Monthly Archives: December 2012

Originally posted on A Frank Angle:
Yes, I believe in Santa Claus, and the reason is simple – Santa Claus is a spirit of giving and kindness that transcends all cultures. This post is for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists,…

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Fancy a trip to the Sales? Take a packed lunch and no wallet

I’ve just discovered another reason Try Ashbourne First…everywhere else is rubbish. An inherent assumption in people going to shop in Derby or at the major chains during the Sales is that there is a wider choice and lower prices. The … Continue reading

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An Ashbourne Christmas poem

As Santa approached to collect his sleigh He looked down on Ashbourne ahead of his day At Shentons they’d serviced the tinselly sled He’d rejected some camels for reindeer instead.

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Ashbourne’s Neighbourhood Plan : Be heard!

Ashbourne is about to have a Neighbourhood Plan and you need to make your views heard. The Town Council is assisting a group of local residents to construct a legally binding document which outlines what we want, and how we … Continue reading

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Selling us short: the Retail dilemma

As Christmas approaches many retailers are hoping that they will have a good end to the year which will ensure they survive through 2013. Its hard, and the amount of empty retail property is a testament to it. Now is … Continue reading

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Try Ashbourne First: #11 Lumbards – an old-fashioned toy shop with old-fashioned service

Lumbards is a great family-owned toy shop on Victoria Square. As I write this, Christmas is approaching and any right-minded parent will be dreading the trip into Derby en famille. Try Ashbourne First is about challenging the idea and looking … Continue reading

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Planning or Spinning our way to 376 new houses in Ashbourne?

There was a meeting of the Local Plan Advisory committee held in the QEGS School Hall this week to review the recommendations of the Planning Officers and the results of consultation. The turnout was enormous and in keeping with all … Continue reading

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