Monthly Archives: October 2014

Halfway to the Ashbourne Bunting target


Ashbourne’s bunting is now drawing in more support online and through donations and pledges directly to the Ashbourne News Telegraph. £5000 will secure it’s replacement which should last a few years. The organisers would still welcome volunteers who can help … Continue reading

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Dry Stone Walling


Originally posted on Middle-aged Travellers:
Keith learns a new thing. There is a plot of land in the south of France we own, along with a pile of rocks arranged into the rough form of a house. The land is…

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Where’s the Derbyshire Dales leadership?


I came away from the Neighbourhood Plan meeting in the week feeling thoroughly deflated and despairing for local democracy. I am beginning to feel the helplessness that people have expressed in Scotland and are beginning to do so in towns … Continue reading

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Cities can be friendly. A lesson from Birmingham


I travel regularly around England and often to the cities. This morning I went to Birmingham for a meeting and found something a little different. One of the things I dislike about cities in general is the lack of anywhere … Continue reading

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Ashbourne Beer and Cider Festival review


  The 2nd CAMRA Ashbourne Beer and Cider festival looked to be a roaring success when I visited on Saturday evening. Beer festivals are a celebration of the variety and quality of beer we produce in Britain. They tend to … Continue reading

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Ode to the Neighbourhood Plan


Nine years ago a plan was launched and Government agreed. It ratified development for all our future needs. But Mr Pickles couldn’t wait in his very early days to set a new agenda for Wilson and for Hase. By 2012 … Continue reading

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October 15th: 7pm at the Town Hall. Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan Press Release


The following is a press release from the Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan team. Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) decided on 2 October to start again on the preparation of a Local Plan for our area, following the response from the Planning … Continue reading

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Leg 2 – 2.5 miles of bunting saved


Since my last blog the bunting donations have rolled in from local businesses and individuals. Last weekend we were on Windmill Lane on our eight mile route around the town having raised just over £200. The good news is that … Continue reading

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The Baby Cage


Originally posted on wretchedshekels:
I could never use this, but it does make for an interesting post! In the 1930s, London nannies lacking space for their young ones resorted to the baby cage. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a…

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A weekend in Derbyshire


Originally posted on Down by the Dougie:
It didn’t look promising on Saturday morning. It was pouring down with rain and there was quite a strong wind. This didn’t bode well for our planned weekend in Derbyshire where quite a…

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