christmas. It’s all too easy to get caught up in day-to-day life and
put things like family time to one side, but Christmas is a great
reason to make time especially around a dinner table.
Chesterfield has a plethora of places to eat and drink that
we have never had before. Real ale pubs, gastro pubs, cafes,
bars, restaurants, hotels, Italian, Indian, Greek, Japanese,
Chinese, French… you name it - Chesterfield’s food and drink
scene has it.
Variety, as they say, is the spice of life and as the town grows, we
are able to offer more job roles and career opportunities to young
people. Nowhere is this more evident than in our manufacturing
and engineering sector.
Once again, we’ll be raising awareness of the breadth of jobs and
roles in this sector with the annual Made in Chesterfield campaign
The programme brings together schools and businesses in the
sector in order to open young people’s eyes to the opportunities in
the local area – something increasing in importance with increased
local developments, investment and, of course, Brexit.
There’s lots going on in the area, festive and otherwise. Let’s fully
embrace the community and Christmas spirit and come together to
talk up the town.
There are fantastic things happening around us that can be easy
to dismiss in our day-to-day lives. Let’s all take a moment to
appreciate them as 2019 draws to a close.
CHESTERFIELD Philharmonic Choir
invite audiences to join them for a
concert of sacred choruses entitled ‘The
Heavens are Telling’.
The concert, including music by Bach,
Brahms, Handel, Parry and Mozart, will be
held on 9th November, at 2.30pm, at
Central Methodist Church, in Saltergate.
Steven Roberts will be conducting, with Liz
Heath on the piano.
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A LOCAL choir’s project to promote good
mental health brings Handel’s ‘Messiah’
to St Thomas Church, Chesterfield, on
Saturday 23rd November, at 7.30pm.
Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society
are continuing their ‘Five Ways to
Wellbeing’ programme with the seasonal
favourite featuring the Cooperative
Chamber Orchestra and professional
The choir have been promoting ‘Five
Ways to Wellbeing’ through music and
performance during 2019, showcasing how
simple, everyday things can improve mood
– such as connecting through a shared
interest, learning new skills and being
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Anyone interested in joining the choir,
can find out more by coming going along
to a rehearsal, which take place every
Friday at 7.30pm at Chesterfield
WILDLIFE charity People’s Trust for
Endangered Species is launching a new
survey encouraging local people to healthcheck
The charity points out that hedgerows
that criss-cross our countryside are not
only an iconic sight, but a vital habitat and
corridor for many native species.
One study counted 2,070 different
species in just one 85m stretch of hedge
However, hedgerows are becoming
increasingly fragmented, posing a threat to
The national survey offers instant
feedback about the health of each hedge,
as well as tailored advice on what type of
management will ensure it thrives. The
results also provide conservationists with
The Great British Hedgerow Survey is
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TINNITUS support group helping
sufferers in Chesterfield and North
Derbyshire has become one of the first in
the country to be awarded a Gold
Standard by the British Tinnitus
Volunteer Audrey Carlin, who has run the
group for 33 years, has also become a BTA
vice-president in recognition of her work
with the tinnitus community.
Tinnitus is defined as the experience of
sounds with no external source, most
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Volunteer Audrey Carlin
quality of life, often linked to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.
Audrey said she is “honoured and privileged” to take on the new role.
She commented: “Having experienced tinnitus and successfully managed it for the past
35 years and having run a support group for 33 years, I embrace the BTA's positive
approach towards ‘a world where no-one suffers with tinnitus' and I will continue to
support and encourage people towards this aim."
David Stockdale, BTA chief executive said: "We are delighted to have someone like
Audrey as vice-president, as she has so much experience of tinnitus and tinnitus support.
Audrey's insight and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to develop and expand
our services to the tinnitus community."
The tinnitus support group, led by Audrey, her daughter Joanne Gordon, and a team of
volunteers, enables local people with tinnitus to meet others with the condition, share
useful tips on coping methods and find out what help is available.
Joanne said: "We applied for the Gold Standard as it is a great way to show new
members we are recognised by the BTA for offering a quality service and support to them.
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Deaths of ex-Mayor and Mayoress
HE deaths have been reported of two former Chesterfield
Former Chesterfield Mayor, Ald Donald Arthur Wain MBE, known
as Arthur, has died. He was first elected as a Labour councillor for
St Leonard’s ward in 1963 and served until 1969 and again from
1972 to 1999. He was Chesterfield Mayor in 1982/83.
During his 33 years as a councillor, he served on many
committees including as chair of the borough’s planning and
transport committee and was the first chair of Tapton Park
Alderman Wain was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday
honours list in 1994 for services to Local Government and became
an honorary alderman of the borough in 2004.
A road - Wain Avenue in St Leonard’s ward - was named after him
in recognition of the work he did in the area.
Former Chesterfield Mayoress Pat Bannister has also died. She
served as Mayoress to her father, William Gorman, in 1977/78. Mr
Gorman was a Labour councillor who represented Dunston Ward
Mrs Bannister’s time as mayoress included the visit to the borough of The Queen and Duke
of Edinburgh as part of their tour of the UK to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
She leaves three sons, Neil, Martin and Sam.
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John Firminger recalls
the night rock ‘n’ roll
legends performed in
Chesterfield town centre
Rockin’ around the Spire
T was one of the greatest nights in Chesterfield’s musical
history. Now these never-before-published pictures of
legendary rocker Bill Haley have been shared with Twist.
Haley performed with his Comets backing band at the Victoria
Ballroom, Chesterfield, in April, 1969.
These pictures were taken on the night by amateur Sheffield
photographer, Alan MacLean.
The American chart-toppers had local support from Chuck
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Letters tell of WWI
Wartime dramas from more than
a century ago have been
brought to life
in the pages of
Deborah Wain reports
ETTERS have revealed the
story of a young Chesterfield
woman caught up in ferocious
fighting in France during the early
weeks of World War I.
Alberta Smedley was a civilian in
Aisne when war broke out in 1914.
Her home was in a near direct line
under the Fort of Conde – a
strategically important landmark lost to
the Germans at the end of 1914 and
then recaptured by French and British
Alberta describes how she and her
parents, Albert and Agnes, survived an
11-day bombardment before “our own
soldier boys” arrived, only for one young
Pages from Alberta Smedley’s 1914 letters
Sheffield soldier she had struck up a
friendship with to be fatally wounded.
than water. They were delighted and officers and men were
Eventually, the family were forced to abandon their property.
soon in the dining room and kitchen, about a hundred of them.”
Photocopies of the two letters, written to Alberta’s cousin, Minnie, in Among the men was a young soldier called Jack Dawson,
September and December 1914, were shared with the publishers of from Walkley, in Sheffield, whose playful banter appears to
Twist magazine by Sheffield couple Keith and Maureen Thompson. have charmed Alberta.
Although the Fort of Conde was considered obsolete at the start of “He said when he left us ‘Well Dolly, tata, till tomorrow
World War I, its command of strategic ground made it a coveted morning. I shall come back for you then and we will go back to
objective throughout the war, changing hands several times.
Writing in November 1914, Alberta recounted that it had been
The family went on to put the thickly-wooded property “at the
captured in September by the Germans who began to shell around disposal” of the British forces so they could reach the allimportant
bridge without being seen.
them for 11 days. The French were unable to do very much in
response, but then English soldiers arrived.
Alberta described how the next day she asked after Dawson,
Alberta wrote: “At first we thought they were the Germans from the only to discover he had been killed by ten bullets to the head.
distance, their dress being so much alike, but as they neared the The young man was apparently buried in the grounds of the
bridge which spans the river we heard the patter of the Maxim gun and Smedleys’ home.
we saw them fly across the plain for their lives.”
“For several days afterwards, we did nothing but talk about it.
After the shelling stopped, Alberta and her father went outside. Needless to say, young Dawson’s grave will be our own private
“Oh Minnie what joys, we recognised our own soldiers,” Alberta property and I assure you it will be well tended,” wrote Alberta.
wrote. “At first they thought we were French, but when I spoke to them Over the next few days, Alberta was kept busy making soup
in English and told them we were English they were delighted. They and tea for troops who were camped out and she and her dad
asked me for some good drinking water, for after their mad rush they had a lucky escape when Germans arrived and rumbled they
were in need of refreshment. “
were English and assisting the enemy.
Alberta continued: “I asked them if a cup of tea would not taste better The pair were saved when the Germans were fired at and
turned on their heels. Alberta described it as a day “I shall long
Following the drama, Alberta was sent for by the British at their
headquarters in Serches and was put to work translating.
She described sitting up with an elderly French woman who was
being cared for by the Red Cross after a piece of shell led to her
having to have her wrist and hand cut off.
During her time in Serches, Alberta – a keen singer before the
war – was invited to entertain the troops. One of the songs was
‘The Song that Reached my Heart’.
Alberta was joined by the men as she sang the lines, ‘The
memories of that night of bliss will never from me part. She sang a
song of home sweet home, the song that reached my heart’.
She recalled: “It was lovely and yet it hurt for we had no longer
any home and all the soldiers knew it. They told me that I had
sent their thoughts back home, too.”
The Smedleys eventually fled their home, leaving with only the
few belongings they could carry and they later discovered the
property had been ransacked by the Germans.
The prospect of Christmas seemed ‘dismal’ as fighting continued
to rage on around them as Alberta and her parents moved from
place to place, however Alberta said they remained ”thankful” to
have had their lives saved.
It was Alberta’s plan to get her parents back to England and to
join the Red Cross herself.
The Fort of Conde was recaptured by the Germans and used as
a hospital until it was returned to France without opposition in the
Chemin des Dames offensive in April 1917.
Keith and Maureen would love to know if any readers know more
about Alberta, Minnie or the tragic soldier referred to.
A woman brought the letters into Maureen’s workplace around 30
years ago and Maureen asked for permission to photocopy them
as Keith is interested in military history.
Keith filed them away and forgot about them. He found them by
chance and, with interest in the period revived due to the
centenary of the 1914-18 conflict, contacted us.
Census and other records reveal that Alberta was born in
Hillsborough in 1893 and was living with her parents in Sanforth
Street, Chesterfield, in 1901.
It appears she returned to England during or after the war and
married a George Buckle, in Manchester, before settling in Surrey
and going on to have two sons and a daughter. Alberta died in 1957.
The Thompsons have copies of other letters written to Minnie in
1916 by a Winnie Rixon, who lived in New South Wales, Australia.
Her letters give a fascinating insight into the experience of the
First World War from the perspective of those living in Australia.
She broke the news to Minnie that her sweetheart, Stan, had been
killed in action.
She wrote: “I had word on Boxing Day that my sweetheart was
killed in action on the 29th October. His mate wrote and told me
and I can tell you I got a shock.
“He was an officer in the 1st Anzac Headquarters and I felt sure
he was safe, just so long as he stopped there. But he had to go
forward and he and five more were killed by a shell.
“He had been on active service for nearly two years and was
always longing to come home. Nothing seems the same since,
somehow, but it is war and I expect we have to go on as much the
same as we can But it is a big disappointment you can be sure.
“He is buried at the cemetery at Ypres and some day I am
hoping to get a trip over to England and then perhaps I will be
able to go over and see it.”
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Alan’s book recalls
Dronfield’s Alan Hurndall was a young reporter
working for ‘The Star’ in Sheffield in 1977.
Wednesday, January 12th, was a normal day with
stories about pit closures, steel redundancies,
court cases – and a grim warning that a blizzard
was speeding in on the city. He tells Twist that
suddenly, all hell broke loose in the newsroom
ORD came in that a dangerous prisoner on his way to court
in Chesterfield had attacked two warders with a knife,
dumped them and the driver in a layby, and hijacked the vehicle.
It had been found crashed on an icy track high up on Eastmoor,
near Chatsworth. The fugitive, dressed only in a thin suit, had made
off in a blizzard across the snowy moors.
I was one of the team that rushed the story together to make the
paper’s Late Night Final edition that night. Living in Dronfield, my
wife remembers me phoning to warn her to lock the doors.
What nobody could possibly have imagined was that this would be
the prelude to perhaps the most horrific crime in the 150-year
history of Derbyshire Police
The convict, William
Thomas Hughes, shivering,
and on the brink of collapse,
invaded Pottery Cottage on
Baslow Road, and over the
course of the next three
days killed four members of
It ended in a dramatic
late-night shoot-out after a
high-speed police chase
across the Peaks. It was
the first time Derbyshire
Police had used firearms
It reads more like the plot
of a crime novel. But it was
real. And it happened on our
My career took me into TV
production, writing and book
editing. Publishers were
crying out for stories to feed
the public appetite for true
crime. So I decided to
the facts of that dreadful
Not just the lifestory of
Billy Hughes, and how
society spawned such a
Allison, also a journalist
psychopath, but a forensic account of every hour inside that cottage
and its tragic aftermath.
It is a dark chronicle of psychological warfare; missed chances to
escape; how Hughes kept them hanging on hope that he would soon
be leaving them in peace.
I applied to Derbyshire Police for access to their records and
despite being criticised for their bungling search operation, they were
A senior officer knocked on my door in Lea Road, Dronfield, carrying
Alan at the time the story
broke, pictured with wife
a box. He emptied the
contents onto my
kitchen table and
basically asked, “what
do you want?”
The remains of a
bullet rolled onto the
“What’s that?” I
“That’s what they
took out of Billy Hughes’
brain,” he replied.
For a writer, that box was a treasure trove - confidential reports,
witness statements, official documents, including a 26-page
statement from the woman at the centre of the story, Gill Moran,
who lost her parents, Arthur and Amy Minton, her husband
Richard and daughter Sarah,
I trawled through newspaper
cuttings, Home Office reports,
medical records, and conducted
my own interviews, including
the killer’s family over in
After the tragedy, Mrs Moran
remarried and later went to live
in France to be near her sister. I
spent days traipsing through
Peak villages trying to find
someone who might still be in
touch with her.
Eventually I found a couple who
were friends and they kindly
Alan: ‘It reads more like
the plot of a crime novel.
But it was real. And it
happened on our doorstep’
agreed to forward a letter from
me requesting an interview.
Several weeks later, I received
a polite email from her niece
declining my request. So I
put the book on hold, worried
what any exposure might have
on a now frail old lady.
The chapters sat on my computer for years. Then, earlier this year,
more than 40 years on, I heard that she has lifted her objection to
the story being told.
I now feel free to publish.
Pottery Cottage is part of our
local history, and
amid many false rumours
about the crime, my book
finally sets the record
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Home of the new Chesterfield College Sixth Form
New life for old building
When it needed new premises
to house its sixth form
students, Chesterfield College
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HESTERFIELD College has
opened a new sixth form hub in
the historic Chesterfield Boys’
Grammar School building, alongside
To mark the occasion, alumni of the old
school, The Old Cestrefeldians Trust,
presented £200 to student, Lucy Herbert,
Lucy, a second year A-level psychology,
history and philosophy student, was
nominated for the prize by her tutor for
her commitment to her studies and
consistently high grades. She has also
successfully completed summer school
at the University of Nottingham.
Lucy said: “It is really nice to have our
own sixth form space this year. I came to
college because I was ready for college
life and to take responsibility for my studies. You do need to work
hard when you are studying for A Levels so it is nice to be recognised
with this prize.”
Frank Gorman, trustee of the Old Cestrefeldians Trust, said: “It is
an honour to provide this educational grant to Lucy to help her as she
furthers her education. I am delighted that academic study has
returned to the building and it is getting a new lease of life.
Frank Gorman, a trustee with the Old Cestrefeldians Trust,
presents the £200 prize to student Lucy Herbert
“It is a great thrill to come back and see how the upper-floor is now
in use as modern classrooms.”
The sixth form hub in the building, now known as West Studios on
Sheffield Road, is the latest addition to the Chesterfield College
campus. The second floor of the historic building has become the
new home for students studying A-levels, diplomas and extended
certificates in a range of subjects, from maths and accounting, to
science and criminology.
Steps into Christmas
EE Latchford-Evans is best known as a member of
pop group Steps, which is still going strong after
more than 20 years and selling 21 million records
However, away from the band experienced actor Lee has
starred in the West End and feature films and become a
seasoned pantomime performer.
In fact ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ will be his tenth panto and
he has already played the title role twice before, once with
Chesterfield’s producers Paul Holman Associates.
Lee recalls the impression pantomime first had on him
while growing up in Ellesmere Port, and wants to create the
same joyful experience for young audience members this
“My family didn’t have a car and so we didn’t go to many big
shows but I remember being taken to see ‘Hansel and
Gretel’ with our next-door neighbour. I sat at the top of the
theatre and I remember being slightly wowed by what was
“We want the children who come to see this show to have a
similar experience, we want to dazzle them, but there’s
plenty for adults to enjoy too.
“It is such a good family day out and a bit of escapism at a
time when we’re not living in the best of worlds.”
Lee enjoys the fun of performing panto, and the way it
evolves over the course of the run, pointing out that even
mistakes can become part of the show.
However, he acknowledges the demands of it physically
and vocally, given actors will be doing two or three
performances a day.
“It’s a fun job but it’s a hard job. If you’ve got four or five
songs a show and are performing three times a day, you’ve
got to take it seriously and be careful. You’re also away from
loved one for six weeks of your life.”
After this year’s final Christmas Eve show, Lee will drive
home to London to celebrate with his family and then return
to Chesterfield early on Boxing Day.
Steps notched up a huge number of hits after forming in
1997 including ‘Deeper Shade of Blue’, ‘Tragedy’, and ‘Better
the Devil You Know’.
After a decade apart pursuing individual projects, Steps re-formed
in 2011 with a fly-on-the wall documentary ‘Steps Reunion’. The
overwhelming popularity with which Steps’ return was received
sparked a second TV series, Steps on the Road, a sell-out arena tour
and a No 1 album.
To celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2017, Steps released their
fifth studio album, ‘Tears on the Dancefloor’ which, again, topped the
charts and had a sell-out arena tour, ‘Party on the Dancefloor’,
leading to their outdoor ‘Summer of Steps Tour’ in 2018. The band
has a sixth studio album in the pipeline.
So can audiences expect to hear some Steps hits? Lee promises a
medley of numbers before the curtain falls.
“There are quite few to choose from! It will be really nice to have
all of the cast involved and have a bit of a party at the end of the
show,” he added.
While Lee has performed in panto many times, Andrea Valls, is
making her debut in the traditional genre, playing Princess Jess.
Andrea is the star of CBeebies’ BAFTA-nominated family comedy
show ‘Waffle the Wonder Dog’, playing another Jess, the mum. The
show, now in its third series, is broadcast in 30 countries worldwide.
The programme features talking wonder dog Waffle, voiced by aptlynamed
Away from ‘Waffle’, Andrea, who trained at East 15 Acting School,
has starred in Jack & Dean of All Trades alongside Jessica Hynes,
Valentine’s Night for Sky Arts and is currently writing and developing
a digital sketch series.
Essex-raised Andrea is half Spanish and didn’t experience
The Pomegranate Theatre’s
pantomime is one of the highlights
of Christmas, creating magical
memories for local families.
This year’s show is ‘Jack and
the Beanstalk’, and its stars are
full of beans about their roles.
Deborah Wain reports
Paul Eastwood as Simon, Simon Howe as Dame Trott, Lee Latchford-
Evans who plays Jack and Andrea Valls as Princess Jess
pantomime growing up but her dad has, in recent years, treated the
family to tickets for shows at Christmas. Andrea was especially
enchanted by a pantomime at the London Palladium.
Describing herself as being “obsessed with Christmas”, Andrea
wants to make the most of appearing in a seasonal favourite.
She said: “As this is my first panto, and a bit of a milestone, I think
this is going to be the one I remember.
“Pantomime is such a great British tradition, taking people back to
an age when families went out and saw shows together. I’m so glad,
we haven’t lost it.”
Like Lee, Andrea, is preparing for the rigours of intense
“I have no idea what to expect but I think my main tip to myself is
to enjoy it but get enough rest, eat well and exercise to make sure I
am always on form. I’m excited to be singing too.”
While Andrea will be instantly recognisable to children, and parents
from her TV role, she jokes that kids will be “wanting to see the
“I’m half expecting someone to shout out, ‘Where’s Waffle,” she
Producers promise another spectacular production with pop songs,
dance routines, laugh-out-loud comedy and breathtaking special
effects along with all the well-loved pantomime traditions and plenty
of chances to join in the fun.
‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ runs at Pomegranate Theatre from Friday,
6th December, to Sunday, 5th January. Tickets can be booked online
at www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk or via the Box Office on 01246
UTUMN is traditionally a great time to visit the theatre and The
Pomegranate in Chesterfield has a number of exciting
productions in store.
One of these is N.J. Crisp’s classic thriller ‘Dangerous Obsession’
- direct from the Nottingham Theatre Royal Classic Thriller season.
On a sunny afternoon, Sally Driscoll waters the plants in the
conservatory of her luxurious home. It's a peaceful scene until
John Barrett unexpectedly appears - and he’s not selling double
glazing. What did happen in Torquay? Will Sally and husband Mark
ever feel safe in their own home again?
Dangerously obsessed, Barrett strips away the conflicting secrets
of the Driscoll’s apparently perfect lives until nothing is left in this
compulsive psycho-thriller by a master of the genre.
Norman James Crisp, known as a writer only by his initials and
surname, N. J. Crisp, was a prolific British television writer,
dramatist and novelist. In the 60s, after writing some single
dramas, he moved to writing for serials and turned out scripts for
many BBC series including ‘Compact’, ‘R3’, ‘Dixon of Dock Green’,
‘Dr Finlay's Casebook’, ‘Colditz’ and ‘Secret Army’.
Crisp's 1987 psychological thriller ‘Dangerous Obsession’ was
filmed in 1999 as ‘Darkness Falls’ and starred Ray Winstone, Tim
Dutton and Sherilyn Fenn.
Dangerous Obsession takes to The Pomegranate stage from
A slice of drama
N ‘Toast’, food writer and journalist Nigel Slater’s memoirs
are brought vividly to life, bringing food into the theatre.
What’s Toast about?
Nigel explained: “Toast is the story of a little boy who feels
abandoned because his mother dies when he’s very young and his
father falls in love with another woman.
“The boy’s life suddenly changes with the arrival of a woman
who’s completely different from his mother.
“It’s about learning to make your own way and gaining the
strength to do something surprising at that young age, make big
decisions about your life.”
So why did Nigel write his memoirs?
“I wasn’t the driving force. I was asked to write an article about
the food of my childhood. When I started writing, I realised that
everything I was tasting brought back a lot of memories.
“Every food item was associated very clearly with a particular
part of my life or vignette from my childhood.
“When playwright Henry Filloux-Bennett asked about adapting it
for the theatre, I said ‘No.’ I just didn’t see how it would work on
stage. But when he sent part of the script, I was completely blown
away. I could feel the emotions; I could almost reach out and
touch the people. I thought: ‘This is going to work, let’s have a go’.
“There’s magic to the show when food appears. My stepmother
will open a cupboard and there will be a wonderful cake or some
pastries waiting. It’s like little doors keep opening and food keeps
appearing. The food is almost a cast member in its own right!”
Nigel advised it might be worth taking along a Kleenex or two as
well, because there have been quite a few tears.
You can enjoy a slice of ‘Toast’ at The Pomegranate from 25th-
Christmas in Chesterfield
There’s no reason to travel far for your giftbuying
and festive entertainment this winter.
Chesterfield town centre has plenty to offer
HRISTMAS is coming... and it’s coming to
Chesterfield in style this year, with a plethora of
independent retailers, restaurants, bars, cafes and
events to get you and all your family in the festive mood.
Festive events in the town centre kick off on Saturday,
16th November, with the start of the much-loved Christmas
Tree Festival at the famous Crooked Spire church.
Last year, there were more than 100 Christmas trees,
decorated by local community groups, charities and
retailers, on display in all their festive glory.
This year there will be even more stunning Christmas trees
on display for the two-week festival which ends on Sunday,
1st December. Admission is free but donations to the church
are always gratefully accepted.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Chesterfield, however,
without the annual lights switch-on.
On Sunday, 17th November, presenters from Peak FM will Trees will be on display in the Crooked Spire from November 16th
be joined by the stars of this year’s pantomime at the
Special cruises, running every Saturday and Sunday from 23rd
Pomegranate Theatre, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, as well as the
November to 22nd December, and on Monday 23rd December from
Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, plus Santa and Peter Rabbit,
to do the grand lights switch-on at 4.45pm.
Make the most of your visit to Santa’s grotto to check out
This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with
Chesterfield’s shops, stores and market stalls. With new stores
entertainment starting at 12 noon in the Market Place which will be
opening regularly, Chesterfield is guaranteed to have a perfect
full of stalls, games and rides.
Christmas gift for all your friends and family including the foodies!
And when Santa completes the Christmas lights switch-on, he’ll
Whatever your taste, Chesterfield has something to suit you. Save
be taking up residence in his grotto in Chesterfield Market Hall until
the petrol, miles and stress and shop, eat and drink local this
Santa will also be enjoying trips on the John Varley boat on
To keep up-to-date with events happening in Chesterfield this
Chesterfield Canal. And you can enjoy a trip with him on Santa
Christmas, visit chesterfield.co.uk/christmas
amazing prizes in our
Christmas Lights Switch On and Market
Festival of Christmas Trees
16th November – 1st December
Santa’s Grotto at the Market Hall
24th November and 22nd December
Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime
6th December – 5th January
Santa Special Canal Cruises
Borough Council car parks
For a full guide, visit
Thursday 31 October 10am to 4pm
Browse the stalls at one of the largest
flea markets in the country with traders
in 1940s dress
Live music from Kalamazoo dance band in
1940s singers and exhibits outside the
Classic cars, military vehicles and displays in
the market place
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On track for exciting future
VER the last two years,
the fabulous Railway
Roundhouse, just over the
hill from Dronfield at
Barrow Hill, has been
working on a Lotteryfunded
For many years, since being
saved from demolition, the
historic Roundhouse building
has been a special place for
railway enthusiasts. Now,
with help from the Heritage
Lottery Fund, it is a great
place for families too.
The steelwork in the engine
shed has had several coats of
paint, the brickwork has been
repointed and visitors have
been catered for with a new
café and museum displays.
After many years’ service as
an industrial railway shed,
Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra perform at Barrow Hill Roundhouse
the Roundhouse is now
looking forward to a new future as a family attraction.
Other performers who have appeared on stage here have
Throughout the last two years, the Roundhouse has been open at included Jools Holland (twice) and Rick Wakeman.
weekends as usual, but has also held a series of special events for Next year, the Roundhouse will celebrate its 150th anniversary
families: Science Days, Easter, Hallowe’en and Christmas events and the famous and ever-popular Rail Ale beer festival will be 20
with craft activities and demonstrations for children which have years old too. The beer celebration will be on track, as usual, in
been great fun. Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra has also held a May and look out for family events during the year with a big
concert in the shed.
anniversary event happening in August.
Win tickets for piping hot show!
HERE has never been anything quite like The Red
Hot Chilli Pipers. The past 15 years has seen them
become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet.
These bagpipes come with attitude, drums with a Scottish
accent and a show that carries its own health warning. To
date, band has performed live to over a million people, with
sell-out gigs and tours in USA, China, Australia, Germany,
Switzerland and Australia.
Now they are coming to Chesterfield and you and a friend
could be there for free if you are the winner of this easy-toenter
The band’s achievements have reached incredible heights
with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish
music and rock/pop anthems which they proudly call
“Bagrock”. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a genuinely unique
They have never been more in demand for their infectious
style of feel good music which appeals right across the age range to
people all over the world. They have collected together an
impressive group of musicians, dancers and singers from Scotland
and further afield, many holding world championship titles and all
seriously good players with impressive credentials and qualifications.
In 2014, The Chilli Pipers released a live DVD and CD, ‘Live at the
Lake’ which featured an explosive evening of entertainment with
tracks including ‘Gimme All Your Lovin', ‘Thunderstruck’, ‘Everybody
Dance Now’, ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Wake Me Up’, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’
and ‘We Will Rock You’.
This year, the Pipers and Tom Walker released a new version of his
massive hit ‘Leave a Light On’ in aid of Nordoff Robins, the music
therapy charity. It went straight into the iTunes top five.
And just four months ago, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers released a
new studio album, ‘Fresh Air’ featuring a mix of brand-new songs
Red Hot Chilli Pipers
and carefully selected covers.
You may remember them as winners of the BBC TV prime time
talent show ‘When Will I be Famous?’ hosted by Graham Norton.
They are to appear at The Winding Wheel venue in Chesterfield on
Friday, 22nd November, and tickets are now available from the
Chesterfield Theatres box office.
To stand a chance of being the winner of a pair of tickets
for the show, simply study our question below and send your
answer, together with your contact information, to: competition@
heronpublications.co.uk, to arrive no later than Friday, November
18th. The prize will go to the sender of the first correct entry drawn
after this date.
Question: For how many years have the
Red Hot Chilli Pipers been performing?
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