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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Originally posted on Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge:
It was a mixed marriage. Those did happen. Not two of a kind. (Image: “I Love Lucy”, 11/14/1955. US public domain: published without copyright during 1923-1977. Commons.wikimedia.org) The tall and short of…

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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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