Monthly Archives: July 2013

Ugly…when money tries to derail local democracy


In January I posted a blog entitled “423 Homes…and now it gets Ugly”. Last week in the Ashbourne News Telegraph we had a letter from a Planning Consultant and an advertisement on behalf of his client which showed just how … Continue reading

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Rain Stops Play?


Originally posted on Derbyshire Record Office:
Grounds of Smedley’s Hydro, Matlock, c.1930 (D2618 Z/Z 1/3) Now that Wimbledon is well under way, here’s a sprinkling of Derbyshire tennis-themed items from our collections for those hoping the covers keep off the…

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An appreciation of Summer in Ashbourne


Yesterday morning I woke up and looked out on my world and just thought how lucky I am. The sun was shining and highlighting flowers and leaves while the trees cast a cool dappled shadow on the grass. I sat … Continue reading

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In praise of local art exhibitions – A review of the Ashbourne Festival Summer Art Exhibition


As a child I was dragged round stately homes, ruins and churches. I assume that they thought they would be an enriching experience for a schoolboy. Unfortunately they were hopelessly out of context. All I saw was a ruin, a … Continue reading

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